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Yesterday Governor Cuomo announced grants to be made available to county emergency management agencies to help cover costs associated with local prevention and efforts moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic. These are 1:1 matching grants which each county must provide $1 for every dollar received. Steuben County is set to receive $21,641. New York state says available funding allocations were derived from a population-based formula.

Changes to New York’s bail reform law are now in effect. This new rollback means several crimes will be once again subject to bail, including 2nd-degree burglary, vehicular manslaughter, and breathing obstruction.The discovery period has also been extended to 20 days if the defendant is imprisoned, and 35 days if not.Governor Cuomo and the state Legislature agreed to the changes as part of budget negotiations in March, due to complaints from law enforcement.Minority advocate groups say this rollback will affect people of color disproportionately.

State Police and local law enforcement agencies will increase patrols for their annual crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions during the 4th of July holiday, beginning today and running through Sunday. State Troopers and local law enforcement will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide in an effort to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel. Last year, the State Police issued nearly 13,410 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested 249 people for DWI and investigated 187 crashes, which resulted in two fatalities.

The American Red Cross is asking the public to be a superhero for patients by donating blood now to help address an urgent need for donors as COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented blood collection challenges across the country. As a special thank-you, those who come to give blood in July will automatically be entered for a chance to win an authentic WONDER WOMAN 1984 movie prop replica package identical to those used in the film. Plus, those who give July 1-8 will receive an exclusive WONDER WOMAN 1984 T-shirt, while supplies last. A blood drive is set for the Steuben County Fairgrounds on July 16th from 1-6 p.m.

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