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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 23rd

Four Facing Drug Charges in Hornell:

 

Four people are facing multiple drug charges in Hornell following the bust of two alleged drug dealing operations.  47-year-old Kim Corrigliano and 30-year-old Michael Dubois were arrested after police say they seized methamphetamine, $3,500 cash, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia from a Hornell city home.  In an unrelated case, 31-year-old Justin Hand was pulled over on Walnut Street for allegedly being intoxicated.  When officers went to his home as part of their investigation, they found an unattended 4-year-old child, marijuana, cocaine, scales, and packaging materials.  Also arrested was 26-year-old Dominic Matacale.

 

 

Three Injured in Urbana Crash:

 

Three people sustained injuries in a multi-vehicle crash Monday morning in the town of Urbana. The collision occurred on State Route 54 between South Valley and Pleasant Valley Roads. Hammondsport fire responded to the scene along with ambulances from Hammondsport and Bath as well as advanced life support. A helicopter was also initially called to the area but was later canceled. The crash remains under investigation.

 

 

BEGWS Hydrant Flushing Continues:

 

Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems hydrant flushing for street and corner valves continues today.  Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed: Mountview Road West, Williamson Terrace, Fairview Drive, Park Place, Perkins Place, and Vargason Place.  Corner Valves include: Fairview/Hudson, and Williamson/Perkins. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.

 

 

Cuomo, Molinaro Set Debate:

 

The debate between incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and GOP challenger Marc Molinaro will finally happen.  It will be taped this afternoon and broadcast this evening at 7 p.m. on WCBS-TV in New York City.  In the upstate, many stations have also announced 7 p.m. broadcasts, but viewers are advised to check their local CBS affiliate for viewing times to be certain.  After turning down multiple requests for a debate, Cuomo finally made the suggestion to meet today on Sunday night.  Molinaro agreed Monday.  The last minute nature of the agreement leaves out third-party candidates Stephanie Miner, Howie Hawkins, and Larry Sharpe, who have all expressed disappointment.

 

 

Reed Receives Endorsement from President Trump:

 

Congressman Tom Reed received an endorsement for his re-election Monday from President Donald Trump.  The President tweeted that Reed has “done a great job” and he has his “complete and total endorsement.”

 

 

Spectrum Price Hike:

 

Spectrum cable customers should be prepared to face a higher price when they open their bill next month.  Spectrum has announced that Spectrum Internet will go up from $54.99 to $59.99/month for current customers to Spectrum TV.  For those who don’t subscribe to Spectrum TV, the price will go from $64.99 to $65.99.  For customers whose Spectrum Internet service is part of a promotion, the new price won’t take effect until their promotional period ends.  Prices for Spectrum TV or Spectrum Voice aren’t changing, but the Broadcast TV surcharge is going up from $8.85 to $9.95/month and Spectrum receivers are going from $6.99 to $7.50.  The price increases are set to take effect November 1st, and will occur in every Spectrum market.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 22nd

Explosion in Corning Caused by Meth Lab:

 

Authorities are investigating an explosion in Corning last week that they believe was caused by a meth lab.  According to police, first responders received a call of an explosion Thursday at a home on Woodview Avenue around 2 a.m.  Upon their arrival, they made the residence safe and began their investigation, which revealed that an upstairs resident was allegedly in the process of making meth when the explosion occurred.  The suspect was air-flighted to Strong Memorial in Rochester for serious burns to his head, face, and hands. 

 

 

School Bus Crash in Corning Sends 4 to Hospital:

 

Four people, including two students, were sent to area hospitals as a precaution Friday after a Corning-Painted Post school bus collided with two vehicles.  According to a report by WETM-TV, the bus hit a pickup truck and an SUV around 11:30 a.m. on East High Street.  The rest of the students on the bus were transferred to other buses to be taken home, according to district officials.  The incident is under investigation.

 

 

BEGWS Hydrant Flushing Continues:

 

Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems hydrant flushing for street and corner valves continues today.  Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed: Geneva Street, Chestnut Street, Fairgrounds, Elm Street, Shannon Street, Warden Street, Hudson Street, Phillips Lighting, Fairview Drive, Mountview Rd W., Shannon St. Ext., Casey Lane.  Corner Valves include: Geneva/Elm, Fairview/Rumsey, Geneva/Gratton, Geneva Street near the VFW, and Rumsey/Shannon Ext. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.

 

 

Gillibrand Pulls Out of Planned Debate:

 

The debate set for Sunday between New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and GOP challenger Chele Farley was cancelled after Gillibrand suddenly pulled out.  The face-to-face was to happen at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and to air on all Spectrum News stations.  Gillibrand’s reasoning was in support of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers who are currently in a labor dispute with Spectrum parent Charter Communications.  In response, Farley blasted Gillibrand, accusing her of “chickening out” and disrespecting voters.  That said, Farely concluded that she still “stands ready to debate [Gillibrand].”

 

 

Haverling Dedicates Book Nook to Teacher Who Passed:

 

The Haverling School District held a special dedication Thursday for a teacher who recently passed away from ALS.  Karin Machuga passed in May after being diagnosed last year in September.  In her honor, there is now a book nook designed after a castle that students can read inside of when they come into the library.  Her portrait hangs on the side of a bookshelf filled with her favorite author, Ted Arnold.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 20, 2018

Five Suspects Arrested for Assault and Burglaries
New York State Police announce multiple arrests following a two-month ongoing investigation of a reported home invasion and assault in the village of Savona that occurred on August 15th. Investigators identified several suspects and linked them to a string of burglaries that occurred in the past several months across two states. A search of a suspect’s residence in the Town of Campbell in the area of I-99 yielded the arrest of the following four suspects: 19-year-old Dakota Tosch of Campbell, 20-year-old Dakota Kidder of Campbell and two minors. Kidder and Tosch were sent to Steuben County Jail after being arrested for Burglary in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. A fifth subject was identified as 19-year-old Chance LaViolette of Elkland, Pennsylvania, who fled the state after the incident then located in Oregon and taken into custody for arrest warrants in different states and is currently jailed in the state of Oregon as he awaits extradition to New York State where he will face the same charges as Tosch and Kidder.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Methamphetamine Production
New York State Police announce the arrest of a Bath woman following an ongoing investigation into the production, distribution and sale of methamphetamine in Steuben County. Amber Crout, age 33, was alleged to have purchased a pseudoephedrine product with the knowledge that it would be used to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine. Crout was charged with Falsifying Business Records and Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material in the Second Degree. Crout was arraigned in Bath Village Court then sent to Steuben County Jail.

 

BEGWS Starts Hydrant Flushing Tomorrow
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a schedule for the second week hydrant flushing for street and corner valves begins tomorrow and continuing until the 26th. Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed:
Liberty north of Washington Colonial, Lawns, Haverling Street, Locust Street, High Street, Gratton Drive, Muck Circle, Peach Street, Grape Street, Apple Street and Mitchellsville Road. Valves on Haverling St / Geneva Street, Elm Street (Fairgrounds), Allen St / Haverling St, Vermont St / Haverling St, Maine St / Haverling St and Gratton / Geneva Street will be flushed on Sunday. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.

 

Bath Leaf Pick-Up Begins Monday
City loose leaf pickup will begin Monday morning. Residents of downtown Bath must have their leaves raked into the area between the curb and sidewalk to be picked so drainage systems do not become plugged. Drivers should be careful not to park on top of leaves on the street as the heat from engines could ignite the leaves starting a fire. Brush and trash should not be mixed in the leaf piles, for leaf crews will not pick up those piles. Loose leaves must be raked up by the curbised by 6 a.m. Nov. 13 for the final week of collection. Leaves left by the curb on or before November 12th must be bagged.

 

Legislature Meets Monday to Talk Prevention Coalition Gap Funding
Steuben County Legislature will review funding support for the Steuben Prevention Coalition through the remainder of the year after federal grant funding fell through. This Monday at 10am legislators will meet regularly to approve a gap of $5,681 left after coalition officials were told they would not receive the federal Drug Free Communities Grant. Catholic Charities pledged gap funding of $10,000 to supplement the county’s contribution to be paid through county contingency fund. Funding was approved earlier this month by the Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education and Finance committees.

 

Lights Out for Afterschool Events Announced for This Month
Steuben County has announced public events for the “Lights Out For Afterschool” campaign, a joint effort by the Extended Learning Network of the Southern Tier, The Triangle Fund and Steuben Youth Bureau to raise local awareness about the importance of afterschool programming. Events are scheduled for Monday October 22nd at 4:30pm at the Frontline Community and Youth Center in Elmira and Monday October 29th at 3:30pm at the Addison Youth Center then 4:30pm at Hornell Concern for Youth. The events will recognize winners of afterschool poster contests.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 19th, 2018

Corning Man Arrested on DWI Charges After Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man following a one car crash on Marland Road in Corning. Upon investigating the scene, police found 27-year-old Amit K. Jha to have allegedly operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, leaving the scene of the crash after striking a tree. Jha was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to reduce speed for special hazard, DWI and Driving While Intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher. He was released on traffic summons to appear in Town of Corning Court next month.

 

Arkport Man Jailed for Endangering Welfare of a Child
An Arkport man was arrested following a report of possible sexual misconduct. Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators arrested 65-year-old James Mayo for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with someone less than seventeen years of age and acting in a manner to be injurious to the welfare to a person under age seventeen. Mayo was charged with Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child then remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

 

Campbell Man Receives More Charges for SR 415 Crash
A Campbell man will be receiving more criminal charges for his involvement in a crash that occurred last Sunday on State Route 415. Robert Neally was arrested by State Police this week on a felony vehicular manslaughter charge for allegedly turning left directly onto the path of a motorcycle driven by a Lindley man, killing him at the scene. Neally was originally arrested for DWI, among other charges then sent to Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail as the case awaits being presented to a grand jury.

 

Kirchgessner Campaign Withdraws Endorsements

Democratic Candidate for State Senate in the 58th Senate District Amanda Kirchgessner announced she is returning all of the endorsements she has received thus far and will run without them. In a statement, the candidate said she is proud of all of the endorsements she has earned but is giving them up to protect her supporters and to “refocus this race on things that matter to the people of the 58th district." Kirchgessner says she has faced increasing harassment against her endorsers as well as family, friends and campaign staff following abuse allegations made by her ex-wife a few weeks ago.

 

With Election Less Than One Month Away, Cuomo Avoids Debate
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been under fire in this year’s gubernatorial race for his reluctance to face off with his challengers in a formal debate. Republican candidate Marc Molinaro asked for a one-on-one debate with the incumbent and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins also called for debate with no response. Cuomo’s campaign spokeswoman declined commenting when asked why he has not yet agreed to a debate. But, with his clear advantage in fundraising and name recognition, Cuomo has little to gain by appearing in a debate. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Cuomo currently leads Molinaro 58-35 percentage points.

 

Rams Coach Carroll Retires
Head football coach of the Haverling Rams Wayne Carroll has announced will be retiring after almost 30 years on the field. Carroll’s early retirement was approved by the Bath-Haverling Central School District at last night’s board of education meeting. Carroll was put on a leave of absence for this football season citing medical leave as the reason why but no word on why he has chosen to retire early. Throughout the years, the accomplished coach helped the Rams win five Section V titles, recorded four state Final Four appearances and helped Rams make state quarters back in 2003.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 18, 2018

Campbell Fire District Proposes Budget at Hearing
A tax increase from $101.30 to $164.28 with a tax levy of $227,829 for the Campbell Fire District was announced this week at a public hearing. This annual tax rate is for a home assessed at $100,000 and Fire District Board of Commissioners said the tax rate has increased to meet higher expenses in the proposed budget like a new fire engine expected to cost $500,000. A new engine would be paid over issuing a bond that would last 10 years to be approved by taxpayers in a separate vote. The board has agreed to review the details of the budget with possible changes at the Fire District’s next meeting before they submit the budget to the town.

 

Senators Urge NHTSC to Update Limousine Regulations
United States Senators from New York have called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Committee to upgrade regulations and safety approval for stretch limousines following the deadly Schoharie County crash that happened October 6th. “…Stretch limousines are woefully under-regulated; they fall into a gap between cars and buses, both of which have well-developed safety rules,” said Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have joined Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal in demanding the NHSTC to change their standards to mandate the following:

  • Conduct a study on how to improve protection for passengers

  • Review construction of stretch limousines, report safety gaps and identify improvements for federal safety standards

  • Create specific requirements for inspection of structural safety once a limousine has been constructed so only structurally dependable vehicles can be on the road

  • Review if limousines should be identified as commercial vehicles where drivers would be mandated to carry commercial drivers’ licenses and have more comprehensive training to drive

 

Houghton Endorses Reed
Former Congressman Amo Houghton announced he is endorsing Congressman Reed for re-election. Houghton served as a politician in the Southern Tier from 1986 to 2005 and said about Reed: “He has become a champion for bipartisan government and I appreciate the support he has received from Republicans and Democrats alike.” Reed responded to the endorsement with the statement: “Amo truly represented what the founding fathers had in mind for members of Congress and I am honored to have his support.”

 

NYSP Warn Public of Phone Scam
The New York State Police are warning the public about a recent scam after receiving information that an individual is contacting people in the Western New York area identifying themselves as the New York State Police, requesting personal information like social security numbers. The number the subjects are calling from shows a State Police station number on the caller ID though the calls do not actually originate from the location. State Police remind the public they would never ask for this information over the phone and never to share personal information with any party over the phone. New York State Police report that meanwhile they are investigating this situation.

 

Mitrano Releases FEC Filings
Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano Tuesday released her FEC filings, showing that she raised more than $945,000 for the period July through September. She also emphasized that in contrast to Representative Tom Reed, her campaign is powered by individual donations from people within the district, not corporate political action committees (PACs). Mitrano said her principal campaign committee raised $225,000 more than Reed’s—proof, she says, of unprecedented grassroots support and evidence of the district’s appetite for change.

 

BEGWS Begins Second Week of Hydrant Flushing
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a schedule for the second week hydrant flushing beginning October 21st and continuing until the 26th. Street hydrants and corner valves will be flushed beginning this Sunday. Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed:
Liberty north of Washington Colonial, Lawns, Haverling Street, Locust Street, High Street, Gratton Drive, Muck Circle, Peach Street, Grape Street, Apple Street and Mitchellsville Road. Valves on Haverling St / Geneva Street, Elm Street (Fairgrounds), Allen St / Haverling St, Vermont St / Haverling St, Maine St / Haverling St and Gratton / Geneva Street will be flushed on Sunday. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 17th

More Charges Possible Against Driver in Fatal Campbell Crash:

 

More charges may be filed against a Campbell man following a deadly crash Sunday afternoon. State police say 42-year-old Robert Neally struck and killed 65-year-old motorcyclist Terry Hill of Lindley on Route 415. Neally was jailed on $75,000 bail after trooper charged him with driving while intoxicated. The case is under review by the District Attorney’s office and more severe charges may be filed.

 

 

Funeral Arraignments for Lindley Presho Fire Chief:

 

Funeral services for Fire Chief Terry Hill of the Lindley Presho Volunteer Fire Department will be this weekend.  Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lindley Community Church.  The funeral service will follow.  Hill was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver Sunday while riding his motorcycle on Route 415.

 

 

Lawyer Files Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Corning Dog Warden:

 

The lawyer for a City of Corning dog warden filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to dismiss the charges against her client.  Christie Speciale, who is also the founder and owner of Tanner’s P.A.W.S., is accused of targeting the Amish for dog abuse in late September during the city’s Harvest festival.  Speciale is charged with disorderly conduct, stalking, and harassment.  Speciale’s attorney maintains that Speciale never approached the man because he was Amish or his family is Amish, but rather out of concern for the age and condition of puppies that he was attempting to sell.  The judge reserved on the motion to give Steuben County Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah King time to review.  The case will return to court on November 20th

 

 

I-86 Exit 53 Reopens after Tractor-Trailer Fire:

 

Exit 53 on I-86 reopened this morning after a tractor-trailer fire broke out late Tuesday night. The incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. near exit 52A on I-86 westbound.  Traffic was diverted through the Village of Horseheads.  According to Chief Sullivan of the Horseheads Fire Department, the driver heard a loud noise and looked to find his vehicle in flames.  He immediately pulled over and called 911.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  No injuries were reported.  Both the truck and trailer were destroyed.

 

 

SCLB Property Open House Oct. 26th-27th:

 

An open house for a property in the City of Corning rehabilitated through the Steuben County Land Bank Corp. (SCLBC) is set for October 26th and 27th.  The property, located at 161 Kingsbury Ave., was completely renovated in 2018 with an open concept kitchen, updated utilities, new walls and flooring.  It’s listed at $115,000.  The property is among the first round of properties selected by SCLBC in November 2017 after assessments by Arbor Housing & Development indicated the blighted properties could be restored.  The land bank board expects to reduce “neighborhood blight,” keep marketable properties on the tax roll and improve the housing stock in Steuben.  Open House times are 4 to 6 p.m. October 26th, and 11 a.m. to noon October 27th.  For information about the property, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=8872

 

 

Leaf/Brush Collection in Bath Begins Oct. 22nd:

 

The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday, October 22nd.  All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection.  Village crews will begin on the West Side of the village and upon completion will move to the East Side of the village.  Absolutely no brush or trash will be collected.   

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 16th

Lindley Presho Fire Chief Killed in Campbell Crash:

 

State police investigated a deadly crash. It happened just before 5 pm Sunday on Route 415 in Campbell. The crash involved a motorcycle and a vehicle. Killed was the motorcyclist, 65-year-old Terry Hill of Lindley. Troopers arrested the other driver, 42-year-old Robert Neally of Corning and he was charged with driving while intoxicated. Neally was sent to jail on $75,000 bail.  Hill was the Lindley Presho Fire Chief and the fire department has a black ribbon hanging on the fire department doors, and their flag is at half-staff in honor of Chief Hill.  The North Corning, Bath Volunteer, and East Campbell fire departments have all offered their condolences on the passing of Chief Hill.

 

 

Canisteo Man Charged with Arson:

 

A Canisteo man has been arrested on charges of arson and reckless endangerment.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Steven Drake was arrested as the result of an investigation into a reported house fire on Union Street in Canisteo.  The fire was found to be incendiary and intentional in nature.  Drake was charged with arson in the third, a class C felony, and reckless endangerment in the first, a class D felony.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard thanks the members of the Canisteo and South Hornell Volunteer Fire Departments for their quick response to the fire and the Village of Canisteo Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

 

 

Steuben Co. Probation Sweep:

 

On October 4th, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Troopers, and Steuben County Probation Department conducted a probation compliance verification sweep.  88 separate probationers were checked during the sweep, and four were sent to the county jail due to alleged probation violations.  One person was charged and released on an appearance ticket.  60-year-old Terry Smith of Hammondsport was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana and was sent to the jail.  20-year-old Dillon Cook of Campbell was arrested on a violation of probation warrant issued by Avoca Town Court was sent to the jail.  54-year-old Robert Ritchey of Wayland was arrested for allegedly committing aggravated unlicensed operation, open container, and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he was sent to the jail.  46-year-old Teresa McWilson of Campbell was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol in violation of her terms and conditions of probation and was sent to the jail.  20-year-old Tyler Vogt of Corning allegedly possessed marihuana and was released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

E-C Airport to Offer Non-Stop Services to Washington Dulles in 2019:

 

The Elmira Corning Regional Airport and Chemung County have announced that United Airlines will soon begin offering direct flights to Washington Dulles International Airport.  The flights will replace the Newark services two times a day.  They are expected to begin in 2019. 

 

 

Drivers Reminded to Winterize Their Vehicles:

 

Before you know it, these recent cooler temperatures will turn into full-blown winter and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is urging New Yorkers to winterize their vehicles and familiarize themselves with safe winter driving tips now.  Also, drivers are reminded that starting today, snow tires with metal studs can be installed on vehicles.  Under state law, these tires may only be used from October 16th through April 30th.  Tips for winter driving include: not driving during ice or snow storms unless absolutely necessary, clearing ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, remembering that bridges, overpasses, and ramps will freeze first, and to drive slowly. 

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 15th

Alpine Woman Arrested in Steuben Co. on Drug Charge:

 

The New York State Police of Bath announce the arrest of an Alpine woman as part of an ongoing investigation into the production, distribution, and sale of methamphetamine in Steuben County.  27-year-old Noelle McCarthy allegedly entered the pharmacy inside the Tops Markets grocery store in Bath on August 13th and purchased a pseudoephedrine product knowing it would be used to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine.  McCarthy has been charged with criminal possession of a methamphetamine manufacturing material and she has been released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

Campbell Facing Doubled Property Taxes, Budget Meeting Tomorrow:

 

Property taxes in the Town of Campbell might double in 2019 due to fire department costs.  Currently, the property tax rate in Campbell is roughly $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value, but under next year’s budget that would increase to approximately $2 per $1,000.  The total proposed budget is $246,323, up from $140,385 in 2018.  There will be a public meeting about the budget tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Campbell Fire Department.

 

 

Hydrant Flushing Underway in Bath:

 

As a reminder to the residents of the Village of Bath, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems began hydrant flushing in the village Sunday.  Work is expected to continue until Thursday at 7 a.m.  The flushing is done as part of BEGW’s water main and fire hydrant preventive maintenance program.  Water customers could experience discolored and dirty water and are advised to check the water before using for clarity.  If dirty water is experienced, turn on a faucet, preferably one outside, to clear the water line before cooking, cleaning, or doing laundry. 

 

 

Sears Files for Chapter 11:

 

Early this morning, retailer Sears Holdings announced that it’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Also announced CEO Eddie Lampert will be stepping down effective immediately.  The company will be closing 142 stores towards the end of the year as it struggles with massive debt and losses.  Liquidation sales are expected to begin shortly.  At this time it’s unclear if Sears is still viable in a scaled down business model, or if it will go out of business for good. 

 

 

Mitrano Holding Town Hall in Corning Today:

 

Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional district Tracy Mitrano will be holding an open town hall meeting today in Corning.  It will be held at the United Steelworkers Local 1000 (100 Civic Center Plaza) from 5 to 7 p.m.  This will be Mitrano’s eighth town hall since September.  She plans to hold one in all of the district’s 11 counties.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 13, 2018

Neurauter Pleads Guilty to Murder
The Lloyd Neurauter case came to an end yesterday as he pled guilty to the August 2017 first-degree murder charge of his ex-wife Michelle. Neurauter, who could be facing 25 years to life or life without parole for the murder, also pled guilty to first-degree custodial interference and second-degree conspiracy. Neurauter’s daughter Karrie, who previously pled guilty to second-degree murder in the case, could have her plea agreement revisited to reduce her charges to manslaughter due to the role Lloyd had in manipulating her to participate in the murder of Michelle. Sentencing is set for December 4th, 2018.

 

BEGWS Announces Hydrant Flush To Begin Tomorrow
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will flush the Village’s water mains beginning tomorrow on  Sunday, October 14th at 11:00 pm and will end on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 am. The flushing is done as part of BEGW’s water main and fire hydrant preventive maintenance program. Water customers are told to be aware of the potential for discolored and dirty water and to check the water before using for clarity. If dirty water is experienced, turn on a faucet, preferably one outside, to clear the water line before cooking, cleaning or doing laundry.  

 

Hornell Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports following a joint investigation, deputies and officers of the Village of Canisteo Police Department arrested Carrieann M. Gilliam, age 37, of Emmet Street in the City of Hornell, New York. It is alleged that Gilliam stole money from another person in the village of Canisteo from December 2017 through July 2018 in the amount of $30,523.55 and failed to report that income as was required when she completed a recertification for benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services where she received benefits that she was not entitled to in the amount of $759.00. Gilliam was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the third degree by the Canisteo Police Department and charged by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree and one count of Petit Larceny.

 

Wayland Man Arrested for Warrant on Violating Probation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports 58-year-old Wayland man John D. Bennett was arrested for being wanted on alleged violation of the terms or conditions of his probation. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Bennett failed to appear at the Steuben County Jail on February 23rd, 2018 to serve a sentence regarding his probation violation concerning an original charge of Driving while intoxicated.  Bennett was observed in a vehicle operated by another person and stopped by deputies in the Village of Wayland. Bennett was transported to the Steuben County Jail where he will remain until his next court appearance.    

 

Sheriffs Make DWI Arrests
Steuben County Sheriffs report two Driving While Intoxicated arrests for this week:

Joshua A. Martinez, age 39,  of Hartsville, New York allegedly operated a motor vehicle on State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville while talking on a cellular device and intoxicated. Martinez was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court on a later date.

Kody Brown, age 31, of Addison, New York is alleged to have operated a vehicle at a speed of 87mph in a 40mph zone on State Route 36 in Canisteo while intoxicated. Brown was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more alcohol in his blood, and speeding before being released on traffic summons to appear in Canisteo Town Court on a later date.

 

County Sets Vulnerable Youth Summit for October 30th
Steuben County announced the next phase in protecting the county’s vulnerable youth to be launched October 30th with a summit set that day at 8:30-11:45 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. The program is designed to end the commercial and sexual exploitation of children under age 18. The summit will begin with registration and a light breakfast, then at 9am the keynote address will be presented by speaker Deb Kuehner, who is the founder of The Potter’s Hands Foundation in Corning followed by Steuben Services panel at 10am and conclude with Community discussion and planning at 11am. Reservations are requested by October 26th and can be made by calling (607) 664-2119 or emailing campaign coordinator Lisa Baker at: LBaker@steubencony.gov


County Public Health Delays Diabetes Prevention Program
Steuben County Public Health announced the National Diabetes Prevention Program will be pushed back to mid-November to allow for more enrollment. The effective program for people at risk of Type II Diabetes will be offered in two locations: Bath and Hornell. Classes meet every week for 16 weeks then every two weeks for several months to follow up then continue with monthly meetings for the remainder of the year. The program is covered by Medicare, free for employees of the county and costs only $150 yearly by private pay. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12pm-1pm starting November 13th at Steuben County Office Building in Bath or Thursdays from 6-7pm at the Hornell YMCA. To register or for more information please call Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438 or visit www.steubencony.org/publichealth.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, October 12th

Steuben Co. Annex at a Glance:

 

A plan stretching back at least 10 years reached completion Thursday when the Steuben County Annex officially opened.  Originally considered as a way to allow the public convenient access to related county services, over time the plan developed to respond to state mandates that expanded court-related functions and federal requirements for elections.  The 20,000 square-foot annex will house the county Board of Elections offices and electronic voting machines, and records storage on the first floor.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben County, a demonstration kitchen, and a conference center will be located on the second floor.  The building also has 10,000 additional square-feet for growth.

 

 

Dansville Man Gets 10 Years for Role in Meth Ring:

 

A Dansville man, convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, will serve 120 months in prison.  Between January 2017 and April 2017, 53-year-old Donald McKinney conspired with others to ship high purity crystal methamphetamine from suppliers in California into Dansville, where it was then distributed.  He sold the methamphetamine to co-conspirator, Kurt Redance, who in turn distributed it to others, including sales at The Boneyard, an auto salvage business in Dansville.  McKinney is one of seven defendants charged in this methamphetamine conspiracy.  All seven have been convicted. 

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Announces $45M in Funding to Improve Emergency Communications:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $45 million in state grant funding has been awarded to 57 counties and New York City for emergency communications.  The funding will enable local governments to expand their emergency response capabilities to enhance public safety operations. Steuben County is set to receive $776,687.   

 

 

Voter Registration Scam:

 

The New York State Board of Elections is reminding residents that the B.O.E. will never call you asking to register to vote over the phone after a voter registration scam has been reported.  The calls have been reported in Chemung and Steuben Counties with the caller asking to register the recipient to vote in an attempt to gain personal information.  Also, the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 6th general election is today in New York State. 

 

 

Road Work in Hammondsport:

 

The Village of Hammondsport has announced that the following streets will see temporary closures over the next few days for slurry sealing: William, Wheeler, Davis, Curtis, Grape, Thorpe, Vine, Myrtle, Orchard, and Lake Street from Main to the Village Line.  The roads are expected to be closed for approximately 45 minutes.  It will take two to three days to complete all the work, weather permitting.

 

 

Social Security Announces 2.8% Benefit Increase for 2019:

 

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday.  The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31st 2018.  Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount.  This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov

 

 

Survey Issued for Volunteer Firefighters:

 

New York State Fire Coordinators, a professional non-profit organization for firefighters, has issued a survey for all volunteer firefighters in the state of New York.  The goal is to identify the scope of the recruitment problem and to develop a strategy to address the staffing issue.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, since 1983, the U.S. has seen a drop of nearly 70,000 volunteer firefighters.  The survey should be completed by October 31st.  A report of the data will be presented at upcoming conferences and meetings.  The survey can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Bazah5z42dBW77n1kB-Oevk-QnomR8lqnFdz_-QC-ko/viewform?chromeless=1&edit_requested=true

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, October 11th

Canisteo Park Renamed in Honor of Trooper Clark:

 

A unanimous vote by the Canisteo Village Board will see Patriot Park renamed in honor of late New York State Trooper, Nicholas Clark.  The Canisteo Community Support Group also has big renovation plans for the new Nicholas F. Clark Park, including a blue light honoring first responders, an entryway with Trooper Clark’s name on it, and three monuments in memory of veterans, first responders, and Trooper Clark.  The park was first established to honor first responders after the September 11th attacks.  Trooper Clark was killed in the line of duty in early July.  Clark played on the Canisteo football team and was the village’s only state champion wrestler.

 

 

Charges Filed Against Assemblyman Errigo:

 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed bribery charges against Assemblyman Joseph Errigo.  At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. said the charges stem from programs receiving federal funds and honest services wire fraud.  At issue was legislation aimed at reducing the extent of local control over a pending development project in the Rochester area, and giving the state the ability to review the development project with the state Department of Transportation.  The bribe payer allegedly paid at least $10,500 to Errigo and the lobbyist to assign a bill number to the proposed bill and introduce legislation and begin the process of obtaining passage of a State Law.  Errigo allegedly accepted a total of $5,500.  Errigo appeared in court Wednesday and was released.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Errigo’s Assembly district covers Livingston County, southern Monroe County, and portions of northern Steuben County.    

 

 

Guthrie Corning Holding Flu Shot Clinics:

 

Guthrie Corning Centerway will hold the first of six flu shot clinics today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Patients six months and older are encouraged to receive a flu vaccination.  No appointment is necessary and attendees do not need to be established patients of Guthrie Corning.  Billing will be handled through insurance or by mail for those without insurance.  The clinic will be held on the first floor Family Practice Department in Corning.  The rest of the clinics are set for: tomorrow 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., then October 17th and 24th, and November 7th and 14th, all from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

 

 

S.R. 54 Paving Project Underway:

 

A paving project on State Route 54 got underway Wednesday from G. Fullagar Road to the Steuben County line in the Towns of Milo and Barrington.  The project is expected to last about a week.  Traffic will be maintained with one lane, two-way alternating flagging.  Motorists should expect delays.

 

 

Savona Leaf/Brush Pickup Starts Oct. 26th:

 

The Village of Savona will hold its annual leaf and brush pick up on Friday, October 26th and Friday, November 9th.  All leaves must be bagged and all brush must be 2 inches or less in diameter and no longer than 6 feet. Village officials say the leaves and brush should be placed curbside the night before.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 10th

Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Headed to Final Vote:

 

In Tuesday’s “straw poll” residents of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts voted yes to merge the two schools into one district.  61 percent of Arkport voters and 56 percent of Canaseraga voters approved the proposal.  The yes vote now moves the proposal to a final vote, known as a statutory referendum, which is tentatively set for November 12th.  If approved again then, the merger will become official on July 1st

 

 

Hammondsport Man Injured in Jerusalem Accident:

 

A Hammondsport man was injured in a two-car accident on Italy Hill Road in the Town of Jerusalem Tuesday morning.  According to the police report, 23-year-old Brett Rotondo fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line, striking an oncoming vehicle being driven by 41-year-old Jason Poquadeck, of Marcellus.  Rotondo’s car then went off the road, crossing a ditch and striking a tree.  Rotondo was taken to Strong Memorial for neck and back pain.  He also suffered a broken leg.  Poquadeck was not injured.  Rotondo was ticketed for unsafe lane change.

 

 

Former Twin Tiers Resident Killed in Florida Road Rage Incident:

 

A man from the Twin Tiers was killed in Florida Friday during a road-rage incident.  According to the arrest report, 24-year-old Caleb Smith wanted to change lanes to make a proper left turn when 22-year-old Jahsie Mahoney blocked him with his car.  Words were exchanged and both drivers stopped.  Police say when they arrived, Smith had been shot.  Mahoney stayed at the scene and was arrested.  According to his obituary, Smith was born in Elmira and was a former resident of Addison and Woodhull.

 

 

Steuben Co. Approves Child Advocacy Center:

 

Tuesday the Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee approved a proposal from Social Services Commissioner Kathy Muller to establish both a permanent site for a Child Advocacy Center and a mobile unit.  According to Muller, most counties already have a similar program in place and Steuben is one of only six that doesn’t.  The proposal is for the permanent site to be at Ira Davenport Hospital, where medical staff will be on hand as needed.  $450,000 in funding will be provided by the state for the first year, including $250,000 for a custom, 33-foot Winnebago RV outfitted with interview and observation areas, and $50,000 for fuel and vehicle maintenance.  The state will also provide operational and maintenance funding for the following two years.  According to District Attorney Brooks Baker, the mobile response unit will allow officials to respond to cases of physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence, and interview children in a safe environment.  More details are expected as the 2019 budget is planned.

 

 

Savona Library Becomes “Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library”:

 

The Savona Free Library has a new name.  On October 6th, the library held a celebration announced that is has been renamed the “Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library.”  Dr. Sandor Benedek was born in Hungary in 1910.  In 1957, his family settled in Savona and he set up a private medical practice which served not just Savona, but all the surrounding communities.  He was also a school physician for the Savona, Bradford, and Campbell schools from 1957 through 1991.  He served as Steuben County Coroner for over 20 years.  He passed away in 1992.  Berthe was known for gardening, playing the piano, and baking.  She passed away in 2008.

 

 

Spotted Lanternfly Awareness and Prevention:

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hans Walter-Peterson recently spoken with Finger Lakes Daily News about the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive moth from Asia that was recently found in Penn Yan.  The moth feeds on the sap of more than 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops.  Walter-Peterson said that steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the lanternfly and that details about those measures will be announced soon, but he added that right now, awareness is key.  He said that they’re trying to make sure the public knows what they are and the problems they can cause.  The lanternfly is spread primarily through human activity and everyone is encouraged to inspect outdoor items, including vehicles, stone, rusty metal, outdoor furniture and firewood.  Anyone visiting the Pennsylvania or New Jersey Quarantine areas should thoroughly inspect their vehicle, luggage, and gear before leaving.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 9th

Bath Woman Arrested in Stabbing:

 

A Bath woman was been arrested following an incident in Bath involving multiple people.  State Police were called to the Holland American Hotel on State Route 415 on Sunday evening for a reported stabbing.  Their investigation found that during the altercation, one of the subjects suffered puncture wounds to the arm and was transported to Corning Hospital.  Arrested was 45-year-old Kelly Harris for assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

 

 

Tractor-Trailer Overturns on I-390 Monday:

 

Traffic was delayed on I-390 Monday morning after a tractor-trailer rolled over near the Town of Avoca.  The accident occurred around 3 a.m. just past Exit 1, just before I-390 North turns into I-86 East.  The I-390 North on-ramp at Exit 1 was shut down by police while the vehicle was uprighted.  There is no word at this time as to the cause of the accident or if there were any injuries.

 

 

Road Closures on I-86, Also in Corning Today:

 

The Department of Transportation has announced road closures for I-86 and in Corning today.  I-86, between Exit 33 Almond and Exit 34 Hornell will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for paving up to the bridge that carries I-86 over County Route 65 and Norfolk Southern Railroad.  Motorists traveling eastbound will be detoured off the highway at Exit 33, travel 21 north to Hornell, then State Route 36 north to Exit 34 where they can return to I-86 east.  Motorists may encounter flaggers and lane shifts, and travel delays should be expected.  In Corning, the eastbound lane of East Pulteney Street, from Warren to Centerway, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for construction.  The westbound lane will remain open.

 

 

Straw Poll Vote for Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Today:

 

Voting will take place today for residents of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts to decide the fate of a potential merger of the schools.  Polls are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  If both votes are positive, an official merger vote is expected November 12th.  Approval then would see the newly merged district go into effect on July 1st.  Failure of any ballots will end the proposal.    

 

 

Hearing Scheduled for Steuben Co. Wind Farm Project:

 

Public information forums and hearings regarding the Eight Point Wind project in Greenwood and West Union will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at Hornell City Hall.  The forums will start at 2 and 6 p.m., with the public statement hearings to follow at 3 and 7 p.m.     

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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 8, 2018

Flags Flown Half-Staff to Honor Firefighters
State government buildings will be flying flags half-staff until Wednesday of this week to honor fallen firefighters. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared this action in honor of the 21st Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany where 28 firemen killed in the line of duty in the last year will be added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial tomorrow. The Governor said: “By lowering flags to half-staff, we honor those who have lost their lives while saving others, and remember their selflessness in another’s greatest time of need.”

 

Keuka College Dean Honored with Award at Washington DC
A local Dean from Keuka College has received an award from a national organization recognizing her work as a leader in education during a 3-day long summit in Washington, DC. EAB, a collaborative organization of education advisers, honored Dean of Student Success and Chief Retentions Officer Elizabeth Lambert with its 2018 Student Success Collaborative Award.

 

BEGWS to Flush Water Mains Starting Next Week
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) has announced the Village’s water mains will begin to be flushed a week from now on Monday, October 15th and will continue until  Friday, November 2nd. Each day, crew members of the BEGWS Underground Lines and Mains will flush the system from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Water customers are advised that the potential for discolored and dirty water is possible and to check their water for clarity before each use. Water lines can be cleared by turning on a faucet, preferably one outside, before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry.

 

County Route 119 Closure Begins Today
The bridge on County Route 119 over the Canisteo River in the town of Cameron will be closed this morning beginning 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for about five weeks. The bridge between McMaster Road and County Route 10 will be under construction for its stringers and gusset plates to be repaired. No on-site detour will be available so motorists need to use existing town and county roads as their detour.

 

Voter Registration Deadline This Friday
New York state residents have until this Friday, October 12th at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the upcoming general election for local, state and federal offices on November 6th. This year is a midterm year and elections are occurring for New York governor, attorney general, comptroller, the entire state Legislature, Congressman and U.S. senator. If you need to register to vote, you can do so through the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the state Board of Elections website where you can print out the form then mail it or drop it off at the county Board of Elections where you can also go to register in person or go to several state agencies like the Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Department of Social Services to register in person.

 

Bath and Canisteo Make List for Domestic Violence Incidents in State
Two towns in Steuben county made the list of the top 50 towns that reported the highest rates of domestic violence incidents in New York State. According to data last year reported by police departments in the state through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program and published on the Division of Criminal Justice Services website, the Village of Bath was number 20 reporting 74 total victims in 2017 while 13.4 victims per 1000 were reported for the year. The Village of Canisteo made the list at number 27 with a total of 27 victims at rate of 12.4 victims per 1000.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 6, 2018

Protesters Demonstrate Outside Steuben Family Court
A group of women stood outside of Steuben County Family Court yesterday afternoon to protest the family court system. Leading the demonstration was Corning resident Sherri Ballam who is a grandmother claiming the family court system denied visitation rights unjustly to see her grandchild. Ballam says the purpose of the demonstration is to have these children's voices heard while in the court system.

 

Governor Announces Programs to Improve State Power Grid

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced funding for two initiatives to improve and update the power systems in New York state worth $173 million funded by the New York Power Authority. The programs will help NYPA to collect data more quickly and accurately while making response time to outages and power grid issues more efficient. Cuomo says these updates will create a more dependable power system for the state of New York.

 

Trooper Clark's Family Honored with Flags by State
According to The New York State Facebook page, the family of Trooper Nicholas Clark was presented with the flags flown half staff at the State Capital by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The flags were ordered by the Governor on July 2nd of this year following Clark’s death while serving in the line of duty during a response to a suicidal man in Erwin. Clark was a Canisteo native.

 

Senate Candidate Kirchgessner in Tompkins County Auto Accident

New York State Senate Candidate for the 51st District Amanda Kirchgessner was involved in a serious crash this week in Tompkins County after she was driving to a meet and greet and was hit by an oncoming motorist who did not see her car then drove in her path. No serious injuries occurred but Kirchgessner’s car was totaled. The intersection of Hallseyville and Perry City has been the site of many crashes and Kirchgessner remarked: "I posted on my Facebook page about the accident, and 4 or 5 people already have commented that that know someone who has been in an accident at that intersection."
 

Ham Recall Issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A recall has been issued by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on ready-to-eat ham products from Johnston County Hams, Inc. The ham has been sold nationwide under  several brand names and linked to an outbreak of Listeria that has caused at least one death and three hospitalizations in two states. Anyone who purchased the recalled ham should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund. The recalled ham products were produced from April 3, 2017, through October 2, 2018 and labeled with establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Recalled products include:

  • Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham

  • Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019

  • Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar

  • Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019

  • Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked

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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 5, 2018

County Legislature Hosting Office Building Annex Open House
The Steuben County Legislature will host an open house at the County Office Building Annex next week on Thursday October 11th at 11am. The event includes a building dedication and light refreshments open to the public. The new three-story building on East Morris Street, across the street from the main County Building, will house the county Board of Elections offices, equipment and records on the first floor. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on the second floor where they will have a demonstration kitchen and conference room. The third floor will remain vacant for further expansion.

 

Bath VA Maintains 5 Star Rating
According to the end of fiscal year 2018 hospital Star ratings, the Bath VA Medical Center has improved in its overall quality of services while maintaining its 5-star rating. The star rating system is designed to help the Veteran’s Administration identify practices of its best-performing hospitals and share them across the VA healthcare system to promote improvement system-wide.

 

State Senate Candidate Kirchgessner Responds to Abuse Allegations
New York State Senate Candidate for the 51st District, Amanda Kirchgessner, has responded to allegations by a former spouse that she was physically and emotionally abusive in their relationship. According to 36-year-old Brandi Morgan, her ex-wife, Kirchgessner pushed her, threw objects at her and physically threatened her. According to a report by WENY news, Kirchgessner did admit the relationship was indeed abusive but that she was not the perpetrator of abuse, adding: "I am also embarrassed to admit that I acted in ways that were wrong and self-destructive to me and hurtful to Brandi."

 

Avoca Village Board Public Hearing Next Week
The Avoca village board has scheduled a public hearing for next Thursday. According to a legal notice, the board wants to gather input from residents about furnishing fire and ambulance service in Avoca, Wheeler and a part of Howard. The hearing will be held in the village and town conference room on Chase Street. It will begin at 7:15 p.m. next Thursday.

 

NYSDOT Announces I-86 East Closing Between Exits 33 and 34
New York State Department of Transportation announced that Interstate 86 east between Exit 33, Almond, and Exit 34, Hornell will be closed this morning until 7 pm Tuesday, October 9th. The closure is to complete paving up to a bridge carrying I-86 East over County Route 65 and Norfolk Southern Railroad. Motorists traveling eastbound during the closure must leave the highway at Exit 33, Almond, then travel on 21 North to Hornell then onwards to State Route 36 to Exit 34 then can continue to I-86 East. If traveling this route, be prepared for lane shifts, travel delays and flaggers.

 

Mitrano Endorsed by DiNapoli
Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, Tracy Mitrano, has earned an endorsement from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. In a statement, DiNapoli remarked: “As New York’s Comptroller, I know what it takes to defend the livelihoods of New Yorkers, and I know that Tracy will fight for every worker, senior, student, and family. She has the skill, the grit, and the vision to provide results for NY-23. I am proud to endorse Tracy and I look forward to seeing her in Congress.”

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, October 4th

Bath Man Facing Child Pornography Charge:

 

A 33-year-old Bath man has been charged with online enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography.  William Reed was intercepted by State Police and members of the Department of Homeland Security while allegedly on his way Monday to meet a 9-year-old for sex.  At the time of his arrest, police say Reed was in possession of condoms and candy.  Reed is being held in federal lockup pending a detention hearing.  He faces up to 10 years in prison.

 

 

Kirchgessner Accused of Domestic Violence:

 

The Democratic challenger for State Senator Tom O’Mara’s 58th District Senate seat has been accused of domestic violence by her ex-wife.  According to the Ithaca Times, Amanda Kirchgessner’s ex-wife told them Kirchgessner took part in a pattern of abusive behavior, including: pushing, grabbing, throwing objects, verbal abuse, and possible threats against pets.  The State police were reportedly called to an incident involving the couple in 2015.  Kirchgessner says she will be staying in the race despite the claims.  The 58th Senate District includes: Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County. 

 

 

ServU Credit Union Partners with Haverling High for Student Run Branch:

 

ServU Federal Credit Union and Haverling High School officially opened their joint project Wednesday, a student-run Credit Union branch at the high school.  “The Vault,” as it’s known, is managed by eleven Haverling students and multiple ServU staff members that will together operate the branch during lunch hours twice a week.  The goal is to instill students with lifelong, worthwhile lessons such as how to use a debit card, how to balance a check book, identity theft, and more.

 

 

New Brand Identity for The Arc Steuben:

 

At their Open House event Wednesday, the Arc of Steuben debuted a new look.  Joining the national brand, The Arc has a new logo that will be on their publications, website, signs, community events, and more.  In a press release, officials say the new logo will unite their affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us,” a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect.  They hope the new orange and yellow color combination will become as closely associated with The Arc as pink is associated with breast cancer awareness.

 

 

 

Two Pistol Permit Classes to be Offered at Southern Tier Outdoor Show:

 

The upcoming Southern Tier Outdoor Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on October 13th and 14th will play host to two important firearm classes for interested attendees.  Both classes – New York Permit Legalities and Firearm Safety, and Utah/Florida Multi-State Carry Permit – will be offered by Rochester Personal Defense LLC.  The price of the classes will be $49, and $120, respectively.  To register for either class, visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com or call (607) 664-2300.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 3rd

2 Rochester Men Arrested in Hornell Kidnapping:

 

Two men from Rochester have been charged in connection with a kidnapping in Hornell.  According to State Police, troopers from Wayland, North Hornell, and Bath responded to a report of a robbery at Seneca Manor Apartments in Hornellsville on Monday.  The 31-year-old victim reported that he was tied up with bedsheets and threatened with deadly physical force.  19-year-old Deangelo Phillips was arrested and charged with kidnapping and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  35-year-old Detric Marshall was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police say both men had been operating as drug dealers in the Hornell area for several months.  Phillips was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.  Marshal was sent to the jail in lieu of no bail.

 

 

FEMA to Test Wireless Emergency Alerts Today:

 

The Steuben County Office of Emergency Services wants residents across the area to be aware that they will receive a test emergency alert message on their phones today at 2:18 p.m.  The message is a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system to ensure it will be possible to alert people quickly during a major national emergency affecting public safety.  Wireless phone users can expect: a loud tone and vibration, a message pop up with “THIS IS A TEST” and “No Action is needed,” and those watching TV or listening to the radio may also see or hear a test message around the same time.  Residents are reminded this is only a test and not a real emergency.  Please do not call 911 with questions. 

 

 

Corning Dog Warden Facing Hate Crime Charge:

 

A City of Corning dog warden is now facing a hate crime charge following an incident at the Harvest Festival on September 23rd.  Christie Speciale was originally charged in September with disorderly conduct and simple harassment, but Tuesday the charges were increased to stalking and aggravated harassment.  She also still faces the original disorderly conduct violation.  According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker Speciale targeted the Amish for dog abuse at the festival specifically by their religion.  He said the charges are from videos and things written on Facebook by Speciale as well as from police interviews of several witnesses at the festival.  Speciale’s attorney said she is innocent of all charges and that Speciale was “expressing her opinion about animal abuse which is perfectly legal” and that “Speciale has no tolerance for animal abuse and that has nothing to do with anyone’s race or religion.”  Speciale and her attorney claim the people were selling puppies during the festival that were sick and flea-ridden, and also under eight weeks old which is prohibited by law.  Speciale was released on her own recognizance. 

 

 

Police Investigating Cat Shot with BB Gun:

 

Painted Post Village Police are asking the public for help in their investigation into a report of a cat being shot with a BB gun.  According to police, the incident happened the evening of September 26th on Brainard Place.  Anyone with information is asked to call 962-4604.

 

 

Disaster Declaration Approved for Flood Damaged Areas of Southern Tier:

 

Parts of the Southern Tier impacted by severe storms and flooding in August have now officially been declared a “major disaster” area by President Trump and federal assistance has been directed to help.  Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Seneca, and Tioga Counties on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged during severe storms and flooding from August 13th through August 15th

 

 

NYS to Allow Pets on Public Transport During Emergency Evacs:

 

Pet owners forced to evacuate during disasters and other emergencies will no longer be forced to choose between their personal safety and their companion animal in New York State.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that will allow people to take pets on any kind of public transportation when evacuating during an emergency.  Previously, some public transport allowed pets during emergencies while others, such as the Port Authority, did not.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 2nd

Steuben Bowling Academy Closed After Wall Collapse:

 

A popular establishment in Bath is closed and likely to remain so for a while after a wall collapse.  The Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to the back of Steuben Bowling Academy Saturday evening and police tape currently seals off the area.  A league team was playing in the building when the wall collapsed, but they and everyone else in the building are said to be alright.  They were evacuated across the street.  There is no date set for repairs yet as the collapse is under investigation. 

 

 

Brake Failure Cause of Truck Accident in Hornell:

 

New details have been released in the accident involving a rental truck in Hornell Thursday morning.  According to Hornell police, the vehicle suffered brake failure, causing it to stall on Spencer’s Avenue before rolling through several yards, jumping the creek, and coming to rest against a house on Rose Avenue. 

 

 

VAC Credit Union to Become “Community Charter”:

 

The VAC Credit Union in Bath has announced that after 69 years of having restricted membership it will soon become a “Community Charter.”  Currently, VAC serves federal and local government employees along with a few underserved Select Employee Groups.  As a “Community Charter,” however, membership will be open to any person who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Steuben County; and the credit union will be expanding and adding services to current and future members including, “Mobility Banking.”    Going along with this change, VAC has submitted a request to change the name of the credit union to “Steuben Citizens Federal Credit Union.”  This change is set to take effect in 2019.  For more information, the credit union can be reached at (607) 776-4197 or online at http://www.vacemployeesfcu.com

 

 

Important Info from the Steuben Co. BOE Regarding Upcoming Election:

 

With November’s General Election fast-approaching the Steuben County Board of Elections has released some information to help those planning on, or interested in, voting.  The General Election will be November 6th with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The last day to register in person to vote in the election is October 12th.  Registered voters are assigned a specific polling place and district determined by where they live.  If you’re unsure where to vote, visit the BOE website at https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19 and click on “Poll Locator” or call (607) 664-2260.  If you’re not certain whether you’re registered you can contact the county BOE by calling or at their website.  If it is your first time voting in Steuben County, or if you did not provide identification when you registered, you will need to show ID when voting.  After the first time, NYS law does not require voter ID.  The BOE office will be open Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m. to noon for anyone needing an absentee ballot.  The deadline to mail an absentee ballot application is October 30th

 

 

Fake Voter Registration Scam:

 

The Steuben County Board of Elections is warning the public against a scam involving fake voter registration.  According to Steuben County GOP Election Commissioner Vicky Olin, they were informed Monday of two state election offices that received reports of residents getting calls from someone impersonating an organization offering to help the recipients register to vote or request an absentee ballot over the phone.  Residents are reminded that in New York State you cannot register to vote or request an absentee ballot application over the phone.   

 

 

New Rear-Facing Car Seat Guidelines:

 

New guidelines have been released for rear-facing child car seats.  Children two years old or younger should be in a rear-facing car seat, but under the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents are encouraged to keep their children in the car seat until they reach the seat’s maximum height and weight limit, regardless of age.  According to the AAP, utilizing the right car seat or booster can aid in decreasing a child’s risk of death or serious injury by 70 percent.

 

 

“Understanding Medicare” Public Seminars Conclude; Individual Counseling

Available:

 

The 2018 “Understanding Medicare” public seminars through the Steuben County Office for the Aging have ended.  The annual Medicare open enrollment period from October 15th to December 7th is an extremely busy time for OFA counselors, officials warned Monday, adding that those who wish to review their 2019 plan options with an OFA counselor need to call early to set an appointment.  Anyone with questions about Medicare can also call (800) 633-4227 to speak with a representative.

 

 

Steuben Public Health to Hold Weight Loss Programs:

 

The Steuben County Public Health Department will host an effective weight-loss program for people at risk of Type II Diabetes in two locations in October.   The program is designed for those with prediabetes, which occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet diabetes levels.  Classes meet every week for 16 weeks, then every two weeks for several months, followed by monthly meetings for the remainder of the year.  The program is covered by Medicare or $150 (private pay)/year.  The scheduled classes are: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning October 9th at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning October 11th at the YMCA in Hornell.  For more information or to register call Steuben Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 1st

Wineglass Marathon 2018:

 

Nearly 3000 runners hit local streets Sunday for the 37th Annual Wineglass Marathon, starting in Bath and working their way to the finish line in Corning.  Coming in first for men was Trevor VanAckeren of Pennsylvania.  For the women, it was Brianna Deming of New Jersey.  Both were first-time winners.  All finishers of the race received a hand-crafted glass medal.

 

 

New Credit Union Headquarters to Build on Former Corning Hospital Site:

 

The new headquarters for First Heritage Credit Union will be built in Corning, according to the Corning Leader.  The paper reports that work is underway at the former site of the old Corning Hospital, which will also be home to two new apartment complexes, and the new headquarters is expected to be completed by 2020.  The apartment buildings are set to be complete by next fall.

 

 

Proposed Bill Would Help Communities Hit by Natural Disasters:

 

Congressman Tom Reed has introduced legislation that would help disaster prone areas in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.  The Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act would provide a tax credit to homeowners or building owners who use resilient construction techniques when building and renovating homes and commercial structures in federally declared disaster areas.  Reed says the bill will help save money, reduce destruction, and prevent the loss of lives.

 

 

Facebook Security Breach:

 

Millions of Facebook users were logged out of the site recently after the company was hit by hackers that gained access to 50 million accounts.  According to Facebook, the attackers gained the ability to “seize control” of those accounts by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in.  The company says it has fixed the bugs that the hackers exploited and logged out the breached users – as well as another 40 million users who were vulnerable to the attack – in order to reset those digital keys.  Users don’t need to change their Facebook passwords.  At this time, Facebook said it doesn’t know who was behind the attacks.

 

 

Steuben OFA Looks for Ongoing Interest at New Cohocton Dinner Club:

 

The new Steuben County Office for the Aging Senior Dinner Club at the First Presbyterian Church in Cohocton is set for noon October 18th, with organizers looking for ongoing interest before making the club a regular event.  The new dining club is one of several dinner clubs located throughout Steuben, and funded by federal, state, and local funds.  Studies show the dinner clubs help seniors achieve the critical keys of healthy living and socialization.  Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.

 

 

Steuben History Week Starts Today:

 

The first Steuben County History Week begins today at the VFW in Bath, bringing an opportunity for students from area schools to learn what life was like at a time when their great-grandparents were children.  Exhibits will show the history of World War I – which marks the 100th anniversary of the war-ending Treaty of Versailles November 11th – and World War II.  The free week-long celebration will be capped off with a 3 p.m. presentation October 7th by Kirk House followed by a “USO”-styled concert at Haverling High School.  School tours are available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  The public is invited from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 29, 2018

Bath Woman Arrested for Offering False Instrument for Filing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath woman for Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree and one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree. It is alleged that Shawna J. Parker, age 54, failed to report income as required while receiving benefits from Steuben County DSS and as a result received $1,092 of benefits she was not entitled to. Parker was issued an appearance ticket to reappear in Village of Bath Court at a later date. 
 

Rochester Man Arrested for Drugs in Avoca
A Rochester man was arrested on felony drug charges following a traffic stop in the town of Avoca. It is alleged that Devonte D. Hampton, age 26, was found to be in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine with intent to sell it. Hampton was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence after attempting to prevent New York State Police from finding the drugs. Hampton was arraigned in Village of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail. 
 

Bath Man in Jail for Promoting Child Porn
A Bath man was arrested following an investigation involving a person promoting child pornography over the internet. New York State Police in conjunction with New York State Police Computer Crime Unit in Canandaigua led to the arrest of Charles Augrom, age 31, for Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child and Possessing a Sexual Performance by a child as a result of Augrom sharing files using his computer depicting children under age 16 engaged in sexual conduct. Augrom was arraigned in Village of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. The investigation is continuing. 
 

Hornellsville Woman Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Child
New York State Police report the arrest of Hornellsville woman for Endangering the Welfare of a Child. It is alleged that Kelly A. Murphy, age 39, subjected a female family member under the age of 17 to inappropriate physical contact. She was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Hornellsville Town Court on October 11th. 
 

Reed Announces Bill for Tax Relief for Disaster Survivors
This week, Congressman Tom Reed announced a bill he has introduced to save money and lives as well as reduce the destruction in disaster-prone areas in response to recent flooding in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier. Reed is proposing tax relief for those who have experienced natural disaster as a way to “encourage resilience”. The Congressman says in time, this investment in resilient construction during rebuilding would lessen the need for the amount of emergency funding in the future.

 

Local Wineglass Marathon Road Closings and Detours
The 37th Annual Wineglass Marathon is here this weekend and race organizers are encouraging the public to use caution and plan ahead for tomorrow’s race day with the marathon at 8:15am in Bath while the Half Marathon will start in Campbell as 7:45. Detours, road closings and parking information for the Town of Bath, Campbell and Savona:
Critical Intersections Affected:
State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (from 8–8:45am) State Route 226 and State Route 415/Main St. in the Village of Savona ( from 8:45–11 am) 
 
Savona Detour: State Route 226 will be closed at the intersection with State Route 415, just North of the I-86 Exit 40 in Savona. No traffic will be allowed to turn onto SR 415 or to proceed north on SR 226. All traffic will be detoured back onto I-86 where it will proceed to the next exit. Vehicles intending to travel west on SR 415 will go to Exit 39, and then proceed to SR 415. Vehicles intending to travel east on SR 415 or north on SR 226 will go to Exit 41, and proceed to SR 415. This detour will be in effect from 8:30am through 11am.
CR 125 will be closed to eastbound vehicular traffic from CR 333/Main St. in Campbell to State Route 415 in Savona from 7am–12pm.
 Road Closings:
Town of Bath
State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:15am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:30 – 9:15 AM
 Town of Campbell
County Route 125 - all traffic will be stopped at 7am for a period of approximately one hour at 0.2 miles west of Campbell-Savona High School. Alternate route between Campbell and Savona will be Wood Bridge and Savona Campbell Back Rd.
County Route 125/Tannery Rd. will be closed from the Campbell-Savona High School to County Route 333/Main St. (6–8am)
County Route 125/SR415 will be closed to eastbound traffic to accommodate runners in the roadway from County Route 333/Main St. to Curtis Hollow Rd., Curtis Hollow Rd. from Tannery Rd. to Curtis-Coopers Rd. and Curtis-Coopers Rd. from Curtis Hollow Rd. to Victory Highway at Robert Dann Dr.
 Expect and plan for delays if you are planning to travel through any of these towns as well as Painted Post and Erwin. 

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, September 28th

C-PP Student Investigated Over Concerning Comments:

 

The Corning Painted Post School District posted a message on its website Thursday concerning an investigation into one of its students.  The message said that the Corning Police Department investigated a student at the high school for allegedly making a concerning statement.  Their investigation determined the allegation to be unsubstantiated and the district says its confident students are not in any danger.  Any parents with concerns or questions are welcomed to call Executive Principal Robin Sheehan at (607) 654-2988.

 

 

3 From Steuben Facing Meth-Related Charges:

 

Three people from Steuben County are facing felony meth-related charges following a drug bust this week in Thurston. 41-year-old Timothy Hendley of Painted Post was charged by state police with criminal possession of meth manufacturing materials. Troopers also arrested 24-year-old Christopher Sutton of Cameron Mills and 25-year-old Makayla Noyes of Addison. They were charged with operating meth manufacturing land. Noyes was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession. Troopers said all three were taken into custody at a home on Dee Road in Thurston Tuesday afternoon.

 

 

Rental Truck Crashes in Hornell:

 

It was quite the scene in Hornell Thursday morning when a rental truck jumped a creek.  Reportedly, the truck stalled on Spencer’s Avenue, rolled backward through several yards, and jumped the creek before coming to rest against a house on Rose Avenue.  The Hornell fire and police departments, NYS police, T&R Towing, NYSEG, and the Hornell DPW all responded to the scene.  Fortunately, despite all the damage, no serious injuries were reported.

 

 

Boy Scout Neckerchief Slides Recalled Due to Lead:

 

The Boys Scouts of America has announced the recall of more than 100,000 neckerchief slides due to a violation of the federal lead content ban.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the colored enamel on the slides contains high levels of lead.  The brass neckerchief slides were sold at Scouts of America stores and authorized distributors nationwide and online at scoutshop.org from February through August.  They came in four styles: red wolf, green bear, orange lion, and blue Webelos.  They had “Made in China” and P.O. number 200228276, 200233281, or 200236630 printed on a white label attached to the back of the neckerchief slide.  Anyone who purchased one of the recalled slides should take them away from children and return them to any Boy Scouts of America retail store or distributor for a free replacement.

 

 

Corning Celebrates History with 12-Day “Days of Incandescence”:

 

The City of Corning will be celebrating its part in making Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamp, and as a result helping to spread light across the world, in October with a special 12-day celebration called “The Days of Incandescence” from October 20th through the 31st.  Over those twelve days there will be an All Hallow’s Eve event at Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes, a themed Urban Arts Crawl, daily “Find the Light” scavenger hunts, self-guided tours, a Trunk or Treat Festival, the Rockwell Museum’s After Dark Masquerade Gala, as well as six guided historic tours exploring some of Corning’s historic buildings and the Legend of the Gather’s story.  The Legend of the Gathers is a special chapbook accounting the historic events in Corning and of a mysterious boy who forever changed the fate of one small town.  The 12-day celebration will culminate on Halloween with Trick or Treating on Market Street, a costume contest in Centerway Square, and the first official reading of The Legend of the Gathers story for Story Time in the square.  For more information about the various events visit http://www.LegendOfTheGathers.com 

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, September 27th

Mental Health Situation in Lindley Closes C.R. 115:

 

A section of County Route 115 in the area of Morgan Creek Road in Lindley was shut down Wednesday afternoon during a “mental health situation” that resulted in the death of an unknown man in an apparent suicide.  Details are limited at this time, but according to police, the man called Steuben County 911 earlier in the day, sparking the emergency response.  The individual was found dead in a Kuhl Road home.  The road did reopen Wednesday evening, and according to New York State Police the public is not in any danger.

 

 

Cases of Impetigo Confirmed at Horseheads High School:

 

The Horseheads High School issued a letter to parents Wednesday informing them of confirmed cases of impetigo at the school.  Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection caused by staph or strep bacteria.  It’s recognized by small, clustered, pus-filled sores with little drainage usually found on the face, arms, and lower leg.  In the letter, Superintendent Dr. Thomas Douglas said that they have not received notice of any confirmed cases from other district schools, but because of its contagious nature, they wanted to inform parents.  He added that health officials say the spread of infections such as impetigo can be stopped by proper and complete handwashing.  If you think your child may have impetigo, you should contact your healthcare provider.

 

 

C-PP SD to Check Building Beams After One Fails:

 

A review of load-bearing beams at all Corning-Painted Post school district buildings has been ordered by district officials after a beam failed at Winfield Elementary.  According to Superintendent Michael Ginalski, there is no danger at Winfield and the building is “100 percent structurally safe.”  He told The Corning Leader that the failed beam was one of the one’s in the original building, not any associated with recent renovations.  HUNT Engineers will be conducting the checks on the other beams.  The cost of the check is unknown at this time, but Ginalski said they may be able to pay for it through the existing project.

 

 

Reed Campaign Flyer Draws Heat from ‘Dresser-Rand’ Employees:

 

Congressman Tom Reed is taking some heat today after a recent mailer supporting his re-election featured Dresser-Rand.  Some employees, current and former, of Siemens (Dresser-Rand) in Wellsville took issue with the mailer as it featured the claim that “Reed… helped save hundreds of jobs… at Dresser-Rand.”  The company, in fact, announced earlier this year that it will be closing its operation in Wellsville, ending the careers of hundreds.  The Reed campaign was quick to announce it had nothing to do with the mailer and denied any knowledge of it.  The flyer was produced by ‘No Labels Action’ which, according to its website, “is focused on independently supporting members of the House Problem Solvers Caucus.”  Reed is the co-chair of the caucus.

 

 

Ground Beef Recall:

 

A recall from a Colorado meat packer is affecting several nationwide grocery retailers.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a list of locations that took delivery of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. Coli.  The beef was produced and packaged at Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado and shipped nationwide to Target and Meijer, as well as to other retailers in select states.  The meat was recalled after an E. Coli outbreak killed one person and sickened 17, according to the USDA.  The products included in the recall are 3-,10-, and 20-pound packages of ground beef under the Our Certified, Excel, Sterling Silver, Certified, and Fire River Farms brands with July 11th use or freeze by dates.  They have the establishment number “EST.86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749057646. 
  •  3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749002653. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749089098. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749002751. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749003536. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749003568. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749402773. 
  •  20-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF COMBO” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749073935. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “Sterling Silver CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749702416. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749802405. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 with case code 00228749802413. 
  •  10-lb. chubs of “Fire River Farms CLASSIC GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a USE/FREEZE BY: 07/11/2018 with case code 90734730297241.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 26th

Tractor-Trailer Overturns on I-86:

 

A portion of I-86 was shut down Tuesday morning after a tractor-trailer containing sour cream rolled over.  The incident happened at Exit 36, the I-390 ramp.  All lanes of I-390 were shut down for several hours.  The driver was said by officials to be okay. Further details are unavailable at this time.

 

 

More Parking/Traffic Restrictions During Wineglass Marathon:

 

The 37th Annual Wineglass Marathon is this Sunday, September 30th and some 26 miles of state, county, town, village, and city roads will be used for the race.  As such, the public is strongly encouraged to use caution and plan ahead for race-day traffic.  On Sunday, the marathon will start at 8:15 a.m. in Bath with 2,500 runners.  The Half-Marathon will start at 7:45 a.m. in Campbell for 3,600 runners.  Certain county and local roads will experience extended delays and include manual traffic control from local law enforcement agencies, including critical intersections, road closures, and parking restrictions in Bath, Campbell, Corning, Erwin, Painted-Post, and Savona.  Spectators are also reminded to use good judgment when parking at designated areas along the course.  Any parking or stopping on the shoulder and exit/shoulder ramps of Interstate 86 is prohibited by state law and will be strictly enforced by the New York State Police.

Drivers are urged to exercise extreme caution and avoid travel on the following critical intersections from 7:45am to 2pm on Sunday, September 30:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 226 and State Route 415/Main St. in the Village of Savona (8:45–11 am)
  • State Route 415/Victory Highway between Meads Creek Rd. and Craig Park Rd. in the Town of Erwin and Village of Painted Post
  • Interstate 86 - Exit 43 (Painted Post West Exit and on-ramp to I86 eastbound) will be closed from 8:15am–1:30pm for the safety of the runners. Drivers must use Exit 44 and Exit 42 for all interstate entrances and exits
  • W. Pulteney St. and W. William St. in the City of Corning

 

Savona Detour: State Route 226 will be closed at the intersection with State Route 415, just north of the I-86 Exit 40 in Savona. No traffic will be allowed to turn onto SR 415 or to proceed north on SR 226. All traffic will be detoured back onto I-86 where it will proceed to the next exit. Vehicles intending to travel west on SR 415 will go to Exit 39, and then proceed to SR 415. Vehicles intending to travel east on SR 415 or north on SR 226 will go to Exit 41, and proceed to SR 415. This detour will be in effect from 8:30am through 11am.

  • CR 125 will be closed to eastbound vehicular traffic from CR 333/Main St. in Campbell to State Route 415 in Savona from 7am–12pm.  

The following roads will be closed for a portion of the event:

 

Town of Bath

  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:15am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • NEW for 2018 East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:30 – 9:15 AM 

 

Town of Campbell

  • County Route 125 - all traffic will be stopped at 7am for a period of approximately one hour at 0.2 miles west of Campbell-Savona High School. Alternate route between Campbell and Savona will be Wood Bridge and Savona Campbell Back Rd.
  • County Route 125/Tannery Rd. will be closed from the Campbell-Savona High School to County Route 333/Main St. (6–8am)
  • County Route 125/SR415 will be closed to eastbound traffic to accommodate runners in the roadway from County Route 333/Main St. to Curtis Hollow Rd., Curtis Hollow Rd. from Tannery Rd. to Curtis-Coopers Rd. and Curtis-Coopers Rd. from Curtis Hollow Rd. to Victory Highway at Robert Dann Dr.

City of Corning

?     Tioga Ave. (Cedar to Columbia) 4:45 am to 7:45 am

?     Aurene Lane (Walnut to Tarantelli) 3:30 am to 5:00 pm

?     Aurene Lane to Tioga Ave. 3:30 am to 5:00 pm

?     Market St. (Wall to Bridge) 3:30 am to 5:00 pm

?      Pine St. (Burmese to Market) 3:30 am to 5:00 pm

?      Walnut Street (Aurene to Burmese) 3:30 am to 5:00 pm

?      West William St.  (Wallace to Bridge) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      West William St. (Pulteney to Dunbar) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?     Bridge St. & South Bridge Street (Pulteney to Wegmans south entrance) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm 

?     Northbound Lane of Bridge St. (Denison to Wegmans south entrance) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?     Park Lane 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?     East William St. (Ferris to Bridge) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?     Riverside Drive (Ferris to Bridge) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Reynolds Ave. (Wardell to Buffalo) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Buffalo St. (Reynolds Ave to Townsend) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Townsend Ave (Freeman St. to Onondaga) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Onondaga St. (Townsend to Cutler) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Cutler Ave (Onondaga to W Pulteney) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Dunbar St (W William to Hillvue Ave) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Hillvue Ave (Dunbar to Wallace) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?      Wallace St  (Hillvue to W William) 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

?     Chestnut St. (Aurene to Burmese) 3:30 am to 5:00 pm

?   Centerway Parking Garage access is from Tioga Ave only.  NO access from Walnut St. (that entrance & exit are closed)

 

TOWN OF ERWIN

  • Eastbound lane on SR 415/Victory Highway closed from Robert Dann Drive to Meads Creek Rd. 7am–2pm. Westbound lane open for vehicle traffic.
  • No exiting or entering SR415/Victory Highway from or to Robert Dann Drive from 7am–2pm

 

ROADS IN USE FOR MARATHON COURSE

 

The following roads will experience delays due to runner traffic for a portion of the event:

 

Town of Bath

  • State Route 54 from County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. to the Village of Bath line
  • State Route 415 from the Village of Bath line to the Village of Savona line
  • County Route 125 from the Village of Savona line to the Town of Campbell line

 Village of Bath

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

 

Village of Savona

  • Main St. from Robie St. to Maple Ave.

 

Town of Campbell

  • County Route 125/Main St. (Campbell) from Town of Bath line to County Route 333
  • County Route 333 from Main St. (Campbell) to Tannery Rd.
  • Tannery Rd. from County Route 333 to County Route 4/Curtis Hollow Rd.
  • County Route 4/ Curtis Hollow Rd. from Tannery Rd. to Curtis Coopers Rd.
  • Curtis Coopers Rd. from County Route 4/Curtis Hollow Rd. to Smith Hill Rd.
  • Smith Hill Rd. from Curtis Coopers Rd. to Main St. (Coopers)
  • Main St. (Coopers) from Smith Hill Rd. to Victory Highway/State Route 415

 

Town of Erwin

  • State Route 415/Victory Highway from Main St. (Coopers) to Village of Painted Post line

 

Village of Painted Post

  • Victory Highway from Village of Painted Post line to Craig Park Rd.
  • Craig Park Rd. from Victory Highway to W. High St.
  • W. High St. from Maple Ave. to W. Chemung St.
  • W. Chemung St. from W. High St. to Charles St.
  • Charles St. from W. Chemung St. to W. High St.
  • Painted Post Bike Trail from Craig Park to the City of Corning line

 

City of Corning – NEW FOR 2018

  • Western Lane from Bike Trail to Cutler Ave.
  • Cutler Ave. from Western Lane to Stimson St.
  • Stimson St. from Cutler Ave. to Reynolds Ave.
  • Reynolds Ave. from Stimson St. to Buffalo St.
  • Buffalo St. from Reynolds Ave. to Townsend Ave.
  • Townsend Ave. from Buffalo St. to Freeman St. 
  • Freeman St. to Onondaga
  • Onondage St. to Cutler
  • Cutler Ave from Onondaga to W Pulteney
  • W. Pulteney St. from Cutler Ave. to W. William St.
  • W. William St. from W. Pulteney St. to Dunbar St 
  • Dunbar St. to Hillvue Ave
  • Hillvue Ave at Dunbar to Wallace
  • Wallace St from Hillvue Ave to W William
  • W. William St. from Wallace St. to Bridge St.
  • Bridge St. from W. William St. to W. Market St.
  • Market St. from Bridge St. to Wall St.

 

 

PARKING RESTRICTIONS

 

The following areas will have restricted parking due to runner traffic for a portion of the event:

 

Village of Bath - NO PARKING ON:

(Effective 6am on Sunday, September 30)

  • Both sides of Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • North side of W. Morris St. and W. Steuben St.
  • Parking meters on both sides of W. Steuben St. between Howell St. and Pulteney Square West.
  • Parking Meters on the North side of W. and E. Steuben Streets, from Exchange St. to Gansevoort St.
  • Both sides of E. Steuben St. (State Route 415) from Gansevoort St. to the eastern Village Line

 

City of Corning - NO PARKING Sunday, September 30 from 8:00am – 3:30 pm ON:

  • Buffalo Street (from Reynolds Avenue to Freeman Street in the Village of Riverside) 
  • Freeman Street (from Buffalo Street in the Village of Riverside to Townsend Avenue)
  • Townsend Avenue (from Freeman Street to Onondaga Street)
  • Onondaga Street (from Townsend Avenue to Cutler Avenue)
  • Cutler Avenue (from Onondaga to West Pulteney Street)
  • West William Street (from West Pulteney Street to Dunbar Street)
  • Dunbar Street (from West William St to Hillvue Avenue)
  • Hillvue Avenue (from Dunbar Street to Wallace Street)
  • Wallace Street (from Hillview Ave to West William Street)
  • West William Street (from Wallace Street to Bridge Street)
  • Bridge Street (West William to Wegmans south entrance)
  • Market St. from Bridge St. to Wall St. from 2am–5pm on Sunday, September 30 

 

ALTERNATE ROUTES - VEHICLE TRAFFIC

 

To avoid significant delays and to maintain a safe course for runners, race officials and volunteers, vehicles are encouraged to use the following alternate routes:

  • All travel between Bath and Corning areas - Use Interstate 86 and avoid State Route 415.
  • To enter City of Corning - Take Interstate 86 to Exit 46 and use 414-S/Centerway to the downtown area; eastbound vehicles are strongly encouraged to avoid Exit 45/Riverside as significant delays are expected near the W. William St./W. Pulteney intersection at the city line.
  • To enter the Village of Bath use Exit 38.
  • Avoid Exit 39 from 8:30 to 9:15 am.

SPECTATOR VEHICLES - URGENT REMINDER

 

Spectators are asked to use good judgment when parking at designated areas along the course. Any parking or stopping on the shoulder and exit/entrance ramps of Interstate 86 is prohibited by state law and will be strictly enforced by the New York State Police.

 

In addition to the street closings listed above, the following roads will be closed for the 8AM Wineglass Corelle 5K starting at 8:00 am on Saturday, September 30:

 

City of Corning - Northside 

?     Jacoby St. 7:30 am to 10:00 am

?     Craumer Dr. 7:30 am to 10:00 am

?     Corning Blvd. (Wilson to Craumer) 7:30 am to 9:00 am

?     Corning Blvd. (Centerway to Craumer) 7:30 am to 10:00 am

?     Tioga Ave. (Cedar to Steuben) 7:45 am to 9:15 am

?     Woodview Ave. (Steuben to Canisteo) 8:00 am to 9:15 am

?     Conhocton St. (Alabaster to Roundhouse) 8:00 am to 9:15 am

?     Canisteo St. (Roundhouse to E. Market Ext.) 8:00 am to 9:15 am

?     East Market St. Ext. (Canisteo to Trolley) 8:00 am to 9:15 am

?     Trolley Lane (E. Market Ext. To Relihan) 8:00 am to 9:15 am

?     No left turn onto Corning Blvd. from 7:45–9:15am

?     Both northbound and southbound lanes on the Brisco Bridge from 7:55–8:15am- traffic will be diverted to Museum Way, access is available to the Guthrie lot

?  Northbound lanes on the Brisco Bridge will remain closed from 8:45–9:30am- traffic must turn left from Cedar St. to Tioga Ave.

 

Former Hornell Courthouse Headed to Auction:

 

Monday the Steuben County Legislature decided that the former county courthouse building at 12 Allen Street in Hornell will soon be headed to the auction block.  The property served as the courthouse until 1980 when all proceedings were moved to the Hornell City Hall.  It was then home to the Department of Motor Vehicles until it moved in September of last year.  The building is expected to be sold in its own stand-alone auction on a date not yet determined.  It’s full assessed market value is $432,900.

 

 

Lindley Supports Hard Working Road Crews:

 

Lindley took the brunt of the storm that rolled through the area Friday night and road crews have been on the job since Saturday morning, day and night, working to making roads passable again.  In support of them and all they’re doing, the community has stepped up to help with donations of food for lunches for all the town, county, and state Department of Transportation workers.  Local churches and businesses have cooked and donated pizza, sandwiches, Sloppy Joe’s, and more since the storm rolled through and according to volunteers, some 40 workers have been fed every day.  Donations are being put together by the Lindley Community Church and the Presho United Methodist Church for anyone wishing to lend a hand. 

 

 

2018 Wreaths Across America set for Dec. 15th:

 

Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission at the Bath National Cemetery is to Remember, Honor, and Teach about area service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free and safe.  This year’s event is set for December 15th with the placing of wreaths to begin immediately following the noon (sharp) ceremony.  This year’s theme is Be Their Witness.  In 2017, over 3,200 wreaths were laid in Bath.  The goal this year is 5,000.  If you’d like to participate, a single wreath is $15 and is tax deductible.  There is also a “3-for-2” program, a 4 wreath “family package,” a 10 wreath “small business package,” and a 100 wreath “corporate level package.”  Donate on-line at http://www.WreathsAcrossAmerica-BathNY.org no later than November 26th.  Be sure to indicate the Fundraising Group ID (this can be found at the above web address under the “Groups” drop down menu). 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 25th

Freedom of Information Request Denied in Trooper Clark Death:

 

A Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request filed by the USA Today Network New York branch into the death of Trooper Nicholas Clark has been denied, according to the Star Gazette.  According to the Star Gazette, the FOIL request was submitted to state police in order to gain access to records connected to the case, but it was denied because of the ongoing investigation.  In the denial letter, State Police Lieutenant Colonel Scott Wilcox said the records concern an ongoing investigation and, if disclosed, it would interfere with the investigation and “constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of those concerned.”  29-year-old Clark was killed in the Town of Erwin on July 2nd when 43-year-old Bradford Central School principal Steven Kiley opened fire at his home.  Kiley was later found dead in his home.

 

 

Warrant Arrest for Criminal Possession, Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Wayland teen on a warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  17-year-old Dakota Fairbrother is being held without bail until arraignment in Steuben County Court.

 

 

2 Arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs:

 

Two Steuben County residents have been arrested in separate incidents for allegedly

driving while impaired by drugs.  23-year-old James Garmon of Corning was arrested in Campbell on September 21st.  He was charged with unlicensed operator.  He was released on traffic summons.  36-year-old Jennie Humprhey of Caton was arrested in Caton on September 22nd.  She was also charged with moving from lane unsafely.  She was also released on traffic summons.

 

 

Extensive Repairs Planned for CR 127 & 85 Following Friday Storm:

 

Preliminary estimates for damages to Steuben County roads during a thunderstorm that dropped a reported 2 to 4 inches of rain in an hour around 8 p.m. Friday night in the southern regions of the county are not yet complete.  But County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti told the county Legislature Monday that County Routes 127 and 85 in the Towns of Woodhull and Tuscarora, respectively, sustained the most damage Friday night.  While 127 from Woodhull to Osceola, P.A., is now open to local traffic, one mile of 85 from Blend Road in Tuscarora to Elkland, P.A., remains closed.  According to Spagnoletti, repairs to 127 are underway, but repairs to 85 are expected to take a month to complete.  The cost of repairs will be paid for through the $189,000 previously earmarked this year for new blacktop shoulders on County Route 122 in the Town of Prattsburgh.  Travelers will be directed to detours on county routes 100 and 101; or 49 and 50 to Corning.  The Town of Lindley, which bore the brunt of the storm, is being assisted under a shared services agreement with the state Department of Transportation.  Spagnoletti credited the state DOT and county road crews from the Woodhull, Caton, and Curtis shops for working through Friday night and all day Saturday to make roads passable.

 

 

Arc of Steuben Open House Oct. 3rd:

 

The Arc of Steuben will host an open house from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3rd at the organization’s Industrial Park campus, One Arc Way in Bath.  The open house will showcase the agency’s services, employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and business partnerships.  Associates will be available from each department to answer questions or to assist people in learning more about the nonprofit organization.  The Arc of Steuben provides services such as job-readiness training, community employment, transportation, and more to more than 950 people in Steuben and surrounding counties.

 

 

Parking/Traffic Restrictions in Bath for this Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon:

 

Preparations are underway in the Village of Bath for this weekend’s Wineglass Marathon.  Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reports parking restrictions on certain streets as well as temporary traffic changes where runners will be moving against traffic.  Temporary no parking signs will be erected at the following locations:

  • Both sides of Hubbell Street from W. Washington to W. Morris
  • North side of W. Morris and W. Steuben streets
  • Parking meters on both sides of W. Steuben between Howell and Pulteney Square W.
  • Parking meters on the north side of W. Steuben and E. Steuben streets from Exchange to Gansevoort
  • Both sides of E. Steuben Street (S.R. 415) from Gansevoort Street to the eastern Village line
  • Liberty Street will be closed to through traffic from William to Steuben
  • A section of Steuben Street in front of Pulteney Park from E. Pulteney Square to W. Pulteney Square will be closed

The signs will be erected on Friday, but enforcement will not begin until 6 a.m. Sunday, the day of the marathon.  Parking meter locations will be posted during the early morning hours of Sunday.  Vehicles parked in violation will be ticketed and towed.  The restrictions will be lifted at the conclusion of marathon activities in the Village of Bath.

 

 

Bill Allowing Marijuana for Pain Management Signed by Gov. Cuomo:

 

A bill has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo that allows medical marijuana to be used as an alternative to opioids for pain management.  Opioid replacement and opioid-use disorder were added to the list of conditions that qualify a patient for medicinal marijuana in New York earlier this year by the Department of Health.  The law now formalizes these changes.  According a press release, medical marijuana can only be prescribed by a medical professional if the pain “degrades health and functional capability, with certain other requirements.”  Other medical marijuana treatable conditions include chronic pain and PTSD.

 

 

Application Deadline for Mitrano’s Young Women’s Leadership Conference Oct.

1st:

 

An upcoming fundraiser for democratic congressional nominee, Tracy Mitrano will give young women a chance to hear from local female leaders.  The conference, which is free for attendees who will be sponsored by a donor, will include presentations from former Majority Leader of the Chautauqua County Legislature, Nancy Bargar; former State Senate candidate, Leslie Danks Burke, and Corning high school student and local organizer Sydney Hewit.  Interested girls must apply for the conference by October 1st.  On the application, girls can indicate if they are in need of transportation.  The campaign will be arranging rides for anyone who needs it.  Applications are available at https://www.tracymitranoforcongress.com/girls

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, September 24, 2018

Today’s County Legislative Meeting to Discuss County Rd 119 Bridge
The Steuben County Legislature will meet today for their regular 10 a.m. session to discuss agreement on payment for the consultant design of an overhaul of the County Road 119 bridge in the Town of Cameron, which will cost the county an estimated $230,000. Other items on the agenda include accepting a 2018 Homeland Security Program Grant to fund the Office of Emergency Services and County Sheriff’s Department, appropriating money from Steuben County’s contingency fund for a streambank stabilization program, authorizing Inter-municipal Agreement to explore detention facilities and services to comply with “Raise the Age” legislation and more.

 

State Police Need Leads in Animal Cruelty Incident Near Savona
State Troopers need help finding someone who threw a kitten out of an SUV and ran it over Saturday night on Route 125 near Savona. Witnesses say someone in a black SUV tossed the young cat out of a window then killed it by running it over with their vehicle.  The make, model and license plate number of the SUV is unknown. Anyone with information about this incident is told to contact State Police and share what they know.

 

BEGWS Schedules Power Outage
Some Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems Customers will be experiencing a scheduled power outage today from mid morning until 12 noon. A power outage is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for customers on Burton Street, Maple Heights, Cross Street and Tonseth Drive in Bath. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems says they apologize for any inconveniences the outage causes,  appreciates their customers’ patience and understanding and encourages them to contact their office if they have any questions or concerns.

 

Reed’s Office Announces FEMA Workshop for Firefighters
The office of Congressman Tom Reed will host a workshop with FEMA this week to provide guidance to our local fire departments. The workshop scheduled this Thursday at Corning Painted Post High School Auditorium from 6 to 8 p.m and will host an AFG specialist from FEMA teaching how to make Assistance to Firefighters Grant applications as competitive as possible. Emergency Personnel interested in attending should RSVP to Tom Reed’s District Director Alison Hunt by calling (607) 654-7566.

 

County Legislature Finance Committee Holding October 9th Workshop
Steuben County Legislature Finance Committee announced a special budget workshop on October 9th following the committee’s regular 9:30 a.m. meeting in the legislative committee room. The process for developing the 2019 budget begins that day as well which will be presented in a public hearing slated for 11:30 a.m. on November 26th. Expenses expected for the coming year include those connected with the Raise the Age legislation and the increase in costs for public defense.

 

Trooper Foglia Retires
A State Trooper who was critically injured in May 2017 after his patrol car was struck on the side of Interstate 86 in the town of Campbell retired this weekend due to the permanent injuries he received from the accident. Trooper Craig Foglia was hospitalized for about two months after being struck from behind at full speed by an elderly man from New Jersey in a pickup truck while he had another vehicle pulled over for speeding. Foglia held his retirement ceremony accompanied by his family and Strong Memorial Hospital Staff.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 22, 2018

County Legislature Meeting Monday
The Steuben County Legislature meets Monday to discuss the reconstruction of a Cameron bridge. The Legislature is expected to agree at the meeting to pay for the consultant design of an overhaul of the Country Road 119 bridge, which the construction worth $4.6 million will be paid ultimately through the federal aid program, funded by 80 percent federal share, 15 percent state Marchiselli share and 5 percent local share through Steuben County, which is expected to be $230,000. The 10am meeting at the County Office Building will also include agenda items of accepting a 2018 State Homeland Security Grant to be used by the Sheriff’s Office, Appropriating $75,000 from the county  Contingent Fund to the Steuben County Soil & Water District for  the streambank stabilization program, renaming the Cohocton Shop Capital Project and more.

 

Steuben Traffic Safety Board Meeting Scheduled Friday 9/28
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board has announced their next meeting for Friday, September 28th at 10am in the South Conference Room of the County Office Building. On the agenda is reviewing a letter from the State Department of Transportation to the the Town of Pulteney on the results of speed studies on Middle Road, a letter from the State DOT to the Town of Pulteney on the enacted notice of orders to reduce the speed limit on Middle Road Between Wright Road and Shuart Road and the Approval of 2019’s STOP DWI Plan with Sheriff Allard. 

 

Gubernatorial Candidate Sharpe Visiting Bath This Afternoon
Larry Sharpe, Libertarian Candidate for New York Governor will be making local appearances today to meet with residents. His first stop is at Bullseye Shooting Supply on South Hamilton Street in Painted Post from 11am to 1pm. Then he’ll be at Angry Oven Pizzeria in Bath from 2 to 4pm. The public is welcome to attend. 

 

Arkport Man Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Child
A 61-year-old Arkport man was arrested this week for Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Forcible Touching. George R. Meyers allegedly subjected a female victim under the age of 17, who was an acquaintance of a member to his family, to inappropriate contact. Meyers was arraigned in the city of Hornell Court before being released on his own recognizance.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Multiple Charges After Fleeing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man for Criminal Impersonation. Wesley Grinnell, age 22, allegedly represented himself as another person to deputies after being pulled over on State Route 415 in Painted Post then fled the scene by foot to a wooded area. Further investigation by Deputies found Grinnell was wanted in Pennsylvania for assault, resisting arrest, larceny and probation violation. Two hours later, Grinnell was located near Cutler Creek in Riverside and charged with Resisting Arrest, Criminal Impersonation, Unlicensed Operation, Inadequate lamp and as a Fugitive from Justice then remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. 

 

Office of the Aging Hearing Draws Over 100
This week, a public hearing held by Steuben County’s Office of the Aging had a turnout of over 100 residents attending. The meeting was held to inform citizens about Aging 2019’s aging services implementation plan. Workshops presented information on topics such as digital libraries, feeling fabulous from 55 to 100, farming, bees and more. ProAction of Steuben and Yates Inc. served lunch.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 21, 2018

Mitrano Announces “One District” Town Halls
In her bid for Congress against incumbent Republican Tom Reed, Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano is holding a series of town halls across the 23rd District.  Mitrano will hold ten town hall meetings, one in each county, as part of her “One District” Campaign to reach as many constituents as possible. Mitrano’s town hall for Steuben County will be held on the evening of October 15th at Corning’s United Steelworkers 1000 Headquarters from 5 to 7.

 

State Officials Advising Schools Carry Naloxone
New York State officials are urging schools to carry the opioid antidote naloxone in an effort to combat the opioid problem. A letter sent by the State Department of Health advocates for more awareness and education about opioids and synthetic cannabinoids by public schools due to the increase in use by students over the years as well as the great number of deaths from the opiate fentanyl. State leaders like the Education Department Commissioner, the Health Commissioner and head of the state substance abuse services program have signed onto the letter that you can access and read here.

 

Cuomo Aide Percoco Sentenced to Six Years in Prison
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former top aide Joseph Percoco was sentenced yesterday to six years in prison for fraud and accepting bribes. Percoco was convicted several months ago in March for accepting over $300,000 from companies paying to influence the Cuomo administration. Though Cuomo denies any knowledge of Percoco’s dealings or being involved with them, the trial testimony illustrated a less than favorable picture behind the scenes of the administration that may hurt Cuomo in November’s upcoming election for governor.

 

DiNapoli Reports Over $4.5 Billion in State Farm Revenue
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says New York state’s farms generated $4.8 billion in revenue in 2017 according to a report released yesterday. The report also says that 15 agricultural products produced in New York State have ranked in the top five nationwide. Compared to 2011, our state’s rankings rose for milk, maple syrup and snap beans. Though milk is New York’s biggest agricultural asset worth $2.7 billion in sales last year, DiNapoli says the decline in milk prices can threaten farms, as well as tariffs and restrictions on immigrant workers. There are over 35,000 farms in the state and almost one quarter of the state’s land area is devoted to farming.


Horseheads Rite Aid Robbery Suspect linked to Six States
Police say a robbery at the Rite Aid in Horseheads shows a man jumping over a counter and stealing prescription codeine cough syrup, possibly linking him to other robberies in several states. Police are working on getting help from the FBI in investigating the case, where it is likely the suspect has been involved robbing drug stores in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin. Police throughout the country are looking for the man who is described as black, male, 6’3”, thin built with a cornrow hairstyle. The suspect has not yet acted violently during any of the incidents and anyone with information is urged to come forward to state or local police.

 

USDA Announces Ground Beef Recall
Over 132,000 pounds of ground beef across the nation is being recalled by Cargill Meat Solutions due to possible E. Coli contamination after 17 people became sick and one person died. Recalled products are marked with the establishment code: “EST. 86R” inside the USDA mark of inspection. All consumers are advised by the USDA to safely prepare all raw meat products by cooking them to a temperature of 160°F before consuming.

The list of recalled beef products to avoid and discard:

  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749057646.

  • 3-lb. chubs of “OUR CERTIFIED 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a USE OR FREEZE BY JUL/11/18 and case code 00228749002653.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749089098.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 73/27 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749002751.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749003536.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749003568.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “EXCEL CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749402773.

  • 20-lb. chubs of “EXCEL 81/19 FINE GRIND GROUND BEEF COMBO” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749073935.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “Sterling Silver CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 00228749702416.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 and case code 90028749802405.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “CERTIFIED ANGUS BEEF CHUCK GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a Use/Frz. By Jul 11 with case code 00228749802413.

  • 10-lb. chubs of “Fire River Farms CLASSIC GROUND BEEF 81/19 FINE GRIND” with a USE/FREEZE BY: 07/11/2018 with case code 90734730297241.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, September 20th

Penn Yan Student Pleads Guilty to Making Threat:

 

A 17-year-old Penn Yan Academy student now faces up seven years in prison after pleading guilty to making a terroristic threat.  Garrett Wawrzyk was arrested in April after he posted a video of himself online with what appeared to be a gun and the caption “Eric Harris v2.”  Harris was one of the Columbine shooters.  The gun in the post was determined by authorities to be an airsoft gun, but Wawrzyk was banned from school and police did seize a shotgun found at his home.  Wawrzky will be sentenced on November 15th.

 

 

Dansville Cemetery Association Treasurer Accused of Stealing Funds:

 

The New York State Police have arrested a Dansville woman for allegedly stealing funds from a cemetery association in South Dansville while she was treasurer.  75-year-old Barbara Howe is accused of stealing over $10,000 and of attempting to conceal the theft by making false entries into the business records of the association.  Howe was charged with grand larceny, forgery, and falsifying business records, and she was issued an appearance ticket.

 

 

Steuben Sets 2019 Budget Workshop:

 

The Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee will begin honing the 2019 budget at a special budget workshop set to follow the committee’s regular 9:30 a.m. meeting October 9th in the legislative committee room.  The committee faces the annual challenge of providing services to county residents and developing a solid economic base while burdened by expenses imposed by the state and a restrictive cap on spending.  Once a tentative budget is formed, it will be presented by county Manager Jack Wheeler to the full Legislature in mid-November, followed by a workshop for more input.  Steuben’s current budget is $190.8 million with a property tax levy of $49.9 million.  Anticipated costs in 2019 include rising public defense costs and expenses connected with Raise The Age legislation.  A public hearing on the proposed 2019 budget is set for 11:30 a.m. November 26th

 

 

Water Main Break in Arkport Prompts Boil Water Advisory:

 

Some village of Arkport water customers were left without service Wednesday afternoon when workers preparing the ground for new water lines broke an old distribution pipe on Main Street.  A boil water advisory was issued for customers that lost water for any length of time and then regained it.  The advisory was still in place as of this morning.  This is the second water line break since work got underway last month on Arkport’s $3.1 million water system overhaul.  Despite this, officials say the project remains on track and that in the end it will be a much better distribution system for customers.

 

 

Rep. Reed Tours Flood Damage in Seneca Co.:

 

Congressman Tom Reed visited Seneca County Wednesday where he visited with residents impacted by flooding last month.  Reed says the state has asked for $36 million in federal disaster aid and that he delivered a letter to President Trump on the matter last week, but he added that there could be a delay due to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence.    

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 19th

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charge:

 

A traffic stop in the Village of Cohocton by the New York State Police resulted in the arrest of a Rochester man on a felony drug charge.  36-year-old Jamar Wright was a passenger in the vehicle stopped on Ct. Rt. 121.  According to police Wright was found in possession of quantities of “crack” cocaine and marihuana, with the intent to sell.  He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  The driver of the vehicle, 33-year-old Latasha Forman, also of Rochester, was found to be operating with a suspended driver’s license and she was issued a ticket.

 

 

Robbery at Horseheads Rite Aid Prompts Lockouts at Horseheads Schools:

 

A robbery at a Rite Aid in Horseheads prompted the Horseheads Central School District and Center Elementary School is put lockouts in place Tuesday as a safety precaution.  According to Horseheads police, a man reportedly jumped over the pharmacy counter at the Rite Aid on Grand Central Avenue and stole several bottles of “controlled substances.”  The man then fled west towards Elmira.  The suspect is described as a tall, thin black male with facial hair, wearing a blue hoodie, blue jeans, blue baseball cap with an American flag on the front, a white t-shirt, and black shoes.  The lockouts were later lifted from the schools and normal business resumed.  Anyone with information about the robbery should call the Horseheads Police Department at (607) 739-5669.

 

 

POW/MIA Recognition Day:

 

In honor of the military men and women who served their country and were held as prisoners or are still missing in action, the Bath VA Medical Center will recognize and honor them on National POW/MIA Day this Friday, September 21st.  The public is invited to attend the event which will be held in Building 92 in the Leisure Room.  It starts at 1:15 p.m.

 

 

Community Blood Drive in Memory of Trooper Clark:

 

There will be a community blood drive in memory of fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark this Saturday in Bath.  It will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall at the First Presbyterian Church.  Call 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.  New donors are needed.

 

 

Route Changes for 37th Annual Wineglass Marathon will Impact Local Traffic:

 

With the 37th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon approaching, event organizers and Corning Police have released the 2018 route map through the City of Corning’s northside.  Note that certain roads will be CLOSED to traffic and parking.  To avoid significant delays and maintain a safe course for runners, residents should plan-ahead for the road closures and parking restrictions.  The following roads in the City of Corning will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 30th

  • Buffalo Street (from Reynolds Avenue to Freeman Street in the Village of Riverside) 
  • Freeman Street (from Buffalo Street in the Village of Riverside to Townsend Avenue)
  •  Townsend Avenue (from Freeman Street to Onondaga Street)
  •  Onondaga Street (from Townsend Avenue to Cutler Avenue)
  •  Cutler Avenue (from Onondaga to West Pulteney Street)
  • West William Street (from West Pulteney Street to Dunbar Street)
  •  Dunbar Street (from West William St to Hillvue Avenue)
  •  Hillvue Avenue (from Dunbar Street to Wallace Street)
  •  Wallace Street (from Hillview Ave to West William Street)
  •  West William Street (from Wallace Street to Bridge Street)
  •  Bridge Street (West William to Wegmans south entrance)

 

Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office to Hold Boater Safety Course:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Saturday, October 13th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Proof of age for all students attending is required.  The minimum age to attend is ten years old.  The class is limited to 30 students, so call (607) 622-3911 to confirm attendance. 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 18th

Fremont Man Arrested in Shooting Incident:

 

A 19-year-old from Fremont has been arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and menacing following a domestic incident in the Town of Fremont.  Robert Fitzgerald allegedly discharged a shotgun, striking two vehicles, at two different locations within Fremont, and he also allegedly threatened to kill an individual with the same weapon during the incident.  A neighbor was able to deescalate the situation, convincing Fitzgerald to put his weapon down.  Fitzgerald was then taken into custody by a Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy without incident.  Fitzgerald was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.   The Sheriff’s Office has offered thanks to the New York State Police, Steuben County 911, and the Town of Fremont Ambulance for their assistance in the incident.  Sheriff Allard called it a “great example of interagency cooperation and communication.” 

 

 

Trespass Arrest:

 

State Police arrested one person following a report of a possible burglary at the Cohocton Developmental Corporation (CDC).  After conducting interviews, the suspect was determined by police to be 71-year-old Thomas Cox.  He allegedly knowingly entered the CDC after being advised to stay off the premises.  He has been charged with criminal trespass in the 3rd, a class b misdemeanor.  He was issued an appearance ticket.

 

 

Flight Headed to E-C Airport Diverted Due to Medical Emergency:

 

A medical emergency diverted an Allegiant flight bound for the Elmira Corning Regional Airport Monday.  The flight, from Orlando Sanford International Airport, was scheduled to land just before 10 a.m., but was diverted to Greensboro, North Carolina during its journey.  It finally made it to Elmira just before 3 p.m.  Details regarding the emergency were not released.  Locally, a flash flood watch remains in effect until noon today.

 

 

Personnel Deployed to Finger Lakes for Potential Flooding Relief Efforts:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday the deployment of assets to help with potential flooding relief efforts throughout the state, including the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.  The Governor also urged New Yorkers to take caution and remain vigilant as the remnants of Hurricane Florence move across the state.

 

 

Rep. Collins Refusing to Remove Name from Ballot:

 

Despite previous promises to help come up with a new candidate, Representative Chris Collins is now refusing to remove his name from the upcoming November election ballot, according to Senior GOP officials.  Collins had said he was no longer going to run for re-election after insider trading charges against him were announced in August and last week, during an exclusive interview with News 4, Collins expressed his intent to work with Republican leaders to find a new candidate.  Erie County GOP Chairman Nick Langworthy said Republican County Chairs were preparing to remove Collins and replace him with another candidate this week and that this new development comes as both a surprise and disappointment to Republican leaders.  Collins’ attorney released a statement saying that “because of the protracted and uncertain nature of any legal effort to replace Congressman Collins we do not see a path allowing [him] to be replaced on the ballot.”  Collins currently serves New York’s 27th Congressional District.   

 

 

Haverling College Fair Next Week:

 

The Haverling Guidance Department and the Bath Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the 23rd Annual College Fair on Tuesday, September 25th in the Haverling High School Gym in Bath.  Representatives from four-year colleges, two-year colleges, and the Armed Forces will be available to give information to students and parents about the college admissions process and answer any questions regarding all branches of the Armed Forces.  The event runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at which time scholarships will be drawn from seniors who attended.  All area high school students and parents are invited.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, September 17th

Canisteo Considering Park Name Change in Honor of Trooper Clark:

 

The Hornell Evening Tribune reports that the Canisteo Village Board is considering a measure that would change the name of Patriot Park in honor of late Trooper Nicholas Clark.  Clark was shot and killed in the line of duty in July while responding to a domestic incident in the Town of Erwin.  He was a Canisteo-Greenwood graduate.  A public hearing on the measure will be held next month.

 

 

Marine Killed in San Diego Comes Home for Funeral Tomorrow:

 

The Marine from Horseheads shot and killed in San Diego, California a week ago will come home for his funeral this week.  Calling hours for 21-year-old Christopher Truax Junior will be tomorrow at His Tabernacle Family Church in Horseheads from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Funeral services with full military honors will follow.  In lieu of flowers, his family is asking those who wish to remember him to consider donating to a GoFundMe in benefit of his widow and son, https://www.gofundme.com/RememberChrisJr

 

 

90 Unit Apartment Building Coming to Corning:

 

A $30 million construction project will see ninety new apartments built on the site of the former Corning Hospital.  Work is expected to get underway today and should last nine to 12 months.  City officials told The Corning Leader this project is a “once-in-a-generation” opportunity for the city.

 

 

Bed, Bath & Beyond Big Flats Location Closing:

 

The Bed Bath & Beyond store in Big Flats has announced that it is closing is doors.  Officials haven’t said when the store will close exactly or what will become of employees, but the reason for the closure is because the store’s lease is expiring soon.

 

 

Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate Against West Nile:

 

The state Department of Agriculture is advising horse owners in New York to vaccinate their horses against West Nile virus.  According to officials, there have been four confirmed cases of equine infection this year in Steuben, Suffolk, Cattaraugus and Livingston counties.  It’s passed by infected mosquitoes to humans, horses, and other animals.  Symptoms can resemble the flu, with horses appearing mildly anorexic and depressed.  Other symptoms are muscle and skin twitching, fever, hypersensitivity to touch and sound, drowsiness, and unsteady gait.  There have been 12 human cases this year.  There is no vaccine for humans.

 

 

Area Students Could Attend CCC at No Cost with Scholars Award:

 

Juniors and Seniors in Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties are reminded that they could receive four free semesters at Corning Community College with the Presidential Scholars Award.  The award recognizes the top 10 percent of students in their graduating high school class.  42 students are expected to receive the award this year.  Learn more at https://www.corning-cc.edu/presidential-scholars

 

 

Steuben OES Urges Residents to Sign Up for Emergency Alerts:

 

The severe weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Florence are a good reminder for Steuben County residents to be sure their emergency plans are in place, according to county Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall.  While Steuben shouldn’t see the devastation those in the direct path of Florence endured this weekend, Marshall said that Steuben is no stranger to floods, high winds, snowstorms, and electrical outages and this is a “good time for people here to check how prepared they are for any emergency.”  Steuben residents have access to three county programs designed to help them and their loved ones in the event of damaging storms: ReadySteuben, a free mobile app giving users direct access to county alerts and notices from the National Weather Service; “Special Needs Registry,” which allows residents with special needs to provide essential information to local emergency response teams so responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergencies; and CodeRED, which provides county residents with warnings from local emergency responders of emergency situations or critical alerts.

 

 

Steuben CCE Celebrates Centennial:

 

More than 100 residents celebrated Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 100th anniversary Friday night at the Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport.  Organizers said the event honored Steuben’s historical ties to agriculture and farming, while looking forward to a strong vision of the future.  The celebration included recognition by county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski, and representatives of state Senator Tom O’Mara and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

 

 

Steuben’s Strong Kids Safe Kids Draws Crowd:

 

Steuben County’s eighth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids drew a crowd Saturday at Haverling School, with youngsters, sixth grade and under, and their grownups enjoying carnival games, inflatable bouncers, and art activities, as well as learning about health and safety issues.  The event also included a free produce giveaway from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, a car seat safety check, demonstrations and giveaways, including school supplies, bike helmets, and healthy snacks.

 

 

Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting Wed.:

 

The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both a meeting of the audit committee and its regular meeting this week on Wednesday.  The audit committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. in the high school library.  The regular meeting will follow.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 15, 2018

Traffic Stop Leads to Four Drug Arrests
New York State Police of Wayland report the arrest of four people for felony drug charges. Troopers say a vehicle stop led to the arrests of 33-year-old Ryan Krupp of Wayland, 33-year-old Robert Dockstader of Cohocton, 30-year-old Ryan Privetts of Elmira and 26-year-old James Sick of Wayland. The four are alleged to have been in possession of a quantity of crack cocaine and methamphetamine with the intent to sell it. The four men were charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third degree and sent to Livingston County Jail. Privetts and Dockstader were additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third degree.

 

Two Behind Bars for Warrant Arrests in Steuben County
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports warrant arrests for two men on unrelated charges. John C. Hawley of Corning was arrested by Chemung County Sheriffs for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation then turned over to Steuben County Deputies then remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Chad Billett of Webster, NY was arrested by Steuben County Sheriffs for allegedly violating the terms of a child support order issued by Steuben County Family Court. Billett was turned over to Steuben County Sheriffs after being notified he was in custody for the warrant issued out of Steuben County, following a traffic accident in Monroe County. Billett was arraigned in Bath Village Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.

 

Hornell Seventeen-Year-Old Arrested for Criminal Mischeif
A 17-year old from Hornell was arrested by Sheriff Deputies for Criminal Mischief in the third degree. It is alleged that Caleb Harkenrider damaged a computer kiosk, property valued in excess of two hundred fifty dollars, while incarcerated at Steuben County Jail. Harkenrider was arraigned in Town of Urbana Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail as he awaits to appear in Town of Bath Court at a later date.

 

 

Reed and Cuomo Request FEMA Funding, Disaster Declaration
Congressman Tom Reed announced he has written a letter to President Donald Trump asking for FEMA disaster recovery support to Finger Lakes and Southern Tier counties that were affected by flooding last month and for Trump to declare a major disaster for the area. Governor Andrew Cuomo said three days ago that he asked the Trump administration for a similar grant. A month after the floods, our affected area has yet to be declared a disaster, which is the criteria necessary to receive such federal assistance from FEMA.

 

Democratic Turnout Up in Thursday's 9/13 Primary
Ringing in the beginning of this midterm year’s election season, this week’s state and local primary elections saw a rise in voter turnout in the state, at least for registered Democrats. Thursday’s primary had a turnout that more than doubled the previous primary election in 2014, with 1.5 million Democrats or 24 percent of all members of the party voting across the state. Every county except one-Jefferson County- saw an increased participation by Democrats.

Red Cross Urges Eligible Citizens to Donate Blood for Florence
The American Red Cross is reminding citizens that Hurricane Florence and its devastation has given more need for blood. But according to the Finger Lakes Chapter, over 120 drives in the area have been cancelled due to lack of participation. These 120 drives equate to a shortage of 4,000 units of blood. The American Red Cross highly encourages those who can donate to use the organization’s blood donor smart phone application to find local drives. With the very likely possibility of disaster from Florence pending, your is needed to save a life.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 14th, 2018

Primary Election Day Results Posted
Yesterday’s primary election votes are in and the Steuben County Board of Elections have posted the unofficial results. Democratic primaries resulted in a victory for incumbent Andrew Cuomo winning the nomination for governor with 54% of the vote to Cynthia Nixon’s 45.52% of the votes. Amanda Kirchgessner was nominated as candidate for State Senator of the 58th district winning the Democratic nomination with nearly 63% of the vote. Incumbent Kathy Hochul will represent Democrats with her win of 66% of votes for Lieutenant Governor. Sean Patrick Maloney won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General with over 38% against three other candidates. Republicans chose Joe Errigo as their candidate for Member of Assembly with over 50% of the vote. Chauncey Watches won the nomination for the County Judge Republican candidate with over 51% of the vote while Howard Republicans have elected Gary Rice to represent them as candidate for Councilman with his win of over 54% The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 6th.

Howard Man Arrested for Drug and Weapons Charges
New York State Police report the arrest of Howard man for drug possession and gun charges. Convicted felon John Dellapenna, age 30, was said to be in possession of a loaded 9mm Glock handgun with a 30 round magazine, a loaded AR-15 assault rifle with a 30 round magazine and a quantity of methamphetamine. Dellapenna was remanded to Steuben County jail following his arraignment in Village of Bath Court where he was charged with 4 counts of Criminal Possession of a weapon and 1 count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Troopers were assisted by Village of Canisteo Police Department and New York State Parole in this investigation.

Jail Inmate from Wayland Arrested for Violating Order of Protection
New York State Police in Bath arrested a Wayland man for allegedly harassing a woman while he was an inmate at the Steuben County Jail. Police say 28-year-old Gary Wilson made hundreds of phone calls to a Wayland woman while he was incarcerated for an unrelated charge. Wilson knew there was an order of protection in place forbidding him from contacting the subject while allegedly making these calls to her. Wilson was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree and Aggravated Harassment in the Second Degree before he was sent back to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

23-NY Congressional Candidates Scheduled for Three Debates
Both candidates for Congress in the 23rd District race have agreed to three debates this fall before the November 6th election. Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano will face off in the three debates scheduled all within a week, the first one slated for Wednesday, October 24th in Jamestown. The second debate is Tuesday, October 30th in Corning and will be televised while the final debate is two days later on Thursday, November 1st in Olean.

 

Bath Resident Volunteering for Red Cross Florence Releif
In response to  Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas, 13 area American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to support citizens there and one is a Bath resident. Lorraine Morris will be joining 12 other regional volunteers as well as two Emergency Response Vehicles from the Western and Central New York Region. Red Cross is planning to give shelter for tens of thousands of people in the midst of the storm until they can return to their homes or relocate. The organization has opened evacuation centers in both states and will open dozens more today. The Red Cross urges those who are not affected by Florence and eligible to donate blood or platelets to do so to ensure a sufficient supply for the disaster.

 

HUD Funding Announced for Ithaca and Elmira
Congressman Tom Reed announced the cities of Elmira and Ithaca will be getting funding from the Federal Government for development of affordable housing. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide two grants to Elmira with a worth totaling $1,580,691 and $
1,054,874 for Ithaca made possible by HUD’s Community Development Block Grants Program and the HOME Program which give communities the opportunity to provide more decent and affordable housing for low-income families.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, September 13th

Primary Election Day:

 

Today is Primary Election Day for state and local primaries.  Polls will be open from noon until 9 p.m. for the Democratic, Republican, Conservative, and Reform parties.  To view your ballot before you head to your polling place, visit https://www.steubencony.org.   

 

 

Canisteo Man Arrested for Child Abuse:

 

A Canisteo man has been arrested following a report of possible child abuse.  State Police arrested 36-year-old Michael McMindes and have charged him with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.  It’s alleged that McMindes intentionally subjected a child less than 11 years old to sexual contact while at a residence in the Village of Canisteo.  McMindes was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.

 

 

Horseheads Marine Murdered in San Diego:

 

A marine native to Horseheads that was killed outside San Diego, California, last week was murdered authorities have confirmed.  According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Christopher Truax Jr. died from a gunshot wound and they are now investigating his death as a murder.  The possible motive and whether or not there are any suspects is unknown at this time.

 

 

Two Arrested in Corning Burglary:

 

Two men are facing multiple charges after they allegedly committed a burglary in Corning and fled from police.  According to Corning Police, they received a report of a burglary in progress on Sunset Drive on September 11th just before 11 p.m.  Witnesses described a vehicle fleeing the area and when police located it, and attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver refused.  The pursuit ended in a parking lot on State Street and the driver, 27-year-old Kevin Walker, allegedly fled on foot.  He was later found and arrested.  The passenger of the vehicle, 28-year-old Adams Phillip, was arrested as he was trying to exit the vehicle.  Items linking both men to the burglary were found inside the vehicle, according to police.  Walker has been charged with burglary, criminal possession of marijuana, unlawful fleeing a police officer, reckless driving and other vehicle and traffic violations.  Phillip was charged with burglary and criminal possession of marijuana.

 

 

Sen. O’Mara, Hornell Mayor to Host Town Hall:

 

Senator Tom O’Mara and Hornell Mayor John Buckley will host a community town hall next week at the Hornell VFW.  Topics will include updates on the opioid epidemic, the push to legalize marijuana, municipal and school funding, ethics reform, the SAFE Act, and more.  The meeting will be open to the public and questions from the audience are encouraged.  Start time is 6 p.m. on September 18th.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 12th

Invasive Moth Found in Yates Co.:

 

The spotted lanternfly, an invasive moth from Asia, has been found in Yates County.  According to the State DEC and Agriculture and Markets, a single adult insect was found a private Keuka Lake property in Penn Yan.  The spotted lanternfly (SLF) is a destructive invader that feeds on more than 70 plant species including maples, apple trees, grapevine, hops.  Besides stressing plants by feeding on them, the SLF also produces a sticky “honeydew” that attracts mold that interferes with plant photosynthesis, affecting growth and fruit yield.  A single adult lanternfly was previously discovered in Albany County.  SLF spread primarily through human activity and DEC officials say they lay their eggs on a number of surfaces, including vehicles, stone, rusty metal, outdoor furniture and firewood.  The public is encouraged to inspect outdoor items, and anyone visiting the Pennsylvania or New Jersey Quarantine Areas should thoroughly inspect their vehicle, luggage, and gear before leaving.  Anyone suspecting they’ve found SLF is encouraged to send a photo to spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov, along with information as to location, egg masses, and/or infestation signs.   

 

 

 

Warrant Arrests:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two subjects on warrants.  48-year-old John Manhart of Hornell was taken into custody as an alleged fugitive from justice from Potter County, Pennsylvania.  It’s alleged that an active warrant was issued for Manhart from charges stemming from 1993, and a warrant from 1995.  Manhart was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, awaiting his extradition hearing.  52-year-old Billie Jo Chrisler of Corning was taken into custody for allegedly violating a term or condition of her probation.  She was also sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

 

 

Steuben Deputies Commended for Actions:

 

Two Steuben County deputies were honored Monday for their heroic actions during the July 2 incident that took the life of state Trooper Nicholas Clark. County Sheriff Jim Allard commended deputies Joshua Day and Jordan Walrath before the county Legislature Public Safety and Corrections Committee, saying the men’s action saved lives and prevented an escalation of the fatal incident. The sheriff said Deputy Day's actions, while under fire, moving a wounded Trooper Clark to safety, and maintaining tactical awareness, exhibit bravery, coolness under fire and extreme valorous conduct. The sheriff added that the actions of Deputy’s Day and Walrath reflect the leadership, professionalism, integrity and service of all members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and their personal commitment to the mission of public safety to the citizens of Steuben County.

 

 

Painted Post Fire Dept. Reveals 9/11 Memorial:

 

The Painted Post Fire Department revealed a new memorial Tuesday in honor of 9/11.  The department will officially unveil the monument during Fire Prevention Week, at an open house and pancake breakfast on the first Sunday in October.  The event will be open to the public during the breakfast.  Cost will be $5.

 

 

Remains of Area Soldier Killed in Alaska to Return to Southern Tier:

 

The remains of an area soldier killed in a plane crash in Alaska will make the final journey home next month after 65 years.  On November 22, 1952, a military plane crashed on Mount Gannett, killing all board.  In June of 2012, debris of an aircraft was located and DNA evidence confirmed the remains of Eugene Costley.  Costley was from the Elmira area.  WETM 18 News will have coverage of the homecoming.

 

 

Rebuilt Flying Boat to Fly During Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport:

 

A rebuilt Curtiss Model F Flying Boat will take to the skies during the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum’s “Wings and Wheels in Hammondsport” event this Saturday and Sunday.  The flying boat will take off from Keuka Lake during the event’s seaplane demonstrations and it will also be on display for visitors to see up close.  Workers will be on hand to discuss how it was restored.  Wings and Wheels will also feature a “Salute to Glenn Curtiss” seaplane parade around Keuka Lake, a car show with classic and exotic cars, and an on-location broadcast with us, WVIN.  The free event runs both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

 

First Steuben Co. “History Week” Oct. 1st – 7th:

 

The first Steuben County History week, set for October 1st through the 7th, will look at the World War I and II heroes who served their nation at home while their loved ones battled aboard.  The week will feature exhibits at the Bath VFW assembled by local historical groups and hosted by costumed guides who will take both the public and school students through the exhibits.  The iconic Rosie the Riveter will also make an appearance as a reminder of America’s women who filled the factory jobs left vacant as men went to war.  The finale of History Week will be a presentation by Kirk House, director of the Steuben County Historical Society, followed by a salute to the USO.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 11th

13 Arrested in Operation Free Fall:

 

The Village of Bath Police Department, with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Corning and Hornell Police Departments, New York State Police, and the Steuben County District Attorneys drug initiative, report the arrest of 14 people following a three month investigation into narcotics sales in and around the village of Bath.  At least six of the suspects were from Bath, including: 34-year-old Robert Harley, 50-year-old Jill Marshall, 35-year-old Scotty Youngs, 52-year-old Patrick Travis, 58-year-old Deborah Warner, and 28-year-old Samantha Henderson.

 

 

6 Arrested in Drug, Weapons Bust:

 

A joint investigation by the Canisteo Village Police Department and the New York State Police has resulted in the arrest of six people for felony drug and weapon charges in the Village of Canisteo.  During the investigation, police located several guns, methamphetamine, heroin, and marijuana.  Arrested were: 31-year-old Donald Strope of Addison, sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail; 29-year-old Tyrand Scott of Corning, released on an appearance ticket; 57-year-old Lee Richeson of Canisteo, sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail; 28-year-old Jesse Tomlison of Addison, sent to the county jail without bail; 36-year-old Zachary Pecor of Addison, sent to the county jail without bail; and 24-year-old Deeana Brewer of Addison, sent to the county jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.

 

 

M.A. Man Arrested on Child Abuse Charges:

 

A Massachusetts man has been arrested by State Police following a joint investigation with Steuben County Child Protective Services into child endangerment allegations.  38-year-old Adam Sullivan of Westfield, Massachusetts, has been charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.  It’s alleged that between February and March 2017, while at a residence in the Town of Avoca, Sullivan subjected a child less than 11 years old to sexual contact.  Sullivan was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

 

 

2 Bath Residents Charged in Fraud Report:

 

The New York State Police have arrested two Town of Bath residents following a report of fraud.  41-year-old Timothy Dewolf and 45-year-old Pamela Tobias are charged with falsifying business records, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal impersonation, and petit larceny.  They allegedly found a debit card that did not belong to them, and according to State Police, rather than returning the card to the bank or its owner, they allegedly impersonated the card’s owner and used it to purchase over $400 of merchandise from at least four local businesses.  The suspects were identified with help from the businesses and local residents.  Both suspects were issued appearance tickets.  The property purchased with the card was recovered.

 

 

Reckless Endangerment, Unlawful Cannabis Grow Arrest:

 

An Avoca man has been arrested on reckless endangerment and unlawful grow of cannabis following an incident in Avoca.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 62-year-old Victor Ross drove his vehicle at a person operating a dirt bike.  Ross also allegedly struck the victim, causing them to fall off their dirt bike.  The victim was not injured.  During their investigation into this incident, deputies allegedly found Ross to be in possession of and growing approximately 83 marihuana plants on his property.  Ross was released with an appearance ticket.

 

 

Non-Appropriate Shelter for Dogs Arrest:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Savona woman following a report of a dog left outside for long periods of time without proper shelter.  55-year-old Hazel Lafler has been charged with appropriate shelter for dogs, a violation of the agricultural and markets law.  She was released on an appearance ticket.  The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public: that during the cold fall and winter months, please be aware that all dogs outside for any amount of time must be provided with adequate shelter that allows the animal to stand and turn, and that allows the animal to maintain heat.  The animal should also be fed twice a day, and have constant access to a water source that is unfrozen.  If you are in violation, criminal action may be taken to prevent Animal Abuse.

 

 

Bench Warrant Arrest:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 19-year-old Angel Jackson of Corning on a bench warrant issued by the Town of Corning Court.  The warrant was issued for failure to appear to answer charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marihuana.  Jackson was previously arrested on separate charges by the City of Corning Police during an alleged domestic incident in the City.  Jackson was then turned over to deputies to answer the bench warrant.  She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.

 

 

Area 9/11 Ceremonies:

 

Here is a list of local and area 9/11 remembrances taking place today: at 8:43 a.m. at Corning Community College at the flagpole in front of the Parsons Administration building (rain location the Commons); at 11 a.m. the 4th Annual Tri-County First Responder of the Year Award will be presented at the Patriot Day Remembrance Ceremony at the First Responder Park at the corners of South Hamilton Street and Forest Drive in Gang Mills; and at noon at the Arnot Mall in Center Court.

 

 

Corning’s Gaffer District Ferrari Show This Weekend:

 

The Corning’s Gaffer District will host the seventh annual Crystal City Ferrari Show this Sunday, September 16th.  Featuring over 175 Ferraris from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, vehicle owners will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.  In support of the event, the following streets will be closed on Sunday from 6 in the morning until 5 in the evening: Pine Street from Market to Burmese, Market Street from Wall to Bridge, Lot 16 off Tioga Avenue, Wall Street from Tioga to Burmese, Cedar Street from Tioga to Burmese, Walnut Street from Aurene to Burmese, and Chestnut Street from Aurene to Burmese.  Free parking will be available in City lots at the Centerway Parking Garage.   

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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 10, 2018

Marine Native to Horseheads Killed in California
A Marine killed a few days ago near San Diego, California is reported to be a Horseheads native. Christopher Truax Junior, age 21, was an active duty Marine Corps Sergeant stationed in Miramar, California. Truax was found bleeding from a gunshot wound inside a parked vehicle in Lemon Grove, California. Sheriff Deputies called for First Aid but could not save Truax. His death is being ruled as a homicide and Lemon Grove police are hoping witnesses at the scene come forward with information about Truax’s murder as investigation continues.

Route 54a Closed North of Hammondsport
A reminder that a portion of State Route 54a is closed today as emergency wall and culvert repairs begin. The site is 4 1/2 miles North of Hammondsport and the closing is estimated to last about 4 weeks of the eight to ten weeks for total duration of work on the project. Traffic will be detoured on County Route 76 and Boyd Hill Road in the meantime. Drivers should plan accordingly by giving themselves extra time for commutes.

 

NYS Citizens Disaster Preparedness Training Tonight at Corning
A State Citizens Preparedness Corps Training Program is set for tonight at Corning-Painted Post High School. This program will give residents knowledge, tools and resources to prepare for all disasters, respond accordingly and recover as promptly as possible. Free New York State Disaster Preparedness Kits will be distributed to those who participate with a limit of one per family. The kits contain key items to aid individuals in the immediate aftermath of disaster. Online registration is required at: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/aware-prepare/nysprepare/registration/index.cfm#formbegins

 

County DA Office Hosting Drug Press Conference This Morning
Steuben County District Attorney Office’s Drug Initiative will hold a press conference this morning at 10:30am at the Bath Village Police Department on Liberty Street. The conference will announce major developments in the continuing efforts to combat narcotics trafficking in Steuben County. County Sheriffs as well as the Bath, Hornell and Corning Police Departments will work in cooperation with the D.A. Office for this presentation.

 

Steuben County Starts Plan to Prevent Commercial Sex Exploitation
Steuben County officials announced the beginning of a five-year plan to prevent commercial sexual exploitation of minors with Department of Social Services veteran Lisa Baker spearheading the efforts. Baker will organize programs to help runaway, homeless and exploited youth under the joint leadership of DSS and the County Youth Bureau. The county has set up an advisory committee made up of representatives from several county departments such as social services, the youth bureau, law department, sheriff, probation, mental health and public health. The plan aims to reduce commercial sexual exploitation, which happens when children under 18 are required to perform sex acts in exchange for usually a basic need such as food, clothing and shelter. Exploitation is believed to be on the rise due to the growing drug culture in Steuben County.

 

First Steuben History Week Slated for Next Month
The first-ever History week for Steuben County has been announced for October 1st through the 7th. The week will feature exhibits at the Bath VFW organized by local historical groups and hosted by guides in costume who will lead students and the public through the exhibits. The week will focus on heroes of World Wars I and II who served their nation at home while loved ones were overseas in combat. The History week theme was chosen to commemorate the upcoming 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice on November 11th.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 8,2018

Drug Press Conference Monday

 

The fight against drugs in Steuben County continues. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker announced Friday that a special news conference will be held Monday regarding ongoing efforts to combat narcotics trafficking in Steuben County.  The press conference will be held in Bath in the Village Hall at 10:30am

 

RT 54A Repairs start Monday

 

 Emergency wall and culvert repairs on State Route 54A are set to get underway on Monday.  Motorists should be aware that the road at the primary site, located approximately 4.5 miles north of Hammondsport, will be closed for the duration of the work, which is expected to take between eight and ten weeks.  During this time, traffic will be detoured on County Route 76 and Boyd Hill Road  That project is expected last about 4 weeks.

 

Wings and Wheels Next weekend in Hammondsport

 

If you like cars and planes…next weekend is for you.  It’s Wings and Wheels in Hammondsport.  Formerly known as Seaplane Homecoming…the Keuka lake event features not only seaplanes, but a variety of classic cars as well. It’s the greatest land and air show in the Finger Lakes area according to organizers.  The event will run 10 to 4 both days and WVIN will broadcast from the event on Saturday morning from 10am to noon.

 

Corning Cooperative 100th anniversary

 

With just a few days left, incentives have been added for early reservations for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County centennial celebration “Denim and Diamonds” on Sept. 14. Event organizers say that those who make their reservations by Sunday will be entered into a drawing for two bottles of Bully Hill Wine, while those who reserve spots by Wednesday will be in a second drawing for two bottles of Bully Hill wine. The celebration honors farming as the leading historical, cultural and economic force in Steuben. The event also looks forward to progress on many fronts in the future. The event is set for 6 -11 p.m. next Friday at Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport and will include a silent auction, a social hour, dining and dancing.

 

A Hot Summer

 

It turned out to be a really hot summer this year.  According to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration it was the fourth hottest summer on record in the United States. Temperatures average 73.5 degrees that’s 2.1 degrees above average. On another weather note the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Steuben County beginning at 2:00pm on Sunday and lasting until 8:0pm Monday.  Heavy rains are expected during that period and 1-3 inches is possible.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, September 7th

NY A.G. Subpoenas Dioceses, Rochester Diocese Responds:

 

On the heels of a report that bishops in Pennsylvania covered up acts of sexual abuse by more than 300 Catholic priests, the New York Attorney General has issued subpoenas to every Catholic dioceses across the state.  A.G. Barbara Underwood has also announced a clergy abuse hotline and online complaint form that victims can report cases of sexual abuse.  In response, the Diocese of Rochester has said they’ve received the subpoena and are reviewing it.  They added that they “have a longstanding policy of cooperation with law enforcement and certainly it will continue in this process.”  They also encouraged all victims to report to civil authorities. 

 

 

$5M to Help SUNY Schools Create “Comfort Bags” for Assault/DV Victims:

 

$5 million will be invested by the State Office of Victim Services to help the State University of New York create and distribute “comfort bags” to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.  The 225,000 bags will be distributed at hospitals, shelters, and rape crisis centers across New York.  Each will contain personal essential hygiene products, as well a pen, notepad, stress ball, and an affirming message from a volunteer.  They will also have information about available support services and educational materials about victims’ rights under state law.  Students will assemble the bags, helping to raise awareness on SUNY campuses.

 

 

Emergency Preparedness Training in Corning Sept. 10th:

 

State Senator Tom O’Mara reminded area residents Thursday that the online registration process is underway for a state-sponsored “Citizen Preparedness Corps Training Program” being held in Corning on Monday, September 10th at the Corning High School.  The program is free, but participants must complete the online registration prior to the event.  Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register online, visit https://prepare.ny.gov/training-events

 

 

SCCE Centennial Adds New Drawings:

 

With just a few days left, incentives have been added for early reservations for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County centennial celebration “Denim and Diamonds,” which is set for September 14th.  Event organizers said Thursday that those who make their reservations by Sunday, September 9th, will be entered for a chance to win two bottles of Bully Hill Wine, while those that reserve spots by Wednesday, September 12th, will be in a second drawing for two bottles of Bully Hill Wine.  The celebration honors farming as the leading historical, cultural, and economic force in Steuben, and it will include a social hour, dining, dancing, and more.  Tickets are $50 each, or $90 for a pair and may be purchased online at http://www.bit.ly/centennialcelebration or by calling (607) 664-2300.

 

 

“Ramp Guys” to Build 500th Ramp Today:

 

The Steuben County Office for the Aging/RSVP Ramp Guys will celebrate the construction of their 500th ramp today at 10:30 a.m. at the Reppert home, 6255 East Union Road in Bath.  The large ramp will demonstrate conservation efforts employed by The Ramp Guys to use recycled materials to keep costs down.  The celebration will include cake, punch, and recognition of past Ramp Guys.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, September 6th

State Police Seek Suspects in Prattsburgh Assault:

 

The State Police of Bath are looking for a man and woman connected to an attack in Prattsburgh.  The incident happened Sunday across from a home on Main Street that has a Trump/Pence banner displayed, among other flags.  The altercation is believed to be politically motivated as, according to the homeowner, the pair got out of their car, unhappy with the banner, and verbally assaulted them.  When the homeowner’s two sons confronted the pair, an assault ensued and the suspects eventually pepper sprayed the sons.  One of the sons suffered a minor neck injury.  State Police say they are looking for the suspects and the investigation is ongoing. 

 

 

Steven Prevention Coalition Loses Funding:

 

The Steuben Prevention Coalition, a county-wide program working to reduce the use of drugs and alcohol by youth, has received troubling news.  The federal grant which provides all of its funding was not approved for the coming year.  The Coalition has received the $125,000 federal Drug-Free Communities grant every year since 2013.  Prevention Director at the Steuben Council on Addictions, Jim Bassage said he’s not sure why the grant was denied, and that they’re looking for feedback about their application.  The Coalition has been in contact with Representative Tom Reed’s office and, according to a spokesman, the congressman has reached out to the administration and the Office of White House Drug Control Policy for more information.  The Coalition can reapply for the grant next year.   

 

 

State Police Bumping Patrols During Back-to-School Season:

 

The New York State Police are stepping up efforts to make sure students get to and from their schools safely this back to school season .  Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that state police are increasing patrols and cracking down on aggressive and dangerous drivers.  Troopers will be looking for speeders, anyone who doesn’t yield to pedestrians, and those who don’t watch for stopped school buses.  According to the Governor, last April, 850 people were ticketed for illegally passing a school bus in just one day.  Additionally, State Police are partnering with AAA this year for the “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.  All marked patrol cars will have AAA’s School’s Open bumper stickers to help raise awareness about pedestrian safety and to remind drivers to slow down and stop for school buses. 

 

 

New Overdose Antidote Development to be Paid For by Major Opioid Maker:

 

To reverse overdoses and save lives, first responders carry naloxone, but the price of the antidote can be prohibitive for state and local governments.  To combat this, Harm Reduction Therapeutics, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit is developing a low-cost naloxone nasal spray and the organization is now set to receive a major financial boost to the project from Purdue Pharma.  The company, which makes OyxContin and whose prescription opioid marketing practices are being blamed for sparking the nationwide overdose and addiction crisis, announced Wednesday its making a $3.4 million grant to help develop the low-cost alternative.  HRT says it hopes to have the new version on the market within two years. 

 

 

Work Set to Begin on S.R. 54A Monday:

 

Emergency wall and culvert repairs on State Route 54A are set to get underway on Monday.  Motorists should be aware that the road at the primary site, located approximately 4.5 miles north of Hammondsport, will be closed for the duration of the work, which is expected to take between eight and ten weeks.  During this time, traffic will be detoured on County Route 76 and Boyd Hill Road.  Work at the second site, located approximately 0.8 miles north of Hammondsport, has already begun and limited traffic to one lane.  That project is expected last about 4 weeks.

 

 

30 More People Sickened by Honey Smacks Cereal:

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reminding consumers that no one should be buying or selling any form of Honey Smacks cereal after an additional 30 people have been sickened by it.  The cereal was recalled in June due to an outbreak of salmonella, but the FDA has reported it still for sale in some stores.  The CDC advises people not to eat any Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal, regardless of its package size or best-buy date.  If you have any in your home, you should throw it away or return it for a refund.  If you see Honey Smacks for sale, do not buy it.  You should report any being sold to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator toll-free at (866) 446-9055. 

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, September 5th

P.A. Teen Killed in Cameron Accident:

 

A teenager from Pennsylvania was killed in a single vehicle accident on Labor Day in the Town of Cameron.  According to State Police, troopers were dispatched to County Route 10 after an occupant of the vehicle, 17-year-old Creo Babcock of Cameron, self-extricated from the vehicle and walked to a nearby residence.  Their investigation found that the vehicle, operated by 19-year-old Tessa Updyke of Kersey P.A., failed to negotiate a bend in the roadway and exited the west shoulder.  It overturned multiple times, ejecting Updyke, before coming to rest in a ravine.  Steuben County Coroner Dr. Robert Cole responded to the scene and ordered Updyke’s body be taken to Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton for an autopsy.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

 

Elmira Tops Among Closing Stores, 91 Employees Losing Jobs:

 

91 people in Elmira will soon be out of a job as the Tops Markets store on South Main Street is among those set to be closed.  The grocery chain announced last week that it will be closing 10 underperforming stores across New York state as part of its financial restructuring process.  The last day for the Elmira employees is expected to be November 27th.  Company officials say they will “treat affected associates fairly and with the respect they deserve,” and that they will offer employees positions at other stores. 

 

 

Violation of Probation Arrest:

 

An Elmira woman has been arrested by Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies.  50-year-old Robin Lantz allegedly violated a term or condition of her conditional discharge, resulting in a violation of probation warrant to be issued.  Lantz was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail and will appear in county court at a later date.

 

 

Warrant Arrest:

 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that deputies arrested 26-year-old Alivia Cuyler of Elmira on Sunday when she attempted to visit the Steuben County Jail.  Correction staff discovered that a warrant allegedly existed for her arrest from Chemung County.  She was placed in custody and turned over to the Chemung Co. Sheriff’s Office. 

 

 

Motorists Reminded to Respect School Buses:

 

Getting back to school is more than making sure students are prepared, motorists are also being reminded to respect school buses they may encounter on local and area streets.  When a school bus stops and displays flashing red lights, all vehicles approaching from either direction must also come to a full stop.  Those who fail to do so can face a fine of up $400 and five points on their license for a first offense.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, September 4th

Hornellsville to Get Rid of Tax Collector Office:
 

The Tax Collector Office for the Town of Hornellsville will be eliminated per a decision by the town. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, the Hornellsville Town Board voted unanimously to allow tax collection duties to be handled by a local bank to save funds. The position of Tax Collector, served currently by Fay Parada, will be active until the end of this year.

 

 

Hornell Water Boil Advisory Lifted:
 

Things are back to normal for the residents of Hornell affected by a boil water advisory that was issued Friday.  According to the Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the advisory, which was issued for Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North, and Airport Road was lifted Monday.

 

 

NYS Fair Sets Single Day Attendance Record:

 

The Great New York State Fair has set another all-time, single-day attendance record for the second time this year.  On Saturday, according to officials, 134,115 people visited the Fairgrounds, besting the previous record set on the previous Saturday by more than 6,700.

 

 

Nixon Challenges Cuomo to Second Debate:

 

One of the criticisms leveled against both incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and his democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon during their first – and so far only – debate was that they didn’t spent much time discussing upstate issues.  Nixon is looking to change that, as she is now calling for second debate, citing the lack of focus on the upstate as a reason to hold the additional meetup.  Thus far, Cuomo has not responded to Nixon’s suggestion.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday (Labor Day) September 3, 2018

Late Trooper Clark Honored at AU Football Opening
Fallen State Police Officer Nick Clark was honored at Alfred University’s opening of the Saxons team football season Saturday afternoon. The trooper, who was killed while responding to a suicide in the town of Erwin on July 2nd, was recognized by State Police who made an appearance at the University. Trooper Clark was an alma mater at Alfred University where he played as a  standout football star and graduated in 2011. Clark tried out for the Buffalo Bills team the year after his graduation and was dubbed as an All-American two times during the ceremony.

 

Hornell Water Boil Advisory Lifted
According to the Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the water boil advisory issued for parts of Hornell on Friday has been lifted. Residents of Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North and Airport Road were told it was safe to drink the water yesterday at 5:15pm.

 

Cuomo Suing Trump Administration
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a statement yesterday his administration will be suing President Trump and the federal government for the failure to aid Puerto Ricans affected by Hurricane Maria last year where nearly 3,000 died according to the Government of Puerto Rico. Cuomo said Trump never tried to help the U.S. territory and called this decision illegal and unethical. The governor’s statement claims delayed action and lack of funding and resources as Trump’s neglect to assist Puerto Rico and cites 11,000 Puerto Ricans that relocated to New York State following being displaced by the hurricane.

 

Gubernatorial Candidate Nixon Asks Cuomo for Second Debate
Democratic gubernatorial challenger Cynthia Nixon is calling for at least one additional debate with the governor. Nixon mentioned the lack of focus on issues affecting Upstate New Yorkers as reason to hold an additional debate. Cuomo has not yet responded to Nixon’s demand for renewed debate.

 

Hornellsville to Get Rid of Tax Collector Office
The Tax Collector Office for the Town of Hornellsville will be eliminated per the decision of the town. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, the Hornellsville Town Board voted unanimously to allow tax collection duties to be handled by a local bank to save funds. The position of Tax Collector, served currently by Fay Parada, will be active until the end of this year.

 

Local Leaders Share Labor Day Wishes and Thoughts
In honor of Labor Day, local politicians expressed their wishes for constituents to enjoy the national holiday. State Senator Tom O’Mara released a statement on his official site that reads: “My very best wishes to all of the residents and families across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions for a safe and enjoyable Labor Day celebration!” Congressman Tom Reed made a Facebook post on his official page wishing all citizens of the 23rd District a safe and fun Labor Day weekend. Reed’s opponent for the November general election, Tracy Mitrano released an official statement recognizing the historical importance labor unions have had in making the holiday and building the workforce: “Labor Day also recognizes the groups—the unions—who have fought for generations on behalf of our working people….By banding together, labor unions were able to effect changes in the lives of the everyday people, instituting protections of the kind we have in place today... Labor unions are the foundation of this country’s middle class.”

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 1, 2018

Body of Cameron Man Found in Pond Near his Home
The body of a Steuben County man was recovered by Steuben County Sheriffs following the report of a found body. Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office report the body of Cameron man James Stage Jr., age 55, was discovered in a pond just outside his McMaster Road residence. The Steuben County Coroner pronounced Stage dead at the scene and his body was transported for autopsy at Broome County Medical Examiner. Members of the Steuben County Dive Team investigated the scene with assistance from Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Department.

City of Hornell Issues Water Boil Advisory
Certain City of Hornell water supply customers are ordered by the City of Hornell water filtration plant to boil their water before drinking and using for food purposes until further notice. Customers in the Town of Hornellsville District 1, Airport Rd., Industrial Park Road and Seneca Rd North-North of SR 21 must boil their water before consuming as a result of a water main break on Airport Road that caused loss of pressure which could allow harmful microbes to enter the water. Officials say to kill the bacteria, you must bring water to a boil for at least one minute and allow it to cool before using or to use New York Department of Health-certified bottled water. The boil notice will be lifted once the water is clear and two days of negative bacteriological water samples have been confirmed. The City of Hornell will notify affected residents once the notice is over.

 

Police Pumping Up Patrols for Labor Day Holiday
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says they are on the lookout this Labor Day weekend for drunk, drowsy and distracted drivers to keep the accident and traffic death toll at a lower likelihood. Drivers should expect increased patrols from state and local law enforcement including DWI checkpoints to ensure sober and safe driving. Sheriff Jim Allard stresses the importance of seatbelts and staying alert at all times while in the driver’s seat as heavier holiday traffic increases the risk of possibly fatal accidents.

Hornell Couple Arrested on Drug Charges
Hornell Police report the arrest of a Hornell couple yesterday for allegedly selling Methamphetamine following the Department “Acting on a tip”. Lewis R. Pierce was arrested in the afternoon in a local Canisteo Street business parking lot after he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of methamphetamine. After a search of Pierce’s residence shared with Josephine Schoonover, police discovered evidence of ongoing drug sales. Schoonover was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree and Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree while Pierce had charges of  2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree , Attempted Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd Degree, and Criminal Nuisance in the 2nd Degree. Both were arraigned in Hornell City Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.

AAA Predicts Lower Gas Prices Post-Labor Day Week
Waiting to make a road trip until after Labor Day weekend this year? According to AAA, this could be the more financially wise choice. Experts are predicting gas prices will drop this fall by over 25 cents per gallon. Nationally, AAA expects the price on gas to decrease to an average of $2.70 per gallon due to the lowered demand after Labor Day as well as more stable crude oil prices and seasonal switchover to winter-blend gasoline.

USA Today Names Finger Lakes Best Wine Region
Our very own Finger Lakes Wine Country has gained top recognition by USA Today. The publication’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards named the wine country of Finger Lakes as the Best Wine Region in the United States. Our region became number one on the list after being voted by readers as their favorite region in a 28-day online poll against nine other wine regions in the country. Laury Ward, Finger Lakes Wine Country President said, “This honorable award and reader recognition is a testament to our local community of farmers, winemakers, and hospitality ambassadors, as well as to the many visitors..”

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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 31, 2018

Hornell Man Arrested on Multiple Traffic Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell man for multiple charges following an investigation into a suspended registration. Sheriffs say with an automatic license plate reader they found Michael J. Arlotta’s vehicle registration was suspended for not having insurance. Further investigation found his operating privileges in New York State were suspended for failure to answer summons and a bench warrant existed for Arlotta failing to pay a fine out of the City of Hornell Court. Arlotta was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Driving while Registration Suspended or Revoked and Operating Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. Arlotta was released on traffic summons before being turned over to the Hornell Police Department for the warrant and will reappear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

Wayland Man Arrested For Providing Alcohol to Unders
New York State Police report a Wayland man’s arrest for Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the first degree after allegedly purchasing alcohol for 3 subjects all under the age of 21. David Rosell, age 22, was issued a ticket to appear in the village of Wayland Court at a later date while the three underage subjects were given appearance tickets for the charge of Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21.

CPS Receives Over $50K of Funding from State
Steuben County Child Protective Services received a boost from New York State worth $57,000 to expand their program and help officials more effectively tackle the increase of children entering the system due to parental opioid drug abuse. The funding will allow one more CPS worker to handle the increased caseload and to pay staff for overtime handling of these more complex and demanding cases. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says the additional funding is highly welcomed but the need for more funding still exists and hopes the upcoming state budgets will support this need.

Baker Dismisses Election Fraud Charges Against Printup
District Attorney of Steuben County Brooks Baker dismissed election fraud charges against Republican candidate for Chemung County Legislature and Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup. Last week, Printup’s opponent in the Fourth District Legislative seat, Joe Brennan, filed a challenge within the Republican Party on claims Printup signed a witness statement on a petition submitted to the Chemung County Board of Elections when he did not actually witness individuals sign the petition. Baker received this case following Chemung County DA Weeden Wetmore’s recusal as an elected official for the Legislature both candidates are running to represent.

Bills’ Drought and Mascot Recognized with Offical Bobblehead
Big news if you’re a Bills fanatic: The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed and limited edition Buffalo Bills bobblehead to commemorate the end of the Bills’ Playoff Drought last year on December 31st. The drought began in 1999 and became the longest active playoff drought among the four major professional North American sports leagues. The bobbleheads of Bills’ mascot Billy Buffalo are $40 each and only 1,000 will be available. In stock now are 216 initial production run bobbleheads and the rest of them will be available for pre-order with December delivery if the initial productions sell out.

Sheriff Allard Reminds Motorists of Back-To-School Road Safety
As the new school year begins next week locally, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reminds everyone of basic yet crucial driver safety tips especially while travelling during school pickup and drop-off hours. Give yourself more travel time and anticipate delays as new bus routes begin. Pay attention and and follow all speed enforcement regulations posted in school zones and directions given by school crossing guards. Never pass a stopped school bus displaying red flashing lights. Remember school buses must stop at all railroad crossings and keep a safe reactive space between your vehicle and the bus. Distracted driving kills especially when following or meeting a school bus while it boards or discharges passengers. Be aware most schools use cameras on each bus to record evidence of vehicles disobeying these traffic laws.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 30th

Gang Assault Arrest:

 

Four people have been arrested in connection with an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported gang assault that allegedly occurred in Cohocton.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 12th deputies were dispatched to State Route 371 in the Town of Cohocton in response to a report of an assault.  It’s alleged that 23-year-old Nicholas Chatterton of Leicester, 17-year-old Dakota Fairbrother of Cohocton, 17-year-old Michelle Dunham of Wayland, and 18-year-old Haley Kretchmer of Wayland assaulted one victim, causing serious physical injury, and a second victim causing physical injury.  Chatterton, Dunham, and Kretchmer were all charged with gang assault, assault, and conspiracy.  Fairbrother was charged with gang assault.  Chatterton and Dunham were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.  Fairbrother was released on $1,000 bail.  Kretchmer was released on her own recognizance. 

 

 

Meth Lab Fire in Corning:

 

Emergency responders were called out early Wednesday morning to the Steward Park apartment complex in Corning for an alleged meth lab fire.  After firefighters discovered the lab a state Hazmat crew was called in to clean up the scene.  There are no further details at this time. 

 

 

Rape/Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrest:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Prattsburgh woman on charges of rape and endangering the welfare of a child.  28-year-old Kara Rumsey is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 17 and acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical or mental welfare of that person.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

 

 

Hartsville Woman Arrested for Failing to Report Income to DSS:

 

A Hartsville woman has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income as required while receiving benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  56-year-old Debra Schofield allegedly received over $12,000 in benefits that she was not eligible for.  She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, and grand larceny.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. 

 

 

Welfare Fraud and Filing False Instrument Arrest:

 

Two Corning residents have been arrested for alleged welfare fraud.  32-year-old Calenthia Beason and 50-year-old Roy Hudson both allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and as a result received benefits in the amount of $222.71 that they were not eligible for.  Both were charged with offering a false instrument for filing, and welfare fraud.  Both were arraigned and released on their own recognizance. 

 

 

Cuomo/Nixon Meet for Debate:

 

The democratic contenders for New York State Governor met Wednesday night at Hofstra University for a face-to-face debate.  Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon spent a large portion of the debate discussing downstate issues, such as the MTA and the Tappan Zee Bridge.  Both candidates also got testy with each other, each accusing the other of lying.  The democratic primary is set for September 13th

 

 

Congressman Scalise Endorses Congressman Tom Reed:

 

Unites States House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was in Corning Wednesday where he gave his endorsement to Congressman Tom Reed.  Scalise called Reed a great member of the whip team due to his willingness to help get agendas passed. 

 

 

Second Annual Recovery Walk Set for Sept. 8th:

 

The second annual addiction Recovery Celebration, sponsored by Addiction Awareness of Steuben County is set for noon to 3 p.m. September 8th at Valerio Park in Addison.  The celebration recognizes National Recovery Month and includes speakers, activities, refreshments, and a 2:30 p.m. walk.  Area agencies will also be on hand to provide information on the support and services available in the county for substance abusers, their families and loved ones. 

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 29th

Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Pulteney:

 

A Branchport man was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident in the Town of Pulteney.  According to state police, on August 25th, 56-year-old Gregory Miller crossed the double-solid line on State Route 54a for an unknown reason and struck another vehicle.  Miller was ejected from his motorcycle.  Police say the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

 

 

Steuben Co. Participating in Labor Day DWI Crackdown:

 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Tuesday that county police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving.  Law enforcement officers will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving during the Labor Day holiday.  The efforts started on August 17th and will end on September 3rd.  You can help make a difference by Having a Sober Plan.  Download the “Have a Plan” mobile app and you’ll always be able to find a safe ride home at http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

 

 

Street Closures in Corning:

 

Construction projects will close some streets in Corning this week.  The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Friday: East First Street from Cedar to Chemung, East Fourth Street from Chemung to Pearl, Columbia Street from First to Second, Watauga Avenue from Conhocton to Steuben, Buffalo Street from Reynolds to Dwight, and Stimson Street from Reynolds to Dwight.

 

 

New Bill Will Require Random Drug Testing for Bus Drivers:

 

A new bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo will require school bus drivers in New York State to submit to random drug and alcohol testing.  The bill will also increase the time bus drivers must wait to drive after drinking alcohol from six hours to eight.  The new law goes into effect in 120 days.

 

 

Child Advil Recall:

 

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced a recall of the suspension bubble-gum flavor of Children’s Advil due to a labeling mistake that could lead to accidental overdoses.  The dosage cup is marked in teaspoons, but the label on the bottle is marked in milliliters.  The recall only includes the four-ounce bottle sold between May and June of this year.  You can return it to the store for a full refund. 

 

 

Strong Kids Safe Kids Looking for Vendors:

 

Organizers of the eight annual Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival, set for September 15th, are looking for agencies and sponsors to sign up for the popular event, which will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Haverling High School gym in Bath.  The event will feature carnival games, inflatable bouncers and art activities, as well as information on health and safety issues from area agencies.  The free “Passport to Fitness” program offers kids a chance to participate in fitness stations, complete their passport, and earn a prize.  For more information on how to participate or sponsor the event contact Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.

 

 

Steuben OFA Public Hearing; Workshops Sept. 20th:

 

Informative workshops on a wide range of topics are set for the annual Steuben County Office for the Aging Forum on September 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath.  Pre-registration is required for the free forum, which also includes a continental breakfast, and a public hearing on the county’s 2019 aging services implementation plan.  Participants may choose two free workshops, on a first-come, first-served basis on topics such as: Digital Libraries, Bees, Wheat to Grapes, and more.  To pre-register, and for more information, call the Steuben Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 28th

Heat Advisory in Effect Today:

 

The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Heat Index Values may reach 104 degrees this afternoon. Forecasters say very warm and humid conditions will continue into tomorrow for much of the area. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.

 

 

NYSP Investigating Church Break-ins:

 

The New York State Police are investigating break-ins at two local churches late Thursday night through early Friday morning.  The Presho United Methodist Church suffered damages to security cameras and entrance door, and important church papers and keys were stolen, according to the church’s pastor.  The Lindley Community Church was also broken into.  The church pastor said the glass of a door was broken and a television was stolen. 

 

 

Steuben Co. Approves $1.22M for Fire Dept. Communications, Transfer of Funds to D.A.’s Office:

 

On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature approved both a $1.22 million contract to improve fire department communications and the transfer of $88,000 into the District Attorney’s Office budget.  The communication funds will include upgrades at the 911 center and at 11 tower transmitter sites around the county.  It will put firefighters on the same high-frequency communications systems used by police and ambulance services, eliminating duplicate radio equipment, and it will also eliminate an almost 30-second delay that exists currently.  The additional funds for the D.A.’s office, according to D.A. Brooks Baker, is necessary for increased costs from prosecutions related to the county’s opioid problem and the upcoming trial of Lloyd Neurauter.  Neuratuer is accused of murdering his ex-wife in Corning and Baker said he has 70 witnesses under subpoena in the case.  He also has plans for five or six expert witnesses.    

 

 

Several Area Beaches Closed due to Algae Blooms:

 

Indian Pines and Red Jacket beaches in Penn Yan are closed again for the third time in less than a month, due to suspicion of blue-green algae.  The two areas were previously closed on August 4th and 16th.  Additionally, the state Department of Health has received reports of algae blooms at Deep Run Beach in Gorham, Onanda Park Beach in Canandaigua, and Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake and they are all closed as well until the DOH gives them the all clear.

 

 

NYS State Fair Adds Third Senior Day:

 

Due to the high heat, the Great New York State Fair has announced a third Senior Day.  On Senior Days, adults age 60 or older can attend the fair for free.  This Thursday, August 30th, will be the new third Senior Day.  Additionally, the fair is purchasing additional misting stations to provide cool water sprays for everyone.  Fair officials also remind everyone that water bottles from home are allowed, and fairgoers can even get them filled for free at water filling stations in most buildings on the Fairgrounds.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 27th

Missing Rochester Man found Near Hornell:

 

A missing Rochester man has been found safe near Hornell.  40-year-old Mike VanLare had been missing for about a week, after he left his city apartment without his wallet and cellphone.  VanLare’s family has thanked the public for their help in a Facebook post.

 

 

Special Bath. BOE Meeting Thursday:

 

A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the District Office for personnel matters.

 

 

Firefighters Raise $4,100 for Muscular Dystrophy:

 

Members of the Hornell Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 835 raised $4,100 this past Friday to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases.  The money from the “Fill the Boot” campaign, held on Seneca Street, will go directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help fight muscle disease through resources and support, including the MDA Care Center at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.  It also helps support the MDA Summer Camp, which is offered at no cost to more than 70 local children and their families at Camp Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush. 

 

 

Ride for the Red Saturday:

 

The 10th Annual Red for the Ride Motorcycle Run, put on by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Red Cross and the Arkport-Corning Harley Owners Group, will be this Saturday.  Riders will travel throughout the Finger Lakes region with stops at the dealership in Arkport and the Bath V.A.  There will also be a barbeque at 1 p.m. at the Big Flats American Legion pavilion.  Pre-registration for the ride has been extended to Wednesday.  It’s $25 per person.     

 

 

CCE Centennial Celebration Sept. 14th

 

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will hold a Centennial Celebration on September 14th from 6 to 11 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Wine Company in Hammondsport.  Festivities begin with a social hour and include a dinner and music.  The cost is $50 per person, $90 for a pair of tickets.  To register, call 664-2300. 

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 25, 2018

NYSP Need Information in Jasper-Troupsburg School Incident

State Police of Wayland need help identifying a person and vehicle in a suspicious incident at Jasper-Troupsburg Elementary School. On Thursday August 23rd at around 7:00am, a white male age 25-30 years of age operating a blue late model Subaru appeared to be taking cell phone video of the elementary school. The vehicle had New York license plates, with the front plate in the windshield of the vehicle. Anyone with information about this subject is asked to contact the State Police Criminal Investigation Unit in Wayland or Bath.

Steuben County Legislature to Accept State Aid for CPS
On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature plans to accept $57,000 worth of state aid from the Office of Children & Family Services to help the county Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit offer enhanced staffing and support for investigations into reported allegations of child abuse and neglect. The Legislature’s agenda also includes adopting a county Fair Housing plan, applying for a state Community Development grant for low and moderate income homeowners, transferring $88,000 from the county contingency fund to the D.A. and more.

 

Mitrano Receives AFL-CIO Endorsement
At its 2018 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention, the New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano for Congress. In a statement, Mitrano said she is “incredibly honored” to receive the endorsement from the organization, which represents interests of over 2.5 million people in New York. Mitrano also vowed to “be committed to advocating for strong unions, guaranteeing that economic opportunity is accessible to everyone willing to work for it and protections for our children, disabled and elderly are available.”

 

Cuomo Subpeonas Former Trump Lawyer Cohen
Governor Cuomo’s administration has subpoenaed Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen this week after suggestions he may have valuable information for state and federal prosecutors. New York State’s loophole makes it illegal to convict someone who has a presidential pardon, which Trump may give Cohen. Cuomo says he has made the move because: "I believe it would be an immediately impeachable offense because it really is an obstruction of justice." Cuomo’s fellow gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon “fully supports” Cuomo’s motion to subpoena Cohen and believes the state loophole must be closed by the State Legislature. Cuomo has not indicated if he will call state legislators for a special session to accomplish this.

 

North Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI
A North Hornell woman faces court action after she was arrested during a traffic stop in Hornellsville. Troopers report 47-year-old Tina McCourt was charged with felony driving while intoxicated. State police issued several traffic infractions including driving on the shoulder and failure to keep right.

Governor Signs Bill Protecting Pets In Evictions
Legislation protecting pets from abandonment during an eviction was signed by the Governor this week, requiring officers who execute a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and coordinate the safe removal of the pets with their evicted owners. Governor Cuomo says currently, the law does not distinguish the difference of animals and couches, which could result in animal abandonment. The newly-signed law improves oversight ensuring pets receive safety and care in event of eviction.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 24th

Corelle to Invest $50M in Steuben County:

 

Empire State Development announced Thursday that Corelle Brands LLC will be investing $50 million in Steuben County.  The company plans to modernize its manufacturing facility, known as the Pressware Plant, in Corning.  They will renovate two production tanks, activate a third tank, and put new products on the market for the company’s flagship Corelle kitchenware brand.  Corelle currently employs nearly 600 people.  To encourage the company to move forward with the investment, Empire State Development offered a package of performance-based incentives of up to $9 million.  The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency also offered incentives of over $546,000, and NYSEG is said to be “providing significant support.”    

 

 

Denison Park Pool Closed for Remainder of Season Following Incident:

 

The Denison Park Pool in Corning will be closed for the remainder of the season following a filter malfunction Thursday afternoon.  The incident happened just after 3 p.m.  The malfunction caused a higher than normal concentration of pool chemicals to be released into the water.  As a precaution, patrons were instructed to leave the area and some were transported to area medical facilities.  Director of Recreation Alex Hamilton said closing the pool will allow staff to assess the situation and make repairs. 

 

 

Wellsville Man Wanted in “Facebook” Case Found in S. America:

 

Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville man who in 2015 fled to escape charges he faked a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg, is now in custody in Ecuador.  The 45-year-old has been missing, along with his wife, two sons, and dog, since March 2015, when U.S. marshals forced their way into his Wellsville home and discovered he’d cut off an ankle bracelet.  Ceglia is awaiting trail on fraud charges in New York.

 

 

Construction Grants for Local Libraries:

 

Public libraries across the area have received state construction grants. About $3,400 is headed to Dormann Library in Bath to upgrade the existing network and install newer technology. The Cohocton library will be able to replace some windows for the $11,000 it will receive. The big winner is the Pulteney Free Library. A $202,000 grant has been awarded for infrastructure and concrete work on the library’s new building. The area legislators said the grants are awarded through New York’s Library Construction Grant Program, which received $24 million in the 2017-18 state budget.

 

 

Steuben Public Works Employees Recognized for Service:

 

More than 80 members of the Steuben County Department of Public Works were recognized with certificates of appreciation Monday for their service to county residents.  The workers were honored for milestone dates ranging from 10 years up to the 40-year anniversary of Building Maintenance Mechanic Steve Flaitz.  The group represents more than 2,200 hours of combined service.  County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said the Public Works crews work to ensure the safety of county residents and that he’s proud to work with them.

 

 

Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Pets:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday designed to protect pets from being abandoned during an eviction.  The law requires officers executing a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and to coordinate the safe removal of animals with the evictee.  When an eviction order is executed, a marshal takes possession of the property within the evictee’s premises and stores the items for a specified amount of time, and then allows the evicted tenant to later retrieve the items.  Previous law did not distinguish between the treatment of a couch and a pet, which could result in the abandonment of pets.  The law signed Thursday addresses the oversight to help ensure the safety and care of pets.

 

 

Steuben OFA Looks to Increase Attendance at New Cohocton Dinner Club:

 

The Steuben County Office for the Aging, in partnership with ProAction of Steuben and Yates and local residents, hosted a new Senior Dinner club on August 16th in Cohocton.  Now, county Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody said organizers would like see the new dinner club become a regular focal point for lunch.  She said they “need to know there is enough interest and participation to keep it open.”  The next luncheon is set for noon, September 20th at the First Presbyterian Church in Cohocton.  Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 23rd

Springwater Man Arrested in Wayland Vehicle Theft 5 Years Later:

 

A Springwater man has been charged in the theft of a vehicle in the Town of Wayland.  According to state police, they received a complaint of a stolen vehicle on November 16th 2013.  The next day, the complainant’s vehicle was recovered, unattended, at an address in Livingston County.  The vehicle was secured and processed.  A crime scene technician recovered DNA evidence that led police to 45-year-old Matthew Bartlett, who was incarcerated in state prison.  Upon his release, Troopers arrested him and charged him with one count of criminal possession of stolen property.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 

 

 

Unemployment Numbers Down:

 

The New York State Labor Department released unemployment numbers for all 62 counties this week, and in Steuben the report is good.  The county’s jobless rate dropped to 4.5 percent in July, compared to 4.8 in June and 5.4 a year ago.  That puts Steuben’s rate in a tie for 39th place with six other counties.

 

 

$2M Grant for NYS Hazardous Materials Response Teams:

 

Hazardous Materials Response Teams in NYS will share a $2 million grant. Schuyler, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga counties will share $106,000. The funding is meant to help to sustain and enhance HazMat capabilities to help New Yorkers respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other emergencies. The money comes from the State Homeland Security Program.

 

 

No Dollar General for Arkport:

 

Plans to locate a Dollar General in the village of Arkport have been scuttled – for now. The site proposed for the store is zoned agricultural and village officials said Tuesday night…that won’t change. Meanwhile, the discount chain is also eyeing locations in Jasper and Andover.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 22nd

Steuben Co. DA Investigating WGI President for Alleged Election Fraud:

 

The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into alleged election fraud committed by Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup.  The allegation comes from Printup’s opponent for the Chemung County Legislature, Joe Brennan, who filed a challenge to the Republican party designating petition submitted by Printup, claiming Printup signed a witness statement when he did not witness those people sign the petition.  In response to the claim, Printup told WENY News that he signed out of error in his haste to submit the application.  He accused Brennan of playing “dirty politics” and said he’ll be seeking legal counsel to challenge him “on his activities when he sued Chemung County.”  Brennan initially asked Chemung County DA Wheeden Wetmore to investigate the fraud claims, but he recused himself as he too is an elected official and goes before the county legislature.  The Schuyler County DA then also recused himself as he’s had dealings with Printup at WGI.

 

 

Cameron Man Accused of Endangering Mentally Handicapped Person:

 

The New York State Police have arrested a Cameron man on charges of endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent or physically disabled person.  36-year-old Charles Sullivan Jr. allegedly engaged in conduct which endangered the physical, mental, and moral wellbeing of a 21-year-old mentally handicapped victim.  Sullivan Jr. was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.

 

 

Physical Altercation at Pleasant Valley Winery Leads to Arrest:

 

An employee of Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport has been arrested after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with a co-worker.  37-year-old David Conyers Jr., of Bath, allegedly used a broom handle to repeatedly strike the victim.  The victim suffered injuries to the head and required medical attention.  Conyers Jr. was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.

 

 

CCC To Receive $150,000 for Manufacturing Program:

 

Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday a $150,000 grant for Corning Community College for their Manufacturing Advancement Project.  The funds will provide CCC with laboratory space and state-of-the-art equipment to implement active learning simulator technology, collaborative learning with peers, and training programming. 

 

 

Weekly Conference Calls with Congressional Hopeful Mitrano:

 

Challenger for the 23rd Congressional District seat, Tracy Mitrano has announced that she will be holding weekly conference calls with the media to discuss the state of the campaign.  The first of these meetings was Tuesday.  She spoke on her background and her platform, focusing on healthcare, education, economic development, infrastructure, and other issues.  She also took questions, including those about plans for debates with incumbent Representative Tom Reed.  She said she’s open to as many as Reed is willing to take part in, but that she does have some conditions for how they’re conducted.  She said she wants one Democrat and one Republican questioner, and a moderator.  She said she would prefer not to have a whole range of people because she thinks it gets “unruly.”  The general election will be held on November 6th.

 

 

Free School Supplies Available for Bath District Students Today:

 

Free school supplies will be available for students of the Bath Central School District today.  All students in the district are encouraged to select a from a variety of free supplies that will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Haverling High School cafeteria.  Supplies include backpacks, markers, crayons, pens, pencils, gluesticks, earbuds, and more.  The free supplies were made possible thanks to donations by KanPak.

 

 

Public Sunscreen Dispensers Available in Corning:

 

Fun in the sun just got a little safer.  The City of Corning Parks and Recreation Department is now offering public access sunscreen dispensers at the Stewart and Denison Park pools, completely free to patrons.  Sunscreen helps prevent sunburns and damage to the skin that can cause skin cancer, which studies say is the number one most preventable form of cancer.  Beyond the poolside, the city says it plans to expand access to the sunscreen dispensers with their introduction to the Parks Program and Sport Camps in 2019.  The Parks Program is held at five city parks for six weeks through the summer, and the Sport Camps are held at various locations throughout the city.

 

 

Refund Information Released for Cancelled Phish Concert:

 

Ticket refund information has been released for last weekend’s cancellation of Curveball, the Phish concert, at Watkins Glen International.  According to an announcement made by Phish: everyone who purchased wristbands, vehicle passes, travel or rental packages via the official ticketing provider (Front Gate Tickets) will receive a full refund of ticket price, service fees, and shipping.  Refunds will go back to the original buyer’s credit card account.  Those who purchased on secondary markets or did person-to-person trades/sales should seek a refund at their point of purchase.  Starting today, all Curveball ticket holders will be able to redeem the code on their wristbands at livephish.com/redeem to watch the webcast of all three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO over Labor Day Weekend.  And Phish plans to soon launch a Curveball merchandise store where the proceeds will be donated to flood relief and recovery.  The store will include Curveball t-shirts, LE posters, and other items.  Curveball ticket holders will have first access to the store.   

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 21st

Plea Deal Denied, Reed Campaign Sign Theft Case Moves Forward:

 

The case of the alleged theft of a GPS tracking device inside a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed is moving forward after the defendant denied a plea offer Monday morning.  The deal would have seen Gary McClasin receive an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD).  That means the charges could have been dismissed in six months, so long as McCaslin wrote an apology letter to the Reed Campaign and didn’t break the law within that period of time.  However, the defense denied the motion, saying it could still be seen an admission of guilt.  One of McCaslin’s attorneys said that they couldn’t allow him to accept the deal because they “feel so strongly that once the facts are heard by a jury, he’ll be fully vindicated.”  McCaslin is accused of failing to return a GPS tracking device that was inside a campaign sign for Tom Reed.  McCaslin allegedly took the sign, and when Reed’s campaign manager Nick Weinstein went to retrieve the sign from him, McCaslin reportedly refused to give back the tracker.  The defense says McCaslin didn’t know who the GPS device belonged to and didn’t know what to do. Weinstein says the device was labeled, demonstrating ownership by the Reed Campaign.  He said there was also a phone number to call if the device needed to be returned.  The case returns to Corning Court in September.    

 

 

Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Call on FEMA to Approve Funding After Finger Lakes Flooding:

 

After heavy rains created flooding in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier last week, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on FEMA to approve federal assistance requests.  Some areas saw upwards of nine inches of rain over a few hours.  In a news release, Schumer said it’s absolutely crucial the effected communities get the resources they need to recover. 

 

 

Governor’s Office Releases Funds for Emergency Dispatching:

 

The New York State Governor’s office has released $10 million in grants that will support emergency service dispatching across the state.  Steuben County is set to receive $187,541 to help make improvements to 911 response and emergency dispatch operations. 

 

 

Violation of Probation Arrest:

 

A Campbell woman has been arrested for allegedly violating probation.  30-year-old Danielle Smith was arrested in Erwin and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.

 

 

Governor Signs Bill to Further Protect Children from Secondhand Smoke:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to further protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke.  The bill prohibits individuals from smoking in facilities that provide child care services, including private homes.  All facilities required to be licensed or registered for child care services must comply with the smoking ban within 90 days, even when children receiving care are not present.  Governor Cuomo said, “The dangers of secondhand smoke are indisputable and we must do everything in our power to protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it.” 

 

 

Hport B.O.E. Meeting:

 

The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both its regular meeting and retreat this week.  Both will be tomorrow, with the retreat at noon at the Curtiss Museum.  The regular meeting will then follow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 20th

Steuben Co. Fair Draws Crowds Sunday:

 

While rain and storms may have had a dampening effect on attendance early in the week, officials with the Steuben County Fair said crowds, and spirits, were good during the last few days of the show.  The cloudy skies did not keep thousands of fair-goers Sunday from enjoying the rides, 4-H and historical exhibits, and food and games vendors on the closing day of the 199th Steuben County Fair.

 

 

 

Prattsburgh Man Struck by Truck in Ontario Co.:

 

A man from Maine has been charged with assault after he allegedly struck a man from Prattsburgh with his truck intentionally.  The incident happened in Ontario County on Recreation Drive in the Town of Hopewell around 5 a.m. Friday morning.  Police say they arrived on scene and found 32-year-old Jesse Gettings in the Applebee’s parking lot complaining of leg and internal injuries.  Witnesses told police a Ford Ranger truck intentionally hit Gettings and then headed east on State Routes 5 and 20.  The truck was located a short time later in Geneva.  The driver, 30-year-old Keir Groose-Rhode, was charged.  A portion of Recreation Drive was shut down for approximately 3 hours.  Gettings was at Strong Memorial Hospital as of Saturday afternoon.

 

 

Busy Sunday for Greenwood Fire Dept. with Fire/Rollover Accident:

 

Greenwood firefighters were called out just after 11 a.m. Sunday when flames consumed a motor home parked behind a residence on State Route 248 near County Road 62.  Steuben 911 reported that flames were reportedly visible.  Additional help was initially requested from Canisteo and West Union.  The fire was declared under control within 29 minutes.  While crews were battling the fire, a second emergency was reported at the Greenwood fire station.  A man had apparently been injured in a lawn mower rollover accident.  The victim was brought to the fire station.  An ambulance crew was alerted and LifeNet 77 medical helicopter was requested.  Officials decided to land the helicopter at the fire scene.  Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the lawnmower accident and fire investigators were requested at the scene of the fire.  The extent of the man’s injuries in the lawnmower accident is unknown.

 

 

Western NY Intercounty Meets at Steuben Brewing:

 

Representatives from 19 counties in western New York met Friday at the Steuben Brewing Company for updates on state and local issues.  The Western NY Intercounty Association meeting included an introduction on the future utility rates reduction for municipal buildings through shared services.  Steuben Brewing representatives also gave a presentation on how “Community Support Agriculture” has benefited their business and supports local and agri-business industries.

 

 

Salvation Army Backpack Distribution Thursday:

 

Families in Steuben County struggling to afford school supplies will get some help this Thursday, when the Salvation Army will be holding a backpack distribution event.  Each backpack will contain school supplies for students in kindergarten through 12th-grade.  Students will get supplies based on the supply lists given by their respective school district.  Distribution is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s offices on Denison Parkway in Corning.

 

 

PBS Travel Show Featuring Southern Finger Lakes Returns:

 

In September of 2017, Emmy-nominated travel personality Darley Newman and her Emmy-winning crew explored the Southern Finger Lakes region for the fifth season of the popular PBS show Travels with Darley.  They created two episodes which aired locally on WSKG in April 2018; they were the show’s first time featuring a destination in New York State.  If you haven’t seen the episodes yet, you’ll have another chance as the fifth season will run as a marathon on the WSKG Create Channel on Saturday, August 25th.  It begins at 6 a.m. and runs through noon, and then again at 6 p.m. until midnight.  It will also air on Sunday, August 26th from noon until 6 p.m.  Episode #501 features the Southern Finger Lakes and it will air at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the 25th, and then at noon on the 26th

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 18, 2018

Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency at Storm Briefing
Governor Andrew Cuomo held a storm briefing yesterday regarding the recent rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding earlier this week that damaged parts of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. Cuomo declared Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties under a state of emergency until August 21st. He said 106 requests for assistance from local governments throughout New York State were made and a deployment of 200 from the National Guard will be helping local governments with cleanup after the storm.

Police on Patrol Until Labor Day for “Drive Sober…” Campaign
State and local law enforcement begin the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this weekend that continues through Labor Day on Monday September 3rd. The patrol is to prevent driving impaired by drugs and alcohol as a pattern of increased travel and traffic volumes begins throughout the state, resulting in potential for more accidents and danger to drivers. Motorists can expect sobriety checkpoints and more troopers on major highways watching for distracted or impaired drivers, unbuckled vehicle occupants and drivers not following the Move Over Law. Last year’s Labor Day Weekend patrol yielded in State Police arresting 193 people for DWI.

Savona Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Savona man following a response to a call for a domestic incident in the town of Bradford. The investigation revealed Charles DeCamp allegedly violated a duly served order of protection and possessed a firearm while having a previous felony conviction. Before being remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail, DeCamp was arraigned at the Town of Campbell Court and charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree and Criminal Tampering.

Hornell Man Arrested for DWI Charges
A Hornell man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired and Possession of a Controlled Substance after Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon investigation, it was revealed Blaine Hunt was allegedly operating a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, damaged the property of a Crosby Creek Road resident in Hornell and illegally possessed prescription medication. Hunt was arraigned in Hornell City Court, released, and scheduled to return to Hartsville Town Court at a later date.

Congressman Reed Visits Corning-Elmira to Promote Bipartisanship
Congressman Tom Reed teamed up with his Democratic colleague Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey to speak at Elmira College yesterday about the bipartisan group “The Problem Solvers Caucus” they lead. Composed of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans from Congress, the group seeks to reach common ground on various public issues. “The Problem Solvers Caucus” takes position on a certain issue once at least 3 quarters of the group agrees on a stance. Reed said the group is “putting the American people first before partisan gridlock." Following their presentation, Reed and Gottheimer talked and visited with local business owners in Corning.

NY Hops and Distillery Growth Bills Signed Into Law
Two bills were signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo to support New York hops production and business opportunities for farm distilleries in the state. The new laws take effect immediately and will give relief from the annual gross sales requirement that currently mandates at least $10,000 in sales to qualify for a real property tax exemption, encouraging farmers to plant more new hop crops in the state while receiving tax benefits for the first years of production. Other incentives include limited tax exemptions for farmers who replant and expand their crops for the first six years and allowing businesses with a farm distillery license to contract with a member of the public to create custom liquor for individual consumption. The laws received bipartisan support in state Senate and Assembly and aim to further expand New York’s already quickly-growing craft beverage industry.

 

State Bans Minors from Tanning Facilities
This week, state legislation banning children under 18 from using indoor tanning facilities was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Currently, children 17 and over are permitted to use tanning facilities with no parental consent. The new law is intended to protect those under age 18 from increased risk of skin cancer caused by UV ray exposure.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 17, 2018

Steuben DOH Reports First Case of West Nile
Steuben County Public Health reports the first-ever recorded case of West Nile Virus in the county. The Public Health Office said a horse in a rural area of Steuben tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness but didn’t specify where exactly it was found, stressing that this is most likely an isolated case. West Nile Virus causes mild flu-like symptoms initially but could lead to swelling of the brain and spinal cord. Those 50 years of age or older are at highest risk for severe illness. Steuben County’s Public Health Department advises that residents take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by emptying all sources of standing water on your property (tires, pots, pans, kiddie pools, watering cans), changing bird bath water at least twice weekly, using insect repellent with DEET as directed and when possible covering skin with long sleeves, pants and socks while outdoors during active mosquito season.

 

Steuben Sheriffs Urge Boaters to be Vigilant with Water Safety
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office advises all recreational boaters in Steuben County to be extra vigilant and to review and practice all safe boating procedures following the heavy rains, flash flooding and extreme run-off. Affected local bodies include: Keuka Lake, Waneta Lake, Canisteo, Cohocton, Tioga and Chemung rivers as well as smaller lakes and ponds in Steuben County. These waters have increased surface debris and hidden objects beneath the surface made less visible due to murkiness, muddiness and elevated water levels. Debris such as trees can threaten the safety of boaters by causing damage and injuries. 

 

Phish Curveball Festival at WGI Cancelled
Bad news if you’re a Phishhead who planned to attend the this weekend’s Curveball Festival: Conditions from flooding in Schuyler County have cancelled the long-anticipated event at Watkins Glen International. The three-day music festival held by popular jam band Phish was expected to bring 30,000 people but the Schuyler County Department of Health said the “responsibility to act in the best interest of public health and safety for all,” led band management and event organizers to cancel the event. Organizers of the festival will update ticket holders on how to obtain refunds.

 

Reed Makes Remarks Regarding Fellow Congressman Collins
Following last week’s announcement from New York 27th District Congressman Chris Collins that he will not seek re-election after allegations of involvement with insider trading, eight Western New York Republican chairmen met in Batavia to talk about their party’s future. In response, Congressman Tom Reed said in this week’s media conference call that Collins “made the right decision” not to run again. 0 When asked if he has picked a candidate out of the few that have emerged thus far for the 27th district, he didn’t specify a personal favorite and instead remarked: “ultimately, it’s up to the people of the 27th Congressional district come November…”

 

Finger Lakes Regional Market Set for September 8th
Corning and Southern Finger Lakes announced the third Annual Finger Lakes Regional Market will be held Saturday, September 8th from 10am to 4pm at Watson Homestead in Painted Post. Both parking and admission will be free. The yearly event showcases only Finger Lakes regional businesses with locally grown and locally made products and local experiences. The Finger Lakes Regional Market features live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally produced cheeses, locally grown produce, arts and crafts, a free concert, face painting, kids activities and much more.

 

More Showers and Thunderstorms in Expected Today
After this week’s regional flash flood warning, more showers with isolated thunderstorms continue today as a cold front approaches our region. Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area today. The temperature instability along with high moisture creates a likelihood for strong to severe thunderstorms. Weather threats include strong gusty winds along with heavy downpours with rainfall of 1" possible and higher if strong or severe thunderstorms develop. More chances for showers and thunderstorms continues tonight with temperature lows near 70 degrees. Chances for showers continue tomorrow but will likely fade off throughout the day.

 

Cuomo Offers Context on “America Was Never That Great…”
Governor Andrew Cuomo caused a stir in state and national politics this week after he told an audience at a New York City bill-signing ceremony that America “was never that great...” The quote received criticism from State Republicans. Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, issued a statement explaining Cuomo made the statement to express that the nation’s full potential for greatness has not been reached due to lack of civic engagement and existing inequalities. President Trump reacted with a tweet saying  “...Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Cuomo then tweeted back “What you say would be ‘great again’ would not be great at all…We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK. Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward)”.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 16, 2018

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.”

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Today's Top Stories-Wednesday August 15, 2018

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
    (607) 937-6201

  • Bath- 115 Liberty Street
    Wednesdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm

    (607) 664-2156

  • Hornell- 7454 Seneca Road
    Thursdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm

    (607) 324-2483

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 14, 2018

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday August 13, 2018

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.  

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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 11, 2018

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 10th

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 9th, 2018

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 8th

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 7th

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.   

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 6th

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 4, 2018

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
C
ongressman 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

marijuana.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 3rd

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 (historian@co.steuben.ny.us). 

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 2nd

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 1, 2018

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 harmfulalgae@health.ny.gov

 

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.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 31st 2018

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.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday July 30, 2018

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/.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 28, 2018

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.

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