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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday January 20th, 2021

Steuben County Legislature Ups Term Limit to 5 Terms
Until recently, Steuben County Legislature’s policy on term limits allowed politicians to serve up to four, four-year terms. After passing a resolution, the Steuben County legislature has voted to increase their number of term limits to five effective this year. Now, a legislator can serve two full-decades before another representative is mandated. “That’s not term limits, that’s a career,” said 12th District Republican Gary Roush, who voted against the resolution to The Evening Tribune...“It was never intended to work as a profession. Because politicians have to continue to run year after year, they’re focused more on getting reelected than serving the people to do the right thing from a government standpoint.”


Bath Central School Holds Meeting Monday 1/25
The Bath Central School District Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday January 25th. The purpose of the meeting is financial planning related to future capital projects. The meeting will be livestreamed. For information: bathcsd.org.


Steuben Sees 109 New COVID Cases & 2 Deaths
Two more COVID-related deaths have been reported in Steuben County. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County to 156. Both individuals were males who died while hospitalized.  One was a resident of the City of Corning who died at age 92, and the other was a resident of the Town of Campbell who died at the age of 52. Steuben County also reported 109 new COVID cases since Friday.


County Hall of Fame Nominations Accepted Through March
Steuben County Hall of Fame nominations are now being accepted until March 31st. 2020 Inductees continued in the hall's 44-year tradition honoring exceptional people from all walks of life. Inductees included: youth advocate and country/rock musician Duane Eddy, Steuben ARC founder Arthur Hansen and Donald Merring, the first Steuben County Emergency Services/ Fire Coordination director. Since 1976, more than 500 people have been nominated with 148 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. All nominees will be reviewed in early May by a special committee which will propose nominees for 2020 and approved by the county Legislature late June.

** Steuben County Hall of Fame guidelines

· Nominees may be any man, woman or child living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of Steuben

County. They should have resided in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere.

· Past nominees not inducted into the county Hall of Fame may be re-nominated.

· For applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees, go

to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357; or call (607) 664-2199.


IRS Has Tax Credit for Who Didn’t Get CARES Act Check
The IRS has an online resource for those who did not receive the COVID Impact payments going to Americans that make less than $75,000. Those who didn’t receive the CARES Act spring payment, are eligible for a tax credit. Tax returns won’t be accepted by the IRS until February 12th due to the pandemic and stimulus payments still being sent. The IRS site has a tracking tool for the second stimulus payments that were sent earlier this month and stopped going out as of January 15th. More about the IRS.


NYSAC Director Reviews Cuomo Budget Numbers
Less than 24 hours after Governor Cuomo delivered the State Executive Budget, the New York State Association of Counties has reviewed the numbers in the several budget bills unveiled last night. Deputy Director Mark LaVigne is considering the worst case scenario budget where aid to localities will be cut 20 percent. Cuts could be anywhere between 5 and 20 percent and Lavigne says in the event of a 20 percent cut to local aid, counties would take a $500 million cut that would impact reimbursement for funds already allocated for state services. LaVigne says the budget’s $160 million cut to counties is better than the $675 million they anticipated. Cuts would impact schools, social services and local governments and result in higher income tax rates.


Senator O’Mara Warning Budget Could Lead to Overspending
State Senator Tom O’Mara warns that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget charts a course for New York that could leave a future generation of state and local taxpayers holding the bill for a questionable agenda of overspending. O’Mara cautioned that the Cuomo budget proposal released at the Capitol sets the stage for a final budget that could significantly increase short- and long-term state government spending. O’Mara said that he would keep working with his legislative colleagues across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions to keep attention focused on unfunded state mandates, job-killing state regulations, out-of-control debt, and a state tax burden that hurts family budgets and keeps New York’s business climate one of the worst in the nation.


Congressman Reed Joins Lawmakers Calling on Cohen Apology
Congressmen Chris Jacobs, Tom Reed and several of their colleagues are calling upon Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) to apologize for his comments denigrating members of the National Guard. In a statement, Jacobs said “Representative Cohen’s reckless comments attacking members of the National Guard are disrespectful and divisive. These men and women proudly serve our nation and have been working non-stop for the past week to ensure our safety and that of the incoming administration.”   


NY Senate Majority Announced Small Business Legislation
New legislation is being advanced in New York State to further support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Senate Majority announced yesterday that they plan to advance major legislation to help support small businesses in the state. The action will build upon legislation passed in July 2020. According to the Senate Majority, the new legislative package will include protecting small businesses from eviction and foreclosure, protecting restaurants from third-party delivery fees and establishing a partial-unemployment system.

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