Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 19th

Trooper Clark Memorial Bridge Naming Today:


A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge,” located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin.



Violent Sunday Storms Knocked Out Power to Thousands:


Severe storms marching across the Twin Tiers Sunday afternoon knocked out power to thousands of residents across several counties in New York and Pennsylvania.  As of 5 p.m. yesterday in Steuben County, just over a thousand NYSEG customers were still waiting on power to be restored.  Thankfully, this morning, that number has dropped to less than 10. 



Penn Yan’s Red Jacket Park Reopens for Swimming:


The Department of Health cleared Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan to reopen for swimming late last week.  The area was closed on Monday the 12th after the discovery of a blue-green algae bloom.  At this time, both Red Jacket and Indian Pines Park are both open to swimmers.    



Open House for Corning Parks:


In order to get more input on how the city’s parks can meet the public’s recreational needs, Corning will hold a Parks Open House tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corning-Painted Post High School.  The city is preparing a long-range strategy that will help shape the facilities and the appearance of the parks.  Input given during the Open House will be used to help guide the Parks Improvement Committee’s recommendations.  Light refreshments will be available during the event.  Everyone is welcome.



Annual Ride for the Red August 31st:


The 11th annual Ride for the Red Motorcycle run has been set for Saturday, August 31st.  The event honors local veterans and gold star families, with funds raised supporting the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program of the Finger Lakes Red Cross.  The ride will depart the Big Flats American Legion at 10:30 a.m. sharp with New York State motorcycle troopers leading the way through the Finger Lakes region.  There will be a meal for riders at Arkport Cycles.  Online pre-registration is encouraged.  The deadline is tomorrow, August 20th at


Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 17, 2019

Trooper Clark Bridge Dedication Set for Monday 
A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark, is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2PM. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge”, located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin. The state legislation naming the bridge in honor of Clark had local support in the Senate and Assembly by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.


Bath Man Arrested on Multiple Fraud Charges
New York State Police in Bath report the arrest of a man Tuesday on a long series of charges that stem from ongoing fraud and theft reports in the county for the past year. Bath State Police Investigators say Terence R. Vang, age 56, of Bath, was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth degree grand larceny. Back in January, an elderly property owner reported to Troopers there was possible theft of several of his personal checks and believed it was Vang who took them, who he hired as a handyman. The same elderly property owner came back in July and August to report additional thefts he discovered, related to unauthorized use of a credit card and a stolen vehicle title. The subsequent investigation allegedly linked Vang to a misuse of a company credit card and a series of other crimes, causing losses of thousands of dollars. He appeared in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and was sent to Steuben County Sheriff without bail. Law Enforcement Officials say additional charges are pending.


Charnetski Sentenced as Youthful Offender
The young man convicted of driving while high on marijuana in the crash the killed a Horseheads couple last summer was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. Caden Charnetski was eighteen last July when he struck Harolyn and Matthew Matteson on their motorcycle last July. July 2nd of this year he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Charnetski was going to be charged 5 to 15 years in prison initially, but since he was eighteen at the time of the time, he was charged as a youthful offender.


County Observes Impaired Driving Crackdown Through September
Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special law enforcement crackdown on impaired driving. This campaign runs until September 2nd. Research shows that high visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.

Comptroller Audit Finds Millions in Duplicate Medicaid Payments
New York state paid more than $100 million in duplicate payments to managed care organizations for premiums over a more than four year period, according to an audit just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He says “System flaws and incorrect or incomplete information have caused duplicate Medicaid premium payments for a long time.” DiNapoli added “The Department of Health needs to do a better job coordinating with all stakeholders in the Medicaid system to eliminate this waste, improve efficiency and streamline communication.“


Rotarian President Hannan Visits Bath Rotary Club
David Hannan, the governor of Rotary District 7120, recently made an official visit to the Bath Rotary Club. Hannan issued Bath Rotary Club president Jane Russell a check for the club to use for educational or literacy initiatives in Bath. Russell also presented Hannan with a check for $500, made up of individual donations from Bath Rotarians. That check will be donated under his name to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Campaign.


Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 16th

200th Anniversary Steuben Co. Fair Recognized:


The 200th anniversary of the Steuben County Fair was ceremoniously recognized Wednesday by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.  State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes were also on hand, presenting proclamations recognizing the day.



State Education Dept. Announces $34M for Public Library Construction Projects:


The State Education Department has awarded $34 million in state aid to 251 public libraries statewide to support construction and renovation projects.  These funds will help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs.  In Steuben County, the Pulteney Free Library will receive $124,069, the Southeast Steuben County Library will receive $342,992, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $11,909.



Federal Gov. Looking to Create 3-Digit Suicide Hotline:


The federal government is looking to make reaching the national crisis hotline easier.  Last year a law was passed requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention, similar to 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.  On Wednesday, the FCC released a report saying that there is “overwhelming support” for a three-digit number.  Once implemented, those in need would just need to dial 988 to seek help.  Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit 800-number (800-273-8255).  The change comes as suicide rates have increased across the nation.  The CDC reports that suicide deaths have increased by more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states over the past two decades. 



Finger Lakes Regional Market Returns in September:


The Finger Lakes Regional Market will return to Painted Post next month.  Set for Saturday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watson Homestead there will be live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally-produced cheeses, and handcrafted beverages from regional cideries and breweries.  Also arts and crafts, activities for kids, fresh local produce, food, and over 40 vendors.  Parking and admission will both be free, and there will be free live music as well.



Corning Inc. Donates to Finger Lakes Red Cross:


The Corning Inc. Foundation made a donation to the Finger Lakes American Red Cross Thursday morning.  The $25,000 will be used to support fire prevention programs hosted by the Red Cross, including their partnership with Wallin Insurance Inc., where they go home-to-home, installing free smoke alarms and educating about fire safety. 


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 15th

Corning Man Arrested for Attempting to Attack Office:


A Corning man was arrested Tuesday afternoon as he was allegedly en-route to attack employees at an office in the city.  Thomas Whitehead allegedly made several phone calls to the office, making threats to a woman there and other staff members.  He told the employees he was on his way to the office to follow through on his threats.  City police officers located Whitehead on foot walking in the direction of the office.  He was allegedly found in possession of a large machete.  He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt, and stalking.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.  Additional charges are pending.



Corning Woman Arrested in Attempted Shooting:


A Corning woman was arrested Monday evening for allegedly attempting to shoot another woman and herself.  Members of the state and city police, along with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a home on Buffalo Street around 10:40 p.m. after a 911 caller claimed a woman attempted to shoot her.  51-year-old Laura Simons was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing.  She was released from custody on her own recognizance.  The investigation is ongoing, and it will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review.



NYSEG, RG&E Considering Rate Hike:


NYSEG and RG&E customers could see an increase in their bills next year, as the companies are proposing a rate hike.  Annual electric delivery rates could increase by $156.7 million and annual gas delivery rates could increase by $6.3 million.  For the average residential monthly electric customer that would be increase of about $10.20, while the gas bill would increase by $1.03.  NYSEG and RG&E are holding public meetings about the proposed hike and comments can be submitted via their website.  The process is expected to take about 11 months before the companies make any official announcements.  The next meeting is today in Binghamton at the City Council Chambers at 5 p.m.



Corning Salvation Army School Supply Distribution:


Families needing some help getting ready to get back to school can stop by the annual Corning Salvation Army backpack distribution event, which is set for Thursday, August 22nd.  Besides backpacks, other school supplies will also be available to Steuben County children in grades kindergarten through 12.  The event will be at the Salvation Army on Denison Parkway from 3 to 6 p.m.  Parents and legal guardians must bring identification, proof of address, and social security card, benefit card, or birth certificate for each child. 



Rochester Catholic Diocese, Others Named in Lawsuits:


The Child Victims Act went into effect Wednesday, allowing alleged victims one year to file suits, no matter when the offense happened.  Among the lawsuits filed were roughly two dozen in Monroe County Court against several Rochester Catholic parishes and schools, including the Rochester Diocese, the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, and St. Bernard Seminary.  Camp Stella Maris in Livonia was also named, as was the Wellsville School District.


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 14th

Work Zone Crackdown:


The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation have announced “Operation Hardhat,” a joint effort to crackdown on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance work zones on state highways.  Members of State Police Troop E will patrol several active work zones throughout the Rochester and Hornell regions this week to ticket motorists who disobey flagging personnel, speed through work zones, or violate the Move Over Law.  Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and in accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. 



Welfare Fraud Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports a welfare fraud arrest.  58-year-old Earl Pratt of Hornell is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud, presenting a false document to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  Pratt was charged with offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.



Red Jacket Swim Area in Penn Yan Closed Due to Algae Bloom:


A Blue-Green Algae Advisory has been issued by the Department of Health for Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan.  As such, the swim area is closed and will remain so until the DOH issues a safe to re-open order.  Both people and animals should avoid contact with algae blooms, scums, and colored water.  The Red Jacket Park playground, pavilion, and picnic areas are still open to the public.  Additionally, the Indian Pines Park has been reopened for all activities, including swimming. 



E-C Airport Adds New Destination:


The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will soon begin offering flights to a new destination – the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in southwest Florida.  The new, seasonal, route will be offered via Allegiant and will run twice weekly.  It opens on November 13th.  In celebration, Allegiant is offering one-way fares as low as $69.  Flight days, times, and the lowest fares can be found at      



Travel Advisory – Road Work on S.R. 417 in Woodhull:


Work gets underway today on a bridge painting project on the bridge carrying State Route 417 over Tuscarora Creek in the Town of Woodhull.  While the work is taking place, traffic will be maintained by flaggers in one lane.  The project is expected to take approximately 4 weeks.



Elmira College Adding Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program: 


Elmira College will soon become one of just three institutions in the United States to offer an academic program in medicinal plant chemistry.  The new program will be available to students this fall as one of four new concentrations being offered within the college’s chemistry degree.  Medicinal plant chemistry is for students interested in analyzing plants for medicinal and food applications, such as essential oils, craft breweries and wineries, and medicinal cannabis.  More information can be found on the college’s website at    


Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 13th

Hornellsville Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Spencer Woman:


A Spencer woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Hornellsville.  According to State Police, 41-year-old Marci Clem was pulled over on State Route 36 and when troopers conducted a search, they reportedly found a pound of meth and a small amount of marijuana.  Clem was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and several other vehicle and traffic violations. 



Hornell Woman Accused of Threatening Women with Knife, Driving Drunk:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 34-year-old Amanda Marriott of Hornell following an incident in Arkport.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Reddy Hollow Road for a report of a woman threatening two other women with a knife.  Their investigation allegedly found that Marriott operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition with children in the vehicle and then threatened the two women with a knife.  She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (Leandra’s Law), three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of menacing.  She was held at the Steuben County Jail for arraignment.




18-year-old Arrested in Home Invasion Burglary:


An 18-year-old from Savona has been arrested in connection with a home invasion burglary.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dublin Road in Howard in response to a report of a burglary in progress.  The investigation allegedly found that Richard Snyder damaged, entered, and stole property from an occupied residence and then fled the scene.  Snyder was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and petit larceny.  He was held for arraignment and then released to appear.



Sheriff Warns of Fake Child Car Seats:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is urging those with infants and small children to be aware of the growing trend of “knock-off” car seat sales.  Typically sold from online merchants, the car seats are often made of flimsy plastic, and often feature plastic buckles, instead of metal ones, as well as missing parts, and the bogus seats do not provide registration cards or owner’s manuals, according to national reports.  Residents are reminded that the Sheriff’s Department conducts regular child car seat safety checks, and the next is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the 200th Steuben County Fair.  Income-eligible families in Steuben may apply for child car seats for newborns, infants, and toddlers through the sheriff’s “Play IT Safe” project.  More information is available by calling (607) 622-3911, or online at



India Day in Corning to Close Some Streets:


Corning’s Gaffer District will be celebrating India Day this weekend, which means several streets will be closing for safety reasons.  The event is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tioga Avenue will be closed from the bus turn around to the Tioga Parking Garage.  The east entrance of the Tioga Parking Garage will be closed, and all vehicles must enter and exit from the west end of the garage on Walnut Street. 




Haverling Central School Supply Giveaway:


With August already almost half-way through, the summer will soon be over for students as they head back to school.  The Haverling Central School District is making sure its students will be ready for the new year with a school supply giveaway.  Any student from Pre-K through 12th grade and their parents will be able to get free school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, and more, on Wednesday, August 21st between 9 and 11 a.m. in the High School Cafeteria.   


Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 12th

Parking, Traffic Reminder for Haverling Central School:


A reminder for anyone who might need access to the Haverling Central School District: due to paving work, the front loop at the middle and high schools is closed today.  You should park instead in the lot next to the football field.



NYS Passes Law Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based on Religion, Facial Hair:


Late last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that prohibits employment discrimination based on religious attire, clothing or facial hair.  The new law is an expansion of the state Human Rights Law assuring that employers cannot refuse to hire, attain, promote, or take other discriminatory action against an individual for wearing attire or facial hair in accordance with tenets of their religion.  The Governor said the law “…makes it crystal clear to anyone who may still have doubts that New York has zero tolerance for bigotry of any kind.”



Rockwell Mus., C-PP School Teaming Up for Mural:


The Rockwell Museum and the Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center are teaming up to bring some more beauty to the city.  Tomorrow, work will begin on an outdoor mural in the alleyway outside Carey’s Brew House in the Gaffer District.  Weather permitting, the painting will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be a celebration of the piece, entitled Transcendence, on September 26th at 5 p.m.  The project contains pieces of individual paintings created by students, with the mural designed to tell the story of each student’s future hopes and dreams.


Poll Finds Gov. at Lowest Favorability/Performance Rating, but Still Good for NYS:


According to the latest Siena College poll released Friday, despite record lows in his favorability, a majority of New Yorkers, by a margin of 51 to 39 percent, say Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the state a better place to live during his nine years as Governor.  By a 52-33 margin, respondents also said the recently concluded legislative session will move the state on the right track, not in the wrong direction.  That said, Cuomo’s favorability has fallen to 43-50 percent, down from 52-42 in June, and his job performance rating is 34-64, his lowest level ever.  The poll was conducted July 28th through August 1st by telephone to 810 registered New York voters.



NY Team to Support Wildfire Firefighting Efforts in Western States:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are traveling to western states to assist in containing wildfires burning across the Northwest.  The volunteers and DEC staff, mostly from the ranks of the State’s Forest Rangers, will receive their assignment once they arrive and will join crews from other states.  Firefighters are currently battling more than 100 high priority wildfires in states including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, with nearly 9,000 firefighters working to battle and contain the blazes.


Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 10, 2019

PA Man Ticketed After Vehicle Rolls Over on SR 36
A 911 call yesterday dispatched New York State Police to a rolled over vehicle on State Route 36 in Canisteo yesterday. Upon police arriving at the scene, it was discovered the operator of the vehicle had fled the accident. The vehicle overturned after traveling north on SR 36 at a high speed, changing lanes and striking the guard wire then traveled 125 feet. Police say the vehicle took out 11 posts, 2 delineators and 1 road sign. After overturning, the vehicle got tangled in the guard wire, finally coming to a stop about 75 off of the roadway. NYS DOT responded by coning off the area and getting the vehicle towed. NYSP were able to locate the owner and operator of the vehicle, 23-year-old Dustin Williams from Westfield, PA, and issued him tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding and unsafe lane change.


OFA Receives $47K Grant
Steuben County Office for the Aging will receive a boost in services made possible by a $47,000 grant from the New York State Office for the Aging. The grant worth exactly $47,179 was written to the agency for “Unmet Need Funding”. OFA Director Patty Baroody says these funds will be used “to ease the burden of our waiting lists for home care and respite and the ever-increasing demand for transportation.” Baroody specified that funds will be divided between the Institute for Human Services, AIM and other respite and home services. 


Steuben Area Sex Offender Arrested for Luring Dundee Minor
State Police report the arrest of a registered sex offender from Steuben County on rape charges. Paul Davis, age 31, is accused of luring a Dundee area child under the age of 17 to have sexual contact with him at his Canisteo residence. Davis’ history stems back to 2007 when he served 6 months in prison for a sexual abuse conviction that year for having sexual contact with a 16-year-old Canandaigua girl. 


Savona Man Jailed for Failure to Pay Child Support
A Savona man was sent to Schuyler County Jail on a Family Court warrant for his alleged failure to pay owed child support. The respondent allegedly was previously found in willful violation of an existing court order because he failed to pay $475 in back child support for his two children plus an additional $344 in judgments. The subject failed to appear in court for sentencing last month, prompting the warrant being issued for his arrest. The man was located in Steuben County after it was discovered he was on probation in the county for an unrelated crime. The man, whose name was not released to protect the identity of his children, was sent to Schuyler County and sent to jail in lieu of bail. 


Dansville Man Sentenced for Child Porn Charges
A 42-year-old Dansville man was sentenced to prison by US District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Ryan C. Lander was sentenced to 21 years in prison after he was investigated by Homeland Security after it was discovered he posted images on a website known for child exploitation. After searching his electronic devices, it was found Lander had two minor victims engage in explicit conduct he recorded between the months of July 2011 and March 2013.


NYSP Arrested for Drug and Traffic Charges
State Police arrested a driver in the Town of Bath for driving while impaired by drugs on Interstate 86. Steuben County 911 reported to police that a vehicle was driving erratically in the Town of Wheeler, then to Prattsburg and then back to the Town of Bath before getting on the highway. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Thomas Aldrich of Horseheads, was allegedly unable to tell police where he was coming from and said he was on his way to Pine Valley in Elmira but thought he would stop in Bath to go to Taco Bell. Aldrich was unable to complete roadside sobriety checks and police say they found a baggy of crystal meth on the rear passenger floor board. He was arrested at the Bath station for operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, reckless driving and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000

cash or $4,000 bond.



Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 9th

Canisteo Man Arrested for Rape:


A Canisteo man has been arrested on charges of rape.  39-year-old Alvirn Riley was arrested Thursday on multiple counts each of rape, criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the Steuben County Holding Facility awaiting arraignment.



Corning Man Facing Burglary, Attempted Assault Charges:


A Corning man has been arrested following investigation by police into two domestic violence incidents.  According to police, 28-year-old Erik Huyler was wanted on two city court warrants in relation to the incidents that occurred on June 30th and July 5th.  He was arrested Thursday as he was allegedly fleeing a home in Lamphear Court.  He has been charged with burglary, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal mischief, petit larceny, and attempted assault.



Warrant Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of seven people by the Warrant Squad.  Arrested were: 35-year-old Philip Spangenburg, Jr. of Campbell, 33-year-old Michael Wilson of Bath, 28-year-old Ramon Rivera of Rochester, 34-year-old Karen Matteson of Addison, 32-year-old Sabra Henry of Horseheads, 39-year-old William Niver of Savona, and 20-year-old Ryan Cosgrove of Corning.  All were wanted on active warrants.



Arbor Housing Proposes Low-Income Housing Project in Bath:


At Thursday’s meeting of the Bath Planning Board, several construction projects were proposed, including one from Arbor Housing and Development for low-income housing.  Arbor’s plan is for the 16-acre lot on State Route 54.  The proposal includes nine buildings, eight residential and one possible multipurpose sort of room.  Thursday’s meeting was open to the public and the proposal drew mixed responses from those in attendance.  The board took no action on the proposal Thursday.



Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Expanding Protections for Domestic Violence



On Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed three pieces of legislation expanding

protections for victims of domestic violence.  These measures broaden the definition of the crime of domestic violence to include forms of economic abuse such as identity theft, grand larceny and coercion; give victims the choice to vote by mail-in ballot, even if they remain within the county where they are registered to vote; and allow victims to report abuse to any law enforcement agency in New York State, regardless of where the violence originally took place.



National Immunization Awareness Month:


It’s National Immunization Awareness Month and Steuben County Public Health is reminding residents both of the importance of vaccinations and of new vaccine regulations in New York State.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that thousands of Americans get sick each year from diseases that vaccines can prevent, and New York State itself is coming off the largest measles outbreak in 25 years.  In its wake, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law this June that bans religious exemptions for vaccines.  That includes both school students and those attending daycare.  Students must have started the first vaccine of any series they need to catch up on within the first 14 days of the school year.  Then within the first 30 days they must have an appointment scheduled to catch up on all of their vaccines.  Anyone not vaccinated will not be allowed to attend school or daycare.  Steuben County Public health offers monthly clinics, August’s will be on August 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. and August 27th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  In September clinics will be held on September 11th from 1 to 3 p.m., and September 24th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 8th

N.J Man Arrested in Steuben Co. After Dangerous Weapons Found:


A New Jersey man was arrested in Steuben County Monday after authorities were allegedly alerted to weapons and dangerous materials at his home.  NBC New York reports that an emergency dispatcher in New Jersey received a phone call allegedly from Robert Wills on Monday, warning that police were going to be needed at his home because a person intended to commit acts of violence.  When police arrived, Wills not home, but their investigation found a dozen long guns, 2 handguns, and quantities of ammunition, fireworks, and materials and chemicals that could be used in the creation of explosive devices.  Wills was arrested at a relative’s home in Steuben County without incident and is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.    



Road Rage Leads to Accident on I-86:


Road rage is being cited as the cause of accident involving two tractor-trailers on I-86 Wednesday.  According to state police, the drivers of the vehicles were “driving aggressively” and got into a quarrel on the highway that ended with one of the drivers rear-rending the other and forcing it off the road near Exit 50 in Painted Post.  The other driver then pulled over to the side of the highway.  Police said no charges were filed and no tickets were issued.  Neither driver sustained any injuries.



Parking Change for Paving at Haverling Central School:


The Haverling Central School District has announced that, due to paving work, the front loop at the middle and high schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 9th and Monday, August 12th.  Those who need access to the school should instead park in the lot next to the football field.



Algae Bloom Closes Swimming at Penn Yan Park:


Swimming is closed for the time being at Indian Pines Park in Penn Yan after the Department of Health issued a Blue-green Algae Advisory following the identification of an algae bloom in the area.  People and animals should avoid contact with any algae blooms, scums, and colored water.  Don’t swim, wade, or fish.  Don’t drink the water.  Rinse with clean water if you are exposed.  While the swim area will remain closed until a re-open order has been issued by the DOH, the park itself, including the playground, pavilion, and picnic areas are still open to the public.  At this time, Red Jacket park is unaffected and open for all activities.



Rep. Reed Hosting App Challenge:


Representative Tom Reed has announced that he’ll be hosting a Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for students in middle and high school.  Eligible students are challenged to create computer programs – or apps – written in any programming language for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).  The submission portal is now open.  Students are encouraged to register by September 10th.  All apps must be submitted by November 1st.  Winners will have their apps on display in the U.S. Capitol Building, on, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.  This is Reed’s first time participating with the competition.  He said [his office] understands and cares “about the importance of STEM education and providing the tools to have a developed workforce.”  To learn more about the CAC visit



Steuben Sheriff EMT Program to be Recognized Aug. 15th:


The formal public implementation of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program will be August 15th at 10 a.m. at the county Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension.  Recently, 15 officers were awarded state EMT certification as part of county Sheriff Jim Allard’s initiative, which calls for his entire department to be certified by 2020. 



DEC Accepting Applications for Environmental Conservation Officer Exam:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the next Environmental Conservation Police Officer Exam.  The exam will be October 19th.  Applications must be submitted by September 4th.  For requirements and more information about how to apply visit


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 7th

School Buses to Get Stop-Arm Cameras:


On Tuesday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that authorizes school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who unlawfully pass stopped buses.  “No parent should ever have to worry that their child’s bus ride to and from school is anything other than safe and easy,” the Governor said.  “By signing this measure into law, we are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable and advancing New York State’s bold initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe.”  It’s illegal in New York State to pass a stopped school bus, but in 2018 Operation Safe Stop, a one-day law-enforcement initiative found hundreds of drivers ignoring the law, with some 850 people ticketed.  



New Law Prohibits Knives Undetectable by Metal Detectors:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that prohibits the manufacture, shipment, and possession of knives that are undetectable by a metal detector.  Violators face a misdemeanor charge and a possible year in jail.  The new law goes into effect on November 1st



Tommy Hilfiger, Daughter Book Signing at Consumer Square:


Fashion icon and Elmira native Tommy Hilfiger will be returning to his roots this weekend,

along with daughter Ally, for a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Consumer Square.  Ally’s book is “Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me,” while Tommy’s book is “American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business.”  They will both be signing copies on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.  The books must be purchased at the Consumer Square Barnes and Noble in order to be signed.    


Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 6th

Death of Corning Infant Accidental:


In an update to the news of the death of an infant in Corning on Sunday, police have announced that it was accidental. 



Bath Man Arrested for Breaking Into Apartment, Sleeping in Child’s Bed:


A Bath man has been arrested after a burglary was reported on County Route 10 in the Town of Bath.  The resident told police that when she arrived home, she found her front door jammed, damage to the door jam and to a television.  She allegedly discovered 27-year-old Matthew Root asleep in her child’s bed.  Root told police that he had permission to sleep there as long as he did the dishes.  The resident denies this.  Root also denies causing any damage and accused law enforcement of doing it.  He was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.



Corning Man Arrested After Found Passed Out on Canisteo Porch:


A Corning man has been arrested after he was found passed out on a porch in the Village of Canisteo.  41-year-old Michael Givens was found on a porch on Taylor Street.  He admitted to entering a neighbor’s home to find cigarettes and to damaging property while inside.  He was charged with criminal trespassing.    



Savona Woman Accused of Stealing Cash:


A Savona woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing cash from a person in Painted Post.  According to State Police, they received a complaint from the owner of B & W Towing on Friday, August 2nd that one of their new employees had $130 stolen from their wallet.  A review of security footage reportedly showed 34-year-old Rachel Cantineri taking the cash.  When she refused to return the money, she was arrested for petit larceny.



Dundee Man Charged in 2-Car Accident in Tyrone:


A Dundee man is facing multiple charges following a 2-car accident on State Route 230 in the Town of Tyrone on August 2nd.  According to State Police, the driver of the second vehicle said she saw a car coming towards her that was swerving and coming into her lane.  She swerved to avoid being hit and ended up in the other lane on the shoulder of the road.  The other driver, identified as 31-year-old Christopher Billirakis was unable to complete any of the roadside sobriety tests.  He was transported to Soldier and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for head pain, where he reportedly refused to provide a breath sample and a blood test.  After being released from the hospital he was charged with DWI – 2nd offence, refusal to take a breath test, using a mobile device while operating a vehicle, drinking alcohol while in a motor vehicle, and other vehicle and traffic violations.  He was released to a sober third party.



Travel Advisory – Route 53 in Wheeler:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, on Thursday state forces will be closing route 53 in the town of Wheeler a quarter mile north of the County Road 13 intersection, to repair a section of road that was damaged in a recent storm. Traffic will be detoured from State Route 53 to County Route 13, Murlatt Road, Dinehearts Crossing Road, and Bean Station Road.



Parking and Traffic Restrictions in Corning for Road Work:


The City of Corning has announced some temporary parking and traffic restrictions to accommodate paving work.  On Friday, August 9th Corning Boulevard will be closed to parking and traffic from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It will also be closed Monday, August 12th through Friday, August 16th.  Also beginning Monday, August 12th and lasting through Friday, August 16th, there will be no parking in City Lot #12, located east of the intersection of Cedar Street and Tioga Avenue.  Permit holders are asked to park in Lot #16.   



Finger Lakes SPCA Participating in Clear the Shelter:


The Finger Lakes SPCA is looking to find homes for all its animals this month and is participating in Clear the Shelters day.  On Clear the Shelters day, participating animal shelters will waive adoption fees in the hope that more pets will be adopted.  The Finger Lakes SPCA currently has 15 dogs and 60 cats and kittens looking for forever homes.  All animals adopted will be up to date on their shots and they’ll be spayed or neutered.  You can stop by the shelter to meet with the animals and get to know them to ensure you find the right fit.  Clear the Shelters day will be August 17th      


Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 5th

Death of Baby in Corning Being Investigated:


Authorities are investigating the death of a baby in Corning over the weekend.  Corning police, along with State Police, were reportedly on scene on Woodview Avenue Sunday morning investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.  A witness told WENY that a fire truck was first on scene, with law enforcement arriving after.  As of 7:30 p.m. last night there had been no word of arrests or even how the child might have died.



Bath Man Facing Drug Charges:


A Bath man is facing drug charges following the bust of an alleged methamphetamine lab in Olean.  The Hornell Evening Tribune reports that 42-year-old Thomas Ratliff was one of four people arrested.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He, along with the other 3 arrested, is being held without bail. 



Planned Water Outage in Bath Today:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a planned water outage for today in Bath.  The outage will begin at 10 a.m. while workers replace a mainline valve at the corner of Allen and Haverling streets.  Customers on those streets should plan to be impacted by the outage.  BEGWS apologizes for any inconvenience and for the short notice, and thanks the public for their understanding.



Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Insurance Coverage for Mammograms:


On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that requires large group insurers to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York State.  Currently, many insurance companies only need to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure’s sponsor, Senator Monica Martinez of Long Island, said the bill is imperative so that women have access to potentially life-saving early screening.  The legislation is known as Shannon’s Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at the age of 31. 



Work Begins on Hemp Seed Vault in Geneva:


The nation’s only hemp seed vault will soon be located in the Finger Lakes region.  Work is underway on the “Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository,” which will be sited at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva.  It will help breeders and geneticists develop new varieties of industrial hemp while also identifying genes for pest and disease resistance.  Senator Charles Schumer announced the project on Friday, noting that he helped secure $500,000 in federal funding for the project because of the potential industrial hemp has to boost the upstate economy.  


Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 3, 2019

Bath Woman Arrested for Alleged Arson
A Bath woman has been charged with arson after an investigation discovered she intentionally set fire to her home on Ash Street. 39-year-old Rebecca Manry-Miller allegedly intentionally started a fire in her residence, causing damage and endangering responding firefighters. Manry-Miller is also accused of submitting false information about the fire on an insurance claim and is being held at the Steuben County Jail awaiting arraignment for charges of insurance fraud and reckless endangerment.


Schuyler Sheriffs Announce New Traffic Patterns for WGI Weekend
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit. As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road. This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.


Reed Calls on Cuomo to Take Action on I-90 Repairs
Congressman Tom Reed Thursday called on Governor Cuomo to end the political dispute with the Seneca nation and repair the I-90 Thruway and other roadways running through the Seneca Nation. Reed, citing dangerous conditions and the possibility of injury to motorists and damage to vehicles, served the governor and other DOT officials with a formal letter of defective conditions holding New York State liable “for any and all injury, loss of life, and or damage resulting from the road conditions.”


Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Address Confidentiality Protections
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to participate in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program. The program allows victims to keep their address hidden from their perpetrators by using a substitute address provided by the Department of State in lieu of their actual home, school or work address. The bill will take effect 90 days after becoming law. Under the previous law, only victims of domestic violence were eligible to participate in the Address Confidentiality Program. However, many victims of sexual offenses, stalking or human trafficking also have a need for the benefits of an address confidentiality program because they often attempt to evade actual or threatened violence by moving to a new address in order to hide from an assailant or potential assailant.


Comptroller Sales Tax Report Released
According to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, local sales tax collections for the first two quarters of 2019 grew at a moderate pace compared to the stronger early quarters of 2018. Most of the economic factors that typically explain overall sales tax collections — such as wages and consumer spending — grew at a modest pace. However, a decrease in gasoline prices in the first half of 2019 caused a drop in the portion of taxes collected from the sale of motor fuels. Outside of NYC, only the Southern Tier had a growth rate above the statewide average of 3.3 percent. A number of counties saw fairly robust growth. Broome County had the highest year-over-year increase of 9.8 percent, followed by Seneca County (7.3 percent) and Yates County (6.8 percent).


Governor Signs Law Creating Maternal Mortality Review Board
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to create a Maternal Mortality Review Board charged with reviewing the cause of each maternal death in New York State and making recommendations to the Department of Health on strategies for preventing future deaths and improving overall health outcomes. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world - and racial disparities continue to persist, as black women are nationally almost four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women, and three times more likely in New York.



Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 2nd

New Traffic Patterns for NASCAR Weekend in Watkins Glen:


The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit.  As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road.  This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.  Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.



Not Enough Money to Go Around in Equifax Settlement:


As if getting hacked wasn’t bad enough, now victims of the 2017 Equifax breach might now miss out on their piece of the settlement money.  As part of the $300 million settlement, victims were offered either free credit monitoring, or a check for up to $125, but the Federal Trade Commission says so many people are asking for a cash payment there may not be enough for everyone.  The FTC recommends choosing the free credit monitoring instead of the cash.



Prattsburgh FFA Receives Living to Serve Grant from National FFA:


The Prattsburgh FFA chapter has been awarded a $3,000 yearlong Living to Serve Grant.  The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health and nutrition, and community engagement.  The Prattsburgh chapter plans to use the funds to address health, hunger, and nutrition by maintaining a small chicken coop, sustaining the community garden, and adding fruit tree and shrub varieties to the community garden.  This will allow the chapter to increase yield and donate chicken eggs to community members free of charge.  Additionally, the Prattsburgh FFA will host workshops on the importance of produce and nutrition, and will work with other classes in interdisciplinary projects.



Corning Church Opens 24/7 Food Pantry:


While the City of Corning and surrounding area has many regular food pantries, the Corning Grace United Methodist Church has found that emergencies don’t always happen on a regular schedule.  So the church has decided to tackle the problem and help those in need by opening a 24/7 emergency pantry to the public.  The pantry will function like any other, except it will be open around the clock, and even if the doors on the church aren’t open, those in need can call the numbers on the door and someone will be able to come and let them in.



Applications Still Open for ARC Grants:


There’s still time for local organizations to submit applications for 2020 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants.  According to the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) 50-50 matching grants of between $5,000 and $150,000 are available to local educational institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations to provide “solutions that will improve infrastructure, the economy, job opportunities, and health for residents of the STC Region.”  Applications are due September 3rd.  For more information visit       



New Mountain Bike Race Set at Mossy Bank Park:


On Sunday, August 11th, Mossy Bank Park in Bath will host the 1st Annual The Hills on Fire Enduro XC mountain bike race.  Starting at 9 a.m., the race will consist of riders traversing two courses in scenic Mossy Bank Park.  Each course will be about 5 miles in length with a mix of single and double track.  There will be a 3-hour window to complete 3 laps on each course.  Riders will be allowed to take a break between laps.  After the 3-hour mark, the course will be closed and transformed into the second course.  Riders then have 3-hours to complete 3 laps on the new course.  The first 50 riders to sign up for this event receive a free t-shirt.  Cost varies whether registering as a team of 3 or solo.  There will also be a chicken BBQ at the park from 4 to 6 p.m.  For more information, contact Wheels Unlimited of Bath at 776-6609, or visit    


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 1st

NYS Authorizes Emergency Responders to Remove Animals from Cars:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that gives firefighters and other emergency responders the authority to remove animals in unattended vehicles under conditions that endanger the animal’s health or well-being.  The legislation will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited.  The bill goes into effect immediately.  Said Cuomo, “Leaving a pet in a stifling hot or freezing cold car is inhumane and potentially dangerous, and emergency responders should have the ability to remove them if necessary.”



NYS Limits Arming of Teachers:


Also on Wednesday, the Governor signed legislation limiting an educational institution’s ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds, and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned, or unwanted firearms.  Citing that the introduction of guns into schools could create the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence, the first bill stipulates that educational institutions can’t issue written authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, professor, administrator, or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer, or security guard.  It goes into effect immediately.  The other bill directs State Police to work with the Department of State to establish uniform regulations for gun buyback programs so that all the programs across the state are operated consistently, and that these programs take place in every county in the state.  This bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.



Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled:


After months of obstacles and backsteps, Woodstock 50 has officially been canceled.  The announcement came Wednesday after more of the originally scheduled acts backed out of performing, including: Santana, The Lumineers, and The Killers.  In a statement, co-founder Michael Lang cited “conflicting radius issues in the D.C. area,” as a reason why artists were unable to perform, as well as “for their own reasons.”  He went on to thank the artists, fans, and partners who stood by the event.  While the Woodstock 50 event is no more, those looking to celebrate the anniversary can still do so at the original Woodstock site with the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival.  Original Woodstock performers John Fogerty and Santana will perform, along with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band.  There will also be TED-style talks and special exhibits. 



Tuition Debt Relief Program Available for CCC Students:


Students laboring under tuition debt at SUNY Corning Community College will now have help easing their burden.  CCC is offering the “Barons Brought Back” program for former students who accrued debt during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students with bills of $1,500 or less will be able to enroll for the fall semester as long as they have a prior grade point average of 2.00 or higher, are enrolled for at least 12 credit hours, and complete financial aid paperwork to have grants or loans in place to pay for the fall 2019 semester.  Students who owe more than $1,500 qualify for the Barons Brought Back program if they can first pay enough to reduce the outstanding balance to $1,500.  CCC will reduce one third of the debt, up to $500, at the end of the fall semester if students successfully complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average.    



Travel Advisory – Upcoming Road Work in Arkport & Campbell:


The state Department of Transportation has announced upcoming road work in the Town of Campbell and the Village of Arkport.  In Campbell, bridge work will resume on Interstate 86 over County Route 333 on Sunday.  Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. with interstate traffic being detoured around the area.  During the day, I-86 will be open to a single lane of traffic and C.R. 333 will have both lanes open.  In Arkport, paving will take place around a railroad crossing on State Route 961F beginning Monday.  The crossing is near the intersection of County Route 67.  Traffic will be detoured along State Route 36.  The Campbell project is expected to take 5 days, while the Arkport project will last through Wednesday.


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 31st

Painted Post Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography:


A Painted Post man has pled guilty to the possession of child pornography.  56-year-old Christopher Kelly will be sentenced in October.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, in April 2018, an undercover FBI Special Agent determined that a computer at Kelly’s address in Painted Post was sharing child pornography.  In November 2018 a federal search warrant was executed and several of Kelly’s digital devices were seized.  An analysis revealed more than 200 images and five videos containing child pornography as well as children being subjected to violence.



Corning Man Accused of Selling Meth:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 33-year-old Joshua Vreeland of Corning for allegedly engaging in the sale of methamphetamine in the area of Corning.  The arrest is based on a sealed indictment warrant resulting from an investigation by the county Drug Initiative.  Vreeland was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.



False Document Filing Arrest:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly knowingly filing false documents with the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  According to the county Sheriff’s Department, 60-year-old Leonard Youngs of Bath presented four false documents to DSS.  He was charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.



Drive-Thru Dunkin Possibly Coming to Bath:


A Dunkin Drive-thru only store is among three applications that will soon be reviewed during a public hearing conducted by the Village of Bath Planning Board. The hearing is scheduled for August 8th at 5:30 p.m. The other applications propose the construction of a two-story commercial building on an empty lot at 45 Liberty Street and the construction of a 64-unit apartment complex at 7181 State Route 54.



Corning, Inc. Posts Second Quarter Highlights:


Corning, Inc. has released its highlights for the second quarter of 2019.  The company saw increases in core sales and in core Earnings Per Share over the same period last year, and officials say all businesses remain on track for full-year sales growth.  The report also shows increases for the company in sales in environmental and display technologies, and specialty materials. 



Planned Burns for Finger Lakes National Forest:


30 acres of the Finger Lakes National Forest is set to burn in planned fires over the next two weeks, according to officials.  The fires will be used to clear overgrown brush and grass, and to restore declining wildlife habitat.  The Forest Service advises nearby residents and motorists that smoke may be visible and may briefly impact adjacent roads.  Signs will be posted if any forest roads or trails need to be temporarily closed.  The Finger Lakes National Forest is located between Seneca and Cayuga lakes.


Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 30th

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Decriminalize Marijuana Use:


On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will decriminalize marijuana use in New York state.  The legislation reduces unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine and removes criminal penalties for possession of any amount of marijuana under two ounces, and individuals convicted of certain marijuana offenses will be able to have their records expunged.  The law goes into effect in 30 days.    



Inexperience, Speed Cited in Fatal Allegany Co. Crash:


Inexperience, distraction, and speed are being cited as causes of the crash that claimed the lives of four Dansville teens and injured a fifth over the weekend in Allegany County.  Troopers say the vehicle was taken without the owner’s permission and the teens were driving around playing music and having fun.  Police believe the vehicle was going 50-60 mph when it went through the intersection and hit an embankment and a tree.  No drugs or alcohol were involved.  Grief counseling continues today at Dansville High School, where four of the teens were students.  GoFundMe pages have been set up to assist the families of the students that passed.  Here:  Here:  And here:



Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Car:


A Corning man has been charged after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the emergency parking area of the Corning Hospital Sunday night.  23-year-old Javier Rivera has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, speed not reasonable and prudent, running a stop sign, and reckless driving.  Police say an elderly man left the vehicle unlocked in the parking area of the hospital around 7 p.m. and when he came out the vehicle was missing.  A city police officer noticed the car on Pulteney Street around 1 a.m. Monday morning.  Rivera was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Hornell Boil Water Advisory Lifted:


The Hornell City Clerk’s Office has announced that the boil water advisory effecting Madison Avenue and Sheldon Street has been lifted. 



Corning Woman Accused of Violating Leandra’s Law:


State Police report that troopers stopped a vehicle in the early morning hours of July 26th for running a red light in Corning and a Corning woman was subsequently charged with DWI and violating Leandra’s Law.  According to police, when they began to interview the driver, 33-year-old Jennifer Cole, they dedicated a strong order of alcohol.  Cole was reportedly unable to complete a roadside sobriety test.  A sober passenger was to said to also be in the vehicle, along with three children.  Cole was later allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content of .10 percent. 



Shoplifting Arrest:


A Corning woman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from the Dollar General in the Town of Erwin.  According to state Police, 56-year-old Stacey Ramsdell concealed items in her purse which she told police she would pay for after she had left the store.  She was charged with petit larceny.



2nd Part of Cohocton Paving Project Starts Thursday:


The state Department of Transportation has announced that the second part of a paving

project on State Routes 371 and 21 from the Ontario County line south to the Village of Cohocton will get underway on Thursday, weather permitting.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle.  Motorists should expect delays.



Finger Lakes Region in Running for USA Today’s “Best Wine Region”:


The Finger Lakes Region is looking to repeat, as well as take home a new title, in the latest USA Today’s competitions.  The region is in the running for America’s “Best Wine Region,” which it won in 2018, and for America’s “Best Wine Festival.”  Voting is open until August 12th at noon at  Anyone can vote once a day, every day. 


Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 29th

Fatal Allegany Co. Crash Involved Several Dansville Central Students:


On Saturday state police responded to a one-vehicle accident on County Route 13C in the Town of Burns in Allegany County.  Their investigation found that a jeep with five occupants, all teens from Dansville, traveling eastbound failed to stop for a sign at the intersection of 13C and County Route 13 and struck a tree.  16-year-old Kelsi Bird was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for multiple non-life-threatening injuries.  She was the only person wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.  The operator, 16-year-old Rebecca Earner, and the three other occupants, 16-year-old Ambra Eddleton, 14-year-old Justin Carpenter, and 14-year-old Kyrstin Wolfanger, were all killed in the accident.  Three of victims killed were students of Dansville Central School, as was the injured victim.  The school superintendent has sent out a statement for students and families impacted by this tragic loss.  Counselors will be at hand to assist in grief sharing.            



Public Access Granted to Drug Enforcement Data for Opioids:


Following a year-long court battle lead by the Washington Post and HD Media, the public now has access to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration tracking the manufacturing and shipment of opioids.  Records show that in Steuben County, 2.7 million pain pills were sent to pharmacies and physicians in 2006, and by 2012 that number had grown to 3.6 million, equaling roughly 31 pills per person in the county.  Chemung and Schuyler counties also both saw increases.  All three were below the national average of 36 pills per person, but above the state average of 30.  The government and drug industry opposed the release of the data, but the news organizations prevailed.  The Post wrote that it wants “to help the public understand the impact of years of prescription pill shipments on their communities.”    



Work on Town Center Rd. in Erwin to Begin After Labor Day:


Work to extend Town Center Road in the Town of Erwin is set to begin after Labor Day, according to town officials.  In addition to extending the road to Chatfield Place, crews will also extend water lines and replace some sewer lines and storm drains.  Town Manager Rita McCarthy said they expect the project, minus some possible final landscaping, to be finished before the end of the year.



$50K in Funding for Workforce Training Announced:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced $50,000 in federal funding for Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSS Workforce NY) to provide worker training for 18 workers.  The funding will help develop two new worker training programs with Corning Community College and the Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES), and it will support an existing re-entry training program for individuals involved with the criminal justice system.  Gillibrand called the funding a “win for workers and local businesses alike,” saying that “a skilled workforce is vital to economic growth and development in the region.” 



Acts Drop Out of Woodstock 50, Tickets Could be Free:


Despite finally securing a new venue, Woodstock 50 still faced troubling headlines over the weekend.  Three major acts – Jay-Z, John Fogerty, and Dead & Company – all announced they were backing out.  In response, Woodstock 50 announced that they were releasing all the acts from their contracts.  The artists are still invited, but aren’t legally obligated to perform.  Tickets still haven’t gone sale, but sources tell TMZ it will be a free event, with attendees instead encouraged to donate to their favorite causes.  That said, it’s rumored that VIP tickets will be sold at a cost in an effort to bridge the gap between expenses and profit.  Instructions on how to get tickets will reportedly be posted this week.  It is unknown at this time if Woodstock 50 will be reduced from a three-day weekend to a single-day show, or if the Smashing Pumpkins concert scheduled for the venue for the same weekend will be cancelled, rescheduled, or absorbed into the event.  The event is currently set for the weekend of August 16th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.


Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 27, 2019

Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Methamphetamine
The Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a Bath man on a sealed indictment Superior Court warrant for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Bath Police arrested Damian C. Vanvleck of West William Street. He was arraigned in Steuben County Court and released on his own recognizance to re-appear in court.


Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Grand Larceny in Erwin
Steuben County Sheriffs report the arrest of a Pennsylvania man following reports of theft of laptop computers from a retail establishment in Erwin. It is alleged that 23 year old Nathan D. Krager of Towanda, Pennsylvania stole property valued in excess of $1,000. Krager was located on Bailey Road in Corning, New York and was alleged to be in possession of suspected heroin. Krager was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Krager was arraigned in Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in Erwin Town Court at a later date. 


Hornell Man Identified as Victim in Canisteo Train Accident 
A man struck by a train and killed in Canisteo earlier this week on Tuesday has been identified. State Police report that Ronald Boone, a 62-year-old Hornell man, was the victim hit by a Norfolk Southern Freight Train at approximately 10pm Tuesday night. Boone was struck on the tracks near Magee Road in Canisteo and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation resumes and police say thus far, no charges are anticipated to be pressed.


Yesterday’s Mobile Home Fire Remains Under Investigation
A structure fire that happened yesterday in the Village of Bath resulted in the Bath Volunteer Fire Department being dispatched along with units from Hammondsport, Savona, Kanona as well as the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps responding to the blaze on 35 Ash Street. The home sustained heavy fire and smoke damage but the owner of the home did escape safely from the home with her pet cats. The Steuben County Fire Investigation Team was requested to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, which is still currently under investigation. 


New York State Outlaws Cat Declawing
This week, New York State became the first state in the country to ban the practice of cat declawing after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-declawing bill into law and called the practice “inhumane” and “unnecessary”. The new law dictates that anyone who performs a declawing procedure in New York State faces a $1,000 fine. 


WGI Named Second in USA Today Contest
Watkins Glen International has been recognized by USA Today in their Readers’ Choice Contest, finishing second in the list of Best NASCAR Tracks across the country. Yesterday, the newspaper named Ohio’s “The Big E” Eldora Speedway as the 1st place choice for best NASCAR Track. Watkins Glen International did place first the last three years of this contest. Auto Club Speedway in California, Daytona International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway made the list’s top five picks.


Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 26th

Boil Water Advisory for Hornell:


A boil water advisory is in effect for a portion of Hornell due to a water main break on Madison Avenue.  According to the city, water will be shut off on Madison Avenue and Sheldon Street until repairs are complete.  The boil advisory is in effect until further notice.



Keuka College Recognized as College of Distinction:


Keuka College has been designated as a College of Distinction in recognition of the integrity of its individualized and engaging education.  The award is presented by the national Colleges of Distinction organization, which honors schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education.  Colleges of Distinction Chief Operating Officer, Tyson Schritter said, “Keuka College puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners, ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.” 



Penn Yan’s KanPak to Expand:


KanPak, one of Penn Yan’s largest employers, has announced plans to expand.  The company produces a variety of dairy and coffee-based products, including iced and cold brew coffee, ice cream, and yogurt.  The company is looking to construct a new private wastewater treatment plant on-site at the Horizon Park Drive location and to expand its manufacturing line and warehouse.  The project will be one of the largest construction projects in the history of Penn Yan.  Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said the expansion will create “top-quality jobs that will benefit Penn Yan and the entire region.”  Empire State Development is helping to facilitate the expansion with up to $600,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program and a $150,000 Capital Grant.  The company is expected to hire up to 15 new employees over the next five years while retaining 197 jobs. 



Woodstock 50 Festival Heading to Maryland:


After striking out with two different New York communities, organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival have decided to take their event out of state and are heading to Maryland.  Bloomberg reports that the concert will now be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland.  The amphitheater is said to hold approximately 32,000 people, which is a fraction of what original host Watkins Glen International would have accommodated.  The event finally has a location again, but it is still unknown which, if any, of the originally contracted artists are still performing and tickets have yet to go on sale. 


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 25th

Man Hit, Killed by Train in Canisteo:


A man was struck and killed Tuesday night by a Norfolk Southern train in Canisteo.  State Police told The Evening Tribune, that the male victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, “was struck at about 10 p.m., while standing or walking on the railroad tracks off McGee Road.”  The Tribune additionally reported that while the case is “open,” investigators don’t expect any charges of any kind. 



Woman Killed in Fatal Cohocton Crash:


An accident in Cohocton on July 23rd claimed the life of one person.  According to state police, they responded to the scene on County Road 36 where a vehicle had left the roadway and struck an embankment.  The victim was 21-year-old Emilee Rawleigh, a passenger who was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash.  Police are still investigating.



Governor Signs Legislation to Name I-86 Portion after Fallen Trooper:


A portion of I-86 in Bath will officially be named after fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has put his signature on the legislation to do so.  The bridge that crosses State Route 415 north of the trooper barracks where Trooper Clark was stationed at the time of his death on July 2nd 2018 will now be known as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge.”  The 29-year-old Clark was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call in Erwin.  He was a native of Canisteo and had served with the State Police for three years.



$115K in Federal Funding for Steuben, Yates Pro Action:


Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday just over $115,000 in federal funding for Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Incorporated.  The organization will use the funds to hire two career development specialists that will help expand childcare services and provide training opportunities to staff by providing outreach, education, and support to childcare providers. 



Tour de Keuka Donations Still Being Accepted:


The annual Tour de Keuka bicycle ride in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier

may have been last weekend, but there’s still time to make a donation.  The ride, which saw over 200 cyclists turn out, raised $66,000 – enough for more than 255,000 meals.  But the goal of the event is $85,000 and those interested in donating still have time to do so.  Fundraising continues through August 2nd.  Supporters can read riders’ stories and donate through


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 24th

Identities of Couple Injured in Boat Explosion Released:


The identities of the Batavia couple injured on Saturday in a boat explosion at the Hammondsport Boat Show have been announced.  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard confirmed that 63-year-old William Kistner was treated at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for lacerations on his head, while his wife, 64-year-old Carol Kistner was airlifted to the burn unit at Strong Memorial Hospital for severe burns on her legs.  Carol is listed in guarded condition.  The Chief of the Hammondsport Fire Department has said excessive fumes were the most likely culprit for the explosion.  A dive team is expected to inspect pieces of the boat today. 



Corning Man Charged with DWI in Hornby Crash:


Investigation into a one-car crash in Hornby has led to charges against a Corning man.  The accident occurred on July 21st on State Route 414, and according to police, 34-year-old Robert Fitzgerald was allegedly in an intoxicated condition prior to the crash.  It’s further alleged that Fitzgerald was previously convicted on driving while intoxicated within the previous ten years and possessed a driver’s permit only.  He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol content greater than .18 percent, and operating out of class.  He was released on traffic summons.



Hornell Woman Arrested in Animal Cruelty Investigation:


A Hornell woman has been charged following an animal cruelty investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  Authorities say that the Sheriff’s Department received a tip reporting two dogs abandoned in a residence on State Route 36 in the Town of Canisteo and when deputies investigated, they found the animals malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention.  Both dogs were seized and turned over to the Dog Control Officer and immediately taken to Canisteo Veterinarian Hospital.  One dog had to be euthanized.  The other was able to be adopted out after medical treatment.  It’s alleged that 44-year-old Angela Dixon was responsible for the two animals and she was charged with overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustenance.  The Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that incidents of animal cruelty that need investigation can be reported to 911. 



Steuben Co. Approves Purchase of Three Buildings:


In a tight vote Monday, the Steuben County Legislature approved the purchase of three buildings that it’s currently leasing.  The buildings are in Bath, Corning, and Hornell.  The county uses them to provide mental healthcare services.  The company that owns the buildings offered the county a deal where the county would pay roughly the same as their lease – but after 10 years, the county would take ownership.  According to county Manager Jack Wheeler, the county currently pays roughly $354,000 a year in rent.  The deal would mean a savings of approximately $65,000 a year.  Of concern was the fact that once the county takes ownership, the buildings will come off the tax roll, and some legislators believed the county could negotiate a better deal.  A vote to delay the decision was narrowly defeated.



GNC to Close 100s of Stores:


Vitamin and supplement retailer, GNC will soon be closing nearly 900 stores across the country.  The decision was announced Monday during a second-quarter earnings call.  The locations to be closed will be those inside malls, with the move cutting the total number of mall stores by half.  GNC has about 4,100 locations in the U.S., with 10 in the Twin Tiers.  Nine of those are located inside Rite Aid stores.  The Arnot Mall has a standalone store.  It’s status and whether or not it will be affected by this decision is unknown at this time.   



Corning, Ithaca Wegmans to Eliminate Plastic Bags Starting Monday:


Wegmans has announced a pilot program that will eliminate plastic grocery bags at its Corning and Ithaca locations beginning Monday, ahead of the statewide ban that is set to go into effect in 2020.  Paper bags will still be available for customers at these locations, but there will be a 5 cent charge for each bag.  The money from paper bags will be given to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. 


Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 23rd

Steuben Property Auction Brings in $1.1M:


The recent auction of 94-properties in the county tax sale brought in approximately $1.1 million, according to Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly.  On Monday, Donnelly told the county Legislature that only one parcel failed to sell.  Donnelly also noted that while law requires a buyer pay 30 percent of the purchase price the day of the sale, more than half of the purchases this year were paid in full up front. 



Steuben Moves to Join Class Action Drug Lawsuit:


Steuben County legislators unanimously approved Monday the joining of a nationwide class action suit against 20 pharmaceutical companies alleging price fixing, market division, and other antitrust violations related to 15 generic prescription drugs.  The legislators approved retaining counsel to go forward with the lawsuit on the county’s behalf.  Compensation will be paid out of the proceeds of any award decided by the court.  In other action Monday, the county board also approved additional funding for a study on algae blooms in the Keuka Lake watershed.  The cost of the study will be split between Steuben and Yates county, with Steuben’s share paid through the county Economic Development Fund.      



Animal Cruelty Arrest:


A Rathbone man is facing charges following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into possible animal cruelty.  According to County Sheriff Jim Allard, his department received a tip to check the welfare of animals allegedly not being fed on Welch Road in Cameron Mills in June.  Their investigation lead to the seizure of 24 live animals as well as evidence of deceased animals.  All the live animals were treated by a licensed veterinarian.  38-year-old Paul Jones, Jr. was charged with 18 counts of overdriving, failing to provide proper sustenance.  All the charges are misdemeanors and Jones was issued an appearance ticket.  Sheriff Allard thanks the Finger Lakes SPCA for their assistance and animal care in the investigation.



Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 33-year-old James Smith, currently incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail, for alleged misuse of food stamps.  Smith allegedly used a county Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail, and as a result obtained benefits that he was not entitled nor authorized to receive.  He was issued an appearance ticket.



NYS Becomes First to Ban Cat Declawing:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation Monday that makes New York the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats.  Declawing involves the removal of all, or most, of the last bone of each of the toes on a cat.  Cuomo called the procedure “cruel and painful” and that it “can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals.”  The law is supported by the Humane Society, which says declawing should only be used in rare cases for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.  The New York Veterinary Medical Society argued that declawing should be allowed as a last resort.  Declawing is already illegal in some cities around the U.S., including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver, and it’s illegal in most of Europe and Canada.  New York’s new law takes effect immediately.  Veterinarians who violate the law face fines of up to $1,000. 



Steuben to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 2nd:


Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with a Bath Baby Café event on August 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath.  This free, family-friendly event will feature games, snacks, car-seat checks, education and information from local organizations.  Parents are also reminded that the Bath Baby Café also meets every Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dormann Library. 



Town of Vernon Rejects Woodstock Proposal Again:


The third time wasn’t the charm for Woodstock 50 organizers, as the Town of Vernon has once again rejected their application to hold the event there.  In response to the latest proposal, which was filed last Wednesday, the Town cited a long list of concerns, including security and traffic, and the Town said the application violates the 120-day deadline and that it was also unsigned.   


Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 22nd

8 Injured in P.A. Crash:


Eight people were injured when two vehicles collided Sunday afternoon on State Route 15 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania.  Troopers identified the drivers as Jessica Jacquier-Hann of Bath, with five passengers, and Nicole Hill of Waterloo, with three passengers.  State Police said both vehicles were traveling southbound when Hill slowed to exit.  Jacquier-Hann struck the vehicle, causing her Suburban to overturn and the lead vehicle to hit the guardrails.  The Bath woman and her five passengers were taken by ambulance to Corning Hospital for treatment.  Hill and one passenger were flown to Strong Memorial in Rochester.  Another passenger in the Hill vehicle was taken to Corning Hospital.  A third passenger was unhurt.  Troopers say the investigation is ongoing. 



2 Injured in Boat Explosion at Hammondsport Show:


Two people were injured Saturday when a boat exploded just prior to a parade at the 37th annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show in Hammondsport.  According to the Chief of the Hammondsport Fire Department, excessive fumes were most likely the culprit.  He said the boat blower, which is used to ventilate explosive fumes, either wasn’t on or that the boat didn’t have one at all.  The explosion snapped the boat in half and it sunk into Keuka Lake, injuring a husband and wife from Batavia.  The man was treated at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for lacerations on his head.  The woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for severe burns on her legs.



Corning Traffic Stops Leads to Drug Charges:


A Corning man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop Friday morning in the City.  According to police, members of the Corning Police Department stopped a vehicle on State Route 352 in Corning around 2:30 a.m. and they recovered a quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine in the possession of a front seat passenger.  42-year-old Shane Hetzel was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.



3 Arrested in Hornell Traffic Stop:


A traffic stop in Hornell resulted in the arrests of three people Wednesday.  The Evening Tribune reports that police recovered crystal methamphetamine, knives, marijuana, a scale, cash, and a replica gun during the stop.  39-year-old Barney May, of Hornell, and 31-year-old Paul Bastian have both been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Bastian also faces charges of weapons possession and evidence tampering.  35-year-old Sarah Herrick, of Lindley, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation. 



Rep. Reed Could Face Primary Challenger:


Representative Tom Reed might have to worry about more than just a Democratic challenger for his 23rd District seat.  Casey McDonald, real estate developer and conservative activist from Romulus, has announced to the Finger Lakes Times his interest in challenging Reed to a primary showdown.  McDonald previously challenged for the state GOP chairmanship earlier this year, but was unsuccessful. 



St. James Hospital Looking to Raise $2M for Project:


Saint James Hospital has launched a fundraising campaign to support new construction on Seneca Road in Hornell.  According to officials, the projects - which include building a walkway from the new hospital to the medical office building, creating an outdoor courtyard, and the purchase of some hospital equipment – are not included in the $55 million funding that was previously allocated by the state.  The hospital is looking to raise $2 million.  Secure donations can be made online at or by contacting (607) 324-8113. 


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