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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday March 31st, 2020

O'Mara and Palmesano Urge Cuomo to Delay Budget
Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Senate Democrats yesterday were urged by State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to accept over $5 billion in federal assistance as a response to COVID-19. The local politicians also want to push back enacting the state budget to after this week which requires county governments and local property taxpayers to pick up more of the cost of New York's Medicaid system. The local legislators also stressed now is not the time for the state to begin requiring counties to foot a larger share of the bill for a Medicaid system costing taxpayers over $70 billion annually. 

County COVID-19 Cases Climb to 28
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Steuben County is now 28. The latest seven patients are from City of Hornell, Town of Erwin, two from Hornellsville, Town of Urbana, Village of North Hornell and Village of Painted Post. Two of the people are hospitalized, bringing the number of hospitalized cases in Steuben County to six.

Steuben County Man Arrested in Bradford County PA
A 29-year-old Steuben County man was arrested following an incident Saturday night in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Joshua Lee Lewis of Cameron was arrested and charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and two lesser counts of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. Lewis was arraigned in District Court before being remanded to Bradford County Jail where he was unable to post a $50,000 bail. A preliminary hearing date was set for April 14th. 

Trout and Salmon Season Begins Tomorrow
Tomorrow begins New York state's trout and salmon fishing season. Spring stockings include 1.68 million brown trout, over 424,000 rainbow trout and almost 157,000 brown trout. The DEC encourages New Yorkers to enjoy these fishing opportunities to maintain mental and physical health in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis but reminds the public to follow the CDC and State Department of Health Guidelines to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. 

Siena Poll Finds Overall Approval of Cuomo's COVID-19 Response
According to a new Siena College poll, Governor Cuomo is doing a favorable job among voters across New York State. The poll found that at least 85 percent of voters from every region approve of the Governor's handling of the COVID-19 crisis with 95 percent of Democrats, 87 percent of Independents and 70 percent of Republicans supporting the Governor's leadership during the pandemic. New Yorkers overall also approved of the of the local health departments and government leaders as well as the CDC. 

 

Taco Bell Offering Free Tacos in Effort to Give Back
Taco Bell announced Sunday that they will be giving back to Americans in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic by giving away free Doritos Locos Tacos at their restaurants today. Taco Bell's CEO announced in a letter that Drive-Thru guests of Taco Bell will receive a free Doritios Locos Taco with no purchase necessary while supplies last. The restaurant announced the Taco Bell Foundation will donate $1 million to No Kid Hungry and encourages those enjoying a free taco to donate to the foundation during their visit.

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