Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Rains Bring Hazardous Weather Outlook for Steuben County Tonight
A Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued up to tonight for Steuben County and surrounding counties in the greater Central New York and Northern PA regions by the National Weather Service in Binghamton. Flooding has already occurred in Bath due to the afternoon thunderstorms so please travel with caution. Showers and thunderstorms are expected through this evening with some storms possibly becoming strong to severe with damaging winds, hail,and locally heavy rainfall. Heavy rainfall could cause localized areas of urban and small stream flooding.


Steuben County Woman Arraigned for Vehicular Manslaughter 
A Steuben County woman charged with the death of her boyfriend Nicholas Tracy, is set to be arraigned this afternoon. New York State Police say the 31-year-old Tracy was driving with his girlfriend 29-year-old Brittany Carlson,  when for an unknown reason he exited the vehicle on County Route 85 in Tuscarora, close to the Pennsylvania border. Carlson allegedly entered the driver’s seat and drove at Tracy, hitting him with the car. Tracy was pronounced dead at the scene. She was initially charged with Vehicular Manslaughter, Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, and Unsafe Start. District Attorney Brooks Baker described the accident scene as “pretty gruesome” and that troopers suspected Carlson was intoxicated but “obviously very upset.” A GoFundMe for Nicholas Tracy’s young son and family raised over $5,600 following the accident.


Horseheads Man Arrested for April Murder in Elmira
According to the NY State Police Blotter, a 21-year-old man from Horseheads was charged with murder stemming from an April 29th incident in the City of Elmira. Thomas Bovaird was also charged with three felony counts of assault, assault with intent to cause disfigurement or dismemberment and kidnapping resulting in death. He is currently being detained in custody.


County Public Works Continues Work on Flood-Damaged Roads
County Public Works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti said repairs on 10 county roads were undertaken with the assistance of town trucks and drivers from Rathbone, Pulteney, Wayne, Cohocton, Addison, Bath, Wayland, Prattsburgh, Urbana, Woodhull, Tuscarora and Corning, along with five trucks supplied by Allegany County nine days after flash floods devastated the Western part of the Steuben county almost a month ago. In their monthly report, County Public Works said bridges in the area were inspected by county engineers and the state Department of Transportation and in addition to road repairs, county and town public works teams made sweeps through the hamlet of Woodhull and other towns to remove flood debris from damaged homes. Spagnoletti says clean-up assistance is continuing with the help of town highway crews who have worked since August 18th to repair local roads and bridges. 


Masks Now Required for Daycare and Day Programs in NY
Effective today, masks are now required at childcare and daycare centers for those over the age of two, as well as state-regulated residential and congregate day programs in New York State. Day programs include inpatient and outpatient mental health facilities and substance abuse services. Governor Hochul made the announcement while emphasizing the importance of masking in childcare facilities due to the national spike in pediatric COVID-19 cases.


Highmark Stadium Requires Bills Game Attendees Be Vaccinated
Fans of the Buffalo Bills who want to attend a home game at Highmark Stadium will be required to be vaccinated beginning September 26th. Home games scheduled for September 26th and October 3rd, fans over the age of 12 must have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose. After October 31st, fans 12 and older must be fully vaccinated. In order to enter Highmark Stadium, fans must show a physical vaccination card, a New York State Excelsior Pass, a CLEAR Digital Vaccine Card or government digital vaccine proof from outside New York State. Photos of vaccine cards will not be accepted. There will be no exceptions made to the vaccine requirement. There will be no refunds for single game purchasers; single game purchasers that are unable to meet the requirements can transfer, resell or donate tickets.Those wanting to resell or donate their ticket must call the ticket office by the deadline of Friday, September 17th at 8:00 p.m.


Siena Poll Finds 42% Approval Rating for Hochul
Siena College released data on a new poll they did about Governor Kathy Hochul with registered New York State voters. The poll focuses on the opinion voters have about Governor Hochul, and how voters view New York State. 42% of voters are in favor of Kathy Hochul. 74% of voters sat it’s exciting to have New York’s first woman governor and 27% say Cuomo left New York a worse place to live and work then when he was first elected.

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