Hornell Woman Killed in Canisteo Accident:
A fatal accident occurred during the Sunday overnight in Canisteo. Authorities report that 36-year-old Colleen Harold of Hornell was found just after 6 a.m. Monday morning on County Route 108. State Police believe she was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway and her vehicle went down an embankment.
Reed Says He’ll Oppose Healthcare Bill if it Doesn’t Include Medicaid Reform:
In a statement Monday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that he’ll oppose the Senate Healthcare bill if it doesn’t include Medicaid reform; specifically, the provision to shift the cost of Medicaid from local governments to the state, where he said “it belongs.” Senators will vote this afternoon on a motion to proceed. If it passes, the Senate will move on to vote on the healthcare bill.
New Legislation Allows Police to Eavesdrop on Phones/Emails of Animal Fighters:
Law enforcement now has another way to fight animal cruelty. Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an eavesdropping or video surveillance warrant in cases of animal fighting. The Governor said that such cases require multiple individuals to act in concert, using telephones and web-based communication and this legislation will “give law enforcement new powers to crack down on these rings, protect animals from harm, and bring these criminals to justice.”
Flooding Closes Route 17 in Owego:
Route 17, in both directions, from Nichols to Owego is still closed this morning due to bridge damage from flooding, according to State Police. Eastbound traffic will take Exit 62 and return onto Exit 63. Westbound traffic will take Exit 63 and return at Exit 62. The state Department of Transportation has sent 39 staff, including two bridge inspection teams, two engineers, and 31 highway maintenance staff, in response to the flash flooding.
Lawmakers Push for Finger Lakes Heritage Area:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed were in Watkins Glen Monday afternoon at Lakeside Park and Pavilion announcing a push to make the Finger Lakes a National Heritage Area. Congress chooses National Heritage Areas which includes the likes of the Smoky Mountains and Niagara Falls. Gillibrand introduced legislation authorizing the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study that she says would be done by end of 2017.
Alligator Sighted in Broome County:
An unusual resident for New York State has been spotted in Broome County. The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking seriously reports of an alligator spotted in the area of Whitney Point. Town Mayor Ryan Reynolds said that the alligator was first spotted about 2-months ago, and then again on Saturday when a photo was taken. The DEC indicated Monday that it had been seen a third time. According to the DEC alligators aren’t unheard of in New York, but they are rare. They believe the animal might once have been a pet that was let go.
Photo Courtesy: Whitney Point Mayor Ryan Reynolds
Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:
A Bath woman has been charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after she reportedly used her car to physically push a 16-year-old out of a parking space at Champlin Beach. According to witnesses, 76-year-old Marjorie Carson warned the teen that she was “going to do it” before bumping him several times and forcing him to leave the spot. She was additionally charged with reckless driving.
Inmate Accused of Falsely Reporting Assault:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested for falsely reporting an incident. 29-year-old Jeremy Thomas reportedly told authorities that another inmate assaulted him, causing a broken collarbone and a contusion on his head. However, an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office found that Thomas had in fact slipped and fell while running, causing his own injuries.
Steuben Legislators to Look at 911 Revenues:
Steuben County lawmakers will consider repealing and replacing a local law when they meet today. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless devices, as well as all prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Finger Lakes Could Become National Heritage Area:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed will visit Watkins Glen today where they are expected to make an announcement about the possibility of the Finger Lakes becoming a National Heritage Area. Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study across 14 counties, including Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins. Officials say the designation would help boost tourism, and conserve and protect the region’s natural, historic, and cultural resources. Reed and Gillibrand are scheduled to be at Lakeside Park and Pavilion in Watkins Glen at 12:10 p.m. today.
Hammondsport Restaurant Permanently Closes After Second Fire:
After two fires in less than a year, a restaurant in Hammondsport has decided to permanently close its doors. Havana Cabana, at Snug Harbor, made the announcement on their Facebook page. The building caught fire in November 2016, and then again in May 2017 – right before Havana Cabana was set to open. Snug Harbor owner Tim Tompkins said they will likely have a new tenant next year. They plan on restoring the property and hopefully by next spring they’ll have suites for rent, an updated restaurant and their usual docks for lease.
WGI Named “Best NASCAR Track”:
Out of 20 nationwide finalists, Watkins Glen International has risen to the top to once again be named “America’s Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today. This is the second time WGI has received the recognition, with the first time being in 2015. Finishing in second place this year was Martinsville Speedway.
$44K Raised for Food Bank:
Over 150 cyclists descended on Hammondsport this weekend to help raise funds for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The annual ride, which starts at the Hammondsport Fire Department, has been supporting the food bank for the last three years. The riders come from across the region and they have their choice of several different routes, from a 100-mile century course to a 16-mile family course. Saturday’s event reportedly raised over $44,000 for the food bank.
Bush’s Recalls Baked Beans:
Bush Brothers & Co. has issued a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Backed Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on cans. The company urges consumers to dispose of affected products immediately even if the beans do not appear spoiled. Information, including UPCs of affected products, is available at http://www.bushbeans.com.
Meyers Sentenced Without Parole
Joseph Meyers was sentenced 23 years to life in prison without parole yesterday in Steuben County Court. The Wayland owner of Loon Lake Services was found guilty for first-degree and second-degree murder in the for-profit killing of David O’Dell committed last year as well as arson, falsifying business records and attempted insurance fraud. Prior to his sentencing, Meyers was emotional and insisted he was convicted on, in his words, “lies and innuendoes”.
Village Board Aims to Make Hall Handicap-Friendly
Some changes may be coming to Bath’s Village Hall. Mayor Bill Von Hagn says the building isn’t completely handicap accessible, but the village board took steps this week to change that.Von Hagn made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus Program this week.
Legislators Propose Ending 911 Surcharge Law; Denouncing Recreational Marijuana
Steuben County lawmakers on Monday will consider repealing and replacing a local law. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless and prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.
Hogan Honored by International Economic Development Council
Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan has received the 2017 Leadership award for public service. The award comes from the International Economic Development Council. Hogan said he was humbled, happy and really honored.
Schumer Calls for Semi Safety Regulation
Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to implement new truck safety standards following a crash on I-81 earlier this month. The Senator wants to mandate that trucks be equipped with underride guards to keep cars from sliding under semis. He points to this fatal accident that took the lives of four as an example that calls for urgent action in revamping big rig safety standards.
Cuomo Says Scholarship Funding is A Critical Need
After over 75,000 New Yorkers applied for the state’s tuition-free Excelsior Scholarship college program, about 23,000 are projected to be eligible. New York state’s budget funded the program with $87 million for the first year and Governor Cuomo cites the thousands of applicants as proof of what he dubs a “critical need” for for publicly-funded college tuition in the state. The deadline to apply for the scholarship was yesterday.
Corning, Merck & Pfizer Announce Valor Glass Agreement
Yesterday, President Trump announced pharmaceutical corporations Pfizer and Merck to team up with Corning Incorporated to market a new glass used for injectable drugs, investing $500 million for this project and creating about a thousand US jobs. The initial investment will include the construction of a new plant in the Southeast U.S. According to a Corning press release, it is projected this plan will expand to a $4 billion investment, creating 4,000 high tech jobs in the long-term. Corning and Merck spokespersons say they have been developing the program since 2012 and are awaiting FDA approval of the product and the EPA’s okay for the processes before the proposal becomes official.
Bath Village Utility Rates to Increase
Utility rates in the village of Bath will likely be increased. That’s the word from Erin Bonachi, the Directors of Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Officials aren’t sure yet when the rate increases will take effect or much they’ll go up by.An aging utility infrastructure in the village has been listed as the primary cause for the increase. Erin Bonachi is the Director for the local utility and say some of the gas mains are the biggest concern.
Pistol Course to be Offered in September
Steuben Sheriff Allard announced there will be a 12 hour Pistol Proficiency course for Pistol Permit holders of Steuben County to be held September 9th and 10th by the Bath Rod & Gun Club. The course will provide instruction in shooting fundamentals, threat assessment, live fire courses as well as a review of pistol safety, storage and carry. A $20 range use fee is required for interested permit holders and pre-registration is required. To register please contact Terri Moir at 622-3930 or email email@example.com
Wayland Woman Arrested for Stolen Property
State Police report the arrest of 38-year-old Sara Incarnato of Wayland. She was charged with criminal possession of stolen property following an incident in Wayland. She was detained on cash bail.
Slight Approval Increase for Trump by New York Voters
President Donald Trump is viewed favorably by 34 percent of New Yorkers. That’s up slightly from May. Thirty percent give Trump a positive job performance rating and 68 percent rate him negatively, including 52 percent who say he’s doing a ‘poor’ job as President. The numbers are from a new Siena College Poll of New York State registered voters released today. On Obamacare, 65 percent want it kept and improved, compared to 32 percent who want it repealed and replaced.
O'Mara and Palmesano Praise Public Libraries at Addison Appearance
State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano recently visited the Addison Public Library summer reading program to help promote the importance of summer reading and praise the central role public libraries play in many area communities. The state lawmakers said, they are always grateful for opportunities to support local public libraries.
Upstate Niagara to Take over Kraft Plant in August:
The Kraft Heinz plant in Campbell will soon become the Upstate Niagara plant, as the company plans to take over in early August. Currently, Upstate Niagara is committed to keeping 150 employees, meaning there will be some layoffs as Kraft Heinz employs over just over 300 full-time workers, but Jamie Johnson, Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, says that the company fully intends “to expand” and that they “want to grow.” Johnson added that he’s aware of the concerns regarding the milk market and he said that it was a question they asked of Upstate. “…They were very up front and said (they) aren’t going to bring milk from western P.A. and Buffalo to drive milk to the (facility) that is already there,” said Johnson.
$7M for St. James Mercy:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that St. James Mercy Hospital will be receiving $7.9 million for capital construction and equipment costs for the new facility. The hospital will also be able to use the money for the new radiology and surgical centers, according to the Governor. President and CEO of Healthcare, Jennifer Sullivan said that the funds illustrate “…the state’s commitment to rural health care….”
Corning Inc. Acquires SpiderCloud Wireless:
Corning Incorporated has announced its acquisition of Spidercloud Wireless. Spidercloud is a leading provider of in-building wireless solutions, optimizing network efficiency and improving user experience. Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but Spidercloud will become part of the Corning Optical Communications segment.
Parts of Tappan Zee Bridge Coming to Steuben Co.:
As the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets ready to open in the Hudson Valley next month, the old bridge will live on in upstate New York. The state Thruway Authority announced that portions of the bridge’s deck and its movable barrier system have been authorized to be given to upstate counties, including Steuben and Chemung. Steuben is expecting six panels, which, according to County Manager Jack Wheeler, will be used on three bridges and will save the county roughly $180,000.
Hammondsport’s Village Tavern Wins Excellence Award:
Hammondsport’s own Village Tavern and Inn has once again been honored by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program with the Award of Excellence. The Village Tavern has received this honor for 22 years straight. Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognizes destinations all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers. Wine Spectator is a leading authority on wine and it began its recognition program in 1981. It has three categories: The Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award.
2nd Annual Paddle Keuka 5K:
The Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium in Branchport will hold its second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race Saturday, August 5th. Last year, some 60 paddlers took part in the event. This year, organizers are adding a third category – Stand-up Paddling – in an effort to attract more participants. Paddlers travel a marked course around the north end of the lake’s west branch, beginning and ending at the museum’s wildlife preserve. Registration for the event is required. Get more information at http://www.FingerLakesMuseum.org.
Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges:
Tuesday, a Rochester man was arrested by Bath Police with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Steuben County District Attorneys Drug Initiative. 23-year-old Danny Elliot was initially arrested on a warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance. But at the time of his arrest, authorities say they discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and money on Elliott’s person. He was charged with a separate count of criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was sent to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Public Hearing on Bath Grant Application:
The Bath Village Board will hold a public hearing next week in an attempt to gather feedback on a potential grant application. The Board wants to hear feedback on community development needs so it can submit one or more applications under the state program. The hearing will be held Monday, 4 p.m. at the village hall.
Diabetes Bill Introduced by Rep. Reed:
Representative Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says would strengthen protections for Medicare beneficiaries who buy blood glucose testing supplies through the National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program. The “Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act” would, according to Reed, strengthen enforcement of current laws requiring that Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) suppliers must include at least 50 percent of the types of test systems that were on the market before the CBP’s implementation, and it would bolster consumer protections that prohibit suppliers from encouraging beneficiaries to switch to another testing system.
Schumer Joins Fight for Expanded Air Service at E-C Airport:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is joining in the fight to expand air service at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Schumer is calling on the Department of Transportation to approve nearly $1 million in funding for the airport that would be used to expand access to destinations, support the regional economy, and draw carriers to the airport. In a letter to the DoT, Schumer said the grant will give Chemung County the opportunity to try and provide service from Elmira to Newark Liberty International Airport.
Travel Advisory - Work on S.R. 415 Starts Tomorrow:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 at the intersection of W. Morris St. and W. Washington St. on Thursday, weather permitting. Work will begin at 7PM on Thursday and continue through Saturday morning, including work during both nights. The scope of this project includes the village of Bath. Motorists will encounter lane closures and could experience travel delays.
Travel Advisory – Henry and Brush Street Closing in Arkport:
The Steuben County Department of Public Works has announced that Henry Street and the southern end of Brush Street, between Park Avenue and Meadowbrook Road, will be closed, probably starting on July 21st for about 2 weeks until August 4th. Officials say they will be installing a temporary detour bridge for the upcoming Meadowbrook Bridge Project. Residents will have access via Brush Street.
New Poll Shows Cuomo Favorability Down:
In a swift turn from May’s poll, the latest numbers from the Siena College Research Institute show that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is now down to its lowest point in over a year. In May, his rating was at 61 percent, while in June it’s dropped 9-points to 52 percent. It’s his lowest favorability rating since February 2016. According to the poll, the reasoning is likely due to the ongoing issues surrounding mass transit in New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Also, many New Yorkers are opposed to naming the new Tappan Zee bridge for Cuomo’s father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, and New Yorkers are split on legalizing recreational marijuana.
Two Runners to Reach Milestones at 2017 Wineglass Marathon:
Two runners coming to the Finger Lakes this October for the 2017 Wineglass Marathon weekend will be reaching pretty big milestones. One runner from Florida, Melissa Fricke, will be coming to compete in the half-marathon in her 50th state, while for runner Karen Murray, the Wineglass will be her 100th marathon. When asked why she chose the Wineglass, Fricke said that the half-marathon is “almost the perfect distance that you can go out there and get lost on the run.” For Murray, who’s from New York, she said that the Wineglass was her first marathon back in 2012, so she’s coming back where it all began for her.
Steuben Co. Property Auction Raises $1.1M:
While officials say it will still be several weeks before the final surplus from the Steuben County Real Property Auction is determined, as they still have to deduct back-taxes and expenses, currently over $1.1 million was raised at Friday’s event. The county Legislature is expected to approve the sale of the 104 sold properties when it meets at 10 a.m. on Monday.
Spagnoletti Announces More Road Work:
With $703,000 still available for road projects this year, Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti recently announced plans to improve the following roads: County Road 36, Cohocton; County road 16 and 20, Bradford; County Road 17, Campbell; County Road 4, Campbell; and County Road 42, Hornby; Spagnoletti told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee the savings are largely due to lower-than-expected asphalt prices.
Reed Raises over $1M for Campaign:
Congressman Tom Reed has announced a record-breaking start to his re-election campaign. In only the first half of the year, Reed has raised over $1 million. Reed said he’s “thankful to receive the support of so many individuals….”
Time Running Out to Apply for Excelsior Scholarship:
Students hoping to apply for free SUNY and CUNY tuition this fall need to do soon, as
the deadline is Friday, July 21st. To apply, you’ll need copies of your 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parents, if applicable. You’ll also need your current unofficial college transcript and your Student Aid Report (SAR). To see all the educational requirements and qualifications visit http://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/. To apply go to https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/.
Baby Café to Host Breastfeeding Event:
Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with a Bath Baby Café celebration on August 4th at the Dormann Library in Bath. The free, family-friendly event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature games, snacks, car-seat checks, and information from local organizations. Breast-feeding friendly businesses will also be recognized by Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Electric Buses for White Deer Park:
Things keep getting better for the white deer herd at the former Seneca Army Depot. In a recent interview, Seneca White Deer President Dennis Money announced plans to eventually purchase electric buses for the park’s tours. They want electric buses, he said, because they’re quieter and will be less likely to upset the deer and other animals. Tours at Deer Haven Park are set to begin this fall.
Burglary, Weapons Charges for 3 Hornell Men:
An investigation by Hornell police into a burglary last week has resulted in the arrests of three Hornell men. 21-year-old Rockie Hoose and 19-year-old George Brockway have been charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal sale of a firearm. Hoose is additionally charged with parole violation. The third man charged is 22-year-old James Pitts, who is facing charges of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marijuana. Police said the arrests follow investigation into a burglary on July 12th in which four handguns were stolen. All four weapons have since been recovered. The investigation is ongoing and police say there may be more arrests.
Naples Man Arrested for Making Death Threats:
A Naples man was arrested after he allegedly made multiple death threats against the staff at Luigi’s Restaurant on Main Street in the village. 58-year-old Francis Phillips is facing charges of menacing, stalking, and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Ontario County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
McAllister Files for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge:
Judge Chauncey Watches will some competition on the Republican ticket for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. Judge Patrick McAllister filed his petitions to be the nominee last week, gathering more than 3,000 signatures from registered Republicans across the county. He is also seeking endorsements from Conservative and Independence Parties. McAllister is an Assistant Steuben County District Attorney and he maintains a private practice in Wayland.
Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging has announced the first of a series of free seminars on Medicare July 25th through the 27th. The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low income subsidies. The first program will be July 25th at 10 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then July 26th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and the last seminar will be July 27th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. Future seminars are planned for August, September, and October. For more information call the Steuben Office for the Aging.
Schumer Pushes Back Against Amtrak “Seat Shrink”:
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing back against a proposal by Amtrak to shrink legroom on its trains in order to create new economy seating. In a statement made Sunday, Schumer said Amtrak should find ways to save money that don’t burden passengers.
Battery Fires Prompts Honda Recall:
There’s a new recall on Honda vehicles for owners to be aware of. The company has announced the recall of nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles made between 2013 and 2016 because the cars’ battery sensors can cause fires in the engine. The sensors, according to Honda, may not be “sufficiently sealed,” leading to substances like road salt getting into the sensor and causing a short. The company said there have been no injuries reported. This is another setback for Honda, which was the automaker hardest hit by the Takata airbag recall, with millions of its vehicles affected and 12 deaths, including one just last week, linked to the exploding airbags.
Town of Bath to Participate in Flood Smart Program
The Nature Conservancy, Southern Tier Central, Steuben County and the University of Buffalo have come up with a project to reduce the damage of Cohocton River’s floods on its communities. The Flood Smart Communities approach has been implemented in Monroe county successfully and is planned to be brought to parts of Steuben county over the next two years. Flood Smart would map and assess floodplain conditions, stream crossings and areas of vulnerability. The Town of Bath has expressed that they will participate while the Village of Bath, with only fourteen properties located in the floodplain, will decline. Flood Smart’s final plan with findings is anticipated to be presented in January 2019.
Foreclosure Auction Held Friday
Over a hundred properties were auctioned at Campbell-Savona High School for Steuben County’s annual auction for foreclosed properties held yesterday morning. The turnout was ample with about 200 people attending in hopes to buy and sell properties. Of the Over 125 properties, Bath’s Club Valentine was given much attention in the press for being the only historic property listed in this year’s auction.
Reed Holding Two Town Halls Today
Congressman Tom Reed is scheduled to hold two town hall meetings this morning. The first will be held at the Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue at 8:30. Afterward, he will appear at the Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department 9451 Tannery Creek Road at 11:30am. Like his last series of town halls, healthcare is expected to be the dominant issue among his constituents for today’s meetings as the future of America’s healthcare continues to be negotiated in the Senate.
South Carolina Man Convicted of Sex Crimes
A long-distance truck driver from South Carolina was convicted of Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, Rape in the First Degree and Incest in the Third Degree for an incident where he engaged in sex acts with a seventeen-year-old in Bath three years ago in 2014. Joseph R. Watkins was convicted after a three-day jury trial and remanded to the Steuben County Jail and will remain there until his sentencing date on September 18, 2017.
Beware of Boating Law, Debris in Keuka Lake
If you’ll be on the lake in Hammondsport, please remember that the recent heavy rains has created runoff into Keuka Lake, bringing debris as a possible floating hazard to swimmers and boaters. Those who are boating, please be aware of floating debris such as tree limbs, logs and stumps in the water. Steuben County reports large amounts of debris at this time so please be cautious to obey state Navigation Law if you are boating and do not exceed a speed of 5mph within 200 feet of Keuka’s shoreline.
Yates Co. Sheriff Issues Boating Safety Advisory for Keuka Lake:
Due to the strong rains, the Yates County Sheriff has issued a boating safety advisory for Keuka Lake. Boaters are being cautioned to look out for tree limbs, logs, and other assorted debris that has washed into the lake that could pose as a hazard. Also, boaters are reminded that there is a speed limit of 5 mph within 200 feet of the shore.
Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in Steuben Co. Surrogate Judge Race:
Steuben County Surrogate Judge candidate Chauncey Watches secured four ballot lines in the race this week when he submitted petitions for the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform parties. In all, Watches and his team collected more than 2,100 signatures in support of his candidacy – roughly double the minimum required. The Republican Primary Election will be held Tuesday, September 12th with the General Election on Tuesday, November 7th.
Hornell’s Adsit St. to be Designated School Zone:
In response to the turning of Red Raider Drive to two-way traffic, the Hornell Board of Public Safety has decided to designate Adsit Street a school zone due to the increase in school bus traffic. The Hornell Police Chief says signs will be up in the near future.
Corning’s Denison Pool Closed for Season:
Residents hoping to beat the summer heat with a dip at Corning’s Denison Park Pool have recieved some bad news. Due to a delay in the replacement of the old filtration system, the pool will be closed for the season. City Manager Mark Ryckman said the replacement now won’t be completed until the end of July at the earliest, which doesn’t allow enough time to open the pool. Fortunately, Stewart Park Pool opened on June 14th.
Senior Farmers Market Coupons Available in Bath Today:
Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available from 9 a.m. to noon today at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The coupons can be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets. Booklets must be picked up in person by the eligible recipient or documented power of attorney. After today, call (607) 664-2298 for coupons.
Steuben’s Open Access Provides Service:
Steuben County residents feeling overwhelmed by everyday stresses have open access to professionals trained to support them during critical times thanks to the “Open Access” program. Open Access is run by the county Office of Community Services, with clinics in Bath, Corning, and Hornell. County Adult Clinic Program Coordinator Christine DeSocio-Burns said that “people may come in because they feel depressed or anxious… they may also have a problem with housing, or a job or their finances….” All three clinics are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with “Open Access” intakes available from 8:45 to 3:45 Mondays and Fridays in Bath; Wednesdays and Thursdays in Corning; and Tuesdays in Hornell. The cost is covered through several insurance programs and a sliding fee scale is also available.
Travel Advisories – I-86 Exit 36, Exit 46 and 47:
The New York State Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Exit 36 connector ramp from I-86 eastbound to I-390 in the Town of Bath will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18th and 9th for repaving. Work is set to begin around 7 a.m. The ramp will be closed with message boards directing traffic to use Exit 37. Work may be extended for inclement weather. Additionally, drivers are reminded that beginning Monday detours will start for traffic from Exit 46 to Exit 47 onto State Route 352 during the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. due to the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project. All eastbound traffic will be required to exit the highway at Exit 45, travel east on State Route 352 through the City of Corning to the 47 Interchange, just east of Gibson.
Trooper Foglia Released from Hospital:
Craig Foglia, the state trooper seriously injured during a traffic stop on I-86, was released from the hospital Wednesday. Trooper Foglia had been at Strong Memorial in Rochester since his patrol vehicle was hit from behind in May.
Corning Woman Accused of Breaking into Home, Assaulting Resident:
A Corning woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly broke into a residence on East First Street in Corning. Corning Police say 19-year-old Harley Sly unlawfully entered the home around 4 p.m. Wednesday and when the victim asked her to leave, Sly attacked the victim in front of the victim’s young child. According to police, neither the victim nor the suspect knew the other. Sly has been charged with burglary, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child. She is being held at the Steuben County Jail.
Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by Winter Storm:
Tioga and Tompkins counties are among the 28 included in a major disaster declaration that’s been issued for “Winter Storm Stella,” which hit New York in March. Funding is being made available for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repairs to public infrastructure. The storm brought significant snowfall, and cost state and local governments more than $31.4 million in response costs and infrastructure damage.
“Human Error” Behind Verizon Data Breach:
Verizon customers are being advised to update their pin codes after the company confirmed that the personal information of six-million customers has been leaked online. Verizon was informed of the breach on June 13th by cyber-security company Upguard, but the hole wasn’t closed until June 22nd. Verizon said no loss or theft of customer information occurred. They said the cause was “human error.”
Final Plans for Corning Soil Cleanup Released:
The final cleanup plans for areas with contaminated soil in Corning have been released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The plans include excavation and off-site disposal, environmental easements, site management, and more. For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/97180.html. The contamination, including brick, ash, glass, and more, was first discovered in 2012.
Governor Signs Hemp Production Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Cornell University, Wednesday, where he signed new legislation aimed at boosting hemp production in the state. The bill clarifies the status of industrial hemp, labeling it as an agricultural commodity. Cuomo also announced $10 million in funding to advance research and provide resources to future processing businesses. Industrial hemp generates more than $570 million nationally each year.
White Deer Depot Will Have Some Paid Positions:
As Deer Haven Park, formerly the Seneca Army Depot, prepares to open to the public for tours, President Dennis Money has announced that there will be some opportunities for paid positions at the park. Most of the work is expected to be done by volunteers. Job interviews won’t start for several weeks yet.
Dairy Farmers Concerned About Buyers’ Plans for Kraft Plant:
Some local dairy farmers are expressing concerns over the potential buyer for the Campbell Kraft plant. Upstate Niagara is planning to buy the facility and it’s currently unknown if the company plans to continue using local milk or if they’ll outsource it. If they chose the latter, that could mean higher costs for local farmers, as they’d be forced to have their milk hauled further away to sell it and they could have harder time doing so due to a diary surplus in the northeast. Kraft currently uses roughly two million pounds of milk a day.
Chemung Co. DA Named “Prosecutor of the Year”:
At the New York District Attorneys’ annual Summer Conference, Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was honored with the Prosecutor of the Year Award. Wetmore was nominated by the DAs of Ontario and Schuyler counties, mainly for his work in the Kelley Stage Clayton murder trial. Wetmore told media that he is “very honored and humbled.”
FDA Holds Opioid Addiction Meeting:
The Food and Drug Administration has wrapped up a two-day meeting on how to address the nation’s opioid addiction. The FDA Commissioner has suggested mandatory training for anyone that’s allowed to prescribe or dispense the powerful painkillers. There’s also been suggestion of pulling back on prescriptions for minor operations like dental procedures.
New Simmons-Rockwell Dealership Delayed:
The groundbreaking for the new Simmons-Rockwell dealership in Hornellsville has been delayed. At a meeting of the Town Board Tuesday night, Planning Board head Joe Dick said the scheduled groundbreaking of June 1st has been pushed back to possibly September 1st with a new completion date sometime in late March or April. The delay is said to be because Simmons-Rockwell has made a design change to the interior of the building, and because more research is needed on a trout stream adjacent to the intended location.
O’Mara to Announce “Good News” at North Hornell Fire Dept.:
Senator Tom O’Mara will be at the North Hornell Fire Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to announce what’s expected to be good news. Fire Chief Mike Robbins told the Hornellsville Town Board Tuesday night that O’Mara’s office was able to secure a grant for the purchase of a new pumper tanker and water rescue equipment.
WGI Job Fair Today:
Watkins Glen International is hosting its seasonal job fair today from noon to 6 p.m. at the WGI media center. Attendees are asked to enter through gate 2, and they are reminded that they must fill out an application in full, and supply two forms of identification to WGI. Resumes are encouraged. Open positions include food and beverage service, grandstand ushers and medics, first responders, security, landscaping, and cleaners. For more information, visit http://www.theglen.com.
Reed Holding Town Halls Saturday:
Representative Tom Reed will hold a pair of Town Halls on Saturday. The first will be at the Belfast Fire Department from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., then he’ll be at the Lindley-Presto Volunteer Fire Department in Lindley from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.
Arc of Steuben Hosting Autism Conference:
The Arc of Steuben’s Autism Resource Team is holding an autism conference on Wednesday, July 19th at the Radisson Hotel in Corning. The one-day conference will feature a guest speaker and a seminar. Tickets cost $35 for family of people the Arc supports; and $60 for professionals. Tickets can be purchased until July 19th by visiting the Arc of Steuben’s Facebook event page or by calling (607) 622-1900.
Pizza Hut Donates to Local Charities:
Seven local organizations helping children in need received donations Tuesday from Pizza Hut. $23,741 was donated through the “Raising Dough for Kids” foundation to the Task Force on Children and Families of Chemung County, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Chemung ARC, City of Corning Parks and Recreation, Interfaith hospitality Center, and Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum. The money will be used for things unique to each charity, including educational events, infant care, and family support.
Bath Utility Pole Damaged in Accident:
A Bath Utility Pole was damaged during a two-car accident Sunday. Police asked people to avoid the intersection by the Presbyterian Church until the pole could be replaced. Traffic was detoured from Lackawanna Street while the work was done. Only minor injuries were reported in the accident.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing July 18th:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, July 18th at 5 p.m. so that the public might learn more about what the library has to offer and how it’s supported. Board members will be on hand to answer questions. The tax levy vote is set for Wednesday, July 26th from noon to 8 p.m. at the library.
Bath V.A. Nursing Open House Today:
The Bath V.A. is hosting a Nursing Open House today from 1 to 6 p.m. in Building 92. The V.A. is currently recruiting Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants for the Geriatric skilled nursing and Palliative Care units. All applicants are encouraged to bring copies of transcripts, licensure, and resume.
Detour coming to I-86 Next Week:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning Monday, eastbound I-86 traffic from Exit 46 to Exit 47 will be detoured onto State Route 352 during overnight hours from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM for work involved with the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project. Occasional nighttime detours are expected to continue through late October. All eastbound traffic will be required to exit the highway at Exit 45, travel east on State Route 352, through the City of Corning, for approximately 5 miles then re-enter the highway at the 47 Interchange, located just east of Gibson.
Steuben Real Property Auction Friday:
Some 125 properties are slated for the 2017 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction, set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Campbell-Savona High School. For information visit http://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=565 or call (607) 664-2488.
Turning Point Offering Bus Tokens for People on Medicaid for Medical
Turning Point and Medical Answering Services (MAS), a New York State Medicaid-funded program out of Syracuse, are teaming up to make it easier for people on Medicaid to get to their medical appointments. Turning Point is already able to provide a limited amount of bus tokens per person per month for medical appointments, but with the new partnership there will be no limit for those on Medicaid. People on Medicaid can contact MAS to receive tokens through the mail, or, more conveniently, they can go directly to any one of four Turning Point locations across Steuben County, including Bath, Corning, Hornell, or Steuben County Rural Ministry in Canisteo.
Educators Learn to Recognize Signs of Drug Use:
Educators from area school districts gathered last week to learn how to recognize the signs of drug use in students through the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals. Administrators and schools nurses from Hornell, Bath, Addison, Hammondsport, Wayland-Cohocton, Canisteo-Greenwood, Bradford, Prattsburgh, Alfred-Almond, and the Corning-Painted Post school districts as well as GST Boces all attended. Material covered included current drug trends and a review of physical assessment signs and symptomatology. The program coordinator said that it will provide the educators with “the tools they need to intervene at a crucial time in the lives of children.”
SCHUMER DEMANDS FDA ACTION AGAINST CACAO SNUFF
Senator Charles Schumer is demanding more action against drugs, this time urging federal regulators to crack down on Coco Loko, a snortable chocolate powder marketed as “raw cacao snuff”. Shortly after promoting the INTERDICT Act in Corning, he submitted a letter asking the FDA to investigate the use of Coco Loko as well as the use of caffeine in similar inhalable foods saying that such products have no clear health value. The powder contains cacao powder from cocoa beans and some allege the substance is made of common energy-drink ingredients to bring users mental focus, energy and euphoria.
GILLIBRAND SAYS FEDERAL SNAP CUT WILL HURT LOCAL PRODUCE PROVIDERS
At a press conference at the Windmill Farm and Craft Market Saturday, Senator Kristen Gillibrand urged the Senate to reject the Trump administration’s budget proposing funding cuts to programs like SNAP. Gillibrand opposes the cut because it would hurt low-income families relying on federal programs to purchase nutritious food like fresh fruits and vegetables, ultimately hurting the success of farmers and businesses like The Windmill that supply produce. The Trump administration would cut SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade.
STEUBEN LEGISLATOR HONORED BY VIETNAM PILOT GROUP
A Steuben County Legislator was recognized by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association for over three decades of volunteer service. Gary Roush, R-Erwin, was recognized at the group’s yearly meeting in Indianapolis where he was credited for his 942 combat flight hours and more than 3,000 landings as a pilot for the “Muleskinners”, a helicopter group that provides assault support. Roush has also diligently collected data on those who died or were Missing In Action since the Vietnam War. An expert on Vietnam helicopters, he has advised many in media and given numerous presentations on his knowledge on the “helicopter war” as well as remaining an instrumental activist in honoring veterans of this war.
CAMERON MAN ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING POLICE TWICE
A Cameron man was arrested on multiple charges in Bath following a response by the Village of Bath Police Department for an altercation. Andrew J. Mastin fled Bath Village Police and was located in the Days Inn shortly after and fled but the pursuit ended on Mount Washington Road in the town of Bath when police lost sight of him. The following morning he was located after placing a call to 911 using a fake name. Mastin’s charges include unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree, falsely reporting an incident, reckless driving, speed in zone, failure to stop at a stop light and several other vehicle and traffic violations. He was arraigned in the Village of Bath Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.
WAYLAND MAN ARRESTED FOR DWI
A Wayland man was charged with DWI following an investigation of a crash occurring on the early afternoon of July 6th in the Town of Wayland. Brian L. Jamison was arrested on Wolfanger Road for DWI, moving from lanes unsafely and refusing to submit to a breath test. He was released and will return to Wayland Town Court on July 19th.
ARBOR RECEIVES GRANT FOR DOMESTIC ABUSE SURVIVORS
A $50,000 grant to aid domestic violence victims was awarded to Arbor Housing and Development Friday. The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence gave Arbor the grant to go to help identifying and assisting domestic violence victims with legal services in Steuben County. Specifically, Arbor will invest the award into the Net Domestic Violence Services program which will coordinate with Legal Assistance of Western New York, local law enforcement and other organizations to find survivors of domestic violence who most need the support.
BATH VA WILL HAVE OPEN HOUSE TUESDAY
The Bath VA is having an open house to recruit nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants to hire to work in the geriatric skilled nursing and palliative care units. Interested Applicants should bring copies of their licensures, resumes and transcript to Building 92 at the VA Campus on Tuesday, July 11th from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.
REED ANNOUNCES TOWN HALLS
Congressman Tom Reed announced he will hold two town hall meetings next weekend. On Saturday, July 15th he is scheduled to appear at Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue in Belfast at 8:30 a.m. and Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department on 9541 Tannery Creek Road in Lindley at 11:30 a.m. “We choose to hold town halls because we believe in responsive and accessible government.” The Congressman said.
DORMANN GRANT PROVIDES SENIORS WITH VR EQUIPMENT
A Southern Tier Library System Outreach Mini-Grant was awarded to Dormann Library to help the community’s underserved members, more specifically senior citizens who are under the auspices of CareFirst, a nonprofit program that provides complete hospice, palliative care and grief support services to residents of Steuben county. The library will offer Virtual Reality headgear to check out at the library for seniors use with CareFirst staff smartphones to access certain experiences they want to experience before they pass away.
Drug Charge for Bath Man:
A Bath man was arrested after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot near the Wendy’s Restaurant in Corning Sunday evening. 32-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was issued an appearance ticket.
2 Charged with Violating County Social Law:
Two people are accused of allegedly violating Steuben County’s Social Host Law. Sheriff’s deputies arrested 46-year-old Darcylynn McPherson and a seventeen year old on Sunday after deputies received a report of an underage drinking party in Corning. Both were issued appearance tickets and were released.
More Roadwork for the Southern Tier:
A new wave of funding has been announced for road repairs in the Southern Tier. $59.2 million from New York State’s “Southern Tier Soaring” economic development plan will be used to repave nearly 384 miles of roadway in Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties.
Corning Applies for Funding for Wastewater Plant:
Wednesday, the Corning City Council voted to apply for $1.6 million from the state in order make upgrades at the Corning Wastewater Treatment Plant. City Manager Mark Ryckman said the improvements are in response to the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Initiative and they’re estimated to cost $3.9 million. In other business, the City also applied for just over $363,000 to make improvements to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.
Bath PBA Endorses Watches:
The Bath Police Benevolent Association has come out in support of Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate, Chauncey Watches. The Bath P.B.A. – which represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department - released an endorsement letter Thursday saying “Judge Watches’ dedication to his community is exemplary and (he) has served with distinction as a fair and impartial dedicated civil servant.” Surrogate Court has jurisdiction over estate proceedings and is responsible for granting and supervising the guardianships of infants and incapacitated adults. The Surrogate Judge is also often assigned to County, Family, and Supreme Courts in Steuben and seven surrounding counties. Watches has served as a municipal judge in Bath for the last 13 years.
Arc of Steuben Golf Tourney Raises $29K:
The Arc of Steuben’s 22nd Arc Star Golf Classic raised more than $29,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The annual tournament was held on Friday, June 2nd at the Bath Country Club and included more than 25 teams. Funds from the tournament will help support the Arc of Steuben’s autism conference on July 19th at the Radisson Hotel Corning. For more information visit arcofsteuben.org.
Repair Shop Destroyed, Home Damaged in Campbell Fire:
A Campbell business was destroyed and a family home was damaged by fire Wednesday. The blaze started around 8 a.m., when the engine of a lawn tractor sparked in the garage at G&R Repairs on County Route 333 while the owner, Glenn Vogel – who happens to be the Assistant Fire Chief in Campbell – and an employee were working on it. The garage was a complete loss; the adjacent home was limited to smoke damage. The family says they plan to rebuild the business.
4 Arrested Following Stop in Corning:
Four people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Corning Tuesday. Authorities say the vehicle was pulled over in Lamphear Court just before 3 a.m. and when the vehicle was checked by patrolmen, more than an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine was found packaged for sale. Arrested were 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Melanie Stoudt, both of Addison, and 25-year-old Zachary Snyder and 18-year-old Juan Abrue, both of Pennsylvania. They were all sent to the Steuben County Jail where Abrue is being held on $500 cash bail while Baker, Stoudt, and Snyder have no bail.
Mower Stolen from Empire Tractor:
State Police are investigating the theft of a mower from Empire Tractor in Cohocton. The mower is said to be a 2016 Kubota 22 hp zero turn lawn mower with a 48 inch mower deck, and police say it was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. July 1st and 5 a.m. July 2nd. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wayland State Police.
Trucker Arrested in Travel Center Incident:
An incident at the Pilot Travel Center in Kanona resulted in the arrest of a truck driver from Colorado. State troopers say they were called to the scene on reports of a fight in progress and they arrested 48-year-old Robert Hewitt on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.
Jury Selection Begins Today in Trial of Second Fatal Fire Suspect:
The second person charged in the fire that killed a man in Wayland in February 2016 will have her trial officially get underway in Steuben County today with jury selection. Iryn Meyers is accused of intentionally setting the fire at the home of David O’Dell, and of taking out fraudulent insurance claims on the house, its contents, and O’Dell’s life. Meyers’ husband, Joseph, was convicted in May of first degree murder and arson. He is facing a potential life sentence.
Community Health Fair at Bath VA Today:
There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus. This event is an opportunity for veterans and their families, and the community to learn more about the V.A. and its community programs and services.
Local Law Officers Receive Training at Steuben Public Safety Building:
Fifteen students from law enforcement agencies recently completed New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services courses at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. The students, from the Allegany, Chemung, and Steuben Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the City of Corning and City of Hornell Police Departments, and the state Police at Alfred successfully completed the two-week state Instructor Development Course and Police Field Training Officer courses. The students will be able to field-train new officers or deputies, conduct local, regional, and state trainings, and instruct at certified state Basic Courses for police and peace officers.
“Gorilla Glass” Concept Car Revealed by Corning Inc.:
On Wednesday, Corning Inc. showed investors that its “Gorilla Glass” can be used for more than phone screens. They unveiled a concept car that uses the glass in the dashboard, the center of the steering wheel, the center console, and even had a roof made of glass. According to the company, the glass is thinner, lighter, and stronger than regular glass and it could help with fuel economy. However, it does currently cost much more than regular glass.
Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:
The reorganizational and regular July meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the VEW Primary School Cafeteria.
Red Cross Issues Blood Emergency:
The American Red Cross is urging all available donors to give blood as they experience what they’re calling a “blood emergency.” While it’s typical for the organization to see a drop in donations over the summer when high school and college students, which make up twenty percent of donations, are out of school, according to officials this year they’re down 61,000 units, compared to the same time last year when they were down 39,000 units. To find a blood drive near you visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/. You can even schedule an appointment and save time by using the Rapid Pass system on the same site.
Corning Man Arrested for June Altercation:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Corning man following investigation into an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of June 30th. On that date, 26-year-old Jacob Canute allegedly entered a residence on County Route 21 in Woodhall unlawfully and violated an order of protection in place for a resident of the location. He also allegedly was involved in an altercation with another resident. According to deputies, Canute fled the scene and was then located yesterday in the Town of Corning when authorities were called to Lower Pace Road for subjects sleeping in a vehicle. Canute was charged with burglary, criminal contempt, and possession of a hypodermic needle. Additionally, the other person in the vehicle, 23-year-old Lindsey Stephens was arrested and charged with DWAI drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a hypodermic needle. Both subjects were sent to the Steuben County Jail: Canute on $7,000 bail, and Stephens on $2,000 bail.
Roche Steps Down as Guthrie Corning BoD Chairperson:
After six years of service as the chairperson of the Board of Directors for Guthrie Corning Hospital, Phil Roche has stepped down. Roche stepped down on Friday at the end of his term. Jack Benjamin, who currently serves on the Board, will replace him.
Public Hearing on Possible New Restaurant on Route 54:
A new restaurant could be coming to Route 54. The Town of Urbana Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for July 11, 7 p.m. at the Urbana town hall. The application being considered seeks a special use permit to open a restaurant at the former Shady dog location. Public comments will be heard during the hearing.
Canisteo Considering Veteran Banner Program:
Following other communities like Bath, North Hornell, and Canaseraga, the village of Canisteo is now considering a banner program for veterans. The Village Hero’s Banner program would see banners honoring local veterans placed along Main Street. It would, according to Mayor Monica Recktenwald, be funded by individual families and there would be no cost to the village. The board would decide whether it would be seasonal or year-round.
Thousands Try Out Uber in Its First Week Upstate:
Ride-sharing service Uber has been available in the upstate for just under a week, and according to the company in that time thousands of residents have already given the service a try. Uber launched on Thursday, just ahead of the busy 4th of July weekend, and in a statement released Monday company officials say they “look forward to continuing to expand access to affordable, reliable transportation options for residents and visitors.”
2017 Honor Flight for Vets Set for 11/5:
The 2017 Twin Tiers Honor Flight for veterans to Washington D.C. has been set for Veterans Day, November 11th. Honor Flight takes veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam on a day-long, free visit to the nation’s capital to see the war memorials and the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery. For more information about Honor Flight or to make a donation toward the cost of the trip, visit http://twintiershonorflight.org.
Fatal in Elmira
A two car crash in Elmira’s Southside has killed one person this weekend. According to Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies the accident happened at the intersection of Broadway and Clemens Center Parkway around 7:00pm last evening. The identity of the person killed has not been released and authorities are still investigating and have not released any details about the accident.
The man who escaped from the Wayne County Jail was captured yesterday. Authorities located 25-year-old Shawn Meacham and returned him to custody. He had been jailed for violating his probation following a burglary conviction. Meacham allegedly impersonated another inmate who was scheduled for release Sunday afternoon.
White Deer again
The opportunity to see white deer at the 7,000 acre Seneca Army Depot will happen once again. Seneca Iron Works which bought the Depot has agreed to allow the public to visit the white deer refuge. Partnering with Seneca White Deer Incorporated public tours will start in October, a visitor center will be built and visitors will be able to see the deer during all four seasons.
Shootout in Elmira
A shootout on Sunday has an Elmira man in jail this 4th of July. 27 year old Wilfredo Maisonet was shot following a shooting incident in Elmira. Maisonet reportedly was shot by police after he fired at officers who were approaching him following gunfire incident when he was refused entry into a home. Police searched for 4 hours before he was found. Maisonet was treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds. He was wanted on a parole violation.
Fourth of July fireworks will be tonight a Corning’s War Memorial Stadium. The Corning Community Concert Band will perform starting at 8:00pm with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:45am. The display is expected to be bigger than ever and is sponsored by Corning Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs. Hornell fireworks begin at 10 tonight.
Music in the Park
Music in the Park gets underway tomorrow night Bath. The Vancouver based band Town Pants will kick off the eight concert series presented by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce. Other acts include Sam Pallet, Southern Exit, Virgil Cain and Beatlemania on August 2nd. Hammondsport’s Music in the Park series begins Thursday night with Abbey Payne. All concerts are free and begin at 6:00pm.
STATE SUSPENDS NON-ESSENTIAL CONSTRUCTION ROAD CLOSURES
New York state is making efforts this Fourth of July weekend to ease the holiday drive for many New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo announced New York is suspending all lane closures of non-essential construction projects. Cuomo says state officials will do "everything in (their) power" to make travel less difficult and ease traffic during the busy holiday weekend. These closure suspensions will continue to Wednesday July 5th.
CUOMO REFUSES COMPLIANCE WITH TRUMP ELECTION COMMISSION
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will not to comply with Trump’s voter fraud investigation commission's request for information stating New York law does not permit disclosure of confidential and sensitive voter information and must maintain such privacy to protect New York voters from potential harassment. The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested states submit voter information such as names, birthdays, voter history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, so long as state law doesn’t prohibit the release of such data. Cuomo is critical of the commission’s effort to investigate what he calls "debunked theories of voter fraud." Other states resisting compliance to this request include California, Kentucky and Virginia.
STEUBEN OFFICIALS URGE CODERED REGISTRATION
Steuben County officials urge residents to register for emergency notifications through the CodeRED system as we enter the summer storm season. The system issues calls, texts or email messages to residents who live in areas affected by storms and officials will use it to call residents for emergencies like evacuations and floods. Updated yearly in January, the CodeRED database includes phone numbers of most business and residential telephone numbers within the county. To find out more or to register for this service please visit the CodeRED website at www.steubencony.org (check CodeRED link at the bottom of the page or call (607) 664-2996 Monday through Friday during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
STATE AUDIT REVEALS UNSANITARY HOTELS HOUSING HOMELESS
Over one in four New York hotels and motels housing the homeless were found to have unsanitary conditions in a new state audit. State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released the audit as a follow up to a 2016 report revealing problems at certain hotels and motels used as shelters in New York. Auditors inspected 80 of these facilities and 24 were identified as unsanitary, sometimes to the point of being “squalid” and uninhabitable according to DiNapoli. Improved conditions by a few establishments were observed by the report, but the audit recommends inspections that are more consistent and clearer policies to correct these problems.
DORMANN RESCHEDULES BUDGET VOTE
Due to Unforeseen Circumstances the vote for Dormann Library’s budget Is been changed to July 26th. Polls will be open at 12-8 p.m. for residents of the Bath Haverling Central School District to vote on whether their taxes will be raised to support a larger annual sum of funding that totals $ 234,004 an increase of over $18,000 from last year’s budget of $216,700Residents who cannot make the polls are advised to apply for absentee ballots at the Dormann Library. Those who are eligible for absentee ballots will be listed five days before the election during normal business hours in the library.
OFFICERS CRACK DOWN ON HOLIDAY DRIVING
Yet another reminder to drive carefully this holiday weekend: with gas prices at a record low, this year’s Fourth of July weekend is anticipated to be an especially busy one for holiday travel. State and local law enforcement are maximizing patrols to crack down on traffic violations and drunk driving with sobriety checkpoints as well as speeding and seat belt safety observance until Tuesday, the July 4th holiday. State troopers made 206 DWI arrests and came to the call of 756 collisions and three crash deaths last year.
NYS LEGISLATURE APPROVES LOCAL SALES TAX EXTENDERS
In a last minute flurry of activity, the state Legislature on Thursday approved dozens of local sales tax extenders requested by counties so they can continue to provide essential services to their residents without raising local property taxes. Steuben County was included in the legislation. Had Albany not acted, the chairman of the Steuben County legislature said property taxes here would have increased approximately 23 percent next year.
LAW ENFORCEMENT STEPS IT UP FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND
Another holiday is rapidly approaching and once again, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be looking for impaired drivers. The special STOP-DWI campaign began this morning and extra patrols will be on duty through the 4th of July.
COUNTY GAINS SECURITY FOR COURT HOURS
Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase the court security, after county legislators this week approved a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours. The municipality requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service. Steuben lawmakers also accepted $863,000 from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop, consolidate and/or improve public safety communications for first responders.
UPSTATE NIAGARA COOPERATIVE TO BUY SAVONA KRAFT HEINZ PLANT
On Friday morning The Kraft Heinz company announced its Campbell dairy plant will be sold to Upstate Niagara Cooperative, saving 125 jobs and preventing its closure. That number of jobs is expected to expand to 150 in the next two years under the agreement. Upstate Niagara Cooperative plans to rehire the plant’s current Kraft Heinz workers. The finality of the deal will emerge in another 30 to 60 days as the agreement of intent to purchase is being negotiated.
SCHUMER UNVEILS INTERDICT ACT TO CATCH DRUGS AT BORDER
Senator (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at Corning City Hall yesterday to share details of the INTERDICT Act that seeks to combat the opioid epidemic by clamping down on drug trafficking. The bipartisan legislation aims prevent the deadly opiate drug fentanyl from reaching our borders by using exclusive new technology that detects the drug, stationing field labs and other equipment at the borders for patrol agents to find these drugs and trace where they are coming from. Schumer stresses that since fentanyl and heroin both are not made in the US and local police forces have such limited resources to fight opiates, it is up to the federal government to take such action to end the drug epidemic.
Deal for Campbell Kraft Plant Being Finalized:
Congressman Tom Reed released a statement Thursday announcing that a purchase agreement is about to be finalized for the Campbell Kraft plant. The potential buyer is unknown and there are no official details at this time. Senator Charles Schumer said that they’re “doing everything in their power to secure a good deal for the workers, regional dairy farmers, and the local community.” In November 2015, Kraft announced a timetable for closing the plant; there have been several extensions since while officials sought a buyer. The facility employs more than 300 people.
P.A. Sentenced for Killing Eagles in Addison:
The Pennsylvania man who poisoned eagles on his farm in Addison has been sentenced. 68-year-old William Wentling pleaded guilty in federal court to violation of the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act, and will serve two years’ probation and will pay a $3,500 fine. Federal prosecutors said that Wentling used a restricted use pesticide that’s highly toxic to wildlife to poison sheep carcasses at his farm in an attempt to control predators, particularly birds of prey. Officials say two bald eagles, including a nesting female with a clutch of eggs, two red-tailed hawks, and a rough-legged hawk were killed.
Hornby Man Charged for Emaciated Dog:
A Hornby man was arrested earlier this week following complaints to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit about a dog at large in Schuyler County. The dog was found to be owned by Craig Cline and according to authorities their investigation found the animal to be emaciated and that Cline was not providing adequate sustenance. He was charged with over-driving, a misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.
Law Enforcement to be Available in Town and Village Courts in Steuben:
Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase their court security, after county legislators approved this week a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours. The community requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service, based on the individual officer’s overtime rate, according to Sheriff Jim Allard.
Hauryski Urges State Senate to Pass Sales Tax Authority:
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski urged the New York State Senate Thursday to immediately enact legislation protecting county sales tax authority and prevent double-digit hikes in property taxes in 2018. The 1 percent sales tax authority presently being held from passage is one of the most vital sources of revenue for Steuben County, according to Hauryski. He added that if it were to lapse, property taxes in the county would increase approximately 23 percent in 2018. Steuben officials also urged county residents to contact their state representatives and urge the passage of sales tax reauthorization.
4th of July DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the 4th of July holiday, Sheriff Jim Allard has announced. The effort starts today and will run through July 4th.
Hockey Could Return to First Arena:
Despite losing its potential new owner earlier this week, there might still be some good news on the horizon for Elmira’s First Arena. 18 News reports that talks were held Thursday between Elmira Pioneers co-owner Robbie Nichols and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen to discuss the possibility of bringing a Federal League Hockey team to Elmira. The FHL is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as one team in Ontario. Nichols’ lawyer told media that Nichols and his organization “would take the arena, bring in a team, and make sure to keep the operation going on a sound basis.”
4th of July Fireworks Around the Area:
With the 4th of July weekend upon us, you might be hoping to take in some fireworks and if that’s the case you do have some choices as to where and when. Tonight there will be fireworks in Watkins Glen at Clute Memorial Park at 9:45 p.m., and tomorrow in Hammondsport at the Fireman’s Carnival on State Route 54 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s traditional event at Eldridge Park in Elmira has been moved to Sunday due to the weather. The fireworks will be around 9:30 p.m. Then on Tuesday you can take in a show in Corning at Memorial Stadium at 9:45, or in Hornell at Veterans Memorial Park at 10 p.m.
Campbell Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case:
53-year-old Kenneth Calkins of Campbell was sentenced Wednesday morning in Steuben County Court to 15 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision on each of two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree. The sentences will run concurrently. Calkins was convicted in April of engaging in sexual contact with a five-year-old child in Bath in 2005.
Bath Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Ted Hackett of Bath on a charge of attempted reckless endangerment, a class E felony. Hackett is accused of attempting to sell paint thinner as narcotics. He was issued an appearance ticket for Bath Village Court.
Bath Fire Dept. to Receive Federal Grant:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is one of three area departments that are set to receive a federal grant to help enhance their response capabilities. In Bath the department will receive $19,048 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Wayland Joint Fire District will receive over $140,000 and Community Fire and Rescue of Chemung County will receive over $46,000.
Wineglass Marathon Sells Out:
After selling out the Half Marathon in record time, race organizers of the 36th Annual Wineglass Marathon have announced that the Full Marathon is now also sold out with 2,700 registered runners. The waitlist is now open to runners who wish to participate. Full marathon VIP Package spots are still available. The annual event kicks-off with the Corelle 5K on Saturday, September 30th then the Wineglass Half and Full Marathons follow on Sunday, October 1st.
Rough Start for Special State Legislative Session:
It was an auspicious start to the special state legislative session Wednesday, as no members of the Assembly were present for the 1 p.m. gavel in ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The special session was called because lawmakers are stalemated over extending New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of city schools. The 15-year-old policy expires tomorrow if nothing is done.
Flu Vaccine Patch Developed:
If a fear of needles or pain has kept you from getting your flu shot, that could soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at Georgia Tech have announced the development of a skin patch that delivers the vaccine with tiny, dissolvable needles. Initial experiments show that the patch is as safe and effective as traditional flu shots with the added benefit that patients could even give it to themselves. The hope is, according to experts, that the patch could lead to more people getting vaccinated each year.
Buyer Backs Out of First Arena Deal:
There’s more bad news for Elmira’s First Arena. Tuesday, potential buyer Brian Barrett, co-owner of Simmons-Rockwell, officially withdrew from negotiations to purchase the facility. According to Chemung County Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli, Barrett backed out after Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss made public an investigation into how the IDA acquired the arena in 2015. Last week Moss said in a press conference that they’d received several tips suggesting the deal was not done by the book and that the allegations could possibly include coercion, official misconduct, and violations of the New York State General Municipal Law. In a statement yesterday, the IDA said it’s reviewing its options, “both legally and with respect to the future viability of the Arena.”
Drug Charge for Bath Woman Following Campbell Fire:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a fire in the Town of Campbell in March. Fire crews were dispatched on March 18th to a structure on County Route 17. The structure was a total loss and the resulting investigation found, according to the Sheriff’s Office, several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine around the property. Tuesday, 32-year-old Amber Landsborough, who was injured in the blaze, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing materials. She was issued an appearance ticket. Officials say the investigation is ongoing.
Multiple Charges After Passenger Tries to Cause Accident:
A 50-year-old man from Walworth was arrested in Corning Monday on multiple charges after he allegedly tried to cause the vehicle he was riding in to crash. Albert Valentin is accused of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals. As a passenger in the vehicle, Valentin allegedly punched a dog continuously and tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver to cause a wreck. The driver and a 15-year-old passenger fled the vehicle after arriving at a Canisteo Street location and called police. Valentin was taken into custody without incident and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 bail.
Gov. Cuomo Calls Special Legislative Session:
Despite going to recess last week, the New York State Legislature will be headed back to Albany today after Governor Andrew Cuomo called a special session. The cost for the extra time is expected to be hefty for taxpayers, with lawmakers outside of a 50-mile radius of the Capitol entitled to $165 of per diem a day. Both the Senate and Assembly are set to gavel in at 1 p.m.
Job Fair Tomorrow in Hornell:
CSS Workforce New York is teaming up with the City of Hornell to host a job fair tomorrow in Hornell. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Main Place. Organizers say 25-employers with over 200 immediate openings will participate. Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume and to dress appropriately for on-site interviews.
Benefit for Injured State Trooper:
When a member of the police force gets injured, it affects the entire community, and now, the community stepping up in turn. Cider Creek Hard Cider in Canisteo will be hosting The Signal 30 Benefit Fund for Craig Foglia on June 30th from 5 to 11 p.m. with support from the New York State Trooper’s Benevolent Association. Trooper Foglia, a 14-year veteran with the State Police, was injured last month when he was struck on the side of I-86 in Campbell during a traffic stop. The event will feature a pig roast, live music, a bonfire, and a silent auction. Tickets at the door are $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Trooper Foglia.
Painted Post Man Arrested for String of Corning Burglaries:
A Painted Post man has been accused in a string of burglaries in the Corning area. 25-year-old Adam Wilson was arrested last week while allegedly in the act of attempting to burglarize a Northside business. Police believe Wilson is responsible for 7 other burglaries at Gaffer District businesses. He is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Bath Teen Facing Multiple Charges:
A Bath teenager is facing multiple charges following an incident in Bath. 16-year-old Davon Bloom is accused of entering a building on Snell Hill Road and intentionally causing more than $250 worth of damage. When confronted by police, Bloom allegedly resisted and struck a State Trooper in the head in an attempt to injure him. Bloom has been charged with criminal mischief, attempted assault, and resisting arrest.
State Tax Considered to Offset $2B Medicaid Hit:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a tax on counties if Congress enacts a healthcare provision to shift the $2.3 billion local share of Medicaid outside of New York City on to the state. The new charge would be listed on county property tax bills as the “Faso-Collins federal tax,” according to administration officials. The name is from New York GOP Reps. John Faso and Chris Collins, whose plan for cost shifts were included in both the Senate and House versions of the federal healthcare reform bills. In a statement, Cuomo called the shift a “shell game” that will “force every resident of the state to pay… to make up the difference to avoid decimation of our healthcare system.” In response, Faso and Collins said Cuomo should be able to find the savings in the existing budget, and Faso said his plan gives the state until 2020 to reform its Medicaid system and eliminate waste and duplication. The Senate plans to act on its version of the healthcare repeal this week.
More Funding for Elmira-Corning Airport:
The Elmira-Corning Airport is getting some more financial help. On Monday, the Aviation Committee of Chemung County accepted an $11.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to assist with improvements at the airport. A portion of the grant will be used to purchase friction measuring equipment which will help ensure the safety of the runways during winter, and the rest will go towards the “Airport Improvement Plan,” covering phase one: preparation and demolition. With this grant the total amount of funding for the airport’s improvement plan is now nearly $58 million.
Paving Resumes in Bath Today:
The Department of Transportation announced that paving is expected to resume today in Bath from Haverling to West Washington Street. Crews will pave the remainder of Liberty Street and parts of Steuben Street on Wednesday. Parking restrictions will be in force.
2017 Steuben Co. Property Auction to Feature Historic Property:
This year’s Steuben County Property Auction will feature a historic property, the Club Valentine, which was the first nightclub to open in the county. The auction is set for July 14th at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School. Properties sold by the county are behind on property taxes for two or more years, or had defaulted on a payment plan with the county. The list of sites, which consists mostly of residential homes and vacant lots, can be found at http://steubencony.org. Last year’s auction raised just over $752,000.
Farmers’ Market Coupons Available for Seniors Mid-July:
Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available in mid-July. The county Office for the Aging will distribute the $20 coupon booklets on July 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corning Senior Center and the Hornell Senior Center, and on July 14th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The coupons may be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets throughout the area. Eligibility requirements including age and income apply. For more information, call (607) 664-2298.
Registration Open for Law Enforcement Memorial Golf Tourney:
Registration is open now for teams wanting to participate in the first Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park Golf Tournament. The tournament is set for a 9 a.m. check-in on August 25th at the Bath Country Club. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Besides a day of fun, the event will raise funds for the memorial honoring police and peace officers within the seven-county region that have died in the line of duty. The cost is $300 per team of four, with each team including at least one retired or active member of law enforcement. The event will also feature food, refreshments, chances to win prizes, and more. Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.
Bath Police Officer Goes Viral After Teen Shares Sweet Video:
In the wake of the shooting of a Rochester police officer, a Bath teen decided to share a positive experience he had with a local officer and the video he shared online has now gone viral. The video 15-year-old Cordell Galvan posted on Facebook showing Village of Bath Police officer Michael Jackson playing basketball with local children has gotten over 8,000 views. Galvan said he shared the playful moment because of how often bad things about police are shown, and he wanted to post “something good.” For his part, Jackson said that he’s getting a lot of response to the video, and while that’s “pretty cool” he added that it was a “no-brainer” especially as he’d grown up playing basketball in the area. The Rochester officer was released from the hospital on Monday.
Settlement Hearing in Death of Ward Jr.:
The family of Kevin Ward Jr. and NASCAR star Tony Stewart met on Friday for a settlement hearing. This was the third time they had come together to try and reach a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit. The family filed a civil suit against Stewart after he was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in Ward’s death during a race in 2014, alleging that the driver was acting recklessly when he struck and killed the 20-year-old. Earlier this year, Stewart sought to have the civil suit dismissed.
Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Dept. Expansion Out to Bid This Week:
This week the Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department will put its expansion project out to bid for the second time. The project would add 2,300 feet to the current fire hall to house two additional truck bays. The project’s previous bidding came back too high, with the lowest bid around $600,000. The department is hoping to stay around $475,000. The project is partially funded through bonds.
Community Health Fair at Bath VA:
There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath VA on Thursday, July 6th. The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92. This will be an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about the VA and its community programs and services. For more information, call 664-4799.
Third Straight U.S. Title for Elmira Native:
It was the third straight win for Elmira native Molly Huddle in the 10,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento last week. Huddle finished with a time of 31 minutes and 19.86 seconds. Huddle holds the American record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:13:17 at the Rio Olympics, in which she finished sixth.
Bill Proposes Tax Exemption for Craft Beer Brewers:
Legislation that would help craft beer breweries has passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly. According to the Finger Lakes Times, the bill would give licensed beer, cider, and liquor producers the same sales tax exemption that wineries currently enjoy. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation into law.
SUNY Tuition Hike:
The SUNY board has approved a 3.1 percent hike in tuition for in-state students. The total is now nearly $6,700 per year. Trustees blame the free tuition plan for middle-class students for the increase.
MALT BARLEY CROP INSURANCE AVAILABLE IN STEUBEN
Steuben is now one of 44 NY counties where farmers can finally obtain malt barley crop insurance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval to the program. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said New York’s barley growers are the backbone of the state’s world-renowned brewing and distilling industries. Now, barley growers will have access to the crop insurance protections they need.
PAVING SCHEDULED IN DOWNTOWN HORNELL
Paving begins on Seneca Street in Hornell next week. Crews will work from bridge to bridge. The road work begins at 7a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday. During the paving process, local residents will not have access to their driveways. The city says the residents should plan accordingly.
MARKET STREET PAVING PROJECT FINISHES EARLY
Corning’s Market Street paving project has finished ahead of schedule, nine days earlier than the originally-anticipated two weeks. The project took five days and provides more visibility to the heavily-trafficked section of town. Crosswalks on the street are unfinished but will not need street closure to complete.
FUNDING INCREASE FOR NY NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS
Arts funding is getting a boost in New York state, with Steuben County’s American Dance Asylum receiving $10,000. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced yesterday that more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts will support 549 NEA projects across the state. “This federal funding will help regions across the state encourage the growth of artists and programs that will help New York benefit from the creativity they bring.” Senator Schumer noted.
CHILD VICTIMS ACT STALLED IN NYS SENATE
With the end of state budget deadlines, the Child Victims Act is one part of the agenda that was not accomplished. The bill, which failed to be put up for vote in the NYS Senate, proposed extending the statute of limitations to for sexual abuse survivors to come forth and press charges against their abusers, giving them until age 28 in criminal cases and age 50 for civil cases. New York has the shortest statute of limitations for child abuse victims in the country, allowing victims until the age of 23 to report abuse. The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America lobbied against the legislation.
GILLIBRAND MAKES SCHOOL APPEARANCE SUPPORTING SNAP
In a trip to Tioga Elementary School this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand criticized President Trump's budget to cut food stamps. Gillibrand says the budget cuts SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade despite upstate New York low-income families relying upon the funding. "It just means for every ten kids, there's one that's hungry and if we don't support a budget that actually accommodates food stamps to make sure families have the nutrition they need, our children aren't going to reach their potential and that's why it's morally wrong to cut food stamps," the Senator said.
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.
Photo Courtesy WETM 18
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.