Bill to Name I-86 Bridge After Trooper Clark Passes
The New York State Senate and Assembly approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to designate a portion of Interstate 86 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge.” The legislation designates “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge” to the bridges on I-86 intersecting State Route 415, which are less than a half mile north of the Bath State Police Barracks where the late Trooper Clark was stationed. The legislation awaits the signature of the governor before becoming law.
Steuben Public Works Installs AEDs Across County
The Steuben County Public Works outbuildings have installed 18 Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in locations across the county. The buildings were installed with the AED equipment, which is used to help revive victims experiencing cardiac arrest by delivering an electric shock and analyzing the heart’s rhythm. The installations were made as a way to provide additional safety in the event of an emergency.
Today Begins Free Fishing Weekend in NY
New York residents can fish for free without a license in one of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state this weekend. New York's Free Fishing Weekends help encourage more people - whether skilled or new to the sport -to get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. The free fishing days program began in 1991 to give people who might not fish a chance to try the rewarding sport at no cost.
HEAP Offering Cooling Assistance
New York State is offering some relief from the heat through the statewide Home Energy Assistance Program. HEAP is now offering air conditioners and fans up to $800 for those households that are eligible. Those who have medical conditions aggravated by heat and meet the income qualifications can have an air conditioning unit installed at no cost. The program has been open since May 1st and availability is limited. To find out about how you can apply for the Cooling Assistance Program go to: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-
NY Attorney General Creates Diversity and Inclusion Office
State Attorney General Letitia James announced that a Diversity and Inclusion Office has been created. New York Attorney General James says the new office is an attempt to promote inclusion and diversity within the attorney general’s office and throughout the state. Sandra Grannum, who has been working for the Attorney General’s Office for 17 years, will oversee the new office. Grannum said about the new office: “Diversity, equity, and inclusion have been the clarion call of Attorney General James throughout her career, and the urgency to heed that call is now greater than ever,”
STOP-DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that his agency and others across the county will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide campaign begins today and will end July 4th. Allard says the Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities.
Soldier from Trumansburg Killed in Afghanistan:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed that flags at state facilities be lowed to half-staff starting today in honor of two soldiers killed Tuesday in Afghanistan. One of the men was 24-year-old Sgt. James Johnston, a native from Trumansburg. Johnston was assigned to the 79th Ordinance Battalion, a part of the 71st Ordnance Group at Ford Hood, Texas. He and 32-year-old Master Sgt. Michael Riley, from Germany, died of wounds suffered from small arms fire during combat operations.
Road Closure in Prattsburgh Today:
The Town of Prattsburgh has announced that the Prattsburgh/Italy Town Line Road will be closed today from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is being done so a sluice pipe can be replaced.
4th of July DWI Crackdown:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement in participating in the statewide STOP-DWI Fourth of July Crackdown. Efforts start tomorrow, June 29th and they’ll end on July 4th. The Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. High-visibility enforcement has been shown to reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. State Police, the County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies will collaborate across New York and will be out in force to aggressively target those who put lives in danger. You can help make a difference too. Download the mobile app – “Have a Plan” at http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp and you’ll always be able to find a safe ride home.
Free Fishing Days in NYS This Weekend:
With schools officially out, can you think of a better way to kick off the summer than by getting the kids outside and taking them fishing? If you can’t, you’re in luck, because this weekend is another Free Fishing Weekend in New York State, meaning residents can get outdoors and enjoy fishing opportunities for free without a license on June 29th and 30th. That said, participants are reminded that while the fishing license requirement is waived for this weekend, all other fishing regulations remain in effect and must be followed.
Legislators Remind Residents Voting Still Open for Best NASCAR Track:
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are urging area residents to keep voting every day for Watkins Glen International (WGI) in USA Today’s 10 Best online Readers’ Choice competition to decide “America’s Best NASCAR Track.” The area legislators stressed that anyone can vote once a day, every day, on every Internet-capable device they have until the contest closes on Monday, July 15, at noon. This is the fourth consecutive year that WGI is in the running for the “Best NACAR Track” designation, which it won in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Steuben Co. Warrant Arrests:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad recently arrested seven people due to active warrants. 57-year-old Timothy Sutton of Bath allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail. 23-year-old Steven Palmer of Corning allegedly had an outstanding bench warrant and he was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court. 28-year-old Megan Young of Bath allegedly violated a term or condition of her probation and she was sent to the Steuben County Jail. 30-year-old Anthony Reddig of Woodhull was allegedly a fugitive wanted in Potter County, Pennsylvania and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail to await extradition. 31-year-old Adam Hosmer of Cohocton allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation and was sent to the county jail. 28-year-old Carissa Liberti of Bath allegedly violated a term or condition of her probation and was sent to the county jail. And 40-year-old Stephanie Towne of Bath allegedly violated a term or condition of her probation and was sent to the county jail.
Horseheads Hotel Evacuated After Chlorine Spill:
Police and fire crews were called to the Quality Inn on Corning Road in Horseheads after an incident with a bad mixture of high concentrated chlorine resulted in foam and toxic gas. The incident happened around 9:30 a.m. in the hotel’s maintenance room. One person was in the room at the time, but officials say they were able to get out safely. No other injuries were reported and the hotel was cleared at 2 p.m. for staff and guests to re-enter.
Public Hearing for Proposed Campbell Landfill Expansion Today:
The public is encouraged to attend open hearings today about the proposed expansion to a local landfill in the Campbell area. The proposed expansion would reportedly see the 57.9 acre landfill on Manning Ridge Road increase to 78.9 acres in total. There will be two meetings today: one at 2 p.m. and one at 6 p.m. Both will be held at the Campbell American Legion Post.
Steuben Legislators Induct 4 Hall of Fame Members:
Four community leaders were inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame Monday, after unanimous approval by the county Legislature. Youth advocate Richard Snavely, U.S. Army veterans Richard Call and Carroll Haines, and American Red Cross volunteer Patricia Sager Haines were recognized for their contributions to the region.
Dunkin’ Donates Over $4K to Food Bank of the Southern Tier:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier was presented with a check for $4,620 Wednesday from Dunkin’, courtesy of their Iced Coffee Day event, which was held on May 22nd. Food Bank officials say that the funds raised on Iced Coffee Day will allow them to distribute 12,000 meals. In addition to the check, the food bank also received 216 pounds of coffee, which was donated through a partnership program with the Binghamton Devils called, “Goals for Coffee.”
Primary Election Results:
The following are the local results of Tuesday’s Primary Elections. In Addison, Yvonne Burton won the Town Justice race, while Superintendent of Highways went to Jerrey BeGell. In Bath, Joshua Buck and Dustin Buck narrowly won the Town Council race. In Campbell, the Town Council primary went to James Drumm and Glenn Vogel. In Canisteo, Wally Wade won Superintendent of Highways on the Republican and Conservative tickets. In Caton, Town Supervisor went to Paul Michaloski. In Cohocton, it was Jan Kastberg and Milton Levesque winning Town Council. In Dansville, Town Supervisor went to Michael Willis, Town Council went to Robert Mahany and Eugene Jackson, and Superintendent of Highways went to Toby Jamison. In Fremont, Carol Burns and Thomas Flansberg took Town Council. In Greenwood, the Town Council race went to Trevor Hulse and Arnold Waters. In Hornellsville, Jessica LaFrance won Town Clerk. In Howard, it was Eric Hosmer and Gary Rice for Town Council. In Jasper, Darrell Brewer won Superintendent of Highways. In Lindley, Superintendent of Highways went to Kevin Putman. In Rathbone, Dan Barney won Superintendent of Highways. In Troupsburg, Benjamin Carl and David DuBois won Town Council. In Wayland, Robert Reigelsperger and Kerry Pebbles won Town Council. In Wayne, Thomas Dunbar took Town Supervisor, while William Mahr and Mary Cornish Starkweather both won the Town Clerk race on the Republican and Conservative tickets respectively. And in Woodhull, James Martin won the Superintendent of Highways primary.
Bath Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Have Sex with a Child:
A Bath man has pled guilty to trying to have sex with a child. According to U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr., 33-year-old William Read used a social media application in an attempt to meet a nine-year-old child for sex. Read was intercepted by members of the state police and department of homeland security in October 2018 while on his way to meet the child. At the time of his arrest, he was found to have condoms and candy in his possession. He was also accused of distributing and possessing images of child pornography from a cell phone in his possession. Read is scheduled to be sentenced in September on a charge of online enticement of a minor. It carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of life, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Bridge in Bath to be Named After Trooper Nicholas Clark:
Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano released a joint statement Tuesday announcing that the state Senate and Assembly have approved legislation that will designate a portion of I-86 in Bath as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge.” If signed by the Governor, the bridge on I-86 where the highway crosses State Route 415 will receive the designation. That section is located less than a half mile north of the State Police Barracks – which is where Clark was stationed at the time of his death. The 29-year-old Canisteo native was killed in the line of duty last July during a confrontation in the Town of Erwin.
Schuyler Co. Health Dept. Reports Possible Hepatitis A Exposure:
The Schuyler County Public Health Department has announced a possible Hepatitis A exposure incident at the Seneca Harbor Station restaurant in Watkins Glen between June 11th and June 21st. The department says that the risk of infection is low and most people do not get sick when an employee at a restaurant has hepatitis A, but that there is still a risk. Anyone who ate food at the restaurant between June 12th and June 21st is advised to receive a free hepatitis A vaccine during one of Schuyler County Public Health’s upcoming vaccine clinics. The clinics will be held at the Schuyler County Human Services Complex today from 2 to 7 p.m., tomorrow from noon to 6 p.m., and on Friday from noon to 4 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/counties to pre-register. If you can’t pre-register, bring your driver’s license or another form of identification. Anyone who ate at the restaurant on June 11th may have been exposed, but will not benefit from the hepatitis A vaccine, which is only effective within two weeks of exposure. These people are encouraged to monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days after consuming the food. Symptoms can include: fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark-colored urine, clay-colored stools, joint pain, or jaundice. If you have any symptoms, contact your healthcare provider and be sure to tell them you may have been exposed to hepatitis A. The restaurant is complying with all recommendations from the state and local health department. It is currently open and there is no risk from eating there at this time.
Corning Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash:
A Corning man was killed Sunday night in a motorcycle crash on I-86. 39-year-old Alan VanEtten Jr. has been identified as the victim. His vehicle was the only one involved in the accident, which occurred near Exit 45 (Riverside). The cause is currently unknown, but state police have said there is nothing suspicious in nature about the accident.
Bath Man Pleads Guilty in Overdose Death:
A Bath man has plead guilty to charges related to the 2018 overdose death of a veteran in the Village of Bath. 30-year-old Justin Snyder has pled guilty to criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminally negligent homicide. According to Bath Police, Snyder was arrested following a lengthy investigation into the overdose death of a 30-year-old man. The man has not been named, but it is known that he was a Purple Heart veteran. Snyder is scheduled to be sentenced in August.
Republican/Conservative Town Primaries Today:
Republican primaries will happen in 19 towns today. Additionally, the Towns of Wayne and Canisteo will hold Conservative primaries. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. There are no primaries for county elected officials and no primaries for other parties. That means only registered Republicans or Conservatives will be able to vote. Voters can check poll site locations and sample ballots online athttps://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19. Once again, the Attorney General’s Office will conduct an Election Day Hotline to troubleshoot and resolve a range of issues encountered by voters at their poll sites. Voters experiencing problems or issues should call 1-800-771-7755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. today.
Landslide Closes One Lane on S.R. 54A Near Branchport:
A landslide has brought State Route 54A in the Town of Pulteney down to one lane, approximately 2.5 miles south of Branchport. Both directions of traffic will be accommodated in one lane using temporary traffic signals. The lane closure is expected to be in place for an extended period while repair options are evaluated and designed. An updated travel advisory will be issued prior to the start of repairs.
Road Work Travel Reminders:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that bridge joint replacement work will begin on State Route 352 over Interstate 86 near Exit 48 in East Corning today. For the duration of the work, one lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. The DOT also announced that State Route 417 in the Town of Woodhull will be closed beginning today to replace a culvert and make drainage improvements. It will be closed between County Route 129 and County Route 81 east of the Hamlet of Woodhull. Traffic will be detoured via County Routes 119, 21, and 102. It will be open to local traffic, but will be impassable between County Route 129 and Harder Road. Work is anticipated to approximately last one week.
NYS Approves “Extreme Winter Recovery” Funding:
$65 million in funding has been approved by New York State for “Extreme Winter Recovery” to assist counties, towns, and villages throughout New York to maintain and repair local roads and bridges. The funding was initially left out of the 2019-2020 state budget after years of being allocated through the state’s Consolidated Local Street and Highway Improvement Programs (CHIPS). The restored funding was in legislation approved by the Senate late Sunday night. The Assembly approved it early Monday. Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who have helped lead the campaign fighting for local roads, released a joint statement saying that they’re “glad it’s been restored because it is the absolute right thing to do.”
NYSDEC Urges Reporting of Possible Hogweed Sites:
With it’s blooming season approaching, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding the public to be vigilant for and to report sightings of Giant Hogweed. The large, invasive, and dangerous plant is known to cause severe skin and eye irritation, including temporary or permanent blindness. The DEC and its regional partners have confirmed Giant Hogweed in 51 counties across New York, with most of the active sites concentrated across Central and Western New York. Officials say headway is being made to eradicate the plant. Giant Hogweed can grow up to 15-feet tall and has 2-foot-wide umbrella-shaped canopies of flowers. If you find Giant Hogweed, do not touch it. Take photos of the entire plant (stem, leaves, flower, seeds), note the location, and send a report with the information to email@example.com, text to (518) 320-0309, or call at (845) 256-3111. If confirmed, the DEC will contact the landowner to discuss control options.
Vernon Downs, Woodstock Festival Reportedly Nearing Deal:
Early reports that upstate harness track and casino, Vernon Downs was in the running to be the new site of the Woodstock 50 festival appear to be accurate, as the Town of Vernon Supervisor has told the Poughkeepsie Journal that Woodstock 50 has applied for a permit to hold the concert at the site. The owner of Vernon Downs also stated in an email Monday that they’re close to signing a letter of intent. Vernon Downs is located approximately 35 miles east of Syracuse and it could host up to 65,000 people, but camping would not be available. Woodstock organizers have not commented.
2 Hornell Women Charged in Fatal Overdose:
Two Hornell women have been charged following investigation into a fatal overdose of another resident. 64-year-old Susan Cook has been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment and 60-year-old Rebecca Converso has been charged with fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and first-degree reckless endangerment.
SUNY Tuition Hike:
Students heading back to SUNY colleges this fall will see an increase in their tuition costs. The State University of New York Board of Trustees have approved a $200 increase for the fall semester. The hike marks an increase of over 60 percent over the past ten years. The Excelsior program will continue to offer free tuition for eligible students, despite the increase.
Wayland Man Charged under Leandra’s Law:
A Wayland man is facing a felony DWI charge for allegedly breaking Leandra’s Law. 27-year-old Casey Barrett was stopped by Livingston County Sheriff’s deputies in the Town of Groveland and was charged with Leandra’s Law DWI for allegedly having a 5-month old child in his car, as well as aggravated unlicensed operation. Barrett’s license has reportedly been suspended six times. He is being held in the Livingston County Jail on $5,000 bail.
“Day of Action” Brings Out Hundreds of Volunteers:
The United Way of the Southern Tier held its annual “Day of Action” on Friday, and hundreds of volunteers turned out throughout Steuben and Chemung counties to work on community projects. Over 300 volunteers devoted 1,650 hours to 30 community projects that included planting flowers, working on a children’s trail, helping seniors with a memory box craft, and more. If you’d like to get involved, call the United Way of the Southern Tier at (607) 936-3753 to find out how.
Suspect Arrested for Bridge Street Burglary
Corning Police Department reports officers made an arrest in connection to an investigation into a Bridge Street burglary that happened in the early morning hours of June 13th. Police say they arrested 37-year-old Zachary Winderl of Corning following a tip that he was the one behind the June 13th burglary. Winderl was sent to the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned after being charged with third degree burglary, third degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.
Sheriff’s Office Cautions Boaters of High Waters
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office navigation patrol reports high water and debris in Keuka and Waneta Lakes due to heavy rains this week. All boaters are cautioned that floating and hidden debris can be a hazard to navigation. Boaters are cautioned to be observant of floating tree limbs, branches, logs, and other debris in the water. New York State Navigation Law on Keuka Lake requires the boating speed limit to be no more than 5 mph within 200 feet of shore. Obstructions are often floating or submerged near the shorelines.
Horseheads Man Arrested for Drugs and Driving Unlicensed
An 89-year-old man from Horesheads and his passenger were arrested following a one-car accident in the town of Seneca Falls. Frank Louisell said he misjudged the proximity of an oncoming car while making a turn, causing him to swerve and leave the roadway. Louisell was charged with driving on a suspended license, criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. His passenger from Seneca Falls was found walking away from the scene then charged with consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both suspects are expected to appear again in Seneca Falls Town Court.
Hammondsport Woman Arrested for Assault
A Hammondsport woman is in Steuben County Jail after Sheriff Deputies responded to a report of an assault in progress at a town of Urbana residence. 46-year-old Kelly Harris allegedly “assaulted someone by means of a weapon or dangerous instrument.” Harris was arrested and charged with assault before being held in the county jail without bail.
Wayland Man Arrested on DWI Charges
A Steuben County man faces multiple counts when he was arrested during a traffic stop in Groveland. 27-year-old Casey Barrett of Wayland was charged with felony aggravated driving while intoxicated with a 5-month-old in the vehicle. Deputies said the child was not buckled into a child restraint seat properly. Barrett was also charged with felony first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, endangering the welfare of a child and other counts. While being processed deputies learned Barrett also had outstanding warrant. He was arraigned and committed to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of bail.
Historic Tappan Zee Parts Used on Lyons Hollow Road Bridge Project
Two deck panels of the Historic Tappan Zee Bridge were installed Friday as part of the latest bridge replacement work on the Lyons Hollow Road Bridge in the Town of Prattsburgh. The 10-year-old panels were retrieved from the Tappan Zee Bridge after its demolition in 2017. County Engineer Steve Catherman says the panels will be placed on stub concrete abutments, with concrete back walls and wing walls. The Prattsburgh bridge will be newly-galvanized and completed with approach guide railing, roughly costing Steuben County $55,000 to update.
Corning Police Seeking Suspect:
Corning Police are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect wanted for questioning in a burglary at a Bridge Street business in the early morning hours of June 13th. The man is described as white with a medium build, some facial hair, and he possibly has a cut on his arm or hand. He was reportedly wearing dark colored shorts and a black Boston Bruins t-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to call the Corning Police Department at (607) 962-0340 EXT. 1500.
Bath Man Accused of Selling Drugs:
The Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 37-year-old Vincent Martilotti of Bath on indictment warrants for 2 counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance and 2 counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. The arrest comes after an investigation into reports of drug activity in close proximity to a daycare and elementary school. Martilotti was taken directly to jail and will be arraigned in Steuben County Court at a later date.
Hammondsport Woman Arrested for Assault:
A Hammondsport woman has been arrested following an incident at a residence in Urbana. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 46-year-old Kelly Harris intentionally caused physical injury to another person by means of a weapon or dangerous instrument. She has been charged with assault and was held without bail.
Brewer Tapped for Steuben Co. Deputy Manager:
A Hornell native has been named the Steuben County Deputy Manager. Christopher Brewer was recently appointed by county Manager Jack Wheeler, with strong endorsements from county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski and the Legislature’s Administration Committee. Brewer has a solid background in finance, having most recently served the community as Steuben Trust Company Vice-President and Commercial Loan Officer, setting in motion millions of dollars in commercial loans in Hornell, Bath, Canisteo, and Dansville. Brewer also chairs the Regional Economic Development Energy Corporation, has worked closely with the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, and was recently appointed to the St. Ann’s Academy board of directors.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Issues Boating Advisory:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office navigation patrol reports high water and debris in Keuka and Waneta Lakes due to heavy rains. All boaters are cautioned that floating and hidden debris can be a hazard to navigation and boaters should be observant of floating tree limbs, branches, logs, and other debris. Please remember that New York State Navigation Law on Keuka Lake decrees the boating speed limit to be no more than 5 mph within 200 feet of shore. Obstructions are often floating or submerged near the shorelines. Similar advisories have also been issued for Seneca and Canandaigua Lakes, and boaters are reminded that the 5 mph shoreline speed limit is within 100 feet on Seneca Lake.
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that bridge joint replacement work will begin on State Route 352 over Interstate 86 near Exit 48 in East Corning on June 25th. For the duration of the work, one lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. The DOT also announced that State Route 417 in the Town of Woodhull will be closed beginning June 25th to replace a culvert and make drainage improvements. It will be closed between County Route 129 and County Route 81 east of the Hamlet of Woodhull. Traffic will be detoured via County Routes 119, 21, and 102. It will be open to local traffic, but will be impassable between County Route 129 and Harder Road. Work is anticipated to approximately last one week.
3 Arrested During Traffic Enforcement Detail:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that three people were arrested during a recent intensified traffic enforcement detail on State Route 415 and State Route 21 in Wayland. 20-year-old Jeffrey Drake of Hornell allegedly knowingly possessed a controlled substance while in a vehicle and he was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was released on an appearance ticket. 39-year-old Amanda Goodridge of Brooklyn allegedly knowingly possessed a controlled substance while in a vehicle and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marihuana and she was released on an appearance ticket. And 53-year-old William Corcoran of Campbell allegedly consumed an alcoholic beverage and knowingly possessed marihuana while in a vehicle and he was charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway, and he was released on an appearance ticket.
Bath Woman Accused of Passing Fake Money:
A Bath woman has been arrested for allegedly trying to use fake money. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 33-year-old Amber Crout was arrested after she allegedly knowingly passed a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill for cab services in the Town of Erwin. She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and theft of services. She was arraigned and released to appear in the Town of Erwin Court at a later date.
State Legislature Passes Farmworkers Rights Bill:
After several hours of debate Wednesday, the New York State Senate and Assembly both passed the proposed Farmworkers Rights Bill. The legislation will give farmworkers the right to organize, collect overtime if they work more than 60 hours a week, and get a guaranteed day off each week. Supporters – which include many farm laborers, their advocates, and groups including the Catholic Church – say farm workers deserve the same rights and benefits as other workers. Those opposed, including many farm owners, warn that it could dramatically increase labor costs. Senator Tom O’Mara voted against the bill, saying it will drive family farms out of business and have profound repercussions throughout local farm economies.
Steuben Public Health Plan Tackles Substance Abuse:
One of the primary concerns to come out of the recent Health Priorities Setting Meeting for the 2019 Steuben Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was the current opioid crisis in the county. In response, the county Public Health department expects to work with other county agencies to curb the substance abuse epidemic. County Public Health Director Darlene Smith added that Steuben Public Health must also work under the state Department of Health’s guidelines and expects to decide in August what exact role it can take in the fight against substance abuse. Currently, Steuben Public Health provides training in NARCAN – an opioid overdose reversal medication. The other priorities set at the May 7th priorities meeting are: promoting healthy infants, women and children, with a focus on child and adolescent health; and tobacco prevention.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 371 & 21 in Cohocton:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that the first phase of a two-part paving project on State Routes 371 and 21 from the Ontario County line south to the Village of Cohocton will begin Monday, weather permitting. The road will be Cold-In-Place Recycled during this phase. The second part of the project, a hot mix asphalt overlay, will occur later this season. Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. The public should expect delays.
Netflix Series Featuring CMoG to Begin July 12th:
Mark your calendars – the previously announced Netflix series featuring our own local Corning Museum of Glass will begin streaming to audiences worldwide on July 12th. Blown Away will follow a group of 10 highly skilled glassmakers from across the U.S. who will be challenged to design, create, and make beautiful works of art under limited time. Their pieces will be showcased and assessed by a panel of judges. CMoG served as a key consulting partner for the series, and the museum’s Senior Manager of Hot Glass Programs Eric Meek also appears on the show as a “guest evaluator” during the finale. The winner of the series will be awarded the title of “Best in Blow” and will earn a prize package valued at $60,000, which includes a week-long Guest Artist appearance at CMoG. Additionally, artwork made on the show will be available for viewing at the museum this summer. Learn more about the show at https://www.cmog.org/blownaway.
Vernon Downs Reportedly Being Considered for New Woodstock 50 Home:
WKTV in Utica reports that Vernon Downs, a casino and race track located east of Syracuse, is being considered as a possible new home for the beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival. Vernon Downs is said to be one of possibly six venues being considered. Watkins Glen International was originally set to host the event, but the track announced on June 10th that it had ended its partnership with Woodstock. Tickets for the three-day festival still have not gone on sale.
Fire in Hornell:
First responders were called to Bennett Street in Hornell Tuesday afternoon for a fire at a home. Officials say the fire started in an unattended oven. The family of eight were able to escape the home unharmed and damage to the home is said to minimal.
2 Arrested in Corning Traffic Stop:
A traffic stop on Wall Street in Corning resulted in the arrests of two people Monday. 20-year-old Raini Giglio and 28-year-old Carissa Liberti, both of Budget Inn, East Corning were both arrested after their vehicle was pulled over at about 9:45 p.m. and officers discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Seneca Falls. They were both charged with criminal possession of stolen property and were sent to the Steuben County Jail. The vehicle was towed from the scene.
$1.6M Grant Awarded to Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition:
The New York State Department of Health has awarded the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition a $1.6 million grant. The funds, which will be broken up over five years, will be used to pay for staffing and programs. The STTAC aims to reduce tobacco use across Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties. The grant goes into effect on July 1st.
Haverling B.O.E. Meeting:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will be held tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Additionally, the B.O.E. will meet in special executive session at 5:30 p.m. in the District Office. The purpose of the special meeting/executive session is for the annual Board performance review of the superintendent of schools.
Corning’s Denison Park Pool to Open Tomorrow:
Corning’s popular summer stop, the Denison Park Pool will open to the public for the season tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th. Hours will be limited from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and June 24th through June 27th. Regular hours will be noon to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. The Stewart Park Pool is still in need of repairs and its opening will be delayed.
Simmons Rockwell Hornell Receives Service Award:
The Hornell Simmons Rockwell dealership is being recognized for exceptional service. The dealership is the recipient of the 2018 President’s Award for outstanding customer service. As outlined in the award letter, to qualify a dealership must “exhibit quality business practices and Ford’s core principles,” showing unmatched quality in customer service and satisfaction, achieve and exceed company sales projections, follow through on commitments, and provide fix it the first-time service. Only the top 10 percent of all Ford dealerships across the country receive the award. This the first time that the Hornell Simmons Rockwell has received the award.
Town Primaries Set for June 25th:
Republican primaries are set for 19 towns next Tuesday, June 25th. Additionally, the Towns of Wayne and Canisteo will hold Conservative primaries. Polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. There are no primaries for county elected officials and no primaries for other parties. That means only registered Republicans or Conservatives will be able to vote on Tuesday. And a reminder to employers: the June 25th Primary is the first time ever that employees will get paid time off to vote. Per the changed law, employees can take up to three hours at the beginning or end of his or her shift as designated by the employer, unless otherwise mutually agreed. The employee must notify their employer no less than two working days prior to the election. Voters can check their status, poll site locations, and sample ballots online at https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19. Anyone interested in becoming an elections inspector may call (607) 664-2240.
Travel Advisory – Route 21 in Cohocton/I-86 in Corning:
A reminder for motorists today that State Route 21 in the Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane approximately a half mile south of the Ontario County line beginning today for roughly one week for subsurface repair and drainage enhancements. Traffic will be maintained by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Additionally, work also begins today on a bridge joint replacement project on the I-86 Exit 47 (Gibson) interchange in the Town of Corning. Traffic will be limited to one lane and drivers should be prepared for delays.
Hammondsport B.O.E. Meeting:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, June 19th at 6 p.m. It will be held in the high school library.
Hornell Announces Summer Hours for City Pool:
The City of Hornell has announced the summer hours for the pool at Veteran’s Memorial Park. It will be open today through Sunday, June 30th from 1 to 5 p.m. The City Summer Recreation Program officially begins on July 1st. As of July 1st, the pool will be open Monday through Saturday for Open Swim from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. There will be a Family Swim from 6 to 7:45 p.m. On Sundays, it will be open for Open Swim from noon to 5:45 p.m. The baby pool will be closed for maintenance on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.
Rent Reform Bill Signed into NYS Law
New York lawmakers passed a bill series of sweeping rent reforms to grant housing tenants the strongest protections in state history. The State Assembly and Senate passed the packages minutes away from each other and sent the legislation to the Governor, who signed it into law on Friday. The reforms include allowing any municipality outside of New York City to be included in rent control regulations, allowing cities, towns and villages with rental vacancy rates of 5% or less to be able to set up their own rent control units and requires landlords statewide to provide notice if they are going to increase a tenant’s rent by more than 5% or do not intend to renew a tenant lease. The legislation also makes eviction a crime when a landlord locks out or uses force to evict a tenant. Sponsors of the bill say it will help to stabilize the speculative housing market statewide.
Anti-Robo Call Bill Passed in NYS Senate
A New York Senate bill passed Friday to help limit robocalls throughout New York state. The legislation, State Senate Bill S3297D, would require telephone service providers offer call mitigation technology to their users, free of charge. The bill would also require robocalls be received only with prior consent. A recent FCC ruling says service providers can, by default, block unwanted robocalls. Bill S3297D will next be voted on in the state assembly.
Color Walk to End Child Abuse Attracts Dozens of Local Supporters
Over 70 local citizens showed up in Pulteney Square for the fourth annual Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse on Saturday. The event was intended as a colorful reminder that every one of us can do something to prevent child abuse. Walkers were splashed with non toxic colored paint powder and participating agencies provided information on services and resources for families. The event was sponsored by the Steuben County Youth Bureau, the Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Task Force, Keuka Insurance Group, Inc. and the Corning Police Benevolent Association.
Route 21 in Cohocton Closes Tomorrow for Construction
The New York State Department of Transportation says that that State Route 21 in Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location about a ½ mile south of the Ontario County line tomorrow. This lane closure is being implemented to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements to State Route 21. Work is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.
OFA Issues Needs Assessment Survey
Steuben County residents are asked to weigh in on how to best serve the needs of our elderly. Every few years, the Steuben County Office For the Aging conducts its “Needs Assessment Survey” with its community members to help determine how the organization focuses their services. Surveys are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OFA-NAS or calling (607) 664-2298 to receive a survey through mail. Surveys are also available in large print for ease and comfort of participants.
AAA Projects Lower Summer Gas Prices
According to experts from AAA, the national average for regular gas currently is $2.75 a gallon- a price 17 cents lower than last year’s high in early May. AAA is expecting a drop in gas prices this summer as prices per gallon have fallen steadily for the past several weeks. According to one analyst, United States drivers could pay less than $2.25 per gallon in the next few months.
Hornell Man Arrested Following Bolivar Incident
A Hornell man was arrested with a felony charge of 3rd degree criminal mischief after he allegedly destroyed a car on Liberty Street in the village of Bolivar.Troopers arrested and charged Jamie Miller for the June 5th incident, leaving him with an appearance ticket to show in court later this month.
Route 21 in Cohocton to Be Closed for Construction
The New York State Department of Transportation says that that State Route 21 in Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location approximately 0.5 miles south of the Ontario County line on Tuesday. This lane closure is being implemented to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements to State Route 21. Work is anticipated to last approximately one week. Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Motorists should expect delays.
County Reminds Citizens of Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Steuben County Legislature urges residents to take special note of the rights and dignity of the elderly in Steuben today on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski says “our aging residents are suffering from neglect or are victims of physical, emotional, or financial abuse. According to studies, it is estimated that only one in 23 cases of elder abuse ever comes to the attention of authorities.
Governor Eliminates Non-Medical Vaccination Exemptions
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak. Cuomo says "the science is crystal clear: Vaccines are safe, effective and the best way to keep our children safe.”
OFA Issues Needs Assessment Survey
Steuben County residents are asked to weigh in on how to best serve the needs of our elderly. Every few years, the Steuben County Office For the Aging conducts its “Needs Assessment Survey” with its community members to help determine how the organization focuses thier services. Surveys are available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2019OFA-NAS or calling 607-664-2298 to receive a survey through mail. Surveys are also available in large print for ease and comfort of participants.
Hammondsport Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hammondsport man for drug charges. According to deputies, a Superior Court Indictment Warrant was issued for 36 year old Thomas R. Boston, who was indicted for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance charges in both the fourth and fifth degree. It is alleged that Boston sold substances in the Hammondsport area. Boston was arraigned in Steuben County Court then released on his own recognizance.
Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hammondsport man on drug charges. 36-year-old Thomas Boston has been indicted for criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance for allegedly selling controlled substances in the Hammondsport area. Boston was arraigned and was released on his own recognizance.
Dansville Woman Charged with Misusing Food Stamps, Petit Larceny:
A Dansville woman has been arrested for allegedly misusing food stamps and petit larceny. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 37-year-old Lisa Galloway allegedly used another person’s benefit card on multiple occasions. She was not authorized or eligible to use or receive benefits from that person’s card. She was released on an appearance ticket.
New York Does Away with Religious Exemption to Vaccinations:
New York State has done away with the religious exemption for vaccinations for schoolchildren. The state Senate and Assembly approved the repel Thursday, and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure minutes after the final vote. It goes into effect immediately, but unvaccinated students have up to 30 days after they enter a school to show they’ve had the first dose of each required immunization. The religious exemption allowed parents to cite religious beliefs to forego the required vaccines for school enrollment. The repel comes on the heels of the nation’s worst measles outbreak since 1992. The exemption for children who cannot have vaccines for medical reasons, such as a weakened immune system, has not been changed.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 21 in Cohocton, I-86 Exit 47:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that State Route 21 in the Town of Cohocton will be reduced to one lane at a location approximately .5 miles south of the Ontario County line next week. The closure will begin June 18th to facilitate subsurface repair to the road base and drainage enhancements. Traffic will be accommodated by a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern, controlled by flaggers. Work is expected to last approximately one week. Additionally, it has been announced that work will also begin on the 18th on a bridge joint replacement project on the I-86 Exit 47 (Gibson) interchange in the Town of Corning. Traffic will be limited to one lane and drivers should be prepared for delays.
Woodstock Lost WGI for Failure to Pay Says Court Docs:
Court documents submitted during a hearing between the former investor in the Woodstock 50 festival, Dentsu, and the festival organizers, has revealed more information about why Watkins Glen International pulled the event’s site license. The letter reportedly says festival organizers failed to make a final payment of $150,000 to the racetrack. WGI announced Monday that it would no longer host the festival, which was set to take place from August 16th through the 18th. Dentsu and organizers are battling in court over $18.5 million in funding that organizers say Dentsu stole, while Dentsu says the money is rightfully theirs. All the while, organizers continue to insist the festival will go on and tickets will go on sale soon.
Steuben Legislature Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day:
The Steuben County Legislature is urging residents to take special note of the rights and dignity of the elderly in Steuben tomorrow on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The county Department of Social Services fields several hundred allegations of senior abuse each year, and Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski says that both professional caregivers and every resident of every age should be aware of the signs of abuse, which can include physical trauma, depression, anxiety, and isolation from family, neighbors, and friends. The theme for this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is “Building Strong Support Elders.” It’s a call to action, sending a message that causing physical and emotional harm to an older person, taking financial advantage of an elderly individual, or jeopardizing the health or welfare of a senior is inexcusable and unlawful.
2 Steuben Co. Men Arrested on Drug Charges in Hornell:
Two Steuben County men have been arrested on drug-related charges following a traffic stop by Hornell Police Wednesday morning. 46-year-old Eugene Poteat Jr. of Bath and 39-year-old Steven Hughes of Hornell are accused of selling meth, and Hughes is additionally accused of trying to destroy evidence. Both men are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance. Both were taken to the Steuben County Jail.
Bradford Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bradford man following a reported domestic incident. Deputies say they responded to a residence on C.R. 18 in Bradford on June 9th to investigate a 911 report of a domestic disturbance where a man had a knife. It’s alleged that 40-year-old Charles DeCamp threatened persons at the residence with a knife, intentionally damaged property, was in possession of methamphetamine, and resisted arrest. He was charged with menacing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Canisteo Man Facing Drug Charges in Livingston Co.:
A Canisteo man is facing drug charges in Livingston County after he was arrested for allegedly carrying fentanyl in his car. 31-year-old Nathan Osmin has been charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, evidence tampering, and possession of a hypodermic instrument. Osmin is currently being held at the Livingston County Jail on $2,500 bail.
Canisteo Youth Accused of Making Unspecified Threat:
A youth from Canisteo has been arrested for allegedly making a terroristic threat. Details have not been released regarding what type of threat was made, but authorities report that the juvenile was ticketed and released to appear in Family Court at a later date.
NYS Assembly Passes “Green Light” Bill:
The New York State Assembly has passed the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act. Commonly known as the Green Light bill, it would allow undocumented immigrants in New York to apply for a driver’s license by expanding the types of proof of identity that can be submitted with an application for a non-commercial driver’s license. The bill would allow applicants to submit a signed affidavit that they have not been issued a social security card, instead of providing a social security card. Governor Andrew Cuomo has voiced support for the legislation, saying he will sign it if it passes. He has said he believes it will improve road safety. A study in 2017 by Stanford University found that after California expanded access to drivers’ licenses, hit-and-run accidents dropped between seven and 10 percent, and not-at-fault drivers saved $3.5 million in out-of-pocket expenses for car repairs. In all, twelve states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia have all already passed similar legislation.
Caton Man Killed in Trailer Fire:
A Caton man has died after his trailer caught fire. According to the Caton Volunteer Fire Department, crews were called to the scene just after 2 a.m. Monday. They rescued 40-year-old Andrew Marmuscak, who suffered second degree burns on “approximately 80 percent of his body.” He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Bath Woman Charged with Violating Leandra’s Law:
A Bath woman has been arrested after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report to check the welfare of two minors. Authorities allege that 38-year-old Crystal Wellman operated a motor vehicle in an impaired condition due to illegal drug use. She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated: with a child age 15 or younger inside the vehicle (known as Leandra’s Law), operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. She was released on traffic summons and an appearance ticket.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 371 in N. Cohocton:
The New York State Department of Transportation will be closing State Route 371 in the Hamlet of North Cohocton today through Friday to complete work necessary for a joint project with the Steuben County Soil and Water District to address flooding of properties along State Route 371. The highway will be closed between Maple Street and State Route 21. State route 371 will be open to local traffic, but will be impassable just north of Empire Tractor.
Bath Bowling Alley to See New Life as Co. Parking Lot:
The partially-collapsed Steuben Bowling Academy in Bath will soon see new life as a parking lot for the busy Steuben County Office Building. On Tuesday, the county Legislature’s Ad Hoc Office Space Committee approved a bid of $109,000 for demolition of the remaining structure, including asbestos abatement and other associated costs – contingent on the county closing a deal to purchase the property for $70,000. County Manager Jack Wheeler told The Corning Leader that they hope the deal will be finalized in a couple of months. The new lot will add 90 additional parking spaces, easing congestion that has become increasingly apparent, especially during jury selections. Steuben Bowling suffered the collapse in September 2018 and just 10 days later, the owners posted on their website saying that they were closing down permanently.
Children Could Be Required to Attend Kindergarten:
Children could soon be required to attend kindergarten, with legislation to do so passing in both the state Senate and Assembly. If signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, all New York schools would be allowed to require children who live in their district to attend kindergarten when they turn five, and teachers and school officials would then be able to report a child’s lack of attendance to Child Protective Services. Under current law, children do not have to show up until age six, which supporters of the measure say allows the students to miss out on crucial key learning and that they can develop bad habits, are more likely to fall behind, and potentially drop out.
NY, Other States, Oppose T-Mobile/Sprint Deal:
Citing consumer harm, New York – along with attorney generals of several other states – has filed a federal lawsuit to block a proposal by T-Mobile to acquire Sprint. The suit says that the promised benefits of the $26.5 billion bid, such as better networks and faster service, cannot be verified, but that the elimination of a major wireless company will immediately harm consumers by reducing competition and driving up prices. New York is joined by California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin in the lawsuit. The Federal Communications Commission has voiced support of the deal. The Justice Department hasn’t yet made a decision. T-Mobile and Sprint have tried to merge before under the Obama administration, but the deal was denied by regulators.
Ecuador Denies Extradition, Releases Paul Ceglia:
The Wellsville man accused of trying to defraud Mark Zuckerberg is now free after an Ecuadorian judge denied an extradition request by the United States and released him. Paul Ceglia was arrested in 2012 after fabricating a contract and multiple emails, claiming that he was owed half-ownership of Facebook. He later fled to Ecuador after cutting off his home arrest monitoring bracelet. He was arrested again in Ecuador in August of 2018. He faces 20 years in prison if convicted. In apparent reasoning for the release, the Ecuadorian President cited cases in which the U.S. denied extradition requests made by Ecuador for citizens who allegedly committed crimes.
Fire at Steuben Co. Landfill:
Just after 3 a.m. Monday, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the area of the Steuben County landfill on Turnpike Road in Bath on a report of smoke. Assistant Chief Joe Washburn was first on scene and he discovered flames moving across the top of the landfill. He immediately requested to dispatch for a working fire and mutual aid was called in from nearby departments. There were no structures involved in the fire and 2 pieces of heavy equipment were safely removed from the area by landfill personnel. The fire was called under control just before 8 a.m. and all fire units were cleared from the scene by 8:30. The landfill was open for business by 10:30 a.m. In all, 16 fire departments were called in, as well as the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps and Steuben County Emergency Services.
Woodstock 50 Seeking New Home after WGI Cancels:
The Woodstock 50 event will have to find a new home if it hopes to go off as planned, as Watkins Glen International has officially ended its partnership with the festival. In a statement released Monday, the track said it “terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract” and as such “WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival.” In response, festival organizers released a statement of their own, saying they’re in discussions with a new host and are still planning for the event to happen August 16th through the 18th and they “look forward to sharing the new location when tickets go on sale in the coming weeks.”
NYS Gaming Commission Approves Sports Betting at Upstate Casinos:
As expected, Monday, the New York State Gaming Commission has voted in favor of allowing sports betting at four upstate casinos, including Tioga Downs and Del Lago. Bets won’t be able to be made until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which likely won’t be until later this summer. Additionally, tribal casinos are also planning to allow betting. Legislation that would authorize wagering at sporting venues or on mobile devices has been introduced in the state Legislature, but so far has not received a vote.
1st Annual Pride Event in Corning Saturday:
Corning will host its first ever Pride event this weekend at Centennial Park. The event will run Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and it will be free to attend, offering everyone the chance to come together and applaud everyone’s freedom to be themselves. Participating in the event is the Corning Museum of Glass, which will be offering free admission on the 16th and 17th to those who show their button from the Pride Celebration on the 15th. The Museum will have a Pride-themed tour and visitors can enjoy brand-new rainbow-colored selections for Make Your Own Glass projects.
Local Students Receive Bath Rotary Scholarships:
The Bath Rotary Club has awarded eight graduating seniors from four local school districts scholarships totaling $12,000 for their outstanding achievement and extraordinary involvement in school and community activities. The $1,500 Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarships went to Derrick Goll of Campell-Savona, Grace DiRisio of Prattsburgh and Parker Watson of Hammondsport. The $1,000 Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Madelyn Scott of Haverling. The $1,500 Bath Rotary Club Scholarships went to Kambree Calkins of Haverling, Natalie Lowin of Hammondsport, and Travis Raab of Hammondsport. And the $500 Interact Club Scholarships were awarded to Kambree Calkins and Madelyn Scott, both of Haverling.
Wayland Man Injured in Deer Collison:
A Wayland man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital after his motorcycle collided with a deer in Hornellsville. According to authorities, 70-year-old Frank Gross was traveling on Seneca Road North Friday afternoon when the deer ran into the roadway. Gross’s condition is unknown at this time.
“Speed Week” Enforcement Effort Underway:
A special enforcement initiative is underway on New York’s roads. “Speed Week” runs through June 12th with a goal of cracking down on speeding or aggressive driving, and distracted driving. State Troopers will be out in force in both marked and unmarked vehicles to identify drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, those not properly buckled up, and those who don’t obey the Move Over law. During the 2018 Speed Week campaign, nearly 25,000 tickets were issued.
NYS Gaming Commission to Vote on Sports Betting at Upstate Casinos:
Sports betting could soon become legal at four upstate casinos. The state Gaming Commission is set to vote today on regulations that would permit betting at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady, Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier, and Del Lago Resort and Casino in the Finger Lakes. If approved, bets won’t start until the facilities receive their wagering licenses, which will likely be later this summer.
FCC Approves “Robocall” Block Measure:
The Federal Communications Commission has approved a measure giving telephone carriers the ability to block “robocalls.” Reports say Americans get some five billion robocalls a month, many of them illegal scams. With the new measure, carriers will now be able to automatically block unwanted robocalls by using algorithms and network scanning, similar to email spam filtering. The ruling also allows some carriers to give customers the ability to receive phone calls from their saved contacts only. There’s no word yet from most carriers if there will be any charges associated with this new feature. T-Mobile says it has already been offering a free block service since 2017.
NYS Senate Approves O’Mara Backed Paint Recycling Program:
Paint recycling legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara has been unanimously approved by the New York State Senate. The legislation would establish an industry-sponsored “Paint Stewardship Program” that would see manufacturers responsible for managing the recycling and disposal of unused paint, instead of local governments. This is the fourth straight year that the Senate has approved the bill. The Assembly has never taken action on it. O’Mara says it would create local jobs, encourage environmentally sound recycling and disposal of unused paint, and local governments could save approximately $25 million annually. In Oregon, where similar legislation was enacted in 2010, over 1 million gallons of paint has been recycled. California launched its paint recycling program in 2012 and currently has over 350 collection locations.
Lobes Found Guilty of Assault
A Corning man was found guilty for the assault of a female at his home back in September 2018. Gary Lobes was found guilty of second degree assault, attempted second and third degree assault and criminal mischief for strangling and beating a 26 year old victim on her body, face, hands and feet. Lobes will return to Steuben County Court at 10:30 a.m. on July 12th for sentencing and is currently held at Steuben County Jail. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker remarked about the case: “This is a case of pervasive domestic violence and the Corning Police Department went above and beyond in their efforts to investigate and bring this person to justice.”
Lane Closure on State Route 54A in Urbana
Construction continues on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana. Traffic has been reduced to one lane about 0.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. Both directions of traffic are accommodated in one lane using temporary traffic signals. This lane closure has been implemented due to a landslide, and is expected to be in place for an extended period while repair options are evaluated and designed.
Canisteo Man Arrested for DWI
A Canisteo man was arrested on DWI charges following a traffic stop in Hornell. Steuben County Sheriffs say deputies arrested Peter B. Macchiaroli for allegedly operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition with a blood alcohol content above .18% Macchiaroli was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated. He was released on traffic summons to appear in the Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.
Bath Man Arrested for Drug Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department arrested a Bath man for drug charges for allegedly selling methamphetamine on at least 2 occasions in the Village of Bath. Ted M. Hackett had 2 Superior Court Arrest Warrants and was found to be in possession of crystal methamphetamine. Hackett was charged with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree as well as Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Hackett was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail with his bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond on each indictment.
Tops Stores Begins Stars for Our Troops Initiative
The Stars for Our Troops initiative at Tops Friendly Markets began yesterday to help customers properly retire their tattered and worn American flags by taking the flags as donations at many of the store’s locations around the Finger Lakes until June 22nd. Tops is accepting flags in honor of Flag Day on June 14th and Independence Day next month as a way to express their thanks and respect to veterans. The flags will be used by partner veteran organizations for their embroidered stars to be presented to local service men and women. The Tops in Dansville and Elmira will be participating this year in the Stars for Our Troops Initiative.
County Adds New Map App for Solar Development
A new app for municipalities has been added to Steuben County Planning Department’s online Mapping and Resources web page to help landowners and local governments if and when they are approached by solar companies. The new tool shows properties in each town that could be developed for sizable solar projects. The app helps towns and farmers locate land that can be leased or purchased for large scale solar energy purposes, while maintaining prime farm land for crops. The low-impact projects generate more and more interest across the state as a way to provide clean, renewable sources of electrical power, with the Steuben County Public Works Department considering a solar project at the county landfill. The app can be accessed here: https://scnygis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=240781aab68e48a6b6d60960dc4ca6db
Consumer Alert Issued for SSA Scam
The New York State Division of Consumer Protection has issued a consumer alert regarding scammers impersonating employees from the Social Security Administration to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims. In most cases, the caller requests personal information such as a Social Security Number, date of birth, mother's maiden name, and/or bank account information. As an excuse to ask for the information, the impersonator may claim that the Social Security Administration (SSA) “computers are down," or they may discuss enrollment in a Medicare prescription drug program. Officials stress that you should never give out your personal information.
County Attorney Reed Stepping Down
Steuben County officials announced county attorney Alan Reed will be stepping down from his position. Reed has filled the county attorney position since 2011, heading up the county Law Department. Officials said in a written statement: “In recent months,Mr.Reed and the County Legislature have realized that Mr. Reed’s perspective on legal concerns has not reflected the policy direction in which the county is moving,” and noted a team of strong leaders is in place to continue work after Reed leaves.
NYS Senate Passes Law to Forgive Snow Days
The New York State Senate Wednesday passed a bill that would forgive a snow day beyond a school district's allowed amount if a state of emergency is declared the same day. The state of emergency could be declared by the governor, county executive or other emergency management leader. School districts are required by the State Education Department to have students in session for 180 days. The state already has a waiver for districts to be forgiven, but only after vacation days are taken away. The Assembly has not yet taken action on the bill.
NYS Senate Passes Limo Legislation Package
Yesterday, the New York State Senate Majority passed several limo regulation reforms. The reforms include New CDL Requirements for limo drivers, Seatbelts mandated for any altered vehicle transporting nine or more passengers,GPS requirements for limos, Drug and alcohol testing required for for-hire vehicles carrying nine or more occupants and much more. This bill package is the first legislation since the October limo crash in Schoharie County that killed 20 people. The legislation will go on to be voted in the State Assembly. Details about the bill can be read at: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s6192.
Travel Advisory – I-86 over C.R. 333 in Campbell
Work begins today on a bridge joint replacement project on Interstate Highway 86, eastbound over County Route 333. According to the New York State Department of Transportation, one lane of traffic will be maintained during work. The project is anticipated to last two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures, and could experience travel delays.
Man Shot in Turkey Hunting Accident:
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police report that a Steuben County man was recently shot during a turkey hunting trip in the Town of Cohocton. The ECO say they received a call from Steuben County 911 on May 15th that an adult male had been admitted to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville with minor injuries from a pellet lodged in one of his fingers. The man said he was accidently shot by his hunting partner as he was carrying a turkey decoy.
Rep. Reed Doesn’t Agree with President’s Tariffs on Mexico:
In a recent interview, Congressman Tom Reed said that he doesn’t believe the tariffs imposed on Mexico by President Donald Trump will realistically fix the border issue. Instead he said he thinks that leaders in both Mexico and the U.S. need to “step up” and act to fix the “broken border.” He said he doesn’t believe tariffs are “the best tool to deploy” on the issue.
NYS Senate Passes Snow Day Forgiveness Bill:
New York school districts in danger of losing vacation days due to having too many snow days might be able to have a day forgiven in the future thanks to a new bill. The state Senate has passed a bill that would forgive a snow day beyond a school district’s allowed amount if a state emergency is declared the same day. The state of emergency could be declared by the governor, county executive, or other emergency management leader. Currently, school districts are required to have students in session for 180 days. There is a waiver for districts to be forgiven, but only after vacation days are taken away. The bill now needs to pass the Assembly and then be signed by the Governor before it can become law.
Applications Open for Fire Department Grants:
The state Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications from fire departments for federally funded Volunteer Fire Assistance grants. If awarded, fire departments will receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,500. Expenses directly related to fire suppression efforts are eligible for funding, while expenditures not directly related to firefighting – such as search and rescue equipment, maintenance items, and construction of building and facilities – are not. The application deadline is June 28th. If awarded, departments have until October 31st to finish all required grant paperwork. More information is available via the DEC by calling 518-402-8839 or online at the DEC website.
Steuben Co. Attorney Stepping Down:
Steuben County Attorney Alan Reed has announced that he will be stepping down after eight years of service. The County Attorney heads the County Law Department, representing the county in all of its legal matters. Reed was appointed in January 2011 to finish out the term of former County Attorney Frederick Ahrens. In a statement, County officials said that, “In recent months, Mr. Reed and the County Legislature have realized that Mr. Reed’s perspective on legal concerns has not reflected the policy direction in which the County is moving.” The statement went on to say Reed has formed a highly qualified team of professionals, capable of providing excellent legal services and that Steuben County will “continue to be well-served with quality legal representation” upon Reed’s departure. Reed said he is “deeply grateful for having the opportunity to serve as County Attorney,” and that his plan going forward is to explore “new ventures in providing legal representation.”
Steuben Co. Tire Day Sees 20,000 Tires Turned in to Landfill:
The recent tire collection event held in connection with Earth Day at the Steuben County landfill saw some 20,000 tires turned in. That’s roughly twice the amount collected during a similar event last year, according to officials. County Commissioner of Public Works Vincent Spagnoletti told The Corning Leader that more than 850 individuals brought in an average of 24 tires each.
Rep. Reed Delivers $5M for Local Airports:
Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday nine grants worth over $5 million to provide local airports in Corning, Elmira, Ithaca, Olean, Penn Yan, Wellsville, and the Finger Lakes with funding to renovate and improve facilities. Said Reed, “We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have fair access to reliable transportation. These grants enable our local airports to fund maintenance projects and ensure efficiency of their operations.”
OFA Seminars Start June 10th:
Free seminars on Medicare, sponsored by the Steuben County Office for the Aging, have been set for June 10th, 11th, and 20th, in Steuben County. The first will be at the Steuben County Offices Building in Bath from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On June 11th it will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then on June 20th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. These public seminars are tailored for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low-income subsidies. For more information and to make reservations call the Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298.
NYS Launches Interactive Algal Bloom Map:
There’s a new way for state residents to keep track of harmful algal blooms. The State has launched an online notification and reporting system, dubbed “NY HABS,” that features an interactive map. The map is updated daily with reports of blooms along with a new public reporting form. View the map online at on.ny.gov/nyhabs.
Declawing Ban Heads to Gov. Cuomo:
Legislation that would ban the declawing of cats in New York State has been passed by the state legislature and is now its way to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk. Per the bill, those who violate the ban could face fines upwards of $1,000. Veterinarians would still be able to perform the procedure for medical reasons, such as infection or injury.
2 Children Arrested in Avoca Burglary:
Two young children were arrested following a burglary in progress call in the village of Avoca. Bath-based troopers said they arrested boys, ages 10 and 12. They were both charged with four felonies to include first-degree reckless endangerment, residential burglary armed with an explosive or deadly weapon, second-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a loaded firearm. They were released on appearance tickets.
Multimillion Dollar Renovations Planned for Steuben Co. Offices:
The Steuben County Office Building in Bath will see some much-needed TLC to its courtroom facility in the near future via a multimillion-dollar project that includes major renovations such as additional courtrooms, hearing rooms, waiting areas for the public, and renovated space for the court administration staff. The project was prompted by a notification by the state Office of Court Administration roughly two years ago that found the county courtroom facility did not meet state standards. County Manger Jack Wheeler told WENY that the project could cost between $7 and $11 million, and it will go up for bid in early 2020 with an estimated completion date of 2023.
Travel Advisory – I-86 over C.R. 333 in Campbell:
Work is expected to begin Friday on a bridge joint replacement project on Interstate Highway 86, eastbound over County Route 333. According to the New York State Department of Transportation, one lane of traffic will be maintained during work. The project is anticipated to last two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures, and could experience travel delays.
Steuben COs Recognized:
Three Steuben County corrections officers were recognized Monday by the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee for their recent life-saving efforts. County Sheriff Jim Allard said on May 19th officers Branden Erskine and Joshua Turner, and Sgt. Donald Strittmatter assessed an unidentified inmate’s life-threatening situation and acted as a team to save the individual’s life. Allard said their actions are representative of the core values of the Sheriff’s Office – professionalism, integrity, leadership and service.
2 Steuben Co. Residents Recognized as Part of “Older NYers’ Day”:
Two Steuben County residents were recognized May 21st at the New York State Office for the Aging’s “Older New Yorkers’ Day” Celebration at the Egg Center in Albany. The annual event recognizes the achievements of two volunteers in each of the 59 area “Agencies on Aging” overseen by NYSOFA. A retired nurse, Nancy Snyder was recognized for 39 years of service with the Pulteney Volunteer Ambulance as an emergency medical technician and trainer. Susan Arthur of Bath, a retired teacher, was recognized for her volunteer work with the Finger Lakes SPCA and at Ira Davenport Hospital.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing Ahead of June 6th Vote:
The Dormann Library in Bath will be holding a budget hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4th at 5 p.m. ahead of this week’s budget vote. The proposed budget would see an increase for the library, to be raised by taxation of the residents of the Haverling Central School District, from $245,704 annually to $257,989 annually. Polls will be open on June 6th at the library from noon to 8 p.m. Organizations
Guthrie Opens New Medical Office in East Corning:
Patients are expected to be accepted starting today in the new Guthrie Medical Office in East Corning. Guthrie unveiled the new building last week. The 60,000-square foot extension of the hospital campus offers specialty medical offices with some of the services to include: general surgery, orthopedics, urology and cardiology.
Elmira Correctional Facility Conducting Drill Thursday:
The Elmira Correctional Facility will be performing a lockdown drill on Thursday, June 6th. The Elmira Police Department reports that due to this, the public may see some activity outside the facility. Be advised, this is just a drill and there is no cause for alarm.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 417 in Erwin:
Work will begin today, weather permitting, on a highway resurfacing project between the Village of Addison, ending east of the State route 417/Interstate 99 interchange on State Route 417 in the Town of Erwin. As part of the project, pavement markings will be removed and temporary stripes will be placed. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers. Drivers are urged to use extra caution. Work is expected to last approximately two weeks.
4th Annual Steuben Co. Color Walk Set for June 15th:
The fourth annual “Steuben County Color Walk to Prevent Child Abuse” has been set for June 15th. Registration for the family-friendly color walk will be 9 a.m. the day of in Pulteney Square in Bath. The mile-long course will follow at 10:15 a.m. The cost is $3 per participant. Children under the age of 5 are free. Organizers recommend participants wear light-colored clothing for best effect, as well as eye and nose protection as volunteers located along the course will toss non-toxic colored paint powder at the walkers as they pass. Additionally, the event will also include Mega Bubble Man with lots of bubble fun, and participating agencies will provide information on services and resources, and t-shirts will be available for $5.
Over 30,000lbs. of Perdue Chicken Recalled:
Over 30,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled by Perdue Foods LLC. over concerns of contamination by extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone. The fully cooked chicken products were produced on March 21st and include: 11.2 oz trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS - GLUTEN FREE,” 12 oz trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS – WHOLE GRAIN,” 12 oz trays containing “PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS – WHOLE GRAIN,” 10-lb. bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Breaded Chicken Tenders Boneless Tender Shaped Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat,” and 10-lb. bulk boxes of “Chef Quik Chicken Breast Strips Strip Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat.” The products bear establishment number “EST. P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to retail locations nationwide. Consumers who purchased the effected products are urged not to eat them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. For full recall details visit https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2019/recall-064-2019-release.
CCE Seeking Grow-NY Applicants
Online applications for the first round of Grow-NY, a state-funded $3 million food and agricultural competition will be accepted until July 15th. New food and other agricultural products can submit an application online at grow-ny.com. The top prize is $ 1 million while two runners-up will win $500,000 and four will be awarded $250,000 for their entries with the five criteria of Viability of commercialization and business model, Customer value, Food and agriculture innovation, Regional job creation and Quality and completeness of the development team and its readiness to deliver. Those who win must commit to operate their businesses in the Finger Lakes, Southern Tier or Central New York region for at least a year and give a portion of the profits they make back into the Grow-NY program.
No AM Parking on Liberty St. Today at Dairy Parade
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen announces there will be no parking on the parade route during today’s 63rd annual Dairy Festival Parade. Parking meters were posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. Traffic is closed from Liberty Street to Washington Street to Steuben Street from 8am in preparation for Dairy Festival Activities. All vehicles must be removed from Liberty Street by 8am and any vehicles parked in violation of this temporary police order will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic Detour hours will be in place by 10:15am and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the Dairy Festival Parade which is scheduled to begin at 10:30 this morning.
State Route 36 Work Begins Tuesday
The New York State Department of Transportation announced that paving will begin on State Route 961F on Tuesday, June 4…that’s weather permitting. Paving will occur from the intersection of State Route 36 in the village of Arkport to the intersection of State Route 70 in the town of Burns in Allegany County. This project is anticipated to last approximately one week. Motorists should expect delays.
Steuben County Man Arrested Following Traffic Stop
A Steuben County man is facing felony drug charges and other counts. 36-year-old Clifford Henderson Jr. of Wayland was driving on I390 when he was pulled over. Livingston County deputies said through the roadside traffic investigation it was found that Henderson’s license was suspended a total of twelve (12) times. he was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the 2nd Degree. Henderson was also found to have an active warrant from of the Village of Dansville. Deputies said when they dropped him off at jail, they found he was allegedly in possession of four grams of crack cocaine. That earned him a felony charge. Henderson was arraigned and remanded to jail in lieu of bail.
Bath ‘90s Alumni Selected for Haverling Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District Board of Education has unanimously approved the Class of 2019 for the Haverling “Hall of Distinction”. The nomination committee selected two candidates to be recommended for this class: Dr. Kate Magsamen-Conrad from the Class of 1998 and Ms. Christine E.B. Howard from the Class of 1995. They both were honored with the title of “Business and Professional/Lifetime of Notable Achievement”. All inductees and families will be invited to the annual Alumni Banquet on June 21st for a formal recognition ceremony. Following the presentation at the Alumni Banquet, plaques will be displayed permanently in the main hallway outside the entrance to the Haverling Auditorium.