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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 15th, 2020

Bath Sees Five New COVID-19 Cases
Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Bath. According to Steuben County Health Officials, one person lives in the town of Bath, while the other for are from the Village of Bath. The investigations indicate all of the individuals are employees of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center…and visited numerous local businesses this month. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says the New York State Department of Health will be investigating further, and testing of all residents and staff is expected to be completed this week. Health Director Smith also reminds community members to continue to wear masks and social distance to slow any potential spread outside the facility.


Jasper-Central School District Closed
School is closed for Jasper- Troupsburg Central School District. The school opened with other schools last week, but the county received an anonymous tip concerning social distancing in the classroom. The school chose to put a pause on in-class teaching after consulting with Steuben County officials. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler noted: “Obviously, when we get a complaint we have to do our due diligence to really determine what’s going on and also to work with the schools to solve it,” said Wheeler. “It’s not an adversarial relationship at all, it’s really just trying to figure out the best way forward.”


Walk for Recovery Set Virtually for 9/25
The annual community event Walk for Recovery will be virtual this year. The “Virtual Walk to Recovery” is set for midnight September 25th through midnight September 27th (Sept. 28th), with participants walking a distance of their choosing and posting their photos on the walk’s sponsor “Addiction Awareness of Steuben County” Facebook page, and on their social media pages. The goal of this event is to promote and support recovery from substance abuse addiction, which is on the rise with related issues, such as familial and animal abuse, since the COVID-19 pandemic led to job layoffs, isolation and stressful situations while limiting support. For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/aascny/?eid=ARC2SSSqH2nMWpWo1NuIiQktHVNrl-d8K1i5iefUy4_vz1AyHlJvAiFJZ3EamwDEy4HcSmcMTMklCV9p&fref=tag


Sweet to Step in as Mayor Tomorrow
Bath will have a new mayor by the end of tomorrow. Village elections in New York were supposed to happen in March, but Governor Cuomo moved them to today due to the pandemic. Current village trustee Mike Sweet will begin his mayoral term tomorrow as he runs unopposed for the seat. Village polls will be open until 9 p.m. tonight.


Legislative Proposal Would Divide New York State Into Three Regions
A proposal would break New York state into three autonomous zones: The New York Region, the Montauk Region and the New Amsterdam Region, which includes Steuben County. Each region would have specific governors and legislators while the bill divides up various agencies and departments. Every region would have separate court and prison systems, and the proposal “provides only for a state sales tax”. This Assembly bill is currently in the committee phase.


Reed Announces “March to Common Ground” to Break Gridlock
Today, Congressman Tom Reed announced the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, composed of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, unveiled its “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package. Reed’s office says the bill will encourage negotiators to get back to the table while addressing key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid. The framework calls for both new stimulus money and the reallocation of previously appropriated “CARES Act” funding, and allocates resources to


  • Testing & Healthcare ($100B)
  • Direct Assistance to Individuals & Families ($316B)
  • Unemployment Assistance ($120B)
  • Small Business & Non-profit Support ($290B
  • School & Child Care ($145B)
  • State & Local Aid ($500.3B)
  • Election Support ($400B)
  • Broadband, Agriculture, USPS, & Census ($52B)
  • Worker & Liability Protections 
  • Automatic Boosters & Reducers


For the full framework, please click here


Six States Removed from NYS Travel Advisory
Six states have been removed from the tri-state COVID-19 travel advisory. Today, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio were removed from the list. Puerto Rico was put back on the list after being taken off last week. There are currently 30 U.S. states and territories impacted by the advisory.

The full updated list of states on the travel advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin


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