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Today's Top Stories - Thursday February 27th, 2020

Community Outreach Coordinators Staffing Public Defender's Office
Community Outreach Coordinators are bringing a new approach to the Steuben County Public Defender’s Office. Based on the Bronx Defenders Project, the county’s new program will identify client needs and include an intake coordinator and allow attorneys to take a deeper look into the causes behind a defendant’s actions. Sauro's staff of nine handles nearly 500 felony caseloads annually and about 1,100 misdemeanors each year.  A community forum in Hornell is in the works for some time in in April and will include a presentation on basic legal rights and the legal process. 

 

O'Mara Announces Veteran's Hall of Fame Needs Nominees
State Senator Tom O'Mara announced he is accepting nominations for this year's 58th Senate District inductee fot the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame until Friday March 27th. The 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for early May to coincide with this year’s Memorial Day observances. Nomination letters should include a short biography highlighting the nominee’s military and civilian service awards and achievements and must be e-mailed to omara@nysenate.gov.

 

Cuomo Announces $40 Million to DOH for Coronavirus
Governor Cuomo yesterday announced $40 million will be appropriated to the New York State Department of Health to hire additional staff, procure equipment and any other resources necessary to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo will also propose legislation granting authority to DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to ensure local health departments and public and private hospitals statewide take actions and measures in response to the outbreak as needed by convening local health departments and hospitals statewide to review protocols, best practices, and procedures to help ensure they are prepared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Coronavirus Impacting Corning Glass Museum of Glass
Some local businesses in Steuben County are like the Corning Museum of Glass are experienceing the economic impact as the decrease in international tourism affects visitorship due to coronavirus. The museum relies on its strong base of international tourists, many who are from China. CMOG has a strong history of connections to the Chinese tourism industry but the turnout to museums was much lower in numbers this year due to international travel limitations. Corning Museum of Glass President and Executive Director, Karol Wright, says though they  concerned about coronavirus' impact, they will continue monitoring the situation and ensure to provide an exceptional experience to their guests.


Corning Man Charged After Domestic Incident
A 34-year-old Corning man was charged Tuesday with second degree criminal imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing after an incident. Andrew VanZile was charged and will appear in Corning Town Court at a later date. 


BBB Reminds Public of Scams as Census Season Continues
As the Census 2020 continues, the Better Business Bureau warns people of a few potential scams to avoid. The BBB says to always ask for identification, look for a laptop or cellphone with the Census seal logo on it. If you think you may have encountered a scam or scammer, call the BBB at 800-923-8282 to report it, ask any questions and speak with a local representative.

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