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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday July 28th, 2020

Two County Bridge Replacement Projects Begin August 3rd
Two bridge replacements will begin Monday August 3rd announced by the Steuben County Public Works Department yesterday. Replacements will be made to the Bunker Hill Road bridge over the Tuscarora Creek on the Freeman-Elkland Road between County Route 85 and Morris Road in the Town of Tuscarora. The bridge will be closed beginning Monday August 3rd to all traffic for approximately 14 weeks. There will be an onsite detour. The County Route 77 bridge over Five Mile Creek between Town Line Road and Briglin Road in the Town of Pulteney will also be closed to all traffic also beginning Monday, August 3rd  for approximately 10 weeks. Motorists will be directed to detours using Town Line Road, Gallagher Road, CR 76 and Briglin Road.


Corning City Council Extends Closure of Market Street
Last night, the Corning City Council voted to extend closing Market Street to vehicle traffic for an additional month until Labor Day Weekend. The plan was initially unanimously approved by the city council last month allowing outdoor seating for restaurants and other businesses until at least August 1 as a response to New York State COVID-19 regulations that limit indoor dining.


Arkport Man Arrested Following Break-In
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Anthony E. Morris, age 40, of Arkport two days ago following an investigation of a reported break-in occurring at a residence in the Town of Hornellsville.  Mr. Morris allegedly unlawfully entered or remained in a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime and damaged the property of another.  Morris was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. Morris was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.


Additional Case of COVID Reported in Steuben County
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 306 confirmed cases, 13 of which are currently active.  The individual is a resident of the Town of Bath. In addition, a previously reported positive individual who was listed as recovered has tested positive still.  This is not considered a new case. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.


NYSAC Releases Alarming Economic Impact Report
The NY State Association of Counties released a new economic impact report in response to the Senate Republican COVID-19 relief plan announced on yesterday. The NYSAC study shows a $13.5 billion loss in revenue over two fiscal years for counties as well as New York City. The study also found hotel occupancy taxes have fallen almost 80 percent and gaming revenue losses are projected to decline between $57 and $86 million. NYSAC President and Ontario County Board of Supervisors Chair Jack Marren says the State’s Congressional delegation are acting for aid to go directly to counties and localities. Marren also said the unemployment relief payments worth $600 are harming the restaurant and food service industries.


NY Residents Reporting Seed Packages Sent from China
Reports across New York state have been made of residents receiving unsolicited packages allegedly sent from China marked as containing jewelry but actually contain plant seeds. People in other states have also received similar packages and the USDA is investigating them. Richard Ball, who is the New York State Commissioner of Agriculture says residents should not handle or plant them and put them in a safe place out of reach of children and animals. Seeds imported into the country are tested by the USDA to prevent the introduction of invasive species, insects and diseases. Those receiving these seeds can also contact the USDA by emailing erich.l.glasgow@usda.gov . A USA Today story about this can be found here.


Prattsburgh Man Arrested for Criminal Obstruction
State Police yesterday morning arrested a name-protected 18-year-old male from Prattsburgh. He was charged with assault and criminal obstruction of breathing following an incident in the town. He was issued appearance tickets for court.


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