Today's Top Stories - Wednesday June 10th, 2020

Congressman Tom Reed voiced that he is “disappointed” with the police reform legislation proposed this week by Senate Democrats which he calls a, “one-house, one-party bill” designed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Reed is critical of the bill’s defunding the police federally, calling it a move that is partisan to what he calls an effort to “appease that hard left policy position”. Reed said he would instead further support funding law enforcement by using funding as a “carrot” to incentivize enhanced funding for those in law enforcement “making positive changes” and cited the “Step Up, Step In” program as an example of how to utilize funding.


County Deputy Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly said the annual Steuben County Real Property Tax Auction has been postponed until a later date and will be delayed until an appropriate site is located. Donnelly told the committee the delay is required due to postponement of court proceedings, along with social distancing requirements in response to COVID-19. County officials will continue to monitor the progress of required court actions and the Legislature will establish a new date in the coming months.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification yesterday three additional Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 273 confirmed cases.  The individuals are two residents from the Town of Urbana and one from the Town of Campbell. Two  are residents of a nursing home in the Bath area.


The Corning City Council last night voted unanimously to approve a temporary closure of a portion of Market Street. The move will allow businesses to move their services outside. The closure begins Friday and continues until August 2nd .


State Senator Tom O’Mara is applauding the news of $204 million in federal funding that will expand production at Corning Incorporated’s manufacturing  facility in Big Flats. He says it could double the number of jobs at the plant, and help Corning play a critical role in the ongoing COVID-19 response. Corning announced yesterday that the funding is forthcoming from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, which operates as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The aid will allow Corning to majorly expand its manufacturing of Valor Glass vials that will be used for the production and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines and treatments. The announcement also said Corning will immediately seek to fill 60 permanent manufacturing positions and thirty-four additional jobs are anticipated to open as funding is released.


The Dormann Library Board of Director’s have made the decision to NOT ask for an increase in the tax levy this year. In a statement, they said they understand that the community has concerns about the economy and personal finances and they respect that concern. While the upcoming budget has already been formulated with mandated increases in staff salary, the Board feels that they will be able to modify other areas that will allow them to continue to provide the quality programs the community has come to expect with current funding.


The New York State Police will begin to target speeding and aggressive drivers during a special weeklong traffic enforcement initiative beginning tomorrow. This year’s “Speed Week” enforcement campaign will run through Wednesday, June 17th. Troopers will also actively patrol highway work zones and will target driverswho violate New York’s “Move Over” Law. During last year’s Speed Week campaign, State Troopers issued 24,770 total tickets, including 13,016 for speeding, 571 for distracted driving, and 416 for violations of the Move Over Law.


A pair of bills introduced in the New York State Senate is aimed at demilitarizing law enforcement agencies across the state. One of the bills would ban the use of tear gas and prohibit officers from using pepper spray as a crowd control measure. Law enforcement agencies would also be prevented from purchasing military surplus equipment which include drones, grenades, silencers, and militarized armored vehicles. Tear gas triggers pain receptors that cause crying, sneezing, coughing, difficulty breathing, and temporary blindness and even miscarriage for pregnant women upon exposure with the risk of long-term consequences.


Officials at St. James Hospital announce convenient summer hours for its Urgent Care Center on Seneca Road in Hornell. Starting Monday, June 15th, urgent care service will be open 8am – 6pm seven days a week. St James President and CEO Bryan O’Donovan said: “We realize people are busy during the summer, and having the ability to get their care earlier in the day is a great convenience.” St. James Urgent Care is a provider of non-emergency services to both children and adults with no appointment necessary.

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