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Today's Top Stories - Monday August 10th, 2020

School Districts Have Until Friday to Amend Plans to Reopen
Governor Cuomo announced Friday that schools in the state could reopen. However, it’s not quite a done deal. The Department of Health over the weekend continued reviewing the school district plans. Today, the Department said local school district plans that are incomplete or deficient include Arkport, Bradford, Corning and Hammondsport. The state continues to review plans by the set criteria. Districts were notified today and have until Friday to amend their plan. If schools do not submit their plans by the Friday deadline, they will be unable to provide in-person learning for the upcoming year.


Bath Fire Department Holds BBQ This Month
Bath Volunteer Fire Department announces they will hold the Original Bath Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ at the Bath Fire Station on August 28th from 3pm to 6pm. Enter via the driveway to the skate park, go around behind the station and into the truck bay where you will get your meal and drive out the front of the station. $10 each includes 1/2 chicken, Salt Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Roll & Butter. Unsold pre-sale tickets will be available at the door while they last! The Annual Bath Fire Department Gun Raffle is going virtual due to COVID-19 protocols. There are 10 guns on the ticket and the tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held on September 19th at 3pm and will be drawn on a Facebook Live on The Bath Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page at that time. Pre-sale tickets for both events can be purchased from any Bath Firefighter or from: Brian McDonald at State Farm Insurance on 16 Pulteney Square West in Bath, Bath Credit Services on 12 Liberty Street and at Dave's Colonial Motors on Route 54.


Danks-Burke Endorsed by AFL-CIO for State Senate
Leslie Danks Burke has earned the endorsement of the New York chapter of the AFL-CIO. This November, the Democratic nominee will run against 4-term GOP incumbent State Senator of the 58th District Tom O’Mara.


Wayland Woman Arrested After Larceny Complaint
A Wayland woman faces a half-dozen felony counts following a larceny complaint in the town of Avoca. 31-year-old Caitlin S. Jones was taken into custody on Lent Hill Road in Cohocton. State troopers charged her with the felony counts – first-degree reckless endangerment, residential burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Jones was also charged with misdemeanor reckless driving. Separately, Jones was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt for an incident in Dansville. She was initially detained by law enforcement.


Cameron Man Arrested After Car Chase
An alleged drug-fueled car chase in Campbell led to several criminal charges against a Cameron man. Painted Post Troopers arrested 33-year-old Andrew J. Mastin. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, first-degree driving while impaired by drugs and reckless driving. He was issued appearance tickets for court and released.


SPC Plans for Public Awareness Despite Pandemic
In Steuben County and across the nation, some substance abusers harm their pets to get drugs from unwary veterinarians, according to Connie Terry, who is the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee program assistant. Terry brought attention to this tragic truth during her recent presentation to the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee. Preventing substance abuse before it begins is the basis of the coalition and though previous public annual campaigns in Steuben, such as the popular Stand Up For Recovery Day, were delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Terry says plans are under way for other public awareness activities and events including working with funeral homes to remind families to dispose of prescriptive medications previously needed by the deceased and with real estate agents to provide lock boxes in homes up for sale. Steuben Prevention Coalition will be reaching out to area pharmacies soon to encourage them to distribute disposal packets, sell medication lockboxes and educate their customers about opioid safety while working closely with county agencies.


Zucker Refuses Testifying in This Week’s Nursing Home Hearings
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declined invitation by lawmakers to testify at today’s public hearing on the COVID-19 crisis in New York nursing homes. In his testimony from last week’s hearing, he refused to disclose how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 at hospitals, saying he would only release the data once it was verified. New York state’s official COVID-19 nursing home death count of 6,400 only includes residents who died in their nursing homes with some estimates of the state’s true nursing home death toll nearing 11,000.


NYSAC Warns No State Aid Will Devastate NY State Economy
The New York Association of Counties says despite this weekend’s breakdown in talks for the stimulus bill agreement, they are holding out hope for an agreement and Executive Director Stephen Acquario says they’re desperate for help because of four unique factors: Declining sales tax, declining severe hotel occupancy cuts, increase in the higher than necessary spending threatening jobs as well as state and local property taxes, cuts in state reimbursements for state-mandated programs and services. Acquario says particularly, the potential state aid cuts, could cause to be catastrophic for New York counties as they can be cut an estimated $600 million to $1.2 billion due to these state reimbursement shifts. The president and Senate Republicans remain opposed to any state and local government aid in any potential stimulus and relief packages.

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