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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 15th, 2020

COVID Claims 4 More Steuben County Lives
COVID-19 claimed the lives of four more Steuben County residents. Three of the individuals were residents of Corning Center, and one individual was a resident of the Village of Bath who died while hospitalized. The county death has now reached 69.


Health Department Reports 23 More Steuben COVID Cases
Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that 23 more county residents tested positive for COVID-19. This brings the total to 804 confirmed cases, 304 of which are currently active. The investigations indicate one individual is a teacher at Canisteo-Greenwood, two individuals are teachers at the Corning-Painted Post Middle School, one is a teacher at Jasper-Troupsburg Junior/Senior High School, another is a teacher at Avoca Central School, two individuals are employees of Pathways and six individuals are contacts to previously reported positives. County health officials the majority of the new cases involve people between age 20 and 39.


Bath Woman Arrested Following Theft Investigation
Steuben County deputies arrested 38-year-old Angela M. Smith of Colonial Lawns in Bath following an investigation of a theft from a retail establishment in the Town of Erwin. Smith allegedly stole a purse containing a credit or debit card while at the retail establishment, and then destroyed evidence associated with that theft. Smith was charged with Grand Larceny and Tampering With Physical Evidence, both class E Felonies.


Bath & Gov. Cuomo Both Approve Trick-or-Treating This Halloween
Halloween is happening in the Village of Bath this year despite CDC warnings. Governor Cuomo has given the state the green light for Halloween trick-or-treating while the CDC says activities such as trick-or-treating are high risk and should be avoided. Village of Bath officials have decided to follow state guidelines.


Danks-Burke Talks Small Business & Property Tax Reform in Corning
Democratic State Senate candidate Leslie Danks-Burke spoke in Corning yesterday with the goal to bring additional relief programs, as opposed to loans, to Southern Tier businesses if she is elected. Danks-Burke says she wants to hone in on what resources New York can provide to residents outside of New York City and added: "The state needs to stand up for the half of people who do not live in New York City," she said. Danks-Burke also shared plans for local business tax relief, promising to provide one full year of property tax forgiveness for any seasonal business that loses more than 25 percent of its annual revenue. Danks-Burke runs against State Senator Tom O’Mara in the November 3rd General Election.


State Funding to be Withheld to Local Govs Not Enforcing Guidelines
New York State announced it will withhold funds for local governments and schools in COVID-19 cluster zones failing to enforce public health laws. The State Department of Health will mail a warning that local governments in cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they fail to enforce state limits on gatherings and the closure of schools. Cuomo also said an additional letter will be sent warning public and private schools in Red Zones or cluster zones that they will lose state funding if they do not comply with state requirements on closure and testing.


Juneteenth Signed as Official NYS Holiday
Juneteenth is now an official public holiday in New York state. Earlier this year, Cuomo issued an executive order recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday for state employees. Juneteenth commemorates the freeing of slaves in the United States.

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