Steuben Co. Teen Charged with Sexual Assault:
A Steuben County teenager has been charged following an alleged sexual assault in the Village of Wayland. According to State Police, the unidentified 14-year-old engaged in sexual contact with two children under the age of 11. The teen has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act.
Springwater Man Arrested for Theft:
A man from Springwater has been arrested following investigation by New York State Troopers into the theft of jewelry from a residence in North Hornell. It’s alleged that while 45-year-old Matthew Stewart was an employee of a flooring company and was working in an adjoining residence that he entered the victim’s residence on two occasions and stole jewelry. Stewart was arraigned in the Town of Hornellsville Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. The investigation also resulted in multiple additional victims, all of which may have also contracted with the same flooring company. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim should call Investigators of the New York State Police at (585) 728-5007.
Steuben Co. Obtains Rights to Clear Trees to Prevent Future Flooding:
Following the heavy flooding due to ice jams in the river that forced residents out of their homes in Campbell over the weekend, Steuben County officials are looking to prevent such events in the future. WENY-TV reports that county officials have obtained rights from the Upstate Milk Company to clear roughly 50 acres of trees near the river bank. The project isn’t expected to begin until spring.
Gov. Cuomo to Announce Budget Proposal Today:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will release his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year today. Analysts say one of the biggest challenges will be addressing the state’s $4.4 billion deficit. However, the Governor’s spending proposal is supposed to reduce the deficit to under $2 billion…but several factors could change that number. Another big chunk of spending will be on school aid. School leaders want a $1.6 billion increase. School spending has already increased more than 30% in the last six years. Cuomo delivers his budget address today at 1 p.m.
Hport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Board of Education in Hammondsport will be asked to approve some budget transfers on Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Board of Education. At the request on the superintendent, the Board will transfer $40,000 from the state retirement account to legal expense…and $63,000 from Teacher’s Retirement to students with disabilities/Other District Tuition. Also on the agenda…a discussion of the 2018-2019 school calendar and approval for a Ski Club Fundraiser request for the Billy Martin Circus on March 4. The meeting will be held in the high school library at 6 p.m.
New York Among Amazon Hopefuls:
The Star-Gazette reports that New York State is among the many courting retail giant Amazon in hopes of landing the company’s proposed second headquarters. The state has offered Amazon a package of taxpayer-funded incentives, the details of which have not been released. The state’s economic-development branch, Empire State Development, submitted four regional bids in October for the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area. The new Amazon headquarters is expected to be a $5 billion project that promises as many as 50,000 jobs.
Steuben Trust Donates to Area Organizations:
14 area organizations have received a welcome boost from Steuben Trust Company. Throughout 2017, employees of Steuben Trust were asked if they would like to voluntarily donate monthly on behalf of local charities that serve their communities. Each employee who contributed was allowed to dress casually on the donation days, as a small thank to those who participated. The employees raised over $1,600. Each organization was presented with a check from managers at their respective branches during the holiday season. Steuben Trust kicked off its 2018 campaign on Friday.
Campbell Cleans Up Following Flood Evacuation
Though a storm was underway, cleanup both began and continued this weekend for many Campbell residents after a mandatory evacuation was issued to the hamlet Friday afternoon due to the flooding of the Cohocton River. Campbell remained under a state of emergency for about two hours Friday and once it was over, crew members inspected each home for gas leaks and flood damages before residents could return to their homes safely. Ice chunks reached the town’s bridge and water reportedly nearing one foot filled the basement of Campbell American Legion Post 1279 but most of Campbell is expected to return back to normal following cleanup.
NYS Issued Federal HUD Grant for Homelessness
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced New York State has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of just over $200 million to combat homelessness. The funding was made possible by HUD’s Continuum of Care Program to be issued to 579 local governments and nonprofit programs throughout the state to help homeless through support for affordable housing projects. The objective of the major grant is to quickly give housing to homeless families and individuals while providing them with programs that encourage self-sufficiency.
Schumer Wants More Support for Opiate Epidemic
A federal spending increase to help with the New York opiate crisis was demanded by Senator Chuck Schumer, citing the 23 percent increase in opiate-related overdoses in the state for 2016 reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite multiple prevention efforts. "The situation is urgent and it requires an urgent and substantial response from Congress." Schumer said. The Senate Democratic leader says he will seek $15 million more in funding during the Congressional budget negotiations to provide more grants through programs like the 21st Century Cures Act to states like New York where the opiate epidemic has worsened. In 2017, $485 million in federal funding was given to our state to fight the opiate problem.
New NY Broadband Program to Bring “Broadband for All”
Governor Cuomo’s “Broadband for All” promise that would give high-speed internet access to all of New York, including underserved rural areas, is underway and a few businesses will be given a boost. In 2015, the governor established the $500 million New New York Broadband Program which will connect all of New York with broadband internet access by the end of 2018. This support for technological infrastructure is anticipated to expand digital access for rural areas in Steuben, Livingston and Allegany Counties while creating new jobs in the tech field throughout the state.
Hornell Appoints Carbone to Planning and Development
The City of Hornell has a new chair for its Common Council’s Planning and Development Committee. Alderman of the 10th Ward John Carbone was appointed by newly-elected mayor John Buckley. Carbone has served on both the Common Council and Planning and Development Committee for 14 years and has been involved in several Hornell businesses as both an owner and proprietor. “As a business owner, I like to see growth ... it helps the whole city,” says the new chairman.
Cuomo Proposes Funding for Sustainable Southern Tier Program
Governor Cuomo has issued $6.6 million in his proposed state budget for an initiative that would stimulate the Southern Tier economy. Alfred State College is being considered for its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) which creates sustainable energy solutions to construct a new forest economy. The college plans to use funding to further the development of existing eco-friendly manufacturing processes such as its hot water extraction process patented by its Applied Biorefinery Sciences (ABS) program. Bipartisan support for the initial funding has been expressed by Senator Cathy Young, Senator Schumer and Congressman Tom Reed.
The weather advisory warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until 4pm today. Expected weather will be sleet and snow accumulating 6-12 inches while ice accumulations are predicted to reach 1/10th of an inch. Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense and Northwest winds are expected to bring tree damages and power outages. Travel conditions of reduced visibility from precipitation will be hazardous to impossible so please be safe and avoid driving by any means until this evening.
Campbell residents back home
Nearly all residents in Campbell are home, after an evacuation that began Friday with the Campbell-Savona High School around 1 p.m., grew to include the hamlet and ended at roughly 5 p.m. Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall said gas and electrical utilities were shut off to approximately 11 homes due to flood damage. Ice moved downstream from Bath and jammed in Campbell, creating a dangerous flooding situation for students and staff at the high school officials moved swiftly to evacuate the school. Then ordered an evacuation of the hamlet around 2:45 p.m. Around 3:30 p.m., the ice jam broke and the flood levels began to drop, Marshall advised residents in the area to prepare for the predicted ice/sleet and snow storm thru Saturday. The storm could bring as much as six to 12 inches of snow across Steuben County. “Stay home,” Marshall said. “Be safe, and warm, and dry.
Pennsylvania Man in Steuben County Court
A Pennsylvania man accused of murdering a mailman from Big Flats and kidnapping a Corning woman was back in Steuben County Court yesterday. Curtis Burrows pleaded not guilty to charges made last year of kidnapping, grand larceny, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Bail set $200,000 cash and $400,000 bond.
Corning Man Charged
A Fraud complaint filed January 1st has led to the arrest of a Corning man. Troopers said 33-year-old Garen Bennett of Corning was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree falsifying business records.
Canisteo in Jail
A Canisteo woman is in jail without bail following her arrest. Acting on a warrant, deputies charged 25-year-old Emily Henry of State Route 248 with violating probation. Henry was previously convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a return court date of January 19th.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara to enact the “Solar Panel Collection Act” and establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program in New York State was reported out of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee this week and now goes before the full Senate for a vote. The legislation would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to develop a program for the collection, transportation, recycling, and disposal of out-of-service solar panels. Manufacturers would finance the program.
Fake ID Arrests
New York State set a new record for the number of people arrested last year attempting to use fake identification to buy alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age. As part of the state's year-round Operation Prevent initiative, investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Liquor Authority work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants, concert venues, and alcohol retailers across New York State. Statewide, 893 people were arrested. In the Southern Tier, 45 people were charged.
Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has been appointed to serve the Assembly Committee on Education. Palmesano who also serves as Vice Chair of NYS Assembly Minority Conference and has roles in Arts and Sports Developments Committee and Libraries and Education Committee, among several other State Assembly Committees. Palmesano said the key to providing the best possible education “...starts with making sure we treat parents as partners, our teachers as professionals and students who can dream, believe and achieve anything they put their mind to accomplishing.”
Fight at Wayland School Leads to Arrest:
A 17-year-old from Atlanta, New York has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported fight at the Wayland Central School in October. It’s alleged that the unidentified teen intentionally caused physical injury, a concussion, to another person. She has been charged with assault in the third and has been released on an appearance ticket.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 25-year-old Jeffrey Marvin of
Coopers Plains on a violation of probation warrant. It’s alleged that Marvin violated the terms and conditions of his probation on a previous criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction. Marvin was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Website Launches for St. James Hospital:
Residents hoping to keep up with the latest developments with the new St. James Mercy Hospital now have a new tool at their disposal, one directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. The hospital has launched a new website, http://thenewstjames.com/, that will include photos of construction, a project timeline, and an outline of what the new facilities will offer.
$400K Awarded to Area Non-Profits:
At its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening, the Community Foundation of Elmira gave more than $400,000 in grants to 58 non-profit organizations. The programs are located in both Chemung and Southeastern Steuben County, and they were selected through an application process. They range from arts organizations to environment and human services, to education and youth programs.
Alfred State to use Propane Cannon to Scare Crows:
Alfred State University Police took to their twitter account to give residents a heads up about some “big bangs” they will soon be hearing around the campus. According to the tweets, over the next week and a half the college will be using a propane cannon to scare off crows that have been wreaking havoc on the campus. They assured that there are no projectiles and that the birds will not be harmed. The cannon will be fired at increments from dusk until dark. Anyone with questions may call the Alfred State Facilities department at (607) 587-4750.
Red Cross Urges Blood Donations:
With some 200 blood drives cancelled due to the recent severe weather and bitter cold, the American Red Cross is urging anyone eligible to donate, to please do so. Winter is traditionally a slow time because of hectic holiday schedules and cold and flu season, but the weather has compounded the issue. To see if there are any blood drives happening in your area, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter your zip code.
Burrows’ Steuben Arraignment Tomorrow:
The man accused of killing a Big Flats man will be back in court tomorrow. This time, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows will be in Steuben County for arraignment. He has already been arraigned in Chemung County where he pled not guilty to first-degree murder and twelve other counts. According to police, Burrows crimes began in Steuben County when he attempted to kidnap a woman from a parking lot in Corning. He then allegedly stole her car and crashed it on the Steuben-Chemung County line. He’s accused of then breaking into a Big Flats home and killing 60-year-old Timothy Webster and stealing his vehicle.
Corning Woman Arrested for Stealing Wallet:
A Corning woman has been arrested and charged for stealing a wallet. 45-year-old Hope Trussell is accused of stealing the wallet while at retail establishment in the Town of Erwin. She has been released with an appearance ticket.
Parts of Hornellsville Under Boil Water Advisory:
Due to a water main problem Tuesday night in Hornellsville, parts of Hornellsville are under a boil water advisory. A water main break was repaired, but due to a water pressure issue the advisory is in place. The boil water advisory affects those on Airport Road, Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North, and County Route 66. According to Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the advisory might be lifted by tomorrow.
Steuben to Consider Future “Best Value” Purchases:
Steuben County is likely to be in a position to take advantage of national cooperative pricing for future purchases, pending the passage of a local law within the next few months. Known as “best value” purchasing, the choice is an option for counties, county Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee Tuesday. Wheeler told the committee the local law, if adopted, would allow Steuben to consider alternatives, such as quality, in awarding contracts. The ability to join in a nationwide cooperative for purchases is even more important since other group purchasing options, such as state bids, are less available, he said.
State Police Launch Drone Program:
The New York State Police have launched a drone program. The State Police Unmanned Aerial System will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response, and traffic safety. It is said that the drones can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time, resulting in shorter road closures and lessening the impact on motorists. The drones can also be used to document and photograph crime scenes. Four drones will be put in place this month for Troops A, D, F, and G. By April, an additional 14 drones are expected to be deployed.
O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Legislation:
New legislation to help combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being sponsored by local lawmaker, Senator Tom O’Mara. The legislative package includes a pilot program for Lyme and tick-borne disease testing in children; a “Mental Health Impacts Report,” that would require the state to conduct a study on how infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens, such as Lyme, may relate to mental illness in those infected; the improvement of postmortem reporting of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by requiring those conducting postmortem examinations to report to the state Department of Health if the deceased individual was afflicted with Lyme or any other tick-borne disease at the time of death; and the establishment of an expert-based Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to review current practices for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Offering Pistol Permit Safety Courses:
A new round of pistol permit safety courses is being offered by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. The free course is required for Steuben County residents who want to apply for a pistol permit. The classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 17th, April 21st, June 16th, August 18th, and October 20th. Pistol permit applications will be available for purchase the day of each class for $10. Reservations are required. Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.
NYSP Seeking Woman Accused of Stealing Wallet:
The New York State Police are looking for an unidentified woman that’s accused of stealing a wallet while at an Erwin Car Wash. According to police, the woman took the wallet, which had been accidentally left by its owner on top of the meter box, finished her car wash, and then drove away. The incident happened on December 31st. The woman has yet to turn the wallet in, or attempt to make contact with the victim, say police. The woman is described as short and heavy set, with long brown hair. She was driving a black or charcoal gray Chevy Silverado with a Harley Davidson on the rear window. The truck appeared to have Pennsylvania plates. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at (607) 962-6865.
Indictments Handed Up by Steuben Co. Grand Jury:
On Tuesday, a Steuben County Grand Jury handed up the following indictments: 33-year-old Joshua Scott of Corning is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for allegedly operating a meth lab and possessing more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. 34-year-old Brandi Hawkins of Bath is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing with the intent to sell a narcotic in the Village of Bath. 52-year-old Raymond Nimtz of Corning and Bath is charged with rape for allegedly forcibly engaging in sexual intercourse with another person in the Village of Bath. 19-year-old Nicholas Fish of McGraw is charged with burglary for allegedly unlawfully entering a building in the Town of Hornellsville with the intent to commit a crime. 54-year-old Kevin Scott of Canisteo, 28-year-old Whittany Hale of Bath, and 32-year-old Earl Robbins III of Bath are all charged with burglary for allegedly entering a residence in Howard with the intent to commit a crime. 41-year-old Yamrica Vazquez of Painted Post is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly unlawfully possessing cocaine with the intent to sell during a traffic stop. 29-year-old James Smith of Hornell is charged with criminal mischief and possessing prison contraband for allegedly intentionally damaging property at the Steuben County Jail and possessing an improvised weapon.
Flu Cases Leads to More Hospital Restrictions:
Due to flu activity, Arnot Health has announced visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals, including Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath. The restrictions include: no more than 2 visitors and 1 designated caregiver/support person per patient in patient rooms at any time; no one under the age of 14 may visit with the exception of maternity units only where healthy siblings of any age may visit healthy newborns; and if you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, or if you have been in contact with someone with those symptoms within the past 4 days, you must postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
Area Airports Receive Funds:
Several regional airports are among 29 regional airports statewide chosen to share $20.5 million in state funding through New York’s “Aviation Capital Grant Program.” Corning-Painted Post Airport was awarded $448,000 to construct a helicopter maintenance and storage hangar; Penn Yan-Yates County Airport will receive $421,000 to undertake an airport sanitary sewer extension; and Finger Lakes Regional was awarded more than $662,000 to construct a new Jet-A Fuel Farm. State Senator Tom O’Mara said the regional aviation industry has an enormously positive economic impact across the local economy.
NY A.G. to Investigate Possible Propane Supplier Misconduct:
The New York State Attorney General’s Office has announced that it will be investigating possible misconduct by propane suppliers across the state. The investigation comes after complaints of delivery delays, possible price gouging, and more during the recent record cold. The A.G.’s hotline can be reached at 518-776-2000 or complaints can be filed online at https://ag.ny.gov/price-gouging-complaint-form.
Lockheed Martin Job Fair:
Lockheed Martin will be hold a job fair tomorrow in order to fill more than 200 positions open at is Salina and Owego sites. Positions include systems engineering, electrical engineering, hardware engineering, software engineering, integration, and testing and manufacturing. There are also positions for experienced assembly and electronic technicians. The event will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Destiny USA.
Chance at Allegant Airways Sweepstakes Coming to Southern Tier:
The chance to win flights for life with Allegiant Airways is coming to the Southern Tier. The Allegiant Getaway Car is hitting the road and will be making stops in 80 cities across the U.S. and it’s expected to be somewhere in the Twin Tiers over the next few days. To enter, you need to take a picture of yourself with the Getaway Car and submit it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #GetawayCar and #Sweepstakes and tag Allegiant, enter in-person at the car, or enter online at https://sunseeker.allegiant.com/. According to Allegiant there’s a chance to win flights for life, flights for a year, or round-trip tickets on Allegiant.
18-year-old Charged in Alleged Assault:
An 18-year-old from Bath has been charged following an alleged assault at Snell Farms in the Town of Bath. Tyler Lautner is accused of stabbing a staff member with a pencil, intentionally damaging property, and preventing the staff member from contacting 911. He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.
Savona Woman Accused of Driving Stolen Car:
Felony charges have been leveled against a Savona woman that was allegedly caught driving a stolen car. According to police, 61-year-old Louann Labarr was driving the vehicle along State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca. She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. Public Safety/Correction Committee Approves Public Defender Applicant:
On Monday, the Steuben County Public Safety and Correction Committee unanimously approved Attorney Shawn Sauro for the position of county Public Defender. The 43-year-old Sauro has served as a county assistant district attorney, and worked heavily with former county District Attorney Phil Roche. Sauro is expected to be officially appointed to the position on January 22nd at the Steuben County Legislators’ Meeting. He will be paid $92,000 annually.
Steuben Co. Couple Honored at Victims’ Panel:
Before the Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee Monday, county Sheriff Jim Allard recognized the service of a local couple. Ralph and Grace Stevens have been attending the county Victim’s Impact Panel for over 30 years, sharing the story of their son, 16-year-old Lenny Stevens, with people charged with driving while drinking. On August 7th, 1979, the teen was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a drunken driver. On Monday, the couple officially stepped down after their years of faithful service. Sheriff Allard thanked them and expressed “collective appreciation, gratitude, and recognition.”
Armstrong Teller Communications to Speak at Hartsville Town Board Meeting:
There’s expected to be a presentation by Armstrong Teller Communications at the next Hartsville Town Board meeting, which is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th. Town Supervisor John Bowles says that they will be speaking about high speed internet service.
2 Accused of Assaulting Corning P.O., Violating Order of Protection:
Two men have been charged in a domestic disturbance in Corning where orders of protection were allegedly violated and a Corning Police Officer was allegedly assaulted. According to police, they were called to West Third Street around 2 p.m. Friday and they believed both 29-year-old Jeremy Thomas of Atlanta and 43-year-old Luis Rivera of Bath were inside. Police believed both men were violating two separate orders of protection issued for the same victim. They said Thomas attempted to hide and punched an officer while being arrested. Rivera was taken into custody without incident. Thomas has been charged with attempted assault, criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Rivera has been charged with criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. He was sent to the jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo Called On to Extend Pistol Permit Recert. Deadline:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is being called on by state leaders to extend the deadline for renewing pistol permits as required by the Safe Act. The deadline for permits currently over five years old is set for January 31st, but poor compliance is being blamed on poor outreach and confusion. Permits can be renewed through the state police website or with a form available at state police stations and at some county clerks’ offices. You can get more information about the permit recertification at https://safeact.ny.gov/pistol-permit-recertification.
Damage at Keuka College Following Burst Pipe:
A burst water pipe at Keuka College last week is being blamed for damage to the
campus’ Allen Hall. Officials say the pipe, which was connected to the fire suppression system on the third floor, broke on Monday and caused heavy damage, leaving the building uninhabitable. Classes and the college’s Office of Human Resources have been relocated.
Miss Finger Lakes Crowed in Corning:
The road to the Miss America Pageant is underway with Miss Finger Lakes and Miss Upstate New York being named in Corning this weekend. The competition took place at the Radisson Hotel and the Union Hall Civic Center. Diana Russo of Rochester was crowned Miss Finger Lakes, while Emily Mahana of Cicero took home the title of Miss Upstate New York. These young women will now compete in the upcoming Miss New York pageant. The winner there will move on to the Miss America Pageant.
Alfred State Prom Dress Extravaganza Set for April 15th:
Alfred State has announced that its annual Project Prom Dress Extravaganza will be held on April 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus. Project Prom Dress sees the sisters of Delta Chi Omega collecting new or gently used prom gowns, shoes, and accessories from bridal shops and individuals that teenage girls from Allegany County and surrounding areas can then come and choose from for free. Also on April 15th the Delta Chi Omega sisters will be collecting donations of gowns, shoes, and accessories.
Bath PD Asks Help to Keep Local Homeless Off Cold Streets
The Bath Village Police Department is urging community members to help their neighbors who are homeless as the freezing winter temperatures continue. The Bath PD announced vouchers have been issued to them by Steuben County Social Services to distribute to anyone who is found to be without a dwelling during the inclement weather. The Police Department has already given vouchers to homeless people they have been informed of and encourage community members who know of others who may be without a dwelling to please contact 211 or the Bath Village PD.
Painted Post Minor Arrested on Assault Charges
According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office a seventeen year old minor from Catlin, New York was arrested after a report of assault in the village of Painted Post. The seventeen-year-old male allegedly struck another male in the head, injuring his eye. The subject was charged with third degree assault and released on an appearance ticket to later return to Painted Post Village Court.
Sub-Zero Cold Continues this Weekend
Upstate New York weather strikes us again as schools, some service agencies and even some businesses closed yesterday because of dangerously cold wind chills. Dangerous cold continue today as temperatures are predicted to plummet to well below zero. The National Weather Service continues the Wind Chill Warning. The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 10 below zero to 30 below zero.
Steuben County Accepting Bath Landfill Expansion Project Bids
Steuben County is accepting sealed bids for all labor and materials for the Bath Landfill Expansion project. Bids must be received by January 30th. A pre-bid meeting will be held January 18th at the new landfill on Turnpike Road.
Pullman Hosts Hornell Movie Premiere for Scholarship
Hornellians filled the city’s YMCA last night to attend a special premiere and homecoming for famous local actor Bill Pullman. Pullman was premiering his newest cowboy film "The Ballad of Lefty Brown". Pullman organized the movie’s premiere to honor former Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan and raise money for a scholarship under his namesake. Ticket sales went to funding the scholarship, which will be awarded to a student demonstrating community service and civic mindedness.
Senator O'Mara Asking for Survey Input
State Senator Tom O'Mara encourages his constituents to share what they believe to be the most important challenges experienced by citizens of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region. O’Mara welcomes everyone to participate in his yearly “Community and Legislative Survey” that he says will be a venue that residents can sound off on the issues unique to their area as well as issues and challenges shared by citizens across the state. Please take your time to complete the survey here.
Curtis Burrows Facing Murder, 12 Other Counts:
Now officially back in New York, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows is facing thirteen counts for allegedly killing a man after an alleged kidnapping and carjacking. The charges include murder in the first, murder in the second, criminal use of a firearm, burglary, robbery, and grand larceny. Bail has been set at $1 million cash. Burrows is expected back in court on February 26th.
North Hornell Under Boil Water Notice:
Due to a water main break on Maplewood Avenue in North Hornell, residents are under a boil water notice, the Department of Health announced Thursday. This notice applies to areas east of Seneca Road, from Lynwood Avenue to Wightman Avenue. The boil water notice lasts for three days.
Winter Weather Safety Guidelines:
As the area hunkers down against the cold, area fire departments have issued guidelines to help residents stay safe. If the power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat. Wear layered clothing and use blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Never use generators, outdoor heating or cooking equipment, such as a grill, camp stove, or a gasoline or propane heater indoors. Never heat a home with a stove. Open cabinet doors and allow faucets to drip slowly to prevent pipes from freezing. Limit your time outdoors and protect yourself by wearing several layers of warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. And if driving is necessary, keep disaster supplies in your vehicle, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, and use extra precaution on the roads.
Burrows Back in NY to Face Charges:
The man accused of attempting to kidnap a woman in Corning and murdering a man in Big Flats is now back in New York to face charges. 32-year-old Curtis Burrows was being held in Pennsylvania had been fighting extradition, but he finally waived on Thursday.
Bath Woman Arrested as Fugitive from Justice:
A Bath woman was arrested on Saturday as a fugitive from justice. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Dana Pierce was arrested following a traffic stop on Cook Street in the Village of Bath for allegedly failing to appear in Cumberland County, New Jersey on a burglary charge. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail to await extradition proceedings.
P.A. Man Charged in Lindley Accident:
A Pennsylvania man is facing charges following an accident in Lindley. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Route 5 on December 31st on a report of a motor vehicle accident and their investigation revealed that 35-year-old Bradley Route allegedly operated a vehicle involved in the crash while intoxicated. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, and driving without a interlock device. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.
Water Returned in Corning, Boil Water Advisory for Some:
Following the diligent work of crews, the water is back on in Corning following a water main break Tuesday night. Some properties do remain on a boil water advisory. Water samples must be tested for two days in a row with appropriate results before it is deemed safe enough to drink. That is expected by tomorrow. Until then, those affected must boil water for one minute before consuming.
Gov. Cuomo Gives State-of-the-State Address:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his 2018 State-of-the-State Address on Wednesday, kicking off the new legislative session. Among his top proposals were: A Federal Tax lawsuit in response to the new Republican tax overhaul, which Cuomo calls an unconstitutional assault on state’s rights and that he says will lead to big tax increases for many homeowners; a plan for New York to join the list of states taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies over the ongoing opioid epidemic; a new, uniform sexual harassment policy for all state and local officials; voting reforms, including early voting with the ability to cast a ballot up to 12 days before an election; and requiring that anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime surrender any and all firearms. More information is expected on these proposals and more in the upcoming budget presentation. Locally, Representative Tom Reed called the address “disappointing.” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano asked how the proposals would impact taxpayers.
1 Killed in 75 Vehicle Thruway Pileup in Buffalo:
It was a chaotic scene on the eastbound Thruway Wednesday when at least 75 vehicles were involved in an accident near Exits 49 and 50 in Buffalo. The I-90 eastbound was congested for more than seven miles. Reports have one person killed and injuries, though specific details have not been released.
Food Bank Closes Mobile Pantry Due to Cold Temps.:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has announced that its Mobile Food Pantry will be closed today and tomorrow due to the expected cold temperatures. It is expected to reopen Monday. You can find the schedule at https://www.foodbankst.org/mobile-food-pantry-distributions.
Flooding in Corning After Water Main Break:
Several streets in Corning were flooded Tuesday night after a water main broke on East First Street. Corning Police and Fire were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. and several surrounding streets, including part of Denison Parkway, were closed down. Crews were on scene throughout the night, but at this time there has been no word as to when the issue will be resolved.
St. James Mercy Restricting Visitors Due to Flu Spike:
An increase in the number of flu cases has prompted St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to institute restrictions on visitors. Starting today no more than two people can visit a patient at one time and no one under the age of 14 will be allowed in the hospital. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches or a sore throat will not be allowed in the hospital until they have been symptom-free for 24-hours.
Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Charged with Another Offense:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested on another offense. 37-year-old Michael Ellis allegedly violated a stay away order of protection by sending the protected party letters from the jail. He was charged with criminal contempt and sent back to the jail on $1,000 cash bail.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
A Bath woman has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant. 34-year-old Tonya Bennett was previously convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. Board Re-elects Hauryski Chair:
With unanimous support from his fellow legislators, Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski was sworn in Monday. He said his goals for 2018 include completion of the office building and records storage project, work on accommodating state-mandated changes in the judicial system, and expanding shared services for assessments in order to make them more uniform and efficient. Hauryski also said that this will be his final term as chairman. He will not seek a fourth term in 2019.
Palmesano Grant Provides for Shared County Services:
A $100,000 state grant, facilitated by state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has allowed the Steuben County Public Works Department and the county Soil and Water Conservation District to join together to purchase a mini track excavator. This piece of equipment will allow the agencies to complete many projects, including erosion control and streambank stabilization.
Arnot Mall Hallmark Store to Close:
In a post on Facebook, it’s been announced that the Hallmark Shop at the Arnot Mall will be closing. Details, including closing date, were not disclosed, but the post did thank the store’s loyal customers.
Penn Yan Bar Owner Charged with Sex Assault, Bar License Suspended:
Following charges against its owner, Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan has had its license suspended. The State Liquor Authority issued an emergency license suspension for the establishment, citing four violations: selling to a minor, improper conduct, disorderly premises and failure to exercise adequate supervision. No alcohol may be sold or consumed at the bar. Owner Robert Champlin turned himself into authorities on Thursday, pleading not guilty to charges in connection with two alleged sexual assaults that occurred inside the pub late Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning. One of the incidents was recorded and the video was put on social media. Champlin was sent to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up in Corning, Erwin, P-P:
The holidays now officially behind us, if you haven’t already started taking down and packing up your decorations, you likely soon will, and several area communities are ready to help. The City of Corning begins its Christmas tree pick-up service today. Residents must place their trees between the street curb and sidewalk between now and 6 a.m. Friday, January 19th. The city reminds everyone to ensure that all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, and lights are removed. The Town of Erwin, Village of Painted Post, the Town of Big Flats, and the Village of Bath will also be offering Christmas tree disposal. Residents should leave the trees out by the curb. The Towns of Bath and Corning do not offer a Christmas tree removal service.
C-PP Marching Band Performs in London:
The Corning-Painted Post Marching Band kicked off 2018 in quite the fashion. The “Hawks” Marching Band performed as part of London’s annual New Year’s Day parade, joining cheerleaders and bands from all over the globe in celebrating and performing in front of a half-million people.
Wineglass Marathon Thanks Local Non-Profits:
The annual Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running – it’s also about giving back. Since the marathon started its donation policy in 2011, the event has donated close to $425,000 to local non-profit and civic organizations, including nearly $85,000 this year. The Wineglass relies on the help of law enforcement agencies, fire departments, county and local DPW’s and law enforcement cyclists, to ensure runner and spectator safety. Additionally, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from school groups, civic organizations, and service groups share their spirit and time leading up to Wineglass weekend and throughout the entire event. Marathon officials say that giving back to the groups that help them achieve their mission is the best part of what they do. The 2018 Guthrie Wineglass Marathon Weekend will be Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th.
Frigid Cold Affects Pets Too:
As bitterly cold temperatures continue to linger, don’t forget to help your four-legged companions brace for the weather too. New York State does have guidelines that pet owners must follow in order to keep animals outside in the cold. A law passed in 2003 requires that shelter be provided that suits the animal’s breed, size, and the climate, and they must have drinking water that’s not going to be frozen. While New York isn’t among the states that has laws limiting the time animals can be outside in the cold, pet owners should remember that just because their pets have fur doesn’t mean they’re not affected by the weather. Frostbite is just as prevalent for animals, and they can lose ears and tails. Extreme cold can cause seizing and even for their hearts stop.
House fire in Corning
Fire over the weekend on the Swamp School Road has displaced two families in Corning. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing for the five adults. The fire occurred Friday night.
New Mayor for Corning sworn in
Corning’s new mayor was sworn in yesterday. Bill Boland took the oath of office at city hall along with four other councilman. The newly elected Mayor said he was looking forward to getting started on housing and economic development initiatives. He replaces Rich Negri who has been Mayor of Corning for 8 years.
New Year...New Laws
Minimum wages are going up in New York state. $10.40 is the new wage and can vary depending on where you work in the state and what industry you are in. It’s expected more than 2 million wage earners with be affected in a positive way.
New York State begins the strongest, most progressive paid family leave policy in the country. New Yorkers will be allowed to take job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. The new law with eventually allow New Yorkers to be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.
Full Moon Tonight
It’s called a wolf full moon and should happen around 9:24pm tonight. It’s the first of two full moons this month…the second is scheduled for Jan 31st . The weather is forecasting cloudy skies tonight so it may be difficult to see the rare sight.
McAllister and Roche Sworn In As Judges
Two new Judges were sworn to serve Steuben County in 2018. Newly-elected judges Patrick McAllister and Philip Roche were sworn in yesterday during a ceremony held in Bath. Both Roche and McAllister have experience as former members of the Steuben County Legislature. Retiring judges Peter Bradstreet, Marianna Furfure and Joseph Latham were present for the ceremony to swear in their predecessors. McAllister won his bid for surrogate court judge this fall after winning a competitive election against Chauncey Watches with a majority of 62 percent. Roche was elected as County and Family Court Judge by a landslide 99 percent after running on the Republican ticket uncontested.
Cuomo Reveals State of the State Loan Debt Proposal
Governor Cuomo is taking on student loan debt as another proposal part of the 2018 New York State of the State Address. The governor’s plan to “alleviate the burden of student debt” would require colleges to annually provide students with the estimated amounts incurred for the student loans they take (which includes the loan debt amounts incurred to date) and appointing a student loan ombudsman. Cuomo’s proposal also aims to increase standards of consumer protection for students who borrow loans and prohibits state agencies from revoking or suspending licenses of those who are in default or behind on paying their student loans. Cuomo says that these new measures will give students in New York "protections and the tools they need to succeed."
Appellate Court Grants Steuben Man Re-Trial
County for a man convicted of attempted murder. That ruling was handed down from the State Supreme Court involving 40-year-old Randy Hall. Hall was convicted by a jury on August 5, 2005 on charges of attempted murder and other felony counts to include 2nd degree assault, burglary and possessing a weapon. He is currently serving his 23 year sentence at Shawangunk state prison. In Hall’s appeal, filed by The Davison Law Office in Canandaigua, it was argued that the Steuben County court had failed to establish a reasonable basis for restraining the defendant before the jury. Hall had been required to wear a stun belt during the trial. The court rejected other issues that were raised. The court ruled that the convictions are reversed and ordered a new trial.
Albany Approves ReCharge NY Allocations
A decision in Albany will have an impact in Steuben County. Governor Cuomo Thursday announced the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved another round of 38 low-cost power allocations under the Governor's ReCharge NY Program. This most recent approval is expected to spur $1.4 billion in new capital investment in the state and create 1,006 new jobs. In Steuben, the Power Authority will award 3500 kW to Upstate Niagara Cooperative in Campbell, creating 125 jobs. A $10 million investment is expected.
NYS Road Construction on Hiatus Until Tuesday
To ease traffic over the holiday weekend, New York officials have announced that all road construction will be suspended from today through 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 2. The New York State Thruway Authority will offer free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 7 a.m. New Year’s morning.
NY Department of Health Reports Rise in Flu Cases
A dramatic rise in influenza has been reported in the past few months by the New York State Department of Health's weekly Influenza report. According to the Department of Health, less than 100 confirmed cases of the flu were reported in early October and in a few short weeks was multiplied by nine- as the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported for the middle of this month reached about 900. In the midst of flu season, doctors say it’s important to get common cold symptoms checked out if you have symptoms like chills, body aches, fever and headaches and if you suspect you do have the flu please seek help within 48 hours. Doctors also urge eligible citizens to exercise prevention by getting a flu shot, avoiding sneezing, touching your nose and mouth and washing your hands regularly.
Study Ranks New York 10th in Public Health Issues
When it comes to addressing and solving public health issues, how well does New York rank compared with the rest of the country? The 2017 America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation ranks our state at number 10 out of 50 states in the US. The study measured 35 key variable factors-including behaviors, policy, clinical care as well as community and environment- in determining how well each state resolves public health issues. New York ranked number 13 last year, placing our state three spots ahead for this year.
Campbell Man Jailed After Call for Bradford Domestic Dispute
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Campbell man for felony assault charges after responding to a 911 call on Parker Road in Bradford where a child reported he was witnessing his mother getting assaulted by her boyfriend. Further investigation led to the following charges for 28 year old Richard Holley: one count of felony assault in the second degree and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond until his next court date on January 8th.
Six Arrested in Addison Meth Bust
Six people are in jail after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) executed a search on two Steuben County homes. Methamphetamine and stolen firearms were discovered both in a home on Reservoir Hill Road in Addison and as well as a residence in Rathbone on County Route 119. Robert Baker, Samuel Byer and Edward Howlett, all of Addison, were charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine as was Serena Russell of Savona, Hornell woman Ashley Webster and John Hallett of Elkland, PA. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are anticipated but authorities report that a stolen rifle, three other firearms, multiple firearms parts, approximately 39 ounces of methamphetamine oil in assorted production stages, and over three grams of finished methamphetamine product were seized.
Bath Woman Arrested for Violating Probation
A Bath woman was sent to Steuben County Jail after allegedly violating the terms and conditions of her probation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ashley LaDieu of Rumsey Street was found to have violated her probation which she was sentenced for a conviction of a criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the third degree. LaDieu was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail until her court date on January 2nd.
Bath Man Jailed for Probation Violation
An alleged violation of probation led to the arrest of a Bath man. James A. Racalto of East Washington Street Extension was arrested due to a violation of probation warrant. Racalto was on probation for a previous felony conviction of driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond until January 8th when he reappears in court.
O'Mara and Palmesano Named NY Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends"
New York Farm Bureau named State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano as part of their 2017 “Circle of Friends”. The farm advocacy organization represents over 35,000 farm families across the state and each year honors the legislators that strongly support agriculture in the Empire State by naming them to their “Circle of Friends”. Local politicians are considered for playing an active role in promoting business for local farms, which make up a major chunk of the regional economy and fosters over $4 billion worth of economic activity annually throughout New York State.
Cuomo Encourages Public Awarness for Patient Brokering
Governor Cuomo has announced a new public awareness campaign to crack down on "patient brokering," a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to those programs. The campaign warns New Yorkers about the fraudulent practice and urges that these brokers be reported. In a statement, Cuomo said Vulnerable New Yorkers struggling with addiction are being targeted and falsely promised life-saving treatment services and then are given inadequate and ineffective treatment at outrageous costs. If you think you or someone you know was a victim of patient brokering, please report the suspected fraud by calling 1-800-553-5790 or by emailing StopTreatmentFraud@oasas.ny.gov
Bath P.D. Investigating Car Break-Ins:
The Bath Village Police Department is investigating a string of car break-ins that occurred Tuesday night, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at (607) 776-2175. Officials also urge residents to remember to lock their vehicles and residences.
Former P-P Police Chief Files Against Village, Mayor, and Trustees:
The former Police Chief of Painted Post has filed a lawsuit against the village, the Mayor, and the village trustees. Dennis Mullen alleges that he was illegally fired and that his civil rights were violated as he was terminated without charges or a hearing. A date has not yet been set by the Federal District Court.
Former Steuben Co. Legislators to be Sworn in as Judges:
Steuben County history will be made when two former county legislators are sworn in at 11 a.m. tomorrow to places in the county Court system. Former county Chairman of the Legislature Philip J. Roche, R-Erwin, and current county Public Defender, will be sworn in as the new County and Family Court Judge. Former county Vice-chairman of the Legislature Patrick F. McAllister, R-Wayland, will be sworn in as county Surrogate Court Judge. The event will mark the first time in county history former members of the Steuben Legislature have made a successful transition to the county's judicial branch. The ceremony is expected to take 30 minutes.
Steuben Real Property Tax Service Releases Tax Rate Schedule:
Steuben County Real Property Services Director Wendy Jordan has released the Town and County 2018 Tax Rate Levy, which includes upcoming taxes for the county, towns (TOV) and villages. Property owners also may be subject to special district taxes to pay for services such as lighting and fire services. The full chart can be viewed at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/rpt/2018_tax_rate_levy_percent_change.pdf.
Steuben Notes Top 5 Achievements of 2017:
As 2017 comes to a close, Steuben County is taking note of its top achievements, including a united, inter-agency effort to combat the mounting local opioid epidemic. The county hosted three forums throughout the year in Bath, Hornell, and Corning with active participation from representatives of county departments and related agencies. Additionally, the county recently joined a lawsuit filed by counties and the state Attorney General against any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. The county also notes united efforts by the Industrial Development Agency, and federal and state leaders in the sale of the Kraft Heinz cheese factory in Campbell to the dairy farmer cooperative, Niagara Upstate in June; joining with Schuyler and Chemung counties in developing a central focus using current employment data to form a cohesive strategy for workforce development; the launch of two construction projects expected to solve the chronic problems at the county Office Building of space and inconvenience of residents; and the moving of the Hornell Department of Motor Vehicles to its new location on Seneca Street North in Hornellsville.
New State Law Changes Requirements for Nurses:
A new state law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week makes some changes to the requirements for anyone looking to become a registered nurse. Nurses-to-be now need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. Those who are already a R.N. or already in nursing school are exempt and will not need to abide by the new law. Some hospitals are offering tuition reimbursement and pay incentives to nurses who would like to get their degree.
Bill Pullman to Premiere Movie in Hornell:
There will be a very special event in Hornell on January 5th to benefit the Shawn Hogan YMCA Scholarship Fund. Movie-star, Bill Pullman, a native of Hornell, will be premiering his new movie, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, at the Hornell Spotlight Theater. The evening begins with a Meet & Greet with Bill at the Hornell Area Family YMCA at 5:30 p.m., then the movie will be shown 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Theater. Afterwards there will be a reception at the Main Place. Tickets are $50 and include all three events. Tickets are exclusively available at the Hornell Area Family YMCA.
Rescue Incident Knocks Out Power to Thousands Around E-C Airport:
According to NYSEG, nearly two-thousand customers around the Elmira-Corning Airport had their power knocked out Tuesday afternoon following an incident involving power lines. Initial scanner reports came in for a utility bucket tangled in power lines just off Airport Road. An on-scene firefighter confirmed to media that the incident was a rescue mission. First responders said no one was injured.
Gov. Issues Order to Allow Property Owners to Pay Taxes Now:
Governor Cuomo has issued an emergency Executive Order to help protect property owners in New York from what he calls the devastating impact of the GOP tax bill. The order authorizes local governments to immediately issue tax warrants for the collection of 2018 property tax payments and allows property owners to pay at least a portion of their bill before the end of the year and under the current tax construct. The Governor directed the Department of Taxation and Finance to work with local governments to facilitate early tax collection. Check with your local government and school district to see if you’re eligible for early payment. The deadline is December 31st.
Arkport-Canaseraga Athletics to Continue Merger in 2018:
Whatever the eventual outcome of the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts, the merger of their respective athletic programs will probably continue in 2018. Canaseraga Superintendent Chad Groff said that the joint schools Athletic Council, he and Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper almost certainly will recommend to the school boards positive votes for sports merger again in January. Last June each board unanimously voted to merge athletic programs because of difficulties fielding complete teams in varsity, junior varsity, and modified sports.
“Ramp Guys” Volunteers Complete 40 Ramps in 2017:
People confined to their homes have greater mobility, thanks to the “Ramp Guys” – a group of volunteers dedicated to building ramps throughout Steuben County through funding by the county Office for the Aging, private donations, and recycling usable materials. In 2017, the volunteers completed 40 ramps with roughly half paid by the county Office for the Aging through a combination of government funding, and donations from community groups and private donations. The United Centenary Methodist Church also donates funds and provides volunteers. To request a ramp, or for more information on volunteering, call NYConnects at (607) 664-2322.
Spectrum Boosting Download Speeds Free of Charge:
Following an announcement by parent company “Charter” months ago, area customers of Spectrum are beginning to see their download speeds increase. The company is looking to increase speed by 66 percent – from 60 mbps to 100 mbps – at no extra cost to customers. You can test your internet speeds for free at http://beta.speedtest.net/.
Missing Local Girls Return Home for Christmas
A happy ending was made possible this Christmas for two Southern Tier families whose missing daughters returned home safely. Elmira Heights police have found 14-year-old Evelyn Walborn, an Elmira Heights girl who has been missing since last Monday when she left for school. She was found by Elmira Heights police around 10pm last night and the Elmira Heights Police Department thank the public for their help in finding Evelyn as the case continues to be investigated.Seven-year-old Brianna Rhodes from Corning was discovered last evening at 7:55pm by the Corning PD. Both girls are now reunited with their families thanks to the dedication of the police and the concerned public that helped to bring them home for the holidays.
Local Police Concerned About Carentanil
Local police are preparing to combat a new drug called carentanil, a synthetic and very potent opioid derived from fentanyl. The narcotic, which is normally used carefully by veterinarians as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants, has been found in batches of opiate drugs throughout the country this past year and is 5,000 times stronger than heroin- so powerful that a piece the size of a grain of salt can be fatal. Steuben County Sheriff Allard described it as: “...fentanyl on steroids.” Though carentanil has not been found in the area yet, local police are being extra careful and advising residents to do the same by avoiding touching anything that may be heroin or any other illicit opioid substance to and to report it to their local police department or Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.
Congressman Reed Receives Coal for Christmas at Olean Office
Do you think your Congressman was naughty or nice this year? An Olean newspaper reports that Tom Reed found a stocking of full of coal left outside the congressman's Olean office. The gift included a note criticizing the GOP tax plan, which Reed has staunchly supported. According to Olean Times Harold, the note’s message read "To the Grinch who voted 13 million to lose their health care, including kids. Bankruptcy and death to constituents." Reed’s spokesperson says the package was not hazardous or criminal, noting: "We have no concerns regarding the package. Our office welcomes any and all communications from constituents."
Cuomo Announces Election Reform for State of the State 2018
Governor Cuomo has announced the 13th proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda and has dubbed it “The Democracy Agenda”, which he says will be the strongest and most comprehensive reforms in the nation that mandate transparency in political advertising. It will also require online platforms to maintain an archive of political ads and protect State elections from outside influence. Cuomo said the plan will also modernize New York's antiquated voting system to make it easier to vote.
NY Road Construction Suspension Continues Until New Year's
A reminder that road construction in NYS continues to be suspended during peak holiday travel times until the end of the weekend to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.
Friends, Family and Fans to Remember Late Local Radio Personality
A sad story in local broadcasting: former sports director for Hornell station WLEA, Casey Cameron passed away this weekend at Elderwood Home in Hornell. Cameron was a longtime sports director for the AM radio channel up until his retirement three years ago and lived to be 59 years old. Radio personality and coworker Marcia Everitt recalls: “He had a wonderful family who he adored and they adored him,” Cameron’s wake will be at the Dagon Funeral Home in Hornell on Thursday from 4 to 7pm and his funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church Friday at 10am while Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Son attacks Father
A father – son domestic dispute that occurred during the early morning hours of December 23, has resulted in the arrest of a Bath man. Troopers were dispatched to Corning Hospital for an assault victim with serious injuries. Investigation revealed that at a private residence in the Town of Jasper, Christopher W. Quick, age 37, of #4 Colonial Lawns, Bath, repeatedly struck his father, resulting in orbital fractures, puncture wounds to the chest, and lacerations to the head, hand, and face. Quick was located at a private residence in Corning. He was charged with Attempted Assault, 2nd degree, a class “E” felony; arraigned before Bath Town Justice James Burns; and remanded to jail without bail. The victim was treated at Corning Hospital, and subsequently transferred to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.
Fire Department Out Christmas Eve
The Bath Fire Department was out last night, but it was not for a fire. The Christmas truck which is decorated annually by members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Dept was driving around town. Visiting homes and handing out candy canes to children. It’s an annual activity by the local firemen to wish the community a Merry Christmas.
Corning Man Arrested
Corning Police have announced the arrest of 36 year Chad Felker and charged with Assault, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child on Friday night.
Police report the Felker allegedly hit a 14 year old in the face causing temporary loss of vision. He was issued an Order of Protection and will face the judge Jan 2nd
Elmira Heights Girl Missing
A sad story from Elmira Heights on this Christmas Day. Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a 14 year old Evelyn Walborn. The girl was last seen on Dec 18th around 7:30am when she was heading for school. Police are following all leads and trying to determine where she might be and how she disappeared. Anyone with information on where the teenager could be are asked to contact the Elmira Heights Police Department at 733-6580.
Hornell Man Arrested for False Personation and Pot Possession
State Police arrested 40-year-old William Parker of Hornell. He was charged with a felony counts of 1st degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was also charged with DWAI, pot possession and false personation. He was detained for court action.
Canaseraga Man Jailed for Probation Violation
A Canaseraga man is headed to state prison after he violated the terms of probation, which stemmed from an attempted 1st degree assault charge.39-year-old Jeremiah Krupp will serve a four year stint in state prison. Prosecutors said that while Krupp was on probation, he violated the terms by disobeying an order of protection and contacting the victim of the strangulation case - something he was told specifically not to do. Once Krupp is released from prison, he can expect routine visits from a state parole officer for five years.
NYS Health Marketplace Enrollment Increases from Last Year
NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, has announced that enrollment reached over 4.1 million last week which was the deadline for signing up for coverage that begins on January 1, 2018. According the NY State of Health, enrollment rose by 700,000 this year
Drunk Driving Bill Signed into NYS Law
A new law sought to catch and deter drunk or drug impaired driving by requiring sobriety tests after serious wrecks is about to take effect in NYS. According to WHEC, the law was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week. The idea found enthusiastic support among the families of accident victims.
Campbell Votes to Use Land for Flood Emergencies
According to town officials from Campbell, the town board plans to purchase a 17-acre parcel of land for $150,000 to utilize as part of a contingency plan. The town board approved the 749,912 square foot piece of land on State Route 415 near Campbell to purchase as an emergency space for town residents to relocate when a major flood occurs. Campbell’s location is risky for flooding because the town consists of the floodplain and floodway which means a severe flood would cripple the town’s government and emergency services- both town resources are especially crucial during a flood emergency.
Canisteo Drug Collection Unit Installed at Village Hall
The Village of Canisteo was given a grant to install a drug collection unit in the Village Hall. CVS’s Health Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program sponsored the unit located in the lobby of the Village Hall on 8 Green Street. The drug collection unit allows residents to safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted, expired or unused medications, which includes controlled substances. Monday through Friday the site will be open from 9am to 4pm for residents to drop off drugs with no questions asked. Interested people can call the Medication Disposal program at the number 1-866-559-8830 if they have any questions about the program or visit www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse
Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Aid Property Tax Payers
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency Executive Order yesterday as an effort to help protect property owners in New York, directing the Department of Taxation and Finance to cooperate with local governments to enable early tax collection. The state executive order was enacted as a response to the newly-passed federal tax plan’s $10,000 tax cap on property tax deductions and gives authorization for local governments to issue tax warrants immediately for 2018 property tax payment collection. The intent is to give property owners in New York an opportunity to pay a portion of their tax bill before the end of the current year and allows localities to accept payments made in advance by property owners so these residents can deduct the full amount of the tax payment the federal level. Local laws that limit taxpayers making partial payment of property taxes until the end of the year will be suspended under the order, giving property owners a chance to pay a portion of their property taxes early and under the current federal tax law.
New York Road Construction Suspended until the New Year
Road construction in NYS will be suspended during peak holiday travel times over the next two weekends to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.
Savona Woman Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Children
A 34-year-old Savona woman was charged with endangering the welfare of her child after a neighbor called to report a home filled with smoke on 59 Main Street. Bath State Police say two children, a 2 and 6 year old, were left home alone and the smoke was caused by a stove burner that was left on. The children were removed from the home safely. Upon returning home, the children’s mother, Khristie J. Dearmitt was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and will appear on January 15th in Savona Village Court. Steuben County Child Protective Unit assisted with the investigation.
Bath Man Jailed for Probation Violation
A 57-year old Bath man was arrested on a bench warrant for violation of probation. David A. Soles was alleged to be violating the conditions of his probation for a previous conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and driving while impaired by drugs. Soles was arraigned in County Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail and a court date set for January 2nd.
DiNapoli Reports NYS Health Overpayments for Transportation
According to State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, an audit for NYS Health Department concludes that the state health department has overpaid for non emergency medicaid transportation. According to Comptroller DiNapoli’s report, it estimates that between the audit period from 2013 to 2016, $6.2 million was paid for people who were ineligible for the service. State Senator Tom O’Mara suggests that the health department to be removed from this duty of issuing funds to Medicaid transport and instead channel funding to rural bus companies to help bridge the transportation gaps for Medicaid patients.
Steuben SPIRIT Program Welcomes First Graduate
Steuben County Sheriff’s Department SPIRIT program’s first four-legged student has graduated from training and is now ready to serve the local community. Major the dog, a three-year old Labrador-pitbull mix completed the training program in 51/2 weeks at the County Public Safety Building and will join an adoptive family. Major joined the program after being discovered as a drop off on SPCA grounds and selected by the Hornell Humane Society and Finger Lakes SPCA to be trained and paired with a local inmate at the county jail. Sheriff Allard explained the program provides inmates with a positive skill and companionship and said “We are very invested in this program and hope to expand it.”
Police Patrol for Christmas Crackdown on DWIs
The statewide holiday crackdown on DWI continues for the holiday weekend until the first of January 2018. State, local and county law enforcement will be patrolling to ensure safety on the road and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to drive carefully especially the Christmas weekend when lots of traveling will be taking place. According to US Department of Transportation, 781 people were killed nationwide by crashes in December 2016. If you drink, please don’t drive and use your designated driver, public transportation or plan to sleep over if you will be drinking.
Firefighter Accused of Drug-Dealing to Retire, on Paid Leave Until Then:
The City of Corning has come to an agreement with the union of the fire department lieutenant charged with selling heroin. Thomas Margeson was arrested in September and was originally suspended without pay. The city announced Wednesday it was seeking his termination and that it had reached an agreement with IAFF Local 932 on a settlement. Margeson is being charged with a disciplinary infraction and will now be on paid leave until he retires on January 31st. According to City Manager Mark Ryckman Margeson will also be demoted to the lowest ranking title and his base salary will drop from nearly $70,000 to just over $46,000. Following his retirement, he will forfeit all benefits such as cash outs for accrued time and health insurance. His pension will be determined by the state. Margeson also still faces criminal charges where he could face a maximum penalty of nine years in jail. As for his fate with the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department, where he was unpaid and was suspended at the time of his arrest, the village board said it will make a decision when the outcome of the criminal charges are finalized.
Children Saved from Smoke Filled Home by Neighbor, Mother Charged:
The New York State Police of Bath are saying that a tragedy was avoided Tuesday afternoon in Savona thanks to the quick action of a neighbor. According to troopers, the Savona Fire Department was dispatched to Main Street around 4 p.m. on a report of a home filled with smoke. A neighbor went into the home and rescued two children, aged 2 and 6, from inside. The mother of the children, 34-year-old Khristie Dearmitt, arrived home after firefighters were on-scene. Dearmitt was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was given an appearance ticket.
Violation of Probation and Parole Warrant Arrests:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of three people on alleged violation of probation and parole warrants. 44-year-old Jason Doughty of Corning is alleged to have violated the terms and conditions of his probation, based upon a driving while intoxicated conviction. He was released on his own recognizance. 20-year-old Brittany Farnham of Corning was previously convicted of criminal mischief and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. 34-year-old Benjamin Crout of Bath allegedly violated the terms and conditions of his parole and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
NYS Considering Earlier Start to School Year:
There could be a change coming to schools across New York State. The Albany Times Union reports that the state is looking to possibly change the start of the school year to before September 1st. Currently, under state law no school can start before that, but education officials are said to be looking to change that in the upcoming legislative session. Officials are also reportedly looking at a proposal for school years to be counted in hours, rather than days.
NY Lawmaker Looking to Protect Net Neutrality in the State:
Following the Federal Communications Commission controversial decision last week to repeal net neutrality, a New York lawmaker has announced legislation to continue protections here in New York State. Assemblyman Patricia Fahy (D-109th) has proposed a bill that would establish a process for internet service providers (ISPs) to certify that they will follow net neutrality principles. It would require that state agencies, public authorities, and governments only contract with ISPs that follow net neutrality principles, which Fahy says will use the state’s buying power to encourage ISPs to abide by neutrality rules. Quote Fahy, “…if your business treats New Yorkers unfairly, New York will not do business with you.”
Town of Bath Assessors Office Closing Early:
An announcement from the Town of Bath Assessors Office: it will be closing at 2 p.m. today. It may also close at 2 p.m. tomorrow, December 22nd, and next Friday, December 29th. Also, a reminder that all Town of Bath offices will be closed on Christmas Day and December 26th. They will reopen normal business hours on December 27th.
Last Week to Donate to Salvation Army Red Kettles:
With Christmas just days away, time is winding down to drop a donation in the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles. The annual drive donates the collections to fund assistance programs for impoverished local residents. The Steuben County Salvation Army offers programs including The Kids Care After School Program, Christmas toys, and emergency shelter, medicine, transportation, food, and rental assistance. The kettles will be out through Saturday.
Convicted Sex Offender Jailed After Offering to Teach Marital Arts to Children:
On Monday, a convicted sex offender in Steuben County was arrested on new charges. 36-year-old Vernon Vanzile III of Campbell has been charged with failing to register or verify as a sex offender and failure to notify the state Division of Criminal Justice Services of change of Internet or internet identifiers, both class E felonies. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Vanzile was allegedly advertising to teach martial arts to children in his home and their investigation revealed that Vanzile had several internet profiles on social media and other internet sites. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Threat Locks Down Penn Yan Schools:
Penn Yan Middle and High Schools were locked down Tuesday morning after village police received a threat that targeted the school. An unidentified 15-year-old male student was subsequently arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat.
Steuben Officials Help Out at Food Bank:
There were some extra helping hands at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Tuesday. Steuben County officials stopped in to help pack backpacks for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program. The program provides children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious, easy to prepare food each Friday during the school year. The program serves nearly 1,000 children in Steuben County, and thousands more across the region.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Program Finds Trained Dogs a Home:
The first graduate of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s SPIRIT program held an informal press conference Monday, although his public comments were restricted to vigorous tail wagging and toothy smiles. The program pairs dogs selected by Hornell Humane Society and the Finger Lakes SPCA with an inmate at the county jail. The groups also place the graduating dog with an adoptive family. Major, a Labrador-pit bull mix, completed his training program at the Public Safety Building in 5.5 weeks. Steuben County Jail Superintendent Major Matthew Whitmore said another dog, Ralphie, is still in training, and another is likely to join in January.
New State Paid Family Leave Police Starts 1/1:
Governor Cuomo has announced the launch of the nation's strongest, most progressive and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. Starting January 1, New Yorkers will have job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. When fully phased in, New Yorkers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.
Bath Board of Ed. Meeting:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow, Thursday, December 21st at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium.
Bath Woman Charged in Death of Dog:
A Bath woman has been charged for abandoning a dog. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigation Deputy initiated an investigation in September after receiving a report of a deceased dog in a vehicle at a location on Buck Settlement Road in the Town of Bath. The result is a charge of abandonment of an animal, a misdemeanor, against 26-year-old Jillian Nolan, for allegedly abandoning the dog in May and not checking on it. Nolan is currently incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail on an unrelated charge and was issued an appearance ticket.
Hornell Man Accused of Attempting to Defraud S.S.:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 24-year-old Augusten Dix of Hornell on Monday for allegedly reporting false job search forms to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Dix was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first, a class E felony. He was issued appearance tickets.
Hogan Says Goodbye as Mayor:
On Monday, long-time Mayor of Hornell Shawn Hogan presided over his last common council meeting as Mayor, bringing to an end his 32 years of overseeing the city. In a speech, Hogan thanked his constituents, family, friends and colleagues for their support, and wished incoming Mayor John Buckley the best of luck. Hogan’s remarks were followed by a standing ovation by all those in attendance. Though it was his last bang of the gavel, Hogan will still be serving Hornell. He will be a consultant with Hornell’s Industrial Development Agency.
CMoG Announces “Glassbarge” Tour:
On Monday, the Corning Museum of Glass announced a new twist on their popular live glass-blowing demonstrations, a “Glassbarge Tour.” The plan is for a mobile glass-blowing studio that will be touring the state via its waterways. The tour is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Glassmaking in Corning and the 200th anniversary of construction of the Erie Canal. The tour will begin in Brooklyn, where Corning Inc. first got is start as Brooklyn Flint Glass. Stops are planned for Yonkers, Kingston, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo. Learn more at https://www.cmog.org/glassmaking/demos/hot-glass-demos/glassbarge.
NY Bus Drivers Now Able to Administer EpiPens:
A new law goes into effect today that will allow bus drivers in New York to administer EpiPens in emergency situations. Lawmakers say the bill, passed by the state Senate in June, will help protect the lives of children with severe food or other allergies. Prior law allowed those employed by school districts and other educational institutions to administer the life-saving injections, but those who worked for agencies contracted out by a school district, such as transportation services, were not authorized.
H-port Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a work session and its regular meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 20th. The work session will be held in the high school library at 5 p.m. The meeting will follow at 6 p.m., also in the library.
Wayland Man Arrested on Assault, Trespass Charges:
A Wayland man was arrested after state troopers were called to a possible domestic dispute at a residence in the Town of Wayland. 36-year-old Colin Sick was allegedly asked to leave the complainant’s residence and refused. A physical altercation then ensued and the complainant sustained an injury. Sick was charged with criminal trespass in the 2nd, and assault in the 3rd, both misdemeanors. Sick posted $2,000 cash bail.
2 Facing Drug Charges in Avoca:
Two people are facing drug charges out of the Town of Avoca. According to state police, 23-year-old Katherine LaBarr-Bulson was found in possession of heroin and crack, and 26-year-old James Sick of Wayland was found with a small amount of crack and marijuana. LaBarr-Bulson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering and is being held at the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 bail. Sick has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession, and was issued an appearance ticket.
Rochester School Bus, Sedan Collide in Mount Morris:
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday between a sedan and a Rochester City School Bus. The accident occurred on State Route 408 in Mount Morris. Weather and road conditions are believed to have played a factor. The driver of the sedan, a 33-year-old woman was transported to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Three of the 24 people on the bus were also taken to a hospital for minor injuries.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Conducts “Operations Safe Sales” Checks:
On Thursday, December 14th the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Steuben Prevention Coalition Underage Drinking Task Force, Village of Bath Police Department, Village of Canisteo Police Department, and the City of Corning Police Department conducted alcoholic beverage sales compliance checks on retail establishments in the county. Operation Safe Sales included checks of 34 establishments by undercover operatives under 21 years of age supervised by Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers from the City of Corning and Village of Bath. Of the 34 checks, three establishments allegedly sold an alcoholic beverage to the underage operatives: the Canisteo Acorn Market, the 7-Eleven on Denison Parkway in Corning, and the 7-Eleven on Main Street in Arkport. The Sheriff’s Office says that arrests in relation to the alleged sales are forthcoming, as well as notifications to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board regarding the establishments in question.
Steuben Co. Legislatures to Look at Lower Landfill Fees for Electronic Screens:
Steuben County residents will be able to drop off televisions and computer monitors at the county landfill at a lower cost beginning January 1st. County legislators will vote on the proposed drop in fees from the current $20 per monitor down to $15 when they meet in regular session today. The lower cost was approved by the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee when it met earlier this month. Committee members said the decrease might be more affordable for county residents and result in an uptick in the number of monitors recycled through the county landfill system.
Steuben Youth Discuss Local Issues:
Fourteen Steuben County high school students took their seats recently in the county Legislature’s chambers for the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session. The students met to propose and vote on resolutions they drew up after spending a semester meeting with legislators and department heads to learn more about Steuben’s operations. Resolutions presented included: hiring summer workers for the county Weights and Measures Department, adding more flush toilets in county parks, more reasonable job applications for former felons, and informing students of the environmental benefits of the county landfill, among others. The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for more than 30 years.
Massive State Budget Questions Remain for 2018
New York's state-funded debt is projected to reach $63.7 billion at the end of the current fiscal year and to increase over the following four years to $71.8 billion…that’s according to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The comptroller once again called for reforms to New York's use of debt, including voter approval of borrowing and better capital planning for infrastructure projects. New York ranks second in the nation in total state debt. New York debt is $3,100 per person or three times the median for all states.
Bath Woman Arrested for Scheme to Defraud; Making False Statement
A Bath woman has been arrested and is facing multiple felony counts stemming from a crime last month in the town.State Police said 26-year-old Erica Bacon was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree scheme to defraud. She was also charged with making a false statement and six counts of offering a false instrument for filing. She was initially detained on bail.
Two NYC Men Arrested for Counterfeiting
Two New York City men were arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Bath. State Troopers from the Bath barracks say they conducted a traffic stop for a traffic law violation on a vehicle owned by 33 year old Manuel Williams, who gave them a false name when he was questioned. Williams and his passenger, 24-year old Joshua Marshall were found to possess a quantity of counterfeit NFL team tee shirts that they were alleged to be selling at area sporting events without proper authorization. Troopers charged Marshall and Williams both with a count of Trademark Counterfeiting in the 3rd Degree while Williams was charged additionally with one count of False Impersonation. The two were arraigned the two in the Town of Bath Court before being released on their own recognizance and scheduled to reappear in town court on January 3rd.
Hammondsport Approves School District Rennovations
Hammondsport voters approved a capital project worth over $8 million for improving existing school buildings and facilities within the school district. Out of 171 voters, 138 voted “yes” on the proposal. The plan will be funded partially by $2.1 million coming from an existing capital reserve fund while an energy performance contract will fund $1.3 million of the project. The remaining $4.6 million of the project will be funded by State Aid and school taxes.
Emergency Services Director Urges Citizens to Install App
Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall says the best way to stay on top of public safety alerts is to download the county’s new Ready Steuben App. It’s free and is available for Iphone and Android users. It also works on tablets. Marshall says you’ll receive more than just Steuben County weather alerts Marshall made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus program.
Operation Safe Sales Results in Violations for Three Businesses
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reported that the county’s “Operation Safe Sales” resulted in write ups for three Steuben county businesses selling alcohol to the underaged. The operation made a total of 34 checks of retail establishments throughout the county, and alcohol was allegedly sold to underage operatives by representatives from the three following establishments: Canisteo Acorn Mart, 7-Eleven at 40 Denison Parkway in Corning and Arkport’s 7-Eleven located at 26 Main Street. Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Jim Bassage is part of the organization’s Underage Drinking Task Force and says this Alcoholic Beverage Sales Compliance Check resulted in a 90 percent compliance rate by retail establishments in Steuben county.
State DWI Crackdown Continues Throughout Holidays
Beginning yesterday and continuing through New Year’s Day, police agencies in Steuben County will participate in an impaired driving enforcement campaign. In December 2016, impaired driving resulted in 781 deaths nationwide.
Wreaths Across America Scheduled at Bath National Cemetery
Tomorrow at noon, Wreaths Across America returns to Bath National Cemetery. Organizers for Wreaths Across America say they exceeded their goal of 2,500 wreaths and over 2,700 will be placed this weekend with the mission “to remember, honor and teach about area servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice — their lives — to keep our country free and safe.” Those who wish to see the ceremony are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Parking is available at the back of the Bath VA museum building.
Four Arrested Following NYSDEC Hunting Operation
A joint operation with New York State Department of Conservation Police resulted in four local arrests this year. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported Jasper man Jeffery A. Drake was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license, Avoca man Johnathan Pierson was arrested for possession a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle, Hornell man Michael S. Ackroyd was arrested for lending a license to a hunter and Caton man Clarence Bange was charged with possessing two untagged deer in his vehicle in Corning. The operation was conducted during the first week of gun season in November to enforce hunting laws and promote safe hunting within the county during the deer season. All four men will appear in Town Courts next month.
Pistol Permit Recertifications Due End of January
By the 31st of January 2018, New York State residents who were issued pistol permits before January 2013 must recertify their permits with state police. New York pistol owners can recertify online through the NYSP website. A reminder that residents issued a permit after January 2013, have five years from that date to recertify. https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces
Urbana Receives Funding Boost to Increase Public Access
More than $7 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded to Steuben County local governments and organizations. A count of 19 projects will be funded and the Town of Urbana will receive nearly $684,000 to design and construct improvements along Keuka Lake to increase public access. Construction will include a pedestrian bridge over the Keuka Inlet, a boardwalk and a bird watching observation tower. The Corning Museum of Glass was awarded $1 million to undertake a capital project to expand the renowned glass working studio.
Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins
From now to January 1 2018 Steuben County will be participating in the annual statewide traffic crackdown on impaired driving that covers the holiday season. Last year in December, impaired driving crashes totaled 781 deaths in New York. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds you and loved ones to each have a SOBER plan by designating a sober driver, planning to use public transportation if necessary, or staying where you are instead of driving but if you have been drinking absolutely “DON’T DRIVE. GET A RIDE!”
Resources for Parents Available at Bath Baby Cafe’
Steuben County Public Health hosts the Bath Baby Cafe’ today and every Friday morning at Dormann Library in Bath. From 9:00am to 10:30am pregnant women, new moms, families and supporters are encouraged to attend with their children. Families can gather together in a supportive environment as resources like Certified Lactation Counselors for new nursing moms, free diapers, bracelets and charms are offered to attendees while supplies last. Any questions about the Bath Baby Cafe’ Program can be answered by calling Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.
NYS Attorney General State Attorney to Sue FCC
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he will sue the Federal Communications Commission to block yesterday’s vote to end net neutrality. After it was revealed as many as 2 million fraudulent public comments regarding net neutrality were made online possibly using stolen names, including 100,000 from from New York, Schneiderman urged the FCC to postpone yesterday’s vote as his office investigated the legitimacy of the comments. The Attorney General Office encourages users to check and see whether online comments to the FCC were made under their name and to report this abuse by visiting the State Attorney General website.
Hornell Woman Charged for Stealing for Business:
A Hornell woman is facing charges of grand larceny and criminal mischief. 48-year-old Carol LaMont is accused of stealing property from a Hornellsville area business and has been charged with three counts of grand larceny in the 4th degree and one count of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree. Following arraignment, LaMont was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
Arrests Made During Safe Hunting Enforcement Event:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office recently held a joint operation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police to promote safe hunting in Steuben County through education and the enforcement of hunting laws. During this effort the following arrests were made: 69-year-old Clarence Bange of Caton was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, and two counts of failure to tag deer. He was released on summons. 52-year-old Jeffery Drake of Jasper was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license and was released on an appearance ticket. 66-year-old Michael Ackroyd of Hornell was arrested for lending a hunting license to a hunter and was released on a appearance ticket. 30-year-old Johnathan Pierson of Avoca was arrested for possessing a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle and was released on an appearance ticket.
Corning Woman Arrested in Alleged Domestic Incident:
41-year-old Jeannie Teeter of Corning was arrested on December 9th after Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a report of an alleged assault during an incident of domestic violence. It’s alleged that Teeter choked another person to the point of unconsciousness. She was charged with strangulation in the second degree, a class D felony, and was released on her own recognizance.
18-year-old Accused of Defrauding Social Services:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 18-year-old Kayla Swift of Wayland at the Public Safety Building in Bath for allegedly filing a false temporary assistance application with the Steuben County Department of Social Services. She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony and has been released on an appearance ticket.
Hornell CSD Holding Mental Health Seminar:
Tomorrow the Hornell School District will be holding a seminar on mental health disorders for students. The keynote speaker will be Scott Hines. The district would like to remind parents that if they do not wish their child, or children, to attend the seminar they must contact the school office.
Cuomo Proposes Surrender of Firearms after D.V. Convictions:
Governor Andrew Cuomo made his first proposal Wednesday under the 2018 State of the State: legislation that would require all domestic violence crime convictions to result in the immediate removal of all firearms from the perpetrator. That would include misdemeanors. Currently, state law prohibits the possession of firearms for those convicted of felony or “serious” offenses, but certain misdemeanor offenses involving domestic violence, such as assault and battery crimes or strangulation are excluded. The State of the State address will be given on January 3rd at 1 p.m. in Albany.
Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Proceed:
A federal judge in Syracuse has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit against former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart can proceed. The ruling Wednesday also rejected a motion by Stewart seeking a partial dismissal of the civil suit over the death of Kevin Ward. Stewart struck and killed Ward at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9th 2014. Ward had just crashed and had exited his vehicle. He was walking down the track toward Stewart when he was struck. Ward’s family contends that Stewart caused the wreck and that Stewart struck Ward while attempting to scare him. Stewart maintains that he didn’t see Ward until the last second and that he tried to swerve to avoid him. An investigation by a grand jury determined that there was no criminal act on Stewart’s part.
$67M in Funding for Southern Tier Projects:
The State Regional Economic Development Program funding was announced Wednesday, and the Southern Tier will be receiving more than $67 million to fund 83 projects. One of the biggest projects will be the construction of Golden Age Cheese Company in Painted Post. It was awarded more than $2 million. Other projects include $1.5 million to expand the Corning Museum of Glass studio and $1.3 million to enhance the Seneca Lake Waterfront in Watkins Glen.
Forged Document Accuses Schumer of Harassment, Schumer Pursuing Legal
In response to a fake document being shopped to media outlets claiming sexual harassment against Senator Charles Schumer, the lawmaker is saying that he is “pursuing every legal path” against whomever is behind the forged document. The document listed allegations by a former Schumer staff aide, but when the former staffer was contacted by media she said they were untrue and that her signature had been forged. Schumer’s office has asked the Capitol Police to investigate.
Red Cross Receives $7K from HOG:
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes was recently presented with a check for over $7,600 from the Arkport-Corning Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Ride for the Red. A total of 77 bikes participated in this year’s ride, raising money for the Service to the Armed Forces program. The money will be used for local programs such as military salute events, comfort kits for the Bath V.A. and homeless veterans, and outreach support.
Canandaigua Republican Looks to Challenge Cuomo:
Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced Tuesday his bid for New York State Governor. The 65-year-old Canandaigua Republican said he will seek the GOP nomination. Kolb won a special election in 2000 to fill a vacant assembly seat and he was elected minority leader in 2009. Kolb said if he secures the nomination, he will step down as minority leader.
Corning Inc. Buying 3M’s Communications Markets Unit:
Corning Incorporated announced Monday a $900 million deal to buy 3M’s Communications Markets unit. The unit produces connectors, mounting panels, and other items used in fiber optic infrastructure installation. The move is expected to add approximately $400 million in sales to Corning’s revenues by 2019.
Avoca to Vote on Property Tax Exemption for Vets:
The Avoca town board will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a proposed local law. That law would provide cold war veterans with a real property tax exemption. The hearing will be held in the village & town conference room on Chase Street on Wednesday December 20th at 7:30 p.m.
New Report Says Homelessness Down in Southern Tier:
A new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Housing says that homelessness is on the decline in the Southern Tier. Counties including Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler have seen an overall drop of almost 12 percent over the past decade, according to the report. The largest decline in the state has been in Elmira, where homelessness is down 55 percent.
Funding for Local Projects to be Decided Today:
At 11 a.m. today, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce the awarding of state funding through the regional economic development initiative. Locally, eight priority projects have already received favorable scores as part of the application process, and Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said he’s hopeful the projects will be reviewed favorably. Cochair of the Southern Tier Regional Council, Thomas Tranter Jr. said he is also “cautiously optimistic.” The projects include: an expansion of Golden Age Cheese, the relocation of the Family Life Network offices and studios, funding for the second phase of improvements at the Nasser Civic Center ice rink, a large mixed-use development project in a historic area of Elmira, Beecher Emission Solution Technologies consolidation and growth, Clemens Center Commercial Development Project, Salient Management Company Expansion Project and SEPCA expansion.
Gillibrand Calls on Trump to Resign; Trump Fires Back on Twitter:
There was more contention Tuesday between President Donald Trump and a New York Senator. This time it was Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who on Monday called on the President to resign following renewed allegations of sexual assault and harassment have been levelled against Trump. Gillibrand told CNN that the allegations are “very credible” and that Trump should “be fully investigated and he should resign.” Tuesday, Trump fired back via his favorite media, Twitter, calling Gillibrand a “lightweight” that would “do anything” for campaign contributions. Trump didn’t further explain what he meant by that. Many, including Gillibrand, saw it as a sexist remark. Gillibrand called the insult derogatory and said that “it’s not going to silence” her or “the women who have stood up against him directly.” The White House has denied the allegations with Trump tweeting that they are “…false accusations and fabricated stories of women who [he] doesn’t know/or have never met…” That is not entirely accurate, as one of the women interviewed him for a magazine article, and another was a contestant on the television show he hosted.
Donate to Bath V.A. at Walmart:
Several Walmart stores throughout the region, including the one in Painted-Post have teamed up with the Bath V.A. in creating a gift drive. Bins are set up through the stores listing items that customers can purchase and later drop in the bin. The items will be taken to the V.A. on Monday. You can donate through Sunday.
AAUW Donates During Baby Café Holiday Party:
Dozens of little ones and their parents attended the third annual Baby Café Holiday Party Friday at the Dormann Library in Bath. The event included a chat and a free 4x6-inch holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a chance to decorate Christmas cookies. Members of the Bath chapter of American Association of University Women also donated hygiene products, ranging from baby wipes and oils to disposable diapers, at a total value of $500.
“We’ve Got You Covered” Drive Collects Over 500 Items:
In its first annual “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive, and together with the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems donated over 520 hats, mittens, gloves, socks and winter coats to a local charity that will benefit our neighbors in need. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems thanks its extremely generous employees and customers who donated and made this drive a success!
Canisteo CSD Budget Vote Postponed:
The budget vote for the Canisteo School District that was set for today has been postponed. The new voting date will be May 15th 2018.
Steuben Co. Sheriff, Canisteo Police Chief Talk Police Presence in Canisteo:
At Monday night’s meeting of the Canisteo Board, Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon and Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard made an appearance to talk about the possibility of increasing police presence in the village. Both agreed that times are changing and that all types of crimes are increasing locally, with response times taking longer because of lack of manpower. Amidon said that if they increased the number of hours the village P.D. was in operation, most calls could be handled locally and in a timely fashion. Currently, the village P.D. handles roughly 22 percent of calls, with the Sheriff’s Office and State Police covering the rest. Supervisor Steve Weed said he has decided to form an ad hoc committee to get numbers on cost and the effect it would have on local taxes. Then the board can make a decision on whether it’s feasible and send it before the public for opinions.
Steuben Construction Work Expected to be Completed in Late 2018:
Steuben County’s $8.7 million construction projects set in motion this year are well underway, with their anticipated completion set for the end of 2018. County Manager Jack Wheeler said the construction, which will be paid through county reserves, is necessary due to state requirements. The county’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years calls for an office complex on East Morris Street, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington. The new building is located across the street from the current county building, on the site of two deteriorating county-owned houses, which were demolished last spring. The project has no impact on village tax rolls. The county expects to store electronic voting machines in the new complex, and the Board of Elections offices will be there also. State-required records will be stored at a smaller building built on Mount Washington.
Speed Limits on Steuben Co. Traffic Safety Board Agenda This Week:
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board will meet later this week. The Board has received a number of requests from municipalities regarding speed limits and proposed changes. According to the meeting agenda, state officials have approved a speed reduction to 45 mph on County Route 3 from the start of Goodhue Lake to the end of Goodhue Lake. However the DOT has denied requests for lower speed limits on some roads in Thurston and Addison. The DOT also refused to revisit a request from the Finger Lakes Boating Museum to re-evaluation the speed Limit on CR 88 from Cider Hill Road to the Hammondsport Village Line. The speed limits will remain at 45 mph.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Drivers to Take Care This Winter:
With our first accumulation of snow this week, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is reminding all drivers that it’s time to remember some basic winter weather safe driving strategies so we can avoid collisions and have a safe and happy holiday season. Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways. Remember to allow extra time for your commute. Completely remove snow and ice from your vehicle windows and field of view prior to driving. Remember to give plow and sander operators room to do their job. Create a larger reaction distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you so that you have more time to react. Keep an emergency bag in your vehicle in case you become stranded. Finally, be aware of and use alternate routes when appropriate due to closed roads, collisions, etc.
Hornell Elks Lodge Donates $1.5K to Hornell Food Pantries:
In this season of giving, Turning Point Hornell is recognized Hornell Elks Lodge #364 for generously awarding a grant in the amount of $1,500 to support Turning Point food pantries in Hornell and Canisteo. The donation was made possible by the Elks National Foundation, which created a $1,500 Anniversary Grant in honor of the Elks’ 150th anniversary. The grant was made available to every Elks Lodge in the nation to encourage even more charitable work. Hornell Elks Lodge #364 applied for one these grants, was approved, and a check was presented to Turning Point just as the food pantries were preparing for the holidays.
Steuben Co. Children Shop with Cops:
A few dozen children were rounded up by Steuben County law enforcement last week, but it was all for fun. The children took part in the third annual “Shop with a Cop” party, where they were taken to Kmart in Bath to shop for gifts with help from local officers. They were also treated to a buffet at the Public Safety Building and a tour of official vehicles. The project was funded through participation in “No-Shave November” and private donations.
Fatal Lindley Explosion Caused by “Home-Made Explosive Device”:
The deadly explosion that went off in the Town of Lindley Friday, killing one, was first described by authorities as a “woodstove explosion,” but the State Police have since released an update saying that the man died while handling a “home-made explosive device.” They did not say what kind of device, exactly. The explosion occurred in the garage of a residence on State Line Road around 2 p.m.
Teen that Abandoned Baby in Elmira Pleads Guilty:
The 17-year-old that abandoned her eight-month old baby behind a home in Elmira pled guilty Friday to attempted murder in the second degree. The plea is part of an agreement with the District Attorney’s office. Under the deal, Harriette Hoyt is being charged as an adult and will serve 9 years in prison with 5 years post release supervision. Hoyt’s official sentencing will be held on January 26th. The baby is currently in foster care and is said to be doing incredibly well.
FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration’s Hiring Practices:
According to a report in the Albany Times Union, the FBI is investigating the hiring practices of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office. The report said that the FBI is looking into the alleged practice of hiring people to work in the Governor’s office, but paying them through other entities, which the paper indicates has enabled the office to expand its staff without bloating its budget. In response, a spokesman for Cuomo called the line of questioning absurd.
Bradford CSD Capital Project Vote Next Week:
Residents in the Bradford Central School District will head to the polls next week to decide the fate of the school’s proposed $4 million capital project. The project will see improvements to the primary building and athletic facilities. Safety improvements are expected as well. A public information meeting will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The vote will be held Tuesday, December 19th.
250 Lose Jobs in Tioga Co. Factory Shutdown:
Hundreds of employees in Tioga County are losing their jobs as Sanmina’s Owego factory has announced that is it shutting down. 50 temporary employees were laid off Thursday, and the other 247-full time employees were given 90-day notice. Sanmina manufactures optical, electronic, and mechanical products. The company has not disclosed why the factory is closing.
Reed Makes Facebook Remarks on Cuomo's Tax Bill Stance
Congressman Tom Reed blasted and tagged Governor Cuomo in a Facebook post this week for criticizing the tax bill and accused the governor of lying about the new legislation, claiming the governor and his policies have hurt the state. Cuomo has made very vocal criticism of the tax plan for its elimination of deduction for lower income taxes and $10,000 cap on property taxes. The governor did not respond to this message but the two New York politicians have been feuding frequently lately for their disagreements with health care and tax reform.
Bath Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
A Bath woman was arrested for drug charges following a three month long investigation into the sale of prescription painkillers at her residence. According to the Village of Bath Police Department, Brandi Hawkins was arrested for two felony charges including one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Following her arraignment in Bath Village Court, Hawkins was remanded to Steuben County Jail until her court date next week.
Painted Post Woman Charged with Petit Larceny, Pot Possession
A Painted Post woman was arrested for Promoting Prison Contraband in the second degree and unlawful marijuana possession. Steuben County Sheriff’s office say that 18 year old Rebecca Ellison was remanded to the Steuben County Jail by Corning City Court for a petit larceny charge and was found to have a small amount of marijuana secreted on her person. Ellison was arraigned in the Village of Savona Court and remanded back to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.
Friendship Woman Arrested for DWI in Bath
Steuben County Sheriffs report the arrest of a Friendship woman with the assistance of the Village of Bath Police Department following a one car collision on I-86 in the Village of Bath. Taisia Lumsden was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, DWI with a child under the age of 15 as a passenger, use of a portable electronic device while operating a vehicle and moving lanes unsafely. Lumsden was arraigned in the Town of Urbana Town Court and released on her own recognizance. Steuben County Sheriffs say further charges may be pending for this case.
Savona Man Jailed for Violation Probation
A Savona man was arrested for violating the terms and conditions of his probation. With assistance from the Steuben County Probation Department, Steuben County Sheriffs took Duston Sheetz into custody in Corning for a warrant issued for him by the City Court for alleged probation violations. On probation due to a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree, Sheetz was arraigned in Corning City Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail until his next court date.
Newfield Man Arrested for Steuben County Probation Violation
A Newfield man was arrested for violation of probation with Steuben County Court. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies took James P. Scott into custody following a warrant issued by Steuben County Court for allegedly violating terms of his probation and taken to Steuben County Jail pending arraignment. Scott was previously on probation for a charge of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree.
DEC Says 2017 Successful Hunting Year
New York State hunters have been more successful in 2017 than last year through the first several weeks of big game seasons…that from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Early reports through Dec. 3 show that hunters reported taking 14 percent more deer in the Southern Zone compared to the same period in 2016. For bears, hunters have reported taking 814 bears so far in the Southern Zone.
Cuomo Announces Sexual Assault Funding Grants
Governor Cuomo has announced nearly $6.5 million in grants to 55 state-approved anti-sexual assault crisis and prevention programs operated by hospitals, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies statewide. The grants will help fund local crisis hotlines and direct services for sexual assault victims, such as crisis counseling, advocacy and trauma therapy, and support prevention and education in schools, on college campuses and in communities. In the region, $163,500 will go to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes and $68,500 is earmarked for the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.
Haverling Senior Honored at All-State Music Conference
James Hy, a senior from Haverling High School was recently an attendee of the statewide New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) conference as a member of the mixed chorus. During the All-State conference, James was selected as a feature soloist, who was only one of 32 Bass 1 vocalists honored with this distinction. Every year over 6,000 students across the state audition to be recognized and only 885 are accepted.
Addison School Approves Land Purchase Proposal
Addison residents approved the land purchase proposal with 152 people who voted in favor while 76 voted against. The proposal would have the school district purchase a lot of land near the middle school and use the land for more parking, construction of a new middle school wing and student safety improvements. Addison school says the plan is projected to cost approximately $25,000 but will be supported by the general fund and not affect the tax burden of citizens.
Finger Lakes SPCA Opens Cameron Street Location
The Finger Lakes SPCA has opened at a new location on Cameron Street in Bath just in time for the Holiday season. Building plans have been in the works for about a decade and so far the local org has received $2.2 million in donations for the opening. The new location contains areas to take in and care for new animals as well as more space in the rooms for the animal residents. The project is not yet done with only 85% of the funding they need secured to meet the $2.6 million funding goal and complete the project. If you’d like the help some furry friends this holiday season you can always help the local SPCA giving by visiting https://fingerlakesspca.org
Wayland Woman Killed in Dansville Accident
New York State Police responded to a fatal accident in the town of North Dansville. State troopers responded on Route 63 and according to the investigation a southbound vehicle ran out of gas, became disabled and parked partially on the southbound traffic lane without emergency hazard lights and as the driver was refilling her car with gas, she was struck by a vehicle that was passing southbound. The 44 year-old victim, Shawn Martinez of Wayland, was pronounced dead at Noyes Hospital. Two other people present at the accident were not injured and NYSP are continuing the investigation.
Reed Promises Prosperity with Tax Plan
Tom Reed is confident that the newly-passed tax bill will bring more money back to the taxpayers in his weekly conference call. “People are going to see more money in their paychecks immediately.” he said. However, the local Republican politician also said if this tax bill is passed and enacted, the new IRS forms will not be utilized until 2019 and the 2018 taxes not be affected by the legislation.
Ending Net Neutrality "Bad for the Average Person"- Schumer
New York State Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says rolling back the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality would benefit only the most rich and powerful while hurting everyday consumers. Current net neutrality rules require internet service providers to offer the same internet access and service to everyone equally. “You could see your cable bills go up," said the senator. "They could charge you different amounts for different things now. It’s bad for the average person and bad for the average small business. Whoever doesn’t have the clout will get stuck.”
Legislators in Albany Face Budget Uncertainty in 2018
State lawmakers met at the Albany state capitol earlier this week to discuss concerns about balancing the 2018 New York State budget. Currently, the state economy has a structural deficit surpassing $4 billion but recent federal changes to health care and taxes may cost the state billions more in lost funding. Low state revenues have contributed to the largest structural gap in the budget New York has seen in seven years with comptroller DiNapoli estimating the state deficit to be as much as $4.4 billion. Despite the looming debt, state lawmakers face pressure to increase support to public schools and increase pay to direct care workers who serve the disabled. The governor will present his budget proposal for 2018 next month.
Steuben, Chemung Counties Continue to Seek Extradition for Suspected Killer:
On Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows was back in a Pennsylvania court room where he again refused to waive the extradition proceeding for Steuben and Chemung Counties. Burrows is currently wanted on a bench warrant from Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, robbery, and possession of a weapon, and he’s wanted in Chemung County for first-degree burglary. The District Attorneys for both counties have now each sent an application to Governor Andrew Cuomo to get a governor’s warrant to bring Burrows back to New York. Once Cuomo signs the governor’s warrant, it goes to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who then must also sign it. Then Burrows can either waive extradition or a hearing will be held. Burrows is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a Corning city parking lot in November, stealing her vehicle, and fleeing the scene. He later crashed in East Corning and fled on foot to a residence in the Town of Big Flats were he allegedly forced his way inside and shot and killed the homeowner, 60-year-old Timothy Webster. He then allegedly stole another vehicle and fled to Pennsylvania where he was apprehended.
McCandless Honored for Service:
Community leader Richard McCandless was honored Wednesday for his unstinting service to his hometown and teens across Steuben County. McCandless received a plaque commemorating his 32-year tenure as president of Hammondsport Community Services (HCS), an agency dedicated to supporting children, individuals, and organizations in need of emergency supplies and support. McCandless was also presented with an engraved gavel for use at future simulated legislative sessions of the Steuben County Youth in Government program. A teacher for 35 years at Hammondsport Central School, with 30 years spent as a guidance counselor, McCandless was a long-time coordinator of the county youth program, which introduces students to county government. He retired from that position in 2011.
Finger Lakes SPCA Opens New Facility:
After ten years of planning and hard work, the Finger Lakes SPCA has finally opened the doors on its new shelter facility on its main campus at River’s Edge Farm. A soft opening was held over the weekend with some 300 people in attendance. Their previous location on State Route 54 is now permanently vacated. Amenities at the new facility include communal rooms for the animals that offer an open space with natural light and air exchange system for constant fresh air. There’s also a medical room and separate intake area for sick animals, and a fence is being built in the back so the animals can enjoy the outdoors. An official Grand Opening for the facility isn’t planned until the spring. You can, of course, still stop in and adopt a pet before then.
Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers:
Kidde has announced the recall of nearly 40 million extinguishers involving 134 different models. The extinguishers were manufactured between January 1st, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. They were sold in red, white, and silver cylinder colors and are rated as either ABC or BC. The recall includes two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included.
U.S. Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff Today for Pearl Harbor Remembrance:
Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, designated in memory of the lives lost in the 1941 attack and to remember that we enjoy freedom thanks to their sacrifice. The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143. Today, the President has directed that all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff, including homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments.
Public Asked to Weight on Tipping Rules:
Public comment is being accepted on a proposal by the Trump Administration to rescind an Obama-era rule that banned tip pooling at restaurants in the United States. Currently, when you tip your server, that money goes directly to them. Tip pooling would make it so that all gratuities would be combined into the same pot and then redistributed by management as they find appropriate, including to non-tipped employees like kitchen staff and hostesses. Proponents say it would incentivize them to work harder; opponents say it would take away from the front-end servers, who would be expected to share to what they make. Public comments can be made at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0003-0001until January 4th.
NY Joins Other States is Opposing Birth Control Roll Back:
New York is joining with other states in pushing back against a proposal by the federal government to roll back access to birth control. According to the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Trump Administration wants to roll back birth control coverage that’s mandated under the Affordable Care Act. The New York A.G. is now joining with the Attorneys General of several other states including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, and more in arguing that the proposal violates the Establishment Clause by allowing employers to use their own religious beliefs to discriminate against employees; the Equal Protection Clause by specifically targeting and harming women; and the Administrative Procedure Act by pushing through these new rules without proper factual and legal basis. Since the ACA mandate took effect in 2012, American women have saved an estimated $1.4 billion with more than 62.4 million women benefiting, including 3.8 million in New York.
Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A.:
There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus. This event is an opportunity for Veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Burglary:
A Canisteo man has been arrested for an alleged burglary in the Town of Canisteo in which three long guns were stolen. 24-year-old Nicholas Arce has been charged with burglary in the 2nd and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Rep. Reed Focusing on Re-election, Not Governor Run:
A popular political blog recently mentioned Representative Tom Reed as a possible candidate to run against Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018. In response Reed was asked about it during his media call and he said that while he “appreciates the article” and that he never rules anything out, at this time he’s focused on re-election for the 23rd District and representing his constituents.
Bath Assessor’s Office Special Hours:
Acting Town of Bath Assessor, Courtney Divens has announced that the Assessor’s Office will be closed today, December 6th, from 9:30 to 2 p.m. It will also be closing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8th.
Penn Yan Fined $5K for August Sludge Spill:
The Department of Environmental Conservation has fined the Village of Penn Yan $5,000 for a sludge spill from the sewage treatment plant that entered the Keuka Lake Outlet in August. In a report from The Chronical-Express, the village will also be required to follow compliance steps to prevent future spills. If it fails to do so, the village could be required to pay a suspended penalty of $42,000.
Area Wegmans Stores Partnering with Instacart Delivery Service:
Having trouble finding the time to get to the store during this busy holiday season? Well, the Wegmans in Corning and Elmira are looking to help as they’ve announced a partnership with delivery service, Instacart. Starting today, customers can buy their groceries from home or while on the go using the Instacart app. Once a customer has picked their items and a place for delivery, an Instacart shopper goes to Wegmans and does the shopping. The shopper then delivers the items. The items are priced slightly higher and there is an additional delivery fee, but the manager of the Elmira Wegmans says he believes that the ease of using the app will attract customers.
Arc of Steuben Holiday Bazaar Dec. 15th:
The Arc of Steuben will be holding its annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar on December 15th at their Industrial Park Office at One Arc Way in Bath. The bazaar begins at 9 a.m.
AAA Reminds Drivers to Properly Secure Christmas Trees:
With roughly 500 people killed and 39,000 injured in the past four years in accidents where improperly secured Christmas trees flew off vehicles and causes crashes, AAA is reminding drivers to take care when bringing their trees home. Not only can the trees be a hazard for drivers, but if they’re not correctly secured they can also cause damage to your vehicle, such as scratched paint, torn door seals, and distorted window frames. Among the tips AAA offers drivers is to tie the tree down with quality ties like strong rope or nylon ratchet straps, to point the trunk towards the front of the vehicle, and to drive slowly and easily, using back roads were possible.
Cameron Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing Weapon, Leaving Accident:
A Cameron man has been arrested in relation to two separate incidents. 34-year-old Ivan Caparulo was taken into custody by deputies due to allegedly possessing a weapon, a rifle, as a convicted felon. He was charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail. Additionally, Caparulo was charged in a separate incident involving a motor vehicle crash in the Town of Jasper. He was issued summons for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a vehicle without an interlock device, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right, and having no displayed number plate. He was released on his own recognizance.
Violation of Probation Arrests:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent violation of probation arrests. On November 26th, 36-year-old Brian Witherell of Bath was taken into custody as a result of a traffic stop on County Route 64 in the Town of Hornellsville. He was arrested on an alleged violation of probation warrant out of the Town of Prattsburgh Court. A search also revealed he was in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana and a glass smoking device. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. On December 1st, 42-year-old Howard Pratt of Canisteo was taken into custody at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath due to an alleged violation of probation warrant. He was also sent to the county jail without bail.
Bath Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding social services. 29-year-old Christopher Spengler allegedly reported false job search forms to the Steuben County Department of Social Services, and as a result received public assistance he would not otherwise have been eligible for. He was charged with one count of falsifying business record and one count of welfare fraud. He was issued appearance tickets.
A.G. Launching Investigation into Net Neutrality Comments:
The New York Attorney General’s Office has announced that it has launched an investigation into millions of fake comments surrounding the proposed repealment of net neutrality. The repeal would lift rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing web traffic and creating so-called paid internet fast lanes. The fake comments, which were posted as part of the comment process, used real American identities and A.G. Eric Schneiderman said that one of his own colleagues had their identity used to post fake comments in favor of the repeal. The A.G.’s Office has created a website where New Yorkers can check if their identities were used, and Schneiderman urges everyone to check and then report to his office to further aid in the investigation. You can check at https://ag.ny.gov/fakecomments.
Public Hearing on Campbell Restore NY Grant Project:
The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a project for the Restore NY Communities grant program. The town board wants to submit an application for the Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center located in the east-central business district. The town wants to secure funding to renovate the restrooms and enclose the outdoor pavilion. The hearing will be held next Monday at the town hall beginning at 7 p.m.
Tommy Hilfiger in Corning for Book Signing Tuesday:
A celebrity with local ties is going to be in Corning today. Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger will be signing copies of his book ‘American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business’ at the Tommy Hilfiger store at 47 East Market Street from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today. For a $20 donation, you’ll not only get a copy of the book and his signature, you’ll get to meet the designer himself. And all the proceeds from the event are being donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. Hilfiger grew up in Elmira and still has many ties to the area, including family and friends.
Voters to Decide A.S.D. Property Purchase this Week:
Voters in the Addison School District head to the polls this week. On Thursday, residents will decide whether or not to give the District authority to spend $25,000 to purchase property at 10 Colwell Street, adjacent to the Middle-High school. Officials say acquiring real property contiguous to the high school is an important part of the District’s long-range planning for parking and safety issues. Officials also said this real property provides swing space for the District to be able to use for increased parking needs of the new Middle School wing, the Event Center and the new pool that will be constructed in Phase III of the capital project. Voting takes place Thursday in the high school cafeteria from noon until 8 p.m.
Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A.:
There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. on Wednesday. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus. This event is an opportunity for Veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.
Jail Time for 2 Steuben Co. Men in Meth Ring:
Two Steuben County men will be serving time in jail for their roles in a Southern Tier methamphetamine ring. 32-year-old Jared Mendez of Bradford has been sentenced to nearly four years, while 48-year-old Terry Champion, also of Bradford, received a 5-year term. Prosecutors say they were involved in a meth ring that operated in Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties from June 2012 through May 2016.
Free Parking in Bath Until January 4th:
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that he’s been authorized by the Bath Village Board to post 2 Hour Free Parking in the Business District now through January 4th. Free spaces to park on East William Street, Buell Street, Liberty Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square will be clearly marked as 2 Hour Parking. All other spaces will be enforced as usual.
NYS Sees Historic Drop in HIV Cases:
Saturday was World AIDS Day and here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo marked the occasion by announcing a historic nine percent drop in HIV cases across the state between 2015 and 2016. In a statement, Cuomo said that New York was once the epicenter of the HIV and AIDS crisis, but has since made significant progress in “mitigating the impact of the disease.”
LifeNet Announces Changes to Bills:
At a meeting of the City of Hornell’s Quality of Life Committee last week, management from LifeNet of New York, a life-saving medical transport helicopter service with a base in Hornell, announced an overhaul of how it does business and advocates for its patients. Namely, LifeNet is looking to clear up mis-perceptions about the costs of its services. Often the first communication a service recipient received was an invoice for the full amount before insurance coverage was factored in. It wasn’t uncommon for people to see bills of $50,000 or even $60,000. But the company says now focuses more on patient advocacy, walking patients through the process of an insurance claim, and they say customers will no longer get bills prior to closed insurance cases.
CCE Director Addresses Steuben CCE at Annual Banquet:
The Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension kicked off its centennial celebrations in 2018 by closing out its 99th year with an address by CCE Director Christopher Watkins at is annual banquet Thursday at the Bath Country Club. Watkins told the Steuben CEE executive board, staff, county legislators, and supporters the state’s extension is unique because it’s composed of independent county associations and that’s its greatest strength and its biggest challenge. Also during the banquet, Steuben CCE Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik recognized local staff for their efforts to carry out the extension’s mission. Among those honored were Jackie Knoll, Charlie Fausold, the Karr Dairy Farm and the Steuben Veterinary Clinic.
NWS Looking for River Ice Observers:
With winter rapidly approaching, the National Weather Service has put out a call for volunteers to report river ice conditions during the months of December through March. The condition of iced over rivers can only be reliably determined by the human eye, and these volunteers will provide information on type of ice, extent of ice cover, ice movement, and ice break up dates and times. The information is in turn used by National Weather Service forecasters in the preparation of river forecasts, and also the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research Laboratory for research. The NWS has a need for observers on all main rivers, but among those most in need are the Canisteo River and Cohocton/Chemung River above Corning. If interested, email your contact information to Service Hydrologist Jim Brewster at email@example.com with Subject: Ice Observer Inquiry.
County Health Highly Encourages Flu Shots for Vaccination Week
Steuben County Public Health urges locals to get vaccinated for the flu. December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Yearly flu shots offer the best protection against the virus and are highly recommended for young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and those with health problems such as heart and lung disease and diabetes. Public Health has an online list of pharmacies where flu vaccines are offered at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/pharmacies_offering_adult_vaccines_2017-2018.pdf
Two Hour Free Parking Available in Bath Village for One Month
The Bath Village Board has authorized Chief Chad Mullen to post Two Hour free parking in the Business District from this Monday December 4th to January 4th 2018. Free spaces to park on East William Street, Buell Street, Liberty Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square will be marked clearly as Two Hour Parking. All other spaces will be enforced with usual parking penalties.
Bath Couple Jailed for Drug Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department report the arrest of a Bath couple for drug charges stemming from indictment warrants from this previous summer. Michelle M. Carmon was arrested and charged for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and 2 counts of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance. Anthony Carmon was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. Both were arraigned and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.The investigated was completed with assistance from the Steuben County Drug Task Force.
Three Suspect Arrested in Howard Burglary
Three Steuben County residents were charged with 2nd degree Burglary after a call for suspicious activity. Kevin Scott of Canisteo and Bath residents Earle Robbins and Whittany Hale were alleged to be caught in the act of burglarizing a seasonal Howard home on Dublin Road. According to police, stolen items from the home were found inside a car reportedly used by the suspects. All three were sent to Steuben County Jail. Hale is held on $2,000 cash bail while Scott and Robbins will be held without bail.
NYSDEC Reminds Hunters of Tree Stand Safety After Accidents
The New York State Department of Conservation says that this fall, there have been four treestand-related deaths with hunters in Upstate New York as well as three other non-fatal tree stand accidents, all of which are currently under investigation by the DEC. Though none of these accidents occurred in Steuben County, the DEC is reminding hunters everywhere to check online for videos demonstrating proper tree stand use, familiarize themselves on the specifics of the tree stand they use and report tree stand accidents by calling 1-877-457-5680.
Bath Village Planning Board Meeting Set for Thursday
The Village of Bath Planning Board will hold a public hearing next week to consider two applications. The first seeks a special use permit for a law office at 113 East Steuben Street. The second also seeks a special use permit for medical and wellness center spa at 116 East Steuben Street. The hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on Thursday December 7th at 5:30 p.m.
Rexville Man Arrested for False Reporting:
A Rexville man has been arrested for allegedly false reporting several incidents, including but not limited to the report of several missing teens from Allegany County. 53-year-old Gregory Anthony is accused of making multiple reports to multiple agencies alleging incidents that did not occur. Specifically, investigation into Anthony’s allegation of several missing teens from the Richburg area was determined by police to be baseless. He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident and was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Bath Court.
Criminal Mischief Charge for Bath Man for Damaging Unmarked Police Car:
A Bath man has been charged for allegedly damaging an unmarked City of Corning police vehicle. 21-year-old Brett Ingersoll is accused of damaging the vehicle with a bottle while it was parked in the Corning City Hall parking lot on Saturday. Ingersoll has been charged with criminal mischief and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.
Addison Teen Charged in Theft:
An 18-year-old from Addison was taken into custody in Corning on Thursday for allegedly stealing property from a retail establishment. Savenna Carey was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Town of Corning Court.
Hornell Proposes Vacant Property Registry:
The City of Hornell is proposing a vacant property registry as part of their ongoing efforts to track and keep tabs on vacant properties in danger of becoming abandoned and dilapidated. The proposal cites vacant, boarded up structures that are “Unsightly, unsafe, and have a negative effect on their surroundings,” and it calls on owners to fulfill their property’s intended use, or face a stiff penalty. It would include both commercial and residential use properties, and those whose taxes are current. It was endorsed earlier this month by the Common Council’s Law and Ordinance Committee, and the Common Council could vote on it in the coming months.
Wineglass Marathon Partnering with the Guthrie Clinic:
Wineglass Marathon officials announced Thursday a new title sponsor partnership with the Guthrie Clinic. Guthrie has sponsored the medical tent at the finish line in past years, and officials said they felt it was time to take it step further. The deal is for five years. Registration for the 2018 Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Corelle 5k opens today.
Pistol Permit Recert. Reminder:
Steuben County Clerk Judy Hunter reminds all pistol permit holders again that SAFE Act recertification forms are available online at https://troopers.ny.gov/firearms/ or at any New York State Police Station. Every pistol holder whose license was issued prior to January 15th, 2013 must recertify by January 31st. Failure to do so results in license revocation and surrender of weapons.
Big Flats Tops Employee Wins “Best Grocery Bagger” Title in NYS:
A grocery bagger at Tops in Big Flats has earned the title of “Best Grocery Bagger” in New York State, following a state-wide bagging competition. Sabrina Martone now moves on to another competition in Las Vegas that will include the best baggers from across the country. If she wins there, not only will she enjoy the title of best grocery bagger in the entire United States, but it comes with a prize of $10,000.
Human Remains Found in Bath Determined to be Missing Man:
The identity of the human remains discovered in Bath in February of this year has been determined. After review of evidence, state troopers have identified the remains as Orrin Mastin of Bath. Mastin was last seen on January 18th 2013, and was subsequently reported missing. At the time of his disappearance, Mastin was 53-years-old. The investigation at the time discovered that Mastin did not take any personal effects with him when he was last seen, including his medications, wallet, credit cards, personal effects, and stored clothing. The remains were discovered on February 19th by a hiker walking through an undeveloped area north of Wood Street and Muck Circle. The ensuing investigation determined that the remains had been exposed to the elements for a prolonged period and remnants of clothing found on the remains, closely resembled that Mastin was last seen in. The location of the remains was consistent with his last known direction of travel. That evidence, along with the results of a DNA comparison, led troopers to identify the remains as Orrin Mastin. The investigation into the cause of death is continuing, authorities say foul play is not suspected.
Brothers Arrested in Canisteo Burglaries:
Investigation by police into multiple residential burglaries in the Village of Canisteo has resulted in the arrest of two brothers. 25-year-old Anthony Schneider is facing six counts of burglary in the second, as well as criminal possession of a controlled substance. 31-year-old Michael Schneider has been charged with two counts of burglary in the second. Michael was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $75,000 cash bail, while Anthony was remanded without bail.
2 Arrested for Allegedly Helping Mental Health Patient Abscond from Hosptial:
Two men have been arrested for allegedly helping a mental health patient abscond from Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. According to police the patient was awaiting transfer to a mental health facility and fled prior to transport with assistance from 25-year-old Jamie Gould of Bath and 26-year-old Cheyenne Koons of Cohocton. The patient was later located with Gould in the Town of Cohocton and was returned to the care of hospital staff. Koons was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent person and was released on his own recognizance. Gould was charged with the same misdemeanor and was issued an appearance ticket.
Troopers Investigating Bradford Burglary:
Bath based state troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred in the Town of Bradford sometime between 5 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday. Troopers say the thieves entered a residence and a garage on Ct. Rt. #17 and stole a cut-off saw and weed trimmer. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police or Steuben County 911.
Parking/Traffic Restrictions During Bath’s Spirit of Christmas:
Tomorrow is the annual Spirit of Christmas event in Bath. There are many activities scheduled between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. at various locations around Pulteney Park and on Liberty Street, and as such there will be parking and traffic restrictions in place. At 3 p.m., vacant parking spaces on Liberty Street and portions of Pulteney Park will be posted to prohibit further parking. At 3:30 p.m., Liberty Street from William to Steuben, and Steuben between Howell and Gansvoort will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed no later than 4 p.m. or they will be subject to tow at the owner’s expense. Detour routes will be posted for those traveling through the village.
NYS Investing $7.7M into Corning Inc.:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the investment of $7.75 million by the state into Corning Incorporated’s Valor Glass. The manufacturing will take place at the company’s Big Flats plant on County Route 64, which will be refurbished. It’s expected to bring in over 185 jobs and support more than 380 jobs overall in the Southern Tier. Corning has teamed up with pharmaceutical companies Merck and Pfizer to use Valor glass in packaging that the company says will enhance storage and delivery, and will provide more reliable access to medicines.
Guthrie Health Restricting Visitors Ahead of Flu Season:
As flu season approaches, Guthrie Health has announced that it will be restricting some visitors. Effective tomorrow, anyone under the age of 12, and anyone with fevers, coughs, sore throats, runny noses, and congestion will be restricted. Officials say face masks and hand sanitizers will be available at the entrances of their hospitals.
Simms Appointed Steuben Historian:
The Steuben County Historian’s office has a new face, with Emily Simms recently appointed to the position, succeeding retiring county Historian Eleanor Silliman. A Bath native, Simms recently graduated from SUNY Buffalo. She has solid experience in museums, including The Rockwell Museum of Western Art in Corning, and the Albright-Knox Art Museum, Burchfield Arts Center and Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo.
Wreaths Across American Donation Deadline Extended:
The deadline to donate to Wreaths Across America has been extended to midnight Friday. The deadline was originally Monday. For $15, a wreath made of live greenery will be placed at the gravesite of a veteran. Bath National Cemetery is taking part in this year’s annual wreath laying ceremony, which is set for December 16th. You can sponsor a wreath at http://www.wreathsacrossamerica-bathny.org/.
Troops Investigating Bath Burglary:
New York State troopers are investigating a burglary that occurred on Saturday between 11 a.m. and noon on Robie Road in Bath. Troopers say the perpetrator(s) entered a garage and stole a 12-gauge Ithaca shotgun. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police, or Steuben County 911.
Greenwood Man Accused of Forcibly Touching Neighbor:
A Greenwood man has been arrested after he allegedly touched a neighbor inappropriately. 38-year-old Shawn Horton has been charged with forcible touching and sexual abuse in the 1st degree. He has posted $2,500 bail. He had been ordered to reappear in court at a later date.
Rep. Reed Voices Support for Anti-Sexual Harassment Bill:
Local representative Tom Reed is voicing support for an anti-sexual harassment bill that’s been proposed by a Virginia Congresswoman. The bill, proposed by Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, calls for mandatory training and universal, uniform anti-harassment, zero-tolerance policies. In response, Reed said that “sexual assault and sexual harassment has no place in the workplace,” and that he thinks it’s “only appropriate that we adopt this legislation in the house.” In related news, Congressman Tom Marino of Pennsylvania announced a bill of his own on Tuesday. It would ensure that tax-payer money is not used in sexual-harassment settlement cases that involve members of Congress.
Fill the Bus for Families in Need with Avoca’s Christmas in the Park Sat.:
This Saturday Avoca hosting its annual Christmas in the Park event from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and Parade-N-Glow Contests. You can also help local families in need as the Avoca Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) will be collecting donations at the Fire Hall from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to fill the Christmas bus with gifts for children of all ages and non-perishable food items for families. The gifts will be distributed in the students’ annual Christmas Basket Give-Away. The parade begins at 2:30 p.m., with judging for floats and units on Main Street. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. after the tree lighting. If you’re interested in entering, you must either: message their facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/avoca.christmas, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (607) 566-2111. This year’s theme is “What Christmas Means to You.”
Arby’s to Buy Buffalo Wild Wings:
Rumors of a forthcoming deal between Buffalo Wild Wings and Arby’s have proven true, as it’s been announced that Arby’s is buying the sports bar chain for $2.9 billion, or $157 per share. Arby’s is owned by Roark Capital, which also has stakes in Auntie Anne’s, Carvel, and Jimmy John’s.
5 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:
The Village of Bath Police Department is reporting the arrest of five people following a complaint of people making meth on Steuben Street in the village on Saturday. 34-year-old Joel Malloy and 34-year-old Nichole Church, both of Westfield, P.A., 32-year-old Christopher English of Bath, 60-year-old Howard O’Dell of Corning, and Megan O’Dell of Savona have all been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony. All were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail, except English, whose bail was set at $10,000. One Bath police officer was taken to Ira Davenport Hospital for treatment for exposure to hazardous chemicals. He was later released.
2018 Steuben County Budget Approved, Tax Levy to Drop Slightly:
Steuben County property owners will see a slight drop in their tax bills next year as the county Legislature has unanimously approved its $191 million budget for 2018. The current budget is $177.7 million. The decline in taxes is due to a slight dip in the county tax levy and an average drop in the tax rate of $0.02 per $1,000 full value.
Steuben Co. Joins Opioid Lawsuit:
Steuben County legislators have voted unanimously to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Steuben will join counties and community governments across the state in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover lost costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction. County Manager Jack Wheeler added that the effort will include large prescribers as well as the pharmaceutical industry. This action is similar to a lawsuit Steuben joined in 1998 against four major tobacco growers in the U.S. The lawsuit resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use.
Special Town of Hartsville Board Meeting Tomorrow:
A special meeting has been announced for the Town of Hartsville Board. It will be tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. at the Hartsville Town Hall. On the agenda will be the purchase of a new loader for roughly $150,000, passing a resolution to allow the deputy town clerk to pay tax collector related bills, and amending the Hartsville wind law.
National Wreaths Across America Day at Bath National Cemetery:
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 16th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Placing of the wreaths will begin immediately following the Noon ceremony. The public is invited to attend and is asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath V.A. museum building. Volunteers interested in participating in the event should visit http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org and follow the directions.
Bath Rotary Donates Dictionaries:
Bath Rotary Club members recently presented third-graders at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School with personal dictionaries as part of the club’s annual literacy project. The club also donated dictionaries to Campbell-Savona Central School third-graders.
Southeast Steuben Co. Library Gives Back with “Food for Fines”:
The annual “Food for Fines” program is underway again at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The program gives residents a chance to clear their library fines while also giving back to the community. For every fine accrued, a person can donate a non-perishable food item in exchange for the fine. The donated goods will then be donated to the Corning Food Pantry. If you don’t have any extra food items, the library will also accept “gently used” children’s books for the bright red bookshelves located across Steuben County. The drive lasts through Saturday, December 2nd.
Domestic Dispute Leads to Charges for Savona:
A Savona man has been charged in a reported domestic dispute on November 21st at a residence in Savona. 28-year-old Aaron Nichols is accused of repeatedly striking a woman in front of two children less than 17 years of age. He has been charged with 2 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail and is scheduled to reappear in court on December 4th.
Water Bill Changes Causes Confusion in Arkport:
There’s been a bit of confusion in Arkport recently as changes to the village’s water bills and the system used to generate them has led to a few snafus. At Tuesday’s meeting of the village board, it was revealed that switching the billing systems from a DOS to a windows system caused some files to become corrupted, especially with 6000-9000 series accounts, prevalent among those living at The Oaks residential park on Route 36. Some bills were also accidentally sent to service addresses rather than billing addresses, and the format of the bills themselves was changed from a postcard sized bill to a full-sized, 8.5 by 11 invoice. Village officials urge residents not to be alarmed by the changes, and assure that they are “working out the kinks.”
Veterans Town Hall at Bath V.A.:
There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. on Wednesday, December 6th. The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92. This will be an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.
Corning’s Holds Annual Tree Lighting/Parade of Lights, Sparkle This Week:
The holiday season officially got underway in Corning this past weekend with the annual Parade of Lights on Market Street and the Tree Lighting in Centerway Square. If you missed out on the festivities Saturday night, the Gaffer District will again be holding the annual Sparkle Festival – in its 43rd year this year – this Saturday, December 2nd.
Black Friday Online Sales Hit Record High:
The holiday season is off to a very merry start for online retailers as Thanksgiving and Black Friday sales have hit record highs, according to retail analytics firms. Adobe Analytics measured transactions at the largest 100 U.S. web retailers on Saturday and according to their report, a record $7.9 billion was raked in. That’s up 17.9 percent from a year ago. Today, Cyber Monday, internet sales are expected to pull in another $6.6 billion, which could make it the largest online shopping day in U.S. history. On the brick-and-mortar side, the National Retail Federation is expected to release sales data on Tuesday.
Spirit of Christmas in Bath Friday:
Get in the holiday spirit with the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce this Friday when it presents the Spirit of Christmas in Bath. On Pulteney Square from 5 to 8 p.m. there will be a variety of activities and fun including horse-drawn wagon rides, ice carving, a live nativity scene, a community tree lighting, and a visit from Santa Clause. Stay tuned here to 98.3 WVIN for more details and for an on-location broadcast from the event that night.
County Legislature Holding Hearing Monday Night
The Steuben County Legislature will hold a public hearing Monday night on a local law to boost the salaries of ten appointed or elected officials. The 6 p.m. session is at the county office building. There will also be three other hearings on local protection districts.
Hornell Man Arrested During Traffic Stop
A 28-year-old Hornell man was arrested this week after a traffic stop. Scotty Hurd was stopped for speeding on County Route 68 in Hornellsville and he allegedly was operating the motor vehicle with a suspended license while possessing marijuana. He was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle, released and given appearance tickets to return to Town of Hornellsville Court at a later date.
Avoca Woman Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
State Police report the arrest of 21-year-old Kaitlynn Pragle of Avoca. She was charged with three counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance and not having a controlled substance in its original container. She’ll appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.
Bath PD Hires New Officer
The Bath Police Department has a new officer. Chief Chad Mullin announced that Officer Matthew Lehman was recently sworn in. He’ll be working on a part-time basis in the village. Lehman also works part-time at the Alfred Police Department.
New State Labor Department Regulations Open for Public Comment
New York State Department of Labor is accepting comments on its newly-proposed regulations for employee scheduling. The new set of regulations would affect the notice given to retail and other workers in the service sector before they report to work. The proposed regulations would entitle at least four hours of pay to employees who are called into work and then sent home. Four hours of pay is guaranteed to workers who are called into work a shift that was not scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Citizens can leave public comments regarding these regulations on the state department of labor website until January 6th 2018.
Cyber Monday Security Tips
Officials are urging New Yorkers to take steps to protect their personal and financial information during the upcoming holiday shopping season. While popular shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are known for their bargains, criminals often use these days to scam unwary consumers. Some Cyber Monday shopping tips…Shop with merchants and websites you know and trust; Keep your operating system and application software updated on all computers and mobile devices and Avoid clicking on banner ads or pop-ups since they may link to a malicious website.
Law Enforcement Continue Holiday Weekend Traffic Crackdown
Police across the state are stepping up traffic enforcement over this holiday weekend. New York State troopers will make regular patrols, looking for drivers who are impaired, speeding or texting. Sobriety checkpoints and patrols in unmarked vehicles are a part of this traffic safety effort. The Governor says local police agencies are participating in this weekend’s crackdown. Last Thanksgiving weekend troopers arrested 245 drivers for DWI, issued 673 distracted driving tickets and wrote 5,417 speeding tickets.
Tappan Zee Panels to be Used on Local Steuben Bridges
Steuben County anticipates to reuse steel and concrete panels from the Tappan Zee Bridge, a bridge crossing the Hudson River that is currently being dismantled. According to Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler, the County will be receiving six panels to reuse on three town bridges within the county, saving the county approximately $180,000. Which local bridges will get the panels is yet to be determined.
Suspects Flee Following Old National Hotel Robbery
Bath Village Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Old National Hotel yesterday at 6AM. Bath Village Police say two white males and one white female entered the bar area, taking off with a cash register containing money. The suspects ran away through the back door, fleeing towards Gansevoort Street. Anyone with information or leads is asked to forward their knowledge to the Bath Village Police Department at (607) 776-2175.
Governor Announces Statewide Holiday Drive
A statewide drive for families across the state to celebrate the holidays was announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week. New Yorkers who wish to help their neighbors in need are asked to donate new and unwrapped coats, toys and school supplies to help community-based service organizations for this holiday season. Donations for the drive will be collected from this Monday November 27 until Friday, December 15th. The participating local drop--off site in this area is located at the Henderson-Smith State Office Building at 107 Broadway Avenue in Hornell.
Canisteo Men Arrested for Burglary, Petit Larceny
Two Canisteo men are facing felony counts. State Police they arrested 25-year-old Anthony Schneider and 31-year-old Michael Schneider. Both men were charged with multiple felony 2nd degree burglary counts as well as petit larceny. It happened earlier this month in the village of Canisteo and city of Hornell. Both men were detained.
Reed Briefly Comments on Net Neutrality Changes
Congressman Tom Reed said during a weekly media conference call that he was concerned about the recent repeal of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations.The FCC released the plan on Tuesday dismantling regulations that ensured equal access to all content on the world wide web and opening up Internet Service Providers to charge users to see certain online content and curb the access to some sites altogether. In March of this year, Reed voted with many other Republicans in Congress rolling back a landmark FCC anti-piracy ruling that protected customer data from being sold to Internet Service Providers.
NYS E-Cig Ban Takes Effect
A statewide ban has taken effect on using e-cigarettes indoors in New York. The new state law The Clean Indoor Air Act was signed last month by the governor and bans vaping in the workplace, indoors at all colleges, on public transportation, and outdoors wherever smoking is prohibited. Private homes, hotel rooms and dining areas outdoors that don’t have a ceiling or roof New Yorkers can still use e-cigarettes.
Workshop for Farms at Risk Being Held Next Wednesday
A workshop on New York State’s Highly Competitive Grant Program for Purchasing Development Rights of Farms at Risk of Conversion to Non- Farm Uses is set for 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Steuben County Civil Defense Training Center, State Route 54, in Bath. The workshop will explain conservation easements, the application process and program criteria. The workshop is sponsored by the county Planning Department, Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Finger Lakes Land Trust.
Corning Man Charged in Multiple Corning, Riverside Burglaries:
Multiple burglary charges have been leveled against a Corning man following investigation by authorities into multiple incidents in Corning and Riverside. 22-year-old Stanley Sellard has been charged with burglary, and 2nd and 3rd degree attempted burglary for allegedly robbing three homes and attempting to rob a fourth in Corning, and for an alleged burglary in the Village of Riverside. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail.
Chemung County Sheriff's Office Investigating Possible Charity Scam:
The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible scam involving a charity. Last Sunday, November 19th, the "Paw Patrol Meet and Greet Pizza Party" was held at the Elmira Heights American Legion and it was supposed to be a fundraiser for charity. However, the Sheriff's Office says it has received multiple calls regarding raffles at the event where the payout did not appear to reflect the amounts collected. Callers also said that they were told that all proceeds from the event would go to charity. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone that bought tickets to the event or donated in another fashion to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 723-2933.
Steuben Co. 2018 Budget Hearing Monday:
The public hearing on the proposed 2018 Steuben County budget will be Monday at 6 p.m. If approved by county legislators, the $190.8 million budget will decrease the tax levy by approximately $10,000, and the average tax rate will drop two cents to $8.44 per $1,000 full value. If the budget passes, the tax rate will be at its lowest in more than fifteen years.
Steuben Co. Considering Joining Opioid Lawsuit:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday, it’s expected to vote to join the mounting legal battle against opioid addiction. Legislatures are considering a resolution to join a class action lawsuit seeking payment of damages from any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. Some 20 other counties across the state have engaged legal counsel. The lawsuit is similar to action taken in 1998 against four major tobacco growers that resulted in a decline in production, compensation and funding for campaigns designed to curtail tobacco use.
Discount NYS Fair Tickets Going On-Sale for Cyber Monday:
New York State Fair goers who want to save on tickets on this year, are in luck, as it has been announced that on Cyber Monday (November 27th) there will be an online-only sale for weekday ride-all-day wristbands and admission tickets. The ride-all-day wristbands usually sell for $20 in advance, and $25 during the fair. They will be available Monday at https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/8927 for $12.50. There are a few details to be aware of: there will only be 5,000 of the wristbands available, and there will be a limit of 4 per purchase. Admission tickets will be available for $3.
Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips:
Thanksgiving is a time of family and fun, but it can also be dangerous. Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the American Red Cross, and they've issued some safety tips: don't wear loose clothing or sleeves that dangle; never leave the food unattended, stay in the kitchen; user a timer to remind yourself that the stove or oven is on; keep anything that can catch fire - like pot holders, oven mitts, paper or plastic bags - away from your stove; and always check the kitchen before going to bed or leaving the home to make sure all appliances are turned off.
Steuben Co. Offers Special Services Registry:
Steuben County residents with special or functional needs – and facilities that serve those needs – may now register with the county Office of Emergency Services’ “Special Needs Registry.” The voluntary registry will provide secured, confidential information to emergency response agencies, so responders serve them better during a disaster or other emergencies. The registry can be accessed at https://www.delta-fnr.com/steubenny/Signin.
Pulteney Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:
The State Police of Bath have announced the arrest of a Pulteney man following a reported domestic dispute in the Town of Pulteney. 50-year-old Willie Mack III allegedly engaged in a verbal and physical argument with his domestic partner which resulted in an injury and occurred in the presence of ten minor children. He has been charged with one count of assault and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
Holiday Weekend Roadwork Suspended, Real-Time NYS Thruway Traffic App:
To help ease traffic over the busy holiday weekend, the New York State Department of Transportation has ordered that construction-related lane closures on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. today through 6 a.m. Monday, November 27th. Additionally, before you hit the road, you can now download the new NYS Thruway Authority mobile app (http://www.thruway.ny.gov/index.shtml) for real-time, Thruway-specific traffic and navigation assistance, a Thruway Service Area and restaurant locator, a toll calculator, an option to request roadside assistance, and more.
E-Cig Ban Goes in Effect:
The law banning the use of e-cigarettes at work, restaurants, and bars across New York State goes into effect today. Little is known about the long-term effects of vaping, so the new ban is targeted at protecting non-smokers from exposure while also discouraging teenagers from using them.
Bath Trooper Named “Investigator of the Year”:
A state trooper stationed in Bath has been named the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation’s “Investigator of the Year.” During a ceremony held in Manhattan earlier this month, Investigator Thomas Khork received the award. Khork has been a trooper since 2006.
Dormann Library Donates Books to Jail:
The Dormann Library loves to serve the community – the entire community. Recently it was asked to supply the Steuben County Jail with reading material for their seven inmate housing units and the library delivered. Library staff provided 7 boxes of books, one each for the inmate houses. The boxes included current books, inspirational reads, suspenseful titles, and a dictionary and thesaurus each. Staff says they hope to have more books ready to deliver in the next few months, so that the materials can be rotated through the housing units.
Free Thanksgiving Dinner at Corning Church:
A free Thanksgiving meal will be offered at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning tomorrow. The 20th annual free holiday dinner starts at 11 a.m. Reservations are needed.
NYS Launches Fentanyl Public Awareness Campaign:
Hoping to shed light on the dangers posed by fentanyl, a new public awareness campaign has been launched across New York. It consists of ads and information cards warning New Yorkers about the dangers of fentanyl, safety tips on prevention, and guidance on how to safely respond to a fentanyl overdose. Governor Andrew Cuomo says it will help save lives and create a stronger and healthier New York.
United Resumes Flights, E-C Airport Adds Newark Hub:
There’s plenty of good news for travelers through the Elmira-Corning Airport. Not only has United Airlines has announced that it will be resuming flights in April, but it will be offering two daily flights at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to the new Newark hub. United stopped serving the airport in 2016, citing a shortage of regional pilots. The new Newark hub is part of the airport’s $58 million renovation. Officials added that when employment goes up, they hope to have opportunities to look at other destinations, and possibly even another hub.
Canisteo River Bridge Project Meeting:
The Steuben County Department of Public Works will be holding a Public Information Meeting for the CR 22 Bridge Project over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Addison Central School District’s Valley Elementary School located on CR 119, Cameron Mills. Representatives from Steuben County, the NYS Department of Transportation and the project consultant, Fisher Associates, will be present to provide a short presentation and accept any questions, comments and concerns regarding the project.
Alfred State Offers Reward in Arson Case:
Alfred State College is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a suspect or suspects in the recent Mackenzie North fire incidents. Tipsters should call University Police. Since Nov. 8th, three arson fires have occurred at the dorm. There have been no reported injuries. The College says it is doing everything it can to keep students and the community safe.
Pistol Recertification Deadline Approaching:
New Yorkers with pistol licenses issued more than five years ago are being reminded that the deadline to recertify is fast approaching. If your permit was issued before January 15th, 2013, the deadline is January 31st. Failure to recertify results in license revocation and surrender of weapons. Recertification can be completed online on the New York State Police website at https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces, or by mail.
Arkport, Canaseraga Appoint Merger Committees:
As the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts continue to approach potential merger, the school boards have now appointed their eight-member advisory committees. The groups, one each for both the districts, are made up of both school staff and community members. As the merger process is a lengthy and complicated one, the earliest the districts could merge, if approved, is July 2019.
Traffic Stop Nets 29 Bags of Heroin, 2 Charged:
A traffic stop on 390 has resulted in the arrest of two women from Hornell on drug charges. 38-year-old Tanya Hoad was allegedly found to be in possession of 27 bags of heroin, while her passenger, 24-year-old Rosemarie Brown, was also allegedly found in possession of 2 bags of heroin.
Canisteo Man Arrested in Scam:
A Canisteo man has been arrested for allegedly scamming a Wyoming County couple
out of nearly $12,000 in a home improvement scam. According to authorities, 43-year-old Howard Pratt was hired to do work on the couple’s attic and chimney. He has been arraigned on a charge of grand larceny and was released on his own recognizance. Wyoming County Deputies allege that Pratt has conducted this scheme throughout the Southern Tier and are asking anyone with information to call them at (585) 786-8989.
Painted Post Woman Charged in DWI Accident:
A Painted Post woman is facing multiple charges after a drunk driving incident in Corning. According to police, Alicia Carl drove while drunk with a 3-month old baby in her vehicle and struck multiple parked cars on Walnut Street in the incident late Wednesday night. She has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated unlicensed operation, and other traffic infractions. She is being held on $4,000 bail.
Steuben Land Bank Awards Bids for Bath, Corning, Hornell Properties:
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation board of directors awarded bids last week for the renovation of a City of Corning property and the demolition of two structures – one in the Village of Bath and the other in the City of Hornell. The Corning property is located at 232 Onondaga Street. The structure to be demolished in Bath is at 137 E. Washington Street, while the one in Hornell is at 23 Wells St. The goal of the land bank is to restore derelict properties to marketable conditions, with proceeds from sales returned to the land bank for future restorations.
S2AY Rural Health Offers Cancer Expense Help:
Income-eligible residents in Steuben County may be able to receive help paying for cancer expenses and costs, according to the county Public Health Department. The S2AY Rural Health Network hosts the Cancer Services Fund which helps cover medical bills, co-pays, deductibles, prescriptions, mileage, durable medical equipment, and any special foods or over-the-counter medicines related to the illness. For more information on the program, or to request funds, contact the S2AY Rural Health Network at (607) 962-8459.
National Wreaths Across America Day at Bath National Cemetery:
The 2017 Wreaths Across America Day will be held on Saturday, December 16th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Placing of the wreaths will begin immediately following the Noon ceremony. The public is invited to attend and is asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. All in attendance are reminded to dress accordingly. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath V.A. museum building. Over 900 wreaths have been sponsored to date. The goal this year is over 2,500. Wreaths can be sponsored at http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org for $15. The deadline is November 27th.
Steuben Sheriff Department Reorganizes
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is undergoing some organizational changes. Previously, the department operated under the command structure of five sergeants, five investigators and two corporals, all reporting to the captain who reported to Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis. Now, three new lieutenants have been promoted to each oversee a specialized area of operations. These three areas are Road Patrol, Criminal Investigation and Special Services which includes Court Security as well as the Civil and Navigation Division. This change was inspired by a study undertaken in February by McNelis with the goal to streamline communication within the department.
Pulteney Woman Charged Following Dispute Call
A Pulteney woman was arrested after a domestic incident in the Town of Pulteney. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched for a domestic incident on County Route 78 and charged Presey R.E. Hernandez with misdemeanors of 4th degree Criminal Mischief and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Hernandez was released on her own recognizance and scheduled for a later court date appearance in the Town of Pulteney.
Regular Hunting Season Begins in Steuben
Yesterday, crossbow season ended and now the regular hunting season begins today in Steuben County. Species that can be hunted now are black bears and deer of both sexes. Properly controlled deer hunting is cited by the DEC as an important tool in managing deer populations that helps maintain balance for habitat and wildlife resources. The season continues until December 10th.
Baron Winds Energy Facility Growth Continues
The Baron Winds Energy Facility project in Steuben County continues to advance. The company says by the end of the month, it will file an application with a state Siting Board seeking permission to construct and operate the proposed facility. The project includes an up to 300 megawatt (MW) wind-powered electric generating facility consisting of up to 76 wind turbines to be located in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland. The Facility will include wind turbines together with the associated collection lines, access roads, permanent meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance (O&M) building. After the application has been filed, Baron Winds will provide funding in the amount of $300,000 to be disbursed by the Siting Board to municipalities and other local parties to help pay expenses, including attorneys and consultants.
State Forms Suicide Task Force
NYS has formed a Suicide Prevention Task Force that includes leaders from state agencies, local governments, not-for-profit groups, and other recognized experts in suicide prevention. Task Force members will examine and evaluate current suicide prevention programs services, and policies. Members will then make recommendations to increase access, awareness, and support for children, adolescents and adults in need of assistance. The Task Force will also explore methods to address and prevent bullying and cyber-bullying. New York has the fifth largest total number of suicides in the nation.
NYSEG and RG&E May Face Penalties After Investigation
The New York State Public Service Commission has completed its investigation into the March 2017 Windstorm that swept Western New York and determined that the poor storm restoration response by two utilities — Rochester Gas & Electric Corporation (RG&E) and New York State Gas & Electric Corporation (NYSEG) — violated the companies’ own emergency response plan. As a result, the companies’ owners now potentially face millions of dollars in financial penalties. With the Commission’s order, NYSEG and RG&E are directed to respond within 30 days to show why an administrative penalty proceeding should not be initiated.
Bath Orgs Announce Winter Drive
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Bath Gas, Electric and Water Systems to sponsor a winter drive for our Bath neighbors. They call the drive “We’ve Got You Covered,” and from now until December 8th donations of new scarves, hats, gloves, mittens and winter socks are being accepted at the drop off locations at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Bath Gas, Electric and Water Systems.
Private NY Colleges Report Drop in Enrollment
The Excelsior Scholarship that began this year in New York has affected the enrollment of students in private colleges. According to a report by The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities in New York, 30 private colleges across the state have reported declines of yearly enrollment of five percent. The Excelsior Scholarship covers the tuition for students of SUNY schools from families making $100,000 or less annually and in 2018 eligibility will be expanded to students from families earning $110,000 or less.
Bath Woman Charged with Probation Violation
A Bath woman was arrested for Violation of Probation. While in the County Office Building, Amber Schoch was discovered by Deputies to be wanted on a probation violation warrant . She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the County Jail.
County Jail Inmate Arrested as Fugitive of Justice
A Steuben County Jail Inmate was arrested as a fugitive of Justice. Amber Moyer of Bath was arrested for charges that are pending in the State of Pennsylvania. Moyer was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court before being committed again to the Steuben County Jail.
Law Enforcment to Crack Down on DWI for Holiday
A reminder from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office that they and other law enforcement officers will be patrolling to stop impaired driving over the Thanksgiving weekend. From November 22nd to November 26th, law enforcement across the state will be out in full force to combat drunk driving and ensure safe travels during the holiday.
Bath Man Charged in Hit-and-Run:
A Bath man has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a hit and run accident on November 7th. Police say 23-year-old Brian Patterson fled the scene of a property accident on Bates Road in the Town of Wheeler. He allegedly did not have permission to use the vehicle and he’s alleged to have intentionally rammed another vehicle off the road. Patterson was charged with reckless endangerment and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Proposed 2018 Steuben Tax Rate, Levy to Drop:
Steuben County taxpayers can expect to pay slightly less in 2018. In his presentation of the draft 2018 county budget Wednesday, county Manager Jack Wheeler said the projected average tax rate of $8.44 per $1,000 full value will be the lowest in over fifteen years. The current tax rate is $8.46. Important elements of the proposed 2018 budget include: employee insurance expenses up 6.5 percent, Sheriff’s Department personnel costs up 5 percent, Medicaid increases of 4.3 percent, landfill cell 4 construction at a cost of $5 million, an allocation of $1 million in PAVE NY funds, and a decrease of 5 percent in mental health programs. The final decision on the budget is set to follow a public hearing 6 p.m. November 27th in the Legislature’s chambers.
Painted Post Police Officer Fired:
There are more changes at the Painted Post Police Department as Officer Brennan Hardy has been fired due to “personnel issues,” according to the village. Officer Hardy was let go on Friday. Trustee Brian Francis said they received “too many verbal and written complaints.” Hardy had a reputation as an extensive ticket writer. The move follows the firing of Chief Dennis Mullen, who was let go several weeks ago.
Public Presentations for C-G Capital Work:
Before voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district head to the polls to decide whether or not to approve a $14.5 million capital project, they’ll get a chance to learn more about it. There will be public presentations at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 27th and Monday, December 4th in the high school conference room. Voting will be noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 12th at Somers Hall, Canisteo, and the Greenwood Fire Station.
Massive AT&T Outage:
If you’re an AT&T customer and you were having trouble with your device Wednesday, you weren’t alone. There was a massive service outage, leaving thousands of users unable to make any calls. The company responded on Twitter, telling customers to restart their devices. They said it could take several tries. What caused out the outage is unknown; AT&T hasn’t offered any further details.
Win Big by Shopping Small:
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, one local community is looking to give back to those who remember to “shop small” and support local businesses. On Saturday, November 25th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Village of Hammondsport, you can Shop Small, Win Big. Shoppers who participate will have a chance to win 1 of 3 gift baskets full of merchandise and gift cards donated by the small businesses participating in the event. To take part, all you have to do is pick up your game card at the Hammondsport Visitor Center and fill in the destination check marks as you go, then at the end of the day, turn your game card in to the office. For more details, visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1384940444951168/.
Bath Woman Accused of Using Stolen Debit Card:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by state police into a stolen debit card and stolen money. 50-year-old Hannah Squire is accused of possessing the card and of stealing the money from an acquaintance without his permission. She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny, and has been released on her own recognizance. An order of protection has been issued.
Steuben DSS Celebrates National Adoption Day; Judicial Accomplishments:
Steuben County celebrated the adoption of six children – and the accomplishments of two retiring county judges – during its 2017 National Adoption Day reception Tuesday. Steuben Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller presented the Hon. Marianne Furfure and the Hon. Joseph Latham with commemorative gifts in honor of their judicial work assisting adoptive families. Furfure has overseen 305 adoptions over the past 20 years, and Latham has overseen 247 adoptions during his 19 years on the bench. Both expect to retire at the end of the year.
Winter Drive for Neighbors in Need:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is partnering up with Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems for an event called “We’ve Got You Covered,” a winter drive for local Bath neighbors in need. Now through December 8th anyone can drop off a donation of new hats, scarves, gloves/mittens, and warm socks at the fire department on East Morris Street, or at BEGWS on South Avenue.
Republican Contenders for NYS Governor Announced:
On Tuesday, the Republican Party announced a few of the names that are looking to run against incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. They include Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb, Senator John DeFrancisco of Syracuse, and Harry Wilson. Meanwhile, Gov. Cuomo has raised roughly $25 million for his campaign. He maintains that he just plans to run for re-election as Governor in 2018, and that rumors of him making a presidential bid are just that. If he were to decide to run for President, he will not able to use his state account to fund a presidential campaign.
Riverside Renames Village Hall after Former Mayor:
In a ceremony Tuesday, Riverside officials dedicated the Riverside Village Center to former mayor Bill Cornell. Cornell died at Robert Packer Hospital in June at the age of 74 due to complications with cancer. The new name was unveiled with a new sign that hangs above the entrance to the village hall.
Board of Ed. Meetings:
Tonight the Hammondsport Central School will host is regular meeting of the Board of Education. It will be at 6 p.m. in the High School library. Tomorrow, November 16th, the regular meeting of the Bath Central School Board of Education will be at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School library.
Keuka Lake Players Preparing for Annual Holiday Show:
It’s that time of year again! Time for the Keuka Lake Players Christmas show! This year they will present Rudolph and Friends at the Hammondsport Presbyterian Church on December 9th at 4 p.m. For those interested in participating in the show, there will be a meeting this Saturday the 18th at 20 West Morris Street in Bath. For more information, you can call/text (607) 377-9582.
Burrows Declines NY Extradition:
In Tioga County Court Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows declined extradition to New York, where he is facing warrants in Steuben and Chemung Counties. Steuben District Attorney Brooks Baker said that now both he and the Chemung County D.A. will have to each get a “governor’s warrant.” The warrants are applications that set forth reasonable cause the accused committed a felony and they will need to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. If Burrows doesn’t waive extradition, there will be a hearing to establish that he is the person named in the warrants and that he was in New York at the time of the crimes. Burrows is wanted in Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, and in Chemung County for first-degree burglary. Officials have said the case will go the Grand Jurys in both counties.
Medical Marijuana Approved for Veterans with PTSD:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into a law a bill that legalizes medical marijuana for military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Cuomo said that, “If there are veterans that are suffering and [they] can make a treatment available, [they] want to.” The use of the drug will have to be authorized by a doctor.
Chemung Co. Leg. Approves Lyft/E-C Airport Deal:
At Monday night’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, lawmakers approved 14 to 1 a resolution that officially approves Lyft for ride-sharing services at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. As part of the deal, the county will get $2 per Lyft ride. The agreement will last for one year to see how it performs.
NYS Mayors Gather in Albany to Push Back Against Tax Bill:
Some 50 mayors from communities around the state gathered in Albany to speak out against the GOP proposed tax reform bill. Binghamton Mayor Richard David said the bill would cost his city approximately $2,600 annually and explained how much the average homeowner in his city would lose if the State and Local Tax deductions (SALT) are removed as the bill proposes. Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan said that a vote for the bill is a vote against the state. Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick expressed confusion as to why Representative Tom Reed supports the bill when most members of the House, including every Democrat and all but a few other Republicans, are against it. According to NEWS10 ABC, they have been unable at this time to find a single mayor in the state that supports the tax reform bill.
NWS Announces Changes to Winter Weather Alerts:
Looking to simplify the process and to make it easier for the public to understand, the National Weather Service has announced a series of changes coming to their winter weather advisories, watches, and warnings. Many of the advisories, such as “lake effect snow” or “freezing rain,” will be consolidated under a general “winter weather advisory.” The same is being done with watches. Warnings will remain more or less unchanged. Finally, a new product will be offered this year - “snow squall warnings.” This year warnings for snow squalls will only be issued by 7 national weather service offices, including the National Weather Service out of Binghamton, State College and Buffalo. It will be used nation-wide next year.
5 Miles Added to Lackawanna Trail:
An additional 5 miles has been added to the Lackawanna Trail, the Chemung county Executive’s Office has announced. The new section runs south from East Water Street in Elmira to Lowman Crossover (CR08) in Ashland. Chemung County says the wearing surface should be suitable for all levels of bicycle and pedestrian users.
Street Sweeping Season Ends in Hornell:
According to a press release from the City of Hornell Department of Public Works, the annual street-sweeping season came to an end this morning, November 14th. The parking ban on city streets that had been in place is no longer in effect. Residents are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets.
Multiple Weapons Charges for Canisteo Man:
A Canisteo man is facing multiple weapons charges after New York State troopers and members of the Canisteo Police Department, along with the Steuben County Probation Department, searched his residence following a tip that he was in illegal possession. 23-year-old Joseph Carter was found to be in possession of a rifle and two illegally possessed daggers and he was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd, and one count of criminal possession in the 4th. Carter was on probation due to a previous conviction for burglary. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
“Dangerous” Escapee Arrested:
There’s an update in the search for the dangerous convict from Rome that escaped parole last week. The NYS Department of Corrections says 66-year-old Ronald Cook was taken into custody Saturday evening thanks to the cooperation of local, state, and federal law enforcement, and tips from the public. Cook was apprehended by Binghamton Police and is currently being held at the Broome County Jail. He will be returned to Central New York to face criminal charges.
“Parade for Paws” to Support FLSPCA:
Campbell-Savona High School seniors are looking to give back to the community. They’ll be hosting a 5k run this Saturday, November 18th to benefit the Finger Lakes SPCA and the animals in need. The run, which will start at 8:30 a.m., will be free, but pet donations are required to participate. The donated goods will be delivered to the shelter by the students. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/prod/view/paradeforpaws.
Get Ready for Winter Driving:
With the first snow flurries of the season, it’s time to get ready for winter driving. Local officials have released the following reminders for motorists during the season: allow plenty of travel time, provide extra distance between vehicles to allow for more stopping time, turn off cruise control when driving on any slippery surface, be aware of snow plows, bridge surfaces are often more slippery so drive accordingly, and as required by state law be sure to fully clean off your vehicle before beginning any trip. For more safe winter driving tips, you can visit the United State’s Department of Transportation’s Winter Driving Tips webpage at https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/vehiclesafety/winter-driving-tips.
Deer Rescued from Manhole in Alfred:
The Alfred State College grounds crew and Village Department of Public Works personnel found themselves with a unique challenge last week when a deer was found trapped in a manhole near the intersection of Glen Street and County Route 214. The six-point was discovered by an Alfred State employee in the channel that carries sewage from the college’s agricultural facilities to the village. It’s believed that the cover became dislodged during area mowing, or during maintenance. Heavy equipment was called in and a tow-strap was used to lift the animal the estimated 6 to 7 feet out of the hole and back onto solid ground, where it’s said it took off for the adjacent field as soon as it was able. A video of the rescue has been posted on the college’s Facebook page and Youtube channel for any that wish to witness it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZStTFxy4ioM.
Inductees for Toy Hall of Fame Announced:
In September, the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester announced the 12 nominees for this year’s class. Now they have announced the three toys that received enough votes from their panel of experts, historians, and teachers. The National Toy Hall of Fame Class of 2017 is “Clue,” Wiffle Ball, and the paper airplane. They beat out Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, “Risk,” the Magic 8 Ball, Pez dispensers, fake food, Transformers, and sand.
Department of Labor Shares New Regulations for On-Call Workers
This week, New York State Department of Labor released new regulations regarding on-call hours for employees. The new regulations would make employers provide a work schedule two weeks in advance and provide two hours of extra pay for last minute assignments . The new regulations also demand employees be paid for at least four hours of work even if the shift they are scheduled is cancelled at the last minute or if they are on-call. These changes can be reviewed and citizens can leave public comments regarding the proposed changes on the DOL’s website during the 45-day public review period.
Dansville Science Teacher Makes State Finals for Presidential Award
Seven New York State mathematics and science teachers are state-level finalists for the 2016-17 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) at the secondary level. The award is one of the highest honors in the nation for teachers of mathematics and science. Locally, Dansville High School science teacher Kevin Mialky is one of the finalists.
Steuben Center Hosts Lunch for Veterans
Yesterday at the Steuben Center, Veterans were celebrated at a luncheon honoring and thanking them for their service. Eighteen local veterans gathered and were recognized with medals and certificates. Each year the Steuben Center holds an event like the luncheon to acknowledge our community’s veterans.
Reed Says Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Will Lower Taxes; Cuomo Foresees Tax Increase
Congressman Tom Reed says tax cuts for western New York families are one step closer to reality. On Thursday, the Corning Republican voted in favor of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Reed has been an outspoken supporter of the bill, which he maintains will lower federal taxes for 99 percent of taxpayers in New York’s 23rd District. Gov. Cuomo disagrees. In a press statement, Cuomo said in the counties represented by Congressman Reed, nearly 60,000 New Yorkers will be affected by the destructive plan and see an average tax increase of more than $2,500 from the loss of deductions.
Bath VA To Celebrate Veteran's Day with Afternoon Concert
A Veteran’s Day concert will be held on the Bath VA campus today. The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium. The event is open to the community. The band will play patriotic standards, pop hits and nostalgic classics, including a salute to all branches of the U.S. Military.
Military Salute to Air Wednesday Mornings
Since today is Veteran's Day it’s an appropriate time to remind you about a special WVIN radio feature. It’s called Military Salute and it airs every Wednesday around 11:35 a.m. It’s sponsored by the Bath VFW post. To have a veteran honored, just go to wvinbath.com, look for the Military Salue logo on the homepage and send us the information.
Drug Charges for Hornell Man:
An investigation into a drug overdose on November 5th has resulted in the arrest of 24-year-old Jared Green of Hornell. According to Hornell Police, Green allegedly sold heroin and other opiates, and officers say they recovered a large amount of heroin, suspected opiates, packaging material and a cellphone that allegedly belonged to Green. Green is facing criminal possession and criminal sale charges, among others. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Burrows Kidnapping Case Update:
Bench warrants have been issued by both Steuben and Chemung counties for suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows. The 32-year-old from Pennsylvania is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a Corning parking lot last week, then stealing her vehicle and fleeing the scene before eventually shooting and killing a man in a home invasion in Big Flats. Burrows is currently being held in the Tioga County Jail. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said a bench warrant has been issued through the Corning City Police Department for attempted kidnapping, while Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said a bench warrant for burglary has been submitted out of the Town of Big Flats. Baker added that he “guarantees” it will go to the Steuben County Grand Jury.
Police Searching for Escaped Rapist:
The New York State Department of Corrections is urging the public to be on the look-out for a man convicted of first-degree rape who has escaped parole. 66-year-old Ronald Cook was last seen in Rome on Wednesday. He reportedly cut off his GPS ankle bracelet. Cook is described at 5’9” and 240 pounds with hazel eyes and gray hair. He was last seen wearing a bright yellow windbreaker. Cook is considered to be dangerous. Anyone with information should call 911.
Astornio Not Running for NYS Governor:
Following his defeat on Tuesday during his Westchester County executive re-election
bid, Rob Astorino has announced that that he will not be running for New York State Governor against Andrew Cuomo. Astorino ran unsuccessfully against Cuomo in 2014, and said then that it wouldn’t be his last bid, but his campaign spokeswoman told the USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau that he won’t be running for governor, and that instead he’s “…going to work right now on a smooth transition….”
Steuben County TRIAD to Offer Information About Free Legal Assistance:
Steuben County TRIAD will be hosting Attorney Eric Charette, from Legal Assistance of Western New York at their meeting on Wednesday, November 15th at 10 a.m. at the Public Safety Building in Bath. Legal Assistance of Western New York is a not-for-profit that provides access to the justice system to low-income people and other vulnerable populations with civil legal problems. Attorney Charette provides legal services to older adult victims of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The presentation sponsored by Steuben County TRIAD will be free and open to the public.
Art for the Arc Event Raises More than $3,500 for Arc of Steuben:
The Arc of Steuben’s recent Art for the Arc event raised more than $3,500 for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. The silent auction was held on Friday, September 29th at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum and showcased local artists and businesses, and featured a silent auction, live music, catering, and tastings. Money raised also funds the Wish Upon an Arc Star program, which gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. Past wishes include family camping trips and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand.
Veterans’ Day Deals and Discounts:
Americanis celebrating its veterans this weekend, and as has become tradition, that includes numerous discounts at businesses nationwide, including some who will offer deals all weekend long. To see a list of participating restaurants and businesses, you can visit https://militarybenefits.info/veterans-day-discounts-sales-deals-free-meals/ and https://militarybenefits.info/miscellaneous-discounts-veterans-day-deals-veterans/.
Bath-Haverling Presents Seussical Jr.:
Next weekend 90 Bath-Haverling students will be participating in the 7th annual middle school show – Seussical Jr! There will be two performances of the family friendly show – Friday, November 17th at 7 p.m. and Saturday, November 18th at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now in the middle-school office.
Savona Man Charged in Incident:
A Savona man is facing charges of burglary and menacing after he allegedly threatened a former girlfriend and her daughter. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies, they responded to a 911 call and found a woman climbing out of a window with her child in her arms, yelling for help and that a man had a knife. 37-year-old Mathew Smith was taken into custody and during their investigation, deputies say Smith entered the residence and grabbed a knife, threating the victim in front of her daughter. He allegedly took her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Smith has also been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal mischief. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Wayland Man Accused of Violating Protection Order:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies report the arrest of a Town of Wayland man on a charge of criminal contempt. On Monday, deputies say they received a complaint that 44-year-old Adam Parsons allegedly violated a stay away order of protection by placing several phone calls to the protected party. Parsons was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
New Hornell Hospital Officially Breaks Ground:
The new St. James Mercy hospital construction project officially got underway Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony at the hospital’s new location in the old Kmart Plaza in Hornell. Aside from hospital officials, many local and district officials were in attendance, including Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Sheriff Jim Allard, and future Hornell Mayor John Buckley, among others. All the speakers agreed that it was “a dream come true” for the community.
Steuben Co. Transportation Study Public Meeting:
There will be a public meeting concerning public transportation in Steuben County on Tuesday, November 14th. It will be held at the Dormann Library in Bath from 2 to 4 p.m. Residents will be able to hear the results of the Steuben County Transportation Study and provide feedback on current transportation systems.
Proposed Tower Installation in Corning:
Up State Tower Company is proposing to install a 165 foot lattice telecommunications tower on Winfield Street in Corning. The tower is not expected to be lighted. Comments on the proposal must be filed with the company’s West Seneca location by December 6th.
AFGE to Hold Rally Concerning V.A. Vacancies:
In response to vacancies at V.A. hospitals nationwide, the local branch of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) – Local 491 – will be holding a rally on Wednesday, November 15th at 11:30 a.m. Their goal is to raise awareness of the vacancies. The rally will be held on West Washington Street in Bath and is open to AFGE members and the community.
Here are the results of some of the contested General Election races in Steuben County:
Deputy Mayor of Hornell, Republican John Buckley gets to step up today after winning the race for Mayor over Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy. Meanwhile, in Corning the Mayoral race there also went to the Deputy Mayor, Democrat Bill Boland. Boland beat Nicholas Weinstein and Elizabeth Whitehouse for the position. Surrogate Court Judge officially went to Patrick McAllister with 62 percent of the vote; Chauncy Watches received 37 percent despite withdrawing from the race. In Bath, Rhonda Tobias won Town Clerk with 48 percent, just ahead of Cindy Knowles who had 43 percent. In Bradford, Robert Wolverton took the Town Justice position over Michele Keefer-Melenhbacher. The Town Council seats went to Phillip Cogswell and Brian Elliot. Gillian Campbell won Tax Collector. In Campbell, Michelle Seeley took 86 percent of the vote to win Town Clerk. In Cohocton, Chreyl Deusenbery and Michael Gilman, Jr. won the Town Council seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to Richard Schumacher. In Lindley, Superintendent of Highways went to Kevin Putman. In Prattsburgh, Anthony Byington and John Underhill won the Councilman seats, and Superintendent of Highways went to John Perry. In Pulteney, Terry Gibson won Superintendent of Highways. In Rathbone, Superintendent of Highways went to Donald McCaig. In Thurston, Noel Sylvester and Holly Chase each won a councilman seat. In Tuscarora, the councilman seats went to Robert Peoples and Richard Allen, and Superintendent of Highways went to Brad Tucker. In Urbana, Deanna Tompkins won Town Clerk, and John Jack Merriam won Town Justice.
For full local election results, visit https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/boe/2017_general_election/Summary%20report.html.
In state wide news, voters soundly rejected proposition one – which was for a constitutional convention – but have approved proposition two, which asked whether judges should have the right to revoke the pension of public officials convicted of felonies related to their jobs. As for proposition three – which is about the rights of local governments to use forest land for local projects – it’s said to be too close to call at this time.
Multiple Charges of Savona Man in Domestic Dispute:
A domestic dispute in the Village of Savona on Sunday has resulted in multiple charges against a Savona man. 50-year-old Michael Brown is accused of brandishing a knife and making threats to harm the victims, and preventing them from leaving and contacting help. He has been charged with unlawful imprisonment, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal mischief. He was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued.
Rep. Reed Town Hall 11/20:
Representative Tom Reed will meet with his constituents on Monday, November 20th during a Town Hall in the Town of Horseheads. It’s set for 6 to 7 p.m. and will be held at the American Legion Post 442.
Warmer Weather, Political Turmoil Push Gas Prices Higher:
According to AAA the average price of a gallon of gas jumped 8 cents in the last week due in part to political turmoil in the Middle East and unseasonably warm weather in the U.S. The benchmark price for a barrel of crude reached $57, the highest in more than two years, in the wake of numerous princes, businessmen and government officials in Saudi Arabia being arrested in an anti-corruption crackdown over the weekend. Global demand for U.S. stockpiles has also put additional pressure on price. Crude exports reached 2.1 million barrels a day last week, a new record, which has helped reduce inventories in the U.S. to levels 5 percent below a year ago. Officials with GasBuddy say drivers can expect to see prices continuing to trend higher over the next week.
General Election Voting Today:
Voters are finally heading to the polls today in the 2017 General Election. There are active races throughout the region, and voters need to remember to check the back of their ballots. There are three statewide propositions. The most controversial is whether or not to hold a constitutional convention. A Siena poll out last week showed a majority of voters say they’ll vote against the measure.
State Labor Commissioner to Visit CCC to Discuss Paid Family Leave:
Tomorrow the state Labor Commissioner will visit Corning Community College to discuss the new Paid Family Leave law. You may have noticed over the summer that a deduction for this program was added to your paycheck. The law goes into effect January 1st, and offers virtually all private sector employees 8 weeks of paid family leave at 50 percent of their weekly salary. Time off and pay will increase every year until 2021. The law will allow families to take time to care for a sick relative, relieve pressure when a family member is called to military service, or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child. Commissioner Roberta Reardon will answer questions about the law tomorrow at CCC’s Health Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.
Empire Access Reaches Deal to Acquire Ontario Fiber Ring:
Empire Access has announced that it has reached a deal to acquire the Axcess Ontario fiber ring. The Axcess Ontario fiber ring is a state-of-the-art 200-plus-mile open-access fiber optic network in Ontario County. The ring offers telecommunications carriers access to the countywide fiber optic network with the ultimate goal of improving telecommunications services in Ontario County. The CEO of Axcess Ontario, Sean Barry, called the deal a “natural fit,” and the COO of Empire Access, Jim Baase said that it will allow them to “offer fiber services to substantially more homes and businesses within Ontario County.”
New Hotel, Other Changes Coming to Arnot Mall:
As part of its upcoming “50th Anniversary” celebrations, some changes are coming to the Arnot Mall. Officials have announced that a new hotel, a Holiday Inn Express, will be taking the place of the existing Bon Ton location and “a hospitality, food, beverage, and entertainment neighborhood” will be created at the mall. Also as part of the celebration, the mall will be donating $50,000 to several local charities, including the Foodbank of the Southern Tier and the United Way of the Southern Tier.
Corning Ice Rink to Open Tomorrow:
With the temperatures dropping and the holidays on the horizon, a popular local venue will once again be opening its doors to the public tomorrow. Corning’s Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink will open at 10 a.m. and there are events planned seven days a week, including open public skate, lessons, figure skating and hockey. In 2016, the rink was closed for 42 days after an aging cooling tower caused the ice to melt. The City Council unanimously voted to put $900,000 in to the city budget to complete needed improvements at the rink. Corning Enterprises committed $150,000, and the Crystal City Parks Foundation donated $3,000 to help with the work. The rink is expected to be open until around mid-March.
Netflix Warns Against Scam:
Netflix subscribers beware, the company is warning of a new email scam. An email is making the rounds that appears to be from Netflix, but the company says it’s not. The message tells users that their membership will be suspended unless they update their billing information. If you click the link provided, it leads to a bogus website where you’ll be asked to give personal information, including credit card numbers.
More Details in Big Flats Home Invasion, Attempted Kidnapping, Carjacking:
Early reports on Friday of a home invasion and shooting in Big Flats have grown over the weekend to include an attempted kidnapping and a carjacking. According to police, it started in Corning Thursday night when a woman going to work at Landos was approached by a man she met online, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows of Pennsylvania. Corning Police say Burrows displayed a handgun and entered the victim’s vehicle. As he attempted to handcuff her to the vehicle she resisted and was able to run away. Burrows then fled in the vehicle, and it was later located in a ditch in Corning. During the subsequent search for Burrows, police received reports of a home invasion on Reasor Hallow Road in Big Flats. Police say Burrows walked on foot to the home of 60-year-old Timothy Webster, forced his way in, and shot and killed Webster. Webster’s wife was home at the time, but was not injured. Police say Burrows had no connection to Webster. The home was chosen at random. Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Burrows has been charged with burglary, at this time, but they are contemplating homicide charges. Burrows is currently being held at the Tioga County Jail.
Missing Cortland Woman Found in Nevada, Elmira Man Charged:
An Elmira man is facing multiple charges in Nevada in relation to the alleged kidnapping of a missing Cortland woman. 23-year-old Jon Wesley Turner has been charged with strangulation, assault and battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping, sexual assault, and false imprisonment. Both Turner and the victim were reported missing out of 2 separate New York jurisdictions in August. Turner allegedly forced the victim to the leave the state with him and cross the country. Her abandoned car was found in California. The victim was taken to a Las Vegas hospital for treatment of her injuries. Turner is being held on $275,000 bail.
St. James Groundbreaking Wednesday:
There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for the future home of the new Saint James Mercy Hospital and Medical Office Building. The public is invited to join hospital leaders and staff for the event which will begin at 11 a.m. at 7301 Seneca Road. The new medical office building is set to open in 2018. The new hospital will follow a year later in 2019.
SALT Deductions Still Missing from New GOP Tax Reform Bill:
While experts are still sifting through all the details of the latest tax reform bill proposed by the GOP, one thing is clear. This new bill, like the one before it, has completely eliminated income and sales tax deductions (SALT). However, it does now allow for property tax deductions, though they will be capped at $10,000. Many lawmakers have spoken out against the elimination of SALT deductions, including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Thomas Dinapoli, but local representative Tom Reed maintains that the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Catholic Charities Annual Awards Dinner:
Catholic Charities of Steuben (CCS) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Annual Awards. The theme for this year’s awards was Community, with an emphasis on Unity. Awardees were recognized on Thursday at an awards dinner at the Bath Country Club. The highest honor, the Friends of Catholic Charities Award went to Board member and Strategic Growth Planning Committee Chair Jon Chester, of Corning. The William and Dorothy Belknap Award went to Richard McCandless, of Victor. And the Barbara Fairbanks Award went to the Addison Central School District.
Veterans Day Concert at Bath V.A.:
The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium on the Bath V.A. campus. The event is open to the community.
Save-A-Lot’s Brighter Holiday Program Underway:
With the holidays now fast approaching, one local store is looking to make them brighter for those in need. The Bath Save-A-Lot annual Bags for a Brighter Holiday program is now underway. Store customers can purchase a bag of food which will then be donated to Catholic Charities of Bath to be given out during the holiday season. The program runs through December 24th.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
A Canisteo man was arrested and sent to Steuben County Jail after a Dansville traffic stop. According to New York State Police, Nicholas Arce was stopped on State Route 36 and was found to possess suspected heroin and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was arraigned in Dansville Town Court and sent to County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
Prattsburgh Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A Prattsburgh man was arrested for Violation of Probation. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Jarid Worboys was arraigned in Steuben County Jail without bail for his alleged violation and will return to court on Monday afternoon.
Television Crew Needs Help Finding Keuka Drone
Producers are searching for drone named “Wilbur” they used to film a potential project at Keuka Lake. The team of producers lost contact with the quadcopter drone Wednesday morning when it disconnected and never returned to the crew. The producers are from Illinois and were filming for the tentative television show “Vine Valley”. They are offering a possible reward for finding the drone. Anyone who thinks they may have found the quadcopter can contact via email paul@arndtphotography. com or call (618) 920-6039.
Most New Yorkers Oppose Proposition One
According to a new poll, most New Yorkers are not on board with holding a constitutional convention. The Siena College poll finds the majority of likely voters lean against Proposition One, a proposition on the November 7th ballot that would hold a convention statewide changing the New York constitution. Earlier in the year, the majority of voters were in favor of Proposition One but now 57 percent of respondents plan to vote "no" on the question of a constitutional convention while only 25 percent of respondents said they will vote yes.
GLAAD Conference Continues at Corning Raddison
The Greater Appalachian Lllama and Alpaca Association is holding its 30th annual four-day conference at the Corning Radisson hotel that continues this weekend until Sunday. It is the largest educational conference for camelids in the nation and gives those who love the animals the opportunity to network and become more educated about research, management, and care for the mammals through guest speakers reknowned in the camelid industry. Anyone interested in attending today or tomorrow can show up at their Registration Table at the Raddison in Corning.
Reported Home Invasion, Shooting in Big Flats:
New York State Police were on the scene overnight of a reported home invasion and shooting in Big Flats. It happened at a home on Owen Hollow Road. An all-points bulletin was issued saying that authorities were searching for a suspect who reportedly stole a vehicle and fled the scene, but it has since been canceled. There are no details at this time as to the victim or ongoing situation.
Corning Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges:
A Corning man has pled guilty to possessing child pornography. 53-year-old Kevin Theil was arrested in February after searches of his home in Corning and his lake house in Hammondsport revealed images of child pornography. Theil faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He is set to be sentenced on December 21st.
Wayland Man Sentenced for Lying About Plane Crash:
A Wayland man who lied about the details of a plane he crashed two years ago at an airport in Wyoming County has been sentenced by a federal judge to one year supervised release. 40-year-old Brian Woodhams received his sentence in federal court in Buffalo Wednesday. The U.S. Attorney’s office says when Woodhams crashed, he had a 15-year-old passenger on board, who was injured in the crash. Prosecutors said based on the pilot’s license class, he was prohibited from carrying passengers unless a flight instructor was also in the plane. Prosecutors said Woodhams repeatedly lied to several federal agencies. Woodhams has consistently maintained he was alone at the time of the crash.
Hogan Added to Hornell IDA as Consultant:
Though he won’t be serving as Mayor for much longer, Shawn Hogan will still be involved in Hornell’s future as the Industrial Development Agency has unanimously approved adding him to its staff as a consultant. Hogan has been given a 2-year contract that begins on January 1st and runs until December 31st 2019 at a set pay rate of $5,000 per month. Board president Sam Nasca said that the IDA is thrilled to have someone with so much knowledge and experience to help the growth and direction of the city in the next few years.
Bath Kmart Not On Latest Closing List:
On Thursday, Sears Holdings published a list of Sears and Kmart stores that will be closing by late January 2018. A statement read that they “will continue to close some unprofitable stores as [they] transform [their] business model…” Eligible employees working at the stores set for closure will receive severance and will be given the opportunity to apply for open positions at nearby stores, according to the statement. The good news for local Kmart fans: there are no New York stores on the list at this time.
Daylight Saving Time Ends Sunday:
If you’re tired of dark mornings on your way to work or while you’re taking the little ones to school, some relief is on the way on this weekend as Daylight Saving Time meets its annual end. The switch will occur at 2 a.m. Sunday. Most computers, phones, and DVRS automatically make the “fall back” shift, but analog clocks will need to be moved manually either at that moment, or the night before. We won’t return to daylight saving until Sunday, March 11th.
3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:
Three people were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday following investigation into narcotics activity in the Village of Bath. During a traffic stop off of May Street, village police allegedly found 10 bags of crack cocaine, as well as $1,200 cash. 21-year-old Sarah Barnes of Bath, 24-year-old Katherine Labarr-Bulson of Prattsburgh, and 36-year-old Clyde Gladney of Rochester, have all been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony.
Dutchess Co. Man Charged in Bath VA Overdoses:
Investigation into the overdoses of two residents of the Bath V.A. during the same weekend in February has resulted in the arrest of a man from Dutchess County. 34-year-old Matthew Helmer, who also a resident at the V.A.’s drug treatment program, is accused of providing the patients with fentanyl and he has been charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Wayland Teen Arrested in Domestic Incident:
A teenager from Wayland was arrested on October 29th after State troopers were called to a domestic dispute. It’s alleged that during the course of the incident, 16-year-old Geoffery Burnett damaged property within the residence, threw a knife at a trooper, actively resisted arrest, and possessed a dangerous weapon. He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.
New Fire Engine for Corning Fire Dept.:
The Corning Fire Department will soon be replacing its 26-year-old engine thanks to a grant of $450,000. The full price of the new truck is expected to be around $650,000; the difference will come from the city’s reserved funds. The new engine won’t be in place until next year as a committee of firefighters and officers will look at different designs to decide one that best works for the department. Once that process is complete, it will need to be built and delivered. The bid is expected to be awarded next fall.
New Law States Child Under 2 Must be in Rear-Facing Car Seats:
A new law is clarifying car seat requirements for young children. Currently, children are to remain in a car or booster seat until the age of 8. That will continue, but the new law specifies that children under the age of 2 must be in a rear-facing seat. Previously, this was only a recommendation. Parents of children found to be in an improper seat can be ticketed or face fines once the law takes effect on November 1st 2019.
Seneca Army Depot Opening for Tours Nov. 16th:
The long-awaited re-opening of the Seneca Army Depot to the public has been set for November 16th. This will be the first time in more than five years that the facility – now known as “Deer Haven Park” - will be open to public. Guided bus tours will prominently feature the white deer herd, which is the world’s largest, and will also include military artifacts from when the property was a major weapons storage facility. Tours will be conducted year-round. More information is available at http://www.senecawhitedeer.org.
Police Investigating Cohocton Burglary:
The State Police of Wayland are investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence on Pine Hill Road in Cohocton. They say the incident occurred sometime since October 15th. An unknown subject, or subjects, entered the structure and removed a neon green 2007 Kawasaki 750 Brute Force ATV and approximately $100. The ATV was recovered October 20th in a creek, roughly 50 feet from the intersection of State Route 21 and County Road 54 in the Town of Fremont. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911.
Accident in Milo Injuries Hammondsport Man:
A Hammondsport man was injured in a minivan-motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bath and Second Milo Roads in the Town of Milo. 65-year-old Joseph Meade the 3rd was reportedly traveling east on Second Milo Road when he failed to yield at the intersection and collided with a minivan being driven by 32-year-old Adele Hadley of Penn Yan. Meade was taken to Soldiers and Sailors for treatment. He was issued an appearance ticket. Hadley and her five passengers were checked at the scene and were released.
Hornell Mayoral Candidate Debate Tomorrow:
Tomorrow, two of three candidates for Mayor of Hornell will meet for a debate at the Hornell Golf Club. Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy will be in attendance; Republican John Buckley had a scheduling conflict and so cannot participate. The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Learn More about Bath V.A. Tomorrow:
The Bath V.A. will have informational tables setup in the lobby of Building 76 (main hospital) tomorrow, November 1st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to learn more about V.A. healthcare, programs and services, as well as opportunities to volunteer at the facility.
NY Begins Issuing REAL IDs:
Monday the New York DMV began issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses. On October 1st 2020, the federal government will require driver’s licenses, permits or ID cards to be REAL ID compliant in order to board domestic flights, enter military bases and to enter certain federal facilities. The REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005, establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses, permits, and ID cards. You can also use an enhanced driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID card or a valid U.S. Passport or other identification acceptable to the federal government. A REAL ID is not needed to be able to drive, vote or register to vote, to apply or receive federal benefits, to participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations, or to access federal facilities that do not require a person to show identification. There is no additional cost for the REAL ID; however, normal fees still apply. Officials say you can convert your current driver’s license at any time. Any license, permit, or ID card issued after October 30th that is not a REAL ID will be marked with “Not for Federal Purposes.”
Excelsior Applications Open for Spring Semester:
Applications have reopened for the Excelsior Scholarship for students wishing to attend college this spring. The scholarship grants a tuition-free college education at a SUNY or CUNY school. Applications are open until December 4th.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times:
Here are the trick-or-treat times for some communities in Steuben County. All of the following will be tonight: the Village of Addison 6 to 8 p.m., the Village of Bath 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Bradford 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Campbell from 5 to 7 p.m., Corning’s Gaffer District 4 to 6 p.m., the Village of Hammondsport 6 to 7 p.m. with the children’s Halloween Parade in the Square from 7:15 to 8 p.m., the City of Hornell 6 to 8 p.m., and the Village of Savona from 6 to 8 p.m. And while the City of Corning has no set time, residents generally accept trick-or-treaters from 6 to 8 p.m.
Multiple Charges for Wayland Man in Hit-and-Run:
A Wayland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk last weekend, crashing his car, and fleeing the scene of the accident. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old Donald James was driving north on Route 415 on October 21st when he lost control around the intersection of County Road 36 and struck a guard rail. His vehicle then rolled through a front lawn, and struck a parked car and a garage. Witnesses say James then fled, running into the woods. He was tracked with the help of K-9 officers and was ultimately taken into custody after a chase through a cornfield. James is facing charges of aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, petit larceny, parole violation, and other vehicle and traffic violations.
Drug, Weapons Charges Following Corning Traffic Stop:
A routine traffic stop in Corning on Sunday led to gun and drug charges for five people from Elmira. According to officers, they pulled over a vehicle around 1 a.m. and they could smell marijuana coming from inside. Upon further inspection they say they found a loaded handgun along with marihuana and cocaine. 21-year-old Sterling Kelley is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, among other charges. And 31-year-old Eric Barner, 35-year-old Tyrea Sessoms, 24-year-old Alicia Haskins, and 28-year-old John Dunham are all facing criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm charges in varying degrees. Kelley, Barner, and Sessoms were taken into custody. Haskins and Dunham were issued appearance tickets.
Emergency Landing at E-C Airport:
A private plan made an emergency landing at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Saturday. According to Director of Aviation, Bill Hopper, the plane experienced a mechanical malfunction. After a fly-by, the pilot was able to land the plane safely. The plane is a locally owned Cessna twin-propeller aircraft.
NY Firefighters Return from CA Saturday:
A team of 20 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who helped battle and contain wildfires in California were welcomed home Saturday. Currently, 95 percent of the fire is contained and full containment is expected by the end of the month. The returning crew was made up of brave men and women from across the state, including one from Steuben County: DEC Volunteer Firefighter, Lawrence Day.
Gov. Cuomo Calls Out Rep. Reed, Collins for Budget Votes; Reed Fires Back:
It was a “he said-he said” war of words this weekend between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican congressman Tom Reed. It started when Cuomo singled out Reed and Chris Collins as the only two of New York’s nine GOP House members to vote in favor of budget legislation that would eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes. Cuomo called the men “Benedict Arnolds,” saying that “they voted against the interests of the people in their districts.” Reed took to Twitter and fired back, calling the Governor a “hypocrite.” Cuomo and state comptroller Thomas Dinapoli have said the elimination will cost New York billions of dollars, Reed claims the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Bowling Tournament Raises $8K for Komen Org.:
Crystal Lanes in Corning held the Seventh Annual Bowl for the Cure on Sunday and it was a record turnout. The event, which supports the local Susan G. Komen organization, raised more than $8,000, which is a record for the event.
Four Arrested in County Sweep for Probation Violations
Four people were arrested Thursday for violating the terms of their probation. After a multi-agency operation performed checks on probationers across the county, contraband was seized at a number of residences and arrests were made for Damion L. Travis, 43, of Prattsburgh, Calvin K. Davenport, 55, of Addison, Denise M. Hargrave, 53, Prattsburgh and Terry L. Hurd Jr., 32, of Hornell. The suspects were remanded to the Steuben County Jail on warrants for felony violations of probation and further charges are pending in this investigation.
RX Pill Take Back at County Public Safety Building
A reminder that today is the National Prescription Pill Take Back Day. It’s a chance for people to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications. The event will be held at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Ramsey Street ext. The event runs from 10-2…no questions asked.
Police Announce Halloween DWI Enforcement Effort
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced that Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special enforcement effort to combat impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force this Halloween holiday weekend until November 1. A reminder that if you are drinking to please plan a safe ride home before leaving the house and even if you only have “a few” you are still in no shape to drive.
Bath Man Arrested for HEAP Fraud
A Bath man was arrested and charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree Falsifying, one count of Petit Larceny and a class E Felony one count of Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree. Following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, Felix T. Davila is accused of reporting false HEAP applications to receive $1301 in HEAP benefits he was not eligible for.
Village of Savona Announces Semi-Annual Trash Collection
The Village of Savona has announced its semi-annual trash collection will be on Friday, November 10th. All items must be placed on the curbside Thursday night with no exceptions. The Village asks that there be absolutely no tires, garbage, recyclables, construction materials, lawn debris, batteries, computers & televisions, paint cans or hazardous materials. Scrap metal and appliances must be in separate stacks from other trash items for collection.
Steuben Co. Announces HEAP Dates:
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning November 13th, according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben officials said Thursday HEAP applications can be filed online at http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov; mailed to applicants who call the county Department of Social Services for the forms at (607) 664-2500; or in person at the following locations: the Office for the Aging on Broadway Mall in Hornell on December 5th and 19th, and January 2nd, 16th, and 30th; the Steuben County Courthouse in Corning on December 7th and 21st, January 4th and 18th, and February 1st. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Income requirements do apply.
Fire in Hornell:
There was a fire in an apartment building on Seneca Street in Hornell on Thursday. According to officials the blaze was contained to one apartment, and there were no injuries.
Pulteney Looking to Override State Property Tax Cap:
The Town of Pulteney wants to override the state property tax cap. The move requires a local law, but first, the town board is required to hear from the residents. A public hearing on the proposed local law will be held at the town hall on November 8th at 7:25 p.m. Five minutes later on that night, the town will hold a second public hearing on its proposed budget for next year.
C-G Sets Date for Capital Project Vote:
A date of December 12th has been set for voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district to hit the polls and decide the fate of a $14.5 million capital project. The project would involve the high school, elementary and middle schools, as well as the bus garage and Rotary Field. $2 million would come from the existing capital reserve fund, and Interim Superintendent Chris Roser said that “more state aid probably will return to the district than would be spent on the project,” which should mean virtually no tax increase for property owners.
NYS Testing New Winter Road Warnings:
The National Weather Service and New York State are teaming up to hopefully make winter driving a little safer. According to the NWS, snow squalls are the biggest cause of multi-care pile-ups on the Thruway and other highways. During a squall visibility can drop suddenly, leaving drivers blind and unsure how far away they are from other vehicles. The NWS can typically forecast when a snow squall is likely to hit, at least a day or two in advance, so on a pilot basis they will be using warning signs for squalls on message boards along all interstates west of Utica and on the Northway from Essex County to the Canadian border. They will also be broadcast on the AM weather radio. If the program is successful, these signs will be implemented across the Thruway system in Upstate NY.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times:
Halloween is just a few days away, and here are the trick-or-treat times for some communities in Steuben County. All of the following will be on Halloween night, October 31st: the Village of Bath 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Bradford 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Campbell from 5 to 7 p.m., Corning’s Gaffer District 4 to 6 p.m., the Village of Hammondsport 6 to 7 p.m. with the children’s Halloween Parade in the Square from 7:15 to 8 p.m., the City of Hornell 6 to 8 p.m., and the Village of Savona from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bath Schools Locked-In During Manhunt:
Bath schools were locked-in Wednesday as police searched for a man that fled during an arrest. 33-year-old Brian Woodring, a level 2 sex offender, was being picked up on a parole violation when he ran. He was apprehended shortly before noon on West Washington Boulevard. He will be charged with escape, violation of sex offender registration, and obstructing governmental administration. Woodring was previously convicted of sexual contact, disseminating indecent materials to a minor, and promoting/possessing sexual performance by a child.
3rd Annual Steuben Co. Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum Held:
The third annual Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum was held Tuesday. Opioid and substance abuse problems in the area, especially among grade school students, were discussed, and representatives from various support groups were on hand to spread awareness of their programs. According to the Steuben County Coroner’s Office, the number of opioid related fatalities tripled between 2011 and 2016. County Sheriff Jim Allard said the hope of the forum “is to get the information out to folks that need help… So that people realize that they’re not alone, and that they can find the help they need here in Steuben County, or other places.”
Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Lawsuit Heading Back to Court:
The lawsuit filed against Tony Stewart in the death of a man at Canandaigua Motorsports Park is headed back to court. According to ESPN, attorneys for Stewart will be in Utica for a judgement hearing tomorrow. Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in 2014 after Ward got out of his car and started walking toward Stewart’s car. Toxicology reports showed that Ward had marijuana in his system at the time. Stewart filed a motion in March claiming he didn’t have time to react.
Governor Announces New Cancer Study:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a new plan to try and find the causes of cancer in New York residents. A statewide cancer registry will allow officials to look at four regions over the next year and see the types of cancer there. The four regions will be Western New York, New York City, Long Island, and the Capital Region with a focus on Warren County. Researchers will be looking for potential causes for cancer in each area, such as health factors, demographic factors, and environmental factors. Gov. Cuomo says around a million people statewide currently have cancer or are in remission, and that “everyone has been touched, and we have to do better.” The study is expected to take about a year, and then the Governor hopes to have a new plan on how to move forward.
Clayton Case to be Featured on Deadline: Crime:
The Clayton murder case will be featured on Sunday’s episode of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall. It will air at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. The show features Hall working with a team of correspondents, and a panel format with interviews. Hall interviewed prosecutors, law enforcement, family members, and journalists for this episode. The Clayton case was previously featured on NBC’s Dateline.
Walgreens Planning to Close 600 Drugstores:
Following news that Walgreens has completed a deal to buy nearly 2,000 stores from rival Rite Aid, the company has announced plans to close 600 drugstores. A majority of them, according to a Walgreens spokesman, will be Rite Aid stores within a mile of another Walgreens network store. The closings are expected to start next spring. Which stores will be closing has not been announced.
Police Investigating Burglary in Wayne:
State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred to a barn located at the intersection of Birdseye Waneta Rd. (Ct. Rt. #114) and Ridge Rd. in the Town of Wayne. Investigator Curt Eaton said Tuesday the crime happened sometime since Sunday.He said somebody entered the building and removed a 2004 Polaris 400 Sportsman 4-wheeler ATV. Anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police at 776-6866 or Steuben Co. 911.
Corning Man Stabbed Near Elmira College:
Elmira Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred near the Elmira College tennis courts. The attack reportedly happened Tuesday morning. Patrolmen were called to the McDonalds on North Main Street around 7 a.m. on a report of an assault victim. The victim, a 27-year-old man from Corning, told police he was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on Davis Street, near the tennis courts. The attacker is described as a black male, approximately 20-years-old, clean shaven, and wearing all dark clothing. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Prattsburgh Budget Vote Monday:
The Town of Prattsburgh will review its proposed 2018 budget during a public hearing set for next week. The budget is available for inspection at the Town Clerk’s office. The hearing will be held at the Town Hall on Monday.
Corning GOP Endorses McAllister for Surrogate Court Judge:
More support has come in for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge candidate Patrick McAllister. The Corning Republican Committee has endorsed McAllister, saying he is “well respected by the legal and local community as evidenced by the broad base of support he has received since announcing his candidacy.” Last week, McAllister was endorsed by the Republican Party committees in the City of Hornell and Town of Bath.
Corning Inc. Releases Earnings for Q3:
Corning Incorporated has released its third quarter earnings. The GAAP and core sales were up four and six percent, year-over-year, to $2.6 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively. Year-over-year sales in the Specialty Materials segment saw increases of 26 percent. The company also reached a selling milestone of one billion fiber kilometers. Officials say the quarter exceeded expectations and they believe it sets them up for a strong fourth quarter as well.
“Booster Card” to Recognize Responsible Drivers in Hornell:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Hornell Police Department recently held a campaign that recognized and rewarded responsible drivers in the Hornell area. On October 19th they conducted a road check on State Route 36 in Hornell. Those in violation received a summons, but those that were in complete compliance received a “HPG Booster Card” coupon. The coupon is issued by the Hornell Partners for Growth and guarantees discounts to participating businesses in the Hornell and Canisteo area.
Salvation Army Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Tomorrow:
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services will be held tomorrow at the Bath American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner will be $10 and will include spaghetti with meatballs and sauce, tossed salad, bread, beverages and dessert. Contact the Salvation Army at 962-4681 if you’d like to reserve your meals, donate supplies, or if you have any questions.
Fire in Corning:
A multi-family home on East Third Street in Corning was damaged by fire early Monday morning. Corning firefighters report that it happened between Chemung and Pearl Streets around 1 a.m. There were no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation.
Dog Killed in Caton Fire:
A family pet was killed in a fire in Caton Monday. At approximately 12:30 p.m., a motorist on Sagetown Road spotted the smoke coming from a home and multiple fire departments were called to the scene. A dog was found inside, but the owners weren’t home at the time and no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Corning Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Heroin Appears in Court:
The Corning Fire Department lieutenant accused of selling heroin made a court appearance Monday. 43-year-old Thomas Margeson is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. His defense attorney asked Monday for more time to review and the pre-trial hearing was re-scheduled until 3 to 4 weeks.
E-C Airport Project Rebid, Back on Track:
After being delayed due to construction bids coming back higher than budgeted, the reconstruction project at the Elmira-Corning Airport is back on track as the Chemung County Legislature held a special meeting Monday to award Streeter and Associates the project after re-bidding. The new bid came in just shy of $4.7 million, according to Director of Aviation Bill Hopper. The previous low bids came in at $6.9 million and $9.7 million.
Gov. Cuomo Signs Firefighter Health Benefit Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday signed legislation to deliver healthcare benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers’ Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Effective January 1st 2019, firefighters will also be eligible for health benefits to support treatment for life-threatening conditions. Volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax free disability and death benefits if upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers, they have at least five years of service fighting fire in the interior of buildings, and the firefighter is currently active or within 5 years of his or her last active date.
No Endorsement from Hogan for Future Mayor:
“We live in a Democracy… It’s the people’s choice…” is what long-time Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan told the Evening Tribune when asked about making an endorsement for any of the candidates vying to replace him. In a Letter to the Editor, Hogan said that “countless numbers of people” have questioned him about making an endorsement, but he says he “should not get to select [his] successor. We live in a Democracy, period.” Hogan added that he is “thrilled that candidates have stepped up and entered the arena,” saying that “it takes courage and commitment.” Republican John Buckley, Independent John Lewis, and the Green Party’s Joe Duffy, are all looking to become Hornell’s first new mayor in eight terms. The election is two weeks away.
Drug Take Back Event in Bath Sat.:
If you have unwanted medications sitting around the house, take the next few days to gather them up. Another prescription drug take-back event will be held Saturday in Bath. It’s hosted by the Sheriff’s Department. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension from 10-2 October 28th. Items accepted include pills, liquids and needles. It’s a great way to keep you and the community safe.
4 Charged in Canisteo Drug Bust:
Four residents of Canisteo are facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop in the village. 29-year-old Michael DuBois, 50-year-old Abram Carter, 35-year-old Megan Harkenrider, and 28-year-old Michael Meehan Jr. have each been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, among numerous other charges. All four are being held at the Steuben County Jail on varying bail.
Hornell Salvation Army Reopening “On Hold”:
The Hornell Salvation Army has reportedly put their reopening “on hold,” according to Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith. The store suffered a fire two weeks ago, and while the chief says they fully intend to re-open the store eventually, they’ve decided to hold off for now. It is unknown at this time whether the store will reopen at its current location, or at a new one.
Steuben Co. Drug Forum Tomorrow:
Steuben County’s third Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum this year is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, October 24th, at Corning-Painted Post High School. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate the help they’re looking for. The event will include light refreshments and information tables on existing services, open at 5:30 p.m., with information sharing, personal stories, and a panel discussion set for 6 to 7:30 p.m.
New Farmers, Veteran Farmers Eligible for $1.2M in State Grants:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced two grant programs worth $1.25 million for new farmers and veteran farmers in New York. The “New Farmers Grant Fund” will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs for farm business owners who are within the first ten years of having ownership interest in any farm business. To be eligible the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. The “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” is a new program that will provide grants of up to $50,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. To qualify, at least 50 percent of the farm business must be owned, operated, and controlled by a veteran and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income. The deadline for applications is January 26th. Applications for the “New Farmers Grant” can be found at https://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program. Applications for the “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” are available at https://esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-veterans-farmer-grant-fund.
Youth to Observe Steuben Co. Legislature:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets today there will be some special guests listening in. The most recent participants in the county’s Youth in Government program will observe county leaders in their regular session at 10 a.m. today. The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for more than three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about Steuben’s operations. The students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session to complete the course. In the past, the county Legislature and department heads have acted on students’ resolutions. During its meeting today, the Legislature is expected to authorize the renewal of the $45,000 Crimes Against Revenue Program which pays for the full cost of two part-time welfare fraud investigators. Lawmakers will also vote on transferring ownership of the county Courthouse on Allen Street to the City of Hornell.
Street Closure in Corning for Sewer Repair:
Sewer line repair in Corning will close West Pulteney Street from Dwight Avenue to Dunbar Street today. The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No traffic or parking will be permitted. Detours will be in place.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Summit:
Applications will be accepted until November 10th for the Steuben Youth Leadership Summit, which is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 18th at Campbell-Savona High School. Presented by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the free, daylong event provides students in Steuben County in grades 10 through 12, and recent high school graduates, with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, identify important issues, and discuss those issues with state and county government leaders. For more information, or a program application, contact the Steuben County Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119, or visit http://www.steubencony.org.
County Legislature to Discuss Former Hornell Courthouse
The Steuben County legislature on Monday will consider transferring ownership of the former county courthouse on Allen Street in Hornell to the City of Hornell. The building is located on Allen Street in the city. The county acquired the land and property in 1907, but according to a pre-filed resolution, it no longer has a need for the building. The city has expressed a strong interest in the building.
Solar Energy Hearing in Urbana Next Month
The Town of Urbana will hold a public hearing next month to discuss solar energy. The town wants to make an addendum to its comprehensive plan regarding solar energy. The hearing will be held at the town hall on November 14th at 6:30.
NY Public Healthcare Uncertain Following Federal Subsidy Cuts
Upon President Trump’s decision to end healthcare subsidies to aid lower-income Americans to afford health insurance, it is unclear how this order will affect New York state. Subsidies issued to New York were used to create The Essential Plan, which provided about 680,000 New Yorkers who were the over income limits to be eligible for Medicaid but could not afford plans under the Affordable Healthcare Act. Several public healthcare officials have expressed uncertainty of the program’s future but Governor Cuomo has suggested holding a special session in December to further discuss the federal health care cuts.
Steuben Sheriffs to Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. The Bath Village Police Department will drop off 38.2 pounds of unwanted and unnecessary medications from their Medication Collection Unit that was installed back in February. Since the Unit was built, Bath Village Police say over 70 pounds of unnecessary and unwanted medication has been collected from the streets.
McAllister Gains More Support in Surrogate Race
Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members voiced their support Wednesday for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. The Bath GOP endorsement follows on the heels of an endorsement earlier this week by Hornell City Republicans.
Dormann Library Hosts Halloween Activities This Week
With Halloween coming up, Dormann Library has planned some festive activities and events this week for the entire family. Wednesday at 6pm Dormann will offer a craft class for adults, where attendees will make a paper pumpkin decoration, treat box and interactive card. All materials will be provided. Thursday at 6pm there will be a library Halloween party geared to younger patrons with stories, treats, games and a craft. Party attendees are asked to please come in costume for the event. Saturday from 10AM to 2PM there will be a book sale in the Book Barn and Empire Room. All proceeds will support Dormann Library.
Driver that Fled Elmira Crash Turns Himself In:
The driver that fled the scene of a two-car rollover crash in Elmira Monday has turned himself into authorities. 22-year-old Dakota Baldwin of Elmira is charged with failure to keep right, unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Police were called to the intersection of Walnut Street and West Second just before 7 p.m. and found a Jeep turned onto its roof and another vehicle against a utility pole. The driver and passenger of the other car were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The investigation is ongoing.
More Support for McAllister:
Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members announced their support this week for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. Currently a county Assistant District Attorney, McAllister won the September 12th Republican primary 2,988 to 2,665.
Hornell Water Pollution Control Plant to Enhance Disinfection:
The water pollution control plant in Hornell will be enhancing its disinfection measures following a notice from the DEC. Mayor Shawn Hogan said that some communities still rely on drinking water from a tributary down the line from where the water is discharged so they will meet new standards to ensure the water is clean. The city previously received a grant of $25,000 to determine the best way of achieving the disinfection, and decided on using ultraviolet light. The city will now be looking at another major capital upgrade to the plant.
Village of Bath Leaf Collection Begins Monday:
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village, and then move to the West Side. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted.
Hydrant Flushing Schedules for Hornell, Savona:
The City of Hornell Water Department and the Hornell Firefighters will be flushing hydrants in the Town of Hornellsville/Village of North Hornell and the City of Hornell between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week of October 23rd through the 28th. Residents are encouraged to refrain from washing clothes during these hours, and to check their water for discoloration before use. In Savona, the semiannual flushing of hydrants is set for October 30th, 31st, and November 1st, weather permitting. If you experience discolored water, let the cold water run until it clears.
Governor Announces Fund for Improvements to Animal Shelters:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a first-in-the-nation state capital fund to support critical improvement projects at non-profit and community animal shelters, humane societies, and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout New York. Funded in the 2018 budget, the $5 million New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund will allow eligible organizations to make significant updates to their facilities to enhance animal care and health, as well as support companion animal adoptions. All applicants must apply through Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3#_blank by 4 p.m. January 10th. More details on eligibility and the application process are available on the Division of Animal Industry webpage at https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/small_animals.html#_blank.