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Today's Top Stories - Monday: July 20th, 2020

Two Men Escape Keuka Boat Fire Safely
Saturday afternoon, two men were able to escape a boat fire on Keuka Lake in the waters off East Bluff Drive in Jerusalem. Deputies found the almost 20-foot boat fully engulfed in flames just after noon and it was later deemed a total loss. The boat owner said he attempted to restart the boat after it stalled when it ignited by a possible fuel leak. Both men on board were able to swim to shore safely wearing life jackets.

 

Addison Marine Laid to Rest Saturday
This weekend, a U.S. Marine and Addison native was laid to rest. Corporal Joseph Paul Calkins was buried Saturday at Addison Rural Cemetery with full military honors. Calkins’ family told WETM News he took his own life while stationed on Camp Lejeune in North Carolina a few weeks earlier on July 7th. Calkins leaves behind a wife and 5-month-old son and is a 2017 graduate of Addison Central School. His family asks donations in his name be made to Active Duty and Veteran Suicide Awareness nonprofit group “22 Until None.”

 

Reed Urges Federal Action to Shore Up Social Security
The COVID-19 economic crisis has affected virtually everyone in the country and Congressman Tom Reed says without action to shore up Social Security, senior citizens in New York and elsewhere will be in financial trouble. Reed suggests one change that may help would be lifting income limits on seniors that are working. Reed also maintains that he opposes the payroll tax cut proposed by the Trump Administration because he says that would only worsen the Social Security funding problem.

 

Steuben Elections Board Starts NYS Cybersecurity Training Tomorrow
Steuben County Board of Elections says it will join other county election boards in a statewide election cybersecurity training exercise beginning tomorrow and continuing to this Thursday, July 23rd and Friday, July 24th. The virtual exercise will help elections officials identify ways to plan, prepare, identify and respond in the event of a “cyber incident” and is being coordinated with the federal Department of Homeland Security. Exercises will be based on a combination of real-world scenarios as well as potential risks including social media manipulation, disruption of voter registration information, malware infections, and the exploitation of state and county board of election networks. Commissioners said the exercises will make them better prepared for the 2020 Presidential Election on November 3rd.

 

Cuomo Says He Will Not Quarantine After GA Visit
Governor Cuomo said at his daily press conference this morning he will travel to Georgia today to meet with state officials about COVID-19. Georgia was recently hit hard by the virus and as a result on NY’s mandatory self-quarantine list. This morning, Cuomo was asked by the press if he would self-quarantine upon returning back to the Empire State. Governor Cuomo also noted the state does not have an enforcement mechanism to ensure quarantining by drivers traveling into New York from states on his quarantine list.

 

Charges Filed for Bath Burglary Committed Last Year
Criminal charges have now been filed from a reported burglary in the Town of Bath nearly a year ago. State Police said they arrested 39-year-old Darcie Smith and 58-year-old Barney Baker…they’re both from Bath. Troopers charged each with petit larceny. They were issued appearance tickets for court and released.

 

NYS Reports Lowest COVID Cases and Hospitalizations in Months
Statewide hospitalizations for COVID-19 are at their lowest in four months. Friday, Governor Cuomo announced New York state was down to 743 hospitalizations, which is the fewest since the beginning of the pandemic on March 17th.  Positive COVID-19 tests remain at just over 1 percent as the rest of the nation set a new record this weekend with over 77,000 cases. Yesterday, there were 11 COVID fatalities recorded statewide

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