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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 20th

3 Arrested During Traffic Enforcement Detail:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that three people were arrested during a recent intensified traffic enforcement detail on State Route 415 and State Route 21 in Wayland.  20-year-old Jeffrey Drake of Hornell allegedly knowingly possessed a controlled substance while in a vehicle and he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was released on an appearance ticket.  39-year-old Amanda Goodridge of Brooklyn allegedly knowingly possessed a controlled substance while in a vehicle and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana and she was released on an appearance ticket.  And 53-year-old William Corcoran of Campbell allegedly consumed an alcoholic beverage and knowingly possessed marihuana while in a vehicle and he was charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, and he was released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

Bath Woman Accused of Passing Fake Money:

 

A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to use fake money.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Amber Crout was arrested after she allegedly knowingly passed a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill for cab services in the Town of Erwin.  She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft of services.  She was arraigned and released to appear in the Town of Erwin Court at a later date.

 

 

State Legislature Passes Farmworkers Rights Bill:

 

After several hours of debate Wednesday, the New York State Senate and Assembly both passed the proposed Farmworkers Rights Bill.  The legislation will give farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime if they work more than 60 hours a week, and get a guaranteed day off each week.  Supporters – which include many farm laborers, their advocates, and groups including the Catholic Church – say farm workers deserve the same rights and benefits as other workers.  Those opposed, including many farm owners, warn that it could dramatically increase labor costs.  Senator Tom O’Mara voted against the bill, saying it will drive family farms out of business and have profound repercussions throughout local farm economies. 

 

 

Steuben Public Health Plan Tackles Substance Abuse:

 

One of the primary concerns to come out of the recent Health Priorities Setting Meeting for the 2019 Steuben Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was the current opioid crisis in the county.  In response, the county Public Health department expects to work with other county agencies to curb the substance abuse epidemic.  County Public Health Director Darlene Smith added that Steuben Public Health must also work under the state Department of Health’s guidelines and expects to decide in August what exact role it can take in the fight against substance abuse.  Currently, Steuben Public Health provides training in NARCAN – an opioid overdose reversal medication.  The other priorities set at the May 7th priorities meeting are: promoting healthy infants, women and children, with a focus on child and adolescent health; and tobacco prevention. 

 

 

Travel Advisory – S.R. 371 & 21 in Cohocton:

 

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the first phase of a two-part paving project on State Routes 371 and 21 from the Ontario County line south to the Village of Cohocton will begin Monday, weather permitting.  The road will be Cold-In-Place Recycled during this phase.  The second part of the project, a hot mix asphalt overlay, will occur later this season. Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays.

 

 

Netflix Series Featuring CMoG to Begin July 12th:

 

Mark your calendars – the previously announced Netflix series featuring our own local Corning Museum of Glass will begin streaming to audiences worldwide on July 12th.  Blown Away will follow a group of 10 highly skilled glassmakers from across the U.S. who will be challenged to design, create, and make beautiful works of art under limited time.  Their pieces will be showcased and assessed by a panel of judges.  CMoG served as a key consulting partner for the series, and the museum’s Senior Manager of Hot Glass Programs Eric Meek also appears on the show as a “guest evaluator” during the finale.  The winner of the series will be awarded the title of “Best in Blow” and will earn a prize package valued at $60,000, which includes a week-long Guest Artist appearance at CMoG.  Additionally, artwork made on the show will be available for viewing at the museum this summer.  Learn more about the show at https://www.cmog.org/blownaway

 

 

Vernon Downs Reportedly Being Considered for New Woodstock 50 Home:

 

WKTV in Utica reports that Vernon Downs, a casino and race track located east of Syracuse, is being considered as a possible new home for the beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival.  Vernon Downs is said to be one of possibly six venues being considered.  Watkins Glen International was originally set to host the event, but the track announced on June 10th that it had ended its partnership with Woodstock.  Tickets for the three-day festival still have not gone on sale.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 19th

Fire in Hornell:

 

First responders were called to Bennett Street in Hornell Tuesday afternoon for a fire at a home.  Officials say the fire started in an unattended oven.  The family of eight were able to escape the home unharmed and damage to the home is said to minimal. 

 

 

2 Arrested in Corning Traffic Stop:

 

A traffic stop on Wall Street in Corning resulted in the arrests of two people Monday.  20-year-old Raini Giglio and 28-year-old Carissa Liberti, both of Budget Inn, East Corning were both arrested after their vehicle was pulled over at about 9:45 p.m. and officers discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Seneca Falls.  They were both charged with criminal possession of stolen property and were sent to the Steuben County Jail.  The vehicle was towed from the scene.

 

 

$1.6M Grant Awarded to Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition:

 

The New York State Department of Health has awarded the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition a $1.6 million grant.  The funds, which will be broken up over five years, will be used to pay for staffing and programs.  The STTAC aims to reduce tobacco use across Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties.  The grant goes into effect on July 1st.     

 

 

Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:

 

The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will be held tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.  Additionally, the B.O.E. will meet in special executive session at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office.  The purpose of the special meeting/executive session is for the annual Board performance review of the superintendent of schools.

 

 

Corning’s Denison Park Pool to Open Tomorrow:

 

Corning’s popular summer stop, the Denison Park Pool will open to the public for the season tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th.  Hours will be limited from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and June 24th through June 27th.  Regular hours will be noon to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.  The Stewart Park Pool is still in need of repairs and its opening will be delayed.

 

 

Simmons Rockwell Hornell Receives Service Award:

 

The Hornell Simmons Rockwell dealership is being recognized for exceptional service.  The dealership is the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award for outstanding customer service.  As outlined in the award letter, to qualify a dealership must “exhibit quality business practices and Ford’s core principles,” showing unmatched quality in customer service and satisfaction, achieve and exceed company sales projections, follow through on commitments, and provide fix it the first-time service.  Only the top 10 percent of all Ford dealerships across the country receive the award.  This the first time that the Hornell Simmons Rockwell has received the award.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 18th

Town Primaries Set for June 25th:

 

Republican primaries are set for 19 towns next Tuesday, June 25th.  Additionally, the Towns of Wayne and Canisteo will hold Conservative primaries.  Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m.  There are no primaries for county elected officials and no primaries for other parties.  That means only registered Republicans or Conservatives will be able to vote on Tuesday.  And a reminder to employers: the June 25th Primary is the first time ever that employees will get paid time off to vote.  Per the changed law, employees can take up to three hours at the beginning or end of his or her shift as designated by the employer, unless otherwise mutually agreed.  The employee must notify their employer no less than two working days prior to the election.  Voters can check their status, poll site locations, and sample ballots online at https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19.  Anyone interested in becoming an elections inspector may call (607) 664-2240.

 

 

Travel Advisory – Route 21 in Cohocton/I-86 in Corning:

 

A reminder for motorists today that State Route 21 in the Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane approximately a half mile south of the Ontario County line beginning today for roughly one week for subsurface repair and drainage enhancements.  Traffic will be maintained by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers.  Additionally, work also begins today on a bridge joint replacement project on the I-86 Exit 47 (Gibson) interchange in the Town of Corning.  Traffic will be limited to one lane and drivers should be prepared for delays.

 

 

Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting:

 

The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19th at 6 p.m.  It will be held in the high school library.

 

 

Hornell Announces Summer Hours for City Pool:

 

The City of Hornell has announced the summer hours for the pool at Veteran’s Memorial Park.  It will be open today through Sunday, June 30th from 1 to 5 p.m.  The City Summer Recreation Program officially begins on July 1st.  As of July 1st, the pool will be open Monday through Saturday for Open Swim from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.  There will be a Family Swim from 6 to 7:45 p.m.  On Sundays, it will be open for Open Swim from noon to 5:45 p.m.  The baby pool will be closed for maintenance on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday June 17, 2019

Rent Reform Bill Signed into NYS Law
New York lawmakers passed a bill series of sweeping rent reforms to grant housing tenants the strongest protections in state history. The State Assembly and Senate passed the packages minutes away from each other and sent the legislation to the Governor, who signed it into law on Friday. The reforms include allowing any municipality outside of New York City to be included in rent control regulations, allowing cities, towns and villages with rental vacancy rates of 5% or less to be able to set up their own rent control units and requires landlords statewide to provide notice if they are going to increase a tenant’s rent by more than 5% or do not intend to renew a tenant lease. The legislation also makes eviction a crime when a landlord locks out or uses force to evict a tenant. Sponsors of the bill say it will help to stabilize the speculative housing market statewide.

 

Anti-Robo Call Bill Passed in NYS Senate
A New York Senate bill passed Friday to help limit robocalls throughout New York state. The legislation, State Senate Bill S3297D, would require telephone service providers offer call mitigation technology to their users, free of charge. The bill would also require robocalls be received only with prior consent. A recent FCC ruling says service providers can, by default, block unwanted robocalls. Bill S3297D will next be voted on in the state assembly.

 

Color Walk to End Child Abuse Attracts Dozens of Local Supporters
Over 70 local citizens showed up in Pulteney Square for the fourth annual Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse on Saturday. The event was intended as a colorful reminder that every one of us can do something to prevent child abuse. Walkers were splashed with non toxic colored paint powder and participating agencies provided information on services and resources for families. The event was sponsored by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Task Force, Keuka Insurance Group, Inc. and the Corning Police Benevolent Association.

 

Route 21 in Cohocton Closes Tomorrow for Construction
The New York State Department of Transportation says that that State Route 21 in Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location about a ½ mile south of the Ontario County line tomorrow. This lane closure is being implemented to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements to State Route 21.  Work is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.

 

OFA Issues Needs Assessment Survey
Steuben County residents are asked to weigh in on how to best serve the needs of our elderly. Every few years, the Steuben County Office For the Aging conducts its “Needs Assessment Survey” with its community members to help determine how the organization focuses their services. Surveys are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OFA-NAS or calling (607) 664-2298 to receive a survey through mail. Surveys are also available in large print for ease and comfort of participants.

 

AAA Projects Lower Summer Gas Prices
According to experts from AAA, the national average for regular gas currently is $2.75 a gallon- a price 17 cents lower than last year’s high in early May. AAA is expecting a drop in gas prices this summer as prices per gallon have fallen steadily for the past several weeks. According to one analyst, United States drivers could pay less than $2.25 per gallon in the next few months.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 15, 2019

Hornell Man Arrested Following Bolivar Incident
A Hornell man was arrested with a felony charge of 3rd degree criminal mischief after he allegedly destroyed a car on Liberty Street in the village of Bolivar.Troopers arrested and charged Jamie Miller for the June 5th incident, leaving him with an appearance ticket to show in court later this month.

 

Route 21 in Cohocton to Be Closed for Construction
The New York State Department of Transportation says that that State Route 21 in Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location approximately 0.5 miles south of the Ontario County line on Tuesday. This lane closure is being implemented to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements to State Route 21.  Work is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.

 

County Reminds Citizens of Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Steuben County Legislature urges residents to take special note of the rights and dignity of the elderly in Steuben today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski says “our aging residents are suffering from neglect or are victims of physical, emotional, or financial abuse. According to studies, it is estimated that only one in 23 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities.

 

Governor Eliminates Non-Medical Vaccination Exemptions
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak. Cuomo says "the science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe.”

 

OFA Issues Needs Assessment Survey
Steuben County residents are asked to weigh in on how to best serve the needs of our elderly. Every few years, the Steuben County Office For the Aging conducts its “Needs Assessment Survey” with its community members to help determine how the organization focuses thier services. Surveys are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OFA-NAS or calling 607-664-2298 to receive a survey through mail. Surveys are also available in large print for ease and comfort of participants.


Hammondsport Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hammondsport man for drug charges. According to deputies, a Superior Court Indictment Warrant was issued for 36 year old Thomas R. Boston, who was indicted for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance charges in both the fourth and fifth degree. It is alleged that Boston sold substances in the Hammondsport area. Boston was arraigned in Steuben County Court then released on his own recognizance.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, June 14th

Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hammondsport man on drug charges.  36-year-old Thomas Boston has been indicted for criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling controlled substances in the Hammondsport area.  Boston was arraigned and was released on his own recognizance.

 

 

Dansville Woman Charged with Misusing Food Stamps, Petit Larceny:

 

A Dansville woman has been arrested for allegedly misusing food stamps and petit larceny.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Lisa Galloway allegedly used another person’s benefit card on multiple occasions.  She was not authorized or eligible to use or receive benefits from that person’s card.  She was released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

New York Does Away with Religious Exemption to Vaccinations:

 

New York State has done away with the religious exemption for vaccinations for schoolchildren.  The state Senate and Assembly approved the repel Thursday, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure minutes after the final vote.  It goes into effect immediately, but unvaccinated students have up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization.  The religious exemption allowed parents to cite religious beliefs to forego the required vaccines for school enrollment.  The repel comes on the heels of the nation’s worst measles outbreak since 1992.  The exemption for children who cannot have vaccines for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system, has not been changed.

 

 

Travel Advisory – S.R. 21 in Cohocton, I-86 Exit 47:

 

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that State Route 21 in the Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location approximately .5 miles south of the Ontario County line next week.  The closure will begin June 18th to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements.  Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers.  Work is expected to last approximately one week.  Additionally, it has been announced that work will also begin on the 18th on a bridge joint replacement project on the I-86 Exit 47 (Gibson) interchange in the Town of Corning.  Traffic will be limited to one lane and drivers should be prepared for delays.

 

 

Woodstock Lost WGI for Failure to Pay Says Court Docs:

 

Court documents submitted during a hearing between the former investor in the Woodstock 50 festival, Dentsu, and the festival organizers, has revealed more information about why Watkins Glen International pulled the event’s site license.  The letter reportedly says festival organizers failed to make a final payment of $150,000 to the racetrack.  WGI announced Monday that it would no longer host the festival, which was set to take place from August 16th through the 18th.  Dentsu and organizers are battling in court over $18.5 million in funding that organizers say Dentsu stole, while Dentsu says the money is rightfully theirs.  All the while, organizers continue to insist the festival will go on and tickets will go on sale soon.

 

 

Steuben Legislature Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:

 

The Steuben County Legislature is urging residents to take special note of the rights and dignity of the elderly in Steuben tomorrow on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.  The county Department of Social Services fields several hundred allegations of senior abuse each year, and Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski says that both professional caregivers and every resident of every age should be aware of the signs of abuse, which can include physical trauma, depression, anxiety, and isolation from family, neighbors, and friends.  The theme for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is “Building Strong Support Elders.”  It’s a call to action, sending a message that causing physical and emotional harm to an older person, taking financial advantage of an elderly individual, or jeopardizing the health or welfare of a senior is inexcusable and unlawful.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 13th

2 Steuben Co. Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Hornell:

 

Two Steuben County men have been arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop by Hornell Police Wednesday morning.  46-year-old Eugene Poteat Jr. of Bath and 39-year-old Steven Hughes of Hornell are accused of selling meth, and Hughes is additionally accused of trying to destroy evidence.  Both men are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Both were taken to the Steuben County Jail.

 

 

Bradford Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bradford man following a reported domestic incident.  Deputies say they responded to a residence on C.R. 18 in Bradford on June 9th to investigate a 911 report of a domestic disturbance where a man had a knife.  It’s alleged that 40-year-old Charles DeCamp threatened persons at the residence with a knife, intentionally damaged property, was in possession of methamphetamine, and resisted arrest.  He was charged with menacing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

 

 

Canisteo Man Facing Drug Charges in Livingston Co.:

 

A Canisteo man is facing drug charges in Livingston County after he was arrested for allegedly carrying fentanyl in his car.  31-year-old Nathan Osmin has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, evidence tampering, and possession of a hypodermic instrument.  Osmin is currently being held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 bail.

 

 

Canisteo Youth Accused of Making Unspecified Threat:

 

A youth from Canisteo has been arrested for allegedly making a terroristic threat.  Details have not been released regarding what type of threat was made, but authorities report that the juvenile was ticketed and released to appear in Family Court at a later date.

 

 

NYS Assembly Passes “Green Light” Bill:

 

The New York State Assembly has passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act.  Commonly known as the Green Light bill, it would allow undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for a driver’s license by expanding the types of proof of identity that can be submitted with an application for a non-commercial driver’s license.  The bill would allow applicants to submit a signed affidavit that they have not been issued a social security card, instead of providing a social security card.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has voiced support for the legislation, saying he will sign it if it passes.  He has said he believes it will improve road safety.  A study in 2017 by Stanford University found that after California expanded access to drivers’ licenses, hit-and-run accidents dropped between seven and 10 percent, and not-at-fault drivers saved $3.5 million in out-of-pocket expenses for car repairs.  In all, twelve states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have all already passed similar legislation.      

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 12th

Caton Man Killed in Trailer Fire:

 

A Caton man has died after his trailer caught fire.  According to the Caton Volunteer Fire Department, crews were called to the scene just after 2 a.m. Monday.  They rescued 40-year-old Andrew Marmuscak, who suffered second degree burns on “approximately 80 percent of his body.”  He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

 

Bath Woman Charged with Violating Leandra’s Law:

 

A Bath woman has been arrested after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report to check the welfare of two minors.  Authorities allege that 38-year-old Crystal Wellman operated a motor vehicle in an impaired condition due to illegal drug use.  She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated: with a child age 15 or younger inside the vehicle (known as Leandra’s Law), operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.  She was released on traffic summons and an appearance ticket.

 

 

Travel Advisory – S.R. 371 in N. Cohocton:

 

The New York State Department of Transportation will be closing State Route 371 in the Hamlet of North Cohocton today through Friday to complete work necessary for a joint project with the Steuben County Soil and Water District to address flooding of properties along State Route 371.  The highway will be closed between Maple Street and State Route 21.  State route 371 will be open to local traffic, but will be impassable just north of Empire Tractor.

 

 

Bath Bowling Alley to See New Life as Co. Parking Lot:

 

The partially-collapsed Steuben Bowling Academy in Bath will soon see new life as a parking lot for the busy Steuben County Office Building.  On Tuesday, the county Legislature’s Ad Hoc Office Space Committee approved a bid of $109,000 for demolition of the remaining structure, including asbestos abatement and other associated costs – contingent on the county closing a deal to purchase the property for $70,000.  County Manager Jack Wheeler told The Corning Leader that they hope the deal will be finalized in a couple of months.  The new lot will add 90 additional parking spaces, easing congestion that has become increasingly apparent, especially during jury selections.  Steuben Bowling suffered the collapse in September 2018 and just 10 days later, the owners posted on their website saying that they were closing down permanently.   

 

 

Children Could Be Required to Attend Kindergarten:

 

Children could soon be required to attend kindergarten, with legislation to do so passing in both the state Senate and Assembly.  If signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, all New York schools would be allowed to require children who live in their district to attend kindergarten when they turn five, and teachers and school officials would then be able to report a child’s lack of attendance to Child Protective Services. Under current law, children do not have to show up until age six, which supporters of the measure say allows the students to miss out on crucial key learning and that they can develop bad habits, are more likely to fall behind, and potentially drop out. 

 

 

NY, Other States, Oppose T-Mobile/Sprint Deal:

 

Citing consumer harm, New York – along with attorney generals of several other states – has filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposal by T-Mobile to acquire Sprint.  The suit says that the promised benefits of the $26.5 billion bid, such as better networks and faster service, cannot be verified, but that the elimination of a major wireless company will immediately harm consumers by reducing competition and driving up prices.  New York is joined by California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin in the lawsuit.  The Federal Communications Commission has voiced support of the deal.  The Justice Department hasn’t yet made a decision.  T-Mobile and Sprint have tried to merge before under the Obama administration, but the deal was denied by regulators.

 

 

Ecuador Denies Extradition, Releases Paul Ceglia:

 

The Wellsville man accused of trying to defraud Mark Zuckerberg is now free after an Ecuadorian judge denied an extradition request by the United States and released him.  Paul Ceglia was arrested in 2012 after fabricating a contract and multiple emails, claiming that he was owed half-ownership of Facebook.  He later fled to Ecuador after cutting off his home arrest monitoring bracelet.  He was arrested again in Ecuador in August of 2018.  He faces 20 years in prison if convicted.  In apparent reasoning for the release, the Ecuadorian President cited cases in which the U.S. denied extradition requests made by Ecuador for citizens who allegedly committed crimes.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 11th

Fire at Steuben Co. Landfill:

 

Just after 3 a.m. Monday, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the area of the Steuben County landfill on Turnpike Road in Bath on a report of smoke.  Assistant Chief Joe Washburn was first on scene and he discovered flames moving across the top of the landfill.  He immediately requested to dispatch for a working fire and mutual aid was called in from nearby departments.  There were no structures involved in the fire and 2 pieces of heavy equipment were safely removed from the area by landfill personnel.  The fire was called under control just before 8 a.m. and all fire units were cleared from the scene by 8:30.  The landfill was open for business by 10:30 a.m.  In all, 16 fire departments were called in, as well as the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Steuben County Emergency Services.

 

 

 

Woodstock 50 Seeking New Home after WGI Cancels:

 

The Woodstock 50 event will have to find a new home if it hopes to go off as planned, as Watkins Glen International has officially ended its partnership with the festival.  In a statement released Monday, the track said it “terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract” and as such “WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.”  In response, festival organizers released a statement of their own, saying they’re in discussions with a new host and are still planning for the event to happen August 16th through the 18th and they “look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.” 

 

 

NYS Gaming Commission Approves Sports Betting at Upstate Casinos:

 

As expected, Monday, the New York State Gaming Commission has voted in favor of allowing sports betting at four upstate casinos, including Tioga Downs and Del Lago.  Bets won’t be able to be made until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which likely won’t be until later this summer.  Additionally, tribal casinos are also planning to allow betting.  Legislation that would authorize wagering at sporting venues or on mobile devices has been introduced in the state Legislature, but so far has not received a vote. 

 

 

1st Annual Pride Event in Corning Saturday:

 

Corning will host its first ever Pride event this weekend at Centennial Park.  The event will run Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and it will be free to attend, offering everyone the chance to come together and applaud everyone’s freedom to be themselves.  Participating in the event is the Corning Museum of Glass, which will be offering free admission on the 16th and 17th to those who show their button from the Pride Celebration on the 15th.  The Museum will have a Pride-themed tour and visitors can enjoy brand-new rainbow-colored selections for Make Your Own Glass projects. 

 

 

Local Students Receive Bath Rotary Scholarships:

 

The Bath Rotary Club has awarded eight graduating seniors from four local school districts scholarships totaling $12,000 for their outstanding achievement and extraordinary involvement in school and community activities.  The $1,500 Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarships went to Derrick Goll of Campell-Savona, Grace DiRisio of Prattsburgh and Parker Watson of Hammondsport.  The $1,000 Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Madelyn Scott of Haverling.  The $1,500 Bath Rotary Club Scholarships went to Kambree Calkins of Haverling, Natalie Lowin of Hammondsport, and Travis Raab of Hammondsport.  And the $500 Interact Club Scholarships were awarded to Kambree Calkins and Madelyn Scott, both of Haverling.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, June 10th

Wayland Man Injured in Deer Collison:

 

A Wayland man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after his motorcycle collided with a deer in Hornellsville.  According to authorities, 70-year-old Frank Gross was traveling on Seneca Road North Friday afternoon when the deer ran into the roadway.  Gross’s condition is unknown at this time. 

 

 

“Speed Week” Enforcement Effort Underway:

 

A special enforcement initiative is underway on New York’s roads.  “Speed Week” runs through June 12th with a goal of cracking down on speeding or aggressive driving, and distracted driving.  State Troopers will be out in force in both marked and unmarked vehicles to identify drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, those not properly buckled up, and those who don’t obey the Move Over law.  During the 2018 Speed Week campaign, nearly 25,000 tickets were issued.

 

 

NYS Gaming Commission to Vote on Sports Betting at Upstate Casinos:

 

Sports betting could soon become legal at four upstate casinos.  The state Gaming Commission is set to vote today on regulations that would permit betting at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier, and Del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes.  If approved, bets won’t start until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which will likely be later this summer.

 

 

FCC Approves “Robocall” Block Measure:

 

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a measure giving telephone carriers the ability to block “robocalls.”  Reports say Americans get some five billion robocalls a month, many of them illegal scams.  With the new measure, carriers will now be able to automatically block unwanted robocalls by using algorithms and network scanning, similar to email spam filtering.  The ruling also allows some carriers to give customers the ability to receive phone calls from their saved contacts only.  There’s no word yet from most carriers if there will be any charges associated with this new feature.  T-Mobile says it has already been offering a free block service since 2017. 

 

 

NYS Senate Approves O’Mara Backed Paint Recycling Program:

 

Paint recycling legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara has been unanimously approved by the New York State Senate.  The legislation would establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” that would see manufacturers responsible for managing the recycling and disposal of unused paint, instead of local governments.  This is the fourth straight year that the Senate has approved the bill.  The Assembly has never taken action on it.  O’Mara says it would create local jobs, encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint, and local governments could save approximately $25 million annually.  In Oregon, where similar legislation was enacted in 2010, over 1 million gallons of paint has been recycled.  California launched its paint recycling program in 2012 and currently has over 350 collection locations.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 8, 2019

Lobes Found Guilty of Assault 
A Corning man was found guilty for the assault of a female at his home back in September 2018. Gary Lobes was found guilty of second degree assault, attempted second and third degree assault and criminal mischief for strangling and beating a 26 year old victim on her body, face, hands and feet. Lobes will return to Steuben County Court at 10:30 a.m. on July 12th for sentencing and is currently held at Steuben County Jail. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker remarked about the case: “This is a case of pervasive domestic violence and the Corning Police Department went above and beyond in their efforts to investigate and bring this person to justice.” 

 

Lane Closure on State Route 54A in Urbana
Construction continues on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana. Traffic has been reduced to one lane about 0.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. Both directions of traffic are accommodated in one lane using temporary traffic signals. This lane closure has been implemented due to a landslide, and is expected to be in place for an extended period while repair options are evaluated and designed.

 

Canisteo Man Arrested for DWI
A Canisteo man was arrested on DWI charges following a traffic stop in Hornell. Steuben County Sheriffs say deputies arrested Peter B. Macchiaroli for allegedly operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition with a blood alcohol content above .18% Macchiaroli was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was released on traffic summons to appear in the Hornellsville Town Court at a later date. 

 

Bath Man Arrested for Drug Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department arrested a Bath man for drug charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine on at least 2 occasions in the Village of Bath. Ted M. Hackett had 2 Superior Court Arrest Warrants and was found to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine. Hackett was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree as well as Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Hackett was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail with his bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond on each indictment. 


Tops Stores Begins Stars for Our Troops Initiative
The Stars for Our Troops initiative at Tops Friendly Markets began yesterday to help customers properly retire their tattered and worn American flags by taking the flags as donations at many of the store’s locations around the Finger Lakes until June 22nd. Tops is accepting flags in honor of Flag Day on June 14th and Independence Day next month as a way to express their thanks and respect to veterans. The flags will be used by partner veteran organizations for their embroidered stars to be presented to local service men and women. The Tops in Dansville and Elmira will be participating this year in the Stars for Our Troops Initiative.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday June 7, 2019

County Adds New Map App for Solar Development
A new app for municipalities has been added to Steuben County Planning Department’s online Mapping and Resources web page to help landowners and local governments if and when they are approached by solar companies. The new tool shows properties in each town that could be developed for sizable solar projects. The app helps towns and farmers locate land that can be leased or purchased for large scale solar energy purposes, while maintaining prime farm land for crops. The low-impact projects generate more and more interest across the state as a way to provide clean, renewable sources of electrical power, with the Steuben County Public Works Department considering a solar project at the county landfill. The app can be accessed here: https://scnygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=240781aab68e48a6b6d60960dc4ca6db

 

Consumer Alert Issued for SSA Scam
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection has issued a consumer alert regarding scammers impersonating employees from the Social Security Administration to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims. In most cases, the caller requests personal information such as a Social Security Number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, and/or bank account information. As an excuse to ask for the information, the impersonator may claim that the Social Security Administration (SSA) “computers are down," or they may discuss enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug program. Officials stress that you should never give out your personal information.

 

County Attorney Reed Stepping Down
Steuben County officials announced county attorney Alan Reed will be stepping down from his position. Reed has filled the county attorney position since 2011, heading up the county Law Department. Officials said in a written statement: “In recent months,Mr.Reed and the County Legislature have realized that Mr. Reed’s perspective on legal concerns has not reflected the policy direction in which the county is moving,” and noted a team of strong leaders is in place to continue work after Reed leaves. 

 

NYS Senate Passes Law to Forgive Snow Days
The New York State Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would forgive a snow day beyond a school district's allowed amount if a state of emergency is declared the same day. The state of emergency could be declared by the governor, county executive or other emergency management leader. School districts are required by the State Education Department to have students in session for 180 days. The state already has a waiver for districts to be forgiven, but only after vacation days are taken away. The Assembly has not yet taken action on the bill.

 

NYS Senate Passes Limo Legislation Package
Yesterday, the New York State Senate Majority passed several limo regulation reforms. The reforms include New CDL Requirements for limo drivers, Seatbelts mandated for any altered vehicle transporting nine or more passengers,GPS requirements for limos, Drug and alcohol testing required for for-hire vehicles carrying nine or more occupants and much more. This bill package is the first legislation since the October limo crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people. The legislation will go on to be voted in the State Assembly. Details about the bill can be read at: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s6192. 


Travel Advisory – I-86 over C.R. 333 in Campbell
Work begins today on a bridge joint replacement project on Interstate Highway 86, eastbound over County Route 333.  According to the New York State Department of Transportation, one lane of traffic will be maintained during work.  The project is anticipated to last two weeks, weather permitting.  Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures, and could experience travel delays.    

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 6th

Man Shot in Turkey Hunting Accident:

 

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police report that a Steuben County man was recently shot during a turkey hunting trip in the Town of Cohocton.  The ECO say they received a call from Steuben County 911 on May 15th that an adult male had been admitted to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville with minor injuries from a pellet lodged in one of his fingers.  The man said he was accidently shot by his hunting partner as he was carrying a turkey decoy.

 

 

Rep. Reed Doesn’t Agree with President’s Tariffs on Mexico:

 

In a recent interview, Congressman Tom Reed said that he doesn’t believe the tariffs imposed on Mexico by President Donald Trump will realistically fix the border issue.  Instead he said he thinks that leaders in both Mexico and the U.S. need to “step up” and act to fix the “broken border.”  He said he doesn’t believe tariffs are “the best tool to deploy” on the issue. 

 

 

NYS Senate Passes Snow Day Forgiveness Bill:

 

New York school districts in danger of losing vacation days due to having too many snow days might be able to have a day forgiven in the future thanks to a new bill.  The state Senate has passed a bill that would forgive a snow day beyond a school district’s allowed amount if a state emergency is declared the same day.  The state of emergency could be declared by the governor, county executive, or other emergency management leader.  Currently, school districts are required to have students in session for 180 days.  There is a waiver for districts to be forgiven, but only after vacation days are taken away.  The bill now needs to pass the Assembly and then be signed by the Governor before it can become law. 

 

 

Applications Open for Fire Department Grants:

 

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications from fire departments for federally funded Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.  If awarded, fire departments will receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,500.  Expenses directly related to fire suppression efforts are eligible for funding, while expenditures not directly related to firefighting – such as search and rescue equipment, maintenance items, and construction of building and facilities – are not.  The application deadline is June 28th.  If awarded, departments have until October 31st to finish all required grant paperwork.  More information is available via the DEC by calling 518-402-8839 or online at the DEC website.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, June 5th

Steuben Co. Attorney Stepping Down:

 

Steuben County Attorney Alan Reed has announced that he will be stepping down after eight years of service.  The County Attorney heads the County Law Department, representing the county in all of its legal matters.  Reed was appointed in January 2011 to finish out the term of former County Attorney Frederick Ahrens.  In a statement, County officials said that, “In recent months, Mr. Reed and the County Legislature have realized that Mr. Reed’s perspective on legal concerns has not reflected the policy direction in which the County is moving.”  The statement went on to say Reed has formed a highly qualified team of professionals, capable of providing excellent legal services and that Steuben County will “continue to be well-served with quality legal representation” upon Reed’s departure.  Reed said he is “deeply grateful for having the opportunity to serve as County Attorney,” and that his plan going forward is to explore “new ventures in providing legal representation.”

 

 

Steuben Co. Tire Day Sees 20,000 Tires Turned in to Landfill:

 

The recent tire collection event held in connection with Earth Day at the Steuben County landfill saw some 20,000 tires turned in.  That’s roughly twice the amount collected during a similar event last year, according to officials.  County Commissioner of Public Works Vincent Spagnoletti told The Corning Leader that more than 850 individuals brought in an average of 24 tires each.

 

 

Rep. Reed Delivers $5M for Local Airports:

 

Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday nine grants worth over $5 million to provide local airports in Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Olean, Penn Yan, Wellsville, and the Finger Lakes with funding to renovate and improve facilities.  Said Reed, “We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair access to reliable transportation.  These grants enable our local airports to fund maintenance projects and ensure efficiency of their operations.” 

 

 

OFA Seminars Start June 10th:

 

Free seminars on Medicare, sponsored by the Steuben County Office for the Aging, have been set for June 10th, 11th, and 20th, in Steuben County.  The first will be at the Steuben County Offices Building in Bath from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  On June 11th it will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then on June 20th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  These public seminars are tailored for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low-income subsidies.  For more information and to make reservations call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.

 

 

NYS Launches Interactive Algal Bloom Map:

 

There’s a new way for state residents to keep track of harmful algal blooms.  The State has launched an online notification and reporting system, dubbed “NY HABS,” that features an interactive map.  The map is updated daily with reports of blooms along with a new public reporting form.  View the map online at on.ny.gov/nyhabs. 

 

 

Declawing Ban Heads to Gov. Cuomo:

 

Legislation that would ban the declawing of cats in New York State has been passed by the state legislature and is now its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk.  Per the bill, those who violate the ban could face fines upwards of $1,000.  Veterinarians would still be able to perform the procedure for medical reasons, such as infection or injury. 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, June 4th

2 Children Arrested in Avoca Burglary:

 

Two young children were arrested following a burglary in progress call in the village of Avoca. Bath-based troopers said they arrested boys, ages 10 and 12. They were both charged with four felonies to include first-degree reckless endangerment, residential burglary armed with an explosive or deadly weapon, second-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a loaded firearm. They were released on appearance tickets.

 

 

Multimillion Dollar Renovations Planned for Steuben Co. Offices:

 

The Steuben County Office Building in Bath will see some much-needed TLC to its courtroom facility in the near future via a multimillion-dollar project that includes major renovations such as additional courtrooms, hearing rooms, waiting areas for the public, and renovated space for the court administration staff.  The project was prompted by a notification by the state Office of Court Administration roughly two years ago that found the county courtroom facility did not meet state standards.  County Manger Jack Wheeler told WENY that the project could cost between $7 and $11 million, and it will go up for bid in early 2020 with an estimated completion date of 2023. 

 

 

Travel Advisory – I-86 over C.R. 333 in Campbell:

 

Work is expected to begin Friday on a bridge joint replacement project on Interstate Highway 86, eastbound over County Route 333.  According to the New York State Department of Transportation, one lane of traffic will be maintained during work.  The project is anticipated to last two weeks, weather permitting.  Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures, and could experience travel delays.    

 

 

Steuben COs Recognized:

 

Three Steuben County corrections officers were recognized Monday by the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee for their recent life-saving efforts.  County Sheriff Jim Allard said on May 19th officers Branden Erskine and Joshua Turner, and Sgt. Donald Strittmatter assessed an unidentified inmate’s life-threatening situation and acted as a team to save the individual’s life.  Allard said their actions are representative of the core values of the Sheriff’s Office – professionalism, integrity, leadership and service.

 

 

2 Steuben Co. Residents Recognized as Part of “Older NYers’ Day”:

 

Two Steuben County residents were recognized May 21st at the New York State Office for the Aging’s “Older New Yorkers’ Day” Celebration at the Egg Center in Albany.  The annual event recognizes the achievements of two volunteers in each of the 59 area “Agencies on Aging” overseen by NYSOFA.  A retired nurse, Nancy Snyder was recognized for 39 years of service with the Pulteney Volunteer Ambulance as an emergency medical technician and trainer.  Susan Arthur of Bath, a retired teacher, was recognized for her volunteer work with the Finger Lakes SPCA and at Ira Davenport Hospital.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, June 3rd

Dormann Library Budget Hearing Ahead of June 6th Vote:

 

The Dormann Library in Bath will be holding a budget hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4th at 5 p.m. ahead of this week’s budget vote.  The proposed budget would see an increase for the library, to be raised by taxation of the residents of the Haverling Central School District, from $245,704 annually to $257,989 annually.  Polls will be open on June 6th at the library from noon to 8 p.m.  Organizations

 

 

Guthrie Opens New Medical Office in East Corning:

 

Patients are expected to be accepted starting today in the new Guthrie Medical Office in East Corning.  Guthrie unveiled the new building last week.  The 60,000-square foot extension of the hospital campus offers specialty medical offices with some of the services to include: general surgery, orthopedics, urology and cardiology. 

 

 

Elmira Correctional Facility Conducting Drill Thursday:

 

The Elmira Correctional Facility will be performing a lockdown drill on Thursday, June 6th.  The Elmira Police Department reports that due to this, the public may see some activity outside the facility.  Be advised, this is just a drill and there is no cause for alarm.

 

 

Travel Advisory – S.R. 417 in Erwin:

 

Work will begin today, weather permitting, on a highway resurfacing project between the Village of Addison, ending east of the State route 417/Interstate 99 interchange on State Route 417 in the Town of Erwin.  As part of the project, pavement markings will be removed and temporary stripes will be placed.  Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers.  Drivers are urged to use extra caution.  Work is expected to last approximately two weeks.

 

 

4th Annual Steuben Co. Color Walk Set for June 15th:

 

The fourth annual “Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse” has been set for June 15th.  Registration for the family-friendly color walk will be 9 a.m. the day of in Pulteney Square in Bath.  The mile-long course will follow at 10:15 a.m.  The cost is $3 per participant.  Children under the age of 5 are free.  Organizers recommend participants wear light-colored clothing for best effect, as well as eye and nose protection as volunteers located along the course will toss non-toxic colored paint powder at the walkers as they pass.  Additionally, the event will also include Mega Bubble Man with lots of bubble fun, and participating agencies will provide information on services and resources, and t-shirts will be available for $5.

 

 

Over 30,000lbs. of Perdue Chicken Recalled:

 

Over 30,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled by Perdue Foods LLC. over concerns of contamination by extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone.  The fully cooked chicken products were produced on March 21st and include: 11.2 oz trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS - GLUTEN FREE,” 12 oz trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS – WHOLE GRAIN,” 12 oz trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS – WHOLE GRAIN,” 10-lb. bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Breaded Chicken Tenders Boneless Tender Shaped Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat,” and 10-lb. bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Chicken Breast Strips Strip Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat.”  The products bear establishment number “EST. P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection.  The products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.  Consumers who purchased the effected products are urged not to eat them.  They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.  For full recall details visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2019/recall-064-2019-release

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday June 1, 2019

CCE Seeking Grow-NY Applicants
Online applications for the first round of Grow-NY, a state-funded $3 million food and agricultural competition will be accepted until July 15th. New food and other agricultural products can submit an application online at grow-ny.com. The top prize is $ 1 million while two runners-up will win $500,000 and four will be awarded $250,000 for their entries with the five criteria of Viability of commercialization and business model, Customer value, Food and agriculture innovation, Regional job creation and Quality and completeness of the development team and its readiness to deliver. Those who win must commit to operate their businesses in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier or Central New York region for at least a year and give a portion of the profits they make back into the Grow-NY program.

 

No AM Parking on Liberty St. Today at Dairy Parade
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen announces there will be no parking on the parade route during today’s 63rd annual Dairy Festival Parade. Parking meters were posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. Traffic is closed from Liberty Street to Washington Street to Steuben Street from 8am in preparation for Dairy Festival Activities. All vehicles must be removed from Liberty Street by 8am and any vehicles parked in violation of this temporary police order will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic Detour hours will be in place by 10:15am and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the Dairy Festival Parade which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 this morning.

 

State Route 36 Work Begins Tuesday
The New York State Department of Transportation announced that paving will begin on State Route 961F on Tuesday, June 4…that’s weather permitting.  Paving will occur from the intersection of State Route 36 in the village of Arkport to the intersection of State Route 70 in the town of Burns in Allegany County.  This project is anticipated to last approximately one week. Motorists should expect delays.

 

Steuben County Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop
A Steuben County man is facing felony drug charges and other counts. 36-year-old Clifford Henderson Jr. of Wayland was driving on I390 when he was pulled over. Livingston County deputies said through the roadside traffic investigation it was found that Henderson’s license was suspended a total of twelve (12) times. he was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree. Henderson was also found to have an active warrant from of the Village of Dansville. Deputies said when they dropped him off at jail, they found he was allegedly in possession of four grams of crack cocaine. That earned him a felony charge. Henderson was arraigned and remanded to jail in lieu of bail.

 

Bath ‘90s Alumni Selected for Haverling Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District Board of Education has unanimously approved the Class of 2019 for the Haverling “Hall of Distinction”. The nomination committee selected two candidates to be recommended for this class: Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad from the Class of 1998 and Ms. Christine E.B. Howard from the Class of 1995. They both were honored with the title of “Business and Professional/Lifetime of Notable Achievement”. All inductees and families will be invited to the annual Alumni Banquet on June 21st for a formal recognition ceremony. Following the presentation at the Alumni Banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Auditorium.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday May 31, 2019

No Parking on Liberty St. Tomorrow for Dairy Festival
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen announces there will be no parking on the parade route during tomorrow’s annual Dairy Festival Parade. Parking meters will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. Traffic will be closed from Liberty Street to Washington Street to Steuben Street  at 8am in preparation for Dairy Festival Activities. All vehicles must be removed from Liberty Street by 8am and any vehicles parked in violation of this temporary police order will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic Detour hours will be in place by 10:15am and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the Dairy Festival Parade which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 tomorrow morning.

 

Bath ‘90s Alumni Selected for Haverling Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District Board of Education has unanimously approved the Class of 2019 for the Haverling “Hall of Distinction”. The nomination committee selected two candidates to be recommended for this class: Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad from the Class of 1998 and Ms. Christine E.B. Howard from the Class of 1995. They both were honored with the title of “Business and Professional/Lifetime of Notable Achievement”. All inductees and families will be invited to the annual Alumni Banquet on June 21st for a formal recognition ceremony. Following the presentation at the Alumni Banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Auditorium.

 

Governor Signs Bill Ending Gravity Knife Ban
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation ending the legal ban of gravity knives, a type of folding knife with locking blades that open with a flick of the wrist. Cuomo cited that “the legal landscape had changed” while approving the bill yesterday. The knives were originally banned in the 1950’s to curb the use of switchblades by street gangs but were used by many laborers at the time. Back in March, a federal district judge ruled the gravity knife ban as too vague and unconstitutional, adding that people were unable to know with certainty if carrying a gravity knife is legal.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Burglary
A Bath man has been charged with a felony crime. State troopers say they arrested 41-year-old Kevin Hixson. He was charged with 2nd degree residential burglary. The incident happened last week in the town of Bath. Hixson was released on his own recognizance.

 

Avoca Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
An Avoca man is facing multiple charges following a domestic dispute. State police arrested 54-year-old John Hernandez. He was charged with criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of marijuana. Court action is pending.

 

Hornell Woman Arrested for Food Stamp Misuse
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested a Hornell woman for Misuse of Food Stamps. It is alleged that 36-year-old Ashleigh M. Grover used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services while that person was incarcerated on seven different occasions between late August and early September 2018. Grover used the card for a total amount of $106.20 while not authorized or eligible to use or receive benefits from that person’s card. Grover was charged with seven counts of Misuse of Food Stamps, a Class A Misdemeanor, in violation of New York State Social Services Law. Grover was released on an appearance ticket to show in Village of Bath Court at a later date.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 30th

Cohocton Lifts Drinking Water Advisory:

 

The Village of Cohocton has lifted the high nitrate drinking water advisory that was issued on May 15th.  Any questions can be directed to the Village Office at (585) 384-5252 or the NYS Department of Health at (607) 324-8371.

 

 

Travel Advisory – I-86 in Bath:

 

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that bridge joint replacement work will begin Friday on Interstate 86 westbound over State Route 54 in the village of Bath.  Work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints. For the duration of the work, one lane of traffic will be maintained.  Work is anticipated to last approximately five days, weather permitting.

 

 

Gov. Cuomo “Right to Die Legislation Unlikely to Pass This Year”:

 

As part of radio interviews earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he doesn’t

think that legislation allowing the terminally ill to request life-ending medication from a physician will pass this year.  This year’s Senate and Assembly sessions adjourn next month and no vote on the bill has been scheduled.  The bill would require two physicians to sign off on the use of life-ending medication.  Eight other states and Washington D.C. have already passed such legislation.

 

 

Rep. Reed Introduces School Bus Safety Bills:

 

Representative Tom Reed announced Wednesday that he has joined with Representative Josh Gottheimer to co-sponsor two bills to improve school bus safety following a school bus crash in New Jersey last year.  The Miranda Vargas School Bus Driver Red Flag Act – or Miranda’s Law – ensures real-time background checks, so that when a school bus driver has any driving infraction beyond a parking ticket, the school or school bus company will receive an alert about that infraction from the Department of Transportation within 24 hours.  The SECURES Act requires seat belts on all school buses, makes three-point lap-and-shoulder seat belts the national standard, and encourages innovative measures to ensure students actually wear their seat belts while on school buses.

 

 

SCOPE Donating Medical Equipment to Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office:

 

The Steuben County chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) will make a donation today of 10 emergency medical bags and one EMT bag to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  Members from Hornell, Bath, and Corning will be present to donate the medical equipment as a means to help keep Steuben County safe.

 

 

Special Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:

 

The Haverling School District Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office.  The purpose will be to discuss litigation and other routine matters of the Board.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 29th

9 Arrested in Probation Compliance Check:

 

Nine people were arrested following a recent probation compliance check by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with State Police and the Bath Police Department.  25-year-old Jonathan Wood of Campbell, 61-year-old Nancy Dougherty of Arkport, 40-year-old Charles King of Wayland, 58-year-old James McGonigal Jr. of Pine City, 40-year-old Gilbert Harris of Hornell, 32-year-old Joseph Bennett Jr. of Bath, 43-year-old Jonathan Aloi of Campbell, 56-year-old Eric Manners of Wayland, and 42-year-old Michael Speciale Jr. of Corning were all sent to the Steuben County Jail for allegedly violating the terms or conditions of their probation.

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Planning for 4th Term Bid:

 

During a radio interview with WAMC Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that he plans to seek a fourth term in 2022.  If re-elected, Cuomo would become just the second person to win a fourth, four-year term as governor, after Republican Nelson Rockefeller.  New York’s first governor, George Clinton, served seven, three-year terms.

 

 

More Charges in Corning Animal Cruelty Case:

 

An animal cruelty case that began in February continues in Corning with additional charges levelled against the accused.  55-year-old Thomas Savino was originally charged with two counts of attempted aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly throwing rocks at a dog fenced in a backyard on Gorton Street on two separate occasions.  Tuesday, a Corning City Judge announced that Savino now faces an additional count of attempted aggravated cruelty to animals and a fourth-degree stalking charge for allegedly stalking a woman in the Gorton Street neighborhood.  An order of protection was also issued for the owner of the dog and the female stalking victim to keep Savino from contacting them.  Savino is expected back in court in July.

 

 

Horseheads Man Arrested for Rape, Assault:

 

A joint investigation by the Horseheads Police Department and the New York State Police has resulted in the arrest of a Horseheads man on charges of rape and assault.  51-year-old Michael Burtner was charged with first-degree rape and second-degree assault.  He was arraigned and sent to the Chemung County Jail on $200,000 bail.  Additional charges are pending.   

 

 

Corning Upgrading Parking Machines:

 

The City of Corning expects to upgrade its aging centralized parking machines late this fall.  $95,000 is included in the proposed 2019-20 city budget to replace the machines.  City Manager Mark Ryckman told the Corning Leader that the plan is to purchase machines that will provide more options, including the ability to pay with debit cards and the ability to pay for additional time remotely through a smart phone app.     

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 28th

Bath VA Bridge Closure Starts Today:

 

A reminder to motorists heading to the Bath V.A. Medical Center that beginning today, all traffic will need to use the VA’s back entrance.  The entrance bridge to the VA will be closed for major structural renovation that is expected to take four months to complete.  Traffic will need to enter using Longwell Lane off Knight Settlement Road.

 

 

Lindley Man Turns Himself in After Leading Police on Chase:

 

A Lindley man turned himself in and has been arrested after he allegedly led police on a chase through the Town of Lindley.  According to State Police, a trooper attempted to stop a vehicle on May 21st, but the driver – identified as 50-year-old Glen Glover – fled on back roads.  Glover reportedly drove through a yard on Morgan Creed Road, narrowly missing a child and damaging a fence and some trees.  He then allegedly stopped his vehicle on Bell Hill Road and fled on foot.  State Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, along with a helicopter from the State Police Aviation Unit, conducted a search.  On May 22nd, police say Glover called and agreed to turn himself in.  He was arrested and charged with reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, fleeing from police, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  He was also issued numerous tickets.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail.

 

 

Meth Bust in Corning:

 

After an investigation into an Ontario Street home in Corning turned up meth-making material, Corning Police have arrested Joseph Henson on drug charges.  Henson has been charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine. 

 

 

Elmira Correctional Officer Suffers Broken Nose in Inmate Attack:

 

An officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility is recovering after being attacked by an inmate last week.  The officer allegedly discovered a ceramic scalpel in the pocket of the 22-year-old inmate during a routine frisk on May 23rd.  The inmate then attacked the officer and they struggled before the inmate was eventually restrained.  The officer sustained abrasions to his face and left and right elbows, a broken nose, and back pain.  He was transported to a local hospital.  He did not return to duty.  The inmate was placed in special housing pending disciplinary measures.

 

 

Governor Signs Waste-to-Energy Facility Ban:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the ban of waste-to-energy facilities in the Finger Lakes Watershed.  Additionally, the law will prohibit such facilities from receiving a certificate of environmental compatibility and public need if: there is at least one landfill or other Department of Environmental Conservation permitted solid waste management facility operating or located within a 50-mile radius of the facility; and within 10 miles of a state-designated priority water body, pursuant to Environmental Conservation Law.  Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano both released statements in response, thanking the Governor for his action helping to preserve the Finger Lakes region.

 

 

Rep. Reed Holding Town Hall in Hornell Tomorrow:

 

Congressman Tom Reed will hold a Town Hall Meeting in Hornell tomorrow, May 29th.  It will be at the VFW Post 2250 on Canisteo Street at 5:30 p.m.

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Today's Top Stories - Memorial Day May 27, 2019

Neally to Serve 5 to 15 Years for Accident
Campbell man Robert Neally was sentenced to serve 5 to 15 years in prison for his involvement in a crash that killed a local fire chief last October. Neally pleaded guilty to 2nd degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI last month in Steuben County Court. According to prosecutors, Neally’s BAC was .17 percent when he hit a motorcycle driven by 65-year-old Lindley-Presho Fire Department chief Terry Hill on State Route 415 in Campbell.

 

Reed Helps Introduce SECURES Act
Congressman of the 23rd District Representative Tom Reed is co-sponsoring a bill drafted to improve school bus safety. The bill is named the “Secure Every Child Under the Right Equipment and Standards”, or SECURES Act, and would require students riding school buses to wear three-point lap-and-shoulder seat belts. Reed says grant money will be made available to help school districts to meet these new safety requirements. Federal law does not currently require seat belts for buses weighing over 5 tons.  

 

STOP-DWI Crackdown Continues Statewide
Motorists are reminded that a statewide crackdown on drunken, impaired and reckless driving will continue for this Memorial Day Weekend. State Troopers have begun beefing up patrols to combat dangerous driving enforcing zero tolerance for impaired, reckless and distracted drivers since Friday and the crackdown will end today. Drivers should anticipate sobriety checkpoints and troopers watching roads and highways from marked and unmarked vehicles. Last Memorial Day weekend in 2018, State Police arrested 237 people for impaired driving, wrote 13,318 tickets, responded to 154 crashes that involved injuries and investigated eight crash-related deaths.

 

NYS Announces Temporary Lane Closures for Memorial Day Holiday
State officials have announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended until 6 a.m. on tomorrow to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. Drivers should keep in mind that in some cases, road work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.
 

AAA Reports Road Travel Increase for Holiday Weekend
AAA forecasts a 3.5% increase from last year in travelers on the road for this Memorial Day weekend. AAA predicts 37.6 million travelers - the most on record for a Memorial Day weekend- to be traveling by automobile out of the total of 43 million Americans who traveling away from home. An increase for travel by buses, trains and cruise trips was also reported at  a rise in 3.8% from last year. Statewide, 2.65 million New Yorkers will travel for the holiday, a 3.5% uptick from last year.

 

Local Parades and Celebrations Scheduled for Memorial Day
Memorial Day is here and lots of local events are planned to ring in the holiday honoring our fallen soldiers. The Bath VA holds its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on the VA Campus at 10am today. Avoca’s Memorial Day parade begins at 10am but due to construction, the route has changed to start at Haines airstrip and will end at the Gazebo on Main Street where food will be sold. Hornell’s Memorial Day Parade begins at 9:30am today by Main Street Plumbing and will end at the Memorial on Broadway with a memorial service scheduled following the parade and the Legion will host a light social open to the public on 72 Seneca Street. Painted Post Fire Department is hosting its Memorial Day Ceremony today from 10am to 2pm with kids being loaded into trucks for a parade at 9:45am, a 21 gun salute demonstrated at the Centennial location by the Post Office and a fallen Firefighter memorial ending the event at the fire station.

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Work for I-86 Between Hornell and Howard Starts Tuesday
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that pavement maintenance work on Interstate 86 in both the eastbound and westbound directions, between Hornell and Howard, will begin Tuesday. The work will include a sealing treatment at the edges and centerline of the roadway. One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times. Motorists should expect delays.  Work is anticipated to last one week, weather permitting.

 

NY Court Rules Farmers Have Organizing Rights
From Albany’s WTEN…The New York Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled that farmworkers across the state have the right to organize and bargain collectively. The decision was affirmed by a 4-1 majority vote. The New York State Farm Bureau says it is disappointed with the decision.

 

NYS Announces Temporary Lane Closures for Memorial Day Holiday
State officials have announced that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended until 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28 to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. Drivers should keep in mind that in some cases, road work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.

 

Congressman Reed Announces Hornell Town Hall for 5/29
Congressman Tom Reed has announced a Town Hall Meeting scheduled for this coming week at the Hornell VFW Post 2250 on 245 Canisteo Street in Hornell. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm.

 

OFA Announces Series for Caretakers
Steuben County Office for the Aging has announced “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” a free six-week educational program in Bath focusing on the needs of family and friends who care for older adults suffering with long-term conditions. The series will aim to teach caregivers how to reduce personal stress, change negative self-talk, communicate their needs to family members and health care providers, and more. It will begin June 18th to July 23rd at the Steuben County Annex Building in Bath. Deadline to register is June 10th. For more information and to register please call (607) 664-2298 or go to www.steubencony.org/OFA and click on “Upcoming Events”.

 

Bath VA to Close Entrance Bridge Starting Tuesday
Beginning Tuesday the entrance bridge of the Bath VA Medical Center will be closed for the summer. According to officials, the bridge’s concrete deck, steel beams and sidewalks are being replaced and removed. The closure will last four months and all traffic will have to enter through the VA’s back entrance by using Longwell Lane, off Knight Settlement Road.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 24th

Narcotics Arrest:

 

The Village of Bath Police Department announces the arrest of a Rochester teen on drug charges.  17-year-old Jahmere Davis is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $10,000 cash. 

 

 

Bath Assessors Office Closing Early, Closed Monday:

 

The Town of Bath Assessors Office has announced that it will be closing early today, May 24th.  It will be closing at noon.  It will also be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th

 

 

Memorial Day Balloon Release in Hornell Cancelled:

 

The Memorial Day Balloon Release on the Broadway Mall in Hornell has been cancelled.  WLEA reports that family members of any veteran who has passed away since last Memorial Day will still be able to receive a red carnation and United States flag pin in their memory. 

 

 

NY Highway Work Halting for Memorial Day:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. today, May 24th to 6 a.m., Tuesday, May 28th to accommodate for increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend.  Drivers should keep in mind that in some cases, road work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.  Motorists are also reminded to abide by the state’s Move Over Law, and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making calls, and other non-driving tasks. 

 

 

Roadwork on I-86 in Starts Tuesday:

 

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that pavement work will be begin on Interstate 86 in both the eastbound and westbound directions between exits 34 and 35 from Hornell to Howard on Tuesday, May 28th.   One lane of traffic will be maintained at all times.  The work will take approximately one week, weather permitting.  Motorists should expect delays. 

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 23rd

Bath VA Bridge to Close Tuesday for 4 Months:

 

Visitors to the Bath V.A. Medical Center will need to use the VA’s back entrance starting Tuesday the 28th, as the entrance bridge will be closing for major structural renovation.  The work, which includes the removal and replacement of the steel beams, concrete deck, and sidewalks, is expected to take four months.  Traffic will need to enter using Longwell Lane off Knight Settlement Road.

 

 

Canisteo Man Arrested on Drug Charges:

 

The Canisteo Police Department reports the arrest of 30-year-old Michael Dubois, of Canisteo, on charges of criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  This is the second time in recent months that Dubois has been arrested on drug charges.    

 

 

David Gee Jr. Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal Snowmobile Accident:

 

As expected, David Gee Junior appeared in Steuben County Court Wednesday to answer charges related to the fatal snowmobile accident earlier this year in which his wife was killed.  Gee pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter.  After posting bail, Gee was released and he’s expected back in court next month. 

 

 

Memorial Day Weekend STOP-DWI Crackdown:

 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Wednesday that Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  From May 24th through May 27th, law enforcement agencies will collaborate across the state and will be out in force to reduce the number of impaired driving-related injuries and deaths.  Memorial Day is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year.  You can do your part to make sure it’s a safe one by Having a Sober Plan.  Download the mobile app – “Have a Plan” and you’ll always be able to find a safe ride home.  http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp

 

 

Memorial Day Ceremony at Bath V.A.:

 

There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Bath V.A. Medical Center on Monday at 10 a.m.  Featured will be wreath presentation, bag pipes, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard as Guest Speaker, and more. 

 

 

DEC Reminds Campers to Use Local Firewood While Enjoying Outdoors:

 

With the start of camping season underway, the Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding campers that the New York State firewood transportation regulation is still in effect.  Untreated firewood may contain invasive pests that kill trees, and to protect New York’s forests, untreated firewood should not be moved more than 50 miles from its source of origin.  The origin of the wood is where it was grown.  Anyone that cuts firewood for personal use is required to fill out a Self-Issued Certificate of Origin available on the DEC’s website.  Producers of untreated firewood for sale must obtain wood grown within 50 miles of their business, but may then declare the business as the source of the firewood.  Examples of documentation are also available on the DEC’s website.

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