Warming Center Established for Wayne Residents Effected by Gas Outage:
Some 250 to 350 households in the Town of Wayne lost natural gas service Monday afternoon and a warming center has been established to support them while repairs are made. The center has been set up at the Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Station. Estimated restoration could take between 18 and 24 hours, NYSEG said Monday. Residents in need of transportation to the warming center should call the Wayne Fire Department at (607) 292-3380.
Vehicle, Snowmobile Accident Injuries 2:
Two people were injured Monday afternoon when a snowmobile and a vehicle collided in Steuben County. The accident happened near the Fraternal Order of Eagles Club on State Route 417 in Tuscarora around 4:30 p.m. An Addison firefighter said the two injured were on the snowmobile. WENY reports that CPR was performed on one of the snowmobile passengers. Further details on the condition of the snowmobilers, the driver of the car, or the crash itself are unknown at this time.
How Much Snow Did Harper Drop?
The website https://www.newyorkupstate.com/news/2019/01/how-much-snow-fell-in-upstate-ny-new-totals-for-359-spots-chart.html has listed just how much snow fell on the Upstate over the course of Winter Storm Harper. Here in Steuben County, in the numbers reported, it ranged from 7 inches in Kanona, to 11.5 inches in Wallace. Bath and Corning both saw 8". Across the state, the top spot went to Elizabethtown in Essex County where they saw a whopping 20.8 inches.
Bridge Work on 415 to Begin Soon:
The State Department of Transportation says work will begin next week on January 28th on a bridge replacement project over the Cohocton River on State Route 415. The work will run from State Route 53 to the Campbell Creek Road. The initial phase is expected to be completed by the end of February. The project will then be suspended through March and resume in April. Construction will occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with flagger guidance.
Johnsonville Pork Patty Recall:
Nearly 50,000 pounds of pork patties has been recalled by Johnsonville over fears of contamination. According to the USDA, Johnsonville grillers cheddar cheese and bacon flavored pork patties may be contaminated with black rubber. The patties were produced in September and October of last year and were shipped nationwide. Best by dates include July 24th, August 13th, and August 14th 2019. Consumers with affected product are urged to discard it or return it to the place of purchase.
Tops Check Out Hunger Campaign Starts Sunday:
Tops Markets annual Check Out Hunger campaign in support of area food banks gets underway this Sunday, January 27th. Customers can tell their cashier they would like to make a donation of $2, $3, or $5 to their local food bank. Among the food banks benefiting from the campaign is the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The campaign runs until February 16th.
Winter Storm Harper, Windchill Warning:
After dropping between six and fifteen inches of snow this weekend, Winter Storm Harper is now treating the area to extreme cold. A Windchill Warning remains in effect today until 7 p.m. If you must be outside, be sure to cover all exposed skin. For closings and delays today: Alfred State College and Keuka College are both closed. The Haverling school district has cancelled all school activities until 10 a.m. this morning, and the Horseheads school district has done the same until 11 a.m. Also, the Haverling versus LeRoy boys JV/Varsity basketball game scheduled for today has been moved to February 11th at 5:30 p.m. Bingo at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department has been canceled. Corning garbage pickup has been delayed; today’s pickup will be tomorrow. The normal Tuesday through Thursday schedule will be delayed by one day. The Corning Community Food Pantry and Corning Meals on Wheels are closed. And the Hornell parking ban remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening.
Corning Planned Parenthood Expanding:
Work is on-schedule for a $2.3 million expansion of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Inc. in Corning. The approximately 4,500-square foot building on West William Street will increase in size by about 2,300-square feet with a first-and-second-floor annex. According to City Manager Mark Ryckman the work is expected to be completed in the summer. Once the project is complete, Planned Parenthood will move from its current location on Walnut Street to the new site.
Storm Warning Issued for Southern Tier Begins at Noon
The National Weather Service upgraded the winter storm watch into a storm warning and it goes on from noon today until 4 p.m. tomorrow. Please avoid travel during this time. A heavy 12 to 20 inches of snow will be dumped onto Steuben and 10 other counties in the Southern Tier and Central New York regions. Cold weather will continue after the storm watch when temperatures for Sunday and Monday nights are expected to drop into the single digits and bitter wind chills will be dangerous.
Howard Town Board Audited by NYS
An audit for the Howard Town Board has been issued by New York State. It was found that Howard Town Board did not adopt reserve or budgeting policies, multiyear financial and capital plans or a fund balance account. The audit finds that the Board’s management of fund balance was not effective and as a result, general and highway fund balances increased significantly between the fiscal years of 2015 to 2017. The audit encouraged the town use surplus money to finance expenditures or reduce property taxes. Town officials say they agree to the conditions and will follow through to make this corrective action.
Executive Budget Proposes Full Tax Disclosure for State Candidates
Governor Cuomo has made tax transparency for those running for public office a part of his 2019 Executive Budget. The New York State Governor called to mandate full disclosure of tax returns by candidates for public office. The proposal requires candidates running for statewide public office to disclose their federal and state tax returns from the last 10 years and mandates State Assembly and Senate candidates disclose 5 years of state and federal tax returns before they can be accepted on the general election ballot.
Addison Man Arrested Following Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a 28-year-old Addison man for allegedly obstructing the breathing of another individual while in the presence of a child. Charles J. Johnson was charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child. Johnson was arraigned in the Town of Erwin Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $500 cash bail.
Buses and Tractor Trailers Banned for Travel Safety in Snow Storm
To ensure travel safety as the first storm of the year approaches the Northeast, Governor Cuomo announced a ban for buses and tractor trailers on most highways in New York starting this afternoon at 3 p.m. and will continue until the end of the storm warning tomorrow afternoon. For us locally in the Twin Tiers, the ban covers the entirety of Interstate 86, and I-390 between I-86 and I-90 and is only issued for buses and tractor trailers. All other drivers are advised to stay home and off the road if at all possible.
Route 415 Construction Begins the End of Month
Work will begin later this month to replace a bridge on Route 415 over the Cohocton River in the town of Bath. Crews will also construct a roundabout at Route 53. DOT officials say work will begin January 28th on Route 415 from Route 53 to Campbell Creek Road in Bath. The DOT says the initial phase will be completed by the end of February with work suspended through the month of March and operations resuming in April. Construction operations will be performed using short term shoulder and possible lane closures between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Rumsey Announces Bath School District Activity Cancellations
Bath Central School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey announced that due to the impending snow storm and sub-zero temperatures, all school activities on and off-campus for Haverling will be cancelled from 11am today through 10am Monday. Rumsey noted this cancellation will allow for proper cleanup and wind-chill temperatures to subside. All normal activities will resume on 10am Monday and Rumsey reminds the students, parents and community to please stay safe and warm.
Governor Prepares NYS for Winter Storm:
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the state is prepared for the winter storm that could drop one to two feet of snow across New York. The State Emergency Response Operations Center has been activated, and the state has more than 2,000 plows and other vehicles with 430,000 tons of salt on hand. As much as two feet of snow is possible in some parts of the upstate region between Saturday evening and Sunday morning along with high winds and dangerously cold wind chills.
Parking Bans Established Ahead of Winter Storm:
Several towns throughout the region have implemented parking bans ahead of this weekend's predicted winter storm. In the Bath, Village Code requires that vehicles be off village streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. In Prattsburgh, officials ask that all vehicles be removed from streets in order to allow road crews to do their job. In the Village of Canisteo there will be no parking on the streets Saturday through Sunday; parking tickets will be issued to violators. In Southport, parking on all streets within the town is prohibited through April 1st, and in Montour Falls overnight parking is prohibited on West Main Street. All residents are reminded that it's against the law to shovel snow into a roadway.
Winter Storm Cancels/Postpones Events:
The expected winter storm has already postponed and cancelled several area events. To see the list, visit the StormWatch page at http:// http://wvinbath.com/pages/schoolbusiness-closings. We keep the list updated as information becomes available.
Rochester Man Arrested for Impersonation:
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office arrested a Rochester Man on January 5th for allegedly impersonating another person in order to avoid arrest. 20-year-old James Fredrick was initially released on a summons following a traffic stop, but was later arrested by the Village of Bath Police Department. After being fingerprinted, it was alleged he used an alias name and that he was wanted on five separate warrants out of the City of Rochester. He was charged with criminal impersonation and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Three Charged in Bath Traffic Stop:
Three Bath residents have been arrested following a traffic stop on State Route 415 in Bath. It’s alleged that 18-year-old Samantha Coddington and 17-year-old Cassandra Stage were in possession of marihuana while there was a child in the vehicle. They were both charged with unlawful possession and endangering the welfare of a child. 29-year-old Sean Burton allegedly operated the vehicle while his ability was impaired due to an illegal drug, and he was also allegedly in possession of marihuana. He was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs as a felony due to two prior DWI convictions, aggravated unlicensed operator, unlawful possession, and inadequate exhaust. Burton was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail, while Coddington and Stage were released on their own recognizance.
Millions of Email Addresses Comprised in Data Breach:
Hundreds of millions of email addresses have been comprised in a newly uncovered data breach. The addresses, along with millions of unique passwords, were posted to a hacking forum. Users can search the website - https://haveibeenpwned.com/ - to see if their email address or password has been compromised.
NYS Agencies Directed to Assist Furloughed Federal Workers:
Federal workers affected by the government shutdown will be getting some extra assistance from New York State per direction from Governor Andrew Cuomo. The state Department of Labor has been directed to provide increased support to workers seeking unemployment insurance benefits, and the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to help those working without pay apply for and obtain public assistance benefits. Also, the New York State Public Service Commission announced Thursday that New York's major electric and gas utilities are implementing special collection practices for furloughed customers and those working without pay because of the shutdown.
Region Braces for Winter Storm:
A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect this weekend, beginning Saturday afternoon and lasting through Sunday afternoon. Included are: Northern Oneida, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Madison, Southern Oneida, Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Tioga, Broome, and Delaware counties, as well as a few counties in Pennsylvania. Heavy snow is possible with total accumulations of 12 to 20 inches. Wind gusts could get as high as 35 mph, picking up considerably Sunday afternoon. They could cause blowing snow and possible dangerously low wind chills into Sunday night. Travel could be very difficult to impossible.
Landslide Closes Lane on S.R.54A Near Hammondsport:
A landslide in the Town of Urbana as brought State Route 54A down to one lane. The closure is approximately 2.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. Both directions of traffic will be accommodated in one lane using temporary traffic signals. The closure is expected to last for an extended period while repair options are evaluated and designed. An updated travel advisory will be issued prior to the start of repairs.
Accident Brings Traffic to Stop on I-86:
Traffic was brought to halt on I-86 for several hours Wednesday night following a collision and vehicle fire. First responders were called to I-86E between the Wellsburg and Elmira exits around 6 p.m. on a report that a tractor-trailer and truck collided. The tractor-trailer went off into the median and the pickup caught fire. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The pickup was reportedly already abandoned on the side of the road due to a flat tire when it was hit.
Sears Survives Bankruptcy Auction:
Sears has survived its bankruptcy auction and averted liquidation, for now at least. The company’s chairman and largest shareholder, Eddie Lampert, put out the sole bid for the whole company. Details are unknown, but it’s believed he offered more than $5 billion through an affiliate of his hedge fund ESL. The deal is not done, however. It must be approved at a hearing on February 1st by a bankruptcy judge in White Plains, New York.
Steuben Hall of Fame Seeking Nominees:
Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame are being accepted now until March 31st, according to county Historian Emily Simms. Nominees may be any man, woman, or child living or deceased, who have enhanced the name of Steuben County. They should have resided in Steuben, but may have been born elsewhere. Past nominees not inducted into the Hall of Fame may be re-nominated. For applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357.
Recap of the Governor’s State of the State Address:
Tuesday night Governor Andrew Cuomo gave his annual State of the State Address. Many of the biggest points that he brought up have already been announced, such as passing a Constitutional Amendment to codify Roe v. Wade abortion rights into state law, passing the “Red Flag” bill to prevent people who show signs of being a threat to themselves or others from buying guns, the legalization of recreational marijuana, eliminating single-use plastic bags, and raising the smoking age from 18 to 21. Not mentioned in the address, but announced by the Governor’s Office is a proposed crackdown on limousine safety regulations after the deadly crash in Schoharie County that killed 20. Cuomo has proposed a ban on aftermarket chopped and stretched limos that are remade to hold more passengers than originally designed, making it a felony to remove a limousine “out of service” sticker without having the vehicle re-inspected and cleared, and allowing the state to seize limo license plates. Among local responses, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano doesn’t think the Governor’s message matches the needs of Yates and Steuben counties, and Senator Tom O’Mara accused Cuomo of prioritizing “liberal politics over lower taxes.” You can read the details of the Governor’s full 2019 Agenda at https://media.news10.com/nxs-wtentv-media-us-east-1/document_dev/2019/01/15/2019StateoftheStateBook_1547589199905_67471338_ver1.0.pdf.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath woman for alleged misuse of food stamps. 47-year-old Carol Gould allegedly used a Steuben County Department of Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail. As a result, she obtained benefits to which she was not entitled nor authorized to receive. She was charged with misuse of food stamps, a violation. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Public Hearing for Proposed Joint Corning Fire District:
There will be a public hearing later this month on a proposed joint fire district including the Village of South Corning and the Town of Corning, as well as the volunteer fire departments of North Corning, East Corning, and the Village of South Corning. Officials say, if approved, the merger will standardize operating procedures and even out fire protection costs in the area. The hearing will be held January 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the Corning Town Hall.
Senator Gillibrand Announces 2020 Presidential Run:
As has been hinted at for some time now, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand officially announced her intention to make a run in the 2020 Presidential Election. Gillibrand said Tuesday night during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” that she’s taking the “important first step” and is launching an exploratory committee. She went on to mention some of the issues she’d tackle if elected, such as: better healthcare for families, stronger public schools, and more accessible job training. She will use Troy, New York, where she lives, as a home base. Gillibrand now travels to leadoff caucus state, Iowa, over this weekend.
First Time Homeowners May Qualify for STAR Credit:
New home buyers may be eligible for the School Tax Relief (STAR) Credit on their primary residence, according to Steuben County Real Property Tax Agency Director Wendy Jordan. Jordan said eligible new homeowners will receive the credit directly from the state, but must register with the state Tax Department to receive the STAR check. Homeowners with an income of $500,000 or less may be eligible for a Basic STAR credit on their primary residence only. Homeowners 65 and older with an income of $86,300 or less may be eligible for the Enhanced STAR credit on their primary residence. Homeowners can register for credits 24 hours a day, seven days a week at http://www.tax.ny.gov/star. Registration can also be completed by phone from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at (518) 457-2036.
Bath Vol. Fire Department Cancels Bingo Due to Possible Weather:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has announced that due to the increasing possibility of an impending winter storm this weekend and stretching into Monday, they’ve decided to make an early decision to cancel Bingo Monday, January 21st. In a release, the Department said its their first priority to protect the people of the community, and that the move will also free first responders in case an emergency response is needed. The next Bingo will be held Monday, February 4th.
Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:
The Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will meet tomorrow, January 17th, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Work on C.R. 22 Bridge to Begin Feb. 4th:
Work on a popular county route from Bath to southern municipalities is expected to begin February 4th with the scheduled replacement of the County Route 22 bridge over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron. Work is expected to be completed by November. The cost of the new $2.3 million, 207-foot bridge will be absorbed through 95 percent federal funding and 5 percent county funding. The bridge is part of a common route for travelers between Bath and Hedgesville, Jasper, Woodhull, and Addison, and it sees some 540 vehicles daily. County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti said given the high cost of a temporary bridge, detours will be set up for emergency vehicles, cars, and trucks. Emergency responders have already been advised of a 5-mile detour on County Route 110 effective February 4th. Other detours will be clearly marked: CR 110 and CR 80 for cars, and CR 119 to Rathbone, CR 21, and CR 80 back to CR 2 for trucks.
Arkport Man Charged with DWI in Fremont Crash:
An Arkport man is facing a driving while intoxicated charge following a motor vehicle accident in the Town of Fremont. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the area of County Route 46 in response to a report of a one car accident with personal injury. It’s alleged that 33-year-old Chad Bogardus drove the vehicle while intoxicated and lost control, causing the vehicle to roll over. A passenger in the vehicle was injured. Bogardus was additionally charged with failure to yield half the roadway and imprudent speed. Both Bogardus and the passenger were transported for medical treatment. Bogardus was released on traffic summons.
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of two people on warrants. On January 6th, 39-year-old Vincent Beam of Hornell was taken in on a warrant issued by the Steuben County Family Court for alleged failure to pay child support. Beam was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. On January 13th, 30-year-old Kevin Hyde of Seminole, Florida was arrested on a warrant issued for alleged violation of probation. Hyde was arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.
Gov. Shutdown Prompts Early Issuing of Feb. SNAP Benefits:
Most recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will receive their full February benefits early, the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has announced. That’s due to the ongoing federal government shutdown. Current SNAP recipients could receive next month’s benefits as early as January 17th. It’s important for recipients to note that is not an “extra” or “bonus” benefit, and no second benefit will be issued for the month of February, so recipients should budget accordingly. For those who do not receive their February benefits early, they will be received on February 1st.
AP Reports Sen. Gillibrand Likely to Announce 2020 Bid This Week:
The Associated Press reports that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is likely to announce a 2020 presidential campaign this week. That comes from several sources reportedly familiar with her plans. Representatives for the senator didn’t comment Monday. Gillibrand will be a guest tonight on CBS’ “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and she’s expected to travel to leadoff caucus state, Iowa, this weekend.
NYS Senate Passes Early Voting Bill:
New York State is one step closer to early voting. The state Senate and Assembly have both passed a bill that would allow voters to cast a ballot up to 10 days before an election. Many states already allow early voting, but the proposal has long been stalled in New York. The bill now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. As a supporter of the idea, Cuomo is expected to approve it.
Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Central School District will hold its regular meeting of the Board of Education Wednesday. It will be at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Narcotics Arrest in Bath:
Two men were arrested following a search by the Village of Bath Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and State Police of a residence on East William Street. 22-year-old Brian Roman-Wagner of Rochester and 66-year-old John Oneill of Bath were both charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and were sent to the Steuben County Jail. Authorities report that they seized over 50 packaged bags of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia, and money used in the sales of narcotics during their search.
Wayland Man Charged with Rape of Minor:
A Steuben County man has been arrested on sex abuse charges. According to State Police, 30-year-old Austin Pratt of Wayland had sex with a minor under the age of 17 while in the Village of Geneseo in Livingston County. He was arraigned on Sunday on charges of 3rd degree rape and 3rd degree criminal sex act, and is currently in the Livingston County Jail on $10,000 bail. Pratt was a fitness trainer with the Geneseo School District and also worked at FF Thompson Hospital. Anyone with information regarding Pratt is encouraged to contact the state police at (585) 398-4100.
Gov. Cuomo Announces Proposals to Raise Age for Tobacco/E-Cigs, Expanding
Bottle Deposit Refunds:
Ahead of his annual State of the State Address, which is set for tomorrow, Governor
Andrew Cuomo has announced a few more proposals that will be included in his 2019 executive budget. Two would expand bottle-deposit refunds and ban plastic bags. The “Bottle Bill,” which charges consumers five cents per disposable plastic bottle, would expand to include new types of bottles: sport and energy drinks, and bottled tea and coffee. If the Plastic Bag Ban proposal is approved, stores may no longer be able to provide customers bags. Bag bans already exist in some parts of New York, such as Suffolk County, where stores charge customers five cents per plastic or paper bag. Another proposal would raise the sales age for tobacco and e-cigarettes from eighteen to twenty-one. Sales of tobacco and electronic cigarette products would also be banned in pharmacies. If approved, New York would join six other states where you must be 21 to smoke or buy tobacco products (California, Oregon, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey).
Section V Football Switching to Federated Schedule:
Sunday WVIN and WABH’s own Joel Oriend sat down the new Haverling Head Football Coach Matt Ford and during their interview, Coach Ford announced that Section V Football – of which Haverling is a part – has voted to switch to a federated schedule for the upcoming season. This means leagues like Livingston County, Finger Lakes Genesee Region, and Monroe County leagues won’t exist anymore and schools will only play other schools in the same classification. That could mean a big a shake up in some long time rivalries. Haverling is currently a C school, while competitors Livonia and Hornell are both B schools. Under the new schedule, if they remain classified as they are, they would not play against each other in 2019. If you’d like to hear what Coach Ford thinks about this change, you can listen to the entire interview with him on our websites: https://1380wabh.com/podcasts/sports and http://wvinbath.com/podcasts/sports- by clicking the podcast tab and then sports.
Women’s March in Elmira Jan. 20th:
A March for Women has been set for this Sunday, January 20th in Elmira. According to the event’s Facebook page, organizers hope to bring people from the Twin Tiers together while bringing action for change in women’s lives. There will also be guest speakers. The march starts at 1 p.m. at Wisner Park and will go to Elmira College.
Elmira Enforcers Members Not to Be Charged in December Incident
No charges will be filed against members of the Elmira Enforcers for an incident in Horseheads last year according to the Chemung County District Attorney. Last night, a report was released, saying a member of the Elmira Enforcers team acted in self defense after being threatened by an intoxicated man last month on December 17th. Robbie Nichols, owner of the Enforcers says they are sorry the incident happened and do not condone violence, adding: "Our team is supposed to be doing good every day. If there's anywhere we can help out and be involved, that is what we are about."
Rochester Woman Plead Guilty to Selling Drugs in Greenwood OD
A Rochester woman plead guilty yesterday to Criminally Negligent Homicide for her involvement in an overdose death of a Greenwood man in August of 2017. On August 21, 2017 the body of Dana Crittendon was discovered at his home and it was found he died from an overdose of fentanyl-laced heroin. Further investigation found Rochester woman Nancy Alvarez identified as the dealer of the tainted heroin. During her plea yesterday, Alvarez admitted to Hon. Patrick McAllister that she sold the drugs to Crittendon that caused his death. Alvarez was remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail and will face the maximum sentence of up to 4 years in state prison when she is sentenced next month on February 7th.
Bath Village Board Sets Public Hearing on Municipal Utilities Plan
The Bath village board has scheduled a public hearing for later this month. Trustee’s will accept comments on a plan to authorize the Director of Municipal Utilities to utilize funds from the Sewer repair Account to capitalize labor for repairs to the village Wastewater Treament Plant. That hearing will be held January 22 at the Village Hall.
Hearing Set on 1/17 for Prattsburgh’s Large Gathering Proposal
The town of Prattsburgh is considering implementing a new local law, but first it needs to hear from residents. The proposed legislation will adopt regulations for large gatherings of more than 300 people. The hearing will be held January 17th at 7:05 p.m. at the Town Hall.
NYS Legislative Session Begins with Election and Voter Reform
New York State Senate and Assembly members will begin this year’s new legislation session with the approval of bills that promote early voting and easier voter registration as part of a package of election and voting reform bills to update the state’s voting laws. One of the laws would allow advance voting where voters can cast a ballot at their polling place up to ten days before the election day. Another piece of legislation would consolidate state and federal primary elections, replacing the multiple primaries into a single election in June while another bill proposes 16 and 17 year olds to be pre-registered as they sign up for their driver’s permit to be automatically registered when they turn 18. New York State was in the top 10 worst states for turnout in the 2016 and 2018 elections and the new voting reform package seeks to end this decade-long pattern of low voter turnout.
Episcopal Church Approves Same Sex Marriage Practices
Yesterday same-sex marriages in an upstate New York diocese were approved by the The Episcopal Church after a bishop denied practicing same-sex marriages in the Albany-area Episcopal Diocese. The Reverend William Love could face disciplinary action for coming in the way of same-sex marriages, which he directively barred two months back in November. That month, Love wrote an eight-page letter claiming: “The Episcopal Church and Western Society have been hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda,’ which is very well organized, very strategic, very well financed, and very powerful.” According to activists, Love is the only bishop in the U.S. refusing to comply entirely with the updated resolution made to the church back in December that gave bishops that object theologically with the practice of same-sex marriage the option to have another bishop perform and oversee the marriage services.
Bath Native Nominated for U.S. Air Force Academy:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced her nomination for the U.S. Air Force Academy and its Bath native, Cameron Roote. Roote and the other nominees were chosen from a large group of qualified applicants by a selection committee formed by Gillibrand. They were chosen based on criteria including academic record, leadership potential, and overall achievement. Final acceptance will be determined solely by the academies.
West Elmira Fire Depart. Loses Members After Firing of Captain:
The West Elmira Volunteer Fire Department lost around 12 members Thursday night, WETM reports, after the firing of the department’s captain. Sources told media that the firefighters resigned after Captain William Michalko was let go after calling in sick to attend the funeral of 29-year-old David Miller of the Wellsburg Fire Department last week. Chief Jon Vonhagen told WETM all he could say on the matter at this time is that it’s an “internal disciplinary issue.” He did add, however, in response to concerns from the public about the potential lack of protection that the town would be covered by a mutual agreement with other stations in the area.
Gov. Cuomo to Give State-of-State, Budget Address Tues.:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he will deliver his annual State of the State Address, as well as unveil his budget proposal on Tuesday. Expected are details on proposals to legalize marijuana, codifying abortion rights, and congestion tolls on Manhattan.
Sen. Gillibrand Reportedly Looking at Troy Campaign Base:
According to several sources, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is considering Troy, New York, as the base for a 2020 presidential campaign. While that is a strong signal that Gillibrand will soon enter the fray as a democratic contender, the sources cautioned that a final decision hasn’t yet been made, and Gillibrand’s representatives didn’t respond when asked about the possible headquarters on Thursday. The 2020 field is expected to be a historically large one for democrats. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has already formed an exploratory committee and has begun trips across early primary states. California Senator Kamala Harris, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, and former mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg are all also said to be considering runs.
Former Savona Mayor Arraigned on Felony Charges:
The former Mayor of Savona accused of stealing from the village was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges. According to the New York State Comptroller’s Office, Gregge Harrian is facing five counts of offering a false instrument and five counts of falsifying business records. The Comptroller’s Office also says that a second, unnamed, defendant was also indicted for allegedly helping Harrian. Harrian also allegedly approved more than $20,000 to pay for unsubstantiated claims of work for his wife. She was also the village clerk and treasurer and, according to officials, her position was also in violation of village policy.
Domestic Violence Arrest:
A Bath man has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into an alleged domestic incident at a home Bath. It’s alleged that 38-year-old William Margeson Jr. prevented a member of his family or household from calling for emergency assistance, prevented them from leaving the residence, and damaged property of another while a child was present. Margeson was charged with unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief, preventing an emergency call, endangering the welfare of a child, and harassment.
Reed Not Giving Up Paycheck During Shutdown:
During an interview with CNN Wednesday Congressman Tom Reed was asked whether he, like some other members of congress, would give up his paycheck in solidarity with federal employees during the government shutdown. His response was that he would not, as he explained, historically members have donated to charity during shutdown situations. Speaking on the shutdown itself, Reed said now is the time to solve border security, which he believes will be solved in a compromise position and then the shutdown can be taken care of. If you’d like to read the full interview, the transcript is available at http://www.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1901/09/crn.01.html.
WGI to Host Woodstock 50th Anniversary:
The Woodstock Music and Art Fair, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to Bethel, New York, in 1969, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and it will celebrate at Watkins Glen International. The track will host the event August 16th through the 18th. Some 100,000 people are anticipated to attend and its expected to bring a large economic boost. Director of Communications at WGI Chris Banker said, judging by previous concerts, they’re expecting $35 million to $50 million. No official lineup has been released yet, though Rolling Stone reports 40 guests have been booked. Tickets should be available for sale by February.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permit Safety Courses:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will conduct Pistol Permit Safety Courses at the Public Safety Building in Bath where instructors will provide information on pistol type and nomenclature, pistol safety, safe pistol handling, storage, use, and New York State law. All students will be required to successfully complete a written and practical exam at the conclusion of the course. The class is free of charge, though the cost to apply for a pistol permit, which will be available to students the day of each class, is $10. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates: February 16th, March 16th, June 8th, September 21st, and October 19th. Reservations are required. Contact (607) 622-3930 to register.
CCE Holds Robotics Classes:
There’s still time for youth aged 8 to 18 interested in learning how to build and program a robot to enroll in the Steuben County 4-H Robotics Program. The program uses a Lego Mindstorms EV3, teamwork and problem-solving skills to solve various tasks while having fun. It also builds life skills such as goal setting, problem solving, decision making, self-esteem, communication, cooperation, and social skills. Classes will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. January 21st, February 4th and 18th, March 4th and 18th, April 1st and 15th at the Howard Community Building in Howard. Youth who are not currently Steuben County 4-H members may join the robotics program as an independent 4-H member by paying the $10 enrollment fee. Members also must fill out enrollment, code of conduct, permission/medical release, and acknowledgment of risk forms at http://putknowledgetowork.org/4-h-youth/4-h-program-areas.
ARC of Steuben Seeking Sneaker Donations:
If you own a pair of gently used sneakers you wouldn’t mind parting with there’s a good cause that will happily accept them. The Arc of Steuben is currently collecting sneakers in support of local schools. The schools reached out to the Arc saying that multiple children have shown up to school with tattered sneakers, or that they don’t have any sneakers at all. The Arc has a goal of 200 pairs by January 25th. Sneakers can be dropped at the Arc office in Bath at 1 Arc Way, or at the field office in Hornell on Seneca Street. If you need the shoes to be picked up, you can call 776-4146.
Cohocton Man Facing Drug Charges:
A Cohocton man is facing drug charges following an investigation by state police and the Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. During a traffic stop in the Town of Cohocton, troopers say they seized approximately 5.3 ounces of suspected crystal methamphetamine, approximately 25 grams of marijuana, $684 in U.S. currency, and drug paraphernalia. 30-year-old Kenneth Turner Jr. was subsequently charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Charges Against Corning Dog Warden Dismissed:
A Corning City judge has dismissed all misdemeanor charges, including the Hate Crime, against Christie Speciale. Speciale is the owner of Tanner’s P.A.W.S. in Corning and is a city dog warden. She was charged in September after she confronted an Amish man in the city’s Gaffer District who was selling puppies. She claimed the puppies were from a puppy mill and were subjected to inhumane treatment. Speciale does still face a disorderly conduct violation. Her attorney says Speciale will take the violation to trial. Speciale has also filed a civil rights suit against Corning City Police, the City, Steuben County, and county District Attorney Brooks Baker.
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of three people on drug charges in two separate incidents. On January 1st, 21-year-old Callie Webster and 45-year-old Patricia Scutt of Campbell were arrested. It’s alleged that Webster was operating a vehicle in Corning with a suspended license and was in possession of a controlled substance. It’s alleged that Scutt was also in possession of a controlled substance and had an outstanding warrant issued by Yates County for failure to appear in court. Webster was issued an appearance ticket. Scutt was issued an appearance ticket and was turned over to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office. On January 5th, deputies arrested 21-year-old Tyler Leasure of Bath for alleged possession of crack cocaine, marihuana, and Gabapentin. Leasure was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana. He was issued an appearance ticket.
Convicted Former State Senate Leader Starts Prison Term:
The four-year, three-month prison term for convicted former New York State Senate Leader Dean Skelos got underway on Tuesday. The 70-year-old reported to the federal prison at Otisville, NY. His son, Adam, reported to the federal prison in Danbury, Connecticut, to begin his four-year sentence. Both were convicted in July on charges of extortion, wire fraud, and bribery.
Steuben Launches Safe Harbour Campaign:
Steuben County has launched a new campaign to increase awareness of human trafficking and exploitation. The “Safe Harbour” campaign comes in recognition of January as National Trafficking Awareness Month, under the county Department of Social Services with oversight by Coordinator Lisa Baker. Baker said one of the first steps in addressing the problem is to make sure that county residents are aware that trafficking does happen here, and educating the community on what to look for and what resources are available. Human trafficking occurs when anyone is forced to perform sex acts or provide labor to earn money, food, a place to stay, or other things of value, including drugs. Local experts warn Steuben’s homeless or mistreated youth are especially vulnerable.
Full Circle a Success in Steuben:
An innovative program started by Steuben County aging services agencies, designed to help seniors remain in their homes, has had solid success since it was launched in 2016. County Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody recently told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee that the ground-breaking Full Circle America (FCA) now serves nine seniors in eight households. A total of 18 seniors have been served during the past three years, she said. The FCA combines basic computer technology with medical and volunteer services to help seniors stay at home with lower costs and greater relief for their loved ones.
Delays and Closing:
The slippery conditions this morning have led some schools to have delays, including: Addison, All Saints Academy, Avoca, Bradford, BOCES – Bush, Coopers Plains, and Wildwood Campus, BOCES Stem Academy, Campbell-Savona, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning Christian Academy and Little Lambs, Corning-Painted Post, Elmira City and Elmira Heights, Finn Academy, Hammondsport, Haverling, Hope Christian Academy Painted Post, Hornell, Horseheads, Jasper-Troupsburg, Odessa-Montour, Prattsburgh, Twin Tiers Christian Academy, and Watkins Glen are all on 2 hour delay. Dundee is closed today. The Arc of Steuben transportation is on a 2 hour delay, but staff is still to report on time. Bath Private Nursery is closed today.
SNAP Benefits Could be Affected by Gov. Shutdown:
As the government shutdown enters its third week, its effect is beginning to trickle down locally and it could start affecting those who rely on SNAP benefits. The federal food stamp program costs $4.8 billion to operate, and if the shutdown stretches into February there will only be $3 billion in emergency funds. Local food pantries are expected to help residents stay on their feet, but will likely feel the impact. There are 42 million people across the United States that rely on food stamps, with 4.7 million of those in New York and Pennsylvania.
White House Directs IRS to Process Tax Refunds:
The White House was expected Monday to issue a directive allowing the IRS to process tax refunds during a prolonged government shutdown. During a shutdown, the IRS only retains a portion of its workforce and it was previously reported that, while it would process returns and accept payments during an extended shutdown, it would not process refunds. The White House now says those refunds will be issued. That said, the IRS has not announced the date to start filing returns for 2018 tax year.
Corning/Riverside Plan Pedestrian Improvement Project:
The City of Corning and Riverside are working together to plan a project they say will improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow. The two have applied for a $487,000 state Transportation Enhancement Program grant for the area near the intersection of West Pulteney and West William streets and the entrance between the city and Riverside. According to the Corning Leader, upgrades would include the installation of sidewalks – on of each side of Fazzary’s Wine and Liquor Store parking lot and connecting the city to Tops Plaza in Riverside. Crosswalks would also be installed near Cutler and Townsend avenues. City Manager Mark Ryckman said if the grant is approved, work will likely be completed in mid-2019.
NY State of Health Announces Qualified Health Plan Enrollment Tops 2018 Level:
NY State of Health, New York’s official healthplan marketplace, has announced that as of January 1st more than 254,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP). With less than on month to go in the 2019 Open Enrollment Period, the number of QHP enrollees has already exceeded QHP enrollment at the end of the 2018 Open Enrollment Period. Enrollment continues through January 31st. After that, individuals can enroll in a QHP only if they have a life event such as loss of coverage, marriage, or birth of a child. Enrollment in Medicaid, Child Health Plus, and the Essential Plan continues throughout the year.
Haverling Hires New Head Football Coach:
Haverling Central School has found its new head football coach. Matt Ford will step into the position left open when former coach Wayne Carroll left during the 2018 season. Matt has been a part of the Haverling football program for 8 years, serving as the JV Head Coach and as one Carroll’s top assistants in the past. He is also a middle school guidance counselor at Haverling. Interim head coach Mark Rectenwald will be the defensive coordinator. Carroll took a leave of absence in the middle of the 2018 season and resigned at the end of the year, citing health issues. Carroll coached at Haverling for 27 years, starting in 1992. WVIN/WABH Operations Manager Joel Oriend will have an in-depth, one-on-one interview with new head coach Matt Ford this Sunday morning on WABH during Best of Community Focus beginning at 9 a.m. The interview will also be available after its initial airing online in the podcast galleries at wvinbath.com and 1380wabh.com.
Weekend Fire in Bath:
No injuries are reported in a fire in the Village of Bath over the weekend. The fire started in a downstairs apartment at 51 West Steuben Street around 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The Bath Volunteer Fire Department reports that before the arrival of fire units, a Bath Village Police officer entered the apartment and knocked down the majority of the fire with an extinguisher. Officials say the fire was caused by cooking oil boiling over on the stove.
One Airlifted Following Bath Accident:
One person was injured in a motor vehicle accident Saturday evening in the Town of Bath. According to the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, emergency responders were dispatched to County Route 10 shortly after 7 p.m. for a vehicle that had hit a guide cable to a power pole and continued over an embankment. A Lifenet helicopter was requested. The patient’s condition is unknown at this time. The fire department reports all units were back in service by 8:40 p.m.
Winter Weather Advisory:
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory that takes effect at 7 p.m. this evening and lasts until 7 a.m. tomorrow for Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, Southern Cayuga, Tompkins, Madison, Cortland, Onondaga, and Yates counties. Mixed precipitation is expected with ice accumulations of a light glaze and snow accumulations of less than one inch. Slippery road conditions should be expected with wind gusts bringing the possibility of downed tree branches leading to power outages.
New Smoke Detector Law:
A new law going into effect in New York State this year will require homes to upgrade their smoke detectors. The law begins on April 1st and states that smoke detectors must either be a 10-year, sealed, non-removable battery or a hardwired detector. The law also stipulates that businesses must sell these specific smoke detectors.
Finger Lakes Red Cross to Hold Open House:
The Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross will hold an open house this month on January 22nd. Attendees will be able to visit their new building, learn about what the Red Cross does, and hear about community volunteer opportunities. It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at 11371 LPGA Drive in Corning.
No Foul Play Found in Rosno Death
The investigation into the death of newly-appointed Chemung County Attorney Matthew Rosno came to its conclusion with no evidence of foul play. Chemung County Sheriff William A. Schrom says Rosno died of hypothermia due to exposure to the elements of rain and snow without a jacket, gloves or hat on. No substances other than alcohol were discovered in the toxicology report. Chemung County Sheriff Schrom says the investigation into the Attorney’s December 22nd death is now closed.
Senator Schumer Says Shutdown Gone on For Too Long
United States Senator from New York Chuck Schumer spoke out about the government shutdown, urging more of the government offices to be re-opened and expressing his concern about the shutdown lasting longer than necessary. Schumer says he is pleading with the president to resume normal government operations.
Congressman Tom Reed Speaks on Shutdown in Second Week
The partial government shutdown marked its second week yesterday and Congressman of New York’s 23rd District Tom Reed thinks the solution to ending it is combining an increase in border security funding and passing expanded immigration legislation. Congressman Reed voted in favor of the House Democratic rules reforms this week, helping pass the bill with 234 to 197 votes. Though fellow Problem Solvers Caucus member Republicans John Katko of New York’s 24th District and Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania’s First District joined Reed in his vote, the Congressman said in an MSNBC Live Interview he was threatened by political “consequences” for his vote. Separate legislation was passed by House Democrats this week to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a month to give Congress more time for funding border security.
NYS Senator O’Mara Nominated to Serve on Judiciary Committee
State Senator Tom O’Mara has been appointed to serve as the ranking Senate Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee for the 2019 legislative session, which begins next week. The Judiciary Committee is one of the Legislature’s most powerful committees responsible for overseeing the Senate confirmation process for judges nominated by the executive to serve across New York’s broad court system.
Dead Cats Found in Corning Suspected to be Poisoned
Several cats were found dead this week and a local animal rescue organization believes they were poisoned. Volunteers with Pawz and Purz Animal Rescue said the discovery was made Wednesday in South Corning. In a Facebook post, the organization said three cats were found dead while a fourth was ill. The group says it has already received several offers to adopt the cat that was rescued.
Missing Penn Yann Teenager Found
A Penn Yan teenager reported missing earlier this week has been found. Rochester police said they located 15-year-old Antonia Mendez. The girl, who was on supervision, cut her ankle monitor and took off. She was later placed in a juvenile facility.
Missing Penn Yan Teen Located:
The Rochester Police Department has located the 15-year-old girl reported missing earlier this week. Antonia Mendez was under the supervision of the NYS Office of Children and Family Resources and was wearing an ankle monitor before disappearing. She allegedly cut off the monitor and a warrant was issued for her. After being taken into custody, Mendez was transported to a juvenile facility in Rush.
Government Shutdown Could Affect Tax Returns:
The government shutdown could have a big impact on the upcoming tax filing season if it continues. During a shutdown, the IRS only retains roughly 12.5 percent of its workforce and while it will continue to process returns and it will accept payments, it will not process refunds. They also won’t respond to questions from taxpayers, despite the massive changes made to the tax system for the 2018 tax year. Extensions can still be filed, but if you owe money, that money will still be due by April 15th shutdown or not.
Local Animal Rescue Believes Cats Being Poisoned, Seeks Help:
Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue reached out to the public for help after the group found several cats believed to have been poisoned. In a Facebook post, the organization found three cats dead and one ill Wednesday after it had worked for several months to neuter and treat a feral cat colony in South Corning. The post asked area residents to help save the surviving animals by taking them into a home. In a later, updated post, the rescue said it had received several offers of help and is working to get the cats taken to their new homes. They thanked everyone for their help.
2020 Presidental Speculation Begins:
While 2019 is just getting underway, talk has already begun of the 2020 presidential election with several Democrats coming forward with announcements or consideration to run. On Monday, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren got things underway by announcing a presidential run, but two New Yorkers are also reportedly considering it. Former Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg said Sunday he will make a decision about possibly running later this month or early February. Bloomberg changed his party registration in October. Also, while she said she wasn’t considering it as recently as October, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said in November that she was “definitely thinking about it”, and that she planned to discuss the possibility with her family over the holiday.
Measles Case in Rochester:
The Monroe County Health Department has reported a case of measles in Rochester. The case involves an unvaccinated toddler. Health officials say they believe there is limited risk to the public at this time.
Number of Deer Hunted Increases in 2018:
For the third straight year, the number of deer taken during the annual season increased in 2018. According to the DEC, hunters reported taking 11 percent more deer in the Southern Zone and 14 percent more in the Northern Zone. Preliminary figures say approximately 109,000 deer were taken statewide, compared to just under 98,000 in 2017 and 86,000 in 2016. Meanwhile, the number of bear killed decreased slightly.
Grand Opening for Bath VA’s Community Living Neighborhood Project:
On Monday, the Bath V.A. will unveil their new Community Living Neighborhood (CLN) renovation project with a grand opening from noon to 3 p.m. The new CLN provides residents with a single bedroom with a personal bathroom. It’s furnished with a desk, dresser, and a TV. There are large windows and each room has an integrated lift system to help move the resident from the bed to the bathroom. The V.A. has two CLNs, one in Bath and one in Canandaigua. If you are a veteran or a family member of a veteran and are interested in learning more, contact (607) 664-4517.
Police Seeking Penn Yan Teen:
The public is being asked to help the Penn Yan Police Department locate a missing teenager. 15-year-old Antonia R.J. Mendez is believed to be in the Rochester area. The case is being treated as a juvenile runaway/warrant suspect as Mendez is under the supervision of the NYS Office of Children and Family Resources and was wearing an ankle monitor that was cut off. She also reportedly told family members through social media that she doesn’t want to return home. A warrant has been issued by NYS OCFS. Mendez is a white female, 5’3”, 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing jeans, unknown color shirt, and she had a backpack. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Penn Yan Police Department at (315) 536-4426.
Reed to Make Historic Bi-Partisan Vote:
Congressman Tom Reed is expected to make a historic vote today. He has promised to vote yes on a rules package drafted by the opposing party’s leadership. This will be the first such bi-partisan support since 2001. The Republican said the Democrats inclusion of reforms introduced by the Problem Solvers Caucus, which he co-chairs, is a major part of why he’ll vote yes, despite there being other included items he disagrees with. He said, “This vote isn’t about partisan politics. It’s about doing what is right for the American people.” The package’s main focus is reportedly to make it easier for rank-and-file members to bring legislation up for a vote.
New Legislation Seeks to Help Firefighters:
A bill first passed in 2017 to help firefighters has now officially gone into effect. Interior firefighters who had five years of service by January 1st have the opportunity to get help with cancer treatments. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, interior firefighters are more susceptible to cancer due to toxic smoke from burning homes and buildings. After the service requirement, firefighters must have also undergone an initial physical, yearly physical, and a yearly fitness test.
Special Leaf Pickup in Hammondsport Friday:
There will be a one day only leaf pickup in the Village of Hammondsport tomorrow, Friday, January 4th. The Village DPW will pick up all leaves on the road side. The village asks that residents have leaves raked to the roadside by tonight.
Corning Man Still Missing:
Corning Police are still searching for a man reported missing in November. 59-year-old James Burdick was last seen on November 10th, reportedly walking from a home in the area of Ontario Street. He was believed to be walking to a home on Sunset Drive. Burdick is about 5’9”, 160 pounds, with gray hair and green eyes. He was last seen with a mustache and a scruffy beard and was wearing a green jacket and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the City of Corning Police Department at (607) 962-0340 EXT. 1500.
NYS Unemployment Hits Record Low, Elmira Still Loses Jobs:
The New York State Department of Labor has released updated unemployment numbers and while the news is good for the state as a whole, the same can’t be said of every region. Unemployment has hit a record low in New York at 3.9 percent, with every metropolitan area in the state experiencing non-farm job growth from November 2017 to November 2018 – with the exception of Binghamton and Elmira. Both of those regions experienced 300 job losses.
Some New State Laws Taking Effect This Month:
We continue to take a look at some of the new laws taking effect in New York State this month. Among others already reported, the Drug Take Back Act officially goes into effect on January 6th. It will require drug stores and mail-order pharmacies to give people the ability to return unused prescription drugs. On January 30th body scanners will be allowed to be used on inmates in prisons in an effort to check for hidden weapons. And after being signed into law last May, this month sees the closure of a loophole in state law that requires domestic abusers to turn in all firearms, not just handguns.
Cuomo Says “No” to Pothole Portal:
A proposed website that would allow New Yorkers to report and track potholes has been vetoed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The reason, says the Governor, is because it would cost to much and divert money from actually fixing roads. In his veto message, Cuomo said the estimated design and maintenance of the proposed website would cost between $500,000 and $1 million. Potholes on the state’s highway system can already be reported by calling a 24-hour hotline at 1-800-768-4653 (or 1-800-POT-HOLE).
High Winds Leave Locals Without Power
Power in the Finger Lakes has been taken down due to high winds. NYSEG and RG&E reported at 5:30am this morning that over a hundred customers were without power in Steuben County. Warnings for High Winds were in effect until 10am this morning.
Steuben Holding Two Legislative Committee Meetings Tomorrow
Steuben County legislators open 2019 with two committee meetings tomorrow. The Human Services, Health and Education committee gavels into session at 9 a.m. while the Agriculture, Industry and Planning committee meets afterward at 9:30 a.m. Both sessions are held at the county office building’s legislative committee conference room.
County Sheriff’s Office Reports DUI Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports arrests for impaired driving charges following traffic stops in the Town of Hornellsville. Rochester man Geoffrey V. Martin was stopped at Cleveland Avenue and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a .08% Blood Alcohol Content, Failure to Use Designated Lane and Refusal to Submit to Pre-Breath Screening Test. Following a traffic stop on State Route 36 Drew A. Brady of Hornell was charged with Driving While Ability is Impaired by Drugs, failing to keep right, improper right turn and unlawful possession of marihuana. After being released on traffic summons, both men will appear in Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.
Governor Cuomo Sworn In for Third Term
Andrew Cuomo was sworn in for his third term as New York's 56th governor in a private ceremony midnight last night. He and Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul were sworn in for another term early this morning. The Democratic Governor will deliver his inaugural address this evening on the New York side of Ellis Island, a historical hub for immigration he calls an “enduring symbol” of American opportunity and hope. Governor Cuomo’s top goals for the state in 2019 include recreational marijuana legalization, codifying rights to abortion and improving New York City subways.
Cuomo Announces CARP Funding
Yesterday Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced over $13.5 million in grants awarded to 29 district attorneys' offices across the state to continue enhancing New York State’s investigation of state tax evasion and welfare fraud cases. Steuben County will receive $40,000 in grants to fund personnel including investigators, forensic accountants and assistant district attorneys building cases for the prosecution from CARP investigations. In CARP cases, personnel investigate failure to pay any type of taxes, such as excise, sales, and income, by individuals, corporations or industries. Crimes Against Revenue Program provided the grants through proceeds from investigations and prosecutions yielding tax revenues, fines and restitution paid to the state of New York.