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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

County Announces 49 New Cases of COVID
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports 47 Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 317 active cases and a grand total of 929 confirmed cases thus far. Individuals include 8 residents from the City of Hornell, 6 residents from the City of Corning, 5 from the Town of Thurston, 4 from the Town of Bath, 3 from the Villages of Bath and Riverside, 2 each from the Towns of Campbell, Canisteo and Woodhull and one each from the Village of Painted Post and Towns of Bradford, Canisteo, Caton, Cohocton, Corning, Howard, Hornby, Jasper, Wayland, Wayne and Wheeler. One individual is a resident of Corning Center, one individual is a student at Avoca Elementary School and two individuals are employees of Tops in Bath.


Trick-or-Treating Scheduled in Steuben
With Halloween next Saturday, Steuben County is getting ready for trick-or-treating! The Village of Bath will hold trick-or-treating Halloween night from 6 to 8pm. The Village of Painted Post and City of Corning have cancelled trick-or-treating but will hold a Halloween Drive Lane event Halloween Night in Denison Park from 6-8pm.Town of Erwin announced they will keep with CDC guidelines by not establishing a time in the Town for Halloween trick or treating observance. The Town said they encourage parents to provide a safe, fun Halloween experience for their children.


SUNY Athletic Conference Cancels All SUNY Athletics
The SUNY Athletic Conference announced yesterday that SUNY colleges across the state will not have winter sports seasons. Winter sports impacted by the decision include the conference schedules and championships for men’s and women’s basketball as well as men’s ice hockey. The championships for men’s and women’s swimming & diving and men’s and women’s indoor track & field also have been canceled.


Painted Post Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that October 15th, deputies arrested 31-year-old Michael R. Neally of Painted Post due to a Superior Court Warrant issued by the Steuben County Grand Jury. Neally allegedly sold and possessed suspected fentanyl in the Town of Erwin. He was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Neally was arraigned in Steuben County Court and released. The indictment warrant was a result of a multi-agency narcotics investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Village of Bath and City of Corning Police Departments.


Mitrano Responds to Reed’s Accusation She’s “Anti-Cop”
Tensions build between incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed and his challenger Tracy Mitrano, after Reed’s campaign released social media posts made by a former staffer of the Mitrano campaign back in 2018 and current staffer for making comments in support of the policy to defund and abolish the police force. Mitrano filed complaints with the FEC and FCC last week over Reed television ads that accuse her of being anti-police. Mitrano held a news conference yesterday to address what she says are lies because she supports funding police and military. Mitrano said upon discovering the unprofessional social media posts made by her staffer in 2018, she told the young organizer she would be fired if she did not resign from the campaign. Mitrano also remarked:
“If we’re going to go back [to 2018], I have not heard Tom Reed denounce his campaign manager for arresting a minister for trying to clean up lawn signs. Or the individuals in Schuyler and Yates County who’ve been arrested for stealing Democratic lawn signs right now. Why doesn’t Tom Reed deal with his own people?”


Gillibrand Visits Clemens Center to Talk ReStart Act
Yesterday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Clemens Center to call on support for the bipartisan Restart Act, which aims to support live event venues and small-and mid-sized businesses that struggling to recover after months of limited operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a new loan program to fund six months of employer and operating expenses for businesses that have lost significant revenue and need support not adequately provided by the Paycheck Protection Program. The Clemens Center closed its theater in March and is expected to remain closed through next spring. Independent venues forecasted to lose almost 9 billion dollars in revenue if they stay closed to the end of the year and Gillibrand said: “The need for extended relief for arts venues, restaurants, and tourist attractions in Elmira and the state is greater than ever.” Gillibrand says the Payment Protection Program did not go far enough to offset unprecedented revenue losses and the next relief package must prioritize the needs of small businesses so they can survive this economic crisis and continue providing jobs and revenue for local communities.


Keuka Watershed Nine Element Plan Releases Latest Newsletter
The Steuben County Legislature’s Agriculture Industry and Planning Committee endorsed the Nine Element Plan two years ago, looking to reduce invasive species as well as the amount of nutrients and sediment entering both Keuka and Seneca Lake. Those nutrients and sediment have been linked to harmful algal blooms. The Nine Element Plan is Steuben county’s three-year project expected to sample streams in the area for pollutants that contributed to the degradation of the watershed, which can lead to health concerns for people and their pets, potentially impacting the local economies and reducing property values. A newsletter will be issued quarterly, to provide information and build support for the Nine Element Plan and future projects with the goal of an ecologically healthier and socially dynamic Keuka-Seneca region. The first newsletter is available at https://senecawatershedio.wordpress.com/9e/   or https://senecawatershedio.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/seneca-keuka-watershed-partnership-september-newsletter-1.pdf

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