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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 30th, 2020

93 New COVID Cases & 2 Deaths in Steuben
COVID-19 continues to cause deaths and illnesses in Steuben County. The Health Department has announced the deaths of two Town of Bath residents while 93 county residents tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 3,355 confirmed cases, 601 of which are currently active.


County Releases Numbers for New Five Year Road Plan
The Steuben County Public Works new Five Year Road Plan expects to continue with road maintenance and repair projects in 2021 despite expected cuts in state funding for highway repairs. Plans next year include 26 miles of reconstruction and paving projects at a cost of $3.6 million, totaling slightly above the state’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) anticipated 2021 allotment of $3.5 million. CHIPS funding is expected to be cut by 20 percent next year by Governor Cuomo, due to the state budget being strained by the impact of COVID-19.


5 Arrested for Meth Possession After Canisteo Traffic Stop
Five people were arrested after a 1am traffic stop today in Canisteo. The Canisteo Police Department reports police allegedly found 18.3 grams of meth along with packaging material, scales, and other drug paraphernalia. Cale Paul, John Corcoran, Jason Barker, Brooke Hayden, and Alyssa Laverde were all charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 5th degree, Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for having Scales, and Criminal Possession of Drug Paraphernalia for possessing Packaging Material. The five suspects went to the Steuben County Jail and await Centralized Arraignment.


New York’s Extended Unemployment Begins Next Week
New Yorkers will begin to receive extended federal unemployment benefits during the first week of 2021. Officials say that unemployed New Yorkers will begin to receive their extended and expanded federal unemployment benefit next week. According to the Governor’s Office, these benefits will be made available through extended unemployment programs enacted by the U.S. government.


Cuomo Changes Quarantine Guidelines
Governor Cuomo announced updated quarantine guidelines for New York which are consistent with the latest Centers for Disease Control guidance. Under the new guidelines, individuals exposed to COVID-19 can end their quarantine after 10 days without a testing requirement as long as no symptoms have been reported during the quarantine period.


$600 Stimulus Checks Arriving as Soon as This Week
The $600 checks already passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump yesterday will begin being deposited as soon as today. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says checks may have arrived as soon as last night for some. Direct deposits will continue over the next week while paper checks will begin to be delivered today. Tthe IRS will begin providing updates on individual checks later this week. Americans making less than $75,000 per year will get $600 while couples earning  less than $150,000 will receive $1,200 while each dependent will also be eligible for $600. Yesterday, Senate Republicans killed the bill that promised immediate $2,000 payments.

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