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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 16th, 2020

Steuben County Public Health Department announced an additional county resident has tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 296 confirmed cases, 10 of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the village of Avoca and is being monitored and isolated by the county health department.


The $600 unemployment bonus many have received is soon coming to an end. The payments end at the end of this month on July 31st. Some lawmakers are working to extend the bonus as the average unemployment check is not enough to keep a family above the poverty line. Several bills have been proposed and one solution presents ensuring that unemployment benefits do not exceed what the individual made while working.


The Village of Bath Board of Trustees announce their meeting on Monday, July 20th at 5:30 p.m.  via video conference. You can join by phone at 877-309-2073 (toll-free) or 646-749-3129. The access code is 228-606-421 or by computer, tablet or smartphone with the link: global.gotomeeting.com/join/228606421. To install the GoToMeeting app for the video conference: global.gotomeeting.com/install/228606421.


Democratic candidate for Congress Tracy Mitrano, has announced her grassroots campaign raised $266,654 in the second quarter of 2020 which is the campaign’s strongest showing yet in the 2020 election cycle. Mitrano is challenging incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed in the local 23rd congressional district. Mitrano’s campaign also reported a list of endorsements from the Democratic committees of all eleven counties in the district and both of New York’s Senators as well as many others. The Penn Yan Democratic candidate said: “with the support of all of the wonderful people within this district, we’re going to win this race!”


After weeks of discussion among Sheriffs about recent confrontations between police and the public, the New York State Sheriff’s presented a number of legislative proposals aimed at protecting law-enforcement personnel and the public they serve. Two of the ten legislative proposals include increasing the felony level for those who resist arrest and those who fail to retreat or halt when ordered by a police officer. Six proposals address related crimes against officers including assault, aggravated harassment, criminal doxxing and stalking of officers. Sheriff’s also encouraged the legislature to pass a $500,000 disability and death benefit and designate May 15th of each year as Police Memorial Day as a state holiday to honor the more than 1,500 officers who have died in the line of duty to New York State. Sheriff’s Departments in the Southern Tier region have endorsed these measures.


US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says coming soon is the discussion of ‘one last’ economic relief package. McConnell says he expects debate to begin next week, and another stimulus boost may mean more money for struggling Americans as the COVID-19 economic crisis continues. The CARES Act, which was the first round of stimulus funding, provided $1,200 per adult and $500 per child for anyone making less than $75,000. The HEREOS Act was passed by the House in May would have spent another $3 trillion to grant more funds and stimulus payments to Americans. McConnell said next round of stimulus payments could happen in three weeks and suggested that the next round of funds would likely target people who make less than $40,000 a year. Currently, it is unclear or how much individual Americans would receive but local and state governments are in need of more funds-especially New York state, which is facing a multi-billion dollar shortfall amid the pandemic.


Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the special health insurance enrollment period will be extended for an additional 30 days. New Yorkers now have until August 15th to apply for coverage through NY State of Health, which is New York State's health insurance marketplace, or directly through insurers. Those who lost coverage via an employer must apply within 60 days of losing coverage and those who have lost income may be eligible for Medicaid, the Essential Plan, Child Health Plus or subsidized Qualified Health Plans. Those who enroll by August 15th will have a choice of a coverage start date of August 1st or September 1st of this year. Those eligible for other programs – Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus - can enroll year-round. All New York insurers have currently waived the cost sharing for COVID-19 testing.


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