Hornell Common Council Adopts New City Resolutions
In last night’s meeting, Hornell Common Council approved two major resolutions regarding the city’s Chamberlain term and policy for residency requirement. Changes made to the elections of Mayor and Chamberlains were made so neither of the separate offices will be elected to a new position in the same year and according to Mayor Buckley, this will make the transition into city hall smoother for the elected officials. The term for Chamberlain was also lengthened from 2 to 4 years. Residency requirement was updated so that any employee newly hired by the City of Hornell will have to be a city resident within 6 months of hiring with the few exceptions for part time or seasonal employees. Several budget adjustments were approved during the meeting and City Chamberlain, City Clerk and Mayor were given permission to draw checks for payments of bills.
Local Villages Elections Happening in Steuben County
Today is an important day in local politics as several Village elections are taking place. Elections in the Village of Bath is for Mayor only where Mayor Von Hagn is running unopposed. North Hornell is holding a mayoral race and an election for two trustee positions. In Canisteo, Two village board seats are up for vote while three candidates - Independent Michael Delaney, and Republicans Grant Seaman and Don Lewis. If you are a voter in one of these townships who wants to participate but do not know where to go to vote, please refer to the County Board of Elections website to look up your polling place at: https://www.steubencony.org/Elect-Polling-Places/Poll_lookup.aspx.
Allard Calls for Corning/Elmira Border to Contain Drugs
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is calling for a financial border around the Corning area and throughout the Steuben County area as a means to control the drug epidemic as soon as possible. Allard recently told the city council “Whatever happens in Elmira will be here in five years. We need to establish a border around this area or it’s coming here.” Allard also says the fight against opioids will be given an edge when the Steuben County Legislature will hire two new deputies in mid-April to assist in drug traffic interdictions. Two other positions will be added later as part of a plan with the Police Chiefs of Bath, Hornell and Corning. Allard and District Attorney Brooks Baker recently announced the Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort, or “COPE” that seeks to resolve substance abuse in the county through the four-tier approach focusing on law enforcement, prevention, treatment and education. Sheriff Allard believes following this strategy is key to making the urgent call for isolating Steuben County possible.
Dansville Man Killed in Snowmobiling Accident
A Dansville man was killed over the weekend when the snowmobile he was operating was struck by a car. Police said 54-year-old Robert Henry died after he attempted to cross State Route 19A in Wyoming County and was struck causing fatal injuries. 56-year-old Thomas Brice of Nunda was not charged.
CASH Program Available for Taxpayers Earning Less than $54K
With Tax Day less than a month away, Steuben County residents, including retired seniors and their families, earning less than $54,000 in 2017, can receive free income tax assistance and electronic filing through the Southern Tier CASH Program. For more information, appointments and a checklist of necessary documents, call 2-1-1. A photo ID is required.
Canaseraga Man Charged With DWI
A traffic stop on I-86 resulted in the arrest of a Canaseraga man. State police charged 38-year-old Joshua Capwell with driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with refusing to submit to a breath test, speeding and other infractions.
Dansville Man Arrested on Meth Charges
State Troopers of the Wayland Barracks arrested a Dansville man for meth-related charges on State Route 36 in Dansville during an investigation for a domestic incident. Police pulled over Thomas J. Jacobs Jr, age 39, whose driving privileges were suspended, and say they found equipment, chemicals and other materials to make methamphetamine. Jacobs was charged with Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree as well as other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations. Jacobs was arraigned in Town of Dansville Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
State Burn Ban Begins
A reminder that the New York state burn ban is in effect for the brush fire season. The ban lasts until mid May as a safety measure to prevent grass and wood fires. Campfires are still allowed so long as they are contained by a ring or pit. The Department of Environmental Conservation warns that those who violate the state’s Open Burning Regulation are subject to both criminal and civil action, which can result in fines.
Beware of Scams Targeting Taxpayers
This tax season, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is warning New York taxpayers to be careful of a few reported scams. The office says they have received complaints about scammers impersonating IRS agents. Schneiderman stresses to never give personal information such as bank account information and social security and credit card numbers to anyone who calls you unsolicited and reminds citizens: "No legitimate government agency will call you unsolicited on something like this." Anyone suspecting a tax scam is urged to report it by calling the Attorney General’s office at 1-800-771-7755 or completing a consumer complaint form.
Police Still Looking for Robbery Suspect Johnson
Bath Police are still seeking help from the public to locate a suspect of a robbery in the village of Bath that happened last month. DeVante Johnson, a 25 year old man from Ithaca is wanted among two other people for robbery, burglary and gang assault charges after the assault and robbery of two other individuals. Police say Johnson may still be in the Bath area and anyone with information is urged to come forward and report it to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office or Bath Village Police Department.
County Public Health Seeking Emergency Drill Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for an upcoming emergency preparedness drill held by Steuben County Public Health. The drill will be held April 10th from 1-3pm at the Haverling High School Gym. The drill simulates a scenario of mass exposure to a virus requiring the administration of a vaccine to prevent illness. Volunteers are also needed at the same location to staff the event from 10:30am to 3:30pm. Steuben County Public Health officials say volunteers of all ages and abilities are highly encouraged to help with the project. Interested volunteers are asked to please provide their name, email address and cell phone number to the Public Health Department through calling (607) 664-2438 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Haverling Graduate to Receive SUNY Chancellor’s Award
A former Steuben County Youth in Government intern has received the State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. Dylan Marshall, a 2016 Haverling High School graduate, will receive the Chancellor’s award at an April 10 ceremony honoring recipients at the Albany Capital Center. Active in on-campus government at Finger Lakes Community College (FLCC) in Canandaigua, Marshall also was featured in the New York State Association of Counties magazine for his involvement in Steuben County Youth in Government.
Bath Street Department Collecting Storm Debris
Bath Village residents are reminded that the Village Street Department is still picking up brush and limbs brought down by the recent storm. All limbs and brush must be placed to the edge of the street but residents must not pile any material on the roadway. This collection is intended for storm damage only and continues until next week. The Village compost area will also be open for residents to drop off brush and limb debris free of charge. Anyone with more questions about this is asked to contact the Village Street Department at 776-6321 from 7am through 3:30pm.
New York Flu Cases Continue to Decline
For the third consecutive week, the number of laboratory confirmed influenza cases has decreased across New York. The number of weekly hospitalizations decreased for the fifth consecutive week since influenza was declared prevalent in December, with 694 New Yorkers hospitalized for lab confirmed influenza.
Dansville Man Arrested on Probation Violation
A Dansville man was arrested by Steuben County deputies due to an active Probation warrant in the county. James Bennett was arrested in Eden, New York after violating the terms and conditions of his probation. Bennett violated his probation after receiving a conviction of reckless endangerment in the first degree. Following his arrest, Mr. Bennett was remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a later date to reappear in Steuben County Court.
O'Mara Co-Sponspors NYS "Contraband Screening Plan"
The New York State Senate is moving forward on legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats) to require the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to establish an aggressive, multi-faceted “Contraband Screening Plan” in New York’s correctional facilities. O’Mara also noted that the New York State Correctional Officers & Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (NYSCOPBA) recently renewed the call for stepped-up efforts to cut down on drugs, weapons, and other dangerous contraband being smuggled into New York’s correctional facilities. The Association points to 2017 as potentially “the most violent year inside state prisons since 2007” with inmate-on-staff assaults, inmate-on-inmate assaults, and the smuggling of dangerous contraband into prisons on the rise.
Reed Responds to Student Demonstrations
Congressman Tom Reed expressed appreciation towards students who marched out of class to bring attention to school massacres and demand stricter gun control. In this week’s weekly conference call Reed said: “It inspires me to obviously reaffirm my position that doing nothing in regards to the issue of gun violence, in regards to the issue mental illness, derangement in America as well as protecting our schools….it’s something we should be doing.” Reed feels gun violence and school safety should be tackled by addressing those who are exhibiting mental illness or derangement as well as making sure function of background check is “flowing appropriately” while making sure legal rights are guaranteed, stressing “but at the same time due process rights are being protected.”
Law Enforcement Steps Up Patrols to Prevent St. Pat's Weekend DWIs
A reminder that state and local police will be on patrol to prevent drunk driving as part of the “STOP-DWI Crackdown Weekend” campaign. Targeting the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend the crackdown begins today and continues until this Monday March 19th. All drivers are reminded that if they will be drinking this weekend to organize a plan to get home safely by walking, calling a cab or carpooling. If you will not be sober and none of these can be arranged, please plan ahead to avoid getting drunk and behind the wheel by planning to spend the night. Research proves that these highly visible crackdowns can further reduce the incidence of DWI
Bath Police Searching for Burglary, Gang Assault Suspect:
Bath Police are searching for an Ithaca man believed to have taken part in a burglary and gang assault on February 22nd in the Village. 25-year-old Devante Johnson is believed to be in the Bath area. Earlier this week, police arrested 26-year-old Clifton McBean in relation to the same incident and he was jailed on no bail. Police say three men unlawfully entered a home and assaulted and robbed two others.
Dundee Man Crashes Truck into Home:
There were no injuries Thursday in an accident where a truck crashed into a house on the Dundee-Himroad Road. 24-year-old Sean Hanes of Dundee reportedly lost control of his pickup truck around 6 a.m. and rolled the vehicle onto its side. It came to rest in the house. There were six people inside at the time. Authorities say Hanes was traveling too fast on icy roadways and he was issued several traffic tickets.
Tractor-Trailer Carrying Livestock Crashes on I-86:
Around midnight this morning, a tractor-trailer transporting cows overturned on Interstate-86 in Chemung County near the Elmira Exit. According to officials, around 38 animals were in the truck, 7 escaped and were wandering along the highway. Some cows were killed in the accident, though an exact number isn’t known at this time. There is no word on the cause of the crash or if any people were injured.
Corning Woman Charged with Welfare Fraud:
A Corning woman has been arrested on charges of welfare fraud and filing a false instrument. 45-year-old Amy Hargrave allegedly submitted an application to receive benefits and did not list all required income. As a result, she received benefits in the amount of $908 that she was eligible for. She was released on an appearance ticket.
Cuomo Calls for Investigation of Schools that Punished Students During
Following reports that some schools prevented students from taking part in Wednesday’s nationwide student walkout to protest gun violence, Governor Andrew Cuomo has asked state education officials to investigate. In a letter, Cuomo called the actions – which included reports of schools disciplining students and faculty for participating in the event – “an egregious safety violation” and unlawful.
Active Shooter Trainings Scheduled:
On Monday, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office presented the ALERRT Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) training to over 120 members of the Corning area clergy and lay-leader community. The training discussed security, planning, and actions involved in responding to a critical incident event at a house of worship. More trainings are scheduled for: March 27th at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bath, April 10th at the Wallace Wesleyan Church in Avoca, May 8th at the St. James Episcopal Church in Hammondsport, and May 22nd at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post. All trainings are free and begin at 6 p.m. You can register by calling (607) 622-3930 or by contacting the pastor of each site directly.
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Nominations Sought:
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, formerly known as the Steuben County Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse, is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben. Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups. Submissions should include what the nominee has done, what distinguishes efforts from other prevention efforts, and specifically why the nominee deserves special recognition. The deadline for nominations is April 1st. For nomination forms or more information contact county Youth Bureau coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.
Ford Recalling Fusions, Lincoln MKZs:
1.4 million Ford vehicles are being recalled because the steering wheel can become loose or even come off while driving due to a bolt that could come loose. There have been two accidents and one injury as a result of the issue. The recall applies to every model of the Ford Fusion and every model of the Lincoln MKZ from model years 2014 through 2018. Additionally, Ford has recalled another 6,000 Fusion and Focus models due to a risk of fire from a fracture in the clutch pressure plate.
Canisteo Woman Killed in Vehicle Accident:
A Canisteo woman was killed Tuesday in a single-vehicle accident at the intersection of Fall Creek Road and Bearlick Hollow Road in the Town of Hartsville. Emergency responders were called to the scene on reports of a woman trapped underneath the driver’s side of a vehicle. The woman was taken to Saint James Mercy hospital, but lifesaving measures were unsuccessful. The driver was identified as 75-year-old Bonnie Kraft. Investigation by State Police determined that Kraft erroneously put the vehicle into reverse gear instead of park, exited the idling vehicle, and was subsequently knocked to the ground and pinned by the rolling vehicle. The investigation is ongoing and no foul play is currently suspected.
Wayland Man Allegedly Pulled Shotgun During Dispute:
A Wayland man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a shotgun at another person during a dispute. According to State Police, 31-year-old Scott Wiley was also determined to be a felon, meaning he was not able to possess the shotgun. Their investigation also found that the shotgun was reported stolen. Wiley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and menacing. He was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.
Horseheads Man Accused of Selling Stolen Property:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Horseheads man for criminal possession of stolen property. 19-year-old Mason Shephard is accused of possessing and selling stolen property to a retail establishment in Erwin. Shepard was released on an appearance ticket.
California Man Goes Missing in Steuben Co., Found Following Search:
State Police from Painted Post and Bath, as well as a State Police K-9 team were dispatched Wednesday after a California man went missing. According to police, the 22-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle that had pulled into the Campbell Rest Area on I-86 around 3:30 a.m. For unknown reasons, the man ran into the woods upon exiting the vehicle, and failed to return. Roughly an hour into the search, the man was located and subsequently taken to Corning Hospital for evaluation.
Corning Man Charged with Threatening Police Officers with Knife:
A Corning man has been arrested for menacing police officers. 49-year-old James Holiday allegedly threatened the officers with a kitchen knife. He was charged with menacing a police officer, criminal possession of a weapon, and obstructing governmental administration. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Democratic Challenges to Reed Debate in Elmira:
For the first time, voters in Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, and Tioga counties got to see and hear from all the Democratic challengers of Republican Tom Reed in one place Wednesday night. The six candidates held a debate at the headquarters of the Economic Opportunity Program in Elmira and topics covered ranged from library funding to unions, climate change, healthcare, and - on a day when thousands of students across the nation walked out of class in protest of gun violence, including hundreds locally – gun control. The Democratic Primary is set for June 26th. All the candidates have said they will support the winner in November’s general election.
Toys “R” Us Closing all U.S. Stores:
After 70 years of business, Toys “R” Us has announced that it will be closing or selling all of its U.S. stores. Employees were notified on Wednesday before the announcement was made. Toys “R” Us has nearly 800 stores across the country.
Residential Brush Burning Prohibited Through May 14th in NYS:
With spring approaching, bringing with it heightened conditions for wildfires, the Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that residential brush burning is prohibited across New York State March 16th through May 14th. Much of the state is currently blanketed in snow, but warming temperatures can quickly cause wildfire conditions to arise. The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2018 fire season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife App, which is available on the DEC’s website. Violators of the open burning regulation are subject to both criminal and civil enforcement actions with a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.
Drug Charges in I-390 Pullover:
A pullover on I-390 has resulted in felony drug charges for three people. According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was pulled over for vehicle and traffic violations and over a pound of marijuana and 4 grams of cocaine were found in the vehicle. 35-year-old Jason Quick of Canisteo is accused of criminal possession of marijuana in the 3rd. 26-year-old Marcus Ruckdeschel of Nunda and 19-year-old Dylan Lew of Portageville were also charged with criminal possession of marijuana in the 3rd, and Lew was additionally charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 4th for the alleged cocaine possession.
Hornell Man Killed in Florida Accident:
A Hornell man has been killed in an accident Monday in Florida. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the accident occurred in Holly Hill, just outside of Daytona and 54-year-old Dave Rumchuck was killed.
Steuben to Increase Interdiction Efforts:
Steuben County’s efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction locally could get a boost by mid-April, with county legislative committees agreeing to hire two new deputies, thereby allowing two veteran deputies to be trained in drug traffic interdictions. The county Legislature’s Administration Committee agreed to allocate four vacant positions for the county Sheriff’s department, with the stipulation two of the positions be filled immediately. County officials will also apply for a grant to fund the remaining two positions which would allow for more drug investigators later in the year. The committee’s action Tuesday followed approval by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee last week.
$1400 Raised for Food Bank in “Check Out Hunger” Shopping Spree:
The annual “Check Out Hunger Shopping Spree” was held Tuesday and more than $1,400 was raised for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The annual event is put on by WETM-TV, Jubilee Foods, and the food bank. This year Ray Kellar of Horseheads won the chance to race the clock. He shopped for two minutes and racked up $1,402.80. Jubilee Foods will now donate a dollar amount equal to the amount of food gathered.
National School Walkout Event:
Students across the region may march out of school this morning in support of victims and protesting against the latest school massacre in Florida last month. Some area school districts have embraced the notion, including Bath, Corning-Painted Post, Watkins Glen, and Penn Yan. The Horseheads School District is encouraging students to take part in campus alternatives. Students will march out of classrooms at 10 a.m. for 17 minutes to honor the lives of the 17 victims killed.
Update on Injured Route 36 Man:
There has been an update in the case of the man found injured on Route 36 in South Hornell over the weekend. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that it appears Matthew Cole was injured somewhere else, prior to being found in median of the road. He said the investigation indicates that Cole was accidentally injured, then driven to an area near his home, and that he suffered a cardiac problem while walking and collapsed. Cole is in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Former Tyrone Highway Super. Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct:
The former Town of Tyrone Highway Superintendent accused of submitting an altered town highway car invoice for work done on his personal car has now pled guilty to disorderly conduct. 66-year-old Paul Ernhout of Dundee was originally charged with felony official misconduct and offering a false instrument for filing. As part of his deal, he will pay restitution of more than $300 and he will not be able to run for political office for a year.
Canisteo Turns Down Additional Police Proposal:
The Canisteo Town Board has voted against a proposal that would have added additional police officers and made the Canisteo Police Department essentially full time. Town Supervisor Steve Weed said the decision was because of a lack of preparation in the proposal and that what was presented was not as punctual as the board would have liked. However, he added that the issue can be revisited in the future.
Steuben Announces 2018 Bridge Schedule:
Starting at the end of March, work is expected to get underway on seven bridges in Steuben County. County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti and Senior Engineer Steve Catherman said the department expects to start the bridge repair season by replacing the Boucher Road bridge in the Town of Jasper, using an off-site detour; and a superstructure replacement of the Daniels Road bridge in the Town of Bath using an Acrow detour bridge. Other projects later in the year include: County Road 129 bridge in the Town of Woodhull, Wilson Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Hornby, Dry Run Bridge in the Town of Campbell, Kurtz Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Dansville, and Lyons Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Prattsburgh.
NYS Senate Approves O’Mara’s Sexual Harassment Bill:
Legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to combat sexual harassment in the workplace was approved Monday by the New York State Senate. The bill would enact a series of major reforms, including: establishing a statutory definition of sexual harassment, prohibiting the anonymity of the accused in court-approved settlements and banning mandatory sexual harassment arbitration clauses, prohibiting confidential agreements unless the victim requests confidentiality, expanding protections to independent contractors, creating uniform polices for all branches of state and local government, and protecting taxpayers from paying for public-sector harassment settlements. The bill now moves on to the State Assembly.
Volunteers Needed for Public Health Drill:
Volunteers are needed to play “patients” for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s next emergency preparedness drill on April 10th from 1 to 3 p.m. at Haverling High School. Volunteers are also needed to help staff the event at the same location from 10:30 to 3:30 p.m. The drill is based on a scenario which simulates mass exposure to a virus that requires a vaccine to prevent an illness. It’s important to note that is a drill – no real virus has been identified and no real vaccine will be administered. If interested in volunteering as staff, contact (607) 664-2438. Details on how “patients” can pre-register will be released the week of the event.
Upcoming Honor Flight Looking for Veterans:
The Twin Tiers Honor Flight is planning its next flight to Washington D.C. on May 12th and they’re looking for up to 80 veterans to join them. They’re looking for veterans of World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars to visit the Capitol and see their respective war memorials. Terminally ill veterans from other wars will also receive priority. The trip is free, but veterans must apply. To learn more, visit http://www.twintiershonorflight.org.
Man Found Injured on Route 36:
The Hornell Police Department has confirmed that a man was found lying in the median on Route 36 on Saturday morning. Chief Ted Murray said that after calling the Hornell Fire Department for an ambulance, police turned the case over to the Sheriff’s Office as it’s their jurisdiction. The Sheriff’s Department has not yet released a statement, but a post on Facebook claims the man as Matthew Cole. Strong Memorial Hospital also confirmed that they have a Matthew Cole as a patient, and said, as of Sunday evening, that he was in guarded condition.
Winter Storm Cleanup in Bath:
The Bath Village Street Department will be picking up brush and limbs taken down by the snowstorm. All limbs and brush to be picked up should be placed to the edge of the street. Residents are told not to pile any of the materials onto the roadway. This pickup is free of charge and intended to clean up storm damage only and no other materials will be accepted. Pickup begins this week and continues no later than March 26th. If you have any additional questions about this pickup please call 776-6321 between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm.
GOP Chairs Endorse Molinaro for NYS Gov.:
While he hasn’t yet made a public campaign announcement, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro is already picking up steam as a candidate for New York’s Governor’s race. Friday, Molinaro’s campaign announced the endorsements of several local Republican chairs, including Yates, Seneca, and Schuyler counties. On Thursday, the Ontario County Republican Committee announced their endorsement of Molinaro following the drop-out of Brian Kolb.
Hammondsport, Corning, Elmira to Feature on PBS:
Local communities will be getting a spotlight on PBS this weekend, as Emmy Award-winning series “Travels with Darley” will feature Hammondsport, Corning, Elmira, and Watkins Glen. Filming took place last September and the episode is set to air this Sunday, on March 18th. There will also be a second episode featuring Finger Lakes National Forest in April.
Public Invited to 2018 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee:
The community is invited to attend the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee this Saturday, March 17th at 10 a.m. at Corning-Painted Post Middle School. The event, which is sponsored by Corning Rotary, is free and open to the public. The Bee includes students from schools in Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Tompkins counties, as well as Bradford and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania. The champion of the regional bee will move on to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. in May.
Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting Wed.:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a budget workshop this week on Wednesday, March 14th. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Bath Village Street Department Holding Brush and Limb Pickup
The Bath Village Street Department will be picking up brush and limbs taken down by the snowstorm. All limbs and brush to be picked up should be placed to the edge of the street. Residents are told not to pile any of the materials onto the roadway. This pickup is free of charge and intended to clean up storm damage only and no other materials will be accepted. Pickup begins this coming week of March 12th and continues no later than March 26th. If you have any additional questions about this pickup please call 776-6321 between the hours of 7am and 3:30pm.
Corning Man Arrested Following Report of Domestic Incident
A Corning man was arrested this week for alleged criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest as the result of an investigation stemming from information given to a Steuben County School Resource Officer regarding an alleged domestic violence incident occurring on Bailey Creek Road in Corning. Terry R. Wilson, age 24 was arrested after allegedly intentionally applying pressure to the throat of someone under the age of 17 with the intent to impede normal breathing or blood circulation of the minor. Following his arrest, Wilson was arraigned in Corning Town Court, remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail and scheduled to appear in Corning Town Court on April 5th.
NYSP Highway Interdiction Yields Canisteo Drug Arrests
New York State Police report their Highway Interdiction efforts have resulted multiple arrests for drug-related offenses in the Canisteo area. Following a traffic stop in the Town of Canisteo, Bath and Hornell Troopers arrested Marilyn G. Maddaford of Almond after she was found to be in possession of Suboxone that was packaged for sale as well an unspecified quantity of marijuana. Maddaford was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and for other Vehicle and Traffic Law violations, arraigned in Canisteo Town Court and released on her own recognizance before she is scheduled to re-appear in court March 22nd. Another Canisteo traffic stop resulted in the arrest of 19-year-old Travis Carlton of Canisteo for Criminal Possession of Marihuana in the 5th degree due to allegedly possessing about 1.6 ounces of marijuana. The 17 year old driver of the vehicle was given the same charge of Criminal Possession in addition to Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and other Vehicle and Traffic law violations. Both were issued appearance tickets to Village of Canisteo Court at a later date.
Two Men Arrested After Jasper Meth Bust
New York State Police report the arrest of two men for Unlawful Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the 3rd degree after Troopers from Bath and the North Hornell barracks interrupted two men actively manufacturing methamphetamine. Troopers responded to the residence of Mark J. Walton in Jasper, observing Walton and James Ball of Mansfield, Pennsylvania actively engaged in the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Both were charged and arraigned initially in the town of Hornellsville Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail with Walton’s bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond and Ball’s bail set at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property bond. Execution of a search warrant at the Walton residence yielded a large quantity of methamphetamine as well as various equipment used to manufacture meth. Walton and Ball were charged additionally with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 2nd degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree and arraigned in town of Bath Court before being remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of additional bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 property bond.
Steuben County Sheriffs Make DWI Arrests
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports arrests for DWI this week. Deputies arrested Elizabeth Sable, age 55, of Pulteney for aggravated driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, no child safety seat for a backseat passenger under age four years, failure to stop at a stop sign and failure to signal a turn. Sable is alleged to have operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition with a three year old passenger in the vehicle while in the Village of Hammondsport. She was released on traffic summons and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Urbana Town Court on April 9th. Deputies also report the arrest of David Troth of Prattsburgh for driving while intoxicated. It is alleged Troth operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition on State Route 21 in Wayland and failed to maintain his lane of travel while the vehicle did not display adequate tail lamps. Troth was released on traffic summons and is scheduled to appear again in Wayland Town Court.
Allard Announces DWI Crackdown for St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced that County police agencies will participate in an effort to crackdown on impaired driving during the St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown is set from March 16th and will end March 18th. New York State Police, County Sheriffs, and municipal law enforcement agencies will collaborate throughout the state and be patrolling in full force in a coordinated effort to further reduce the injuries and deaths that result from impaired driving. Citizens going out for Saint Patrick’s Day are reminded to prepare by having a sober plan and designate a responsible and sober driver.
Lockport Man Arrested for Racist Graffiti at Alfred State:
A Lockport man has been arrested and is facing felony charges after he allegedly posted racist graffiti at Alfred State College. 20-year-old Colin Kroening is accused of making the images, including a swastika and “KKK,” while visiting the campus. According to the college, Kroening is not a student and he has now been banned from the school in the future, on top of his criminal charges which include felony aggravated harassment in the first and criminal mischief in the 4th as a hate crime. He was sent to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Cuomo Calling for Review Following Winter Storm Power Outages:
The New York State Department of Public Service has been directed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to conduct a full review into the power failures after Winter Storm Riley. The storm knocked out power to more than 280,000 New Yorkers and days after thousands still remained without power. Cuomo called the power failures “…dangerous and completely unacceptable…” and he said they will hold the utilities accountable by directing the Department of Public Service to conduct a full review into the outages and ongoing utility power infrastructure issues.
“Spring Forward” Your Clocks, Check Your Smoke/Carbon Monoxide Alarms This Weekend:
Daylight Saving Time officially gets underway at 2 a.m. Sunday morning so before you head to bed Saturday night you’re going to want to set your clocks ahead one hour. But while making sure you’re on time is important; don’t forget it’s also a good time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. If alarms have removable batteries, the batteries should be replaced. Alarms with sealed-in batteries should be tested, and alarms more than 10 years old should be replaced.
WGI Hosting Ferrari Challenge North America:
Watkins Glen International announced Thursday that the Ferrari Challenge North America will be returning to the track in 2018. This will be the first time since 2014 they’ve hit the track. The race weekend is set for July 27th through the 29th. Tickets and camping are available by visiting http://www.theglen.com.
Corning Senior Center Celebrating 36th Anniversary:
The Corning Senior Center will celebrate its 36th Anniversary Wednesday with a birthday party. There will be food, including cake and ice cream, and Tanglewood Nature Center will present their Birds of Prey. If you’re interested in attending the lunch, you must register by noon today at 962-8000.
Guilty Plea in Corning Murder Case:
20-year-old Kerrie Neuratuer appeared in Steuben County Court Wednesday where she entered a guilty plea to Murder in the second degree – admitting that she intentionally aided her father, Lloyd Neurauter, in the murder of her mother and Lloyd’s ex-wife, Michelle Neurauter. Under oath, Kerrie said her father confronted her in mid-August with an ultimatum: if she did not agree to help him kill her mother, he would kill himself. Kerrie said her father wanted to be free from child support and alimony and wanted custody of his youngest child. While she said she wasn’t involved in the actual killing of her mother, Kerrie detailed the plan where she drove Lloyd to and from the Dwight Avenue home, disconnected several devices to hide his presence, distracted a younger sibling, helped him stage the scene, and lied to police as directed by him. The plea carries a sentence promise of not more than 15 years to life in New York State Prison, and as part of the agreement, Kerrie agreed to give truthful testimony against Lloyd at trial. After the plea, Kerrie was sent to the Steuben County Jail pending sentencing. Lloyd Neurauter’s trial is set to begin on September 24th.
Curtis Burrows Found Dead in Jail Cell:
The man charged with killing a Big Flats man and attempting to kidnap a woman in Corning was found dead in his jail cell Tuesday evening, according to Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. The Criminal Investigation Division is investigating. It is believed to be a suicide. Burrows was accused of meeting a woman in Corning and attempting to kidnap her. She escaped, but he stole her car and after crashing along the Chemung-Steuben County line, he traveled on foot and broke into a home in Big Flats. There he shot homeowner Timothy Webster before fleeing in Webster’s truck. He crashed near Mansfield and was later arrested in the hospital. He was facing a first-degree murder charge and 12 other counts.
Fire in Campbell:
Multiple fire departments were called to a home on Stoney Ridge Road in Campbell Wednesday just after 5 p.m. Details are limited at this time, but the fire reportedly caused major structural damage to the second floor. It is unknown if anyone was injured.
O’Mara, Palmesano Join Call for More Investment in NY Roads:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano were joined Wednesday by a bipartisan group of 142 state legislators and a statewide coalition of county and town highway superintendents and other leaders to call for increased state support for local roads, bridges, and culverts. They’re asking for an increase in state base aid for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) by $85 million to a total of $523 million, and they’re seeking the restoration of a $65 million “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation.
DEC Releases 2017 Hunting-Related Shooting Incident Numbers:
The Department of Environmental Conservation announced Wednesday that the 2017 hunting seasons in New York saw the second-lowest number of hunting-related shooting incidents. Of the 19 incidents last year, 14 were two-party firearm incidents, five were self-inflicted, and one resulted in a fatality. New York’s lowest incident rate was in 2016, with just 13 incidents. The DEC encourages hunters to remember that many incidents could have been prevented if primary hunter safety rules had been followed: treat every firearm as if it’s loaded, control the muzzle and keep it pointed in a safe direction, identify your target and what lies beyond, keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire, and wear hunter orange.
Former Navy Recruiter Sentenced to Jail for Conspiring to Kill Wife:
The former United Sates Navy recruiter that pled guilty to conspiring to kill his wife was sentenced Tuesday. 30-year-old Brandon McPherson, of Horseheads, was sentenced in Steuben County Court to five to fifteen years in a New York State Correction Facility. McPherson pled guilty to Conspiracy in the second in January. At the time of the crime, McPherson was a recruiter for the U.S. Navy and he enlisted the help of a potential recruit to commit the murder. That person revealed the plot to the New York State Police and after an investigation McPherson was arrested.
Steuben’s Stand Up for Recovery Draws Crowd:
Steuben County’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” rally took place Tuesday in the Steuben County Office Building, drawing dozens of supporters and agencies experienced with the challenges of addiction and recovery. The event tackled the negative public perception of addiction by focusing on recovery and calling for more services to assist addicts and their loved ones. Steuben County officials voiced their support for the agencies, with county Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski officially proclaiming the day Steuben County Stand Up for Recovery Day.
Arnot Mall Redevelopment Application Approved:
The Arnot Mall is one step closer to its redevelopment dream, as the Big Flats Town Planning Board has approved the application for the project. Work is expected to get underway in the coming weeks on the first stage of the project: a new 4-story Holiday Inn Express. The mall wants to demolish the old Bon-Ton space to make room for the hotel. The hope is that it will attract upwards of 40,000 people annually.
Arrest Made in Utica College Threats:
A student has been arrested for making the threats that forced Utica College to go on lockdown on Monday. 23-year-old Fahrudin Omerovic was arrested at his home and police say no weapons were found. Omervoic allegedly used a phone app to alter his voice and called in threats Monday to the college and Tuesday to Utica Police. He has been charged with four counts of making a terroristic threat.
NYS Senate Unveils Plan to Help NY Agriculture:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and his colleagues within the Senate Majority Conference have unveiled a new plan they say will help the state’s agriculture industry. The “Growing Strong” Plan, proposes a series of investments, educational strategies, and tax and regulatory reforms to strengthen the industry. One of the plan’s key proposals is the restoration of approximately $13 million in funding cuts currently being negotiated in the 2018-2019 state budget.
St. James Mercy, UR Medicine Finalize Agreement:
St. James Mercy Hospital and UR Medicine have announced that they have finalized an affiliation agreement. The deal will help St. James continue to expand services and improve patient care, and to complete construction on the new Medical Village on schedule. St. James is the sixth hospital to join UR Medicine’s network, the others include Strong Memorial and Highland in Rochester, Jones Memorial in Wellsville, Noyes Memorial in Dansville, and F. Thompson in Canandaigua.
Defense Against School Shooters Training at C-G High School:
Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon has announced a training session on how to handle a school shooter situation will be held at the Canisteo-Greenwood High School. It will be on March 20th at 6:30 p.m. and it will be open to anyone who wishes to attend.
Two Steuben Co. Plows Damaged in Fire:
A fire Friday on Route 415 in Cohocton damaged two Steuben County plow trucks. The fire was reported at the county highway garage around 7:30 p.m. Friday, according to county public works Commissioner Vincent Spagnoletti. One plow was totaled in the fire, the other remains in the building and the extent of its damage is unknown at this time. Spagnoletti said that the garage doors will need to be replaced and that “…the insurance will cover [the trucks], it’s a matter of how much.” He speculated that an electrical problem in one of the trucks could have caused the fire, but the investigation is ongoing.
CCC Student that Passed in Suspected OD Identified:
The Corning Community College student that passed away last week from a suspected overdose while on campus has been identified. According to a campus memo obtained by WENY News, the student was Marshall Fladd, a sophomore STEM major. State Police were called to the campus on March 1st on a report of two unconscious people. Naloxone was administered to a 21-year-old woman, and she regained consciousness, according to authorities. Naloxone was also given to 26-year-old Fladd, and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The woman has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. CCC is offering counseling services to students, faculty, and staff.
“Credible Threat” Puts Utica College on Lockdown:
Utica College was put into lockdown Monday afternoon after police received a “real, credible
threat” from someone claiming to have a gun on campus. The college, which is located roughly 52 miles east of Syracuse, issued a “shelter in place” order just before noon. The lockdown was lifted just after 5 p.m. Police told media that no shots were fired.
“Stand Up for Recovery” Event Today:
Steuben County officials are holding the county’s first “Stand Up For Recovery” event at 10 a.m. today. The two-hour event looks to erase the long-held negative perception of addiction and will take place on the County Office Building’s third-floor atrium. Organizers plan a “meet and greet” opportunity for the public to speak with those recovering from substance abuse addiction, a panel presentation and information from area agencies offering support for addicts and their loved ones. The event is a collaboration of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County, Friends of Recovery-Steuben, and Steuben County.
Changes to “Move Over Law” Called for Following I-90 Crash:
Tow truck drivers are calling for changes to the “Move Over Law” following a crash on I-90 that sent two NYS troopers to the hospital with serious injuries, and hurt a tow truck driver. They’re seeking harsher punishments for drivers who violate the law, which requires drivers to use due care by slowing down and moving over when approaching emergency vehicles or hazard vehicles including police, fire trucks, ambulances, construction, maintenance, and tow trucks. It applies to both sides of the roadway, not just the shoulder on the right. Violators can face up to 3 points on their license and a fine of up to $275, among other charges.
$30M Coming to Region in Final Round of Broadband Program Awards:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $30.8 million will be heading to the Southern Tier as part of the final round of funding through the New NY Broadband program. The funding will be invested in public-private broadband and is expected to provide 18,000 homes and locations in the region with access to high-speed Internet.
Steuben Co. Debates New Deputies:
There was a heated debate Monday as the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections Committee and other public officials discussed the possibility of hiring new deputy sheriffs as part of the new plan unveiled last week to fight opioid addiction and trafficking. County Sheriff Jim Allard and District Attorney Brooks Baker have asked for four new deputies – allowing them to train four more senior deputies for dedicated drug interdiction – and are in favor of hiring them as soon as possible. However, a federal grant will become available this summer that could fund two of the positions for three years, and it is the recommendation of the committee to reallocate all four positions, but only hire two of them while waiting for the grant application process. The issue will be discussed again on March 13th when the Legislature’s Administration Committee meets.
Steuben County Storm Report:
Steuben County officials say utility are working diligently to restore power to the roughly 1,200 customers still without power this morning while Red Cross shelters in Canisteo and Prattsburgh closed at 6 p.m. Sunday. The power failures and shelter openings were in response to a powerful winter storm that arrived in the region Friday, dropping as much as 18 inches of snow in Steuben and making safe travel difficult and dangerous. A Travel Advisory was issued Friday morning and remained in effect until Saturday evening. Some 10,000 homes and businesses originally reported a loss of power, with about two dozen individuals requiring shelter. Crews and volunteers worked tirelessly throughout the following days to clear roads, remove downed trees, restore power, and provide other services. Steuben County Chairman Joe Hauryski thanked all of those who responded to the emergency.
2 Charged for Failing to Provide Adequate Shelter to Dog:
Lack of adequate shelter for a dog led to the arrest of two Tuscarora residents. 27-year-old Amanda Wilbur and 28-year-old Troy Rupar were arrested on February 28th after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a report that their dog was not being properly taken care of. Deputies said when they responded to the residence, they found a puppy left outside without proper shelter. Both Wilbur and Rupar were issued appearance tickets. The Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that during the winter months, all dogs outside must be provided with water, wind resistant, properly insulated enclosed shelter. Failure to do so can result in criminal action.
Reed Talks Guns, Jobs at Town Halls:
The extreme weather didn’t stop Congressman Tom Reed from holding three town hall meetings over the weekend. Reed made stops in Baldwin, Addison, and Almond where he fielded questions about the state of mental health in this country in the wake of the deadly Florida high school shooting in February. Reed said, “That’s a conversation we need to have, to go after those individuals exhibiting violence and are so mentally deranged that they are just a sociopath that we need to learn from to mitigate them from being in a position again.” Reed also said that he’s opposed to banning assault-style weapons. There was also talk at the meetings of jobs and the economy. Reed said he will take his constituents concerns back to Washington D.C.
Palmesano Fighting for Library Funding:
At a rally at the State Capitol last week, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano meet with officials representing local libraries and library systems to help fight to restore the governor’s proposed budget cuts to library aid. Palmesano is also calling for an increase in funding so that the total library aid is in compliance with the state statute. Palmesano said that library usage is up across the state and for many people in rural areas their local library is where they can go to get online and get connected to career opportunities. He called it “…an investment in life-long learning, an investment in literacy, an investment in workforce development.”
Parts of Steuben Powerless After Storm
Steuben County is still recovering from the foot and a half of snow that was dumped during the National Weather Advisory that ended early this morning. NYSEG is working to restore power to an estimated 5,400 customers remaining without power in the county, with many outages expected to last into the weekend in some areas. Those who are using backup generators or heating devices please use caution to ensure proper ventilation to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Red Cross Shelters Open for Those Displaced by Storm
Red Cross-organized shelters have been established for those who have lost power during the storm and need warmth or shelter. Shelters are set up at the following stations:
· Canisteo-Greenwood High School - 84 Greenwood St., Canisteo
· Prattsburgh Fire Hall – 17 Allis St., Prattsburgh
· Alfred University McLane Center Gymnasium 99 n Main St. Alfred
· Livingston County has opened a shelter at the Springwater Fire Station
A warming Center has been established at the Hornell Community Arts Center 54 Broadway in the City of Hornell
Those who are in need of a shelter but unable to make their way on their own should call 2-1-1 for assistance.
Changes for Loyola Recovery Foundation Location and Contacts
The Bath VA Medical Center would like to share a Public Service Announcement:The Loyola Recovery Foundation is no longer located on the grounds of the Bath VA Medical Center. Anyone who must contact Loyola Recovery Foundation should call 585-203-1005. All veterans interested in the VA’s services should call the Bath Veteran’s Administration at 607-664-4000.
Farley Nominated as Republican Pick for US Senate
Chele Farley was nominated as the unanimous choice of New York Republicans as the candidate for United States Senate. The New York City Finance Chair accepted the nomination for U.S. Senate at a meeting of state leaders in Saratoga Springs on Friday. Farley says she will challenge Kirsten Gillibrand and pledges to reverse New York’s balance of payment deficit with Washington. Farley said “Since Kirsten Gillibrand took office New Yorkers have sent over $300 billion more to Washington than we got back. I will stand up and stop Washington from discriminating against New York taxpayers.”
Reed Wants Consensus Before Committing to Gun Violence Bill
Multiple proposals for gun control have been presented in Congress and Senate after the Parkland, Florida school shooting but Congressman Tom Reed says he has not committed to supporting any specific bills at this time. Reed visited Geneva this week and said he is working with the Problem Solvers Caucus on a bipartisan consensus and says he would prefer that the National Rifle Association be involved with the effort if possible and said that the NRA was not opposed to enacting legislation that would establish background checks for guns. Reed expressed sentiment about coming to a solution, saying: “There’s not a human being in America that wants to see these horrific tragedies occur and those Americans include members of the NRA.”
PBS Show to Spotlight Local Finger Lakes Attractions
Our Finger Lakes Region will be put on the map through National Television thanks to a PBS Travels Show. Travels with Darley will feature the Southern Finger Lakes Region in its first episode.The episode will specifically focus on Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport. Darley and her crew learned about the history of Mark Twain, experienced glider rides, waterfalls and of course wine while in Wine Country. The show is set to air Sunday, March 18th at 11:30am on PBS local affiliate WSKG. Another episode taking a look at the Finger Lakes National Forest will run on WSKG on Sunday, April 8th at 11:30am.
Travel Advisory Issued
BATH -- Steuben County has issued a Travel Advisory, effective immediately, recommending NO unnecessary travel in Steuben. Officials also advise residents NOT to call 9-1-1 unless a road is completely block by a tree or if the wires are arcing.
“This is NOT a travel ban, but just an advisory to motorists to use caution while traveling today,” county Sheriff Jim Allard said, Friday morning. “If you must go out for work or an appointment, please use caution and call ahead to make sure the business or meeting place is open.”
County road crews have been operating since 3 a.m. and are having difficulties due to downed trees and powerlines. Most roadways are snow-covered and dangerous.
County Emergency Manager Tim Marshall said areas across Steuben received heavy snow this morning and more snowfall is expected this afternoon. In addition, gusty winds are predicted to begin this afternoon, causing significant blowing and drifting of snow with near whiteout conditions, he said.
“If you must travel during the storm we urge motorists to use caution, slow down and leave plenty of room between vehicles,” Marshall said.
Marshall also recommended travelers: • Call ahead to make sure destinations are open. • Be prepared for delays • In the event your vehicle is stranded, make sure there is an emergency kit in the vehicle, including high energy food like granola or protein bars, water, blanket, extra winter clothing, a shovel and rock salt.
Another Winter Storm
Old man winter has given us another punch as heavy snows and winds are causing problems this morning. Slippery roads, power outages and strong winds have forced the closing of most schools, caused many cancellations. NYSEG reports over 7,000 customers have lost power. Tree limps are reportedly falling due to the heavy snow. Forecasters say the winter storm warning will remain in effect until 1:00am Sat morning. Expect difficult travel this morning as work crews continue to get streets and roads cleared. A travel advisory has been issued by Steuben County advising no unnecessary travel
Corning Community College Student Dies of Suspected Overdose:
Corning Community College released a statement Thursday about a medical emergency that claimed the life of a student. Painted Post State Police are investigating and the college says it is cooperating. Troopers say that they were called to the campus on a report of two unconscious people. Naloxone was administered to a 21-year-old woman, and authorities say she regained consciousness. Naloxone was also give to a 26-year-old man, and CPR was performed, but he was pronounced deceased at a local hospital.
Felony Charges for 14 in "Operation Spring Break":
At a press conference in Hornell Wednesday authorities announced the arrest of 14 people in what they've dubbed "Operation Spring Break." The accused allegedly sold different types of drugs, including heroin, cocaine, fentanyl, and prescription pills. Each faces criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance charges. One of the accused - Joshua Withrow - is also charged with criminal negligent homicide for allegedly selling drugs that killed someone in an overdose several months ago. Authorities said that while "Operation Spring Break" was extremely successful, there was one suspect that was not arrested: 63-year-old Hamid Afzali. They are calling him a person of interest and ask that anyone with information about his whereabouts contact the Hornell Police Department.
More Trouble at Elmira Correctional Facility:
Trouble continues at the Elmira Correctional Facility with more fights between inmates and the seizure of more makeshift weapons by officers in recent weeks. The first incident occurred on February 7th when two inmates started fighting inside the gym at the prison. One inmate suffered cuts to his face. A second fight happened on February 12th when two inmates allegedly attacked another inmate. Two ice pick-style weapons and a piece of broken glass were found after inmates dropped them to the floor. All three inmates were taken to the infirmary for treatment. Officials say more fights broke out over the next two weeks, with several of the incidents needing to be broken up with OC spray. Seven makeshift weapons were turned over by inmates or were found as a result of searches of the prison. Inmates involved in the incidents were placed in special housing units and are facing internal disciplinary charges.
Annual "Check Out Hunger" Campaign Ends Sunday:
The annual "Check Out Hunger" fundraising event for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier ends this Sunday. That will be your last chance to help out by making a donation while checking out at your local Wegmans. Last year, over $250,000 was donated. This year, officials have set a goal of $290,000.
Winter Storm Warning in Effect:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning going into effect at 9 p.m. this evening and lasting through 1 a.m. Saturday for Chemung, Steuben, Schuyler, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Tompkins and Yates counties. Heavy snow is predicted, with total accumulations between 6 and 12 inches, though higher elevations could see localized amounts of up to 15 inches. Travel is expected to be difficult, including during Friday’s morning commute. Snow could fall heavy at times after midnight tonight and into the day on Friday, with rates potentially exceeding 1 inch per hour.
Larceny, False Filing Charges for Addison Woman:
An Addison woman has been arrested for allegedly offering a false instrument for filing to the Steuben County Department of Social Services Child Care Aware program. 32-year-old Alicia Griffey is also accused of receiving over $2,000 in child care paid from the county DSS that she was not entitled to. She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny. She was issued appearance tickets.
Alcohol, Drugs Cited in Hornell Accident:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 22-year-old Lucas Andrews of Hornell following an accident in Hornell. Andrews was allegedly behind the wheel of a vehicle on Seneca Road North that collided with a fixed object after his vehicle left the roadway. According to authorities, their investigation found that Andrews was both intoxicated and impaired by drugs while driving at the time. He was charged with DWAI-Drugs and DWI, and moving from lane unsafely. He was hospitalized for injuries suffered in the accident and was issued a traffic summons.
Drug Enforcement Announcement at Hornell P.D. Today:
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Hornell City Police Chief Theodore Murray, and members of the New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Steuben County Department of Social Services will be holding a press conference at the Hornell Police Station today at 11 a.m. Members will discuss the status of a significant on-going drug enforcement investigation effort in the City of Hornell and also plan to announce a major initiative aimed at drug trafficking in the city.
Steuben Co. Sheriff Advocates for Increase in State Funding to Increase SROs:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is among the local authorities backing calls for an increase in state funds for school resource officers (SROs), social workers, and guidance counselors. Currently, Steuben has nine armed SROs in seven school districts, and two deputies assigned to the two BOCES campuses in Hornell and Painted Post. All Steuben SROs have at least twenty years of policing experience, and have attended and completed the ALERRT active shooter training course. Allard said funding more SRO positions is a better option than firearm training for schoolteachers. “Without the adequate mindset, training, or physical conditioning, the armed teacher is likely to become a target of opportunity for a determined attacker to arm themselves from the very firearm carried by the teacher,” Allard said. He also called upon his experiences with the civilian police academy where sometimes during a use of force situation “…some students utilized deadly physical force without justification, some did not use force when justified, and some simply froze.” He pointed out that this “…occurred in a controlled training environment, not in a real situation, in which the body is reacting to an adrenaline onset and attempting to function during a traumatic moment of immense crisis.”
Former Corning Hospital Site Cleanup to Begin in March:
The New York State DEC has released a cleanup action plan to address contamination at the site of the former Corning Hospital on Denison Parkway. According to the plan, chemicals like mercury, lead, and cadmium were found in the soil. The DEC says work will begin in March. The Guthrie Clinic, Corning-Hospital, and Corning Properties Incorporated will perform the cleanup.
Bullying Bill Passes NYS Senate Again:
A bill that would require schools to notify parents when their child is the victim of bullying has passed the New York State Senate. Jacobe’s Law, as it is known, passed unanimously, for the second year in a row, but still needs to pass the Assembly before it can become law. The bill is named for 13-year-old Jacobe Taras, who committed suicide in April 2015. His parents say they had no idea he was being bullied and that his school never contacted them about it. The law would require administrators to reach out to both the parents of the victim and those of the bully. Currently, schools are only required to report to the State Education Department.
Gun Control Bills Blocked in NYS Senate:
New York Senate Democrats tried to force a vote Wednesday on four gun control bills, including a ban on bump stocks and the creation of more effective background checks. They attempted to include them as amendments to a different, unrelated bill that was being discussed on the floor, but Senate Republicans voted to block the amendment from being added, saying it was not the time. The Senate GOP did release a statement saying they plan on introducing a comprehensive school safety plan that will look at more money for security cameras and armed resource officers in schools. The voting was party-line split, with all Democrats and IDC members voting for and all Republicans voting against.
Retailers Pull Assault-Style Weapons, Raise Buying Age Restriction:
While the government continues to debate, U.S. retailers have begun making changes to their gun policies. Walmart announced Wednesday that it will no longer sell guns and ammunition to anyone under the age of 21 and will remove any items resembling assault-style rifles from its website. Walmart stopped selling assault rifles in 2015. Dick’s Sporting Goods also announced changes Wednesday, saying it will also no longer sell assault-style rifles, and they will ban the sale of high capacity magazines or firearms to anyone under the age of 21. Dick’s said it has never and never will sell bump stocks.
Three from Bath Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a Bath man for Misuse of Food Stamps. Allen J. Horton is alleged to have given his SNAP benefit card and PIN to Amanda and Cory Counterman, both whom used $194 worth of benefits they were ineligible to receive during late August and early September 2017 while Horton was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Horton was charged and arrested in the Village of Bath Court then returned to Collins Correctional Facility while Amanda and Cory Counterman were also arrested for the same charges.
Avoca Man Arrested for Unlicensed Operation and Forged Inspection
An Avoca man was arrested after a report of a suspicious person near a NYS Department of Transportation mowing tractor parked near the intersection of State Route 415 and Wentworth Road in the Town of Avoca. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies responded and charged 33-year-old Cory M. Vanhorne for alleged Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree and Forged Certificate of Inspection while being suspended from operating a vehicle in New York State. Vanhorne was released with traffic summons to appear in court on March 13th.
Local Lawmakers Pledge for Resource Officers at Chairman’s Meeting
State leaders met with Steuben County Legislators and county Youth in Government interns during the monthly public legislative chairman’s meeting this week. State Assemblyman Palmesano and State Senator O’Mara announced that they and other New York state lawmakers are currently looking at the anticipated state takeover of Medicaid. Both officials also expressed concern about the proposed payroll tax and promised to support the effort to equip public schools with resource officers to prevent gun violence in area school districts.
Officials Announce “Stand Up for Recovery” Event for Next Week
Steuben County officials announced the county’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” forum event scheduled for next week. The event aims to eliminate the stigma and negative perception of addiction in order to promote open-minded recovery and support within the community. A panel presentation, meet and greet with those recovering from addiction and information from area agencies that offer support for addicts and their loved ones will also be available. The two-hour event is set to take place 10a.m. Tuesday morning March 6th at the Steuben County Office Building in its third-floor atrium.
Steuben Legislature Establishes “Steuben Saves Week”
This week, Steuben County Chairman Hauryski and the Steuben County Legislature declared the week of February 26th through March 3, 2018 as “Steuben Saves Week” within the county. The purpose in observing this week as such is to call upon all county citizens to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically through positive wealth building action like increasing automatic savings. The County Legislature reminds citizens to make the most of their income by pledging to extend and sustain these practices encouraged during Steuben Saves Week during the remainder of the year.
Bath CSD Honors Alumni in 2018 Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District has Approved its annual Haverling “Hall of Distinction” for the Class of 2018. Haverling Alumni being recognized include Judge Peter Bradstreet from the Class of 1966 for the “Business and Professional” honor, Ms. Louise Coleman, who graduated in 1963, for the “Lifetime of Notable Achievement” distinction and being recognized for the “Medicine and Science” is Dr. Irum Tahir from the Class 1998. District Superintendent Joseph Rumsey says there have been many graduates of Haverling who have went on to become positive leaders and have impacted the world with their efforts and visions and says “It’s time to honor these individuals and share their stories with our students to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”
Bath Men Arrested for Food Stamp Misuse
Two Bath men were arrested yesterday for the alleged misuse of food stamps. Steuben County Sheriff deputies arrested Gerald Bush, 45, of West Morris Street and Gordon Clayson, 48, of West Washington Street after allegations that in December of 2017 Bush issued his New York State benefit card and PIN to another individual who was unauthorized to do so. Later in the same month, it is said that Clayson used Bush’s card three times, using almost $200 worth on the card without authorization or eligibility to receive these benefits. Both men were charged with the class A Misdemeanor of Misuse of food stamps in violation of the State Social Services law and set to appear in the Village of Bath Court March 21st.
Allard and Baker Present Opioid Plan to Legislature
Yesterday the Steuben County Legislature met to discuss an eight component plan to fight the opioid epidemic presented by District Attorney Brooks Baker and Sheriff James Allard. The plan covers a broad range of strategic action, from youth prevention to additional law enforcement. Baker believes that combating the epidemic begins at the youth level by engaging middle and high school students with more activities and competitions in our rural county as well as establishing a youth court. Baker and Allard also listed breaking the cycle of recently-released inmates with long-term after care programs as well as implementing an in-prison treatment program, having more officers on the force dedicated to cracking down on the drug epidemic, creating a victim impact panel and bettering the ways overdose survivors are worked with during recovery.
Karrie and Lloyd Neurauter Arraigned Yesterday
The father and daughter accused of murdering Michele Neurauter of Corning were arraigned separately yesterday. Both Karrie and Lloyd Neurauter pled not guilty to all of their charges. Michele Neurauter’s ex-husband, Lloyd, faces nine charges which include first degree murder while his daughter Karrie faces four charges, including second degree murder, and has been charged as an accomplice. Orders of protection were also issued by the judge, preventing Lloyd from seeing his other ex-wife and all three of his daughters, including Karrie. Steuben DA Brooks Baker believes a custody issue between Lloyd and Michele may have an impact on extending the trial to a longer period of time and says unless their attorneys file a motion to sever and the judge agrees to grant it, the father-daughter duo will be tried together. The tentative date of the trial is set to begin September 24th.
I-86 Tractor-Trailer Accident Hospitalizes Driver
A tractor-trailer driver is in recovery following an accident on I-86 early yesterday morning. Members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department say around 4:15 AM Monday near the Bath exit on I-86 Westbound, a refrigerated tractor-trailer full of blueberries went off of the highway and rolled several times, leaving the tractor-trailer with severe damage. The driver was able to get himself out of the wrecked vehicle after the rollover taken to Ira Davenport Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Westbound lane and Exit 38 Westbound on ramp were closed down after the accident for the scene to be cleaned up.
Four People Arrested for Manufacturing Meth in Bath
Four people were arrested after Bath Village Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a home on Howell Street in the Village of Bath where it was alleged methamphetamine was being manufactured. Police say that in the home between West Washington Street and West William Street they discovered an alleged meth lab. Three of the four suspects: Jerry Barnes, Jr., Martha Barnes, and John Landsborough are Bath residents while Emily Ayers is the fourth suspect from Corning. All four people were charged with third degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and scheduled to reappear in court tomorrow. Ayers and Martha Barnes are held on $10,000 bail while Landsborough and Jerry Barnes are held on bail at $50,000.
Steuben Academic All Stars Compete in Hornell
Academic All Stars competed in Hornell yesterday with some impressive results. In the Large School Division, Hornell scored 50 while Bath very scored closely behind at 49. Naples won 40 to 34 over Campbell Savona while Canisteo-Greenwood scored 54 over Addison’s 24 in the Medium Large School Division. In the Medium Small School Division, Hammondsport scored 43 over 32 to Jasper-Troupsburg and Alfred-Almond cleaned up with 62 to 4 over Arkport. Avoca were champions in the Small School Division, scoring 26 to Canaseraga’s 22 while Bradford beat Prattsburgh with a score of 43 versus 18. The next Academic All Stars competition will be held on Monday March 5th in Bath, Naples, Arkport and Canaseraga.
Cohocton Mayor Accused of Providing Alcohol to Minors
Village of Cohocton mayor Thomas Cox was charged for providing alcohol to underage individuals after New York State Police responded to an incident on Wheeler Street in Cohocton this weekend. Troopers from the Wayland barracks responded to a report of underage drinking at the Cohocton Development Corporation and police say they discovered two youths, aged 14 and 19 years old, consuming alcohol allegedly provided by Cox, who was present. The 70-year-old Cox was charged with two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and will reappear in Cohocton Town Court at a later date.
State Police Find Wayland Teen Safe
New York State Police have found a Wayland teen that was reported missing last week. Kathleen Miller, also known as Valerie Angel Amato, was missing from the Town of Wayland since Monday February 19th but the 17-year-old was found on Saturday of this weekend without further incident. State Police thank the public’s help in finding Kathleen after the public responded to Wayland Trooper’s requests for leads in finding her.
County Legislature Holding Meeting About Opioids Today
The Steuben County Legislature will tackle the topic of opioid addiction today during their morning meeting. The County Legislature will present their strategy that pairs past “best practices” with innovative strategies to combat the opiate epidemic locally. Officials say substance abuse has skyrocketed to record proportions in Steuben County, which experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016. The same year, 121 residents were hospitalized for overdose while 14 people died from opioids, which is triple the death rate from 2015.
Horseheads Home Robbery Suspects Plead Guilty
Suspects from a home invasion in Horseheads from last month now have plea deals. Two of the four suspects from the incident have pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree robbery in the case. Olivia Maycumber and Zhamere Charriez, both seventeen years old, took plea deals. Two other suspects were alleged to be involved in the Overlook Drive robbery, one was 18-year-old Daiquan Bythwood, who is now recovering from being shot during the incident.
Cuomo Calls for Congress to Reject Trump SNAP Plan
Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging Congress to reject a proposal from the White House that would cut Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits and and replace parts of the budget with boxes of food called “harvest boxes”. Cuomo says that the plan would reduce SNAP benefits for over 2 million New Yorkers, leaving those in need with inadequate support for proper nutrition. Cuomo called on Congress to resist this measure and protect funding for the food assistance program.
Hornell P.D. Offers CRASE Training
The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program was held by the Hornell Police Department for employees of the Hornell YMCA this weekend. The program teaches emergency preparedness to citizens by taking immediate action in the event of an active shooter situation in order to save their own and others’ lives. CRASE was developed originally at Texas State University and covers the stages of disaster response and protocol. The Hornell Police Department offers the CRASE program free of charge to civilian groups including schools, businesses, civic and faith-based groups, among other organizations. To schedule a CRASE program or to learn more about it please contact Captain Mike Sexsmith at 607-324-2860 or email him at email@example.com.
Local Correctional Officers Complete State Course
Corrections Supervisors from Steuben, Ontario, Wayne and Yates county sheriff’s offices completed training through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services Corrections Course this week. The class, which began last week on Monday February 12th, was held at the Steuben County Office Public Safety Building. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office own Sheriff Allard, Lieutenant Sutton and Lieutenant Mills instructed the course which instructed ethics, supervision styles, supervisor transition, legal issues, and other matters of leadership. The sixty hour course is required for those who are first line supervisors in corrections.
Farmers Unite at Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference
An opportunity for farmers to network and learn more about farming in their region was made possible yesterday through the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference. The conference, held at Corning Community College, gives those in agricultural business a chance to become more educated about working with one another as communities as well as encourage economic growth through agritourism. Panels and meals allowed farmers to become introduced to fellow farms, farmers and issues in the business of agriculture. Farmers interested in attending future events like the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference are highly encouraged to reach out to Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 664-2300.
Cuomo Joins Coalition of Governors to Prevent Gun Violence
Governor Cuomo has followed the lead of Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut governors in the attempt to combat gun violence. All four Democratic governors plan to study gun violence, jointly intercept illegal guns and cooperate to share intelligence in preventing incidents of violence involving guns. If an individual is prohibited from buying a gun in any of these four states, that information is to be shared with and made available to the three others. All four New England governors say this effort was facilitated due to what they say is “utter and complete inaction by Congress.” and will be campaigning for more officials and citizens to join their coalition this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the National Governors Association meeting.
Ira Davenport Site Administrator to Leave First Week of March
The Site Administrator for Ira Davenport Hospital is leaving. Richard Cleland’s resignation takes effect March 6th. A statement from the Arnot Health CEO said Cleland has accepted a unique opportunity which will allow him to return to his hometown and be with his family full-time. Officials say that over the next few weeks, they’ll be working closely on a transition plan. The hospital says it continues moving forward with several strategic initiatives such as the establishment of an inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit and the continued expansion of surgical programs and technology.
Steuben County Legislature to Discuss Opioid Crisis Monday
Steuben County officials are poised to propose strong steps in the fight against opioid addiction when the county Legislature meets Monday morning with a plan to incorporate past “best practices” with innovative strategies. While the proposal will be presented to the county Legislature and the public Monday, officials say there is overwhelming proof substance abuse has reached critical proportions in Steuben, as well as the nation. Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016. Also in 2016, 121 residents went to a hospital for an overdose…14 people died from opioids – nearly triple the number from 2015.
SCLBC to Demolish Two Properties and Restore Two More
Work by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) is well under way, with the demolition of one building on East Washington Street in Bath this week and a second demolition slated for April in the city of Hornell. The properties tagged for demolition were among four properties transferred by the Steuben Legislature to the newly formed SCLBC last July. The remaining two properties acquired by the land bank last summer are now being restored and are expected to be on the market in the city of Corning by next summer.
St. James Mercy Appoints Brideau as CEO/Interim President
The St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Leo Brideau as Interim President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, replacing Jennifer Sullivan, who had served as the hospital’s CEO since 2013. The hospital also announced the departure of Stan Konopko, who had served as Chief Financial Officer.
Neurauter Press Conference:
Thursday the Steuben County District Attorney and law enforcement held a press conference where they discussed the latest developments in the murder of 46-year-old Michelle Neurauter in Corning in August. According to authorities, circumstances at the scene immediately sparked the concerns of law enforcement about the true nature and cause of Neurauter’s death and an investigation began. During the months between August and January of 2018, State Police assigned as many as 30 investigators at a time to pursue the investigation. As a result of their efforts, on Thursday a Steuben County Grand Jury handed up indictments against 46-year-old Lloyd Neurauter and his 20-year-old daughter Karrie Neurauter. Lloyd is facing 9 counts, including murder in the first degree which is a Class A-1 felony and carries a maximum potential sentence of life without the possibility of parole. Kerrie, who is charged as an accomplice, is charged with 4 counts, including murder in the second, also a Class A-1 felony that carries a sentence ranging from 15 years to life to 25 years to life in prison. Karrie Neurauter is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail without bail. Lloyd Neurauter is currently being held in the Brunswick County New Jersey Jail. Members of the Corning Police Department are expected to pick him up and bring him back to New York this week. Authorities also took the time Thursday to thank Corning Incorporated – Michelle’s employer – who they say went above and beyond in the case and has provided significant assistance in the investigation.
“Security Concern” at Guthrie Corning Hospital:
Police were called to Guthrie Corning Hospital Wednesday night in response to a “security concern,” according to a hospital spokesperson. While details around the incident were not released, in a statement officials thanked local law enforcement for their quick response which helped resolve the situation without incident. They said that there was no disruption to patient care and at no time were patients, staff, or visitors at risk.
Lawsuit Filed Against Corning Inc., Corning Homes Inc., and John Does:
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Corning Inc., Corning Homes Inc., and John Does on behalf of owners and residents within the Houghton Plot neighborhood of Corning. The lawsuit alleges damages from “decreased property values, loss of the reasonable use and enjoyment of property and quality of life, nuisance, negligence, strict liability, and response costs” as a result of the neighborhood previously being used by Corning Incorporated to dump ash and other wastes. The suit seeks full remediation of the neighborhood. In a statement Corning Incorporated responded, saying that it intends to vigorously defend against the claims and that they have worked diligently with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and with the residents and have performed DEC-approved work as quickly and efficiently as possible, while minimizing disruption to the neighborhood.
SCLBC Property Demolished Monday:
Work by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) is well under way, with the demolition of one building in the Village of Bath on East Washington Street on Monday, and a second demolition slated for April in the City of Hornell. The properties tagged for demolition were among four properties transferred by the Steuben Legislature to the newly formed land bank in July 2017. The remaining two properties acquired by the land bank last summer are now being restored and are expected to be on the market in Corning by next summer. Proceeds will be returned to the county land bank for future rehabilitation/demolition work.
NYS Sheriffs Call for Armed Officers in all Schools:
The New York State Sheriffs’ Association called upon the state Legislature Thursday to include sufficient funding in the 2018 state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state. There are roughly 4,750 public schools and nearly 2,000 private schools educating students in grades K through 12 in the state. The Sheriffs’ Association estimates that the cost of this proposal would be roughly equivalent to that of adding one teacher to each of these schools. Some schools already have SROs that are funded by the school district, the county government, or both, but the number of them has dropped in recent years due to the lack of local funding.
Bath Rotary Club Offering Scholarships, Student Loans:
The Bath Rotary Club is taking applications for scholarship and student loan opportunities for area high school seniors. Applications are available for the club’s Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarship, Rotary Club Scholarship and Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship to students of Avoca, Bath-Haverling, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport, and Prattsburgh. Additionally, the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship and the Interact Scholarship are available to students of Bath-Haverling. The application deadline is April 1st. Recipients will be notified and invited to attend a club luncheon in May. For more information visit http://www.bathnyrotary.org.
Police Searching for Missing Teen:
The New York State Police of Wayland are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old. Kathleen Miller AKA Valerie Angel Amato was reported missing on February 19th. She is described as a white female, 5 foot 2 inches, approximately 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue Buffalo Bills sweatshirt, leggings of an unknown color, black sneakers, and she was carrying a white duffel bag. She was seen on February 19th on State Route 21 in the area of Walter Kurtz Road in the Town of Wayland. On February 21st she was seen in the Village of Dansville. Anyone with information should contact 911.
Press Conference Today in Corning Murder Case:
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker and members of the Corning Police Department, New York State Police, and other law enforcement agencies will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building to discuss the latest developments in the murder case from the City of Corning currently pending against Lloyd Neurauter and his daughter, Karrie Neurauter. The status of the case, charges currently pending, and other matters are expected to be discussed.
Hammondsport Man Accused of Endangering Child:
A 19 year old from Hammondsport has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and harassment. It’s alleged that Joseph Rago had unwanted contact with a person under the age of seventeen at the Hammondsport Central School. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Home Invasion Charges Against Prattsburgh Man Dropped:
The Prattsburgh man accused in a home invasion in Penn Yan in December has had the charges against him dropped. The attorney for 35-year-old Matthew Zappetella said an investigation by the Yates County District Attorney’s Office helped determine his client’s innocence. The person that identified Zappetella at the scene later came forward and believed he had made a mistake. 30-year-old Mae Schenk of Napes has been charged with burglary in connection with the incident.
Flu Cases Down Slightly in 11 NYS Counties:
While the flu is still widespread across New York, 11 counties are now reporting a slight decline, according to Steuben County Public Health. For the week ending February 10th Cayuga, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Hamilton, Orleans, Orange, Putnam, Seneca, and Ulster saw decreases. Despite those counties being down, there was still a seven percent increase overall compared to the week prior. In Steuben County, there have been 254 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, which is significantly higher than previous years. The public is reminded that despite March approaching, it is still not too late to get the flu shot and that it is still beneficial to get even up until June just before it expires.
Steuben Announces 2018 Road Schedule:
It’s costing less to keep Steuben County’s roads in good shape, according to county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. Spagnoletti recently told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee an estimated $6 million annually will ensure county roads are in good repair. An estimated $5.5 million will be used for work this year on 111 miles of roads, with roughly $500,000 held in reserves for unexpected spikes in costs. In contrast, in 2013, the county spent about $8.1 million to repair some 76 miles of roads. Spagnoletti attributed the reduction in costs to lower asphalt prices, and additionally, the kind work done on the roads means they’re holding up better to wear and tear, he said. The Steuben County 2018 Road Schedule is as follows:
Dansville CR 53 2.2 miles
Thurston CR 12 2.1 miles
Cameron CR 22 1 mile
Campbell CR 125 3.6 miles
Corning/Hornby CR 41 5.6 miles
Dansville CR 47 0.7 miles
Dansville CR 48 3.7 miles
Erwin CR 115 1.8 miles
Fremont CR 57 2.7 miles
Hartsville CR 28 10.3 miles
Kanakadea Park CR 66 0.5 miles
Pulteney CR 74 1.4 miles
Rathbone CR 80 4.7 miles
Rathbone CR 110 1.9 miles
Urbana CR 76 4.7 miles
Wayland CR 91 1 mile
West Union/Troupsburg CR 84 6 miles
Woodhull CR 102 4.1 miles
Woodhull CR 129 0.4 miles
Erwin CR 115 1.9 miles
Bath CR 113 0.7 miles
Caton CR 40A 2.6 miles
Cohocton CR 38 0.7 miles
Corning CR 41 1.9 miles
Hornellsville CR 58 2.1 miles
Lindley CR 115/CR 5 1.3 miles
Rathbone CR 119 5.2 miles
Rathbone/Addison CR 119 2 miles
Tuscarora CR 85 5.3 miles
Prattsburgh CR 122 3.1 miles
Grind/Liquid Asphalt Injection Blacktop
Greenwood CR 25 3 miles
Lindley CR 5 1.1 miles
Thurston CR 2 0.4 miles
Gravel/Grind/Liquid Asphalt Injection Blacktop
Cameron CR 25 3 miles
Prattsburgh CR 7 2.4 miles
CareFirst Hospice to Receive $86K Grant:
The CareFirst hospice of Steuben County was awarded a grant of over $86,000 Wednesday morning, thanks to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield. The money will help people who need life-long care lead happier, healthier, and more connected lives by supporting the skills lab. The funds will be delivered over three years. It’s expected that roughly 37,000 people in the Southern Tier will be impacted.
Tops to File for Chapter 11:
Tops Markets, LLC announced Wednesday that it will be pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from the company’s balance sheet and position Tops for long-term success. The company has elected to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. In a statement, the company said it has filed a number of customary motions seeking court authorization to continue to support its business operations during the court-supervised restructuring process, including the continued payment of employees’ wages and benefits without interruption. The company also intends to pay vendors and suppliers in full under normal terms. Tops expects to receive court approval for all these requests.
Two Facing Drug Charges in 390 Pullover:
Two people were arrested on drug charges over the weekend following a traffic stop I-390. The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports that they got a tip that 46-year-old Robert Rogers of Rochester and his passenger, 48-year-old Tina Mackenzie of Hornell, were in possession of drugs. During the traffic stop, the two were allegedly found in possession of 20 bags of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana. Rogers were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Mackenzie was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Both were remanded to the custody of the Sheriff without bail due to previous felony convictions. Child Protective Services was also contacted and an investigation has been opened into the welfare of the child, whose mother was contacted. She did respond to the Sheriff’s Office to pick him up.
Push Back Against Proposed Romulus Trash Incinerator:
Residents, businesses, and town officials are pushing back against a proposed trash incinerator in the Town of Romulus. Opponents say the incinerator poses too great a risk to the businesses and schools next to the facility and that it’s already driving people away. They’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to come out against the project. A lawyer for the company behind the project, Circular EnerG, says that the incinerator would convert the trash into energy and that it would only emit carbon dioxide and steam, and that neighbors would not even smell the garbage burning. The company has decided to go through the Public Service Commission to get its plans approved.
Federal Legislations Looks to Curb Southern Tier Doctor Decline:
New federal legislation is looking to curb the shortage of physicians in the Southern Tier. By the year 2030, the United States is expected to hit a shortfall of roughly 100,000 doctors, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017 would see 3,000 new slots to train new physicians enrolled in Graduate Medical Education programs over the next five years, creating a total of 15,000 slots that would be funded by Medicare. Senator Charles Schumer said G.M.E. programs at Arnot Health and other small hospital networks in New York would have top priority to those slots.
Senator O’Mara Seeking Nominees for “Women of Distinction” Program:
With Women’s History Month fast approaching in March, Senator Tom O’Mara has announced that nominations are now open for the Senate’s 21st annual “Women of Distinction Program” to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities. Nominations will be accepted until March 16th through O’Mara’s Senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov. Selected honorees will be invited to an awards ceremony and reception in Albany in early May.
NY Hits Lowest Recorded Levels for Adult Smoking:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is praising the state’s wide-ranging tobacco cessation and prevention efforts, as the latest reports show that the adult smoking rate has fallen to the lowest in New York’s recorded history. The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that smoking rates have declined even more dramatically among young adults between 18 and 24 years of age. It fell from 21.6 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent in 2016.
Beaver Dams Man Facing Rape Charges:
A Beaver Dams man is facing rape charges in both New York and Arkansas. 25-year-old Benjamin Smith was arrested following investigation by State Police into an incident in the Town of Lindley where Smith allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 15. He faces similar accusations in Arkansas. Police are seeking other victims in both states. Smith was arraigned in Corning Town Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Dresser Rand to Close Wellsville Facility:
Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business, has announced that it will be closing its manufacturing facility in Wellsville within two years. Company officials met with workers Monday. Employees were told that Curtiss-Wright is purchasing the Dresser-Rand government business and services portfolio. The commercial Power Generation Services (PS) work performed at Dresser-Rand will eventually be transferred to Charlotte and other Siemens facilities. 250 employees are impacted. Siemens operations in Olean and Painted Post are not affected.
Hammondsport Looking to Annex Land from Urbana:
The village of Hammondsport and the town of Urbana will hold a joint public hearing next month. The issue will be the annexation from the town into the village of 3.1 vacant acres of land. That hearing is scheduled for March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.
Meetings Set for Potential Arkport/Canaseraga School Merger:
The possibility of a merger of the Arkport Central and Canaseraga school districts continues to move ahead as the joint advisory committee will hold four meetings in the coming months. Superintendents from each school announced meetings for February 26th, April 16th, May 21st and June 18th. The meetings in February and March are set for 6 p.m. in the Arkport Central Performing Arts center. The April meeting will be held in the Canaseraga Central cafeteria at 6 p.m. The June meeting site and time has yet to be determined. The annexation study is also scheduled for completion in June.
Potential Ice Jam Flooding Warning:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released a warning Monday for New Yorkers who live in areas along streams and rivers to take precautions against potential ice jam flooding. With warmer temperatures and rain expected this week, there could be possible ice jam movement and minor flooding. Flood watches are currently in effect for the North Country and parts of Central New York, and ice jams are being monitored in Oneida County. Communities near ice jams are urged to closely monitor future forecasts and heed instructions from emergency management officials and local law enforcement.
Free Concert to Benefit Hornell Area Food Pantries:
The Hornell Maple City Barbershop Chorus is presenting a free musical variety concert on Sunday, February 25th at 3 p.m. in the Hornell United Methodist Church. Free-will offerings will be accepted to support Hornell area food pantries. Besides the Maple City Barbershop Chorus, the concert will also feature the Rusty Pickups Quartet, the Revised Arrangement Quartet, and Elvis Tribute Artist Dave Weaver. The event is free and open to the public.
NYS Enjoys 7th Straight Year of Increased Park Attendance:
For the seventh straight year, New York state parks saw increased attendance in 2017. 71.5 million visitors traveled to New York’s parks and historic sites, up 950,000 compared to 2016. 2018 is expected to be another exciting year for state parks, with more improvement and additions, including the debut of the Watkins Glen State Park entrance transformation.
Steuben’s New Opioid Initiative to be Announced Feb. 26th:
An innovative effort to combat opioid addiction and its impact on all Steuben County residents will be announced when the county Legislature meets at 10 a.m. February 26th at the County Office Building in Bath. The effort is a joint operation involving all official disciplines in Steuben, including law enforcement, prosecution, rehabilitation, and local school districts, and it builds on past successes while incorporating innovative initiatives. County Manager Jack Wheeler called it a “truly comprehensive proposal” and said that it “will be a critical next step in this fight.”
Painted Post Seeking $20K Main Street Grant:
The Village of Painted Post has submitted a grant seeking $20,000 under New York’s Main Street Technical Assistance program. Village officials say the money would go toward a feasibility study to determine what can be done to help small businesses and add additional stories to Painted Post buildings.
Tops Could File for Bankruptcy:
A recent Bloomberg report says that two U.S. supermarket chains could be preparing to file for bankruptcy. Sources say Bi-Lo LLC, which owns Winn-Dixie supermarkets, could file in the coming weeks, while the owners of Tops Friendly Markets may still be able to seek court protection from creditors sometime this month. Bi-Lo is reportedly looking to close nearly 200 stores, though it’s unclear whether it will be before or after the filing. The union for employees of Tops responded to the report saying that the company has hired Evercore, an independent private investment firm, to help them restructure their debt. They said the union’s contract is still in full effect and that they are monitoring the situation. In 2017, Reuters reported that Tops had a $723 million debt load and last month reported that the chain has significant pension liabilities.
Reservation Deadline for Steuben Youth Bureau Banquet Set for Feb. 28th:
The deadline for reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Annual Awards Dinner is February 28th. The dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. March 7th at the Bath Country Club and honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Steuben Youth. Awards to be announced are the 2018 Champion for Youth and 2018 Youth Service Worker. The cost for the event is $22. For more information or to make reservations call (607) 664-2119.
NYS Considering New Puppy Mill Regulations:
The New York State Senate is considering new legislation that would prohibit pet stores from buying any dogs or cats from puppy mills or other large scale breeding facilities. By definition, a puppy mill is a large scale dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs and puppies. If passed, the bill would require pet stores to receive animals from licensed rescue shelters or humane societies. If the pets are not adopted, the bill would then require that the animal be returned to the shelter from which it came.
Flu Cases Continue to Rise in Steuben
According to the Steuben County health department, the number of lab-confirmed cases of influenza has reached 254 cases in Steuben County this flu season. Director of the County Health Department Darlene Smith said “The prevalence of the flu this year, as well as those who get it are generally sicker than they were last year.” Smith reminds people that the flu can develop into pneumonia and that the most effective preventative measures against contracting influenza during the season remain getting vaccinated with the flu shot and frequently washing your hands.
Rotary Club Opens Scholarships to High School Seniors
The Bath Rotary Club announces that the organization will offer student loan opportunities as well as approximately $10,000 scholarship to area high school seniors. Students of Avoca Central School, Bradford Central School, Bath-Haverling Central School, Hammondsport Central School, Campbell-Savona Central School and Prattsburgh Central School are eligible. The scholarships offered include the club’s Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarship, Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship, and Rotary Club Scholarship. Available exclusively to Bath-Haverling students are the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship and Interact Scholarship. Application deadline is April 1, 2018 and interested students can email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about eligibility requirements and loans can be found at www.bathnyrotary.org.
Bath Man Arrested for Alleged Sex Abuse
A 35 year old Bath man has been arrested for allegations of having inappropriate sexual relations with two minors in the Bath area. Following a joint investigation by State Police and the Schuyler and Steuben County Child Protective Service Agencies, David Smith was charged with felonies of: three counts of criminal sex acts, two felony counts of sex abuse and attempted criminal sex act. Smith was also charged with misdemeanors. Smith was sent to Steuben County Jail following his arraignment in lieu of bail.
Ontario County Woman Arrested for Steuben Welfare Fraud
An Ontario County woman has been arrested for allegedly bilking Steuben County Social Services. 36-year-old Julie Martz was charged by Steuben deputies with welfare fraud, grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. Deputies allege that Martz failed to report income which allowed her to collect benefits she was not entitled to. She was arraigned in Avoca court and released on her own recognizance pending future court action.
Social Security and Retirement Workshop to be Held by CCE
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County announces the organization will host the workshop Making the Most of Social Security: Retirement Income-Enhancing Strategies presented by H&H Financial Group. This informative session is scheduled March 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath. Topics to be covered include how the ‘do over’ and ‘start, stop, restart strategies operate, how married couples can make the most of their shared efforts, how to claim retroactive benefits as a lump sum, and how to make responsible and informed decisions about retirement plan distributions. The event is of no cost but registration is required by calling 607-664-2300.
Fire in Bath Injures Two:
Two people were sent to the hospital Thursday after a fire broke out inside an apartment in Downtown Bath. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department said it was dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to a fire at 17 Liberty Street. Several other local departments and police also responded. The fire took 30 minutes to get under control, according to officials, and the two people escorted to the hospital are said to be in stable condition. Authorities believe the fire to be accidental. The investigation is ongoing.
Three Hornell Teens Accused of Robbing, Beating Man:
Three Hornell teens are facing charges of robbery, assault, and gang assault for allegedly beating and robbing a man on Tuesday night. According to Hornell police, 19-year-old Shaun Haynes, 16-year-old Jametris Jordan, and 16-year-old Terrence Tigner punched and kicked a 44-year-old man at the Adist place underpass. They also allegedly took his cell phone and other items. The man was taken to St. James Hospital for multiple injuries.
Hornell Woman Facing Sex Charges:
A Hornell woman has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a child under the age of 17. 25-year-old Kirsten Herrnecker has been charged with rape in the third, criminal sexual act in the third, and endangering the welfare of a child. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Bristol Woman Accused of Defrauding Steuben Co. SS:
A Bristol woman has been arrested, with the assistance of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, for allegedly defrauding the Steuben County Department of Social Services. 36-year-old Julie Martz allegedly failed to report income as required while receiving benefits and as a result received benefits she was not eligible for. She was charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing and three counts of falsifying business records. She was also charged with welfare fraud and grand larceny. She was arraigned and was released on her own recognizance.
Lawmakers Urge Cuomo to Add Local Lakes to Algal Bloom Priority List:
Local representatives, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to add multiple Finger Lakes to the priority list the state considers vulnerable to harmful algal blooms. They’re proposing the addition of Canandaigua, Keuka, and Seneca lakes to the list. The Governor has proposed $65 million in funding to establish action plans to combat algae blooms.
Hornell Town Hall Meeting on Marijuana Feb. 28th:
A town hall meeting on the facts about marijuana as a remedy for physical and emotional ailments is set for February 28th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hornell High School auditorium. With increasing efforts across the nation to legalize marijuana, people’s perceptions of the effect of pot are changing, according to Keith Hoffman, senior counselor and onsite supervisor for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. Hoffman said that “people view marijuana as less harmful than other drugs or even harmless, believing since it grows naturally there should not be any issue with smoking it,” but he cautioned that “marijuana can have things like fentanyl or other illegal substances placed on it when its packaged for sale to make it more potent to entice the user to buy from that substance dealer again.” Keynote speaker at the event will be Jennifer Faringer, director of the DePaul National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester area. Other speakers will include representatives from Hornell Area Concern for Youth, the Steuben Prevention Coalition, and the Steuben Council on Addictions.
GOP Donation to be Put Toward New Hornell K9 Vehicle:
The Hornell Police Department is closer to a new K9 vehicle thanks to a recent $1,000 donation by the Hornell Republican Committee. According to Mayor John Buckley, the old vehicle has over 180,000 miles on it and the engine is failing. Chief Ted Murray called the K9 unit an essential part of the department, and he thanked the Mayor and the GOP for considering them for this year’s donation.
Steuben Historian Seeking Hall of Fall Nominees:
Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame will be accepted until March 31st, according to county Historian Emily Simms. Committee members will review and select proposed inductees in early May. A reception for the inductees will follow their approval by the county Legislature in late June. Portraits of the honorees will be placed in the county Hall of Fame photo gallery, in the southern hallway of the second floor in the County Office Building. To be eligible, nominees may be living or deceased, man, woman, or child who has enhanced the name of Steuben County. They should have resided in Steuben, but may have been born elsewhere. Past nominees not inducted may be re-nominated. For applications go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357
Wegmans to Sponsor Wineglass Half-Marathon:
Wineglass Marathon organizers have announced that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Wineglass Half Marathon. The eighth annual Wineglass Half Marathon presented by Wegmans starts at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 30th. Runners will take to the roads on this point-to-point course from Campbell to the finish line on Market Street in Corning. This event sells out early every year, and currently is at 65 percent of capacity. For more information, visit http://www.wineglassmarathon.com or follow Wineglass Marathon on Facebook.
Big Flats Talks Arnot Mall Redevelopment:
Big Flats Supervisor Ed Fairbrother recently provided an update on the proposed Arnot Mall redevelopment. He said that it will be ongoing for multiple years and that one specific attraction mall officials are considering implementing is a farmers market. The mall project is expected to get underway before April 1st with the groundbreaking for the Holiday Inn Express.
Gillibrand Supports Marijuana Legalization:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that she is cosponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, legislation that would legalize marijuana on a federal level by removing it from the list of controlled substances. The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Cory Booker, would also expunge the records of those with prior marijuana possession convictions, create incentives for states to change outdated marijuana laws, and create a fund to reinvest in communities that have been most impacted by marijuana polices by investing in job training programs, educational opportunities, public libraries, community centers, and other programs. According to a Siena College poll released this week, a majority of New Yorkers support marijuana legalization and a recent Fox News poll showed 60 percent of Americans across the country favor legalization, an all time high.
Hartsville Increasing Dog License Fees:
At Wednesday’s meeting of the Hartsville Town Board, the current dog law was amended to increase licensing fees. The new fees will increase from $8.50 to $10 for spayed and neutered dogs, and from $16.50 to $18 for unsprayed or unneutered. Hartsville is also planning to perform a dog census in the near future.
NYS Awards $4M to Develop Open Access Substance Abuse Centers:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded more than $4 million to develop 10 24/7 Open Access Centers to deliver immediate engagement, assessment and referral service options to New Yorkers seeking treatment for substance abuse. The primary goal of Open Access Centers is to ensure that anyone in need of substance use disorder services has immediate access to addiction treatment services. Steuben County residents will be served by the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, which will receive $450,000.
Concerns Raised at Landfill Expansion Hearing:
Local residents and officials from the Department of Environmental Conversation and Casella Waste Systems met at the Campbell American Legion Tuesday for a public hearing regarding the proposed expansion of the Hakes Landfill in Painted Post. Residents brought up a number of concerns, including the environmental impact, the odor, the volume of vehicles, the health of nearby residents, and the radioactive materials contained in the fracking waste from Pennsylvania. The fracking waste was one of the biggest topics at the hearing and Casella Waste Systems Vice President Larry Shilling took time to address it. He said the company was also initially worried about the radioactive materials, but he said subsequent studies showed the materials in the waste were “slightly above background, and (that) it’s nothing to really be concerned with from an operational standpoint, an environmental standpoint, or a safety standpoint.” Anyone interested in submitting comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and the town site plan may do so with the DEC until February 26th by calling (585) 226-5400.
O’Mara Unveils “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda”:
Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara joined with his Senate Majority colleagues to unveil a “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda” that calls for new tax cuts, broad-based regulatory reform, workforce development initiatives, and a major refocusing of the state’s economic development initiatives including shutting down the controversial START-UP New York program. Two pieces of legislation co-sponorsed by O’Mara has already been acted on this year by the Senate. A measure that would make permanent the two-percent cap on local property tax increases, and a proposal that calls for establishing a permanent two-percent cap on annual growth in state government spending.
Budget Amendment Would Fund Early Voting in NYS:
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office has announced a 30-day budget amendment that would fund early voting across New York State. Under the amendment, every county in the state would be allowed to offer early voting in the 12 days leading up to Election Day. Voters would have at least eight hours on weekdays and five hours on weekends to cast ballots. Counties would have to have one early voting site per 50,000 residents. The County Boards of Elections would determine specific locations. Currently, New York is one of 13 states that don’t offer early voting.
New Rape Kit Law Proposed for NYS:
In New York State it’s currently policy that unreported rape kits are only kept for a short time before being destroyed. A group of legislators is looking to change that and give victims more time to come forward to law enforcement. A set of three bills have been introduced that would allow for rape kits that have not been reported to the police to be maintained for two years in one centralized location, allow victims to keep track of their kits, and ensure that victims are never billed for their exams. The legislators say they will push for the passage of these bills this year.
Steuben Public Health Looking for Volunteers:
The Steuben County Public Health Department is looking for volunteers for emergencies or drills through the ServSTEUBEN-Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Steuben’s corps is composed of both medical and nonmedical volunteers willing to respond in the event of a real disaster, and partners with eight counties in the region for additional support. The volunteers also will have an opportunity to participate in a planned drill set for April 10th at Haverling High School in Bath. Anyone who registers as a volunteer by Monday (Feb. 19th) will be entered for a chance to win one of three emergency radios. Volunteers are asked to register at http://tinyurl.com/ServSTEUBEN-MRC. For more information or help with registration, call (607) 664-2438.
NY Mental Health Awareness Plates Unveiled:
As part of its campaign to raise awareness for mental health illnesses, New York State has unveiled new license plates. The new plates feature a green mental health awareness ribbon and the tagline “Healthy Minds, Healthy New York.” The plates are available online and can be ordered through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Painted Post Daycare Worker Charged with Sexual Abuse:
A worker at a daycare center in Painted Post has been charged with sexual abuse of a child. 36-year-old Seth McGannon of Painted Post is facing of two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in November. McGannon is associated with the Erwin Child and Family Center. The Center has not commented on McGannon’s current employment status.
Forgery and Criminal Mischief Charges for Corning Man:
A Corning man is facing additional charges after he allegedly attempted to enter the Steuben County Jail with a forged document. 24-year-old Forrest Smith is accused of presenting the fake document to jail personnel while entering the jail on an unrelated charge in an attempt to gain contraband. He was charged with forgery in the second. Smith was also arrested on Saturday for the crime of criminal mischief in the third for allegedly damaging the property of another, and that the damage was in excess of $250 value. He was arraigned and sent back to the county jail without bail.
Corning Man Arrested for Violation of Probation:
A Corning man has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant issued by the Village of Bath Court. It’s alleged that 64-year-old Jonny Richardson violated the terms and conditions of his probation on a felony driving while ability impaired by drugs conviction. He was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Sitel to Lay of 71:
The Sitel plant in Painted Post has announced that it will be laying off 71 employees this May. The company said the layoffs are due to the unplanned departure of a customer. The affected workers are not represented by a union.
New Hornell Office for Assemblyman Errigo:
Constituents of Assemblyman Joe Errigo (R, Coneus) will soon have another way to get in contact with their representative. Monday, Errigo announced the opening of a new satellite office on the third floor of Hornell City Hall. It will officially open on February 22nd and will be open every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m.
Bath Vol. Fire Dept. Names Firefighter/Firefly of the Year:
On Saturday, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department held their annual awards banquet where their Firefighter, Firefly, and Junior Fighter of the year were announced. Firefighter of the Year was presented to Brent Hockaday; Tiffany Walruth was named Firefly of the Year; and Junior Fighter went to Blake Jackson. Speaking at the event, Mayor Bill von Hagn expressed his gratitude and the appreciation of the village board to all the members of the department for their time and dedication. The department ran 387 calls in 2017.
Congressman Reed Holds Annual Valentines for Vets:
Monday morning, Congressman Tom Reed held his annual Valentines for Vets at the Bath V.A. During the event, Reed handed out Valentine’s cards handmade by local students and he met with veterans to express his gratitude for their service. Therapy dogs also visited with residents, providing their special brand of comfort and affection.
Applications Open for Italian-American Legislators Scholarship:
Applications are open for Assemblyman Phil Palmesano’s and the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators’ scholarship program. Four scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded: two for academic achievement, and two athletic scholarships. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 2nd. Students in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes can apply by contacting Palmesano’s office at (607) 776-9691.
National Salute to Veterans Week Concert at Bath V.A.:
As a part of National Salute to Veterans Week, the Fabulous Sgro Brothers will perform at the Bath V.A. The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday and it is open to the public. The Sgro Brothers have performed with stars such as Tony Bennett, the Four Lads, Don Cornell, and Frank Sinatra.
Public Hearing on Proposed Campbell Landfill Expansion Tomorrow:
The Department of Environmental Conversation will hold a public hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13th at 6 p.m. at the Campbell American Legion on the proposed expansion of the Hakes Landfill. There have been some concerns voiced about the proposal; among them members of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter saying the DEC accepted a “deeply flawed” draft supplemental environmental impact statement. Casella Waste Systems owns the landfill and its Regional Vice President, Larry Shilling said that he plans to attend and comment at tomorrow’s hearing. The DEC also said they’ll consider all public input and that are accepting written comments until February 26th.
Appellate Court Rejects Petition from Steuben County Woman:
A New York State Appellate Court has rejected a petition filed on behalf of a Steuben County woman. 29-year-old Sarah Murphy-Sears of Bath is currently serving a prison sentence after being convicted of felony counts of welfare fraud and 2nd degree attempted assault. The court said that “contrary to her contention, the record demonstrates that [Murphy-Sears] validly waived her right to appeal,” and as such they declined “to exercise [their] power to review those challenges as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice.” According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Murphy-Sears is currently an inmate at Bedford Hills.
Kolb Drops Out of NYS Governor’s Race:
In a statement to the press on Friday, Republican contender for New York State Governor Brian Kolb announced that he is stepping aside. The State Assembly Minority Leader cited the hardships of a campaign on his family life as a deciding factor in his decision. As a candidate, Kolb had won the support of nine Finger Lakes region Republican County Chairs, including Steuben’s chair Joe Sempolinski. In response to Friday’s announcement, Sempolinski said that he was disappointed but that they’ll “move on and coalesce around another candidate that can defeat Andrew Cuomo.” As for Kolb, he said he is “very grateful to the friends, volunteers, activists, business and community leaders, and donors for their support,” and that he will continue to serve the people of New York as Assembly Leader.
144 Drug Arrests Made by Hornell Police in 2017:
During the recent monthly meeting of the Hornell Board of Public Safety, Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray presented drug arrest statistics for 2017. The total of 144 was on par with 2016 figures, though the demographics did change year-over year. Marijuana arrests were up slightly from 61 to 67, Cocaine arrests went down from 45 to 25, heroin arrests remained fairly steady rising only two from 23 to 25, and prescription drug arrests went up from 16 to 24. Mayor John Buckley praised the department for its efforts and said that continued cooperation between the codes office, fire department, and police department will go a long way to spotting drug activity in 2018.
Removal of Potentially Dangerous Guardrail Components Expected this Summer:
As of this month, the state Department of Transportation says that it has removed 17 potentially dangerous X-Lite Guardrail End Terminals from New York highways. The DOT says 26 X-Lites remain and are scheduled for removal this summer. Of those 26, 19 of them are in the Southern Tier. While there have been no injuries or fatalities in New York attributed to the X-Lites, the terminals made headlines in 2016 when a Fredonia native was killed in Tennessee after her vehicle struck one of the X-Lites and it impaled the cabin of her vehicle. Several other motor vehicle deaths in several other states have also been attributed to the X-Lite.
O'Mara Asks for Veteran Hall of Fame Nominations
New York State Senator Tom O'Mara is seeking nominations for the Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame began as an online tribute in 2005 and continues to honor the men and women who have dedicated themselves to service for our country here at home and in combat. Citizens of our district are encouraged to submit nominees to the Veterans Hall of Fame online at: https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/articles/thomas-f-omara/omara-seeking-nominees-senates-veterans-hall-fame
Easy Rider Transportation Program Smart Option for Seniors
For seniors with transportation needs and limited options, the Easy Rider program is a resource that many take advantage of, especially in the colder months where commuting can be hazardous. A program made possible through the Project Care programs working in conjunction with Faith in Action, Steuben RSVP, and Steuben Coordinated Transportation provides transportation services to seniors. The free service offers seven different routes throughout Steuben County to any senior citizen who needs transportation. Drivers also help bring in groceries and make sure the senior gets into their home safely. Those eligible and interested in using the service for rides or finding out more information about the program can talk to officials at: (607) 664-2298.
Reed Criticizes New Budget Deal
Tom Reed took time at his weekly press conference call to address his concerns on the recent budget deal the president signed. “Going down the path of uncontrolled spending that continues to add to our national debt. This debt crisis is real…” Reed has been a supporter of Trump on most fiscal issues, but feels this deal will be on the dime of taxpayers. The congressman added: “Because at $21 trillion worth of national debt if we just maintain the status quo, if we do what so many elected officials like to do and what you see in this budget agreement is it’s easy to come to a bipartisan agreement when you spend taxpayer dollars.”
Steuben County Flu Cases Rise
A record number of influenza cases have been reported this year everywhere in New York State, hitting the Southern Tier especially hard and the flu Season is not over yet. According to the most recent report by the State Department of Health, Steuben County reported 60 cases of the flu, a significant increase from the 37 cases reported the previous week. The number of reported cases in the county for the season to date totals 185.
Sheriff's Office Plans CRASE Emergency Crisis Trainings for March
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports they will be conducting three CRASE trainings during the month of March in the Bath, Corning and Hornell areas to meet the emergency management needs of local clergy and lay-leaders in assisting security concerns in houses of worship. CRASE trainings were planned and organized by the Sheriff’s Office as a response to concerns expressed in the local community about nationwide events of catastrophic violence. Those interested in attending these classes or wishing to assist by hosting a training in their area can contact Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Terri Moir at (607) 622-3930 or email@example.com.
Bath Village Board to Hold Hearing on Property Tax Cap
The village board in Bath will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed local law. The legislation would allow the village to override the state required property tax cap. The law doesn’t mandate an override, but it does give Trustees the authority to do so. The hearing has been scheduled for February 20th at 5:30 at the Municipal Building.
4 Indicted on Drug Charges:
Four people have been indicted on drug charges. 26-year-old Samuel Byler of Addison, 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Serena Russell, both of Rathbone, and 24-year-old John Hallett of Elkland, P.A. have all been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession a controlled substance following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office that lead to a search of a residence in the Town of Rathbone in December. At the time of their arrest, the defendants were found to be actively producing meth and to be in possession of more than two ounces of the drug.
Elmira Man Arrested for Bail Jumping:
State Troopers arrested 39-year-old James Batrowny of Elmira on Wednesday for bail
jumping. Batrowny pled guilty in Steuben County Superior court to manufacturing methamphetamine in August and was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing. A warrant was issued for Batrowny when he failed to appear in court for his scheduled sentencing. He was arrested in the City of Elmira on a separate warrant on February 3rd and was sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Parts of Elmira Correctional Facility Locked Down Following Suspected Gang Fights:
A series of inmate fights locked down two cell blocks at the Elmira Correctional Facility. According to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the fights happened over a five day period starting on January 30th with a fight between two inmates inside a cell. Six more fights broke out in the prison over the following days. Two cell blocks were temporarily locked down over the weekend and officers searched the cells and common areas for contraband. They seized 30 makeshift weapons. The inmates involved were moved to special housing units and face internal disciplinary charges.
Second HEAP Benefit Applications Open Feb. 12th:
Governor Cuomo has announced additional funding available to help eligible New Yorkers heat their homes following severe low temperatures this winter. Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off will be able to apply for a second emergency benefit through the federal Home Energy Assistance Program beginning February 12th.
Guthrie Looking to Expand Corning Hospital:
On January 23rd, Guthrie officials met with the Town of Corning Planning Board to discuss an expansion of the Corning Hospital. The proposed addition will be two stories and approximately 30,000 square feet. Guthrie hopes to break ground this year with a completion date in 2019. Guthrie officials say the addition would be for medical office space where physicians can see patients.
Steuben Co. IDA Launches New Website:
As part of its digital marketing strategy, the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency has announced the launch of a new website. New content on the site includes interactive charts and graphs, updated photography, links to partner organizations and targeted messaging with increased video and graphics. The website can be found at http://www.steubencountyida.com.
Annual Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation Meeting:
The Sole Member and the Board of Directors of the Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation will be conducting its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. on March 14th, in the Legislative Committee Conference Room at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath.
Bath Woman Accused of Cashing Forged Checks:
An investigation into the theft and forgery of several checks has led to the arrest of a Bath woman. 32-year-old Sheri Clark is accused of cashing eight separate forged checks that were stolen from a family member, between January 16th and January 30th. She was charged with eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and was released on her own recognizance.
$96K for Ira Davenport Hospital:
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $96,775 in federal funding for Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment such as carts, digital stethoscopes, exam cameras, software, and network equipment. This technology will allow the hospital to virtually direct treatment when patients cannot be transported, and allow the hospital to determine whether low-severity patients can remain in their own community for treatment and at their local hospital.
Counties Receive Funds for Emergency Communications:
Five Southern Tier counties will share in $55 million state funding to enhance and support local emergency communications systems. The funding is through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program. Steuben County is expected to receive just over $1 million.
Changes to NYS Driver’s Licenses to Affect Travel:
Changes to New York State driver’s licenses will affect travel starting October 1st, 2020. New York is now compliant with “Real ID” requirements, which means you’ll need a Real ID or enhanced driver’s license to fly domestically. Upgrading licenses won’t be much additional cost: renewing an expired license is free, while an upgrade to a non-expired license is $12.50. Visit your local DMV with the necessary documents to upgrade.
NYS Senate Approves Removal of Purple Heart License Plate Fee:
The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to eliminate the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fee for Purple Heart veterans to obtain New York’s distinctive Purple Heart license plate. O’Mara said that because of the sacrifices Purple Heart recipients made in serving our nation, these veterans should receive the license plates at no cost. The current, first-time fee for obtaining a personalized Purple Heart license plate is $60.
Some State Lawmakers Pushing for Changes to Laundry Pods:
In response to the “tide pod challenge,” where teenagers post videos of themselves eating tide laundry pods, some New York lawmakers have proposed legislation to make them less appealing. Introduced bills would require detergent pods to be all one color with non-see through packaging and warning labels on each pod. Since January, there have been at least 86 reported cases of teenagers purposefully eating laundry pods.
Networking Event for Food/Beverage Producers at CCC:
There will be a unique opportunity for food and beverage producers to network and expand their businesses on February 23rd. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Corning Community College will host the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference in an effort to connect local farmers, food and beverage producers with new markets. Local farmers, agricultural producers, farm wineries, breweries and distilleries, restauranteurs, chefs, and distributors are all invited to this business-to-business event, which is being sponsored by Taste NY. It will also include three panel discussions and a keynote speaker from SUNY Cobleskill. There is a registration fee of $50 for anyone wishing to participate. For more information, or to register visit http://www.fingerlakesfarmcountry.com.
Winter Storm Causes Closings, Cancellations:
As predicted a winter storm moved into the area this morning and it has lead to numerous closings and canellations for schools and area events and orgainzations. To see the full listing, visit Stormwatch at http://wvinbath.com/pages/schoolbusiness-closings.
Steuben Co. Restauranteur Pleas Guilty for Failing to Pay Sales Tax:
A Steuben County restauranteur has plead guilty for failing to pay more than $175,000 sales in tax at two Sonora's Mexican Restaurant locations in Bath and Corning. As part of a plea deal, 56-year-old Christopher Klee paid $225,000 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for the unpaid sales tax, related penalties, and interest. He will have to pay an additional $129,380.40 as a condition of his release. He will be sentenced in March. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will be sentenced to supervised release.
Parking Ban in Canisteo Today:
The Canisteo Village Hall announced that there will be a parking ban in place in Canisteo today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hornell City Issues "Code Red" Message for Parking:
The City of Hornell issued a "Code Red" message on Tuesday afternoon urging residents to keep their vehicles off the streets during today's snow storm to allow the snow plows to work more easily. It is not a ban, but a request from Hornell City Hall.
Senator Gillibrand Pushes Legislation to Help Dairy Farmers:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to help New York dairy farmers with new legislation called the Dairy Premium Refund Act. Gillibrand says the bill would return unused insurance money from the Dairy Margin Protection Program to dairy farmers at the end of every production year. The Dairy Margin Protection Program was developed under the Farm Bill in 2014, and Gillibrand says it just isn't helping dairy farmers the way it should.
Kiosks to Replace Parking Meters in Elmira:
The old-fashioned coin-operated parking meters in the City of Elmira will soon be a thing of the past. After getting approval in last's years budget, the city will be replacing the meters with kiosks, where motorists can pay with either cash or card. The first batch of kiosks is expected to be installed this spring in the Downtown area.
Village of Canisteo Takes out $200K Loan:
At this week's meeting of the Canisteo Village officials explained why the village has needed to take out a $200,000 loan. The mayor said that there "there was a lack of oversight and supervision of the former Clerk/Treasurer position" and four years worth of year end reports were not submitted to the State Comptroller's office. Other factors leading to the loan were unpaid water sewer bills, which have climbed to $180,000, and several unexpected high retirement payments that were never made. The former clerk resigned of her own accord last fall and has since been replaced by Katrina Oliverio, whom the Mayor supported at the meeting, saying "she's doing an excellent job." The loan will be paid by existing streams of revenue, and the village has put in place cost-cutting measures, and the comptroller's office has advised the new clerk with on-site training and telephone support for software.
Meth Lab Bust in Wayland:
A Wayland woman has been arrested after New York State Police responded to a reported active methamphetamine lab on Circle Drive in the Town of Wayland. 42-year-old Lori Schledorn allegedly possessed materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, and destroyed physical evidence in an attempt to impede troopers. She was charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence, and she was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and further arrests are pending.
Avoca Woman Accused of Cashing Forged Checks:
An investigation by the New York State Police and the Steuben County Adult Protective/Home Care Unit has resulted in charges against an Avoca woman. According to authorities, they received a complaint of suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject and investigation lead them to 23-year-old Katherine LaBar-Bulson, who allegedly cashed ten separate forged checks between December 26th and January 30th. LaBar-Bulson was charged with ten counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.
Bath Man Charged with Selling Marihuana to Minor:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly selling marihuana to a person under the age of 18 in the Town of Erwin. 58-year-old Michael Neff has been charged with criminal sale of marihuana and unlawful possession of marihuana. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
Bath Woman Allegedly Drove Drunk with Child:
A Bath woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly drove while intoxicated with a child in her vehicle. 50-year-old Diana Satterfield was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent while having a child in the vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child, refusal to take a breath test, and failure to dim headlights. She was issued a summons and an appearance ticket.
Winter Storm Watch in Effect:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that goes into effect at 6 a.m. tomorrow and lasts until 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Heavy snow is possible with accumulations of 6 to 10 inches. The watch effects Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, and Chemung Counties in New York, as well as Bradford County in Pennsylvania. Difficult travel conditions are expected, including during the morning commute on Wednesday, with significant reductions in visibility possible.
Dates Set for Special Assembly, Senate Elections:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has set special election dates for the Senate and Assembly. There are 11 vacant seats that will determined on April 24th.
Deputy Sworn in at Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office:
In a recent public ceremony at the Steuben County Public Safety building, Deputy Joshua VanSkiver was sworn in. Deputy VanSkiver is a sixteen year veteran of law enforcement who began his career at the county Sheriff’s Office in 2001, and who also served with the City of Corning Police Department and most recently the City of Elmira Police Department. Deputy VanSkiver has been recognized over his career as the New York State STOP-DWI Officer of the Year for his efforts in driving while intoxicated arrests. He returns to Steuben County now to raise his family and to continue serving county residents.
Nominees Sought for Veterans Hall of Fame:
State Senator Tom O’Mara is seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame. The Hall is an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of veterans from across New York State. Nominations can be made until April 13th by emailing a short biography highlighting the nominee’s military and civilian service awards and achievements to firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the online Veterans Hall of Fame, visit www.omara.nysenate.gov.
Event at CCC to Showcase Deliciousness of Finger Lakes Region:
On February 23rd from 5 to 8 p.m., Corning Community College will become a hub for food lovers during a special event showcasing locally-sourced foods. The Taste FLXpo is a local food and beverage festival open to the public. It will include food trucks, cooking and pairing demonstrations, tasting samples of locally-grown foods, Finger Lakes wine and craft beverage tastings, and a farmer’s market. Approximately 50 local farmers, chefs, and beverage producers are expected to participate. Advance tickets are available for purchase now at $5 at TasteFLXpo.com. After the 16th, the tickets will be $10.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Corning Couple:
A traffic stop in the City of Corning Saturday night has resulted in drug charges for a Corning couple. 41-year-old Charles Sweeney and 42-year-old Julie Sweeney have both been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. Both were sent to the Steuben County Jail; Julie Sweeney on $5,000 cash bail, Charles on $10,000 cash bail. According to police, more charges are expected.
Squirrel Blamed for Horseheads Power Outage:
A power outage that left over 1,000 Horseheads residents without power Sunday morning is being blamed on a squirrel. According to officials, the animal chewed through the wires and burned out lightning arresters. Fortunately, power was restored just before noon.
Reed Raises over $1M for Re-Election:
With an election year upon us, Congressman Tom Reed has announced that his campaign has raised more than $1 million for his re-election. Said Reed that he’s grateful to the hundreds of New Yorkers that have placed their trust in him and his campaign, and have invested their hard-earned money.
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano Talks Domestic Violence:
A report has been released by Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and his republican colleagues, from the Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force. The task force looked to gain more information about domestic abuse by meeting with victims, prevention advocates, law enforcement officials, judges and service providers across the state. The report stresses the importance of helping victims pay for lawyers and enhancing penalties against abusers who commit crimes in front of their children. The state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence says intimate partner homicide spiked 22 percent in 2016. Palmesano said with domestic abuse cases becoming more apparent in our area, the state needs to do more to help victims.
State to Remove “I Love NY” Signs:
After officials in Washington said New York State could lose $14 million in federal funding, state officials have announced that over five hundred “I Love New York” signs across the state’s highway system will now be removed. Federal officials wanted the signs removed because they said they were unsafe, the state originally disagreed. State DOT officials call the campaign a success, as it has increased the number of tourists visiting the state by 18 percent. They added that new signs will be installed this summer, and that they will consult with the federal government on the designs.
Sad news for a Cameron family in Steuben County… fire Friday afternoon completely destroyed their home while they were on a trip to Delaware. Firefighters were called around 3:30 to a fire on County Route 10A. Officials say a wood stove may be the cause, because the home was not insured they there will be no investigation.
Harriette Hoyt sentenced
You may recall the story of a Sayre, Pa women who dumped her 7 month old baby behind a residence in Elmira last year. Harriette Hoyt who was 17 at the time plead guilty in December to charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, and abandonment of a child. She was sentenced Friday to 9 years in prison in Chemung County Court. The baby who is doing well was abandoned for about 72 hours before she was discovered by neighbors.
Mickey Heffner has been found guilty following a bench trial before Steuben County Judge Patrick McAllister. The 40 year Heffner was charge of attempted rape, he was taken to the Steuben County Jail and faces up to 25 years in jail
Possible new law for firefighters
Steuben County lawmakers on Monday will review a resolution adopted by the county fire advisory board that urges the state to pass a law allowing fire departments to charge for providing medical services…similar to how independent ambulance services operate. Much of the ambulance coverage in New York state as well as Steuben County is provided by fire departments, many of which are smaller and staffed with volunteers – yet state law doesn’t allow the fire service to charge. The county Public safety and Corrections committee will discuss the issue next week.
Stop DWI Money Allocated
The 2018 STOP-DWI law enforcement plan will be reviewed by a county legislative committee next week. The plan earmarks $86,600 in funding to agencies across the county. The Sheriff’s office would receive the most funding, while the Bath police department would receive $9,000 for patrol and associated services.
A couple of arrests reported by Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. A 16 year old in the Town of Urbana has been arrested and charged with assault following a report striking another person in the mouth and causing injury. 26 year old Alicia Carl of Campbell arrested for violation of a protection order issued by the Steuben County Court. Carl was taken to the County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) remind snowmobilers to ride responsibly and exercise caution while enjoying the state's snowmobiling opportunities. New York is sponsoring a free promotional snowmobile weekend for out-of-state and Canadian riders today until Monday. New York's network of snowmobile trails generates more than $800 million each year.
NY Marketplace plan enrollments up
NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, has announced that more than 4.3million New Yorkers have enrolled in comprehensive health coverage through NY State of Health. That’s an increase of 700,000 people from last year.
Restore Fairness Campaign
Governor Cuomo has launched the Campaign to Restore Fairness in New York's Criminal Justice System. Cuomo says it’s a comprehensive package and the most progressive set of reforms in the nation. Among some of the changes the Governor wants…is to eliminate monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges.
Spike in NYSEG Electric Bills:
NYSEG customers got an unhappy surprise in their latest billing statements. There was an increase for late December and early January. In response, NYSEG told media that the prolonged cold at the beginning of January increased demand for natural gas, both by power plants and people who heat their homes with it. That caused the price to go up. NYSEG, along with other companies, have passed that cost on the customer.
Alstom Extends Lease with Hornell:
With two years left on its current lease agreement, Alstom has agreed to sign a new agreement with the City of Hornell. The new deal will extend their lease for another 13 years, with options on 3 more 5 year agreements. Alstom has been part of the city for 20 years.
GOP Fundraiser Announces Run Against Gillibrand:
In a video released Thursday, Chele Chiavacci Farley announced that she will be run against U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Farley is a private equity executive and a Republican Party fundraiser. In the video, she accused Gillibrand of being a political opportunist and she promised to bring “tax dollars back home and rebuild New York.”
Superbowl DWI Crackdown:
Just a reminder as we all get ready for Superbowl fun and excitement, Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special statewide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The STOP-DWI crackdown starts today and ends on February 5th. You can help make a difference by Having a Sober Plan, which you can easily make with the mobile app “Have a Plan.” If you’re hosting a party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins. Root for your favorite team, enjoy your friends and family, and remember “Don’t Drive, Get a Ride!”
Flu Shots Still Urged as Cases Rise:
The latest flu statistics were released Thursday and the numbers continue to climb. State officials say laboratory confirmed flu cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200 New Yorkers requiring hospitalization. Governor Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get their flu shots.
“I Love NY” Signs Could Cost NYS $14M:
The hundreds of “I Love NY” tourism signs installed along New York’s highways could end up costing the state more than the $8 million it took to create and install them. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration sent a letter Thursday to state transportation officials saying the state stands to lose $14 million in federal funding for failing to remove the signs, which they say are unsafe. DOT officials, however, say the signs are safe. They said they will continue to work with the FHA on a resolution.
Ex-Husband in Corning Murder Case Waives Extradition:
The man accused in the murder of Michele Neurauter in Corning will soon be back in New York. Lloyd Neurauter, Michele’s ex-husband, waived extradition in New Jersey on Wednesday. He’s currently being held at the Mercer County Correctional Center in Hopwell, New Jersey. Corning Police plan to bring him back to New York in the next few weeks. Lloyd’s daughter, Kerrie Neuratuer, is also accused in the murder. She has pled not guilty. The Corning P.D. and New York State Police are still investigating.
No Jail Time for Fire Lieutenant Accused of Selling Drugs:
There will not be jail time for the former Corning Fire Lieutenant that was accused of selling heroin. 43-year-old Thomas Margeson pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, and will receive probation. The probation length depends on a pre-sentence investigation. Margeson will also have to pay restitution and in a deal with the City, he has retired from the Corning Fire Department.
Northside Blodgett Clock Tower Too Rotted to be Saved:
Despite best efforts, it’s been determined that the clock tower section of the former Northside Blodgett School in Corning cannot be saved. Arbor Housing officials say that work crews found the tower to be too rotted and deteriorated to save. They will try to salvage the clock faces. Corning-Painted Post Superintendent Mike Ginalski said they will continue to work with the Alumni Association – which has long asked to have the clock tower saved and relocated. He said it may be easier, from a financial standpoint, to design something new for the clock faces.
Food Bank’s Check Out Hunger Campaign Underway:
The annual Check Out Hunger campaign for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is once again underway at area grocery stores. Customers can donate $2, $3, or $5 at the register at participating Jubilee, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans stores throughout the month of February. In 2017, the campaign raised more than $274,000 for the food bank.
St. James Mercy Receives Certificate from National Disaster Medical System:
St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Disaster Medical System for participation in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts. St. James deployed one of its Emergency Department providers, Giacomo (Jack) Florio, in support of Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. He also assisted with relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, which caused significant damage to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and parts of Florida.
Bath Man Charged with Forcible Touching and Endangering Child:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 54-year-old Steven Sutfin of Bath on charges of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. It’s alleged that Stufin forcibly touched a child while in Avoca. He was arraigned and was released on his own recognizance.
Corning Inc. Ends 2017 with Strong 4th Quarter:
2017 was a good year for Corning Incorporated, especially in its final quarter. The company released its 4th quarter earnings and core sales, earnings, and earnings per share all increased. Vice President of Corporate Communications Dan Collins said shareholders should be happy with 2017’s results, and they should look forward to an even better 2018. Collins said they “…think [they] can reach $11 billion in sales in 2018.”
NYS Pistol Recertification Deadline Today:
Those with pistol permits that were obtained more than 5-years ago are reminded that today is the deadline to get recertified. Under law, those who had their permits issued before January 2013 must renew or their permit could be revoked. For more information visit https://www.troopers.ny.gov/Firearms/pistol_revolver_license_recertification.php.
Reed’s Problem Solver Caucus Backs Immigration, Budget Proposal:
During a media call Tuesday, Representative Tom Reed said that the Problem Solvers Caucus – which he co-chairs – is supporting a proposed solution to the immigration and budget gridlock plaguing congress. The plan includes a 10-12 year window for Dreamers to acquire citizenship – on the condition they pay taxes and don’t have a criminal record – and approximately $2.5 billion for the border wall. The 40-member caucus reached majority consensus on the proposal, but whether Congress agrees remains to be seen as a bill has not yet been drafted. Reed said a framework is in place and multiple components do have legislative texts.
Public Hearing on Proposed Campbell Tax Law:
The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing next month on a proposed local law. That law would enact a real property tax exemption for Cold War veterans. The hearing is scheduled for February 12th at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall.
NYS Senate Passes Law to Require Helmets for Children Skiing, Snowboarding:
The New York State Senate has passed a bill to help prevent children from dangerous head injuries while participating in winter sports. The legislation requires skiers and snowboarders under 14 years of age to wear a protective helmet while riding the slopes at ski areas in New York. According to a Senate press release, ski areas – which have expressed support for the legislation - would post signs at their information boards and on-site locations where lift tickets are sold notifying guests of the helmet requirements. The bill has been sent to the Assembly.
2 Arrested During a Domestic Incident:
Two people have been arrested following an incident in the Town of Corning. 33-year-old Steven Northrup of Painted Post is accused of violating the terms and conditions of a stay away order of protection issued due to a previous domestic incident. He has been charged with criminal contempt in the first degree and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Also arrested was 33-year-old Andrew Vanzile of Corning on a charge of criminal mischief in the third. Vanzile allegedly intentionally damaged the property of another by throwing a hammer through a window of the vehicle operated by Northrup. Vanzile was released on an appearance ticket.
Bath Woman Arrested for Damaging Hotel:
A Bath woman has been arrested for causing damage to a hotel room she stayed in. 41-year-old Jacqueline Zeringue has been charged with criminal mischief in the third for allegedly intentionally damaging property at a hotel on South Hamilton Street in the Town of Erwin. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail with $1,000 cash bail.
P.A. Fugitive Arrested:
The New York State Police of Bath arrested 26-year-old Dylan Connors of Pennsylvania as a fugitive from justice. The arrest was based on information from the Bath Veteran’s Administration Police Department indicating that Connors was wanted in Pennsylvania. Further investigation revealed there to be an active arrest warrant for a parole violation that was issued out of Monroe County, Pennsylvania. Connors was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail as he awaits further proceedings in Steuben County Court.
Bath P.D. Investigating Fake Money:
Bath village police are investigating a surge of fake money flowing into the community. Five Star Bank has reported receiving several counterfeit bills of all denominations from local businesses. Police urge people to examine your money carefully and report suspicious activity immediately.
DeFranciso Files to Run for NY Governor:
State Senator John DeFrancisco made it official Monday. He filed paperwork with the State Board of Elections to run for Governor. More details are expected during a formal announcement set for today at 5 p.m. DeFrancisco joins Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and former Erie County Executive Joel Giambra in vying for the Republican nomination. According to state Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox, the candidates have all agreed not to challenge one another in a primary.
Von Hagn Earns Rep.& Dem. Noms. for Bath:
The Bath Village Republicans and Democrats held their caucuses Monday night. Only one position is up for election this March, Village Mayor. Last night both the Republicans and Democrats endorsed incumbent Mayor Bill Von Hagn for the position.
Meth Lab Discovered in Corning:
A fire in Corning Saturday morning lead to the discovery of an alleged meth lab. According to Corning Police, authorities responded to a structure fire at Lamphear Court around 6 a.m. and while on scene police officers observed materials and evidence of an existing methamphetamine laboratory. 40-year-old Katrina Breon was arrested and she has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. She is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $4,000 cash bail.
Daughter Pleads “Not Guilty” in Mother’s Murder:
The daughter accused of killing her mother in Corning was arraigned Friday afternoon. 20-year-old Karrie Neurauter pled not guilty on second-degree murder charges. Both Karrie and her father, Lloyd Neurauter, have been charged in connection with the murder.
Steuben Begins Campaign to Prevent Sexual Exploitation of Children:
Steuben County officials have begun a five-year plan to prevent the commercial sexual exploitation of children under the age of 18. County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill said an advisory committee has been formed to explore the most effective ways to address potential sexual exploitation of children in Steuben, beginning this year with providing training for key agencies and raising awareness of the problem. “Commercial sexual exploitation is any time a child or youth, under 18, performs sex acts in exchange for something. That ‘something’ could be money, drugs, food, a place to stay for the night, or anything,” explained Caudill. County officials believe there are now unreported cases of the sexual exploitation of children in Steuben and more will be discovered through public awareness of the issue. The county’s advisory committee includes representatives from the county’s social services, sheriff, probation, mental health, public health departments, and the youth bureau.
Corning Seeking State Funds for Ice Rink:
To help pay for the needed upgrades to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink, Corning City officials have applied for $363,000 in state funding. If secured, the money would be used along with $150,000 from Corning Enterprises and $3,000 from the Crystal City Parks Foundation to pay for renovations that would include repainting the roof trusses, bathroom upgrades, and ADA compliance improvement. The upgrades would likely be completed in the spring and summer of 2019.
Cell Tower Proposed Near E-C Airport:
A company is hoping to build a new cell tower in the Town of Big Flats near the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. In response, airport director of aviation Bill Hopper said that he does not object to the tower, so long as it doesn’t interfere with airport operations. For the time being, the fate of the proposed tower is undecided, as the Chemung County Planning Board has tabled the application for now. It’s expected to be discussed again in three weeks. In the meantime, the board has approved an application for a different tower in Big Flats along Hendy Creek Road. It’s now up to the town for final approval.
NY Among Coalition of States to Sue Fed. Gov. Over Tax Reform:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is joining with the governors of New Jersey and Connecticut in forming a coalition that will sue the federal government over the tax reform bill that was signed into law last month. In particular, Cuomo calls the $10,000 limit on deductibility of state and local taxes unconstitutional. There’s no timetable yet for filing.
Sen. Gillibrand Proposes Bill to Help Small Businesses:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was in Corning Friday where she announced a new bill to help minorities and women start small businesses. Gillibrand says the Microloan Modernization Act would help provide loans and technical assistance to women and minority business owners who face problems getting loans from banks to start or improve their small businesses.
Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI Following Crash in Howard
A Hornell woman was arrested after she crashed her vehicle earlier this week on Smith Road in Howard. Deputies said a vehicle operated by 26-year-old Samantha Dellapenna went off the road and struck a snow bank. She received medical treatment and was charged with driving while intoxicated.
Bath Teen Arrested After Threatening Hammondsport School Staff
New York State Police report the arrest of a 17-year old Bath resident. Steven R. Watters of Gibson Street was arrested and charged with Making a Terrorist Threat following an investigation earlier this week involving a threat left on the voicemail of a Hammondsport Central School staff member. The investigation determined that Watters left the message that advised possible threat to the school which included a specific time that the threat would take place. Watters was arraigned in Town of Avoca Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail or $1000 property bond and will reappear in Town of Avoca Court in February.
Addison Man Arrested for Failure to Pay Fine
Steuben County Sheriff reports the arrest of 28-year-old Addison man Kaleb Heidrick due to a bench warrant issued by Addison Town Court. Heidrick allegedly did not pay a fine from a third degree assault conviction. Heidrick was arraigned in Erwin Town Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. He is being held there on $500 cash bail and scheduled to appear in Addison Town Court on February 7th.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for Making False Statement
A Hammondsport man was arrested for filing a false written statement. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that 22-year old Carrington Ellis filed a complaint with the Sheriff’s Office in early December of 2017 and provided statements regarding this incident two different times. Upon further investigation of the case, it is alleged that Ellis submitted a false statement to officials. Following his arrest, Ellis was released and issued a ticket to reappear in Bath Town Court on February 14th.
Law Enforcement Park Needs Donations
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that the fund for a permanent memorial in the proposed Law Enforcement Memorial Park is still seeking and accepting donations. Donors can purchase pavers that are personalized to be placed around a raised pedestal supporting a life-sized statue of a law enforcement officer answering his call of duty. The pedestal the officer will stand on is shaped like Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Steuben , Schuyler and Yates counties. A waterfall representing the “thin, blue line” is scheduled to be erected in the park during the spring.The memorial park honors police and peace officers within the seven-county region who have died while serving in the line of duty. For more information about donating to the park, please call (607) 622-3930 or email Terri Moir via email@example.com
Volunteers Help Wrap Up "Wreaths Across America"
Over 75 volunteers teamed up to give back to the memory of our local fallen heroes. Volunteers cleaned up the wreaths from the graves at the Bath National Cemetery that were placed on the headstones for the annual “Wreaths Across America”ceremony in December. It is estimated over 3,200 wreaths were placed upon headstones at the site. The substantial volunteer turnout for clean up this year is credited to media sharing the need for people to help. Motivating many of the volunteers is the desire to give back to late veterans, including other veterans giving back to their fellow veterans. Ruth Walters, the Red Cross VA National Representative said "You've probably got 75 percent of the people up here today are veterans, so veteran working for veteran and that's what it's all about."
Two Sought in Credit Card Skimming Case:
The New York State Police in Ithaca and Homer are asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects accused of using fake credit cards. A credit card skimmer was allegedly used to make the fake cards. The stolen information was then used to make purchases at the Wal-Mart stores in Watkins Glen and Painted Post in September. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYSP at (607) 346-4441 and mention case #7947954.
More Details in Corning Murder:
More details have been revealed in the murder of a Corning woman. 46-year-old Michele Neurauter was found dead in her Dwight Avenue home in August of last year. Police say it took a joint investigation, including the FBI, to get the case where it is with the arrests of Michele’s daughter and ex-husband. Search warrants were executed in Corning, Syracuse, and in New Jersey. According to police, their investigation revealed that the murderers staged a suicide inside the Dwight Avenue residence, but the cause of Michele’s death was strangulation. The investigation is still ongoing, with Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker saying that there are still witnesses to be interviewed and information to be gathered. 20-year-old Karrie Neuratuer and her father, 45-year-old Lloyd Neurauter, have both been charged with 2nd degree murder and they are both behind bars.
Probation Violation Arrest:
A Bath man has been arrested on a warrant for violation of probation. 38-year-old Rendell Hyer allegedly violated the terms and conditions of his parole on a previous conviction of grand larceny. Hyer was taken to the Steuben County Jail to await arraignment.
I-86 Closed Between Exit 34-34 Today:
I-86 East will be closed today between Exit 33, Almond, and Exit 34, Hornell, from approximately 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The closure is required to allow placement of a concrete barrier to protect a portion of the I-86 East bridge over State route 36 at the Hornell Interchange that was damaged by an accident. During the closure, eastbound motorists will leave the highway at Exit 33, travel north on 21 to Hornell, then State Route 36 north to Exit 34, where they can continue onto I-86. Flaggers, lane shifts, and travel delays are possible.
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Thursday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide STOP-DWI Crackdown efforts start February 2nd and will end on February 5th. Super Bowl Weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving, and authorities remind party hosts and goers that before you start rooting for your favorite team, to designate a responsible driver. Also, don’t forget the mobile app – “Have a Plan” to ensure you will always be able to find a safe ride home. http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.
Father, Daughter Arrested in Corning Murder:
An ongoing death investigation in the City of Corning has led to charges being filed against a father and daughter. Police have been investigating the death of 46-year-old Michele Neuratuer since August 2017. Wednesday, authorities executed search warrants that led to the arrests of her daughter and ex-husband. 20-year-old Kerrie Neurauter and 45-year-old Lloyd Neurauter both face second degree murder charges. Kerrie was arraigned in Corning City Court and was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Lloyd remains in a New Jersey jail awaiting extradition to New York. Police will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. at Corning City Hall.
One Shot in Horseheads Home Invasion:
Chemung County Sheriff Chris Moss sent out a tweet overnight reporting an alleged home invasion in the Town of Horseheads where one person was shot. The Sheriff said that that person is being treated at a local hospital. An All-Points Bulletin sent just after 1 a.m. this morning said that a vehicle authorities were searching for in connection to the incident was located in Elmira. Sheriff Moss said the scene is secure and more information will be available later.
Bath Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop:
A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop on Interstate 390 in Avon. Police say 28-year-old Andrew Crosson was found to have a 5-times suspended driver’s license and during their investigation, Crosson began to show symptoms of swallowing concealed drugs. He was transported to a hospital, and three bags of heroin and one bag of crack cocaine were recovered. Crosson has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, and numerous vehicle and traffic law violations. He was arrested when he was released from the hospital and currently is in the Livingston County Jail without bail.
Push for New Voting Rules in NYS:
The New York Senate’s Minority Conference announced Tuesday that it has introduced more than a dozen pieces of legislation that would make it easier for New Yorkers to vote. Democrats say that the current voting rules are responsible for low voter turnout. One of their big pushes is for early voting, which 34 other states already allow. The early voting bill would include state funding so local governments wouldn’t have to cover related costs.
Amity NYSP Honor Local Fallen Marine:
The State Police based in Amity paid their respects Wednesday to a local fallen Marine. Hornell native, Lance Corporal Zachary Smith was killed in action in Afghanistan on January 24th, 2010. He was just 19. Wednesday, the Amity State Police flew a Marine Corp flag over their barracks in honor of Smith’s service and in memory of his life. Smith’s father, Trooper Christopher Smith, is stationed at the Amity barracks.
Village of Bath Sets Dem/Rep. Caucuses:
The Village of Bath Democratic and Republican caucuses for the position of Mayor will be held on the same night, January 29th at 7 p.m. The Republicans will meet in the Village Board room. The Democrats will meet in the Court Room.
Bath Teen Arrested in Violent Incident:
A 14-year-old from Bath has been arrested following a violent incident at the Hillside Children’s Center in Bath. According to Bath State Police, on the evening of January 21st, the teen allegedly broke several windows and chairs inside the detention facility and physically threatened staff members with a long shard of glass. The 14-year-old has been charged with criminal mischief in the 4th and menacing in the 2nd and was released to the custody of their legal guardian with an appearance ticket for Steuben County Family Court.
Steuben Public Defender Aims to Make a Difference:
Newly appointed Steuben County Public Defender Shawn Sauro said Monday he intends to maintain the high standards for public defense set by his predecessor Philip Roche. Sauro worked in the Public Defender’s Office for the past 1.5 years before Roche took office in late 2017 as the county Family Court Judge. He will oversee an office of two full-time assistant public defenders and seven part-time assistant public defenders assigned to the criminal courts; three full-time assistant public defenders in family courts and three administrative staff. The office handled 1,743 felony and misdemeanor criminal cases in 2017 – a jump of 386 compared to 2014. Family court cases remained relatively stable at 643.
Next Steuben Co. IDA Voted In:
The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency has elected Michael Nisbet to serve as the agencies’ next Chair. Nisbet has served on the Steuben County IDA Board of Directors since March 2006. He serves as the Managing Director and CFO at TTA/Transitair where he has worked for over 28 years. He said that he is “thrilled to be able to serve,” and that the goal “…is to create and stimulate an economic climate that competitively positions Steuben County to attract talented people, promote new business development, and to assist and respond to opportunities that will ensure long-term stability….” Nisbet is taking over for Philip Roche following his election as Steuben County and Family Court judge.
State Considering Lower Gun Hunting Age:
Children as young as 12 could be allowed to hunt deer with guns in New York State per a new piece of legislation passed by the state Senate. The children would still need to be supervised. Currently, 12 and 13-year-olds can only hunt big game with a bow. Only those 14 and older can use firearms. One of the bill’s backers, Senator Pat Gallivan said that interest in hunting is declining and the legislation might attract younger people. Critics, including the New Yorkers Against Gun Violence group, say they’re worried it will increase the likelihood of an accident. The Humane Society of New York (City) is expected to lobby in opposition of the bill. The legislation now moves to the Assembly.
FCC Won’t Lower Broadband Threshold Says Schumer:
Tuesday morning, Senator Charles Schumer announced that, following pressure from his office, the FCC has decided to reverse their proposal to lower the standard for high speed broadband internet. The FCC was considering dropping the minimum benchmark for internet speeds from 25 Mpbs download/3 Mbps upload to 10 down and 1 up. Schumer said, “When it comes to providing high-speed internet access to a place like Upstate New York, we should be building up, not lowering our standards and defining access down.”
Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot:
Steuben County Public Health is reminding residents that it’s never too late to get a flu shot. Flu activity this season has been categorized as widespread and has been found in every county in New York State. The number of cases and hospitalizations has been drastically rising each week and are expected to continue for weeks to come. The flu shot is the best protection against the flu and is recommended for everyone ages 6 months and older. They’re available at health care provider offices, pharmacies, and health departments. The flu season typically peaks in February and can last as late as May. If someone has the flu, they are advised to stay home and take antiviral medications as recommended by health care providers.
Shed Fire in Bath:
A shed on County Route 10 in Bath was completely destroyed over the weekend by a fire. On Sunday afternoon, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the shed, with Assistant Chief Matt Glashouser first on the scene in just 4 minutes. The first engine was on scene shortly after and firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire. The siding of the nearby house was damaged from the heat, but the fire never spread and there were no injuries. The shed, which housed an outdoor furnace, was a total loss.
Woman Arrested in Hornell Bar Fight:
A fight at a bar in Hornell lead to the arrest of a Hornell woman. 46-year-old Tina Wightman is accused of breaking a beer bottle and cutting someone with it. She has been charged with 2nd degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the 4th, and she was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Police say more charges are possible. The victim was treated and released by St. James Hospital. Also arrested at the scene was 49-year-old Carter Snyder of Dalton. He was wanted on a felony bench warrant for allegedly making meth, and he was charged by Hornell Police for allegedly having amphetamines on him at the time of the incident at the bar.
Hornell Man Accused of Lying When Buying Handgun:
A Hornell man has been arrested for allegedly providing false information while buying a handgun. 63-year-old Ronald Randall has been charged with falsifying business records and he has been issued an appearance ticket.
Bath P.D. Calls Up in 2017:
The Bath police department reports that calls for service and arrests were up in 2017, compared with 2016. Police said in 2017, officers made 1,462 arrests, up 27% from the year before. Total calls for service last year were up 11% and parking enforcement was up 86%. In 2017, Bath police made 105 felony arrests, 213 misdemeanor arrests and 69 violation charge arrests.
Tourist Bloggers to Visit Steuben in Sept.:
An opportunity to showcase for the world the beauty and attractions of Steuben County and the Finger Lakes is set for September. The worldwide group, the Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) will hold its North American conference in Corning September 11th through the 13th. Finger Lakes Wine Country and the Corning Museum of Glass will act as the destination hosts, and Steuben County and Corning Enterprises are the presenting sponsors. As many as 500 attendees are expected at the conference, representing 150 travel industry professionals. Steuben’s $50,000 share of the cost of hosting the conference was unanimously approved by county lawmakers Monday. It will be paid through room tax revenue reserves according to county Manager Jack Wheeler.
Push for EMS Compensation for Fire Departments:
As fire departments across the state, especially in rural areas, are more often responding to medical calls a bill is now being sponsored in both the Senate and the Assembly that would allow departments to be reimbursed when they go out on an EMS call. Currently, when a hospital sends an ambulance, it will be reimbursed through a patient’s personal health insurance. Fire departments see no such refund. Fire officials say that the money would not only help to keep Fire Departments open, but it would also be used to pay for paid staff, equipment, training, and more.
Yates GOP Endorses Kolb for Governor:
The Yates County Republican Committee has announced support for Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb in the upcoming race for the GOP nomination for Governor of New York. Kolb has served in the Assembly since 2000, representing all of Ontario County and portions of Seneca County.
Time Capsule Discovered in NSB Rubble:
A time capsule was recently discovered in the rubble of the former Northside Blodgett School in Corning. On Monday, the Heritage Village of the Southern Finger Lakes emptied it, discovering two 1926 Evening Leader Corning newspapers, a small gold ring, a bible, the Book of Psalms, the remains of a U.S. flag, and a badly damaged envelope and pictures. Officials say the capsule was most likely damaged by the floods that hit the area in 1935, 1946, and Hurricane Agnes in 1972. The capsule also had an id tag reading “if found return to Arthur A. Humphrey, 7 East Pulteney Street, and receive a reward.” Local historian Tom Dimitroff said that the Humphreys have long been involved in Northside Blodgett.
Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Drugs Back in Court This Week:
The Corning Fire Lieutenant accused of selling drugs will be back in court today. 43-year-old Thomas Margeson, who also served as Horseheads Assistant Chief, is expected in Chemung County Court. He was arrested and charged with selling heroin in September.
Reed Statement on Government Shutdown:
Falling short of an agreement, the federal government remains shutdown this morning. Over the weekend, local lawmakers spoke out about the issue. In a statement, Congressman Tom Reed blames extremes on both sides of the aisle. He added that despite the shutdown, his office remains open. A vote on a short-term funding bill is scheduled for noon today.
O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Donated Food Tax Credit Bill:
On Friday, Senator Tom O’Mara announced that he is con-sponsoring legislation that would establish a tax credit to incentivize New York’s food industry to donate their surplus food to local food banks and pantries. The tax credit of up to $5,000 would be for grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, and catering services that donate surplus or about-to-waste food. This proposal builds on legislation from 2017 that established a tax credit for farmers who donate fresh produce to food banks and other emergency food providers.
Lower Blood-Alcohol Content Limit Proposed by NY Lawmaker:
Following the release of a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine last week that proposed changes to drunk-driving limits, a New York lawmaker is looking to turn that suggestion into reality. Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is re-introducing his bill that would change the limit from 0.08 to 0.05. The bill hasn’t been scheduled for a vote at this time.
4-Star Rating for St. James Hospital:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a four-star rating for St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. Ratings on quality of care for more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals across the country are posted on http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare. Out of 171 hospitals in New York, St. James is one of just 15 to receive a four-star rating. Two hospitals received five-star ratings.
New Equipment to Combat Narcotics for Steuben Sheriff's Office
Steuben County Sheriff's Office will be able to use new technology to prevent handling dangerous narcotics like fentanyl by hand. The $13,000 TruNarc device is a handheld narcotics analyzer that was made possible for Steuben County deputies through a Corning Incorporated Foundation donation of $23,500. What’s left of the Corning grant will fund an updated license plate reader costing $10,500 which will be set up in detail with a K9 unit for traffic stops to more aggressively control narcotics entering Steuben County via two interstate highways. The Sheriff’s Office anticipates to have the equipment ready for use by late February.
Horseheads Collision Last Night
A collision late last night in Horseheads was reported after first responders came to the scene of a crushed sedan on the highway. Authorities were called to the I-86 and Route 13 intersection through the westbound lane of I-86. Injuries, casualties and cause of the accident are still unknown as details are emerging for this developing story.
Spann, Wheeler and Hawkins Indicted for Narcotics Charges
Three people who are alleged to have sold narcotics in the Village of Bath have been indicted by a Steuben County grand jury. Brandi Hawkins and Alfonso Spann of Bath and Courtney Wheeler of Corning have all been indicted on multiple charges for drug sale and possession after an investigation was pursued lasting several months. Hawkins, Wheeler and Spann are being held in Steuben County Jail without bail.
Two Arrested, County Inmate Charged for Social Service Violation
Two Bath residents were arrested by Steuben County Sheriff Deputies for Misuse of food stamps in violation of a New York State Social Services law. Amanda Counterman and Cory Counterman were taken into custody at the Public Safety Building after allegedly receiving a state benefit card and PIN number from Steuben County Jail Inmate Allen Horton and using the card to receive benefits they were not authorized or eligible to utilize. Both Mrs. and Mr. Counterman will appear in Bath Village Court on February 7th.
Hornell Man Arrested for Falsifying Records
A Hornell man was charged with Falsifying Business Records in the second degree. Ronald Randall was arrested by New York State Police of Wayland after he allegedly applied to buy a firearm by providing false information. Randall was issued an appearance ticket in the town of Hornellsville Court for a later date.
Hornellsville Man Arrested for Aggravated DWI
A Hornellsville man was arrested by Steuben County Sheriff deputies for aggravated driving while intoxicated. Steven W. Fuller was stopped on County Route 64 in Hornellsville for allegedly operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol content over .18% and released on traffic summons. He will appear in the Town of Hornellsville Court February 22nd.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Violating Probation
A Canisteo man was arrested for a violation of probation. Deputies charged James C. Tigner for violating his probation conditions after a previous conviction of petit larceny. Tigner was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail. Tigner is scheduled for reappearance in Steuben County Court.
Webster Man Arrested for Steuben Warrants
A Webster man was arrested due to a Superior Court warrant of arrest for two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Paul L. Lockwood was stopped on I-390 near exit 4 by New York State Police for a vehicle and traffic violation. Police discovered he was wanted on warrants issued by the Steuben County Court and turned over to Steuben County Deputies before Lockwood was admitted to the Steuben County Jail and awaits as his future appearance date in Steuben County Court is pending.
Volunteers Needed to Remove Bath National Cemetery Wreaths
Wreaths Across America placed about 3,000 wreaths on the graves of Veteran’s at the Bath National Cemetery last month to end the year honoring our veterans. Now, volunteers are needed to take care of the wreaths. Steve Mower of Vietnam Veterans of America says due to more wreaths being placed this year than last, twice the volunteers are needed and he is hoping to have 50 people help remove the wreaths. Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to meet at the Bath National Cemetery Friday, January 26th at 3 p.m. to participate.
Cameron Man Accused of Biting, Choking Victim:
A Cameron man is facing charges of assault and criminal obstruction of breathing. 29-year-old Anthony Ocasio is accused of choking and biting the victim over a two day period, causing physical injury. Ocasio was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Bradford Woman Charged with Child Endangerment:
A Bradford woman has been arrested following a call by a child to Steuben County 911. According to police, they were dispatched to the residence of 46-year-old Gina Dickinson on January 12th and their investigation revealed that she was unable to properly care for a child who was present at the home, due to an extremely high level of impairment. Dickinson has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and was released on her own recognizance.
Hornell Mayor Officially Appoints Deputy:
New Hornell Mayor John Buckley officially appointed 6th Ward Alderwoman Jessica Cleveland as his Deputy Thursday evening. The Deputy Mayor assumes Mayoral duties in the event of the Mayor’s absence due to death, physical incapacity, impeachment, or resignation.
Common Ground Reports High Opioid Abuse in Steuben in 2016:
A report released this week by the Finger Lakes health agency “Common Ground Health” indicates Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the region in 2016. According to the recent study of hospital admission and emergency department data from Common Ground Health, Steuben residents visited hospital emergency departments for opioid abuse and overdoses 121 times in 2016. Fourteen people died that year from opioids – nearly triple the five deaths that occurred in 2015. The report also found that roughly 54 percent of people who overdosed on opioids in the region had a prescription for opioids within the prior two years. Steuben is proactively fighting against substance abuse. In addition to law enforcement efforts, the county Sheriff’s anonymous tip line and drop boxes for unused medications, and treatment offers by the Department of Community Services, the county hosted three forums in 2017 intended to provide information and assistance to those struggling with addiction. The county has also joined a class action lawsuit in the effort to curb opioid addiction and recover the soaring legal costs in law enforcement, mental health and social services caused by drug addiction.
WGI, Go Bowling Teaming Up:
Thursday, Watkins Glen International and Go Bowling announced a partnership where Go Bowling will be the sponsor of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Glen starting this season. The Go Bowling at The Glen race weekend will also include the NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR K&N Pro East Series, August 2nd through the 5th. Over the multi-year agreement, Go Bowling will receive naming rights to the race that will be featured on network television, promotional opportunities, and a presence on the midway, including two fully-operational bowling lanes.
Amazon Releases List of Possible Headquarter Locations:
Retail giant Amazon has released a list of possible locations for its highly prized second headquarters, and while New York State did make the list, none of the proposed Upstate regions are on it. The company received several proposals from New York, including: the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area. Only New York City was included on the newly released list. According to Bloomberg, the new headquarters is projected to cost more than $5 billion, and it’s expected to create more than 50,000 jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.
Fire in Tuscarora:
Multiple fire departments, including the Tuscarora Volunteer Fire Department and Addison Fire Department, were called to a blaze at a residence along Route 417 around 10 p.m. Wednesday night. The fire was brought under control by 10:45 p.m. according to officials. Two people were sent to the hospital; their condition is unknown. Several pets are said to be missing as well. Much of Route 417 had to be shut down due to ice forming from the water usage. First responders believe a heater may be the cause of the fire, but it is still under investigation.
Corning Man Indicted for Mobile Meth Lab:
A Steuben County grand jury has handed up an indictment for a Corning man that
allegedly operated a mobile methamphetamine lab out of his car. Joshua Scott is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of meth. Scott was pulled over by State Police in June and was allegedly operating the lab and had more than two ounces of the drug in his possession.
Equipment Expected to Help Reduce Substance Abuse in Steuben:
Apparatus designed to help the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department reduce narcotics and alcohol abuse in the county is expected to be paid for through private and state funding. County Sheriff Jim Allard said a donation for $23,500 from Corning Inc.’s Corning Foundation will purchase a $13,000 “TruNarc” reader, which will allow officers to safely field test narcotics within packaging. Allard said in some instances the unwrapped potency of narcotics imperils the welfare of officers conducting an investigation. The TruNarc reader provides an accurate reading of a substance without opening the wrapping. The remainder of the Corning Foundation donation will pay for a $10,500 license plate reader, which Allard said will help deputies in their highway interdiction efforts. Additionally, $22,500 in state STOP DWI Funding is expected to pay for overtime for DWI enforcement and a $12,000 drunk-driving simulator.
Retrial for Sheldon Silver:
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for a re-trial of ex-New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. According to the Associated Press, the high court declined Tuesday to get involved in the case. That allows for a re-trial tentatively set for April to proceed. Silver was sentenced to 12 years in prison after he was convicted of public corruption charges in late 2015.
NY Assembly Passes Propane Delivery Bill:
The New York State Assembly passed Wednesday a bill that would allow propane customers with leased tanks to get refills from other companies during times of urgent need. The legislation comes after reports from customers of Ferrellgas that said they had a difficult time getting refills during dangerously cold temperatures. The bill still has to pass the Senate and then be approved by the Governor.
Science Panel Advises Lower Drunk Driving Threshold:
On Wednesday a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a 489-page, U.S. government-commissioned, report that recommends significantly lowering the drunk driving threshold to .05. Currently, across the U.S. the threshold is .08, though Utah passed a law last year that will lower its threshold to .05 in December. The report also recommends that taxes on alcohol be significantly increased, and that the hours and days that alcohol can be sold in stores, bars, and restaurants be reduced to make alcohol less conveniently available. There is also a proposal for cracking down on sales to people under 21 and those who are already intoxicated, and putting limits on alcohol marketing while funding anti-alcohol campaigns similar to those against smoking. The proposals are expected to face fierce opposition. The Distilled Spirits Council has already released a statement saying that the recommendation for lowering the BAC threshold would “do nothing to deter” repeat offenders, and that the “tax increases and advertising bans” would have “little or no impact on traffic safety.”
Police Searching for Man Accused of Using Counterfeit Bill:
The State Police of Bath are looking for a man they believe used a counterfeit bill at the Dollar General store in Avoca on December 31st. The man is described as a black male, thin, approximately 140 pounds and 5'6 to 5'9." He was also said to have facial hair and possibly missing skin pigmentation around his neck and face. He was last seen wearing a puffy red winter coat, skinny black jeans, and tan or brown shoes. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police.
Drug Charges Leveled Against Caton Supervisor:
The Supervisor for the Town of Caton is facing drug charges for allegedly selling marijuana. 65-year-old Lynn Tucker was charged Monday with criminal sale of marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana following a three month investigation by the Steuben County District Attorney's Drug Task Force. He sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He will continue to act as Town Supervisor until convicted on a felony charge.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:
A Canisteo man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop. 24-year-old Mathhew Houston is facing two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance after he was allegedly found with heroin and cocaine. He is being held at the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 cash bail.
Boil Water Order for Hornellsville:
Another boil water order has been issued by the Hornell Department of Public Works. This one applies to Hornellsville District 1, Airport Road, Industrial Park Road and Seneca Road North (North of Route 21). The order is due to a water main break.
Gov. Cuomo Reveals 2018 Budget Proposal:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his 2018 budget proposal Tuesday. Among the talking points is a proposed 3 percent spending boost for elementary and secondary education along with $10 million for after-school expansion. $65 million is proposed to combat harmful algae blooms, with Cayuga Lake among those listed as a priority. Cuomo is also pushing for more shared services and the proposal targeted reductions in state transportation and mental hygiene. The budget must be finalized by April 1st.
Gov. Cuomo Calls for Recreational Marijuana Study:
During his budget presentation Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo called for a study on recreational marijuana. The Governor did not say whether or not he supports it, he merely stated that New York needs to know all of the facts such as the health impact, economic impact, and the state of the law, especially as neighboring states such as Massachusetts legalize it. He’s proposing that the NYS Department of Health work with state police and other agencies to study how a regulated program would function.
Steuben Co. Teen Charged with Sexual Assault:
A Steuben County teenager has been charged following an alleged sexual assault in the Village of Wayland. According to State Police, the unidentified 14-year-old engaged in sexual contact with two children under the age of 11. The teen has been charged with two counts of criminal sexual act.
Springwater Man Arrested for Theft:
A man from Springwater has been arrested following investigation by New York State Troopers into the theft of jewelry from a residence in North Hornell. It’s alleged that while 45-year-old Matthew Stewart was an employee of a flooring company and was working in an adjoining residence that he entered the victim’s residence on two occasions and stole jewelry. Stewart was arraigned in the Town of Hornellsville Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. The investigation also resulted in multiple additional victims, all of which may have also contracted with the same flooring company. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim should call Investigators of the New York State Police at (585) 728-5007.
Steuben Co. Obtains Rights to Clear Trees to Prevent Future Flooding:
Following the heavy flooding due to ice jams in the river that forced residents out of their homes in Campbell over the weekend, Steuben County officials are looking to prevent such events in the future. WENY-TV reports that county officials have obtained rights from the Upstate Milk Company to clear roughly 50 acres of trees near the river bank. The project isn’t expected to begin until spring.
Gov. Cuomo to Announce Budget Proposal Today:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo will release his budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year today. Analysts say one of the biggest challenges will be addressing the state’s $4.4 billion deficit. However, the Governor’s spending proposal is supposed to reduce the deficit to under $2 billion…but several factors could change that number. Another big chunk of spending will be on school aid. School leaders want a $1.6 billion increase. School spending has already increased more than 30% in the last six years. Cuomo delivers his budget address today at 1 p.m.
Hport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Board of Education in Hammondsport will be asked to approve some budget transfers on Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Board of Education. At the request on the superintendent, the Board will transfer $40,000 from the state retirement account to legal expense…and $63,000 from Teacher’s Retirement to students with disabilities/Other District Tuition. Also on the agenda…a discussion of the 2018-2019 school calendar and approval for a Ski Club Fundraiser request for the Billy Martin Circus on March 4. The meeting will be held in the high school library at 6 p.m.
New York Among Amazon Hopefuls:
The Star-Gazette reports that New York State is among the many courting retail giant Amazon in hopes of landing the company’s proposed second headquarters. The state has offered Amazon a package of taxpayer-funded incentives, the details of which have not been released. The state’s economic-development branch, Empire State Development, submitted four regional bids in October for the Long Island and Hudson Valley area, New York City, Syracuse-Utica, and the Albany area. The new Amazon headquarters is expected to be a $5 billion project that promises as many as 50,000 jobs.
Steuben Trust Donates to Area Organizations:
14 area organizations have received a welcome boost from Steuben Trust Company. Throughout 2017, employees of Steuben Trust were asked if they would like to voluntarily donate monthly on behalf of local charities that serve their communities. Each employee who contributed was allowed to dress casually on the donation days, as a small thank to those who participated. The employees raised over $1,600. Each organization was presented with a check from managers at their respective branches during the holiday season. Steuben Trust kicked off its 2018 campaign on Friday.
Campbell Cleans Up Following Flood Evacuation
Though a storm was underway, cleanup both began and continued this weekend for many Campbell residents after a mandatory evacuation was issued to the hamlet Friday afternoon due to the flooding of the Cohocton River. Campbell remained under a state of emergency for about two hours Friday and once it was over, crew members inspected each home for gas leaks and flood damages before residents could return to their homes safely. Ice chunks reached the town’s bridge and water reportedly nearing one foot filled the basement of Campbell American Legion Post 1279 but most of Campbell is expected to return back to normal following cleanup.
NYS Issued Federal HUD Grant for Homelessness
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced New York State has been awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development of just over $200 million to combat homelessness. The funding was made possible by HUD’s Continuum of Care Program to be issued to 579 local governments and nonprofit programs throughout the state to help homeless through support for affordable housing projects. The objective of the major grant is to quickly give housing to homeless families and individuals while providing them with programs that encourage self-sufficiency.
Schumer Wants More Support for Opiate Epidemic
A federal spending increase to help with the New York opiate crisis was demanded by Senator Chuck Schumer, citing the 23 percent increase in opiate-related overdoses in the state for 2016 reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite multiple prevention efforts. "The situation is urgent and it requires an urgent and substantial response from Congress." Schumer said. The Senate Democratic leader says he will seek $15 million more in funding during the Congressional budget negotiations to provide more grants through programs like the 21st Century Cures Act to states like New York where the opiate epidemic has worsened. In 2017, $485 million in federal funding was given to our state to fight the opiate problem.
New NY Broadband Program to Bring “Broadband for All”
Governor Cuomo’s “Broadband for All” promise that would give high-speed internet access to all of New York, including underserved rural areas, is underway and a few businesses will be given a boost. In 2015, the governor established the $500 million New New York Broadband Program which will connect all of New York with broadband internet access by the end of 2018. This support for technological infrastructure is anticipated to expand digital access for rural areas in Steuben, Livingston and Allegany Counties while creating new jobs in the tech field throughout the state.
Hornell Appoints Carbone to Planning and Development
The City of Hornell has a new chair for its Common Council’s Planning and Development Committee. Alderman of the 10th Ward John Carbone was appointed by newly-elected mayor John Buckley. Carbone has served on both the Common Council and Planning and Development Committee for 14 years and has been involved in several Hornell businesses as both an owner and proprietor. “As a business owner, I like to see growth ... it helps the whole city,” says the new chairman.
Cuomo Proposes Funding for Sustainable Southern Tier Program
Governor Cuomo has issued $6.6 million in his proposed state budget for an initiative that would stimulate the Southern Tier economy. Alfred State College is being considered for its Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC) which creates sustainable energy solutions to construct a new forest economy. The college plans to use funding to further the development of existing eco-friendly manufacturing processes such as its hot water extraction process patented by its Applied Biorefinery Sciences (ABS) program. Bipartisan support for the initial funding has been expressed by Senator Cathy Young, Senator Schumer and Congressman Tom Reed.
The weather advisory warning issued by the National Weather Service continues until 4pm today. Expected weather will be sleet and snow accumulating 6-12 inches while ice accumulations are predicted to reach 1/10th of an inch. Snow and sleet will be heavy and dense and Northwest winds are expected to bring tree damages and power outages. Travel conditions of reduced visibility from precipitation will be hazardous to impossible so please be safe and avoid driving by any means until this evening.
Campbell residents back home
Nearly all residents in Campbell are home, after an evacuation that began Friday with the Campbell-Savona High School around 1 p.m., grew to include the hamlet and ended at roughly 5 p.m. Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall said gas and electrical utilities were shut off to approximately 11 homes due to flood damage. Ice moved downstream from Bath and jammed in Campbell, creating a dangerous flooding situation for students and staff at the high school officials moved swiftly to evacuate the school. Then ordered an evacuation of the hamlet around 2:45 p.m. Around 3:30 p.m., the ice jam broke and the flood levels began to drop, Marshall advised residents in the area to prepare for the predicted ice/sleet and snow storm thru Saturday. The storm could bring as much as six to 12 inches of snow across Steuben County. “Stay home,” Marshall said. “Be safe, and warm, and dry.
Pennsylvania Man in Steuben County Court
A Pennsylvania man accused of murdering a mailman from Big Flats and kidnapping a Corning woman was back in Steuben County Court yesterday. Curtis Burrows pleaded not guilty to charges made last year of kidnapping, grand larceny, robbery and criminal possession of a weapon. Bail set $200,000 cash and $400,000 bond.
Corning Man Charged
A Fraud complaint filed January 1st has led to the arrest of a Corning man. Troopers said 33-year-old Garen Bennett of Corning was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree falsifying business records.
Canisteo in Jail
A Canisteo woman is in jail without bail following her arrest. Acting on a warrant, deputies charged 25-year-old Emily Henry of State Route 248 with violating probation. Henry was previously convicted of aggravated driving while intoxicated and vehicular assault and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail with a return court date of January 19th.
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara to enact the “Solar Panel Collection Act” and establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program in New York State was reported out of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee this week and now goes before the full Senate for a vote. The legislation would require the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to develop a program for the collection, transportation, recycling, and disposal of out-of-service solar panels. Manufacturers would finance the program.
Fake ID Arrests
New York State set a new record for the number of people arrested last year attempting to use fake identification to buy alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age. As part of the state's year-round Operation Prevent initiative, investigators from the Department of Motor Vehicles and the State Liquor Authority work with state and local law enforcement agencies to conduct underage drinking and fake ID sweeps at bars, restaurants, concert venues, and alcohol retailers across New York State. Statewide, 893 people were arrested. In the Southern Tier, 45 people were charged.
Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has been appointed to serve the Assembly Committee on Education. Palmesano who also serves as Vice Chair of NYS Assembly Minority Conference and has roles in Arts and Sports Developments Committee and Libraries and Education Committee, among several other State Assembly Committees. Palmesano said the key to providing the best possible education “...starts with making sure we treat parents as partners, our teachers as professionals and students who can dream, believe and achieve anything they put their mind to accomplishing.”
Fight at Wayland School Leads to Arrest:
A 17-year-old from Atlanta, New York has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported fight at the Wayland Central School in October. It’s alleged that the unidentified teen intentionally caused physical injury, a concussion, to another person. She has been charged with assault in the third and has been released on an appearance ticket.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 25-year-old Jeffrey Marvin of
Coopers Plains on a violation of probation warrant. It’s alleged that Marvin violated the terms and conditions of his probation on a previous criminal possession of a controlled substance conviction. Marvin was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Website Launches for St. James Hospital:
Residents hoping to keep up with the latest developments with the new St. James Mercy Hospital now have a new tool at their disposal, one directly from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. The hospital has launched a new website, http://thenewstjames.com/, that will include photos of construction, a project timeline, and an outline of what the new facilities will offer.
$400K Awarded to Area Non-Profits:
At its annual awards ceremony Thursday evening, the Community Foundation of Elmira gave more than $400,000 in grants to 58 non-profit organizations. The programs are located in both Chemung and Southeastern Steuben County, and they were selected through an application process. They range from arts organizations to environment and human services, to education and youth programs.
Alfred State to use Propane Cannon to Scare Crows:
Alfred State University Police took to their twitter account to give residents a heads up about some “big bangs” they will soon be hearing around the campus. According to the tweets, over the next week and a half the college will be using a propane cannon to scare off crows that have been wreaking havoc on the campus. They assured that there are no projectiles and that the birds will not be harmed. The cannon will be fired at increments from dusk until dark. Anyone with questions may call the Alfred State Facilities department at (607) 587-4750.
Red Cross Urges Blood Donations:
With some 200 blood drives cancelled due to the recent severe weather and bitter cold, the American Red Cross is urging anyone eligible to donate, to please do so. Winter is traditionally a slow time because of hectic holiday schedules and cold and flu season, but the weather has compounded the issue. To see if there are any blood drives happening in your area, visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/ and enter your zip code.
Burrows’ Steuben Arraignment Tomorrow:
The man accused of killing a Big Flats man will be back in court tomorrow. This time, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows will be in Steuben County for arraignment. He has already been arraigned in Chemung County where he pled not guilty to first-degree murder and twelve other counts. According to police, Burrows crimes began in Steuben County when he attempted to kidnap a woman from a parking lot in Corning. He then allegedly stole her car and crashed it on the Steuben-Chemung County line. He’s accused of then breaking into a Big Flats home and killing 60-year-old Timothy Webster and stealing his vehicle.
Corning Woman Arrested for Stealing Wallet:
A Corning woman has been arrested and charged for stealing a wallet. 45-year-old Hope Trussell is accused of stealing the wallet while at retail establishment in the Town of Erwin. She has been released with an appearance ticket.
Parts of Hornellsville Under Boil Water Advisory:
Due to a water main problem Tuesday night in Hornellsville, parts of Hornellsville are under a boil water advisory. A water main break was repaired, but due to a water pressure issue the advisory is in place. The boil water advisory affects those on Airport Road, Industrial Park Road, Seneca Road North, and County Route 66. According to Hornell Department of Public Works Chief Mitch Cornish, the advisory might be lifted by tomorrow.
Steuben to Consider Future “Best Value” Purchases:
Steuben County is likely to be in a position to take advantage of national cooperative pricing for future purchases, pending the passage of a local law within the next few months. Known as “best value” purchasing, the choice is an option for counties, county Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee Tuesday. Wheeler told the committee the local law, if adopted, would allow Steuben to consider alternatives, such as quality, in awarding contracts. The ability to join in a nationwide cooperative for purchases is even more important since other group purchasing options, such as state bids, are less available, he said.
State Police Launch Drone Program:
The New York State Police have launched a drone program. The State Police Unmanned Aerial System will be used to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response, and traffic safety. It is said that the drones can document and help reconstruct serious motor vehicle crashes in less time, resulting in shorter road closures and lessening the impact on motorists. The drones can also be used to document and photograph crime scenes. Four drones will be put in place this month for Troops A, D, F, and G. By April, an additional 14 drones are expected to be deployed.
O’Mara Co-Sponsoring Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Legislation:
New legislation to help combat Lyme and tick-borne diseases is being sponsored by local lawmaker, Senator Tom O’Mara. The legislative package includes a pilot program for Lyme and tick-borne disease testing in children; a “Mental Health Impacts Report,” that would require the state to conduct a study on how infectious diseases and blood-borne pathogens, such as Lyme, may relate to mental illness in those infected; the improvement of postmortem reporting of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases by requiring those conducting postmortem examinations to report to the state Department of Health if the deceased individual was afflicted with Lyme or any other tick-borne disease at the time of death; and the establishment of an expert-based Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Working Group to review current practices for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Offering Pistol Permit Safety Courses:
A new round of pistol permit safety courses is being offered by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. The free course is required for Steuben County residents who want to apply for a pistol permit. The classes are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on February 17th, April 21st, June 16th, August 18th, and October 20th. Pistol permit applications will be available for purchase the day of each class for $10. Reservations are required. Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.
NYSP Seeking Woman Accused of Stealing Wallet:
The New York State Police are looking for an unidentified woman that’s accused of stealing a wallet while at an Erwin Car Wash. According to police, the woman took the wallet, which had been accidentally left by its owner on top of the meter box, finished her car wash, and then drove away. The incident happened on December 31st. The woman has yet to turn the wallet in, or attempt to make contact with the victim, say police. The woman is described as short and heavy set, with long brown hair. She was driving a black or charcoal gray Chevy Silverado with a Harley Davidson on the rear window. The truck appeared to have Pennsylvania plates. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police at (607) 962-6865.
Indictments Handed Up by Steuben Co. Grand Jury:
On Tuesday, a Steuben County Grand Jury handed up the following indictments: 33-year-old Joshua Scott of Corning is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine for allegedly operating a meth lab and possessing more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine during a traffic stop. 34-year-old Brandi Hawkins of Bath is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing with the intent to sell a narcotic in the Village of Bath. 52-year-old Raymond Nimtz of Corning and Bath is charged with rape for allegedly forcibly engaging in sexual intercourse with another person in the Village of Bath. 19-year-old Nicholas Fish of McGraw is charged with burglary for allegedly unlawfully entering a building in the Town of Hornellsville with the intent to commit a crime. 54-year-old Kevin Scott of Canisteo, 28-year-old Whittany Hale of Bath, and 32-year-old Earl Robbins III of Bath are all charged with burglary for allegedly entering a residence in Howard with the intent to commit a crime. 41-year-old Yamrica Vazquez of Painted Post is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly unlawfully possessing cocaine with the intent to sell during a traffic stop. 29-year-old James Smith of Hornell is charged with criminal mischief and possessing prison contraband for allegedly intentionally damaging property at the Steuben County Jail and possessing an improvised weapon.
Flu Cases Leads to More Hospital Restrictions:
Due to flu activity, Arnot Health has announced visitor restrictions at all of its hospitals, including Arnot Ogden Medical Center and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, and Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Bath. The restrictions include: no more than 2 visitors and 1 designated caregiver/support person per patient in patient rooms at any time; no one under the age of 14 may visit with the exception of maternity units only where healthy siblings of any age may visit healthy newborns; and if you have a fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat, or if you have been in contact with someone with those symptoms within the past 4 days, you must postpone your visit until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
Area Airports Receive Funds:
Several regional airports are among 29 regional airports statewide chosen to share $20.5 million in state funding through New York’s “Aviation Capital Grant Program.” Corning-Painted Post Airport was awarded $448,000 to construct a helicopter maintenance and storage hangar; Penn Yan-Yates County Airport will receive $421,000 to undertake an airport sanitary sewer extension; and Finger Lakes Regional was awarded more than $662,000 to construct a new Jet-A Fuel Farm. State Senator Tom O’Mara said the regional aviation industry has an enormously positive economic impact across the local economy.
NY A.G. to Investigate Possible Propane Supplier Misconduct:
The New York State Attorney General’s Office has announced that it will be investigating possible misconduct by propane suppliers across the state. The investigation comes after complaints of delivery delays, possible price gouging, and more during the recent record cold. The A.G.’s hotline can be reached at 518-776-2000 or complaints can be filed online at https://ag.ny.gov/price-gouging-complaint-form.
Lockheed Martin Job Fair:
Lockheed Martin will be hold a job fair tomorrow in order to fill more than 200 positions open at is Salina and Owego sites. Positions include systems engineering, electrical engineering, hardware engineering, software engineering, integration, and testing and manufacturing. There are also positions for experienced assembly and electronic technicians. The event will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at Destiny USA.
Chance at Allegant Airways Sweepstakes Coming to Southern Tier:
The chance to win flights for life with Allegiant Airways is coming to the Southern Tier. The Allegiant Getaway Car is hitting the road and will be making stops in 80 cities across the U.S. and it’s expected to be somewhere in the Twin Tiers over the next few days. To enter, you need to take a picture of yourself with the Getaway Car and submit it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #GetawayCar and #Sweepstakes and tag Allegiant, enter in-person at the car, or enter online at https://sunseeker.allegiant.com/. According to Allegiant there’s a chance to win flights for life, flights for a year, or round-trip tickets on Allegiant.
18-year-old Charged in Alleged Assault:
An 18-year-old from Bath has been charged following an alleged assault at Snell Farms in the Town of Bath. Tyler Lautner is accused of stabbing a staff member with a pencil, intentionally damaging property, and preventing the staff member from contacting 911. He has been charged with attempted assault, criminal mischief, and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $3,000 cash bail.
Savona Woman Accused of Driving Stolen Car:
Felony charges have been leveled against a Savona woman that was allegedly caught driving a stolen car. According to police, 61-year-old Louann Labarr was driving the vehicle along State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca. She has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. Public Safety/Correction Committee Approves Public Defender Applicant:
On Monday, the Steuben County Public Safety and Correction Committee unanimously approved Attorney Shawn Sauro for the position of county Public Defender. The 43-year-old Sauro has served as a county assistant district attorney, and worked heavily with former county District Attorney Phil Roche. Sauro is expected to be officially appointed to the position on January 22nd at the Steuben County Legislators’ Meeting. He will be paid $92,000 annually.
Steuben Co. Couple Honored at Victims’ Panel:
Before the Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee Monday, county Sheriff Jim Allard recognized the service of a local couple. Ralph and Grace Stevens have been attending the county Victim’s Impact Panel for over 30 years, sharing the story of their son, 16-year-old Lenny Stevens, with people charged with driving while drinking. On August 7th, 1979, the teen was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by a drunken driver. On Monday, the couple officially stepped down after their years of faithful service. Sheriff Allard thanked them and expressed “collective appreciation, gratitude, and recognition.”
Armstrong Teller Communications to Speak at Hartsville Town Board Meeting:
There’s expected to be a presentation by Armstrong Teller Communications at the next Hartsville Town Board meeting, which is set for tomorrow, Wednesday, January 10th. Town Supervisor John Bowles says that they will be speaking about high speed internet service.
2 Accused of Assaulting Corning P.O., Violating Order of Protection:
Two men have been charged in a domestic disturbance in Corning where orders of protection were allegedly violated and a Corning Police Officer was allegedly assaulted. According to police, they were called to West Third Street around 2 p.m. Friday and they believed both 29-year-old Jeremy Thomas of Atlanta and 43-year-old Luis Rivera of Bath were inside. Police believed both men were violating two separate orders of protection issued for the same victim. They said Thomas attempted to hide and punched an officer while being arrested. Rivera was taken into custody without incident. Thomas has been charged with attempted assault, criminal contempt, aggravated family offense, and resisting arrest. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Rivera has been charged with criminal contempt and aggravated family offense. He was sent to the jail without bail.
Gov. Cuomo Called On to Extend Pistol Permit Recert. Deadline:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is being called on by state leaders to extend the deadline for renewing pistol permits as required by the Safe Act. The deadline for permits currently over five years old is set for January 31st, but poor compliance is being blamed on poor outreach and confusion. Permits can be renewed through the state police website or with a form available at state police stations and at some county clerks’ offices. You can get more information about the permit recertification at https://safeact.ny.gov/pistol-permit-recertification.
Damage at Keuka College Following Burst Pipe:
A burst water pipe at Keuka College last week is being blamed for damage to the
campus’ Allen Hall. Officials say the pipe, which was connected to the fire suppression system on the third floor, broke on Monday and caused heavy damage, leaving the building uninhabitable. Classes and the college’s Office of Human Resources have been relocated.
Miss Finger Lakes Crowed in Corning:
The road to the Miss America Pageant is underway with Miss Finger Lakes and Miss Upstate New York being named in Corning this weekend. The competition took place at the Radisson Hotel and the Union Hall Civic Center. Diana Russo of Rochester was crowned Miss Finger Lakes, while Emily Mahana of Cicero took home the title of Miss Upstate New York. These young women will now compete in the upcoming Miss New York pageant. The winner there will move on to the Miss America Pageant.
Alfred State Prom Dress Extravaganza Set for April 15th:
Alfred State has announced that its annual Project Prom Dress Extravaganza will be held on April 15th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pioneer Center on the Alfred campus. Project Prom Dress sees the sisters of Delta Chi Omega collecting new or gently used prom gowns, shoes, and accessories from bridal shops and individuals that teenage girls from Allegany County and surrounding areas can then come and choose from for free. Also on April 15th the Delta Chi Omega sisters will be collecting donations of gowns, shoes, and accessories.
Bath PD Asks Help to Keep Local Homeless Off Cold Streets
The Bath Village Police Department is urging community members to help their neighbors who are homeless as the freezing winter temperatures continue. The Bath PD announced vouchers have been issued to them by Steuben County Social Services to distribute to anyone who is found to be without a dwelling during the inclement weather. The Police Department has already given vouchers to homeless people they have been informed of and encourage community members who know of others who may be without a dwelling to please contact 211 or the Bath Village PD.
Painted Post Minor Arrested on Assault Charges
According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office a seventeen year old minor from Catlin, New York was arrested after a report of assault in the village of Painted Post. The seventeen-year-old male allegedly struck another male in the head, injuring his eye. The subject was charged with third degree assault and released on an appearance ticket to later return to Painted Post Village Court.
Sub-Zero Cold Continues this Weekend
Upstate New York weather strikes us again as schools, some service agencies and even some businesses closed yesterday because of dangerously cold wind chills. Dangerous cold continue today as temperatures are predicted to plummet to well below zero. The National Weather Service continues the Wind Chill Warning. The dangerously cold wind chills will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin. Expect wind chills to range from 10 below zero to 30 below zero.
Steuben County Accepting Bath Landfill Expansion Project Bids
Steuben County is accepting sealed bids for all labor and materials for the Bath Landfill Expansion project. Bids must be received by January 30th. A pre-bid meeting will be held January 18th at the new landfill on Turnpike Road.
Pullman Hosts Hornell Movie Premiere for Scholarship
Hornellians filled the city’s YMCA last night to attend a special premiere and homecoming for famous local actor Bill Pullman. Pullman was premiering his newest cowboy film "The Ballad of Lefty Brown". Pullman organized the movie’s premiere to honor former Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan and raise money for a scholarship under his namesake. Ticket sales went to funding the scholarship, which will be awarded to a student demonstrating community service and civic mindedness.
Senator O'Mara Asking for Survey Input
State Senator Tom O'Mara encourages his constituents to share what they believe to be the most important challenges experienced by citizens of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes region. O’Mara welcomes everyone to participate in his yearly “Community and Legislative Survey” that he says will be a venue that residents can sound off on the issues unique to their area as well as issues and challenges shared by citizens across the state. Please take your time to complete the survey here.
Curtis Burrows Facing Murder, 12 Other Counts:
Now officially back in New York, 32-year-old Curtis Burrows is facing thirteen counts for allegedly killing a man after an alleged kidnapping and carjacking. The charges include murder in the first, murder in the second, criminal use of a firearm, burglary, robbery, and grand larceny. Bail has been set at $1 million cash. Burrows is expected back in court on February 26th.
North Hornell Under Boil Water Notice:
Due to a water main break on Maplewood Avenue in North Hornell, residents are under a boil water notice, the Department of Health announced Thursday. This notice applies to areas east of Seneca Road, from Lynwood Avenue to Wightman Avenue. The boil water notice lasts for three days.
Winter Weather Safety Guidelines:
As the area hunkers down against the cold, area fire departments have issued guidelines to help residents stay safe. If the power goes out, close off unused rooms to consolidate and retain heat. Wear layered clothing and use blankets or sleeping bags to stay warm. Never use generators, outdoor heating or cooking equipment, such as a grill, camp stove, or a gasoline or propane heater indoors. Never heat a home with a stove. Open cabinet doors and allow faucets to drip slowly to prevent pipes from freezing. Limit your time outdoors and protect yourself by wearing several layers of warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. And if driving is necessary, keep disaster supplies in your vehicle, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped, and use extra precaution on the roads.
Burrows Back in NY to Face Charges:
The man accused of attempting to kidnap a woman in Corning and murdering a man in Big Flats is now back in New York to face charges. 32-year-old Curtis Burrows was being held in Pennsylvania had been fighting extradition, but he finally waived on Thursday.
Bath Woman Arrested as Fugitive from Justice:
A Bath woman was arrested on Saturday as a fugitive from justice. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that 21-year-old Dana Pierce was arrested following a traffic stop on Cook Street in the Village of Bath for allegedly failing to appear in Cumberland County, New Jersey on a burglary charge. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail to await extradition proceedings.
P.A. Man Charged in Lindley Accident:
A Pennsylvania man is facing charges following an accident in Lindley. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to Route 5 on December 31st on a report of a motor vehicle accident and their investigation revealed that 35-year-old Bradley Route allegedly operated a vehicle involved in the crash while intoxicated. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation, and driving without a interlock device. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $7,500 cash bail.
Water Returned in Corning, Boil Water Advisory for Some:
Following the diligent work of crews, the water is back on in Corning following a water main break Tuesday night. Some properties do remain on a boil water advisory. Water samples must be tested for two days in a row with appropriate results before it is deemed safe enough to drink. That is expected by tomorrow. Until then, those affected must boil water for one minute before consuming.
Gov. Cuomo Gives State-of-the-State Address:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his 2018 State-of-the-State Address on Wednesday, kicking off the new legislative session. Among his top proposals were: A Federal Tax lawsuit in response to the new Republican tax overhaul, which Cuomo calls an unconstitutional assault on state’s rights and that he says will lead to big tax increases for many homeowners; a plan for New York to join the list of states taking legal action against pharmaceutical companies over the ongoing opioid epidemic; a new, uniform sexual harassment policy for all state and local officials; voting reforms, including early voting with the ability to cast a ballot up to 12 days before an election; and requiring that anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime surrender any and all firearms. More information is expected on these proposals and more in the upcoming budget presentation. Locally, Representative Tom Reed called the address “disappointing.” Assemblyman Phil Palmesano asked how the proposals would impact taxpayers.
1 Killed in 75 Vehicle Thruway Pileup in Buffalo:
It was a chaotic scene on the eastbound Thruway Wednesday when at least 75 vehicles were involved in an accident near Exits 49 and 50 in Buffalo. The I-90 eastbound was congested for more than seven miles. Reports have one person killed and injuries, though specific details have not been released.
Food Bank Closes Mobile Pantry Due to Cold Temps.:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has announced that its Mobile Food Pantry will be closed today and tomorrow due to the expected cold temperatures. It is expected to reopen Monday. You can find the schedule at https://www.foodbankst.org/mobile-food-pantry-distributions.
Flooding in Corning After Water Main Break:
Several streets in Corning were flooded Tuesday night after a water main broke on East First Street. Corning Police and Fire were called to the scene just after 8 p.m. and several surrounding streets, including part of Denison Parkway, were closed down. Crews were on scene throughout the night, but at this time there has been no word as to when the issue will be resolved.
St. James Mercy Restricting Visitors Due to Flu Spike:
An increase in the number of flu cases has prompted St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell to institute restrictions on visitors. Starting today no more than two people can visit a patient at one time and no one under the age of 14 will be allowed in the hospital. Anyone with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches or a sore throat will not be allowed in the hospital until they have been symptom-free for 24-hours.
Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Charged with Another Offense:
An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested on another offense. 37-year-old Michael Ellis allegedly violated a stay away order of protection by sending the protected party letters from the jail. He was charged with criminal contempt and sent back to the jail on $1,000 cash bail.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
A Bath woman has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant. 34-year-old Tonya Bennett was previously convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. Board Re-elects Hauryski Chair:
With unanimous support from his fellow legislators, Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski was sworn in Monday. He said his goals for 2018 include completion of the office building and records storage project, work on accommodating state-mandated changes in the judicial system, and expanding shared services for assessments in order to make them more uniform and efficient. Hauryski also said that this will be his final term as chairman. He will not seek a fourth term in 2019.
Palmesano Grant Provides for Shared County Services:
A $100,000 state grant, facilitated by state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano has allowed the Steuben County Public Works Department and the county Soil and Water Conservation District to join together to purchase a mini track excavator. This piece of equipment will allow the agencies to complete many projects, including erosion control and streambank stabilization.
Arnot Mall Hallmark Store to Close:
In a post on Facebook, it’s been announced that the Hallmark Shop at the Arnot Mall will be closing. Details, including closing date, were not disclosed, but the post did thank the store’s loyal customers.
Penn Yan Bar Owner Charged with Sex Assault, Bar License Suspended:
Following charges against its owner, Lloyd’s Limited Pub in Penn Yan has had its license suspended. The State Liquor Authority issued an emergency license suspension for the establishment, citing four violations: selling to a minor, improper conduct, disorderly premises and failure to exercise adequate supervision. No alcohol may be sold or consumed at the bar. Owner Robert Champlin turned himself into authorities on Thursday, pleading not guilty to charges in connection with two alleged sexual assaults that occurred inside the pub late Christmas Eve and early Christmas morning. One of the incidents was recorded and the video was put on social media. Champlin was sent to the Yates County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.
Christmas Tree Pick-Up in Corning, Erwin, P-P:
The holidays now officially behind us, if you haven’t already started taking down and packing up your decorations, you likely soon will, and several area communities are ready to help. The City of Corning begins its Christmas tree pick-up service today. Residents must place their trees between the street curb and sidewalk between now and 6 a.m. Friday, January 19th. The city reminds everyone to ensure that all decorations, including ornaments, tinsel, and lights are removed. The Town of Erwin, Village of Painted Post, the Town of Big Flats, and the Village of Bath will also be offering Christmas tree disposal. Residents should leave the trees out by the curb. The Towns of Bath and Corning do not offer a Christmas tree removal service.
C-PP Marching Band Performs in London:
The Corning-Painted Post Marching Band kicked off 2018 in quite the fashion. The “Hawks” Marching Band performed as part of London’s annual New Year’s Day parade, joining cheerleaders and bands from all over the globe in celebrating and performing in front of a half-million people.
Wineglass Marathon Thanks Local Non-Profits:
The annual Wineglass Marathon is about more than just running – it’s also about giving back. Since the marathon started its donation policy in 2011, the event has donated close to $425,000 to local non-profit and civic organizations, including nearly $85,000 this year. The Wineglass relies on the help of law enforcement agencies, fire departments, county and local DPW’s and law enforcement cyclists, to ensure runner and spectator safety. Additionally, volunteers of all ages and backgrounds from school groups, civic organizations, and service groups share their spirit and time leading up to Wineglass weekend and throughout the entire event. Marathon officials say that giving back to the groups that help them achieve their mission is the best part of what they do. The 2018 Guthrie Wineglass Marathon Weekend will be Friday, September 28th through Sunday, September 30th.
Frigid Cold Affects Pets Too:
As bitterly cold temperatures continue to linger, don’t forget to help your four-legged companions brace for the weather too. New York State does have guidelines that pet owners must follow in order to keep animals outside in the cold. A law passed in 2003 requires that shelter be provided that suits the animal’s breed, size, and the climate, and they must have drinking water that’s not going to be frozen. While New York isn’t among the states that has laws limiting the time animals can be outside in the cold, pet owners should remember that just because their pets have fur doesn’t mean they’re not affected by the weather. Frostbite is just as prevalent for animals, and they can lose ears and tails. Extreme cold can cause seizing and even for their hearts stop.
House fire in Corning
Fire over the weekend on the Swamp School Road has displaced two families in Corning. The cause of the blaze is under investigation. The American Red Cross is providing temporary housing for the five adults. The fire occurred Friday night.
New Mayor for Corning sworn in
Corning’s new mayor was sworn in yesterday. Bill Boland took the oath of office at city hall along with four other councilman. The newly elected Mayor said he was looking forward to getting started on housing and economic development initiatives. He replaces Rich Negri who has been Mayor of Corning for 8 years.
New Year...New Laws
Minimum wages are going up in New York state. $10.40 is the new wage and can vary depending on where you work in the state and what industry you are in. It’s expected more than 2 million wage earners with be affected in a positive way.
New York State begins the strongest, most progressive paid family leave policy in the country. New Yorkers will be allowed to take job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. The new law with eventually allow New Yorkers to be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.
Full Moon Tonight
It’s called a wolf full moon and should happen around 9:24pm tonight. It’s the first of two full moons this month…the second is scheduled for Jan 31st . The weather is forecasting cloudy skies tonight so it may be difficult to see the rare sight.
McAllister and Roche Sworn In As Judges
Two new Judges were sworn to serve Steuben County in 2018. Newly-elected judges Patrick McAllister and Philip Roche were sworn in yesterday during a ceremony held in Bath. Both Roche and McAllister have experience as former members of the Steuben County Legislature. Retiring judges Peter Bradstreet, Marianna Furfure and Joseph Latham were present for the ceremony to swear in their predecessors. McAllister won his bid for surrogate court judge this fall after winning a competitive election against Chauncey Watches with a majority of 62 percent. Roche was elected as County and Family Court Judge by a landslide 99 percent after running on the Republican ticket uncontested.
Cuomo Reveals State of the State Loan Debt Proposal
Governor Cuomo is taking on student loan debt as another proposal part of the 2018 New York State of the State Address. The governor’s plan to “alleviate the burden of student debt” would require colleges to annually provide students with the estimated amounts incurred for the student loans they take (which includes the loan debt amounts incurred to date) and appointing a student loan ombudsman. Cuomo’s proposal also aims to increase standards of consumer protection for students who borrow loans and prohibits state agencies from revoking or suspending licenses of those who are in default or behind on paying their student loans. Cuomo says that these new measures will give students in New York "protections and the tools they need to succeed."
Appellate Court Grants Steuben Man Re-Trial
County for a man convicted of attempted murder. That ruling was handed down from the State Supreme Court involving 40-year-old Randy Hall. Hall was convicted by a jury on August 5, 2005 on charges of attempted murder and other felony counts to include 2nd degree assault, burglary and possessing a weapon. He is currently serving his 23 year sentence at Shawangunk state prison. In Hall’s appeal, filed by The Davison Law Office in Canandaigua, it was argued that the Steuben County court had failed to establish a reasonable basis for restraining the defendant before the jury. Hall had been required to wear a stun belt during the trial. The court rejected other issues that were raised. The court ruled that the convictions are reversed and ordered a new trial.
Albany Approves ReCharge NY Allocations
A decision in Albany will have an impact in Steuben County. Governor Cuomo Thursday announced the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved another round of 38 low-cost power allocations under the Governor's ReCharge NY Program. This most recent approval is expected to spur $1.4 billion in new capital investment in the state and create 1,006 new jobs. In Steuben, the Power Authority will award 3500 kW to Upstate Niagara Cooperative in Campbell, creating 125 jobs. A $10 million investment is expected.
NYS Road Construction on Hiatus Until Tuesday
To ease traffic over the holiday weekend, New York officials have announced that all road construction will be suspended from today through 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 2. The New York State Thruway Authority will offer free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 7 a.m. New Year’s morning.
NY Department of Health Reports Rise in Flu Cases
A dramatic rise in influenza has been reported in the past few months by the New York State Department of Health's weekly Influenza report. According to the Department of Health, less than 100 confirmed cases of the flu were reported in early October and in a few short weeks was multiplied by nine- as the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported for the middle of this month reached about 900. In the midst of flu season, doctors say it’s important to get common cold symptoms checked out if you have symptoms like chills, body aches, fever and headaches and if you suspect you do have the flu please seek help within 48 hours. Doctors also urge eligible citizens to exercise prevention by getting a flu shot, avoiding sneezing, touching your nose and mouth and washing your hands regularly.
Study Ranks New York 10th in Public Health Issues
When it comes to addressing and solving public health issues, how well does New York rank compared with the rest of the country? The 2017 America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation ranks our state at number 10 out of 50 states in the US. The study measured 35 key variable factors-including behaviors, policy, clinical care as well as community and environment- in determining how well each state resolves public health issues. New York ranked number 13 last year, placing our state three spots ahead for this year.
Campbell Man Jailed After Call for Bradford Domestic Dispute
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Campbell man for felony assault charges after responding to a 911 call on Parker Road in Bradford where a child reported he was witnessing his mother getting assaulted by her boyfriend. Further investigation led to the following charges for 28 year old Richard Holley: one count of felony assault in the second degree and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond until his next court date on January 8th.
Six Arrested in Addison Meth Bust
Six people are in jail after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) executed a search on two Steuben County homes. Methamphetamine and stolen firearms were discovered both in a home on Reservoir Hill Road in Addison and as well as a residence in Rathbone on County Route 119. Robert Baker, Samuel Byer and Edward Howlett, all of Addison, were charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine as was Serena Russell of Savona, Hornell woman Ashley Webster and John Hallett of Elkland, PA. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are anticipated but authorities report that a stolen rifle, three other firearms, multiple firearms parts, approximately 39 ounces of methamphetamine oil in assorted production stages, and over three grams of finished methamphetamine product were seized.
Bath Woman Arrested for Violating Probation
A Bath woman was sent to Steuben County Jail after allegedly violating the terms and conditions of her probation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ashley LaDieu of Rumsey Street was found to have violated her probation which she was sentenced for a conviction of a criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the third degree. LaDieu was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail until her court date on January 2nd.
Bath Man Jailed for Probation Violation
An alleged violation of probation led to the arrest of a Bath man. James A. Racalto of East Washington Street Extension was arrested due to a violation of probation warrant. Racalto was on probation for a previous felony conviction of driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond until January 8th when he reappears in court.
O'Mara and Palmesano Named NY Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends"
New York Farm Bureau named State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano as part of their 2017 “Circle of Friends”. The farm advocacy organization represents over 35,000 farm families across the state and each year honors the legislators that strongly support agriculture in the Empire State by naming them to their “Circle of Friends”. Local politicians are considered for playing an active role in promoting business for local farms, which make up a major chunk of the regional economy and fosters over $4 billion worth of economic activity annually throughout New York State.
Cuomo Encourages Public Awarness for Patient Brokering
Governor Cuomo has announced a new public awareness campaign to crack down on "patient brokering," a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to those programs. The campaign warns New Yorkers about the fraudulent practice and urges that these brokers be reported. In a statement, Cuomo said Vulnerable New Yorkers struggling with addiction are being targeted and falsely promised life-saving treatment services and then are given inadequate and ineffective treatment at outrageous costs. If you think you or someone you know was a victim of patient brokering, please report the suspected fraud by calling 1-800-553-5790 or by emailing StopTreatmentFraud@oasas.ny.gov
Bath P.D. Investigating Car Break-Ins:
The Bath Village Police Department is investigating a string of car break-ins that occurred Tuesday night, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at (607) 776-2175. Officials also urge residents to remember to lock their vehicles and residences.
Former P-P Police Chief Files Against Village, Mayor, and Trustees:
The former Police Chief of Painted Post has filed a lawsuit against the village, the Mayor, and the village trustees. Dennis Mullen alleges that he was illegally fired and that his civil rights were violated as he was terminated without charges or a hearing. A date has not yet been set by the Federal District Court.
Former Steuben Co. Legislators to be Sworn in as Judges:
Steuben County history will be made when two former county legislators are sworn in at 11 a.m. tomorrow to places in the county Court system. Former county Chairman of the Legislature Philip J. Roche, R-Erwin, and current county Public Defender, will be sworn in as the new County and Family Court Judge. Former county Vice-chairman of the Legislature Patrick F. McAllister, R-Wayland, will be sworn in as county Surrogate Court Judge. The event will mark the first time in county history former members of the Steuben Legislature have made a successful transition to the county's judicial branch. The ceremony is expected to take 30 minutes.
Steuben Real Property Tax Service Releases Tax Rate Schedule:
Steuben County Real Property Services Director Wendy Jordan has released the Town and County 2018 Tax Rate Levy, which includes upcoming taxes for the county, towns (TOV) and villages. Property owners also may be subject to special district taxes to pay for services such as lighting and fire services. The full chart can be viewed at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/rpt/2018_tax_rate_levy_percent_change.pdf.
Steuben Notes Top 5 Achievements of 2017:
As 2017 comes to a close, Steuben County is taking note of its top achievements, including a united, inter-agency effort to combat the mounting local opioid epidemic. The county hosted three forums throughout the year in Bath, Hornell, and Corning with active participation from representatives of county departments and related agencies. Additionally, the county recently joined a lawsuit filed by counties and the state Attorney General against any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic. The county also notes united efforts by the Industrial Development Agency, and federal and state leaders in the sale of the Kraft Heinz cheese factory in Campbell to the dairy farmer cooperative, Niagara Upstate in June; joining with Schuyler and Chemung counties in developing a central focus using current employment data to form a cohesive strategy for workforce development; the launch of two construction projects expected to solve the chronic problems at the county Office Building of space and inconvenience of residents; and the moving of the Hornell Department of Motor Vehicles to its new location on Seneca Street North in Hornellsville.
New State Law Changes Requirements for Nurses:
A new state law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week makes some changes to the requirements for anyone looking to become a registered nurse. Nurses-to-be now need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years. Those who are already a R.N. or already in nursing school are exempt and will not need to abide by the new law. Some hospitals are offering tuition reimbursement and pay incentives to nurses who would like to get their degree.
Bill Pullman to Premiere Movie in Hornell:
There will be a very special event in Hornell on January 5th to benefit the Shawn Hogan YMCA Scholarship Fund. Movie-star, Bill Pullman, a native of Hornell, will be premiering his new movie, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, at the Hornell Spotlight Theater. The evening begins with a Meet & Greet with Bill at the Hornell Area Family YMCA at 5:30 p.m., then the movie will be shown 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Theater. Afterwards there will be a reception at the Main Place. Tickets are $50 and include all three events. Tickets are exclusively available at the Hornell Area Family YMCA.
Rescue Incident Knocks Out Power to Thousands Around E-C Airport:
According to NYSEG, nearly two-thousand customers around the Elmira-Corning Airport had their power knocked out Tuesday afternoon following an incident involving power lines. Initial scanner reports came in for a utility bucket tangled in power lines just off Airport Road. An on-scene firefighter confirmed to media that the incident was a rescue mission. First responders said no one was injured.
Gov. Issues Order to Allow Property Owners to Pay Taxes Now:
Governor Cuomo has issued an emergency Executive Order to help protect property owners in New York from what he calls the devastating impact of the GOP tax bill. The order authorizes local governments to immediately issue tax warrants for the collection of 2018 property tax payments and allows property owners to pay at least a portion of their bill before the end of the year and under the current tax construct. The Governor directed the Department of Taxation and Finance to work with local governments to facilitate early tax collection. Check with your local government and school district to see if you’re eligible for early payment. The deadline is December 31st.
Arkport-Canaseraga Athletics to Continue Merger in 2018:
Whatever the eventual outcome of the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts, the merger of their respective athletic programs will probably continue in 2018. Canaseraga Superintendent Chad Groff said that the joint schools Athletic Council, he and Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper almost certainly will recommend to the school boards positive votes for sports merger again in January. Last June each board unanimously voted to merge athletic programs because of difficulties fielding complete teams in varsity, junior varsity, and modified sports.
“Ramp Guys” Volunteers Complete 40 Ramps in 2017:
People confined to their homes have greater mobility, thanks to the “Ramp Guys” – a group of volunteers dedicated to building ramps throughout Steuben County through funding by the county Office for the Aging, private donations, and recycling usable materials. In 2017, the volunteers completed 40 ramps with roughly half paid by the county Office for the Aging through a combination of government funding, and donations from community groups and private donations. The United Centenary Methodist Church also donates funds and provides volunteers. To request a ramp, or for more information on volunteering, call NYConnects at (607) 664-2322.
Spectrum Boosting Download Speeds Free of Charge:
Following an announcement by parent company “Charter” months ago, area customers of Spectrum are beginning to see their download speeds increase. The company is looking to increase speed by 66 percent – from 60 mbps to 100 mbps – at no extra cost to customers. You can test your internet speeds for free at http://beta.speedtest.net/.
Missing Local Girls Return Home for Christmas
A happy ending was made possible this Christmas for two Southern Tier families whose missing daughters returned home safely. Elmira Heights police have found 14-year-old Evelyn Walborn, an Elmira Heights girl who has been missing since last Monday when she left for school. She was found by Elmira Heights police around 10pm last night and the Elmira Heights Police Department thank the public for their help in finding Evelyn as the case continues to be investigated.Seven-year-old Brianna Rhodes from Corning was discovered last evening at 7:55pm by the Corning PD. Both girls are now reunited with their families thanks to the dedication of the police and the concerned public that helped to bring them home for the holidays.
Local Police Concerned About Carentanil
Local police are preparing to combat a new drug called carentanil, a synthetic and very potent opioid derived from fentanyl. The narcotic, which is normally used carefully by veterinarians as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants, has been found in batches of opiate drugs throughout the country this past year and is 5,000 times stronger than heroin- so powerful that a piece the size of a grain of salt can be fatal. Steuben County Sheriff Allard described it as: “...fentanyl on steroids.” Though carentanil has not been found in the area yet, local police are being extra careful and advising residents to do the same by avoiding touching anything that may be heroin or any other illicit opioid substance to and to report it to their local police department or Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.
Congressman Reed Receives Coal for Christmas at Olean Office
Do you think your Congressman was naughty or nice this year? An Olean newspaper reports that Tom Reed found a stocking of full of coal left outside the congressman's Olean office. The gift included a note criticizing the GOP tax plan, which Reed has staunchly supported. According to Olean Times Harold, the note’s message read "To the Grinch who voted 13 million to lose their health care, including kids. Bankruptcy and death to constituents." Reed’s spokesperson says the package was not hazardous or criminal, noting: "We have no concerns regarding the package. Our office welcomes any and all communications from constituents."
Cuomo Announces Election Reform for State of the State 2018
Governor Cuomo has announced the 13th proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda and has dubbed it “The Democracy Agenda”, which he says will be the strongest and most comprehensive reforms in the nation that mandate transparency in political advertising. It will also require online platforms to maintain an archive of political ads and protect State elections from outside influence. Cuomo said the plan will also modernize New York's antiquated voting system to make it easier to vote.
NY Road Construction Suspension Continues Until New Year's
A reminder that road construction in NYS continues to be suspended during peak holiday travel times until the end of the weekend to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.
Friends, Family and Fans to Remember Late Local Radio Personality
A sad story in local broadcasting: former sports director for Hornell station WLEA, Casey Cameron passed away this weekend at Elderwood Home in Hornell. Cameron was a longtime sports director for the AM radio channel up until his retirement three years ago and lived to be 59 years old. Radio personality and coworker Marcia Everitt recalls: “He had a wonderful family who he adored and they adored him,” Cameron’s wake will be at the Dagon Funeral Home in Hornell on Thursday from 4 to 7pm and his funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church Friday at 10am while Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
Son attacks Father
A father – son domestic dispute that occurred during the early morning hours of December 23, has resulted in the arrest of a Bath man. Troopers were dispatched to Corning Hospital for an assault victim with serious injuries. Investigation revealed that at a private residence in the Town of Jasper, Christopher W. Quick, age 37, of #4 Colonial Lawns, Bath, repeatedly struck his father, resulting in orbital fractures, puncture wounds to the chest, and lacerations to the head, hand, and face. Quick was located at a private residence in Corning. He was charged with Attempted Assault, 2nd degree, a class “E” felony; arraigned before Bath Town Justice James Burns; and remanded to jail without bail. The victim was treated at Corning Hospital, and subsequently transferred to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.
Fire Department Out Christmas Eve
The Bath Fire Department was out last night, but it was not for a fire. The Christmas truck which is decorated annually by members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Dept was driving around town. Visiting homes and handing out candy canes to children. It’s an annual activity by the local firemen to wish the community a Merry Christmas.
Corning Man Arrested
Corning Police have announced the arrest of 36 year Chad Felker and charged with Assault, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child on Friday night.
Police report the Felker allegedly hit a 14 year old in the face causing temporary loss of vision. He was issued an Order of Protection and will face the judge Jan 2nd
Elmira Heights Girl Missing
A sad story from Elmira Heights on this Christmas Day. Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a 14 year old Evelyn Walborn. The girl was last seen on Dec 18th around 7:30am when she was heading for school. Police are following all leads and trying to determine where she might be and how she disappeared. Anyone with information on where the teenager could be are asked to contact the Elmira Heights Police Department at 733-6580.
Hornell Man Arrested for False Personation and Pot Possession
State Police arrested 40-year-old William Parker of Hornell. He was charged with a felony counts of 1st degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was also charged with DWAI, pot possession and false personation. He was detained for court action.
Canaseraga Man Jailed for Probation Violation
A Canaseraga man is headed to state prison after he violated the terms of probation, which stemmed from an attempted 1st degree assault charge.39-year-old Jeremiah Krupp will serve a four year stint in state prison. Prosecutors said that while Krupp was on probation, he violated the terms by disobeying an order of protection and contacting the victim of the strangulation case - something he was told specifically not to do. Once Krupp is released from prison, he can expect routine visits from a state parole officer for five years.
NYS Health Marketplace Enrollment Increases from Last Year
NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, has announced that enrollment reached over 4.1 million last week which was the deadline for signing up for coverage that begins on January 1, 2018. According the NY State of Health, enrollment rose by 700,000 this year
Drunk Driving Bill Signed into NYS Law
A new law sought to catch and deter drunk or drug impaired driving by requiring sobriety tests after serious wrecks is about to take effect in NYS. According to WHEC, the law was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week. The idea found enthusiastic support among the families of accident victims.
Campbell Votes to Use Land for Flood Emergencies
According to town officials from Campbell, the town board plans to purchase a 17-acre parcel of land for $150,000 to utilize as part of a contingency plan. The town board approved the 749,912 square foot piece of land on State Route 415 near Campbell to purchase as an emergency space for town residents to relocate when a major flood occurs. Campbell’s location is risky for flooding because the town consists of the floodplain and floodway which means a severe flood would cripple the town’s government and emergency services- both town resources are especially crucial during a flood emergency.
Canisteo Drug Collection Unit Installed at Village Hall
The Village of Canisteo was given a grant to install a drug collection unit in the Village Hall. CVS’s Health Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program sponsored the unit located in the lobby of the Village Hall on 8 Green Street. The drug collection unit allows residents to safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted, expired or unused medications, which includes controlled substances. Monday through Friday the site will be open from 9am to 4pm for residents to drop off drugs with no questions asked. Interested people can call the Medication Disposal program at the number 1-866-559-8830 if they have any questions about the program or visit www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse
Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Aid Property Tax Payers
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency Executive Order yesterday as an effort to help protect property owners in New York, directing the Department of Taxation and Finance to cooperate with local governments to enable early tax collection. The state executive order was enacted as a response to the newly-passed federal tax plan’s $10,000 tax cap on property tax deductions and gives authorization for local governments to issue tax warrants immediately for 2018 property tax payment collection. The intent is to give property owners in New York an opportunity to pay a portion of their tax bill before the end of the current year and allows localities to accept payments made in advance by property owners so these residents can deduct the full amount of the tax payment the federal level. Local laws that limit taxpayers making partial payment of property taxes until the end of the year will be suspended under the order, giving property owners a chance to pay a portion of their property taxes early and under the current federal tax law.
New York Road Construction Suspended until the New Year
Road construction in NYS will be suspended during peak holiday travel times over the next two weekends to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.