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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 21st, 2020

Immunization Clinic Held Next Week in Bath
The Steuben County Public Health Department is holds an immunization clinic in Bath next week to ensure children are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. The clinic is open to those who are uninsured or whose insurance does not cover needed vaccines and will be held at the Civil Defense Building on Tuesday, July 28th from 1 to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 607-664-2438. Patients must to wait in their vehicles in the parking lot until they are told to enter the building and masks are required. Adults needing vaccines are asked to come alone. Each child must come with one adult only.


Health Department Reports 4 Additional COVID-19 Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification four additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and reports a total confirmed case count of 300, 11 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Town of Greenwood, Town of Hornby, Town of Hornellsville. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


Congressman Reed Calls for Direct Funding to Parents of Students
As the second round of stimulus funds are discussed, Republicans are proposing a 1 trillion dollar package, while Democrats want three trillion dollars. Congressman Tom Reed believes an agreement can be made before Congress goes on August recess. Reed says he wants the package to include assistance to parents preparing for an uncertain future of reopening schools in September. Congressman Reed also called for direct federal aid to communities in New York that have lost tax revenue as a result of the COVID-19 economic crisis.


Sheldon Silver Sentenced to Six and a Half Years Prison

Former state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to six and a half years in prison yesterday after earlier this year a federal appeals court upheld his corruption conviction. Back in 2018, the 76-year-old was sentenced to seven years in prison after a second conviction for trading favors so he collected almost $4 million in fees to help real estate developers and a cancer researcher. Silver remained outside of jail as he awaited his appeal. The second court of appeals dropped charges related to Silver’s collection of legal fees to refer mesothelioma cases to a new law firm. Other charges were dropped due to a statute of limitations expiration and a faulty instruction by the trial judge to the jury.


10 New States Join NYS Quarantine List
Today, ten new states have been added to New York’s quarantine list now including: Alaska, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Virginia, and Washington. Minnesota was removed and brings a total of 31 listed. Travelers must submit to a 14-day quarantine upon entering New York state.


State Liquor Authority Reports Suspension
The State Liquor Authority reports the suspension of liquor licenses for four bars and restaurants – three of these are in Queens and one in Suffolk County. Since the onset of COVID-19, SLA has reports 410 charges against establishments for violating the Executive Orders and suspended 27 licenses for violations.

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