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The Corning Leader reports work began this morning to replace old water main lines on parts of Park Avenue and East First Street in Corning. Traffic is closed on the affected portions of both streets from 6:30am to 4pm for about five weeks and parking will not be allowed. Water service could be interrupted for some customers and may include low water pressure.


Governor Cuomo announced at this morning's daily COVID-19 press briefing in Irondequoit that the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions currently meet all the crieteria to begin the reopening process this Friday, May 15th. Cuomo says the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes and Mohawk Valley regions in the state currently meet all seven metric required to reopen on Friday. 


A Siena College poll released today shows about half of people would prefer to see New York state pause until its scheduled reopening date set for this Friday, May 15th. The poll shows 49 percent of New Yorkers believe the Governor's "On Pause" restrictions should remain in place longer compared to the 39 percent of the state who want the state to slowly begin to reopen at the end of this week. According to the poll, 27 percent of Ne w Yorkers are confident businesses will be able to keep their employees, clients and customers safe. 


State Senator Tom O’Mara joined his GOP peers at the Senate Republican Conference to call on Governor Andrew Cuomo to fix New York’s broken unemployment system. O’Mara and his colleagues proposed a series of recommendations to remedy failures at the Department of Labor (DOL). O'Mara says his offices have been fielding a flood of calls and emails from area workers who lost their jobs and have been unable to access and receive the unemployment assistance they need.  O’Mara says it’s time to get it fixed. 


A Corning man has been accused of committing a felony sexual assault. State Police said they arrested 34-year-old Dale Button of Corningwas charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse involving forcible compulsion and second-degree coercion. Troopers said the incident occurred in the town of Erwin reported on February 25th.


After investigating a disturbance complaint in the Town of Cohocton, State Troopers arrested 39-year-old Lakeville man Patrick Santillo. He was charged with criminal mischief after he allegedly reckless caused property damage and released on an appearance ticket for court.


A 9-year-old Hornell boy was diagnosed with the new coronavirus related illness called pediatric multi-system inflammatory syndrome. Bobby Dean is the first child in the Southern Tier region to be diagnosed and is one of 85 national cases of the condition that has so far claimed three young lives. Bobby is back home after he was brought to the ER of St. James Hospital last Sunday. Doctors say the coniditon occurs when COVID-19 causes the immune system of some children to overreact.

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