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Today's Top Stories - Friday July 24th, 2020

Two New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben County
Steuben County Public Health Department reports two additional cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County, bringing the total case count to 303. Health officials report the latest cases are from Corning and Greenwood. Current hospitalizations are still at 0 and a death toll stands at 42 people in the county with 252 cases in total recovered.


Senator O’Mara and GOP Call for Nursing Home Investigation
State Senator Tom O’Mara and members of the Senate Republican Conference continued efforts yesterday calling for an independent investigation of the COVID-19 nursing home crisis in New York State. O’Mara said that the Senate GOP proposed a legislative amendment to advance legislation O’Mara currently co-sponsors (S8756) to establish an independent, bipartisan, temporary state commission that would be able to issue subpoenas to compel testimony and fully investigate and issue a report on the COVID-19 nursing home crisis that has led to the deaths of at least 6,300 seniors across the state. The amendment was unanimously rejected by the Senate’s Democratic party majority.


CMOG Launches Corelle 50th Anniversary Exhibit
The Corning Museum of Glass launches a new exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of Corelle called Dish It! Corelle at 50 and honors the world-famous dinnerware line first introduced in 1970 by Corning Glass Works. The exhibit will be available to view until spring of next year and showcases the wide array of products through two feature walls that display both distinctive shapes and another filled with patterns that include this year’s 2020 anniversary pattern featuring festive turquoise, yellow, and pink birthday sprinkles. Learn more here.


NYS Liquor Authority Releases New Alcohol Establishment Guidelines
At most bars and restaurants, chips or even chicken wings won't cut it when it comes to being considered a substantial "food" at an establishment serving alcohol in New York State. Governor Cuomo’s recent executive order mandating that for people to be served alcohol at bars, they must also order a “substantial” food in an effort he says is to deter loitering and social distancing violations while people drink. The NYS Liquor Authority released new guidelines for establishments who serve alcohol, which differ based on the type of licenses the establishment has, regarding what types of food they need to provide in order to continue serving alcoholic beverages. New Yorkers wanting to go to the bar this weekend are reminded that they must wear a mask and order substantial food like a sandwich, salad or soup but the Western New York staple Buffalo Wings won’t cut it. To learn more specifics about state guidelines, click here. 


Corning Inc Introduces New Victus Gorilla Glass
Corning Incorporated has introduced its latest breakthrough in glass technology, Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™. Built on more than a decade-long legacy of delivering tough glasses for smartphones, laptops, tablets, and wearables, Gorilla Glass Victus provides consumers a with significantly better drop and scratch performance compared to competitive aluminosilicate glasses from other manufacturers – that’s according to a company news release.


NYS Passes Automatic Voter Registration Bill
New York lawmakers have passed automatic voter registration, which introduces a streamlined and more accessible voter registration process. New Yorkers would be automatically registered whenever they interact with a “qualified” government agency, like the DMV or Department of Health. The bill is headed to the governor’s desk. If he signs the measure, it would take effect January 1, 2023.


Cuomo Creates Task Force Cracking Down on Social Distancing
Yesterday Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a multi-agency task force to crack down on social distancing violations across the state at restaurants and bars. State Police and State Liquor Authority Chairman Vincent Bradley will lead the task force, and real time data will be employed to enhance enforcement efforts. Investigators from the state Departments of Health, Financial Services, Motor Vehicles, Taxation and Finance, Agriculture and Markets as well as New York State Insurance Fund will be rapidly deployed to respond to social distancing violations as they occur. Cuomo also launched a new ad campaign targeting young people as the weekly average COVID-19 rate among 21 to 30-year-olds has increased from 9.9 percent to 13.2.

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