Reed Talks Shutdown, Tax Changes
On MSNBC yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed said he intends to keep the government funded and prevent a shutdown “This is a positive step towards getting tax reform to the finish line with the White House engaging the way it did this week.” he said, referring to the proposed budget. Describing the current tax code as “Broken for everyone” Reed promises tax deductibles for New York, known notoriously as a “high tax state” and bring NAFTA “up to the modern age”.
Prattsburgh Central School Tax Rate to Decrease
Tax rates are anticipated to drop without any tax levy increase for Prattsburgh Central School District’s proposed 2017-18 budget, the levy staying flat at a rate of 0 percent. The tax rate is $14.20 per $1,000, down from $14.32 in the current budget. Pre-kindergarten will be expanded from half-day to full-day, made possible by a grant. Total spending for the district has dropped more than 2 percent from last year. The budget will be up for vote May 16.
Tyrtle Beach Beats Fundraising Goal!
The Tyrtle Beach campaign has now easily surpassed the $35,000 mark. Yesterday afternoon, Sheriff Jim Allard took the plunge into Lake Salubria. All funds raised go to support local youth programs. The event has raised more than $620,000 dollars since 1991.The estimated lake water temperature today is 55 degrees.
Construction to Begin Soon on Route 54
The New York State Department of Transportation says work will begin soon on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana and Village of Hammondsport. Work will include emergency landslide repairs at two sites located approximately ½ mile north of the Village and previously planned culvert repairs at the south end of the lake near Village Shores Marina. Work on the emergency landslide repairs may begin as early as next week. Most of this work will require a full road closure. Once started, work at each individual site will be active during daylight hours, seven days a week. At times, the work may become a 24 hour/7 days per week continuous operation. Traffic during the construction work will be detoured using Steuben CR 76.
Local Senator Pushes for Harsher Drug Penalties
Devastating drugs with life-altering consequences, synthetic products have grown in prevalence in recent years because of their unchecked legal status. To combat these and other dangerous drugs’ deadly impact, Southern Tier Senator Cathy Young voted this week to pass a package of public-health bills to add new drugs to the list of controlled substances and impose harsher penalties for the possession and distribution of these drugs.
Bath Man Accused of Endangering Child:
A Bath man has been arrested following an investigation by New York State troopers and Steuben County Child Protective Services. 34-year-old Ronald Haight Jr. has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana. Troopers allege that Haight intentionally engaged in conduct likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Criminal Impersonation Charge for David Perry:
After a parole violation charge earlier this week, David Perry was additionally charged Thursday with criminal impersonation. Police say the Elmira man, also known as David Walker, was engaged in a romantic relationship with a woman he met online, where he was going by the name David Jones. The woman was alerted by friends to his true identity. Perry is also a person of interest in the disappearance of a Florida woman six years ago.
Drug Take-Back Saturday:
Saturday is National Drug Take Back day where residents can get rid of unwanted prescription medications at specific locations, free of charge with no questions asked. Many local law enforcement agencies will be participating including the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office which will allow the drop-off of medications at the county Public Safety Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Recruit NY Weekend:
Fire departments across New York will open their doors to new members tomorrow and Sunday as part of Recruit NY weekend. The seventh annual weekend of open houses will include firehouse tours, firefighting technique demonstrations, and visitors will be allowed to try on gear. In Steuben County, the Cohocton, Forest View Gang Mills, North Hornell, and Wallace departments are expected to participate. To learn more about Recruit NY weekend, visit http://www.recruitny.org.
Simmons-Rockwell to Expand in Hornellsville:
Car dealing giant Simmons-Rockwell is about to get even bigger as the company announced this week that it plans to expand in Hornellsville. A new 13,000 square-foot Nissan dealership will be built and the existing Ford lot on State Route 36 and County Route 66 will be expanded by 12,500 feet. Officials said they expect 12 to 20 new jobs to be created. They’re hopeful the project will begin quickly. Surveyors were already on site on Wednesday.
Car Chase, Crash Wednesday:
A woman accused of stealing several items from the Corning Wegmans led police on a brief car chase Wednesday before she crashed her vehicle near Painted Post. Police said the woman refused to pull over when officers attempted to stop her and she led them on an 80 mph pursuit on Interstate 86 before she crashed into a guardrail on an exit ramp near Painted Post. The woman was not injured. The vehicle was towed from the scene. The woman has been charged with larceny and unlawful fleeing. The investigation is ongoing.
Bath P.D. Participating in Operation Safe Start:
New York State law requires motorists to stop for school buses when they’re receiving or discharging passengers. Today, the Bath Village Police Department will ensure that drivers are doing just that, as they will be participating in Operation Safe Start. Drivers are reminded that they must stop when they encounter a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students on public highways, multiple lane roads, opposite sides of divided highways, public streets, private roads, in parking lots, and on school property. The first offense penalty for failing to stop includes an up to $400 fine, five points on the driver’s license, and possibly up to 30 days in prison.
Campbell-Savona Eyes $22M School Budget:
The Campbell-Savona school district will put a $22 million budget before voters on May 16th. The tax levy sits at exactly 2 percent, which is the cap, according to Superintendent Kathy Hagenbuch. She added that she doesn’t expect the tax rate to rise much, if at all. The current rate is $17.21 per $1,000.
Forum on Bath Drinking Water:
A forum to raise awareness of drinking water in the Bath area will be held next week at the Bath Fire Hall. The Bath Peace and Justice Group along with the Finger Lakes Group of the Sierra Club will show how a groundwater system works and how contamination can impact the aquifer. Particular attention will be given to the now-closed Philips Lighting plant, where the concern is that pollutants might have leached into the “Bath valley-fill” aquifer. The 7 p.m. meeting will be free and open to the public on Wednesday.
Walk to Raise funds for PRC:
On Saturday a 2-mile walk will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds to raise funds for the Pregnancy Resource Center. The PRC provides free programs such pregnancy testing, a learning program to help parents, and many more. Officials say the goal is raise $40,000 to help keep those programs running. The walk begins at 9 a.m., with registration at 8 a.m. A second walk has been scheduled for the same time at Bellamy Park in Mount Morris. To register visit http://www.prcvalleys.org/walk.html.
Four Face Meth Charges:
Four people have been arrested and charged with operating a methamphetamine conspiracy in Livingston County. 26-year-old Kurt Redance and 55-year-old Kenneth Hoag, both of Dansville, 37-year-old Brandie Schumacher of Rose, and 37-year-old Andrew Culliton of West Seneca were charged with possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine and conspiracy to possess and distribute methamphetamine. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life and $10 million fine. Additionally, Redance and Hoag were charged with maintaining a drug involved premises. Redance also faces a charge of possession with intent to distribute and distribution of methamphetamine on a premises where a child was located.
Steuben Co. Legislators Accept State Funds:
A plan to redevelop vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben County will now move forward, as the county Legislature has accepted a $500,000 state grand for Steuben’s land bank. The county Legislature set up the nonprofit Land Bank Corporation in July 2016 and expects to partner with a local non-profit agency to oversee operations. The funds support start-up costs associated with the land bank. County legislators have also accepted a multi-jurisdictional grant of $49,200 from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services for police protective equipment that will be distributed to the county sheriff and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.
Reed Confident Budget Extension will be Reached:
Local NY Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he remains confident that a budget extension will be reached and a government shutdown can be avoided. Said Reed, “I think we could come to a rapid agreement amongst Democrats and Republicans. I think keep the government up and running, and then take care of issues, things that I support, like the border wall and the construction of border security at our borders. We can deal with those issues outside of this shutdown deadline that’s coming upon us on April 28th.” Reed made the remarks to the media on Tuesday.
NY Senate Calls for Leadership Term Limits:
On Tuesday, the New York Senate took a step toward enacting term limits for state leadership positions. They passed legislation that would put eight year term limits on the Assembly Speaker, Minority Leaders in both houses, and Temporary President of Senate. The Senate already follows voluntary leadership term limits. The bill to make it official is now on its way to the state Assembly.
David Perry Arrested Again:
The Elmira man who is the long-time person of interest in the 2011 disappearance of a Florida woman, is now back behind bars after police say he violated the conditions of his fraud and grand larceny parole. 53-year-old David Perry was convicted in Broome County of receiving $340,000 in insurance money after faking an injury while working as a corrections officer at the Elmira Correctional Facility. Perry was a person of interest in the disappearance of his then-girlfriend Kelly Rothwell. According to police, he was the last person to see her alive, and he has not cooperated with the investigation into her disappearance.
Wineglass Half-Marathon Sells Out in Record Time:
Proving just how popular the Wineglass Half Marathon has become, race organizers have announced that it has sold out with 3,500 registered runners. Not only is that the largest field ever, but it’s the fastest the race has ever filled. The waitlist is now open. Meanwhile, the Full Marathon is also filling fast with less than 700 slots left. The 36th Annual Wineglass Weekend kicks off Saturday, September 30th with the Corelle 5K. The marathons will be held the following day on Sunday, October 1st.
Companies Will Have to Disclose Chemicals in Cleaning Products in NY:
New York has become the first state in the nation to require companies to disclose chemicals in household cleaning products on their websites. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the new regulations “will help protect New Yorkers and give them peace of mind of knowing what’s in their homes and in their communities.” He added that the program will serve as a pilot, and it could expand to other products of concern, such as personal care or children’s products.
Clayton Gets Maximum Sentence:
The fate of the former Elmira Jackal convicted of hiring another man to kill his wife at their Caton home was decided in Steuben County Court Monday. Thomas Clayton received the maximum sentence allowed for his crimes, which included first and second degree murder. He will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Dansville Man Charged with Stealing Drugs:
A Dansville man has been arrested for allegedly stealing prescription medication from two homes in Wayland and Cohocton. 22-year-old Alec Ebert has been charged with two counts of petit larceny, and one count of burglary. At the time of his arrest, he was being held in the Livingston County Jail on an unrelated charge. After arraignment, he was sent back to the jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Dog’s Life Saved in Andover Fire:
There was some good news to come out of a fire Sunday night in Andover. The quick-thinking actions of a New York State trooper saved the life of a dog caught in the blaze. The owner of the black lab mix rushed it to trooper Andrew Tevens, who laid it down on the sidewalk and went for water. A witness said there was no movement from the dog, but Tevens gave it water and started nursing it back to life. The fire is believed to be a grease fire that started in an apartment on Main Street. No injuries were reported and, by the end of it, the dog was said to be back up, walking around, and wagging his tail.
Tag’s Announces Summer Lineup:
With summer just around the corner, popular entertainment venue Tag’s announced Monday its 2017 concert series. George Thorogood, Foghat, Megadeath, and “I Love the 90’s”, among others, will take the Budweiser stage in Big Flats. For more information and the complete list of performers, visit http://www.tagstickets.com/budweiser-summer-stage/.
Deck Repair Closes Lane on I-86 in Bath:
Drivers take note: a lane closure on I-86 westbound in Bath is expected to last for the next three weeks. Crews are working to repair the deck on the bridge carrying the highway over State Route 53. This is in the area of Exit 37.
New Leader Named for SUNY System:
The new leader of the SUNY public college system has been announced. Kristina Johnson, an engineer and a former undersecretary in the U.S. Energy Department, was appointed Monday. She succeeds Nancy Zimpher, who is stepping down after 8 years of leadership. Zimpher called Johnson “the right leader to keep SUNY at the top of its game.”
Drug Charges for Painted Post Teen:
A teen from Painted Post is facing drug charges following a search of a home in Bath last week. 18-year-old William Farnham was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine. The search took place on April 18th at a home on Shannon Street, where authorities say they found $3,000 worth of meth. Farnham was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Clayton to be Sentenced Today:
Thomas Clayton will learn his fate today when he is sentenced in Steuben County Court. The former Elmira Jackal was convicted in February of hiring another man to kill his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. Last week, his defense team attempted to have his guilty conviction overturned. A judge denied it.
Campbell’s Soup Recall:
A label mixup has prompted the voluntary recall of nearly 4,200 pounds of Campbell’s chicken soup, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mixup was discovered after customers complained to Campbell that they had received the wrong product in 18.6-oz. cans of “Campbell’s Homestyle Health Request Chicken with Whole Grain Pasta.” Instead, customers found “Campbell’s Homestyle Healthy Request Italian-Style Wedding Spinach and Meatballs in Chicken Broth.” The product contains milk, a known allergen that is not declared on the label.
NYS Reaches Settlements with Defective Vehicle Sellers:
New York State has reached settlements with 104 auto dealerships, including 11 here in the Southern Tier, where defective vehicles were sold. The announcement came from Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office on Friday. Each auto dealer, which were found have to sold vehicles with serious safety recall issues and other hazardous conditions, was assessed a $1,000 fine and will now adhere to strict guidelines and alert consumers of any outstanding issues. The auto-dealers that settled with the Binghamton regional office included: Butler Auto Sales, Sidney; Chambers & O’Hara Truck Center, Inc., Sidney; North Norwich Motors & Trailer Sales, LLC, North Norwich; SHB Associates LLC (Serafini Nissan Volvo), Vestal; VanDervort Service Center, Inc., Vestal; Ridge Road Imports, LLC, Lansing; Milller Motor Car Corp (2 Dealerships), Vestal; Royal Ford Motors, Inc./Royal Chrysler Motors, Inc. (2 Dealerships), Owego; Gault Auto Mall, Inc. (3 Dealerships), Endicott; Gene Balmer’s Auto Sales, Elmira; Jeff Kies Auto Sales, Inc., Apalachin.
Lisi Awards Banquet May 5th:
As many as 17 youth from across Steuben County will be recognized for overcoming overwhelming challenges at the 26th annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Banquet on May 5th at 6 p.m. at the American Legion on West William Street in Bath. The award is presented to young people, aged 16 to 21, living in Steuben County or currently registered in one of the following school districts: Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Jaspter-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Wayland-Cohocton. The banquet is named after the late county Sheriff Jack Lisi. Lisi strongly believed youth needed someone to car, show support, assistance and guidance in become contributing members of society. He served as Sheriff from 1969 to 1987. He died in 1991. Since 1992, the progam has assisted 210 young adults with non-cash awards valued at $204,900. Tickets for the banquet are $25 per person and are available at Hornell Concern for Youth, Steuben County Youth Bureau, Dormann Library, and the Corning Area Youth Center.
2017 Steuben Co. Hall of Fame Inductees Honored:
The first woman to graduate from college, a physician honored for “Service Above Self,” and a couple dedicated to the service of veterans were inducted into the 2017 Steuben County Hall of Fame Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. The inductees are Hannah Simpson of Jasper, Dr. Roy Robinson of Wayland, and Patrick and Betty Monahan of Bath. The inductees were selected by committee in January from a field of candidates nominated by local residents based on their ability to enhance the name of the county.
Buffalo Hospital Says Patient Records Not Compromised:
The Buffalo hospital that was forced to shut down its computer system after a virus was detected says now that it doesn’t appear patient information was compromised. Erie County Medical Center is still in the process of bringing its system back online. Its website has been restored, but officials say they’ll still work over the next two weeks to restore other functions, such as the transmission of X-ray images and medical record functions. The virus was discovered on April 9th.
CAMPELL MAN CONVICTED OF SEXUAL ABUSE
A Campbell man was convicted of two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree. Kenneth Calkins was found guilty of both charges, which are class B violent felonies, on Friday in the Steuben County Court. New York State Police Investigators pieced together the case over an 11 year time period, the incident occuring to the then 5-year old victim in 2005. Calkins was remanded to the Steuben County Jail awaiting his sentencing scheduled for June 19th at 9:30am.
PRATTSBURGH MAN ARRESTED FOR RAPE
A Prattsburgh man was arrested on rape charges by the Steuben County Sheriff's Office upon discovering a tip revealing his February 22nd arrest Ashtabula County sheriff's office in Ohio for felony crimes including online prostitution. Steuben County Sheriff's Office was told Stryker's DNA matched an open case from 2015. Daniel Stryker will face two counts of 2nd degree Rape and two counts of 2nd degree Criminal Sex Act for an incident in October 2015 involving two girls under the age of 15. Stryker was arraigned in Bath Town Court. Investigations and charges are pending and Stryker is scheduled for a court reappearance next month.
PRATTSBURGH SCHOOL BUDGET ADVANCED TO VOTERS
Prattsburgh Central School District Board of Education Advanced the School Budget to Voters on Friday. The new budget is a 2.2 percent decrease of expenditures thanks to lower state pension payments and health insurance program renegotiation. The tax levy is anticipated to be unchanged from the 2016-2017 budget. Funds for wage increases, occupational education and special education programming are areas of the budget that will be increased.
ORGAN DONATION REGISTRATION MADE EASIER
On Friday Governor Cuomo announced if you are a New Yorker applying for health insurance through the state's official health plan marketplace, you can ,more easily enroll as an organ donor through the New York State Donate Life Registry. In New York state, over 118,000 citizens are waiting for organ transplants. Friday was Donate Life Day, celebrating and honoring organ and tissue donation.
PUBLIC WORKS ANNOUNCE INFRASTRUCTURE UPDATES
Approximately 104 miles of county roads in 20 towns throughout Steuben County are set for construction in 2017, costing $5.9 million, $5.4 million will be funded by the State. No scheduled timetable has been released for when these constructions will happen. The following road renovations are planned for the following local towns:
Tuscarora: County Road 5 -- 3.6 miles (Gibson Hill Road to Liberty Pole Road)
Campbell: County Road 17 -- 6.6 miles (CR 18 to SR 415)
Jasper/Cameron: County Road 21 -- 2 miles (CR 71 to CR 123)
Greenwood: County Road 61 -- 8.1 miles (CR 108 to Lane School Road)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415 to near CR 27/70A intersection)
Canton/Lindley: County Road 120 -- 5.7 miles
Addison: County Road 4 – 1 mile (Start at CR 1 intersection and go east).
Tuscarora: County Road 5 -- 3.6 miles (Gibson Hill Rd. to Liberty Pole Road)
Jasper/Cameron: County Road 21 -- 2. miles ( CR 123 to CR 71)
Campbell: County Road 26 -- 4.9 miles (From CR 26 sign north)
Corning: County Road 45 -- 5.8 miles (All)
Greenwood: County Road 61 -- 8 miles (Omit Lane School Rd north to SR 417)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415 to Howard Shop)
Jasper: County Road 71 -- 2.2 miles (CR 21 to CR 72)
Pulteney: County Road 76 -- 2.64 miles (CR 77 to CR 74)
Prattsburgh/Pulteney: County Road 77 -- 6.1 miles (All)
West Union: County Road 84 -- 4.6 miles (CR 124; go east)
Wayne: County Road 95 -- 2.05 miles (All)
Canton/Lindley: County Road 120 -- 5.7 miles (All)
West Union: County Road 124 – 4 miles (All)
Campbell: County Road 17 -- 6.6 miles (CR 18 to SR 415)
Campbell: County Road 26 -- 4.9 miles (CR 26 sign north)
Avoca/Howard: County Road 70A -- 6.93 miles (SR 415-Howard Shop)
Howard/Hornell.: County Road 70A -- 8.5 miles
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Corning: County Road 40 -- 2.75 miles (CR 40A to Powderhouse Road)
Dansville: County Road 46 -- 6.5 miles (County line to CR 50)
Hornellsville: County Road 65 -- 2.09 miles (City line to CR 66)
Hornell: County Road 68 -- 3.4 miles (Olin Road to county Line)
Cameron: County Road 119 -- 5.3 miles (CR 110 east to RR Bridge)
Addison: County Road 5 1 -- 4 miles (Addison village line to Andrews Road)
Prattsburgh: County Road 122 -- 1.3 miles (CR 122: Village park to McMichael Rd. Also, CR 7 by
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Howard: County Road 69 -- 2.4 miles (CR 70A to Turnpike Road)
Prattsburgh: County Road 75 -- 6.4 miles (CR 74 to CR 78)
Avoca: County Road 105 -- 2.45 miles (SR 415 to Avoca village line)
Woodhull: County Road 127 -- 3.9 miles (CR 100 to Pennsylvania border)
ALLEGANY COUNTY VACANCY
Allegany County lawmakers on Monday are expected to fill a legislative vacancy created by a resignation. The Board is expected to appoint Phillip Stockin, who is currently a town supervisor.
Motion to Toss Clayton Guilty Verdict Vetoed:
A motion by Thomas Clayton’s defense team to have his guilty verdict tossed has been denied by a judge. Clayton was back in Steuben County Court Thursday for the hearing which alleged that prosecution witness Sy Ray was a fraud. Ray is the owner of a company that specializes in cell phone and tech data mapping. During Clayton’s trial he provided cell phone data linking Clayton with Michael Beard. The defense said if they’d had more time to prepare, they had a witness of their own that could refute Ray’s testimony. However, Judge Peter Bradstreet said they didn’t file a delay request, despite being able to do so. Clayton was convicted in February in the 2015 murder of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. He will be sentenced on Monday.
One Injured in Car/Tractor Accident:
A Rexville man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital following an accident in West Union earlier this week. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Kyle Lowe collided with a farm tractor on Cemetery Hill Road around 7:30 a.m. The driver of the tractor was not injured. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Greenwood Ambulance, and the Hornell and West Union fire departments.
Steuben Legislature to Accept State Grants Monday:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday accepting state funds for the county land bank and a separate state award for police protective gear will top the agenda. The land bank will receive $500,000 through state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for use in redeveloping vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties throughout Steuben. The $49,200 multi-jurisdictional grant from the state Department of Criminal Justice Services will be accepted for police protective equipment and will be distributed to the sheriff’s office, and police departments in Addison, Canisteo, Wayland, Hammondsport, Corning, and Hornell.
Steuben Project Care Workshop Cancelled:
The annual Project Care workshop, originally slated for April 26th at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath, has been cancelled. No replacement date has been set.
“Donate Life Day” Highlights Importance of Organ Donation:
Today is Donate Life Day, which highlights the importance of organ donation and transplants. The New York State Department of Health reports that 22 people a day die from causes that could have been treated with a donated organ, and state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano – an advocate and former organ donor himself – says that nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Of those, 1,700 have been waiting for more than five years, according to Palmesano. If you’d like to learn more about organ donations and transplants, visit https://www.donatelife.net.
6994th Squadron Honored with Highway Designation:
Thursday morning Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Chris Friend joined Department of Transportation officials in unveiling a new sign that designates a strip of I-86 in honor of the 6994th Security Squadron. The squadron served throughout southwest Asia between 1966 and 1974. In honor of their service the four-mile stretch between exits 54 and 56 on I-86 will now be known as the 6994th Security Squadron Memorial Highway.
Bath-Haverling Approves Budget:
The Bath-Haverling Central School District Board of Education approved Wednesday its 2017-2018 operating budget. It will now go to the voters on May 16th. The $36.7 million budget is an increase of 2.3 percent over last year’s budget. There is a tax levy increase of 1.1 percent, but the board says the local tax rates should remain nearly flat so long as there aren’t any extreme swings in property assessments. There will be a public presentation of the budget and all the other propositions on May 2nd at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. There are also two open seats on the Board of Education. The vote will be May 16th from noon to 8 p.m. in the Bath District Office.
Corning Inc. and Verizon Reach $1.05B Deal:
Corning Incorporated has reached a $1.05 billion deal with Verizon to provide roughly 12 million miles fiber optic cable to the communications company each year between 2018 and 2020. Verizon is looking to improve its 4G LTE coverage, speed up the deployment of 5G, and deliver high-speed broadband to homes and businesses.
Corning Meat Locker to Start Regular Hours:
The Corning Meat Locker will soon be transitioning from an appointment-only procedure to regular hours of operation. The meat locker was started in 2015 by the Cornell Cooperative Extension to help connect locals with farmers who usually sell meat in bulk. The meat locker gives residents extra space to freeze and store the food. There is no time-table yet for when regular hours will start. If you’d like to learn more about the meat locker you can call 664-2300.
Town Hall to Discuss Opioid Crisis:
State Senator Tom O’Mara will join City of Hornell Alderman John Buckley this Saturday for a public Town Hall to discuss the local and regional heroin and opioid epidemic. The meeting will start at 11 a.m. at the Hornell VFW Post 2250.
Service Dogs Train at E-C Airport:
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport went to the dogs Wednesday as several recruits for Guiding Eyes with the Blind got in some training. This is the second year that trainers have taken dogs to the airport to familiarize them with the security checkpoint process, which includes walking the dogs through the metal detectors and officers patting the dogs down. A TSA spokeswoman called it “super valuable experience for everybody involved.” Officials said the training took place during the middle of the day when there were no departures so there was no impact on travelers.
DEC Accepting Air Quality Testing Applications:
Applications are now open for DEC air quality testing. The program helps identify air quality concerns by taking air samples from neighborhoods across the state. Applications will be accepted until May 19th. To apply visit the DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/81629.html.
Meth Bust in Bath:
A Bath woman was arrested Tuesday after a tip was sent to the Village of Bath Police Department about someone allegedly making methamphetamines in a house on Shannon Street. A warrant was issued for a search of the house and authorities reportedly discovered several ounces of methamphetamines, a methamphetamines lab, and ingredients to make methamphetamines. 18-year-old Autumn Campbell was charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Lawmakers Meet for Hemp Summit:
Lawmakers, researchers, and farmers gathered at Cornell University Tuesday for the first ever Industrial Hemp summit to discuss the benefits and challenges of industrial hemp farming in New York State. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul was on hand to announce the awarding of six more pilot program permits to private institutions – four were awarded last year. The Hemp Industries Association estimated in 2013 that the U.S. generated nearly $600 million in hemp products sold. That number is expected to rise to nearly $700 million this year. One supporter of hemp farming is Senator Tom O’Mara, who called it a great economic opportunity for the area.
Reed Stands with Meals on Wheels:
As President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget stands poised to slash funding for federally funded programs such as Meals on Wheels, local lawmaker Tom Reed is voicing his opposition to the plan. Reed attended the Open House Tuesday for the Meals on Wheels of Chemung County at their new facility and he told organization leaders that he’s committed on the federal level to fight for funding. Reed called the program one of his budget priorities.
New Buses Hitting Steuben Co. Roads:
There will soon be new buses with more user-friendly ramps on the roads of Steuben County. The three new buses are part of the efforts county officials are making to provide more effective and efficient transportation across the county. A study is also being performed on the challenges of transporting people in Steuben and ways are being planned to meet them. An initial report found that public transit with centers in Corning, Hornell, and Bath only cover 427.5 miles out of the 3,147 miles in the county road system. The full study is due at the end of the year.
Be Prepared for Sweeping on I-86 Next Week:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that highway sweeping will be performed on I-86 in the Painted Post/Corning area between exits 43 and 46. The work will start on the morning of Monday, April 24th and will take place daily until completion, which is anticipated for Thursday, May 4th. The sweeping will be done as night work, with crews on the road between the hours of 7:00 PM and 3:30 AM. Drivers are advised to be alert for a slow-moving sweeper and associated vehicles on I-86, and to watch for lane reductions.
Bon-Ton Expanding at the Arnot Mall:
The former Macy’s space at the Arnot Mall will soon have a new tenant, one that’s actually been at the mall since 1995. Officials with Bon-Ton have announced that the store will be moving into the former Macy’s location, increasing their space by more than 40,000 square feet. Renovations are expected to begin next month. The current store will remain open until the new one is ready in September.
Round 1 of Main Street Contest Almost Over:
Round One of the “America’s Main Streets” competition is almost over, and Corning’s Gaffer District is hoping to move on to the quarterfinals, but it can’t do so without votes. To vote for the Gaffer District visit http://www.mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=244. You can vote once a day until the end of the round, which is Monday. The Gaffer District is one of 200 Main Streets vying for a $25,000 grand prize that will help revitalization initiatives and promote buying local.
H-Port Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
3-6 Years for Mark Blandford in Clayton Case:
The third and final man charged in the death of Kelley Clayton was sentenced Monday in Steuben County Court. Mark Blandford will serve three to six years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter. Blandford served as the lookout for Michael Beard the night Kelley was killed. He originally faced charges of murder, burglary, and conspiracy, but they were lessened in exchange for his testimony in the Thomas Clayton trial. Clayton is set to be sentenced next Monday. Special Prosecutor and Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore has said he will be seeking the same sentence for Clayton that was given to Michael Beard – life without parole.
Bath Woman Charged with Violating Probation:
A Bath woman was arrested on April 14th during a meeting with her probation officer for allegedly violating her probation. 36-year-old Lauren Sick was on probation for an original charge of attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Sick was also issued an appearance ticket for allegedly resisting arrest.
Excavator Stolen from Schuyler Co. Highway Department:
It isn’t every day that a 20-ton piece highway equipment gets up and walks away, but that’s exactly what happened in Schuyler County over the weekend. With help from a thief, or thieves, a massive excavator belonging to the Schuyler County Highway Department went missing from the side of the road in the Town of Hector. Highway Superintendent Ken Thurston said it was left on the roadside Wednesday night when the crew was done working. Neighbors noted the machine where it had been left Friday night, and then it was missing Saturday morning. The excavator is estimated to be worth around $200,000. Investigators have no suspects yet, but they do believe it was someone with experience with the machine given its specialized nature. Anyone with information is asked to call the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department. Thurston said he and his crews will look to either borrow another machine or rent one so they can continue working.
Hundreds of Tickets Issued in Operation Hang Up:
During the special Operation Hang Up enforcement period earlier this month, law enforcement report that they issued nearly 900 tickets to drivers in the Southern Tier. Statewide, more than 15,000 tickets were issued. The campaign ran from April 6th through the 10th, and it targeted drivers using electronic devices while behind the wheel.
Top Aide to Lead Cuomo’s Reelection Campaign:
While there may have been some question as to whether Governor Andrew Cuomo would seek reelection in 2018, or perhaps take time to consider a 2020 presidential bid, it now seems the Governor will look to stay in New York for the time being. It’s been announced that one of Cuomo’s top aides has been picked to lead his reelection campaign. Bill Mulrow had been working as the secretary to the governor, a high-profile position within the administration.
Tax Day 2017:
After a delay due to a holiday in the nation’s capital Monday, Tax Day 2017 is finally upon us. If you haven’t completed your forms yet, don’t panic, you may be able to receive a six-month extension of time to file. You’ll need form 4868, which you can get from https://www.irs.gov/. However, keep in mind that’s just for more time to file, not more time to pay. You’ll still need to estimate the amount you owe and pay it on time.
Bath Board of Ed. to Meet:
The Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will hold a budget workshop today at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office. Tomorrow, the regular meeting of the board will be held at 6:30 p.m., also in the district office.
33-year-old Accused of Sexually Abusing Child:
An investigation by the New York State Police and Steuben County Child Protectives has resulted in the arrest of a Troupsburg man. 33-year-old Brett Southard has been charged with course of sexual conduct against a child for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 13 over a period of time. Southard has been sent to the county jail.
Canisteo Man Charged in Livingston Co. Drug Stop:
A Steuben County man was one of two people arrested in a drug stop on 390 in Livingston County. According to Sheriff Tom Dougherty, 29-year-old Nicholas O’Dell of Canisteo is accused of having four bags of heroin in his possession. The driver of the vehicle, 27-year-old Patrick Briggs of Wellsville, is accused of having seven bags of cocaine. Both men were sent to the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 bail and $5,000 bail, respectively.
Hornby Woman Charged with Assaulting Ex with Car:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Town of Hornby woman following an investigation into a domestic incident in the Town of Lindley. 43-year-old Michelle Leonard was arrested late Sunday evening for allegedly assaulting her ex-boyfriend with her motor vehicle. She was charged with assault and reckless endangerment. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
DWI Charge in Corning Accident:
The driver in a one car accident in the Town of Corning is facing a count of driving while intoxicated. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the area of County Route 41 in the early morning hours of Saturday for a vehicle that had struck the guiderail. They determined that 22-year-old Margaret Graywyatt was intoxicated and she was issued uniform traffic tickets for the charges.
Harassment Charge for Bradford Man in Domestic Incident:
A Town of Bradford man is facing a harassment charge following investigation by Steuben County deputies into a domestic incident on Whitehead Hill Road. Over their investigation, deputies say they determined 30-year-old Kevin Babbitt to be the primary aggressor in the incident and he was issued an appearance ticket.
Corning Woman Charged with Violating Order of Protection:
A Corning woman was arrested on April 6th for allegedly violating an order of protection. 25-year-old Jocelyn Williams was charged with criminal contempt and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $500 cash bail.
New Smoking Ban Set to Start Saturday:
Starting this Saturday, tobacco products will be banned within 15 feet of buildings and playgrounds that are managed by Steuben County, per a new policy set by the Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition and the County Public Health and Public Works Departments. Birdseye Hollow Park, Kanakadea Park, and Hornellsville Park are a few of the locations that will be affected.
3K Run to Benefit Camp Good Days:
Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort has announced a 3K Color Run and Open House to benefit Camp Good Days on June 3rd. With no winners or official times, the Color Run will celebrate healthiness and happiness, bringing the community together to create a three-kilometer colorful canvas in which the participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Registration is open by calling 776-4345. The Open House will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will include local vendors, swimming, mini-golf, and more. A chicken bbq will be at 4 p.m. Tickets are $12.
Steuben County To Begin New Smoking Ban
Starting on April 22nd, all tobacco cannot be used with 15 feet of Steuben county buildings and playgrounds that are managed by the county thanks to the new policy created by the Southern Tier Tobacco Coalition and the County Public Health and Public Works Departments to make county parks tobacco-free. Birdseye Hollow Park, Kanakadea Park and Hornellsville Park are few of the popular county parks this new policy will affect
Public Works To Hold Residency Public Hearing
The residency requirements of the Steuben County Deputy Commissioner of Public Works will be the focus of a public hearing later this month. Those requirements are spelled out in a tentative local law. The hearing will be held April 24th, 10 a.m. in the legislative chambers of the county office in Bath.
DEC Announces Turkey Season, Youth Hunting Weekend
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is opening spring turkey season on May 1 in upstate New York. DEC's annual youth turkey hunting weekend is scheduled for April 22-23.
“Lookout” Accomplice in Clayton Trial To Be Sentenced
Marcus Blandford the “lookout” in the September 2015 Clayton murder will be sentenced. convicted on February 27. Blandford was in the vehicle accompanying convicted Beard the night of the murder and convicted on February 27 to a single count of second degree manslaughter for his testimony in the trial. Blandford is scheduled to be sentenced this Monday at 10am in Steuben County Court.
Steuben Public Urges Child Vaccinations
With National Infant Immunization Week set for April 22 – 29, Steuben County Public Health officials reminds parents giving babies the recommended immunizations by age two is the best way to protect them from 14 serious, and sometimes deadly, childhood diseases. Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults programs and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or underinsured.
Water Tanks to be Replaced at Steuben Co. Public Safety Building:
The Steuben County Finance Committee has awarded a $22,000 bid to Monroe Piping and Sheet Metal of Rochester for the installation of two new water storage tanks at the Public Safety Building. The original tanks were installed in 1995 and county Manager Jack Wheeler says some failures have recently been noticed in the aging tanks. The tanks will be replaced in the coming months.
Funds Awarded to Southern Tier to Fight Climate Change:
The Southern Tier is getting a boost in the fight against climate change. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced more than $390,000 for eight farms for reducing environmental impact and preparing for extreme weather. Another $1.5 million has been given to County Soil and Water Conservation Districts across six regions.
Steuben Co. Considering Responsible Driver Rewards Program:
Over the holiday season, responsible drivers stopped by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a special treat of a candy cane for being compliant. As it turns out, the program was so popular, the Sheriff’s Office, along with several local police departments – including Bath, are considering an expanded, non-seasonal reward program for safe drivers. The proposal is for drivers to be offered coupons or certificates for local businesses, which would not only reward responsible behavior, but encourage hometown shopping. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen have reportedly already met with Central Steuben Chamber Co-Presidents Mike Sweet and Bill Collmer to discuss the possibility.
Target Recalls Easter Toys:
Before the kids hunt for what the Easter Bunny leaves this weekend, parents might want to take a look for themselves as Target has announced a recall of more than 560,000 water-absorbing Easter eggs and dinosaur toys. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the hatch and grow Easter eggs, Easter grow toys, and ‘hatch your own dino egg’ products could pose a “serious ingestion hazard.” If ingested, the product may not show up on x-rays, according to the Commission. The toys can be returned to any Target for a refund.
Congressional Art Competition for Students Underway:
Representative Tom Reed is encouraging area high school students to participate in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. It’s open to all high school students from the 23rd district. One student will have a chance to have their work displayed in the Capitol for one year, as well as being awarded the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for opening celebration of their artwork. Five finalists will have their work displayed in Reed’s D.C. office. Entries are due by April 24th. Contact any of Reed’s district offices for more information.
Former V.P. to Speak at Cornell Convocation:
Cornell University will host former Vice President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker as its upcoming Senior Convocation. Biden will speak on Saturday, May 27th during the school’s 149th Commencement Weekend. The event is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m., and the school says it plans on live-streaming it.
Family of Kevin Ward Asks Judge to Let Lawsuit Proceed:
Last month the legal team for retired NASCAR star Tony Stewart asked a Federal Court Judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against him in the death of Kevin Ward Jr. at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in August 2014. Now, Ward’s parents have filed their own paperwork in hopes of showing the judge why the suit should proceed. The lawsuit accuses Stewart of negligence, wrongful death, and pain and suffering. The family says they “wanted justice for [their] son after not getting it criminally.” A hearing is scheduled for later this month to consider dismissing the case.
Southwest Steuben Without Telephones Following Fiber Optic Cut:
The southwest area of Steuben County, including the towns of Jasper, Greenwood, and West Union, were temporarily without telephone service Wednesday after a fiber optic line was cut. Affected were service calls for the 225 and 792 exchanges. Fire departments were staffed to handle emergencies during the outage, which was expected to be corrected by late last night.
Police Investigating Possible Hacking of Buffalo Hospital:
Police are investigating the possible hacking of the Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, one of the largest hospitals in upstate New York. Hospital officials say the facility’s computer system was taken down Sunday after a virus was detected. While staff was forced to use paper forms to conduct business, access to medical records was on hold, and the email system was down, officials say all the operations are continuing and haven’t been interrupted. They say the FBI has also been informed of the matter.
NYS Judge Found Dead in Hudson:
Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first African-American woman appointed to the New York Court of Appeals and the first Muslim woman to serve as a U.S. judge, was found dead Wednesday after her body washed up in the Hudson River. She was 65. The New York Police Department said the medical examiner will determine a cause of death and the incident is under investigation. Abdus-Salaam was elected to the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1993. She was appointed to the state Court of Appeals, the highest court in the state, by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2013. In a statement, the Governor called her a “pioneer” and a “force for good whose legacy will be felt for years to come.”
Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Residents of Water Safety Rules:
As the weather warms and activity increases on lakes, ponds, and rivers, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reminding all water sports enthusiasts to be safe while on the waterways of Steuben County. The Sheriff’s Department is also reminding everyone of the legal requirements applying to paddle crafts and manually powered vessels. State law requires that all occupants of a vessel 21 feet or less in length wear a personal flotation device from November 1st to May 1st. All sailboats under 23 feet in length, and manually powered vessels, including paddle craft, are required to have a whistle for sounding a distress. Paddle craft include canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and pedal boats.
Bath Rotarians Dish Up at Red Door Kitchen:
Bath Rotarians recently helped serve up lunch to community members at the Red Door Community Kitchen at St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The program, which began three years ago, serves a free meal to anyone visiting from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the church’s great hall. Besides the Rotarians, several other local organizations help out with cooking and serving in the weekly kitchen. The Bath Presbyterian Church and Steuben Arc each have a team who serve lunch, and there are three teams of St. Thomas parishioners. If you’d like to help out as well, the church accepts monetary and food donations for the Red Door Community Kitchen.
4th Annual Women’s Financial Conference Nov. 4th:
The 4th Annual Southern Tier Financial Conference: Financial Education for Women by Women has been scheduled for November 4th from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Triangle Lounge at Corning Community College. It’ll be an opportunity for women to learn how to improve their minds, bodies, and checkbooks. The cost is $25 per person for ages 16 and up, that includes lunch, networking, the conference, and the book Live Richer Challenge by Tiffany Aliche. After September 30th the cost will increase to $35 per person. Registration and pre-payment can be sent to the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County or purchased online at http://bit.ly/financialconference17.
3 Years of Probation for Former C-PP Teacher:
The former Corning-Painted Post Middle School teacher charged in 2016 with rape, plead guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child, and she was sentenced to three-years probation. Police say 44-year-old Kelly Conway had an ongoing sexual relationship with a student under the age of 17. The incidents did not occur at the middle school. The terms of Conway’s plea will force her to stay away from schools, stay off social media, and she will forfeit her teaching license. She will also pay a surcharge of $205, and a $1,000 charge for the offense.
E-C Airport Gets Go Ahead for Construction Bids:
The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has gotten the go head to begin the process of expansion. The Chemung County Legislature voted Monday to authorize ads for three bid packages. Phase one will redesign the terminal. Another relocates the baggage claim and the eastern terminal will be replaced with a new structure. The project will cost $58 million. $40 million is coming from the state.
$20M to Fight Vacant Properties:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced that the state is ready to invest $20 million to help fight the problem of vacant and abandoned properties. The new program, Cities for Responsible Investment and Strategic Enforcement (or Cities RISE) will provide governments with technology to map and analyze property data from different sources, and help officials develop strategies for housing improvement, code enforcement, and blight elimination. Grantees receive a two-year subscription to a data platform including code enforcement records, tax liens, fire, and police data. Applications are due May 5th by 5 p.m.; award notifications are expected in late May.
Harassment Charge for Springwater Man:
New York State Police report the arrest of 19-year-old Ian Carter of Springwater. He was charged with harassment in the second degree. He was issued an appearance ticket and is expected to return to Hornellsville Town Court at a later date for arraignment.
State Police Celebrate 100 years of Service:
You might have seen the images going around on the internet: Niagara Falls and the International Peace Bridge were lit purple Tuesday night, but why? It was in celebration of the New York State Police, who reached a major milestone Tuesday, 100 years of service. It was on April 11th 1917 that the state Legislature passed a bill establishing the State Police as a full-service agency.
Earth Day Cleanup in Hornby:
The Town of Hornby will be doing its part to make the planet a greener place later this month. On Earth Day, April 22nd, the town will again sponsor its annual roadside cleanup event. It will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will meet at the Town Barns. Gloves and bags will be provided.
Summer Gas Prices Expected to Rise:
As the temperature continues to steadily climb, you should expect the price of gasoline to follow suit. The Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday that retail gas will cost an average of $2.46 a gallon from April through September, up from $2.23 a gallon last summer. Diesel is also expected to cost more, climbing to an average of $2.70 a gallon.
Hornell Man Drowns in Almond Lake:
A Hornell man died after his kayak capsized on Almond Lake in the area of Kanakadea Park in Hornellsville on Monday. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said that firemen pulled 23-year-old Zachary George from the water and he was transported to St. James Mercy were he pronounced deceased. He was not wearing a personal flotation device, nor did he have anyone with him. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Man from Addison Shot, Killed in S. Carolina:
Two arrests have been made in a shooting at a KFC in South Carolina in which a man originally from Addison was killed. De’adrian De’paul Garcia and Jyquez Julius Freeman were arrested Friday for the murder of Anthony Tiffany and armed robbery. Anthony Tiffany was from Addison, and had moved to South Carolina with his girlfriend, Amber Hall, who is also from the area. SC police say they are seeking warrants on Garcia and Freeman for numerous other armed robberies, and that warrants have already been signed for Freeman on multiple charges including murder, armed robbery, and kidnapping. Funeral services for Tiffany were held in Woodhull, NY over the weekend.
Construction at St. James Mercy:
Due to construction for a new mobile MRI at St. James Mercy Hospital, all Emergency Room (ER) walk-ins or drop-offs should enter through the ambulance bay entrance. Parking space next to the ER will not be available. Please use the visitor parking after drop-off is made.
Push for Malt Barley Crop Insurance in NYS:
Senator Charles Schumer was at the 1886 Malt House in Oswego County Monday to make a push for increased malt barely insurance. Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make the insurance available to more New York farmers to help the craft brewing industry.
Fire Departments Get Ready for Recruit NY Weekend:
Fire departments across New York are getting ready to open their doors to new members with Recruit NY weekend. The seventh annual weekend of open houses will be April 29th and 30th, and many departments will be hosting tours, demonstrating firefighting techniques, and allowing visitors to try on gear. In Steuben County, the Cohocton, Forest View Gang Mills, North Hornell, and Wallace departments will be participating. For more information on dates and times, and to find out if your local department will be included visit http://www.recruitny.org.
Haverling Guidance Counselor, Hornell Officer Recognized by SPC:
Two men were recognized on March 29th by the Steuben Prevention Coalition during the “High in Plain Sight” drug awareness event. Some 300 educational professionals, law enforcement, and community members gathered at the Bath-Haverling High School for the day-long event. During the morning session, Bath-Haverling guidance counselor Mark Recktenwald was honored for his 28 years of dedication to the community’s youth and long-standing participation on the Steuben Prevention Coalition. Later, officer Jason Day of the Hornell City Police Department and a school resource officer at Hornell High School, was named SRO of the year. He started as the SRO in the Hornell City school district in 2009.
Arkport Woman Charged with Identity Fraud:
An Arkport woman has been charged with identity fraud after she allegedly stole and used someone else’s credit card information. According to the state police, Lori McDaniel admitted to unlawfully gaining access to the victim’s credit card information through her place of employment. She reportedly used the information on three separate occasions. In addition to identity fraud, she was also charged with grand larceny, and criminal possession of stolen property. She was issued an appearance ticket and was released.
Local Schools See Aid Bump in NYS Budget:
With the New York State budget finalized, aid numbers are finally coming out for schools and many are seeing a bump for the 2017-2018 school year. In Steuben County: Addison, $13.5 million; Arkport, $4.3 million; Avoca, $5.9 million; Bath, $15.4 million; Bradford, $3.3 million; Campbell-Savona, $9.9 million; Canisteo-Greenwood, $11.9 million; Corning, $29 million; Hammondsport, $3 million; Hornell, $18 million; Jasper-Troupsburg, $6.1 million; Prattsburgh, $4.3 million; and Wayland-Cohocton, $15.7 million. Those are all increases from last year.
Bath VA Gets New Chief of Staff:
A new Chief of Staff has been selected for the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Dr. Susan Herson has worked as a Hospitalist at the Sioux Falls VA, a Hospitalist-Clinician Educator and Clinical Assistant Professor for New York Medical College, and a Medical Director at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. The Chief of Staff serves as the senior internal consultant regarding professional matters for all clinical providers, maintains responsibility for clinical performance, ensures compliance with all clinical standards and coordinates the activities of clinical division leaders.
State Fair Milk Woes Continue:
Milk woes continue for the Great New York State Fair and Governor Andrew Cuomo. Last summer, a disaster for many was averted when Cuomo stepped in to head off a price hike at the popular dairy bar, promising a state subsidy of $90,000 to help pay for expenses. Since 1983, the price for 7-ounce cups of white and chocolate milk was 25 cents, but non-profit Dairy Exhibits said they couldn’t pay their bills at that price. Now, with a fair spokesman confirming that only about half of the money has come through, Dairy Exhibits says that it’s pulling out of the fair, adding that it will only consider returning “if Cuomo is no longer governor.”
Health and Wellness Event at CCC:
A health and wellness events has been set for Corning Community College. April 27th will be Community Health Education Day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. There will be interactive activities, including music and performances by local artists. Admission is free and attendees will be eligible to win prizes.
State Budget Approved
New York State approved its $153 billion budget announced yesterday by Governor Cuomo once both the Senate and Assembly reached its final negotiation. Almost one week later than the anticipated deadline, the budget includes $2.5 billion for the Clean Water Infrastructure Act, free college tuition for CUNY and SUNY institutions, upstate ride sharing and raising the age of criminal responsibility from ages sixteen and seventeen to eighteen years old.
Prattsburgh to Hold Dog License Hearing
The Prattsburgh town board will be conducting a public hearing later this month. The town is considering amending penalties for violations of the dog license regulation. The hearing will be held at the town hall on April 17th at 7:10 p.m.
Reed Supports Syrian Strike
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning says he supports the limited missile strike in Syria. In a press statement released overnight, Reed said the use of weapons of mass destruction where innocent civilians, including women and children are killed, cannot go unchecked.
Steuben Lawmakers to Discuss County Jobs
Some Steuben County lawmakers next week will discuss reclassifying some jobs in the Public Works and Social Services departments. Salary increases would go along with the title changes. The county’s Administration Committee will review the proposal when it meets next Tuesday.
Finance Committee to Review Budget Adjustments
The Steuben County Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday. Lawmakers will review several proposed budget adjustments in at least five departments. The committee will also be asked to accept and appropriate a $500,000 grant for the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation.
Wayland Man Arrested following DV Incident:
A Wayland man was arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a domestic incident during the early morning hours of Thursday. Deputies responded to Noyes Hospital after a female was reported in the emergency room as the victim of a domestic incident. It was discovered that the suspect, 27-year-old Douglas Cansdale Jr., had an active order of protection in place against him from the victim. Cansdale was taken into custody without incident and was charged with criminal contempt, strangulation, and unlawful imprisonment. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting Sister in Hunting Accident:
On Tuesday, a Rochester man pled guilty in Livingston County Court in relation to an incident that occurred in November, where he accidentally shot and killed his sister. 50-year-old John Lander was participating in a deer hunting drive on November 27th when another member of the party discharged their firearm. He reportedly ran toward the gunshot, removing his shotgun from his shoulder as he did so. During this, his gun discharged and killed Sharon Lander, who was standing behind him. He pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide as part of a plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office that includes a proposed sentence of four months of weekends at the Livingston County Jail. Sentencing is scheduled for June 13th.
O’Mara to Discuss Drug Epidemic in Town Hall:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Hornell Alderman John Buckley will team up later this month for a Town Hall that will discuss the drug and opioid epidemic in our region. The meeting will be held at the Hornell VFW on Canisteo Street on Saturday, April 22nd. It will start at 11 a.m.
Clemen’s Center Cirque D’Or Postponed:
Fans eager to take in the spectacle of Cirque D’Or at the Clemen’s Center this weekend are going to have continue to wait a little longer. It was announced Thursday that due to technicalities in securing visas, the show has been rescheduled. It will now be on Tuesday, June 20th at 7 p.m.
Corning’s Gaffer District Running in “America’s Main Street” Contest:
Of the 200 downtowns across the nation running in the America’s Main Street contest is none other than Corning’s Gaffer District. The contest looks to recognize the economic benefits of main streets and the small businesses that help them thrive. Votes can be cast online at http://mainstreetcontest.com/profile.php?id=244 every 24 hours. The top 25 will move on to the next round, which take place May 1st through the 28th. Then 10 semifinalists will be rated by a panel of judges and a winner will be announced on June 5th.
Canisteo Brothers Arrested for Menacing with a Gun:
Two Canisteo brothers have been arrested following an argument that escalated to include an attempted murder charge. According to the State Police in Bath, the victim went to the home of 53-year-old Gavin Bartlett and 58-year-old George Chipman on April 2nd to collect money. There was an argument that escalated, and Bartlett allegedly brandished an unregistered pistol and Chipman reportedly pointed the weapon at the victim and pulled the trigger. It was unloaded. During their investigation, police say they discovered a second unregistered pistol. Bartlett is facing charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Chipman is facing an attempted second degree murder charge. Both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail with bail set at $1,000 and $5,000 respectively.
Family Dispute Leads to Meth Lab Bust in Corning:
Corning Police officers responding to a family dispute got a bit more than they expected Wednesday. When they arrived at the scene, in the 100 block of West Second Street, they reportedly discovered a meth lab. The New York State Police Community Emergency Response Team was called out to the house and one person was arrested. 25-year-old Kyle Force has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.
Michael Beard to Serve Life Sentence at Clinton Correctional:
The Elmira man convicted of killing Kelley Stage Clayton will be serving his life sentence at the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility; the prison from which two inmates infamously escaped in 2015, leading to a nearly three-week manhunt. Beard was convicted in November of First and Second degree murder and he was sentenced in February, just days after Kelley’s husband, Thomas Clayton, was also convicted on First and Second degree murder charges.
NYSDOT Discusses Roundabout, Bridge Work in Kanona:
On Wednesday the New York State Department of Transportation held a public meeting to discuss some major changes to Kanona. The biggest change will be to the “T” intersection where Route 415 and 53 meet. According to Design Engineer and Project Manager Michael Griffin, “there have been a higher than expected amount of accidents over the past several years” so the plan is to build a roundabout that will maintain traffic, while slowing it down. There was also talk about the bridge just down the road which is in need of repairs. Bath Town Supervisor Ron Smith said that foot traffic is expected to be maintained during construction on the bridge. Work is set to get underway in 2019.
Steuben Launches 2017 Pinwheels & Promises:
The 2017 Pinwheels and Promises campaign opened Wednesday. In its sixth year, the program features pinwheels made by local youth programs, libraries, churches, and other organizations, and encourages everyone to help prevent child abuse in Steuben County. It runs through April, which is National Child Abuse Prevention month.
Steuben Co. Hall of Reservations Due Soon:
The deadline for reservations for the 2017 Steuben County Hall of Fame banquet is April 14th. The banquet will take place at noon on April 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. To make a reservation, call (607) 664-2199.
Steuben Co. Project Care Workshop April 26th:
The annual Project Care workshop has been set for 10 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. April 26th at the
Centenary United Methodist Church in Bath. Reservations are open until April 19th. The free event will feature the presentation “Rest for the Weary” by Richard Russell, executive director of Faith in Action Steuben County. The workshop will also include a panel of community staff representing Chronic Disease Self-Management, Tai Chi for Arthritis and more. A light breakfast and lunch will be served. For more information and to make reservations, call the county Office for the Aging.
Corning Man Found Guilty of Sex Crime:
Following a two-day bench trial, 36-year-old Ruben Bailey of Corning was handed a guilty verdict Wednesday in Steuben County Court on charges of criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child, and tampering with physical evidence. Bailey was accused of engaging in sexual contact with a person less than 16, and of attempting to destroy a cell phone during his arrest. Bailey was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail after the verdict was read. Sentencing is scheduled for May 10th.
Indictment Charges Hornell Woman with Causing Son’s Death:
The Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up an indictment and an arrest charging 30-year-old Britney Updyke of Hornell with manslaughter in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child. Updyke is accused of intentionally endangering the physical welfare and recklessly causing the death of her son, Bryson Hunt. Updyke allegedly used illegal drugs close to the time of the child’s birth and failed to notify medical personnel during delivery and subsequent care of the child. Bryson Hunt died a few hours after birth on June 24th. Investigation revealed that fentynal and bath salt overdose were the primary factors in his death. Updyke has been released on her own recognizance and is expected to appear at a later date to continue proceedings.
Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an underage student in possession of prescription medication that was not prescribed to them. Authorities say that a 14-year-old student from Campbell-Savona was found in possession of prescription medication and that 49-year-old Kathy Clark supplied it. Clark has been charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
Avoca School to Make Up Snow Day:
Avoca Central School Superintendent Stephen Saxton sent home a letter to parents and guardians Tuesday announcing that the school would be making up one of its snow days. The school has had to close 4 times over the winter, which leaves it one day shy of the required number of days that the state requires students to be in session. The school will now have a half-day for all students on Friday, May 26th. School will begin at the normal start time, and students will be dismissed at 11:45. Saxton said that they will be providing both breakfast and lunch that day.
NYSDOT to Discuss Steuben Co. Projects Tonight:
The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting tonight to discuss upcoming projects in Steuben County. It’s expected they’ll discuss plans to replace the Route 415 bridge over the Cohocton River near Kanona in the Town of Bath, and adding a roundabout to the intersection of Route 415 and 53. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the Kanona Fire Hall.
Drug Take Back Set for April 29th:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has announced that it will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday April 29th. Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., residents can drop off any unwanted and unnecessary prescription medication. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension in Bath.
Art to “Bloom” April 29th-30th in Steuben Co.:
Spring isn’t the only thing that’s blooming this month. For the 5th straight year, artists throughout Steuben County will be opening their doors on Saturday, April 29th and Sunday, April 30th for the special “Arts in Bloom” weekend. The free event will feature 15 locations, representing over 100 artists, using a wide variety of techniques and styles with live demonstrations from over 20 artists. For an up-to-date list of the many live demonstrations, visit http://artsinbloom.net/live-demonstrations/.
Events Set to Find Owners of Unclaimed Funds:
Several events have been scheduled for the month of April to try and find the owners of unclaimed funds. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says there are 35 million unclaimed funds accounts valued at $14.5 billion. The money comes from old bank accounts, utility deposits, uncashed checks, insurance claims, stocks and other sources that have been dormant. Some goes all the way back to the 1940s. Besides the events, many of which will take place downstate, residents can also search for and claim their money by using the online system or by calling 1-800-221-9311.
Scripps Looks to Avoid Tie, Adds Written Test:
For the last three years, the Scripps National Spelling Bee has ended in a tie – a streak that includes two local spellers that became co-champions in 2014 and 2016. Hoping for a solo champion this year, the competition has announced that it’s adding a written tiebreaker test that will be given to the top spellers before they begin spelling words in the finale. The results will only be revealed if two or three contestants make it through unscathed. There would only be a tie if the top spellers get the exact same score on the test. This year’s bee will be held May 30th through June 1st and local student, 13-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post will be competing.
3 Taken to Hospital Following Watkins Glen School Van Crash:
The driver and three students in a Watkins Glen school van were taken to Arnot Ogden Medical Center for minor injuries after their vehicle crashed on I-86 west near the Arnot Mall. Authorities said the van went off the road and through a fence bordering airport property. The driver, 64-year-old Gary Reynolds of Watkins Glen, was ticketed for moving from lane unsafely. Authorities believe he may have suffered a medical condition.
Steuben Co. Deputy Commended for Actions:
Steuben County Deputy Stephen Ellison was commended Monday for his swift actions that helped avert a potential “officer down” catastrophe two weeks ago. County Sheriff Jim Allard said that Ellison was called to assist an unidentified officer during an arrest on March 22nd and upon his arrival, he found the officer pinned to the ground by an unidentified male assailant. Ellison ordered the assailant into a prone position and he was taken into custody. Allard said that the officer’s portable radio and keys had been dislodged during the altercation, making it impossible for him to call for assistance. Allard commended Ellison for his prompt, decisive action, and for intervening in a manner which left the assailant, himself and the officer without further injury.
Road Work Planned for I-86 in Bath:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that road work will be performed on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 and 39 in the Town of Bath on Thursday. Exit 37 will be closed for part of the day, starting at approximately 8 a.m. Traffic on State Route 53 should expect delays and be prepared to follow direction from flaggers guiding traffic approaching I-86. Exit 39 will remain open, but motorists should expect intermittent delays in the area of the exit. At both exits, workers will be assisting the Town of Bath with removal of lampposts. Exit 38 will not be affected.
Update on E-C Airport Revamp Project:
At Monday’s meeting of the Chemung County Legislature, officials were briefed on the status of the $58 million revamp project set for the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Legislators were shown new renderings of what the airport will look like once construction begins, with Director of Aviation Bill Hopper saying that the airport will remain functional during construction. The project is set to be complete less than 18 months from now.
2017 Tyrtle Beach Season Underway, Jumper Announced:
With the start of Spring, and the turning of the calendar to April, your hometown radio station WVIN is once again looking to raise funds for local youth organizations with the annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser. The festivities officially kicked-off Monday night with the Tyrtle Beach Kick-Off party, where besides fun, food, and music, (and the raising of over $1,000) the announcement of this year’s Tyrtle Beach Jumper was made. Taking the plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Salubria on April 28th will be none other than Steuben County’s new Sheriff, Jim Allard. To make a pledge to see Allard take the leap you can call the radio station at 776-3326. There will also be other opportunities to help out, stay tuned to WVIN for details.
U.P.S. Adds Saturday Deliveries:
Customers tired of waiting through weekends for U.P.S. to deliver their packages are getting a reprieve. On Monday the company announced it plans to start Saturday deliveries within the next few weeks. Officials are calling it “one of the largest changes in the company’s 109-year history.” The move is also expected to create roughly 6,000 new jobs by the end of the year.
Special Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting and budget workshop tonight. It will be at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
U.S. Navy Recruiter Facing New Charge in Murder Plot:
The U.S. Navy serviceman charged in December for allegedly being involved in a murder plot is now facing an additional charge of second degree conspiracy. 30-year-old Brandon McPherson was previously charged with second degree conspiracy and second degree murder when he was arrested. McPherson is currently on active duty and was recently a recruiter at the Arnot Mall. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
NYS Still Without New Budget Deal:
Despite two additional days of debate, New York lawmakers were unable to reach agreement on a new state budget. The deadline was midnight April 1st. They have, however, agreed to pass an extender bill by this afternoon that will keep departments under the current budget until May 31st. In a statement released late Sunday night, Governor Andrew Cuomo cited “difficult and unusual times” for the state and country as to why it’s too important to accept “half a loaf.”
Drunk Driver Hits House in Hornell:
A Hornell man is facing two counts of DWI after he struck a house with his vehicle. The accident occurred over the weekend on East Elm Street and Delaware Avenue. 21-year-old Thomas Turner was sent to Hornell lockup, but posted bail.
Former P-P Officer Appealing Discrimination Case:
The former Painted Post police officer that sued the village and its former police chief for misconduct is appealing the decision reached last year in federal court. Cody Ann Cook served as a full and part-time officer with the Painted Post Police Department on-and-off since 1994. She resigned and filed a suit alleging that she was a victim of abusive work conditions and discrimination. In August 2016, the U.S. Western District Court of New York dismissed the case. Cook is now looking to argue the case in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City.
Bath Fireman Honored for 50 Years of Service:
At a special service Saturday night, a member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was honored for 50 years of service. Officials said Spencer Longwell has helped many people in his five decades of service as Bath Volunteer Fire Chief, and as Steuben County Deputy Fire Coordinator. Longwell was presented with an award and plaque.
Ride-Sharing Could Expand to Upstate by July:
Thanks to a new framework agreement, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft could expand into upstate New York as early as July. According to the Star Gazette, lawmakers were briefed last week about details of a deal between the Governor and legislative leaders to regulate the services. The tentative deal is expected to be in the final state budget.
Reed Holding Town Halls
Tom Reed holds his latest series of town halls today across the 23rd district. The congressman is scheduled to make stops today in Tioga Center at 8:30am, Elmira at 11:00am and in the afternoon he will be in Tyrone at 1:00pm and Avoca at 3:00pm. In an interview earlier this week, Reed said "Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." Constituents have showed up at Reed’s offices to express their frustrations and the issue health care has been at the forefront for many of his constituents, over 79,000 of which cannot afford health care without the AHCA.
Bath Village Votes on Budget Monday
On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent. The proposed spending plan carries a tax rate of $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. A public hearing will be held prior to the 5 p.m. vote.
Cuomo Endorses Property Legislation
Governor Andrew Cuomo has endorsed the "Empire State Equity Act," federal legislation that would deliver property tax relief to New Yorkers by increasing federal funding for New York's Medicaid program. New York is a "donor state" that contributes as much as $30 billion more to the federal budget in taxes than it receives back in services. The bill, Cuomo says, will help level the playing field and provide New York with an additional $2.3 billion in Medicaid funds, which the state will use to eliminate the local share of Medicaid for any county that agrees to lower local property taxes by an equal amount, thereby passing 100 percent of their savings to their taxpayers.
McPherson Charged With Second Degree Conspiracy
Brandon McPherson was charged with an additional Second Degree Conspiracy count by New York State Police at Bath for his alleged role in a murder for hire plot, which he was originally arrested and charged for in December 2016. The Horseheads resident is on active duty with the U.S. Navy and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
State Legislature Misses Budget Deadline
The New York State Legislature has missed its deadline for resolving the state budget due to a divided house. Issues that led to gridlock in the state legislature were raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 years old to age 18 and ways to financially support schools in the state as well as the millionaire’s tax, which the governor expressed support for in early February. This budget delay breaks Cuomo’s track record of budget timeliness as New York state eagerly awaits its fiscal future. Midnight on April 1st was the deadline.