Police Investigating Cohocton Burglary:
The State Police of Wayland are investigating a burglary that occurred at a residence on Pine Hill Road in Cohocton. They say the incident occurred sometime since October 15th. An unknown subject, or subjects, entered the structure and removed a neon green 2007 Kawasaki 750 Brute Force ATV and approximately $100. The ATV was recovered October 20th in a creek, roughly 50 feet from the intersection of State Route 21 and County Road 54 in the Town of Fremont. Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police or Steuben County 911.
Accident in Milo Injuries Hammondsport Man:
A Hammondsport man was injured in a minivan-motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of Bath and Second Milo Roads in the Town of Milo. 65-year-old Joseph Meade the 3rd was reportedly traveling east on Second Milo Road when he failed to yield at the intersection and collided with a minivan being driven by 32-year-old Adele Hadley of Penn Yan. Meade was taken to Soldiers and Sailors for treatment. He was issued an appearance ticket. Hadley and her five passengers were checked at the scene and were released.
Hornell Mayoral Candidate Debate Tomorrow:
Tomorrow, two of three candidates for Mayor of Hornell will meet for a debate at the Hornell Golf Club. Independent John Lewis and Green Party candidate Joe Duffy will be in attendance; Republican John Buckley had a scheduling conflict and so cannot participate. The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Learn More about Bath V.A. Tomorrow:
The Bath V.A. will have informational tables setup in the lobby of Building 76 (main hospital) tomorrow, November 1st, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Stop by to learn more about V.A. healthcare, programs and services, as well as opportunities to volunteer at the facility.
NY Begins Issuing REAL IDs:
Monday the New York DMV began issuing REAL ID driver’s licenses. On October 1st 2020, the federal government will require driver’s licenses, permits or ID cards to be REAL ID compliant in order to board domestic flights, enter military bases and to enter certain federal facilities. The REAL ID Act, which was passed in 2005, establishes minimum security standards for state-issued driver licenses, permits, and ID cards. You can also use an enhanced driver’s license, permit, or non-driver ID card or a valid U.S. Passport or other identification acceptable to the federal government. A REAL ID is not needed to be able to drive, vote or register to vote, to apply or receive federal benefits, to participate in law enforcement proceedings or investigations, or to access federal facilities that do not require a person to show identification. There is no additional cost for the REAL ID; however, normal fees still apply. Officials say you can convert your current driver’s license at any time. Any license, permit, or ID card issued after October 30th that is not a REAL ID will be marked with “Not for Federal Purposes.”
Excelsior Applications Open for Spring Semester:
Applications have reopened for the Excelsior Scholarship for students wishing to attend college this spring. The scholarship grants a tuition-free college education at a SUNY or CUNY school. Applications are open until December 4th.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times:
Here are the trick-or-treat times for some communities in Steuben County. All of the following will be tonight: the Village of Addison 6 to 8 p.m., the Village of Bath 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Bradford 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Campbell from 5 to 7 p.m., Corning’s Gaffer District 4 to 6 p.m., the Village of Hammondsport 6 to 7 p.m. with the children’s Halloween Parade in the Square from 7:15 to 8 p.m., the City of Hornell 6 to 8 p.m., and the Village of Savona from 6 to 8 p.m. And while the City of Corning has no set time, residents generally accept trick-or-treaters from 6 to 8 p.m.
Multiple Charges for Wayland Man in Hit-and-Run:
A Wayland man is facing multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk last weekend, crashing his car, and fleeing the scene of the accident. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 39-year-old Donald James was driving north on Route 415 on October 21st when he lost control around the intersection of County Road 36 and struck a guard rail. His vehicle then rolled through a front lawn, and struck a parked car and a garage. Witnesses say James then fled, running into the woods. He was tracked with the help of K-9 officers and was ultimately taken into custody after a chase through a cornfield. James is facing charges of aggravated unlicensed operation, criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, petit larceny, parole violation, and other vehicle and traffic violations.
Drug, Weapons Charges Following Corning Traffic Stop:
A routine traffic stop in Corning on Sunday led to gun and drug charges for five people from Elmira. According to officers, they pulled over a vehicle around 1 a.m. and they could smell marijuana coming from inside. Upon further inspection they say they found a loaded handgun along with marihuana and cocaine. 21-year-old Sterling Kelley is facing charges of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a controlled substance, among other charges. And 31-year-old Eric Barner, 35-year-old Tyrea Sessoms, 24-year-old Alicia Haskins, and 28-year-old John Dunham are all facing criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm charges in varying degrees. Kelley, Barner, and Sessoms were taken into custody. Haskins and Dunham were issued appearance tickets.
Emergency Landing at E-C Airport:
A private plan made an emergency landing at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Saturday. According to Director of Aviation, Bill Hopper, the plane experienced a mechanical malfunction. After a fly-by, the pilot was able to land the plane safely. The plane is a locally owned Cessna twin-propeller aircraft.
NY Firefighters Return from CA Saturday:
A team of 20 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who helped battle and contain wildfires in California were welcomed home Saturday. Currently, 95 percent of the fire is contained and full containment is expected by the end of the month. The returning crew was made up of brave men and women from across the state, including one from Steuben County: DEC Volunteer Firefighter, Lawrence Day.
Gov. Cuomo Calls Out Rep. Reed, Collins for Budget Votes; Reed Fires Back:
It was a “he said-he said” war of words this weekend between Governor Andrew Cuomo and Republican congressman Tom Reed. It started when Cuomo singled out Reed and Chris Collins as the only two of New York’s nine GOP House members to vote in favor of budget legislation that would eliminate the deductibility of state and local taxes. Cuomo called the men “Benedict Arnolds,” saying that “they voted against the interests of the people in their districts.” Reed took to Twitter and fired back, calling the Governor a “hypocrite.” Cuomo and state comptroller Thomas Dinapoli have said the elimination will cost New York billions of dollars, Reed claims the tax reform will help 99 percent of the people across the state.
Bowling Tournament Raises $8K for Komen Org.:
Crystal Lanes in Corning held the Seventh Annual Bowl for the Cure on Sunday and it was a record turnout. The event, which supports the local Susan G. Komen organization, raised more than $8,000, which is a record for the event.
Four Arrested in County Sweep for Probation Violations
Four people were arrested Thursday for violating the terms of their probation. After a multi-agency operation performed checks on probationers across the county, contraband was seized at a number of residences and arrests were made for Damion L. Travis, 43, of Prattsburgh, Calvin K. Davenport, 55, of Addison, Denise M. Hargrave, 53, Prattsburgh and Terry L. Hurd Jr., 32, of Hornell. The suspects were remanded to the Steuben County Jail on warrants for felony violations of probation and further charges are pending in this investigation.
RX Pill Take Back at County Public Safety Building
A reminder that today is the National Prescription Pill Take Back Day. It’s a chance for people to get rid of unwanted, unused or expired medications. The event will be held at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Ramsey Street ext. The event runs from 10-2…no questions asked.
Police Announce Halloween DWI Enforcement Effort
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced that Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special enforcement effort to combat impaired driving. New York State Police, County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies across the state will be out in force this Halloween holiday weekend until November 1. A reminder that if you are drinking to please plan a safe ride home before leaving the house and even if you only have “a few” you are still in no shape to drive.
Bath Man Arrested for HEAP Fraud
A Bath man was arrested and charged with three counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree Falsifying, one count of Petit Larceny and a class E Felony one count of Welfare Fraud in the fifth degree. Following an investigation by the District Attorney’s Office and Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, Felix T. Davila is accused of reporting false HEAP applications to receive $1301 in HEAP benefits he was not eligible for.
Village of Savona Announces Semi-Annual Trash Collection
The Village of Savona has announced its semi-annual trash collection will be on Friday, November 10th. All items must be placed on the curbside Thursday night with no exceptions. The Village asks that there be absolutely no tires, garbage, recyclables, construction materials, lawn debris, batteries, computers & televisions, paint cans or hazardous materials. Scrap metal and appliances must be in separate stacks from other trash items for collection.
Steuben Co. Announces HEAP Dates:
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning November 13th, according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben officials said Thursday HEAP applications can be filed online at http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov; mailed to applicants who call the county Department of Social Services for the forms at (607) 664-2500; or in person at the following locations: the Office for the Aging on Broadway Mall in Hornell on December 5th and 19th, and January 2nd, 16th, and 30th; the Steuben County Courthouse in Corning on December 7th and 21st, January 4th and 18th, and February 1st. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Income requirements do apply.
Fire in Hornell:
There was a fire in an apartment building on Seneca Street in Hornell on Thursday. According to officials the blaze was contained to one apartment, and there were no injuries.
Pulteney Looking to Override State Property Tax Cap:
The Town of Pulteney wants to override the state property tax cap. The move requires a local law, but first, the town board is required to hear from the residents. A public hearing on the proposed local law will be held at the town hall on November 8th at 7:25 p.m. Five minutes later on that night, the town will hold a second public hearing on its proposed budget for next year.
C-G Sets Date for Capital Project Vote:
A date of December 12th has been set for voters in the Canisteo-Greenwood school district to hit the polls and decide the fate of a $14.5 million capital project. The project would involve the high school, elementary and middle schools, as well as the bus garage and Rotary Field. $2 million would come from the existing capital reserve fund, and Interim Superintendent Chris Roser said that “more state aid probably will return to the district than would be spent on the project,” which should mean virtually no tax increase for property owners.
NYS Testing New Winter Road Warnings:
The National Weather Service and New York State are teaming up to hopefully make winter driving a little safer. According to the NWS, snow squalls are the biggest cause of multi-care pile-ups on the Thruway and other highways. During a squall visibility can drop suddenly, leaving drivers blind and unsure how far away they are from other vehicles. The NWS can typically forecast when a snow squall is likely to hit, at least a day or two in advance, so on a pilot basis they will be using warning signs for squalls on message boards along all interstates west of Utica and on the Northway from Essex County to the Canadian border. They will also be broadcast on the AM weather radio. If the program is successful, these signs will be implemented across the Thruway system in Upstate NY.
Halloween Trick-or-Treating Times:
Halloween is just a few days away, and here are the trick-or-treat times for some communities in Steuben County. All of the following will be on Halloween night, October 31st: the Village of Bath 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Bradford 6 to 8 p.m., the Town of Campbell from 5 to 7 p.m., Corning’s Gaffer District 4 to 6 p.m., the Village of Hammondsport 6 to 7 p.m. with the children’s Halloween Parade in the Square from 7:15 to 8 p.m., the City of Hornell 6 to 8 p.m., and the Village of Savona from 6 to 8 p.m.
Bath Schools Locked-In During Manhunt:
Bath schools were locked-in Wednesday as police searched for a man that fled during an arrest. 33-year-old Brian Woodring, a level 2 sex offender, was being picked up on a parole violation when he ran. He was apprehended shortly before noon on West Washington Boulevard. He will be charged with escape, violation of sex offender registration, and obstructing governmental administration. Woodring was previously convicted of sexual contact, disseminating indecent materials to a minor, and promoting/possessing sexual performance by a child.
3rd Annual Steuben Co. Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum Held:
The third annual Steuben County Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum was held Tuesday. Opioid and substance abuse problems in the area, especially among grade school students, were discussed, and representatives from various support groups were on hand to spread awareness of their programs. According to the Steuben County Coroner’s Office, the number of opioid related fatalities tripled between 2011 and 2016. County Sheriff Jim Allard said the hope of the forum “is to get the information out to folks that need help… So that people realize that they’re not alone, and that they can find the help they need here in Steuben County, or other places.”
Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Lawsuit Heading Back to Court:
The lawsuit filed against Tony Stewart in the death of a man at Canandaigua Motorsports Park is headed back to court. According to ESPN, attorneys for Stewart will be in Utica for a judgement hearing tomorrow. Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. during a race in 2014 after Ward got out of his car and started walking toward Stewart’s car. Toxicology reports showed that Ward had marijuana in his system at the time. Stewart filed a motion in March claiming he didn’t have time to react.
Governor Announces New Cancer Study:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday a new plan to try and find the causes of cancer in New York residents. A statewide cancer registry will allow officials to look at four regions over the next year and see the types of cancer there. The four regions will be Western New York, New York City, Long Island, and the Capital Region with a focus on Warren County. Researchers will be looking for potential causes for cancer in each area, such as health factors, demographic factors, and environmental factors. Gov. Cuomo says around a million people statewide currently have cancer or are in remission, and that “everyone has been touched, and we have to do better.” The study is expected to take about a year, and then the Governor hopes to have a new plan on how to move forward.
Clayton Case to be Featured on Deadline: Crime:
The Clayton murder case will be featured on Sunday’s episode of Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall. It will air at 9 p.m. on Investigation Discovery. The show features Hall working with a team of correspondents, and a panel format with interviews. Hall interviewed prosecutors, law enforcement, family members, and journalists for this episode. The Clayton case was previously featured on NBC’s Dateline.
Walgreens Planning to Close 600 Drugstores:
Following news that Walgreens has completed a deal to buy nearly 2,000 stores from rival Rite Aid, the company has announced plans to close 600 drugstores. A majority of them, according to a Walgreens spokesman, will be Rite Aid stores within a mile of another Walgreens network store. The closings are expected to start next spring. Which stores will be closing has not been announced.
Police Investigating Burglary in Wayne:
State Police are investigating a burglary that occurred to a barn located at the intersection of Birdseye Waneta Rd. (Ct. Rt. #114) and Ridge Rd. in the Town of Wayne. Investigator Curt Eaton said Tuesday the crime happened sometime since Sunday.He said somebody entered the building and removed a 2004 Polaris 400 Sportsman 4-wheeler ATV. Anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police at 776-6866 or Steuben Co. 911.
Corning Man Stabbed Near Elmira College:
Elmira Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred near the Elmira College tennis courts. The attack reportedly happened Tuesday morning. Patrolmen were called to the McDonalds on North Main Street around 7 a.m. on a report of an assault victim. The victim, a 27-year-old man from Corning, told police he was stabbed in an unprovoked attack on Davis Street, near the tennis courts. The attacker is described as a black male, approximately 20-years-old, clean shaven, and wearing all dark clothing. The victim was taken to an area hospital for treatment and is expected to recover. Police are asking any witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.
Prattsburgh Budget Vote Monday:
The Town of Prattsburgh will review its proposed 2018 budget during a public hearing set for next week. The budget is available for inspection at the Town Clerk’s office. The hearing will be held at the Town Hall on Monday.
Corning GOP Endorses McAllister for Surrogate Court Judge:
More support has come in for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge candidate Patrick McAllister. The Corning Republican Committee has endorsed McAllister, saying he is “well respected by the legal and local community as evidenced by the broad base of support he has received since announcing his candidacy.” Last week, McAllister was endorsed by the Republican Party committees in the City of Hornell and Town of Bath.
Corning Inc. Releases Earnings for Q3:
Corning Incorporated has released its third quarter earnings. The GAAP and core sales were up four and six percent, year-over-year, to $2.6 billion and $2.7 billion, respectively. Year-over-year sales in the Specialty Materials segment saw increases of 26 percent. The company also reached a selling milestone of one billion fiber kilometers. Officials say the quarter exceeded expectations and they believe it sets them up for a strong fourth quarter as well.
“Booster Card” to Recognize Responsible Drivers in Hornell:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Hornell Police Department recently held a campaign that recognized and rewarded responsible drivers in the Hornell area. On October 19th they conducted a road check on State Route 36 in Hornell. Those in violation received a summons, but those that were in complete compliance received a “HPG Booster Card” coupon. The coupon is issued by the Hornell Partners for Growth and guarantees discounts to participating businesses in the Hornell and Canisteo area.
Salvation Army Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Tomorrow:
A spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit the Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services will be held tomorrow at the Bath American Legion from 5 to 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner will be $10 and will include spaghetti with meatballs and sauce, tossed salad, bread, beverages and dessert. Contact the Salvation Army at 962-4681 if you’d like to reserve your meals, donate supplies, or if you have any questions.
Fire in Corning:
A multi-family home on East Third Street in Corning was damaged by fire early Monday morning. Corning firefighters report that it happened between Chemung and Pearl Streets around 1 a.m. There were no injuries reported. The cause is under investigation.
Dog Killed in Caton Fire:
A family pet was killed in a fire in Caton Monday. At approximately 12:30 p.m., a motorist on Sagetown Road spotted the smoke coming from a home and multiple fire departments were called to the scene. A dog was found inside, but the owners weren’t home at the time and no other injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Corning Fire Lt. Accused of Selling Heroin Appears in Court:
The Corning Fire Department lieutenant accused of selling heroin made a court appearance Monday. 43-year-old Thomas Margeson is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree. His defense attorney asked Monday for more time to review and the pre-trial hearing was re-scheduled until 3 to 4 weeks.
E-C Airport Project Rebid, Back on Track:
After being delayed due to construction bids coming back higher than budgeted, the reconstruction project at the Elmira-Corning Airport is back on track as the Chemung County Legislature held a special meeting Monday to award Streeter and Associates the project after re-bidding. The new bid came in just shy of $4.7 million, according to Director of Aviation Bill Hopper. The previous low bids came in at $6.9 million and $9.7 million.
Gov. Cuomo Signs Firefighter Health Benefit Legislation:
Governor Andrew Cuomo Monday signed legislation to deliver healthcare benefits to volunteer firefighters who have been diagnosed with certain cancers. Currently, volunteer firefighters are eligible for accidental disability and death benefits through Workers’ Compensation if they are injured in the line of duty. Effective January 1st 2019, firefighters will also be eligible for health benefits to support treatment for life-threatening conditions. Volunteer firefighters who contract certain cancers will receive access to tax free disability and death benefits if upon entry to volunteer, a physical exam did not show any evidence of the cancers, they have at least five years of service fighting fire in the interior of buildings, and the firefighter is currently active or within 5 years of his or her last active date.
No Endorsement from Hogan for Future Mayor:
“We live in a Democracy… It’s the people’s choice…” is what long-time Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan told the Evening Tribune when asked about making an endorsement for any of the candidates vying to replace him. In a Letter to the Editor, Hogan said that “countless numbers of people” have questioned him about making an endorsement, but he says he “should not get to select [his] successor. We live in a Democracy, period.” Hogan added that he is “thrilled that candidates have stepped up and entered the arena,” saying that “it takes courage and commitment.” Republican John Buckley, Independent John Lewis, and the Green Party’s Joe Duffy, are all looking to become Hornell’s first new mayor in eight terms. The election is two weeks away.
Drug Take Back Event in Bath Sat.:
If you have unwanted medications sitting around the house, take the next few days to gather them up. Another prescription drug take-back event will be held Saturday in Bath. It’s hosted by the Sheriff’s Department. The event will be held at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension from 10-2 October 28th. Items accepted include pills, liquids and needles. It’s a great way to keep you and the community safe.
4 Charged in Canisteo Drug Bust:
Four residents of Canisteo are facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop in the village. 29-year-old Michael DuBois, 50-year-old Abram Carter, 35-year-old Megan Harkenrider, and 28-year-old Michael Meehan Jr. have each been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, among numerous other charges. All four are being held at the Steuben County Jail on varying bail.
Hornell Salvation Army Reopening “On Hold”:
The Hornell Salvation Army has reportedly put their reopening “on hold,” according to Hornell Fire Chief Dan Smith. The store suffered a fire two weeks ago, and while the chief says they fully intend to re-open the store eventually, they’ve decided to hold off for now. It is unknown at this time whether the store will reopen at its current location, or at a new one.
Steuben Co. Drug Forum Tomorrow:
Steuben County’s third Community Opioid and Substance Abuse Forum this year is set for 6 to 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, October 24th, at Corning-Painted Post High School. The forum will feature a panel of county officials, physicians, and related agency representatives with information designed to assist addicts and their families locate the help they’re looking for. The event will include light refreshments and information tables on existing services, open at 5:30 p.m., with information sharing, personal stories, and a panel discussion set for 6 to 7:30 p.m.
New Farmers, Veteran Farmers Eligible for $1.2M in State Grants:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced two grant programs worth $1.25 million for new farmers and veteran farmers in New York. The “New Farmers Grant Fund” will provide grants of up to $50,000 to assist with up to 50 percent of eligible project costs for farm business owners who are within the first ten years of having ownership interest in any farm business. To be eligible the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in income from sales of products grown or raised on the farm. The “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” is a new program that will provide grants of up to $50,000 for up to 50 percent of eligible project costs. To qualify, at least 50 percent of the farm business must be owned, operated, and controlled by a veteran and the farm must have a minimum of $10,000 in farm income. The deadline for applications is January 26th. Applications for the “New Farmers Grant” can be found at https://esd.ny.gov/new-farmers-grant-fund-program. Applications for the “Veterans Farmer Grant Fund” are available at https://esd.ny.gov/new-york-state-veterans-farmer-grant-fund.
Youth to Observe Steuben Co. Legislature:
When the Steuben County Legislature meets today there will be some special guests listening in. The most recent participants in the county’s Youth in Government program will observe county leaders in their regular session at 10 a.m. today. The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for more than three decades and offers the students an opportunity to learn more about Steuben’s operations. The students then draw up resolutions and meet in a simulated legislative session to complete the course. In the past, the county Legislature and department heads have acted on students’ resolutions. During its meeting today, the Legislature is expected to authorize the renewal of the $45,000 Crimes Against Revenue Program which pays for the full cost of two part-time welfare fraud investigators. Lawmakers will also vote on transferring ownership of the county Courthouse on Allen Street to the City of Hornell.
Street Closure in Corning for Sewer Repair:
Sewer line repair in Corning will close West Pulteney Street from Dwight Avenue to Dunbar Street today. The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. No traffic or parking will be permitted. Detours will be in place.
Applications Now Being Accepted for Youth Summit:
Applications will be accepted until November 10th for the Steuben Youth Leadership Summit, which is set for 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. November 18th at Campbell-Savona High School. Presented by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the free, daylong event provides students in Steuben County in grades 10 through 12, and recent high school graduates, with an opportunity to develop leadership skills, identify important issues, and discuss those issues with state and county government leaders. For more information, or a program application, contact the Steuben County Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119, or visit http://www.steubencony.org.
County Legislature to Discuss Former Hornell Courthouse
The Steuben County legislature on Monday will consider transferring ownership of the former county courthouse on Allen Street in Hornell to the City of Hornell. The building is located on Allen Street in the city. The county acquired the land and property in 1907, but according to a pre-filed resolution, it no longer has a need for the building. The city has expressed a strong interest in the building.
Solar Energy Hearing in Urbana Next Month
The Town of Urbana will hold a public hearing next month to discuss solar energy. The town wants to make an addendum to its comprehensive plan regarding solar energy. The hearing will be held at the town hall on November 14th at 6:30.
NY Public Healthcare Uncertain Following Federal Subsidy Cuts
Upon President Trump’s decision to end healthcare subsidies to aid lower-income Americans to afford health insurance, it is unclear how this order will affect New York state. Subsidies issued to New York were used to create The Essential Plan, which provided about 680,000 New Yorkers who were the over income limits to be eligible for Medicaid but could not afford plans under the Affordable Healthcare Act. Several public healthcare officials have expressed uncertainty of the program’s future but Governor Cuomo has suggested holding a special session in December to further discuss the federal health care cuts.
Steuben Sheriffs to Hold Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 28 from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. The Bath Village Police Department will drop off 38.2 pounds of unwanted and unnecessary medications from their Medication Collection Unit that was installed back in February. Since the Unit was built, Bath Village Police say over 70 pounds of unnecessary and unwanted medication has been collected from the streets.
McAllister Gains More Support in Surrogate Race
Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members voiced their support Wednesday for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. The Bath GOP endorsement follows on the heels of an endorsement earlier this week by Hornell City Republicans.
Dormann Library Hosts Halloween Activities This Week
With Halloween coming up, Dormann Library has planned some festive activities and events this week for the entire family. Wednesday at 6pm Dormann will offer a craft class for adults, where attendees will make a paper pumpkin decoration, treat box and interactive card. All materials will be provided. Thursday at 6pm there will be a library Halloween party geared to younger patrons with stories, treats, games and a craft. Party attendees are asked to please come in costume for the event. Saturday from 10AM to 2PM there will be a book sale in the Book Barn and Empire Room. All proceeds will support Dormann Library.
Driver that Fled Elmira Crash Turns Himself In:
The driver that fled the scene of a two-car rollover crash in Elmira Monday has turned himself into authorities. 22-year-old Dakota Baldwin of Elmira is charged with failure to keep right, unlicensed operation, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Police were called to the intersection of Walnut Street and West Second just before 7 p.m. and found a Jeep turned onto its roof and another vehicle against a utility pole. The driver and passenger of the other car were transported to a local hospital for evaluation. The investigation is ongoing.
More Support for McAllister:
Citing his long experience as an attorney and leadership in the Republican Party, Town of Bath Republican Party Committee members announced their support this week for Patrick McAllister’s bid for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge. Currently a county Assistant District Attorney, McAllister won the September 12th Republican primary 2,988 to 2,665.
Hornell Water Pollution Control Plant to Enhance Disinfection:
The water pollution control plant in Hornell will be enhancing its disinfection measures following a notice from the DEC. Mayor Shawn Hogan said that some communities still rely on drinking water from a tributary down the line from where the water is discharged so they will meet new standards to ensure the water is clean. The city previously received a grant of $25,000 to determine the best way of achieving the disinfection, and decided on using ultraviolet light. The city will now be looking at another major capital upgrade to the plant.
Village of Bath Leaf Collection Begins Monday:
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village, and then move to the West Side. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted.
Hydrant Flushing Schedules for Hornell, Savona:
The City of Hornell Water Department and the Hornell Firefighters will be flushing hydrants in the Town of Hornellsville/Village of North Hornell and the City of Hornell between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. during the week of October 23rd through the 28th. Residents are encouraged to refrain from washing clothes during these hours, and to check their water for discoloration before use. In Savona, the semiannual flushing of hydrants is set for October 30th, 31st, and November 1st, weather permitting. If you experience discolored water, let the cold water run until it clears.
Governor Announces Fund for Improvements to Animal Shelters:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a first-in-the-nation state capital fund to support critical improvement projects at non-profit and community animal shelters, humane societies, and societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout New York. Funded in the 2018 budget, the $5 million New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund will allow eligible organizations to make significant updates to their facilities to enhance animal care and health, as well as support companion animal adoptions. All applicants must apply through Grants Gateway at https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3#_blank by 4 p.m. January 10th. More details on eligibility and the application process are available on the Division of Animal Industry webpage at https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/AI/small_animals.html#_blank.
Bath Man Charged with Buying Weapon for Felon:
Two men from Bath have been arrested after police say one of them purchased a gun for the other, who is a convicted felon. According to the New York State Police in Bath, Jason Christian allegedly purchased a rifle for Brand Plank at Louie’s Gun Shop in the Village of Bath. Christian has been charged with criminal purchase or disposal of a weapon, and offering a false instrument for filing, both felonies. Plank is facing a felony charge of offering a false instrument for filing, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal possession of a weapon. Christian was released on his own recognizance. Plank was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. Police say that Louie’s was unaware of the transaction between Christian and Plank, and is cooperating in the investigation.
Wife Sentenced in Arson-Murder Case:
The woman convicted in the arson murder of David O’Dell in Wayland has been sentenced. Iryn Meyers will serve 23 years to life on a murder charge, 20 to life on two arson charges, and 16 to 48 months on conspiracy charges. All the sentences will run concurrently. She has also been ordered to pay $16,800 in restitution. Meyers husband, Joseph Meyers, was sentenced to 23 years to life back in July.
Elmira Man Convicted of Assaulting Child in Bath:
An Elmira man has been convicted of assaulting a child in the Town of Bath. 29-year-old Steffan Miller has been convicted of assault in the 2nd degree, a violent felony, and endangering the welfare of a child. The assault occurred at a residence in the Town of Bath on November 17th while the 8-month-old victim was in Miller’s care. The victim’s mother returned home to find the child injured and requiring immediate care at both Arnot-Odgen Medical Center and Strong Hospital. Sentencing has been scheduled for December 19th. Miller faces up to 7 years in prison.
Erwin to Vote on Veteran Tax Exemption:
At its November meeting, the Town of Erwin Board will hold a public hearing regarding the possible extension of the Cold War Veteran Property Tax Exemption. The board plans to vote on the law following the hearing. The exemption provides New York veterans who served in the military during the cold war anytime from September 2nd 1945 to December 26th 1991 with a partial exemption of either 10 or 15 percent on their property taxes. The exemption has been in place for 10 years and was set to expire this year, but the state extended it indefinitely, setting up a local option for communities to choose whether or not to adopt it. The public hearing will be November 14th at the Town Hall a 7 p.m.
Empire Access Wins Award:
Prattsburgh-based Empire Access has been named Best Internet Service Provider in the 2017 Best of the Best Southern Tier Readers’ Choice Awards. The awards program recognizes industry leading businesses in the Southern Tier region. Empire Access is a locally owned and operated fast-growing fiber optic telecommunications service provider, offering high-speed Internet, digital television, phone and security services to homes and businesses to over 25 communities in Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania.
Bath Fire Dept. Drill:
The Bath Fire Department had a unique training drill this week. Borrowing an idea from another department, members used the Jaws of Life to play Jenga. The idea was to move rough cut hardwood cribbing and a raw egg without breaking it. In a press release, the department said that it may sound like a strange way to train, but when in an emergency situation, seconds count and so do the moves that are made. Many times it has to be done in very close proximity to the person being rescued and the rescue spreaders can be very dangerous, with a squeeze pressure of roughly 14,000 pounds per square inch and 16,000 pounds of spreading force. So if a lever is pushed in the wrong direction or a move is too aggressive, it could be disastrous. The department said the drill was very successful, with lessons learned and many laughs had along the way.
Houghton Land Preserve Opened in Corning:
The generosity of Corning Glass founder, Amory Houghton and his family continues as nearly 200 acres of land, previously owned by the Houghtons, has been donated to the Town of Corning and the Finger Lakes Land Trust for public use. Located just outside downtown Corning, just before Corning Community College on the right side, is a professionally designed and interpretive kiosk and then several miles of trails the public can enjoy. Visitors can enjoy wildlife watching, hiking, cross-country skiing, and dog walking.
Elmira Police Seek Driver that Fled Rollover Crash:
Elmira Police are searching for a driver that fled from a two-car rollover crash Monday. According to authorities, the crash happened around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of 2nd Street and Walnut. Upon arrival, they found an overturned Jeep and a Chevy sedan. Two people from the sedan were transported to a local hospital. The driver of the Jeep reportedly fled the scene. Anyone with information on the driver’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Elmira City Police Department.
Arkport, Canaseraga CSDs Continue to Talk Merger:
A meeting earlier this month, officials with the Arkport and Canaseraga central school boards discussed their potential merger. According to a memo from the meeting, Arkport Central would be the annexing district, and the new district would be Arkport-Canaseraga Central School District. Academic programs offered in both districts “would be expanded as determined (by the new board)…” and “all current faculty and staff of both districts would be maintained for a minimum of five years with reductions by attrition when appropriate.” Upon a successful annexation vote, “student representatives from both districts will be given an opportunity to make recommendations… for the combined districts mascot, school colors and alma mater. Until then, uniforms for both schools will be used where appropriate with the goal of producing budget economies.” The memo also outlined a proposed timetable: the study will be completed next April, followed by a state Education Department review. The study will be presented to Arkport and Canaseraga boards in June or July next year. Public information and discussion meetings would be held during July and August.
Alfred State Offering New Motorcycle, Power Sports Major:
Alfred State College recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of its new Motorcycle and Power Sports Technology Building. The facility comes with a new major, of the same name. Officials say the program is the first of its kind in the entire Northeast.
Wheeler, Caton Holding Budget Workshops:
The Town Boards for Wheeler and Caton will hold budget workshops this week. Wheeler’s will be first, tonight at 6 p.m. The Caton meeting will be Wednesday at 6 p.m. Both will be held in their respective Town Halls, and both will be open to the public.
Work on I-99 in Lindley Begins Today:
The southbound on-ramp on I-99 in Lindley will be closed to traffic beginning today between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Motorists will be detoured onto Clendening Road to Indian Hills Road, where traffic will be directed to Route 417 and then back to I-99 South. The ramp is being closed as part of bridge painting work, which is anticipated to be completed on October 27th. While the work is taking place, traffic on I-99 will be maintained by lane closures in one lane. Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane shifts, and could experience travel delays.
Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a worksession tomorrow at 5 p.m. in the High School library. The regular meeting of the board will follow, also in the library.
Signing Up to be an Organ Donor Even Easier in NYS:
New York is making it even easier to sign up to be an organ donor. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a new executive order Monday that will direct officials to offer the choice of signing up whenever residents apply for state services or benefits. The enrollment website will also be revamped to make it more user friendly. Cuomo has also signed legislation that makes it a permanent rule that individuals can say whether or not they’d like to register on their driver’s license renewal form.
NY Firefighters Head to CA to Help with Wildfires:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has dispatched a crew of around 20 firefighters and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to California to help battle the ongoing wildfires. Though crews are beginning to make progress, the fires have already devastated much of California’s wine country over the past week, with at least 40 people killed and 5,700 homes destroyed.
Local Lawmakers to Host Meetings in Wheeler, Canisteo:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblymen Phil Palmesano and Joe Errigo will be hosting meetings in Canisteo and Wheeler on Thursday. The meetings, which the lawmakers described as informal and open to the public, will be held at the Canisteo Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m. and at the Wheeler Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m. Residents will be able to share their concerns, opinions, and suggestions with the lawmakers.
Local Police Depts. Among Those Nominated for K9 Grants:
The Village of Bath, Hornell and Corning City police departments are among many New York departments that have been nominated for the 2017 Aftermath K9 Grant. The Aftermath Grant will award a total of $15,000 in grants to five departments and their existing or prospective K9 programs for maintenance, safety, equipment, or officer training. The top five departments with the most votes between now and November 7th will win awards, with 1st place receiving $5,000. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. CST on November 7th. To vote, visit https://www.aftermath.com/k9-grant/ and fill out the voting form, selecting your desired department from the dropdown menu.
Thousands Attend Outdoor Show:
As expected, the Southern Tier Outdoor Show in Bath was a hot ticket event this weekend, with thousands enjoying the sunshine and scores of attractions. Organizers said some 3,000 people had attended by early Saturday afternoon. The 11th annual event was coordinated by Steuben’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and was held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds.
Elmira Woman Looking to Compete in Miss USA Pageant:
This year’s Miss USA pageant could have some upstate New York flair as an area woman is looking to compete. 20-year-old Dominique Miles of Elmira will be competing for the title of Miss New York USA on January 12 through the 14th. If she wins, she’ll move on to the Miss USA Pageant where she’ll represent New York State.
Rotarians Finish Roadside Clean-Up for Season:
A crew of Bath Rotarians recently pitched in to help finish the last highway clean-up for
the season along the I-86 Bath Exit 38 entrance and exit roads. For the past decade, the Bath Rotary Club has been responsible for picking up litter along the roadway as part of the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The group executes clean-up sessions four or five times during the summer season.
Smile Mile Charity Race Joins Red Baron Half-Marathon Weekend:
Registration is currently open for the Red Baron Half-Marathon and Smile Mile, to be held on Sunday, November 5th beginning at noon. Both races are organized by the Southern Tier Running Club and they will start on the Corning Community College campus in Corning. The Smile Mile is a one-mile charity race in support of the Kramer Foundation. The Kramer Foundation helps retrain pets to improve their behavior, and also provides long-term shelter for pets whose owners are serving in the armed forces overseas. Interested participants can pre-register online at http://www.southerntierrunningclub.com. Those who register by October 18th will receive a reflective full-zip jacket.
NYSP Investigating Savona Burglarly
New York State Police of Bath are investigating a burglary that occurred at a Savona home on County Route 12. State Police say between Tuesday and Thursday, people entered the residence, that was under construction, and stole property. Troopers urge anyone with further information about the burglary to contact them at 776-6866 or call 911.
State Grant Funds Local Libraries
A number of local libraries have received a bump in funding from a state grant. Libraries that are part of the Southern Tier Library System and Finger Lakes Library System received the state aid under the 2017-18 state budget increase of $5 million through the program. Dormann Library, Avoca Free Library, Cohocton Public Librar, Howard Public Library, Hornell Public Library, Addison Public Library,Prattsburgh Free Library, Wayland Public Library, Fred & Harriet Taylor Memorial Library, Savona Free Library, and Pulteney Public Library are each set to receive $2,500 of the funding while Arkport Reading Center will be getting $5,000.
Bath Man Arrested Following Stabbing
A Bath man was arrested after Bath Village Police responded to a report of stab wound on West Morris Street. Jacob Gavette, age 20 of Bath was arrested for second degree assault and sent to Steuben County Jail on $2,000. The stabbing victim was treated and released from Robert Packer Hospital.
Urbana Hosts Tom Reed Town Hall This Afternoon
Congressman Tom Reed is set to hold a town hall in Urbana today. The local politician first announced the town hall on his official Facebook page a few weeks ago. The American Legion will host the event that begins at 1:30pm today. Like many of the other town halls he’s held this year, healthcare is expected to be a hot topic of constituents as the president issues an executive order attempting to change healthcare this week. Reed posted a Facebook status yesterday supporting the president’s rollback of a 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.
No INDYCar at WGI in 2018:
After a two year partnership, INDYCar racing won’t be returning to Watkins Glen International in 2018. In a statement on Twitter, WGI said the decision was “based purely on an inability to find a date that works for the fans, the series, and the track.” They added that they will continue to maintain a positive working relationship with the INDYCar organization and they will “keep the lines of communication open should opportunities become available in the future.”
Data Being Mailed in Town of Bath Reassessment Project:
Starting Friday, letters will be mailed to all residential property owners in the Town of Bath as part of the town reassessment project. The Data Collection Phase has been completed, and the letters to property owners will include a summary of all the information collected on their property. Owners will be asked to review the information, and if it’s correct, no further action will be required. If there is an error, instructions will be included as to how to submit changes. A dedicated helpline will also be available to assist with questions.
Rep. Reed Holding Town Halls Tomorrow:
Congressman Tom Reed will be holding a series of Town Hall meetings tomorrow, one of which will be in Steuben County. It will be at the Hammondsport American Legion, starting at 1:30 p.m. The other meetings will be held earlier in the day in Tioga and Seneca counties.
Fill the Bus Food Drive Raises 101,000lbs of Food:
The results of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s 10th annual Fill the Bus food campaign were announced Thursday morning and between the Corning, Hornell, Elmira, Johnson City, and Ithaca Wegmans 101,162 pounds of food was raised this year for the food bank’s Backpack Program. That’s 30,000 more than last year. The food will get shipped between 41 school districts within the food bank’s 6-county area, including: Steuben, Chemung, Broome, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins. The food helps children get through the weekend if they are in a situation where a parent isn’t always available.
NYS Offering New Savings Plan to Help Those with Disabilities Cover Costs:
To help those with disabilities and their families cover costs, New York State has started a new savings plan. The NY ABLE program allows people to save money without risk to their other benefits. Some qualifications do apply. To learn more about the program, visit https://www.osc.state.ny.us/savings/able.htm.
Road Work on C.R. 85/Freeman Hollow Road in Tuscarora:
Road work is coming to Town of Tuscarora. Starting Monday, the 16th, and last through October 26th short segments of County Route 85, Freeman Hollow Road will be closed to traffic on some days during the hours between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. The road will be closed to replace several existing pipes. Drivers should use existing town and county roads as a detour.
Veterans Day Concert at Bath V.A.:
The Mansfield University Brass Band will perform a Veterans Day Concert on Saturday, November 11th at 1:30 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium on the Bath V.A. campus. The event will be open to the community. The band will play patriotic standards, pop hits, and nostalgic classics, including a salute to all branches of the U.S. Military.
Bath Woman Arrested for Allegedly Violating Protection Order:
The State Police of Bath have arrested a Bath woman for allegedly violating an order of protection. 26-year-old Jessica Galligan allegedly made multiple threats against two people, in violation of the order. She was charged with two counts of criminal contempt and two counts of aggravated harassment, and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Welcomes 2 New Deputies:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is growing with the addition of two new Deputy Sheriffs. Deputy Ryan Goetschius and Jordan Walrath joined the department on September 25th and were sworn in on the 28th. Deputy Goetschius is a veteran of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Air Force. Deputy Walrath is a veteran of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Patrol and the City of Corning Police Department.
Steuben Co. Forest Ranger Added to Fallen Firefighters Memorial:
Steuben County Forest Ranger Raymond Murray's name was added to the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial Wall in Albany Tuesday. Murray died in the line of duty during a plane crash while on fire watch October 9, 1970. Forty-seven years after his death, Murray will now be forever honored for his dedication to his career and the citizens of Steuben County. 118 names were added to the Firefighters Memorial at the Empire State Plaza.
415 Work Delayed Due to Weather:
The asphalt pavement work on State Route 415 has been delayed due to the weather. It will now begin instead on Monday, October 16th, weather permitting. The project includes the Towns of Campbell and Savona, and will extend from County Route 333 to Little Acorn Lane. Motorists should expect flaggers, and lane closures, and could experience travel delays.
Hornell Police Giving Away Halloween Goodie Bags:
It isn’t just little boys and ghouls getting ready for Halloween, the Hornell Police Department is getting in on the fun as well. The department is giving away Halloween Trick or Treat bags now until the holiday. The bags are not only fun, with some goodies inside, but they also promote Halloween safety as they’re reflective. Members of the public are welcome to stop by the department and pick one up anytime, day or night.
Girls to Join Boy Scouts in 2018:
Little girls without access to a Girl Scout club in their area will have an alternative starting in 2018, as the Boy Scouts announced Wednesday that they will start accepting girls in 2018. Girls will be allowed to join Cub Scout Packs, which consist of smaller groups called Dens. The Dens, however, will remain divided by gender, so there will be dens for girls and dens for boys. Just like the boys, girls will be able to move up through the scout ranks to have the opportunity to become an Eagle Scout.
Fire at Hornell Salvation Army:
Multiple fire departments battled a fire Tuesday night at the Hornell Salvation Army store. The Hornell, South Hornell, and Canisteo departments arrived on the scene around 8:30 p.m. and fought the blaze well into the night. Erie Avenue, Center Street, and Loder Street were blocked off during the fire. What caused the fire is unknown at this time.
Student Arrested for Allegedly Making Threats Against Watkins Glen School:
A student from Watkins Glen has been arrested after allegedly making threats against the Watkins Glen High School. According to police, a School Resource officer was told by a student Saturday that a 16-year-old had threatened violence against the school. The 16-year-old was taken into custody without incident and was charged with falsely reporting an incident. Police say there was never any danger to the school, and school officials were notified of the threat.
Petition Circled for Fired P-P Police Chief:
A petition has been presented to the Painted Post village board in hopes of convincing it to rehire former police chief, Dennis Mullen. Mullen was fired last week after the village gave him three options regarding pay and pension, and, according to the village, he continued to request time for weeks to seek legal counsel. Mullen, however, says he was fired unfairly, and he is now suing the village. The petition garnered more than 200 signatures, but it too is surrounded by controversy, with some residents saying that things on the petition were not true, and one village board member calling it outright lies. Community members say they will start another petition. Meanwhile, the police chief position remains vacant, with Village Mayor Ralph Foster saying that they “won’t be considering somebody else” until the litigation is resolved.
More Funding for Improving Water Infrastructure in Steuben Co.:
New York State is releasing more funding to improve the quality of water across the Southern Tier, including Steuben County. The Villages of Addison, Painted Post, Erwin,
and Wayland will all be receiving funds, almost $5 million total. The state expects that the water improvement projects will also create almost 1,200 jobs across the region.
State Comptroller Audited Steuben Co. IDA:
An audit by the state Comptroller’s office in 2015 included six state Industrial Development Agencies, including the Steuben IDA. The audit found some things the IDA could improve upon and made six recommendations. The IDA says that five of them were adopted and implemented in March of 2016. The last one, according to the agency, was “a result of discrepancies in data…”
Arc of Steuben Awarded $33,000:
The Arc of Steuben was recently awarded $33,000 in grants from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support the Arc of Steuben’s guardianship and recreation programs. The recreation program received $15,000 which was used to fund a trip of more than 40 people to a Buffalo Bills game. The guardianship program received $18,000 which was used to offset some of the operating expenses of the program. It was also used to fund special trips and special projects for the people supported through the program. Also, in Arc news, officials have heard that the new Painted Post location is difficult to locate, so they’ve clarified that it is next to the All the Rave hair salon and the Post Office in the Village Square Plaza. They said they have signs in the windows, and they plan to add signs outside as well.
Call Homestead Museum Auction:
Contents of the former Call Homestead Museum in Hartsville will be auctioned on-site Friday & Saturday. The museum focused on farm life in days gone by. After it had become inactive for several years the State of New York asked Steuben County Historical Society in Bath to assume the assets. The museum is located at the intersection of Post Road and Purdy Creek Road in Hartsville. Friday's auction will emphasize tools, horse-drawn vehicles and equipment, "barn stuff," and a 1932 Chevrolet pickup that has been on the site since it was bought new, 85 years ago. Saturday's auction will concentrate on household materials, ceramics art, many period books, and more.
Campbell-Savona Drama Club Nun Run:
Upstate Farms and the Campbell-Savona Drama Club are inviting the public to run, walk, or stroll with the nuns! The Nun Run will be a family-friendly, costumed 5K race or walk. Get your costume ready… dress as a nun, priest, Pope, or alter boy as they celebrate Sister Act: The Musical, which is coming to Campbell-Savona High School November 17th through the 19th for three performances. All ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the run, and the costumes are fun, but not required. Pre-registration forms are available on the CS Drama Facebook page and must be returned by tomorrow. Day of registration begins at 8 a.m. Cost is $15.
Hornell Man Arrested for Attacking Officers with Axe:
Police say there were no injuries Monday after a Hornell man allegedly attempted to hit officers with an axe during an incident on High Street. According to the Hornell Police Department, officers attempted to evict 27-year-old Joshua Inserro from a home around 10 a.m. when he attempted to hit the officers with an axe and then allegedly barricaded himself inside. About an hour later, officers tased Inserro through an open window and he was arrested. Inserro has been charged with two counts of menacing a police officer, two counts of attempted assault, and one count of criminal possession of a weapon.
Viral Car Stunt Leads to Charges for Corning Man:
A Corning man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly filmed himself performing a dangerous stunt and it went viral online. In the video, a man stands on the frame of a car, hanging on to the open door, and rolls it down Bailey Creek Road in the Town of Corning. As the video goes on, the car picks up speed, skids around the corner, and the man is thrown from the car and into a ditch. In charges filed October 6th, 21-year-old Christopher Merola is facing a felony count of falsifying business records, and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment, as well as a slew of traffic violations, including reckless driving, failure to keep to the right, imprudent speed, moved from lane unsafely, seat belt violation, and more. He was released on an appearance ticket.
Senator Schumer Vows to Fight for Farmer Safety:
Following the federal budget’s proposed cut of funding to the Northeast Center for Occupational Safety and Health for Agriculture, Forestry, and Fishing (or NEC), Senator Charlies Schumer is vying to fight for programs that keep farmers safe. At a press conference in Hector Monday, Schumer said farm-related fatalities are 800 percent higher than many industries, and he believes the NEC provides area farmers with important life-saving resources, like the roll bar program that helps farmers buy a roll bar for their older tractors so in the event of a rollover, they’re safe. Schumer says he plans on doing whatever it takes to make sure the safety of farmers is prioritized in the next budget negotiation in December.
Registration Deadline for New Voters 10/13:
The registration deadline for first-time voters, not already registered, to vote in the November 7th General Election in New York is fast approaching. New voters must register by Friday, (Oct. 13) in order to vote in the November elections. Applications are available at the Steuben County Board of Elections at the County Office Building in Bath or at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in Bath, Corning and Hornell. Applications also are available online.
New Location for Corning Food Pantry:
Staff and board members of the Corning Community Food Pantry are settling into a new location on East Corning Road. The new facility offers more space for donations, and allows the pantry to work on providing more fresh produce, dairy, and meat. It also has a full on-site kitchen, so the pantry can now offer cooking demonstrations and nutrition workshops. Normal pantry hours will resume at the new location tomorrow.
Spaghetti Dinners to Benefit Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
Steuben County RSVP and the local Salvation Army will host three community spaghetti dinners to benefit the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Services. Active in efforts to relieve the suffering during the recent onslaught of hurricanes in the South, the Salvation Army also is working to support relief efforts in Las Vegas. The dinner in Bath will be held at the American Legion on October 26th from 5-7 p.m.
Dansville Accident Hospitalizes Driver
State Police responded to a serious accident in Dansville over the weekend. State troopers say on Saturday at about 11:19 AM, a motorist hit a deer, flipping their vehicle and causing them to be ejected. The driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with serious injuries. Investigators say speed may be to blame in this accident as the investigation continues.
County Finance Committee Meets Tomorrow
Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee will hold a budget workshop tomorrow morning to start finalizing its 2018 budget. Steuben’s current county budget totals $177.8 million and has a levy of $50 million. About $45 million of that levy pays for social service programs mandated by the state. The committee meets tomorrow at 11:00 AM in the legislative committee room and will most likely meet again this week on Wednesday.
NYS Could Deny Pension Entitlements to Corrupt Legislators
A measure that would disqualify New York lawmakers convicted of corruption from collecting their state pension benefits could be up for vote in November. The provision would be a referendum appearing on state ballot and if New York voters give it the majority, it would reform the state constitution to including a forfeiture of pensions going to lawmakers who are sentenced for crimes of corruption. Such reform has been supported by the governor and faced no opposition yet by any public official.
County Building Collecting Dental Hygeine Donations
October is Dental Hygiene Month and two local organizations are encouraging donations of dental supplies to help the community. Steuben County Health Department and S2AY Rural Health Network are collecting dental supplies to distribute to those in need through local food pantries.. A collection box for oral health supplies is located in the Steuben County Office Building for those interested in donating dental supplies until the end of October. Those who want to donate supplies but cannot make it to Bath can call the County Public Health office at 664-2438 to make collection arrangements.
NYS Assisted Suicide Court Ruling Challenged by Petitions
Petitions supporting the right for terminally ill patients to end their own lives were presented to Governor Cuomo’s top counsel. The petitions request that an adult who is terminally ill and mentally fit with a prognosis of six months or less to live would be able to legally pursue aid in dying with a lethal dose of morphine if “their suffering becomes unbearable”. Though the State Court of Appeals ruled assisted suicide is not a Constitutional right early last month, the seven judges also concluded the governor and Legislature have the power to legitimize assisted suicide.
ARC Office Opens in Painted Post
The Arc of Steuben is expanding as a new location in Painted Post has opened, replacing ARC’s previous Market Street location in Corning. Located at 199 Village Square in the Village Square Plaza, the newly-opened doors currently operate as office space for associates. The public can reach the new office by phone at 936-0315.
County Officials Remind Locals of "Ready Steuben" as Important Resource
Steuben County officials continue to remind citizens of the importance of installing Emergency Preparedness app Ready Steuben. In the face of natural disasters and other emergencies, the app can be a critical lifeline for Steuben county residents. With the potential of cell towers failing during a disaster or emergency due to dial out overload, Ready Steuben sends alerts updating locals with travel, evacuation and shelter digitally. The app also allows users to interact with neighbors and loved ones as well as send damage reports to first responders, allowing you to share your status. It is estimated that around 1,500 are already using the free app.
SUNY Board Votes to Aid Displaced Victims with In-State Tuition
Yesterday, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved setting the in-state tuition price for college students coming from Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by the recent hurricanes. The action came after Governor Andrew Cuomo urged the directive earlier this week. The motion was unanimously approved via conference call, benefitting 214 displaced students with in-state tuition at least for this semester and possibly for a few after.
Reed's Week in Washington: Tax Reform
Congressman Tom Reed met in Washington this week, advocating the President’s latest tax plan, boasting bipartisan compromise and a 25 percent decrease on the individual tax code. Reed, who is part of the Ways and Means Committee, plays a major role in leading the tax reform issue in the House. He says Trump’s plan will help the working class in the Southern Tier, especially businesses. Opponents of the plan see legislation that will instead benefit wealthy millionaires, billionaires and corporations while hurting the working and middle class. Reed insists the plan will be designed for the working class and small businesses of the Southern Tier and isn’t yet finalized.
Reed Says Cuomo Politicized Shooting in Statement
Tom Reed has accused Governor Cuomo of politicizing the recent Las Vegas shooting. Earlier this week, Cuomo specifically called out the NRA and its support by Republicans for the absence of gun control laws he supports, dubbing the lack of such action after the shooting as “overwhelming cowardice”. In a statement the congressman responded, saying Cuomo is politicizing a recent American tragedy to blame Republicans and says the main priority should be to “unify around the victims, first responders, and their families."
Avoca Woman Arrested Stemming from June Death
State Police arrested 22-year-old Avoca woman Katherine Labarr-Bulson in connection with an unattended death that occurred on June 12th. LaBurr-Bulson was charged with one felony count of criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell and released on her own recognizance.
TSA to Beef Up Security Statewide and Beyond
The Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director for Upstate New York Bart Johnson says the possibility of a terrorist threat “remains very real”. This month, airports will begin to require all electronics larger than a cellular phone to be screened outside of bags with an X-ray. All cameras, electronic book readers, laptops and tablets will be scanned. The TSA says this new enhancement to the screening process will give them clearer X-Ray images to observe possible leads on terroristic plans of attack. Stricter and more TSA changes are underway and another possible protocol to be added is checks for carry-on bags. Locally, Elmira-Corning Regional Airport has adopted these changes and reported the transition has been smooth and successful for the small airport. The TSA urges travelers to review what they can and cannot bring on board to ensure less fuss during boarding and travel.
Campbell Looking to Override Property Tax Cap:
A second Steuben County town is seeking to override the state property tax cap. The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing Monday, October 16th on a local law giving the town the authority to exceed the tax cap. That hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the town hall.
Job Fair in Corning tomorrow:
If you’re looking for employment, or looking to change your current job, your chance could come tomorrow with the Corning Area Job Fair. The event will be held at the Nasser Civic Center Plaza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 22 employers are expected to attend.
Gang Mills Fire Department Open House Sunday:
A Fire Prevention Open House will be hosted by the Forest View Gang Mills Fire Department on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the fire station. The event will include home gas safety tips from Corning Natural Gas, the American Red Cross home fire campaign, a K-9 unit from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and the LifeNet 77 helicopter. There will also be food, prizes, displays, a bounce house and slide.
Road Work on S.R. 21/36 in Hornell:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced work will begin on October 10 on State Route 21/36 south bound in the City of Hornell. Work will include bridge deck repairs over the Canisteo River. While work is being completed, the driving lane and shoulder on State Route 21/36 south bound will be closed to traffic. Traffic will travel through the open lane with no speed reductions. The duration of the work is expected to be approximately 2 weeks.
NYS Considering Clarifying Bump Stock Law:
As “bump stocks” make headlines after it was revealed Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock used them in his rampage, state lawmakers are clarifying their illegal status in New York. While New York does not explicitly outlaw bump stocks, the state Penal Law does prohibit machine guns or “any other firearm or weapon simulating a machine gun.” So using a bump stock to make a semi-automatic rifle simulate a machine gun is a Class D felony. New York Attorney General Eric Schneidermen even went so far as to say that a semi-automatic rifle modified with a bump stock would actually be considered a machine gun under state law. To make the law more clear, a bipartisan group of lawmakers has introduced a bill that would specifically outlaw the possession or manufacturing of bump-stock mechanisms and others that make semi-automatic weapons simulate machine guns. In something of a surprise move, the National Rifle Association, which has long been an outspoken opponent of gun-control proposals, issued a statement Thursday stating support for “additional regulation” of bump stocks.
Winning “I Voted” Sticker Revealed for Suffrage Centennial:
After more than 18,000 votes cast, a design has been chosen for the “I Voted” sticker that will be distributed at polling places across New York this Election Day. The new sticker is in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York, which was passed on November 6th 1917. Online voting took place between September 25th and 29th with the winning design receiving more than 9,000 votes. The winning sticker features “General” Rosalie Jones, a New York suffragist who led a 150-mile hike, on foot, from New York City to Albany in December 1912. Upon arriving in Albany, the marchers presented Governor-elect Sulzer with a petition. The winning sticker will be printed and distributed to Boards of Election in each county to be given out on Election Day, November 7th.
Watches Suspends Campaign for Surrogate Court Judge:
Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate Chauncey Watches released a statement Wednesday announcing that he is suspending his campaign. In the primary election, Watches won on the Conservative and Independence tickets, but lost the Republican ballot to Patrick McAllister. In his statement, Watches said he “reviewed the numbers in detail,… and given the history of elections in Steuben County” could not see a path to victory without appearing on the Republican line. He will still appear on the November ballot, but he will no longer be actively campaigning. As a sitting judge, Watches said he’s not allowed to endorse any other candidates, but he did say he’s known McAllister as a friend for a long time, and he wishes him well.
Corning Inc. Announces Quarterly Dividend:
The quarterly dividend on Corning Inc.’s common stock was announced Wednesday by the company’s Board of Directors. Shareholders of record as of November 16th will be eligible for dividend of 15 and a half cents ($0.155) per share. It will be payable on December 15th.
High Bids for E-C Airport Glass Project Put Hitch in Revamp:
There’s been a small hitch in the ongoing renovation project at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Bids for the airport’s signature glass wall project, which will be the front of the new building, have come back higher than expected. Airport Manager Bill Hopper said they’ve had two bids for $6.9 million and $9.7 million, and that’s roughly two to three times more than their budget projected. Despite this, he said they want to keep the design as its symbolic to our area. He said they’re hoping to get local contractors to bid on the project. Bids are open until the 20th. The glass wall project accounts for about 12 percent of the overall $58 million project.
DEC to Hold Meetings Regarding Trout Stream Management:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced that two public meetings will be held this fall as part of a series of statewide meetings on trout stream management. The meetings will provide an overview of the state's approach to trout stream management and elicit feedback from anglers regarding their preferences and expectations for the management of trout stream waters. One of those sessions will be held at the Hammondsport High School October 19th at 7 p.m.
Cuomo Hoping to Give In-State Tuition to Students Displaced by Hurricanes:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the state’s higher education officials to approve in-state tuition rates for students from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who have been displaced by recent hurricanes. Cuomo says assisting these students will remove a “huge burden” as their families work to recover. Rates vary, but typically, an in-state student can save roughly $10,000 a year. New York previously authorized such tuition changes for students displaced by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.
First Responders to be Honored at Bath Football Game:
During Bath-Haverling’s next home football game, Saturday, October 7th, the district will be honoring our first responders. Coach Wayne Carroll said that they are hosting a first responders day, and any and all first responders are welcome to the game with free admission, and they’re invited on the sidelines before the game. They encourage first responders to wear their uniforms and to come down to the sidelines to talk to the Coaches and players.
Candlelight vigil for Las Vegas in Bath Today:
Following the lead of other Episcopal churches in the region, the St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Bath will hold a candlelight vigil tonight to mark solidarity with those who died in Las Vegas and those whose lives are forever changed. Reverend J. Brad Benson said that this will not be a political rally, but rather an opportunity for the community to come together and grieve. They are planning to toll the church bell 59 times, once for each of the victims, starting at 8 p.m. Following, there will be brief remarks, prayers, bagpipe, and possibly some singing. The event will take place on the corner of Washington and Liberty Streets, in the park just north of the church. Candles will be provided, however you are welcome to bring your own.
Hornellsville Town Supervisor Has Died:
Long time Hornellsville Town Supervisor Ken Isaman has died. Isaman passed on October 2nd after a struggle with Lewey Bodies Disease Dementia. Isaman served on the Town Board of Hornellsville for 27 years and was the Town Supervisor for over 10 years. He also served as a Steuben County Legislator for 12 years. There will be a reception in his honor at the American Legion on Seneca Street in Hornell tomorrow at 6 p.m. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hornell Salvation Army, Southern Tier Food Bank, or the Hornell Humane Society.
2 Arrested for Growing Marihuana:
Two people have been arrested after New York State troopers received an anonymous report of a subject, currently on probation, that was growing marihuana and possibly possessing a firearm on Acomb Road in the Town of Dansville. Troopers report that upon their arrival they witnessed 7 marihuana plants growing in plain view. A search of the residence allegedly turned up a small amount of marihuana and paraphernalia. 58-year-old Katherine Kurtz and 67-year-old Richard Kurtz were both charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and unlawfully growing cannabis. Both were issued appearance tickets. Katherine Kurtz is currently on probation for a previous grand larceny conviction.
Rep. Reed Hold Town Hall in Urbana Sat.:
Congressman Tom Reed will hold three town hall meetings on Saturday, October 14, 2017. One is in Steuben County. Reed will be at the American Legion in Urbana that day from 1:30 until 2:30 p.m.
Steuben Co. Shared Services Plan Presentation Oct. 12th:
The Steuben County Shared Services Panel will be providing a public presentation on the proposed county Shared Services Plan on Thursday, October 12th. The meeting will be held at 3 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers of the County Office Building in Bath.
NYS Considering Ban of Anonymous Political Ads on Facebook:
New York State is considering new legislation that would require all political ads on social media platforms, like Facebook, to contain the name of the individual or group that paid for it. The bill was proposed by Long Island Senator Todd Kaminsky, who says requiring more information about the groups paying for ads would discourage false and misleading statements while giving citizens more information about those trying to influence their vote. The proposal would also apply to campaign mailers.
Thrills and Chills in the Southern Finger Lakes This Fall:
With the arrival of Fall, it’s time to take advantage of the collection of seasonal and Halloween happenings in the Southern Finger Lakes, and to make it easier to find them all, Chemung, Schuyler, and Steuben counties have joined together to create Thrills and Chills. The listing features the best fall foliage, harvest, Halloween events, and other activities happening in the Southern Finger Lakes. The full collection of events is available online at http://www.thrillsandchillsflx.com.
Missing Broome County Man Could Have Been in Corning:
The Broome County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing persons case out of the Town of Union that may be tied to Corning. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 27-year-old Kyle Lenga was last seen Thursday around 8:30 p.m. at a home in Union, which is about 8 miles west of Binghamton. He reportedly sent a text message around 11:30 p.m. that night from Steuben County, in area of Corning. Lenga has brown hair, hazel eyes, and multiple tattoos. He is described as 5’10”, 165 pounds, and was driving a 2002 Toyota Corolla with New York plates HEX-5984. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Broome County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 778-2053.
Bath Man Charged in Wheeler Domestic Incident:
The New York State Police announce the arrest of 36-year-old Cedric Williams following an investigation into an alleged domestic disturbance in the Town of Wheeler. It’s alleged that Williams, while in a vehicle in the area of County Route 8, engaged in a verbal and physical altercation with a female acquaintance. Williams has been charged with strangulation, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment and he has been sent to the Steuben County Jail with no bail as a predicate felon.
Hornell Woman Accused of Defrauding Social Services:
A Hornell woman has been arrested for allegedly defrauding social services. 48-year-old Shawn Burroughs allegedly reported and filed with the Steuben County Department of Social Services multiple false applications and re-certifications to receive SNAP and Temporary Assistance dating back to 2013. In September, a grand jury issued an indictment and a warrant was issued on charges of grand larceny, 24 counts of offering a false instrument, 30 counts of falsifying business records, 5 counts of welfare fraud in the 5th, and 2 counts of welfare fraud in the 4th. Burroughs was arrested on September 29th and was released to appear at a later date.
Steuben Co. Jail Inmate Arrested:
An inmate of the Steuben County Jail has been arrested following investigation into an altercation that occurred inside the jail on September 26th. 29-year-old James Smith has been charged with assault for allegedly attacking another inmate. Smith was arraigned in Town of Bath Court and was sent back to the jail without bail.
Painted Post Police Chief Says He Was Wrongly Fired, Mayor Responds:
Controversy is swirling in Painted Post following the firing of now-former police chief, Dennis Mullen. Mullen told WENY News Monday that village officials handed him paperwork earlier in the day, and reportedly told him that if he refused to sign he would be fired. Mullen says he requested time to consult with legal counsel, but another qualified officer was interested in the position and so he was fired. Village Mayor Ralph Foster has responded to the allegation, saying that the village reached out to Mullen on September 14th with the same paperwork, which contained three options for Mullen to choose from in regards to pay and pension. The Mayor told WENY that he believes Mullen delayed the process by continuing to request more time to consult with his lawyer. Foster said Monday was the last day of Mullen’s extension, and when Mullen requested yet more time, the village decided to fire him.
Elmira Applies for Funding for First Arena:
Looking to put the difficult few past years of the First Arena behind it and hoping for a brighter future, the Elmira City Council approved Monday a resolution to apply for a $5 million grant through the “Restore New York Communities Initiative.” The money would, according to officials, go toward several aspects of the arena in need of repair, such as renovating the ice plant. The grant is meant specifically for cities struggling with infrastructure issues, so local taxpayers are not expected to pay to address the ongoing arena concerns.
Outdoor Show Expected to Draw Thousands to Steuben Co. Fairgrounds:
When the 11th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Recreation and Sports Show takes place October 14th and 15th it will have a new venue, a Paralympian champion, and other added attractions. The show will be held at the Steuben County Fairgrounds this year from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. This year’s festivities include special guest, Paralympics silver medal winner Matt Stutzman, who holds the current Guinness World Record for the “Longest Accurate Archery Shot” of 310 yards. He’ll present his prowess with a bow and arrow at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. both days. Admission to this year’s Outdoor Show is $5 per person, or $10 per car. As many as 7,000 visitors are expected to attend.
Hport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Hammondsport Central School will hold a Board of Education Audit Committee Meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Steuben Co. Boys Basketball Officials Seeking New Members:
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials, IAABO Board 156, is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting, to be held on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 at the Bath American Legion. For more information, contact Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.
Teen Accused of Abandoning Baby in Elmira to Undergo Mental Evaluation:
The teenager from Sayre, P.A. accused of abandoning her baby behind a home in Elmira was back in Chemung County Court Friday. Harriette Hoyt appeared for a motions hearing, in which her lawyer filed several motions including an order for a mental evaluation for Hoyt. That is expected to be completed in the next few weeks. The case is adjourned until October 27th.
Record Breaking Wineglass Marathon Sunday:
It was a record-breaking Wineglass Marathon Sunday, as the men’s winner, Tim Chichester, broke a 20-year course record. A biology teacher at Arkport Central School, Chichester ran the marathon with a time of 2:20:19.19, more than two minutes faster than the mark set in 1997 by Andrew Herr. On the women’s side, Marina Orrson got her first win of the full-marathon after previously winning the half-marathon two years ago. Other highlights from the race include runner Karen Murray, who ran her hundredth total marathon this Sunday.
Multiple Injuries at Darien Lake:
While riding the “Silver Bullet,” several people were injured Saturday evening at Darien Lake. Officials say the incident, which a spokesperson has said was not a ride malfunction, happened just after 5 p.m. The park guests were injured as the ride was coming to a stop, according to the park’s manager. They were treated on scene by the Darien Lake Medical Team. Each ride at the park is inspected daily. After the injuries Saturday, the ride was inspected a second time and safety crews found it to be working safely. Both the park and ride reopened Sunday.
Constitutional Convention Information Session Today:
The Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning will hold an informational session today regarding the New York State Constitutional Convention and Referendum. The forum will feature the history, process, delegate selection, and function of the constitutional convention and referendum. There will be a question and answer session after the discussion. The event is designed as a safe space for all voices. It will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
$214.8M to Support NYS Wine Industry:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers to get out and support the state’s wine and craft beverage trails during this fall harvest season. To support the success of wineries and wine trails, the State Department of Transportation has invested $214.8 million in support of 103 upgrade projects to roadways, bridges, and culverts that improve access to wineries throughout the State. There are 182 wineries participating in the state’s wine trails, and they drive tourism and strengthen the craft beverage and food industry. New York’s wine industry generates more than $4.8 billion annually, including $408 million in state and local taxes.
Ceremony in Campbell Honored Veterans:
A special dedication Saturday honored veterans of Campbell. A new memorial monument was unveiled by the American Legion. The new memorial replaces the old wooden Honor Roll Board that was badly damaged. The new memorial took two years to complete, with the Sons of the Legion purchasing bricks with the 119 names of the World War 2 Campbell Veterans that were on the original Honor Roll Board. Bricks are still available for purchase for current or deceased veterans of Campbell, or veteran members of the Robert N. Austin Post 1279.