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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 9th, 2020

COVID in Steuben: First Death Since May & 5 New Cases
The first COVID-19-attributed death in Steuben county since May was a 75-year-old man from the Town of Hornby who died while hospitalized outside the county. Steuben County has reported a total of 43 COVID-19 related deaths. Five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Steuben county. They are from the city of Corning, village of Wayland and the towns of Campbell, Hornby and Jasper and are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated, identified and notified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.


Steuben County Real Property Auction Set for October 2nd
After being delayed for nearly three months and with far fewer parcels than usual due to COVID-19, the 2020 Steuben County Real Property Auction set for October 2nd will have sixteen properties up for bid. It will take place in two sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 2 and held in the county Annex, at the corner of East Morris St. and Wilson Ave. in Bath. Those able to do so are asked to bid online and must pre-register before September 30th at 4 p.m. to bid during the auctions. Those unable to bid online must pre-register before 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in order to maintain gathering-size guidance. All attending the auction on-site will be required to stand unless for medical reasons noted on the pre-registration form. Those attending in person will be screened.


Bath Prepares to Wave the Red Bandana on 9/11
Friday marks the 19th Anniversary of September 11th and people in the community are encouraged to pick up free red bandana strips to “Wave the Red Bandana” this Patriot Day. The Red Bandana is an effort to honor Welles Crowther or the “man in the red bandana” who was a Volunteer Fire Fighter that saved at least 18 people before perishing in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Free red bandana strips will be available at Betty Kay Bake Shop, Peacock’s Barber Shop and Shirley’s Lumber so the community can participate.


Buffalo Bills Name 2020 Team Captains
The Buffalo Bills Team captains for 2020 were announced yesterday. Josh Allen and Dion Dawkins were elected by their teammates as captains on offense, Tremaine Edmunds, Jerry Hughes and Jordan Poyer on defense, and Reid Ferguson and Andre Roberts on special teams.


Comptroller Reports Small Businesses are Troubled Amid Pandemic
A recent newsletter from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office on economic trends in New York, found some small businesses are in a deep hole due to the pandemic. Even as some businesses are reopening in the state, 18% of responding businesses have either no cash on hand for operations or enough for only two weeks or less. The survey found that 17% have enough to maintain operations for three or four weeks, while another 24% can get by for one or two months. Meanwhile, the survey showed that 25% of businesses have seen operating capacity decline by half or more from a year ago. Only 10% of all businesses were unaffected by the pandemic. The survey also reports 50% of businesses in New York believe it will take upwards of six months to return to a ‘normal’ pre-COVID operating level. 10% of business owners don’t believe their companies will ever return to normal.


GOP Chair Langworthy Responds to Cuomo’s Anti-Trump Rant
During a weekend press conference, Governor Cuomo made statements against President Trump where the governor blamed him for New York’s COVID-19 outbreak. State Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy released a statement yesterday responding to Cuomo’s remarks, calling the governor incompetent and the one responsible for New York’s economic and public safety crisis. Langworthy also accused him of failing to act to reform New York’s worst-in-the-nation tax and regulatory climate during the pandemic. Langworthy complained Cuomo made: “dishonest, delusional rants against the President who went above and beyond to give New York everything he asked for.”


County Public Works Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday September 14th from 2 to 3pm via Zoom to discuss the Transfer of $108,351 from New Bath Landfill Post Closure Capital Expenses to landfill Administration, Appropriating $141,916.34 of Revenue within the Grinder Repair and Replacement Capital Project, the Employee Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Acquisition Program, and the Road Use and Repair Agreement with Canisteo Wind Energy, LLC. The meeting can be accessed online at: https://steubencountynygov.zoom.us/j/98827631890?pwd=ZjMrajhNcVBaS1cxRW13cUZxeXFwQT09


NYSAC Sends Letter of Recommendations to NYS Division of Budget
The New York State Association of Counties submitted a report to the State Division of Budget with over 80 recommendations for overcoming the budget crises facing the state and local budgets as a result of the pandemic. Counties are done waiting on the federal government to provide financial relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. NYSAC President Jack Marren says the dozens of recommendations in the report are efforts to preserve county services in the face of massive declines in local revenues and the withholding of state aid while also sending the message to the state that counties have willingness to partner with one another constructively in economy recovery. Marren says for now, it’s a one-way message.

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