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Today's Top Stories - Monday July 27th, 2020

Heat Advisory Lasts Until 8 Tonight
A Heat Advisory is in effect until 8pm tonight. Heat index values up to 95 are expected.


Fire Reported at Corning Inc in Big Flats
The Corning Incorporated facility in Big Flats had to be evacuated Friday afternoon following the breakout of a fire. WENY reported the blaze began around 3 o clock behind the back of the County Route 64 plant. No word is reported yet on the cause of the fire or extent of the damage but no injuries were reported.


Gillibrand calls for $50 Billion Childcare Aid in Upcoming Stimulus
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called for $50 billion in childcare aid for the next federal coronavirus stimulus package. The New York junior Senator says daycare facilities throughout the state will be hard-pressed to keep their doors open without this funding. Gillibrand says the continuation of daycares closing down will take a hard dent to the overall economy. Gillibrand also called for the CDC to release clear reopening guidelines ensuring childcare facilities can safely reopen.


NYS Senate and Assembly Repeal COVID Hospital Liability Protections
Both the New York State Senate and Assembly voted late-Thursday to partly repeal legislation previously shielding hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare facilities from lawsuits during the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the state budget had added a law added to it that gave these institutions liability protection while treating those with the virus. The intent of the proposal narrows legal immunity provisions but an amendment was offered in the Senate floor to create a panel with subpoena power to investigate the over 6,000 nursing home deaths since the pandemic began. Governor Cuomo will have 10 days to veto or sign the legislation once it reaches his office.


O’Mara Appointed on Committee Leading NYS Nursing Home Hearings
State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) has been appointed as the top Republican member on the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations as the committee prepares to lead upcoming joint Senate-Assembly hearings on the COVID-19 nursing home crisis. Hearings on the nursing home deaths are scheduled to begin in a few weeks. O’Mara has worked with local officials in Steuben County where nursing home “hot spots” in Hornell and elsewhere have been alarming.


DiNapoli Reports Sales Tax Revenue Dropped in Second Quarter
Sales tax revenue for local governments in New York state dropped 27.1 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period last year, according to State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Sales tax collections from April through June totaled $3.3 billion, which was $1.2 billion less than last year. All regions saw their second quarter collections drop. Across the Southern Tier, sales tax collections dropped 20%. Every region outside of New York City, however, saw an improvement in June.


Pool Chemical Disposal Begins at DPW Steuben Transfer Stations
Beginning August 8th, Steuben County Residents can safely dispose of hazardous materials such as pool chemicals during the county Public Works Department’s free Household Hazardous Waste Days, set for August 8th at the Erwin transfer station, August 29th at the county Landfill in Bath, October 10th at the Hornell transfer station, and October 24th at the Wayland transfer station, all from 8 a.m.-noon. Registration is required. If disposed of improperly, pool chemicals, such as Chlorine tablets and Muriatic acid can create serious hazards to personal health and property. Mixed pool chemicals can badly burn and injure people as well as cause fires.

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