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Thursday, 25 June 2020 12:58

June 20 – June 26, 2020

POLICE

Shawn Soderberg, 45, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 20 with aggravated family offense - a felony; criminal contempt in the first-degree: violate order of protection – a felony, and three misdemeanors: stalking, aggravated harassment: communicate threat by phone, and coercion. 

Luciano Antinelli, 18, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 20 with criminal tampering, and third degree assault- both misdemeanors, and possession of a forged instrument - a felony. 

Andrew Rocco, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 17 with criminal contempt in the second-degree – a misdemeanor, and aggravated family offense – a felony. 

Kevin Savard, 43, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 18 with criminal trespass,
a misdemeanor. 

David Tenace, 52, of Schenectady, was charged June 18 in Saratoga Springs with menacing in the second-degree: weapon – a misdemeanor, and burglary in the first-degree: displays what appears to be a firearm – a felony. Tenace was arrested on a warrant. 

Kory Willis, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was cited June 17 with trespassing. 

Joseph Murray, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 14 with second degree robbery – a felony, and unlawful imprisonment – a misdemeanor. 

Justin Sherman, 35, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 14 with second degree robbery – a felony, and criminal mischief – a misdemeanor. 

Andrea Smith, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 15 with making graffiti – a misdemeanor, and trespassing. 

Carly Premo, 37, of Clifton Park, was charged June 15 in Saratoga Springs with two misdemeanor counts of stalking in the fourth-degree.   

Angela M. Duross, 37, of Corinth, was charged June 23 with assault in the second-degree, a felony. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, in connection with a domestic incident in the village of Corinth, Duross is accused of striking a person known to her with a broom, resulting in injury to that person’s head and facial area. She was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail. 

Christina N. Pickett, 34, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 16 with operating motor vehicle impaired by drugs, aggravated DWI, child less than 16 (Leandra’s Law) and endangering the welfare of a child. She is accused of operating a motor vehicle in the town of Milton while under the influence of drugs and having had four children under the age of 16 in the vehicle with her at the time.

Richard C. Currier, II, 32, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 22 with felony DWI and aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to observe a police officer, and three driving and vehicle equipment violations, after allegedly operating his vehicle with a missing tire and striking a traffic sign in Niskayuna. He was eventually stopped on Kingsley Road in the town of Ballston, according to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.   

Levi J.S. Tripp, 38, of Fort Edward, was charged on a warrant for failure to report an address change as a sex offender, and sent to Warren County Jail. 

Jake I. Hodgdon, 39, of Swanton, Vermont, was charged June 15 with criminal mischief in the second-degree, and grand larceny in the fourth-degree – both felonies, and auto stripping - a misdemeanor. Hodgdon is accused of entering onto a victim’s property in the town of Malta and removing a catalytic converter from their vehicle. The victim, who was on the property at the time, observed Hodgdon on their security system and confronted him, according to State Police. Hodgdon jumped in his vehicle and fled. An arrest warrant was obtained for Hodgdon, who was located by state police in Saratoga and taken into custody. He was released on his own recognizance and is due back in Malta Town Court on Aug. 13. 

SPEED WEEK

New York State Police announced that Troopers issued 24,980 total traffic tickets during the special “Speed Week” traffic enforcement campaign. “Speed Week” -  conducted from Thursday, June 11, to Wednesday, June 17 - targeted speeding and other unsafe driving behaviors, including distracted driving and violations of the Move Over Law. 

Troopers issued 13,131 tickets for speeding, 574 for distracted driving, 294 for Move Over law violations, and arrested 186 people for drunk and impaired driving. State Police also responded to 158 personal injury crashes, including three fatal crashes.

In the Capital Region specifically, 966 tickets were issued, and 20 DWI charges made. During the June 2019 Speed Week detail, State Police overall issued 25,097 total tickets, including 13,055 for speeding.

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Thursday, 18 June 2020 12:49

June 13 – June 19, 2020

Adam Gerling, 28, of Albany, was cited June 8 with two counts – one felony and one misdemeanor - criminal possession of stolen property.

Nicole Rose, 42, of Stillwater, was cited June 8 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate. 

Jade Graves, 25, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 10 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, refusal to take a breath test, failure to stop at a stop sign, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. 

Sean Thomas, 30, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 12 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, aggravated DWI, speeding and failure to keep right. 

Mario T. Gonzalez, 31, of Rockaway Park, was charged June 12 with one felony and one misdemeanor count criminal possession of a controlled substance, and single counts of criminal use drug paraphernalia, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, and a vehicle equipment violation. Additionally, Miguel A. Santana, age 29, of Far Rockaway, was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and one count unlawful possession of marijuana. According to city police, officers on patrol conducted a traffic stop on State Route 50 south of Hutchins Road. The vehicle was operated by Gonzalez, while Santana was the sole passenger. Investigation at the scene led to the seizure of a suspected approximate 20 grams of crack cocaine from Santana, over 2 grams of heroin from Gonzalez, and more than $2000 in U.S. currency. 

Emmanuel D. Laury, 29, of Troy, was charged June 6 in the town of Ballston with attempted identity theft in the first-degree. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, on April 18 Laury was suspected of using the personal identifying information of a victim without permission in an attempt to secure a personal loan in excess of $5,000.  The loan was not issued by the financial institution. 

 

Saratoga Springs — Two personal injury accidents occurred in Saratoga Springs on June 10. 

The first took place on State Route 50 just south of Hutchins Road about 3:37 pm. A 1998 Honda Accord, which had been traveling northbound and contained three people, went off the eastside of State Route 50 and collided with a telephone pole. The 30-year-old male passenger in the front seat sustained a non-life-threatening head injury. The 7-year-old male passenger in the back seat suffered more significant head trauma and was listed in critical condition. Both patients were transported to Albany Medical Center. 

The driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Paul Pike of Corinth, did not report injuries. Pike, based upon the initial investigation, was allegedly found to be impaired. He was subsequently charged with the felonies: aggravated vehicle assault, DWAI by drugs with two prior convictions designated offenses within 10 years, aggravated DWI with a child with 2 prior convictions within 10 years, and aggravated unlicensed operation in the first-degree. Pike was additionally charged with two misdemeanors and a driving violation. 

The second accident took place at 4:29 p.m. at the Church Street/Kirby Road intersection. A 2014 Kia sedan pulling out from Kirby Road onto Church Street, failed to yield to a 1996 GMC Yukon which was traveling eastbound on Church Street and both vehicles collided, according to Saratoga Springs Police. The Yukon, after the initial collision, ended up in the westbound lane of Church Street where it collided with a 2013 Cadillac sedan traveling westbound on Church Street. In all there were 9 people involved in this accident; 6 of which were transported to Saratoga Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries or for evaluation. Their ages ranged from 1 month to 46 years old. The 65-year-old driver of the Kia, who was not named, was cited for failing to yield the right-of-way.

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Thursday, 11 June 2020 13:18

June 6 – June 12, 2020

Erika Petit, 38, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 5 in Saratoga Springs with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and following too close, after being involved in a property damage accident on Ballston Avenue. 

Victor Maffetone, 34, and Jason McMahaon, 43 – both of Saratoga Springs, were each cited June 5 with disorderly conduct: fight/violent behavior, on Woodlawn Avenue. 

Emeline Weir, 34, Meghan McCabe, 40, Yisel Martinez, 41, and Brian Raymond, 50 – all of Saratoga Springs, were each cited June 5 on Woodlawn Avenue with trespassing. 

Andrew Baker, 52, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 6 on a warrant with felony burglary, second-degree assault, and strangulation, and the misdemeanors menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. 

Ciera Krom, 26, of Mechanicville, was charged June 7 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI and aggravated DWI, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, felony aggravated DWI – with a passenger less than 16 years of age, and the violations: speeding, and moving from lane unsafely.     

Dayna Alsberry, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was charged June 2 with third degree assault, a misdemeanor. 

Briana Thompson, 20, of Ballston Spa, was charged June 3 in Saratoga Springs with felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon and criminal obstruction of breathing – both misdemeanors. 

Jennifer Bialahoski, 39, of Schenectady, was charged June 4 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia – both misdemeanors, following a traffic stop. 

Eugene Wachtel, 53, of Schenectady, was charged June 4 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle -a misdemeanor, and four driving related violations, following a traffic stop.    

Nathaniel Tucker, 22, of Hudson Falls, was charged May 28 with attempted disseminating indecent material to minors in the first-degree, a felony. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Tucker allegedly showed up to meet who he thought was a 15-year-old girl he had talked to online. Tucker agreed to meet the young girl at a town park in Saratoga County, where detectives were waiting for him. During the online conversations, Tucker spoke of and made plans of meeting the 15-year-old for a sexual relationship, according to authorities.  The person he believed to be a 15-year-old female was an online undercover Investigator with the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office.Tucker was taken into custody without incident with the assistance of the Albany, FBI Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF). He was released and will appear in The Milton Town Court at a later date.

Jacob W. Ruth, 24, of East Greenbush, was charged May 28 with rape in the first-degree, and unlawful surveillance in the second-degree, both felonies. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Ruth was charged following an investigation into a sexual assault that had occurred earlier in the year in the town of Malta. He was sent to Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash or $60,000 bond, and is scheduled to appear in the Saratoga County Court at a later date.   

Reckless Endangerment 1st Degree – Class D Felony (2 counts against each defendant) Kenneth Burdick, 46, and Alex Shippee, 28 – both of Hadley, were each charged with one count reckless endangerment in the first-degree, and Kyle D. Baker, 46, of Warrensberg was charged with two counts reckless endangerment in the first-degree, in connection with an incident that occurred May 11 on Hollow Road in the town of Day. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, the men acted in concert by firing gun shots in the direction of two occupied residences which had numerous people sleeping inside. No injuries were reported. 

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 SARATOGA SPRINGS – The City Council will host a Public Hearing June 16 regarding temporarily extending "eating and drinking establishments" onto "auxiliary seating areas" on public property, as a result of necessary spacing precautions during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

The measure – which would amend chapter 136 of the City Code – would allow the city to accommodate licensed eating and drinking establishments to provide their services to the public on specific public properties. Those public property locations have not been specified, although is generally assumed Broadway – a state road - is not among them. If approved, the approval process may be conducted through an application process for holders of valid licenses.

As of this week, there is little additional information regarding the matter. The public hearing will begin at 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16. Since the start of the pandemic, City Council meetings are held via Zoom and are accessible through the city’s website. A State of Emergency currently remains in effect in Saratoga Springs til June 12. Comments may be sent to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Wednesday, June 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced outdoor dining at restaurants will be permitted beginning June 4 for restaurants in the Capital Region – which includes Saratoga Springs – as well as in the six other regions that have been approved for phase two reopenings. Outdoor tables must be spaced six feet apart, all staff must wear face coverings and customers must also wear face coverings when not seated.

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Thursday, 04 June 2020 13:35

May 30 – June 5, 2020

POLICE

Yisel Martinez, 41, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 29 with disorderly conduct/ violent behavior. 

Ruth Byrne, 29, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 29 with first degree burglary/use of threaten the use of a dangerous instrument, a felony, second degree assault /intent to cause physical injury, a felony, and fourth degree criminal possession of a weapon, a misdemeanor. 

Colby Guilder, 19, of Corinth, was charged May 30 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. 

Terrance Rudes, 28, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 25 with misdemeanor petit larceny, and misdemeanor criminal trespass. 

James Altamirano, 39, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 25 in Saratoga Springs with criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. 

Nathan Shreve, 40, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 26 with two counts misdemeanor assault, unlawful imprisonment, criminal obstruction of breathing, felony assault, and felony grand larceny. 

Louis Guerra, 45, of The Bronx, was charged May 26 in Saratoga Springs with criminal contempt in the first-degree, a felony. 

Michael June, 36, of Schenectady, was charged May 28 in Saratoga Springs with felony DWI, felony aggravated DWI, circumventing interlock, obstructing a governmental official, having no motor vehicle license, and second degree harassment. 

Antonio Lind, 26, of Mechanicville, was charged May 28 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, and speed not prudent or reasonable. 

New York State Police issued more than 8,900 tickets during a special traffic enforcement period during Memorial Day Weekend. During the campaign, which started on Friday, May 22 and ran through 3 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, State Police increased patrols and conducted sobriety checkpoints to deter, identify and arrest impaired drivers. The initiative was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC). During this enforcement period, State Troopers arrested 203 people for DWI, and investigated 457 crashes, which injured 11 people. State Police responded to two fatal crashes during the weekend. As part of the enforcement, Troopers also targeted drivers speeding and aggressive drivers across the State and issued a total of 8,907 tickets for a variety of vehicle and traffic violations.

COURT

Joseph W. Welch, age 38, of Schroon Lake, was charged May 27 in Saratoga Springs with one misdemeanor count and one felony count assault, and criminal possession of a weapon. Police said at about 7 p.m. May 27 they were called to Railroad Place for a fight-in-progress involving two men, and that a subsequent investigation allegedly showed that Welch, who was one of the two men, was the aggressor. The victim was a 35-year-old man who sustained minor injuries. Welch was additionally found to have an open warrant with the Saratoga Springs Police Department that stemmed from an incident that took place March 4 on West Harrison Street where it is alleged Welch assaulted a 40-year-old male victim by cutting the victim’s face with a knife. The victim, due to the nature of the injury, was transported to Albany Medical Center for emergency treatment. The injury, while significant, was not life threatening. Welch was arraigned on May 28 and sent to jail without bail.

State Police in Saratoga arrested 29-year-old Kyle C. Hitchcock of Malta, on May 26. Hitchcock was charged with the misdemeanors: criminal mischief in the fourth-degree/ prevent emergency call; criminal mischief in the fourth-degree/ intent to damage property, and petit larceny, as well as the violation of harassment in the second-degree. Troopers responded to a residence in Ballston Lake regarding a domestic dispute. After speaking with the parties involved, it was determined that Hitchcock had struck the victim and taken their car keys when they tried to leave. He is also accused of breaking the victim’s cellphone when they attempted to contact police. Hitchcock was taken into custody and transported to SP Saratoga for processing. He was arraigned in Malta Town Court and released on his own recognizance. He is due back in court on July 15. 

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Thursday, 28 May 2020 14:55

May 23 – May 29, 2020

Vincent E. Curtis, 20, of Milton, was charged May 26 with one count criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third-degree and one count criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third-degree, both felonies. According to the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, Curtis is suspected of selling cocaine within Saratoga County. He was released and is scheduled to appear before the town of Milton Justice Court at a later date.

John Jara, 20, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 21 with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor. 

Joseph LoPresti, 21, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 22 with felony burglary, and the misdemeanors: criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of marijuana, aggregate weight more than two ounces. 

Christian Bartlett, 22, of Saratoga Springs, was also charged May 22 with felony burglary, and the misdemeanors: criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of marijuana, aggregate weight more than two ounces. 

Andrew Sanderson, 46, of Far Rockaway, was charged May 23 in Saratoga Springs with criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, and felony aggravated offense.

Augustus Balsamo, 36, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 23 with petit larceny, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. 

William McMahon, 25, of Nassau, was charged May 22 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Elvin Ulloa, 33, of Brooklyn, and Christopher Jacquez, 26, of  NY, were each charged with one count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Tony J. Prichard, 41, of Hudson Falls, was charged May 14 on the suspicion of burglary at a storage facility in Wilton. that allegedly occurred on May 2. He was arraigned by the County Central Arraignment Court and released on his own recognizances.  The investigation is ongoing, and more arrests are expected, according to the sheriff’s office. 

Jason Rector, 39, Antonio Quesada, 55, both of Saratoga Springs, and Scott Pehl, 54, of Malta, were each cited May 19 for trespassing.

Frank Corradi, 29, of Schenectady, was charged May 19 in Saratoga Springs with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, after being involved in a property damage accident. 

Trevin Schwenk, 32, of Hudson Falls, was charged May 19 in Saratoga Springs with criminal possession of a controlled substance. 

Anthony Deschaine, 27, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 20 with criminal mischief of another person’s property with an amount greater than $250 – a felony. 

Douglas Koebrich, 37, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 21 in Saratoga Springs with misdemeanor DWI, misdemeanor aggravated DWI, and unreasonable speed. 

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:21

May 16 – May 22, 2020

Victor Maffetone, 32, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 16 with misdemeanor assault. 

Randy Brouillete, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 17 with felony criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, and unlawful imprisonment – both misdemeanors, and two felony counts assault with a weapon. 

John Lavada, 30, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 17 with two misdemeanor counts petit larceny, and two felony counts burglary. 

Abby Zacharias, 18, of Saratoga Springs, was cited May 12 with criminal mischief – a misdemeanor.

Steven McCarthy, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 14 with unlawful imprisonment – a misdemeanor. 

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Thursday, 14 May 2020 13:10

May 9 – May 15, 2020

Emily Baxter, 33, of Slingerlands, was charged May 4 in Saratoga Springs with grand larceny in the third-degree. 

Daijon Griffin, 23, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 5 with unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Antonio Quesada. 55, of Saratoga Springs, was cited May 5 for trespassing. 

Matthew Stephens, 19, of Saratoga Springs, was cited May 5 with unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Daniel Catone, 20, of Ballston Spa, was charged May 5 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal contempt/ violating order of protection, and criminal obstruction of breathing – a misdemeanor. 

Grant Smith III, 51, of Menands, was charged May 6 in Saratoga Springs with felony criminal mischief, and misdemeanor petit larceny. 

James Hamel, 61, of Gansevoort, was charged May 6 in Saratoga Springs with felony burglary and criminal mischief – a misdemeanor. 

Jason McMahon, 42, of Saratoga Springs, was cited May 7 for trespassing.

Lonnie Harrington, 57, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 7 with menacing in the second-degree, and criminal possession of a weapon – both misdemeanors. 

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 13:01

May 2 – May 8, 2020

Jamie Wilson, 37, of Greenwich, was cited April 30 in Saratoga Springs with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, after being involved in a property damage accident on Division Street and Broadway. 

Joseph Murray, 44, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 1 with resisting arrest, and trespassing. 

Victor Maffetone, 33, of Saratoga Springs, was charged May 2 with resisting arrest, petit larceny, and unlawful possession of marijuana. 

Jason Rector, 39, of Saratoga Springs, was charged April 27 with felony grand larceny and arrested on a warrant. 

Michael Scoville, 24 of Saratoga Springs, and Brian Wood, 39, of Ballston, were each charged April 30 with one count misdemeanor petit larceny. 

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ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that portions of the state may be able to reopen on May 15 when the New York on PAUSE order expires. 

The potential reopenings will occur in phases by "regions," and only if regions meet a series of benchmarks. 

The measures that need to be in place refer to the monitoring capabilities of new infections,  securing there is adequate capacity in the health care system to deal with potential new illnesses and hospitalizations, increased diagnostic testing, and having contact tracing in place to lessen the spread of the disease.      

Saratoga County is incoporated into the Capital Region - an eight-county area also consisting of Warren, Washington, Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer, Columbia, and Greene counties.

The criteria to reopen is comprised of seven headings. The Capital Region currently meets five of those. Those five include: a 14-day decrease in hospital deaths or fewer than five deaths over a three-day average; less than 2 per 100,000 new hospitalizations over a three-day rolling average; having ample hospital beds available – 41 % of total beds and 44 % of ICU beds where a minimum of 30% is required for each, and exceeding the metric requirements for the number of contact tracers needed.

The regional shortcomings, as depicted in a slide presentation by the governor on Monday, are in two categories. Those are: showing a 14-day decline in hospitalizations or under 15 new hospitalizations, and having a minimum of 30 per 1,000 residents tested monthly. Both the categories are taken as a three-day average.

Using Saratoga County specifically as a reference point, the number of hospitalizations has remained below the 15 person threshold since mid-April, although the county falls short in the testing criteria -  which would require approximately 700 Saratoga County residents be tested every three days. Recently the average number of residents being tested has been just under 500.

Still, it is important to note that Saratoga comprises just one of the eight counties in the Capital "Region" directive. Numbers from all counties must be collected an analyed, and the governor said Monday that regions believing they can start to reopen May 15 must first conduct their own analysis and ensure they meet the approriate criteria. "These are the facts they have to have in place to do it," Cuomo said. "Start now with the analysis; don’t wait until May 15."   

The  reopening would happen in stages.

Phase 1:  Construction, Manufacturing and wholesale supply chain, Select Retail - curbside pickup. 
Phase 2: Professional services, Finance and Insurance, Retail, Administrative Support, Real Estate/ Rental Leasing.
Phase 3: Restaurants/ Food Services, Hotels/Accomodations.
Phase 4: Arts/ Entertainment/ Recreation, Education. 

The regional approach would require input from, and the coordination of a variety of people - elected officials and hospital officials, among them. Details regarding the formation of a regional group, or the composition of its members is not immediately known.     

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