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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 21, 2019

Reed to Return to DC Monday Following Collapse
After his collapse in Washington two days ago, Congressman Tom Reed released a statement yesterday saying George Washington University Hospital has released him. The Representative of the 23rd  Congressional District was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia and is taking the weekend off to recover. Reed thanked everyone wishing him wellness and said he returns back to work in Washington Monday.

 

Bath VA Hosts POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
Veterans and the public attended the Bath VA’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony yesterday in observance to remember veterans who were captured prisoners or still remain missing in action. Speaking at the ceremony was US Air Force pilot and Vietnam Veteran Moe Newcomb, who was captured in North Vietnam for five years. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Historian and Director of the Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh, who spoke about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira, known as “Hellmira,” during the Civil War. POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September annually.

 

North Hornell FD Club to Receive $43K in Federal Funds
Three Southern Tier fire departments were announced to receive federal support his week. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the news that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award fire departments in Otsego County, Chenango County and our own  Steuben County’s North Hornell Fire Department Club will receive thousands of federal dollars in funding. North Hornell’s Fire Department Club will receive $43,809.52 to purchase and install a vehicle exhaust removal system for the fire station. Grants are awarded based on a competitive basis to applicants that best match the program's priorities and demonstrating financial need.

 

GOP Reps Ask AG to Consider Green Light Law Constitutionality 
Six Republican House members from New York want the U.S. Justice Department to review the state’s new law granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. GOP House members John Katko, Peter King, Chris Collins, Elise Stefanik and Tom Reed wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr Thursday asking Barr to determine if New York’s “Green Light Law” violates the Constitution and suggested Barr consider supporting a federal court lawsuit to halt the implementation of this law, which was signed by the Governor in June. Several county clerks in the state running DMV offices on behalf of the state have already objected to the law with Erie and Rensselaer counties filing lawsuits in federal court, in the effort to have the law ruled unconstitutional.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Child Porn
A Bath man faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly possessing child pornography following a federal investigation. Daryl Sumeriski, aged 51, was orginially charged by local law enforcement with the felony of possessing a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16. The Office of Homeland Security in Buffalo then began an investigation allegedly finding Sumeriski kept about 1,000 images of underage girls engaged in sex acts on his mobile phone. Sumeriski will face sentencing in January could receive a $250,000 fine on top of a possible 20 years behind bars.

 

DEC Wants Regulatory Proposal to Expand Dangerous Animal List
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced a new regulatory proposal to help protect the public and the state’s native fish and wildlife by expanding the list of animals regulated as “dangerous.” The proposed regulation also enhances DEC’s authority to implement licensing requirements that will ensure that dangerous animals held at facilities for exhibition purposes do not pose a threat to humans or other animals. These changes were prompted by a growing number of incidents involving dangerous animals that have posed a risk to public safety and the environment, including DEC seizures of alligators, vipers, cobras and rattlesnakes. The proposed regulation change expands the list of animals that pose a threat to public safety.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 20, 2019

Congressman Reed Hospitalized After Collapsing in DC
Congressman Tom Reed collapsed in the Cannon Rotunda of the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon, according to representatives from his office. Reports said paramedics attended to the Congressman, who he regained alertness and was awake while being wheeled out on a gurney. Reed was taken to George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC and his staff say now he is “in good condition” and “responsive”. Reed’s Democratic challenger for the 2020 race Tracy Mitrano tweeted “…putting all politics aside, I hope it is nothing serious and wish him a quick recovery.”

 

VA Hosting POW-MIA Ceremony This Afternoon
The Bath Veterans Association Medical Center hosts a prisoner of war/ missing in action recognition ceremony today at 1:15 pm in the Building 92 Leisure Room. Director of Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh will be guest speaker and talk about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira known as “Hellmira,” which was in operation from 1860-1864. Music will be provided by the Haverling High School Chorus and colors will be posted and retrieved by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Guthrie Facility at Erwin Tests Positive for Legionella
Water samples have tested positive for legionella at the Guthrie Healthworks Erwin facility. The NY State Health Department confirmed its finding with WETM. As a precaution, the Center voluntarily closed while it implements measures to prevent potential exposure to Legionella.

 

9/22-9/28 Declared as Steuben County Sheriff’s Week
Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed the week of Sept. 22nd-28th as Steuben County Sheriff’s Week. Steuben’s Sheriff’s Department keeps the peace through law enforcement and many facets of public service, including maintaining the county jail, providing security in our courts, and serving and executing civil process for the courts. “Our men and women work hard day in and day out to be responsive and accountable to the public we serve,” Hauryski said. “I can only say I am proud to be associated with this department, which strives to live up to the principles of professionalism, integrity, leadership and service.”

 

Cuomo Extends Statute of Limitations in Rape Cases
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation extending the statute of limitations to 20 years for rape in the second degree and to 10 years for rape in the third degree. This law also eliminates the statute of limitations for incest in the first degree and increases the time period in which victims can bring a civil suit for these offenses to 20 years. Prior to this new law, victims only had five years to bring a legal case alleging rape in the second degree or third degree or a criminal sexual act in the second degree or third degree.

 

Addison Man Arrested for Drug Charges
State Police have arrested 32-year-old Donald Hastings of Addison. He was stopped on State Route 13 in Veteran and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation. He’ll answer this charges in court at a later date.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 19, 2019

Women Arrested for Shoplifting from Erwin Walmart
New York State Police report the arrest of a 35-year-old Jasper woman after responding to a report of shoplifting on September 15th. According to police, Lindsey Hunt allegedly stole $279.34 worth of merchandise from the Walmart on Silverback Lane in the Town of Erwin. Hunt was processed at the NYSP Painted Post Station and charged with Petit Larceny and will return to the town’s court at a later date. Two days later, Police were called to the same Walmart again and ended up arresting 20-year-old Savenna Carey and 23-year-old Megan Dean, both of Cohocton.  Both women were issued appearance tickets for Petit Larceny then banned from going onto Walmart property.

 

Alstom to Hire More Workers with Grant
High Speed Rail Car manufacturer, Alstom announced an expansion of jobs thanks to a $30 million New York State grant from Empire State Development. The company is anticipated to increase its number of workers from 800 to 1,000 by the end of next year. Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped by the Hornell Alstom facility to take a tour and speak with workers. Hochul says this contract will bring stable jobs to the area with the next year and will continue to provide long-term employment.

 

Campbell-Savona School District Announces 2019-22 Plan
Campbell-Savona School District leaders proposed a new longterm plan for 2019-2022 on Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The plan sets academic achievement goals and other major measures of success, including decreasing chronic absenteeism, which is a problem in the district. Chronic absenteeism is defined as students who are not attending school more than 10 percent of the days they are enrolled.

 

NYS Plate Fee Proposal Won’t Go As Planned
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the proposal to mandate replacing license plates across the state won’t move ahead as planned. The proposal would have charged drivers up to $40 for a new plate but will be delayed until April with some changes following overwhelming opposition to the plan. A Siena College poll released Tuesday shows the proposal is widely unpopular among New York voters – with 60 percent of New Yorkers opposing the requirement for drivers to replace their plates. A whopping 75 percent of New Yorkers disapprove of the $25 plate replacement fee and only 23 percent that think the fee is reasonable.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Assault
A Bath man faces multiple and serious criminal charges. State Police arrested 72-year-old Roger Barned. He was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree endangering and adult causing serious injury. Troopers said the crimes happened in the Town of Bath and were first reported January 3rd.

 

OFA Forum Set for Today
This year’s annual Office of the Aging Forum is today at the First Presbyterian Church on Pulteney Square in Bath. The forum begins at 8:30am with a continental breakfast and continues with attendees being able to choose two free workshops. Seniors will also attend a hearing on the county’s 2020 aging services implementation plan. Parking lot attendees will be available to assist participants.

 

Hornell City PD Hosts Car Seat Check Event Saturday
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a Car Seat Check Event this Saturday September 21st at the Hornell City Police/Fire Station on 110 Broadway Street Hornell from 10AM to 2PM. It is free of charge and anyone with questions can contact Sergeant Matthew Sorge at (607) 622-3911 or the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

 

League of Women Voters Announce Early Voting Resources
The League of Women Voters of New York State has announced that materials for educating voters on early voting are now available. A new website, www.nyearlyvoting.org is live. Voters can click on their county and find the early voting poll site locations and hours. In Steuben County, early voting begins October 26th and takes place at the County Annex building at 20 E. Morris Street in Bath.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 18, 2019

Apple Awards $250 Million to Corning Inc.
Yesterday Apple announced it is awarding $250 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated, which supplies precision glass for the major company’s products like iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad. In May of 2017, Apple awarded $200 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. The combined investment was made to support research and development into state-of-the-art glass processes, equipment and materials integral to the delivery of next-generation consumer devices by Corning Incorporated.

 

Rochester Man Arrested for Bath Crack Sales
A Rochester man was arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Bath. Jamar T. Smith, a current 34-year-old inmate at Orleans Correctional Facility, was arrested following an investigation in early 2019 into the sale of crack on East Steuben Street. He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Smith is currently in state prison for two counts of fifth-degree attempted possession of controlled substance.

 

VA Hosting POW-MIA Ceremony Friday Afternoon
The Bath Veterans Association Medical Center announced they will host a prisoner of war/ missing in action recognition ceremony at 1:15 pm this Friday September 20th in the Building 92 Leisure Room. Director of Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh will be guest speaker and talk about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira known as “Hellmira,” which was in operation from 1860-1864. Music will be provided by the Haverling High School Chorus and colors will be posted and retrieved by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

 

NY Health Officials Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids
New York State health officials have approved the Governor’s executive call to put an emergency ban on sales of e-flavored cigarettes in the state following reports of six deaths and many cases of health problems in the country due to vaping. Cuomo noted New York is the first state in the country to implement a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, made possible by a vote on emergency regulations by the Public Health and Planning Council. Retailers have about a two-week grace period to stop selling the products and could face fines of $2,000 per violation if they do not follow the ban.

 

Campbell-Savona SRO DuBois Speaks About First Year
Campbell-Savona School Resource Officer Dave DuBois said he will get better educated to prevent student vaping and be a more visible presence in the school at the recent Board of Education Meeting. DuBois is a former investigator for the Bath Police Department and said there have been nine incidents throughout the year where he had to use outside law enforcement and 76 “calls for service” The district currently is seeking another School Resource Officer so each building can be staffed full-time.

 

Sheriff’s Office Offers NYS Boater Safety Course
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will instruct the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street. All students attending must be at least 10 years of age and provide a proof of age. Three different dates will be offered to take the course, all of them on a Saturday on:
October 12th 8am to 4pm
November 23rd 8am to 4pm and
December 7 from 8am to 4pm
Classes are limited to 30 students and you must confirm your attendance by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.

 

County Legislature Announces Finance Budget Workshops
Steuben County Legislature’s Office of the Clerk announces two Finance Budget Workshops both scheduled in October at the Legislative Committee Room at the Steuben County Office Building. County Legislators will be able to attend a session on Tuesday October 8th at 10am following the Finance Committee Meeting. Another meeting is set for the following day on Wednesday October 9th at 9am.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 17, 2019

BEGWS Announces Warden Street Closings
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems announced they will begin replacing the gas main on Warden Street, from Geneva Street to Hudson Street. For safety reasons, Warden Street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of Geneva/Warden, Shannon/Warden, and Hudson/Warden will be closed periodically as Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main at and/or across these intersections. Work is scheduled to begin the week of September 30th and last through the fall.

 

Rochester Woman Arrested on Superior Court Warrant
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Rochester woman, Nishala S. Flowers, due to a superior court warrant.  Ms. Flowers was indicted for allegedly committing two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all Class B Felonies. Ms. Flowers was held in the Steuben County Jail to await arraignment in Steuben County Court. 

 

Cohocton Woman Arrested on Contraband Charge
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Cohocton woman. Breana L. Taylor, age 31, of Brown Hill Road Cohocton, allegedly promoted prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony.  It is alleged that Ms. Taylor possessed dangerous contraband while being held in detention at the Steuben County Jail.  Ms. Taylor was arraigned in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. 

 

Bath Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
A Bath man faces an array of charges following a domestic dispute in the Town of Hornellsville. State police arrested 35-year-old Joel Orfanides. He was charged with felony tampering with physical evidence, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal possession of a controlled substance and two violation offenses. He was initially held in lieu of cash bail.

 

Trooper Clark Honored with Certificate of Exceptional Valor
Fallen New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark was honored yesterday with a Certificate of Exceptional Valor from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Clark was awarded the posthumous honor for heroic actions taken on the day of his death. In July 2018, Trooper Clark, with other Troopers and local law enforcement, responded to a report of a possibly suicidal man in the town of Erwin. The team established a perimeter and attempted to contact the individual, who began shooting at Trooper Clark and a Sheriff’s Deputy, which ended with Clark dying while serving in the line of duty. Clark was recognized with seven other recipients of the award across the state.

 

ESD Announces Beginning of NYS Foliage Season
Empire State Development (ESD) announced New York’s 2019 fall foliage season has begun. Beginning this week, the weekly I LOVE NY fall foliage reports will be sent out by the ESD. Reports will include a detailed map to track fall color progressions and the best vantage points to view the change of colors in our region. A new report is provided every Wednesday until the end of the foliage season on the I LOVE NY website. ESD also encourages residents to participate in its annual social media campaign of photos taken by Instagram users. Hashtagging foliage photos with the #NYLovesFall hashtag will give users a chance for their image to be selected and shared on the I LOVE NY Instagram page on “Foliage Fridays.” To qualify, users must tag photos with the image location.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 16, 2019

Baron Winds Project Approved by NYS Electric Siting Board
The 242-megawatt Baron Winds Project in Steuben County has been approved by New York's Electric Generation Siting Board. Up to 68 turbines will be built in Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland, connecting with the state's electrical grid through New York State Electric and Gas transmission lines. A subsidiary of German company Innogy will build and operate the turbine project. Local governments should receive payments of an estimated $26 million over 20 years while host towns will are estimated to collect about $12 million over 20 years under community agreements.

 

Rollover Near Exit 38 on I-86 Under Investigation
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Corp of Bath were dispatched to a one-car roll over on I-86 West of Exit 38 on Saturday afternoon. The first officer on scene did not find the lone occupant of the SUV to have sustained serious injury, but the motorist was transported to Ira Davenport to be looked at by a physician. The West Bound lane of traffic was shut down for about 30 minutes while crews cleaned up the area and removed the vehicle. All Bath Fire Units were clear and back in service within a half an hour. The cause of the accident is being determined by New York State Police who were on the scene.

 

Cuomo Announced Recommendation to Ban Flavored E-Cigs
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state health commissioner will make a recommendation this week to the State Public Health and Health Planning Council to enact a statewide ban on the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. The council has the power to issue emergency regulations, going into effect as soon as they are voted on and being enforced as soon as two weeks. The ban would not  prohibit e-cigarettes that are tobacco and menthol flavored but Cuomo said the Department of Health would continue evaluations and that could possibly change. Cuomo cited bubblegum and cotton candy flavored products as “obviously targeted to young people and highly effective at targeting young people,” he said.

 

Mill Road in Howard Closed for Piping
Road work has been announced for Mill Road in Howard begins today. The project is to replace piping and should be finished by Wednesday the 18th but hopefully Tuesday evening, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Demmon Pond Road and Rice Road as detours until construction is completed.

 

Road Work Repairing Pulteney Landslide Starts Today
Work to repair a landslide on State Route 54 in the Town of Pulteney begins. The location is 12 miles North of the Village of Hammondsport between Parker Hill and Chidsey Hill Roads. Both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site by using Boyd Hill Road. In mid-October, a second closure will be established along Route 54A in the town of Urbana for about six weeks to repair a  landslide one mile north of Hammondsport near County Route 76. Both directions of traffic for this closure will be detoured around the site by using South Pulteney Road, County Road 76 and Boyd Hill Road.

 

St. James in Hornell Implements AccuVein Visualization System
St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell announced the AccuVein vein visualization system has been implemented at their location. The device was designed to improve first-stick success and reduce patient pain and its $15,000 purchase was made possible through proceeds raised at the recent “Friends Fore St. James” golf tournament on August 2nd. The highly-effective device helps healthcare providers easily locate the best vein for venipuncture procedures, which is the most common invasive medical procedure worldwide.

 

Strong Kids, Safe Kids Breaks Attendance Record at Fairgrounds
The ninth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival at the Steuben County Fairgrounds this weekend drew a record-setting attendance of more than 500 children and their loved ones. The festival featured popular carnival games, inflatable bouncers and activities tailored for children from birth to sixth grade as well as information on health and safety issues from more than 25 family-related agencies. The event is the highlight of the year for local organization Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, which also sponsors the annual Color Walk and Pinwheels and Promises campaign.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 14, 2019

Exit 43 Westbound Ramp on I-86 Closed Today
?The Interstate 86 westbound ramp at Exit 43 in Painted Post will be closed to traffic beginning today. The closure is necessary to make repairs to the concrete approach slab.  Work is anticipated to last one day, weather permitting. Motorists should use Coopers Plains Exit 42 during the closure. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.

 

Three Arrested for Impaired Driving in Steuben County
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of three people from September 7th to the 11th for allegedly driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Deputies arrested Steven Wheeler on Route 115 in the town of Lindley on September 11th and Amy Pickering of Addison in Painted Post both for Driving While Intoxicated. Also arrested: 22-year-old Brandon Rawleigh of Wayland on Route 63 on September 9th for allegedly Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, consuming an alcoholic beverage while in the vehicle and moving from lane unsafely.  Each person was released on traffic summons and will re-appear in town courts at later dates.

 

Fire Deparments Receive Over $498K in Federal Funding
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced more than $498,000 in federal funding for three fire departments in the Southern Tier. Specifically, the Binghamton Fire Department will receive $417,000, the Corning Volunteer Fire Department will receive nearly $55,000 and the Endicott Fire Department will receive $26,000. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. Corning fire chief Brad Davies said the funding will be used to purchase new hydraulic rescue tools.

 

Campbell Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Campbell woman for impaired driving. Sarah Radmore, age 30, of Campbell, was pulled over for a traffic stop and charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Felony Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated with .18% blood alcohol content and failure to keep right.  It is alleged that Radmore operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition and was previously convicted of Driving While Intoxicated within the past 10 years. She  was released on traffic summons to appear in Campbell Town Court at a later date.  

 

Bath Man Arrested for Menacing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath man for menacing. Deputies arrested David E Long, age 51, after they responded to a report of shots fired at a premise on State Route 54 in the Town of Urbana.  The investigation revealed that Mr. Long allegedly displayed a handgun during a property dispute incident and then fired the handgun in the close proximity of others. Long was charged with Menacing in the Second Degree (by use of a weapon) and four counts of Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree. Mr. Long was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

NY Gun Purchase Waiting Period Extended to 30 Days
The waiting period on certain New York gun purchases has been extended from three days to 30 days under state law. The bill went into effect Thursday. Gov. Cuomo says the change will save lives and he called on the federal government to pass universal background checks. The law applies in cases where a federal background check returns an inconclusive response. Extending the state waiting period will give federal authorities more time for the background checks.

 

Mill Road in Howard to be Closed Monday
Road work has been announced for Mill Road in Howard beginning this Monday September 16th. The project is to replace piping and should be finished by Wednesday the 18th but hopefully Tuesday evening, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Demmon Pond Road and Rice Road as detours until construction is completed.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 13, 2019

 County Public Health Officials Urge Residents to Stop Vaping
Steuben County officials urge county residents to stop using e-cigarettes or vaping devices immediately. Public Health Director Darlene Smith cites the recent CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) report investigating 450 cases of serious respiratory illness and six deaths caused by vaping. The New York State Department of Health reports it will further investigate these products’ contents and begin to require shops that sell vaping products to post health risk warnings. If you need help quitting vaping or tobacco, Smith advises you call these hotlines:
NYSDOH’s Vaping Hotline at (888) 364-3046.

NYS Quitline: 1-800-NY-QUITS.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Forging Checks
A Bath woman was arrested for larceny and other charges. Sheri L. Clark, 33, allegedly forged a check between October and November 2017 in which she allegedly took more than $30,000. She was charged Wednesday with four counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of third-degree grand larceny and one count of petit larceny. Clark was arraigned in Bath Village Court and released. She will reappear in Bath Village Court on October 9th.

 

Campbell Man Wanted for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports David A. Robbins is wanted for violating his probation. Robbins is a 51 year old white male with blue eyes and a gray mustache. He is 5’ 10” and weighs about 175 pounds. He was convicted of unlawfully fleeing a police officer and has a last known address on 8484 Main Street in Campbell. If you know the whereabouts of Robbins, please call (607) 622-3911

 

Mitrano Kicks Off Campaign at Corning Radisson
Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano officially launched her campaign last night at the Radisson Hotel in Corning. Mitrano, who ran against Tom Reed for Congress last year in 2018, has received endorsements from the Democratic committees of Steuben, Schuyler, Yates, Allegany and Chautauqua counties. For the Democratic nomination, Mitrano will run against surgeon Scott Noren, who announced his candidacy this week.

 

CCC Offers Free ACE Courses for High Schoolers
Corning Community College has expanded the college academic courses they offer to high schools this year through the ACE (Accelerate College Education) program and beginning this semester, these college classes offered to high school students will be tuition-free. New York State’s 2019-2020 budget authorized community colleges to offer tuition-free courses with its Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). Students taking class in high schools, online, and as part of home school programs are eligible to register for ACE courses without tuition.

 

CCE Offers Sexual Harrassment Prevention Regulation Discussion
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is offering discussion forums to help farm owners, agricultural employers, and human resource managers better understand the new NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Regulations going into full effect next month on October 9th. The discussion will go over the regulations and associated deadlines, resources available to farm employers, and understanding compliance for your business. The lunchtime discussion on Thursday September 26th at the Civil Defense Center in Bath from 11am to 1pm will include a light lunch and handouts.The discussion is intended for employers and HR managers – not a training for employees. The class is $10 per person and you must RSVP by September 25th at 5pm. RSVP by  calling Katelyn at 716-640-0522 or emailing kaw249@cornell.edu

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 12, 2019

Route 15 Fire Destroys Building, Killing 16 Pets
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call for a fire yesterday afternoon at 12:58  on County Route 15 in the Town of Bath. A second call was made for manpower, ambulances and the Bath VA to bring their rehab bus to cool off the crews fighting the fire. In the fire, 3 dogs and 13 cats were lost. American Red Cross responded to the scene to assist the tenants of the home, which was a total loss. No tenants were killed but one tenant was injured from attempting to rescue pets and two Bath Firefighters were also transferred to Ira Davenport for heat exhaustion from the blaze. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Noren Declares Candidacy in Democratic Congressional Primary
Candidate for the 23rd Congressional Seat Tracy Mitrano will not run unchallenged in the Democratic Primary election. Dr. Scott Noren announced he will challenge Mitrano. Noren, who is a local surgeon, veteran, and longtime member of the Tompkins County Democratic Committee, says he chose to run because he believes the opioid epidemic issue has been poorly dealt with by Tom Reed and others in Congress. Noren says he has a blueprint to prevent opioid addiction as well as plans to solve student debt and climate change. Noren will kick off his campaign as co-moderator of an Opioid Pill Abuse Prevention Panel at SUNY Cortland, September 25th 7-9pm.

 

Mill Road in Howard to be Closed Monday
Road work has been announced for Mill Road in Howard beginning this Monday September 16th. The project is to replace piping and should be finished by Wednesday the 18th but hopefully Tuesday evening, weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Demmon Pond Road and Rice Road as detours until construction is completed.

 

Howard Board Plans Budget Resolutions and 2% Tax Cap Hearing
Last night the Howard Town Board met to discuss the state 2% tax cap, re-appoint the town assessor and settle other business. The Board motioned for a resolution to hold a public hearing to exceed the state's 2% tax cap on October 9th. Mayor Don Evia says he has worked on the "2%" preliminary budget, but has not yet released it for public view. Justice Dave Price says Budget resolutions will be assigned dates next month. The meeting concluded with the approval of the Assessor's Monthly report which reported spending totals as Over $3,000 under the General Fund and about $14,300 for Highway Funds.

 

Six People Arrested on Probation Warrant Sweep
Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of six people by the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad due to active warrants. Arrests were made from September 5th through September 9th, all for alleged violations of probation following active warrants in Steuben County. Wendell Draper of Urbana, Rebecca Anne Parsons-Price of Wayland, Elliot Dixon Cornaire of Bath, Christopher Barrett of Corning and homeless man Joshua Sumers were all arrested for violated terms or conditions of probation before each being remanded to Steuben County Jail.

 

NY State Seeks Restitution from Opioid Industry
The New York State Department of Financial Services is seeking fines and restitution from the opioid industry for overpayment and directs insurers to fully cooperate. The agency says consumers in the state have overpaid about $2 billion in insurance premiums over the last ten years due to the costs of opioid manufacturers misrepresenting the safety and efficacy of opioid drugs. Governor Cuomo said this overpayment resulted in over-prescription of the drugs, additional addiction treatment and treatment for other adverse health effects from opioid use. New York state will also hold hearings to discuss this problem with consumers and generate transparency in regards to the impact these medications have on the health insurance system.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 11, 2019

Cuomo Signs Bill Establishing Today as Remembrance Day
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation earlier this week that established today, September 11th, as Remembrance Day each year. The law allows for students in school across the state to observe a brief moment of silence at their school to begin Patriot Day and honor victims. The law was effective immediately following the Governor’s signature and its purpose is to encourage education and dialogue about September 11th and to better understand that fateful day and its historical significance.

 

St.Thomas’ Restoration Project Needs $100K
The St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church announced work has begun to repair and replace its sanctuary roof. The project will cost about half a million dollars and must be completed this year to prevent serious structural damage and keep the roof from leaking further. St. Thomas’ encourages and welcomes individuals and local businesses in the community to help out by sponsoring the project. So far, $400,000 has been raised but they need $100,000 more. Repair to the interior walls that are water damaged and the restoration of the rose window will follow the roof. Donors can give by mail at: St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church at 122 Liberty St, Bath NY 14810 or donate online.

 

Road Work Repairing Pulteney Landslide Starts Next Week
Work to repair a landslide on State Route 54 in the Town of Pulteney begins next week according to State Department of Transportation. The location is 12 miles North of the Village of Hammondsport between Parker Hill and Chidsey Hill Roads. Both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site by using Boyd Hill Road. In mid-October, a second closure will be established along Route 54A in the town of Urbana for about six weeks to repair a  landslide one mile north of Hammondsport near County Route 76. Both directions of traffic for this closure will be detoured around the site by using South Pulteney Road, County Road 76 and Boyd Hill Road.

 

Second Steuben Historical Awareness Week Announced
Steuben’s second annual “Local History Awareness Week” will be October 1st to the 5th and this year will highlight our county’s strong agricultural tradition by honoring the 200th anniversary of the Steuben County Fair through the theme “Crops, Critters and Farm Life in Steuben County.” The event will feature historic exhibits created by individuals and groups in the county to be displayed October 1-4 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds Horticulture Building. Historians Kirk House and Craig Braack are scheduled speakers at the event. A finale will happen the afternoon of October 5th at the Howard Community Center. For more information you can talk to Emily Simms at (607) 664-2199 or historian@steubencountyny.gov

 

Registration for “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Open
Registration is under way for the popular six-week educational program “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” focusing on the needs of family and friends caring for older adults suffering with long-term conditions. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be held each Tuesday from September 24th through October 29th at the Southeastern Steuben Library in Corning from 1:30 to 3pm each session. The program is supported through a New York State Department of Health grant and is free for family caregivers. Registration required by calling (607) 281-3939 or emailing ofainfo@co.steuben.ny.us

 

Exit 43 Westbound Ramp Closed Saturday
 Exit The Interstate 86 westbound ramp at Exit 43 in Painted Post will be closed to traffic on Saturday. The closure is necessary to make repairs to the concrete approach slab.  Work is anticipated to last one day, weather permitting. Motorists should use Coopers Plains Exit 42 during the closure. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 10, 2019

 

DOT Announces Saturday Close of I-86 Ramp Near Exit 43
The New York State Department of Transportation announces Interstate Highway 86, westbound ramp at Exit 43, will be closed on Saturday. The ramp will be closed to make repairs to the concrete approach slab and work is anticipated to last only one day, with weather permitting. Motorists are advised to use Coopers Plains Exit 42 during the closure and should expect minor travel delays.

 

Tom Reed “Raising the Stakes” for Cuomo on Seneca Dispute
Congressman Tom Reed continues his war of words with the Governor, accusing Cuomo of deliberately withholding $6 million worth of annual payments to the City of Salamanca in Cattaraugus County due to a dispute with the Seneca Nation there. The local Congressmen of the 23rd district says these lack of funds have resulted in the city of Salamanca’s shortage of emergency responders, which he believes led to a recent death of a resident who suffered cardiac arrest.  Reed demands Cuomo settle the dispute or else he promises to continue “raising the stakes” on the office of the governor.

 

County Legislators Consider Wind Farm Road Agreement
Yesterday, Steuben County legislators considered a road use agreement for a large planned wind farm in Western Steuben County during the monthly meeting for the County Public Works Committee. Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont and Wayland would host 69 wind turbines under the Baron Winds Project. Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said this agreement will begin with a bond payment for the use of each road, with amounts depending on the condition of each road. A survey of road conditions will be conducted before and after the company uses the road.The agreement was forwarded for final approval.

 

CAP System’s Exceeding Caseloads Cause of County Strain
Steuben County’s centralized arraignment system is seeing caseloads that have significantly exceeded estimates presented by state officials and county leaders are concerned the costs of the new system will only expand. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee met yesterday to discuss the issue. The new court protocol caused deputies assigned to court are often asked to take on duties outside of their position to keep cases moving. A new change of law for 2020 requiring files be turned over to defendants in every case had DA Brooks Baker request hire of at least one new assistant district attorney and one paralegal to meet the state requirements by January 1st. Despite the county’s strain, the state not supporting Steuben County with any funding to meet the requirements.

 

County Public Health Announces Rabies Clinic
Steuben Public Health announced they are holding and sponsoring a free rabies clinic Saturday September 28th from 9 to 11 am. The clinic will be happening at three locations: the Mt. Washington County Barn in Bath, the Fire Department in Hornell and the Town of Corning Water Building. A voluntary donation of $5 is requested. All pets must be restrained. Please bring proof of previous rabies vaccination if possible. State law mandates all cats, dogs and ferrets receive rabies vaccination by four months of age. Call 607-664-2438 for more information. 

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Probation Violation
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell man for a probation violation. It is alleged that 23 year old Michael D. Austin violated a term or condition of his probation and was arrested due to a violation of probation warrant. Austin was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to county jail. 

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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 9, 2019

Paraglider Rescued from Tree in Urbana
After being trapped almost 100 feet in the air, a Canadian man is home thanks to a rescue from the top of a tree by the Hammondsport Fire Department. The man was paragliding and crashed in Urbana, just off the road in the woods near County Route 113. He called 911 himself upon getting stuck about 75 feet in a tree around 3:30pm yesterday. The Fire Department’s responders used rope to rescue the paraglider, taking around two hours to safely get him from the tree. The pilot sustained no injuries while being stuck in the branches.

 

County Legislators Accept First Phase of Child Advocacy Center
County legislators have accepted the first phase of a grant from the state Office of Victims Services, calling for a Child Advocacy Center to be located at Ira Davenport campus in Bath and a mobile unit to better serve children in rural areas. The center will offer a central location for joint investigations by related agencies. The new building will also have offices for a victim’s advocate from the DA Office and a team of staff from county Social Services, law enforcement, as well as medical and mental health personnel, to provide a safe, child-friendly place to talk about reported problems, officials said. The center and mobile unit will be fully funded through two separate state grants totaling approximately $750,000 to be spread out over the course of three years.

 

Two from Horseheads Arrested on Drug Charges
Two people were arrested in Horseheads after the police allegedly found the pair with meth and other drugs. According to the Horseheads Police Department, officers responded to complaints of a suspicious person near an abandoned Steuben Street home and saw the suspects driving away. After locating the two, they investigated them, finding a “quantity of methamphetamine and other narcotic drugs”. Dominic Smallwood of Elmira and Megan Sena of Roullette, PA were arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance then sent to the Chemung County Jail on $15,000 bail.

 

Corning Man Arrested for Stalking
The City of Corning Police Department  reports the arrest of a Corning man for Stalking in the Fourth Degree. Kevin Wood, Sr., age 45 years old, allegedly stalked a female victim known to him by repeatedly texting and calling her by phone. Smith sent nearly 200 unwanted text messages and called her nearly 100 times in a relatively short amount of time causing her distress and fear for her physical safety. Wood was arraigned in Corning City Court and released on his own recognizance to appear in City Court at a later date.

 

County Public Works Committee To Meet Today
When the Steuben County Public Works Committee meets this morning at 10  they will be discussing several issues on the agenda. On the agenda, a tip fee for landfill disposal of Village of Wayland Building Demolition is set for landfill business. Two possible reauthorizations for gravel pits and a 2020 Mowing agreement with the town of Wayne is listed for Highway business. Bids to be settled for today’s meeting include Laboratory Analysis and freon removal and recycling agreement extensions as well as bidding for screened or crushed gravel. Opportunity for public comment at meetings is offered the 4th Monday of each month at 10am.

 

New York Buy American Act Could Be Renewed by Cuomo
There’s talk New York could make the law that require the purchase of American-made iron and steel for infrastructure projects permanent. According to Governor Cuomo, the two major reasons to keep the “New York Buy American” Act in place: is because it protects and expand New York and United States jobs and also because the law ensures the best quality steel and iron to safely support infrastructure projects. Cuomo says over $250 billion worth of infrastructure is needed in steel and iron and the only way to know the metals are quality grade is if they come from the United States. The “New York Buy American” Act is due to expire in April 2020 unless an updated law mandating the purchase of US-only metals passes.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 7, 2019

Bath CSD Taxpayers to be Billed for Value Error
Those who did not follow the Bath School District annual budget process for last year will be getting an extra charge on their annual bills. This is due to an error in the 2018-2019 tax data collected by the district which led to the tax rate being set too low after a re-evaluation in the Town of Bath. According to Superintendent Joe Rumsey, $515,000 was the amount not collected and required by law to be added to next year’s tax bills. Based on calls Rumsey has received, the additional charge is listed as a separate item on bills, and can run between a charge of $12 and $50 depending on the property values. The error placed the value of the Bath district at $38 million instead of the correct $3.8 million and originated with the Town of Bath Records.

 

Four Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of four different subjects for DWI between August 28th and September 5th, most of the arrests occurring during the Labor Day STOP-DWI Crackdown. Johnathan M. Davis of Hornell, Richard Cardman of Prattsburgh, Dakota Williams of Wellsville, and James Mulcahy of Avoca were all arrested in Steuben County for allegedly operating motor vehicles while in an intoxicated condition. All four people were released on traffic summons and will appear in Town and Village Courts at later dates to answer to their charges.

 

County Public Works Committee To Meet Monday
When the Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday morning at 10 o’clock they will be discussing several issues on the agenda. On the agenda, a tip fee for landfill disposal of Village of Wayland Building Demolition is set for landfill business. Two possible reauthorizations for gravel pits and a 2020 Mowing agreement with the town of Wayne is listed for Highway business. Bids to be settled Monday’s meeting include Laboratory Analysis and freon removal and recycling agreement extensions as well as bidding for screened or crushed gravel. Opportunity for public comment at meetings is offered the 4th Monday of each month at 10am.

 

Cuomo Signs Law Banning Lease Fees for Deceased Drivers
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new state law banning termination fees on leases for vehicles if a driver dies before ending their contract. Previously, New York state had similar legal protections banning phone, internet, television and energy companies from charging termination fees to estates of late citizens. Cuomo said he signed the bill to law because fees like these are unfair and add unnecessary stress and frustration to grieving families.

 

DAs Call for Albany to Close Rape Law Loophole
District Attorneys across New York State want a loophole closed that they say avoids prosecution for rapists. Under New York state law currently, a loophole exists when a victim of a sex crime is intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs. According to the Albany Times Union, prosecutors say this stipulation is rooted from the state’s definition of who can’t give consent. Those who are impaired are considered conscious under law due to voluntary intoxication. Prosecutors who are looking to change the law have sent a letter to Albany calling for legal change.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 6th, 2019

AirBnb Generates Over $750K in Summer Revenue for Steuben County
The online lodging and homestay marketplace Airbnb has announced a combined $12.8 million in supplemental income for the Southern Tier region this summer. More guest arrivals than ever were reported in the region for the season r with approximately 78,000 guests that checked into the area. Josh Meltzer from the Head of Northeast Public Policy says this growth is indicative of an expanding tourism economy and says “our goal remains to work with the State and counties to ensure short-term rentals can continue to play a strong role in the New York economy, including by generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.” Steuben county alone saw 6,000 guests for a total of $774,000 in generated income.

 

Wegmans Says it Would “Prefer” Customers Not Carry Firearms
Yesterday, Wegmans Food Stores announced it would “prefer” that customers do not openly carry firearms at their stores on Twitter following public pressure from gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. Wegmans made the statement a day after Walmart announced they are asking customers not to carry guns and that they would ban sales of ammunition and handguns. Wegmans and Walmart join other retail chains like CVS, Walgreen’s and Kroger in asking that customers not carry at their locations following a shooting at an El Paso Walmart that injured 24 people and killed 22. Wegmans did not clarify in its statement whether those that open carry in their stores will be asked to leave or the corporation was discouraging customers from carrying but did say in the statement: “The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans...”

 

 Construction on I-99 Bridges in Lindley Starts Today
Maintenance and repair work begins today on the bridges that carry Interstate Highway 99 over Glendening Creek, south of Exit 6 in the town of Lindley, according to the State Department of Transportation. The project work includes structural lifting and replacing bearings, removing and replacing concrete on abutments and minor drainage work. Work is expected to last about seven weeks, weather dependent. Long-term stationary single lane closures of I-99 northbound and southbound will be utilized at the structures for access and structural lifting operations. Motorists should expect and plan ahead for travel delays. 

 

St. James Implements Daily Quiet Hours
St. James Hospital officials announced the rollout of a daily “quiet time” at the facility at 411 Canisteo Street, between the hours of 2:30 – 4:30pm and 1:00 – 3:00am designed to give patients designated hours to enjoy undisturbed rest and sleep.  During quiet time, unnecessary noise will be minimized throughout the facility especially in inpatient care areas. This includes phone usage, loud talking, overhead paging, alarms, use of doors, elevators and equipment, bright lights, cleaning and moving items.  Quiet time signs have been posted in elevators and in patient rooms, and all St. James Hospital staff have been briefed.

 

County Legislators Approve Early Voting Funding and New K-9 Officer
Legislators from Steuben County have accepted an addition to the county Sheriff’s K-9 program, and a state grant for early voting requirements during a packed legislative agenda. August 26 th , the board approved a memorial donation of $8,500 from the family of the late county Deputy Pete Knapp for the purchase and training of the county sheriff department’s third K-9. The dog is called“Knapp” in honor of the late Deputy and he will join fellow sheriff K-9s Daimon and Twiggy in assisting law enforcement throughout the county. Also accepted was $64,000 from the state to put in place new early voting requirements beginning in 2020. The state’s Early Voting grant will be used to buy electronic poll books, ballot-on-demand printers and training.

 

Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Jim Allard reports that a Hornell woman was arrested on September 1st following a report of a one car roll over vehicle crash on North Main Street Extension in Hornell. It is alleged that 32-year-old Andrea J. Norton, operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition on North Main Street Extension, crashed the vehicle, and left the scene of the crash. Norton was located near the scene of the crash by Hornell City Fire Department members then given treatment for injuries sustained in the crash as well as toxicology testing once she was transported to St. James Mercy Hospital. Norton was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving With Greater than .08 Percent Blood Alcohol Content. She was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court on a later date.  

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 6th, 2019

AirBnb Generates Over $750K in Summer Revenue for Steuben County
The online lodging and homestay marketplace Airbnb has announced a combined $12.8 million in supplemental income for the Southern Tier region this summer. More guest arrivals than ever were reported in the region for the season r with approximately 78,000 guests that checked into the area. Josh Meltzer from the Head of Northeast Public Policy says this growth is indicative of an expanding tourism economy and says “our goal remains to work with the State and counties to ensure short-term rentals can continue to play a strong role in the New York economy, including by generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue.” Steuben county alone saw 6,000 guests for a total of $774,000 in generated income.

 

Wegmans Says it Would “Prefer” Customers Not Carry Firearms
Yesterday, Wegmans Food Stores announced it would “prefer” that customers do not openly carry firearms at their stores on Twitter following public pressure from gun control groups like Everytown for Gun Safety. Wegmans made the statement a day after Walmart announced they are asking customers not to carry guns and that they would ban sales of ammunition and handguns. Wegmans and Walmart join other retail chains like CVS, Walgreen’s and Kroger in asking that customers not carry at their locations following a shooting at an El Paso Walmart that injured 24 people and killed 22. Wegmans did not clarify in its statement whether those that open carry in their stores will be asked to leave or the corporation was discouraging customers from carrying but did say in the statement: “The sight of someone with a gun can be alarming, and we don’t want anyone to feel that way at Wegmans...”

 

 Construction on I-99 Bridges in Lindley Starts Today
Maintenance and repair work begins today on the bridges that carry Interstate Highway 99 over Glendening Creek, south of Exit 6 in the town of Lindley, according to the State Department of Transportation. The project work includes structural lifting and replacing bearings, removing and replacing concrete on abutments and minor drainage work. Work is expected to last about seven weeks, weather dependent. Long-term stationary single lane closures of I-99 northbound and southbound will be utilized at the structures for access and structural lifting operations. Motorists should expect and plan ahead for travel delays. 

 

St. James Implements Daily Quiet Hours
St. James Hospital officials announced the rollout of a daily “quiet time” at the facility at 411 Canisteo Street, between the hours of 2:30 – 4:30pm and 1:00 – 3:00am designed to give patients designated hours to enjoy undisturbed rest and sleep.  During quiet time, unnecessary noise will be minimized throughout the facility especially in inpatient care areas. This includes phone usage, loud talking, overhead paging, alarms, use of doors, elevators and equipment, bright lights, cleaning and moving items.  Quiet time signs have been posted in elevators and in patient rooms, and all St. James Hospital staff have been briefed.

 

County Legislators Approve Early Voting Funding and New K-9 Officer
Legislators from Steuben County have accepted an addition to the county Sheriff’s K-9 program, and a state grant for early voting requirements during a packed legislative agenda. August 26 th , the board approved a memorial donation of $8,500 from the family of the late county Deputy Pete Knapp for the purchase and training of the county sheriff department’s third K-9. The dog is called“Knapp” in honor of the late Deputy and he will join fellow sheriff K-9s Daimon and Twiggy in assisting law enforcement throughout the county. Also accepted was $64,000 from the state to put in place new early voting requirements beginning in 2020. The state’s Early Voting grant will be used to buy electronic poll books, ballot-on-demand printers and training.

 

Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Jim Allard reports that a Hornell woman was arrested on September 1st following a report of a one car roll over vehicle crash on North Main Street Extension in Hornell. It is alleged that 32-year-old Andrea J. Norton, operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition on North Main Street Extension, crashed the vehicle, and left the scene of the crash. Norton was located near the scene of the crash by Hornell City Fire Department members then given treatment for injuries sustained in the crash as well as toxicology testing once she was transported to St. James Mercy Hospital. Norton was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving With Greater than .08 Percent Blood Alcohol Content. She was released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court on a later date.  

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 5, 2019

Winning Mega Millions Ticket Sold at Painted Post
One local lottery player is $1 million richer thanks to the winning ticket purchased at a Painted Post convenient store. Employees at the South Hamilton Street Dandy Mini Mart in Painted Post say they sold the ticket last week on August 27th. The million-dollar prize has not yet been claimed but whoever purchased the winner can call or visit any location selling lottery tickets to be provided with information to begin the process of claiming their prize. 

 

Steuben County Creating System to Map and Track Local Overdoses
Steuben County officials are planning to establish a system by the end of the year that will track locations of local drug overdoses. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says her department has been working on creating agreements with affected agencies in order to share data necessary for the project. Smith notes the new system will not include information to identify particular patients, maintaining the confidentiality consistent with federal health privacy regulations. Smith said that they have decided the county’s emergency 911 department will track data instead of Public Health to avoid extra bureaucracy and expedite the process. The goal of the new system mapping overdose data can be used to track the spread of certain drugs in the community and direct funding and efforts towards areas and populations where the need is greatest.

 

Construction on I-99 Bridges in Lindley Begins Tomorrow
Maintenance and repair work begins tomorrow on the bridges that carry Interstate Highway 99 over Glendening Creek, south of Exit 6 in the town of Lindley, according to the State Department of Transportation. The project work includes structural lifting and replacing bearings, removing and replacing concrete on abutments and minor drainage work. Work is expected to last about seven weeks, weather dependent. During construction,  long-term stationary single lane closures of I-99 northbound and southbound will be utilized at the structures for access and structural lifting operations. Motorists should expect and plan ahead for travel delays. 

 

New Bill Would Restrict Drivers Occupying Left Lane on Highway
A bill that would restrict drivers from occupying the left lane on an interstate highway without passing another vehicle has been proposed in Albany. State Senator Joseph Griffo of Rome is sponsoring the bill. According to WSYR, the bill would amend existing state traffic law and prevent drivers from remaining in the passing lane for more than one and a half miles. The goal is to encourage individuals to only occupy the left lane when passing or complying to the state’s “Move Over Law.”

 

Historical Society Announces Trail Presentation
Steuben Historical Society announced a presentation on the thousand-mile trail system hosted by Laurie Ondrejka. The presentation is this Friday September 6th at 4pm. It will be at the Bath Fire Hall on 50 East Morris Street and will focus on the Finger Lakes Trail that runs across the Steuben County, beginning in North Hornell and ending near Bradford. Nearly all trails are on private land, created and maintained by trail volunteers.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 4, 2019

Identity of Sunday Crash Victim Released
The identity of the person killed in Sunday’s car crash near North Corning has been revealed.State Police say that 29-year-old Adam Shattuck of Beaver Dams was the man killed in the accident on the intersection of Mormon Hollow Drive and State Route 414. Police say his Chevy Malibu hatchback went off the road but are still determining how or why it did. The identity and condition of Shattuck’s injured passenger has not yet been released.

 

DEC Forest Rangers and ECO Positions Open for Hire
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos encourages those interested in becoming a Forest Ranger or Environmental Conservation Police Officer (ECO) to apply for civil service exams which are required for the job. Saggos says about the DEC positions “We encourage anyone interested in joining our ranks of admirable professionals to sign up for the exams today.” Civil Service exams will be held the weekend of October 19th. Applications will be accepted until tomorrow. A description of qualifications, salary, application procedures and more is available online at the New York State Department of Civil Service exam announcements web pages for Forest Rangers and Environmental Conservation Police Officers.

 

Cuomo Signs Football Concussion Information Bill
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill yesterday that aims to make it easier to inform parents about concussions while their child plays tackle football. The law requires all tackle football programs in New York must provide parents or guardians of participating children with informational pamphlets about concussions. Cuomo said "Parents should have the facts when it comes to the well-being of their children and access to this information will help with decision-making and encourage best practices on the field." The new legislation applies to programs that hold practices, games and activity where children play tackle football that is organized by leagues, school or any adult-run organization. These required brochures on concussions and sub-concussive blows must be accessible and free on the organization’s website.

 

Hammondsport Man Arrested for Breaking Order of Protection
A Hammondsport man was arrested for allegedly violating a duly served Order of Protection issued on August 26th. Todd J. Morgan, age 37, of Lake Street, was charged August 27th with domestic violence/ aggravated assault, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest. Morgan allegedly injured a member of his family or household, damaged property and resisted his lawful arrest. Morgan was charged with second-degree criminal contempt for breaking the Order of Protection. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.

 

OFA Forum Set for September 19th
This year’s annual Office of the Aging Forum will take place September 19th at the First Presbyterian Church on Pulteney Square in Bath. The forum begins at 8:30am with a continental breakfast and continues with attendees being able to choose two free workshops and attend a hearing on the county’s 2020 aging services implementation plan. There will be a luncheon served by ProAction of Steuben and Yates , with donations requested. Parking lot attendees will be available to assist participants. Anyone interested in the forum can pre register by calling the Office of the Aging at (607) 664-2298 or by visiting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-senior-forum-tickets-66572703749 

 

Historical Society Announces Trail Presentation
Steuben Historical Society announced a presentation on the thousand-mile trail system hosted by Laurie Ondrejka. The presentation is this Friday September 6th at 4pm. It will be at the Bath Fire Hall on 50 East Morris Street and will focus on the Finger Lakes Trail that runs across the Steuben County, beginning in North Hornell and ending near Bradford. Nearly all trails are on private land, created and maintained by trail volunteers.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 3, 2019

Bath Kmart to Close by December
USA Today reported that weeks after announcing 26 Sears and Kmart locations would be closed in October, another almost 100 additional stores will also close their doors for good in December or sooner. It has been confirmed the Kmart store in Bath will soon be closing. The store manager confirmed the planned closing on Sunday. Earlier this year, the Kmart in Wellsville was also shut down. 

 

Steuben County Crash Kills One Person and Injures Another
One person has been killed while another person was injured after a crash in Steuben County. According to WENY, the crash occurred at the intersection of Mormon Hollow Drive and State Route 414 on the border of North Corning and Hornby shortly before 8 o clock Sunday evening. State Police have not released the identities of either victim but it was confirmed one occupant was pronounced dead and the other victim has suffered minor injuries.

 

Cuomo Says He’s Open to Repealing New License Plate Fee
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he is open to waiving or reducing the new fee for state license plates, if state legislators agree on such an idea. Cuomo says the new plates are needed in order to comply with the cashless toll system that will begin by the end of next year. During a recent Northeast Public Radio interview, Cuomo took umbrage at the notion his move to modernize these plates is a way to collect more money from taxpayers. State Senator Patty Ritchie has begun an online petition for state officials to scrap this plan for New Yorkers to pay the fee to replace license plates starting April 2020.

 

Comptroller DiNapoli Reports Strong Agriculture Sector for NY
According to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the agricultural industry in the state has remained strong by the numbers despite some recent changes. DiNapoli says the ag industry remains an important economic driver in the state, continuing to bring in millions of dollars in revenue each year. DiNapoli says his office monitors the agricultural sector as well as other economic sectors to measure the strength of the economy. DiNapoli says these figures are calculated by periodic analysis of USDA data.

 

T&R Owner Donates Property to Bath VFD Trainings
Brian Polmanteer, owner of T & R Towing, gave the Bath Volunteer Fire Department the opportunity to train live on a weekly basis. Polmanteer purchased 4 acres in total that used to be home to a car dealership, Dr. Paddock’s Vet clinic and a building used once by the NYS Environmental Conservation Department all located between the Tops Market and Super 8 Motel on West Morris Street in the Village of Bath by Exit 38. His plans are to demolish all the buildings on the properties, take care of any environmental issues they may find and clear the land to make it available to anyone looking for a commercial property to develop a business to help the community of Bath and help the tax base in the village. Demolition is planned to start this week. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department wants to thank Brian Polmanteer for giving them the buildings for their training purposes and for all the support and generosity he continually gives them.

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Today's Top Stories - LABOR DAY - Monday September 2, 2019

Corning Man Arrested After Crashing Truck
A 49-year-old Corning man faces charges following his alleged crashing of a stolen truck. According to the Corning Leader, 49-year-old Joseph Heverly was followed by police after they saw him driving a stolen pickup truck Friday morning. Police say Heverly crashed the vehicle on River Road then was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He will face a charge of 3rd degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle as more charges are pending. 

 

Canada Goose Season Begins in NY
Canada goose hunting season has opened throughout most of New York state. The season for hunting Canada Goose began this weekend yesterday, September 1st and will continue until September 25th for upstate goose hunting zones. Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos says the hunting season was designed to curb the rapidly growing resident goose population that has reached nuisance levels in some areas. Hunters may take home up to eight to fifteen birds daily, depending each hunting zone.

 

NY Schools In Session After Religious Exemption Drop for Vaccines
As school begins for students around the state, parents are vaccinating their kids so they can attend school following New York’s decision in June to revoke a religious exemption for mandatory school vaccinations. Legislators repealed the exemption in the midst of the country’s worst measles outbreak since 1992 with over 26,000 children New York state previously going unvaccinated for religious reasons. Over 1,200 measles cases were confirmed in 30 states this year with most outbreaks linked to New York State and New York City. New York was the fourth state to get rid of the religious and personal-belief exemptions but medical exemptions are still recognized. Some parents won’t have their children attend instead of getting vaccinated this year.

 

New York State Fair Breaks Attendance Record
Saturday in Syracuse at the Great New York State Fair was a record-breaker, bringing in a crowd of 147,749 to the State Fairgrounds, beating the record of 134,115 set  August 25th for the all-time single-day attendance record last year. Fair weather and a $1 admission promotion are both factors credited for the impressive turnout. Over 1.1 million people attended the fair so far this year with only 2 days away from the conclusion of the annual New York State Fair.


DWI Crackdown Continues for Labor Day Weekend
Law enforcement will be out in full force for today’s Labor Day holidayas part of New York State began its DWI crackdown that began earlier this month on August 12th and has aimed the STOP DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at reducing crashes caused by impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. New York State Police say they will also be checking to be sure people are wearing their seatbelts, motorists make improper turns and use proper speed as well as distracted drivers using their phones and more. Last year in 2018, New York State issued 3,978 tickets for impaired driving and 165,531 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 376 people died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and 36% of those crashes involved a drunk driver.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 31, 2019

NY Emergency Responder Training Updated with Bobtail
Emergency responders including firefighters and HAZMAT teams in New York are getting an update to their training through New York State Fire Academy. Since June, the Academy has aimed to make their training more realistic by including a fully operational propane truck, or bobtail, as part of handling propane emergency. The New York State Fire Academy was previously using non-functional bobtails, limiting the scenarios in which responders would be trained to handle. The bobtail was funded in part by a grant from the federal government and the next major training event at the Academy will be September 12th when the New York Propane Gas Association holds its 3 Day Training. 

 

Hornell Fire Dept. Receives $137K Homeland Security Grant
The City of Hornell’s Fire Department has been issued $137,000 in funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Fire Department will use the money to purchase four emergency defibrillators and Fire Chief Frank Brzozowski said his department is “ecstatic” about this equipment, adding: “Our main goal is to put the community first, so we started to worry about how we would fully service the region with outdated equipment. This equipment is much needed for us to perform our daily duties and serve the Southern Tier.”

 

Bath Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 23-year-old Tyler A. Fleming of Bath for Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree. Fleming was arraigned in Bath Village Court where a stay away order of protection was issued and he was released on his own recognizance to the Pre-Trial Release program. He will appear back in Bath Village Court on September 25th where additional charges will be filed. 

 

DWI Crackdown Continues for Labor Day Weekend
Law enforcement will be out in full force this Labor Day holiday weekend, which is known as one of the deadliest times on the road every year. New York State began its DWI crackdown earlier this month on August 12th and has aimed the STOP DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at reducing crashes caused by impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. New York State Police say they will also be checking to be sure people are wearing their seatbelts, motorists make improper turns and use proper speed as well as distracted drivers using their phones and more. Last year in 2018, New York State issued 3,978 tickets for impaired driving and 165,531 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 376 people died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and 36% of those crashes involved a drunk driver. 

 

Two Local Volunteers Deported to Dorian
The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm continues to strengthen and takes aim at the southeast coast of the United States. Two volunteers from the Southern Tier are deploying to support the Hurricane response as shelter workers. The volunteers are arrived in Orlando yesterday. While the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted, and as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina may need emergency shelter. The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend. 

 

A Dozen Veterans Laid To Rest at Bath National Cemetary
The remains of 12 unclaimed veterans were escorted from Buffalo to their final resting place at the Bath National Cemetery yesterday by the Patriot Guard Riders. These twelve veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or USMC were all given full military honors, even after a few of them had been passed for almost two decades, as part o the Veteran Recovery Program. The program has a mission to find and identify veterans who have died but haven’t been given proper military honors and inter their unclaimed cremated remains with the support of state, federal and private organizations. Speakers at this year’s event mentioned that this was the largest turnout they saw in years.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 30th

Steuben to Launch Child Advocacy Center:

 

A plan to improve the protection of abused and neglected children in Steuben County will be up and running within weeks, after county legislators accepted Monday the first phase of the New York State Office of Victims Services’ Victims of Crime Acts Grant.  The county’s plan calls for the Child Advocacy Center to be located on the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital campus in Bath, and a mobile unit to better serve children in rural areas.  The new center will help with coordination between the many agencies that investigate child abuse cases, and will offer children a safe and child-friendly place to talk about reported problems.  The center and mobile unit will be fully funded by the state through two grants.  Funding from the Department of Social Services will be used for a contract with Family Services to provide sexual abuse counseling services, and a separate contract with Arnot Health will pay for specially trained nurses and examiners for the young victims of alleged sexual abuse.  State funds will also pay for the mileage and fuel for the center’s mobile unit; gas cards; furniture purchases; staff training; program support and transitional housing services.

 

 

Local Channels Return after Nexstar/AT&T Deal:

 

Local channels are returning to Direct TV, AT&T TV and U-verse now that a deal has been reached between Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and AT&T.  The multi-year retransmission consent agreement will provide Nexstar-owned network-affiliated and local broadcast stations to customers of AT&T’s video platforms in 97 markets across the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both companies said they regret the inconvenience to customers, viewers, and advertisers, and they thank them for their patience.

 

 

Senator Calls for Hearings on New NYS License Plates:

 

Accusing the state administration of trying to “fleece taxpayers,” Senator Jim Tedisco is calling for public hearings on the new license plates coming to New York State.  The Governor recently announced all license plates more than 10 years old will be subjected to the replacement requirement.  The new plates will cost a minimum of $25, with an additional $20 for those that wish to keep their current plate numbers.  Tedisco wants the DMV to justify the cost and to ask why the state isn’t getting a refund from the previous plate vendor that produced the peeling plates.  Additionally, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Senator Robert Ortt hosted a press conference Wednesday, announcing legislation to protect New Yorkers from the fee.  In response, DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder said that the license plate fee predates the current administration and was set by a law passed by the legislature in 2009, and points out that the national standard set by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is that 10 years is a license plate’s useful life.  He challenged that if the legislators are interested in lowering the fee, the Governor is agreeable to that and invites them back for a special session to do so. 

 

 

Cremains of 12 Veterans to be Buried at Bath National Cemetery:

 

Today the Patriot Guard Riders of New York will be escorting the cremains of 12 unclaimed Military Veterans to their rightful resting place at the Bath National Cemetery, where they will receive the full Military Honors they have earned.  These 12 Veterans served in the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force and passed away between 1 and 19 years ago.  The escort will begin in Buffalo and travel through Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, and Steuben Counties.  The Interment Ceremony and Military Honors will occur at 11 a.m.

 

 

Hornell C.S.D Open House for Music Department:

 

The Hornell City School District will hold an open house for its music department on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6 p.m. for its incoming students in grades 7 through 12 and their parents.  Meet the new band directors, and get information about the upcoming year, including, concerts, fundraisers, and the annual choir competition trip.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 29th

Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:

 

A Hammondsport man is facing drug charges following a four-month investigation by Hornell Police into the sale and diversion of prescription narcotics and methamphetamine.  40-year-old Jeremy Johnson was arrested August 27th after oxycodone, methamphetamine, money, and other evidence was found during a traffic stop.  Johnson is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

 

 

New Law to Allow NYers Online Access to Meetings, Hearings:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that expands online access to open meetings and public hearings.  The law requires industrial development agencies to live stream meetings and hearings, and the agencies will have to post recordings of the live streams within five business days of the event and the recordings will have to be available for a minimum of five years.  The hope is the new measure will help foster civic engagement.  “Industrial development agencies are tasked with revitalizing communities and fostering economic growth at the local level, but most New Yorkers don’t have time to attend meetings and participate in the process,” Cuomo said.

 

 

Sen. Gillibrand Ends Presidential Run:

 

The Democratic field of Presidential challengers has narrowed again with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ending her 2020 run.  In a video posted on her Twitter account Wednesday, the Senator said “…this isn’t the result we wanted… but it’s important to know when it’s not your time.”  Gillibrand polled at less than two percent throughout her campaign and Wednesday night was the deadline to come up with the national poll numbers needed for an invite to the next Democratic primary debate. 

 

 

Bath Police Officers Make Time for Kids Football Game:

 

Some local teens playing a friendly game of football got some unexpected guests.  Two officers with the Village of Bath Police Department took some time out of their patrol to stop, toss the ball around, and talk with the kids.  Officer Christopher Daloia and Recruit Officer Alex Hargraves were patrolling Mountainview Road East when they came upon the game.  They played and chatted with the teens for about twenty minutes before returning to their duties. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Sarah Yehl.

 

 

9th Annual Steuben Strong Kids, Safe Kids Set for Sept. 14th:

 

The ninth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids festival is set for September 14th from noon to 4 p.m. at its new location, the Steuben County Fairgrounds.  This free event will provide kid-friendly, family-oriented activities, including carnival games, inflatable bouncers, and art activities tailored for children from birth to sixth grade.  There will also be information on health and safety issues from more than 25 family-related agencies.  The popular “Passport to Fitness” activities will return, with the Fairgrounds providing more room for games such as basket toss, beanbag throw, Duck Race, Plinko, and Connect Four.  Children will be able to pick produce at the free Kids’ Farmers Market, provided by the Foodbank of the Southern Tier, and other healthy snacks will also be available.  Other new activities will include “Hands-On Trucks,” “Wildlife Rockstars,” disc golf, bike rodeo, and a 25-foot climbing wall. 

 

 

Adopt a Glass Pet at CMoG:

 

If you’d like to add a pet to your family, but aren’t quite ready for the extra responsibility, the Corning Museum of Glass has a solution for you.  This Saturday, August 31st, CMoG is hosting their annual Adopt a Glass Pet Day, where you can pick the pet you like, have it customized and have its name put on it, and receive adoption papers.  Catherine Labonte will be running the event, and she will customize the glass pet of your choice, as well as hold a glass blowing demo at 6 p.m. where she will reproduce a glass penguin.  If that’s not enough fun at the Glass Museum for you, stop by again on Sunday when a contestant from Netflix’s glass-making competition “Blown Away” will be giving a demonstration at 6 p.m.   

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Today's top Stories - Wednesday, August 28th

I-90 Fault Fight Escalates, Rep. Reed Calls for Investigation of Gov. Cuomo:

 

A war of words that began over the weekend between the Governor’s Office and local representative Tom Reed over the state of the stretch of I-90 through the Seneca Nation escalated Tuesday, with the Representative calling on federal prosecutors to investigate Governor Andrew Cuomo for misuse of federal funds.  The section in question, roughly five miles long, is located near the Silver Creek exit and is in bad state of disrepair – with the speed limit even dropping to 55 miles per hour.  The Governor said last week that the state won’t do the repair work because the Seneca Nation “will oppose it,” and he didn’t want to jeopardize the state’s position as it disputes with the Nation over casino revenue payments.  On Friday, Reed reacted, calling Cuomo a “bully” and saying that it sounded like “misuse of federal funds and abuse of power.”  That spurred a response from the Governor’s office calling Reed “the president’s patsy” and telling him to instead “demand the Senecas make good on the arbitrated decision.”  Tuesday, Reed called on federal prosecutors to find out what the state is doing with the over $10 million in funding that he says has been allocated to the highway.  The Seneca Nation, meanwhile, contests that it has “routinely approved resolutions for routine maintenance” on that stretch of the Thruway, adding that “there has been no meaningful dialogue or outreach from the state, only public posturing and political rhetoric.”   

 

 

Keuka College Security Officer Accused of Sexual Abuse:

 

A security officer at Keuka College has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse.  60-year-old Stephen Hilyer, of Seneca Falls, is accused of subjecting another person to sexual contact against her wishes at the Commons building on the college campus.  The victim is not a student, according to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office.  Hilyer is employed by a private security company that operates at the college.  Following arraignment Hilyer was sent to the Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.

 

 

Welfare Fraud Arrests:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrests of two people in separate incidents of welfare fraud.  28-year-old Carissa Liberti, currently incarcerated at the county jail, is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud, presenting false documents to the county Department of Social Services in April and May of this year.  She was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.  It’s alleged that in October of 2018, 22-year-old Amanda Wilson-Martin of Bath knowingly and with the intent to defraud presented false documents to the county Department of Social Services.  She was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud.  She was released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

Paving to Close Corning Boulevard This Week:

 

Paving work will close Corning Boulevard tomorrow and Friday, weather permitting.  The road will be closed from Centerway to Craumer Driver between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. to both traffic and parking.   

 

 

Dormann Library Celebrating 150 Years with Special Event:

 

The Bath Library Association was formed in 1869.  Now known as the Dormann Library, it’s getting ready to celebrate it’s 150th Anniversary and is inviting the public to join in on Saturday, September 7th at 2 p.m.  This gathering will also serve to introduce the library’s newest endeavor – a musical garden.  The garden will allow people of all ages to enjoy creative musical play in the outdoor space that surrounds the library and the Magee House.  The event will include special guests, live music, an ice cream social, and curated tours of the library and the Magee House. 

 

 

Fill the Bus Campaign to Support Food Bank Underway:

 

The annual Fill the Bus campaign in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is once again underway.  Customers at participating Wegman’s stores throughout the Southern Tier can purchase either a $3, $5, or $10 bag of non-perishable food that will go toward filling the bus, or, alternatively, customers can make a monetary donation instead if they so wish.  Wegman’s is looking to raise 130,000 pounds of food this year. 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 27th

5 Years for Bath Man in Overdose Death:

 

The Bath man convicted in the overdose death of a Purple Heart recipient in the Village of Bath has been sentenced.  30-year-old Justin Snyder pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and criminal sale of a controlled substance in June, and he has now been sentenced to five years in state prison.  In a separate investigation, Snyder additionally pled guilty to burglary and has received five years of post-release supervision on three felonies.  The overdose victim was a 30-year-old combat wounded, Purple Heart Army veteran who lived in the Village. 

 

 

1 Airlifted Following I-86 Accident:

 

One person was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital following an accident on I-86 Monday.  The accident occurred near the Cohocton River in Painted Post and reportedly involved the cab of a tractor trailer.  Details are limited at this time.  There is no word on the condition of the airlifted person.

 

 

Steuben County, Sheriff’s Office Named in Lawsuit:

 

Steuben County, the Sheriff’s Office, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail have been named in a lawsuit filed Friday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and a law firm on behalf of a transgender woman.  The suit alleges that Jena Faith, a military veteran, spent four weeks in Steuben County jail awaiting trial and after initially being housed in the jail’s women’s facility, she was abruptly transferred to the men’s facility.  Faith reportedly suffered sexual harassment, mistreatment, and denial of medication while housed in the men’s facility.  The suit seeks court affirmation that transgender New Yorkers are entitled to be housed in jail or prison facilities consistent with their gender identity, and seeks damages to compensate Faith for the harm she suffered.  County Manager Jack Wheeler confirmed that the county received the lawsuit, but had no other comments about the active lawsuit.

 

 

Waverly Man Allegedly Threatened President, to Blow Up White House:

 

A Waverly man has been arrested for allegedly threatening President Donald Trump, to blow up the White House, Trump Tower, and other government buildings.  24-year-old Jesse Allen Blake was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22nd for making threats against the President and mailing a threatening communication.  At the time Blake allegedly mailed the letter to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., he was in custody on state charges in Troy, Pennsylvania.  According to the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office, Blake pled guilty to several charges, including statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and assault of another inmate.  If found guilty on these latest charges, Blake faces a decade behind bars.

 

 

Local Schools to Receive State Bonds:

 

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York has issued $482 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds on behalf of 54 school districts across the state as school districts prepare to welcome students back to school. Bath is set to receive $17.4 million. Bath School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey says that "As a result of this borrowing, coupled with careful financial planning, the students and community will benefit from new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Suites at both the Dana Lyon Middle School and the Haverling High School. Additionally, students and the community will benefit from much needed classroom and cafeteria upgrades. Rumsey said the school is the hub of the community and a major player in economic development. Meanwhile Arkport will receive $5.7 million and the Hornell City District will receive $5.3 million.

 

 

County Legislators Approve Solar Contract:

 

Steuben County legislators approved Monday a 25-year lease and subscriber contract with Abundant Solar Inc. for a 19 MW project at the county landfill on Turnpike Road in Bath, with smaller sites expected to be set up in the future.  Solar energy is expected to become another source of renewable energy in the county and provide a modest income for owners of suitable properties.  The county landfill project is expected to be completed within two years and could bring in annual revenues of $10,000. 

 

 

Steuben County Transportation System to be Expanded, Upgraded:

 

Steuben County is planning on upgrading its transportation system.  According to the Steuben County Mobility Management program, private, public, and non-profit systems in the county will work together to offer new routes, longer hours, and wi-fi on all buses.  Additionally, an expansion of the system is being considered to include volunteer driver programs and taxis.  Belinda Hoad, the former mobility manager and current Associate Director of the Institute for Human Services, says the county is looking to take action next year with the system fully expanded and finished within the next 2 to 4 years.  Wi-fi should be implanted within the next 12 to 18 months.   

 

 

Canisteo P.D. K9 Officer to Receive Bulletproof Vest:

 

The Canisteo Village Police Department has announced that its K9 officer, Dex, will soon receive a bullet and stab protective vest, courtesy of Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit organization.  Dex, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland, has served with the Canisteo P.D. since 2018, working with Sergeant Mark Ahearn.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 26th

Power Restored to Schuyler Co.:

 

Power is back on in Schuyler County after a massive blackout Sunday left much of the county in the dark.  According to NYSEG’s website, over 7,500 customers, over half the county, was without power early Sunday.  Around 5 p.m. that number had dropped to 2,500.  The majority of the outage seemed to be in the area of Hector.  The website reports that power has been completely restored in that area.  The cause of the outage is still unknown.

 

 

Harmful Algae Blooms Confirmed in Seneca Lake:

 

For the first time this summer, harmful algae blooms have been confirmed on Seneca Lake.  Samples collected from Dresden to the Kashong Creek area on Wednesday were confirmed by the Finger Lakes Institute as HABs.  According to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, HABs have the potential to occur anywhere on the lake with the right conditions, including warm temperatures, a flat lake surface, and plenty of sunlight. 

 

 

NY Farms Generated $5.7B for Economy Says Comptroller:

 

According to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York farms generated $5.7 billion in revenue for the state in 2017.  The latest data available showed that there are more than 33,400 farms, located in every region of the state, employing more than 55,000 workers.  96 percent of them are family owned.  Milk is the state’s largest commodity with sales over $2.5 billion.  The number of certified organic farms increased by over 60 percent from 2012 to 2017. 

 

 

Hornell Grad First Recipient of Nicholas Clark Award:

 

A Hornell grad has been chosen as the recipient of the first-ever Nicholas Clark Award, a $500 scholarship raised by the annual Dan Barkley Basketball Showcase.  The Barkley Showcase has awarded scholarships to Allegany County students since its inception, but this year it was expanded to include Steuben County students as well.  The award is named for Trooper Nicholas Clark, the Canisteo-Greenwood native killed in the line of duty last year.  Vinny Liberto was chosen from among the applicants.  He’s a 2019 Spectator Great 8 selection and he played in the Barkley Showcase for the Red Raiders for the last several years.  He is attending Alfred State.  Seniors interested in applying for the scholarship should see their guidance counselor.  This year’s Barkley Showcase is set for January 24th and 25th at Alfred State. 

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