Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 26th, 2020

The Steuben County landfill and its transfer stations in Erwin, Hornell and Wayland will be closed Saturday, July 4th in honor of the holiday. The landfill and its transfer stations, however, will be open July 3rd. The landfill will resume its normal schedule on July 6th and the transfer stations will reopen July 7th.


Finger Lakes SPCA announces they will receive a COVID-19 relief grant from Best Friends Animal Supply to ensure the shelter is prepared to continue to save pets in need of homes across the county. The Finger Lakes SPCA is an active partner in the Best Friends Network offering resources and support to fellow shelters, rescue groups and animal welfare organizations across the country. The grant was made possible by the Rachel Ray Save Them All COVID-19 Relief Program, which is funded by the Rachel Ray Foundation dedicated to helping animals in need and funded by a portion of proceeds from each sale of Rachel’s pet food, Nutrish.


The Corning Museum of Glass announces its reopening next week on Wednesday, July 1. The museum said it will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Labor Day, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. thereafter. Phase 4 of reopening the economy begins in our region today which includes the opening of museums. Reservations are required and advanced timed tickets are now available for purchase. https://reservations.cmog.org/ Read the CMOG’s health and safety protocols for guidelines and protocol while visiting.


The Steuben County Public Health Department reports an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 283 confirmed cases, nine of which are currently active.  The latest case is a resident of the Town of West Union who is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified.  An investigation indicates that the individual traveled to a state with high rates of infection and visited the following locations upon their return within the timeframe noted:

• 6/22/20 Afternoon – Escher’s Tire & Service Center in Elmira

• 6/22/20 Afternoon – Acorn Market gas station in Addison

• 6/22/20 Afternoon – NAPA Auto Parts in Addison

• 6/22/20 Evening – Big Bear Pizza in Addison

• 6/24/20 Afternoon – Wegmans in Corning


Watkins Glen International is modifying its schedule because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to WENY, Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen has been rescheduled for Labor Day weekend, September 3-6. The event was originally scheduled for this weekend, but then postponed to October; however, now it has been pushed back up to September. Officials say previously purchased tickets for Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be honored on the rescheduled weekend.


State Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblyman Chris Friend are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to rescind a proposed $238 million cut to the state Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities, set to take effect on July 1. The area’s state lawmakers said that families of persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as residential service providers, have contacted them to express their strong opposition to the proposed cut and explain its consequences. The funding was included in the new state budget enacted in April; however legislative leaders also authorized Cuomo to unilaterally make changes to the budget as the governor sees fit during the COVID-19 response.  O’Mara, Palmesano and Friend have been highly critical of the Legislature giving Cuomo the power to revise the state’s fiscal plan without legislative approval.  

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