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Today's Top Stories - Friday May 8th, 2020

Steuben County Public Health Department reports the 39th death of a county resident previously testing positive for COVID-19. The latest death was a 79-year-old man from the Village of Bath who died outside of the county. Health Director Darlene Smith said that it was almost a week since the last reported COVID-19 death in the county and remarked the loss of this man who was active in the community is a reminder "The creulty of the disease is that it takes family members away. Please remember this in your actions to stop the spread."


Corning's Gaffer District announced new plans for the annual GlassFest this year. The event was originally postponed to June back in March due to coronavirus concerns and will now be held virtually online over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22nd-24th. Virtual GlassFest 2020 will feature live music, artist demonstrations, shopping via the Facebook Gaffer District Retail Group and dining options through curbside pick-up or delivery. For more details about Virtual GlassFest go to: GlassFest.org.


Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti says potential funding from New York State’s Extreme Winter Recovery Funding and Pave NY could add to Steuben County Public Works road work schedule in 2020, with the current drop in oil prices likely to reduce costs already budgeted for pending projects. Spagnoletti recently told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee his department expects to work on 88 miles of county roads at a cost of $6 million this year so long as the new funds remain in place. The scheduled road work is in large part funded through the state’s Consolidated Local Street  and Highway Improvement Plan. Bath is expected to have road work for chip seal on 14 Town County Road Miles and Recycle 1.5-inch Blacktop for 10 Town County Road Miles. County road work scheduled pending Extreme Winter Recovery Funding and Pave NY funds will be announced at a later date.


Congressional Candidate for New York’s 23rd District Tracy Mitrano held her weekly Tuesdays Talk with Tracy panel discussion where she presented a 3-step immigration comprehensive reform proposal, which includes: Expanding the visas so that farmers have an unencumbered process by which they can get the labor that they need to feed the country, Allowing for programs for earned documentation for immigrants who have lived in this country for extended periods of time and Enforced and smarter borders, that includes technology initiatives as well as physical barriers. Mitrano said the bureaucracy needs to be reformed and called on support for a clean Dream Act. 


The New York State DEC has announced camping season at New York State-operated facilities has been pushed back until at least June 1st due to coronavirus concerns, making state campgrounds unavailable for Memorial Day weekend this year. The DEC said those who have already made paid reservations will be able to get full refunds. 


The New York State Police announce its Trooper entrance exam scheduled for October has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the exam will be suspended until the new date is announced. Those who have already signed up will have their applications canceled and will be issued a refund but will need to reapply once the exam is rescheduled. A new exam date will be announced when appropriate at www.joinstatepolice.ny.gov

Yesterday State Senator Tom O’Mara urged Governor Cuomo to keep his administration’s response to the COVID-19 emergency what he calls “laser focused on the short-term public health demands of this crisis and the need to get upstate back to work." Cuomo's announcements this week that New York will join with the Bill Gates Foundation to "reimagine" education in the state and transform the state's health care system with the help of Google was met with criticism by O'Mara. The State Senator said: "We can’t afford to draw attention and resources away from the immediate crisis by engaging now in grand and radical ideas to remake education and health care."

The identity of the Lindley man shot in the back during a Tioga dispute has been released as he remains in critical condition at Robert Packer Hospital. Matthew McNeil of Lindley was shot allegedly by suspect Lewis Nagy, of Tioga County, Pennsylavania, who is in jail after being charged with two counts of felony aggravated assault, one count of felony criminal attempted homicide, and misdemeanor count of making a terroristic threat, four misdemeanor counts of simple assault, and four counts of misdemeanor recklessly endangering another person.

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