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Today's Top Stories - Thursday February 27th, 2020

Community Outreach Coordinators Staffing Public Defender's Office
Community Outreach Coordinators are bringing a new approach to the Steuben County Public Defender’s Office. Based on the Bronx Defenders Project, the county’s new program will identify client needs and include an intake coordinator and allow attorneys to take a deeper look into the causes behind a defendant’s actions. Sauro's staff of nine handles nearly 500 felony caseloads annually and about 1,100 misdemeanors each year.  A community forum in Hornell is in the works for some time in in April and will include a presentation on basic legal rights and the legal process. 

 

O'Mara Announces Veteran's Hall of Fame Needs Nominees
State Senator Tom O'Mara announced he is accepting nominations for this year's 58th Senate District inductee fot the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame until Friday March 27th. The 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for early May to coincide with this year’s Memorial Day observances. Nomination letters should include a short biography highlighting the nominee’s military and civilian service awards and achievements and must be e-mailed to omara@nysenate.gov.

 

Cuomo Announces $40 Million to DOH for Coronavirus
Governor Cuomo yesterday announced $40 million will be appropriated to the New York State Department of Health to hire additional staff, procure equipment and any other resources necessary to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo will also propose legislation granting authority to DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to ensure local health departments and public and private hospitals statewide take actions and measures in response to the outbreak as needed by convening local health departments and hospitals statewide to review protocols, best practices, and procedures to help ensure they are prepared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Coronavirus Impacting Corning Glass Museum of Glass
Some local businesses in Steuben County are like the Corning Museum of Glass are experienceing the economic impact as the decrease in international tourism affects visitorship due to coronavirus. The museum relies on its strong base of international tourists, many who are from China. CMOG has a strong history of connections to the Chinese tourism industry but the turnout to museums was much lower in numbers this year due to international travel limitations. Corning Museum of Glass President and Executive Director, Karol Wright, says though they  concerned about coronavirus' impact, they will continue monitoring the situation and ensure to provide an exceptional experience to their guests.


Corning Man Charged After Domestic Incident
A 34-year-old Corning man was charged Tuesday with second degree criminal imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing after an incident. Andrew VanZile was charged and will appear in Corning Town Court at a later date. 


BBB Reminds Public of Scams as Census Season Continues
As the Census 2020 continues, the Better Business Bureau warns people of a few potential scams to avoid. The BBB says to always ask for identification, look for a laptop or cellphone with the Census seal logo on it. If you think you may have encountered a scam or scammer, call the BBB at 800-923-8282 to report it, ask any questions and speak with a local representative.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 26th, 2020

The County Board of Elections announce petitions are now being circulated by party members for anyone wanting to run in the November 3rd General Elections. Seats up for the General Election include the district seat for U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, and the state Judiciary, officials said. Several town positions also are up for election in November. People must be registered under the same party as the petitioner to sign for the candidate. The primary in New York is set for April 28th. For more information call 664-2260 or go to https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19


A Pine City man was charged yestereday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal impersonation after being stopped on his bicycle on Camden Avenue in Corning. Robert Howell was also found to have an active bench warrant issued by Town of Big Flats Court and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Horseheads Town Court at a later date. 


State officials announced the New York State Fair tickets will be the lowest price since 1980. Tickets will cost $5 at the gate and $3 online and children under 12 will still get in for free. On Thursday, prices will be even cheaper when tickets will only be $2 each at etix.com.


Two local energy companies have warned customers about potential scams. Both NYSEG and RG&E say they received reports of phone calls and people going door-to-door in an attempt to scam households in the area. The companies noted the calls and visits are scams and reminds customers to never give any potential information out over the phone. Both companies also remind the public legitimate employees and contractors will have a photo ID And employee numbers on them. 


Last night in the Village of Horseheads a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car. The fatal crash happened shortly before 8pm near the Horseheads Police Department. Following the crash, a portion of South Main Street was blocked off by First Responders. Horseheads Police Chief Thomas Stickler confirmed one person died but revealed no further information. The crash is under investigation.


Steuben County will be receiving over three-quarters of a million dollars to update and improve the county's First Responder Communication systems. The grant of $800,000 was approved unanimously by the County Legislature on Monday and will be used for maintenance of EMS and fire communications systems along with the maintenance of public safety radio towers. WENY TV reports the funding comes from the state’s collection of surcharges from mobile phones.


A bill giving New Yorkers an opportunity to be organ donors when applying for a hunting, fishing or trapping license recently passed unanimously in the State Assembly. The bill was co-sponsored by local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who said: "We have so much work to do to increase our donation rate, and my colleagues and I are going to continue to press forward in a bipartisan way.” The bill will next go to the state Senate and if it passes, will go to the governor to be signed into law. Palmesano said individuals who would like to enroll today can easily do so by logging on to https://donatelife.ny.gov/register.

 

CCC President Shares Local Workforce Developments
When Corning Community College President William Mullaney spoke to County Legislators at yesterday's regular meeting, he shared that the college has launched a number of innovations to develop the local workforce. Mullaney says CCC has streamlined its educational opportunities for students that includes new uses for its planetarium, accelerated education advancements and additions to growing STEM programs. The school now offers three accelerated associate's degrees in Hornell through a joint collaboration program with The Hornell City and Hornell High School.

 

Academic All Stars Competition Continues
Last night's scores for Academic All Stars in the Large School Division had Hornell hailing 38-33 over Bath, Corning Gold and Black tying at 42 but Corning Gold winning the tiebreaker with a score of 5-0. Canisteo-Greenwood canned Campbell-Savona 37-33 and Alfred-Almond annihilated Addison 75-24 both for the Medium Large School Division. For the Medium-Small School Division, Arkport beat Naples 47-40 while Jasper-Troupsburg forfeited their match to Avoca due to lack of participants. Prattsburgh then defeated Canaseraga 41 - 28 in the Small School Division. Next week the following schools will compete: Bath-Haverling, Alfred-Almond, Avoca, and Canaseraga.  

 

Siena College Poll Shows Decreasing Support of Bail Reform
A Siena College poll released yesteday showed a plummeting of support fo the new bail reform laws since April. In April 2019, 55 percent of voters thought ending cash bail for most misdemeanor and non-violent crimes was "good for New York" compared to the 38 percent believing the change was bad. Now, 59 percent ending cash bail for most cases was a bad policy compared to the 33 percent who found it positive. 


Hammondsport Board of Trustees Meet Friday
The Board of Trustees for the Village of Hammondsport holds a Special Meeting at 12:10 p.m. this Friday February 28th in the Village Office on 18 Water Street. This meeting is to discuss the Village’s Fiscal Year End and any other business before the Board.

 

GOP Senators Join Congressman Reed in Opposing Green Light Law
State Senator Tom O'Mara and other Republican legislators in the state joined Congressman Tom Reed in calling on Governor Cuomo to rescind the newly-enacted "Green Light Law" that grants drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York State. O’Mara and other opponents say that county clerks and employees at local Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are unable to verify the authenticity of foreign IDs. The New York Association of County Clerks and several county clerks have opposed the measure and so far, unsuccessfully challenged the law in court. Twelve states allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and all but New York allow federal agencies full access to their state DMV records.

 

Bath Village Holds Board Meeting Tomorrow
The Village of Bath holds a budget meeting tomorrow night at 5pm. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the village hall on 110 Liberty Street. The meeting is to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 and any outstanding business before the board. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday February 24th, 2020

Constitution Pipeline Project Cancelled
The Southern Tier will not be getting a natural gas pipeline. According to USA Today, Williams Partners LP are not continuing its plans to build the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline. The company cites increased financial risk amid a number of court battles with the state. The pipeline would have moved natural gas from Pennsylvania to the Albany area through a portion of Broome County. Environmental groups issued statements praising Williams Partners for discontinuing the pipeline project.


Legislators Meet Today to Discuss CCC and FLTrails Volunteer Fees
Steuben County Legislators will receive an update on Corning Community College at today's meeting. CCC's new president William Mullaney will address the Legislature with his agenda that includes accepting the state’s 2019 Interoperable Communications Formula Grant of $796,257 which pays to upgrade, improve and maintain public safety communicatons and facilitate communication between first responders. Lawmakers are also expected to waive nightly fees for Finger Lakes Trails volunteers. 


Village of Hammondsport Seeks General Maintenance Worker
The Village of Hammondsport is looking for a full-time General Maintenance worker. CDL, mechanical background, welding experience and knowledge of water systems would be preferred. Applications are available at the village office. Submissions with resume are needed by March13th.


CCE Holds Social Security Workshop Tonight
Tonight, Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extenston hosts the free workshop "Making the Most of Social Security Retirement Income-Enhancing Strategies” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. This workshop covers claiming retroactive benefits as a lump sum, do-over and start-stop-restart strategies, making informed retirement plan distribution decisions and how married couples can help enhance combined efforts. Call 607-664-2300 to register.


Cuomo Prioritizing Pot Legalization
Governor Cuomo has prioritized the legalization of marijuana this year and he announced he will visit the states that have already legalized cannabis to learn more about their programs and inform similar legislation in New York. Cuomo says the goal is to coordinate laws so neighbor states don't have competing markets against one another. Cuomo says he wants a legalizaton bill passed in the state by April 1st. 


County Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations By 3/31
The deadline to submit a nomination to the Steuben County Hall of Fame is March 31st. Already, 145 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. All nominations are then reviewed by a committee composed of local historians who select individuals for induction. Nominees may be any man, woman or child from all walks of life, living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of Steuben County outside county borders. They should have lived in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere. Anyone interested in nominating a notable figure in Steuben County may call (607) 664-2199 or download an application at https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/halloffame/hof_nomination_revised.pdf

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 22nd, 2019

Penn Yan man sentenced in child pornography case

Federal prosecutors report that 26-year-old Jeffrey Maciejewski of Penn Yan, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and five years supervised release. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender, and was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victims who were depicted in the images that he possessed. He was a substitute teacher for the Penn Yan Central School District.

 

NY to begin campaign to educate public about upcoming plastic bag ban

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a statewide education and outreach campaign to ensure that New Yorkers are aware of the March 1 ban on single-use plastic bags.  The Bring Your Own Bag NY campaign, spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state. As part of this effort, DEC is distributing more than 270,000 reusable bags with a focus on low- and moderate-income communities. DEC will continue to focus its outreach and education efforts to ensure a smooth transition for consumers and affected retailers, with enforcement to follow in the months ahead.

 

Almond trucker facing charges for accident

An Almond trucker could face more charges following a serious injury crash this week. Wyoming County Deputies responded this week to State Route 19A in the Town of Castile for the report of a tractor trailer and passenger car motor vehicle crash. 48-year-old Rodney J. Wilcox was operating a 2011 Peterbilt tractor-trailer while traveling south on State Route 19A. According to a press release he failed to maintain his lane of travel, entering the north bound lane and struck a car.  Three occupants in the car were temporarily entrapped inside the vehicle.  Wilcox was uninjured in the accident, and he was issued a traffic summons for failure to keep right. The crash remains under investigation, and further charges are pending.

 

Environmental groups working towards legal action over expansion of landfill

Sierra Club, People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. (“PHE”) and Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc. filed an amended verified petition in Steuben County Supreme Court in Bath to update their legal challenge to the expansion of Hakes C&D Landfill in the Town of Campbell in Steuben County. The filing updated the lawsuit filed by the environmental groups and three individuals against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and the Town of Campbell on April 9, 2019. The case had been on hold pending the issuance of the required permits by DEC, which occurred in December. The lawsuit alleges that DEC and the Town of Campbell violated the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

 

Cases of the flu down in New York State

According to the Department of Health, incidences of influenza are decreasing. This as three new deaths were reported this week. The State Health Commissioner said on Thursday that confirmed flu cases have gone down 17%, and hospitalizations due to the flu have gone down 23% this week. The flu was classified as “widespread” in December, and this is the first time since that the number of cases has declined.

 

NY considering new hate crime legislation

Lawmakers in Albany are considering new legislation that would designate crimes specifically targeting police and correction officers, parole and other law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel as hate crimes. The Community Heroes Protection Act, is currently in committee in both the Senate and Assembly and has bipartisan support in the Legislature. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday February 21st, 2020

Bath Central School Board of Education Meets Thursday 2/27
The next Bath Central School District Board of Education meeting is Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm. The meeting take place at the VEW Primary School Cafeteria on 216 Maple Heights in Bath.

 

NY Kicking Off Campaign for Plastic Bag Ban Awareness
Governor Cuomo has announced a statewide education and outreach campaign to ensure that New Yorkers are aware of the March 1 ban on single-use plastic bags. The Bring Your Own Bag NY campaign, spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state. As part of this effort, DEC is distributing more than 270,000 reusable bags with a focus on low- and moderate-income communities. DEC will continue to focus its outreach and education efforts to ensure a smooth transition for consumers and affected retailers, with enforcement to follow in the months ahead.


State Health Department Reports Flu Rate Drop
According to the Department of Health, incidences of influenza are decreasing. This as three new deaths were reported this week. The State Health Commissioner said on Thursday that confirmed flu cases have gone down 17%, and hospitalizations due to the flu have gone down 23% this week. The flu was classified as “widespread” in December, and this is the first time since that the number of cases has declined.


Environmental Groups File Petition for Hakes Landfill
Sierra Club, People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. (“PHE”) and Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc. filed an amended verified petition in Steuben County Supreme Court in Bath to update their legal challenge to the expansion of Hakes Landfill in the Town of Campbell in Steuben County. The filing updated the lawsuit filed by the environmental groups and three individuals against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and the Town of Campbell on April 9, 2019. The case had been on hold pending the issuance of the required permits by DEC, which occurred in December. The lawsuit alleges that DEC and the Town of Campbell violated the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.


UR St. James on Canisteo Street to Stop Operations
UR Medicine St. James Hospital’s Hornell location will cease all operations, including the emergency department, and move to their new facility in Hornellsville on March 17. The new 87,000 sq. feet location on Seneca Road North is less than four miles north of the current Canisteo Street offices.

 

Corning Public Art Committee Announces Meetings
The Corning Public Art Committee recently announced its schedule of upcoming meetings. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday February 25th, March 24th, April 28th, May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th, Sept. 22nd, Oct. 27th and Nov. 24th.

 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday February 20th, 2020

Bath Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested Derrick Ritchie of Bath. Allegedly in November 2018, Mr. Ritchie used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services while they were incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. As a result, Mr. Ritchie obtained benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $241.63. Ritchie is charged with six counts of Misuse of Food Stampsand one count of Petit Larceny. Mr. Ritchie was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 


Woman Crashes Into Painted Post Restaurant
An elderly woman attempting to park in front of Pierri's Central Restaurant in Painted Post accidentally slammed the car into the building, according to officials. A Painted Post Patrolman said only one major injury was caused inside the restuarant by the accident. Painted Post Police, Fire and Ambulance all responded to the incident and no charges have been filed yet. 


Corning Man Charged with Burglary
A Corning man was charged Tuesday with Burglarly and other violations after an incident. Bobbi Crane of Pearl Avenue was charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He will return to Corning Court at a later date.


Campbell-Savona Board of Education Holding Monday Meeting
The Campbell-Savona Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m on Monday February 24th. The board meets at the Multipurpose Room of Campbell-Savona Junior/ Senior High School in Campbell.


CCC Will Cut Some Classes This Year
Corning Community College announced some of its classes will be cut this year as CCC faces enrollment changes and an enrollment decline of 21 percent in the past 10 years. Among the classes cut are automotive, early childhood studies, manufacturing technology, human services and health and physical education studies. The school says that they based their decisions to cut classes based on a one-year study that determined what areas CCC could safely cut. 


Rochester Man Arrested for Threatening to Assasinate Politicians
A man from the Rochester area was charged with threatening to kill Democratic politicians Senator Charles Schumer and California Congressman Adam Schiff. The US Attorney's Office says Greece man Salvatore Lippa left a threatening voicemail at the Washington office number of Congressman Schiff on January 23rd. Senator Schumer's Albany office received a similar message from Lippa earlier this month. Schiff admitted to US Capitol Police he made these calls because he was upset Trump was getting impeached. Lippa appeared in court yesterday afternoon.


Wegman's Named Third Best Company to Work For by Forbes
Wegman's was once again named one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune magazine. The supermarket chain came in 3rd this year. The ranking is based on survey feedback from 650,000 employees with respondents rating their workplace culture on criteria that includes compensation, fairness and trust in managers. It was the 23rd year in a row Wegman's made this list and 16th year it was ranked in the top 10 companies. 

Today's Top Stories Wednesday February 19th, 2020

Campbell Man Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested a Campbell man on DWI charges. It is alleged that 35-year-old Jason Horton operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Horton was charged with DWI, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, having a BAC of over .18% or greater and fail to keep right. Horton was released on traffic summons to appear in Campbell Town Court at a later date.


Taste FLXPo This Friday
Friday, February 21st, from 5-8pm is the 3rd annual Taste FLXpo at Corning Community College where people can taste the  Gaffer Dixtrict area. The event is $10 for admission presented by Finger Lakes Farm Country and the State Farm Bureau. FLXpo will have spirits, wine and beer as well as foods grown in the area for an informational, educational and experiental event. Those under 13 get in for free. For tickets, visit TasteFLXpo.com.


Upstate Farms Announces Grant to Aid Upgrade
Upstate Farms Cheese  announced a $1,550,000 Consolidated Funding Application grant the company will receive to aid a planned $11,400,000 plant upgrade. The grant will upgrade production equipment to help increase production volume by 16 million pounds by the end of 2023. According to the 2016 Annual Summary of New York State Dairy Statistics, Upstate Farms Cheese produced about 16 percent of the Italian Cheeses manufacture in New York state.


Bath Rotary Club Announces Scholarships
The Bath Rotary Club announced scholarship and student loan opportunities for local high school seniors as part of its mission to help students further their education. Applications are available to seniors at: Avoca Central, Bath-Haverling Central, Bradford Central, Campbell-Savona Central , Hammondsport Central, and Prattsburgh Central Schools for the Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarships co-sponsored by the family of Frank E. and Rachel Nicklaus, the Bath Rotary Club Scholarships, and the Ted Markham Memorial Scholarships. Seniors attending Bath-Haverling Central School are eligible to apply for the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship, Vern Woolston Memorial Scholarship, and Interact Scholarships. An applicant cannot be the child or grandchild of a current Rotarian for these scholarships. For more information or questions regarding the scholarships or loans available from the Bath Rotary Club, contact Latour at: nancylt7117@gmail.com .


Additional $15 Million inHEAP Benefits Available
Households can apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance or "HEAP" Program if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having utilities shut off and have already received HEAP benefits this winter. An additional $15 million was added to the state program and announced this week. The deadline for emergency and regulary HEAP benefits has been extended to April 24th. This additional funding means households could receive up to $2,200 from HEAP to help defray the cost of heating their home this winter.


Wayland Man Charged with DWI
A Wayland man was charged with DWI after Sheriff deputies Deputies responded to a report of a one car collision on County Route 6 in Avoca. It is alleged that 37-year-old Erik Willyerd operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated and caused a vehicle to be run off the roadway. Willyerd was released on traffic summons to appear in Town of Avoca Court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 15, 2020

Avoca man charged with Grand Larceny

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on February 11, 2020, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested James M. Sick, age 28, of Taggart Road, Avoca, New York.   Deputies responded to the area of Reservoir Road in the Town of Avoca due to a report of a male subject actively stealing a vehicle. It is alleged that Mr. Sick entered a vehicle without the permission of the owner, stole and operated the vehicle.  Mr. Sick was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree a Class E Felony. Mr. Sick was transported to the Steuben County Jail, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Steuben County resident under voluntary quarantine for Coronavirus

Public health officials in Steuben County say one resident is under voluntary quarantine for the Coronavirus. The voluntary quarantine is not expected to have any impact on other residents in Steuben, according to county Public Health Director Darlene Smith. In a statement, she said "We want people to know this is standard procedure right now for anyone returning to the U.S. from China." Smith said "The individual does not show symptoms and there is no reason to believe he or she even has the illness." The local voluntary 14-day isolation and quarantine is in line with U.S. protocols governing the arrival of people from China.

 

Lawmaker charged with DWI will not pursue re-election

A state Republican lawmaker who was charged with drunken driving and blamed his wife for a New Year’s Eve crash said Thursday he will not run for reelection this year. Brian M. Kolb previously served as the top Republican in the New York State Assembly, but stepped down from the leadership post after being charged with driving while intoxicated.

 

Local firefighters battle multiple late night blazes in frigid temperatures

Firefighters in the Twin Tiers battled multiple fires late last night in the brutal cold. Local fire departments of both New York and Pennsylvania were on the scene of a reported Chimney Fire at a home in Pine City around 10 P.M., when the temperature was a bitter 1-degree. Not long after, Elmira fire crews were on the scene to battle a house fire on Decker Place. Both fires are being investigated and it has not been made public if anyone was hurt or home in either of the blazes.

 

Cuomo and Trump meet to discuss controversial NYS law

Governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon to negotiate a truce over a controversial New York state law. The “Green Light Law” allows all New York residents, including undocumented immigrants, to apply for and receive a state driver’s license. The law also prevents the New York DMV from sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security. The Trump administration retaliated against the law by announcing New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain Trusted Traveler Programs, like Global Entry ? which speeds travelers through immigration and customs at airports and ports of entry. Neither Cuomo nor Trump elaborated on the meeting, but a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said it was “productive.”

 

Hornellsville woman faces multiple charges after child abuse complaint

A child abuse complaint led to the arrest of a Hornellsville woman. State Police said they took 32-year-old Monique Herbert into custody. She was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and two counts of child endangerment. The charges stem from an incident report January 23rd. She issued appearance tickets for court and released.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 8, 2020

Bath man facing charges for failing to report address change to sex offender registry

Court action is pending for a Bath man facing a felony count. State Police say they arrested 30-year-old Donald E. Seeley. He was charged with failing to report a change of address to the sex offender registry. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

 

Bath man charged after domestic dispute

Criminal charges have been filed against a Bath man following a domestic dispute in the town. Troopers arrested 39-year-old William S. Margeson. He was charged with felony aggravated contempt, felony aggravated family offense and a lesser count of unlawful imprisonment. He was detained for a court appearance.

 

Victim of one car accident in Big Flats identified

The victim of a fatal car crash Thursday Evening on West Hill Road in Big Flats has been identified. The family of Daniel Aviles has confirmed he was the lone fatality in the incident. Aviles was coming down West Hill Road, turned a corner, and lost control of the vehicle, and was ejected. He was transported to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Aviles is survived by 5 children and a GoFundMe has been established to assist in covering funeral expenses.

 

Sears store in Arnot Mall to close

Another major retailer is leaving the Southern Tier. The Sears store in the Arnot Mall in Big Flats is closing. A going out of business sale is happening now. Sears and Kmart have closed more than 3,500 stores and cut about 250,000 jobs in the past 15 years.

 

Prattsburgh Fire Department to purchase new ambulance

The Board of Commissioners of the Prattsburgh fire district have approved spending up to $221,000 for a new ambulance. The funds will come from the ambulance capital reserve fund. The action is subject to a permissive referendum if valid petitions are received within thirty days. Commissioners also approved spending up to $385,000 for a new pumper/tanker truck. That action is also subject to a permissive referendum.

 

Clarksville teen indicted for murder

An Allegany County Grand Jury this week indicted a Clarksville teenager on two counts of second-degree murder. 17-year-old William "Billy" Larson Jr. has been accused of killing his parents in early November at their home on Cortney Hollow Road in Clarksville. He then allegedly set the home on fire to cover up the crimes. The teen was also indicted on charges of attempted arson, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. He will be arraigned in county court on those charges on February 24th at 11 a.m.

 

NYS Supreme Court rules fantasy sports law unconstitutional

A law giving interactive fantasy sports sites the right to operate in the state was declared unconstitutional by a New York Supreme Court Judge Thursday. Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2016, the law required fantasy sports sites to pay an annual fee of $50,000 along with a 15% revenue tax operating under the Gaming Commission, according to a press release. The law was created after New York’s Attorney General sued FanDuel and Draft Kings for running an illegal gambling operation. The law redefined the sites by calling them ‘games of skill.’

Today's Top Stories - Friday February 7th, 2020

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports deputies arrested Derek Clark of Bath. Deputies responded to a Bonny Hill Road address in January 2020 to investigate a report of three abandoned dogs. Clark allegedly moved from a previous residence and abandoned three puppies alongside the road on Bonny Hill Road. The dogs were recovered and turned over to the Thurston Dog Control Officer who then turned them over to the Finger Lakes SPCA for treatment and examination. Clark was charged with three counts of Overdriving:Fail to Feed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Thurston Town Court.


February 26th is the deadline to make reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Board’s Annual Awards Dinner recognizing Lita Brown and Kerry Elsasser. The dinner takes place March 4th from 5:30 to 7:45pm at the Bath Country Club. The cost for the event is $22. For more information or to make reservations, call (607) 664-2119 or email bcaudill@steubencountyny.gov


A Winter Weather Advisory continues until 4pm for Yates and Steuben counties today. Heavy mixed precipitation of 5 to 8 inches of snow and ice accumulations of a light glaze is anticipated. Travel may be very difficult. Expect blowing snow to reduce visibility in driving conditions this afternoon. Scattered power outages also possible. The National Weather Service recommends keeping an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency if traveling.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


In a Wednesday conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Rep. Reed shared his thoughts regarding Trump's Tuesday State of the Union Address. Referencing to Pelosi's “ripping up speeches and things like that and handshakes,” Reed thinks was an act of partisanship. Reed was recently named Honorary Campaign Chair for the President's New York re-election campaign. Democratic Challenger for the 23rd Congressional Seat Tracy Mitrano remarked that before politics, Trump’s former life before as a television personality placed “so much focus on theatrics.”  and also mentioned corruption in Washington has been apparent “top from Mr. Trump on down to our congressman.”


County Administration Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
The Steuben County Administration Committee meets the morning of Tuesday February 11th and will discuss the quarterly paper award, personnel updates and changes as well as reclassification of the Office of Community Services. Also to be discussed is the authorization to hire an Assistant Dictrict Attorney and a Part-Time District Attorney. The Committee meets Tuesday morning at 9.


County Finance Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
Steuben County Finance Committee meets Tuesday morning February 11th at 9:30 to discuss renewing the State Criminal Alien Assistant Program Grant for 2019. Budget Appropriation for various agencies and a Budget Transfer worth $24,000  for equipment to the Public Works Department. Also to be discussed is the waiver to authorize hiring of a Conflict Defender, Part-Time District Attorney and Typist.


The Mayor of Hornell, City Fire and Police Chiefs as well as other County and City Officials held a press conference yesterday at the Hornell Police Department to discuss the Preston Avenue Fire plans. The County landfill will not charge to dispose of the fire debris. Mayor Buckley explained that the properties have been deeded over to the City of Hornell and cleaned up.  By  2021, homes will be built on the land by the BOCES program. 

 

Today's Top Stories - February 6th, 2020

Goodrich Auto Restores Avoca Fire Truck
Goodrich Auto Works helped the Avoca Fire Department restore their late-90s model fire truck needing a lot of attention. Goodrich Owner Aaron Kisiah said the project involved body, corrosion and rust work as well as new paint and graphics. The $17,000 project was covered by a donation from Goodrich Auto Works in honor of Kris Goodrich who passed away last year from cancer. The refurbishing project was a way to give back to the Avoca community that is the birthplace of Goodrich Body Shop in 1977. Avoca firefighter Nick Kowalcyk expressed his appreciation for the donation, commenting: “We take pride in our trucks, and so we were very fortunate..."


Addison Woman Arrested for Impersonation
A 22-year-old woman from Addison was arrested Tuesday after an incident. Tyler Leasure was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and arrested on a bench warrant. Leasure will return to court at a later date.

NYS Plastic Bag Ban Taking Place March 1st
As the plastic bag ban approaches soon, grocery stores are bracing for the change, despite the uncertainty about who exactly will enforce the new policy. March 1st is the official start of the ban but some stores like Wegmans have already stopped issuing single-use plastic bags. New York state will be the only agency policing this law and violations will cost $250 for the first time and $500 for every violation that follows in the same calendar year.


Law Signed to Make Beer Flights Tax Free
The wine and beer industry may be getting a boost from the legislation signed Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. A bill introduced by State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo exempts flights of beer from being taxed. The aim of the move is to help the beer and wine industry grow further and generate billions of dollars in taxes which could give our wine-country economy a boost.


County Administration Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
The Steuben County Administration Committee meets the morning of Tuesday February 11th and will discuss the quarterly paper award, personnel updates and changes as well as reclassification of the Office of Community Services. The Committee meets Tuesday morning at 9.


County Finance Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
Steuben County Finance Committee meets Tuesday morning February 11th at 9:30 to discuss renewing the State Criminal Alien Assistant Program Grant for 2019, accepting the Trinity/Swanson Grant and accepting and appropriating additional EISEP funds for Office For the Aging. Budget Appropriation for various agencies and a Budget Transfer worth $24,000 to the Public Works Department for major equipment and utilities in 2019 budget. Emergency Management matters included the acceptance of a 2019 fiscal year SICG grant.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 5th, 2020

County Legislature Not Charging to Bring Fire Debris to Landfill
The Steuben County Legislature will not charge the City of Hornell to bring over debris to the county landfill from the November Preston Avenue fires. County spokesperson Mary Perham says, the move will save Hornell between $60 and $120,000. A meeting will be held at 2pm this afternoon in Hornell to discuss this.


Public Officials Attend Rally to Repeal Bail Reform
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, County D.A. Brooks Baker, State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Hornell Mayor John Buckley and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen attended yesterday's "Repeal Bail Reform" rally  in Albany. Allard, Baker, Buckley and Mullen are all opposed to the new bail laws and joined fellow officials that included representatives of the state Sheriffs Association, the District Attorney Association of New York, and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. Lawmakers and law enforcement say the reforms have created a system the releases violent criminals into the community without supervision, causing a threat to public safety.

 

Bath Community Helps Keeney With Cancer Treatment
Almost 100 residents of the Bath community gathered at the Wooden Nickel Bar on Liberty Street to help bartender Stacey Keeney raise money for cancer treatment. Keeney, who is a beloved bartender with many friends, was diagnosed with aggressive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Bring Your Skin shop owner Andy Rowley helped set up the event and prior to the event helped get 17 donations. Rowley said: “While walking around and talking to different business owners, a lot of people kind of teared up and were immediately interested in making a donation.” Rowley said altogether, over $1,000 was raised to help Stacey Keeney in her fight against cancer.


Nominations Needed for 23rd Annual "Women of Distinction"
State Senator Tom O’Mara announced nominations will be accepted until March 16th for the Senate’s 23rd annual “Women of Distinction” program honoring local women making outstanding contributions to area communities for Women's History month. O’Mara and his Senate colleagues choose one new “Woman of Distinction” per year from their respective legislative districts. This year’s honorees will be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony and reception in Albany in early May. Nominations can be submitted online through O’Mara’s Senate website, (scroll down the home page.


State Report Finds Growth in Local Tax Collections
According to a report released yesterday by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, overall growth in local sales tax collections across the state last year was relatively strong. Sales tax collections across the state totaled $18.3 billion last year and saw a growth of around 4.7 percent from the previous year.  Steuben County saw a rise in local sales tax collection by 2.1 percent to over $59 million.


Sheriff's Office Introduces New App
Steuben County Sheriff's Office announces the release of the organization’s new smartphone application. The app is a means for the Sheriff's Office to connect with residents and visitors of Steuben County and quickly provide information for access by anyone who has a smartphone. The user-friendly app also offers quick access to items of public interest.


No Injuries Reported from Pulteney Fire
Yesterday, a house fire on West Lake Road in Pulteney was reported in the afternoon hours. Volunteers and equipment responded from Pulteney, Hammondsport, Branchport, Keuka Park and Prattsburgh and when crews first arrived, heavy smoke poured from the home. No injuries wer reported and the fire was controlled in under an hour. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

 

One-Car Rollover Reported on County Route 66
The North Hornell Fire Department reports a one-car rollover on County Route 66, just past the entrance to Kanakadea Drive. There were no injuries during the accident but the car was on its roof and badly damaged.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday February 4th, 2020

Painted Post Man Jailed After Three Arrests in Month
A 37-year-old man from Painted Post was arrested this weekend for the third time in less than a month for allegedly threatening violence against someone protected under a court-issued order of protection.  Thomas Whitehead was charged by Troopers with first degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense, according to Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. Whitehead is currently being held in Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.


County HSH&E Committee Meets Tomorrow
The Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee meets tomorrow morning. Legislators will be updated on the status of the coronavirus. The Committee will also vote to authorize transferring funds from the the Steuben County Diabetes Coalition to the Rural Health Network, which has agreed to accept and distribute the remaining approximately $4,500 to scholarships  for Camp Aspire.

 

Cuomo Signs Off on Limousine Safety Legislation
Governor Cuomo signed legislation designed to make limousines safer across the state. The legislation is a 10-point package that covers safety regulations like: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver’s license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. Both chambers in Albany approved the measure which was created as a result of last year's tragic limousine accident in Schoharie County.


Online Questionnaire for New Yorkers Coming Soon
State Legislators are planning to create an online questionaire for New York citizens as a way to find out why people are continuing to move out of the state at high rates. Once the data is collected from the questionnaire, roundtable discussions will be held with representatives of workforce development, small businesses, health care, education, economic growth and development, manufacturing and technology to better-understand how industries are being affected by a fall in population. According to the US Census information, New York state's population has decreased steadily in the past four years. The launch of the questionnaire will be announced at a later date.


Final New Yorker Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result
A dozen New Yorkers were tested for coronavirus and 11 of the samples came back negative. The last person's sample is awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker discussed what the state has been doing to prevent coronavirus from coming to New York and  reminding the public of best practices to prevent spreading illness.  Zucker also advised those who have symptoms to see a doctor and get treated. A new hotline has been established at 1-888-364-3065 to answer questions about coronavirus.

 

Supreme Court Justice Resigns Following Investigation
State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum has officially resigned following accusations that he harassed court staff. The state launched an investigation amid allegations of personal misconduct against him. The Commission of Judicial Conduct investigated a complaint that alleged from 2005 to 2019 Rosenbaum made improper and sometimes abusive personal demands of court staff, conveying that continued employment required obeying his demands and created a hostile work environment. The Office of Court Administration will be conducting a probe of Rosenbaum in the future.

Today's Top Stories - Monday February 3rd, 2020

OFA Holds “Dementia-Friendly Communities” Forum This Month
Office For the Aging offers its forum on "Dementia-Friendly Communities" set for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9th at New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Elmira with a panel including Steuben County Office For the Aging Director Patty Baroody and representatives from other local offices for the aging. This program is free and open to the public and will be led by Alzheimers Disease expert Cynthia Huling Hummel. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elmira-Corning Branch.

 

Schumer Thinks Impeachment “Not a Real Trial” Without Witnesses
The United States Senate is expected to vote to acquit President Trump of two impeachment articles this week. US Senator Chuck Schumer thinks doing so without first calling witnesses would make the process “not a real trial”. Schumer also lambasted Senate colleagues for not hearing out testimony. Wednesday is when the formal vote for impeachment takes place.

 

NYSBA Supports Marijuana Legalization
The New York State Bar Association has gotten behind supporting legalization of marijuana. According to the Associated Press, the NYSBA supports a report by its Cannabis Law committee that calls for any law to include marketing guidelines, opt-outs for municipalities and environmental protections. Governor Cuomo included recreational marijuana legalization part of his 2020 State of the State Agenda and called for a 20% tax on dispensaries. Currently, marijuana is legally only supposed to be used in New York for medical reasons.

 

Reed Concerned With Federal Deficit
Congressman Tom Reed expressed that he is alarmed by the growing federal deficit after a Congressional Budget Office report released this week says the deficit for fiscal year 2020 will exceed $1 trillion. Reed says Congress should act and he disagrees with the Trump administration’s handling of the issue. Reed reiterated his call for spending cuts. By 2030, the overall federal debt is projected to exceed $31 trillion.

 

Addison Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty
A 41-year-old woman from Addison is facing animal cruelty charges. Kristin Olson was charged with two counts of Overdriving/failing to feed. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says they received a tip about dogs who were not being fed or cared for properly at a home in Jasper on State Route 417. The Finger Lakes SPCA took two dogs for treatment and Olson was released on an appearance ticket.

 

Narrowsburg Man Arrested for Alleged Assault
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Deputies arrested Steven L. Campfield of Narrowsburg.  Deputies responded to County Route 66 in the Town of Hornellsville to investigate a reported assault.  Mr. Campfield allegedly struck another person twice in the face and caused physical injury.  Campfield was charged with Assault in the Third Degree then released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Friday January 31st, 2020

County Land Bank Corporation Meets February 5th
Wednesday February 5th is the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation Meeting at 10:30 am. On the agenda is Election of Officers and Committee Assignments,  Approval of Investment Policy, Annual Re-Adoption of All Board Policies and Project Updates on the LISC Grants for various projects in the county. In other business, they discuss a plan for use of “Unrestricted” Funds.

 

County HSH&E Committee Meets February 5th
Steuben County Human Services, Health & Education Committee meets Wednesday, February 5th at 9am. Departmental requests will be discussed for a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Contract, Budget Adjustment and Office for the Aging. Additional EISEP Funds will be Accepted and Appropriated for Department of Social Services. An update on the Status of Coronavirus will be given. Also on the agenda is to Fund and Reclassify the Office of Community Services and a United Way Contract worth $20,000.

 

Karrie Neurauter Released on Parole
Officials confirmed yesterday that Karrie Neurauter, the 22-year-old woman who pleaded guilty in late 2018 to second-degree manslaughter for her involvement in the 2017 killing of her mother, Michele, was released on parole from Albion State Correctional Facility. She initially plead guilty but after her father Lloyd said he psychologically manipulated Karrie for years, the court agreed to reduce the charge to second-degree manslaughter and waived her right to appeal as part of that decision. Lloyd was sentenced late 2018 to life without parole for killing his wife.

 

Campbell Man Arrested for Possession of Controlled Substance
A 22-year-old Campbell man was arrested on drug charges. On Wednesday, Joshua Stein was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He will appear in court at a later date.

 

O’Mara Honored with “Highest Conservative Rating” Award
At the Conservative Party of New York State’s 53rd Annual Political Action Conference this week in Albany, State Senator Tom O’Mara and two other New York State legislators received the annual “Highest Conservative Rating” award. O’Mara and his GOP State Senate colleagues Daphne Jordan and Robert Ortt, earned the recognition after the group’s evaluation of the 2019 legislative session. The ratings were based on how state legislators voted on 25 pieces of legislation passed in last year’s session that influenced issues like economic growth, fiscal policy, crime, health, education, and public safety.

 

O’Mara Pushing for Prison Contraband Screening Process
State Senator Tom O’Mara is working with fellow lawmakers on potential legislation to direct the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to come up with a “contraband screening plan”. O’Mara says Senate Bill S162 “is an effort to at least boost the efforts in screening for contraband.” The bill would have the Department of Corrections Commissioner  establish a contraband screening process and would make drug-sniffing dogs available to search 12 prisons weekly at random.

 

NYS Lawmakers Proposing Lowering BAC for Drinking and Driving
Two lawmakers are proposing to lower the state’s legal blood-alcohol limit for drinking and driving from .08 to .05. The bill has been introduced three times before and never made it out of committee, but the bill sponsors are optimistic this time around. Opponents say no matter what the law is, not drinking and driving comes down to personal accountability. The American Beverage Institute has called the push for a lower limit “criminalizing perfectly responsible behavior.” Right now, Utah is the only state to have lowered it to .05.

 

Environmental Debate in New York Continues
This week in Albany, New York State Lawmakers held budget hearings and faced protests from environmental and left-leaning groups who were demonstrating to criticize the lack of new solar and wind projects in the state. Groups are also pushing for the state to do more to boost electric vehicles, energy efficiency and block construction of infrastructure for natural gas. Governor Cuomo promised fighting climate change would be a top priority for 2020 agenda and proposed borrowing $3 billion for flood protection projects, wildlife habitat restoration, and construction of small renewable energy systems. New York aims to have 70% of its electricity come from renewable energy by 2030, and to become emissions free by 2040.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday January 30th, 2020

Corning Inc Foundation Gives $560K to United Way
Corning Incorporated Foundation Board of Trustees approved $560,000 worth of grants to support the United Way of the Southern Tier. Corning Inc. Foundation gave a grant of $535,000 and a special $25,000 gift to recognized Corning Inc. employees who newly donated to the United Way of the Southern Tier in the fall. Corning Inc. Foundation is a charitable contributions organization established in 1952 that seeks to make Corning communities better through support of education, human services, culture and volunteerism in Corning business locations.

 

Public Works Committee Meets Monday
Steuben Public Works Committee meets 10am the morning of Monday, February 3rd and they will be discussing in Landfill business: the City of Hornell’s Request to Waive Tip Fee for Preston Avenue Fire Debris. In Highway Business: A New York State Department of Transportation Agreement for the county to maintain a portion of County Route 60 upon completion of the NY-248 Bridge Replacement Project over Bennett’s Creek in Greenwood and Approval to buy a New Stone Chip Spreader Machine in Highway Business. In Park Business, the committee will discuss possibly having no charge to Finger Lakes Volunteer Workers to have 4 nights, 2 cabins and 1 electric and non-electric site.

 

County Educates Public to Prevent Trafficking and Raise Awareness
Noting January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Steuben’s program Coordinator Lisa Baker said awareness of the issue is growing in the county, with governmental, non-profit, school and civic organizations signing up for classes on recognizing and preventing the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Human trafficking occurs when anyone is forced to perform sex acts or provide labor in exchange for anything of value. Under the state?s “Safe Harbour” program, Baker has conducted in-service sessions for the county Department of Social Services. Steuben also is providing schools and any youth-service organizations an opportunity to participate in an age-appropriate curriculum “Not A Number” which helps recognize and prevent human trafficking.

 

O’Mara Calls on Cuomo and State to End Unfunded State Mandates
State Senator Tom O’Mara Monday urged Governor Andrew Cuomo and state legislative leaders to get behind legislation to end the practice of unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts. O’Mara is co-sponsoring legislation in the Senate that would ban any future state mandates that increase costs on local governments and school districts without providing state funding to pay for delivering the required programs and services. O’Mara said the legislation keeps attention focused on the need for New York to provide mandate relief to local governments and school districts.

 

NYSP Superintendent May Issue Subpoenas to Investigate Exploitation

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced legislation in his proposed budget that grants the State Police Superintendent the right to issue administrative subpoenas as a way empower the State Police to investigate internet crimes against children. This new power, if approved, would enable the State Police to move quickly to identify and locate persons suspected of online sexual exploitation of minors by streamlining the subpoena process necessary to obtain their online records.

 

Crash on I-99 Under Investigation
A three-vehicle accident yesterday on I-99 at about 11:50 a.m. resulted in a driver being life-flighted to a local hospital according to the Painted Post State Police. Officials said I-99 was temporarily closed to traffic so police could clean up the roadway and have vehicles towed from the scene before the passing lane was reopened.The accident’s cause is currently not known and is being investigated by Troopers.

 

American Red Cross in Critical Need of Blood
The American Red Cross urges for more donations as they face a critical blood shortage. With the flu on the rise in NY state preventing some donors from giving blood and winter weather cancelling drives, the Red Cross announces the shortage and cites those factors as its cause. Those that are able to give are highly encouraged to do so. There are blood drives scheduled today 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Hammondsport Fire Department and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Ramada of Painted Post. February 10th Campbell Savona High School holds a drive from noon to 6pm. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS for more information.

 

New York State Ranks Third on List of Wine-Producing States
Wine continues to be a major industry in the Empire State and a new study by the New York Wine and Grape Foundation found New York ranks third on a list of wine-producing states. New York’s wine business nets almost $7 billion for the economy statewide. The growing New York wine industry has created close to 72,000 jobs, the majority of which are in the Finger Lakes. The study also found wine retailers, alone, pay about $1.21 billion in wages and contribute $2.40 billion in economic activity to the state. You can read the study here.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday January 29th, 2020

Sweet Wins Mayoral Nomination at Bath Village Republican Caucus
The Village of Bath Republican caucus was held last night and close to 200 people turned out to vote. Voters nominated Mike Sweet for Mayor, 111 to 64 over incumbent Bill Von Hagn. Karen Causer and Jeff Muller were the top two of four nominees for Village Trustee, defeating Joe Washburn and Dan Chapman. Village Justice was named Bob Plaskov. Mayor Von Hagn said he was happy to see the community get involved, proud of his 25 years in community service and happy to be able to spend more time with his friends and family.
(AUDIO: Sweet Talks Taxes and Plans as Mayor)

 

 

State Senate Candidate Danks-Burke Stops in Bath
Democratic candidate for New York’s 58th Senate District, Leslie Danks-Burke, held her 6-city Whistlestop Tour yesterday and stopped in Bath and Hornell. Danks-Burke says that we New Yorkers pay the highest taxes in the nation and are not seeing the benefits of the high rate. Danks-Burke promised she will bring more jobs to the district, if elected. She is running against Republican incumbent State Senator Tom O’Mara in November.

 


Danks-Burke (far-right in blue) watches Matt Hill introduce her at the podium...
(AUDIO: Leslie Talks Taxes and Jobs in the 58th NYS Senate District)


Ira Davenport Designated a Stroke Center
Ira Davenport Hospital in Bath has become a designated Stroke Center which means Ira Davenport can now receive and treat stroke patients. Before the designation, stroke patients had to be transported to other regional hospitals. This new change will now allow patients to receive quicker treatment closer to home. "the only protocol change that we are seeing is that we are now able to take those stroke patients now via ambulance. So, we'll be seeing more stroke patients coming in and out..." said Sarah Mattison, Assistant of Clinical telemedicine at Arnot Health. Ira Davenport received the designation on December 19th and treated their first patient 10 days later on December 29th.

 

County Legislature Approves Housing & Broadband Studies
This week’s County Legislative Meeting on Monday resulted in the approval of a housing study. Also achieved this week was the authorization of a four-county wide broadband study with Schuyler, Yates and Tioga counties as part of Steuben’s plan for shared services this year. Funds were also transferred from various county Board of Elections accounts to the voting machine capital account. The Legislature also accepted funds from United Way for increased training of providers, staff, parents and the community while providing materials like lead-free paint to reduce lead poisoning and exposure. The Legislature also supported an increase in funds statewide for Cornell Cooperative Extension.

 

County Legislature Presents Shared Service Plan
Earlier this week, the Steuben County Legislature presented its shared services plan to the public. The 3-year plan will continue sharing services between several departments across the county. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says the major highlights from the plan are sharing personnel, equipment and code enforcement officers, and working to accomplish quality, rural broadband. Wheeler says the plan is intended to save county taxpayers money and projects an estimated $1.2 million in savings. The plan can be reviewed here

 

State Labor Department Releases Annual Area Unemployment Rates
Yesterday, the New York State Department of Labor released preliminary unemployment rates for local areas across the state. As a whole from December 2018 to 2019, New York’s private sector employment count increased by 97,700. However, New York’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate remained the same at 4% during that span of a year. Steuben County saw an increase in unemployment from 4.5% to 5% from 2018 to 2019. Officials explain the rates partially rely on results of the Current Population Survey, which contacts over 3,000 households in the state per month.

 

 

Steuben OFA Accepting Nominations for Older New Yorkers Day
Steuben County Office For the Aging announces they will accept nominations for the annual New York State Office for the Aging’s “Older New Yorkers’ Day” until February 14th. The Office For The Aging is looking for extraordinary people who are 60 and older who have made a real difference in their community. County RSVP Coordinator Christine Towner says the organization seeks “people who are the unsung ‘pillars of service’ in our neighborhoods.” Those selected will be invited to participate in the statewide celebration set for May 19th in Albany. Honorees in 2019 were Pulteney EMT Nancy Snyder and Finger Lakes SPCA and Ira Davenport volunteer Susan Arthur of Bath.

 

American Red Cross in Critical Need of Blood
The American Red Cross urges for more donations as they face a critical blood shortage. With the flu on the rise in NY state preventing some donors from giving blood and winter weather cancelling drives, the Red Cross announces the shortage and cites those factors as its cause. Those that are able to give are highly encouraged to do so. Here is a list of drives happening soon in Steuben County:

Today: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Corning Community College
Tomorrow: 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Hammondsport Fire Department and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Ramada of Painted Post.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday January 18th, 2020

Danks-Burke Appears Today in Bath for Whistlestop Tour
Democratic Candidate for State Senate Leslie Danks-Burke holds a Whistlestop Tour today to promote her campaign for State Senator. The tour kicks off in Penn Yan at the Yates County Democratic Headquarters 8:30am. Danks-Burke continues the tour in Watkins Glen, then she will be in Hornell at Marino’s Restaurant 12:30pm. Danks-Burke will appear in Bath 2pm at the Bath Fire Hall then continue to Corning, Elmira and finish in Ithaca.

 

Bath Village Republican Caucus Tonight
Currently, 4 candidates have announced they are running for Village of Bath Trustee: Karen Causer, Joe Washburn, Dan Chapman and Jeff Muller. There are two trustee positions on the village board open. Robert Plaskov is running for Village Justice. For Mayor, Chamber Board member Mike Sweet is running against incumbent Bill Von Hagn. The Republican caucus will be tonight at 110 Liberty Street 6:30pm. Last week, Bath Village Democrats had their caucus and no candidates were selected. Village elections will be held March 18th.

 

Palmesano Named Leader of Republican Conference
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will serve in a new leadership position as Assistant Minority Leader of the Assembly Republican Conference. Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Pulaski) suggested Palmesano serve under the title. Palmesano will assume a more major role in promoting Conference priorities, managing internal operations and fostering fruitful relationships with leaders and advocacy groups across the aisle. Palmesano will continue serving as ranking member of the Energy committee as well as serving on the Corporations, Corrections, Insurance and Ways and Means Committees. Palmesano also serves on the bipartisan Legislative Commission on Rural Resources.

 

County Legislature Accepts Funding for Housing Study
The Steuben County Legislature accepted funds yesterday to fund a study looking at housing needs in the county and discover how housing needs affect economic development. The study will cost $25,000 and be covered by a recent $12,500 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission as well as funds that are being matched by the county. The study came as a result of numerous reports showing housing is an important factor that brings in and keeps workers in Steuben county and that housing is a resource our county critically lacks. Steuben’s share of the study was approved by the Steuben Legislature’s Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee.

 

Sheriff’s Office Arrests Seven in DWI Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from January 18th – 27th deputies arrested seven  people for Driving While Intoxicated. Canisteo man Jodie Dineen was arrested in Hornellsville yesterday. Nicholas Nichols of Hornell was arrested in Canisteo Saturday. Also arrested Saturday was Corning man Chad Powers in Corning. Matthew Graham of Hornell was arrested in Hornell. Hornell man Thomas Burdick picked up a DWI charge in Hartsville. Also arrested was Michigan woman Angela Estes in Bath on I-86 and New Mexico man Patrick Bulger in Corning. All subjects were eventually released on traffic summons to appear in town courts at a later date.

 

O’Mara Encourages Residents Visit Website
State Senator Tom O’Mara reminds area residents to utilize his Senate website to share their opinions on legislation and other state government issues, especially the recently-enacted bail reform changes that O’Mara has spoken out against. The State Senator of New York’s 58th   District said: “I look forward to opportunities to keep constituents informed about legislative actions, as well as about state policies and programs impacting our local communities, families, workers, businesses, and taxpayers.” O’Mara’s website is: omara.nysenate.gov

 

Cuomo Says He’s Open to Bail Reform Changes
Governor Cuomo says he’s willing to consider changes to the new, controversial cash bail reforms implemented in recent weeks but has not endorsed or proposed any specific changes to the law. Cuomo expressed skepticism towards the “dangerousness” standard where judges determine whether a defendant is too dangerous to be released from behind bars and commented at a Friday press conference: “The dangerousness standard basically takes us back to where we were…” Cuomo also remarked that the reform is both a work in progress and he is open to changes “100 percent”.

 

Bill Offers Sexual and Domestic Assault Education to Cosmetologists
A new bill would give the cosmetology industry the advantage of domestic violence prevention education if it were to become law. Senate Bill S96 intends to amend the general business law while providing beauty industry professionals an option to take a domestic violence and sexual assault training course upon renewing their cosmetology license. The bill states the courses will be offered at least once yearly and those who take at least an hour of domestic violence and sexual assault education would receive a certificate of completion.

Today's Top Stories - Monday January 27th, 2020

Wegmans Ends Single-Use Plastic Bags Today
Beginning today, Wegmans will no longer be using single-use plastic grocery bags at all of their New York stores before the official state ban that starts March 1st. Wegmans says the point of this early action is to get all their customers to switch to reusable bags sooner to help with the environment. The Western New York based store will charge a fee of 5 cents for paper bags and will donate that money to regional food banks, so long as the store is in a county has not chosen to collect the charge. Meanwhile, Tops Friendly Markets will be selling extra-strength reusable plastic bags that can be used up to 125 times for 10 cents each.

 

Gillibrand Announces Nominees for National Service Institutions
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her nominations of candidates from the Southern Tier to three leading national service institutions. The nominees were chosen from a large group of applicants through a selection committee based on academic record, leadership potential and overall achievement. Nominated from our own Steuben County is Grace Ruland from Corning from the United States Air Force Academy. Service academies will be determining the final acceptance of the 3 nominees.

 

Cuomo Proposes Expanding of Child Tax Credit
Governor Andrew Cuomo is proposing expansion of New York State’s child tax credit to help families cover the costs of childcare. Cuomo recently released his budget proposal to expand the child tax credit to children under age four. Currently, New York state’s credit is equal to 33% to the pre-2018 federal child tax credit or $100 per qualifying child age 4 to 16. The governor says this would help about 400,000 families making $50,000 or less who are struggling with the cost of raising children. Child advocacy groups, unions, and child care providers say the allotment does not do enough to address the high cost of child care itself which can average $15,000 annually in New York. In the next few weeks, lawmakers will hold hearings on Cuomo’s budget proposal to pass a final budget by April 1st.

 

Mitrano Talks Reed and Opiate Crisis at Listening Tour
During the final stop of her five-city listening tour about the state of healthcare, Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano talked in Geneva about the opiate crisis, Tom Reed’s possible run for governor and more to a group of about 50 people that included aides from the Reed campaign, which Mitrano welcomed. Mitano called out Reed for taking money from lobbying groups that have propagated the opiate crisis, calling for heroin dealers to be executed and accusing her of being an “Extreme Ithaca Liberal” in the 2018 campaign season despite being from Penn Yan. Mitrano promised that she would never raise taxes for the middle and working-class, if elected.

 

Danks-Burke Appears Tomorrow in Bath for Whistlestop Tour
Democratic Candidate for State Senate Leslie Danks-Burke has announced a Whistlestop Tour to kick off her campaign for State Senator. The tour kicks off tomorrow in Penn Yan at the Yates County Democratic Headquarters 8:30am. Danks-Burke continues the tour in Watkins Glen, then be in Hornell at Marino’s Restaurant 12:30pm then appear in Bath 2pm at the Bath Fire Hall then Corning, Elmira and finishing in Ithaca.

 

STAR Program to Be Withheld to Delinquent STAR payers
Governor Cuomo has announced a proposal in the 2021 Fiscal Year Executive Budget to deny School Tax Relief Program benefits to delinquent property owners. The measure would eliminate STAR benefits for homeowners that do not pay their property taxes. It would also require localities to report tax delinquents to the Department of Taxation and Finance so that a STAR credit or exemption can be withheld. Homeowners will be excluded from the STAR program until past-due property taxes are paid.

 

Millions Added to NY Highway Funding
New York State officials have announced $151 million in new funding for the renewal of State roadways impacted by extreme weather events. This State funding will support 95 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county. •$3.1 million has been awarded to renew Route 53 south from the Hamlet of Kanona to the Village of Prattsburgh in Steuben County…and $2.2 million to renew Route 53 north from the Village of Prattsburgh to the Livingston County line in Steuben County.

 

Legal Recreational Marijuana Becoming Popular
A recent poll by Sienna College says the legalization of marijuana has received the highest approval rating yet.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said legalizing cannabis for recreational use is the kind of thing that should be included in the state budget. Currently, a bill that would legalize pot recreationally is gaining traction in the State Senate.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday January 25th 2020

 

 

Addison Fire

Fire in Addison Friday afternoon damaged a two-story home on the Jones Hill Rd.  It was reported that fire originated in the chimney, when firefighters arrived it had spread to the back of the house on the second floor.  They’re no reports injuries and the fire is being investigated.

 

Watkins Glen Executive stepping down

Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Rebekah Carroll has decided to step.  The Board of Directors accepted her resignation yesterday.  Carroll said she has decided to pursue her dream of opening an accounting business.  She has been with the Watkins Glen Chamber since 2008 being named President and CEO last year.  Under her term the Chamber of has done well…growing 67% to 480 members.

And now there are four

There are now 4 announced candidates for Village of Bath trustee. Karen Causer, Joe Washburn, Dan Chapman and now Jeff Muller. Last night Village Democrats held their caucus and no candidates where selected.  There are two trustee positions on the village board up for grabs. There is also a race for Mayor…Board member Mike Sweet is running against incumbent Bill Von Hagn.  The Republican caucus will be Tuesday Jan 28th. Village elections are March 18th  Longtime Board member incumbent Jeanne Glass reportedly will not be running for election.

 

STAR Program update

Governor Cuomo has announced a proposal in the FY 2021 Executive Budget to deny School Tax Relief Program benefits to delinquent property owners. The measure would eliminate STAR benefits for homeowners that do not pay their property taxes. It would also require localities to report tax delinquents to the Department of Taxation and Finance so that a STAR credit or exemption can be withheld. Homeowners will be excluded from the STAR program until past-due property taxes are paid.

More Highway Money

New York State officials have announced $151 million in new funding for the renewal of State roadways impacted by extreme weather events. This State funding will support 95 paving projects and the renewal of approximately 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county. •$3.1 million has been awarded to renew Route 53 south from the Hamlet of Kanona to the Village of Prattsburgh in Steuben County…and $2.2 million to renew Route 53 north from the Village of Prattsburgh to the Livingston County line in Steuben County.

Legal Marijuana gaining traction

A recent poll by Sienna College says the legalization of marijuana has received the highest approval rating ever.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has said legalizing the drug for recreational use is the kind of thing that should be included in the state budget. There is a bill that is gaining traction in the State Senate

Dollar General Employee Arrested

An Elmira man has been arrested for allegedly stealing $1,000 from a Dollar General Store in Horseheads.  Laken Thomas was an employee at the time and has been charged with grand larceny fourth degree.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, January 24th, 2020

Bath Village Election Season Kicks Off With Candidacy and Caucuses
Currently, 4 candidates have announced they are running for Village of Bath Trustee: Karen Causer, Joe Washburn, Dan Chapman and now Jeff Muller. There are two trustee positions on the village board open For Mayor, Chamber Board member Mike Sweet is running against incumbent Bill Von Hagn. The Republican caucus will be Tuesday Jan 28th. Last night, Bath Village Democrats had their caucus and no candidates were selected. . Village elections will be held March 18th.

 

Joint Finance and Ad Hoc Office Space Committees Meet Monday
The County Legislature meets on Monday for their Legislative meeting and proceeding that regular meeting, Joint Finance and Ad Hoc Office Space Committees will hold a meeting at 9:45 am. The committee is set to discuss a purchase of real property. All Legislators are encouraged to attend and advised to mark their calendars accordingly.

 

Steuben OFA Accepting Nominations for Older New Yorkers Day
Steuben County Office For the Aging announces they will accept nominations for the annual New York State Office for the Aging’s “Older New Yorkers’ Day” until February 14th. The Office For The Aging is looking for extraordinary people who are 60 and older who have made a real difference in their community. County RSVP Coordinator Christine Towner says the organization seeks “people who are the unsung ‘pillars of service’ in our neighborhoods.” Those selected will be invited to participate in the statewide celebration set for May 19th in Albany. Honorees in 2019 were Pulteney EMT Nancy Snyder and Finger Lakes SPCA and Ira Davenport volunteer Susan Arthur of Bath.

 

Public Invited to Friday Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited today to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held today in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.

 

Cornell Cooperative of Steuben Requesting NY Double Co-Op Funding
Steuben County lawmakers are expected to support Steuben County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and its sister extensions when the co-ops meet with state officials this Sunday through Tuesday, January 26th-28th to request the group’s first boost in funding in 20 years. According to Steuben’s CCE Executive Director Theresa McKinley, directors will ask the state to double the funding for all co-ops across the state from $4 million to $8 million. Increased support is needed for the county coops to assist farmers and other agribusinesses to remain competitive on the national level, says McKinley. The Steuben County Legislature meets next on Monday January 27th at 10am.

 

Food Bank of Southern Tier Announces Check-Out Hunger Dates
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced the start of Check-Out Hunger, the annual community-wide fundraiser at local grocery stores to collect donations for hunger relief. For 26 years, the Food Bank has partnered with local grocery retailers to raise awareness and money for hunger in the Southern Tier. Shoppers can donate $2, $3, or $5 to Check Out Hunger directly at the register and cashiers add the donation to shoppers’ checkout purchase. Save-A-Lot will be raising funds Saturday, February 29th, Tops Friendly Markets will raise money on Saturday, February 15th and Wegmans will have their day on Saturday, March 1st. Last year, area shoppers raised over $274,000 in donations.

 

Savona Man Arrested for Aggravated Driving, Child Endangerment
A 24-year-old Savona man is facing numerous charges following a traffic stop on County Road 12 in the Town of Bath. State Police arrested Darnell Barron. Barron was charged with three felony counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with children in the vehicle. Troopers also charged him with three counts of child endangerment and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs.

 

Some Steuben Trust Branches May Be Closing
Not long ago, Community Bank announced its acquisition of Steuben Trust. Yesterday, it was reported that some Steuben Trust branches would be closing, perhaps as soon as March. Steve Harriger, a public relations spokesperson for Steuben Trust in Hornell said that legal notices were published in The Spectator indicating the potential closure of Steuben branch offices in Alfred, Bolivar and Geneseo. Community Bank announced in October 2019 that it purchased Steuben Trust for $106 million.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday January 23rd, 2020

Bath Village Democratic Caucus is Tonight
A Democratic Caucus will be held 7pm tonight in the Village Board Room of the Municipal Building in Bath. The positions are open for Village Mayor, Village Justice and there are two openings for Village Trustee. All registered Democrats living in the Village of Bath are eligible to vote at tonight’s caucus. These positions are on the ballot for the Village Election set for Wednesday March 18th, 2020. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate can contact Bath Town Democratic Chairman Gary Ostrander at gmobuzz@verizon.net or call him at (607) 776-7556.

 

Sweet Calls on Legislators to Develop P.I.L.O.T. for 115 Liberty Street
Bath Mayoral candidate Michael Sweet has calling on the Steuben County Legislators to develop a P.I.L.O.T. (payment in lieu of taxes) for 115 Liberty Street that the County has announced they will be purchasing from Yunis Enterprises. Sweet explained because Bath is the County Seat, Village of Bath taxpayers sacrifice more than any other municipality in Steuben County. Sweet cites in the past three years, the county purchased several properties within the Bath Village, which have been removed from the tax roll and. Sweet says that alone has costed Village taxpayers over $13,000 annually and requires an increase in Village taxes or cutting current, important services. As Mayor, Sweet promises he will represent the interest of hard-working taxpayers of Bath.

 

Congressional Candidate Mitrano Speaking in Corning Tonight
Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano continues her five-city listening tour tonight. Mitrano will be in Corning at the United Steelworkers Union Hall at the Nassar Civic Center Plaza from 6 to 8pm. Mitrano launched the listening tour in Dunkirk  earlier this week where she spoke about the nonprofit group RIP Medical Debt which has the mission of “eliminating more than $500,000 of medical debt at one percent of the original cost” by forgiving $10,000 in medical debts for every $100 donated to the group.

 

Cornell Cooperative of Steuben Requesting NY Double Co-Op Funding
Steuben County lawmakers are expected to support Steuben County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension and its sister extensions when the co-ops meet with state officials this Sunday through Tuesday, January 26th-28th to request the group’s first boost in funding in 20 years. According to Steuben’s CCE Executive Director Theresa McKinley, directors will ask the state to double the funding for all co-ops across the state from $4 million to $8 million. Increased support is needed for the county coops to assist farmers and other agribusinesses with the sustained effort required to remain competitive on the national level, says McKinley. The Steuben County Legislature meets next on Monday January 27th at 10am.

 

Eric Smith Denied Parole for Tenth Time
Savona man Eric Smith, who is serving a life sentence for the 1993 murder of Derrick Robie, will stay in prison, following his latest parole hearing. WENY News confirmed that the State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision denied to release 39-year-old Eric Smith for a killing four-year-old Derrick Robie of Savona when Smith was 13 years old. Smith is serving a sentence in prison of nine years to life and earlier this month he was eligible for parole. However, the parole board voted for the tenth time to deny the release of Smith and set a future parole hearing for October 2021. Smith is serving his time at medium security prison Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Sullivan County.

 

DA Baker Speaks About 911 Call to Chemung Dispatcher
Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker has spoken out after Chemung County 911 released an audio yesterday of a heated 911 call between Baker and a dispatcher. The call happened Saturday after Baker and his family called to help rescue a dog wandering on I-86 in Chemung County. Baker called after he picked up the dog and was seeking to be connected to Animal Control. Baker says he was told by the dispatcher to pull over on the freeway to wait for Animal Control to pick up the dog but Baker felt it was unsafe to do so with his young children as passengers during Saturday’s snowstorm. Baker called the interaction a “tense phone call” and upon the audio being released he admitted “unfortunately my temper may have gotten the better of me” but also told WETM News that dispatchers were “petty and small” for posting the phone call on Facebook. The 911 center released the audio after Baker’s wife posted about the incident on Facebook. The dog was safely reunited with its owners after they came to Baker’s house.

 

Congressman Reed Still Disagrees with Impeachment
Yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed said he believes impeachment should be a last resort when addressing a public official and that voting is the means to resolve political disagreement and corruption. Reed said: ”…regardless of how you feel about impeachment. Remember, November is right around the corner. That's where the American people speak best and that's where they speak with their wisdom and that's when they cast their vote." Reed maintains he thinks there is no “smoking gun evidence” to warrant overturning the 2016 presidential election and thinks impeachment has been politically weaponized and will do more long-term damage to the nation. Reed said of constituents who are in favor of impeachment: “I understand where you're coming from. I understand your position. Obviously I disagree with it."

 

Public Invited to Friday Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held tomorrow in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday January 22nd, 2020

Bath Democratic Caucus is Tomorrow
A Democratic Caucus will be held 7pm tomorrow in the Village Board Room of the Municipal Building in Bath. The positions are open for Village Mayor, Village Justice and two openings for Village Trustee. All registered Democrats living in the Village of Bath are eligible to vote at tomorrow’s caucus. These positions are on the ballot for the Village Election set for Wednesday March 18th, 2020. Anyone interested in becoming a candidate can contact Bath Town Democratic Chairman Gary Ostrander at gmobuzz@verizon.net or call him at (607) 776-7556.

 

Corning to Be Part of US Bike Route 11
Steuben County’s Crystal City is soon set to be connected with other communities as part of U.S Bicycle Route 11. Early this month, Corning’s City Council unanimously supported Corning to be designated part of U.S. Bicycle Route 11. Officials agree that being part of the bike route will be beneficial by connecting Corning to other communities in Western New York and beyond and promoting tourism and more in the Corning area. When completed, the route eventually continues to North Carolina. The United States Bicycle Route System (USBR) is a cycling route network that is nationally-based and was established in 1978 by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

 

Public Invited to Friday Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held this Friday, January 24th in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.

 

Report Finds Community College Enrollment Declined in Finger Lakes
According to a new a report by the Times Union in Albany, enrollment at community colleges has declined across the US and New York State. The study found enrollment has decreased by 23 percent at SUNY community colleges. Corning Community College saw a decline of 21% between 2010 and 2019 while Finger Lakes Community College declined by 19%. Tompkins Cortland Community College saw a drop of 39% during the same nine years.

 

Homeless Man Behind Bars After 4 Arrests in a Week
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of homeless man Javan C. Harris for Grand Larceny. It is alleged Harris stole a cell phone from a person at the County Office Building in Bath and due to the requirements of the new bail reform he was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Bath Village Court at a later date. On January 18th it is alleged that Harris removed his clothing and grabbed a local hotel clerk then was charged with Unlawful imprisonment and Public Lewdness. Harris was also arrested for entering Top’s Market after previously being issued a trespass warning for allegedly stealing merchandise. Harris was arraigned in CAP court for the issuance of an order of protection and subsequently released back into the public as these were not qualifying charges for bail to be set. Harris was arrested, arraigned in CAP Court and held on $2,000 bail after he allegedly inappropriately touched women at Wegman’s and Walmart in Hornell. Harris was charged with 2 counts of Forcible Touching and Resisting Arrest.

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Offers Estate Workshop
Cornell Cooperative Extension has set up a workshop for those named Executor of the decedent’s estate. The free informational workshop. The Estate Administration Survival Guide: The Probate Process is Thursday, February 13th, from  1-3 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex in Bath. Elder Law Attorney Patrick will help you learn about various types of estate administration and when each is use, Discover the steps that occur in every estate administration, Learn the three “T’s” of estate administration (Taxes, Time and Tolls) and Discover what you can do now to make the process easier for your loved ones after you pass away.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300 to reserve a space. For more information on this and related topics, visit www.putknowledgetowork.org.

 

Troopers Arrest Avoca Man for DWI
State Troopers arrested 28-year-old Dakota Costello of Avoca. He was stopped on State Route 415 and charged with DWI, having a BAC above .08% and aggravated unlicensed operation.

 

Rochester Man Arrested in Hornell for DWI
Multiple felony counts have been leveled against a man during a traffic stop on State Route 36 in Hornellsville. State Police arrested 42-year-old Charles Walker of Rochester. He was charged with driving while intoxicated with two previous convictions within ten years and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was initially detained in lieu of cash bail.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday January 21st, 2020

Palmesano Joins Food Bank of Southern Tier for MLK Service Day
State Assemblyman Philip Palmesano joined hundreds of volunteers yesterday at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Jenn Harris, Food Bank Volunteer Coordinator says the Food Bank event was from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and had 200-plus volunteers. Palmesano commented of the service event: “As we remember and honor Dr. King today, it is a privilege to volunteer on this National Day of Service to help an organization, the Food Bank of The Southern Tier, that does so much to provide assistance to people in need right here in our community.” In 1994, Congress passed legislation called the King Holiday and Service Act which designated MLK day as a National Day of Service.

 

Von Hagn Announces Run for Re-Election
Incumbent Bath Village Mayor Bill von Hagn announced he is running for re-election. Republicans of Bath will hold a caucus on Tuesday, January 28th 6:30pm at 110 Liberty Street to decide who will appear on the Republican ballot in November’s general election. Von Hagn will run against Bath entrepreneur Mike Sweet for the mayoral nomination.

 

League of Women Voters Hosts Annual Brunch Saturday
The League of Women Voters of Steuben County holds its annual Winter Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday January 25th at the Mennonite Fellowship Hall on Park Avenue in Corning. Guest speakers will include Steuben County Election Commissioners Vicki Olin and Kelly Penzuil as well as Mary Thorpe of Let NY Vote. The talks will give perspective on New York’s new voting reform laws and the discussion starts at noon after a brief 11am business meeting. A potluck brunch will follow at 11:30am. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.

To RSVP, check out this link: facebook.com/events/554612528719846

 

Johnson City Hemp Processing Plant Making CBD This Year
A hemp processing plant could join the existing two in our Southern Tier region. Great Eastern Hemp is reportedly renovating a former sheltered workshop in Johnson City to make CBD out of industrial hemp. Great Eastern Hemp purchased the vacant building for $2.2 million and has plans to begin processing later in this year. The first processing plant was set up by Canadian company Canopy Growth in Broome County this previous July. Southern Tier Hemp is another venture hoping to be established at a building that was once a Gannett newspaper printing plant.

 

Cuomo Announces Census Council Creation
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the Census Council. The council will be co-chaired by Martin Luther King Jr. III, actress Lucy Liu and Lin-Manual Miranda. The group is meant to ensure every New Yorker is counted in the upcoming 2020 census, which Cuomo says will have major impacts on New York State. *Audio*. Cuomo also declared he will propose an additional $10 million allotted in this year’s budget to guarantee a fair, complete Census count of every New Yorker. Additional funding brings the state’s financial support for the 2020 Census up to $70 million.

 

Hammondsport Board of Trustees Meet Tuesday
The Village of Hammondsport Board of Trustees will hold a Special Meeting today at 12:10 p.m. in the Village Office on 18 Water Street in Hammondsport. The meeting is to discuss the Village’s 2020-2021 General Fund and Water Fund Budgets as well as any other business before the Board

 

Public Invited to Wreaths Across America Cleanup
The public is invited to retrieve and clean up wreaths that were laid during Wreaths Across America Day. Over 5,000 wreaths were placed on the graves of veterans last month. The cleanup event will be held this Friday, January 24th in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center at 3pm. Parking will be available at the back of the Bath VA museum and no sign-up or registration is required to participate. Cleanup instructions are to be announced at the cemetery monument. Bringing a rake or broom is highly encouraged.

 

American Red Cross in Critical Need of Blood
The American Red Cross urges for more donations as they face a critical blood shortage. With the flu on the rise in NY state preventing some donors from giving blood and winter weather cancelling drives, the Red Cross announces the shortage and cites those factors as its cause. Red Cross Officials say the group has less than a three-day supply of Type O blood available. Those that are able to give are highly encouraged to do so. Here is a list of drives happening soon in Steuben County:

 

Saturday 1/25/2020: 8 am-12 pm at Addison Community Center
Thursday 2/6/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Arkport American Legion Post 1248
Monday 2/10/2020: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Campbell Savona High School, 8455 County Route 125
Tuesday 1/28/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Corning Community College
Wednesday 1/29/2020: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Corning Community College
Thursday 1/30/2020: 11:45 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. at Hammondsport Fire Department
Wednesday 1/22/2020: 9 a.m-2 p.m. at Henderson-Smith State Office Building in Hornell (107 Broadway)
Friday 1/24/2020: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Corning Painted Post Board of Education
Thursday 1/30/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at Ramada of Painted Post
Monday 2/10/2020: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church, 150 Victory Highway
Tuesday 1/21/2020: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Savona Fire Department

 

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