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Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 27th, 2020

Thunderstorms Expected Today May Be Severe
The National Weather Service reports there is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms today. According to the Daily Hazardous Weather Outlook, strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop, especially this afternoon into early evening with the passage of a cold front. Damaging winds and large hail are anticipated with the strongest storms, and even few tornadoes will be possible in the region. The weather pattern remains busy late Friday into Saturday, with additional severe weather possible as well as locally heavy rainfall.


Reed Talks Vandalism Incident at Campaign Office
Congressman Tom Reed held a press conference yesterday in Corning to comment on the Tuesday evening vandalism his campaign office experienced. Reed thanked Democratic Mayor of Corning Bill Boland for his support for Reed during the incident and called it an act of violence, noting that campaign volunteers and staff could have been hurt by the brick thrown into the office’s window. Reed also says he believes that whomever committed the vandalism does not represent the majority of his district’s constituents.


US Dept Of Justice Requests Nursing Home Data from Cuomo
The U.S. Justice Department is requesting COVID-19 data from Governor Cuomo as well as three other Governors that issued orders that may have resulted in deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan mandated that nursing homes admit COVID-19 patients to their vulnerable populations and often without adequate testing.  Investigations may be initiated under the federal “Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons” or CRIPA Act which protects the civil rights of those living in state-run nursing homes. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division seeks to determine if New York’s and other states’ orders requiring admission of COVID-19 patients to nursing homes led to the deaths of nursing home residents.


Local Six-Year-Old Thanks Bath PD With Handmade Gifts
The Bath Village Police Department was given a special “thank you” from 6-year-old Kendelle Reed after she brought officers handmade gifts. Kendelle came up with this idea after she met State Trooper Tabitha Mayhew. Kendelle's mom said she began making the magnets after she couldn't have her kindergarten graduation due to pandemic restrictions and to feel better by doing something nice for someone else. Kendelle has no plans to slow down her mission: she plans to make even even more magnets to be sent to officers in South Carolina. The Bath Village Police Department thanked Kendelle for sharing her thoughtful appreciation with the officers.


Finance Commissioner Donnelly Steps Down in September
After two decades of service for Steuben County, County Finance Office Deputy Commissioner Patrick Donnelly will  officially step down in September. Donnelly’s position is to be filled by former county Deputy Manager Mitch Alger. Donnelly was a county legislator for the Town of Bath for eight years and served as vice-chair and chair of the Steuben Legislature. More recently, he stepped down as commissioner to work as a deputy under current Finance Commissioner Tammy Hurd-Harvey. In his remarks to the county Legislature Monday, Donnelly noted the legacy of his predecessor, county Treasurer Carol Whitehead, who died unexpectedly in 2009.


Increase in NYS Unemployment Rates for July
This week, July unemployment rates were released by the New York State Department of Labor. In Steuben County, the jobless rate climbed to 11.7% and there were 5,100 unemployed residents reported last month- a rate that’s 7.5% higher than a year ago. Steuben County’s Resident Civilian Labor Force grew by 500 in July, totaling 43,700 people.


NYSCSS Wants Cuomo to Delay School Sports
The New York State Council of school superintendents seeks to delay athletics until January 1st and want  Governor Cuomo to reconsider his decision to allow school athletics to begin on September 21st . The Council says it is not calling for cancelling all athletics for the school year but seeks to postpone the athletic season until January. The Council proposed developing a plan to consolidate all three athletic seasons into the 2nd semester. The Council also says it struggles to reconcile why students in physical education classes must be 12 feet apart, while contact athletics are deemed safe.

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