MALT BARLEY CROP INSURANCE AVAILABLE IN STEUBEN
Steuben is now one of 44 NY counties where farmers can finally obtain malt barley crop insurance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval to the program. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said New York’s barley growers are the backbone of the state’s world-renowned brewing and distilling industries. Now, barley growers will have access to the crop insurance protections they need.
PAVING SCHEDULED IN DOWNTOWN HORNELL
Paving begins on Seneca Street in Hornell next week. Crews will work from bridge to bridge. The road work begins at 7a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday. During the paving process, local residents will not have access to their driveways. The city says the residents should plan accordingly.
MARKET STREET PAVING PROJECT FINISHES EARLY
Corning’s Market Street paving project has finished ahead of schedule, nine days earlier than the originally-anticipated two weeks. The project took five days and provides more visibility to the heavily-trafficked section of town. Crosswalks on the street are unfinished but will not need street closure to complete.
FUNDING INCREASE FOR NY NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS
Arts funding is getting a boost in New York state, with Steuben County’s American Dance Asylum receiving $10,000. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced yesterday that more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts will support 549 NEA projects across the state. “This federal funding will help regions across the state encourage the growth of artists and programs that will help New York benefit from the creativity they bring.” Senator Schumer noted.
CHILD VICTIMS ACT STALLED IN NYS SENATE
With the end of state budget deadlines, the Child Victims Act is one part of the agenda that was not accomplished. The bill, which failed to be put up for vote in the NYS Senate, proposed extending the statute of limitations to for sexual abuse survivors to come forth and press charges against their abusers, giving them until age 28 in criminal cases and age 50 for civil cases. New York has the shortest statute of limitations for child abuse victims in the country, allowing victims until the age of 23 to report abuse. The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America lobbied against the legislation.
GILLIBRAND MAKES SCHOOL APPEARANCE SUPPORTING SNAP
In a trip to Tioga Elementary School this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand criticized President Trump's budget to cut food stamps. Gillibrand says the budget cuts SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade despite upstate New York low-income families relying upon the funding. "It just means for every ten kids, there's one that's hungry and if we don't support a budget that actually accommodates food stamps to make sure families have the nutrition they need, our children aren't going to reach their potential and that's why it's morally wrong to cut food stamps," the Senator said.
MILLER CONVICTED ON 2 OF 4 COUNTS
Dakota Miller was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter of his girlfriend's infant son, Ian, yesterday. The defense presented its closing argument portraying Codie and Louis Baker as perpetrators of violence to the 17-month-old baby. Prosecution spent 70 minutes for its closing arguments, using a timeline proving a match to Codie’s story with the medical staff’s testimony while Miller’s story was inconsistent with the time of Ian’s injury as well as the arrival time at the hospital in treating the child. Miller will be sentenced at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 5th in Steuben County Court.
NEW AGENDA PROPOSED FOR STEUBEN COUNTY LEGISLATORS
Steuben County legislators will discuss a new legislative agenda on Monday at 10:00 A.M. which includes a shared services agreement providing security for town courts requesting a trained, qualified law enforcement officer to be present during standard court hours. This next agenda will also propose allowing town taxpayers to pay current year taxes via credit card, accepting a Community Development Block Grant installing water and sewer improvements to Hornellsville’s Woodlands project, reappointment of members to the Corning Community College’s Regional Board of Trustees and other items.
NYS HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAKES CHANGES TO STATE’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
The New York state Health Department is making changes to make the registration process easier for practitioners looking to prescribe medicinal cannabis. The Department has also made a second course about the medical uses of marijuana a prerequisite before they can participate in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Practitioners registering online with the Department can certify patients on the same day and will be listed publicly online. Currently, there are about 1,066 practitioners and 21,760 patients registered under New York’s Medical Marijuana Program.
NEW GOP HEALTHCARE BILL BOASTS PROPERTY TAX CUTS
Yesterday the Senate GOP revealed the new healthcare bill, which was drafted by Republicans behind closed doors. The legislation contains a provision that would bring an end to New York State charging its counties for a portion of the cost funding Medicaid. Proponents of the bill like Congressman Reed say the bill would save homeowners 40 percent in property taxes. New York counties contribute $2.3 billion annually to support Medicaid as part of an unfunded mandate with Steuben County paying $20 million yearly. It is estimated over one million New Yorkers would lose health coverage as a result of the bill in 2020 and most of these middle class and low-income beneficiaries would be working adults who cannot afford insurance otherwise. This legislation will be deliberated on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.
ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHEIDERMAN PRAISES OPERATION PIPELINE
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday announced the indictment of 16 individuals for trafficking heroin throughout Monroe County and elsewhere in New York State – marking the fifth drug bust in his crackdown on suburban and upstate opioid and narcotics trafficking. The indictments are part of “Operation Pipeline,” a joint initiative between Schneiderman and the NYSP. In a press statement, the Attorney General said “the opioid and narcotics crisis is destroying families across New York State – and we’re committed to cutting off the pipeline that is fueling this epidemic.”
CAMPBELL FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT
The Campbell fire department is getting a boost thanks to some federal funding. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the volunteer agency will receive nearly $68,000. The funding will help the department purchase self-contained breathing apparatus units. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
NYS SENATE APPROVES INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL
This week, New York State Senate gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to treat industrial hemp like other agricultural products in New York State. Since 2014, O’Mara has worked with Southern Tier Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) and the Cuomo administration to enact new laws that have jump-started the industry’s growth in New York State and are helping secure an economic foothold for state farmers in the nation’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry.
SUNDQUIST CHALLENGES REED AS DEMOCRAT
Another name has been added to the growing list of Democrats who want to unseat Congressman Republican Tom Reed. Eddie Sundquist, a 28-year-old of Jamestown will kick off his campaign. Sundquist has been a school teacher and recently became an attorney. The political newcomer says the economy and agriculture will be key issues in his campaign.
ADDISON MEN ARRESTED FOR SIGN DAMAGE AND THEFT
Three Addison men have been arrested for a March 26th incident where it was alleged they damaged and stole street signs from State Route 417 and County Route 129 in Woodhull. Dylan Benjamin aged 20 was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree which is a class E Felony and three counts of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. Zachary Cary, age 18, received charges for two counts of Criminal Mischief and three counts of Petit Larceny while Cole Grabowski, also 18, was charged with three counts of Criminal Mischief and three counts of Petit Larceny. The three men were arrested by Steuben County Sheriffs and issued an appearance ticket for a later date in the Town of Woodhull Court.
FREE LEAD TESTING FOR STEUBEN RESIDENTS
Free lead testing is now available for Steuben County residents. The New York State Department of Health is offering the program open to residents drinking water from private wells or public water systems. County residents can request testing of their drinking water by submitting a request to the Bureau of Water Supply protection by calling (518) 402-7650. For any other questions about this program you can call Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.
DAKOTA MILLER TRIAL CONTINUES
Prosecution and defense rest its cases in day five of testimony yesterday in the Dakota Miller trial. Miller’s half-brother was called as a witness by the defense and the prosecution brought up nine times where Dakota Miller lied during the investigation, which he later admitted to lying. When shown photos of his hospitalized baby, the defendant avoided looking at them. Court continues today, beginning with closing statement followed by jury deliberations, which will continue well into the evening in Steuben County Court.
TOWN OF PRATTSBURGH TO HOLD BOARD MEETING FRIDAY
There will be a town board meeting held by the Town of Prattsburgh on Friday June 23rd at 1pm at Prattsburgh Town Hall on 19 North Main Street to discuss possibilities of a sewer system for Prattsburgh’s Business District and any other businesses that come before the board.
STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES FIREFIGHTER CRITICAL HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
The New York State Legislature has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to extend critical health care benefits to volunteer firefighters by ensuring expanded levels of protection for firefighters stricken with cancer attributable to their service as volunteers. The legislation would expand the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law to provide presumptive cancer coverage to New York’s more than 100,000 volunteer firefighters. O’Mara said the volunteers deserve and they’ve earned the health care coverage this legislation would provide. The measure now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for final action.
STATE SETTLES VOTER REGISTRATION CASE
The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached an agreement with New York State to settle a lawsuit over voter registration opportunities through state motor vehicle offices. According to the Associated Press, Federal investigators found applications for New York driver's licenses, permits and identification cards didn't consistently serve as applications for voter registration for federal elections as required by law. Under a settlement agreement, New York will make sure a voter registration opportunity will be included with all applications for driver's licenses and renewals.
GAS PRICES REACH RECORD LOW
The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $2.28, 10 cents cheaper than it was earlier this month. According to AAA, gas prices have fallen each day since June 2nd. This is a record cheap gas price for the start of summer in 12 years. The Oil Price Information Service says prices could even be cheaper for Independence Day weekend than the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, which would be the first time to occur this century, a pleasant surprise for drivers across the country.
Miller Trial Ongoing:
The trial of the Hornell man accused of beating an infant to death is ongoing in Steuben County. Tuesday, the prosecution called five witnesses to the stand, including the victim’s mother, the Monroe County Medical Examiner, and a pediatric critical care doctor that handled the victim. A final witness is expected to be called today, and then the defense will begin presenting its case. 23-year-old Dakota Miller faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, and manslaughter in the 2015 death of 18-month-old Ian Maniski-Huff.
Car Collides with Construction Sign on Route 36:
A Troupsburg man has been charged following a one car accident on State Route 36 involving a construction sign. According to police, 27-year-old Kenneth Welch collided with a roadside digital billboard VMS trailer around 11:30 p.m. on June 6th. The sign was in place to warn drivers of upcoming construction. Welch allegedly attempted to cover up his involvement by removing evidence and leaving the scene. He was issued appearance tickets for reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, criminal mischief, and obstruction.
Legislation Proposed to Protect Against Rx Price Gouging:
Legislation has been introduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to help protect Americans from increasing prescription drug prices. The “Stop Price Gouging Act” would create penalties for pharmaceutical companies that engage in price gouging and the Senator believes it could result in billions of dollars in savings. Besides the penalties, the act would also require corporations to report any price increases and their justification, requires an accountability office study of launch prices and suggestions for best practices of new drug pricing, and reinvests money collected from companies into future drug research.
Rep. Reed Supports Bills to Allow Congressmen to Carry Firearms:
Congressman Tom Reed says he will support two bills proposed by the GOP that would allow Congress members to carry weapons in Washington D.C., and allow members of congress to carry guns to public events in their home districts. Reed made the comments during his weekly press call in response to questioning about last week’s shooting of a Congressman in Virginia. Reed also expressed his openness to exploring whether more measures are needed to prevent those with excessive criminal history from buying guns, and he said he believes addressing mental health should come first.
Governor Signs Marriage Age Increase Law:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law Tuesday that officially raises the age of marriage in the state from 14 to 17. The new law requires 17 and 18-year-olds to get judicial and parental approval before marrying.
“Panther Palooza” Rewards C-S Students for Good Behavior:
Students at Campbell-Savona Elementary School were rewarded for a year of good behavior Tuesday with the school’s first annual Panther Palooza. The party is part of the PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program. Every time a student demonstrated good behavior or was kind over the year they were awarded a “Panther Paw,” and from Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade, students earned over 40,000 paws over the school term. The celebratory Panther Palooza included bounce houses, outdoor activities, and a dunk tank. The school already plans to continue running the program next year and beyond.
Toxic Bloom Warning Issued for Seneca Lake:
If you were planning on having some fun in the sun and water on Seneca Lake this summer, take care following a toxic algae bloom warning issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The toxic algae is harmful to humans and lethal to animals and the DEC advises to “avoid all contact, keep pets and children out of the water, and don’t use the water for any purpose.” The algae can have a variety of appearances, but are usually floating on the water. They can come in clumps or streaks, and when particularly dense, they can look like green paint on the water. If you spot an algae bloom, notify the DEC at 518-402-8179. For more information visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html
NYS Fair to Hold Craft Beer Competition:
The New York State Fair is getting extra “crafty” this summer, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that breweries across the state will be competing in a professionally judged craft beer competition. The competition will feature 20 categories, with brewers allowed to enter as many beers as they want. The fair runs August 23rd to September 4th.
Cornell Holding Competition to Name New Grape:
Would a grape by any other name taste as sweet? That’s what Cornell University is looking to find out. They’re holding a competition to name a new breed of grape developed by breeder Bruce Reisch. He’s a professor of grapevine breeding and genetics in the University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that has spent years developing the new grape, which he says is well adapted to the Northeast. The grape is currently known only as NY98.0228.02. It’s seedless, flavorful, and similar in appearance to a Concord grape. Submissions can be made online https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/content/name-grape or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org until July 31st. Reisch and his collaborators at Double A Vineyards will pick their favorites, and then the public will decide in a final vote in September.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION FOR JASPER AND GREENWOOD ANNOUNCED
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that pavement recycling work will begin on state Route 417 on Thursday, weather permitting. The project will extend from 1.3 miles west of state Route 248 to 2.0 miles west of state Route 36, for a total of approximately 6.5 miles. The scope of this project includes work in the towns of Jasper and Greenwood.
HORNELL PUBLIC MEETING NEXT WEEK
There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Hornell City Hall to discuss a NY Main Street Program. Interested downtown area businesses and building owners are encouraged to attend to learn about available opportunities for building renovations and façade improvements.
BATH MAN DETAINED FOR DRUG POSSESSION
During a traffic stop in the Town of Bath, State Police arrested 34-year-old Scotty Youngs of Bath. He was charged with criminal possession of cocaine, a class D felony and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was detained on cash bail.
CALLING HOURS FOR RIVERSIDE LATE MAYOR
Funeral services will be held Saturday for Village of Riverside Mayor William Cornell who died over the weekend. Cornell served in village government for four decades. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Carpenter's Funeral Home in Corning.
PRATTSBURGH MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
A Prattsburgh man was charged with burglary in the second degree, petit larceny, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and resisting arrest. Upon being dispatched to the sound of breaking glass at the Savona Wave station in the Village of Savona, Sherriff Deputies found Shannon L. Thompson attempting to take items from the store. His court date was scheduled for this week.
CAMPBELL ROAD CLOSED THIS THURSDAY
A road closing is planned for the town of Campbell. This Thursday, June 22nd the bridge on County Route 4 between State Route 415 and Curtis-Coopers Road will be closed for all traffic from 9am to 3pm without detour. Drivers are advised to plan using town and county roads as alternative routes for a detour around the bridge as it undergoes cleaning for its deck, trusses, stringers and floor beams.
CORNING ROADS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION
Several roads in Corning are closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. as milling and paving construction begins. Today and Tuesday Fox Street will be closed from West First Street to West Third Street as well as South Pearl Street from East Fourth Street to Upper Delevan Avenue. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Lower Delevan Avenue from McMahon Avenue to Park Avenue and McMahon Avenue from Watauga Avenue to Lower Delevan Avenue. From Wednesday through Friday, the following streets will be reworked:
· Dodge Avenue from Cayuta Street to Onondaga Street
· Dwight Avenue from Onondaga Street to Seneca Street
· Onondaga Street from Reynolds Avenue to Kingsbury Avenue
· Princeton Avenue from Seneca Street to Buffalo Street
· Winfield street from Reynolds Avenue to Dodge Avenue
PUBLIC HEARING FOR HAMMONDSPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL SCHEDULED
Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on District Code of Conduct and the District SAVE Plan this Wednesday June 21st at 5:00pm in the High School Library. The school’s regular board meeting is scheduled to follow the public hearing.
GUTHRIE AWARDED IAC ACCREDITATION
Guthrie has been awarded a three year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for its Vascular Labs in Owego, Corning Centerway, Ithaca, Troy, Sayre, Big Flats, Wellsboro and Towanda. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application. Guthrie is a non-profit serving patients from an 11-county service area and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network.
ST. JAMES UPGRADES MRI
St. James Mercy Hospital officially cut the ribbon on its new, upgraded MRI service yesterday. Organization leaders presided over a ceremony that included remarks from President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, as well as Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at the University of Rochester Medical Center which provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital. MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions.
SCHUMER CALLS ON HELP FROM DEA HEROIN ENFORCEMENT TEAMS
Senator Schumer urges federal help to combat the opioid addiction epidemic, calling on the Drug Enforcement Agency to equip New York state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams. The four teams’ purpose is to counteract heroin trafficking in states citing heroin as the highest drug threat. It is reported that in 2015, heroin overdose deaths spiked by 30 percent in our state. Currently, there are 24 New York counties identified as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and New York City remains a leading heroin trafficking hub.
STATE PANEL VOTES TO USE FAMILIAL DNA EVIDENCE
The State Commission on Forensic Science voted 9-2 to allow familial DNA to be used by law enforcement agencies in the state for felony and sex crime investigations. The process is expected to be used in the state as soon as the fall and involves investigators checking genetic material of relatives who are already in the state’s DNA database to identify or eliminate suspects of murder, arson, sexual assault, kidnapping and terrorism cases. Familial DNA can be examined once other leads have gone cold and there is there no known direct connection to the suspect.
MARKET STREET REOPENS
Market Street in Corning is open for traffic again. Construction for the $1 million city project began on June 12 and the three blocks of overlay paving was announced to be complete and the stretch from Wall to Walnut Street was opened again yesterday at about 5pm. Once the sections of the road are striped, the project will be totally complete.
SCHUMER PRAISES FEDERAL GRANT FOR ALFRED STATE
Senator Charles Schumer says $1.5 million in federal funding awarded to Alfred State College to be used for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). Schumer said the center will be a major “launching pad” that will leverage natural resources like wood to create sustainable businesses and facilitate the growth of a “New Forest Economy” in the United States. The senator said the investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push the region’s economy into the future.
O'MARA SPONSORS ANTI-OPIOD BILL
The New York State Senate Wednesday completed action on a comprehensive anti-heroin legislative package co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara. O’Mara is a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Among the bills passed by the senate… require health care practitioners to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian before prescribing a medical treatment involving opioids and make it a crime to offer to or accept payment from an individual or entity that provides substance abuse services in exchange for patient referral and admission.
NYS SENATE APPROVES "BRITTANY'S LAW"
For the seventh consecutive year, the New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to enact what’s known as “Brittany’s Law.” The legislation would require convicted domestic violence offenders to register with the state following their release from prison, hospitalization or institutionalization. The registry information would be available to the public through a registry similar to New York’s existing Sex Offender Registry. The legislation is currently in the Assembly Corrections Committee.
CONGRESSMAN REED'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SAFETY QUESTION
In the wake of the mass shooting which critically injured a U.S. Congressman, Regional News Network contacted Congressman Reed’s office to ask if the town halls would continue and would there be increased security. Communications Director Samantha Cotten issued the following statement, (which reads)… “The safety of constituents and our team members is a priority, but as a matter of office policy we do not discuss the specifics of how we secure our district offices or public events.”
SHELL CHARITY MUST PAY SETTLEMENT
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared a settlement agreement has been reached for the shell organization "Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation". The group was investigated by the state and found to be keeping 92 cents of each donated dollar and must pay $350,000 in the settlement. The shell charity raised around $3 million by claiming to provide medical treatment to breast cancer patients and survivors then funneled most of the money to another fundraiser who was banned from fundraising by the state in 2004. When the settlement is paid, it will go to legitimate cancer charities.
BATH MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO OCTOBER DEATH
A Bath man has been arrested and jailed without bail in connection with the suspicious death of a man 8 months ago at a home on West Washington Street. Bath Police say 54-year-old William Young Jr. was charged with felony counts of drug sales and possession. He was arraigned in court and remanded to the county jail without bail. Young will head back to court June 26th. The death investigation continues.
MILLER TRIAL BEGINS
Opening statements began in the Dakota Miller trial yesterday. Miller is the Hornell man accused of beating and killing his girlfriend's 17-month-old infant. Witnesses called to the stand include the St. James registered nurse who examined the baby, Hornell Investigator Thomas Aini, a member of St. James emergency staff and a hospital security guard. The jury consists of 12 jurors with four alternates. Court resumes today at 9:00 A.M in Steuben County Court.
SCSWCD TO ADMINISTER GRANTS TO COMBAT POLLUTION
Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District (SCSWCD) is administering state grants to reduce water pollution, develop new income sources and implement best practices. There are three open contracts covering 20 landowners for pasture management, covered barnyards, cover crops and manure storage according to SCSWCD District Manager Jeff Parker. Contracts under this funding total $2.6 million, with about $1.2 million funding state “Ag Nonpoint”, a funding program established by the state in 1994 to help farmers prevent water pollution.
STATE SENATE APPROVES BILL FOR MEDICAID FRAUD SOFTWARE REIMBURSEMENT
Yesterday New York State Senate approved legislation to reimburse counties for the cost of buying Medicaid fraud detection software to detect cases of fraud, waste, and abuse within New York’s Medicaid system. The bill was sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and the state senator says the use of “data mining” software has the potential to save taxpayers millions. Companies like Salient Corporation of Horseheads developed software programs used by the State Health Department and Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.
ARKPORT BOARD OF ED VOTES TO TERMINATE ABUSE SUSPECT
The Arkport Board of Education this week on Wednesday night voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Thomas Wight. Superintendent Jesse Harper said Wight had been a long term substitute teacher with English classes in grades 7-12. The 26-year old from Cuba was arrested by State Police Tuesday and charged with forcible touching and child endangerment. Investigators allege that Wight sexually abused a teenage boy who was a former student. Harper noted that the alleged incident did not occur on school property.
REED ANNOUNCES BIOFINERY PROJECT GRANT
Congressman Tom Reed has announced the approval of an Alfred State College grant for Biofinery Development and Commercialization Center project. The $1.5 million grant is awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase equipment and develop programs to teach and train manufacturers new skills. The project will help private and public partners use natural resources to create business that are sustainable using “advanced” manufacturing processes. Reed says the grant project will be used to help develop a process extracting chemical assets from wood to make energy and biofuels.
Arkport Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse:
An Arkport school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a former student. State Police said Wednesday that 26-year-old Thomas Wight of Cuba was charged with forcible touching and child endangerment. Police said the victim was a 16-year-old male and the alleged crime did not occur on school property. Wight was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. State Police Investigator Scott Cicirello told WVIN he believes there are more victims and they should reach out to state police. In a statement, school officials said Wight has served as a long-term substitute teacher with the district since January 2017, and most recently worked with students in the junior/senior high school. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Sunday. In light of his arrest, Arkport Board of Education members voted on rescinding his appointment last night. Wight also taught at Cuba-Rushford and Fillmore Central Schools in the past.
7 More Jurors Seated in Miller Trial:
Seven more jurors, plus two alternates, were seated Wednesday in the trial of 23-year-old Dakota Miller. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says they still want two more alternates before the trial begins. Jury selection will continue today. Miller is charged in the 2015 death of 18-month-old Ian Maniske-Huff.
Addison, Erwin Reach Sewage Treatment Deal:
At the Town of Erwin’s board meeting this week, officials approved a sewer agreement with the Village of Addison. The deal will see Addison outsourcing its sewer services to Erwin’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Gang Mills. Erwin will in turn charge the village bulk rates for the volume of sewage processed, and the village will charge residents hooked up in Addison based on those rates. The village sought the deal with Erwin as EPA regulations call for facilities that discharge into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to reduce phosphorus and nitrate levels by at least 10 percent by 2020, and it would cost the village more than $6 million to retrofit its existing plant to meet the regulations. Addison’s treatment plant will be shut down once the Gang Mills facility begins processing the village’s sewage.
Meeting on End of Coopers Plains-Long Acres Sewer Project Tonight:
There will be a public information meeting on the end of the Coopers Plains/Long Acres Sewer Project tonight at 7 p.m. at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church. Officials will be discussing some key information for residents in affected areas of the project, including connection fees.
Tuition Increase at GCC:
Another area community college has announced a tuition increase. The Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees has set the 2017-18 tuition at $2,025 per semester for full-time students, an increase of $50 over the previous year. Tuition for part-time students will be $165 per credit hour, an increase of $5. Despite the increase, President James Sunser said that Genesee’s tuition and fees remains among the lowest among all State University of New York colleges.
Dunn Field’s “Set the Night to Music” Postponed:
Elmira’s popular “Set the Night to Music” event and fireworks display has been postponed and will not be held at Dunn Field this year. City officials denied the application by organizers of the event, citing safety concerns and, as the field is in a residential area, fears that event goers would block driveways or trespass on private property. Despite the denial, organizers of the event say it will go on at a different time and location.
Jury Selection Underway in Miller Murder Trial:
The trial of the Hornell man accused of beating a baby to death got underway Tuesday with jury selection. 23-year-old Dakota Miller is facing charges of aggravated murder, murder in the first, murder in the second, and manslaughter in the first. Miller allegedly beat and bit 18-month-old Ian Maniski-Huff so severely on Thanksgiving Day 2015, that the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury and a lacerated liver. He died of his injuries. Jury selection resumes today. Five jurors have already been seated.
Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct:
The Corning chiropractor charged last June with sexual abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching a female client pled guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal. 32-year-old Jeremiah Wright will have to pay a $100 fine, a $150 surcharge, and obey an order of protection. Wright’s accuser, Wendy Hammond, was not allowed to speak during the hearing. She said she was disappointed by the verdict.
Bath Road Work Schedule for This Week:
According to a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, the schedule for milling work for roads Bath this week is as follows: today on Haverling and Liberty Street from the “Y” by the Civil War Monument to the Sherwin Williams Store; tomorrow from the Sherwin Williams store down through Liberty Street and on East Steuben Street from Jones Smoke Shop to Angry Oven Pizza; and on Friday the side streets.
O’Mara Proposes Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic:
State Senator Tom O’Mara has co-sponsored a series of legislative measures to combat the heroin epidemic in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, as well as statewide. The legislative package would build on existing state laws, programs, and services to strengthen awareness, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. It would also increase charges against heroin traffickers and dealers. Law enforcement would be able to charge a dealer with homicide if a person dies of an overdose.
Seniors’ Rights Program June 21st:
A presentation on the rights of senior citizens is slated for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 21st at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The program will include presentations by Steuben County Office for the Aging, the county Sheriff’s Department, the county Department of Social Services, Legal Assistance of Western New York, and the Steuben Center for Rehab and Healthcare. For more information call (607) 664-2322.
Self-Driving Vehicle Tested on I-90 in NYS:
There was a small glimpse of the possible future of automobiles on Tuesday as Audi tested the first self-driving vehicle in New York on I-90. With the acting commissioner of the DMV in the vehicle, the engineer in the driver’s seat got onto I-90 and let go of the wheel. The demonstration is part of a year-long testing period approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It could be 2020 or 2021 until vehicles based on this prototype are available on car lots, according to Audi.
Meth Bust in Bath:
Following the execution of a search warrant at an apartment on East William Street in the Village of Bath, the Bath Police Department has charged two men. 23-year-old Christopher Sutton and 35-year-old Shawn Northrup have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing of methamphetamine. They were both sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Streets in Bath to be Remilled:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, May Street and East Washington Street in the Village
of Bath will be remilled today, officials have announced. Repaving will take place tomorrow and Thursday. Rain date scheduled for the following day. The village apologizes for any inconvenience.
Schedule For Bath’s Liberty Street Work:
Officials in Bath have released a schedule for the road work planned for Liberty Street this month and into July. The schedule is as follows: ADA Sidewalks June 12th to 23rd; Milling June 14th to the 19th; Asphalt T&L June 20th and 21st; Manhole adjustments June 22nd to the 27th; Traffic Loops June 22nd to the 28th; Asphalt topping June 27th to the 29th; Striping June 29th; and Paving of Side Streets July 5th and 6th.
Star Trek Actor Announces Bid for Reed’s District Seat:
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning is getting a unique challenger for his congressional seat. Rochester’s WHEC-TV says according to his Facebook page, "Star Trek" actor J. G. Hertzler has announced he is challenging Reed in November. Hertzler says he disagrees with everything Reed supports, including his support of President Donald Trump. Hertzler played General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He was elected to the Ulysses Town Board in 2013, and he was reelected in 2016. Also in 2016, Hertzler, along with fellow actor James Cromwell, was arrested for protesting plans for gas storage in salt caravans around Seneca Lake. He says he will campaign through all 11 counties of the district in the coming months.
Bid for Canisteo Town Hall Roof Replacement Approved:
A bid by a local contractor to the replace the roof on the Canisteo Town Hall has been approved. Bill Weakland’s low bid of $11,338 will see the roof completely torn off and replaced with shingles. The board determined that a metal roof would be too expensive.
Work on Corning’s Market Street Underway:
Road work on busy Market Street in Corning got underway Monday, and is expected to last through the next two weeks. Drivers are reminded that free parking is being provided in two lots, one behind the Radisson Hotel and the other behind R&M Grill. There is also free parking and shuttle service at the Corning Museum of Glass visitor’s lot.
Penn Yan Man Charged After Striking Boat on Keuka Lake:
The collision of a powerboat and a paddle boat on Keuka Lake Sunday night resulted in the arrest a Penn Yan man. 58-year-old Nicholas Pallar Jr. is facing numerous charges, including boating while intoxicated and reckless endangerment. The accident occurred around 8 p.m. in the Town of Milo and forced the occupants of the paddle boat – 20-year-old Kayla Wells of North Carolina and 12-year-old Dylan Schrader of Pennsylvania – to jump in the water. Wells was taken to Soldiers and Sailors for hip and leg pain. Schrader was checked at the scene and was released to his parents.
Area Students Awarded Bath Rotary Scholarships:
The Bath Rotary Club recently awarded more than $10,000 in college scholarships to area students from a number of local schools, including Haverling, Hammondsport, Avoca, Bradford, and Prattsburgh. The club annually selects local students who seek assistance with higher education costs as they embark on their college careers. The 2017 scholarship winners, along with their parents, were honored during a special Rotary luncheon on May 25th.
Taco Bell Offering Free Tacos Today:
As part of the “Steal a Taco” cross promotion with the NBA, fast-food chain Taco Bell will be offering free tacos today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The special deal comes after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. The offer is limited to one taco per person. Multiple locations in New York are participating in this promotion.
Catholic Charities Offerings Summer Daycare:
Catholic Charities of Steuben has announced that it will once again offer summer day care. Besides recreational activities like arts and crafts, and games, the 10-week program will also offer educational enrichment, including a reading program and hands-on gardening where the children will eventually be able to eat what they’ve produced. For more information, call 776-7387.
TYSON RECALLS BREADED CHICKEN
Tyson Foods Inc. is urging consumers to return or throw away products produced or packaged between August 2016 and January 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recalled chicken may contain milk, a common allergen which is not included on the product label. Over 2,485,000 pounds of breaded chicken is under this recall, some of which have been purchased by schools. Please refer to the USDA official website for the full list of recalled products:
SCHUMER DISAGREES WITH TRUMP'S STANCE ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
New York Democrat and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that Trump’s plan to privatize the country’s air traffic control system would give airlines too much influence to control costs, creating higher costs for consumers. Trump believes air traffic control should be separated from the Federal Aviation Administration and claims privatizing the system would be safer and cut back on the wait times for passengers. Schumer says these upheavals would impede communication between air traffic control operators and the Department of Defense.
SOUTHERN TIER OUTDOOR SHOW SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER
The next Southern Tier Outdoor Show is scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2017 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds off I-86 on Exit 38. The annual event features several wildlife shows, exhibitors and activities to help locals celebrate and explore the outdoors. The Southern Tier Outdoor Show has been held for the past 10 years, bringing in about 7000 people each October, allowing local businesses and organizations to share their products and services to encourage outdoor participation, promote environmental stewardship and offer outdoor awareness and education. The show is accepting new vendors and sponsors at SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com.
LUMBERJACK FESTIVAL TO BE SET IN FAIRGROUNDS FOR MAY 2018
The next Lumberjack Festival will be held May 19, 2018, moving for the first time to the Steuben County Fairgrounds. The NYSLA hosts 6 to 8 competitions every year throughout the state. Ten of the current top 40 athletes for this year’s 2017 competition battled at the Bath festival in May, which we covered here on WVIN. Hosting this event at the fairgrounds is expected to provide spectators more visibility and a better opportunity to advertise sponsors that make the festival possible. The fairgrounds venue can also house more events, attracting more competitors and viewers to the festival.
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON PULTENEY SQUARE TO ROUTE 54
Maintenance paving work starts today on State Route 415, Liberty Street, in the Village of Bath. Work will occur on the roadway from Pulteney Square to State Route 54. This project will adjust drainage structures, asphalt concrete milling, and ADA ramp improvements followed by paving operations. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers controlling lane closures in one lane, creating possible delays. July is the anticipated date of completion.
HAMMONDSPORT PLACES IN "BEST SMALL LAKE TOWNS" LIST
Hammondsport, New York was ranked 10th in Country Living Magazine’s “Best Small Lake Towns” in the country. The magazine mentioned the ample wine country tourism Hammondsport offers as well as the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum as attractions that make the Finger Lakes town a worthwhile visit and place to live.
STATE SENATE AND O'MARA SUPPORT MEDICAID ABUSE, FRAUD AND WASTE REFORM
The New York State Senate Thursday approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid. Mayors, county executives and other local officials throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, continually point to Medicaid as their most burdensome and costly unfunded state mandate.
NYS SENATE VOTES TO MAKE REVENGE PORN MISDEMEANOR
The state Senate has passed legislation criminalizing “revenge porn.” The bill would establish the crime of non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit images, also known as “revenge porn.” This bill would make it a class A misdemeanor to disseminate photographs that are captured consensually, oftentimes as part of a private relationship which are later disclosed by an individual without the consent of the individual photographed.
LINCOLN GARDENS OPENS
On Friday Governor Cuomo announced the completion of Lincoln Gardens, a $9.3 million housing development for seniors in Hornell.The former Lincoln Elementary School was renovated to be a new residential development with 25 affordable, energy-efficient apartments for seniors aged at least 55 years old. The building has been updated with a new roof and energy efficient windows and doors. Complimenting Southern Tier Soaring, an upstate revitalization initiative to expand the economy and create new opportunities, affordable rents are available to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income.
O'MARA SPONSORS BILL TO COMBAT FOOD WASTE
Friday, State Senator O'Mara announced he is co-sponsoring legislation to cut down on food waste by donating surpluses from the food industry to the community via local food banks and pantries. After partnering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier earlier this year to accomplish the “Farm to Food Bank” tax credit, Senator O’Mara is pushing state legislation (S.6083A/A.8138). The bill establishes a tax credit of up to $5,000 for grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, or catering services that donate surplus or about-to-expire food to local food banks and pantries to benefit the community.
MARKET STREET CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION MONDAY
Corning’s Market Street will close to traffic Monday for about two-weeks to mill and overlay the five-block, high-traffic street. Concerns for construction is the possibility of a hurt economy due to decreasing business during the “peak tourist season”. Some locals foresee a negative impact for tourism when visitors from outside our area see Market Street affected by the dirt, grime, mud, dust and debris brought by the construction of the $1 million summer project. Free parking will be available in the two municipal lots behind the Radisson Inn Corning and R & M Grill to accommodate customers.
GILLIBRAND RISES CONFERENCE USING PROFANITY
State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said “If we are not helping people, we should go the f--- home,” on Friday, resulting in cheers and applause at New York City’s Personal Democracy Forum, a political and tech enthusiast-themed conference. Gillibrand made the statement in frustration with Washington politics adding “And that should be our North Star. That should be our framing principle of what we are doing in public service.” Gillibrand has not been shy about using the F-bomb. She has used it in her 2014 book and in a recent interview with New York magazine. In 2018, she will face re-election for her Senate seat and fights for expanding health care and improving taxes for working families, defiantly challenging Trump on Friday adding, “Has he kept any of his promises?” she asked. “No. F--- no.”
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Looking to Secure Grant
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will apply for a $1 million federal Small Community Air Service Development Program grant soon. The program is designed to help small communities resolve airfare and service issues and would provide the $1 million through a two-year federal grant. If secured, $200,000 worth of it will be locally matched by several businesses such as Corning Incorporated and Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, giving Elmira Corning Regional Airport officials $1.2 million to use to build an airline. Chemung County leads in funding contributions for the grant application while the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency will pledge $5,000 toward the grant proposal and the Steuben County Legislature will pledge another $5,000. Completing the project will facilitate easier international travel.
Governor Expected to Sign Law Banning Minor Marriages
A bill changing the legal age of marriage in New York moves to the governor’s office. It would remove the option of 14 through 17-year-olds to get married with their parent’s consent. The standard age of marriage otherwise is currently 18 years of age. It is estimated 4,000 children aged between 14 and 18 have married from 2000 to 2010. It is estimated eighty-four percent of these child marriages involved girls under eighteen who were married to adult men. The State Senate followed the Assembly by passing a bill requiring court approval before 17 year-olds can marry. Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill,as he has called the it “a major step forward that will protect kids, prevent forced marriages and create a safer New York for all.”
State Senate Votes to Criminalize Revenge Porn
“Revenge porn” may soon be illegal in New York as the State Senate voted on yesterday to criminalize it. The distribution of sexually explicit personal photos without consent of the subject, often an ex lover, is known as revenge porn. Privacy of images and videos captured knowingly and willingly by the victim can be protected by this legislation. Republican Senator Joseph Griffo, who sponsored this bill says the old privacy protections were not enough to protect victims. The bill moves to the State Assembly for debate.
Hogan Promises to Fill Officer Positions Immediately
Tuesday morning Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan announced two police officer positions that opened with the recent retirement of two veteran officers to the city of Hornell will be filled immediately. Hogan said that of the three candidates considered, none of the potential candidates have been through the Police Training Academy and will be provided with this education through the city upon selection. All three candidates were scheduled for an interview right after the Board of Public Safety meeting was adjourned.
Local Leaders Speak About Comey Trials
As the Comey Trials dominate the headlines, our local leaders weigh in on the controversy.
Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:
Former FBI Director Comey testified that neither the president nor his aides asked him to stop the Russia probe or to drop the Flynn probe and that there was no obstruction of justice. We are pleased investigations are moving forward and confident in the process; however, they must not obstruct the progress of governing in Washington. Congress must remain focused on serving the American people by moving important healthcare and tax reform legislation forward.
While Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted:
W/ the Russia probe, Dir Comey felt that there was enough potential evidence that a special counsel was warranted. The contrast is telling.
And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said:
“Today’s hearing also raises serious questions concerning the actions of the Attorney General. The American people need to know what the underlying facts are that led Director Comey to believe Attorney General Sessions’s engagement in the Russia-related investigation was ‘problematic’.”
NYS Police Speed Week Campaign Continues
The New York State Police is conducting a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The Speed Week campaign runs through June 13. Last year, during the June Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,000 traffic tickets. More than 10,000 of the tickets were for speeding, more than 600 were for distracted driving, and more than 200 for violations of the Move Over law.
Empire Access Awarded $3.2M for NYS Broadband Expansion:
Local telecommunications company, Empire Access has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the New NY Broadband program. The program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed broadband internet service in New York State, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all New Yorkers have high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018. The grant will provide Empire Access with funding to expand to more than 1,600 homes and businesses in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, including Burdett, Lodi, Odessa, Prattsburgh, and Pulteney, which were identified as underserved and unserved by the Broadband Program Office.
Dormann Library Budget Vote Rescheduled:
Officials at the Dormann Library in Bath have announced that due to circumstances beyond their control, the library budget vote that was scheduled for today has been moved to Wednesday, July 26th from noon to 8 p.m. Due to technical errors at newspapers involved, including the Steuben Courier and The Corning Leader, the legal notices necessary to properly hold the vote weren’t published. Voters are being asked to approve an increase from $216,700 to $234,004.
CCC Tuition Increasing:
Tuition is going up for students at Corning Community College. The Board of Trustee’s recently approved the increase as part of the college’s 2018 budget. Rates will rise $103 for in-state students and $205 for out-of-state students, per term. Officials note that more than 80 percent of students at the college receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition and more help is expected through the Excelsior Scholarship program.
Grassroots Rail Campaign Hosting Event Today:
If you’d like to learn more about the grassroots campaign looking to bring passenger rail service to the Southern Tier, today is the official launch party. Southern Tier on Track is raising funds for a feasibility study. The party will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Corning; it’s free and open to the public, and it will include wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and a special guest speaker from the tourism industry.
“Solar Panel Collection Act” Approved by NYS Senate:
Solar energy is getting even greener in New York State, as the state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Tom O’Mara that would establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program that would cover everything from collection and transportation to safe disposal of out-of-service panels. The Solar Panel Collection Act would also require the state DEC to work with solar panel manufacturers to develop the program. The program would be financed by manufacturers, which typically offer a 20 to 25 year standard warranty.
Bath Farmers’ Market Open Wednesdays:
If you’re interested in increasing your local shopping, particularly where it comes to homegrown and handmade products, then you should make note of the Bath Farmers’ market. Located in Pulteney Square each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October, vendors sell a variety of locally produced products. Farmers’ Market checks are available for senior citizens through the Office for the Aging, and WIC also has a Vegetables and Fruits Check Program. Food stamps can also be used.
Tesla Charging Station Expected to Open in Painted Post by End of the Year:
A Tesla supercharger station has been under construction on Victory Highway in Painted
Post for about a month and is expected to be open by the end of the year. The charging station is located next to the Dunkin’ Donuts and the same lot is expected to also house a fast food restaurant, a large gas station, a retail store. Tesla has about two dozen supercharger stations built or under construction throughout New York – the next closest in the Southern Tier area is in Binghamton. Tesla supercharger stations are designed only for use with Tesla vehicles, and will not work with other electric cars.
Cashews Recalled Due to Glass in Canisters:
A recall of Southern Grove Cashews has been announced by the Food and Drug Administration due to reports of glass found inside the canisters. The recall includes both halves and pieces with sea salt, and is affecting more than two-dozen states. Customers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
County Land Bank Selects Arbor Development:
Arbor Development has been selected by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation Board of Directors to handle the day-to-day management of the land bank. Arbor was the sole bidder and was awarded a two-year contract for $62,000. It’s expected to manage an estimated eight to 10 derelict properties. The specific properties have not yet been determined, but they will be culled from properties recommended by the county Finance Department and communities in Steuben. Plans are to restore the properties, with proceeds from sales returned to the land bank for future restorations.
Town of Corning Seeking Input with Fire Protection Survey:
The Town of Corning is receiving a $50,000 grant from the state to study fire protection services and it’s asking for the community’s input on what can be improved. An online survey is open to residents at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Corningfirerescuesurvey. Responses are due by noon on June 30th. Fire Departments involved include South, East, and North Corning, and Gibson.
Steuben Co. Deputies Commended:
In a ceremony Monday, two members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department were commended by county Sheriff Jim Allard for their outstanding efforts in 2016. Deputy Dean Swan was recognized as the 2016 County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year, and county Corrections Officer Kris Kester was honored as the 2016 County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer of the Year. Allard said they were “selected by their peers and both exemplify the Sheriff’s Office core values, which are professionalism, integrity, leadership, and service.”
Free Tuition Applications Now Open:
At 12:01 a.m. this morning, applications for the Excelsior Scholarship opened for free SUNY tuition in New York. If you plan on applying, some information to know: the family income requirement is less than $100,000, families will need to have already filled out the FAFSA and TAP forms, and the application is available through the HESC website at http://hesc.ny.gov/excelsior. The deadline to apply is July 21st. More information about applying is available at https://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/.
NYS Senate Passes “Maddox’s Law” Again:
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed “Maddox’s Law” for the second time. The law would automatically make the murder of a child 12 years or younger a first-degree murder charge; currently, the first degree is reserved for the killing of a police officer, correctional facility employee, judge, firefighter, emergency medical technician, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician, or a registered nurse. It’s named for Maddox Lawrence, who was killed by her father last year. After passing the Senate last year, the bill failed in the Assembly.
NYS Senate Approves Tougher Animal Cruelty Penalties:
The New York State Senate has approved tougher penalties for people convicted of aggravated animal cruelty. Endorsed Tuesday, the bill would increase fines and potential jail time, and it would prohibit offenders from owning a dog or cat or other companion animal in the future. It would also require offenders to under a psychological evaluation. The state Assembly is considering identical legislation.
CCE-Steuben Pairs Berries and Barbecue at Annual Event:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County switched up their annual gala event this year into an old fashioned backyard barbecue aimed at the entire family, and the organization reports that it was a huge success. Among the many events was a Pie Contest for both adults and youth. In the adult category: Ruth Troxel of Jasper took first place with an apple pie, and Liz Smalt of Savona took second with a blackberry pie. In the youth category: Dylan Troxel of Jasper took first with an apple crumb pie, Ryker Seymour of Corning took second with a cranberry apple, and Blake Houghtaling of Jasper and Khloe Carey of Corning tied for third with an apple crumb and apple, respectively. The first place prize for the adults was a marble rolling pin and a certificate for a bare root fruit tree donated by Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation. First place in the youth category also received a marble rolling pin.
Painted Post’s Colonial Days Kicks Off Today:
The annual Colonial Days festivities kick off today in Painted Post. The carnival opens at 4 p.m. and will run through 9 p.m. The hours will be the same all week through Friday. Saturday will run from 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Miss Colonial Days Pageant is at 6 p.m. on Friday. The fireman’s parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; the Colonial Days Parade will follow at 11 a.m. Many more events are planned including a chicken bbq, a beer tent, and live music.
Gander Mountain Closing Six Upstate Stores:
Gander Mountain has announced that it will be closing six stores across upstate New York, including one in Rochester. A loss of close to 250 jobs is expected. The closures will take place between August 17th and August 31st.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing Today:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing today at 5p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported…prior to the tax levy vote to be held on Thursday from noon to 8pm at the library. In a statement, officials said patrons visited the library more than 65,000 times last year. The number of library card holders includes just shy of 12,000 resident and more 2,100 non-resident patrons. In addition, the Empire Room was used 540 times by 50 different groups and community organizations in 2016.
2 Steuben Deputies Commended for Actions After Trooper was Struck:
Two Steuben County deputies have been commended for their actions following the May 17th pickup truck-vehicle accident on I-86 which resulted in serious injuries for a local state trooper. County Sgt. Shawn Shutt witnessed the accident when the pickup slammed into the back of Trooper Craig Foglia’s patrol vehicle during a traffic stop east of the Campbell rest area. According to county Sheriff Jim Allard, Shutt immediately positioned his vehicle behind the wreckage and rendered assistance to the critically injured trooper. Shutt assessed the chaotic scene, which included a second accident in the westbound lane, called for additional resources, and continued medical assistance for Foglia. Allard said he received a letter from the Superintendent of the New York State Police stating that Shutt’s swift action may have saved Foglia’s life. Shutt was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Brain Logsdon, who responded, also assessed the situation, calling in and directing additional resources and providing effective radio communication between responders. Allard said both men showed the professionalism, commitment to duty and principles the county Sheriff’s department prides itself in.
Flooding Along Rt. 14 in Watkins Glen:
The strong thunderstorms Monday afternoon brought damaging rains and flooding to Watkins Glen. Traffic on Route 14 was diverted for roughly two hours while emergency crews battled with the water. Sandbags were brought in from local fire departments, but some homes and businesses were flooded.
Guthrie Corning Recognized for Patient Safety:
Guthrie Corning Hospital has been honored with the Women’s Choice Award – a national organization that recognizes hospitals for excellence in patient safety and customer service. The award uses data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services including, readmission rates, mortality rates, infection, safety of care, timeliness of care, and appropriate use of medical imaging. Guthrie Corning ranks in the top 15 percent of over 3,000 hospitals for patient safety. It’s also recognized as one of 10 hospitals in New York State with a four-star rating.
NY A.G. Speaks Out Against Ringless Robocalls:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining with the attorneys general from Kentucky and Massachusetts in urging the Federal Communications Commission to crackdown on ringless robocall messages. The A.G.s are opposing a petition that was filed by All About the Message requesting that such calls be exempt from consumer protections under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Ringless robocalls deliver voicemails to consumers without causing their phones to ring, which All About the Message argues should not be considered “calls.” The A.G.s say it would allow people to receive even more harassing messages.
Small Fire at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan:
A discarded cigarette is being cited as the cause of a small fire at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan over the weekend. Firefighters were called to the restaurant Saturday night and discovered a small mulch fire outside the building.
President Signs Bill to Help Families of Fallen Officers:
A bipartisan bill led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Grassley that would help the families of fallen officers has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. The bill looks to reduce the time between when families of fallen first responders apply for benefits and when they receive them. It will require the Justice Department to post weekly status updates for all pending claims on its website and it will put in strict requirements for the DOJ before it can reject a claim. The bill will apply to all claims that are pending at the time of the bill’s enactment, as well as all filed after.
Rabies Clinic in Campbell:
The Town of Campbell will hold a rabies clinic on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town Highway Garage. A voluntary donation of $5 per pet is requested. Dogs, cats, and ferrets will be welcome, though officials urge ferret owners to call ahead to check on the availability of the vaccine. For more information, call 527-8244, EXT. 213.
Three Arrested in Residential Burglary Investigation:
A six month investigation into multiple residential burglaries in the Towns of Woodhull, Troupsburg, and Jasper has resulted in multiple charges against three people, and the recovery of a large quantity of stolen property, according to the New York State Police. Troopers from Hornell and Wayland have charged 27-year-old Zachary Barber of Westfield, Pennsylvania, 23-year-old Christopher Sutton of Cameron Mills, and 45-year-old Mark Walton of Jasper each with Burglary. Barber was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny. Walton was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 cash bail. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.
State Police Seek Suspected Shoplifter:
The State Police of Painted Post are asking for the public’s help in locating a person they say stole from the Walmart in Erwin. Police say the subject entered the store in the early morning hours of May 30th and left without paying for merchandise. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYSP at 962-6865.
Unemployment Drops to 4.3%:
Despite the fact that the U.S. economy added less jobs that expected in May, the unemployment rate still dropped to 4.3 percent, its lowest level since May 2001. 138,000 jobs were added last month, bringing the total added so far this year to 810,000. It’s expected as a result that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month, as officials indicated last week that they would do so if the economy stayed on track.
State Comptroller Visits Hornell to Help Residents Claim Funds:
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was in Hornell Friday to help residents of Steuben
and Allegany counties reclaim funds owed to them by New York State. If you were unable to make it the event on Friday, DiNapoli reminds residents that there is no time limit on how long you have to collect, as he pointed out that his office is still in possession of money from the 1940s and 50s. You can see if you have money coming by visiting http://www.osc.state.ny.us and searching under the unclaimed funds link.
More Contentious Town Halls for Reed:
Representative Tom Reed once again faced contentious crowds as he held several town halls over the weekend. Spectrum News reports that in Geneva attendees held signs reading “save the earth” and “don’t take away our care.” At the White Springs Fire Department, Reed was shouted down several times as he was questioned about healthcare and President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Reed says he will continue to keep up the dialogue with his constituents.
REED HOLDS TOWN HALLS
Congressman Tom Reed will be holding a series of town halls today. He is scheduled for four appearances across the 23rd district. The town halls will be as follows:
Trumansburg Fire Department at 8:30 am
White Springs Fire Association in Geneva at 11:00 am
Town of Bradford Fire Department at 1:30 pm
Erin Town Hall at 4:00 pm
NURSING SCHOLARSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED AT COUNTY MEETING
When the Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee meets next week in Bath, it will discuss a proposal to create a county nursing scholarship program in conjunction with Corning Community College. According to documents filed with lawmakers, there are more than 200 vacant nursing jobs in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. The college would nominate a county resident and the legislature would award the $10,000 scholarship.
FOOD BANK OF THE SOUTHERN TIER RECOGGNIZED WITH AWARD
Beating out more than 200 food banks across the country, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been named the “Feeding America 2017 Food Bank of the Year.” The food bank serves 6 counties in the Southern Tier and last year provided 9.8 million meals to people in need. Officials at the food bank say the need is actually about 13 million, fortunately the award comes with a $20,000 prize comes that they say will go toward closing the gap.
BATH VA HONORED WITH GREENHEALTH EMERALD AWARD
The Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth has been awarded to the Bath VA Medical Center. The title is presented to applicants that have exveptional scores in green practives such as recycling and waste reducation and a strong commitement to sustainability while providing leadership to their local communties. The VA's recycling program at the VAMC was what won the Emerald Award. Last year over 171 tons of materials were recycled, making up 44 percent of total solid waste generated by the VAMC.
CUOMO PROMISES JOBS AND CLEAN ENERGY
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he aims to create thousands of clean energy jobs in the state by introducing the Clean Climate Careers Initiative, a strategy to expand New York's clean energy economy and prepare the current worforce for long-term careers in the green energy industry. The plan focuses on accelerating renewable energy growth and efficiency and creating 40,000 by 2020. New York State will first make a $1.5 billion investment in renewable energy projects, resulting in 2.5 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.
C-PP Student Airlifted After Bridge Fall:
A 15-year-old Corning high school student was airlifted after falling from the Briscoe Bridge Thursday morning. According to authorities, they were called to the East side of the bridge around 9 a.m. and they found the male student, along with a 14-year-old female, over the safety rails. The female came back over the railing, but the male let go. He was rescued from the river and was airlifted. He suffered a neck injury, but the details of his condition are unknown at this time. Corning-Painted Post High School was put into a Hold in Place for roughly 90 minutes. In a statement, the district has said they’ve made resources available for students and staff, and advise parents that if they have any concerns about their children to contact the school counselor.
Gov. Cuomo Says NY Will Abide by Climate Change Accord:
Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will continue to abide by the 190 nation agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Cuomo says he’ll use executive orders to ensure New York continues to boost renewable energy while reducing emissions tied to climate change. In a statement, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also called the President’s decision “reckless” and harmful for the nation and the planet.
Travel Advisory – C.R. 69 closing 6/12:
County Route 69, between Chamberlain and Turnpike roads, in the Towns of Avoca and Howard, will be closed to all traffic starting June 12th through June 15th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The road will be closed to replace several cross culverts. There will not be an onsite detour.
Event to Help Residents Look for Unclaimed Funds in Hornell:
Today, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the New York State Comptroller’s Office will be at Hornell City Hall to help residents of Steuben and Allegany counties look for unclaimed funds that they may be owed by New York State. According to the Comptroller’s Office, more than $10 million is owed to residents in Steuben and Allegany counties.
DMV Warns Against Fake Ticket Scam:
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents against a fake ticket email that may expose their computers to a virus. The fake emails pretend to be from the DMV, stating that the recipient has several outstanding traffic violations and they must pay a ticket within 48 hours or their license will be revoked. The emails provide two links to either plead guilty or to refute the tickets. The links go to a malicious download. The DMV says if you receive one of these emails to delete it immediately, and do not click on any links in the email and do not forward it.
Scripps Run Ends for PP Student:
The chase for the Scripps National Spelling Bee crown has come to an end for 14-year-old Painted Post student Nikhil Lahiri. In competition Thursday, Lahiri incorrectly spelled the world “coloboma.” He finished in the Top 40.
Food Bank of the Southern Tier “Food Bank of the Year”:
Beating out more than 200 food banks across the country, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been named the “Feeding America 2017 Food Bank of the Year.” The food bank serves 6 counties in the Southern Tier and last year provided 9.8 million meals to people in need. Officials at the food bank say the need is actually about 13 million, fortunately the award comes with a $20,000 prize comes that they say will go toward closing the gap.
Over 12,000 Tickets Issued over Memorial Day Weekend:
The New York State Police have released the results of their STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend enforcement and they report over 12,000 tickets were issued and nearly 240 people were arrested. Troopers also investigated 146 personal injury crashes which resulted in 190 people injured. In the Southern Tier, 19 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Dairy Festival in Bath Tomorrow, Expect Travel Restrictions:
The 61st Annual Dairy Festival Parade marches through Bath tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. and Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents to expect traffic restrictions. Tomorrow, parking meters along the parade route will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. At 8 a.m., Liberty Street from Washington to Steuben will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed no later than 8 a.m. Any vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic detours will be in place by 10:15 a.m. and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the parade.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library offers and how it’s supported prior to the vote on Thursday, June 8th. Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. at the library.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 415/Babcock Hollow in Bath:
The New York State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 and Babcock Hollow Road in Bath on Monday, weather permitting. The project will extend from Interstate 86 at Exit 39 to May Street, for a total of approximately 1.9 miles. Motorists will encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.
Bath V.A. Receives Greenhealth Award:
In recognition for being a leader in healthcare sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Bath V.A. Medical Center has received the prominent Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. The award is presented to applicants that have more advanced programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories such as reducing and recycling waste, energy management, water use reduction, sustainable sourcing, and green buildings. The Bath VAMC’s strong waste recycling program contributed its win. In 2016, the facility recycled over 171 tons of materials.
Federal Funding Awarded to E-C Airport:
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $63,000 in federal funding for infrastructure upgrades at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $40 million in state funds for the airport’s expansion and renovation. The money is part of the Airport Improvement Program which will see over $17 million in federal funding go to airports across upstate New York.
Local Student Passes First Round at National Spelling Bee:
Local student, 14-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post, has made it past the first round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Nikhil successfully spelled “guayabera” to make it through the preliminary round. The next round of competition starts today at 10 a.m.
Changes to Medicare ID Cards:
Changes are coming to Medicare ID cards in an effort to help prevent identity theft. The new cards, which are expected to start being issued next April, will no longer have beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers. Instead, there will be randomly-assigned numbers called a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier.”
Market Street to be Closed for Road Work:
Busy Market Street in Corning is expected to be closed for roughly two weeks starting June 12th for work to mill and overlay the street. To help with the disruption, the city has announced that it will provide free parking in two lots, one behind the Radisson Hotel and the other behind R&M Grill, to accommodate customers who won’t be able to park on the street. Customers can also use free parking and shuttle service at the Corning Museum of Glass visitor’s lot. Riders will be dropped off on Tioga Avenue at the old bus stop across from Centennial Park.
Savona to Flush Hydrants
Savona’s Village water department plans to flush village hydrants for two days on June 5 and June 6. Residents are reminded that during this time their water may run cloudy.
Corning Funding Increase Improves Roads
Public complaints about the condition of city streets have decreased significantly since the Corning City Council added $100,000 to their annual budget for the past six years to upgrade roads. On May 15, the council voted to increase the proposed 2017-18 spending plan an additional $100,000 for street renovations, bringing the proposed budget to $16.6 million and increasing city taxes from $11.17 to $11.45 per $1,000 of assessed value. The council will vote on the proposed budget on 6:30pm on Monday at Corning City Hall.
NYS Court of Appeals Hears Assisted Suicide Case
The Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday regarding physician-assisted suicide in a case filed by terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending medication from a physician. The plaintiffs’ attorney want judges to reverse a lower court ruling dismissing this challenge, as they believe current laws against assisting suicide shouldn’t apply to patients who are terminally ill due to their incurable condition. An attorney representing the state says that assisted suicide is a policy issue that must be left to the Legislature. A ruling is anticipated by the end of the summer.
Cuomo Announces After-School Expansion
Governor Cuomo announced $36 million of funding is available to school districts that are high-need to expand their after-school programs. Non-profit agencies can partner with theses eligible school districts to make these programs possible. The following is criteria for eligibility:
Must be located in municipalities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Must be located in a county that had a child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015;
Must have a district child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015; or
Had between 5,000 and 20,000 students living in poverty within the school district in 2015.
Cuomo's Office identified Elmira City School District and Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District as eligible for this funding .The Request for Proposals is available at: www.ocfs.ny.gov/main/bcm/rfp.asp.
ASPCA Offers Disaster Response Bootcamp
ASPCA and New York State will host the first statewide Disaster Response Bootcamp training at the beginning of June. It will provide critical animal water rescue training to the state's Community Animal Response Teams and emergency response agencies. Training participants will be taken on June 3rd and 4th, and trained by the New York State Department of Agriculture, Markets’ Animal Industry Division and the ASPCA. The course provides life-saving, hands-on training to responders, animal control officers and volunteers so they can better help pets during flood emergencies. Starting with classroom training on June 2nd at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the class will also cover hands-on field training on the water on June 3rd and 4th.
Erwin to Review Site Plan for Town Center Rd.:
The Town of Erwin Planning Board will meet next Monday to review a number of applications from Family Life Ministries. The Board will examine a site plan proposal from Family Life for a 124,000 square foot building on Town Center Road. Family Life is also seeking lot subdivisions and approval to disturb natural landscape.
Senator Schumer Pushes to Have 74 Sailors Added to Vietnam Memorial:
The families 74 sailors who died on board the U.S.S. Frank E Evans in the South China Sea during a war-related exercise are getting help from Senator Charles Schumer in their push to have the names added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Schumer has sent a letter to the acting Secretary of the Navy in support of the sailors. The families have been fighting for years to have the names added, but the accident happened outside the designated combat zone, so they’ve been left off. Senator Schumer says geography shouldn’t be a barrier to recognition when it comes to service.
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation Approves Free Tuition Regs.:
Regulations for New York State’s free college tuition plan have been approved by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees. The plan covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less. Students will have to pay for room, board, and other expenses out of pocket. Recipients of the scholarship will have to remain in New York for as many years as they receive the benefit, and they’ll have to repay the money as a loan if they take a job out of state. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, regulations have been approved that will waive or postpone repayment in “cases of extreme hardship” and provide flexibility for military service members and disabled students. Students can begin applying for the free tuition plan on June 7th.
Catholic Charities Recognized:
At the recent annual ProAction Awards Breakfast Catholic Charities of Steuben was recognized with the “Promise of Community Action” Award. The award recognizes a business, elected official, community partner, or community member who embodies the “Promise of Community Action: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.” Catholic Charities provides access to resources and opportunities for people to enrich their quality of life, including healthy child development, health mental wellness, and freedom from substance dependency.
Snug Harbor Building Damaged Again in Second Fire in Six Months:
For the second time in six months, fire crews were called to the building that housed Snug Harbor in Hammondsport on Saturday. Officials say the fire caught just before 3 a.m., and it took roughly 45 minutes to get under control. One person was injured as they escaped from a bedroom on the second floor, but the restaurant was relatively undamaged, according to the new owner. The restaurant had just re-opened the day before. The owner said they hope to reopen the restaurant again over the 4th of July weekend.
Trooper Foglia’s Condition Upgraded to Satisfactory:
Trooper Craig Foglia’s condition has been upgraded from guarded to satisfactory, according to officials at Strong Memorial who spoke with 13-WHAM. The 13-year law enforcement veteran was seriously injured when his patrol vehicle was struck from behind during a traffic stop on I-86 in the Town of Campbell. The driver of the truck that hit Foglia’s vehicle hasn’t been charged. Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Drugs Bound for Arkport Stopped in West Sparta:
A car said to be full of marijuana bound for Arkport was stopped by Livingston County authorities in West Sparta thanks to a tip that came into the Sheriff’s office tip line in Geneseo. The vehicle was stopped on 390 and authorities said they recovered 20 small marijuana plants. 53-year-old Christopher Erbe, of Rush, was charged and released.
$150K For Southern Tier Libraries:
$150,000 in federal funding has been announced for libraries in the Southern Tier. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said the funding will benefit the Southern Tier Library System, which covers 21 public libraries across Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. The money will be used to upgrade fiber infrastructure.
Winning Take 5 Ticket Sold in Bath:
The New York Lottery has announced that a single top-prize ticket worth $74,200.50 for Thursday’s Take 5 drawing was sold in Bath. The ticket was sold at Hatfields on Ganesvoort Street. Winning Take 5 tickets can be cashed up to one year from the date of the drawing.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Bath:
The Bath VA Medical Center is hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery today. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is this year’s keynote speaker.
REED ANNOUNCES TOWN HALLS
Congressman Tom Reed has announced another series of town hall meetings. On Saturday June 3rd, Reed will be at several locations to include the Bradford Fire Hall from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.
NEW YORK SENATE PASSES VETERAN LEGISLATION
The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills, in recognition of Memorial Day, that will honor the state’s veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The bills would rename the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor of Purple Heart recipients, reduce property taxes for disabled veterans, help Gold Star Parents, establish the crime of stolen valor, and support the American flag, among other measures.
WINNING TAKE 5 TICKET SOLD IN BATH
The New York Lottery announced a single top-prize ticket worth $74,200.50 for Thursday’s Take 5 drawing was sold in Bath. The ticket for was sold at Hatfields at 113 Ganesvoort St. The winning numbers for the May 23 Take 5 drawing were: 02 – 08 – 21 – 31 - 35. Take 5 tickets that are winners can be cashed up to one year from the date of the drawing.
FOSTER PARENTS HONORED AT SOCIAL SERVICES BANQUET
Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller honored foster parents at her department’s recent Foster Care Parents Banquet held at the VFW Hall in Bath. “Foster parents are courageous, selfless and compassionate. They protect and guide, kiss boo- boos and encourage our children to dream,” Muller said. Children are welcomed by foster parents in the county have a wide variety of needs, Muller said at the event: “At the end of the day, foster parents are the bridge over troubled water. Foster parents are the designated heroes.”
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS STRESS TREATMENT AT DRUG FORUM
This week Hornell High School hosted the Steuben County Substance Abuse Forum featuring officials like Hornell City Police Chief Ted Murray and Sheriff Jim Allard as panelists. Due to the numerous inmates at the county jail convicted of drug crimes and drug deaths tripling from 2015 to 2016, Allard noted that the county is looking into peer counseling for inmates detoxing during their sentences.
VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED AT RSVP AWARDS
The annual RSVP awards tea honored exceptional volunteers at Hammondsport’s Glenn Curtiss Museum. Bath’s Elin Peterson received to “Louise Argentieri Service Award” for averaging 170 hours as an activities assistant at Harriett & Taylor Health Center in Bath. Dolores D’Apice of Hornell earned the “Spirit of Volunteerism Award”for her 23 year service delivering meals to the homebound for the ProAction Senior Nutrition home delivery program. “New York State Health Facilities Association Volunteer of the Year Award” went to Rick Packer of Hornell for founding a men’s group at Hornell Gardens.
Parole Reform Passes Senate:
The New York State senate has approved parole reform legislation that would extend the period of time that certain convicted murderers have to wait to apply for a parole hearing. Under the existing law, the state Parole Board is required to allow inmates to request a parole hearing every two years. The new bill would extend that time between hearings from two to five years for offenders convicted of first-and-second degree murder, or aggravated murder. Earlier this month, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, along with family members of murder victims, including the family of Derrick Robie of Savona, called for the law’s approval. The law now moves to the Assembly.
Bath P.D. Connects with MobilePatrol:
The Bath Village Police Department is now connected with MobilePatrol. MobilePatrol helps police agencies rapidly communicate public safety information such as emergency alerts, jail bookings, VINE notifications, arrest warrants, and lists of most-wanted persons and sex offenders. Users of the app can also send crime tips and offender sightings directly to police. The police department has already received 137 tips from the community.
Goodrich Autoworks Donates Two Cars to Those in Need:
As a part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program, Goodrich Auto in Bath recently donated two cars to a veteran and a family in need. Joanna Stevens of Canisteo, one of the winners, said that they need to travel frequently for their children – they have a son that was born prematurely, and a daughter that’s autistic. Now they know they’ll be able to get where they need to go and that they’ll be able to get there safely. Brannden Hanchett, an Army veteran and the winner of the second car, commended Goodrich’s, saying that he’s so happy to see “that there are good people out here that are actually trying to help out.” This was Goodrich’s first time participating in the national event. The program has seen over 1,000 vehicles donated since 2007.
Allegiant Offering Free Services for Qualifying Military Personnel:
With Memorial Day just days away and we prepare to remember and honor all veterans and military members, an airline that serves the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has announced that it is now offering select free services for qualifying military personnel. Allegiant will offer 3 pieces of checked baggage free, no charge for oversized checked baggage, one carry-on with size limits, free boarding pass printing at the airport, free seat assignments (pending availability), and up to one pet in cabin for free to U.S. active or reserve duty, National Guard, and their families. Active military will also be given boarding priority at no charge, and will not be charged for a change or cancellation due to a change in orders. To see a full list of services, as well as more information about eligibility and the requirements visit http://allegiant.com/military-discount.
New Restaurant Coming to Big Flats:
The bustling shopping and restaurant district in Big Flats is going to be growing soon, as Moe’s Southwest Grill has confirmed that it plans to open doors in the area. According to WETM, the chain has set a tentative opening date for July 20th in the vacant storefront near Tops and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:
The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be this year’s keynote speaker.
STOP DWI and Click-It or Ticket Campaigns This Weekend:
If you’re among the many planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to do so safely. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Monday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The STOP-DWI crackdown starts today and will end on May 30th. Also, the New York State Police have teamed up with local law enforcement for a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement that is currently underway and runs through June 4th.
CBO Report on GOP Healthcare Bill, Could Leave Millions Without Coverage:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report has been released for the proposed GOP healthcare replacement bill. According to their findings, the bill would insure 23 million less people than Obamacare after 10 years and it has the potential to impact many with pre-existing conditions. Some Americans would see lower premiums, but the CBO adds that many of those with pre-existing conditions would no longer be able to afford insurance and that many who received coverage would pay thousands more in out-of-pocket expenses. The CBO report is in stark contrast to promises by President Donald Trump to provide “insurance for everybody” that would cover pre-existing conditions, lower deductibles, and avoid Medicaid cuts. The proposed GOP bill, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, would spend $1.1 trillion less on healthcare and would use the savings primarily to finance large tax cuts for high-income earners and medical companies.
Canisteo Man Charged with DWI After Driving Without Tire:
A Canisteo man was charged with driving with intoxicated after Steuben County deputies discovered him driving without a tire. Cody Aultman was reportedly driving on County Route 119 without one of his front tires and he was leaving debris on the roadway. Aultman was issued appearance tickets and will return to Canisteo Town Court at a later date.
Another Challenger for Tom Reed Announced:
A 59-year-old Painted Post school teacher has announced he is running for congress. Rick Gallant, a democrat, hopes to unseat incumbent republican Tom Reed. According to the Buffalo News, Gallant is a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area. In a statement, Gallant said Tom Reed is voting in lock step with Donald Trump and his party. He says one thing here at home, but votes another way once he’s in Washington. Gallant added that it’s time for a representative who will deliver more than lip service. Last week, Ithaca businessman Ian Golden also announced his intentions to run against Reed.
Prattsburgh Library Budget Voted Down:
Voting Wednesday, residents of the Prattsburgh Central School district said no to the Town Library budget. The vote was 84 against to 69 for.
Cuomo’s Favorability Up According to New Siena Poll:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has received his best overall favorability rating in three years, according to new poll by the Siena College. The survey found that 61 percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of the Governor. That number’s up 7 percent from last month.
NYS Assembly Approves Ride Sharing By June 29th:
Legislation that would bump up the date for the ride-sharing expansion for upstate New York is now on its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo following its approval by the state assembly Tuesday. The senate approved the bill last week. The legislation bumps up the expansion date by 10 days to June 29th, just in time for the 4th of July.
NYS Reaches Settlement with Johnson & Johnson:
New York State will receive a total of $1.3 million from Johnson & Johnson in a multi-state settlement regarding misrepresentations in marketing drugs including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Sudafed between 2009 and 2011. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made the announced Wednesday. The company is expected to pay a total of $33 million, and it will so be required to reform marketing and promotional practices.
Travel Advisory – Road Work on State Route 54A in Hammondsport:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced road work for State Route 54A in Hammondsport next week. Emergency landslide repairs will take place about a half mile north of the Village beginning Tuesday. According to the DOT, most of the work will require a full road closure until the work is complete. Work at the landslide repair sites and at the planned culvert repair site have been staggered to maintain access to residents between those locations. Traffic will be detoured using County Route 76. The landslide repair work is expected to extend past the 4th of July weekend. Signs will give drivers advance notice of work.
Participants Sought for Colonial Days Parade:
Participants are being sought for the 54th Annual Painted Post Colonial Days Parade. The event is set for Saturday, June 7th. All types of units are welcome, including schools, businesses, musical groups, and social and civic organizations. Contact (607) 368-8730 or (607) 368-9998 for more information.
Savona End of Year Meeting Tuesday:
The Village of Savona will hold its end of year meeting on Tuesday, May 30th at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall on McCoy Street.
Trooper Foglia Showing “Signs of Improvement”:
There’s been update on Trooper Craig Foglia. State Police officials say he remains in guarded condition, but that he is showing slow signs of improvement. Trooper Foglia was airlifted to Strong Memorial in Rochester last week following an accident on I-86 in Campbell where his patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
$18.5M Settlement Reached for Target Data Breach:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that 47 states and the District of Columbia have reached a $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation in the company’s 2013 data breach. More than 41 million customer payment card accounts were affected in the breach and more than 60 million customers’ contact formation was exposed. New York is expected to receive Over $635,000. Target will also be required to implement a comprehensive information security program and to employ an executive or officer to oversee the execution of the program, and the company will be required to hire an outside vendor to conduct a security assessment.
Governor Denounces UK Terror Attack, Steps Up NY Security:
In response to the bombing in Manchester Monday night that killed 22 and injured nearly 60 more, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that “an attack on one is an attack on all, and New York stands in solidarity with the British people and our friends around the world against the forces of hate and terror.” The Governor also announced that security will be increased at key locations in New York, adding at the “safety of New Yorkers is priority number one.”
Fifth Man Arrested in Elmira Fentanyl Ring:
The bust of a fentanyl ring in Elmira has lead to another arrest. Isaiah McLaurin, of Elmira, has been charged with threatening physical force against an individual for allegedly trying to prevent testimony against the four men previously arrested. 29-year-old Robert Thatcher, 30-year-old Maximillian Sams, 29-year-old Dwayne Banksall, and 30-year-old Carlito Rios were arrested on May 16th.
Amber Alert Cancelled, Teens Charged:
The Amber Alert issued Tuesday for a 12-year-old girl missing from her Cattaraugus County home has been cancelled and two teenagers have been charged. 18-year-old Joshua Monette and 16-year-old John Harvey are suspected of taking McKenzie Wilson and they have been charged with grand larceny, second degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property, and unlawful imprisonment. Monette was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The three were found in Farmersville, near a vehicle that was reported stolen. The owner of the vehicle also reported a handgun in the vehicle and Monette’s father reported a handgun stolen from his residence.
Farmworkers Rally in Albany for Overtime, Union Options:
Nearly 100 farmworkers and advocates rallied in the State capital Tuesday in challenge of a loophole in state law that prevents them from unionizing for better working conditions and overtime pay. Last year, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit calling the law unconstitutional. Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have said they would not defend the law. The New York Farm Bureau opposes the lawsuit, arguing that small farms cannot afford the higher labor costs and strikes that could ensure. The Farm Bureau has filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.
Traffic Restrictions for 61st Annual Bath Dairy Parade:
The 61st Annual Dairy Festival Parade will march through Bath on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. and Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents to expect traffic restrictions. On the day, parking meters along the parade route will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. At 8 a.m., Liberty Street from Washington to Steuben will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed no later than 8 a.m. Any vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic detours will be in place by 10:15 a.m. and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the parade.
Campbell Kraft Plan Closure Pushed to Aug. 23rd:
The deadline for the closure of the Kraft-Heinz plant in Campbell has been extended once again. Officials previously announced that the facility would be closed by June, but it has now been pushed to August 23rd. Local and federal lawmakers have been working with Kraft-Heinz to save the plant since its closure was announced in 2015. If a buyer isn’t found some 330 people would be without jobs.
Prison Time for Man Who Set Nativity Scene Fire:
The man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Nativity scene at Wisner Park in Elmira in December has been sentenced. Daniel Peterson-Green will serve one-year in county jail. After the nativity scene was destroyed, a local family donated a temporary replacement. City leaders hope to have a permanent one in time for this holiday season.
Cuomo Dedicates $10M to Repair Flood Damage:
Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $10 million has been made available for communities that were impacted by the recent flooding along the coastline of Lake Ontario. The money will support recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure. Cuomo declared a State of Emergency in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne counties earlier this month.
Warning Issued for Drugs Disguised as Candy:
After reporting to an overdose last week, Elmira authorities are issuing a warning about narcotics they discovered disguised as the candy SweeTarts. They believe it be tainted with some kind of opioid, like Heroin or Fentanyl, and they’re urging parents to talk to their children about eating or touching strange or unfamiliar candy. The public is also reminded that in some cases, like Fentanyl, opioids can be absorbed through the skin or even just the smell of it can have a negative effect. If you, or your child, finds strange candy, officials say not to touch it and to immediately contact authorities. If you must remove it, make sure you’re wearing protective gloves.
Drug Forum Today in Hornell:
The Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hornell High School Auditorium. The county forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate services.
STOP-DWI Memorial Day, Click It or Ticket It Crackdown:
If you’re among the many planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to do so safely. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Monday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The STOP-DWI crackdown will start May 26th and will end on May 30th. Also, the New York State Police have teamed up with local law enforcement for a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement that is currently underway and runs through June 4th.
2017 Steuben Co. Prevention of Child Abuse Award:
A woman with 27 years of experience working in the field of social services and child protection was honored Monday by the Steuben County Legislature and her colleagues with the 2017 Steuben County Prevention of Child Abuse Award. Edna Kayes, the county Department of Social Services assistant director, was selected from a field of nominees by the county Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. A child protective caseworker for 22 years, Kayes now oversees the department’s child protective and preventive units, managing the highest risk populations in the county, estimated at around 2,000. She also participates in many child and family-related community activities during her non-work hours in both Steuben and Allegany counties.
Bath Baby Club Changes Meeting Times:
A new time for the Bath Baby Café has been announced. Steuben County Public Health Education Coordinator Lorelei Wagner said, beginning June 2nd, the free weekly program will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Friday at the Dormann Library. The Baby Café is a free drop-in support program designed for pregnant women, breastfeeding mons, and all families.
Street Closures in Corning Thursday for Glassfest:
Drivers in the Corning area are advised to expect some road closures this weekend for the eighth annual Glassfest, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a glass ribbon cutting at the Corning Museum of Glass. From 3 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday the following streets will be closed:
Tioga Avenue from the Parking Garage to the entrance of the Bus Stop From 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday
Aurene Lane from Cedar Street to Tarantelli Lane (open for emergency vehicles and deliveries only) From 6 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday:
Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane
Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street
Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane
Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane
Aurene Lane from Tarantelli Lane to Chestnut Street All streets listed above will remain closed to vehicular traffic overnight the two days of the event.
Cedar Street is closed 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.,will reopen at 8 p.m Saturday and close again at 9 a.m. Sunday.
In preparation for the GlassFest 8K race, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:
Saturday, from 6:30 a.m. to
Saturday, from 7:40 a.m. to
Tioga Avenue from Wall Street to Cedar Street
Conhocton Street from Woodview Avenue to Roundhouse Lane
Canisteo Street from E. Market Street Ext. to Roundhouse Lane
East Market Street Ext. from Canisteo Street to Trolley Lane
Relihan Boulevard from Park Avenue to Trolley Lane
Mill Lane from Relihan Boulevard to E. Second Street Ext.
Wayland Man Convicted in Fatal Fire:
Friday a Steuben County Jury convicted a Wayland man of first degree murder, two counts of arson, and three counts of falsifying business records in the fatal 2016 Wayland fire that killed David O’Dell. After the verdict was read Joseph Meyers was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Sentencing is set for June 19th. He faces a possible life sentence. Meyers’ wife also faces charges in the case. Her trial begins on July 5th.
Alleged Parole Absconder Arrested in Bath:
The New York State troopers of Bath have announced the arrest of a parole absconder in the Village of Bath. 29-year-old Donald Rundell, initially convicted of rape and recently paroled, was located at a residence on Pine Street and was taken into custody. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. to Approve Substance Abuse Rehab Program:
Steuben County legislators are expected to approve a new partnership for substance abuse treatment when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. today in the County Office Building. A proposed medically managed detoxification program will be located at Arnot Health Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital with the county Community Services’ Steuben County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (SCASAS) providing onsite substance abuse evaluations of individuals receiving treatment through the hospital’s detoxification program. If approved, the program is the latest effort in Steuben to help victims of substance abuse, now at epidemic proportions.
Steuben Hosts 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial:
Regional law enforcement officers fallen in the line of duty were honored Saturday at the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. The ceremony concluded National Police Week and commemorates those in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. County Sheriff Jim Allard noted the day was even more meaningful by injuries suffered by state Trooper Craig Foglia during a traffic stop earlier in the week. Foglia remains in serious condition in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Chemung Co. IDA Still Paying for First Arena While New Owner Searches for
Despite reaching a deal with a new owner in March, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency is still paying to keep the First Arena open. That’s because of a provision in the $3.5 million deal that allows Brian Barrett to find a new hockey team to replace the Elmira Jackals before he becomes owner of the facility. County Executive Tom Santulli says that Barrett is actively pursuing a replacement. Though it’s unknown if a new team will be secured before the hockey season gets underway. In the meantime, officials say event bookings such as the Professional Bull Riders and WWE have helped the IDA break even on the arena.
Boater Safety Course at Finger Lakes Boating Museum:
A New York State boater safety course will be hosted by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport on June 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students must be at least 10 years or older to attend. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Those 18 and older are required to pay a $10 fee to NYS. For more information or to register call 569-2222. Registration is required.
State Approves New Hornell Hospital
Yesterday St James Mercy Hospital announced they have state health department approval to build a new hospital in the former Kmart Plaza on Seneca Street. Last year, a $55 million state grant was awarded to St James for the project which will include a transition into a fully electronic database system of records.
County Jury Convicts Wayland Man of Murder
Friday a Steuben County Jury convicted a Wayland man of First degree murder, 2 counts of arson in the first degree, and three counts of falsifying business records. After sentencing, Joseph Meyers was remanded to Steuben County Jail for the February 15, 2016 fire in Wayland that killed David O’Dell. Post-trial motions will occur on June 19th.
County Legislators To Vote on Substance Abuse Program
Steuben County legislators are expected to approve a new partnership for substance abuse treatment when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Monday in the County Office Building. A proposed medically managed detoxification program will be located at Arnot Health Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital with the county Community Services’ Steuben County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (SCASAS) providing onsite substance abuse evaluations of individuals receiving treatment through the hospital’s detoxification program. If approved, the program is the latest effort in Steuben to help victims of substance abuse, now at epidemic proportions.
New Grant Funding Secured by Arbor
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $4.8 M in grants for community development organizations. The funds will support developing and preserving affordable housing, maintaining and expanding neighborhoods, and growing jobs. In Steuben County, Arbor Housing & development received $251,000.
Congressman Reed Challenged by Local
This week, it was announced local businessman Ian Golden of Ithaca will run against Congressman Tom Reed as a Democrat candidate for the 23rd Congressional District. Golden is known in the community for Finger Lakes Running, his own business and is running to eliminate the current system’s greed and corruption.
Hornell to Begin Round of Street Paving
A request to the Board of Public Works to do $206,280 of work to repair Hornell roads this spring has recently been submitted. Mayor Hogan reminded citizens this is only the first phase of the plan and most of the repairs should be covered via funding through CHIPS, the state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.Seneca Street, Preston Avenue, Mays Avenue, Canisteo Street, East Elm Street, Merrill Lane and Pine Street are anticipated to be renovated.
Trooper Struck on I-86 Expected to Recover:
According to a release from the New York State Police, the trooper that was struck on I-86 Wednesday while conducting a traffic stop remains in critical condition today. Trooper Craig Foglia underwent surgery Wednesday night and is recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. His doctors say they’re optimistic, but say they expect his recovery to be “prolonged.” Police held a press conference at the hospital Thursday where they said that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. They are continuing to investigate what caused Kenneth Aukett to veer off the road and hit Foglia’s vehicle. In the wake of the accident, authorities remind drivers to always obey the “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to safely switch lanes when they see lights, vests, or reflectors. The law includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, construction, DOT, and tow trucks, and it applies to both sides of the roadway.
Hornell Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud:
A Hornell woman faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to wire fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, 50-year-old Helen Jackson agreed to receive money from others by fraud and forward it to Nigeria. When she was initially interviewed by the FBI, she claimed she didn’t know she was involved in fraud and agreed to stop. But Police say she continued to send money to fraudulent accounts. The U.S. Attorney’s office says she forwarded at least $30,000. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 15th.
Civil War Day at Mossy Bank Park:
A reminder from Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen: 7th graders from Bath and Avoca schools will be participating in Civil War Day today at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities are planned throughout the day with artillery and musket blank rounds being fired between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The park will be open to the public, but only the seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the Civil War activities.
Bill that Would Make Injuring K-9 Officer a Felony Approved by Senate:
A bill that would strengthen the penalty for anyone who injuries a K-9 officer has been approved by the New York State Senate. The penalty is currently a misdemeanor; the new legislation would make it a felony offense. The bill is known as “Mitchell’s Law,” after a Jamestown German Shepard who suffered life-threatening injuries during an encounter with a suspected murderer in November. It was co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and it has gained the support of law enforcement and animal advocacy groups, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.
Federal Funding Awarded to Steuben Co. Housing Organization:
New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced federal funding to a Steuben County housing organization to go towards housing efforts. The funds were released by NeighborWorks America and more than $200,000 will be going to Arbor Housing and Development for use in developing and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and creating jobs.
3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Tomorrow:
Tomorrow at 11 a.m. the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the county Public Safety Building in Bath. The ceremony is the culmination of National Police Week and commemorates the law enforcement professionals in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. The county Law Enforcement Memorial Park, which has finished its first phase of construction, will be featured in the ceremony.
Drug Forum on Tuesday:
The Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum is set for 5:30 p.m. May 23rd in the Hornell High School Auditorium. County officials say the need for information, prevention, and rehabilitation has reached urgent proportions, with a recent report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner indicating deaths related to opioid abuse from 2011 to 2016 account range from 44 percent to 84 percent of total deaths to the Monroe examiner. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate services.
WGI, NYS Fair Announce Promotion Partnership:
Two of the biggest, most popular events in New York are teaming up this summer for a cross-promotion partnership. Watkins Glen International and the New York State Fair announced Thursday that they will promote the other’s major events through ticket giveaways on their social media channels, including the NASCAR Cup Series weekend and the Great New York State Fair. Also, during the fair, WGI will be in attendance with an informational booth that will include a Verizon IndyCar display. The co-promotion efforts are set to begin immediately.
NYS Collecting Worn American Flags for Memorial Watchfire:
With Memorial Day just over a week away, you might be getting ready to put out a new American flag, and you might be wondering how to dispose of your old one. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the answer: a statewide collection of worn American flags that will be disposed of as part of the Memorial Watchfire on Sunday, May 28th at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Locally, a drop-off is open to businesses and individuals at the Henderson-Smith State Office Building in Hornell. The Memorial Watchfire will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 103.
Click-It or Ticket Enforcement Planned:
The Corning City Police Department has announced that will be joining with other local departments in a national Click-It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. The event will run May 22nd through June 4th. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Area School Budgets, Most Propositions Pass:
Tuesday residents took to the polls in their school districts to weigh in on budgets, propositions, and board of education seats. Most area schools saw approval across the board, and many open board seats were running unopposed.
Addison (Budget Passed 339-178)
Board of Education Election - Deb Flint, Michelle Terwilliger, Kim Rayeski
Arkport (Budget Passed 223-54)
Board of Education Election - Jennifer Swarts
Avoca (Budget Passed 284-84)
Library Proposition 228 no-144 yes
Board of Education Election - Kevin Devine
Bath (Budget Passed 359-68)
Board of Education Election - Jennifer Yartym, Michael Warren
Bradford (Budget Passed 95-76)
Board of Education Election - JoAnn Miller
Campbell-Savona (Budget Passed 222-43)
Board of Education Election - Greg Cacace, Stacie VanSkiver
Corning-Painted Post (Budget Passed 923-406)
Board of Education Election - Janelle Meteer, Victoria Zingler, James Webb
Hammondsport (Budget Passed 188-21)
Board of Education Election - Richard Drain
Prattsburgh (Budget Passed 105-5)
Board of Education Election - Brian Robbins
Wayland-Cohocton (Budget Passed 334-68)
Board of Education Election - Rich Rizzieri, Daniel Lander
Car Drives into Bath Country Club Pond:
No serious injuries have been reported in an accident Tuesday afternoon where a vehicle ended up in a pond on the ninth hole of the golf course at the Bath Country Club. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. when a car ran through a nearby intersection, went up and over the train tracks, and crashed into the pond. Witnesses say a woman and three dogs were in the car at the time. There’s word at this time as to the cause of the accident.
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Wayland Man Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors:
A Wayland man has been arrested for allegedly providing alcohol to minors. 53-year-old Calvin Buck was charged with five counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Village of Wayland court.
New Police Chief in Canisteo:
Tuesday, the Village of Canisteo swore in its first Police Chief in over 30 years. Family and friends of the new chief, as well as village and town officials, and many law enforcement personnel from across the county, including Sheriff Jim Allard, gathered at the Nicklebrew restaurant for the ceremony that welcomed Chief Kyle Amidon to his new position. At 29-years-old, Amidon is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, police chief in the state. He previously served with the Hornell City Police, and was the Officer in Charge of the Canisteo Village Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2015.
Governor Proposes Legislation to Protect Drivers Against “Discriminatory”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has new proposed legislation that he says would protect drivers without college degrees or high paying jobs from “unfairly discriminatory” auto insurance rates. The proposal comes after an investigation by the Department of Financial Services found that some insurers use the criteria when determining a customer’s rate – meaning people with low paying jobs could have to pay a higher rate, while those with degrees and high paying jobs pay less. The new legislation would make it so an insurer could only use the criteria if they can prove it does not create rates that are discriminatory. Public commenting on the proposal opens today.
Walk and Roll at the Bath VA Today:
Today the Bath V.A. Medical Center is holding its annual VA2K Walk and Roll to benefit homeless Veterans and promote health and wellness. Participants can walk anytime from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. around the parade ground on the V.A. campus. There’s no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to donate in support of homeless veterans. Donations may include paper products and cleaning supplies.
School Budget Voting Today:
Today the fates of school budgets across the state will be decided as voters hit the polls. Besides weighing in on the budget, many residents will also vote on board of education candidates, and propositions. Polling hours vary by district. Be sure to check with your district for times and locations. Locally: Addison, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport, Hornell, Jasper-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Wayland-Cohocton all have hours from noon to 8 p.m. Polls at Arkport will be open from 11 to 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Canisteo-Greenwood.
2 Arrested During Warrant Sweep:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Steuben County residents during a recent warrant sweep. 26-year-old Heather Creelman of Lindley was taken in a violation of conditional sentence issued by the Erwin Town Court. The charge originally stems from charges of forgery and criminal possession of stolen property. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. 30-year-old Kyle Butler of Addison was arrested on a warrant for criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
$137K Awarded to Corning Fire Dept.:
Monday Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that over $137,000 in federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has been awarded to the Corning Fire Department. The department says the funding will be used to purchase 24 new self-contained breathing apparatus air packs.
3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Saturday:
On Saturday, May 20th at 11 a.m. the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the county Public Safety Building in Bath. The ceremony is the culmination of National Police Week and commemorates the law enforcement professionals in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. The county Law Enforcement Memorial Park, which has finished its first phase of construction, will be featured in the ceremony.
Avoca 8th Grader Wins CCE-Steuben Essay Contest:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (CCE-Steuben) has announced the winner of their recent Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. The contest was part of national Money Smart Week. Youth in grades six through eight were invited to write an essay on if they thought there was a connection between financial and physical health as well as answering what a policymaker could do to help promote financially healthier citizens. The winning essay was from 14-year-old Lexxi Clancy of Avoca Central School. She won a cash prize donated by Serv-U Credit Union, Chemung Canal Trust Company, and Steuben Trust Company.
Power Outages in Steuben Cause Delays:
More than 14,000 customers in Steuben County were without power this morning. The Arc of Steuben's transporation is closed today and that includes the staff. The Hammondsport School District is also on a two hour delay, and Keuka Family Practice hopes to reopen at 1 p.m. (to stay up-to-date visit KFP's facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Keuka-Family-Practice-Assocs-105707902829065/). There was no immediate word on the cause or an estimated restoration time.
Ithaca Businessman Seeks to Challenge Reed:
A challenger has been announced for Congressman Tom Reed’s 23rd District seat. The Ithaca Voice reports that Ian Golden will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2018 race. Golden is the owner of Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company and is a political newcomer. He says, that his business background, as well as his upbringing in rural Pennsylvania, will help him connect with potential constituents across the district. The 23rd district covers 11 counties, including all of Allegany, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates, as well as parts of Ontario, and Tioga.
Apple Investing $200M in Corning Inc.:
Glass maker Corning Inc. has become the first to receive an investment from Apple. The tech giant announced Friday that Corning will receive $200 million from its $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund. The fund is aimed at bringing advanced manufacturing jobs to the United States. According to Corning CEO Wendell Weeks, the investment will benefit Corning’s production facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Proposed Bill Would Move Up Ride-Sharing Expansion:
A new bill has been proposed that would expand ride-sharing services into upstate New York just in time for the Fourth of July. The bill, currently before the Assembly, would allow ride-sharing services to start picking up passengers on June 29th. The state Legislature approved the expansion as part of the budget process.
NYS Considering Device to Fight Texting and Driving:
New York State is reportedly considering combating texting and driving by approving legislation for a “textalyzer” device. Functioning a bit like a breathalyzer, the device would allow police to determine if a driver had been clicking, tapping, or swiping a mobile device in the moments before an injury-involved accident. Similar legislation is being considered in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Chicago. The proposal already obstacles from constitutional and privacy advocates, who cite the need for police to obtain owner’s consent and a warrant for cellphone records, and concerns that the technology would be used to access all the personal information on a cellphone.
Steuben Youth Receive Lisi Award:
Sixteen extraordinary young adults from Steuben County were recognized recently at the 26th annual Jack Lisi Youth Awards Banquet for overcoming obstacles. The students honored at the banquet, held at the American Legion in Bath, represented 13 school districts and overcame odds including poor health, learning disabilities, family tragedies, trauma and depression. They are bound for the military, for trade schools, and for college, assisted in part by financial incentives awarded by the Lisi board of directors. The award also honors late county Sheriff Jack Lisi, who was known for his community spirit and desire to serve. Since its establishment, the program has assisted 226 young adults with non-cash incentive awards valued now at $220,900.
State of the Fisheries Meeting June 12th:
The New York State DEC will hold a “State of the Fisheries of Keuka Lake” meeting on June 12th. The public meeting is part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, and it will include recent sampling results from Keuka Lake. The meeting will be held at Keuka College, in room 109 in Hegeman Hall, at 6:30 p.m.
Corning Sets Tuesday Meeting for Water District Regulations
The Town of Corning wants to amend the rules and regulations for the town's water districts. Before that can happen though, the town will take comments from the public during a hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town offices.
Lindley Holding Free Rabies Clinic Today
The Town of Lindley and Steuben County will be holding a free rabies clinic today from 9-11 a.m. at the Lindley Highway Garage. For those in need of a 3-year rabies booster, you’ll need to bring proof of current rabies vaccination. Animals will need to be contained or leashed. The event is open to all county residents. While the clinic is free, a $5 donation would be appreciated.
Corning to Present 2018 Budget Monday Evening
The City of Corning will present its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 during a public hearing Monday at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The plan calls for general fund expenditures of $16.5 million. $6.9 million will be raised by taxes.
Senior Volunteers Recognized in Albany
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assembly members Chris Friend and Phil Palmesano helped welcome senior citizen volunteers from Steuben and other counties to the State Capitol this week. Honored from Steuben County for their vast contributions were Linda Conway of Painted Post and Janet Schroeder of Lindley. The New York State Office for the Aging sponsored this week’s event.
Hornell Common Council to Discuess Community Development Block Grant Funding
The Hornell Common Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. There will also be a Public Hearing at 6:45 p.m., prior to the meeting, to discuss the Community Development Block Grant funding for the sewer trunk line rehab on Elm St. and Broadway.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:
A traffic stop by the New York State Police and Canisteo PD on May 8th resulted in the arrest of a Hornell resident. 50-year-old James Green has been charged with unlawful possession of marihuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing heroin with the intent to sell. Further investigation led to a search of Green’s residence and he was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marihuana. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 bail.
Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Zone Expanded:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conversation is increasing efforts to try and keep the Asian beetle species known as the Emerald Ash Borer from spreading further across the state by merging and expanding the quarantine zone from eight smaller zones into a single, large zone. The beetles and potentially infested ash wood is prohibited from leaving the quarantined zone. The new zone includes part or all of numerous counties including Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates, and more. Since its discovery in the United States in 2002, the beetle has destroyed millions of ash trees across the country. For a detailed quarantine map, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/47761.html.
“Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Tomorrow:
Tomorrow is the 25th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, where you can help those in need simply by leaving food donations at your mailbox to be picked up by your mail carrier. The drive was created by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the donations go directly to local organizations. Be aware that carriers cannot accept expired food, opened packages, perishable foods, or glass containers including home-canned food. They also can’t accept baby food, unless it’s a full case. Donations can be left in any bag by your mailbox before your mail carrier arrives. Keep in mind that due to this special event, mail pickups and deliveries could be later than usual on Saturday.
Carrier and Bryant Heat Pumps Recalled:
A recall has been announced for more than 23,000 Carrier-Brand and Bryant-Brand heat pumps that are used for heating and cooling homes. The recall includes “Carrier Greenspeed” and “Bryant Evolution Extreme” heat pumps that were sold at Sears stores and through HVAC dealers nationwide. The units can overheat due to faulty capacitors in the fuse boards that can stop working. Carrier said it has received 41 overheating reports, but no injuries, fires or property damage at this time. Customers can receive a free replacement fuse board, installed by an authorized technician, by calling Carrier or Bryant at 844-864-8233 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NYS Reaches Settlement with “Ticket Bots”:
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday settlements were reached between the state and six ticket brokers totaling roughly $4.2 million. According to Schneiderman, since that 2011 five of the six brokers used “ticket bots” – computer programs that beat the public to ticket sales – to illegally purchase hundreds of thousands of tickets and then resold them at higher prices to consumers through sites like StubHub and Vivid Seats. Under the settlements, not only will the brokers pay penalties to the state, but they’ll also be required to obtain licenses to resell tickets and refrain from using ticket bots.
Free Yoga Sessions for Breast, Gynecologic Cancer Survivors:
The Breast Cancer Coalition has announced free, gentle yoga sessions for breast and gynecologic cancer survivors in Hammondsport. The classes will be held May 22nd through June 26th at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required by calling 585-473-8177, EXT. 310.
NYS Sets Historic Tourism Record:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state’s tourism industry set new records for total number of visitors, economic impact, and direct spending in 2016. Last year, a record 239 million visitors traveled to New York State, generating an economic impact of $104.8 billion and generating an all-time high of $64.8 billion in direct spending. It’s a nearly three percent increase over 2015.
31 People Arrested in Finger Lakes-Based Heroin Ring Bust:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday the bust of a Finger Lakes-based heroin ring that resulted in the arrests of 31 people. The 217-count indictment comes after a five month investigation into the distribution of drugs in New York City and several counties, including Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. It’s believed that the ring is the supplier of fentanyl-laced heroin that led to eight overdoses and one death.
Corning Man Sentenced to Prison on Sex Charges:
The Corning man convicted in April of engaging in oral sexual contact with a person less than 16-years-old was sentenced Wednesday in Steuben County. 36-year-old Ruben Baily will serve the next 4.5 to 7 years in state prison. He will also be registered as a sex offender and face eight-years of post-release supervision.
Plan for Gas Storage Expansion at Seneca Lake Abandoned:
There was a victory Wednesday for opponents of gas storage at Seneca Lake. A subsidiary of Crestwood, Arlington Storage, has reportedly given up on its efforts to expand fracked gas storage in the salt caverns as it was unable to secure the necessary customers. This development does not affect the proposal to store liquid gas at Seneca Lake.
Details Released in Horseheads School Bus Accident:
Details have been released in Tuesday’s Horsehead’s school bus accident. According to the Horsehead’s Police Department, Kenneth Voorhees was driving on West Board Street and ran a stop sign, hitting the bus. Voorhees was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way and passing a stop sign. Three students on the bus were injured. They were taken to local hospitals, treated, and were released. Voorhees was also injured and he was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
Tax Levy Increase in Arkport School Budget:
Voters in the Arkport school district will weigh in on a 2017-2018 budget on Tuesday that includes an increase in both spending and the tax levy. The budget comes in at $10.6 million, an increase of 3.29 percent over last year. The tax levy will increase by 1.74 percent, which is below the cap. The budget includes a $100,000 locker room renovation capital project. Also on the ballot will be a proposition to purchase two new school buses, and the board is looking to elect one member to the school board. Voting will be May 16th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the small gymnasium at the high school. After voting, residents will be asked to take an optional anonymous survey about a merger study between Arkport and Canaseraga.
Southeast Steuben County Library Seeking Small Tax Increase:
The Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning is seeking a tax levy increase of 8 tenths of a cent. It would be an increase in funding of $17,401. According to library officials a homeowner with a home valued at $85,000 would pay $31.67 for the year, up roughly 68 cents. Library Director Pauline Emery said the reason is based on the increased cost of living, insurance costs, and the increase in the state minimum wage.
Correction – RSVP Volunteer Recognition May 18th:
The annual RSVP awards tea held at Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum in Hammondsport is slated for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 18th, not May 17th, as was previously released.
Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:
The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be this year’s keynote speaker.
Be Wary of Mother’s Day Coupon Scam:
As Mother’s Day approaches scammers are looking to take advantage of consumers seeking the perfect gift. Coupons claiming deals like half off at Kohl’s, $75 off at Bed Bath and Beyond, and $50 savings at Lowe’s are spreading through social media. But when clicking on the link, you’ll be asked for a name, phone number, or credit card information. Experts remind shoppers to never give away private information for a coupon, and if the offer looks suspicious, call the company.
Drug Form May 23rd in Hornell:
According to the 2015 New York State Opioid Poisoning, Overdose and Prevention report, the most current reports indicate that six Steuben County residents die, on average, every year due to drug overdoses. The report also showed a 28 percent increase in inpatient opioid-related hospital admissions and a 191 percent spike in emergency department admissions during the same period. In response to this epidemic, Steuben will host a Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum May 23rd at Hornell High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families.
Horseheads School Bus Involved in Accident:
There was an accident involving a Horseheads school bus Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of Grand Central and Broad Street around 3:30 p.m., and according to the Star Gazette minor injuries were reported. Further details are unavailable at this time.
Campbell Family Receiving Red Cross Aid:
A family displaced by a fire Sunday on State Route 415 in Campbell is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. A Red Cross spokesman said that assistance usually includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers to help with the emotional aspect of the disaster.
Officers Recognized for DWI Enforcement Efforts:
On Thursday, May 4th the Steuben County STOP-DWI Annual Awards Banquet was held and several agencies and individual officers were recognized for their enforcement efforts. The State Police of Bath and Painted Post were recognized for 92 and 70 arrests respectively, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office with 66 arrests, and the City of Corning Police with 59 arrests. Individually recognized, among others, were Steuben County Deputy Stephen Ellison with 11 arrests, and Steuben County Deputy Brandon Scott, Bath Police Officer Christopher Daloia, and Trooper Colvin with 10 arrests each.
Road Work Beginning Today:
Asphalt pavement overlay work is set to begin today on Interstate 86 in Steuben County, according to the New York State Department of Transportation. The project includes the towns of Howard and Avoca and will extend from Exit 35 in Howard to Exit 36 at the I-390 interchange. Traffic will be reduced to one lane while the work is taking place. Also today, in Corning, Chemung Street from Denison Parkway to East First Street will have paving and utility work done. The area will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mossy Bank Park Civil War Day for 7th Graders May 19th:
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents that Friday, May 19th will be Civil
War Day for 7th graders from Bath and Avoca at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities are planned, including the firing of artillery and musket “blank” rounds between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The park will remain open to the public during the event, but only the seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the Civil War activities.
Arnot Ogden Honored for Outreach Program:
At the American Hospital Association Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Poison Prevention Program was honored with the 34th Annual Hospital Award in Volunteer Excellence in community outreach. The program educates school children in six counties in poison safety. It was one of four category winners recognized at the gathering of hospital executives and healthcare leaders.
Trial Starting for Couple Accused of Killing Man in Fire:
The murder trial of Joseph Myers of Wayland is expected to begin this week in Steuben County Court. Myers and his wife are accused of torching a home in Wayland last year that killed David O’Dell. The couple faces several counts to include murder and arson. Prosecutors allege the pair sought to collect on a $100,000 insurance policy. Jury selection began last week for Joseph. His wife’s trial will begin in July.
$87M Available in Water Quality Improvement Grants:
$87 million has been made available for water quality improvement projects, according to an announcement made by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Funding will be provided for projects that improve water quality, protect drinking water sources, reduce polluted runoff, and restore habitats. Soil and water conservation districts, not-for-profit corporations, and communities are all eligible to apply for reimbursements between 40 and 80 percent of the project costs, depending on project type. More information is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html. Pre-application workshops will be held statewide; more information and a schedule is available at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.
Municipalities Meet to Discuss Shared Services Initiative:
Steuben County officials met with community and school representatives recently to discuss shared services. The meeting was in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent push for local governments to consolidate and share more resources under his “County-wide Shared Services Initiative.” The meeting was the first step in the development of the county’s plan, which will be subject to public hearings over the summer.
District Attorney Wetmore Recognized for Work in Clayton Case:
Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was recognized Monday night during the county legislature’s meeting for his work on the Clayton case in Steuben County. Wetmore served as the special prosecutor. He was presented with special proclamations by Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and the Chemung County Legislature.
Prattsburgh Considering New Deputy Superintendent Position:
The Town of Prattsburgh is looking to adopt a new local law that would create the position of Deputy Highway Superintendent, but first it needs to hear from residents. So, the town board has scheduled a public hearing on the topic. That hearing will be held next Monday at 7:05 p.m. at the Ingleside Christian Church on Babcock Road. Under the proposed law, the town could appoint a Deputy, who is a resident of Prattsburgh or any town that is contiguous to the town.
Robie Family Continues Fight for Parole Reform:
The Robie family will again travel to Albany today to continue their fight for parole reform. They’ll be joining Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Senator Tom O’Mara, who have sponsored legislation to increase the wait period between parole hearings from two years to five years. The Robie’s son was killed in 1993 in Savona by 13-year-old Eric Smith. Smith became eligible for parole in 2002 and has been denied eight times. He’s eligible again in April 2018. Supporters say the bill would help alleviate the emotional anguish felt by victims and their families during the parole hearing process.
Canisteo School Budget Ready for Voters:
Monday night, the Canisteo School Board presented its final budget proposal. The total budget comes in at $23.3 million. Spending is only up .76 percent over last year. There won’t be an increase in the tax levy, thanks in large part to an increase in state aid. Besides the budget, voters on May 16th will also weigh in on three propositions.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
“Crazy” Quilt Returns to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bath:
As part of a state-wide open house event, next weekend St. Thomas’ Episcopal in Bath will open its doors on May 20th and 21st to the public. In addition to the free, guided and self-guided tours, there will be a very special item on display – a “crazy” quilt that was just recently returned to the church. The quilt is known as “crazy” because each block was done by a different person, each in a random way. It was made in 1884 by 25 women as a gift to Emily Millington Howard, the wife of Rev. Oran Reed Howard. It stayed in the Howard family for three generations before returning to the church. For more information about the upcoming open house event visit www.sacredsitesopenhouse.org.
Meth Found in Addison Home:
The discovery of drugs and related paraphernalia at a home in Addison has resulted in the arrest of one man. 53-year-old Charles McPherson has been charged with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Police say they seized about $10,000 cash, over a pound of marijuana, about a gram of cocaine, and about 10 grams of methamphetamine. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Angry Crowds Meet Reed at Town Halls:
Following his vote for the new GOP healthcare bill last week, Congressman Tom Reed held several town halls over the weekend where he faced angry voters. There were signs slamming Reed and chants of “Repeal and Replace Tom Reed” as the Republican tried to explain his support of the bill that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage. It would also allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums on older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. Reed defended his vote, saying that the problems of the ACA aren’t going away, and that they’re trying to solve it.
Bath-Haverling Earns High National Ranking:
For the fifth time in six years, Bath-Haverling Central School has been honored by the U.S. News and World Report as being in the top tier of all high schools in the United States. Bath earned a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness.
Proposed Bill Looks to Stop Spread of Lethal Drug:
A new bi-partisan bill proposed by New York State leaders would help cut off the flow of the lethal drug fentanyl from China, Mexico, and other countries before it does more damage. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin. In New York City alone over 1,000 people died from the drug last year. The bill would give customs and border patrol more resources to detect fentanyl in the mail and consignment carriers. Meanwhile, the White House has proposed cutting funding to the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 95 percent.
“Free Tuition” Applications Start in June:
Applications for ‘free tuition’ scholarships for middle class students looking to attend SUNY or CUNY schools this fall open on June 7th. For 2017, the family income requirement is less than $100,000. The plan doesn’t include books, or room and board.
Union Dues Now Tax Deductible:
Following an official signing by Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday, New York union dues are now fully tax deductible under a state budget provision. The bill is expected to affect about 500,000 union workers in public and private sectors, and according to Cuomo is should save taxpayers roughly $70 a year.
RSVP Volunteer Recognition May 17th:
Dozens of Steuben County RSVP volunteers will be recognized for their dedication to the community this month at the annual RSVP awards tea ceremony. The volunteers will be honored on May 17th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. Awards include the Louise Argentieri Service Award being presented to Elin Peterson of Bath, who volunteered over 2,000 hours in 2016, and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award being presented to Delores D’Aspice of Hornell, who has delivered meals to the homebound for 23 years as part of the ProAction Senior Nutrition home delivery program and has accumulated nearly 8,900 lifetime service hours with RSVP.
Healthcare Bill Passes; Local Representatives Share Opposing Opinions
By a four vote margin, the House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act this week. Congressman Tom Reed of Corning called it a "great victory for the American people". He believes the Act will put the country on the path to fixing a broken health care system. However, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called the Trump health care bill "atrocious" and said it must be defeated by the Senate. She added the bill would harm people at-risk who cannot afford healthcare otherwise. The legislation will move to the Senate.
Bath Man Charged with Criminal Contempt
State police on Thursday arrested 53-year-old Rex Rossman of Bath. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order. He was initially detained in lieu of bail.
Savona Woman Charged with Larceny
State police investigated a larceny from a building. Asa result, troopers arrested 35-year-old Heidi Saxbury of Savona. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She'll answer the charges in court at a later date.
Steuben County Finance Committee to Meet Tuesday
When the Steuben County Finance Committee meets on Tuesday, it will discuss the semi-annual mortgage tax distribution to villages, towns and cities. The total amound to be shared with local governments is slightly more than $534,000. The village of Bath is scheduled to receive about $8,700 while the town will receive nearly $32,000.
State Scholarship Promises Free Tuition
Beginning in the fall, the Excelsior Scholarship will allow New York students from families earning $100,000 or less annually to go to SUNY or CUNY schools for free, not including room and board. Cuomo says the first year of the scholarship program will cost taxpayers in the state $163 million. Scholarship applications will be available on June 7.
Construction Planned for Howard and Avoca
Construction will be underway in Avoca and Howard on Wednesday for I-86 asphalt pavement overlay work, extending 7 miles from Exit 35 in Howard to Exit 36 at the interchange on I-390. One lane traffic with two-lane traffic flow maintained by flaggers while paving takes place. Drivers should plan for moderate delays and encouraged to use other routes during construction.
Corning Man Arrested for Tampering, Theft
A Corning man was released to the custody of police after an investigation of an incident on East Union Road in Bath. William Hall II was charged with Criminal Tampering in the second degree and Theft of Services after State Troopers were called to the Bath residence upon Steuben Rural Electric reporting Mr. Hall used force to damage and remove the lock securing an electric meter. Hall was also had a bench warrant for traffic related offenses. He was issued an appearance ticket to return to Bath Town Court at a later date.
Man Arrested for Meth, Burglarly in Bradford
A 59-year-old man was jailed last night following a burglary in progress call in the Town of Bradford. State police said they charged Bradley Fuller of Beaver Dams with felony counts of burglary and manufacturing Methamphetamine. Bail was set at $10,000.
Bath Resident Charged for Forged Instruments
A Bath resident was charged yesterday following an investigation by the Bath New York State Police in April. Sheri Clark of Bath was charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree, a class “D” Felony. She was issued an appearance ticket in Bath Town Court at a later date.
Cuomo Signs Education Legislation Boosting Funding
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation investing a record $25.8 billion in education across New York State. The new legislation boosts education aid by $1.1 billion, including a $700 million increase in Foundation Aid. Cuomo says the bold investment builds on his commitment to strengthening educational outcomes, including an increase in education aid of $6.2 billion over the last six years.
Tom Reed Calls "Win" for Passed Bill
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning, the co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus announced a first win for the Caucus after it used its influence to get the FY17 funding bill passed. The bipartisan Caucus previously indicated that it would lead the effort to avoid a government shutdown by supporting such a funding bill if it contained no ideological riders. Reed said the Caucus’ support of the bill was the result of the 40 Members of Congress, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, working together.
East Corning In Need of Fire Truck
The East Corning Volunteer Fire Department says it’s in desperate need of a new truck. According to reporter Michelle Ross of WETM, the Department will be holding a three day garage sale, which will continue through Saturday. With this garage sale, the department coordinates registrations of families participating and advertises for them. The families get to keep their own proceeds and just pay for the advertising. To raise even more funds, it's having a chicken barbecue on Saturday at 11 A.M. at the Friends of the Cross Church located on Goff Road. The new engine costs almost $700,000.
Reed Re-introduces HAND UP, DATA Acts
Congressman Tom Reed has reintroduced the HAND UP Act and the Standard DATA Act. Both pieces of legislation, he says, are designed to make social safety nets more efficient and effective. Reeds says the HAND UP Act legislation is designed to give states the flexibility to change how they administer social welfare programs such Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Reed says the Standard DATA Act will modernize government programs and streamline processes by cutting red tape.
Bath Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A Bath man is due back in court following his arrest by deputies Tuesday. 41-year-old Warren Cop of West Washington Street was charged in a warrant with violating probation. He was arrested while meeting with his probation officer. He was initially jailed on $5,000 cash bail.
Cuomo Declares Emergency for Flooding
Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 8 counties being impacted by ongoing flooding from Lake Ontario. Governor Cuomo also announced the deployment of 20 members of the National Guard and a coordinated Lake Ontario Rapid Response Team. 365,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region.
NY Senate Votes to Encourage Organ Donation
The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills aimed at encouraging more New Yorkers to become organ and tissue donors and protecting the rights of those who do. The bills focus on enhancing public awareness. Only 27 percent of potential New Yorkers are enrolled in the Donate Life Registry – the lowest rate in the country. Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in New York – the third highest rate in the country.
Painted Post Woman Arrested for Multiple Charges
A Painted Post woman was arrested yesterday for withdrawing various amounts of money from the bank account of a Steuben County resident for whom she acted in the capacity of a paid home health aide. Darlene Brown was charged with Attempted Grand larceny 2nd (F), four counts of Petit Larceny (M), four counts of Falsifying Business Records 2nd (F) and one count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person 2nd (M). Mrs. Brown was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and released on her own recognizance to reappear in Erwin Town Court at a later date.
Market Street to Undergo Road Repairs
Market Street will be closed for an estimated two weeks to complete street upgrades as part of an almost $1 million project to improve city streets in need of repairs. Work is anticipated to begin in early-to-mid June. Bothar Construction of Binghamton entered a bid to complete updates to about 20 city roads, which is anticipated to be awarded in mid-May. It is not known if the entirety of Market Street will be closed at once or if streets will be closed section by section. Construction has been planned around major Corning events like Glassfest and the 4th of July celebration, for the sake of the local economy.
HEAP Funding Available to Residents for Air Conditioners:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $3 million is available for individuals with serious health issues to receive assistance to purchase air conditioners. Federal funding secured by the state will help New Yorkers with health issues that may be aggravated by extreme heat by providing cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program. Individuals eligible for assistance can apply at their local department of social services right now.
Proposed Hornell District Budget Would Lower Taxes:
Tuesday night, the Hornell School District announced its proposed budget for the coming year and while there was an overall increase in spending, residents could actually see a decrease in their taxes. The budget stands at $38 million, a 2.39 percent increase over last year, and thanks to an increase in state aid, the tax rate is the lowest it’s been since 2012-13. If approved, tax payers would see a decrease of 48 cents per $1,000. Voters will also see five propositions on the May 16th ballot, and there’s one open board seat.
Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge to Temporarily Close Sunday:
In order to install temporary flood control devices, the Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The work is in preparation of any potential future flooding events. City officials apologize for any inconvenience.
Campaign Finance Seminar May 16th:
A “Campaign Finance” seminar has been set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 16th at the Steuben County Civil Defense Training Center in Bath. The seminar will review all state campaign finance rules and regulations, and provide essential information for any party chairs, candidates and their campaign treasurers. Participants can register online at http://www.elections.ny.gov and more information is available by calling the county Board of Elections at (607) 664-2261.
Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge Celebrates NY Crafting Industry:
In honor American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 15th through the 21st, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the inaugural New York State Craft Beer Challenge. New Yorkers can celebrate the craft beer industry and their favorite brewery by voting online at https://taste.ny.gov/craft-beer-challenge. The five breweries that receive the most votes by May 12th will have a final tasting event where a panel of judges will determine the winner on May 17th in New York City.
Turning Point Celebrating 20 Years:
When it hosts the STEPS poverty walks this month, Turning Point won’t just be doing its part to raise awareness of and end poverty, it’ll be celebrating 20 years of operation, and the organization is inviting the community to join them. The three walks are set for May 6th at the Wildflower Festival in Hornell, May 13th at the Lumberjack Festival in Bath, and May 20th in Centerway Square in Corning. All three begin at 9 a.m. with registration. There will be free cake and balloons while supplies last and there will be chances to win prizes. Turning Point serves residents of Steuben County who are living in poverty by stabilizing and supporting them as they work toward self-sufficiency.
Pulteney Man Charged with Abusing Child:
Following a joint investigation by New York State troopers, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and Steuben County Child Protective Services, a Pulteney man has been arrested for allegedly abusing a child. 73-year-old James Desrosiers is accused of intentionally subjecting a child less than 11-years-old to sexual contact. He has been charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child and is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Additional charges are pending.
Bath Man Found with Drugs, Weapons:
The Hornell Police Department got some assistance from the State Police and North Hornell PD over the weekend in the capture of a Bath man wanted on several charges. According to police, two suspicious people were located under the Cameron Street Bridge in the Village of Bath Sunday afternoon, and during their investigation, one of the men fled. State Troopers responded and set up a perimeter. The man, identified as Harold Warner, was quickly apprehended. Warner was wanted on a criminal possession charge, among others, and he was sent the county jail without bail. Warner allegedly had deadly weapons and narcotics on him at the time of his arrest. Charges are pending.
Severe Weather Knocks Out Power to Thousands:
The severe weather Monday has knocked out power to many across the region. In Steuben County, as of this morning, just over a thousand customers were still waiting for restoration, according to NYSEG. The hardest hit, by far, was Broome County, where over 15,000 customers were still without power as of 5:30 a.m.
Hammondsport Could See School Tax Increase:
The Hammondsport Central School’s proposed budget stays below the state tax cap, but residents could still see a slight increase in tax rates. The $13.9 million budget includes a 1.61 percent tax levy increase which would see taxes rise slightly from the current $9.90 to $10.06 per $1,000, though rates will vary by town depending on equalization. A public hearing on the budget will held during the Board of Education meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Annual Savona Trash Collection 5/12:
The Village of Savona’s annual trash collection will be Friday, May 12th. Residents are reminded that all items must be curbside by Thursday night, no exceptions. Scrap metal and appliances must be stacked separately, and absolutely no tires, garbage, construction materials, lawn debris, batteries, computers, televisions, paint cans, or hazardous materials.
Steuben Youth Tackle Issues:
Eleven Steuben County high school students tackled county issues on April 26th at the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session in the county Legislature’s chambers. The program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for the past three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about local government operations. After touring Steuben facilities and meeting with county officials, the students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session. Some of the resolutions they presented and debated included: the need for a homeless shelter in Steuben County, efficiency of the New York State SNAP System, integration of Farm to School programs to stimulate healthier nutrition in students, and more.
“Purloined Pearls” Tickets On Sale:
The 2017 “Celebration of Spring” Mystery Dessert Theater is “The Case of the Purloined Pearls” – a production featuring the Keuka Lake Players on May 20th at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath. The whodunit is a nod to classic movies blended with local color. It includes voluntary audience participation and an intermission with dessert service and prizes. Tickets are on sale now for $15 for one, or $25 for a pair at the Haverling High School and the county Office for the Aging.
Bath-Haverling Budget Hearing Tonight:
There will be budget hearing for the proposed Bath-Haverling School District budget tonight during the Board of Education meeting. It will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
2 Arrested for Selling Drugs in Hornell:
A four month investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in Hornell has resulted in the arrests of two women. 54-year-old Roxann Godley, of Hornell, and 37-year-old Kesi Stallworth, of Rochester, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance following a search on Ranson Street Friday night. Police report they found crack cocaine, money, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia. More charges against the women are pending.
Multiple Steuben Co. Communities named Brownfield Opportunity Areas:
Friday evening, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that several communities in Steuben County have been designated as Brownfield Opportunity Areas. The town of Erwin, Villages of Painted Post and Riverside were selected to become the focus of projects and other actions of redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties. Some proposed projects include: construction of a new West Water Street bridge, improvements to key intersections, redevelopment of the Corning-Painted Post School Building, and streetscape improvements.
Schumer Vows to Fight Trump Tax Plan:
On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to fight President Trump’s proposed tax plan, which the senator says would hit New Yorkers especially hard. The code would end the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and Schumer estimates it could cost New Yorkers an average of $4,500 a year.
Co. Road Work Begins Today in Steuben:
Today road reconstruction will begin on four sections of county roads in Howard, Prattsburgh, Avoca, and Woodhull, according to Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. By August, work on some 104 miles of 20 county roads is expected to be completed in Tuscarora, Campbell, Addison, Corning, and more. The 683 road miles in Steuben County are now rated as 25 percent better than the state average and 36 percent better than the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rating of the nation’s rural roads.
Anti-Poverty Walks This Month:
The 9th Annual Steps to End Poverty walk will be held at three Steuben County locations over the course of May. The first will be May 6th at 10 a.m. at Steuben Trust in Hornell during the Wildflower Festival; the second on May 13th at 10 a.m. at Pulteney Square in Bath during the Community Expo; and then on May 20th at Centerway Square in Corning at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on all three dates. For more information, call (607) 968-4107.
Reed Talks Shutdown, Tax Changes
On MSNBC yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed said he intends to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown “This is a positive step towards getting tax reform to the finish line with the White House engaging the way it did this week.” he said, referring to the proposed budget. Describing the current tax code as “Broken for everyone” Reed promises tax deductibles for New York, known notoriously as a “high tax state” and bring NAFTA “up to the modern age”.
Prattsburgh Central School Tax Rate to Decrease
Tax rates are anticipated to drop without any tax levy increase for Prattsburgh Central School District’s proposed 2017-18 budget, the levy staying flat at a rate of 0 percent. The tax rate is $14.20 per $1,000, down from $14.32 in the current budget. Pre-kindergarten will be expanded from half-day to full-day, made possible by a grant. Total spending for the district has dropped more than 2 percent from last year. The budget will be up for vote May 16.
Tyrtle Beach Beats Fundraising Goal!
The Tyrtle Beach campaign has now easily surpassed the $35,000 mark. Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Jim Allard took the plunge into Lake Salubria. All funds raised go to support local youth programs. The event has raised more than $620,000 dollars since 1991.The estimated lake water temperature today is 55 degrees.
Construction to Begin Soon on Route 54
The New York State Department of Transportation says work will begin soon on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport. Work will include emergency landslide repairs at two sites located approximately ½ mile north of the Village and previously planned culvert repairs at the south end of the lake near Village Shores Marina. Work on the emergency landslide repairs may begin as early as next week. Most of this work will require a full road closure. Once started, work at each individual site will be active during daylight hours, seven days a week. At times, the work may become a 24 hour/7 days per week continuous operation. Traffic during the construction work will be detoured using Steuben CR 76.
Local Senator Pushes for Harsher Drug Penalties
Devastating drugs with life-altering consequences, synthetic products have grown in prevalence in recent years because of their unchecked legal status. To combat these and other dangerous drugs’ deadly impact, Southern Tier Senator Cathy Young voted this week to pass a package of public-health bills to add new drugs to the list of controlled substances and impose harsher penalties for the possession and distribution of these drugs.
Bath Man Accused of Endangering Child:
A Bath man has been arrested following an investigation by New York State troopers and Steuben County Child Protective Services. 34-year-old Ronald Haight Jr. has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers allege that Haight intentionally engaged in conduct likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Criminal Impersonation Charge for David Perry:
After a parole violation charge earlier this week, David Perry was additionally charged Thursday with criminal impersonation. Police say the Elmira man, also known as David Walker, was engaged in a romantic relationship with a woman he met online, where he was going by the name David Jones. The woman was alerted by friends to his true identity. Perry is also a person of interest in the disappearance of a Florida woman six years ago.
Drug Take-Back Saturday:
Saturday is National Drug Take Back day where residents can get rid of unwanted prescription medications at specific locations, free of charge with no questions asked. Many local law enforcement agencies will be participating including the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office which will allow the drop-off of medications at the county Public Safety Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recruit NY Weekend:
Fire departments across New York will open their doors to new members tomorrow and Sunday as part of Recruit NY weekend. The seventh annual weekend of open houses will include firehouse tours, firefighting technique demonstrations, and visitors will be allowed to try on gear. In Steuben County, the Cohocton, Forest View Gang Mills, North Hornell, and Wallace departments are expected to participate. To learn more about Recruit NY weekend, visit http://www.recruitny.org.
Simmons-Rockwell to Expand in Hornellsville:
Car dealing giant Simmons-Rockwell is about to get even bigger as the company announced this week that it plans to expand in Hornellsville. A new 13,000 square-foot Nissan dealership will be built and the existing Ford lot on State Route 36 and County Route 66 will be expanded by 12,500 feet. Officials said they expect 12 to 20 new jobs to be created. They’re hopeful the project will begin quickly. Surveyors were already on site on Wednesday.
Car Chase, Crash Wednesday:
A woman accused of stealing several items from the Corning Wegmans led police on a brief car chase Wednesday before she crashed her vehicle near Painted Post. Police said the woman refused to pull over when officers attempted to stop her and she led them on an 80 mph pursuit on Interstate 86 before she crashed into a guardrail on an exit ramp near Painted Post. The woman was not injured. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The woman has been charged with larceny and unlawful fleeing. The investigation is ongoing.
Bath P.D. Participating in Operation Safe Start:
New York State law requires motorists to stop for school buses when they’re receiving or discharging passengers. Today, the Bath Village Police Department will ensure that drivers are doing just that, as they will be participating in Operation Safe Start. Drivers are reminded that they must stop when they encounter a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students on public highways, multiple lane roads, opposite sides of divided highways, public streets, private roads, in parking lots, and on school property. The first offense penalty for failing to stop includes an up to $400 fine, five points on the driver’s license, and possibly up to 30 days in prison.
Campbell-Savona Eyes $22M School Budget:
The Campbell-Savona school district will put a $22 million budget before voters on May 16th. The tax levy sits at exactly 2 percent, which is the cap, according to Superintendent Kathy Hagenbuch. She added that she doesn’t expect the tax rate to rise much, if at all. The current rate is $17.21 per $1,000.
Forum on Bath Drinking Water:
A forum to raise awareness of drinking water in the Bath area will be held next week at the Bath Fire Hall. The Bath Peace and Justice Group along with the Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club will show how a groundwater system works and how contamination can impact the aquifer. Particular attention will be given to the now-closed Philips Lighting plant, where the concern is that pollutants might have leached into the “Bath valley-fill” aquifer. The 7 p.m. meeting will be free and open to the public on Wednesday.
Walk to Raise funds for PRC:
On Saturday a 2-mile walk will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds to raise funds for the Pregnancy Resource Center. The PRC provides free programs such pregnancy testing, a learning program to help parents, and many more. Officials say the goal is raise $40,000 to help keep those programs running. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. A second walk has been scheduled for the same time at Bellamy Park in Mount Morris. To register visit http://www.prcvalleys.org/walk.html.
Four Face Meth Charges:
Four people have been arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine conspiracy in Livingston County. 26-year-old Kurt Redance and 55-year-old Kenneth Hoag, both of Dansville, 37-year-old Brandie Schumacher of Rose, and 37-year-old Andrew Culliton of West Seneca were charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and $10 million fine. Additionally, Redance and Hoag were charged with maintaining a drug involved premises. Redance also faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine on a premises where a child was located.
Steuben Co. Legislators Accept State Funds:
A plan to redevelop vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben County will now move forward, as the county Legislature has accepted a $500,000 state grand for Steuben’s land bank. The county Legislature set up the nonprofit Land Bank Corporation in July 2016 and expects to partner with a local non-profit agency to oversee operations. The funds support start-up costs associated with the land bank. County legislators have also accepted a multi-jurisdictional grant of $49,200 from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services for police protective equipment that will be distributed to the county sheriff and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.
Reed Confident Budget Extension will be Reached:
Local NY Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he remains confident that a budget extension will be reached and a government shutdown can be avoided. Said Reed, “I think we could come to a rapid agreement amongst Democrats and Republicans. I think keep the government up and running, and then take care of issues, things that I support, like the border wall and the construction of border security at our borders. We can deal with those issues outside of this shutdown deadline that’s coming upon us on April 28th.” Reed made the remarks to the media on Tuesday.
NY Senate Calls for Leadership Term Limits:
On Tuesday, the New York Senate took a step toward enacting term limits for state leadership positions. They passed legislation that would put eight year term limits on the Assembly Speaker, Minority Leaders in both houses, and Temporary President of Senate. The Senate already follows voluntary leadership term limits. The bill to make it official is now on its way to the state Assembly.
David Perry Arrested Again:
The Elmira man who is the long-time person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of a Florida woman, is now back behind bars after police say he violated the conditions of his fraud and grand larceny parole. 53-year-old David Perry was convicted in Broome County of receiving $340,000 in insurance money after faking an injury while working as a corrections officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility. Perry was a person of interest in the disappearance of his then-girlfriend Kelly Rothwell. According to police, he was the last person to see her alive, and he has not cooperated with the investigation into her disappearance.
Wineglass Half-Marathon Sells Out in Record Time:
Proving just how popular the Wineglass Half Marathon has become, race organizers have announced that it has sold out with 3,500 registered runners. Not only is that the largest field ever, but it’s the fastest the race has ever filled. The waitlist is now open. Meanwhile, the Full Marathon is also filling fast with less than 700 slots left. The 36th Annual Wineglass Weekend kicks off Saturday, September 30th with the Corelle 5K. The marathons will be held the following day on Sunday, October 1st.
Companies Will Have to Disclose Chemicals in Cleaning Products in NY:
New York has become the first state in the nation to require companies to disclose chemicals in household cleaning products on their websites. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the new regulations “will help protect New Yorkers and give them peace of mind of knowing what’s in their homes and in their communities.” He added that the program will serve as a pilot, and it could expand to other products of concern, such as personal care or children’s products.
Clayton Gets Maximum Sentence:
The fate of the former Elmira Jackal convicted of hiring another man to kill his wife at their Caton home was decided in Steuben County Court Monday. Thomas Clayton received the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes, which included first and second degree murder. He will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dansville Man Charged with Stealing Drugs:
A Dansville man has been arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medication from two homes in Wayland and Cohocton. 22-year-old Alec Ebert has been charged with two counts of petit larceny, and one count of burglary. At the time of his arrest, he was being held in the Livingston County Jail on an unrelated charge. After arraignment, he was sent back to the jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Dog’s Life Saved in Andover Fire:
There was some good news to come out of a fire Sunday night in Andover. The quick-thinking actions of a New York State trooper saved the life of a dog caught in the blaze. The owner of the black lab mix rushed it to trooper Andrew Tevens, who laid it down on the sidewalk and went for water. A witness said there was no movement from the dog, but Tevens gave it water and started nursing it back to life. The fire is believed to be a grease fire that started in an apartment on Main Street. No injuries were reported and, by the end of it, the dog was said to be back up, walking around, and wagging his tail.
Tag’s Announces Summer Lineup:
With summer just around the corner, popular entertainment venue Tag’s announced Monday its 2017 concert series. George Thorogood, Foghat, Megadeath, and “I Love the 90’s”, among others, will take the Budweiser stage in Big Flats. For more information and the complete list of performers, visit http://www.tagstickets.com/budweiser-summer-stage/.
Deck Repair Closes Lane on I-86 in Bath:
Drivers take note: a lane closure on I-86 westbound in Bath is expected to last for the next three weeks. Crews are working to repair the deck on the bridge carrying the highway over State Route 53. This is in the area of Exit 37.
New Leader Named for SUNY System:
The new leader of the SUNY public college system has been announced. Kristina Johnson, an engineer and a former undersecretary in the U.S. Energy Department, was appointed Monday. She succeeds Nancy Zimpher, who is stepping down after 8 years of leadership. Zimpher called Johnson “the right leader to keep SUNY at the top of its game.”
Drug Charges for Painted Post Teen:
A teen from Painted Post is facing drug charges following a search of a home in Bath last week. 18-year-old William Farnham was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. The search took place on April 18th at a home on Shannon Street, where authorities say they found $3,000 worth of meth. Farnham was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Clayton to be Sentenced Today:
Thomas Clayton will learn his fate today when he is sentenced in Steuben County Court. The former Elmira Jackal was convicted in February of hiring another man to kill his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. Last week, his defense team attempted to have his guilty conviction overturned. A judge denied it.
Campbell’s Soup Recall:
A label mixup has prompted the voluntary recall of nearly 4,200 pounds of Campbell’s chicken soup, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mixup was discovered after customers complained to Campbell that they had received the wrong product in 18.6-oz. cans of “Campbell’s Homestyle Health Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta.” Instead, customers found “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach and Meatballs in Chicken Broth.” The product contains milk, a known allergen that is not declared on the label.
NYS Reaches Settlements with Defective Vehicle Sellers:
New York State has reached settlements with 104 auto dealerships, including 11 here in the Southern Tier, where defective vehicles were sold. The announcement came from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on Friday. Each auto dealer, which were found have to sold vehicles with serious safety recall issues and other hazardous conditions, was assessed a $1,000 fine and will now adhere to strict guidelines and alert consumers of any outstanding issues. The auto-dealers that settled with the Binghamton regional office included: Butler Auto Sales, Sidney; Chambers & O’Hara Truck Center, Inc., Sidney; North Norwich Motors & Trailer Sales, LLC, North Norwich; SHB Associates LLC (Serafini Nissan Volvo), Vestal; VanDervort Service Center, Inc., Vestal; Ridge Road Imports, LLC, Lansing; Milller Motor Car Corp (2 Dealerships), Vestal; Royal Ford Motors, Inc./Royal Chrysler Motors, Inc. (2 Dealerships), Owego; Gault Auto Mall, Inc. (3 Dealerships), Endicott; Gene Balmer’s Auto Sales, Elmira; Jeff Kies Auto Sales, Inc., Apalachin.
Lisi Awards Banquet May 5th:
As many as 17 youth from across Steuben County will be recognized for overcoming overwhelming challenges at the 26th annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Banquet on May 5th at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on West William Street in Bath. The award is presented to young people, aged 16 to 21, living in Steuben County or currently registered in one of the following school districts: Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Jaspter-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Wayland-Cohocton. The banquet is named after the late county Sheriff Jack Lisi. Lisi strongly believed youth needed someone to car, show support, assistance and guidance in become contributing members of society. He served as Sheriff from 1969 to 1987. He died in 1991. Since 1992, the progam has assisted 210 young adults with non-cash awards valued at $204,900. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and are available at Hornell Concern for Youth, Steuben County Youth Bureau, Dormann Library, and the Corning Area Youth Center.
2017 Steuben Co. Hall of Fame Inductees Honored:
The first woman to graduate from college, a physician honored for “Service Above Self,” and a couple dedicated to the service of veterans were inducted into the 2017 Steuben County Hall of Fame Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. The inductees are Hannah Simpson of Jasper, Dr. Roy Robinson of Wayland, and Patrick and Betty Monahan of Bath. The inductees were selected by committee in January from a field of candidates nominated by local residents based on their ability to enhance the name of the county.
Buffalo Hospital Says Patient Records Not Compromised:
The Buffalo hospital that was forced to shut down its computer system after a virus was detected says now that it doesn’t appear patient information was compromised. Erie County Medical Center is still in the process of bringing its system back online. Its website has been restored, but officials say they’ll still work over the next two weeks to restore other functions, such as the transmission of X-ray images and medical record functions. The virus was discovered on April 9th.
CAMPELL MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ABUSE
A Campbell man was convicted of two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. Kenneth Calkins was found guilty of both charges, which are class B violent felonies, on Friday in the Steuben County Court. New York State Police Investigators pieced together the case over an 11 year time period, the incident occuring to the then 5-year old victim in 2005. Calkins was remanded to the Steuben County Jail awaiting his sentencing scheduled for June 19th at 9:30am.
PRATTSBURGH MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE
A Prattsburgh man was arrested on rape charges by the Steuben County Sheriff's Office upon discovering a tip revealing his February 22nd arrest Ashtabula County sheriff's office in Ohio for felony crimes including online prostitution. Steuben County Sheriff's Office was told Stryker's DNA matched an open case from 2015. Daniel Stryker will face two counts of 2nd degree Rape and two counts of 2nd degree Criminal Sex Act for an incident in October 2015 involving two girls under the age of 15. Stryker was arraigned in Bath Town Court. Investigations and charges are pending and Stryker is scheduled for a court reappearance next month.
PRATTSBURGH SCHOOL BUDGET ADVANCED TO VOTERS
Prattsburgh Central School District Board of Education Advanced the School Budget to Voters on Friday. The new budget is a 2.2 percent decrease of expenditures thanks to lower state pension payments and health insurance program renegotiation. The tax levy is anticipated to be unchanged from the 2016-2017 budget. Funds for wage increases, occupational education and special education programming are areas of the budget that will be increased.
ORGAN DONATION REGISTRATION MADE EASIER
On Friday Governor Cuomo announced if you are a New Yorker applying for health insurance through the state's official health plan marketplace, you can ,more easily enroll as an organ donor through the New York State Donate Life Registry. In New York state, over 118,000 citizens are waiting for organ transplants. Friday was Donate Life Day, celebrating and honoring organ and tissue donation.
PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCE INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATES
Approximately 104 miles of county roads in 20 towns throughout Steuben County are set for construction in 2017, costing $5.9 million, $5.4 million will be funded by the State. No scheduled timetable has been released for when these constructions will happen. The following road renovations are planned for the following local towns:
Tuscarora: County Road 5 -- 3.6 miles (Gibson Hill Road to Liberty Pole Road)
Campbell: County Road 17 -- 6.6 miles (CR 18 to SR 415)
Jasper/Cameron: County Road 21 -- 2 miles (CR 71 to CR 123)
Greenwood: County Road 61 -- 8.1 miles (CR 108 to Lane School Road)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415 to near CR 27/70A intersection)
Canton/Lindley: County Road 120 -- 5.7 miles
Addison: County Road 4 – 1 mile (Start at CR 1 intersection and go east).
Tuscarora: County Road 5 -- 3.6 miles (Gibson Hill Rd. to Liberty Pole Road)
Jasper/Cameron: County Road 21 -- 2. miles ( CR 123 to CR 71)
Campbell: County Road 26 -- 4.9 miles (From CR 26 sign north)
Corning: County Road 45 -- 5.8 miles (All)
Greenwood: County Road 61 -- 8 miles (Omit Lane School Rd north to SR 417)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415 to Howard Shop)
Jasper: County Road 71 -- 2.2 miles (CR 21 to CR 72)
Pulteney: County Road 76 -- 2.64 miles (CR 77 to CR 74)
Prattsburgh/Pulteney: County Road 77 -- 6.1 miles (All)
West Union: County Road 84 -- 4.6 miles (CR 124; go east)
Wayne: County Road 95 -- 2.05 miles (All)
Canton/Lindley: County Road 120 -- 5.7 miles (All)
West Union: County Road 124 – 4 miles (All)
Campbell: County Road 17 -- 6.6 miles (CR 18 to SR 415)
Campbell: County Road 26 -- 4.9 miles (CR 26 sign north)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415-Howard Shop)
Howard/Hornell.: County Road 70A -- 8.5 miles
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Corning: County Road 40 -- 2.75 miles (CR 40A to Powderhouse Road)
Dansville: County Road 46 -- 6.5 miles (County line to CR 50)
Hornellsville: County Road 65 -- 2.09 miles (City line to CR 66)
Hornell: County Road 68 -- 3.4 miles (Olin Road to county Line)
Cameron: County Road 119 -- 5.3 miles (CR 110 east to RR Bridge)
Addison: County Road 5 1 -- 4 miles (Addison village line to Andrews Road)
Prattsburgh: County Road 122 -- 1.3 miles (CR 122: Village park to McMichael Rd. Also, CR 7 by
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Howard: County Road 69 -- 2.4 miles (CR 70A to Turnpike Road)
Prattsburgh: County Road 75 -- 6.4 miles (CR 74 to CR 78)
Avoca: County Road 105 -- 2.45 miles (SR 415 to Avoca village line)
Woodhull: County Road 127 -- 3.9 miles (CR 100 to Pennsylvania border)
ALLEGANY COUNTY VACANCY
Allegany County lawmakers on Monday are expected to fill a legislative vacancy created by a resignation. The Board is expected to appoint Phillip Stockin, who is currently a town supervisor.
Motion to Toss Clayton Guilty Verdict Vetoed:
A motion by Thomas Clayton’s defense team to have his guilty verdict tossed has been denied by a judge. Clayton was back in Steuben County Court Thursday for the hearing which alleged that prosecution witness Sy Ray was a fraud. Ray is the owner of a company that specializes in cell phone and tech data mapping. During Clayton’s trial he provided cell phone data linking Clayton with Michael Beard. The defense said if they’d had more time to prepare, they had a witness of their own that could refute Ray’s testimony. However, Judge Peter Bradstreet said they didn’t file a delay request, despite being able to do so. Clayton was convicted in February in the 2015 murder of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. He will be sentenced on Monday.
One Injured in Car/Tractor Accident:
A Rexville man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital following an accident in West Union earlier this week. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle Lowe collided with a farm tractor on Cemetery Hill Road around 7:30 a.m. The driver of the tractor was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Greenwood Ambulance, and the Hornell and West Union fire departments.
Steuben Legislature to Accept State Grants Monday:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday accepting state funds for the county land bank and a separate state award for police protective gear will top the agenda. The land bank will receive $500,000 through state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for use in redeveloping vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben. The $49,200 multi-jurisdictional grant from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services will be accepted for police protective equipment and will be distributed to the sheriff’s office, and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.
Steuben Project Care Workshop Cancelled:
The annual Project Care workshop, originally slated for April 26th at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, has been cancelled. No replacement date has been set.
“Donate Life Day” Highlights Importance of Organ Donation:
Today is Donate Life Day, which highlights the importance of organ donation and transplants. The New York State Department of Health reports that 22 people a day die from causes that could have been treated with a donated organ, and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano – an advocate and former organ donor himself – says that nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 1,700 have been waiting for more than five years, according to Palmesano. If you’d like to learn more about organ donations and transplants, visit https://www.donatelife.net.
6994th Squadron Honored with Highway Designation:
Thursday morning Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Chris Friend joined Department of Transportation officials in unveiling a new sign that designates a strip of I-86 in honor of the 6994th Security Squadron. The squadron served throughout southwest Asia between 1966 and 1974. In honor of their service the four-mile stretch between exits 54 and 56 on I-86 will now be known as the 6994th Security Squadron Memorial Highway.
Bath-Haverling Approves Budget:
The Bath-Haverling Central School District Board of Education approved Wednesday its 2017-2018 operating budget. It will now go to the voters on May 16th. The $36.7 million budget is an increase of 2.3 percent over last year’s budget. There is a tax levy increase of 1.1 percent, but the board says the local tax rates should remain nearly flat so long as there aren’t any extreme swings in property assessments. There will be a public presentation of the budget and all the other propositions on May 2nd at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. There are also two open seats on the Board of Education. The vote will be May 16th from noon to 8 p.m. in the Bath District Office.
Corning Inc. and Verizon Reach $1.05B Deal:
Corning Incorporated has reached a $1.05 billion deal with Verizon to provide roughly 12 million miles fiber optic cable to the communications company each year between 2018 and 2020. Verizon is looking to improve its 4G LTE coverage, speed up the deployment of 5G, and deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.
Corning Meat Locker to Start Regular Hours:
The Corning Meat Locker will soon be transitioning from an appointment-only procedure to regular hours of operation. The meat locker was started in 2015 by the Cornell Cooperative Extension to help connect locals with farmers who usually sell meat in bulk. The meat locker gives residents extra space to freeze and store the food. There is no time-table yet for when regular hours will start. If you’d like to learn more about the meat locker you can call 664-2300.
Town Hall to Discuss Opioid Crisis:
State Senator Tom O’Mara will join City of Hornell Alderman John Buckley this Saturday for a public Town Hall to discuss the local and regional heroin and opioid epidemic. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. at the Hornell VFW Post 2250.
Service Dogs Train at E-C Airport:
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport went to the dogs Wednesday as several recruits for Guiding Eyes with the Blind got in some training. This is the second year that trainers have taken dogs to the airport to familiarize them with the security checkpoint process, which includes walking the dogs through the metal detectors and officers patting the dogs down. A TSA spokeswoman called it “super valuable experience for everybody involved.” Officials said the training took place during the middle of the day when there were no departures so there was no impact on travelers.
DEC Accepting Air Quality Testing Applications:
Applications are now open for DEC air quality testing. The program helps identify air quality concerns by taking air samples from neighborhoods across the state. Applications will be accepted until May 19th. To apply visit the DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/81629.html.
Meth Bust in Bath:
A Bath woman was arrested Tuesday after a tip was sent to the Village of Bath Police Department about someone allegedly making methamphetamines in a house on Shannon Street. A warrant was issued for a search of the house and authorities reportedly discovered several ounces of methamphetamines, a methamphetamines lab, and ingredients to make methamphetamines. 18-year-old Autumn Campbell was charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Lawmakers Meet for Hemp Summit:
Lawmakers, researchers, and farmers gathered at Cornell University Tuesday for the first ever Industrial Hemp summit to discuss the benefits and challenges of industrial hemp farming in New York State. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand to announce the awarding of six more pilot program permits to private institutions – four were awarded last year. The Hemp Industries Association estimated in 2013 that the U.S. generated nearly $600 million in hemp products sold. That number is expected to rise to nearly $700 million this year. One supporter of hemp farming is Senator Tom O’Mara, who called it a great economic opportunity for the area.
Reed Stands with Meals on Wheels:
As President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget stands poised to slash funding for federally funded programs such as Meals on Wheels, local lawmaker Tom Reed is voicing his opposition to the plan. Reed attended the Open House Tuesday for the Meals on Wheels of Chemung County at their new facility and he told organization leaders that he’s committed on the federal level to fight for funding. Reed called the program one of his budget priorities.
New Buses Hitting Steuben Co. Roads:
There will soon be new buses with more user-friendly ramps on the roads of Steuben County. The three new buses are part of the efforts county officials are making to provide more effective and efficient transportation across the county. A study is also being performed on the challenges of transporting people in Steuben and ways are being planned to meet them. An initial report found that public transit with centers in Corning, Hornell, and Bath only cover 427.5 miles out of the 3,147 miles in the county road system. The full study is due at the end of the year.
Be Prepared for Sweeping on I-86 Next Week:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that highway sweeping will be performed on I-86 in the Painted Post/Corning area between exits 43 and 46. The work will start on the morning of Monday, April 24th and will take place daily until completion, which is anticipated for Thursday, May 4th. The sweeping will be done as night work, with crews on the road between the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:30 AM. Drivers are advised to be alert for a slow-moving sweeper and associated vehicles on I-86, and to watch for lane reductions.
Bon-Ton Expanding at the Arnot Mall:
The former Macy’s space at the Arnot Mall will soon have a new tenant, one that’s actually been at the mall since 1995. Officials with Bon-Ton have announced that the store will be moving into the former Macy’s location, increasing their space by more than 40,000 square feet. Renovations are expected to begin next month. The current store will remain open until the new one is ready in September.
Round 1 of Main Street Contest Almost Over:
Round One of the “America’s Main Streets” competition is almost over, and Corning’s Gaffer District is hoping to move on to the quarterfinals, but it can’t do so without votes. To vote for the Gaffer District visit http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=244. You can vote once a day until the end of the round, which is Monday. The Gaffer District is one of 200 Main Streets vying for a $25,000 grand prize that will help revitalization initiatives and promote buying local.
H-Port Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
3-6 Years for Mark Blandford in Clayton Case:
The third and final man charged in the death of Kelley Clayton was sentenced Monday in Steuben County Court. Mark Blandford will serve three to six years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Blandford served as the lookout for Michael Beard the night Kelley was killed. He originally faced charges of murder, burglary, and conspiracy, but they were lessened in exchange for his testimony in the Thomas Clayton trial. Clayton is set to be sentenced next Monday. Special Prosecutor and Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore has said he will be seeking the same sentence for Clayton that was given to Michael Beard – life without parole.
Bath Woman Charged with Violating Probation:
A Bath woman was arrested on April 14th during a meeting with her probation officer for allegedly violating her probation. 36-year-old Lauren Sick was on probation for an original charge of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Sick was also issued an appearance ticket for allegedly resisting arrest.
Excavator Stolen from Schuyler Co. Highway Department:
It isn’t every day that a 20-ton piece highway equipment gets up and walks away, but that’s exactly what happened in Schuyler County over the weekend. With help from a thief, or thieves, a massive excavator belonging to the Schuyler County Highway Department went missing from the side of the road in the Town of Hector. Highway Superintendent Ken Thurston said it was left on the roadside Wednesday night when the crew was done working. Neighbors noted the machine where it had been left Friday night, and then it was missing Saturday morning. The excavator is estimated to be worth around $200,000. Investigators have no suspects yet, but they do believe it was someone with experience with the machine given its specialized nature. Anyone with information is asked to call the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department. Thurston said he and his crews will look to either borrow another machine or rent one so they can continue working.
Hundreds of Tickets Issued in Operation Hang Up:
During the special Operation Hang Up enforcement period earlier this month, law enforcement report that they issued nearly 900 tickets to drivers in the Southern Tier. Statewide, more than 15,000 tickets were issued. The campaign ran from April 6th through the 10th, and it targeted drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel.
Top Aide to Lead Cuomo’s Reelection Campaign:
While there may have been some question as to whether Governor Andrew Cuomo would seek reelection in 2018, or perhaps take time to consider a 2020 presidential bid, it now seems the Governor will look to stay in New York for the time being. It’s been announced that one of Cuomo’s top aides has been picked to lead his reelection campaign. Bill Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration.
Tax Day 2017:
After a delay due to a holiday in the nation’s capital Monday, Tax Day 2017 is finally upon us. If you haven’t completed your forms yet, don’t panic, you may be able to receive a six-month extension of time to file. You’ll need form 4868, which you can get from https://www.irs.gov/. However, keep in mind that’s just for more time to file, not more time to pay. You’ll still need to estimate the amount you owe and pay it on time.
Bath Board of Ed. to Meet:
The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a budget workshop today at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office. Tomorrow, the regular meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m., also in the district office.
33-year-old Accused of Sexually Abusing Child:
An investigation by the New York State Police and Steuben County Child Protectives has resulted in the arrest of a Troupsburg man. 33-year-old Brett Southard has been charged with course of sexual conduct against a child for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 13 over a period of time. Southard has been sent to the county jail.
Canisteo Man Charged in Livingston Co. Drug Stop:
A Steuben County man was one of two people arrested in a drug stop on 390 in Livingston County. According to Sheriff Tom Dougherty, 29-year-old Nicholas O’Dell of Canisteo is accused of having four bags of heroin in his possession. The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Patrick Briggs of Wellsville, is accused of having seven bags of cocaine. Both men were sent to the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 bail and $5,000 bail, respectively.
Hornby Woman Charged with Assaulting Ex with Car:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Town of Hornby woman following an investigation into a domestic incident in the Town of Lindley. 43-year-old Michelle Leonard was arrested late Sunday evening for allegedly assaulting her ex-boyfriend with her motor vehicle. She was charged with assault and reckless endangerment. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
DWI Charge in Corning Accident:
The driver in a one car accident in the Town of Corning is facing a count of driving while intoxicated. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area of County Route 41 in the early morning hours of Saturday for a vehicle that had struck the guiderail. They determined that 22-year-old Margaret Graywyatt was intoxicated and she was issued uniform traffic tickets for the charges.
Harassment Charge for Bradford Man in Domestic Incident:
A Town of Bradford man is facing a harassment charge following investigation by Steuben County deputies into a domestic incident on Whitehead Hill Road. Over their investigation, deputies say they determined 30-year-old Kevin Babbitt to be the primary aggressor in the incident and he was issued an appearance ticket.
Corning Woman Charged with Violating Order of Protection:
A Corning woman was arrested on April 6th for allegedly violating an order of protection. 25-year-old Jocelyn Williams was charged with criminal contempt and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail.
New Smoking Ban Set to Start Saturday:
Starting this Saturday, tobacco products will be banned within 15 feet of buildings and playgrounds that are managed by Steuben County, per a new policy set by the Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition and the County Public Health and Public Works Departments. Birdseye Hollow Park, Kanakadea Park, and Hornellsville Park are a few of the locations that will be affected.
3K Run to Benefit Camp Good Days:
Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort has announced a 3K Color Run and Open House to benefit Camp Good Days on June 3rd. With no winners or official times, the Color Run will celebrate healthiness and happiness, bringing the community together to create a three-kilometer colorful canvas in which the participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Registration is open by calling 776-4345. The Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include local vendors, swimming, mini-golf, and more. A chicken bbq will be at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Steuben County To Begin New Smoking Ban
Starting on April 22nd, all tobacco cannot be used with 15 feet of Steuben county buildings and playgrounds that are managed by the county thanks to the new policy created by the Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition and the County Public Health and Public Works Departments to make county parks tobacco-free. Birdseye Hollow Park, Kanakadea Park and Hornellsville Park are few of the popular county parks this new policy will affect
Public Works To Hold Residency Public Hearing
The residency requirements of the Steuben County Deputy Commissioner of Public Works will be the focus of a public hearing later this month. Those requirements are spelled out in a tentative local law. The hearing will be held April 24th, 10 a.m. in the legislative chambers of the county office in Bath.
DEC Announces Turkey Season, Youth Hunting Weekend
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is opening spring turkey season on May 1 in upstate New York. DEC's annual youth turkey hunting weekend is scheduled for April 22-23.
“Lookout” Accomplice in Clayton Trial To Be Sentenced
Marcus Blandford the “lookout” in the September 2015 Clayton murder will be sentenced. convicted on February 27. Blandford was in the vehicle accompanying convicted Beard the night of the murder and convicted on February 27 to a single count of second degree manslaughter for his testimony in the trial. Blandford is scheduled to be sentenced this Monday at 10am in Steuben County Court.
Steuben Public Urges Child Vaccinations
With National Infant Immunization Week set for April 22 – 29, Steuben County Public Health officials reminds parents giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious, and sometimes deadly, childhood diseases. Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults programs and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
Water Tanks to be Replaced at Steuben Co. Public Safety Building:
The Steuben County Finance Committee has awarded a $22,000 bid to Monroe Piping and Sheet Metal of Rochester for the installation of two new water storage tanks at the Public Safety Building. The original tanks were installed in 1995 and county Manager Jack Wheeler says some failures have recently been noticed in the aging tanks. The tanks will be replaced in the coming months.
Funds Awarded to Southern Tier to Fight Climate Change:
The Southern Tier is getting a boost in the fight against climate change. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $390,000 for eight farms for reducing environmental impact and preparing for extreme weather. Another $1.5 million has been given to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts across six regions.
Steuben Co. Considering Responsible Driver Rewards Program:
Over the holiday season, responsible drivers stopped by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a special treat of a candy cane for being compliant. As it turns out, the program was so popular, the Sheriff’s Office, along with several local police departments – including Bath, are considering an expanded, non-seasonal reward program for safe drivers. The proposal is for drivers to be offered coupons or certificates for local businesses, which would not only reward responsible behavior, but encourage hometown shopping. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen have reportedly already met with Central Steuben Chamber Co-Presidents Mike Sweet and Bill Collmer to discuss the possibility.
Target Recalls Easter Toys:
Before the kids hunt for what the Easter Bunny leaves this weekend, parents might want to take a look for themselves as Target has announced a recall of more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter eggs and dinosaur toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the hatch and grow Easter eggs, Easter grow toys, and ‘hatch your own dino egg’ products could pose a “serious ingestion hazard.” If ingested, the product may not show up on x-rays, according to the Commission. The toys can be returned to any Target for a refund.
Congressional Art Competition for Students Underway:
Representative Tom Reed is encouraging area high school students to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. It’s open to all high school students from the 23rd district. One student will have a chance to have their work displayed in the Capitol for one year, as well as being awarded the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for opening celebration of their artwork. Five finalists will have their work displayed in Reed’s D.C. office. Entries are due by April 24th. Contact any of Reed’s district offices for more information.
Former V.P. to Speak at Cornell Convocation:
Cornell University will host former Vice President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker as its upcoming Senior Convocation. Biden will speak on Saturday, May 27th during the school’s 149th Commencement Weekend. The event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., and the school says it plans on live-streaming it.
Family of Kevin Ward Asks Judge to Let Lawsuit Proceed:
Last month the legal team for retired NASCAR star Tony Stewart asked a Federal Court Judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against him in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August 2014. Now, Ward’s parents have filed their own paperwork in hopes of showing the judge why the suit should proceed. The lawsuit accuses Stewart of negligence, wrongful death, and pain and suffering. The family says they “wanted justice for [their] son after not getting it criminally.” A hearing is scheduled for later this month to consider dismissing the case.
Southwest Steuben Without Telephones Following Fiber Optic Cut:
The southwest area of Steuben County, including the towns of Jasper, Greenwood, and West Union, were temporarily without telephone service Wednesday after a fiber optic line was cut. Affected were service calls for the 225 and 792 exchanges. Fire departments were staffed to handle emergencies during the outage, which was expected to be corrected by late last night.
Police Investigating Possible Hacking of Buffalo Hospital:
Police are investigating the possible hacking of the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, one of the largest hospitals in upstate New York. Hospital officials say the facility’s computer system was taken down Sunday after a virus was detected. While staff was forced to use paper forms to conduct business, access to medical records was on hold, and the email system was down, officials say all the operations are continuing and haven’t been interrupted. They say the FBI has also been informed of the matter.
NYS Judge Found Dead in Hudson:
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman appointed to the New York Court of Appeals and the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge, was found dead Wednesday after her body washed up in the Hudson River. She was 65. The New York Police Department said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death and the incident is under investigation. Abdus-Salaam was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1993. She was appointed to the state Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013. In a statement, the Governor called her a “pioneer” and a “force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”
Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Residents of Water Safety Rules:
As the weather warms and activity increases on lakes, ponds, and rivers, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all water sports enthusiasts to be safe while on the waterways of Steuben County. The Sheriff’s Department is also reminding everyone of the legal requirements applying to paddle crafts and manually powered vessels. State law requires that all occupants of a vessel 21 feet or less in length wear a personal flotation device from November 1st to May 1st. All sailboats under 23 feet in length, and manually powered vessels, including paddle craft, are required to have a whistle for sounding a distress. Paddle craft include canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats.
Bath Rotarians Dish Up at Red Door Kitchen:
Bath Rotarians recently helped serve up lunch to community members at the Red Door Community Kitchen at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The program, which began three years ago, serves a free meal to anyone visiting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the church’s great hall. Besides the Rotarians, several other local organizations help out with cooking and serving in the weekly kitchen. The Bath Presbyterian Church and Steuben Arc each have a team who serve lunch, and there are three teams of St. Thomas parishioners. If you’d like to help out as well, the church accepts monetary and food donations for the Red Door Community Kitchen.
4th Annual Women’s Financial Conference Nov. 4th:
The 4th Annual Southern Tier Financial Conference: Financial Education for Women by Women has been scheduled for November 4th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Triangle Lounge at Corning Community College. It’ll be an opportunity for women to learn how to improve their minds, bodies, and checkbooks. The cost is $25 per person for ages 16 and up, that includes lunch, networking, the conference, and the book Live Richer Challenge by Tiffany Aliche. After September 30th the cost will increase to $35 per person. Registration and pre-payment can be sent to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County or purchased online at http://bit.ly/financialconference17.
3 Years of Probation for Former C-PP Teacher:
The former Corning-Painted Post Middle School teacher charged in 2016 with rape, plead guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child, and she was sentenced to three-years probation. Police say 44-year-old Kelly Conway had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student under the age of 17. The incidents did not occur at the middle school. The terms of Conway’s plea will force her to stay away from schools, stay off social media, and she will forfeit her teaching license. She will also pay a surcharge of $205, and a $1,000 charge for the offense.
E-C Airport Gets Go Ahead for Construction Bids:
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has gotten the go head to begin the process of expansion. The Chemung County Legislature voted Monday to authorize ads for three bid packages. Phase one will redesign the terminal. Another relocates the baggage claim and the eastern terminal will be replaced with a new structure. The project will cost $58 million. $40 million is coming from the state.
$20M to Fight Vacant Properties:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the state is ready to invest $20 million to help fight the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. The new program, Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (or Cities RISE) will provide governments with technology to map and analyze property data from different sources, and help officials develop strategies for housing improvement, code enforcement, and blight elimination. Grantees receive a two-year subscription to a data platform including code enforcement records, tax liens, fire, and police data. Applications are due May 5th by 5 p.m.; award notifications are expected in late May.
Harassment Charge for Springwater Man:
New York State Police report the arrest of 19-year-old Ian Carter of Springwater. He was charged with harassment in the second degree. He was issued an appearance ticket and is expected to return to Hornellsville Town Court at a later date for arraignment.
State Police Celebrate 100 years of Service:
You might have seen the images going around on the internet: Niagara Falls and the International Peace Bridge were lit purple Tuesday night, but why? It was in celebration of the New York State Police, who reached a major milestone Tuesday, 100 years of service. It was on April 11th 1917 that the state Legislature passed a bill establishing the State Police as a full-service agency.
Earth Day Cleanup in Hornby:
The Town of Hornby will be doing its part to make the planet a greener place later this month. On Earth Day, April 22nd, the town will again sponsor its annual roadside cleanup event. It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Town Barns. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Summer Gas Prices Expected to Rise:
As the temperature continues to steadily climb, you should expect the price of gasoline to follow suit. The Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday that retail gas will cost an average of $2.46 a gallon from April through September, up from $2.23 a gallon last summer. Diesel is also expected to cost more, climbing to an average of $2.70 a gallon.
Hornell Man Drowns in Almond Lake:
A Hornell man died after his kayak capsized on Almond Lake in the area of Kanakadea Park in Hornellsville on Monday. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said that firemen pulled 23-year-old Zachary George from the water and he was transported to St. James Mercy were he pronounced deceased. He was not wearing a personal flotation device, nor did he have anyone with him. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Man from Addison Shot, Killed in S. Carolina:
Two arrests have been made in a shooting at a KFC in South Carolina in which a man originally from Addison was killed. De’adrian De’paul Garcia and Jyquez Julius Freeman were arrested Friday for the murder of Anthony Tiffany and armed robbery. Anthony Tiffany was from Addison, and had moved to South Carolina with his girlfriend, Amber Hall, who is also from the area. SC police say they are seeking warrants on Garcia and Freeman for numerous other armed robberies, and that warrants have already been signed for Freeman on multiple charges including murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. Funeral services for Tiffany were held in Woodhull, NY over the weekend.
Construction at St. James Mercy:
Due to construction for a new mobile MRI at St. James Mercy Hospital, all Emergency Room (ER) walk-ins or drop-offs should enter through the ambulance bay entrance. Parking space next to the ER will not be available. Please use the visitor parking after drop-off is made.
Push for Malt Barley Crop Insurance in NYS:
Senator Charles Schumer was at the 1886 Malt House in Oswego County Monday to make a push for increased malt barely insurance. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make the insurance available to more New York farmers to help the craft brewing industry.
Fire Departments Get Ready for Recruit NY Weekend:
Fire departments across New York are getting ready to open their doors to new members with Recruit NY weekend. The seventh annual weekend of open houses will be April 29th and 30th, and many departments will be hosting tours, demonstrating firefighting techniques, and allowing visitors to try on gear. In Steuben County, the Cohocton, Forest View Gang Mills, North Hornell, and Wallace departments will be participating. For more information on dates and times, and to find out if your local department will be included visit http://www.recruitny.org.
Haverling Guidance Counselor, Hornell Officer Recognized by SPC:
Two men were recognized on March 29th by the Steuben Prevention Coalition during the “High in Plain Sight” drug awareness event. Some 300 educational professionals, law enforcement, and community members gathered at the Bath-Haverling High School for the day-long event. During the morning session, Bath-Haverling guidance counselor Mark Recktenwald was honored for his 28 years of dedication to the community’s youth and long-standing participation on the Steuben Prevention Coalition. Later, officer Jason Day of the Hornell City Police Department and a school resource officer at Hornell High School, was named SRO of the year. He started as the SRO in the Hornell City school district in 2009.
Arkport Woman Charged with Identity Fraud:
An Arkport woman has been charged with identity fraud after she allegedly stole and used someone else’s credit card information. According to the state police, Lori McDaniel admitted to unlawfully gaining access to the victim’s credit card information through her place of employment. She reportedly used the information on three separate occasions. In addition to identity fraud, she was also charged with grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property. She was issued an appearance ticket and was released.
Local Schools See Aid Bump in NYS Budget:
With the New York State budget finalized, aid numbers are finally coming out for schools and many are seeing a bump for the 2017-2018 school year. In Steuben County: Addison, $13.5 million; Arkport, $4.3 million; Avoca, $5.9 million; Bath, $15.4 million; Bradford, $3.3 million; Campbell-Savona, $9.9 million; Canisteo-Greenwood, $11.9 million; Corning, $29 million; Hammondsport, $3 million; Hornell, $18 million; Jasper-Troupsburg, $6.1 million; Prattsburgh, $4.3 million; and Wayland-Cohocton, $15.7 million. Those are all increases from last year.
Bath VA Gets New Chief of Staff:
A new Chief of Staff has been selected for the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Susan Herson has worked as a Hospitalist at the Sioux Falls VA, a Hospitalist-Clinician Educator and Clinical Assistant Professor for New York Medical College, and a Medical Director at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. The Chief of Staff serves as the senior internal consultant regarding professional matters for all clinical providers, maintains responsibility for clinical performance, ensures compliance with all clinical standards and coordinates the activities of clinical division leaders.
State Fair Milk Woes Continue:
Milk woes continue for the Great New York State Fair and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Last summer, a disaster for many was averted when Cuomo stepped in to head off a price hike at the popular dairy bar, promising a state subsidy of $90,000 to help pay for expenses. Since 1983, the price for 7-ounce cups of white and chocolate milk was 25 cents, but non-profit Dairy Exhibits said they couldn’t pay their bills at that price. Now, with a fair spokesman confirming that only about half of the money has come through, Dairy Exhibits says that it’s pulling out of the fair, adding that it will only consider returning “if Cuomo is no longer governor.”
Health and Wellness Event at CCC:
A health and wellness events has been set for Corning Community College. April 27th will be Community Health Education Day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be interactive activities, including music and performances by local artists. Admission is free and attendees will be eligible to win prizes.
State Budget Approved
New York State approved its $153 billion budget announced yesterday by Governor Cuomo once both the Senate and Assembly reached its final negotiation. Almost one week later than the anticipated deadline, the budget includes $2.5 billion for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, free college tuition for CUNY and SUNY institutions, upstate ride sharing and raising the age of criminal responsibility from ages sixteen and seventeen to eighteen years old.
Prattsburgh to Hold Dog License Hearing
The Prattsburgh town board will be conducting a public hearing later this month. The town is considering amending penalties for violations of the dog license regulation. The hearing will be held at the town hall on April 17th at 7:10 p.m.
Reed Supports Syrian Strike
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he supports the limited missile strike in Syria. In a press statement released overnight, Reed said the use of weapons of mass destruction where innocent civilians, including women and children are killed, cannot go unchecked.
Steuben Lawmakers to Discuss County Jobs
Some Steuben County lawmakers next week will discuss reclassifying some jobs in the Public Works and Social Services departments. Salary increases would go along with the title changes. The county’s Administration Committee will review the proposal when it meets next Tuesday.
Finance Committee to Review Budget Adjustments
The Steuben County Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday. Lawmakers will review several proposed budget adjustments in at least five departments. The committee will also be asked to accept and appropriate a $500,000 grant for the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation.
Wayland Man Arrested following DV Incident:
A Wayland man was arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a domestic incident during the early morning hours of Thursday. Deputies responded to Noyes Hospital after a female was reported in the emergency room as the victim of a domestic incident. It was discovered that the suspect, 27-year-old Douglas Cansdale Jr., had an active order of protection in place against him from the victim. Cansdale was taken into custody without incident and was charged with criminal contempt, strangulation, and unlawful imprisonment. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Sister in Hunting Accident:
On Tuesday, a Rochester man pled guilty in Livingston County Court in relation to an incident that occurred in November, where he accidentally shot and killed his sister. 50-year-old John Lander was participating in a deer hunting drive on November 27th when another member of the party discharged their firearm. He reportedly ran toward the gunshot, removing his shotgun from his shoulder as he did so. During this, his gun discharged and killed Sharon Lander, who was standing behind him. He pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide as part of a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office that includes a proposed sentence of four months of weekends at the Livingston County Jail. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13th.
O’Mara to Discuss Drug Epidemic in Town Hall:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Hornell Alderman John Buckley will team up later this month for a Town Hall that will discuss the drug and opioid epidemic in our region. The meeting will be held at the Hornell VFW on Canisteo Street on Saturday, April 22nd. It will start at 11 a.m.
Clemen’s Center Cirque D’Or Postponed:
Fans eager to take in the spectacle of Cirque D’Or at the Clemen’s Center this weekend are going to have continue to wait a little longer. It was announced Thursday that due to technicalities in securing visas, the show has been rescheduled. It will now be on Tuesday, June 20th at 7 p.m.
Corning’s Gaffer District Running in “America’s Main Street” Contest:
Of the 200 downtowns across the nation running in the America’s Main Street contest is none other than Corning’s Gaffer District. The contest looks to recognize the economic benefits of main streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. Votes can be cast online at http://mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=244 every 24 hours. The top 25 will move on to the next round, which take place May 1st through the 28th. Then 10 semifinalists will be rated by a panel of judges and a winner will be announced on June 5th.
Canisteo Brothers Arrested for Menacing with a Gun:
Two Canisteo brothers have been arrested following an argument that escalated to include an attempted murder charge. According to the State Police in Bath, the victim went to the home of 53-year-old Gavin Bartlett and 58-year-old George Chipman on April 2nd to collect money. There was an argument that escalated, and Bartlett allegedly brandished an unregistered pistol and Chipman reportedly pointed the weapon at the victim and pulled the trigger. It was unloaded. During their investigation, police say they discovered a second unregistered pistol. Bartlett is facing charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Chipman is facing an attempted second degree murder charge. Both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $1,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Family Dispute Leads to Meth Lab Bust in Corning:
Corning Police officers responding to a family dispute got a bit more than they expected Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, in the 100 block of West Second Street, they reportedly discovered a meth lab. The New York State Police Community Emergency Response Team was called out to the house and one person was arrested. 25-year-old Kyle Force has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Michael Beard to Serve Life Sentence at Clinton Correctional:
The Elmira man convicted of killing Kelley Stage Clayton will be serving his life sentence at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility; the prison from which two inmates infamously escaped in 2015, leading to a nearly three-week manhunt. Beard was convicted in November of First and Second degree murder and he was sentenced in February, just days after Kelley’s husband, Thomas Clayton, was also convicted on First and Second degree murder charges.
NYSDOT Discusses Roundabout, Bridge Work in Kanona:
On Wednesday the New York State Department of Transportation held a public meeting to discuss some major changes to Kanona. The biggest change will be to the “T” intersection where Route 415 and 53 meet. According to Design Engineer and Project Manager Michael Griffin, “there have been a higher than expected amount of accidents over the past several years” so the plan is to build a roundabout that will maintain traffic, while slowing it down. There was also talk about the bridge just down the road which is in need of repairs. Bath Town Supervisor Ron Smith said that foot traffic is expected to be maintained during construction on the bridge. Work is set to get underway in 2019.
Steuben Launches 2017 Pinwheels & Promises:
The 2017 Pinwheels and Promises campaign opened Wednesday. In its sixth year, the program features pinwheels made by local youth programs, libraries, churches, and other organizations, and encourages everyone to help prevent child abuse in Steuben County. It runs through April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention month.
Steuben Co. Hall of Reservations Due Soon:
The deadline for reservations for the 2017 Steuben County Hall of Fame banquet is April 14th. The banquet will take place at noon on April 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. To make a reservation, call (607) 664-2199.
Steuben Co. Project Care Workshop April 26th:
The annual Project Care workshop has been set for 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. April 26th at the
Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath. Reservations are open until April 19th. The free event will feature the presentation “Rest for the Weary” by Richard Russell, executive director of Faith in Action Steuben County. The workshop will also include a panel of community staff representing Chronic Disease Self-Management, Tai Chi for Arthritis and more. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information and to make reservations, call the county Office for the Aging.
Corning Man Found Guilty of Sex Crime:
Following a two-day bench trial, 36-year-old Ruben Bailey of Corning was handed a guilty verdict Wednesday in Steuben County Court on charges of criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child, and tampering with physical evidence. Bailey was accused of engaging in sexual contact with a person less than 16, and of attempting to destroy a cell phone during his arrest. Bailey was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail after the verdict was read. Sentencing is scheduled for May 10th.
Indictment Charges Hornell Woman with Causing Son’s Death:
The Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment and an arrest charging 30-year-old Britney Updyke of Hornell with manslaughter in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Updyke is accused of intentionally endangering the physical welfare and recklessly causing the death of her son, Bryson Hunt. Updyke allegedly used illegal drugs close to the time of the child’s birth and failed to notify medical personnel during delivery and subsequent care of the child. Bryson Hunt died a few hours after birth on June 24th. Investigation revealed that fentynal and bath salt overdose were the primary factors in his death. Updyke has been released on her own recognizance and is expected to appear at a later date to continue proceedings.
Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an underage student in possession of prescription medication that was not prescribed to them. Authorities say that a 14-year-old student from Campbell-Savona was found in possession of prescription medication and that 49-year-old Kathy Clark supplied it. Clark has been charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Avoca School to Make Up Snow Day:
Avoca Central School Superintendent Stephen Saxton sent home a letter to parents and guardians Tuesday announcing that the school would be making up one of its snow days. The school has had to close 4 times over the winter, which leaves it one day shy of the required number of days that the state requires students to be in session. The school will now have a half-day for all students on Friday, May 26th. School will begin at the normal start time, and students will be dismissed at 11:45. Saxton said that they will be providing both breakfast and lunch that day.
NYSDOT to Discuss Steuben Co. Projects Tonight:
The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss upcoming projects in Steuben County. It’s expected they’ll discuss plans to replace the Route 415 bridge over the Cohocton River near Kanona in the Town of Bath, and adding a roundabout to the intersection of Route 415 and 53. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Kanona Fire Hall.
Drug Take Back Set for April 29th:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 29th. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can drop off any unwanted and unnecessary prescription medication. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension in Bath.
Art to “Bloom” April 29th-30th in Steuben Co.:
Spring isn’t the only thing that’s blooming this month. For the 5th straight year, artists throughout Steuben County will be opening their doors on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th for the special “Arts in Bloom” weekend. The free event will feature 15 locations, representing over 100 artists, using a wide variety of techniques and styles with live demonstrations from over 20 artists. For an up-to-date list of the many live demonstrations, visit http://artsinbloom.net/live-demonstrations/.
Events Set to Find Owners of Unclaimed Funds:
Several events have been scheduled for the month of April to try and find the owners of unclaimed funds. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there are 35 million unclaimed funds accounts valued at $14.5 billion. The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits, uncashed checks, insurance claims, stocks and other sources that have been dormant. Some goes all the way back to the 1940s. Besides the events, many of which will take place downstate, residents can also search for and claim their money by using the online system or by calling 1-800-221-9311.
Scripps Looks to Avoid Tie, Adds Written Test:
For the last three years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie – a streak that includes two local spellers that became co-champions in 2014 and 2016. Hoping for a solo champion this year, the competition has announced that it’s adding a written tiebreaker test that will be given to the top spellers before they begin spelling words in the finale. The results will only be revealed if two or three contestants make it through unscathed. There would only be a tie if the top spellers get the exact same score on the test. This year’s bee will be held May 30th through June 1st and local student, 13-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post will be competing.
3 Taken to Hospital Following Watkins Glen School Van Crash:
The driver and three students in a Watkins Glen school van were taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for minor injuries after their vehicle crashed on I-86 west near the Arnot Mall. Authorities said the van went off the road and through a fence bordering airport property. The driver, 64-year-old Gary Reynolds of Watkins Glen, was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely. Authorities believe he may have suffered a medical condition.
Steuben Co. Deputy Commended for Actions:
Steuben County Deputy Stephen Ellison was commended Monday for his swift actions that helped avert a potential “officer down” catastrophe two weeks ago. County Sheriff Jim Allard said that Ellison was called to assist an unidentified officer during an arrest on March 22nd and upon his arrival, he found the officer pinned to the ground by an unidentified male assailant. Ellison ordered the assailant into a prone position and he was taken into custody. Allard said that the officer’s portable radio and keys had been dislodged during the altercation, making it impossible for him to call for assistance. Allard commended Ellison for his prompt, decisive action, and for intervening in a manner which left the assailant, himself and the officer without further injury.
Road Work Planned for I-86 in Bath:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that road work will be performed on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 and 39 in the Town of Bath on Thursday. Exit 37 will be closed for part of the day, starting at approximately 8 a.m. Traffic on State Route 53 should expect delays and be prepared to follow direction from flaggers guiding traffic approaching I-86. Exit 39 will remain open, but motorists should expect intermittent delays in the area of the exit. At both exits, workers will be assisting the Town of Bath with removal of lampposts. Exit 38 will not be affected.
Update on E-C Airport Revamp Project:
At Monday’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, officials were briefed on the status of the $58 million revamp project set for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Legislators were shown new renderings of what the airport will look like once construction begins, with Director of Aviation Bill Hopper saying that the airport will remain functional during construction. The project is set to be complete less than 18 months from now.
2017 Tyrtle Beach Season Underway, Jumper Announced:
With the start of Spring, and the turning of the calendar to April, your hometown radio station WVIN is once again looking to raise funds for local youth organizations with the annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser. The festivities officially kicked-off Monday night with the Tyrtle Beach Kick-Off party, where besides fun, food, and music, (and the raising of over $1,000) the announcement of this year’s Tyrtle Beach Jumper was made. Taking the plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Salubria on April 28th will be none other than Steuben County’s new Sheriff, Jim Allard. To make a pledge to see Allard take the leap you can call the radio station at 776-3326. There will also be other opportunities to help out, stay tuned to WVIN for details.
U.P.S. Adds Saturday Deliveries:
Customers tired of waiting through weekends for U.P.S. to deliver their packages are getting a reprieve. On Monday the company announced it plans to start Saturday deliveries within the next few weeks. Officials are calling it “one of the largest changes in the company’s 109-year history.” The move is also expected to create roughly 6,000 new jobs by the end of the year.
Special Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting and budget workshop tonight. It will be at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
U.S. Navy Recruiter Facing New Charge in Murder Plot:
The U.S. Navy serviceman charged in December for allegedly being involved in a murder plot is now facing an additional charge of second degree conspiracy. 30-year-old Brandon McPherson was previously charged with second degree conspiracy and second degree murder when he was arrested. McPherson is currently on active duty and was recently a recruiter at the Arnot Mall. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
NYS Still Without New Budget Deal:
Despite two additional days of debate, New York lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a new state budget. The deadline was midnight April 1st. They have, however, agreed to pass an extender bill by this afternoon that will keep departments under the current budget until May 31st. In a statement released late Sunday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo cited “difficult and unusual times” for the state and country as to why it’s too important to accept “half a loaf.”
Drunk Driver Hits House in Hornell:
A Hornell man is facing two counts of DWI after he struck a house with his vehicle. The accident occurred over the weekend on East Elm Street and Delaware Avenue. 21-year-old Thomas Turner was sent to Hornell lockup, but posted bail.
Former P-P Officer Appealing Discrimination Case:
The former Painted Post police officer that sued the village and its former police chief for misconduct is appealing the decision reached last year in federal court. Cody Ann Cook served as a full and part-time officer with the Painted Post Police Department on-and-off since 1994. She resigned and filed a suit alleging that she was a victim of abusive work conditions and discrimination. In August 2016, the U.S. Western District Court of New York dismissed the case. Cook is now looking to argue the case in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Bath Fireman Honored for 50 Years of Service:
At a special service Saturday night, a member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was honored for 50 years of service. Officials said Spencer Longwell has helped many people in his five decades of service as Bath Volunteer Fire Chief, and as Steuben County Deputy Fire Coordinator. Longwell was presented with an award and plaque.
Ride-Sharing Could Expand to Upstate by July:
Thanks to a new framework agreement, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft could expand into upstate New York as early as July. According to the Star Gazette, lawmakers were briefed last week about details of a deal between the Governor and legislative leaders to regulate the services. The tentative deal is expected to be in the final state budget.
Reed Holding Town Halls
Tom Reed holds his latest series of town halls today across the 23rd district. The congressman is scheduled to make stops today in Tioga Center at 8:30am, Elmira at 11:00am and in the afternoon he will be in Tyrone at 1:00pm and Avoca at 3:00pm. In an interview earlier this week, Reed said "Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." Constituents have showed up at Reed’s offices to express their frustrations and the issue health care has been at the forefront for many of his constituents, over 79,000 of which cannot afford health care without the AHCA.
Bath Village Votes on Budget Monday
On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent. The proposed spending plan carries a tax rate of $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. A public hearing will be held prior to the 5 p.m. vote.
Cuomo Endorses Property Legislation
Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed the "Empire State Equity Act," federal legislation that would deliver property tax relief to New Yorkers by increasing federal funding for New York's Medicaid program. New York is a "donor state" that contributes as much as $30 billion more to the federal budget in taxes than it receives back in services. The bill, Cuomo says, will help level the playing field and provide New York with an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funds, which the state will use to eliminate the local share of Medicaid for any county that agrees to lower local property taxes by an equal amount, thereby passing 100 percent of their savings to their taxpayers.
McPherson Charged With Second Degree Conspiracy
Brandon McPherson was charged with an additional Second Degree Conspiracy count by New York State Police at Bath for his alleged role in a murder for hire plot, which he was originally arrested and charged for in December 2016. The Horseheads resident is on active duty with the U.S. Navy and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
State Legislature Misses Budget Deadline
The New York State Legislature has missed its deadline for resolving the state budget due to a divided house. Issues that led to gridlock in the state legislature were raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years old to age 18 and ways to financially support schools in the state as well as the millionaire’s tax, which the governor expressed support for in early February. This budget delay breaks Cuomo’s track record of budget timeliness as New York state eagerly awaits its fiscal future. Midnight on April 1st was the deadline.
Governor’s Renewable Resources Mandate to Cause Electric Bill Bump:
As soon as tomorrow, homeowners across New York could see a small bump in their electric bill. To pay for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable resources mandate, electric customers will see their bill go up less than $2 a month. The Governor’s plan is to have 50 percent of the state’s electricity generated by renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030, which Cuomo says will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. States like Hawaii, California, and Vermont have already implemented similar mandates.
Bath Village Budget Vote Monday, Tax Hike Likely:
On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent. The good news is that the increase is significantly lower than the 15.4 percent increase proposed in the initial budget draft. This draft would see homeowners paying $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current rate is $28.91 per $1,000. A public hearing is expected before the 5 p.m. vote.
Corning Water Consolidation Meeting April 13th:
A public information session will be held in the Town of Corning on April 13th in regards to the proposed consolidation of five of its seven water districts. The project would consolidate the Gibson, Corning Manor, East Corning, East Corning 1 and 2 water districts. Topics at the meeting are expected to include proposed rates, implementation steps, and residents’ concerns. The meeting will be at the Corning Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Over 600 Turn Out for CCC Job Fair:
Corning Community College was a busy place Thursday as attendance at the college’s annual job fair exceeded expectations. Over 80 employers took part, and there was a line of hopeful employees waiting to get in at 10:30 a.m. The fair didn’t start until noon. CCC Executive Director of Workforce Education Jeanne Eschbach reminds those who weren’t able to attend the event that the CSS Workforce NY One-Stop Center in Corning, Elmira, Bath, Hornell, and Montour Falls can help get you connected with job search assistance.
NYS Launches “Problem Gambling Toolkit” for Students:
A “Problem Gambling Prevention Toolkit” has been launched by the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the state Education Department for use in school districts across the state. The toolkit is for school administrators and others to teach students and parents about preventing underage gambling, and the risks associated with gambling. According to a recent survey 49 percent of seventh through 12th graders reported gambling at least once in the past year.
CCC Mascot in Final Four of Mascot Competition:
You’ve carefully monitored your March Madness bracket, but what about the mascots? The fifth annual SUNY Mascot Madness competition is heating up and there’s a local competitor hoping to take home the win. Corning Community College’s Red Baron is the only community college mascot remaining. The challengers are SUNY Farmingdale’s Ram-bo, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Oakie the Acorn, and SUNY Geneseo’s Victor E. Knight. Voting on the final four ends today at 4 p.m., you can cast your vote at http://blog.suny.edu/2017/03/mascot-madness-2017-final-four/. The winners will move on to the finals.
Judge Asked to Dismiss Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Claim:
On Tuesday, NASCAR star Tony Stewart filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss many of the claims in the wrongful death lawsuit that followed the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in which a North Country driver was killed. In August 2014, Stewart was racing at the dirt track when 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. left his car after crashing and stepped onto the track. The lawsuit, filed by Ward’s family, claims Stewart was driving recklessly and that he gunned his engine while under a caution, causing his car to slide and hit Ward. A grand jury determined after the accident that Stewart would face no charges. Mediation on the case is set for April 18th, and a hearing on Stewart’s motion is set for April 28th.
Palmesano Confident About State Budget Deadline:
In a phone interview Wednesday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said that while there are still issues to be ironed out in the state budget, he and other lawmakers are continuing to work to meet the April 1st deadline. Key points include the age of criminal responsibility, and increased state funding for local roads and highways. If the deadline isn’t met, Palmesano assures that there are measures in place to avoid a government shutdown.
Bath Food Hub Project On Hold:
Budget concerns have put the construction of a $3.9 million “food hub” in Bath on hold. Construction was expected to get underway at the former Dana Lyon Middle School as early as this spring, but according to Executive Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Jamie Johnson, the project is on hold until the federal budget is adopted and sponsors know what the federal funding levels will look like. The “food hub” will be a central location for collecting, processing, packaging, and distributing local agricultural projects. There will also be kitchen and restaurant incubators, as well as office space. Officials estimate it could generate $1.3 million for Steuben farmers and employ roughly 40 people at the site and participating farms.
Steuben Indictments Up in 2016:
The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has released its 2016 annual report and the action was up slightly last year. The number of indictments in 2016 was 390, up six from the year before, but county District Attorney Brooks Baker says the number of people indicted is probably much higher than that as many of the indictments included multiple defendants – particularly in drug cases.
CCC Job Fair Today:
The Corning Community College regional job fair is open to everyone today. Some 80 employers are expected to be in attendance, looking for full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers. Industries include, healthcare, accounting firms, banks, auto body, and more. The fair is from noon to 3 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium.
No Wasting Disease Found in NY Deer:
It’s good news for deer in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that following the testing of roughly 2,400 white-tailed deer last season, the population shows no signs of chronic wasting disease. The highly contagious disease causes deer to become emaciated and uncoordinated, and eventually they die.
Reed Comments on Failed Health Care Bill
Congressman Tom Reed said he spent the past weekend examining his role following last week’s collapse of health care reform and thinks the problem with the ACA will likely become worse before Congress attempts to reform it again. Reed said in an interview that the failure of the republican-proposed bill proves the necessity of bipartisan negotiation to improve health care legislation."Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." the congressman suggested.
Bath Police Fill Investigator Position
Bath Police Department say that they will fill a full-time investigator position in June. This position was cut in September 2014 because officials did not want to raise taxes but was added again through a contract negotiation agreement with the Bath PBA and Bath Village Board. The Village Board faced public pressure when about 150 residents came to the Bath Fire Department voiced their concerns of safety due to fewer officers.
State Property Grant Awarded to Steuben County Steuben County will receive a $500,000 state grant to improve abandoned properties and revive neighborhoods over the next two years.The grant is going towards the land bank to handle costs of the acquiring and restoring of abandoned properties as well as handling start-up costs for the land bank program. Once a home has been restored and sold successfully, the proceeds will be returned to the land bank, allowing other properties to be fixed as well. Ten properties are planned to be demolished with this grant. County Manager Wheeler hopes to put more county property back on the tax role.
Cuomo Promises Wage Increase for Direct Care Workers
Governor Andrew Cuomo made appearances from his office on Tuesday as budget negotiations continue, promising he won’t sign the state budget without an increase in funding for direct care workers wages. Facing pressure at the Capitol from hundreds from the disability community, an additional $10 million was added from the original $45 million for direct care workers to help offset the increases in the state’s minimum wage. According to the governor, this increase in funding to a total of $55 million allows for direct care workers’ wages to meet the statewide minimum wage plus three percent over the period of two years.
CCC to Hold Job Fair
Corning Community College hosts its annual job fair on Thursday from noon to 3:00 PM in the CCC gymnasium. About 80 employers are slated be there from various fields, seeking potential employees to full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal positions as well as internships. The employers who plan to be represented at the fair are listed online at: https://www.corning-cc.edu/events/job-fair
Flags Lowered in Honor of Dansville Staff Sergeant
Flags on state buildings are at half-staff today. Gov. Cuomo ordered the move to honor U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, a native of Dansville, who died in Southwest Asia on Wednesday, March 22. The 25-year-old airman was killed in a non-combat related incident.