Today's Top Stories - Thursday June 25th, 2020

According to the Steuben County Fair Facebook page, the 201st County Fair this year has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. The decision was made at a special board meeting on Tuesday by the Board of Directors for the Steuben County Agricultural Society as they agreed to cancel the majority of fair events. All Grandstand Events, Competitive Exhibits and Carnival are being postponed until 2021. The fair is working with musical act Craig Morgan to possibly reschedule his concert to Wednesday August 18th. All presale tickets will be honored and refund details will be announced by July 6th.


The New York State Department of Health announced today Steuben county will receive $1,104,642 as part of federal funding from expanded medical matching funds under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The legislation increases New York’s Medicaid reimbursements by 6.2 percent. The over $1 million allocated to our county is a part of the $323 million in federal funding to all counties across the state. The federal statute is projected to cover six months from January to June of this year and lasts the duration of the pandemic period.


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from June 6th to  June 20th, deputies arrested seven people for Driving While Intoxicated. Dakohta Button of Jasper, David Raison of Lakeville, Daniel Berger of Brooklyn, Tamar Howard of Bath, John Bogart of Bath, Carl Ribble of Bradford and Joseph Stage of Hornell were all charged with at least one count of Driving While Intoxicated then released on traffic summons to appear in local Town Courts at later dates.


Haverling High School moved their graduation date to Friday due to weather concerns. Students with the last names starting from A-K will graduate in a 6 p.m. ceremony and the remaining students will graduate two hours later during an 8 p.m. ceremony. Both ceremonies will be held in the stadium with parking in the football lot.


NYSEG and RG&E announced this week that they have filed a proposed rate case settlement with the New York Public Service Commission. Both companies reported the proposed agreement earned support from customer groups, industry, governmental and environmental interests, with over 20 parties signing the settlement. News of the filing comes after months of negotiations about how the companies can best serve customers in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. AARP New York and the Public Utility Law Project have responded with strong opposition to a proposal to raise the utility companies’ rates and enact other measures over the next three years.


The states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut held a joint news conference yesterday to announce a new travel advisory that will direct travelers from states with high rates of COVID-19 to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival to the three states. New York Governor Cuomo first threatened to put it in place last Friday. Three months ago when Northeast states were being hit hard with the virus, Florida, Texas, South Carolina and other states instituted a similar quarantine policy that included travel from the three states. Since then, infection rates have flipped with Florida reporting thousands of new cases of COVID-19 daily, while New York is regularly seeing below 700 cases. The advisory begins effective midnight tonight. Being caught violating that quarantine could issue a mandatory quarantine order and could be fined up to $2,000 for a first offense and up to $10,000 if they cause harm. New York will also monitor the list of flights entering New York to make sure passengers will quarantine for coronavirus.


Governor Cuomo announced that COVID-19 hospitalizations across the state have dropped below 1,000 for the first time since March 18. Yesterday 996 COVID-19 patient were reported to be hospitalized. Cuomo also confirmed that tomorrow begins Phase IV of reopening the economy in our Southern Tier region. Cuomo says limits on church gatherings will increase from 25% to 33% and non-essential gatherings can increase from 25 to 50 people while low-risk arts and entertainment like museums will also be allowed to reopen. Malls, gyms, and movie theaters will continue remain closed for the fourth phase. Cuomo says his administration is studying new information about the virus suggesting that air conditioning systems at malls, gyms, bars and social clubs may actually recirculate the virus before making a decision about reopening these places.


A new design for New York state license plates has officially been on the road in more than a dozen counties across the state according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Dubbed the Excelsior plates by the DMV, the design replaces New York’s previous two designs over time. The plate has blue lettering on a white background accompanied by the images of Niagara Falls, Adirondack Mountains, Statue of Liberty, Manhattan skyline and lighthouse all at the bottom with “Excelsior written in gold below the plate numbers. New plates will be issued for new vehicle registrations in counties that have run out of their supplies of the previous Empire Gold plates.

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