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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 8th, 2020

The Steuben County Office of Emergency Services (OES) urges county residents to follow heat safety tips with temperatures expected to reach the mid to upper 90s in our region today and tomorrow. There will be a combination of high heat and humidity while heat indexes will reach the mid- to upper 90s during this period according to the County Office of Emergency Services, which is urging the public to “Please use caution over the next few days and take precautions to protect yourself.” Residents are urged to stay out of the sun, use public places with air conditioning to stay cool, wear light clothing and drink plenty of water while avoiding caffeine and alcohol. People are also reminded to check often on elderly, sick or frail family and neighbors.

 

The Music in the Park Series in Bath this summer has been canceled as announced by President  of Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, Bill Collmer. The Chamber sponsors the annual music events, which was called off based on crowd restrictions for outdoor events currently in place. The reason for the cancellation announcement is due to the concert series not being able to be coordinated or work out well under the social distancing rules in place.

 

State Police report that after recovering a pick-up truck that was reportedly stolen from a local business, they also discovered the location of an elderly Monroe County woman that had been reported missing hours earlier. A State Trooper was sent to follow up on a lead received and found the woman and truck. The woman was sent to the hospital for an evaluation and Troopers are now continuing their investigation.

 

Steuben County Sheriff Deputies report 65 animals were seized from a home in Steuben County after an investigation into the report of maltreated and neglected animals. A search warrant was executed at Gordon Burdick’s Wolf Run Road home in Campbell and found there were 23 rabbits, 15 ducks, 13 guinea hens, 8 dogs and 2 roosters, hens and cats living in deplorable conditions. Burdick is also accused of attempting to stop law enforcement from taking the animals and was charged with obstructing governmental administration and a half-dozen counts of animal cruelty.

 

Hammondsport Central School holds a meeting for its Board of Education Reorganizational and Regular meeting tonight at 6pm held via Zoom instead of in the school’s Cafeteria.

 

Local Congressman Tom Reed, State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano announced today they have joined regional education leaders like Superintendent Joe Rumsey and County Manager Jack Wheeler to call on New York State to give area schools the go-ahead to begin implementing plans to reopen in September.The local Republican lawmakers say that despite the significant time, effort and professional input that has gone into the Regional School Reopening Task Forces, over the past week New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has reiterated that he alone will have the final say.  In a joint statement, the legislators said:
“….Nothing can replace our children being in school. It’s central to quality education, our ongoing economic recovery and the strength of our social fabric. Governor Cuomo needs to release the guidelines so that school administrators can get to work implementing a safe reopening for September. The governor can’t leave school districts, students, teachers and parents waiting until the final minute for guidance.”

 

 

A timeline was released by the state yesterday regarding steps to be taken for the possible reopening of schools in the fall. According to Governor Cuomo, the state continues to discuss the issue with involved stakeholders. Cuomo also said New York will make decisions on whether or not schools will be allowed to hold in-person instruction during the first week of August. Cuomo also reacted to a tweet by President Trump made yesterday morning where he declared he would consider withholding federal funding from states that didn’t open schools back up in the fall. Cuomo’s response to that was: “Schools reopening are state decision, period. That’s a state decision and that’s how we’re going to proceed. It’s not up to the president of the United States.”

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