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Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 10th, 2020

County Receives $3K Grant from United Way to Fight Lead Poisoning
Steuben County is receiving an award from United Way worth $3,000 designated to help children in danger of lead poisoning. The United Way of Southern Tier Lead Grant will increase training to providers, staff, parents and the community while providing materials such as lead-free paint and supplies to reduce lead exposure. Steuben and Chemung counties are receiving the grant from the United Way because there is a proven need to prevent lead poisoning in the area. The grant is expected to be accepted by the county Legislature at its January 27th meeting at 10am.


Palmesano Reacts to Cuomo’s State of the State Address
Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State Address Wednesday received negative reactions from local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano. The Assemblyman of the 58th district is most concerned about public safety being influenced by bail reform laws. * Palmesano also expressed concerned about the lack of tax talk and budget solutions in the governor’s speech. * New York State faces a $6.1 billion budget shortfall as the new legislative session starts.


Congressman Reed Reiterates He is Contemplating Governor’s Race
On Wednesday, Congressman Tom Reed reiterated that he is contemplating a gubernatorial run in 2022. The Congressman says numerous people across the state have encouraged his potential run. Reed also gave feedback on Cuomo’s State of the State Address and blamed Democrats and what he calls the “hard left” for downstate policies enacted under Cuomo’s leadership. Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo has already confirmed he will run for a fourth term as governor.


NYS Senate Republican Conference Calls to Repeal Bail Reform
Yesterday, the New York State Senate Republican Conference called for a repeal of the state’s newly-enacted bail reform law. During the Senate session yesterday, a proposal to repeal the amendment was struck down. The proposal was co-sponsored by local State Senator Tom O’Mara who said: “These so-called ‘reforms’ are nothing more than unlocking the cell blocks and sending potentially dangerous criminals back into our communities and neighborhoods, day after day, with no safeguards. Democrats keep shrugging off the warnings and that’s irresponsible, to say the least.”Governor Cuomo recently remarked reforms to the law are necessary, calling it a “work in progress”.


State Dept of Health Directed to Monitor Flu Numbers
The New York State Department of Health has been directed by the Governor to take additional steps so healthcare facilities are prepared for the rest of the flu season. The Department was directed to begin enhanced monitoring of hospitals through the Health Emergency Response Data System to ensure hospitals have the resources necessary to handle the recent spike in hospitalizations. Hospitals will be required to report flu-related information to the State Department of Health on a weekly basis. Last week, it was reported that the number of New Yorkers hospitalized with lab-confirmed influenza was up 34 percent from the previous week.


Empire Center Announces “DeregulateNY” Contest
Yesterday, the Empire Center announced that they were kicking off ‘DeregulateNY’, an online contest that invites users to identify the most needlessly expensive and restrictive rules imposed on people offering goods and services in New York. Interested New Yorkers can submit entries online and compete to win a cash prize and a trip to Albany. DeregulateNY encourages new perspectives of  regulatory obstacles to commerce and free enterprise, letting businesses tell their stories while helping New Yorkers decide whether these rules and regulations are working as intended.Entries may be submitted through Friday, February 14, 2020. Contest winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced Thursday, February 20, 2020.

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