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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday April 14th, 2020

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports deputies arrested 21-year-old Shaun M. Haynes of Hornell following a response to investigate a report of a person who received a stab wound. The investigation led to a residence on Airport Road in Hornellsville where Haynes allegedly legally entered in the early morning hours, stabbed a person then fled. Haynes was located at his residence later that morning and arrested with Burglary in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence and allegedly violating a term of his parole. He was arraigned then remanded to County Jail. 

Congressman Tom Reed has released a statement regarding the passing of Monroe County's Conservative Party Chairman Tim Cook. Reed remarked that Cook was "a great man." The Congressman also said: "His commitment and loyaglty were unmatched in this day and age. I am forever grateful for his friendship...My heart goes out to Maria and the Cook family."

Democratic Candidate for Congress Tracy Mitrano announced last week her campaign will be offering a weekly Tuesdays Talk with Tracy for the next several Tuesdays. Mitrano kicked off her talks last week with with local business owners and today will be joined by grade school teachers and professors to discuss the the impact of COVID-19. For information on how to please visit Tracy Mitrano's event page at 5pm today. 

The Steuben County COVID-19 death toll continues to rise as the latest count reaches 14. All three of the newest patients are from the Hornell area and include an 83 year old woman in a nursing home, 82 year old female in another nursing home and a 39 year old male from the City who died while hospitalized outside the county. Two more confirmed cases have been reported since yesterday, bringing our total to 156 confirmed cases in Steuben County.

As the Coronavirus pandemic continues, Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler reports some people are recovering well. Wheeler also says county hospitals have been managing the crisis well.  County and state officials continue to encourage people to keep their distance and follow the health guidelines. 

A Niagara Falls man wanted in Steuben County was taken into custody following a Central New York crime spree. Police arrested 26-year-old Steven Carpenter for allegedly giving Troopers a false name and date of birth. It was determined later that he was wanted on a parole warrant from Steuben County. He was then turned over to the Chenango County Jail and held on no bail for the parole warrant. 

US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced yesterday afternoon legislation to provide economic releif for small farmers. The Relief for America's Small Farmers Act would provide releif to small farmers who have suffered massive financial losses due to reduced demand and supply chain disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. Currently, farm bankruptices are at an eight-year high and net farm income has dropped by half in the past seven years. New York Dairy Farmers have been hit especially hard in the area by the COVID-19 crisis.

Tom O'Mara is leading the State Republican Conference to send a letter to Governor Cuomo to immeditaly move forward with a scheduled salary increase for corrections officers and other state employees New York has designated "essential" to the COVID-19 crisis. The governor recently froze a scheduled two-percent salary increase for a large segment of the state workforce. O'Mara and his colleagues believe these frontline workers should be exempt from the governor's freeze. 

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