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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday July 7th, 2020

Yesterday, the Steuben County Department of Social Services announced regular and 2019-2020 Home Energy Assistance or HEAP program benefits have been extended for county residents until August 31st. The new deadline extends current HEAP benefits ending June 30th. New York State will also provide a Cooling Assistance Compenent (CAC) for regular HEAP benefits equal to $21 and living in government-subsidized housing with heat included in the cost if the household has a member with a condition worsened by heat. Mail-in applications must be postmarked, and online applications received before August 31st. 

Congressman Tom Reed took to Twitter to criticize Governor Cuomo regarding the state's nursing home crisis. The New York State Department of Health released a 33 page report yesterday concluding the state policy issued a 3/25 mandatory admission of COVID-positive patients by state-regulated nursing homes was not "a significant factor" for thousands of nursing home deaths across the state. Congressman Tom Reed tweeted the report's findings are "another blatant attempt by Governor Cuomo to sidestep an ounce of accountability."

County Office of Emergency Services met yesterday with the County Legislature's Public Safety and Corrections Committee and said the recent 91-day county Emergency Operation Center's Response to the COVID-19 pandemic was the longest time the center has operated since the blizzard of 1993, which lasted about a week. Director Tim Marshall remarked the efforts by those involved in the operation have positioned Steuben County to respond effectively in the event a second wave of the pandemic hits the area but said they will need more supplies to come in if that does happen.

The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for a large part of the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier, and Western New York as hot temperatures are forecasted through Friday. Heat index values in the mid 90s for today and tomorrow afternoon, then the possibility of nearing 100 Thursday and Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. To avoid heat exhaustion, drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Young children, the elderly and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles under any circumstances.

State Police have charged the driver of a tractor trailer car hauler with numerous charges after he struck the rear of a Trooper car Sunday evening on I-86 in Almond. The Troop car had emergency lights activated and was on the shoulder of the roadway providing traffic control for the disabled camper. The 2019 Western Star tractor trailer traveling east bound failed to observe the Troop car and struck the rear side of the car with the rear passenger side of the trailer. The tractor trailer came to rest in the median of I-86. The Trooper was in the vehicle when the collision occurred and was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital for non-life- threatening injuries. The operator of the tractor trailer was issued multiple traffic tickets including failure to move over for emergency vehicles. NYSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit assisted and put the tractor trailer out of service.

On Friday July 3rd, New York State Police canvassed local businesses in Steuben County and uncovered two separate incidents where alcohol was sold to a minor person. Of the 10 businesses that were canvassed, the Rite Aid located at 100 Cohocton Street in Corning and the 7-11 on 40 Dennison Parkway in the City Corning were found to not be in compliance with NYS law that pertain to the sale of acoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21. The clerks who sold the alcohol at both businesses will be arrested for providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21.

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