Three Arrested in Sex Offender Sweep:
This month the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in a cooperative effort with the United States Marshals Service, conducted status and address verifications of over 250 registered sex offenders in the county. As a result, three men were arrested and two warrants were issued for interstate fugitives. Arrested were: 69-year-old Jessie Smith of Bath for alleged failure to register and or verify an address change; and 57-year-old Charles Wolf of Canisteo and 58-year-old Jeffrey VanSkiver of Prattsburgh, both for alleged failure to register and or verify for individual internet access or identifiers. All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
Cuomo Urges Renewal of Farmers’ Market Food Stamp Program:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on federal officials to renew the policy that allows food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers’ markets. The Governor says that the state was notified by the federal government that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients would no longer be able use their benefits at farmers’ markets because of a technology change. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cuomo argues that the program gives low-income families access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally produced items and that to eliminate it would hurt both recipients and local farmers. The Department of Agriculture has not yet responded.
Reed Headed into November Election from Strongest Position Ever:
As the November General Election draws near, incumbent Congressman for the 23rd District, Republican Tom Reed is heading to the polls from his strongest position ever at this point in a campaign. It was announced last week that the Reed Campaign has raised over $500,000 in the second quarter and now has over $1.25 million cash on hand. Reed said that he’s grateful for the support of his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York.
Mitrano Endorsed by Sen. Gillibrand, Former Lt. Gov. Lundine:
Congressional hopeful Tracy Mitrano has received a pair of new endorsements in her race against incumbent Tom Reed. On Friday, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and ten year member of congress, Stan Lundine endorsed Mitrano during a press conference. Lundine said as a native of Western New York, he knows Mitrano has the commitment and competence to provide effective leadership for the region and the nation. Then, on Saturday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support for the challenger for the 23rd district seat, saying, “Tracy has the smarts and grit to fight for working and middle class families.”
Kanona Rest Stop to be Closed on July 18th:
The state Department of Transportation has announced that the Kanona Rest Area on I-86 will be closed this Wednesday, July 18th. The rest stop, located on the west-bound side of the interstate, will be closed for construction through the entire day, but it is expected to reopen the following day on Thursday, July 19th. Motorists are reminded not to speed through work zones.
Hundreds Turn Out for 4x4 Convoy for Trooper Clark:
Hundreds of participants turned out this weekend to take part in a 4x4 convoy in support of fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark. The convoy made its rounds Sunday from Painted Post to Canisteo and back. Trooper Clark’s brother, Nathan, offered his thanks to everyone, saying that their family appreciates it from the bottom of their heart. As it was such a massive success, officials say the event will now become an annual tradition.
Wayland Man Arrested for UPM
Steuben County Sheriffs’ Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Wayland man. Thomas Hough is alleged to have possessed hashish oil and marijuana while in a vehicle on Lackawanna Street in Wayland. Hough was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana and released to reappear in Wayland Town Court next month.
Vital Statistics Consolidation Approved for Avoca Town and Village
Steuben County Human Services Health and Education Committee approved the consolidation of vital statistics between the Town of Avoca and Village of Avoca. The town and village each maintained separate records prior to the approval but the municipalities will now combine their vital statistics under the authority of the town. Vital statistics records include documents such as birth and death records as well as marriage and divorce records and are maintained by the state Department of Health, who made a strong recommendation to consolidate the records to avoid duplicate reports.
NYS Assembly Passes Bill Banning Under 21's from Serving Alcohol
The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it illegal for anyone under age 21 to serve alcohol or handle an open container and it may impact Southern Tier wineries and restaurants negatively if signed into law. The bill would also make other restrictions like limiting the number of wine or cider tastings a winery could give and making it against the law for a winery to serve the same person more than once in the same day. If the governor signs the bill into law, it could affect employment and hours of workers under 21 working in establishments serving alcohol and harm local business in wine country.
DOT Announces Upcoming Keuka Rest Stop Closure
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that on Wednesday July 18th, the Kanona rest area will be closed. For an entire day, the rest area located on the west bound side of Interstate 86 will be closed for construction but will reopen the following day on Thursday July 19th. Motorists traveling through there are reminded not to speed through the work zone.
Chemung Sheriffs Want Leads for Hobby Lobby Larceny Suspects
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public in an investigation into a larceny that happened at the Big Flats Hobby Lobby on County Route 64. The Sheriff’s Office needs information to identify three women who allegedly stole merchandise there June 20th. Security photos of the three female suspects were posted on the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page yesterday. Anyone with information on the identity of any or all of the three women is encouraged to contact the Office’s Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 737-2933
Marijuana Legalization May Generate $678 Million in Tax Revenue
This week, the New York State Department of Health released a 74-page analysis estimating marijuana legalization could help the state generate a potential tax revenue of almost $700 million. The report also estimates state residents and visitors spend between $1.7 billion and $3.5 billion on illegal cannabis annually and claims New York “would be one of the largest potential regulated marijuana markets in the United States.” Between $250 million and $678 million in revenue for “public health, education, transportation, research, law enforcement and workforce development.” could be seen by New York depending on the tax rate created by lawmakers. The governor has softened his stance on the substance recently, helping to commission the Department of Health’s analysis released yesterday. State lawmakers will return to Albany in January, giving them time to consider possible proposals for legalization.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:
A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Hornell, and could face additional charges in relation to an overdose in Hornell. 32-year-old Paul Rivera was stopped by police on July 11th and was allegedly found in possession of 38 bags of heroin, 16 bags of crack cocaine, and 5 bags of crack hydrochloride – all ear marked for sale and distribution. Rivera is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and three counts of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third. Further charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and assault in the second as a result of a heroin overdose are possible, pending lab results. The overdose occurred on June 29th and Narcan was administered to the victim. Rivera has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Former Savona Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Mismanagement of Funds:
In Bath Village Court this week, former Savona Mayor Gregge Harrian pled not guilty to charges in relation to alleged mismanagement of village funds during his term. Harrian is charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and two counts of first degree falsifying business records, both class E felonies. Harrian allegedly misappropriated thousands of dollars in village funds for unauthorized and personal transactions. He has been released on his own recognizance and is due back in court in September.
Crestwood LPG Storage Proposal Is No More:
After 8 years, the battle over proposed liquid petroleum gas storage in underground salt caverns around Seneca Lake is finally over. Thursday the DEC issued an application denial to Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC; a subsidiary of Crestwood Equity Partners. Many residents of the Finger Lakes region have already come out in support of the decision. Crestwood has yet to respond.
Sitel Laying Off 184 Workers:
Sitel announced Thursday that it’s laying off 184 workers from its Painted Post location. The company sites the departure of a major client, believed by employees and local officials to be the Wall Street Journal, as the reason for the terminated positions. Affected employees will be let go sometime in October. According to the company, full-time workers who stay through the termination date and who currently have benefits will remain eligible for those benefits through the last day of their last month.
Judge Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in County Judge Race:
Judge Chauncey Watches has filed petitions securing him four ballot lines in this fall’s election for Steuben County Judge. Watches filed Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party petitions. In all, he and his team collected nearly 2,000 signatures – hundreds more than the minimum 5 percent required by state law.
Medical Marijuana to Become Alternative to Opioids:
Anyone in New York prescribed an opioid will soon be able to request medical marijuana as an alternative. The state Department of Health announced the new policy Thursday, with state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker saying medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective pain treatment that doesn’t have the risk of addiction that comes with opioids. He said offering the alternative is a critical step in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The new policy is expected to take effect this fall.
Nixon Officially Secures Spot on Primary Ballot:
Cynthia Nixon has officially earned her spot on the upcoming primary ballot for New York State Governor. She and her team have collected more than 65,000 signatures. Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo already secured his place on the ballot by receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party. The primary is set for September 13th. The winner will face off against republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the November General Election.
Public Housing Smoking Ban Takes Effect This Month:
At the end of this month, all public housing agencies (PHAs) have to be smoke-free. The regulation was adopted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2016. Under it, lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, are prohibited in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices, and all outdoor arears within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings.
Steuben Hall of Fame Reception July 23rd:
The public is invited to the Steuben County Hall of Fame reception immediately following the regular session of the county Legislature on July 23rd. Those nominated for honors in 2018 and expected to be approved during the regular legislative session are: Mark Alger, first count administrator, and later the first county manager; Clara Comstock, known as “The Orphan Train Lady,” for selecting adoptable children from New York City and sending them by train to destinations farther west; and Anna Cadogan Etz, who was active in the New York State Women’s Suffrage Association and who’s newspaper column “Suffrage Notes and Comments” appeared in 40 newspapers from 1912 to 1917. The reception honoring these inductees will be held in the County Office Building third-floor foyer.
Hockey Returning to First Arena for 2018 Season:
According to 18 Sports, Elmira Pioneers Owner Robbie Nichols will be returning hockey to the First Arena for the 2018-19 season. Nichols and the owners of the First Arena, the Chemung County IDA, have reached a deal in principle and once the paperwork is finalized, Nichols would bring an FHL team to the city. A press conference could reportedly be called as early as next week. The team would complete an eight-team league with the season starting in November. Complete deal details, including the selecting of a new team name, will be discussed at the future press conference.
Four Steuben Land Bank Properties on the Market:
Less than a year after restoration efforts began, two rehabilitation projects through the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) are now back on the market. The properties are 161 Kingsbury Avenue and 232 Onondaga Street in Corning. They were selected last November for rehab efforts after assessments indicated the properties could be restored and sold at reasonable prices. They were two of four projects selected. The other two are on East Washington Street in Bath and on Wells Street in Hornell. Those two were demolished in early 2018 and now the vacant lots are for sale. More information about all four properties can be found online at http://www.steubencony.org/landbank.
A.U. Renames Prestigious Award, Creates Scholarship in Honor of Trooper Clark:
Alfred University is paying tribute to fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark with the creation of a scholarship in his name, and the re-naming of a prestigious student-athlete award in his honor. University President Mark Zupan said they will be working with Clark’s family to determine the criteria for the scholarship, and if anyone is interested in donating, checks can be made out to Alfred University with Nick Clark Scholarship in the memo and mailed to University Advancement, One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY, 14802. Besides the endowment, the Alfred University Athletics department will rename one its most esteemed awards, the Ideal Saxon Award, to the Nicholas F. Clark ’11 Ideal Saxon Award. The annual award recognizes the achievements of a male and female student-athlete who displays excellence in both academics and athletics while providing service and leadership to the AU Community. Trooper Clark was killed July 2nd in the line of duty.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Announces Pistol Proficiency Course Dates:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced two dates for a Pistol Proficiency Course. The 12 hour course will be held July 21st and 22nd and September 15th and 16th at the Bath Rod and Gun Club Law Enforcement Range from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Pistol permit holders will receive instruction in safe pistol handling, storage, carry and use, as well as shooting fundamentals and positions, and threat assessment. All students must provide a copy of their pistol permit, approved pistol, holster, and reload device or method, approved eye and ear safety devices, approved 250 rounds of pistol ammunition, a check or money order for $20 payable to the Bath Rod and Gun Club, and their own food and drink. The course will be limited to 30 students and due to the anticipated high interest, pre-registration is required. To register call 622-3930.
Beer and Cider Ice Cream Now Legal in NYS:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law this week that makes the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer legal in the state of New York. The legislation requires that the frozen treats contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibits sales to anyone under 21. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator James Seward, says it combines two of New York’s leading industries: dairy and locally crafted beer and cider.
Hammondsport Businesses Struck by Car:
Two Hammondsport businesses suffered damage early Tuesday morning when they were struck by an alleged drunk driver. In a post on Facebook, Erin Maloney of Maloney’s Pub, said that considerable damage was done to their front porch, and that several trees and tables at the Village Tavern were damaged. Maloney’s did open for regular business Tuesday afternoon. Police have not released any information about the driver.
Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:
A Corning man is facing a charge of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed. According to the Communications Director for the Reed Campaign Abbey Daughtery, yard signs for the Reed Campaign had been disappearing, so tracking devices were put in the signs, and one such device led police to the home of Gary McCaslin. McCaslin is the leader of the group Citizens for a Better Southern Tier, which names itself on its Facebook page as a bipartisan organization working to ensure all concerns of the residents of the 23rd District are heard and addressed by elected officials. McCaslin will answer the charge in Corning City Court at a later date.
Steuben Property Auction Friday:
The 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction is this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School. Some 60 properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org. The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual site in Bath.
Drug Take Back Act Signed into Law:
The New York State Senate announced Tuesday that the “Drug Take Back Act” has been signed into law. Sponsored in part by Senator Tom O’Mara, the legislation established a unified statewide drug take-back program that will reduce medication misuse, and will save government and taxpayer money by expanding the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations. It will also protect the state’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means. The act will make pharmaceutical manufactures responsible for costs of the program, including public education and awareness, drug collection, transport, and destruction.
$275,000 Awarded to E-C Airport:
$270,000 in federal funding is headed to the Elmira-Corning Airport, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The announcement was made Tuesday. According to Schumer, the funds will be used to market the airport’s expanded service between Elmira and Newark.
Bath Police Endorse Chauncy Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:
The Bath Police Benevolent Association announced Tuesday its endorsement of Republic Judge Chauncey Watches for Steuben County Court Judge. The PBA represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department. In their endorsement letter, PBA President William Baker said that “…Judge Watches has never let [them] down.” In response, Watches said he’s honored and humbled to have the support of the Bath Police. This year’s Primary Election is set for Thursday, September 13th, with the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th.
Rep. Reed Endorses Farley for Senate:
Congressman Tom Reed has announced his endorsement of Chele Farley for U.S. Senate. Farley is looking to unseat incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Reed called Farley “the smart choice for New York,” and said, “her experience as a businesswoman combined with her plan to protect taxpayers across [the] state is a winning formula.” In response, Farley thanked Reed for his support.
Steuben Residents May Be Eligible for Cooling Assistance:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging and county Department of Social Services urge older adults and people with certain medical conditions to find out if their household qualifies for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Benefit program. Eligibility requirements include: gross monthly income at or below HEAP’s monthly income limits, or the household receives SNAP, temporary assistance, or supplemental security income living alone; a household member has a documented medical condition worsened by heat; the household received a regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year. For more information call the Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298 or the Department of Social Services at (607) 664-2500.
Residents Encouraged to Use Blue Light Bulbs in Commemoration of Fallen
Area residents are being encouraged to switch their porch lights to blue lightbulbs this Friday in commemoration of local fallen Trooper, Nicholas Clark. Trooper Clark was killed on July 2nd while responding to a suicide call in the Town of Erwin. Police Benevolent Association Troop E Delegate, Trooper Jason Sheridan said that Corning Home Depot is getting in on the initiative as well. The store donated over 700 blue lights to Troop E troopers and Canisteo residents to help them make the switch. If you do switch your porch light, the PBA encourages you to take a photo and post them on social media using #SupportTrooperClark.
Corning, Inc. Recognized for Disability Inclusion:
Corning, Incorporated has been named one of the best places to work in the United States for disability inclusion by the Disability Equality Index. According to DEI, Corning, Inc., was one of the major businesses to score a 100, meaning they adhere to most of the disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI. The list was established in 2015. This is the first time Corning Inc. has been featured.
Bath Man Arrested for Failing to Register Address with Sex Offender Registry:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Charles Augrom III for allegedly failing to notify the sex offender registry of a change of address within 10 days, a class E felony. Additionally, he’s accused of failing to personally verify his address every 90 days as a level 3 sex offender, also a class E felony. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Child Porn Charges Leveled Against Former Ovid Boy Scouts Employee:
A Lyons man that used to work for the Boy Scouts of America is facing charges of child pornography. According to federal prosecutors, 34-year-old Russell Ruth worked for Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid. This past March, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report from Yahoo that a subscriber uploaded five files to their servers suspected to be child pornography. Police traced the files to an email address allegedly belonging to Ruth and a subsequent search warrant executed at his home resulted in hundreds of images and videos of minors being recovered. As Ruth was employed by the Boy Scouts, investigators are asking anyone that might have information related to the case to contact the Buffalo office of Homeland Security at 716-464-5949.
Steuben County to Fund Opioid Services:
Steuben County will continue its battle with the local opioid epidemic, despite a lack of anticipated funding from the state. County Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health Education Committee Monday the state has cut anticipated funds for jail-based opioid treatment by 75 percent, with the remainder of the funds split between a few counties. Steuben planned to use that money as part of is Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE) program, announced in February, with hopes of expanding counseling and treatment services for inmates at the county jail. Steuben is one of the few counties in the state now providing even limited in-house treatment for inmates with substance abuse, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard.
LPG Storage Project Loses Support of Schuyler Co.:
The Schuyler County Legislature has reversed its decision to support the proposed Finger Lakes LPG Storage Facility Project, which would see gas stored in underground caverns beneath Seneca Lake. The legislature issued support in 2014 and again in 2016, but unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that withdraws its support. The decision comes after Crestwood issued a letter to the DEC stating that pressure testing done in some of the caverns revealed what is essentially a lack of integrity.
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both its regular and re-organization meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the High School library.
Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors:
An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent
call for eligible donors of all blood types – but especially type O – to give now. The call comes after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized last week as the holiday was celebrated. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed. You can help by scheduling an appointment to donate by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Locally, both Bath Ambulance and the Steuben County Office Building will hold drives this week on Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively.
Tractor Trailer Roll Over Near Savona Being Investigated
A tractor trailer roll over that happened this weekend on I-86 in Savona is under investigation by New York State Police. The accident occured on exit 40 underneath the bridge on Interstate 86. The driver of the trailer was not injured in the rollover but the accident did cause Department of Transportation Officials to temporarily close one lane of traffic where the crash happened as crews worked to clear the scene. Police are continuing to investigate to determine what caused the rollover.
Reed Leads Mitrano Majorly in Funding
Last week, Tracy Mitrano was named Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd district and looks like the underdog for campaign fundraising as the 2018 election cycle kicks off. Mitrano is running against Reed, the Republican Congressman who was elected in 2010. According to the Federal Election Commission, Mitrano has $56,000 in her campaign war chest compared to Reed’s $1.1 million. Whether or not Mitrano can shrink or close this financial gap and whether or not monetary resources matter to win this year’s congressional election is a question voters will answer November 6th.
Real IDs Issued by DMV Required by 2020
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has launched their public awareness campaign reminding New Yorkers to get a “real id” as soon as they can because it will be required by the year 2020. Anyone wishing to fly within the US will need either a real ID or enhanced driver’s license to do so by October 2020. Those who travel abroad will now need a real ID as well as their passport. To get your Real ID you must go to your local DMV bringing your birth certificate with seal, social security card and two proofs of ID confirming your address.
Schumer Calls on Trump to Stop Canadian Tariff for Paper
US Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer called on the White House and Department of Commerce to waive the tariffs imposed on Canadian paper used for newsprint. Schumer says the tariff on groundwood paper will likely result in job cutbacks in New York as well as less pages for informative content and says the decline in printing newspapers may harm business for U.S. groundwood paper producers. The Department of Commerce will determine in August if these tariffs will become permanent as they evaluate if they will injure or put US business at risk.
DiNapoli Warns of Fiscal Risks if NY Spending Continues
New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report on the state’s financial plan, warning that if current trends continue it will result in state spending outpacing state revenue within three years, putting New York’s economy at risk for collapse if it declines or the federal government cuts funding. If current spending continues, DiNapoli reports that a cumulative deficit of almost $18 billion will be seen within a three-year period. State tax receipts this year total $78 billion- a 1.7 percent drop from 2017 that leaves the state with less revenue to support 2018’s budget that saw $6.5 billion added in new spending.
Timber Rattlesnakes Out for Summer in Southern Tier
Summer is here in the Southern Tier and as all the outdoor fun begins and continues, local nature experts warn us of a seasonal danger many people in this area are not aware of: rattlesnakes. Timber rattlesnakes have blackish-colored bodies, triangular heads and make a rattling sound with their tail. To keep safe if you see a timber rattler, do not harm or kill them since they are a threatened species. Be aware of where you step while outdoors or in the woods and if you do get bitten, act fast by calling 911 immediately as their venom takes about an hour to affect humans. Timber rattlesnakes have been alive and spotted in the Southern Tier: sightings around Big Flat’s Route 352 were reported this summer but over the years, the threatened species have been making headlines since the late 2000’s as more people have reported sightings, mostly in the Corning area.
Man Who Shot Trooper Found to Possess Illegal Firearms
Stephen Kiley, the man who who reportedly shot and killed State Trooper Nicholas Clark, was found to be in possession of a dozen illegal firearms during the time of his death according to the New York State police. The Bradford Central School principal possessed eight assault rifles, three handguns, a standard rifle, two sound-suppressing silencers and multiple ammunition magazines of high-capacity. According to the autopsies, Kiley died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head but was shot in the chest by law enforcement prior to killing himself. Trooper Clark’s autopsy reports that he died from buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun. Funeral Services for the Officer will be held 11am tomorrow at Alfred University.
Reed Visits Prattsburgh to Talk Rural Broadband Access
Congressman Tom Reed made an appearance at Prattsburgh this week to speak with Empire Access leaders to talk about the issue of broadband accessibility in rural communities. The latest versions of the Farm Bill in House and Senate have included broadband access improvements such as investments of more than $500 million into rural broadband expansion and infrastructure and establishes new minimum acceptable standards for broadband service to make sure rural access is indeed high speed. Broadband deployment loan programs would also see extensions and increases in funding under the bill while loans would be authorized for “middle mile” infrastructure in rural areas.
Schumer Introduces Bill for Vets to Solicit at USPS
A new bill introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer may have the U.S. Postal Service allowing veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property. A decades-old rule forbids all solicitation on post office property but Schumer believes that it’s a condition that’s “exasperating” and has called on the postal service to allow vets to fundraise on the property. “There are lots of causes and a lot of people who may want to sit in front of the post office. But they’re not at the same level as people who risked their lives for America,” said Senator Schumer. Schumer expects the legislation will pass with bipartisan support by October.
Reed Supports Military Force if North Korea Does Not Commit Peace
Local New York congressman Tom Reed telling a national audience that if Kim Jong-un does not commit to peace it will only leave the United States with the option of military force. The U.S. is hearing reports that North Korea continues a secret nuclear buildup. Reed made the remarks during a CNN interview.
New TV Ad Campaign Shows Deadly Results of Opiod Abuse
As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities across New York State, a cross section of county leaders have come together to create a campaign to bring awareness to the signs of opioid abuse. The New York State Association of Counties has partnered with the New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners to create a hard-hitting advertisement that will run on television stations throughout New York State. State officials say from 'first responder' law enforcement receiving calls for help, to the 'last responder' Coroners and Medical Examiners confirming the cause of death, local government officials confront the effects of addiction and opioid abuse in our communities every day. The Association of Counties said they are hopeful that this campaign will raise awareness of the signs of addiction before it's too late.
Free Medicare Seminars in July
Free Medicare Seminars are slated to be held for the month of July. Office of the Aging will sponsor the three seminars which will be led by certified Medicare insurance counselors from the organization. The information is geared toward those becoming Medicare eligible or those with questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, low-income subsidies and anything else Medicare-related. The programs are scheduled for:
-July 18 at 10-11:30am at the Steuben County Offices Building’s third floor South Conference room
-July 19 at 1:30-3pm at the Hornell Senior Center
-July 24th at 10-11:30am at the Corning Senior Center’s small conference room.
To make a reservation or get more information, call Steuben County Office of the Aging at 664-2298.
Schumer Talks Farm Bill at Campbell’s Upstate Farms Cheese Factory
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped into Upstate Farms Cheese Factory in Campbell yesterday afternoon to speak with leaders at the company about what he wants to contribute to the latest farm bill that passed in the Senate. Schumer said that steel tariffs and dairy trade relations with Canada are currently the two conditions impacting companies like Upstate Farms. Schumer vows to do whatever he can to help preserve jobs and keep this business expanding as the House and Senate plan to revise the bill into its final version before awaiting the signature from the President.
Palliative Care Act Awaits Full Committee Vote in Congress
The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act is advancing in congress. This week, Congressman Tom Reed said the measure he introduced passed the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and will advance to the full committee to be voted on. Reed said the measure would increase palliative care and hospice training for healthcare professionals, enhance research on improving the delivery of palliative care and launch a national campaign to inform patients and families about the benefits of palliative care.
Corning Man Charged with Making False Written Statement
A Corning man will appear in Riverside court following his arrest. State police charged 59-year-old Thomas Gorton with making a false written statement. The alleged incident occurred Tuesday. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.
Cohocton Woman Arrested for Driving While Impaired
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Cohocton woman for driving under the influence. Sheriffs say while on State Route 371 in Cohocton, Tonya Cagle operated a vehicle while impaired by drug use. Cagle was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs and moving from a lane unsafely. She was arraigned in Cohocton Town Court and released on her own recognizance for a July 19th reappearance.
Steuben Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee meets Monday morning they will discuss multiple issues including Authorizing a Public Hearing on an Eight-Year Review of our Agricultural District (District #3) and a Watershed Study Request made by County Manager Jack Wheeler. Budget presentations will also be shared for funding groups ARTS of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Wine Country. The Monday meeting will happen 9am at Legislative Committee Conference Room in the Steuben County Office Building.
Human Services, Health & Education Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education committee will meet Monday morning. The committee will be asked to support a resolution supporting the consolidation of the town and village of Avoca vital registration districts. Both local governments have already adopted resolutions supporting the move. The consolidation effort is at the urging of the state Department of Health.
Funeral Services for Trooper Clark Scheduled for this Weekend
Fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark will be laid to rest this weekend at his college alma mater Alfred University. Calling hours for the public and law enforcement will be at the McLane Physical Education Center on 99 North Main Street in Alfred from 1 to 6pm this Saturday July 7th. Clark’s funeral service is the day after on Sunday at 11AM at Alfred State College on 10 Upper College Drive.
Reed Expresses Agreement with Trump Tweets
Congressman Tom Reed says he agrees with tweets posted recently by President Trump calling Democratic politicians like Pelosi and Schumer “weak on crime and border security”. Reed expressed his opinion on the issue while making remarks during his latest weekly media conference call.
Bath Board of Education Meets This Evening
The Bath Central School District Board of Education will hold its reorganizational meeting today at 5:30pm. The meeting will take place in the Haverling High School LGI Room (450) and the Board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting will follow immediately after this reorganizational meeting.
Summer Learning Program at Dormann Begins with Picnic Tonight
Dormann Library in Bath will kick off its Summer Learning program this evening at 5pm with a free hot dog picnic. Attendees can register for the library’s summer program while learning about activities that will be offered during the six week program, which has the theme of “Libraries Rock” this year. Every youth who attends the picnic will get a free book and can check out the Rockin’ Robot Rally and a musical “petting” zoo.
Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Speculative Ticket Sales
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this week requiring online ticket marketplaces to post clear warnings if a seller does not own tickets to an event at the time of the ticket sale. The bill will take effect in 180 days and aims to prevent ticket scalping and speculative sales when tickets are sold ahead of major events and people buy the tickets only to be scammed by not receiving them. The practice is already banned on a few secondhand marketplaces like StubHub and SeatGeek. Sports fans in New York could see the option of buying “membership passes” where fans pay a monthly fee to attend certain games and have their tickets assigned the day of the event. The monthly pass measure is similar to the baseball clubs found in other states and relaxes state law requiring the option of a paper ticket to be given to New York event-goers.
DEC Urges Public to Avoid Feeding Bears
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos advises the public to reduce the potential of attracting nuisance bears by preventing their access to food sources and never feeding bears intentionally. Black bears are becoming more active and as bear breeding season continues the DEC has received numerous reports of bears breaking into buildings and vehicles as well as approaching camp sites to obtain food. Residents are advised by the DEC to remove all bird feeders outside of your home, keep garbage, grills, bird seed and pet food contained in a secure and solid structure like a house, shed or garage, put trash on the curb the morning of collection and not the night before and close garage doors and ground-floor windows and doors at night. If you do see a bear remember to not panic, don’t approach surround or corner the bear, back away slowly and do not run, don’t throw food or anything else at the bear and if you do feel threatened by the bear, raise your arms over your head to look bigger and yell loudly at the bear while backing away slowly.
Local Fireworks Happening for the Holiday
Fourth of July is here and our local communities are ready to celebrate patriotically with a very favorite and sparkling American Independence Day tradition: fireworks! In Corning fireworks kick off 7pm tonight at Corning Memorial Stadium. Veterans’ Memorial Park In Hornell will begin its annual fireworks show at dusk tonight. For those looking to catch fireworks later this week: Clute Memorial Park in Watkins Glen will hold fireworks this Friday night beginning at 9:30 and at dusk on Saturday the Hammondsport Fireman’s Carnival will have fireworks to enjoy.
Mitrano Named Democratic Candidate for Congress
Democratic Candidate Max Della Pia has conceded to the race for the 23rd Congressional seat. Results of counting partial absentee ballots for the Democratic Primary held last week placed Tracy Mitrano in the lead and was the reason why Della Pia has decided to concede. Mitrano is the Democratic candidate who will face Republican incumbent Tom Reed on November 6th for the general mid-term election.
Marshall Holds Press Conference Regarding Monday’s Shooting
Bradford Superintendent John Marshall held a press conference at the Bradford Central School District’s bus garage regarding the shooting of fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark and the suicide of Principal Steven Kiley. Marshall did not answer any questions from media or citizens at the conference. Superintendent Marshall instead read a prepared statement acknowledging Trooper Clark as a hero for his service in law enforcement and confirming Kiley as an employee of Bradford Central School but did not share any further developments, noting: “As this is an ongoing police investigation, the District is not at liberty to release any more information.”
Schumer Pushes Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help expand the budding craft brew industry in the Southern Tier by uniting to pass legislation that cuts in half the excise tax on small breweries. The tax cut aims to give more brewers a chance to better invest in their business and employ more new workers to boost local economies. Existing tax cuts for small breweries expire in 2019 but the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) Schumer is pushing for would drop the $7 per barrel tax instead to $3.50. Schumer says the cut could save breweries up to $210,000 per year. Schumer also wants more funding by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau to hire additional federal inspectors to approve and review currently-delayed permit applications needed by wineries, distilleries, and breweries to sell their locally-crafted products and expand their business.
Signal 30 Fund Supports Family of Fallen Trooper Clark
Service arrangements for Trooper Nicholas F. Clark have been set for this Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th. The New York State Trooper was killed in the line of duty earlier this week and the Police Benevolent Association announced that it's accepting donations to its “Signal 30 Fund” to help his family. The PBA says 100 percent of donations made to the fund goes towards Troopers and their families in the event of illness, death or injury. Donations to the Signal 30 Fund can be made by check or credit card and are tax deductible. Please make checks can be made payable to: NYS Troopers Signal 30 Benefit Fund, and mailed to: NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 120 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Those interested in supporting online can go to the Signal 30 Website https://signal30.org/online-donations/ . To support Clark’s family please include his name in the check’s memo line or for online donations, type Trooper Clark’s name in the box asking for a specific fundraising event.
Gas Prices Up From A Year Ago Statewide and Nationally
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86 today, which is an increase of 63 cents from a year ago when the price was $2.23 according to AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY). New York State’s average decreased a cent from last week with today’s price at $3.01 but one year ago, the state average was more than 50 cents cheaper at $2.43. AAA expects 46.9 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles this Independence Day holiday travel period, which continues through Sunday.
Flags Fly Half-Staff for Fallen Trooper Clark
After an incident near Corning yesterday, State Troopers reported the loss of Officer Nicholas Clark. Clark was responding to a domestic incident on Welch Road when he was murdered by 43-year-old Stephen Kiley, principal of Bradford Central School, before Kiley took his own life. A procession for Clark was held last night beginning in Binghamton, continuing in the village of Bath where he served during his assignment at Troop E/SP of Bath, and ending in Clark’s hometown of Canisteo. The Governor ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Clark’s honor today and State Police are still investigating this incident.
Steuben Officials Discuss Cancelled Funding for Inmate Treatment
Officials at Steuben County say they are considering other options locally to fund drug treatment of jail inmates after state funding they were promised was cut. Yesterday at the County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee meeting, County Manager Jack Wheeler said State funding was cut by “about 60-70 percent”. Wheeler says he hopes to make room in the budget to make local positions for a substance abuse counselor and possibly a case manager at the county jail. Wheeler says there will be no reimbursement via Medicaid for the county providing the treatment to inmates. Next week Wheeler anticipates to present a plan to the Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee at its meeting.
Painted Post Man Arrested for Hitting Police Car
A repeat DWI offender from Painted Post was arrested and sent to jail in Broome County following an accident in Binghamton. Broome County Sheriff's say 43-year-old Tiko Gray sideswiped a marked police car on Front Street and after they pulled him over, Gray failed a series of sobriety checks. Police discovered Gray had his license revoked since 2013 for a DWI arrest and did not have the required ignition interlock device installed in the car he crashed. Aggravated unlicensed operation and aggravated DWI are among the many charges Gray will face in court.
Men Arrested for Leaving Pets in Overheated Vehicles
Upon responding to a complaint of a dog in distress, state police arrested 65-year-old Kishor Gadkaree of Painted Post. Troopers charged Gadkaree with leaving an animal in a vehicle in extreme heat at an Erwin shopping center and expect him to show in court at a later date. Troopers also arrested 39-year-old Aaron Markle of Corning for allegedly leaving an animal in an overheated vehicle in the village of Riverside. Court action is pending for Markle.
Tips to Avoid Car Theft for Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
New York State Police announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding its annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign this month. According to the NHTSA, a motor vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds in the United States. July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and if you’re a car or truck owner, here’s a few tips to prevent theft of your vehicle:
- Lock and close all doors and windows once you are parked
- Do not leave the area while your vehicle runs
- Park in well-lit areas
- Do not leave your keys in your vehicle
- Always stow away your valuables.
National Grid Asks Upstaters to Reduce Power Use
National Grid is asking upstate New York customers to reduce unnecessary electrical usage for the rest of this week due to the high energy demand caused by the extreme heat. Reduce energy use by turning off lights when not in use, unplugging electronics and delaying the use of hot water appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. To conserve energy while keeping your space cool, National Grid says to deter overheating by drawing blinds, shades and drapes, using fans when possible and if you need to increase air conditioner settings, do so slightly only by a few degrees and don’t forget to change filters and clean air conditioners regularly. Programmable thermostats are highly recommended as they can save you energy with little effort at an estimated $180 annually.
NYS Police Report Shooting in Corning
New York State Police report “a shooting and an active scene” in the Corning Area. Residents on Powderhouse Road received phone calls from New York State Police early this morning telling them to “stay inside and lock your doors.” Information is limited. Please stay tuned to WVIN.
Evidentiary Hearing Held for Neurauter Murder Case
An evidentiary hearing for Lloyd Neurauter, the man accused of killing a Corning woman in August of 2017, was held in Steuben County Court. The hearing revolved around if a 3-hour FBI interview with Neurauter will be admitted as evidence in his murder trial where prosecutors allege Neurauter and his daughter Karrie killed Lloyd’s wife Michelle and staged the murder scene in her home to look like a suicide. Karrie will serve 15 years to life in prison for pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder in March while Lloyd Neurauter awaits the beginning of his trial in September.
Corning PD Participating in Statewide Patrol
The Fourth of July may not be until Wednesday of this week but the statewide patrol to combat drunk driving during the holiday week continues. Corning Police are participating in the crackdown which began this weekend on Saturday June 30th and will end next weekend on Sunday, July 8th. The Corning PD is able to enhance their patrols for the busiest holiday weekend of the summer thanks to grant monies funded by the Steuben County DWI Program. Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding says: "Given the availability of taxis and ride sharing apps, there is no reason that anybody should be drinking and driving."
State Parks Begin “Operation Dry Water”
New York’s waterways are also receiving expanded patrol efforts to prevent boating under the influence. State Park Police have begun “Operation Dry Water” where there will be numerous checkpoints for sobriety throughout New York State. Those who boat under the influence can expect to face a fine of $1,000 and a year in jail if it’s their first offense. Additional charges may earn you a fines of at least $10,000.
Heat Wave Remains Until Late Evening
The Heat Wave issued beginning this weekend continues until 10PM tonight. A mix of sun and clouds will be seen throughout the afternoon but temperatures are expected to remain be in the 90’s and expected to reach up to 104 degrees. Please observe heat safety by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing, staying out of the sun and in air conditioned spaces if possible, drinking plenty of water while avoiding alcohol and caffeine and regularly checking on your sick, frail and elderly neighbors, family and friends.
Mental Health Education Begins September for NYS K-12 Students
A state law signed by the Governor in 2016 that intends to educate students on mental health went into effect yesterday. The law requires districts to provide mental health education as part of its health courses but does not have mandates for any specific curriculum. The Mental Health Association will develop the School Mental Health and Training Center to serve as a resource for schools on how to make and teach mental-health lessons like recognizing mental health problems and how to seek and get help for those issues. Elementary and high school students will be introduced to this new mental health education when they return to school in September.
New Trial Issued for McCallum Case
A man who is serving a state prison sentence for committing a burglary and robbery in Steuben County two years ago will be getting a new trial. A state appellate court ordered the new trial for 38-year-old Joseph McCallum of Osceolla, PA. The Justices agreed that McCallum’s trial attorney was ineffective and made blatant errors. In its ruling, the appellate court said that defense counsel’s actions deprived defendant of a fair trial. The court also tossed one of the criminal counts. McCallum and others allegedly robbed a man in Lindley. He is currently serving an 11 year term at Attica Correctional.
Cohocton Man Arrested for DWI
A 33-year-old Cohocton man was arrested this week for DWI after being pulled over on State Route 21 in Wayland. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office allege Anthony J. Infantino operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition and charged him with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with greater than .08% blood alcohol content. Infantino was released on traffic summons to appear again in Town of Wayland Court next month.
Bath Man Arrested for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report the arrest of a Bath man for violating terms and conditions of his probation. Christopher A. Spengler of West Steuben Street was arraigned for the violation in Village of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.
Elkland, PA Man Arrested for Traffic Charges in Lindley
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report that 37-year-old Steven Torres of Elkland, Pennsylvania allegedly operated a motor vehicle on County Route 115 in the Town of Lindley while his New York State license or operating privileges were revoked. Torres is also alleged to have a suspended vehicle registration. Torres was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, operating while registration is suspended or revoked and driver’s view obstructed. He was arraigned in Corning Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Bath Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Bath man was arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit and District Attorney’s Office. Steuben Sheriffs allege that 36-year-old Kristopher E. Delill knowingly possessed and filed a forged landlord statement with intent to defraud the County Department of Social Services back in April. Delill was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree, arraigned in Town of Avoca Court, and released on his own recognizance to reappear in Village of Bath Court.
Gillibrand Talks "Stop Price Gouging Act" in Ithaca
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stopped in Ithaca yesterday to talk about the “Stop Price Gouging Act”a piece of legislation she is introducing to make prescription drugs more affordable. If passed into law, it would penalize pharmaceutical companies for jumps in prices or what she says is “excessive, unjustified price increases” and require the companies to report the increase in price of their products and reasons for any increase in prices that aren’t due to medical inflation to the public and Health and Human Services General. Senator Gillibrand says there is no law or regulation yet to prevent drug prices from spiking. In 2017 median prices for prescriptions were estimated to be about to be four times higher than the country’s overall inflation rate.
Steuben Office of Emergency Services Stresses Heatwave Safety
A reminder from the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services of this weekend’s heatwave with hot and humid weather expected today through Monday as afternoon temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s in the region. Please use precautions to keep safe in the next few days. Avoid strenuous activity, stay out of the sun, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, utilize cooling shelters and public places with air conditioning to stay cool, avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, drink plenty of water regularly and often and check often on frail, elderly or sick neighbors and family.
NYS Police on Patrol for Holiday Weekend
The New York State Police begin increased patrols today to crack down on impaired driving and other traffic dangers over the Fourth of July holiday . Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by State Troopers to target reckless and aggressive drivers throughout the state in efforts to keep the New York highways safe during the busiest travel weekend of the season. Last year’s Fourth of July holiday ended with State Police issuing 240 tickets for DWI and investigated 152 crashes that resulted in 248 injuries and three fatalities. The increased Fourth of July patrol continues until Thursday, July 5.
2 Facing Drug Charges after “Strange Odor” Complaint:
A Corning man arrested earlier this year for having an active meth lab is facing more drug charges after Corning Police were called to a West Williams Street apartment Wednesday on a compliant of a “strange odor.” 39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000. Eygabroat was arrested in May at the same apartment for having an active meth lab. Also arrested Wednesday was 43-year-old James Carson, also of Corning. He was taken in on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on methamphetamine charges related to an arrest in September. He was sent to the county jail without bail. It’s expected he will also be charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for Wednesday’s arrest.
Binghamton Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Binghamton man on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing following an incident in Painted Post. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 36-year-old Joshua Charbonneau harassed members of the public and refused a lawful order to leave the premises of a retail lodging facility on South Hamilton Street. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $200 cash bail.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
A Bath woman has been arrested for misuse of food stamps. 24-year-old Lily Taylor is accused of using a Steuben County Department of Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. As a result, she obtained benefits she was not entitled nor authorized to. She was issued an appearance ticket.
List of Cooling Centers in Steuben County:
If you need help cooling down during the coming heatwave, cooling centers are available across the state. Here in Steuben County centers are located at: the Addison Public Library, Arkport Village Book Center, Avoca Free Library, Cohocton Public Library, Dormann Library in Bath, E.J. Contrell Memorial Library in Atlanta, Fred & Harriett Taylor Library in Hammondsport, Greenwood Reading Center, Hornell Public Library, Howard Public Library, Jasper Free Library, Prattsburgh Library, Pulteney Free Library, Savona Free Library, Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, Southern Tier Library System in Painted Post, Wayland Free Library, and the Wimodaughsian Free Library in Canisteo. Health officials recommend calling ahead before you visit a cooling center.
WGI Once Again Nominated for Best NASCAR Track in the Nation:
For the third time, Watkins Glen International is again in the running to be named the best NASCAR track in the country in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice contest. If WGI can take the title this year, it would by the third time it’s done so. Voting is open at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-nascar-track/ until July 23rd. You can vote once per day.
Neurauter Back in Court:
Lloyd Neurauter was back in Steuben County Court Wednesday for a Huntley hearing. Four investigators took the stand to answer questions about how Neurauter was tracked down, how the situation where Neurauter threatened to take his own life was handled, and about their interactions with Neurauter leading up to his arrest. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the hearing will take a couple days. Neurauter is accused of killing his ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter, in her Corning home last August. His daughter, Karrie, pled guilty to helping him in March.
New Officer from Holland Joins Canisteo Police Department:
The latest officer to join the Canisteo Police Department came all the way from Holland to take the job. Officer Dex is a 10-month-old Belgian Malinois that was brought to the department thanks to local donations to the Canisteo Police Club. Dex is still in the process of being trained, but Chief Kyle Amidon said he expects the canine will be a huge benefit, especially with the up rise in drug cases. While Dex’s main assignment will be to help combat the rise in illicit drugs, he will also help in searches and as a therapy dog. Dex will be sworn-in in July.
Power Outages Possible at E-C Airport Today:
If you’re going to be traveling through the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport today, you’re advised to arrive even earlier than usual due the possibility of power outages. Power will be transferred to the new terminal starting at 7 a.m. and it could cause sporadic outages. The transfer is expected to be complete before 5 p.m. Management says the outages should only be a few minutes at a time, but delays could occur as computers may shut down. Ticketing, vehicle rental, parking lot entry and exit, and TSA screening could all be affected.
Scheduled Power Outage in Bath Tomorrow:
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced that customers should expect an interruption in power tomorrow as part of their ongoing project to convert their power distribution system. They have scheduled a power outage for Friday, June 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Customers on East Morris Street between the Village of Bath Wastewater Treatment to the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, and customers on Delaware Avenue will be impacted. They apologize for any inconvenience.
Construction Underway on New Erwin Justice Court:
Work has begun on a new 8,000-square-foot court building in Erwin. The new location is next to the Erwin Town Offices on Town Center Road Extension. When construction is complete, the current Erwin Justice Court will be relocated from West Water Street in Painted Post. The old building is currently for sale. No potential buyers have been identified at this time.
Governor Urges New Yorkers to be Safe During Heatwave:
The coming weekend is expected to bring a period of dangerous heat and humidity and the Governor’s office has released a statement urging all New Yorkers to take care. The Governor encourages all individuals to limit strenuous outdoor physical activity, especially for people who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, including young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work, and those who have respiratory diseases such as asthma. Governor Cuomo also encourages residents to take advantage of state cooling stations, pools, and waterbodies across the state. The National Weather Service is forecasting a heatwave beginning tomorrow and lasting until Monday. Heat indices are expected to range from the mid-90s and up to 104 degrees, especially away from the coastline, in urban areas, and in lower elevations and valleys.
Unofficial Congressional Primary Results Too Close to Call:
The unofficial results are in for all 451 election districts in the fight for the 23rd Congressional District nomination. Max Della Pia holds a narrow lead of less than 30 votes over Tracy Mitrano, 7,022 to 6,996. Linda Andrei came in a distant third with 3,330 votes. Then Ian Golden with 2,918, and Eddie Sundquist with 1,395. The nomination is likely to be determined by absentee ballots. In Steuben County, Della Pia carried the vote, 624 to Mitrano’s 587.
Miner Picks Running Mate in Run for Governor:
Candidate Stephanie Miner has announced her pick for running mate in her campaign for New York State Governor. The former mayor of Syracuse has selected Village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe. She said “Michael is a true public servant who has demonstrated real leadership by listening to his community and following-through with nonpartisan solutions.” Miner is a democrat, but she’ll be running on the Independent party line.
Steuben Co. Legislature Names 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:
The Steuben County Legislature has named its 2018 inductees for the county Hall of Fame, and this year’s class includes the first Steuben County manager and two civic leaders. In July, former county Manager Mark Alger, Clara “The Orphan Train Lady” Comstock, and social activist Anna Cadogan Etz will be inducted in the Hall. They were approved by the legislature Monday, and were recommended by the county Hall of Fame Committee from a field of eight nominees submitted by local historians and residents earlier this year.
Section Reynolds Ave. in Corning Closed for Gas Line Replacement:
A busy section of Reynolds Avenue in Corning has been temporary closed while replacement of a gas line is done. The section is in front of Lamphear Court Apartments.
Firework Events in Steuben Co.:
With the 4th of July just around the corner here is where you can see firework displays in Steuben County. Corning’s annual celebration, including concerts, will be July 4th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. Fireworks will be over the Chemung River at 9:45. Hornell will also hold its July 4th Celebration on the day at Veteran’s Memorial Park. In Hammondsport, the annual Fireman’s Citizen’s Hose Company Festival will be July 5th through the 7th on the firehouse grounds. It’ll include rides, food, games, and fireworks on Saturday night.
Police Seek 2 Women in Walmart Theft:
The public is being asked to help police identify two women that were possibly involved in a large scale theft at the Walmart-Painted Post Super Center. If you have any information regarding the identities of the women in the photo, please contact the Steuben County Sheriff's Office at (607) 622-3911, or the Steuben County Sheriff's Office anonymous tipline at 1-844-378-4847.
Teen Arrested for Stealing Minivan:
A 16-year-old has been arrested after he, along with a 14-year-old, allegedly stole a minivan from Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus and drove it to Corning. According to Corning Police, they received a report on Sunday around 4:30 a.m. of a minivan driving without headlights in the area of West Third Street near McKinney Park. Officers responded and lcoated the vehicle, which was registered to Hillside Shared Services of Rochester. The teens were located near Walnut Street and police determined they had fled from the Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus, stole the minivan, and made their away to Corning. Jaden Dunkley, of Corning, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail. The 14-year-old was returned to a staff member of HIllside Varick Campus.
New Ownership, Hockey Team Could be Coming to First Arena:
The future of the First Arena could soon be looking brighter as Deputy County Executive and President of STEG, Mike Krusen has confirmed that a new owner and a new hockey team are in the works. There are no details at this time as to who the new owner might be. The proposed hockey deal would reportedly bring a team from the Federal Hockey League, which is made up of seven teams and is considered a step below the ECHL. A deal could be announced as early as next week.
Reed Campaign Manager Accused of Trying to Confuse Voters:
The Congressional primaries are today, but that doesn't mean it isn't too late for some last minute campaign drama. The Chautauqua County Democrat chairman, Norman Green, is accusing Tom Reed campaign manager Nick Weinstein of trying to confuse voters with a write-in ballot in today's primary. According to an email he sent to WLEA Radio, Green says that while Reed is not on today's ballot, he's campaigning to be a write-in nominee for the Women's Equality Party. Tracy Mitrano has already been endorsed by the WEP and is on the party line. Green says the Reed campaign has done this "as a silly politicial game" to confuse voters. In response, Weinstein said, “It is simply inaccurate... to suggest we’re “playing silly political games” with the Women’s Equality Party primary. We believe that the voters in the Women’s Equality Party should be empowered to choose the nominee who best reflects their values." Polls for today's primary will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Inspections Begin for NYS Park and Fair Rides:
With summer underway, fair and park season is upon us. The New York Deparment of Labor is making sure that eager fun-seekers stay safe as they have begun safety inspections on all rides at amusement parks and fairs. The department inspects rides at least once a year, and rides at traveling carnivals and fairs are inspected every time they set up at a new location.
Congressional Democratic Primary Tomorrow:
A reminder to Democrats in the 23rd congressional district: you’ve got a big decision to make tomorrow. Tuesday is the primary, where five candidates are competing to face off against incumbent Republican Tom Reed in November. Reed has held the office since 2010 and was re-elected in 2016 with 57 percent of the vote. The five democratic candidates are: Linda Andrei, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, and Eddie Sundquist. Some of the issues they’ve cited as important include healthcare, education, tax reform, and jobs. For more information about the candidates, including a chance to compare them side by side, you can visit https://www.vote411.org.
Waste Incinerator Bill Misses Deadline:
Among the many bills that the state legislature failed to move on before the end of the 2018 session, was one that would block plans for a massive garbage incinerator in Romulus. Over 30 local government and school boards, as well as over 20 local environmental and business organizations have come out in opposition to the project, and the New York State Senate unanimously approved a bill to block the proposal earlier this month. The proposed facility would be built between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and would reportedly burn over 2,000 tons of garbage and withdraw 445,000 gallons of water from Seneca Lake every day.
Family Video Offering Free Rentals to “A” Students:
School might be out for the summer, but the importance of good report cards remains. Family Video has announced that they’ll give away free movie rentals to any student that brings in a report card with an “A” on it. For every “A” in core classes like math, history, science, and writing, the student can check out a movie for the night. The program will start on July 1st and will run through the entire month.
Food Drive for Food Bank’s BackPack Program:
Community members have the chance this week to both give and get with a food drive being held by Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning. The event is in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program, and every donor that gives four or more items will be entered in a drawing for a barbecue grill, courtesy of Isaac. The drive is being held at the Corning ReStore on State Route 414. Items on the wish list include: canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, dry pastas, boxed macaroni and cheese, and canned soups. Donations can be made until June 30th.
Bath Man Arrested for Dealing Fentanyl
A 29-year-old Bath man was arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl to two people who later overdosed. Bath Village Police say they charged Donald Henry or “Drama” with two counts each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. The arrest was made following the investigation of two overdoses in the Village of Bath four days ago on June 19th. Henry was sent to Steuben County Jail without bail following his arraignment in Bath Town Court.
Bath Woman Charged as “Operation Safe Summer” Continues
A Bath woman was arrested on narcotic drug charges. Amber Stiles was arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree then sent to Steuben County Jail without bail. Village of Bath Police say the Stiles arrest is the 13th they’ve made as the extensive drug investigation “Operation Safe Summer” continues in Steuben County. The first dozen people were arrested this month and the D.A. Office is working on arresting six more of a total of 19 people suspected as involved in narcotics, meth and other drugs in Steuben County.
Tops Deal Rolls Back Teamster Benefits for Bankruptcy Deal
Tops Markets is one step closer to ending bankruptcy for the company. Teamsters who work in warehouses to supply the company’s stores will take the blow of decreased benefits, pensions and wages. Members of the Local 264 approved the deal which includes a negotiated pension fund which has been set to $15 million. Tops has agreed to use $4 million that would have covered executive bonuses to put towards the $15 million pension fund which will carry lower pensions in the future. Tops says this new deal will save the stores $180 million over the next 20 years but has yet to be approved in federal bankruptcy court.
NY Farm Bureau Helps Successfully Pass Several Bills for Farmers
The New York Farm Bureau capped off the end of the 2018 New York State Legislative Session with a number of victories on bills it advocated for this year. Many of the bills will have a direct benefit on the diverse range of farms in the state. The organization’s priorities are geared towards reducing regulatory burdens and finding solutions to the economic challenges farms increasingly face. One victory includes the legislature passing a renewal of the 10-year real property tax exemption on new farm construction. This helps to incentivize investment while limiting rising property taxes based on updated agricultural assessments of the farm property.
Steuben Legislature to Name “Hall of Fame” Nominees
When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning at 10 in the County Office Building, the local legislators will most likely approve nominees for the Steuben County Hall of Fame. The county Hall of Fame honors individuals who have enhanced the name of or developed Steuben County in memorable ways. Weeks ago, the inductees to be announced were selected by local historians and civic officials from a pool of candidates nominated by local residents. The formal induction ceremony is slated to take place after July’s monthly legislative meeting with a reception to follow in the third-floor foyer.
Bath Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter For Overdose Death
A Bath man faces sentencing for up to 15 years behind bars for his involvement in an overdose death that occured in his apartment last August. According to the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, Mathew Taft, Sr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges after a man he sold heroin to died from taking an overdose of the drug which was laced with fentanyl. The D.A. Office says Taft sold the man heroin and failed to take steps to keep him from dying of overdose. Taft will be sentenced in court next month.
Campbell Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Campbell man was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Patrick M. Rafferty for possessing counterfeit twenty dollar bills and trying to pass them at a store in the Town of Erwin. After being charged with the Class C Felony, Rafferty was arraigned in Bath Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Rafferty awaits to reappear in Town of Bath Court at a later date while the investigation continues as similar incidents have been reported in the town of Campbell and City of Corning.
State Senate Approves “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”
This week State Senate legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara was approved unanimously with a vote of 60 to 0 to establish an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”. The program intends to reduce a costly burden on local governments that are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most postconsumer, unused paint. O’Mara said his legislation would create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.
NYS Senate Passes “Drug Take Back Act”
Legislation has been approved by the New York State Senate to discourage abuse of prescription drugs and prevent unused drugs from contaminating local water supplies. The “Drug Take Back Act” calls to establish an industry-funded, statewide pharmaceutical drug take-back program. Drug manufacturers would be responsible for all of the costs of the initiative which includes collection, transport and proper disposal of unwanted drugs as well as informing citizens through public education and awareness.
NYS Bill Protecting Anonymity of Lotto Winners Passes
The State Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Cuomo that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. The bill passed the Senate this week by a vote of 61-1 and last week the State Assembly approved it by a vote of 140-3. Currently the law gives the state gaming commission the right to a winner’s name, hometown and photo for publicity, mainly online for the New York State Lottery website. The legislation prohibits the state lottery from identifying a winning ticket holder if the winner requests to be anonymous in writing.
Law Issuing ID Cards for the Disabled Passes NYS Senate
The New York State Senate this week has passed a bill to strengthen communication with those who have developmental disabilities. The bill creates a new optional identification card to be given to first responders and law enforcement in an emergency. The card would contain contact information as well as vital details about the individual’s developmental disabilities. The state assembly has passed the legislation which currently awaits the review and approval of the governor.
Former Penn Yan Bar Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges:
The former owner of Lloyd's Limited in Penn Yan appeared in court Tuesday where he pled not guilty to charges related to the alleged sexual assault of two women at the bar on Christmas eve and early Christmas morning. 61-year-old Robert Champlin is charged with criminal sex act, rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and unlawfully dealing with a child. Last month he was offered a plea deal of two felony counts of sexual abuse with a guaranteed 3 year prison sentence that he declined. He now faces up to 25 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry if convicted.
Hornellsville Man Charged with Growing Marijuana:
A Hornellsville man has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in the Town of Hornellsville. According to State Police, 54-year-old James Jackson admitted to growing nearly 200 marijuana plants at a location on South Hornell Road. He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.
NYS Senate Passes School Bus Camera Bill:
Senator Cathy Young of Olean has announced that the State Senate has passed the School Bus Camera Safety Act, a measure she sponsors. The bill authorizes the use of automated cameras on school buses to record and ticket motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
$4M DEC Grant to Cut Back on Food Waste:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to help New York cut back on food waste with a $4 million grant to help divert food away from landfills and instead get it to people who need it. The money will help businesses invest in equipment and technology - such as on-site composters, anaerobic digesters, or dehydrators - to make it easier to recycle waste. Some 250,000 tons of food is wasted annually in New York, and according to the DEC if just 5 percent of that was donated, food banks would see a 20 percent increase in food available for consumption.
Arc of Steuben’s Golf Classic Raises $28,000:
The Arc of Steuben recently held its annual Arc Star Golf Classic and this year’s event raised more than $28,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the organization’s Wish Upon an Arc Star program. The program gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as past wishes of a family camping trip and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand. It also helps cover medical needs not paid for by government benefits.
Wayland Man Charged in Domestic Incident:
A Wayland man has been charged in an incident in the Town of Wayland. According to the New York State Police, they received a complaint from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend struck her and left the residence. Troopers arrested 21-year-old Thomas Hough on charges of criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment. It's alleged that Hough grabbed the victim by the hair and prevented her from entering her residence. He also allegedly grabbed the victim's phone and prevented her from contacting 911. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Former Syracuse Mayor Announces Bid for Governor:
A former Mayor of Syracuse has announced that she's throwing her hat into the Gubernatorial race. Stephanie Miller will run on the independent line. She left the mayor's office this December. She told media that she "cannot be a silent witness to what [she] thinks is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day."
CCC President Announces Retirement:
After years of service, Corning Community College President Dr. Katherine Douglas has announced that she will retire in 2019. Dr. Douglas is the college's 6th president. Her tenure began in July 2011. She will retire on June 30th, 2019.
Watkins Glen State Park Opens New Welcome Center:
The new welcome center at Watkins Glen State Park is now officially open, after two years of construction. The $6.5 million project is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 project. It includes a new green space, a new amphitheater space, local food and drinks in the concession center, and informational plaques. Parking will now be located across the street from the park.
NYS Senate Votes to Block Romulus Trash Incinerator:
Following the Schuyler County Legislators vote against the proposed waste incinerator in Romulus, the New York State Senate has now voted unanimously voted in favor of blocking energy company Circular EnergG's proposed facility. The project was first proposed in January and drew immediate opposition over potential environmental impacts. Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as local governments and school boards, environmental and business organizations, have also come out against the project. The bill now moves to the Assembly.
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the Code of Conduct today at 5:45 p.m. in the high school library. The regular meeting will follow.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for DWI Charges
Deputies arrested a Hammondsport man for Driving while Intoxicated. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Alan G. Locey, age 57, operated a motor vehicle on Main Street of Hammondsport while in an intoxicated condition. Locey was charged with DWI, Refusal to submit to pre-breath screening, and failure to keep right. He was released on traffic summons and scheduled to appear in Urbana Town Court at a later date.
NYS Senate Proposes Legislation Banning Injection Sites
Legislation that would ban safe injection sites for heroin users in New York has been introduced into the State Senate. The bill proposes to make it illegal for state residents to "own, operate, work in or volunteer at a supervised injection site” and is being considered in the State Senate Rules Committee. This isn’t the first time laws regarding injection sites have been proposed in New York State politics. Earlier this year, State Assembly members showed support for legislation establishing safe injection sites in the state.
Bath Women Arrested After DSS Housing Verification Check
Two Bath women were arrested on drug charges following a housing verification check for the Steuben County Department of Social Services. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Amber Schoch and Danielle Wright were both found to be in possession of illegal hypodermic needles at a place of lodging on West Morris Street in Bath. Schoch and Wright were each charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, arraigned in Village of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail until they reappear in court at a later date.
Bath McDonalds to Re-Open June 28th
Bath McDonalds has scheduled a month full of special events and activities to celebrate the grand re-opening of its newly built West Morris Street location. The restaurant opens Thursday June 28th and the celebration begins Friday morning June 29th at 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Original owners of the old McDonald’s building that was built in 1975, Peter and Connie Manikas, will cut the ribbon. Current owners David Foster and Martha Manikas-Foster will also be a part of ribbon cutting along with second owner of the restaurant Thomas Manikas, Bath Village Mayor Bill von Hagn and John Bryson, who was mayor at the time of the original opening of Bath McDonalds.The restaurant will offer prizes to promote its reopening through July 31st which include McDonald’s gift cards, VIP 4-pack tickets to NASCAR races at Watkins Glen and more.
Butler Named 2017 Steuben County STOP-DWI Officer of the Year
Steuben County Deputy Matthew Butler was recognized at the STOP-DWI awards banquet as the 2017 Steuben County STOP-DWI Officer of the year. County Legislative Vice-Chair Carol Ferratella of Riverside presented Butler with the award and recognition was also given to State Trooper Joseph Sparacino, City of Corning Police officers Jason Dininny and Zachary Alger for their enforcement accomplishments. Sheriff Sergeant Brandon Scott was honored with the top agency enforcement award. “This is a great opportunity to recognize and support the efforts of the officers who are out there every day keeping our communities safe.” Village of Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen said about the annual banquet.
Bridge Work Begins on I-86 EB & WB in Bath
Work on a bridge on Interstate 86 Eastbound and Westbound in the town of Bath began this week. Work began yesterday to replace the bridge bearings and is expected to last approximately two months, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with a right lane closure in each direction while construction takes place.
Dormann Library Budget Approved:
The budget proposition for the Dormann Library in Bath, voted on last week, was approved by voters 63 to 14. The library’s Board of Trustees thanks the community for its support.
Reed Out Fundraises Challengers:
In a press release this weekend, the Tom Reed campaign announced that it’s raised more than $250,000 between April 1st and June 6th, and that it has more than $1 million cash on hand. That far outpaces any of Reed’s challengers, with the closest being Linda Andrei and Max Della Pia, according to the Reed campaign. Reed said he’s appreciative of the generous support from his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York.
More Road Work Coming to Erwin:
Work on a section of Canada Road in the Town of Erwin finished last week, but travelers should be prepared for more to come. According to town officials, eight roads are scheduled for repairs in the coming weeks. Work will take place on Chatfield Place East, Weller Place, Brooke Road, Aurene Drive, Beartown Road, Troy Road, Scott Road and Rodman Road. Start dates aren’t set at this time.
USA’s “The Sinner” Films in Southern Tier:
If the upcoming episodes of USA’s drama “The Sinner” look familiar, it’s not just your imagination. Local filmmaker, Eric Hollenback stopped by WETM TV recently to talk about filming the show in Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Johnson City, and Owego. The show is an American crime mystery now on its second season. It stars Hornell native Bill Pullman and Jessica Biel. It’s first season received Golden Globe nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Actress for Jessica Biel.
Haverling Board of Ed. Meeting:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School Library. The Board will be going into Executive Session at 5:30 to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation and will return to regular session at 6:30.
Volunteers Needed for Turning Point Bath Desk Receptionist:
If you’re interested in volunteering for a non-profit that has meaningful impact in your community, considering volunteering at Turning Point Bath. Turning Point Bath is looking for reliable volunteers to work as the front desk receptionist from 8:30 to 12:30 or from 12:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday at its Liberty Street location. Requirements do apply. To apply visit CatholicCharitiesSteuben.org/join-our-team/turning-point and click on the “Volunteer Application” link.
Wayland Woman Arrested Following Counterfeit Call
A Wayland woman was charged with a felony count of Criminal Possession of a forged instrument after New York State Police at the Wayland barracks responded to a call at the ShurFine food mart. Police say Linda Fox attempted to pay for groceries with a counterfeit $100 bill and was denied. Fox was arraigned in Town of Wayland Court and will reappear in town of Wayland Court on Wednesday.
Officers Sworn in at Steuben Sheriff's Office
This week four new corrections officers and one new deputy were sworn in while one corrections’ officer was promoted as sergeant at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Alexander Brown and Brandi Parsons were sworn in as full time corrections officers while Randi Taylor and Branden Erskine swore in as part time officers. Officer Ryan Thompson was promoted to Correction Sergeant, a thirteen year veteran to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Matthew Wood was sworn in as the new Deputy Sheriff. “We are thrilled to add such experienced and skilled members to the sheriff’s office family.” said Sheriff Jim Allard.
Lindley Man Charged Arrested for Harassment
Steuben deputies report the arrest of 67-year-old George DeWolfe Jr. of Lindley. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and 2nd degree aggravated harassment. The charges were filed following an incident at a Caroline Drive home. He was released on his own recognizance.
Cuomo Announces Five-Year Multibillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan
Governor Cuomo has announced a $150 billion infrastructure plan for the next five years. Cuomo said the plan will support the creation of 675,000 jobs. The measure includes $19 billion to help school districts build new and better school buildings - creating learning spaces of the 21st century.
Two from Hornell Arrested Following Cocaine Sale Investigation
Two City of Hornell residents were arrested following an investigation into the sale of cocaine. Police arrested Gregory Little and Tia Kearse after executing a search warrant that revealed evidence of ongoing sales of cocaine. Little and Kearse were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Little had one additional charge of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance on or near School Grounds. Both were arraigned in Hornell City Court.
Avoca Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny
An Avoca woman has been arrested by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. Police say 59-year-old Michelle Cornaire stole over $3,000 from a business in the town of Lodi and falsified business records to attempt to cover up the theft. Cornaire was released following her arraignment and will reappear in court at a later date.
Dumpster Fire in Painted Post:
Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, a large dumpster fire was put out Thursday before it could cause further damage. The fire broke out behind Tractor Supply in Painted Post and threatened the America’s Best Value Inn next door. Crews from the Forest View-Gang Mills Fire Department battled the blaze while the Corning City Fire Department went through the inn as a precaution. The Painted Post Fire Department and New York State Police were also on scene. Neither business suffered any damage and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:
Two Bolivar residents were arrested Thursday night following a traffic stop by Hornell Police. The vehicle was pulled over on Jane Street and police say they discovered money and marijuana inside. 23-year-old Andrew Smith and 24-year-old Lynn Quaintance were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana. Hornell Police Captain Mike Sexmith said the evidence was indicative of street sales of drugs.
Bath Woman Arrested in Co. Office Building Incident:
A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance in the area of the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Monica Landry was violent, screaming, and using vulgar language, and she allegedly resisted arrest. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was also charged with criminal mischief related to an incident immediately prior to the one at the office building. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Harassment and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 67-year-old George DeWolf Jr. of Lindley. It’s alleged that DeWolf forcibly obstructed the breathing of another person and intentionally harassed another person at a residence in Lindley. DeWolf was charged with aggravated harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing. DeWolf was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Kellogg Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal:
A voluntary recall has been announced by the Kellogg company for one of its cereals over concerns of Salmonella. Honey Smacks cereal with best if used by dates of June 14th 2018 through June 14th 2019 are affected by the recall. The cereal was distributed nationwide and in some areas of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan. Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, and typically lasts four to seven days. It can cause severe illness and sometimes deadly infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Customers with the recalled cereal should throw it away and contact Kellogg for a full refund at its website https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/contact-us.html or by calling 1-800-962-1413.
Police Investigating Dogs Abandoned at Walmart:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is investigating who abandoned two dogs outside of the Walmart store in Painted Post. According to store employees, the dogs were found Tuesday afternoon tied up behind the store with their crates nearby. They did not have any food or water. Rescue advocates remind residents that there are options available if they are unable to care for a pet. Anyone who recognizes the dogs or who might have information regarding the case, are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Former Phillips Lighting Plant Price Dropped:
The asking price of the former Phillips Lighting Plant in Bath has been dropped by a half a million dollars, from $3.95 to $3.45 million. The property broker, Pyramid Brokerage, posted the new listing price on Twitter Wednesday. The facility closed in early 2014 and has been on the market for just under a year, following a lengthy site cleanup.
2018 Steuben Co. Property Auction Listings Now on Co. Website:
Some 71 properties will be auctioned off in the 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction, which is set for 10 a.m. July 13th at the Campbell-Savona High School. The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual sale site in Bath. The properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org, with the final listings to be determined July 10th by the county Legislature’s Finance Committee.
Area Residents Asked to Take Health Survey:
The health departments of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, alongside Common Ground Health, are asking area residents to fill out a health survey that is available online at http://www.myhealthstory2018.com/. Survey results will be used in a series of studies on health equity in the Finger Lakes region and will help county health departments develop strategies for addressing public health priorities, such as reducing tobacco use, improving nutrition, and encouraging active living. The survey can be taken anonymously, or respondents can choose to enter their name and email for a chance to win a $500 gift card from Common Ground Health to a local grocery store or gas station.
Work on I-86 in Bath Next Week:
Work will begin on a stretch of I-86 in the Town of Bath next week. Bridge maintenance is set to begin Monday, June 18th on I-86 eastbound and westbound over State Route 54. While the work is being done, traffic will be maintained with a right lane closure in each direction. It will also include an onsite pedestrian detour.
Program on Seniors’ Rights Set for June 20th:
A free public presentation on the rights of senior citizens is set for 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. June 20th at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. Presenters include representatives from the Steuben County’s Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services and Sheriff, as well as Legal Assistance of Western NY, Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program, and a local nursing facility.
Bath Rotary Awards Annual Scholarships:
Area high school students poised to graduate and pursue college degrees received extra support from the Bath Rotary Club with the award of annual scholarships sponsored by the club and families of former Rotarians. A special awards luncheon on May 24th was hosted by club members at the Bath Presbyterian Church fellowship hall to honor the students and their families. The scholarships include the Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship, Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship, Bath Rotary Club Scholarship, and Bath Rotary Interact Scholarship. The students chosen to receive awards attend Haverling, Hammondsport, Campbell-Savona, and Prattsburgh.
Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship – Kyra Baker of Haverling, Mackenzie Lynk of Prattsburgh, and Lauren Robbins of Prattsburgh.
Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship – Shelby Hammond of Haverling, and Mackenzie Lynk of Prattsburgh.
Bath Interact Scholarship – Morgan Hess of Haverling and Kyra Baker of Haverling.
Bath Rotary Club Scholarship – Rachael Derby of Hammondsport, Jenna Pinckney of Prattsburgh, Anna Vogel of Hammondsport, and Katelyn Page of Campbell-Savona.
Operation Safe Summer Nets 2 More:
District Attorney Brooks Baker announced Monday that two more people have been arrested as part of the continuing investigation surrounding Operation Safe Summer, spearheaded by the Bath Village Police Department. 37-year-old Cedric Williams of Rochester and 32-year-old Jessica Horton of Corning were arrested pursuant to a sealed indictment handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury. The indictment charges them with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd. The pair allegedly worked together to sell cocaine in the Village of Bath on March 22nd. They were both sent to the Steuben County jail without bail. Baker said that the investigation surrounding Operation Safe Summer continues, and that more arrests are expected.
Meth Materials Found During Domestic Incident:
A Howard man is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment, and could be facing possible charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance following a reported domestic incident on County Route 70A. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Robert Stehm Jr. allegedly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the mental and moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old, and intentionally harassed another person. Also during their investigation, deputies allegedly recovered suspected methamphetamine production vessels and suspected methamphetamine oil. Stehm was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing Today:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing today at 5pm in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported prior to the tax levy vote to be held on Thursday from Noon – 8pm at the library. Board members will be on hand to answer questions.
Bath’s Gansvoort Street Closed for Gas Main Replacement:
Work is underway to replace a gas main on Gansevoort Street in Bath, between East Washington Street and East Steuben Street. To protect the public and Bath Electric, Gas, and Water Systems workers, the street is closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of East Washington/Gansevoort, East William/Gansevoort, and East Steuben/Gansevoort will be closed periodically as crew cuts the pavement and replace the gas mains across these intersections. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July.
Assemblyman Errigo Endorses Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:
Monday Assemblyman Joe Errigo endorsed Judge Chauncey Watches in this year’s election for Steuben County Judge. The seat is up for election due to the impending retirement of Judge Peter Bradstreet. Watches has served as a Municipal Judge in Bath for the past 14 years. Additionally, he has run his own private legal practice for 30 years, and he’s previously served as Assistant District Attorney and as Assigned Council through the Public Defender’s Office. Watches said that if he’s elected he will ensure that every person that comes through the courtroom is treated with respect and that integrity in the process is at the forefront of every case. This year’s primary election is set for Thursday, September 13th. The General Election is Tuesday, November 6th.
3 Arrested in Child Abuse Investigation:
An investigation by the New York State Police of Bath into suspected sexual abuse of a child has resulted in the arrest of three Steuben County residents. 36-year-old Natalie Burgess and 49-year-old Roger Taft, both of Thurston, were arrested and were both charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the third. Investigators allege that Burgess and Taft knowingly and intentionally allowed a child less than 17-years-old to remain alone in the residence of a Level-III sex offender. Investigators further allege that they knew of the offender’s likelihood of re-offending and repeatedly agreed to Child Protective Services plans forbidding unsupervised contact with him, but allowed the child to stay with him regardless. Burgess was additionally charged with a false entry to be made into the official records of the state police in an attempt to conceal the crime. 66-year-old Allen Lafler, also of Thurston, was later arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly subjecting a child less than 11 years old to sexual contact. Burgess and Lafler were sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail and without bail, respectively. Taft was released on an appearance ticket.
13-year-old Arrested for Making Threats Against Bath High School:
A 13-year-old was placed in a juvenile detention facility pending a family court appearance after he allegedly made online threats against an upcoming function at the Bath Haverling High School. According to the Bath Village Police Department, a concerned student notified a facility member of the threats, who then in turn notified police. The juvenile was charged for offenses that would constitute criminal possession of a firearm and making terrorist threats if committed by an adult. The investigation is ongoing.
Corning Man Arrested for Menacing Students on Field Trip:
A Corning man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly menaced students on a field trip. 18-year-old Dante Sellers allegedly threatened the students with a knife while they were at a local McDonalds on June 2nd. He also allegedly followed the students back to their bus while making obscene gestures. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd.
State Police Investigating Bath Burglary:
The New York State Police of Bath are investigating a burglary to a seasonal residence on O’Brien Road in the Town of Bath. It’s believed to have occurred sometime since last Sunday, June 3rd. Unknown subject(s) forced entry and stole long guns and hunting knives. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911. All calls will be kept confidential.
Kia Announces Recall of Over 500,000 Vehicles:
Kia has announced the recall of over a half-million vehicles because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March. The agency said it had reports of six front-end crashes where four people were killed and six injured. Vehicles in the recall include: the 2010 through 2013 Forte compact, the 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize, and the Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012. Kia has said it will notify owners by July 27th. The company will offer loaner vehicles to owners who request them.
Allard Recognizes Corrections Officer Labar at Committee Meeting
A Steuben County corrections officer was recognized for saving the life of a choking inmate at the county jail in late April as Sheriff Jim Allard acknowledged Robert Labar during this week’s meeting of the county legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee. Labar responded to the choking inmate by performing the Heimlich maneuver as he was supervising the collection of meal trays during lunchtime then called a “code blue” as part of the jail’s policy. Allard praised Labar’s use of training and attention to detail, adding that it’s likely Officer Labar’s actions saved the inmate’s life.
Bath Schedules Two June Public Hearings
The village board in Bath has scheduled two public hearings for later this month. The first deals with a proposed local law that amends the village code, adding a new section titled residential rental occupancy permit provisions. The other hearing involves another proposed local law that would amend the village code regarding the sale of certain seasonal items. The hearings are scheduled for June 18th at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Municipal Building.
Boater Safety Course Happening Today
Today the Steuben County Sheriff's Office Navigation Unit holds a New York State Boater Safety course from 9am to 5pm at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension in Bath, N.Y. The comprehensive boating course covers the fundamentals of safe boating operation and is limited to 30 students. All who complete the course will receive a New York State Boater Safety Certification. Attendees must be at least 10 years of age and bring acceptable forms for proof of age. Those interested in attending should call 607-622-3911.
Operation Prevent Continues Into the Summer
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles along with the State Liquor Authority, State Park Police and local law enforcement are cracking down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs at venues across the state. Since May, DMV has made 78 arrests during five investigations under its Operation Prevent campaign, an ongoing effort to curtail underage drinking that is once again in full swing as the summer concert season gets underway. 43 arrests were reported in Western New York and 15 in the Finger Lakes.
Two Bath Residence Arrested Following CPS Investigation
New York State Police of the Bath barracks report the arrest of two Steuben County residents stemming from a joint investigation with the County CPS into child endangerment allegations. Investigators say between June 4th and June 7th Anthony Cagle and Danielle Smith, both of Campbell Creek Road in the Town of Bath, knowingly and intentionally manufactured, possessed and used methamphetamine while inside their residence and supervising children less than 17 years of age. Both Cagle and Smith were charged with one count each of Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in third degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. They were arraigned in Town of Bath Court and will reappear in court June 11th as future charges are pending due to results of laboratory testing of evidence found at the crime scene.
Three Arrested in Addison Drug Bust
Three Steuben County residents have been arrested on drug charges following a drug seizure in Addison. The County Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant for a property on Hallett Hill Road, recovering suspected cocaine and suspected crystal meth worth over $16,000 in street value as well as materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Jeffrey S. Bovee of Addison was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the third degree and arraigned in the Town of Addison Court prior to being remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Also charged were Donald Strope of Addison and Norman Smithers of Lindley, who each face Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree charges in Addison Town Court at a later date.
19 Charged in Major Bath Drug Investigation:
There was a major drug raid Thursday morning in Steuben County. More than 50 law enforcement officers from five agencies and child protective workers engaged in Operation Safe Summer. By mid-morning 10 people were in custody and police were still searching for nine more. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the arrests were the result of a four-month investigation and grand jury indictments handed up last week. Baker said there were 26 overall indictments charging 19 people. The crimes involve trafficking narcotics, meth, and other controlled substances in the village and town of Bath. During the arrest process police seized a BMW and cocaine packaged for sale with a street value of more than $10,000. The suspects were all remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail pending county court arraignments. The D.A. gave special acknowledgement to Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen and Investigator Taft. Baker called the operation a true, multi-agency cooperative effort. Nine arrested were identified as: Frank McCray, 47, of Bath. McCray was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, as well as three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Gerald Iverson, 48, of Rochester. Iverson was arrested for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. William Trenchard, 37, of Bath. Trenchard was arrested for one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Gordon Clayson, 47, of Bath. Clayson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Jessica Austin, 34, of Bath. Austin was arrested for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Joseph Bennett Jr., 31, of Campbell. Bennett was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Carl McCoy, 50, of Rochester. McCoy was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. During the arrest of McCoy, a white BMW was seized and a large amount of crack-cocaine was located in the vehicle. McCoy was subsequently arrested for one more count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Zachary Fulkerson, 27, of Campbell. Fulkerson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Sean Riley, 32, of Corning. Riley was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
State Police Announce “Speed Week” Enforcement Campaign:
The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign started Thursday and runs through Wednesday, June 13th. Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. Speeding by all vehicle types will be heavily enforced throughout the week, but troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.
Corning Approves Plan for Gibson Fire District Coverage:
A plan has been approved by the Town of Corning deciding how the Gibson Fire Department district will be covered while the department’s contract is terminated. The unanimously approved plan allows the North Corning Volunteer Fire Department and the East Corning Fire Department to provide fire protection services where the Gibson Department used to respond. Funding was cut to Gibson Fire in late April after the department failed to follow the terms of a new contract created between the department and the town. Town Supervisor Kim Feehan says if the department is able to get their records and training in order by next year, as required by the contract, they will welcome talks to bring the department back.
Protestors Call on Rep. Reed to Defend Net Neutrality:
Protestors gathered outside Representative Tom Reed’s Corning Office Thursday night in hopes of convincing him to change his mind about net neutrality. The net neutrality laws are set to expire next week, on June 11th. In the past, Reed has voiced anti-net neutrality sentiment, calling the regulations “harmful” and “overreaching.” Net neutrality laws are meant to prevent companies from having too much control over the internet as a whole.
Corning Named One of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit”:
Smithsonian magazine has honored the City of Corning by including it in its list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018.” In order to make the list, cities had to have a population of less than 20,000 and include historic elements with distinct cultural offerings, and natural beauty. The magazine made note of Corning Inc., the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Rockwell Museum as key businesses and attractions. It also mentioned the Gaffer District and the Centerway Walking Bridge.
Major Drug Investigation Announcement Today in Bath:
Members of the Bath Village Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Police will host a press conference at 10 a.m. today in Bath at the Village Hall. A significant announcement is expected regarding on-going drug investigations in the village and surrounding areas.
8 Diocese of Rochester Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse:
Accusations of sexual abuse of children are being levelled against eight priests of the Diocese of Rochester. The claims come from a press release by Road to Recovery, a non-profit organization that advocates for survivors of sexual abuse. Three of the priests have been accused before: in 1996, Eugene Emo was arrested and subsequently dismissed from the clerical state in the church due to “behavior with young boys” and was sent to a different parish. David Simon has been assigned “to a life of prayer and penance,” with no additional public ministry possible. And Francis Vogt has died, according to the Diocese. The other five men are being named for the first time: Stuart Hogan, Charles McCarthy, Gary Shaw, Richard Orland, and Thomas Valenti. They are all being accused by multiple victims. One of them, Thomas Valenti, is listed on the website of Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick’s Parish in Owego as currently working there as a parochial administrator. In response, the Diocese released a statement saying that the allegation against Valenti was investigated, reviewed, and determined to be unsubstantiated. The Diocese of Rochester covers 12 counties, including: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates.
CO Commended for Life-Saving Actions:
A Steuben County corrections officer is being commended for his swift action in late April that potentially saved the life of an inmate. According to county Sheriff Jim Allard and Jail Superintendent Major Matthew Whitmore, officer Robert Labar was supervising the collection of lunch time meal trays on April 30th when he noticed an inmate choking. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee that Labar immediately responded to the emergency, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and called a Code Blue as part of the jail’s policy. Allard said it’s very likely he saved the inmate’s life, and that Labar’s calm and decisive action under incredible circumstances reflect his professionalism and commitment to duty as well as reflect the principles of the county Sheriff’s Department.
Congressman Reed Opposes Proposed Ithaca Drug Injection Site:
In his weekly media call, Congressman Tom Reed had some strong words for the proposed heroin injection site in Ithaca. Mayor Svante Myrick has asked the Governor to allow a pilot drug injection location where users would be under supervision. Myrick calls it a humane answer to the increasing number of overdoses in the city, and the Tompkins County Legislature and the City of Ithaca are both expected to urge the state Legislature to immediately pass a bill allowing cities to create the sites. But Reed said such sites will “bring an influx of violence, crime, and homelessness into our backyards as dangerous drug dealers follow heroin users into our communities.” He said he will “not help these radicals in their effort,” and said he hopes Governor Andrew Cuomo will not go along with the proposal. Reed isn’t alone in his objections. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker applauded Reed for his stance, and said that there’s no such thing as a “safe” injection site. He said resources should be spent on prevention, education, and treatment instead.
Superfund Site in Corning No Longer a Significant Threat:
A Superfund Site in Corning is being reclassified after the New York State DEC found that is no longer a significant public health threat. According to the DEC, remedial measures were taken at the 37 East Pulteney Street location in 2010 and 2012, including excavation of contaminated soil, and the installation of a soil vapor extraction system and now the site is being changed from a “Class 2” to a “Class 4.” The use and development of the site will be limited to restricted-residential, commercial or industrial use, and the use of groundwater at the site will be prohibited without prior approval.
Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse Set for June 16th:
The third annual “Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse” is set for June 16th. Registration for the family-friendly color walk will be that morning at 9 a.m. in Pulteney Park, with the event to follow at 10:15. The cost of registration is $3 per participant. Children under 5 are free. Along the mile-long course, volunteers will toss non-toxic colored paint powder at the walkers. Participants are recommended to wear light-colored clothes for the most colorful effect, and eye and nose protection are also recommended.
Bath Man Facing Menacing, Drug Charges:
A Bath man has been arrested following a 911 call made on May 31st. Painted Post State Troopers responded to the call involving the possible menacing of a woman by a man with a handgun in the Town of Erwin. The man was identified as 39-year-old Mario Hentz and he was later located in the Village of Bath by local police. During a search of his person, police allegedly found a bag containing approximately two grams of crack cocaine. Hentz has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and menacing. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Arkport Man Admits to Theft:
An Arkport man has been arrested for taking money from an ATM machine without permission from the account holder. According to State Police, 22-year-old Jesse Cartwright provided a written statement admitting to the theft. He is being charged with one count of petit larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor, and he has been released with an appearance ticket.
Steuben Co. Extends Contracts with SROs, Talks Expansion of Program:
On Monday, Steuben County officials agreed to extend contracts for school resource officers through the county Sheriff’s Office, and discussed the potential expansion of the program. According to Sheriff Jim Allard, there are only two school districts in the county that don’t have SROs, Arkport and Jasper-Troupsburg. But following a recent hoax regarding a student with a gun, Arkport is said to be in discussion about possibly adding an SRO. The Corning-Painted School District is also looking to put an SRO in each of its buildings – an addition of seven officers. For $30,000 a year, the SRO program puts an experienced law enforcement retiree to work in a school district. Because the officers are retirees with existing pension and healthcare plans, the expenses are low compared to the normal full salary and benefits of a law enforcement officer.
SSA Information Sent to Local Residents:
The annual letters from the Social Security Administration are in the mail with information on who may be eligible for – but not enrolled in – the Part D Medicare Rx plan Low Income Subsidy known as “Extra Help” and the Part B Medicare Savings Program (MSP). According to the Steuben County Office for the Aging, letters were sent out in mid-May and will continue through June 25th. The letters do not guarantee qualification in the programs and will ask for more information about an individual’s overall finances. For more information, call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.
Empire Access Expands Fiber Optic Internet to Elmira Heights:
Local communications provider, Empire Access continues to expand. The company has now launched state-of-the-art fiber optic Internet, TV, and Phone services in the Village of Elmira Heights. The new fiber service utilizes Corning Inc. fiber optic products, and is being offered to both residential and business customers. Empire called the expansion “very exciting” and said that they are “focused on continuing fiber optic expansion to more communities in Chemung County in the upcoming months.”
Arraignment for Man Accused in Corning Burglaries Today:
The man accused in multiple burglaries throughout the Corning area will appear in Corning City Court today where he is expected to be arraigned for Burglary in the 3rd degree. 55-year-old James Copeland, a convicted felon, was arrested on Friday in connection with the theft of power tools from a Denison Parkway business. Police believe Copeland also committed several other burglaries at area businesses and locations. Copeland allegedly sold the stolen power tools to unsuspecting citizens. Anyone who recognizes Copeland as someone they recently purchased power tools from is asked to contact the Corning Police Department.
Drug Charges in Bath Traffic Stop:
A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Bath. According to the County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a vehicle being driven by 27-year-old Korey Weaver on State Route 415 on Saturday for inadequate lights. Weaver was allegedly discovered to have 93 individual baggies in his possession that contained suspected crack cocaine, a large amount of U.S. currency, and other drug paraphernalia and packaging material used for selling narcotics. Weaver was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (with intent to sell). He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Obstruction of Breathing Arrest:
A Campbell man has been arrested following a reported domestic disturbance in Campbell. 30-year-old Justin Morse is accused of choking another person and holding that person against a vehicle by the throat. Morse was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment in the 2nd. Morse was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.
Gas Main Replacement in Bath:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing a gas main on Gansevoort Street, between East Washington Street and East Steuben Street, in Bath. Work is expected to start on Monday, June 11th and will continue through until the end of July. To protect the public and BEGWs workers, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of East Washington/Gansevoort, East William/Gansevoort, and East Steuben/Gansevoort will be closed periodically as crews cut the pavement and replace the gas main across the intersections. If you have any questions, you can contact BEGWs at (607) 776-2173, Option 2.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, June 12th at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported prior to the tax levy vote, which is set for Thursday, June 14th from noon to 8 p.m. at the library. Board members will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions.
E-C Airport Needs for Funds for Reconstruction Project:
Monday night the Chemung County Board voted to issue bonds of nearly $5.5 million in additional funding for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport’s reconstruction project. The extra funds are needed to finance the tower portion of the terminal. Officials say tax payers shouldn’t be worried, that the additional cost will be paid for with Passenger Facility Charges that are designed to be paid over the next 10 years. Work on the airport is expected to be completed by October.
Tablets for Inmates Program Could be Coming to Steuben Co. Jail:
A program that would provide access to tablet computers for inmates could soon be coming to the Steuben County Jail, after the county Legislature Public Safety and Corrections Committee advanced the plan on Monday. The program is an expansion of the jail’s existing contract with GTL, the company that provides phone services at the jail. According to Sheriff Jim Allard there are a lot of advantages to the tablets, such as money from purchases on them – which comes from the inmates’ commissary funds – going back into jail operations and help to pay for activities such as the inmate dog training program and the inmate garden. Also, Allard said other facilities that have adopted the tablets or similar systems, have seen decreases in inmate-on-inmate violence and a decrease in assaults on staff. Communications through the tablets, like phones, are monitored. The tablets would be provided at no cost.
Work on I-86 Near Big Flats Starts Today:
Planned work on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project gets underway on I-86 today. From the Chemung-Steuben County line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits, and ramps. Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed. Closings and disruptions should be expected for the next few weeks. Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother said drivers can check for closings online at: www.bigflats.gov.
“Safety Concern” Prompts Police Presence at HHCSD:
Friday morning, and throughout the day, members of the state police and officers from the Horseheads Village Police Department were on the campus of the Horseheads Intermediate and Middle Schools as a cautionary measure after a reported safety concern. The threat was received Thursday night and school officials contacted local police who determined it to be non-credible. Parents were sent a letter from the district saying the investigation into the threat continues, and that safety concerns can be reported 24/7 at their Safe Schools Line at (607) 795-2044 or 1-800-305-4984.
Search for Missing Wayne Co. Toddler Called Off:
After more than two weeks, the search for missing 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon has been called off. Over 1,000 searchers tried to find the toddler after his mother’s body was found buried in the woods near a farm in Wayne County. Police say that despite bringing the search to an end, the investigation continues. The results of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s death are still being determined, but her boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, remains the main suspect. He is set to appear in Federal Court today on a charge of tampering with evidence, and separate charges of illegal re-entry into the country.
DEC Accused of Failing to Disclose Gas Storage Leak Concerns:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is being accused of both knowing and failing to disclosing leakage concerns regarding the proposed gas storage project in salt caverns along Seneca Lake. The accusation comes from Toxics Targeting, a company that complies known information on toxic sites, and then sells that information to the public. On Friday, documents were released containing Crestwood’s storage application in 2011, where the company said, “it is assumed that the cavern does leak…” According to Toxics Targeting president, Walter Hang, the state required Crestwood to come up with a plan to investigate the concern, but never required the investigation to be carried out. In response, the DEC released a statement saying they have “…not made any final determination on Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC’s permit application,” and that, “The decision will be based on a comprehensive review to determine if the application meets New York’s strict environmental standards….”
Outdoor Show Looking for Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming 12th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension there are several positions available for the event, including directing crowds, helping children fish, or transporting guests on golf carts. All volunteers will receive access to the entire show throughout the whole weekend and anyone who volunteers at least four hours will also receive a T-shirt, meal ticket, and water. The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show is set for October 13th and 14th at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath. For more information visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com/volunteer.
I-86 Work Near Big Flats Starts Monday
Work begins Monday on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project by the state Department of Transportation. From the Chemung-Steuben county line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits and ramps. Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed. Anticipate closings and disruptions in the next few weeks if you plan to use this stretch for travel. Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother advises drivers to check for closings during construction online at: www.bigflatsny.gov.
Addison Man Arrested Following Domestic Call
Steuben County Sheriff Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Addison man for menacing in the third degree, Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deputies responded to a domestic incident in progress in the town of Addison and arrested Dean F. Wright prior to his arraignment in the Town of Erwin Court. Wright was remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 surety bond.
County Legislature Land Bank Meeting Cancelled
The Steuben County Legislature announced the cancellation of Steuben County Land Bank Corporation meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday June 6th. The Office of the Clerk says a date has not yet been rescheduled.
Boland Endorses Mitrano for Congress
Corning Mayor Bill Boland officially endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano at her Campaign Headquarters’ grand opening in Corning yesterday. Boland says “Tracy Mitrano represents the best in American politics.” He added that she is practical, thoughtful and authentic.
State Troopers Arrest Several Shoplifters
State troopers announced multiple shoplifting arrests in the area this week. Three people in Steuben County were arrested after complaints were received and responded to by New York State Police. Garrett A. Schultz of Canisteo, Holly Denning of Painted Post and Shante Robinson of Woodhull were each charged with Petit Larceny and were issued tickets to reappear in local courts.
Bath CSD Approved for Free Breakfast/Lunch Program:
The Bath-Haverling School District has been approved for a free breakfast and lunch program for all students PreK through 12 beginning September 2018. This program was previously awarded to the Vernon Wightman Primary School, but now it will be available at all grade levels. It will be effective for the next four school years. More information will be given to parents later this summer in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents are also reminded that all children under 18 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this summer in the Haverling High School cafeteria and at the Dormann Library.
First Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Votes Could be in August:
According to education consultants, voting on the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga Central School districts could get underway in August. Dr. William Silky of Castallo and Silky LLC said Boards of Education from each school could hold their first votes on the merger “no later than Thursday, August 23rd.” Both boards will be asked to schedule straw votes for October 16th. If those votes are positive, the state Education Commissioner will issue an order for a formal referendum of voters in both districts to be held in November. If there’s a negative decision in any of the votes, the merger proposal will end.
Public Hearing on Corning Deal with Empire Access:
There will be public hearing in the Town of Corning on June 19th regarding a pending agreement between the town and telecommunications service provider Empire Access. The town board will be voting on whether or not to approve the deal after the hearing, which is set to start at 7 p.m. If it is approved, fiber optic internet, phone, and digital TV will become available for town residents from Empire. Currently, Charter Communications, or Spectrum, is the only major internet and cable provider servicing the town.
Teachers Union Announces Protests at State Senator’s Offices:
Protests are expected at State Senator offices today by teachers from all across New York. The protests were announced Thursday by the state United Teachers Union, after the state Senate failed to bring a bill to the floor that would return control of annual teacher evaluations to local school districts and teachers. The proposed bill would also eliminate the requirement that standardized tests must be used in individual teachers’ evaluations and it would prohibit test scores from becoming part of a student’s permanent record. The Assembly had passed the bill. The protests are set for 4 to 5 p.m. There is one planned for Senator O’Mara’s office in Elmira.
Sears Announces More Store Closings:
Continuing to face shrinking sales and losses, Sears has announced more stores will soon be closing. The company has released a list of 48 Sears stores and 15 Kmart stores that will be closing in September. This will leave roughly 800 still in operation, down from 1,000 at the end of last year. There are only two stores – one each - in New York set for closure at this time: the Sears on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, and the Kmart on Rockaway Blvd. in Rosedale.
Investigation into Meth Precursor Purchases Leads to 15 Arrests:
15 people have been arrested following a five-month investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the unlawful purchase of precursors used in the making of methamphetamine. The investigation centered on the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in Claritin, Sudafed, and other similar products. The purchase of these products is strictly regulated and limited to no more than 3.6 grams per day, and no more than 9 grams in 30 days. The individuals arrested allegedly purchased and attempted to purchase these products from several regional pharmacies, and then use them to either produce methamphetamine or “traded” them to known methamphetamine “cooks.” Arrests include: 35-year-old Michelle Croft and 37-year-old Melissa Sherman, both of Lindley; 40-year-old Daniel Gillespie of Jasper; 51-year-old John Landsborough, 33-year-old William Landsborough, 50-year-old Joyce Lafave, 37-year-old William Trenchard, 42-year-old Chastity Stark, and 34-year-old Jessica Austin, all of Bath; 29-year-old Cody Shoemaker and 31-year-old Jeremy Comfort, both of Corning; 25-year-old Megan Preston and 48-year-old Kristina Jolley, both of Painted Post; 26-year-old Patrick Rafferty of Addison; and 20-year-old Kerstyn Buck of Tioga, P.A. All were charged with falsifying business records in the 1st, a class “E” felony, except Shoemaker. He was charged with criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials in the 2nd.
Police Seeking “Tire Slasher”:
Corning Police are investigating reports of numerous tire slashings throughout the city. Police say an unknown male is believed to have gone on the spree, slashing tires on nearly 20 vehicles on both the North and South sides of Corning Monday night through early Tuesday morning. The police department said they are currently following up on several potential leads.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Atlanta, New York man for allegedly violating his probation. 29-year-old John Vancuren was arrested on a warrant out of Steuben County Court and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Voter Registration Deadline for June Primaries Tomorrow:
If you’re hoping to vote in the upcoming Federal Primary Election, set for June 26th, but aren’t currently registered, your time to do so is running out. The deadline for voter registrations for the primary election is tomorrow, June 1st. If mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked by June 1st, and received by a Board of Elections no later than June 6th. For information about registering to vote, visit http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html.
Funding Available to Help Farmers Protect Land from Development:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced another $38 million in state funding is now available for farmers to help them protect their land from development. Individual grants of up to $2 million are available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program for eligible municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to help offset the costs of conservation easement projects. Since Cuomo took office over 80 farmland protection projects have been funded through the program.
Area Students Eliminated from Scripps Spelling Bee Competition:
Despite spelling all their words correctly, all three of the area students competing in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated Wednesday in the third round. Only 41 students out of 519 hopefuls advanced on to the final round. The finalists were chosen not only by correctly spelling their words during the oral rounds, but by how well they did on written tests taken Tuesday. The finals get underway today with Part 1 at 10 a.m. Part 2 will be later this evening at 8:30 p.m.
Work on I-86 in Horseheads, Big Flats:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced pavement resurfacing work beginning next week on the I-86 mainline and interchanges in the Towns of Big Flats and Horseheads. Work will start on Bridge Street (Exit 49) in Big Flats and then proceed to the I-86 mainline. The project stretches seven miles from the Chemung/Steuben county line to Exit 52 in Horseheads. Resurfacing will take place on I-86, including all ramps, Chambers Road from the Mall entrance to County Route 64, and Bridge Street from Daniel Zenker Drive to Maple Street. Motorists should expect lane closures and ramp/exit closures.
National “Economic Developer of the Year” Awarded to Steuben Co. IDA:
Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Johnson has been named “Economic Developer of the Year” by the New York State Economic Development Council. Johnson has been the Steuben IDA head for 7 years, and he was selected by the Council for, quote, “seeing the big picture and immersing himself in all facets of economic development, from policy and community infrastructure to marketing and site development.”
DSS Honors Foster Care Families:
Some 21 families representing 48 foster care homes were recently honored at the Steuben County Department of Social Services’ Foster Care Banquet at the VFW in Bath. The event’s tropical theme celebrated “Ohana,” the Hawaiian word for family. The event also included presentations of certificates by county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski and County Legislature Human Services Health and Education Chairwoman Carol Ferratella.
Prison Contraband Arrest:
A Rochester man has been arrested for allegedly possessing contraband while he was housed in the Steuben County Jail. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Christopher Redar possessed a quantity of suboxone, a banned substance. He was charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony, and he was sent back to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
An investigation by Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies into a report of a man walking on I-86 lead to a warrant arrest. 51-year-old Paul Bjorck, of Elmira, was found to be wanted in Horseheads on a warrant for theft of services. He was turned over to the New York State Police for processing.
Amber Alert Cancelled, But Search Continues to Missing Toddler:
State Police have cancelled the Amber Alert issued for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, but the toddler remains missing. Hundreds of law enforcement officers have spent days searching the Town of Sodus farm where his mother’s body was found buried on May 23rd, and the Wayne County Sheriff says the search will continue as long as necessary. The alert was cancelled administratively after a review of the criteria. The boyfriend of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was arrested last week after he was spotted by a trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel. He has since admitted to burying her, but not to killing her. He is currently being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail.
Three Area Students Move On in Scripps Spelling Bee:
Three area students continue to compete for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion after moving on to round three. 12-year-old Kris Patel of Horseheads Intermediate School, Anh Thu Tran – a seventh grader at Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats, and 14-year-old Vishal Madhudi – an eighth grader at the Alternative School for Math in Science in Corning resume competition today at 8 a.m.
Avoca B.O.E. Revote Set:
The Avoca Central School District will hold a special run-off election to fill a seat on the school board. A tie vote earlier this month prompted the vote. The candidates are Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes. Voting will take place at the bus garage on June 12th from noon until 9 p.m. The two candidates are vying for a five year term. Absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on election day.
Public Hearings Set for Proposed Urbana Projects:
The town of Urbana planning board will hold a series of public hearings next week. In the first case, Keuka Water Sports is seeking to remove a greenhouse and construct a pole barn for a marine service. In another case, Pennwood Development has plans to construct a dwelling at the same spot on Bohemian Way where a house was previously taken down. A third applicant is seeking to build an additional home on her property on County Road 87. The hearings will be held on June 4th at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Town Hall.
Watkins Glen Named #3 in “Ranking of Best Small Towns for Adventures”:
There’s more praise for Watkins Glen from the readers of USA Today. Previously recognized for its beauty and its racing, the Village has now been named as one of the “10 Best Small Towns for Adventure.” Ranked Number 3, Watkins Glen was only beat out by Florence, Oregon and Marquette, Michigan, which were named Number 2 and Number 1, respectively. The review mentioned Watkins Glen State Park, the Finger Lakes Trail, and the opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
2 Arrested in Arkport Car Theft:
Two people have been arrested following a report of a stolen car from the Village of Arkport. According to State Police, 25-year-old Patrick Mccullough and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both of Kansas, stole the vehicle from Arkport and drove it to Mohegan Lake in Westchester County. The pair was arrested there, and they were transported to the Bath barracks where they were processed on charges of grand larceny. They were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
2 Bath Men Arrested for Failing to Register Online Accounts:
The New York State Police have arrested 38-year-old Victor Pfund and 31-year-old Sean Battle, both of Bath, after they were allegedly found in possession of electronic devices with unregistered screen names and user accounts. Both men are convicted sex offenders and they are required to register their online personas under the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-STOP). Both were charged with failing to register and were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash. At the time of their arrest, they were both currently incarcerated on warrants for violating the terms and conditions of their parole.
Sen. Schumer Joins Voices Opposed to Romulus Incinerator:
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is joining the opposition to the planned waste-to-energy incinerator proposed for Romulus. Schumer says the facility would be bad for the regional economy and it would put the public’s health at risk. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo also voiced opposition to the proposed facility, saying it was “not consistent” with his administration’s goals.
NYSEG/RG&E Warn Against Scams:
NYSEG and RG&E are urging customers to be wary of scammers posing as representatives of trusted energy companies. In recent days, the companies have received reports of scammers threatening to cut service unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card. While most customers recognize these calls as scams, a small number have been persuaded to make payments. It’s an old swindle with some new twists. Caller ID may show the call is coming from the utility. In some cases, the perpetrators seem to have specific knowledge about the customers they’re calling. They may even provide a callback number that answers with a recorded greeting that’s similar to the energy company’s customer service line. The utilities say if you receive a call and you are uncomfortable, call police.
Deadline Approaching to File in Western Union Settlement:
Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued a reminder to New Yorkers that the deadline for filing a refund claim in connection with a nationwide settlement with Western Union is May 31st, 2018. Consumers who were induced by scammers into wiring money via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file claims. Consumers who think they may be eligible for a refund should visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/WU to file a claim online, download a claim form, and/or obtain information on how to file a claim.
Memorial Day Ceremonies
The Bath VA Medical Center will host a special Memorial Day program 10am today at Bath National Cemetery. The public is invited to participate and walk through the cemetery afterwards where they can view more than 15,000 flags placed by fifth grade classes at Dana Lyon to honor our fallen soldiers. In Hammondsport, a veteran's honor roll memorial takes place 10am at the Hammondsport Village Square with a service following afterward at Elmwood Cemetery. Elmira will host a parade begins this morning at 9:30 to be followed by a memorial service at Woodlawn National Cemetery at 11.m.Cornell will hold its Memorial Day Parade 9:30 at the East Main Street Bridge.
Bath man Arrested for DWI
A Bath man is behind bars of the Yates County Jail and faces several charges, after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on 54A in Jerusalem. John Hilligus took off on his motorcycle after being stopped by Deputies then pulled over 5 miles away. Deputies say he failed sobriety tests then charged with speeding, refusal to comply, and DWI. Hilligus is held on $5,000 bail.
Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years
The holiday is the unofficial start of the summer and just in time for the season, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben announced it will be celebrating its centennial by holding a set of lectures and events for the community to enjoy. “What the Earth Asks of Us," will be held next month, “Honeybee Democracy,” and many more lectures. Howard Community Center will hold 100-year celebration Chicken Barbecue July 22nd at 1pm. CCE-Steuben will hold its Centennial Celebration September 14th at the Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport. Good more details and events please visit putknowledgetowork.org.
Sodus Infant Still Missing
The search continues for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon of Wayne County following an Amber Alert issued for the child and a weekend of searching by police and 200 volunteers. The body of Owen's mother Selena was found in the woods near a farm where she lived and worked for about 4 weeks prior to her disappearance. Both mother and son were last seen alive May 16th. Anyone with information about Owen's whereabouts is urged to come forward to authorities. Worked Justice of New York created a GoFundMe page for Selena's family https://www.gofundme.com/support-estela-and-her-family.
Law Enforcment Crack Down for Holiday Weekend
Police across the state continue patrols to crack down on intoxicated and unsafe driving for the last day of Memorial Day holiday weekend. If you are out driving today, expect sobriety checkpoints. Non-emergency-related road and bridge construction work remain suspended until 6am tomorrow morning to minimize traffic during one of the busiest travel holidays of each year. Last year, State Police made 237 arrests for driving while intoxicated over the Memorial Day weekend.
State agreement with United University Professions
Governor Cuomo has announced that his administration has reached a six-year contract agreement with the United University Professions, the nation's largest higher education union serving more than 35,000 SUNY employees. The contract agreement includes 2 percent wage increases each year through 2021-2022 with access to new Paid Family Leave benefits, and establishes an adjunct minimum compensation. This is the first labor union agreement with the state that includes Paid Family Leave benefits since the policy took effect on January 1, 2018.
Flags at Half-Staff for Assemblyman Farrell
Flags on all state government buildings will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Assemblyman Denny Farrell. The 86-year-old died Saturday. Farrell served 42 years in state government. Many considered him a fixture. Farrell was first elected in 1975 and headed the Assembly banking committee and later Ways & Means. He spearheaded legislation that required banks to offer low-cost checking accounts and created a free state consumer hotline for credit card rate and fee information.
Amber Alert for Sodus Infant
An Amber Alert has been issued for one year old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. Owen is about 2 feet tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds, of Hispanic ethnicity, and was possibly last seen with Ebavardo Gutierrez Reyes last week on or about May 16. The child is believed to have been abducted from Sodus that day when his mother was murdered. Ebavardo is 25-years-old, Hispanic, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to please come forward and contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Office or call 911.
Arkport on Lockdown Following Threats
Arkport Central School was placed on lockdown yesterday following two anonymous threats made by a student there. Eric W. Carman, age 16 of Arkport, was charged with two felony counts of Making a Terroristic Threat. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office responded with assistance from New York State Police and Hornell Police Department. Bomb detection canines were also sent from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Carman was arraigned in Town of Fremont Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond and will reappear in court at a later date.
Two from Kansas Arrested for Grand Larceny
New York State Police of the Bath barracks arrested two people from Kansas for Grand Larceny following a report of vehicle larceny in the village of Arkport. Troopers from the North Hornell barracks responded. It was determined by Investigators from Cortland and Bath NYSP stations that Patrick S. McCullough, age 25 and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both from Winfield Kansas, stole the vehicle May 24th and drove it to the Westchester County location of Mohegan Lake. They were arrested there, transported to the Bath Troopers barracks for processing, arraigned in the town of Urbana Court where they were each charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Cuomo Suspends Non-Emergency Construction for Holiday Weekend
Governor Cuomo has announced that non-emergency related road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from now until to 6 a.m. on Tuesday to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.
O’Mara Hosts Local Students for SIA Conference
State Senator Tom O’Mara this week welcomed two area high school students to the State Capitol. Kylee Miller of Bath, a home-schooled sophomore, and Kelly Proctor, a junior at the Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg , were among high school students from across the state who participated in the 18th Annual “Students Inside Albany” (SIA) conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York (LOWV/NY) State Educational Foundation, Inc.
NYS Republicans Nominate Attorney General Candidate
New York's Republican Party nominated New York City attorney Keith Wofford as their preferred candidate for attorney general on Thursday. He defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination at the Republican state convention in Manhattan. Wofford said that if elected his priority will be combating New York's chronic problem with political corruption.
Corning Man Lands Glider Safe in Wellsville
A man escaped injury after his glider made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon off state highway 417 in Wellsville. The Corning pilot landed his craft safely in a field. He said he lost his lift ability which brought him down. He was headed on a cross country flight when he had to declare an emergency. State police secured the scene.
Arkport School Locked Down Due to Possible Threat:
The Arkport Central School was locked down Thursday after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said it received two emails on its anonymous tipline about a student with a weapon. The Sheriff’s Office said it immediately notified the school and appropriate action was taken placing it on lockdown. A mental health team from the county was called in to assist with interviewing the student, who was located at the school. After a thorough search of the building and grounds, and conducting interviews, the Sheriff’s Office concluded that there was no credible threat. The lockdown was completely lifted just before 11 a.m. Superintendent Jesse Harper thanked the community for responding to the lockdown with patience and cooperation.
Car Fire in Hornell:
Firefighters were called to Ben Weitsman of Hornell scrap metal recycling on Ice House Road on Thursday for an active vehicle fire. Officials report the vehicle caught fire due to a minor explosion while crews were moving it from one location to another. Firefighters doused the vehicle with water and within 20 minutes it was under control. There were no injuries.
Probation Violation Arrest:
48-year-old Kristina Jolley of Painted Post has been arrested for allegedly violating a term or condition of her pre-trial release. Jolley was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
New Corning Hotel Nearly Ready to Open:
After nearly two years, the long-awaited new Hilton-Garden Inn in Corning will soon be opening its doors. Management says they plan to offer guests a new kind of experience that’s unlike other accommodations in the area. The new hotel will have 125 rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center, meeting rooms, and a full bar and restaurant. The hotel is expected to open by July 10th.
Horseheads Student Heads to Scripps:
The Scripps National Spelling Bee gets underway May 29th and there will be an area student competing for the top prize. Kris Patel, a sixth-grader at Horseheads Intermediate School, qualified for the competition by winning the regional bee that was held in Corning on March 17th. The 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee is May 29th through the 31st.
Memorial Day Events:
Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have died in active military service. Here are some of the events take place throughout the area. The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be hosting a Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, the public is encourage to walk the cemetery grounds to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes. In Hammondsport, the American Legion Post will have a color guard present at a number of locations, begins at 9 a.m. at the Mitchellsville cemetery. The group will then move to the Pleasant Valley cemetery at 9:30, then at 10 a.m. they will be at the veteran’s honor roll memorial in the Hammondsport village square. Finally they will march to Elmwood Cemetery for a service.
Sheriff’s Office Looking for Owner of Chainsaw, Weed Trimmer:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a chainsaw and a weed trimmer that reportedly fell from a vehicle. The items were recovered in the area of 1000 State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.
Inmate Charged with Assault:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail as been charged with assault. 30-year-old James Blankenship allegedly struck another person while incarcerated in the jail, causing physical injury. He was arraigned and sent back to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
GOP, Dems Make Nominations for NYS Governor:
New York Republicans and Democrats have made their official nominations for state Governor. As expected, GOP delegates endorsed 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro at Wednesday’s state convention. In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to fight corruption and deep-pocketed special interests. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, incumbent Andrew Cuomo secured ninety-five percent of the delegates votes to secure endorsement for his third term. Cuomo next faces off against challenger Cynthia Nixon in a primary on September 13th, but regardless of how that vote turns out, both will be in the November General Election as Nixon will be on the Working Families Party line. She could also still appear on the Democratic ballot line if she gets 15,000 Democratic signatures in a petition.
Farmers Market Returns to Bath:
A now annual tradition returned again to Bath Wednesday. The Bath Farmers Market is back up and running in Pulteney Square, and it will continue throughout the summer every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October. The market features a variety of handmade items, from soaps to fire-grilled pizza.
Gas Prices Surge ahead of Holiday Weekend:
If your Memorial Day plans include a stop at the gas pump, be prepared to pay more. AAA says gas prices will reach record highs for this weekend. The national average is $2.93 for a gallon of regular, it’s highest since 2014. Unfortunately, relief isn’t expected in the foreseeable future, with prices expected to more or less hold throughout the summer. AAA also predicts that if they haven’t already, most states will hit $3.00 in the coming weeks.
Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges Following Bath Traffic Stop:
A traffic stop in the Village of Bath lead to drug charges for a Rochester man. Officers say they stopped 20-year-old David Binion on East Morris Street and discovered a quantity of narcotics and a large amount of cash. Binion has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and he was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.
C-PP Teacher Accused of Stealing from High School:
A teacher with the Corning-Painted Post School District has been arrested for allegedly stealing property from the Corning High School. 39-year-old Eric Griffin of Campbell allegedly stole property valuing less than $1,000. He turned himself into Corning Police on Tuesday and he was released on an appearance ticket.
Power Mostly Restored After Strong Winds, Rain:
Power was knocked out for some in Steuben and Chemung counties Tuesday evening following heavy rain, strong winds, and even some hail. Almost 700 residents across Steuben were affected, mostly in the Caton, Town of Corning, and Erwin areas. NYSEG reports that all customers in Steuben have had their power restored at this time. Some outages do remain in Chemung County.
NYS’ First Female A.G. Officially Appointed:
New York State has officially appointed its first-ever female Attorney General. Barbara Underwood took over on an acting basis earlier this month after her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned amid allegations of assault. She was officially named Tuesday and she will now serve as the state A.G. until the end of the year. Voters will choose a new A.G. in November. Underwood says she has no plans to run for a full four-year term at this time.
Corning’s GlassFest to Cause Street Closures This Weekend:
With GlassFest returning to Corning this weekend, drivers should be aware that several streets will be closed for festivities. Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through 6 p.m. Sunday, Tioga Avenue from the parking garage to the entrance of the bus stop will be closed; and from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Aurene Lane from Cedar to Tarantelli will only be open for emergency vehicles and deliveries. The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday: Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane; Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street; Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane; Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese. On Saturday, the following streets will be closed from 7:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the GlassFest 8k: Craumer Street, Cantigny Street, Aisne Street, Tioga Avenue (Ceder to Steuben), Steuben St. (Roundhouse Lane to Alabaster Lane), Cohocton Street (East Market Street Extension to Roundhouse Lane), Relihan Boulevard (Park Avenue to Trolley Lane), and Mill Lane (Relihan Boulevard to East Second Street Extension). From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jacoby Street will also be closed on Saturday due to the race. Throughout the event, free parking will be available in the Centerway Parking Facility.
CCE Surveys Deadline June 15th:
Two important surveys available to help Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) meet the needs of Steuben farmers have had their deadlines changed from June 1st to June 15th to give farmers more time to participate. The “Farmer Needs Survey” will provide information for future CCE programs and asks farmers of all backgrounds and experience levels to identify specific needs, favored resources, and ways to provide information. It is located online at bit.ly/agneeds18. The “Commercial Kitchen Survey” looks at interest in an important element of the Steuben County Farmland Protection Plan and seeks input on opening a certified Commercial Kitchen for farmers and others in Steuben and other counties to safely produce and sell value-added products. This survey is located online at bit.ly/farmerkitchen.
Bath V.A. Recognizes Volunteers:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center recently held its annual volunteer recognition program. Over 150 volunteers and attendees enjoyed lunch and were recognized for their volunteer time. There are over 350 registered volunteers at the Center that join in the mission to care for Veterans. Each year a Volunteer of the Year is selected and this year’s nominee was Connie De Lisa with over 42 years of volunteering and 17,000 hours.
Bath Man Arrested in Geneva Traffic Stop:
A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Geneva on Friday. 33-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe tires. He was sent to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Steuben Leg. Approves Coalition Contract; Abuse Prevention Award Recipient:
During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented the 2018 Child Abuse (Prevention) Steuben Award to a Family Development Home Visitor for ProAction of Steuben and Yates. Tawnya Hughes had dedicated her 18 years of experience with ProAction working with “at-risk” families to prevent child abuse, according to county Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller. Active in all county child abuse prevention and awareness programs, and instrumental in launching the annual Color Walk (set this year for June 16th), Hughes has also taken the lead in the recent “Enough Abuse Steuben” initiative, applying for and receiving state funding for a community-wide campaign to identify and prevent the sexual abuse of children, said Muller. In other action before the legislature Monday, lawmakers agreed to a contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) as part of the local “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition.” The state law raises the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18, but also requires the creation of regional detention facilities for youths aged 16 and 17 that a court determines are a danger to others or themselves. TCS will look for a regional site, or sites, and will prepare proposals for the future use of the sites for the counties to consider.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Corning man for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation. 28-year-old Lee Cornell had been previously convicted of burglary. He was arrested on a felony violation of probation warrant and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo Agrees to Debate with Nixon:
Ever since announcing her campaign for governor Democratic, challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling for a televised debate against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Now, she’ll get it. Cuomo’s campaign office has agreed. The details, such as when and where, are still being determined.
State to Use “Eco-Friendly” Tick Control Measures in Southern Tier:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands as part of a new plan to control tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. These treatments will be used in the Southern Tier, the capital region, and the Hudson Valley. The state also plans to expand the use of deer feeding stations where deer automatically receive a tick treatment as they eat. The stations are already in use on Long Island and in other areas.
RSVP Banquet Honors Volunteers:
The invaluable work of Steuben County’s senior volunteers was recently recognized with more than 150 people turning out for the county Office for the Aging’s annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Banquet at the Watson Homestead in East Corning. Honorees at the event included: Richard (Rick) Packer of Hornell, who served 1,048 hours with the Residents’ Activities at Hornell Gardens in 2017. Packer has accumulated a total of 4,717 lifetime RSVP service hours. He was honored with the Louise Argentieri Service Award. Mary “Betty” Langendorfer of Bath was posthumously awarded with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. She was a RSVP volunteer for more than 15 years, and accumulated 2,960 lifetime RSVP service house.
NYSDEC Picks Up Bear Cub in Corning:
Officers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called in Sunday to help a visitor who got lost in the City of Corning. At around 10 a.m., Corning Police received a report of a bear cub in the area of the city’s Department of Public Works. Police found the cub in a salt barn and stayed nearby until the DEC arrived. The cub was taken to a wildlife rehab center and will eventually be released into the wild.
Gubernatorial Candidate Molinaro Chooses Running Mate; Nixon to be on General Election Ballot:
In the latest concerning the fast-approaching election for New York State Governor, Republican hopeful Marc Molinaro has chosen his running mate for lieutenant governor, Julie Killian. Killian is the former deputy mayor of Rye, which is located in Westchester County. She recently lost a special election for state senate. Molinaro and Killian plan to run on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party lines; the pair is expected to be nominated by the state GOP at this week’s convention. On the Democratic side of things, regardless of what happens in the primary, Cynthia Nixon will be on the November general election ballot. Even if she loses the primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nixon will appear on the Working Families Party line, which endorsed her over the weekend. The Democratic Primary is set for September 13th.
Negotiations Resume Between Hornell and Humane Society:
Hornell Mayor John Buckley and the Hornell Area Humane Society released a joint statement following their recent contesting Facebook posts. They said negotiations and dialogue have resumed with a neutral third party, and progress has been made. They agreed that their previous remarks did not appear to be the best path towards resolution, and as such were removed from social media. The Hornell Area Humane Society will continue to provide services to the city, at the same rate as the previous contract, for the months of April through June while negotiations continue. They hope to have a new contract completed before the end of June.
Tickets on Sale for Steuben Public Health’s 100th Anniversary:
Tickets are on sale now for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s 100th anniversary celebration, which is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 8th at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport. The event includes live music, catered appetizers and local beverage and cheese tastings, displays, and more. Tickets are $15 until June 7th and can be purchased at Vine and Barrels in Bath, the Steuben Public Health’s Office in Bath, or online at https://tinyurl.com/100yeartickets.
Boater Safety Class June 9th:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring proof of age for all students attending. The minimum age to attend is ten-years-old. The class is limited to 30 students. Call (607) 622-3911 to register.
Statue Unveiled at Law Enforcement Memorial Park
Closing “Steuben County Police Officers Week” was the ceremony yesterday honoring 31 fallen officers who died while serving in the line of duty. Over 100 people attended at the Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park to honor our local heroes and watch the unveiling of the new Steuben Memorial Statue created at the Corning Museum of Glass and supported by seven metal pillars, representing the seven counties honored at the park and created by metal crafters at Mercury Aircraft. The statue is a blue glass flame representing eternal remembrance of fallen officers.
Empire Access Acquires Axcess
Yesterday, Empire Access announced it completed its acquisition of Axcess Ontario, another leading telecommunications service provider in the state. This will add over 200 miles of fiber optic network to Empire Access’ existing regional network and Empire Access plans to expand its infrastructure to serve Ontario County. Axcess Ontario is a fiber ring that existed since 2005, providing an open-access network for Ontario County and recognized as a national broadband model. Empire Access will expand its service into surrounding businesses and residential communities of Ontario County in the next few months.
Teens Arrested Following Wayland Burglary
New York State Police arrested two teens following an investigation into a burglary at a home in the Village of Wayland. Police say 16-year-old Adrian Palmer and 17-year-old Sebastian Harvey also stole items from a Wayland convenience store.Both were arrested and charged with Second Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny. Harvey and Palmer were arraigned in the Village of Wayland Court then released on their own recognizance.
OFA Offers Medicare Seminars this Tuesday-Thursday
Steuben County Office for the Aging has set its second in a series of free seminars on Medicare for May 22-24. Led by Steuben’s certified insurance counselors, the sessions will inform citizens about basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The program is intended for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions about their current coverage and options.Programs will be held:
May 22 at Corning Senior Center at 1 Park Lane (small conference room) from 1 to 3pm
May 23 at Steuben County Offices Building located 3 E. Pulteney Square in Bath (South Conference room, third floor) from 10-11:30am
May 24 at Hornell Senior Center located at 20 Broadway Mall from 10-11:30am
For more information, including future dates, and to make reservations call the Steuben Office of the Aging at (607) 664-2298.
Hornell Man Arrested for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Clifford J. Neally of Hornell due to a warrant for a probation violation. Deputies say Neally violated a term or condition of his probation for a City of Hornell arrest and charge for aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Following his arraignment at Steuben County Court, Neally was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.
Steuben Legislature Meets Monday to Discuss “Raise the Age”
This Monday at 10am, the Steuben County Legislature meets with the agenda to honor Steuben County’s Child Abuse Prevention Award recipient and hire a consultant for New York state’s “Raise the Age” law. Lawmakers will likely join the “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition” and contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) to seek solutions for Steuben and its sister counties Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler and Yates to effectively comply with the state law raising the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18. The law also requires creation of regional detention facilities for youths 16-17 years old that are determined by a court to be a danger to themselves or others. For the Child Abuse Prevention Award, Steuben County’s Legislature will also recognize an individual, program, or organization that significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben.
Millport Woman Arrested for SNAP Fraud
A 28-year old Millport woman is behind bars following an arrest for one count of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing. According to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, Ashley Brown used over $400 in SNAP benefits she was not eligible for when she used another person’s state SNAP benefit card. Brown is also alleged to have completed an application online for benefits using false information for another person while they were an inmate at the Steuben County Jail. Brown will reappear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.
Victim Identified in Cameron Crash
Yesterday’s fatal car crash in Cameron now has an identity for the victim. Michael D. Russell of Canisteo, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the County Route 119 and Angel Road intersection in the Town of Cameron. The single car crash was caused when fellow Canisteo motorist Nance Herbert failed to negotiate a curve, hitting Russell’s vehicle and rolling it off the road. An investigation into the accident continues.
Bath Village Public Hearing Set for May 30
The Village of Bath has scheduled a public hearing for later this month to address two issues. The village board will accept hearing public comments on the Village of Bath’s community development needs, and to discuss the possible submission of the Village’s proposed Water System Study Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for the 2018 program year. The 4 p.m. hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on May 30th. Written comments can also be submitted to the village clerk until May 30th.
Hornell Humane Society No Longer Performs Animal Control
The Hornell Area Humane Society announced on Facebook Wednesday of this week that, effective immediately, it will no longer be performing Animal Control duties within city limits due to lack of funding. The post was critical of the mayor, claiming Buckley attempted to cut the agency’s funding by 77%. Mayor Buckley immediately responded, saying he was disappointed the nonprofit’s refusal to negotiate. The Mayor also said that he was also deeply disappointed in the agency representatives’ behavior at a meeting on Tuesday. Buckley said the city was paying the Humane Society too much.
NYSLA Lumberjack Festival Tomorrow at Fairgrounds
It’s been over a decade since Bath has begun hosting the NYSLA Lumberjack Festival, but this year there will be a change from the usual Pulteney Park location. The Lumberjack Festival will start 9am tomorrow morning at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. Lumberjacks and lumberjills attend every year to ring in the competition season and last year several world records were broken. The festival this year will also include a vintage car and motorcycle show beginning at 9am and ending at noon while several kid-friendly activities like a petting zoo, bubble station, bounce house, tree-themed art project and other fun festivities will be available to enjoy.
Fatal Accident on C.R. 119:
One person was killed in a single car crash on County Route 119 near Angel Road in Cameron. Another person in the vehicle is believed to have suffered injuries. It is unknown at this time what may have caused the accident.
Millport Woman Accused of Misusing Food Stamps:
A Millport woman has been arrested for allegedly misusing food stamps. 28-year-old Ashley Brown allegedly used another person’s state SNAP benefit card and received $434.58 in benefits that she was not eligible for. It’s also alleged that in August 2017, Brown completed an online application for benefits that contained false information, for another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. Brown has been charged with misuse of food stamps and offering a false instrument for filing. Brown, who is currently in the Chemung County Jail, was arraigned and sent back to the jail.
Proposed Waste-to-Energy Incinerator Opposed by Cuomo:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a statement in which he voices opposition to the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Romulus. He says its “not consistent” with his administration’s goals, and that he’s confident the Article 10 siting board will “reject the project application if one is ever filed.” The project is being proposed by Circular EnerG and would be built in the former Seneca Army Depot.
NYS Looking to Cut the Cost of College Texts, Materials:
The high cost of textbooks and other educational materials could soon be a thing of the past for college students, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Open Educational Resources Initiative. Through the program, students have access to online, cost-free materials, from textbooks to classic literature. Corning Community College is one of the many SUNY and CUNY schools taking advantage of the program. CCC President Dr. Katherine Douglas said their students have saved a combined $100,000 each year the school has offered the resources. The Governor's Office says more than $28 million will be saved statewide by the end of Spring 2019.
Steuben Co. Teens to Speak at Tobacco Shareholder's Meeting:
Today is the annual shareholder's meeting of tobacco company, Altria Group, and this year there will be some very special speakers in attendance. The group Reality Check will travel to the meeting with teenagers from Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties. Reality Check is a teen-lead, adult-run program seeking to prevent and decrease tobacco use among young people. They'll be speaking to tobacco executives about changes they'd like to see in packaging and marketing.
Steuben’s Annual Salute at LE Memorial Park Friday:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Wednesday that the Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service is set for 6 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 18th, at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Law Enforcement Memorial Park. The service caps off “Steuben County Police Officers Week” and is open to the public. It will be attended by state and local officials, law enforcement, and veterans, and include the unveiling of the Steuben Memorial Statue. The statue is a blue glass flame created by the glassmakers of The Corning Museum of Glass, supported by seven pillars created by the metal crafters at The Mercury Corporation. It represents an eternal dedication to the memory of all fallen officers in the seven counties honored in the memorial park.
Fire in Caton:
Multiple fire departments, including the City of Corning, North and South Corning, and Painted Post, were called to Caton Monday night to battle a fire that broke out at a house on West Caton Road. The road was blocked off while crews battled the flames. Three firefighters were reportedly sent to a hospital for heat exhaustion. Authorities say four people were inside the home at the time of the fire. They were able to escape without injury. The fire has left the home uninhabitable. The American Red Cross is assisting. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Local School District Voting Results:
In local school district budget voting and school board election results, Addison, Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Prattsburgh, and Jasper-Troupsburg all had their budgets and various propositions approved by district voters. All had open board seats that were running unopposed. In Avoca, the budget and propositions passed, Elizabeth Peck won the 3-year Board of Education seat, and there was a tie between Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes for the 5-year seat on the board. By law, there must be a revote between the two tied candidates within 45 days. On its Facebook page the district said it will set and announce a revote date soon.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest:
A Hammondsport man has been arrested after he allegedly created a physically offensive condition and used obscene language in a public place while on Pulteney Street in the Village of Hammondsport. 60-year-old David Shaw also allegedly resisted arrest when Sheriff’s deputies tried to take him into custody. Shaw has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Canisteo Considering Village Wide Garbage Pickup:
At a public hearing Monday night, the Village of Canisteo discussed the possibility of instituting a village wide garbage pickup program. Currently, there is no such program and residents must dispose of their garbage at their own time and convenience. The new program would see residents able to have their garbage collected by a pickup company for a set monthly fee. No decision was made, and the village says it will be seeking further opinions on the matter.
Free Shredding Event:
The Steuben County legislature has offered a free shredding event in the coming days, weekend and month. The next event is this Saturday at the Bath landfill. A document shredder truck will be on site. Just bring your documents and they’ll be shredded and recycled.
Bath-Haverling CSD to Partner with ServU to Open Student-Run Bank:
Bath-Haverling students and staff will benefit from a unique opportunity this fall. The district is partnering with ServU Credit Union to offer a student-run bank in the high school. The bank will open on October 1st and will serve district students and staff on Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch periods. The credit union will provide all equipment and training for students. Three ServU employees will work with student volunteers to offer deposits, withdrawals, transfers, and check cashing during open hours. Besides offering out of classroom learning experiences in math, computer, and social skills, the goal of the project is give students hands-on experience in a real financial setting, and to increase students’ knowledge of money management, and with financial products and services.
Rathbone Fire Labeled "Suspicious":
Authorities are investigating what's been labeled a "suspicious" fire in the Town of Rathbone. The blaze broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a cabin on Derby Hill Road, according to the Addison Fire Chief. The fire was extinguished without incident. It was vacant at the time. The cabin was a total loss.
Wanted Corning Man Back Behind Bars:
The Corning man wanted for allegedly making an explicit cellphone video of a child under a table at a restaurant has been arrested. 48-year-old Bryan Griswold is charged with felony sex abuse of a child.
Bath Man Arrested on DWI, Weapon Charges:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Bath man on DWI and weapons charges. It’s alleged that 37-year-old Joseph Chely II operated a vehicle on East William Street Extension, and State Route 415 while in an intoxicated condition. It’s also alleged that Chely’s license or operating privileges has been suspended or revoked nine times. It’s further alleged that Chely possessed a loaded 30 round high capacity magazine and metal knuckles. Chely was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with .08 percent or more alcohol in blood, aggravated unlicensed operation, an open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle, failure to keep right, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third and fourth degrees. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Hornell Man Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors:
A Hornell man has been charged with violating the social hosting law. 35-year-old Michael Woodard was arrested after Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on a report of a loud party on County Route 109 in the Town of Hornellsville. Their investigation alleges that Woodard was in charge of the premises while several persons ranging from ages 16 to 19 years old were consuming alcoholic beverages. Woodard was charged with acting as a social host for the underage drinking gathering. He was released on an appearance ticket.
NYS School Budget/B.O.E Elections Today:
School districts across the state today will be holding their 2018-2019 budget votes and Board of Education elections. 699 districts are putting their spending plans up before voters. Of those, roughly 48 percent have proposed raising taxes without breaking the tax cap. Schools with proposed budgets that exceed the tax cap must meet 60 percent approval by voters. Districts have varying voting times and locations, so voters are encouraged to contact their own district to learn more.
Steuben Adds Roads to 2018 Schedule:
Two Steuben County roads are now scheduled this year for road repair, thanks to the state’s recent “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation. Over $642,000 will be used for work on 3.6 miles of County Road 10 in the Town of Cameron, and 2.6 miles on County Road 25 between the Towns of Cameron and Rathbone.
Local Veteran to be Inducted into NYS Senate Hall Vets Hall of Fame:
Today a local veteran will be recognized for his service and duty to the country as he's inducted into the New York Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame. Warren Thompson was born and raised in Steuben County. He graduated from Savona Central School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army. During his service, his plane was shot down over France and he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Nazis.
Local Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Dormann Dies:
Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Dormann died over the weekend at the age of 86. Dormann was born in March 1932 in New York City and he continued to keep an office there despite being heavily involved in the local community. In the late 1990’s, he and his wife donated $500,000 from the Young Leadership Foundation to the then Davenport Library in Bath to help fund a major expansion. The building was renamed in his honor when work was completed in 1999. Many residents may recognize him as the face of “Around Town with Henry Dormann,” the television show he hosted where he highlighted local businesses throughout the area. He also appeared in the last commercial break of Good Morning Twin Tiers with his “Thought of the Day.” Dormann was also the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of Leaders Magazine, and served as Chairman of the Board for the National Enquirer. Over his life he met with and discussed a variety of issues with world leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, and he published a book of letters and notes from them in 2013 titled “Letters from Leaders.” Dormann is survived by his wife, Alice, and two daughters Kaari and Kristi.
Court Allows Tops to Begin Liquidating Stores:
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, a court order has now been issued allowing Tops Markets to start closing and liquidating its stores. At the time of filing, the company said it was deal with a large portion of debt. While the order does allow stores to be closed, the company says it has not actually made any decisions yet about potential closures. It is unknown if the company will close any stores or how many could ultimately be impacted.
Three arrested in Drug Bust
The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street. Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant. Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation. All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail. Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.
School Budget vote Tuesday
Bath Central School residents will head to the polls tomorrow to vote for the upcoming school year budget. The $38 million spending plan is a 3.8 increase. Because of Town of Bath revaluation, it’s unknown exactly how much it will affect resident’s checkbook. Also, on the ballot will be the purchase of three new school buses at a cost of $355,000. Polls will be open Tuesday from noon to 8:00pm at the District Office on the school campus.
CCC Graduate over 600
The 59th commencement ceremonies at Corning Community College were held Saturday in a packed gymnasium as 659 students received Associate Degree diplomas. The oldest graduate was a 62 year old student…the youngest was Corning-Painted Post student Ashlyn Hartman who is 17. Hartman will graduate from High school as well in a couple weeks. Apparently she is not the only in the family to do this…her siblings have also graduated from college study before High School graduation.
Watkins Glen State Park
There’s been a 6.5 million upgrade going at the Watkins State Park and it’s almost completed according to Park officials. Trails are now open and the new entrance will be done just in time for memorial weekend. Improved parking, information center and concession building and an enhanced park experience are all part of the improvements. The project is part of a state wide $900 million dollar plan to upgrade state parks.
Campbell Home Destroyed by Fire:
A home on Meads Creek Road in Campbell was completely destroyed by a fire on Friday. Several fire departments were called to the scene, including Campbell, Painted Post, Gang Mills and both North and South Corning fire departments. The road in front of the home was closed for several hours. Firefighters report that no one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries. The American Red Cross is assisting the family. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:
The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street. Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument. Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant. Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation. All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail. Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.
Prattsburgh Man Facing Burglary, Drug Charges:
A Prattsburgh man is facing multiple charges following his arrest in relation to a burglary in the Town of Prattsburgh. It’s alleged that 30-year-old Bradley Davis burglarized a residence, and that he was in possession several pieces of stolen property and a quantity of cocaine. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and grand larceny. Davis was also wanted out of Rensselaer County for criminal possession of stolen property. More charges are pending. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Corning Man Accused of Raping 13-year-old:
An 18-year-old Corning man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old. Ryan Cosgrove has been charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both class D felonies. The Corning Police Department said Cosgrove is an alleged “sexual predator that preyed upon children 13 years old or younger” and that there may be another victim or victims of similar ages. Cosgrove was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Bath Teen Arrested for Sexual Abuse:
A joint investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Steuben County Child Protective Unit has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old from Bath. Zachariah Hill has been charged with one count of sexual abuse in the 1st, a class D felony. It’s alleged that Hill subjected a 9-year-old to sexual contact on multiple occasions at a private residence in the Town of Jasper. Hill was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Corning Man Arrested for Allegedly Violating Parole on Rape Conviction:
A Corning man was arrested on May 5th on a violation of probation warrant. 21-year-old Dominique Randall allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation on his previous conviction of rape, sexual abuse, and attempted sex offender failing to report address. He will appear in Steuben County Court at a later date to answer the charge.
Fugitive from Justice Arrest:
A Mount Morris man wanted on a warrant out of the State of New Jersey has been arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. 55-year-old Robert Hennekens was wanted on a warrant for shoplifting in Bergen County. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
2 Local Recruits Graduate from Academy of Fire Science:
After 11 weeks and more than 500 hours of training, 57 recruits from across New York have graduated from the Academy of Fire Science in Watkins Glen. Among them were 2 recruits from Corning. All the graduates will become full-time firefighters across the Twin Tiers. This year's was the largest graduating class at the Academy since it's inception in 1984. Their next class begins this fall.
Funding Available to Help New Yorkers Purchase Air Conditioning:
New Yorkers suffering some serious health issues aggravated by extreme heat can get financial help to purchase an air conditioner. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $3 million is available for individuals who apply through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) at their local department of social services. Recipients must meet eligibility requirements. Applications will be accepted through August 31st, or until funding runs out.
Cuomo, NYS Financial Regulator Being Sued by NRA:
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state financial regulator are being sued by the National Rifle Association for what the lobby calls a "blacklisting campaign." The NRA says New York is trying to compel banks and insurers to stop doing business with it. In response, Cuomo issued a statement on Friday saying the lawsuit is "...a futile and desperate attempt to advance its dangerous agenda to sell more guns."
DEC Asks Public to Look Out for Invasive Moth:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for an invasive species of moth that may be making its way into New York State. The spotted lanternfly is a native of China, India, and Vietnam. It was introduced to Korea where it has already become a pest insect. It was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, and this past fall in 2017, a single moth was found in New York. According to state officials, spotted lanternflies feed on 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops. If you see a spotted lanternfly you're asked to send a message and photos of it to email@example.com. You should include where you saw the moth and if you saw any eggs or signs of infestation.
Employee Accused of Stealing $6,000 from Painted Post Business:
28-year-old Dylon Howk of Horseheads was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing over $6,000 from a retail business in Painted Post while he was an employee there. Howk has been charged with grand larceny in third and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Canisteo Woman Allegedly Falsified Business Records:
A Canisteo woman is accused of falsifying the records of a business she was employed at. 51-year-old Lisa Sigond allegedly filed false papers while employed at a business in Arkport. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Hornell Man Accused of Abusing Dog:
A Hornell man has been charged with a felony for abusing an animal. It's alleged that 33-year-old Philip Drew intentionally injured and abandoned a dog. He has been charged aggravated cruelty to an animal, a felony, and abandonment of an animal, which is a misdemeanor.
Amber Alert Cancelled for Missing Montour Falls Infant:
The Amber Alert issued for a missing infant from the Village of Montour Falls has been cancelled after the child was found safe. 17-day-old Gionna Harter was taken early Thursday morning and was located with her mother, 31-year-old Katrina Harter, in the City of Geneva. It's believed Harter took the baby to avoid a family court order transferring custody of Gionna to another person. The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office offered its thanks to the public for providing tips and over 100 leads across seven counties.
Corning's Bridge St. Bridge to Temporarily Close:
The Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed temporarily this Sunday, May 13th between 6 and 11 a.m. The City's Public Works Department, in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Corning Fire Department, will be installing temporary flood control devices in order to help the city be prepared in the event of future flooding.
Gov. Declares May “Aviation Month”:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the month of May 2018 as “Aviation Appreciation Month” in New York State. According to the governor, general aviation accounts for over $7 billion in total economic output in New York. In his proclamation, Cuomo said, “Business aviation is a critical tool for companies in New York State to improve efficiency, save money, and open up opportunities for rural areas not served by commercial aviation, thereby bringing new business, investment, and jobs to all areas of the state.”
Bath Man Charged with Making Meth:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine. Authorities responded to a residence on Rumsey Street Extension, just outside the Village of Bath on Tuesday and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized. 37-year-old William Trenchard was arrested and has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third, a class D felony. Following arraignment, he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
State Police Seeking Corning Man Wanted for Sexual Abuse:
Painted Post State Troopers are asking for the public's help in locating a Corning man wanted for sexual abuse. 47-year-old Bryan Griswold was arrested on April 29th for allegedly obtaining an intimate video of a 12-year-old girl that was taken on a cell phone under the table at a public restaurant. Griswold posted bail on April 30th. Troopers later discovered that Griswold allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 13. He is currently wanted on an arrest warrant for sexual abuse. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact local police or the Painted Post State Police.
Car Crashes Into Corning Gas Station:
Authorities were called to the scene of an accident in Corning Wednesday where a car crashed into a gas station. A silver Audi went through the front of the Fastrac gas station on Pulteney Street. The accident was reportedly caused by the driver accidentally pressing the gas pedal when they meant to press on the brake. Police say there weren't any injuries and that the damage done to the building is all cosmetic. Fastrac is expected to reopen once the debris is cleared away.
Wanted Corning Man Arrested When He Attempts to Serve Claim at Police Station:
A Corning man wanted on an active bench warrant was arrested at the Corning Police station Tuesday when he tried to serve a motion of claim to the department. 30-year-old Kenneth Letson was arrested for failure to appear in relation to a police chase in March 2016. According to police, Letson led police on a chase in the early morning of March 13th. It began in a city parking lot on Bridge Street and ended roughly an hour later on Interstate Highway 99 in Pennsylvania. He was charged in 2016 with unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, inadequate exhaust, unlicensed operation, failure to stop at four stop signs, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, and speed in zone. He was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Bath Police Looking for Owner of Lost Snake:
Bath Village Police have apprehended an unusual suspect and are seeking the public’s help in getting more information. Officers are looking for the owner of a 4-foot python that was found at the end of Wood Street. The department posted a picture of the animal on their Facebook page. It appears to be a ball python. If you are the owner, or if you have any information about the snake, you’re asked to call the Bath Village Police Department at (607) 776-2175.
2 Local Schools Recognized as Top Schools in State, Nation:
Hammondsport Junior-Senior High and Haverling High were both recently recognized as top high schools in New York State and in the Nation in 2018 by U.S. World and News Report. Hammondsport earned a “silver medal” based on its student performance on state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and it was ranked 199th in the state. Haverling was ranked near the top of all school districts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, earning a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness.
PBS Travel Show to Re-Air Finger Lakes Episodes:
Recently, Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport got some well-deserved attention from PBS during the fifth season of Travels with Darley. The show can be seen in over 96 percent of the USA on PBS stations and the fifth season’s first episode was the very first to be shot in New York and it featured the Southern Finger Lakes. The fourth episode featured the Finger Lakes National Forest. If you missed their original airings, not to worry, as they will be returning soon. Travels with Darley episode #501 (Southern Finer Lakes – Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport) will re-air on June 17th and episode #504 (Finger Lakes National Forest) will re-air on July 8th, both at 11:30 a.m. on WSKG-HD. Travels with Darley follows host Darley Newman in beautiful, awe-inspiring places as she experiences what gives each destination its authentic “sense of place”… all with the help of local residents. While in the Southern Finger Lakes, Darley and her crew experienced glider rides and Mark Twain, exceptional food and art, waterfalls and race cars, plus wine, paddle-boarding, a museum dedicated to the fastest man on earth, and more.
Meth Lab Busted in Corning:
A Corning man was arrested Monday for allegedly making methamphetamine after authorities were called to his apartment on West William Street in Corning on a report of a strong chemical odor. 39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was arraigned in Corning City Court and was sent to the Steuben County jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Family of Bears Treed in Corning Tuesday:
Things got a little hairy in Corning Tuesday when a family of bears was spotted in a tree near Chemung Street. According to a witness the bears – a mother and three cubs – were chased into the tree by dogs. The DEC has said that bear complaints have risen with the warmer temperatures and that with the delayed start to spring, it’s likely that bears are more inclined to come into populated areas looking for food. Their advice if you spot a bear is to ignore it, though if you must scare if off, making a lot of noise will usually prompt them to leave. They also advise that residents remove attractions such as bird feeders and garbage, and that pet food isn’t stored outside.
Canisteo Wildfire Extinguished after Four Day Effort:
On May 2nd just before 5 p.m., DEC Dispatch received a call from Steuben County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire burning on a steep, south-facing slope in the Town of Canisteo that was inaccessible by vehicle. Due to fire activity, weather conditions, and difficult terrain, five Rangers responded to assist. Local volunteer fire companies also responded with wildland fire engines and UTVs. By 8 p.m., the fire was under control and over the next four days, Forest Rangers patrolled the fire and continued to reinforce the control line and target interior hot spots. The fire was officially declared out on May 6th. It burned a total of 43.6 acres. An investigation determined the fire was caused by tree branches that came into contact with power lines.
Tornado Confirmed in Penn Yan Last Week:
The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly touched down in Penn Yan Thursday night. With winds of 100 mph, the tornado hit a barn on East Swamp Road after 8 p.m. The barn collapsed and the tornado continued into several fields, knocking down several trees. It also blew down a fence and another tree on Voak Road. No injuries have been reported.
Former Elmira Christian Academy Teacher to Serve 84-months for Child Porn:
A former Elmira Christian Academy teacher was sentenced to 84-months in federal prison Tuesday on multiple child pornography charges. 40-year-old Howard Edward Brooks will also have to serve 10-years of post-release supervision and he will have to register as a sex offender. Brooks was arrested in August 2015 after authorities searched his home in West Elmira and thumb drives containing images and videos of child porn were recovered. Brooks pled guilty to the receipt, attempted distribution, and four counts of possession of child pornography.
Acting A.G. Named Following Schneiderman Resignation:
A temporary acting Attorney General has been named following Eric Schneiderman's abrupt resignation Monday night following allegations of abuse. According to the New York Daily News, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will take over the AG's duties. Underwood has served as the state’s Solicitor General since 2007, overseeing the A.G. Office’s Division of Appeals and Opinions, which argues civil and criminal appeals in cases in both state and federal courts. Per state law, the state Legislature will eventually appoint a new A.G. in one vote in a combined session. That person will be temporary until the November election, when voters will make the final decision.
Lloyd Neuratuer Appears in Court:
The man accused of killing his ex-wife in Corning appeared in court Monday where his defense attorney sought to have statements made by Lloyd Neuratuer excluded from his upcoming trial. The defense also asked that the District Attorney’s office be removed from the trial and that a special prosecutor be appointed. The judge reserved a decision. June 27th is set as the next court date.
Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Drug, Weapons Charges:
A traffic stop by North Hornell State Troopers has resulted in multiple charges against a Rochester woman. Troopers stopped 30-year-old Cassidy Unterborn on April 21st on Seneca Road in Hornellsville. They allegedly detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and they conducted a search where they found crack and powder cocaine, marihuana, and a loaded 9mm pistol that had been defaced. Unterborn has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and 7th degrees, unlawful possession of marihuana, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Warrant Squad Arrests 4 During Warrant Sweep:
Four people were arrested during a recent warrant sweep by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad.
-37-year-old Howard Larkin of Bath was originally arrested on March 27th on a charge of petit larceny following a physical altercation with another person in Bath during which Larkin allegedly stole a cell phone. It was later discovered that Larkin gave a false name and date of birth during his arrest, and that he was additionally wanted in Rochester for criminal mischief in the 4th, and in Pennsylvania for violation of parole. Larkin was arrested on May 3rd and processed under the correct name for his original petit larceny charge. He was also charged with two counts of forgery, and criminal impersonation. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
-41-year-old Tracy Borman of Hammondsport was arrested as a fugitive from justice after the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma that she was wanted by their agency for engaging in pattern of criminal offenses, and financial exploitation by caretaker. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail without bail.
-32-year-old Ryan Jenkins of Bath was arrested on a misdemeanor violation of probation warrant. The charge stems from being placed on probation for a charge of criminal possession of stolen property. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
-22-year-old McKenna Harris of Coopers Plains was taken into custody on an arrest warrant out of the Village of Bath. Harris had an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driver, and a number plate violation. She was turned over to the village police department.
A.G. Schneiderman Resigns Following Allegations of Violence Against Women:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned Monday night after The
New Yorker published accusations by four women saying Schneiderman was violent toward them. Two of the women were previously in relationships with Scheiderman and they described his actions as “assault” and that his behavior was fueled by heavy drinking. All four women said the alleged violence was non-consensual. New York police said in a statement that they had no complaints against Scheiderman on file. The article states that the women did not report their allegations to police at the time, but that they did eventually seek medical attention after being slapped and choked. One of the women said that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and two said that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him. In a statement, Schneiderman strongly denied the accusations, saying that while he has engaged in “role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” he has not assaulted anyone, and has “never engaged in non-consensual sex.” Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both called on Schneiderman to resign and in a second statement Schneiderman said that the allegations would “effectively prevent [him] from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” Cuomo said he will seek an investigation into Schneiderman.
Additional Possible Measles Exposure Sites Announced:
Monday, the New York State Department of Health released a warning regarding an international traveler from Europe that has been confirmed to have measles that made multiple stops in New York State, potentially exposing others. It was announced that this person visited the Old Country Buffett on County Route 64 in Elmira on April 30th from 1 to 4 p.m. Now additional locations have been released: the Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (Interstate 90), Leroy Exit on April 30th from 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Sheraton Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, from 5:30 p.m. May 1st through 9:30 p.m. May 2nd; Niagara Falls Urgent Care, Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls on May 1st from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville on May 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Measles symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure, but can appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Any individuals who develop measles symptoms, including fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or a runny nose, should contact their healthcare provider.
Two Injured in Route 54 Accident:
Two people were seriously injured in a two-car accident Saturday on State Route 54 in the Town of Milo. Details are limited. But the driver of one of the vehicles, 60-year-old Mark Cates of Painted Post was ticketed for unsafe passing. He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for chest pain. The other driver, 55-year-old Kathleen Good of Horseheads was taken to Strong Memorial for head pain.
Sullivan Park Emergency Response Team Called In Over Chemical Storage
The Sullivan Park Emergency Response Team was called to the Sullivan Park CCIC Research Center Monday as a precaution over a chemical storage concern. According to a Corning Inc. spokesman, there was a pressure issue with a tank outside the facility containing hydrofluoric acid. The tank was de-pressurized and stabilized. The scene was cleared by 5 p.m., and no injuries were reported.
Nixon Challenges Cuomo to Live Debate:
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon challenged the incumbent to a live, prime-time televised debate. In a video, Nixon said, “One-on-one. No distractions and nowhere to hide.” While there was no immediate response from the Cuomo campaign, he has previously participated in multi-candidate debates for the general election in each of his previous campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014.
Hauryski Proclaims Steuben Co. Correction Officers Week:
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed the week of May 6th
through the 12th as “Steuben County Correctional Officers Week.” First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the week highlights the professionalism and dedication of correctional officers in demanding rolls. Hauryski said the importance of all staff members at the Steuben County Jail cannot be overstate, because each has an important role, whether civilian or security staff. He noted that correctional officers serve behind the scenes to protect the safety of county residents and they deserve the utmost respect.
Possible Measles Exposure at Big Flats Restaurant:
The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding a possible measles exposure at a restaurant in Big Flats. According to the NYSHD, a measles-infected traveler from Europe visited multiple locations in New York, including the Old Country Buffet in Big Flats on April 30th. The visitor was at the restaurant between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Measles can survive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. Anyone who has had two doses of the measles vaccine is considered immune, but the Department of Health says anyone who experiences a fever, runny nose, cough, or rash should seek medical attention.
Jasper Man Arrested in Animal Neglect Case:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 3rd deputies from the Sheriff’s office arrested 50-year-old James Lapham of Jasper after they received a report of possible animal abuse. Following an investigation, police allege that Lapham failed to supply sustenance to his cattle. He was charged with two counts of overdriving, a class A misdemeanor. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Cuomo Proposes Offshore Drilling Ban:
On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a bill that proposes a ban on offshore drilling from the state’s waterways. The bill would bar the transportation of any oil or gas collected from such drilling anywhere inside the state. Cuomo added that he’s prepared for a legal battle with the Trump Administration over the move, but in response, Trump officials say drilling near the state’s coastline is unlikely as there are few known oil or gas reserves in the area.
$90M for State Parks, Historic Sites for Upgrades:
Dozens of state-owned parks and historic sites will see improvements this year thanks to some $90 million that’s been promised in the 2018-2019 state budget. Projects at the nearly 50 state properties range from installing new playgrounds to building or repairing cabins and cottages. The money is part of the state’s NY Parks 2020 plan that has issued more than $700 million in improvements at more than 170 state parks and historic sites since 2011.
VA2K Walk and Roll May 16th:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be holding the annual VA2K Walk and Roll to benefit homeless veterans and promote health and wellness on May 16th. Participants can walk anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. around the parade ground on the V.A. campus. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to consider donating to support homeless veterans. Donations include paper products and cleaning supplies.
Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 28th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m. The public is also encouraged to walk through the Bath National Cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers.
Three Locals Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges
Three people are facing a variety of drug charges after they were stopped on I-390. Livingston deputies identified the driver as 28-year-old Nancy cowl of Horseheads. Also in the vehicle were two passengers, 40 year old James Thaddies from Elmira and 24 year old Lindsay Stephens form Painted Post. While conducting the roadside investigation, deputies said drugs were in plain view…which prompted a more detailed search. Deputies recovered, meth cocaine, heroin, PCP and drug paraphernalia. All three were remanded to jail pending further action by the court.
Hornell Man Arrested for DWI
A Hornell man is facing a felony and other counts after he was pulled over on Route 36. State police said they arrested 22-year-old Brandon Isaman. He was charged with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test, driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock and aggravated unlicensed operation. Court action is pending.
State Assembly Ousts Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Mandate
The NYS Assembly this week passed a bill to eliminate the mandate that state created or administered tests be used to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation. The legislation will allow school districts and teachers to negotiate an effective evaluation system to meet the diverse needs of their students and communities. The changes are an outgrowth of ongoing discussions for the past several weeks between the Assembly Majority Conference, the Governor and educators.
Reed Declares Opposition Against "Extreme Ithaca Liberals"
In a town hall meeting this week, Congressman Tom Reed said he will focus on taking on who he dubs are “Extreme Ithaca Liberals”. The local politician said "I'm going to call out extremism across the district and I believe the extreme Ithaca liberal brand is achieving that. I want people to make sure that they understand the difference between ...what I believe is a common sense type of approach to legislating, as opposed to many of the policies that we see that's represented by that extreme Ithaca liberal brand that support this extremist type of policy.” The Enfield Highway Department town hall was a forum for Tompkins county citizens to address and voice issues such as affordable health care and gun control to Reed and the congressman faced a lot of opposition from the crowd.
Palmesano and O'Mara Hosting State "Sip and Sample"
The New York Wine Industry Association’s 5th Annual “Sip and Sample” tasting event will be co-hosted by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano this Monday in Albany. New York wineries, cheese producers, restaurateurs and other businesses across the state will be represented at the event at The Well of the Legislative Office Building. Many of our own local Finger Lakes and Western New York small businesses will be represented while O’Mara, Palmesano and other legislators will make an address o the attendees and acknowledge the participating industries’ contributions to our state and local economy.
O'Mara Honored by Audubon's Hoyt Award
Audubon leaders from across New York met recently to present the annual “William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award” to State Senator Tom O’Mara for his dedication to protecting New York’s environment. The award is named in honor of former Assemblyman Hoyt, a committed environmental advocate who passed away in 1992. Upon receiving the award, O’Mara said the past several years in New York State government have represented an era of meaningful environmental achievement, and he’s been grateful for the opportunity to help move it forward.
Rochester Man Charged in Bath Robbery:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Rochester man in connection with a robbery in Bath. According to police, deputies responded to Victory Lane on April 27th on a report of a robbery in progress and their investigation alleges that 41-year-old Anthony Larkin stole property from another person. Larkin was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Kittens Thrown from Car in Bath Doing Well:
The three kittens thrown from a moving car in Bath are said to be doing well, according to local animal rescue “Pawz and Purrz.” The kittens were found by a passerby who witnessed the incident. All three were between six and eight weeks old, and were in poor health. One of the kittens had an eye infection that required surgery to remove the eye. The rescue said that kitten is recovering well from his surgery and will have his stitches removed soon. All three kittens are now looking for their forever homes. If you’re interested in adopting any of them, you’ll need to contact Paws and Purrz and fill out an application.
Tickets on Sale for Steuben OFA’s Night in Vegas:
Tickets are on sale for the 27th annual joint extravaganza co-hosted by the Steuben County Office for the Aging Advisory Council and Bath-Haverling Student Council. “Evening in Vegas” is set for 5 to 8 p.m. May 19th at Haverling High School in Bath, and it will feature table top games, music, dancing, refreshments, and prize drawings. Tickets are $10 for singles and $15 for pairs. Tickets can be purchased at all three county Office for the Aging offices, Haverling High School main office, or at the door.
Free Bike Maintenance Workshop:
There will be a free bicycle maintenance workshop offered by Corning Bikes and Elmira Bikes on May 19th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The seminar will offer instruction on everything from airing up tires to getting brakes and chains in shape. The seminar is free for anyone 10-years-old and above, but registration is required at (607) 936-3713 EXT 213.
Guthrie, Reed Hold Diabetes Roundtable:
Representative Tom Reed met with Guthrie Hospital staff, diabetes patients, and others for a roundtable discussion on diabetic issues on Wednesday. Reed said he is planning on introducing a bill in the House that aims to make Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) “more accessible” for patients who qualify under Medicare. The cost and availability of diabetic treatment was discussed at the roundtable and Reed asked about the effectiveness of telemedicine to help treat diabetes. Reed said he plans to put some of the information he received at the meeting into the bill.
Campbell-Savona Budget Hearing May 7th:
The Campbell-Savona Central School District will hold a hearing on the proposed 2018-2019 school budget this Monday, May 7th. The $22.2 million budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.51 percent, which is within the tax cap limit. The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school in the LGI room. Voting on the budget will be May 15th from noon to 8 p.m. at the high school in the district office lobby. The ballot will also include a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund, and a request by the Savona Free Library for an increase of $2,900 in the amount collected by the District on its behalf.
$4.2M in Federal Funding Headed to Local Pro Action:
Wednesday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that over $4.2 million in federal funding will be head to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Pro Action of Steuben and Yates County. The funding will be used to support child care services for low-income families in both counties. Head Start programs primarily serve children aged three to five, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Programs include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.
Letter Carriers Food Drive May 12th:
Saturday, May 12th will be the 26th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive. Residents are encouraged to place healthy, non-perishable food donations near their mailboxes for letter carrier delivery to local food banks and pantries. Donations stay within the community. Suggested items include: pasta, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and canned goods. Glass containers should be avoided.
Backup Cameras Now Required in all New Vehicles:
A federal regulation went into effect Wednesday that will now require all newly manufactured vehicles sold and leased in the United States to have backup cameras. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rear view cameras have reduced backup related crashes by 17 percent since they first started appearing in vehicles as an added feature, but the Department of Transportation says that backup related crashes still kill more than 200 people and injure 12,000 others every year. The new cameras are expected to add roughly $140 to the price of a new car.
NYS Public Service Commission to Investigate Spectrum:
New York State Public Service Commission has announced an investigation of Spectrum Media Company. Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of the 119th District, released a statement saying that he called for an investigation into Spectrum last week following consumer complaints about rapid increases in their cable and Internet bills. In response, Spectrum released a statement saying that they are “bringing more broadband to more people across New York State,” and that they are in full compliance with their merger. They vowed to “fight these baseless actions vigorously.”
Red Flag Warning Until 9 P.M. Tonight:
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tonight for portions of the Southern Tier and Southern Finger Lakes, including Steuben County, and all of Northeast Pennsylvania. A Red Flag Warning means conditions will be primed for extreme fire behavior, including gusty winds, low relative humidities, and warm temperatures. If a fire sparks, it is likely to spread. Residents are urged to heed all state and local burn bans.
14-year-old Charged in Series of Children’s Center Incidents:
A 14-year-old boy has been charged with criminal mischief in a series of incidents at Snell Farm’s Children’s Center in Bath. According to State Police, troopers were called to the center three times in the past week. On the first incident, the boy discharged a fire extinguisher, causing the smoke detector to go off and he broke a window. For this he was charged with criminal mischief and issued a family court appearance ticket. On April 30th, troopers were called again for the same child throwing chairs. Staff were able to calm him and said police involvement wasn’t necessary. Then later that same day, troopers were called back to the center for the same boy who broke two windows by throwing rocks at them. He was again charged with criminal mischief and was released with another family court appearance ticket.
Legislation to Toughen Heroin/Opioid Dealing Punishments Passes NYS Senate:
The New York State Senate passed Tuesday legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara that would toughen the penalties for heroin and opioid dealers. If made law, the bill would, among other things, take into account that heroin does not weigh as much as other drugs which currently means more doses are needed to trigger current criminal charges, and it would criminalize the sale of a controlled substance on or within 1,000 feet of a drug or alcohol treatment center.
Smoking Age Could Increase to 21 in NYS:
The push is once again on to change the smoking age in New York State from 18 to 21. The Tobacco 21 bill, which failed in the state Legislature last year, would make it so no one under the age of 21 would be able to purchase any kind of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center says roughly 96 percent of smokers began smoking before age 21 and the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition says they’re seeing a trend of people using e-cigarettes at a younger age. Currently, nineteen areas in New York have implemented the law, including Tompkins and Cortland Counties. The bill is currently in the state Senate.
Corning Ice Rink Upgrades to Cost More than Expected:
The upgrades planned for the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink in Corning are going to cost more than originally planned. The apparently low bid for the work, by Nelson & Streeter Construction Company of Pine City, is over $1.1 million. The City Council bonded $900,000 in the city budget. City Manager Mark Ryckman said that despite the higher than expected bids, the work will move forward as the system at the rink that freezes the floor is no longer being produced and needs to be replaced. The City Council holds its monthly meeting on Monday, and it may place an emergency resolution to take the needed money from the city’s fund balance.
Re-Creation to Perform at the Bath V.A.:
Re-Creation’s “HAPPY!” show will appear at the Bath V.A. on May 9th at 2 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium. The group represents Re-Creation USA, Inc., which provides a national program of live entertainment for America’s hospitalized Veterans in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes. “HAPPY!” features the best in American music and some of the nation’s finest young entertainers.
4 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:
A two-month investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the Holland American Motel on Route 415 in the Town of Bath has lead to the arrest of four people. According to State Police, troopers responded to the motel on April 13th and interrupted 27-year-old Cassandra Plumley, 33-year-old Christopher English, 29-year-old Whittany Hale, and 30-year-old Colin Decker, all of Bath, in the process of actively manufacturing methamphetamine. A warrant was obtained and executed, and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized. All four suspects have been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony, and they were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. Additionally, Hale had a warrant for violation of probation and was held without bail. Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.
Bonilla Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Witness Bribery:
The sister of accused murderer Lloyd Neurauter appeared in Steuben County Court Monday where she plead not guilty to charges of attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy. According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Wendy Bonilla and her brother “…conspired to give Karrie Neuratuer (Lloyd’s daughter) a free lawyer in her case to encourage her to change her testimony.” Lloyd previously also entered a not guilty plea to the charges. He’s being held in the Livingston County Jail without bail pending trial in the murder of Michelle Neurauter. Karrie Neuratuer pled guilty in early March to second-degree murder in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of 15 years to life and her promise to testify against her father. Bonilla was released Monday on her own recognizance with a series of conditions, including an order of protection for Neurauter’s three daughters and if Bonilla doesn’t appear in court she can be prosecuted without being present and if she is extradited from California, she will pay the cost. Bonilla could face 1 to 4 years in state prison.
Retrial of Sheldon Silver Gets Underway:
The retrial of New York’s former assembly speaker got underway Monday in federal court, with prosecutors saying Sheldon Silver took millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of a legal fee bribery scheme, while his defense insisted the money wasn’t a bribe. Silver was previously convicted in 2015, but that decision was overturned in appeals court. In opening statements Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Silver was “blinded by greed.” Defense attorney Michael Feldberg countered that there’s no proof that Silver pocketed the money in exchange for taking official action, and he said accepting the fees was “100 percent legal.”
Governor Cuomo Announces More than $100M to Pave Roads Impacted by Extreme Weather:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday more than $100 million in state funding to repave and enhance roadways impacted by the harsh weather this past winter. Funding will support 84 projects and the renewal of nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county and New York City. In the Southern Tier, approximately $18.8 million will pave 179 lane miles of roads in Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties.
H-port Board of Ed Budget Hearing:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed 2018-2019 budget. It will be held in the high school library, beginning at 6 p.m.
Plane Headed for E-C Airport Makes Emergency GA Landing:
An Allegiant Airlines flight bound for the Elmira-Corning airport Friday evening arrived much later than usual after it had to make an emergency landing in Georgia. The flight was headed from Orlando, Florida and it made the pitstop for what officials are calling “a precautionary measure.” The replacement plane finally made it to its destination just after midnight Saturday morning.
T-Mobile and Sprint Agree to Merger:
Consumers looking to sign up with, or change their wireless phone company could soon be limited to three carriers if a proposed $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint is approved by the Trump administration’s antitrust regulators. The two companies have attempted merger before in 2014, but the deal fell apart following resistance from the Obama administration. The combined company would be called T-Mobile and would have roughly 127 million customers. Opponents say the reduction in carriers could result in higher prices, while unions have voiced concerns about potential job losses. The companies say they plan to have more employees than they do now, and that the merger will allow them to compete better. The deal will have to be reviewed by the Justice Department and the FCC.
Steuben Co. Public Awareness Meetings on Feral Swine:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County, along with USDA-APHIS Wildlife Specialist Katie Long, will hold informational meetings this week regarding feral swine and the importance of monitoring and managing this destructive invasive species. The meetings will take place on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Tuscarora Town Hall in Addison, and on Friday, May 4th from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Troupsburg Volunteer Fire Hall. The meetings are offered at no cost, but registration is requested at (607) 664-2300. In 2017, the last feral swine were removed from New York State, but monitoring efforts continue.
24% of NYers Prescribed Opioids in the Last Two Years:
Over the last two years, 24 percent of New Yorkers have been prescribed opioids for pain by a doctor, according to Part III of a new Siena College poll. Of those, 51 percent were told by their doctor or other members of the doctor’s staff about the risks associated with opioid use, while 49 percent were not. Of those prescribed opioids over the last two years, 62 percent did not take the entire prescription and among those, 40 percent did not dispose of the remaining pills. Eighteen percent of New Yorkers say they, or a family member or close friend, has pursued treatment for opioid abuse. Eleven percent say it was very easy to access treatment, but 26 percent say it was either not very or not at all easy.
NYS May Ban School Shooting Programs and Marksmanship
The New York State legislature is proposing a piece of legislation that would ban marksmanship and shooting programs in New York state. If made into law, it would ban students from using guns and prohibit firearms from being discharged on school grounds while banning schools from offering shooting programs and marksmanship like: "Proficiency tests of accuracy, precision and speed in using 20 various types of ranged weapons, such as firearms and air guns... Handguns, rifles and shotguns and/or bows or crossbows." Under the law, classes would be allowed about teaching safe hunting practices and firearm use but students would be banned from the discharge and use of guns and firearms on school grounds. The law is currently in committee stage and will need to be approved before moving forward to be voted on.
Bonilla Arraigned in Neurauter Case Yesterday
A new development has emerged in the Neurauter murder case this week as the sister of Llloyd Neurauter, Wendy Bonilla, faced an arraignment yesterday in Steuben County Court. Bonilla, who is from California, was extradited to New York to be arraigned and is accused of attempting to bribe a witness last summer in the case against Neurauter for murder of his ex-wife Michelle. Both Bonilla and Neurauter were charged with attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy. Bonilla’s next court date is Monday afternoon at 2pm.
Woodhull State 417 Bridge to be Repaired
Bridge work was announced for State Route 417 in the town of Woodhull by the New York State Department of Transportation. Bridge joint repairs for the bridge that lies over Tuscarora Creek are expected to last about one month. Traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals and motorists are reminded to be mindful in obeying construction speed limits and watch for workers working on the road.
Meth Bust in Catlin
State police say they discovered a meth-making operation at a home in the Chemung County Town of Catlin. Troopers were following up on a previous complaint at the home on route 414 when they saw a “one pot” methamphetamine lab located in a detached shed at the residence. Police then arrested 20-year-old Jake Mattison of Beaver Dams. He was charged with felony 3rd degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine. Mattison was then arraigned and sent to jail on $5,000 cash bail. After executing a search warrant, troopers said the recovered a pot which contained more than 2 ounces of liquid methamphetamine, laboratory equipment, chemical reagents and solvents.
Savona Village Board Meeting Monday
The Savona village board has scheduled two public hearings for Monday. Both hearing will be at the village hall and start at 6 p.m. The first hearing will allow residents to ask questions about the proposed 2018-19 village budget. The second hearings involve a proposed local law that would allow the village to override the state mandated property tax cap.
“Golden State Killer” Born in Bath:
Now that he’s behind bars, more is being learned about the man accused of terrorizing the state of California in the 70s and 80s, including the fact that he has local ties. In a California newspaper article published in 1973 profiling Joseph DeAngelo, he was described as a “native of Bath, N.Y.” The now 72-year-old DeAngelo was arrested on Tuesday after DNA samples allegedly linked him to a series of murders and rapes. He is currently charged with eight counts of first-degree murder.
Cynthia Nixon Makes Stop in Geneva:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s democratic challenger, Cynthia Nixon made a stop in Geneva Thursday where she voiced opposition to the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator on Seneca Lake. The proposed facility at the Seneca Army Depot in Romulus would reportedly burn 2,500 tons of trash every day. Opponents say it would be bad for the environment and that it would bring an influx of traffic. In her speech, Nixon also called out the Crestwood LPG storage project on the opposite side of the lake.
Local Fire Departments to Participate in RecruitNY Weekend:
Four Steuben County fire departments will be participating in this weekend’s annual “RecruitNY” campaign. The Cohocton Volunteer Fire Department will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow. The Gibson fire department will be open tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m. for those interested in volunteering. And the Pulteney Fire Department will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Then, on Sunday, the North Corning Department will hold an event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Meet the Candidates” Night May 10th:
Allegany and Steuben county voters are invited to a congressional “Meet the Candidates” night on Thursday, May 10th at Genesee Valley Central School in Belmont. There are five candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Tom Reed for the 23rd congressional district seat in November. The 23rd district covers all of Allegany and Steuben counties. Linda Andrei, Max Della Pia, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, and Eddie Sundquist will all appear on the June 26th primary ballot, and the May 10th meet-and-greet will allow their potential constituents the chance to sit down with the candidates in small groups and ask about their specific plans on a variety of topics, including agriculture, social security, job growth, and more. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to the first 100 guests. You can reserve a seat by calling (585) 466-4246.
Hornell Named One of the Most Affordable Places in New York:
A financial services monitoring organization has named the City of Hornell as one of the most affordable places for homeowners/buyers in New York State. SmartAsset used data from Bankrate, the US Census Bureau 2012 American Community Survey, government websites, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and more, Hornell was ranked fourth overall in affordability, fourth in property tax rate, fourth in homeowners insurance rates, and fourth in mortgage payments. In response, Mayor John Buckley said, “The Maple City continues to lead the way in the region in affordable living. From water and sewer to public safety, Hornell continues to provide effective services to residents.”
Garbage Truck Overturns in Erwin:
A garbage truck on its way to the Hakes C&D Landfill overturned in Erwin early Wednesday morning. The crash happened around 7 a.m. on Erwin Hollow Road. Some of the truck’s load did spill into a nearby creek. Both state police and officials with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called to the scene. B&W Towing hauled away the truck and cleaned up the trash that spilled into the creek. There is no word at this time as to any injuries, the cause of the accident, or the status of the creek.
3 Arrested for Stealing from Cars:
Three Hornell men have been arrested for allegedly stealing from nearly 20 cars in Hornell. Terrence Tigner, Xander Whiteley, and Sebastian Hughes have each been charged with two counts of grand larceny and two counts of criminal possession of stolen property. Numerous stolen items, including loose change and two rifles, have been recovered, according to police.
Sister of Lloyd Neurauter to be Arraigned Tomorrow:
The California woman accused of conspiring to bribe a witness in the Michelle Neuratuer murder case will be arraigned in Steuben County Court tomorrow. Wendy Bonilla, along with her brother Lloyd Neuratuer, is accused of conspiring and agreeing to attempt to influence a witness in the murder case by offering that witness something in exchange for changing their previous testimony. Both Bonilla and Neuratuer are charged with felony attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy.
Arnot Mall, Wayfair Projects Approved in Chemung IDA:
The Chemung County Industrial Development Agency has approved two major projects. The Chambers Hospitality project will see a new hotel constructed at the Arnot Mall once the old Bon Ton building has been demolished. Online retailer Wayfair will open a new call center on Daniel Zenker Drive in Big Flats, bringing 450 jobs to the area.
DOT Announces Culvert Work:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that work has begun on a $1.3 million culvert maintenance and repair project that stretches across multiple counties. Numerous small culverts are expected to be replaced and some larger culverts on state roads will be repaired in Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. Officials say the work will help maintain traveler safety, improve drainage, and mitigate potential flooding. Drivers may encounter temporary lane and shoulder closures, longer-term lane closures controlled by temporary traffic signals, and short off-site detours.
Wegmans Comes Out Against Proposed Plastic Bag Ban:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed ban on one-time use plastic bags in New York State is facing criticism from major grocery retailer Wegmans. The chain made a statement saying that the ban would increase the use of paper bags, which are heavier and take up more space. They added that paper bags also take roughly 90 percent more resources and energy to make and recycle than plastic bags. Wegmans said it’s recycling rate for plastic bags was close to 50 percent in 2017, and they promised to continue to remind customers to recycle them.
Motorcyclists Reminded to Renew Registrations:
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is reminding motorcycle owners to renew their registrations before they expire on Monday, April 30th. Motorcycles, unlike most other vehicles, are only registered for one year, and they all expire on April 30th. Initial registration must be done at a DMV office. Renewals can be completed online, by mail, or at a DMV office.
Bath Man Wanted on Manslaughter Charge Arrested:
The Bath man wanted by police in relation to an overdose death in the village has been arrested. 37-year-old Matthew Taft was taken into custody Tuesday on a sealed indictment charging him with manslaughter in the 2nd, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd, criminal sale of a controlled substance in the 3rd, falsifying business records in the 1st, and felony tampering with evidence. It’s alleged that Taft sold a mixture of fentanyl and heroin to Joshua Rowe on August 26th 2017 in the Village of Bath. Rowe then used the drug, resulting in his overdose. It’s alleged that Taft knowingly failed to take any actions or precautions to aid Rowe, recklessly causing his death. Taft is accused of then providing police with a false statement in addition to concealing certain physical evidence. Taft has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He could face up to 15 years on the manslaughter charge if convicted.
Corning Inc. Releases Q1 Earnings:
Tuesday Corning Incorporated released its first quarter earnings. There was an increase in sales of 5 percent, despite a 7 percent decrease in sales of Gorilla Glass compared to the same time last year. Vice President of Corporate Communications, Dan Collins said the dip wasn’t unexpected, saying they had a strong year with Gorilla Glass last year, and in the first quarter “there is not as many new product introductions.” He said he expects to see Gorilla Glass and all of Corning Inc.’s other products increasing significantly over the rest of the year.
Steuben Co. Plans Landfill Expansion:
Steuben County is looking to move forward with construction of an additional cell in the county landfill. Officials are still determining which direction to construct the cell, known as Cell 4, in relation to the current facility. Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said they’re working with property owners now, and that they hope to have a decision by the end of May. The new cell will cost roughly $6 million to build and is expected to last through until about 2023. The current cell, Cell 3, is predicted to fill up sometime next year.
Road Work in Urbana This Week, I-86 Work Begins Monday:
Weather permitting, a shoulder reconstruction project is set to begin on Thursday, April 26th on State Route 54, the New York State Department of Transportation has announced. The work will be along State Route 54 near County Route 87 in the Town of Urbana. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals. Elsewhere, on Monday, road crews are set to begin work on a portion of I-86. Crews will be working on drainage improvements from Exit 46 to the Chemung County line during the overnight hours, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. In early May, paving on the same stretch will resume, also during overnight hours. Motorists are reminded to drive carefully in construction zones, and that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.
Steuben Co. Tourism Organization Getting New Look:
The Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau will be launching a new website which is being designed and built from scratch in the organization’s continued efforts to promote Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes as an exceptional destination for travelers from around the world. The new website is being designed by award-winning web-development company, Simpleview, and it’s set to be launched in August.
Brush Fire in Rathbone Damages Building:
Numerous fire departments were called to Merring Road in Rathbone Monday for a brush fire that engulfed a nearby building. It took over an hour for the blaze to be brought under control. The cause is under investigation.
Offering False Instrument Arrests:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of three people in two separate cases of alleged false instrument reports to the county Department of Social Services. 25-year-old Ashley Jordan of Hornell allegedly offered a written instrument to Social
Services knowing it contained false information. She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, and was issued an appearance ticket. 21-year-old Robert Freeman of Atlanta and 22-year-old Chelsea Damboise of Avoca both allegedly filed Job Search forms with Social Services knowing they contained false information. Both were charged with offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a class E felony, and were issued appearance tickets.
Steuben Deputies to Provide Mutual Aid for WGI Events:
Steuben County deputies will provide mutual aid services for Schuyler County during the Watkins Glen racing season, under a contract approved Monday by the Steuben Legislature. The agreement allows Steuben deputies to respond to regularly recurring emergency situations throughout the auto racing season due to the crowds, traffic volume, and other incidents at race events at Watkins Glen International. Special detail deputies from Steuben will volunteer for mutual aid police under the command of the Schuyler County Sheriff. Schuyler will pay for all costs connected to the mutual aid, provide insurance, and pay $30 a day for the Steuben vehicles. The one-year agreement can be renewed annually for five years by the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee.
Tops Looking to Close Some Stores:
Tops Markets is looking to close some of its stores. The grocery chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, and in a document filed this week, its asking a bankruptcy court for permission to close an unspecified number of stores. In a motion, Tops officials wrote, “A few stores have consistently underperformed. Historically, these underperforming stores, among other things, are subject to above-market rent, are in regions oversaturated with supermarkets, or are too large.” Tops has stores in three states and employs roughly 14,000 people. It is unknown which stores could be closed.
Gov. Cuomo Proposes Plastic Bag Ban Bill:
Single-use plastic bags could soon be a thing of the past in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a bill that would ban them beginning January 1st, 2019. Trash bags, garment bags, and bags used to wrap certain foods – like meat and fruit – would be exempt. Several places in New York already have similar legislation, or are considering it. The state says New York residents use 23 billion plastic bags a year, and the Governor said, “The blight of plastic bags takes a devastating toll on our streets, our water, and our natural resources, and we need to take action to protect our environment.” A study last month found that a mass of plastic in the Pacific Ocean known as the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” filled with bottles, bags, and other trash, is three times the size of France.
Democratic Challenger to Tom Reed Receives National Endorsement:
One of the Democratic challengers looking to unseat Tom Reed in the race for the 23rd congressional seat has received an endorsement from a national organization. Ian Golden of Ithaca has been endorsed by the Justice Democrats, a federal political action committee with the goal to get everyday, working people in Congress. In a statement, Director Alexandra Rojas said that they believe Democrats with a real message have the best shot of winning, and that Golden’s “…message of addressing income inequality, providing healthcare for all, and a strong public education system are clearly resonating across this upstate district.” In response, Golden said that he’s honored to earn the endorsement, and that it underscores his promise to prioritize people over profit and influence.
Campbell-Savona Announces Give-Back Snow Day:
The Campbell-Savona school district has announced a Snow Day Give-Back for Friday, May 25th. School will not be in session as originally scheduled that day as the district has not used all their emergency closing days for this year.
Montour Falls Man Arrested for Threatening to “Shoot Up” Corning Bar:
Corning Police arrested a Montour Falls man on Saturday night after he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” Rock Bottom BBQ, a Bar and Grill, on Baker Street Extension in the city. 44-year-old Michael Jenkins allegedly called the bar repeatedly, looking to speak to an employee, then, according to police, he threatened to “shoot up the place” and he arrived at the bar shortly after. Police say they found a .45 caliber pistol when they arrested Jenkins outside the bar. Jenkins is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, stalking, making a terroristic threat, and driving while intoxicated. Further charges are possible in relation to an incident at a Schuyler County residence prior to the Corning incident. Jenkins is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Drug Charges in Hornellsville Traffic Stop:
During a traffic stop on Seneca Road in the town of Hornellsville, state police arrested Cassidy M. Unterborn, 30, of Rochester. She was charged with felony 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, felony criminal possession of a weapon, felony possession of a defaced weapon, unlawful possession of pot and failure to stop at a stop sign. Arraigned in court, she was committed to the Steuben County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000.
Parole Absconder Arrested in Corning, Facing Drug Charges:
Despite being lead on a foot-chase, Corning Police were able to arrest a wanted parole absconder last week in Corning. According to police, officers spotted 20-year-old Luke Gallagher on April 18th as he was walking in the area of Dension Parkway and Walnut Street. He was ordered to stop, but he allegedly ran across multiple lanes of traffic and then through a business in the Gaffer District. Police finally apprehended him on Market Street. He was allegedly found to be in possession of crack cocaine and powder cocaine, and police say Gallagher also discarded a quantity of cocaine during the chase, but officers were able to recover the drugs. Gallagher has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and resisting arrest.
Eric Smith Denied Parole Again:
For the 9th time, parole has been denied for the Savona man serving time for the 1993 murder of Derrick Robie. Eric Smith was 13 at the time of the crime. He’s serving a nine years to life sentence. In its decision, the Parole Board cited the seriousness of Smith’s crime, but acknowledged his “impressive institutional record” in prison. However, they determined release at this time would undermine respect for the law. There was one dissenting opinion, with a parole commissioner saying Smith is now a mature adult and that after 24 years in prison, additional incarceration serves no purpose. Smith is eligible for parole every two years. He’ll go before the board again in January 2020.
Three Kittens Rescued After Being Tossed from Car in Bath:
A trio of kittens are getting a second chance after they were tossed from a moving car and rescued from a roadside in Bath. A passerby found the kittens and was able to provide a description of the car and driver to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. The kittens were transported to Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue where shelter officials say all three were in very bad health. One kitten is set to have surgery to remove to an eye later this week. They said they don’t think the kittens were injured when they were thrown from the car, but that they had been neglected previously.
Bath Police Searching for Matthew Taft of Gang Mills
Bath police need help in locating local wanted man Matthew Taft of Gang Mills. Taft is 37 years old and wanted for charges of manslaughter, criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance and falsifying business records. All charges stem from the August 2017 overdose death of a man in the Village of Bath on Buell Street. Anyone with information of Matthew Taft’s whereabouts is urged to contact 9-1-1.
Students Demonstrate at Reed's Office During Walkout
Demonstrating at the front of Congressman Tom Reed’s West Market Street office in Corning yesterday were two dozen students from both Alfred-Almond and Arkport Central Schools who participated in the Friday walkout protesting in favor of stricter gun control laws. The peaceful protest was registered with the National Walkout Association and the 24 students who participated disagree with Reed’s gun control stance of bargaining with the major Washington interest group the NRA, which lobbies on behalf of gun rights under the second amendment. In a press release, the students expressed their thoughts on the issue of gun control and violence: “We say enough is enough. It is time to reform the nation’s laws about gun control so that mass shootings stop happening. We are disappointed by our government’s inaction on this issue, and are calling for action. We need a future where schools and all of the nation feel safe in collection.” Congressman Reed said the following about the students that gathered:“It is a very important part of our democracy to have people engaged. It is only fair that everyone gets a voice in our government.”
Legislature Discussing Deputy Sheriff Salaries on Monday
The Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning and one item lawmakers will address is wage options for deputies. Legislators are saying that it has become increasingly difficult to recruit and retain Deputy Sheriffs. One resolution to be voted on Monday is amending the Deputies Association Collective Bargaining agreement. One change would allow for higher starting salary for new deputies who are experienced law enforcement officers from outside agencies. The Personnel Officer, County Manager, Sheriff and the Administration Committee of the Legislature have recommended the changes in the current contract.
Wegmans Allowing Refunds Following Traditional Medicinals Recall
Locals are warned about a product recall for two types of Traditional Medicinals teas due to possible salmonella contamination. Customers that purchased EveryDay Detox Lemon Tea (lot number of 19461 and UPC code 03291700197) or Organic Throat Coat Lemon Echinacea Caffeine Free Tea (lot number 19482 and UPC code 03291700159) who bought the tea from Wegmans can return both brands to the store to be refunded. Customers with additional questions about the product or the retail can contact Traditional Medicinals directly by phone at (800) 543-4372.
Local Officials Encourage Organ Donation at DMV Press Conference
Leaders of Steuben met at the Corning DMV yesterday to encourage local residents to register to become organ and tissue donors. Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature Joseph Hauryski, County Clerk Judy Hunter, County Manager Jack Wheeler and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano organized and appeared at the press conference to promote and recognize April as National Donate Life Month. The local officials explained the enrollment process to become a donor has been recently incentivized by an initiative granting new donors “lifesaver” cards they can share by posting to encourage friends and families to sign up so they too can “donate life”. “While April is National Organ Donation month, people should consider registering as donors every month of the year,” said Hauryski, (R-Campbell). “The value of organ donors’ generosity is immeasurable.” Steuben County’s 43% donation rate leads over New York’s 30% rate of donation but is below the national average of 54% The County leaders also shared that the process to register has been updated to be easier and more accessible for citizens to donate through the online portal: donatelife.ny.gov/register.
Reed Endorsed by New York State Conservatice Party
This week, Congressman Tom Reed was given the New York State Conservative endorsement for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives. “Over the course of his career in Congress, Tom Reed has been an advocate for conservative principles,” Chairman of the New York State Conservative Party Michael Long says. “We supported Tom in his four previous races for Congress and are proud to endorse him again.” Reed has also won endorsements from New York State’s Independence Party and from Republican Committee Chairmen for all 11 counties within the local 23rd Congressional District.
NY State Private Sector Job Rate Up from Last Month
New York State’s private sector job count rose to 8.1 million last month…that’s a new, all-time high, according to preliminary figures released by the State Department of Labor. The number of people holding jobs in Steuben County dropped .5% in March compared to a year ago. Job losses were also report in the Elmira metro area as well as Allegany County. Schuyler County remained steady.
Sister of Corning Murder Suspect Extradited to New York:
The California woman accused of trying to bribe a witness in the murder case of Michelle Neurauter has now been extradited from California. According to inmate records, Wendy Bonilla was booked at the Steuben County Jail without bail on Thursday morning. Wendy’s brother, Lloyd Neuratuer and his daughter, Karrie, are accused of killing Michelle last August and staging it to look like a suicide. Lloyd is currently being held in the Livingston County Jail. Karrie is in the Steuben County Jail.
Bath Couple Facing Felony Drug Charges:
A Bath couple is facing felony drug charges. State Police arrested 30-year-old Colin Decker and 29-year-old Whittany Hale. Both were charged with 3rd degree unlawfully manufacturing meth. The charges stem from an incident a week ago in the Town of Bath. Decker and Hale are also facing charges for an alleged crime in Erwin. State police leveled additional charges against them for criminal possession of a controlled substance and possessing a hypodermic instrument.
Drug Charge for Corning Man:
A Corning man will face court action for allegedly committing a drug crime in the Village of Bath. State Police said they arrested 29-year-old Cody Shoemaker. He was charged with criminal possession of Meth manufacturing materials. The crime allegedly occurred in the village March 23rd. Shoemaker was released on an appearance ticket for court.
Prattsburgh CS Approves 2018-19 Budget:
At it’s meeting on April 18th, the Prattsburgh Central School District Board of Education approved the proposed 2018-2019 school budget. The budget includes an increase in expenditures of 1.95 percent, but the tax levy will remain unchanged from last year. Decreases in the budget come from lower pension payments to the state, a renegotiation of the health insurance program, and personnel retirement. Areas of increase include funds for wage increases and for additional debt service on the recent capital project. The expected change in the tax rate is a decrease from $13.95 to approximately $13.78. The board will present the budget to the public on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. in room 3012. Voting will take place on May 15th from noon to 8 p.m. in the main building cafetorium.
Chopped Romaine Lettuce Recall:
The Centers for Disease Control has issued a recall on store-bought chopped romaine lettuce. At least 53 people in 16 states have been sickened after eating the lettuce, and 31 of those have been hospitalized. The CDC has tracked the lettuce to a growing region near Yuma, Arizona, but a common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has not been identified. Officials advise consumers to avoid any romaine lettuce products, including salad mixes, that containe chopped romaine lettuce.
Paroled Felons to be Allowed to Vote:
During a speech to the National Action Network’s (NAN) annual conference in Manhattan, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he will soon sign an executive order granting paroled felons the right to vote in New York State. Currently, those convicted of a felony and sentenced to prison are unable to vote until completing their sentence and parole. Those on probation do not lose their voting right. Those doing time for a misdemeanor can vote absentee.
Steuben Sheriff Adds Deputies, Promotes Others:
Two new full-time deputies and two seasonal deputies were sworn in at the Steuben County Public Safety Building earlier this month in front of family, friends, and co-workers with Sheriff Jim Allard officiating. Returning Deputy Brandon Martin, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, and a four-year veteran of the Village of Canisteo Police Department was sworn in along with Deputy Josh Day, a four-year veteran of the City of Hornell Police Department. Also sworn in were two members of the navigation, or boat, patrol as seasonal deputies: Deputy P.J. Dyring, currently a Lieutenant at the City of Corning Police Department, and Deputy Nicholas Muhleisen, who is currently completing training at the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy. Both of them will begin work during the boating season this summer. Promoted at the ceremony were Sergeant Brandon Scott and Corporal Josh VanSkiver as first line supervisors. Sergeant Scott is a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office. Corporal VanSkiver is a two-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office, a three-year veteran of the City of Corning Police Department, and an 11-year veteran of the City of Elmira Police Department.
Main Street in Hornell Work to begin Monday:
Asphalt resurfacing work on Main Street in the City of Hornell will begin on Monday, April 23rd, the New York Department of Transportation has announced. While the work is being done, traffic will be maintained by lane closures in one lane. Motorists should expect delays. The work is set to be done by July 13th.
Savona Farm Offers Agriculture Training for Vets.:
Several local veterans recently headed to a farm in Savona that hosted a free agriculture training workshop for those who fought for our country. The vets were able to learn more about building, installing, and repairing fencing for livestock at Walter Palmer’s Farm. The program was put together by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County in partnership with the Cornell Small Farms Program and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of New York. For more information on future events through the Cornell Cooperative Extension visit http://www.putknowledgetowork.org.
Rockwell Museum Moves Bison for Building Upgrades:
It was a bit of sight in Corning Wednesday, when one of the Rockwell Museum’s most famous fixtures was removed and took a ride down Dension Parkway. Artemis the Bison was taken down so that the museum can undergo some upgrades in commemoration of its 125th anniversary. Museum officials said no one should panic. Artemis was removed to protect him from the work and while he’s down, he’ll even get some pampering of his own. The artist will be looking him over and making any repairs if needed. The museum renovation is expected to take six to eight weeks, and will focus mainly on the building’s windows, some of which haven’t been changed or upgraded in over 100 years.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s SPIRIT Program Graduates 3 More:
Three forever homes for three dogs will become reality at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, April 23rd at 1 p.m. Rowan, Phoenix, and Sequoia will graduate from the SPIRIT program at the county jail and be adopted into their forever homes. The three dogs were rescued as puppies from abandonment by the Hornell Humane Society and were turned over to the Sheriff’s Office for training. They received six weeks of in-house obedience training from designated and trained inmate handlers in the jail. All three dogs have been adopted and are waiting for graduation to join their new families. Sheriff Allard said, “What a phenomenal program, not only for the dogs, but for the inmates and the corrections officers. All staff have done an excellent job of working with the program and there is no doubt that it has had a positive impact on the inmate handlers.”
Bon-Ton Stores to Close by Aug. 31st:
It’s official. The over 200 Bon-Ton stores will be closing. The sale of all 260 stores to two liquidation firms has been approved by a bankruptcy court and corporate officials have confirmed that all remaining stores will be shut down by August 31st. Going out of business sales are to begin immediately. Locally, a Bon-Ton store can be found in the Arnot Mall. Mall officials told WETM that proceedings have not bee fully released, and that they will continue to monitor the situation.