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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 17, 2018

Steuben DOH Reports First Case of West Nile
Steuben County Public Health reports the first-ever recorded case of West Nile Virus in the county. The Public Health Office said a horse in a rural area of Steuben tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness but didn’t specify where exactly it was found, stressing that this is most likely an isolated case. West Nile Virus causes mild flu-like symptoms initially but could lead to swelling of the brain and spinal cord. Those 50 years of age or older are at highest risk for severe illness. Steuben County’s Public Health Department advises that residents take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by emptying all sources of standing water on your property (tires, pots, pans, kiddie pools, watering cans), changing bird bath water at least twice weekly, using insect repellent with DEET as directed and when possible covering skin with long sleeves, pants and socks while outdoors during active mosquito season.


Steuben Sheriffs Urge Boaters to be Vigilant with Water Safety
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office advises all recreational boaters in Steuben County to be extra vigilant and to review and practice all safe boating procedures following the heavy rains, flash flooding and extreme run-off. Affected local bodies include: Keuka Lake, Waneta Lake, Canisteo, Cohocton, Tioga and Chemung rivers as well as smaller lakes and ponds in Steuben County. These waters have increased surface debris and hidden objects beneath the surface made less visible due to murkiness, muddiness and elevated water levels. Debris such as trees can threaten the safety of boaters by causing damage and injuries. 


Phish Curveball Festival at WGI Cancelled
Bad news if you’re a Phishhead who planned to attend the this weekend’s Curveball Festival: Conditions from flooding in Schuyler County have cancelled the long-anticipated event at Watkins Glen International. The three-day music festival held by popular jam band Phish was expected to bring 30,000 people but the Schuyler County Department of Health said the “responsibility to act in the best interest of public health and safety for all,” led band management and event organizers to cancel the event. Organizers of the festival will update ticket holders on how to obtain refunds.


Reed Makes Remarks Regarding Fellow Congressman Collins
Following last week’s announcement from New York 27th District Congressman Chris Collins that he will not seek re-election after allegations of involvement with insider trading, eight Western New York Republican chairmen met in Batavia to talk about their party’s future. In response, Congressman Tom Reed said in this week’s media conference call that Collins “made the right decision” not to run again. 0 When asked if he has picked a candidate out of the few that have emerged thus far for the 27th district, he didn’t specify a personal favorite and instead remarked: “ultimately, it’s up to the people of the 27th Congressional district come November…”


Finger Lakes Regional Market Set for September 8th
Corning and Southern Finger Lakes announced the third Annual Finger Lakes Regional Market will be held Saturday, September 8th from 10am to 4pm at Watson Homestead in Painted Post. Both parking and admission will be free. The yearly event showcases only Finger Lakes regional businesses with locally grown and locally made products and local experiences. The Finger Lakes Regional Market features live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally produced cheeses, locally grown produce, arts and crafts, a free concert, face painting, kids activities and much more.


More Showers and Thunderstorms in Expected Today
After this week’s regional flash flood warning, more showers with isolated thunderstorms continue today as a cold front approaches our region. Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area today. The temperature instability along with high moisture creates a likelihood for strong to severe thunderstorms. Weather threats include strong gusty winds along with heavy downpours with rainfall of 1" possible and higher if strong or severe thunderstorms develop. More chances for showers and thunderstorms continues tonight with temperature lows near 70 degrees. Chances for showers continue tomorrow but will likely fade off throughout the day.


Cuomo Offers Context on “America Was Never That Great…”
Governor Andrew Cuomo caused a stir in state and national politics this week after he told an audience at a New York City bill-signing ceremony that America “was never that great...” The quote received criticism from State Republicans. Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, issued a statement explaining Cuomo made the statement to express that the nation’s full potential for greatness has not been reached due to lack of civic engagement and existing inequalities. President Trump reacted with a tweet saying  “...Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Cuomo then tweeted back “What you say would be ‘great again’ would not be great at all…We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK. Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward)”.

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