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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday February 4th, 2020

Painted Post Man Jailed After Three Arrests in Month
A 37-year-old man from Painted Post was arrested this weekend for the third time in less than a month for allegedly threatening violence against someone protected under a court-issued order of protection.  Thomas Whitehead was charged by Troopers with first degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense, according to Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. Whitehead is currently being held in Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.


County HSH&E Committee Meets Tomorrow
The Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee meets tomorrow morning. Legislators will be updated on the status of the coronavirus. The Committee will also vote to authorize transferring funds from the the Steuben County Diabetes Coalition to the Rural Health Network, which has agreed to accept and distribute the remaining approximately $4,500 to scholarships  for Camp Aspire.

 

Cuomo Signs Off on Limousine Safety Legislation
Governor Cuomo signed legislation designed to make limousines safer across the state. The legislation is a 10-point package that covers safety regulations like: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver’s license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. Both chambers in Albany approved the measure which was created as a result of last year's tragic limousine accident in Schoharie County.


Online Questionnaire for New Yorkers Coming Soon
State Legislators are planning to create an online questionaire for New York citizens as a way to find out why people are continuing to move out of the state at high rates. Once the data is collected from the questionnaire, roundtable discussions will be held with representatives of workforce development, small businesses, health care, education, economic growth and development, manufacturing and technology to better-understand how industries are being affected by a fall in population. According to the US Census information, New York state's population has decreased steadily in the past four years. The launch of the questionnaire will be announced at a later date.


Final New Yorker Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result
A dozen New Yorkers were tested for coronavirus and 11 of the samples came back negative. The last person's sample is awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker discussed what the state has been doing to prevent coronavirus from coming to New York and  reminding the public of best practices to prevent spreading illness.  Zucker also advised those who have symptoms to see a doctor and get treated. A new hotline has been established at 1-888-364-3065 to answer questions about coronavirus.

 

Supreme Court Justice Resigns Following Investigation
State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum has officially resigned following accusations that he harassed court staff. The state launched an investigation amid allegations of personal misconduct against him. The Commission of Judicial Conduct investigated a complaint that alleged from 2005 to 2019 Rosenbaum made improper and sometimes abusive personal demands of court staff, conveying that continued employment required obeying his demands and created a hostile work environment. The Office of Court Administration will be conducting a probe of Rosenbaum in the future.

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