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Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 20th, 2020

Steuben Legislator Accused with Patronizing Prostitute
According to WETM, Steuben County Legislator Steven Maio, who represents the City of Corning, is accused of patronizing a prostitute. Maio was arrested on August 12th and was issued an appearance ticket for court on August 27th.


Bath Man Charged with Sexual Abuse
Bath man Joseph Orell is accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 13. Police charged 23-year-old Orell with 1st-degree sexual abuse following an investigation that began back in June. He was taken to Steuben County Jail to await arraignment.


Undercount of NY Nursing Home Deaths Reported at 65 Percent
Governor Cuomo fired back after an Associated Press report of the significant undercount of nursing home deaths was released. New York is the only state that has counted just residents who died on nursing home properties while those who were transported to hospitals and died there are not included in the death count. In May, a separate federal count began including the resident deaths in hospitals and was 65% higher than the comparable state count not including those deaths. Some state legislators, like Senator Tom O’Mara and some Democrats, accuse the Cuomo administration of attempting to appear the state is doing better than it actually has when it comes to nursing home deaths. Legislators from both parties are now calling for an independent investigation throughout the pandemic.


Guidance on High School Sports Expected by Next Week
Governor Cuomo said yesterday, he will release guidance regarding high school athletics within the next week. New York State Public High School Athletic Association postponed their fall sports season until at least September 21st, and canceled their fall sports championships. The NYSPHSAA said they also have a backup plan with all sports being played after January 1st. 


Former New Era Field is Now Named Buffalo Bills Stadium
Today, the Buffalo Bills announced the name change for the former New Era Field will be Buffalo Bills Stadium. Last month, New Era asked to be released from its naming rights contract. Since opening in August of 1973, the stadium in Orchard Park has also been known as Ralph Wilson Stadium and Rich Stadium.


Cuomo Says NY Not Asking for Extra FEMA Funds
Governor Cuomo announced New York state will not ask for the extra funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Cuomo’s reasoning for not requesting the FEMA funds is because the state would have to kick in a quarter of the $400 per week unemployment benefit and could cost the state up to $4 billion dollars. Meanwhile, New York state faces a budget deficit of almost $14 billion. Cuomo adds he doesn’t believe the recent executive order from President Trump for the extra benefit is legal.

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