NYSP Seeking Information About Savona Break-In
State Troopers need the public’s assistance with an active investigation of a forced entry of a Village of Savona residence. In the early morning hours yesterday, a group of suspects broke into a home, assaulting the homeowner and fled by foot after a female occupant of the home confronted them. The home invasion and botched burglary is believed to have been committed to specifically target the residence. No threats or danger to the general public have been indicated and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Bath State Police barracks.
CCC Announces Energy-Efficiency Partnership with Siemens
Corning Community College has announced an agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. to make their campus more energy efficient. Costs of inspections and upgrades to the over 50-year old buildings in the college will be assisted by the major company. This partnership with Siemens will also offer opportunities for students to become involved on an educational level. CCC president Dr. Kate Douglas says: “we know in the 21st century, we all have to be responsible in terms of our environmental sustainability. So reducing our carbon footprint is something that is important to us first and foremost as an educational institution because we have students who are very committed to the future and that future has to be environmentally sustainable."
Prattsburgh School Board Shares 2018-2019 School Tax Info
The Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education has released the school tax information for the 2018-2019 school year, revealing the tax levy will be unchanged from last year’s. For the district’s flat tax levy, there will be a decrease of nineteen cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. Superintendent Jeffrey Black says this tax rate is the lowest Prattsburgh has seen in almost twenty years, explaining “Small increases in state aid coupled with small increases in property value across the district have enabled us to maintain one of the lowest tax rates in the area.” Property owners in the Prattsburgh Central School District will receive their tax statements by the end of August and begin paying those taxes September 4th.
Prattsburgh School Board Announces Administrative Changes
Effective yesterday, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education has appointed Erin Peck of Prattsburgh as the new KP-12 principal for the school. Peck has served Prattsburgh Central School for eight years as a coach and special education teacher. Previous district elementary school teacher Kory Bay will be the new KP-12 Assistant Superintendent and District Treasurer. Bay has served in administrative capacities for the school as well since 2005. The new Athletic Director for 2018-2019 school year is long-time Prattsburgh teacher and coach James Burke, who returned to serve after his 2002 retirement.
Bath CSD Holding Board Meeting Tonight
Bath Central School District’s regular Board of Education meeting is set to take place tonight at 6:30pm in the High School Library. Students, parents, teachers and the public are encouraged to attend.
Republicans Respond to Cuomo’s “America was Never Great” Remark
Controversial remarks made by Governor Cuomo yesterday at at a New York City event criticizing the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan has left some Republican politicians in the state upset. Cuomo’s Republican opponent in the race for governor Marc Molinaro fired back with his statement: “America, with its imperfections, has always been great….He should be ashamed of himself.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb responded with: “America is the greatest country in the world, and an apology is in order. You can dislike the President. You can disagree with his policies. You can mock his slogans. But to demean America’s greatness insults our history, our ideals, and the people from all walks of life who have built this nation.”
Baker Says Neurauter Case Costing Steuben “Arm and a Leg”
According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, the Lloyd Neurauter trial has been costing the county “an arm and a leg.” Baker made the remarks to legislators at yesterday’s meeting as he sought extra funds related to the murder case. Out of the $88,000 transferred from contingency funds for the office of the DA approved earlier this week, $55,000 was for costs of expert witnesses, investigation and travel for the Neurauter case. Also approved was a transfer of $25,000 from the same contingency fund to house Neurauter in Livingston County Jail since he cannot be housed with daughter Karrie in Steuben County Jail. Karrie pled guilty of helping to cover the murder of Lloyd’s ex-wife Michelle to look like a suicide and will testify against him as the Neurauter trial continues in September. DA Baker noted that trials like these are rare and hopes it will be a long time until Steuben County sees another murder case like this.
Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for Parts of County
Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for parts of Steuben County last night following heavy rains and Flash Floods. Cuomo directed the State Emergency Operations Center to be elevated to Level 3 while several agencies have been deployed to help with technical rescues, transportation, logistics and coordination for additional response efforts in impacted counties which also include Chemung and Schuyler. Watkins Glen Central High School opened a shelter location and the Red Cross remains in constant communications between Emergency Management Officers in the Central and Western New York region as more thunderstorms and rain are expected throughout Friday.
Woodhull Woman Arrested in Campbell For Active Bench Warrant
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Woodhull woman for an active Bench Warrant issued by the Town of Campbell Court. Stacy L. Jackson, age 48, was arrested after allegedly failing to appear in court for several traffic violations. Jackson was arraigned in the Town of Campbell Court in lieu of $500 cash bail, $1,000 property bond and will reappear in Town of Campbell Court at a later date.
Cuomo Agrees to Debate Nixon Later This Month
Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to debate fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on August 29th at Hofstra University in Long Island. The debate will be hosted by WCBS-TV and slated 15 days before the Democratic primary for New York governor. Nixon, a former actress, challenged Cuomo several times to a debate over the last three months and accused him of being afraid to “have an honest debate”. Cuomo refused to debate his previous Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout during the last race for New York governor in 2014, claiming debating Teachout would be a “disservice to democracy”.
Free School Supplies for Bath Central School District Students
Free school supplies will be available to Bath students later this month just in time for back to school. All students in the Bath Central School District are encouraged to select a variety of free school supplies Wednesday August 22nd from 9-11am at the Haverling High School cafeteria. Supplies available for selection by students include backpacks, markers, crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, folders, notebooks, highlighters, gluesticks and earbuds. The free supplies were made possible thanks to donations by KanPak.
Walk-In Assessment Services for Addiction Offered by SCASAS
Steuben County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services now offers walk-in assessment services in three locations in Bath, Hornell and a new service in Corning. SCASAS is a state-certified clinic outpatient program treating substance abuse disorders as chronic, progressive and possibly fatal disease that affects individuals and their families. The program focuses on safety, healthcare needs and strategies for custom long-term recovery for adolescents and adults. Fidelis/Medicaid as well as third-party insurance is accepted and for those who are uninsured, SCASAS offers a sliding fee scale for affordability. Walk-in clinic hours, phone numbers and addresses for each office:
Corning- 114 Chestnut Street
Tuesdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Bath- 115 Liberty Street
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Hornell- 7454 Seneca Road
Thursdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Flash Flood Watch Continues This Evening
A Flash Flood Watch continues in the Twin Tiers through tonight. Areas along streams and rivers are most at risk for flash flooding. Additional rainfall of 3 inches or more is expected throughout the day as widespread showers and thunderstorms are forecasted. Showers will continue this evening, tapering off until early tomorrow morning.
County Finance Committee Meets to Review Transferring Funds to DA
The Steuben County finance committee meets today and on the agenda is reviewing a request to transfer $88,000 from a contingency fund to the District Attorney. Approval would spread the money out across seven different accounts. The lion’s share, some $75,000, would fund investigations, professional witnesses and transcripts. According to the resolution, there isn’t enough money in this year’s budget to continue normal prosecutor’s operations.
Assemblyman Errigo Files Complaint Against Byrnes Campaign
The campaign of local Assemblyman Joe Errigo has filed a complaint seeking investigation into a payment made by his opponent’s campaign to Livingston County Conservative Party’s Chairman. Errigo, who represents the 133rd Assembly District that includes the town of Prattsburgh and the Northwest corner of Steuben County, has consulted both criminal counsel and election attorneys to look into Marjorie Byrnes’ campaign. The Byrnes campaign paid $20,000 to Conservative Chairman of Livingston County Jason McGuire, listing him as a “Consultant” to the campaign for the month of July in the Byrnes’ periodic campaign financial report. Chairman McGuire then lobbied for the New York State Conservative Party Endorsement of Byrnes in July without disclosing to his party peers that her campaign paid him. Errigo’s complaint was forwarded to the Office of Public Integrity of the State Attorney General.
Red Knights Holding Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser Ride
The Red Knights NY 42 announced a ride to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project later this month on Saturday August 25th. Beginning at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 10am, the motorcycle ride continues up Morris Street, then circling the Bath VA Medical Center to specially honor our local veterans. The ride continues down West Washington Street to Route 54, hitting Hammondsport, Pulteney, Branchport, Gorham, then to Route 14 South, passing the Dundee Legion, Tyrone and finishing at the Hammondsport Fire Department. People on the route are encouraged to show their support and salute the cause by waving American Flags. Sign-ups for the ride are the morning of the event from 8:30-9:30.
State Department of Health Finds Drastic Spike in Lyme Disease
The New York State Health Department reports a sharp increase in Lyme Disease cases last year in the Finger Lakes region. The data reports an increase of nearly 600 percent in cases from 2012 with 62 cases to 365 cases in 2017. State Health Department Deputy Director of Communicable Disease Control Bryon Backenson says ticks have been given a longer active season to survive due to “This combination of slightly warmer temperatures, plus slightly more humid conditions, almost on a year-round basis now…” Backenson reminds New Yorkers that tick season continues well after the end of summer and through Thanksgiving. For the entire season, please wear long pants tucked into socks while outdoors to prevent Lyme Disease, which carries symptoms of fever, headache and bullseye-shaped skin rash which can later develop into arthritis, heart problems and neurological damage.
First Day of the Fair Begins Today
The 199th annual Steuben County Fair officially begins today. Crews in downtown Bath have continued working in the rain to accomplish setting up for the local yearly event. The carnival opens today at 4pm and will continue until this weekend on Sunday. Opening the week up today is Senior Citizen Day where Senior Citizens age 62 and over pay only $3 in admission until 5pm. Highlights for today include Harness Racing and 4-H Open Meat Goat Show at noon, Music at the Pavilion noon to 4pm by Craig Wilkins and tonight at 7pm is the Demolition Derby Sponsored by Pinnacle Rental Centers.
Communications Upgrade for Emergency Services Planned for 2019
Steuben County Office of Emergency Services reports improvement in communication between fire departments in the county and their counterparts in emergency medical services and law enforcement expected by early next year. The Public Safety and Corrections Committee of the Steuben County Legislature approved the upgrade Monday at their weekly meeting. The State Interoperable Communications Grant will support updating radio technology that strengthens connections among emergency response units throughout the county. This is a major step forward considering the existing system used by fire service agencies has been unchanged since the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Final approval by the full Legislature is expected later this month on August 27th.
Man Arrested After Break In and Holding Woman Captive
Corning Police say they have caught a man who broke into a woman’s home at the Lamphear Court Apartments in Corning early yesterday morning. Eric Huyler was the man who broke in and briefly held the woman captive in her home as she banged on the walls and screamed for help. Police arrived in response to the noise and Huyler fled the scene only to be caught by cops after a foot chase. The woman had an order of protection against Huyler, according to police, and he now will have to face at least seven criminal charges in court.
Fairs Urged to Refrain from Confederate Flag Sales and Display
As fair week begins in Steuben County, one of the types of products you may not see sold by vendors this year is Confederate Flag merchandise. A letter from the Commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball, has urged all 52 of New York state’s county fairs to not sell or display the "items that run counter to our great state's long history of inclusion for all." The letter does not ban or forbid Confederate Flags specifically or their sale or display because it would be a violation of the first amendment. The Commission does not have any oversight over county fairs but has provided $15 million the past three years for improving infrastructures and reimbursing fundings for small cash prizes as part of contests, events and promotions for fairs throughout the state.
Reed Says “Disruptive” Trade War Will Ultimately Help Farmers
Making an appearance at Empire Farm Days this week, Tom Reed says though farmers are concerned about the effects of ongoing trade war, he believes it will be best for them in the long term. He said the $12 billion bailout is about to “stand with our farmers as we go through this new disruption in trade policy and in my humble opinion, we’re going to come out of this long term in a much stronger position,” Reed also said the farm bailout money promised by the Trump Administration will be restricted to use for specific purposes. Reed noted the bailout covers particular impacts related to trade tariffs like soybeans, certain dairy farm production and specialty crop producers in the area.
Corning PD Reports Speed Awareness Decreases Speed Accidents
According the Corning Police Department, their Speed Awareness Week campaign ran in the first week of August issued 73 tickets total. Speeding accounted for 68 of the tickets and the other 5 were for driving with no license and aggressive driving. Corning Police Chief Spaulding said since 2016, the department saw a 170 percent increase of tickets issued which has yielded a 25 percent drop in accidents yearly where speed was the cause.
Reed's Bill To Prevent Congressmen Serving Public Trading Boards
Local Congressman Tom Reed is introducing a bill preventing members of Congress from serving on boards of publicly-traded companies. The bill is supported by New York Democratic colleague Kathleen Rice as a co-sponsor and is a response to 27th District Congressman Chris Collins’ arrest last week on federal insider trading allegations. Reed and Rice released a joint statement noting: “We must change the rules to prevent members from serving on corporate boards in order to improve the public’s trust in Congress.” The Senate has an existing measure that is similar on the books but Collins has been staunch in his refusal to step down from his position in Congress.
Bath Fairgrounds Path Rennovated In Time for County Fair Week
A dramatic improvement to the fairground paths awaits visitors next week at the 199th Steuben County Fair. The $60,000 project of paving 0.4 miles of an uneven and broken path was made possible by Steuben County as well as the Town and Village of Bath. The county’s budget was $40,000 in repair while the county fairgrounds board footed the rest of the bill at $20,000. Bath Municipal Public Works Crews worked on part of the pathway.
Mitrano Campaign Announces "Record Setting" Month of Fundraising
Democratic Candidate for the 23rd Congressional District Tracy Mitrano reports her campaign accomplished fund raising for the month of July of “record setting” proportions. Mitrano says over $175,000 was raised last month for her campaign against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed. Reed says his campaign had $1.3 million in total for the month of July.
CVS Recalls Nasal Mist
CVS has made a recall for its brand of 12-hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist. A certain bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, was identified in a batch of the product. The bottles affected are sized 0.5 fluid ounces with the UPC code 50428432365 and Lot number: # 173089J with the expiration date: EXP 09/19. These numbers can be found on the side panel of the carton to determine if your product was affected. If you have an affected bottle, please throw it away or return it to CVS. The bacteria can be fatal for those with compromised immunity and cystic fibrosis.
Corning Inc.'s Gorilla Glass To Be Used in Samsung Galaxy Watch
Corning Incorporated has announced that Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX+ has been chosen as the cover material for Samsung’s Galaxy Watch. Gorilla Glass DX+ is a new glass composite which features superior scratch resistance and an anti-reflective property that the company says vastly improves optical clarity while retaining the inherent toughness of Gorilla Glass. Consumer research* reveals that the three most important customer concerns for mobile devices are drop, scratch, and readability. Corning continues to lead the cover glass industry it created more than 10 years ago. Today, Corning Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 6 billion devices across 45 major brands.
Cuomo to Decouple NY Tax Code from Federal Code
Governor Cuomo says he will propose legislation to further decouple New York State's tax code from the federal code if President Trump moves forward with a plan for a $100 billion capital gains tax cut. The democratic governor called the Trump plan a reckless giveaway to the rich. Cuomo also called on Congress to immediately block any attempt by President Trump to unilaterally cut taxes for the nation's wealthiest 1 percent which he says is in violation of the Constitution.
NYSDOH Warns of Potential Exposure to Legionella Bacteria at Watkins Glen Hotel:
The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding the potential exposure of the public to legionella bacteria in Schuyler County at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. According to the DOH, individuals who stayed at the hotel between July 16th and August 1st and were in proximity to the pool and spa may have been exposed. Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. Symptoms usually begin two to ten days after exposure, but can take longer. Legionella can also cause a less serious illness called Pontiac fever. Its symptoms include fever and muscles aches, and they usually appear between a few hours and three days after exposure. Most healthy people exposed to Legionella do not get sick. Those at risk include: people over 50, current or former smokers, those with chronic lung disease, people with weak immune systems, people with cancer or underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure.
Rep. Reed Reacts to Allegations Against Rep. Collins:
Congressman Tom Reed has responded to the allegations against his House colleague, Representative Chris Collins. Collins was arrested by the FBI Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI. Reed said the allegations are serious and very troublesome, but deferred on saying whether or not Collins should resign. He said that, ultimately, it will be up to the public to “guide their future when it comes to their elected officials.” Reed has also partnered with Representative Kathleen Rice in introducing a resolution that would prohibit Members of the House from serving on the boards of publicly-held companies. The resolution would be a House equivalent to a rule already in the Senate. Collins has called the charges against him “meritless” and he will remain on the ballet for re-election.
State Money Headed to Local Libraries for Construction Updates:
Two Steuben County libraries are among those selected by the state Library and Education Departments to receive funds for construction projects. The Cohocton Public Library will receive $71,019 to replace the roof and repair the damaged concrete apron at the front entrance, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $37,080 to replace the HVAC system, lighting, security cameras, and other interior renovations.
Red Jacket, Indian Pines Swim Areas Reopen:
Just in time for the weekend, the swim areas of Red Jacket and Indian Pines parks in Penn Yan are once again open. They were closed last weekend due to toxic blue-green algae. The Department of Health gave them go-ahead to reopen Thursday.
Samsung Selects Corning Glass for Galaxy Watch:
Samsung has selected Corning Inc. and its Gorilla Glass DX+ as the cover material for the Galaxy Watch, according to officials with Corning Incorporated. Officials say the new glass features superior scratch resistance and anti-reflective property. The Galaxy Watch will allow users to text, stream music, receive notifications, and track select workouts. It, and the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, were unveiled Thursday in Brooklyn.
Tops Markets Union Workers Voting on Benefits
Union members working at Tops Markets are voting on whether or not they will accept the newly-negotiated 401K seed lump sum and percentage contribution that will be based on members’ ages and years of service. As Tops Markets is coming closer to bankruptcy, voting began Tuesday of this week and will end today, with workers in the Ithaca, Watertown and Norwich region of stores casting their votes. Employees from Finger Lakes region Stores voted earlier this week on Tuesday.
Corning Streets to Close for Paving Tomorrow
Street paving will cause closings to several Corning streets tomorrow. The following streets will be closed to traffic and from 6am to 6pm there will be no parking allowed on Catherine Street from Cedar Street to East Street and East Street from Catherine Street to its end. Monday and Tuesday August 13th and 14th, Buffalo Street from Reynolds Avenue to Townsend Avenue and Stimson Street from Reynolds Avenue to Cutler Avenue Extension are scheduled for closings in Corning.
Study Finds Increase in Finger Lakes Tourist Spending
Spending by travelers in the Finger Lakes region jumped by 2.4% last year according to a study released by I Love New York. According to the study, tourism in our region supported over 58,000 jobs. Council Executive Director Lisa Burns notes: “I think it’s a testimony to what the state is doing and how it trickles with everybody…”
Corning Woman’s Multiple Charges Reduced to Disorderly Conduct
A Corning woman who was arrested last week for leaving her children home alone to go smoke marijuana has had her charges reduced. The City of Corning Court says 39-year-old Joy Edelman’s charges of three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of unlawfully growing cannabis and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana have been reduced instead to a single count of Disorderly Conduct. Corning City Court says Edelman will be subject to one year conditional discharge and must pay a fine.
NY Begins Intellicheck “Law ID” Pilot
New York State has become the first to launch a new pilot program for law enforcement and the Department of Motor Vehicles as part of the “Operation Prevent Campaign”. The Intellicheck “Law ID” app will help crack down on fake IDs by scanning licenses and IDs, matching the barcode up to driving records from all 50 states in the country. Although, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says the app won’t be very useful to their Department, as the New York State track system they currently use gives access to a database with more information to validate IDs and driving records through a portable tablet. However, Allard thinks the technology would be more useful to local businesses selling alcohol: "I look forward to a time when retail establishments can have a similar tool and are able to use that to verify ID's as people are coming into establishments that serve alcoholic beverages," says Allard.
Gillibrand Promotes More Funding for Historic Preservation
Funding increases for the Historic Preservation Fund are getting a push from US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Historic Preservation Fund is the primary source to fund programs to rebuild and revitalize historic sites, structures and older neighborhoods but next year’s federal budget calls for drastic cuts to the program. Gillibrand says the Fund has already made billions of dollars worth of investments to communities across the country and statewide. She wants to restore the program’s funding to $96.91 million for New York State.
Branchport Man Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Woman, Killing Dog:
A Branchport man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman and killing her dog. According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Paul Khouzam was arrested in Branchport on August 5th and was determined to be mentally ill and a danger to himself and others. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan where he was later released. Then, in the early hours of Monday, he allegedly drove to the victim’s residence and forced entry by breaking a large window. The victim, identified only as a 67-year-old woman, was found unconscious and bleeding in the basement of her home. The body of a small mix breed Chihuahua dog was also found in the home. The dog was taken to Cornell University for a forensic autopsy. The woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for emergency surgery. She was last said to be in the intensive care unit in guarded condition. Khouzam is being held in the Yates County Jail on one million dollar bail on charges of assault in the first, burglary in the first, and aggravated cruelty to an animal.
New B&B, New Boarding House Being Considered in Hport:
The village of Hammondsport Planning Board could decide later this month whether or not to approve a new Bed & Breakfast. Keith and Bonnie Gustin, who own property at 15 Orchard Street in Hammondsport, are seeking a Special Use Permit to operate a Bed and Breakfast in a medium density residential district. The Planning Board could also decide later this month whether or not to approve the operation of a Boarding House at 19 Lake Street. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on both issues on Wednesday August 22nd at 7 p.m. The hearings will be held at the village office on Water Street.
Sen. Schumer to call for Increased Giant Hogweed Control Efforts:
Senator Charles Schumer is expected to visit Watkins Glen today where he’ll call on the department of agriculture to increase efforts and federal investments in preventing the spread of giant hogweed across New York. If touched, giant hogweed can cause painful burns, scarring, and even blindness. It has already spread across the Southern Tier and workers spend the summer removing it across the state.
Hornell Names One of NYS’ Safest Cities:
Hornell Mayor John Buckley announced Tuesday that the city has been named one of the 50 safest cities in New York. The recognition comes from Safewise, an organization that accounts for all crimes: from murder to shoplifting. Buckley commended the Hornell Police Department for the achievement.
Rescheduled Prattsburgh Historic Walk Aug. 10th:
Postponed due to weather, the Steuben County Historical Society’s historic walk of Prattsburgh will now take place on Friday, August 10th. Participants should gather at the bandstand at 4 p.m. Besides the business blocks along State Route 53, walkers will also be looking at historic homes and churches.
Troupsburg Man Killed in UTV Accident:
A Troupsburg man was killed over the weekend in an accident involving a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). State Police were called the scene on Keegan Road in the Town of Troupsburg and life-saving measures were performed, but 50-year-old Ivan Learn died at the scene. Witnesses told Troopers the UTV was traveling northbound when it exited the roadway and overturned. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Corning Charged for Hitting, Dragging Utility Pole:
A Corning man was arrested Saturday on charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving while intoxicated following an accident on Park Avenue where he allegedly struck and dragged a utility pole with his vehicle. The incident occurred Saturday morning. Police responded to the scene and observed that the utility pole and a city street sign had both been struck, and the vehicle dragged half of the pole a few hundred feet. 26-year-old Ryan Brooks allegedly abandoned the vehicle three blocks from the accident and he was later located at his home. A section of Park Avenue was closed for a short time while the section of utility pole was removed.
Dansville Man Arrested for Violation of Probation, Resisting Arrest:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Dansville man on July 31st for allegedly violating probation and resisting arrest. It’s alleged that 30-year-old Jonathan Sick was wanted on an active warrant for violating probation and he fled on foot into a wooded area near his residence when contacted by deputies and members of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He was apprehended a short time later and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Campbell Man Accused of Violating Order of Protection:
A Campbell man has been arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection while incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 44-year-old Douglas Shelanskey made several recorded telephone calls to a protected party of an order of protection. He was charged with criminal contempt in the first and sent back to the jail without bail.
Warrant Sweep Nets 3 Steuben Co. Residents:
In a recent warrant sweep conducted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, three county residents were arrested: 32-year-old Alicia Lynn Griffey of Addison on an active felony probation warrant; 42-year-old Jonathan Aloi of Campbell on an active misdemeanor violation of probation warrant; and 33-year-old Scott Root of Tuscarora on an active bench warrant for failing to appear to a court date. Griffey and Aloi were both sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, while Root was held on $250 cash bail.
Registration Deadline for Primary Election Aug. 19th:
To vote in the upcoming state and local primary election, the registration deadline is fast approaching. Your registration can be dropped off at your county board of elections, or it can be mailed, but note it must be postmarked no later than August 19th and must be received by a board of elections no later than August 24th.
Hearings to be Held on Governor’s Parolee Vote Order:
The New York State Senate GOP announced Monday that public hearings will be scheduled for input on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order allowing parolees to vote. The order was signed in April and the Governor’s press office says it puts New York in line with Washington D.C. and 18 other states. Dates for the proposed hearings haven’t been announced at this time. Whatever is found during the hearings, a Constitutional Amendment, which would take several years, would be needed to overturn an executive order.
Farm Equipment Speed Limit Bill Heads to Gov. for Signature:
A piece of legislation that would raise the speed limit on farm equipment is now on its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. The bill, which has strong support from the Farm Bureau and has now passed both the Assembly and Senate, would increase the speed limit for farm equipment from 25 to 35 miles per hour.
First Heritage Federal Credit Union and Hornell Erie Federal Credit Union Merging:
First Heritage Federal Credit Union will complete its merger with Hornell Erie Federal Credit Union later this month. Currently, Hornell Erie FCU serves nearly 1,000 members who live, work, attend school, or worship in Steuben, Livingston, or Allegany Counties. Services are limited to savings accounts, personal loans and vehicle loans, but the merger with First Heritage FCU is expected to expand services to include high-yield checking accounts, online banking services, and loans to meet all of their home buying needs. Hornell Erie FCU members will also be able to use the newly opened First Heritage Hornell branch on Seneca Street. The two credit unions officially become one on August 18th.
Indian Pines, Red Jacket Parks in Penn Yan Closed due to Algae Blooms:
The swim areas at Indian Pines Park and Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan have been closed until further notice due to toxic blue-green algae. Some blue-green algae produce toxins that can pose health risks to people and animals if exposed to large enough quantities. People, pets, and livestock should avoid contact with water that has scums on the surface or if its discolored.
“Touch-A-Truck” Fundraiser to Benefit Pathways Childcare Programs:
If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a construction truck, a fire truck, a race car, a police vehicle, or even a Monster truck, your chance is coming this weekend. Pathways, Inc. has teamed up with T&R Towing for a Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser. The event is this Saturday, August 11th at Hodgman Park in Painted Post from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per person, or $20 per family with all proceeds benefiting Pathways, Inc. Childcare programs. Tickets will be available at the gate for cash only.
S.R. 21 Work, Campbell Rest Area Closing – Both Start Aug. 7th:
A reminder for motorists – a two-part paving project on State Route 21 from the Wayland village line to the Town of North Cohocton will get underway tomorrow. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays. Also, starting tomorrow, the Campbell Rest Area on the eastbound side of I-86 in Campbell will be closed to replace a backup generator. It’s expected to reopen just before the weekend.
EEC Study Finds Steuben Behind in Broadband Access
A recent local technology survey found only 33 percent of Steuben County residents receive adequate access to broadband services. According to the study conducted by ECC Technologies, Inc.,Steuben is behind other counties significantly and the rate of residents receiving adequate high-speed broadband services is far behind the standards set for New York State. The study found the choices of competitive providers also failed to meet needs of local rural customers. No specific funding is currently available to help improve access in the very spread out population of large Steuben County. To help achieve future access, the study suggested Outreach and Education to attract new carriers to the area, new marketing data to use in justifying new investments by potential carriers and pursuing funding by working with the Southern Tier Network to apply for federal and state grants expanding broadband coverage.
Two I-86 Tractor Trailer Accidents Delay Area Traffic
Two tractor-trailer accidents occured yesterday on I-86 causing delays for drivers and temporary damage. At about 4:45 in the morning near Exit 44 in Painted Post on a flyover ramp, a tractor-trailer overturned onto a guardrail. Later, at 1:30pm near Exit 52 in Big Flats, a truck driver lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving. Police, ambulance and T & R Towing responded to the scene.
Reed Meets With Seniors in Horseheads
Congressman Tom Reed met with seniors in Horseheads this week at an invitation only event organized by AARP’s Chemung County Chapter to talk about Social Security and Medicare. Seniors said they are concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs and the Social Securtity they paid into being enough to support their cost of living and needs as seniors. Reed says he suports the proposal to raise the age to 67 for Medicare eligibility and changing the law so Medicare directly negotiates drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
Gillibrand Visits Corning Senior Center
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Corning Senior Center yesterday advocating for legislation designed to keep prescription drug prices down. Gillibrand sponsors the Stop Price Gouging Act that would mandate pharmaceutical companies to report increases in prices of drugs and give justification for the change in prices. Pharmaceutical companies that don’t comply will be given tax penalties under the proposed bill. Gillibrand said about seniors: “Oftentimes they are forced to choose between paying the bills, paying the heat, paying the mortgage or buying their prescription drugs.” Gillibrand also talked about other bills she is currently cosponsoring for prescription drug reform including the Capping Prescription Cost Act, Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, Affordable Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act and the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act.
Watkins Glen International Named "Best NASCAR Track" Again
USA Today has named the Southern Tier’s own Watkins Glen International as number one in their Reader’s Choice pick for “Best NASCAR Track” for the third year in a row. WGI made it following being a part of 20 finalists in the nation in this year’s voting contest that lasted a month long. Watkins Glen International track events bring over 2,000 local jobs to the area and generate an estimated $200 million in local economic activity.
Cuomo Appoints Group to Draft Adult-Use Marijuana Program
Governor Cuomo has appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated
adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session
- based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The
Department of Health-led study concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated
marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts, and
that areas that may be a cause for concern can be mitigated with regulation and
proper use of public education that is tailored to address key populations. The
report found that regulation of marijuana benefits public health by enabling
government oversight of the production, testing, labeling, distribution, and sale of
Three Facing Charges Following Drug Investigation:
Three Corning residents are facing charges after investigation by authorities into multiple reports of suspicious persons and drug activity. According to the Corning Police Department, officers attempted to stop Damon Harris around Davis Street for alleged vehicle and traffic law violations when they witnessed him carrying a full garbage bag while rollerskating. He reportedly fled and was relocated when a witness reported he may have run into a home on Maple Street. When officers responded, they saw two vehicles leaving the scene. According to police, Harris was found in possession of a quantity of meth and the bag he’d been seen carrying was found to contain five one-pot type meth labs and other items commonly used in the manufacturing of meth. Police took the driver of the car Harris was found in, Julie Sweeny, into custody when she was allegedly found in possession of a switchblade. The other vehicle witnessed leaving the scene was stopped in the Wegmans Parking Lot on South Bridge Street. With the help of K9 officers, authorities located multiple drugs and contraband in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Jonathan Ruggles, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested for allegedly possessing meth, oxycodone tablets, oxycodone hydrochloride tablets, suboxone film, amphetamine tablets, and other paraphernalia. Harris was charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and other traffic infractions. Sweeny was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Ruggles was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed.
Drug Tip Leads to Arrest of Two in Hornell:
Following a tip to police about a vehicle on its way from Rochester carrying crack cocaine, Hornell Police arrested two Steuben County men. 51-year-old Jim Tigner of Canisteo and 62-year-old Wilbert Grant of Hornell were both arrested after their vehicle was stopped near the Hornell High School and they were allegedly found in possession of crack cocaine, money, and other evidence of ongoing cocaine sales. Both men were sent to Hornell City lockup pending arraignment.
Campbell Rest Area on I-86 Closing August 7th:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the Campbell Rest Area, located on the eastbound side of I-86 in Campbell, will be closed on August 7th to replace a backup generator. It’s expected to reopen just before the weekend.
Governor Cuomo Announces Intention to Remove Death Penalty:
Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement Thursday announcing his intention to advance legislation that would remove the death penalty from state law. Cuomo said the legislation is solidarity with Pope Francis – who recently declared the death penalty unacceptable in all cases – and in is in honor of his father, Mario. Currently, the death penalty is stayed in New York. The Governor’s legislation would remove it permanently.
Travel Advisory – C.R. 76:
County Route 76 in the Town of Pulteney will be closed to all traffic between the intersection of County Route 77 and Wright Road starting Monday, August 13th. It will be closed from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday, August 15th to replace a culvert. There will not be an onsite detour.
LimeBike Available During WGI NASCAR Weekend:
It isn’t just stock cars hitting Watkins Glen this weekend, LimeBike will be available for those seeking an eco-friendly alternative to car-sharing services. LimeBike is an electronic bike rental service touted as a sustainable form of transportation. It’s dock-free, meaning there’s no one pick-up or drop-off location. All you have to do is download the Lime app on your smartphone and use the code to unlock the bike. Then the bike is yours to ride wherever you want, as long as you need. When you’re done, leave the bike in a safe location and pull down the lever to lock it. There will be 75 such bikes available at the Glen this weekend.
Watkins Glen’s Clute Park Reopens:
Just in time for this very busy NASCAR weekend, Watkins Glen’s Clute Park has been given the okay to reopen. The park was closed for several days after e. coli bacteria were found in the waters of the southern shore of Seneca Lake. Testing now shows the issue is resolved and swimming, paddling, and all other water activities in the vicinity may resume.
Steuben Public Health Notes Aug. as National Immunization Awareness Month:
With National Immunization Awareness Month beginning this week and schools opening soon, Steuben County Public Health officials are reminding parents and guardians of the importance of keeping their children’s vaccinations up to date. Babies under the age of 2 should be vaccinated to protect them from 14 serious diseases, and school-age children are required, by law, to continue with a recommended vaccination schedule for the best protection against preventable diseases. And the need for vaccinations doesn’t end with childhood. Every year, tens of thousands of adults suffer diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. 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 under-insured. Call (607) 664-2438 to schedule an appointment.
Steuben to Celebrate History Week Oct. 1 – 7:
Steuben County’s first “Local History Awareness Week” is set for October 1st through the 7th and will highlight “Steuben County at War – Life during WWI and WWII.” Many historical groups across the county will present exhibits related to both wars and the home front. The exhibits will be hosted by costumed guides who will take both the public and school students through the exhibits displayed at the VFW. On the final day of History Week Kirk House, Director of the Steuben County Historical Society, will host a presentation in Haverling High School. It will be followed by a salute to the USO, with refreshments. Schools wishing to schedule class visits should contact the county Historian (email@example.com).
3 Arrested in Waverly on Drug-Related Offenses:
Three Steuben County residents have been arrested by the Waverly Police Department for drug-related offenses. 29-year-old Michael Dubois of Canisteo, 24-year-old Samantha Bouton and 27-year-old Devon Hough both of Addison were all charged with felony criminal possession of controlled substance in the 2nd, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th (with intent to sell), misdemeanor charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the 2nd, and criminal possession of marijuana in the 4th. All three were arraigned and sent to the Tioga County Jail.
Campbell Man Arrested in Corning Larceny:
A Campbell man has been arrested following a larceny complaint in Corning. According to Corning Police, they were called to a West Market Street business on a report of an unknown male that stole a Bluetooth speaker from the business’ mailbox. 24-year-old Shelby Buchanan was identified through surveillance video and with assistance from the public. Buchanan has been charged with petit larceny and he has been released on an appearance ticket.
Steuben Board of Elections Removes McCarthy from Independence Ballot:
At a hearing Wednesday, the Steuben County Board of Elections announced that it has removed Matthew McCarthy’s name from the Independence Party ballot line in this year’s race for county Court Judge. The Board deemed that the 74 signatures McCarthy gathered to be invalid. At the same hearing, the Board ruled the petition by Chauncey Watches to be valid, so he will appear on the Independence line on the fall ballot. Watches has also secured enough valid signatures to appear on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party lines. This year’s Primary Election is Thursday, September 13th, and the General Election will follow on Tuesday, November 6th.
Steuben Co. Considering Housing Needs Studies:
At Wednesday’s meeting of the Steuben County Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry, and Planning Committee, county Planning Director Amy Dlugos discussed the possibility of a county-wide study of the housing market and future needs. While multiple housing studies have been done in the cities of Corning and Hornell, Dlugos noted that no county-wide analysis has never been done. Studies would be done of multiple areas, including population centers in Bath, Wayland, and Hammondsport, and the recent studies in Corning and Hornell would be updated. The projected cost of the analysis is approximately $25,000 – with the county footing $12,500. The rest would be sought through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant. A final decision on whether to seek funding for the project is required by the full Legislature, which next meets on August 27th.
Travel Advisory S.R. 21, Wayland to N. Cohocton:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that a two-part paving project on State Route 21 from the Wayland village line to the Town of North Cohocton will get underway next week. Beginning August 7th, traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays.
Hport BOE Special Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 7 a.m. It will be in the district office.
Finger Lakes Wine Region in Running for USA Today “10Best”:
The Finger Lakes Region has a chance to be named the country’s best wine region as its currently in 1st place in a USA Today “10Best Reader’s Choice” poll. The Finger Lakes is up against other celebrated wine regions, including: Napa Valley, California, Monticello, Virginia, and Walla Walla Valley, Washington. The nominees were chosen by a panel of experts, but the final determination is up to the public. Voting is open now through August 20th at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-region/. You can vote once a day.
Department of Health Issues Algae Advisories
A blue-green Algae advisory for Smith Pond in Howard and Tanglewood Lake in Thurston has been issued by the Steuben County Department of Health and Western Regional Office of the State Department of Health in Hornell. Animals and people should avoid all contact with algae blooms, pond scums and colored water as the blooms can be toxic and pose serious health risks. The Department of Health says to take precautions by not drinking the water even if you boil it, rinsing off with clean water if exposed and keeping kids and animals away from scum and blooms. Do not wade, fish, boat or swim near scums or blooms or eat any fish caught from the waters. Report suspected blooms to firstname.lastname@example.org
Auburn Woman Arrested for DUI and Multiple Other Charges
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Auburn woman for operating a vehicle under the influence in Canisteo. It is alleged that Brittany Bryan operated a motor vehicle while impaired by drug use and illegally possessed cocaine, marijuana, pills, and drug paraphernalia. Sheriffs say Bryan presented a false name and identification to deputies and was wanted for burglary in the City of Auburn. Bryan was charged for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, Criminal Impersonation in the second degree, Driving while ability impaired by drugs and Aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Harassment
A Canisteo man was taken into custody for allegedly making multiple threats. State police arrested 48-year-old Brian Nichols. He was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. The alleged incident occurred Sunday in the town of Canisteo.
Bath Woman Arrested for Impaired Driving
A Bath woman has been charged with impaired driving. State police said they stopped 56-year-old Donna Pavese on Route 415. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08% and operating an unregistered vehicle. Court action is pending.
Cuomo Orders Block on Insurance Rate Spikes
As a response to the Trump Administration’s action to repeal the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering his Department of Financial Services to reject health insurance companies’ requests to raise their rates. Cuomo says insurance companies are attempting to capitalize on a “windfall profit” and insurance carriers have increased their rates at an average of 24 percent.
NY Attorney Generals Joins Coalition in 3-D Gun Lawsuit
As part of a coalition of seven other Attorney Generals, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that she will file a federal suit against the Trump administration blocking the sale and distribution of materials to print untraceable, undetectable guns using 3-Dimensional printers. Underwood said “It is, simply, crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button.” Pennsylvania's Attorney General is also participating in the lawsuit.
Cuomo Releases Hepatitis C Plan
Governor Cuomo has unveiled a $5-million plan as a strategy to eliminate hepatitis C in New York state. The plan includes expansion of access to clean syringes, expanded insurance coverage for those needing treatment and increased funding for treating the communicable disease. Hepatitis C has been on the rise over the years due in large part to the opioid epidemic but 90 percent of all cases are curable with proper detection and treatment from health workers. More than 200,000 New Yorkers live with hepatitis C with 3 out of every 4 living in neighboring Monroe County.
Schumer Says CDC's Federal Anti-Heroin Cut Will Hurt Communities
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says the Center for Disease Control’s new move to pull anti-heroin federal funding will be a disaster for citizens of communities and law enforcement alike. Schumer says major cities including New York, were deemed ineligible to seek the funding they expected to receive to battle the opiate epidemic despite having critical need for the dollars.
Reed Supports Trump's Farm Aid Bailout
Congressman Tom Reed says he supports the Trump administration’s $12 billion farmer bailout announced last week. Reed acknowledges the trade policy will possibly be, what he says calls, “disruptive”. The bailout gives emergency aid intended to help farmers who may suffer from the tariffs implemented by Trump for products from Mexico and China. The White House says farmers should expect to receive their aid sometime in September.
Application for Motions Reviewed in Bonilla Case
Wendy Bonilla, the sister involved in the case of murder suspect Lloyd Neurauter, was in Steuben County Court yesterday afternoon. The application for motions in the trial against Bonilla were reviewed by the judge. Bonilla is accused of helping her brother, Lloyd Neurauter, bribe a witness to the murder of his ex-wife Michelle. Bonilla will be back in court for a trial hearing August 13th while Neurauter’s next court date is set for September.
Florida Woman Arrested for DWI on State Route 36
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Florida woman for DWI charges in the village of Canisteo and Hornell. Sheriffs say they responded to a report that an intoxicated woman who showed up at a store in Canisteo was driving a motor vehicle intoxicated. Upon further investigation, Sheriffs found Mary Jo A. Lane of Hernando Street, Florida, operating a vehicle in an intoxicated condition on State Route 36 in Hornell. Lane was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and refusing to submit to a chemical breath test in Village of Canisteo Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Expected Rain Could Bring Flooding Locally
The National Weather Service says Steuben County can expect more rain this week and that could cause some problems. Multiple chances for showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout midweek. Locally, heavy rainfall and isolated flooding of smaller streams, creeks and poor drainage areas will be possible today through Thursday. Areas that have already had heavy rainfall in the past week, will be most vulnerable.
Residents and Farmers Urged to Be Vigilant About Longhorn Tick
Farmers and other residents in the state are urged by officials to be aware and vigilant about the Longhorn Tick. This breed of tick is unique because it is a self-cloning species native to Asia and Australia and has survived the winter in New Jersey, invading several other states including Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and recently our own New York state. All animals, especially sheep, cattle and horses, should be checked regularly for ticks and exposure to ticks during the summer season. Tick-borne illnesses including lyme disease carry symptoms of dehydration, weakness, lack of appetite and labored breathing in cattle. So far, the only Longhorn Tick reported in the state was found in Westchester County.
WGI Pledges $3000 to Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Watkins Glen International has made a donation to The Food Bank of the Southern Tier. President of WGI, Michael Printup, pledged the $3,000 donation for the Food Bank’s BackPack Program this year during “Giving is Gorges”, the organization’s Annual Day of Giving held on June 1st. Printup said: “We at Watkins Glen International are proud to be a part of this community and we want to continually support all that the Food Bank does here in the Southern Tier,”
Reed and 5 Congressman Write Cuomo About Recouping Sign Fines
Congressman Tom Reed has joined 5 other state House members demanding answers from Governor Cuomo about $14 million owed in fines by New York State. The millions of dollars in penalties was issued for failure to comply with federal regulations related to illegal “I Love NY” highway signs. A date has been set by the Federal Government for September 30th for all signs, which total over 500, to be removed or New York will face further penalties. All 6 Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to the governor asking about how the $14 million will be recouped.
Tour de Keuka Meets $75,000 Fundraising Goal
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has announced that this year’s Tour de Keuka in Hammondsport has reached their goal in raising $75,000. Almost 240 cyclists rode the various Tour de Keuka trails to raise money for the cause of ending area hunger and were able to help provide 276,000 meals. Those interested in supporting the Food Bank through the Tour de Keuka can still donate to the fundraising campaign online at www.tourdekeuka.com through August 8th.
Canisteo Man Arrested Following CPS Investigation
New York State Police report the arrest of a Canisteo man following an allegation that he struck a child in the head and caused physical injury. A joint investigation by the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Steuben County Child Protective Services resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Robert C. Morseman. Morseman has been charged with two class “A” misdemeanors: third degree assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was issued an Appearance Ticket for August 6th in the Town of Canisteo Court.
Abandoned Pitbulls from Painted Post Up for Adoption
Two pitbulls that were abandoned at the Walmart parking lot in Painted Post are ready to be adopted into forever homes. An arrest was made for the animal cruelty violation and the Finger Lakes SPCA have taken both dogs in. Owen and Petunia, who are believed to be between the ages of one and three, would best fit in an active home without small children and with other dogs. Both dogs know basic commands like sit and stay but will need additional obedience training. Those interested in learning more about the dogs or adopting one or both of them is encouraged to call the Finger Lakes SPCA http://fingerlakesspca.org/contact/.
Wood Street Fire Destroys Family's Mobile Home
A family of three has lost everything but their lives following a fire destroying their home on Wood Street last night. Last night at 6:04pm The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 10 Wood Street in the Village of Bath. Mutual aid from the Bath VA, Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Bath Village Utilities arrived at the scene before an RIT team from the Pulteney Fire Department and manpower from the Kanona, Savona and Hammondsport departments reported to the scene to standby at the Bath station. The Bath Village Police as well as Steuben County Sheriff’s department were also on scene and the fire was controlled in about a half an hour. An investigation discovered the fire was caused by an outlet in the rear of the mobile home. No injuries or deaths occurred as no one was home at the time and the American Red Cross was called to assist the family.
County Public Health Advises Residents to Avoid Rabies Exposure
Steuben County Public Health Department is urging residents to avoid contact with wild animals following a sharp increase of people needing rabies treatment in Steuben County since January of this year. The County Health Department says residents should avoid contact with wild animals like bats, raccoons and stray cats and dogs. If an animal does bite you, report the bite to the on-call Public Health nurse at (607) 664-2438 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and calling (800) 836-4444 after hours. All domestic and farm animals should be vaccinated for rabies and free local rabies clinics are listed online at: https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/rabiesclinic2018.pdf.
Steuben County Plans for Three-Year Algae Bloom Study
Steuben County is planning to contribute funds for a three-year, “Nine Element” study proposed by both the Keuka and Seneca Lake associations investigating specific factors that cause harmful algae blooms. The study will specify what causes have contributed nonpoint source pollution to prevent the harmful algae blooms from affecting water supplies of local municipalities located on Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Environmental Conservation will lead the study plans as both agencies work in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Steuben County Soil & Water District.
NYS Revokes Charter's Time Warner Merger
Yesterday New York regulators revoked Charter Communication Inc.’s merger approval with Time Warner Cable Inc. State regulators ordered Charter Communications, which is the largest cable provider in the state, to replace the cable provider with another to serve the over 2 million customers in New York. The decision comes after the Public Service Commission’s action in response to months of disagreements over the company meeting goals set by regulators as part of the 2016 merger approval. One of unmet goals involves broadband expansion to rural areas. Regulators ordered Charter to pay $1 million for not meeting expansion target for the month of June 2018. Charter Communications has not stated if the company plans to challenge the Public Service Commission’s decision.
Former Assembly Speaker Silver Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for political corruption charges. The politician brokered legislative deals for over twenty years before criminal charges brought an end to his political career. US District Judge Valerie Caproni sentenced Silver and noted that the political corruption in the state “has to stop” adding “New York has to get its act together.” Silver’s original 2015 conviction was thrown out by an appeals court before this year where the jury once again found him guilty of taking almost $4 million in return for legislative favors he granted real estate developers and a cancer researcher. Silver expressed remorse for his actions during the trial and in a letter writing “I pray I will not die in prison...”
Senator Schumer Says Trump Farm Bailouts Will Worsen US Economy
The President’s farmer bailout was criticized this week in the Senate by Minority Leader Charles Schumer. The U.S.D.A. is planning to borrow $12 billion from the Federal Treasury to use for subsidizing producers affected by Trump’s trade war against China but Schumer believes bailouts for producers will only worsen the economic situation for American businesses, accusing the administration of picking and choosing the farm industry to reap the benefits of a bailout over other domestic industries such as steel and aluminum.
Corning Accused of Leaving Children Alone to Get Marijuana:
A Corning woman is facing charges of child endangerment after she allegedly left her children at home alone to go smoke marijuana. According to Corning Police, around 1 a.m. Thursday, officers were alerted to the sounds of screaming and a possible disturbance in an upstairs room on Davis Street. Their investigation found 39-year-old Joy Edelmann asleep behind the wheel of a running motor vehicle. Edelmann has been charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count each of unlawful possession of marihuana and unlawful growing of cannabis. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Audit Finds Haverling School Dist. Needs Better Banking Policies:
The Bath school district needs to do a better job when it comes to online banking…and school superintendent Joe Rumsey agrees. In a recent audit report, the state comptroller’s office said school officials lacked adequate bank agreements for online banking transactions. The board also did not adopt an online banking policy and officials did not adequately segregate online banking duties. In addition, officials did not ensure that authorized access to online bank accounts was limited. In his response to the state, superintendent Rumsey said the district has begun corrective measures and is creating a comprehensive online banking policy.
Corning Kids Carnival Postponed:
Due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, the annual Kids Day Carnival in Corning has been postponed. Originally set for today from noon to 3 p.m., it will instead take place next Friday, August 3rd instead of Crazy Field Day. Crazy Day will now be held on August 10th at 10 a.m.
Guthrie Unveils Plans for Medical Office Buildings in the Elmira-Corning Area:
Guthrie unveiled plans this week for construction of two medical office buildings in the Elmira-Corning area. The new 60,000 square foot East Corning Medical Office Building will relocate surgical and medical specialty services such as OB/GYN, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and more, with between 25 and 30 providers providing roughly 65,000 visits per year. The 45,000 square foot Big Flats Medical Office Building (formerly Chase Pitkin) will house Cardiology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and more. Both facilities are scheduled to open in summer 2019.
NYS Launching Effort to Eliminate Hep. C:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected today to announce a new effort to eliminate hepatitis C. The state Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force will be the nation’s first strategy to eliminate the viral infection which is spread through contaminated blood and is being exacerbated by the opioid epidemic. Hepatitis C causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious damage of the organ. The new campaign against it is expected to include increased access to medications that can cure hepatitis C and the expansion of programs connecting people with prevention, screening, and treatment services.
DEC Seeking Participants in 2018 Summer Wild Turkey Survey:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys. Since 1996, the DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations. This allows the DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential. During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel. Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form from the DEC’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office to Test Drug ID System at Upcoming Phish Concert:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office might get some unexpected help in selecting a new drug identification system – attendees of the upcoming Phish concert at Watkins Glen International. On Monday, Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Public Safety and Corrections Committee that he wants to move forward with the purchase of a system that can detect and identify drugs without opening the packaging – an important ability when it comes to highly potent and dangerous drugs like fentanyl – but county officials haven’t been able to decide between two competing systems. So, the idea has been proposed to use an amnesty barrel at the concert. Attendees can throw out any drugs they may have without fear of arrest, and authorities can use it as an opportunity to do a blind test of the two systems. Whichever one does end up being purchased, Sheriff Allard said the Sheriff’s Office will offer it for use free of charge to other law enforcement within in the county.
COB Annex Close to Completion:
Affected departments and agencies are expected to begin moving into the Steuben County Office Building annex in early August, with only minor details left to be finished. According to plans approved by the county Legislature’s special Space Committee, the three-story annex will house the county Board of Elections offices and electronic voting machines, and records storage for current reports on the first floor. Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben, a demonstration kitchen, and a conference room will be on the second floor. The third floor will remain vacant to allow for expansion as needed. Construction of the East Morris Street annex, as well as a long-term records storage facility on Mount Washington, will cost a total of $8.7 million and is being paid for through a low-interest bond and county reserves.
Corning Inc. Announces Q2 Earnings:
Corning Incorporated has announced its 2nd Quarter financial earnings. There was a 9 percent increase in year-over-year sales from Q2 in 2017 to Q2 in 2018, growing from 2.5 billion to 2.8 billion. Share wise, year-over-year earnings did drop 3 percent from 39 cents to 38 cents. Core earnings are down 10 percent year-over-year, down to 359 million from 400 million.
P-P Taco Bell Raises $1,000 for Family of Fallen NYS Trooper:
On Sunday, the Painted Post Taco Bell donated 10 percent of their proceeds to the family of fallen New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark. The restaurant raised $1,025 over the day. Besides supporting Trooper Clark’s family, Taco Bell also offered free meals to all local law enforcement that day.
Farming Industry Celebrates 100th:
Two longtime farm-based agencies in Steuben County took time out Sunday for one of several 100th anniversary celebrations planned for this year. Members of the Steuben Farm Bureau and representatives of Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben gathered for a chicken barbecue and pass-the-dish meal at the Howard Community Center in Howard.
Kraft Heinz Recalls Cheese Dip:
Kraft Heinz has announced the recall of a cheese dip that could potentially lead to botulism. Around 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being recalled because the product is showing signs that it could allow for the growth of the bacteria that causes botulism. Affected are 15oz. jars with “best when used by” dates from October 31st 2018 to January 23rd 2019. Anyone with such jars should return them for an exchange or refund.
Three Hospitalized in I-86 Truck Accident
A truck accident on I-86 in Corning left a driver remaining in Robert Packer Hospital at press time while two others were released and treated. According to Sheriff Jim Allard, the truck was driving at a speed too fast for the rain, turning it over and causing a crash between exits 44 and 46. Traffic was redirected through the town of Corning for a short time following the crash.
TTA Systems Receives Grant from NYSHCR
TTA Systems LLC in Hornell will be supported by a grant to upgrade assembly of high-speed rail car trucks, creating more jobs in the community. New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced they will be issuing a $400,000 grant supporting TTA Systems to make railcar equipment. The grant is expected to make 30 new jobs within the company. Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal RuthAnne Visnauskas says the investment will “continue the growth of train manufacturing in Hornell.”
Campbell-Savona District Seeking Bus Drivers
Recruitment days for the Campbell-Savona school district bus drivers began yesterday and will continue every Tuesday morning beginning at 9:30 until 11:30 at 8242 State Route 415 at the district bus garage. Trainers will answer any questions for recruits, walk them through and let them sit behind the wheel of the bus. No prior experience is necessary and those who do not have their Commercial Driver’s License, Class B needed to drive the bus will be offered free training by the district to earn the CDL. New hires will also be offered other incentives.
Corning Woman Charged With Endangering Welfare of a Child
A Corning woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly leaving her 11-month old child home alone for several hours while away at bars. After a car she was a passenger in was pulled over for a traffic infraction, Catlynn Empson was taken home to check on her child by police officers. Empson allegedly tried to deceive them and attempted to grab one officer to prevent him from checking on the sleeping child. The driver of the vehicle was charged with driving with a blood alcohol content level of at least .18% while Empson faces additional charges of unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.
Corning Incorporated Announces Sitel Layoffs
Following a business decision, Sitel of Corning will be terminating the employment of its workers in a few months. The call center will be exiting the Corning market following the announcement of its owner, Corning Incorporated, that it will not renew its property lease on 101 Canada Road that opened a decade ago in 2008. Sitel’s Human Resources department gave 184 employees letters laying them off and explaining that their positions will be terminated in October due to a business decision. Corning Inc. says it is weighing out options in deciding whether or not to use the Canada Road property for company purposes.
Steuben County Jail Inmate from Elmira Arrested for Assault
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Steuben County Jail inmate for assault in the second degree, a class D Felony, following a physical altercation at the jail. Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott C. Washington from Elmira after he allegedly assaulted another inmate by intentionally striking him, rendering him unconscious and causing serious physical injury. Mr. Washington faced arraignment in the Town of Avoca Court and was returned to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He will appear in the Town of Bath Court on a later date.
3 Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop:
Three people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop on State Route 54 in Bath. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was stopped on July 19th due to an equipment violation and two occupants were found to be in possession of crack cocaine, and one was in possession of crack cocaine, US currency, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia. 56-year-old Rebekah Bishop and 61-year-old Louann Labarr, both of Bath, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree. Both were issued appearance tickets. 17-year-old Hector Rodriguez of Rochester was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third with intent to sell and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.
Corning Man Accused of Driving Drunk, Hitting Woman on a Scooter:
A Corning man is facing multiple charges following an accident in Corning involving a pickup truck and a motorized scooter. According to Corning Police, 65-year-old Hugo Murphy struck a woman on a motorized scooter intentionally and attempted to leave the scene via a taxi-cab. Officers were able to intercept the cab before it left. Murphy was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was additionally charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and assault. The incident is still under investigation and police say more charges may be filed at a later date. The woman operating the scooter was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later released.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
A Prattsburgh man has been arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Naples. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Philip Maciuska was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation and he had allegedly previously violated the terms of his probation, and an active violation of probation warrant had been issued by the Prattsburgh Town Court. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Corning Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:
The man accused of stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed was arraigned in Town of Corning Court Monday. Gary McCaslin pled not guilty to a charge of petit larceny, and his attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges. His attorney said that there’s no evidence he committed any crime, and that he was only doing what a good citizen would do by clearing the area of political clutter when he saw several signs from different candidates still on state land. The defense also motioned for a special prosecutor, saying that Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker has had a long relationship with Congressman Reed. Reed’s campaign manager, Nick Weinstein, said that after dozens of signs were stolen from a spot in Corning they put GPS trackers on the signs. He said one of the GPS tracked signs lead them to McCaslin’s home. According to Weinstein, McCaslin returned the sign but not the tracker. The judge will review the motions and McCaslin is due back in Court in August.
Turning Point Bath Accepting Donations for Annual Back to School Drive:
Turning Point Bath is once again accepting donations for its annual Back to School Supply Drive. Donated items can be dropped off at Turning Point Bath by August 15th, or at any of the following locations: Centenary United Methodist Church, Dollar General, First Presbyterian Church, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc., St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, and John Taggart Insurance. Besides school supplies, monetary donations will also be accepted. They can be mailed to or dropped off at Turning Point Bath also by August 15th. If mailing, indicate the donation is for the Back to School Drive in the “notes” section on your check. To receive school supplies, signs-ups are required and will be held August 13th through August 17th from 9 to 11:15 a.m. Students must be in grades Pre-K through 12, and be residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Savona, Hammondsport, or Prattsburgh. Parents are asked to bring the names and grades for all students receiving supplies as well as proof of address. Distribution days will be held Friday, August 24th from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 25th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Bath.
Goldfish Crackers Joins Salmonella Recall:
Pepperidge Farm is the latest to join in the recall surrounding products with potentially contaminated whey powder. Pepperidge is recalling several varieties of their popular Goldfish snack crackers. No illnesses have been reported at this time and no other Pepperidge Farm products are affected by this recall. The four types of Goldfish crackers being recalled are: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Extra Cheddar + Pretzel. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them. Recalled products should be discarded or they can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. For full details see the following chart: https://media.nbc4i.com/nxs-wcmhtv-media-us-east-1/document_dev/2018/07/23/ProductsList_72318_1532395181828_49377918_ver1.0.pdf.
Corning Man Arrested on Multiple Charges:
An investigation by the New York State Police has resulted in multiple charges against a Corning man. On July 20th, troopers from the Bath barracks responded to a reported domestic incident in Bath and following their investigation, arrested 26-year-old Joshua Reedy on charges of burglary, criminal contempt, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, and harassment. Reedy is accused of entering the victim’s residence and repeatedly punching and choking her, in violation of a previous order of protection. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Avoca Man Arrested for Endangering Child:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Avoca man following investigation into a reported domestic incident. It’s alleged that 26-year-old Cody Mitchell acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old, and that Mitchell subjected a child less seventeen to unlawful physical contact. Mitchell has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Bristol Woman Accused of Failing to Report Income:
A Bristol woman has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income while receiving benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services. 36-year-old Julie Martz is charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Summer Rec Programs Available in Steuben Co.:
Summer recreation is an important element of school children’s vacation time, and the Steuben County Youth Bureau helps fund 14 summer programs through Youth Development funding received from the state office for Children and Family Services. Each program is unique and may offer a variety of activities that could include arts and crafts, outdoor education, recreation, swimming, field trips, meals, or more. For a list of youth recreational programs in the county, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=621 and scroll across the “Summer Fun Sun” icon next to a location for more details.
Some Cheese Ritz Cracker Products Recalled:
Some Ritz Cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products are being recalled over Salmonella concerns. The voluntary recall includes the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. According to Mondelez Global, LLC, there have been no complaints of illness in connection with the products to date. The concern is over whey powder that the company’s supplier recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella. Consumers with the products should not eat them, and are advised to discard them. You can visit https://us.mondelezinternational.com/~/media/MondelezCorporate/us/uploads/downloads/press-releases/2018/Ritz-Recall-2108.pdf for more information.
Road Work on S.R. 54 in Bath/Hammondsport Starting Today:
A reminder for motorists today, paving work is set to begin on State Route 54 between C.R. 113 in the town of Bath and 54A in the town of Hammondsport. Work is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons. Motorists should be prepared for potentially lengthy delays as single-lane operation may be up to two miles.
Livingston County woman found guilty of murder
Livingston County Sheriff has announced the conviction Danielle Allen for murder. The jury came back with a unanimous guilty verdict for the stabbing death of her boyfriend Marcus Postell back in 2016. Forensic evidence and new technology loaned by the Niagara County assisted in helping to get the conviction. Allen could end up in jail for 15 years and is expected to be sentenced in Sept.
Classic Boat Show in Hammondsport
The 36th Annual Classic Board Show is this weekend in Hammondsport. The display of antique boats is hosted annually by Wine County Classic Boats. The two day event will feature up to 100 boats at Depot Park along with a classic car and truck show on Shether Street. WVIN Radio will be there with an on location broadcast from noon to 2:00pm with the Parade of Boats scheduled for 3:00pm
Savona man arrested
A Savona man has been arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s office and has been accused of sexually abusing a child. 74 year old Robert Thompson has been arrested on two counts…forcible touching and forcible sex act of a 15 year old girl. Thompson was taken to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail
Wellsville Balloon Festival
The 43rd annual Great Wellsville Hot Air Balloon Rally is this weekend. Thirty-five pilots have registered for the event. Mass launch time are generally around 6:30 tonight and Sunday morning. All launches are weather dependent. The event is free to attend. The Rally is located at the Lagoon Recreation Fields, next to Island Park along the Genesee Parkway in the village.
Over 11,000 tickets issued
The New York State Police say troopers issued a total of 11,480 tickets statewide during the 4th of July STOP-DWI enforcement campaign which ended July 5th. During the 108-hour campaign state police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices. Troopers arrested 216 people for DWI and investigated 165 personal injury accidents, which resulted in 244 people being injured with four fatalities. Troopers said the overall number of tickets and DWI arrests were up from the 2017 campaign.
Corning Inc issues dividend
Corning Incorporated’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable in September to shareholders of record on Aug. 31.
Tour De Keuka Today
Motorists around Keuka Lake take care today as you’ll be sharing the roadway with cyclists. The annual Tour de Keuka benefitting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier begins in Hammondsport this morning. Rides run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some 250 cyclists are expected with $75,000 being raised to provide 220,000 meals through the Food Bank.
2 Steuben Co. Residents Arrested During Wyoming Co. Traffic Stop:
Two Steuben County residents were arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday on State route 63 in the Town of Covington. 43-year-old Marion Conley of Hornell was pulled over for a cellphone infraction, and during the stop, she and her passenger, 50-year-old John Cook Jr. of Bath, were allegedly found to be in possession of seventeen cartons of unstamped cigarettes and an illegal billy club. According to Wyoming County deputies, the maximum unstamped cigarettes allowed are two cartons per person. Conley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of unstamped cigarettes, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone, and failure to notify DMV of address change. Cook was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of unstamped cigarettes. Both were released after being processed at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.
Steuben Audit Warns of Future Costs:
While Steuben County’s finances remain stable and well in line with strict governmental accounting standards, future costs will present new challenges for future budgets, according to a recent independent audit. Randy Shepherd, a Certified Public Accountant with the Bonadio Group, recently told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee the 2017 audit showed no material weaknesses, with all information required for the audit provided efficiently and on time. However, trends show the county will face budgetary challenges in the near future due to changes in state law, according to Shepherd’s audit. Changes within the court system and public defender’s office under recent state law will require the county to hire more attorneys to provide effective, efficient public defense the audit reported. Additionally, under the state’s Raise the Age legislation, the county will be required to provide housing for children aged 16 and 17 charged with a serious crime, in a facility tailored for their specific needs. The state will fund the county’s cost, but also requires that all counties comply with the tax cap to be reimbursed.
Corning Inc., UOR Team Up for Special Autism Treatment Program:
Corning Incorporated has teamed up with the University of Rochester Medicine in creating a new program to help kids with Autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities. Children from Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties will be able to go to Rochester for an initial diagnosis, then families will have the option to telemedicine from their homes with medical professionals – all paid for by Corning Inc. The program is currently in its early stages, and Corning Inc. says it hopes to expand by the end of the year and into early 2019. If you’d like to learn more, you can call a special dedicated line at the University of Rochester at +1 (585) 273-5514.
Swiss Rolls Recalled on Salmonella Concerns:
Flower Foods is recalling Swiss Rolls that could be contaminated with salmonella. The treats were sold under multiple brand names, including: Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value. According to Flower, the recall is due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the whey powder used in the products. Visit https://www.flowersfoods.com/news/news-releases/2018/07-18-2018-212009723 to see a list of UPC numbers and “Best By” dates.
Bath Baby Café Celebration Set for Aug. 3rd:
Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with its Bath Baby Café celebration August 3rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library. The free, family-friendly event will feature games, snacks, a car-seat tech, education, and information from local organizations. The library will also have free meals for children up to the age of 18 from 11:30 to 12:30. Additionally, breast-feeding friendly businesses will be recognized at the event by ProAction’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Tour De Keuka Tomorrow:
Motorists around Keuka Lake take care tomorrow as you’ll be sharing the roadway with a few extra bicyclists. The annual Tour de Keuka, benefitting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, begins in Hammondsport tomorrow with a check in and same-day registration time of 6 a.m. Rides run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some 250 cyclists are expected with $75,000 being raised to provide 220,000 meals through the Food Bank.
Road Work on S.R. 54 in Bath/Hammondsport Starting Monday:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning Monday, paving work will be performed on State Route 54 between C.R. 113 in the town of Bath and 54A in the town of Hammondsport. Work is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons. Motorists should be prepared for potentially lengthy delays as single-lane operation may be up to two miles.
NYS Trooper Vehicle Struck During Horseheads Traffic Stop:
Two New York State troopers were sent to the hospital early this morning when their vehicle was struck during a traffic stop in Horseheads. The officers had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation when their patrol vehicle was struck from behind. They received minor injuries and were later released. The driver of the car that rear-ended them was also sent to the hospital for minor injuries. The crash happened on Watkins Road, near Wygant Road and the Dandy convenience store. An investigation into the incident is underway.
Scheduled Power Outage Today:
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) has announced a scheduled power outage for today beginning at 9:30 a.m. Customers on the following streets will be impacted: Cross Street, Burton Street, Tonseth Drive, Charles Street, Maple Heights, Snyder Hill Road, Pheasant Lane, and Sand Pit Road. Power is expected to be restored around 10 a.m.
Cuomo Still Leading Governor’s Race According to New Poll:
Despite a drop in favorability, incumbent Andrew Cuomo is still leading the race for New York State Governor, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The survey puts Cuomo leading primary challenger Cynthia Nixon 59 to 23 percent. Against his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, Cuomo is also in the lead at 57 to 31 percent.
Corning Inc. Announces New Gorilla Glass Forms:
Two new additions of Gorilla Glass have been announced by Corning Incorporated. “Corning Gorilla Glass DX” and “Corning Gorilla Glass DX+” are currently being adopted for wearable mobile devices, but the company hopes to adopt them to larger form-factor devices. It’s said both enhance display readability and increase the display contrast ratio. Corning Gorilla Glass currently is designed into more than 6-billion devices across 45 major brands.
Hockey Officially Returning to First Arena:
At a press conference at the First Arena Tuesday it was officially confirmed that hockey will be returning to the arena this year. Owner of the Elmira Pioneers, Robbie Nichols is the man making the return possible. He announced during the conference that he has entered into an agreement to lease the arena with an option to purchase it down the road. He also promised that it won’t just be a hockey facility, saying that it will be “busy again every weekend” and that the arena “belongs to the community; it belongs to everybody.” He made reference to the circus, World Championship Ice Racing, and Wine on Ice. Details about the new hockey team, including name, colors, and players will be shared with the community next week on July 25th at 3:30 at the First Arena.
Skelos and Son Found Guilty Again:
After four days of deliberation, jurors have once again convicted former New York State Senator Dean Skelos, as well as his son, on charges of extortion, wire fraud, and bribery. Prosecutors say Skelos and his son, Adam, worked together to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies by threatening punishment in form of negative legislation. The pair were previously found guilty in 2015, but when the public corruption laws were changed, a new trial was ordered.
Verizon Reaches Deal to Expand Internet Services in Upstate:
An agreement has been reached between Verizon and the New York State Public Service Commission that will allow the telecommunications company to expand its high-speed internet services to the upstate. Verizon is expected to make its high-speed broadband internet available to 47,000 more households starting this year. The Commission says this will result in the “availability of high quality, more reliable landline telephone service to currently underserved communities and will increase Verizon’s competitive presence.” Not included in the deal is Verizon’s Fios TV network. The company is not looking to expand that at this time.
Road Closures in Corning This Week:
Paving and repair work will close some streets in Corning in this week. Today and tomorrow Riverside Drive from Bridge Street to Warren Street, East William Street from Bridge Street to Warren, Ferris Street from East William to Riverside Drive, and East Pultney Street from James Street to the end will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Then on Friday, Buffalo Street from Reynolds Street to Townsend Street, and Stimson Street from Reynolds Street to Culter Street will be closed, also from 6 to 6.
Non-Native Ticks Found in New York:
A new species of tick has been found in New York. Non-native Longhorned ticks have been found in multiple locations within Westchester County. They are native to Australia, New Zealand, and eastern Asia and have been known to transmit disease to humans, though it is unknown at this time if that can happen in the U.S. The ticks have also been spotted in New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina. The State Department of Health says that steps to protect against native deer ticks are also effective against this foreign tick. Ways to prevent ticks while outside include: wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, checking for ticks often and brushing any away before they can attach, performing full body checks multiple times a day as well as at the end of the day, and you can consider the use of repellents.
2 Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Steal from Elderly Victim:
Two Steuben County residents have been arrested following an investigation by the New York State Police and county Adult Protective Services into a report of possible fraud involving an elderly woman. 24-year-old Brandon Todd of Prattsburgh is charged with attempted grand larceny and fraudulently obtaining a signature. 30-year-old Amanda Yates, also of Prattsburgh, is charged with fraudulently obtaining a signature as an accomplice. According to investigators, Todd used the threat of criminal action to force an elderly female to sign a contract designed to steal $7,500 from the woman and allow both him and Yates to live in the woman’s residence. Additionally, investigators allege that Yates was present during the incident and aided Todd by signing the contract as a witness. Both were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail: Todd on $25,000 cash bail and Yates on $1,000 cash bail.
First Arena Press Conference Today:
The future of Elmira’s First Arena will be discussed today at a press conference with members of the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency. The public is invited to attend the announcement, which is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the arena. Last week, Elmira Pioneers owner Robbie Nichols agreed in principal to bring a Federal Hockey League team to Elmira.
Area Representatives Respond to President’s Putin Press Conference:
Monday’s press conference with President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which President Trump supported Putin’s denials about his country’s involvement in the election and called the probe into it by the U.S. Justice Department a “disaster,” has spurred a lot of response, including locally. Congressman Tom Reed issued a statement saying that “Russia is not our friend,” and that he has “no doubt they have, and are trying to, meddle in our elections.” However, he goes on to say that there’s no evidence of American collusion and he calls for the Mueller investigation to close. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took her to twitter and directed her criticism at President Trump, saying, “We just witnessed the President of the United States abdicate his national security responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief. When he was given the chance to hold Putin accountable and condemn Russia’s interference in our elections, he refused.”
NYS Dept. of Health Reports Pros of Legalized Marijuana Outweigh Cons:
In a recently released 75-page report, the New York State Department of Health says that the pros of legalizing recreational marijuana outweigh the cons. The report says legalization would generate anywhere between $248 million to $677 million in tax revenue within the first year. It recommends that anyone 21-years or older can buy up to an ounce. The state is also looking to omit the records of marijuana related offenses. Not everyone feels the same, however. Locally, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker agreed that while there are good medical uses for it, the idea of making more drugs available in the community is “…pretty scary for those of us who deal with public safety on a daily basis.” Nine states and Washington D.C. have already legalized recreational use of marijuana. It’s currently legal in New York for medical purposes only.
Blood Pressure Medicine Recalled Over Possible Cancer Risk:
A recall of several drug products used to treat high blood pressure has been announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to a potential cancer risk. According to the FDA, the active ingredient valsartan is being voluntarily recalled due to the possible impurity of a potential carcinogen. Patients currently taking the recalled valsartan-containing medicines should continue taking it until they have a replacement, the FDA recommends. Patients should look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle and contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine. The recall list includes: Valsartan by Major Pharmaceuticals, Valsartan by Solco Healthcare, Valsartan by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Solco Healthcare, and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.
Three Arrested in Sex Offender Sweep:
This month the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in a cooperative effort with the United States Marshals Service, conducted status and address verifications of over 250 registered sex offenders in the county. As a result, three men were arrested and two warrants were issued for interstate fugitives. Arrested were: 69-year-old Jessie Smith of Bath for alleged failure to register and or verify an address change; and 57-year-old Charles Wolf of Canisteo and 58-year-old Jeffrey VanSkiver of Prattsburgh, both for alleged failure to register and or verify for individual internet access or identifiers. All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
Cuomo Urges Renewal of Farmers’ Market Food Stamp Program:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on federal officials to renew the policy that allows food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers’ markets. The Governor says that the state was notified by the federal government that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients would no longer be able use their benefits at farmers’ markets because of a technology change. In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cuomo argues that the program gives low-income families access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally produced items and that to eliminate it would hurt both recipients and local farmers. The Department of Agriculture has not yet responded.
Reed Headed into November Election from Strongest Position Ever:
As the November General Election draws near, incumbent Congressman for the 23rd District, Republican Tom Reed is heading to the polls from his strongest position ever at this point in a campaign. It was announced last week that the Reed Campaign has raised over $500,000 in the second quarter and now has over $1.25 million cash on hand. Reed said that he’s grateful for the support of his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York.
Mitrano Endorsed by Sen. Gillibrand, Former Lt. Gov. Lundine:
Congressional hopeful Tracy Mitrano has received a pair of new endorsements in her race against incumbent Tom Reed. On Friday, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and ten year member of congress, Stan Lundine endorsed Mitrano during a press conference. Lundine said as a native of Western New York, he knows Mitrano has the commitment and competence to provide effective leadership for the region and the nation. Then, on Saturday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support for the challenger for the 23rd district seat, saying, “Tracy has the smarts and grit to fight for working and middle class families.”
Kanona Rest Stop to be Closed on July 18th:
The state Department of Transportation has announced that the Kanona Rest Area on I-86 will be closed this Wednesday, July 18th. The rest stop, located on the west-bound side of the interstate, will be closed for construction through the entire day, but it is expected to reopen the following day on Thursday, July 19th. Motorists are reminded not to speed through work zones.
Hundreds Turn Out for 4x4 Convoy for Trooper Clark:
Hundreds of participants turned out this weekend to take part in a 4x4 convoy in support of fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark. The convoy made its rounds Sunday from Painted Post to Canisteo and back. Trooper Clark’s brother, Nathan, offered his thanks to everyone, saying that their family appreciates it from the bottom of their heart. As it was such a massive success, officials say the event will now become an annual tradition.
Wayland Man Arrested for UPM
Steuben County Sheriffs’ Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Wayland man. Thomas Hough is alleged to have possessed hashish oil and marijuana while in a vehicle on Lackawanna Street in Wayland. Hough was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana and released to reappear in Wayland Town Court next month.
Vital Statistics Consolidation Approved for Avoca Town and Village
Steuben County Human Services Health and Education Committee approved the consolidation of vital statistics between the Town of Avoca and Village of Avoca. The town and village each maintained separate records prior to the approval but the municipalities will now combine their vital statistics under the authority of the town. Vital statistics records include documents such as birth and death records as well as marriage and divorce records and are maintained by the state Department of Health, who made a strong recommendation to consolidate the records to avoid duplicate reports.
NYS Assembly Passes Bill Banning Under 21's from Serving Alcohol
The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it illegal for anyone under age 21 to serve alcohol or handle an open container and it may impact Southern Tier wineries and restaurants negatively if signed into law. The bill would also make other restrictions like limiting the number of wine or cider tastings a winery could give and making it against the law for a winery to serve the same person more than once in the same day. If the governor signs the bill into law, it could affect employment and hours of workers under 21 working in establishments serving alcohol and harm local business in wine country.
DOT Announces Upcoming Keuka Rest Stop Closure
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that on Wednesday July 18th, the Kanona rest area will be closed. For an entire day, the rest area located on the west bound side of Interstate 86 will be closed for construction but will reopen the following day on Thursday July 19th. Motorists traveling through there are reminded not to speed through the work zone.
Chemung Sheriffs Want Leads for Hobby Lobby Larceny Suspects
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public in an investigation into a larceny that happened at the Big Flats Hobby Lobby on County Route 64. The Sheriff’s Office needs information to identify three women who allegedly stole merchandise there June 20th. Security photos of the three female suspects were posted on the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page yesterday. Anyone with information on the identity of any or all of the three women is encouraged to contact the Office’s Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 737-2933
Marijuana Legalization May Generate $678 Million in Tax Revenue
This week, the New York State Department of Health released a 74-page analysis estimating marijuana legalization could help the state generate a potential tax revenue of almost $700 million. The report also estimates state residents and visitors spend between $1.7 billion and $3.5 billion on illegal cannabis annually and claims New York “would be one of the largest potential regulated marijuana markets in the United States.” Between $250 million and $678 million in revenue for “public health, education, transportation, research, law enforcement and workforce development.” could be seen by New York depending on the tax rate created by lawmakers. The governor has softened his stance on the substance recently, helping to commission the Department of Health’s analysis released yesterday. State lawmakers will return to Albany in January, giving them time to consider possible proposals for legalization.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:
A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Hornell, and could face additional charges in relation to an overdose in Hornell. 32-year-old Paul Rivera was stopped by police on July 11th and was allegedly found in possession of 38 bags of heroin, 16 bags of crack cocaine, and 5 bags of crack hydrochloride – all ear marked for sale and distribution. Rivera is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and three counts of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third. Further charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and assault in the second as a result of a heroin overdose are possible, pending lab results. The overdose occurred on June 29th and Narcan was administered to the victim. Rivera has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Former Savona Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Mismanagement of Funds:
In Bath Village Court this week, former Savona Mayor Gregge Harrian pled not guilty to charges in relation to alleged mismanagement of village funds during his term. Harrian is charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and two counts of first degree falsifying business records, both class E felonies. Harrian allegedly misappropriated thousands of dollars in village funds for unauthorized and personal transactions. He has been released on his own recognizance and is due back in court in September.
Crestwood LPG Storage Proposal Is No More:
After 8 years, the battle over proposed liquid petroleum gas storage in underground salt caverns around Seneca Lake is finally over. Thursday the DEC issued an application denial to Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC; a subsidiary of Crestwood Equity Partners. Many residents of the Finger Lakes region have already come out in support of the decision. Crestwood has yet to respond.
Sitel Laying Off 184 Workers:
Sitel announced Thursday that it’s laying off 184 workers from its Painted Post location. The company sites the departure of a major client, believed by employees and local officials to be the Wall Street Journal, as the reason for the terminated positions. Affected employees will be let go sometime in October. According to the company, full-time workers who stay through the termination date and who currently have benefits will remain eligible for those benefits through the last day of their last month.
Judge Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in County Judge Race:
Judge Chauncey Watches has filed petitions securing him four ballot lines in this fall’s election for Steuben County Judge. Watches filed Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party petitions. In all, he and his team collected nearly 2,000 signatures – hundreds more than the minimum 5 percent required by state law.
Medical Marijuana to Become Alternative to Opioids:
Anyone in New York prescribed an opioid will soon be able to request medical marijuana as an alternative. The state Department of Health announced the new policy Thursday, with state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker saying medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective pain treatment that doesn’t have the risk of addiction that comes with opioids. He said offering the alternative is a critical step in the fight against the opioid epidemic. The new policy is expected to take effect this fall.
Nixon Officially Secures Spot on Primary Ballot:
Cynthia Nixon has officially earned her spot on the upcoming primary ballot for New York State Governor. She and her team have collected more than 65,000 signatures. Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo already secured his place on the ballot by receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party. The primary is set for September 13th. The winner will face off against republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the November General Election.
Public Housing Smoking Ban Takes Effect This Month:
At the end of this month, all public housing agencies (PHAs) have to be smoke-free. The regulation was adopted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2016. Under it, lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, are prohibited in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices, and all outdoor arears within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings.
Steuben Hall of Fame Reception July 23rd:
The public is invited to the Steuben County Hall of Fame reception immediately following the regular session of the county Legislature on July 23rd. Those nominated for honors in 2018 and expected to be approved during the regular legislative session are: Mark Alger, first count administrator, and later the first county manager; Clara Comstock, known as “The Orphan Train Lady,” for selecting adoptable children from New York City and sending them by train to destinations farther west; and Anna Cadogan Etz, who was active in the New York State Women’s Suffrage Association and who’s newspaper column “Suffrage Notes and Comments” appeared in 40 newspapers from 1912 to 1917. The reception honoring these inductees will be held in the County Office Building third-floor foyer.
Hockey Returning to First Arena for 2018 Season:
According to 18 Sports, Elmira Pioneers Owner Robbie Nichols will be returning hockey to the First Arena for the 2018-19 season. Nichols and the owners of the First Arena, the Chemung County IDA, have reached a deal in principle and once the paperwork is finalized, Nichols would bring an FHL team to the city. A press conference could reportedly be called as early as next week. The team would complete an eight-team league with the season starting in November. Complete deal details, including the selecting of a new team name, will be discussed at the future press conference.
Four Steuben Land Bank Properties on the Market:
Less than a year after restoration efforts began, two rehabilitation projects through the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) are now back on the market. The properties are 161 Kingsbury Avenue and 232 Onondaga Street in Corning. They were selected last November for rehab efforts after assessments indicated the properties could be restored and sold at reasonable prices. They were two of four projects selected. The other two are on East Washington Street in Bath and on Wells Street in Hornell. Those two were demolished in early 2018 and now the vacant lots are for sale. More information about all four properties can be found online at http://www.steubencony.org/landbank.
A.U. Renames Prestigious Award, Creates Scholarship in Honor of Trooper Clark:
Alfred University is paying tribute to fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark with the creation of a scholarship in his name, and the re-naming of a prestigious student-athlete award in his honor. University President Mark Zupan said they will be working with Clark’s family to determine the criteria for the scholarship, and if anyone is interested in donating, checks can be made out to Alfred University with Nick Clark Scholarship in the memo and mailed to University Advancement, One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY, 14802. Besides the endowment, the Alfred University Athletics department will rename one its most esteemed awards, the Ideal Saxon Award, to the Nicholas F. Clark ’11 Ideal Saxon Award. The annual award recognizes the achievements of a male and female student-athlete who displays excellence in both academics and athletics while providing service and leadership to the AU Community. Trooper Clark was killed July 2nd in the line of duty.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Announces Pistol Proficiency Course Dates:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced two dates for a Pistol Proficiency Course. The 12 hour course will be held July 21st and 22nd and September 15th and 16th at the Bath Rod and Gun Club Law Enforcement Range from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Pistol permit holders will receive instruction in safe pistol handling, storage, carry and use, as well as shooting fundamentals and positions, and threat assessment. All students must provide a copy of their pistol permit, approved pistol, holster, and reload device or method, approved eye and ear safety devices, approved 250 rounds of pistol ammunition, a check or money order for $20 payable to the Bath Rod and Gun Club, and their own food and drink. The course will be limited to 30 students and due to the anticipated high interest, pre-registration is required. To register call 622-3930.
Beer and Cider Ice Cream Now Legal in NYS:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law this week that makes the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer legal in the state of New York. The legislation requires that the frozen treats contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibits sales to anyone under 21. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator James Seward, says it combines two of New York’s leading industries: dairy and locally crafted beer and cider.
Hammondsport Businesses Struck by Car:
Two Hammondsport businesses suffered damage early Tuesday morning when they were struck by an alleged drunk driver. In a post on Facebook, Erin Maloney of Maloney’s Pub, said that considerable damage was done to their front porch, and that several trees and tables at the Village Tavern were damaged. Maloney’s did open for regular business Tuesday afternoon. Police have not released any information about the driver.
Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:
A Corning man is facing a charge of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed. According to the Communications Director for the Reed Campaign Abbey Daughtery, yard signs for the Reed Campaign had been disappearing, so tracking devices were put in the signs, and one such device led police to the home of Gary McCaslin. McCaslin is the leader of the group Citizens for a Better Southern Tier, which names itself on its Facebook page as a bipartisan organization working to ensure all concerns of the residents of the 23rd District are heard and addressed by elected officials. McCaslin will answer the charge in Corning City Court at a later date.
Steuben Property Auction Friday:
The 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction is this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School. Some 60 properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org. The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual site in Bath.
Drug Take Back Act Signed into Law:
The New York State Senate announced Tuesday that the “Drug Take Back Act” has been signed into law. Sponsored in part by Senator Tom O’Mara, the legislation established a unified statewide drug take-back program that will reduce medication misuse, and will save government and taxpayer money by expanding the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations. It will also protect the state’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means. The act will make pharmaceutical manufactures responsible for costs of the program, including public education and awareness, drug collection, transport, and destruction.
$275,000 Awarded to E-C Airport:
$270,000 in federal funding is headed to the Elmira-Corning Airport, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. The announcement was made Tuesday. According to Schumer, the funds will be used to market the airport’s expanded service between Elmira and Newark.
Bath Police Endorse Chauncy Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:
The Bath Police Benevolent Association announced Tuesday its endorsement of Republic Judge Chauncey Watches for Steuben County Court Judge. The PBA represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department. In their endorsement letter, PBA President William Baker said that “…Judge Watches has never let [them] down.” In response, Watches said he’s honored and humbled to have the support of the Bath Police. This year’s Primary Election is set for Thursday, September 13th, with the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th.
Rep. Reed Endorses Farley for Senate:
Congressman Tom Reed has announced his endorsement of Chele Farley for U.S. Senate. Farley is looking to unseat incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Reed called Farley “the smart choice for New York,” and said, “her experience as a businesswoman combined with her plan to protect taxpayers across [the] state is a winning formula.” In response, Farley thanked Reed for his support.
Steuben Residents May Be Eligible for Cooling Assistance:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging and county Department of Social Services urge older adults and people with certain medical conditions to find out if their household qualifies for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Benefit program. Eligibility requirements include: gross monthly income at or below HEAP’s monthly income limits, or the household receives SNAP, temporary assistance, or supplemental security income living alone; a household member has a documented medical condition worsened by heat; the household received a regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year. For more information call the Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298 or the Department of Social Services at (607) 664-2500.
Residents Encouraged to Use Blue Light Bulbs in Commemoration of Fallen
Area residents are being encouraged to switch their porch lights to blue lightbulbs this Friday in commemoration of local fallen Trooper, Nicholas Clark. Trooper Clark was killed on July 2nd while responding to a suicide call in the Town of Erwin. Police Benevolent Association Troop E Delegate, Trooper Jason Sheridan said that Corning Home Depot is getting in on the initiative as well. The store donated over 700 blue lights to Troop E troopers and Canisteo residents to help them make the switch. If you do switch your porch light, the PBA encourages you to take a photo and post them on social media using #SupportTrooperClark.
Corning, Inc. Recognized for Disability Inclusion:
Corning, Incorporated has been named one of the best places to work in the United States for disability inclusion by the Disability Equality Index. According to DEI, Corning, Inc., was one of the major businesses to score a 100, meaning they adhere to most of the disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI. The list was established in 2015. This is the first time Corning Inc. has been featured.
Bath Man Arrested for Failing to Register Address with Sex Offender Registry:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Charles Augrom III for allegedly failing to notify the sex offender registry of a change of address within 10 days, a class E felony. Additionally, he’s accused of failing to personally verify his address every 90 days as a level 3 sex offender, also a class E felony. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Child Porn Charges Leveled Against Former Ovid Boy Scouts Employee:
A Lyons man that used to work for the Boy Scouts of America is facing charges of child pornography. According to federal prosecutors, 34-year-old Russell Ruth worked for Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid. This past March, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report from Yahoo that a subscriber uploaded five files to their servers suspected to be child pornography. Police traced the files to an email address allegedly belonging to Ruth and a subsequent search warrant executed at his home resulted in hundreds of images and videos of minors being recovered. As Ruth was employed by the Boy Scouts, investigators are asking anyone that might have information related to the case to contact the Buffalo office of Homeland Security at 716-464-5949.
Steuben County to Fund Opioid Services:
Steuben County will continue its battle with the local opioid epidemic, despite a lack of anticipated funding from the state. County Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health Education Committee Monday the state has cut anticipated funds for jail-based opioid treatment by 75 percent, with the remainder of the funds split between a few counties. Steuben planned to use that money as part of is Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE) program, announced in February, with hopes of expanding counseling and treatment services for inmates at the county jail. Steuben is one of the few counties in the state now providing even limited in-house treatment for inmates with substance abuse, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard.
LPG Storage Project Loses Support of Schuyler Co.:
The Schuyler County Legislature has reversed its decision to support the proposed Finger Lakes LPG Storage Facility Project, which would see gas stored in underground caverns beneath Seneca Lake. The legislature issued support in 2014 and again in 2016, but unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that withdraws its support. The decision comes after Crestwood issued a letter to the DEC stating that pressure testing done in some of the caverns revealed what is essentially a lack of integrity.
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both its regular and re-organization meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the High School library.
Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors:
An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent
call for eligible donors of all blood types – but especially type O – to give now. The call comes after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized last week as the holiday was celebrated. This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed. You can help by scheduling an appointment to donate by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Locally, both Bath Ambulance and the Steuben County Office Building will hold drives this week on Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively.
Tractor Trailer Roll Over Near Savona Being Investigated
A tractor trailer roll over that happened this weekend on I-86 in Savona is under investigation by New York State Police. The accident occured on exit 40 underneath the bridge on Interstate 86. The driver of the trailer was not injured in the rollover but the accident did cause Department of Transportation Officials to temporarily close one lane of traffic where the crash happened as crews worked to clear the scene. Police are continuing to investigate to determine what caused the rollover.
Reed Leads Mitrano Majorly in Funding
Last week, Tracy Mitrano was named Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd district and looks like the underdog for campaign fundraising as the 2018 election cycle kicks off. Mitrano is running against Reed, the Republican Congressman who was elected in 2010. According to the Federal Election Commission, Mitrano has $56,000 in her campaign war chest compared to Reed’s $1.1 million. Whether or not Mitrano can shrink or close this financial gap and whether or not monetary resources matter to win this year’s congressional election is a question voters will answer November 6th.
Real IDs Issued by DMV Required by 2020
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has launched their public awareness campaign reminding New Yorkers to get a “real id” as soon as they can because it will be required by the year 2020. Anyone wishing to fly within the US will need either a real ID or enhanced driver’s license to do so by October 2020. Those who travel abroad will now need a real ID as well as their passport. To get your Real ID you must go to your local DMV bringing your birth certificate with seal, social security card and two proofs of ID confirming your address.
Schumer Calls on Trump to Stop Canadian Tariff for Paper
US Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer called on the White House and Department of Commerce to waive the tariffs imposed on Canadian paper used for newsprint. Schumer says the tariff on groundwood paper will likely result in job cutbacks in New York as well as less pages for informative content and says the decline in printing newspapers may harm business for U.S. groundwood paper producers. The Department of Commerce will determine in August if these tariffs will become permanent as they evaluate if they will injure or put US business at risk.
DiNapoli Warns of Fiscal Risks if NY Spending Continues
New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report on the state’s financial plan, warning that if current trends continue it will result in state spending outpacing state revenue within three years, putting New York’s economy at risk for collapse if it declines or the federal government cuts funding. If current spending continues, DiNapoli reports that a cumulative deficit of almost $18 billion will be seen within a three-year period. State tax receipts this year total $78 billion- a 1.7 percent drop from 2017 that leaves the state with less revenue to support 2018’s budget that saw $6.5 billion added in new spending.
Timber Rattlesnakes Out for Summer in Southern Tier
Summer is here in the Southern Tier and as all the outdoor fun begins and continues, local nature experts warn us of a seasonal danger many people in this area are not aware of: rattlesnakes. Timber rattlesnakes have blackish-colored bodies, triangular heads and make a rattling sound with their tail. To keep safe if you see a timber rattler, do not harm or kill them since they are a threatened species. Be aware of where you step while outdoors or in the woods and if you do get bitten, act fast by calling 911 immediately as their venom takes about an hour to affect humans. Timber rattlesnakes have been alive and spotted in the Southern Tier: sightings around Big Flat’s Route 352 were reported this summer but over the years, the threatened species have been making headlines since the late 2000’s as more people have reported sightings, mostly in the Corning area.
Man Who Shot Trooper Found to Possess Illegal Firearms
Stephen Kiley, the man who who reportedly shot and killed State Trooper Nicholas Clark, was found to be in possession of a dozen illegal firearms during the time of his death according to the New York State police. The Bradford Central School principal possessed eight assault rifles, three handguns, a standard rifle, two sound-suppressing silencers and multiple ammunition magazines of high-capacity. According to the autopsies, Kiley died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head but was shot in the chest by law enforcement prior to killing himself. Trooper Clark’s autopsy reports that he died from buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun. Funeral Services for the Officer will be held 11am tomorrow at Alfred University.
Reed Visits Prattsburgh to Talk Rural Broadband Access
Congressman Tom Reed made an appearance at Prattsburgh this week to speak with Empire Access leaders to talk about the issue of broadband accessibility in rural communities. The latest versions of the Farm Bill in House and Senate have included broadband access improvements such as investments of more than $500 million into rural broadband expansion and infrastructure and establishes new minimum acceptable standards for broadband service to make sure rural access is indeed high speed. Broadband deployment loan programs would also see extensions and increases in funding under the bill while loans would be authorized for “middle mile” infrastructure in rural areas.
Schumer Introduces Bill for Vets to Solicit at USPS
A new bill introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer may have the U.S. Postal Service allowing veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property. A decades-old rule forbids all solicitation on post office property but Schumer believes that it’s a condition that’s “exasperating” and has called on the postal service to allow vets to fundraise on the property. “There are lots of causes and a lot of people who may want to sit in front of the post office. But they’re not at the same level as people who risked their lives for America,” said Senator Schumer. Schumer expects the legislation will pass with bipartisan support by October.
Reed Supports Military Force if North Korea Does Not Commit Peace
Local New York congressman Tom Reed telling a national audience that if Kim Jong-un does not commit to peace it will only leave the United States with the option of military force. The U.S. is hearing reports that North Korea continues a secret nuclear buildup. Reed made the remarks during a CNN interview.
New TV Ad Campaign Shows Deadly Results of Opiod Abuse
As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities across New York State, a cross section of county leaders have come together to create a campaign to bring awareness to the signs of opioid abuse. The New York State Association of Counties has partnered with the New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners to create a hard-hitting advertisement that will run on television stations throughout New York State. State officials say from 'first responder' law enforcement receiving calls for help, to the 'last responder' Coroners and Medical Examiners confirming the cause of death, local government officials confront the effects of addiction and opioid abuse in our communities every day. The Association of Counties said they are hopeful that this campaign will raise awareness of the signs of addiction before it's too late.
Free Medicare Seminars in July
Free Medicare Seminars are slated to be held for the month of July. Office of the Aging will sponsor the three seminars which will be led by certified Medicare insurance counselors from the organization. The information is geared toward those becoming Medicare eligible or those with questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, low-income subsidies and anything else Medicare-related. The programs are scheduled for:
-July 18 at 10-11:30am at the Steuben County Offices Building’s third floor South Conference room
-July 19 at 1:30-3pm at the Hornell Senior Center
-July 24th at 10-11:30am at the Corning Senior Center’s small conference room.
To make a reservation or get more information, call Steuben County Office of the Aging at 664-2298.
Schumer Talks Farm Bill at Campbell’s Upstate Farms Cheese Factory
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped into Upstate Farms Cheese Factory in Campbell yesterday afternoon to speak with leaders at the company about what he wants to contribute to the latest farm bill that passed in the Senate. Schumer said that steel tariffs and dairy trade relations with Canada are currently the two conditions impacting companies like Upstate Farms. Schumer vows to do whatever he can to help preserve jobs and keep this business expanding as the House and Senate plan to revise the bill into its final version before awaiting the signature from the President.
Palliative Care Act Awaits Full Committee Vote in Congress
The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act is advancing in congress. This week, Congressman Tom Reed said the measure he introduced passed the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and will advance to the full committee to be voted on. Reed said the measure would increase palliative care and hospice training for healthcare professionals, enhance research on improving the delivery of palliative care and launch a national campaign to inform patients and families about the benefits of palliative care.
Corning Man Charged with Making False Written Statement
A Corning man will appear in Riverside court following his arrest. State police charged 59-year-old Thomas Gorton with making a false written statement. The alleged incident occurred Tuesday. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.
Cohocton Woman Arrested for Driving While Impaired
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Cohocton woman for driving under the influence. Sheriffs say while on State Route 371 in Cohocton, Tonya Cagle operated a vehicle while impaired by drug use. Cagle was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs and moving from a lane unsafely. She was arraigned in Cohocton Town Court and released on her own recognizance for a July 19th reappearance.
Steuben Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee meets Monday morning they will discuss multiple issues including Authorizing a Public Hearing on an Eight-Year Review of our Agricultural District (District #3) and a Watershed Study Request made by County Manager Jack Wheeler. Budget presentations will also be shared for funding groups ARTS of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Wine Country. The Monday meeting will happen 9am at Legislative Committee Conference Room in the Steuben County Office Building.
Human Services, Health & Education Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education committee will meet Monday morning. The committee will be asked to support a resolution supporting the consolidation of the town and village of Avoca vital registration districts. Both local governments have already adopted resolutions supporting the move. The consolidation effort is at the urging of the state Department of Health.
Funeral Services for Trooper Clark Scheduled for this Weekend
Fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark will be laid to rest this weekend at his college alma mater Alfred University. Calling hours for the public and law enforcement will be at the McLane Physical Education Center on 99 North Main Street in Alfred from 1 to 6pm this Saturday July 7th. Clark’s funeral service is the day after on Sunday at 11AM at Alfred State College on 10 Upper College Drive.
Reed Expresses Agreement with Trump Tweets
Congressman Tom Reed says he agrees with tweets posted recently by President Trump calling Democratic politicians like Pelosi and Schumer “weak on crime and border security”. Reed expressed his opinion on the issue while making remarks during his latest weekly media conference call.
Bath Board of Education Meets This Evening
The Bath Central School District Board of Education will hold its reorganizational meeting today at 5:30pm. The meeting will take place in the Haverling High School LGI Room (450) and the Board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting will follow immediately after this reorganizational meeting.
Summer Learning Program at Dormann Begins with Picnic Tonight
Dormann Library in Bath will kick off its Summer Learning program this evening at 5pm with a free hot dog picnic. Attendees can register for the library’s summer program while learning about activities that will be offered during the six week program, which has the theme of “Libraries Rock” this year. Every youth who attends the picnic will get a free book and can check out the Rockin’ Robot Rally and a musical “petting” zoo.
Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Speculative Ticket Sales
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this week requiring online ticket marketplaces to post clear warnings if a seller does not own tickets to an event at the time of the ticket sale. The bill will take effect in 180 days and aims to prevent ticket scalping and speculative sales when tickets are sold ahead of major events and people buy the tickets only to be scammed by not receiving them. The practice is already banned on a few secondhand marketplaces like StubHub and SeatGeek. Sports fans in New York could see the option of buying “membership passes” where fans pay a monthly fee to attend certain games and have their tickets assigned the day of the event. The monthly pass measure is similar to the baseball clubs found in other states and relaxes state law requiring the option of a paper ticket to be given to New York event-goers.
DEC Urges Public to Avoid Feeding Bears
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos advises the public to reduce the potential of attracting nuisance bears by preventing their access to food sources and never feeding bears intentionally. Black bears are becoming more active and as bear breeding season continues the DEC has received numerous reports of bears breaking into buildings and vehicles as well as approaching camp sites to obtain food. Residents are advised by the DEC to remove all bird feeders outside of your home, keep garbage, grills, bird seed and pet food contained in a secure and solid structure like a house, shed or garage, put trash on the curb the morning of collection and not the night before and close garage doors and ground-floor windows and doors at night. If you do see a bear remember to not panic, don’t approach surround or corner the bear, back away slowly and do not run, don’t throw food or anything else at the bear and if you do feel threatened by the bear, raise your arms over your head to look bigger and yell loudly at the bear while backing away slowly.
Local Fireworks Happening for the Holiday
Fourth of July is here and our local communities are ready to celebrate patriotically with a very favorite and sparkling American Independence Day tradition: fireworks! In Corning fireworks kick off 7pm tonight at Corning Memorial Stadium. Veterans’ Memorial Park In Hornell will begin its annual fireworks show at dusk tonight. For those looking to catch fireworks later this week: Clute Memorial Park in Watkins Glen will hold fireworks this Friday night beginning at 9:30 and at dusk on Saturday the Hammondsport Fireman’s Carnival will have fireworks to enjoy.
Mitrano Named Democratic Candidate for Congress
Democratic Candidate Max Della Pia has conceded to the race for the 23rd Congressional seat. Results of counting partial absentee ballots for the Democratic Primary held last week placed Tracy Mitrano in the lead and was the reason why Della Pia has decided to concede. Mitrano is the Democratic candidate who will face Republican incumbent Tom Reed on November 6th for the general mid-term election.
Marshall Holds Press Conference Regarding Monday’s Shooting
Bradford Superintendent John Marshall held a press conference at the Bradford Central School District’s bus garage regarding the shooting of fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark and the suicide of Principal Steven Kiley. Marshall did not answer any questions from media or citizens at the conference. Superintendent Marshall instead read a prepared statement acknowledging Trooper Clark as a hero for his service in law enforcement and confirming Kiley as an employee of Bradford Central School but did not share any further developments, noting: “As this is an ongoing police investigation, the District is not at liberty to release any more information.”
Schumer Pushes Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help expand the budding craft brew industry in the Southern Tier by uniting to pass legislation that cuts in half the excise tax on small breweries. The tax cut aims to give more brewers a chance to better invest in their business and employ more new workers to boost local economies. Existing tax cuts for small breweries expire in 2019 but the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) Schumer is pushing for would drop the $7 per barrel tax instead to $3.50. Schumer says the cut could save breweries up to $210,000 per year. Schumer also wants more funding by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau to hire additional federal inspectors to approve and review currently-delayed permit applications needed by wineries, distilleries, and breweries to sell their locally-crafted products and expand their business.
Signal 30 Fund Supports Family of Fallen Trooper Clark
Service arrangements for Trooper Nicholas F. Clark have been set for this Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th. The New York State Trooper was killed in the line of duty earlier this week and the Police Benevolent Association announced that it's accepting donations to its “Signal 30 Fund” to help his family. The PBA says 100 percent of donations made to the fund goes towards Troopers and their families in the event of illness, death or injury. Donations to the Signal 30 Fund can be made by check or credit card and are tax deductible. Please make checks can be made payable to: NYS Troopers Signal 30 Benefit Fund, and mailed to: NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 120 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Those interested in supporting online can go to the Signal 30 Website https://signal30.org/online-donations/ . To support Clark’s family please include his name in the check’s memo line or for online donations, type Trooper Clark’s name in the box asking for a specific fundraising event.
Gas Prices Up From A Year Ago Statewide and Nationally
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86 today, which is an increase of 63 cents from a year ago when the price was $2.23 according to AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY). New York State’s average decreased a cent from last week with today’s price at $3.01 but one year ago, the state average was more than 50 cents cheaper at $2.43. AAA expects 46.9 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles this Independence Day holiday travel period, which continues through Sunday.
Flags Fly Half-Staff for Fallen Trooper Clark
After an incident near Corning yesterday, State Troopers reported the loss of Officer Nicholas Clark. Clark was responding to a domestic incident on Welch Road when he was murdered by 43-year-old Stephen Kiley, principal of Bradford Central School, before Kiley took his own life. A procession for Clark was held last night beginning in Binghamton, continuing in the village of Bath where he served during his assignment at Troop E/SP of Bath, and ending in Clark’s hometown of Canisteo. The Governor ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Clark’s honor today and State Police are still investigating this incident.
Steuben Officials Discuss Cancelled Funding for Inmate Treatment
Officials at Steuben County say they are considering other options locally to fund drug treatment of jail inmates after state funding they were promised was cut. Yesterday at the County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee meeting, County Manager Jack Wheeler said State funding was cut by “about 60-70 percent”. Wheeler says he hopes to make room in the budget to make local positions for a substance abuse counselor and possibly a case manager at the county jail. Wheeler says there will be no reimbursement via Medicaid for the county providing the treatment to inmates. Next week Wheeler anticipates to present a plan to the Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee at its meeting.
Painted Post Man Arrested for Hitting Police Car
A repeat DWI offender from Painted Post was arrested and sent to jail in Broome County following an accident in Binghamton. Broome County Sheriff's say 43-year-old Tiko Gray sideswiped a marked police car on Front Street and after they pulled him over, Gray failed a series of sobriety checks. Police discovered Gray had his license revoked since 2013 for a DWI arrest and did not have the required ignition interlock device installed in the car he crashed. Aggravated unlicensed operation and aggravated DWI are among the many charges Gray will face in court.
Men Arrested for Leaving Pets in Overheated Vehicles
Upon responding to a complaint of a dog in distress, state police arrested 65-year-old Kishor Gadkaree of Painted Post. Troopers charged Gadkaree with leaving an animal in a vehicle in extreme heat at an Erwin shopping center and expect him to show in court at a later date. Troopers also arrested 39-year-old Aaron Markle of Corning for allegedly leaving an animal in an overheated vehicle in the village of Riverside. Court action is pending for Markle.
Tips to Avoid Car Theft for Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
New York State Police announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding its annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign this month. According to the NHTSA, a motor vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds in the United States. July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and if you’re a car or truck owner, here’s a few tips to prevent theft of your vehicle:
- Lock and close all doors and windows once you are parked
- Do not leave the area while your vehicle runs
- Park in well-lit areas
- Do not leave your keys in your vehicle
- Always stow away your valuables.
National Grid Asks Upstaters to Reduce Power Use
National Grid is asking upstate New York customers to reduce unnecessary electrical usage for the rest of this week due to the high energy demand caused by the extreme heat. Reduce energy use by turning off lights when not in use, unplugging electronics and delaying the use of hot water appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. To conserve energy while keeping your space cool, National Grid says to deter overheating by drawing blinds, shades and drapes, using fans when possible and if you need to increase air conditioner settings, do so slightly only by a few degrees and don’t forget to change filters and clean air conditioners regularly. Programmable thermostats are highly recommended as they can save you energy with little effort at an estimated $180 annually.
NYS Police Report Shooting in Corning
New York State Police report “a shooting and an active scene” in the Corning Area. Residents on Powderhouse Road received phone calls from New York State Police early this morning telling them to “stay inside and lock your doors.” Information is limited. Please stay tuned to WVIN.
Evidentiary Hearing Held for Neurauter Murder Case
An evidentiary hearing for Lloyd Neurauter, the man accused of killing a Corning woman in August of 2017, was held in Steuben County Court. The hearing revolved around if a 3-hour FBI interview with Neurauter will be admitted as evidence in his murder trial where prosecutors allege Neurauter and his daughter Karrie killed Lloyd’s wife Michelle and staged the murder scene in her home to look like a suicide. Karrie will serve 15 years to life in prison for pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder in March while Lloyd Neurauter awaits the beginning of his trial in September.
Corning PD Participating in Statewide Patrol
The Fourth of July may not be until Wednesday of this week but the statewide patrol to combat drunk driving during the holiday week continues. Corning Police are participating in the crackdown which began this weekend on Saturday June 30th and will end next weekend on Sunday, July 8th. The Corning PD is able to enhance their patrols for the busiest holiday weekend of the summer thanks to grant monies funded by the Steuben County DWI Program. Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding says: "Given the availability of taxis and ride sharing apps, there is no reason that anybody should be drinking and driving."
State Parks Begin “Operation Dry Water”
New York’s waterways are also receiving expanded patrol efforts to prevent boating under the influence. State Park Police have begun “Operation Dry Water” where there will be numerous checkpoints for sobriety throughout New York State. Those who boat under the influence can expect to face a fine of $1,000 and a year in jail if it’s their first offense. Additional charges may earn you a fines of at least $10,000.
Heat Wave Remains Until Late Evening
The Heat Wave issued beginning this weekend continues until 10PM tonight. A mix of sun and clouds will be seen throughout the afternoon but temperatures are expected to remain be in the 90’s and expected to reach up to 104 degrees. Please observe heat safety by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing, staying out of the sun and in air conditioned spaces if possible, drinking plenty of water while avoiding alcohol and caffeine and regularly checking on your sick, frail and elderly neighbors, family and friends.
Mental Health Education Begins September for NYS K-12 Students
A state law signed by the Governor in 2016 that intends to educate students on mental health went into effect yesterday. The law requires districts to provide mental health education as part of its health courses but does not have mandates for any specific curriculum. The Mental Health Association will develop the School Mental Health and Training Center to serve as a resource for schools on how to make and teach mental-health lessons like recognizing mental health problems and how to seek and get help for those issues. Elementary and high school students will be introduced to this new mental health education when they return to school in September.
New Trial Issued for McCallum Case
A man who is serving a state prison sentence for committing a burglary and robbery in Steuben County two years ago will be getting a new trial. A state appellate court ordered the new trial for 38-year-old Joseph McCallum of Osceolla, PA. The Justices agreed that McCallum’s trial attorney was ineffective and made blatant errors. In its ruling, the appellate court said that defense counsel’s actions deprived defendant of a fair trial. The court also tossed one of the criminal counts. McCallum and others allegedly robbed a man in Lindley. He is currently serving an 11 year term at Attica Correctional.
Cohocton Man Arrested for DWI
A 33-year-old Cohocton man was arrested this week for DWI after being pulled over on State Route 21 in Wayland. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office allege Anthony J. Infantino operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition and charged him with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with greater than .08% blood alcohol content. Infantino was released on traffic summons to appear again in Town of Wayland Court next month.
Bath Man Arrested for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report the arrest of a Bath man for violating terms and conditions of his probation. Christopher A. Spengler of West Steuben Street was arraigned for the violation in Village of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.
Elkland, PA Man Arrested for Traffic Charges in Lindley
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report that 37-year-old Steven Torres of Elkland, Pennsylvania allegedly operated a motor vehicle on County Route 115 in the Town of Lindley while his New York State license or operating privileges were revoked. Torres is also alleged to have a suspended vehicle registration. Torres was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the second degree, operating while registration is suspended or revoked and driver’s view obstructed. He was arraigned in Corning Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Bath Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Bath man was arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit and District Attorney’s Office. Steuben Sheriffs allege that 36-year-old Kristopher E. Delill knowingly possessed and filed a forged landlord statement with intent to defraud the County Department of Social Services back in April. Delill was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree, arraigned in Town of Avoca Court, and released on his own recognizance to reappear in Village of Bath Court.
Gillibrand Talks "Stop Price Gouging Act" in Ithaca
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand stopped in Ithaca yesterday to talk about the “Stop Price Gouging Act”a piece of legislation she is introducing to make prescription drugs more affordable. If passed into law, it would penalize pharmaceutical companies for jumps in prices or what she says is “excessive, unjustified price increases” and require the companies to report the increase in price of their products and reasons for any increase in prices that aren’t due to medical inflation to the public and Health and Human Services General. Senator Gillibrand says there is no law or regulation yet to prevent drug prices from spiking. In 2017 median prices for prescriptions were estimated to be about to be four times higher than the country’s overall inflation rate.
Steuben Office of Emergency Services Stresses Heatwave Safety
A reminder from the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services of this weekend’s heatwave with hot and humid weather expected today through Monday as afternoon temperatures are expected to reach the mid to upper 90’s in the region. Please use precautions to keep safe in the next few days. Avoid strenuous activity, stay out of the sun, wear lightweight, light-colored clothing, utilize cooling shelters and public places with air conditioning to stay cool, avoid alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, drink plenty of water regularly and often and check often on frail, elderly or sick neighbors and family.
NYS Police on Patrol for Holiday Weekend
The New York State Police begin increased patrols today to crack down on impaired driving and other traffic dangers over the Fourth of July holiday . Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted by State Troopers to target reckless and aggressive drivers throughout the state in efforts to keep the New York highways safe during the busiest travel weekend of the season. Last year’s Fourth of July holiday ended with State Police issuing 240 tickets for DWI and investigated 152 crashes that resulted in 248 injuries and three fatalities. The increased Fourth of July patrol continues until Thursday, July 5.
2 Facing Drug Charges after “Strange Odor” Complaint:
A Corning man arrested earlier this year for having an active meth lab is facing more drug charges after Corning Police were called to a West Williams Street apartment Wednesday on a compliant of a “strange odor.” 39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was charged with third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000. Eygabroat was arrested in May at the same apartment for having an active meth lab. Also arrested Wednesday was 43-year-old James Carson, also of Corning. He was taken in on a bench warrant for failing to appear in court on methamphetamine charges related to an arrest in September. He was sent to the county jail without bail. It’s expected he will also be charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for Wednesday’s arrest.
Binghamton Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Trespassing:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Binghamton man on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing following an incident in Painted Post. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 36-year-old Joshua Charbonneau harassed members of the public and refused a lawful order to leave the premises of a retail lodging facility on South Hamilton Street. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $200 cash bail.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
A Bath woman has been arrested for misuse of food stamps. 24-year-old Lily Taylor is accused of using a Steuben County Department of Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. As a result, she obtained benefits she was not entitled nor authorized to. She was issued an appearance ticket.
List of Cooling Centers in Steuben County:
If you need help cooling down during the coming heatwave, cooling centers are available across the state. Here in Steuben County centers are located at: the Addison Public Library, Arkport Village Book Center, Avoca Free Library, Cohocton Public Library, Dormann Library in Bath, E.J. Contrell Memorial Library in Atlanta, Fred & Harriett Taylor Library in Hammondsport, Greenwood Reading Center, Hornell Public Library, Howard Public Library, Jasper Free Library, Prattsburgh Library, Pulteney Free Library, Savona Free Library, Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning, Southern Tier Library System in Painted Post, Wayland Free Library, and the Wimodaughsian Free Library in Canisteo. Health officials recommend calling ahead before you visit a cooling center.
WGI Once Again Nominated for Best NASCAR Track in the Nation:
For the third time, Watkins Glen International is again in the running to be named the best NASCAR track in the country in USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice contest. If WGI can take the title this year, it would by the third time it’s done so. Voting is open at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-nascar-track/ until July 23rd. You can vote once per day.
Neurauter Back in Court:
Lloyd Neurauter was back in Steuben County Court Wednesday for a Huntley hearing. Four investigators took the stand to answer questions about how Neurauter was tracked down, how the situation where Neurauter threatened to take his own life was handled, and about their interactions with Neurauter leading up to his arrest. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the hearing will take a couple days. Neurauter is accused of killing his ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter, in her Corning home last August. His daughter, Karrie, pled guilty to helping him in March.
New Officer from Holland Joins Canisteo Police Department:
The latest officer to join the Canisteo Police Department came all the way from Holland to take the job. Officer Dex is a 10-month-old Belgian Malinois that was brought to the department thanks to local donations to the Canisteo Police Club. Dex is still in the process of being trained, but Chief Kyle Amidon said he expects the canine will be a huge benefit, especially with the up rise in drug cases. While Dex’s main assignment will be to help combat the rise in illicit drugs, he will also help in searches and as a therapy dog. Dex will be sworn-in in July.
Power Outages Possible at E-C Airport Today:
If you’re going to be traveling through the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport today, you’re advised to arrive even earlier than usual due the possibility of power outages. Power will be transferred to the new terminal starting at 7 a.m. and it could cause sporadic outages. The transfer is expected to be complete before 5 p.m. Management says the outages should only be a few minutes at a time, but delays could occur as computers may shut down. Ticketing, vehicle rental, parking lot entry and exit, and TSA screening could all be affected.
Scheduled Power Outage in Bath Tomorrow:
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced that customers should expect an interruption in power tomorrow as part of their ongoing project to convert their power distribution system. They have scheduled a power outage for Friday, June 29th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Customers on East Morris Street between the Village of Bath Wastewater Treatment to the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, and customers on Delaware Avenue will be impacted. They apologize for any inconvenience.
Construction Underway on New Erwin Justice Court:
Work has begun on a new 8,000-square-foot court building in Erwin. The new location is next to the Erwin Town Offices on Town Center Road Extension. When construction is complete, the current Erwin Justice Court will be relocated from West Water Street in Painted Post. The old building is currently for sale. No potential buyers have been identified at this time.
Governor Urges New Yorkers to be Safe During Heatwave:
The coming weekend is expected to bring a period of dangerous heat and humidity and the Governor’s office has released a statement urging all New Yorkers to take care. The Governor encourages all individuals to limit strenuous outdoor physical activity, especially for people who are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses, including young children, the elderly, those who exercise outdoors, those involved in vigorous outdoor work, and those who have respiratory diseases such as asthma. Governor Cuomo also encourages residents to take advantage of state cooling stations, pools, and waterbodies across the state. The National Weather Service is forecasting a heatwave beginning tomorrow and lasting until Monday. Heat indices are expected to range from the mid-90s and up to 104 degrees, especially away from the coastline, in urban areas, and in lower elevations and valleys.
Unofficial Congressional Primary Results Too Close to Call:
The unofficial results are in for all 451 election districts in the fight for the 23rd Congressional District nomination. Max Della Pia holds a narrow lead of less than 30 votes over Tracy Mitrano, 7,022 to 6,996. Linda Andrei came in a distant third with 3,330 votes. Then Ian Golden with 2,918, and Eddie Sundquist with 1,395. The nomination is likely to be determined by absentee ballots. In Steuben County, Della Pia carried the vote, 624 to Mitrano’s 587.
Miner Picks Running Mate in Run for Governor:
Candidate Stephanie Miner has announced her pick for running mate in her campaign for New York State Governor. The former mayor of Syracuse has selected Village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe. She said “Michael is a true public servant who has demonstrated real leadership by listening to his community and following-through with nonpartisan solutions.” Miner is a democrat, but she’ll be running on the Independent party line.
Steuben Co. Legislature Names 2018 Hall of Fame Inductees:
The Steuben County Legislature has named its 2018 inductees for the county Hall of Fame, and this year’s class includes the first Steuben County manager and two civic leaders. In July, former county Manager Mark Alger, Clara “The Orphan Train Lady” Comstock, and social activist Anna Cadogan Etz will be inducted in the Hall. They were approved by the legislature Monday, and were recommended by the county Hall of Fame Committee from a field of eight nominees submitted by local historians and residents earlier this year.
Section Reynolds Ave. in Corning Closed for Gas Line Replacement:
A busy section of Reynolds Avenue in Corning has been temporary closed while replacement of a gas line is done. The section is in front of Lamphear Court Apartments.
Firework Events in Steuben Co.:
With the 4th of July just around the corner here is where you can see firework displays in Steuben County. Corning’s annual celebration, including concerts, will be July 4th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Memorial Stadium. Fireworks will be over the Chemung River at 9:45. Hornell will also hold its July 4th Celebration on the day at Veteran’s Memorial Park. In Hammondsport, the annual Fireman’s Citizen’s Hose Company Festival will be July 5th through the 7th on the firehouse grounds. It’ll include rides, food, games, and fireworks on Saturday night.
Teen Arrested for Stealing Minivan:
A 16-year-old has been arrested after he, along with a 14-year-old, allegedly stole a minivan from Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus and drove it to Corning. According to Corning Police, they received a report on Sunday around 4:30 a.m. of a minivan driving without headlights in the area of West Third Street near McKinney Park. Officers responded and lcoated the vehicle, which was registered to Hillside Shared Services of Rochester. The teens were located near Walnut Street and police determined they had fled from the Hillside Varick Campus in Romulus, stole the minivan, and made their away to Corning. Jaden Dunkley, of Corning, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail. The 14-year-old was returned to a staff member of HIllside Varick Campus.
New Ownership, Hockey Team Could be Coming to First Arena:
The future of the First Arena could soon be looking brighter as Deputy County Executive and President of STEG, Mike Krusen has confirmed that a new owner and a new hockey team are in the works. There are no details at this time as to who the new owner might be. The proposed hockey deal would reportedly bring a team from the Federal Hockey League, which is made up of seven teams and is considered a step below the ECHL. A deal could be announced as early as next week.
Reed Campaign Manager Accused of Trying to Confuse Voters:
The Congressional primaries are today, but that doesn't mean it isn't too late for some last minute campaign drama. The Chautauqua County Democrat chairman, Norman Green, is accusing Tom Reed campaign manager Nick Weinstein of trying to confuse voters with a write-in ballot in today's primary. According to an email he sent to WLEA Radio, Green says that while Reed is not on today's ballot, he's campaigning to be a write-in nominee for the Women's Equality Party. Tracy Mitrano has already been endorsed by the WEP and is on the party line. Green says the Reed campaign has done this "as a silly politicial game" to confuse voters. In response, Weinstein said, “It is simply inaccurate... to suggest we’re “playing silly political games” with the Women’s Equality Party primary. We believe that the voters in the Women’s Equality Party should be empowered to choose the nominee who best reflects their values." Polls for today's primary will be open from noon to 9 p.m.
Inspections Begin for NYS Park and Fair Rides:
With summer underway, fair and park season is upon us. The New York Deparment of Labor is making sure that eager fun-seekers stay safe as they have begun safety inspections on all rides at amusement parks and fairs. The department inspects rides at least once a year, and rides at traveling carnivals and fairs are inspected every time they set up at a new location.
Congressional Democratic Primary Tomorrow:
A reminder to Democrats in the 23rd congressional district: you’ve got a big decision to make tomorrow. Tuesday is the primary, where five candidates are competing to face off against incumbent Republican Tom Reed in November. Reed has held the office since 2010 and was re-elected in 2016 with 57 percent of the vote. The five democratic candidates are: Linda Andrei, Ian Golden, Tracy Mitrano, Max Della Pia, and Eddie Sundquist. Some of the issues they’ve cited as important include healthcare, education, tax reform, and jobs. For more information about the candidates, including a chance to compare them side by side, you can visit https://www.vote411.org.
Waste Incinerator Bill Misses Deadline:
Among the many bills that the state legislature failed to move on before the end of the 2018 session, was one that would block plans for a massive garbage incinerator in Romulus. Over 30 local government and school boards, as well as over 20 local environmental and business organizations have come out in opposition to the project, and the New York State Senate unanimously approved a bill to block the proposal earlier this month. The proposed facility would be built between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes and would reportedly burn over 2,000 tons of garbage and withdraw 445,000 gallons of water from Seneca Lake every day.
Family Video Offering Free Rentals to “A” Students:
School might be out for the summer, but the importance of good report cards remains. Family Video has announced that they’ll give away free movie rentals to any student that brings in a report card with an “A” on it. For every “A” in core classes like math, history, science, and writing, the student can check out a movie for the night. The program will start on July 1st and will run through the entire month.
Food Drive for Food Bank’s BackPack Program:
Community members have the chance this week to both give and get with a food drive being held by Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning. The event is in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program, and every donor that gives four or more items will be entered in a drawing for a barbecue grill, courtesy of Isaac. The drive is being held at the Corning ReStore on State Route 414. Items on the wish list include: canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, canned tuna and chicken, dry pastas, boxed macaroni and cheese, and canned soups. Donations can be made until June 30th.
Bath Man Arrested for Dealing Fentanyl
A 29-year-old Bath man was arrested for allegedly selling fentanyl to two people who later overdosed. Bath Village Police say they charged Donald Henry or “Drama” with two counts each of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Assault in the Second Degree. The arrest was made following the investigation of two overdoses in the Village of Bath four days ago on June 19th. Henry was sent to Steuben County Jail without bail following his arraignment in Bath Town Court.
Bath Woman Charged as “Operation Safe Summer” Continues
A Bath woman was arrested on narcotic drug charges. Amber Stiles was arrested on charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth degree and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree then sent to Steuben County Jail without bail. Village of Bath Police say the Stiles arrest is the 13th they’ve made as the extensive drug investigation “Operation Safe Summer” continues in Steuben County. The first dozen people were arrested this month and the D.A. Office is working on arresting six more of a total of 19 people suspected as involved in narcotics, meth and other drugs in Steuben County.
Tops Deal Rolls Back Teamster Benefits for Bankruptcy Deal
Tops Markets is one step closer to ending bankruptcy for the company. Teamsters who work in warehouses to supply the company’s stores will take the blow of decreased benefits, pensions and wages. Members of the Local 264 approved the deal which includes a negotiated pension fund which has been set to $15 million. Tops has agreed to use $4 million that would have covered executive bonuses to put towards the $15 million pension fund which will carry lower pensions in the future. Tops says this new deal will save the stores $180 million over the next 20 years but has yet to be approved in federal bankruptcy court.
NY Farm Bureau Helps Successfully Pass Several Bills for Farmers
The New York Farm Bureau capped off the end of the 2018 New York State Legislative Session with a number of victories on bills it advocated for this year. Many of the bills will have a direct benefit on the diverse range of farms in the state. The organization’s priorities are geared towards reducing regulatory burdens and finding solutions to the economic challenges farms increasingly face. One victory includes the legislature passing a renewal of the 10-year real property tax exemption on new farm construction. This helps to incentivize investment while limiting rising property taxes based on updated agricultural assessments of the farm property.
Steuben Legislature to Name “Hall of Fame” Nominees
When the Steuben County Legislature meets Monday morning at 10 in the County Office Building, the local legislators will most likely approve nominees for the Steuben County Hall of Fame. The county Hall of Fame honors individuals who have enhanced the name of or developed Steuben County in memorable ways. Weeks ago, the inductees to be announced were selected by local historians and civic officials from a pool of candidates nominated by local residents. The formal induction ceremony is slated to take place after July’s monthly legislative meeting with a reception to follow in the third-floor foyer.
Bath Man Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter For Overdose Death
A Bath man faces sentencing for up to 15 years behind bars for his involvement in an overdose death that occured in his apartment last August. According to the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, Mathew Taft, Sr. pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges after a man he sold heroin to died from taking an overdose of the drug which was laced with fentanyl. The D.A. Office says Taft sold the man heroin and failed to take steps to keep him from dying of overdose. Taft will be sentenced in court next month.
Campbell Man Arrested for Criminal Possession of Forged Instrument
A Campbell man was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says deputies arrested Patrick M. Rafferty for possessing counterfeit twenty dollar bills and trying to pass them at a store in the Town of Erwin. After being charged with the Class C Felony, Rafferty was arraigned in Bath Town Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Rafferty awaits to reappear in Town of Bath Court at a later date while the investigation continues as similar incidents have been reported in the town of Campbell and City of Corning.
State Senate Approves “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”
This week State Senate legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara was approved unanimously with a vote of 60 to 0 to establish an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program”. The program intends to reduce a costly burden on local governments that are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most postconsumer, unused paint. O’Mara said his legislation would create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers, and encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State.
NYS Senate Passes “Drug Take Back Act”
Legislation has been approved by the New York State Senate to discourage abuse of prescription drugs and prevent unused drugs from contaminating local water supplies. The “Drug Take Back Act” calls to establish an industry-funded, statewide pharmaceutical drug take-back program. Drug manufacturers would be responsible for all of the costs of the initiative which includes collection, transport and proper disposal of unwanted drugs as well as informing citizens through public education and awareness.
NYS Bill Protecting Anonymity of Lotto Winners Passes
The State Legislature has sent a bill to Governor Cuomo that would allow lottery winners to remain anonymous. The bill passed the Senate this week by a vote of 61-1 and last week the State Assembly approved it by a vote of 140-3. Currently the law gives the state gaming commission the right to a winner’s name, hometown and photo for publicity, mainly online for the New York State Lottery website. The legislation prohibits the state lottery from identifying a winning ticket holder if the winner requests to be anonymous in writing.
Law Issuing ID Cards for the Disabled Passes NYS Senate
The New York State Senate this week has passed a bill to strengthen communication with those who have developmental disabilities. The bill creates a new optional identification card to be given to first responders and law enforcement in an emergency. The card would contain contact information as well as vital details about the individual’s developmental disabilities. The state assembly has passed the legislation which currently awaits the review and approval of the governor.
Former Penn Yan Bar Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Charges:
The former owner of Lloyd's Limited in Penn Yan appeared in court Tuesday where he pled not guilty to charges related to the alleged sexual assault of two women at the bar on Christmas eve and early Christmas morning. 61-year-old Robert Champlin is charged with criminal sex act, rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and unlawfully dealing with a child. Last month he was offered a plea deal of two felony counts of sexual abuse with a guaranteed 3 year prison sentence that he declined. He now faces up to 25 years in prison and a lifetime on the sex offender registry if convicted.
Hornellsville Man Charged with Growing Marijuana:
A Hornellsville man has been arrested for allegedly growing marijuana in the Town of Hornellsville. According to State Police, 54-year-old James Jackson admitted to growing nearly 200 marijuana plants at a location on South Hornell Road. He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis, a class A misdemeanor, and was issued an appearance ticket.
NYS Senate Passes School Bus Camera Bill:
Senator Cathy Young of Olean has announced that the State Senate has passed the School Bus Camera Safety Act, a measure she sponsors. The bill authorizes the use of automated cameras on school buses to record and ticket motorists who illegally pass stopped school buses.
$4M DEC Grant to Cut Back on Food Waste:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to help New York cut back on food waste with a $4 million grant to help divert food away from landfills and instead get it to people who need it. The money will help businesses invest in equipment and technology - such as on-site composters, anaerobic digesters, or dehydrators - to make it easier to recycle waste. Some 250,000 tons of food is wasted annually in New York, and according to the DEC if just 5 percent of that was donated, food banks would see a 20 percent increase in food available for consumption.
Arc of Steuben’s Golf Classic Raises $28,000:
The Arc of Steuben recently held its annual Arc Star Golf Classic and this year’s event raised more than $28,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through the organization’s Wish Upon an Arc Star program. The program gives people once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, such as past wishes of a family camping trip and a close encounter with dolphins at MarineLand. It also helps cover medical needs not paid for by government benefits.
Wayland Man Charged in Domestic Incident:
A Wayland man has been charged in an incident in the Town of Wayland. According to the New York State Police, they received a complaint from a woman who said her ex-boyfriend struck her and left the residence. Troopers arrested 21-year-old Thomas Hough on charges of criminal mischief, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment. It's alleged that Hough grabbed the victim by the hair and prevented her from entering her residence. He also allegedly grabbed the victim's phone and prevented her from contacting 911. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Former Syracuse Mayor Announces Bid for Governor:
A former Mayor of Syracuse has announced that she's throwing her hat into the Gubernatorial race. Stephanie Miller will run on the independent line. She left the mayor's office this December. She told media that she "cannot be a silent witness to what [she] thinks is a corrupt political culture that is hurting real people every day."
CCC President Announces Retirement:
After years of service, Corning Community College President Dr. Katherine Douglas has announced that she will retire in 2019. Dr. Douglas is the college's 6th president. Her tenure began in July 2011. She will retire on June 30th, 2019.
Watkins Glen State Park Opens New Welcome Center:
The new welcome center at Watkins Glen State Park is now officially open, after two years of construction. The $6.5 million project is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's NY Parks 2020 project. It includes a new green space, a new amphitheater space, local food and drinks in the concession center, and informational plaques. Parking will now be located across the street from the park.
NYS Senate Votes to Block Romulus Trash Incinerator:
Following the Schuyler County Legislators vote against the proposed waste incinerator in Romulus, the New York State Senate has now voted unanimously voted in favor of blocking energy company Circular EnergG's proposed facility. The project was first proposed in January and drew immediate opposition over potential environmental impacts. Governor Andrew Cuomo, as well as local governments and school boards, environmental and business organizations, have also come out against the project. The bill now moves to the Assembly.
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a public hearing on the Code of Conduct today at 5:45 p.m. in the high school library. The regular meeting will follow.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for DWI Charges
Deputies arrested a Hammondsport man for Driving while Intoxicated. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Alan G. Locey, age 57, operated a motor vehicle on Main Street of Hammondsport while in an intoxicated condition. Locey was charged with DWI, Refusal to submit to pre-breath screening, and failure to keep right. He was released on traffic summons and scheduled to appear in Urbana Town Court at a later date.
NYS Senate Proposes Legislation Banning Injection Sites
Legislation that would ban safe injection sites for heroin users in New York has been introduced into the State Senate. The bill proposes to make it illegal for state residents to "own, operate, work in or volunteer at a supervised injection site” and is being considered in the State Senate Rules Committee. This isn’t the first time laws regarding injection sites have been proposed in New York State politics. Earlier this year, State Assembly members showed support for legislation establishing safe injection sites in the state.
Bath Women Arrested After DSS Housing Verification Check
Two Bath women were arrested on drug charges following a housing verification check for the Steuben County Department of Social Services. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Amber Schoch and Danielle Wright were both found to be in possession of illegal hypodermic needles at a place of lodging on West Morris Street in Bath. Schoch and Wright were each charged with possession of a hypodermic instrument, arraigned in Village of Bath Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail until they reappear in court at a later date.
Bath McDonalds to Re-Open June 28th
Bath McDonalds has scheduled a month full of special events and activities to celebrate the grand re-opening of its newly built West Morris Street location. The restaurant opens Thursday June 28th and the celebration begins Friday morning June 29th at 10 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Original owners of the old McDonald’s building that was built in 1975, Peter and Connie Manikas, will cut the ribbon. Current owners David Foster and Martha Manikas-Foster will also be a part of ribbon cutting along with second owner of the restaurant Thomas Manikas, Bath Village Mayor Bill von Hagn and John Bryson, who was mayor at the time of the original opening of Bath McDonalds.The restaurant will offer prizes to promote its reopening through July 31st which include McDonald’s gift cards, VIP 4-pack tickets to NASCAR races at Watkins Glen and more.
Butler Named 2017 Steuben County STOP-DWI Officer of the Year
Steuben County Deputy Matthew Butler was recognized at the STOP-DWI awards banquet as the 2017 Steuben County STOP-DWI Officer of the year. County Legislative Vice-Chair Carol Ferratella of Riverside presented Butler with the award and recognition was also given to State Trooper Joseph Sparacino, City of Corning Police officers Jason Dininny and Zachary Alger for their enforcement accomplishments. Sheriff Sergeant Brandon Scott was honored with the top agency enforcement award. “This is a great opportunity to recognize and support the efforts of the officers who are out there every day keeping our communities safe.” Village of Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen said about the annual banquet.
Bridge Work Begins on I-86 EB & WB in Bath
Work on a bridge on Interstate 86 Eastbound and Westbound in the town of Bath began this week. Work began yesterday to replace the bridge bearings and is expected to last approximately two months, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with a right lane closure in each direction while construction takes place.
Dormann Library Budget Approved:
The budget proposition for the Dormann Library in Bath, voted on last week, was approved by voters 63 to 14. The library’s Board of Trustees thanks the community for its support.
Reed Out Fundraises Challengers:
In a press release this weekend, the Tom Reed campaign announced that it’s raised more than $250,000 between April 1st and June 6th, and that it has more than $1 million cash on hand. That far outpaces any of Reed’s challengers, with the closest being Linda Andrei and Max Della Pia, according to the Reed campaign. Reed said he’s appreciative of the generous support from his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York.
More Road Work Coming to Erwin:
Work on a section of Canada Road in the Town of Erwin finished last week, but travelers should be prepared for more to come. According to town officials, eight roads are scheduled for repairs in the coming weeks. Work will take place on Chatfield Place East, Weller Place, Brooke Road, Aurene Drive, Beartown Road, Troy Road, Scott Road and Rodman Road. Start dates aren’t set at this time.
USA’s “The Sinner” Films in Southern Tier:
If the upcoming episodes of USA’s drama “The Sinner” look familiar, it’s not just your imagination. Local filmmaker, Eric Hollenback stopped by WETM TV recently to talk about filming the show in Watkins Glen, Ithaca, Johnson City, and Owego. The show is an American crime mystery now on its second season. It stars Hornell native Bill Pullman and Jessica Biel. It’s first season received Golden Globe nominations for Best Miniseries or Television Film, and Best Actress for Jessica Biel.
Haverling Board of Ed. Meeting:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow, June 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School Library. The Board will be going into Executive Session at 5:30 to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation and will return to regular session at 6:30.
Volunteers Needed for Turning Point Bath Desk Receptionist:
If you’re interested in volunteering for a non-profit that has meaningful impact in your community, considering volunteering at Turning Point Bath. Turning Point Bath is looking for reliable volunteers to work as the front desk receptionist from 8:30 to 12:30 or from 12:30 to 4:30, Monday through Friday at its Liberty Street location. Requirements do apply. To apply visit CatholicCharitiesSteuben.org/join-our-team/turning-point and click on the “Volunteer Application” link.
Wayland Woman Arrested Following Counterfeit Call
A Wayland woman was charged with a felony count of Criminal Possession of a forged instrument after New York State Police at the Wayland barracks responded to a call at the ShurFine food mart. Police say Linda Fox attempted to pay for groceries with a counterfeit $100 bill and was denied. Fox was arraigned in Town of Wayland Court and will reappear in town of Wayland Court on Wednesday.
Officers Sworn in at Steuben Sheriff's Office
This week four new corrections officers and one new deputy were sworn in while one corrections’ officer was promoted as sergeant at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Alexander Brown and Brandi Parsons were sworn in as full time corrections officers while Randi Taylor and Branden Erskine swore in as part time officers. Officer Ryan Thompson was promoted to Correction Sergeant, a thirteen year veteran to the Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Matthew Wood was sworn in as the new Deputy Sheriff. “We are thrilled to add such experienced and skilled members to the sheriff’s office family.” said Sheriff Jim Allard.
Lindley Man Charged Arrested for Harassment
Steuben deputies report the arrest of 67-year-old George DeWolfe Jr. of Lindley. He was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and 2nd degree aggravated harassment. The charges were filed following an incident at a Caroline Drive home. He was released on his own recognizance.
Cuomo Announces Five-Year Multibillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan
Governor Cuomo has announced a $150 billion infrastructure plan for the next five years. Cuomo said the plan will support the creation of 675,000 jobs. The measure includes $19 billion to help school districts build new and better school buildings - creating learning spaces of the 21st century.
Two from Hornell Arrested Following Cocaine Sale Investigation
Two City of Hornell residents were arrested following an investigation into the sale of cocaine. Police arrested Gregory Little and Tia Kearse after executing a search warrant that revealed evidence of ongoing sales of cocaine. Little and Kearse were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and 4 counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Little had one additional charge of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance on or near School Grounds. Both were arraigned in Hornell City Court.
Avoca Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny
An Avoca woman has been arrested by the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office on charges of grand larceny and falsifying business records. Police say 59-year-old Michelle Cornaire stole over $3,000 from a business in the town of Lodi and falsified business records to attempt to cover up the theft. Cornaire was released following her arraignment and will reappear in court at a later date.
Dumpster Fire in Painted Post:
Thanks to the quick action of firefighters, a large dumpster fire was put out Thursday before it could cause further damage. The fire broke out behind Tractor Supply in Painted Post and threatened the America’s Best Value Inn next door. Crews from the Forest View-Gang Mills Fire Department battled the blaze while the Corning City Fire Department went through the inn as a precaution. The Painted Post Fire Department and New York State Police were also on scene. Neither business suffered any damage and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:
Two Bolivar residents were arrested Thursday night following a traffic stop by Hornell Police. The vehicle was pulled over on Jane Street and police say they discovered money and marijuana inside. 23-year-old Andrew Smith and 24-year-old Lynn Quaintance were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana. Hornell Police Captain Mike Sexmith said the evidence was indicative of street sales of drugs.
Bath Woman Arrested in Co. Office Building Incident:
A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly causing a disturbance in the area of the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Monica Landry was violent, screaming, and using vulgar language, and she allegedly resisted arrest. She was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She was also charged with criminal mischief related to an incident immediately prior to the one at the office building. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Harassment and Criminal Obstruction of Breathing Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 67-year-old George DeWolf Jr. of Lindley. It’s alleged that DeWolf forcibly obstructed the breathing of another person and intentionally harassed another person at a residence in Lindley. DeWolf was charged with aggravated harassment and criminal obstruction of breathing. DeWolf was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Kellogg Recalls Honey Smacks Cereal:
A voluntary recall has been announced by the Kellogg company for one of its cereals over concerns of Salmonella. Honey Smacks cereal with best if used by dates of June 14th 2018 through June 14th 2019 are affected by the recall. The cereal was distributed nationwide and in some areas of Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, the Caribbean, Guam, Tahiti, and Saipan. Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, and typically lasts four to seven days. It can cause severe illness and sometimes deadly infections in young children, the elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Customers with the recalled cereal should throw it away and contact Kellogg for a full refund at its website https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/contact-us.html or by calling 1-800-962-1413.
Police Investigating Dogs Abandoned at Walmart:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is investigating who abandoned two dogs outside of the Walmart store in Painted Post. According to store employees, the dogs were found Tuesday afternoon tied up behind the store with their crates nearby. They did not have any food or water. Rescue advocates remind residents that there are options available if they are unable to care for a pet. Anyone who recognizes the dogs or who might have information regarding the case, are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office.
Former Phillips Lighting Plant Price Dropped:
The asking price of the former Phillips Lighting Plant in Bath has been dropped by a half a million dollars, from $3.95 to $3.45 million. The property broker, Pyramid Brokerage, posted the new listing price on Twitter Wednesday. The facility closed in early 2014 and has been on the market for just under a year, following a lengthy site cleanup.
2018 Steuben Co. Property Auction Listings Now on Co. Website:
Some 71 properties will be auctioned off in the 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction, which is set for 10 a.m. July 13th at the Campbell-Savona High School. The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual sale site in Bath. The properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org, with the final listings to be determined July 10th by the county Legislature’s Finance Committee.
Area Residents Asked to Take Health Survey:
The health departments of Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, alongside Common Ground Health, are asking area residents to fill out a health survey that is available online at http://www.myhealthstory2018.com/. Survey results will be used in a series of studies on health equity in the Finger Lakes region and will help county health departments develop strategies for addressing public health priorities, such as reducing tobacco use, improving nutrition, and encouraging active living. The survey can be taken anonymously, or respondents can choose to enter their name and email for a chance to win a $500 gift card from Common Ground Health to a local grocery store or gas station.
Work on I-86 in Bath Next Week:
Work will begin on a stretch of I-86 in the Town of Bath next week. Bridge maintenance is set to begin Monday, June 18th on I-86 eastbound and westbound over State Route 54. While the work is being done, traffic will be maintained with a right lane closure in each direction. It will also include an onsite pedestrian detour.
Program on Seniors’ Rights Set for June 20th:
A free public presentation on the rights of senior citizens is set for 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. June 20th at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. Presenters include representatives from the Steuben County’s Office for the Aging, Department of Social Services Adult Protective Services and Sheriff, as well as Legal Assistance of Western NY, Lifespan’s Elder Abuse Prevention Program, and a local nursing facility.
Bath Rotary Awards Annual Scholarships:
Area high school students poised to graduate and pursue college degrees received extra support from the Bath Rotary Club with the award of annual scholarships sponsored by the club and families of former Rotarians. A special awards luncheon on May 24th was hosted by club members at the Bath Presbyterian Church fellowship hall to honor the students and their families. The scholarships include the Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship, Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship, Bath Rotary Club Scholarship, and Bath Rotary Interact Scholarship. The students chosen to receive awards attend Haverling, Hammondsport, Campbell-Savona, and Prattsburgh.
Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship – Kyra Baker of Haverling, Mackenzie Lynk of Prattsburgh, and Lauren Robbins of Prattsburgh.
Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship – Shelby Hammond of Haverling, and Mackenzie Lynk of Prattsburgh.
Bath Interact Scholarship – Morgan Hess of Haverling and Kyra Baker of Haverling.
Bath Rotary Club Scholarship – Rachael Derby of Hammondsport, Jenna Pinckney of Prattsburgh, Anna Vogel of Hammondsport, and Katelyn Page of Campbell-Savona.
Operation Safe Summer Nets 2 More:
District Attorney Brooks Baker announced Monday that two more people have been arrested as part of the continuing investigation surrounding Operation Safe Summer, spearheaded by the Bath Village Police Department. 37-year-old Cedric Williams of Rochester and 32-year-old Jessica Horton of Corning were arrested pursuant to a sealed indictment handed up by a Steuben County Grand Jury. The indictment charges them with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd. The pair allegedly worked together to sell cocaine in the Village of Bath on March 22nd. They were both sent to the Steuben County jail without bail. Baker said that the investigation surrounding Operation Safe Summer continues, and that more arrests are expected.
Meth Materials Found During Domestic Incident:
A Howard man is facing charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment, and could be facing possible charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance following a reported domestic incident on County Route 70A. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 31-year-old Robert Stehm Jr. allegedly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the mental and moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old, and intentionally harassed another person. Also during their investigation, deputies allegedly recovered suspected methamphetamine production vessels and suspected methamphetamine oil. Stehm was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing Today:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing today at 5pm in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported prior to the tax levy vote to be held on Thursday from Noon – 8pm at the library. Board members will be on hand to answer questions.
Bath’s Gansvoort Street Closed for Gas Main Replacement:
Work is underway to replace a gas main on Gansevoort Street in Bath, between East Washington Street and East Steuben Street. To protect the public and Bath Electric, Gas, and Water Systems workers, the street is closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of East Washington/Gansevoort, East William/Gansevoort, and East Steuben/Gansevoort will be closed periodically as crew cuts the pavement and replace the gas mains across these intersections. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July.
Assemblyman Errigo Endorses Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:
Monday Assemblyman Joe Errigo endorsed Judge Chauncey Watches in this year’s election for Steuben County Judge. The seat is up for election due to the impending retirement of Judge Peter Bradstreet. Watches has served as a Municipal Judge in Bath for the past 14 years. Additionally, he has run his own private legal practice for 30 years, and he’s previously served as Assistant District Attorney and as Assigned Council through the Public Defender’s Office. Watches said that if he’s elected he will ensure that every person that comes through the courtroom is treated with respect and that integrity in the process is at the forefront of every case. This year’s primary election is set for Thursday, September 13th. The General Election is Tuesday, November 6th.
3 Arrested in Child Abuse Investigation:
An investigation by the New York State Police of Bath into suspected sexual abuse of a child has resulted in the arrest of three Steuben County residents. 36-year-old Natalie Burgess and 49-year-old Roger Taft, both of Thurston, were arrested and were both charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child in the third. Investigators allege that Burgess and Taft knowingly and intentionally allowed a child less than 17-years-old to remain alone in the residence of a Level-III sex offender. Investigators further allege that they knew of the offender’s likelihood of re-offending and repeatedly agreed to Child Protective Services plans forbidding unsupervised contact with him, but allowed the child to stay with him regardless. Burgess was additionally charged with a false entry to be made into the official records of the state police in an attempt to conceal the crime. 66-year-old Allen Lafler, also of Thurston, was later arrested and charged with one count of sexual abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly subjecting a child less than 11 years old to sexual contact. Burgess and Lafler were sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail and without bail, respectively. Taft was released on an appearance ticket.
13-year-old Arrested for Making Threats Against Bath High School:
A 13-year-old was placed in a juvenile detention facility pending a family court appearance after he allegedly made online threats against an upcoming function at the Bath Haverling High School. According to the Bath Village Police Department, a concerned student notified a facility member of the threats, who then in turn notified police. The juvenile was charged for offenses that would constitute criminal possession of a firearm and making terrorist threats if committed by an adult. The investigation is ongoing.
Corning Man Arrested for Menacing Students on Field Trip:
A Corning man was arrested Thursday after he allegedly menaced students on a field trip. 18-year-old Dante Sellers allegedly threatened the students with a knife while they were at a local McDonalds on June 2nd. He also allegedly followed the students back to their bus while making obscene gestures. He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd.
State Police Investigating Bath Burglary:
The New York State Police of Bath are investigating a burglary to a seasonal residence on O’Brien Road in the Town of Bath. It’s believed to have occurred sometime since last Sunday, June 3rd. Unknown subject(s) forced entry and stole long guns and hunting knives. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911. All calls will be kept confidential.
Kia Announces Recall of Over 500,000 Vehicles:
Kia has announced the recall of over a half-million vehicles because the air bags may not inflate in a crash. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened an investigation into the problems in March. The agency said it had reports of six front-end crashes where four people were killed and six injured. Vehicles in the recall include: the 2010 through 2013 Forte compact, the 2011 through 2013 Optima midsize, and the Optima Hybrid and Sedona minivans from 2011 and 2012. Kia has said it will notify owners by July 27th. The company will offer loaner vehicles to owners who request them.
Allard Recognizes Corrections Officer Labar at Committee Meeting
A Steuben County corrections officer was recognized for saving the life of a choking inmate at the county jail in late April as Sheriff Jim Allard acknowledged Robert Labar during this week’s meeting of the county legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee. Labar responded to the choking inmate by performing the Heimlich maneuver as he was supervising the collection of meal trays during lunchtime then called a “code blue” as part of the jail’s policy. Allard praised Labar’s use of training and attention to detail, adding that it’s likely Officer Labar’s actions saved the inmate’s life.
Bath Schedules Two June Public Hearings
The village board in Bath has scheduled two public hearings for later this month. The first deals with a proposed local law that amends the village code, adding a new section titled residential rental occupancy permit provisions. The other hearing involves another proposed local law that would amend the village code regarding the sale of certain seasonal items. The hearings are scheduled for June 18th at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Municipal Building.
Boater Safety Course Happening Today
Today the Steuben County Sheriff's Office Navigation Unit holds a New York State Boater Safety course from 9am to 5pm at the Steuben County Public Safety Building, 7007 Rumsey Street Extension in Bath, N.Y. The comprehensive boating course covers the fundamentals of safe boating operation and is limited to 30 students. All who complete the course will receive a New York State Boater Safety Certification. Attendees must be at least 10 years of age and bring acceptable forms for proof of age. Those interested in attending should call 607-622-3911.
Operation Prevent Continues Into the Summer
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles along with the State Liquor Authority, State Park Police and local law enforcement are cracking down on underage drinking and the use of fake IDs at venues across the state. Since May, DMV has made 78 arrests during five investigations under its Operation Prevent campaign, an ongoing effort to curtail underage drinking that is once again in full swing as the summer concert season gets underway. 43 arrests were reported in Western New York and 15 in the Finger Lakes.
Two Bath Residence Arrested Following CPS Investigation
New York State Police of the Bath barracks report the arrest of two Steuben County residents stemming from a joint investigation with the County CPS into child endangerment allegations. Investigators say between June 4th and June 7th Anthony Cagle and Danielle Smith, both of Campbell Creek Road in the Town of Bath, knowingly and intentionally manufactured, possessed and used methamphetamine while inside their residence and supervising children less than 17 years of age. Both Cagle and Smith were charged with one count each of Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine in third degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. They were arraigned in Town of Bath Court and will reappear in court June 11th as future charges are pending due to results of laboratory testing of evidence found at the crime scene.
Three Arrested in Addison Drug Bust
Three Steuben County residents have been arrested on drug charges following a drug seizure in Addison. The County Sheriff’s Office executed a warrant for a property on Hallett Hill Road, recovering suspected cocaine and suspected crystal meth worth over $16,000 in street value as well as materials used to manufacture methamphetamine. Jeffrey S. Bovee of Addison was charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine in the third degree and arraigned in the Town of Addison Court prior to being remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Also charged were Donald Strope of Addison and Norman Smithers of Lindley, who each face Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree charges in Addison Town Court at a later date.
19 Charged in Major Bath Drug Investigation:
There was a major drug raid Thursday morning in Steuben County. More than 50 law enforcement officers from five agencies and child protective workers engaged in Operation Safe Summer. By mid-morning 10 people were in custody and police were still searching for nine more. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said the arrests were the result of a four-month investigation and grand jury indictments handed up last week. Baker said there were 26 overall indictments charging 19 people. The crimes involve trafficking narcotics, meth, and other controlled substances in the village and town of Bath. During the arrest process police seized a BMW and cocaine packaged for sale with a street value of more than $10,000. The suspects were all remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail pending county court arraignments. The D.A. gave special acknowledgement to Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen and Investigator Taft. Baker called the operation a true, multi-agency cooperative effort. Nine arrested were identified as: Frank McCray, 47, of Bath. McCray was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, as well as three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Gerald Iverson, 48, of Rochester. Iverson was arrested for three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. William Trenchard, 37, of Bath. Trenchard was arrested for one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Gordon Clayson, 47, of Bath. Clayson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Jessica Austin, 34, of Bath. Austin was arrested for two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Joseph Bennett Jr., 31, of Campbell. Bennett was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Carl McCoy, 50, of Rochester. McCoy was arrested for three counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. During the arrest of McCoy, a white BMW was seized and a large amount of crack-cocaine was located in the vehicle. McCoy was subsequently arrested for one more count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Zachary Fulkerson, 27, of Campbell. Fulkerson was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Sean Riley, 32, of Corning. Riley was arrested for one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree.
State Police Announce “Speed Week” Enforcement Campaign:
The New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign started Thursday and runs through Wednesday, June 13th. Speeding is listed as a contributing factor in nearly one third of all fatal crashes in New York State. Speeding by all vehicle types will be heavily enforced throughout the week, but troopers will also be watching for other traffic violations, including distracted or impaired drivers, vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, and drivers that are violating the Move Over Law.
Corning Approves Plan for Gibson Fire District Coverage:
A plan has been approved by the Town of Corning deciding how the Gibson Fire Department district will be covered while the department’s contract is terminated. The unanimously approved plan allows the North Corning Volunteer Fire Department and the East Corning Fire Department to provide fire protection services where the Gibson Department used to respond. Funding was cut to Gibson Fire in late April after the department failed to follow the terms of a new contract created between the department and the town. Town Supervisor Kim Feehan says if the department is able to get their records and training in order by next year, as required by the contract, they will welcome talks to bring the department back.
Protestors Call on Rep. Reed to Defend Net Neutrality:
Protestors gathered outside Representative Tom Reed’s Corning Office Thursday night in hopes of convincing him to change his mind about net neutrality. The net neutrality laws are set to expire next week, on June 11th. In the past, Reed has voiced anti-net neutrality sentiment, calling the regulations “harmful” and “overreaching.” Net neutrality laws are meant to prevent companies from having too much control over the internet as a whole.
Corning Named One of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit”:
Smithsonian magazine has honored the City of Corning by including it in its list of “20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018.” In order to make the list, cities had to have a population of less than 20,000 and include historic elements with distinct cultural offerings, and natural beauty. The magazine made note of Corning Inc., the Corning Museum of Glass, and the Rockwell Museum as key businesses and attractions. It also mentioned the Gaffer District and the Centerway Walking Bridge.
Major Drug Investigation Announcement Today in Bath:
Members of the Bath Village Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Steuben County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Police will host a press conference at 10 a.m. today in Bath at the Village Hall. A significant announcement is expected regarding on-going drug investigations in the village and surrounding areas.
8 Diocese of Rochester Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse:
Accusations of sexual abuse of children are being levelled against eight priests of the Diocese of Rochester. The claims come from a press release by Road to Recovery, a non-profit organization that advocates for survivors of sexual abuse. Three of the priests have been accused before: in 1996, Eugene Emo was arrested and subsequently dismissed from the clerical state in the church due to “behavior with young boys” and was sent to a different parish. David Simon has been assigned “to a life of prayer and penance,” with no additional public ministry possible. And Francis Vogt has died, according to the Diocese. The other five men are being named for the first time: Stuart Hogan, Charles McCarthy, Gary Shaw, Richard Orland, and Thomas Valenti. They are all being accused by multiple victims. One of them, Thomas Valenti, is listed on the website of Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick’s Parish in Owego as currently working there as a parochial administrator. In response, the Diocese released a statement saying that the allegation against Valenti was investigated, reviewed, and determined to be unsubstantiated. The Diocese of Rochester covers 12 counties, including: Cayuga, Chemung, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Wayne, and Yates.
CO Commended for Life-Saving Actions:
A Steuben County corrections officer is being commended for his swift action in late April that potentially saved the life of an inmate. According to county Sheriff Jim Allard and Jail Superintendent Major Matthew Whitmore, officer Robert Labar was supervising the collection of lunch time meal trays on April 30th when he noticed an inmate choking. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee that Labar immediately responded to the emergency, performed the Heimlich maneuver, and called a Code Blue as part of the jail’s policy. Allard said it’s very likely he saved the inmate’s life, and that Labar’s calm and decisive action under incredible circumstances reflect his professionalism and commitment to duty as well as reflect the principles of the county Sheriff’s Department.
Congressman Reed Opposes Proposed Ithaca Drug Injection Site:
In his weekly media call, Congressman Tom Reed had some strong words for the proposed heroin injection site in Ithaca. Mayor Svante Myrick has asked the Governor to allow a pilot drug injection location where users would be under supervision. Myrick calls it a humane answer to the increasing number of overdoses in the city, and the Tompkins County Legislature and the City of Ithaca are both expected to urge the state Legislature to immediately pass a bill allowing cities to create the sites. But Reed said such sites will “bring an influx of violence, crime, and homelessness into our backyards as dangerous drug dealers follow heroin users into our communities.” He said he will “not help these radicals in their effort,” and said he hopes Governor Andrew Cuomo will not go along with the proposal. Reed isn’t alone in his objections. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker applauded Reed for his stance, and said that there’s no such thing as a “safe” injection site. He said resources should be spent on prevention, education, and treatment instead.
Superfund Site in Corning No Longer a Significant Threat:
A Superfund Site in Corning is being reclassified after the New York State DEC found that is no longer a significant public health threat. According to the DEC, remedial measures were taken at the 37 East Pulteney Street location in 2010 and 2012, including excavation of contaminated soil, and the installation of a soil vapor extraction system and now the site is being changed from a “Class 2” to a “Class 4.” The use and development of the site will be limited to restricted-residential, commercial or industrial use, and the use of groundwater at the site will be prohibited without prior approval.
Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse Set for June 16th:
The third annual “Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse” is set for June 16th. Registration for the family-friendly color walk will be that morning at 9 a.m. in Pulteney Park, with the event to follow at 10:15. The cost of registration is $3 per participant. Children under 5 are free. Along the mile-long course, volunteers will toss non-toxic colored paint powder at the walkers. Participants are recommended to wear light-colored clothes for the most colorful effect, and eye and nose protection are also recommended.
Bath Man Facing Menacing, Drug Charges:
A Bath man has been arrested following a 911 call made on May 31st. Painted Post State Troopers responded to the call involving the possible menacing of a woman by a man with a handgun in the Town of Erwin. The man was identified as 39-year-old Mario Hentz and he was later located in the Village of Bath by local police. During a search of his person, police allegedly found a bag containing approximately two grams of crack cocaine. Hentz has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and menacing. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Arkport Man Admits to Theft:
An Arkport man has been arrested for taking money from an ATM machine without permission from the account holder. According to State Police, 22-year-old Jesse Cartwright provided a written statement admitting to the theft. He is being charged with one count of petit larceny, a class “A” misdemeanor, and he has been released with an appearance ticket.
Steuben Co. Extends Contracts with SROs, Talks Expansion of Program:
On Monday, Steuben County officials agreed to extend contracts for school resource officers through the county Sheriff’s Office, and discussed the potential expansion of the program. According to Sheriff Jim Allard, there are only two school districts in the county that don’t have SROs, Arkport and Jasper-Troupsburg. But following a recent hoax regarding a student with a gun, Arkport is said to be in discussion about possibly adding an SRO. The Corning-Painted School District is also looking to put an SRO in each of its buildings – an addition of seven officers. For $30,000 a year, the SRO program puts an experienced law enforcement retiree to work in a school district. Because the officers are retirees with existing pension and healthcare plans, the expenses are low compared to the normal full salary and benefits of a law enforcement officer.
SSA Information Sent to Local Residents:
The annual letters from the Social Security Administration are in the mail with information on who may be eligible for – but not enrolled in – the Part D Medicare Rx plan Low Income Subsidy known as “Extra Help” and the Part B Medicare Savings Program (MSP). According to the Steuben County Office for the Aging, letters were sent out in mid-May and will continue through June 25th. The letters do not guarantee qualification in the programs and will ask for more information about an individual’s overall finances. For more information, call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.
Empire Access Expands Fiber Optic Internet to Elmira Heights:
Local communications provider, Empire Access continues to expand. The company has now launched state-of-the-art fiber optic Internet, TV, and Phone services in the Village of Elmira Heights. The new fiber service utilizes Corning Inc. fiber optic products, and is being offered to both residential and business customers. Empire called the expansion “very exciting” and said that they are “focused on continuing fiber optic expansion to more communities in Chemung County in the upcoming months.”
Arraignment for Man Accused in Corning Burglaries Today:
The man accused in multiple burglaries throughout the Corning area will appear in Corning City Court today where he is expected to be arraigned for Burglary in the 3rd degree. 55-year-old James Copeland, a convicted felon, was arrested on Friday in connection with the theft of power tools from a Denison Parkway business. Police believe Copeland also committed several other burglaries at area businesses and locations. Copeland allegedly sold the stolen power tools to unsuspecting citizens. Anyone who recognizes Copeland as someone they recently purchased power tools from is asked to contact the Corning Police Department.
Drug Charges in Bath Traffic Stop:
A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Bath. According to the County Sheriff’s Office, deputies stopped a vehicle being driven by 27-year-old Korey Weaver on State Route 415 on Saturday for inadequate lights. Weaver was allegedly discovered to have 93 individual baggies in his possession that contained suspected crack cocaine, a large amount of U.S. currency, and other drug paraphernalia and packaging material used for selling narcotics. Weaver was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree (with intent to sell). He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.
Obstruction of Breathing Arrest:
A Campbell man has been arrested following a reported domestic disturbance in Campbell. 30-year-old Justin Morse is accused of choking another person and holding that person against a vehicle by the throat. Morse was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and harassment in the 2nd. Morse was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,500 cash bail.
Gas Main Replacement in Bath:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be replacing a gas main on Gansevoort Street, between East Washington Street and East Steuben Street, in Bath. Work is expected to start on Monday, June 11th and will continue through until the end of July. To protect the public and BEGWs workers, the street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of East Washington/Gansevoort, East William/Gansevoort, and East Steuben/Gansevoort will be closed periodically as crews cut the pavement and replace the gas main across the intersections. If you have any questions, you can contact BEGWs at (607) 776-2173, Option 2.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, June 12th at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported prior to the tax levy vote, which is set for Thursday, June 14th from noon to 8 p.m. at the library. Board members will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions.
E-C Airport Needs for Funds for Reconstruction Project:
Monday night the Chemung County Board voted to issue bonds of nearly $5.5 million in additional funding for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport’s reconstruction project. The extra funds are needed to finance the tower portion of the terminal. Officials say tax payers shouldn’t be worried, that the additional cost will be paid for with Passenger Facility Charges that are designed to be paid over the next 10 years. Work on the airport is expected to be completed by October.
Tablets for Inmates Program Could be Coming to Steuben Co. Jail:
A program that would provide access to tablet computers for inmates could soon be coming to the Steuben County Jail, after the county Legislature Public Safety and Corrections Committee advanced the plan on Monday. The program is an expansion of the jail’s existing contract with GTL, the company that provides phone services at the jail. According to Sheriff Jim Allard there are a lot of advantages to the tablets, such as money from purchases on them – which comes from the inmates’ commissary funds – going back into jail operations and help to pay for activities such as the inmate dog training program and the inmate garden. Also, Allard said other facilities that have adopted the tablets or similar systems, have seen decreases in inmate-on-inmate violence and a decrease in assaults on staff. Communications through the tablets, like phones, are monitored. The tablets would be provided at no cost.
Work on I-86 Near Big Flats Starts Today:
Planned work on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project gets underway on I-86 today. From the Chemung-Steuben County line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits, and ramps. Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed. Closings and disruptions should be expected for the next few weeks. Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother said drivers can check for closings online at: www.bigflats.gov.
“Safety Concern” Prompts Police Presence at HHCSD:
Friday morning, and throughout the day, members of the state police and officers from the Horseheads Village Police Department were on the campus of the Horseheads Intermediate and Middle Schools as a cautionary measure after a reported safety concern. The threat was received Thursday night and school officials contacted local police who determined it to be non-credible. Parents were sent a letter from the district saying the investigation into the threat continues, and that safety concerns can be reported 24/7 at their Safe Schools Line at (607) 795-2044 or 1-800-305-4984.
Search for Missing Wayne Co. Toddler Called Off:
After more than two weeks, the search for missing 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon has been called off. Over 1,000 searchers tried to find the toddler after his mother’s body was found buried in the woods near a farm in Wayne County. Police say that despite bringing the search to an end, the investigation continues. The results of Selena Hidalgo-Calderon’s death are still being determined, but her boyfriend, Alberto Reyes, remains the main suspect. He is set to appear in Federal Court today on a charge of tampering with evidence, and separate charges of illegal re-entry into the country.
DEC Accused of Failing to Disclose Gas Storage Leak Concerns:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is being accused of both knowing and failing to disclosing leakage concerns regarding the proposed gas storage project in salt caverns along Seneca Lake. The accusation comes from Toxics Targeting, a company that complies known information on toxic sites, and then sells that information to the public. On Friday, documents were released containing Crestwood’s storage application in 2011, where the company said, “it is assumed that the cavern does leak…” According to Toxics Targeting president, Walter Hang, the state required Crestwood to come up with a plan to investigate the concern, but never required the investigation to be carried out. In response, the DEC released a statement saying they have “…not made any final determination on Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC’s permit application,” and that, “The decision will be based on a comprehensive review to determine if the application meets New York’s strict environmental standards….”
Outdoor Show Looking for Volunteers:
Volunteers are needed for the upcoming 12th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show. According to Cornell Cooperative Extension there are several positions available for the event, including directing crowds, helping children fish, or transporting guests on golf carts. All volunteers will receive access to the entire show throughout the whole weekend and anyone who volunteers at least four hours will also receive a T-shirt, meal ticket, and water. The 2018 Southern Tier Outdoor Show is set for October 13th and 14th at the Steuben County Fairgrounds in Bath. For more information visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com/volunteer.
I-86 Work Near Big Flats Starts Monday
Work begins Monday on a seven-mile pavement resurfacing project by the state Department of Transportation. From the Chemung-Steuben county line to Exit 52 in Horseheads, workers will complete repavement and repairs to roads, exits and ramps. Improvements to guide rails will be made and Exit 51A’s bridge fascia will be fixed. Anticipate closings and disruptions in the next few weeks if you plan to use this stretch for travel. Big Flats Town Supervisor Ed Fairbrother advises drivers to check for closings during construction online at: www.bigflatsny.gov.
Addison Man Arrested Following Domestic Call
Steuben County Sheriff Deputies arrested a 48-year-old Addison man for menacing in the third degree, Criminal Mischief in the fourth degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deputies responded to a domestic incident in progress in the town of Addison and arrested Dean F. Wright prior to his arraignment in the Town of Erwin Court. Wright was remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 surety bond.
County Legislature Land Bank Meeting Cancelled
The Steuben County Legislature announced the cancellation of Steuben County Land Bank Corporation meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday June 6th. The Office of the Clerk says a date has not yet been rescheduled.
Boland Endorses Mitrano for Congress
Corning Mayor Bill Boland officially endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano at her Campaign Headquarters’ grand opening in Corning yesterday. Boland says “Tracy Mitrano represents the best in American politics.” He added that she is practical, thoughtful and authentic.
State Troopers Arrest Several Shoplifters
State troopers announced multiple shoplifting arrests in the area this week. Three people in Steuben County were arrested after complaints were received and responded to by New York State Police. Garrett A. Schultz of Canisteo, Holly Denning of Painted Post and Shante Robinson of Woodhull were each charged with Petit Larceny and were issued tickets to reappear in local courts.
Bath CSD Approved for Free Breakfast/Lunch Program:
The Bath-Haverling School District has been approved for a free breakfast and lunch program for all students PreK through 12 beginning September 2018. This program was previously awarded to the Vernon Wightman Primary School, but now it will be available at all grade levels. It will be effective for the next four school years. More information will be given to parents later this summer in preparation for the 2018-2019 school year. Parents are also reminded that all children under 18 are eligible for free breakfast and lunch this summer in the Haverling High School cafeteria and at the Dormann Library.
First Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Votes Could be in August:
According to education consultants, voting on the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga Central School districts could get underway in August. Dr. William Silky of Castallo and Silky LLC said Boards of Education from each school could hold their first votes on the merger “no later than Thursday, August 23rd.” Both boards will be asked to schedule straw votes for October 16th. If those votes are positive, the state Education Commissioner will issue an order for a formal referendum of voters in both districts to be held in November. If there’s a negative decision in any of the votes, the merger proposal will end.
Public Hearing on Corning Deal with Empire Access:
There will be public hearing in the Town of Corning on June 19th regarding a pending agreement between the town and telecommunications service provider Empire Access. The town board will be voting on whether or not to approve the deal after the hearing, which is set to start at 7 p.m. If it is approved, fiber optic internet, phone, and digital TV will become available for town residents from Empire. Currently, Charter Communications, or Spectrum, is the only major internet and cable provider servicing the town.
Teachers Union Announces Protests at State Senator’s Offices:
Protests are expected at State Senator offices today by teachers from all across New York. The protests were announced Thursday by the state United Teachers Union, after the state Senate failed to bring a bill to the floor that would return control of annual teacher evaluations to local school districts and teachers. The proposed bill would also eliminate the requirement that standardized tests must be used in individual teachers’ evaluations and it would prohibit test scores from becoming part of a student’s permanent record. The Assembly had passed the bill. The protests are set for 4 to 5 p.m. There is one planned for Senator O’Mara’s office in Elmira.
Sears Announces More Store Closings:
Continuing to face shrinking sales and losses, Sears has announced more stores will soon be closing. The company has released a list of 48 Sears stores and 15 Kmart stores that will be closing in September. This will leave roughly 800 still in operation, down from 1,000 at the end of last year. There are only two stores – one each - in New York set for closure at this time: the Sears on Erie Blvd. in Syracuse, and the Kmart on Rockaway Blvd. in Rosedale.
Investigation into Meth Precursor Purchases Leads to 15 Arrests:
15 people have been arrested following a five-month investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the unlawful purchase of precursors used in the making of methamphetamine. The investigation centered on the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in Claritin, Sudafed, and other similar products. The purchase of these products is strictly regulated and limited to no more than 3.6 grams per day, and no more than 9 grams in 30 days. The individuals arrested allegedly purchased and attempted to purchase these products from several regional pharmacies, and then use them to either produce methamphetamine or “traded” them to known methamphetamine “cooks.” Arrests include: 35-year-old Michelle Croft and 37-year-old Melissa Sherman, both of Lindley; 40-year-old Daniel Gillespie of Jasper; 51-year-old John Landsborough, 33-year-old William Landsborough, 50-year-old Joyce Lafave, 37-year-old William Trenchard, 42-year-old Chastity Stark, and 34-year-old Jessica Austin, all of Bath; 29-year-old Cody Shoemaker and 31-year-old Jeremy Comfort, both of Corning; 25-year-old Megan Preston and 48-year-old Kristina Jolley, both of Painted Post; 26-year-old Patrick Rafferty of Addison; and 20-year-old Kerstyn Buck of Tioga, P.A. All were charged with falsifying business records in the 1st, a class “E” felony, except Shoemaker. He was charged with criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials in the 2nd.
Police Seeking “Tire Slasher”:
Corning Police are investigating reports of numerous tire slashings throughout the city. Police say an unknown male is believed to have gone on the spree, slashing tires on nearly 20 vehicles on both the North and South sides of Corning Monday night through early Tuesday morning. The police department said they are currently following up on several potential leads.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Atlanta, New York man for allegedly violating his probation. 29-year-old John Vancuren was arrested on a warrant out of Steuben County Court and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Voter Registration Deadline for June Primaries Tomorrow:
If you’re hoping to vote in the upcoming Federal Primary Election, set for June 26th, but aren’t currently registered, your time to do so is running out. The deadline for voter registrations for the primary election is tomorrow, June 1st. If mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked by June 1st, and received by a Board of Elections no later than June 6th. For information about registering to vote, visit http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html.
Funding Available to Help Farmers Protect Land from Development:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced another $38 million in state funding is now available for farmers to help them protect their land from development. Individual grants of up to $2 million are available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program for eligible municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to help offset the costs of conservation easement projects. Since Cuomo took office over 80 farmland protection projects have been funded through the program.
Area Students Eliminated from Scripps Spelling Bee Competition:
Despite spelling all their words correctly, all three of the area students competing in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated Wednesday in the third round. Only 41 students out of 519 hopefuls advanced on to the final round. The finalists were chosen not only by correctly spelling their words during the oral rounds, but by how well they did on written tests taken Tuesday. The finals get underway today with Part 1 at 10 a.m. Part 2 will be later this evening at 8:30 p.m.
Work on I-86 in Horseheads, Big Flats:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced pavement resurfacing work beginning next week on the I-86 mainline and interchanges in the Towns of Big Flats and Horseheads. Work will start on Bridge Street (Exit 49) in Big Flats and then proceed to the I-86 mainline. The project stretches seven miles from the Chemung/Steuben county line to Exit 52 in Horseheads. Resurfacing will take place on I-86, including all ramps, Chambers Road from the Mall entrance to County Route 64, and Bridge Street from Daniel Zenker Drive to Maple Street. Motorists should expect lane closures and ramp/exit closures.
National “Economic Developer of the Year” Awarded to Steuben Co. IDA:
Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Johnson has been named “Economic Developer of the Year” by the New York State Economic Development Council. Johnson has been the Steuben IDA head for 7 years, and he was selected by the Council for, quote, “seeing the big picture and immersing himself in all facets of economic development, from policy and community infrastructure to marketing and site development.”
DSS Honors Foster Care Families:
Some 21 families representing 48 foster care homes were recently honored at the Steuben County Department of Social Services’ Foster Care Banquet at the VFW in Bath. The event’s tropical theme celebrated “Ohana,” the Hawaiian word for family. The event also included presentations of certificates by county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski and County Legislature Human Services Health and Education Chairwoman Carol Ferratella.
Prison Contraband Arrest:
A Rochester man has been arrested for allegedly possessing contraband while he was housed in the Steuben County Jail. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Christopher Redar possessed a quantity of suboxone, a banned substance. He was charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony, and he was sent back to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
An investigation by Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies into a report of a man walking on I-86 lead to a warrant arrest. 51-year-old Paul Bjorck, of Elmira, was found to be wanted in Horseheads on a warrant for theft of services. He was turned over to the New York State Police for processing.
Amber Alert Cancelled, But Search Continues to Missing Toddler:
State Police have cancelled the Amber Alert issued for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, but the toddler remains missing. Hundreds of law enforcement officers have spent days searching the Town of Sodus farm where his mother’s body was found buried on May 23rd, and the Wayne County Sheriff says the search will continue as long as necessary. The alert was cancelled administratively after a review of the criteria. The boyfriend of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was arrested last week after he was spotted by a trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel. He has since admitted to burying her, but not to killing her. He is currently being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail.
Three Area Students Move On in Scripps Spelling Bee:
Three area students continue to compete for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion after moving on to round three. 12-year-old Kris Patel of Horseheads Intermediate School, Anh Thu Tran – a seventh grader at Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats, and 14-year-old Vishal Madhudi – an eighth grader at the Alternative School for Math in Science in Corning resume competition today at 8 a.m.
Avoca B.O.E. Revote Set:
The Avoca Central School District will hold a special run-off election to fill a seat on the school board. A tie vote earlier this month prompted the vote. The candidates are Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes. Voting will take place at the bus garage on June 12th from noon until 9 p.m. The two candidates are vying for a five year term. Absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on election day.
Public Hearings Set for Proposed Urbana Projects:
The town of Urbana planning board will hold a series of public hearings next week. In the first case, Keuka Water Sports is seeking to remove a greenhouse and construct a pole barn for a marine service. In another case, Pennwood Development has plans to construct a dwelling at the same spot on Bohemian Way where a house was previously taken down. A third applicant is seeking to build an additional home on her property on County Road 87. The hearings will be held on June 4th at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Town Hall.
Watkins Glen Named #3 in “Ranking of Best Small Towns for Adventures”:
There’s more praise for Watkins Glen from the readers of USA Today. Previously recognized for its beauty and its racing, the Village has now been named as one of the “10 Best Small Towns for Adventure.” Ranked Number 3, Watkins Glen was only beat out by Florence, Oregon and Marquette, Michigan, which were named Number 2 and Number 1, respectively. The review mentioned Watkins Glen State Park, the Finger Lakes Trail, and the opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing.
2 Arrested in Arkport Car Theft:
Two people have been arrested following a report of a stolen car from the Village of Arkport. According to State Police, 25-year-old Patrick Mccullough and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both of Kansas, stole the vehicle from Arkport and drove it to Mohegan Lake in Westchester County. The pair was arrested there, and they were transported to the Bath barracks where they were processed on charges of grand larceny. They were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
2 Bath Men Arrested for Failing to Register Online Accounts:
The New York State Police have arrested 38-year-old Victor Pfund and 31-year-old Sean Battle, both of Bath, after they were allegedly found in possession of electronic devices with unregistered screen names and user accounts. Both men are convicted sex offenders and they are required to register their online personas under the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-STOP). Both were charged with failing to register and were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash. At the time of their arrest, they were both currently incarcerated on warrants for violating the terms and conditions of their parole.
Sen. Schumer Joins Voices Opposed to Romulus Incinerator:
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is joining the opposition to the planned waste-to-energy incinerator proposed for Romulus. Schumer says the facility would be bad for the regional economy and it would put the public’s health at risk. Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo also voiced opposition to the proposed facility, saying it was “not consistent” with his administration’s goals.
NYSEG/RG&E Warn Against Scams:
NYSEG and RG&E are urging customers to be wary of scammers posing as representatives of trusted energy companies. In recent days, the companies have received reports of scammers threatening to cut service unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card. While most customers recognize these calls as scams, a small number have been persuaded to make payments. It’s an old swindle with some new twists. Caller ID may show the call is coming from the utility. In some cases, the perpetrators seem to have specific knowledge about the customers they’re calling. They may even provide a callback number that answers with a recorded greeting that’s similar to the energy company’s customer service line. The utilities say if you receive a call and you are uncomfortable, call police.
Deadline Approaching to File in Western Union Settlement:
Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued a reminder to New Yorkers that the deadline for filing a refund claim in connection with a nationwide settlement with Western Union is May 31st, 2018. Consumers who were induced by scammers into wiring money via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file claims. Consumers who think they may be eligible for a refund should visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/WU to file a claim online, download a claim form, and/or obtain information on how to file a claim.
Memorial Day Ceremonies
The Bath VA Medical Center will host a special Memorial Day program 10am today at Bath National Cemetery. The public is invited to participate and walk through the cemetery afterwards where they can view more than 15,000 flags placed by fifth grade classes at Dana Lyon to honor our fallen soldiers. In Hammondsport, a veteran's honor roll memorial takes place 10am at the Hammondsport Village Square with a service following afterward at Elmwood Cemetery. Elmira will host a parade begins this morning at 9:30 to be followed by a memorial service at Woodlawn National Cemetery at 11.m.Cornell will hold its Memorial Day Parade 9:30 at the East Main Street Bridge.
Bath man Arrested for DWI
A Bath man is behind bars of the Yates County Jail and faces several charges, after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on 54A in Jerusalem. John Hilligus took off on his motorcycle after being stopped by Deputies then pulled over 5 miles away. Deputies say he failed sobriety tests then charged with speeding, refusal to comply, and DWI. Hilligus is held on $5,000 bail.
Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years
The holiday is the unofficial start of the summer and just in time for the season, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben announced it will be celebrating its centennial by holding a set of lectures and events for the community to enjoy. “What the Earth Asks of Us," will be held next month, “Honeybee Democracy,” and many more lectures. Howard Community Center will hold 100-year celebration Chicken Barbecue July 22nd at 1pm. CCE-Steuben will hold its Centennial Celebration September 14th at the Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport. Good more details and events please visit putknowledgetowork.org.
Sodus Infant Still Missing
The search continues for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon of Wayne County following an Amber Alert issued for the child and a weekend of searching by police and 200 volunteers. The body of Owen's mother Selena was found in the woods near a farm where she lived and worked for about 4 weeks prior to her disappearance. Both mother and son were last seen alive May 16th. Anyone with information about Owen's whereabouts is urged to come forward to authorities. Worked Justice of New York created a GoFundMe page for Selena's family https://www.gofundme.com/support-estela-and-her-family.
Law Enforcment Crack Down for Holiday Weekend
Police across the state continue patrols to crack down on intoxicated and unsafe driving for the last day of Memorial Day holiday weekend. If you are out driving today, expect sobriety checkpoints. Non-emergency-related road and bridge construction work remain suspended until 6am tomorrow morning to minimize traffic during one of the busiest travel holidays of each year. Last year, State Police made 237 arrests for driving while intoxicated over the Memorial Day weekend.
State agreement with United University Professions
Governor Cuomo has announced that his administration has reached a six-year contract agreement with the United University Professions, the nation's largest higher education union serving more than 35,000 SUNY employees. The contract agreement includes 2 percent wage increases each year through 2021-2022 with access to new Paid Family Leave benefits, and establishes an adjunct minimum compensation. This is the first labor union agreement with the state that includes Paid Family Leave benefits since the policy took effect on January 1, 2018.
Flags at Half-Staff for Assemblyman Farrell
Flags on all state government buildings will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Assemblyman Denny Farrell. The 86-year-old died Saturday. Farrell served 42 years in state government. Many considered him a fixture. Farrell was first elected in 1975 and headed the Assembly banking committee and later Ways & Means. He spearheaded legislation that required banks to offer low-cost checking accounts and created a free state consumer hotline for credit card rate and fee information.
Amber Alert for Sodus Infant
An Amber Alert has been issued for one year old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. Owen is about 2 feet tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds, of Hispanic ethnicity, and was possibly last seen with Ebavardo Gutierrez Reyes last week on or about May 16. The child is believed to have been abducted from Sodus that day when his mother was murdered. Ebavardo is 25-years-old, Hispanic, with brown hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information is urged to please come forward and contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Office or call 911.
Arkport on Lockdown Following Threats
Arkport Central School was placed on lockdown yesterday following two anonymous threats made by a student there. Eric W. Carman, age 16 of Arkport, was charged with two felony counts of Making a Terroristic Threat. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office responded with assistance from New York State Police and Hornell Police Department. Bomb detection canines were also sent from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Carman was arraigned in Town of Fremont Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond and will reappear in court at a later date.
Two from Kansas Arrested for Grand Larceny
New York State Police of the Bath barracks arrested two people from Kansas for Grand Larceny following a report of vehicle larceny in the village of Arkport. Troopers from the North Hornell barracks responded. It was determined by Investigators from Cortland and Bath NYSP stations that Patrick S. McCullough, age 25 and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both from Winfield Kansas, stole the vehicle May 24th and drove it to the Westchester County location of Mohegan Lake. They were arrested there, transported to the Bath Troopers barracks for processing, arraigned in the town of Urbana Court where they were each charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Cuomo Suspends Non-Emergency Construction for Holiday Weekend
Governor Cuomo has announced that non-emergency related road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from now until to 6 a.m. on Tuesday to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.
O’Mara Hosts Local Students for SIA Conference
State Senator Tom O’Mara this week welcomed two area high school students to the State Capitol. Kylee Miller of Bath, a home-schooled sophomore, and Kelly Proctor, a junior at the Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg , were among high school students from across the state who participated in the 18th Annual “Students Inside Albany” (SIA) conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York (LOWV/NY) State Educational Foundation, Inc.
NYS Republicans Nominate Attorney General Candidate
New York's Republican Party nominated New York City attorney Keith Wofford as their preferred candidate for attorney general on Thursday. He defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination at the Republican state convention in Manhattan. Wofford said that if elected his priority will be combating New York's chronic problem with political corruption.
Corning Man Lands Glider Safe in Wellsville
A man escaped injury after his glider made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon off state highway 417 in Wellsville. The Corning pilot landed his craft safely in a field. He said he lost his lift ability which brought him down. He was headed on a cross country flight when he had to declare an emergency. State police secured the scene.
Arkport School Locked Down Due to Possible Threat:
The Arkport Central School was locked down Thursday after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said it received two emails on its anonymous tipline about a student with a weapon. The Sheriff’s Office said it immediately notified the school and appropriate action was taken placing it on lockdown. A mental health team from the county was called in to assist with interviewing the student, who was located at the school. After a thorough search of the building and grounds, and conducting interviews, the Sheriff’s Office concluded that there was no credible threat. The lockdown was completely lifted just before 11 a.m. Superintendent Jesse Harper thanked the community for responding to the lockdown with patience and cooperation.
Car Fire in Hornell:
Firefighters were called to Ben Weitsman of Hornell scrap metal recycling on Ice House Road on Thursday for an active vehicle fire. Officials report the vehicle caught fire due to a minor explosion while crews were moving it from one location to another. Firefighters doused the vehicle with water and within 20 minutes it was under control. There were no injuries.
Probation Violation Arrest:
48-year-old Kristina Jolley of Painted Post has been arrested for allegedly violating a term or condition of her pre-trial release. Jolley was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
New Corning Hotel Nearly Ready to Open:
After nearly two years, the long-awaited new Hilton-Garden Inn in Corning will soon be opening its doors. Management says they plan to offer guests a new kind of experience that’s unlike other accommodations in the area. The new hotel will have 125 rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center, meeting rooms, and a full bar and restaurant. The hotel is expected to open by July 10th.
Horseheads Student Heads to Scripps:
The Scripps National Spelling Bee gets underway May 29th and there will be an area student competing for the top prize. Kris Patel, a sixth-grader at Horseheads Intermediate School, qualified for the competition by winning the regional bee that was held in Corning on March 17th. The 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee is May 29th through the 31st.
Memorial Day Events:
Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have died in active military service. Here are some of the events take place throughout the area. The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be hosting a Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, the public is encourage to walk the cemetery grounds to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes. In Hammondsport, the American Legion Post will have a color guard present at a number of locations, begins at 9 a.m. at the Mitchellsville cemetery. The group will then move to the Pleasant Valley cemetery at 9:30, then at 10 a.m. they will be at the veteran’s honor roll memorial in the Hammondsport village square. Finally they will march to Elmwood Cemetery for a service.
Sheriff’s Office Looking for Owner of Chainsaw, Weed Trimmer:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a chainsaw and a weed trimmer that reportedly fell from a vehicle. The items were recovered in the area of 1000 State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville. Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.
Inmate Charged with Assault:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail as been charged with assault. 30-year-old James Blankenship allegedly struck another person while incarcerated in the jail, causing physical injury. He was arraigned and sent back to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
GOP, Dems Make Nominations for NYS Governor:
New York Republicans and Democrats have made their official nominations for state Governor. As expected, GOP delegates endorsed 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro at Wednesday’s state convention. In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to fight corruption and deep-pocketed special interests. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, incumbent Andrew Cuomo secured ninety-five percent of the delegates votes to secure endorsement for his third term. Cuomo next faces off against challenger Cynthia Nixon in a primary on September 13th, but regardless of how that vote turns out, both will be in the November General Election as Nixon will be on the Working Families Party line. She could also still appear on the Democratic ballot line if she gets 15,000 Democratic signatures in a petition.
Farmers Market Returns to Bath:
A now annual tradition returned again to Bath Wednesday. The Bath Farmers Market is back up and running in Pulteney Square, and it will continue throughout the summer every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October. The market features a variety of handmade items, from soaps to fire-grilled pizza.
Gas Prices Surge ahead of Holiday Weekend:
If your Memorial Day plans include a stop at the gas pump, be prepared to pay more. AAA says gas prices will reach record highs for this weekend. The national average is $2.93 for a gallon of regular, it’s highest since 2014. Unfortunately, relief isn’t expected in the foreseeable future, with prices expected to more or less hold throughout the summer. AAA also predicts that if they haven’t already, most states will hit $3.00 in the coming weeks.
Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges Following Bath Traffic Stop:
A traffic stop in the Village of Bath lead to drug charges for a Rochester man. Officers say they stopped 20-year-old David Binion on East Morris Street and discovered a quantity of narcotics and a large amount of cash. Binion has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and he was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.
C-PP Teacher Accused of Stealing from High School:
A teacher with the Corning-Painted Post School District has been arrested for allegedly stealing property from the Corning High School. 39-year-old Eric Griffin of Campbell allegedly stole property valuing less than $1,000. He turned himself into Corning Police on Tuesday and he was released on an appearance ticket.
Power Mostly Restored After Strong Winds, Rain:
Power was knocked out for some in Steuben and Chemung counties Tuesday evening following heavy rain, strong winds, and even some hail. Almost 700 residents across Steuben were affected, mostly in the Caton, Town of Corning, and Erwin areas. NYSEG reports that all customers in Steuben have had their power restored at this time. Some outages do remain in Chemung County.
NYS’ First Female A.G. Officially Appointed:
New York State has officially appointed its first-ever female Attorney General. Barbara Underwood took over on an acting basis earlier this month after her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned amid allegations of assault. She was officially named Tuesday and she will now serve as the state A.G. until the end of the year. Voters will choose a new A.G. in November. Underwood says she has no plans to run for a full four-year term at this time.
Corning’s GlassFest to Cause Street Closures This Weekend:
With GlassFest returning to Corning this weekend, drivers should be aware that several streets will be closed for festivities. Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through 6 p.m. Sunday, Tioga Avenue from the parking garage to the entrance of the bus stop will be closed; and from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Aurene Lane from Cedar to Tarantelli will only be open for emergency vehicles and deliveries. The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday: Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane; Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street; Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane; Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese. On Saturday, the following streets will be closed from 7:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the GlassFest 8k: Craumer Street, Cantigny Street, Aisne Street, Tioga Avenue (Ceder to Steuben), Steuben St. (Roundhouse Lane to Alabaster Lane), Cohocton Street (East Market Street Extension to Roundhouse Lane), Relihan Boulevard (Park Avenue to Trolley Lane), and Mill Lane (Relihan Boulevard to East Second Street Extension). From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jacoby Street will also be closed on Saturday due to the race. Throughout the event, free parking will be available in the Centerway Parking Facility.
CCE Surveys Deadline June 15th:
Two important surveys available to help Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) meet the needs of Steuben farmers have had their deadlines changed from June 1st to June 15th to give farmers more time to participate. The “Farmer Needs Survey” will provide information for future CCE programs and asks farmers of all backgrounds and experience levels to identify specific needs, favored resources, and ways to provide information. It is located online at bit.ly/agneeds18. The “Commercial Kitchen Survey” looks at interest in an important element of the Steuben County Farmland Protection Plan and seeks input on opening a certified Commercial Kitchen for farmers and others in Steuben and other counties to safely produce and sell value-added products. This survey is located online at bit.ly/farmerkitchen.
Bath V.A. Recognizes Volunteers:
The Bath V.A. Medical Center recently held its annual volunteer recognition program. Over 150 volunteers and attendees enjoyed lunch and were recognized for their volunteer time. There are over 350 registered volunteers at the Center that join in the mission to care for Veterans. Each year a Volunteer of the Year is selected and this year’s nominee was Connie De Lisa with over 42 years of volunteering and 17,000 hours.
Bath Man Arrested in Geneva Traffic Stop:
A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Geneva on Friday. 33-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe tires. He was sent to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Steuben Leg. Approves Coalition Contract; Abuse Prevention Award Recipient:
During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented the 2018 Child Abuse (Prevention) Steuben Award to a Family Development Home Visitor for ProAction of Steuben and Yates. Tawnya Hughes had dedicated her 18 years of experience with ProAction working with “at-risk” families to prevent child abuse, according to county Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller. Active in all county child abuse prevention and awareness programs, and instrumental in launching the annual Color Walk (set this year for June 16th), Hughes has also taken the lead in the recent “Enough Abuse Steuben” initiative, applying for and receiving state funding for a community-wide campaign to identify and prevent the sexual abuse of children, said Muller. In other action before the legislature Monday, lawmakers agreed to a contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) as part of the local “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition.” The state law raises the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18, but also requires the creation of regional detention facilities for youths aged 16 and 17 that a court determines are a danger to others or themselves. TCS will look for a regional site, or sites, and will prepare proposals for the future use of the sites for the counties to consider.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Corning man for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation. 28-year-old Lee Cornell had been previously convicted of burglary. He was arrested on a felony violation of probation warrant and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo Agrees to Debate with Nixon:
Ever since announcing her campaign for governor Democratic, challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling for a televised debate against incumbent Andrew Cuomo. Now, she’ll get it. Cuomo’s campaign office has agreed. The details, such as when and where, are still being determined.
State to Use “Eco-Friendly” Tick Control Measures in Southern Tier:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands as part of a new plan to control tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease. These treatments will be used in the Southern Tier, the capital region, and the Hudson Valley. The state also plans to expand the use of deer feeding stations where deer automatically receive a tick treatment as they eat. The stations are already in use on Long Island and in other areas.
RSVP Banquet Honors Volunteers:
The invaluable work of Steuben County’s senior volunteers was recently recognized with more than 150 people turning out for the county Office for the Aging’s annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Banquet at the Watson Homestead in East Corning. Honorees at the event included: Richard (Rick) Packer of Hornell, who served 1,048 hours with the Residents’ Activities at Hornell Gardens in 2017. Packer has accumulated a total of 4,717 lifetime RSVP service hours. He was honored with the Louise Argentieri Service Award. Mary “Betty” Langendorfer of Bath was posthumously awarded with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award. She was a RSVP volunteer for more than 15 years, and accumulated 2,960 lifetime RSVP service house.
NYSDEC Picks Up Bear Cub in Corning:
Officers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called in Sunday to help a visitor who got lost in the City of Corning. At around 10 a.m., Corning Police received a report of a bear cub in the area of the city’s Department of Public Works. Police found the cub in a salt barn and stayed nearby until the DEC arrived. The cub was taken to a wildlife rehab center and will eventually be released into the wild.
Gubernatorial Candidate Molinaro Chooses Running Mate; Nixon to be on General Election Ballot:
In the latest concerning the fast-approaching election for New York State Governor, Republican hopeful Marc Molinaro has chosen his running mate for lieutenant governor, Julie Killian. Killian is the former deputy mayor of Rye, which is located in Westchester County. She recently lost a special election for state senate. Molinaro and Killian plan to run on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party lines; the pair is expected to be nominated by the state GOP at this week’s convention. On the Democratic side of things, regardless of what happens in the primary, Cynthia Nixon will be on the November general election ballot. Even if she loses the primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nixon will appear on the Working Families Party line, which endorsed her over the weekend. The Democratic Primary is set for September 13th.
Negotiations Resume Between Hornell and Humane Society:
Hornell Mayor John Buckley and the Hornell Area Humane Society released a joint statement following their recent contesting Facebook posts. They said negotiations and dialogue have resumed with a neutral third party, and progress has been made. They agreed that their previous remarks did not appear to be the best path towards resolution, and as such were removed from social media. The Hornell Area Humane Society will continue to provide services to the city, at the same rate as the previous contract, for the months of April through June while negotiations continue. They hope to have a new contract completed before the end of June.
Tickets on Sale for Steuben Public Health’s 100th Anniversary:
Tickets are on sale now for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s 100th anniversary celebration, which is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 8th at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport. The event includes live music, catered appetizers and local beverage and cheese tastings, displays, and more. Tickets are $15 until June 7th and can be purchased at Vine and Barrels in Bath, the Steuben Public Health’s Office in Bath, or online at https://tinyurl.com/100yeartickets.
Boater Safety Class June 9th:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please bring proof of age for all students attending. The minimum age to attend is ten-years-old. The class is limited to 30 students. Call (607) 622-3911 to register.