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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday May 12th, 2020

Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier and Mohawk Valley Regions have met all seven metrics required to begin phase one of the state's regional phased reopening plan when NYS on PAUSE orders expire on May 15th. If the trend continues, starting on Friday, these three regions can begin opening businesses for phase one, which includes construction; manufacturing and wholesale supply chain; retail for curbside pickup and drop-off or in-store pickup; and agriculture, forestry and fishing. The North Country and Central NY regions have met 6 of the 7 metrics and could be ready at the end of the week.


Two additional residents have been reported to have tested positive for COVID-19 since  Saturday according to the Steuben County Public Health Department. The total number of confirmed cases is now 245.  The individuals are residents of the City of Hornell and the village of Arkport and are linked with previously reported positive cases.  They are currently being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department. All residents should continue to stay home and monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms. 


The New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation from the Horseheads barracks is conducting an investigation into found human remains in the Town of Elmira.  Saturday, Troopers responded to a report of an apparent human skull being located in an area along the Chemung River in the Town of Elmira and asearch of the area resulted in the recovery of adult skeletal remains in an overflow area of the Chemung River in the Town of Elmira.  This area is located East of the City of Elmira between Interstate 99 and the Chemung River.


The nation's leading infectious disease expert and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force Dr. Anthony Fauci testifies today before a Senate committee about COVID-19, the federal response, and the science behind the disease. On the Senate floor yesterday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said science has been muzzled by the White House, and urges Doctor Fauci not to hold back.


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand joined Democrats in the US Senate to call for information on Amazon’s discipline and termination policies, as reports emerged about the firing of employees who have publicly raised concerns about the company’s safety conditions in warehouses during the coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Democratic senators called for information on internal policies that resulted in the termination of at least four employees that have advocated on behalf of health and safety conditions for workers in Amazon warehouses. Over 100 Amazon warehouses have reported positive coronavirus cases.


Gordman's stores in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier will be briefly reopening shortly in Phase Two of the Governor's plan to reboot the state economy. Stores will be open for liquidation sales before closing due to its parent company Stage fileing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Officials report Phase Two of the plan is anticipated to begin in mid-June. 


NASCAR announced racing will return to Watkins Glen this summer after a six-week layoff due to coronavirus. Four cup races will be held over the next few weeks but if you are a fan, you unfortunately can't catch the races at the Glen. The return race is planned for August 16th but there may be no viewers in the stands to watch. Officials from Watkins Glen International say they are working on a Plan B to bring fans to the track if restrictions are to remain in place.   

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