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Today's Top Stories - Friday November 6th, 2020

Steuben Sees 12 New COVID Cases
Twelve new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Steuben County. This brings the total to 1,217 confirmed cases, 170 of which are currently active. Among those newly infected… an employee at Corning Hospital, a student at Bath Middle School and an employee of the Visiting Nurses Association. Darlene Smith is the Public Health Director…she says “COVID-19 can spread more easily in bars, restaurants, and at social gatherings.” She says “In these environments, people are most often unmasked for extended periods of time. Be extra vigilant of your social activities and use all precautions, especially in these settings.”

 

Cuomo Calls Regional COVID-19 Increase “Serious Caution Flag”
Governor Cuomo is warning that COVID-19 cases are increasing in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region…and he calls the situation a “serious caution flag.” Along with the Rochester and Finger Lakes region, the governor raised similar concern over Western New York, as well as other communities across the state.

 

Sheriff’s Office Warns of Highly Dangerous Drug Carfentanyl
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said the sale and use of a synthetic opioid stronger than fentanyl and capable of causing immediate death is gaining a foothold across the state and in Steuben County. Allard reported that the New York State Department of Health Drug User Health Office recently issued a warning to drug abuse prevention agencies in Steuben about the growth of the illegal drug carfentanyl (or carfentanil) in the state. Commonly used to tranquilize elephants or other large animals, carfentanyl is reportedly 10,000 times more powerful than morphine and 100 times stronger than fentanyl. The odorless white power is mixed with other drugs to make them stronger and cheaper, and is highly toxic when inhaled or touched.

 

NYS High School Regents Exams for January 2021 Cancelled
The January 2021 administration of the New York High School Regents Examination Program is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic…that announcement from the Interim State Education Commissioner. This cancellation applies to all Regents Examinations that had been scheduled for the January 2021 Regents Examination period. No decisions have been made regarding the June and August 2021 administrations of Regents Examinations or any of the other State assessment programs.

 

Mitrano Won't Concede Race Until All Absentees Counted
As New York state awaits the final absentee ballot count, Democratic congressional candidate, Tracy Mitrano is not yet conceding. Mitrano runs against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed for New York's 23rd Congressional District, who declared victory on Election night. In a statement on Facebook Mitrano said:
“Because we respect the electoral process, we will honor the almost 47,000 absentee ballots yet to be counted before making any final statements. That is in full recognition of the math. But for the sake of national election and all those going forward, wherein absentee ballots could determine an outcome, we will remain respectful of the November 10th deadline.”
According to the New York State Board of Elections, right now Reed holds a lead over Mitrano by almost 70,000 votes before the absentee ballots are counted.

 

Charnetski Begins Vehicular Manslaughter Sentence at Chemung 
Caden Charnetski was detained to Chemung County Jail to begin his 1-3 year state prison sentence for the deaths of Matthew and Harolyn Matteson in 2018. Charnetski will quarantine at the jail for 14 days due to COVID-19 concerns before he is transferred to a state prison to continue his sentence for vehicular manslaughter after the Mattesons were ejected from a motorcycle in a colliding head-on accident with Charnetski’s car on Westinghouse Road in Horseheads in July 2018. Prosecutors said Charnetski was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the crash. Following his sentencing in 2019, Charnetski was released on $25,000 cash/$50,000 property bond and had remained free since.

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