Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 14th, 2021

Smith & Other Officials Warn NY Vaccine Mandate Could Cause Crisis
Though Governor Kathy Hochul announced all healthcare workers would be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of September, the Steuben County Health Department is expressing concern over “unintended consequences” of New York State's vaccine mandate-mainly the impact the mandate could have on the healthcare system. County Health Director Darlene Smith said:"There is not an insignificant number of healthcare workers who are going to chose to walk away from their job, rather than go ahead and get the vaccine," In a letter where Steuben officials join other counties, officials write that nursing homes and hospitals throughout the state are facing mass resignations from staff starting on September 26th, the day before the mandate requires all healthcare personnel to be vaccinated. Smith says this will lead to to much larger problems and “a different kind of public health crisis than what we have with COVID,"  She says some areas of New York State could lose 30% or more of its hospital staff over the mandate. 


Public Health Offering 3 Clinics This Week for COVID Vaccinations
Steuben County Public Health Department’ partners with Corning Community 
College to hold COVID-19 vaccination clinics continues with an upcoming clinic on the main campus in the gym tomorrow on Wednesday, September 15th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Public Health’s weekly clinic on Fridays continues at the Civil Defense Training Center in Bath, located at State Route 54, on September 17th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

All three vaccination options will be offered at each clinic. Registration is preferred at

www.steubencony.org/covid, but walk-ins are also accepted. Proof of date of birth is needed for anyone seeking vaccination.

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org 


Dormann Offers Trustee Board Meeting, Movie & Dragon-Making!
Dormann Library welcomes those aged 14 and older to make a felt dragon Monday, September 20th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm or grab a kit and work on it on your own time. No registration is needed, but supplies are limited. Next week on Tuesday the 21st, the Dormann Library Board of Trustees will meet at 5:00pm. The public is invited to attend.

A showing of the movie Crimson Peak on Friday, September 24 at 7:00pm for those 17 and older is also scheduled at Dormann Library. 


O’Mara Wants NY Wage Board to Revisit 60-hr Overtime Threshold
State Senator O’Mara joins other members of the Senate Republican Conference in a letter to Governor Kathy Hochul calling on the Wage Board to delay any further action until at least December 31st, 2024. The Board is scheduled to meet again later this fall to reevaluate the 60-hour overtime threshold, which was put in place as part of a comprehensive “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act” enacted by former Governor Cuomo and the Legislature in 2019. O’Mara voted against the act.   In a letter dated yesterday to Hochul, O’Mara and his colleagues said that Hochul’s position suggests a “misguided understanding” of the nature of New York’s agricultural community, which is not dominated by large, corporate-supported factory farms with a 40-hour work week that are common in the Midwest and West. 96 percent of farms in New York State are small, family-owned businesses.  O’Mara currently co-sponsors legislation (S2690) that would extend the date for the Board to submit its final report to December 31, 2024. It would also give the Board more time to collect and assess data that would provide a more definitive picture of the impact of the 60-hour threshold on the finances and operations of New York farms, as well as consider additional factors including the COVID-19 impact on the agricultural industry. 


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