WVIN News Archives for 2020-12

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 31st, 2020 - New Year's Eve

Steuben Sees One More COVID Death & 53 New Cases
COVID has claimed the life of another Steuben County resident. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 139. The individual was a male resident of the Village of Arkport who died while hospitalized at the age of 81. Meanwhile, 53 new virus cases were reported in Steuben Wednesday. Since March there have been over 3,400 confirmed cases. Today, there are 605 active cases.

 

Steuben County Concludes 2020 With Major Achievements
Though it posed a challenge, much of Steuben County’s notable achievements in 2020 are a result of the pandemic. Despite new state requirements, pandemic guidelines and more, turn-out during early and General Election Day voting turnout surpassed previous years. Steuben officials formed a proposed budget with state and federal assistance uncertain, county employees stepped up to take an early retirement incentive, to avoid an increase in the state tax cap that would result in state penalties for a budget $194 million with a slight increase in the $51 million tax levy. County Office Building renovations were delayed for the plan for large portions of the main building to become a cohesive court system in accordance with state mandates. Plans include additional court rooms, secure holding areas and waiting rooms, more offices for attorneys and an extensive legal library. Steuben also was proud to have held a pandemic-friendly County Fair drive thru in August as the 200-year-old county fair added another year to its historic long run.

 

Bills & NY Reach Agreement for Fan Attendance at Playoff Game
When the Bills hit the field for their first playoff game, fans will watch in the stands. Governor Cuomo announced yesterday the state and the team reached an agreement on a pilot program allowing for some fans to be present at the game. The state and the Bills had been working together recently in an attempt to broker an agreement. Under the pilot program, about 6,700 season ticketholders will be allowed in the stadium. Masks and distancing are required. Tests will be conducted before fans enter the stadium, and contact tracing work will take place as they leave.

 

A Chance of Freezing Rain Tomorrow
There is a chance for icy precipitation tomorrow as a system moves by the region. Freezing rain is anticipated late-Friday afternoon into the evening. The Southern Tier and Southern Finger Lakes regions have the greatest chance of freezing rain with the heaviest precipitation will end between midnight and 3 a.m. on Saturday. Showers continue into the weekend, and Sunday some light snow is possible.

 

NYS Suspends Prison Visitation Temporarily
New York State has temporarily suspended visitation at all state prisons due to rising COVID-19 cases among the incarcerated population, staff and the surrounding communities. The suspension continues until further notice. According to the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision website, non-contact legal visits will still be allowed to continue under previously announced protocols.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 30th, 2020

93 New COVID Cases & 2 Deaths in Steuben
COVID-19 continues to cause deaths and illnesses in Steuben County. The Health Department has announced the deaths of two Town of Bath residents while 93 county residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 3,355 confirmed cases, 601 of which are currently active.

 

County Releases Numbers for New Five Year Road Plan
The Steuben County Public Works new Five Year Road Plan expects to continue with road maintenance and repair projects in 2021 despite expected cuts in state funding for highway repairs. Plans next year include 26 miles of reconstruction and paving projects at a cost of $3.6 million, totaling slightly above the state’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) anticipated 2021 allotment of $3.5 million. CHIPS funding is expected to be cut by 20 percent next year by Governor Cuomo, due to the state budget being strained by the impact of COVID-19.

 

5 Arrested for Meth Possession After Canisteo Traffic Stop
Five people were arrested after a 1am traffic stop today in Canisteo. The Canisteo Police Department reports police allegedly found 18.3 grams of meth along with packaging material, scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Cale Paul, John Corcoran, Jason Barker, Brooke Hayden, and Alyssa Laverde were all charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for having Scales, and Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for possessing Packaging Material. The five suspects went to the Steuben County Jail and await Centralized Arraignment.

 

New York’s Extended Unemployment Begins Next Week
New Yorkers will begin to receive extended federal unemployment benefits during the first week of 2021. Officials say that unemployed New Yorkers will begin to receive their extended and expanded federal unemployment benefit next week. According to the Governor’s Office, these benefits will be made available through extended unemployment programs enacted by the U.S. government.

 

Cuomo Changes Quarantine Guidelines
Governor Cuomo announced updated quarantine guidelines for New York which are consistent with the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance. Under the new guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period.

 

$600 Stimulus Checks Arriving as Soon as This Week
The $600 checks already passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump yesterday will begin being deposited as soon as today. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says checks may have arrived as soon as last night for some. Direct deposits will continue over the next week while paper checks will begin to be delivered today. Tthe IRS will begin providing updates on individual checks later this week. Americans making less than $75,000 per year will get $600 while couples earning  less than $150,000 will receive $1,200 while each dependent will also be eligible for $600. Yesterday, Senate Republicans killed the bill that promised immediate $2,000 payments.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 29th, 2020

Two Bath Men Arrested for Narcotics Charges
Two Bath men- 42-year-old Roy Hyer and 26-year-old Semachiah McDuffie were arrested in Bath following a narcotics bust. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says the two were pulled over on Liberty Street in Bath on December 23rd and that the two men had illegal narcotics believed to be packaged for sale along with a hypodermic needle. Hyer was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree then arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and held without bail due to a warrant that was issued and previous felony convictions while McDuffie was arraigned and released after being charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument.  

 

4 New COVID Deaths; 164 New & 589 Cases
Four more Steuben County residents have died from COVID-19 as another 164 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total to 3,262 confirmed cases, 589 of which are currently active. The deaths involved three residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, ages 81, 88, and 90.  One individual was a community member from the Village of Wayland who died while hospitalized at the age of 42.

 

Steuben Landfill Sorting Changes Start Friday 1/1
Changes for customers at the Steuben County landfill and transfer stations begin Friday, January 1st  and include plastics, now be sorted by type, and glass can now be mixed together regardless of color. The thick and sturdy No. 2 plastics should be separated from thin and transparent No. 1 plastics at the recycling stalls at the landfill and transfer stations. Steuben residents who rely on commercial trash haulers should check with their haulers about sorting requirements.

For more information, go to

https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publicworks/2021recycleguide.pdf

or

https://www.facebook.com/Steuben-County-Solid-Waste-and-Recycling-162155157298049

 

NY Wineries Can Now Sell 8.4 & 12 oz. Cans
New York wineries will now be able sell wine in 8.4 and 12-ounce cans after restrictions were lifted by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau today. Senator Chuck Schumer says this will lead to further economic growth and allow local wine producers to prosper from the growing craft brew trend. The canned wine industry has seen staggering growth in less than a decade expanding from $2 million in 2012 to nearly $200 Million this year.

 

Caton Man Arrested for Threatening Sheriff Deputies
Steuben County deputies arrested 45-year-old Dana McCarrick of Caton. The arrest followed a warrant service by the Steuben County Critical Incident Response Team at the man’s home.  It is alleged that McCarrick repeatedly threatened to kill or maim members of the Sheriff’s Office by use of firearms, explosions and – quote - “gutting with a knife”.  McCarrick was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, a Class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, also a Class D Felony.  He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Further charges are expected as the investigation is on-going.

 

Cuomo Signs Order Following ParCare Vaccine Fraud
During the most recent COVID-19 response update Governor Andrew Cuomo announces he will sign an executive order -- targeting possible fraud amid the inoculation efforts. ParCare Community Health Network is under investigation for allegedly fraudulently obtaining the COVID-19 vaccine. 

 

NYS Health Dept Works With Bills for Playoff Plan
Governor Cuomo says the State Department of Health continues to work with the Buffalo Bills on a pilot plan to allow fans into Bills Stadium this January for the playoffs. If approved, the pilot plan would allow for a limited number of fans after testing each person for COVID-19. Cuomo says it could serve as a model for reopening other types of businesses.

 

NY's Population Sees Heaviest Decline in Population of All 50 States
New York's population continues to decline more than any state in the nation in new figures released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Empire State's population fell by 126,355 people between July 2019 and July 2020, to 19.3 million, a drop of 0.65%, according to the preliminary figures. That's the most of any state by total and by percentage. Population decline continues to be a problem for New York, and it could play out in 2022 during federal reapportionment. At this rate, New York could lose as many as two U.S. House seats; it will certainly lose one, dropping it from 27 to 26 seats and impacting its clout in Washington.

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 28th, 2020

Steuben’s COVID Count: 58 New & 588 Currently Active
The latest COVID update from the Steuben County Public Health Department shows that 58 more residents have tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 3,098 confirmed cases, 588 of which are currently active.

 

Bills Play Tonight at 8:15 on WABH
After their win against the Denver Broncos, the 11-3 Buffalo Bills are back on the field the final time during the regular season, as they visit the 6-8 New England Patriots tonight on Monday Night Football.Buffalo blew the Patriots out of the AFC East title race, and last week the Dolphins took the Patriots out of the postseason in general for the first time since 2008. The Bills have made it the Playoffs this year for the first time in over 20 years since 1998.

 

NYS AG James Warns New Yorkers of Vaccine Scams
New York Attorney General Letitia James warns New Yorkers about potential scams offering early access to a COVID-19 vaccine, which will not become widely available to the general public in New York for several more months. The Office of Attorney General (OAG) reminds  New Yorkers anyone who calls, e-mails, or texts individuals offering access to a COVID-19 vaccine or using online platforms with similar schemes is most likely a scammer who should be reported to law enforcement.

 

Hornell Police Respond to Call of Suicidal Hornell Man
Sunday, Hornell Police responded to a suicidal man with a gun on Taylor Street around 5:45 p.m. for a report of a despondent person with a gun to his head. Officers made contact with the man and after 15 minutes convinced him to put the gun down. The man was transported to St. James Hospital for a mental health evaluation. Those needing help are encouraged to call the local 2-1-1 Helpline.

 

Bath Town Board Handling 3 Public Hearings in January
The new year will begin with several public hearings for the Bath Town Board. The three hearings will deal with proposed fire contracts. The first involves the Town of Bath and the Kanona fire department for a contract amount of $38,059. The next involves the town and village and the Village of Savona for a fire contract priced at $56,238. The third is a $242,529 contract with the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Those hearings will be held in the Municipal Building on January 5th at 4 p.m.

 

Clemens Center to Receive Part of $15 Billion in Federal Aid
Two performing arts venues and an independent movie theatre in the Southern Tier will receive portions of $15 billion in federal relief to keep them alive during the pandemic as part of the “Save Our Stages Act”, providing funding for independent live venue operators, independent movie theaters and cultural institutions like live performing arts organizations and museums that have been impacted by the pandemic. According to Schumer, the relief package will create a new Small Business Administration grant program, where independent performing arts venues can receive six months of financial help if they have experienced at least 25% lost revenue due to COVID-19. The Clemens Center in Elmira as well as the State Theater and Cinemapolis in Ithaca will receive portions of the aid.

 

Senate Democrats Call Special Session on Eviction Moratorium
The Senate Democratic Majority have called a special session in an attempt to pass what they are describing as “the strongest eviction moratorium in the nation.” The session on the “COVID-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention Act” is scheduled for later today. The legislation will put a stay of at least 60 days on all pending eviction proceedings, or any that are commenced within 30 days of the legislation’s effective days. The stay will give tenants the opportunity to submit a “hardship declaration” demonstrating they are unable to pay their rent in full or move due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Troopers Arrest Woman on Controlled Substance Charges
State Police from the Painted Post barracks arrested 30-year-old Devin Goodrich of Corning. She was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance following an incident early Sunday in the Town of Lindley. She was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.


Dansville Man Arrested for Possession of Stolen Property
Following a month-long investigation stemming from a complaint in the Village of Wayland, State Police arrested 25-year-old Stephen Zeh of Dansville. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property. Court action is pending.

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 26, 2020

Santa tours Village of Bath Christmas Eve

Rain, snow, and not even a global pandemic could stop Santa from visiting the young children of Bath on Christmas Eve this year. Every year, the Bath Fire Department has carried out the tradition of helping Santa make his way around Bath to visit homes of children whose parents have pre-registered, but this was nearly impossible due to the pandemic this year, and the trip was nearly cancelled as a result. Instead of stopping at houses, St. Nick teamed up with the Bath Fire Department and traversed his way through nearly the whole 24 miles of streets that make up Bath before dropping off toys to all the kids of central Steuben County.

 

58 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 58 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 3,098 confirmed cases, 588 of which are currently active. Five of the individuals are from the City of Hornell as well as five from the Town of Campbell, three are residents of the City of Bath, three are residents of the Village of Bath, two are residents of the Village of Canisteo, two from the Village of Hammondsport, and one from the Town of Prattsburgh. One individual is an employee of the Prattsburgh Central School.

 

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office K9 Knapp to receive body armor donation

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office K9, Knapp, will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Knapp’s vest will be embroidered with the sentiment “Born to Love-Trained to Serve-Loyal Always”.  Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

 

Corning, Inc. receives $15 million to create parts for COVID-19 testing

Corning, Inc. was recently awarded $15 million from the US Department of Defense, in coordination with the Department of Health and Human Services to make robotic pipette tips, help automate liquid handling which are used for numerous tests, including COVID-19 tests. Corning has been active in the fight against COVID-19 for some time now, earlier this year, Corning expanded its manufacturing capacity of Corning Valor Glass vials, which are used to store the Pfizer vaccine.

Today's Top Stories - Christmas Eve Thursday December 24th, 2020

Flood Watch in Effect to Tomorrow Morning
A Flood watch is in effect through Christmas morning tomorrow. Heavy rain may fall on a deep primed snowpack leading to increasing melt. Flows in streams and rivers may increase quickly and reach critical levels. Warm temperatures will lead to significant snow melt. A combination of snow melt and 1 to 3 inches of rainfall could cause urban and flash flooding. A Winter Weather Advisory is also in effect from 11 pm until noon tomorrow. Periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will result in slippery roads and limited visibilities.

 

Steuben County Health Department Reports 84 New COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 84 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 3,040 confirmed cases, 589 of which are currently active. Nine are from Bath.

 

NYSP Respond to Ice Fisher in Water of Loon Lake
New York State Police responded to a call for an ice fisherman in the water on Loon Lake in Wayland off Route 21 south of I-390. One trooper at the lake already saw a man holding his stepfather, 49-year-old Marc Rounsville who had just fallen through the ice. As the man was having trouble pulling Rounsville out, Trooper Matthew McKinney drove over to the Laf-A-Lot restaurant to get a life vest, ladder, and rope. More state police arrived and tied a rope around Trooper McKinney as he ventured out onto the ice with the ladder to pull Rounsville to safety- who was taken to nearby Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville for treatment for exposure.

 

Plans Underway to Allow Bills’ Fans to Home Playoff Game
Governor Cuomo announces plans are currently under development to allow fans to attend the Buffalo Bills' first home playoff game in more than two decades under strict COVID-19 protocols. The proposal is being developed cooperatively between the Bills and New York State and would require fans in attendance to receive a negative COVID-19 test result before being allowed into the stadium. Contact tracing will also be conducted after the game. If implemented, this plan could serve as a model for reopening entertainment venues across New York state.

 

Bath VA Residents and Staff Get Moderna’s COVID Vaccine
Tuesday, residents and staff of the Bath VA Medical Center began receiving the first dose of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine.  Bath is among the 113 VA Medical Centers across the country to receive the first limited supply of the vaccine. These sites were chosen based on need according to the CDC's prioritization and capacity to store the vaccine. The VA says as soon vaccines become available for more groups, their care teams will contact eligible veterans to schedule vaccinations. For up-to-date information, Veterans should visit the VA's COVID-19 vaccine webpage. 

 

Guthrie’s NY Facilities Receive COVID Vaccines by Moderna
Guthrie's New York State facilities in Corning and Cortland officially received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday according to WENY. Guthrie said yesterday its facility would be holding a "trial run" through a process where they will do a few trials for 20 to 30 people to make sure the vaccine process goes as planned, since this is a new vaccine.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Petit Larceny in Painted Post
Troopers based in Painted Post say they arrested 29-year-old Anna Egresi of Bath. She was charged with petit larceny following an alleged shoplifting incident in Erwin. She will reappear in court at a later date.

 

Arkport Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Troopers arrested 22-year-old Alexander Houghtaling of Arkport. He was charged with drug possession. He’ll answer the possession charge in Dansville court.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 23rd, 2020

Steuben Reports 69 New COVID Cases & 1 New Death
The County Health Department reports 69 more Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday. 576 cases are currently active out of a total of 2,956 confirmed cases since the pandemic began. The death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 was also reported and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 132. The individual was a 96 year old female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers.

 

Flood Watch In Effect Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
A flood watch is in effect for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Heavy rain will move into the area Thursday and continue through Thursday night. The rain will fall on a deep snowpack leading to snow melt as the temperatures will be above freezing. This snow melt, combined with 1 to 3 inches of rainfall could cause urban and flash flooding. Flows in rivers may increase quickly and rise above flood stage.

 

Senator O’Mara Appointed as Top GOP Member on Finance Committee
State Senator Tom O’Mara has been appointed by Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt as the top Republican member on the Senate Finance Committee. Ortt also reappointed O’Mara as the Ranking Member on the Senate Investigations and Government Operations Committee, a position O’Mara first received in late July. O’Mara welcomed the new assignment to the Finance Committee and said he looks forward to having a direct voice on the legislative committee most responsible for overseeing the adoption of the state’s annual budget and setting the course for New York’s short- and long-term fiscal practices and responsibilities.

 

Despite COVID, Steuben Legislature’s Fruitcake Giveaway Continues
The annual Steuben County Legislature’s annual Great Fruitcake Giveaway tradition kicked off as the board was set to go into executive session Monday as a masked county Public Defender Shawn Sauro signaled a point of order, rising from his chair carefully set six feet from others and holding a small fruitcake-sized package. Despite the COVID pandemic, the tradition that began in 1991 continues to this year. The giveaway served as a way to pay forward the fruitcake then-county manager Alger bought from then-Legislature Chairman Lynn Morse to benefit the Kiwanis. Alger started the practice and gave it away to then-county Clerk of the Legislature Christine Kane, who gave it away the following Christmas. Over the years, ransoms and bribes and outright theft have occurred resulting in its official ‘Property of Steuben County’ sticker. Sauro was the recipient last year and discovered the fruitcake was gone from his freezer then received an email from county BG Superintendent Eric Rose who returned the cake back to Sauro who gave it back to Eric Rose on Monday.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 22nd, 2020

New VA Court to Help Veterans Accused of Crimes Needing Treatment
Veterans accused of crimes and in need of drug and mental health treatment will be assisted by The Steuben County Veterans Drug Treatment Court, which is expected to open in 2021. A more specific date for the opening has not yet been set. The program will allow veterans going through the court system who struggle with addiction or mental illness to be served in a specialized court rather than the traditional court system. The program will promote accountability to make appointments and promote recovery through mentorship and peer-to-peer relationships as a community according to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. Allard says the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the creation and opening of the Veterans Drug Treatment Court.

 

155 New COVID Cases and 3 New Deaths in Steuben
With 155 new COVID cases in Steuben County since Saturday, it’s the highest three-day total of COVID cases in the county since the pandemic began. This brings the total to 2,887 confirmed cases, 530 of which are currently active. Twelve of the new cases are from Bath. Schools are seeing increasing numbers with seven students and nine staffers infected are from a dozen schools. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says…“We simply cannot sustain this type of increase in our county.  Please reconsider your holiday plans, personal choices, destinations and who you gather with. “ Three individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 have died, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 131. Two individuals were residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center; one male age 63 and one female age 88, and one community member from the City of Hornell, male age 71, who died while hospitalized. County health officials said all residents should continue to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills or repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, and new loss of taste or smell and contact their healthcare provider for instructions if feeling ill.

 

Cuomo Wants Testing to See if COVID Variant is in NY
Governor Cuomo says there will be testing conducted to detect a contagious variant of the coronavirus to see if it came here from the United Kingdom. The variant test is slightly more complex than the current COVID testing being done. Cuomo reports that thus far, there is no evidence at this time of the variant being in New York State.

 

4H Youth Bring Holiday Cheer to Residents with Meals on Wheels
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben’s 4-H Program recently partnered with Meals on Wheels for a special service project where Steuben County 4-H youth designed, created and decorated festive cards containing well-wishes for community members. The over 200 greeting cards are distributed with the holiday meals going to those in need as a small act of kindness for the 2020 holiday season.

 

COVID Relief Checks to Drop Next Week
The relief bill passed by Congress Sunday means some stimulus checks will hit mailboxes by next week. The federal government says that starting next week, most Americans will receive a stimulus check of $600 as part of the $900 billion pandemic relief package passed Sunday and the vote finalized yesterday. Families with children will also receive a check for $600 per dependent. Payments will be sent to individuals earning less than $75,000 a year. The payments will begin via direct deposit next week.

 

Hornell Man Arrested Twice in Less Than a Week
A Hornell man was arrested again for the second time in less than a week. 19-year-old Jametris Jordan was arrested Friday for allegedly attacking and hurting another inmate in the Steuben County Jail. He was charged with assault in the second degree then arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the custody of the sheriff. Jordan was initially arrested last Wednesday. A release reports he and another person were hospitalized after a car accident in a vehicle that was reportedly stolen. When Hornell Police Department responded to a home invasion robbery on Rockwell Street in Hornell last week, Jordan and the other suspect were found armed with handguns and reportedly assaulted the victims as well as stole money and the car. Jordan faces a list of felony charges in connection to the two incidents.

 

Horseheads Woman Arrested After Incident at CCC Residence
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports December 17th  deputies arrested 26-year-old Rebecka Worrell of Horseheads following an investigation into damaged property at Academic Drive in Corning. Worrell allegedly attempted to enter a locked residence facility and damaged a nearby light pole. Worell was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree then released on an appearance ticket for a later date in Corning Town Court.

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 21st, 2020

3 Arrested for DWI Last Week
Steuben County’s Office reports from December 15th-19th, deputies arrested 3 people for DWI charges. Roman D. Sutton of Lindley was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with Greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content and Moving from Lane Unsafely. Mark Smith of Hornell was arrested on charges for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with Greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content and Fail to Use Designated Lane. Andrew J. Passmore of Hornell was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired due to Drugs, and Fail to Stop at a Stop Sign. All 3 men were released on traffic summons to appear in Town Courts at later dates.

 

Corning Legislator Arrested with 4 Others in Alleged Sex Traffic Ring
Steuben County Legislator Steven Maio is among 5 men indicted in connection with an alleged sex trafficking ring. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, Corning Democrat Steven Maio was arrested along with Larry Comfort Senior and Larry Comfort Junior, both of Elmira Heights, Jonathan Hamilton of Elmira, and Michael Stratton of Corning. The five men face a total of 34 felony counts. Back in August, Maio was arrested and charged with soliciting a prostitute. Despite calls for him to resign from his position, Maio has not yet stepped down.

 

House and Senate Prevent Shutdown, Prepare to Vote on Relief
Late last night, the House and the Senate agreed on a $1 Trillion Covid-19 relief package while passing a one-day stopgap spending bill to prevent a government shutdown at midnight. A temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans is established in the bill, as well as a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers, and renters that face eviction. Before the deal was reached, Senate Minority Leader Schumer said that peoples’ lives depend on the deal and if his Republican colleagues joined in negotiations in the last 6 months, they would not be in the position of negotiating against the government funding deadline.The House and Senate are expected to vote on the legislation once it goes through the House Rules Committee.

 

 

Status of Playoff Game at Home Still Uncertain
The Buffalo Bills secured the AFC East division title Saturday night and fans are wondering if they'll see a playoff game at home and in person. In a briefing yesterday, Cuomo says it is in consideration and will ultimately depend on regional COVID-19 numbers in Western New York. For longtime fans, a home playoff game is a dream they haven't seen in more than two decades and one they're still holding out for. Cuomo says a reopening plan for Bills Stadium is under review by the state department of health.

 

Haverling High School Adopts Remote Learning for All Students
Haverling High School today moved to remote learning for all students and staff due to a potential positive COVID case in the high school only. This case will require more feedback from the Steuben County Public Health Department and will require more time for the contact-tracing process to be completed if necessary. Once again, this is for the high school only. 

 

Cuomo Signs Order in Effort to Support Struggling Restaurants
Governor Cuomo has signed an executive order that he says will provide support for restaurants being hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The order will push back the sales tax deadline for restaurants in orange zones, which have been required to suspend indoor dining. That deadline will now be extended until March.

 

Congressman Reed Reports He’s Received COVID-19 Vaccine
Congressman Tom Reed is one of the latest public officials to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination. In a statement on Twitter, Reed said the vaccine is safe, effective, and painless. Working together, the congressman said we will continue to bring an end to COVID-19.

 

NWS Reports Possible Heavy Rain Later This Week
The National Weather Service in Binghamton’s Daily Hazardous Outlook reports an increase in a short warm up and the potential for heavy rain Thursday over portions of Central NY and northeast PA. Because many aspects of this storm system are still uncertain, residents are advised to monitor the forecast for updates through the week.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 19, 2020

66 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 66 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including a resident of the County Valley Home in Bath, four employees of Alstom, an employee of URMC Primary Care in Hornell, an employee at Community Services in Bath, two employees of Family Life in Bath, and an employee of the Canisteo-Greenwood Central School District. Another individual was at the Elks Club in Hornell on days identified by other positives as well as additional dates: If you have visited the Elks Club in Hornell in the last two weeks, monitor for symptoms and consider getting tested. This brings the county total to 2,732 confirmed cases, of which 479 are currently active.

 

3 new COVID-19 deaths in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification of the death of three individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 128. All individuals were residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center; one male age 84, one female age 86, and another male age 75, who died while hospitalized.

 

Greenwood man arrested after domestic incident

Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Joshua J. Groves, age 34, of County Route 60, Greenwood, New York on December 15th, following an investigation into a reported domestic incident at a residence on County Route 60. It is alleged that Mr. Groves struck two family members and damaged property in the residence. Mr. Groves was charged with Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and two counts of Harassment in the Second Degree. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Bath man arrested on drug charges

The Village of Bath Police Department has reported the arrest of Roy D. Hyer, age 43, of 31 W. William St. in the Village of Bath on a Steuben County sealed indictment warrant for the Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, both class D felonies. Upon searching Mr. Hyer, he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and subsequently charged the Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, a misdemeanor. Mr. Hyer was processed and taken to the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned at a later date by a County Court Judge. More charges are expected in the future.

 

Bath PD looking for three individuals on felony drug warrants

The Village of Bath Police Department is looking for the following people on felony drug warrants:

  • Jennifer M. Schwan, age 36, for failure to appear in county court on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Sale of a Criminal Substance in the Fifth Degree, class D felonies. Her last known address is Reservoir Hill Rd. in Hammondsport.
  • Rose M. Everts, age 30, currently believed to be in the county somewhere, is wanted on a bench warrant out of Steuben County for Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class D felonies.
  • John E. Corcoran, age 50, currently in the Hornell area, is wanted in Steuben County Court on a bench warrant for 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class B felonies.

Contact Bath PD at 607-776-2175 with any tips.

Today's Top Stories - Friday December 18th, 2020

Charges Made in Last Week's Fake Bomb at Bath Mental Health 
Mark “Charlie” Burke, 59, was arrested in connection to the fake bomb that was left outside the Steuben County Mental Health Building in Bath on Dec. 4th. Last week an employee of the mental health center in Bath arrived at work and discovered a wire running from a nearby building going into a canister outside of the mental health center, the area was evacuated and a bomb squad was called in, finding the device was not real. The investigation into the incident continued and it is alleged that 59 year old Charlie Burke left the fake explosive. Burke, who is a 59-year-old homeless man from the Bath area was charged with leaving a false bomb and taken to County Centralized Arraignment Court. According to Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen, Burke has continued to leave suspicious and threatening letters and objects at various locations throughout the Village of Bath.


Canisteo's County Route 119 Bridge Completed
This week, the County Route 119 over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron reopened to reconnect the villages of Canisteo and Addison along the Canisteo River Valley. The $4 million, 190 foot long bridge took 9 months to complete and was funded through Marschiselli funding and paid through 80 percent federal,15 percent state and 5 percent local funds. Norfolk Southern Railway Corporation was coordinated for construction to safely ensure the safe passage of freight through the project site. The State Department of Transportation, C & S Engineers and Twin Tiers Constructors worked with retired County Bridge Engineer Steve Catherman to complete this project.


Steuben COVID Count: 57 New Cases & 5 Deaths
57 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Steuben County. This brings the total 508 currently active cases. Seven of the cases were from Bath. The new cases involved students at Avoca Central, Canisteo-Greenwood and Hornell schools and employees at Addison Central and Corning-Painted Post. Five more deaths have been attributed to virus-related complications. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 125. All individuals were residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center. 


USPS Reminds Residents to Keep Walkways Clear of Snow
The U.S. Postal Service reminds residents to clear snow and ice from walkways, driveways, porches and areas around your mailbox. Unshoveled mailboxes and sidewalks can be dangerous for carriers because underneath the snow could be ice or hazardous objects especially while carrying packages. For more information about keeping walkways safe for carriers and residents, click here. 

Annual Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins 
State and local law enforcement agencies throughout New York will be stepping up patrols to crack down on impaired driving during the holiday travel season through January 1. This crackdown is part of the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative designed to reduce alcohol and drug-related traffic crashes. Cuomo says "New York has zero tolerance for impaired driving. " During the 2019 enforcement campaign, law enforcement throughout the state arrested 5,677 people for impaired driving.


AAA Forecasts Dramatic Decline in Holiday Travel
AAA (Triple-A) is forecasting a decline in year-end holiday travel for the first time in 11 years. It is predicted that 84 million Americans are predicted to do some type of traveling over the holidays- a decrease of about 35 million people from a year ago while air travel is expected to fall nearly 60 percent from last. 


NYS DOL Reports November Sees Private Sector Job Growth Increase 
In November, the number of private sector jobs in New York State increased over the month by 36,300 according to preliminary figures just released by the New York State Department of Labor. This represents the seventh straight month of job gains for the Empire State. New York State's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased from 9.2% in October to 8.4% in November.


NYS Minimum Wage Set to Increase New Year’s Eve
The New York State Department of Labor has announced the state’s $15 minimum wage phase-in will continue, with the next stage taking effect December 31. The minimum wage in Steuben will increase to $12.50 an hour. 


Stimulus Bill Would Provide Checks and Unemployment Extension
Congressional lawmakers say they are nearing an agreement on a 900-billion-dollar stimulus bill that would help those affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would call for an extension of unemployment benefits, and would send a 600-dollar check to most Americans. On the Senate floor Thursday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says lawmakers are laser-focused on coming up with a consensus. Current benefits that were established in the previous COVID-19 stimulus bill will expire the day after Christmas.

 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 17th, 2020

Environmental Coordinator Bills Explains Steuben Recycling Changes
Today on WVIN’s Morning Show, Steuben County Environmental Coordinator Rich Bills discussed upcoming changes in the county recycling regulations that begin in the new year January 2021. Clear and colored glasses can now be mixed with one another but plastics must now be separated between Type 1-which is used to make water bottles, and Type 2-which is a harder plastic used to manufacture laundry detergent bottles. Plastics will be separated to make processing and recycling of the material easier. 

 

Winter Storms Strikes the Southern Tier
After the first snowstorm of the winter season in our region, New York State Police helped assist a stranded motorist near Corning that was off the road last night. Troopers say the car was stranded due to the winter weather conditions and remind everyone to stay safe on the winter roads and drive slower than usual. Though the storm is over for now, keep in mind that some roads still may not be fully plowed and allow yourself extra time to get out the door. It was reported a total of over 33 inches of snow fell at the National Weather Service office in Binghamton as Broome County is under a state of emergency. Caton in Steuben County reported 18 inches this morning at 6:25pm as the storm was winding down. A State of Emergency was declared by the Governor for 18 counties in the Southern Tier and Capital Region.

 

Steuben Reports 45 New COVID Cases; Total of 456 Currently Active
Steuben health officials are reporting 45 news cases of COVID-19. This brings the total to 2,609 confirmed cases, 456 of which are currently active. Five of the new cases are in Bath, 7 in Hornell and 6 in Corning. Health care facilities and schools accounted for most of the new cases. An employee at the Steuben County Jail also tested positive. There have also been three more deaths. The Southern Tier region’s latest COVID infection rate is reported at 2.3% 

 

Comptroller Reports November Decline in Local Sales Tax Collections
Local government sales tax collections declined by 7.1 percent in November compared to the same month last year, according to NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. November’s sales tax collections totaled $1.3 billion for local governments statewide, $102 million less than in November 2019. The decline is steeper than October’s 5.2 percent decline, but not as significant as the double-digit declines in the earlier months of the pandemic. 

 

Cuomo Outlines NY's COVID Vaccination Plan
At his briefing yesterday, Governor Cuomo outlined the next steps for the COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed to more people in New York over the next 6-8 weeks. Phase two will focus on essential workers and priority members of the general public. Cuomo announced that regional vaccination hubs will work with local government leaders and community organizations to help implement distribution and administration. Each regional vaccination hub will be tasked with developing a plan for distribution in phase two. All plans will be due by early January, at which point the State Department of Health will evaluate and issue approval.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday Decebmer 16th, 2020

NWS Winter Storm Warning Through Tonight
The National Weather Service has posted a Winter Storm Warning for Steuben County for this afternoon throughout the night. Forecasters say an accumulation 6-11 inches of snow could occur. Snowfall rates of 2 inches per hour are possible late this afternoon through this evening. Travel could be very difficult.

 

County Coroner Talks Rise in Other Health Issues Due to Pandemic
Coverage of the COVID-19 virus has dominated our medical news and Steuben County Coroner Dr. Robert Cole, is worried about the impact COVID is having on other health issues such as substance abuse and suicide-which have both been on the increase during the pandemic. Dr. Cole predicts more cancer-related deaths due to patients not following up with their physicians because of fears of contracting COVID in a medical setting.

 

Cuomo Says COVID Vaccine Will Be Free
Governor Cuomo said yesterday New Yorkers do not need to pay for the COVID-19 vaccine. New York state created a new website with all the information on the COVID-19 vaccine.

 

4 New COVID Deaths & 44 New Cases
44 more COVID cases have been confirmed in Steuben County, bringing the number of active cases to 438. In addition, the health department report four more residents have died from virus-related complications.

 

Hornell Woman Arrested Following Break-In
Steuben County deputies arrested 25-year-old Alexus S. Davis of Seneca Road North in Hornell following an investigation into a reported break-in at a home on Airport Road in the Town of Hornellsville.  It is alleged that Davis entered and remained in a residence unlawfully and damaged and stole property as well.  She was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C Felony, Petit Larceny and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.  

 

Cuomo Signs Increased Penalties for Dumping Construction Debris
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to strengthen penalties against the illegal disposal of construction debris, demolition debris, and other hazardous substances. The legislation also designates fraudulent schemes involving the disposal of solid waste as a new crime. With this signing, a number of technical changes to legislative language have been agreed to following negotiations with the legislature. The law goes into effect on January 1.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 15th, 2020

COVID Death Count Hits 115 in Steuben
137 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Steuben County.  This brings the total to 2,520 confirmed cases since the pandemic’s start with 426 cases currently active. Nine of the new cases involved residents of Bath. Meanwhile, four more deaths have been reported, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 115.  Two individuals were male residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, age 90 and 66.   One individual was a 76-year-old male resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died while hospitalized.  Another individual was a 64-year-old male, Town of Wayne resident who died while hospitalized. 

 

Free COVID Rapid Testing Available at CCC Today and Tomorrow
The Steuben County Public Health Department continues its partnership with Corning Community College to provide additional dates of free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Corning Community College Health Education Center (HEC) at 132 Denison Parkway East in Corning.  Testing will be available today and tomorrow. Participants should park in the building’s lot off Chemung Street. Testing will be available: today from 1 – 4 pm and tomorrow from 9 am – 12 pm and 1 – 4 pm. Testing is free and open to Steuben County residents.  Participants must pre-register in order to be tested at https://tinyurl.com/cccrapid. Masks and distancing required.

 

Hornell High School Removes to Full Remote Instruction
Hornell High School will move to full remote instruction following ongoing positive COVID-19 cases at the high school. The district announced the decision, effective immediately for grades 7-12, was made by considering the frequency of symptomatic and asymptomatic COVID-19 cases confirmed within the district in the past week. Full remote instruction will remain in effect until January 4th and affects all in-person clubs and activities on campus. BOCES students who spend 100% of their time off campus, can continue their in-person instruction with BOCES. CTE programming for Hornell students will be fully-remote, with no option for in-person instruction until January 4th. Elementary schools remain on hybrid scheduling.

 

Wreaths Across America Committee Cancels Bath Ceremony
The Bath Wreaths Across America Committee announces due to the COVID-19 pandemic and public health guidelines, this year’s Wreath-Laying Ceremony is cancelled. In a recent statement, the committee said they determined that they “could not implement sufficient controls to mitigate the risks associated with hosting an event of this size under current and forecasted infection and transmission rates, while still conducting a respectful and honorable public event.” Officials also reference the steep hill at the Bath National Cemetery for the elderly and physically-challenged volunteers as additional reasons to cancel the wreath laying ceremony as the shuttle buses that get typically used are restricted to only allow three people at a time.The over 2,650 wreaths sponsored for 2020 ceremony will be forwarded to next year's event, which is scheduled for December 18th, 2021.  Sponsorships for next year are still able to be made online at: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/pages/16639/overview/?relatedId=25307

 

Finger Lakes Region at Risk of Full Shutdown Amid COVID Spike
As coronavirus cases rise across the state, the Finger Lakes region is again at risk of a full shutdown. According to Governor Cuomo, the area has one of the highest positivity rates in New York, with 8.09%. The region also has the highest percentage of people hospitalized per population. The two factors are part of the metrics the state is using this winter to determine new zoning restrictions. When asked about whether the micro-cluster approach is working or not, Cuomo said there was no alternative and unless the trajectory changes, New York could be headed to shutdown.  On Friday, he said big changes will come to Upstate regions and updated maps would be released on cluster zones. Cuomo also remarked that shutdown is something to worry about and prevent because businesses will be closed.

 

Stefanik Calls for Investigation of Cuomo Following Allegations
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik of New York wants an independent investigation into Governor  Cuomo. This follows an allegation of sexual harassment made by a former aide, Lindsey Boylan, on Sunday. During Monday’s coronavirus briefing, Cuomo addressed the accusation and said the statements are "not true".

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 14th, 2020

Steuben Sees 52 New COVID Cases & 111 Deaths
COVID cases continue to surge in Steuben. The latest report shows 52 new cases. One more person also died from virus-related complications. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 111.  The individual was a 93-year-old female resident of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center.  

 

St. James’ Names Heather Cox New Orthopaedic Provider
Leadership at St. James Hospital is pleased to welcome new orthopaedic provider, Heather Cox, effective today. Cox specializes in diagnosing and treating upper and lower extremity injuries and illnesses, and has a special interest in spine conditions. She will see patients four days a week at the St. James Hospital Center for Orthopaedic Care at 7309 Seneca Rd. Suite 107, Hornell. Patients and referring providers may call 585-385-3740 to make appointments.

 

Bills Beat Steelers Last Night on WABH
The Buffalo Bills beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 26-15 last night to move to 10-3 on the season. The win gives Buffalo double digits in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1998. If the Ravens lose tonight to the Browns the Bills will officially clinch their 3rd playoff appearance in the last 4 years.

 

Former Staffer Tweets Accusations of Sexual Harassment by Cuomo
Tweets yesterday from a former member of the Cuomo administration accusied Governor Cuomo of sexual harassment. Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Cuomo says she was harassed for years. Boylan with no further comments and later tweeted "To be clear: I have no interest in talking to journalists." Cuomo's press secretary responded with: "There is simply no truth to these claims." 36-year-old Boylan worked for the Cuomo Administration from March 2015 to October 2018.

 

Guthrie Hospital Postponing Non-Emergency Surgeries
Guthrie Hospital will postpone some non-emergent surgeries this week. Guthrie hospitals are caring for an increasing number of patients with COVID. As of Friday, 109 patients with COVID were hospitalized at Guthrie’s facilities, 48 of them at Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital.

 

Steuben Sheriff’s Office Encourage Toys for Tots Donations
This time of year, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department usually hosts Shop With A Cop, to bring kids along for a joy ride with law enforcement officials and then taking them Christmas shopping. Instead, the sheriff's department is helping Toys For Tots bring in donations this year. "This is a way for us to help more children at this critical time. We have so many kids in need this year, especially compared to last year..." said Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. This weekend, deputies were outside of Walmart in Painted Post and Hornell, encouraging shoppers to grab a toy to donate while they're in the store.Anyone who is interested in donating a toy can drop their donation off at the public safety building in Bath, 7007 Rumsey St, Bath, NY 14810.People can also email or send an anonymous tip with contact information to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office to coordinate a pick-up or drop off time.

 

Electoral College Voting Today in New York
Electors will begin cast their votes in the Electoral College and declare the winner of the 2020 presidential election today. Ballots will be sent to Washington for counting by Congress on January 6th. In New York state, delegates began casting votes at noon from the Assembly Chamber of the State Capitol. The live streaming Electoral College proceedings can be found on the Governor's website.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 12, 2020

52 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 52 Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, Including three individuals from the Town of Bath, and one individual from the Towns of Avoca, Prattsburgh, and Canisteo. This brings the total to 2,383 confirmed cases, 423 of which are currently active. Three individuals are employees of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center and/or Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital, one is an employee of Elderwood at Hornell, one is an employee of NYSDOT in Hornell, two are employees of Alstom in Hornell, one is a student of Hornell High School, and one individual has reported visiting the Hornell VFW on dates already reported by previous positives along with additional dates: those who have been at the Hornell VFW in the past two weeks should monitor for symptoms and/or get tested.

 

1 new COVID-19 death in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of an individual who had previously tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 111. The individual was a 93-year-old female resident of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center. 

 

Hammondsport Board of Education to meet

The Hammondsport Board of Education is slated to hold a meeting on Wednesday, December 16th, at 6 p.m., at www.hammondsportcsd.org

 

Cuomo announces guidelines for gyms, salons in orange zones

Governor Andrew Cuomo, via a Zoom briefing, announced yesterday gyms and salons operating in orange zones may continue operation at 25% capacity and weekly testing must continue to be done. As far as indoor dining in orange zones is concerned, the Governor said a determination would be made after looking into the data this weekend.

 

NYSPHSAA cancels 2021 Winter State Championships; postpones high risk sports

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), announced yesterday the cancellation of all 2021 Winter State Championships and the postponement of high-risk sports until further notice. The sports effected by no Winter State Championships will be bowling, basketball, boys swimming & diving, competitive cheerleading, gymnastics, indoor track & field, ice hockey, skiing, and wrestling. High-risk sports being postponed include basketball, boys lacrosse, competitive cheerleading, football, ice hockey, volleyball, and wrestling.

 

Woman arrested by EPD after welfare fraud investigation

Yvonne Golotty was arrested following a welfare fraud investigation by the Elmira Police Department on an active Elmira City Court warrant. The investigation found Golotty allegedly filed fraudulent paperwork with the Department of Social Services and received $1,177.00 in public assistance SNAP Benefits she was not entitled to receive. She was charged with Welfare Fraud 4th Degree, Grand Larceny 4th Degree, and two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st Degree, all Class E felonies.

Today's Top Stories - Friday December 11th, 2020

58 New COVID Cases Reported Yesterday
58 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Steuben County and brings the total to over 2,300 confirmed cases since the pandemic’s beginning, 457 of which are currently active. Most of the new infections involve schools and health care facilities. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says…COVID-19 spread is at an all-time high in Steuben and nearby counties.

 

Steuben County and St. James Urge Caution as COVID Cases Spike
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases grows in Hornell and surrounding communities, officials at Steuben County and St. James Hospital ask community members to continue taking every precaution to stay safe. Steuben reported the seven day rolling average of positive cases is higher than in the spring and reached double digits this week. As of yesterday on Thursday, Dec. 10th the county was at 2,300 confirmed cases and 110 deaths. Over the last two weeks hospitalization rates have increased at St. James and at all of the regional hospitals. St. James CEO and President Bryan O'Donovan said through collaboration with UR Medicine, the hospital has a 90-day supply of PPE on hand. The public is advised to stay in touch with their primary care provider for any health needs. Anyone with severe symptoms should call in advance (607) 247-2300.

 

Upstate NY Awaits News About Indoor Dining & Economic Restrictions
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo released an update on the state’s fight against COVID-19 and today the state awaits news regarding indoor dining, and other economic restrictions that could change in parts, or all of Upstate New York. Cuomo said yesterday that “it is beyond critical” that hospitals, and hospital systems as a whole have developed additional capacity and are prepared to work cooperatively to prevent any one facility from becoming overwhelmed and said through the state’s Surge and Flex program the vaccine’s distribution is ensured to be “...as fair and equitable as possible.” Cuomo said the vaccine’s distribution would soon begin following federal and state approval and earlier in the week that if any region was on pace to reach 90% capacity of hospital beds that economic restrictions would be considered. An updated table released by the Governor’s office yesterday indicates that the Southern Tier, which Cuomo has held up as exemplary progress from its earlier fall wave – has 41% of beds available according to the state’s chart.

 

Woodhull Man Arrested for UTV Larceny
State Police report the arrest of 40-year-old Robert D. Adams of Woodhull for the larceny of a UTV from Lamb & Webster in Woodhull. Adam’s arrest follows the recovery of the stolen UTV, which was located on property near his residence. The UTV had been re-painted and altered to mask its original appearance. Subsequent to his arrest, Troopers say they also recovered a defaced firearm, which Adams allegedly possessed. He was charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree, Willful Defacement of a Firearm, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th Degree. Adams was arraigned and remanded to the County Jail, as a predicate felon.

 

Congressman Reed Calls on Guaranteeing Vote for Relief Bill
Congressman Tom Reed and 31 other House GOP members have joined together in a letter requesting congressional leadership in both chambers guarantee a vote on emergency relief will be held and noting the importance of a bipartisan, bicameral package. The Members say they agree Congress must pass an emergency COVID-19 relief package before the end of the year. The letter concludes with saying…” We cannot leave Washington without reaching a bipartisan deal.”

 

Buffalo Bills Re-Sign Beane & McDermott to 2025
The Buffalo Bills have signed general manager Brandon Beane to a new multi-year contract extension to run to 2025. Beane was named GM of the Bills in May of 2017. Beane's extension is through the same year as Coach Sean McDermott's extension, which was signed in August. Working hand-in-hand each season, Beane and McDermott have been key players in making the Buffalo Bills' turnaround happen since their first season back in 2017 when the Bills returned to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 1999 and ending the league's longest playoff drought at the time.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 10th, 2020

 

54 New COVID Cases in Steuben As Death Toll Hits 110
One more death and 54 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Steuben County. The death involves a 74-year-old man from Rathbone. The death toll in the county has now reached 110. The latest infections have been reported at numerous hospitals and health facilities as well as schools.

 

First COVID Vaccine Awaiting FDA Approval
The FDA may approve the first COVID-19 vaccine today and Governor Andrew Cuomo says the state will be ready. New York state will receive 170-thousand doses in the first batch, and Cuomo says the most vulnerable will receive it first while the state will launch an aggressive public education program he hopes will convince those skeptic of the vaccine to get inoculated. Roughly 75 percent of the population needs to get vaccinated in order for the COVID-19 pandemic to come to an end.

 

Reed Announces Passage of HOSPICE Act & ALS Disability Bill
Congressman Tom Reed says he has spearheaded the passage of the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act of 2019 and the HOSPICE Act. The ALS Act would waive the five-month Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) waiting period for individuals with ALS, while the HOSPICE Act would increase transparency and oversight into hospice providers. Both bills passed unanimously.

 

Cuomo Calls for $15 Billion in Stimulus Funding to New York
In a letter sent to Congress, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and other state officials called on New York’s Congressional delegation to provide enough funding in the next federal stimulus package to avoid tax increases and layoffs. Cuomo said at yesterday’s briefing that New York State paid the greatest price in the nation for COVID-19 and if New York State does not get federal funding, then the consequences will be "devastating." The letter says New York needs $15 billion in order to avoid tax increases and layoffs of essential workers and calls for funding in the next stimulus to be allocated based on each state’s needs. Congress is considering a short-term federal funding measure of about $908 billion in COVID-19 relief. 

 

O’Mara Joins GOP Leaders Call for a Pause on Minimum Wage
State Senator Tom O’Mara Wednesday joined Senate Republican colleagues to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to temporarily pause a minimum wage increase scheduled to take effect on December 31. The wage is set to increase from $11.80 to $12.50 per hour across this region. In a press statement, O’Mara and his colleagues stressed that thousands of small and medium-sized businesses throughout New York have barely survived the current COVID-19 economic shutdowns and a wage increase now would lead to more lost businesses, more job losses, and fewer economic opportunities for workers. 

 

NY Farm Bureau Re-Elects Fisher as President
New York Farm Bureau delegates unanimously re-elected David Fisher, a dairy farmer from Madrid, NY, to his third two-year term as president of the state’s largest farm organization. In addition, delegates re-elected district representatives to the State Board of Directors to include another two-year term for Patrick McCormick of Wyoming County. 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 9th, 2020

Steuben Reports 55 New Cases of COVID as of Yesterday
55 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Steuben County yesterday. Five of the cases were from Bath and brings the total to 2,219 confirmed cases, 414 of which are currently active. The new cases involve nursing facilities, schools, Alstom and an employee at the Corning Police Department, among others. There were no new deaths.

 

Santa Appearing at Dormann Next Thursday
Santa is coming to the Dormann Library and doing Zoom visits by appointment  Thursday, December 17th between 4 and 7 pm, or you can drive by the window of Dormann Library and wave! To schedule a Zoom visit, or for more information, call the library at (607) 776-4613.

 

Two Bath Residents Arrested After Child OD
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports December 4th, deputies arrested 24-year-old Kelsey R. Ritter, and 30-year-old Anthony A. DeVito, of State Route 415, Bath, following an investigation into a reported overdose of a child at that residence, who was transported to a medical trauma facility and admitted for treatment. Deputies and Investigators responded to the residence and recovered suspected opioid compounds. Ritter and DeVito were charged with one count each of Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D Felony, and one count each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Ritter and DeVito were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released. Further charges are expected.

 

Steuben County Landfill Announces Plastic and Glass Changes
Changes are in store for customers at the Steuben County landfill and transfer stations beginning January. Plastics will now be sorted between types 1 & 2  clear versus colored plastic, while colored and clear glass can be mixed. County Environmental Project Coordinator Rich Bills said No. 2 (thick and sturdy) plastics are highly sought-after recyclable materials and easily turned into new products. However, if plastics are mixed together when placed in recycling stalls at the landfill and transfer stations, they must be run through an extremely expensive sorting process before they can be recycled. For more information, go to: https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publicworks/2021recycleguide.pdf 

or https://www.facebook.com/Steuben-County-Solid-Waste-and-Recycling-162155157298049

 

Police Reform Plan Public Review is Today
The two-week public review of Steuben County’s proposed Police Reform Plan began early this morning. The county’s Police Reform draft is located on the county website and was timed to open to the public early this morning at 8 a.m. Compiled by law enforcement agencies, municipalities and key civic and elected stakeholders in Steuben County, the draft aims to improve community relations with local law officers and enhance public safety. Reform includes setting up criminal penalties for a police officer or peace officer who uses a chokehold that causes serious physical injury or death. County Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee yesterday that “Ninety percent of our stakeholders believe that police in Steuben County are fundamentally honest, with an approximately 80 percent approval rating...”

 

Tom Reed Says Congress Must Find COVID Stimulus Relief Agreement
Problem Solver Caucus co-chair congressman Tom Reed issued a statement saying, it’s time to double down on finding a solution to the remaining obstacles in a bipartisan COVID-19 emergency relief agreement because lawmakers are simply too close. Reed said with families and small businesses hurting, and local communities running out of money as they fight the virus, Congress must do what Americans elected them to do: find commonsense solutions to get emergency relief out the door which includes taking care of our state, local, and tribal governments and recognizes the importance of worker and liability protections.

 

CCC & Other SUNY Schools Canceling Winter Indoor Sports
Corning Community College is one of dozens of SUNY schools which have decided to cancel some winter indoor sports. These are sports considered "high risk" for COVID-19 exposure and spread of infection. The schools are members of the National Junior College Athletic Association. Sports affected include: basketball, cheerleading, dance, volleyball and wrestling. 

 

O’Mara Says Young Farmer Apprenticeship Program Now Law
State Senator Tom O’Mara says that legislation he supported and voted for in the Senate earlier this year to establish a “Young Farmer Apprenticeship Program” has been signed into law. The new law was unanimously approved by the Senate in early March.  The State Assembly approved the measure in late July and it was recently signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 8th, 2020

Steuben Reports Three More Deaths; 123 New Cases Yesterday
Three more lives were lost yesterday to COVID-19 and all were from nursing homes. Two individuals were male residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center, age 80 and 92.  One was an 89-year-old female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers. 123 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 between Saturday and yesterday.  This brings the total to 2,164 confirmed cases, 380 of which are currently active. The new infections involve numerous nursing facilities and schools to include Bath Central as well as multiple churches and social clubs. 

 

Annual “Fill The Patrol Car” Toy Drive Saturday at Hornell Wal-Mart
The “Fill the Patrol Car” campaign sponsored by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Hornell Walmart. Ray Dell, Chairman of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Foundation, said “Whether you are donating a coat or a toy, it will benefit a child in Steuben County.” Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard encourages those who can donate to bring unwrapped toys to the location for distribution to needy children in Steuben County. Donations of unwrapped toys can also be made at drop boxes at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey St., Bath, N.Y.

 

Multiple Steuben COVID Cases Traced to Thanksgiving Gatherings
Steuben Public Health Department reports Steuben County has had multiple positive cases and a number of contacts traced back to Thanksgiving gatherings “As predicted…” according to Health Director Darlene Smith. Of the 123 new cases reported yesterday, 26 people had contact with previously reported positive cases and 13 people had contact on Thanksgiving with people who tested positive, some from out of the county or state. 16 residents of Fred and Harriet Taylor Health Center tested positive as well as seven Corning Inc. employees. "With more holidays around the corner, we implore you to reconsider gathering with anyone outside your COVID bubble," Smith said. "Even small gatherings can result in multiple positives, with the potential for some to end up in the hospital or worse."

 

Dormann Library Announces Curbside-Only Service Next Week
The Dormann Library in Bath announced it will be moving back to curbside only service beginning next week. Curbside service will run from Monday, December 14th through Tuesday, January 19th. Officials say the move is in the interest of the public safety for the community and staff, noting the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Steuben County.

 

Unemployment Benefits Expire 12/26
Unemployment benefits are expired to stop on December 26th under two COVID-19 relief programs and about 1.2 million New Yorkers will be affected by this move and about 12 million workers across the nation as Congress is negotiating a possible stimulus deal. Since March when the pandemic began, New York has paid more than $56 billion in benefits to 3.8 million New Yorkers.

 

GrassRoots Live LivesStreaming Saturday December 19th
GrassRoots Live is a one-night only live-streamed event coming up Saturday December 19th live via StageIt.com from the State Theatre in Ithaca. The annual Grassroots Festival at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds was cancelled this summer due to the pandemic and this event brings live performances from the GrassRoots All Stars, Jeb & Tara, Driftwood and more musical acts. Tickets are $10 dollars.

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 7th, 2020

County Health & CCC Providing Free Rapid COVID Tests This Week
The Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with Corning Community College to provide free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Corning Community College Health Education Center (HEC).  Testing will be available each day this week.  The Education Center is located at 132 Denison Parkway East in Corning.  Participants should park in the building’s lot off Chemung Street. Testing is free and open to Steuben County residents.  Participants must pre-register in order to be tested.

 

Steuben Sees 2 More COVID Deaths & 58 New Cases 
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of two more Steuben County residents while infecting 58 others. The COVID death toll in Steuben is now at 106. Both individuals were male residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center in Bath. Meanwhile, the latest infections bring the total to 2,041 confirmed cases, 330 of which are currently active. 

 

Buffalo Bills Play Tonight on WABH
The Buffalo Bills return to the national spotlight on Monday Night Football tonight. The 8-3 Bills will play the 5-6 San Francisco 49ers tonight. Because of COVID, the game will be played at State Farm Stadium – the home of the Arizona Cardinals. Game time is 8:15 on 1380 AM WABH & 100.3FM!

 

Hornell Men Arrested After Traffic Stop on 390
Two Hornell men face drug-related charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 390, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office. It is reported about 3:40 p.m. on Friday Nov. 27th,  a deputy stopped a vehicle for an alleged violation of the state Vehicle and Traffic Law and the driver identified as Travis J. Carlton, 22, of Hornell. The deputy suspected drug activity in the vehicle and that Carlton was under the influence of drugs. A drug investigation was conducted which included the performance of standardized field sobriety tests. Carlton was taken into custody for driving while ability impaired due to drugs. The passenger, Brendan J. Seger, 20, of Hornell, was found to be in possession of about 34 grams of marijuana. Carlton was charged with DWAI by drugs.

 

Today is 79th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor
Today marks the 79th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The ongoing pandemic has changed ceremonies planned to remember the historic event. The community is encouraged to Remember Pearl Harbor at home. This day 79 years ago at 12:55 p.m. was the exact time of the attack. 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 5, 2020

58 new COVID-19 cases in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that 58 new Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19, including two individuals from the Town of Bath and two individuals from the Village of Bath. This brings the county total to 2,041 confirmed cases, 330 of which are currently active. One individual is an employee of the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital

 

Two new COVID-19 deaths in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification of the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 106.  Both individuals were male residents of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center.  One died while hospitalized at the age of 79 and the other died at the center at the age of 72. 

 

Bath man arrested for driving on a suspended license

A Bath man was arrested after a traffic stop in Penn Yan this past Thursday. James Hilligus, age 46, of Bath, was pulled over for allegedly driving a car in which the registration was suspended for an insurance lapse. A check of his license revealed it had been revoked with three scoffs on three separate dates, as well as an interlock device restriction. Hilligus was issued tickets for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended registration, operation a motor vehicle without ignition interlock, and unlicensed operation. He is set to appear in Penn Yan Village Court at a later date.

 

Free rapid COVID-19 testing for Steuben County residents to begin next week

The Steuben County Public Health Department is partnering with Corning Community College to provide free COVID-19 rapid testing at the Corning Community College Health Education Center (HEC).  Testing will be available December 7th through December 11th with additional dates to follow.  The HEC is located at 132 Denison Parkway East, Corning.  Participants should park in the building’s lot off Chemung Street. Testing is free and open to Steuben County residents and will be available Monday, December 7th from 11 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm, Tuesday December 8th – Thursday, December 10th from 9 am – 12 pm, and 1 pm – 4 pm, and Friday, December 11th from 9 am – 12 pm. Participants must pre-register at https://tinyurl.com/cccrapid.

 

Almost 14,000 traffic tickets issued by NYSP during Thanksgiving Week

According to numbers released by the New York State Police, 13,887 tickets statewide were issued during Thanksgiving week as part of the 2020 Thanksgiving traffic enforcement initiative, which targeted unsafe driving behaviors. 155 people were also arrested for DWI, and 757 accidents were investigated, including 3 fatalities.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 4th

Suspected Explosive at Bath County Mental Health Center Found Fake
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reported a suspected explosive device was discovered then later confirmed as not real outside of the Steuben County Mental Health Center on Liberty Street in Bath today and says it appears to be a way of “sending a message about mental health.” Mullen said an employee of the mental health center came to work this morning and saw a wire that ran from a nearby building and leading to a canister outside of the County Mental Health Center. A bomb squad responded to the scene while Village officers went door to door to evacuate the area.

 

Cuomo Announces COVID Vaccine by New York Company Pfizer
Governor Andrew Cuomo touted the new coronavirus vaccine coming from New York-based company Pfizer and said the packages of vaccines will include a GPS tracker, a thermo monitor, and will need to be administered soon after it is diluted and thawed from the dry ice the vaccines were wrapped in. Vials hold 5 dosages of the vaccine and were made of glass by Steuben County company Corning Glass. Time constraints mean there will be extensive training required for those in the distribution and vaccination process. But Cuomo said - the hurdles are worth it.

 

Active County COVID Cases at 333 While Deaths Hit 104
Steuben County health officials report two more COVID deaths, bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 104.  One individual was a female residing in Corning Center who died at the age of 71.  The other was a female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died while hospitalized at the age of 92. The County Public Health Department also reports 47 county residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 1,983 confirmed cases, 333 of which are currently active. 

 

Steuben County Men Arrested on Drug Charges
Livingston County deputies arrested two Steuben County men on drug-related charges. It happened during a traffic stop on I-390. 22-year-old Travis J. Carlton of Hornell was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs. A passenger in the vehicle was also taken into custody. 20-year-old Brendan J. Seger from Hornell was allegedly found to be in possession of approximately thirty-four (34) grams of marijuana. Carlton was released pending court action. Seger was remanded to jail on cash bail. 

 

St. James Hospital Announces New Board Members
St. James Hospital announces its new board officers, effective January 1st. The St. James Board of Directors elected Shawn Hogan as board chair, Pete Wall as vice-chair, Brian Schu as secretary, and John Weyand as treasurer. Each were elected to one-year officer terms. Hogan, former mayor of Hornell, is taking the chair position currently held by Susan Gray, PhD.

 

Hammondsport Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop
A Southport traffic stop led to the arrest of a Hammondsport man. Chemung deputies said they charged 44-year-old Shane Hetzel with criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Southport Town Court at a later date and was turned over to the Elmira Police Department on outstanding warrants.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 3rd, 2020

County COVID Count: 102 Deaths & 27 New Cases
Steuben County now reports one new COVID death and 27 new cases. The latest victim…an 82-year-old man…a resident of the Fred and Harriett Taylor Health Center. 102 Steuben County residents have now died from the virus. Health officials are managing 300 active cases in the county right now.

 

Pulteney Park Decorated Despite No Spirit of Christmas
Though the pandemic put a damper on Bath’s annual Spirit of Christmas event for this holiday season, Bath is still getting in the spirit. Mayor Mike Sweet spoke on the WVIN Morning Show yesterday, saying Spirit of Christmas is canceled but Pulteney Park will be decorated and with the help of the Bath Village Street Department and BEGWS, that festive task was accomplished today. Sweet said the Village isn’t going to cancel Christmas or take the spirit out of the holidays. The lights in Pulteney Park went up just in time for today’s Santa’s Day Off  event by WVIN and WABH at the old Home Necessities Building on West Pulteney Square in Bath. Everyone is encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy there until 5pm today to help deserving local families this holiday season.

 

 

 

Bath Post Office Reminds Public to Keep Yards Lit
The Bath Post Office reminds postal patrons that as it is getting darker outside earlier to please make sure outdoor lighting are turned on. With more package deliveries brought to porches during the holiday season as well as plowing and salting by Town and County crews, outdoor lighting is crucial for the safety of postal workers, patrons and the rest of the community.

 

Campbell Man Arrested for Criminal Obstruction of Breathing
A Campbell man has been charged for allegedly choking a young person. Steuben deputies say they arrested 32-year-old Ryan Wright of County Road 125. It is alleged that Wright choked another person who was under the age of 17. He was charged with one count of Criminal Obstruction of Breathing and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Wright was arraigned and released.

 

County Manager Wheeler Says Steuben Reached “New Phase of Pandemic”
Yesterday Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said the county is in a “new phase of this pandemic”  in an open letter to the community regarding the coronavirus. He called it tragic that the county virus death toll has exceeded 100 and noted that the county is averaging over 30 new cases per day. Wheeler wrote that Steuben County was fortunate to be removed from the ‘yellow zone’ classification under the Governor’s micro-cluster strategy a few weeks ago, but the county again finds itself on the brink of reentering these zones. Wheeler added…Immediate action is needed to minimize the spread, specifically wearing face coverings in public, avoiding non-essential social gatherings and groups, practicing proper hand hygiene, and staying home when sick and seeking a COVID-19 test.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County deputies arrested 57-year-old Calvin Buck of Maple Street in Hornell.  It’s alleged that in October 2019, he transferred his EBT benefit card to another person several times…knowing they were not authorized to use it. Buck was charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps.  He was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.

 

DEC Offers Gift Cards and E-Certificates to Use at DEC Campgrounds
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced that DEC gift cards and electronic gift certificates for stays and services at all DEC campgrounds are now available for purchase online. DEC camping gift cards are physical cards mailed to the designated recipient. Electronic gift certificates will be emailed to the purchaser for printing and/or emailing to the recipient. DEC operates 52 campgrounds and five day-use areas in the Adirondack and Catskill forest preserves. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 2nd, 2020

Gunlocke Delays Layoffs
Wayland-based Furniture manufacturer Gunlocke report they have delayed the layoff of about two dozen employees at their Steuben County plant, according to an updated WARN notice. Layoffs scheduled to happen in mid-December “will be postponed from the 14-day period starting on 12/15/2020 to the 14-day period starting on 3/12/2021.” Originally, 29 employees were to be impacted by the layoff but the new notice says there will be a “permanent separation of 23 employees.” According to the original WARN notice, Gunlocke made the layoffs for “relocation of certain product lines to other facilities within the United States.”

 

Pulteney Park to be Decorated Despite No Spirit of Christmas
Though the pandemic put a damper on Bath’s annual Spirit of Christmas event for this holiday season, Bath is still planning to get in the spirit. Mayor Mike Sweet spoke today on the WVIN Morning Show says Spirit of Christmas is canceled but Pulteney Park will soon be decorated with the help of the Bath Village Street Department and BEGWS by the end of this or next week. Sweet said the Village isn’t going to cancel Christmas or take the spirit out of the holidays. 

 

Steuben Reports 51 More COVID Cases & 2 Deaths
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 51 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19.  Currently, there are 286 active cases. Latest cases involve residents in the Town of Bath while another six involve people living in the Village of Bath. Steuben Public Health also reports the death of two individuals who had previously tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 101.  One victim was a female resident of the Town of Erwin who was in Elcor for short term rehab and died while hospitalized at age 91.  The other individual was a female resident of Absolut Care Three Rivers who died at the age of 78. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said “Breaking one hundred deaths is a marker we never anticipated when this began.”

 

Mayor Sweet Optimistic About New Bath Businesses and Renovations
During an interview on WVIN’s Morning Show today, Mayor Mike Sweet shared progress of new business being created in the Village of Bath-including the current renovation of the old Super-Duper on Route 54 into a new Keuka Watersports showroom as well as concrete being poured for a new Dunkin’ Donuts in the same plaza as soon as today or tomorrow. Sweet also reports the Auto Plus is renovating the old Sears building to use as their new facility. Sweet said that he and the Board have a vision to transform empty, unused buildings in the Village.

 

ThruWay Charges Expected to Increase
Some drivers on the New York State Thruway can expect to pay a little more in the new year. A proposal for new toll rates was approved by the Thruway Advisory Board, and is scheduled to go into effect Jan. 1. Under the plan, those paying tolls via mail will be charged 30% more than the E-ZPass toll rate. There will also be a $2 administrative surcharge on each billing statement. Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew Driscoll said they haven’t imposed a toll adjustment in 10 years.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 1st, 2020

Calkins Named WETM’s Male Fall MVP
After winning 56 percent out of the thousands of votes casted, The WETM-18 Male Fall MVP was named soccer standout Keefer Calkins. The Haverling Rams’ junior scored 29 goals and had six assists, helping Haverling win their third straight Section V Class B2 title this season. Calkins also performed well in the sectional semifinals with five goals in a 6-0 win against Williamson.

 

Three More Steuben Residents Die from COVID; 90 More Test Positive
Steuben County health officials report that three more residents at Absolut Care Three Rivers have died from COVID-19 complications. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 99 while 90 more Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday.  This brings the total to 1,858 confirmed cases.  There are 253 currently active cases.

 

Allegany County Crash Kills Liverpool Man
State Police are investigating the cause of a deadly crash in Allegany County involving a man from Livonia and one from Liverpool. Police say it happened in a rural area of the town of Grove Saturday night. Troopers were called to Route 70, near the Swain Ski Resort, where they found a vehicle that had flipped over. They say the driver, 48-year-old William Hitchcock of Livonia suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The passenger, 43-year-old Brian Hitchcock of Liverpool, died at the scene. The State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation is looking into the cause.

 

DEC Releases Deer Management Plan for Public View and Comment
The New York State DEC’s NYS Deer Management Plan has been drafted and released for public review and comment. The new plan builds upon the DEC’s 2011 deer management plan and aims to guide deer management actions taken by the DEC to balance natural resource protection, public safety, and recreational and economic interests for the next 10 years. The newly-released draft includes a new method for setting deer population objectives, approaches for harvesting antlerless deer, and developing new opportunities for deer management in urban and suburban areas across New York State. The DEC is urging the public to review the new draft plan and will accept public comments through December 28th, 2020. The full plan can be reviewed on the Department of Environmental Conservation website.

 

AAA Shares Winter Tips for Safe Driving
With the official start to winter less than three weeks away, law enforcement officials and AAA are warning drivers to be safe on slippery roads and are working to prepare drivers for the first official snowfall of the season. Motorists are urged to allow themselves extra time to get to their destination while taking snow accumulation into consideration, and using their best judgement to determine whether or not it is a wise decision to be on the roads. AAA says other tips include keeping a full tank of gas, making sure you have windshield washer fluid in your car, and keeping your car clear of snow. For more winter driving safety tips, click here

 

Cuomo Urges Public to Use Caution to Avoid Holiday COVID Spread
Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging people in New York to remain vigilant and smart during the holiday season - as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climb. Cuomo, speaking to reporters yesterday, introduced a series of directives to hospitals that will help them gather the staff, PPE, equipment and space needed if hospitalization rates get worse. Elective surgeries will be canceled starting Friday in Erie County. Governor Cuomo says elective surgeries in other parts of the state might have to be canceled if more hospitals get overwhelmed.

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