3 Arrested in Alleged Meth Lab Bust:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of three people following the discovery of an alleged meth lab in Painted Post. Deputies were dispatched to a residence on East High Street to check the welfare of an occupant and during their investigation discovered the alleged lab. 20-year-old Angel Jackson of Painted Post, 35-year-old Matthew Scotchmer and 21-year-old Erick Hoyt, both of Dundee, were allegedly in possession of over two ounces of methamphetamine. They were all charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the second and were sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Fire in Corning Monday:
Firefighters were called to East Market Street in Corning Monday around 1 p.m. Corning Fire Chief Brad Davies told The Corning Leader that firefighters put out a small fire between the first and second floors of a third-story building. He said damage was minimal and there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WGI Woodstock Event Cancelled, Co-Founder Vows to Keep Trying:
After much tribulation, the Woodstock 50 festival set for Watkins Glen International this summer was officially cancelled Monday. In a statement, Dentsu Aegis Network, the financier of the festival, said that despite its “tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment,” they don’t believe the festival could be executed “as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.” Dentsu reportedly made the decision to pull out of the event without consultation with Woodstock 50 organizers and Schuyler County Manager Tim O’Hearn told reporters that the news was a shock to county officials. Late Monday night, one of the co-founders of the event, Michael Lang took to his Facebook page and said that he’s still committed to the event. He said, despite the withdrawal of their financial partner, they will, “be continuing with the planning of the festival and intend to bring on new partners.” He went on to acknowledge the state and Schuyler County for all their hard work and support.
Gov. Cuomo Signs Offshore Drilling Ban Law:
Drilling for oil and gas off the New York coast is now officially banned. Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the ban into law Monday. The ban – which specifically bars state permits for drilling or oil or gas exploration in offshore areas controlled by the state - was passed earlier this year by the state Legislature, following the Trump administration’s proposal to open up more coastal areas to drilling.
Pair from Arkport Facing Drug Charges in Ontario County:
The Ontario County Sheriff’s Department reports that two people from Arkport have been arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Farmington. 22-year-old Corrine Tierney and 28-year-old James Chapman were allegedly found in possession of 60 bags of fentanyl. Both were sent to the Ontario County Jail on $5,000 bail each.
Canisteo Man Allegedly Broke Into Home, Stole Beer:
A Canisteo man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into a neighbor’s home and stole beer. 25-year-old John Kinne is currently charged with burglary, with more charges pending. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Bail Set for 3 Suspects in Muslim Community Terror Plot:
Three of the four people arrested for allegedly plotting to attack a Southern Tier Muslim community have now had their bails set. 20-year-old Brian Colaneri of Gates, 18-year-old Andrew Crysel of East Rochester, 19-year-old Vincent Vetromile of Greece, and 16-year-old Nicholas Pheilshifter were arrested in January on charges of terrorism, weapons possession, and conspiracy for allegedly planning to bomb Islamberg, near Binghamton. Colaneri, Crysel, and Vetromile have now had bail set at $250,000 each.
Road Work on S.R. 54 Starting Today:
Weather permitting, work will begin today on a shoulder reconstruction project on State Route 54, approximately 2 miles north of the intersection with County Route 87 in the Town of Wayne. Work is expected to be completed by the end of May. Traffic will be maintained with one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals. Drivers should expect delays.
Arnot Mall Restaurant Hit with Health Violations:
A restaurant at the Arnot Mall has been hit with several health violations following a recent inspection. According to the Food Service Establishment Inspection Summary Report, five public health hazards and seven violations were found on April 16th at Hometown Teams BBQ. The report also states that the violations were corrected. Hometown Teams is owned by Andrew Sample. Sample is currently facing unrelated charges of grand larceny for allegedly not paying the employees of his former restaurant Sample This BBQ, which has since closed.
Hydrant Flushing in Hammondsport:
The Village of Hammondsport will perform hydrant flushing today, April 29th, and tomorrow, April 30th.
Prescription Drug Take Back Today
State Senator Tom O’Mara reminds area residents today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Law enforcement agencies across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will operate drop-off centers to allow for the safe and responsible disposal of unused prescription drugs. Steuben County Residents can drop off their prescriptions at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Ramsey Street Extension from 10-2.
Steuben County Bridge Work Scheduled for Spring & Summer
Preliminary work on eight Steuben County bridges is scheduled for the upcoming summer months with an estimated cost of about $1.8 million to repair the aging bridges. One of the projects includes a bridge on Spaulding Road over 10 Mile Creek in the Town of Wheeler and Nicholson Road over Campbell Creek in the Town of Howard and should be completed by June. Construction for Lyons Hollow Road Bridge in Prattsburgh will begin on May 27th. On July 8th Construction for the Curtis Creek Tributary Bridge in the Town of Campbell will begin. On July 22nd projects begin for County Road 119 over Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron, Clymo Road over Neils Creek in the Town of Avoca and the Taggart Road over Keuka Inlet bridge in the Town of Urbana.
Reed Announces Federal HUD Grant
Congressman Tom Reed announced the securing of a federal grant on Friday worth $904,000 that would provide the Elmira Housing Authority with funding to “develop, repair and improve” affordable housing in the area. The grant is from the Department on Housing and Urban Development Public Housing Capital Fund. The fund supports projects that “promote the empowerment and self-sufficiency of public housing residents” as well as “develop, finance and modernize public housing projects”.
Wegmans Holding Plastic Bag Trade-In Today
Wegmans announced that today they will accept plastic shopping bags to trade in between 11am and 3pm in exchange for a free reusable bag. The effort is to help customers make the switch from plastic bags following the plastic bag ban that was passed recently in New York State and will begin in March of next year.
Mishooks Take the Plunge for Youth
Mike and Tuesday Mishook took the plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Salubria in Bath yesterday for the annual Tyrtle Beach jump. The pair is the first married couple to jump into the water for the fund raiser for Central Steuben County youth programs and they raised over $34,000 so far as of yesterday’s numbers. WVIN will update everyone on the final, official number of funds raised once more pledges and monies come in.
Corning Man Accused of Starting Fire in Bath:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man after investigation into a fire in Bath. 30-year-old Michael Shepard is accused of intentionally starting a fire in close proximity to a vacant structure on Faucett Road, causing the structure to ignite. As a result, the structure was a total loss. Shepard was charged with reckless endangerment and was released on an appearance ticket.
Trooper Clark to be Added to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial:
Among the 370 fallen law enforcement officers to be honored at the upcoming 31st annual Candlelight Vigil on the National Mall on Monday, May 13th will be Trooper Nicholas Clark. Clark’s name will also be engraved on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Trooper Clark was shot and killed in the line of duty on July 2nd, 2018 while responding to a domestic dispute. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial bears the names of over 21,000 officers representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, federal law enforcement, and military police agencies.
Steuben Weights & Measures Warns Residents About “Skimming”:
As the summer travel season nears, Steuben County officials are on guard against a high-tech scam to steal people’s financial information. While county Weights and Measures/Consumers Affairs Director Langdon Holmes says it isn’t a big problem yet, it can become one fast. The scam is known as “skimming,” and it happens when a thief places a device inside the credit card reader at gasoline stations, convenience stores, and ATMs at night. The fake device allows the transaction to go through, but it records all the cardholder’s personal information. To avoid risk, consumers should pay with cash, go inside to pay, or use a fleet fueling card such as Kwik Kill rewards or Mobil Speed Pass. Holmes and his staff check every gasoline station in the county once a year, and the county department also performs random spot checks throughout the year. If someone thinks there’s might a problem, they’re encouraged to call Weights and Measures immediately at (607) 664-2406.
Former Cuomo Aid Disbarred Following Conviction:
Following his conviction, former top-aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Joseph Percoco has now been disbarred. Percoco was convicted of bribery and fraud. He began a six-year federal prison sentence last month. It’s state law that any attorney convicted of a felony be disbarred, and the state Supreme Court Appellate Division has ordered his name stricken from the roll of attorneys.
Plastic Bag Trade-In Event at Wegmans:
Wegmans is looking to help New Yorkers get ready for the upcoming plastic bag ban. Tomorrow, April 27th, Wegmans will be offering a plastic bag trade in. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., if you bring a plastic bag filled with other plastic bags to your local Wegmans – you’ll get a coupon for a free Wegmans reusable shopping bag. The plastic bag ban will go into effect in 2020.
Unemployment Rate Falls in Steuben County:
In its lowest March unemployment rate since 2001, Steuben County’s jobless rate fell to 5.1 percent last month, according to the New York State Department of Labor. In a report released this week, Steuben is tied with two other counties for the 39th lowest unemployment rate among the state’s 62 counties. The top three counties were Nassau (3.3%), Tompkins (3.4%), and Dutchess (3.5%), while the bottom three were Jefferson (6.3%), Lewis (7.2%), and Hamilton (7.5%).
Woodstock 50 Ticket Price Announced:
While sales may have been delayed, those looking to purchase tickets for the upcoming Woodstock 50 event at Watkins Glen International may now know how much they’ll have to spend. According to a report by Bloomberg, festival organizer Michael Lang said tickets would cost around $450. That price tag would presumably be for all three days of the event as it was previously announced that day passes would not be sold. It is unknown at this time if the ticket price would include campground access or parking.
Finger Lakes Red Cross Offering Free Smoke Alarms:
As a part of the Red Cross’ annual “Sound the Alarm” initiative, the Finger Lakes chapter has announced that they’ll be providing free smoke alarms to area homes in need. From April 27th through May 13th, Red Cross volunteers and partners will visit homes to install 100,000 free smoke alarms across the six counties of the Finger Lakes Chapter.
Jack Lisi Award Banquet Set for May 3rd:
On May 3rd, 14 area students will be recognized at the annual Jack Lisi Youth Award Banquet. Celebrating its 28th year this year, the event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bath American Legion. The award celebrates students aged 16 to 21, living in Steuben County, or a currently registered student in either Addison, Alfred-Almond, Arkport, Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Canaseraga, Canisteo-Greenwood, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Jasper-Troupsburg, Prattsburgh, or Wayland-Cohocton school districts, who have shown interest and ambition toward academic or career and/or employment goals. The cost to attend is $25. To register or learn more, visit http://www.lisiyouthaward.org.
SERVSteuben Seeking Volunteers
Yesterday, the Steuben County Public Health Emergency Coordinator Matthew Marmor met with local residents to talk about the department’s “Emergency Preparedness Program". Marmor spoke about the ways SERVSteuben Medical Reserve Corps volunteers work closely through Public Health to serve their communities during an emergency. For more information on SERVSteuben Medical Reserve Corps, and to volunteer, call (607) 664-2438.
Bath VA Hosts Women’s Vet Wellness Day Today
The Bath VA Medical Center will be hosting a Wellness Day for female veterans today from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will have available mammogram screenings, healthy lifestyle activities and alternative and enhanced medical information. Other activities available include preparing healthy snacks, alternative and complementary therapies and more. Dr. Marta Canfield will be guest speaker and offer two lectures on essential oils and vitamin supplements. This event will be at the Bath VA Medical Center’s Leisure Room at Building 92. It is recommended women should call their primary care provider to be scheduled.
Two Arrested Following No-Knock Narcotics Search
The Bath Village Police Department and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrest of a Bath woman and Rochester man for drug charges following a no-knock narcotics search at 5 Robie Street on Monday. A large quantity of crack cocaine worth an estimated $1800 was recovered and 57-year-old Kerrie Orrender of 5 Robie Street and 40-year-old Rochester man Marvin Huff were both held for the centralized arraignment program and later remanded to Steuben County Jail. More charges are possible after grand jury review. The search warrant was made possible by the Steuben County District Attorney’s Drug Initiative’s investigation of the sales of crack cocaine at the residence over the past month.
Bath Woman Arrested for Falsifying Records
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of a Bath woman after she allegedly provided false information to the 211Helpline and as a result, received a housing benefit she was not eligible for in the amount of $119.98 from the Steuben County Department of Social Services. It is alleged that 27-year-old Amber Schoch provided this false information back in January. Schoch was charged with one count of Falsifying Business Records in the first degree and one count of Petit Larceny and arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.
Hornell Man Arrested Following Another Man’s Overdose
Hornell Police arrested 23-year-old Hornell man Dana Masterson yesterday after another male overdosed on heroin on April 19th. The overdose victim was treated and released then police investigated further, finding recovered evidence for them to believe Masterson sold the narcotic to the victim earlier that day. Masterson was charged with a count of possession of criminal controlled substance, criminal sale of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and violation of parole. Hornell Police Department Chief Ted Murray warns the community of an uptick in drugs laced with the deadly drug fentanyl and urges anyone with a narcotics addiction to seek help, reminding people: “Our local addiction medical facility has assured us that anyone coming to our department seeking immediate help will be placed into a program of recovery."
Hauryski Proclaims Today Administrative Professionals’ Day
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski declared today as Administrative Professionals Day throughout the county. Hauryski noted that the holiday is celebrated annually in offices around the world and sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Hauryski recognized that these professionals require advanced knowledge and expertise in a wide range of skills such as communications, technology, management and customer service. Hauryski noted “This day reflects the integral and central role office professionals play in modern organizations, and they are to be commended for their fine work.”
NYSUT Addresses Testing Issues at Rochester Conference
Yesterday, New York State United Teachers held a news conference to discuss state testing issues. According to NYSUT, state tests are flawed and invalid in scoring children and computer-based testing had problems like during the English Language Arts tests this year when the program crashed and caused the test to be delayed. The teacher’s union wants to do away with testing altogether and instead have local teachers create the assessments of their students. NYSUT also announced a campaign called “Correct the Tests” to be launched with the intent to raise awareness of the serious issues with math and E.L.A. tests.
Woodstock 50 Ticket Sales Delayed
Tickets for Woodstock 50 at Watkins Glen International have been pushed back for a later date to sell after they were supposed go on sale Monday.The festival, scheduled for this summer has also been scaled back with a smaller estimated attendance of around 75,000 people based on what existing infrastructure and safety parameters could support. Woodstock 50 is currently pending a permit approval by the New York State Department of Health.
Carlineo Appears in Court:
55-year-old Patrick Carlineo, of Rathbone, appeared in court Monday for his first hearing since he was arrested earlier this month for allegedly threatening to assault and murder a Minnesota Congresswoman. According to authorities, Carlineo telephoned the office of Senator IIhan Omar on March 21st and told a staff member that he would shoot the senator. The threat was referred to the United States Capitol Police, who began an investigation in coordination with the FBI. A search warrant was executed on Carlineo’s residence on April 3rd and authorities say six guns were confiscated along with over 1,300 rounds of ammo. Carlineo’s next court appearance will be on June 7th.
Street Closure in Bath for BEGWS Work:
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems will be completing the tie-in of its gas main on Gansevoort Street. For safety reasons, Gansevoort Street near East Washington Street will be closed starting today. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during this time. Work is scheduled to take place thru Thursday, weather depending. The utility apologizes for the inconvenience, but it appreciates your patience and understanding as it works to improve its gas infrastructure.
Youth in Government Meet Steuben Legislators:
Steuben County legislators met Monday with student interns participating in Steuben’s long-running Youth in Government program, which introduces high school juniors and seniors to county operations. The students attended the regular session of the Legislature, which was followed by a luncheon and an informal opportunity to interview legislators. The Youth in Government interns will participate in a simulated legislative session at 11:15 a.m. May 1st, to present non-binding resolutions on topics they feel concern Steuben residents.
Woodstock 50 Tickets Delayed:
Hopeful Woodstock 50 goers were disappointed Sunday when tickets to the much-hyped event failed to go on sale as expected. Ticket sales were delayed this weekend without an official reason. Though, unofficially, it may have to do with failure to submit a permit application early enough. A permit for the event was filed with the state Department of Health on April 15th, one week before the tickets were scheduled to go on sale. The DOH states that applications to promote or hold a mass gathering should be made at least 15 days before the first day of advertising and at least 45 days before the first day of gathering.
Steuben Public Health to Hold Meeting on Goals May 7th:
The Steuben County Public Health department invites the public to help pick community health goals at its “Health Priorities Setting” meeting at 9 a.m., May 7th at the Steuben County Annex. The public meeting will help Steuben Public Health and local hospitals set up priorities for the next three-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Priorities set in the current CHIP, approved in October 2016, included preventing chronic disease and promoting healthy women, infants, and children. Community members and organizations are asked to RSVP by May 3rd by calling (607) 664-2438.
The Hammondsport and Haverling Central School districts will both hold Board of Education meetings tomorrow, April 24th. Hammondsport’s will be held in the high school library starting at 6 p.m. Haverling’s will be at 6:30 p.m. in its high school library.
Hornell Area Concern for Youth Vol. Receives County Child Abuse Prevention Award:
An active volunteer through the Hornell Area Concern for Youth has received the Steuben County Child Abuse Prevention Award. Michael Morey, of Hornell, was selected for the award by Prevent Child Abuse Steuben and was recognized by the county Legislature Monday. The award is given annually in special recognition of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in the county. Morey has averaged 12 to 15 hours per week as an active volunteer at Hornell Area Concern for Youth since January 2016. He is also the founder and leader of the local Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing program, and he’s a substitute teacher at Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood campus, working with youth at the school and volunteering with an ecumenical Sunday Meal program in order to become involved with children’s whole families.
Caregiver Workshops to Begin May 7th:
Registration is underway for a free, six-week educational program in Hornell focusing on the needs of family and friends who care for older adults suffering with long-term conditions. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be held 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday beginning May 7th through June 11th at the Hornell Senior Center. The series will provide participants with the skills and confidence they need to care for themselves while caring for others. Registration is required by calling the Caregiver Resource Center at (607) 281-3636 or emailing OFAinfo@co.steuben.ny.us.
Food Bank “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” Campaign Underway:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is partnering with Walmart and Sam’s Club to raise awareness and combat food insecurity with the sixth annual “Fight Hunger, Spark Change” campaign. Through May 20th, shoppers in Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Broome, Tioga, and Tompkins counties can participate in three ways – purchasing a participating item in-store or online, donating in-store, or donating on Feeding America’s website. For every participating product purchased at U.S. Walmart stores, Sam’s Clubs, or on Walmart.com during the campaign, the supplier will donate the monetary equivalent of at least one meal on behalf of a Feeding America member food bank, up to applicable limits. You can keep track of the number of meals provided during the campaign by visiting http://www.walmart.com/fighthunger.
Campbell Man Pleads Guilty to October Crash Charges
Campbell man Robert Neally pleaded guilty to charges from a crash that left a local fire chief dead. Neally pleaded guilty to 2nd degree vehicular manslaughter and DWI. According to prosecutors, Neally had a BAC of .17 percent when he hit motorcyclist 65-year-old Terry Hill last October on State Route 415 in Campbell. Terry Hill was fire chief of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department. Neally will face up to 15 years in prison when he shows up to his sentencing date in court next month.
DOT Announces Closure on State Route 54A to Fix Landslide
The New York State Department of Transportation says that continuing work to repair a landslide on State Route 54A in the town of Urbana requires that the road be closed starting this week. The location is about 2.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. The closure is expected to be in place approximately six weeks with at least one lane open by Memorial Day Weekend. During this time both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site using Steuben County Road 76 and Boyd Hill Road.
Hydrant Flushing Scheduled This Week in Hornell
Hornell Water Department and Fire Department have announced that flushing hydrants throughout the city as well as in Hornellsville and North Hornell will occur this week. Flushings are scheduled as part of necessary maintenance to the water system from today, April 21st, to Sunday April 27th from the times of 11 p.m. to 7 p.m. Residents are encouraged to not do laundry during flushing hours and check their water for discoloration before use. If residents discover discolored water, it is advised they run the water until discoloration clears up.
BEGWS to Close Gansvoort Street for Gas Main Repairs
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems will complete the tie-in of its gas main on Gansvoort Street most of this week. Gansvoort Street near East Washington Street will be closed for safety reasons. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during this time. Work will take place from tomorrow, April 23rd, through Thursday April 25th, weather depending. BEGWS apologized for the inconvenience but appreciates the patience and understanding as it improves its gas infrastructure. Any questions can be directed to BEGWS (607) 776-2173, Option 2.
Charter Spectrum to Stay in NY Following New Agreement
On Friday, Charter Spectrum and New York announced an agreement for the cable giant to stay in the state so long as it expands its high-speed internet service to underserved areas. The Public Service Commission voted in July 2018 to kick Charter out of the state, citing its failure to live up to its promises to enhance its broadband services for the decision. The two sides say they have reached a compromise where Charter must double its investment into upstate New York, which was estimated to be $305 million in 2016. This expansion has a deadline to be completed by September 30, 2021 and the agreement includes $12 million for Charter to expand broadband service to 45,000 more upstate addresses.
Reed Leads Fundraising Among Congressional Candidates
Congressman Tom Reed leads Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano in fundraising for the 2020 Congressional race. The Corning Republican leads by a very wide margin with a number of $347,220 raised between January 1st and April 1st while Mitrano has raised $22,913 according to the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Ithaca oral surgeon Scott Noren is also running in the race for congress in the 23rd district but does not yet have fundraising data available for his current campaign.
Campbell Man Pleads Guilty to October Collision Charges
Campbell man Robert Neally pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated yesterday in Steuben County Court for an October 2018 collision on State Route 415 in Campbell resulting in the death of Terry Hill, a man who was a chief of the Lindley-Presho Fire Department. Neally initially pleaded not guilty but accepted a plea agreement Friday offered by Steuben DA Brooks Baker. The maximum sentence for these charges is 5-15 years in state prison according to Baker. Neally will be sentenced in county court the morning of May 24th.
County Sheriff’s Office to Hold Rx Drug Take Back Day
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will host a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day a week from today on Saturday April 27th from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The event will take place at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on 7007 Rumsey Street Extension in Bath. All citizens of the community are welcome to drop off any unwanted and unnecessary prescription medications to ensure public safety. Medications from any Pharmacy, Facility, Organization or Company prescribed by law to dispose of safe will not be accepted at this event.
Bridge Work Begins in Wheeler and Howard
Preliminary work on Steuben County bridges is underway, with eight projects slated for work in 2019. Currently, work is in progress on Spaulding Road over 10 Mile Creek in the Town of Wheeler and Nicholson Road over Campbell Creek in the Town of Howard. Plans call for the work to be completed by June. Projects slated to get underway next month include Beartown Road over Weaver Hollow Creek in the Town of Erwin and Lyons Hollow Road over Lyons Creek in the Town of Prattsburgh.
Wayne Slope Repair on State Route 54 Begins Monday
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that slope repair work will begin on Monday on State Route 54 in the town of Wayne, near the intersection of Hines Road. Traffic will be reduced to a single lane. Work is anticipated to be completed this month, weather permitting. Motorists will be directed through the work zone by flaggers, and should anticipate delays.
State Route 54A to be Closed Next Week for Landslide Repairs
The New York State Department of Transportation says that continuing work to repair a landslide on State Route 54A in the town of Urbana requires that the road be closed starting next week. The location is about 2.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. The closure is expected to be in place approximately six weeks with at least one lane open by Memorial Day Weekend. During this time both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site using Steuben County Road 76 and Boyd Hill Road.
Pick-A-Part to Help Plant Trees on Earth Day
Horseheads Pick-A-Part and all Fenix Parts Inc. locations are coming together on Earth Day to help the environment. Both auto part companies will donate a dollar to plant a tree for each part that is sold on Monday. Both businesses promote economic and environmental recycling and reuse of used automotive parts. Pick-A-Part is earth-friendly year round as it regularly accepts used oil, batteries and tires to be recycled to prevent environmental pollution.
Campbell Woman Killed in Schuyler Co. Accident:
A woman from Campbell was killed Thursday in a three-car accident in the Schuyler County Town of Cayuta. According to the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, 50-year-old Annette Osborn was traveling on State Route 13 just before 1 p.m. when she crossed the centerline and struck the side of a car being driven by 25-year-old Corrine Taylor, of Elmira. Osborn’s car then went on to strike a pickup truck head-on. The truck was driven by 34-year-old Douglas Collins, of Cayuta. Osborn was pronounced deceased at the scene. Taylor was taken for treatment of minor injuries. Collins, and a passenger in his truck, 22-year-old Brian McClean Jr., also of Cayuta, were taken for treatment of several broken bones. The investigation into the accident is ongoing.
Steuben Legislators to Show Support for Farmers; Recognize Prevent Abuse Recipient:
When it meets on Monday, the Steuben County Legislature is expected to recognize an individual or agency dedicated to preventing child abuse in Steuben County, and oppose the state’s proposed Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. The “Child Abuse Prevention Recognition Award” is part of the county’s month-long participation in the national Prevent Child Abuse campaign and recognizes an individual or group making special strides to put a stop to abuse or neglect in Steuben. Legislators are also expected to urge the state to hold local public hearings to learn more about the impact of the proposed extension of collective bargaining rights to farm laborers through the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. Opponents of the act say the proposal would impose a crippling cost, statewide, of $300 million annually on farmers.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 54A in Urbana:
The New York State Department of Transportation says that continuing work to repair a land slide on State Route 54A in the town of Urbana requires that the road be closed starting next week. The location is about 2.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. The closure is expected to be in place approximately six weeks with at least one lane open by Memorial Day Weekend. During this time both directions of traffic will be detoured around the site using Steuben County Road 76 and Boyd Hill Road.
Bath Assessors Office Closed Today:
The Town of Bath Assessors Office will be closed today, April 19th.
Wanted Sex Offender Found, Arrested:
The man wanted by Elmira Police for allegedly failing to register with the sex offender registry has now been arrested, authorities confirm. Delmar Hooks was also wanted for criminal trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Police Search for Shoplifting Suspect:
The New York State Police are asking the public to help identify and locate a man they say is wanted for multiple shoplifting incidents. The suspect is described as a white man with a small build, in his 20s. The incidents happened at the Walmart stores in Painted Post and Horseheads in February. Anyone with information should contact the State Police at (607) 962-6864.
Free Tuition for Families of Disabled/Fallen Service Members:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that there is no need to wait for lawmakers to act and that he has now directed state higher education officials to expand the existing Military Enhanced Recognition Incentive and Tribute scholarship program immediately. The expansion will grant free tuition and room and board to public colleges and universities – or an equivalent scholarship to attend private schools - to the families of New York military members killed or disabled while on duty. While Cuomo said the expansion is expected to cost “several million dollars,” he added that it’s a small price to honor the sacrifice of fallen service members and their families.
Travel Advisory – Work to Begin on S.R. 54 in Wayne Monday:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that work will begin on Monday on State Route 54 in the Town of Wayne near the intersection of Hines Road. Traffic will be reduced to one lane, with motorists guided through by flaggers. Delays should be expected. Work is anticipated to be completed by the end of the month, weather permitting.
Steuben Announces 2019 Bridge Work:
Preliminary work on Steuben County bridges in under way, with eight projects slated for work in 2019. Currently, work is in progress on Spaulding Road over 10 Mile Creek in the Town of Wheeler and Nicholson Road over Campbell Creek in the Town of Howard. Plans call for the work to be completed by June. Other projects, with tentative start dates, are: Beartown Road over Weaver Hollow Creek in Erwin and Lyons Hollow Road over Lyons Creek in Prattsburgh on May 27th, C.R. 4 over Curtis Creek Tributary in Campbell on July 8th, C.R. 119 over the Canisteo River in Cameron on July 22nd, Clymo Road over Neils Creek in Avoca and Taggart Road over the Keuka inlet in Urbana August 12th – 19th.
Poll Finds NYers Approve of Plastic Bag Ban:
A new Sienna College poll released this week finds that a majority of New Yorkers support the recently passed plastic bag ban. Of those surveyed, 62 percent approved while 33 said they’re against it. In the same poll, 63 percent of respondents said they’re opposed to the approved pay raise for Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Governor will receive an annual salary of nearly $250,000 by the year 2021.
Reed Campaign Raises Over $347K in First Quarter:
Representative Tom Reed is off to a strong start in his re-election campaign. The incumbent has raised more than $347,000 in the first quarter of this year, which is more than 15 times the amount raised by challengers Tracy Mitrano and Dr. Scott Noren. Mitrano has reportedly raised over $22,000.
Field of Flags Returning for GlassFest 2019:
Organizers of the 2019 Corning Gaffer District’s GlassFest have announced that the Field of Flags will be returning for this year’s event. As many as 270 flags will be on display in Riverfront Centennial Park throughout the event. If you’re interested in sponsoring a flag for a veteran, or in buying one for yourself, you can get more information at https://www.gafferdistrict.com/fieldofflags. GlassFest 2019 will be held the weekend of May 24th.
NYC Extends Measles Vaccination Order:
The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to extend an emergency declaration made last week that orders mandatory measles vaccinations in four Brooklyn ZIP codes. The order – which applies to children ages 6 months and older - will end when health officials declare the emergency is over. The city has confirmed 329 cases of measles since the outbreak began in October.
Corning Exits on I-86 to be Closed Next Week
Interstate Highway 86 eastbound and westbound will be closed the evening of April 24th. From 6:30 p.m. to midnight, exits 47 and 48 will be temporarily closed as structural testing is facilitated while a detour will be possible according to the state Department of Transportation. State Route 352 will be utilized for the detour and State Police will be onsite to assist with the detour. Motorists should anticipate minor travel delays.
Cuomo Says Eliminating Vaccine Exemption “Legally Questionable”
Governor Cuomo has weighed in on the recent possibility of New York State eliminating its vaccination exemption, saying legislation ending the ability of parents to object to their children being vaccinated on religious or medical grounds is “legally questionable”.The Democratic Governor called the recent surge in measles a serious public health concern but getting rid of the religious exemption could conflict with the First Amendment. A bill to eliminate the exemption has been introduced into the Democratic-led State Legislature but has not yet been scheduled for a vote.
Two-Day Youth Turkey Hunt This Weekend
Spring has sprung and in New York that means the annual turkey hunting weekend for young hunters is coming very soon in most of our state. Licensed hunters aged 12 to 15 years old can hunt this weekend as part of the special two-day hunt. Shooting hours begin a half hour before sunrise and end at noon. Young hunters must have a turkey permit, be accompanied by an adult and have written permission from a parent or legal guardian. The regular spring turkey season begins on May 1st in upstate New York and the DEC says this year, hunters may see fewer adult turkeys due to poor reproductive success in the summer of 2017.
Steuben DPW Reminds Public of Environmental Events
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day to be celebrated next week on Monday April 22nd, the Steuben County Landfill Division reminds residents of the county that caring for the earth should happen every day. Steuben County Public Works reminds residents that upcoming events like shredding days, tire dollar days, book recycling days, household hazardous waste days and latex paint drop-off days will help increase recycling and proper waste disposal in the area year-round.
Upcoming events include:
** May 13-18 Tire Dollar Days
** Shredding program (8 am. – noon)
• April 20 at Erwin transfer station
• May 4 at Bath landfill
• June 22 at Wayland transfer station
• July 27 at Hornell transfer station
** Household Hazardous Waste Days:
? June 15 at Erwin transfer station
? Sept. 7 at Bath landfill
** July 8 -13 Book Recycling Days at Bath landfill
** Aug. 3 Latex Paint drop-off Day (8 a.m. – noon) at Bath landfill
Bath Landfill -- 5632 Turnpike Rd., Bath, NY (open 7:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday)
Erwin Transfer –622 South Hamilton St, Painted Post *
Hornell Transfer -- 6360 East Avenue Ext, Hornell *
Wayland Transfer -- 2078 Dieter Road, Wayland *
(Transfer stations hours 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday)
OFA Announces Benefits Enrollment Center Program
Steuben County Office for the Aging announced its new Benefits Enrollment Center program for low-income residents in the county who are eligible for Medicare. The program is a simple way for residents to apply for five core benefits including the Medicare Savings Program, Low Income Subsidy, Low Income HEAP, Medicaid and SNAP. The Benefits Enrollment Center is funded through a grant from the National Council on Aging. Anyone eligible for Medicare, including people with disabilities and aged 65 and older will be assisted by the program. OFA Director Patty Baroody says the new center will coordinate with all Medicare and Medicaid related agencies in the county to make sure each person receives the benefits they are eligible for more quickly while helping them apply to the program and avoiding unnecessary duplication.
County Legislature Proclaims Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week
County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski announced this week has been proclaimed as National Public Safety Telecommunicators’ Week by the County Legislature. April 14th to the 20th has been recognized by the Steuben Legislature to honor the men and women whose diligence and professionalism keep our county and its citizens safe. Haursyki noted the 911 dispatchers are the first and most critical contact residents have during an emergency and the vital link for police, fire and medical teams responding to a crisis. “Each dispatcher exhibits compassion, understanding, and professionalism during the performance of their difficult job,” Hauryski said. “We are proud of them.”
Skeletal Remains Found in Horseheads Believed to be Missing Elmira Man:
According to police, the skeletal remains found in a wooded area near Knoll Brook Road in Horseheads Saturday may be those of 48-year-old Randy Nichols, an Elmira man that went missing in 2010. Nichols’ wallet and drivers license were found at the scene, say police. Nichols went missing August 31st 2010 while walking south of the Main Street Bridge in downtown Elmira. He had reportedly been on his way to visit his mother. Police say they do not suspect foul play at this time. DNA tests and dental records will be used to identify the remains.
Gazebo in Corning Struck by Car:
A gazebo on South Maple Street in Corning was struck by a car Monday night. Details are limited at this time, but a witness told WETM 18 that the driver of the vehicle allegedly attempted to flee the scene before they were caught.
Free College Expansion for Families of Fallen Military Members Receives Support from Dems:
A proposal to expand free public college tuition to the families of military members who die while performing their official duties is now receiving support from New York State democrats. On Monday, Senator John Brooks of Long Island announced legislation that would expand the proposal to include family members of military members who are permanently disabled or missing in action. The move comes after a Democrat-led Assembly committee drew criticism for blocking similar legislation. Brooklyn Democrat, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz says he’ll introduce the legislation in his chamber. Governor Andrew Cuomo has said he supports the proposal.
Steuben Ranked #38 in NY Counties for Health:
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute have released the 2019 rankings of health in all 62 counties of New York State. Rockland County came in on top at the healthiest, while Bronx County was named the least healthy. Locally, Steuben came in 38th, Chemung 55th, Schuyler 48th, Yates 14th, Ontario 9th, Livingston 12th, and Allegany 40th.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 417 in Woodhull:
The state Department of Transportation has announced that State Route 417 over Tuscarora Creek in the Town of Woodhull has been reduced to one lane at a bridge approximately 6.5 miles west of the Village of Addison in order to preform bridge maintenance and repairs. Both directions of traffic will be accommodated in one lane using temporary traffic signals. Work is expected to last approximately 3 months.
Elmira Police Searching for Sex Offender:
Elmira Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a convicted sex offender. According to authorities, Delmar Hooks is wanted for failing to register with the sex offender registry. He was convicted in 2005 of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Pennsylvania. He’s also wanted for criminal trespass and unlawful possession of marijuana. If you do spot Hooks, police say do not approach him or try to intervene. Call the Elmira Police Department at (607) 735-8600.
2 Arrested with 70 Baggies of Heroin in Hornell:
Two Steuben County residents have been arrested after they were allegedly found to be in possession of 70 baggies of heroin during a traffic stop in Hornell. 26-year-old Dylan Outman of Hornell and 27-year-old Theresa Latham of Hornellsville are both charged with criminal possession. Outman is also charged with parole violation. Both were sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Drugs, Weapons Allegedly Found in Jasper Home:
A Jasper man has been arrested after a search of a home on State Route 417 in Jasper allegedly turned up drugs and weapons. According to State Police, authorities seized approximately 16 grams of crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and U.S. currency. 36-year-old Andrew Diffenbacher was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail.
NYS Tax Department Extends Call Center Hours for Tax Day:
It’s Tax Day and if you have any last-minute questions, the New York State tax department has extended its call center hours for today. It will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 518-457-5181, or you can visit https://tax.ny.gov/.
Local Fire Departments Take Part in Boat Rescue Training:
Nine members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and three members of the North Corning Fire Department all spent Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday in training taking “Emergency Boat Operations and Rescue” from two instructors from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission. The training is additional training for members of the Swift Water Rescue Team to advance their skills in boat operations during a flood and fast-moving water. The instruction started with classroom instruction and then moved outdoors to nearby Keuka Lake. It all lead to training in the river in moving water where each member had to display all they had learned over the weekend. When the exams are checked and the certifications come back, each member will have a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certification.
Free Document Shredding Events in Steuben Co.:
If you have sensitive documents that you’d like to safely dispose of, the Steuben County Public Works Department will host a free Shredding Day on Saturday, April 20th from 8 a.m. to noon. It will take place at the Erwin Transfer Station on South Hamilton Street in Painted Post. Other shredding days are set for: May 4th at the Bath Landfill, June 2nd at the Wayland Transfer Station, and July 27th at the Hornell Transfer Station, all also from 8 a.m. to noon.
Cornell University Hosting Emergency Drill this Weekend:
Cornell University will host over 100 first responders and 40 volunteer “victims” this weekend as part of a simulated emergency. The exercise will start Sunday at 10 a.m. and last until about 1:30 on the university’s Schoellkopf Field.
Applebee’s and Law Enforcement Raise Funds for Special Olympics:
Thursday night the Painted Post Applebee’s restaurant teamed with area law enforcement to raise funds for the state Special Olympics. The state police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, and Village of Painted Post police all participated in the event, in which customers were handed an envelope that they could fill out to make a donation. Some 1,000 athletes in the Southern Tier take part in the Special Olympics.
Food Bank, First Heritage, Area Auto Dealers Team Up to “Drive Away Hunger”:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier is teaming up with several area auto dealerships and First Heritage Federal Credit Union to help “Drive Away Hunger.” Now through the end of May, First Heritage will donate $10 to the food bank for each new auto loan financed. The participating auto dealers will match the donation. Additionally, First Heritage customers can receive a rate reduction on their new auto loan by donating $10 at any branch. Each donation equals 30 meals for food-insecure families across the area. Last year the “Drive Away Hunger” campaign raised $11,500 and provided more than 33,000 meals. Participating dealerships are Simmons-Rockwell, Blaise Alexander, Elm Chevrolet, Friendly Dodge Chrysler Jeep, All Wheels Driven, Chilson-Wilcox, Elkland Chevrolet, Fox Auto Group, and Mansfield Motors.
St. Bonaventure Uni. to Become Smoke-Free July 1st:
St. Bonaventure University will become a smoke-free campus, effective July 1st. The university has prohibited smoking indoors – including in university-owned vehicles and all residence facilities – and within 30 feet of entrances to buildings for years, but starting July 1st, smoking will also be prohibited in all outdoor areas on the main campus property. This applies to all smokable products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, and vaping, and it applies to all members of the university community (faculty, staff, and students) as well as anyone visiting.
Clayton Appeals Murder Conviction:
In Rochester Wednesday, arguments were heard in a state appeals court in an appeal filed by Thomas Clayton of his 2017 murder conviction in the death of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. At the heart of the appeal, is the admissibility of testimony by Sy Ray, who presented an electronic map illustrating cell phone data that detailed Clayton’s movements. Clayton’s team called the testimony “unscientific,” and argued that the prosecution failed to provide information about Ray’s testimony to the defense that would have allowed them to effectively respond at trial. Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore said Ray’s methods are not “new science,” and he told judges he believes the evidence to be legally sufficient and that it supports the verdict. A decision on the appeal is expected between April 26th and May 3rd.
Bath Man Accused of Selling Heroin:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly selling heroin to another person. 29-year-old Joshua Bailey was arrested on April 4th on a superior court warrant on charges of criminal possession and criminal sale of controlled substance. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Hornell Woman Arrested for Lying to DSS:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell woman for allegedly lying to the Department of Social Services. 28-year-old Ashley Houston is accused of failing to notify DSS of an update in her case that she was required to make. Additionally, she allegedly offered written statements to DSS knowing they contained false information. As a result, she allegedly received benefits she was not eligible for. She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, grand larceny, and petit larceny. She was released on an appearance ticket.
Sen. Schumer Urges Investigation into Abrupt Friendly’s Closures:
This past weekend, employees of 14 Friendly’s restaurants across Upstate New York arrived at work to find the restaurants had been abruptly closed. Now, Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal Department of Labor to investigate. In a letter to the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Schumer said the sudden closures and layoffs seem to be potential violation of federal workplace law. Workers are expected to provide employers with “two-week notice” upon quitting, Schumer said, so it’s only fair that employers adhere to the same kind of agreement.
House of Reps. Pass Net Neutrality Bill, Hope to Expand Rural Broadband:
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed the Save the Internet Act of 2019, known as H.R. 1644, which is intended to keep the internet open and free by restoring net neutrality protections. Additionally, New York Congressman Anthony Brindisi included an amendment in the bill that would help expand rural broadband access for Upstate New Yorkers. The amendment directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to issue a report about ways in which the U.S. government can promote the build-out of high-speed broadband infrastructure, and include a list of recommendations to Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Possible New Hotel, Aldis Expansion in Hornellsville:
At the Hornellsville Town Board meeting Tuesday, Planning Board head Joe Dick announced that the town might soon be home to a new hotel and might also see an expansion of the Aldis grocery store. Dick said that the initial planning stages are underway for a new hotel off County Route 64 across from Simmons Rockwell. He said that they are currently waiting on a DEC permit. In other news, Dick said Aldis is planning on a new addition to their store, but they haven’t approached the planning board as of yet.
Radisson Hotel’s Highest Honor Awarded to Corning Server:
The Radisson Hotel Group’s highest honor has been awarded to a server at the Radisson Hotel Corning. Susie Fowler was presented with the Employee of the Year for the Americas award at a ceremony held in Miami Beach earlier this week. The honor comes just two months after the Corning hotel itself was named one of the top three Radissons in the country by U.S. News & World Report.
PA Man Facing Drug Charges in Steuben Co.:
A Pennsylvania man was arrested last week in Steuben County following investigation by State Police into methamphetamine in the Town of Erwin. 44-year-old James Leitch has been charged with unlawful manufacture and criminal possession. He is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail. Authorities say they seized methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and items used in the production of methamphetamine.
Rathbone Man Accused of Threatening Senator Appears in Court:
The Rathbone man accused of threatening a senator from Minnesota appeared in Federal Court in Rochester Tuesday morning. 55-year-old Patrick Carlineo was arrested on Friday at a home on County Road 21 in Rathbone for allegedly calling the office of Senator IIhan Omar and telling a staff member that he planned to shoot the senator. He is facing charges of threatening to assault and murder a United States official, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine if convicted. At the hearing Tuesday, officials discussed setting a plea hearing date, but it has not been released at this time.
Keuka Lake Jobs Week:
If you’re looking for a part-time or full-time position this summer, the Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of Keuka Lake Jobs Week. April 14th through the 20th many member businesses will be listed on the “Help Wanted Page” on the Chamber’s website for positions they’re looking to fill. Visit http://www.hammondsport.org/helpwanted to check out the employment opportunities.
NY AG’s Office Reminds Residents to be Wary of Tax Scams:
Ahead of tax day, the New York Attorney General’s Office has issued a consumer alert reminding residents to be on the lookout for frequent tax season scams. Some of the scams to be wary of are, but not limited to: scammers impersonating the U.S. Treasury Department, the IRS, the Taxpayer Advocate Service, or other government officials who call in an attempt to collect phony tax debts; scammers claiming consumers owe past tax debts and insist they pay using a prepaid credit card or gift card; tax preparation businesses advertising low fees only to increase the final fee by hundreds of dollars, claiming the return was more complicated than anticipated; or receiving an unexpectedly large “tax refund” from the IRS, which they then must return because it was stolen from another individual. Remember, if you owe money, you will receive a legitimate notice; do not give out personal information to telephone callers; legitimate government organizations will never threaten arrest or deportation for failure to pay nor will they insist you pay by pre-paid credit card, gift card, or wire transfer. Potential scams should be reported to the AG’s office, and the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Clemens Center Looking to Hit Fundraising Goal by Friday:
In order to qualify for a chance at a “Community Thrives” grant, the Clemens Center in Elmira is hoping to reach its fundraising goal by Friday night. So far, the Center has raised just over $5,000, but if it can hit $6,000 by midnight Friday, it could then be chosen as one of three $100,000 winners. If chosen, officials say the money would be used to upgrade and revamp parts of the center. If you’re interested in donating, visit http://clemenscenter.org/.
Area Non-Profits Receive $100K from Phish Foundation:
When last year’s Curveball festival, a 3-day event set for Watkins Glen International, had to be cancelled because of flooding and health-concerns, superstar band Phish announced that its charitable foundation – WaterWheel - would donate $100,000 to help the area recover. Seven area non-profit groups have now been announced to benefit, receiving almost $15,000 each. The groups are: Arbor Housing and Development, the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes, Dundee Fire and Rescue, Hector Food Pantry, the Humane Society of Schuyler County, the Watkins Glen Fire Department, and the Valois-Logan-Hector Fire Department. The groups were chosen by the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning at the request of the WaterWheel Foundation for their contributions to safety during the flooding and recovery afterward. The funds come from merchandise specifically produced for the Curveball festival that were sold at other shows.
Fire in Painted Post:
A fire in Painted Post has temporarily displaced a family. The fire occurred around 1 p.m. Monday on Imperial Avenue. A dog was rescued from the basement of the home, but no one else was home at the time and no injuries were reported. The Painted Post Fire Department said the fire is believed to have been caused by a lithium battery that caught fire in a first-floor room. The Red Cross is assisting the family.
Steuben Co. Corrections Graduation/Swearing-In of New Deputies:
On April 5th, in front of family and friends, eleven Corrections Officers from the Steuben and Livingston County Sheriff’s Offices were recognized for successfully completing the Basic Course for Corrections, held at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Captain David Sutton, of the county Sheriff’s Office and director of training for the course, gave remarks at the graduation ceremony, congratulating all who completed the course. At the conclusion of the ceremony, county Sheriff Jim Allard introduced former Correction Officers Brandon Owen and Robert Shepherd, who were both recently appointed as Deputy Sheriffs. Both were sworn in by Sheriff Allard and began their police academy training on April 8th.
DEC Announces 2018-19 Deer Harvest Estimates:
Hunters in New York harvested an estimated 227,787 deer during the 2018-19 hunting seasons, approximately 12 percent more than the previous season, the state Department of Environmental Conservation reports. The estimated deer take included 114,402 antlerless deer and 113,385 antlered bucks. That’s a 20 percent increase in antlerless harvest and a five-percent increase in buck harvest from last season. Regionally, hunters took 28,642 deer in the Northern Zone and 19,145 deer in the Southern Zone.
CCC Offering Security Guard Training:
Corning Community College will offer training for Security Guards this spring. The courses comply with state law and ensure that security guards are up-to-date with training requirements. An 8-hour pre-assignment training is set for May 21st and 22nd from 5 to 9 p.m., and an 8-hour in-service training course is scheduled for June 4th and 5th, also from 5 to 9. Details and registration are available online at https://www.corning-cc.edu/workforce/professional-development/business.
Work Zone Awareness Week:
Monday was the kickoff of a statewide effort to promote safe driving in work zones. Recent accidents on major state roadways highlight the need for drivers to slow down and comply with move over laws. The culmination of National Work Zone Awareness Week will be educational outreach programs that will be held statewide. On Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from the Thruway Authority, NYS Department of Transportation, New York State Police, emergency personnel, tow operators and additional roadside workers will be promoting work zone safety and the move over law at various locations along the Thruway.
Two Former Steuben Co. Men Arrested for Murder in S.C.:
Two men, formerly of Steuben County have been arrested in connection with the deaths of two women in South Carolina. 39-year-old Jonathan Galligan, a former resident of Bath, and 41-year-old Christian Hurlburt, a former resident of Prattsburgh, have both been charged with murder and accessory after the fact. Galligan was previously arrested in 2003 and faced a sodomy charge. Hurlbert is a level-three registered sex offender. According to South Carolina authorities, the bodies of 27-year-old Christin Renee Bunner and 40-year-old Melissa Fairlee Rhymer were found Friday. Galligan is accused of killing Bunner, while Hulbert is charged with killing Rhymer. Hulbert reportedly attempted suicide on Wednesday, survived, then told deputies he witnessed Galligan kill Bunner and helped bury her. Galligan was arrested on Saturday. Both men have been jailed without bail.
Public Hearing on Wind Turbine Construction in Canisteo:
There will be public hearing on April 16th for residents of Cameron, Canisteo, Greenwood, Troupsburg, and West Union regarding a proposal by Chicago based company, Invenergy to build as many as 141 600-foot wind turbines. There will be two public sessions at the Canisteo Fire Department: the first at 2 p.m., then the second following at 6 p.m. If you have concerns about the impact of the project, this will be your opportunity to be heard. The state Department of Public Services will determine the future of the project and it has said statements made during the meetings will be considered in their decision.
Hunt’s Tomato Paste Recalled for Possible Mold:
Some of Hunt’s tomato paste is being recalled due to the possibility of mold. The recall includes six-ounce cans of Hunt’s Tomato Paste No Salt Added, which the company says could have been damaged after the canning process, creating the potential for mold. The cans have a best by date of October 16th 2020 and an item UPC of 00-0-27000-38807-5. No other Hunt’s products are affected. Consumers are advised to either throw away the product or return it to the store where it was originally purchased.
Travel Advisory Reminder – I-390 Bridge Work in Avoca:
A reminder for motorists that work begins today on the I-390 northbound bridge over County Route 7, north of Exit 1, in Avoca. The existing concrete deck will be replaced in stages, with traffic being reduced to a single lane. The project is expected to be completed in September. Minor travel delays are possible.
Steuben County Man Arrested for Threatening MN Congresswoman
A man from the Addison-Rathbone area was arrested and charged with threatening to assault and murder a United States official after he allegedly threatened the life of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar in through telephone and email. 55-year-old Patrick Carlineo of County Road 21 was tracked down by federal investigators after providing his name and contact information in a threatening phone call. During the FBI’s visit, Carlineo reportedly said he "was a patriot, that he loves the President, and that he hates radical Muslims in our government". Yesterday afternoon, Carlineo made an initial appearance before a federal judge in Rochester. He is being held pending a detention hearing scheduled for April 10th and could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.
Bath Home Destroyed by Fire
A Bath mobile home was destroyed following a structure fire on Faucet Road yesterday. Bath Volunteer Fire Department were the first on scene, reporting a fully involved mobile home fire and requested the support of mutual aid tankers from Hammondsport and Kanona. The fire was reported to be out at 2:41 am with the home at a total loss. The home was found to be vacant at the time and the fire remains under investigation.
NY Lawmaker Includes Restaurants in Bag Ban Bill
New York’s plastic bag ban could be expanded to include those bags used for restaurant take-out and leftovers, if a state lawmaker’s push gets the votes. Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy announced legislation that could eliminate an exemption for restaurants in the new law banning single-use plastic shopping bags in March of 2020. State legislators passed the bag under the new state budget earlier this week and Fahy says restaurants provide too many plastic bags not to be included as part of the new law. Fahy has also proposed a bill that would allow businesses to keep a portion of the new 5-cent fee on paper bags in counties that approve the fee.
Avoca Bridge Work Begins Monday
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning this coming week, rehabilitation work will begin on the I-390 northbound bridge over County Route 7, north of Exit 1 in the town of Avoca. Work to replace the existing concrete deck will progress in stages, with traffic being reduced to a single lane. Work is anticipated to be completed in September 2019. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.
Reed Praises President Trump for Restored GLRI
President Donald Trump was given praise for his support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by Congressman Tom Reed. Trump’s budget had originally planned to make a $300 million funding cut for the program but restored the money following the efforts of legislators that include Reed, who vowed to protect these important programs in the region.
Steuben Deputies Help Woman in Crisis:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to Seneca Road in North Hornell Thursday on a report of a woman holding a knife to her throat in a public place. The woman was threatening to harm herself. A member of the Steuben County Crisis Negotiation team arrived and the woman was disarmed and taken into custody without injury to herself or others. She was transported for emergency mental health treatment.
Corning Inc. to Build First Solar Array at Oneonta Plant:
Corning Incorporated announced Thursday that will support its commitment to clean energy by entering into a solar-power purchase agreement and building its first solar array in New York State. The ground-mounted solar array will be built at the Corning Life Sciences (CLS) facility in Oneonta and it will be Corning’s 11th worldwide. It’s expected to be completed by this summer. It will be owned by Kendall Sustainable Infrastructure, and the energy generated by it will go directly into the New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) grid and be distributed to consumers, thereby helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Pinwheel Campaign Kicks Off Steuben Prevent Child Abuse Month:
Launching the seventh annual Pinwheels and Promises campaign Wednesday, the Steuben County Legislature and related agencies renewed their efforts to keep children in Steuben safe. Sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse Steuben, residents are encouraged to post Pinwheels and Promises signs in their yards, and display pinwheels in a prominent place. Events are planned throughout the month, including: “Wear Blue Day” on every Friday throughout the month and “Strategies for You and Your Community,” sponsored by the Bath Area Family Resource Center at the Vernon E. Wightman Primary School in Bath on Fridays throughout the month; Pinwheels and Promises at 6 p.m. on April 13th at the Hornell Area Concern for Youth; the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on April 16th at the County Office Building; the Annual Child Abuse Prevention Award at 10 a.m. on April 22nd at the Steuben County Office Building; and Safe Harbour Awareness Training at 9 a.m. on April 24th at the Steuben County Office Building Annex.
New DSS Program for Seniors Delayed Until January:
The new Steuben County Department of Social Services program helping residents make the transition between nursing homes and a home, which was expected to begin this month, has been delayed by the state until January 2020. Residents will be notified when the program starts up.
Baskin Robbins Coming to Big Flats:
Area residents will soon be able to enjoy one of summer’s most popular treats at a new location in Big Flats. At the former Orange Leaf building on Chambers Road, which has been closed since 2017, signs have appeared announcing that a Baskin Robbins is coming soon. It’s unknown at this time when exactly the new shop will be up and running.
United Way Teams With Common Energy for Clean, Affordable Power
The United Way of the Southern Tier announced a partnership yesterday with Common Energy to provide Southern Tier communities with more affordable clean energy. The partnership has New York State residents sign up for a 10% discount on their electricity rate for up to 20 years without any charge. Common Energy and The United Way say that the average person will save $10 to $20 a month. Emissions are expected to be lowered from the partnership with officials estimating a reduction of about 5,000 pounds of carbon emissions yearly.For each person that signs up, Common Energy has pledged a $25 donation to the United Way. Homeowners and renters alike can enroll for free with their utility account at www.commonenergy.us/unitedway
Statewide Burning Ban in Place Until Next Month
Due to weather conditions, a statewide ban on outdoor burning is in place until May 14th and Steuben, along with the rest of New York, has been issued a red flag warning. Heavy winds and dry weather leaves most of the state at risk for wildfires. Mountainous areas are at the highest risk. Campfires with untreated wood or charcoal are acceptable but must not be left unattended. Those who violate the state’s open burning regulation can be fined up to $500.
Free April Medicare Seminars to be Hosted by OFA
Steuben County Office for the Aging announces the first in a series of free Medicare seminars to provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The public seminars will be held on Monday April 15th 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building in the South Conference Room on the third floor and on Thursday April 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. The sessions are tailored for those becoming Medicaid-eligible. For more information call OFA at (607) 664-2298.
Burdick & Bogart Recognized at Bath VFD Banquet
Two special awards were presented last night at Bath Volunteer Fire Department’s monthly meeting and banquet. For his 60 years of service as a Bath VFD member, John Burdick was recognized for his dedication serving as Secretary for the Fire Department and mentor to many younger firefighters throughout the years. The late John Bogart was honored for his 56 years as a member and the first recorded member to break 6,000 calls answered.
Governor Cuomo Announces State Underage Drinking Crackdown
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a joint effort by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking this month. The New York State Liquor Authority and the State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and retailers who sell alcohol to minors.
NY DEC Reminds Hunters to Complete Hunters Ed Course
State DEC officials are reminding all new hunters planning to go turkey hunting this spring to first complete a mandatory hunter education course before purchasing their hunting license. Hunter Education courses are being offered throughout the state during April, but space is limited and classes fill quickly, so hunters are encouraged not to delay in registering for a course.
Red Flag Warning for Steuben County:
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for a combination of gusty winds and low relative humidity for Steuben County from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. today. Also included in the warning are Schuyler, Chemung, Tioga, Broome, and Sullivan counties. Critical fire conditions are likely, with increased risk for rapid wildfire growth and spread.
Two Ambulances Collide Near Steuben/Chemung County Line:
A crash involving two ambulances occurred Tuesday night near Buck Hollow Road on Route 414 in the area of the Steuben/Chemung county line. The accident happened around 10 p.m. with firefighters and a medical helicopter responding. There is no word at this time about injuries.
Wegmans in Elmira Evacuated after Electrical Issue:
The Wegmans in Elmira was forced to evacuate all customers Tuesday night after an electrical issue forced the store to turn off all its lights. The Fire Department responded, but no flames were reported. There were no injuries either. The store said last night that it hopes to reopen this morning.
Watkins Glen Opening Weekend:
Watkins Glen will kick off its 2019 season with Opening Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. The Arc of Schuyler will hold its 6th annual Arc Grand Prix Run at the track on Saturday. Registration is still open online, or you can do so Saturday morning at 6:30. The race starts at 8. Following that, for $25, guests will be able to three laps around the course in a personal vehicle. Tickets will go on sale Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gate 2. There are no pre-purchases. Proceeds will benefit the WGI Racing and Community Enrichment Foundation (R.A.C.E.). For more information about WGI’s opening weekend, be sure to join us here on WVIN Friday morning when we’ll have an interview with track President Michael Printup as a part of Community Focus.
Dormann Library Celebrating 20th Anniversary:
The Dormann Library in Bath is inviting their neighbors and patrons to join them on April 11th to celebrate their 20th anniversary. Construction began on the library in April 1998 and it was completed in January 1999. Volunteers helped move the books from the Davenport library hand-over-hand in a long line. The anniversary event will include light refreshments and entertainment from 5 to 7 p.m.
Bath Baby Café Easter Party April 12th:
The Easter Bunny will be making a visit to the Bath Baby Café on April 12th for their Easter Party, which is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library. This free event is open to the public and offers families an opportunity to relax and meet with other mothers and children, with popular activities such as face painting. There will also be a diaper and basket giveaway. The party will follow the weekly Baby Café program, which runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Steuben County Deputy Recognized for Response to Traumatic Accident:
Steuben County Deputy Joseph Winters was recognized by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee Monday for his actions following a motor vehicle accident on February 5th. According to county Sheriff Jim Allard, Winters responded to a report of a vehicle, traveling the wrong way on I-86 near the Hornell/Arkport exit that crashed into a concrete barricade. Winters determined the driver required immediate emergency medical care due to catastrophic leg trauma and applied a tourniquet to the women’s leg. He stopped the bleeding and, along with a responding firefighter, extracted her from the wreckage. Allard said that Winters remained claim and professional, clearly communicating to 911 and first responders, and while the woman later succumbed to her injuries in a hospital, Winters’ “prompt assessment and treatment gave her the chance to receive further treatment.”
Criminal Contempt Arrest:
A Woodhull man has been arrested on a charge of criminal contempt. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Raymond Tong was arrested on March 31st for allegedly violating an order of protection during visitation hours at the Steuben County Jail. It’s also alleged that Tong has a previous conviction for criminal contempt within the past five years. He has been charged with two counts of criminal contempt and is currently incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail on other charges.
Corning Parks Survey:
Corning is preparing to apply for grants to improve city parks, but before it does so, it’s seeking the public’s input. There is a brief survey available online that the city is encouraging residents to complete and share what they envision the parks to be in the future. Councilwoman Kate Paterson says that dog parks are one thing they’ve received feedback on so far, but that’s just one possibility. The deadline to complete the survey is August 31st. You can complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CorningCityParks.
New DSS Program for Seniors Begins in April:
Senior citizens qualified for Medicaid and returning to their homes after a stay in a nursing home may qualify for home health care through a new state program set to begin in April. Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller said the program will include an emergency response system, assist in accessing speech and occupational therapy, and activities of daily living including self-care, grocery shopping, and laundry. Muller said nursing homes can make direct referrals through the state program and the state will also provide DSS with a list of potential clients.
Steuben Donate Life Month/Steuben Alcohol Awareness Month:
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed April as Steuben County Donate Life Month. Hauryski noted a single individual’s donation of organs can save up to eight lives while a donation of tissue can save the lives of as many as 75 people. New York State has the third highest need in the nation with 9,500 men, women, and children waiting for organ transplant, says Hauryski. He urged residents, including 16-and 17-year-olds, to sign up on the new online New York State Donate Life Registry at http://www.donatelife.ny.gov. Also, April has been designated as Steuben County Alcohol Awareness Month. In a proclamation, the county Legislature calls upon all citizens to support efforts that will provide early education about alcoholism and addiction, and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism.
NYS Lawmakers Finalizing 2019 State Budget Deal:
State lawmakers worked all Sunday to agree on a 2019 state budget deal. As of last night, the $175.5 billion budget contains a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags (which makes New York the third state in the nation to do so), new tolls for motorists entering parts of Manhattan, spending increases for schools, the elimination of cash bail for misdemeanors and non-violent felonies, and a new tax on the sale of mansions in Manhattan. Marijuana legalization was not included in the deal. Lawmakers say they hope to take up that proposal again before they adjourn in June.
Bath Vol. Fire Dept. Annual Awards:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department recently held their annual awards banquet. Following comments from state Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, in which he thanked all first responders for their dedication, the following awards were presented, among others: in lieu of Firefighter of the Year, Firefighter Dedication was given in recognition of John Bogart, who passed away in October 2018. Rebecca Washburn was named Firefly of the Year, and Junior Firefighter was awarded to Dakota Johnson. In 2018, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department ran 487 calls.
Healthcare Auction Raises Funds for Davenport & Taylor:
The 17th annual Keuka Healthcare Foundation Super Radio Auction was held this Saturday and over $10,000 was raised in support of capital improvement projects for Davenport and Taylor Hospital. The four-hour event, which was broadcast here on WVIN, has raised more than $118,000 over its lifespan.
Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting Tuesday:
The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a public comment forum on Tuesday relating to the Smart Schools Bond Act. It will begin at 5:45 p.m. and will be held in the high school library.
Travel Advisory Reminder - Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge:
A reminder to motorists that Corning’s popular Bridge Street Bridge will be closed to all traffic starting today for improvements. It will remain closed until about October 1st. Also, a reminder that later this week, on April 4th, bridge repair work will begin on the I-86 eastbound ramp to I-390 in the Town of Avoca. That project is expected to last approximately 2 months.