Four Face Meth Charges:
Four people have been arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine conspiracy in Livingston County. 26-year-old Kurt Redance and 55-year-old Kenneth Hoag, both of Dansville, 37-year-old Brandie Schumacher of Rose, and 37-year-old Andrew Culliton of West Seneca were charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and $10 million fine. Additionally, Redance and Hoag were charged with maintaining a drug involved premises. Redance also faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine on a premises where a child was located.
Steuben Co. Legislators Accept State Funds:
A plan to redevelop vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben County will now move forward, as the county Legislature has accepted a $500,000 state grand for Steuben’s land bank. The county Legislature set up the nonprofit Land Bank Corporation in July 2016 and expects to partner with a local non-profit agency to oversee operations. The funds support start-up costs associated with the land bank. County legislators have also accepted a multi-jurisdictional grant of $49,200 from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services for police protective equipment that will be distributed to the county sheriff and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.
Reed Confident Budget Extension will be Reached:
Local NY Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he remains confident that a budget extension will be reached and a government shutdown can be avoided. Said Reed, “I think we could come to a rapid agreement amongst Democrats and Republicans. I think keep the government up and running, and then take care of issues, things that I support, like the border wall and the construction of border security at our borders. We can deal with those issues outside of this shutdown deadline that’s coming upon us on April 28th.” Reed made the remarks to the media on Tuesday.
NY Senate Calls for Leadership Term Limits:
On Tuesday, the New York Senate took a step toward enacting term limits for state leadership positions. They passed legislation that would put eight year term limits on the Assembly Speaker, Minority Leaders in both houses, and Temporary President of Senate. The Senate already follows voluntary leadership term limits. The bill to make it official is now on its way to the state Assembly.
David Perry Arrested Again:
The Elmira man who is the long-time person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of a Florida woman, is now back behind bars after police say he violated the conditions of his fraud and grand larceny parole. 53-year-old David Perry was convicted in Broome County of receiving $340,000 in insurance money after faking an injury while working as a corrections officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility. Perry was a person of interest in the disappearance of his then-girlfriend Kelly Rothwell. According to police, he was the last person to see her alive, and he has not cooperated with the investigation into her disappearance.
Wineglass Half-Marathon Sells Out in Record Time:
Proving just how popular the Wineglass Half Marathon has become, race organizers have announced that it has sold out with 3,500 registered runners. Not only is that the largest field ever, but it’s the fastest the race has ever filled. The waitlist is now open. Meanwhile, the Full Marathon is also filling fast with less than 700 slots left. The 36th Annual Wineglass Weekend kicks off Saturday, September 30th with the Corelle 5K. The marathons will be held the following day on Sunday, October 1st.
Companies Will Have to Disclose Chemicals in Cleaning Products in NY:
New York has become the first state in the nation to require companies to disclose chemicals in household cleaning products on their websites. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the new regulations “will help protect New Yorkers and give them peace of mind of knowing what’s in their homes and in their communities.” He added that the program will serve as a pilot, and it could expand to other products of concern, such as personal care or children’s products.
Clayton Gets Maximum Sentence:
The fate of the former Elmira Jackal convicted of hiring another man to kill his wife at their Caton home was decided in Steuben County Court Monday. Thomas Clayton received the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes, which included first and second degree murder. He will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dansville Man Charged with Stealing Drugs:
A Dansville man has been arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medication from two homes in Wayland and Cohocton. 22-year-old Alec Ebert has been charged with two counts of petit larceny, and one count of burglary. At the time of his arrest, he was being held in the Livingston County Jail on an unrelated charge. After arraignment, he was sent back to the jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Dog’s Life Saved in Andover Fire:
There was some good news to come out of a fire Sunday night in Andover. The quick-thinking actions of a New York State trooper saved the life of a dog caught in the blaze. The owner of the black lab mix rushed it to trooper Andrew Tevens, who laid it down on the sidewalk and went for water. A witness said there was no movement from the dog, but Tevens gave it water and started nursing it back to life. The fire is believed to be a grease fire that started in an apartment on Main Street. No injuries were reported and, by the end of it, the dog was said to be back up, walking around, and wagging his tail.
Tag’s Announces Summer Lineup:
With summer just around the corner, popular entertainment venue Tag’s announced Monday its 2017 concert series. George Thorogood, Foghat, Megadeath, and “I Love the 90’s”, among others, will take the Budweiser stage in Big Flats. For more information and the complete list of performers, visit http://www.tagstickets.com/budweiser-summer-stage/.
Deck Repair Closes Lane on I-86 in Bath:
Drivers take note: a lane closure on I-86 westbound in Bath is expected to last for the next three weeks. Crews are working to repair the deck on the bridge carrying the highway over State Route 53. This is in the area of Exit 37.
New Leader Named for SUNY System:
The new leader of the SUNY public college system has been announced. Kristina Johnson, an engineer and a former undersecretary in the U.S. Energy Department, was appointed Monday. She succeeds Nancy Zimpher, who is stepping down after 8 years of leadership. Zimpher called Johnson “the right leader to keep SUNY at the top of its game.”
Drug Charges for Painted Post Teen:
A teen from Painted Post is facing drug charges following a search of a home in Bath last week. 18-year-old William Farnham was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. The search took place on April 18th at a home on Shannon Street, where authorities say they found $3,000 worth of meth. Farnham was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Clayton to be Sentenced Today:
Thomas Clayton will learn his fate today when he is sentenced in Steuben County Court. The former Elmira Jackal was convicted in February of hiring another man to kill his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. Last week, his defense team attempted to have his guilty conviction overturned. A judge denied it.
Campbell’s Soup Recall:
A label mixup has prompted the voluntary recall of nearly 4,200 pounds of Campbell’s chicken soup, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mixup was discovered after customers complained to Campbell that they had received the wrong product in 18.6-oz. cans of “Campbell’s Homestyle Health Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta.” Instead, customers found “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach and Meatballs in Chicken Broth.” The product contains milk, a known allergen that is not declared on the label.
NYS Reaches Settlements with Defective Vehicle Sellers:
New York State has reached settlements with 104 auto dealerships, including 11 here in the Southern Tier, where defective vehicles were sold. The announcement came from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on Friday. Each auto dealer, which were found have to sold vehicles with serious safety recall issues and other hazardous conditions, was assessed a $1,000 fine and will now adhere to strict guidelines and alert consumers of any outstanding issues. The auto-dealers that settled with the Binghamton regional office included: Butler Auto Sales, Sidney; Chambers & O’Hara Truck Center, Inc., Sidney; North Norwich Motors & Trailer Sales, LLC, North Norwich; SHB Associates LLC (Serafini Nissan Volvo), Vestal; VanDervort Service Center, Inc., Vestal; Ridge Road Imports, LLC, Lansing; Milller Motor Car Corp (2 Dealerships), Vestal; Royal Ford Motors, Inc./Royal Chrysler Motors, Inc. (2 Dealerships), Owego; Gault Auto Mall, Inc. (3 Dealerships), Endicott; Gene Balmer’s Auto Sales, Elmira; Jeff Kies Auto Sales, Inc., Apalachin.
Lisi Awards Banquet May 5th:
As many as 17 youth from across Steuben County will be recognized for overcoming overwhelming challenges at the 26th annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Banquet on May 5th at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on West William Street in Bath. The award is presented to young people, aged 16 to 21, living in Steuben County or currently registered in one of the following school districts: Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Jaspter-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Wayland-Cohocton. The banquet is named after the late county Sheriff Jack Lisi. Lisi strongly believed youth needed someone to car, show support, assistance and guidance in become contributing members of society. He served as Sheriff from 1969 to 1987. He died in 1991. Since 1992, the progam has assisted 210 young adults with non-cash awards valued at $204,900. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and are available at Hornell Concern for Youth, Steuben County Youth Bureau, Dormann Library, and the Corning Area Youth Center.
2017 Steuben Co. Hall of Fame Inductees Honored:
The first woman to graduate from college, a physician honored for “Service Above Self,” and a couple dedicated to the service of veterans were inducted into the 2017 Steuben County Hall of Fame Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. The inductees are Hannah Simpson of Jasper, Dr. Roy Robinson of Wayland, and Patrick and Betty Monahan of Bath. The inductees were selected by committee in January from a field of candidates nominated by local residents based on their ability to enhance the name of the county.
Buffalo Hospital Says Patient Records Not Compromised:
The Buffalo hospital that was forced to shut down its computer system after a virus was detected says now that it doesn’t appear patient information was compromised. Erie County Medical Center is still in the process of bringing its system back online. Its website has been restored, but officials say they’ll still work over the next two weeks to restore other functions, such as the transmission of X-ray images and medical record functions. The virus was discovered on April 9th.
CAMPELL MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ABUSE
A Campbell man was convicted of two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. Kenneth Calkins was found guilty of both charges, which are class B violent felonies, on Friday in the Steuben County Court. New York State Police Investigators pieced together the case over an 11 year time period, the incident occuring to the then 5-year old victim in 2005. Calkins was remanded to the Steuben County Jail awaiting his sentencing scheduled for June 19th at 9:30am.
PRATTSBURGH MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE
A Prattsburgh man was arrested on rape charges by the Steuben County Sheriff's Office upon discovering a tip revealing his February 22nd arrest Ashtabula County sheriff's office in Ohio for felony crimes including online prostitution. Steuben County Sheriff's Office was told Stryker's DNA matched an open case from 2015. Daniel Stryker will face two counts of 2nd degree Rape and two counts of 2nd degree Criminal Sex Act for an incident in October 2015 involving two girls under the age of 15. Stryker was arraigned in Bath Town Court. Investigations and charges are pending and Stryker is scheduled for a court reappearance next month.
PRATTSBURGH SCHOOL BUDGET ADVANCED TO VOTERS
Prattsburgh Central School District Board of Education Advanced the School Budget to Voters on Friday. The new budget is a 2.2 percent decrease of expenditures thanks to lower state pension payments and health insurance program renegotiation. The tax levy is anticipated to be unchanged from the 2016-2017 budget. Funds for wage increases, occupational education and special education programming are areas of the budget that will be increased.
ORGAN DONATION REGISTRATION MADE EASIER
On Friday Governor Cuomo announced if you are a New Yorker applying for health insurance through the state's official health plan marketplace, you can ,more easily enroll as an organ donor through the New York State Donate Life Registry. In New York state, over 118,000 citizens are waiting for organ transplants. Friday was Donate Life Day, celebrating and honoring organ and tissue donation.
PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCE INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATES
Approximately 104 miles of county roads in 20 towns throughout Steuben County are set for construction in 2017, costing $5.9 million, $5.4 million will be funded by the State. No scheduled timetable has been released for when these constructions will happen. The following road renovations are planned for the following local towns:
Tuscarora: County Road 5 -- 3.6 miles (Gibson Hill Road to Liberty Pole Road)
Campbell: County Road 17 -- 6.6 miles (CR 18 to SR 415)
Jasper/Cameron: County Road 21 -- 2 miles (CR 71 to CR 123)
Greenwood: County Road 61 -- 8.1 miles (CR 108 to Lane School Road)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415 to near CR 27/70A intersection)
Canton/Lindley: County Road 120 -- 5.7 miles
Addison: County Road 4 – 1 mile (Start at CR 1 intersection and go east).
Tuscarora: County Road 5 -- 3.6 miles (Gibson Hill Rd. to Liberty Pole Road)
Jasper/Cameron: County Road 21 -- 2. miles ( CR 123 to CR 71)
Campbell: County Road 26 -- 4.9 miles (From CR 26 sign north)
Corning: County Road 45 -- 5.8 miles (All)
Greenwood: County Road 61 -- 8 miles (Omit Lane School Rd north to SR 417)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415 to Howard Shop)
Jasper: County Road 71 -- 2.2 miles (CR 21 to CR 72)
Pulteney: County Road 76 -- 2.64 miles (CR 77 to CR 74)
Prattsburgh/Pulteney: County Road 77 -- 6.1 miles (All)
West Union: County Road 84 -- 4.6 miles (CR 124; go east)
Wayne: County Road 95 -- 2.05 miles (All)
Canton/Lindley: County Road 120 -- 5.7 miles (All)
West Union: County Road 124 – 4 miles (All)
Campbell: County Road 17 -- 6.6 miles (CR 18 to SR 415)
Campbell: County Road 26 -- 4.9 miles (CR 26 sign north)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415-Howard Shop)
Howard/Hornell.: County Road 70A -- 8.5 miles
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Corning: County Road 40 -- 2.75 miles (CR 40A to Powderhouse Road)
Dansville: County Road 46 -- 6.5 miles (County line to CR 50)
Hornellsville: County Road 65 -- 2.09 miles (City line to CR 66)
Hornell: County Road 68 -- 3.4 miles (Olin Road to county Line)
Cameron: County Road 119 -- 5.3 miles (CR 110 east to RR Bridge)
Addison: County Road 5 1 -- 4 miles (Addison village line to Andrews Road)
Prattsburgh: County Road 122 -- 1.3 miles (CR 122: Village park to McMichael Rd. Also, CR 7 by
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Howard: County Road 69 -- 2.4 miles (CR 70A to Turnpike Road)
Prattsburgh: County Road 75 -- 6.4 miles (CR 74 to CR 78)
Avoca: County Road 105 -- 2.45 miles (SR 415 to Avoca village line)
Woodhull: County Road 127 -- 3.9 miles (CR 100 to Pennsylvania border)
ALLEGANY COUNTY VACANCY
Allegany County lawmakers on Monday are expected to fill a legislative vacancy created by a resignation. The Board is expected to appoint Phillip Stockin, who is currently a town supervisor.
Motion to Toss Clayton Guilty Verdict Vetoed:
A motion by Thomas Clayton’s defense team to have his guilty verdict tossed has been denied by a judge. Clayton was back in Steuben County Court Thursday for the hearing which alleged that prosecution witness Sy Ray was a fraud. Ray is the owner of a company that specializes in cell phone and tech data mapping. During Clayton’s trial he provided cell phone data linking Clayton with Michael Beard. The defense said if they’d had more time to prepare, they had a witness of their own that could refute Ray’s testimony. However, Judge Peter Bradstreet said they didn’t file a delay request, despite being able to do so. Clayton was convicted in February in the 2015 murder of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. He will be sentenced on Monday.
One Injured in Car/Tractor Accident:
A Rexville man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital following an accident in West Union earlier this week. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle Lowe collided with a farm tractor on Cemetery Hill Road around 7:30 a.m. The driver of the tractor was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Greenwood Ambulance, and the Hornell and West Union fire departments.
Steuben Legislature to Accept State Grants Monday:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday accepting state funds for the county land bank and a separate state award for police protective gear will top the agenda. The land bank will receive $500,000 through state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for use in redeveloping vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben. The $49,200 multi-jurisdictional grant from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services will be accepted for police protective equipment and will be distributed to the sheriff’s office, and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.
Steuben Project Care Workshop Cancelled:
The annual Project Care workshop, originally slated for April 26th at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, has been cancelled. No replacement date has been set.
“Donate Life Day” Highlights Importance of Organ Donation:
Today is Donate Life Day, which highlights the importance of organ donation and transplants. The New York State Department of Health reports that 22 people a day die from causes that could have been treated with a donated organ, and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano – an advocate and former organ donor himself – says that nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 1,700 have been waiting for more than five years, according to Palmesano. If you’d like to learn more about organ donations and transplants, visit https://www.donatelife.net.
6994th Squadron Honored with Highway Designation:
Thursday morning Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Chris Friend joined Department of Transportation officials in unveiling a new sign that designates a strip of I-86 in honor of the 6994th Security Squadron. The squadron served throughout southwest Asia between 1966 and 1974. In honor of their service the four-mile stretch between exits 54 and 56 on I-86 will now be known as the 6994th Security Squadron Memorial Highway.
Bath-Haverling Approves Budget:
The Bath-Haverling Central School District Board of Education approved Wednesday its 2017-2018 operating budget. It will now go to the voters on May 16th. The $36.7 million budget is an increase of 2.3 percent over last year’s budget. There is a tax levy increase of 1.1 percent, but the board says the local tax rates should remain nearly flat so long as there aren’t any extreme swings in property assessments. There will be a public presentation of the budget and all the other propositions on May 2nd at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. There are also two open seats on the Board of Education. The vote will be May 16th from noon to 8 p.m. in the Bath District Office.
Corning Inc. and Verizon Reach $1.05B Deal:
Corning Incorporated has reached a $1.05 billion deal with Verizon to provide roughly 12 million miles fiber optic cable to the communications company each year between 2018 and 2020. Verizon is looking to improve its 4G LTE coverage, speed up the deployment of 5G, and deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.
Corning Meat Locker to Start Regular Hours:
The Corning Meat Locker will soon be transitioning from an appointment-only procedure to regular hours of operation. The meat locker was started in 2015 by the Cornell Cooperative Extension to help connect locals with farmers who usually sell meat in bulk. The meat locker gives residents extra space to freeze and store the food. There is no time-table yet for when regular hours will start. If you’d like to learn more about the meat locker you can call 664-2300.
Town Hall to Discuss Opioid Crisis:
State Senator Tom O’Mara will join City of Hornell Alderman John Buckley this Saturday for a public Town Hall to discuss the local and regional heroin and opioid epidemic. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. at the Hornell VFW Post 2250.
Service Dogs Train at E-C Airport:
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport went to the dogs Wednesday as several recruits for Guiding Eyes with the Blind got in some training. This is the second year that trainers have taken dogs to the airport to familiarize them with the security checkpoint process, which includes walking the dogs through the metal detectors and officers patting the dogs down. A TSA spokeswoman called it “super valuable experience for everybody involved.” Officials said the training took place during the middle of the day when there were no departures so there was no impact on travelers.
DEC Accepting Air Quality Testing Applications:
Applications are now open for DEC air quality testing. The program helps identify air quality concerns by taking air samples from neighborhoods across the state. Applications will be accepted until May 19th. To apply visit the DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/81629.html.
Meth Bust in Bath:
A Bath woman was arrested Tuesday after a tip was sent to the Village of Bath Police Department about someone allegedly making methamphetamines in a house on Shannon Street. A warrant was issued for a search of the house and authorities reportedly discovered several ounces of methamphetamines, a methamphetamines lab, and ingredients to make methamphetamines. 18-year-old Autumn Campbell was charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Lawmakers Meet for Hemp Summit:
Lawmakers, researchers, and farmers gathered at Cornell University Tuesday for the first ever Industrial Hemp summit to discuss the benefits and challenges of industrial hemp farming in New York State. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand to announce the awarding of six more pilot program permits to private institutions – four were awarded last year. The Hemp Industries Association estimated in 2013 that the U.S. generated nearly $600 million in hemp products sold. That number is expected to rise to nearly $700 million this year. One supporter of hemp farming is Senator Tom O’Mara, who called it a great economic opportunity for the area.
Reed Stands with Meals on Wheels:
As President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget stands poised to slash funding for federally funded programs such as Meals on Wheels, local lawmaker Tom Reed is voicing his opposition to the plan. Reed attended the Open House Tuesday for the Meals on Wheels of Chemung County at their new facility and he told organization leaders that he’s committed on the federal level to fight for funding. Reed called the program one of his budget priorities.
New Buses Hitting Steuben Co. Roads:
There will soon be new buses with more user-friendly ramps on the roads of Steuben County. The three new buses are part of the efforts county officials are making to provide more effective and efficient transportation across the county. A study is also being performed on the challenges of transporting people in Steuben and ways are being planned to meet them. An initial report found that public transit with centers in Corning, Hornell, and Bath only cover 427.5 miles out of the 3,147 miles in the county road system. The full study is due at the end of the year.
Be Prepared for Sweeping on I-86 Next Week:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that highway sweeping will be performed on I-86 in the Painted Post/Corning area between exits 43 and 46. The work will start on the morning of Monday, April 24th and will take place daily until completion, which is anticipated for Thursday, May 4th. The sweeping will be done as night work, with crews on the road between the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:30 AM. Drivers are advised to be alert for a slow-moving sweeper and associated vehicles on I-86, and to watch for lane reductions.
Bon-Ton Expanding at the Arnot Mall:
The former Macy’s space at the Arnot Mall will soon have a new tenant, one that’s actually been at the mall since 1995. Officials with Bon-Ton have announced that the store will be moving into the former Macy’s location, increasing their space by more than 40,000 square feet. Renovations are expected to begin next month. The current store will remain open until the new one is ready in September.
Round 1 of Main Street Contest Almost Over:
Round One of the “America’s Main Streets” competition is almost over, and Corning’s Gaffer District is hoping to move on to the quarterfinals, but it can’t do so without votes. To vote for the Gaffer District visit http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=244. You can vote once a day until the end of the round, which is Monday. The Gaffer District is one of 200 Main Streets vying for a $25,000 grand prize that will help revitalization initiatives and promote buying local.
H-Port Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
3-6 Years for Mark Blandford in Clayton Case:
The third and final man charged in the death of Kelley Clayton was sentenced Monday in Steuben County Court. Mark Blandford will serve three to six years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Blandford served as the lookout for Michael Beard the night Kelley was killed. He originally faced charges of murder, burglary, and conspiracy, but they were lessened in exchange for his testimony in the Thomas Clayton trial. Clayton is set to be sentenced next Monday. Special Prosecutor and Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore has said he will be seeking the same sentence for Clayton that was given to Michael Beard – life without parole.
Bath Woman Charged with Violating Probation:
A Bath woman was arrested on April 14th during a meeting with her probation officer for allegedly violating her probation. 36-year-old Lauren Sick was on probation for an original charge of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Sick was also issued an appearance ticket for allegedly resisting arrest.
Excavator Stolen from Schuyler Co. Highway Department:
It isn’t every day that a 20-ton piece highway equipment gets up and walks away, but that’s exactly what happened in Schuyler County over the weekend. With help from a thief, or thieves, a massive excavator belonging to the Schuyler County Highway Department went missing from the side of the road in the Town of Hector. Highway Superintendent Ken Thurston said it was left on the roadside Wednesday night when the crew was done working. Neighbors noted the machine where it had been left Friday night, and then it was missing Saturday morning. The excavator is estimated to be worth around $200,000. Investigators have no suspects yet, but they do believe it was someone with experience with the machine given its specialized nature. Anyone with information is asked to call the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department. Thurston said he and his crews will look to either borrow another machine or rent one so they can continue working.
Hundreds of Tickets Issued in Operation Hang Up:
During the special Operation Hang Up enforcement period earlier this month, law enforcement report that they issued nearly 900 tickets to drivers in the Southern Tier. Statewide, more than 15,000 tickets were issued. The campaign ran from April 6th through the 10th, and it targeted drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel.
Top Aide to Lead Cuomo’s Reelection Campaign:
While there may have been some question as to whether Governor Andrew Cuomo would seek reelection in 2018, or perhaps take time to consider a 2020 presidential bid, it now seems the Governor will look to stay in New York for the time being. It’s been announced that one of Cuomo’s top aides has been picked to lead his reelection campaign. Bill Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration.
Tax Day 2017:
After a delay due to a holiday in the nation’s capital Monday, Tax Day 2017 is finally upon us. If you haven’t completed your forms yet, don’t panic, you may be able to receive a six-month extension of time to file. You’ll need form 4868, which you can get from https://www.irs.gov/. However, keep in mind that’s just for more time to file, not more time to pay. You’ll still need to estimate the amount you owe and pay it on time.
Bath Board of Ed. to Meet:
The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a budget workshop today at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office. Tomorrow, the regular meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m., also in the district office.
33-year-old Accused of Sexually Abusing Child:
An investigation by the New York State Police and Steuben County Child Protectives has resulted in the arrest of a Troupsburg man. 33-year-old Brett Southard has been charged with course of sexual conduct against a child for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 13 over a period of time. Southard has been sent to the county jail.
Canisteo Man Charged in Livingston Co. Drug Stop:
A Steuben County man was one of two people arrested in a drug stop on 390 in Livingston County. According to Sheriff Tom Dougherty, 29-year-old Nicholas O’Dell of Canisteo is accused of having four bags of heroin in his possession. The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Patrick Briggs of Wellsville, is accused of having seven bags of cocaine. Both men were sent to the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 bail and $5,000 bail, respectively.
Hornby Woman Charged with Assaulting Ex with Car:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Town of Hornby woman following an investigation into a domestic incident in the Town of Lindley. 43-year-old Michelle Leonard was arrested late Sunday evening for allegedly assaulting her ex-boyfriend with her motor vehicle. She was charged with assault and reckless endangerment. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
DWI Charge in Corning Accident:
The driver in a one car accident in the Town of Corning is facing a count of driving while intoxicated. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area of County Route 41 in the early morning hours of Saturday for a vehicle that had struck the guiderail. They determined that 22-year-old Margaret Graywyatt was intoxicated and she was issued uniform traffic tickets for the charges.
Harassment Charge for Bradford Man in Domestic Incident:
A Town of Bradford man is facing a harassment charge following investigation by Steuben County deputies into a domestic incident on Whitehead Hill Road. Over their investigation, deputies say they determined 30-year-old Kevin Babbitt to be the primary aggressor in the incident and he was issued an appearance ticket.
Corning Woman Charged with Violating Order of Protection:
A Corning woman was arrested on April 6th for allegedly violating an order of protection. 25-year-old Jocelyn Williams was charged with criminal contempt and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail.
New Smoking Ban Set to Start Saturday:
Starting this Saturday, tobacco products will be banned within 15 feet of buildings and playgrounds that are managed by Steuben County, per a new policy set by the Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition and the County Public Health and Public Works Departments. Birdseye Hollow Park, Kanakadea Park, and Hornellsville Park are a few of the locations that will be affected.
3K Run to Benefit Camp Good Days:
Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort has announced a 3K Color Run and Open House to benefit Camp Good Days on June 3rd. With no winners or official times, the Color Run will celebrate healthiness and happiness, bringing the community together to create a three-kilometer colorful canvas in which the participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Registration is open by calling 776-4345. The Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include local vendors, swimming, mini-golf, and more. A chicken bbq will be at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Steuben County To Begin New Smoking Ban
Starting on April 22nd, all tobacco cannot be used with 15 feet of Steuben county buildings and playgrounds that are managed by the county thanks to the new policy created by the Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition and the County Public Health and Public Works Departments to make county parks tobacco-free. Birdseye Hollow Park, Kanakadea Park and Hornellsville Park are few of the popular county parks this new policy will affect
Public Works To Hold Residency Public Hearing
The residency requirements of the Steuben County Deputy Commissioner of Public Works will be the focus of a public hearing later this month. Those requirements are spelled out in a tentative local law. The hearing will be held April 24th, 10 a.m. in the legislative chambers of the county office in Bath.
DEC Announces Turkey Season, Youth Hunting Weekend
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is opening spring turkey season on May 1 in upstate New York. DEC's annual youth turkey hunting weekend is scheduled for April 22-23.
“Lookout” Accomplice in Clayton Trial To Be Sentenced
Marcus Blandford the “lookout” in the September 2015 Clayton murder will be sentenced. convicted on February 27. Blandford was in the vehicle accompanying convicted Beard the night of the murder and convicted on February 27 to a single count of second degree manslaughter for his testimony in the trial. Blandford is scheduled to be sentenced this Monday at 10am in Steuben County Court.
Steuben Public Urges Child Vaccinations
With National Infant Immunization Week set for April 22 – 29, Steuben County Public Health officials reminds parents giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious, and sometimes deadly, childhood diseases. Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults programs and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
Water Tanks to be Replaced at Steuben Co. Public Safety Building:
The Steuben County Finance Committee has awarded a $22,000 bid to Monroe Piping and Sheet Metal of Rochester for the installation of two new water storage tanks at the Public Safety Building. The original tanks were installed in 1995 and county Manager Jack Wheeler says some failures have recently been noticed in the aging tanks. The tanks will be replaced in the coming months.
Funds Awarded to Southern Tier to Fight Climate Change:
The Southern Tier is getting a boost in the fight against climate change. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $390,000 for eight farms for reducing environmental impact and preparing for extreme weather. Another $1.5 million has been given to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts across six regions.
Steuben Co. Considering Responsible Driver Rewards Program:
Over the holiday season, responsible drivers stopped by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a special treat of a candy cane for being compliant. As it turns out, the program was so popular, the Sheriff’s Office, along with several local police departments – including Bath, are considering an expanded, non-seasonal reward program for safe drivers. The proposal is for drivers to be offered coupons or certificates for local businesses, which would not only reward responsible behavior, but encourage hometown shopping. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen have reportedly already met with Central Steuben Chamber Co-Presidents Mike Sweet and Bill Collmer to discuss the possibility.
Target Recalls Easter Toys:
Before the kids hunt for what the Easter Bunny leaves this weekend, parents might want to take a look for themselves as Target has announced a recall of more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter eggs and dinosaur toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the hatch and grow Easter eggs, Easter grow toys, and ‘hatch your own dino egg’ products could pose a “serious ingestion hazard.” If ingested, the product may not show up on x-rays, according to the Commission. The toys can be returned to any Target for a refund.
Congressional Art Competition for Students Underway:
Representative Tom Reed is encouraging area high school students to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. It’s open to all high school students from the 23rd district. One student will have a chance to have their work displayed in the Capitol for one year, as well as being awarded the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for opening celebration of their artwork. Five finalists will have their work displayed in Reed’s D.C. office. Entries are due by April 24th. Contact any of Reed’s district offices for more information.
Former V.P. to Speak at Cornell Convocation:
Cornell University will host former Vice President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker as its upcoming Senior Convocation. Biden will speak on Saturday, May 27th during the school’s 149th Commencement Weekend. The event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., and the school says it plans on live-streaming it.
Family of Kevin Ward Asks Judge to Let Lawsuit Proceed:
Last month the legal team for retired NASCAR star Tony Stewart asked a Federal Court Judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against him in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August 2014. Now, Ward’s parents have filed their own paperwork in hopes of showing the judge why the suit should proceed. The lawsuit accuses Stewart of negligence, wrongful death, and pain and suffering. The family says they “wanted justice for [their] son after not getting it criminally.” A hearing is scheduled for later this month to consider dismissing the case.
Southwest Steuben Without Telephones Following Fiber Optic Cut:
The southwest area of Steuben County, including the towns of Jasper, Greenwood, and West Union, were temporarily without telephone service Wednesday after a fiber optic line was cut. Affected were service calls for the 225 and 792 exchanges. Fire departments were staffed to handle emergencies during the outage, which was expected to be corrected by late last night.
Police Investigating Possible Hacking of Buffalo Hospital:
Police are investigating the possible hacking of the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, one of the largest hospitals in upstate New York. Hospital officials say the facility’s computer system was taken down Sunday after a virus was detected. While staff was forced to use paper forms to conduct business, access to medical records was on hold, and the email system was down, officials say all the operations are continuing and haven’t been interrupted. They say the FBI has also been informed of the matter.
NYS Judge Found Dead in Hudson:
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman appointed to the New York Court of Appeals and the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge, was found dead Wednesday after her body washed up in the Hudson River. She was 65. The New York Police Department said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death and the incident is under investigation. Abdus-Salaam was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1993. She was appointed to the state Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013. In a statement, the Governor called her a “pioneer” and a “force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”
Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Residents of Water Safety Rules:
As the weather warms and activity increases on lakes, ponds, and rivers, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all water sports enthusiasts to be safe while on the waterways of Steuben County. The Sheriff’s Department is also reminding everyone of the legal requirements applying to paddle crafts and manually powered vessels. State law requires that all occupants of a vessel 21 feet or less in length wear a personal flotation device from November 1st to May 1st. All sailboats under 23 feet in length, and manually powered vessels, including paddle craft, are required to have a whistle for sounding a distress. Paddle craft include canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats.
Bath Rotarians Dish Up at Red Door Kitchen:
Bath Rotarians recently helped serve up lunch to community members at the Red Door Community Kitchen at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The program, which began three years ago, serves a free meal to anyone visiting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the church’s great hall. Besides the Rotarians, several other local organizations help out with cooking and serving in the weekly kitchen. The Bath Presbyterian Church and Steuben Arc each have a team who serve lunch, and there are three teams of St. Thomas parishioners. If you’d like to help out as well, the church accepts monetary and food donations for the Red Door Community Kitchen.
4th Annual Women’s Financial Conference Nov. 4th:
The 4th Annual Southern Tier Financial Conference: Financial Education for Women by Women has been scheduled for November 4th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Triangle Lounge at Corning Community College. It’ll be an opportunity for women to learn how to improve their minds, bodies, and checkbooks. The cost is $25 per person for ages 16 and up, that includes lunch, networking, the conference, and the book Live Richer Challenge by Tiffany Aliche. After September 30th the cost will increase to $35 per person. Registration and pre-payment can be sent to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County or purchased online at http://bit.ly/financialconference17.
3 Years of Probation for Former C-PP Teacher:
The former Corning-Painted Post Middle School teacher charged in 2016 with rape, plead guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child, and she was sentenced to three-years probation. Police say 44-year-old Kelly Conway had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student under the age of 17. The incidents did not occur at the middle school. The terms of Conway’s plea will force her to stay away from schools, stay off social media, and she will forfeit her teaching license. She will also pay a surcharge of $205, and a $1,000 charge for the offense.
E-C Airport Gets Go Ahead for Construction Bids:
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has gotten the go head to begin the process of expansion. The Chemung County Legislature voted Monday to authorize ads for three bid packages. Phase one will redesign the terminal. Another relocates the baggage claim and the eastern terminal will be replaced with a new structure. The project will cost $58 million. $40 million is coming from the state.
$20M to Fight Vacant Properties:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the state is ready to invest $20 million to help fight the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. The new program, Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (or Cities RISE) will provide governments with technology to map and analyze property data from different sources, and help officials develop strategies for housing improvement, code enforcement, and blight elimination. Grantees receive a two-year subscription to a data platform including code enforcement records, tax liens, fire, and police data. Applications are due May 5th by 5 p.m.; award notifications are expected in late May.
Harassment Charge for Springwater Man:
New York State Police report the arrest of 19-year-old Ian Carter of Springwater. He was charged with harassment in the second degree. He was issued an appearance ticket and is expected to return to Hornellsville Town Court at a later date for arraignment.
State Police Celebrate 100 years of Service:
You might have seen the images going around on the internet: Niagara Falls and the International Peace Bridge were lit purple Tuesday night, but why? It was in celebration of the New York State Police, who reached a major milestone Tuesday, 100 years of service. It was on April 11th 1917 that the state Legislature passed a bill establishing the State Police as a full-service agency.
Earth Day Cleanup in Hornby:
The Town of Hornby will be doing its part to make the planet a greener place later this month. On Earth Day, April 22nd, the town will again sponsor its annual roadside cleanup event. It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Town Barns. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Summer Gas Prices Expected to Rise:
As the temperature continues to steadily climb, you should expect the price of gasoline to follow suit. The Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday that retail gas will cost an average of $2.46 a gallon from April through September, up from $2.23 a gallon last summer. Diesel is also expected to cost more, climbing to an average of $2.70 a gallon.
Hornell Man Drowns in Almond Lake:
A Hornell man died after his kayak capsized on Almond Lake in the area of Kanakadea Park in Hornellsville on Monday. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said that firemen pulled 23-year-old Zachary George from the water and he was transported to St. James Mercy were he pronounced deceased. He was not wearing a personal flotation device, nor did he have anyone with him. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Man from Addison Shot, Killed in S. Carolina:
Two arrests have been made in a shooting at a KFC in South Carolina in which a man originally from Addison was killed. De’adrian De’paul Garcia and Jyquez Julius Freeman were arrested Friday for the murder of Anthony Tiffany and armed robbery. Anthony Tiffany was from Addison, and had moved to South Carolina with his girlfriend, Amber Hall, who is also from the area. SC police say they are seeking warrants on Garcia and Freeman for numerous other armed robberies, and that warrants have already been signed for Freeman on multiple charges including murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. Funeral services for Tiffany were held in Woodhull, NY over the weekend.
Construction at St. James Mercy:
Due to construction for a new mobile MRI at St. James Mercy Hospital, all Emergency Room (ER) walk-ins or drop-offs should enter through the ambulance bay entrance. Parking space next to the ER will not be available. Please use the visitor parking after drop-off is made.
Push for Malt Barley Crop Insurance in NYS:
Senator Charles Schumer was at the 1886 Malt House in Oswego County Monday to make a push for increased malt barely insurance. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make the insurance available to more New York farmers to help the craft brewing industry.
Fire Departments Get Ready for Recruit NY Weekend:
Fire departments across New York are getting ready to open their doors to new members with Recruit NY weekend. The seventh annual weekend of open houses will be April 29th and 30th, and many departments will be hosting tours, demonstrating firefighting techniques, and allowing visitors to try on gear. In Steuben County, the Cohocton, Forest View Gang Mills, North Hornell, and Wallace departments will be participating. For more information on dates and times, and to find out if your local department will be included visit http://www.recruitny.org.
Haverling Guidance Counselor, Hornell Officer Recognized by SPC:
Two men were recognized on March 29th by the Steuben Prevention Coalition during the “High in Plain Sight” drug awareness event. Some 300 educational professionals, law enforcement, and community members gathered at the Bath-Haverling High School for the day-long event. During the morning session, Bath-Haverling guidance counselor Mark Recktenwald was honored for his 28 years of dedication to the community’s youth and long-standing participation on the Steuben Prevention Coalition. Later, officer Jason Day of the Hornell City Police Department and a school resource officer at Hornell High School, was named SRO of the year. He started as the SRO in the Hornell City school district in 2009.
Arkport Woman Charged with Identity Fraud:
An Arkport woman has been charged with identity fraud after she allegedly stole and used someone else’s credit card information. According to the state police, Lori McDaniel admitted to unlawfully gaining access to the victim’s credit card information through her place of employment. She reportedly used the information on three separate occasions. In addition to identity fraud, she was also charged with grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property. She was issued an appearance ticket and was released.
Local Schools See Aid Bump in NYS Budget:
With the New York State budget finalized, aid numbers are finally coming out for schools and many are seeing a bump for the 2017-2018 school year. In Steuben County: Addison, $13.5 million; Arkport, $4.3 million; Avoca, $5.9 million; Bath, $15.4 million; Bradford, $3.3 million; Campbell-Savona, $9.9 million; Canisteo-Greenwood, $11.9 million; Corning, $29 million; Hammondsport, $3 million; Hornell, $18 million; Jasper-Troupsburg, $6.1 million; Prattsburgh, $4.3 million; and Wayland-Cohocton, $15.7 million. Those are all increases from last year.
Bath VA Gets New Chief of Staff:
A new Chief of Staff has been selected for the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Susan Herson has worked as a Hospitalist at the Sioux Falls VA, a Hospitalist-Clinician Educator and Clinical Assistant Professor for New York Medical College, and a Medical Director at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. The Chief of Staff serves as the senior internal consultant regarding professional matters for all clinical providers, maintains responsibility for clinical performance, ensures compliance with all clinical standards and coordinates the activities of clinical division leaders.
State Fair Milk Woes Continue:
Milk woes continue for the Great New York State Fair and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Last summer, a disaster for many was averted when Cuomo stepped in to head off a price hike at the popular dairy bar, promising a state subsidy of $90,000 to help pay for expenses. Since 1983, the price for 7-ounce cups of white and chocolate milk was 25 cents, but non-profit Dairy Exhibits said they couldn’t pay their bills at that price. Now, with a fair spokesman confirming that only about half of the money has come through, Dairy Exhibits says that it’s pulling out of the fair, adding that it will only consider returning “if Cuomo is no longer governor.”
Health and Wellness Event at CCC:
A health and wellness events has been set for Corning Community College. April 27th will be Community Health Education Day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be interactive activities, including music and performances by local artists. Admission is free and attendees will be eligible to win prizes.
State Budget Approved
New York State approved its $153 billion budget announced yesterday by Governor Cuomo once both the Senate and Assembly reached its final negotiation. Almost one week later than the anticipated deadline, the budget includes $2.5 billion for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, free college tuition for CUNY and SUNY institutions, upstate ride sharing and raising the age of criminal responsibility from ages sixteen and seventeen to eighteen years old.
Prattsburgh to Hold Dog License Hearing
The Prattsburgh town board will be conducting a public hearing later this month. The town is considering amending penalties for violations of the dog license regulation. The hearing will be held at the town hall on April 17th at 7:10 p.m.
Reed Supports Syrian Strike
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he supports the limited missile strike in Syria. In a press statement released overnight, Reed said the use of weapons of mass destruction where innocent civilians, including women and children are killed, cannot go unchecked.
Steuben Lawmakers to Discuss County Jobs
Some Steuben County lawmakers next week will discuss reclassifying some jobs in the Public Works and Social Services departments. Salary increases would go along with the title changes. The county’s Administration Committee will review the proposal when it meets next Tuesday.
Finance Committee to Review Budget Adjustments
The Steuben County Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday. Lawmakers will review several proposed budget adjustments in at least five departments. The committee will also be asked to accept and appropriate a $500,000 grant for the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation.
Wayland Man Arrested following DV Incident:
A Wayland man was arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a domestic incident during the early morning hours of Thursday. Deputies responded to Noyes Hospital after a female was reported in the emergency room as the victim of a domestic incident. It was discovered that the suspect, 27-year-old Douglas Cansdale Jr., had an active order of protection in place against him from the victim. Cansdale was taken into custody without incident and was charged with criminal contempt, strangulation, and unlawful imprisonment. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Sister in Hunting Accident:
On Tuesday, a Rochester man pled guilty in Livingston County Court in relation to an incident that occurred in November, where he accidentally shot and killed his sister. 50-year-old John Lander was participating in a deer hunting drive on November 27th when another member of the party discharged their firearm. He reportedly ran toward the gunshot, removing his shotgun from his shoulder as he did so. During this, his gun discharged and killed Sharon Lander, who was standing behind him. He pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide as part of a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office that includes a proposed sentence of four months of weekends at the Livingston County Jail. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13th.
O’Mara to Discuss Drug Epidemic in Town Hall:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Hornell Alderman John Buckley will team up later this month for a Town Hall that will discuss the drug and opioid epidemic in our region. The meeting will be held at the Hornell VFW on Canisteo Street on Saturday, April 22nd. It will start at 11 a.m.
Clemen’s Center Cirque D’Or Postponed:
Fans eager to take in the spectacle of Cirque D’Or at the Clemen’s Center this weekend are going to have continue to wait a little longer. It was announced Thursday that due to technicalities in securing visas, the show has been rescheduled. It will now be on Tuesday, June 20th at 7 p.m.
Corning’s Gaffer District Running in “America’s Main Street” Contest:
Of the 200 downtowns across the nation running in the America’s Main Street contest is none other than Corning’s Gaffer District. The contest looks to recognize the economic benefits of main streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. Votes can be cast online at http://mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=244 every 24 hours. The top 25 will move on to the next round, which take place May 1st through the 28th. Then 10 semifinalists will be rated by a panel of judges and a winner will be announced on June 5th.
Canisteo Brothers Arrested for Menacing with a Gun:
Two Canisteo brothers have been arrested following an argument that escalated to include an attempted murder charge. According to the State Police in Bath, the victim went to the home of 53-year-old Gavin Bartlett and 58-year-old George Chipman on April 2nd to collect money. There was an argument that escalated, and Bartlett allegedly brandished an unregistered pistol and Chipman reportedly pointed the weapon at the victim and pulled the trigger. It was unloaded. During their investigation, police say they discovered a second unregistered pistol. Bartlett is facing charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Chipman is facing an attempted second degree murder charge. Both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $1,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Family Dispute Leads to Meth Lab Bust in Corning:
Corning Police officers responding to a family dispute got a bit more than they expected Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, in the 100 block of West Second Street, they reportedly discovered a meth lab. The New York State Police Community Emergency Response Team was called out to the house and one person was arrested. 25-year-old Kyle Force has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Michael Beard to Serve Life Sentence at Clinton Correctional:
The Elmira man convicted of killing Kelley Stage Clayton will be serving his life sentence at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility; the prison from which two inmates infamously escaped in 2015, leading to a nearly three-week manhunt. Beard was convicted in November of First and Second degree murder and he was sentenced in February, just days after Kelley’s husband, Thomas Clayton, was also convicted on First and Second degree murder charges.
NYSDOT Discusses Roundabout, Bridge Work in Kanona:
On Wednesday the New York State Department of Transportation held a public meeting to discuss some major changes to Kanona. The biggest change will be to the “T” intersection where Route 415 and 53 meet. According to Design Engineer and Project Manager Michael Griffin, “there have been a higher than expected amount of accidents over the past several years” so the plan is to build a roundabout that will maintain traffic, while slowing it down. There was also talk about the bridge just down the road which is in need of repairs. Bath Town Supervisor Ron Smith said that foot traffic is expected to be maintained during construction on the bridge. Work is set to get underway in 2019.
Steuben Launches 2017 Pinwheels & Promises:
The 2017 Pinwheels and Promises campaign opened Wednesday. In its sixth year, the program features pinwheels made by local youth programs, libraries, churches, and other organizations, and encourages everyone to help prevent child abuse in Steuben County. It runs through April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention month.
Steuben Co. Hall of Reservations Due Soon:
The deadline for reservations for the 2017 Steuben County Hall of Fame banquet is April 14th. The banquet will take place at noon on April 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. To make a reservation, call (607) 664-2199.
Steuben Co. Project Care Workshop April 26th:
The annual Project Care workshop has been set for 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. April 26th at the
Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath. Reservations are open until April 19th. The free event will feature the presentation “Rest for the Weary” by Richard Russell, executive director of Faith in Action Steuben County. The workshop will also include a panel of community staff representing Chronic Disease Self-Management, Tai Chi for Arthritis and more. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information and to make reservations, call the county Office for the Aging.
Corning Man Found Guilty of Sex Crime:
Following a two-day bench trial, 36-year-old Ruben Bailey of Corning was handed a guilty verdict Wednesday in Steuben County Court on charges of criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child, and tampering with physical evidence. Bailey was accused of engaging in sexual contact with a person less than 16, and of attempting to destroy a cell phone during his arrest. Bailey was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail after the verdict was read. Sentencing is scheduled for May 10th.
Indictment Charges Hornell Woman with Causing Son’s Death:
The Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment and an arrest charging 30-year-old Britney Updyke of Hornell with manslaughter in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Updyke is accused of intentionally endangering the physical welfare and recklessly causing the death of her son, Bryson Hunt. Updyke allegedly used illegal drugs close to the time of the child’s birth and failed to notify medical personnel during delivery and subsequent care of the child. Bryson Hunt died a few hours after birth on June 24th. Investigation revealed that fentynal and bath salt overdose were the primary factors in his death. Updyke has been released on her own recognizance and is expected to appear at a later date to continue proceedings.
Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an underage student in possession of prescription medication that was not prescribed to them. Authorities say that a 14-year-old student from Campbell-Savona was found in possession of prescription medication and that 49-year-old Kathy Clark supplied it. Clark has been charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Avoca School to Make Up Snow Day:
Avoca Central School Superintendent Stephen Saxton sent home a letter to parents and guardians Tuesday announcing that the school would be making up one of its snow days. The school has had to close 4 times over the winter, which leaves it one day shy of the required number of days that the state requires students to be in session. The school will now have a half-day for all students on Friday, May 26th. School will begin at the normal start time, and students will be dismissed at 11:45. Saxton said that they will be providing both breakfast and lunch that day.
NYSDOT to Discuss Steuben Co. Projects Tonight:
The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss upcoming projects in Steuben County. It’s expected they’ll discuss plans to replace the Route 415 bridge over the Cohocton River near Kanona in the Town of Bath, and adding a roundabout to the intersection of Route 415 and 53. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Kanona Fire Hall.
Drug Take Back Set for April 29th:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 29th. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can drop off any unwanted and unnecessary prescription medication. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension in Bath.
Art to “Bloom” April 29th-30th in Steuben Co.:
Spring isn’t the only thing that’s blooming this month. For the 5th straight year, artists throughout Steuben County will be opening their doors on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th for the special “Arts in Bloom” weekend. The free event will feature 15 locations, representing over 100 artists, using a wide variety of techniques and styles with live demonstrations from over 20 artists. For an up-to-date list of the many live demonstrations, visit http://artsinbloom.net/live-demonstrations/.
Events Set to Find Owners of Unclaimed Funds:
Several events have been scheduled for the month of April to try and find the owners of unclaimed funds. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there are 35 million unclaimed funds accounts valued at $14.5 billion. The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits, uncashed checks, insurance claims, stocks and other sources that have been dormant. Some goes all the way back to the 1940s. Besides the events, many of which will take place downstate, residents can also search for and claim their money by using the online system or by calling 1-800-221-9311.
Scripps Looks to Avoid Tie, Adds Written Test:
For the last three years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie – a streak that includes two local spellers that became co-champions in 2014 and 2016. Hoping for a solo champion this year, the competition has announced that it’s adding a written tiebreaker test that will be given to the top spellers before they begin spelling words in the finale. The results will only be revealed if two or three contestants make it through unscathed. There would only be a tie if the top spellers get the exact same score on the test. This year’s bee will be held May 30th through June 1st and local student, 13-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post will be competing.
3 Taken to Hospital Following Watkins Glen School Van Crash:
The driver and three students in a Watkins Glen school van were taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for minor injuries after their vehicle crashed on I-86 west near the Arnot Mall. Authorities said the van went off the road and through a fence bordering airport property. The driver, 64-year-old Gary Reynolds of Watkins Glen, was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely. Authorities believe he may have suffered a medical condition.
Steuben Co. Deputy Commended for Actions:
Steuben County Deputy Stephen Ellison was commended Monday for his swift actions that helped avert a potential “officer down” catastrophe two weeks ago. County Sheriff Jim Allard said that Ellison was called to assist an unidentified officer during an arrest on March 22nd and upon his arrival, he found the officer pinned to the ground by an unidentified male assailant. Ellison ordered the assailant into a prone position and he was taken into custody. Allard said that the officer’s portable radio and keys had been dislodged during the altercation, making it impossible for him to call for assistance. Allard commended Ellison for his prompt, decisive action, and for intervening in a manner which left the assailant, himself and the officer without further injury.
Road Work Planned for I-86 in Bath:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that road work will be performed on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 and 39 in the Town of Bath on Thursday. Exit 37 will be closed for part of the day, starting at approximately 8 a.m. Traffic on State Route 53 should expect delays and be prepared to follow direction from flaggers guiding traffic approaching I-86. Exit 39 will remain open, but motorists should expect intermittent delays in the area of the exit. At both exits, workers will be assisting the Town of Bath with removal of lampposts. Exit 38 will not be affected.
Update on E-C Airport Revamp Project:
At Monday’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, officials were briefed on the status of the $58 million revamp project set for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Legislators were shown new renderings of what the airport will look like once construction begins, with Director of Aviation Bill Hopper saying that the airport will remain functional during construction. The project is set to be complete less than 18 months from now.
2017 Tyrtle Beach Season Underway, Jumper Announced:
With the start of Spring, and the turning of the calendar to April, your hometown radio station WVIN is once again looking to raise funds for local youth organizations with the annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser. The festivities officially kicked-off Monday night with the Tyrtle Beach Kick-Off party, where besides fun, food, and music, (and the raising of over $1,000) the announcement of this year’s Tyrtle Beach Jumper was made. Taking the plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Salubria on April 28th will be none other than Steuben County’s new Sheriff, Jim Allard. To make a pledge to see Allard take the leap you can call the radio station at 776-3326. There will also be other opportunities to help out, stay tuned to WVIN for details.
U.P.S. Adds Saturday Deliveries:
Customers tired of waiting through weekends for U.P.S. to deliver their packages are getting a reprieve. On Monday the company announced it plans to start Saturday deliveries within the next few weeks. Officials are calling it “one of the largest changes in the company’s 109-year history.” The move is also expected to create roughly 6,000 new jobs by the end of the year.
Special Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting and budget workshop tonight. It will be at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
U.S. Navy Recruiter Facing New Charge in Murder Plot:
The U.S. Navy serviceman charged in December for allegedly being involved in a murder plot is now facing an additional charge of second degree conspiracy. 30-year-old Brandon McPherson was previously charged with second degree conspiracy and second degree murder when he was arrested. McPherson is currently on active duty and was recently a recruiter at the Arnot Mall. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
NYS Still Without New Budget Deal:
Despite two additional days of debate, New York lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a new state budget. The deadline was midnight April 1st. They have, however, agreed to pass an extender bill by this afternoon that will keep departments under the current budget until May 31st. In a statement released late Sunday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo cited “difficult and unusual times” for the state and country as to why it’s too important to accept “half a loaf.”
Drunk Driver Hits House in Hornell:
A Hornell man is facing two counts of DWI after he struck a house with his vehicle. The accident occurred over the weekend on East Elm Street and Delaware Avenue. 21-year-old Thomas Turner was sent to Hornell lockup, but posted bail.
Former P-P Officer Appealing Discrimination Case:
The former Painted Post police officer that sued the village and its former police chief for misconduct is appealing the decision reached last year in federal court. Cody Ann Cook served as a full and part-time officer with the Painted Post Police Department on-and-off since 1994. She resigned and filed a suit alleging that she was a victim of abusive work conditions and discrimination. In August 2016, the U.S. Western District Court of New York dismissed the case. Cook is now looking to argue the case in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Bath Fireman Honored for 50 Years of Service:
At a special service Saturday night, a member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was honored for 50 years of service. Officials said Spencer Longwell has helped many people in his five decades of service as Bath Volunteer Fire Chief, and as Steuben County Deputy Fire Coordinator. Longwell was presented with an award and plaque.
Ride-Sharing Could Expand to Upstate by July:
Thanks to a new framework agreement, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft could expand into upstate New York as early as July. According to the Star Gazette, lawmakers were briefed last week about details of a deal between the Governor and legislative leaders to regulate the services. The tentative deal is expected to be in the final state budget.
Reed Holding Town Halls
Tom Reed holds his latest series of town halls today across the 23rd district. The congressman is scheduled to make stops today in Tioga Center at 8:30am, Elmira at 11:00am and in the afternoon he will be in Tyrone at 1:00pm and Avoca at 3:00pm. In an interview earlier this week, Reed said "Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." Constituents have showed up at Reed’s offices to express their frustrations and the issue health care has been at the forefront for many of his constituents, over 79,000 of which cannot afford health care without the AHCA.
Bath Village Votes on Budget Monday
On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent. The proposed spending plan carries a tax rate of $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. A public hearing will be held prior to the 5 p.m. vote.
Cuomo Endorses Property Legislation
Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed the "Empire State Equity Act," federal legislation that would deliver property tax relief to New Yorkers by increasing federal funding for New York's Medicaid program. New York is a "donor state" that contributes as much as $30 billion more to the federal budget in taxes than it receives back in services. The bill, Cuomo says, will help level the playing field and provide New York with an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funds, which the state will use to eliminate the local share of Medicaid for any county that agrees to lower local property taxes by an equal amount, thereby passing 100 percent of their savings to their taxpayers.
McPherson Charged With Second Degree Conspiracy
Brandon McPherson was charged with an additional Second Degree Conspiracy count by New York State Police at Bath for his alleged role in a murder for hire plot, which he was originally arrested and charged for in December 2016. The Horseheads resident is on active duty with the U.S. Navy and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
State Legislature Misses Budget Deadline
The New York State Legislature has missed its deadline for resolving the state budget due to a divided house. Issues that led to gridlock in the state legislature were raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years old to age 18 and ways to financially support schools in the state as well as the millionaire’s tax, which the governor expressed support for in early February. This budget delay breaks Cuomo’s track record of budget timeliness as New York state eagerly awaits its fiscal future. Midnight on April 1st was the deadline.
Governor’s Renewable Resources Mandate to Cause Electric Bill Bump:
As soon as tomorrow, homeowners across New York could see a small bump in their electric bill. To pay for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable resources mandate, electric customers will see their bill go up less than $2 a month. The Governor’s plan is to have 50 percent of the state’s electricity generated by renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030, which Cuomo says will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. States like Hawaii, California, and Vermont have already implemented similar mandates.
Bath Village Budget Vote Monday, Tax Hike Likely:
On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent. The good news is that the increase is significantly lower than the 15.4 percent increase proposed in the initial budget draft. This draft would see homeowners paying $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current rate is $28.91 per $1,000. A public hearing is expected before the 5 p.m. vote.
Corning Water Consolidation Meeting April 13th:
A public information session will be held in the Town of Corning on April 13th in regards to the proposed consolidation of five of its seven water districts. The project would consolidate the Gibson, Corning Manor, East Corning, East Corning 1 and 2 water districts. Topics at the meeting are expected to include proposed rates, implementation steps, and residents’ concerns. The meeting will be at the Corning Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Over 600 Turn Out for CCC Job Fair:
Corning Community College was a busy place Thursday as attendance at the college’s annual job fair exceeded expectations. Over 80 employers took part, and there was a line of hopeful employees waiting to get in at 10:30 a.m. The fair didn’t start until noon. CCC Executive Director of Workforce Education Jeanne Eschbach reminds those who weren’t able to attend the event that the CSS Workforce NY One-Stop Center in Corning, Elmira, Bath, Hornell, and Montour Falls can help get you connected with job search assistance.
NYS Launches “Problem Gambling Toolkit” for Students:
A “Problem Gambling Prevention Toolkit” has been launched by the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the state Education Department for use in school districts across the state. The toolkit is for school administrators and others to teach students and parents about preventing underage gambling, and the risks associated with gambling. According to a recent survey 49 percent of seventh through 12th graders reported gambling at least once in the past year.
CCC Mascot in Final Four of Mascot Competition:
You’ve carefully monitored your March Madness bracket, but what about the mascots? The fifth annual SUNY Mascot Madness competition is heating up and there’s a local competitor hoping to take home the win. Corning Community College’s Red Baron is the only community college mascot remaining. The challengers are SUNY Farmingdale’s Ram-bo, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Oakie the Acorn, and SUNY Geneseo’s Victor E. Knight. Voting on the final four ends today at 4 p.m., you can cast your vote at http://blog.suny.edu/2017/03/mascot-madness-2017-final-four/. The winners will move on to the finals.
Judge Asked to Dismiss Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Claim:
On Tuesday, NASCAR star Tony Stewart filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss many of the claims in the wrongful death lawsuit that followed the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in which a North Country driver was killed. In August 2014, Stewart was racing at the dirt track when 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. left his car after crashing and stepped onto the track. The lawsuit, filed by Ward’s family, claims Stewart was driving recklessly and that he gunned his engine while under a caution, causing his car to slide and hit Ward. A grand jury determined after the accident that Stewart would face no charges. Mediation on the case is set for April 18th, and a hearing on Stewart’s motion is set for April 28th.
Palmesano Confident About State Budget Deadline:
In a phone interview Wednesday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said that while there are still issues to be ironed out in the state budget, he and other lawmakers are continuing to work to meet the April 1st deadline. Key points include the age of criminal responsibility, and increased state funding for local roads and highways. If the deadline isn’t met, Palmesano assures that there are measures in place to avoid a government shutdown.
Bath Food Hub Project On Hold:
Budget concerns have put the construction of a $3.9 million “food hub” in Bath on hold. Construction was expected to get underway at the former Dana Lyon Middle School as early as this spring, but according to Executive Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Jamie Johnson, the project is on hold until the federal budget is adopted and sponsors know what the federal funding levels will look like. The “food hub” will be a central location for collecting, processing, packaging, and distributing local agricultural projects. There will also be kitchen and restaurant incubators, as well as office space. Officials estimate it could generate $1.3 million for Steuben farmers and employ roughly 40 people at the site and participating farms.
Steuben Indictments Up in 2016:
The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has released its 2016 annual report and the action was up slightly last year. The number of indictments in 2016 was 390, up six from the year before, but county District Attorney Brooks Baker says the number of people indicted is probably much higher than that as many of the indictments included multiple defendants – particularly in drug cases.
CCC Job Fair Today:
The Corning Community College regional job fair is open to everyone today. Some 80 employers are expected to be in attendance, looking for full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers. Industries include, healthcare, accounting firms, banks, auto body, and more. The fair is from noon to 3 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium.
No Wasting Disease Found in NY Deer:
It’s good news for deer in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that following the testing of roughly 2,400 white-tailed deer last season, the population shows no signs of chronic wasting disease. The highly contagious disease causes deer to become emaciated and uncoordinated, and eventually they die.
Reed Comments on Failed Health Care Bill
Congressman Tom Reed said he spent the past weekend examining his role following last week’s collapse of health care reform and thinks the problem with the ACA will likely become worse before Congress attempts to reform it again. Reed said in an interview that the failure of the republican-proposed bill proves the necessity of bipartisan negotiation to improve health care legislation."Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." the congressman suggested.
Bath Police Fill Investigator Position
Bath Police Department say that they will fill a full-time investigator position in June. This position was cut in September 2014 because officials did not want to raise taxes but was added again through a contract negotiation agreement with the Bath PBA and Bath Village Board. The Village Board faced public pressure when about 150 residents came to the Bath Fire Department voiced their concerns of safety due to fewer officers.
State Property Grant Awarded to Steuben County Steuben County will receive a $500,000 state grant to improve abandoned properties and revive neighborhoods over the next two years.The grant is going towards the land bank to handle costs of the acquiring and restoring of abandoned properties as well as handling start-up costs for the land bank program. Once a home has been restored and sold successfully, the proceeds will be returned to the land bank, allowing other properties to be fixed as well. Ten properties are planned to be demolished with this grant. County Manager Wheeler hopes to put more county property back on the tax role.
Cuomo Promises Wage Increase for Direct Care Workers
Governor Andrew Cuomo made appearances from his office on Tuesday as budget negotiations continue, promising he won’t sign the state budget without an increase in funding for direct care workers wages. Facing pressure at the Capitol from hundreds from the disability community, an additional $10 million was added from the original $45 million for direct care workers to help offset the increases in the state’s minimum wage. According to the governor, this increase in funding to a total of $55 million allows for direct care workers’ wages to meet the statewide minimum wage plus three percent over the period of two years.
CCC to Hold Job Fair
Corning Community College hosts its annual job fair on Thursday from noon to 3:00 PM in the CCC gymnasium. About 80 employers are slated be there from various fields, seeking potential employees to full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal positions as well as internships. The employers who plan to be represented at the fair are listed online at: https://www.corning-cc.edu/events/job-fair
Flags Lowered in Honor of Dansville Staff Sergeant
Flags on state buildings are at half-staff today. Gov. Cuomo ordered the move to honor U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, a native of Dansville, who died in Southwest Asia on Wednesday, March 22. The 25-year-old airman was killed in a non-combat related incident.
Hornell Woman Charged with Larceny, Forgery
A Hornell woman is facing charges for grand larceny and forgery once an audit from a financial institution discovered she allegedly forged documents at a former job. Jennifer Mix, 37, is accused of forging an application for a personal loan, which she will stand trial in Hornell City Court for one count of forgery and one count of grand larceny on April 6th.
County Legislature Approves Construction Project
The Steuben County legislature approved a plan to begin the capital construction project for offices on East Morris Street and a records building on Mount Washington in Bath.Also approved was a proposal to build a shell on the third story of Bath’s downtown center. State-mandated institutions like the Public Defender office, are likely to need more space in the future. According to county officials, this endeavor is funded through a bond and county reserves, and not financed by increasing citizen’s property taxes.
Weston to Test Corning Soil
Soil testing is planned to begin for up to 66 Houghton Plot properties in Corning from mid-to-late April. Homeowners will be mailed access agreement letters from Corning Incorporated asking permission on behalf of Weston Solutions to start soil sampling. The results will be available approximately mid-August. Testing is to monitor the soil levels for contaminants including lead, cadmium or arsenic levels to the standard of State Soil Cleanup Objectives established by the DEC.
State Budget Approval Underway
Eyes will be trained on Albany this week…The state budget is supposed to be adopted by Saturday, but some lawmakers question if the $154 billion will be approved on time. There are still plenty of issues that remain open for discussion.
Tax Credit for New York Emergency Workers
New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that they could be eligible for a personal income tax credit. The credit is designed for state residents who were active as volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers for the full tax year. The credit is worth $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly, if both spouses qualify.
Free Drug Education Event
All of the community is welcomed free educational event to combat teen substance abuse on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bath-Haverling High School Auditorium. Steuben Prevention Coalition has partnered with Alfred State College and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office to sponsor the event titled “High in Plain Sight: Current Drug, Concealment and Alcohol Trends”. The program features three sessions throughout the day, including a presentation by renowned speaker and officer Jermaine Galloway from 6-7:30. Youth Action Forum group will provide childcare for this free event.
Minor Arrested for Fabricating Abuse
A Bath teen was arrested by New York State police on Saturday after they falsely claimed sexual abuse. Steuben County Child Protective Services jointly investigated the case with police after the 14-year-old made the allegations, signing deposition attesting to the abuse. Once the minor admitted that their story was false, they were arrested and charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident and Making a False Written Statement.
Painted Post Man Wanted for Theft
CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - New York State Police in Painted Post are looking for a white male in a white t-shirt, baseball hat and +blue jeans who stole $38 dollars from the Riverside Tops Sunday afternoon. At around 2:30pm that day, the suspect received change for a purchase in the form of two $20 bills from the cashier after paying for the item with $50. According to police, cameras show the suspect keeping the two $20 bills in his pocket and claim he was given the wrong change, showing the cashier the two $1 bills, and was given an additional two $20 bills. If anyone has information regarding this incident please call Painted Post State Police Office at (607) 962-6864.
Kanona Bridge Meeting Scheduled
Bridge replacement plans on State Route 415 will be discussed at 6 p.m. April 5 at the Kanona Fire Hall. The New York State Department of Transportation organized the meeting to share project information about replacing the Route 415 bridge over the Cohocton river near Kanona and give the intersection of Routes 415 and 53 with a traffic roundabout. Department of Transportation officials say the truss bridge will be removed and a new structure be built 100 feet south from the current bridge location. The roundabout is proposed as an effort to improve safety. Officials will be available to answer the public’s questions and say the construction is estimated to take nine months and will take place sometime in 2018.
Walk for Multiple Sclerosis
Corning will be hosting a walk to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis is planned for May 21st It will be held at the Corning – Painted Post High school with check in time 9:00am. Donations received will be used towards research and providing programs and services for people with MS. Last year this event raised more than $30,000...for more information go to walkms.org
New Policeman Sworn In
A new part time police officer was sworn in at the recent Bath Village Board meeting. He is 22 year old Michael Jackson of Bath. Jackson joins a force of nine full-time officers and six part time policemen. He is a graduate of Haverling High School and is currently attending Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy
Congressman Reed Announces More Town Halls
Another series of town hall meetings has been scheduled by congressman Tom Reed for Saturday, April 1st. Reed is continuing his appearances in the 23rd district upon ample turnout to his previous town halls. Popular issues among his constituents include healthcare reform, budget cuts, education and public funding of community healthcare clinics like Planned Parenthood. The meetings will occur:
8:30 a.m. at Tioga Central School
11 a.m. at Broadway Academy in Southport
1:30 p.m. at Tyrone Fire Department
3:30 p.m. at Avoca High School
Negotiations Underway for Campbell Kraft Heinz Plant
Two months are left until more than 300 employees at the Campbell Kraft Heinz plant could lose employment as negotiations to sell it remain active but unresolved to settle for a buyer. “The negotiations are ongoing,” Steuben County IDA Executive Director Jamie Johnson said. Additional details about the phase of the negotiations are not yet known but another six plants are confirmed to close at Kraft Heinz company.
Reed Booed On House Floor Over Healthcare
On Friday Congressman Tom Reed was booed when he had the floor to speak about the new alternative The Faso/Collins Repeal Legislation, supported by most Republicans to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act. On the floor Reed commented about the proposal “I heard my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say, ‘it’s not perfect, we need to repair it. But yet today, we take the first step, in this endeavor, by the legislation that’s before us..” when booing ensued.
He also noted “All we hear, is how bad this legislation is.” Healthcare has been a hot button issue, especially Reed who has faced many protests by constituents opposing his stance.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for Weapons
This week members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Michael T. Huffman of Hammondsport for Criminal Possession of a Weapon Third Degree (D Felony) and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon Third Degree (E Felony) in Urbana. After an investigation it was discovered that Huffman illegally received a .38 caliber revolver in the mail from Florida and illegally transported a .22 caliber revolver from the State of Florida. Huffman was sent to the Steuben County Jail after an arraignment in Hammondsport.
Steuben Construction Bids
Construction Bids for Bath NY will take place 10 a.m. Monday in the County Office Building, 3 E. Pulteney Square by the Steuben County Real Property Auction. Up for auction an office building and records storage outbuilding which both are slated for construction in May.The cost of both projects was estimated earlier at $8.7 million.
Allegany County Men Indicted for Robbery
An Arkport man has been indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury. Prosecutors said 28-year-old Josiah Gardner of Wellsville and 34-year-old James Foster of Arkport, were both indicted on charges of felony 2nd degree burglary. The men are accused of entering a home in Almond in 2015 and stealing a TV, Kindle, a locked box and money.
County Task Force for Prevention of Child Abuse Calls for Nominations
The Steuben County Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben. Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups. For nomination forms or more information contact Bill Caudill, Youth Bureau Coordinator or ask any Task Force member.
Hornell Man Arrested for Abusing Child:
A Hornell man was arrested Thursday after the Olean General Hospital alerted authorities of child abuse. 50-year-old Rickie Johnson Sr. was admitted at the hospital for threatening suicide. While there he disclosed that the reason he wished to harm himself was because he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old boy. When interviewed by State Police, Johnson reportedly admitted to the inappropriate contact and provided a written statement. He was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
More Charges with Rochester Man Who Pretended to be Officer:
More charges have been filed against the Rochester man that allegedly impersonated a federal agent in the Bath area. During a court appearance Wednesday, 62-year-old Dr. Richard Hoyer was additionally charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and one count of unauthorized police lighting in his vehicle. Hoyer was arrested on March 9th after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly posing as a police officer. He was previously charged with first-degree criminal impersonation. Following Wednesday’s court proceeding, Hoyer was released on his own recognizance.
Steuben Co. K9 Officer to Receive Body Armor:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office’s 4-legged officer will soon be getting the same sort of protection as his two-legged coworkers. K9 Devin will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interested in K9s, Inc, a non-profit organization. The vest is sponsored by Jeremiah and JoLee Yeddo of Plattsburgh. Delivery is expected within 8 to 10 weeks. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. K9 Devin is a four-year-old German Shepard that joined the Sheriff’s Office in January 2014. He’s named in honor of Army Sergeant Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2011.
Local Hospitals Could Be Hit by AHCA:
Gov. Cuomo is warning that hospitals in Steuben County could face funding cuts of more than $2.3 million if the American Health Care Act and its amendments are eventually passed. According to an analysis by the New York State Department of Health, Ira Davenport could lose $332,000, St. James $795,000 and $1.2 million at the Guthrie Corning Hospital. Cuomo said the funding reductions could cripple hospitals and their ability to provide critical health care services for local residents and jeopardizing hundreds of jobs.
FLSPCA Acts for Public’s Help with “Feline Emergency”:
The Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath is asking for the community’s help with what it’s calling a “Feline Emergency.” 64 cats were rescued from a home earlier this week, and while area shelters are assisting with the care of the animals, the SPCA is still in need of further items like blankets, towels, dry and wet cat food, cat litter, bleach, and laundry soap.
$274K Raised in “Check Out Hunger” Campaign:
Thursday, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced the results of its 23rd annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign and it was good news all around. The fundraiser saw a 1 percent increase from last year and raised over $274,000. Grocery stores throughout the region participated, including Jubilee Foods, Save-a-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans. Shoppers donated at the register.
Work on I-86 Today:
The New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Bath will be performing road work on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 to 39 in Bath today in order to remove 12 light poles. Detours are not expected, but traffic speeds will be reduced in 15 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Man Arrested on Rape Charges:
The Village of Bath Police Department has arrested Derick Giardina after an investigation into a reported rape case where Giardina allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old. Giardina faces two counts of rape, three counts of criminal sexual act, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Giardina was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Hornell Man Facing Drug Charges:
A Hornell man extradited from New Jersey is behind bars in Steuben County today. 25-year-old Brandon Miles is facing charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, as well as felony violation of probation. He is being held without bail while he awaits arraignment.
Corning, DEC Talk Soil Remediation:
Wednesday night, Corning Inc., and the State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health presented their soil remediation plans and updated Corning residents on clean-up efforts at a meeting in Corning. The DEC says its primary objective is to gain access to residential properties within their “study areas,” test for contamination, provide remediation if necessary, and then issue “no further action” letters when the work is done. They say they hope some “no further action” letters will be issued soon, within in the next two months. The State says the community can help speed up the process through their comment period. For the full presentation and more information visit http://postcreekstudyarea.com.
Healthcare Vote Today, Local Organizations Speak Out Against New Plan:
A vote is expected today in the House of Representatives on the Republican’s proposed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear if the American Health Care Act will have enough “yes” votes to pass, but one lawmaker who has said he will vote for it is Representative Tom Reed, despite urging from local organizations for him to vote it down. On Wednesday, Able2 Enhancing Potential, AIM Independent Living Center, Pathways Inc., and the Arcs of Steuben and Schuyler issued a joint statement voicing their concerns over the legislation, specifically its proposed changes to Medicaid, including the recently added Medicaid Local Share Limitation amendment. The amendment would shift costs of Medicaid from counties to the state. Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns said bluntly that “the reductions… will destroy services for people with development disabilities.”
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Receives “Comfort Bags” for Kids:
Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Painted Post, Steuben County Deputies now have comfort bags that they can present to children involved in stressful situations. The bags are a result of a donation of 100 stuffed animals from Douglas Toys in New Hampshire and a $100 gift card from Walmart. Members of the Kiwanis Club also purchased crayons and coloring books to fill the bags.
Lawmakers Propose Free Tampons:
Members of the legislative’s women’s caucus have proposed a series of bills that would offer women in poorer communities better access to necessary hygiene products. The bills would offer tampons free of charge in schools, homeless shelters, and local and state correctional facilities. The women’s caucus says access to feminine hygiene products is not only about necessity, but dignity.
Village Election Results:
Village elections were held on Tuesday. The results are as follows: in Bath Mark Bardeen and Melani Coots ran unopposed for the trustee seats. In Hammondsport Emery Cummings Jr. was running unopposed for Mayor; there is no report at this time regarding the trustee seats. In Savona it was Brian Scott for Mayor, Mary Finch and Morris Ben Smith each for a 2 year trustee term, and Christopher Laursen for a one year trustee term. In Wayland, Richard Saxton and Aimee Campbell were named trustees; Michael Parks and Thomas Recktenwald were unopposed for Mayor and village justice, respectively.
Demolition Begins Today on Steuben Co. Project:
Demolition of two buildings on East Morris Street in Bath is expected to get underway today in anticipation of Steuben County’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years. County Manager Jack Wheeler said the construction of an office complex on East Morris, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington, is expected to begin in early May. The cost of the two projects is estimated at $8.7 million. The final project design and costs are slated for review by the county Legislature on Monday.
Accident Dumps Construction Waste in Hodgman’s Creek:
Construction waste was spilled into a stream in Erwin Hollow Tuesday after a tractor-trailer overturned just after 1 p.m. on Erwin Hollow Road. The stream feeds into Hodgman’s Creek. The Department of Environmental Conservation was called in, and officials report that there are no indications of serious environmental risk. One lane of the road was closed for several hours. The driver was not harmed in the accident.
Clayton Murder Case to be Featured on NBC Dateline:
Friday’s episode of NBC’s Dateline will feature the Clayton murder case. Kelley Stage Clayton was murdered in her Town of Caton home on September 29th 2015. Her husband, Thomas Clayton, was found guilty in February of hiring a former employee, Michael Beard, to kill her in exchange for money. Clayton is set to be sentenced on April 24th. Beard was also convicted and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. A third man, Mark Blandford, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and testified at Clayton’s trial in exchange for a plea deal. A preview of the episode is available at http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/preview-the-house-in-the-woods-903024195561.
City of Hornell Looks to Override Tax Cap:
Next Monday the City of Hornell will hold a special meeting to override the 2 percent tax cap. At a public hearing and budget presentation on Saturday, it was revealed that the city plans on a 1.6 percent tax increase. According to Mayor Shawn Hogan, the reason for the override is because a substantial amount of money was added to the city’s total assessed value. It order to stay under the cap, Hogan said, the city would need to cut over $80,000 from the budget. Following the special meeting on Monday there will be a vote on the budget.
Work on I-86 in Bath Friday:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that road work will be done on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 to 39 in Bath on Friday. Detours are not expected, but traffic speeds will be reduced in 15 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as the NYSDOT and the Town of Bath removes 12 light poles.
Wellsville Man Facing Child Porn Charges:
A month long investigation by the New York State Police of Bath has resulted in charges of child pornography against a Wellsville man. 43-year-old Peter Shoughrue allegedly exchanged nude photographs with a subject under the age of 16, with the intent of enticing or luring the victim to engage in sexual contact with him. Additionally, Shoughrue allegedly traveled to Avoca with the intent of engaging in sexual contact with the victim. Shoughrue has been charged with disseminating indecent material to minors, attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, attempted luring a child, attempted criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child. Shoughrue has been sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
President’s Budget Could Impact Steuben Meals on Wheels Programs:
President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes cuts to numerous programs, including one that could be impacted here in Steuben County: Meals on Wheels. The Steuben County Office for the Aging anticipates over $66,000 in federal funding for home-delivered meals. County OFA Director Patricia Baroody said that home-delivered meal programs are critical in helping to keep seniors in their homes and keeping them healthy. Last year, Corning Meals on Wheels served over 53,000 meals and ProAction served 61,000. According to the Associated Press the proposed budget would cut hundreds of millions of dollars for the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as eliminate Community Development Block grants.
Public Meeting with the DEC on Corning Soil Remediation:
The public will soon get details on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plans for the soil remediation in Corning. A public meeting will be held tomorrow with the DEC and the Department of Health at the Radisson Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The agencies will outline proposed plans for dealing with contaminated soil in the area. Also, from 3 to 5 p.m. agency staff and Corning Incorporated will be available to answer questions concerning the study area. Remediation could begin this summer. Public comments are being accepted until April 10th. For more information about the meeting and the proposals, click http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/851046pddou1235.pdf
Steuben Sheriff Announces Membership Drive:
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard is encouraging residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership Drive in Steuben County this week. The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. Programs include the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, Criminal Justice Scholarship Program, and Victim Notification Programs. For information about Sheriffs’ Institute Programs you can visit http://www.sheriffsinstitute.org.
Tech Kiosk Installed at Bath’s Dormann Library:
The newest education tool added to the Dormann Library in Bath is a Krayon Kiosk, recently installed thanks to a community-wide effort that included the Bath Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, and Servu Credit Union. The kiosk includes four iPads/tablets that are each equipped with educational applications focused on reading, writing, math, science, music, art, history, puzzles, and problem-solving. It’s meant for children aged 2 to 9 years old.
Applications Still Being Accepted for Arc Scholarship:
The Arc of Steuben is reminding interested students that there’s still time to apply for the Ethel Strickarz Memorial Scholarship. Any student in a public or private high school is eligible. It’s also open to home-schooled students and continuing education students. Students interested in applying must be majoring in a subject connected to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information email Bob Recotta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Avoca Central School Board of Education Meeting will be tonight at 7 p.m. in DL Room #137. Among the items on agenda is the approval of the 2017-2018 school calendar.
I-86 Crash, Driver Airlifted to Hospital:
A portion of I-86 eastbound was closed for about an hour Sunday afternoon following a tractor-trailer accident between Exits 38 and 39. The vehicle left the highway and collided with a tree. When Bath Volunteer Firefighters arrived, the driver was conscious and still in the cab. The driver was able to get out with assistance from firefighters and Bath Volunteer Ambulance crews. Erring on the side of safety, a medical helicopter was called in. The truck was carrying insulation. Two of the diesel fuel tanks ruptured, and T&R Towing and Environmental Services were called in to recover the truck and clean up the fuel spill. The driver’s condition is unknown at this time.
Canisteo Man Accused of Child Abuse:
A Canisteo man has been arrested on sexual abuse and child endangerment charges following an investigation into possible child abuse. State troopers allege that on fourteen separate occasions 26-year-old Patrick Runyan intentionally subjected a fifteen-year-old to sexual contact while at a residence in the Village of Canisteo. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Canisteo Man Charged with Promoting Contraband:
A Canisteo man is accused of promoting prison contraband. 22-year-old Joseph Carter was arrested by Steuben County deputies after he allegedly introduced contraband into the county jail while he was being booked on unrelated charges. He has been charged with introducing contraband and unlawful possession of marihuana. He was issued appearance tickets.
Alcohol Cited in Accident:
A Bath man has been arrested following investigation into a motor vehicle accident that occurred on March 12th. 43-year-old Robert Ogden has been charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to maintain lane, and unreasonable speed. He was issued appearance tickets.
2 Charged with Endangering Children:
Two Bath residents has been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and permitting unlicensed operation of a vehicle following a traffic stop Sunday. According the Bath Police Department, a vehicle without lights was stopped around 2 a.m. and it was discovered that the driver was a child less than 16 years old. 35-year-old Cindy Knowles and 39-year-old Michael Knowles were both in the vehicle and allegedly allowed the child to drive as they were both intoxicated. Another child under the age of 16 was also in the vehicle. Appearance tickets were issued.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 22-year-old Ryan Obrien of Canisteo and 26-year-old Michael Whritenour of Painted Post following a traffic stop on State Route 21 in Fremont. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Whritenour has been charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, while Obrien was charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail.
3rd Straight NYC Half Marathon Win for Huddle:
For the third straight year, Elmira native Molly Huddle ran way with the win Sunday at the New York City Half Marathon. Huddle finished with a time of 1 hour, eight minutes, and 19 seconds. She was followed by her training partner Emily Sisson in second place, just two seconds behind. Huddle and Sisson were nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field.
Recaptured Prison Escapee Files Suit Against Governor:
One of the two prisoners that broke out of Clinton Correctional in 2015 has now filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The suit, filed by Patrick Alexander, also names some troopers and prison workers. It alleges that after Alexander was recaptured, the Governor stopped and taunted him in the cells, and then that he and other prisoners were beaten shortly after. The Governor’s spokesman calls the story ridiculous.
Jackals Raise $14K for Family of Kelley Clayton:
It was a loss for the Jackals against the Brampton Beast on Saturday, but it was a win for the family of Kelley Stage Clayton and domestic violence awareness. It was the Jackal’s domestic violence awareness night and the team raised $14,200 for Kelley’s family through ticket sales and a postgame auction of domestic violence awareness purple and grey jerseys.
Bath Village Board Schedules Public Alarm Hearing
The Bath village board has scheduled a public hearing for Monday to discuss a proposed law dealing with recurring false alarms at homes and businesses. The mayor recently said that repetitive false intrusion and fire alarms were creating a strain for police and emergency services. The hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on March 20th at 5:30 p.m.
Corning Police a student for making threats
A 16 year old Corning-Painted Post High School has been arrested by Corning Police for making threats to staff members. The identity of the student has not been released….he was charged with making terrorists threats which is class D Felony. The student was apparently angry over a suspension he had received and said he was going to go home and get some guns and do harm to staff members. The student could get up to seven years in prison if found guilty of the charge
State Police Patrolling St. Patty’s Weekend
State Police, the State Liquor Authority, State Department of Motor Vehicles, and local law enforcement will be out in force today, St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the weekend. Police will be looking for impaired drivers. The campaign includes a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and a detail to crackdown on underage drinking and sales to minors. During the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement effort, Troopers made 257 arrests for DWI and issued more than 17,000 tickets.
Men Arrested for Possession, DUI
A traffic stop in Bath yesterday Ryan Obrien of Canisteo and Michael Whritenour of Painted Post were stopped on State Route 21 in the Town of Fremont where Whritenour was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and Obrien, a charge for possession of marijuana and heroin. Following their arraignment, both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail and scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Elmira Fire Claims One Life
A fire in Elmira took the life of one resident as multiple responders took the call for a structure fire that occurred around 9:15pm. The victim was found on the second level of duplex residence and displaced residents have been assisted by theRed Cross. A cause of the fire is being investigated.
Governor Responds to President’s Proposed Budget:
Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t mince words Thursday when responding to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. He urged Congress to reject it, calling the plan “dangerous, reckless, and contemptuous of American values.” He says the budget would cut funding to transportation projects – such as the rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey – as well as undermine affordable housing, healthcare research, and environmental protection.
Owner of Watkins Glen Rental Company Accused of Defrauding Customers:
The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Watkins Glen-area vacation rental home business. Henry Dean, and his company FLGH, LLC., is accused of defrauding customers by falsely advertising properties and then refusing to refund customers when they attempted to cancel. The lawsuit is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the operation of the business, as well as restitution of over $102,000 and over $85,000 in civil penalties and costs. Customers who believe they may have been defrauded by or have unresolved disputes with a business are encouraged to call the A.G. Consumer Help Line at (800) 771-7755.
New Member of Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Dept.:
A 2016 graduate of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy was sworn in Thursday as a member of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department Road Patrol. Deputy Andrew Hawk, of Bath, joined the department at a ceremony at the county Public Safety Building. Hawk was previously employed by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Watkins Glen Police Department.
Winter Storms Impact Blood Drives:
The American Red Cross is urging blood and platelet donors to give blood to offset shortfalls caused by the severe winter weather that has affected several states this month. About 150 blood drives have been cancelled so far this month due to winter weather, causing thousands of blood and platelet products to go uncollected.
Beware Carbon Monoxide after Storm:
While shoveling out the driveway after this week’s big storm may certainly be a priority, don’t forget to also check your home for blocked furnace and hot water vents. Due to the heavy snowfall, along with blowing and drifting snow, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and health officials remind residents that snow drifts around homes should be addressed. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating. For more information about it, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/air/carbon_monoxide_need_to_know.htm.
Addison to Host Harlem Wizards:
The Harlem Wizards are returning to the Southern Tier next week. They’ll be appearing at the Addison Events Center at the Addison High School on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children in advance, or $15 for adults and $12 for children at the door.
Gov. Lifts Tractor Trailer Restrictions:
Late Wednesday afternoon Governor Andrew announced that the restrictions on travel and tractor-trailers on roadways across the state were being lifted. The bans impacted the New York Thruway, 1-81, I-86/Rt. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border, and I-88.
Update on New St. James Mercy Location:
At this week’s meeting of the Hornellsville town board, there was some news regarding the future site of the new St. James Hospital. Town Supervisor Ken Isaman announced that the old Kmart plaza, which was originally designated to be sold to the hospital, will now be sold instead to private developer Morgan Management out of Rochester. The plan is for the property to be broken up into two parcels, with a Medical Arts Building in the main structure, and the new hospital in the adjacent field and parking lot. Isaman called it “great news,” as when the projected owner was solely St. James Hospital, it was tax exempt. Now, tax revenue can be collected from Morgan Management.
Snow Fall Record Set in Binghamton:
This week’s storm helped the City of Binghamton break a dubious record. The city recorded 31.3 inches of snow over Tuesday and Wednesday, shattering its previous record of 23 inches that was set in February 1961. For the season, Binghamton has seen 127.7 inches – just short of seasonal record set in the winter of ’93-’94.
Food Bank Fights for “Farm to Food Bank” Bill:
Representatives from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier traveled to Albany Wednesday where they met with New York State lawmakers who are fighting for the “Farm to Food Bank” bill. The bill, which has previously been vetoed by Governor Cuomo, would provide tax credits to family farms that donate directly to food banks. The Assemblymen are also working to protect funding for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.
Lawmakers Propose Pay Hike for Arc Workers:
While Governor Andrew Cuomo left out a pay hike for direct support professionals in his proposed budget, the state Assembly and Senate have both drafted their own proposals that include $45 million for a pay increase for those who provide services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It would bump pay to $15 an hour. The Arc of Steuben employs roughly 275 direct support professionals.
Bath Board of Ed. Meets Tonight:
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Storm Warning Still in Effect, Use Caution:
Caution is still urged today following the massive winter storm that enveloped the area Tuesday. Steuben County Director of Emergency Management Timothy Marshall urges those who don’t need to go out to stay home. The concern today, he said, is not just continued snow, but also high winds that could make for very poor visibilities and poor driving conditions. Residents are advised to call ahead to make sure destinations are open, be prepared for delays, and to check for updates on travel conditions. Local closings and delays are available here on WVIN and on wvinbath.com with Stormwatch. Drivers can call 511 or visit http://www.511ny.org for information. Please do not call 911.
Police Seek Suspect in Road Rage Incident:
Troopers are seeking a suspect who allegedly displayed a handgun during a road rage incident Sunday night near the intersection of County Road 111 and County Road 84. According to the North Hornell state police the incident occurred around 8 p.m. and the man in question was gone by the time they arrived on the scene. He is described as a white male about 50-years-old. Average build with long grey hair and a beard, wearing a baseball cap, a winter plaid jacket possibly blue in color, and blue jeans. He was operating a silver pickup truck with large mirrors, four doors, and amber marker lights. Anyone with information should call the Wayland State Police barracks at 585-728-5007.
Snow Storm Snapshot – How Others Faired:
Locally, it was a messy, snowy day that shut down schools and many businesses and
organizations. A travel advisory was announced for Steuben, but no ban. How did other areas fair? Broome County took the brunt of the storm with some areas recording 14 inches of snow by 7 a.m., and at 4 p.m., the National Weather Service posted 27 inches of snow in Endwell. Chemung County issued a travel advisory Tuesday afternoon, but the Elmira area only saw about 5 or 6 inches. Police in Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties reported a few minor accidents and cars off the road. In Buffalo, 255 members of the National Guard were called in. In Rochester, following last week’s heavy windstorm, some 3,000 people were still without power.
St. Patrick’s Day DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard has announced that Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement crackdown on impaired driving over the Saint Patrick’s holiday weekend. The effort starts on Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th and runs through March 19th.
Drug, Alcohol Presentation in Bath March 29th:
The Steuben Prevention Coalition will present a drug and alcohol program entitled “High in Plain Sight: Current Drug, Concealment and Alcohol Trends” on March 29th at the Bath Haverling High School Auditorium. It will be from 9 to 11 a.m. for school personnel, area professionals, educators, and prevention providers; from 1 to 3 p.m. for law enforcement, probation officers, first responders, and fire departments; and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for community members and parents. Registration is requested by calling 587-4015.
State of Emergency Declared Statewide:
As of midnight Monday night, a state of emergency took effect across all 62 counties of New York due to the extreme winter storm. Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging residents to “stay informed, avoid unnecessary travel. Also non-essential state employees have been advised to stay home from work today. Motorists can check road conditions by calling 511, or by visiting http://www.511ny.org before traveling.
Winter Storm Bringing Also Bringing Big Price Tag for Steuben Co.:
The winter storm isn’t just bringing the snow today, it’s also expected to bring a hefty price tag for Steuben County. The county’s snow and ice budget for 2017 is roughly $2.8 million, and between the salt and sand, labor, and equipment, the cost is expected to be just under $290,000 for just this storm alone. The good news is so long as there aren’t any many snowstorms in the final seven weeks of the season, the budget should hold until next winter. Plowing began at 3 a.m. this morning and will continue until 9 p.m. tonight. If you must go out today, you are reminded to slow down, and if you don’t have good tires, you’re urged to stay off the road.
Former Restaurant Owners Charged:
The former owners of two Sonora’s Mexican restaurants in Bath and Corning have been indicted on charges that they pocketed nearly $200,000 in sales tax. Christopher and Kimberlee Klee, both of Elmira, are accused of failing to file state sales tax returns and remit more than $175,000 in sales tax from the two restaurants. If convicted, they could spend up to 15 years in prison.
New Proposal for Free Tuition in NYS:
With critics blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal for free tuition in New York State for not addressing room and board costs or student dent, Senate Democrats on Monday announced their own plan. Their new proposal would make tuition free for students from families earning up to $150,000 – as opposed to Cuomo’s $125,000 threshold – and is would also give lower income students more help with room and board, and $10 million in increased aid for students at private colleges. On the other side of the aisle, Assembly Republicans offered a plan earlier this year that would raise eligibility for the state’s tuition assistance program, and offer every recipient another $500 while increasing tax breaks for student debt payments.
Thousands of Flights Canceled in Face of Big Storm
The winter weather isn’t just bad for road travel, but in the skies as well. More than 6,000 U.S. airlines flights were canceled ahead of today’s big storm. Biggest domestic passenger carrier, Southwest Airlines, doesn’t expect any flights today at 14 airports between Washington and Portland, Maine. The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200, though are restrictions that vary by airline.
Closings and Cancellations
A Complete listing of cancellations at www.wvinbath.com
Winter Storm Warning Tonight Through Wednesday:
The National Weather Service has announced a winter storm warning that takes effect at 8 p.m. tonight and will run through 8 p.m. Wednesday night. The storm is expected to impact much of the state. Locally, the snow will start tonight and pick up into tomorrow, where we could see as much as an inch per hour at times. Certain areas could see as much as 10 to 12 inches by the time the storm has had its say. Higher elevations could see 15 to 18 inches.
Additional Arrest in Drug Bust:
An additional arrest has been made following investigation into drug crimes in Steuben County. 45-year-old Frederick Snyder of Arkport has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Five people were previously arrested when State Police executed a search warrant at a home in the hamlet of Burns, near Arkport, Thursday night.
Last Season for the Elmira Jackals:
While the news was generally good for the First Arena on Friday, it wasn’t for the Elmira Jackals. It was announced Friday that the team will play until the end of the year, and then the team will fold. The new owner of the facility is Brian Barrett. Barrett has ties to Simmons Rockwell and he will be putting $3.5 million into the First Arena. The Jackals have nine home games remaining; the last will be April 8th at 7 p.m.
Cuomo Calls for Investigation of RG&E:
In the wake of last week’s windstorm, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for the Public Service Commission to investigate Rochester Gas and Electric. Speaking on Saturday, Cuomo accused the company of not being prepared and of dragging its heels in restoring power.
NYS to Look at Impact of Plastic Bags:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a task force to address the impact of plastic bags on the environment. In a statement, the Governor called the “costly and negative impact of plastic bags… a statewide issue that demands a statewide solution.” Cuomo previously vetoed a fee proposed by the New York City Council on non-reusable shopping bags, calling it “deeply flawed.”
Special Prattsburgh Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:
The Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 p.m. for the awarding of capital construction bids. It will be held in the library media center. A budget workshop will immediately follow.
Nominations Sought for Jack Lisi Youth Award:
Nominations for the Jack Lisi Youth Award are being sought. Forms are available online at http://www.lisiyouthaward.org. Just click on “JLYA Application.” Nominations are due by March 20th.
Reed to Hold Town Halls Today
As announced earlier this month , Congressman Tom Reed will hold another series of Saturday town hall meetings today across the district. Reed is scheduled to start today at the Southside Community Center at 8am in Ithaca, followed by an appearance at Ovid Town Hall at 10:30am, then Manchester Town Hall in Clifton Springs at 12:30 and will end the day with an appearance at the Pulteney Fire Company at 3pm. Deputy Whip team and VP of Trump’s transition team, Reed has faced criticism from constituents with reports that his Geneva office was flooded with protesters yesterday. The Ithaca community has been notably critical of the Congressman with many local protests organized there.
NY To Expedite Professional Licenses For Military Spouses
New York state is offering expedited licensing for professionals holding out-of-state professional licenses in certain fields, including medical professions as well as out-of-state professional licenses that have requirements similar to those in New York state. . If you move because your military spouse transferred you will see a 50 percent break on application fees as part of this new legislation signed by the governor and proposed by the state education department.
Corning Bridge To Be Repaired
Corning’s heavily used Bridge Street Bridge is set to be updated in the spring of 2019.The city received 6.6 million in state funds for the project, allowing the city to pay less than 2 percent of the funds it will take to rebuild the bridge. Corning’s bridge was erected in 1947 and 1999 was the last project invested into improving the bridge. The duration of time that the bridge will be closed to complete repairs is currently not known.
Rochester Man Accused of Impersonating Police in Bath:
A Rochester man was arrested Thursday afternoon at a local business on State Route 54 in Bath. The arrest follows an investigation into reports of a suspicious person around the business calling himself a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. 62-year-old Dr. Richard Hoyer has been charged with criminal impersonation. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Hoyer was found to be in possession of handcuffs, pepper spray, a police badge, ballistic body armor, and other police paraphernalia, some of which are illegal to be possessed by a civilian. He was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was also issued for an employee of the business, ordering Hoyer to stay away from her and the business at all times. More charges are pending.
Bath Woman Leads Police on Chase:
A Bath woman is facing 16 charges following a police chase Wednesday afternoon that ended on Sand Pit Road in the Town of Bath. State police arrested 33-year-old Jamie Brewer. She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, fleeing police and aggravated unlicensed operation. Troopers also issued Brewer a fist full of traffic tickets to include failure to obey police and speeding in a school zone.
State Police Investigating Stolen ATV:
The New York State Police of Bath are investigating the theft of an all-terrain vehicle from a residence on East Lamoka Avenue in the Village of Savona. The incident is believed to be occurred in the early morning hours on Wednesday. The ATV is a white 2008 Polaris Outlaw, equipped with red and black decals. It had been parked near the roadway, just past the elementary school, and was being offered for sale. Police believe the subject(s) may have loaded the ATV into a pickup truck and then fled. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police.
NYS Joins Challenge to Travel Ban:
New York State one of several states that are planning to join legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban. The legislation bars the admission of refugees and some travelers from a group of six Muslim-majority countries. The order is set to take effect on March 16th. It replaces a more sweeping ban that was issued on January 27th that was struck down in court. Hawaii announced plans on Wednesday to challenge the ban. The Attorney Generals of Washington, Minnesota, and Oregon have said they will also challenge the ban.
Fate of First Arena to be Announced Today:
Chemung County officials have announced that the fate of the First Arena will, once and for all, be announced this afternoon. The prospective owner of the facility and the Elmira Jackals was expected to submit documentation to the team’s league on Thursday. County Executive Tom Santulli said previously that the determination by the ECHL would influence the deal to sell the facility. The prospective buyer is unknown, but county leaders say he is local, has hockey connections, and is willing to invest $3.5 million into renovations.
Public Meeting with the DEC on Corning Soil Remediation:
The public will soon get details on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plans for the soil remediation in Corning. A public meeting will be held on March 22nd with the DEC and the Department of Health at the Radisson Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The agencies will outline proposed plans for dealing with contaminated soil in the area. Also, from 3 to 5 p.m. agency staff and Corning Incorporated will be available to answer questions concerning the study area. Remediation could begin this summer. Public comments are being accepted until April 10th. For more information about the meeting and the proposals, click http://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/851046pddou1235.pdf
Wilkins RV Buys Ballantyne:
Wilkins RV has announced that it will be expanding into two former Ballantyne RV locations, in Victor and Cicero, following its completed purchase of the company. Both of the locations are pending license approval from the state. Opening is planned for as soon as they are obtained. Wilkins RV was founded in Hornell in 1936 as auto detail shop. In 2006, it moved to a 50,000 square-foot dealership in Bath, and expanded its second location in Churchville in 2011.
Steuben Co. DSS Reacts to Proposed ACA Changes:
The proposed reform to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) made public Tuesday must not be allowed to affect New York’s funding for Medicaid administration…that statement was made Wednesday from Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller. Steuben DSS currently receives $3 million annually for Medicaid services including long-term care, mental health, public health, and office for the aging. New York State also opted into the expansion of Medicaid, allowing an additional $800,000 to be passed on to the county. Should this funding go away, Muller says it will devastate Steuben and other counties.
Local Lawmakers Call for More Funding for Roads:
The “Local Roads Matter” advocacy campaign returned to the State Capitol Wednesday as a bipartisan group of 137 state legislators, organized by State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads, bridges and culverts. Lawmakers are seeking an additional $150 million for roads and $50 million for bridge repair annually in the budget.
Power Outages Following High Winds:
Fierce winds ripped through the area Wednesday night and many are feeling the impact this morning as they wake up without power. NYSEG is reporting thousands across the state without power, including some 300 people right here in Steuben County. Monroe and Erie counties were the hardest hit.
Bath Man Allegedly Assaults Neighbor:
A Bath man has been arrested following an incident with a neighbor. 45-year-old Brian Rinker allegedly assaulted a neighbor who was walking a dog past his residence. Rinker was charged with assault in the third degree and was released with an appearance ticket.
Hornellsvill Woman Accused of Shoplifting:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hornellsville woman following a shoplifting incident in Hornellsville. 25-year-old Amber Masservey is accused of trying to steal several items from the Dollar General Store on Seneca Road. She was released with an appearance ticket.
Burn Ban Set to Take Effect March 16th:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that as temperatures warm the residential brush burning ban will take effect on March 16th and last through May 14th across all of New York State. Due to the lack of snow cover and with rising temperatures forecasted for the coming weeks, conditions for wildfires could be heightened. The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2017 season on its website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html
NY Lawmakers Respond to GOP Health Plan:
The possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – was unveiled by House Republican’s Tuesday and lawmakers across New York are responding. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that while his office is still examining the bill, his initial thoughts aren’t positive. DiNapoli believes the bill could reduce the number of insured New Yorkers and shift a larger share of the cost of Medicaid to the state. Chairman of the state Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried said the changes would “damage Medicaid and health insurance for working people.” Representative Tom Reed said that the bill won’t harm Medicaid recipients. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer both spoke out against the plan, with Gillibrand saying it would “force middle class families and seniors to pay more money for less care.”
Two Arrested at Steuben Co. Office Building:
Two people were arrested Tuesday at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. 40-year-old Jennifer Gabel allegedly entered the building with her brother 26-year-old Christopher Nelson, and then remained with him in the lobby of the Department of Social Services despite Nelson having an order of protection against Gabel. Gabel was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. Nelson was arrested and turned over to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to pay a fine.
First Arena Deadline Tomorrow:
We’ll know soon whether or not professional hockey will continue at the First Arena, as the potential buyer of the facility has until Thursday to submit paperwork to the east coast hockey league. Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli said they expect a decision from the ECHL by the end of the week. In other action Tuesday morning, the IDA approved a resolution to extend the license agreement for one year to manage the facility and the ice. Santulli says if all goes well, transferring ownership of the arena could go quickly.
Village of Canisteo Looking to Override Tax Cap:
The Canisteo Village Board says it will have to override the tax cap this year. A public hearing has been scheduled on the matter for April 3rd at 6:50 p.m. with a budget presentation to immediately follow. Trustee Tim Harkenrider said that the actual cap the village is working with is .12 percent, not the perceived 2 percent.
Two Honored by Steuben Co. Youth Board:
A recipient of a “What’s Great in New York State” award, and a dedicated Steuben adoption caseworker were honored Monday night at the 2017 Steuben County Youth Board and Bureau Annual Dinner. Cadi Morse, the state award winner, was recognized as the youth board’s annual “Champion for Youth” for her leadership role in the Finger Lakes Parent Network, Inc., and her work as the first teen facilitator in Steuben. The Gary S. Pruyn Youth Service Worker Award recipient, Paul Sands has facilitated more than 100 adoptions since he began work as the county Department of Social Services adoption caseworker 10 years ago. Morse and Sands were selected from nominations received by the county Youth Board in November.
Participants Sought for 2017 Colonial Days Parade:
Applications are open for area schools, civic groups, clubs, teams, and other interested parties to participate in the 2017 Colonial Days Parade in Painted Post. Floats, animal entries, machinery/tractor units and marching groups are all encouraged to apply. Call (607) 346-1931 for more information. The 53rd annual Colonial Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 10th.
Addison Man Charged in Theft:
An Addison Man has been arrested by State Police following investigation into property stolen from a residence in Addison. 36-year-old Ryan Chase has been charged with grand larceny in the 4th degree and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Steuben County Officers Commended for Efforts During Trials:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is praising the efforts of court security during the two recent, high profile trials. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee that during the murder trials of Michael Beard and Thomas Clayton the county Court Security Division dealt effectively and efficiently with multiple security and control challenges, including parking, seating, court room control, and jury management during extremely sensitive and emotionally charged events. County Sheriff Captain Eric Tyner was also commended Monday for his efforts investigating the September 2015 murder of Kelley Clayton. Sheriff Allard called the investigation one of the largest and most complex homicide investigations in the history of the county and called Tyner’s efforts “herculean.”
Corning Moves Ahead with Bridge St. Bridge Rehab:
On Monday, the Corning City Council voted to move forward with a rehabilitation project for the Bridge Street Bridge. The design phase of the project will now get underway, with the city contributing $10,500 to the nearly million dollar cost. Of the whole estimated $6.6 million project, the city would pay $87,000. Construction likely wouldn’t get underway until spring 2019, when the bridge would be shut down for several months. The bridge was last rehabbed in 1999.
NY Senator Proposes Two New Heroin Bills:
New York Senator Cathy Young is calling for the passage of two bills that would increase penalties for those convicted of selling heroin. One of the bills would expand the penalties for dealers who target children by selling heroin on school grounds or daycare centers to include parks and playgrounds. The second bill make it easier for law enforcement to charge dealers as major drug traffickers by reducing the classification of a major drug ring from four dealers to three, and by reducing the amount of money made by selling drugs per year from $75,000 to $25,000.
Tom Ryan Announces Bid for County Legislator:
At Monday’s night meeting of the Canisteo Village Board, resident Tom Ryan announced his bid for the Steuben County legislature. The District 9 seat – which covers the village and town of Canisteo, Thurston, and Cameron – is currently held by Eric Booth. It will be up for bids at the village election on March 21st. Ryan has held the seat in the past.
FLSPCA Meets Fundraising Goal, Earns Grant Bonus:
Earlier this year, the Finger Lakes SPCA announced that it had the opportunity to receive $25,000 from the Marion E. Cantwell Charitable Trust if they were able to raise a matching $25,000 by March 31st 2017. Monday, the organization announced not only was the matching amount met, but it was exceeded. Officials say that since January, over $31,000 has been raised thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers, staff, and the outpouring of support by the community. A Trustee for the Cantwell Trust confirmed that the FLSPCA will not only receive its promised $25,000, but has also been awarded a $5,000 bonus for meeting and exceeding the challenge. The FLSPCA plans to start the fourth and final phase of its new shelter building project in the upcoming months.
Erwin Couple Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps:
A warrant sweep conducted by the Steuben County’s Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of a town of Erwin couple for misuse of food stamps. 50-year-old Mercedes Abreu is on felony probation, stemming from a DWI offense, and is facing a probation violation due to the pending charges. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail. 26-year-old Jose Perez was released on his own recognizance.
Corning Student Headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee:
A student of Corning’s Alternative School for Math and Science is will be headed to
Washington D.C. in May to represent the Southern Tier in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The regional bee took place on Saturday afternoon at Corning-Painted Post High School and featured 57 students from 29 schools throughout the region. Nikhil Lahiri took first place with the word “decamerous.”
Public Hearing on Curtiss Museum Banners:
The Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport wants to place promotional banners on its building. But first it needs a variance granted from Town of Urbana code. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on the matter Wednesday. The hearing will be held in the Urbana Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. March 8th.
Congressman Reed Named One of Most Accessible:
At a time when many Republican lawmakers are limiting and doing away with their town hall meetings, Congressman Tom Reed has been ranked among the top-ten in Congress for being accessible and holding town halls. Reed has held 68 community meetings in the past two years, and is currently ranked third in the House of Representatives. On Saturday, Reed will hold another town hall in Pulteney at the fire hall on Brown Road at 3 p.m.
Free Admission to the Rockwell Museum for CCC Students:
This coming fall Corning Community College students who also happen to be art enthusiasts will be able to enjoy free visits to the Rockwell Museum. The staff and Board of Trustees at the Rockwell donated a base for the ‘Kristin A. Swain Student Fund,’ which will allow CCC students free admission to the museum. The fund honors Swain’s retirement after 40 years of involvement with the Rockwell and her dedication to education. If you’d like to contribute, donate to the Rockwell at https://rockwellmuseum.org/blog/kristin-a-swain-student-fund/.
$5,000 Reward Offered for Vandals Responsible for Jewish Cemetery Destruction:
A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Anti-Defamation League for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the desecration of a Jewish cemetery just north of Rochester. Governor Andrew Cuomo has also called on the State Police to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime. The incident in Rochester is just one of many over the past several months, including dozens of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country.
Elmira Man Arrested for Falsely Reporting Blowing Up High School:
An Elmira man was arrested and charged Thursday in relation to a May 2016 incident about blowing up the Elmira High School. 19-year-old David Vanhorn is accused of circulating a false report of blowing up the high school via a social media app on May 1st 2016. He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident.
Trooper Called to Contentious Hartsville Town Meeting:
That the Hartsville Town Meetings are often heated is no secret, but a special meeting this week was even more dramatic than usual as a state trooper was called in. The trouble began while the wife of former town board member Ron Amidon was speaking. Resident Larry Newhart reportedly mumbled something inaudible during her speech, prompting Town Supervisor John Bowles to ask him to leave. Newhart refused. Bowles then left the room and made a phone call. Newhart left a few moments later. A New York State Police Officer later arrived and spoke with Bowles. Newhart, who says he was never called or visited by the state police, told WLEA that he wasn’t being confrontational and that he was civil in tone. Supervisor Bowles claims the exact opposite, saying that Newhart was “very confrontational and very uncivil with his voice.”
Community Meeting at Bath V.A. Today:
There will be a Community Veteran Engagement Forum at the Bath V.A. today at 3 p.m. It will be held in Building 92 on the V.A. Campus. Information will be shared on the latest V.A. happenings, projects, and services.
CCE-Steuben Notes 2016 Successes:
In 2016, the Cornell Cooperative Extension continued to take an important role in efforts to develop Steuben County’s agricultural industry. CCE-Steuben Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik recently spoke with county legislators and highlighted some of the year’s successes, including the Harvest NY Program and the Finger Lakes Grapes Program, the Local Foods Festival in Corning which attracted more than 300 attendees, the three “Farm City Days” for 650 second-graders, and the 10th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show which drew thousands of visitors from across the nation.
Hundreds Attend Arc of Steuben Wellness Fair:
On Wednesday, representatives from many different health and wellness organizations gathered at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex for the agency’s seventh annual Wellness Fair. More than 20 organizations offered Arc associates, people who receive services from the agency, and members of the community information on physical, mental, and emotional health. Some organizations also gave hands-on demonstrations. More than 200 people attended this year’s event.
Ford Recalls 36,000 Vehicles:
More than 36,000 Ford vehicles in the U.S. and Canada have been recalled because of a possible airbag malfunction. The airbags in the Ford Edge, model years 2016 and 2017, the Lincoln MKX from 2016 and 2017, and the 2017 Lincoln Continental may fail to inflate completely due to misaligned components. The airbags were made by Japanese supplier Takata, but this is separate issue from the one that caused the previous, massive recall of Takata air bag inflators.
Steuben Co. Crop Symposium March 7th:
The 2017 Steuben County Crop Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7th at the Civil Defense Center on State Route 54 in Bath. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and lunch will be held from 11:30 to 12:30. Cost is $15 per person. Registration is encouraged. Call 664-2300 to register. More information is available at http://putknowledgetowork.org
Southern Tier Cashes in on New Tioga Downs Casino:
After much trial and tribulation, on December 1st 2016, Tioga Downs finished its transformation from a mere racing venue to a full casino and since then, the Southern Tier has hit something of a jackpot with the facility. Since adding table games the casino has generated a 16 percent boost in attendance and a 20 percent increase in overall revenue, with a large portion of that going back into the Southern Tier’s economy. There was also a boost in the job market, as the casino hired 220 employees, to the work not just the tables and games, but also surveillance, security, food, and more.
NYS STAR Program Debate:
New York State lawmakers are debating the effectiveness of the changes to the STAR benefit program. Opponents would like to see STAR return to being classified as a property tax exemption, instead of an income tax credit. Opponents say the current system caused problems for first-time home buyers and that those affected had to pay their entire tax bill up-front. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says changing it back would once again make the program efficient for everyone.
Bill Introduced to Repeal NYS SAFE Act:
On Wednesday, lawmakers introduced new legislation that would repeal portions of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act. The bill would remove the prohibition on transferring certain weapons to family members due to death, and would restore the previous definition of the term “assault weapon” for all of New York State, outside of the five New York City boroughs. The SAFE Act was signed into law in 2013 following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Bath-Haverling Pre-K Registration March 20th-24th:
Children in the Bath Central School District who will turn four years old on, or before, December 1st are eligible for the district’s pre-kindergarten program that starts in September. The Vernon E. Wightman Primary School will register such students for the program March 20th through the 24th in the school’s main office from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested parents should pick up an information packet prior to registration. For more information call the VEW Primary School at 776-4123, EXT. 5100.
Watkins Glen State Park Construction Underway:
As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 initiative to boost New York State parks, Watkins Glen State Park is underway with a makeover. Construction on the main entrance started just over a month ago, and officials say work is on track. Besides making the main entrance easily accessible and even more attractive there will also be changes to the traffic and parking, the trail, the gift shop will be expanded, a welcome center will be added, and more. Construction will continue while the park is open this summer. Work is expected to be complete by the spring of 2018.
Buffalo Has Warmest February on Record:
A city that’s known for its bitter, snowy winter conditions has set a record for the warmest February recorded. The National Weather Service said Wednesday that the monthly average temperature for February at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was 34.8 degrees. February was also one of the city’s least snowiest, with only 5 inches over the 28 days. Buffalo typically sees a monthly average of 17.3 inches. The weather service says records in Buffalo go back to 1871.
Former Guthrie Physical Therapist Facing Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit:
A former physical therapist from Painted Post is named in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct. The suit was filed by four women who claim Gregory Parfianowitz fondled them during massage therapy, gave them ill-fitting towels to cover themselves, and discussed sexually-charged topics during their sessions. Parfianowitz was charged with four misdemeanor and violations charges, and was then acquitted of the charges by one of the women following a jury trial in November. The acquittal prompted the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office to discontinue prosecution on the remaining counts. The suit also names Dr. Kathleen Hallinan, an internist; Diane Legendre, a physician assistant; Corning Hospital, and Guthrie Medical Group as defendants. Hallinan and Legendre are accused of violating their duties to inform superiors of the allegations, as well as violating patients’ trust.
Two Arrested for Shoplifting:
Two area women have been arrested in two unrelated shoplifting incidents. 19-year-old Angelena Maio, of Corning, was arrested at the Tops Market in the Village of Riverside for petit larceny. Alexis Law, of Bath, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart in the Town of Erwin. Both women were issued appearance tickets for the Town of Corning and Town of Erwin courts, respectively.
Prattsburgh, Greenwood Among Those to Benefit from Internet Grant:
Prattsburgh and Greenwood are among the local communities that are going to benefit from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Broadband Program Round Two. The Governor has announced the Southern Tier is receiving $38.8 million to help improve internet access to nearly 13,000 homes and businesses. The money will fund 17 projects. Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Woodhull, Rathbone, and Jasper will also benefit here in Steuben County, as well as the Chemung County town of Van Etten, and Orange, Hector, Reading, Montour, and Catherine in Schuyler County.
Village of Bath Budget Meeting:
The Village of Bath will hold a budget meeting on Thursday, March 2nd at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the budget and anything else that comes before the board.
Steuben Co. Hall of Fame Inductees Announced:
On April 22nd one of the first women to graduate from college, a physician honored for “Service Above Self,” and a couple dedicated to the service of veterans will join other local residents in the Steuben County Hall of Fame as the 2017 inductees. Monday, the county Legislature approved the nominations of Hannah Simpson Spencer, of Jasper; Dr. Roy W. Robinson, M.D. of Wayland; and Patrick and Betty Monahan, of Bath. The inductees were selected in January from a field of candidates nominated by local residents and based on their ability to enhance the name of the county and develop the county in ways the committee felt should especially be remembered.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Hosting Citizen Police Academy:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting the Citizen’s Police Academy at the Public Safety Building on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. from March 6th through May 8th. The course is intended to provide residents with an overview of law enforcement operations and methods to foster understanding and partnership with the community. It does not certify participants for any aspect of law enforcement. The class is free, but registration is required. An application is required for background purposes. Call 622-3930 for more information.
Michael Beard Sentenced to Life in Prison:
In Steuben County Court Monday, the Elmira man convicted of killing Kelley Clayton at her home in September 2015 received the maximum sentence for his crime. Michael Beard will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole on the first-degree murder charge, and for the second-degree murder charge he received 25 years. Both will be served concurrently. The third man accused in Kelley’s death also appeared in court Monday. Mark Blandford initially faced charges of two counts of second-degree murder, one count of burglary, and two counts of conspiracy, but they were reduced in exchange for his testimony in Thomas Clayton’s trial. Blandford was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 17th. Thomas Clayton, convicted of first-and-second-degree murder, is scheduled to be sentenced on April 24th.
BEGWS Names New Director:
After an extensive review and interview process, a new director has been selected for Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems. The Village of Bath Board of Trustees announced Monday that Erin Bonacci has been appointed, effective March 13rd. Bonacci has served the last two years as a consulting engineer for BEGWS. In a statement, Bonacci said that she’s honored to have been selected, and that she looks forwarding to serving.
P.A. Man Arrested for Defrauding Steuben Co. Residents:
A Pennsylvania man, formerly of Painted Post, has been arrested on charges handed up in a 2015 sealed indictment by a Steuben County Grand Jury. 55-year-old Todd Calton was recently located in the Pittsburgh area as a fugitive from justice and has been extradited back to New York. He is charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, and petit larceny. He, an owner of a garage door installation business, allegedly received payment from multiple customers and then failed to perform the service. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail to await his appearance in court.
P.A. to Study Troubled Colleges:
Pennsylvania’s Williamsport Sun-Gazette caused a bit of a stir with a recent article reporting a number of State System of Higher Education Schools that may be at risk of closing, including Mansfield University. Plans were announced last month to study all 14 of schools in an effort to reduce operating costs. Findings could lead to program consolidation, new marketing, and possibly even the closing of schools. However, while Mansfield University News and Media Relations Manager Terry Day admitted that the school has had enrollment trouble the past few years, he said he’s confident Mansfield will remain open. He said they think they “have a plan in place moving forward to make Mansfield more viable than it already is.” Mansfield University has 2,000 students, is credited with an $11 million economic impact, and is one of the top five employers in Tioga County, P.A.
O’Mara Seeking “Women of Distinction” Nominations:
With March comes Women’s History Month, and State Senator Tom O’Mara is celebrating by once again accepting nominations for the Senate’s annual “Women of Distinction” program. Now in its 20th year, the program honors local women making outstanding contributions to area communities. One woman is selected from each Senator’s respective legislative district. This year’s honorees will be invited to Albany for an awards ceremony in early May. Nominations can be submitted through O’Mara’s Senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov.
Artists Encouraged to Take Live/Work Space Survey:
Local artists are being encouraged to complete a pair of region-wide surveys on affordable live and work spaces. President of Three Rivers Development Corporation, Betsey Hale said that many local groups including 171 Cedar Arts Center and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes have responded, but they need more from individuals. She said that, statistically, they need 400 completed for the study to be significant. Their goal is 1,000. Currently, she says they have 289. All artists, arts organization administrators, and creative business owners in the Elmira/Corning and Southern Finger Lakes region are encouraged to take the surveys, available at http://www.ElmiraCorningArt-Survey.org Hale added that all creative businesses - including those such as microbreweries, wineries, and restaurants - are encouraged to take the surveys.
Michael Beard to be Sentenced Today for Kelley Clayton Murder:
One of the two men convicted so far in the murder of Kelley Clayton is scheduled to be sentenced today. In November, a jury found Michael Beard guilty of 1st degree murder and two counts of 2nd degree murder. He was hired by Thomas Clayton to kill her. Beard is facing 25 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Special prosecutor Weeden Wetmore is expected to ask for the maximum sentence.
Dakota Miller Trial Delayed Again:
The trial of the man accused of killing a baby in Hornell has been delayed again. According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker the primary DNA analyst in the Dakota Miller case had to have an emergency medical procedure, and is expected to be unavailable for 6 to 8 weeks. No new date has been set.
Steuben Co. Legislature Meeting Agenda:
On the agenda when the Steuben County Legislature meets today will be the request of reasonable and fair funding by the state, honoring local heroes, and extending the sales tax. The county board is expected to support a bill now in the state Assembly calling on the state to fund in full court-ordered requirements for the independent public defense of income-eligible criminal defendants, and county legislators are also expected to request the state increase the 12.7 percent share of Department of Motor Vehicles fees now allocated to county DMVs. In other action, lawmakers will begin the process of extending the sales tax for another two years, and they will ask Congress to approve a commemorative coin honoring county native and aviation pioneer Glen H. Curtiss.
NYS Considers Cashless Toll Booths:
Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo suggested it’s not a matter of if New York State does away with human-staffed toll booths, but rather when. According to the Star Gazette, Cuomo, along with the State Thruway Authority, have signaled that they plan to move ahead with a cashless form of tolling for the entirety of the 570-mile superhighway system. However, there would be financial challenges. Hundreds of millions of dollars would be required to install cashless tolling across the system, which the Thruway Authority hasn’t currently budgeted for.
NYS to Examine Elder Abuse Problem:
At a legislative hearing Tuesday in Albany, members of the New York State Senate and Assembly are scheduled to discuss the extent and nature elder abuse. The state estimates that for every case of elder abuse reported, there are five that aren’t. Financial abuse costs the state’s senior citizens as much as $1.5 billion a year, according to reports. Lawmakers say they hope the hearing will help come up with better ways to prevent and combat elder abuse.
Elmira College Selects Next President:
Elmira College has selected its next president, and it’s one of the school’s own. Current Provost, Dr. Charles Lindsay has been tapped to take over the role on July 1st. Lindsay was unanimously chosen by faculty leadership. He will replace interim President Dr. Norman Smith, who has served for the past two years.
Talk of Campbell-Savona Joint Sewer Project
A census of family income will be conducted to determine the median income for Campbell-Savona residents to calculate funding to construct a joint sewer line between both the Town of Campbell and Village of Savona. The projec, which carries an anticipated cost of $22,000,000 is in the initial phases and won’t be presented for public vote until this preliminary research is complete.
State Colleges and Businesses Partner to Create Jobs
According to Empire State Development 43 businesses will partner with colleges and universities. Over 600 new jobs in engineering, research and agriculture and more than $15 million statewide has been created from the program so far.Schools involved include state universities at Albany, Cobleskill, and Plattsburgh as well as the University of Rochester and Buffalo University, which leads these institutions with 238 new positions created.
Bath Village Hopes New Vehicles for Fleet
On our Community Focus Program Show yesterday morning, Mayor Von Hagn mentioned the possibility of new police vehicles and snow plow trucks as part of a grant the community received over a year ago.
Von Hagn Talks Local Alarm Law
Bath Mayor Von Hagn shared that the Bath village is considering creating a local law fining businesses and homeowners that have repetitive false alarms. Von Hagn says the possible law is an effort to combat the drain on volunteer and municipal resources used answering to the call of alarms.
Thomas Clayton Found Guilty:
A Steuben County jury Thursday found Thomas Clayton guilty of 1st and 2nd degree murder. Clayton, a former Elmira Jackals player, was accused of hiring a man to kill his wife Kelley in their Town of Caton home in 2015. The trial lasted 30 days. The prosecution had called 65 witnesses to the stand while the defense called only ten. Clayton who had been free on bail was immediately taken into custody. Clayton could be sentenced to life without parole.
Investigation in to Human Remains Could Take Months:
It may be several months before we know any more about the human remains discovered in Bath. The Monroe County Medical Examiners Office is conducting a study to try and identify the remains that were found Sunday afternoon, but according to the State Police the body had been at the location for some time, exposed to the elements. The remains were discovered by a hunter who was scouting the land in the area of Wood Street and Muck Circle, just outside the village.
NYS Paid Family Leave to Take Effect 1/1/18:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced this week that regulations for the implementation of a paid family leave program has been filed by New York State. The first phase of the program will take effect on January 1st, 2018 and will provide eight weeks of paid leave to employees at 50 percent of their salary for those who seek to take care of a new child, a close relative with a serious health condition, or when a family member is called to active military service. When the program is fully implemented in 2021, employees will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave at 67 percent of their normal salary. The program will be available to full time employees who have been employed for at least 26 weeks, or part-time employees who have been employed for 175 days by a covered employer. The program will be mandatory for all private employers, and public employers may opt in.
Senator Gillibrand Announces Legislation to Protect Seniors Against Scams:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited the Ernie Davis Family Center in Elmira Thursday, where she announced new legislation that would protect senior citizens from financial scams. The Senior Financial Empowerment Act would give seniors and their caregivers access to critical information regarding financial abuse. “The bill will take all the various scattered resources across all agencies and bring them in one place… …so you know where to go to report a crime or to get information about how to protect yourself and your communities,” said Gillibrand.
Community Meeting at the Bath V.A.:
There will be a Community Veteran Engagement Forum at the Bath VA on Friday, March 3. The meeting will be held at 3:00pm in Building 92 on the VA campus. Information will be shared on the latest VA happenings, projects and services.
Wegmans Donates Over 17,000 Pounds of Food to Food Bank:
Wegmans made a special delivery Thursday. They donated a shipment of 17,724 pounds of food to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, including canned goods, cereal, and other non-perishable food items. The food will be used in the backpack program for kids, and for the mobile food pantry. Since the partnership between Wegmans and the Food Bank began over 700,000 pounds of food has been donated. If you’d like to help too, the Food Bank’s Check Out Hunger campaign is still underway at several area grocery stores, including Wegmans, until the end of the month.
Clayton Found Guilty:
A Steuben County jury this morning found Thomas Clayton guilty of 1st and 2nd degree murder. After deliberating for about five hours Wednesday, the jury of nine men and three women reached its decision today. Clayton, a former Elmira Jackals player, was accused of hiring a man to kill his wife Kelley in their Town of Caton home in 2015. The trial lasted 30 days. The prosecution had called 65 witnesses to the stand while the defense called only ten. Clayton who has been free on bail was immediately taken into custody. Clayton could be sentenced to life without parole.
Congressman Reed Optimistic About Future of Kraft Plant:
Despite the company giving employees a 90-day closing warning, U.S. Representative Tom Reed remains hopeful about the future of the Campbell Kraft plant. The local lawmaker said he’s been working with county leaders and that they’ve “narrowed it down to some potential buyers.” Kraft-Heinz has said that if an agreement isn’t reached by May 26th, the company will offer severance benefits to pursue other opportunities.
Tyrone Highway Superintendent Arrested:
The Town of Tyrone Highway Superintendent has been arrested following a seven-month investigation. 65-year-old Paul Ernhout, of Dundee, is accused of submitting an altered town highway car invoice for work done on his person vehicle. He has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct. He was issued an appearance ticket and was released.
Shawn Hogan Confirms He Won’t Seek Re-Election:
In 2015, Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan announced that it would likely be his last term in office. Now, he has confirmed that he won’t be seeking re-election. In a statement, Hogan said that although he feels he has much more to give the community, he also has to think about his family. He asked for prayers and continued support as he serves the remainder of his term.
Bodies of Snowmobilers Recovered from Conesus Lake:
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that the bodies of two snowmobilers have been recovered from Conesus Lake. Jason Fluet and Christopher Copeland disappeared on February 11th when the snowmobile they were riding went through the ice.
Arc of Steuben to Host Wellness Fair:
The seventh annual Arc of Steuben Wellness Fair will be held Wednesday, March 1st from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at their Industrial Park complex at One Arc Way, off Route 54 between Hammondsport and Bath. More than 30 providers will have information about all aspects of health and there will be interactive demonstrations, including acupuncture, massage, manicures, and yoga. The event is free and open to the public.
Charge Dropped Against Clayton, Closing Arguments Heard:
Over six hours in Steuben County Court Tuesday, the jury in the Thomas Clayton murder case heard the closing arguments of the defense and prosecution. The defense maintained that Clayton is not a killer and that “there’s no real evidence that [he] had anything to do with his wife’s death.” Special prosecutor Weeden Wetmore asked the jury to “draw reasonable inferences based on the evidence.” In other action Tuesday, one second-degree murder charge in relation to attempted arson was dropped against Clayton. Clayton still faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s death.
Campbell Kraft Plant to Close in 90 Days Unless Buyer Found:
The Kraft-Heinz plant in Campbell will begin closing in 90 days, unless a new buyer is found. Spokesman Michael Mullen said that if no agreement can be reached before May 26th, they’ll offer severance benefits and other support to help workers pursue new opportunities. The severance packages would continue until the plant closes at the end of July. There are 330-hourly workers at the plant. The company announced in November 2015 that the plant was one of seven that would be shut down in 18 to 24 months.
Alcohol Cited in Corning Accident:
A Corning man is accused of driving drunk following an accident on Hamilton Road in the Town of Corning. 29-year-old Thomas Miller is charged with unlicensed operation, moving from lane unsafely, driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, and leaving the scene of a property damage accident. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Domestic Incident Leads to Probation Arrest:
Howard man has been arrested following investigation into a domestic incident in the Town of Howard. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office when authorities responded to the residence on Hughes Road, they discovered that 25-year-old Dylon Little had an active violation of probation warrant out of Steuben County Court. He was taken into custody and sent to the county jail without bail.
Bath PD Investigating Abandoned Dog:
The Bath Police Dept. received a complaint of a dog found in a dumpster behind 16 West William Street. Police said she appears to be a lab mix and has a teal and black collar with no tags. Anyone with information regarding the owner of the dog or the person responsible for abandoning her is asked to contact the Police Dept.
Prattsburgh Water District Meeting Tomorrow:
Changes could be coming to the Prattsburgh Water District. The town board has scheduled a public hearing tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Under the proposed modification there would be an increase in water rent rates. The town also wants to impose a debt reduction fee for water district infrastructure improvements.
Urbana Considering Solar Energy Moratorium:
The Town of Urbana will hold a special board meeting next Tuesday. The board will consider implementing a moratorium on solar energy installations.
Rust Caused by Salt, De-Icers Leave Drivers with Big Price Tag:
As the forecast for this week calls for increasingly warm temperatures, many drivers will be taking time out to give their vehicle a much needed wash, and according to a new report by the AAA that’s a good way to help avoid expensive, and potentially deadly, rust damage. The report estimates that U.S. drivers pay roughly $3 billion a year to repair rust damage from road salt and de-icers. Frequent washing, especially the undercarriage, can neutralize road salt and chemicals. Drivers are also advised to try and stay off the roads before, during, and right after winter storms, and to heed brakewarning lights, a spongy brake pedal, or the smell of gasoline.
Human Remains Found in Bath:
The New York State Police of Bath are investigating human remains that were discovered just outside the Village of Bath. The remains were found by a hiker on February 19th in the vicinity of Wood Street and Muck Circle. Authorities say they had been exposed to the weather for an extended period of time. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at 776-6866, or 911.
Clayton Trial Resumes Today, Closing Arguments Expected:
With both the prosecution and defense rested, closing arguments are expected today when the murder trial of Thomas Clayton resumes in Steuben County Court. The prosecution rested on Wednesday after calling 65 witnesses; the defense rested on Friday after calling 10 witnesses. Clayton is facing a charge of first-degree murder and two-counts of second-degree murder in connection with his wife’s death.
Elmira PD Issues Lethal Drug Warning:
Following five opioid-related overdoses this past weekend, the Elmira Police Department has issued a warning to heroin and opiate users that there is a lethal product that may be being distributed in Elmira. They also warn those who might be witness to an opioid-related overdose not to touch the drugs or related paraphernalia, as they could be harmful or even fatal if substances such as fentanyl are absorbed through the skin. Residents are also reminded that they are protected under the state’s Good Samaritan Law, which means they won’t be prosecuted even if there is drug paraphernalia present when law enforcement arrives. All five patients over the weekend were revived through medical intervention.
NYS AG Encourages Residents to Test Internet Speed:
As part of the investigation into Time Warner Cable, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is encouraging residents to test their internet speeds. Time Warner, now Spectrum, has been accused of misleading customers by failing to deliver promised internet speeds. Links to test your internet speed are available on the AG’s website at https://ag.ny.gov/press-release/ag-schneiderman-encourages-new-yorkers-test-internet-speeds-and-submit-results-part.
Manure Spill Prompts Cayuga Lake Water Advisory:
A water advisory has been put in place for Tompkins County residents around Cayuga Lake and Salmon Creek. The DEC is currently working to clean up a manure spill that’s affecting both bodies of water, and residents are warned not to drink or come in direct contact with water in those areas. There was reportedly a structural issue with a manure storage lagoon at Sunnyside Farm and manure seeped into Salmon Creek. Officials say the runoff isn’t threatening Municipal water supplies. Information on how to disinfect contaminated water can be found on the Tompkins County website.
Closing Arguments Expected Tues. in Clayton Murder-for-Hire Trial:
After calling just 10 witnesses, the defense for Thomas Clayton rested its case on Friday in Steuben County Court. With that, after 6 weeks, closing arguments in the Murder-for-Hire trial are expected to come tomorrow. The fate of the case and Clayton will then be in the hands of the jury. There is no court today due to the President’s Day holiday.
Fire Destroys Painted Post Home:
A fire Friday night heavily damaged a home and left it uninhabitable in Painted Post. The call went out around 8 p.m. for a blaze on West Water Street, off of Victory Highway. One person was home at the time, but got out safely with no injuries. Steuben County Fire Investigators were called to the scene. The cause is unknown at this time.
Large Crowds Turn Out for Reed Town Halls:
As has increasingly become the trend across the nation, there were large turn outs this weekend at the Town Hall meetings for Representative Tom Reed. Hundreds of people, from both sides of the spectrum, made their voices heard – so loudly, in fact, that one resident in the Town of Allen said you could hear the chants from the meeting almost a mile away. Concerns were raised over the impending changes to the Affordable Care Act and Planned Parenthood. Supporters praised Reed for addressing and interacting with the whole crowd.
NYS Names New Cybersecurity Rules for Banks:
On March 1st, financial institutions across New York State will have to comply with rules set by the state intended to protect bank and insurance customers from hacking. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the new regulations on Thursday. They will require financial institutions to create and maintain cybersecurity programs to prevent illegal access to sensitive personal information. Many banks and insurers voluntarily have such programs in place already, but the new rule makes them mandatory.
Registration Open for Girls on the Run:
Registration has opened for Girls on the Run of the Southern Tier, a program for young ladies looking to get active and have fun at the same time this spring. It’s open to girls in grades 3 through 5, and 6 through 8 across Steuben, Chemung, Yates, Allegany, and Schuyler counties. For more information, visit the Girls on the Run website at https://www.gotrst.org/.
Defense Rests for Clayton
As the evidence portion of the Clayton trial wrapped on Friday, so did the defense’s case. Using forensic DNA evidence, Beard was convicted for the murder of Kelley Clayton. He will be sentenced on February 27th. Closing arguments will be presented on Tuesday morning in Steuben County Court.
Steuben Drug Forum Inspires Facebook Page
Last week’s heavily attended drug forum has led the planning of a private Facebook page as a way to educate and reach people on the issue of addiction in our community. The aim is for the page to be a resource for addicts and their caregivers to refer to when they are in need of information or programs that could help in recovery. County Manager Wheeler, who announced the news of the page, believes this will help serve the public’s need to be informed in order to combat the epidemic of addiction.
Reed Holding Town Halls
Congressman Tom Reed has announced that he will be holding a series of four town hall meetings across the district today. The four town halls will be held in rural Ashville, Cherry Creek, Great Valley and Fillmore in the local 23rd Congressional district. Reed went on Fox & Friends morning show earlier this week to talk about dissenting protesters, implying they may have “an agenda” from “the hard left”. Last night, Reed briefly met with sit-in protesters at his Ithaca office regarding changes in health care. Vice President of Trump’s transition team, Reed says these meetings are an effort to better connect and engage with his constituents.
Search for Campbell Man Continues
State police continue their search for Jeffrey Rumsey. Rumsey was last seen on Monday February 13th near the William T. Smith Boat Launch in the Chemung river in Big Flats. Wanted in three states, Rumsey fled upon being stopped by the state police for a suspended license. Officials are continuing their search for Rumsey.
Six Witnesses Take the Stand for the Defense in Clayton Trial:
In its first full day of presenting its case, Thomas Clayton’s defense called six witnesses to the stand in Steuben County Court Thursday. Among them was an office manager for ServPro, Tammy Black. According to Black, ServPro attempted to pay more than $800 in fines to the South Carolina DMV in August and September 2015 for Michael Beard. Black testified that Beard could not get a New York State license until the fines were taken care of. Black said Clayton was still trying to pay the fines, even after Beard was fired, up to the day of Kelley’s murder on September 28th. Another witness, a social welfare examiner for the Chemung County Department of Social Services, testified to handling Beard’s application for social services benefits after he was fired. When court resumes today, new witnesses are expected to take the stand.
Elmira Denies Counter Offer to Help First Arena:
A second offer by Chemung County to the City of Elmira to assist with the First Arena was denied Thursday by the city. In January, Chemung County requested that the City of Elmira assist financially with the First Arena. The total price tag would have been $1.4 million over a five-year period, costing the city roughly $320,000 a year. The city declined, citing its financial condition. On Wednesday, the county proposed a counter offer: splitting the cost of the ice plant repair equally at $750,000 each. The city again cited its financial condition and said it is unable to assist. County official Tom Santulli said he thinks the decision will ultimately lead to the arena’s closing.
Bomb Suspect Wanted to Start in Syracuse:
A plot to set off multiple explosive devices along the East Coast has been thwarted. Mark Barnett, a Florida man, is accused of trying to get a confidential informant to place 10 explosives in Target stores along the east coast, starting in the Syracuse area and working down to Florida. The informant surrendered the explosives to police on February 13th and they were detonated safely. The motive, according to the complaint, was to make Target’s stock value plunge so Barnett could “cheaply acquire shares before an eventual rebound.” It is unknown at this time what charges Barnett is facing.
Two Arrested in Hornellsville Drug Investigation:
A three-month investigation into the sale of heroin in the Town of Hornellsville has resulted in the arrest of two Hornell residents. 25-year-old Jessica Davis and 33-year-old Adam Moore have both been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, a class B felony. They were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Steuben Homeless Youth Survey:
A yearlong study by the Steuben County Youth Bureau into problems related to local runaway/homeless youth shows the importance of communication between youth-related agencies. County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill said a summary of the study indicated the biggest problem facing groups trying to help homeless children is the differences in defining what “homeless” means. Caudill said conflicting definitions by the state and federal governments has led to inconsistent reporting, and complicates efforts to help children. Speaking to the county Legislature’s Human Services, Health and Education Committee, Caudill added that “the lack of dedicated Runaway/Homeless Youth funding, inadequate transportation, and poor family support are also obstacles.” The full report is expected to be complete within the next few months.
Supply Packs Given to Bath Teachers:
There was an unexpected surprise for teachers at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath this week. Ten instructors were given supply packs filled with glue, pencils, pens, markers, and other goodies courtesy of Round Room LLC, the nation’s largest Verizon Authorized Wireless Retailer. Since 2015, the Teachers Rock Supply Giveaway campaign has donated more than 8,000 supply packs to teachers across the country.
Prosecution Rests in Clayton Trial:
On Wednesday, the prosecution rested its case against Thomas Clayton. 65 witnesses have been called, and hundreds of materials have been introduced into evidence. The final witness for the prosecution was Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Swan, resuming testimony from Tuesday. The jury watched a recording of a 50 minute body cam video as he responded to the Clayton home. In the video, Clayton tells Deputy Swan that he was playing poker, came home, the kids said there was a robber, then he saw his wife’s body. Several times throughout the video, Deputy Swan said he thought it was a domestic incident gone wrong and that Clayton was trying to cover it up. Swan testified that his suspicion of Clayton was just a theory, not a conclusion. The defense began presenting its case on Wednesday, calling two witnesses of its own before court was adjourned. Court will resume today at 9:30. According to Judge Peter Bradstreet, it’s likely the defense will rest by the end of next week.
Wayland Man Facing Child Porn Charges:
A Wayland man has been charged with felony counts of possessing and promoting child pornography. On Tuesday, state police and FBI agents from the Corning office arrested 57-year-old Peter Nowak. He was arraigned in the Town of Wayland court and committed to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 bail. State Police are still actively investigating the case and ask that anyone with information concerning possible victims contact the SP Wayland Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Bill Proposed that Would Move Election Day to Weekend:
A bill has been proposed that would move the traditional Tuesday Election Day to the weekend. Its sponsors, including Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, believe it would make future elections more convenient. Currently, polls are only open one day for 12 hours, between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. The new legislation would move it to the first Saturday and Sunday after the first Friday in November. The bill is similar to an unsuccessful piece of legislation that was proposed by Congresswoman Slaughter in 2008.
Congressman Reed Named to Health Subcommittee:
Congressman Tom Reed announced Wednesday that he has been named to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. Reed noted that this Subcommittee will be heavily involved in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Reed said that he will also remain a member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources and the Subcommittee on Trade.
Ready Steuben App Should be Ready by Summer:
Steuben County residents will be able to keep tabs on flooding, heavy precipitation, and other emergencies from their cell phones and tablets when the county launches it’s free app this summer. Director of the Steuben County Emergency Management Office, Timothy Marshall said “Ready Steuben,” as the app is known, will also offer information on how to establish an emergency plan, and the ability to start your emergency supply kit, among dozens of other options. He said the goal is to have the app up and running by May or June. The cost is expected to be about $10,000, which will be funded by a state grant.
Deadline for 2017 Steuben Co. Youth Bureau Awards Dinner Reservations 2/28:
The deadline for reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Annual Awards Dinner is February 28th. The dinner is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 6th at the Bath Country Club. It will honor individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Steuben youth. The cost for each meal is $22. For more information or to make reservations, call (607) 664-2119.
Peace and Justice Group Discussion:
The Bath Peace and Justice Group will host a panel discussion on new, grassroots, peace and social justice initiatives in the area on March 1st at 7 p.m. at the Saint Thomas Episcopal Church. After the panel, there will be a discussion.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Dana Lyon Middle School Library.
Week Six of the Clayton Trial Begins:
Week six of the Thomas Clayton murder trial got underway Tuesday in Steuben County Court. Six witnesses took the stand. Leah Egnor, a New York State Police forensic scientist, testified about examining the murder weapon, and various articles of clothing and swabs from the murder scene. She said she found traces of blood on a black t-shirt and jeans that were recovered from a swampy area in Elmira Heights, and that there was no sign of blood on the clothes Clayton was wearing on September 28th and 29th. A second DNA specialist/forensic scientist for the New York State Police testified to finding Michael Beard’s DNA profile on a swab of blood, belonging to Kelley, that was taken from a bedroom door, as well as finding his DNA profile on the recovered black t-shirt. Also taking the stand was Richard Flood, an insurance adjuster with Erie Insurance, who testified to helping Clayton with a claim in November 2015 for a body fluid cleanup at the home. That claim, according to Flood, did not include anything about a lockbox or cash or other items being stolen. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Swan, who was first on the scene of the murder, later testified that Clayton told him that there was a robbery. The jury is expected to watch Deputy Swan’s body cam footage when he returns to the stand today.
Visitor Restrictions Implemented at Guthrie Hospitals:
All Guthrie hospitals in both New York and Pennsylvania have now implemented visitor restrictions. Officials say it’s because of an increase in flu cases. Children under the age of 12, and anyone with a fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or nasal congestion in the past 24 hours will be blocked from the hospital. Masks and hand sanitizers will be available for other visitors.
Search On for Man Who Escaped Police:
A helicopter, an air boat, a scuba team, and a K-9 unit were all out in the area of the Senator William Smith Boat Launch off of Route 352 in Big Flats Monday night into Tuesday as the New York State Police search for a man who fled from them. According to authorities, they identified a suspicious vehicle in the area of the boat launch just after 9 p.m. and their investigation revealed that the passenger had a warrant. When they went to question him, he reportedly ran into the wooded area. Canines then tacked him to the edge of the water. The driver of the vehicle did not flee and is currently under investigation, according to police. The search for the suspect is still ongoing. Police say they do not believe there’s any danger to the community.
CMoG President Named to U.S. Advisory Committee:
The federal advisory committee that helps protect the cultural heritage of foreign countries is getting some local help. The president of the Corning Museum of Glass, Karol Wight, was appointed and confirmed to the state Department’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee by former President Barack Obama before he left office last month. The committee is made of up 11 experts on museums, archaeology, anthropology, and the international sale of cultural property to help ensure that antiquities aren’t illegally excavated overseas and taken from their country of origin. They are appointed by the president for three-year terms.
Leslie Danks Burke Won’t Run for Congress:
On Monday, Leslie Danks Burke confirmed that while she was proud to earn 45 percent of the vote for the 23rd congressional district in 2016, she won’t be running again. In a statement she said that she’s “removing [herself] early from the field of potential Congressional candidates to clear the way for others who may wish to step in.”
Check Out Hunger Campaign Kicks Off:
Local residents can once again help fight community hunger while doing their grocery shopping as the annual Check Out Hunger fundraiser has kicked off at area stores. While at the register, shoppers at Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans can choose to donate $2, $3, or $5.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the High School library.
SAVONA DRUG BUST
New York State Troopers arrested Corey M. Prettyman of Elmira for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, 3rd degree after stopping for a traffic law violation in Savona. Prettyman was arraigned before Village of Savona Justice Michael Horton, and remanded to the Steuben Co. Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 cash bail/$100,000.00 property bond. He will appear in court at a later date.
BATH ELECTRIC HOLDS MEETING REGARDING TREATMENT PLANT
The Utility Commission of Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems meets Thursday at 4:30 PM regarding the aging water treatment facility in Bath. Two options are being discussed, according to story in The Leader this morning. One option will cost $14 million dollars a second will be $15 million. The project aims to reduce nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment loads coming from all wastewater plants that enter the Chesapeake Bay. The facility currently serves approximately 2,500 residents.
CAMPBELL FIRE DISTRICT VOTES ON TRUCK
The Campbell Fire District Commissioners have set a public vote on purchasing a tanker truck for tonight, costing an estimated $233,000. Residents are welcome to vote at the Campbell Fire Department on Church Street from 6-9 p.m tonight.
HEARING SCHEDULED FOR SOUTH CORNING CELL TOWER
South Corning is holding a hearing for the construction of a cell tower in the village. Upstate Tower would wants to locate its cell site at 314 Park Avenue. The Zoning Board of Appeals of South Corning has set the hearing for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m .
NEW YORK STATE TEENS NOW ELIGIBLE FOR ORGAN DONORSHIP
In time for National Organ Donor Day, New York teens as young as sixteen can now become eye, organ and tissue donors. New York is currently last in the nation for organ donors above the age of eighteen with a rate of 26 percent. Citizens under eighteen can become organ donors when applying for their first driver ID. Currently, 47 other states in the nation share the age requirement.
Drifting Snow, Icy Roads This Morning:
Old Man Winter stopped by the northeast again Sunday night, so as you prepare to begin your week give yourself some extra time. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect in until 7 a.m. this morning for Steuben, Yates, Seneca, Schuyler, and Chemung Counties. The storm is expected to finish up with a bit more accumulation, before diminishing to flurries. However, the strong winds will continue to drift snow about. Visibility may be low and roadways may be slick.
Bath Man Charged for Trying to Sell Drugs:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly trying to sell prescription drugs. 61-year-old John Dixon was charged with attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and was sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Construction Underway on Kwik Fill Station in Bath:
The upgrades have begun on the Kwik Fill gas station on West Morris Street in Bath. The completely revamped store is expected to open sometime this summer. Village Mayor Bill von Hagn said the upgrades will offer a positive community reinvestment, and he said he’s pleased by the commitment shown to the residents and the businesses.
Police Investigating Stabbing in Alfred, Menacing at College:
Police are investigating the stabbing of an Alfred State student in the village of Alfred, as well as an incident of menacing on the Alfred State campus that both occurred Sunday morning. While there have been no arrests, Police Chief Paul Griffith said the public doesn’t need to be concerned about its safety. He said it was an isolated incident, and that there is no threat to campus safety. The stabbing victim’s identity wasn’t released, but he was treated at St. James Mercy in Hornell and was released.
Listeria Concerns Prompt Sargento Recall:
Some cheese products produced by Sargento have been recalled due to possible Listeria contamination. Included in the recall are Sargento Ultra Thin Longhorn Colby and Chef Blends Shredded Nacho and Taco Cheese, among other items packaged on the same line. To learn more visit https://info.sargento.com/?gclid=CKPztdf8itICFcUdgQod3B4H5w.
Bear Take Slightly Down in NYS in 2016:
The number of black bears taken during the 2016 hunting seasons was down slightly from last year, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation. Officials report that hunters took a total of 1,025 black bears in the Southern Zone, about 10 percent less than in 2015. However, that is slightly more than the five-year average. The heaviest dressedweight bear of 2016 came in at 555 pounds, and was taken Franklin County.
CLAYTON TRIAL EXAMINES SOFTWARE
Witness cross examination grew tense on Friday for the ongoing Clayton case. Tensions arose when the defense doubted the law enforcement consultant who collected data from Clayton’s cell phone. After giving his testimony of said evidence, the defense implied the consultant’s professional credentials, education and history were questionable. The trial continues at 9:30 Tuesday morning in Steuben County Court.
REED HOSTS HEALTHCARE FORUM
Congressman Tom Reed hosted a health care forum at Arnot Ogden Medical Center on Friday. Reed and local professionals of the healthcare field spoke with the intent to inform the public about possible changes that follow the repeal of the Affordable Healthcare Act, including the renegotiation of the healthcare cost equation and the lowering of deductibles. Reed also urged bipartisan cooperation to reconstruct America’s health care.
HORNELL RANKED STATE’S THIRD MOST AFFORDABLE CITY
Smart Asset named Hornell New York State’s third most affordable city this year. The financial management website calculates its annual city affordability list based on the yearly averages of homeowner insurance rates, property taxes, mortgage payments and median income. Last year Hornell ranked first and in 2015 placed fourth.
STATE GRADUATION RATE INCREASE
Public school graduation in New York state is 79.4 percent this year, a 1.3 increase from last year. According to the State Education Department the graduation rate has slowly yet steadily risen twelve percent in the last decade.
Clayton Trial Abruptly Adjourned Thursday:
While the Thomas Clayton murder trial resumed as expected Thursday, it was only a matter of hours before it was abruptly adjourned for the day. Sy Ray, the owner of ZetX, a company that maps cell phone data resumed the stand and showed the jury his software’s analysis of the activity of both Clayton’s and Michael Beard’s cell phones. Then, just before noon, Judge Peter Bradstreet adjourned court due to a “matter of law” that needs to be addressed. Court is expected to resume today at 9:30 a.m.
Steuben Co. Holds First Opioid/Drug Forum:
Roughly 100 people turned out Thursday night for Steuben County’s first Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum in Bath. Attendees learned about the issues facing the community and were able to ask questions about how they can help loved ones who may be suffering with addiction. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard said he was pleased with the turnout. Organizers of the event say they would like to hold more discussions like the one last night in the future in different parts of the county.
Gov. Cuomo Helps Stranded Driver:
When most people have the misfortune of getting stuck on the roadside, they expect a company like AAA to come to the rescue. But one driver caught in Thursday’s severe snow storm had none other than the Governor of New York State come to help. Photos show Andrew Cuomo hooking chains to the vehicle’s tires before assisting the driver in freeing the vehicle and getting back on the road.
Photo Credit: WETM
IRS Warns Against Tax Scams:
It’s tax season, and that means it’s also tax scam season. The IRS has issued a warning to be alert for tax preparers that promise inflated returns. Officials say if a preparer promises an extremely large refund based on credits or benefits you’ve never claimed in the past, you should use caution. Scammers may also file a false return in their client’s name, and the client doesn’t know that a refund was paid. For more information and tips, visit the IRS website at http://irs.gov/.
GoFundMe for Family of Naples 6th Grader Killed by Flu:
Tributes are being made for a Naples 6th grader that has died from the flu. Madeline Barton had been hospitalized in recent days, according to a GoFundMe page set up by a family friend. She passed away on Wednesday. Services will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Trinity Federated Church, with a gathering at 2 p.m. in lieu of calling hours. The GoFundMe page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/medical-fund-for-madelyn-barton.
Photo Credit: Finger Lakes Daily News
NYS Budget Hearings Delayed Due to Weather:
Thursday’s severe weather delayed the latest hearings on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed state budget. Lawmakers were expected to debate on housing; they will instead convene today. On Monday a hearing on environmental conservation spending is scheduled.
Man Dies in Ithaca Hospital ER:
The New York State Health Department is investigating the death of a man waiting in the emergency room at Cayuga Medical Center. According to hospital officials the man was brought to the hospital by ambulance after he was found sleeping on the floor of a convenience store. He was reportedly alert and communicating when he arrived, but was found dead in the waiting room two hours later. Cayuga Medical Center president John Rudd said the man’s death followed “a series of breakdowns” in procedure. He added that the hospital is fully cooperating with the investigation. Officials say the travel nurse’s contract was terminated.
Cell Phone Data Examined in Clayton Trial:
There were some delays in the Thomas Clayton murder trial Wednesday. A juror failed to show up, and so had to be replaced by an alternate. Things got back underway around 1:15 p.m. with the prosecution calling its latest witness to the stand. It was Sy Ray, the owner of ZetX, a company that maps cell phone data. Ray showed the jury his analysis of the activity of both Clayton’s and Michael Beard’s cell phones, including location services and other activities that occurred while the phones were on. His testimony was consistent with previous testimony regarding the activities of both men in the days surrounding Kelley’s murder. Ray is expected to continuing testifying when court resumes today.
Public Hearing on Proposed Changes to Prattsburgh Water District:
Changes could be coming to the Prattsburgh Water District. The town board has scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at the town hall. Under the proposed modification there would be an increase in water rent rates. The town also wants to impose a debt reduction fee for water district infrastructure improvements.
2016 STAR Rebates Delayed:
While many people are awaiting their tax returns for 2017, some are actually still waiting for a part of the 2016 rebates. There have been delays in the issuing of the 2016 STAR rebate checks. A change in the program was supposed to see the rebates delivered to new homeowners with their tax break instead of the normal rebate. The State Department says that changes in credit eligibility are making it difficult to get those checks out. In response, some lawmakers are now working on a bill that would hit the tax department with a penalty if it fails to issue next year’s credits by the September deadline.
Corning Police Look to Replace Handguns:
The Corning Police Department is currently in the process of selecting replacement weapons for the department’s officers. Wednesday, patrolmen tested and evaluated Glock pistols at the Painted Post Rod and Gun Club. Officials say that the department’s current handguns are between 10 and 12 years old, and that there have been some failures and breaks. Patrolmen are expected to test Smith & Wesson handguns later this month before making a final decision. The cost is expected to be around $2,500. The current handguns will be traded in to help reduce the overall price.
Holiday Card Campaign Founder Named Distinguished Finalist:
The Horseheads Middle School student that founded the successful holiday card drive for veterans is now getting some recognition herself. Sophie Kartzman has been named a Distinguished Finalist. Over 31,000 students across the country were nominated for the 2017 Prudential Spirit Community Awards, but only 234 were selected to be honored, including Sophie. A representative will present Sophie with a bronze medallion for her efforts, which has seen over 40,000 holiday cards delivered to soldiers and veterans over the last three years.
Bath Firefighters Honored:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department recently held their annual Awards ceremony, honoring its members for their hard work. Glen Miller was named Firefighter of the Year, while Firefly of the Year went to Donna Keen. Harry Keen was named Junior Firefighter of the Year, and Blake Johnson was named Most Improved Junior Firefighter.
Week 5 of the Clayton Trial Gets Underway with 911 Call:
Week five of the Thomas Clayton murder trial got underway Tuesday in Steuben County Court. Three witnesses took the stand, including the continued testimony of Deborah Jasinski, who works for the New York State Police computer crime lab as a civilian. She testified about the 911 call made in the early hours of September 29th, after Kelley’s death, and about messages that were deleted from Clayton’s phone. The records show that Clayton did not delete any calls with Beard, but he did delete a message from Luke Tetreault the morning of September 26th. The message was about not returning a borrowed four wheeler until the following Monday to swap trucks then, rather than the next day. The 911 call was played in court, and the Steuben County dispatcher who took the call testified. In the call, Clayton repeatedly said he wife was dead and could be heard asking his children if they saw “a robber.” Court will resume today at 9:30 a.m.
Hornell Woman Accused of Defrauding Social Services:
A Hornell woman is facing charges of grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing. 30-year-old Jennifer Danielsen is accused of failing to report income to the Steuben County Department of Social Services, resulting in her receiving $2,300 in benefits that she was not entitled to. She was issued an appearance ticket and was released.
Elmira Will Not Contribute to First Arena Deal:
In a statement released Tuesday night, the City of Elmira has announced that it will not be contributing to replace the ice plant at the First Arena. Splitting the cost of the $1.5 million plant with Chemung County was a condition set by the potential buyer. Elmira City Manager Michael Collins said they would have to raise property taxes 3 percent for the next three years to afford the $1.45 million price tag. In response, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency’s Tom Santulli had strong words, saying that he thinks “their decision will end up closing this facility.” Collins said he is hopeful a deal can still be worked out. As for the Elmira Jackals, a representative took it stride, saying that it’s business as usual for the team and that they have not learned of any immediate changes.
Rally Outside Rep. Reed’s Office to Save ACA:
Members of the Citizens for a Better Southern Tier rallied outside of Representative Tom Reed’s office in Corning Tuesday night in support of the Affordable Care Act. They voiced their concerns about President’s Trump’s promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, and they shared stories about how the legislation has positively affected their lives.
Local Cheerleading Team Qualifies for National Competition:
A locally based cheerleading team has earned the right to compete on one of the nation’s biggest stages. The All Star cheer team, based in Arkport, has not only won a full paid trip the U.S. Finals, but they won a wild card bid to the Summit at Disney World in May. Around 12,000 teams compete for a Summit spot, but less than 2,000 actually earn one. The team, made up of 16 girls ranging from six to 15-years-old, earned their spot last month while competing in Buffalo.
Deadline for Firefighter Tuition Assistance Draws Near:
The deadline for volunteer firefighters to receive tuition reimbursement through the Fireman’s Association of the State of New York is fast drawing near. The deadline to apply for the spring semester is Friday, February 17th. It is available to student volunteers.
Bath Utility Commission Meetings:
There will be two special meetings surrounding the Village of Bath Utility Commission this month. The first will be on February 22nd at 9 a.m. at the Utility Conference Room for a workshop on gas rates. The second will be a special joint meeting between the Utility and the Village Board to conduct interviews for the director of utility position. That meeting will be held at the Utilities in the large conference room on February 23rd at 5:30 p.m.
Corning 2nd Ward Seat Finally Filled:
It took over three months, but residents of Corning’s 2nd Ward finally have their representative. During a vote of the City Council Monday night, Republican candidate Michele Beckman won the seat five votes to three. Beckman had tied with Democratic candidate Kate Paterson during the November election. Beckman will now hold the seat until a special election in November. Beckman says she plans to begin campaigning for that election this summer. Paterson also confirmed that she plans to run in the special election, despite the results of Monday’s Council vote.
Potential First Arena Buyer Wants Upgrades Before Purchase:
There is reportedly an interested buyer waiting in the wings to take over ownership of Elmira’s First Arena, but even so the fate of the facility is up in the air. The unidentified buyer is seeking upgrades to the facility’s ice plant that must be financed and completed before they will assume ownership of the arena. Elmira City Manager Michael Collins said that the city was approached by Chemung County to help with the cost, to the tune of $1.5 million. That would be on top of the $1 million that the city currently still owes on the Community Development Block Grant that was issued when the arena first opened. At this point, Collin’s said they’re limited on where the funds can come from. He said they don’t want to the burden to fall on taxpayers, but neither do they want the sale to fall through. Officials say an announcement on the arena’s future could come as early as today.
NYS Senate Approves Ridesharing Expansion:
The New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara that would allow ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber to expand into the upstate. O’Mara, who is vice chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, said that it makes no sense for upstate residents to be left out when New York City is already benefitting economically and environmentally from ridesharing services. Under the proposal new revenue generated by the expansion would go towards infrastructure improvements for roads and bridges. The legislation does include protections such as requiring criminal and driving history background checks, passenger notifications of driver information and trip charges, and non-discrimination and zero-tolerance drug and alcohol policies.
Guthrie Releases “House Call” App:
If you’re feeling under the weather and can’t make it to the doctor in person, there’s now an app for that. Guthrie Health has released “Guthrie Now,” an app that allows patients to get professional advice from the comfort of their computer, tablet, or smartphone. Health care professionals will, reportedly, be able to diagnose illnesses such as colds, headaches, rashes, sprains and strains based on patient symptoms, as well as visuals they can see via the app. If your illness requires further examination, an in person visit will be recommended. Users will be able to pay directly through the app, with most insurance accepted. You don’t have to be a Guthrie patient to use the app. It’s available for download in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
“Hunk of Beef” Pet Food Recall:
Evanger’s, a pet food company, has issued a recall of certain dog food products. Specific lots of “Hunk of Beef” may be contaminated with pentobarbital, a dangerous sedative. According to reports, five dogs became sick after consuming the food, and one has died. The food was sold in 12-ounce cans has lot numbers: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, 1816E13HB. The second half of the barcode reads 20109. The expiration date is June 2020. The food may be returned to a vendor for a refund.
Corning-Painted Post District Seeking Focus Group Members:
The Corning-Painted Post School District is seeking interested residents to take part in community focus groups that will help the school board make decisions. Several group sessions will be held in February. Each will last roughly 90 minutes. To be eligible, you must be a resident of the district who does not have any children currently enrolled. The groups will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. If interested contact (607) 936-3704 EXT 1001 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
High-Speed Police Chase in Hornell:
A Wellsville man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase Friday night. Officials say it all started around 8:30 p.m. when they attempted to pull over 47-year-old Kelly Baker on West Main Street in the City of Hornell. Instead of pulling over, authorities say Baker lead police on a chase through Almond, Alfred Station, Andover, and Wellsville where he was finally taken into custody. During the chase, Baker struck a Hornell police car and an Allegany County Sheriff’s vehicle. No injuries were reported. Baker is facing numerous charges and is currently being held in the Allegany County Jail.
Corning Council to Vote on Ward 2 Today:
When it voted in January, the Corning City Council could not break the tie between the 2nd Ward nominees Michele Beckman and Kate Paterson. Today, it’ll try again. The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. to vote again to fill the vacant seat. To win, a candidate must receive the votes of five city councilmen.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Fields 109 Animal Cruelty Investigations:
The first year of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s animal cruelty unit fielded 109 reports of cruelty or neglect, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard. Allard recently reported that the investigations took place in 35 towns and villages, with 90 percent them of conducted by Animal Cruelty Officer Todd Terwilliger. Three of the investigations resulted in the owners voluntarily signing their animals over to the Finger Lakes SPCA, and two other complaints remain open. Allard said the majority of the investigations were resolved by issuing written or verbal warnings with education and compliance statements followed up with a physical compliance check.
Prescription Drop-Off Point in Bath:
The Bath Village Police Department is reminding residents that if they have unused, unwanted prescription medications, they can now be dropped off in the lobby of the Village Hall. Accepted medications include: patches, ointments, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and medications for pets. Just visit the Village Hall and put them in the available Med Box.
Sales Tax Collections Sees Sluggish Growth in NY:
According to a new report by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, 2016 was another year of sluggish growth for sales tax collection in New York State. In the report, six counties, including Yates, saw sales tax collections grow by more than 4 percent in 2016. Eight counties, including Chemung, saw collections of more than 2 percent. Steuben County saw a growth of .9 percent. Central New York was the only region to suffer a decline in collection.
LOCAL LAWYERS ANNOUNCE JUDICIAL CANDIDACY
Patrick McAllister, attorney and former Steuben County Legislator has announced his candidacy for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. McAllister, a Wayland-based lawyer for over thirty years, is also an Assistant District Attorney. Assistant District Attorney Philip J Roche is seeking the Republican nomination for Steuben County and Family Court Judge. Roche is a Painted Post resident who has also practiced legally for over thirty years which includes his service as the Steuben County Public Defender’s Office.
POLICE SERIOUS ABOUT SUPERBOWL
If you’re planning on attending a Super Bowl party this weekend in New York…take note. State and local police will be out in force looking for impaired and reckless drivers. The special campaign begins today and runs through early Monday. Police say they’ll have extra patrols on the road along with checkpoints.
LOCAL PHONE SCAM POSES AS RAMS WRESTLING
According to a post by Haverling Athletic Director Randy Abrams there’s a scam going on regarding the Haverling Wrestling Team. Folks are receiving a phone call asking for donations for the Haverling Wrestling team for a trip to the New York State Championship. This is a scam since the team is not even close to the State Tournament at this point
DATA EXAMINED IN CLAYTON TRIAL
On Friday cell phone data was presented as evidence as the Clayton trial continues. DA Schlather said Beard deleted many texting records with Clayton from his phone. Investigator Regan from the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit testified regarding the phone data and noted Beard’s phone was turned off during the time of the murder. Phone calls between Clayton and Beard were frequent from September 24th until the September 29th, the few days leading up to the murder. Testimony will continue Tuesday morning at 9:30.
Phone Records Again the Topic of the Day in Clayton Trial:
The phone records of Michael Beard were once again the topic of the day in the Thomas Clayton murder trial Thursday. A NYSP Computer Crimes Investigator testified to observing Beard’s phone days after Kelley’s death. She said there was a lot of deleted data from Beard’s phone and that on the date of Kelley’s death, September 28th 2015, there was a lot of ‘manual’ on/off actions. The investigator also went over Beard’s text conversations with Clayton and others. This included a message from Beard to Clayton on September 24th about ‘cops watching boxes,’ and a message to Beard from his wife telling him about bills and that they needed money. The defense highlighted several text messages between the Claytons where they were affectionate. The Computer Crimes Investigator is expected to resume testimony today at 9:30 a.m.
Teen Arrested in Tag’s Burglary:
A teenager has been arrested in connection with several burglaries throughout Chemung County, including the one that occurred at Tag’s on January 13th. 17-year-old Jeremiah Phipps is facing charges of third-degree burglary, a Class D felony. He was sent to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $30,000 cash bail.
Elmira Correctional Facility Still in Lockdown:
Into Thursday night the Elmira Correctional Facility remained in lockdown following an incident on Wednesday. Staff reportedly conducted searches of select areas of the prison, according to a spokesman. Additional details were not released.
DEC Reviewing Former Corning Hospital Site:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reviewing the Remedial Investigation Report that was submitted by The Guthrie Clinic and Corning Hospital for the Former Corning Hospital and Related Parcels site located at 176 East Denison Pkwy. and 201 East First Street in Corning. Based on the test results and the potential public health and environmental exposure, evaluation of remedial alternatives is recommended. Guthrie and Corning must now develop a plan to make the site safe.
Steuben Co. Drug Abuse Forum 2/9:
In response to what has reached epidemic proportions, Steuben County will hold its first Community Opioid & Substance Abuse Forum at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Haverling High School Auditorium in Bath. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate the help they’re looking for.
Town of Corning Water Meeting Cancelled:
The public meeting about the Town of Corning’s water district consolidation has been cancelled. It was originally scheduled for February 9th. No new date has been set at this time.
Move Over Phil - Rochester Rocky Predicts Early Spring:
If you weren’t happy with Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter on Thursday, perhaps Rochester Rocky can help. Rochester Rocky is the Finger Lakes region’s own weather predicting groundhog and his findings are different than Phil’s. His interpreters say Rocky saw no shadow, and even started foraging for food after making his prediction. So he, at least, is calling for an early spring.
Alleged Affairs Discussed in Clayton Murder Trial:
On Wednesday two women took the stand in the Thomas Clayton murder trial, testifying about alleged affairs they had with Clayton. One of the women also testified to negative comments she heard Clayton make about his wife, including that he wanted to leave Kelley, but couldn’t, and that he wished “someone would come take his wife.” A family member also testified on Wednesday, saying that Clayton told them at Christmas in 2014 that it would be their last Christmas with him around as a family. Clayton pleaded not guilty in December 2015 to one count of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in connection with Kelley’s death.
Corning Man Arrested for Child Porn:
A Corning man has been arrested and charged with receipt of child pornography. 53-year-old Kevin Theil faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. According to authorities, the FBI had a meeting with the Ithaca Police Department and a cooperating witness in November, where the witness stated she had come to know a man from Corning who had a sexual interest in children. She provided a cell phone number that was traced back to Theil. She also alleged that Theil had showed her images of child pornography on his iPad, and that he told her he had previously sexually abused his niece. In December, search warrants were executed at Theil’s residences in Corning and Hammondsport and child pornography was recovered. Theil made an appearance before a U.S. Magistrate and was released.
Bath Man Charged in Violent Domestic Dispute:
A domestic dispute Tuesday night in Bath turned violent, involved a gun and ended with an arrest. State police investigators said 56-year-old Robert Eggleston of Buck Settlement Road allegedly pointed a rifle at the victim; obstructed her breathing; prevented her from contacting 911; and damaged property within the residence. He now faces a bevy of charges. He was remanded to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $5,000 cash.
Elmira Correctional Facility on Lock Down:
As of 5 a.m. this morning, the Elmira Correctional Facility was still on lockdown following an incident Wednesday. In a statement, New York Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesman Thomas Mailey said, that the incident occurred between two inmates and that the facility is in lockdown while the staff investigates.
Bill Proposed to Raise Smoking Age Statewide:
A bill has been introduced that would raise the age at which a person can purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21 in the State of New York. Earlier this week, the bill’s sponsors joined with the American Lung Association at a news conference near the Capitol to call for the legislation’s passage. Eight counties in the state – including Albany and Orange – have already passed local laws that makes the smoking age 21. According to the American Lung Association’s annual “State of Tobacco Control” report 29 percent of high school students, including those under 18, use at least one tobacco product.
Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Today:
The Bath-Haverling Board of Education will be holding a special Board Meeting tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office. They’ll be discussing the budget, contract negotiations, and personnel, among any other business that may come before the board.
Phone Records Discussed on Day 16 of Clayton Murder Trial:
Day 16 of the Thomas Clayton Murder trail included the testimony of Avram Polinski, a Verizon Wireless ‘custodian of records’ who spoke about phone calls and text messages made to and from Clayton’s phone in the days preceding his wife’s death on September 28th 2015. According to Polinski, Clayton called Michael Beard two times on September 26th, and Beard called Clayton once that same day. Then on September 28th Beard called Clayton. The records do not show content of text messages, just the times they were sent. Court will resume today at 9:30 a.m. For the next three weeks, court will only be in session Tuesday through Friday as court will be closed for the next three Mondays.
Former C-PP Teacher Pleads Guilty to Endangering Child:
The Corning-Painted Post Middle School teacher that was arrested in April 2016 on charges of rape has now pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child. 44-year-old Kelly Conway was accused of having sex with someone under the age of 17-years-old. The incidents did not occur at the middle school. Conway will be sentenced at a later date. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said she is facing a “minimum three year probation term with conditions that would keep her away from schools.” Also according to Baker, Conway has forfeited her teaching license.
Bath Woman Arrested in Domestic Incident:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Town of Bath woman following an investigation into a disturbance. 26-year-old Delana Elliot has been charged with criminal mischief for allegedly damaging property within a residence on Roosevelt Avenue during a domestic dispute. She was issued an appearance ticket. Further charges are pending.
Public Hearing in Bath on 2 Proposed Projects:
The village of Bath planning board will conduct a public hearing and meeting on two pending projects. The first is an application and project review for the McDonald’s restaurant at 398 West Morris Street, Plaza 15. The second case involves a special use permit for Family Service Society at 104 East Steuben Street. The hearings will be held in the Municipal Building on February 9th at 5:30 p.m.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Warns Against “Can You Hear Me?” Scam:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is joining the Better Business Bureau in warning residents against a phone scam where a robo-caller asks “Can you hear me ok?” According to reports, if the person answering the call responds “Yes,” the answer is recorded and may be used to commit identify theft, to authorize charges on credit cards, and other web-based financial dealings. Allard says if you’re wary of receiving calls from unknown numbers to screen your calls. The Steuben Sheriff’s Department has received no local reports of this scam, according to Allard, but he said it’s everyone’s responsibility to help keep Steuben informed and safe.
Steuben Co. to Participate in Statewide Superbowl STOP-DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard announced Tuesday that county police agencies will be joining in a statewide crackdown on impaired driving over Superbowl weekend. The crackdown starts February 3rd and will end on February 5th.
NYS Senate Approves Companion Animal, Farm to Food Bank Legislation:
The New York State Senate has again approved legislation proposed by Senator Tom O’Mara that increases punishment for those who harm a companion animal. Known as “Kirby & Quigley’s Law” it would make it a felony to harm a companion animal during a crime. It would be punishable by two years in prison and a $5,000 fine. The bill has been approved for the past five years, but the state assembly has yet to act on it. The state Senate has also again approved the Farm to Food Bank bill that would provide a tax credit of up to $5,000 to farmers who donate fresh produce to food banks and other emergency providers. This is the third time the Senate has approved the legislation. It was vetoed for the second time by Governor Andrew Cuomo late last year.
American Airlines to End E-C Airport Service 2/15:
American Airlines will soon discontinue its service at the Elmira-Corning Regional airport. As announced last year, service will end on February 15th. Officials cite outdated aircraft and trouble putting flight crews together as two of the reasons why they made the decision. Airport officials say that they are still in talks with American Airlines, and that they hope one day service might be restored.
Village Republican caucus
Village of Bath Republicans held their caucus last night for two seats on the Village Board. Mark Bardeen and Melanie Coots, both current board members where selected for the March election. No other candidates were nominated. Bardeen has served six years for the Village and Coots is just completing a two year term. Both candidates were also endorsed by the Village Democrats at their caucus last week.
Clayton Trial Resumes with More Witness Testimony
The Thomas Clayton murder trial resumed on Monday with six more witness taking the stand. Among them were players at the poker game the night of the murder, a New York State Police Investigator, a close friend of the victim, and a New York State Police K-9 handler. So far forty-five witnesses have testified over the course of the trial, which will resume today at 9:30 a.m. Clayton is facing charges of first-and-second degree murder in connection with his wife’s death. He is currently free on bail.
Steuben Co. Reminds Residents of Upcoming Drug Forum
Steuben County is reminding residents of its upcoming Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum. It will be held on February 9th at 6 p.m. in the Haverling High School Auditorium in Bath. It will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families.
Car on railroad tracks
A car ended up stuck on railroad tracks last evening at the intersection of RT 352 and Gorton Road in Corning. Apparently the driver of a car passed out and the car ended up on railroad tracks. Steuben County Sheriff’s Department is investigating…the driver was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.
Governor Proposes Writing Roe v. Wade into State Constitution
On Family Planning Advocate’s Day of Action, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he proposing writing Roe v. Wade into the New York State constitution. In case the Roe v. Wade decision is overturned or altered by a new U.S. Supreme Court, the governor said he wants to keep abortion legal in NYS. Said the Governor, “We will not allow the progress of the women’s movement to be stopped, and we must seize this opportunity to bring the state and nation forward and stand up for women’s health.”
Last Day to Sign up for Obamacare
Today is the last day to sign up for the Obamacare health insurance program….known as the Affordable Care Act. The future of the Health Care program is uncertain as the new President and Republicans have said they will replace it with a better one. Despite the political fight that is going on today, the program is expected to continue through this year and maybe next year as well.
Bath Man Arrested for Slashing Tires:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly slashing tires. 42-year-old Jamie Johnson is accused of slashing all four tires of a car on Campbell Street in the Village. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Visitor Restriction at Local Hospitals:
Late last week several local hospitals placed restrictions on visitors as a precautionary
measure against influenza. Restrictions were put in place on Thursday at Ira Davenport Memorial in Bath, and Arnot Ogden Medical and St. Joseph’s in Elmira that allow only two visitors and one caregiver in a room at any one time, and visitors must be 14 or older, except in maternity units. The restrictions are expected to last at least through today.
Campbell-Savona Super. Responds to Comptroller’s Report:
A recent report from the State Comptroller’s Office listed the Campbell-Savona Central School District as being at a possible risk for financial stress. District Superintendent Kathy Hagenbuch has now responded, saying that it’s actually the opposite. The Superintendent says the rating can be explained by past audits that found the Reserve Fund Balance to be too high. The district has made adjustments. Also, Hagenbuch said the report is due to what she calls a “formula technicality.” She explained that the district moved $1.1 million from a Capital Reserve Fund to start paying for Capital Projects and that the Comptroller sees the transfer as a deficit. Hagenbuch says that the financial status of the district is solid.
$170M to Stay in NYS for Broadband Access:
Money earmarked for New York State broadband access that was in danger of going to other states will now stay in New York. The $170 million was in danger of being relocated after Verizon declined the money. It will be used to support the expansion of broadband access through rural areas of the upstate.
Applications Open for Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program:
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program. The program provides day-old chicks at no cost to participants who are able to provide a brooding facility, a covered outdoor rearing pen, and an adequate release site in hopes of enhancing pheasant hunting opportunities. Last year, more than 34,000 chicks were distributed to qualified applicants. Those interested in participating should contact their nearest DEC regional wildlife office. Applications must be filed by March 25th.
CLAYTON TRIAL WRAPS UP TESTIMONY
The weeklong testimony for the Clayton trial has come to an end. Thursday brought to the stand the owner of ServPro, an Elmira Jackals announcer, and a business manager from the Finn academy. On Friday, ServPro owner and friend Lang characterized Clayton as a family man and loving husband. A New York State Police Investigator testified regarding photos and debris from the crime scene as well as evidence recovered by the autopsy. The trial continues 9:30am Monday in Steuben County Court.
NYS SCHOOLS LESS FISCALLY STRESSED SAYS REPORT
Fewer schools are fiscally stressed according to the report issued this week by New York State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli. This year's total number of fiscally stressed schools is 59, down from the previous 82. Andover Central Schools and Campbell-Savona were identified as being high risk for fiscal stress. School districts under fiscal stress are more likely to have higher poverty rates and lower rates for graduation.
REED VOTES YES TO HR3
Congressman Tom Reed says he voted for the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act. Reed said on his Facebook page: "This legislation makes permanent the #HydeAmendment and blocks taxpayer money from being used to fund abortions." Current Vice Chair of the Trump Transition Team, Reed recently voted for a House Resolution that would dismantle the Affordable Healthcare Act but supports some provisions of the law.
CORNING AWARDED REDEVELOPMENT GRANT
Corning will be getting at least $480,000 of funding for the Blodgett Site redevelopment project. Restore-NY Communities Initiatives Program has awarded municipalities with state grant funding. The state legislature created the program in 2006 with the intent to aid cities to remove or rehabilitate commercial and residential properties that are obsolete and rundown.