Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 2nd, 2021

Steuben Land Bank Crop Meeting July 6th
Steuben County Land Bank Corporation meets Wednesday July 6th with the meeting information and agenda available on the County website at www.steubencony.org. The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers, 3rd Floor of the Annex Building and may also be accessed via Zoom teleconference at:


Meeting ID: 924 1011 5408

Passcode: 77906462

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NY Suspends Bridge and Road Construction for Holiday Weekend
Bridge and road construction is temporarily suspended in New York State this holiday weekend to alleviate traffic. The suspension began 6am this morning and will end Tuesday, July 6th at 6am. Drivers are urged to slow down, drive cautiously, and move over for emergency vehicles, a requirement of the state’s Move Over law.


Schumer Amendment May Have Caused NY To Lose Pandemic Aid
New analysis finds that some states, including New York, have been shortchanged because of a provision under the American Rescue Plan. The ARP provided $350 billion of assistance allocated directly to state, local, and tribal governments for pandemic relief. New York’s small towns currently will receive $104 per resident from the Rescue Plan, while states with large unincorporated populations, which are accounted for, will see $1300 per resident. “Unincorporated” means living in an area or a community with no town. According to research by Civilytics, Senator Chuck Schumer introduced an amendment that changed the funding formula to its final form resulting in $5 billion being shifted away from states like New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and given to Nevada, Virginia, and Maryland. According to WSKG, Senator Schumer’s office did not respond to a request when they called for comments yesterday. Congress will likely have to pass a new law to address this discrepancy as the Treasury Department accepts public feedback on ARP funding rules until Friday, July 16th.


Troopers Launch STOP-DWI Campaign
The New York State Police will increase patrols and crack down on drunk and drugged driving and other traffic infractions this 4th of July weekend. State Troopers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and target reckless and aggressive driving statewide to keep New York highways safe during one of the busiest summer holidays for travel. The campaign begins today and runs through Monday. Last year, the State Police issued nearly 9,214 vehicle and traffic tickets during the 4th of July weekend. Troopers arrested 180 people for DWI and investigated 456 crashes and one fatality.


Sempolinski Declares Candidacy for Congress
Steuben County Republican Committee Chairman Joe Sempolinski declared his candidacy for Congress on Thursday. Earlier in his career, the Elmira native led Tom Reed’s New York-based staff for the 23rd Congressional District. More recently, he served as Director of Development at Archbishop Walsh Academy in Olean.


Cuomo Signs Law Authorizing Park Rangers to Administer EpiPens
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing forest rangers, park rangers and environmental conservation police officers to possess and administer EpiPens. Epinephrine is commonly used to treat serious allergic reactions such as bee stings, insect bites & more. Cuomo said this commonsense legislation allows a wider range of professionals in state parks and other natural areas to use EpiPens and keep New Yorkers safe in the wild. Cuomo added…This will give hikers, bikers and other outdoor travelers a greater sense of security as they navigate New York's natural areas.


Siena Poll Finds Voters Overall Approve of Cuomo 51-32
In a recent Siena Poll, overall voters approve of how Governor Cuomo handled the pandemic by a 51-32% margin. Of those polled, voters say that Cuomo did a good job with managing vaccines, keeping NY informed, and the reopening of the state. (54-33%). What continues to plague the Governor is the nursing home scandal, as 60-22% say he did a bad job answering questions on nursing homes and COVID.


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