WVIN News Archives for 2019-08

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 19th

Trooper Clark Memorial Bridge Naming Today:


A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge,” located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin.



Violent Sunday Storms Knocked Out Power to Thousands:


Severe storms marching across the Twin Tiers Sunday afternoon knocked out power to thousands of residents across several counties in New York and Pennsylvania.  As of 5 p.m. yesterday in Steuben County, just over a thousand NYSEG customers were still waiting on power to be restored.  Thankfully, this morning, that number has dropped to less than 10. 



Penn Yan’s Red Jacket Park Reopens for Swimming:


The Department of Health cleared Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan to reopen for swimming late last week.  The area was closed on Monday the 12th after the discovery of a blue-green algae bloom.  At this time, both Red Jacket and Indian Pines Park are both open to swimmers.    



Open House for Corning Parks:


In order to get more input on how the city’s parks can meet the public’s recreational needs, Corning will hold a Parks Open House tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corning-Painted Post High School.  The city is preparing a long-range strategy that will help shape the facilities and the appearance of the parks.  Input given during the Open House will be used to help guide the Parks Improvement Committee’s recommendations.  Light refreshments will be available during the event.  Everyone is welcome.



Annual Ride for the Red August 31st:


The 11th annual Ride for the Red Motorcycle run has been set for Saturday, August 31st.  The event honors local veterans and gold star families, with funds raised supporting the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program of the Finger Lakes Red Cross.  The ride will depart the Big Flats American Legion at 10:30 a.m. sharp with New York State motorcycle troopers leading the way through the Finger Lakes region.  There will be a meal for riders at Arkport Cycles.  Online pre-registration is encouraged.  The deadline is tomorrow, August 20th at


Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 17, 2019

Trooper Clark Bridge Dedication Set for Monday 
A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark, is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2PM. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge”, located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin. The state legislation naming the bridge in honor of Clark had local support in the Senate and Assembly by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.


Bath Man Arrested on Multiple Fraud Charges
New York State Police in Bath report the arrest of a man Tuesday on a long series of charges that stem from ongoing fraud and theft reports in the county for the past year. Bath State Police Investigators say Terence R. Vang, age 56, of Bath, was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth degree grand larceny. Back in January, an elderly property owner reported to Troopers there was possible theft of several of his personal checks and believed it was Vang who took them, who he hired as a handyman. The same elderly property owner came back in July and August to report additional thefts he discovered, related to unauthorized use of a credit card and a stolen vehicle title. The subsequent investigation allegedly linked Vang to a misuse of a company credit card and a series of other crimes, causing losses of thousands of dollars. He appeared in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and was sent to Steuben County Sheriff without bail. Law Enforcement Officials say additional charges are pending.


Charnetski Sentenced as Youthful Offender
The young man convicted of driving while high on marijuana in the crash the killed a Horseheads couple last summer was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. Caden Charnetski was eighteen last July when he struck Harolyn and Matthew Matteson on their motorcycle last July. July 2nd of this year he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Charnetski was going to be charged 5 to 15 years in prison initially, but since he was eighteen at the time of the time, he was charged as a youthful offender.


County Observes Impaired Driving Crackdown Through September
Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special law enforcement crackdown on impaired driving. This campaign runs until September 2nd. Research shows that high visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.

Comptroller Audit Finds Millions in Duplicate Medicaid Payments
New York state paid more than $100 million in duplicate payments to managed care organizations for premiums over a more than four year period, according to an audit just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He says “System flaws and incorrect or incomplete information have caused duplicate Medicaid premium payments for a long time.” DiNapoli added “The Department of Health needs to do a better job coordinating with all stakeholders in the Medicaid system to eliminate this waste, improve efficiency and streamline communication.“


Rotarian President Hannan Visits Bath Rotary Club
David Hannan, the governor of Rotary District 7120, recently made an official visit to the Bath Rotary Club. Hannan issued Bath Rotary Club president Jane Russell a check for the club to use for educational or literacy initiatives in Bath. Russell also presented Hannan with a check for $500, made up of individual donations from Bath Rotarians. That check will be donated under his name to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Campaign.


Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 16th

200th Anniversary Steuben Co. Fair Recognized:


The 200th anniversary of the Steuben County Fair was ceremoniously recognized Wednesday by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.  State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes were also on hand, presenting proclamations recognizing the day.



State Education Dept. Announces $34M for Public Library Construction Projects:


The State Education Department has awarded $34 million in state aid to 251 public libraries statewide to support construction and renovation projects.  These funds will help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs.  In Steuben County, the Pulteney Free Library will receive $124,069, the Southeast Steuben County Library will receive $342,992, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $11,909.



Federal Gov. Looking to Create 3-Digit Suicide Hotline:


The federal government is looking to make reaching the national crisis hotline easier.  Last year a law was passed requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention, similar to 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.  On Wednesday, the FCC released a report saying that there is “overwhelming support” for a three-digit number.  Once implemented, those in need would just need to dial 988 to seek help.  Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit 800-number (800-273-8255).  The change comes as suicide rates have increased across the nation.  The CDC reports that suicide deaths have increased by more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states over the past two decades. 



Finger Lakes Regional Market Returns in September:


The Finger Lakes Regional Market will return to Painted Post next month.  Set for Saturday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watson Homestead there will be live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally-produced cheeses, and handcrafted beverages from regional cideries and breweries.  Also arts and crafts, activities for kids, fresh local produce, food, and over 40 vendors.  Parking and admission will both be free, and there will be free live music as well.



Corning Inc. Donates to Finger Lakes Red Cross:


The Corning Inc. Foundation made a donation to the Finger Lakes American Red Cross Thursday morning.  The $25,000 will be used to support fire prevention programs hosted by the Red Cross, including their partnership with Wallin Insurance Inc., where they go home-to-home, installing free smoke alarms and educating about fire safety. 


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 15th

Corning Man Arrested for Attempting to Attack Office:


A Corning man was arrested Tuesday afternoon as he was allegedly en-route to attack employees at an office in the city.  Thomas Whitehead allegedly made several phone calls to the office, making threats to a woman there and other staff members.  He told the employees he was on his way to the office to follow through on his threats.  City police officers located Whitehead on foot walking in the direction of the office.  He was allegedly found in possession of a large machete.  He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt, and stalking.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.  Additional charges are pending.



Corning Woman Arrested in Attempted Shooting:


A Corning woman was arrested Monday evening for allegedly attempting to shoot another woman and herself.  Members of the state and city police, along with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a home on Buffalo Street around 10:40 p.m. after a 911 caller claimed a woman attempted to shoot her.  51-year-old Laura Simons was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing.  She was released from custody on her own recognizance.  The investigation is ongoing, and it will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review.



NYSEG, RG&E Considering Rate Hike:


NYSEG and RG&E customers could see an increase in their bills next year, as the companies are proposing a rate hike.  Annual electric delivery rates could increase by $156.7 million and annual gas delivery rates could increase by $6.3 million.  For the average residential monthly electric customer that would be increase of about $10.20, while the gas bill would increase by $1.03.  NYSEG and RG&E are holding public meetings about the proposed hike and comments can be submitted via their website.  The process is expected to take about 11 months before the companies make any official announcements.  The next meeting is today in Binghamton at the City Council Chambers at 5 p.m.



Corning Salvation Army School Supply Distribution:


Families needing some help getting ready to get back to school can stop by the annual Corning Salvation Army backpack distribution event, which is set for Thursday, August 22nd.  Besides backpacks, other school supplies will also be available to Steuben County children in grades kindergarten through 12.  The event will be at the Salvation Army on Denison Parkway from 3 to 6 p.m.  Parents and legal guardians must bring identification, proof of address, and social security card, benefit card, or birth certificate for each child. 



Rochester Catholic Diocese, Others Named in Lawsuits:


The Child Victims Act went into effect Wednesday, allowing alleged victims one year to file suits, no matter when the offense happened.  Among the lawsuits filed were roughly two dozen in Monroe County Court against several Rochester Catholic parishes and schools, including the Rochester Diocese, the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, and St. Bernard Seminary.  Camp Stella Maris in Livonia was also named, as was the Wellsville School District.


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 14th

Work Zone Crackdown:


The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation have announced “Operation Hardhat,” a joint effort to crackdown on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance work zones on state highways.  Members of State Police Troop E will patrol several active work zones throughout the Rochester and Hornell regions this week to ticket motorists who disobey flagging personnel, speed through work zones, or violate the Move Over Law.  Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and in accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. 



Welfare Fraud Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports a welfare fraud arrest.  58-year-old Earl Pratt of Hornell is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud, presenting a false document to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  Pratt was charged with offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.



Red Jacket Swim Area in Penn Yan Closed Due to Algae Bloom:


A Blue-Green Algae Advisory has been issued by the Department of Health for Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan.  As such, the swim area is closed and will remain so until the DOH issues a safe to re-open order.  Both people and animals should avoid contact with algae blooms, scums, and colored water.  The Red Jacket Park playground, pavilion, and picnic areas are still open to the public.  Additionally, the Indian Pines Park has been reopened for all activities, including swimming. 



E-C Airport Adds New Destination:


The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will soon begin offering flights to a new destination – the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in southwest Florida.  The new, seasonal, route will be offered via Allegiant and will run twice weekly.  It opens on November 13th.  In celebration, Allegiant is offering one-way fares as low as $69.  Flight days, times, and the lowest fares can be found at      



Travel Advisory – Road Work on S.R. 417 in Woodhull:


Work gets underway today on a bridge painting project on the bridge carrying State Route 417 over Tuscarora Creek in the Town of Woodhull.  While the work is taking place, traffic will be maintained by flaggers in one lane.  The project is expected to take approximately 4 weeks.



Elmira College Adding Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program: 


Elmira College will soon become one of just three institutions in the United States to offer an academic program in medicinal plant chemistry.  The new program will be available to students this fall as one of four new concentrations being offered within the college’s chemistry degree.  Medicinal plant chemistry is for students interested in analyzing plants for medicinal and food applications, such as essential oils, craft breweries and wineries, and medicinal cannabis.  More information can be found on the college’s website at    


Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 13th

Hornellsville Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Spencer Woman:


A Spencer woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Hornellsville.  According to State Police, 41-year-old Marci Clem was pulled over on State Route 36 and when troopers conducted a search, they reportedly found a pound of meth and a small amount of marijuana.  Clem was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and several other vehicle and traffic violations. 



Hornell Woman Accused of Threatening Women with Knife, Driving Drunk:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 34-year-old Amanda Marriott of Hornell following an incident in Arkport.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Reddy Hollow Road for a report of a woman threatening two other women with a knife.  Their investigation allegedly found that Marriott operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition with children in the vehicle and then threatened the two women with a knife.  She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (Leandra’s Law), three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of menacing.  She was held at the Steuben County Jail for arraignment.




18-year-old Arrested in Home Invasion Burglary:


An 18-year-old from Savona has been arrested in connection with a home invasion burglary.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dublin Road in Howard in response to a report of a burglary in progress.  The investigation allegedly found that Richard Snyder damaged, entered, and stole property from an occupied residence and then fled the scene.  Snyder was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and petit larceny.  He was held for arraignment and then released to appear.



Sheriff Warns of Fake Child Car Seats:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is urging those with infants and small children to be aware of the growing trend of “knock-off” car seat sales.  Typically sold from online merchants, the car seats are often made of flimsy plastic, and often feature plastic buckles, instead of metal ones, as well as missing parts, and the bogus seats do not provide registration cards or owner’s manuals, according to national reports.  Residents are reminded that the Sheriff’s Department conducts regular child car seat safety checks, and the next is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the 200th Steuben County Fair.  Income-eligible families in Steuben may apply for child car seats for newborns, infants, and toddlers through the sheriff’s “Play IT Safe” project.  More information is available by calling (607) 622-3911, or online at



India Day in Corning to Close Some Streets:


Corning’s Gaffer District will be celebrating India Day this weekend, which means several streets will be closing for safety reasons.  The event is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tioga Avenue will be closed from the bus turn around to the Tioga Parking Garage.  The east entrance of the Tioga Parking Garage will be closed, and all vehicles must enter and exit from the west end of the garage on Walnut Street. 




Haverling Central School Supply Giveaway:


With August already almost half-way through, the summer will soon be over for students as they head back to school.  The Haverling Central School District is making sure its students will be ready for the new year with a school supply giveaway.  Any student from Pre-K through 12th grade and their parents will be able to get free school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, and more, on Wednesday, August 21st between 9 and 11 a.m. in the High School Cafeteria.   


Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 12th

Parking, Traffic Reminder for Haverling Central School:


A reminder for anyone who might need access to the Haverling Central School District: due to paving work, the front loop at the middle and high schools is closed today.  You should park instead in the lot next to the football field.



NYS Passes Law Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based on Religion, Facial Hair:


Late last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that prohibits employment discrimination based on religious attire, clothing or facial hair.  The new law is an expansion of the state Human Rights Law assuring that employers cannot refuse to hire, attain, promote, or take other discriminatory action against an individual for wearing attire or facial hair in accordance with tenets of their religion.  The Governor said the law “…makes it crystal clear to anyone who may still have doubts that New York has zero tolerance for bigotry of any kind.”



Rockwell Mus., C-PP School Teaming Up for Mural:


The Rockwell Museum and the Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center are teaming up to bring some more beauty to the city.  Tomorrow, work will begin on an outdoor mural in the alleyway outside Carey’s Brew House in the Gaffer District.  Weather permitting, the painting will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be a celebration of the piece, entitled Transcendence, on September 26th at 5 p.m.  The project contains pieces of individual paintings created by students, with the mural designed to tell the story of each student’s future hopes and dreams.


Poll Finds Gov. at Lowest Favorability/Performance Rating, but Still Good for NYS:


According to the latest Siena College poll released Friday, despite record lows in his favorability, a majority of New Yorkers, by a margin of 51 to 39 percent, say Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the state a better place to live during his nine years as Governor.  By a 52-33 margin, respondents also said the recently concluded legislative session will move the state on the right track, not in the wrong direction.  That said, Cuomo’s favorability has fallen to 43-50 percent, down from 52-42 in June, and his job performance rating is 34-64, his lowest level ever.  The poll was conducted July 28th through August 1st by telephone to 810 registered New York voters.



NY Team to Support Wildfire Firefighting Efforts in Western States:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are traveling to western states to assist in containing wildfires burning across the Northwest.  The volunteers and DEC staff, mostly from the ranks of the State’s Forest Rangers, will receive their assignment once they arrive and will join crews from other states.  Firefighters are currently battling more than 100 high priority wildfires in states including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, with nearly 9,000 firefighters working to battle and contain the blazes.


Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 10, 2019

PA Man Ticketed After Vehicle Rolls Over on SR 36
A 911 call yesterday dispatched New York State Police to a rolled over vehicle on State Route 36 in Canisteo yesterday. Upon police arriving at the scene, it was discovered the operator of the vehicle had fled the accident. The vehicle overturned after traveling north on SR 36 at a high speed, changing lanes and striking the guard wire then traveled 125 feet. Police say the vehicle took out 11 posts, 2 delineators and 1 road sign. After overturning, the vehicle got tangled in the guard wire, finally coming to a stop about 75 off of the roadway. NYS DOT responded by coning off the area and getting the vehicle towed. NYSP were able to locate the owner and operator of the vehicle, 23-year-old Dustin Williams from Westfield, PA, and issued him tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding and unsafe lane change.


OFA Receives $47K Grant
Steuben County Office for the Aging will receive a boost in services made possible by a $47,000 grant from the New York State Office for the Aging. The grant worth exactly $47,179 was written to the agency for “Unmet Need Funding”. OFA Director Patty Baroody says these funds will be used “to ease the burden of our waiting lists for home care and respite and the ever-increasing demand for transportation.” Baroody specified that funds will be divided between the Institute for Human Services, AIM and other respite and home services. 


Steuben Area Sex Offender Arrested for Luring Dundee Minor
State Police report the arrest of a registered sex offender from Steuben County on rape charges. Paul Davis, age 31, is accused of luring a Dundee area child under the age of 17 to have sexual contact with him at his Canisteo residence. Davis’ history stems back to 2007 when he served 6 months in prison for a sexual abuse conviction that year for having sexual contact with a 16-year-old Canandaigua girl. 


Savona Man Jailed for Failure to Pay Child Support
A Savona man was sent to Schuyler County Jail on a Family Court warrant for his alleged failure to pay owed child support. The respondent allegedly was previously found in willful violation of an existing court order because he failed to pay $475 in back child support for his two children plus an additional $344 in judgments. The subject failed to appear in court for sentencing last month, prompting the warrant being issued for his arrest. The man was located in Steuben County after it was discovered he was on probation in the county for an unrelated crime. The man, whose name was not released to protect the identity of his children, was sent to Schuyler County and sent to jail in lieu of bail. 


Dansville Man Sentenced for Child Porn Charges
A 42-year-old Dansville man was sentenced to prison by US District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Ryan C. Lander was sentenced to 21 years in prison after he was investigated by Homeland Security after it was discovered he posted images on a website known for child exploitation. After searching his electronic devices, it was found Lander had two minor victims engage in explicit conduct he recorded between the months of July 2011 and March 2013.


NYSP Arrested for Drug and Traffic Charges
State Police arrested a driver in the Town of Bath for driving while impaired by drugs on Interstate 86. Steuben County 911 reported to police that a vehicle was driving erratically in the Town of Wheeler, then to Prattsburg and then back to the Town of Bath before getting on the highway. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Thomas Aldrich of Horseheads, was allegedly unable to tell police where he was coming from and said he was on his way to Pine Valley in Elmira but thought he would stop in Bath to go to Taco Bell. Aldrich was unable to complete roadside sobriety checks and police say they found a baggy of crystal meth on the rear passenger floor board. He was arrested at the Bath station for operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, reckless driving and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000

cash or $4,000 bond.



Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 9th

Canisteo Man Arrested for Rape:


A Canisteo man has been arrested on charges of rape.  39-year-old Alvirn Riley was arrested Thursday on multiple counts each of rape, criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the Steuben County Holding Facility awaiting arraignment.



Corning Man Facing Burglary, Attempted Assault Charges:


A Corning man has been arrested following investigation by police into two domestic violence incidents.  According to police, 28-year-old Erik Huyler was wanted on two city court warrants in relation to the incidents that occurred on June 30th and July 5th.  He was arrested Thursday as he was allegedly fleeing a home in Lamphear Court.  He has been charged with burglary, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal mischief, petit larceny, and attempted assault.



Warrant Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of seven people by the Warrant Squad.  Arrested were: 35-year-old Philip Spangenburg, Jr. of Campbell, 33-year-old Michael Wilson of Bath, 28-year-old Ramon Rivera of Rochester, 34-year-old Karen Matteson of Addison, 32-year-old Sabra Henry of Horseheads, 39-year-old William Niver of Savona, and 20-year-old Ryan Cosgrove of Corning.  All were wanted on active warrants.



Arbor Housing Proposes Low-Income Housing Project in Bath:


At Thursday’s meeting of the Bath Planning Board, several construction projects were proposed, including one from Arbor Housing and Development for low-income housing.  Arbor’s plan is for the 16-acre lot on State Route 54.  The proposal includes nine buildings, eight residential and one possible multipurpose sort of room.  Thursday’s meeting was open to the public and the proposal drew mixed responses from those in attendance.  The board took no action on the proposal Thursday.



Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Expanding Protections for Domestic Violence



On Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed three pieces of legislation expanding

protections for victims of domestic violence.  These measures broaden the definition of the crime of domestic violence to include forms of economic abuse such as identity theft, grand larceny and coercion; give victims the choice to vote by mail-in ballot, even if they remain within the county where they are registered to vote; and allow victims to report abuse to any law enforcement agency in New York State, regardless of where the violence originally took place.



National Immunization Awareness Month:


It’s National Immunization Awareness Month and Steuben County Public Health is reminding residents both of the importance of vaccinations and of new vaccine regulations in New York State.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that thousands of Americans get sick each year from diseases that vaccines can prevent, and New York State itself is coming off the largest measles outbreak in 25 years.  In its wake, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law this June that bans religious exemptions for vaccines.  That includes both school students and those attending daycare.  Students must have started the first vaccine of any series they need to catch up on within the first 14 days of the school year.  Then within the first 30 days they must have an appointment scheduled to catch up on all of their vaccines.  Anyone not vaccinated will not be allowed to attend school or daycare.  Steuben County Public health offers monthly clinics, August’s will be on August 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. and August 27th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  In September clinics will be held on September 11th from 1 to 3 p.m., and September 24th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 8th

N.J Man Arrested in Steuben Co. After Dangerous Weapons Found:


A New Jersey man was arrested in Steuben County Monday after authorities were allegedly alerted to weapons and dangerous materials at his home.  NBC New York reports that an emergency dispatcher in New Jersey received a phone call allegedly from Robert Wills on Monday, warning that police were going to be needed at his home because a person intended to commit acts of violence.  When police arrived, Wills not home, but their investigation found a dozen long guns, 2 handguns, and quantities of ammunition, fireworks, and materials and chemicals that could be used in the creation of explosive devices.  Wills was arrested at a relative’s home in Steuben County without incident and is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.    



Road Rage Leads to Accident on I-86:


Road rage is being cited as the cause of accident involving two tractor-trailers on I-86 Wednesday.  According to state police, the drivers of the vehicles were “driving aggressively” and got into a quarrel on the highway that ended with one of the drivers rear-rending the other and forcing it off the road near Exit 50 in Painted Post.  The other driver then pulled over to the side of the highway.  Police said no charges were filed and no tickets were issued.  Neither driver sustained any injuries.



Parking Change for Paving at Haverling Central School:


The Haverling Central School District has announced that, due to paving work, the front loop at the middle and high schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 9th and Monday, August 12th.  Those who need access to the school should instead park in the lot next to the football field.



Algae Bloom Closes Swimming at Penn Yan Park:


Swimming is closed for the time being at Indian Pines Park in Penn Yan after the Department of Health issued a Blue-green Algae Advisory following the identification of an algae bloom in the area.  People and animals should avoid contact with any algae blooms, scums, and colored water.  Don’t swim, wade, or fish.  Don’t drink the water.  Rinse with clean water if you are exposed.  While the swim area will remain closed until a re-open order has been issued by the DOH, the park itself, including the playground, pavilion, and picnic areas are still open to the public.  At this time, Red Jacket park is unaffected and open for all activities.



Rep. Reed Hosting App Challenge:


Representative Tom Reed has announced that he’ll be hosting a Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for students in middle and high school.  Eligible students are challenged to create computer programs – or apps – written in any programming language for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).  The submission portal is now open.  Students are encouraged to register by September 10th.  All apps must be submitted by November 1st.  Winners will have their apps on display in the U.S. Capitol Building, on, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.  This is Reed’s first time participating with the competition.  He said [his office] understands and cares “about the importance of STEM education and providing the tools to have a developed workforce.”  To learn more about the CAC visit



Steuben Sheriff EMT Program to be Recognized Aug. 15th:


The formal public implementation of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program will be August 15th at 10 a.m. at the county Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension.  Recently, 15 officers were awarded state EMT certification as part of county Sheriff Jim Allard’s initiative, which calls for his entire department to be certified by 2020. 



DEC Accepting Applications for Environmental Conservation Officer Exam:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the next Environmental Conservation Police Officer Exam.  The exam will be October 19th.  Applications must be submitted by September 4th.  For requirements and more information about how to apply visit


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 7th

School Buses to Get Stop-Arm Cameras:


On Tuesday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that authorizes school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who unlawfully pass stopped buses.  “No parent should ever have to worry that their child’s bus ride to and from school is anything other than safe and easy,” the Governor said.  “By signing this measure into law, we are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable and advancing New York State’s bold initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe.”  It’s illegal in New York State to pass a stopped school bus, but in 2018 Operation Safe Stop, a one-day law-enforcement initiative found hundreds of drivers ignoring the law, with some 850 people ticketed.  



New Law Prohibits Knives Undetectable by Metal Detectors:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that prohibits the manufacture, shipment, and possession of knives that are undetectable by a metal detector.  Violators face a misdemeanor charge and a possible year in jail.  The new law goes into effect on November 1st



Tommy Hilfiger, Daughter Book Signing at Consumer Square:


Fashion icon and Elmira native Tommy Hilfiger will be returning to his roots this weekend,

along with daughter Ally, for a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Consumer Square.  Ally’s book is “Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me,” while Tommy’s book is “American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business.”  They will both be signing copies on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.  The books must be purchased at the Consumer Square Barnes and Noble in order to be signed.    


Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 6th

Death of Corning Infant Accidental:


In an update to the news of the death of an infant in Corning on Sunday, police have announced that it was accidental. 



Bath Man Arrested for Breaking Into Apartment, Sleeping in Child’s Bed:


A Bath man has been arrested after a burglary was reported on County Route 10 in the Town of Bath.  The resident told police that when she arrived home, she found her front door jammed, damage to the door jam and to a television.  She allegedly discovered 27-year-old Matthew Root asleep in her child’s bed.  Root told police that he had permission to sleep there as long as he did the dishes.  The resident denies this.  Root also denies causing any damage and accused law enforcement of doing it.  He was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.



Corning Man Arrested After Found Passed Out on Canisteo Porch:


A Corning man has been arrested after he was found passed out on a porch in the Village of Canisteo.  41-year-old Michael Givens was found on a porch on Taylor Street.  He admitted to entering a neighbor’s home to find cigarettes and to damaging property while inside.  He was charged with criminal trespassing.    



Savona Woman Accused of Stealing Cash:


A Savona woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing cash from a person in Painted Post.  According to State Police, they received a complaint from the owner of B & W Towing on Friday, August 2nd that one of their new employees had $130 stolen from their wallet.  A review of security footage reportedly showed 34-year-old Rachel Cantineri taking the cash.  When she refused to return the money, she was arrested for petit larceny.



Dundee Man Charged in 2-Car Accident in Tyrone:


A Dundee man is facing multiple charges following a 2-car accident on State Route 230 in the Town of Tyrone on August 2nd.  According to State Police, the driver of the second vehicle said she saw a car coming towards her that was swerving and coming into her lane.  She swerved to avoid being hit and ended up in the other lane on the shoulder of the road.  The other driver, identified as 31-year-old Christopher Billirakis was unable to complete any of the roadside sobriety tests.  He was transported to Soldier and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for head pain, where he reportedly refused to provide a breath sample and a blood test.  After being released from the hospital he was charged with DWI – 2nd offence, refusal to take a breath test, using a mobile device while operating a vehicle, drinking alcohol while in a motor vehicle, and other vehicle and traffic violations.  He was released to a sober third party.



Travel Advisory – Route 53 in Wheeler:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, on Thursday state forces will be closing route 53 in the town of Wheeler a quarter mile north of the County Road 13 intersection, to repair a section of road that was damaged in a recent storm. Traffic will be detoured from State Route 53 to County Route 13, Murlatt Road, Dinehearts Crossing Road, and Bean Station Road.



Parking and Traffic Restrictions in Corning for Road Work:


The City of Corning has announced some temporary parking and traffic restrictions to accommodate paving work.  On Friday, August 9th Corning Boulevard will be closed to parking and traffic from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It will also be closed Monday, August 12th through Friday, August 16th.  Also beginning Monday, August 12th and lasting through Friday, August 16th, there will be no parking in City Lot #12, located east of the intersection of Cedar Street and Tioga Avenue.  Permit holders are asked to park in Lot #16.   



Finger Lakes SPCA Participating in Clear the Shelter:


The Finger Lakes SPCA is looking to find homes for all its animals this month and is participating in Clear the Shelters day.  On Clear the Shelters day, participating animal shelters will waive adoption fees in the hope that more pets will be adopted.  The Finger Lakes SPCA currently has 15 dogs and 60 cats and kittens looking for forever homes.  All animals adopted will be up to date on their shots and they’ll be spayed or neutered.  You can stop by the shelter to meet with the animals and get to know them to ensure you find the right fit.  Clear the Shelters day will be August 17th      


Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 5th

Death of Baby in Corning Being Investigated:


Authorities are investigating the death of a baby in Corning over the weekend.  Corning police, along with State Police, were reportedly on scene on Woodview Avenue Sunday morning investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.  A witness told WENY that a fire truck was first on scene, with law enforcement arriving after.  As of 7:30 p.m. last night there had been no word of arrests or even how the child might have died.



Bath Man Facing Drug Charges:


A Bath man is facing drug charges following the bust of an alleged methamphetamine lab in Olean.  The Hornell Evening Tribune reports that 42-year-old Thomas Ratliff was one of four people arrested.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He, along with the other 3 arrested, is being held without bail. 



Planned Water Outage in Bath Today:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a planned water outage for today in Bath.  The outage will begin at 10 a.m. while workers replace a mainline valve at the corner of Allen and Haverling streets.  Customers on those streets should plan to be impacted by the outage.  BEGWS apologizes for any inconvenience and for the short notice, and thanks the public for their understanding.



Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Insurance Coverage for Mammograms:


On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that requires large group insurers to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York State.  Currently, many insurance companies only need to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure’s sponsor, Senator Monica Martinez of Long Island, said the bill is imperative so that women have access to potentially life-saving early screening.  The legislation is known as Shannon’s Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at the age of 31. 



Work Begins on Hemp Seed Vault in Geneva:


The nation’s only hemp seed vault will soon be located in the Finger Lakes region.  Work is underway on the “Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository,” which will be sited at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva.  It will help breeders and geneticists develop new varieties of industrial hemp while also identifying genes for pest and disease resistance.  Senator Charles Schumer announced the project on Friday, noting that he helped secure $500,000 in federal funding for the project because of the potential industrial hemp has to boost the upstate economy.  


Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 3, 2019

Bath Woman Arrested for Alleged Arson
A Bath woman has been charged with arson after an investigation discovered she intentionally set fire to her home on Ash Street. 39-year-old Rebecca Manry-Miller allegedly intentionally started a fire in her residence, causing damage and endangering responding firefighters. Manry-Miller is also accused of submitting false information about the fire on an insurance claim and is being held at the Steuben County Jail awaiting arraignment for charges of insurance fraud and reckless endangerment.


Schuyler Sheriffs Announce New Traffic Patterns for WGI Weekend
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit. As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road. This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.


Reed Calls on Cuomo to Take Action on I-90 Repairs
Congressman Tom Reed Thursday called on Governor Cuomo to end the political dispute with the Seneca nation and repair the I-90 Thruway and other roadways running through the Seneca Nation. Reed, citing dangerous conditions and the possibility of injury to motorists and damage to vehicles, served the governor and other DOT officials with a formal letter of defective conditions holding New York State liable “for any and all injury, loss of life, and or damage resulting from the road conditions.”


Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Address Confidentiality Protections
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to participate in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program. The program allows victims to keep their address hidden from their perpetrators by using a substitute address provided by the Department of State in lieu of their actual home, school or work address. The bill will take effect 90 days after becoming law. Under the previous law, only victims of domestic violence were eligible to participate in the Address Confidentiality Program. However, many victims of sexual offenses, stalking or human trafficking also have a need for the benefits of an address confidentiality program because they often attempt to evade actual or threatened violence by moving to a new address in order to hide from an assailant or potential assailant.


Comptroller Sales Tax Report Released
According to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, local sales tax collections for the first two quarters of 2019 grew at a moderate pace compared to the stronger early quarters of 2018. Most of the economic factors that typically explain overall sales tax collections — such as wages and consumer spending — grew at a modest pace. However, a decrease in gasoline prices in the first half of 2019 caused a drop in the portion of taxes collected from the sale of motor fuels. Outside of NYC, only the Southern Tier had a growth rate above the statewide average of 3.3 percent. A number of counties saw fairly robust growth. Broome County had the highest year-over-year increase of 9.8 percent, followed by Seneca County (7.3 percent) and Yates County (6.8 percent).


Governor Signs Law Creating Maternal Mortality Review Board
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to create a Maternal Mortality Review Board charged with reviewing the cause of each maternal death in New York State and making recommendations to the Department of Health on strategies for preventing future deaths and improving overall health outcomes. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world - and racial disparities continue to persist, as black women are nationally almost four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women, and three times more likely in New York.



Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 2nd

New Traffic Patterns for NASCAR Weekend in Watkins Glen:


The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit.  As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road.  This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.  Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.



Not Enough Money to Go Around in Equifax Settlement:


As if getting hacked wasn’t bad enough, now victims of the 2017 Equifax breach might now miss out on their piece of the settlement money.  As part of the $300 million settlement, victims were offered either free credit monitoring, or a check for up to $125, but the Federal Trade Commission says so many people are asking for a cash payment there may not be enough for everyone.  The FTC recommends choosing the free credit monitoring instead of the cash.



Prattsburgh FFA Receives Living to Serve Grant from National FFA:


The Prattsburgh FFA chapter has been awarded a $3,000 yearlong Living to Serve Grant.  The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health and nutrition, and community engagement.  The Prattsburgh chapter plans to use the funds to address health, hunger, and nutrition by maintaining a small chicken coop, sustaining the community garden, and adding fruit tree and shrub varieties to the community garden.  This will allow the chapter to increase yield and donate chicken eggs to community members free of charge.  Additionally, the Prattsburgh FFA will host workshops on the importance of produce and nutrition, and will work with other classes in interdisciplinary projects.



Corning Church Opens 24/7 Food Pantry:


While the City of Corning and surrounding area has many regular food pantries, the Corning Grace United Methodist Church has found that emergencies don’t always happen on a regular schedule.  So the church has decided to tackle the problem and help those in need by opening a 24/7 emergency pantry to the public.  The pantry will function like any other, except it will be open around the clock, and even if the doors on the church aren’t open, those in need can call the numbers on the door and someone will be able to come and let them in.



Applications Still Open for ARC Grants:


There’s still time for local organizations to submit applications for 2020 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants.  According to the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) 50-50 matching grants of between $5,000 and $150,000 are available to local educational institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations to provide “solutions that will improve infrastructure, the economy, job opportunities, and health for residents of the STC Region.”  Applications are due September 3rd.  For more information visit       



New Mountain Bike Race Set at Mossy Bank Park:


On Sunday, August 11th, Mossy Bank Park in Bath will host the 1st Annual The Hills on Fire Enduro XC mountain bike race.  Starting at 9 a.m., the race will consist of riders traversing two courses in scenic Mossy Bank Park.  Each course will be about 5 miles in length with a mix of single and double track.  There will be a 3-hour window to complete 3 laps on each course.  Riders will be allowed to take a break between laps.  After the 3-hour mark, the course will be closed and transformed into the second course.  Riders then have 3-hours to complete 3 laps on the new course.  The first 50 riders to sign up for this event receive a free t-shirt.  Cost varies whether registering as a team of 3 or solo.  There will also be a chicken BBQ at the park from 4 to 6 p.m.  For more information, contact Wheels Unlimited of Bath at 776-6609, or visit    


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 1st

NYS Authorizes Emergency Responders to Remove Animals from Cars:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that gives firefighters and other emergency responders the authority to remove animals in unattended vehicles under conditions that endanger the animal’s health or well-being.  The legislation will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited.  The bill goes into effect immediately.  Said Cuomo, “Leaving a pet in a stifling hot or freezing cold car is inhumane and potentially dangerous, and emergency responders should have the ability to remove them if necessary.”



NYS Limits Arming of Teachers:


Also on Wednesday, the Governor signed legislation limiting an educational institution’s ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds, and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned, or unwanted firearms.  Citing that the introduction of guns into schools could create the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence, the first bill stipulates that educational institutions can’t issue written authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, professor, administrator, or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer, or security guard.  It goes into effect immediately.  The other bill directs State Police to work with the Department of State to establish uniform regulations for gun buyback programs so that all the programs across the state are operated consistently, and that these programs take place in every county in the state.  This bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.



Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled:


After months of obstacles and backsteps, Woodstock 50 has officially been canceled.  The announcement came Wednesday after more of the originally scheduled acts backed out of performing, including: Santana, The Lumineers, and The Killers.  In a statement, co-founder Michael Lang cited “conflicting radius issues in the D.C. area,” as a reason why artists were unable to perform, as well as “for their own reasons.”  He went on to thank the artists, fans, and partners who stood by the event.  While the Woodstock 50 event is no more, those looking to celebrate the anniversary can still do so at the original Woodstock site with the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival.  Original Woodstock performers John Fogerty and Santana will perform, along with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band.  There will also be TED-style talks and special exhibits. 



Tuition Debt Relief Program Available for CCC Students:


Students laboring under tuition debt at SUNY Corning Community College will now have help easing their burden.  CCC is offering the “Barons Brought Back” program for former students who accrued debt during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students with bills of $1,500 or less will be able to enroll for the fall semester as long as they have a prior grade point average of 2.00 or higher, are enrolled for at least 12 credit hours, and complete financial aid paperwork to have grants or loans in place to pay for the fall 2019 semester.  Students who owe more than $1,500 qualify for the Barons Brought Back program if they can first pay enough to reduce the outstanding balance to $1,500.  CCC will reduce one third of the debt, up to $500, at the end of the fall semester if students successfully complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average.    



Travel Advisory – Upcoming Road Work in Arkport & Campbell:


The state Department of Transportation has announced upcoming road work in the Town of Campbell and the Village of Arkport.  In Campbell, bridge work will resume on Interstate 86 over County Route 333 on Sunday.  Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. with interstate traffic being detoured around the area.  During the day, I-86 will be open to a single lane of traffic and C.R. 333 will have both lanes open.  In Arkport, paving will take place around a railroad crossing on State Route 961F beginning Monday.  The crossing is near the intersection of County Route 67.  Traffic will be detoured along State Route 36.  The Campbell project is expected to take 5 days, while the Arkport project will last through Wednesday.


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