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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 8th, 2020

The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents begins next  Monday, October 19th 2020. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the West Side of the village upon the completion of the West Side the crews will begin collection on the East Side of the village. Residents are asked to please place leaves between the sidewalk and street or edge of street, without covering storm drain grates. ABSOLUTELY NO BRUSH OR TRASH WILL BE ACCEPTED Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321

 

Four more Corning Center residents have died from COVID-related illnesses and 29 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as the COVID-19 cluster outbreak continues to grow in Steuben County. New cases include: Corning Center, Siemen’s Energy in Painted Post, Corning-Painted Post school and Upstate Farms Cheese. More cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Allegany County. As of last nights update, there were 23 active cases and 265 people are in isolation or quarantine. 55 new cases were reported in Chemung county yesterday.

 

The recent Steuben County Real Property Auction saw 16 properties change hand, with gross proceeds totaling $296,250. Held in the Steuben County Annex, through virtual access and limited attendance due to COVID-19 safety protocols, the auction featured fewer parcels. Typically, between 50 and 60 parcels are on the block during less-restricted years. County officials say the purpose of the auction is to recover back taxes and put the properties back on the tax rolls, not to seize property. The county Finance Office allows owners who cannot pay their taxes the option of a monthly installment plan, for a 1 percent monthly interest charge. There are specific requirements for eligibility for an installment payment arrangement.

 

Though President Trump told his negotiators yesterday to stop discussions with Democrats about a new stimulus bill until after the November election, Congressman Tom Reed and members of his bi-partisan Problems Solvers Caucus say they have been hard at work over the last several weeks trying to get a deal for the American people. Yesterday, Reed said he and the group are not giving up hope on a deal. He also added that the parties were extremely close to reaching an agreement to a relief deal to reach the American people. Reed believes there are various elements preventing the deal finishing now that include: finalization of language on who receives stimulus money or how, fine-tuning unemployment benefits and clearly articulating concrete numbers in the budget. Yesterday, the White House said the administration is open to working with Congress on other stand-alone measures, but not on a wide-ranging package.

 

Tracy Mitrano held a press conference in Corning earlier today where she spoke out against Congressman Tom Reed's claim in of his ads that she was “anti-police”. During the press conference, Mitrano stated she was sending a cease and desist letter to Reed's office and said the campaign commercial is 'a lie about her position with respect to law enforcement.'  Mitrano also noted Reed's advertisement could cause  further political division and distract voters from their stances on other political topics.

 

The popular local volunteer program Steuben County RSVP that has saved Steuben County municipalities and agencies an average of $1.4 million each year is operating under a new name: Americorps Seniors but will continue operations as a Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) serving Steuben County. AmeriCorps Seniors Coordinator Christine Towner said the change will mean more efficient and effective services in Steuben at a time when volunteer efforts are needed more than ever in a post-COVID-19 world. “As the nation continues to grapple with the challenges of COVID-19 and other disasters, the demand for volunteers is growing,” Towner says. For more information, go to https://www.nationalservice.gov/

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