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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 15, 2019

Families of Four Pulteney Crash Victims Confirm Identities
Family members of the four victims whose lives were claimed by an accident in Pulteney this weekend have confirmed the identities of their late loved ones. The four lost in the crash were confirmed as Korbie Higgins, Coy Miner, Nikki Wise, and Adam Bellamy by WETM News. The fifth victim in the crash, Dustin Drake, survived with injuries of a broken arm and leg. It is believed that some or all of the five people in the crash were at Maloney’s in Hammondsport shortly before the accident. More details in this case are emerging as the investigation continues.

 

Allard Talks Staff and Reduced Population After Bail Reform
Sheriff Jim Allard spoke about the state’s recent bail reform measures that take effect on January 1st and says the result of these changes will likely be a reduction of the county jail population by over one-third. Allard says the current daily jail population is 155-165 and anticipates it to be around 100 after the law takes effect. He says a team has been set up from agencies like DSS, Mental Health, Catholic Charities and more in order to review each inmate to determine what each individual needs for community support. Allard says though he believes the employment of current staff will most likely not be threatened, the level of staffing necessary to accommodate to the new state law is still unknown.

 

Congressman Reed Encourages Constituents to Participate in Census
Congressman Tom Reed has stressed the importance of participating in the 2020 Census for the sake of New York State to maintain an accurate representation in Washington. Reed expressed concern over the declining number of New York representatives in Congress in the last three Census cycles. He says his office will continue encouraging constituents to participate in the upcoming census. The Corning Republican claimed “extreme liberalism” from Albany again,  this time as a cause for population decline in the Empire State.

 

Gillibrand Working on Union Reform Bill
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in the process of furthering a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act” introduced to the Senate back in July that would strengthen unions and raise wages for workers. Gillibrand said that infrastructure “offers a major opportunity to revitalize manufacturing jobs” and stressed the importance of using American-made products. The bill also seeks to encourage apprenticeship for veterans, women and those in need as well as encourage local union contracting.

 

American Legion Hosts Blood Drive Tomorrow
There will be a blood drive tomorrow at the American Legion on William Street in Bath from 11:30am to 5:30pm. Blood is desperately needed at this site. You can donate by going to redcrossblood.org, downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling Eleanor Sample at (607) 569-2063.

 

Paving on Rte 415 in Avoca Begins Today
The New York State Department of Transportation begins paving today on State Route 415 in Avoca. With weather permitting, work will last from today to this Friday October 18th. The project involves a combination of state forces and railroad personnel replacing and paving around a railroad crossing on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca .25 miles South of the Hamlet of Wallace. Local traffic will be detoured on County Route 7 through the Village of Avoca while truck traffic will be detoured on I-390.

 

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Today
The Steuben County Office For the Aging reminds county residents the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 plans begins today and continues until December 7th. The open enrollment period allows those receiving benefits to review changes and options and make changes as needed. Those changes must be made during the open enrollment period to take effect next year in 2020. Those with questions about their plans may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 14, 2019

Four Killed in Pulteney Weekend Crash
Four people were killed over the weekend in an accident in the Town of Pulteney. According to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, the crash happened at about 1:15 am Saturday on County Route 76 between Rugby and Briglin Roads. The crash closed off nearby roads for a few hours and it was reported a fifth victim was airlifted to a local hospital. The names of the victims have not yet been released and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

Cuomo Announces Grants & Rebates for Emission-Free Vehicles
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for a portion of $3 million in rebates and grants. The deadline for municipalities to apply is May 25, 2020 for $2.5 million in grants supporting installation of hydrogen filling station components or electric vehicle supply equipment. These grants are available for up to $250,000 for a single facility, require 20 percent be matched locally, and have a limit of $500,000 for a municipality. Clean vehicles purchased by municipalities since July qualify for $500,000 worth of rebates while plug-in hybrid, all-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are eligible for $2,500 to $5,000 in rebates.

 

NYS DOT Announces Paving on Rte 415 in Avoca
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, from tomorrow to this Friday October 18th, a combination of state forces and railroad personnel will be replacing and paving around a railroad crossing on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca .25 miles South of the Hamlet of Wallace. Local traffic will be detoured on County Route 7 through the Village of Avoca while truck traffic will be detoured on I-390.

 

Avoca Village Board Schedules Thursday Public Hearing
The Avoca Village Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, October 17th. Officials say the purpose of the hearing is to solicit input from residents in relation to furnishing fire and/or ambulance protection.

 

Blood Drive Held at Bath VA Tomorrow
There will be a blood drive tomorrow held by the American Red Cross at the Bath VA Medical Center from 11:30am – 4:30pm. It will be at Building 92 on 76 Veteran Avenue. To make an appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, go to redcrossblood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

 

Basketball Group Seeks New Members in Meeting Tonight
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials’ International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 156 is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys’ basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting to be held 7pm tonight at the Bath American Legion at 14 West William Street in Bath. For more information, please call Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 12, 2019

Two Men Charged for Fire Killing Their Grandmother
This week, a second man was charged with murder for allegedly playing a part in starting a May 14 fire on Townsend Avenue in Corning that killed their 82-year-old grandmother Gladys Ann Willow. Jarrrett W. Gause, age 33 of Bath, was charged by a Steuben County grand jury. The jury also increased charges against Gause’s 21-year-old brother Justin Gause of Corning. Both men were charged with second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, first degree falsifying business records and second-degree assault. Though a specific date and time was not released, both suspects will appear in Steuben County Court later this month to complete arraignments in the case.

 

NYS Mandates Feminie Hygiene Products Must List Ingredients
New York has become the first state in the country requiring manufacturers of feminine hygiene products sold in the state to disclose their ingredients. The bill was signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo and takes effect in 180 days. The governor says the delay in mandating listed ingredients for tampons and pads is a sign of the “pervasive culture of inequality in our society” and explained the legislation “builds on the reproductive health protections that New York has safeguarded for women and girls” across our New York. Last year, Cuomo signed a law mandating all public schools as well as state and local correctional facilities provide free feminine hygiene products. Cuomo also signed the law that eliminated a tax on menstrual products in July 2016.

 

County Sheriff Offers First of Four Boater Safety Courses
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit instructs the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building today from 8am to 4pm. The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators. Upon successful completion the attendee receives a NYS Boater Safety Certificate. The next class is held Saturday November 23rd. You must bring a proof of age to attend and the minimum age to attend is ten years old. Classes are limited to 30 students and you must confirm your attendance by calling the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.

 

Basketball Group Seeks New Members to Attend Monday Meeting
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials’ International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 156 is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys’ basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting to be held this Monday October 14th, 7pm at the Bath American Legion at 14 West William Street in Bath. For more information, please call Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.

 

LaTournament Raises over $3,000 for ProAction Program
Over $3,434 was raised at the recent “Latournament,” at the Bath Country Club. The event was hosted by the Latour family in honor of their parents, Gordy and Mary Latour.  The tournament was held to raise funds for the ProAction of Steuben and Yates’ Home Delivered Meals through Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc.

 

County Public Health Urges Local Residents to Get Flu Shot
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting as many as 42.9 million people had the flu between October 2018 and May 2019, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots now.  “It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to build full protection, so it is important to get the flu shot early in the season to be fully protected by the time flu cases peak,” Steuben Public Health Director Darlene Smith said. The annual flu shot is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 11, 2019

Bath Woman Convicted of Violent Felony Assault Against Child
Yesterday, a Bath woman was convicted of violent felony assault for burning a child’s face with a lit cigarette. Amber Lapish-Rosado, age 25, of West Steuben Street in Bath was found guilty of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child for this incident and others occurring between last November 22nd and 24th in the Village according to the Steuben County DA. Lapish-Rosado could be sentenced to up to seven years in state prison when she appears on December 22nd to Bath Village Court for sentencing. 

 

Wegman’s Served Class-Action Lawsuit Over Vanilla Ice Cream
Two people have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against Wegmans over the store’s brand of vanilla ice cream. Filed by a lawyer from Long Island, the suit claims the store chain misleads its customers over how much vanilla the ice cream contains. Allegedly, no vanilla or vanilla extract is used in the ice cream in some cases. A spokesperson for Wegmans responded by saying: “we believe that the labeling of our ice cream fully complies with all regulations and industry standards, and is not misleading in any way.”

 

Avoca Village Board Schedules 10/17 Public Hearing
The Avoca Village Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17th . Officials say the purpose of the hearing is to solicit input from residents in relation to furnishing fire and/or ambulance protection.

 

Lindley Man Arrested on Drug Charges
State Police arrested 28-year-old Jeffrey T. Johnson of Lindley. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. He’ll appear in court at a later date.

 

Cuomo Announces $1.5 Million Available for Farm-to-Schools Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $1.5 million is available for eligible school districts supporting the growth of Farm-to-School programs across New York. The state program helps Kindergarten through 12 schools increase purchasing of locally grown and produced food for school meals while yielding increased economic benefits to New York's farmers. The Farm-to-School Program is a major component of Cuomo's No Student Goes Hungry initiative, that begins providing added reimbursements under the 30 percent New York State initiative this school year.

 

Blood Drive in Bath Planned Today
The American Red Cross holds blood drive today at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath from 1-6pm. To make your appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 10, 2019

Hornell Wins $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Grant
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Hornell yesterday to announce the city would be the recipient of a $10 million state grant for downtown revitalization. Hochul praised regional councils and the work they do for making the grant possible and for representing the local interests of regions like the Southern Tier, noting that these investments have spawned a “reawakening of the Southern Tier”. Hornell Mayor John Buckley thanked the Lieutenant Governor for making what he noted was "a large, impactful investment" and called the Downtown Revitalization Intiative a "game changer" for Hornell. Buckley said an announcement of the process and how the money will specifically be allocated comes in the next few weeks.

 

Thurston to Host Rabies Clinic
The Town of Thurston will hold a free Rabies Clinic this evening from 6-8pm at the Town of Thurston Highway Department. Those who are vaccinating their pets must bring their previous vaccination records. Pets must be caged or restrained.

 

Blood Drive in Bath Planned for Tomorrow 
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath from 1-6pm. To make your appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit Holding Boating Safety Course This Saturday


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Offers NYS Boater Safety Class
Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension Saturday October 12th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The class is limited to 30 students so you need to call the Sheriffs Office at (607) 622-3911 to confirm your attendance. You must bring proof of age to attend and the minimum age to attend is ten years old. The course is meant to be a comprehensive class teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation.

 

Sheriff’s Office Reminds Community of Halloween Safety
As Halloween approaches, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office offers a few safety reminders to keep trick or treating, Halloween parties, and festivals happy and healthy traditions. All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant and if out after dark, fasten reflective tape to costumes, bags and glow sticks. Adults must always accompany small children and traveling in groups is recommended. Law enforcement and authorities should always be notified immediately of any suspicious activity.

 

Two Arrested on Town of Horseheads Bench Warrants
Two Southern Tier men were arrested Tuesday on outstanding bench warrants issued by Town of Horseheads Court. Jared Voorhees, age 22 of Elmira was arraigned in Horseheads Town Court and released after paying a fine. Jacob Franks, age 26 of Waverly was also arraigned in Horseheads Town Court and was released after paying his fine.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 9, 2019

Construction of VA Entrance to be Complete in January
Construction work around the Bath VA Medical Center’s front entrance originally planned for completion in late September is now expected to be completed in mid-January. The delay is due to additional, necessary work on the steel of the high-traffic bridge at the campus entrance. Steel is in the process of being ordered and replaced. Concrete repairs on the East side of the bridge have been completed, while half the bridge has been painted and storm sewer work on the campus is ongoing.  

 

Thurston to Host Rabies Clinic
The Town of Thurston will hold a free Rabies Clinic tomorrow evening from 6-8pm at the Town of Thurston Highway Department. Those who are vaccinating their pets must bring their previous vaccination records. Pets must be caged or restrained.

 

Friends Gala Fundraiser for Ira Davenport Set for November
The annual “Friends Gala” to support Ira Davenport and Taylor Health is set for Friday November 2nd 6pm at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. The event has been vital in providing significant financial contributions to help renovate server departments and purchase essential medical equipment for Ira Davenport and Taylor Health Center. The evening will be catered by the Main Place and have music provided by Niklite. Tickets are $80 and available by emailing kimsprague@arnothealth.org or calling (607) 776-8634. RSVPs are due by October 25th.

 

Mobile Mammography Center to Visit Bath
Steuben County Public Health officials urge women to participate in the Rochester Regional Health’s Mobile Mammography Center’s breast cancer screenings October 23rd from 10am to 3pm at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Screenings are available to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage. The center will provide 3-D mammography screenings from certified technologists and an evaluation of the results by board-certified radiologists. Screenings take an average of only 15 minutes. You can schedule an appointment by calling (585) 922-PINK.

 

Vaccinations Provided by County Health This Afternoon
There will be an immunization clinic provided by Steuben County Public Health this afternoon from 1 to 3pm. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccines. For more information please call the County Public Health Deparment at (607) 664-2438.

 

Steuben County Women Holds Open House
Steuben County Women will be holding an Open House tonight to celebrate their 86th anniversary and the 100th year anniversary of NYS Women Inc. The event is tonight at the Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath from 5 to 7pm. Attendees will learn about the organization, its programs and opportunities as well as the other groups it works with and assists. Women of all ages are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information please call Lois at (607) 776-5619.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 8, 2019

Cuomo Signs Off on Pelvic Exam Consent Law
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a measure to prohibit conducting pelvic exams without informed consent on patients who are under anesthesia or unconscious. Cuomo made an announcement about the law yesterday, saying it will become law in 180 days. About a dozen other states have introduced similar bills this year requiring patients to give explicit approval to a pelvic exam before it occurs.

 

County Sheriff Arrests 5 in Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that from September 24 to October 3rd, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested five people in the county due to active warrants. Tyler Brennan of Corning, Dylan Walker of Bath, Zachery Fretz of Corning, Christopher Wyatt Gee from Mansfield, PA and Michael Swartz of Painted Post were all issued warrants out of Steuben County Court arrested on violations of probation and remanded to Steuben County Jail. Sheriff Jim Allard credited and thanked Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Corning Police for their help and cooperation with the sweep.

 

Steuben County Women Holds Open House
Steuben County Women will be holding an Open House tomorrow to celebrate their 86th anniversary and the 100th year anniversary of NYS Women Inc. The event is tomorrow evening at the Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath from 5 to 7pm. Attendees will learn about the organization, its programs and opportunities as well as the other groups it works with and assists. Women of all ages are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information please call Lois at (607) 776-5619.

 

Second County Vulnerable Youth Summit Set for October 23rd
The second annual Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit is set for October 23rd at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department from 8:30 to 11:45 am. This year’s summit will focus on the issue of Human Trafficking and how to prevent it with keynote speaker Salka Valerio sharing her account of what it’s like to survive trafficking. The summit also includes an overview of the school curriculum “Not a Number” to teach children ages 12-18 how to recognize and prevent human trafficking. Reservations are required by October 18th and can be made by calling Lisa Baker at (607) 664-2100 or emailing her at Lisa.Baker@SteubenCountyNY.gov.

 

Several Committees to Meet At County Building
A few Steuben County legislative committees meet at the county office building at today’s meeting. The Administration Committees will assemble at 9, the Finance Committee will meet after at 9:30 and there will be a budget workshop immediately after the Finance session.

 

Savona Man Arrested for DWI
A Savona man is facing multiple charges after being pulled over on State Route 415 in Campbell. State Police said they arrested John C. Heskell. He was charged by Troopers with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC above .08%, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on the highway and an equipment violation. He was processed and released to a third party pending an appearance in court.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 7, 2019

Title Winners Finish at 38th Wineglass Marathon
The 38th Annual Wineglass Marathon was yesterday. A 23-year-old marathon first-timer from Geneseo named Alexander Burks took home the men’s division title with a time of 2:34:46.56. Placing first in the women’s title, 35-year-old Laura Hagley from New Hampshire finished with a time of 2:44:07.74. The Wineglass Marathon was Hagley’s 10th marathon and she will compete in the Olympic Trials marathon in Atlanta, Georgia in February. Ben Robinson won the half marathon with a time of 1:10:29.85 and Laurel Leone was the women’s winner in 1:17:43.23. Setting the half-marathon world record for bilateral below-the-knee amputees was 31-year-old Brian Reynolds from New Jersey with a time of 1:17:04.9!

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Plans to Fight HABs
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launching of a new state initiative to fight harmful algal blooms across New York State. A new system designed to combat Harmful Algal Blooms is being tested and will involve a Mobile Harvester skimming out HABs then returns fresh water to the water body it conditions. This system is part of an initiative projected to cost the state about $80 million. The harvester system is currently being used and tested in Long Island on Agawam Lake. The Governor says if it proves to be successful, it will be used all across the state.

 

Corning Incorporated Seeking Tax Break for Erwin Expansion
Corning Incorporated announced plans for expansion at the company’s Automotive Plant in Erwin.  The $25 million expansion would include adding two new buildings for storage and manufacturing and improved rail access. Corning Incorporated is asking the Steuben Industrial Development Agency for a $2.5 million tax break to ease the toll of these costs. Expansion is anticipated to create 13 jobs and Corning Incorporated says the project is necessary to keep the current 527 jobs in the company.

 

Prattsburgh Wind Farm Open House Tonight
Area residents are welcome tonight for an Open House hosted by the Prattsburgh Wind Farm. The Open House is this evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Prattsburgh Fire Hall.

 

Blood Drive in Bath Planned for Friday 
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week on Friday October 11th at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath from 1-6pm. To make your appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

 

County Public Health Holds Immunization Clinic

Steuben County Public Health will hold an immunization clinic this week on Wednesday October 9th at room G1 off of the D.S.S. lobby in the County Office Building. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccines. If you have any questions about the clinics or want to schedule an appointment please call County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 5, 2019

Mayor Von Hagn Comments on Bath Business Closures
After a year that took a harsh hit to small businesses in Bath, Mayor Bill von Hagn foresees the closures of Chat-A-Whyle, Bath Building Company and Kmart affecting village taxes. Von Hagn says village officials will still be putting work into the downtown area so it is a pleasant visiting experience for tourists and locals alike. Von Hagn also said nearly half of Bath Village properties are tax exempt and the Village Board will continue to do as much as they can to support businesses in the community. The Mayor noted “It goes to the basic concept, if people don’t go downtown, if we don’t support the businesses, if we aren't engaged in our community – these things happen.”

 

OFA Announces Medicare Open Enrollment
The Steuben County Office For the Aging reminds county residents the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 plans is set for October 15-17. The open enrollment period allows those receiving benefits to review changes and options and make changes as needed. Those changes must be made during the open enrollment period to take effect next year in 2020. Those with questions about their plans may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298.

 

Reed Blames I-88 Gas Truck Driver Death on Cuomo
This week, Congressman Tom Reed blamed last week’s fatal tractor trailer accident on I-88 in Broome County on Governor Cuomo and stalling of the Constitution Pipeline. The four-term Congressman of the 23rd District says the Governor opted for a more expensive route that was less safe and efficient  than the 125 mile Constitution Pipeline that would stretch from Northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County in New York. Reed also claimed that Cuomo has promoted an “extreme agenda coming out of Albany.” Though the Congressman did not specify what policies were” “extreme”, he did say the agenda “… is threatening, not only the jobs that are associated with the development of natural gas in our backyard, but also the economic security, the global security impacts, and now you see real people dying…”

 

Former Phillips Plant Auction Ends “In Escrow” with Potential Buyer
The auction for former Phillips lighting plant in Bath has ended in a potential sale. Auction for the former factory building closed at about 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon and is in escrow pending corporate approval by the Phillips company. The auction’s final bid displayed was $700,000 on the real estate site Ten-X.com. Though the exact sale price at the time is uncertain, the site did disclose the minimum price set by the seller also known as the “reserve price” was not met. The winning bidder of the building has not yet been revealed either. Remediation for the site has been completed as it is monitored as part of the final phase of cleanup.

 

Fall Foliage Festival Continues Today in its 54th Year
The 54th Annual Fall Foliage Festival continues today and tomorrow at the Village greens on Main Street in Cohocton. The festival has been a staple to our region since its inception in 1966 and a tradition we celebrate as the leaves of the hills turn bright colors. Today at noon is the parade and as always there will be  lots of food and craft vendors. WVIN will be live on location with Dave Taylor Smith to feature the event from 10am to 12noon on 98.3. When the festival continues tomorrow the Tractor Pull, Antique Tractor Show, annual Fall Classic Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show and Fall Classic Car Show will be in the Wayland-Cohocton Elementary School parking lot on Park Avenue. 

 

Road Closings Announced for Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon
Closures for the 38th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon this weekend  for major roads in Bath area will occur on:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:00am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Closures for the Village of Bath include:

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 4th, 2019

Bath Police Report Street Closures for Wineglass Weekend
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reports the Village of Bath is making preparations for the Wineglass Marathon this weekend. Temporary “no parking” signs will be erected to prohibit parking in some areas. Signs will be posted no later than today but enforcement action won’t begin until 6am on Sunday. Vehicles parked in violation of this police order will be ticketed and towed. WVIN will keep you posted on the details of road closings and the Wineglass marathon.

 

Former Phillips Plant Auction Ends “In Escrow” with Potential Buyer
The auction former Phillips lighting plant in Bath has ended in a potential sale. Auction for the former factory building closed at about 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon and is in escrow pending corporate approval by the Phillips company. The auction’s final bid displayed was $700,000 on the real estate site Ten-X.com. Though the exact sale price at the time is uncertain but the site did disclose the minimum price set by the seller also known as the “reserve price” was not met. The winning bidder of the building has not yet been revealed either. Remediation for the site has been completed as it is monitored as part of the final phase of cleanup.

 

National Weather Service Issues Freezing Warning for Tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing warning beginning late tonight through Saturday morning. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 40 degrees are possible for most counties in the Finger Lakes area. Frost and freezing conditions may kill crops and other sensitive vegetation and could damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Farmers and gardeners are advised to take steps to protect tender plants from the cold during the warning.

 

CCC to Offer eSports Team in 2020
Corning Community College announced they will be home to an eSports team at the beginning of next year’s fall semester in 2020. The NJCAA Esports group will offer member colleges like CCC competition software, communication forum creation moderation, competition administration and account management. The college has purchased 18 Alienware computers specifically designed for gaming and will hire a coach in the future.

 

HEAP Program Applications Available Nov. 12th
As winter gives us a tease with tomorrow’s frost warning, we are reminded that cold weather season is upon us and the HEAP program can help low-income households with heating related energy costs. Low-income families can apply to the home energy assistance program beginning November 12th at the Department of Social Services. For more information about HEAP and applying, Please call Steuben County DSS at (607) 664-2500.

 

NYS Flavored Vape Ban Stalled by State Ruling
The state’s ban on flavored e-cigarette and vaping products was supposed to go into effect today but was delayed thanks to a ruling by state courts. Yesterday, a New York State Appellate Division Court granted a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit lobbied against the state by Vapor Technology Associated and other pro-vaping affiliates. It was ruled by four appellate court judges that New York is “temporarily enjoined and prevented from enforcing” the ban until they determine a ruling in a motion hearing on October 18th.


Blood Drive at Bath Grange Today
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

 

SALT Tax Cap Ruled Not Unconstitutional By State Judge
This week, a federal judge ruled President Trump’s cap on state and local tax deductions was not a “constitutional assault” on New York and other states with higher taxes. Governor Cuomo along with New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland’s governor’s sued to overturn the $10,000 cap on the state and local deductions, or SALT, claiming it was an unconstitutional assault on the right for states to make sovereign choices. The challenge was dismissed Monday by Judge Oetken, who wrote “the cap, like any federal tax provision, will affect some taxpayers more than others and, by extension, will affect some states more than others.” Cuomo says his administration is considering all options to reverse this ruling, including an appeal to this decision in the future.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 3, 2019

Law Enforcement Wary of Ridding Bail in 2020
Starting January 1st, many criminal offenses will no longer qualify for bail. Many of these offenses listed from the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York are violent crimes. Local law enforcement across the state is concerned the change will be a threat to public safety, as they won’t be able to lock up potentially harmful people off of the streets upon charging them. Some police foresee an increase in bench warrants, where they will have to hunt these subjects down. Those already locked up on a listed charge can petition to be let go when the law takes effect on January 1st. According to the legislation, the purpose of this law is: “To end the use of monetary bail, reduce unnecessary pretrial incarceration and improve equity and fairness in the criminal justice system.”

 

Second Phase of County Route 10 Begins Today
Phase 2 of the road construction on County Route 10 begins today. County Route 10 between Unionville and Turnpike Roads will be closed. The closure will last until tomorrow and occur from 9am to at 2pm both days. The detour route for both days will be Moore and Turnpike roads. This detour will be posted to alert motorists.

 

County Vulnerable Youth Summit Set for October 23rd
The second annual Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit is set for October 23rd at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department from 8:30 to 11:45 am. This year’s summit will focus on the issue of Human Trafficking and how to prevent it with keynote speaker Salka Valerio sharing her account of what it’s like to survive trafficking. The summit also includes an overview of the school curriculum “Not a Number” to teach children ages 12-18 how to recognize and prevent human trafficking. An introduction to services Steuben’s Child Advocacy Center offers is also planned. Reservations are required by October 18th and can be made by calling Lisa Baker at (607) 664-2100 or emailing her at Lisa.Baker@SteubenCountyNY.gov.

 

County Announces Route 22 Bridge Project Completed
Steuben County announced that work on the $2.3 million replacement of the County Route 22 bridge over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron has been completed. The cost of replacing the 60-year-old bridge was absorbed through 95 percent federal funding and 5 percent county funding. The new construction was completed well before the projected November deadline and the changes are expected to improve flow and reduce debris collected under the bridge, which is a common daily route between Bath and travelers from Woodhull, Jasper and Addison.  

 

Bath and Savona CSDs Host Manufacturing Day
Yesterday, the Bath and Campbell-Savona Central School Districts and Steuben County Industrial Development Agency hosted their first-ever Manufacturing Day for nearly 200 eight graders from both school districts. Students rotated through four sessions to hear from manufacturing representatives from Clark Specialty, Corning Inc., ICE Energy, Mercury Corporation, Siemens, Upstate Niagara and Steuben County IDA about local manufacturing. Superintendent Joe Rumsey said the event was a great opportunity to bring industry representatives to the school to see what they were learning and to expose girls to manufacturing jobs as well as speak to female representatives in attendance. Rumsey encouraged girls to explore these traditionally male-dominated fields, noting “It’s not a man’s world anymore.”

 

County Public Works Committee to Meet Monday
When the Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday October 7th, they will discuss several issues each for landfill, highway and bid business. In landfill matters, the Committee will talk about the Allegany County IMA Extension for Disposal of Garbage and Guidelines for Disposal of Municipal Building Demolition at the County Landfill. In Highway business, the committee will visit the Hydro-Seeding Agreement with Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District and Transfers to both Salt and Sand. Bids will be discussed for a Closed Door Horizontal Baler, Heated Portland Cement Concrete, Steel Sign Posts, Traffic Signs and Delineators as well as Extending the Agreement on Collection and Recycling of Electronic Waste. Public Works will meet 10am Monday at the Legislative Committee Room of the County Office Building.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 2, 2019

Schumer Wants TTB to Sell Wine in Single Cans
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped in Watkins Glen yesterday to announce his efforts for the trade and tax bureau to allow manufacturing of wine in single cans. Schumer says this change will be beneficial to consumers as well as the local winery businesses who want to sell these cans. Currently, the TTB allows beer to be sold in cans of all sizes but their regulations restrict wine and harder cider above 6.9% alcohol content to be sold in can sizes that are “less popular” than the single 12.7 oz. cans. Right now, wine is often comes in packages of four 8.4 oz cans. Schumer’s goal is to make single cans more accessible to the public so they don’t have to buy a whole four-pack by late 2020.

 

Reed and Schumer Speak Out About Impeachment Inquiry
New York politicians Tom Reed and Senator Chuck Schumer offered commentary on the recently-announced impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Schumer, like many Democrats, believes “This should be looked into,” and supports the House looking into the situation to see what the facts are, adding “We’re the jury if the house were to vote for impeachment, and we have to wait… for the facts before jumping to a decision.” Congressman Tom Reed remarked: “I don’t see that smoking gun that warrants an impeachment effort. I think the American people want us to work on problems that affect them day to day.” The House Intelligence Committee expects the whistleblower in the middle of impeachment process to testify “very soon”.

 

State to Discuss SLA Alcohol Regulation for Food Service Apps
A group of state lawmakers are deliberating on a proposed New York State Liquor Authority Advisory that would require restaurants or bars limit food delivery apps to no more than a 10 percent service charge and if apps charge more, they must be added to the restaurant’s liquor licenses. Companies like Grubhub say the proposal puts them in a dilemma because they say a 10 percent or less charge is too low for them to make a profit and requiring them to join a restaurant’s liquor license would be a hassle and increases their legal liability as a business. The SLA says the goal of the advisory is for delivery apps and others providing third-party services to bars and restaurants to be held accountable to state laws requiring alcohol licensing transparency. The SLA will hold a public hearing on the advisory on Monday in New York City.

 

Cuomo  Anticipates NY-27 Election “Sooner Rather Than Later”
Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview yesterday a special election for the vacant congressional seat of recently-resigned Representative Chris Collins could happen “sooner rather than later”. Former Congressman Collins is expected to plead guilty in his insider trading case and the Governor may have little choice but to call a special election so the district is represented federally. Several Republican politicians as well as a single Democrat have filed to run in the race.

 

Blood Drive at Bath Grange on Friday
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week on Friday October 4th from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

 

Road Closings Announced for Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon
Road closures for the 38th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon this weekend have been announced. In Bath area, closures for these major roads will occur on:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:00am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Closures for the Village of Bath include:

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 1, 2019

Reed Says Impeachment Lacks “Smoking Gun”
Amid the possible launch for impeachment in Washington, Congressman Tom Reed says the impeachment inquiry raised by Democrats lacks a “smoking gun”. Reed says he has read both the whistleblower complaint and transcript of the President’s July conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky and believes there is no substantial evidence in the documents to support the impeachment inquiry. He claims the Democratic majority in the House that has initiated impeachment has been hijacked by what he calls “radicals” in the party. Reed predicts the inquiry won’t sustain itself while most Democrats strongly contest these documents contain evidence of the abuse of executive power.

 

Pulteney Park Protesters Demonstrate During Court Hearing
Yesterday’s rally against the state’s recent ban on religious exemptions for vaccines filled Pulteney Park with hundreds of participants demonstrating to support two parents in Addison suing the State Attorney General’s Office after their children were removed from Corning Christian Academy for not being vaccinated. Many of those estimated thousands across the state who have not vaccinated their children cite religious reasons as their prerogative to not vaccinate. A verdict for the case is expected to be reached by the end of the week. 

 

REAL ID Deadline One Year from Today
October will be one year until New York State's REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses will be required as verification for boarding domestic flights and entering federal buildings. October 1, 2020 is the deadline for New Yorkers to have either a REAL ID compliant license or enhanced license. Transportation Security Administration urges everyone to get the new IDs as soon as possible. Those who have Enhanced IDs can board a plane and enter the U.S. by land or sea to cross into the U.S. From Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. Real IDs are available through your local DMV office. 

 

History Awareness Week Begins in Steuben County
Today kicks off the start of Steuben County’s Second Annual History Awareness Week with the theme “Crops, Critters, and Farm Life in Steuben County”. From today to Friday, historic exhibits will be on display from 2-6pm at the Steuben County Fairgrounds Horticultural Building. Talks by Historians Craig Braack and Kirk House are also scheduled this week on the 3rd and 4th. The week’s finale of festivities takes place Saturday at the Howard Community Center. According to County Historian Emily Simms, this year the event will center on the history of agriculture in the area and its 200 year evolution. 

 

NYS Launches Underage Drinking Crackdown
Today begins the month of October which has been dedicated to preventing underage drinking in the Empire State. This month, the New York State Liquor Authority and DMV will work with local law enforcement, conducting underage drinking checks at restaurants, bars, liquor stores and grocery stores. A total of 500 locations will be checked across the state and officials will check for fraudulent IDs. Sheriff Jim Allard reminds the public “If they have a fake ID that’s actually a possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony.”

 

Ohio Man Arrested for Bath Arson
A man from Ohio has been accused of setting a fire in the town of Bath on Saturday. During an interview at the barracks, state police arrested 28-year-old Aziz Abbasov of Dayton. He was charged with felony arson for allegedly intentionally damaging property. He was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment then detained.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 30, 2019

Demonstrators Gathering This Morning for Vaccination Law Court Date
Demonstrators will gather this morning to protest the state's recent ruling to eliminate the religious exemption from vaccinations. The law passed by New York State in June is being contested by a lawsuit against the state Attorney General's Office. The state selected the closest possible court date, which was scheduled as such at the County Courthouse this morning at 10:30. Chief of Police Chad Mullen says his department does have a security plan in place for an estimated turnout of 1,500 or more people demonstrating at Pulteney Park, lasting about as long as the court is in session. Mullen says the demonstration is anticipated to be peaceful. 

 

Blood Drive at Bath Grange on Friday
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week on Friday October 4th from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

 

County Route 10 Closed Starting Today
A reminder that closure for construction begins today on County Route 10 in Bath. Motorists are advised this first phase will close all traffic from 9am to 2pm today through Wednesday between the Bath Village line and Turnpike Road. The detour route for this closure will be Moore Road, Turnpike Road, and County Route 15 (Knight Settlement Road). The detour will be posted to alert drivers. 

 

Last Board of Elections New Inspector Class is Tomorrow
County Board of Elections officials are wrapping up their final 5-hour class for new election inspectors beginning 10am tomorrow at the county Annex. With less than five weeks away from the November 5th General Election, volunteers are needed. Half day shifts are available and the class provides hands-on training on the electronic voting machines and basic information on general operations at each poll site. For more information or to sign up for Tuesday’s class to become an inspector please call (607) 664-2260.

 

BEGWS Warden Street Closings Begin Today
Today Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems begin replacing the gas main on Warden Street, from Geneva Street to Hudson Street. For safety reasons, Warden Street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of Geneva/Warden, Shannon/Warden, and Hudson/Warden will be closed periodically as Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main at and/or across these intersections. Work is expected to last through the fall.

 

E-Cig Industry Denied NYS Vape Ban Delay
The e-cigarette industry has been denied a request to delay the ban on e-cig and vape products by a New York State Judge. The industry's attempt to postpone the ban was answered by a Supreme Court Justice's refusal to issue a temporary order to restrain and prevent regulations approved by the Governor back on September 17th. The 90-day ban regulation restricts selling vaping flavors other than tobacco and has yet to be officially passed into law. On Friday, Governor Cuomo expressed his desire to also add menthol-flavored e-cigarettes to the ban. 

 

Senator Gillibrand Working on Produce Price Bill
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate if fruit and vegetable farmers across the New York State and the United States receive fair prices for their produce. Gillibrand says she is coming up with a bill that improves the farm sales data reporting system to give farmers access to more accurate, real-time information. Gillibrand says though wholesale buyers and consumers at the grocery store have experienced price increases for produce, the prices farmers earn for the same products have not kept up with steady increases and in some cases, have actually decreased.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 28, 2019

County Votes to Contract PrimeCare for Jail Medical Service
Steuben County will begin a contract with an external firm to provide the County Jail with medical services with recent staff departures made this issue urgent. At their monthly Monday meeting, the County Legislature approved the contract, which starts on October 1st. PrimeCare Medical will be the healthcare provider for one year with annual renewals with the arrangement costing $1,470,000 per year- a greater number than the $1,153,571.50 the jail currently pays for its own medical staff. The jail has failed to meet standards for medical staffing due to staff departures. New York State requires the jail to have a part-time physician as a medical director, full-time licensed nurse practitioner, three full-time registered nurses, and two part time LPNs.

 

County Route 10 Closed for Construction Monday
Motorists using County Route 10 are reminded the road will be closed to all traffic Monday through Wednesday from 9am to 2pm. From the Bath Village Line and Turnpike Road on County Route 10 will be closed. The detour route will be Moore Road, Turnpike Road and County Route 15 (Knight Settlement Road) and will be posted to alert motorists.

 

Last Board of Elections New Inspector Class is Tuesday
County Board of Elections officials are wrapping up their final 5-hour class for new election inspectors beginning 10am this Tuesday at the county Annex. With less than five weeks away from the November 5th General Election, volunteers are needed. Half day shifts are available and the class provides hands-on training on the electronic voting machines and basic information on general operations at each poll site. For more information or to sign up for Tuesday’s class to become an inspector please call (607) 664-2260.

 

Bath Hosts ServU Shred Day Today
The community is reminded that ServU Shred Day at the Bath location is today from 9am to 12pm. ServU and Swarthout Recycling will help people safely dispose of confidential and personal paper documents. This service ServU provides is free but those participating are highly encouraged to bring donations for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The paper limit is five boxes of documents per person. Please note that electronics are not able to be brought in for recycling this year.

 

State to Crack Down on Underage Drinking in October
The upcoming month of October has been dedicated to preventing underage drinking in the Empire State. In October, the New York State Liquor Authority and DMV will work with local law enforcement, conducting underage drinking checks at restaurants, bars, liquor stores and grocery stores. A total of 500 locations will be checked across the state and officials will check for fraudulent IDs. Sheriff Jim Allard reminds the public “If they have a fake ID that’s actually a possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony.”

 

Free Fishing Weekend Starts Statewide Today
Today kicks off the weekend where New York residents can fish for free without a license in any of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state. Several events are being hosted on National Hunting and Fishing Day to encourage more people, whether skilled or new to these sports, to get outdoors and enjoy the abundant hunting and fishing opportunities available across the State. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 27, 2019

Cuomo Signs Election Bill Extending Enrollment Deadline
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a bill yesterday to make it easier for New Yorkers to participate in primary elections. Voters now have the deadline extended to change party enrollment or newly enroll from October 11th to February 14th in order to vote in the April presidential primaries as well as the June Congressional and State primaries.  Cuomo says this measure will give New Yorkers more power as voters and increase voter access.

 

Mutliple Departments Sent to Fight Campbell Fire
Campbell Fire A fire ripped through a house trailer in East Campbell. Crews were dispatched at 11:38 p.m. after dispatch received numerous reports that the trailer was engulfed. Initial reports indicated the trailer was not occupied when the flames were discovered. It was a two-alarm blaze sending equipment in from East Campbell, Campbell, Coopers, Corning, Painted Post, Gang Mills and North and South Corning. The fire was declared under control within 45 minutes. The cause is under investigation.

 

State to Crack Down on Underage Drinking in October
The upcoming month of October has been dedicated to preventing underage drinking in the Empire State. In October, the New York State Liquor Authority and DMV will work with local law enforcement, conducting underage drinking checks at restaurants, bars, liquor stores and grocery stores. A total of 500 locations will be checked across the state and officials will check for fraudulent IDs. Sheriff Jim Allard reminds the public “If they have a fake ID that’s actually a possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony.”

 

Governor Adds Menthol to NYS Vape Ban
Following the recommendations of the New York Department of Health, Governor Cuomo has directed to ban the sale of menthol-flavored e-cigarettes. Cuomo directed State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to convene an emergency Public Health and Planning meeting to expand emergency regulations banning menthol flavors. The ban on flavored e-cigarettes and e-liquids begins on October 4th and the Governor says he enacted it due to teen preferences for menthol and fruit flavored vape products.

 

I-86 Traffic Stop Yields Three Drug Arrests
A traffic stop on I-86 in Corning led to the arrests of a Waverly man and two people from Sayre. They’re all facing drug charges. State troopers say they arrested 26-year-old Casey Stillman of Sayre, 37-year-old Joshua Bowman of Waverly and 36-year-old Brock Stillman of Sayre. Each was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. Stillman was additionally charged with driving while impaired by drugs, first-degree. Court appearances are pending.

 

Corning Man Arrested After Alleged Burglary
Court action is pending for a Corning man who faces multiple felony counts. State police say they arrested 55-year-old Jerry Brown. Troopers charged him with burglary and tampering with physical evidence and the lesser count of possession of burglar tools. Troopers said the alleged crime occurred in Erwin and was reported September 9 th . In a separate incident, Brown was also charged with felony grand larceny. Court action is pending.


Free Fishing Weekend Starts Statewide Tomorrow
Coming up this Saturday…New York residents can fish for free without a license in any of the 7,500 lakes and ponds or 70,000 miles of rivers and streams across the state. Several events are being hosted on National Hunting and Fishing Day to encourage more people, whether skilled or new to these sports, to get outdoors and enjoy the abundant hunting and fishing opportunities available across the State. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 26, 2019

Werth Construction to Oversee County Legislature Building Project
Bids for the Steuben County Office Building to be extensively overhauled could soon begin. The County Legislature agreed to hire Werth Construction Services, LLC, of Binghamton as the project’s construction manager on Monday. The county plans to convert the majority of the space of the third floor in the County Office Building into court-related offices and courtrooms. The plan is expected to cost about $484,000 , take four years to complete and anticipated to provide a more efficient, secure and effective court system.

 

Caudill Selected for Appalachian Leadership Institute
Steuben County Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill will be one of the first participants in the nation to attend the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Appalachian Leadership Institute. Caudill was selected from 180 applicants for the 40 member class and he will take part in a nine-month program to build skills in best practices reviews, field visits, mentoring and networking. Funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the program’s classes will include six seminars throughout the Appalachian region beginning Oct. 21-24. Commencement is set for July 2020 in Washington, D.C.

 

Governors LaMont and Cuomo Meet Regarding Marijuana
Governor Cuomo met yesterday in Connecticut with Governor Lamont and other state leaders to plan a "regional strategy" on marijuana and e-cigarettes. In an interview this week, Cuomo said that it doesn't make sense for nearby states like New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to have different policies on marijuana, because people would travel to neighboring states to obtain it. * Cuomo says he is serious about cooperating with legalized states and legalizing marijuana in New York State. * The Governor says he will unveil a detailed plan for the joint initiative to limit vaping and legalize recreational marijuana by early January.

 

State Lawmakers Begin Planning Public Campaign Finance Reform
During session in Albany this week, state lawmakers introduced public campaign financing of statewide and legislative offices on the agenda. A commission will plan the specifics and how public campaign financing will work in New Tork State. The commission has the duty of creating recommendations on how to allocate up to 100 million dollars in public funds per year. Supporters of public campaign financing are in favor of the practice because they believe it will result in more fair elections. This commission will have until the first of December to complete their recommendations and unless these recommendations are changed within 20 days, they will become “binding” law.

 

Elmira Woman Arrested for Alleged Walmart Theft
An Elmira woman was charged this week with petit larceny after a report at the Horseheads Walmart. Kelsey M. Malone was charged Monday with petit larceny in connection with an alleged theft from Walmart on County Route 64. Malone was released on an appearance ticket for Town of Horseheads Court.

 

NY Senator Calls to Ban License Plate Fees
A New York senator wants to ban license plate fees permanently. According to News 10 Sen. Jim Tedisco has introduced the “No, New License Plate Fee…Ever…Bill.” The bill would make sure that no one would have to pay additional fees if they need to get a new license plate for any reason. The state appeared to backpedal on its original plan to require $25 fees to get new plates and another $20 to keep their plate numbers. The state plan that would have required New Yorkers change their plates after 10 years has been dropped for now.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 25, 2019

Congressman Reed Tweets About Impeachment Inquiry
As the house moves forward with an impeachment inquiry for President Donald Trump, local lawmaker Tom Reed spoke out about the issue on social media. The Congressman of the 23rd District remarked yesterday evening about the skepticism he felt regarding impeachment on Twitter. Reed tweeted:
“The President is releasing the complete, fully declassified and unredacted transcript of his phone conversation with President Zelensky of Ukraine tomorrow. Why is Nancy Pelosi rushing to impeachment based on someone’s secondhand account of the call?”

 

County Route 10 To Be Closed in Two Phases
Motorists on Steuben County Route 10 are advised road closures in the Town of Bath will be carried out in two phases. The first phase begins 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday September 30th continuing to Wednesday October 2nd  between the Bath Village line and Turnpike Road. The detour route during the closure will be Moore Road, Turnpike Road and County Route 15 (Knight Settlement Road). It will be posted to alert motorists. The second phase of CR 10 road closings is set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 3rd and Friday the 4th between Unionville and Turnpike roads with a detour route on Moore and Turnpike roads.

 

Six Arrested in Active Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from September 12th to the 20th  the office’s Warrant Squad arrested six individuals due to active warrants. Luv Lee Sanchez of Bath, Lloyd Elder Brown of Bath, Dylon Matthew Howk of Waverly, Harley Edwards Taylor of Elmira, Kris Koerner of Avoca, and David Allen Robbins of Campbell were each arrested for allegedly violating terms or conditions of probation. Warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court and each were remanded to the Steuben County Jail. Sheriff Allard thanks the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Corning Police Department for their assistance

 

Man Arrested on Multiple Charges in Wayland Traffic Stop
Multiple felony charges were filed against a Chautauqua County man during a traffic stop on I-390 in Wayland. State Police arrested 45-year-old Garth Vanevery. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of more than 16 ounces of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon. He was detained.

 

Bath Police Reports Street Closures for Wineglass Weekend
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reports the Village of Bath is making preparations for the Wineglass Marathon next weekend. Temporary “no parking” signs will be erected to prohibit parking in some areas. Signs will be posted no later than Friday October 4th but enforcement action won’t begin until 6am on Sunday October 6th. Vehicles parked in violation of this police order will be ticketed and towed. WVIN will keep you posted on the details of road closings and the Wineglass marathon as they emerge.

 

NY AG Issues “Cease and Desist” for Ghost Gun Manufacturers
This week State Attorney General Letitia James announced she  ordered 16 websites to immediately stop selling “ghost guns”. These kits allow buyers to purchase and assemble assault weapons, which are illegal in New York. James says these companies also have provided means to violate New York state’s assault weapons ban. The Attorney General says these companies have been marketing their machined lower receivers as “80 percent” complete to avoid being held to federal regulations. In her “cease and desist” letter, James claims these gun sellers unlawfully promote possessing illegal weapons and do not warn consumers adequately that assembling an assault weapon in the state is illegal and they can be penalized by law for each violation.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 24, 2019

County Legislature Meets to Discuss Funding Court Reform
New court system reform measures in New York state will cost Steuben County more money. At yesterday’s legislature meeting, county officials approved additional spending to support hiring more staff and necessary equipment, such as computers. Officials said the new complex reform system was designed with larger municipalities in mind and it will require more help for Steuben County in order to be implemented in time by January 1st of next year. According to District Attorney Brooks Baker: “the state has dropped a couple of huge mandates on law enforcement and particularly on the DA's office. Through their discovery and bail reforms, they're increasing the work load of this office by 30 to 40 percent, maybe even more, over the course of the next year to comply with these new state mandates.” Baker also mentions that with no state funds being offered to support these mandates, the county will foot the bill for these expenses. The plan to hire 2 additional staff members will be publicly voted on before being approved and implemented.


Tractor-Trailer Accident Blocks I-86
Traffic on I-86 westbound near Corning was blocked after a tractor-trailer accident last evening. The crash happened last night at about 6:30 between exits 44-B and 44-A in Riverside after a tractor-trailer jack-knifed, completely disconnecting from the truck. Any traffic behind the crash was directed to get off of I-86 by using Exit 44-B. The cause and further details of the crash have yet to be released and are most likely still under investigation.

 

NY AG Orders “Cease and Desist” on “Ghost Gun” Websites
Yesterday, New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered 16 websites making or selling guns or gun components to "cease and desist" selling nearly-complete assault weapons to those in the state. These products are often referred to as "ghost guns" since the weapons can be virtually untraceable. These guns also do not require a Federal Firearms License or background check by the buyer.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Possessing 10 Bags of Fentanyl
A Hornell man was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance following a traffic stop. Franklin G.R. Brockway, age 27 was allegedly found to be in possession of 10 bags of fentanyl once his vehicle was investigated after being stopped on Lakeville Road for a violation of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law. Following being charged, Brockway was admitted to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention. Brockway was released after his arraignment at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part (LC-CAP) at the Livingston County Jail then released on his own recognizance.

 

Jasper Man Arrested Following Report of Domestic Violence
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Jasper man following their response to a report of domestic violence. Darryl R. Vaughn, age 60, of County Route 7, allegedly had choked and harassed another person while at a residence on Prutsman Road in the Town of Troupsburg.  Vaughn was charged with Criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation, a Class A Misdemeanor and Aggravated Harassment, a Class A Misdemeanor. He was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Corning Man Arrested For Petit Larceny at Horseheads Walmart
A Corning man was arrested and charged with petit larceny after he allegedly stole from the Horseheads Walmart on County Route 64. Calvin J. Kitchings, age 38, was also arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant for two counts of petit larceny, issued by Horseheads Town Court on Sept. 17th. Kitchings was also arrested on an outstanding bench warrant for petit larceny, issued by the Southport Town Court on July 10th. He was arraigned in Horseheads Town Court and remanded to Chemung County Jail on bail.

 

County Public Health Offers Immunization Clinic Today
The next Steuben County Public Health immunization clinic is today from 4:30-6:30pm by appointment. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccinations.  To schedule an appointment or for more information call County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.


“Powerful Tools for Caregivers” Begins Today
The popular six-week educational program “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” begins today and focuses on the needs of family and friends caring for older adults suffering with long-term conditions. “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” will be held each Tuesday starting today and continuing weekly through October 29th at the Southeastern Steuben Library in Corning from 1:30 to 3pm each session. The program is supported through a New York State Department of Health grant and is free for family caregivers. Registration required by calling (607) 281-3939 or emailing ofainfo@co.steuben.ny.us

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Today's Top Stories - Monday September 23, 2019

Hornell Man Charged with DWI After Wayland Crash
After crashing his car into the front lawn of a Wayland home, a Hornell man was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. New York State Police say early Friday morning, 24-year-old Adam Hughes lost control of his car on Laf-A-Lot Road, causing him to crash down a 20-foot embankment and eventually stopping on a large pile of rocks. Troopers say they found Hughes asleep at the wheel but he was not hurt. The car was towed from the scene and Hughes was issued an appearance ticket for a later date.

 

Two Arrested For Drug Charges in Hornell
Two people face controlled substance charges, after methamphetamine was allegedly found in their vehicle in Hornell Friday evening. Sarah King, age 28, of Canisteo and 34-year-old Michael Stanaszak of Elmira were each charged with felony criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. More than one ounce of prepackaged meth was found in the car as well as paraphernalia including packaging materials, a scale, a smoking device, syringe, and cash. Stanaszak and King are both being held pending arraignment.

 

Two Arrested for Drugs in Horseheads Traffic Stop
Two men from Schuyler County are under arrest on drug charges following a Horseheads traffic stop. According to police, methamphetamine and marijuana were found inside a vehicle occupied by 36-year-old Justin Brand of Montour Falls and 33-year-old Kyle Rogers of Watkins Glen. Both men are held at Chemung County Jail on $25,000 bail and were charged each with 3rd-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

 

Utah Woman Arrested in Big Flats Drug Bust
A Utah woman has been arrested following a Big Flats drug bust. New York State Troopers said following a petit larceny complaint at TOPS, they found stolen property and several bags of cocaine inside the vehicle of 23-year-old Jenevieve Francis of Salt Lake City, Utah. Francis was charged with 3rd-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was sent to Chemung County Jail on $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

 

County Public Health Offers Immunization Clinic Tomorrow Evening
The next Steuben County Public Health immunization clinic is tomorrow from 4:30-6:30pm by appointment. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccinations.  To schedule an appointment or for more information call County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

 

This Week Declared as Steuben County Sheriff’s Week
Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed this week as Steuben County Sheriff’s Week. Steuben’s Sheriff’s Department keeps the peace through law enforcement and other facets of public service, including: maintaining the county jail, providing security in courts, and serving and executing civil process for the courts. “Our men and women work hard day in and day out to be responsive and accountable to the public we serve,” Hauryski said. “I can only say I am proud to be associated with this department, which strives to live up to the principles of professionalism, integrity, leadership and service.”

 

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 21, 2019

Reed to Return to DC Monday Following Collapse
After his collapse in Washington two days ago, Congressman Tom Reed released a statement yesterday saying George Washington University Hospital has released him. The Representative of the 23rd  Congressional District was diagnosed with a case of pneumonia and is taking the weekend off to recover. Reed thanked everyone wishing him wellness and said he returns back to work in Washington Monday.

 

Bath VA Hosts POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony
Veterans and the public attended the Bath VA’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony yesterday in observance to remember veterans who were captured prisoners or still remain missing in action. Speaking at the ceremony was US Air Force pilot and Vietnam Veteran Moe Newcomb, who was captured in North Vietnam for five years. Guest speaker for the ceremony was Historian and Director of the Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh, who spoke about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira, known as “Hellmira,” during the Civil War. POW/MIA Recognition Day is traditionally observed on the third Friday in September annually.

 

North Hornell FD Club to Receive $43K in Federal Funds
Three Southern Tier fire departments were announced to receive federal support his week. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the news that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program will award fire departments in Otsego County, Chenango County and our own  Steuben County’s North Hornell Fire Department Club will receive thousands of federal dollars in funding. North Hornell’s Fire Department Club will receive $43,809.52 to purchase and install a vehicle exhaust removal system for the fire station. Grants are awarded based on a competitive basis to applicants that best match the program's priorities and demonstrating financial need.

 

GOP Reps Ask AG to Consider Green Light Law Constitutionality 
Six Republican House members from New York want the U.S. Justice Department to review the state’s new law granting driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. GOP House members John Katko, Peter King, Chris Collins, Elise Stefanik and Tom Reed wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr Thursday asking Barr to determine if New York’s “Green Light Law” violates the Constitution and suggested Barr consider supporting a federal court lawsuit to halt the implementation of this law, which was signed by the Governor in June. Several county clerks in the state running DMV offices on behalf of the state have already objected to the law with Erie and Rensselaer counties filing lawsuits in federal court, in the effort to have the law ruled unconstitutional.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Child Porn
A Bath man faces up to 20 years in prison for allegedly possessing child pornography following a federal investigation. Daryl Sumeriski, aged 51, was orginially charged by local law enforcement with the felony of possessing a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16. The Office of Homeland Security in Buffalo then began an investigation allegedly finding Sumeriski kept about 1,000 images of underage girls engaged in sex acts on his mobile phone. Sumeriski will face sentencing in January could receive a $250,000 fine on top of a possible 20 years behind bars.

 

DEC Wants Regulatory Proposal to Expand Dangerous Animal List
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced a new regulatory proposal to help protect the public and the state’s native fish and wildlife by expanding the list of animals regulated as “dangerous.” The proposed regulation also enhances DEC’s authority to implement licensing requirements that will ensure that dangerous animals held at facilities for exhibition purposes do not pose a threat to humans or other animals. These changes were prompted by a growing number of incidents involving dangerous animals that have posed a risk to public safety and the environment, including DEC seizures of alligators, vipers, cobras and rattlesnakes. The proposed regulation change expands the list of animals that pose a threat to public safety.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday September 20, 2019

Congressman Reed Hospitalized After Collapsing in DC
Congressman Tom Reed collapsed in the Cannon Rotunda of the House of Representatives yesterday afternoon, according to representatives from his office. Reports said paramedics attended to the Congressman, who he regained alertness and was awake while being wheeled out on a gurney. Reed was taken to George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC and his staff say now he is “in good condition” and “responsive”. Reed’s Democratic challenger for the 2020 race Tracy Mitrano tweeted “…putting all politics aside, I hope it is nothing serious and wish him a quick recovery.”

 

VA Hosting POW-MIA Ceremony This Afternoon
The Bath Veterans Association Medical Center hosts a prisoner of war/ missing in action recognition ceremony today at 1:15 pm in the Building 92 Leisure Room. Director of Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh will be guest speaker and talk about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira known as “Hellmira,” which was in operation from 1860-1864. Music will be provided by the Haverling High School Chorus and colors will be posted and retrieved by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Guthrie Facility at Erwin Tests Positive for Legionella
Water samples have tested positive for legionella at the Guthrie Healthworks Erwin facility. The NY State Health Department confirmed its finding with WETM. As a precaution, the Center voluntarily closed while it implements measures to prevent potential exposure to Legionella.

 

9/22-9/28 Declared as Steuben County Sheriff’s Week
Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed the week of Sept. 22nd-28th as Steuben County Sheriff’s Week. Steuben’s Sheriff’s Department keeps the peace through law enforcement and many facets of public service, including maintaining the county jail, providing security in our courts, and serving and executing civil process for the courts. “Our men and women work hard day in and day out to be responsive and accountable to the public we serve,” Hauryski said. “I can only say I am proud to be associated with this department, which strives to live up to the principles of professionalism, integrity, leadership and service.”

 

Cuomo Extends Statute of Limitations in Rape Cases
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation extending the statute of limitations to 20 years for rape in the second degree and to 10 years for rape in the third degree. This law also eliminates the statute of limitations for incest in the first degree and increases the time period in which victims can bring a civil suit for these offenses to 20 years. Prior to this new law, victims only had five years to bring a legal case alleging rape in the second degree or third degree or a criminal sexual act in the second degree or third degree.

 

Addison Man Arrested for Drug Charges
State Police have arrested 32-year-old Donald Hastings of Addison. He was stopped on State Route 13 in Veteran and charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, possession of a hypodermic instrument, unlawful possession of marijuana and aggravated unlicensed operation. He’ll answer this charges in court at a later date.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 19, 2019

Women Arrested for Shoplifting from Erwin Walmart
New York State Police report the arrest of a 35-year-old Jasper woman after responding to a report of shoplifting on September 15th. According to police, Lindsey Hunt allegedly stole $279.34 worth of merchandise from the Walmart on Silverback Lane in the Town of Erwin. Hunt was processed at the NYSP Painted Post Station and charged with Petit Larceny and will return to the town’s court at a later date. Two days later, Police were called to the same Walmart again and ended up arresting 20-year-old Savenna Carey and 23-year-old Megan Dean, both of Cohocton.  Both women were issued appearance tickets for Petit Larceny then banned from going onto Walmart property.

 

Alstom to Hire More Workers with Grant
High Speed Rail Car manufacturer, Alstom announced an expansion of jobs thanks to a $30 million New York State grant from Empire State Development. The company is anticipated to increase its number of workers from 800 to 1,000 by the end of next year. Yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul stopped by the Hornell Alstom facility to take a tour and speak with workers. Hochul says this contract will bring stable jobs to the area with the next year and will continue to provide long-term employment.

 

Campbell-Savona School District Announces 2019-22 Plan
Campbell-Savona School District leaders proposed a new longterm plan for 2019-2022 on Monday’s Board of Education meeting. The plan sets academic achievement goals and other major measures of success, including decreasing chronic absenteeism, which is a problem in the district. Chronic absenteeism is defined as students who are not attending school more than 10 percent of the days they are enrolled.

 

NYS Plate Fee Proposal Won’t Go As Planned
Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the proposal to mandate replacing license plates across the state won’t move ahead as planned. The proposal would have charged drivers up to $40 for a new plate but will be delayed until April with some changes following overwhelming opposition to the plan. A Siena College poll released Tuesday shows the proposal is widely unpopular among New York voters – with 60 percent of New Yorkers opposing the requirement for drivers to replace their plates. A whopping 75 percent of New Yorkers disapprove of the $25 plate replacement fee and only 23 percent that think the fee is reasonable.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Assault
A Bath man faces multiple and serious criminal charges. State Police arrested 72-year-old Roger Barned. He was charged with second-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment and first-degree endangering and adult causing serious injury. Troopers said the crimes happened in the Town of Bath and were first reported January 3rd.

 

OFA Forum Set for Today
This year’s annual Office of the Aging Forum is today at the First Presbyterian Church on Pulteney Square in Bath. The forum begins at 8:30am with a continental breakfast and continues with attendees being able to choose two free workshops. Seniors will also attend a hearing on the county’s 2020 aging services implementation plan. Parking lot attendees will be available to assist participants.

 

Hornell City PD Hosts Car Seat Check Event Saturday
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor a Car Seat Check Event this Saturday September 21st at the Hornell City Police/Fire Station on 110 Broadway Street Hornell from 10AM to 2PM. It is free of charge and anyone with questions can contact Sergeant Matthew Sorge at (607) 622-3911 or the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

 

League of Women Voters Announce Early Voting Resources
The League of Women Voters of New York State has announced that materials for educating voters on early voting are now available. A new website, www.nyearlyvoting.org is live. Voters can click on their county and find the early voting poll site locations and hours. In Steuben County, early voting begins October 26th and takes place at the County Annex building at 20 E. Morris Street in Bath.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 18, 2019

Apple Awards $250 Million to Corning Inc.
Yesterday Apple announced it is awarding $250 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund to Corning Incorporated, which supplies precision glass for the major company’s products like iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad. In May of 2017, Apple awarded $200 million from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund. The combined investment was made to support research and development into state-of-the-art glass processes, equipment and materials integral to the delivery of next-generation consumer devices by Corning Incorporated.

 

Rochester Man Arrested for Bath Crack Sales
A Rochester man was arrested for allegedly selling crack cocaine in Bath. Jamar T. Smith, a current 34-year-old inmate at Orleans Correctional Facility, was arrested following an investigation in early 2019 into the sale of crack on East Steuben Street. He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Smith is currently in state prison for two counts of fifth-degree attempted possession of controlled substance.

 

VA Hosting POW-MIA Ceremony Friday Afternoon
The Bath Veterans Association Medical Center announced they will host a prisoner of war/ missing in action recognition ceremony at 1:15 pm this Friday September 20th in the Building 92 Leisure Room. Director of Chemung Valley Museum Bruce Whitmarsh will be guest speaker and talk about the history of the Civil War POW camp located in Elmira known as “Hellmira,” which was in operation from 1860-1864. Music will be provided by the Haverling High School Chorus and colors will be posted and retrieved by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.

 

NY Health Officials Ban Flavored E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids
New York State health officials have approved the Governor’s executive call to put an emergency ban on sales of e-flavored cigarettes in the state following reports of six deaths and many cases of health problems in the country due to vaping. Cuomo noted New York is the first state in the country to implement a ban on flavored e-cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, made possible by a vote on emergency regulations by the Public Health and Planning Council. Retailers have about a two-week grace period to stop selling the products and could face fines of $2,000 per violation if they do not follow the ban.

 

Campbell-Savona SRO DuBois Speaks About First Year
Campbell-Savona School Resource Officer Dave DuBois said he will get better educated to prevent student vaping and be a more visible presence in the school at the recent Board of Education Meeting. DuBois is a former investigator for the Bath Police Department and said there have been nine incidents throughout the year where he had to use outside law enforcement and 76 “calls for service” The district currently is seeking another School Resource Officer so each building can be staffed full-time.

 

Sheriff’s Office Offers NYS Boater Safety Course
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will instruct the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street. All students attending must be at least 10 years of age and provide a proof of age. Three different dates will be offered to take the course, all of them on a Saturday on:
October 12th 8am to 4pm
November 23rd 8am to 4pm and
December 7 from 8am to 4pm
Classes are limited to 30 students and you must confirm your attendance by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.

 

County Legislature Announces Finance Budget Workshops
Steuben County Legislature’s Office of the Clerk announces two Finance Budget Workshops both scheduled in October at the Legislative Committee Room at the Steuben County Office Building. County Legislators will be able to attend a session on Tuesday October 8th at 10am following the Finance Committee Meeting. Another meeting is set for the following day on Wednesday October 9th at 9am.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 17, 2019

BEGWS Announces Warden Street Closings
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems announced they will begin replacing the gas main on Warden Street, from Geneva Street to Hudson Street. For safety reasons, Warden Street will be closed. Local access and access for emergency vehicles will be maintained during construction. The intersections of Geneva/Warden, Shannon/Warden, and Hudson/Warden will be closed periodically as Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems cuts the pavement and replaces the gas main at and/or across these intersections. Work is scheduled to begin the week of September 30th and last through the fall.

 

Rochester Woman Arrested on Superior Court Warrant
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Rochester woman, Nishala S. Flowers, due to a superior court warrant.  Ms. Flowers was indicted for allegedly committing two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all Class B Felonies. Ms. Flowers was held in the Steuben County Jail to await arraignment in Steuben County Court. 

 

Cohocton Woman Arrested on Contraband Charge
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Cohocton woman. Breana L. Taylor, age 31, of Brown Hill Road Cohocton, allegedly promoted prison contraband in the first degree, a Class D felony.  It is alleged that Ms. Taylor possessed dangerous contraband while being held in detention at the Steuben County Jail.  Ms. Taylor was arraigned in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. 

 

Bath Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
A Bath man faces an array of charges following a domestic dispute in the Town of Hornellsville. State police arrested 35-year-old Joel Orfanides. He was charged with felony tampering with physical evidence, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal possession of a controlled substance and two violation offenses. He was initially held in lieu of cash bail.

 

Trooper Clark Honored with Certificate of Exceptional Valor
Fallen New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark was honored yesterday with a Certificate of Exceptional Valor from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Clark was awarded the posthumous honor for heroic actions taken on the day of his death. In July 2018, Trooper Clark, with other Troopers and local law enforcement, responded to a report of a possibly suicidal man in the town of Erwin. The team established a perimeter and attempted to contact the individual, who began shooting at Trooper Clark and a Sheriff’s Deputy, which ended with Clark dying while serving in the line of duty. Clark was recognized with seven other recipients of the award across the state.

 

ESD Announces Beginning of NYS Foliage Season
Empire State Development (ESD) announced New York’s 2019 fall foliage season has begun. Beginning this week, the weekly I LOVE NY fall foliage reports will be sent out by the ESD. Reports will include a detailed map to track fall color progressions and the best vantage points to view the change of colors in our region. A new report is provided every Wednesday until the end of the foliage season on the I LOVE NY website. ESD also encourages residents to participate in its annual social media campaign of photos taken by Instagram users. Hashtagging foliage photos with the #NYLovesFall hashtag will give users a chance for their image to be selected and shared on the I LOVE NY Instagram page on “Foliage Fridays.” To qualify, users must tag photos with the image location.

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