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Local politicians voiced their confusion and frustration after word late yesterday that Governor Cuomo put a halt on Phase 2 of reopening that was set for today. Cuomo now wants an independent panel to evaluate the health data. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler called the decision “absolutely unacceptable and absolutely frustrating” on this morning’s WVIN Community Focus interview. State Senator Tom O’Mara also voiced his frustration yesterday afternoon on the absence of an indication from the state until late yesterday- the eve of the reopening originally set for today. Several Southern Tier counties indicated, like Chemung, they would authorize a reopening today regardless of what the governor said.


Numbers for unemployment show the economic impact COVID-19 and New York Pause is having on the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.Steuben County’s unemployment rate was recorded at 15.3-percent for April. Overall, the state unemployment rate hit 14.5-percent, the highest number reported since Great Depression with 1.8 million private-sector jobs lost mostly due to Coronavirus crisis.


As of yesterday, the count for Confirmed Cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County was reported at 260 with 7 current hospitalizations. The death count still stands at 41 with 71 being quarantined and monitored. To date, 191 cases have been reported as “recovered”. 


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces deputies arrested Ford H. Beman of Atlanta after they responded to a a report of a domestic incident involving a person threatening another person with a vehicle at an Atlanta residence on Main Street. Beman allegedly attempted to restrain another person using a vehicle and was charged with Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree.He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in the Cohocton Town Court at a later date.


Since the COVID-19 crisis began, almost 7,000 nursing home residents in New York State have died from the virus and Congressman Tom Reed says he is looking for ways to prevent the spread of the disease in state nursing homes. Reed says Governor Cuomo’s mandate for all nursing homes to test staff and residents twice weekly may close or financially hurt nursing homes if the state doesn’t find a way to lower the cost of testing and keep the number of cases down. Reed says the main goal should be to guarantee New York nursing home residents have a place to stay while keeping positive residents isolated and separated from residents without the virus. 


Yesterday, Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, Tracy Mitrano announced that Ithaca College administrator Paula E. F. Younger will join her team next month as campaign manager. Younger will take a leave of absence from her position as IC’s Executive Director for Government and Community Relations. She has over 27 years of management experience and experience as Deputy County Administrator for Tompkins County for over a decade. As Mitrano’s campaign manager, she will oversee all aspects of the 2020 campaign. Mitrano is running against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed of Corning to represent New York’s 23rd congressional district.

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