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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 2nd, 2020

Sheriff and Corning City Seek Feedback with Survey
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office and City of Corning are seeking insight from residents to meet their public safety needs. The Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative continues its community outreach through public listening sessions and an online survey open now through September 20th. A hard copy of the survey can be picked up at Corning City Hall of the Sheriff's Office. The first of three virtual public listening sessions is September 15th and because attendance is limited to 500 people per session, county residents are asked to attend only one of them. They are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, September 15th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 17th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

United Way Pledges $100K for Distance Learning Support
United Way of the Southern Tier announced a commitment of $100,000 to support expanded, supervised distance learning spaces for school-age children in Chemung and Steuben counties. Amid the urgent childcare crisis and as school goes back into session, the $100,000 will help offset expenses such as PPE, internet fees, cleaning products, rental of alternative space, utilities and liability insurance, to offer more places for children to learn in safe, nurturing environments outside of the classroom.


NYS Launches Absentee Ballot Portal
New York’s absentee ballot portal has launched and allows voters to directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming November 3rd election. Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID-19 to request an absentee ballot.


VDC Reminds Public to Donate Venison and Funds
As it celebrates its 20 year anniversary, the Bath-based Venison Donation Coalition reminds the hunters to support food banks in the area by donating a deer this hunting season. VDC Founder Greg Fuerst says that one deer donated to the program can feed up to 200 people. Anyone interested in donating monetarily to the Venison Donation Coalition can do so when they purchase their hunter’s license or by going online to www.venisondonationcoalition.com/donate.


Mitrano Reports Sharp Fundraising Increase
Tracy Mitrano’s congressional campaign reports a fundraising high of over $290,000 in the current filing period since July 1st . Mitrano says she is building a grassroots movement across the 23rd district as she challenges GOP incumbent Tom Reed of Corning for his seat in Congress.


NY Permits Low-Risk Fall Activities like Corn Mazes & Hay Rides 
New guidance was given by the state yesterday for agritourism businesses as New York State enters the Fall season. Businesses considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment include corn mazes, hayrides, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, farmers markets, craft beverage trails and haunted houses and are permitted to operate under New York’s NY Forward guidance. Petting zoos are not permitted.


Phone Scammers Posing As Contact Tracers
Scammers posing as contact tracers have called people and claiming they’ve has been exposed and that they need payment for a test kit. The scam claims if you don’t buy a test, you’ll be in legal violation, which is untrue. Scammer have also sent text messages with a link – requesting to click on it, or complete the payment that way. Scams like these are typically targeted at seniors to get information to steal their identity or bank account information.  Many have reported a spike in ‘junk’ phone calls over the past several months.


Alaska and Montana Added to NYS Travel Advisory
Alaska and Montana now meet the metrics to qualify for New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. No areas have been removed from the list. The full, updated travel advisory list includes:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin

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