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The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has been extended through June 30th or until the remaining funds have run out. Households that qualify  are now eligible for the third round of Emergency HEAP Benefits. Contact our local HEAP office at (607) 664-2500) today to determine if you qualify and are eligible for an Emergency HEAP benefit.

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two additional County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total number of confirmed cases to 227.  The new infections involve residents of Erwin and the town of Urbana. One or more of the individuals are linked with previously reported cases. One of the two new positives is from a nursing home in the Bath area. The individuals are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department.

Democratic Candidate for Congress Tracy Mitrano and her campaign report today that the New York State Board of Elections officially announced Mitrano is unchallenged for the 23rd District's Democratic ballot. Contender for the Democratic primary Scott Noren fell short in the amount of petition signatures necessary to qualify for the race in the 23rd Congressional District. Mitrano will face off against incumbent Congressman Tom Reed in the November general election. 

As a result of the efforts of a joint investigation by Steuben County Sheriff's Office and the Bath Police Department, three people were arrested during a traffic stop on Seneca Road in the Town of Hornellsville. Three were taken into custod: 31-year-old Kenneth Turner from Bath as well as 51-year-old Tommie Bostic and 57-year-old Dianna Prouty both of Hornell. During the stop and two searches in Bath, the sheriff said they recovered $37,000 in crystal meth, $500 in marijuana and $6,000 in cash. All three were charged with felony Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Turner and Prouty were arraigned and released. Bostic, who is on parole, was additionally charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation. He was arraigned and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.

Corning Inc. reports a first quarter loss of $96 million this year. The results exceeded Wall Street expectations with Corning shares dropping to 26% since the beginning of the year. In a statement, Corning said given the economic uncertainty and disruption caused by COVID-19, the company is withdrawing its full-year 2020 guidance. CEO Wendell Weeks said Corning is built to survive difficult circumstances and said the company is being impacted by the escalating global economic and health consequences of the pandemic.

The Steuben County Legislature meets Monday for regular session via teleconference and will disscuss accepting federal and public safety grants, efforts to improve the local economy and moving forward on Steuben County Public Works projects as part of a packed agenda. The county board accepted over $158,000 in state COVID-19 funds to pay for various COVID-related expenses. Other grants Steuben legislators accepted included a $500,000 federal Community Development Block Grant which pays for well and septic, water and sewer, and mobile home needs for qualifying property owners. 

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