2 Arrested on Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop in Wayland:
Two people are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in the Town of Wayland. 31-year-old Maurice Jenkins and an unnamed 18-year-old female were stopped on Monday. Police say they discovered 57 grams of crack, 20 grams of cocaine, and marijuana inside the vehicle during their investigation. Jenkins was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, driving while ability impaired, and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 bail. The 18-year-old was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sent to the jail on $20,000 bail.
Bath Woman Facing Drug Charges:
A Bath woman has been indicted on drug charges. According to the Village of Bath Police Department, 41-year-old Christina Perkins was charged on two separate Superior Court sealed indictment warrants for 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was taken to the Steuben County Jail and will be arraigned at a later date.
Human Remains Found Along Lackawanna Trail:
A grisly discovery was made in Elmira Thursday. A person walking their dog found human bones along the Lackawanna Trail, just north of Washington Avenue underpass around 11 a.m. Elmira Police said the remains appear to be that of an adult that possibly died in July of this year or sooner. Sex is undetermined at this time. The New York State Police Forensic Investigation Unit provided assistance at the scene and a forensic anthropologist was called in.
St. James Hospital Christens New Building:
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday celebrated the opening of Saint James Hospital’s new medical office building. The 50,000 square foot facility, located on Seneca Road North in the former Wegmans plaza, will officially open on December 10th. It will offer a variety of outpatient services to improve access, convenience, and quality of care.
Rep. Reed Sends Letter to Gov. Concerning Amazon Deal:
Representative Tom Reed has concerns regarding the recently announced deal between the state of New York and retail giant, Amazon, and he’s sent them directly to Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a letter sent to the Governor, Reed details his concerns and offers to work with Cuomo and the state legislature with “structural reform.” The deal with Amazon has received criticism since it was announced. In exchange for Amazon’s HQ2 site in Queens, the company will receive more than 1.5 billion in tax incentives over ten years.
Finger Lakes Red Cross Seeking Nominees for Real Heroes Breakfast:
Tomorrow is the deadline for nominees for the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes’ annual Real Heroes Breakfast. The event will be held in March at the Corning Museum of Glass. Proceeds from it benefit the Finger Lakes chapter, which serves Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, and Yates counties. Nomination forms and more information can be found online at https://www.redcross.org/local/new-york/western-and-central-new-york/about-us/news-and-events/events/finger-lakes-real-heroes.html.
Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Corning:
Two men are facing drug charges after a traffic stop in the City of Corning earlier this week. On November 26th, Corning Police stopped a vehicle on Columbia Street and charged the driver, 40-year-old Micah Rogers of Painted Post with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance. The passenger in the vehicle, 41-year-old James Thaddies of Elmira, fled on foot, but was later found hiding under a vehicle. Thaddies allegedly possessed a large quantity of methamphetamine and attempted to destroy it while fleeing. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence. He was also found have arrest warrants in the State of Pennsylvania and by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office.
Corning Firefighter, Family, Critical After Serious Car Accident:
A Corning firefighter and members of his family suffered serious injuries after the vehicle they were traveling in was hit head-on by an alleged drunk driver on Sunday night. Firefighter Christopher Willis and his girlfriend are reported to be in critical condition while his mother was scheduled to undergo surgery on Wednesday. According to state police, they were traveling on Shaffer Road in the Town of Newfield when 27-year-old Andrew Sampson of Horseheads crossed the double yellow line and crashed into their vehicle head on. Sampson was arrested and charged with vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated, and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also issued several traffic tickets. He was sent to the Tompkins County Jail on $3,000 cash bail.
Free 2-hour Parking in Bath Business District in Dec.:
Busy shoppers and travelers will have one less thing to worry about in the Village of Bath this December. Mayor Bill Von Hagn and the Village Board have authorized Police Chief Chad Mullen to change metered parking in the business district to 2-hour free parking. Starting Monday and lasting through January 4th parking spaces on Liberty Street, East William Street, Buell Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of Pulteney Square will not have enforced metered parking. You will not be required to put money in the meters while parking in those areas. That said, parking enforcement will be checking vehicles in those areas for anyone violating the 2-hour limit. All other metered spaces will be enforced as normal throughout those dates.
NYS Lawmakers Considering Pay Raise:
A pay rise could be coming to New York State lawmakers. The pay commission is considering the proposal and must have a recommendation on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk by December 10th. The commission said many people are opposed to lawmakers receiving a salary increase without including some sort of stipulation, such as a full-time legislature or cutting off outside income for lawmakers. Currently, lawmakers make $80,000 for part-time work.
NYSDOT Public Information Meeting in Bath on Sidewalk Project:
The New York State Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, December 5th regarding the replacement and extension of sidewalks on Route 415 and Route 54 in the Village of Bath. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Bath Fire Hall on East Morris Street. The project proposes to replace or extend existing sidewalks at various locations along West Morris Street, Washington Street, Liberty Street/Geneva Street, and East Steuben Street. Construction is expected for 2020. Public officials and residents are encouraged to attend the meeting. Attendees will be given an opportunity to submit comment/question forms for response by the Department.
H-port B.O.E. Public Hearing:
Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will host a public hearing this evening with information on the Audiovisual Technology Capital Reserve. It will be at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.
County Tax Rate May Increase if State Can’t Fund Mandates
This week, Steuben County approved its 2019 budget worth $191 million and a tax rate of $8.25 per $1,000 of assessed value. The new calculated tax rate may now be $0.19 cheaper than in 2018 but Steuben County Legislature Finance Committee Chairman Scott Van Etten says this could change depending on if New York State keeps its promise to offset projected increases for the courts and law enforcement. If everything goes as planned, New York would pay about $2 million to Steuben County toward extra costs for providing legal counsel for the indigent and re-housing young inmates as part of the “Raise the Age” law.
Gunlocke Adds 110 New Jobs in Expansion Projects
Gunlocke in Wayland recently completed a $2.6 million expansion project that created 110 new jobs. Both Governor Cuomo and State Senator Tom O’Mara credit the expansion to Recharge NY, a discount power program providing lower-cost power for economic development in businesses and nonprofits committed to preserving and creating local jobs. Last year, it is estimated ReCharge NY’s allocation of 1,680 kilowatts generated $2.63 million in new capital investments.
Hornell Court House to be Auctioned Next Week
The old Hornell Court House on Maple City Drive became vacant last year and now will be up for auction next week. The building that formerly held offices of the Department of Social Services as well as the Department of Motor Vehicles, had been approved by a measure of the county legislature to go to auction since it stopped being used for government purposes. The final auction date is set for December 7th at noon on the steps of the old court house.
County PS&C Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections Committee meets the morning of Monday December 3rd, many topics are up for discussion on the agenda. The Sheriff’s Office will be seeking commendations and Acceptance of Uniform Bid while County Public Defender Shawn Sauro will be presenting the CAP Plan. Tim Marshall from the Emergency Management Office will present the Approval of Burn Building Bid and the County 911 Office will address Code Red Renewal, UPS Maintenance Renewal and Regional Phones Solution Discussion. The monthly meeting is this coming Monday at 9:00 a.m. in the Legislative Committee Room of the Steuben County Office Building.
Steuben Public Works Committee Meets Monday
Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday morning December 3rd at 10:00 and multiple projects will be presented for Highways and Bids. Topics up for discussion include construction of bridges over County Route 22 and 119 both over the Canisteo River in Cameron, Transfer of $50,000 worth of funds from County Route 25 Permanent Improvements to Diesel Fuel, Transfer of $14,000 of funds allocated from Minor Equipment to Major Equipment and more. The Committee meets at the the Legislative Committee Room in the Steuben County Office Building.
Canisteo Man Arrested Following Domestic Dispute
Canisteo police say a man was arrested for kicking officers when they responded to a domestic dispute recently. 25-year-old John Kinne of 40 East Main Street in Canisteo was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment in the 2nd degree. No injuries were reported. Kinne was arraigned in Canisteo Village Court and initially remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Bath Man Wanted for Failure to Appear
Bath Village Police are looking for a Bath man after he failed to appear in court. Justin J. Snyder, age 29 of Roosevelt Avenue, had two appearance tickets for Conspiracy in the 4th degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence, both Class E Felonies, stemming from arrests for a Burglary in the Town of Cameron and Robbery in the Village of Bath back in October. The Bath Police Department says not to attempt to apprehend Snyder but contact them at (607) 776-2175.
Steuben Sheriff’s Office Forwards Grant to Evidence Task Force
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is shifting funds to purchasing equipment and training to give the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office an edge in improving gathering evidence. Allard days he wants to create a countywide task force to collect evidence of crime scenes to yield more arrests in property crimes like burglaries. The County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee approved using a $20,000 grant from Corning Inc. to help certify more deputies to be evidence technicians and add more equipment, including drones. Additional deputies are still being trained and an agreement among the participating agencies is still pending before the plan can move forward and officially begin.
County Legislature Approves $191 Million 2019 Tax Budget
Yesterday morning, the Steuben County Legislature approved its 2019 budget with a total spending of $191 million which also includes a slight decrease in the county’s expected tax rate. The tax levy totaled $49,989,115 which had decreased by $8,797 compared to the 2018 budget. Due to two major criminal justice mandates by the state, Steuben County will face additional costs for raising the age of criminal responsibility and requiring defendants to be legally represented for every appearance in court including arraignments. The state promised funding for the Raise the Age Requirement but many know that the state has a history of not keeping its funding promises.
Bath Man Arrested for Crack Possession and Sale
A Bath man was arrested and jailed for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Village of Bath. According to Bath Village Police, 36-year-old Albert Beam was arrested on a sealed indictment warrant and charged with Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance both in the Third Degree. Following his arrest, Beam was directly taken to the Steuben County Jail until his arraignment in county court at a later date.
Police Need Leads for Missing Corning Man
Police in Corning need the public’s help to locate a man who has been missing for several weeks. Last seen earlier this month on November 10th, 59-year-old James Burdick was last spotted walking from a residence near Ontario Street in Corning and was believed to be headed to a home on Sunset Drive. Burdick is a 5’9” tall white man with green eyes who weighs about 160 pounds and last seen with a mustache, gray hair and a scruffy beard. Anyone with information about Burdick or his whereabouts is urged to contact the City of Corning Police Department at 607-962-0340 x1500.
Trooper Clark Honored with Scholarship on Giving Tuesday
In celebration of today’s Giving Tuesday, an international day of charity, Alfred University is recognizing one of its late alumni lost this year. Fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark, who graduated from Alfred University in 2011, is being honored for his “academic and athletic accomplishments, leadership, community service and character” with the establishment of the University’s Nicholas F. Clark '11 Memorial Scholarship Fund. In honor of the Giving Tuesday holiday, Alfred University is accepting donations today to fund the scholarship. Those interested in contributing can do so here.
Board of Education Meeting Tonight at Hammondsport Central School
Hammondsport Central School is holding a special Board of Education meeting tonight. The meeting is scheduled for 7:15 this evening at the High School Library. The meeting is open to the public.
Steuben County Budget Hearing at 11:30AM
At this morning’s 11:30 public hearing at the County Office Building in Bath, the $191 million budget for 2019 is expected to be passed by the Steuben County Legislature. For the third year in a row, Steuben’s spending plan calls for a slight decrease in the county tax levy and tax rate with $8.25 per thousand dollars of assessed value, down from the previous year’s rate of $8.44.
Hornell DPW Approves 5 Year Labor Contract
Hornell and the employees of its Department of Public Works have reached agreement on a labor contract lasting 5 years. According to the Hornell Evening Tribune, the deal provides 2% raises for the first 4 years and a 2 ½ % pay hike in the final year. The deal is retroactive to April 1st. A deferred compensation plan was also approved by the Hornell Common Council for employees, bringing some associated costs to be covered by New York State.
Bath Kmart to be Auctioned Following Sears Bankruptcy
Bath Kmart is one of the 505 locations Sears is planning to auction to a new owner in an attempt to keep the retail business afloat. Sears Holding Corp. filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy Wednesday of last week and if the auction is successful for Kmart locations including Bath and Wellsville, the stores will be sold and remain in business under new ownership. New owners would make the call to continue business, bring in another business to the site or liquidate the store assets. Bids will be accepted from now until December 28th by Lazard Frères & Co. LLC, while an auction series begins January 14th.
Audit Finds Misuse of I-Stop Monitoring in Addiction Treatment
According to a new audit from Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, addiction treatment programs are using the opioid prescription monitoring system incorrectly. The audit recommends better coordination by treatment professionals and points to instances of administrators neglecting to check the I-Stop monitoring system to make sure patients receiving addiction treatment were not getting opioid medicines from a different physician. Failure in checking this system put patients in danger and can set back their addiction recovery, especially if the patient receives opioids as part of their treatment program.
All Pistol Permit Owners Reminded to Recertify By End of Year
This year is the first where the SAFE Act required everyone with pistol permits to recertify. Under the law, permit owners must recertify every five years but the state will not send a reminder of when to recertify. The status of a permit can be checked by calling 1-855-LAW-GUNS or visiting the New York State Pistol Permit Recertification website. Paper recertifications take about 9 to 12 months to finalize but filing electronically shortens the recertification process drastically. Upon submitting your recertification, your state legal obligation is complete.
Weather Advisory to Bring Ice to Steuben County
A Winter Weather Advisory will be in affect for Steuben and surrounding counties today beginning from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this afternoon. Late this morning patchy freezing rain or drizzle is expected to develop. Areas of freezing rain and drizzle is expected with total accumulations of a light glaze is expected, mainly at higher elevations. Ice will result in slippery conditions that could cause travel difficulties so expect slippery roads and slow down, using caution while driving today.
Five Hearings for Steuben Legislature Slated for Monday
Monday will be a busy day for the Steuben County Legislature. Five public hearings will be held in the legislative chambers. The sessions begins at 11:30 a.m. Lawmaker are expected to pass a local law providing pay increases for some department heads. Topping the list at $131,695 is the county attorney. Beginning January 1st, salaries will increase to nearly $109,000 a year for the Commissioners of Public Works and Social Services. The sheriff’s salary will advance to $90,000. After hearing public comments, legislators are also expected to adopt the 2019 county budget.
Fire Closed County Route 8 Yesterday
County Route 8 past Tracy Road in Wheeler was shut down temporarily yesterday afternoon to respond to a fire. The Howard Volunteer Fire Department and Area Fire Department responded to the call at 1:24 p.m. The fire was to a barn and was mostly contained by 2:15 p.m.
Penn Yann Student Sentenced for Terroristic Threat
The Penn Yann Academy student arrested for making a terroristic threat back in April has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service and five years probation. On April 19th, the teen posted a Snapchat video of himself dressed in all black with what looked like a gun, captioned with “Eric Harris v2” referencing the Columbine school shootings. Following a Yates County Sheriff’s Office investigation it was found what he was holding was an Airsoft gun and the teen was banned from school. The student was granted youthful offender status and initially faced up to 7 years in prison in September after his guilty plea of a felony charge of making a terroristic threat.
Bath Village Aerial Ladder Up for Bids
The village of Bath is advertising for bids for a new 100-110 foot aerial ladder or platform truck. The specifics are available at the village clerk’s office. You can also call to have the information mailed. Bids must be received by 10 a.m. December 4th, at which time they will be publicly opened and read.
Tonawanda Teen Missing
The public’s assistance is being urged to help the Town of Tonawanda Police Department to locate a 14-year-old girl who went missing earlier this week on Wednesday. No name was provided by the Police Department but police say the teen was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and blue jeans. The girl also has a nose ring and fuchsia red hair. Anyone with information about the girl or her whereabouts is asked to call 716-879-6613 and refer to complaint number 18-850793 or 911.
NY Ag Experts Urge Tree Buyers to Keep it Local This Season
New York State agricultural officials ask New Yorkers to keep it local when they choose Christmas tree this year. According to officials, 875 farms in upstate New York sell over 300,000 natural trees each year and reminds the public these tree farmers participate in the New York State Grown & Certified program following sustainable standards. A list of local, participating farms are listed on the Christmas Tree Farmers Association of New York website.
Cuomo Orders Flags Half-Staff for Late State Senator
Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff yesterday to honor state Senator Jose Peralta who died suddenly Wednesday night after falling ill and being taken to a hospital. Perlata represented parts of Queens for eight years and was the first Dominican-American elected to New York State Senate after serving eight years in the State Assembly prior to becoming a Senator. Medical examiners have not yet determined Peralta’s cause of death.
Bath Woman Arrested for Petit Larceny
A Bath woman faces multiple counts after state police investigated a fraud complaint in September. Troopers have arrested 50-year-old Deanna Skinner. She was charged with three counts of petit larceny. She’ll answer the charges in village court at a later date.
Prattsburgh Woman Arrested for DWI Charges
A Prattsburgh motorist faces a felony among other counts after a stop on I-86. State police arrested 61-year-old Natalia Turczeniak. She was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation and misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and having a BAC above .08%. She was additionally charged with aggravated DWI and parking on a highway. Court action is currently pending.
Steuben OFA to Host “Feeling Fabulous From 55..” Presentation
The popular “Feeling Fabulous From 55 – 105” presentation by Joshua Goldman is set for noon on Monday, Dec. 3rd. It will be held at Wildflower Hills Clubhouse in Bath. The program is free and open to the public, and community resource materials will be available. For more information, and to register, call 664-2298. The event is sponsored by the county Office for the Aging, RSVP and NY Connects.
NYS Labor Department Stats Show Employment Growth
The number of people on a payroll in New York continues to grow. Labor department statistics out this week show the private sector job count increased by 122,500 jobs compared to October 2015. The unemployment rate has also decreased from 4.1 to 4.0%. In Steuben County, 41,500 people held jobs last month which is an increase of 800 workers compared with a year ago. The unemployment rate is 3.8% while twelve months ago it was 5.3%.
CCE Announces Annual Meeting Dinner/Open House
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County announced their annual meeting dinner and open house for next week on Thursday November 29th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at their new CCE-Steuben Office on 20 E. Morris St., Bath. The event will feature the final Centennial Lecture of this year titled “From Concord to Cabernet (and everything in between): Growing Grapes and Making Wine in the Finger Lakes,” presented by Hans C. Walter-Peterson, who is viticulture extension specialist from the Finger Lakes Grape Program. There is a $15 suggested donation for the event. To RSVP, call 607-664-2300.
Corning Civic Center Rink Re-Opens with Public and Family Skate
Open Skating to the public kicks off the re-opening of the Civic Center Ice Skating Rink by The City of Corning Parks and Recreation Department this week. The rink was upgraded with the removal of the old refrigerator plant, dasher boards and two existing concrete floor slabs during the offseason. Open Public Skating Sessions will be held today from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as well as from 1-4 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. while a family skating session will be from 4:30-7:30p.m. tonight. More open skating sessions will be happening this weekend before the crews close again this Monday November 26th through Thursday the 29th to complete finishing touches.
Open Public Skating Sessions for this weekend:
CDC Says to Clean Refrigerator After Buying Contaminated Lettuce
If you purchased romaine lettuce recently during the nationwide E. Coli outbreak, you should clean out your refrigerator in addition to throwing the lettuce out according the CDC. Surfaces that came directly in contact with the contaminated lettuce can be a breeding ground for the virus and should be washed with hot, soapy water and disinfected with bleach. Other items in your fridge should be fine so long as they have not touched the romaine.
Verizon Responds to Unsent Area Amber Alerts
The Amber Alert sent out earlier this week on Tuesday warned residents in the Finger Lakes area about the one-year-old girl who was missing and possibly in danger but there were reports that not everyone in the region received the alert. According to CBS News 8 of Rochester, a few people reported they never got the Amber Alert sent out to their phones. Verizon issued a statement stating the Alert was not delivered to some phones in the Rochester area because of a network routing issue. A Verizon spokesperson then added: "We have fixed the problem and everything is now working as it should. We are relieved to hear that the child has been found."
Cuomo Says “I’m Upstate’s Voice” at Buffalo Appearance
During a trip to Buffalo this week to hand out Thanksgiving turkeys, Governor Andrew Cuomo made a comment claiming he was the voice of upstate despite the criticism of him not representing upstate interests. The governor said: “I’m Upstate’s voice. They have a very loud voice in the room. It’s my voice.” Cuomo received criticism weeks ago in this year’s midterm election cycle for not talking about issues that mattered most to Upstate New Yorkers in the gubernatorial debate against Republican Marc Molinaro, whom he lost in 44 of the 50 counties upstate.
I Love NY Signs Removed and Repurposed Yesterday
Over 500 “I Love NY” signs along the state Thruway system and other highways were removed yesterday after an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration. The FHA declared the signs were illegal and the agency said if New York did not remove them by September 30th, the state would be withheld $14 million in highway funding. In an agreement worked out before the September deadline, New York removed the last four signs in each five-sign grouping yesterday but is keeping the first sign in each group with modifications while the four other signs in each group are relocated at places of tourism like welcome centers, highway rest areas and Thruway travel plazas.
NYS Bill 9191 Would Review Internet History of Handgun Applicants
A new law being proposed in the state assembly could make New Yorkers applying for or renewing handgun licenses submit to a state review of internet searches going back to one year and social media histories going back to three years. The purpose of submitting these online histories is to give State Police the power to investigate "commonly known profane slurs or biased language used to describe the race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation of a person." The New York State Senate Bill 9191 is opposed by Second Amendment Group SCOPE President Tim Andrews who declared it a Bill of Rights violation. Supporters consider it helpful in using “red flag” provisions to prevent guns from getting in the wrong hands.
Wegmans Pays Million Dollar Fine for Liquor Violations
Wegmans Food Markets and five of their affiliated liquor stores have been fined $1.1 million for liquor license related charges. The New York State Liquor Authority says Wegmans was fined $750,000 to settle eight charges that include: six violations for availing their license to their five affiliated liquor stores, one for availing the license of a wholesaler, one of illegally trafficking wine and a single charge of aiding and abetting illegal gifts and services. Each of the five liquor stores were charged an additional $75,000 for availing their license to Wegmans and accepting illegal services and gifts from Milton’s Wholesale. Wegmans Food Markets has appointed a new corporate compliance officer and composed a new corporate compliance program as a condition of this settlement to prevent future legal complications.
Woman’s Charges Upped to Hate Crime in Corning Court
Christie Speciale, the woman accused of a hate crime during an altercation at the Corning Harvest Fest this year, made her appearance at Corning City Court for two motions yesterday. The first motion was to dismiss the charges she received after the altercation that occured at the festival in late September. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker initially charged Speciale with disorderly conduct and simple harassment but upped the charge to a hate crime yesterday for claiming a vendor at the event sold “Amish puppy mill puppies”. Speciale’s lawyer Susan Chana Lask claims DA Baker “had no argument” and “His argument is as zero and nebulous as the charges here today.” The court will determine its written decision by the 8th of January 2019.
Rochester Toddler Returns Home After Amber Alert
The one-year-old girl from Rochester reported missing in an Amber Alert yesterday was found safe according to police. One-year-old Ta-Niyah Williams was reported to be brought back to her home after the Alert was issued yesterday afternoon. The Amber Alert said the child may have been at risk after being taken from her home by her father Terrence Williams, who is not yet facing criminal charges at this time.
Rogue Sentenced 20 to Life for Murder of Fellow BU Student
A former Binghamton University student was sentenced 20 years to life yesterday for the murder of a fellow student. Michael Rogue, age 20, pled guilty to the April murder of 19-year-old Joao Souza. Rogue’s filed motion to have his guilty plea withdrawn was denied by Judge Kevin Dooley after Rogue read a ten-page prepared statement where he claimed he did not want to plead guilty and his lawyer did not provide satisfactory counsel.
Governor Announces Thanksgiving Suspension of Road Construction
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the suspension of all temporary lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways for Thanksgiving travel. The suspension began this morning at 6:00 a.m. and continues until Monday, November 26th at 6:00 a.m. Construction for emergency projects and barriers during the suspension may continue. Governor Cuomo urges “all drivers to be responsible on the roads so that New Yorkers and visitors can enjoy the holiday with family and friends."
Thanksgiving DWI Crackdown Continues Through Sunday
As the Thanksgiving holiday commences, the statewide crackdown on drunk driving continues with a reminder from the Steuben County Sheriff's Office for drivers to stay safe on the roads. State and local police are out in full force to patrol impaired and distracted drivers as well as conduct checkpoints for sobriety. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported a spike in DWI arrests for the county within the last year. The hopes for the Sheriff’s Office is to be more visible as a reminder for motorists to be more responsible and have a sober ride planned ahead of time. According to the Sheriff’s Office, patrols that are high-visibility can reduce death rate from impaired driving by as great as 20 percent.
Venison Donation Program Begins
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier launched the Venison Donation Program again for yet another deer season. Beginning in our very own Steuben County, the program has spread throughout the Twin Tiers region since its inception and allows hunters to donate field dressed deer meat to meat processors who agreed to participate in the program. The Venison Donation Program provides venison products to families in need through the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. If you are a hunter interested in donating venison, here is a list of participating processors throughout Steuben County:
Bath, NY 14810
(Boned Venison Only)
Bradford Custom Meats
Bradford, NY 14815
(Donation Deer ONLY)
Caton Butcher Shop
Corning, NY 14830
Kanona Custom Meats
Kanona, NY 14856
Avoca, NY 14809
Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports that, with assistance from the New York State Police K-9 unit, the man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery has been arrested. Kyle Krisher was placed into custody at 2:30 p.m. Monday on Peacock Road in the Town of Bath. He is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail on a parole violation and is expected to be arraigned on robbery charges at a later date. Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen thanks all members of the Bath P.D., New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and New York State Parole for their hard work in tracking down all the suspects arrested in connection with the robbery that took place in the Village in October.
Two Arrested on Drug Charges in Addison:
Two Steuben County men are facing drug charges after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of persons allegedly passed out in a vehicle on Colwell Street in Addison. Their investigation found that 24-year-old David Hughes of Savona, the operator of the vehicle, was allegedly in possession of a controlled substance and 22-year-old Donald Burdick of Cameron Mills was allegedly in the process of producing methamphetamine and was in possession of methamphetamine pre-coursers. Hughes was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Burdick was charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine. Hughes was released on an appearance ticket. Burdick was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
P.A. Man Arrested for DWI, Fleeing an Officer in Bath Incident:
A Pennsylvania man has been arrested on charges of DWI and fleeing a police officer following an incident in Bath earlier this month. 38-year-old Brian Vosburgh allegedly swerved his vehicle at a deputy’s patrol vehicle on May Street and when the deputy attempted to stop him, he allegedly failed to comply and sped away, before stopping in a driveway on McMaster Street. Vosburgh was also charged with failure to use interlock device, aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to maintain lane, speeding, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, and failure to signal a turn. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. Additional charges are expected.
Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert:
At the request of the Cuba Town Police Department, a New York State Missing Vulnerable Adult Alert has been issued relating to the disappearance of 82-year-old Lorena Fritts. She is a missing vulnerable adult with dementia and may be in need of medial attention. She was last seen on State Route 305 in the Town of Cuba, Allegany County at 5 p.m. on Sunday. She was driving a 2000 gold Dodge Caravan with NY registration HTH-6674. She was last seen wearing a brown coat, black jeans, and an unknown color ball cap. Information indicates she was on North Union Street in the City of Olean at 8 p.m. Sunday.
Tops Markets Out of Bankruptcy:
In a statement released Monday, Tops Markets announced that it has successfully completed its financial restructuring and has left bankruptcy. Company officials thanked customers for their support and said they will continue to invest in their remaining stores and “create an even more exceptional shopping experience for its customers.”
Airlines Now Required to Check Strollers at Gate:
Just in time for the holiday travel season, a new provision will require commercial airlines to check strollers of any size in at the gate prior to boarding. The provision was pushed by Senator Kristen Gillibrand as part of the FAA Reauthorization Bill in order to help make traveling easier for parents. She said the provision will allow parents “to check strollers of all sizes at airline gates, preventing airports from leaving families stranded without their stroller or struggling to get to their destination on time.” Previously, some airlines had size and weight limitations for strollers, whether or not the stroller had cleared security.
Prattsburgh Man Seeking Conviction Reduction in High Speed Chase:
A Prattsburgh man convicted of 1st degree reckless endangerment after he led police on a drunken, high-speed chase through Yates County last November is seeking a reduction of his conviction. According to the Finger Lakes Times, Daniel Romer’s current conviction carries a 7-year state prison sentence. A public defender is looking to have it reduced to 2nd degree. Romer was convicted last month after a chase with police from Penn Yan to Jerusalem that hit speeds of nearly 120 miles per hour and resulted in one car being struck and several others nearly being hit head-on.
More Drug Charges for Hornell Man:
A Hornell man arrested when police allegedly found cocaine and marijuana in his vehicle during a traffic stop last month is facing additional charges. 31-year-old Justin Hand is now additionally charged with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling cocaine out of his home in September. Hand remains at the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Public Sale of Hornell Courthouse Set for Dec. 7th:
The public sale of the vacated courthouse at 12 Allen Street, Hornell has been set for noon December 7th, with four open houses set for public inspection. The open houses will be November 27th and 30th from 1 to 2 p.m., December 6th from 4 to 5 p.m., and 11 a.m. to noon December 7th with the sale to follow at noon.
Rep. Reed Supports Pelosi for Speaker of the House:
Nancy Pelosi is getting some unexpected support for Speaker of the House, Representative Tom Reed. Reed told CNN that he and his Problem Solvers Caucus will back Pelosi in exchange for rule reforms designed to make it easier to introduce bipartisan legislation to the House floor. On Saturday, President Donald Trump also voiced support for Pelosi and he tagged Reed by name in a tweet. Pelosi has gone on record rejecting GOP support.
Hockey Returns to Elmira with Homeopener for Enforcers:
Hockey made its return to the First Arena in Elmira last week with the homeopener of the Enforcers. The game marked the first at the arena in nearly 19 months. The game was nearly sold out, with some 4,000 people turning up to watch the new team as they took on the Carolina Thunderbirds.
Wineglass Marathon Recognized as Best Marathon in NYS:
The results are in, and the Guthrie Wineglass Marathon has been recognized by RaceRaves as the top marathon in New York State. RaceRaves, the leading online race finder and reviews community for runners, recently announced the winners of its “Best Marathons in the U.S.” poll. The top race in each state was selected based on votes from thousands of runners across the country, along with reviews and ratings on RaceRaves.com. (Due to their exclusive status and popularity as World Marathon Majors, the Boston Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon, and TCS New York City Marathon were excluded.)
Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Corning:
If you’ve no one else to celebrate Thanksgiving with, consider joining the community with a holiday dinner at Christ Episcopal Church in Corning. The church will host a dinner starting at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The church is located at 33. E. First Street. Call (607) 937-5449 for more details.
Steuben Land Bank Awarded State Funding for Redevelopment
The Steuben County Land Bank Corporation was awarded a second round of state funding worth $550,000 aimed to redevelop vacant, abandoned and tax-delinquent properties in Steuben County. Deputy Manager Mitch Alger said it’s a slight increase than the award of $500,000 they received in 2016 that was used to reclaim two homes in the City of Corning and demolish two in Bath and Hornell. Since 2013, the state Attorney General’s office reports it has awarded over $82 million for such properties.
Steuben Plans CCE Ag Teams for 2019
A new plan for “Ag Teams” could help bring in $187 million yearly to Steuben County. Cornell Cooperative Extension is proposing to provide local farmers with specialists that target specific issues for dairy, livestock, field crops, commercial horticulture and business management. Local farmers could participate in team research and demonstration trials with a stronger connection to the extension staff. The plan would be implemented in 2019 where 8-10 specialists would draw in $160,000 from Cornell that year with Steuben alone costing an additional $19,000 and $149,000 from CCE to support a small number of educators in Steuben. The team is projected to be self-sustaining by the year 2021 and has been endorsed by the Steuben Farm Bureau.
Penn Yann Woman Arrested for Unauthorized Practice
A Penn Yan woman has been accused of posing as a Midwife for many years and primarily exploiting pregnant women within the Mennonite community, in and around the Penn Yan area. 52-year-old Elizabeth Catlin was charged under the Education Law with felony unauthorized practice of a profession. She was released from custody after posting $5,000 bail. More court action is pending.
Hunting Begins With DEC Urging Young Bucks be Spared
The most popular game seasons begin today in New York State and the DEC is encouraging New York hunters to pass up shooting small-antlered, young bucks so they can grow to maturity. Hunters are also reminded to protect New York Deer from Chronic Wasting Disease by not using deer urine-based lures, disposing of carcass waste in landfills and not in the landscape, reporting deer appearing sick or acting abnormal, and hunting only deer and support fair chase hunting principles. Our region’s hunting season for deer continues until Sunday, December 9th.
Patrols Increased for STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Weekend
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced police agencies across the county will participate in a STOP DWI Thanksgiving Weekend Crackdown to combat impaired driving. The crackdown begins on Thanksgiving Eve November 21st until Sunday November 25th. State and local law enforcement will be out on patrol in full force to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries and save lives. Steuben County Sheriffs remind you to plan accordingly by having a Sober Plan and always anticipate how to find a safe and sober ride home.
Fourth Home Invasion Suspect Arrested, but Krisher Still at Large:
A fourth arrest has been made in connection with a home invasion robbery in October in Cameron. 27-year-old Bryan Burleson has been arrested for robbery in the second degree and is being held on $10,000 cash bail. Meanwhile, police report that Kyle Krisher, the wanted suspect considered armed and dangerous, is still at large.
Alabama Couple Arrested in Steuben Co. Fraud Investigation:
A couple from Alabama has been arrested in Steuben County following a fraud investigation. 44-year-old Thomas Cash and 39-year-old Alisha Cash have been charged with multiple counts of identity theft, and other fraud charges. According to the New York State Police, the couple - formerly of Hammondsport - used the identities of Thomas Cash's children to open multiple NYSEG utility accounts and obtain service totaling almost $10,000. They also allegedly used the children's identities to open several credit card accounts and installment loans. The scheme was reportedly uncovered when one of the children applied for a student loan. The couple was arrested in Madison County, Alabama. Thomas Cash was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail, while Alisha Cash was sent to the jail on $50,000 bail. Additional charges are pending.
Elmira Man Charged in Hit-and-Run of Elmira Police Officer:
An Elmira man has been charged with first degree attempted murder in the hit-and-run of an Elmira police officer Wednesday evening. 35-year-old Billy McGinnis is being held pending arraignment. The officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Lower Taxes Could be coming to Steuben Co. Residents:
Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler presented his 2019 budget Thursday morning and it could be good news for residents. If passed, the budget would lower the tax rate and levy for the third consecutive year. The $190 million budget includes a tax levy of $50 million, $8,000 less than last year. Additionally, the decrease comes at no cost of core services to residents. If passed by the legislature later this month, the budget will go into effect on January 1st.
Salmonella Found in Turkey:
It could be a difficult Thanksgiving for turkey lovers. The CDC has reported 164 illnesses across 35 states as part of an ongoing Salmonella outbreak. Salmonella has been detected in ground turkey, raw turkey pet food, and live turkeys. A common supplier has not yet been identified.
Bath P.D. Seeking Home Invasion Robbery Suspect:
The Village of Bath Police Department is searching for a man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery in October. 25-year-old Kyle Krisher of Cohocton is also wanted by New York State Police Parole for parole violation. Krisher has allegedly made threats to not be taken alive and should be considered armed and dangerous. The public should not attempt to apprehend him, instead contact your local law enforcement agency.
Elmira Police Officer Struck in Hit-and-Run:
An Elmira Police Officer was treated for non-life threatening injuries Wednesday after they were struck in a hit-and-run. In a statement on its Facebook page, the Elmira P.D. said that is attempting to locate the vehicle that struck the officer. The incident happened around 4:30 p.m. in the area of Partridge Street in the City of Elmira. The vehicle is described as a dark-colored Acura 4-door sedan, believed to have gold NY license plates reading HVG-6361. Anyone with information should contact the Elmira PD at (607) 735-8600.
Domestic Incident Arrest:
A Hornell man is facing multiple charges following a domestic incident in Hornell. 44-year-old Leo Lippincott is accused of strangling and causing physical injury to another person as well as damaging property. He has been charged with strangulation, assault, and criminal mischief. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Corning Man Allegedly Impersonated Police Officer to Illegally Purchase Weapon:
A Corning man has been arrested after he allegedly impersonated a police officer in order to illegally purchase a weapon. 40-year-old John Risely is charged with criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a weapon, and falsifying business records. He was arraigned and released to reappear in court at a later date.
Mitrano Announces Another Bid for Congress:
Tracy Mitrano has announced that she will seek the 2020 Democratic nomination for the 23rd District seat in the House of Representatives. Mitrano lost the race last week against incumbent Republican Tom Reed. In a statement, Mitrano said that her loss on November 6th didn’t affect her commitment to working for causes such as affordable healthcare, education, and modern infrastructure. According to her staff, she plans to “launch her 2020 campaign with a Thank You Tour of events for her volunteers and supporters in each of the district’s eleven counties. Then she will commence a Listening Tour of communities to hear the concerns of constituents.”
Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:
The Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Snow Plow Safety Tips for Winter Travelers:
With more wintery weather predicted, the New York State Department of Transportation is offering some safety tips for sharing the roads with snow plows. Snow plows are large, heavy vehicles with many blind spots. They cannot maneuver easily or stop quickly. Plowing can create a cloud of snow around the truck that causes limited visibility and whiteout conditions for passing motorists, it also creates a ridge of snow between lanes that makes passing inadvisable. Motorists should: never follow a snowplow too closely or attempt to pass one, adjust speed for road conditions and schedule extra travel time, assume that bridge surfaces are slippery as they freeze more quickly than road surfaces, have a cell phone handy and equip your vehicle with emergency supplies, and inform a responsible person of your destination, intended route, and estimated time of arrival.
NBC to Air Neurauter Murder Case:
Dateline NBC will be taking another look this Friday at a murder case that shocked the area community. The Ultimatum, airing at 10 p.m., will cover the death of Michele Neurauter in Corning. Her ex-husband, Lloyd Neuratuer, is accused of murdering her and staging it to appear as a suicide with the help of his 19-year-old daughter.
Winter Storm Watch:
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch effective 10 a.m. Thursday morning through 1 p.m. Friday for Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Yates, Cortland, and Tioga Counties, as well as Bradford County in Pennsylvania. Heavy snow is possible with potential accumulations of as much as 7 or 8 inches. Travel could be very difficult with hazardous conditions impacting morning or evening commutes.
3 Arrested in Connection with Home Invasion Robbery:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of three people following a home invasion robbery in October. 32-year-old Natasha Krisher of Cohocton and 28-year-old Christopher Sodeman of Belfast are both charged with robbery in the second and have been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail. 29-year-old Justin Synder of Bath was charged with tampering with physical evidence and conspiracy. He was issued appearance tickets. Additionally, Sodeman was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana and was issued an appearance ticket on those charges. The Bath P.D. says more suspects are at large and more information will be released soon.
Hartsville Woman Accused of Welfare Fraud:
A Hartsville woman has been arrested following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into welfare fraud. 30-year-old Tiffany Woodman is accused of failing to report income as required while receiving benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services and as a result received benefits she was not entitled too in the amount of $4,658. She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, grand larceny, and criminal possession of a forged instrument. She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.
Hport Man Injured in 2-car Accident:
A Hammondsport man was injured in a two-car accident Sunday night on State Route 54 in the Town of Jerusalem. Dean Gregoire was reportedly traveling south when he crossed the center line and struck a car being operated by Charles Darrin of Prattsburgh. Gregoire was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for head, back, and leg pain. Darrin was injured. Additionally, Gregorie was ticketed for failure to keep right and moving from lane unsafely.
Canaseraga/Arkport Merger Vote Fails:
The latest effort to merge the Canaseraga and Arkport school districts has failed. In a vote held Tuesday, while 65 percent of Arkport voters approved, Canaseraga voters rejected the proposal 285 to 193 – a margin of 59.6 percent. Arkport has seen enrollment decrease by more than 11 percent since 2012, while Canaseraga’s has dropped by approximately 4 percent. Both districts released statements thanking voters for taking the time to make their voices heard.
Public Greenwood Road Project Meeting Tuesday:
There will be a public meeting Tuesday, November 20th hosted by the New York State Department of Transportation regarding work projects in the hamlet of Greenwood. One project is the replacement of the State Route 248 bridge over Bennett’s Creek, while another would see a small culvert near the intersection of State Route 248 and Van Sickle Road replaced. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. with a more formal public hearing at 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend.
Nasser Civic Center Looks to Reopen Before Winter Season:
One of the winter season’s most popular activities is expected to return to the City of Corning before the end of this month. The Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink is in the final stretch of construction and, according to officials, on pace to be complete just in time for the winter season. The rink has been closed since March.
3 Arrested in Bath on Drug Charges:
Three Bath residents are facing drug charges after being arrested in separate incidents. 29-year-old Joshua Bailey was arrested on November 3rd following a foot pursuit with Bath police that led to the discovery of a large quantity of crack cocaine and heroin allegedly on his person. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 cash bail. The Village of Bath Police also arrested 58-year-old Terrance McClamb and 37-year-old Karen Turner on November 6th following the execution of a search warrant at McClamb’s residence. Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth and were sent to the county jail without bail.
Winter Weather Advisory:
A winter weather advisory remains in effect until 11 a.m. this morning for Steuben, Otsego, Cortland, Tompkins, Chenango, Yates, and Schuyler Counties. Additional snow accumulations of up to 3 inches are possible over high elevations, with storm totals of as much as 4 to 5 inches. Valley areas will see less, with slushy accumulations of up to an inch. Snow, or a rain and snow mix, should taper off after 10 or 11 a.m. Travelers should plan for slippery road conditions and use caution while driving.
Reminder – HEAP Applications Open Today:
A reminder for residents seeking help with their energy bills this winter: applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) open today. Applications can be filed in person at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates in Bath, or at the county Department of Social Services in Bath. Applications can also be filed online at http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov, or can be mailed to applicants who call the county DSS for the forms at (607) 664-2500.
NYS Considering E-Cig Ban:
While the federal government considers a ban on flavored vape cartridges, New York State could possibly go a step further – banning e-cigarettes altogether. The concern stems from an uptick in recent years of young people turning to e-cigs. According to the CDC, one in five high-schoolers are regular e-cigarette users. The national ban could move forward as early as this week, according to the FDA. Meanwhile, in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has expressed interest in looking at a statewide ban next year.
H-port B.O.E. Meeting Nov. 14th:
The regular meeting of the Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will be tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Local Red Cross Volunteers Deploy to California:
California is getting some local help as it continues to battle deadly wildfires. Two volunteers with the American Red Cross Finger Lakes Chapter have deployed to Sacramento. Donna Davis and Frank Davis will stay on the West Coat for a couple of weeks, at least.
2 Elmira HS Students Arrested for Making Threats Against School:
Two students at Elmira High School were arrested last week for allegedly making threats against the school. According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, the two unnamed students made numerous calls containing threats to cause harm to students and staff. Both are now facing one count each of Making a Terroristic Threat, a class D felony. The school was placed in a lockout Thursday after the threats were made. It was lifted later that same day.
New Recognition for Veterans Suffering from Tactical Herbicides:
Just in time for Veterans Day, Senator Catharine Young announced Friday that Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation she authored that will establish a new military certificate to honor veterans who have suffered the effects of tactical herbicides such as Agent Orange. The new law authorizes the New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs to set the New York State Silver Rose Veterans’ Service Certificate. The certificate will be available to current state residents or individuals who were state residents during the period when their exposure occurred.
New “Stationary Parade of Lights” in Corning Nov. 24th:
An annual tradition returns to Corning next week, kicking off the holiday season. The annual Parade of Lights will be held November 24th, but there is a twist this year. The parade will be stationary with floats and entertainment staged along Bridge Street with spectators walking up and down. The parade begins at 7:30 p.m. and will end with a firework celebration at 9. Officials say the change to a stationary parade was for the safety of everyone involved, as the crowds during the annual event have become quite large. This won’t be the first time the parade has come to a standstill. It was previously stationary in 2013 while construction was performed.
Empire Access Receives “Best Internet Provider” Award for 2nd Year in a Row:
For the second straight year, Empire Access has been named Best Internet Service Provider in the Best of the Best Southern Tier Readers’ Choice Awards presented by GateHouse Media. The Best of the Best contest recognizes industry leading businesses in the Southern Tier with community members voting in over 100 categories. In a statement, COO of Empire Jim Baase thanked all their loyal customers for their continued patronage and support.
DOT Reopens State Route 54A
The New York State Department of Transportation announced State Route 54A in Pulteney was reopened to traffic yesterday. Since September 10th, the road was closed for construction to complete work on a retaining wall and culvert system along the roadway.
Steuben County Winter Budget Worth $3 Million
Winter gave residents of Steuben County a taste of what is to come yesterday and with its budget, the county can cover costs of winter up to $3 million. The amount is invested to fund mostly salt and sand but will also be spent on personnel and machinery. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says during the winter, 683 miles of roads will be covered with 47 trucks and drivers countywide with crews that are out as early as 3:30 am to clear roads for the public.
Bath VA Hosts Veteran’s Day Festivities This Weekend
The Bath VA Medical Center kicks off its Veteran’s Day Celebration today beginning with the Mansfield University Brass Band performing a Veteran’s Day Concert in Building 92 at 1:30 p.m. The music has been chosen specifically to honor the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day and the community is invited to attend. The VA celebration continues tomorrow as the New York State Elks volunteer organization holds their annual Carnival for all residents at the Bath VA. Elk members including the state representatives tour the medical center and host the program from 1-4 p.m.
NYS Opens Fishing Without a License to All on Monday
In celebration of Veteran's Day on Monday, November 11, 2018, residents and non-residents can enjoy a day of freshwater fishing in New York without the requirement for a fishing license.
NYS Attorney General Calls for Whitaker Recusal
NYS Attorney General Barbara Underwood – part of a coalition of 18 Attorneys General – called for the recusal of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, referencing his widely-circulated public comments criticizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Attorneys General cite federal ethics regulations that require federal government employees to recuse themselves from participation in matters involving any “question in the mind of a reasonable person about his impartiality.”
Cuomo Issues Offshore Wind Solicitation for State
Governor Cuomo on Thursday issued a comprehensive solicitation seeking 800 megawatts or more of new offshore wind projects for New York. This first offering, issued by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, kicks-off competition for New York State's first large-scale offshore wind development contracts, an initial step toward its goal of 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind by 2030 to combat climate change.
Bath Man Arrested and Charged For Workers Compensation Fraud
A 54-year-old Bath man has been arrested by the New York State Inspector General’s Office for allegedly defrauding the Workers’ Compensation system by collecting benefits he was not eligible and entitled to received. Jeffrey Smalt allegedly collected over $15,000 worth of benefits after claiming he was out of work at his job at Bath, Electric, Gas and Water due to an injury he suffered back in July. An investigation found Smalt was working on his family farm during the months he collected benefits from December to May 2017. Smalt was charged with grand larceny, perjury and insurance fraud and will appear in Bath Town Court at a later date.
Corning Protestors Gather for “Nobody is Above the Law”
Protesters on Market Street in Corning participated in the “Nobody is Above the Law” rally yesterday. Over 900 rallies for the cause took place all across the country following Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ firing. The group says President Trump crossed a line violating the independence of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation and protesting for the Mueller investigation to be protected and continued.
County Legislature to Discuss “Raise the Age” at Budget Meeting
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on November 15th at 10am to discuss the tentative 2019 budget, there will be two key issues legislators will discuss. “Raise the Age” which requires different treatment for offenders who are 16 and 17 year-olds which will incur special costs in housing the suspects out of the jail. Other fiscal issues include the state requirement in reducing the caseloads for public defenders and presence of legal counsel provided for indigent clients. The current county budget sits at $191 million with a tax levy of $50 million.
C-PP Middle School PTA Warns of Gift Card Scam
The Corning-Painted Post Middle School PTA warns locals and parents of a scam going around involving gift cards. According to the school’s PTA Facebook page, a person with an AOL email address has asked members to purchase gift cards worth $100 saying the PTA will reimburse them. The PTA tells the public this is in no way related to their organization and not to purchase these cards because this is a scam. If you or someone you know is asked to buy a gift card on the behalf of the C-PP Middle School or PTA, do not and please contact the local or state police to report it.
DOT Says “I Love NY” Signs Will be Replaced and Removed
State Department of Transportation officials say hundreds of New York interstate highway tourism signs are in the process of being relocated and removed. Despite being told by the Federal Highway Administration the “I Love NY” signs were illegal and did not comply with federal regulations, the state installed over 500 signs in 2014 to promote tourism across the state which cost taxpayers over $8 million. The state faced losing federal highway funding worth $14 million if the signs were not removed by the end of September but an agreement announced shortly before the deadline prevented the funding loss. The Department of Transportation says the agreement allows the remaining signs to be modified to include economic development regions of the state or relocated to tourism locations like welcome centers, service areas and state-owned facilities.
Area Dog Adoptees Pushing for State Legislation Against Puppy Mills
Almost two years have passed since an accident in Avoca where a van that carried 104 pet store-bound puppies overturned on ice causing four puppies to be seriously hurt and two women who have adopted dogs from the accident want legislation passed to combat puppy mills in the state. Bea Ross-Mulford and Connie Terry each adopted dogs from the accident which had health problems upon being taken in due to being raised in puppy mills. Currently, it is estimated that 52 puppy mills are in New York. The “Gianaris” bill in the state calls for regulations similar to California requiring pet store owners to sell only animals from shelters and rescue organizations. Another bill called the “Avella” bill would restrict breeding and improve the care of dogs and their puppies. The bills are currently stuck in committee until state legislators return to Albany in 2019.
County Presentation for 2019 Budget Set for November 15th
The tentative 2019 Steuben County Budget will be presented to the Legislature for input at 10am on November 15th. Currently, the county budget sits at $191 million with a $50 million tax levy. County Manager Jack Wheeler predicts the budget will remain in line with the current spending and will fall well under the state property tax cap.
County Ad Hoc Office Space Committee Sets Next Meeting
The Steuben County Ad Hoc Office Space Committee has set its next meeting to be held 10am Tuesday November 13th at the County Office Building’s Legislative Committee Room. The morning meeting agenda has slated “Parking Lot Lease” and “Court Space Study” for topics of discussion on the agenda. The meeting immediately follows the Finance Committee meeting.
Steuben County 2018 Midterm Elections Turnout 57 Percent
Steuben County Board of Elections officials report their voter turnout was 57 percent. This midterm election was down only 11 percent from the turnout for the 2016 presidential election in the county, which saw 68 percent turnout.
Steuben Businesses Celebrate Small Business Saturday With Specials
The holiday rush is soon heating up for stores and restaurants across Steuben County with Small Business Saturday to kick off the season this weekend. Chat-A-Whyle will be offering a reduced price on dinner meals on Saturday as part of the occasion. In Corning, Connors Mercantile will offer free giveaways with purchases as well as doughnuts, cider, coffee and chocolate sampling. According to the U.S. Small Business Association, New York State small businesses employ over 3,800,000 workers across and makes up over half the private workforce. County residents are highly encouraged to shop local to support business growth.
NY Midterms 2018: Dems Pick Up Seats, Voter Turnout Increased
Election day brought some major changes for the State Legislature as Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins will become the first African-American woman to hold the position of State Senate Majority Leader. All 63 Senate seats were up for election in the state this year and Democrats kept their Senate Majority in the state, while picking up 10 new seats. New York State voter turnout was reported to increase this year, with 49 percent of all active New York voters casting ballots-the highest it has been since 1994.
RSVP Seeking Volunteers
Steuben County Retired and Senior Volunteer Program encourages more seniors to get involved in the community. The RSVP program seeks to engage seniors by serving the community and is composed of over 400 volunteers and offers more than 200 different volunteer opportunities. Seniors interested in becoming RSVP volunteers are highly encouraged to apply online or give them a call: visit https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PGID=39 and dial (607) 664-2298.
Unofficial Election Results:
Here are the unofficial results for contested elections.
Governor/Lt. Governor – Andrew Cuomo/Kathy Hochul
Comptroller – Thomas DiNapoli
Attorney General – Letitia James
U.S. Senator – Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Congress – 23rd District – Tom Reed
NY State Senate – 58th District – Thomas O’Mara
NY Assembly – 124th District – Christopher Friend
NY Assembly – 133rd District – Marjorie Byrnes
Steuben County Court Judge – Chauncey Watches
Corning City Council – 4th Ward – Marshall Hyde
Howard Councilman – Gary Rice
Prattsburgh Town Justice – Ruth Chafee
Library funding propositions in Urbana and Pulteney passed. Propositions in Hornell and Hornellsville also passed. The Lindley proposition was defeated.
Fatal Fire in Horseheads:
One person was killed Tuesday afternoon in a fire that broke out on East Franklin Street in the Town of Horseheads. Multiple departments responded to the scene. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Further details are unavailable at this time.
NYSEG Outages this Morning:
Some Steuben County NYSEG customers are without power this morning. The company reports there are over a hundred people in the area of the towns of Erwin and Corning without power. Power is expected to be restored later this morning.
Addison Man Facing Drug Charges After I-390 Stop:
An Addison man is facing drug related charges following a traffic stop on I-390 by Livingston County Sheriff’s Deputies. According to police, 64-year-old Robert Desandro was stopped for a traffic violation and during the roadside interview, crack cocaine was observed in plain view. Crack cocaine was also allegedly discovered on Desandro’s person. He was arrested and charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
After much build up, the 2018 midterm elections are finally here. Polls in New York are open now until 9 p.m. tonight. Attorney General Barbara Underwood has announced her office’s Election Day Hotline, which is available to help troubleshoot and resolve issues encountered by voters at the polls. Voters can call anytime during polling hours at (800) 771-7755. Today’s election will determine state Governor, Comptroller, Attorney General, and will see a slew of congressional races decided, as well as many local town and village races.
Twin Tiers Most Wanted Suspect Arrested for Failing to Pay Child Support:
A tip to Steuben County 911 has led to the arrest of one of the Twin Tiers Most Wanted. 33-year-old John Davis of Hornell allegedly owed unpaid child support in the amount of $39,000. He was arrested in Hornellsville on a Steuben County Family Court Warrant for failure to pay child support. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Probation Warrant Arrest:
A Cameron woman was arrested for alleged violation of probation. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, officers of the Village of Bath Police Department discovered 28-year-old Tenika Wheeler as a passenger in a vehicle and determined she had an active warrant out of the Village of Bath for violation of probation. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
NYSP Issue more than 16,500 tickets during Halloween Enforcement:
The New York State Police announced Monday that it issued a total of 16,690 tickets statewide during the Halloween enforcement campaign. The special enforcement ran October 26th through November 1st. Troopers arrested 266 people for DWI and investigated 1,778 accidents, which resulted in 251 people being injured and three fatalities. As part of the enforcement, troopers also targeted speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. Over 5,000 tickets were issued for speeding, over 400 each for distracted driving and seatbelt violations, and nearly 200 tickets were issued for violations of the move over law.
Bath Compost Site Closing This Weekend:
A reminder to residents, the Village and Town of Bath compost site will be closing this weekend on November 10th. Accepted materials are brush, leaves, grass clippings, and garden materials. No containers, plastic bags, buckets, boxes, ect. may be left at the site. Construction and/or demolition materials will not be accepted.
Forums in Geneva/Watkins Glen on Algal Blooms:
The Seneca Pure Waters Association will host a pair of forums on algal blooms this month. The first will be this Thursday at the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, while the other will be Monday the 12th at the Watkins Performing Arts Center.
Bath Arrested In Connection for Connection to Counterfeit Money
New York State Police announce the arrest of a Bath man for his connection with the alleged passing of a counterfeit $100 bill at a Bath Kwik-Fill. According to Troopers, 25-year-old Charles Robenolt used the counterfeit $100 dollar bill, often referred to as “motion picture money”, to buy crack cocaine back in April from an Elmira woman, 26-year-old Ashley Hamilton, who then allegedly used the currency at the State Route 415 Kwik Fill. Robenolt was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the 3rd Degree and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail. Hamilton was arrested and prosecuted back in August for her involvement while criminal action against Robenolt is ongoing.
Hornell PD Dispels Drugged Candy Rumors
The Hornell Police Department has debunked rumors spread on social media that on Halloween, trick-or-treaters in the city received candy laced with the hallucinogenic drug LSD. According to their Facebook post on Friday night, the Hornell Police Department said they and paramedics responded to a medical call, but the hospital nor their department found evidence of drugs or foul play. Hornell police say someone had an adverse reaction to a Goetze caramel, which was tested for the hallucinogen at their office and did not indicate the presence of drugs. Police urge residents to throw the candy out if they do not feel comfortable or safe consuming the confection.
Bath Man Arrested for Drug Possession Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department report the arrest of a 29-year-old Bath man for Criminal Possession of Controlled Substance in the Third Degree following a traffic stop on East William Street. Police say Joshua Bailey fled on foot from a vehicle stopped by police and was caught soon after. According to Village Police, he was found to be in possession of seventeen bags of cocaine as well as five bags of heroin. Bailey was arraigned in Bath Village Court and sent to Steuben County Jail to appear again in Village Court at a later date.
Last Day for Absentee Voting is Today
Today is the last day for voters who will be out of the area tomorrow to submit their absentee ballot. Steuben County Board of Elections will be open today from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those wishing to cast their absentee ballot in person or by mail. Election Day is tomorrow and polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Board of Elections says over 1,300 absentee ballots have already been cast.
MIPAC Endorses O’Mara
New York State Senator of the 58th district, Republican Tom O’Mara, has received an endorsement for re-election by the Manufacturing & Industry Political Action Committee. The PAC says their focus is on key issues including corporate tax reductions for pass through manufacturers, strengthening the state’s platform of workforce development, issues of workers compensation and New York’s increasing regulatory burdens. O’Mara says, “We cannot continue to be recognized as a state with high taxes, over regulation and a business tax climate that does not work.”
Mitrano Making Elmira Appearance with Gillibrand
Democratic Candidate for the 23rd Congressional District Tracy Mitrano is wrapping up her campaign for office with a stop in Elmira one day before the midterm elections. The final stop of her “23 for 23” tour, Mitrano will make an appearance joined by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. at Lights Bakery in Elmira this evening at 4:30pm. In July, Mitrano received an endorsement from Senator Gillibrand.
County Clerk Hunter Now NYSACC President
Steuben County Clerk Judith Hunter was elected and sworn in as President of the State Association of County Clerks in Jefferson County a few days ago. Hunter was sworn in as the Association’s President at the New York State Association of County Clerks conference in Clayton, New York.
County Sheriff’s Office Reports Warrant Sweep Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports three arrests following a Warrant sweep in Steuben County by the County Warrant Squad. Joshua Barnes of Addison was taken into custody at his residence by County Deputies as an alleged Fugitive from Justice out of Bradford County, Pennsylvania for violation of parole and an active Bench Warrant out of the Town of Erwin Court for alleged Petit Larceny. Bryan Strauss of Bradford was taken into Custody in the Town of Erwin by Deputies on a Misdemeanor Violation of Probation Warrant for allegedly violating his probation with Steuben County Probation Department for a DWI conviction. Michael Fassett of Rome, Pennsylvania, was taken into custody at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Corrections by Steuben Deputies on a Steuben County Court Indictment Warrant for allegedly committing the crime of a Criminal Possession of a Stolen Property in the 3rd degree. All three men were remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.
Office of Emergency Services Reminds of Smoke Alarm Recall
The Steuben County Office of Emergency Services reminds the public that a recall was issued by the Consumer Protection and Safety Commission for the Kidde combination carbon monoxide-smoke alarm (Model Number KN-COSM-IB) due to a serious, possibly fatal, malfunction. The recall, issued back in November of 2016, says alarms fail to alert those in the home of smoke or carbon monoxide by chirping. Several potentially fatal incidents have been reported with the popular model and those at the County Emergency Services Office believe some homeowner may still be using the alarm, not knowing it is defective. Everyone is urged to check their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them if they are using a recalled model.
For more information: Call Kidde tollfree at 855-2390490 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www. kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Notice” for more information.
Lobbyist Gaddy Charged Following Arrest of Assemblyman
Following an investigation that resulted in the arrest of Assemblyman Joe Errigo last month, federal prosecutors have charged a well-known New York lobbyist, Robert Gaddy, for similar charges of bribery and wire fraud. Investigators looked into the relationship between Gaddy and Assemblyman Errigo and say Gaddy’s lobbying firm Excelsior Advocates, LLC, where he is owner and operator, was linked with potential corruption and fraud related to a redevelopment project in the City of Rochester. Gaddy could serve 20 years in prison and be fined $250,000 if he is convicted of the crimes.
State DMV Declares November as Month of STOP-DWI
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Thursday announced that the month of November will begin to be known as STOP-DWI statewide following Governor Andrew Cuomo issuing a proclamation designating this month as such to recognize the STOP-DWI program. STOP-DWI was established in November of 1981 to reduce impaired driving and crashes related to driving under the influence. Since its inception, the program has reduced alcohol-related crash fatalities by 74 percent.
Board of Elections Open Today for Absentee Voters
A reminder for voters who will be out of the area for Election Day on Tuesday but want to vote in the midterms, you can submit your ballot in person at the Steuben County Board of Elections until Monday. They are open today from 9 a.m. to noon, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday for those casting their absentee ballot. The Board of Elections says over 1,300 absentee ballots have already been filled out. Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Steuben County Clerk Inaugurated as NYSACC President
Steuben County Clerk Judith Hunter was elected and sworn in as President of the State Association of County Clerks in Jefferson County this week. Hunter was sworn in as the Association’s President at the New York State Association of County Clerks conference in Clayton, New York.
17-year-old Facing Criminal Charges in Fatal Labor Day Accident:
The ongoing investigation into a fatal motor vehicle accident on Labor Day in the Town of Cameron has resulted in criminal charges against an unidentified 17-year-old. According to State Police, a vehicle was traveling northbound on Ct. Rt. #10 and failed to make a bend in the roadway, exiting on the shoulder. The vehicle overturned multiple times and ejected one of the occupants, 19-year-old Tessa Updyke of Kersey, P.A., who was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation by state police, found the 17-year-old was operating the vehicle and he allegedly provided false information to the state police in attempt to conceal his involvement in the accident. He has been charged with criminal negligent homicide, falsifying business records, unlicensed operation, failure to keep right, and speed not reasonable. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.
Overnight Fire in South Corning:
Four fire departments responded overnight to a fire on South Maple Street in South Corning. It happened around 12:30 a.m. Fire crews were forced to block off several nearby streets. The residents of the home were able to get out safely along with their pets. They are being assisted by the Red Cross. According to officials, the home will be salvageable with heavy renovation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Two-Vehicle Accident on I-86:
There was a two-vehicle accident on Interstate 86 Thursday night just before 8 p.m. in the Eastbound lane at exit 52A in Horseheads. It is unknown if there were any injuries, but crews removed the cars from the scene and traffic was returned to normal.
Ribbon Cutting on Multi-Million Dollar E-C Airport Project Today:
The multi-million-dollar Elmira-Corning Regional Airport project will finally, officially be unveiled today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Local, county, and state officials will be in attendance at the event, which is set for 10:30 a.m.
Mitrano Holding Rally in Elmira Today:
Democratic candidate for the 23rd congressional district, Tracy Mitrano will host a rally in Elmira today called, “Our Voice, Our Vote,” to encourage residents to vote in the upcoming midterm elections. It will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on East Grey Street. Aside from Mitrano, other candidates for office and local public figures such as state Assembly candidate Bill Batrowny, Chemung County Executive candidate Jerome Emanuel, former congressional candidate Max Della Pia, and the Chemung County Democratic Committee Chair Jim Carr, are expected to be in attendance.
Steuben Co. Absentee Ballots Available Until Monday:
A reminder for voters who will be out of the area on Tuesday who want to vote in the midterm elections, you can submit your ballot in person until Monday at the Steuben County Board of Elections. They will be open today from 8:30 to 5, tomorrow from 9 a.m. to noon, and Monday again from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those wishing to cast their absentee ballot. According to the B.O.E., over 1,300 absentee ballots have already been filled out. Election Day is Tuesday, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Hornell CSD Receives $1.3M for Literacy Program:
The Hornell City School District has been awarded a $1.3 million grant to help fund a comprehensive early literacy program, the district announced Thursday. The Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant will be funded over three years to add Pre-K through 3rd-grade librarians and additional reading support for students. The money will also help add 600 new books a year to the North Hornell and Bryant Elementary libraries, and individual classroom libraries and professional development for teachers. Starting in January, Superintendent Jeremy Palotti said Pre-K through 3rd-grade students will also be given two free books a month.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Also Participating in No-Shave November:
It’s the Battle of the Beards this November, all for a good cause. Following the announcement from the Corning Police that officers will be participating in No-Shave November in support of the American Cancer Society, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will also once again be participating in the campaign. Sheriff Jim Allard said he thinks it’s “a fantastic way to benefit the citizens of Steuben County with money for the cancer society and cancer research,” and that that he also thinks it “makes the deputies and correction officers more approachable.” Women on the force can also get in the action, with the option to wear their hair down in a braid, or paint their nails bright colors. The No-Shave November campaign aims to spread awareness about the hardships of cancer patients face by growing your hair, which many patients lose during treatment, and participants are encouraged to donate the money they would normally spend on shaving and grooming to educate the public and to aid those fighting the disease.
Corning Woman Charged with Rape:
A month long investigation into a possible underage sex offense in the City of Corning has resulted in a Corning woman being charged with rape. 21-year-old Amanda Wilson-Martin was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail. Wilson-Martin is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a male victim less than 18 years old.
Steuben Summit Alerts Local Agencies of Exploited Youth:
Panelists representing services and county agencies on the front line of human trafficking of children spoke Tuesday morning at the first of its kind Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit. In attendance were more than 100 people from more than 20 schools, churches, youth advocacy and substance abuse prevention programs. Commercial sexual and labor exploitation of children does happen in Steuben, as it does in other counties across the state and nation, panelists said. Sexual exploitation can occur when a child is forced to perform sex acts in return for something of value such as drugs, food, or a place to stay. Labor trafficking occurs when a child is forced to work in exchange for little or no pay. The summit marked a year-long effort by related Steuben agencies to set the groundwork for a successful campaign to end abusive exploitation and help runaway and homeless youth. Recognizing the problem is the first step toward stopping the problem, county Vulnerable Youth project coordinator Lisa Baker said.
Public Hearing on Campbell Budget/Tax Cap Override:
The Campbell town board has scheduled a public hearing for Nov. 7th at 6 p.m. The Council will listen to comments about a local law which gives the town the authority to override the state required property tax cap. The hearing will be held in the town hall. The Board has also scheduled a public hearing for the same date and time to consider adoption of the preliminary budget for 2019.
Steuben OES Warns of CO/Smoke Detector Recall:
The Consumer Protection and Safety Commission has recalled the Kidde combination CO/smoke alarm (Model Number KN-COSM-IB) due to a serious and potentially fatal malfunction, according to the Steuben County Office of Emergency Services. According to the recall, which was originally issued in 2016, the alarms fail to alert the homeowner for carbon monoxide or smoke by chirping. There have been recent incidents in which the detector failed to alert residents, prompting the OES to remind residents to check their detectors in case they missed the original recall, and discard and replace them if they have the faulty model.
Public Hearing on Bath Budget:
The town of Bath is getting close to adopting a new spending plan for next year. First however, town residents get to share their thoughts. The town board will hold a public hearing on the preliminary budget on Monday at 4 o’clock. The session will be held in the Municipal Building.
Judge Watches Earns Endorsements in Steuben Co.:
Judge Chauncey Watches has earned several endorsements from across Steuben County supporting his bid for county court judge. Senator Tom O’Mara, Corning City Republican Chairman Nicholas Weinstein, the Bath Republican Committee, Cohocton Republican Committee, and Hornell Republican Committee have all announced their support. Election Day is November 6th.