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Today's Top Stories - Friday March 20th, 2020

County Confirms Second Case of COVID-19 
The Steuben County Public Health Department confirmed this morning it has received notification a Steuben County resident from the town of Hornellsville tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is the second confirmed case in the county and is currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff is investigating and identifying close contacts of the confirmed case and any exposure risks.  Individuals with exposure risk are currently being quarantined and monitored for symptoms. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith says: “The best action that people can take is to stay home and limit contact with others to slow or stop the spread through the community.”

Seniors and Public Warned of Rise In COVID-19 Scams
Steuben County Office For The Aging Director Patricia Baroody warn seniors and says seniors and the public should watch out due to the increase in scams related to COVID-19 involving seniors in the area. Baroody says this message is critical because scammers focus on spyware and malware and products that claim they can cure this virus. According to Baroody, scamers also are attempting to steal the direct financial support that individuals will be receiving as part of the federal aid package.

Steuben Legislative Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben Legislative Committee meets  Monday at 10am they will discuss issues like Authorizing the Steuben County Legislature to Conduct Committee and Full Board Meetings by Teleconference during the COVID-19 State(s) of Emergency Adoption of Senate Bill S7816 and Assembly Bill A9796 Extending Steuben County’s Mortgage Recording Tax, Requesting the Adoption of the Senate and Assembly Bill Extending the Additional One Percent (1%) Sales Tax for Steuben County and Authorizing the Acceptance of the New York State 2019-2020 Public Safety Answering Points Operations Grant.


Mitrano Warns Collapse of Loan Debt Bubble and Middle Class
At a press conference call Democratic Congressional challenger to the 23rd District Tracy Mitrano warned that we are on the verge of a student loan bubble that will unfold economically similar to the home mortgage crisis of 2008. Mitrano proposed student loan debt relief to remediate the possible collapse. Mitrano also expressed her concern for the quality of life for the working and middle class due to the rising costs of necessities like healthcare, insurance and internet despite wages remaining stagnant.

Congressman Reed Announces Economic Revival Package
Today, Congressman Tom Reed announced that he and the rest of the Problem Solver’s Caucus has created a Coronavirus Response Health Crisis and Economic Revival Package. The package proposes Immediate, Direct Financial Payments to Individuals, low-or-zero interest Bridge Loans for Businesses, Allow Individuals and Businesses to Defer Mortgage Payments and Rent as well as Loan Deferral and Forbearance. The package also seeks to provide additional regulatory relief at FDA and CDC for market-based testing solutions and essential supplies, enact childcare assistance policies and regulatory relief to provide childcare coverage during term of crisis and enact applicable measures to strictly enforce anti-price gouging measures. The package also proposes passage of a significant infrastructure package which would stimulate job growth and allow for borrowing at historically-low interest rates.

Democratic Candidate Mitrano Praises Trump’s Releif Efforts
Democratic Congressional Candidate Tracy Mitrano held a press conference call with the to discuss current events due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Mitrano expressed her support for financial relief option of $1,000 per month proposed by President Trump that would support and prioritize community over industry. Mitrano noted that in the middle of this coronavirus crisis, our healthcare and other systems must improved and noted: “While the political issues will always be there,right now is not the time to focus on them. It is the time to focus on the community and public Health.”

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