Hornell Man Arrested on Multiple Traffic Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell man for multiple charges following an investigation into a suspended registration. Sheriffs say with an automatic license plate reader they found Michael J. Arlotta’s vehicle registration was suspended for not having insurance. Further investigation found his operating privileges in New York State were suspended for failure to answer summons and a bench warrant existed for Arlotta failing to pay a fine out of the City of Hornell Court. Arlotta was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Second Degree, Driving while Registration Suspended or Revoked and Operating Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. Arlotta was released on traffic summons before being turned over to the Hornell Police Department for the warrant and will reappear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.
Wayland Man Arrested For Providing Alcohol to Unders
New York State Police report a Wayland man’s arrest for Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the first degree after allegedly purchasing alcohol for 3 subjects all under the age of 21. David Rosell, age 22, was issued a ticket to appear in the village of Wayland Court at a later date while the three underage subjects were given appearance tickets for the charge of Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21.
CPS Receives Over $50K of Funding from State
Steuben County Child Protective Services received a boost from New York State worth $57,000 to expand their program and help officials more effectively tackle the increase of children entering the system due to parental opioid drug abuse. The funding will allow one more CPS worker to handle the increased caseload and to pay staff for overtime handling of these more complex and demanding cases. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says the additional funding is highly welcomed but the need for more funding still exists and hopes the upcoming state budgets will support this need.
Baker Dismisses Election Fraud Charges Against Printup
District Attorney of Steuben County Brooks Baker dismissed election fraud charges against Republican candidate for Chemung County Legislature and Watkins Glen International president Michael Printup. Last week, Printup’s opponent in the Fourth District Legislative seat, Joe Brennan, filed a challenge within the Republican Party on claims Printup signed a witness statement on a petition submitted to the Chemung County Board of Elections when he did not actually witness individuals sign the petition. Baker received this case following Chemung County DA Weeden Wetmore’s recusal as an elected official for the Legislature both candidates are running to represent.
Bills’ Drought and Mascot Recognized with Offical Bobblehead
Big news if you’re a Bills fanatic: The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled an officially licensed and limited edition Buffalo Bills bobblehead to commemorate the end of the Bills’ Playoff Drought last year on December 31st. The drought began in 1999 and became the longest active playoff drought among the four major professional North American sports leagues. The bobbleheads of Bills’ mascot Billy Buffalo are $40 each and only 1,000 will be available. In stock now are 216 initial production run bobbleheads and the rest of them will be available for pre-order with December delivery if the initial productions sell out.
Sheriff Allard Reminds Motorists of Back-To-School Road Safety
As the new school year begins next week locally, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reminds everyone of basic yet crucial driver safety tips especially while travelling during school pickup and drop-off hours. Give yourself more travel time and anticipate delays as new bus routes begin. Pay attention and and follow all speed enforcement regulations posted in school zones and directions given by school crossing guards. Never pass a stopped school bus displaying red flashing lights. Remember school buses must stop at all railroad crossings and keep a safe reactive space between your vehicle and the bus. Distracted driving kills especially when following or meeting a school bus while it boards or discharges passengers. Be aware most schools use cameras on each bus to record evidence of vehicles disobeying these traffic laws.
Gang Assault Arrest:
Four people have been arrested in connection with an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a reported gang assault that allegedly occurred in Cohocton. According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 12th deputies were dispatched to State Route 371 in the Town of Cohocton in response to a report of an assault. It’s alleged that 23-year-old Nicholas Chatterton of Leicester, 17-year-old Dakota Fairbrother of Cohocton, 17-year-old Michelle Dunham of Wayland, and 18-year-old Haley Kretchmer of Wayland assaulted one victim, causing serious physical injury, and a second victim causing physical injury. Chatterton, Dunham, and Kretchmer were all charged with gang assault, assault, and conspiracy. Fairbrother was charged with gang assault. Chatterton and Dunham were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail. Fairbrother was released on $1,000 bail. Kretchmer was released on her own recognizance.
Meth Lab Fire in Corning:
Emergency responders were called out early Wednesday morning to the Steward Park apartment complex in Corning for an alleged meth lab fire. After firefighters discovered the lab a state Hazmat crew was called in to clean up the scene. There are no further details at this time.
Rape/Endangering the Welfare of a Child Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Prattsburgh woman on charges of rape and endangering the welfare of a child. 28-year-old Kara Rumsey is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a person under the age of 17 and acting in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical or mental welfare of that person. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Hartsville Woman Arrested for Failing to Report Income to DSS:
A Hartsville woman has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income as required while receiving benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services. 56-year-old Debra Schofield allegedly received over $12,000 in benefits that she was not eligible for. She was charged with offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying business records, and grand larceny. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Welfare Fraud and Filing False Instrument Arrest:
Two Corning residents have been arrested for alleged welfare fraud. 32-year-old Calenthia Beason and 50-year-old Roy Hudson both allegedly provided false information to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and as a result received benefits in the amount of $222.71 that they were not eligible for. Both were charged with offering a false instrument for filing, and welfare fraud. Both were arraigned and released on their own recognizance.
Cuomo/Nixon Meet for Debate:
The democratic contenders for New York State Governor met Wednesday night at Hofstra University for a face-to-face debate. Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon spent a large portion of the debate discussing downstate issues, such as the MTA and the Tappan Zee Bridge. Both candidates also got testy with each other, each accusing the other of lying. The democratic primary is set for September 13th.
Congressman Scalise Endorses Congressman Tom Reed:
Unites States House Majority Whip Steven Scalise was in Corning Wednesday where he gave his endorsement to Congressman Tom Reed. Scalise called Reed a great member of the whip team due to his willingness to help get agendas passed.
Second Annual Recovery Walk Set for Sept. 8th:
The second annual addiction Recovery Celebration, sponsored by Addiction Awareness of Steuben County is set for noon to 3 p.m. September 8th at Valerio Park in Addison. The celebration recognizes National Recovery Month and includes speakers, activities, refreshments, and a 2:30 p.m. walk. Area agencies will also be on hand to provide information on the support and services available in the county for substance abusers, their families and loved ones.
Fatal Motorcycle Accident in Pulteney:
A Branchport man was killed in a fatal motorcycle accident in the Town of Pulteney. According to state police, on August 25th, 56-year-old Gregory Miller crossed the double-solid line on State Route 54a for an unknown reason and struck another vehicle. Miller was ejected from his motorcycle. Police say the investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Steuben Co. Participating in Labor Day DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Tuesday that county police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving. Law enforcement officers will take to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving during the Labor Day holiday. The efforts started on August 17th and will end on September 3rd. You can help make a difference by Having a Sober Plan. Download the “Have a Plan” mobile app and you’ll always be able to find a safe ride home at http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.
Street Closures in Corning:
Construction projects will close some streets in Corning this week. The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow and Friday: East First Street from Cedar to Chemung, East Fourth Street from Chemung to Pearl, Columbia Street from First to Second, Watauga Avenue from Conhocton to Steuben, Buffalo Street from Reynolds to Dwight, and Stimson Street from Reynolds to Dwight.
New Bill Will Require Random Drug Testing for Bus Drivers:
A new bill signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo will require school bus drivers in New York State to submit to random drug and alcohol testing. The bill will also increase the time bus drivers must wait to drive after drinking alcohol from six hours to eight. The new law goes into effect in 120 days.
Child Advil Recall:
Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has announced a recall of the suspension bubble-gum flavor of Children’s Advil due to a labeling mistake that could lead to accidental overdoses. The dosage cup is marked in teaspoons, but the label on the bottle is marked in milliliters. The recall only includes the four-ounce bottle sold between May and June of this year. You can return it to the store for a full refund.
Strong Kids Safe Kids Looking for Vendors:
Organizers of the eight annual Strong Kids Safe Kids Festival, set for September 15th, are looking for agencies and sponsors to sign up for the popular event, which will be from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Haverling High School gym in Bath. The event will feature carnival games, inflatable bouncers and art activities, as well as information on health and safety issues from area agencies. The free “Passport to Fitness” program offers kids a chance to participate in fitness stations, complete their passport, and earn a prize. For more information on how to participate or sponsor the event contact Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.
Steuben OFA Public Hearing; Workshops Sept. 20th:
Informative workshops on a wide range of topics are set for the annual Steuben County Office for the Aging Forum on September 20th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. Pre-registration is required for the free forum, which also includes a continental breakfast, and a public hearing on the county’s 2019 aging services implementation plan. Participants may choose two free workshops, on a first-come, first-served basis on topics such as: Digital Libraries, Bees, Wheat to Grapes, and more. To pre-register, and for more information, call the Steuben Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298.
Heat Advisory in Effect Today:
The National Weather Service in Binghamton has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today. Heat Index Values may reach 104 degrees this afternoon. Forecasters say very warm and humid conditions will continue into tomorrow for much of the area. The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure.
NYSP Investigating Church Break-ins:
The New York State Police are investigating break-ins at two local churches late Thursday night through early Friday morning. The Presho United Methodist Church suffered damages to security cameras and entrance door, and important church papers and keys were stolen, according to the church’s pastor. The Lindley Community Church was also broken into. The church pastor said the glass of a door was broken and a television was stolen.
Steuben Co. Approves $1.22M for Fire Dept. Communications, Transfer of Funds to D.A.’s Office:
On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature approved both a $1.22 million contract to improve fire department communications and the transfer of $88,000 into the District Attorney’s Office budget. The communication funds will include upgrades at the 911 center and at 11 tower transmitter sites around the county. It will put firefighters on the same high-frequency communications systems used by police and ambulance services, eliminating duplicate radio equipment, and it will also eliminate an almost 30-second delay that exists currently. The additional funds for the D.A.’s office, according to D.A. Brooks Baker, is necessary for increased costs from prosecutions related to the county’s opioid problem and the upcoming trial of Lloyd Neurauter. Neuratuer is accused of murdering his ex-wife in Corning and Baker said he has 70 witnesses under subpoena in the case. He also has plans for five or six expert witnesses.
Several Area Beaches Closed due to Algae Blooms:
Indian Pines and Red Jacket beaches in Penn Yan are closed again for the third time in less than a month, due to suspicion of blue-green algae. The two areas were previously closed on August 4th and 16th. Additionally, the state Department of Health has received reports of algae blooms at Deep Run Beach in Gorham, Onanda Park Beach in Canandaigua, and Sandy Bottom Beach on Honeoye Lake and they are all closed as well until the DOH gives them the all clear.
NYS State Fair Adds Third Senior Day:
Due to the high heat, the Great New York State Fair has announced a third Senior Day. On Senior Days, adults age 60 or older can attend the fair for free. This Thursday, August 30th, will be the new third Senior Day. Additionally, the fair is purchasing additional misting stations to provide cool water sprays for everyone. Fair officials also remind everyone that water bottles from home are allowed, and fairgoers can even get them filled for free at water filling stations in most buildings on the Fairgrounds.
Missing Rochester Man found Near Hornell:
A missing Rochester man has been found safe near Hornell. 40-year-old Mike VanLare had been missing for about a week, after he left his city apartment without his wallet and cellphone. VanLare’s family has thanked the public for their help in a Facebook post.
Special Bath. BOE Meeting Thursday:
A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held on Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in the District Office for personnel matters.
Firefighters Raise $4,100 for Muscular Dystrophy:
Members of the Hornell Professional Fire Fighters Association Local 835 raised $4,100 this past Friday to help kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related life-threatening diseases. The money from the “Fill the Boot” campaign, held on Seneca Street, will go directly to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help fight muscle disease through resources and support, including the MDA Care Center at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. It also helps support the MDA Summer Camp, which is offered at no cost to more than 70 local children and their families at Camp Rotary Sunshine Campus in Rush.
Ride for the Red Saturday:
The 10th Annual Red for the Ride Motorcycle Run, put on by the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Red Cross and the Arkport-Corning Harley Owners Group, will be this Saturday. Riders will travel throughout the Finger Lakes region with stops at the dealership in Arkport and the Bath V.A. There will also be a barbeque at 1 p.m. at the Big Flats American Legion pavilion. Pre-registration for the ride has been extended to Wednesday. It’s $25 per person.
CCE Centennial Celebration Sept. 14th
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County will hold a Centennial Celebration on September 14th from 6 to 11 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Wine Company in Hammondsport. Festivities begin with a social hour and include a dinner and music. The cost is $50 per person, $90 for a pair of tickets. To register, call 664-2300.
NYSP Need Information in Jasper-Troupsburg School Incident
State Police of Wayland need help identifying a person and vehicle in a suspicious incident at Jasper-Troupsburg Elementary School. On Thursday August 23rd at around 7:00am, a white male age 25-30 years of age operating a blue late model Subaru appeared to be taking cell phone video of the elementary school. The vehicle had New York license plates, with the front plate in the windshield of the vehicle. Anyone with information about this subject is asked to contact the State Police Criminal Investigation Unit in Wayland or Bath.
Steuben County Legislature to Accept State Aid for CPS
On Monday, the Steuben County Legislature plans to accept $57,000 worth of state aid from the Office of Children & Family Services to help the county Department of Social Services Child Protective Services Unit offer enhanced staffing and support for investigations into reported allegations of child abuse and neglect. The Legislature’s agenda also includes adopting a county Fair Housing plan, applying for a state Community Development grant for low and moderate income homeowners, transferring $88,000 from the county contingency fund to the D.A. and more.
Mitrano Receives AFL-CIO Endorsement
At its 2018 Committee on Political Education (COPE) Convention, the New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic candidate Tracy Mitrano for Congress. In a statement, Mitrano said she is “incredibly honored” to receive the endorsement from the organization, which represents interests of over 2.5 million people in New York. Mitrano also vowed to “be committed to advocating for strong unions, guaranteeing that economic opportunity is accessible to everyone willing to work for it and protections for our children, disabled and elderly are available.”
Cuomo Subpeonas Former Trump Lawyer Cohen
Governor Cuomo’s administration has subpoenaed Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen this week after suggestions he may have valuable information for state and federal prosecutors. New York State’s loophole makes it illegal to convict someone who has a presidential pardon, which Trump may give Cohen. Cuomo says he has made the move because: "I believe it would be an immediately impeachable offense because it really is an obstruction of justice." Cuomo’s fellow gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon “fully supports” Cuomo’s motion to subpoena Cohen and believes the state loophole must be closed by the State Legislature. Cuomo has not indicated if he will call state legislators for a special session to accomplish this.
North Hornell Woman Arrested for DWI
A North Hornell woman faces court action after she was arrested during a traffic stop in Hornellsville. Troopers report 47-year-old Tina McCourt was charged with felony driving while intoxicated. State police issued several traffic infractions including driving on the shoulder and failure to keep right.
Governor Signs Bill Protecting Pets In Evictions
Legislation protecting pets from abandonment during an eviction was signed by the Governor this week, requiring officers who execute a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and coordinate the safe removal of the pets with their evicted owners. Governor Cuomo says currently, the law does not distinguish the difference of animals and couches, which could result in animal abandonment. The newly-signed law improves oversight ensuring pets receive safety and care in event of eviction.
Corelle to Invest $50M in Steuben County:
Empire State Development announced Thursday that Corelle Brands LLC will be investing $50 million in Steuben County. The company plans to modernize its manufacturing facility, known as the Pressware Plant, in Corning. They will renovate two production tanks, activate a third tank, and put new products on the market for the company’s flagship Corelle kitchenware brand. Corelle currently employs nearly 600 people. To encourage the company to move forward with the investment, Empire State Development offered a package of performance-based incentives of up to $9 million. The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency also offered incentives of over $546,000, and NYSEG is said to be “providing significant support.”
Denison Park Pool Closed for Remainder of Season Following Incident:
The Denison Park Pool in Corning will be closed for the remainder of the season following a filter malfunction Thursday afternoon. The incident happened just after 3 p.m. The malfunction caused a higher than normal concentration of pool chemicals to be released into the water. As a precaution, patrons were instructed to leave the area and some were transported to area medical facilities. Director of Recreation Alex Hamilton said closing the pool will allow staff to assess the situation and make repairs.
Wellsville Man Wanted in “Facebook” Case Found in S. America:
Paul Ceglia, the Wellsville man who in 2015 fled to escape charges he faked a 2003 contract with Facebook Inc.’s Mark Zuckerberg, is now in custody in Ecuador. The 45-year-old has been missing, along with his wife, two sons, and dog, since March 2015, when U.S. marshals forced their way into his Wellsville home and discovered he’d cut off an ankle bracelet. Ceglia is awaiting trail on fraud charges in New York.
Construction Grants for Local Libraries:
Public libraries across the area have received state construction grants. About $3,400 is headed to Dormann Library in Bath to upgrade the existing network and install newer technology. The Cohocton library will be able to replace some windows for the $11,000 it will receive. The big winner is the Pulteney Free Library. A $202,000 grant has been awarded for infrastructure and concrete work on the library’s new building. The area legislators said the grants are awarded through New York’s Library Construction Grant Program, which received $24 million in the 2017-18 state budget.
Steuben Public Works Employees Recognized for Service:
More than 80 members of the Steuben County Department of Public Works were recognized with certificates of appreciation Monday for their service to county residents. The workers were honored for milestone dates ranging from 10 years up to the 40-year anniversary of Building Maintenance Mechanic Steve Flaitz. The group represents more than 2,200 hours of combined service. County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said the Public Works crews work to ensure the safety of county residents and that he’s proud to work with them.
Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Pets:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Thursday designed to protect pets from being abandoned during an eviction. The law requires officers executing a warrant of eviction to check the property for pets and to coordinate the safe removal of animals with the evictee. When an eviction order is executed, a marshal takes possession of the property within the evictee’s premises and stores the items for a specified amount of time, and then allows the evicted tenant to later retrieve the items. Previous law did not distinguish between the treatment of a couch and a pet, which could result in the abandonment of pets. The law signed Thursday addresses the oversight to help ensure the safety and care of pets.
Steuben OFA Looks to Increase Attendance at New Cohocton Dinner Club:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging, in partnership with ProAction of Steuben and Yates and local residents, hosted a new Senior Dinner club on August 16th in Cohocton. Now, county Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody said organizers would like see the new dinner club become a regular focal point for lunch. She said they “need to know there is enough interest and participation to keep it open.” The next luncheon is set for noon, September 20th at the First Presbyterian Church in Cohocton. Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.
Springwater Man Arrested in Wayland Vehicle Theft 5 Years Later:
A Springwater man has been charged in the theft of a vehicle in the Town of Wayland. According to state police, they received a complaint of a stolen vehicle on November 16th 2013. The next day, the complainant’s vehicle was recovered, unattended, at an address in Livingston County. The vehicle was secured and processed. A crime scene technician recovered DNA evidence that led police to 45-year-old Matthew Bartlett, who was incarcerated in state prison. Upon his release, Troopers arrested him and charged him with one count of criminal possession of stolen property. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
Unemployment Numbers Down:
The New York State Labor Department released unemployment numbers for all 62 counties this week, and in Steuben the report is good. The county’s jobless rate dropped to 4.5 percent in July, compared to 4.8 in June and 5.4 a year ago. That puts Steuben’s rate in a tie for 39th place with six other counties.
$2M Grant for NYS Hazardous Materials Response Teams:
Hazardous Materials Response Teams in NYS will share a $2 million grant. Schuyler, Chemung, Steuben and Tioga counties will share $106,000. The funding is meant to help to sustain and enhance HazMat capabilities to help New Yorkers respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other emergencies. The money comes from the State Homeland Security Program.
No Dollar General for Arkport:
Plans to locate a Dollar General in the village of Arkport have been scuttled – for now. The site proposed for the store is zoned agricultural and village officials said Tuesday night…that won’t change. Meanwhile, the discount chain is also eyeing locations in Jasper and Andover.
Steuben Co. DA Investigating WGI President for Alleged Election Fraud:
The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has launched an investigation into alleged election fraud committed by Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup. The allegation comes from Printup’s opponent for the Chemung County Legislature, Joe Brennan, who filed a challenge to the Republican party designating petition submitted by Printup, claiming Printup signed a witness statement when he did not witness those people sign the petition. In response to the claim, Printup told WENY News that he signed out of error in his haste to submit the application. He accused Brennan of playing “dirty politics” and said he’ll be seeking legal counsel to challenge him “on his activities when he sued Chemung County.” Brennan initially asked Chemung County DA Wheeden Wetmore to investigate the fraud claims, but he recused himself as he too is an elected official and goes before the county legislature. The Schuyler County DA then also recused himself as he’s had dealings with Printup at WGI.
Cameron Man Accused of Endangering Mentally Handicapped Person:
The New York State Police have arrested a Cameron man on charges of endangering the welfare of a mentally incompetent or physically disabled person. 36-year-old Charles Sullivan Jr. allegedly engaged in conduct which endangered the physical, mental, and moral wellbeing of a 21-year-old mentally handicapped victim. Sullivan Jr. was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Physical Altercation at Pleasant Valley Winery Leads to Arrest:
An employee of Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport has been arrested after he allegedly got into a physical altercation with a co-worker. 37-year-old David Conyers Jr., of Bath, allegedly used a broom handle to repeatedly strike the victim. The victim suffered injuries to the head and required medical attention. Conyers Jr. was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.
CCC To Receive $150,000 for Manufacturing Program:
Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday a $150,000 grant for Corning Community College for their Manufacturing Advancement Project. The funds will provide CCC with laboratory space and state-of-the-art equipment to implement active learning simulator technology, collaborative learning with peers, and training programming.
Weekly Conference Calls with Congressional Hopeful Mitrano:
Challenger for the 23rd Congressional District seat, Tracy Mitrano has announced that she will be holding weekly conference calls with the media to discuss the state of the campaign. The first of these meetings was Tuesday. She spoke on her background and her platform, focusing on healthcare, education, economic development, infrastructure, and other issues. She also took questions, including those about plans for debates with incumbent Representative Tom Reed. She said she’s open to as many as Reed is willing to take part in, but that she does have some conditions for how they’re conducted. She said she wants one Democrat and one Republican questioner, and a moderator. She said she would prefer not to have a whole range of people because she thinks it gets “unruly.” The general election will be held on November 6th.
Free School Supplies Available for Bath District Students Today:
Free school supplies will be available for students of the Bath Central School District today. All students in the district are encouraged to select a from a variety of free supplies that will be available from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Haverling High School cafeteria. Supplies include backpacks, markers, crayons, pens, pencils, gluesticks, earbuds, and more. The free supplies were made possible thanks to donations by KanPak.
Public Sunscreen Dispensers Available in Corning:
Fun in the sun just got a little safer. The City of Corning Parks and Recreation Department is now offering public access sunscreen dispensers at the Stewart and Denison Park pools, completely free to patrons. Sunscreen helps prevent sunburns and damage to the skin that can cause skin cancer, which studies say is the number one most preventable form of cancer. Beyond the poolside, the city says it plans to expand access to the sunscreen dispensers with their introduction to the Parks Program and Sport Camps in 2019. The Parks Program is held at five city parks for six weeks through the summer, and the Sport Camps are held at various locations throughout the city.
Refund Information Released for Cancelled Phish Concert:
Ticket refund information has been released for last weekend’s cancellation of Curveball, the Phish concert, at Watkins Glen International. According to an announcement made by Phish: everyone who purchased wristbands, vehicle passes, travel or rental packages via the official ticketing provider (Front Gate Tickets) will receive a full refund of ticket price, service fees, and shipping. Refunds will go back to the original buyer’s credit card account. Those who purchased on secondary markets or did person-to-person trades/sales should seek a refund at their point of purchase. Starting today, all Curveball ticket holders will be able to redeem the code on their wristbands at livephish.com/redeem to watch the webcast of all three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO over Labor Day Weekend. And Phish plans to soon launch a Curveball merchandise store where the proceeds will be donated to flood relief and recovery. The store will include Curveball t-shirts, LE posters, and other items. Curveball ticket holders will have first access to the store.
Plea Deal Denied, Reed Campaign Sign Theft Case Moves Forward:
The case of the alleged theft of a GPS tracking device inside a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed is moving forward after the defendant denied a plea offer Monday morning. The deal would have seen Gary McClasin receive an Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal (ACD). That means the charges could have been dismissed in six months, so long as McCaslin wrote an apology letter to the Reed Campaign and didn’t break the law within that period of time. However, the defense denied the motion, saying it could still be seen an admission of guilt. One of McCaslin’s attorneys said that they couldn’t allow him to accept the deal because they “feel so strongly that once the facts are heard by a jury, he’ll be fully vindicated.” McCaslin is accused of failing to return a GPS tracking device that was inside a campaign sign for Tom Reed. McCaslin allegedly took the sign, and when Reed’s campaign manager Nick Weinstein went to retrieve the sign from him, McCaslin reportedly refused to give back the tracker. The defense says McCaslin didn’t know who the GPS device belonged to and didn’t know what to do. Weinstein says the device was labeled, demonstrating ownership by the Reed Campaign. He said there was also a phone number to call if the device needed to be returned. The case returns to Corning Court in September.
Senators Schumer, Gillibrand Call on FEMA to Approve Funding After Finger Lakes Flooding:
After heavy rains created flooding in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier last week, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on FEMA to approve federal assistance requests. Some areas saw upwards of nine inches of rain over a few hours. In a news release, Schumer said it’s absolutely crucial the effected communities get the resources they need to recover.
Governor’s Office Releases Funds for Emergency Dispatching:
The New York State Governor’s office has released $10 million in grants that will support emergency service dispatching across the state. Steuben County is set to receive $187,541 to help make improvements to 911 response and emergency dispatch operations.
Violation of Probation Arrest:
A Campbell woman has been arrested for allegedly violating probation. 30-year-old Danielle Smith was arrested in Erwin and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Governor Signs Bill to Further Protect Children from Secondhand Smoke:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation to further protect children from exposure to secondhand smoke. The bill prohibits individuals from smoking in facilities that provide child care services, including private homes. All facilities required to be licensed or registered for child care services must comply with the smoking ban within 90 days, even when children receiving care are not present. Governor Cuomo said, “The dangers of secondhand smoke are indisputable and we must do everything in our power to protect children from this public health hazard and the life-long misery that comes with it.”
Hport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both its regular meeting and retreat this week. Both will be tomorrow, with the retreat at noon at the Curtiss Museum. The regular meeting will then follow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Steuben Co. Fair Draws Crowds Sunday:
While rain and storms may have had a dampening effect on attendance early in the week, officials with the Steuben County Fair said crowds, and spirits, were good during the last few days of the show. The cloudy skies did not keep thousands of fair-goers Sunday from enjoying the rides, 4-H and historical exhibits, and food and games vendors on the closing day of the 199th Steuben County Fair.
Prattsburgh Man Struck by Truck in Ontario Co.:
A man from Maine has been charged with assault after he allegedly struck a man from Prattsburgh with his truck intentionally. The incident happened in Ontario County on Recreation Drive in the Town of Hopewell around 5 a.m. Friday morning. Police say they arrived on scene and found 32-year-old Jesse Gettings in the Applebee’s parking lot complaining of leg and internal injuries. Witnesses told police a Ford Ranger truck intentionally hit Gettings and then headed east on State Routes 5 and 20. The truck was located a short time later in Geneva. The driver, 30-year-old Keir Groose-Rhode, was charged. A portion of Recreation Drive was shut down for approximately 3 hours. Gettings was at Strong Memorial Hospital as of Saturday afternoon.
Busy Sunday for Greenwood Fire Dept. with Fire/Rollover Accident:
Greenwood firefighters were called out just after 11 a.m. Sunday when flames consumed a motor home parked behind a residence on State Route 248 near County Road 62. Steuben 911 reported that flames were reportedly visible. Additional help was initially requested from Canisteo and West Union. The fire was declared under control within 29 minutes. While crews were battling the fire, a second emergency was reported at the Greenwood fire station. A man had apparently been injured in a lawn mower rollover accident. The victim was brought to the fire station. An ambulance crew was alerted and LifeNet 77 medical helicopter was requested. Officials decided to land the helicopter at the fire scene. Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating the lawnmower accident and fire investigators were requested at the scene of the fire. The extent of the man’s injuries in the lawnmower accident is unknown.
Western NY Intercounty Meets at Steuben Brewing:
Representatives from 19 counties in western New York met Friday at the Steuben Brewing Company for updates on state and local issues. The Western NY Intercounty Association meeting included an introduction on the future utility rates reduction for municipal buildings through shared services. Steuben Brewing representatives also gave a presentation on how “Community Support Agriculture” has benefited their business and supports local and agri-business industries.
Salvation Army Backpack Distribution Thursday:
Families in Steuben County struggling to afford school supplies will get some help this Thursday, when the Salvation Army will be holding a backpack distribution event. Each backpack will contain school supplies for students in kindergarten through 12th-grade. Students will get supplies based on the supply lists given by their respective school district. Distribution is from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army’s offices on Denison Parkway in Corning.
PBS Travel Show Featuring Southern Finger Lakes Returns:
In September of 2017, Emmy-nominated travel personality Darley Newman and her Emmy-winning crew explored the Southern Finger Lakes region for the fifth season of the popular PBS show Travels with Darley. They created two episodes which aired locally on WSKG in April 2018; they were the show’s first time featuring a destination in New York State. If you haven’t seen the episodes yet, you’ll have another chance as the fifth season will run as a marathon on the WSKG Create Channel on Saturday, August 25th. It begins at 6 a.m. and runs through noon, and then again at 6 p.m. until midnight. It will also air on Sunday, August 26th from noon until 6 p.m. Episode #501 features the Southern Finger Lakes and it will air at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on the 25th, and then at noon on the 26th.
Governor Cuomo Declares State of Emergency at Storm Briefing
Governor Andrew Cuomo held a storm briefing yesterday regarding the recent rain, thunderstorms and flash flooding earlier this week that damaged parts of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes. Cuomo declared Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties under a state of emergency until August 21st. He said 106 requests for assistance from local governments throughout New York State were made and a deployment of 200 from the National Guard will be helping local governments with cleanup after the storm.
Police on Patrol Until Labor Day for “Drive Sober…” Campaign
State and local law enforcement begin the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign this weekend that continues through Labor Day on Monday September 3rd. The patrol is to prevent driving impaired by drugs and alcohol as a pattern of increased travel and traffic volumes begins throughout the state, resulting in potential for more accidents and danger to drivers. Motorists can expect sobriety checkpoints and more troopers on major highways watching for distracted or impaired drivers, unbuckled vehicle occupants and drivers not following the Move Over Law. Last year’s Labor Day Weekend patrol yielded in State Police arresting 193 people for DWI.
Savona Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Savona man following a response to a call for a domestic incident in the town of Bradford. The investigation revealed Charles DeCamp allegedly violated a duly served order of protection and possessed a firearm while having a previous felony conviction. Before being remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail, DeCamp was arraigned at the Town of Campbell Court and charged with Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree and Criminal Tampering.
Hornell Man Arrested for DWI Charges
A Hornell man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Ability Impaired and Possession of a Controlled Substance after Sheriff deputies responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision. Upon investigation, it was revealed Blaine Hunt was allegedly operating a vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, damaged the property of a Crosby Creek Road resident in Hornell and illegally possessed prescription medication. Hunt was arraigned in Hornell City Court, released, and scheduled to return to Hartsville Town Court at a later date.
Congressman Reed Visits Corning-Elmira to Promote Bipartisanship
Congressman Tom Reed teamed up with his Democratic colleague Congressman Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey to speak at Elmira College yesterday about the bipartisan group “The Problem Solvers Caucus” they lead. Composed of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans from Congress, the group seeks to reach common ground on various public issues. “The Problem Solvers Caucus” takes position on a certain issue once at least 3 quarters of the group agrees on a stance. Reed said the group is “putting the American people first before partisan gridlock." Following their presentation, Reed and Gottheimer talked and visited with local business owners in Corning.
NY Hops and Distillery Growth Bills Signed Into Law
Two bills were signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo to support New York hops production and business opportunities for farm distilleries in the state. The new laws take effect immediately and will give relief from the annual gross sales requirement that currently mandates at least $10,000 in sales to qualify for a real property tax exemption, encouraging farmers to plant more new hop crops in the state while receiving tax benefits for the first years of production. Other incentives include limited tax exemptions for farmers who replant and expand their crops for the first six years and allowing businesses with a farm distillery license to contract with a member of the public to create custom liquor for individual consumption. The laws received bipartisan support in state Senate and Assembly and aim to further expand New York’s already quickly-growing craft beverage industry.
State Bans Minors from Tanning Facilities
This week, state legislation banning children under 18 from using indoor tanning facilities was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. Currently, children 17 and over are permitted to use tanning facilities with no parental consent. The new law is intended to protect those under age 18 from increased risk of skin cancer caused by UV ray exposure.
Steuben DOH Reports First Case of West Nile
Steuben County Public Health reports the first-ever recorded case of West Nile Virus in the county. The Public Health Office said a horse in a rural area of Steuben tested positive for the mosquito-borne illness but didn’t specify where exactly it was found, stressing that this is most likely an isolated case. West Nile Virus causes mild flu-like symptoms initially but could lead to swelling of the brain and spinal cord. Those 50 years of age or older are at highest risk for severe illness. Steuben County’s Public Health Department advises that residents take precautions to avoid mosquito bites by emptying all sources of standing water on your property (tires, pots, pans, kiddie pools, watering cans), changing bird bath water at least twice weekly, using insect repellent with DEET as directed and when possible covering skin with long sleeves, pants and socks while outdoors during active mosquito season.
Steuben Sheriffs Urge Boaters to be Vigilant with Water Safety
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office advises all recreational boaters in Steuben County to be extra vigilant and to review and practice all safe boating procedures following the heavy rains, flash flooding and extreme run-off. Affected local bodies include: Keuka Lake, Waneta Lake, Canisteo, Cohocton, Tioga and Chemung rivers as well as smaller lakes and ponds in Steuben County. These waters have increased surface debris and hidden objects beneath the surface made less visible due to murkiness, muddiness and elevated water levels. Debris such as trees can threaten the safety of boaters by causing damage and injuries.
Phish Curveball Festival at WGI Cancelled
Bad news if you’re a Phishhead who planned to attend the this weekend’s Curveball Festival: Conditions from flooding in Schuyler County have cancelled the long-anticipated event at Watkins Glen International. The three-day music festival held by popular jam band Phish was expected to bring 30,000 people but the Schuyler County Department of Health said the “responsibility to act in the best interest of public health and safety for all,” led band management and event organizers to cancel the event. Organizers of the festival will update ticket holders on how to obtain refunds.
Reed Makes Remarks Regarding Fellow Congressman Collins
Following last week’s announcement from New York 27th District Congressman Chris Collins that he will not seek re-election after allegations of involvement with insider trading, eight Western New York Republican chairmen met in Batavia to talk about their party’s future. In response, Congressman Tom Reed said in this week’s media conference call that Collins “made the right decision” not to run again. 0 When asked if he has picked a candidate out of the few that have emerged thus far for the 27th district, he didn’t specify a personal favorite and instead remarked: “ultimately, it’s up to the people of the 27th Congressional district come November…”
Finger Lakes Regional Market Set for September 8th
Corning and Southern Finger Lakes announced the third Annual Finger Lakes Regional Market will be held Saturday, September 8th from 10am to 4pm at Watson Homestead in Painted Post. Both parking and admission will be free. The yearly event showcases only Finger Lakes regional businesses with locally grown and locally made products and local experiences. The Finger Lakes Regional Market features live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally produced cheeses, locally grown produce, arts and crafts, a free concert, face painting, kids activities and much more.
More Showers and Thunderstorms in Expected Today
After this week’s regional flash flood warning, more showers with isolated thunderstorms continue today as a cold front approaches our region. Chances for scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected in the area today. The temperature instability along with high moisture creates a likelihood for strong to severe thunderstorms. Weather threats include strong gusty winds along with heavy downpours with rainfall of 1" possible and higher if strong or severe thunderstorms develop. More chances for showers and thunderstorms continues tonight with temperature lows near 70 degrees. Chances for showers continue tomorrow but will likely fade off throughout the day.
Cuomo Offers Context on “America Was Never That Great…”
Governor Andrew Cuomo caused a stir in state and national politics this week after he told an audience at a New York City bill-signing ceremony that America “was never that great...” The quote received criticism from State Republicans. Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, issued a statement explaining Cuomo made the statement to express that the nation’s full potential for greatness has not been reached due to lack of civic engagement and existing inequalities. President Trump reacted with a tweet saying “...Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Cuomo then tweeted back “What you say would be ‘great again’ would not be great at all…We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK. Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward)”.
NYSP Seeking Information About Savona Break-In
State Troopers need the public’s assistance with an active investigation of a forced entry of a Village of Savona residence. In the early morning hours yesterday, a group of suspects broke into a home, assaulting the homeowner and fled by foot after a female occupant of the home confronted them. The home invasion and botched burglary is believed to have been committed to specifically target the residence. No threats or danger to the general public have been indicated and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the Bath State Police barracks.
CCC Announces Energy-Efficiency Partnership with Siemens
Corning Community College has announced an agreement with Siemens Industry Inc. to make their campus more energy efficient. Costs of inspections and upgrades to the over 50-year old buildings in the college will be assisted by the major company. This partnership with Siemens will also offer opportunities for students to become involved on an educational level. CCC president Dr. Kate Douglas says: “we know in the 21st century, we all have to be responsible in terms of our environmental sustainability. So reducing our carbon footprint is something that is important to us first and foremost as an educational institution because we have students who are very committed to the future and that future has to be environmentally sustainable."
Prattsburgh School Board Shares 2018-2019 School Tax Info
The Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education has released the school tax information for the 2018-2019 school year, revealing the tax levy will be unchanged from last year’s. For the district’s flat tax levy, there will be a decrease of nineteen cents per thousand dollars of assessed value. Superintendent Jeffrey Black says this tax rate is the lowest Prattsburgh has seen in almost twenty years, explaining “Small increases in state aid coupled with small increases in property value across the district have enabled us to maintain one of the lowest tax rates in the area.” Property owners in the Prattsburgh Central School District will receive their tax statements by the end of August and begin paying those taxes September 4th.
Prattsburgh School Board Announces Administrative Changes
Effective yesterday, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education has appointed Erin Peck of Prattsburgh as the new KP-12 principal for the school. Peck has served Prattsburgh Central School for eight years as a coach and special education teacher. Previous district elementary school teacher Kory Bay will be the new KP-12 Assistant Superintendent and District Treasurer. Bay has served in administrative capacities for the school as well since 2005. The new Athletic Director for 2018-2019 school year is long-time Prattsburgh teacher and coach James Burke, who returned to serve after his 2002 retirement.
Bath CSD Holding Board Meeting Tonight
Bath Central School District’s regular Board of Education meeting is set to take place tonight at 6:30pm in the High School Library. Students, parents, teachers and the public are encouraged to attend.
Republicans Respond to Cuomo’s “America was Never Great” Remark
Controversial remarks made by Governor Cuomo yesterday at at a New York City event criticizing the president’s “Make America Great Again” slogan has left some Republican politicians in the state upset. Cuomo’s Republican opponent in the race for governor Marc Molinaro fired back with his statement: “America, with its imperfections, has always been great….He should be ashamed of himself.” Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb responded with: “America is the greatest country in the world, and an apology is in order. You can dislike the President. You can disagree with his policies. You can mock his slogans. But to demean America’s greatness insults our history, our ideals, and the people from all walks of life who have built this nation.”
Baker Says Neurauter Case Costing Steuben “Arm and a Leg”
According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, the Lloyd Neurauter trial has been costing the county “an arm and a leg.” Baker made the remarks to legislators at yesterday’s meeting as he sought extra funds related to the murder case. Out of the $88,000 transferred from contingency funds for the office of the DA approved earlier this week, $55,000 was for costs of expert witnesses, investigation and travel for the Neurauter case. Also approved was a transfer of $25,000 from the same contingency fund to house Neurauter in Livingston County Jail since he cannot be housed with daughter Karrie in Steuben County Jail. Karrie pled guilty of helping to cover the murder of Lloyd’s ex-wife Michelle to look like a suicide and will testify against him as the Neurauter trial continues in September. DA Baker noted that trials like these are rare and hopes it will be a long time until Steuben County sees another murder case like this.
Cuomo Declares State of Emergency for Parts of County
Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a State of Emergency for parts of Steuben County last night following heavy rains and Flash Floods. Cuomo directed the State Emergency Operations Center to be elevated to Level 3 while several agencies have been deployed to help with technical rescues, transportation, logistics and coordination for additional response efforts in impacted counties which also include Chemung and Schuyler. Watkins Glen Central High School opened a shelter location and the Red Cross remains in constant communications between Emergency Management Officers in the Central and Western New York region as more thunderstorms and rain are expected throughout Friday.
Woodhull Woman Arrested in Campbell For Active Bench Warrant
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Woodhull woman for an active Bench Warrant issued by the Town of Campbell Court. Stacy L. Jackson, age 48, was arrested after allegedly failing to appear in court for several traffic violations. Jackson was arraigned in the Town of Campbell Court in lieu of $500 cash bail, $1,000 property bond and will reappear in Town of Campbell Court at a later date.
Cuomo Agrees to Debate Nixon Later This Month
Governor Andrew Cuomo has agreed to debate fellow Democratic gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon on August 29th at Hofstra University in Long Island. The debate will be hosted by WCBS-TV and slated 15 days before the Democratic primary for New York governor. Nixon, a former actress, challenged Cuomo several times to a debate over the last three months and accused him of being afraid to “have an honest debate”. Cuomo refused to debate his previous Democratic primary opponent Zephyr Teachout during the last race for New York governor in 2014, claiming debating Teachout would be a “disservice to democracy”.
Free School Supplies for Bath Central School District Students
Free school supplies will be available to Bath students later this month just in time for back to school. All students in the Bath Central School District are encouraged to select a variety of free school supplies Wednesday August 22nd from 9-11am at the Haverling High School cafeteria. Supplies available for selection by students include backpacks, markers, crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, folders, notebooks, highlighters, gluesticks and earbuds. The free supplies were made possible thanks to donations by KanPak.
Walk-In Assessment Services for Addiction Offered by SCASAS
Steuben County Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services now offers walk-in assessment services in three locations in Bath, Hornell and a new service in Corning. SCASAS is a state-certified clinic outpatient program treating substance abuse disorders as chronic, progressive and possibly fatal disease that affects individuals and their families. The program focuses on safety, healthcare needs and strategies for custom long-term recovery for adolescents and adults. Fidelis/Medicaid as well as third-party insurance is accepted and for those who are uninsured, SCASAS offers a sliding fee scale for affordability. Walk-in clinic hours, phone numbers and addresses for each office:
Corning- 114 Chestnut Street
Tuesdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Bath- 115 Liberty Street
Wednesdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Hornell- 7454 Seneca Road
Thursdays from 8:30am to 3:30pm
Flash Flood Watch Continues This Evening
A Flash Flood Watch continues in the Twin Tiers through tonight. Areas along streams and rivers are most at risk for flash flooding. Additional rainfall of 3 inches or more is expected throughout the day as widespread showers and thunderstorms are forecasted. Showers will continue this evening, tapering off until early tomorrow morning.
County Finance Committee Meets to Review Transferring Funds to DA
The Steuben County finance committee meets today and on the agenda is reviewing a request to transfer $88,000 from a contingency fund to the District Attorney. Approval would spread the money out across seven different accounts. The lion’s share, some $75,000, would fund investigations, professional witnesses and transcripts. According to the resolution, there isn’t enough money in this year’s budget to continue normal prosecutor’s operations.
Assemblyman Errigo Files Complaint Against Byrnes Campaign
The campaign of local Assemblyman Joe Errigo has filed a complaint seeking investigation into a payment made by his opponent’s campaign to Livingston County Conservative Party’s Chairman. Errigo, who represents the 133rd Assembly District that includes the town of Prattsburgh and the Northwest corner of Steuben County, has consulted both criminal counsel and election attorneys to look into Marjorie Byrnes’ campaign. The Byrnes campaign paid $20,000 to Conservative Chairman of Livingston County Jason McGuire, listing him as a “Consultant” to the campaign for the month of July in the Byrnes’ periodic campaign financial report. Chairman McGuire then lobbied for the New York State Conservative Party Endorsement of Byrnes in July without disclosing to his party peers that her campaign paid him. Errigo’s complaint was forwarded to the Office of Public Integrity of the State Attorney General.
Red Knights Holding Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser Ride
The Red Knights NY 42 announced a ride to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project later this month on Saturday August 25th. Beginning at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 10am, the motorcycle ride continues up Morris Street, then circling the Bath VA Medical Center to specially honor our local veterans. The ride continues down West Washington Street to Route 54, hitting Hammondsport, Pulteney, Branchport, Gorham, then to Route 14 South, passing the Dundee Legion, Tyrone and finishing at the Hammondsport Fire Department. People on the route are encouraged to show their support and salute the cause by waving American Flags. Sign-ups for the ride are the morning of the event from 8:30-9:30.
State Department of Health Finds Drastic Spike in Lyme Disease
The New York State Health Department reports a sharp increase in Lyme Disease cases last year in the Finger Lakes region. The data reports an increase of nearly 600 percent in cases from 2012 with 62 cases to 365 cases in 2017. State Health Department Deputy Director of Communicable Disease Control Bryon Backenson says ticks have been given a longer active season to survive due to “This combination of slightly warmer temperatures, plus slightly more humid conditions, almost on a year-round basis now…” Backenson reminds New Yorkers that tick season continues well after the end of summer and through Thanksgiving. For the entire season, please wear long pants tucked into socks while outdoors to prevent Lyme Disease, which carries symptoms of fever, headache and bullseye-shaped skin rash which can later develop into arthritis, heart problems and neurological damage.
First Day of the Fair Begins Today
The 199th annual Steuben County Fair officially begins today. Crews in downtown Bath have continued working in the rain to accomplish setting up for the local yearly event. The carnival opens today at 4pm and will continue until this weekend on Sunday. Opening the week up today is Senior Citizen Day where Senior Citizens age 62 and over pay only $3 in admission until 5pm. Highlights for today include Harness Racing and 4-H Open Meat Goat Show at noon, Music at the Pavilion noon to 4pm by Craig Wilkins and tonight at 7pm is the Demolition Derby Sponsored by Pinnacle Rental Centers.
Communications Upgrade for Emergency Services Planned for 2019
Steuben County Office of Emergency Services reports improvement in communication between fire departments in the county and their counterparts in emergency medical services and law enforcement expected by early next year. The Public Safety and Corrections Committee of the Steuben County Legislature approved the upgrade Monday at their weekly meeting. The State Interoperable Communications Grant will support updating radio technology that strengthens connections among emergency response units throughout the county. This is a major step forward considering the existing system used by fire service agencies has been unchanged since the 1950’s and ‘60’s. Final approval by the full Legislature is expected later this month on August 27th.
Man Arrested After Break In and Holding Woman Captive
Corning Police say they have caught a man who broke into a woman’s home at the Lamphear Court Apartments in Corning early yesterday morning. Eric Huyler was the man who broke in and briefly held the woman captive in her home as she banged on the walls and screamed for help. Police arrived in response to the noise and Huyler fled the scene only to be caught by cops after a foot chase. The woman had an order of protection against Huyler, according to police, and he now will have to face at least seven criminal charges in court.
Fairs Urged to Refrain from Confederate Flag Sales and Display
As fair week begins in Steuben County, one of the types of products you may not see sold by vendors this year is Confederate Flag merchandise. A letter from the Commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets Richard Ball, has urged all 52 of New York state’s county fairs to not sell or display the "items that run counter to our great state's long history of inclusion for all." The letter does not ban or forbid Confederate Flags specifically or their sale or display because it would be a violation of the first amendment. The Commission does not have any oversight over county fairs but has provided $15 million the past three years for improving infrastructures and reimbursing fundings for small cash prizes as part of contests, events and promotions for fairs throughout the state.
Reed Says “Disruptive” Trade War Will Ultimately Help Farmers
Making an appearance at Empire Farm Days this week, Tom Reed says though farmers are concerned about the effects of ongoing trade war, he believes it will be best for them in the long term. He said the $12 billion bailout is about to “stand with our farmers as we go through this new disruption in trade policy and in my humble opinion, we’re going to come out of this long term in a much stronger position,” Reed also said the farm bailout money promised by the Trump Administration will be restricted to use for specific purposes. Reed noted the bailout covers particular impacts related to trade tariffs like soybeans, certain dairy farm production and specialty crop producers in the area.
Corning PD Reports Speed Awareness Decreases Speed Accidents
According the Corning Police Department, their Speed Awareness Week campaign ran in the first week of August issued 73 tickets total. Speeding accounted for 68 of the tickets and the other 5 were for driving with no license and aggressive driving. Corning Police Chief Spaulding said since 2016, the department saw a 170 percent increase of tickets issued which has yielded a 25 percent drop in accidents yearly where speed was the cause.
Reed's Bill To Prevent Congressmen Serving Public Trading Boards
Local Congressman Tom Reed is introducing a bill preventing members of Congress from serving on boards of publicly-traded companies. The bill is supported by New York Democratic colleague Kathleen Rice as a co-sponsor and is a response to 27th District Congressman Chris Collins’ arrest last week on federal insider trading allegations. Reed and Rice released a joint statement noting: “We must change the rules to prevent members from serving on corporate boards in order to improve the public’s trust in Congress.” The Senate has an existing measure that is similar on the books but Collins has been staunch in his refusal to step down from his position in Congress.
Bath Fairgrounds Path Rennovated In Time for County Fair Week
A dramatic improvement to the fairground paths awaits visitors next week at the 199th Steuben County Fair. The $60,000 project of paving 0.4 miles of an uneven and broken path was made possible by Steuben County as well as the Town and Village of Bath. The county’s budget was $40,000 in repair while the county fairgrounds board footed the rest of the bill at $20,000. Bath Municipal Public Works Crews worked on part of the pathway.
Mitrano Campaign Announces "Record Setting" Month of Fundraising
Democratic Candidate for the 23rd Congressional District Tracy Mitrano reports her campaign accomplished fund raising for the month of July of “record setting” proportions. Mitrano says over $175,000 was raised last month for her campaign against incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed. Reed says his campaign had $1.3 million in total for the month of July.
CVS Recalls Nasal Mist
CVS has made a recall for its brand of 12-hour Sinus Relief Nasal Mist. A certain bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, was identified in a batch of the product. The bottles affected are sized 0.5 fluid ounces with the UPC code 50428432365 and Lot number: # 173089J with the expiration date: EXP 09/19. These numbers can be found on the side panel of the carton to determine if your product was affected. If you have an affected bottle, please throw it away or return it to CVS. The bacteria can be fatal for those with compromised immunity and cystic fibrosis.
Corning Inc.'s Gorilla Glass To Be Used in Samsung Galaxy Watch
Corning Incorporated has announced that Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX+ has been chosen as the cover material for Samsung’s Galaxy Watch. Gorilla Glass DX+ is a new glass composite which features superior scratch resistance and an anti-reflective property that the company says vastly improves optical clarity while retaining the inherent toughness of Gorilla Glass. Consumer research* reveals that the three most important customer concerns for mobile devices are drop, scratch, and readability. Corning continues to lead the cover glass industry it created more than 10 years ago. Today, Corning Gorilla Glass has been designed into more than 6 billion devices across 45 major brands.
Cuomo to Decouple NY Tax Code from Federal Code
Governor Cuomo says he will propose legislation to further decouple New York State's tax code from the federal code if President Trump moves forward with a plan for a $100 billion capital gains tax cut. The democratic governor called the Trump plan a reckless giveaway to the rich. Cuomo also called on Congress to immediately block any attempt by President Trump to unilaterally cut taxes for the nation's wealthiest 1 percent which he says is in violation of the Constitution.
NYSDOH Warns of Potential Exposure to Legionella Bacteria at Watkins Glen Hotel:
The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding the potential exposure of the public to legionella bacteria in Schuyler County at the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel. According to the DOH, individuals who stayed at the hotel between July 16th and August 1st and were in proximity to the pool and spa may have been exposed. Legionella bacteria can cause a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease. Symptoms include cough, shortness of breath, fever, muscle aches, and headaches. Symptoms usually begin two to ten days after exposure, but can take longer. Legionella can also cause a less serious illness called Pontiac fever. Its symptoms include fever and muscles aches, and they usually appear between a few hours and three days after exposure. Most healthy people exposed to Legionella do not get sick. Those at risk include: people over 50, current or former smokers, those with chronic lung disease, people with weak immune systems, people with cancer or underlying illnesses like diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure.
Rep. Reed Reacts to Allegations Against Rep. Collins:
Congressman Tom Reed has responded to the allegations against his House colleague, Representative Chris Collins. Collins was arrested by the FBI Wednesday on charges of insider trading and lying to the FBI. Reed said the allegations are serious and very troublesome, but deferred on saying whether or not Collins should resign. He said that, ultimately, it will be up to the public to “guide their future when it comes to their elected officials.” Reed has also partnered with Representative Kathleen Rice in introducing a resolution that would prohibit Members of the House from serving on the boards of publicly-held companies. The resolution would be a House equivalent to a rule already in the Senate. Collins has called the charges against him “meritless” and he will remain on the ballet for re-election.
State Money Headed to Local Libraries for Construction Updates:
Two Steuben County libraries are among those selected by the state Library and Education Departments to receive funds for construction projects. The Cohocton Public Library will receive $71,019 to replace the roof and repair the damaged concrete apron at the front entrance, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $37,080 to replace the HVAC system, lighting, security cameras, and other interior renovations.
Red Jacket, Indian Pines Swim Areas Reopen:
Just in time for the weekend, the swim areas of Red Jacket and Indian Pines parks in Penn Yan are once again open. They were closed last weekend due to toxic blue-green algae. The Department of Health gave them go-ahead to reopen Thursday.
Samsung Selects Corning Glass for Galaxy Watch:
Samsung has selected Corning Inc. and its Gorilla Glass DX+ as the cover material for the Galaxy Watch, according to officials with Corning Incorporated. Officials say the new glass features superior scratch resistance and anti-reflective property. The Galaxy Watch will allow users to text, stream music, receive notifications, and track select workouts. It, and the Galaxy Note 9 smartphone, were unveiled Thursday in Brooklyn.
Tops Markets Union Workers Voting on Benefits
Union members working at Tops Markets are voting on whether or not they will accept the newly-negotiated 401K seed lump sum and percentage contribution that will be based on members’ ages and years of service. As Tops Markets is coming closer to bankruptcy, voting began Tuesday of this week and will end today, with workers in the Ithaca, Watertown and Norwich region of stores casting their votes. Employees from Finger Lakes region Stores voted earlier this week on Tuesday.
Corning Streets to Close for Paving Tomorrow
Street paving will cause closings to several Corning streets tomorrow. The following streets will be closed to traffic and from 6am to 6pm there will be no parking allowed on Catherine Street from Cedar Street to East Street and East Street from Catherine Street to its end. Monday and Tuesday August 13th and 14th, Buffalo Street from Reynolds Avenue to Townsend Avenue and Stimson Street from Reynolds Avenue to Cutler Avenue Extension are scheduled for closings in Corning.
Study Finds Increase in Finger Lakes Tourist Spending
Spending by travelers in the Finger Lakes region jumped by 2.4% last year according to a study released by I Love New York. According to the study, tourism in our region supported over 58,000 jobs. Council Executive Director Lisa Burns notes: “I think it’s a testimony to what the state is doing and how it trickles with everybody…”
Corning Woman’s Multiple Charges Reduced to Disorderly Conduct
A Corning woman who was arrested last week for leaving her children home alone to go smoke marijuana has had her charges reduced. The City of Corning Court says 39-year-old Joy Edelman’s charges of three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of unlawfully growing cannabis and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana have been reduced instead to a single count of Disorderly Conduct. Corning City Court says Edelman will be subject to one year conditional discharge and must pay a fine.
NY Begins Intellicheck “Law ID” Pilot
New York State has become the first to launch a new pilot program for law enforcement and the Department of Motor Vehicles as part of the “Operation Prevent Campaign”. The Intellicheck “Law ID” app will help crack down on fake IDs by scanning licenses and IDs, matching the barcode up to driving records from all 50 states in the country. Although, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says the app won’t be very useful to their Department, as the New York State track system they currently use gives access to a database with more information to validate IDs and driving records through a portable tablet. However, Allard thinks the technology would be more useful to local businesses selling alcohol: "I look forward to a time when retail establishments can have a similar tool and are able to use that to verify ID's as people are coming into establishments that serve alcoholic beverages," says Allard.
Gillibrand Promotes More Funding for Historic Preservation
Funding increases for the Historic Preservation Fund are getting a push from US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The Historic Preservation Fund is the primary source to fund programs to rebuild and revitalize historic sites, structures and older neighborhoods but next year’s federal budget calls for drastic cuts to the program. Gillibrand says the Fund has already made billions of dollars worth of investments to communities across the country and statewide. She wants to restore the program’s funding to $96.91 million for New York State.
Branchport Man Arrested for Allegedly Stabbing Woman, Killing Dog:
A Branchport man has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a woman and killing her dog. According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Paul Khouzam was arrested in Branchport on August 5th and was determined to be mentally ill and a danger to himself and others. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital in Penn Yan where he was later released. Then, in the early hours of Monday, he allegedly drove to the victim’s residence and forced entry by breaking a large window. The victim, identified only as a 67-year-old woman, was found unconscious and bleeding in the basement of her home. The body of a small mix breed Chihuahua dog was also found in the home. The dog was taken to Cornell University for a forensic autopsy. The woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for emergency surgery. She was last said to be in the intensive care unit in guarded condition. Khouzam is being held in the Yates County Jail on one million dollar bail on charges of assault in the first, burglary in the first, and aggravated cruelty to an animal.
New B&B, New Boarding House Being Considered in Hport:
The village of Hammondsport Planning Board could decide later this month whether or not to approve a new Bed & Breakfast. Keith and Bonnie Gustin, who own property at 15 Orchard Street in Hammondsport, are seeking a Special Use Permit to operate a Bed and Breakfast in a medium density residential district. The Planning Board could also decide later this month whether or not to approve the operation of a Boarding House at 19 Lake Street. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on both issues on Wednesday August 22nd at 7 p.m. The hearings will be held at the village office on Water Street.
Sen. Schumer to call for Increased Giant Hogweed Control Efforts:
Senator Charles Schumer is expected to visit Watkins Glen today where he’ll call on the department of agriculture to increase efforts and federal investments in preventing the spread of giant hogweed across New York. If touched, giant hogweed can cause painful burns, scarring, and even blindness. It has already spread across the Southern Tier and workers spend the summer removing it across the state.
Hornell Names One of NYS’ Safest Cities:
Hornell Mayor John Buckley announced Tuesday that the city has been named one of the 50 safest cities in New York. The recognition comes from Safewise, an organization that accounts for all crimes: from murder to shoplifting. Buckley commended the Hornell Police Department for the achievement.
Rescheduled Prattsburgh Historic Walk Aug. 10th:
Postponed due to weather, the Steuben County Historical Society’s historic walk of Prattsburgh will now take place on Friday, August 10th. Participants should gather at the bandstand at 4 p.m. Besides the business blocks along State Route 53, walkers will also be looking at historic homes and churches.
Troupsburg Man Killed in UTV Accident:
A Troupsburg man was killed over the weekend in an accident involving a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). State Police were called the scene on Keegan Road in the Town of Troupsburg and life-saving measures were performed, but 50-year-old Ivan Learn died at the scene. Witnesses told Troopers the UTV was traveling northbound when it exited the roadway and overturned. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Corning Charged for Hitting, Dragging Utility Pole:
A Corning man was arrested Saturday on charges of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and driving while intoxicated following an accident on Park Avenue where he allegedly struck and dragged a utility pole with his vehicle. The incident occurred Saturday morning. Police responded to the scene and observed that the utility pole and a city street sign had both been struck, and the vehicle dragged half of the pole a few hundred feet. 26-year-old Ryan Brooks allegedly abandoned the vehicle three blocks from the accident and he was later located at his home. A section of Park Avenue was closed for a short time while the section of utility pole was removed.
Dansville Man Arrested for Violation of Probation, Resisting Arrest:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Dansville man on July 31st for allegedly violating probation and resisting arrest. It’s alleged that 30-year-old Jonathan Sick was wanted on an active warrant for violating probation and he fled on foot into a wooded area near his residence when contacted by deputies and members of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. He was apprehended a short time later and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Campbell Man Accused of Violating Order of Protection:
A Campbell man has been arrested for allegedly violating an order of protection while incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 44-year-old Douglas Shelanskey made several recorded telephone calls to a protected party of an order of protection. He was charged with criminal contempt in the first and sent back to the jail without bail.
Warrant Sweep Nets 3 Steuben Co. Residents:
In a recent warrant sweep conducted by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, three county residents were arrested: 32-year-old Alicia Lynn Griffey of Addison on an active felony probation warrant; 42-year-old Jonathan Aloi of Campbell on an active misdemeanor violation of probation warrant; and 33-year-old Scott Root of Tuscarora on an active bench warrant for failing to appear to a court date. Griffey and Aloi were both sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, while Root was held on $250 cash bail.
Registration Deadline for Primary Election Aug. 19th:
To vote in the upcoming state and local primary election, the registration deadline is fast approaching. Your registration can be dropped off at your county board of elections, or it can be mailed, but note it must be postmarked no later than August 19th and must be received by a board of elections no later than August 24th.
Hearings to be Held on Governor’s Parolee Vote Order:
The New York State Senate GOP announced Monday that public hearings will be scheduled for input on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s executive order allowing parolees to vote. The order was signed in April and the Governor’s press office says it puts New York in line with Washington D.C. and 18 other states. Dates for the proposed hearings haven’t been announced at this time. Whatever is found during the hearings, a Constitutional Amendment, which would take several years, would be needed to overturn an executive order.
Farm Equipment Speed Limit Bill Heads to Gov. for Signature:
A piece of legislation that would raise the speed limit on farm equipment is now on its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. The bill, which has strong support from the Farm Bureau and has now passed both the Assembly and Senate, would increase the speed limit for farm equipment from 25 to 35 miles per hour.
First Heritage Federal Credit Union and Hornell Erie Federal Credit Union Merging:
First Heritage Federal Credit Union will complete its merger with Hornell Erie Federal Credit Union later this month. Currently, Hornell Erie FCU serves nearly 1,000 members who live, work, attend school, or worship in Steuben, Livingston, or Allegany Counties. Services are limited to savings accounts, personal loans and vehicle loans, but the merger with First Heritage FCU is expected to expand services to include high-yield checking accounts, online banking services, and loans to meet all of their home buying needs. Hornell Erie FCU members will also be able to use the newly opened First Heritage Hornell branch on Seneca Street. The two credit unions officially become one on August 18th.
Indian Pines, Red Jacket Parks in Penn Yan Closed due to Algae Blooms:
The swim areas at Indian Pines Park and Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan have been closed until further notice due to toxic blue-green algae. Some blue-green algae produce toxins that can pose health risks to people and animals if exposed to large enough quantities. People, pets, and livestock should avoid contact with water that has scums on the surface or if its discolored.
“Touch-A-Truck” Fundraiser to Benefit Pathways Childcare Programs:
If you’ve ever wanted to get up close and personal with a construction truck, a fire truck, a race car, a police vehicle, or even a Monster truck, your chance is coming this weekend. Pathways, Inc. has teamed up with T&R Towing for a Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser. The event is this Saturday, August 11th at Hodgman Park in Painted Post from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $5 per person, or $20 per family with all proceeds benefiting Pathways, Inc. Childcare programs. Tickets will be available at the gate for cash only.
S.R. 21 Work, Campbell Rest Area Closing – Both Start Aug. 7th:
A reminder for motorists – a two-part paving project on State Route 21 from the Wayland village line to the Town of North Cohocton will get underway tomorrow. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays. Also, starting tomorrow, the Campbell Rest Area on the eastbound side of I-86 in Campbell will be closed to replace a backup generator. It’s expected to reopen just before the weekend.
EEC Study Finds Steuben Behind in Broadband Access
A recent local technology survey found only 33 percent of Steuben County residents receive adequate access to broadband services. According to the study conducted by ECC Technologies, Inc.,Steuben is behind other counties significantly and the rate of residents receiving adequate high-speed broadband services is far behind the standards set for New York State. The study found the choices of competitive providers also failed to meet needs of local rural customers. No specific funding is currently available to help improve access in the very spread out population of large Steuben County. To help achieve future access, the study suggested Outreach and Education to attract new carriers to the area, new marketing data to use in justifying new investments by potential carriers and pursuing funding by working with the Southern Tier Network to apply for federal and state grants expanding broadband coverage.
Two I-86 Tractor Trailer Accidents Delay Area Traffic
Two tractor-trailer accidents occured yesterday on I-86 causing delays for drivers and temporary damage. At about 4:45 in the morning near Exit 44 in Painted Post on a flyover ramp, a tractor-trailer overturned onto a guardrail. Later, at 1:30pm near Exit 52 in Big Flats, a truck driver lost control of the tractor-trailer he was driving. Police, ambulance and T & R Towing responded to the scene.
Reed Meets With Seniors in Horseheads
Congressman Tom Reed met with seniors in Horseheads this week at an invitation only event organized by AARP’s Chemung County Chapter to talk about Social Security and Medicare. Seniors said they are concerned about the high cost of prescription drugs and the Social Securtity they paid into being enough to support their cost of living and needs as seniors. Reed says he suports the proposal to raise the age to 67 for Medicare eligibility and changing the law so Medicare directly negotiates drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
Gillibrand Visits Corning Senior Center
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at the Corning Senior Center yesterday advocating for legislation designed to keep prescription drug prices down. Gillibrand sponsors the Stop Price Gouging Act that would mandate pharmaceutical companies to report increases in prices of drugs and give justification for the change in prices. Pharmaceutical companies that don’t comply will be given tax penalties under the proposed bill. Gillibrand said about seniors: “Oftentimes they are forced to choose between paying the bills, paying the heat, paying the mortgage or buying their prescription drugs.” Gillibrand also talked about other bills she is currently cosponsoring for prescription drug reform including the Capping Prescription Cost Act, Improving Access to Affordable Prescription Drugs Act, Affordable Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act and the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act.
Watkins Glen International Named "Best NASCAR Track" Again
USA Today has named the Southern Tier’s own Watkins Glen International as number one in their Reader’s Choice pick for “Best NASCAR Track” for the third year in a row. WGI made it following being a part of 20 finalists in the nation in this year’s voting contest that lasted a month long. Watkins Glen International track events bring over 2,000 local jobs to the area and generate an estimated $200 million in local economic activity.
Cuomo Appoints Group to Draft Adult-Use Marijuana Program
Governor Cuomo has appointed a workgroup to draft legislation for a regulated
adult-use marijuana program for the legislature to consider in the upcoming session
- based on the findings of a multi-agency study he commissioned in January. The
Department of Health-led study concluded that the positive impacts of a regulated
marijuana market in New York State outweigh the potential negative impacts, and
that areas that may be a cause for concern can be mitigated with regulation and
proper use of public education that is tailored to address key populations. The
report found that regulation of marijuana benefits public health by enabling
government oversight of the production, testing, labeling, distribution, and sale of
Three Facing Charges Following Drug Investigation:
Three Corning residents are facing charges after investigation by authorities into multiple reports of suspicious persons and drug activity. According to the Corning Police Department, officers attempted to stop Damon Harris around Davis Street for alleged vehicle and traffic law violations when they witnessed him carrying a full garbage bag while rollerskating. He reportedly fled and was relocated when a witness reported he may have run into a home on Maple Street. When officers responded, they saw two vehicles leaving the scene. According to police, Harris was found in possession of a quantity of meth and the bag he’d been seen carrying was found to contain five one-pot type meth labs and other items commonly used in the manufacturing of meth. Police took the driver of the car Harris was found in, Julie Sweeny, into custody when she was allegedly found in possession of a switchblade. The other vehicle witnessed leaving the scene was stopped in the Wegmans Parking Lot on South Bridge Street. With the help of K9 officers, authorities located multiple drugs and contraband in the glove compartment of the vehicle. Jonathan Ruggles, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested for allegedly possessing meth, oxycodone tablets, oxycodone hydrochloride tablets, suboxone film, amphetamine tablets, and other paraphernalia. Harris was charged with unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material, tampering with physical evidence, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and other traffic infractions. Sweeny was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. Ruggles was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing and more charges may be filed.
Drug Tip Leads to Arrest of Two in Hornell:
Following a tip to police about a vehicle on its way from Rochester carrying crack cocaine, Hornell Police arrested two Steuben County men. 51-year-old Jim Tigner of Canisteo and 62-year-old Wilbert Grant of Hornell were both arrested after their vehicle was stopped near the Hornell High School and they were allegedly found in possession of crack cocaine, money, and other evidence of ongoing cocaine sales. Both men were sent to Hornell City lockup pending arraignment.
Campbell Rest Area on I-86 Closing August 7th:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the Campbell Rest Area, located on the eastbound side of I-86 in Campbell, will be closed on August 7th to replace a backup generator. It’s expected to reopen just before the weekend.
Governor Cuomo Announces Intention to Remove Death Penalty:
Governor Andrew Cuomo released a statement Thursday announcing his intention to advance legislation that would remove the death penalty from state law. Cuomo said the legislation is solidarity with Pope Francis – who recently declared the death penalty unacceptable in all cases – and in is in honor of his father, Mario. Currently, the death penalty is stayed in New York. The Governor’s legislation would remove it permanently.
Travel Advisory – C.R. 76:
County Route 76 in the Town of Pulteney will be closed to all traffic between the intersection of County Route 77 and Wright Road starting Monday, August 13th. It will be closed from 8:30 am. to 4 p.m. through Wednesday, August 15th to replace a culvert. There will not be an onsite detour.
LimeBike Available During WGI NASCAR Weekend:
It isn’t just stock cars hitting Watkins Glen this weekend, LimeBike will be available for those seeking an eco-friendly alternative to car-sharing services. LimeBike is an electronic bike rental service touted as a sustainable form of transportation. It’s dock-free, meaning there’s no one pick-up or drop-off location. All you have to do is download the Lime app on your smartphone and use the code to unlock the bike. Then the bike is yours to ride wherever you want, as long as you need. When you’re done, leave the bike in a safe location and pull down the lever to lock it. There will be 75 such bikes available at the Glen this weekend.
Watkins Glen’s Clute Park Reopens:
Just in time for this very busy NASCAR weekend, Watkins Glen’s Clute Park has been given the okay to reopen. The park was closed for several days after e. coli bacteria were found in the waters of the southern shore of Seneca Lake. Testing now shows the issue is resolved and swimming, paddling, and all other water activities in the vicinity may resume.
Steuben Public Health Notes Aug. as National Immunization Awareness Month:
With National Immunization Awareness Month beginning this week and schools opening soon, Steuben County Public Health officials are reminding parents and guardians of the importance of keeping their children’s vaccinations up to date. Babies under the age of 2 should be vaccinated to protect them from 14 serious diseases, and school-age children are required, by law, to continue with a recommended vaccination schedule for the best protection against preventable diseases. And the need for vaccinations doesn’t end with childhood. Every year, tens of thousands of adults suffer diseases that could be prevented by vaccines. Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults programs and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or under-insured. Call (607) 664-2438 to schedule an appointment.
Steuben to Celebrate History Week Oct. 1 – 7:
Steuben County’s first “Local History Awareness Week” is set for October 1st through the 7th and will highlight “Steuben County at War – Life during WWI and WWII.” Many historical groups across the county will present exhibits related to both wars and the home front. The exhibits will be hosted by costumed guides who will take both the public and school students through the exhibits displayed at the VFW. On the final day of History Week Kirk House, Director of the Steuben County Historical Society, will host a presentation in Haverling High School. It will be followed by a salute to the USO, with refreshments. Schools wishing to schedule class visits should contact the county Historian (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3 Arrested in Waverly on Drug-Related Offenses:
Three Steuben County residents have been arrested by the Waverly Police Department for drug-related offenses. 29-year-old Michael Dubois of Canisteo, 24-year-old Samantha Bouton and 27-year-old Devon Hough both of Addison were all charged with felony criminal possession of controlled substance in the 2nd, felony criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 5th (with intent to sell), misdemeanor charges of criminal use of drug paraphernalia in the 2nd, and criminal possession of marijuana in the 4th. All three were arraigned and sent to the Tioga County Jail.
Campbell Man Arrested in Corning Larceny:
A Campbell man has been arrested following a larceny complaint in Corning. According to Corning Police, they were called to a West Market Street business on a report of an unknown male that stole a Bluetooth speaker from the business’ mailbox. 24-year-old Shelby Buchanan was identified through surveillance video and with assistance from the public. Buchanan has been charged with petit larceny and he has been released on an appearance ticket.
Steuben Board of Elections Removes McCarthy from Independence Ballot:
At a hearing Wednesday, the Steuben County Board of Elections announced that it has removed Matthew McCarthy’s name from the Independence Party ballot line in this year’s race for county Court Judge. The Board deemed that the 74 signatures McCarthy gathered to be invalid. At the same hearing, the Board ruled the petition by Chauncey Watches to be valid, so he will appear on the Independence line on the fall ballot. Watches has also secured enough valid signatures to appear on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party lines. This year’s Primary Election is Thursday, September 13th, and the General Election will follow on Tuesday, November 6th.
Steuben Co. Considering Housing Needs Studies:
At Wednesday’s meeting of the Steuben County Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry, and Planning Committee, county Planning Director Amy Dlugos discussed the possibility of a county-wide study of the housing market and future needs. While multiple housing studies have been done in the cities of Corning and Hornell, Dlugos noted that no county-wide analysis has never been done. Studies would be done of multiple areas, including population centers in Bath, Wayland, and Hammondsport, and the recent studies in Corning and Hornell would be updated. The projected cost of the analysis is approximately $25,000 – with the county footing $12,500. The rest would be sought through an Appalachian Regional Commission grant. A final decision on whether to seek funding for the project is required by the full Legislature, which next meets on August 27th.
Travel Advisory S.R. 21, Wayland to N. Cohocton:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that a two-part paving project on State Route 21 from the Wayland village line to the Town of North Cohocton will get underway next week. Beginning August 7th, traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays.
Hport BOE Special Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting tomorrow at 7 a.m. It will be in the district office.
Finger Lakes Wine Region in Running for USA Today “10Best”:
The Finger Lakes Region has a chance to be named the country’s best wine region as its currently in 1st place in a USA Today “10Best Reader’s Choice” poll. The Finger Lakes is up against other celebrated wine regions, including: Napa Valley, California, Monticello, Virginia, and Walla Walla Valley, Washington. The nominees were chosen by a panel of experts, but the final determination is up to the public. Voting is open now through August 20th at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-region/. You can vote once a day.
Department of Health Issues Algae Advisories
A blue-green Algae advisory for Smith Pond in Howard and Tanglewood Lake in Thurston has been issued by the Steuben County Department of Health and Western Regional Office of the State Department of Health in Hornell. Animals and people should avoid all contact with algae blooms, pond scums and colored water as the blooms can be toxic and pose serious health risks. The Department of Health says to take precautions by not drinking the water even if you boil it, rinsing off with clean water if exposed and keeping kids and animals away from scum and blooms. Do not wade, fish, boat or swim near scums or blooms or eat any fish caught from the waters. Report suspected blooms to email@example.com
Auburn Woman Arrested for DUI and Multiple Other Charges
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Auburn woman for operating a vehicle under the influence in Canisteo. It is alleged that Brittany Bryan operated a motor vehicle while impaired by drug use and illegally possessed cocaine, marijuana, pills, and drug paraphernalia. Sheriffs say Bryan presented a false name and identification to deputies and was wanted for burglary in the City of Auburn. Bryan was charged for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree, Criminal Impersonation in the second degree, Driving while ability impaired by drugs and Aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Harassment
A Canisteo man was taken into custody for allegedly making multiple threats. State police arrested 48-year-old Brian Nichols. He was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment. The alleged incident occurred Sunday in the town of Canisteo.
Bath Woman Arrested for Impaired Driving
A Bath woman has been charged with impaired driving. State police said they stopped 56-year-old Donna Pavese on Route 415. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, BAC above .08% and operating an unregistered vehicle. Court action is pending.
Cuomo Orders Block on Insurance Rate Spikes
As a response to the Trump Administration’s action to repeal the individual mandate under the Affordable Care Act, Governor Andrew Cuomo is ordering his Department of Financial Services to reject health insurance companies’ requests to raise their rates. Cuomo says insurance companies are attempting to capitalize on a “windfall profit” and insurance carriers have increased their rates at an average of 24 percent.
NY Attorney Generals Joins Coalition in 3-D Gun Lawsuit
As part of a coalition of seven other Attorney Generals, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that she will file a federal suit against the Trump administration blocking the sale and distribution of materials to print untraceable, undetectable guns using 3-Dimensional printers. Underwood said “It is, simply, crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button.” Pennsylvania's Attorney General is also participating in the lawsuit.