Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 30th, 2020

Ryan Hamilton, a 28-year-old Bath man released from prison one year ago, faces up to 20 years behind bars after being arrested for allegedly possessing child pornography while he was on parole. Hamilton was originally sentenced10 years probation after previously being convicted of possessing a sexual performance by a child and later violated that probation and was convicted in 2017 of the same charge then sentenced up to four years in prison. After being released last June, federal prosecutors say during a home visit they found he had a tablet storing 87 videos and 11,000 images of child porn. Hamilton was released following his latest arraignment and ordered to reappear.


The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 285 confirmed cases, 10 of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Town of Prattsburgh. The investigations indicate that the individuals are linked to a previously reported positive case, and they traveled to a state with high rates of infection. Neither individual posed any known public exposure risks since their return to Steuben County.


Though the Steuben County Fair announced they will go back to its roots doing the bare minimum fair events via drive-through format this year, Fair Director Nick Pelham said the Fairgrounds will continue to be used for the community this summer, including for a blood drive scheduled for Thursday, July 16th. On Friday’s episode of Community Focus, Pelham reminded the public through the COVID-19 pandemic, the fairgrounds have served the community for vital events like a food drive and mask and hand sanitizer giveaways for farmers. The Blood Drive on July 16th is from 1-6pm. To donate blood, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.


State Senator Tom O’Mara said he is working to resolve the many fraudulent unemployment claims and the many scams that have occurred due to the New York State Department of Labor’s Unemployment system that was outdated by decades until recently. On a Community Focus Podcast, O’Mara said these frauds and scams have been occurring more frequently in the past two weeks. To hear the interview tune into the WVIN morning show this Thursday around 8:30am or find the entirety of the interview online at:https://wvinbath.com/podcasts/community  


Governor Andrew Cuomo coming under fire for his nursing home order amid the coronavirus pandemic. Back in March, Cuomo ordered that if a hospital decided a patient who needed nursing home care was medically stable -- the nursing home had to take them in, even if they had been treated for COVID-19. U-S Representative Elise Stefanik made an appearance on Fox and Friends to discuss the New York governor. In the weeks following Cuomo’s order -- the coronavirus ravaged New York state’s nursing facilities -- killing more than 6,000 people. Cuomo defending the order, pointing to a New York Times tally which shows nursing homes accounted for only 21% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths ... a smaller percentage than in 44 other states.


A two-vehicle crash that killed five people Sunday remains under investigation. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office has not yet released the names of those involved. The crash happened on State Route 79 near the Broome County Line. Three people died in one vehicle, two in the other. Another victim remains in critical condition and one other person was hospitalized in stable condition.


Senator Chuck Schumer endorsed Tracy Mitrano’s run for New York’s 23rd Congressional District. The Senator said he was proud to endorse Mitrano and called the Penn Yan native : “a strong, honest, and hard-working person who gets things done.” And who will “leave politics at the door to make sure New Yorkers get the fair shot they deserve.”

Eight additional states meet the metrics qualifying to be added to the travel advisory which requires individuals traveling to New York from those states that have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Newly-added states are California, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Tennessee. The quarantine applies to anyone arriving from a state that has a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or a state with a 10% or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average. Yesterday, New York State said the percentage of positive tests conducted that day was one percent.

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.

The future is not looking promising for the 2020 Great New York State Fair set for August 21st, according to Governor Cuomo. During a Friday conference call that the fair is probably a no-go but there is still time for that to, perhaps, change.

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