Corning Man Charged in Multiple Corning, Riverside Burglaries:
Multiple burglary charges have been leveled against a Corning man following investigation by authorities into multiple incidents in Corning and Riverside. 22-year-old Stanley Sellard has been charged with burglary, and 2nd and 3rd degree attempted burglary for allegedly robbing three homes and attempting to rob a fourth in Corning, and for an alleged burglary in the Village of Riverside. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Chemung County Sheriff's Office Investigating Possible Charity Scam:
The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam involving a charity. Last Sunday, November 19th, the "Paw Patrol Meet and Greet Pizza Party" was held at the Elmira Heights American Legion and it was supposed to be a fundraiser for charity. However, the Sheriff's Office says it has received multiple calls regarding raffles at the event where the payout did not appear to reflect the amounts collected. Callers also said that they were told that all proceeds from the event would go to charity. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that bought tickets to the event or donated in another fashion to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 723-2933.
Steuben Co. 2018 Budget Hearing Monday:
The public hearing on the proposed 2018 Steuben County budget will be Monday at 6 p.m. If approved by county legislators, the $190.8 million budget will decrease the tax levy by approximately $10,000, and the average tax rate will drop two cents to $8.44 per $1,000 full value. If the budget passes, the tax rate will be at its lowest in more than fifteen years.
Steuben Co. Considering Joining Opioid Lawsuit:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday, it’s expected to vote to join the mounting legal battle against opioid addiction. Legislatures are considering a resolution to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Some 20 other counties across the state have engaged legal counsel. The lawsuit is similar to action taken in 1998 against four major tobacco growers that resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use.
Discount NYS Fair Tickets Going On-Sale for Cyber Monday:
New York State Fair goers who want to save on tickets on this year, are in luck, as it has been announced that on Cyber Monday (November 27th) there will be an online-only sale for weekday ride-all-day wristbands and admission tickets. The ride-all-day wristbands usually sell for $20 in advance, and $25 during the fair. They will be available Monday at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/8927 for $12.50. There are a few details to be aware of: there will only be 5,000 of the wristbands available, and there will be a limit of 4 per purchase. Admission tickets will be available for $3.
Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips:
Thanksgiving is a time of family and fun, but it can also be dangerous. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the American Red Cross, and they've issued some safety tips: don't wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle; never leave the food unattended, stay in the kitchen; user a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on; keep anything that can catch fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, paper or plastic bags - away from your stove; and always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all appliances are turned off.
Steuben Co. Offers Special Services Registry:
Steuben County residents with special or functional needs – and facilities that serve those needs – may now register with the county Office of Emergency Services’ “Special Needs Registry.” The voluntary registry will provide secured, confidential information to emergency response agencies, so responders serve them better during a disaster or other emergencies. The registry can be accessed at https://www.delta-fnr.com/steubenny/Signin.
Pulteney Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:
The State Police of Bath have announced the arrest of a Pulteney man following a reported domestic dispute in the Town of Pulteney. 50-year-old Willie Mack III allegedly engaged in a verbal and physical argument with his domestic partner which resulted in an injury and occurred in the presence of ten minor children. He has been charged with one count of assault and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
Holiday Weekend Roadwork Suspended, Real-Time NYS Thruway Traffic App:
To help ease traffic over the busy holiday weekend, the New York State Department of Transportation has ordered that construction-related lane closures on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday, November 27th. Additionally, before you hit the road, you can now download the new NYS Thruway Authority mobile app (http://www.thruway.ny.gov/index.shtml) for real-time, Thruway-specific traffic and navigation assistance, a Thruway Service Area and restaurant locator, a toll calculator, an option to request roadside assistance, and more.
E-Cig Ban Goes in Effect:
The law banning the use of e-cigarettes at work, restaurants, and bars across New York State goes into effect today. Little is known about the long-term effects of vaping, so the new ban is targeted at protecting non-smokers from exposure while also discouraging teenagers from using them.
Bath Trooper Named “Investigator of the Year”:
A state trooper stationed in Bath has been named the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigator of the Year.” During a ceremony held in Manhattan earlier this month, Investigator Thomas Khork received the award. Khork has been a trooper since 2006.
Dormann Library Donates Books to Jail:
The Dormann Library loves to serve the community – the entire community. Recently it was asked to supply the Steuben County Jail with reading material for their seven inmate housing units and the library delivered. Library staff provided 7 boxes of books, one each for the inmate houses. The boxes included current books, inspirational reads, suspenseful titles, and a dictionary and thesaurus each. Staff says they hope to have more books ready to deliver in the next few months, so that the materials can be rotated through the housing units.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Corning Church:
A free Thanksgiving meal will be offered at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning tomorrow. The 20th annual free holiday dinner starts at 11 a.m. Reservations are needed.
NYS Launches Fentanyl Public Awareness Campaign:
Hoping to shed light on the dangers posed by fentanyl, a new public awareness campaign has been launched across New York. It consists of ads and information cards warning New Yorkers about the dangers of fentanyl, safety tips on prevention, and guidance on how to safely respond to a fentanyl overdose. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it will help save lives and create a stronger and healthier New York.
United Resumes Flights, E-C Airport Adds Newark Hub:
There’s plenty of good news for travelers through the Elmira-Corning Airport. Not only has United Airlines has announced that it will be resuming flights in April, but it will be offering two daily flights at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to the new Newark hub. United stopped serving the airport in 2016, citing a shortage of regional pilots. The new Newark hub is part of the airport’s $58 million renovation. Officials added that when employment goes up, they hope to have opportunities to look at other destinations, and possibly even another hub.
Canisteo River Bridge Project Meeting:
The Steuben County Department of Public Works will be holding a Public Information Meeting for the CR 22 Bridge Project over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Addison Central School District’s Valley Elementary School located on CR 119, Cameron Mills. Representatives from Steuben County, the NYS Department of Transportation and the project consultant, Fisher Associates, will be present to provide a short presentation and accept any questions, comments and concerns regarding the project.
Alfred State Offers Reward in Arson Case:
Alfred State College is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the recent Mackenzie North fire incidents. Tipsters should call University Police. Since Nov. 8th, three arson fires have occurred at the dorm. There have been no reported injuries. The College says it is doing everything it can to keep students and the community safe.
Pistol Recertification Deadline Approaching:
New Yorkers with pistol licenses issued more than five years ago are being reminded that the deadline to recertify is fast approaching. If your permit was issued before January 15th, 2013, the deadline is January 31st. Failure to recertify results in license revocation and surrender of weapons. Recertification can be completed online on the New York State Police website at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces, or by mail.
Arkport, Canaseraga Appoint Merger Committees:
As the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts continue to approach potential merger, the school boards have now appointed their eight-member advisory committees. The groups, one each for both the districts, are made up of both school staff and community members. As the merger process is a lengthy and complicated one, the earliest the districts could merge, if approved, is July 2019.
Traffic Stop Nets 29 Bags of Heroin, 2 Charged:
A traffic stop on 390 has resulted in the arrest of two women from Hornell on drug charges. 38-year-old Tanya Hoad was allegedly found to be in possession of 27 bags of heroin, while her passenger, 24-year-old Rosemarie Brown, was also allegedly found in possession of 2 bags of heroin.
Canisteo Man Arrested in Scam:
A Canisteo man has been arrested for allegedly scamming a Wyoming County couple
out of nearly $12,000 in a home improvement scam. According to authorities, 43-year-old Howard Pratt was hired to do work on the couple’s attic and chimney. He has been arraigned on a charge of grand larceny and was released on his own recognizance. Wyoming County Deputies allege that Pratt has conducted this scheme throughout the Southern Tier and are asking anyone with information to call them at (585) 786-8989.
Painted Post Woman Charged in DWI Accident:
A Painted Post woman is facing multiple charges after a drunk driving incident in Corning. According to police, Alicia Carl drove while drunk with a 3-month old baby in her vehicle and struck multiple parked cars on Walnut Street in the incident late Wednesday night. She has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated unlicensed operation, and other traffic infractions. She is being held on $4,000 bail.
Steuben Land Bank Awards Bids for Bath, Corning, Hornell Properties:
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation board of directors awarded bids last week for the renovation of a City of Corning property and the demolition of two structures – one in the Village of Bath and the other in the City of Hornell. The Corning property is located at 232 Onondaga Street. The structure to be demolished in Bath is at 137 E. Washington Street, while the one in Hornell is at 23 Wells St. The goal of the land bank is to restore derelict properties to marketable conditions, with proceeds from sales returned to the land bank for future restorations.
S2AY Rural Health Offers Cancer Expense Help:
Income-eligible residents in Steuben County may be able to receive help paying for cancer expenses and costs, according to the county Public Health Department. The S2AY Rural Health Network hosts the Cancer Services Fund which helps cover medical bills, co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, mileage, durable medical equipment, and any special foods or over-the-counter medicines related to the illness. For more information on the program, or to request funds, contact the S2AY Rural Health Network at (607) 962-8459.
National Wreaths Across America Day at Bath National Cemetery:
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 16th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Placing of the wreaths will begin immediately following the Noon ceremony. The public is invited to attend and is asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. All in attendance are reminded to dress accordingly. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath V.A. museum building. Over 900 wreaths have been sponsored to date. The goal this year is over 2,500. Wreaths can be sponsored at http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org for $15. The deadline is November 27th.
Steuben Sheriff Department Reorganizes
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is undergoing some organizational changes. Previously, the department operated under the command structure of five sergeants, five investigators and two corporals, all reporting to the captain who reported to Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis. Now, three new lieutenants have been promoted to each oversee a specialized area of operations. These three areas are Road Patrol, Criminal Investigation and Special Services which includes Court Security as well as the Civil and Navigation Division. This change was inspired by a study undertaken in February by McNelis with the goal to streamline communication within the department.
Pulteney Woman Charged Following Dispute Call
A Pulteney woman was arrested after a domestic incident in the Town of Pulteney. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched for a domestic incident on County Route 78 and charged Presey R.E. Hernandez with misdemeanors of 4th degree Criminal Mischief and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Hernandez was released on her own recognizance and scheduled for a later court date appearance in the Town of Pulteney.
Regular Hunting Season Begins in Steuben
Yesterday, crossbow season ended and now the regular hunting season begins today in Steuben County. Species that can be hunted now are black bears and deer of both sexes. Properly controlled deer hunting is cited by the DEC as an important tool in managing deer populations that helps maintain balance for habitat and wildlife resources. The season continues until December 10th.
Baron Winds Energy Facility Growth Continues
The Baron Winds Energy Facility project in Steuben County continues to advance. The company says by the end of the month, it will file an application with a state Siting Board seeking permission to construct and operate the proposed facility. The project includes an up to 300 megawatt (MW) wind-powered electric generating facility consisting of up to 76 wind turbines to be located in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland. The Facility will include wind turbines together with the associated collection lines, access roads, permanent meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance (O&M) building. After the application has been filed, Baron Winds will provide funding in the amount of $300,000 to be disbursed by the Siting Board to municipalities and other local parties to help pay expenses, including attorneys and consultants.
State Forms Suicide Task Force
NYS has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that includes leaders from state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit groups, and other recognized experts in suicide prevention. Task Force members will examine and evaluate current suicide prevention programs services, and policies. Members will then make recommendations to increase access, awareness, and support for children, adolescents and adults in need of assistance. The Task Force will also explore methods to address and prevent bullying and cyber-bullying. New York has the fifth largest total number of suicides in the nation.
NYSEG and RG&E May Face Penalties After Investigation
The New York State Public Service Commission has completed its investigation into the March 2017 Windstorm that swept Western New York and determined that the poor storm restoration response by two utilities — Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation (RG&E) and New York State Gas & Electric Corporation (NYSEG) — violated the companies’ own emergency response plan. As a result, the companies’ owners now potentially face millions of dollars in financial penalties. With the Commission’s order, NYSEG and RG&E are directed to respond within 30 days to show why an administrative penalty proceeding should not be initiated.
Bath Orgs Announce Winter Drive
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Bath Gas, Electric and Water Systems to sponsor a winter drive for our Bath neighbors. They call the drive “We’ve Got You Covered,” and from now until December 8th donations of new scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and winter socks are being accepted at the drop off locations at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Bath Gas, Electric and Water Systems.
Private NY Colleges Report Drop in Enrollment
The Excelsior Scholarship that began this year in New York has affected the enrollment of students in private colleges. According to a report by The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, 30 private colleges across the state have reported declines of yearly enrollment of five percent. The Excelsior Scholarship covers the tuition for students of SUNY schools from families making $100,000 or less annually and in 2018 eligibility will be expanded to students from families earning $110,000 or less.
Bath Woman Charged with Probation Violation
A Bath woman was arrested for Violation of Probation. While in the County Office Building, Amber Schoch was discovered by Deputies to be wanted on a probation violation warrant . She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the County Jail.
County Jail Inmate Arrested as Fugitive of Justice
A Steuben County Jail Inmate was arrested as a fugitive of Justice. Amber Moyer of Bath was arrested for charges that are pending in the State of Pennsylvania. Moyer was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court before being committed again to the Steuben County Jail.
Law Enforcment to Crack Down on DWI for Holiday
A reminder from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office that they and other law enforcement officers will be patrolling to stop impaired driving over the Thanksgiving weekend. From November 22nd to November 26th, law enforcement across the state will be out in full force to combat drunk driving and ensure safe travels during the holiday.
Bath Man Charged in Hit-and-Run:
A Bath man has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a hit and run accident on November 7th. Police say 23-year-old Brian Patterson fled the scene of a property accident on Bates Road in the Town of Wheeler. He allegedly did not have permission to use the vehicle and he’s alleged to have intentionally rammed another vehicle off the road. Patterson was charged with reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Proposed 2018 Steuben Tax Rate, Levy to Drop:
Steuben County taxpayers can expect to pay slightly less in 2018. In his presentation of the draft 2018 county budget Wednesday, county Manager Jack Wheeler said the projected average tax rate of $8.44 per $1,000 full value will be the lowest in over fifteen years. The current tax rate is $8.46. Important elements of the proposed 2018 budget include: employee insurance expenses up 6.5 percent, Sheriff’s Department personnel costs up 5 percent, Medicaid increases of 4.3 percent, landfill cell 4 construction at a cost of $5 million, an allocation of $1 million in PAVE NY funds, and a decrease of 5 percent in mental health programs. The final decision on the budget is set to follow a public hearing 6 p.m. November 27th in the Legislature’s chambers.
Painted Post Police Officer Fired:
There are more changes at the Painted Post Police Department as Officer Brennan Hardy has been fired due to “personnel issues,” according to the village. Officer Hardy was let go on Friday. Trustee Brian Francis said they received “too many verbal and written complaints.” Hardy had a reputation as an extensive ticket writer. The move follows the firing of Chief Dennis Mullen, who was let go several weeks ago.
Public Presentations for C-G Capital Work:
Before voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district head to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a $14.5 million capital project, they’ll get a chance to learn more about it. There will be public presentations at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 27th and Monday, December 4th in the high school conference room. Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th at Somers Hall, Canisteo, and the Greenwood Fire Station.
Massive AT&T Outage:
If you’re an AT&T customer and you were having trouble with your device Wednesday, you weren’t alone. There was a massive service outage, leaving thousands of users unable to make any calls. The company responded on Twitter, telling customers to restart their devices. They said it could take several tries. What caused out the outage is unknown; AT&T hasn’t offered any further details.
Win Big by Shopping Small:
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, one local community is looking to give back to those who remember to “shop small” and support local businesses. On Saturday, November 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Village of Hammondsport, you can Shop Small, Win Big. Shoppers who participate will have a chance to win 1 of 3 gift baskets full of merchandise and gift cards donated by the small businesses participating in the event. To take part, all you have to do is pick up your game card at the Hammondsport Visitor Center and fill in the destination check marks as you go, then at the end of the day, turn your game card in to the office. For more details, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1384940444951168/.
Bath Woman Accused of Using Stolen Debit Card:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by state police into a stolen debit card and stolen money. 50-year-old Hannah Squire is accused of possessing the card and of stealing the money from an acquaintance without his permission. She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, and has been released on her own recognizance. An order of protection has been issued.
Steuben DSS Celebrates National Adoption Day; Judicial Accomplishments:
Steuben County celebrated the adoption of six children – and the accomplishments of two retiring county judges – during its 2017 National Adoption Day reception Tuesday. Steuben Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller presented the Hon. Marianne Furfure and the Hon. Joseph Latham with commemorative gifts in honor of their judicial work assisting adoptive families. Furfure has overseen 305 adoptions over the past 20 years, and Latham has overseen 247 adoptions during his 19 years on the bench. Both expect to retire at the end of the year.
Winter Drive for Neighbors in Need:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is partnering up with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems for an event called “We’ve Got You Covered,” a winter drive for local Bath neighbors in need. Now through December 8th anyone can drop off a donation of new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks at the fire department on East Morris Street, or at BEGWS on South Avenue.
Republican Contenders for NYS Governor Announced:
On Tuesday, the Republican Party announced a few of the names that are looking to run against incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. They include Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse, and Harry Wilson. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has raised roughly $25 million for his campaign. He maintains that he just plans to run for re-election as Governor in 2018, and that rumors of him making a presidential bid are just that. If he were to decide to run for President, he will not able to use his state account to fund a presidential campaign.
Riverside Renames Village Hall after Former Mayor:
In a ceremony Tuesday, Riverside officials dedicated the Riverside Village Center to former mayor Bill Cornell. Cornell died at Robert Packer Hospital in June at the age of 74 due to complications with cancer. The new name was unveiled with a new sign that hangs above the entrance to the village hall.
Board of Ed. Meetings:
Tonight the Hammondsport Central School will host is regular meeting of the Board of Education. It will be at 6 p.m. in the High School library. Tomorrow, November 16th, the regular meeting of the Bath Central School Board of Education will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School library.
Keuka Lake Players Preparing for Annual Holiday Show:
It’s that time of year again! Time for the Keuka Lake Players Christmas show! This year they will present Rudolph and Friends at the Hammondsport Presbyterian Church on December 9th at 4 p.m. For those interested in participating in the show, there will be a meeting this Saturday the 18th at 20 West Morris Street in Bath. For more information, you can call/text (607) 377-9582.
Burrows Declines NY Extradition:
In Tioga County Court Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows declined extradition to New York, where he is facing warrants in Steuben and Chemung Counties. Steuben District Attorney Brooks Baker said that now both he and the Chemung County D.A. will have to each get a “governor’s warrant.” The warrants are applications that set forth reasonable cause the accused committed a felony and they will need to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. If Burrows doesn’t waive extradition, there will be a hearing to establish that he is the person named in the warrants and that he was in New York at the time of the crimes. Burrows is wanted in Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, and in Chemung County for first-degree burglary. Officials have said the case will go the Grand Jurys in both counties.
Medical Marijuana Approved for Veterans with PTSD:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into a law a bill that legalizes medical marijuana for military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cuomo said that, “If there are veterans that are suffering and [they] can make a treatment available, [they] want to.” The use of the drug will have to be authorized by a doctor.
Chemung Co. Leg. Approves Lyft/E-C Airport Deal:
At Monday night’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, lawmakers approved 14 to 1 a resolution that officially approves Lyft for ride-sharing services at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. As part of the deal, the county will get $2 per Lyft ride. The agreement will last for one year to see how it performs.
NYS Mayors Gather in Albany to Push Back Against Tax Bill:
Some 50 mayors from communities around the state gathered in Albany to speak out against the GOP proposed tax reform bill. Binghamton Mayor Richard David said the bill would cost his city approximately $2,600 annually and explained how much the average homeowner in his city would lose if the State and Local Tax deductions (SALT) are removed as the bill proposes. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said that a vote for the bill is a vote against the state. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick expressed confusion as to why Representative Tom Reed supports the bill when most members of the House, including every Democrat and all but a few other Republicans, are against it. According to NEWS10 ABC, they have been unable at this time to find a single mayor in the state that supports the tax reform bill.
NWS Announces Changes to Winter Weather Alerts:
Looking to simplify the process and to make it easier for the public to understand, the National Weather Service has announced a series of changes coming to their winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings. Many of the advisories, such as “lake effect snow” or “freezing rain,” will be consolidated under a general “winter weather advisory.” The same is being done with watches. Warnings will remain more or less unchanged. Finally, a new product will be offered this year - “snow squall warnings.” This year warnings for snow squalls will only be issued by 7 national weather service offices, including the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, State College and Buffalo. It will be used nation-wide next year.
5 Miles Added to Lackawanna Trail:
An additional 5 miles has been added to the Lackawanna Trail, the Chemung county Executive’s Office has announced. The new section runs south from East Water Street in Elmira to Lowman Crossover (CR08) in Ashland. Chemung County says the wearing surface should be suitable for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian users.
Street Sweeping Season Ends in Hornell:
According to a press release from the City of Hornell Department of Public Works, the annual street-sweeping season came to an end this morning, November 14th. The parking ban on city streets that had been in place is no longer in effect. Residents are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets.
Multiple Weapons Charges for Canisteo Man:
A Canisteo man is facing multiple weapons charges after New York State troopers and members of the Canisteo Police Department, along with the Steuben County Probation Department, searched his residence following a tip that he was in illegal possession. 23-year-old Joseph Carter was found to be in possession of a rifle and two illegally possessed daggers and he was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd, and one count of criminal possession in the 4th. Carter was on probation due to a previous conviction for burglary. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
“Dangerous” Escapee Arrested:
There’s an update in the search for the dangerous convict from Rome that escaped parole last week. The NYS Department of Corrections says 66-year-old Ronald Cook was taken into custody Saturday evening thanks to the cooperation of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and tips from the public. Cook was apprehended by Binghamton Police and is currently being held at the Broome County Jail. He will be returned to Central New York to face criminal charges.
“Parade for Paws” to Support FLSPCA:
Campbell-Savona High School seniors are looking to give back to the community. They’ll be hosting a 5k run this Saturday, November 18th to benefit the Finger Lakes SPCA and the animals in need. The run, which will start at 8:30 a.m., will be free, but pet donations are required to participate. The donated goods will be delivered to the shelter by the students. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/prod/view/paradeforpaws.
Get Ready for Winter Driving:
With the first snow flurries of the season, it’s time to get ready for winter driving. Local officials have released the following reminders for motorists during the season: allow plenty of travel time, provide extra distance between vehicles to allow for more stopping time, turn off cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, be aware of snow plows, bridge surfaces are often more slippery so drive accordingly, and as required by state law be sure to fully clean off your vehicle before beginning any trip. For more safe winter driving tips, you can visit the United State’s Department of Transportation’s Winter Driving Tips webpage at https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/vehiclesafety/winter-driving-tips.
Deer Rescued from Manhole in Alfred:
The Alfred State College grounds crew and Village Department of Public Works personnel found themselves with a unique challenge last week when a deer was found trapped in a manhole near the intersection of Glen Street and County Route 214. The six-point was discovered by an Alfred State employee in the channel that carries sewage from the college’s agricultural facilities to the village. It’s believed that the cover became dislodged during area mowing, or during maintenance. Heavy equipment was called in and a tow-strap was used to lift the animal the estimated 6 to 7 feet out of the hole and back onto solid ground, where it’s said it took off for the adjacent field as soon as it was able. A video of the rescue has been posted on the college’s Facebook page and Youtube channel for any that wish to witness it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZStTFxy4ioM.
Inductees for Toy Hall of Fame Announced:
In September, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester announced the 12 nominees for this year’s class. Now they have announced the three toys that received enough votes from their panel of experts, historians, and teachers. The National Toy Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is “Clue,” Wiffle Ball, and the paper airplane. They beat out Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, “Risk,” the Magic 8 Ball, Pez dispensers, fake food, Transformers, and sand.
Department of Labor Shares New Regulations for On-Call Workers
This week, New York State Department of Labor released new regulations regarding on-call hours for employees. The new regulations would make employers provide a work schedule two weeks in advance and provide two hours of extra pay for last minute assignments . The new regulations also demand employees be paid for at least four hours of work even if the shift they are scheduled is cancelled at the last minute or if they are on-call. These changes can be reviewed and citizens can leave public comments regarding the proposed changes on the DOL’s website during the 45-day public review period.
Dansville Science Teacher Makes State Finals for Presidential Award
Seven New York State mathematics and science teachers are state-level finalists for the 2016-17 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) at the secondary level. The award is one of the highest honors in the nation for teachers of mathematics and science. Locally, Dansville High School science teacher Kevin Mialky is one of the finalists.
Steuben Center Hosts Lunch for Veterans
Yesterday at the Steuben Center, Veterans were celebrated at a luncheon honoring and thanking them for their service. Eighteen local veterans gathered and were recognized with medals and certificates. Each year the Steuben Center holds an event like the luncheon to acknowledge our community’s veterans.
Reed Says Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Lower Taxes; Cuomo Foresees Tax Increase
Congressman Tom Reed says tax cuts for western New York families are one step closer to reality. On Thursday, the Corning Republican voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Reed has been an outspoken supporter of the bill, which he maintains will lower federal taxes for 99 percent of taxpayers in New York’s 23rd District. Gov. Cuomo disagrees. In a press statement, Cuomo said in the counties represented by Congressman Reed, nearly 60,000 New Yorkers will be affected by the destructive plan and see an average tax increase of more than $2,500 from the loss of deductions.
Bath VA To Celebrate Veteran's Day with Afternoon Concert
A Veteran’s Day concert will be held on the Bath VA campus today. The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium. The event is open to the community. The band will play patriotic standards, pop hits and nostalgic classics, including a salute to all branches of the U.S. Military.
Military Salute to Air Wednesday Mornings
Since today is Veteran's Day it’s an appropriate time to remind you about a special WVIN radio feature. It’s called Military Salute and it airs every Wednesday around 11:35 a.m. It’s sponsored by the Bath VFW post. To have a veteran honored, just go to wvinbath.com, look for the Military Salue logo on the homepage and send us the information.
Drug Charges for Hornell Man:
An investigation into a drug overdose on November 5th has resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Jared Green of Hornell. According to Hornell Police, Green allegedly sold heroin and other opiates, and officers say they recovered a large amount of heroin, suspected opiates, packaging material and a cellphone that allegedly belonged to Green. Green is facing criminal possession and criminal sale charges, among others. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Burrows Kidnapping Case Update:
Bench warrants have been issued by both Steuben and Chemung counties for suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows. The 32-year-old from Pennsylvania is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a Corning parking lot last week, then stealing her vehicle and fleeing the scene before eventually shooting and killing a man in a home invasion in Big Flats. Burrows is currently being held in the Tioga County Jail. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said a bench warrant has been issued through the Corning City Police Department for attempted kidnapping, while Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said a bench warrant for burglary has been submitted out of the Town of Big Flats. Baker added that he “guarantees” it will go to the Steuben County Grand Jury.
Police Searching for Escaped Rapist:
The New York State Department of Corrections is urging the public to be on the look-out for a man convicted of first-degree rape who has escaped parole. 66-year-old Ronald Cook was last seen in Rome on Wednesday. He reportedly cut off his GPS ankle bracelet. Cook is described at 5’9” and 240 pounds with hazel eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a bright yellow windbreaker. Cook is considered to be dangerous. Anyone with information should call 911.
Astornio Not Running for NYS Governor:
Following his defeat on Tuesday during his Westchester County executive re-election
bid, Rob Astorino has announced that that he will not be running for New York State Governor against Andrew Cuomo. Astorino ran unsuccessfully against Cuomo in 2014, and said then that it wouldn’t be his last bid, but his campaign spokeswoman told the USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau that he won’t be running for governor, and that instead he’s “…going to work right now on a smooth transition….”
Steuben County TRIAD to Offer Information About Free Legal Assistance:
Steuben County TRIAD will be hosting Attorney Eric Charette, from Legal Assistance of Western New York at their meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building in Bath. Legal Assistance of Western New York is a not-for-profit that provides access to the justice system to low-income people and other vulnerable populations with civil legal problems. Attorney Charette provides legal services to older adult victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The presentation sponsored by Steuben County TRIAD will be free and open to the public.
Art for the Arc Event Raises More than $3,500 for Arc of Steuben:
The Arc of Steuben’s recent Art for the Arc event raised more than $3,500 for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The silent auction was held on Friday, September 29th at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and showcased local artists and businesses, and featured a silent auction, live music, catering, and tastings. Money raised also funds the Wish Upon an Arc Star program, which gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Past wishes include family camping trips and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand.
Veterans’ Day Deals and Discounts:
Americanis celebrating its veterans this weekend, and as has become tradition, that includes numerous discounts at businesses nationwide, including some who will offer deals all weekend long. To see a list of participating restaurants and businesses, you can visit https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/ and https://militarybenefits.info/miscellaneous-discounts-veterans-day-deals-veterans/.
Bath-Haverling Presents Seussical Jr.:
Next weekend 90 Bath-Haverling students will be participating in the 7th annual middle school show – Seussical Jr! There will be two performances of the family friendly show – Friday, November 17th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now in the middle-school office.
Savona Man Charged in Incident:
A Savona man is facing charges of burglary and menacing after he allegedly threatened a former girlfriend and her daughter. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies, they responded to a 911 call and found a woman climbing out of a window with her child in her arms, yelling for help and that a man had a knife. 37-year-old Mathew Smith was taken into custody and during their investigation, deputies say Smith entered the residence and grabbed a knife, threating the victim in front of her daughter. He allegedly took her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Smith has also been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Wayland Man Accused of Violating Protection Order:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of a Town of Wayland man on a charge of criminal contempt. On Monday, deputies say they received a complaint that 44-year-old Adam Parsons allegedly violated a stay away order of protection by placing several phone calls to the protected party. Parsons was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
New Hornell Hospital Officially Breaks Ground:
The new St. James Mercy hospital construction project officially got underway Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the hospital’s new location in the old Kmart Plaza in Hornell. Aside from hospital officials, many local and district officials were in attendance, including Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Sheriff Jim Allard, and future Hornell Mayor John Buckley, among others. All the speakers agreed that it was “a dream come true” for the community.
Steuben Co. Transportation Study Public Meeting:
There will be a public meeting concerning public transportation in Steuben County on Tuesday, November 14th. It will be held at the Dormann Library in Bath from 2 to 4 p.m. Residents will be able to hear the results of the Steuben County Transportation Study and provide feedback on current transportation systems.
Proposed Tower Installation in Corning:
Up State Tower Company is proposing to install a 165 foot lattice telecommunications tower on Winfield Street in Corning. The tower is not expected to be lighted. Comments on the proposal must be filed with the company’s West Seneca location by December 6th.
AFGE to Hold Rally Concerning V.A. Vacancies:
In response to vacancies at V.A. hospitals nationwide, the local branch of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) – Local 491 – will be holding a rally on Wednesday, November 15th at 11:30 a.m. Their goal is to raise awareness of the vacancies. The rally will be held on West Washington Street in Bath and is open to AFGE members and the community.
Here are the results of some of the contested General Election races in Steuben County:
Deputy Mayor of Hornell, Republican John Buckley gets to step up today after winning the race for Mayor over Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy. Meanwhile, in Corning the Mayoral race there also went to the Deputy Mayor, Democrat Bill Boland. Boland beat Nicholas Weinstein and Elizabeth Whitehouse for the position. Surrogate Court Judge officially went to Patrick McAllister with 62 percent of the vote; Chauncy Watches received 37 percent despite withdrawing from the race. In Bath, Rhonda Tobias won Town Clerk with 48 percent, just ahead of Cindy Knowles who had 43 percent. In Bradford, Robert Wolverton took the Town Justice position over Michele Keefer-Melenhbacher. The Town Council seats went to Phillip Cogswell and Brian Elliot. Gillian Campbell won Tax Collector. In Campbell, Michelle Seeley took 86 percent of the vote to win Town Clerk. In Cohocton, Chreyl Deusenbery and Michael Gilman, Jr. won the Town Council seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to Richard Schumacher. In Lindley, Superintendent of Highways went to Kevin Putman. In Prattsburgh, Anthony Byington and John Underhill won the Councilman seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to John Perry. In Pulteney, Terry Gibson won Superintendent of Highways. In Rathbone, Superintendent of Highways went to Donald McCaig. In Thurston, Noel Sylvester and Holly Chase each won a councilman seat. In Tuscarora, the councilman seats went to Robert Peoples and Richard Allen, and Superintendent of Highways went to Brad Tucker. In Urbana, Deanna Tompkins won Town Clerk, and John Jack Merriam won Town Justice.
For full local election results, visit https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/boe/2017_general_election/Summary%20report.html.
In state wide news, voters soundly rejected proposition one – which was for a constitutional convention – but have approved proposition two, which asked whether judges should have the right to revoke the pension of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs. As for proposition three – which is about the rights of local governments to use forest land for local projects – it’s said to be too close to call at this time.
Multiple Charges of Savona Man in Domestic Dispute:
A domestic dispute in the Village of Savona on Sunday has resulted in multiple charges against a Savona man. 50-year-old Michael Brown is accused of brandishing a knife and making threats to harm the victims, and preventing them from leaving and contacting help. He has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief. He was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued.
Rep. Reed Town Hall 11/20:
Representative Tom Reed will meet with his constituents on Monday, November 20th during a Town Hall in the Town of Horseheads. It’s set for 6 to 7 p.m. and will be held at the American Legion Post 442.
Warmer Weather, Political Turmoil Push Gas Prices Higher:
According to AAA the average price of a gallon of gas jumped 8 cents in the last week due in part to political turmoil in the Middle East and unseasonably warm weather in the U.S. The benchmark price for a barrel of crude reached $57, the highest in more than two years, in the wake of numerous princes, businessmen and government officials in Saudi Arabia being arrested in an anti-corruption crackdown over the weekend. Global demand for U.S. stockpiles has also put additional pressure on price. Crude exports reached 2.1 million barrels a day last week, a new record, which has helped reduce inventories in the U.S. to levels 5 percent below a year ago. Officials with GasBuddy say drivers can expect to see prices continuing to trend higher over the next week.
General Election Voting Today:
Voters are finally heading to the polls today in the 2017 General Election. There are active races throughout the region, and voters need to remember to check the back of their ballots. There are three statewide propositions. The most controversial is whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. A Siena poll out last week showed a majority of voters say they’ll vote against the measure.
State Labor Commissioner to Visit CCC to Discuss Paid Family Leave:
Tomorrow the state Labor Commissioner will visit Corning Community College to discuss the new Paid Family Leave law. You may have noticed over the summer that a deduction for this program was added to your paycheck. The law goes into effect January 1st, and offers virtually all private sector employees 8 weeks of paid family leave at 50 percent of their weekly salary. Time off and pay will increase every year until 2021. The law will allow families to take time to care for a sick relative, relieve pressure when a family member is called to military service, or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child. Commissioner Roberta Reardon will answer questions about the law tomorrow at CCC’s Health Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
Empire Access Reaches Deal to Acquire Ontario Fiber Ring:
Empire Access has announced that it has reached a deal to acquire the Axcess Ontario fiber ring. The Axcess Ontario fiber ring is a state-of-the-art 200-plus-mile open-access fiber optic network in Ontario County. The ring offers telecommunications carriers access to the countywide fiber optic network with the ultimate goal of improving telecommunications services in Ontario County. The CEO of Axcess Ontario, Sean Barry, called the deal a “natural fit,” and the COO of Empire Access, Jim Baase said that it will allow them to “offer fiber services to substantially more homes and businesses within Ontario County.”
New Hotel, Other Changes Coming to Arnot Mall:
As part of its upcoming “50th Anniversary” celebrations, some changes are coming to the Arnot Mall. Officials have announced that a new hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, will be taking the place of the existing Bon Ton location and “a hospitality, food, beverage, and entertainment neighborhood” will be created at the mall. Also as part of the celebration, the mall will be donating $50,000 to several local charities, including the Foodbank of the Southern Tier and the United Way of the Southern Tier.
Corning Ice Rink to Open Tomorrow:
With the temperatures dropping and the holidays on the horizon, a popular local venue will once again be opening its doors to the public tomorrow. Corning’s Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink will open at 10 a.m. and there are events planned seven days a week, including open public skate, lessons, figure skating and hockey. In 2016, the rink was closed for 42 days after an aging cooling tower caused the ice to melt. The City Council unanimously voted to put $900,000 in to the city budget to complete needed improvements at the rink. Corning Enterprises committed $150,000, and the Crystal City Parks Foundation donated $3,000 to help with the work. The rink is expected to be open until around mid-March.
Netflix Warns Against Scam:
Netflix subscribers beware, the company is warning of a new email scam. An email is making the rounds that appears to be from Netflix, but the company says it’s not. The message tells users that their membership will be suspended unless they update their billing information. If you click the link provided, it leads to a bogus website where you’ll be asked to give personal information, including credit card numbers.
More Details in Big Flats Home Invasion, Attempted Kidnapping, Carjacking:
Early reports on Friday of a home invasion and shooting in Big Flats have grown over the weekend to include an attempted kidnapping and a carjacking. According to police, it started in Corning Thursday night when a woman going to work at Landos was approached by a man she met online, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows of Pennsylvania. Corning Police say Burrows displayed a handgun and entered the victim’s vehicle. As he attempted to handcuff her to the vehicle she resisted and was able to run away. Burrows then fled in the vehicle, and it was later located in a ditch in Corning. During the subsequent search for Burrows, police received reports of a home invasion on Reasor Hallow Road in Big Flats. Police say Burrows walked on foot to the home of 60-year-old Timothy Webster, forced his way in, and shot and killed Webster. Webster’s wife was home at the time, but was not injured. Police say Burrows had no connection to Webster. The home was chosen at random. Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Burrows has been charged with burglary, at this time, but they are contemplating homicide charges. Burrows is currently being held at the Tioga County Jail.
Missing Cortland Woman Found in Nevada, Elmira Man Charged:
An Elmira man is facing multiple charges in Nevada in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a missing Cortland woman. 23-year-old Jon Wesley Turner has been charged with strangulation, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, sexual assault, and false imprisonment. Both Turner and the victim were reported missing out of 2 separate New York jurisdictions in August. Turner allegedly forced the victim to the leave the state with him and cross the country. Her abandoned car was found in California. The victim was taken to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment of her injuries. Turner is being held on $275,000 bail.
St. James Groundbreaking Wednesday:
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the future home of the new Saint James Mercy Hospital and Medical Office Building. The public is invited to join hospital leaders and staff for the event which will begin at 11 a.m. at 7301 Seneca Road. The new medical office building is set to open in 2018. The new hospital will follow a year later in 2019.
SALT Deductions Still Missing from New GOP Tax Reform Bill:
While experts are still sifting through all the details of the latest tax reform bill proposed by the GOP, one thing is clear. This new bill, like the one before it, has completely eliminated income and sales tax deductions (SALT). However, it does now allow for property tax deductions, though they will be capped at $10,000. Many lawmakers have spoken out against the elimination of SALT deductions, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, but local representative Tom Reed maintains that the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Catholic Charities Annual Awards Dinner:
Catholic Charities of Steuben (CCS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Annual Awards. The theme for this year’s awards was Community, with an emphasis on Unity. Awardees were recognized on Thursday at an awards dinner at the Bath Country Club. The highest honor, the Friends of Catholic Charities Award went to Board member and Strategic Growth Planning Committee Chair Jon Chester, of Corning. The William and Dorothy Belknap Award went to Richard McCandless, of Victor. And the Barbara Fairbanks Award went to the Addison Central School District.
Veterans Day Concert at Bath V.A.:
The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium on the Bath V.A. campus. The event is open to the community.
Save-A-Lot’s Brighter Holiday Program Underway:
With the holidays now fast approaching, one local store is looking to make them brighter for those in need. The Bath Save-A-Lot annual Bags for a Brighter Holiday program is now underway. Store customers can purchase a bag of food which will then be donated to Catholic Charities of Bath to be given out during the holiday season. The program runs through December 24th.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
A Canisteo man was arrested and sent to Steuben County Jail after a Dansville traffic stop. According to New York State Police, Nicholas Arce was stopped on State Route 36 and was found to possess suspected heroin and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned in Dansville Town Court and sent to County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Prattsburgh Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A Prattsburgh man was arrested for Violation of Probation. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Jarid Worboys was arraigned in Steuben County Jail without bail for his alleged violation and will return to court on Monday afternoon.
Television Crew Needs Help Finding Keuka Drone
Producers are searching for drone named “Wilbur” they used to film a potential project at Keuka Lake. The team of producers lost contact with the quadcopter drone Wednesday morning when it disconnected and never returned to the crew. The producers are from Illinois and were filming for the tentative television show “Vine Valley”. They are offering a possible reward for finding the drone. Anyone who thinks they may have found the quadcopter can contact via email paul@arndtphotography. com or call (618) 920-6039.
Most New Yorkers Oppose Proposition One
According to a new poll, most New Yorkers are not on board with holding a constitutional convention. The Siena College poll finds the majority of likely voters lean against Proposition One, a proposition on the November 7th ballot that would hold a convention statewide changing the New York constitution. Earlier in the year, the majority of voters were in favor of Proposition One but now 57 percent of respondents plan to vote "no" on the question of a constitutional convention while only 25 percent of respondents said they will vote yes.
GLAAD Conference Continues at Corning Raddison
The Greater Appalachian Lllama and Alpaca Association is holding its 30th annual four-day conference at the Corning Radisson hotel that continues this weekend until Sunday. It is the largest educational conference for camelids in the nation and gives those who love the animals the opportunity to network and become more educated about research, management, and care for the mammals through guest speakers reknowned in the camelid industry. Anyone interested in attending today or tomorrow can show up at their Registration Table at the Raddison in Corning.
Reported Home Invasion, Shooting in Big Flats:
New York State Police were on the scene overnight of a reported home invasion and shooting in Big Flats. It happened at a home on Owen Hollow Road. An all-points bulletin was issued saying that authorities were searching for a suspect who reportedly stole a vehicle and fled the scene, but it has since been canceled. There are no details at this time as to the victim or ongoing situation.
Corning Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges:
A Corning man has pled guilty to possessing child pornography. 53-year-old Kevin Theil was arrested in February after searches of his home in Corning and his lake house in Hammondsport revealed images of child pornography. Theil faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is set to be sentenced on December 21st.
Wayland Man Sentenced for Lying About Plane Crash:
A Wayland man who lied about the details of a plane he crashed two years ago at an airport in Wyoming County has been sentenced by a federal judge to one year supervised release. 40-year-old Brian Woodhams received his sentence in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office says when Woodhams crashed, he had a 15-year-old passenger on board, who was injured in the crash. Prosecutors said based on the pilot’s license class, he was prohibited from carrying passengers unless a flight instructor was also in the plane. Prosecutors said Woodhams repeatedly lied to several federal agencies. Woodhams has consistently maintained he was alone at the time of the crash.
Hogan Added to Hornell IDA as Consultant:
Though he won’t be serving as Mayor for much longer, Shawn Hogan will still be involved in Hornell’s future as the Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved adding him to its staff as a consultant. Hogan has been given a 2-year contract that begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st 2019 at a set pay rate of $5,000 per month. Board president Sam Nasca said that the IDA is thrilled to have someone with so much knowledge and experience to help the growth and direction of the city in the next few years.
Bath Kmart Not On Latest Closing List:
On Thursday, Sears Holdings published a list of Sears and Kmart stores that will be closing by late January 2018. A statement read that they “will continue to close some unprofitable stores as [they] transform [their] business model…” Eligible employees working at the stores set for closure will receive severance and will be given the opportunity to apply for open positions at nearby stores, according to the statement. The good news for local Kmart fans: there are no New York stores on the list at this time.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday:
If you’re tired of dark mornings on your way to work or while you’re taking the little ones to school, some relief is on the way on this weekend as Daylight Saving Time meets its annual end. The switch will occur at 2 a.m. Sunday. Most computers, phones, and DVRS automatically make the “fall back” shift, but analog clocks will need to be moved manually either at that moment, or the night before. We won’t return to daylight saving until Sunday, March 11th.
3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:
Three people were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday following investigation into narcotics activity in the Village of Bath. During a traffic stop off of May Street, village police allegedly found 10 bags of crack cocaine, as well as $1,200 cash. 21-year-old Sarah Barnes of Bath, 24-year-old Katherine Labarr-Bulson of Prattsburgh, and 36-year-old Clyde Gladney of Rochester, have all been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.
Dutchess Co. Man Charged in Bath VA Overdoses:
Investigation into the overdoses of two residents of the Bath V.A. during the same weekend in February has resulted in the arrest of a man from Dutchess County. 34-year-old Matthew Helmer, who also a resident at the V.A.’s drug treatment program, is accused of providing the patients with fentanyl and he has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Wayland Teen Arrested in Domestic Incident:
A teenager from Wayland was arrested on October 29th after State troopers were called to a domestic dispute. It’s alleged that during the course of the incident, 16-year-old Geoffery Burnett damaged property within the residence, threw a knife at a trooper, actively resisted arrest, and possessed a dangerous weapon. He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.
New Fire Engine for Corning Fire Dept.:
The Corning Fire Department will soon be replacing its 26-year-old engine thanks to a grant of $450,000. The full price of the new truck is expected to be around $650,000; the difference will come from the city’s reserved funds. The new engine won’t be in place until next year as a committee of firefighters and officers will look at different designs to decide one that best works for the department. Once that process is complete, it will need to be built and delivered. The bid is expected to be awarded next fall.
New Law States Child Under 2 Must be in Rear-Facing Car Seats:
A new law is clarifying car seat requirements for young children. Currently, children are to remain in a car or booster seat until the age of 8. That will continue, but the new law specifies that children under the age of 2 must be in a rear-facing seat. Previously, this was only a recommendation. Parents of children found to be in an improper seat can be ticketed or face fines once the law takes effect on November 1st 2019.
Seneca Army Depot Opening for Tours Nov. 16th:
The long-awaited re-opening of the Seneca Army Depot to the public has been set for November 16th. This will be the first time in more than five years that the facility – now known as “Deer Haven Park” - will be open to public. Guided bus tours will prominently feature the white deer herd, which is the world’s largest, and will also include military artifacts from when the property was a major weapons storage facility. Tours will be conducted year-round. More information is available at http://www.senecawhitedeer.org.
Police Investigating Cohocton Burglary:
The State Police of Wayland are investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence on Pine Hill Road in Cohocton. They say the incident occurred sometime since October 15th. An unknown subject, or subjects, entered the structure and removed a neon green 2007 Kawasaki 750 Brute Force ATV and approximately $100. The ATV was recovered October 20th in a creek, roughly 50 feet from the intersection of State Route 21 and County Road 54 in the Town of Fremont. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911.
Accident in Milo Injuries Hammondsport Man:
A Hammondsport man was injured in a minivan-motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bath and Second Milo Roads in the Town of Milo. 65-year-old Joseph Meade the 3rd was reportedly traveling east on Second Milo Road when he failed to yield at the intersection and collided with a minivan being driven by 32-year-old Adele Hadley of Penn Yan. Meade was taken to Soldiers and Sailors for treatment. He was issued an appearance ticket. Hadley and her five passengers were checked at the scene and were released.
Hornell Mayoral Candidate Debate Tomorrow:
Tomorrow, two of three candidates for Mayor of Hornell will meet for a debate at the Hornell Golf Club. Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy will be in attendance; Republican John Buckley had a scheduling conflict and so cannot participate. The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Learn More about Bath V.A. Tomorrow:
The Bath V.A. will have informational tables setup in the lobby of Building 76 (main hospital) tomorrow, November 1st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to learn more about V.A. healthcare, programs and services, as well as opportunities to volunteer at the facility.
NY Begins Issuing REAL IDs:
Monday the New York DMV began issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses. On October 1st 2020, the federal government will require driver’s licenses, permits or ID cards to be REAL ID compliant in order to board domestic flights, enter military bases and to enter certain federal facilities. The REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005, establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses, permits, and ID cards. You can also use an enhanced driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID card or a valid U.S. Passport or other identification acceptable to the federal government. A REAL ID is not needed to be able to drive, vote or register to vote, to apply or receive federal benefits, to participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations, or to access federal facilities that do not require a person to show identification. There is no additional cost for the REAL ID; however, normal fees still apply. Officials say you can convert your current driver’s license at any time. Any license, permit, or ID card issued after October 30th that is not a REAL ID will be marked with “Not for Federal Purposes.”
Excelsior Applications Open for Spring Semester:
Applications have reopened for the Excelsior Scholarship for students wishing to attend college this spring. The scholarship grants a tuition-free college education at a SUNY or CUNY school. Applications are open until December 4th.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times:
Here are the trick-or-treat times for some communities in Steuben County. All of the following will be tonight: the Village of Addison 6 to 8 p.m., the Village of Bath 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Bradford 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Campbell from 5 to 7 p.m., Corning’s Gaffer District 4 to 6 p.m., the Village of Hammondsport 6 to 7 p.m. with the children’s Halloween Parade in the Square from 7:15 to 8 p.m., the City of Hornell 6 to 8 p.m., and the Village of Savona from 6 to 8 p.m. And while the City of Corning has no set time, residents generally accept trick-or-treaters from 6 to 8 p.m.
Multiple Charges for Wayland Man in Hit-and-Run:
A Wayland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk last weekend, crashing his car, and fleeing the scene of the accident. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old Donald James was driving north on Route 415 on October 21st when he lost control around the intersection of County Road 36 and struck a guard rail. His vehicle then rolled through a front lawn, and struck a parked car and a garage. Witnesses say James then fled, running into the woods. He was tracked with the help of K-9 officers and was ultimately taken into custody after a chase through a cornfield. James is facing charges of aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, petit larceny, parole violation, and other vehicle and traffic violations.
Drug, Weapons Charges Following Corning Traffic Stop:
A routine traffic stop in Corning on Sunday led to gun and drug charges for five people from Elmira. According to officers, they pulled over a vehicle around 1 a.m. and they could smell marijuana coming from inside. Upon further inspection they say they found a loaded handgun along with marihuana and cocaine. 21-year-old Sterling Kelley is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, among other charges. And 31-year-old Eric Barner, 35-year-old Tyrea Sessoms, 24-year-old Alicia Haskins, and 28-year-old John Dunham are all facing criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm charges in varying degrees. Kelley, Barner, and Sessoms were taken into custody. Haskins and Dunham were issued appearance tickets.
Emergency Landing at E-C Airport:
A private plan made an emergency landing at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Saturday. According to Director of Aviation, Bill Hopper, the plane experienced a mechanical malfunction. After a fly-by, the pilot was able to land the plane safely. The plane is a locally owned Cessna twin-propeller aircraft.
NY Firefighters Return from CA Saturday:
A team of 20 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who helped battle and contain wildfires in California were welcomed home Saturday. Currently, 95 percent of the fire is contained and full containment is expected by the end of the month. The returning crew was made up of brave men and women from across the state, including one from Steuben County: DEC Volunteer Firefighter, Lawrence Day.
Gov. Cuomo Calls Out Rep. Reed, Collins for Budget Votes; Reed Fires Back:
It was a “he said-he said” war of words this weekend between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican congressman Tom Reed. It started when Cuomo singled out Reed and Chris Collins as the only two of New York’s nine GOP House members to vote in favor of budget legislation that would eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes. Cuomo called the men “Benedict Arnolds,” saying that “they voted against the interests of the people in their districts.” Reed took to Twitter and fired back, calling the Governor a “hypocrite.” Cuomo and state comptroller Thomas Dinapoli have said the elimination will cost New York billions of dollars, Reed claims the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Bowling Tournament Raises $8K for Komen Org.:
Crystal Lanes in Corning held the Seventh Annual Bowl for the Cure on Sunday and it was a record turnout. The event, which supports the local Susan G. Komen organization, raised more than $8,000, which is a record for the event.
Four Arrested in County Sweep for Probation Violations
Four people were arrested Thursday for violating the terms of their probation. After a multi-agency operation performed checks on probationers across the county, contraband was seized at a number of residences and arrests were made for Damion L. Travis, 43, of Prattsburgh, Calvin K. Davenport, 55, of Addison, Denise M. Hargrave, 53, Prattsburgh and Terry L. Hurd Jr., 32, of Hornell. The suspects were remanded to the Steuben County Jail on warrants for felony violations of probation and further charges are pending in this investigation.
RX Pill Take Back at County Public Safety Building
A reminder that today is the National Prescription Pill Take Back Day. It’s a chance for people to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications. The event will be held at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Ramsey Street ext. The event runs from 10-2…no questions asked.
Police Announce Halloween DWI Enforcement Effort
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced that Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special enforcement effort to combat impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force this Halloween holiday weekend until November 1. A reminder that if you are drinking to please plan a safe ride home before leaving the house and even if you only have “a few” you are still in no shape to drive.
Bath Man Arrested for HEAP Fraud
A Bath man was arrested and charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree Falsifying, one count of Petit Larceny and a class E Felony one count of Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree. Following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, Felix T. Davila is accused of reporting false HEAP applications to receive $1301 in HEAP benefits he was not eligible for.
Village of Savona Announces Semi-Annual Trash Collection
The Village of Savona has announced its semi-annual trash collection will be on Friday, November 10th. All items must be placed on the curbside Thursday night with no exceptions. The Village asks that there be absolutely no tires, garbage, recyclables, construction materials, lawn debris, batteries, computers & televisions, paint cans or hazardous materials. Scrap metal and appliances must be in separate stacks from other trash items for collection.
Steuben Co. Announces HEAP Dates:
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning November 13th, according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben officials said Thursday HEAP applications can be filed online at http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov; mailed to applicants who call the county Department of Social Services for the forms at (607) 664-2500; or in person at the following locations: the Office for the Aging on Broadway Mall in Hornell on December 5th and 19th, and January 2nd, 16th, and 30th; the Steuben County Courthouse in Corning on December 7th and 21st, January 4th and 18th, and February 1st. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Income requirements do apply.
Fire in Hornell:
There was a fire in an apartment building on Seneca Street in Hornell on Thursday. According to officials the blaze was contained to one apartment, and there were no injuries.
Pulteney Looking to Override State Property Tax Cap:
The Town of Pulteney wants to override the state property tax cap. The move requires a local law, but first, the town board is required to hear from the residents. A public hearing on the proposed local law will be held at the town hall on November 8th at 7:25 p.m. Five minutes later on that night, the town will hold a second public hearing on its proposed budget for next year.
C-G Sets Date for Capital Project Vote:
A date of December 12th has been set for voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district to hit the polls and decide the fate of a $14.5 million capital project. The project would involve the high school, elementary and middle schools, as well as the bus garage and Rotary Field. $2 million would come from the existing capital reserve fund, and Interim Superintendent Chris Roser said that “more state aid probably will return to the district than would be spent on the project,” which should mean virtually no tax increase for property owners.
NYS Testing New Winter Road Warnings:
The National Weather Service and New York State are teaming up to hopefully make winter driving a little safer. According to the NWS, snow squalls are the biggest cause of multi-care pile-ups on the Thruway and other highways. During a squall visibility can drop suddenly, leaving drivers blind and unsure how far away they are from other vehicles. The NWS can typically forecast when a snow squall is likely to hit, at least a day or two in advance, so on a pilot basis they will be using warning signs for squalls on message boards along all interstates west of Utica and on the Northway from Essex County to the Canadian border. They will also be broadcast on the AM weather radio. If the program is successful, these signs will be implemented across the Thruway system in Upstate NY.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times:
Halloween is just a few days away, and here are the trick-or-treat times for some communities in Steuben County. All of the following will be on Halloween night, October 31st: the Village of Bath 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Bradford 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Campbell from 5 to 7 p.m., Corning’s Gaffer District 4 to 6 p.m., the Village of Hammondsport 6 to 7 p.m. with the children’s Halloween Parade in the Square from 7:15 to 8 p.m., the City of Hornell 6 to 8 p.m., and the Village of Savona from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bath Schools Locked-In During Manhunt:
Bath schools were locked-in Wednesday as police searched for a man that fled during an arrest. 33-year-old Brian Woodring, a level 2 sex offender, was being picked up on a parole violation when he ran. He was apprehended shortly before noon on West Washington Boulevard. He will be charged with escape, violation of sex offender registration, and obstructing governmental administration. Woodring was previously convicted of sexual contact, disseminating indecent materials to a minor, and promoting/possessing sexual performance by a child.
3rd Annual Steuben Co. Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum Held:
The third annual Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum was held Tuesday. Opioid and substance abuse problems in the area, especially among grade school students, were discussed, and representatives from various support groups were on hand to spread awareness of their programs. According to the Steuben County Coroner’s Office, the number of opioid related fatalities tripled between 2011 and 2016. County Sheriff Jim Allard said the hope of the forum “is to get the information out to folks that need help… So that people realize that they’re not alone, and that they can find the help they need here in Steuben County, or other places.”
Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Lawsuit Heading Back to Court:
The lawsuit filed against Tony Stewart in the death of a man at Canandaigua Motorsports Park is headed back to court. According to ESPN, attorneys for Stewart will be in Utica for a judgement hearing tomorrow. Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in 2014 after Ward got out of his car and started walking toward Stewart’s car. Toxicology reports showed that Ward had marijuana in his system at the time. Stewart filed a motion in March claiming he didn’t have time to react.
Governor Announces New Cancer Study:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a new plan to try and find the causes of cancer in New York residents. A statewide cancer registry will allow officials to look at four regions over the next year and see the types of cancer there. The four regions will be Western New York, New York City, Long Island, and the Capital Region with a focus on Warren County. Researchers will be looking for potential causes for cancer in each area, such as health factors, demographic factors, and environmental factors. Gov. Cuomo says around a million people statewide currently have cancer or are in remission, and that “everyone has been touched, and we have to do better.” The study is expected to take about a year, and then the Governor hopes to have a new plan on how to move forward.
Clayton Case to be Featured on Deadline: Crime:
The Clayton murder case will be featured on Sunday’s episode of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall. It will air at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. The show features Hall working with a team of correspondents, and a panel format with interviews. Hall interviewed prosecutors, law enforcement, family members, and journalists for this episode. The Clayton case was previously featured on NBC’s Dateline.
Walgreens Planning to Close 600 Drugstores:
Following news that Walgreens has completed a deal to buy nearly 2,000 stores from rival Rite Aid, the company has announced plans to close 600 drugstores. A majority of them, according to a Walgreens spokesman, will be Rite Aid stores within a mile of another Walgreens network store. The closings are expected to start next spring. Which stores will be closing has not been announced.
Police Investigating Burglary in Wayne:
State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred to a barn located at the intersection of Birdseye Waneta Rd. (Ct. Rt. #114) and Ridge Rd. in the Town of Wayne. Investigator Curt Eaton said Tuesday the crime happened sometime since Sunday.He said somebody entered the building and removed a 2004 Polaris 400 Sportsman 4-wheeler ATV. Anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police at 776-6866 or Steuben Co. 911.
Corning Man Stabbed Near Elmira College:
Elmira Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred near the Elmira College tennis courts. The attack reportedly happened Tuesday morning. Patrolmen were called to the McDonalds on North Main Street around 7 a.m. on a report of an assault victim. The victim, a 27-year-old man from Corning, told police he was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on Davis Street, near the tennis courts. The attacker is described as a black male, approximately 20-years-old, clean shaven, and wearing all dark clothing. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Prattsburgh Budget Vote Monday:
The Town of Prattsburgh will review its proposed 2018 budget during a public hearing set for next week. The budget is available for inspection at the Town Clerk’s office. The hearing will be held at the Town Hall on Monday.
Corning GOP Endorses McAllister for Surrogate Court Judge:
More support has come in for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge candidate Patrick McAllister. The Corning Republican Committee has endorsed McAllister, saying he is “well respected by the legal and local community as evidenced by the broad base of support he has received since announcing his candidacy.” Last week, McAllister was endorsed by the Republican Party committees in the City of Hornell and Town of Bath.
Corning Inc. Releases Earnings for Q3:
Corning Incorporated has released its third quarter earnings. The GAAP and core sales were up four and six percent, year-over-year, to $2.6 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively. Year-over-year sales in the Specialty Materials segment saw increases of 26 percent. The company also reached a selling milestone of one billion fiber kilometers. Officials say the quarter exceeded expectations and they believe it sets them up for a strong fourth quarter as well.
“Booster Card” to Recognize Responsible Drivers in Hornell:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Hornell Police Department recently held a campaign that recognized and rewarded responsible drivers in the Hornell area. On October 19th they conducted a road check on State Route 36 in Hornell. Those in violation received a summons, but those that were in complete compliance received a “HPG Booster Card” coupon. The coupon is issued by the Hornell Partners for Growth and guarantees discounts to participating businesses in the Hornell and Canisteo area.
Salvation Army Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Tomorrow:
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services will be held tomorrow at the Bath American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner will be $10 and will include spaghetti with meatballs and sauce, tossed salad, bread, beverages and dessert. Contact the Salvation Army at 962-4681 if you’d like to reserve your meals, donate supplies, or if you have any questions.
Fire in Corning:
A multi-family home on East Third Street in Corning was damaged by fire early Monday morning. Corning firefighters report that it happened between Chemung and Pearl Streets around 1 a.m. There were no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation.
Dog Killed in Caton Fire:
A family pet was killed in a fire in Caton Monday. At approximately 12:30 p.m., a motorist on Sagetown Road spotted the smoke coming from a home and multiple fire departments were called to the scene. A dog was found inside, but the owners weren’t home at the time and no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Corning Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Heroin Appears in Court:
The Corning Fire Department lieutenant accused of selling heroin made a court appearance Monday. 43-year-old Thomas Margeson is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. His defense attorney asked Monday for more time to review and the pre-trial hearing was re-scheduled until 3 to 4 weeks.
E-C Airport Project Rebid, Back on Track:
After being delayed due to construction bids coming back higher than budgeted, the reconstruction project at the Elmira-Corning Airport is back on track as the Chemung County Legislature held a special meeting Monday to award Streeter and Associates the project after re-bidding. The new bid came in just shy of $4.7 million, according to Director of Aviation Bill Hopper. The previous low bids came in at $6.9 million and $9.7 million.
Gov. Cuomo Signs Firefighter Health Benefit Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday signed legislation to deliver healthcare benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers’ Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Effective January 1st 2019, firefighters will also be eligible for health benefits to support treatment for life-threatening conditions. Volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax free disability and death benefits if upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers, they have at least five years of service fighting fire in the interior of buildings, and the firefighter is currently active or within 5 years of his or her last active date.
No Endorsement from Hogan for Future Mayor:
“We live in a Democracy… It’s the people’s choice…” is what long-time Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan told the Evening Tribune when asked about making an endorsement for any of the candidates vying to replace him. In a Letter to the Editor, Hogan said that “countless numbers of people” have questioned him about making an endorsement, but he says he “should not get to select [his] successor. We live in a Democracy, period.” Hogan added that he is “thrilled that candidates have stepped up and entered the arena,” saying that “it takes courage and commitment.” Republican John Buckley, Independent John Lewis, and the Green Party’s Joe Duffy, are all looking to become Hornell’s first new mayor in eight terms. The election is two weeks away.
Drug Take Back Event in Bath Sat.:
If you have unwanted medications sitting around the house, take the next few days to gather them up. Another prescription drug take-back event will be held Saturday in Bath. It’s hosted by the Sheriff’s Department. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension from 10-2 October 28th. Items accepted include pills, liquids and needles. It’s a great way to keep you and the community safe.
4 Charged in Canisteo Drug Bust:
Four residents of Canisteo are facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop in the village. 29-year-old Michael DuBois, 50-year-old Abram Carter, 35-year-old Megan Harkenrider, and 28-year-old Michael Meehan Jr. have each been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, among numerous other charges. All four are being held at the Steuben County Jail on varying bail.
Hornell Salvation Army Reopening “On Hold”:
The Hornell Salvation Army has reportedly put their reopening “on hold,” according to Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith. The store suffered a fire two weeks ago, and while the chief says they fully intend to re-open the store eventually, they’ve decided to hold off for now. It is unknown at this time whether the store will reopen at its current location, or at a new one.
Steuben Co. Drug Forum Tomorrow:
Steuben County’s third Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum this year is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, October 24th, at Corning-Painted Post High School. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate the help they’re looking for. The event will include light refreshments and information tables on existing services, open at 5:30 p.m., with information sharing, personal stories, and a panel discussion set for 6 to 7:30 p.m.
New Farmers, Veteran Farmers Eligible for $1.2M in State Grants:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced two grant programs worth $1.25 million for new farmers and veteran farmers in New York. The “New Farmers Grant Fund” will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs for farm business owners who are within the first ten years of having ownership interest in any farm business. To be eligible the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. The “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” is a new program that will provide grants of up to $50,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. To qualify, at least 50 percent of the farm business must be owned, operated, and controlled by a veteran and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income. The deadline for applications is January 26th. Applications for the “New Farmers Grant” can be found at https://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program. Applications for the “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” are available at https://esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-veterans-farmer-grant-fund.
Youth to Observe Steuben Co. Legislature:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets today there will be some special guests listening in. The most recent participants in the county’s Youth in Government program will observe county leaders in their regular session at 10 a.m. today. The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for more than three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about Steuben’s operations. The students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session to complete the course. In the past, the county Legislature and department heads have acted on students’ resolutions. During its meeting today, the Legislature is expected to authorize the renewal of the $45,000 Crimes Against Revenue Program which pays for the full cost of two part-time welfare fraud investigators. Lawmakers will also vote on transferring ownership of the county Courthouse on Allen Street to the City of Hornell.
Street Closure in Corning for Sewer Repair:
Sewer line repair in Corning will close West Pulteney Street from Dwight Avenue to Dunbar Street today. The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No traffic or parking will be permitted. Detours will be in place.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Summit:
Applications will be accepted until November 10th for the Steuben Youth Leadership Summit, which is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 18th at Campbell-Savona High School. Presented by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the free, daylong event provides students in Steuben County in grades 10 through 12, and recent high school graduates, with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, identify important issues, and discuss those issues with state and county government leaders. For more information, or a program application, contact the Steuben County Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119, or visit http://www.steubencony.org.
County Legislature to Discuss Former Hornell Courthouse
The Steuben County legislature on Monday will consider transferring ownership of the former county courthouse on Allen Street in Hornell to the City of Hornell. The building is located on Allen Street in the city. The county acquired the land and property in 1907, but according to a pre-filed resolution, it no longer has a need for the building. The city has expressed a strong interest in the building.
Solar Energy Hearing in Urbana Next Month
The Town of Urbana will hold a public hearing next month to discuss solar energy. The town wants to make an addendum to its comprehensive plan regarding solar energy. The hearing will be held at the town hall on November 14th at 6:30.
NY Public Healthcare Uncertain Following Federal Subsidy Cuts
Upon President Trump’s decision to end healthcare subsidies to aid lower-income Americans to afford health insurance, it is unclear how this order will affect New York state. Subsidies issued to New York were used to create The Essential Plan, which provided about 680,000 New Yorkers who were the over income limits to be eligible for Medicaid but could not afford plans under the Affordable Healthcare Act. Several public healthcare officials have expressed uncertainty of the program’s future but Governor Cuomo has suggested holding a special session in December to further discuss the federal health care cuts.
Steuben Sheriffs to Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. The Bath Village Police Department will drop off 38.2 pounds of unwanted and unnecessary medications from their Medication Collection Unit that was installed back in February. Since the Unit was built, Bath Village Police say over 70 pounds of unnecessary and unwanted medication has been collected from the streets.
McAllister Gains More Support in Surrogate Race
Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members voiced their support Wednesday for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. The Bath GOP endorsement follows on the heels of an endorsement earlier this week by Hornell City Republicans.
Dormann Library Hosts Halloween Activities This Week
With Halloween coming up, Dormann Library has planned some festive activities and events this week for the entire family. Wednesday at 6pm Dormann will offer a craft class for adults, where attendees will make a paper pumpkin decoration, treat box and interactive card. All materials will be provided. Thursday at 6pm there will be a library Halloween party geared to younger patrons with stories, treats, games and a craft. Party attendees are asked to please come in costume for the event. Saturday from 10AM to 2PM there will be a book sale in the Book Barn and Empire Room. All proceeds will support Dormann Library.
Driver that Fled Elmira Crash Turns Himself In:
The driver that fled the scene of a two-car rollover crash in Elmira Monday has turned himself into authorities. 22-year-old Dakota Baldwin of Elmira is charged with failure to keep right, unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Police were called to the intersection of Walnut Street and West Second just before 7 p.m. and found a Jeep turned onto its roof and another vehicle against a utility pole. The driver and passenger of the other car were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The investigation is ongoing.
More Support for McAllister:
Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members announced their support this week for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. Currently a county Assistant District Attorney, McAllister won the September 12th Republican primary 2,988 to 2,665.
Hornell Water Pollution Control Plant to Enhance Disinfection:
The water pollution control plant in Hornell will be enhancing its disinfection measures following a notice from the DEC. Mayor Shawn Hogan said that some communities still rely on drinking water from a tributary down the line from where the water is discharged so they will meet new standards to ensure the water is clean. The city previously received a grant of $25,000 to determine the best way of achieving the disinfection, and decided on using ultraviolet light. The city will now be looking at another major capital upgrade to the plant.
Village of Bath Leaf Collection Begins Monday:
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village, and then move to the West Side. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted.
Hydrant Flushing Schedules for Hornell, Savona:
The City of Hornell Water Department and the Hornell Firefighters will be flushing hydrants in the Town of Hornellsville/Village of North Hornell and the City of Hornell between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week of October 23rd through the 28th. Residents are encouraged to refrain from washing clothes during these hours, and to check their water for discoloration before use. In Savona, the semiannual flushing of hydrants is set for October 30th, 31st, and November 1st, weather permitting. If you experience discolored water, let the cold water run until it clears.
Governor Announces Fund for Improvements to Animal Shelters:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a first-in-the-nation state capital fund to support critical improvement projects at non-profit and community animal shelters, humane societies, and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout New York. Funded in the 2018 budget, the $5 million New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund will allow eligible organizations to make significant updates to their facilities to enhance animal care and health, as well as support companion animal adoptions. All applicants must apply through Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3#_blank by 4 p.m. January 10th. More details on eligibility and the application process are available on the Division of Animal Industry webpage at https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/small_animals.html#_blank.
Bath Man Charged with Buying Weapon for Felon:
Two men from Bath have been arrested after police say one of them purchased a gun for the other, who is a convicted felon. According to the New York State Police in Bath, Jason Christian allegedly purchased a rifle for Brand Plank at Louie’s Gun Shop in the Village of Bath. Christian has been charged with criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, and offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies. Plank is facing a felony charge of offering a false instrument for filing, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon. Christian was released on his own recognizance. Plank was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Police say that Louie’s was unaware of the transaction between Christian and Plank, and is cooperating in the investigation.
Wife Sentenced in Arson-Murder Case:
The woman convicted in the arson murder of David O’Dell in Wayland has been sentenced. Iryn Meyers will serve 23 years to life on a murder charge, 20 to life on two arson charges, and 16 to 48 months on conspiracy charges. All the sentences will run concurrently. She has also been ordered to pay $16,800 in restitution. Meyers husband, Joseph Meyers, was sentenced to 23 years to life back in July.
Elmira Man Convicted of Assaulting Child in Bath:
An Elmira man has been convicted of assaulting a child in the Town of Bath. 29-year-old Steffan Miller has been convicted of assault in the 2nd degree, a violent felony, and endangering the welfare of a child. The assault occurred at a residence in the Town of Bath on November 17th while the 8-month-old victim was in Miller’s care. The victim’s mother returned home to find the child injured and requiring immediate care at both Arnot-Odgen Medical Center and Strong Hospital. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 19th. Miller faces up to 7 years in prison.
Erwin to Vote on Veteran Tax Exemption:
At its November meeting, the Town of Erwin Board will hold a public hearing regarding the possible extension of the Cold War Veteran Property Tax Exemption. The board plans to vote on the law following the hearing. The exemption provides New York veterans who served in the military during the cold war anytime from September 2nd 1945 to December 26th 1991 with a partial exemption of either 10 or 15 percent on their property taxes. The exemption has been in place for 10 years and was set to expire this year, but the state extended it indefinitely, setting up a local option for communities to choose whether or not to adopt it. The public hearing will be November 14th at the Town Hall a 7 p.m.
Empire Access Wins Award:
Prattsburgh-based Empire Access has been named Best Internet Service Provider in the 2017 Best of the Best Southern Tier Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards program recognizes industry leading businesses in the Southern Tier region. Empire Access is a locally owned and operated fast-growing fiber optic telecommunications service provider, offering high-speed Internet, digital television, phone and security services to homes and businesses to over 25 communities in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.
Bath Fire Dept. Drill:
The Bath Fire Department had a unique training drill this week. Borrowing an idea from another department, members used the Jaws of Life to play Jenga. The idea was to move rough cut hardwood cribbing and a raw egg without breaking it. In a press release, the department said that it may sound like a strange way to train, but when in an emergency situation, seconds count and so do the moves that are made. Many times it has to be done in very close proximity to the person being rescued and the rescue spreaders can be very dangerous, with a squeeze pressure of roughly 14,000 pounds per square inch and 16,000 pounds of spreading force. So if a lever is pushed in the wrong direction or a move is too aggressive, it could be disastrous. The department said the drill was very successful, with lessons learned and many laughs had along the way.
Houghton Land Preserve Opened in Corning:
The generosity of Corning Glass founder, Amory Houghton and his family continues as nearly 200 acres of land, previously owned by the Houghtons, has been donated to the Town of Corning and the Finger Lakes Land Trust for public use. Located just outside downtown Corning, just before Corning Community College on the right side, is a professionally designed and interpretive kiosk and then several miles of trails the public can enjoy. Visitors can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, cross-country skiing, and dog walking.
Elmira Police Seek Driver that Fled Rollover Crash:
Elmira Police are searching for a driver that fled from a two-car rollover crash Monday. According to authorities, the crash happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of 2nd Street and Walnut. Upon arrival, they found an overturned Jeep and a Chevy sedan. Two people from the sedan were transported to a local hospital. The driver of the Jeep reportedly fled the scene. Anyone with information on the driver’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Elmira City Police Department.
Arkport, Canaseraga CSDs Continue to Talk Merger:
A meeting earlier this month, officials with the Arkport and Canaseraga central school boards discussed their potential merger. According to a memo from the meeting, Arkport Central would be the annexing district, and the new district would be Arkport-Canaseraga Central School District. Academic programs offered in both districts “would be expanded as determined (by the new board)…” and “all current faculty and staff of both districts would be maintained for a minimum of five years with reductions by attrition when appropriate.” Upon a successful annexation vote, “student representatives from both districts will be given an opportunity to make recommendations… for the combined districts mascot, school colors and alma mater. Until then, uniforms for both schools will be used where appropriate with the goal of producing budget economies.” The memo also outlined a proposed timetable: the study will be completed next April, followed by a state Education Department review. The study will be presented to Arkport and Canaseraga boards in June or July next year. Public information and discussion meetings would be held during July and August.
Alfred State Offering New Motorcycle, Power Sports Major:
Alfred State College recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology Building. The facility comes with a new major, of the same name. Officials say the program is the first of its kind in the entire Northeast.
Wheeler, Caton Holding Budget Workshops:
The Town Boards for Wheeler and Caton will hold budget workshops this week. Wheeler’s will be first, tonight at 6 p.m. The Caton meeting will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. Both will be held in their respective Town Halls, and both will be open to the public.
Work on I-99 in Lindley Begins Today:
The southbound on-ramp on I-99 in Lindley will be closed to traffic beginning today between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Motorists will be detoured onto Clendening Road to Indian Hills Road, where traffic will be directed to Route 417 and then back to I-99 South. The ramp is being closed as part of bridge painting work, which is anticipated to be completed on October 27th. While the work is taking place, traffic on I-99 will be maintained by lane closures in one lane. Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane shifts, and could experience travel delays.
Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a worksession tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the High School library. The regular meeting of the board will follow, also in the library.
Signing Up to be an Organ Donor Even Easier in NYS:
New York is making it even easier to sign up to be an organ donor. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new executive order Monday that will direct officials to offer the choice of signing up whenever residents apply for state services or benefits. The enrollment website will also be revamped to make it more user friendly. Cuomo has also signed legislation that makes it a permanent rule that individuals can say whether or not they’d like to register on their driver’s license renewal form.
NY Firefighters Head to CA to Help with Wildfires:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has dispatched a crew of around 20 firefighters and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to California to help battle the ongoing wildfires. Though crews are beginning to make progress, the fires have already devastated much of California’s wine country over the past week, with at least 40 people killed and 5,700 homes destroyed.
Local Lawmakers to Host Meetings in Wheeler, Canisteo:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblymen Phil Palmesano and Joe Errigo will be hosting meetings in Canisteo and Wheeler on Thursday. The meetings, which the lawmakers described as informal and open to the public, will be held at the Canisteo Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. and at the Wheeler Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. Residents will be able to share their concerns, opinions, and suggestions with the lawmakers.
Local Police Depts. Among Those Nominated for K9 Grants:
The Village of Bath, Hornell and Corning City police departments are among many New York departments that have been nominated for the 2017 Aftermath K9 Grant. The Aftermath Grant will award a total of $15,000 in grants to five departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety, equipment, or officer training. The top five departments with the most votes between now and November 7th will win awards, with 1st place receiving $5,000. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on November 7th. To vote, visit https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ and fill out the voting form, selecting your desired department from the dropdown menu.
Thousands Attend Outdoor Show:
As expected, the Southern Tier Outdoor Show in Bath was a hot ticket event this weekend, with thousands enjoying the sunshine and scores of attractions. Organizers said some 3,000 people had attended by early Saturday afternoon. The 11th annual event was coordinated by Steuben’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and was held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds.
Elmira Woman Looking to Compete in Miss USA Pageant:
This year’s Miss USA pageant could have some upstate New York flair as an area woman is looking to compete. 20-year-old Dominique Miles of Elmira will be competing for the title of Miss New York USA on January 12 through the 14th. If she wins, she’ll move on to the Miss USA Pageant where she’ll represent New York State.
Rotarians Finish Roadside Clean-Up for Season:
A crew of Bath Rotarians recently pitched in to help finish the last highway clean-up for
the season along the I-86 Bath Exit 38 entrance and exit roads. For the past decade, the Bath Rotary Club has been responsible for picking up litter along the roadway as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The group executes clean-up sessions four or five times during the summer season.
Smile Mile Charity Race Joins Red Baron Half-Marathon Weekend:
Registration is currently open for the Red Baron Half-Marathon and Smile Mile, to be held on Sunday, November 5th beginning at noon. Both races are organized by the Southern Tier Running Club and they will start on the Corning Community College campus in Corning. The Smile Mile is a one-mile charity race in support of the Kramer Foundation. The Kramer Foundation helps retrain pets to improve their behavior, and also provides long-term shelter for pets whose owners are serving in the armed forces overseas. Interested participants can pre-register online at http://www.southerntierrunningclub.com. Those who register by October 18th will receive a reflective full-zip jacket.
NYSP Investigating Savona Burglarly
New York State Police of Bath are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Savona home on County Route 12. State Police say between Tuesday and Thursday, people entered the residence, that was under construction, and stole property. Troopers urge anyone with further information about the burglary to contact them at 776-6866 or call 911.
State Grant Funds Local Libraries
A number of local libraries have received a bump in funding from a state grant. Libraries that are part of the Southern Tier Library System and Finger Lakes Library System received the state aid under the 2017-18 state budget increase of $5 million through the program. Dormann Library, Avoca Free Library, Cohocton Public Librar, Howard Public Library, Hornell Public Library, Addison Public Library,Prattsburgh Free Library, Wayland Public Library, Fred & Harriet Taylor Memorial Library, Savona Free Library, and Pulteney Public Library are each set to receive $2,500 of the funding while Arkport Reading Center will be getting $5,000.
Bath Man Arrested Following Stabbing
A Bath man was arrested after Bath Village Police responded to a report of stab wound on West Morris Street. Jacob Gavette, age 20 of Bath was arrested for second degree assault and sent to Steuben County Jail on $2,000. The stabbing victim was treated and released from Robert Packer Hospital.
Urbana Hosts Tom Reed Town Hall This Afternoon
Congressman Tom Reed is set to hold a town hall in Urbana today. The local politician first announced the town hall on his official Facebook page a few weeks ago. The American Legion will host the event that begins at 1:30pm today. Like many of the other town halls he’s held this year, healthcare is expected to be a hot topic of constituents as the president issues an executive order attempting to change healthcare this week. Reed posted a Facebook status yesterday supporting the president’s rollback of a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.
No INDYCar at WGI in 2018:
After a two year partnership, INDYCar racing won’t be returning to Watkins Glen International in 2018. In a statement on Twitter, WGI said the decision was “based purely on an inability to find a date that works for the fans, the series, and the track.” They added that they will continue to maintain a positive working relationship with the INDYCar organization and they will “keep the lines of communication open should opportunities become available in the future.”
Data Being Mailed in Town of Bath Reassessment Project:
Starting Friday, letters will be mailed to all residential property owners in the Town of Bath as part of the town reassessment project. The Data Collection Phase has been completed, and the letters to property owners will include a summary of all the information collected on their property. Owners will be asked to review the information, and if it’s correct, no further action will be required. If there is an error, instructions will be included as to how to submit changes. A dedicated helpline will also be available to assist with questions.
Rep. Reed Holding Town Halls Tomorrow:
Congressman Tom Reed will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings tomorrow, one of which will be in Steuben County. It will be at the Hammondsport American Legion, starting at 1:30 p.m. The other meetings will be held earlier in the day in Tioga and Seneca counties.
Fill the Bus Food Drive Raises 101,000lbs of Food:
The results of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s 10th annual Fill the Bus food campaign were announced Thursday morning and between the Corning, Hornell, Elmira, Johnson City, and Ithaca Wegmans 101,162 pounds of food was raised this year for the food bank’s Backpack Program. That’s 30,000 more than last year. The food will get shipped between 41 school districts within the food bank’s 6-county area, including: Steuben, Chemung, Broome, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. The food helps children get through the weekend if they are in a situation where a parent isn’t always available.
NYS Offering New Savings Plan to Help Those with Disabilities Cover Costs:
To help those with disabilities and their families cover costs, New York State has started a new savings plan. The NY ABLE program allows people to save money without risk to their other benefits. Some qualifications do apply. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.osc.state.ny.us/savings/able.htm.
Road Work on C.R. 85/Freeman Hollow Road in Tuscarora:
Road work is coming to Town of Tuscarora. Starting Monday, the 16th, and last through October 26th short segments of County Route 85, Freeman Hollow Road will be closed to traffic on some days during the hours between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The road will be closed to replace several existing pipes. Drivers should use existing town and county roads as a detour.
Veterans Day Concert at Bath V.A.:
The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium on the Bath V.A. campus. The event will be open to the community. The band will play patriotic standards, pop hits, and nostalgic classics, including a salute to all branches of the U.S. Military.
Bath Woman Arrested for Allegedly Violating Protection Order:
The State Police of Bath have arrested a Bath woman for allegedly violating an order of protection. 26-year-old Jessica Galligan allegedly made multiple threats against two people, in violation of the order. She was charged with two counts of criminal contempt and two counts of aggravated harassment, and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Welcomes 2 New Deputies:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is growing with the addition of two new Deputy Sheriffs. Deputy Ryan Goetschius and Jordan Walrath joined the department on September 25th and were sworn in on the 28th. Deputy Goetschius is a veteran of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Air Force. Deputy Walrath is a veteran of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Patrol and the City of Corning Police Department.
Steuben Co. Forest Ranger Added to Fallen Firefighters Memorial:
Steuben County Forest Ranger Raymond Murray's name was added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall in Albany Tuesday. Murray died in the line of duty during a plane crash while on fire watch October 9, 1970. Forty-seven years after his death, Murray will now be forever honored for his dedication to his career and the citizens of Steuben County. 118 names were added to the Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza.
415 Work Delayed Due to Weather:
The asphalt pavement work on State Route 415 has been delayed due to the weather. It will now begin instead on Monday, October 16th, weather permitting. The project includes the Towns of Campbell and Savona, and will extend from County Route 333 to Little Acorn Lane. Motorists should expect flaggers, and lane closures, and could experience travel delays.
Hornell Police Giving Away Halloween Goodie Bags:
It isn’t just little boys and ghouls getting ready for Halloween, the Hornell Police Department is getting in on the fun as well. The department is giving away Halloween Trick or Treat bags now until the holiday. The bags are not only fun, with some goodies inside, but they also promote Halloween safety as they’re reflective. Members of the public are welcome to stop by the department and pick one up anytime, day or night.
Girls to Join Boy Scouts in 2018:
Little girls without access to a Girl Scout club in their area will have an alternative starting in 2018, as the Boy Scouts announced Wednesday that they will start accepting girls in 2018. Girls will be allowed to join Cub Scout Packs, which consist of smaller groups called Dens. The Dens, however, will remain divided by gender, so there will be dens for girls and dens for boys. Just like the boys, girls will be able to move up through the scout ranks to have the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout.
Fire at Hornell Salvation Army:
Multiple fire departments battled a fire Tuesday night at the Hornell Salvation Army store. The Hornell, South Hornell, and Canisteo departments arrived on the scene around 8:30 p.m. and fought the blaze well into the night. Erie Avenue, Center Street, and Loder Street were blocked off during the fire. What caused the fire is unknown at this time.
Student Arrested for Allegedly Making Threats Against Watkins Glen School:
A student from Watkins Glen has been arrested after allegedly making threats against the Watkins Glen High School. According to police, a School Resource officer was told by a student Saturday that a 16-year-old had threatened violence against the school. The 16-year-old was taken into custody without incident and was charged with falsely reporting an incident. Police say there was never any danger to the school, and school officials were notified of the threat.
Petition Circled for Fired P-P Police Chief:
A petition has been presented to the Painted Post village board in hopes of convincing it to rehire former police chief, Dennis Mullen. Mullen was fired last week after the village gave him three options regarding pay and pension, and, according to the village, he continued to request time for weeks to seek legal counsel. Mullen, however, says he was fired unfairly, and he is now suing the village. The petition garnered more than 200 signatures, but it too is surrounded by controversy, with some residents saying that things on the petition were not true, and one village board member calling it outright lies. Community members say they will start another petition. Meanwhile, the police chief position remains vacant, with Village Mayor Ralph Foster saying that they “won’t be considering somebody else” until the litigation is resolved.
More Funding for Improving Water Infrastructure in Steuben Co.:
New York State is releasing more funding to improve the quality of water across the Southern Tier, including Steuben County. The Villages of Addison, Painted Post, Erwin,
and Wayland will all be receiving funds, almost $5 million total. The state expects that the water improvement projects will also create almost 1,200 jobs across the region.
State Comptroller Audited Steuben Co. IDA:
An audit by the state Comptroller’s office in 2015 included six state Industrial Development Agencies, including the Steuben IDA. The audit found some things the IDA could improve upon and made six recommendations. The IDA says that five of them were adopted and implemented in March of 2016. The last one, according to the agency, was “a result of discrepancies in data…”
Arc of Steuben Awarded $33,000:
The Arc of Steuben was recently awarded $33,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the Arc of Steuben’s guardianship and recreation programs. The recreation program received $15,000 which was used to fund a trip of more than 40 people to a Buffalo Bills game. The guardianship program received $18,000 which was used to offset some of the operating expenses of the program. It was also used to fund special trips and special projects for the people supported through the program. Also, in Arc news, officials have heard that the new Painted Post location is difficult to locate, so they’ve clarified that it is next to the All the Rave hair salon and the Post Office in the Village Square Plaza. They said they have signs in the windows, and they plan to add signs outside as well.
Call Homestead Museum Auction:
Contents of the former Call Homestead Museum in Hartsville will be auctioned on-site Friday & Saturday. The museum focused on farm life in days gone by. After it had become inactive for several years the State of New York asked Steuben County Historical Society in Bath to assume the assets. The museum is located at the intersection of Post Road and Purdy Creek Road in Hartsville. Friday's auction will emphasize tools, horse-drawn vehicles and equipment, "barn stuff," and a 1932 Chevrolet pickup that has been on the site since it was bought new, 85 years ago. Saturday's auction will concentrate on household materials, ceramics art, many period books, and more.
Campbell-Savona Drama Club Nun Run:
Upstate Farms and the Campbell-Savona Drama Club are inviting the public to run, walk, or stroll with the nuns! The Nun Run will be a family-friendly, costumed 5K race or walk. Get your costume ready… dress as a nun, priest, Pope, or alter boy as they celebrate Sister Act: The Musical, which is coming to Campbell-Savona High School November 17th through the 19th for three performances. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the run, and the costumes are fun, but not required. Pre-registration forms are available on the CS Drama Facebook page and must be returned by tomorrow. Day of registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $15.
Hornell Man Arrested for Attacking Officers with Axe:
Police say there were no injuries Monday after a Hornell man allegedly attempted to hit officers with an axe during an incident on High Street. According to the Hornell Police Department, officers attempted to evict 27-year-old Joshua Inserro from a home around 10 a.m. when he attempted to hit the officers with an axe and then allegedly barricaded himself inside. About an hour later, officers tased Inserro through an open window and he was arrested. Inserro has been charged with two counts of menacing a police officer, two counts of attempted assault, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.
Viral Car Stunt Leads to Charges for Corning Man:
A Corning man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly filmed himself performing a dangerous stunt and it went viral online. In the video, a man stands on the frame of a car, hanging on to the open door, and rolls it down Bailey Creek Road in the Town of Corning. As the video goes on, the car picks up speed, skids around the corner, and the man is thrown from the car and into a ditch. In charges filed October 6th, 21-year-old Christopher Merola is facing a felony count of falsifying business records, and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, as well as a slew of traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to keep to the right, imprudent speed, moved from lane unsafely, seat belt violation, and more. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Senator Schumer Vows to Fight for Farmer Safety:
Following the federal budget’s proposed cut of funding to the Northeast Center for Occupational Safety and Health for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (or NEC), Senator Charlies Schumer is vying to fight for programs that keep farmers safe. At a press conference in Hector Monday, Schumer said farm-related fatalities are 800 percent higher than many industries, and he believes the NEC provides area farmers with important life-saving resources, like the roll bar program that helps farmers buy a roll bar for their older tractors so in the event of a rollover, they’re safe. Schumer says he plans on doing whatever it takes to make sure the safety of farmers is prioritized in the next budget negotiation in December.
Registration Deadline for New Voters 10/13:
The registration deadline for first-time voters, not already registered, to vote in the November 7th General Election in New York is fast approaching. New voters must register by Friday, (Oct. 13) in order to vote in the November elections. Applications are available at the Steuben County Board of Elections at the County Office Building in Bath or at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Bath, Corning and Hornell. Applications also are available online.
New Location for Corning Food Pantry:
Staff and board members of the Corning Community Food Pantry are settling into a new location on East Corning Road. The new facility offers more space for donations, and allows the pantry to work on providing more fresh produce, dairy, and meat. It also has a full on-site kitchen, so the pantry can now offer cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops. Normal pantry hours will resume at the new location tomorrow.
Spaghetti Dinners to Benefit Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
Steuben County RSVP and the local Salvation Army will host three community spaghetti dinners to benefit the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services. Active in efforts to relieve the suffering during the recent onslaught of hurricanes in the South, the Salvation Army also is working to support relief efforts in Las Vegas. The dinner in Bath will be held at the American Legion on October 26th from 5-7 p.m.
Dansville Accident Hospitalizes Driver
State Police responded to a serious accident in Dansville over the weekend. State troopers say on Saturday at about 11:19 AM, a motorist hit a deer, flipping their vehicle and causing them to be ejected. The driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say speed may be to blame in this accident as the investigation continues.
County Finance Committee Meets Tomorrow
Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee will hold a budget workshop tomorrow morning to start finalizing its 2018 budget. Steuben’s current county budget totals $177.8 million and has a levy of $50 million. About $45 million of that levy pays for social service programs mandated by the state. The committee meets tomorrow at 11:00 AM in the legislative committee room and will most likely meet again this week on Wednesday.
NYS Could Deny Pension Entitlements to Corrupt Legislators
A measure that would disqualify New York lawmakers convicted of corruption from collecting their state pension benefits could be up for vote in November. The provision would be a referendum appearing on state ballot and if New York voters give it the majority, it would reform the state constitution to including a forfeiture of pensions going to lawmakers who are sentenced for crimes of corruption. Such reform has been supported by the governor and faced no opposition yet by any public official.
County Building Collecting Dental Hygeine Donations
October is Dental Hygiene Month and two local organizations are encouraging donations of dental supplies to help the community. Steuben County Health Department and S2AY Rural Health Network are collecting dental supplies to distribute to those in need through local food pantries.. A collection box for oral health supplies is located in the Steuben County Office Building for those interested in donating dental supplies until the end of October. Those who want to donate supplies but cannot make it to Bath can call the County Public Health office at 664-2438 to make collection arrangements.
NYS Assisted Suicide Court Ruling Challenged by Petitions
Petitions supporting the right for terminally ill patients to end their own lives were presented to Governor Cuomo’s top counsel. The petitions request that an adult who is terminally ill and mentally fit with a prognosis of six months or less to live would be able to legally pursue aid in dying with a lethal dose of morphine if “their suffering becomes unbearable”. Though the State Court of Appeals ruled assisted suicide is not a Constitutional right early last month, the seven judges also concluded the governor and Legislature have the power to legitimize assisted suicide.
ARC Office Opens in Painted Post
The Arc of Steuben is expanding as a new location in Painted Post has opened, replacing ARC’s previous Market Street location in Corning. Located at 199 Village Square in the Village Square Plaza, the newly-opened doors currently operate as office space for associates. The public can reach the new office by phone at 936-0315.
County Officials Remind Locals of "Ready Steuben" as Important Resource
Steuben County officials continue to remind citizens of the importance of installing Emergency Preparedness app Ready Steuben. In the face of natural disasters and other emergencies, the app can be a critical lifeline for Steuben county residents. With the potential of cell towers failing during a disaster or emergency due to dial out overload, Ready Steuben sends alerts updating locals with travel, evacuation and shelter digitally. The app also allows users to interact with neighbors and loved ones as well as send damage reports to first responders, allowing you to share your status. It is estimated that around 1,500 are already using the free app.
SUNY Board Votes to Aid Displaced Victims with In-State Tuition
Yesterday, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved setting the in-state tuition price for college students coming from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by the recent hurricanes. The action came after Governor Andrew Cuomo urged the directive earlier this week. The motion was unanimously approved via conference call, benefitting 214 displaced students with in-state tuition at least for this semester and possibly for a few after.
Reed's Week in Washington: Tax Reform
Congressman Tom Reed met in Washington this week, advocating the President’s latest tax plan, boasting bipartisan compromise and a 25 percent decrease on the individual tax code. Reed, who is part of the Ways and Means Committee, plays a major role in leading the tax reform issue in the House. He says Trump’s plan will help the working class in the Southern Tier, especially businesses. Opponents of the plan see legislation that will instead benefit wealthy millionaires, billionaires and corporations while hurting the working and middle class. Reed insists the plan will be designed for the working class and small businesses of the Southern Tier and isn’t yet finalized.
Reed Says Cuomo Politicized Shooting in Statement
Tom Reed has accused Governor Cuomo of politicizing the recent Las Vegas shooting. Earlier this week, Cuomo specifically called out the NRA and its support by Republicans for the absence of gun control laws he supports, dubbing the lack of such action after the shooting as “overwhelming cowardice”. In a statement the congressman responded, saying Cuomo is politicizing a recent American tragedy to blame Republicans and says the main priority should be to “unify around the victims, first responders, and their families."
Avoca Woman Arrested Stemming from June Death
State Police arrested 22-year-old Avoca woman Katherine Labarr-Bulson in connection with an unattended death that occurred on June 12th. LaBurr-Bulson was charged with one felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and released on her own recognizance.
TSA to Beef Up Security Statewide and Beyond
The Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director for Upstate New York Bart Johnson says the possibility of a terrorist threat “remains very real”. This month, airports will begin to require all electronics larger than a cellular phone to be screened outside of bags with an X-ray. All cameras, electronic book readers, laptops and tablets will be scanned. The TSA says this new enhancement to the screening process will give them clearer X-Ray images to observe possible leads on terroristic plans of attack. Stricter and more TSA changes are underway and another possible protocol to be added is checks for carry-on bags. Locally, Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has adopted these changes and reported the transition has been smooth and successful for the small airport. The TSA urges travelers to review what they can and cannot bring on board to ensure less fuss during boarding and travel.
Campbell Looking to Override Property Tax Cap:
A second Steuben County town is seeking to override the state property tax cap. The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing Monday, October 16th on a local law giving the town the authority to exceed the tax cap. That hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
Job Fair in Corning tomorrow:
If you’re looking for employment, or looking to change your current job, your chance could come tomorrow with the Corning Area Job Fair. The event will be held at the Nasser Civic Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 22 employers are expected to attend.
Gang Mills Fire Department Open House Sunday:
A Fire Prevention Open House will be hosted by the Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station. The event will include home gas safety tips from Corning Natural Gas, the American Red Cross home fire campaign, a K-9 unit from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and the LifeNet 77 helicopter. There will also be food, prizes, displays, a bounce house and slide.
Road Work on S.R. 21/36 in Hornell:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced work will begin on October 10 on State Route 21/36 south bound in the City of Hornell. Work will include bridge deck repairs over the Canisteo River. While work is being completed, the driving lane and shoulder on State Route 21/36 south bound will be closed to traffic. Traffic will travel through the open lane with no speed reductions. The duration of the work is expected to be approximately 2 weeks.
NYS Considering Clarifying Bump Stock Law:
As “bump stocks” make headlines after it was revealed Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used them in his rampage, state lawmakers are clarifying their illegal status in New York. While New York does not explicitly outlaw bump stocks, the state Penal Law does prohibit machine guns or “any other firearm or weapon simulating a machine gun.” So using a bump stock to make a semi-automatic rifle simulate a machine gun is a Class D felony. New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermen even went so far as to say that a semi-automatic rifle modified with a bump stock would actually be considered a machine gun under state law. To make the law more clear, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that would specifically outlaw the possession or manufacturing of bump-stock mechanisms and others that make semi-automatic weapons simulate machine guns. In something of a surprise move, the National Rifle Association, which has long been an outspoken opponent of gun-control proposals, issued a statement Thursday stating support for “additional regulation” of bump stocks.
Winning “I Voted” Sticker Revealed for Suffrage Centennial:
After more than 18,000 votes cast, a design has been chosen for the “I Voted” sticker that will be distributed at polling places across New York this Election Day. The new sticker is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, which was passed on November 6th 1917. Online voting took place between September 25th and 29th with the winning design receiving more than 9,000 votes. The winning sticker features “General” Rosalie Jones, a New York suffragist who led a 150-mile hike, on foot, from New York City to Albany in December 1912. Upon arriving in Albany, the marchers presented Governor-elect Sulzer with a petition. The winning sticker will be printed and distributed to Boards of Election in each county to be given out on Election Day, November 7th.
Watches Suspends Campaign for Surrogate Court Judge:
Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate Chauncey Watches released a statement Wednesday announcing that he is suspending his campaign. In the primary election, Watches won on the Conservative and Independence tickets, but lost the Republican ballot to Patrick McAllister. In his statement, Watches said he “reviewed the numbers in detail,… and given the history of elections in Steuben County” could not see a path to victory without appearing on the Republican line. He will still appear on the November ballot, but he will no longer be actively campaigning. As a sitting judge, Watches said he’s not allowed to endorse any other candidates, but he did say he’s known McAllister as a friend for a long time, and he wishes him well.
Corning Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend:
The quarterly dividend on Corning Inc.’s common stock was announced Wednesday by the company’s Board of Directors. Shareholders of record as of November 16th will be eligible for dividend of 15 and a half cents ($0.155) per share. It will be payable on December 15th.
High Bids for E-C Airport Glass Project Put Hitch in Revamp:
There’s been a small hitch in the ongoing renovation project at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Bids for the airport’s signature glass wall project, which will be the front of the new building, have come back higher than expected. Airport Manager Bill Hopper said they’ve had two bids for $6.9 million and $9.7 million, and that’s roughly two to three times more than their budget projected. Despite this, he said they want to keep the design as its symbolic to our area. He said they’re hoping to get local contractors to bid on the project. Bids are open until the 20th. The glass wall project accounts for about 12 percent of the overall $58 million project.
DEC to Hold Meetings Regarding Trout Stream Management:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that two public meetings will be held this fall as part of a series of statewide meetings on trout stream management. The meetings will provide an overview of the state's approach to trout stream management and elicit feedback from anglers regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout stream waters. One of those sessions will be held at the Hammondsport High School October 19th at 7 p.m.
Cuomo Hoping to Give In-State Tuition to Students Displaced by Hurricanes:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the state’s higher education officials to approve in-state tuition rates for students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by recent hurricanes. Cuomo says assisting these students will remove a “huge burden” as their families work to recover. Rates vary, but typically, an in-state student can save roughly $10,000 a year. New York previously authorized such tuition changes for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
First Responders to be Honored at Bath Football Game:
During Bath-Haverling’s next home football game, Saturday, October 7th, the district will be honoring our first responders. Coach Wayne Carroll said that they are hosting a first responders day, and any and all first responders are welcome to the game with free admission, and they’re invited on the sidelines before the game. They encourage first responders to wear their uniforms and to come down to the sidelines to talk to the Coaches and players.
Candlelight vigil for Las Vegas in Bath Today:
Following the lead of other Episcopal churches in the region, the St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bath will hold a candlelight vigil tonight to mark solidarity with those who died in Las Vegas and those whose lives are forever changed. Reverend J. Brad Benson said that this will not be a political rally, but rather an opportunity for the community to come together and grieve. They are planning to toll the church bell 59 times, once for each of the victims, starting at 8 p.m. Following, there will be brief remarks, prayers, bagpipe, and possibly some singing. The event will take place on the corner of Washington and Liberty Streets, in the park just north of the church. Candles will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own.
Hornellsville Town Supervisor Has Died:
Long time Hornellsville Town Supervisor Ken Isaman has died. Isaman passed on October 2nd after a struggle with Lewey Bodies Disease Dementia. Isaman served on the Town Board of Hornellsville for 27 years and was the Town Supervisor for over 10 years. He also served as a Steuben County Legislator for 12 years. There will be a reception in his honor at the American Legion on Seneca Street in Hornell tomorrow at 6 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hornell Salvation Army, Southern Tier Food Bank, or the Hornell Humane Society.
2 Arrested for Growing Marihuana:
Two people have been arrested after New York State troopers received an anonymous report of a subject, currently on probation, that was growing marihuana and possibly possessing a firearm on Acomb Road in the Town of Dansville. Troopers report that upon their arrival they witnessed 7 marihuana plants growing in plain view. A search of the residence allegedly turned up a small amount of marihuana and paraphernalia. 58-year-old Katherine Kurtz and 67-year-old Richard Kurtz were both charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and unlawfully growing cannabis. Both were issued appearance tickets. Katherine Kurtz is currently on probation for a previous grand larceny conviction.
Rep. Reed Hold Town Hall in Urbana Sat.:
Congressman Tom Reed will hold three town hall meetings on Saturday, October 14, 2017. One is in Steuben County. Reed will be at the American Legion in Urbana that day from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.
Steuben Co. Shared Services Plan Presentation Oct. 12th:
The Steuben County Shared Services Panel will be providing a public presentation on the proposed county Shared Services Plan on Thursday, October 12th. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers of the County Office Building in Bath.
NYS Considering Ban of Anonymous Political Ads on Facebook:
New York State is considering new legislation that would require all political ads on social media platforms, like Facebook, to contain the name of the individual or group that paid for it. The bill was proposed by Long Island Senator Todd Kaminsky, who says requiring more information about the groups paying for ads would discourage false and misleading statements while giving citizens more information about those trying to influence their vote. The proposal would also apply to campaign mailers.
Thrills and Chills in the Southern Finger Lakes This Fall:
With the arrival of Fall, it’s time to take advantage of the collection of seasonal and Halloween happenings in the Southern Finger Lakes, and to make it easier to find them all, Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties have joined together to create Thrills and Chills. The listing features the best fall foliage, harvest, Halloween events, and other activities happening in the Southern Finger Lakes. The full collection of events is available online at http://www.thrillsandchillsflx.com.
Missing Broome County Man Could Have Been in Corning:
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing persons case out of the Town of Union that may be tied to Corning. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Kyle Lenga was last seen Thursday around 8:30 p.m. at a home in Union, which is about 8 miles west of Binghamton. He reportedly sent a text message around 11:30 p.m. that night from Steuben County, in area of Corning. Lenga has brown hair, hazel eyes, and multiple tattoos. He is described as 5’10”, 165 pounds, and was driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla with New York plates HEX-5984. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Broome County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 778-2053.
Bath Man Charged in Wheeler Domestic Incident:
The New York State Police announce the arrest of 36-year-old Cedric Williams following an investigation into an alleged domestic disturbance in the Town of Wheeler. It’s alleged that Williams, while in a vehicle in the area of County Route 8, engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with a female acquaintance. Williams has been charged with strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment and he has been sent to the Steuben County Jail with no bail as a predicate felon.
Hornell Woman Accused of Defrauding Social Services:
A Hornell woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding social services. 48-year-old Shawn Burroughs allegedly reported and filed with the Steuben County Department of Social Services multiple false applications and re-certifications to receive SNAP and Temporary Assistance dating back to 2013. In September, a grand jury issued an indictment and a warrant was issued on charges of grand larceny, 24 counts of offering a false instrument, 30 counts of falsifying business records, 5 counts of welfare fraud in the 5th, and 2 counts of welfare fraud in the 4th. Burroughs was arrested on September 29th and was released to appear at a later date.
Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Arrested:
An inmate of the Steuben County Jail has been arrested following investigation into an altercation that occurred inside the jail on September 26th. 29-year-old James Smith has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking another inmate. Smith was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and was sent back to the jail without bail.
Painted Post Police Chief Says He Was Wrongly Fired, Mayor Responds:
Controversy is swirling in Painted Post following the firing of now-former police chief, Dennis Mullen. Mullen told WENY News Monday that village officials handed him paperwork earlier in the day, and reportedly told him that if he refused to sign he would be fired. Mullen says he requested time to consult with legal counsel, but another qualified officer was interested in the position and so he was fired. Village Mayor Ralph Foster has responded to the allegation, saying that the village reached out to Mullen on September 14th with the same paperwork, which contained three options for Mullen to choose from in regards to pay and pension. The Mayor told WENY that he believes Mullen delayed the process by continuing to request more time to consult with his lawyer. Foster said Monday was the last day of Mullen’s extension, and when Mullen requested yet more time, the village decided to fire him.
Elmira Applies for Funding for First Arena:
Looking to put the difficult few past years of the First Arena behind it and hoping for a brighter future, the Elmira City Council approved Monday a resolution to apply for a $5 million grant through the “Restore New York Communities Initiative.” The money would, according to officials, go toward several aspects of the arena in need of repair, such as renovating the ice plant. The grant is meant specifically for cities struggling with infrastructure issues, so local taxpayers are not expected to pay to address the ongoing arena concerns.
Outdoor Show Expected to Draw Thousands to Steuben Co. Fairgrounds:
When the 11th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Recreation and Sports Show takes place October 14th and 15th it will have a new venue, a Paralympian champion, and other added attractions. The show will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds this year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s festivities include special guest, Paralympics silver medal winner Matt Stutzman, who holds the current Guinness World Record for the “Longest Accurate Archery Shot” of 310 yards. He’ll present his prowess with a bow and arrow at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Admission to this year’s Outdoor Show is $5 per person, or $10 per car. As many as 7,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Hport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Hammondsport Central School will hold a Board of Education Audit Committee Meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Steuben Co. Boys Basketball Officials Seeking New Members:
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials, IAABO Board 156, is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting, to be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 at the Bath American Legion. For more information, contact Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.
Teen Accused of Abandoning Baby in Elmira to Undergo Mental Evaluation:
The teenager from Sayre, P.A. accused of abandoning her baby behind a home in Elmira was back in Chemung County Court Friday. Harriette Hoyt appeared for a motions hearing, in which her lawyer filed several motions including an order for a mental evaluation for Hoyt. That is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. The case is adjourned until October 27th.
Record Breaking Wineglass Marathon Sunday:
It was a record-breaking Wineglass Marathon Sunday, as the men’s winner, Tim Chichester, broke a 20-year course record. A biology teacher at Arkport Central School, Chichester ran the marathon with a time of 2:20:19.19, more than two minutes faster than the mark set in 1997 by Andrew Herr. On the women’s side, Marina Orrson got her first win of the full-marathon after previously winning the half-marathon two years ago. Other highlights from the race include runner Karen Murray, who ran her hundredth total marathon this Sunday.
Multiple Injuries at Darien Lake:
While riding the “Silver Bullet,” several people were injured Saturday evening at Darien Lake. Officials say the incident, which a spokesperson has said was not a ride malfunction, happened just after 5 p.m. The park guests were injured as the ride was coming to a stop, according to the park’s manager. They were treated on scene by the Darien Lake Medical Team. Each ride at the park is inspected daily. After the injuries Saturday, the ride was inspected a second time and safety crews found it to be working safely. Both the park and ride reopened Sunday.
Constitutional Convention Information Session Today:
The Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning will hold an informational session today regarding the New York State Constitutional Convention and Referendum. The forum will feature the history, process, delegate selection, and function of the constitutional convention and referendum. There will be a question and answer session after the discussion. The event is designed as a safe space for all voices. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$214.8M to Support NYS Wine Industry:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers to get out and support the state’s wine and craft beverage trails during this fall harvest season. To support the success of wineries and wine trails, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in support of 103 upgrade projects to roadways, bridges, and culverts that improve access to wineries throughout the State. There are 182 wineries participating in the state’s wine trails, and they drive tourism and strengthen the craft beverage and food industry. New York’s wine industry generates more than $4.8 billion annually, including $408 million in state and local taxes.
Ceremony in Campbell Honored Veterans:
A special dedication Saturday honored veterans of Campbell. A new memorial monument was unveiled by the American Legion. The new memorial replaces the old wooden Honor Roll Board that was badly damaged. The new memorial took two years to complete, with the Sons of the Legion purchasing bricks with the 119 names of the World War 2 Campbell Veterans that were on the original Honor Roll Board. Bricks are still available for purchase for current or deceased veterans of Campbell, or veteran members of the Robert N. Austin Post 1279.
Wineglass Races Kick Off This Weekend
The Wineglass Marathon began yesterday with the Wineglass Expo at the Corning Museum of Glass. The 36th annual full marathon is at 8:15 am tomorrow. The race begins in Bath and ends on Market Street in Corning. Other races include the Corelle 5K, Wineglass Fest 8K and the Half marathon which sold out in record time a few months ago in mid April. Local businesses anticipate exposure and an economic boost from the popular event. About 7,000 runners will be participating from 48 states and 12 foreign countries.
No Steuben Municipalities in Fiscal Stress According to Comptroller
NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System has designated 27 municipalities across the state as fiscally stressed. The list, which includes eight counties, eight cities and 11 towns, marks the fewest number of municipalities listed in stress since. 2013. No municipalities in Steuben County are listed as being in fiscal stress.
Pulteney Road Construction Progresses
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work on State Route 54A in the Town of Pulteney has reached an important point toward completion. The ongoing work includes 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 be substantially completed today. The highway will be reopened in both directions with a temporary gravel surface at the work location. Work on the second site, located approximately 11.5 miles north of Hammondsport, is expected to will begin on Monday.
County to Meet About Leachate Treatment Plant Restoration Monday
Steuben County might be saving some money on at least one project. On Monday, the county public works committee will meet. On the agenda is a discussion of the leachate treatment plant tank restoration. The cost of that contract is revised, saving the county a little more than $26,000.
Women's Suffrage Play Tonight in Bath
American Association of University Women BATH BRANCH members are preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in NYS. To celebrate this, Peg Inglis has written and directed an original play, “LADIES: ITS TIME.” The show will be performed one time only—Saturday evening at 7:00 PM at O’Malley Hall in Bath. Tickets are $15 per person and are available from any AAUW member or order them online from BrownPaperTickets.com.
New Steps to Fight Opioid Abuse/Addiction in NYS:
New York State is taking new steps to help fight opioid abuse and addiction. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced legislation that looks to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the ability to go after dealers who manufacture and sell, and raising the amount of Naloxone doses covered in insurance plans. Naloxone is often used to help addicts recover, and as fentanyl can be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, it can take multiple doses of naloxone to reverse a fentanyl overdose.
Setback for Opponents of Seneca Lake LPG Storage:
A setback has been issued for opponents of the proposal to store liquid petroleum gas in depleted salt caverns near Seneca Lake. In a filing dated September 8th, an administrative law judge issued a ruling that there is no need for further hearings on the issues raised by “Gas Free Seneca” and similar groups. The document states that “petitioners fail to raise any adjudicable issues.” Reportedly, Gas Free Seneca expects to appeal the ruling to the DEC. They have until October 20th to do so.
No Charges to be Filed in Fatal Waneta Lake Accident:
The investigation by the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office into a boating death on Waneta Lake in August has concluded, and D.A. Joe Fazzary says that it was a tragic accident and no charges will be filed. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Owen Thomas, of Brighton, died after falling overboard around 8 p.m. on August 10th. Two other people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Public Input Sought on Former Corning Hospital Cleanup:
The public is being invited to comment on the proposed cleanup of the former Corning Hospital on East Denison Parkway. The proposed remedy involves several steps, to include excavation and off-site disposal of fill material having hazardous characteristics and the construction of a site-wide cover system. An investigation discovered some groundwater contamination as well as several metal compounds in the soil. Project documents are available at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The DEC will accept comments until November 10th.
Reminder – Bath Traffic, Parking Changes for Sunday’s Wineglass Marathon:
The Wineglass marathon is Sunday and Bath police chief Chad Mullen says there will be temporary parking restrictions on several local streets. In addition, Mullen said there will also be temporary changes in traffic lane patterns on West Washington Street and East Steuben Streets. Enforcement of the parking restrictions will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday…just look for the signs, police say.
Caton Seeking Speed Change on Whiskey Creek Rd.:
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board meets today in Bath. One item on the agenda is correspondence from the Town of Caton, which is requesting a speed reduction on Whiskey Creek Road.
Flu Shot Clinic at Corning YMCA:
The Corning YMCA is partnering with Wegmans Pharmacy to host a flu shot clinic on
Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Members 18 and older will be able to receive flu shots without prescriptions or appointments. The cost is covered by most major insurance companies. Credit cards accepted.
Men that Shot at Addison Home in July Indicted for Attempted Murder:
The two men that shot at an Addison home in July have now been indicted on charges of attempted murder. On July 24th, 28-year-old Benjamin Alderman of Corning, and 22-year-old Daniel Scott of Pine Valley, allegedly entered the home and shot at the victim. Both men are also facing felony charges of reckless endangerment and assault charges.
Three Arrested in Corning Meth Bust:
A meth bust in Corning has resulted in the arrest of three men. According to the Corning Police Department, officers were called on a report of criminal trespassing on East Fifth Street and they discovered a working meth lab in a detached garage. Arrested were 42-year-old James Carson, 26-year-old Eric Graham, and 37-year-old Todd Speicher. Speicher and Graham were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. Carson was remanded without bail.
Bath Looking to Override Property Tax Cap:
The Town Board in Bath is once again seeking to override the state property tax cap. Earlier this month, the Board introduced a local law giving the town the authority to raise taxes more than the state allows. The town will now hold a public hearing on the law. That hearing is scheduled for October 10 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.
Siemens/Alstom Merger Won’t Affect Amtrak Deal:
In the wake of the announcement that Siemens and Alstom plan to merge, the Hornell Industrial Development Agency says it expects the transition will be smooth, and that it won’t affect the Amtrak deal recently acquired by Alstom. IDA Director Jim Griffin said Wednesday that the merger means “nothing but positive” for the community, and that there probably won’t be a lot of changes locally for at least a year or two.
Underage Drinking Serious Problem in Steuben, Experts Say:
Professionals and parents joined in a community conversation on underage drinking Wednesday evening at a town hall at the Haverling High School in Bath. Underage drinking is a significant problem in Steuben County, say local experts. Nearly 65 percent of students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades surveyed in the 2015 “Risk & Protective Survey” reported they had had an alcoholic drink within 30 days, according to the Steuben Prevention Coalition.
Candidate for 23rd Congressional Seat Walking Across District:
One candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District is getting up close and personal with his possible future constituents in a unique way. Candidate Ian Golden is walking across the 450 mile, 11 county district. He started Tuesday, leaving from Geneva, and as of Wednesday morning he was in Penn Yan. Golden said he plans to meet with local farmers, restaurants, businesses, and residents, and he also plans to attend various community events. More information about his trek can be found on his campaign website.
Sheriff Allard Complete Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18th through the 22nd. Sheriff Allard joined 29 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs in areas such as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.
Father and Son Charged with Drug Possession in Bath:
A father and his son were arrested and charged in Bath following a traffic stop on I-86 by state police. According to authorities, 45-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Coty Ward, both of Oneonta, were stopped for vehicle and traffic violations and troopers could allegedly smell marihuana in the vehicle. State Police report they found .9 ounces of suspected Hashish oil, 3.9 ounces of packaged marihuana, 2 smoking devices, and 20 containers used for storing Hashish oil. Michael Ward was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Coty Ward was arraigned and remanded to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Siemens, Alstom to Merge:
Two international companies, both with locations in the Southern Tier, have announced they will merge. German based industrial equipment maker Siemens AG has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with French based rival, Alstom. Siemens has a location in Painted Post, and Alstom has one located in Hornell. At this time, there’s no word yet if the merge will affect local jobs or locations.
Rep. Reed Says “Simple, Modern” Tax Reform Plan to be Unveiled Today:
During his weekly media call Tuesday, Representative Tom Reed said that President Trump plans to unveil the GOP plan for tax reform today. Reed attended a tax reform meeting with both the President and Vice President at the White House Tuesday as part of the Ways and Means Committee, and he said it was both optimistic and bipartisan. Expected proposals include lowering the corporate tax rate, repealing the estate tax, eliminating state and local tax deductions, addressing the number and percentage of individual tax brackets, and possibly the cutting of taxes on the middle class. Reed said the new code will be developed to be “simple, fair, and focused on growth,” and it isn’t, as critics claim, pandering to wealthy individuals and corporations.
Work on S.R. 414 Starts Today:
Asphalt pavement overlay work begins today on State Route 414. The project will extend from the Corning city line to Kerrick Hollow Road, for a total of approximately 4.8 miles. The scope of this project includes the town of Corning. While work is being conducted, intermittent closures to the I-86 west bound on-ramp in Corning will be necessary.
Bridge in Hornby Restricting to One Lane, Weight Limit Posted:
The bridge on Wilson Hollow Road over Wilson Hollow Creek in the Town of Hornby will be restricting to one lane of traffic starting tomorrow, according to town officials. The bridge, which is located just north of State Route 414, has also had its weight limit “R”-Posted. Traffic will be restricted on the bridge until it can be replaced in the summer of 2018.
Public Health Warning Issued for Seneca Lake:
A public health warning has been issued by Schuler County Public Health regarding Seneca Lake. Harmful blue-green algae blooms have been identified on the east side of the lake, and officials urge residents and visitors to not swim, fish, or boat in those areas as they can cause health issues for both people and animals.
“I Voted” Sticker Vote:
The 2017 general election will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York and the state is looking to celebrate by creating a new “I Voted” sticker and in true democratic fashion, they’re opening the final design choice to a vote. New Yorkers can vote one of three special stickers, and the winner will be distributed at polling places across the state on Election Day November 7th. Voting closes this Friday, September 29th at 5 p.m. Vote at https://www.ny.gov/content/vote?nysWebRef=Email.
Volunteers Sought for Southern Tier Outdoor Show:
The 11th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show is coming up October 11th through the 14th and its looking for volunteers to help. Positions needed included helping children fish, directing the crowd through activity stations, transporting the public around the grounds on a golf cart, and manning a stationary booth. Volunteers who work at least four hours will receive a T-shirt, a meal ticket, and water. Volunteers will receive access to the show anytime that they’re not working. For information, call (607) 583-3224, or visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com.
NYS Senate to Hold Hearing on Identity Theft:
Following the major data breach at Equifax that has affected more than 8 million New Yorkers, the state Senate is looking to make sure residents are protected. The Senate will hold a hearing this week to come up with a plan to best protect your personal information. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into the Equifax breach, and he has also asked other credit monitoring firms to say what they’re doing to keep data safe.
Lyft Could Soon Provide Rides To-From E-C Airport:
Chemung County is reportedly is talks with ride-sharing company Lyft for service to and from the Elmira-Corning Airport. Lyft would operate in addition to the other transport services already with access to the airport, and as part of the agreement, the county would get two dollars from each fair. Lyft would be subject to the same standards as the other services. That said, some county officials have questioned how Lyft drivers would be authenticated. A public hearing on the matter is expected to be held at a later date.
Hornell Area Family Resource Center Opens at New Location:
The Hornell Area Family Resource Center reopened its doors Monday after being closed for a month. It’s now it at a new location, the Hornell Intermediate School at 71 Buffalo Street. The center provides a multi-resource foundation for families providing a place to play, workshops on parenting education, literacy programs, and health and wellness information at no cost. It originally served children 0 to 5 years, but has expanded to serve kindergartners through 12 graders.
Water Rate Increase for Town of Corning:
Residents of the Town of Corning will see an increase in their water bill as the five water districts are being consolidated. The Corning Manor, Gibson, East Corning, and East Corning extensions one and two will be consolidated and the rates per quarter will start at $23 for the first 7,480 gallons. Every additional gallon will increase $3.50. The changes are expected to start October 1st.
O’Mara, Palmesano Holding Town Halls This Week:
Two local lawmakers will be meeting with constituents this week. State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will hold town halls on Thursday at the Woodhall Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m., and then at the Campbell Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.
Geneseo Cancels Rest of Football Season:
The Geneseo School District has announced that it is forfeiting the rest of its High School Football season after drug accusations were leveled against several players. In a statement, the district said that several players have been dismissed from the team, and due to the number of players involved and the seriousness of the incident, they will forfeit the reminder of the season. They have also forfeited the game they played on Friday against Bolivar-Richburg. The Junior Varsity and Modified teams will continue their seasons as scheduled. According to the Geneseo Police, the department is investigating allegations that a Geneseo student and member of the football team took Oxycontin pills from a parent without their knowledge and then gave them to fellow team members before the Bolivar-Richburg game on Friday.
Water Main Replacement Closing Some Corning Streets:
Some streets in Corning will be closed for a portion of the day starting today as the City Water Department replaces water mains. Columbia Street from East First Street to East Second Street will be closed while the work is being done. That means no traffic or parking. Crews will be working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next three weeks.
Training Simulation Held at E-C Airport:
It was quite the sight Saturday at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport with emergency responders, fire, and many injured, but thankfully it was all pretend. The airport held a mock disaster drill as is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years. The exercise, which was a car on fire with the scenario of an approaching plane that crashed, was designed to test the response of the airport, fire companies, police, and local hospitals. To make the training more real, first responders traveled in real time from their stations, and simulated victims were treated and taken to area hospitals. At a mock briefing about the crash, Director of Aviation Bill Hopper said that he “found things that [he’s] not prepared for and having drills like this force you to look at those things and get prepared.” He added that while it does cost a bit, that’s what you have to do as safety is very important and worth the investment.
Steuben Co. to Host 3rd Substance Abuse Forum Oct. 20th:
Steuben County officials will hold their third forum this year on opioid and substance abuse from 5:30 to 7 p.m. October 20th at the Corning-Painted Post High School. The forum will aim to inform residents about the issues surrounding the local opioid abuse epidemic and the available resources within Steuben to help combat those issues. Speakers include representatives from substance abuse counseling, law enforcement, social services and education, as well as those recovering from addictions and groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.
NYS Agriculture Dept. Accepting Applications for Growing Hemp:
The New York State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from researchers, farmers, and businesses interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp industry. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that does not contain the level of active compounds in marijuana. New York launched a pilot program for hemp farming last year and it has expanded this year. Applications will be accepted by the state DOA until November 22nd.
Finger Lakes SPCA Coral for Cash Oct. 6th:
The Finger Lakes SPCA will again be looking to raise funds for animals in need with their annual Coral for Cash Lock-Up event. On Friday, October 6th, you can stop by the River’s Edge Farm on Cameron Street in Bath between 4 and 7 p.m. to view comical court proceedings, visit their “prisoners,” and help “bale” out your favorite desperado. There will also be food and drink, games, musical entertainment, adoptable animals, and an on-location broadcast with your hometown station, WVIN. For more information, visit http://www.fingerlakesspca.org.
Farm City Day Attracts Hundreds:
The popular Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm-City Day was a-breeze with sunshine and smiles Saturday at Karr Dairy Farms in Hornell. Farm-City day has been an attraction in Steuben for decades, providing area residents with a closer look at farm life with activities such as petting baby farm animals, picking a pumpkin, and getting lost in a corn maze. The Karr Farm has been a family farm since 1950. Besides hosting the public on Saturday, they also hosted school children from districts across the county earlier in the week.
CMOG to Host 2018 Travel Conference
Corning Museum of Glass will host a major travel conference in September 2018. TBEX North America has chosen Corning as its main venue for its annual conference with hundreds of travel bloggers and other media professionals the week of September 11th-13th of next year. Officials and locals alike anticipate the event will bring business and exposure to the Gaffer District and Finger Lakes Region.
County Legislature to Meet About Bath Town Land Purchase
Steuben County lawmakers want to purchase some private property in the Town of Bath. When the Legislature meets Monday morning, it will vote on a proposal to purchase about 11 acres of land on County Road 15, Knight Settlement Road. The property is located adjacent to the county landfill. The county wants to maintain a buffer between the landfill and other property.
New Steuben County Historian Appointed
Emily Simms of Bath has been appointed by the County Manager as the Steuben County Historian. However, the title won’t become official until the county legislature confirms the appointment on Monday.
Governor Cuomo Makes Stance on Climate Change
Governor Andrew Cuomo has met with fellow American leaders to support efforts fighting global climate change. Cuomo met in his office with California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee about the recently formed U.S. Climate Alliance. The group is composed of fifteen states and U.S. territories as well as mayors of several major American cities and other US leaders as an alliance to adopt the greenhouse gas reduction measures outlined in the Paris Climate Accord that was defiantly rejected by President Trump.
Estate Workshop Planned for October
An informational workshop called “The Estate Administration Survival Guide: The Probate Process,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Dormann Library, 101 W. Morris St., Bath. The session is held for those who are named executor of a decedent’s estate to educate guests about the types of estate administration and, the legal steps that happen in every estate administration, taxes, and more. Registration is required by calling 664-2300. For information, visit putknowledgetowork. org.
Wayland Woman Jailed for Stolen Property & Multiple Charges
A Wayland woman was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and second-degree aggravated unlicensed vehicle operation. Sara G. Incarnato was charged Thursday upon being pulled over by State Police for traffic stop on South Main Street. Incarnato was found to have been the subject of another investigation in March 2017 in Hornellsville where she used another person’s name during a traffic stop. Police discovered the license plates on her vehicle which were reported stolen. For all charges, Incarnato was arraigned in Wayland Village Court and sent to Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Tomorrow's Bath Kiwanis Youth Soccer Game Cancelled
The Bath Kiwanis Youth Soccer has decided to cancel all games for Sunday. In a Facebook post, officials said “overly hot temperatures” in the weather forecast prompted the cancellation. Officials said safety will always be a top priority.
County Executive Krusen Found Innocent of Criminal Conduct
A Chemung County Executive was found to have committed no criminal conduct by Steuben County’s District Attorney. County DA Brooks Baker ruled the case of Chemung County Executive Mike Krusen using a county fuel card was authorized. Executive Krusen was grateful for Baker’s objective review of the issue, calling these accusations made about five months ago by Chemung County’s Sheriff Moss “baseless”. Krusen has served Chemung County for over thirty years and says he looks forward to continuing working within his community.
Corning City Paving Close to Completion
The city of Corning is about to wrap up a very productive season of city street and alley improvements. Currently, inhouse paving to improve parts of Buffalo Street is in the works and once that is complete, a few other Corning city streets will be upgraded with mill and overlay work as well as a crack sealing for a few alleys and streets. The budget for these infrastructure repairs was increased by $100,000 this year and according to Mayor Negri, the feedback he’s heard about the street restoration has been entirely positive.This season’s cost of revitalization is projected to reach approximately $1.1 million.
Steuben Unemployment Average Drops from Year Ago
When looking at the numbers for August, compared with a year ago, unemployment rates have dropped in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. The rate held steady for Yates while the numbers ticked up for Allegany. According to the Department of Labor, there were roughly 40,600 people employed in Steuben County as of last month. From August 2016 to August 2017, the State’s private sector job count increased by 141,500.
O'Mara Praises Hemp Group's First Session
New York State’s newly established “Industrial Hemp Working Group” met for the first time at the capital Wednesday. State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the newly formed group, called the session “an exciting effort to spark the growth of industrial hemp manufacturing in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.”
Wayne Town Board to Hold Budget Meeting in October
The Wayne Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for next month to talk about the town’s proposed budget for next year. The hearing will be held at the town offices on October 10th at 6:30 p.m. A copy of the spending plan is available at the town offices and the public is encouraged to attend next month’s hearing.
State and Local Politicians Talk Healthcare
New York politicians are speaking about the very current issue of healthcare reform. At a public meeting yesterday, Senator Tom O'mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano spoke against the New York Health Act, a bill guaranteeing the right to affordable health care for every New Yorker without copays, deductibles and out of pocket insurance premiums. Palmesano believes the proposal would fiscally hurt taxpayers and businesses such as the financial industry due to a tax increase, bringing a hole in the state budget that could never be corrected. Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Schumer said a bill that would reinforce Obamacare instead of repealing it is underway being drafted by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators.
Cuomo Says Graham-Cassidy Will Worsen State Debt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a press conference against the Senate’s latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare. Cuomo says that when the law permitting Medicaid payment programs expires on September 30th, funding to New York public and safety net hospitals serving those in poverty will drop $1.1 billion in the next 18 months with no way for the state to fund this cost, leaving New York to face a $4 billion deficit coming into 2018. Cuomo's concern is Congressional gridlock preventing the funding from becoming renewed. The governor also said the Graham-Cassidy bill’s passage would cause New York to lose $19 billion in Medicaid block grants, 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose their health coverage if the bill passes, and risk over a million health care-related jobs.
NYS Site Allows Homeowners See Mailing Status of STAR Checks
A new state website has been launched by the STAR program to put homeowners at ease as they await money to help pay for school taxes due by the end of this month for most of the state. The website informs homeowners whether or not the State of New York has mailed their STAR checks out. More than 130,000 STAR checks will be mailed by the state Department of Taxation and Finance statewide and a department spokesperson said over 57,000 checks have been mailed out.
Bath Traffic Stop Results in Two Drug Arrests
Two men from Oneonta are facing felony drug charges after they were stopped on the Interstate in the Town of Bath. Troopers said 20-year-old Coty Ward and 45-year-old Michael Ward were both charged with 5th degree drug possession with intent to sell. Michael Ward was also charged with driving while impaired by drugs, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, criminal possession of marijuana and traffic counts. Both men were held on cash bail.
Marshall Says for Disasters, Preparation is Key
Steuben County Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall says that the wake of Irma reminds citizens about the importance of preparedness for such disasters. According to Marshall, our area’s primary disaster concern is flash flooding which poses a challenge in area evacuations. Marshall stresses the importance of planning evacuation routes, assembling survival kits, having an adequate food and water supply, First Aid supplies on hand and access to the “Ready Steuben” and “Code Red” apps to provide immediate information.
Addison and Arkport to Receive NYS Water Project Funding
New York state announced a $69 million funding investment for local water and sewer projects. The support will go towards projects in a dozen cities and towns. The Village of Addison is set to receive $5.9 million to upgrade its wastewater system while the Village of Arkport gets $3 million in funding for the replacement of both raw water mains and finished water distribution mains, rehabilitation of its spring collection system, intrusion alarms and back-up power at the treatment facility. The funding is provided by a state program that gives aid to local governments that cannot otherwise afford to finish water projects on their own in the form of grants and zero to low-interest loans.
DWI Arrest on I-86
A traffic stop on I-86 yesterday ended with the arrest of a Pennsylvania woman. State Police said 37-year-old Darrin Steadman of Knoxville was charged with DWI, speeding and other traffic infractions. She was released to a third party.
Cuomo Proposes New Security Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies
After the recent Equifax security breach, Governor Cuomo’s administration says it is pursuing action to guarantee that in the future, credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place. The governor says credit reporting companies are not required to have the same cybersecurity protections as banks and insurance companies while handling sensitive customer data such as Social Security numbers and credit history. Cuomo attributes that to lack of regulation and has directed the Department of Financial Services to require credit reporting agencies to register with with the state starting in February. Since August, credit reporting agencies were given stricter cybersecurity requirements for banks and other lending institutions.
Schneiderman Leads Coalition Calling for Investigating Opiate Manufacturers
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a bipartisan coalition to investigate major manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs by serving subpoenas to four major pharmaceutical companies, a supplemental investigative subpoena to one pharmaceutical company and demanding documents from several companies, including three that manage about 90 percent of the nation’s opioid distribution. Across the country, 41 other attorney generals have signed on to support the effort which aims to reveal if these big pharma companies have unlawfully distributed prescriptions and what incentive structures are used in sales. The Attorney General wants to combat the opiate epidemic systematically, noting “Prescription opioids are the on ramp to addiction for millions of Americans."
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.