Savona to Flush Hydrants
Savona’s Village water department plans to flush village hydrants for two days on June 5 and June 6. Residents are reminded that during this time their water may run cloudy.
Corning Funding Increase Improves Roads
Public complaints about the condition of city streets have decreased significantly since the Corning City Council added $100,000 to their annual budget for the past six years to upgrade roads. On May 15, the council voted to increase the proposed 2017-18 spending plan an additional $100,000 for street renovations, bringing the proposed budget to $16.6 million and increasing city taxes from $11.17 to $11.45 per $1,000 of assessed value. The council will vote on the proposed budget on 6:30pm on Monday at Corning City Hall.
NYS Court of Appeals Hears Assisted Suicide Case
The Court of Appeals heard arguments yesterday regarding physician-assisted suicide in a case filed by terminally ill patients who want the right to seek life-ending medication from a physician. The plaintiffs’ attorney want judges to reverse a lower court ruling dismissing this challenge, as they believe current laws against assisting suicide shouldn’t apply to patients who are terminally ill due to their incurable condition. An attorney representing the state says that assisted suicide is a policy issue that must be left to the Legislature. A ruling is anticipated by the end of the summer.
Cuomo Announces After-School Expansion
Governor Cuomo announced $36 million of funding is available to school districts that are high-need to expand their after-school programs. Non-profit agencies can partner with theses eligible school districts to make these programs possible. The following is criteria for eligibility:
Must be located in municipalities designated under the Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative Must be located in a county that had a child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015;
Must have a district child poverty rate of over 30 percent in 2015; or
Had between 5,000 and 20,000 students living in poverty within the school district in 2015.
Cuomo's Office identified Elmira City School District and Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District as eligible for this funding .The Request for Proposals is available at: www.ocfs.ny.gov/main/bcm/rfp.asp.
ASPCA Offers Disaster Response Bootcamp
ASPCA and New York State will host the first statewide Disaster Response Bootcamp training at the beginning of June. It will provide critical animal water rescue training to the state's Community Animal Response Teams and emergency response agencies. Training participants will be taken on June 3rd and 4th, and trained by the New York State Department of Agriculture, Markets’ Animal Industry Division and the ASPCA. The course provides life-saving, hands-on training to responders, animal control officers and volunteers so they can better help pets during flood emergencies. Starting with classroom training on June 2nd at the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, the class will also cover hands-on field training on the water on June 3rd and 4th.
Erwin to Review Site Plan for Town Center Rd.:
The Town of Erwin Planning Board will meet next Monday to review a number of applications from Family Life Ministries. The Board will examine a site plan proposal from Family Life for a 124,000 square foot building on Town Center Road. Family Life is also seeking lot subdivisions and approval to disturb natural landscape.
Senator Schumer Pushes to Have 74 Sailors Added to Vietnam Memorial:
The families 74 sailors who died on board the U.S.S. Frank E Evans in the South China Sea during a war-related exercise are getting help from Senator Charles Schumer in their push to have the names added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Schumer has sent a letter to the acting Secretary of the Navy in support of the sailors. The families have been fighting for years to have the names added, but the accident happened outside the designated combat zone, so they’ve been left off. Senator Schumer says geography shouldn’t be a barrier to recognition when it comes to service.
NYS Higher Education Services Corporation Approves Free Tuition Regs.:
Regulations for New York State’s free college tuition plan have been approved by the New York State Higher Education Services Corporation Board of Trustees. The plan covers tuition at state universities for full-time, in-state students whose families earn $125,000 or less. Students will have to pay for room, board, and other expenses out of pocket. Recipients of the scholarship will have to remain in New York for as many years as they receive the benefit, and they’ll have to repay the money as a loan if they take a job out of state. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo, regulations have been approved that will waive or postpone repayment in “cases of extreme hardship” and provide flexibility for military service members and disabled students. Students can begin applying for the free tuition plan on June 7th.
Catholic Charities Recognized:
At the recent annual ProAction Awards Breakfast Catholic Charities of Steuben was recognized with the “Promise of Community Action” Award. The award recognizes a business, elected official, community partner, or community member who embodies the “Promise of Community Action: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.” Catholic Charities provides access to resources and opportunities for people to enrich their quality of life, including healthy child development, health mental wellness, and freedom from substance dependency.
Snug Harbor Building Damaged Again in Second Fire in Six Months:
For the second time in six months, fire crews were called to the building that housed Snug Harbor in Hammondsport on Saturday. Officials say the fire caught just before 3 a.m., and it took roughly 45 minutes to get under control. One person was injured as they escaped from a bedroom on the second floor, but the restaurant was relatively undamaged, according to the new owner. The restaurant had just re-opened the day before. The owner said they hope to reopen the restaurant again over the 4th of July weekend.
Trooper Foglia’s Condition Upgraded to Satisfactory:
Trooper Craig Foglia’s condition has been upgraded from guarded to satisfactory, according to officials at Strong Memorial who spoke with 13-WHAM. The 13-year law enforcement veteran was seriously injured when his patrol vehicle was struck from behind during a traffic stop on I-86 in the Town of Campbell. The driver of the truck that hit Foglia’s vehicle hasn’t been charged. Authorities say the investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Drugs Bound for Arkport Stopped in West Sparta:
A car said to be full of marijuana bound for Arkport was stopped by Livingston County authorities in West Sparta thanks to a tip that came into the Sheriff’s office tip line in Geneseo. The vehicle was stopped on 390 and authorities said they recovered 20 small marijuana plants. 53-year-old Christopher Erbe, of Rush, was charged and released.
$150K For Southern Tier Libraries:
$150,000 in federal funding has been announced for libraries in the Southern Tier. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said the funding will benefit the Southern Tier Library System, which covers 21 public libraries across Allegany, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler, and Chemung counties. The money will be used to upgrade fiber infrastructure.
Winning Take 5 Ticket Sold in Bath:
The New York Lottery has announced that a single top-prize ticket worth $74,200.50 for Thursday’s Take 5 drawing was sold in Bath. The ticket was sold at Hatfields on Ganesvoort Street. Winning Take 5 tickets can be cashed up to one year from the date of the drawing.
Memorial Day Ceremony in Bath:
The Bath VA Medical Center is hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery today. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is this year’s keynote speaker.
REED ANNOUNCES TOWN HALLS
Congressman Tom Reed has announced another series of town hall meetings. On Saturday June 3rd, Reed will be at several locations to include the Bradford Fire Hall from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.
NEW YORK SENATE PASSES VETERAN LEGISLATION
The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills, in recognition of Memorial Day, that will honor the state’s veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The bills would rename the new Tappan Zee Bridge in honor of Purple Heart recipients, reduce property taxes for disabled veterans, help Gold Star Parents, establish the crime of stolen valor, and support the American flag, among other measures.
WINNING TAKE 5 TICKET SOLD IN BATH
The New York Lottery announced a single top-prize ticket worth $74,200.50 for Thursday’s Take 5 drawing was sold in Bath. The ticket for was sold at Hatfields at 113 Ganesvoort St. The winning numbers for the May 23 Take 5 drawing were: 02 – 08 – 21 – 31 - 35. Take 5 tickets that are winners can be cashed up to one year from the date of the drawing.
FOSTER PARENTS HONORED AT SOCIAL SERVICES BANQUET
Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller honored foster parents at her department’s recent Foster Care Parents Banquet held at the VFW Hall in Bath. “Foster parents are courageous, selfless and compassionate. They protect and guide, kiss boo- boos and encourage our children to dream,” Muller said. Children are welcomed by foster parents in the county have a wide variety of needs, Muller said at the event: “At the end of the day, foster parents are the bridge over troubled water. Foster parents are the designated heroes.”
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS STRESS TREATMENT AT DRUG FORUM
This week Hornell High School hosted the Steuben County Substance Abuse Forum featuring officials like Hornell City Police Chief Ted Murray and Sheriff Jim Allard as panelists. Due to the numerous inmates at the county jail convicted of drug crimes and drug deaths tripling from 2015 to 2016, Allard noted that the county is looking into peer counseling for inmates detoxing during their sentences.
VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATED AT RSVP AWARDS
The annual RSVP awards tea honored exceptional volunteers at Hammondsport’s Glenn Curtiss Museum. Bath’s Elin Peterson received to “Louise Argentieri Service Award” for averaging 170 hours as an activities assistant at Harriett & Taylor Health Center in Bath. Dolores D’Apice of Hornell earned the “Spirit of Volunteerism Award”for her 23 year service delivering meals to the homebound for the ProAction Senior Nutrition home delivery program. “New York State Health Facilities Association Volunteer of the Year Award” went to Rick Packer of Hornell for founding a men’s group at Hornell Gardens.
Parole Reform Passes Senate:
The New York State senate has approved parole reform legislation that would extend the period of time that certain convicted murderers have to wait to apply for a parole hearing. Under the existing law, the state Parole Board is required to allow inmates to request a parole hearing every two years. The new bill would extend that time between hearings from two to five years for offenders convicted of first-and-second degree murder, or aggravated murder. Earlier this month, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, along with family members of murder victims, including the family of Derrick Robie of Savona, called for the law’s approval. The law now moves to the Assembly.
Bath P.D. Connects with MobilePatrol:
The Bath Village Police Department is now connected with MobilePatrol. MobilePatrol helps police agencies rapidly communicate public safety information such as emergency alerts, jail bookings, VINE notifications, arrest warrants, and lists of most-wanted persons and sex offenders. Users of the app can also send crime tips and offender sightings directly to police. The police department has already received 137 tips from the community.
Goodrich Autoworks Donates Two Cars to Those in Need:
As a part of the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program, Goodrich Auto in Bath recently donated two cars to a veteran and a family in need. Joanna Stevens of Canisteo, one of the winners, said that they need to travel frequently for their children – they have a son that was born prematurely, and a daughter that’s autistic. Now they know they’ll be able to get where they need to go and that they’ll be able to get there safely. Brannden Hanchett, an Army veteran and the winner of the second car, commended Goodrich’s, saying that he’s so happy to see “that there are good people out here that are actually trying to help out.” This was Goodrich’s first time participating in the national event. The program has seen over 1,000 vehicles donated since 2007.
Allegiant Offering Free Services for Qualifying Military Personnel:
With Memorial Day just days away and we prepare to remember and honor all veterans and military members, an airline that serves the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has announced that it is now offering select free services for qualifying military personnel. Allegiant will offer 3 pieces of checked baggage free, no charge for oversized checked baggage, one carry-on with size limits, free boarding pass printing at the airport, free seat assignments (pending availability), and up to one pet in cabin for free to U.S. active or reserve duty, National Guard, and their families. Active military will also be given boarding priority at no charge, and will not be charged for a change or cancellation due to a change in orders. To see a full list of services, as well as more information about eligibility and the requirements visit http://allegiant.com/military-discount.
New Restaurant Coming to Big Flats:
The bustling shopping and restaurant district in Big Flats is going to be growing soon, as Moe’s Southwest Grill has confirmed that it plans to open doors in the area. According to WETM, the chain has set a tentative opening date for July 20th in the vacant storefront near Tops and Bed Bath and Beyond.
Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:
The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be this year’s keynote speaker.
STOP DWI and Click-It or Ticket Campaigns This Weekend:
If you’re among the many planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to do so safely. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Monday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The STOP-DWI crackdown starts today and will end on May 30th. Also, the New York State Police have teamed up with local law enforcement for a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement that is currently underway and runs through June 4th.
CBO Report on GOP Healthcare Bill, Could Leave Millions Without Coverage:
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report has been released for the proposed GOP healthcare replacement bill. According to their findings, the bill would insure 23 million less people than Obamacare after 10 years and it has the potential to impact many with pre-existing conditions. Some Americans would see lower premiums, but the CBO adds that many of those with pre-existing conditions would no longer be able to afford insurance and that many who received coverage would pay thousands more in out-of-pocket expenses. The CBO report is in stark contrast to promises by President Donald Trump to provide “insurance for everybody” that would cover pre-existing conditions, lower deductibles, and avoid Medicaid cuts. The proposed GOP bill, which passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, would spend $1.1 trillion less on healthcare and would use the savings primarily to finance large tax cuts for high-income earners and medical companies.
Canisteo Man Charged with DWI After Driving Without Tire:
A Canisteo man was charged with driving with intoxicated after Steuben County deputies discovered him driving without a tire. Cody Aultman was reportedly driving on County Route 119 without one of his front tires and he was leaving debris on the roadway. Aultman was issued appearance tickets and will return to Canisteo Town Court at a later date.
Another Challenger for Tom Reed Announced:
A 59-year-old Painted Post school teacher has announced he is running for congress. Rick Gallant, a democrat, hopes to unseat incumbent republican Tom Reed. According to the Buffalo News, Gallant is a longtime teacher and union activist from the Corning area. In a statement, Gallant said Tom Reed is voting in lock step with Donald Trump and his party. He says one thing here at home, but votes another way once he’s in Washington. Gallant added that it’s time for a representative who will deliver more than lip service. Last week, Ithaca businessman Ian Golden also announced his intentions to run against Reed.
Prattsburgh Library Budget Voted Down:
Voting Wednesday, residents of the Prattsburgh Central School district said no to the Town Library budget. The vote was 84 against to 69 for.
Cuomo’s Favorability Up According to New Siena Poll:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has received his best overall favorability rating in three years, according to new poll by the Siena College. The survey found that 61 percent of respondents said they have a favorable impression of the Governor. That number’s up 7 percent from last month.
NYS Assembly Approves Ride Sharing By June 29th:
Legislation that would bump up the date for the ride-sharing expansion for upstate New York is now on its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo following its approval by the state assembly Tuesday. The senate approved the bill last week. The legislation bumps up the expansion date by 10 days to June 29th, just in time for the 4th of July.
NYS Reaches Settlement with Johnson & Johnson:
New York State will receive a total of $1.3 million from Johnson & Johnson in a multi-state settlement regarding misrepresentations in marketing drugs including Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, and Sudafed between 2009 and 2011. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman made the announced Wednesday. The company is expected to pay a total of $33 million, and it will so be required to reform marketing and promotional practices.
Travel Advisory – Road Work on State Route 54A in Hammondsport:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced road work for State Route 54A in Hammondsport next week. Emergency landslide repairs will take place about a half mile north of the Village beginning Tuesday. According to the DOT, most of the work will require a full road closure until the work is complete. Work at the landslide repair sites and at the planned culvert repair site have been staggered to maintain access to residents between those locations. Traffic will be detoured using County Route 76. The landslide repair work is expected to extend past the 4th of July weekend. Signs will give drivers advance notice of work.
Participants Sought for Colonial Days Parade:
Participants are being sought for the 54th Annual Painted Post Colonial Days Parade. The event is set for Saturday, June 7th. All types of units are welcome, including schools, businesses, musical groups, and social and civic organizations. Contact (607) 368-8730 or (607) 368-9998 for more information.
Savona End of Year Meeting Tuesday:
The Village of Savona will hold its end of year meeting on Tuesday, May 30th at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall on McCoy Street.
Trooper Foglia Showing “Signs of Improvement”:
There’s been update on Trooper Craig Foglia. State Police officials say he remains in guarded condition, but that he is showing slow signs of improvement. Trooper Foglia was airlifted to Strong Memorial in Rochester last week following an accident on I-86 in Campbell where his patrol vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup truck.
$18.5M Settlement Reached for Target Data Breach:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday that 47 states and the District of Columbia have reached a $18.5 million settlement with the Target Corporation in the company’s 2013 data breach. More than 41 million customer payment card accounts were affected in the breach and more than 60 million customers’ contact formation was exposed. New York is expected to receive Over $635,000. Target will also be required to implement a comprehensive information security program and to employ an executive or officer to oversee the execution of the program, and the company will be required to hire an outside vendor to conduct a security assessment.
Governor Denounces UK Terror Attack, Steps Up NY Security:
In response to the bombing in Manchester Monday night that killed 22 and injured nearly 60 more, Governor Andrew Cuomo said that “an attack on one is an attack on all, and New York stands in solidarity with the British people and our friends around the world against the forces of hate and terror.” The Governor also announced that security will be increased at key locations in New York, adding at the “safety of New Yorkers is priority number one.”
Fifth Man Arrested in Elmira Fentanyl Ring:
The bust of a fentanyl ring in Elmira has lead to another arrest. Isaiah McLaurin, of Elmira, has been charged with threatening physical force against an individual for allegedly trying to prevent testimony against the four men previously arrested. 29-year-old Robert Thatcher, 30-year-old Maximillian Sams, 29-year-old Dwayne Banksall, and 30-year-old Carlito Rios were arrested on May 16th.
Amber Alert Cancelled, Teens Charged:
The Amber Alert issued Tuesday for a 12-year-old girl missing from her Cattaraugus County home has been cancelled and two teenagers have been charged. 18-year-old Joshua Monette and 16-year-old John Harvey are suspected of taking McKenzie Wilson and they have been charged with grand larceny, second degree criminal possession of a weapon, possession of stolen property, and unlawful imprisonment. Monette was additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child. The three were found in Farmersville, near a vehicle that was reported stolen. The owner of the vehicle also reported a handgun in the vehicle and Monette’s father reported a handgun stolen from his residence.
Farmworkers Rally in Albany for Overtime, Union Options:
Nearly 100 farmworkers and advocates rallied in the State capital Tuesday in challenge of a loophole in state law that prevents them from unionizing for better working conditions and overtime pay. Last year, the New York Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit calling the law unconstitutional. Both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman have said they would not defend the law. The New York Farm Bureau opposes the lawsuit, arguing that small farms cannot afford the higher labor costs and strikes that could ensure. The Farm Bureau has filed a motion to have the lawsuit dismissed.
Traffic Restrictions for 61st Annual Bath Dairy Parade:
The 61st Annual Dairy Festival Parade will march through Bath on June 3rd at 10:30 a.m. and Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents to expect traffic restrictions. On the day, parking meters along the parade route will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. At 8 a.m., Liberty Street from Washington to Steuben will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed no later than 8 a.m. Any vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic detours will be in place by 10:15 a.m. and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the parade.
Campbell Kraft Plan Closure Pushed to Aug. 23rd:
The deadline for the closure of the Kraft-Heinz plant in Campbell has been extended once again. Officials previously announced that the facility would be closed by June, but it has now been pushed to August 23rd. Local and federal lawmakers have been working with Kraft-Heinz to save the plant since its closure was announced in 2015. If a buyer isn’t found some 330 people would be without jobs.
Prison Time for Man Who Set Nativity Scene Fire:
The man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to the Nativity scene at Wisner Park in Elmira in December has been sentenced. Daniel Peterson-Green will serve one-year in county jail. After the nativity scene was destroyed, a local family donated a temporary replacement. City leaders hope to have a permanent one in time for this holiday season.
Cuomo Dedicates $10M to Repair Flood Damage:
Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that $10 million has been made available for communities that were impacted by the recent flooding along the coastline of Lake Ontario. The money will support recovery efforts, including repairs to flood walls, roads, sidewalks, and culverts, as well as public water and sewer infrastructure. Cuomo declared a State of Emergency in Cayuga, Jefferson, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Oswego, St. Lawrence, and Wayne counties earlier this month.
Warning Issued for Drugs Disguised as Candy:
After reporting to an overdose last week, Elmira authorities are issuing a warning about narcotics they discovered disguised as the candy SweeTarts. They believe it be tainted with some kind of opioid, like Heroin or Fentanyl, and they’re urging parents to talk to their children about eating or touching strange or unfamiliar candy. The public is also reminded that in some cases, like Fentanyl, opioids can be absorbed through the skin or even just the smell of it can have a negative effect. If you, or your child, finds strange candy, officials say not to touch it and to immediately contact authorities. If you must remove it, make sure you’re wearing protective gloves.
Drug Forum Today in Hornell:
The Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum will be held tonight from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Hornell High School Auditorium. The county forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate services.
STOP-DWI Memorial Day, Click It or Ticket It Crackdown:
If you’re among the many planning to hit the road this Memorial Day weekend, be sure to do so safely. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Monday that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The STOP-DWI crackdown will start May 26th and will end on May 30th. Also, the New York State Police have teamed up with local law enforcement for a seat belt and child safety seat enforcement that is currently underway and runs through June 4th.
2017 Steuben Co. Prevention of Child Abuse Award:
A woman with 27 years of experience working in the field of social services and child protection was honored Monday by the Steuben County Legislature and her colleagues with the 2017 Steuben County Prevention of Child Abuse Award. Edna Kayes, the county Department of Social Services assistant director, was selected from a field of nominees by the county Child Abuse Prevention Task Force. A child protective caseworker for 22 years, Kayes now oversees the department’s child protective and preventive units, managing the highest risk populations in the county, estimated at around 2,000. She also participates in many child and family-related community activities during her non-work hours in both Steuben and Allegany counties.
Bath Baby Club Changes Meeting Times:
A new time for the Bath Baby Café has been announced. Steuben County Public Health Education Coordinator Lorelei Wagner said, beginning June 2nd, the free weekly program will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. every Friday at the Dormann Library. The Baby Café is a free drop-in support program designed for pregnant women, breastfeeding mons, and all families.
Street Closures in Corning Thursday for Glassfest:
Drivers in the Corning area are advised to expect some road closures this weekend for the eighth annual Glassfest, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Thursday with a glass ribbon cutting at the Corning Museum of Glass. From 3 p.m. Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday the following streets will be closed:
Tioga Avenue from the Parking Garage to the entrance of the Bus Stop From 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday
Aurene Lane from Cedar Street to Tarantelli Lane (open for emergency vehicles and deliveries only) From 6 p.m. Saturday through 8 p.m. Sunday:
Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane
Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street
Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane
Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane
Aurene Lane from Tarantelli Lane to Chestnut Street All streets listed above will remain closed to vehicular traffic overnight the two days of the event.
Cedar Street is closed 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.,will reopen at 8 p.m Saturday and close again at 9 a.m. Sunday.
In preparation for the GlassFest 8K race, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic:
Saturday, from 6:30 a.m. to
Saturday, from 7:40 a.m. to
Tioga Avenue from Wall Street to Cedar Street
Conhocton Street from Woodview Avenue to Roundhouse Lane
Canisteo Street from E. Market Street Ext. to Roundhouse Lane
East Market Street Ext. from Canisteo Street to Trolley Lane
Relihan Boulevard from Park Avenue to Trolley Lane
Mill Lane from Relihan Boulevard to E. Second Street Ext.
Wayland Man Convicted in Fatal Fire:
Friday a Steuben County Jury convicted a Wayland man of first degree murder, two counts of arson, and three counts of falsifying business records in the fatal 2016 Wayland fire that killed David O’Dell. After the verdict was read Joseph Meyers was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Sentencing is set for June 19th. He faces a possible life sentence. Meyers’ wife also faces charges in the case. Her trial begins on July 5th.
Alleged Parole Absconder Arrested in Bath:
The New York State troopers of Bath have announced the arrest of a parole absconder in the Village of Bath. 29-year-old Donald Rundell, initially convicted of rape and recently paroled, was located at a residence on Pine Street and was taken into custody. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Steuben Co. to Approve Substance Abuse Rehab Program:
Steuben County legislators are expected to approve a new partnership for substance abuse treatment when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. today in the County Office Building. A proposed medically managed detoxification program will be located at Arnot Health Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital with the county Community Services’ Steuben County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (SCASAS) providing onsite substance abuse evaluations of individuals receiving treatment through the hospital’s detoxification program. If approved, the program is the latest effort in Steuben to help victims of substance abuse, now at epidemic proportions.
Steuben Hosts 3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial:
Regional law enforcement officers fallen in the line of duty were honored Saturday at the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Steuben County Public Safety Building. The ceremony concluded National Police Week and commemorates those in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. County Sheriff Jim Allard noted the day was even more meaningful by injuries suffered by state Trooper Craig Foglia during a traffic stop earlier in the week. Foglia remains in serious condition in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Chemung Co. IDA Still Paying for First Arena While New Owner Searches for
Despite reaching a deal with a new owner in March, the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency is still paying to keep the First Arena open. That’s because of a provision in the $3.5 million deal that allows Brian Barrett to find a new hockey team to replace the Elmira Jackals before he becomes owner of the facility. County Executive Tom Santulli says that Barrett is actively pursuing a replacement. Though it’s unknown if a new team will be secured before the hockey season gets underway. In the meantime, officials say event bookings such as the Professional Bull Riders and WWE have helped the IDA break even on the arena.
Boater Safety Course at Finger Lakes Boating Museum:
A New York State boater safety course will be hosted by the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport on June 10th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Students must be at least 10 years or older to attend. Cost is $30 for members and $35 for nonmembers. Those 18 and older are required to pay a $10 fee to NYS. For more information or to register call 569-2222. Registration is required.
State Approves New Hornell Hospital
Yesterday St James Mercy Hospital announced they have state health department approval to build a new hospital in the former Kmart Plaza on Seneca Street. Last year, a $55 million state grant was awarded to St James for the project which will include a transition into a fully electronic database system of records.
County Jury Convicts Wayland Man of Murder
Friday a Steuben County Jury convicted a Wayland man of First degree murder, 2 counts of arson in the first degree, and three counts of falsifying business records. After sentencing, Joseph Meyers was remanded to Steuben County Jail for the February 15, 2016 fire in Wayland that killed David O’Dell. Post-trial motions will occur on June 19th.
County Legislators To Vote on Substance Abuse Program
Steuben County legislators are expected to approve a new partnership for substance abuse treatment when they meet in regular session at 10 a.m. Monday in the County Office Building. A proposed medically managed detoxification program will be located at Arnot Health Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital with the county Community Services’ Steuben County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services (SCASAS) providing onsite substance abuse evaluations of individuals receiving treatment through the hospital’s detoxification program. If approved, the program is the latest effort in Steuben to help victims of substance abuse, now at epidemic proportions.
New Grant Funding Secured by Arbor
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $4.8 M in grants for community development organizations. The funds will support developing and preserving affordable housing, maintaining and expanding neighborhoods, and growing jobs. In Steuben County, Arbor Housing & development received $251,000.
Congressman Reed Challenged by Local
This week, it was announced local businessman Ian Golden of Ithaca will run against Congressman Tom Reed as a Democrat candidate for the 23rd Congressional District. Golden is known in the community for Finger Lakes Running, his own business and is running to eliminate the current system’s greed and corruption.
Hornell to Begin Round of Street Paving
A request to the Board of Public Works to do $206,280 of work to repair Hornell roads this spring has recently been submitted. Mayor Hogan reminded citizens this is only the first phase of the plan and most of the repairs should be covered via funding through CHIPS, the state Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Program.Seneca Street, Preston Avenue, Mays Avenue, Canisteo Street, East Elm Street, Merrill Lane and Pine Street are anticipated to be renovated.
Trooper Struck on I-86 Expected to Recover:
According to a release from the New York State Police, the trooper that was struck on I-86 Wednesday while conducting a traffic stop remains in critical condition today. Trooper Craig Foglia underwent surgery Wednesday night and is recovering at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. His doctors say they’re optimistic, but say they expect his recovery to be “prolonged.” Police held a press conference at the hospital Thursday where they said that alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. They are continuing to investigate what caused Kenneth Aukett to veer off the road and hit Foglia’s vehicle. In the wake of the accident, authorities remind drivers to always obey the “Move Over” law, which requires drivers to safely switch lanes when they see lights, vests, or reflectors. The law includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, construction, DOT, and tow trucks, and it applies to both sides of the roadway.
Hornell Woman Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud:
A Hornell woman faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty to wire fraud. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, 50-year-old Helen Jackson agreed to receive money from others by fraud and forward it to Nigeria. When she was initially interviewed by the FBI, she claimed she didn’t know she was involved in fraud and agreed to stop. But Police say she continued to send money to fraudulent accounts. The U.S. Attorney’s office says she forwarded at least $30,000. Her sentencing is scheduled for August 15th.
Civil War Day at Mossy Bank Park:
A reminder from Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen: 7th graders from Bath and Avoca schools will be participating in Civil War Day today at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities are planned throughout the day with artillery and musket blank rounds being fired between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The park will be open to the public, but only the seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the Civil War activities.
Bill that Would Make Injuring K-9 Officer a Felony Approved by Senate:
A bill that would strengthen the penalty for anyone who injuries a K-9 officer has been approved by the New York State Senate. The penalty is currently a misdemeanor; the new legislation would make it a felony offense. The bill is known as “Mitchell’s Law,” after a Jamestown German Shepard who suffered life-threatening injuries during an encounter with a suspected murderer in November. It was co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and it has gained the support of law enforcement and animal advocacy groups, including the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society of the United States.
Federal Funding Awarded to Steuben Co. Housing Organization:
New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced federal funding to a Steuben County housing organization to go towards housing efforts. The funds were released by NeighborWorks America and more than $200,000 will be going to Arbor Housing and Development for use in developing and preserving affordable housing, revitalizing neighborhoods, and creating jobs.
3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Tomorrow:
Tomorrow at 11 a.m. the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the county Public Safety Building in Bath. The ceremony is the culmination of National Police Week and commemorates the law enforcement professionals in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. The county Law Enforcement Memorial Park, which has finished its first phase of construction, will be featured in the ceremony.
Drug Forum on Tuesday:
The Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum is set for 5:30 p.m. May 23rd in the Hornell High School Auditorium. County officials say the need for information, prevention, and rehabilitation has reached urgent proportions, with a recent report from the Monroe County Medical Examiner indicating deaths related to opioid abuse from 2011 to 2016 account range from 44 percent to 84 percent of total deaths to the Monroe examiner. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate services.
WGI, NYS Fair Announce Promotion Partnership:
Two of the biggest, most popular events in New York are teaming up this summer for a cross-promotion partnership. Watkins Glen International and the New York State Fair announced Thursday that they will promote the other’s major events through ticket giveaways on their social media channels, including the NASCAR Cup Series weekend and the Great New York State Fair. Also, during the fair, WGI will be in attendance with an informational booth that will include a Verizon IndyCar display. The co-promotion efforts are set to begin immediately.
NYS Collecting Worn American Flags for Memorial Watchfire:
With Memorial Day just over a week away, you might be getting ready to put out a new American flag, and you might be wondering how to dispose of your old one. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the answer: a statewide collection of worn American flags that will be disposed of as part of the Memorial Watchfire on Sunday, May 28th at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse. Locally, a drop-off is open to businesses and individuals at the Henderson-Smith State Office Building in Hornell. The Memorial Watchfire will be conducted by the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 103.
Click-It or Ticket Enforcement Planned:
The Corning City Police Department has announced that will be joining with other local departments in a national Click-It or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign. The event will run May 22nd through June 4th. Memorial Day weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.
Area School Budgets, Most Propositions Pass:
Tuesday residents took to the polls in their school districts to weigh in on budgets, propositions, and board of education seats. Most area schools saw approval across the board, and many open board seats were running unopposed.
Addison (Budget Passed 339-178)
Board of Education Election - Deb Flint, Michelle Terwilliger, Kim Rayeski
Arkport (Budget Passed 223-54)
Board of Education Election - Jennifer Swarts
Avoca (Budget Passed 284-84)
Library Proposition 228 no-144 yes
Board of Education Election - Kevin Devine
Bath (Budget Passed 359-68)
Board of Education Election - Jennifer Yartym, Michael Warren
Bradford (Budget Passed 95-76)
Board of Education Election - JoAnn Miller
Campbell-Savona (Budget Passed 222-43)
Board of Education Election - Greg Cacace, Stacie VanSkiver
Corning-Painted Post (Budget Passed 923-406)
Board of Education Election - Janelle Meteer, Victoria Zingler, James Webb
Hammondsport (Budget Passed 188-21)
Board of Education Election - Richard Drain
Prattsburgh (Budget Passed 105-5)
Board of Education Election - Brian Robbins
Wayland-Cohocton (Budget Passed 334-68)
Board of Education Election - Rich Rizzieri, Daniel Lander
Car Drives into Bath Country Club Pond:
No serious injuries have been reported in an accident Tuesday afternoon where a vehicle ended up in a pond on the ninth hole of the golf course at the Bath Country Club. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. when a car ran through a nearby intersection, went up and over the train tracks, and crashed into the pond. Witnesses say a woman and three dogs were in the car at the time. There’s word at this time as to the cause of the accident.
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Wayland Man Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors:
A Wayland man has been arrested for allegedly providing alcohol to minors. 53-year-old Calvin Buck was charged with five counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the 1st degree. He was issued an appearance ticket for the Village of Wayland court.
New Police Chief in Canisteo:
Tuesday, the Village of Canisteo swore in its first Police Chief in over 30 years. Family and friends of the new chief, as well as village and town officials, and many law enforcement personnel from across the county, including Sheriff Jim Allard, gathered at the Nicklebrew restaurant for the ceremony that welcomed Chief Kyle Amidon to his new position. At 29-years-old, Amidon is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, police chief in the state. He previously served with the Hornell City Police, and was the Officer in Charge of the Canisteo Village Police Department. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2015.
Governor Proposes Legislation to Protect Drivers Against “Discriminatory”
Governor Andrew Cuomo has new proposed legislation that he says would protect drivers without college degrees or high paying jobs from “unfairly discriminatory” auto insurance rates. The proposal comes after an investigation by the Department of Financial Services found that some insurers use the criteria when determining a customer’s rate – meaning people with low paying jobs could have to pay a higher rate, while those with degrees and high paying jobs pay less. The new legislation would make it so an insurer could only use the criteria if they can prove it does not create rates that are discriminatory. Public commenting on the proposal opens today.
Walk and Roll at the Bath VA Today:
Today the Bath V.A. Medical Center is holding its annual VA2K Walk and Roll to benefit homeless Veterans and promote health and wellness. Participants can walk anytime from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. around the parade ground on the V.A. campus. There’s no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to donate in support of homeless veterans. Donations may include paper products and cleaning supplies.
School Budget Voting Today:
Today the fates of school budgets across the state will be decided as voters hit the polls. Besides weighing in on the budget, many residents will also vote on board of education candidates, and propositions. Polling hours vary by district. Be sure to check with your district for times and locations. Locally: Addison, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport, Hornell, Jasper-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, and Wayland-Cohocton all have hours from noon to 8 p.m. Polls at Arkport will be open from 11 to 8 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Canisteo-Greenwood.
2 Arrested During Warrant Sweep:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two Steuben County residents during a recent warrant sweep. 26-year-old Heather Creelman of Lindley was taken in a violation of conditional sentence issued by the Erwin Town Court. The charge originally stems from charges of forgery and criminal possession of stolen property. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. 30-year-old Kyle Butler of Addison was arrested on a warrant for criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
$137K Awarded to Corning Fire Dept.:
Monday Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that over $137,000 in federal funding through the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program has been awarded to the Corning Fire Department. The department says the funding will be used to purchase 24 new self-contained breathing apparatus air packs.
3rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service Saturday:
On Saturday, May 20th at 11 a.m. the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting the third annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the county Public Safety Building in Bath. The ceremony is the culmination of National Police Week and commemorates the law enforcement professionals in Steuben, Allegany, Chemung, Livingston, Ontario, Schuyler, and Yates counties who have made the ultimate sacrifice in serving their communities. The county Law Enforcement Memorial Park, which has finished its first phase of construction, will be featured in the ceremony.
Avoca 8th Grader Wins CCE-Steuben Essay Contest:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County (CCE-Steuben) has announced the winner of their recent Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. The contest was part of national Money Smart Week. Youth in grades six through eight were invited to write an essay on if they thought there was a connection between financial and physical health as well as answering what a policymaker could do to help promote financially healthier citizens. The winning essay was from 14-year-old Lexxi Clancy of Avoca Central School. She won a cash prize donated by Serv-U Credit Union, Chemung Canal Trust Company, and Steuben Trust Company.
Power Outages in Steuben Cause Delays:
More than 14,000 customers in Steuben County were without power this morning. The Arc of Steuben's transporation is closed today and that includes the staff. The Hammondsport School District is also on a two hour delay, and Keuka Family Practice hopes to reopen at 1 p.m. (to stay up-to-date visit KFP's facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Keuka-Family-Practice-Assocs-105707902829065/). There was no immediate word on the cause or an estimated restoration time.
Ithaca Businessman Seeks to Challenge Reed:
A challenger has been announced for Congressman Tom Reed’s 23rd District seat. The Ithaca Voice reports that Ian Golden will seek the Democratic nomination for the 2018 race. Golden is the owner of Finger Lakes Running and Triathlon Company and is a political newcomer. He says, that his business background, as well as his upbringing in rural Pennsylvania, will help him connect with potential constituents across the district. The 23rd district covers 11 counties, including all of Allegany, Cattaragus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates, as well as parts of Ontario, and Tioga.
Apple Investing $200M in Corning Inc.:
Glass maker Corning Inc. has become the first to receive an investment from Apple. The tech giant announced Friday that Corning will receive $200 million from its $1 billion U.S. manufacturing fund. The fund is aimed at bringing advanced manufacturing jobs to the United States. According to Corning CEO Wendell Weeks, the investment will benefit Corning’s production facility in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
Proposed Bill Would Move Up Ride-Sharing Expansion:
A new bill has been proposed that would expand ride-sharing services into upstate New York just in time for the Fourth of July. The bill, currently before the Assembly, would allow ride-sharing services to start picking up passengers on June 29th. The state Legislature approved the expansion as part of the budget process.
NYS Considering Device to Fight Texting and Driving:
New York State is reportedly considering combating texting and driving by approving legislation for a “textalyzer” device. Functioning a bit like a breathalyzer, the device would allow police to determine if a driver had been clicking, tapping, or swiping a mobile device in the moments before an injury-involved accident. Similar legislation is being considered in New Jersey, Tennessee, and Chicago. The proposal already obstacles from constitutional and privacy advocates, who cite the need for police to obtain owner’s consent and a warrant for cellphone records, and concerns that the technology would be used to access all the personal information on a cellphone.
Steuben Youth Receive Lisi Award:
Sixteen extraordinary young adults from Steuben County were recognized recently at the 26th annual Jack Lisi Youth Awards Banquet for overcoming obstacles. The students honored at the banquet, held at the American Legion in Bath, represented 13 school districts and overcame odds including poor health, learning disabilities, family tragedies, trauma and depression. They are bound for the military, for trade schools, and for college, assisted in part by financial incentives awarded by the Lisi board of directors. The award also honors late county Sheriff Jack Lisi, who was known for his community spirit and desire to serve. Since its establishment, the program has assisted 226 young adults with non-cash incentive awards valued now at $220,900.
State of the Fisheries Meeting June 12th:
The New York State DEC will hold a “State of the Fisheries of Keuka Lake” meeting on June 12th. The public meeting is part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, and it will include recent sampling results from Keuka Lake. The meeting will be held at Keuka College, in room 109 in Hegeman Hall, at 6:30 p.m.
Corning Sets Tuesday Meeting for Water District Regulations
The Town of Corning wants to amend the rules and regulations for the town's water districts. Before that can happen though, the town will take comments from the public during a hearing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town offices.
Lindley Holding Free Rabies Clinic Today
The Town of Lindley and Steuben County will be holding a free rabies clinic today from 9-11 a.m. at the Lindley Highway Garage. For those in need of a 3-year rabies booster, you’ll need to bring proof of current rabies vaccination. Animals will need to be contained or leashed. The event is open to all county residents. While the clinic is free, a $5 donation would be appreciated.
Corning to Present 2018 Budget Monday Evening
The City of Corning will present its proposed budget for fiscal year 2018 during a public hearing Monday at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The plan calls for general fund expenditures of $16.5 million. $6.9 million will be raised by taxes.
Senior Volunteers Recognized in Albany
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assembly members Chris Friend and Phil Palmesano helped welcome senior citizen volunteers from Steuben and other counties to the State Capitol this week. Honored from Steuben County for their vast contributions were Linda Conway of Painted Post and Janet Schroeder of Lindley. The New York State Office for the Aging sponsored this week’s event.
Hornell Common Council to Discuess Community Development Block Grant Funding
The Hornell Common Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday. There will also be a Public Hearing at 6:45 p.m., prior to the meeting, to discuss the Community Development Block Grant funding for the sewer trunk line rehab on Elm St. and Broadway.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:
A traffic stop by the New York State Police and Canisteo PD on May 8th resulted in the arrest of a Hornell resident. 50-year-old James Green has been charged with unlawful possession of marihuana, and criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly possessing heroin with the intent to sell. Further investigation led to a search of Green’s residence and he was additionally charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marihuana. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 bail.
Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine Zone Expanded:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conversation is increasing efforts to try and keep the Asian beetle species known as the Emerald Ash Borer from spreading further across the state by merging and expanding the quarantine zone from eight smaller zones into a single, large zone. The beetles and potentially infested ash wood is prohibited from leaving the quarantined zone. The new zone includes part or all of numerous counties including Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates, and more. Since its discovery in the United States in 2002, the beetle has destroyed millions of ash trees across the country. For a detailed quarantine map, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/47761.html.
“Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive Tomorrow:
Tomorrow is the 25th annual “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive, where you can help those in need simply by leaving food donations at your mailbox to be picked up by your mail carrier. The drive was created by the National Association of Letter Carriers and the donations go directly to local organizations. Be aware that carriers cannot accept expired food, opened packages, perishable foods, or glass containers including home-canned food. They also can’t accept baby food, unless it’s a full case. Donations can be left in any bag by your mailbox before your mail carrier arrives. Keep in mind that due to this special event, mail pickups and deliveries could be later than usual on Saturday.
Carrier and Bryant Heat Pumps Recalled:
A recall has been announced for more than 23,000 Carrier-Brand and Bryant-Brand heat pumps that are used for heating and cooling homes. The recall includes “Carrier Greenspeed” and “Bryant Evolution Extreme” heat pumps that were sold at Sears stores and through HVAC dealers nationwide. The units can overheat due to faulty capacitors in the fuse boards that can stop working. Carrier said it has received 41 overheating reports, but no injuries, fires or property damage at this time. Customers can receive a free replacement fuse board, installed by an authorized technician, by calling Carrier or Bryant at 844-864-8233 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
NYS Reaches Settlement with “Ticket Bots”:
New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Thursday settlements were reached between the state and six ticket brokers totaling roughly $4.2 million. According to Schneiderman, since that 2011 five of the six brokers used “ticket bots” – computer programs that beat the public to ticket sales – to illegally purchase hundreds of thousands of tickets and then resold them at higher prices to consumers through sites like StubHub and Vivid Seats. Under the settlements, not only will the brokers pay penalties to the state, but they’ll also be required to obtain licenses to resell tickets and refrain from using ticket bots.
Free Yoga Sessions for Breast, Gynecologic Cancer Survivors:
The Breast Cancer Coalition has announced free, gentle yoga sessions for breast and gynecologic cancer survivors in Hammondsport. The classes will be held May 22nd through June 26th at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library at 10:30 a.m. Registration is required by calling 585-473-8177, EXT. 310.
NYS Sets Historic Tourism Record:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday that the state’s tourism industry set new records for total number of visitors, economic impact, and direct spending in 2016. Last year, a record 239 million visitors traveled to New York State, generating an economic impact of $104.8 billion and generating an all-time high of $64.8 billion in direct spending. It’s a nearly three percent increase over 2015.
31 People Arrested in Finger Lakes-Based Heroin Ring Bust:
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Wednesday the bust of a Finger Lakes-based heroin ring that resulted in the arrests of 31 people. The 217-count indictment comes after a five month investigation into the distribution of drugs in New York City and several counties, including Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. It’s believed that the ring is the supplier of fentanyl-laced heroin that led to eight overdoses and one death.
Corning Man Sentenced to Prison on Sex Charges:
The Corning man convicted in April of engaging in oral sexual contact with a person less than 16-years-old was sentenced Wednesday in Steuben County. 36-year-old Ruben Baily will serve the next 4.5 to 7 years in state prison. He will also be registered as a sex offender and face eight-years of post-release supervision.
Plan for Gas Storage Expansion at Seneca Lake Abandoned:
There was a victory Wednesday for opponents of gas storage at Seneca Lake. A subsidiary of Crestwood, Arlington Storage, has reportedly given up on its efforts to expand fracked gas storage in the salt caverns as it was unable to secure the necessary customers. This development does not affect the proposal to store liquid gas at Seneca Lake.
Details Released in Horseheads School Bus Accident:
Details have been released in Tuesday’s Horsehead’s school bus accident. According to the Horsehead’s Police Department, Kenneth Voorhees was driving on West Board Street and ran a stop sign, hitting the bus. Voorhees was ticketed for failing to yield the right of way and passing a stop sign. Three students on the bus were injured. They were taken to local hospitals, treated, and were released. Voorhees was also injured and he was taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.
Tax Levy Increase in Arkport School Budget:
Voters in the Arkport school district will weigh in on a 2017-2018 budget on Tuesday that includes an increase in both spending and the tax levy. The budget comes in at $10.6 million, an increase of 3.29 percent over last year. The tax levy will increase by 1.74 percent, which is below the cap. The budget includes a $100,000 locker room renovation capital project. Also on the ballot will be a proposition to purchase two new school buses, and the board is looking to elect one member to the school board. Voting will be May 16th from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the small gymnasium at the high school. After voting, residents will be asked to take an optional anonymous survey about a merger study between Arkport and Canaseraga.
Southeast Steuben County Library Seeking Small Tax Increase:
The Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning is seeking a tax levy increase of 8 tenths of a cent. It would be an increase in funding of $17,401. According to library officials a homeowner with a home valued at $85,000 would pay $31.67 for the year, up roughly 68 cents. Library Director Pauline Emery said the reason is based on the increased cost of living, insurance costs, and the increase in the state minimum wage.
Correction – RSVP Volunteer Recognition May 18th:
The annual RSVP awards tea held at Glenn H. Curtiss Aviation Museum in Hammondsport is slated for 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. May 18th, not May 17th, as was previously released.
Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:
The Bath VA Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 29th. The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., and to walk through the cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade class. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be this year’s keynote speaker.
Be Wary of Mother’s Day Coupon Scam:
As Mother’s Day approaches scammers are looking to take advantage of consumers seeking the perfect gift. Coupons claiming deals like half off at Kohl’s, $75 off at Bed Bath and Beyond, and $50 savings at Lowe’s are spreading through social media. But when clicking on the link, you’ll be asked for a name, phone number, or credit card information. Experts remind shoppers to never give away private information for a coupon, and if the offer looks suspicious, call the company.
Drug Form May 23rd in Hornell:
According to the 2015 New York State Opioid Poisoning, Overdose and Prevention report, the most current reports indicate that six Steuben County residents die, on average, every year due to drug overdoses. The report also showed a 28 percent increase in inpatient opioid-related hospital admissions and a 191 percent spike in emergency department admissions during the same period. In response to this epidemic, Steuben will host a Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum May 23rd at Hornell High School from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families.
Horseheads School Bus Involved in Accident:
There was an accident involving a Horseheads school bus Tuesday afternoon. The accident happened at the intersection of Grand Central and Broad Street around 3:30 p.m., and according to the Star Gazette minor injuries were reported. Further details are unavailable at this time.
Campbell Family Receiving Red Cross Aid:
A family displaced by a fire Sunday on State Route 415 in Campbell is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. A Red Cross spokesman said that assistance usually includes vouchers for temporary housing, food and clothing, and Disaster Mental Health volunteers to help with the emotional aspect of the disaster.
Officers Recognized for DWI Enforcement Efforts:
On Thursday, May 4th the Steuben County STOP-DWI Annual Awards Banquet was held and several agencies and individual officers were recognized for their enforcement efforts. The State Police of Bath and Painted Post were recognized for 92 and 70 arrests respectively, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office with 66 arrests, and the City of Corning Police with 59 arrests. Individually recognized, among others, were Steuben County Deputy Stephen Ellison with 11 arrests, and Steuben County Deputy Brandon Scott, Bath Police Officer Christopher Daloia, and Trooper Colvin with 10 arrests each.
Road Work Beginning Today:
Asphalt pavement overlay work is set to begin today on Interstate 86 in Steuben County, according to the New York State Department of Transportation. The project includes the towns of Howard and Avoca and will extend from Exit 35 in Howard to Exit 36 at the I-390 interchange. Traffic will be reduced to one lane while the work is taking place. Also today, in Corning, Chemung Street from Denison Parkway to East First Street will have paving and utility work done. The area will be closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mossy Bank Park Civil War Day for 7th Graders May 19th:
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents that Friday, May 19th will be Civil
War Day for 7th graders from Bath and Avoca at Mossy Bank Park. Many activities are planned, including the firing of artillery and musket “blank” rounds between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The park will remain open to the public during the event, but only the seventh graders from Bath and Avoca may participate in the Civil War activities.
Arnot Ogden Honored for Outreach Program:
At the American Hospital Association Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Poison Prevention Program was honored with the 34th Annual Hospital Award in Volunteer Excellence in community outreach. The program educates school children in six counties in poison safety. It was one of four category winners recognized at the gathering of hospital executives and healthcare leaders.
Trial Starting for Couple Accused of Killing Man in Fire:
The murder trial of Joseph Myers of Wayland is expected to begin this week in Steuben County Court. Myers and his wife are accused of torching a home in Wayland last year that killed David O’Dell. The couple faces several counts to include murder and arson. Prosecutors allege the pair sought to collect on a $100,000 insurance policy. Jury selection began last week for Joseph. His wife’s trial will begin in July.
$87M Available in Water Quality Improvement Grants:
$87 million has been made available for water quality improvement projects, according to an announcement made by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Funding will be provided for projects that improve water quality, protect drinking water sources, reduce polluted runoff, and restore habitats. Soil and water conservation districts, not-for-profit corporations, and communities are all eligible to apply for reimbursements between 40 and 80 percent of the project costs, depending on project type. More information is available at http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/4774.html. Pre-application workshops will be held statewide; more information and a schedule is available at http://regionalcouncils.ny.gov/.
Municipalities Meet to Discuss Shared Services Initiative:
Steuben County officials met with community and school representatives recently to discuss shared services. The meeting was in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent push for local governments to consolidate and share more resources under his “County-wide Shared Services Initiative.” The meeting was the first step in the development of the county’s plan, which will be subject to public hearings over the summer.
District Attorney Wetmore Recognized for Work in Clayton Case:
Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was recognized Monday night during the county legislature’s meeting for his work on the Clayton case in Steuben County. Wetmore served as the special prosecutor. He was presented with special proclamations by Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and the Chemung County Legislature.
Prattsburgh Considering New Deputy Superintendent Position:
The Town of Prattsburgh is looking to adopt a new local law that would create the position of Deputy Highway Superintendent, but first it needs to hear from residents. So, the town board has scheduled a public hearing on the topic. That hearing will be held next Monday at 7:05 p.m. at the Ingleside Christian Church on Babcock Road. Under the proposed law, the town could appoint a Deputy, who is a resident of Prattsburgh or any town that is contiguous to the town.
Robie Family Continues Fight for Parole Reform:
The Robie family will again travel to Albany today to continue their fight for parole reform. They’ll be joining Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Senator Tom O’Mara, who have sponsored legislation to increase the wait period between parole hearings from two years to five years. The Robie’s son was killed in 1993 in Savona by 13-year-old Eric Smith. Smith became eligible for parole in 2002 and has been denied eight times. He’s eligible again in April 2018. Supporters say the bill would help alleviate the emotional anguish felt by victims and their families during the parole hearing process.
Canisteo School Budget Ready for Voters:
Monday night, the Canisteo School Board presented its final budget proposal. The total budget comes in at $23.3 million. Spending is only up .76 percent over last year. There won’t be an increase in the tax levy, thanks in large part to an increase in state aid. Besides the budget, voters on May 16th will also weigh in on three propositions.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
“Crazy” Quilt Returns to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bath:
As part of a state-wide open house event, next weekend St. Thomas’ Episcopal in Bath will open its doors on May 20th and 21st to the public. In addition to the free, guided and self-guided tours, there will be a very special item on display – a “crazy” quilt that was just recently returned to the church. The quilt is known as “crazy” because each block was done by a different person, each in a random way. It was made in 1884 by 25 women as a gift to Emily Millington Howard, the wife of Rev. Oran Reed Howard. It stayed in the Howard family for three generations before returning to the church. For more information about the upcoming open house event visit www.sacredsitesopenhouse.org.
Meth Found in Addison Home:
The discovery of drugs and related paraphernalia at a home in Addison has resulted in the arrest of one man. 53-year-old Charles McPherson has been charged with criminal possession of marijuana, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Police say they seized about $10,000 cash, over a pound of marijuana, about a gram of cocaine, and about 10 grams of methamphetamine. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 bail.
Angry Crowds Meet Reed at Town Halls:
Following his vote for the new GOP healthcare bill last week, Congressman Tom Reed held several town halls over the weekend where he faced angry voters. There were signs slamming Reed and chants of “Repeal and Replace Tom Reed” as the Republican tried to explain his support of the bill that would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act, including the expansion of Medicaid coverage. It would also allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums on older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. Reed defended his vote, saying that the problems of the ACA aren’t going away, and that they’re trying to solve it.
Bath-Haverling Earns High National Ranking:
For the fifth time in six years, Bath-Haverling Central School has been honored by the U.S. News and World Report as being in the top tier of all high schools in the United States. Bath earned a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness.
Proposed Bill Looks to Stop Spread of Lethal Drug:
A new bi-partisan bill proposed by New York State leaders would help cut off the flow of the lethal drug fentanyl from China, Mexico, and other countries before it does more damage. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin. In New York City alone over 1,000 people died from the drug last year. The bill would give customs and border patrol more resources to detect fentanyl in the mail and consignment carriers. Meanwhile, the White House has proposed cutting funding to the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 95 percent.
“Free Tuition” Applications Start in June:
Applications for ‘free tuition’ scholarships for middle class students looking to attend SUNY or CUNY schools this fall open on June 7th. For 2017, the family income requirement is less than $100,000. The plan doesn’t include books, or room and board.
Union Dues Now Tax Deductible:
Following an official signing by Governor Andrew Cuomo Friday, New York union dues are now fully tax deductible under a state budget provision. The bill is expected to affect about 500,000 union workers in public and private sectors, and according to Cuomo is should save taxpayers roughly $70 a year.
RSVP Volunteer Recognition May 17th:
Dozens of Steuben County RSVP volunteers will be recognized for their dedication to the community this month at the annual RSVP awards tea ceremony. The volunteers will be honored on May 17th from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport. Awards include the Louise Argentieri Service Award being presented to Elin Peterson of Bath, who volunteered over 2,000 hours in 2016, and the Spirit of Volunteerism Award being presented to Delores D’Aspice of Hornell, who has delivered meals to the homebound for 23 years as part of the ProAction Senior Nutrition home delivery program and has accumulated nearly 8,900 lifetime service hours with RSVP.
Healthcare Bill Passes; Local Representatives Share Opposing Opinions
By a four vote margin, the House of Representatives approved the American Health Care Act this week. Congressman Tom Reed of Corning called it a "great victory for the American people". He believes the Act will put the country on the path to fixing a broken health care system. However, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called the Trump health care bill "atrocious" and said it must be defeated by the Senate. She added the bill would harm people at-risk who cannot afford healthcare otherwise. The legislation will move to the Senate.
Bath Man Charged with Criminal Contempt
State police on Thursday arrested 53-year-old Rex Rossman of Bath. He was charged with criminal contempt for allegedly violating a court order. He was initially detained in lieu of bail.
Savona Woman Charged with Larceny
State police investigated a larceny from a building. Asa result, troopers arrested 35-year-old Heidi Saxbury of Savona. She was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She'll answer the charges in court at a later date.
Steuben County Finance Committee to Meet Tuesday
When the Steuben County Finance Committee meets on Tuesday, it will discuss the semi-annual mortgage tax distribution to villages, towns and cities. The total amound to be shared with local governments is slightly more than $534,000. The village of Bath is scheduled to receive about $8,700 while the town will receive nearly $32,000.
State Scholarship Promises Free Tuition
Beginning in the fall, the Excelsior Scholarship will allow New York students from families earning $100,000 or less annually to go to SUNY or CUNY schools for free, not including room and board. Cuomo says the first year of the scholarship program will cost taxpayers in the state $163 million. Scholarship applications will be available on June 7.
Construction Planned for Howard and Avoca
Construction will be underway in Avoca and Howard on Wednesday for I-86 asphalt pavement overlay work, extending 7 miles from Exit 35 in Howard to Exit 36 at the interchange on I-390. One lane traffic with two-lane traffic flow maintained by flaggers while paving takes place. Drivers should plan for moderate delays and encouraged to use other routes during construction.
Corning Man Arrested for Tampering, Theft
A Corning man was released to the custody of police after an investigation of an incident on East Union Road in Bath. William Hall II was charged with Criminal Tampering in the second degree and Theft of Services after State Troopers were called to the Bath residence upon Steuben Rural Electric reporting Mr. Hall used force to damage and remove the lock securing an electric meter. Hall was also had a bench warrant for traffic related offenses. He was issued an appearance ticket to return to Bath Town Court at a later date.
Man Arrested for Meth, Burglarly in Bradford
A 59-year-old man was jailed last night following a burglary in progress call in the Town of Bradford. State police said they charged Bradley Fuller of Beaver Dams with felony counts of burglary and manufacturing Methamphetamine. Bail was set at $10,000.
Bath Resident Charged for Forged Instruments
A Bath resident was charged yesterday following an investigation by the Bath New York State Police in April. Sheri Clark of Bath was charged with Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 2nd degree, a class “D” Felony. She was issued an appearance ticket in Bath Town Court at a later date.
Cuomo Signs Education Legislation Boosting Funding
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation investing a record $25.8 billion in education across New York State. The new legislation boosts education aid by $1.1 billion, including a $700 million increase in Foundation Aid. Cuomo says the bold investment builds on his commitment to strengthening educational outcomes, including an increase in education aid of $6.2 billion over the last six years.
Tom Reed Calls "Win" for Passed Bill
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning, the co-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus announced a first win for the Caucus after it used its influence to get the FY17 funding bill passed. The bipartisan Caucus previously indicated that it would lead the effort to avoid a government shutdown by supporting such a funding bill if it contained no ideological riders. Reed said the Caucus’ support of the bill was the result of the 40 Members of Congress, evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, working together.
East Corning In Need of Fire Truck
The East Corning Volunteer Fire Department says it’s in desperate need of a new truck. According to reporter Michelle Ross of WETM, the Department will be holding a three day garage sale, which will continue through Saturday. With this garage sale, the department coordinates registrations of families participating and advertises for them. The families get to keep their own proceeds and just pay for the advertising. To raise even more funds, it's having a chicken barbecue on Saturday at 11 A.M. at the Friends of the Cross Church located on Goff Road. The new engine costs almost $700,000.
Reed Re-introduces HAND UP, DATA Acts
Congressman Tom Reed has reintroduced the HAND UP Act and the Standard DATA Act. Both pieces of legislation, he says, are designed to make social safety nets more efficient and effective. Reeds says the HAND UP Act legislation is designed to give states the flexibility to change how they administer social welfare programs such Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Reed says the Standard DATA Act will modernize government programs and streamline processes by cutting red tape.
Bath Man Arrested for Probation Violation
A Bath man is due back in court following his arrest by deputies Tuesday. 41-year-old Warren Cop of West Washington Street was charged in a warrant with violating probation. He was arrested while meeting with his probation officer. He was initially jailed on $5,000 cash bail.
Cuomo Declares Emergency for Flooding
Gov. Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 8 counties being impacted by ongoing flooding from Lake Ontario. Governor Cuomo also announced the deployment of 20 members of the National Guard and a coordinated Lake Ontario Rapid Response Team. 365,000 sandbags have been deployed to the region.
NY Senate Votes to Encourage Organ Donation
The New York State Senate has passed a package of bills aimed at encouraging more New Yorkers to become organ and tissue donors and protecting the rights of those who do. The bills focus on enhancing public awareness. Only 27 percent of potential New Yorkers are enrolled in the Donate Life Registry – the lowest rate in the country. Nearly 10,000 people are waiting for organ transplants in New York – the third highest rate in the country.
Painted Post Woman Arrested for Multiple Charges
A Painted Post woman was arrested yesterday for withdrawing various amounts of money from the bank account of a Steuben County resident for whom she acted in the capacity of a paid home health aide. Darlene Brown was charged with Attempted Grand larceny 2nd (F), four counts of Petit Larceny (M), four counts of Falsifying Business Records 2nd (F) and one count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person 2nd (M). Mrs. Brown was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and released on her own recognizance to reappear in Erwin Town Court at a later date.
Market Street to Undergo Road Repairs
Market Street will be closed for an estimated two weeks to complete street upgrades as part of an almost $1 million project to improve city streets in need of repairs. Work is anticipated to begin in early-to-mid June. Bothar Construction of Binghamton entered a bid to complete updates to about 20 city roads, which is anticipated to be awarded in mid-May. It is not known if the entirety of Market Street will be closed at once or if streets will be closed section by section. Construction has been planned around major Corning events like Glassfest and the 4th of July celebration, for the sake of the local economy.
HEAP Funding Available to Residents for Air Conditioners:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that $3 million is available for individuals with serious health issues to receive assistance to purchase air conditioners. Federal funding secured by the state will help New Yorkers with health issues that may be aggravated by extreme heat by providing cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program. Individuals eligible for assistance can apply at their local department of social services right now.
Proposed Hornell District Budget Would Lower Taxes:
Tuesday night, the Hornell School District announced its proposed budget for the coming year and while there was an overall increase in spending, residents could actually see a decrease in their taxes. The budget stands at $38 million, a 2.39 percent increase over last year, and thanks to an increase in state aid, the tax rate is the lowest it’s been since 2012-13. If approved, tax payers would see a decrease of 48 cents per $1,000. Voters will also see five propositions on the May 16th ballot, and there’s one open board seat.
Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge to Temporarily Close Sunday:
In order to install temporary flood control devices, the Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The work is in preparation of any potential future flooding events. City officials apologize for any inconvenience.
Campaign Finance Seminar May 16th:
A “Campaign Finance” seminar has been set for 6 to 9 p.m. May 16th at the Steuben County Civil Defense Training Center in Bath. The seminar will review all state campaign finance rules and regulations, and provide essential information for any party chairs, candidates and their campaign treasurers. Participants can register online at http://www.elections.ny.gov and more information is available by calling the county Board of Elections at (607) 664-2261.
Inaugural Craft Beer Challenge Celebrates NY Crafting Industry:
In honor American Craft Beer Week, which runs May 15th through the 21st, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the inaugural New York State Craft Beer Challenge. New Yorkers can celebrate the craft beer industry and their favorite brewery by voting online at https://taste.ny.gov/craft-beer-challenge. The five breweries that receive the most votes by May 12th will have a final tasting event where a panel of judges will determine the winner on May 17th in New York City.
Turning Point Celebrating 20 Years:
When it hosts the STEPS poverty walks this month, Turning Point won’t just be doing its part to raise awareness of and end poverty, it’ll be celebrating 20 years of operation, and the organization is inviting the community to join them. The three walks are set for May 6th at the Wildflower Festival in Hornell, May 13th at the Lumberjack Festival in Bath, and May 20th in Centerway Square in Corning. All three begin at 9 a.m. with registration. There will be free cake and balloons while supplies last and there will be chances to win prizes. Turning Point serves residents of Steuben County who are living in poverty by stabilizing and supporting them as they work toward self-sufficiency.
Pulteney Man Charged with Abusing Child:
Following a joint investigation by New York State troopers, the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, and Steuben County Child Protective Services, a Pulteney man has been arrested for allegedly abusing a child. 73-year-old James Desrosiers is accused of intentionally subjecting a child less than 11-years-old to sexual contact. He has been charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child and is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail. Additional charges are pending.
Bath Man Found with Drugs, Weapons:
The Hornell Police Department got some assistance from the State Police and North Hornell PD over the weekend in the capture of a Bath man wanted on several charges. According to police, two suspicious people were located under the Cameron Street Bridge in the Village of Bath Sunday afternoon, and during their investigation, one of the men fled. State Troopers responded and set up a perimeter. The man, identified as Harold Warner, was quickly apprehended. Warner was wanted on a criminal possession charge, among others, and he was sent the county jail without bail. Warner allegedly had deadly weapons and narcotics on him at the time of his arrest. Charges are pending.
Severe Weather Knocks Out Power to Thousands:
The severe weather Monday has knocked out power to many across the region. In Steuben County, as of this morning, just over a thousand customers were still waiting for restoration, according to NYSEG. The hardest hit, by far, was Broome County, where over 15,000 customers were still without power as of 5:30 a.m.
Hammondsport Could See School Tax Increase:
The Hammondsport Central School’s proposed budget stays below the state tax cap, but residents could still see a slight increase in tax rates. The $13.9 million budget includes a 1.61 percent tax levy increase which would see taxes rise slightly from the current $9.90 to $10.06 per $1,000, though rates will vary by town depending on equalization. A public hearing on the budget will held during the Board of Education meeting tonight at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Annual Savona Trash Collection 5/12:
The Village of Savona’s annual trash collection will be Friday, May 12th. Residents are reminded that all items must be curbside by Thursday night, no exceptions. Scrap metal and appliances must be stacked separately, and absolutely no tires, garbage, construction materials, lawn debris, batteries, computers, televisions, paint cans, or hazardous materials.
Steuben Youth Tackle Issues:
Eleven Steuben County high school students tackled county issues on April 26th at the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session in the county Legislature’s chambers. The program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for the past three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about local government operations. After touring Steuben facilities and meeting with county officials, the students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session. Some of the resolutions they presented and debated included: the need for a homeless shelter in Steuben County, efficiency of the New York State SNAP System, integration of Farm to School programs to stimulate healthier nutrition in students, and more.
“Purloined Pearls” Tickets On Sale:
The 2017 “Celebration of Spring” Mystery Dessert Theater is “The Case of the Purloined Pearls” – a production featuring the Keuka Lake Players on May 20th at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath. The whodunit is a nod to classic movies blended with local color. It includes voluntary audience participation and an intermission with dessert service and prizes. Tickets are on sale now for $15 for one, or $25 for a pair at the Haverling High School and the county Office for the Aging.
Bath-Haverling Budget Hearing Tonight:
There will be budget hearing for the proposed Bath-Haverling School District budget tonight during the Board of Education meeting. It will be at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
2 Arrested for Selling Drugs in Hornell:
A four month investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in Hornell has resulted in the arrests of two women. 54-year-old Roxann Godley, of Hornell, and 37-year-old Kesi Stallworth, of Rochester, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance following a search on Ranson Street Friday night. Police report they found crack cocaine, money, packaging materials, and other drug paraphernalia. More charges against the women are pending.
Multiple Steuben Co. Communities named Brownfield Opportunity Areas:
Friday evening, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that several communities in Steuben County have been designated as Brownfield Opportunity Areas. The town of Erwin, Villages of Painted Post and Riverside were selected to become the focus of projects and other actions of redevelopment of vacant and underutilized properties. Some proposed projects include: construction of a new West Water Street bridge, improvements to key intersections, redevelopment of the Corning-Painted Post School Building, and streetscape improvements.
Schumer Vows to Fight Trump Tax Plan:
On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer vowed to fight President Trump’s proposed tax plan, which the senator says would hit New Yorkers especially hard. The code would end the federal deduction for state and local taxes, and Schumer estimates it could cost New Yorkers an average of $4,500 a year.
Co. Road Work Begins Today in Steuben:
Today road reconstruction will begin on four sections of county roads in Howard, Prattsburgh, Avoca, and Woodhull, according to Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti. By August, work on some 104 miles of 20 county roads is expected to be completed in Tuscarora, Campbell, Addison, Corning, and more. The 683 road miles in Steuben County are now rated as 25 percent better than the state average and 36 percent better than the U.S. Department of Transportation’s rating of the nation’s rural roads.
Anti-Poverty Walks This Month:
The 9th Annual Steps to End Poverty walk will be held at three Steuben County locations over the course of May. The first will be May 6th at 10 a.m. at Steuben Trust in Hornell during the Wildflower Festival; the second on May 13th at 10 a.m. at Pulteney Square in Bath during the Community Expo; and then on May 20th at Centerway Square in Corning at 10 a.m. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. on all three dates. For more information, call (607) 968-4107.