Painted Post Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography:
A Painted Post man has pled guilty to the possession of child pornography. 56-year-old Christopher Kelly will be sentenced in October. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to the Assistant U.S. Attorney, in April 2018, an undercover FBI Special Agent determined that a computer at Kelly’s address in Painted Post was sharing child pornography. In November 2018 a federal search warrant was executed and several of Kelly’s digital devices were seized. An analysis revealed more than 200 images and five videos containing child pornography as well as children being subjected to violence.
Corning Man Accused of Selling Meth:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 33-year-old Joshua Vreeland of Corning for allegedly engaging in the sale of methamphetamine in the area of Corning. The arrest is based on a sealed indictment warrant resulting from an investigation by the county Drug Initiative. Vreeland was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
False Document Filing Arrest:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly knowingly filing false documents with the Steuben County Department of Social Services. According to the county Sheriff’s Department, 60-year-old Leonard Youngs of Bath presented four false documents to DSS. He was charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.
Drive-Thru Dunkin Possibly Coming to Bath:
A Dunkin Drive-thru only store is among three applications that will soon be reviewed during a public hearing conducted by the Village of Bath Planning Board. The hearing is scheduled for August 8th at 5:30 p.m. The other applications propose the construction of a two-story commercial building on an empty lot at 45 Liberty Street and the construction of a 64-unit apartment complex at 7181 State Route 54.
Corning, Inc. Posts Second Quarter Highlights:
Corning, Inc. has released its highlights for the second quarter of 2019. The company saw increases in core sales and in core Earnings Per Share over the same period last year, and officials say all businesses remain on track for full-year sales growth. The report also shows increases for the company in sales in environmental and display technologies, and specialty materials.
Planned Burns for Finger Lakes National Forest:
30 acres of the Finger Lakes National Forest is set to burn in planned fires over the next two weeks, according to officials. The fires will be used to clear overgrown brush and grass, and to restore declining wildlife habitat. The Forest Service advises nearby residents and motorists that smoke may be visible and may briefly impact adjacent roads. Signs will be posted if any forest roads or trails need to be temporarily closed. The Finger Lakes National Forest is located between Seneca and Cayuga lakes.
Gov. Cuomo Signs Law to Decriminalize Marijuana Use:
On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that will decriminalize marijuana use in New York state. The legislation reduces unlawful possession of marijuana to a violation punishable by a fine and removes criminal penalties for possession of any amount of marijuana under two ounces, and individuals convicted of certain marijuana offenses will be able to have their records expunged. The law goes into effect in 30 days.
Inexperience, Speed Cited in Fatal Allegany Co. Crash:
Inexperience, distraction, and speed are being cited as causes of the crash that claimed the lives of four Dansville teens and injured a fifth over the weekend in Allegany County. Troopers say the vehicle was taken without the owner’s permission and the teens were driving around playing music and having fun. Police believe the vehicle was going 50-60 mph when it went through the intersection and hit an embankment and a tree. No drugs or alcohol were involved. Grief counseling continues today at Dansville High School, where four of the teens were students. GoFundMe pages have been set up to assist the families of the students that passed. Here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-kyrstin-wolfanger?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_shareflow_m&fbclid=IwAR0f5VodBlpRRShB_9YhpMtPkiUYWvlsSrbhcaYeoruZd_ASibWWWsUJkHU Here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/funeral-expenses-for-kyrstin-wolfanger?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fb_co_shareflow_m&fbclid=IwAR0f5VodBlpRRShB_9YhpMtPkiUYWvlsSrbhcaYeoruZd_ASibWWWsUJkHU And here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/raise-money-for-funeral-expenses-ambra-eddleton?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&fbclid=IwAR3Bsl3IYtPweM4bXdymEucORMSUElcMbcPbrZX5oZzyqKZQveIMFDCfD5c
Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Car:
A Corning man has been charged after he allegedly stole a vehicle from the emergency parking area of the Corning Hospital Sunday night. 23-year-old Javier Rivera has been charged with criminal possession of stolen property, speed not reasonable and prudent, running a stop sign, and reckless driving. Police say an elderly man left the vehicle unlocked in the parking area of the hospital around 7 p.m. and when he came out the vehicle was missing. A city police officer noticed the car on Pulteney Street around 1 a.m. Monday morning. Rivera was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.
Hornell Boil Water Advisory Lifted:
The Hornell City Clerk’s Office has announced that the boil water advisory effecting Madison Avenue and Sheldon Street has been lifted.
Corning Woman Accused of Violating Leandra’s Law:
State Police report that troopers stopped a vehicle in the early morning hours of July 26th for running a red light in Corning and a Corning woman was subsequently charged with DWI and violating Leandra’s Law. According to police, when they began to interview the driver, 33-year-old Jennifer Cole, they dedicated a strong order of alcohol. Cole was reportedly unable to complete a roadside sobriety test. A sober passenger was to said to also be in the vehicle, along with three children. Cole was later allegedly found to have a blood alcohol content of .10 percent.
A Corning woman has been arrested for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from the Dollar General in the Town of Erwin. According to state Police, 56-year-old Stacey Ramsdell concealed items in her purse which she told police she would pay for after she had left the store. She was charged with petit larceny.
2nd Part of Cohocton Paving Project Starts Thursday:
The state Department of Transportation has announced that the second part of a paving
project on State Routes 371 and 21 from the Ontario County line south to the Village of Cohocton will get underway on Thursday, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way alternating flagging operation and a pilot vehicle. Motorists should expect delays.
Finger Lakes Region in Running for USA Today’s “Best Wine Region”:
The Finger Lakes Region is looking to repeat, as well as take home a new title, in the latest USA Today’s competitions. The region is in the running for America’s “Best Wine Region,” which it won in 2018, and for America’s “Best Wine Festival.” Voting is open until August 12th at noon at https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-wine-region-2019/finger-lakes-new-york/. Anyone can vote once a day, every day.
Fatal Allegany Co. Crash Involved Several Dansville Central Students:
On Saturday state police responded to a one-vehicle accident on County Route 13C in the Town of Burns in Allegany County. Their investigation found that a jeep with five occupants, all teens from Dansville, traveling eastbound failed to stop for a sign at the intersection of 13C and County Route 13 and struck a tree. 16-year-old Kelsi Bird was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital for multiple non-life-threatening injuries. She was the only person wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. The operator, 16-year-old Rebecca Earner, and the three other occupants, 16-year-old Ambra Eddleton, 14-year-old Justin Carpenter, and 14-year-old Kyrstin Wolfanger, were all killed in the accident. Three of victims killed were students of Dansville Central School, as was the injured victim. The school superintendent has sent out a statement for students and families impacted by this tragic loss. Counselors will be at hand to assist in grief sharing.
Public Access Granted to Drug Enforcement Data for Opioids:
Following a year-long court battle lead by the Washington Post and HD Media, the public now has access to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration tracking the manufacturing and shipment of opioids. Records show that in Steuben County, 2.7 million pain pills were sent to pharmacies and physicians in 2006, and by 2012 that number had grown to 3.6 million, equaling roughly 31 pills per person in the county. Chemung and Schuyler counties also both saw increases. All three were below the national average of 36 pills per person, but above the state average of 30. The government and drug industry opposed the release of the data, but the news organizations prevailed. The Post wrote that it wants “to help the public understand the impact of years of prescription pill shipments on their communities.”
Work on Town Center Rd. in Erwin to Begin After Labor Day:
Work to extend Town Center Road in the Town of Erwin is set to begin after Labor Day, according to town officials. In addition to extending the road to Chatfield Place, crews will also extend water lines and replace some sewer lines and storm drains. Town Manager Rita McCarthy said they expect the project, minus some possible final landscaping, to be finished before the end of the year.
$50K in Funding for Workforce Training Announced:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced $50,000 in federal funding for Chemung-Schuyler-Steuben Workforce New York (CSS Workforce NY) to provide worker training for 18 workers. The funding will help develop two new worker training programs with Corning Community College and the Schuyler-Steuben-Chemung-Tioga-Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES), and it will support an existing re-entry training program for individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Gillibrand called the funding a “win for workers and local businesses alike,” saying that “a skilled workforce is vital to economic growth and development in the region.”
Acts Drop Out of Woodstock 50, Tickets Could be Free:
Despite finally securing a new venue, Woodstock 50 still faced troubling headlines over the weekend. Three major acts – Jay-Z, John Fogerty, and Dead & Company – all announced they were backing out. In response, Woodstock 50 announced that they were releasing all the acts from their contracts. The artists are still invited, but aren’t legally obligated to perform. Tickets still haven’t gone sale, but sources tell TMZ it will be a free event, with attendees instead encouraged to donate to their favorite causes. That said, it’s rumored that VIP tickets will be sold at a cost in an effort to bridge the gap between expenses and profit. Instructions on how to get tickets will reportedly be posted this week. It is unknown at this time if Woodstock 50 will be reduced from a three-day weekend to a single-day show, or if the Smashing Pumpkins concert scheduled for the venue for the same weekend will be cancelled, rescheduled, or absorbed into the event. The event is currently set for the weekend of August 16th at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Methamphetamine
The Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a Bath man on a sealed indictment Superior Court warrant for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Bath Police arrested Damian C. Vanvleck of West William Street. He was arraigned in Steuben County Court and released on his own recognizance to re-appear in court.
Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Grand Larceny in Erwin
Steuben County Sheriffs report the arrest of a Pennsylvania man following reports of theft of laptop computers from a retail establishment in Erwin. It is alleged that 23 year old Nathan D. Krager of Towanda, Pennsylvania stole property valued in excess of $1,000. Krager was located on Bailey Road in Corning, New York and was alleged to be in possession of suspected heroin. Krager was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree, and one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. Krager was arraigned in Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in Erwin Town Court at a later date.
Hornell Man Identified as Victim in Canisteo Train Accident
A man struck by a train and killed in Canisteo earlier this week on Tuesday has been identified. State Police report that Ronald Boone, a 62-year-old Hornell man, was the victim hit by a Norfolk Southern Freight Train at approximately 10pm Tuesday night. Boone was struck on the tracks near Magee Road in Canisteo and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation resumes and police say thus far, no charges are anticipated to be pressed.
Yesterday’s Mobile Home Fire Remains Under Investigation
A structure fire that happened yesterday in the Village of Bath resulted in the Bath Volunteer Fire Department being dispatched along with units from Hammondsport, Savona, Kanona as well as the Bath Volunteer Ambulance Corps responding to the blaze on 35 Ash Street. The home sustained heavy fire and smoke damage but the owner of the home did escape safely from the home with her pet cats. The Steuben County Fire Investigation Team was requested to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, which is still currently under investigation.
New York State Outlaws Cat Declawing
This week, New York State became the first state in the country to ban the practice of cat declawing after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an anti-declawing bill into law and called the practice “inhumane” and “unnecessary”. The new law dictates that anyone who performs a declawing procedure in New York State faces a $1,000 fine.
WGI Named Second in USA Today Contest
Watkins Glen International has been recognized by USA Today in their Readers’ Choice Contest, finishing second in the list of Best NASCAR Tracks across the country. Yesterday, the newspaper named Ohio’s “The Big E” Eldora Speedway as the 1st place choice for best NASCAR Track. Watkins Glen International did place first the last three years of this contest. Auto Club Speedway in California, Daytona International Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway made the list’s top five picks.
Boil Water Advisory for Hornell:
A boil water advisory is in effect for a portion of Hornell due to a water main break on Madison Avenue. According to the city, water will be shut off on Madison Avenue and Sheldon Street until repairs are complete. The boil advisory is in effect until further notice.
Keuka College Recognized as College of Distinction:
Keuka College has been designated as a College of Distinction in recognition of the integrity of its individualized and engaging education. The award is presented by the national Colleges of Distinction organization, which honors schools throughout the U.S. for their excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. Colleges of Distinction Chief Operating Officer, Tyson Schritter said, “Keuka College puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners, ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.”
Penn Yan’s KanPak to Expand:
KanPak, one of Penn Yan’s largest employers, has announced plans to expand. The company produces a variety of dairy and coffee-based products, including iced and cold brew coffee, ice cream, and yogurt. The company is looking to construct a new private wastewater treatment plant on-site at the Horizon Park Drive location and to expand its manufacturing line and warehouse. The project will be one of the largest construction projects in the history of Penn Yan. Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky said the expansion will create “top-quality jobs that will benefit Penn Yan and the entire region.” Empire State Development is helping to facilitate the expansion with up to $600,000 through the Excelsior Jobs Program and a $150,000 Capital Grant. The company is expected to hire up to 15 new employees over the next five years while retaining 197 jobs.
Woodstock 50 Festival Heading to Maryland:
After striking out with two different New York communities, organizers of the Woodstock 50 festival have decided to take their event out of state and are heading to Maryland. Bloomberg reports that the concert will now be held at Merriweather Post Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater in Columbia, Maryland. The amphitheater is said to hold approximately 32,000 people, which is a fraction of what original host Watkins Glen International would have accommodated. The event finally has a location again, but it is still unknown which, if any, of the originally contracted artists are still performing and tickets have yet to go on sale.
Man Hit, Killed by Train in Canisteo:
A man was struck and killed Tuesday night by a Norfolk Southern train in Canisteo. State Police told The Evening Tribune, that the male victim, whose identity is being withheld at this time, “was struck at about 10 p.m., while standing or walking on the railroad tracks off McGee Road.” The Tribune additionally reported that while the case is “open,” investigators don’t expect any charges of any kind.
Woman Killed in Fatal Cohocton Crash:
An accident in Cohocton on July 23rd claimed the life of one person. According to state police, they responded to the scene on County Road 36 where a vehicle had left the roadway and struck an embankment. The victim was 21-year-old Emilee Rawleigh, a passenger who was reportedly ejected from the vehicle during the crash. Police are still investigating.
Governor Signs Legislation to Name I-86 Portion after Fallen Trooper:
A portion of I-86 in Bath will officially be named after fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark, now that Governor Andrew Cuomo has put his signature on the legislation to do so. The bridge that crosses State Route 415 north of the trooper barracks where Trooper Clark was stationed at the time of his death on July 2nd 2018 will now be known as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge.” The 29-year-old Clark was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call in Erwin. He was a native of Canisteo and had served with the State Police for three years.
$115K in Federal Funding for Steuben, Yates Pro Action:
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday just over $115,000 in federal funding for Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Incorporated. The organization will use the funds to hire two career development specialists that will help expand childcare services and provide training opportunities to staff by providing outreach, education, and support to childcare providers.
Tour de Keuka Donations Still Being Accepted:
The annual Tour de Keuka bicycle ride in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier
may have been last weekend, but there’s still time to make a donation. The ride, which saw over 200 cyclists turn out, raised $66,000 – enough for more than 255,000 meals. But the goal of the event is $85,000 and those interested in donating still have time to do so. Fundraising continues through August 2nd. Supporters can read riders’ stories and donate through http://www.tourdekeuka.com.
Identities of Couple Injured in Boat Explosion Released:
The identities of the Batavia couple injured on Saturday in a boat explosion at the Hammondsport Boat Show have been announced. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard confirmed that 63-year-old William Kistner was treated at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for lacerations on his head, while his wife, 64-year-old Carol Kistner was airlifted to the burn unit at Strong Memorial Hospital for severe burns on her legs. Carol is listed in guarded condition. The Chief of the Hammondsport Fire Department has said excessive fumes were the most likely culprit for the explosion. A dive team is expected to inspect pieces of the boat today.
Corning Man Charged with DWI in Hornby Crash:
Investigation into a one-car crash in Hornby has led to charges against a Corning man. The accident occurred on July 21st on State Route 414, and according to police, 34-year-old Robert Fitzgerald was allegedly in an intoxicated condition prior to the crash. It’s further alleged that Fitzgerald was previously convicted on driving while intoxicated within the previous ten years and possessed a driver’s permit only. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, aggravated driving while intoxicated, blood alcohol content greater than .18 percent, and operating out of class. He was released on traffic summons.
Hornell Woman Arrested in Animal Cruelty Investigation:
A Hornell woman has been charged following an animal cruelty investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities say that the Sheriff’s Department received a tip reporting two dogs abandoned in a residence on State Route 36 in the Town of Canisteo and when deputies investigated, they found the animals malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention. Both dogs were seized and turned over to the Dog Control Officer and immediately taken to Canisteo Veterinarian Hospital. One dog had to be euthanized. The other was able to be adopted out after medical treatment. It’s alleged that 44-year-old Angela Dixon was responsible for the two animals and she was charged with overdriving, torturing, and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustenance. The Sheriff’s Department reminds the public that incidents of animal cruelty that need investigation can be reported to 911.
Steuben Co. Approves Purchase of Three Buildings:
In a tight vote Monday, the Steuben County Legislature approved the purchase of three buildings that it’s currently leasing. The buildings are in Bath, Corning, and Hornell. The county uses them to provide mental healthcare services. The company that owns the buildings offered the county a deal where the county would pay roughly the same as their lease – but after 10 years, the county would take ownership. According to county Manager Jack Wheeler, the county currently pays roughly $354,000 a year in rent. The deal would mean a savings of approximately $65,000 a year. Of concern was the fact that once the county takes ownership, the buildings will come off the tax roll, and some legislators believed the county could negotiate a better deal. A vote to delay the decision was narrowly defeated.
GNC to Close 100s of Stores:
Vitamin and supplement retailer, GNC will soon be closing nearly 900 stores across the country. The decision was announced Monday during a second-quarter earnings call. The locations to be closed will be those inside malls, with the move cutting the total number of mall stores by half. GNC has about 4,100 locations in the U.S., with 10 in the Twin Tiers. Nine of those are located inside Rite Aid stores. The Arnot Mall has a standalone store. It’s status and whether or not it will be affected by this decision is unknown at this time.
Corning, Ithaca Wegmans to Eliminate Plastic Bags Starting Monday:
Wegmans has announced a pilot program that will eliminate plastic grocery bags at its Corning and Ithaca locations beginning Monday, ahead of the statewide ban that is set to go into effect in 2020. Paper bags will still be available for customers at these locations, but there will be a 5 cent charge for each bag. The money from paper bags will be given to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Steuben Property Auction Brings in $1.1M:
The recent auction of 94-properties in the county tax sale brought in approximately $1.1 million, according to Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly. On Monday, Donnelly told the county Legislature that only one parcel failed to sell. Donnelly also noted that while law requires a buyer pay 30 percent of the purchase price the day of the sale, more than half of the purchases this year were paid in full up front.
Steuben Moves to Join Class Action Drug Lawsuit:
Steuben County legislators unanimously approved Monday the joining of a nationwide class action suit against 20 pharmaceutical companies alleging price fixing, market division, and other antitrust violations related to 15 generic prescription drugs. The legislators approved retaining counsel to go forward with the lawsuit on the county’s behalf. Compensation will be paid out of the proceeds of any award decided by the court. In other action Monday, the county board also approved additional funding for a study on algae blooms in the Keuka Lake watershed. The cost of the study will be split between Steuben and Yates county, with Steuben’s share paid through the county Economic Development Fund.
Animal Cruelty Arrest:
A Rathbone man is facing charges following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into possible animal cruelty. According to County Sheriff Jim Allard, his department received a tip to check the welfare of animals allegedly not being fed on Welch Road in Cameron Mills in June. Their investigation lead to the seizure of 24 live animals as well as evidence of deceased animals. All the live animals were treated by a licensed veterinarian. 38-year-old Paul Jones, Jr. was charged with 18 counts of overdriving, failing to provide proper sustenance. All the charges are misdemeanors and Jones was issued an appearance ticket. Sheriff Allard thanks the Finger Lakes SPCA for their assistance and animal care in the investigation.
Misuse of Food Stamps Arrest:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 33-year-old James Smith, currently incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail, for alleged misuse of food stamps. Smith allegedly used a county Social Services Benefit card, issued to another person while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail, and as a result obtained benefits that he was not entitled nor authorized to receive. He was issued an appearance ticket.
NYS Becomes First to Ban Cat Declawing:
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation Monday that makes New York the first state in the nation to ban the declawing of cats. Declawing involves the removal of all, or most, of the last bone of each of the toes on a cat. Cuomo called the procedure “cruel and painful” and that it “can create physical and behavioral problems for helpless animals.” The law is supported by the Humane Society, which says declawing should only be used in rare cases for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors. The New York Veterinary Medical Society argued that declawing should be allowed as a last resort. Declawing is already illegal in some cities around the U.S., including: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Denver, and it’s illegal in most of Europe and Canada. New York’s new law takes effect immediately. Veterinarians who violate the law face fines of up to $1,000.
Steuben to Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week Aug. 2nd:
Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with a Bath Baby Café event on August 2nd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath. This free, family-friendly event will feature games, snacks, car-seat checks, education and information from local organizations. Parents are also reminded that the Bath Baby Café also meets every Friday from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Dormann Library.
Town of Vernon Rejects Woodstock Proposal Again:
The third time wasn’t the charm for Woodstock 50 organizers, as the Town of Vernon has once again rejected their application to hold the event there. In response to the latest proposal, which was filed last Wednesday, the Town cited a long list of concerns, including security and traffic, and the Town said the application violates the 120-day deadline and that it was also unsigned.
8 Injured in P.A. Crash:
Eight people were injured when two vehicles collided Sunday afternoon on State Route 15 in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. Troopers identified the drivers as Jessica Jacquier-Hann of Bath, with five passengers, and Nicole Hill of Waterloo, with three passengers. State Police said both vehicles were traveling southbound when Hill slowed to exit. Jacquier-Hann struck the vehicle, causing her Suburban to overturn and the lead vehicle to hit the guardrails. The Bath woman and her five passengers were taken by ambulance to Corning Hospital for treatment. Hill and one passenger were flown to Strong Memorial in Rochester. Another passenger in the Hill vehicle was taken to Corning Hospital. A third passenger was unhurt. Troopers say the investigation is ongoing.
2 Injured in Boat Explosion at Hammondsport Show:
Two people were injured Saturday when a boat exploded just prior to a parade at the 37th annual Wine Country Classic Boat Show in Hammondsport. According to the Chief of the Hammondsport Fire Department, excessive fumes were most likely the culprit. He said the boat blower, which is used to ventilate explosive fumes, either wasn’t on or that the boat didn’t have one at all. The explosion snapped the boat in half and it sunk into Keuka Lake, injuring a husband and wife from Batavia. The man was treated at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital for lacerations on his head. The woman was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for severe burns on her legs.
Corning Traffic Stops Leads to Drug Charges:
A Corning man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop Friday morning in the City. According to police, members of the Corning Police Department stopped a vehicle on State Route 352 in Corning around 2:30 a.m. and they recovered a quantity of suspected crystal methamphetamine in the possession of a front seat passenger. 42-year-old Shane Hetzel was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
3 Arrested in Hornell Traffic Stop:
A traffic stop in Hornell resulted in the arrests of three people Wednesday. The Evening Tribune reports that police recovered crystal methamphetamine, knives, marijuana, a scale, cash, and a replica gun during the stop. 39-year-old Barney May, of Hornell, and 31-year-old Paul Bastian have both been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, while Bastian also faces charges of weapons possession and evidence tampering. 35-year-old Sarah Herrick, of Lindley, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and violation of probation.
Rep. Reed Could Face Primary Challenger:
Representative Tom Reed might have to worry about more than just a Democratic challenger for his 23rd District seat. Casey McDonald, real estate developer and conservative activist from Romulus, has announced to the Finger Lakes Times his interest in challenging Reed to a primary showdown. McDonald previously challenged for the state GOP chairmanship earlier this year, but was unsuccessful.
St. James Hospital Looking to Raise $2M for Project:
Saint James Hospital has launched a fundraising campaign to support new construction on Seneca Road in Hornell. According to officials, the projects - which include building a walkway from the new hospital to the medical office building, creating an outdoor courtyard, and the purchase of some hospital equipment – are not included in the $55 million funding that was previously allocated by the state. The hospital is looking to raise $2 million. Secure donations can be made online at giveto.urmc.edu/stjamescampaign or by contacting (607) 324-8113.
Victim of Thursday I-86 Motorcycle Identified
The identity of the victim of a fatal collision on I-86 Thursday was revealed yesterday. The victim was identified as 30-year-old Horseheads man Shawn Stanton. Stanton was traveling west on motorcycle as he attempted to change lanes, causing him to crash into the side of a pickup truck and trailer also heading westbound in the passing lane. Police continue their investigation and ask anyone that might have witnessed the accident to contact them at 607-739-5669. Yesterday, a second accident occurred this week on I-86 Eastbound near the Watkins Glen/Corning exit involving a tractor-trailer. More details about this story will emerge as the investigation continues.
County Legislators to Approve Algae Bloom Study Funding Monday
On Monday Steuben County legislators will be asked to approve additional funding for an algae bloom study in the Keuka Lake watershed. The three-year, $5,200 study is in the second year of the project through the Keuka Lake Association (KLA) to sample key streams for pollutants and develop a nine-point plan to combat harmful blooms in the lake and surrounding bodies of water. The KLA will be eligible for funds from the EPA to better prevent algae blooms, once this plan has been finished. Steuben and Yates counties will split the cost of the study, with the county Economic Development Fund covering Steuben’s $2,600 share. The County Legislature Monday morning at 10am will also discuss Extreme Winter Recovery Funding from the state to use in county road repair and maintenance work, a possible class-action lawsuit regarding alleged misconduct related to certain generic drugs, and agreement to the required New York State Department of Environmental Conservation review of the closed landfill in Wayland.
Heat Warning Continues This Evening
An excessive heat warning continues in effect until 8 p.m. tonight. The Heat Index Value could reach 110 today. Heat and humidity can cause heat illnesses during outdoor exertion or extended exposure. Prolonged heat is most dangerous for young children and the elderly. Car temperatures can reach lethal temperatures in minutes. Temperatures will remain very warm and muggy, preventing non air conditioned buildings from cooling off.
I-86 Bridge Repair Over Post Creek Starts Monday
The New York State Department of Transportation announced today that bridge repair work will begin on Interstate 86 over Post Creek, in both the eastbound and westbound directions, on Monday. This bridge is located approximately one-half mile east of State Route 414 in the City of Corning. Work will consist of structural lifting and bearing replacement, concrete abutment repair and minor drainage work. For most of the work, two lanes of traffic will be maintained. Occasional daytime lane closures may be needed during structural lifting and material delivery. Work is anticipated to last approximately two months, weather permitting.
Bridge Work on I086 Avoca Begins Monday
The New York State Department of Transportation announced that bridge joint replacement work will begin on Interstate 86 westbound over the Cohocton River in the town of Avoca on Monday. For the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Meanwhile, bridge joint replacement work will resume Monday on Interstate 86 eastbound over County Route 333 in the town of Campbell. For the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting.
Bath Woman Killed in P.A. Accident:
A Bath woman was killed in an accident Sunday on Route 249 in Chatham Township in Pennsylvania. According to Mansfield State Police, 59-year-old Richard Fox, of Bath, was driving a motorcycle when he failed to make a curve in the road. The motorcycle left the roadway and went down an embankment. 48-year-old Deedee Carnes was a passenger on the bike, and police say she struck her head on a road sign. She was life-flighted to Robert Packer Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. The crash is still under investigation.
1 Killed in Horseheads Motorcycle Accident:
A portion of I-86 was temporarily closed Thursday night following a fatal motorcycle accident in Horseheads. According to the Horseheads Police Department, first responders were notified around 6:30 p.m. to an accident on I-86 westbound between exits 52A and 52B. The victim was the driver of the motorcycle; their identity has not been released. The crash is still under investigation.
I-86 Bridge Work in Corning Starts Monday:
Work begins Monday to repair the bridge on I-86 over Post Creek in Corning, according to the Department of Transportation. The bridge is located roughly a half mile east of State Route 414. The work will be done in both the eastbound and westbound lanes. Traffic is expected to be maintained, though there could be occasional daytime lane closures. The project is expected to last approximately two months, weather permitting.
Guthrie Recruiting Event for Corning Locations:
Guthrie will hold a recruiting event on July 23rd to expand its team of Patient Service Specialists and Licensed Practical Nurses at is Corning locations. The event will be from 3 to 6 p.m. and interested candidates will have the opportunity meet with recruiters and hiring managers at Guthrie Centerway in Corning. For more information, visit https://www.guthrie.org/open.
Woodstock 50 Reapplies Again to Hold Event in Vernon:
Despite stating earlier this week that they would not reapply to hold their event in Vernon, Woodstock 50 promoters have, in fact, now submitted a third application to stage the festival there. Two previous applications were denied by the town’s Codes Department and Planning Board due to various concerns regarding safety and traffic, as well as the fact the applications fell outside the 120-day timeline before the event. In response, the Oneida County Sheriff commented on Facebook that his concerns remain the same as they were when the previous applications were denied and said there’s “no practical or logistical possibility that this event could occur without significant risk to public safety.” At this time, it is unknown what the timeline is for the town to respond to this latest application, or even what was included in it.
Farm Workers Rights Bill Signed into Law:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that gives collective bargaining rights and other labor protections to farm workers. The Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act will go into effect on January 1st. Besides the ability to unionize, the legislation also extends workers compensation benefits to all types of farms, guarantees workers at least one day off a week, and requires overtime pay for more than 60 hours a week.
Congressman Reed, Problem Solvers Caucus to Visit Border Detention Center:
Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus, including local representative Tom Reed, are expected to travel to the United States southern border tomorrow to visit facilities in the Rio Grande Valley. Among the places they will be stopping are points of entry, a border patrol station, and a centralized processing center. Said Reed, “We care deeply about the people caught up in the broken immigration system. … We, as a caucus, and more broadly, as a nation, need to have the hard discussions on this matter in order to find consensus that ensures the safety of our border and fair treatment of all immigrants, legal and illegal.”
Road Work in the Village of Bath:
With summer in full swing, there’s plenty of construction and paving projects taking place throughout the area, and the Village of Bath is no exception. Village streets that have already been paved include: Ontario Street, Bundy Avenue, Cameron Place, Old Cameron Place, and Cruger Street. Officials say more work is still planned for: East William from Gansevoort to Liberty, and all of Gansevoort Street. Those streets are expected to be tackled after the Steuben County Fair in August, weather permitting.
Staying Cool and Safe During High Heat:
With temperatures expected to climb into the 90s and linger there over the next few days, staying cool and hydrated is important. Some tips include: avoiding strenuous activity, and running your errands first thing in the morning when temperatures are lower; and closing your blinds and curtains. Family, friends, and neighbors should check on those more prone to heat illnesses, such as the elderly, young children, and those who have a disability or a chronic medical condition. If you don’t have air conditioning, consider visiting a public place that does like a library, mall, or grocery store.
DEC Seeking Public Comment on Deer Feeding/Bear Hunting Proposals:
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is proposing changes to current deer feeding and bear hunting regulations. Public comments will be accepted until September 1st on proposals related to feeding wild deer and moose and the expansion of early bear hunting to reduce population growth in parts of Delaware and Sullivan counties. The feeding proposal is to strengthen and clarify the existing prohibition on the intentional feeding of wild deer and moose. It proposes that products packaged to be sold as a food or attractant for deer or moose carry a clear label stating that is illegal to use in New York. Incidental feeding, such as deer or moose being attracted by a bird feeder, would only be considered a violation if the DEC has already previously issued a written warning. Exceptions for wildlife plantings, agricultural practices, livestock husbandry, and research and nuisance abatement would continue. Both proposals are available on the DEC website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html. Comments should be submitted via email to email@example.com or via mail to Game Management Section, NYSDEC, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.
Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:
A traffic stop in the Village of Penn Yan Monday has resulted in drug charges for a Hammondsport man. 40-year-old Jeremy Johnson was pulled over on Cornwall Street for allegedly failing to use his turn signal. He was allegedly found in possession of a large number of pseudoephedrine pills, a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe, a coffee filter with meth, plastic tubing, and lantern fuel, along with other equipment and precursors to methamphetamine manufacturing. He was charged with felony criminal possession of precursors of meth, along with misdemeanor charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
DEC Investigating Possible Keuka Lake Spill:
A possible spill into Keuka Lake in Yates County is under investigation by the Department of Environmental Conservation. The Yates County Sheriff’s Department says that a hydraulic line on a barge broke Monday and less than a gallon of product was released into the water before it was repaired. The Dresden Fire Department’s Spill Response Team placed absorbent booms around the barge to contain the spill.
NYS Smoking Age Bill Signed into Law:
Legislation raising the smoking age in New York State from 18 to 21 has officially been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. That means only adults 21 and over will be able to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes. The bill goes into effect this fall.
Public Hearing on Proposed Hammondsport Sewer Project:
The Village of Hammondsport will hold a public hearing to determine the need and location of its proposed sewer system project. The hearing will be held on August 6, at 7:00 p.m. at the Fred and Harriet Taylor Library on Williams Street in Hammondsport. The proposed Project will result in a sewer system to serve a portion of the Village.
TSA Recruitment Event for E-C Airport:
Looking for a career change? Your chance could come on Thursday, July 25th as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will hold a one-day recruitment event from 9 a.m. to noon to assist individuals applying for a job as a TSA officer to work at Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Prospective candidates must be 18 or older, have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent security experience, and be a U.S. citizen or national. Applicants are also required to have two valid forms of state or federal identification. The event will be held at the NYS Department of Labor office on Madison Avenue in Elmira. Anyone interested can also apply online at https://hraccess.tsa.dhs.gov/hraccess/index.html, text “TSO” to 95495, or call 877-872-7990.
Woodstock 50 Appeal Denied By Vernon:
The latest twist in the ongoing saga of the proposed Woodstock 50 Festival came Tuesday night at a meeting of the Town of Vernon Planning Board. Event organizers appealed an earlier decision by the town to deny permits for the festival, but the planning board upheld the denial during Tuesday’s meeting. The vote was unanimous. WSYR reports that the decision was ultimately due to safety concerns, many of which were voiced ahead of the meeting by the Oneida County Executive and Sheriff’s Department, who cited inadequate safety, traffic, and parking plans. Woodstock’s Michael Lang continues to vow to try again. The original proposed date for the event is now less than a month away. The event currently has no site and tickets still have not gone on sale.
Six Percent Toll Increase for P.A.:
If you’re going to be traveling into or through our neighbor Pennsylvania in the future, be prepared to pay more at tolls. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) announced Tuesday a six percent toll increase for 2020, for both E-ZPass and cash customers. The increase will go into effect on January 5th, 2020, with the exception of three western PA highways which will increase instead on October 27th, 2019. Those highways are: PA Turnpike 376 (Beaver Valley Expressway), PA Turnpike 66 (Greensburg Bypass or Amos K. Hutchinson Bypass), and the Gateway tolling point (milepost 2 near Ohio on I-76). The PTC will help travelers plan ahead by posting a 2020 trip calculator and toll schedule online this fall at https://www.paturnpike.com/toll/tollmileage.aspx.
New Turning Point Location in Painted Post:
In an effort to better serve the eastern part of Steuben County, Catholic Charities of Steuben has announced a new Turning Point location in Painted Post. The new office is located at 143 Village Square. Turning Point will still maintain its satellite office in the Corning Senior Center. Turning Point Corning Site Coordinator Rosa Burd said one of the driving factors behind the decision was the need to find a location big enough to bring the Fresh Farmacy program to the eastern portion of the county. Fresh Farmacy is a fruit and vegetable prescription program. Through partnerships with the local medical community, doctors can prescribe six months of fresh produce to Medicaid-eligible people who have, or in jeopardy of developing, chronic health conditions. Turning Point also provides a wellness plan, food preparation and cooking education, and weekly check-ins.
Judge Denies Block of Religious Vaccination Exemption Ban:
On Friday a judge in New York sided with previous court rulings and refused to block a state law repealing religious exemption to vaccine mandates. Plaintiffs in a lawsuit hoping to restore the exemption has asked the court to block the ban while their suit proceeds. In 1905 the Supreme Court ruled that states have the right to enforce compulsory vaccination rules. Five states currently have no religious exemption.
Take an Audio Tour of Bath:
There’s a new way to take in the sights of the historic Village of Bath – an audio tour. Mayor Bill von Hagn told the Corning Leader that with the help of a smartphone, residents and visitors can visit more than a dozen Trail Blazers signs that have been placed throughout Bath. Each sign tells the story of the village and the location where the sign is placed. The signs can be found at 22 West Morris Street, the Beekman House, the Metcalfe House Marker, Williamson’s First Home Maker, the First Presbyterian Church, Pulteney Square Park, the Barber House, Steuben Bank, the Courthouse and Steuben County Building, the Balcum House, St. Thomas Episcopal Church, the Van Valkenburg house, the Civil War Monument, the three sisters homes, the Ferris House, the Hotel Wagner, the Howell Cast Iron Building, and the Grange Building. Mayor von Hagn added that the signs were “low to no cost” and that they give “everyone an opportunity to learn about the village.”
Elmira Man Wins $500K in Vegas Poker Tournament:
A man from Elmira finished strong, and $500,000 richer, at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. WENY reports that Christopher Barton finished 14th out of more than 8,500 players in the nationally televised tournament.
Congressman Reed and Democrat Candidates Support Caregiver Bill
Presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Michael Bennett will team up with Congressman Tom Reed for an AARP-endorsed bipartisan bill to support family caregivers in New York and across the country. The Credit for Caring Act would provide family caregivers who are working with a nonrefundable tax credit up to $3,000 to assist with out-of-pocket caregiving expenses. The AARP says 40 million caregivers across the country assist loved ones to help them stay in their homes and communities.
State Route 53 Construction Begins Today in Wheeler
A road reconstruction project begins today on State Route 53 in Wheeler, about a half of a mile north of County Route 13, weather permitting, according to the State Department of Transportation. Lane reconstruction work will be completed for the site then it will be repaved, along with the culvert site just south of this location damaged during the flood on July 5th on Route 53.Work is anticipated to be completed by mid August. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals on State Route 53. Motorists should expect delays.
Steuben Real Property Tax Auction Attracts Buyers
The Steuben County Real Property Tax Auction attracted many interested buyers at the Campbell-Savona Central School Friday. Properties for bid included businesses, houses, and four properties that required separate agreements with the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Results of the auction will be announced by the county Finance Commissioner Patrick Donelly at a later date.
NYS Judge Denies Temporary Vaccination Block
A state Supreme Court judge has denied a temporary block to the repeal of religious exemptions to vaccinations. According to the Associated Press, the judge refused to grant a temporary restraining order as a suit that challenges the current vaccination laws makes its way through the courts. The repeal was passed by state lawmakers last month at the end of the legislative session during a measles outbreak that hit several counties.
County Sheriffs Use Firehouse Subs Grant for AEDs
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a large grant from the national sandwich chain Firehouse Subs and has used the money to purchase essential equipment. Sheriff Jim Allard says the department recently bought 15 new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Accessories with the $25,000 grant they received in May. Allard says the grant ensures an AED will be available in each patrol car. The grant was made possible by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation , an organization established in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina and supports Law enforcement, EMS, public safety organizations, nonprofits and schools with funding for lifesaving equipment.
Steuben County Sheriffs Receive EMT Training
Training to be certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) was completed by the first formal class of Steuben County Sheriff's deputies. Sheriff Jim Allard told the Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety Committee these certifications are the first in his department’s initiative to have all county deputies certified as EMTs.Allard also completed the EMT trainings and told the committee his department is looking to assist local emergency medical teams in responding to incidents. Deputies now have training in First Aid, CPR, Narcan administration as well as being trained in and equipped with AEDs.“This training is simply another tool we can use in our public safety mission.” says Allard.
County DPW Sets Meeting for County Road 119 Project
The Steuben County Department of Public Works will hold a public information meeting July 31 at 6pm set at the Steuben County Bridge Shop in Rathbone. This meeting is regarding the County Road 119 Bridge Project over the Canisteo River in the town of Cameron. Steuben County representatives, New York State Department of Transportation officials and project consultant, C& S Engineers, will share a brief presentation and take any public questions, comments and concerns about the project.
State Route 53 Construction Begins Monday in Wheeler
A road reconstruction project begins Monday on State Route 53 in Wheeler, about a half of a mile north of County Route 13, weather permitting, according to the State Department of Transportation. Lane reconstruction work will be completed for the site then it will be repaved, along with the culvert site just south of this location damaged during the flood on July 5th on Route 53.Work is anticipated to be completed by mid August. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals on State Route 53. Motorists should expect delays.
State BUNY in the Parks Initiative Begins Today
The New York State Police, the New York State Park Police and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee are partnering to ensure that visitors to state parks are buckling up for safety. "BUNY in the Parks" is an enforcement and educational campaign to ensure that visiting motorists and their passengers properly buckle-up their seatbelts while travelling inside state parks, and to teach the importance of properly securing our youngest visitors in approved child safety seats. This year’s campaign begins today and runs until Monday, August 12. This initiative coincides with one of the peak times that visitors travel to state parks throughout New York State, and the goal is for motorists and their families to arrive and depart safely. During the 2018 campaign, State Police and State Park Police issued more than 3,700 total tickets. That included 2,100 tickets for child restraint violations and 764 tickets for adult seatbelt violations.
NY Regulators Approve Settlement With Charter Communications
New York regulators have approved a settlement with Charter Communications resolving a dispute over rural broadband. The state's Public Service Commission endorsed the deal Thursday, according to an Associated Press report. Under the terms, Charter must follow through on promises to provide broadband to 145,000 upstate customers - an investment estimated to exceed $600 million - and pay the state $12 million for other broadband projects.
Shoppers Beware: Wegmans Coupon Scam on Facebook
A scam promising a coupon to Wegmans has hit Facebook. Customers are told if they see an 80 dollar Wegmans coupon while browsing on Facebook, do not click on it. Officials from the grocery store say the coupon is a scam and it will soon be removed from Facebook. The post shows the logo of Wegmans and claims the popular supermarket is giving away a voucher for 80 dollars. Please disregard the post and remind your friends and family to do the same. This is what the online link looks like:
SPC Declares Six Bath Parks Drug Free Zones
Steuben Prevention Coalition announced that Bath’s parks and playgrounds have been declared drug free zones thanks to the help from a grant received through the Community Foundation’s Edith Saxton Fund. The group, along with help from the Dana Lyons’ Girls Group, installed “Drug Free Zone” signs in six different places - Mossy Bank Park, Pulteney Square Park, Bath Skatepark, East Morris Street Playground, Fairview Avenue Playground and East Washington Street Playground. SPC’s mission is to prevent substance abuse among the local youth and greater community.
O’Mara Encourages Summer Reading with Library Program
State Senator Tom O’Mara has recently reminded young readers in our region that he is sponsoring an online summer reading program promoted by the New York State Senate. The online program includes a recording journal, opportunities to share books with other family members and friends, and a series of popular summer reading lists. At the end of the program, participants will receive formal recognition from O’Mara for achieving their summer reading goals. The program was made possible in partnership with the New York State Library and public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions.To participate in the Senate’s online program, students and parents can visit O’Mara’s Senate website, www.omara.nysenate.gov , and click on the “Summer Reading Program-A Universe of Stories” logo near the top of the home page.
Reconstruction Slated for State Route 53 in Wheeler
A road reconstruction project begins Monday on State Route 53 in Wheeler, about a half of a mile north of County Route 13, weather permitting, according to the State Department of Transportation. Lane reconstruction work will be completed for the site then it will be repaved, along with the culvert site just south of this location damaged during the flood on July 5, 2019 on Route 53.Work is anticipated to be completed by mid-August 2019. Traffic will be reduced to one lane with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by signals on State Route 53. Motorists should expect delays
Bath Man Arrested on County Bench Warrants
A Bath man was arrested on two different Steuben County Court Bench Warrants. Warren Hoffman, 55, formerly of Howell St., Bath, was found hiding out at the Old Wishing Well Motel on State Route 415 and arrested Monday for both Steuben County Court Bench Warrants issued for criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was detained for court action.
Massachusetts Man Arrested on I-86 After Traffic Stop
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Massachusetts man following a traffic stop on I-86 in the town of Erwin. It is alleged that Ian Kennedy of Taunton, Massachusetts, operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or impaired condition with a front seat passenger under the age of four who was not properly restrained. It is also alleged Mr. Kennedy possessed marijuana and a quantity of a suspected controlled substance. Kennedy was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs in the First Degree, Aggravated Driving while Impaired by Drugs and other charges then arraigned in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in Erwin Town Court at a later date.
Netflix Show with CMoG Connections Premieres Tonight
Netflix is set to debut a show tonight that has a special connection to local tourist attraction Corning Museum of Glass. The series called “Blown Away” follows ten glass blowers as they compete against each other for prizes, which includes a residency at the Corning Museum of Glass. Contestants complete various challenges to design, create and present a work of glass in just four hours on each episode. Former artist and current management consultant at CMoG Annette Sheppard will be a contestant on the show while CMoG’s Eric Meek is set to be a Guest Judge. Corning Museum of Glass currently has a display that features work made on the show and a behind-the scenes video of the show.
Painted Post to Dissolve Court:
Citing revenue concerns, cramped facilities, and concerns over future expenses, the Village of Painted Post has announced plans to dissolve its village justice court on April 1st 2020. While the village would still handle matters such as parking fines, Mayor Ralph Foster says all open court cases and arraignments would be held at Erwin’s newly constructed courthouse facility. Village residents can respond once a referendum goes out in the next ten days. Residents will then have 30 days to gather approximately 220 signatures on a petition to bring the matter to a vote. If the signatures aren’t gathered, the court will close next year.
Steuben Sheriff Deputies Certified EMTs:
The first formal class of Steuben County Sheriff deputies has completed the required training and are now certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). County Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee recently the certifications are the first in his department’s initiative to have all county deputies certified EMTs. Allard has also completed the EMT training himself. Allard told the committee that his department is often the first on scene, and the training is another tool they can use in their mission of public safety.
Sen. O’Mara Sponsoring Summer Reading Program:
Senator Tom O’Mara is teaming up with the New York State Senate and New York State Library, and with public libraries across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes to sponsor an online summer reading program for all the region’s young readers. To participate, students and their parents can visit O’Mara’s senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov/ and click on the Summer Reading Program logo. The site includes a reading journal, popular summer reading lists, and more. When the program ends, participants will be formally recognized by Senator O’Mara for their reading achievement.
Ford Recalls Focus Models for Fuel Tank Issue:
The Ford Motor Company has announced the recall of some 58,000 Focus model vehicles due to a possible fuel tank issue. According to Ford, some 2012 and 2017 Focus models and some 2013-2014 Focus ST models are included in the recall. The issue is said to be with the powertrain software, which could cause the fuel tank to deform. It’s connected with an October recall where nearly 1.5 million vehicles were recalled for the same issue and were improperly serviced, prompting them to be recalled again. Ford says those with affected cars should take their vehicles to their dealers, where they can reprogram the software and replace any affected parts.
Large Fire in Coopers Plains Tuesday Afternoon:
A barn and the vintage vehicles stored inside were all destroyed Tuesday when a fire broke out in Coopers Plains. Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department assistant chief Art Jones told the Corning Leader that the fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes and no injuries were reported, though some firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion at the scene. The Painted Post, Gang Mills, Campbell, East Campbell, and North Corning fire departments all responded to the scene, along with police from the New York State Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.
Canisteo Man Facing Drug Charge Following Traffic Stop:
A Canisteo man is facing a drug charge following a traffic stop in Dansville on Monday. According to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, 34-year-old Cody Teed was stopped around 6:20 p.m. on Clara Barton Street in the village on a traffic violation. During their investigation, deputies found Teed was allegedly operating the vehicle with his driving privileges suspended or revoked and that he was also in possession of cocaine. Teed was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Bath Man Involved in Pedestrian Collision in Milo:
A Penn-Yan man is in stable condition after he was struck by a vehicle being driving by a Bath man on State Route 54 in the Town of Milo. 31-year-old Bradley Vogt suffered fractures and head injuries in the accident, which happened on Monday. According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, the driver, 22-year-old Roger Taft, made attempts to avoid hitting Vogt and authorities say speed does not appear to be a factor in the accident at this time. Vogt is scheduled to undergo surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital, and no charges are pending against Taft.
Prattsburgh School District Names Kory Bay Next Superintendent:
At it’s regular board meeting Tuesday night, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education accepted the retirement of current superintendent Jeffery Black and unanimously appointed Kory Bay, of Naples, as the district’s next superintendent and business administrator. Black’s last day is December 31st, and Bay’s five-year contract will begin January 1st 2020. Bay has served at PCS since 2001 in multiple roles, including: elementary teacher, athletic director, principal, district treasurer, and assistant superintendent. Additionally, the BOE reappointed Erin Peck, the current PreK-12 principal, to the position of grades 6-12 principal effective upon the appointment of a PreK-5 principal. The district will begin searching for a PreK-5 principal immediately.
Steuben Public Works to Apply Additional State Funds Toward Roadwork:
Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti says work on three county roads is back on schedule, thanks to the restoration of $642,856 in New York’s Extreme Winter Weather funds. CR 14 in the Town of Howard, CR 97 in the Town of Wayne, and CR 31 in Jasper/Troupsburg are all back on the 2019 road repair schedule, according to Spagnoletti. He added that county roads 14 and 97 have already been recycled this year to provide a base course of blacktop which is back on schedule.
Corning and Guthrie Offer Free Sunscreen Dispensers Throughout City:
The City of Corning and Guthrie are teaming up this season to help everyone have safe
and healthy fun in the sun. The city Parks and Recreation Department has set up multiple free sunscreen dispensers throughout the city’s parks and pools. The touch-free dispensers offer an SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen that’s all natural, environmentally friendly, and weather resistant. They will be refilled each week. The CDC reports that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, but it’s also the most preventable.
Woodstock 50 Application Denied by Town of Vernon:
The Woodstock 50 festival is once again without a home as its latest site choice, the Town of Vernon, has denied an application. According to WSYR, Woodstock promoters can go to the Vernon Planning Board to ask for a review of the decision, which was made by the Code Enforcement Department. If the planning board agrees with the decision, Woodstock would then have to go to court if they think the event was improperly denied a permit. Promoters have five days to file an appeal to the decision.
SSSF’s Bubbly Brunch Set for July 28th:
Celebrating seniors is the focus for the Steuben Senior Services Fund (SSSF)’s first fundraiser, “Senior Moments Bubbly Brunch,” which is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 28th at the Pleasant Valley Wine Company Visitor’s Center in Hammondsport. The fundraiser will help ensure the availability of vital programs and services that meet the needs of the elderly community on a daily basis. The event will feature savory cuisine, wine, entertainment, chances to win, and a live auction. Tickets are $40 each and may be purchased by calling (607) 664-2298 or by going online to http://www.steubenseniorservicesfund.org.
Kohl’s to Begin Accepting Amazon Returns:
If trying to ship back something you’ve purchased from Amazon is too much of a hassle, there will soon be an easier way to return your packages. Kohl’s has announced that starting this week, its stores nationwide will begin taking eligible Amazon items without a box or label for free. Locally, there are Kohl’s locations in Horseheads, Ithaca, and Vestal. The return process still starts online, where Amazon says customers will need to select the Kohl’s location they want to return the item to. Amazon will then email a QR code that an employee at the store will scan. Kohl’s will then ship the item back to Amazon for you.
Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Drugs:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a Bath man following investigation into the sale of crystal methamphetamine in the downtown Bath area. 55-year-old Warren Hoffman was arrested on 2 different Steuben County Court indictment warrants for 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was sent to the Steuben County jail with bail set at $10,000 cash on each indictment. Additionally, Hoffman was arrested on a New York State Parole warrant as he is currently on parole supervision for 2 robberies and a felony assault.
Corning Man Arrested in Bath Incident:
A Corning man is facing multiple charges after he was arrested during an incident in Bath. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to a residence on East William Street on July 7th to investigate a reported violation of an order of protection. It’s alleged that 37-year-old Joshua Sanford unlawfully entered the residence in violation of the order and allegedly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the welfare of a child at the residence. Sanford was charged with criminal contempt, burglary, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and held in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Hornell Rotary Future Uncertain:
After 100 years of service, the Hornell Rotary Club may soon be no more. Recently, the club announced on its Facebook page that its membership numbers are too low to sustain operations and that unless membership increases soon it will no longer be able to function. In an effort to save the club, it is targeting recruitment of at least five new, active members by September 30th. If membership doesn’t improve by then, the club will decide to disband. The next meeting of the Hornell Rotary will be July 12th at noon its usual meeting spot at JC’s Café. Lunch is $9 and prospective members can learn about the club and all that it offers.
Travel Advisory – Route 14A Near Windmill:
Work got underway Monday on pavement rehabilitation on State Route 14A near the Windmill Market in Penn Yan. The project stretches from Hoyt Road north to the intersection of State Route 54, or Lake Street, in the village. Work is expected to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Traffic will be maintained with a one lane, two-way alternating flagging operation. Motorists should expect delays.
Final Week to Vote for WGI in USA Today Competition:
The USA Today’s “Best NASCAR Track” competition is now in the homestretch. This is the last week that fans can vote for their favorite tracks, including our own local Watkins Glen International, which is hoping to repeat the title for the fourth time. Anyone can vote once a day, every day until Monday, July 15th at noon. WGI previously won the competition in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and it is currently running in the lead again this year. To vote, visit https://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-nascar-track-2019/.
Local Networks Dropped by DirectTV:
If you’re a DirectTV customer and have been having trouble accessing your local channels, it’s not you or your tv. It’s DirectTV. The company dropped WROC in Rochester, WSYR in Syracuse, and WETM in Elmira as of Thursday as part of a contract dispute between the TV provider and parent company Nexstar Media Group. DirectTV previously dropped WHAM in Rochester in May.
Minor Injuries at Watkins Glen State Park Following Lightning Strike:
Minor injuries were reported at Watkins Glen State Park after lightning struck at a campground over the weekend. According to officials, they were dispatched to the Cayuga Loop campground on Friday evening around 7:30 p.m. Two campers suffered minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital for observation.
Travel Advisory Reminder – S.R. 417 in Steuben County/I-86 in Campbell:
A reminder for motorists this morning that road work is set to begin today on State Route 417 between the Town of Woodhull and the Village of Addison, and on I-86 eastbound over County Route 333 in the Town of Campbell. S.R. 417 will be milled along the full width and milling will also occur between the 417/I-99 Exit 8 and the 417/I-99 Exit 11 in the Town of Erwin and is expected to last approximately two weeks. Asphalt will be overlaid immediately following milling and that phase is expected to last three weeks. A one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flaggers will maintain traffic. In Campbell, work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints. One lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks. Motorists could experience travel delays.
NYS Legislature Passes Boating Safety Bill:
With the busy boating season upon us, the New York State legislature is taking steps to make the state’s lakes safer. The Assembly and Senate have passed “Brianna’s Law,” which requires anyone operating a motor boat to take a safety course. Currently, only people born after May 1st, 1996 must do so. While lawmakers say it will create a bit of an inconvenience for people, having to register to go through a safety course, supporters say it’s worth it to prevent tragedies.
Rent Reform – What Does it Mean?
This legislative session, New York State passed new rent control laws. While the biggest impact of the new legislation will be on New York City, renters in the upstate can expect to see changes as well. New protections have been added for renters, such as: security deposits being limited to one month’s rent, and making it easier to get those deposits back. A cap of three percent was also instituted on rent for mobile homes.
Watkins Glen Fireworks Postponed to Friday:
Inclement weather on Friday postponed the firework display planned for Clute Park in Watkins Glen. The event will now happen this Friday, July 12th at 9:45 p.m. The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone for their understanding.
Unclaimed Funds Continue to Grow in NY:
The New York State Comptroller’s Office says it is holding on to $16 million in unclaimed funds. So far in 2019, $206,144,717 has been returned to state residents. In Steuben County, there are 21,775 accounts representing $9.4 million. To see if you’re owed money, visit https://ouf.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/?wicket-crypt=4_e-HZa3dJw.
DOT Announces I-86 Bridge Work in Campbell
The New York State Department of Transportation announced bridge joint replacement work will begin on Interstate 86 eastbound over County Route 333 in the town of Campbell on Monday. Work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints. For the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists could experience travel delays.
NYS DOT Announces Construction on State Route 417
The New York State Department of Transportation announced pavement milling will begin along the full width of State Route 417 between the Town of Woodhull and the Village of Addison on Monday, July 8th. Milling will also occur between the between the 417/I-99 Exit 8 and the 417/I-99 Exit 11 in the Town of Erwin and is expected to last approximately two weeks. Asphalt will be overlaid immediately following milling and that phase is expected to last three weeks. Pavement markings will be removed and temporary stripes will be placed. A one-lane, two-way traffic pattern will maintain traffic and be controlled by flaggers on State Route 417.
Police Need Information on Attempted Robbery in Horseheads
Police are looking for help in their investigation into reports of an armed robbery yesterday in the Village of Horseheads. Officers say they responded to the Westinghouse Road Village Plaza early yesterday morning at 2am. The suspect allegedly approached an employee at a fireworks tent, drawing a handgun and demanding cash before he struck the employee with his weapon then ran North on Westinghouse Road. Police describe the suspect as an approximately six foot tall black male with a husky build who was wearing shorts and a dark colored t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. If anyone has information regarding this incident and suspect please call the Horseheads Police Department at 607 735-8600 or 607 739-5669.
Veteran Arrested for Possessing Fentanyl
A Connecticut man was arrested and charged by criminal complaint for allegedly possessing fentanyl while at the Bath V.A. Medical Center. Police say while 32-year-old Nolan Rogers of Lisbon, CT was a resident at the Bath VA during March, VA Police received information he was in possession of a prohibited item after returning from a trip home in Connecticut. VA Police say they responded and spoke with Rogers, then recovered about 20 small baggies of fentanyl from his pockets as well as three used hypodermic needles, a bag of unused needles and a round of unused ammunition. Rogers could face a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26, 2019, at 9:00 a.m.
Whitehouse Announces Candidacy for Corning Mayor
The Corning Leader reports that a new candidate has announced their race for Corning mayor. Independent candidate Elizabth Whitehouse announced her candidacy this week, stressing her focus on environmental issues as the cornerstone of her campaign’s platform. Two years ago, Whitehouse ran for mayor in a three-way race and lost decisively to former Deputy Mayor and current mayor of Corning William Boland.
Bath Woman Arrested for Failure to Pay Fine
A Bath woman was arrested Thursday on an outstanding bench warrant. Christine M. Stevens, age 27, was arrested on outstanding bench warrant for her alleged failure to pay a fine. She will return in court at a later date.
Police Need Information on Attempted Robbery in Horseheads
Police are looking for help in their investigation into reports of an armed robbery yesterday in the Village of Horseheads. Officers say they responded to the Westinghouse Road Village Plaza early yesterday morning at 2am. The suspect allegedly approached an employee at a fireworks tent, drawing a handgun and demanding cash before he struck the employee with his weapon then ran North on Westinghouse Road. Police describe the suspect as an approximately six foot tall black male with a husky build who was wearing shorts and a dark colored t-shirt with the sleeves cut off. If anyone has information regarding this incident and suspect please call the Horseheads Police Department at 607 735-8600 or 607 739-5669.
DOT Announces I-86 Bridge Work in Campbell
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that bridge joint replacement work will begin on Interstate 86 eastbound over County Route 333 in the town of Campbell on Monday. Work will consist of removing and replacing existing bridge joints. For the duration of this work, one lane of traffic will be maintained. Work is anticipated to last approximately two weeks, weather permitting. Motorists should anticipate travel delays.
Cuomo Responds to Trump Tweets About NY Attorney General
Fellow New Yorkers President Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo are at it again! In a recent series of tweets, the president said Cuomo was using Attorney General Letitia James as a “bludgeoning tool” to shut the Trump Foundation down and hurt the president’s businesses. Cuomo responded to this in a press call, saying that unlike being appointed the Attorney General in the president’s cabinet, AG James was elected by voters in our state. Cuomo is also claiming the President is worried about what James’ office may find after she filed a suit against the Trump Foundation seeking almost $3 million in restitution four months ago in March even though the foundation said they would agree to shut down in December.
Governor and Legislators Form Campaign Finance ReformTask Force
Leaders of New York State have formed a task force comprised of ten people to make new rules to govern the state’s new $100 million public campaign finance system. On Wednesday, the Governor and several state legislative leaders announced their appointments to the panel, which includes experts on campaign finance and election law. Months ago, New York State lawmakers voted to create a public finance system providing matching funds to legislative and statewide candidates receiving small private campaign contributions. This reform is intended to encourage candidates to collect and rely primarily on smaller contributions from everyday voters as opposed to mega sums of money coming from very wealthy donors and corporations. The task force will complete and submit its research by December 1st, when the findings are due, and will become law unless the Legislature votes to reject it within 20 days.
Bath Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
A domestic dispute led to a felony charge for a Bath man. State police arrested 38-year-old William Margeson. He was charged with first-degree criminal contempt involving physical contact. He was also charged with harassment with physical contact. He was initially detained on cash bail.
Hornell Woman Arrested on Multiple Charges
State police arrested 55-year-old Janet Shanks of Hornell. She was charged with felony criminal mischief, second-degree menacing and disorderly conduct. The charges stem from an incident Tuesday in the village of North Hornell. Bail was set at $2,500.
RIT Student from Corning Injured in Ohio Crash
A crash in Ohio yesterday left one RIT student dead and two others injured, one of which was a young man from Corning. Benjamin Cooper, age 22 of Corning sustained injuries from the crash and was transported to an Ohio hospital with his friend and fellow RIT student 21-year-old Zachary Cooper of Brockport. Matthew Eskeli of Falconer, NY died from injuries in the crash. Ohio Highway Patrol says a driver of a BMW was speeding down Springfield Ohio’s I-70 and hit a Ford Focus that carried the students. The South Charleston man that hit the three students was booked into Clark County Jail on suspicion of Vehicular Homicide but no charges have yet been formally filed. Alcohol is suspected to have been a factor in this crash.
NYS DOT Announces Construction on State Route 417
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that pavement milling will begin along the full width of State Route 417 between the Town of Woodhull and the Village of Addison on Monday, July 8th. Milling will also occur between the between the 417/I-99 Exit 8 and the 417/I-99 Exit 11 in the Town of Erwin and is expected to last approximately two weeks. Asphalt will be overlaid immediately following milling and that phase is expected to last three weeks. Pavement markings will be removed and temporary stripes will be placed. A one-lane, two-way traffic pattern will maintain traffic and be controlled by flaggers on State Route 417.
Fourth of July STOP-DWI Crackdown Continues Today
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and other state and local law enforcement agencies across the county are conducting a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving. The statewide campaign continues today for the Independence Day Holiday. Sheriff Allard says the Fourth of July extended weekend is historically a deadly period for impaired driving. Drivers should expect sobriety checkpoints and are reminded police will be looking for distracted, aggressive and impaired drivers. STOP-DWI efforts across New York have led to significant reductions in the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities.
DMV Child Seat Inspection Announced for Canisteo
New York State DMV has announced free child seat inspections and assistance during the month of July. As a part of year-long safety initiative, state and local law enforcement agencies, together with various community safety partners, are offering free inspections by certified child safety technicians. Steuben County’s annual inspection will be held Thursday July 25th 10am-2pm at 33 Greenwood Street in Canisteo by Ardent Solutions. Those who are interested in attending this car seat check up can call Gwen Cooper at (585) 593-5223 ext. 1017 to find out more.
Schumer Talks TRACE Act at Senior Center
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer made a stop at the Corning Senior Center yesterday and discussed a recently-passed robocall legislation package in the Senate called the TRACE Act. The legislation would give the FCC the power to fine robocallers $10,000 per call, extend the timeframe the FCC could fine and prosecute robocallers to three years after the call is placed and requires telecommunications companies to implement call authentication technology so robocallers can’t conceal the number the call from. The bill would also require other agencies like the FCC, Federal Trade Commission, Department of Justice and more to issue Congress recommendations on how to enhance their methods to prevent robocalls. Schumer encouraged the House to follow the Senate’s lead in passing the bipartisan bill, which passed 97-1 back in May. Senior citizens are often targeted by these phone calls and Schumer says his legislation will cut down on these unwanted calls up to 99 percent.
NYS Sheriff Institute Camp on Keuka Hosting 14 Local Kids
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced 14 deserving children will be sent for one week to the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute Summer Camp, which is located on Keuka Lake. The camp is a week of wholesome summer fun and accommodates over 900 children between the ages of 9 and 12 all across the state this summer. The camp is in its 43rd year and the campers attend for free made possible by financial support of the Honorary Members of the Sheriffs’ Institute. Boys and girls participate in typical camp activities as well as technical and safety demonstrations by deputy sheriffs such as scuba diving, K-9 handling, and bike and boating safety.
Pine City Woman Charged in Lindley Accident:
A woman from Pine City has been charged following a two-vehicle collision in the Town of Lindley. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 19-year-old Morgan Jenkins was driving on Mulholland Road on June 28th while in an intoxicated condition. She allegedly failed to keep right while traveling around a curve, and collided with another vehicle. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent, and failure to keep right. She was released on traffic summons to appear in the Town of Lindley Court at a later date.
Senator Schumer to Visit Corning, Pushes for Robocall Legislation:
Senator Chuck Schumer is expected to make a visit to Corning today to continue pushing for the passage of anti-robocall legislation. The “TRACED Act,” as it’s known, was passed by the United States Senate in May. It would give “federal agencies newfound tools and authority to trace, prosecute, and enforce fines against robocall scammers, as well as establish new requirements related to call authentication technology that could filter out robocalls.” Schumer will be joined today by area leaders, including the Mayor of the City of Corning, the Director of the Steuben County Office of the Aging, and the Director of the Corning Department of Parks and Recreation, among others. They plan to be at the Corning Senior Citizens Center at 2:15 p.m.
Corning-Painted Post Airport Receives $300,000 Grant:
Representative Tom Reed announced Tuesday over $300,000 in grant funding for the Town of Erwin Industrial Development Agency to renovate and improve facilities at the Corning-Painted Post Airport. Reed said that investing in infrastructure is important and it’s about ensuring fair access to reliable transportation. CEO of the Town of Erwin IDA Rita McCarthy responded to the news, thanking Reed for his support, and that the grants allow the airport to greatly improve safety and help it to become a significant economic innovator in the area.
Highway Lane Closures Suspended for 4th of July Holiday:
To help accommodate what’s expected to be a record number of travelers this 4th of July holiday, Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on state highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. on Monday, July 8th. That said, motorists are advised that some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers for emergency repairs. Drivers are also reminded to follow the state’s Move Over law, which requires motorists to slow down and safely move over for law enforcement vehicles, fire trucks, ambulances, tow trucks, and construction or maintenance vehicles that are stopped along roads across the state.
Algae Bloom Reported on Conesus Lake:
The Livingston County Department of Health is monitoring Conesus Lake after harmful algal blooms have recently been detected. Contact with the algae may result in some health effects such as itching, rashes, fever, headache, upper respiratory symptoms, vomiting, and diarrhea. The lake water should not be used for drinking or cooking, and do not swim, wade, play, or come into direct contact with water that is discolored or has scums on the surface. Pets should also be kept away from discolored water. Questions may be directed to the Livingston County Department of Health at 243-7280 Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Steuben Co. Real Property Auction Set for July 12th:
The Steuben County Real Property Tax Auction has been set for July 12th at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School in Campbell. The properties, which include houses, businesses, and vacant lots are listed on the County website at https://www.steubencony.org. In several cases, vacant lots will be sold with the neighboring building. Notable on the list, which is subject to change, are four properties also subject to separate agreements with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Report Names Hornell 2nd Fastest Growing City in NYS:
Hornell has been named the second fastest growing city in New York State in a report by the Center of Economic Growth in Albany. Hornell Mayor John Buckley responded to the news, saying it’s “something we should all be proud of.” He cited the growing local economy and the vibrant downtown, and said he believes they’re “just getting started” and that the future of Hornell looks bright.
Fireworks – What Is and Isn’t Allowed in NYS:
The 4th of July is just days away, and you may be thinking of celebrating the occasion with some fireworks. While New York did sign legislation last year that allows private citizens to purchase fireworks, there are still restrictions. In fact, most fireworks one might see during professional shows are still illegal. What is allowed are “sparkling devices,” which stay on the ground or that can be held in the hand. They can temporarily be purchased until July 5th. If you do decide to partake this year, be sure to use caution even with these smaller “sparkling devices.” They do still shoot off sparks that can burn you and take care around clothing.
Tompkins Co. Coal Plant to Close:
One of New York State’s last two remaining coal plants has announced that it will soon close. The Cayuga Operating Company, LLC in Lansing in Tompkins County will deactivate its coal-fired power plant within the next 90 days. The deactivation notice was filed by the company on Friday, June 28th, and employees and union leadership were also notified on Friday. The facility currently employs 44 people, including 34 members of the IBEW Local 10 Union. Reportedly, Cayuga’s owner, Riesling Power LLC, has proposed repurposing both the Lansing plant and the one in Somerset (in Niagara County) into a new data hub called the “Empire State Data Hub,” which Riesling says would create union construction jobs, new permanent full-time positions and would allow Riesling to retain “many” IBEW employees for ongoing remediation and plant closure work. Company officials say no decision about the plant’s future have been made yet.
Red Knights 8th Annual Bucket Brigade Ride July 13th:
The Red Knights NY Chapter 42 motorcycle club, hosted by the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, will hold their 8th annual Bucket Brigade ride on Saturday, July 13th. As in the past, all proceeds will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. There’s not only a new date for the event this year, but also a new route with food and live music after the ride at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Day of registration will be held at the fire department at 8 a.m., with the ride beginning promptly at 10. Registration is $15 a person. Pre-registration is open now by PayPal, credit or debit card at https://redknightsny42.org/bucketbrigade.
Savona Man Wins Car in Tops Monopoly Game:
A local man has become a big winner in the Tops Monopoly Collect and Win game. John Paul Zisk of Savona became the ninth winner of a brand new car in the giveaway. John said he’s a frequent shopper at the Tops Markets in Bath, and didn’t actually know he’d won until he checked his game tickets a few days later. Other big winners in the game have also come from New York, including ones in Syracuse, Buffalo, and Chili.
Travel Advisory – Cluthra Lane in Corning:
The City of Corning Water Department has announced that parts of Cluthra Lane will be closed starting today for a water main replacement project. Work is expected to last until July 17th. Cluthra Lane from Columbia Street to the end of the street will be closed to all traffic today through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
City of Hornell to Crackdown on Troublesome Traffic Spots:
The City of Hornell is hoping to encourage motorists to slow down this summer by reminding drivers of the consequences of speeding. The areas the city is most concerned with include those frequented by children, including routes to parks hosting summer programs, and in the vicinity of other summer events. Mayor John Buckley has said his office has received complaints about several areas, and Police Chief Ted Murray said that speed enforcement initiatives will target these areas during the summer months. The Chief urges drivers to asses their surroundings at every corner, and to drive at speeds that could prevent tragedy.
4th of July Celebrations:
If you’re looking to celebrate the 4th of July with some fireworks here are the events planned for around our area: on the day, July 4th, Hornell will host a day-long event, with fireworks at dusk at Veterans Memorial Park and Corning will have fireworks at 7 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. This weekend, on the 6th, Hammondsport will have their annual fireworks display over the lake during the Fireman’s Carnival at approximately 10:30 p.m.