Elmira Man Suspect in Girlfriend's Disappearance Indicted on Burglary Charges:
Following a three-month investigation by the Painted Post Police Department, NYS Division of Parole, and the Steuben County District Attorney's Office, the Elmira man suspected in the disappearance of his girlfriend in 2011 has now been indicted on 37 counts of burglary, all class C violent felonies. David Perry, also known as David Walker and David Jones, allegedly entered and remained unlawfully in a Painted Post home on multiple occasions between February and April of this year with the intent to commit a crime. The investigation found that Perry had assumed the identity of David Jones through false online postings, along with the identity of a former Homeland security employee. Without the false identity, authorities believe he would not have gained access to the home or to the victim. Perry, who was on parole for two prior felony convictions, is being held at the Steuben County jail without bail.
Bath Man Injured in Yates Co. Accident:
A Bath man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital Sunday following an accident on State Route 54 near Welker Road in the Town of Barrington. According to reports, 63-year-old Leland Dehart, of New Hampshire, was traveling south, crossed the center line and attempted to make a right turn into a rest area when he collided with the motorcycle being driven by 42-year-old Larry Allison. Allison suffered back and neck injuries. Dehart has been charged with DWI.
Wayland Woman Accused of Lying to Social Services:
A Wayland woman has been arrested for allegedly reporting false applications and false re-certifications to the Steuben County Department of Social Services for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As a result, 27-year-old Ashley Briggs allegedly received public assistance she would not have been eligible for. She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny, both class E felonies. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Algae Blooms on Keuka Lake, What You Need to Know:
The Keuka Lake Association has released a report on recent algae blooms on Keuka Lake. According to the report several blooms have been spotted since September 13th along the shorelines from Hammondsport to the north end of the east branch and along the west bluff. The blooms look like green paint or stain spilled on the water, or in some cases like pea soup against the shore. The blooms are a naturally occurring phenomenon through the Finger Lakes resulting from calm and warm conditions. The blooms are currently classed by the DEC as “suspicious” and could, in high concentrations, produce irritating toxins. People and pets should avoid the water when blooms are present. Samples of the blooms have been sent to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and results are expected by the end of this week.
Steuben Co. Surplus Auction Sept. 28th:
The annual Steuben County Surplus Auction has been set for September 28th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Barn. The auction will include vehicles, office equipment and supplies, mechanical paraphernalia, and includes from Steuben ARC, and the towns of Bath and West Union. For a current list go to http://www.steubencony.org and scroll down the center column.
Hornell Mayor Honored in Toronto:
Long-time Hornell Mayor, Shawn Hogan, visited Canada this week as he was honored with an economic development award from the International Business Council. Hogan, who is not running for re-election, earned the award because of his dedication to economic work for Hornell. The IBC noted that Hogan has overseen 36 major projects that brought in over $300 million in private investments.
Finger Lakes Boating Museum Expands:
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is getting a little bigger. The museum, which is located on the campus of buildings in Hammondsport that used to be part of Taylor Wine Company, will celebrate its anniversary this Saturday with not just its annual boat auction, but also with the dedication of a new building, the Al Wahlig Education Center. The boat auction will begin at 10 a.m. with over 40 boats set to be auctioned. The dedication and ribbon cutting for the education center will immediately follow the auction – at approximately 11:45 a.m. The education center will be home to the museum’s outboard motor restoration shop and boat restoration/teaching shop. After the dedication, the public will be able to tour the building and see demonstrations.
Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School Library.
Corning Fire Lt. Arrested for Allegedly Selling Heroin:
A Lieutenant in the Corning Fire Department is facing drug charges after allegedly selling heroin. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says that 43-year-old Thomas Margeson, of Horseheads, was arrested following a ten-month investigation into the sale of heroin in Horseheads. He has been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony, and has been sent to the Chemung County Jail with no bail listed. Margeson was sworn in as a Lieutenant in the Corning Fire Department in 2014. He is also the Assistant Chief of the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department. Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman says Margeson has been suspended without pay.
Driver that Hit Trooper on I-86 Pleads Guilty:
The New Jersey man that struck and seriously injured a state trooper in an accident on I-86 in May has now pled guilty to all charges. 78-year-old Kenneth Aukett struck the back of Trooper Craig Foglia’s vehicle on May 17th. Foglia had to be airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Aukett was issued tickets for misdemeanor reckless driving, and violations for failure to move over and yield to an emergency vehicle, fail to reduce speed, and driving across hazard markings on the roadway. He will have his license suspended in New York, and will have to pay nearly $800 in fines.
Bath Superintendent of Streets to Retire:
At Monday’s meeting of the Bath Village Board, Superintendent of Streets, Jeff Muller announced that he plans to retire. Muller has served the village for 39 years, 37 of those as Superintendent of Streets. His last day will be October 17th. He said he does still plan to serve on village committees.
Addison, Arkport Receiving Millions to Upgrade Water Systems:
More than $69 million in grants and loans has been approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act. Among the recipients will be the Villages of Addison and Arkport. Addison will receive $5.9 million to improve the village’s wastewater system. Arkport will receive $3 million to put towards replacing the raw water mains and finished water distribution mains.
Seminars Set to Help with Medicare Enrollment:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging will be holding public seminars to help residents prepare for and enroll for basic Medicare when open enrollment begins next month. The seminars will be September 25th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the county Office Building, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, and September 28th from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. More seminars are planned for October.
Governor Proclaims This Week as Sheriff’s Week:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed this week, through September 23rd, as Sheriff’s Week in New York State. Sheriff’s Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the office of Sheriff in county government and in the statewide criminal justice system. In response, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard released a statement thanking the Governor, as well as local legislators, and the people of the county for their support.
Bath Planning for 2nd Annual Craft, Wine and Brewfest:
The coordinators behind the recent Bath Craft, Wine and Brewfest are already planning for next year’s event. At Monday’s meeting of the Village Board, Melanie Coots said that the event was very successful and that she expects it will be even bigger next year with high interest from wineries and craft breweries, and the public. Money raised at the event is going to local 4-H organizations and to the Ronald McDonald House.
Enrollment Now Open for 2018 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee:
The Corning Rotary club will again sponsor the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for schools in the following counties: Steuben, Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Bradford and Tioga, P.A. School districts and homeschool organizations wishing to participate must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at http://spellingbee.com/. Early enrollment is open until October 15th, with a $151 enrollment fee per school. After that date, enrollment increases to $226. The deadline is December 15th. Once enrolled, school districts will conduct spelling bees for students in grades one through eight to select one winner and one runner-up each. They will then participate in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee hosted by the Corning Rotary Club on March 17th at 10 a.m. at Corning-Painted Post Middle School. That winner will move on to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
Bath Fire Department Holding Child Safety Event Oct. 7th:
As a part of Fire Prevention Week, the Bath Fire Department will hold a Child Safety event on October 7th in the K-mart parking lot. They’ll have fire trucks there, as well as safety information. In other Department news, there will be a fundraising breakfast buffet this Saturday morning. And if you had hopes to book the fire hall for an event this year, you might be out of luck, as the department has announced that the hall is already booked for every weekend through the end of the year.
Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Governor Promises Help for Hurricane Devastated U.S. Virgin Islands:
Following a one-day visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised that New York stands ready to support in whatever way it can to assist in recovery efforts. The state is sending 100 National Guard military police and 30 State Police to assist local authorities, and has already deployed aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue.
Elmira College Donations Arrive in Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief:
The hundreds of donations made to Elmira College to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey have made their way to Texas. For roughly two weeks, staff members collected items like canned food, water, diapers, clothes, and hygiene items. The truck left for Texas Friday afternoon.
Military Families Honored with BBQ:
A special BBQ luncheon was held Saturday at Denison Park in Corning, honoring local military families. From one to four, military families, active-duty service members, veterans, and reservists were able to enjoy a free meal at the “Military Family Salute BBQ” hosted by the Finger Lakes Red Cross. Also in attendance were guest speakers like Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Vietnam veteran, Gary Roush.
“Coaches Care” Contest Encourages Safe Teen Driving:
Tapping into high school coaches’ influence as role models, a contest has been launched that encourages coaches to talk to their athletes about safe driving – and in return, they could win $3,000 cash. In the “Coaches Care” contest, varsity coaches at participating districts will be given materials to guide discussions about safe driving. At the end of the season, athletes will answer survey questions. Districts that meet the requirements will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3,000 cash prizes.
Volunteers Sought to Help Long Term Care Residents:
Volunteers are being sought by AIM Independent Living Center for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which serves Steuben and Allegany counties. Ombudsmen are advocates for those living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult care homes. They visit facilities, build relationships with residents, and give them a voice. AIM will host a training and certification program October 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th, in Corning. There’s no charge, and mileage will be reimbursed. For more details or to register, call (607) 962-8225, EXT. 112.
DOT Announces I-86 Work in Horseheads
The New York State Department of Transportation announced work will begin Tuesday on Interstate 86 at Latta Brook Road in the Town of Horseheads. Work will include bridge painting over Interstate 86. Work will be done between the hours of 6 pm to 6 am. The project should take about a month to complete. I-86 will experience lane closures.
Hornell Man Arrested for Parole Revocation
A Hornell man was arrested following an early morning domestic dispute this week in Dansville. Police said 44-year-old Matthew Cole was charged with criminal trespass and revocation of parole. He was held for court action.
Alfred State College Ranks in List Again
For the 11th straight year, Alfred State is highly ranked on the latest US News & World Report Best Colleges list. Alfred State is No. 1 among all SUNY schools in the Northern Regional Colleges category. For schools with out-of-state tuition and fees below $12,000, once again Alfred State earned a No. 1 ranking in the north. When looking at all public colleges in the 11-state northern region, the report ranked Alfred State No. 6 overall, No. 3 on the Best Value list for public colleges, and No. 3 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list of northern public schools.
Cuomo Makes Executive Order 170
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law enforcement officers will also be prohibited from inquiring about immigration status unless investigating illegal criminal activity.
Schumer Wants Teachers to Utilize Deduction for Supplies
Senator Chuck Schumer is advising teachers who pay for school supplies out of their own pocket to use the "Teacher Expense Deduction," on their taxes. Since 2015, teachers can receive a $250 deduction if they pay to provide supplies to their students but it’s estimated that only about half of teachers use this deduction. “There's been very little fraud in the program. And it gives teachers a little bit of a break," Schumer said this week to the press in a conference call. According to Schumer, the average teacher spends $485 in supplies annually and the deduction could help teachers across Upstate New York deduct $53 million.
Strong Kids, Safe Kids Event Today in HHS
The 7th annual Strong Kids, Safe Kids event will be held at the Haverling High School today from 1-4 p.m. Steuben County Youth Bureau’s Bill Caudill says the event typically brings in about 300 kids and their families. WVIN will have an on location broadcast beginning at 12:30.
Elmira Police Searching for Missing Teen:
The public is being asked by Elmira authorities to help in the search for a missing teenager whom they believe may be in danger. 17-year-old Allison Fletcher was last seen around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9th at her supervised living facility on Hoffman Street. She is described as 5 foot tall, 115 pounds, with blue eyes. She has red hair that was dyed purple and platinum blonde, though she is known to change it regularly. She’s known to wear plastic framed glasses. Police are hoping to also identify the man posing in a photo with Fletcher. Anyone with information should contact the Elmira Police Department.
Felony Charges in I-86 Accident:
A Macedon woman is facing felony charges after an accident on I-86 in the Village of Savona. On September 3rd, 29-year-old Jacquelyn Moore is alleged to have been intoxicated when her vehicle slid from the eastbound driving lane across the passing lane, the median, both westbound lanes, and a portion of the exit ramp before coming to a stop off the shoulder of the highway. She was charged with aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, DWI Common Law – 2 prior convictions, and multiple traffic infractions. Neither Moore nor the child in the vehicle was harmed in the accident.
Upstate Takeover of Campbell Plant Going Well:
After much uncertainty and concern, it seems the takeover by Upstate Niagara of the former Kraft-Heinz plant in Campbell is going well. In fact, local officials say the company has exceeded expectations by retaining 258 people on its payroll as of September 1st. Initially they pledged to retain at least 125, with modest growth expectations over the next few years.
Funding to Fight Opioids in NYS:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced funding to fight opioids across the state. 16 counties are set to receive $25 million that will add and expand addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services in areas of greater need. While Chemung County was among those included, Steuben was not.
Wayland/Cohocton I-390 Project Complete:
The 5.7-mile road project on I-390 between the Towns of Wayland and Cohocton is finally complete, as the southbound travel lanes have been reopened. The $20.1 million project restored a 40-year-old pavement section of the highway, improving its ride-ability and extending its life. The State DOT used new and innovative paving techniques in the project which not only saved time, but an estimated $700,000 in costs, as well. It was also environmentally sensitive, avoiding the disposal of more than 13,000 tons of old asphalt compared with traditional paving.
Steuben Co. Underage Drinking Town Hall Sept. 27th:
A Town Hall meeting will be held in Bath on September 27th, focusing on underage drinking among youth in Steuben County. The program, hosted by the Steuben Prevention Coalition and the Steuben Task Force, will be open to the public. It will be held at the Bath Haverling High School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow, you can learn more about the upcoming program by joining WVIN’s Joel Oriend as he sits down with Jim Bassage and Rick McInroy of the Steuben Prevention Coalition and Steuben Task Force at 9 a.m. during Community Focus on AM 1380 WABH and 100.3 FM.
Campbell Man Accused of Growing Marijuana:
A Bradford man has been arrested following an investigation into reported drug activity Monday morning. According to State Police, on September 11th while doing routine maintenance, the landlord of a rental property observed marijuana plants being grown behind the residence and subsequently notified law enforcement. Troopers responded to the residence and identified 49-year-old James Recotta as the suspect. He was arrested and charged with unlawfully growing cannabis. He was issued an appearance ticket and was released. The plants were seized.
Welfare Fraud Charge for Bath Man:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly reporting false job searches to the Department of Social Services and receiving public assistance he was not entitled too. 34-year-old Donte Buchanan has been charged with falsifying business record and welfare fraud. After arraignment he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Hornell DMV Moving to New Location:
The Hornell DMV will be closing the doors of its Allen Street location permanently on September 19th, but don’t worry; it will reopen the next day at a new location. The new site will be 7604 Seneca Street North, near Maple City Bowl.
Some Corning Streets to Close for School Run:
Some Corning streets will be closed tomorrow for National Run @ School Day. There will be partial closures of Winfield Street, from the school entrance to Reynolds Avenue, Reynolds Avenue from Hamilton Road to Buffalo Street and Stimson Street from Reynolds Avenue to Cutler Avenue Extension. The closures will last from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Rabies Clinic in Caton Tomorrow:
The Town of Caton, in conjunction with the Steuben County Department of Health, will be holding a Rabies Clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Caton Fire Hall.
Bath-Haverling College Fair Sept. 22nd:
The Haverling Guidance Department and the Bath Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the 22nd annual College Fair on September 26th. The event will be held in the school gym beginning at 6 p.m. that day. Representatives from several two and four year colleges will be there as well as reps from the Armed Forces. Scholarships will also be drawn for seniors who attend.
Turning Point Helps Hundreds of Steuben County Students Start a Successful
As school districts kicked off the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, hundreds of Steuben County students were equipped for success through community partnerships and donations to Turning Point’s 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. Turning Point coordinated the drive that equipped more than 235 students in Bath-area school districts and more than 200 students in Hornell-area school districts. In addition to school supplies, Turning Point also provided vouchers for donated haircuts and participated in the Olympia Sports Clothing Bank program to provide sneakers, tee shirts, shorts, and socks. Turning Point would like to thank the many businesses and churches who donated to the 2017 Back-to-School Supply Drive and the many volunteers who helped with the distribution, including Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.
Primary Election Results:
With Primary Election Day behind us, here are the results of the contested races in Steuben County:
Patrick McAllister for Surrogate Court Judge.
Frederick Potter for 10th District County Legislator.
A tie in Cohocton between Thomas Roy Middleton and Richard Schumacher for Superintendent of Highways.
Hartsville: Katherine Burdick for Town Justice, John Bowles for Town Supervisor, and Vivian Woodworth for Town Clerk.
Hornellsville: Sharon Ames for Town Clerk.
Howard: Richard Stewart and Lowell Smith for Councilmen.
Rathbone: Roderick Brutsman and Lori Lewis for Councilmen.
Urbana: John Jack Merriam for Town Justice.
Wheeler: Randy Comstock for Superintendent of Highways.
Tractor Trailer Rollover in Painted Post:
A tractor trailer overturned on I-86 in Painted Post Tuesday evening. State Police responded to the eastbound lane just after Exit 44 around 4:30 p.m. The trailer’s roof was reportedly torn open. There were multiple ambulances on scene, but no details about the condition of the driver or if any other vehicles were involved have been released.
Rep. Reed Supports North Korea/China Sanctions:
Congressman Tom Reed has come out in support of hard sanctions against North Korea and China as the government continues to consider how to handle North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile advances. Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea, but stopped short of a total ban on oil imports to the country as suggested by the Trump Administration.
Bath K9 Receives Body Armor:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office K9 Devin has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Devin’s vest was sponsored by Jeremiah and JoLee Yeddo of Plattsburgh and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” Since its inception is 2009, Vested Interest has provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $2.1 million.
Bath Man Wins State Award:
New York State Industries for the Disabled has selected a Bath man to receive a state award. Duane Baker works at The Arc of Steuben. He was one of the winners of the Joslin Outstanding Performers award. Baker will receive his award during a ceremony September 26th in Saratoga Springs.
Traffic Restrictions in Bath for Wineglass Marathon:
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that the Village of Bath is making preparations for the Wineglass Marathon, which is being held on Sunday, October 1st. To that end, there will be parking restrictions on certain streets in which the marathon will be running. There will also temporary changes in traffic lane patterns on West Washington Street and East Steuben Street as runners will be running against traffic. No parking signs will be erected no later than Friday, September 19th; enforcement will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, October 1st, the day of the Wineglass Marathon. Restrictions will be lifted at the conclusion of the marathon activities in the Village.
Contenders for 2017 Toy Hall of Fame Announced:
The contenders for the Class of 2017 National Toy Hall of Fame were announced Tuesday and they include such “no frills” toys as the paper airplane, sand, and play food. Other nominees include the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic 8 ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, the PEZ candy dispenser, Transformers, the card game Uno, and Wiffle Ball. Winners will be inducted in the hall at the Strong Museum in Rochester on November 9th.
Primary Election Day:
It’s Primary Election Day, and voters will be headed to the polls to decide a number of contested races. On the Republican side, here in Steuben County, Chauncey Watches and Patrick McAllister are both vying for Surrogate Court Judge, and there’s a county legislator race for the 10th district, which includes Greenwood, Jasper, Rathbone, Troupsburg, West Union, and Woodhull between George Farrand and Frederick Potter. For local town and village races, visit the Steuben County Board of Elections website at http://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PGID=19. An Election Day Hotline has been established by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to help troubleshoot and resolve any issues voters may encounter at the polls. Call 800-771-7755 any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. today. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
Real Estate Scam Hits Bath Area:
Bath police are warning of another scam impacting local residents. Police say they have received several complaints regarding fraudulent civil court claims against real estate in the Bath area. The documents appear to be issued by Civil Court in NYC. Police said while the documents do have signatures of actual attorneys and court officials they do not have proper court seals or are missing specific information which would be required by the courts. Bath police say call law enforcement if you encounter this apparent scam.
Equifax Breach Security Tips:
In the wake of the Equifax data breach, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is offering tips to help keep New Yorkers safe. Consumers are advised to be on the lookout for phishing emails claiming to be from Equifax where you can check if your data was comprised and phishing emails claiming a problem with a credit card, your credit record, or other personal information; calls from scammers claiming to be from your bank or credit union; and fraudulent charges on credit cards. According to Equifax, hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Over 200,000 people had their credit card number stolen.
Hackers Hit Schuyler Co. Communications:
Schuyler County officials say that roughly two weeks ago, hackers were able to gain access to the entire county’s communications system, including the 911 center. County Administrator Tim O’Hearn said that while the county had anti-virus and anti-malware protection, the attack was very sophisticated. It’s currently being investigated on state and federal levels. Despite being hit, the 911 center was still able to receive and dispatch calls. O’Hearn says he’s been told no personal information was stolen.
Changes Approved for Common Core Learning Standards:
On Monday, a Board of Regents committee approved a rework and renaming of the Common Core learning standards. The Next Generation Learning Standards for English and math are expected to be fully implemented in the start of the 2020-21 school year, which officials say will give teachers and students time to adjust to the new standards before they become the basis of statewide testing.
NY Health Exchange Enrollment to be Open Through January:
The New York State Health Department has announced the enrollment on the state’s health exchange will be open from November 1st through January 31st. That’s longer than the federal government, which is closing its enrollment on December 15th. The state says it has the right to keep its enrollment open later, as it has since the exchange first opened in 2014. Roughly 18 percent of New Yorkers get their health insurance through the state exchange, and consumers need to re-apply yearly. Individuals will receive notices in October about how to renew their coverage for the coming year.
Hornell Drug Investigation Leads to 4 Arrests:
Four people have been arrested for allegedly bringing drugs into the City of Hornell that lead to a fatal overdose last week. 23-year-old Amanda Alexin, 24-year-old Damon Flurschultz, and 25-year-old Jessica Davis, all of Hornell, as well as 27-year-old Kevin Cline of Belfast have been charged. Alexin has additionally been accused in another drug deal in August that resulted in an overdose that would have been fatal except NARCAN was administered in time. All four suspects face multiple charges and are currently being held at the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Canisteo Man Charged in Domestic Dispute:
A Canisteo man was arrested after State Police responded to a domestic dispute. 28-year-old Daniel Fisher is accused of threatening the victim with a knife. He has been charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Fisher was previously convicted of menacing in 2012. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Senator Schumer Pushes for Improved Disaster Phone Bill:
Speaking on Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer vowed to push for passage of a bill that requires cellphones to work on other carriers’ networks during emergencies. The Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, known as the SANDY Act, would also make 911 services more universally available during disasters. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Schumer said many residents of New York and New Jersey couldn’t make phone calls because cellphone towers were rendered inoperable. The House of Representatives passed the bill in January.
Suicide Prevention Walk and POW/MIA Ceremony at Bath V.A. this Week:
During September of each year, the Bath V.A. observes Suicide Prevention Month and the importance of the Power of One. One small act can make a very big difference in someone’s life. Consider joining the V.A. on Wednesday for the Power of One Walk to show your support. The walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the V.A. parade ground. Additionally, join the V.A. again on Friday for the annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Ceremony at 1 p.m. in Building 92. The public is invited to join in formally recognizing former Prisoners of War and the sacrifices they endured in the name of freedom, while remembering those still missing.
Food Bank Kicks Off 10th Annual Fill-the-Bus Backpack Campaign:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has kicked off its 10th Annual Fill-the-Bus Backpack Campaign and they have one goal in mind – making sure that children have access to nutritious food. Now through September 23rd customers can purchase child-friendly foods at their local Wegmans stores in Corning, Elmira, Hornell, Ithaca and Johnson City to support the program. Shoppers can purchase prepacked grocery bags at checkout for $3, $5, and $10 with all donations staying in the Southern Tier.
DOT ANNOUNCES ROAD WORK IN PULTENEY
The New York State Department of Transportation says work will soon begin on State Route 54A in the Town of Pulteney. Work will include emergency landslide repairs at two sites in the Town. Work on the first site, located approximately 7.5 miles north of Hammondsport, is expected to begin next week. Work on the second site, located approximately 11.5 miles north of Hammondsport, is expected to begin on October 1. During the projects, work will continue 7 days a week. There will be lane and highway closures during the projects.
BATH TOWN BOARD TO MEET ON BUDGET NEXT WEEK
The Town Board in Bath is continuing work on the 2018 budget. Board members will meet for another budget work session next Thursday at 4 p.m.
POSSIBLE DENTAL OFFICE IN BATH TO BE DISCUSSED ON 9/21
A new dental office building has been proposed at the corner of State Route 54 and County Road 113 in Bath. The Town Planning Board has received the proposed site plan review for the project. The next step will be a public hearing. That hearing will be held at the Municipal Building in Bath on September 21st at 7 p.m. The site plan application will be public reviewed at that time.
HAMMONDSPORT MAN JAILED AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Following a domestic disturbance, a Hammondsport man is now in jail. New York State Police report Robert Scott was arrested for assault in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a child. He is accused of choking, restraining and injuring another person while keeping them from calling 911 in the presence of a child less than age seventeen. He was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail. He will appear in Town of Urbana Court on the eighteenth.
CANISTEO MAN ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATION
A Canisteo man was arrested for Violation of Probation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report that Jacob D. Davis violated the terms of his probation for his original charge of resisting arrest. Davis was arraigned in Hornell City Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail until his scheduled reappearance in court on September 14th.
O'MARA SHARES EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUNDING NEWS
State Senator Tom O’Mara says that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety and security funding as part of a new package of $220 million in federal grants being distributed statewide to support local emergency response operations. The homeland security grants are targeted to enhance county-level counterterrorism initiatives, and emergency preparedness and response capabilities, including training for first responders and equipment purchases. Steuben County is earmarked to receive just shy of $130,000.
Steuben Public Safety and Corrections Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections committee meets in Bath on Monday, lawmakers will hear from Sheriff Jim Allard about three grants awarded to his department. The Sheriff says the department will receive a $32,000 homeland security grant; a $12,000 child car seat grant and $7,800 for police traffic services.
State Health Enrollment Program Dates Released
The New York State Department of Health has announced its 2018 health coverage enrollment dates. From November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 New Yorkers can sign up for health care coverage through the state department of health, with those currently enrolled receiving renewal information notices in October. More details about the 2018 plans will be released later this month.
State Court of Appeals Votes "No" on Assisted Suicide
Yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that physician-assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. In a 5-0 decision, judges sided with the lower courts that previously blocked efforts to protect doctor assisted death as a state right. The court found the state law clearly prohibits anyone, including doctors, in assisting a patient’s death.
Public Safety Funding Announced by Governor
Governor Cuomo announced that $220 million will be issued to counties and communities throughout the state to ensure public safety. Funding is intended for communities to use in prevention, response, and recovery from disasters. The “State Homeland Security Program” will support counter-terrorism prevention efforts. Salaries for emergency management personnel and disaster relief training will be supported with the “Emergency Management Performance Grant”. In total, Steuben County will be issued nearly $130,000 and Chemung County over $169,000.
O'Mara Shares Southern Tier Stats on Hunger
September is Hunger Action Month. State Senator Tom O’Mara says across the Southern Tier, 1 in 4 residents receive assistance from the Food Bank at some point during the year. That's approximately 44% higher than the national average .
Reed Announces Greenwood Firefighter Grant
Congressman Reed announced that the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co. # 1 Inc. has been awarded $ 355,722 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The grant program, which is administered through FEMA, supports preparedness and response to fire-related emergencies and hazards.
No Injuries in Corning Bus Accident:
There was an early morning crash involving a school bus in Corning Wednesday. An investigation by Corning Police found that around 7:30 a.m. 36-year-old Jessica Snyder, of Beaver Dams, ran into the back of the “Birnie Transportation” school bus as it was stopped for a red light on the Briscoe Bridge. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Another Challenger Announces Run Against Reed:
The field of democrat candidates seeking to replace Tom Reed as the local member of congress is getting little more crowded. Tracy Mitrano has announced her candidacy. In her facebook posting, she says people of the 23rd district are hurting. Mitrano says as a historian and educator, lawyer and administrator, and internet policy expert, she has the professional experience and political passion to have a positive impact with the district.
Back-to-School Safety Fair This Weekend:
To help families stay safe this back to school season, the Wegmans in Corning will be hosting a Back-to-School Safety Fair this weekend. Local agencies like the police and fire departments, sheriff’s office, and more will be performing safety demonstrations, and there will be activities like face painting. The free event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the store’s Market Café.
Local 4-H Family Hosted Summer Student from Japan:
This summer sixteen New York State families opened their homes to a young person from Japan as part of the 4-H Youth Development program. Among them was the family of Tracy Smith of Avoca, who welcomed 14-year-old Soya Kikutani. Soya and Tracy’s own children, who are members of the Forever Farmers 4-H Club in Hornell, all participated in the Steuben County Fair this August. The exchange program lasted from July 21st through August 17th, and included 9 girls, 7 boys, and one adult chaperone hosted by families in 14 counties.
Free Rabies Clinic in Hornby Sept. 22nd:
A free rabies clinic sponsored by Steuben County Public Health will be held in the Town of Hornby at the Fire Hall on September 22nd from 5 to 7 p.m. The clinic will be open to all county residents with dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets. Bring proof of prior rabies vaccination. A $5 donation per pet is requested, but not required.
Hornell Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Murdering Infant:
The Hornell man convicted of biting and beating his girlfriend’s 17-month-old baby to death was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison. The sentence came on the second-degree murder charge. On the charge of first-degree manslaughter, Dakota Miller was sentenced to 25 years, with five years of post-release supervision. Both sentences will run concurrently. His defense has already announced that they plan to file an appeal. The prosecution said they hope Miller won’t be released on parole after serving the minimum sentence.
Bath Democratic Caucus:
Democrats in Bath held their caucus last night to select candidates for Town Offices in the November General Election. Cindy Knowles was chosen for the Town Clerk position. She’ll be running against current Clerk Rhonda Tobias, and third candidate Courtney Divens. No candidates were chosen for the Town Supervisor position currently held by Ron Smith, or for the two councilman positions currently held by Hal Baily and John Lycyczn.
Cuts to Obamacare to Have Major Impact:
President Trump’s promise to make massive cuts to Obamacare is anticipated to have a major impact on those using the federal healthcare marketplace. New York recipients of public healthcare won’t be directly impacted because New York’s marketplace is funded by the state. The national open enrollment period for Medicare and Medicaid will be 45 days shorter, lasting from November 1st to December 15th. However, enrollment periods for New York are not yet established.
Cuomo Favorability Rating Inches Back Upward:
After dropping in July, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating among New York voters is slowly climbing back upward, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday. In the survey, 56 percent of respondents gave Cuomo a favorable rating, up from 52 percent in July. 37 percent gave him an unfavorable rating, which is down from 41 percent in the last poll. The survey included 771 registered voters with a 4.2 percentage point margin of error.
NY Considering Banning Hunters from Using Deer Urine:
Due to the concern of possibly spreading chronic wasting disease amongst New York’s whitetail deer population, the state is considering banning the popular method of hunters using deer urine to attract deer. Chronic wasting is a brain infection that affects deer similar to mad cow disease in cattle. It’s caused by infectious proteins believed to be found in saliva, feces, and urine. Before making a decision the state will be taking public comments on several rule changes, including the deer urine bane, until September 15th.
Schools Back in Session:
Schools return to session this week across Steuben County. Classes resume today in Hammondsport, Prattsburgh and Campbell-Savona. The first day of class is tomorrow in Bath and Thursday is the first day for all grades in Corning-Painted Post. Area police and school officials urge drivers to be alert for school buses and pedestrians.
Wind Development Company Filing Paper in Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland:
Baron Winds is filing supplemental paperwork with New York State regarding its proposed wind power electric generating facility. The company will file additional proposed stipulations as to the scope and methodology of studies related to sound and vibration to be conducted in support of its upcoming Application. The proposed Facility is an up to 300 megawatt (MW) wind powered electric generating facility, to be located within the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland. The proposed Facility consists of the construction and operation of up to 76 wind turbines. Documents filed by Baron can be viewed at the Cohocton, Howard and Hornell public libraries.
NYS to Sue if President Ends DACA:
If President Donald Trump follows through on his proposal to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, New York State will sue, according to a statement made Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. DACA is a program introduced in 2012 designed to protect young people who were brought to the United States as children without papers from being deported. As of March 31st 2017, nearly one million people have been approved for the program, including roughly 42,000 New Yorkers. A decision is expected to be announced today.
NYS Fair Breaks All Time Attendance Record:
The New York State Fair has set two new records. The new all-time attendance record is 1,161,912, and the new all-time daily record – which was set Monday – is 124,819. Also, two food related records were broken this year: 59,946 baked potatoes were sold as of Sunday and a record 420,000 cups of milk, both white and chocolate, were sold as of noon Monday.
Red Cross Disaster Service Volunteer Training:
The American Red Cross is offering training sessions for volunteers interested in becoming disaster service volunteers. The Finger Lakes Chapter of the organization will hold classes on September 12th from 1 to 4 p.m., September 19th from 9 a.m. to noon, and September 26th from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, or to register, call (607) 936-2428.
Elmira College Students Collecting Donations for Harvey Victims:
As cleanup begins in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, some students at Elmira College are looking to help. Donations, including blankets, pillows, towels, water, and pet supplies are now being accepted in both the campus center and the Gannett-Tripp Library. Items will be accepted until September 13th, when they’ll be loaded into a U-Haul and driven to Houston.
Bath Democrats Caucus
Democrats in the Town of Bath will caucus Tuesday night to select candidates for the upcoming November General Election. Candidates will be selected for Supervisor which is a two year term, Town Clerk and two councilman seats which are four year terms. Democrats will meet at the Village Hall at 7:00pm Sept 5th.
Watkins Glen Races
The weather wasn’t ideal as conditions where cold and rainy yesterday at Watkins Glen for Indy car Grand Prix Racing. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away as thousands watched 2016 Indianapolis Winner Alexander Rossi beat Scott Dixon at Sunday’s race.
Bath VA News
September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Bath VA is observing the importance Power of 1. One small act can make a big difference in someone’s life. You can show support by attending the Power of 1 Walk on Sept13th at the VA.
The medical center will also be hosting the annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Ceremony on Friday Sept 15th . The public is invited to join in this opportunity to formally recognize POW’s and remember those still missing.
Local Food Truck wins a special award at the New York State Fair. “Global Taco” from Watkins Glen won among 40 food trucks. The New York Beef Council awarded “Global Taco” ’s Korean Taco…the best beef dish, in the annual Taste of New York Food Truck Competition at the New York State Fair on Sunday.
Cuomo Requests Disaster Assistance for 15 Counties
This week, Governor Cuomo requested that the federal government grant a Major Disaster Declaration for 15 counties impacted by flash flooding, tornados and unprecedented levels of precipitation during severe storms in late June and July. The Governor's request includes calls for both public and individual assistance for all 15 impacted counties.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Menacing
State Police arrested 28-year-old Daniel Fisher of Canisteo. Troopers charged him with 2nd degree menacing with weapon and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. He was detained for court action.
Reed Wants Teamster Participation on Pension Reduction Proposal
Congressman Tom Reed is encouraging members of the Teamsters union to make their voice heard regarding the current pension reduction proposal that was recently approved by the Department of Treasury. Union members have until September 6th to accept or reject the plan. Reed said Thursday that there are thousands of retirees who paid into that fund believing their investments would be there for their retirement.
Police To Track Impaired Drivers for Holiday Weekend
Police in New York and Pennsylvania are searching for impaired drivers. For the next few days, police in both states will be tracking intoxicated and impaired drivers. The Labor Day weekend has prompted additional patrols on both side of the state line.
Attorney General Office Recovers Over $2 Million In Wages
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report yesterday stating the New York Attorney General office recovered more than $2.7 million in back wages for this past year. This money was supposed to be paid to over 1,500 low-wage workers in mostly service industries such fast-food, health care, taxi cabs as well as construction.
NYS Education Revamps Science Curriculum
As students prepare for back to school, New York State has adopted new standards for the science curriculum. For the first time in over 20 years, the state education department has updated science standards to include and emphasize climate change. More specifically, students will study how humans contribute to the process as well as the data available on the subject. In the past, inclusion of climate change was avoided due to some believing the topic was controversial or political.
Gasoline Reaches Highest Yearly Average
Yesterday’s national gas price average hit the highest recorded price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline so far this year. The near-term combinations of numerous refinery and pipeline shut downs, tightened access to supply levels in the Gulf and anticipated high gasoline demand surrounding Labor Day weekend, means motorists may not have seen the full impact of Harvey at the pump. As of Wednesday evening, the Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting that 10 Gulf Coast refineries remain shut down. The Colonial Pipeline, which supplies the east coast, announced Wednesday evening it expects to temporarily suspend its gasoline, diesel and jet fuel pipelines.
NYSP Want Leads for Possible Robbery Suspects
State Police are looking for possible suspects of a robbery that occurred in the Town of Bath. A male and female in a black pickup truck were sighted around County Route 16. Surveillance cameras show the man wearing a black or dark colored shirt with a hat topped with sunglasses while the woman is wearing a red-colored shirt and sunglasses. Anyone with information about these people are urged to reach New York State Police in Bath.
Alderman McKay Endorses Buckley for Mayor
Hornell Alderman Joe McKay has given his endorsement of John Buckley for Hornell Mayor in a statement released yesterday. “John has the work ethic, integrity, and quite honestly the patience to be one of the best mayors Hornell has ever had.” McKay said in his statement. A member of Hornell Common Council, McKay has been appointed as the Deputy Mayor twice by current Hornell Mayor Hogan.
SCOPE Rate Both Steuben Surrogate Court Candidates with “A”
This week, both candidates for Surrogate Court Judge earned an “A” rating from the Steuben County Chapter of Shooters Committee On Political Education or SCOPE. Both Assistant Steuben County District Attorney McAllister and Bath Village Judge Watches received the rating for their stances on the second amendment.
Governor Announces Holiday Construction Hiatus
Governor Cuomo has announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York highways will be suspended beginning today until Tuesday morning. To accommodate travelers during the busy Labor Day holiday weekend, most construction projects will be suspended, but some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
Reed Voices Support of Harvey Bill
Congressman Tom Reed expressed his support of a bill funding emergency relief for Hurricane Harvey in Texas during a media conference call this week. Reed and the rest of Congress will face Hurricane Harvey and the debt ceiling limit as the two major issues when they return to work on September 5th. During the conference call, Reed says it’s too early to project how much money will be proposed to aid Harvey survivors but did say "As we stood with the Sandy aid victims, we are going to stand with the families and individuals of Texas and make sure we come up with a package of what is clearly a need that our fellow American citizens need in this time of devastation..."
Man Arrested for Counterfeit Involvement
Bath police have arrested a man accused of passing phony money in the village. Police said 37-year-old Daniel Stratton was charged with 1st degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The arrest stems from a complaint of a counterfeit $100 bill passed to a clerk at the Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Arraigned in court, Stratton was released until his next court appearance on September 13th.
Bath Man Arrested for Evidence Tampering
Village of Bath Police Department arrested Bath man Matthew E. Taft for Tampering with Physical Evidence from an investigation of a death at his residence earlier this week. Taft was arraigned in Bath Village Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Further charges are pending as the investigation continues. Taft will re-appear in Court on September 18th.
Former Phillips Plant Up for Sale:
After sitting empty since closing in 2014, new life might finally be coming to the former Phillips Lighting plant in Bath. The soil contamination cleanup ordered by environmental officials has been finished at the site, and the facility has finally been put on the market at the price of $3.95 million.
Felony Sex Charge for Corning Man:
A Corning man is facing a felony sex charge. 22-year-old Austen Taylor is accused of having forcible oral sex without the victim’s consent and he has been charged with criminal sexual act in the first degree, which is a class B felony. He has been sent to the Schuyler County Jail on $500 cash bail.
East Corning Fire Dept. Receives $150K:
Wednesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that the East Corning Fire Department has received a federal grant of more than $150,000. The department has been awarded $159,691 that president of the Department, Dave Shafer, says will help them improve “the quality and efficiency of volunteer fire services.” The money was awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant, which provides funding to help fire departments’ ability to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Joins Labor Day DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced that county police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend. Officers across the state will be taking to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives. The special enforcement began on August 18th and will continue through Monday, September 4th.
Steuben Surrogate Judge Candidate Watches Earns “A” Rating with SCOPE:
The Steuben County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) awarded Surrogate Court Judge candidate Chauncey Watches an “A” rating this week following a questionnaire and presentation to the group. In addition to his rating from SCOPE, Watches has also earned the endorsement of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association and the Bath Police Association, and he has obtained enough signatures to appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party ballot lines. Primaries will be held for Republican, Conservative, and Independence voters on Tuesday, September 12th. The General Election is on November 7th.
Winners of Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Bicycle Giveaway:
The winners of this year’s annual Steuben County Sheriff’s bicycle giveaway have been announced. Hundreds of children registered to win a free bicycle at the Sheriff’s Display at the county fair and two lucky winners – one male and one female – were chosen. Six-year-old Veronica of Painted Post and six-year-old Bentley of Bath received bicycles and helmets, and both were very proud that they had each completed their submission to the giveaway all by themselves. Sheriff Allard said that “their smiles were priceless.”
Stop Smoking Program Looking for Registrants:
Smokers looking to quit have until Tuesday to sign-up for the free 10-session Freedom From Smoking program that’s set to begin on September 12th at Corning Hospital. The program includes a planned Quit Day of October 17th, and the sessions will help smokers prepare and then stay tobacco-free. The program requires a minimum of 10 participants. Registration forms are available on the Steuben Public Health website or at http://tinyurl.com/CorningQuitClass0917.
Body Found at Corning Home:
An investigation has been launched by Corning Police after a body was discovered at a Dwight Avenue home. Police say they responded to a suspicious circumstance call around 4 p.m. Monday. The Corning Police are being assisted by the State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office with the investigation. At this time no details about the victim have been released.
Corning Woman Charged with Damaging Monitoring Unit:
A Corning woman has been charged after Steuben County deputies received a complaint about damage to a GPS monitoring unit. 19-year-old Harley Sly allegedly damaged the unit after being instructed on its proper care. She was charged with criminal mischief in the 3rd, and was issued an appearance ticket.
Reed Announces Support for SAGA Bill:
During his weekly media call, Representative Tom Reed announced that he will co-sponsor a bill that looks to override much of New York’s SAFE Act. The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) bill would prevent states from implementing regulations on popular shotguns and rifles that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law. Following the 2013 Sandy Hook shootings the SAFE Act banned ownership in New York of certain semi-automatic weapons with military-style features, and outlawed magazines that hold more than ten rounds. The bill would also override bans enacted in other states such as California, Connecticut, Maryland, and Massachusetts. Gun control advocates have already come out against the bill, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has called it “disturbing.”
Peace Rally Held at Reed’s Corning Office:
A peace rally was held Tuesday night in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s Corning office. It was organized by the grassroots, non-partisan organization, “Citizens for a Better Southern Tier,” in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. The group called upon Reed to “totally repudiate” President Trump’s statement where he blamed violence “on both sides.”
Neils Creek Bridge in Avoca Open for Traffic:
The Town of Avoca has announced that the bridge on County Road 6, Neils Creek Road, between Clymo and Stever Roads, is now open for traffic.
Campaign Events for Hornell Mayor Candidates:
The race for Hornell mayor is getting more active. The Grand Opening of the "John Buckley and Friends" Campaign Headquarters will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at 79 Seneca St. Candidates running for City Council will also be on hand. Meanwhile, Independent candidate John Lewis will be having a “Lunch With Lewis” event on Saturday, September 9 at Marino’s Restaurant in Hornell, from 1pm-4pm.
NYSDOT Hosting Public Route 54 Info. Meeting:
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is holding a public meeting tonight to share information with public officials and residents on many topics specific to State Routes 54 and 54A adjacent to Keuka Lake, in the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne and the Village of Hammondsport. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hammondsport Fire Hall. Topics that will be covered include the legal aspects of the DOT right of way along these routes; responsibilities of the Department and of private property owners, retaining walls; parking; drainage and more.
Steuben Co. Shared Services Panel Meeting Sept. 7th:
In compliance with the open meetings law, the Steuben County Shared Services Panel has announced that it will be meeting on Thursday, September 7th. It will be held at the Civil Defense Center in Bath at 6 p.m.
Hurricane Harvey Hits NY Through Gas Price Surge:
The impact of Hurricane Harvey is far reaching, even all the way to New York through an increase in gas prices. According to AAA, Harvey has knocked out 300 million barrels of gasoline production per day, hiking up prices nationwide. Some areas have already seen a 10 cent increase in prices, and the longer the refineries are down; the more likely it is the prices will climb. That said, officials say the damage doesn’t appear to be widespread, so they expect the price increase to be relatively short term.
Multiple Charges for Rathbone Man:
A 35-year old man is facing a half dozen felony and misdemeanor counts following an assault case in Rathbone. Bath-based State Police said Robert Wilson was charged with assault with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon, both felony level crimes. He was also charged with preventing an emergency call, menacing with a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing and unlawful imprisonment.
2 Steuben County Residents Heading to Texas to Help with Relief Efforts:
Volunteers from all over the country are headed to Texas to help with relief efforts as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc. Among them are two Steuben County members of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross: Lorraine Morris of Bath and Judy Coleman of Corning. They’re among 14 Red Cross Volunteers from Western and Central New York heading west.
McAllister Endorsed by Former Steuben Sheriff:
Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate, Patrick McAllister of Wayland, has received the endorsement of former county Sheriff David Cole. Cole retired as county sheriff in 2016 after more than 20 years in the department. In a statement, he cited McAllister’s long years of service and “volumes of experience” as an attorney for children in hundreds of local Family Court cases.
Special Bath Board of Ed. Meeting:
A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office. The primary purpose of the meeting will be to finalize remaining personnel appointments prior to the start of the school year.
Text to Donate to Victims of Hurricane Harvey:
Before things start to get better in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they’re expected to get worse in Texas. Rivers in the eastern part of the state aren’t expected to crest until later this week, and federal officials are predicting that now Tropical Storm Harvey will drive 30,000 people into shelters and 450,000 victims will seek some sort of disaster assistance. To help, you can donate to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or by texting the word Harvey to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Or you can get a link and donate to the Salvation Army by texting Storm to 51555.
Ride for the Red for Finger Lakes Chapter of American Red Cross:
The 9th Annual Ride for the Red to raise funds for the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross will be held on September 1st starting at Americas Best Value Inn in Painted Post at 5:30 p.m. and on September 2nd beginning at the American Legion in Big Flats at 9 a.m. This year’s ride is in honor of local veterans and Gold Star families. Cost is $25 per rider/passenger and includes a meal. To make a donation, visit https://www.gofundme.com/ride-for-the-red.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS NOW AVAILABLE
If you want to vote in the upcoming September 12th primary elections but will be away or otherwise unable to make the trip to the polls, fear not. Absentee ballots are now available to vote in local primaries. You can apply for your absentee ballot online at the County Office of the Board of Elections site: steubencony.org/boe under the "Absentee Voting" link. Ballots can also be viewed online for the primary. Anyone with questions about voting is encouraged to call the county Board of Elections at (607) 664-2260.
READY STEUBEN APP: DOWNLOAD FOR PREPAREDNESS
A new mobile app that aims to ensure safety and preparedness for emergencies is now available to download for free. The Office of Emergency Management says the "Ready Steuben" app will help residents, local businesses and visitors to the area be prepared before a multitude of emergencies. Features the app offers include a “damage report” allowing people to submit reports to Steuben County Office of Emergency Management, a notice letting users communicate if they are “okay” with neighbors and loved ones and a list of items necessary for safety in emergencies. Both iPhone and Droid users can download “Ready Steuben” on their smartphones.
ATTORNEY GENERAL PURSUES TWC LAWSUIT
Attorney General Schneiderman is pursuing a lawsuit for customers defrauded by Spectrum-Time Warner Cable. Filed in February, the lawsuit says TWC subscribers’ wired internet speeds were slower than promised at a rates of 70, and in some cases, 80 percent slower than the premium plan they paid for. Spectrum-Time Warner attempted to move the case federally, but they lost, causing the case to stay within New York State courts as it continues. Meanwhile, Schneiderman wants subscribers to test their internet speeds and use a form found on the Attorney General’s website to record their results.
COLE ENDORSES MCALLISTER FOR SURROGATE JUDGE
Assistant District Attorney Patrick McAllister and candidate for Steuben County Surrogate Judge has gained the endorsement of Former Steuben County Sheriff David Cole. "Based on Patrick's resume, character and integrity, I firmly believe he is the most enlightened choice and perfect fit for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge," Cole said. Cole retired from the Sheriff's Department in 2016 after over 20 years of service.
AVOCA ASPHALT PAVING WORK BEGINS TUESDAY
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that asphalt pavement overlay work will begin on I-390 this Tuesday, August 29, 2017, weather permitting. The project begins Interstate 86 in Kanona and extends approximately 5.5 miles to Neils Creek Road in Wallace. Michigan Hollow Road in Avoca, as well as all 4 ramps at Exit 1 in Avoca, and the Interstate 390 southbound to Interstate 86 westbound ramp in Kanona will also experience asphalt pavement work. Motorists should expect flaggers, lane closures and travel delays, remembering to drive carefully if they plan to travel through these areas.
BATH SEWER & WATER UPGRADE WILL COST MILLIONS
This week, increase for water and sewer rates were approved for village of Bath customers. Yesterday on our Community Focus program, Mayor Bill Von Hagn explained the need for more money, calling it a major upgrade. This renovation is projected to cost taxpayers at least $15 million.
VILLAGE OF BATH TO HIRE RESIDENTIAL INSPECTOR
The Village of Bath is getting serious on the safety of rental units. This week, the village board voted to hire a part-time inspector to examine all non owner-occupied houses and apartments.The Mayor made the comments yesterday on our Community Focus program which is available online at http://wvinbath.com/podcasts/community
MAN INJURED IN HAMMONDSPORT TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT
Steuben deputies say one person was injured Wednesday morning when a tractor trailer crashed on State Route 54 in Hammondsport. Deputies said the driver, a 50-year-old man from New Jersey fell asleep at the wheel, causing the rig to exit the highway and slam into an embankment. A 39-year-old passenger, also from New Jersey sustained a head and neck injury and was transported to Ira Davenport Hospital.
SAVONA WOMAN ARRESTED FOR CRIMINAL IMPERSONATION
State Police report the arrest of 34-year-old Alieshia Davila of Savona. She was charged with 2nd degree criminal impersonation. She was detained for a court appearance.
CUOMO ANNOUNCES SWEEP TO FIGHT UNDERAGE DRINKING
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a coordinated effort by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking on college campuses and in college towns as the fall semester begins. The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and illegal sales to minors.
CANISTEO WOMAN CHARGED WITH PROMOTING PRISON CONTRABAND
44-year-old Angela Dixon of Canisteo was charged with felony Promoting Prison Contraband, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (Misdemeanor), and Failure to Keep Right. She was arraigned in Livingston County court with her attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to October 10.
REED HOLDS BATH PRESS CONFERENCE FOR HELP ACT
Yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed addressed the opioid epidemic with local law enforcement and community leaders, introducing the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act (HELP) Act during a press conference at the Steuben County Courthouse. The legislation would allow federal prosecution for more severe penalties in criminal drug drug cases. If connected to an overdose death involving fentanyl-laced heroin, drug dealers could face life in prison or the death penalty.
BATH MAN ARRESTED FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR
Steuben County Sheriff Deputies took a Bath man into custody this week for failure to appear in court. Deputies checked the address of Steven Farrell with an arrest warrant for the town of Corning, took him for arraignment in the Town of Corning Court and then sent him to Steuben County Jail on $1000 cash or $2000 property bond bail.
Iryn Meyers Found Guilty of Murder and Arson:
A Steuben County jury on Tuesday found a woman guilty of murder and arson. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding 38-year-old Iryn Meyers guilty on all charges. Meyers and her husband were accused of setting fire to a home last year which killed the occupant, David O’Dell of Wayland. Meyers was returned to the county jail without bail. No sentencing date has been set yet.
Cameron Man Charged After Child Injured by Fireworks:
An investigation by the New York State Police has resulted in charges against a Cameron man. 24-year-old Cody Dibble has been charged with reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child. Dibble allegedly set off fireworks in the Town of Cameron and a seven-year-old was injured. The child was treated for burns at the scene and was released to a parent. Dibble was issued an appearance ticket.
Probation Violation Arrest:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Savona man at the county Office Building Tuesday on a violation of probation warrant. 17-year-old Jalen Richardson was sent to the county jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Corning Senior Center Hosts Cancer Education Initiative:
On Wednesday, a statewide education effort to raise awareness about breast and prostate cancer made a stop at the Corning Senior Center. The initiative aims to help women better understand the need for regular breast cancer screening and access screenings if appropriate, and educate men about prostate cancer and encourage them to speak with their doctor. It was coordinated in Steuben County by St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell and is supported with funds from Health Research Inc. and the New York State Department of Health. Individuals looking to get information can call 324-8166.
Waverly Man to Collect $1M Lottery Prize at NYS Fair:
New Yorkers might have missed out on the big Powerball jackpot Wednesday night – that prize was won by someone in Massachusetts – but a lucky Waverly man will still be $1 million richer today. A check will be presented to the unknown man at the lottery booth at the New York State Fair this afternoon. The man won the prize while making a last minute trip to the store to pick up ice he’d forgotten earlier in the day.
Dormann Library End of Adult Summer Learning Program Celebration Sept. 1st:
The Dormann Library of Bath will close out its Adult Summer Learning Program with a free hot dog lunch on September 1st from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Chapters Café. Winners will be picked for adult prizes at 1 p.m. Participants should drop off reading coupons in baskets containing the prizes they want, if your coupons have already been dropped off without picking a particular prize, the library will choose.
Severe Storms Hit Region:
As predicted, severe weather hit our region Tuesday with the National Weather Service even going so far as to issue a Tornado Warning for Steuben and Yates Counties. Thankfully, the damage locally seems minimal at this time, with NYSEG reporting no outages in Steuben County. The Great New York State Fair did see some delay in preparations due to heavy wind and rain, but the show is expected to go on today, though some rides may open later to ensure they all go through the four-level inspection process.
Rape Charge for Greenwood Man:
A Greenwood man is facing several sexual abuse charges following his arrest. State Police have charged 47-year-old Thomas Loop with rape and criminal sexual act for allegedly have sex and other conduct with a person younger than 15 on multiple occasions. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.
Rep. Reed Responds to President’s Afghanistan Announcement:
On Monday, President Donald Trump walked back statements he made on the campaign trail to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, announcing instead a new strategy that will see more troops headed overseas. The President has received some backlash for not providing details, such as how many troops, but locally Representative Tom Reed praised the move. Speaking in Elmira, Reed called the lack of detail a strategy against the enemy. “You make sure you keep your enemies guessing on what our strategies will be and what our troop levels will be,” said Reed. On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence also declined to give specifics, but he did cite Pentagon plans from June that called for 3,900 more troops.
Drug Dealers Could Face Death Penalty Under Proposed Law:
Representative Tom Reed has announced plans to reintroduce legislation that would see heroin dealers facing the possibility of life in prison or even the death sentence if the dealer’s product kills a user and is laced with deadly substances. Specifically, the bill targets dealers who sell fentanyl-laced heroin. The bill was first introduced last year, but was eventually dropped.
NYS Fair Launches Livestream and Alerts for Cow Births:
Taking inspiration from April the giraffe, the New York State Fair has announced the launch of a 24-hour livestream for calf births at the cow birthing center. If you can’t make it to the fairgrounds in person to witness one of these “udder miracles” you can watch online at the New York Animal Agriculture YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-HULCbrA2s&feature=youtu.be or at www.uddermiracles.com. And to really make sure you don’t miss out, you can also sign up for text alerts, which will provide updates on births, by texting “moo” to 24587.
BEGWS Water and Sewer Rate Increase Approved:
At Monday night’s meeting of the Bath Village Board an increase for water and sewer rates for Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems was approved. Per BEGWS officials, the monthly water bill for a single family residential customer will increase roughly $3.80, while the monthly sewer bill for a single family residential customer will increase approximately $11.40. The increase will facilitate investment in capital improvements in the water and sewer infrastructure, including the groundwater wells, sewage treatment plant, and water and sewer mains and meters.
Severe Storm Possible Today:
Plan your afternoon with the weather in mind, as it’s possible the region will be seeing some severe storm activity today. Meteorologists with WETM 18 say that a cold front will move through today, bringing showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, with the possibility of strong damaging winds, and in some areas large hail, and heavy rainfall.
Corning Woman Gets Jail Tim for Her Role in Meth Ring:
A Corning woman has been sentenced to a year in the Schulyer County Jail for her role in an alleged methamphetamine ring. 28-year-old Tara Wilcox was one of more 20 people arrested in May 2016 in relation to the alleged ring being run out of Beaver Dams and Catlin. She was found guilty of conspiracy in a bench trial in May.
Reed Wants to Make Work Tax Credit Permanent:
Congressman Tom Reed is teaming up with fellow lawmaker, Democrat Joe Crowley, to introduce a bill that would make the Work Opportunity Tax Credit permanent. The tax credit is for employers who hire low income individuals, and those with barriers to employment, such as ex-felons. The business earns a tax credit based on the wages paid to the new hire, that hire’s target group and the number of hours worked during their first year of employment. The credit has been around since 1996 and is set to expire in 2019.
Over 1,000 People Turn Out to CCC Observatory to Glimpse Eclipse:
Millions of people turned out across the country Monday to witness the solar eclipse, and our region was no exception. In Corning, officials at Corning Community College report that over one-thousand people stopped by to get a look at the event through the observatory. They reportedly ran out of free eclipse glasses within the first hour. If you missed out Monday, you won’t have to wait quite so long for the next eclipse, and it’s expected to even better. On April 8th, 2024 this area should be in the path of a total eclipse.
Hammondsport Planning Board Meeting Cancelled:
The meeting for the Hammondsport Planning Board scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23rd, has been cancelled.
CCC Observatory Open for Today’s Eclipse:
Corning Community College will open its Observatory to the public from 12:30 to 4 p.m., weather permitting, for today’s Solar Eclipse. Volunteers will hand out free eclipse glasses (first come, first served), and will answer questions about the eclipse. New York will not see a total eclipse today; instead we’re expected to hit about 70 percent coverage. CCC will also offer a live feed of totality in the Commons. Of course, you’re reminded wherever you plan on viewing the eclipse today do so safely with you special eclipse glasses, or perhaps use a pinhole camera. Do not look directly at the eclipse without special protection, as it can do long-term damage to your eyes, even causing blindness.
Public Hearing Today on Prattsburgh Super. Position:
The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed local law that would abolish the elected position of Highway Superintendent and instead make it an appointed position. If adopted by the town board, the move would be subject to a mandatory referendum. The hearing will be at the Town Hall tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Hammondsport BOE Meeting, Retreat This Week:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its retreat this week, ahead of its regular meeting. The retreat will be Wednesday at noon at the Curtiss Museum, the meeting will follow later that evening at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Election Day Vote on State Constitutional Convention:
Besides voting for representatives throughout our state government, on Election Day, November 7th voters will also be deciding whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. If approved, the vote triggers a two year process to determine what in the state constitution should be amended, altered, deleted, added, etc. The state Constitution allows the people to exercise this right to alter the constitution once every twenty years. To learn more about the process, you can visit http://www.newyorkconcon.info/
A Cure for Peanut Allergies?
Sufferers of peanut allergies might one day be able to enjoy them without risk, as scientists may have found a cure for the common allergy. An experimental treatment was tested on a group of Australian children four years ago: 18 months after the treatment, more than 80 percent no lower showed symptoms of the allergy. And in a new follow up study, a majority of the children are still able to eat peanuts without a reaction. The treatment combines a probiotic with small daily doses of peanut protein in order to combat the allergy.
Prattsburgh School Taxes Drop
Taxes for the Prattsburgh Central School District will be lower than expected. Upon finishing an audit of their finances over the summer, the new tax rate was calculated at $14.09 per every $1,000, dropping 11 cents from earlier April estimates. The district’s current annual tax levy also dropped down to $50,000 from last year. Homeowners enrolled in the STAR program are estimated to pay $16 less in taxes for a home valued at $100,000 than 2016-2017 fiscal year.
Family Service Society Opens New Bath Building
A Family Service Society Inc. building was opened yesterday on East Steuben Street in Bath. Moving from County Route 11, Family Service Society celebrated the new site through a dedication and ribbon cutting as they welcomed the public with open house hours. Also holding local offices in Corning and Hornell, a wide range of services is offered by the organization to support the needs the community to its members through their lives in both the home and workplace.
Medicare Public Seminars to Be Held in Steuben County Office Building
The second in a series of free seminars on Medicare is set next week in Steuben County. The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. Locally here in Bath, the program will be held next Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building. Future seminars are planned for September and October with times and dates to be announced.
Greenwood Man Charged with Sex Offenses
A Greenwood man was arrested on sex charges after a search of a private Jasper residence. The New York State Police out of Wayland and North Hornell arrested Thomas R. Loop with Rape in the 2nd Degree as well as a second degree Criminal Sexual Act with a subject less than fifteen years of age. He was arraigned before the City of Hornell and remanded to the Steuben County jail.
Erwin Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriffs arrested an Erwin man for both Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree after the CITE team seized a large amount of cocaine and heroin valued at an estimated $10,000 at his home on Victory Highway in Erwin. Giovani D. Jefferson was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to Steuben County jail without bail as the additional charges pend during the continuing investigation.
USDA Helps Boost Local Grape Economy
The Federal government will be helping New York Concord grape farmers. The USDA will spend $18 million from funds in their Section 32 program to purchase surplus grape juice from growers in the state to use for nutrition programs, stabilizing the prices for grape farmers. According to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, this is good news for growers and their market.
Voter Registration Deadline Today for Sept. Primaries:
If you’re hoping to vote in next month’s primary elections, today is the last day to register. Applications must be postmarked no later than today, August 18th, and received by the Board of Elections no later than August 23rd in order to be eligible to vote in the primary. Voters can register, or change their current enrollment information, by visiting the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ website.
Prattsburgh CSD Reduces Tax Levy:
At their regular meeting on August 15th, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 tax levy of $2,606,960 which is a decrease of $50,000 from the current levy. This decrease will reduce the tax rate by twenty-three cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. The fall tax bill will include a new line item this year following the approval of the Prattsburgh Free Library tax levy on August 8th by voters. District property owners can expect their tax statements to arrive in the mail at the end of August, and can start paying September 1st.
NYSDOT Hosting Public Route 54 Info. Meeting:
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 30, to share information with public officials and residents on many topics specific to State Routes 54 and 54A adjacent to Keuka Lake, in the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne and the Village of Hammondsport. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hammondsport Fire Hall. Topics that will be covered include the legal aspects of the DOT right of way along these routes; responsibilities of the Department and of private property owners, retaining walls; parking; drainage and more.
Steuben Co. Shared Services Draft Public Review August 28th:
The draft review of a four-month combined effort by Steuben County, local communities, and school districts on shared services will open for public comment on August 28th with public hearings at three locations across the county: the Steuben County Office Building at 10 a.m.; the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning at noon, and Hornell City Hall at 3 p.m. The plan is available online at http://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/shared_services_plan_2017.pdf.
Texas Solar Company Wins Southern Tier Clean Energy Competition:
Texas solar heating company, Skyven Technologies was awarded a $1 million grand prize Wednesday as part of a clean energy competition designed to bring jobs and opportunities to New York State and the Southern Tier. The 76West Clean Energy Competition awarded a total of $2.5 million to six companies, selected from eight finalists. One of the requirements of the competition is that winning companies must either commit to moving to the Southern Tier or establishing a direct connection with the Southern Tier. Companies already in the region must commit to substantially growing their business and employment.
Health Insurance Rates to Rise 15% in NYS:
The New York State Department of Financial Services announced this week the health insurance rates for 2018. In June, insurers sought a 17 percent increase for individuals and 11.5 percent for group plans, but the state agency has cut the increase to 15 percent for individuals and 9 percent for group. The rates will affect the more than 3 million people enrolled on the state’s health exchange. Part of the reason for the hike, according to the Department of Financial Services, is to offset potential cuts if the Affordable Care Act is replaced, and to address a potential cut in subsidies that’s being considered by the federal government. Another driving reason is the increase in medical costs, including drug expenses and inpatient hospital costs. However, the D.F.S. said that the lowest cost silver-level plans will decrease as much as 5 percent compared to current rates when tax credits are included, and that overall individual coverage will still be 55 percent lower than it would be without the Affordable Care Act. The rate increases will not affect the Essential Plan, which covers 650,000 New Yorkers.
Wings & Wheels: A Weekend of Seaplanes, Classic Cars and More in
On September 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaplanes and Classic and Exotic Cars will “take over” the Village of Hammondsport for the free public event called Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport. The exciting two day event will feature a seaplane show at Depot Park, seaplane competitions, a seaplane parade, and a classic and exotic car show on the Village Square. Also an assortment of food and craft vendors, and a special event banquet including a cocktail hour, dinner, and seaplane contest awards. You can learn more about the event and register for the banquet at https://www.wingsandwheelshammondsport.com.
Corning Inc. CEO Announced Departure from President’s Council Prior to Disbandment:
Before President Donald Trump made his announcement Wednesday disbanding his American Manufacturing Council, Corning Incorporated CEO Wendell Weeks joined other business leaders that left the council following the President’s comments on the white supremacist rally in Virginia. In a statement to employees, Weeks said the hatred and racism in Charlottesville are reprehensible, and he added that the events have become inconsistent with the company’s values. Weeks said he “plan[s] to continue doing [his] part personally to foster innovation, strengthen U.S. manufacturing, and create jobs. However, [he] will never compromise Corning’s Values to do so.” The full statement is available at http://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/about-us/news-events/a-message-from-our-ceo.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=management.
Mount Morris Judge to Resign Amidst Misconduct Probe:
A Mount Morris judge, under investigation by the state for misconduct, has opted to resign to end the probe. Town and Village Justice James LaPiana will terminate his duties at the end of the month.
Rep. Reed Says Proposed Hate Crime Legislation “Worth Considering”:
Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to expand New York’s Hate crime legislation to add the crimes of inciting to riot and rioting that targets protected classes. Congressman Tom Reed of Corning said it might be appropriate and is worth considering, so long as the additions don’t duplicate existing laws already on the books. Reed made the comment during his weekly media call.
Governor Urges Army to Rename Streets Named After Confederate Generals:
States in the south aren’t the only ones trying to decide how to handle symbols of the Confederacy. Here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the U.S. Army to rename the streets of a New York City military base named after two Confederate Generals. Earlier this month, Army officials denied the request, saying it would be controversial, but following the recent events in Virginia, the Governor is asking them to reconsider. Cuomo says symbols of slavery and racism have no place in New York, and he believes renaming the streets would send a clear message that New York won’t stand for intolerance and racism.
Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:
The second in a series of free seminars on Medicare is set for August 22nd through the 24th in Steuben County. The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The programs will be August 22nd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, August 23rd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and August 24th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. Future seminars are planned for September and October with times and dates to be announced.
Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Videoing Neighbors:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Wednesday legislation that cracks down on
unauthorized video surveillance. It was made a crime in 2003, but it only established criminal penalities for unlawful video surveillance when the taping occurred in a setting with a “reasonable expectation of privacy” such as bathrooms or changing rooms, or if a perpetrator had to trespass in order to tape or install a camera. This new legislation provides additional protections for homeowners, allowing them to sue a neighbor for invasion of privacy if they are secretly recorded while in their backyard.
Preparations Underway for VA Christmas Drive:
Summer might still be in full swing, but preparations are already underway for the Bath V.A.’s annual Christmas gift drive. Ron Haflett, the autocare center manager at the Walmart in Painted Post that organized the first Walmart drive, has said that donation bins will start appearing in the store again during the first week of October, and even small donations – like a pack of pencils – will help. One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the veterans; no items or funds are kept for staffing or operations of the V.A.
NYS Warns Tax Professionals of New Scam:
New York State is warning tax professionals to be wary of a new scam targeting them. According to the state Department of Taxation and Finance, scammers are trying to steal clients’ information by posing as customer support personnel for tax software. They say the scammers are using emails designed to look like prompts to upgrade your software, but the link instead takes the user to a fake website. For more details, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/security-summit-warns-of-new-phishing-email-targeting-tax-pros.
Jasper Man Arrested in Burglary Investigation:
A lengthy investigation into burglaries around the Troupsburg and Jasper areas has led to the arrest of a Jasper man. 45-year-old Mark Walton was arrested August 10th on charges of burglary in the 2nd and 3rd. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $15,000 bail.
Dansville Man Charged with Burglary:
The New York State Police of Wayland report the arrest of a Dansville Man on August 10th. 27-year-old Stephen Van Iderstine has been charged with burglary in the 2nd and unauthorized use of motor vehicle. Van Iderstine allegedly entered a family member’s residence and stole the keys to a vehicle, which he then took without permission from the owner. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail.
Baby Left in Bag in Elmira Released from Hospital:
The baby girl abandoned in a plastic bag in Elmira has now been released from Strong Memorial Hospital. The Elmira Police Department reports that Sabrina has been placed with a foster family.
Steuben Co. Manager Talks New Office Annex:
Questions continue to swirl about the need to construct a new county office annex in Bath. Jack Wheeler is the county manager. He said Tuesday that the current facility is filled to the max, with copiers and other equipment. The need to hire additional public defenders, a mandate from the state, has also pressed the issue. But Wheeler added that there will be little local taxpayer impact. You can hear his full statements by visiting our podcast gallery at wvinbath.com. Click Community Focus under the podcast tab.
Cameron Bridge Being Restricted to One-Lane:
The bridge on County Road 22, between CR 119 and Jackson Hill Road, in the Town of Cameron will be restricted indefinitely to one lane of traffic starting tomorrow until the bridge can be replaced. Currently, the bridge is set to be done in the summer of 2019.
Potential Date Set for Sheldon Silver Retrial:
A potential date of April 16th has been set for the retrial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. Silver was originally convicted of corruption and sentenced to 12 years in prison, but the decision was overturned on appeal.
More Arrests in Elmira Fentanyl Ring:
More arrests have been made in connection with a fentanyl ring in Elmira. In May, four people were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute. Now, three more suspects have been charged. Jesus Rivera was charged with conspiracy to make and distribute fentanyl. Chad Smith has been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances. Robert Elford has been charged with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances. Authorities believe the ring was directly involved with the overdose deaths of three people.
NYS Troopers PBA Endorses Watches for Steuben Co. Surrogate Court Judge:
The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers Inc. has announced its endorsement of Chauncey Watches for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. The Troopers PBA represents more than 6,000 active and retired uniformed members of the state police. In a statement the organization said that the challenges facing law enforcement are greater than ever before, and that they believe individuals like Watches will help them better serve the residents of New York.
Canisteo Votes to Abandon Hallet Road:
The Town of Canisteo has officially voted to abandon Hallet Road, also known as Wood Road. The road hasn’t been used by the public in over 6 years, nor has it been worked on in that time. Town officials say it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to bring it back up to code, so abandonment was the logical solution. The road begins on Travis Hill and heads toward the town line for a total of 2,622 feet.
198th Steuben Co. Fair Kicks Off Today:
The 198th annual Steuben County Fair kicks off today in Bath…opening day is Senior Citizens Day with a $3 admission for seniors until 5 p.m. The carnival opens at 1pm and the demolition derby gets underway at 7. You can get more information at steubencountyfair.org.
NYS Increases Penalties for Making Bomb Threats:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law new penalties for those who make bomb threats. The governor approved the legislation Monday. According to the AP., the new law changes criminal statute to ensure that suspects accused of making bomb threats against a community center can, at minimum, face a sentence of up to a year in jail. Cuomo says the new law will help authorities prosecute those who seek to "spread fear and terror."
Wegmans Launches Delivery Service:
Wegmans shoppers will be able to save themselves a trip the store for groceries as the company is launching today an in-home food delivery service. With the “Instacart” app, customers can place and pay for an order and then a runner in the store will fill it and have it delivered. Food can either be delivered within an hour, or scheduled for a certain time and day. The orders cost about $6, and need to be a minimum of $35. A membership will also be available for $15 a month, or $150 for a year of unlimited orders. The service launched last week in Rochester and has already filled roughly 1,400 orders.
Man Who Struck Trooper on I-86 Charged:
The New Jersey man that struck State Trooper Craig Foglia on I-86 in May has now been charged. 78-year-old Kenneth Aukett has been issued traffic tickets for misdemeanor reckless driving, and violations of failing to move over and yield to an emergency vehicle, fail to reduce speed, and driving across hazard markings on the roadway. Aukett rear-ended Foglia’s vehicle while he was conducting a traffic stop on May 17th and seriously injured him.
Preliminary Hearing Waved for Mother of Abandoned Baby:
The 17-year-old accused of abandoning her baby for dead in Elmira was in court Friday for what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, however, the prosecution and defense have reached a deal, waiving the hearing and the possibility of extradition to Harriette Hoyt’s home state of Pennsylvania. In exchange, Hoyt received a reduced bail and an open file discovery from the district attorney. Hoyt’s attorney said that the next step is for the district attorney to present the case to the grand jury. If the grand jury votes to indict the next proceedings will be in Chemung County Court.
Reed Issues Statement Condemning Charlottesville Rally, Governor Starts Petition:
Representative Tom Reed issued a statement Saturday condemning the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He said he’s “outraged by the violence and senseless death that occurred (Saturday) in Charlottesville and condemn(s) those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry.” He added that “hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit,” and he offered his condolences to the families of the victims. Also, in the wake of the ire drawn by President Trump’s statement that said there was “violence on many sides,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a petition Sunday calling for the President to recognize that the rally in Virginia was led by white nationalists, including Ku Klux Klan members.
Corning Launching Pedestrian Safety Campaign:
The City of Corning is launching a pedestrian safety campaign where uniformed and plain clothed police officers will be handing out materials on various pedestrian regulations. Police will also target drivers who fail to give pedestrians the right of way. The business district and side streets are expected to be the focus.
Rescheduled H-port Music in the Park Event Tonight:
After being cancelled earlier this summer due to rain, It’s My Party will finally head to Hammondsport tonight for its Music in the Park concert. Music in the Park is a free event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the village square. Also tonight, in honor of the 60s themed musical guest, there will be ice cream sandwiches available at 1960s prices – only a dime.
6th Annual Red Knights Bucket Brigade 8/26:
The Red Knights New York Chapter 42 motorcycle club of Bath are having their 6th annual Bucket Brigade Charity ride on Saturday, August 26th to benefit the “Wounded Warrior Project.” The ride will start at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and go through the Bath VA Center via Morris Street and out of town via Route 54, and continue approximately 100 miles around the Finger Lakes region ending at the Hammondsport Fire Department’s “Smoke on the Water” BBQ competition. The cost of the ride is $15 for drivers and $5 for passengers. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. that morning and the ride will start promptly at 10 a.m. For more information, call (814) 203-0029.
VILLAGE BOARD TO MEET FOR SEWER AND WATER RATE INCREASE
The Village of Bath plans to increase the water and sewer rates. But first, the local government needs to hear from its residents. The Village Board has scheduled a public hearing on the rate increase for August 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal building.
ROUTE 415 PAVEMENT WORK BEGINS MONDAY
The New York State Department of Transportation announced that pavement recycling work will begin on State Route 415 in the Towns of Campbell and Savona on Monday weather permitting. The scope of this project will extend from 0.1 mile north of county Route 333 to 0.1 mile south of Little Acorn Lane, for a total of approximately 4.4 miles. An asphalt overlay course will be placed in the same location at a later time.
COHOCTON CITIZEN CHARGED WITH DWI
A Cohocton woman faces felony charges after she was arrested during a traffic stop this morning on State Route 352 in Corning. Troopers said 50-year-old Bobbijo Brown was charged with felony counts of DWI and having a BAC above .08%. She was also charged with having a false inspection certificate and other traffic infractions. She was processed and released on appearance tickets for court.
BATH MAN ARRESTED FOR VIOLATING SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT
Bath Police arrested a Bath man for a violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act. Adam Webster, age 32, was charged with a class D felony for failing to notify the Department of Criminal Justice Services of his whereabouts as a level 3 registered sex offender. Webster was remanded without bail and scheduled to re-appear in court on the afternoon of August 23rd.
NYSP REPORTS SPEED WEEK TICKETS
More than 21,000 tickets have been issued statewide by New York State Police during Speed Week, a campaign to crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving that ran from August 2nd to August 8th. State Troopers report 9,205 speeding tickets, 348 distracted driving violations, 268 accidents resulting in personal injury, 393 people injured, five fatalities and 234 people arrested for driving while impaired. State Police also responded to 268 personal injury accidents, which resulted in five fatalities and 393 people injured. Locally, state police issued a total of 1,504 tickets in our Southern Tier region with 15 DWI charges, 798 for speeding, and 33 tickets issued for failure to obey the Move Over law.
STEUBEN SHERIFF AND BATH PD TO ISSUE BATH BUCKS
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Bath Police Department will award law-abiding drivers with "Bath Bucks" during routine road checks for their compliance. If drivers pass during a check, they will be given Bath Bucks- coupons that are redeemable at over a dozen local businesses. The Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce and Sheriff Allard have reached out to neighboring communities like Corning’s Gaffer District and the Hornell Police Department, hoping to inspire other neighboring communities to follow Bath’s example in appreciation of good drivers.
AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM TO GRANT SOUTHERN TIER AGRIBUSINESS AND FARMERS FUNDING FOR GROWTH
According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, $3.6 million will be awarded to multiple farms in the Southern Tier to enhance environmental protections and increase production of agriculture. The second round of the Southern Tier’s Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program is the source of this funding which covers costs of greenhouses, construction, irrigation, fencing and environmental enhancements. The program’s intention is to help the growth and operations of local farmers and agribusinesses while encouraging responsibility in use and protection of state natural resources. The initiative will grant $1,037,568 to 14 projects in Steuben County alone.
Fatal Boating Accident on Waneta Lake:
One person was killed and two others were injured in a boating accident Thursday evening on Waneta Lake. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s office said one person fell overboard around 8 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people in the boat were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for treatment. No further information has been provided. The investigation is ongoing.
PA Man Facing Sex Charges in NY:
An investigation involving the state police of New York and Pennsylvania, as well as McKean County Child Protective Services has resulted in the arrest of a Pennsylvania man on multiple charges. 61-year-old David Emerson is accused of engaging in sexual contact with a child less than seventeen during a camping trip in New York. He is facing charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned in the Town of Howard Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
8 Arrested in Early Morning Drug Sweep:
While most people were still sleeping in the wee hours of Thursday morning, law enforcement in Steuben County were out cracking down on drugs in the community. As part of “Operation Clean Sweep” eight arrests were made. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said they were drug dealers and were charged with criminal possession of controlled substances, and criminal sale of controlled substance. Baker added that more operations like the one Thursday will be happening throughout the county over the coming year, as well as welfare fraud investigations and sweeps. The people arrested Thursday are now in the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Addison Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cornell Backpacks:
The Addison man accused of stealing backpacks from students at Cornell University in March had pled guilty in Tompkins County Court. 39-year-old Richard Huyler pleaded guilty to three counts each of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. A Savona woman, 31-year-old April Mace, was also arrested and she was sentenced to time in jail and at the Willard Drug Treatment Center in late July.
Prattsburgh Looking to Make Highway Super. Position Appointed:
The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed local law. That law would abolish the elected position of Highway Superintendent and make it an appointed position instead. If eventually adopted by the town board, it would be subject to a mandatory referendum. The public hearing is scheduled for Monday August 21st at 7:05 p.m. at the Town Hall.
CCC Open House Next Week:
Corning Community College will open the doors of its Health Education Center for tours next week as a part of an Open House Celebration. The event will be August 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the facility, which is located on Dension Parkway. There will be food and a variety of giveaways, including four tuition credits valued at $100 each.
More Details in Case About Baby Left in Bag:
The Chemung County District Attorney’s Office has released more details in the case of the teenager accused of leaving a baby girl in a bag behind a house in Elmira. They say the baby is eight months old, and was in the bag for approximately three days before being found. According to Elmira Police, the suspect, 17-year-old Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, P.A., had a connection to the house, and that multiple neighbors identified her as the mother of the baby. Hoyt was arraigned Wednesday morning and was sent to the Chemung County Jail on $250,000 cash bail. District Attorney Weeden Wetmore says that Hoyt is eligible for youthful offender status. Hoyt is currently facing an attempted murder charge; Wetmore said that other charges may be pending. He plans to take the case to the Grand Jury as soon as possible.
One Injured in I-86 Accident:
One person was injured Wednesday afternoon in an accident on I-86. The unidentified man was driving a motorcycle around 2:30 p.m. when he slammed into a trailer that unexpectedly separated from a tractor-trailer. The man was taken to Robert Packer Hospital. His condition and why the trailer disconnected are unknown at this time.
May St., Freeman Terrace Closed Today in Bath:
A reminder from the Village of Bath Street Department May Street from East Steuben to East Washington will be closed today, along with Freeman Terrace, for paving.
1,000 Briefly Lost Power in Corning Wed.:
Over a thousand people briefly lost power in Corning Wednesday afternoon. According to NYSEG, the issue was equipment failure with two circuits being lost. Power was restored within an hour.
Keuka Lake Swimming Ban Lifted:
The swimming ban for the northern portion of Keuka Lake near Penn Yan has been lifted. The NYS Department of Health has notified the beach operators for Indian Pines and Red Jacket that swimming areas can now be re-opened for public use. Swimming was restricted last Friday after blue-green algae blooms were observed.
Terminal Revitalization Underway at E-C Airport:
Travelers heading through the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport are advised to arrive 20 minutes earlier than usual as construction has gotten underway on the new terminal revitalization project. The $58 million project will expand the terminal and offer additional amenities and better traffic flow. Open-air landscaped courtyards will be added along with extensive glass walls to create a sense of walking through the woods. The airport will remain open during construction. The project is set to be completed in October 2018.
Bath Baby Café Event Honors Families and Businesses:
Almost 70 youngsters brought nearly 70 grownups to the third annual Bath Baby Café World Breast-Feeding Week celebration Friday at the Dormann Library in Bath. The free event featured games, snacks, car-seat checks, and education. It also recognized local breast-feeding friendly businesses: Servu Federal Credit Union in Painted Post, Michaels in Elmira, St. James Mercy Hospital, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Universal Health Network, ProAction of Steuben and yates, Rite Aid in Bath, Wegmans in Corning, Wal-Mart in Hornell, Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative, and Campbell-Savona Elementary School.
Seaplanes Making a Big Splash on Keuka Lake:
You might expect to find them in some remote part of the Alaskan wilderness, but there’s a long history of seaplanes and flying boats on Keuka Lake which can be traced all the way back to Hammondsport’s own “Father of Naval Aviation,” Glenn Curtiss. In homage to this rich aviation heritage, two pilots have brought seaplanes back to the lake with Finger Lakes Seaplanes which offers rides off and over the breathtaking natural landmark. This past spring, Hammondsport native Andy Sable and Cleveland native Bob Knill bought a Cessna 180 floatplane to start offering scenic tours of Keuka Lake and the surrounding areas. The flights typically last from 30 to 60 minutes, and the pilots can pick you up right from your dock. To learn more about Finger Lakes Seaplane, visit their website at http://www.fingerlakesseaplanes.com.
P.A. Teen Charged with Attempted Murder after Leaving Baby in Bag in Elmira:
17-year-old Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, P.A. is facing an attempted murder charge after an infant was found in a plastic bag behind a residence on Walnut Street in the City of Elmira Tuesday afternoon. The baby was discovered by neighbors. They called 911 and administered aid until emergency personnel arrived. The infant was taken to a local hospital where she is now listed in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing with Elmira Police asking any witnesses and those with any information to come forward.
Streets Closing in Bath:
The Village of Bath Street Department has announced several road closures for this week. Today, East Washington Street, to the village line, and Circle Drive will be closed for paving. On Thursday, May Street from East Steuben to East Washington will be closed, along with Freeman Terrace, also for paving.
Schuyler Co. Meth Bust Nets Four:
A methamphetamine bust in the Village of Montour Falls in Schuyler County has resulted in the arrest of four people. While investigating a fire alarm August 4th at the Romeo Village Apartments, responders found suspicious items and alerted law enforcement. 52-year-old Daniel Decker, 32-year-old Melissa Oquendo, 19-year-old Rachel Pyhtila, all of Montour Falls, and 54-year-old Kevin Teed of Watkins Glen were all charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Oquendo was sent to the Schuyler County Jail in lieu of $1,500, while the other three suspects were remanded without bail.
“Bath Buck” for Good Drivers:
Besides avoiding a hefty fine, drivers in the Bath area recently got an additional reward for complying with the rules of the road. During a road check event by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Bath Village Police last Thursday, drivers who were found to be in complete compliance were given a “Bath Bucks” coupon. Issued by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, the coupon guarantees discounts to participating businesses in the Bath area. Bath Chief Chad Mullen said he’s “happy to be able to recognize responsible members in our community and support our local businesses,” and both he and County Sheriff Jim Allard thanked all motorists who drive responsibly and encourage them to shop local. Future “Bath Bucks” road check are expected.
Bridges Closing in Cameron, Lindley:
The bridge on County Route 119, between County Road 10 and Cameron-N. Jasper Road, in the Town of Cameron, will be closed to all traffic starting August 11th through the 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day. The bridge, also known as Cemetery Bridge, will be undergoing structural repairs. There will not be an onsite detour. Also, the bridge on Griswold Road, between County Road 120 and Swarthout Road, in the Town of Lindley will be closed to all traffic starting August 14th for approximately 14 weeks. The bridge will be completely replaced. There will not be an onsite detour.
$1.4M Awarded to Food Bank of the Southern Tier:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an award of $1.4 million to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program. In a statement, the Governor said, “This funding will help ensure that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers will continue to be able to put food on their tables and provide for their families.”
Disaster Training Returning to NYS Fair:
Besides enjoying the rides and food and entertainment of the Great New York State Fair, attendees will again have the chance to get prepared for emergencies as the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training will be back again this year. The free training will be August 25th, 28th, and 29th, in the Empire Room Restaurant on the Fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m. The course is aimed at teaching how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters and emergencies. Participants also receive a free backpack of resources.
Canisteo Gives Go-Ahead for Heroes Banner Program:
At Monday night’s meeting of the Canisteo Village Board, the Heroes Banner program was officially given the go ahead. Like other villages like Bath and North Hornell, the program will place banners on poles to recognize veterans of the community. According to the Mayor, there will be no cost to the village other than labor for putting them up. The individual families will be responsible for the purchase of the banners, which are expected to be around $175 each. The program will be seasonal, with banners going up in the spring and coming down in the fall. It will begin after the minimum 15 banners are ordered.
2nd Alligator Captured in Whitney Point:
There’s been a twist in the saga of the alligator at Whitney Point. The DEC announced Monday that they captured a second alligator also in Whitney Point. A couple was kayaking Sunday when they spotted the animal and got it on video. They contacted police, who alerted the DEC. This second alligator will join the first, which was captured on July 29th, at Animal Adventure Park.
NYS Pharmacies to Provide NARCAN:
Naloxone, or NARCAN, is a life-saving drug that can help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, and now more people will be able to have it at hand. Starting tomorrow, people with healthcare coverage will receive up to $40 co-pay assistance when buying naloxone at over 2,000 participating pharmacies in the state, no prescription required. Uninsured individuals and those without prescription coverage can receive the drug at no cost through the state’s network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs.
Funding Granted for College-Level Education at NYS Prisons:
Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., announced over $7 million in funding for educational programming and reentry services at 17 New York State prisons over the next five years. The College-in-Prison Reentry Program is being funded through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Criminal Justice Investment Initiative and it’s expected to create more than 2,500 seats for college-level education and training for incarcerated New Yorkers across the state.
Reunion Tomorrow for Savona School Staff:
There will be a reunion picnic tomorrow at Mossy Bank Park in Bath for all faculty and staff of the former Savona Central School district. The event starts at noon. There will be a sign. Drinks and table service will be provided; attendees should bring a dish to pass and $2.
Free Rabies Clinic in Erwin:
The Town of Erwin will hold a free rabies clinic this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Town Garage on Addison Road. All Steuben County residents may bring their cats, dogs, and ferrets for vaccination. Cats and ferrets must be contained, and dogs must be leashed.
Tagsylvania Casting Call:
August might just be getting underway, but Tags in Big Flats is already thinking about Halloween. The venue is looking to scare up some talent for their annual Tagsylania frightfest with auditions and casting calls this month. The auditions are being held August 16th, 20th, and 24th at 6 p.m. in the banquet room at Tag’s Restaurant. Actors must be 16 or older, and have parental permission if they’re under 18. Training will be provided. Interested parties need to fill out an audition form available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxIWFt-NWqwOqR1MFGRzSdli-E7AdMRvTOwSwN1dpcCP9Hbg/viewform.
2 Arrested in Shoplifting Incident:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 43-year-old Daniel Hill of Addison following a shoplifting compliant at Tops Friendly Markets in the village. Hill allegedly stole merchandise, and struggled with an employee when confronted. The employee was injured. Hill was located at the Walgreen Pharmacy by officers a short time later and he was charged with robbery and petit larceny. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail. Additionally, Hill’s companion, 37-year-old Kristy Snyder of Lindley, was also arrested on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing hypodermic instrument after 2 hypodermic needles were allegedly found in her possession. She was also sent to the county jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.
Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of 2:
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of June 30th in the Village of Cohocton. The vehicle was stopped on an alleged traffic violation, and the operator 27-year-old Raymond Thielges of Wayland was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. A passenger, 28-year-old Cody Farrell of Avon, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. Both men were issued appearance tickets.
Duffy Running for Hornell Mayor:
The number of candidates vying for Mayor of Hornell has officially grown by one, as Green Party candidate Joe Duffy has submitted enough petition signatures to earn the party’s endorsement. He joins Republican John Buckley and Independent John Lewis. Duffy previously ran for mayor in 2009 and again in 2013, against long-time incumbent Shawn Hogan both times.
Hydrant Flushing Continues in Bath:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will continue flushing the village’s water mains through Friday, August 25th. The flushing will take place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. There is the potential for dirty and discolored water. The schedule for today and tomorrow is as follows:
Streets (Hydrants) Corners (Valves)
West Washington St Cook and Gibson
Cook Street W. Washington / Maple Heights
Cruger / West Morris
W Washington : Freeman /
Cruger / Pine / Robie / Howell Liberty / Kellar / W. Morris
Petty Continues Annual Donation to Local Food Bank:
‘The King’ of Motorsports, Richard Petty wasn’t just in the area this weekend for the racing action in Watkins Glen, he also took time to visit the TOPS market in Watkins Glen to make his annual donation to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The 40,000 pound protein donation is the equivalent of more than 160,000 servings and will help many families fight hunger across the food bank’s six-county service area. This is the sixth year in a row that Richard Petty Motorsports , Smithfield, and TOPS Friendly Markets have donated to the food bank.
Swimming Season Extended at Corning’s Stewart Park Pool:
The City of Corning has announced an extension to the swimming season at Stewart Park Pool. Open swims will be held today through the 27th, with family swims on Tuesdays, and dog swims on the 28th and 30th. The Float and Flick scheduled for Denison Park will now be at Stewart Park on the 18th.
Crash on Gansvoort Street in Bath
A Bath woman escaped serious injury yesterday when the vehicle she was operating struck a tree and overturns on Gansevoort Street. Village police said they received the call shortly after 8 a.m. Investigators said 77-year-old Judith Killroy was northbound when her vehicle veered off the street impacting a tree. Police said no charges have been issued but the crash remains under investigation.
Cuomo Announces $10 Million To Watkins Glen on Race Weekend
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Village of Watkins Glen will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the Southern Tier winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The Mayor of Watkins Glen said he looks forward to a bustling downtown, new jobs and more visitors to the region while Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, "This significant state investment will help the Village and all of Schuyler County move forward.”
Three County Meetings Slated for the Week of 08/07
This coming week will be a busy time for Steuben County government. On Monday, the Public Works and Public Safety & Corrections committees meet. On Tuesday, the Finance and Administration committees meet and on Wednesday, the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation will meet.
Prattsburgh to Consider Highway Superintendent Position
The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a special meeting on Monday night to consider setting a public hearing regarding the creation of an appointed position of Highway Superintendent and any other business. This special meeting will take place this Monday August 7th at 7:00 P.M. in the Town Hall, 19 North Main Street.
Dansville Woman Sentenced for Fraud
A Dansville will spend the next three years on probation. In court this week, 29-year-old Noelle Farmer was sentenced on her conviction to welfare fraud.
Dansville Woman Jailed for Probation Violation
30-year-old Jessica Cover of Dansville was sentenced to 1 year incarceration in the Livingston County Jail on a violation of probation. She appeared in court Tuesday.
Press Ponders Potential New York Candidates for Governor
Speculation has risen this week about possible candidates running for governor in 2018. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that actress Cynthia Nixon has been sought by groups on the left to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic Party Primary. The actress and activist has held an active presence in Democratic politics yet has not confirmed whether or not she will pursue becoming governor. Earlier this week, Republican Syracuse area State Senator DeFrancisco expressed consideration to run in the 2018 race while announcing he will embark on a tour of the state.
Truck Rollover on I-86:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched Thursday morning around 7:30 to a report of a tractor trailer rollover on I-86 in the eastbound lane behind the State Police barracks. The trailer was loaded with new wooden pallets. The driver was uninjured, but one of the truck’s diesel tanks ruptured and lost roughly 60 gallons of fuel. T&R Towing and Environmental Services were called in to recover the truck and trailer and to clean up the fuel spill. The cause of the accident is unknown.
Potential for Damaging Winds, Flooding Tonight:
The National Weather Service says that severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening. In a hazardous weather statement, forecasters say the thunderstorms could produce very heavy evening rain with potential for flooding, damaging winds and large hail. From Bath to Watkins Glen, people should keep a close eye on the sky.
Residence Badly Damaged in Corning Fire:
A two-unit apartment home on Sly Avenue in Corning was badly damaged by fire Wednesday night. According to firefighters, the blaze is believed to have started in the living room area of the first-floor apartment around 8 p.m. That apartment was extensively damaged, while the one of the second-floor was heavily damaged by smoke. No one was home at the time of the fire. The cause is under investigation.
Hydrant Flushing in Bath Starts Sunday:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will begin flushing the village’s water mains Sunday. The work will continue through Friday, August 25th. The flushing will take place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. There is the potential for dirty and discolored water. The schedule for Sunday and Monday is as follows:
Streets (Hydrants) Corners (Valves)
Cameron Street West Morris / Water
Cameron Place W Washington /Maple Heights
West Morris St W Washington / Hubbell
Conhocton St W Morris / Cruger
West St & Belfast St W Morris / Pine
K-Mart Parking Lot / End of K-Mart Building West Steuben / West Morris
Camping World Cameron / RR Tracks
W Morris across from Kmart/USDA W Morris / W Washington
$10M for Watkins Glen Downtown Revitalization Initiative:
Before the racing action even gets underway in Watkins Glen this weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo made things exciting Thursday when he announced that the village has won $10 million for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Watkins Glen is one of 10 winners out of 104 applicants from across the state.
Wack a Weed, Build a Park with Curtiss Park Challenge:
If you own a weed wacker, have a little free time, and are over the age of 18, you could make a difference in the local community. The grounds of the Glenn H. Curtiss Park in Urbana could some TLC, and you and your weed wacker can help. The “Weed Wacker” Challenge, hosted by the Friends of Hammondsport Area Trails and Parks, Inc. to clean up the park will be 9 a.m. to noon on September 9th. Volunteers are needed as the terrain of the park is too rough to be mowed and the task is too much for one person. The event is BYOWW – Bring Your Own Weed Wacker – and keep in mind there are no electrical outlets available on site. Volunteers should also bring hearing and eye protection. Refreshments and hot dogs will be provided, and there will be an award for the “Best Wacker” at the end of the day.
Deputy Senate Majority Leader Considering Gubernatorial Run:
Senate deputy majority leader Senator John DeFrancisco may challenge Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 Governor’s race. The New York Republican from Syracuse says he is touring the state to explore the possibility of running. DeFrancisco has been a vocal critic of the Governor. He has been a state Senator since 1992 and became deputy majority leader two years ago in summer 2015.
Bath Man Arrested for Trying Pass Fake $100 Bill:
A Bath man was arrested after he allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Town of Horseheads business. 33-year-old Matthew Squires has been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and was sent to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
Bath Man Charged with Fraud:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income while applying for SNAP benefits. 35-year-old Thomas Weinman was charged with one count offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud. He was issued an appearance ticket.
NYS to Comply with Revised Election Commission Info Request:
After first denying President Trump’s Election Commission’s requests for voter information including Social Security numbers and criminal history, New York State will now comply with a revised request for information. The revised letter to the state Board of Elections is for information already publically available under the state’s Freedom of Information Law – including names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, and voting history. This general request will be granted by the Board, but nothing further. In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo assured that they “will continue to deny requests for sensitive personal data about New York residents, which is protected under the law. [They] will never provide private voter information to anyone….”
Portraits Honor Judges from Steuben County:
Three judges with strong ties to Steuben County were honored in a special ceremony Wednesday. Justice Henry Scudder, Judge Joseph Latham, and Judge Philip Patti were presented with portraits that will hang in the main courtroom at the county Office Building. Scudder served 17 years as a judge in the county before being appointed to the state Appellate division for the Fourth Department. Latham, a native of Canisteo, has spent 20 years as a county and family court judge in Steuben. Patti is a former assistant county Attorney, who was named to the Rochester-based Court of Claims in 1996, where he served 16 years.
Car Seat Check Aug. 16th:
Take some time out from the rides and fun of the Steuben County Fair later this month to make sure your children are safe in your vehicle with a Car Seat Check Event. It will be the Wednesday of the Fair, August 16th, at the Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Pavilion at the Main Gate.
Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Animal Rescue:
Fringe Hairdressers on East Market Street in Corning will be hosting their first annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue on August 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment necessary. All proceeds to benefit the rescue and assist with the veterinary care of their animals. Pawz and Purrz is a nonprofit animal rescue based in Steuben County.
Cohocton Woman Injured in Italy Accident:
A 21-year-old Cohocton woman had to be airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester Sunday following a one-car accident on Italy Turnpike Road in the Town of Italy. Authorities say Megan Cheasman was traveling east when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and collided with several trees. The cause of the accident is under investigation.
Lindley Man Accused of Assaulting Child:
A Lindley man is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly choked and injured a two-year-old child. According to State Police, 20-year-old Jacoby Sawyer was left in charge of two children as their parents went to a nearby grocery store and he intentionally choked and caused physical injury to one of the children. He was charged with assault in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Sawyer was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
I-86 Work in Bath Starts Today:
Work is set to start today on deck repairs on I-86 eastbound in the Town of Bath, over State Route 415. One lane will be closed to traffic – starting with the driving lane, and then switching to the passing lane, if necessary. Traffic will be able to travel through the open lane with no speed reductions. The closure is expected to last for approximately two weeks.
Crackdown on Speeding Drivers Starts Today:
A high-visibility enforcement crackdown throughout New York aimed at reducing speed-related crashes gets underway today with Speed Awareness Week. The campaign runs until Tuesday with several local agencies participating. Law enforcement will be focused on speeding violations, but they’ll also be on the lookout for red light violations, texting and cell phone violations, seat belt violations, and aggressive driving violations.
Rathbone’s Hardscrabble Rd. Closed Next Week:
The Town of Rathbone Highway Superintendent has announced that Hardscrabble Road will be closed to all traffic on Monday and Tuesday to replace an existing pipe. The road will be closed starting at the C.R. 81 intersection. There will not be an onsite detour.
Avoca Man Arrested for Child Porn:
A yearlong investigation into child pornography by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of an Avoca man. According to the Sheriff’s Office, investigators were contacted in August 2016 by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland about a resident in Avoca that was soliciting photographs of a 15-year-old from Maryland. A search warrant executed by the Sheriff’s Department found photos and videos of the girl on the subject’s electronic devices, among other evidence. 26-year-old Nunziato Nirelli has been charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony, and he was issued an appearance ticket. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible.
Accidental Shooting Leads to Marijuana Bust:
A Jasper man who allegedly accidentally shot himself is facing drug charges after police discovered marijuana on his property. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the scene on 5 Corners Road in the Town of Jasper and found 26-year-old Michael Whritenhour on the front lawn of his residence with a gunshot wound. Their investigation turned up a gun inside the residence, as well as marijuana plants growing inside and outside. They believe Whritenhour was clearing off a bed and knocked the gun over, which then discharged and struck him in the abdomen. Whritenhour was transported to Sayre. He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis and criminal possession of a weapon. He was issued appearance tickets.
Governor Announces Funding to Fight Child Abuse:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a new wave of funding to combat child abuse. Over $4 million will be shared by 26 state-approved child advocacy centers. The centers are located across the state and the funding will be used to offset the cost of purchasing and installing video recording equipment, as well as hiring specially trained staff to interview victims of sexual and physical abuse.
I-390 Work Postponed:
The asphalt pavement overlay work on Interstate 390 that was originally set to begin Monday, has been postponed to Tuesday, August 8th, the NYS Department of Transportation has announced. The project will extend from Neils Creek in Wallace to Exit 2 in Cohocton. Work will also be done on Cohocton Loon Lake Road, as well as on the northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps at Exit 2.
New Free Fishing Days Announced:
Officials have announced new free sport fishing days in New York on Veterans Day, the weekend preceding Presidents Day, and National Hunting and Fishing Day, (which is) the fourth Saturday in September. During these designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office NYS Boating Safety Course:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the county Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, August 12th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The class is limited to 30 students, so call (607) 622-3911 to reserve your seat. Any individual age 14 or older, wishing to operate a personal watercraft, and any individual born on or after May 1st, 1996, wishing to operate any recreational vessel must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Course.
J-T School Aide Accused of Having Inappropriate Contact with Student:
A teacher’s aide for the Jasper-Troupsburg school district has been arrested following an investigation into inappropriate contact with a student. 23-year-old Bethany Leach, of Jasper, has been charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly exchanging nude and sexually explicit pictures and videos over Facebook and Snapchat with a child she met while serving as a teacher’s aide at the Junior/Senior High School. State Police report their investigation found that the contact was limited to digital communications and that there was no physical interaction, and it did not occur at the school. Leach was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Multiple Charges with Bath Man Following Accident:
A motor vehicle accident has resulted in multiple charges against a Bath man. State Police report that they were dispatched to Harrisburg Hollow Road in the Town of Bath around 9 p.m. Friday night on a report of a vehicle in the ditch. They say they located the driver – 49-year-old William Schaffer – nearby and he was administered a field sobriety test. As a result, he has been charged with felony DWI, felony DWAI, and aggravated unlicensed operation. The vehicle was unregistered, uninspected, uninsured, and displayed stolen registration plates, and so Schaffer was additionally charged with multiple vehicle and traffic law charges, and criminal possession of stolen property. A search of the vehicle also reportedly turned up suspected marihuana and oxycodone, and Schaffer was additionally charged with unlawful possession and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Schaffer was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Corning Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:
A Corning man is facing multiple charges following a domestic incident in the city on Saturday. 26-year-old Cameron Ware is charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. Police say Ware fought with a woman, pushing, punching, pouring water on her, knocking her to the ground, choking her, and threatening her with a knife. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail.
BEGWS Hydrant Flushing to Start 8/6:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will be flushing the village’s water mains beginning Sunday, August 6th, continuing through Friday, August 25th. The BEGWS Underground Lines and Mains crew will be flushing the system from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily. Customers should be aware of the potential for dirty and discolored water, and are advised to check the water before use. Should you experience dirty water, turn on a faucet, preferably outside, to clear the water line before doing any laundry, cleaning, or cooking. Any concerns and/or difficulties with your water service can be reported at the 24-hour Customer Service line at (607) 776-2173. Regular updates will be posted on the BEGWS Facebook page and here on 98.3 WVIN.
Turning Point Announces 10th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive:
Turning Point is now accepting donations for its 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive for Steuben County students in grades Pre-K through 12th. School supplies and monetary donations can be made until August 14th at either the Bath or Hornell Turning Point locations. Monetary donations can also be mailed to the Bath location. School supplies will be distributed in a new format this year – a School Supply Depot hosted at both Turning Point locations. Parents must bring proof of address and school supply list to the Turning Point location corresponding to the school district in which they reside on August 24th, 25th, or 26th. Residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Savona, or Wayland will pick up school supplies from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bath location. Residents of Arkport, Hornell, Canisteo, Greenwood, Cohocton, and Wayland can pick up school supplies from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Turning Point Hornell.
Alligator Captured in Whitney Point:
There’s a happy ending to the reported sightings of an alligator in Whitney Point. On Saturday, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials captured the animal behind the fairgrounds and the reptile will now get to spend the rest of its days at Animal Adventure Park, which is also home to April the giraffe – who took social media by storm when the birth of her calf was livestreamed on youtube. Park officials said the alligator will first enter quarantine before being placed on exhibit.
Apple Releasing “Do Not Disturb” Mode to Combat Distracted Driving:
Tech giant Apple is joining the fight against distracted driving. In its next update to the iPhone operating system, there will be a new safety feature – a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode. When enabled, the system will block any incoming texts or alerts, and requires phones to connect to Bluetooth or hands-free technology before allowing incoming calls until it senses the car is no longer moving. In case of emergency, texts sent in succession will be able to break through. Parents will also be able to set specific restrictions for teen drivers. The update is expected to be released this fall.
Work To Begin on I-86
The New York State Department of Transportation says that work will begin next Wednesday on I-86 east bound in the town of Bath. One lane of I-86 EB will be closed to traffic. The closure will last about two weeks. The closure is to perform necessary deck repairs on the bridge carrying I-86 over State Route 415.
Thousands Expencted for Gus Macker Tournament Turnout
This weekend in Hornell, the 20th annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament kicks off this weekend, shutting down Main Street today and tomorrow. The fund-raising goal for Gus Macker this year is $17,000 to $20,000 and a portion of the proceeds raised by the event go to the Hornell YMCA. This year, 220 teams will compete and 7,500 are anticipated to attend, giving the community an economic boost.
Wayland Man Pleads Guilty to Lying to Feds
A Wayland man has pled guilty to making false statements before a U.S. District Judge and will possibly be sentenced to serve five years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine. US Attorney’s Office say Brian Woodhams of Wayland had been issued a student pilot license via the federal aviation administration, which allowed him to fly alone or with instructor if he carries a passenger. Woodhams lied about a 2015 accident where he had no flight instructor with him while flying a 15-year old-passenger, saying that no one else was on the plane with him. He will be scheduled November 3rd at 10:00 A.M.
Bath Man Arrested for Drug and Weapon Possession
Police say a man who is a temporary resident of Bath was locked up this morning on felony and other counts. Bath Police said 27-year-old Michael Anderson was charged with 2nd & 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted sale of marijuana. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail. Police say the charges stem from alleged drug crimes at a local motel. When Anderson was taken into custody, police said he had a quantity of marijuana and an unregistered handgun with the serial number removed.
OFA Offers Educational Program for Caregivers
The Steuben County Office for the Aging is offering a free program for caregivers of older Medicaid recipients. The program runs through September and can help with ramps, community seminars and respite. For more information, call the Office of the Aging at 776-9631.
Meth Lab Bust in Bath:
A Bath man was arrested following the bust of an inactive meth lab in Bath. State Police report that they were called to a private residence on State Route 54 in the Town of Bath on Saturday and their investigation revealed that materials used in the production of meth were present. 49-year-old Alan Sherry, who was present at the residence, was found to be in possession of quantities of suspected cocaine and suboxone, and was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Savona Woman Sentenced for Stealing Students’ Backpacks:
A Savona woman convicted of stealing backpacks from Cornell University students in March has been sentenced. 31-year-old April Mace will serve one-and-a-half to three years in the Tompkins County Jail. Mace, along with 39-year-old Richard Huyler of Addison, was arrested after surveillance videos caught them taking several unattended backpacks from students in campus libraries. Over 100 stolen items, valued at more than $12,000, were recovered.
Dormann Library Budget Passes:
The Dormann Library in Bath held its budget vote on Wednesday, and officials are reporting that it was successful. Final tally was 105 votes – 81 yes to 24 no.
98 Parcels Change Hands in 2017 Steuben Co. Property Auction:
Some 98 tax-foreclosed parcels were sold at the recent Steuben County Real Property Auction, with gross proceeds totaling $1,081,900. In 2016, the auction resulted in 69 properties changing hands with proceeds totaling $669,000.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Boat Safety Check this Weekend:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced that the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting safety checks for vessels this weekend operating on Keuka and Waneta lakes. The Navigation Unit will be checking boaters to make certain they are utilizing personal floatation devices in compliance with the law, specifically as it applies to children. Free ice cream will be given to the first 100 boaters who are found to be in compliance with boating regulations.
Pet Oxygen Masks Donated to Local Organization:
Area pets will have a fighting chance now if their home ever catches fire, thanks to Invisible Fence of the Southern Tier, which has presented eight pet oxygen mask kits to American Medical Response in Corning. According to Invisible Fence, anywhere from 40,000 to 150,000 pets die annually due to fires mostly to due to smoke inhalation. AMR says that human masks were the former go-to, but they weren’t always effective due to the difference in face shape. The eight kits donated to AMR deliver 100 percent oxygen to dogs, cats, and other pets; they will be placed in all eight of AMR’s emergency vehicles. Invisible Fence has also delivered kits to fire departments in Hornell and Groton.
Steuben Co. OFA Offers Free Program for Caregivers of Older Medicaid
The Steuben County Office for the Aging is offering a free program for caregivers of older Medicaid recipients. The program runs through September and can help with ramps, community seminars, and respite. For more information, call (607) 664-2322.
Bath Man Arrested for Trespassing in Milo:
A 29-year-old Bath man has been arrested following investigation into a reported burglary at a home in the Town of Milo. According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Stejo Paxos was in violation of a court order to stay away from the residence and its occupants. He was arraigned on trespass and criminal contempt charges and he was sent to the Yates County Jail.
Steuben Legislators Endorse 911 Wireless Surcharge:
The Steuben County Legislature gave its preliminary endorsement Monday to a local law to allow the 911 surcharge on cell phones to be expanded to include all basic wireless devices and prepaid wireless devices. A public hearing on the local law and a final vote are expected in August.
Family of Corey Hunt Protest at Steuben Co. Court House:
Outside the Steuben County Court House and the county Jail, the family of 26-year-old Corey Hunt protested Tuesday and Wednesday. According to the county District Attorney’s Office, Hunt was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2014, but his family believes otherwise. They believe Hunt was killed at an unknown location and his body was dumped on Route 417 in Addison where it was later struck, and they want his case to be reopened. District Attorney Brooks Baker said that they did investigate those rumors, but that the evidence “didn’t show anything of that nature (of his body being dumped.)” He added that if they receive new evidence that indicates otherwise, the case will be reopened, but currently he’s confident with what they have.
Strong Q2 for Corning Inc.:
Corning Incorporated had sales of $2.6 billion in the second quarter, surpassing not just the company’s expectations, but also Wall Street’s. Compared to last year, earnings per share were also up this year by 14 percent.
NYS to Investigate “Textalyzer” Technology:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to investigate “textalyzer” technology. “Textalyzers,” so named due to their similarity to the breathalyzer, would allow police to determine if a motorist had been texting, emailing, or otherwise using a cell phone before a serious crash. The Governor’s office says the committee will hear from supporters and opponents, law enforcement officials, and legal experts before issuing a report. They will also review the technology’s effectiveness, the constitutional and legal issues, and how the device would be used in practice.
President Trump Draws Ire After Telling Upstate NYers to Move for Better Jobs:
President Donald Trump has drawn some ire after an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he suggested upstate New Yorkers should move if they want better job prospects. The comments came ahead of news that Foxxconn, iPhone’s maker, said they will open a Wisconsin plant for Apple, potentially bringing 10,000 jobs to that area. Trump told the WSJ, “You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants. I’m going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York State, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people.” He added, “It’s ok. Don’t worry about your house.” Senator Timothy Kennedy from Buffalo responded on Twitter, saying, “No thanks, Mr. President. …We’re used to being the underdog. We don’t give up.” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. also responded, saying that he was disappointed that a president from New York would bash the upstate. He said he “had hoped for better.”
Steuben Prevention Coalition Awarded $125K Grant:
Wednesday the Steuben Prevention Coalition (SPC) announced its received approval for its fifth-year grant award of the Drug Free Communities Grant program for $125,000. SPC received its first grant award in 2013. It works to bring awareness of teen alcohol and substance abuse.
2 Arrested for Shooting at Addison Home:
Two men have been arrested for allegedly shooting at home on Steuben Street in Addison Monday night. 29-year-old Benjamin Alderman of Corning and 22-year-old Daniel Scott of Pine Valley are accused of using stolen guns to fire six shots at the home in what police are calling a domestic incident. A man and woman were in the house at the time. The man was injured and was taken to Guthrie Corning hospital where he is said to be in stable condition. Alderman has been charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and possession of stolen property, and he is being held on $50,000 bail. Scott is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property, and he’s being held on $25,000 bail.
Incident Closes S.R. 415 Tuesday:
The State Police of Painted Post closed State Route 415, Victory Highway, in Erwin,
Wednesday for an undisclosed incident. The road was closed from Robert Dann Drive, in Painted Post, to Coopers Plains. Details have not been provided at this time.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Depart. Getting Emergency Medical Bags:
Emergency medical bags will soon be installed in Steuben County Sheriff department vehicles, thanks to a $4,000 grant by the Bethesda Foundation. Often the first responders to emergencies in the county, deputies will be able to provide appropriate medical care until the arrival of other emergency services personnel. The bags will contain emergency care medical equipment such as tourniquets, blood-loss controlling agents, and specially designed bandages. In a statement, Sheriff Jim Allard thanked the Bethesda Foundation for their generosity and said that “the importance of these bags goes well beyond a monetary value.”
E-Cigs Banned from School Grounds:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that immediately bans the use of electronic cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in the state. “School grounds” is defined in the legislation as: any building, structure, and surrounding outdoor grounds contained within a public or private pre-school, nursery school, elementary, or secondary school’s property, and any vehicles used to transport children or school personnel. Recent surveys by health organizations have found that e-cigarette use is up in high school students, both in the New York were the Department of Health reports it has nearly doubled in the last two years, and across the country with the U.S. Surgeon General saying that e-cigarette use among high schoolers went up 900 percent between 2011 and 2015.
I-390 Overlay Work in Steuben Co. to Start Monday:
The New York State Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that asphalt pavement overlay work is expected to begin Monday on Interstate 390 in Steuben County. The project will extend for roughly 5.3 miles, from Neil Creek in Wallace to Exit 2 in Cohocton. Work will also be done on Loon Lake Road (State Route 962D) in Cohocton, was well as on the northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps at Exit 2. On State Route 417, the work will extend from 1.3 miles west of State Route 248 to 2 miles west of State Route 36, for 6.5 miles. Motorists will encounter flaggers and lane closures, and could experience travel delays.
Steuben Legislature Recognizes Hogan Honor:
During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature recognized City of Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan. Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski noted Hogan’s recent selection as the 2017 recipient of the Leadership Award for Public Service by the International Economic Development Council, which recognizes Hogan as an elected official who has served as a committed advocate for economic development for at least 10 years in the public sector. Hauryski called it a “very well-deserved” honor.
Hornell Woman Killed in Canisteo Accident:
A fatal accident occurred during the Sunday overnight in Canisteo. Authorities report that 36-year-old Colleen Harold of Hornell was found just after 6 a.m. Monday morning on County Route 108. State Police believe she was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway and her vehicle went down an embankment.
Reed Says He’ll Oppose Healthcare Bill if it Doesn’t Include Medicaid Reform:
In a statement Monday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that he’ll oppose the Senate Healthcare bill if it doesn’t include Medicaid reform; specifically, the provision to shift the cost of Medicaid from local governments to the state, where he said “it belongs.” Senators will vote this afternoon on a motion to proceed. If it passes, the Senate will move on to vote on the healthcare bill.
New Legislation Allows Police to Eavesdrop on Phones/Emails of Animal Fighters:
Law enforcement now has another way to fight animal cruelty. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an eavesdropping or video surveillance warrant in cases of animal fighting. The Governor said that such cases require multiple individuals to act in concert, using telephones and web-based communication and this legislation will “give law enforcement new powers to crack down on these rings, protect animals from harm, and bring these criminals to justice.”
Flooding Closes Route 17 in Owego:
Route 17, in both directions, from Nichols to Owego is still closed this morning due to bridge damage from flooding, according to State Police. Eastbound traffic will take Exit 62 and return onto Exit 63. Westbound traffic will take Exit 63 and return at Exit 62. The state Department of Transportation has sent 39 staff, including two bridge inspection teams, two engineers, and 31 highway maintenance staff, in response to the flash flooding.
Lawmakers Push for Finger Lakes Heritage Area:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed were in Watkins Glen Monday afternoon at Lakeside Park and Pavilion announcing a push to make the Finger Lakes a National Heritage Area. Congress chooses National Heritage Areas which includes the likes of the Smoky Mountains and Niagara Falls. Gillibrand introduced legislation authorizing the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study that she says would be done by end of 2017.
Alligator Sighted in Broome County:
An unusual resident for New York State has been spotted in Broome County. The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking seriously reports of an alligator spotted in the area of Whitney Point. Town Mayor Ryan Reynolds said that the alligator was first spotted about 2-months ago, and then again on Saturday when a photo was taken. The DEC indicated Monday that it had been seen a third time. According to the DEC alligators aren’t unheard of in New York, but they are rare. They believe the animal might once have been a pet that was let go.
Photo Courtesy: Whitney Point Mayor Ryan Reynolds
Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:
A Bath woman has been charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after she reportedly used her car to physically push a 16-year-old out of a parking space at Champlin Beach. According to witnesses, 76-year-old Marjorie Carson warned the teen that she was “going to do it” before bumping him several times and forcing him to leave the spot. She was additionally charged with reckless driving.
Inmate Accused of Falsely Reporting Assault:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested for falsely reporting an incident. 29-year-old Jeremy Thomas reportedly told authorities that another inmate assaulted him, causing a broken collarbone and a contusion on his head. However, an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office found that Thomas had in fact slipped and fell while running, causing his own injuries.
Steuben Legislators to Look at 911 Revenues:
Steuben County lawmakers will consider repealing and replacing a local law when they meet today. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless devices, as well as all prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Finger Lakes Could Become National Heritage Area:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed will visit Watkins Glen today where they are expected to make an announcement about the possibility of the Finger Lakes becoming a National Heritage Area. Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study across 14 counties, including Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins. Officials say the designation would help boost tourism, and conserve and protect the region’s natural, historic, and cultural resources. Reed and Gillibrand are scheduled to be at Lakeside Park and Pavilion in Watkins Glen at 12:10 p.m. today.
Hammondsport Restaurant Permanently Closes After Second Fire:
After two fires in less than a year, a restaurant in Hammondsport has decided to permanently close its doors. Havana Cabana, at Snug Harbor, made the announcement on their Facebook page. The building caught fire in November 2016, and then again in May 2017 – right before Havana Cabana was set to open. Snug Harbor owner Tim Tompkins said they will likely have a new tenant next year. They plan on restoring the property and hopefully by next spring they’ll have suites for rent, an updated restaurant and their usual docks for lease.
WGI Named “Best NASCAR Track”:
Out of 20 nationwide finalists, Watkins Glen International has risen to the top to once again be named “America’s Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. This is the second time WGI has received the recognition, with the first time being in 2015. Finishing in second place this year was Martinsville Speedway.
$44K Raised for Food Bank:
Over 150 cyclists descended on Hammondsport this weekend to help raise funds for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The annual ride, which starts at the Hammondsport Fire Department, has been supporting the food bank for the last three years. The riders come from across the region and they have their choice of several different routes, from a 100-mile century course to a 16-mile family course. Saturday’s event reportedly raised over $44,000 for the food bank.
Bush’s Recalls Baked Beans:
Bush Brothers & Co. has issued a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Backed Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on cans. The company urges consumers to dispose of affected products immediately even if the beans do not appear spoiled. Information, including UPCs of affected products, is available at http://www.bushbeans.com.
Meyers Sentenced Without Parole
Joseph Meyers was sentenced 23 years to life in prison without parole yesterday in Steuben County Court. The Wayland owner of Loon Lake Services was found guilty for first-degree and second-degree murder in the for-profit killing of David O’Dell committed last year as well as arson, falsifying business records and attempted insurance fraud. Prior to his sentencing, Meyers was emotional and insisted he was convicted on, in his words, “lies and innuendoes”.
Village Board Aims to Make Hall Handicap-Friendly
Some changes may be coming to Bath’s Village Hall. Mayor Bill Von Hagn says the building isn’t completely handicap accessible, but the village board took steps this week to change that.Von Hagn made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus Program this week.
Legislators Propose Ending 911 Surcharge Law; Denouncing Recreational Marijuana
Steuben County lawmakers on Monday will consider repealing and replacing a local law. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless and prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Hogan Honored by International Economic Development Council
Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan has received the 2017 Leadership award for public service. The award comes from the International Economic Development Council. Hogan said he was humbled, happy and really honored.
Schumer Calls for Semi Safety Regulation
Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to implement new truck safety standards following a crash on I-81 earlier this month. The Senator wants to mandate that trucks be equipped with underride guards to keep cars from sliding under semis. He points to this fatal accident that took the lives of four as an example that calls for urgent action in revamping big rig safety standards.
Cuomo Says Scholarship Funding is A Critical Need
After over 75,000 New Yorkers applied for the state’s tuition-free Excelsior Scholarship college program, about 23,000 are projected to be eligible. New York state’s budget funded the program with $87 million for the first year and Governor Cuomo cites the thousands of applicants as proof of what he dubs a “critical need” for for publicly-funded college tuition in the state. The deadline to apply for the scholarship was yesterday.
Corning, Merck & Pfizer Announce Valor Glass Agreement
Yesterday, President Trump announced pharmaceutical corporations Pfizer and Merck to team up with Corning Incorporated to market a new glass used for injectable drugs, investing $500 million for this project and creating about a thousand US jobs. The initial investment will include the construction of a new plant in the Southeast U.S. According to a Corning press release, it is projected this plan will expand to a $4 billion investment, creating 4,000 high tech jobs in the long-term. Corning and Merck spokespersons say they have been developing the program since 2012 and are awaiting FDA approval of the product and the EPA’s okay for the processes before the proposal becomes official.
Bath Village Utility Rates to Increase
Utility rates in the village of Bath will likely be increased. That’s the word from Erin Bonachi, the Directors of Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Officials aren’t sure yet when the rate increases will take effect or much they’ll go up by.An aging utility infrastructure in the village has been listed as the primary cause for the increase. Erin Bonachi is the Director for the local utility and say some of the gas mains are the biggest concern.
Pistol Course to be Offered in September
Steuben Sheriff Allard announced there will be a 12 hour Pistol Proficiency course for Pistol Permit holders of Steuben County to be held September 9th and 10th by the Bath Rod & Gun Club. The course will provide instruction in shooting fundamentals, threat assessment, live fire courses as well as a review of pistol safety, storage and carry. A $20 range use fee is required for interested permit holders and pre-registration is required. To register please contact Terri Moir at 622-3930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wayland Woman Arrested for Stolen Property
State Police report the arrest of 38-year-old Sara Incarnato of Wayland. She was charged with criminal possession of stolen property following an incident in Wayland. She was detained on cash bail.
Slight Approval Increase for Trump by New York Voters
President Donald Trump is viewed favorably by 34 percent of New Yorkers. That’s up slightly from May. Thirty percent give Trump a positive job performance rating and 68 percent rate him negatively, including 52 percent who say he’s doing a ‘poor’ job as President. The numbers are from a new Siena College Poll of New York State registered voters released today. On Obamacare, 65 percent want it kept and improved, compared to 32 percent who want it repealed and replaced.
O'Mara and Palmesano Praise Public Libraries at Addison Appearance
State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano recently visited the Addison Public Library summer reading program to help promote the importance of summer reading and praise the central role public libraries play in many area communities. The state lawmakers said, they are always grateful for opportunities to support local public libraries.
Upstate Niagara to Take over Kraft Plant in August:
The Kraft Heinz plant in Campbell will soon become the Upstate Niagara plant, as the company plans to take over in early August. Currently, Upstate Niagara is committed to keeping 150 employees, meaning there will be some layoffs as Kraft Heinz employs over just over 300 full-time workers, but Jamie Johnson, Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, says that the company fully intends “to expand” and that they “want to grow.” Johnson added that he’s aware of the concerns regarding the milk market and he said that it was a question they asked of Upstate. “…They were very up front and said (they) aren’t going to bring milk from western P.A. and Buffalo to drive milk to the (facility) that is already there,” said Johnson.
$7M for St. James Mercy:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that St. James Mercy Hospital will be receiving $7.9 million for capital construction and equipment costs for the new facility. The hospital will also be able to use the money for the new radiology and surgical centers, according to the Governor. President and CEO of Healthcare, Jennifer Sullivan said that the funds illustrate “…the state’s commitment to rural health care….”
Corning Inc. Acquires SpiderCloud Wireless:
Corning Incorporated has announced its acquisition of Spidercloud Wireless. Spidercloud is a leading provider of in-building wireless solutions, optimizing network efficiency and improving user experience. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but Spidercloud will become part of the Corning Optical Communications segment.
Parts of Tappan Zee Bridge Coming to Steuben Co.:
As the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets ready to open in the Hudson Valley next month, the old bridge will live on in upstate New York. The state Thruway Authority announced that portions of the bridge’s deck and its movable barrier system have been authorized to be given to upstate counties, including Steuben and Chemung. Steuben is expecting six panels, which, according to County Manager Jack Wheeler, will be used on three bridges and will save the county roughly $180,000.
Hammondsport’s Village Tavern Wins Excellence Award:
Hammondsport’s own Village Tavern and Inn has once again been honored by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program with the Award of Excellence. The Village Tavern has received this honor for 22 years straight. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognizes destinations all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers. Wine Spectator is a leading authority on wine and it began its recognition program in 1981. It has three categories: The Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award.
2nd Annual Paddle Keuka 5K:
The Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium in Branchport will hold its second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race Saturday, August 5th. Last year, some 60 paddlers took part in the event. This year, organizers are adding a third category – Stand-up Paddling – in an effort to attract more participants. Paddlers travel a marked course around the north end of the lake’s west branch, beginning and ending at the museum’s wildlife preserve. Registration for the event is required. Get more information at http://www.FingerLakesMuseum.org.
Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges:
Tuesday, a Rochester man was arrested by Bath Police with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Steuben County District Attorneys Drug Initiative. 23-year-old Danny Elliot was initially arrested on a warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance. But at the time of his arrest, authorities say they discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and money on Elliott’s person. He was charged with a separate count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was sent to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Public Hearing on Bath Grant Application:
The Bath Village Board will hold a public hearing next week in an attempt to gather feedback on a potential grant application. The Board wants to hear feedback on community development needs so it can submit one or more applications under the state program. The hearing will be held Monday, 4 p.m. at the village hall.
Diabetes Bill Introduced by Rep. Reed:
Representative Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says would strengthen protections for Medicare beneficiaries who buy blood glucose testing supplies through the National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program. The “Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act” would, according to Reed, strengthen enforcement of current laws requiring that Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) suppliers must include at least 50 percent of the types of test systems that were on the market before the CBP’s implementation, and it would bolster consumer protections that prohibit suppliers from encouraging beneficiaries to switch to another testing system.
Schumer Joins Fight for Expanded Air Service at E-C Airport:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is joining in the fight to expand air service at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Schumer is calling on the Department of Transportation to approve nearly $1 million in funding for the airport that would be used to expand access to destinations, support the regional economy, and draw carriers to the airport. In a letter to the DoT, Schumer said the grant will give Chemung County the opportunity to try and provide service from Elmira to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Travel Advisory - Work on S.R. 415 Starts Tomorrow:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 at the intersection of W. Morris St. and W. Washington St. on Thursday, weather permitting. Work will begin at 7PM on Thursday and continue through Saturday morning, including work during both nights. The scope of this project includes the village of Bath. Motorists will encounter lane closures and could experience travel delays.
Travel Advisory – Henry and Brush Street Closing in Arkport:
The Steuben County Department of Public Works has announced that Henry Street and the southern end of Brush Street, between Park Avenue and Meadowbrook Road, will be closed, probably starting on July 21st for about 2 weeks until August 4th. Officials say they will be installing a temporary detour bridge for the upcoming Meadowbrook Bridge Project. Residents will have access via Brush Street.
New Poll Shows Cuomo Favorability Down:
In a swift turn from May’s poll, the latest numbers from the Siena College Research Institute show that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is now down to its lowest point in over a year. In May, his rating was at 61 percent, while in June it’s dropped 9-points to 52 percent. It’s his lowest favorability rating since February 2016. According to the poll, the reasoning is likely due to the ongoing issues surrounding mass transit in New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Also, many New Yorkers are opposed to naming the new Tappan Zee bridge for Cuomo’s father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, and New Yorkers are split on legalizing recreational marijuana.
Two Runners to Reach Milestones at 2017 Wineglass Marathon:
Two runners coming to the Finger Lakes this October for the 2017 Wineglass Marathon weekend will be reaching pretty big milestones. One runner from Florida, Melissa Fricke, will be coming to compete in the half-marathon in her 50th state, while for runner Karen Murray, the Wineglass will be her 100th marathon. When asked why she chose the Wineglass, Fricke said that the half-marathon is “almost the perfect distance that you can go out there and get lost on the run.” For Murray, who’s from New York, she said that the Wineglass was her first marathon back in 2012, so she’s coming back where it all began for her.
Steuben Co. Property Auction Raises $1.1M:
While officials say it will still be several weeks before the final surplus from the Steuben County Real Property Auction is determined, as they still have to deduct back-taxes and expenses, currently over $1.1 million was raised at Friday’s event. The county Legislature is expected to approve the sale of the 104 sold properties when it meets at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Spagnoletti Announces More Road Work:
With $703,000 still available for road projects this year, Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti recently announced plans to improve the following roads: County Road 36, Cohocton; County road 16 and 20, Bradford; County Road 17, Campbell; County Road 4, Campbell; and County Road 42, Hornby; Spagnoletti told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee the savings are largely due to lower-than-expected asphalt prices.
Reed Raises over $1M for Campaign:
Congressman Tom Reed has announced a record-breaking start to his re-election campaign. In only the first half of the year, Reed has raised over $1 million. Reed said he’s “thankful to receive the support of so many individuals….”
Time Running Out to Apply for Excelsior Scholarship:
Students hoping to apply for free SUNY and CUNY tuition this fall need to do soon, as
the deadline is Friday, July 21st. To apply, you’ll need copies of your 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parents, if applicable. You’ll also need your current unofficial college transcript and your Student Aid Report (SAR). To see all the educational requirements and qualifications visit http://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/. To apply go to https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/.
Baby Café to Host Breastfeeding Event:
Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with a Bath Baby Café celebration on August 4th at the Dormann Library in Bath. The free, family-friendly event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature games, snacks, car-seat checks, and information from local organizations. Breast-feeding friendly businesses will also be recognized by Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Electric Buses for White Deer Park:
Things keep getting better for the white deer herd at the former Seneca Army Depot. In a recent interview, Seneca White Deer President Dennis Money announced plans to eventually purchase electric buses for the park’s tours. They want electric buses, he said, because they’re quieter and will be less likely to upset the deer and other animals. Tours at Deer Haven Park are set to begin this fall.
Burglary, Weapons Charges for 3 Hornell Men:
An investigation by Hornell police into a burglary last week has resulted in the arrests of three Hornell men. 21-year-old Rockie Hoose and 19-year-old George Brockway have been charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal sale of a firearm. Hoose is additionally charged with parole violation. The third man charged is 22-year-old James Pitts, who is facing charges of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marijuana. Police said the arrests follow investigation into a burglary on July 12th in which four handguns were stolen. All four weapons have since been recovered. The investigation is ongoing and police say there may be more arrests.
Naples Man Arrested for Making Death Threats:
A Naples man was arrested after he allegedly made multiple death threats against the staff at Luigi’s Restaurant on Main Street in the village. 58-year-old Francis Phillips is facing charges of menacing, stalking, and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Ontario County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
McAllister Files for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge:
Judge Chauncey Watches will some competition on the Republican ticket for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. Judge Patrick McAllister filed his petitions to be the nominee last week, gathering more than 3,000 signatures from registered Republicans across the county. He is also seeking endorsements from Conservative and Independence Parties. McAllister is an Assistant Steuben County District Attorney and he maintains a private practice in Wayland.
Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging has announced the first of a series of free seminars on Medicare July 25th through the 27th. The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low income subsidies. The first program will be July 25th at 10 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then July 26th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and the last seminar will be July 27th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. Future seminars are planned for August, September, and October. For more information call the Steuben Office for the Aging.
Schumer Pushes Back Against Amtrak “Seat Shrink”:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing back against a proposal by Amtrak to shrink legroom on its trains in order to create new economy seating. In a statement made Sunday, Schumer said Amtrak should find ways to save money that don’t burden passengers.
Battery Fires Prompts Honda Recall:
There’s a new recall on Honda vehicles for owners to be aware of. The company has announced the recall of nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles made between 2013 and 2016 because the cars’ battery sensors can cause fires in the engine. The sensors, according to Honda, may not be “sufficiently sealed,” leading to substances like road salt getting into the sensor and causing a short. The company said there have been no injuries reported. This is another setback for Honda, which was the automaker hardest hit by the Takata airbag recall, with millions of its vehicles affected and 12 deaths, including one just last week, linked to the exploding airbags.
Town of Bath to Participate in Flood Smart Program
The Nature Conservancy, Southern Tier Central, Steuben County and the University of Buffalo have come up with a project to reduce the damage of Cohocton River’s floods on its communities. The Flood Smart Communities approach has been implemented in Monroe county successfully and is planned to be brought to parts of Steuben county over the next two years. Flood Smart would map and assess floodplain conditions, stream crossings and areas of vulnerability. The Town of Bath has expressed that they will participate while the Village of Bath, with only fourteen properties located in the floodplain, will decline. Flood Smart’s final plan with findings is anticipated to be presented in January 2019.
Foreclosure Auction Held Friday
Over a hundred properties were auctioned at Campbell-Savona High School for Steuben County’s annual auction for foreclosed properties held yesterday morning. The turnout was ample with about 200 people attending in hopes to buy and sell properties. Of the Over 125 properties, Bath’s Club Valentine was given much attention in the press for being the only historic property listed in this year’s auction.
Reed Holding Two Town Halls Today
Congressman Tom Reed is scheduled to hold two town hall meetings this morning. The first will be held at the Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue at 8:30. Afterward, he will appear at the Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department 9451 Tannery Creek Road at 11:30am. Like his last series of town halls, healthcare is expected to be the dominant issue among his constituents for today’s meetings as the future of America’s healthcare continues to be negotiated in the Senate.
South Carolina Man Convicted of Sex Crimes
A long-distance truck driver from South Carolina was convicted of Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, Rape in the First Degree and Incest in the Third Degree for an incident where he engaged in sex acts with a seventeen-year-old in Bath three years ago in 2014. Joseph R. Watkins was convicted after a three-day jury trial and remanded to the Steuben County Jail and will remain there until his sentencing date on September 18, 2017.
Beware of Boating Law, Debris in Keuka Lake
If you’ll be on the lake in Hammondsport, please remember that the recent heavy rains has created runoff into Keuka Lake, bringing debris as a possible floating hazard to swimmers and boaters. Those who are boating, please be aware of floating debris such as tree limbs, logs and stumps in the water. Steuben County reports large amounts of debris at this time so please be cautious to obey state Navigation Law if you are boating and do not exceed a speed of 5mph within 200 feet of Keuka’s shoreline.
Yates Co. Sheriff Issues Boating Safety Advisory for Keuka Lake:
Due to the strong rains, the Yates County Sheriff has issued a boating safety advisory for Keuka Lake. Boaters are being cautioned to look out for tree limbs, logs, and other assorted debris that has washed into the lake that could pose as a hazard. Also, boaters are reminded that there is a speed limit of 5 mph within 200 feet of the shore.
Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in Steuben Co. Surrogate Judge Race:
Steuben County Surrogate Judge candidate Chauncey Watches secured four ballot lines in the race this week when he submitted petitions for the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform parties. In all, Watches and his team collected more than 2,100 signatures in support of his candidacy – roughly double the minimum required. The Republican Primary Election will be held Tuesday, September 12th with the General Election on Tuesday, November 7th.
Hornell’s Adsit St. to be Designated School Zone:
In response to the turning of Red Raider Drive to two-way traffic, the Hornell Board of Public Safety has decided to designate Adsit Street a school zone due to the increase in school bus traffic. The Hornell Police Chief says signs will be up in the near future.
Corning’s Denison Pool Closed for Season:
Residents hoping to beat the summer heat with a dip at Corning’s Denison Park Pool have recieved some bad news. Due to a delay in the replacement of the old filtration system, the pool will be closed for the season. City Manager Mark Ryckman said the replacement now won’t be completed until the end of July at the earliest, which doesn’t allow enough time to open the pool. Fortunately, Stewart Park Pool opened on June 14th.
Senior Farmers Market Coupons Available in Bath Today:
Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available from 9 a.m. to noon today at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The coupons can be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets. Booklets must be picked up in person by the eligible recipient or documented power of attorney. After today, call (607) 664-2298 for coupons.
Steuben’s Open Access Provides Service:
Steuben County residents feeling overwhelmed by everyday stresses have open access to professionals trained to support them during critical times thanks to the “Open Access” program. Open Access is run by the county Office of Community Services, with clinics in Bath, Corning, and Hornell. County Adult Clinic Program Coordinator Christine DeSocio-Burns said that “people may come in because they feel depressed or anxious… they may also have a problem with housing, or a job or their finances….” All three clinics are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with “Open Access” intakes available from 8:45 to 3:45 Mondays and Fridays in Bath; Wednesdays and Thursdays in Corning; and Tuesdays in Hornell. The cost is covered through several insurance programs and a sliding fee scale is also available.
Travel Advisories – I-86 Exit 36, Exit 46 and 47:
The New York State Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Exit 36 connector ramp from I-86 eastbound to I-390 in the Town of Bath will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18th and 9th for repaving. Work is set to begin around 7 a.m. The ramp will be closed with message boards directing traffic to use Exit 37. Work may be extended for inclement weather. Additionally, drivers are reminded that beginning Monday detours will start for traffic from Exit 46 to Exit 47 onto State Route 352 during the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. due to the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project. All eastbound traffic will be required to exit the highway at Exit 45, travel east on State Route 352 through the City of Corning to the 47 Interchange, just east of Gibson.
Trooper Foglia Released from Hospital:
Craig Foglia, the state trooper seriously injured during a traffic stop on I-86, was released from the hospital Wednesday. Trooper Foglia had been at Strong Memorial in Rochester since his patrol vehicle was hit from behind in May.
Corning Woman Accused of Breaking into Home, Assaulting Resident:
A Corning woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly broke into a residence on East First Street in Corning. Corning Police say 19-year-old Harley Sly unlawfully entered the home around 4 p.m. Wednesday and when the victim asked her to leave, Sly attacked the victim in front of the victim’s young child. According to police, neither the victim nor the suspect knew the other. Sly has been charged with burglary, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held at the Steuben County Jail.
Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by Winter Storm:
Tioga and Tompkins counties are among the 28 included in a major disaster declaration that’s been issued for “Winter Storm Stella,” which hit New York in March. Funding is being made available for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repairs to public infrastructure. The storm brought significant snowfall, and cost state and local governments more than $31.4 million in response costs and infrastructure damage.
“Human Error” Behind Verizon Data Breach:
Verizon customers are being advised to update their pin codes after the company confirmed that the personal information of six-million customers has been leaked online. Verizon was informed of the breach on June 13th by cyber-security company Upguard, but the hole wasn’t closed until June 22nd. Verizon said no loss or theft of customer information occurred. They said the cause was “human error.”
Final Plans for Corning Soil Cleanup Released:
The final cleanup plans for areas with contaminated soil in Corning have been released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The plans include excavation and off-site disposal, environmental easements, site management, and more. For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/97180.html. The contamination, including brick, ash, glass, and more, was first discovered in 2012.
Governor Signs Hemp Production Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Cornell University, Wednesday, where he signed new legislation aimed at boosting hemp production in the state. The bill clarifies the status of industrial hemp, labeling it as an agricultural commodity. Cuomo also announced $10 million in funding to advance research and provide resources to future processing businesses. Industrial hemp generates more than $570 million nationally each year.
White Deer Depot Will Have Some Paid Positions:
As Deer Haven Park, formerly the Seneca Army Depot, prepares to open to the public for tours, President Dennis Money has announced that there will be some opportunities for paid positions at the park. Most of the work is expected to be done by volunteers. Job interviews won’t start for several weeks yet.
Dairy Farmers Concerned About Buyers’ Plans for Kraft Plant:
Some local dairy farmers are expressing concerns over the potential buyer for the Campbell Kraft plant. Upstate Niagara is planning to buy the facility and it’s currently unknown if the company plans to continue using local milk or if they’ll outsource it. If they chose the latter, that could mean higher costs for local farmers, as they’d be forced to have their milk hauled further away to sell it and they could have harder time doing so due to a diary surplus in the northeast. Kraft currently uses roughly two million pounds of milk a day.
Chemung Co. DA Named “Prosecutor of the Year”:
At the New York District Attorneys’ annual Summer Conference, Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was honored with the Prosecutor of the Year Award. Wetmore was nominated by the DAs of Ontario and Schuyler counties, mainly for his work in the Kelley Stage Clayton murder trial. Wetmore told media that he is “very honored and humbled.”
FDA Holds Opioid Addiction Meeting:
The Food and Drug Administration has wrapped up a two-day meeting on how to address the nation’s opioid addiction. The FDA Commissioner has suggested mandatory training for anyone that’s allowed to prescribe or dispense the powerful painkillers. There’s also been suggestion of pulling back on prescriptions for minor operations like dental procedures.
New Simmons-Rockwell Dealership Delayed:
The groundbreaking for the new Simmons-Rockwell dealership in Hornellsville has been delayed. At a meeting of the Town Board Tuesday night, Planning Board head Joe Dick said the scheduled groundbreaking of June 1st has been pushed back to possibly September 1st with a new completion date sometime in late March or April. The delay is said to be because Simmons-Rockwell has made a design change to the interior of the building, and because more research is needed on a trout stream adjacent to the intended location.
O’Mara to Announce “Good News” at North Hornell Fire Dept.:
Senator Tom O’Mara will be at the North Hornell Fire Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to announce what’s expected to be good news. Fire Chief Mike Robbins told the Hornellsville Town Board Tuesday night that O’Mara’s office was able to secure a grant for the purchase of a new pumper tanker and water rescue equipment.
WGI Job Fair Today:
Watkins Glen International is hosting its seasonal job fair today from noon to 6 p.m. at the WGI media center. Attendees are asked to enter through gate 2, and they are reminded that they must fill out an application in full, and supply two forms of identification to WGI. Resumes are encouraged. Open positions include food and beverage service, grandstand ushers and medics, first responders, security, landscaping, and cleaners. For more information, visit http://www.theglen.com.
Reed Holding Town Halls Saturday:
Representative Tom Reed will hold a pair of Town Halls on Saturday. The first will be at the Belfast Fire Department from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., then he’ll be at the Lindley-Presto Volunteer Fire Department in Lindley from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Arc of Steuben Hosting Autism Conference:
The Arc of Steuben’s Autism Resource Team is holding an autism conference on Wednesday, July 19th at the Radisson Hotel in Corning. The one-day conference will feature a guest speaker and a seminar. Tickets cost $35 for family of people the Arc supports; and $60 for professionals. Tickets can be purchased until July 19th by visiting the Arc of Steuben’s Facebook event page or by calling (607) 622-1900.
Pizza Hut Donates to Local Charities:
Seven local organizations helping children in need received donations Tuesday from Pizza Hut. $23,741 was donated through the “Raising Dough for Kids” foundation to the Task Force on Children and Families of Chemung County, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Chemung ARC, City of Corning Parks and Recreation, Interfaith hospitality Center, and Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum. The money will be used for things unique to each charity, including educational events, infant care, and family support.
Bath Utility Pole Damaged in Accident:
A Bath Utility Pole was damaged during a two-car accident Sunday. Police asked people to avoid the intersection by the Presbyterian Church until the pole could be replaced. Traffic was detoured from Lackawanna Street while the work was done. Only minor injuries were reported in the accident.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing July 18th:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, July 18th at 5 p.m. so that the public might learn more about what the library has to offer and how it’s supported. Board members will be on hand to answer questions. The tax levy vote is set for Wednesday, July 26th from noon to 8 p.m. at the library.
Bath V.A. Nursing Open House Today:
The Bath V.A. is hosting a Nursing Open House today from 1 to 6 p.m. in Building 92. The V.A. is currently recruiting Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants for the Geriatric skilled nursing and Palliative Care units. All applicants are encouraged to bring copies of transcripts, licensure, and resume.
Detour coming to I-86 Next Week:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning Monday, eastbound I-86 traffic from Exit 46 to Exit 47 will be detoured onto State Route 352 during overnight hours from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM for work involved with the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project. Occasional nighttime detours are expected to continue through late October. All eastbound traffic will be required to exit the highway at Exit 45, travel east on State Route 352, through the City of Corning, for approximately 5 miles then re-enter the highway at the 47 Interchange, located just east of Gibson.
Steuben Real Property Auction Friday:
Some 125 properties are slated for the 2017 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction, set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Campbell-Savona High School. For information visit http://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=565 or call (607) 664-2488.
Turning Point Offering Bus Tokens for People on Medicaid for Medical
Turning Point and Medical Answering Services (MAS), a New York State Medicaid-funded program out of Syracuse, are teaming up to make it easier for people on Medicaid to get to their medical appointments. Turning Point is already able to provide a limited amount of bus tokens per person per month for medical appointments, but with the new partnership there will be no limit for those on Medicaid. People on Medicaid can contact MAS to receive tokens through the mail, or, more conveniently, they can go directly to any one of four Turning Point locations across Steuben County, including Bath, Corning, Hornell, or Steuben County Rural Ministry in Canisteo.
Educators Learn to Recognize Signs of Drug Use:
Educators from area school districts gathered last week to learn how to recognize the signs of drug use in students through the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals. Administrators and schools nurses from Hornell, Bath, Addison, Hammondsport, Wayland-Cohocton, Canisteo-Greenwood, Bradford, Prattsburgh, Alfred-Almond, and the Corning-Painted Post school districts as well as GST Boces all attended. Material covered included current drug trends and a review of physical assessment signs and symptomatology. The program coordinator said that it will provide the educators with “the tools they need to intervene at a crucial time in the lives of children.”
SCHUMER DEMANDS FDA ACTION AGAINST CACAO SNUFF
Senator Charles Schumer is demanding more action against drugs, this time urging federal regulators to crack down on Coco Loko, a snortable chocolate powder marketed as “raw cacao snuff”. Shortly after promoting the INTERDICT Act in Corning, he submitted a letter asking the FDA to investigate the use of Coco Loko as well as the use of caffeine in similar inhalable foods saying that such products have no clear health value. The powder contains cacao powder from cocoa beans and some allege the substance is made of common energy-drink ingredients to bring users mental focus, energy and euphoria.
GILLIBRAND SAYS FEDERAL SNAP CUT WILL HURT LOCAL PRODUCE PROVIDERS
At a press conference at the Windmill Farm and Craft Market Saturday, Senator Kristen Gillibrand urged the Senate to reject the Trump administration’s budget proposing funding cuts to programs like SNAP. Gillibrand opposes the cut because it would hurt low-income families relying on federal programs to purchase nutritious food like fresh fruits and vegetables, ultimately hurting the success of farmers and businesses like The Windmill that supply produce. The Trump administration would cut SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade.
STEUBEN LEGISLATOR HONORED BY VIETNAM PILOT GROUP
A Steuben County Legislator was recognized by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association for over three decades of volunteer service. Gary Roush, R-Erwin, was recognized at the group’s yearly meeting in Indianapolis where he was credited for his 942 combat flight hours and more than 3,000 landings as a pilot for the “Muleskinners”, a helicopter group that provides assault support. Roush has also diligently collected data on those who died or were Missing In Action since the Vietnam War. An expert on Vietnam helicopters, he has advised many in media and given numerous presentations on his knowledge on the “helicopter war” as well as remaining an instrumental activist in honoring veterans of this war.
CAMERON MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING POLICE TWICE
A Cameron man was arrested on multiple charges in Bath following a response by the Village of Bath Police Department for an altercation. Andrew J. Mastin fled Bath Village Police and was located in the Days Inn shortly after and fled but the pursuit ended on Mount Washington Road in the town of Bath when police lost sight of him. The following morning he was located after placing a call to 911 using a fake name. Mastin’s charges include unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree, falsely reporting an incident, reckless driving, speed in zone, failure to stop at a stop light and several other vehicle and traffic violations. He was arraigned in the Village of Bath Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.
WAYLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI
A Wayland man was charged with DWI following an investigation of a crash occurring on the early afternoon of July 6th in the Town of Wayland. Brian L. Jamison was arrested on Wolfanger Road for DWI, moving from lanes unsafely and refusing to submit to a breath test. He was released and will return to Wayland Town Court on July 19th.
ARBOR RECEIVES GRANT FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS
A $50,000 grant to aid domestic violence victims was awarded to Arbor Housing and Development Friday. The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence gave Arbor the grant to go to help identifying and assisting domestic violence victims with legal services in Steuben County. Specifically, Arbor will invest the award into the Net Domestic Violence Services program which will coordinate with Legal Assistance of Western New York, local law enforcement and other organizations to find survivors of domestic violence who most need the support.
BATH VA WILL HAVE OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY
The Bath VA is having an open house to recruit nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants to hire to work in the geriatric skilled nursing and palliative care units. Interested Applicants should bring copies of their licensures, resumes and transcript to Building 92 at the VA Campus on Tuesday, July 11th from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
REED ANNOUNCES TOWN HALLS
Congressman Tom Reed announced he will hold two town hall meetings next weekend. On Saturday, July 15th he is scheduled to appear at Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue in Belfast at 8:30 a.m. and Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department on 9541 Tannery Creek Road in Lindley at 11:30 a.m. “We choose to hold town halls because we believe in responsive and accessible government.” The Congressman said.
DORMANN GRANT PROVIDES SENIORS WITH VR EQUIPMENT
A Southern Tier Library System Outreach Mini-Grant was awarded to Dormann Library to help the community’s underserved members, more specifically senior citizens who are under the auspices of CareFirst, a nonprofit program that provides complete hospice, palliative care and grief support services to residents of Steuben county. The library will offer Virtual Reality headgear to check out at the library for seniors use with CareFirst staff smartphones to access certain experiences they want to experience before they pass away.
Drug Charge for Bath Man:
A Bath man was arrested after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot near the Wendy’s Restaurant in Corning Sunday evening. 32-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was issued an appearance ticket.
2 Charged with Violating County Social Law:
Two people are accused of allegedly violating Steuben County’s Social Host Law. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 46-year-old Darcylynn McPherson and a seventeen year old on Sunday after deputies received a report of an underage drinking party in Corning. Both were issued appearance tickets and were released.
More Roadwork for the Southern Tier:
A new wave of funding has been announced for road repairs in the Southern Tier. $59.2 million from New York State’s “Southern Tier Soaring” economic development plan will be used to repave nearly 384 miles of roadway in Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties.
Corning Applies for Funding for Wastewater Plant:
Wednesday, the Corning City Council voted to apply for $1.6 million from the state in order make upgrades at the Corning Wastewater Treatment Plant. City Manager Mark Ryckman said the improvements are in response to the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Initiative and they’re estimated to cost $3.9 million. In other business, the City also applied for just over $363,000 to make improvements to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.
Bath PBA Endorses Watches:
The Bath Police Benevolent Association has come out in support of Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate, Chauncey Watches. The Bath P.B.A. – which represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department - released an endorsement letter Thursday saying “Judge Watches’ dedication to his community is exemplary and (he) has served with distinction as a fair and impartial dedicated civil servant.” Surrogate Court has jurisdiction over estate proceedings and is responsible for granting and supervising the guardianships of infants and incapacitated adults. The Surrogate Judge is also often assigned to County, Family, and Supreme Courts in Steuben and seven surrounding counties. Watches has served as a municipal judge in Bath for the last 13 years.
Arc of Steuben Golf Tourney Raises $29K:
The Arc of Steuben’s 22nd Arc Star Golf Classic raised more than $29,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The annual tournament was held on Friday, June 2nd at the Bath Country Club and included more than 25 teams. Funds from the tournament will help support the Arc of Steuben’s autism conference on July 19th at the Radisson Hotel Corning. For more information visit arcofsteuben.org.
Repair Shop Destroyed, Home Damaged in Campbell Fire:
A Campbell business was destroyed and a family home was damaged by fire Wednesday. The blaze started around 8 a.m., when the engine of a lawn tractor sparked in the garage at G&R Repairs on County Route 333 while the owner, Glenn Vogel – who happens to be the Assistant Fire Chief in Campbell – and an employee were working on it. The garage was a complete loss; the adjacent home was limited to smoke damage. The family says they plan to rebuild the business.
4 Arrested Following Stop in Corning:
Four people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Corning Tuesday. Authorities say the vehicle was pulled over in Lamphear Court just before 3 a.m. and when the vehicle was checked by patrolmen, more than an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine was found packaged for sale. Arrested were 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Melanie Stoudt, both of Addison, and 25-year-old Zachary Snyder and 18-year-old Juan Abrue, both of Pennsylvania. They were all sent to the Steuben County Jail where Abrue is being held on $500 cash bail while Baker, Stoudt, and Snyder have no bail.
Mower Stolen from Empire Tractor:
State Police are investigating the theft of a mower from Empire Tractor in Cohocton. The mower is said to be a 2016 Kubota 22 hp zero turn lawn mower with a 48 inch mower deck, and police say it was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. July 1st and 5 a.m. July 2nd. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wayland State Police.
Trucker Arrested in Travel Center Incident:
An incident at the Pilot Travel Center in Kanona resulted in the arrest of a truck driver from Colorado. State troopers say they were called to the scene on reports of a fight in progress and they arrested 48-year-old Robert Hewitt on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Jury Selection Begins Today in Trial of Second Fatal Fire Suspect:
The second person charged in the fire that killed a man in Wayland in February 2016 will have her trial officially get underway in Steuben County today with jury selection. Iryn Meyers is accused of intentionally setting the fire at the home of David O’Dell, and of taking out fraudulent insurance claims on the house, its contents, and O’Dell’s life. Meyers’ husband, Joseph, was convicted in May of first degree murder and arson. He is facing a potential life sentence.
Community Health Fair at Bath VA Today:
There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus. This event is an opportunity for veterans and their families, and the community to learn more about the V.A. and its community programs and services.
Local Law Officers Receive Training at Steuben Public Safety Building:
Fifteen students from law enforcement agencies recently completed New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services courses at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. The students, from the Allegany, Chemung, and Steuben Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the City of Corning and City of Hornell Police Departments, and the state Police at Alfred successfully completed the two-week state Instructor Development Course and Police Field Training Officer courses. The students will be able to field-train new officers or deputies, conduct local, regional, and state trainings, and instruct at certified state Basic Courses for police and peace officers.
“Gorilla Glass” Concept Car Revealed by Corning Inc.:
On Wednesday, Corning Inc. showed investors that its “Gorilla Glass” can be used for more than phone screens. They unveiled a concept car that uses the glass in the dashboard, the center of the steering wheel, the center console, and even had a roof made of glass. According to the company, the glass is thinner, lighter, and stronger than regular glass and it could help with fuel economy. However, it does currently cost much more than regular glass.
Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:
The reorganizational and regular July meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the VEW Primary School Cafeteria.
Red Cross Issues Blood Emergency:
The American Red Cross is urging all available donors to give blood as they experience what they’re calling a “blood emergency.” While it’s typical for the organization to see a drop in donations over the summer when high school and college students, which make up twenty percent of donations, are out of school, according to officials this year they’re down 61,000 units, compared to the same time last year when they were down 39,000 units. To find a blood drive near you visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/. You can even schedule an appointment and save time by using the Rapid Pass system on the same site.
Corning Man Arrested for June Altercation:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Corning man following investigation into an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of June 30th. On that date, 26-year-old Jacob Canute allegedly entered a residence on County Route 21 in Woodhall unlawfully and violated an order of protection in place for a resident of the location. He also allegedly was involved in an altercation with another resident. According to deputies, Canute fled the scene and was then located yesterday in the Town of Corning when authorities were called to Lower Pace Road for subjects sleeping in a vehicle. Canute was charged with burglary, criminal contempt, and possession of a hypodermic needle. Additionally, the other person in the vehicle, 23-year-old Lindsey Stephens was arrested and charged with DWAI drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a hypodermic needle. Both subjects were sent to the Steuben County Jail: Canute on $7,000 bail, and Stephens on $2,000 bail.
Roche Steps Down as Guthrie Corning BoD Chairperson:
After six years of service as the chairperson of the Board of Directors for Guthrie Corning Hospital, Phil Roche has stepped down. Roche stepped down on Friday at the end of his term. Jack Benjamin, who currently serves on the Board, will replace him.
Public Hearing on Possible New Restaurant on Route 54:
A new restaurant could be coming to Route 54. The Town of Urbana Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for July 11, 7 p.m. at the Urbana town hall. The application being considered seeks a special use permit to open a restaurant at the former Shady dog location. Public comments will be heard during the hearing.
Canisteo Considering Veteran Banner Program:
Following other communities like Bath, North Hornell, and Canaseraga, the village of Canisteo is now considering a banner program for veterans. The Village Hero’s Banner program would see banners honoring local veterans placed along Main Street. It would, according to Mayor Monica Recktenwald, be funded by individual families and there would be no cost to the village. The board would decide whether it would be seasonal or year-round.
Thousands Try Out Uber in Its First Week Upstate:
Ride-sharing service Uber has been available in the upstate for just under a week, and according to the company in that time thousands of residents have already given the service a try. Uber launched on Thursday, just ahead of the busy 4th of July weekend, and in a statement released Monday company officials say they “look forward to continuing to expand access to affordable, reliable transportation options for residents and visitors.”
2017 Honor Flight for Vets Set for 11/5:
The 2017 Twin Tiers Honor Flight for veterans to Washington D.C. has been set for Veterans Day, November 11th. Honor Flight takes veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam on a day-long, free visit to the nation’s capital to see the war memorials and the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery. For more information about Honor Flight or to make a donation toward the cost of the trip, visit http://twintiershonorflight.org.
Fatal in Elmira
A two car crash in Elmira’s Southside has killed one person this weekend. According to Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies the accident happened at the intersection of Broadway and Clemens Center Parkway around 7:00pm last evening. The identity of the person killed has not been released and authorities are still investigating and have not released any details about the accident.
The man who escaped from the Wayne County Jail was captured yesterday. Authorities located 25-year-old Shawn Meacham and returned him to custody. He had been jailed for violating his probation following a burglary conviction. Meacham allegedly impersonated another inmate who was scheduled for release Sunday afternoon.
White Deer again
The opportunity to see white deer at the 7,000 acre Seneca Army Depot will happen once again. Seneca Iron Works which bought the Depot has agreed to allow the public to visit the white deer refuge. Partnering with Seneca White Deer Incorporated public tours will start in October, a visitor center will be built and visitors will be able to see the deer during all four seasons.
Shootout in Elmira
A shootout on Sunday has an Elmira man in jail this 4th of July. 27 year old Wilfredo Maisonet was shot following a shooting incident in Elmira. Maisonet reportedly was shot by police after he fired at officers who were approaching him following gunfire incident when he was refused entry into a home. Police searched for 4 hours before he was found. Maisonet was treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds. He was wanted on a parole violation.
Fourth of July fireworks will be tonight a Corning’s War Memorial Stadium. The Corning Community Concert Band will perform starting at 8:00pm with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:45am. The display is expected to be bigger than ever and is sponsored by Corning Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs. Hornell fireworks begin at 10 tonight.
Music in the Park
Music in the Park gets underway tomorrow night Bath. The Vancouver based band Town Pants will kick off the eight concert series presented by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce. Other acts include Sam Pallet, Southern Exit, Virgil Cain and Beatlemania on August 2nd. Hammondsport’s Music in the Park series begins Thursday night with Abbey Payne. All concerts are free and begin at 6:00pm.
STATE SUSPENDS NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ROAD CLOSURES
New York state is making efforts this Fourth of July weekend to ease the holiday drive for many New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo announced New York is suspending all lane closures of non-essential construction projects. Cuomo says state officials will do "everything in (their) power" to make travel less difficult and ease traffic during the busy holiday weekend. These closure suspensions will continue to Wednesday July 5th.
CUOMO REFUSES COMPLIANCE WITH TRUMP ELECTION COMMISSION
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will not to comply with Trump’s voter fraud investigation commission's request for information stating New York law does not permit disclosure of confidential and sensitive voter information and must maintain such privacy to protect New York voters from potential harassment. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested states submit voter information such as names, birthdays, voter history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, so long as state law doesn’t prohibit the release of such data. Cuomo is critical of the commission’s effort to investigate what he calls "debunked theories of voter fraud." Other states resisting compliance to this request include California, Kentucky and Virginia.
STEUBEN OFFICIALS URGE CODERED REGISTRATION
Steuben County officials urge residents to register for emergency notifications through the CodeRED system as we enter the summer storm season. The system issues calls, texts or email messages to residents who live in areas affected by storms and officials will use it to call residents for emergencies like evacuations and floods. Updated yearly in January, the CodeRED database includes phone numbers of most business and residential telephone numbers within the county. To find out more or to register for this service please visit the CodeRED website at www.steubencony.org (check CodeRED link at the bottom of the page or call (607) 664-2996 Monday through Friday during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
STATE AUDIT REVEALS UNSANITARY HOTELS HOUSING HOMELESS
Over one in four New York hotels and motels housing the homeless were found to have unsanitary conditions in a new state audit. State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released the audit as a follow up to a 2016 report revealing problems at certain hotels and motels used as shelters in New York. Auditors inspected 80 of these facilities and 24 were identified as unsanitary, sometimes to the point of being “squalid” and uninhabitable according to DiNapoli. Improved conditions by a few establishments were observed by the report, but the audit recommends inspections that are more consistent and clearer policies to correct these problems.
DORMANN RESCHEDULES BUDGET VOTE
Due to Unforeseen Circumstances the vote for Dormann Library’s budget Is been changed to July 26th. Polls will be open at 12-8 p.m. for residents of the Bath Haverling Central School District to vote on whether their taxes will be raised to support a larger annual sum of funding that totals $ 234,004 an increase of over $18,000 from last year’s budget of $216,700Residents who cannot make the polls are advised to apply for absentee ballots at the Dormann Library. Those who are eligible for absentee ballots will be listed five days before the election during normal business hours in the library.
OFFICERS CRACK DOWN ON HOLIDAY DRIVING
Yet another reminder to drive carefully this holiday weekend: with gas prices at a record low, this year’s Fourth of July weekend is anticipated to be an especially busy one for holiday travel. State and local law enforcement are maximizing patrols to crack down on traffic violations and drunk driving with sobriety checkpoints as well as speeding and seat belt safety observance until Tuesday, the July 4th holiday. State troopers made 206 DWI arrests and came to the call of 756 collisions and three crash deaths last year.
NYS LEGISLATURE APPROVES LOCAL SALES TAX EXTENDERS
In a last minute flurry of activity, the state Legislature on Thursday approved dozens of local sales tax extenders requested by counties so they can continue to provide essential services to their residents without raising local property taxes. Steuben County was included in the legislation. Had Albany not acted, the chairman of the Steuben County legislature said property taxes here would have increased approximately 23 percent next year.
LAW ENFORCEMENT STEPS IT UP FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Another holiday is rapidly approaching and once again, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be looking for impaired drivers. The special STOP-DWI campaign began this morning and extra patrols will be on duty through the 4th of July.
COUNTY GAINS SECURITY FOR COURT HOURS
Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase the court security, after county legislators this week approved a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours. The municipality requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service. Steuben lawmakers also accepted $863,000 from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop, consolidate and/or improve public safety communications for first responders.
UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE TO BUY SAVONA KRAFT HEINZ PLANT
On Friday morning The Kraft Heinz company announced its Campbell dairy plant will be sold to Upstate Niagara Cooperative, saving 125 jobs and preventing its closure. That number of jobs is expected to expand to 150 in the next two years under the agreement. Upstate Niagara Cooperative plans to rehire the plant’s current Kraft Heinz workers. The finality of the deal will emerge in another 30 to 60 days as the agreement of intent to purchase is being negotiated.
SCHUMER UNVEILS INTERDICT ACT TO CATCH DRUGS AT BORDER
Senator (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at Corning City Hall yesterday to share details of the INTERDICT Act that seeks to combat the opioid epidemic by clamping down on drug trafficking. The bipartisan legislation aims prevent the deadly opiate drug fentanyl from reaching our borders by using exclusive new technology that detects the drug, stationing field labs and other equipment at the borders for patrol agents to find these drugs and trace where they are coming from. Schumer stresses that since fentanyl and heroin both are not made in the US and local police forces have such limited resources to fight opiates, it is up to the federal government to take such action to end the drug epidemic.
Deal for Campbell Kraft Plant Being Finalized:
Congressman Tom Reed released a statement Thursday announcing that a purchase agreement is about to be finalized for the Campbell Kraft plant. The potential buyer is unknown and there are no official details at this time. Senator Charles Schumer said that they’re “doing everything in their power to secure a good deal for the workers, regional dairy farmers, and the local community.” In November 2015, Kraft announced a timetable for closing the plant; there have been several extensions since while officials sought a buyer. The facility employs more than 300 people.
P.A. Sentenced for Killing Eagles in Addison:
The Pennsylvania man who poisoned eagles on his farm in Addison has been sentenced. 68-year-old William Wentling pleaded guilty in federal court to violation of the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act, and will serve two years’ probation and will pay a $3,500 fine. Federal prosecutors said that Wentling used a restricted use pesticide that’s highly toxic to wildlife to poison sheep carcasses at his farm in an attempt to control predators, particularly birds of prey. Officials say two bald eagles, including a nesting female with a clutch of eggs, two red-tailed hawks, and a rough-legged hawk were killed.
Hornby Man Charged for Emaciated Dog:
A Hornby man was arrested earlier this week following complaints to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit about a dog at large in Schuyler County. The dog was found to be owned by Craig Cline and according to authorities their investigation found the animal to be emaciated and that Cline was not providing adequate sustenance. He was charged with over-driving, a misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.
Law Enforcement to be Available in Town and Village Courts in Steuben:
Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase their court security, after county legislators approved this week a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours. The community requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service, based on the individual officer’s overtime rate, according to Sheriff Jim Allard.
Hauryski Urges State Senate to Pass Sales Tax Authority:
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski urged the New York State Senate Thursday to immediately enact legislation protecting county sales tax authority and prevent double-digit hikes in property taxes in 2018. The 1 percent sales tax authority presently being held from passage is one of the most vital sources of revenue for Steuben County, according to Hauryski. He added that if it were to lapse, property taxes in the county would increase approximately 23 percent in 2018. Steuben officials also urged county residents to contact their state representatives and urge the passage of sales tax reauthorization.
4th of July DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the 4th of July holiday, Sheriff Jim Allard has announced. The effort starts today and will run through July 4th.
Hockey Could Return to First Arena:
Despite losing its potential new owner earlier this week, there might still be some good news on the horizon for Elmira’s First Arena. 18 News reports that talks were held Thursday between Elmira Pioneers co-owner Robbie Nichols and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen to discuss the possibility of bringing a Federal League Hockey team to Elmira. The FHL is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as one team in Ontario. Nichols’ lawyer told media that Nichols and his organization “would take the arena, bring in a team, and make sure to keep the operation going on a sound basis.”
4th of July Fireworks Around the Area:
With the 4th of July weekend upon us, you might be hoping to take in some fireworks and if that’s the case you do have some choices as to where and when. Tonight there will be fireworks in Watkins Glen at Clute Memorial Park at 9:45 p.m., and tomorrow in Hammondsport at the Fireman’s Carnival on State Route 54 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s traditional event at Eldridge Park in Elmira has been moved to Sunday due to the weather. The fireworks will be around 9:30 p.m. Then on Tuesday you can take in a show in Corning at Memorial Stadium at 9:45, or in Hornell at Veterans Memorial Park at 10 p.m.
Campbell Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case:
53-year-old Kenneth Calkins of Campbell was sentenced Wednesday morning in Steuben County Court to 15 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision on each of two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree. The sentences will run concurrently. Calkins was convicted in April of engaging in sexual contact with a five-year-old child in Bath in 2005.
Bath Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Ted Hackett of Bath on a charge of attempted reckless endangerment, a class E felony. Hackett is accused of attempting to sell paint thinner as narcotics. He was issued an appearance ticket for Bath Village Court.
Bath Fire Dept. to Receive Federal Grant:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is one of three area departments that are set to receive a federal grant to help enhance their response capabilities. In Bath the department will receive $19,048 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Wayland Joint Fire District will receive over $140,000 and Community Fire and Rescue of Chemung County will receive over $46,000.
Wineglass Marathon Sells Out:
After selling out the Half Marathon in record time, race organizers of the 36th Annual Wineglass Marathon have announced that the Full Marathon is now also sold out with 2,700 registered runners. The waitlist is now open to runners who wish to participate. Full marathon VIP Package spots are still available. The annual event kicks-off with the Corelle 5K on Saturday, September 30th then the Wineglass Half and Full Marathons follow on Sunday, October 1st.
Rough Start for Special State Legislative Session:
It was an auspicious start to the special state legislative session Wednesday, as no members of the Assembly were present for the 1 p.m. gavel in ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The special session was called because lawmakers are stalemated over extending New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of city schools. The 15-year-old policy expires tomorrow if nothing is done.
Flu Vaccine Patch Developed:
If a fear of needles or pain has kept you from getting your flu shot, that could soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at Georgia Tech have announced the development of a skin patch that delivers the vaccine with tiny, dissolvable needles. Initial experiments show that the patch is as safe and effective as traditional flu shots with the added benefit that patients could even give it to themselves. The hope is, according to experts, that the patch could lead to more people getting vaccinated each year.
Buyer Backs Out of First Arena Deal:
There’s more bad news for Elmira’s First Arena. Tuesday, potential buyer Brian Barrett, co-owner of Simmons-Rockwell, officially withdrew from negotiations to purchase the facility. According to Chemung County Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli, Barrett backed out after Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss made public an investigation into how the IDA acquired the arena in 2015. Last week Moss said in a press conference that they’d received several tips suggesting the deal was not done by the book and that the allegations could possibly include coercion, official misconduct, and violations of the New York State General Municipal Law. In a statement yesterday, the IDA said it’s reviewing its options, “both legally and with respect to the future viability of the Arena.”
Drug Charge for Bath Woman Following Campbell Fire:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a fire in the Town of Campbell in March. Fire crews were dispatched on March 18th to a structure on County Route 17. The structure was a total loss and the resulting investigation found, according to the Sheriff’s Office, several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine around the property. Tuesday, 32-year-old Amber Landsborough, who was injured in the blaze, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing materials. She was issued an appearance ticket. Officials say the investigation is ongoing.
Multiple Charges After Passenger Tries to Cause Accident:
A 50-year-old man from Walworth was arrested in Corning Monday on multiple charges after he allegedly tried to cause the vehicle he was riding in to crash. Albert Valentin is accused of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals. As a passenger in the vehicle, Valentin allegedly punched a dog continuously and tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver to cause a wreck. The driver and a 15-year-old passenger fled the vehicle after arriving at a Canisteo Street location and called police. Valentin was taken into custody without incident and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 bail.
Gov. Cuomo Calls Special Legislative Session:
Despite going to recess last week, the New York State Legislature will be headed back to Albany today after Governor Andrew Cuomo called a special session. The cost for the extra time is expected to be hefty for taxpayers, with lawmakers outside of a 50-mile radius of the Capitol entitled to $165 of per diem a day. Both the Senate and Assembly are set to gavel in at 1 p.m.
Job Fair Tomorrow in Hornell:
CSS Workforce New York is teaming up with the City of Hornell to host a job fair tomorrow in Hornell. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Main Place. Organizers say 25-employers with over 200 immediate openings will participate. Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume and to dress appropriately for on-site interviews.
Benefit for Injured State Trooper:
When a member of the police force gets injured, it affects the entire community, and now, the community stepping up in turn. Cider Creek Hard Cider in Canisteo will be hosting The Signal 30 Benefit Fund for Craig Foglia on June 30th from 5 to 11 p.m. with support from the New York State Trooper’s Benevolent Association. Trooper Foglia, a 14-year veteran with the State Police, was injured last month when he was struck on the side of I-86 in Campbell during a traffic stop. The event will feature a pig roast, live music, a bonfire, and a silent auction. Tickets at the door are $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Trooper Foglia.
Painted Post Man Arrested for String of Corning Burglaries:
A Painted Post man has been accused in a string of burglaries in the Corning area. 25-year-old Adam Wilson was arrested last week while allegedly in the act of attempting to burglarize a Northside business. Police believe Wilson is responsible for 7 other burglaries at Gaffer District businesses. He is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Bath Teen Facing Multiple Charges:
A Bath teenager is facing multiple charges following an incident in Bath. 16-year-old Davon Bloom is accused of entering a building on Snell Hill Road and intentionally causing more than $250 worth of damage. When confronted by police, Bloom allegedly resisted and struck a State Trooper in the head in an attempt to injure him. Bloom has been charged with criminal mischief, attempted assault, and resisting arrest.
State Tax Considered to Offset $2B Medicaid Hit:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a tax on counties if Congress enacts a healthcare provision to shift the $2.3 billion local share of Medicaid outside of New York City on to the state. The new charge would be listed on county property tax bills as the “Faso-Collins federal tax,” according to administration officials. The name is from New York GOP Reps. John Faso and Chris Collins, whose plan for cost shifts were included in both the Senate and House versions of the federal healthcare reform bills. In a statement, Cuomo called the shift a “shell game” that will “force every resident of the state to pay… to make up the difference to avoid decimation of our healthcare system.” In response, Faso and Collins said Cuomo should be able to find the savings in the existing budget, and Faso said his plan gives the state until 2020 to reform its Medicaid system and eliminate waste and duplication. The Senate plans to act on its version of the healthcare repeal this week.
More Funding for Elmira-Corning Airport:
The Elmira-Corning Airport is getting some more financial help. On Monday, the Aviation Committee of Chemung County accepted an $11.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to assist with improvements at the airport. A portion of the grant will be used to purchase friction measuring equipment which will help ensure the safety of the runways during winter, and the rest will go towards the “Airport Improvement Plan,” covering phase one: preparation and demolition. With this grant the total amount of funding for the airport’s improvement plan is now nearly $58 million.
Paving Resumes in Bath Today:
The Department of Transportation announced that paving is expected to resume today in Bath from Haverling to West Washington Street. Crews will pave the remainder of Liberty Street and parts of Steuben Street on Wednesday. Parking restrictions will be in force.
2017 Steuben Co. Property Auction to Feature Historic Property:
This year’s Steuben County Property Auction will feature a historic property, the Club Valentine, which was the first nightclub to open in the county. The auction is set for July 14th at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School. Properties sold by the county are behind on property taxes for two or more years, or had defaulted on a payment plan with the county. The list of sites, which consists mostly of residential homes and vacant lots, can be found at http://steubencony.org. Last year’s auction raised just over $752,000.
Farmers’ Market Coupons Available for Seniors Mid-July:
Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available in mid-July. The county Office for the Aging will distribute the $20 coupon booklets on July 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corning Senior Center and the Hornell Senior Center, and on July 14th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The coupons may be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets throughout the area. Eligibility requirements including age and income apply. For more information, call (607) 664-2298.
Registration Open for Law Enforcement Memorial Golf Tourney:
Registration is open now for teams wanting to participate in the first Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park Golf Tournament. The tournament is set for a 9 a.m. check-in on August 25th at the Bath Country Club. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Besides a day of fun, the event will raise funds for the memorial honoring police and peace officers within the seven-county region that have died in the line of duty. The cost is $300 per team of four, with each team including at least one retired or active member of law enforcement. The event will also feature food, refreshments, chances to win prizes, and more. Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.
Bath Police Officer Goes Viral After Teen Shares Sweet Video:
In the wake of the shooting of a Rochester police officer, a Bath teen decided to share a positive experience he had with a local officer and the video he shared online has now gone viral. The video 15-year-old Cordell Galvan posted on Facebook showing Village of Bath Police officer Michael Jackson playing basketball with local children has gotten over 8,000 views. Galvan said he shared the playful moment because of how often bad things about police are shown, and he wanted to post “something good.” For his part, Jackson said that he’s getting a lot of response to the video, and while that’s “pretty cool” he added that it was a “no-brainer” especially as he’d grown up playing basketball in the area. The Rochester officer was released from the hospital on Monday.
Settlement Hearing in Death of Ward Jr.:
The family of Kevin Ward Jr. and NASCAR star Tony Stewart met on Friday for a settlement hearing. This was the third time they had come together to try and reach a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit. The family filed a civil suit against Stewart after he was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in Ward’s death during a race in 2014, alleging that the driver was acting recklessly when he struck and killed the 20-year-old. Earlier this year, Stewart sought to have the civil suit dismissed.
Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Dept. Expansion Out to Bid This Week:
This week the Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department will put its expansion project out to bid for the second time. The project would add 2,300 feet to the current fire hall to house two additional truck bays. The project’s previous bidding came back too high, with the lowest bid around $600,000. The department is hoping to stay around $475,000. The project is partially funded through bonds.
Community Health Fair at Bath VA:
There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath VA on Thursday, July 6th. The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92. This will be an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about the VA and its community programs and services. For more information, call 664-4799.
Third Straight U.S. Title for Elmira Native:
It was the third straight win for Elmira native Molly Huddle in the 10,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento last week. Huddle finished with a time of 31 minutes and 19.86 seconds. Huddle holds the American record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:13:17 at the Rio Olympics, in which she finished sixth.
Bill Proposes Tax Exemption for Craft Beer Brewers:
Legislation that would help craft beer breweries has passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly. According to the Finger Lakes Times, the bill would give licensed beer, cider, and liquor producers the same sales tax exemption that wineries currently enjoy. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation into law.
SUNY Tuition Hike:
The SUNY board has approved a 3.1 percent hike in tuition for in-state students. The total is now nearly $6,700 per year. Trustees blame the free tuition plan for middle-class students for the increase.
MALT BARLEY CROP INSURANCE AVAILABLE IN STEUBEN
Steuben is now one of 44 NY counties where farmers can finally obtain malt barley crop insurance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval to the program. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said New York’s barley growers are the backbone of the state’s world-renowned brewing and distilling industries. Now, barley growers will have access to the crop insurance protections they need.
PAVING SCHEDULED IN DOWNTOWN HORNELL
Paving begins on Seneca Street in Hornell next week. Crews will work from bridge to bridge. The road work begins at 7a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday. During the paving process, local residents will not have access to their driveways. The city says the residents should plan accordingly.
MARKET STREET PAVING PROJECT FINISHES EARLY
Corning’s Market Street paving project has finished ahead of schedule, nine days earlier than the originally-anticipated two weeks. The project took five days and provides more visibility to the heavily-trafficked section of town. Crosswalks on the street are unfinished but will not need street closure to complete.
FUNDING INCREASE FOR NY NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS
Arts funding is getting a boost in New York state, with Steuben County’s American Dance Asylum receiving $10,000. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced yesterday that more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts will support 549 NEA projects across the state. “This federal funding will help regions across the state encourage the growth of artists and programs that will help New York benefit from the creativity they bring.” Senator Schumer noted.
CHILD VICTIMS ACT STALLED IN NYS SENATE
With the end of state budget deadlines, the Child Victims Act is one part of the agenda that was not accomplished. The bill, which failed to be put up for vote in the NYS Senate, proposed extending the statute of limitations to for sexual abuse survivors to come forth and press charges against their abusers, giving them until age 28 in criminal cases and age 50 for civil cases. New York has the shortest statute of limitations for child abuse victims in the country, allowing victims until the age of 23 to report abuse. The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America lobbied against the legislation.
GILLIBRAND MAKES SCHOOL APPEARANCE SUPPORTING SNAP
In a trip to Tioga Elementary School this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand criticized President Trump's budget to cut food stamps. Gillibrand says the budget cuts SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade despite upstate New York low-income families relying upon the funding. "It just means for every ten kids, there's one that's hungry and if we don't support a budget that actually accommodates food stamps to make sure families have the nutrition they need, our children aren't going to reach their potential and that's why it's morally wrong to cut food stamps," the Senator said.