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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 7th, 2020

The National Weather Service-issued wind advisory for Steuben County continues to 8pm this evening. Forecasters say gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could likely be blown down and a few power outages could result. Strongest winds are expected during today’s afternoon hours across the area.

 

Steuben County has 20 new cases of COVID-19 as of this morning. Latest cases are people that live in Canisteo, Corning and Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

New York state has extended the expiration dates of vehicle inspections, registrations, and driver licenses for another month. The new order expires November 3rd and the original order signed by Cuomo expired Sunday. The extension’s purpose is to encourage state residents to save the trip and stay home to help minimize the spread of COVID.

 

Leader of Steuben County SCOPE, Douglas Mitchell says that the county chapter will be providing free cable-style gun locks at four different locations in the area: Double L’s in Arkport, Louie’s Gun Shop in Bath, Southern Tier Sporting Goods in Savona and Bullseye Shooter’s Supply in Painted-Post/Gang Mills. The free locks are made possible by the gun safety group Project Child Safety and Department of Justice Grant. To hear more about the effort and other SCOPE outreach, listen to the interview on tomorrow’s morning show with Dave Taylor Smith or go online to the Community Focus Podcast Section to find the Douglas Mitchell interview with Sonya Ellison.

 

A 35-year-old Bath woman now faces a half dozen felony-level drug crimes. Bath Police report they arrested 35-year-old Elizabeth Gee  at the Holland American Hotel in Bath. Mullen said his department acted on Steuben County Superior Court Arrest Warrants. Gee was charged with a total of 6 class D felonies, 3 for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in Fifth Degree and 3 for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. The investigation began late last year regarding the sales of crystal methamphetamine from 18 W. Steuben St. in the Village of Bath. Gee was arraigned and released. Police said Gee has a class B felony charge pending from the December 2019 search warrant executed at 18 W. Steuben Street.

 

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says last year, almost $17 billion was raised in sales tax revenue, which represents almost 10 percent of all local government revenue. This is according to a comprehensive report on local sales tax just released by the Comptroller. Every county and city in the state, along with many towns and villages, depend on these funds to pay for essential services and operations, revealing the statewide impact of the revenue losses from the pandemic. DiNapoli says COVID-19 has decimated local sales tax revenue this year and blew holes in the budgets of municipalities across New York State.  He said just as local, small businesses can’t rebuild alone, our local governments don’t have the means to do this themselves. Therefore, direct aid from the federal government is needed to help local communities recover.

 

“Unshackle Upstate”, political organization that describes itself as “pro-jobs and pro-taxpayer’s advocacy” endorsed the re-election of State Senator Tom O’Mara – one of only 11 incumbent State Senate endorsements the group is issuing in 2020.  In addition to its Senate endorsements, Unshackle Upstate has also endorsed Assembly members Chris Friend, Joe Giglio and Phil Palmesano.

 

Governor Cuomo is defending his decision to not wear a mask an indoor press conference yesterday in response to questions from reporters. Along with five aides, the Governor also went mask-less yesterday. Meanwhile journalists that were close to one another wore their masks. Cuomo says since he was more than six feet away from the journalists, it was not unsafe.

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