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Top Stories, May 18, 2022

School Budget/School Board Results:

Bath Central School District: the Budget passed 291-56

Jen Yartym (297 votes) and Olivia Krezenski (282 votes) were each elected to five-year terms.

At Hammondsport Central, the budget passed, prop three the transportation vehicle proposition passed, and William Goodrich won the Hammondsport  school board race, receiving 157 votes. 

The Campbell Savona results: the budget  passed, 188 yes votes, 55 no votes.  Also at Campbell Savona, the library prop passed and Stacie Van Skiver and Gregory Cuh-Case won the school board races.  

In Avoca, the school budget  and other props were approved by the voters.

At Prattsburgh Central the budget passed, there were 104 yes votes and 24 no votes in Prattsburgh.  Terry Moore wins the Prattsburgh Central School race.


Local Dem: Reed's Resignation Is Causing More Chaos

Steuben County Democratic Chairman Shawn Hogan is weighing in on the way Congressman Tom Reed did a sudden resignation announcement last week.   "It's thrown the already confusing political situation into more chaos than it was before, and it was already over complicated with the situation of the new maps and the numerous lawsuits," Hogan stated.  

 

The County IDA's 50th Anniversary

The Steuben County Industrial Development Agency is celebrating their 50th anniversary.  IDA Director Jamie Johnson noted some of the county IDA’s many achievements, including making a recent series of videos for students, about manufacturing jobs in the county. 

 

A Possible Solution To Baby Formula Shortage?

Because of the ongoing baby formula shortage, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will be introducing of the Emergency Infant Formula Act Gillibrand says that the new legislation will increase domestic production and expand sourcing of formula in order to alleviate the current crisis and prevent future shortages.

Top Stories, May 17, 2022

School Budget/School Board Voting Day Is Here

School Board school budget voting is going on now until 8:00 tonight at local schools.  In Bath, School board member Jennifer Yartym is running unopposed, and Olivia Krezenski will be running unopposed to fill the seat currently held by Mike Warren, who is not running again.  In Prattsburgh, there is one seat open and Terry Moore is running for that.  At Campbell- Savona school board candidates are: school board member Greg Cacase, who is seeking re-election, school board member Stacie van skiver who is running again, and Dale Seeley.  There are two seats available at Campbell Savona.   In Hammondsport, there is only one candidate for school board, William Goodrich running unopposed.  

 

Buffalo Shooting Victims Update

Buffalo area native Governor Kathy Hochul is with the president and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, in Buffalo today.  The governor is also working towards getting social media companies to report it more quickly, when someone starts to post a violent manifesto online.  Congressman Lee Zeldin, is calling for Hochul to bring back the death penalty for this and other hate crime cases.


District Maps News 

Yesterday the new map master released the first drafts of both the state senate and congressional maps.  Officials say that the second drafts will come out later this week.  The counties listed in the first draft of the new congressional map shows, for the new 23rd district, Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, Cattaragus, Chautauqua and parts of Erie County.  The new state senate map for this area, the 58th state senate district, shows the following counties: All of Steuben County, some of Allegany, including Alfred, West Almond, Almond, Wellsville, all of Chemung, Seneca, Tioga, Yates and Schuyler Counties.  The second draft will be out Friday.        

May 16, 2022

May 16th Covid Update

There have been 588 new COVID cases reported since last week’s update. The number of new lab cases is down a little from last week and hospitalizations are very low.  Officials say Steuben still remains in the high COVID community level, so masking indoors in public places is still recommended. Other safety measures include getting vaccinated and boosted when eligible, staying home when sick, and testing if you have symptoms, after exposure and after travel.

 

M.A.D.D. Wants More Ignition Interlocks 

Mothers Against Drunk Driving are having a press event at the state capital today, They want the state government to require ignition interlocks for all those who make DWI plea agreements install these devices.

 

Governor Kathy Hochul/Buffalo Update

Governor Kathy Hochul is making 2.8 million dollars in federal and state funding available to the victims and families of victims of the buffalo shooting on Saturday.  The governor says that the Reverend Al Sharpton is helping out with funeral expenses.

Top Stories, May 14, 2022

Update On The Shooting In Buffalo

The suspect is  Payton Gendron, 18, of Conklin, NY, in Broome County.  It’s also being reported that Gendron, did a video-live stream of the shooting.  Buffalo Police say that a total of 13 people were shot, 11 were African-American, two were white.  All evidence at this point, points to Gendron having been influenced by white supremecy websites.  One of those killed, was a former Buffalo Police Officer, who was working as a security guard at the Tops Grocery Store.  Officials say that the security guard did fire his weapon at the suspect, but that the suspect was protected by his body armor.  Three of those shot were also store employees.

From The Justice Dept: The country mourns the victims of a senseless, horrific shooting in Buffalo, New York. The FBI and ATF are working closely with the Buffalo Police Department and federal, state, and local law enforcement partners.  

“The Justice Department is investigating this matter as a hate crime and an act of racially-motivated violent extremism. The Justice Department is committed to conducting a thorough and expeditious investigation into this shooting and to seeking justice for these innocent victims.”

From Governor Kathy Hochul:  My heart breaks for the victims’ families and for everyone impacted by this horrific and despicable act of violence.  NYSP have  set up a family unification site in Buffalo for those separated from loved ones in the wake of today’s shooting. The site is located at Makowski Early Childhood Center, 1095 Jefferson Ave. in Buffalo.

From U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer: I’m actively monitoring the situation with the grocery store shooting in Buffalo. We are standing with the people of Buffalo. If you’re in Buffalo, please follow the guidance of local law enforcement.

From Senator Gillibrand: “My prayers are with the victims of this racially motivated act of violence and my heart goes out to the victims’ loved ones, our emergency personnel and the entire Buffalo community. Racism, prejudice and hatred have no place in our state or our country. I pledge to the people of New York that I will continue to fight my hardest to pass commonsense gun safety measures and to confront and defeat the scourge of white supremacy.”

From Congresswoman Claudia Tenney: I join with New Yorkers and Americans around the country in mourning the lives lost in this brutal and senseless act of violence in Buffalo. Hate and racial animus have no place in our society. Please pray for the survivors as well as the families suffering from this tragedy.


Increase In Covid At Prattsburgh Central

From Prattsburgh Central School: officials say the school has had an recent uptick in COVID-19 cases with faculty, staff, and students.  Prattsburgh school officials ask parents to continue to keep sick students home and communicate with the school nurse regarding any symptoms. Any parent who wants to stop by and pick up a supply of covid tests, should come to the main office.

 

Wild Car Chase In Rochester, Driver Was A Young Child

On May 14, 2022, at approximately 7:51 p.m., a broadcast went out over the police radio for a reckless driver.  The dispatcher relayed information that a child was driving a van east on Jefferson Road near Jefferson Plaza, in the Town of Henrietta.  A Monroe County Sheriff’s deputy observed the minivan rear end a stopped vehicle at a red light.  A child was behind the wheel and continued through the intersection, almost striking several vehicles. The deputy attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop.  The vehicle continued driving recklessly through Henrietta and into the City of Rochester.  The minivan finally stopped after striking multiple vehicles, including a patrol vehicle on Mt. Hope at Robinson Drive.  The driver was identified as a juvenile and the only occupant of the vehicle.  AMR transported the child to a local hospital for precautionary measures.  No one else was injured.   It was determined the minivan was stolen from Crestwood Child Center. The juvenile was issued an appearance ticket for Grand Larceny 4th.   The investigation continues.

 

Tenney To Run To Succeed Tom Reed

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney said at a GOP get together on Friday night in Olean, that she’s going to run for the special election to succeed Congressman Tom Reed.  We caught up with Steuben County Republican Chairman Joe Sempolinski, who says he is waiting to see what the congressional maps will look like, this coming week.  The maps will be made public in the next few days.

Top Stories, May 13, 2022

Remember The School Board/Budget Vote Is Tues May 17

School board candidate/school budget voting day is Tuesday May 17th.  Voting will be noon till eight Tuesday in Bath, Prattsburgh, Hammondsport and Campbell Savona.

 

Source: Tom Reed's Resignation Took His Staff By Surprise

When Tom Reed’s resigned from the House of Representatives on Tuesday, word is, it came as a big surprise to those in his closest inner circle.  Alfred University Political Science Professor Dr Robert A Heineman is in the loop, and Heineman says, that no one in the office saw it coming.  "It's pretty clear that he did not tell this anybody," Heineman said.  "I've talked with a number of people and there was no communication, whatsoever." 

 

Fighting Fire From Far Enough Away

Steuben County Legislative Chair Scott Van Etten stated that, “we’ve got to do something,” to help towns and villages who rely on out of town/ paid for, ambulance and fire services.  County officials say that on the one hand, places like Bath, are providing these services to smaller towns outside their areas.  On the other hand, it’s not free and some in those less populated towns sometimes worry about the possible expenses when they call 9-1-1.  County officials say this is a statewide problem.  The Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections Committee says they’ll look for ways to address this.


Videos Of Local Factories Are Being Seen By Students

The Steuben County IDA has sentut videos to schools across the county today, videos about careers in manufacturing, to encourage interested students to go in that direction.  Among the companies featured in these videoes are: Instant Brands  Alstom Siemens Energy  Gunlocke Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Inc.  and Corning Incorporated.

May 12, 2022

Palmesano Keeps Bath On His Legislative Maps

On the state assembly maps that Judge McAllister is staying with: the maps approved by Governor Kathy Hochul, here’s what it means for Assemblyman Phil Palmesano: Palemsano will still represent Bath and Avoca.  Palmesano will also get Hornell and Corning back, and represent Schuyler and Yates Counties, and parts of Chemung and Seneca Counties. 

 

Rep. Tenney's Wall Street Journal Article 

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about fracking.  Tenney says that the Utica Shale stretches from her congressional district into Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and Ohio. It contains 38 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, 940 million barrels of oil and 208 million barrels of natural-gas liquids.  Tenney says we cannot touch these rich resources because of former governor Cuomo.

 

Why Cuomo Is - All Of The Sudden - Backing Away

Andrew Cuomo might not be getting into the governor’s race this year after all.  Steuben County Republican Chairman Joe Sempolinski says that Cuomo spent between $2 - $3 million dollars on tv commercials and then did not sign up with the state to actually run.  The reason, according to Sempolinski, is that Cuomo does a lot of polling, and probably found out that running for governor again, would not be successful. 

 

Law Enforcement Agreements - Just Have To Be Inked

Governor Kathy Hochul says there’s a contract agreement with the New York State Law Enforcement Officers Union, Council 82, AFL-CIO for a 7-year term. The agreement is subject to ratification by union membership, which the governor says will happen later this month.  This  includes a two percent salary increase for each year of the 7-year agreement.

Top Stories May 11 2022

Maps Update

In a groundbreaking case that will determine the next decade of elections in our state, Judge McAllister has denied intervention from both the Democrats and Republicans. That means unless the Democrats and/or Republicans appeal this case and win, the state assembly maps as approved by Governor Hochul, will remain the same.  Both McAllister and the State Elections Board said this morning that they will work towards an August 23 primary. 

 

Sempolinski: I'm In For The Special Election

Steuben County Republican Chair Joe Sempolinski issued a statement saying that as former head district level congressional staffer for this region, there is no one who knows this area better than he does.  Sempolinski also says, he’s already reached out to the party leadership to let them know he’s interested in this position.  Congressman Tom Reed resigned from Congress yesterday afternoon to take a job with a Washington lobbyist firm that deals with bi-partisan issues.

 

Schumer Predicts Roe V Wade Will Be Struck Down

This morning on the senate floor, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer talked about how it’s quite likely that the Supreme Court in Washington will strike down Roe V Wade.

Also, as for the protests outside the Supreme Court Justice’s homes this past weekend, Senator Schumer says that happens outside his house about three or four times a week.  Schumer says as long as it isn’t violent, it’s allowed.

 

Big Company Out Of Texas Buys T&R Towing

A company called Fleet Pride, which is the nation's largest distributor of truck and trailer parts and service in the independent heavy duty aftermarket, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the assets of T&R Towing and Service Centers in Bath.

 

National Nurses Week

Steuben County Public Health issued a statement thanking local nurses, as this is national nurses week.  The County says quote “we cannot thank our amazing nurses enough for all they do day in and day out, especially over the last several years.  We are also beyond grateful to all the nurses who volunteered to help us throughout the pandemic.”

 

Top Stories, May 10, 2022

Serious Assault In Bath, Victim Taken To Strong Hospital

 

State Police have released a story about how, on May 9,  at approximately 8:45 p.m., there was a serious assault at the on Rte 415 in Bath.   Troopers say, that when they arrived, they discovered that Jonathan Ruggles, age 33, had been assaulted, allegedly by Jose Velez, age 41.  Ruggles was airlifted to Strong Hospital with life-threatening-injuries.  State Police, after conferring with the Steuben County DA, Brooks Baker, charged Velez with Burglary 1st Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd Degree,.  The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are pending.

 

Reed Calls It Quits In Congress

Congressman Reed has resigned from Congress, effective today, May 10, 2022. Our office will continue to serve the people of New York’s 23rd District through the end of the year or until a new representative is elected and sworn in.  Reed’s spokesman says Reed will be joining Charlie Black at the Prime Policy Group, Washington, DC.  The Prime Policy Group focuses on bipartisan politics, something Reed spoke of much during his years in the House: Reed was co-founder of the Problem Solvers Caucus, which worked both sides of the aisle. County GOP Chairman Joe Sempolinski tells us, if there is a special election to fill out the remainder of the term for the Reed seat, that he will run.  "If there’s a special  I’m all in," Sempolinski stated. 


Assembly Maps Update

In Steuben County Court Judge Pat McAllister’s courtroom today, both the Democrats and Republicans lawsuits were heard.  One of the Democrat's attorneys said that the Republicans argument about the approved assembly maps, being  constitutional, was a “conspiracy theory”.  Democrats said the assembly maps were unfair and would lead to future voter fraud situations.  and that both parties Democrat and Republican had made a secret deal.  Republican Attorney George Winner claims that the accusations made against them about a “deal” is outrageous and untrue.  "There is not proof this back room deal happened," Winner said.  Judge McAllister has reserved his right to make a decision involving redrawing the assembly maps in written form, tomorrow, Wednesday May 11.

Top Stories, May 9, 2022

Steuben County Covid Update, May 9, 2022

635 new COVID positive tests have been reported since our last update, and Steuben remains in the high community level.

All county residents are encouraged to take the following protective measures when the level is high:

1. Wear a mask indoors in public.

2. Stay up to date with COVID vaccines and boosters

 

A Bad Fire On Saturday In Savona

There was a fire at Savona Storage on Saturday….two buildings were destroyed, there were no injuries reported. 

 

McAllister's Court Continues To Draw Attention Statewide

Tuesday is another big day in Steuben County Court Judge’s Pat McAllister’s courtroom.  McAllister is having the New York City Young Republicans in his courtroom, to hear their case against the state assembly maps approved by Governor Kathy Hochul.  The Young Republicans Club’s argument was that they don’t like the process on how the maps were drawn.  Lots of reporters from major media outlets are covering these legislative map stories.

 

Governor Kathy Hochul Has The Covid  

The Governor has come down with the covid.  Governor Hochul noted that it’s an asymptomatic case but canceled her trip to Washington dc and will be staying in Albany and will be isolating.

 

GOP Infighting, In TV Commercials In The Gov's Race

The New York Post reports, that GOP front runner in the governor’s race Lee Zeldin, is the topic of a Harry Wilson tv commercial these days.  Harry Wilson is a New York City millionaire who is also running for governor.  Wilson’s new tv commercial is playing old clips of Lee Zeldin praising governor Andrew Cuomo back in 2011.  Zeldin’s campaign says, Harry Wilson refused to vote for Donald Trump and that Harry Wilson is the liberal, not Zeldin.

Top Stories, May 6, 2022

Bath Mayor Pleased With Bath's Economic Development

Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet said today, that the investments and new stores keep coming in to Bath.  And Mayor Sweet says, keep it coming!

 

Laker-opoly Fundraiser For Hammondsport Central 

The Hammondsport Alumni Association is sponsoring Laker-opoly in the Hammondsport Village Square on Saturday, May 21.  They say this is a fund raiser for the Alumni scholarship program.

 

Horseheads Student Wins Congressional Art Contest

Congressman Tom Reed announced the winner of the 2022 Congressional High School Art Competition for the New York 23rd district. This year’s winner is Emry Ardley, a 12th grader at Horseheads High School, with his piece "Fallacy of War." Emry's artwork will be on display in the United States Capitol for one year in the Cannon Tunnel.

 

RPD: We Have A Lack Of Officers And Need More Patrols 

Rochester Police say, they have a staffing shortage, and the RPD are going to be relying more on New York State Troopers and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, for assistance in getting extra patrols out there.  Rochester Police say there has been a big increase in shootings and they want extra patrols there.

Top Stories, May 5, 2022

And Yet Another Lawsuit Over The State Legislative Maps 

A lawsuit was filed in a federal court to stop the primary from happening in August.  That was on Wednesday, and a federal judge threw it out.  According to State Senator Tom O’Mara, there was a part of the lawsuit, that called for grouping all the congressional seats together, instead of having district lines. O’Mara maintains, that would have, had the judge not thrown the case out, given a lot more power to New York City Dems.  "The Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee," O'Mara said, "were trying to get a federal court to say 'no, you can't move that primary to August.  They also wanted the federal judge to follow some law from the 1950's out there that says because the state doesn't have their congressional maps ready in time for the November election, they should run all the congressional seats at once, together at large.  That's so that everyone would be running as candidates together (so it would be one party against another party, not one candidate against another candiate).   It's been nothing short of arrogant." 

As a result of that lawsuit being tossed out of a federal court on Wednesday, it's likely that Steuben County Judge Pat McAllister will be able to decide, when the primary date will be.

 

Bridge Work Is Coming Up Monday In Prattsburgh

This reminder: officials say that the bridge on County Route 9, Twelve Mile Creek Road, crossing Twelve Mile Creek in the Town of Prattsburgh will be closed to all through traffic on or about Monday, May 9.  Work there will last for approximately five months. The bridge is located between Babcock and Chapman roads and will be removed and completely replaced with a new bridge. There will be an on-site detour.

 

A New Law About Late College Bills In New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul’s signed a law, to prevent colleges from being able to withhold transcripts from students, just because the student is behind in paying their bills to that college.    

Also, the state legislature is working to pass a law, to override a recent court of appeals decision that allows banks to foreclose on those who are behind in their mortgage payments.

 

Borrello: Why Do We Need This New Agency? 

Jamestown Republican State Senator George Borrello is objecting to the state legislature working towards creating a new agency, called the Office For An Age Friendly New York.  Borrello says, there is already an office for the aging, and this new agency would be redundant.

Top Stories, May 4, 2022

Bath School Budget Update 

Bath School Superintendent Joe Rumsey tells Wvin news, that the Bath Central School budget, is a $39.9 million dollar budget.  According to Rumsey, this results in an increase of 2.71% in the tax levy, which falls under the state required tax cap. Rumsey says, that this is a small increase to the tax levy, and will likely result in a relatively flat tax rate for the upcoming school year based on property assessments.  Bath voters will decide on the budget, May 17. 

 

Tonya Smith/Donnie Masti Case Update

According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, the defense attorney for Tonya Smith has turned in the written version of the closing statements, and the prosecution is working on a rebuttal.  This indicates that the case will be coming to a conclusion sometime soon.   Smith is the Painted Post woman who is accused of killing 66 year old Donald Masti in 2019.The D.A. also says, Derrick Clark of Wayland, was sentenced to six to ten years in prison, after being convicted of accidentally killing his young daughter in an accident, while under the influence of drugs. 

 

Another Maps Case, To Be Heard By Judge Pat McAllister 

There’s a lot going on in the case of the legislative maps. There is an upcoming court on Tuesday at 930am, when Judge McAllister will be having the New York City Young Republicans in Court, to voice their objections to the state’s assembly maps.  Also, the Democrats, have filed a lawsuit in a New York City federal court the recent court of appeals decision to allow Judge McAllister to move the primary. 

Top Stories, May 3, 2022

May 3 2022

 

There Is A New Lt Governor For New York State

Governor Kathy Hochul has named as her new Lt Governor, Catskills area congressman Antonio Delagado.  Delagado is taking the place of former Lt Governor Brian Benjamin.  Benjamin resigned several weeks ago because he’s the subject of a federal investigation.  Upstate Republicans like State Senator Tom O’Mara are voicing their objections to Governor Kathy Hochul being able to change the rules, and get a new name on the ticket this close to the election.  The GOP argues that the rules were changed just to accommodate the governor, and no one else.

 

The State Teachers Union Really Likes Delagado 

“Congressman Delgado is a dedicated ally of NYSUT members and working people, championing COVID-19 relief funding, the vital role of public education in our society and the public servants who dedicate themselves to bettering their communities. We congratulate him on his appointment and look forward to continuing to work with Gov. Hochul and her administration to support our public schools, colleges and hospitals as the center of every community.” 

 

A Bath Man Is Accused Of Meth Possession

Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft reports that Bath Police charged Anthony Swimley, 38 of Bath, with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second degree criminal obstruction of governmental administration.  Police allege that Swimley had a lot of meth on him when he was arrested, and that he tried to get away from them on his bike, when they tried to stop him originally. 

 

Wineglass Event Is Coming Up In Corning This Fall

Wineglass organizers are pleased to announce that Storflex will be the new title sponsor for the Wineglass 5K.   The tenth annual Storflex 5K is Saturday, October 1, 2022, at 8:00 am. This family-friendly 5K is a great warm-up event for anyone running the full or half marathon Sunday. It's the second race (of three) for those participating in the Riesling or Pinot Challenge. Runners will toe the start line for a flat, out, and back course that starts and finishes near War Memorial Stadium at Corning Painted-Post High School. All finishers will receive a medal.  Ian May, CEO of Storflex, said, "We are excited to be involved in Wineglass Weekend and look forward to this ongoing partnership and participating in this important event. We are pleased to be part of the Corning community."

Top Stories, May 2, 2022

Another Map Case In Steuben County Court? 

New York City area Democrat political activist Gary Greenberg, is trying to get a law suit to be heard, in Steuben County Judge Pat McAllister’s court.  Greenberg is filing a lawsuit to get the New York State Assembly maps thrown out too, like the State Senate and Congressional maps were recently, originally by Judge McAllister.  That was a ruling that was upheld by both midlevel Appellate Court judge Lindley, and by five State Court of Appeals judges.

 

The Success From Drug Take Back Day In Bath

The joint effort of the Steuben County Sheriff and Steuben Prevention Coalition Opioid Committee to collect unused and unneeded medication brought in 606.4 pounds during Drug Take Back Day held Saturday at the county Public Safety Building in Bath. The event has been highly successful in recent years. During an October 2021 event, the joint effort brought in 781 pounds. The importance of the day has never been greater. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on opioid addictions. The U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period, the CDC said. While the increase in overdose deaths began prior to pandemic, it accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic, the CDC reported.

 

Steuben County Covid Update, May 2, 2022

From County Public Health Director Darlene Smith:

COVID cases are continuing to trend upward with 520 new COVID cases reported since last Monday's update. Sadly, another resident has passed: a 74 year old Town of Erwin man.

In line with NYSDOH, we are asking hospitals to let us know if COVID positive patients are admitted due to COVID or with COVID. Some patients are admitted for COVID reasons or because of COVID complications (due to COVID), while others may be admitted for non-COVID reasons, but have tested positive for COVID (with COVID). You can see this added element on the hospitalized line of the graphic.

We would like to reopen commenting by the public so that people can interact again. We will give this a trial period. If there are a lot of comments spreading misinformation, using inappropriate or aggressive langue, or verbally attacking others, we will have to disable comments again. Please be kind, courteous, and caring towards each other. Let this be a forum for legitimate discussions and questions.

Top Stories, April 29, 2022

Tyrtle Beach Brings In Over $20,000 This Year

Bath Central School Music Director Neil Bryson's jump into Lake Salubria Friday raised "well over $20,000" for for youth activities in Steuben County, according to county Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill.  Accompanied by two drones and encouraged by a cheering crowd, Bryson was the latest in a long line of area notables who have taken the Tyrtle Beach plunge into the chilly water of the small lake, located just east of the Village of Bath.  The event has raised more than $740,000 in its 31-year history.

 

Canisteo Fatal Accident Victim Identified

State police have released the name of the fatal accident victim from the Thursday accident on Route 36 in the Canisteo area: 65 year old Gayle Vanskiver, of Canisteo, was killed in that two vehicle accident.  State Police report that it was a Troupsburg Town truck that struck Vanskiver’s vehicle, the Troupsburg Town Truck driver was not injured. 

 

Alfred Univ Gets A Big Military Contract

Alfred University has been awarded a $13.5 million federal contract to support a joint project with the U.S. Army to conduct advanced manufacturing and characterization research of high temperature materials. The contract provides $2.7 million per year for five years, from 2022-27, to fund joint research between Alfred University and DEVCOM (U.S. Army Capabilities Development Command), Army Research Laboratory (ARL).  Research will focus on improving the performance of ceramic materials used in weapons (i.e., cruise missiles),

Top Stories, April 28, 2022

FATAL ACCIDENT TODAY IN CANISTEO

State Police are reporting that there was a two vehicle accident in Canisteo today.    According to troopers, one person is dead, and a reconstruction team is at the scene right now.  The accident was on Route 36 between Bush Hill and Gravel Run, Canisteo.


State Appeals Court Ruling On The District Maps

Because of the state court of appeals ruling from yesterday, that the maps approved by Governor Kathy Hochul were invalid.  As a result, they’re going to have to draw up new maps and come up with, possibly, new candidates in the affected state senate and congressional races.  Therefore, the June 28th primaries for State Senate and Congress are being moved into the month of August.  Steuben County Judge Pat McAllister has appointed a Carnegie-Melon professor, Steve Cervas, to redraw the new maps for the entire state's congressional and state senate lines.  

 

New Federal Judge For Northern District 

On Senator Chuck Schumer’s recommendation, President Joe Biden has nominated a Cornell University graduate, Judge Anne Nardacci, to be a Federal Judge in the Northern District of New York State. 

 

Drug Arrest On 390 Livingston County

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Department reports that they pulled over a vehicle that had 175 grams of meth and other drugs inside the car.  The three suspects, all from Allegany County, are facing numerous charges.  One of them is accused of having an illegal weapon inside the car too.

 

Embarrased Man Injures Himself,  Allegedly Lies To Cops

In Penn Yan, police there say a 46 year old man put a knife in his back pocket and accidentally injured himself while sitting down.  The story goes that the man was so embarrassed at the hospital that he made up a story about being stabbed by three attackers, and doctors brought police into the situation.  Police say that the 46 year old Penn Yan man ended up getting charged with falsely reporting an incident and making a false written statement.


NIce Trip To DC, For Vietnam Veterans And Their Families

After 10 months of planning, fund raising, and spreading the word, the Hornell VFW took Vietnam Veterans, and/or their spouses or family members to Washington DC, to see the Vietnam Memorial as well as the World War II memorial, the Korean War memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Navy Memorial & Museum. It was the VFW’s way of thanking the Vietnam veterans and letting them know they were not forgotten. The best part, was they didn’t have to pay to go. All monies were raised so, the veterans didn’t have to pay for the trip. They left Tuesday morning and arriving home late Wednesday night.

Today's Top Stories, April 27, 2022

April 28 2022

 

WINNER WINS APPEALS COURT CASE
Today in Albany, the New York State Court of Appeals sided with the Republicans, represented by Elmira Attorney George Winner.   Upholding Judge McAllister's decision, the court said that McAllister’s map master will have to draw all new maps for the congress and state senate lines, and the New York State Primary will have to be delayed.  Instead of being held on June 28, in some cases, there will have to be another primary on a later date, requiring an all new political petition process.  It is not clear if all primaries will be delayed.   

 

Petition Objections Succesful Against Resue 

There is not going to be a GOP primary for Steuben County coroner.  There had been two candidates for cornoner, Mark Resue the Corning City Councilman, and Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding.   Spaulding has made petition objections to Resue’s political petition, and enough signatures were thrown out, so that Resue’s petition is now invalid.  We have not been able to reach Mark Resue, to see if he’s going to run for coroner on another line by newstime.

 

Bath Mayor: Nice To See Those Outside Of Bath, Coming In

Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet says he’s toured the Bath Laundromat building, that was bought by Toby Snell.  The mayor says there’s some renovations going on there and he’s glad to see that businesses are coming in to Bath and see it as an opportunity.

 

Hammondsport Youth Baseball BBQ

The Hammondsport Youth Baseball Softball Program is selling Chicken BBQ Tickets for their Annual Fundraiser. Chicken BBQ is on Saturday, May 7th.

Top Stories, April 26, 2022

Schumer: We Need A New FTC Commissioner 
Senator Chuck Schumer says the U.S. Senate will soon get a new Federal Trade Commissioner named.  Schumer hopes the new FTC Head will crack down on corporate America, in particular, big oil.  "We see prices rise on everything, from groceries to everytime we fill up our gas tanks, Schumer said.  "But corporate America's profits are higher than ever.  Perhaps no sector has evoked more anger from the American people than the gas companies, and the prices they are charging."  

 

County Legislature Is Coming Up With Some New Maps 

Steuben County legislators are starting up redistricting for the county lawmaker district lines, this month.   Steuben County legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick says, the reason for the need for redistricting, is because the county’s population has decreased.   "We are not going to separate towns, we are not going to draw lines through the middle of Bath, or the middle of Campbell," FItzpatrick told Wvin.  "We are working to possibly make combinations of towns and villages in order to reach our goal of having 5500 people per district, for each legislator," Fitzpatrick said.  There will be a county wide public referendum to decide whether to approve the maps that the county comes up with, the public referendum will be in November. 
 

Gov Hochul's New Office Of Workforce Development 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced the creation of the New York State Office of Strategic Workforce Development, which the governor says, is an office that will be charged with improving the State's workforce development programs and practices to better align with the needs and priorities of today's employers.  

 

Top Stories, April 25, 2022

Accident Update 

There was an accident Sunday night on I-86 near Exit 41, in the Campbell area, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says the crash involved three cars and a tractor trailer, that was at about 7pm Sunday.  The sheriff also says one person was flown to a trauma center for emergency medical treatment and later released from that facility.  Two others were treated at the scene and not transported.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Collision Reconstruction Team investigated  the crash and Sheriff Allard thanks the Campbell Volunteer Fire Department for their assistance in traffic direction and control.

 

Avoca Woman Allegedly Misses A Court Appearance 

Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon reports that a 36 year old Avoca woman was arrested for allegedly skipping out on a court appearance to answer to a charge of 7th degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.  Police Chief Amidon says Canisteo Police found out that the suspect was at a residence in Canisteo and they picked her up and charged her.  The suspect, Jessica Horton, was taken to centralized arraignment court in Bath. 

 

Elmira Man Is Facing Menacing Charges

Elmira Police report that a suspect there has been charged for allegedly using a bb gun and pretending it was a more powerful handgun than it actually was.  The suspect is a 26 year old male, whose charged with menacing. 

 

Traffic Safety Week In Hammondsport 

Hammondsport police say it’s traffic safety week, and today, Hammondsport police are looking for speeders in school zones.  

 

Big Thanks To Two Local Residents 

The bath fire department is thanking Lisa and Michael Fox who went around painting fire hydrants along East Morris Street Saturday.  Officials with the Bath Fire Department say that about 20 fire hydrants were painted on saturday in Bath. 


Avoca/Prattsburgh Sports Scores

The Avoca/Prattsburgh Boys Modified Baseball team picked up another win on Saturday defeating Addison by the score of 11-7. And the Avoca-Prattsburgh Varsity Softball team took a hard-fought loss to the Knights of Addison on Friday night, 6-5 was the final score. The team travels to Wayland-Cohocton tonight to take on the Lady Eagles. Game time is 4:30 pm.

Top Stories, April 23, 2022

Three Arrests Made By Bath Village Police 

From Bath Police Chief Colin Taft: On 4/17/2022 around 2:06am the Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Angelo J. Hurlburt, age 48, of Arkport, NY. Hurlburt was arrested on an arrest warrant through the Village of Bath Police Department for Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd, a class B Felony. Livingston County Sheriff Office located Hurlburt in the Village of Dansville and he was then turned over to the Bath Police Department.  This arrest warrant stems from a traffic stop that occurred on March 8th, where Hurlburt was operating a vehicle in the Village of Bath on East Morris St. A lock box was seized by Officers and a search warrant was obtained at a later time. In the meantime, Hurlburt was released and a warrant for his arrest was requested. Inside the box was 58.54 grams of methamphetamines.  Hurlburt was processed on his charges and then transported to the Steuben County Jail.

   

On 4/22/2022, around 1:10am, the Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Terry C. Long, age 21, of Manor Village in the Village of Bath. Terry Long was arrested for Grand Larceny 4th, a class E Felony.  This arrest comes from an incident in January, 2022 and multiple dates to April, 2022 when Long was working at the Verizon Store on W. Morris St. in the Village of Bath. The victim reported the unauthorized purchases on April 18th, 2022. The customer at the time had to provide Long with credit card information. Long took the information and made multiple purchases with the victim’s credit card information for hundreds of dollars.  Long was given an appearance ticket and is due back in Bath Village Court at a later date.

On 4/21/2022 around 8:26pm, the Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Alexis J. Larkin, age 25, of Bath. Larkin was arrested for Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th, both class A Misdemeanors.  This arrest stems from an incident that occurred earlier in the day around 1:30pm on Pine Street. Larkin was observed on a home surveillance camera, going to the victim’s home and stealing packages on the victim’s porch. During the arrest, she turned over some of the stolen property back to Bath Police Officers.

Larkin was arrested in January for stealing packages from another resident on Gansevoort St. in the Village of Bath.            Due to NYS Bail reform, Larkin was released on appearance tickets and is due back in Bath Village court at a later date.

Top Stories, April 22, 2022

Tyrtle Beach 2022 Update

 Two veteran jumpers showed up Friday at the WVIN-FM radio station to urge listeners – and people across central Steuben County – to donate to the Tyrtle Beach fundraiser, now in its 31st year. Campbell-Savona Central School Principal Kelley Meade and Bath Central School Superintendent Joe Rumsey joined radio personality Dave Taylor Smith to take pledges during their two-hour stint. Their efforts added nearly $1,000 to the $9,047 raised since Apr. 1 through various contributions,

Set for 5:30-7 pm, Apr. 29 on Lake Salubria in the Town of Bath, the event will feature Bath Central School Music Director Neil Bryson as the Tyrtle Beach Jumper. A popular springtime tradition in Steuben since Smith created the event as the original jumper in 1992, the fundraiser has raised more than $760,000 for youth programs in central Steuben in 30 years. County Legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick, R-Bath raised more than $22,000 in 2021 by staging a triathlete entry into the glacial lake. For more information and information on donations visit the Tyrtle Beach website (www.tyrtlebeach.com) or Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tyrtle-Beach-471935212855803/ or call county Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.

 

Rep. Tom Reed’s "Farewell" Corning Town Hall.

"Last night's 'farewell' town hall was held where it all began, Corning City Hall. We announced our first campaign from that same room, and that is why it was such a special night for us," said Reed last night to Corning area residents. "We are grateful to everyone who joined us, and we thank them for their important insights. We care about the open and honest exchange of ideas, and that is why town halls like these have been so important to us during our time in congress."

Throughout his Congressional career, Reed held over 200 Town Hall Meetings. Joining him at Tuesday's Town Hall were Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Corning Mayor Bill Boland. 

 

Palmesano Condemns Violence At Elmira Correctional 

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who is on the state assembly’s corrections committee, says that this problem of prison violence increasing statewide, is a result of the state’s policies of taking away drug sniffing dogs, ordering double bunking of inmates because of prison closures and lessening disciplinary measures against inmates for assaults.  "They're not keeping the drugs out of the facilities, which causes more violence and gang activity," Palmesano said.

 

On The Agenda, At The Next County Legislature Meeting

Coming up on Monday, April 25, the Steuben County Legislature will meet and discuss, among other things, possibly creating a full time assistant public defenders job with the county.

Top Stories, April 21, 2022

A Bath Man Is Facing A Serious Accusation

The Bath Police Department arrested Deven L. Miller, age 28, of 18 W. Steuben St., Bath, NY for Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a class A misdemeanor.  Mr. Miller was taken to the centralized arraignment court to be arraigned and issued an order of protection.  The arrest stems from an allegation that Mr. Miller failed to seek medical attention for cigarette burns to his 3 year old child’s hand.

 

Reed's Last Town Hall, Tenney's Tour Of Chemung County

The last Congressman Reed Town Hall in Corning is at the Corning City Hall from 530 to 630 this evening.  Reed’s likely successor in the new 23rd Congressional District, Rep. Claudia Tenney (R, Utica), was in Horseheads and Elmira yesterday, visiting numerous businesses there.  Tenney spoke highly of her stops at places like the Hilliard Corporation and Southern Tier Logistics.  

 

Masks Are Back In Airports, Bus Stations, Taxi's, Etc

The state  health commissioner is ordering that masks be worn on all planes, trains and buses and wear masks at all airports, bus stations, train stations, subways.  The governor's office says that the state health commissioner’s determination on masking in certain indoor settings follows CDC public health guidance, not the regulations struck down by a federal judge in Florida.  At least one Republican doesn’t like this new rule from Albany.  "The more things change the more they stay the same," Assemblyman Joe Giglio (R, Olean) told Wvin News.  "I don't like it when government tries to micromanage people."  

 

Amazon Is Coming To Bath Update

Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson says, the County IDA board approved awarding the Amazon bid for work on the turning lane, to Dalrymple Gravel and Contracting pending final review of the materials by the IDA engineering firm and attorney.  Johnson says he expects this review to be completed by mid-next week. 

 

Six Elmira Correctional Employees Injured By Prisoners

Elmira, NY –  A sergeant and five officers were injured at Elmira Correctional Facility after two separate attacks at the maximum security prison last week.   Here's what officials say: that the first incident occurred on Thursday, April 14.  An officer observed an inmate at one of the facility kiosks without permission.  The officer ordered the inmate to leave the kiosk and return to his cell.  The inmate ignored the officer’s orders,  suddenly turned and struck the officer in the face.  The officer immediately grabbed the inmate in a body hold and forced him to the ground.  Once on the ground and contained, the inmate became compliant.  He was removed from the area and placed in a Special Housing Unit pending disciplinary charges. 

The inmate, 25, is serving a 10 year sentence after being convicted in Kings County for Assault 1st and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 4th in 2017.

The officer sustained abrasions and swelling to his face.  He was treated by facility medical staff and remained on duty. 

The second assault occurred the following day. An inmate, already in a Special Housing Unit on disciplinary measures, made a suicidal gesture to a sergeant by swallowing small pieces of his feed tray cover and taking a piece of it and putting it against his neck.  The sergeant ordered the cell door opened and five officers entered the cell. Before staff could contain the inmate, the inmate struck one officer in the face.  The officers grabbed the inmate in a body hold and removed the piece of tray cover from his hand.   

Still combative and attempting to kick officers, he was placed in handcuffs and removed from the cell. 

During an escort to the infirmary, the inmate pulled away from two officers, spit and struck the sergeant in the body, and struck an officer in the face.  Staff immediately grabbed him in body holds and forced him to the ground.  Once on the ground, he became compliant again.   

The inmate, 27, is serving a six year sentence after being convicted in Westchester County in 2018 for Strangulation 2nd, Attempted Robbery 2nd and Burglary 3rd

He faces disciplinary charges in the attack. 

Four officers and a sergeant were injured in the incident.  One officer sustained a concussion, left eye abrasion and back pain.  He was treated at an outside hospital for his injuries. He did not return to duty.    

The sergeant and three other officers were treated by facility medical staff for shoulder, hand, swelling and abrasions and small laceration to an arm.  They remained on duty.    

 

Top Stories, April 20, 2022

Bath Man Accused Of Stealing A Utility Trailer

State Police report that 65 year old Terry Campbell of Bath, is accused of stealing a utility trailer in Bath, a utility trailer worth over $1200.  Campbell was charged with 4th degree grand larceny, he was ticketed and released. 

 

Plans For Replacing Two County Highway Shops

Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says, the county is going to be able to use ARPA Funding, in order to replace a couple of county highway department shops, one of them in Bath and one in Campbell.  “These shops are approaching 50 to 60 years old, so it’s time, and thankfully with the federal funds we’ll be able to do these improvements, without county taxpayers shouldering that burden,” Wheeler told Wvin News.    

 

Summer Cleanup Plans For Steuben County 

Steuben County Lawmaker Kelly Fitzpatrick says, the county public works department is going to be working with towns and villages across the county, to do a number of cleanup jobs.  “The Steuben County Public Works Department will designate the summertime and allow local municipalities to pick a two week time frame, so if a town/village wants to do some roadside cleanup, they can, in that time period, and then take the trash to the county landfill, free of charge,” Fitzpatrick said.  “Also, we’re working on setting up recycling days, so that there will be certain types of materials that the general public will be able to take to the landfill, which will also be free of charge as well.  Then we will also have a low cost tire day, to get rid of those tires that seem to be on the side of the road.”    

 

Hammondsport Central's Gas Card Program

Hammondsport Central School is thanking MicroSolutions for donating $1,000 worth of Kwik Fill gas cards for students and families in need.


Despite Judge's Ruling, Mask Rules Still In Effect In NYS 

According to Governor Kathy Hochul, the New York State  Health Commissioner is ordering that masks be worn on all planes, trains and buses and wear masks at all airports, bus stations, train stations, subways.  "The state health commissioner’s determination on masking in certain indoor settings follows CDC public health guidance, not the regulations struck down by a federal judge in Florida," said Sam Fuld, from the governor's office. "The Commissioner’s determination was issued in accordance with the emergency regulation which has been renewed by the Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) until June 21."

 

Top Stories, April 19, 2022

Tonya Smith Update.

The latest on the case is, that the closing written arguments in the Tonya Smith case have not been turned in yet.  A Steuben County Court official tells Wvin News that the defense has until April 29 to turn in closing written arguments to Judge Phil Roche.  The district attorney’s office has till May 6 to turn in written arguments, so we won’t know until May 7 or later, what Judge Roche’s decision is.  Tonya Smith is the Painted Post woman who is accused of being the driver in a fatal DWI that claimed the life of Don Masti in Bath, in 2019. 

 

Upcoming Neighborhood Watch Meeting In Bath

The Village of Bath Police Department will be hosting a Neighborhood Watch meeting a week from tomorrow, on Wednesday April 27th from 5 pm-6 pm.  Officer Johnson will be covering the topic of “Reporting Suspicious Activity”. This will include a slide show presentation and an open discussion to follow. The meeting will be held in the upstairs training room located at the Village of Bath Police Department. 

 

Another MADD Award For Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy VanSkiver

Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputy Josh VanSkiver was given another award from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for making over 3,000 career DWI/DWAI arrests during his 17-year career.  They say VanSkiver has received the award 11 times. Sheriff Jim Allar says Deputy VanSkiver has made half of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office drunk and drugged driving arrests since 2018.

 

Steuben County Covid Update April 19, 2022

Between Monday of last week and yesterday, there were 290 new cases of the Covid in Steuben County. 

 

Statement From Hammondsport Central School: 

Hammondsport Central School was notified over the weekend that on Thursday April 14th, one of our cleaning employees, Jonathan Wells, was arrested in connection with an alleged inappropriate relationship with a minor. The alleged incidents did not occur on the school campus and, from what we know, are limited to one child. Mr. Wells faces serious charges and therefore a court order has been issued that he cannot be on school grounds or in contact with this child. Our School Resource Officer has been made aware of this restriction. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and our local police are conducting a full investigation and will keep us informed if there is anything further we need to know as it pertains to the District. The District is in full cooperation with their investigation and we are currently conducting our own internal investigation as well. We strongly urge anyone with relevant information to report it to the police and Superintendent Bower immediately. As this is a criminal matter and an ongoing investigation, we will look to the Sheriff’s Department to provide us and the community with any updates.

STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR KATHY HOCHUL ON THE U.S. SUPREME COURT DECLINING APPEAL REGARDING CAP ON FEDERAL DEDUCTION FOR STATE AND LOCAL TAXES 

 

"Four years ago, former President Trump and a Republican controlled Congress launched an economic attack on New Yorkers. Their tax plan handed major giveaways to big corporations, while raising taxes on middle-class families here in New York. Though I am disappointed in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, I can't give up on fighting for New York families and the tax relief they deserve. That's why I accelerated our middle-class tax cut, put forward a significant property tax rebate and advanced a suspension of the gas tax in the recently enacted state budget.   Leaders in the White House and Congress have the power to undo the damage caused by the Republican tax plan and restore the full SALT deduction to help middle-class New Yorkers. With costs rising and New Yorkers hurting, I urge our leaders in Washington to address this critical economic issue as quickly as possible."

 

 

Top Stories, April 18, 2022

April 18 2022

Unrelated Car Thief Incidents In Bath Over The Weekend

Two cars were stolen in Bath on Easter weekend.  Both vehicles were stolen on Saturday and then found by Bath Village Police on Sunday.  Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, 28 year old Brandon McCarn of Lindley, was charged with 4th degree grand larceny and 4th degree criminal possession of stolen property.  That’s for allegedly taking a car for a drive on Saturday.  Bath Police spotted the stolen vehicle on West Morris Street Bath on Sunday morning in the 9:00 hour, and pulled over McCarn and took him into custody without incident.  Police Chief Taft says McCarn was ticketed and released due to bail reform laws.  Also, a 41 year old Bath man, Ezeakle Wydra, is accused of 4th degree grand larceny and authorized use of a motor vehicle.  That’s for allegedly taking a vehicle that was parked on Lackawanna Avenue in Bath on Saturday.  Wydra was spotted and pulled over and charged on Sunday afternoon.   

Gov Hochul: I’m Not Going To Do Another Lockdown

Appearing on the Cats Round Table radio show on Wabc yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul said, she will not do another lockdown.  “I’m not going to shut it down again, you can count on that,” Hochul told Wabc’s John Castitimidis.  

Reed Returns From Germany/Poland, Gillibrand Is Heading To Those Places

Congressman Tom Reed just got back from a recent trip to Germany, Denmark, Poland, and Greenland, it was part of a bipartisan House delegation.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is going to make a trip to Poland, Germany and India over the next nine days.  Gillibrand says they’re going to find out how the U.S. can continue to support Ukraine and NATO allies against Russia.  “This strong congressional delegation will have the opportunity to meet with U.S. military leadership and troops in Poland in order to learn how the U.S. can continue to support Ukraine and our NATO allies against Russia’s unprovoked and unwarranted war,” Gillibrand said in a joint statement.  “In addition, the delegation will meet with a number of key foreign leaders in Poland, UAE, India, Nepal and Germany to strengthen ties during this period of heightened global tension.”

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