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Sunday, January 31, 2021

Underage Drinking Initiative Conducted in Allegany County

NEW YORK STATE POLICE 
Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander



PRESS RELEASE 

 

On January 28, 2021, New York State Police conducted an Underage Drinking Initiative that spanned two townships and three villages in Allegany County.

One location was found not in compliance with the laws dealing with the sale of alcohol to persons under the age of 21, Short’s Grocery, in the town of Wellsville, NY.

As a result of the initiative, Caitlyn M. Dubois, age 21 of Rexville, NY was charged under the New York Alcoholic Beverage Control law, section 65 – Prohibited Sale to a Person Under the Age of 21.  Dubois was issued an appearance ticket returnable to the Wellsville Town Court in February 2021.

The following establishments were checked and in compliance, Dollar General, in the town of Cuba, Crosby’s, South Street Mart, in the village of Cuba, Dollar General, Shop’n Save, Crosby’s, in the village of Bolivar, NY, Shorts Deli, in the town of Wellsville, NY, 7 Eleven, Marathon, and Dollar General, in the village of Wellsville, NY.

Allegany County COVID Update

 


Obituary: Wyatt Warren Brimmer, 12, of Harrison Valley, PA

Wyatt Warren Brimmer, 12, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, January 28, 2021. 

Born January 8, 2009, in Coudersport, he was the son of Warren S. and Jamie R. Lyman Brimmer.  Wyatt was a sixth grade student at Northern Potter Children’s School, where he participated in band and basketball.  He was active in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts in Ulysses, Kids Club at the Harrison Valley C&MA, and Harrison Valley baseball.  Wyatt loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and riding bicycle.  He liked to help with projects and fix things with his hands. 

Surviving besides his parents are:  two siblings, Chloe Brimmer and Austin Brimmer;  paternal grandmother, Vicky Brimmer of Harrison Valley;  maternal grandparents, Jerry and Linda Lyman of Richburg, NY;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, John Brimmer. 

Friends may call Tuesday, February 2, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Harrison Valley, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.. Rev. Scott Wills and Rev. Timothy Miller will co-officiate.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply. Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Boy Scout Troop 530 or Cub Scout Pack 530, c/o Cliff Wood, P.O. Box 131, Ulysses, PA 16948. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW YORK'S COVID-19 POSITIVITY RATE HAS DECLINED FOR 23 STRAIGHT DAYS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York's State's 7-day average COVID-19 positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days.

"We've dealt with a holiday surge driven by increased social activity, the surge is reducing, and the state's 7-day average positivity rate has declined for 23 straight days, which is a significant trend," Governor Cuomo said. "As we continue to vaccinate as many New Yorkers as supply will allow, with our expansive distribution network ready to vaccinate significantly more people, it's critical that New Yorkers stay safe. All the models show a continued reduction, and so we've been able to loosen restrictions with micro-clusters, the orange zones, and New York City indoor dining. In the here and now, the news is very good, but keep an eye on the U.K. variants and the other variants because all of them suggest more diligence will be needed."

Today's data is summarized briefly below:

Test Results Reported - 243,066

Total Positive - 10,793

Percent Positive - 4.44%

Patient Hospitalization - 7,976 (-200)

Patients Newly Admitted - 877

Hospital Counties - 57

Number ICU - 1,534 (-17)

Number ICU with Intubation - 1,008 (-9)

Total Discharges - 127,798 (+956)

Deaths - 138

Total Deaths - 35,178


Friendship man involved in two-vehicle crash on I-88 in Broome County

 Binghamton-based State Police said one person was injured in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning on the Exit 4 off ramp of I-88 in Colesville. The extent of injury and who was injured was not released. Troopers listed the drivers as Scott Michael Morsman, 28, of Friendship and Nicole Marie Starr, 27, of Oneonta. 

NY State Police Blotter

State Police arrested 63-year-old Judith O’Keefe of Scio. She was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She’ll answer the charge at a later date.

Allegany County COVID Update

 


Wellsville American Legion Aux. events

Morrison Hayes Unit 702 American Legion Auxiliary is doing the two following fundraisers (Can/Bottle Drive and Rada Cutlery which catalogs are available at the Post) for Unit 702 2021 Education Scholarship.  Feel free to contact Post 702, 23 Jefferson Street, Wellsville, NY with any questions – 585-593-5345 or any Unit 702 ALA Member.



Saturday, January 30, 2021

Shinglehouse man jailed when he didn't have $100 for bail

A Shinglehouse man was remanded to Potter County Jail late Friday night when he couldn't post $100 for bail. Pennsylvania State Police based in Coudersport last night arrested 64-year-old Roberto Antonio Diaz. His charges are low-level offenses...second-degree misdemeanor simple assault and a summary violation of harassment with physical contact. At 10:45 p.m., he was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Kari A. McCleaft. She set bail at $100, which was $100 more than the man had. He remains behind bars today. 

Drama plays out in last undecided congressional race, and it's in NY

This story is courtesy of WETM and WYSR-TV

UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Republican Claudia Tenney’s lead over Democrat Anthony Brindisi expanded to 122 votes Friday evening in the country’s only undecided congressional race.

After previously rejected ballots ordered by a judge to be counted, 139 went for Brindisi and 232 for Tenney. She had led by 29 votes before this week’s count.

The newly-counted ballots had initially been rejected by the Oneida County Board of Elections because the voters had registered at the last minute, but before the deadline, through the DMV. The judge ordered their ballots should count because it was the elections staff who made the mistake of not processing their registrations.

The DMV voter registration problem was discovered by the Brindisi Campaign, which used those grounds to challenge 69 ballots. His legal team asked only those 69 ballots to be reconsidered, but the strategy backfired when the judge expanded the count to every ballot on those grounds, not just the challenged once.

Tenney’s 122-vote lead is significant considering State Supreme Court Justice Scott DelConte ruled Friday to not count hundreds of affidavit/provisional ballots that never counted but Brindisi was hoping would be reconsidered.

In a 23-page decision, the judge rejected and will not count:

  • 128 ballots from voters who dropped ballots off at the wrong polling place
  • 20 ballots cast in the wrong county, many by college students
  • 85 ballots, cast by people who were deemed “purged voters”

“Purged voters” are people who had been previously registered, but were inactive voters for so long, they were removed from the registration lists.

In his decision, DelConte wrote, “Despite the severity of the transgressions that have been uncovered in this proceeding, including multiple violations of state and federal Election Law, this Court has no authority to grant any other relief…”

He basically argues, despite the blatant errors on the part of some voters, some boards of election offices, and for some, blatant election injustices, the court doesn’t have the power to fix the problems.

Elections staff from the eight counties in NY22 will be back in court Monday for a final review of the ballots.

A schedule has been set for the votes to be certified with New York State.

Tenney’s likely victory based on these rulings doesn’t mean the race is over.

Brindisi has filed paperwork to appeal decisions to the next-highest level of court.

NY State Police Blotter

 1/28/21 8:51am- After investigating a domestic dispute, Olean-based Troopers arrested Shawn I. Deahn, 33, of Genesee, NY. He was charged with felony aggravated family offense and second-degree criminal contempt for allegedly disobeying a court order. He was initially detained. On Friday, he was arrested again following another domestic clash. This time he was charged with felony aggravated family offense and felony first-degree criminal contempt involving physical contact. He was arraigned and remanded to jail in lieu of cash bail.

1/29/21 7am- After investigating a complaint in the village of Canaseraga, Troopers arrested Gabriel P. Bingham, 28, of Dansville. He was charged with criminal mischief and petit larceny. He was released on his own recognizance. 

1/29/21 11:44pm- After responding to a complaint in the Town of Bath, State Police arrested Lee M. Baxter, 46, of Bath. He was charged with felony criminal possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and second-degree menacing with a weapon. He was initially detained.

Pennsylvania State Police Blotter - Coudersport

       At 4:50 a.m. on January 13th, Troopers received a 911 hand up call from Park Avenue in Coudersport. Upon investigation, an alleged assault with a weapon occurred. The investigation is ongoing.

-          On January 27th, Coudersport-based Troopers conducted a traffic stop on US Route 6 at Denton Hill State Park. They arrested Morgan Champaign, 22, of Williamsport. She was accused of driving under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance.

-          On January 26th, PSP charged Ashley A. Books, 37, of Cuba with “driving on roadways laned for traffic.” She was driving west of Route 49 when her vehicle left the roadway and struck a guide rail. No injuries were reported.

-          Minor injuries were reported on January 24th when two vehicles collided at the intersection of E 2nd Street and N East Street. Mark A. Benson, 60, of Coudersport was charged with “obedience to traffic control devices.” The other driver, 58-year-old Clayton Roberts of Eldred and a read seat passenger, 32-year-old Shawna Roberts of Smethport were treated at UPMC Cole for minor injuries.

-          On January 28th at 3 p.m. State Police launched a death investigation in Harrison Township. Troopers said a 12-year-old boy was found dead. He sustained a single gunshot wound. No further information will be released at this time. Anyone who has information regarding this incident can contact the Coudersport barracks at 814-274-8690.

Friday, January 29, 2021

Wyoming County COVID Update

 


COVID case impacts David A. Howe Library in Wellsville

Dear Friends, we have a positive case of Covid-19 in the library. Out of an overabundance of caution, we will be closing all services temporarily. Once we've had the chance to deep clean and assess we will be back with an update.

Thanks for your continued support. Stay safe!

STEUBEN REPORTS DEATH RELATED TO COVID-19

BATH – 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 161.  The individual was a male resident of the Town of Corning who died while hospitalized at the age of 75. 

“We are dismayed that COVID-19 continues to shorten lives in Steuben County,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith.  “To honor the lives of those who have been lost and to keep our community safe, please continue to follow all COVID prevention strategies.”  

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. 

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.

33 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 CONFIRMED IN STEUBEN COUNTY

BATH – The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 33 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 5,033 confirmed cases, 320 of which are currently active. 

The individuals are residents of the:

·         City of Corning (2)

·         City of Hornell (4)

·         Town of Bath (4)

·         Town of Cameron

·         Town of Campbell (2)

·         Town of Corning

·         Town of Dansville

·         Town of Erwin (2)

·         Town of Fremont (2)

·         Town of Greenwood

·         Town of Hornby

·         Town of Lindley (2)

·         Town of Rathbone

·         Town of Troupsburg

·         Village of Addison

·         Village of Bath (2)

·         Village of Canisteo (4)

·         Village of North Hornell

The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. 

Per CDC and New York State Department of Health guidance, information is collected beginning 48 hours prior to symptom onset or date of test if asymptomatic through the day of the positive test result to identify any potential exposure risks. 

The investigations indicate:

·         10 individuals had contact with previously reported Steuben positives

·         One individual is a resident and one individual is an employee of Elderwood at Hornell

·         Two individuals are associated with the following schools: Addison Middle School and Elmira College

 

In addition to the locations noted above, the individuals reported visiting the following locations that could pose an exposure risk within their investigation timeframes:

·         1/21 – Corning Indoors Farmer’s Market at the Union Hall

·         1/21, 1/22 – Stonehouse CafĂ© in Campbell

·         1/21, 1/22, 1/28 – Pactiv Evergreen in Canandaigua

·         1/22 – Mitzi’s Hairstyling in Addison

·         1/23 – 1/25 – The Collegiate Restaurant in Alfred

·         1/25 – Lowe’s in Hornell

·         1/25 – American Legion in Hornell

·         1/25 – AMVETS in Hornell

·         1/25, 1/26 – NYSDOT in Hornell

·         1/25 – 1/28 – Welliver in Montour Falls

·         1/26 – 1/28 – Wegmans in Hornell

·         1/27 – Storflex in Corning

Today’s age groups for the positives are as follows:

·         0 – 9 years: 3

·         10 – 19 years: 4

·         20 – 29 years: 5

·         30 – 39 years: 1

·         40 – 49 years: 4

·         50 – 59 years: 6

·         60 – 69 years: 4

·         70 – 79 years: 3

·         80 – 89 years: 2

·         90 – 99 years: 1

“It is encouraging that this week has stayed relatively steady with a lowered number of cases compared to weeks past,” said Public Health Director, Darlene Smith. “To keep this trend moving forward, we must all continue to follow the COVID prevention strategies, including identifying contacts so they can be appropriately quarantined and not risk further spread.” 

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.  

For the latest Steuben County updates, visit Steuben County’s website at www.steubencony.org or social media pages: www.facebook.com/SCNYPublicHealth and www.instagram.com/SteubenPublicHealth.

Allegany County COVID Update

 


Allegany County: Enumeration / 911 GIS update February 2021

 



Allegany County monthly 911 report

 


January Report: Allegany County Sheriff's Office

 





January Report: Allegany County District Attorney

 


Alfred State welcomes new employees

Alfred State College recently welcomed six new faculty and staff members to its Division of Academic Affairs.

Cody Beckwith was hired as a staff assistant in Technology Services. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from SUNY Fredonia.

Afua Boahene joins the college as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) academic adviser. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wells College, a Master of Science in Education from Syracuse University, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in women and gender studies from Syracuse University.

Ronald Foster is a new associate librarian. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utica College and a Master of Library Science degree from SUNY Albany.

Thomas Ide was hired as an instructional support assistant in the Electrical, Machine Tool and Welding Technology Department. He served in the US Army from 1966 to 1968 and has 35 years of experience in an automotive manufacturing environment as a machine repair specialist.

Dr. Angela Graves joins the college as an academic success coach in the Student Success Center and an adjunct instructor in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; a Master of Arts in political science from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary; and a doctorate in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Dr. Tolga Soyata is a new assistant professor in the Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technology Department. He earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical and communications engineering from Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey; a Master of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD; and a doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Rochester.

Alfred State: Five Pioneers Named to ECFC Academic Team, 22 Others on Academic Honor Roll

Five members of the Alfred State football program have earned a spot on the Fall 2020 Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) All-Academic Team. 22 other Pioneers excelled in the classroom to be named to the ECFC Academic Honor Roll.

To be eligible for the ECFC All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.3 or higher following the 2020 fall semester. Additionally, all honorees must be at least a sophomore in standing with a minimum two years of participation on the football team.  

Aaron Jenkins (Canfield, OH), Cade Marks (Wellsburg), Rylie Van Fleet (Endwell), Trevor Gydesen (Evan Mills), and Trevor Porzucek (Manlius) represented the Pioneers on the list of 71 student-athletes. Marks, a criminal justice major, and Gydesen, a mechanical engineering major, are earning the honor for the second straight year.

The ECFC Academic Honor Roll recognizes student-athletes that achieved a 3.0 cumulative or fall semester-based G.P.A. or higher. Further, freshman and first-year transfer student-athletes are eligible for the recognition. In total, 165 student-athletes from all seven member institutions earned Academic Honor Roll recognition.

Alfred State honorees included: Alec Webster (Horseheads), Amadou Barry (Harlem), Brad Lehr (Lansing), Brockton Weist (Harpursville), Casey Cunningham (Fener), Christian Kuster (Kerhonskon), Colin Kraeger (Oriskany), Dalton Finster (Croghan), Dawson Fontaine (Bensalem, PA),  Eagan Enke (Alfred), Frankie DePalma (Syracuse), Griffin Briggs (Holland Patent), Jake Palmer (Albany), Jalen White (Brooklyn), Jasiah Nichols (New Rochelle, NY), Joery Barthold (Brooklyn), Michael Dion (Phoenix), Nizair Evans (Syracuse), Rayshawn Powell (Brooklyn), Robert Augustin (Brooklyn), Shawn Patrie (Syracuse), and Billy Fon (Dobbs Ferry).

Full ECFC Release

National Fuel Adjusts Gas Supply Charges in Pennsylvania

National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (National Fuel) has submitted to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission its quarterly adjustment to gas supply charges. This adjustment decreases the monthly bill of a typical residential customer with annual usage of 100,300 cubic feet of gas by $1.17, from $70.35 to $69.18. This 1.66 percent decrease is to become effective Feb. 1, 2021.

Resulting from the abundant supply of Marcellus Shale gas and benefitting northwestern Pennsylvania homes and businesses, market prices for natural gas remain at 13-year lows.  Nearly all of the gas consumed by National Fuel utility customers comes from Pennsylvania-produced shale gas.

National Fuel’s price-to-compare gas commodity charge also will decrease to $0.37198 per 100 cubic feet (ccf). This reference point, detailed on the National Fuel bill under Gas Supply Charges, is important for customers who are shopping for an alternate gas supplier.

Gas supply charges are passed along to customers dollar for dollar, with no mark-up or profit to National Fuel. Pennsylvania utility companies are permitted to update gas supply charges on a quarterly basis to reflect changes in the market price of natural gas. The next opportunity to adjust gas supply charges will be May 1, 2021.

As the result of cost-containment efforts and efficient management, National Fuel hasn’t sought to increase the delivery service charges paid by its residential customers in more than 14 years, even while consistent investments in pipeline safety and system modernization have continued.

Gov. Wolf Urges Congress to Prioritize Critical Infrastructure Needs to Move PA Forward

As a new legislative session begins in the U.S. Congress, Governor Tom Wolf today urged the Pennsylvania Congressional Delegation to prioritize critical infrastructure needs for the commonwealth as a part of any potential new stimulus package and infrastructure package.

In a letter to the delegation, the governor emphasized that an investment in our infrastructure is critical to address current needs and help move Pennsylvania forward.

Throughout his administration Governor Wolf has emphasized the need to invest in our infrastructure, from high speed internet access and blighted properties to our aging transportation and stormwater infrastructures and greenspaces.

“Record job losses continue to impact Pennsylvania even as we are taking steps to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” Gov. Wolf said. “It is vital to the future success of our commonwealth that additional funding be allocated through a comprehensive and robust infrastructure package, as well as stimulus funding, to address the immediate and long-term needs of those left behind by the changing dynamics of our industries, as well as provide additional job opportunities across many sectors.”

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the need for high speed internet to bridge the digital divide. Without broadband access, Pennsylvanians lack the ability to find job opportunities, school-aged children cannot engage in remote learning, and emergency service communications are drastically reduced. According to the Federal Communications Commission, more than 800,000 Pennsylvanians lack access to robust, reliable, high-speed internet, with more than 520,000 of those residents living in rural areas.

“It is absolutely critical that additional funding for broadband access be included in federal legislation, so that our commonwealth can meet the challenges of the 21st century and embrace new opportunities for growth and competitiveness,” Gov. Wolf said.

The governor also called for additional funding to remediate blighted properties, which is one of the main challenges to revitalizing communities and neighborhoods. Further, the governor is calling for federal support for lead, PFAS and other chemical cleanup and remediation efforts, as well as abandoned former industrial and commercial sites to allow for new growth and development on these properties.

“Revitalizing these locations improves the health and quality of life of our citizens, while also injecting much-needed revenue into our local communities by returning once lifeless properties to the tax rolls,” Gov. Wolf said.

As Pennsylvania continues to be a significant producer of clean-burning natural gas, federal funding is critical to help Pennsylvania to build new and revitalize old manufacturing facilities,  so businesses and individuals can use our natural gas, creating jobs, lowering costs, and improving energy efficiency.

The governor also emphasized the need for federal infrastructure funding to address the state’s massive and aging transportation network.

The American Society of Engineers’ 2018 “infrastructure report card” gives Pennsylvania a D+ rating for the quality of its roads and bridges, and a D for its transit.

“This is unacceptable but can easily be remedied with additional funding from the federal government to improve our highways, bridges, and secondary roads as well upgrade our strained transit systems,” Wolf said.

Further, the state’s stormwater infrastructure has not kept pace with new development and the effects of climate change. The governor called for a substantial federal investment to develop proper stormwater management, including the diversion of rain from overflowing sewers to prevent the flooding of streets and homes, improvement of local water quality, and the lessening of runoff and pollution.

“As we continue to see record high precipitation levels, it is critical that additional funding be provided to update our stormwater systems to not only protect Pennsylvanians, but our environment as well,” Gov. Wolf said.

Maintaining Pennsylvania’s natural resources – parks, trails, greenways, riverfronts and open spaces – is critical to protecting our environment but also attracting individuals and families to communities, offering recreational opportunities and retaining the workforce that will power Pennsylvania’s economy. The governor called for additional investments to upgrade and fix park and forest infrastructure, including buildings and trails, to protect and maximize our green spaces and preserve them for generations to come.

“The potential for Pennsylvania is endless, but additional funding is needed to achieve the goals of vibrant towns and cities, with new development and opportunities in rural and disadvantaged areas, creating a modern, interconnected commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf said. “These priorities of reinvesting in our communities, if given robust funding through stimulus money and a comprehensive infrastructure package, will ensure Pennsylvania is ready and able to compete in our post-pandemic economy.”

Wear Red Day 2021 is on Friday, Feb. 5

Despite the devastating toll of COVID-19, heart disease remains the #1 cause of death in the U.S and worldwide, and the leading cause of death among women. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease. One is too many.

 

On Friday, Feb. 5, National Wear Red Day, the American Heart Association is urging everyone to wear red to raise awareness about the devastating effects of heart disease in women.

 

Heart disease and stroke can affect a woman at any age. In fact, nearly 45% of women age 20 and older are living with some form of heart disease, however, new data suggests Gen Z and Millennial women are less likely to be aware that heart disease is their greatest health threat.

Women can often have different symptoms of heart disease than men. They can have crushing chest pain and arm numbness, but can also have pain in the shoulders and back, gastrointestinal distress and fatigue.

Throughout the Southern Tier and across the nation, people will be wearing red on Wear Red Day. As they do every year, many companies will illuminate their buildings red to raise awareness. Locally, Security Mutual will be lighting its building red. People will also donate at GoRedforWomen.org, where information about going red is also available. People wearing red can share photos of themselves on their social media sites, with the hashtag #GoRed or #WearRedDay. Tag the American Heart Association with @AHANewYork on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Wear Red Day takes place during American Heart Month, which is all of February.

 

For information about Wear Red Day, email Amy.Skiba@heart.org or visit GoRedforWomen.org.

Baroody warns Steuben seniors, public of vaccine scams

BATH – Senior citizens and their loved ones should be alert to scammers claiming they have special access to COVID-19 vaccines, Steuben County Office For the Aging Director Patty Baroody said. “The state’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is telling us this type of fraud will move very quickly, very soon, and will take many forms,” Baroody said. “Scammers rapidly alter their tactics and adapt their schemes to the changing landscape, and we anticipate that they will leverage the pending COVID-19 vaccine to prey on the public.” Baroody said seniors, their families and the general public can guard against scams by following the following guidelines: 

• No one will likely need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. 

• No one can pay to get early access to the vaccine.

 • No one from Medicare will contact residents regarding the vaccine.

 • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call asking for Social Security numbers, credit card or bank account information in order to sign up for the vaccine.

 • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. People should check with their health care provider before paying for, or receiving, any COVID-19-related treatment. 

• Scammers may call, text, email or go door-to-door claiming they can get someone early access to the vaccine. Do not provide personal or financial information. 

"We know getting access to registration information is a difficult process for everyone, and maybe even more frustrating for our seniors who are in a higher risk group," Baroody said. "I urge everyone to be as patient as possible as details get ironed out and more vaccine is released." Anyone believing they have been contacted with vaccine fraud case information, may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298, or (833) 829-7226 or email stopvaxfraud@health.ny.gov