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Today's Top Stories - Monday November 11, 2019

Sheriff Allard to Present Defense pins to All Veteran Deputies
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that deputies and officers will be recognized for their service to the nation. Sheriff Jim Allard will present Defense pins to all military veterans employed at the County Sheriff’s Office to formally recognize our veterans and their service in honor of today’s Veteran’s Day Holiday. Allard will distribute New York State Sheriff’s Association National Defense pins for uniform wear to all employees who are military veterans. The ceremony will be conducted at noon today in the front training room at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension and is open to the public. The pins are small, visible reminders of the esteem in which we hold all veterans every day and a method to thank all who served their nation and Steuben County.

 

$5 Million Available in State Grants to Animal Shelters
State officials announced $5 million is available to support animal shelter improvement projects for shelters across New York State. According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, this disbursement is the third round of funding for the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund that supports major improvements to facilities to enhance animal care and health. A total of $15 million has been dedicated to the program since 2017. Since its inception, the State Companion Animal Capital Fund has awarded 24 projects grants worth between $50,000 to $200,000 for eligible organizations serving a single municipality with a population of less than two million people. Interested applicants must apply through Grants Gateway by 4 p.m. on January 20, 2020. More details on eligibility and the application process can be found here.

 

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Scheduled at Pulteney Park
A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held 11am this morning at Pulteney Square Park’s Veterans Memorial. The ceremony marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and will also honor veterans and their families for the Veteran’s Day Holiday. If it rains or snows during that time, the Ceremony will be taken indoors to the American Legion Hall Post on 14 William Street in Bath.

 

Free Fishing is Today in NY
New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license today for the Veteran’s Day Holiday. New York's Free Fishing Days help encourage more people get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

 

Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set 11/18
The Bath Village Board wants to slow down traffic on a specific street and has proposed a local law to do so. The law would reduce the speed limit on Delaware Avenue to 25 mph. The village will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation one week from now on Monday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.

 

Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Wednesday
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings this week on Wednesday, November 13th. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. The hearings begin at 7:25 p.m. this Wednesday evening.

 

HEAP Applications to be Accepted Starting Tomorrow
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning tomorrow according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben officials said HEAP applications can be filed in person, mailed to the county Department of Social Services (DSS) or submitted on-line at www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Those who need the application sent to them can call (607) 664-2500. Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may do so beginning tomorrow between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. in Bath or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the county DSS office in Bath.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 9, 2019

Free Fishing Day in NY for Veteran’s Day
New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license on Veterans Day on Monday. New York's Free Fishing Days help encourage more people get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

 

Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set 11/18
The Bath Village Board wants to slow down traffic on a specific street and has proposed a local law to do so. The law would reduce the speed limit on Delaware Avenue to 25 mph. The village will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation on Monday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.

 

Woman Who Hit Bath Man Pleaded Not Guilty to Charges Yesterday
The Painted Post woman who allegedly struck and killed Bath man Donald Masti in May has pleaded not guilty to charges that include vehicular homicide. Tonya Smith plead not guilty at her arraignement yesterday afternoon. Smith was indicted by a grand jury late October on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, second degree manslaughter and first-degree reckless endangerment. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for the case on November 26th.

 

Ceremony for Veteran’s Day Scheduled at Pulteney Park
A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held 11am this Monday at Pulteney Square Park’s Veterans Memorial. The ceremony marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and will also honor veterans and their families. If it rains or snows during that time, the Ceremony will be taken indoors to the American Legion Hall Post on 14 William Street in Bath.

 

Millions of Dollars Unspent by State Following Prison Closures
Despite pledging millions of dollars to help communities deal with closures of seven prisons he closed during his first year in office, much of the money has still largely been unspent after three years. In the past three years, the governor has also added $32 million to the pledge and now closed 17 prisons across the state. Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle reviewed records by USA TODAY and Network New York and found of the about $80 million pledged, only $59 million of that has been committed to projects while only $39 million has been disbursed.

 

Steuben County Poverty Panel Slated for November 19th
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith will be a part of the panel looking at the future impact of children raised in poverty at a free public screening of WSKG-TV’s “Chasing the Dream” set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 19 at the Corning-Painted Post High School auditorium. According to a Cornell University study, estimates show 3,901 kids or two in 10 children ages 0-17 in Steuben are living in poverty and 12,1761 people or more than one in 10 of all residents in the county live in poverty. Registration for the free event is requested through Eventbrite: https://chasingthedreamcorning.eventbrite.com

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Today's Top Stories - Friday November 11, 2019

County Approves $58K to Study Emergency Medical Response
Funding worth $58,000 for a study of the county’s emergency medical response system was approved by the Steuben County Legislature. The study will be conducted by the Center for Public Safety Management that will investigate the entire response process including the time it takes, who responds, mutual aid and many other factors. For years, the county has been struggling with the system’s dwindling number of volunteers, increased difficulty to obtain EMT certification and the state requirement for an EMT to be on scene before an injured person can be transported.

 

O’Mara & Palmesano Visit Bath VFD to Celebrate SAM-Funded Vehicles
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano stopped by the Bath Volunteer Fire Department yesterday morning. The two local Republican legislators helped secure $700,000 worth of funding through the State and Municipal Capital Facilities Program and saved village taxpayer two-thirds of the cost for the new vehicles. Joining O‘Mara and Palmesano was Bath Mayor von Hagn, Fire Chief Glashauser, firefighters and other local officials to celebrate the new ladder truck and Village Police car on display for the public to see.

 

Horseheads Man Jailed for Possessing Over A Pound Marijuana
A Horseheads man was arrested and jailed after police say they found over a pound of marijuana at his home on Gardner Road. Amadio Grimes was charged with criminal possession of marijuana after what Troopers called a multi-agency investigation. Police obtained a search warrant Thursday and found 1.4 pounds of processed marijuana, pot plants and a digital scale. Grimes was sent to Chemung County Jail on $3,000 bail.

 

No Increase in Election Day Voter Turnout for 2019
The Election Day on Tuesday brought a less than impressive turnout in New York state. New Yorkers casted some 2.6 million votes on Tuesday, which is only about 22.7 percent of eligible voters in the state, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Board of Elections also reported that 256,251 voters took advantage of early voting for the first time this year: about 1.9 percent of eligible voters.

 

Hammondsport Best Western Receives Guertin Award for Second Year
The second year in a row, the Best Western Plus in Hammondsport has been recognized with the M.K. Guertin Award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ 2019 North American Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. The award is held in high regard as hotels that receive this award best represent the vision of Best Western’s founder and demonstrate exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction and dedication to the brand. The Best Western Plus, Hammondsport is one of only 44 hotels out of 2,100 properties in North America to receive this award in 2019.

 

Work Begins on NYS Cashless Toll System
Preliminary construction of the cashless toll system on the New York State Thruway began this week at about one-fifth of the sites on the 570-mile long stretch of interstate called I-90. The Thruway will install gantries along the highway, eliminating the need for toll booths, tickets and toll workers since the scaffolds will track the vehicles and read E-Z Passes. For those without an E-Z pass, the system will record license plates, then bill the vehicle owner. The Thruway awarded a $355 million contract to the construction group to build the system which should be finished by the end of 2020.

 

Cuomo Says More DA and AG Funding Not Necessary for His Reform
Governor Andrew Cuomo says more money for local prosecutors and the State Attorney General won’t be necessary to implement the changes to evidence discovery. Across the state, District Attorneys have called for more money in the past few months in order to handle the expected increased workload in their offices’ to process evidence to be available on a faster basis to the defense – a part of the criminal justice reform law passed earlier this year to take effect in January. Cuomo questioned whether District Attorneys or the AG Office needs more funds, saying “They’ve gotten a lot more funding…”

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 7, 2019

O’Mara and Palmesano Attending Bath Fire Department Event Today
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will local officials this morning to celebrate the fire department’s newly acquired Ladder Truck and the village’s new police vehicle. Senator O’Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano secured funding in the 2018-2019 New York State budget to help the village purchase the new vehicles. Both of the new vehicles will be at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department for photo opportunities today during the event beginning at 11:00 a.m.

 

Bath Man Arrested For Criminal Obstruction of Breathing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Michael D. Brizzee of Bath. It is alleged that Mr. Brizzee choked another person while at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Brizzee was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, a Class A Misdemeanor. Mr. Brizzee was held in the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Bath Man Sentenced for 2018 Online Enticement of a Minor
A Bath man was sentenced to 11 years behind bars after he plead guilty to a federal charge of online enticement of a minor. William Read plead guilty in June to this charge that stems from an undercover investigation that found he used a social media app to attempt to solicit a nine year old child for sexual contact. Read was arrested and taken into custody back in October 2018 when he planned to meet a decoy investigator posing as a child at his residence. The sentencing is a result of investigations by State Troopers and Homeland Security.

 

Campbell Woman Arrested for Menacing
A Campbell woman was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing after a reported domestic dispute on County Route 3. Upon investigating, it is alleged that Heaven Robertson menaced a member of her family or household with a weapon. She was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in the Town of Thurston Court at a later date.

 

Hammondsport Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
A Hammondsport man was charged with three counts of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Petit Larceny for allegations of using another person’s benefit card issued by the County DSS. It is alleged that Jeffrey Vanskiver used the card in May and June of this year following the card owner’s death. Police say Vanskiver obtained benefits worth $155.71 he was not entitled or authorized to receive. He was released on an appearance ticket for the Village of Bath Court.

 

NY Department of Health Sued for Medicaid Reimbursement Changes
Changes to nursing home Medicaid reimbursement rates are receiving pushback from caregivers, union members and lawmakers. A lawsuit was filed in Albany County State Supreme Court by LeadingAge New York against the state Department of Health making the allegation that the Department of Health is cutting “an average of…$246 million per year” in Medicaid rates statewide. Nursing home workers and members of unions say it can affect the quality of care thousands of nursing home residents receive and could cause more homes to close.

 

Opioid OD Death Certificates To Include What Opioid Was Used
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose must specify which opioid was involved in the death, if it is known. This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available to better address the opioid crisis. The legislation takes effect immediately.

 

Corning Emergency Dispatcher Watson Honored by Congressman
Longtime Corning Emergency Service Dispatcher Mike Watson was honored by Congressman Tom Reed and other fellow patrolman as Reed stopped by the Corning Police Department to present Watson a proclamation to celebrate his 25 years of long-standing service to community. Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding called Watson a “big asset” to the Department and Congressman Reed said of the award “It’s a special way to say thank you”. Watson was one of the first of the five civilian dispatchers hired at the city police department in 1994.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 6, 2019

Hornell Man Arrested for Murder of ARC Client
A Hornell man has been sent to Steuben County Jail on charges of murder without bail. Police said 65-year-old Alan Schultheis is accused of killing a resident at a Hornell Arc home where he was employed on Elm Street. District Attorney Brooks Baker said the investigation and arrest happened quickly and Schultheis has been charged with second-degree Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence In the First Degree. The investigation is ongoing.

 

CCE Offers Medicare Workshop Later This Month
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is to host the Medicare workshop titled, “Unraveling the Alphabet Soup of Medicare: Parts A, B, C and D.”The workshop will be held 1 to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, November 25 at the Steuben County Office Building Annex on East Morris Street in Bath. The program will give a brief overview of what Medicare is, what options may be and a few essential things to know. Attendance is free but registration is required by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300.

 

Rochester Man Arrested Following Four-Month Drug Investigation
An 18-year-old Rochester man was arrested on drug charges Monday stemming from a four-month investigation by the Bath Village Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Corning City Police and the Steuben County District Attorney. Aaron J.T. Graham was charged with three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

 

US Apple Asscn. Thanks Reed for Farm Workforce Modernization Act
The U.S. Apple Association has praised Congressman Tom Reed for supporting the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act as well as the major agricultural labor reforms supporting the growth of the US apple industry that relies heavily on foreign labor. The US Apple Association is a national trade association representing all segments of the apple industry and has members that include 40 state and regional associations that represent thousands of apple growers in the country.

 

State Mobile Sports Betting Bill Stalled Awaiting April Report
Though there has been a push from lawmakers in Albany to approve statewide mobile sports betting, it is unlikely New York will repeal its restrictions to betting by in-person wagers at Upstate casinos only. State legislators were supposed to release a report on the pros and cons of mobile sports betting in the next few weeks but the report has been delayed for release to April. A bill to legitimize mobile sports betting in New York passed the state Senate, but did not get approved in the Assembly due partially to worries the Governor would end up vetoing it.

 

Gillibrand Pushes “Credit for Caring” Act
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is revealing a new law supporting caregivers of those with disabilities. Under the “Credit for Caring” Act, up to a $3,000 tax credit would be provided for New Yorkers caring for family members with a behavioral or medical condition or disability. According to Gillibrand, there are about 2,600,000 unpaid caregivers across the state that deserve this support.

 

NY Lawmaker Wants Law to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
One New York State lawmaker says he plans on introducing legislation that would make daylight savings time permanent. Senator James Skoufis says he would introduce a bill that would end advancing clocks in the spring and setting them back in the autumn. Skoufis’ reasoning for the proposed change is because he says the back and forth time changes are “rooted in World War I History” and “annoying and stupid.” He says his measure would reduce crime, energy consumption and vehicle and pedestrian fatalities.

 

Projected Results Posted for Steuben Elections
Results for yesterday’s Steuben County elections have been posted but are not yet officiated. Projected winners in the races are as follows:

 

Steuben County Legislature - 1st District
Paul VanCaeseele wins over Randolph Weaver

 

Steuben County Legislature - 2nd District
Steven Maio (D) winning over Allison Hunt (R)

 

Steuben County Legislature - District 7
Mark Rondinaro (R) over Paul Bartow (D)

 

Steuben County Legislature - District 8
Gary Gray (R) over Maggie Coffey (D)

 

City of Corning Mayor
Bill Boland (D) over Elizabeth Whitehouse

 

Hornell Alderman - 3rd Ward
John Allison (D) over Molly Liberto (R)

 

Hornell Alderman - 7th Ward
Kevin Valentine (R) over Frederick Lehman (D)

 

Hornell Alderman - 9th Ward
Steven Shinebarger (R) over Ronald Nasca (D)

 

Town of Bradford Council - Vote for 2
Andrea English (D)  and Donna Matthews (R)


Town of Bradford Superintendent of Highways
Rodney Hoad (R) over David Mendez (D)

 

Town of Campbell Town Clerk
Michelle Seeley (R) over Shirley Kirkham (D)

 

Town of Cohocton Supervisor
Judith Hall (R) over Bill Waggoner (COM) 

 

Town of Cohocton Council (Vote for 2)
Jan Kastberg (R) and Milton Levesque (R)

 

Town of Jasper Superintendent of Highways
Darrell Brewer (D) over Scott Murphy (WFP)

 

Town of Lindley Superintendent of Highways
Kevin Putnam (R)  over Marc Stocum (GRA)

 

Town of Urbana Supervisor
Edward Stull (R) over Bee Keck (D)

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 5, 2019

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of four men following the STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown. Dale Yoder of Amherst was arrested and charged with fail to keep right, Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, blood alcohol content greater than .18%.  Dylan Yates of Almond was also arrested following a one car motor vehicle crash on County Route 64 in Hartsville and charged with Driving while Intoxicated and Driving with .08% or more in blood.. Nathan Clark of Troupsburg was arrested following a report of a one car rollover crash on State Route 36 in Jasper on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a .08%bac, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd, unregistered motor vehicle and failure to use designated lane. Also arrested was William Frawley of Addison following a one motorcycle crash in May 2019. Frawley was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  All four men were released on traffic summons to appear in Town Courts at later dates.

 

Today is General Election Day. Voters will be able to vote 6am to 9pm today if they have not utilized New York’s newly-implemented early voting system. Those who are registered voters but do not know where to go to vote can check online at the state board of elections website to find your polling place. Steuben County Board of Election officials are working all day to ensure voters have access and help to cast their ballot. Any questions about voting this election day can be answered by calling the County Board of Elections at 607 664-2260.

 

New York’s move to raise the minimum sales age from 18 to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarette products will go into effect next week. Wednesday November 13th is the first day that the law takes effect and all across the state, State Police will team up with the Department of Health to conduct undercover investigations to crack down on retailers selling tobacco and vaping products to underage youth. The age was raised to 21 with the intent to prevent cigarettes and vaping products from being used by youth under the The Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act.

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect of grand larceny. Police say the incident occurred at the Erwin Walmart location this past Sunday when a man allegedly stole from the store. Officials have released a photo of the man taken from the surveillance video and the Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying this man. If you or anyone you know has information about the identity of this person in the photo, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 607-622-3911 or message the Sheriff's Office on Facebook.

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A section of I-86 is is scheduled to be closed down to one lane today. The project will take place with weather permitting. Paving is planned to take place on the highway’s bridge that crosses over State Route 415. The Exit 44B off ramp will be closed while the area is being paved. Crews anticipate the project to last throughout today but have not specified an anticipated completion date. The State Department of Transportation warns drivers to expect possible delays and heavier traffic in this area.

 

The village of Hammondsport announced they are looking for a police officer. The position is part-time and demands flexible hours and weekend hours. Candidates who are certified police officers should send a cover letter and resume to the village clerk no later than November 19th.

 

The Steuben County Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committees meet

tomorrow morning in Bath. The meeting agenda includes a request Authorizing the Steuben County Planning Department to Submit an Application to New York State Homes and Community Renewal for a Community Development Block Grant. Legislators will also Award a Bid for Public Transit Bus WIFI Equipment.

 

November is national adoption month and on average in Steuben County, 15 children have been adopted each year. The county reports adoptions have remained fairly steady during the past 18 years and the greatest need for adoption is of adolescents and children with special needs. Currently, 125 children are in foster care in Steuben county with an average of 72 new children placed in Foster Care each year. Officials say substance abuse is becoming a major contributing factor in foster care placement for kids in Steuben County and across the state. The county currently has 54 foster care homes and is actively recruiting more foster and adoptive parents. For more information about adoption, please call (607) 664-2044

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Today's Top Stories - Monday November 4, 2019

Hornell Men Arrested Following Drug Raid
Two Hornell men faces charges after a drug raid on their East Washington Street home in Hornell this weekend. Hornell Police say they found methamphetamine and packaging material in the home belonging to both 50-year-old Robert Snyder and 30-year-old Eric Drake. Snyder was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both in the 5th degree, along with criminal use of paraphernalia. Snyder is held in jail pending arraignment and Drake was released on an appearance ticket for his charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Criminal Nuisance in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

 

Steuben Prevention Coalition Receives $125K Grant
The Steuben Prevention Coalition has announced they have been awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant for $125,000 per year for the next 5 years. The Drug Free Communities Grant is an initiative sponsored by the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Steuben Prevention Coalition responded to the news by saying the group is extremely excited to receive this award and to be able to continue the work they do in Steuben County. The Coalition's goals are to reduce alcohol and drug use by youth, promote factor reducing substance abuse and encourage community dialogue relating to teen substance abuse.

 

Palmesano Against Downstate Bill Granting Inmates Voting Rights
A downstate lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow prison inmates serving time in a New York State prison the right to vote. The new bill introduced by Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn would give inmates still serving their time inside the state prison system the right to vote in all elections and establish a program to help inmates register to vote. Parker says the bill will fight “felony disenfranchisement in New York State”. Currently, two states in the US -Maine and Vermont-allow inmates to vote. Assemblyman Palmesano responded by accusing Democrats of “reward”ing inmates “by offering the most important privilege in our democracy…” and promised to “work tirelessly to make sure this bill never becomes law.”

 

Aldi’s Recalls Frozen Berries For Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
Packages of frozen berries from Aldi’s grocery stores have been recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. According to the company issuing the recall, a government sampling program tested for the virus and received a positive contamination result. There have been no illnesses reported yet, but the company issued a recall as a precaution. The recall includes frozen raspberries sold under Aldi's private labels and Aldi-branded frozen berry mixes. Health officials are urging people who bought these berries to return them to the grocery store.

 

Horseheads Man Arrested for Stealing Vehicle
A Horseheads man has been arrested after he allegedly drove a stolen car to a Big Flats gas station and caused a disturbance.  Ryan Summers was arrested after Chemung County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to Big Flats for a disturbance report. Upon further investigation, it was found the 2019 Nissan Sentra Summer was driving was stolen from Simmons-Rockwell by Summers. Summers was arrested then arraigned in Town of Big Flats Court.

 

Cuomo Vows Legal Action of Rule Against LGBTQ Protections
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will pursue legal action to block the Trump administration’s proposed rule that allows foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families. Under the proposed rule, the Department of Health and Human Services would repeal the Obama-era rule that included sexual orientation as a legally-protected trait under anti-discrimination protections, allowing faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue receiving taxpayer funding despite excluding LGBT families and others from their services.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 2, 2019

Ten Arrested in Probation Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that from October 14th to November 1st, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested ten of the following persons due to active warrants issued for allegedly each violating terms or conditions of their probation: David Hildreth of Addison, Dylan Walker of Bath, Lori Schledorn of Wayland, Ellyn Williams of Hornell, Ashley Hamilton of Elmira, Sathasivian Kallier of Bath, Thomas Schaffer of Cohocton, Tyler Moore of Arkport, David Crosby of Hornell, and Patrick Michael Adams of Hornell. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Jail and each person was remanded to Steuben County Jail following arrest.

 

Over 17,000 Reported Power Outages Following Wind Advisory
Almost 17,500 electric customers in Steuben County lost power late Thursday and early yesterday due to the strong windstorms and heavy rain. County officials say Bath, Urbana, Pulteney, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Savona, Bradford and Wheeler experienced the most concentrated power outages in the county. Most customers in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties did have their power restored by midday to late Friday.

 

Savona, Bath & Hammondsport Hold Trick or Treating Tonight
Trick or Treating in the Towns of Bath and Savona has been rescheduled to tonight. Both towns have changed the date to this evening from 6 to 8pm due to the high-wind weather advisory on Halloween night. Bath Village Board voted to postpone trick or treating while Savona’s Mayor directed the change in time. Trunk or Treat in Pulteney Park is tonight from 6 to 8pm as well. Those parked for trick-or-treating in Bath this weekend are reminded to keep your vehicles locked and secure due to recent burglaries reported in the community. The Village of Hammondsport has also moved their trick or treating to this evening from 6 to 7pm with a kids’ party to follow in the Village Park at 7:15.

 

Early Voting Wraps Up Tomorrow
New York’s first-ever early voting period began a week ago and continues to tomorrow so voters can cast their ballot at select polling locations. New York is not the first state to have early voting as an option- 12 other states had the option before New York did this year. Advocates of early voting are anticipating this expanded access will increase turnout. Last chance for early voting is today and tomorrow from 9am to 2pm at the Steuben County Annex in Bath.

 

County DSS Announces Adoption Day Celebration Set for Friday
The Steuben County Department of Social Services announced its annual celebration of National Adoption Day with a reception set for 11 a.m. this Friday (Nov. 8) on the third floor of the County Office Building in Bath. This celebration includes the children adopted within the last year and children adopted Friday. Presiding local judges will be present and the event is a major celebration for the children and families becoming one. County DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller said. “Seeing children united with families that can love and care for them is about as happy a day as it gets.”

 

Schumer Demands Federal Report on Illegal School Bus Passing
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission to release a school bus safety study. Thousands of upstate New York drivers illegally pass school buses when they are stopped on a daily basis, which can result in serious and possibly fatal accidents. Schumer urges the release a federal report but says that federal bureaucracy has prevented that measure from taking place and prevented implementing additions like stop sign cameras to the program to better-study illegal bus passing. Schumer says that his office received no legitimate reason to delay these advancements but thinks it’s due to the NHTS Commission’s cutbacks and is demanding the group to finish the report. Currently, New York is one of 21 states allowing cameras to be used voluntarily.

 

Daylight Savings Ends Tomorrow
A reminder that this weekend is the ending of Daylight Savings time. The time change begins at 2am tomorrow. The time change means clocks will go back one hour, bringing the time back to standard time for most of us in the US. The shift in time means one hour of daylight will be added to the morning from the evening and we can enjoy an extra 60 minutes of sleep.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday November 1st, 2019

Power Companies Report Local Outages
Steuben County Emergency Services reports that NYSEG as well as Bath Electric and Steuben Rural Electric are affected by electrical outages due to the high winds. Utility companies are working to restore power to areas including Bath, Urbana, Pulteney, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Savona, Bradford and Wheeler. Other isolated outages have been reported across the county. No shelters have been opened at the time. For all power-related issues, please call your utility company.

 

NWS Wind Advisory Continues to This Evening
The National Weather Service’s wind advisory for Steuben County continues until 6 p.m. tonight. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs are blown down and a few power outages have resulted.

 

Daylight Savings Ends this Sunday
A reminder that this weekend is the ending of Daylight Savings time. The time change begins at 2am this Sunday, November 3rd. The time change means clocks will go back one hour, bringing the time back to standard time for most of us in the US. The shift in time means one hour of daylight will be added to the morning from the evening and we can enjoy an extra 60 minutes of sleep.

 

Wegmans Announces Cookie Dough Recall
Wegmans has announced that all stores in its chain have recalled  Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough products due to concerns of having pieces of rubber in the mix. Three different Toll House products have been recalled:
Toll House Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip flavor, 16.5 oz with a UPC of 50000-62231 and a Batch Code ranging from 9191 through 9282,

Toll House Ultimates Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip Lovers, 16 oz (1 lb) 453 g with the UPC: 50000-00926 and Batch codes from 9189 through 9280

Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip, 80 oz (5 lb) 2.26 kg that has the UPC:50000-00934 and Batch codes from 9192 through 9271
Wegmans officials say you can return these products to the Wegman’s Service Desk for full refund of the purchase price.

 

Cameron Mills Man Arrested for DWI Following Campbell Traffic Stop
During a traffic stop on County Road 1 in Campbell, state police arrested 21-year-old Wesley Smith of Cameron mills. He was charged with DWI, speeding and moving from a lane unsafely. He’ll appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

 

Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Wednesday 11/13
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings on Wednesday, November 13th. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. The hearings begin at 7:25 p.m. on November 13th.

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Today's Top Stories - Halloween -Thursday October 31, 2019

Savona, Bath, Hammondsport Change Trick or Treating Times
Trick or Treating in the Towns of Bath and Savona has been rescheduled to the weekend. Both towns have changed the date to Saturday from 6 to 8pm due to weather expected tonight. Bath Village Board voted to postpone trick or treating while Savona’s Mayor directed the change in time. The Bath Village Board has also announced Trunk or Treat in Pulteney Park has been changed to Saturday from 6 to 8pm as well. Those parked for trick-or-treating in Bath are reminded to keep your vehicles locked and secure due to recent burglaries reported in the community. The Village of Hammondsport has also moved their trick or treating to Saturday night from 6 to 7pm with a kids’ party to follow in the Village Park at 7:15.

 

Bath CSD Held Regular Lockdown Drill
As part of normal lockdown drill procedures, the Bath School District, with much help from local law enforcement, evacuated all staff and students from the Dana Lyon Middle School and the Haverling High School to the VEW Primary School location on campus yesterday. Superintendent Joe Rumsey says the drill was an important learning moment for staff and students on protocol for emergencies like gas leaks, carbon monoxide detection, and other major events. Parents are reminded in the event of a real emergency requiring evacuation, they would be notified of the incident in collaboration with local law enforcement. To emphasize and practice safety, these types of drills will occur again in the spring and as part of normal safety drills in the future.

 

State Bill Aims to Reduce Disposable Container Waste
A new piece of state legislation proposes reducing the amount of single-use food containers and cups at New York State restaurants by setting guidelines to integrate reuse-able food and beverage containers when people eat out at restaurants. The bill would make establishments serving beverages in single-use cups to not refuse a customer request to have their drink go into their own reusable mug or cup instead. It is estimated New York State goes through about 16 billion coffee cups a year.

 

Corning Bridge Delayed to Open November 19th
Yet another delay has been announced in the re-opening of the Bridge Street bridge in Corning. It was supposed to open today, but officials say that the opening date has been changed to November 19th.  Additional steel repair is needed. The bridge has been closed since April.

 

Painted Post Woman Indicted for May Crash
The Painted Post woman who hit Bath man Donald Masti back in May has been indicted for her charges in connection with Masti’s death. Smith was charged second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment. Smith allegedly drove with a BAC of .18 percent at the time of the accident. The grand jury upped Smith’s charges to include reckless endangerment after evidence was found by investigators that Smith allegedly ran another driver off the roadway. Smith’s next court date is November 8th at the Steuben County Court and if convicted, she could face an upwards of 15 years in prison.

 

STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Local law enforcement continues the patrol for this year’s STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and municipal Police Departments like Bath and Corning participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols are a part of the effort and all agencies are out in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. The crackdown continues  tomorrow.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 30, 2019

Savona Man Arrested for DWI and Other Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Savona man Richard H. Wood following deputies responding to a report of one car roll over vehicle crash County Route 17 in the Town of Bradford. Wood allegedly operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition traveling Northeast on County Route 17, crashed and left the scene. It is further alleged that Mr. Wood was previously convicted of Driving While Intoxicated within the past 10 years. As a result of the investigation Mr. Wood was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Take Breath Test, failure to keep right, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  He is scheduled to appear in Bradford Town Court at a later date.

 

Avoca Woman Arrested for Forgery and False Filing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Avoca woman yesterday. Deputies arrested Victoria L Burley for allegedly knowingly and with intent to defraud, presented both forged and false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services back in April. Ms. Burley was charged with two counts each of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and two counts each of Forgery in the second degree. Ms. Burley was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Rumsey Endorses Masler for Supreme Court
Recently-retired Justice of the State Supreme Court Appellate Division Phillip R. Rumsey has endorsed Mark Masler of Cortland in this year’s election for State Supreme Court Justice in the Sixth Judicial District.  Rumsey has served as Supreme Court Justice for about 26 years and says Masler has legal knowledge, strong character and judgment  needed to be an effective Supreme Court Justice. Masler worked for a successful family dairy farm then went on to graduate from Cornell Law School which resulted in him practicing law for 15 years and being very involved in several community organizations.

 

NYS Lawmakers Consider Youth Tackle Football Ban
State legislators are currently considering a bill that would ban kids twelve and younger from playing tackle football. Yesterday morning, state lawmakers met to hear testimony on the sport of youth tackle football. Some doctors say the sport is too high risk because it is a collision sport that can cause brain damage during the important, formative years from age 8 to 12 where the brain is more susceptible to injury.

 

Bill Could Give Special Licenses to those With Autism
A new piece of state legislation would allow special driver’s licenses to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Proponents of the bill say it would assist law enforcement on routine stops so officials would be able to immediately know if the person has autism and act appropriately towards them. Last month in Texas, a similar law went into effect called the Samuel Allen Law.

 

Steuben County Towns Set for Trick or Treating Festivities
On the eve of Halloween, Steuben County is preparing for Trick or Treating Festivities! City of Hornell’s hours tomorrow for trick or treating is 6-8pm. In Bath, Trunk or Treat is being hosted at Pulteney Park from 6-8pm tomorrow night. Jasper hosts Trunk or Treat Friday at the High School from 6-8pm. City of Corning has no set hours for their trick or treating but will have a trick or treat parade happening tonight. 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 29, 2019

Steuben County Passes Traffic Diversion Law Yesterday
A new local law was passed yesterday by Steuben County legislators with the aim to make the roads safer, potentially cut down on court appearances and raise as much as $600,000 to be divided between the county and justice system. The Traffic Diversion Law takes effect after it is filed with the State and gives drivers charged with traffic violations and related misdemeanors the option of taking a driver education program approved by the New York State DMV. Eligibility for the voluntary program will be set up under guidelines established by the county District Attorney’s Office. Service charges of $275 for alleged traffic violations and/or $350 for alleged traffic related misdemeanors associated with the program will be handled by the county Finance Office.

 

Woman Charged for May Accident that Killed Bath Man 
The woman who struck and killed Bath man Donald Masti with her car back in May has been indicted on charges of felony manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges. Masti attempted to cross State Route 415 around noon in the Town of Bath when he was hit by a westbound car operated by 45-year-old Tonia Smith of Painted Post. Masti was pronounced dead after being taken to Ira Davenport Hospital. The County DA’s Office also reports Smith was indicted on a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly running another car off the road before killing Masti. Police say Smith had a BAC of over .18 percent at the time of the accident.

 

Village of Bath Residents Advised to Run Water Following Leak
Village of Bath residents are advised to run cold water for 15-20 minutes due to a possible dirty water following a leak on Elm Street. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems say the leak was repaired and service was in the process of being restored to Elm, Liberty and Buell Street customers. Customers on these an neighboring streets could also have dirty water and are advised to run cold water for 15-20 minutes until the water is clear.

 

County Passes Policy for Construction Debris and Asbestos
Yesterday, along with the newly-passed county traffic law, Steuben County Legislators adopted a policy for the disposal of construction demolition debris and friable asbestos for municipalities. The policy will allow municipalities in Steuben to apply for a waiver of the county landfill’s public sector tip fees set at $30 per ton for construction demolition debris and $125 per ton for friable asbestos. Applications would be reviewed by the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee, with up to five waivers granted by the committee yearly.The waiver is expected to encourage towns and villages to safely dispose of derelict properties. County legislators also accepted $45,027 from New York State for costs connected to the state’s Early Voting reforms.

 

Addison Man Arrested for DWI and Multiple Traffic Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Addison man Thomas Robbins following an investigation of a disturbance on Washington Street in Woodhull.  It is alleged that Mr. Robbins operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.  Robbins was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License Plate, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Accident.  Robbins was issued traffic summons to appear in the Town of Woodhull Court at a later date.

 

Two from PA Arrested at Bath Traffic Stop
A traffic stop on Route 415 in the village of Bath led to the arrest of two Pennsylvania residents. State Police said they arrested 20-year-old Parker Jones of Middlebury Center. He was charged with DWI. Troopers also arrested 20-year-old Kristian Spender of Wellsboro, charging him with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. In separate stops, troopers arrested 43-year-old Christina Atwood of Addison for felony DWI, and, 23-year-old Michael Poust of Lindley was also charged with DWI.

 

Exit 38 Eastbound Off Ramp on I-86 Closed Tomorrow
The New York State Department of Transportation says that the Interstate 86 eastbound off ramp at Exit 38, Bath, will be closed to traffic tomorrow. The closure is necessary for Bath Electric, Gas, & Water Systems to make repairs to the high mast light towers. Work is anticipated to last one day, weather permitting. Variable message boards will direct traffic to use exit 37 and follow State Route 415 South. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.

 

STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 28, 2019

DOT Announces Wednesday Closure on Exit 38 of I-86
The New York State Department of Transportation announced the Interstate 86 eastbound off ramp at Exit 38 in Bath will be closed to traffic Wednesday for Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems to make repairs to the high mast light towers. Work is anticipated to last one day with weather permitting. Traffic will be led by variable message boards that will direct motorists to use exit 37 and follow State Route 415 South. Drivers may experience minor travel delays.

 

North Hornell FD Investigating Sunday Morning Church Fire
The North Hornell volunteer fire department is investigating the circumstances regarding an fire at the Station Church in Hornell that happened early Sunday morning. The North Hornell Fire Department says they were dispatched to the fire around 7:45am and able to control the small blaze in under 5 minutes. A parishioner was hit by a wall of smoke as he was opening the church. Fortunately, no one was hurt and minor smoke and water damage was reported. The fire allegedly was started after the church was vandalized but the cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

 

Early Voting in New York Continues This Week
New York’s first-ever early voting period began this weekend on Saturday and will continue until November 3rd so voters can cast their ballot at select polling locations. New York is not the first state to have early voting as an option- 12 other states had the option before New York did this year. Advocates of early voting are anticipating this expanded access will increase turnout. Early voting is from 10am to 6pm today at the Steuben County Annex in Bath.

 

DEC Considers Revising Endangered and Threatened Lists
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed removing 19 species from the state’s endangered and threatened lists. Species that have showed significant population growth like the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, are eligible to no longer be listed under the “threatened” status. Currently, 390 breeding pairs of bald eagles are now in New York, compared to the endangered status they faced in 1973. The DEC also proposes adding 18 species to the threatened or endangered list including the common nighthawk, eastern hellbender salamander and several species of freshwater mussels.

 

NY Rear-Facing Car Seat Law Takes Effect Friday
 A law passed to make car seats safer in New York will go into effect on this Friday, November 1st. This law requires that children under two years old must be buckled into a rear-facing car seat. Officials say this increases the safety of child passengers in cars by protecting the child’s head, neck and spine from injuries. New York follows the lead of California and New Jersey where similar laws are already in effect.

 

Cuomo Signs Election Transparency Reform into Law
This previous Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law measures designed to strengthen the transparency of elections. The Governor approved bills mandating local election boards to publish more information on campaign contribution limits and special elections. Cuomo says that the democratic process “only works when voters and candidates alike have the right information...” Cuomo says by signing this bill into law, transparency will be further increased and will ensure all New Yorkers have an opportunity to make their voices heard during special elections. One measure approved requires local election boards to tabulate and publish contribution limits for all town, city and village offices on the ballot on their websites by April 15th of an election year.

 

Lawsuits Filed Against Cuomo for Medicaid Cuts
This year, two lawsuits were filed against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration arguing state health officials have bypassed the public and legislature by moving to cut hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars for people who are elderly and disabled. On October 11th, the state reversed what advocates call a $150 million cut to Medicaid. A lawsuit launched on Thursday by nursing homes now claims the Cuomo administration is jeopardizing $352 million worth in funding to help fill a $1.7 billion shortfall as New York reports experiencing the close of 12 nursing homes in the past five years.

 

FASNY Reminds People to Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) reminds New Yorkers to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and to test the devices to make sure they're working. Those with alarms that contain sealed-in batteries must check that their alarms are still operational. According to the US Fire Administrationa quarter of all smoke alarm fires are caused by dead batteries. Test alarms at least once a month using the test button. Alarms with removable batteries must be checked every six months and batteries changed yearly. Vaccuum or blow out any dust that has accumulated in the unit. For more information on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.fasny.com and www.nfpa.org

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 26, 2019

Wayland Woman Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Wayland woman for allegedly using benefits that were not hers. Deputies arrested Tina MacKenzie for allegedly using another person’s benefit card in July 2018 that was issued by DSS though she was not eligible for or authorized to receive those benefits. MacKenzie was charged with a count of Misuse of Food Stamps in Violation of the State Social Services Law. At the time of arrest, she was already in custody at the County Jail on an unrelated charge and issued an appearace ticket to appear in Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Congressman Reed “Appreciates” GOP Storm of Impeachment Inquiry
Congressman Tom Reed spoke about Wednseday’s incident on Capitol Hill organized to resist the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. About 2 dozen House Republicans stormed a secure room to delay a closed-door deposition by a witness in the impeachment inquiry and Reed is sympathetic to this approach and says he will use his role to “put public pressure” and promote “open government”. Prior to the hearing, Republican legislators held a news conference claiming Adam Schiff, California Democrat running the Intelligence Committee, was carrying out the panel’s portion of the inquiry and claimed the impeachment inquiry was a long-running attempt by Democrats to overturn the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

 

DEA Drug Takeback Day is Today
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces they will be hosting a DEA Prescription Drug Takeback Day today beginning at 10am. Those who have expired, unused prescription drugs to get rid of can bring them to the County Sheriff’s Office that day where deputies will assist you to turn in prescription medicines at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Lobby from 10am to 2pm.

 

Local Energy Companies Warn Customers of Phone Scam
NYSEG and RG&E urge their customers to be aware of phone scammers posing as consultants of the energy companies, some even using a corresponding forged caller ID that matches the number for the companies. Customers have reported calls threatening to cut their service unless they make a payment over the phone using prepaid debit cards like Green Dot. In some cases, the caller seems to know specific information about customers they call and will provide a callback number spoofing a recorded greeting similar to the companies’ customer service line. The two companies remind customers that they give advance notice before terminating a service for non-payment and never to give out personal or account information to unsolicited callers.

 

Two Men from Avoca Arrested on Drug Charges
Two Steuben County men were arrested on I-390 following a traffic stop. It is alleged that Stephan Peirson and Dakota Costello, both of of Avoca, were suspected of involved in drug activity by the officer, prompting the officer to conduct a roadside investigation. The investigation allegedly revealed both men were in possession of about three grams of cocaine each. Both were arrested and charged with fifth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Pierson was additionally charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence. Oth were turned over to Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention then later arraigned at Livingston County Jail.

 

STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

 

Good Government Groups Urge Action on Outside Income Ban
This week, a coalition of good-government groups across the state are urging lawmakers and the Governor to take direct action in taking up an outside income ban. State lawmakers currently earn $110,000 and will earn $130,000 next year. A pay commission recommended this pay increase for the 213 members that was paired with a cap on outside income of 15 percent of their public-sector pay. State lawmakers can still earn income in private-sector jobs in 2020 but court challenges have tossed the outside income gap and the state has not appealed this decision.

 

Early Voting Begins Today
Early Voting in Steuben County begins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the handicapped-accessible Steuben County Annex in Bath and will continue until Nov. 3 on the following days and times:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, October 27th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, October 28th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Tuesday, October 29th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, October 30th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, October 31st

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Friday, November 1st

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site, describing the process as: "It's one and done."

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Today's Top Stories - Friday October 25, 2019

Operation: Fall Clean Up Sweep Arrests 36 for Drugs
At a Press Conference yesterday, it was announced the investigation Operation Fall Cleanup, netted thirty-six suspected drug dealers who were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine or other drugs since September. Operation Fall Cleanup was a multi-police agency drug crackdown effort across the county, beginning with the information generated by Bath Village Police Investigator Colin Taft. District Attorney Brooks Baker called the operation a county-wide effort of information sharing among local law enforcement and says this effort is a way to avoid creating a task force and overtaxing taxpayers while still implementing effective drug enforcement.

 

STOP-DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Beginning from today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

 

CCE of Steuben Granted $12.9 Million to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County was granted $12.9 million dollars in federal funding for 16 different non-profit organizations with the goal to promote healthy diets and active lifestyles among people eligible for or receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will administer $794,000 to help low-income and working-class citizens across the state avoid chronic nutrition-related diseases like obesity while also improving their overall health and outcomes.

 

Cuomo Threatens to Shut Down National Grid
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to shut down energy giant National Grid if the company does not cooperate with state officials looking for answers about its recent moratorium on hook-ups for natural gas and battle over a natural gas pipeline. National Grid denied service for months to new and returning customers as the state DEC and the state of New Jersey was rejecting a permit for the controversial pipeline to run across the New York Harbor. Last week, Cuomo vowed to fine National Grid millions of dollars unless the company provided over 1,100 customers with natural gas who were denied re-connections to their service.

 

Schumer Calls for FDA to Create Hemp Farm Regulations
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is demanding new regulations for the booming business of hemp farming. Schumer, along with other Senators are asking the FDA to set basic safety requirements for the hemp farming industry and he thinks the rules will help area farmers. Schumer is calling these new regulations “guidelines”. According to Forbes, hemp farms have quadrupled in the U.S. this year.

 

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow
Early Voting in Steuben County begins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the handicapped-accessible Steuben County Annex in Bath and will continue until Nov. 3 on the following days and times:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, October 27th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, October 28th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Tuesday, October 29th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, October 30th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, October 31st

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Friday, November 1st

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site, describing the process as: "It's one and done."

 

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

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 24, 2019

Drake to Plead “Not Guilty” to Pulteney Crash Charges
The lone survivor of the four-victim Pulteney crash charged in connection with the accident will reportedly plead not guilty at his court appearance. According to Dustin Drake’s attorney, Drake was not behind the wheel of the car during the time of the October 12th crash. Drake faces charges of felony DWI and two felony counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter. His attorney says there is no physical evidence to support or prove that Drake was not the driver of the car that night. Drake appears in Pulteney Town Court on November 20th.

 

Death of Dansville Man Being Investigated
It was reported that on Tuesday evening at about 7:52 p.m., the State Police in Bath investigated what appears to be an accidental incident that killed 50-year-old Dansville man. Troopers were called to a location on Sandy Hill Road in Dansville and observed a man deceased under a vehicle. Police say no signs of struggle or foul play were evident. Dingman’s body was removed and taken to Lourdes Hospital to be examined. The death of Dingman remains under investigation.

 

Press Conference Scheduled This Morning at Bath Village Hall
The Bath Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Corning Police Department and Steuben County District Attorney’s Office invites holds a Press Conference this morning at 1030am. The Press Conference will be held at the Bath Village Hall in the Village Board Room. The conference will be in regards to Narcotics Investigations in the area.

 

Driver Ticketed for Hitting Student in Corning
The driver of the SUV that hit an Alternative School for Math & Since student yesterday in downtown Corning has been ticketed. The 19-year old woman was issued two issued traffic tickets for failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian and speed not reasonable or prudent. Police report the student that was struck received injuries to his back and pelvis and was taken to Corning Hospital then Strong Memorial in Rochester. Corning Police say the incident is still under investigation.

 

Survivor Speaks and Programs Highlighted at County Youth Summit
Human trafficking survivor and Salka Valerio spoke to about 100 attendees at the annual Vulnerable Youth Summit at the Bath Fire Hall yesterday. Valerio, who is an Advocate at the Crime Victims Assistance Center in Binghamton, was keynote speaker and shared what it is like to survive the heinous crime of human trafficking. The Summit also highlighted the “Not a #Number”, a program implemented in other schools across the county that educates seventh through twelfth grade students on how to prevent and recognize human trafficking. DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller also talked about the upcoming launch of the county’s Child Advocate Center which will provide therapy, family advocacy and medical service to children and their families with the help of a mobile unit to provide these services on-site.

 

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

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 23, 2019

Community Bank Merges with Steuben Trust
Community Bank announced it is acquiring the Hornell-based banking chain Steuben Trust. The $106 million transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Community Bank has dozens of branches spanning several states while Steuben Trust has 16 locations in the region. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the shareholders of Steuben Trust Corporation and required regulatory approvals. Steuben Trust Company was originally organized in 1902 as the Bank of Steuben.

 

Construction Closes State Route 83
From today through Friday, weather permitting, State Route 36 will be closed approximately 0.5 miles south of Troupsburg between Old State Road and County Route 83.  This closure is necessary for replacement of a culvert.  Traffic will be detoured along Old State Road and County Route 83 while work is being conducted.

 

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

 

Student Struck in Corning Yesterday
Yesterday evening, a student was struck in Corning on Denison Parkway by a gray SUV and flown to Strong Memorial Hospital to be treated. According to Corning Police Sgt. Andrew Frisbie, the student was crossing from the southside heading north. The extent of the student’s injuries are at the time unknown. Patrolmen interviewed the driver of the gray SUV at the Corning PD. Frisbie says the investigation of this incident is ongoing.

 

Wreaths Across America Sponsorship Begins Today
Wreath sponsorship for Wreaths Across America Day has begun. Those interested in donating a wreath for the Wreaths Across America Day that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center can be made online  by Nov. 29th. The individual wreaths are $15 and are tax-deductible. The public is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on December 14th beginning at 11:30am. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part”.

 

One Life Flighted Last Night from Campbell
It was reported that last night, at least one person was life-flighted from Campbell. According to WETM, the helicopter landed in the parking lot of the Campbell Alliance Church and left shortly before 5:40pm last night. More information will be available for this developing story as more details emerge and are released.

 

CCC Ranked #5 in Community Colleges By Niche
SUNY Corning Community College has been ranked fifth in New York State among its fellow community colleges by Niche for the year 2020. CCC President Dr. William Mullaney said “We are thrilled to have earned this distinction.” According to niche.com, the ranking is based on analysis and assessment of faculty, diversity, student life, value, safety and location gathered from data sets, reviews and survey responses. SUNY CCC earned a grade of B- for niche.com in the year 2020.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 22, 2019

Survivor of Pulteney Crash Charged for DWI
The lone survivor of the fatal four-victim Pulteney crash last weekend has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and 2 charges of aggravated vehicular manslaughter. At  a full press conference yesterday morning, County Sheriff Jim Allard had confirmed Dustin Drake had voluntarily turned himself in, following a talk with County Investigator Lewis. Drake’s BAC at the time is not known but he was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment and awaits a November 20th court date in Pulteney and a grand jury presentation to be announced in coming weeks. If convicted of the charges, Drake could face 25 years in jail.

 

Gause Brothers’ Charges Upped to Manslaughter
Two brothers charged with second-degree murder for killing their Grandmother in a fire will instead be charged with manslaughter. It is alleged Jarrett and Justin Gause saved their meth manufacturing equipment but left their 82-year-old grandmother Gladys Willow to die inside the Corning home and did not report the fire. Both are also facing multiple reckless endangerment charges and tampering with evidence.

 

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Fentanyl on VA Campus
A Connecticut man who allegedly possessed fentanyl while at the Bath VA has plead guilty to his charges. Nolan Rogers of Lisbon, CT, pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl. Rogers was a resident at the Bath VA who returned to the facility after a trip home to Connecticut then patted down by a VA Police Officer. The officer allegedly removed 20 small bags from Roger’s pocket later confirmed to be fentanyl. Sentencing for the March 2019 incident is set for November 11th at 11am and Rogers faces a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

 

Ira Davenport Holds Job Fair Tomorrow
A job fair will be held tomorrow at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital’s Main Lobby from 9am to 1pm. Arnot Health’s Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital has openings for certified nursing assistants, nurses, environmental services, food and nutrition, security guards and registration. Immediate interviews and online applications will be available and there will be door prizes for applicants.

 

DEA Drug Takeback Day Set for October 26th
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces they will be hosting a DEA Prescription Drug Takeback Day on October 26th. Those who have expired, unused prescription drugs to get rid of can bring them to the County Sheriff’s Office that day where deputies will assist you to turn in prescription medicines Saturday October 26th at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Lobby from 10am to 2pm.

 

HEAP Applications to be Accepted Nov 12th
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning Nov. 12th according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben officials said HEAP applications can be filed in person, mailed to the county Department of Social Services (DSS) or submitted on-line at www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Those who need the application sent to them can call (607) 664-2500. Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may do so starting Nov. 12th between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. in Bath or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the county DSS office in Bath.

 

Cameron Man in Jail After Allegedly Menacing Woman in Corning
A Cameron man has been detained after he allegedly approached and threatened a woman  who was using an ATM at a Corning convenience store Friday night. About 9:15pm that night, patrolmen were called to the scene where a witness told them Andrew Mastin of Cameron fled the scene. Mastin was located later and initially attempted to menace a police officer with his knife, but was persuaded to put it down. He was taken into custody by Corning City Police then charged with first-degree attempted robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, second-degree menacing, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, falsely reporting an incident, reckless driving, speeding, failure to stop at a stop light and a number of other traffic violations. He was also arrested on a Bath Village Court Bench Warrant for violation of probation and taken to Steuben County Jail without bail and appears 8:30am in Corning City Court today to answer to charges.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 21, 2019

Sheriff’s Office Holding Press Conference for Pulteney Crash Today
The Sheriff’s Office holds a full press conference today to release more details about last weekend’s fatal, four-victim crash in Pulteney. The Sheriff’s Office said this previous Wednesday that the physical evidence determined the causation factors of the crash to be excessive speed and lack of occupant restraint. The investigation continued this week as deputies were determining other causal factors. The full press conference will be held 10am today at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Building.

 

Deer Hit on I-86 in Corning Being Investigated
County and Local Law Enforcement are investigating a car crash after a deer was hit by a car yesterday morning on I-86. According to an initial scanner report, about 5:30 am yesterday, the car and deer collided on Interstate 86 Eastbound in Corning between exits 46 and 47. As police arrived on scene, the SUV was smoking in the middle of the highway. Officials say injuries were reported but there has been no indication of what injuries, how many injuries and the extent of said injuries are. Police have not said whether or not the deer that was hit was okay but did say the cause of the crash is being investigated.

 

NYS Lawmakers Holding Recycling Hearing in NYC
New York state lawmakers are set to hold a hearing on recycling today in New York City. The hearing was planned following China’s decision to restrict scrap imports of wastepaper and plastic. This halt on waste imports has affected the plans and certainty of US recycling programs but also stimulated investments in American plants processing recyclables. Heads of State Senate and Assembly environmental conservation committees say testimony will be taken to examine statewide recycle issues. Today’s hearing aims to examine the recycling markets of New York State and the effectiveness of municipal recycling planning and other issues.  

 

Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for Baby Food Regulations
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has called for more action to regulate baby food. Schumer has asked the FDA to create more regulations to protect the safety of baby food manufactured in the country. According to a new study, there are roughly 95% of heavy metals in 168 baby foods tested on the market. The study found lead, mercury, arsenic or cadmium with one in four of the foods tested containing all four of these metals. Schumer wants regulators to test the food and release a public statement regarding their findings and says “rightfully expect those foods to be undeniably safe, appropriately regulated and nutritiously sustaining."

 

Cuomo Defends Quoting N-Word from NY Times Article
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo defended quoting the N-word on a live radio interview, saying he was referencing a Times article about discrimination against Italian-Americans. Cuomo said: “I was directly quoting The New York Times which wrote an article about offensive slurs to Italian Americans that were also racially offensive. That was the point of the article and I directly quoted The New York Times.” Cuomo pointed back again to the New York Times after being questioned about if he felt it was appropriate to use the word. “Talk to the New York Times if you think it’s inappropriate... I was just quoting the Times. If I was quoting the Post, I would say talk to the Post.”

 

NYS Infrastructure Improvement Campaign Launched in Buffalo
A renewed effort to push for infrastructure investments in New York state was launched by a coalition and business groups this week that includes an ad campaign addressing environmental and health hazards that need to be reformed as well as potential job creation. The campaign was launched in Buffalo and officials alluded to the need to fix the downtown city streets, even as major investments like housing and a medical campus have been achieved in the last decade. The campaign referenced studies showing $1 billion of infrastructure development can create more than 28,000 jobs.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 19, 2019

Reed Calls Bipartisan Syria Resolution Support “Political Cowardice”
After voting against the condemnation to pull out 1,000 U.S. Troops from Syria, Congressman Reed spoke out against the large bipartisan majority voting in favor of the resolution, saying he is appalled. The resolution condemning the President pulling out was voted on by 129 Republicans and called the support for it “political cowardice”. “To me the political cowardice demonstrated by this was appalling because one of the things that has happened is members of Congress aren’t doing their job in regards to authorizing the use of military force in these areas around the world like Syria.” The resolution was passed 354-60.

 

Village of Fall Leaf Collection Scheduled for Monday 10/21
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin this Monday, October 21st. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village then crews will begin collection on the West Side of the village. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted. Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321

 

Two from Bath Arrested for Drug Charges
Two Bath residents were arrested on drug charges following a search warrant on the Holland-American Country Inn on State Route 415 conducted by the New York State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with the Troop E BCI and Uniform force. Barney Baker and Darcie Smith each were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. Investigators seized 10 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of marijuana, one wax envelope containing heroin, packaging material, digital scales and approximately $200 in U.S. currency. Baker and Smith were arraigned at the Steuben County Jail.

 

Pharmacies Must Inform of Drug Recalls Within 7 Days
New York has passed a new state law that requires pharmacies to inform people of class 1 drug recalls made by the Food and Drug Administration within one week. A class 1 recall happens when the drug has a high probability of causing serious adverse consequences or death. There was previously no requirement for pharmacies to inform people a drug they received was recalled. The new law mandates pharmacies contact consumers by phone or email and immediately has taken effect.

 

Steuben Democrats Hold Oktoberfest Event Tomorrow
The Steuben County Democrats will be holding an “Oktoberfest” event . Come and meet the candidates up for election this year. This event will take place tomorrow from 3-6 pm at the Main Place in Hornell. Tickets are $10 each which include 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine and pizza and wings. Entertainment will be provided by John Lewis. Special guest will be Tracy Mitrano who is running for the 23rd Congressional District next year.

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Today's Top Stories - October 18, 2019

BEGWS Announces Closing of Haverling Street
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems is planning to close a section of Haverling Street today. The section will be between Gratton Street and Vermont Street. Maine Street will also be closed. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems sincerely apologize for the inconvenience but appreciate everyone’s understanding as they complete work on Village utility infrastructure and streets.

 

Reed Votes Against Condemnation of Trump Troop Withdrawal
Congressman Tom Reed was among the 60 lawmakers voting yesterday to oppose a bipartisan House resolution to disavow President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from Syria. The resolution condemned Trump’s decision to remove about 1,000 soldiers from the region stationed to help combat ISIS and help allies like the Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces. The final vote tally was 354-60.

 

Rumsey Says Bath CSD Renovations to be Done By the Holidays
The $36 million project approved in 2016 to upgrade Bath Central School District’s middle and high school is in its final phase and anticipated to be complete in the couple of coming months. Bath Central School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey says the school hopes to have the project that began in early 2017 “wrapped up by the holidays”. The project will be completed with no additional cost to taxpayers through proper planning and makes upgrades including a complete remodel of the art departments, redoing much of the athletic facilities, improving middle school classrooms, creation of a STEAM Suite (for science, technology, engineering, art and math), adding 86 inch smartboards, dimmable lights and what he calls “the most optimum settings possible for our kids.”

 

Sheriff’s Office Promotes and Hires New Deputies
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard recently announced the promotion of one deputy, along with additions to the road patrol and corrections department. County Deputy Joshua Day was promoted to the rank of corporal, with Sheena Schafer sworn in as deputy. Shafer is a veteran of the City of Canandaigua, Village of Dansville and most recently, the Village of Wayland Police Departments. Men and women completing Basic training and sworn in as new corrections officers are: Thomas Brown, Leon Woodworth, Brandon Marvin, Jeffrey Oney, Heather Bossick, Nathaniel Carlin, Ryan Phelps, Jesse Conrad, Jeffrey Sawczyszy and Beau Roberson.

 

Bath Man Arrested Following Report of Domestic Dispute
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Jason M. York of Bath. Deputies responded to a report of domestic dispute on Redwood Circle in the Town of Erwin. It is alleged that Mr. York had choked, harassed and restrained another person.  York was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Aggravated Harassment and Unlawful Imprisonment. Mr. York was held in the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Cuomo and Other Governors Gather for Cannabis and Vaping Summit
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo got together with governors of neighboring states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the Governor’s Regional Cannabis and Vaping Summit. Last month, Cuomo invited each governor to talk about the differences in their state laws regarding marijuana and vaping and also come up with laws that were similar to prevent overstraining respective law enforcement forces. Issues like crossing state borders and driving with cannabis were touched upon, with Cuomo commenting: “We don’t want somebody driving from New York to Connecticut or New Jersey to New York to buy marijuana and then drive back and possibly be using it in the car.” Representatives from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Colorado were also present.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 17, 2019

Excessive Speed, Lack of Restraint Caused Pulteney Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has released more details from the investigation of last weekend’s fatal crash in Pulteney. The County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release confirming the  vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Though the investigation is ongoing, officials confirmed that the operator is believed to be Dustin Drake of Prattsburgh- the only survivor of the crash. The Sheriff’s Office say physical evidence determined causation factors of the crash were excessive speed and lack of occupant restraint. The investigation continues as other factors are being determined. A full press conference will be held on Monday, October 21st at 10am at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Building.

 

Steuben Bowl Demolished; Parking Lot to Be Built in the Spring
The demolition of Steuben Bowling Academy on East Steuben Street in Bath is close to completion and County Manager Jack Wheeler says the work should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Wheeler says once the $107,000 demolition is finished and debris are removed by Utica-based Ritter & Paratore Contracting, Inc., the site will be used as a parking lot for the Steuben County Office Building. Spring of 2020 is when construction of the 90-space parking lot will likely begin.

 

Hornell Women Arrested for Falsifying Documents to DSS
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Nanette Peter of Hornell. It is alleged that in October 2018, Peter knowingly and with intent to defraud presented two false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. In September of this year, Peters allegedly failed to report income to DSS. As a result, she received benefits she was not eligible for. Ms. Peter was charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, one count of petit larceny, and with one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree. She was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Damaging Vehicle
A Bath man was arrested following a report of property damage. It is alleged that Kenneth Mikko intentionally damaged the windows of a parked motor vehicle. Mikko was arrested by deputies then charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Mr. Mikko was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Bath Court at a later date.

 

DMV Changes Forms As a Result of Limo Crash
The DMV has made new changes this week with intent to improve passenger safety in limos and larger vehicles as a result of issues in last year’s fatal Schoharie county limo. One of the changes is altered vehicles will not be registered if the violate federal safety requirements. The vehicle registration form now also includes additional questions to identify larger vehicles, which can include some modified stretch limos. Now, inspection stations must notify the DMV if inspection is requested and refuse inspection if the vehicle lacks the required federal safety certification. Vehicles without certification will be blocked from inspection or registration by the DMV.

 

Board of Elections Announce Early Voting Dates and Details
All registered voters in Steuben County now have an opportunity to vote before the Nov. 5 General Election as part of New York State’s election reform. Early voting will be held at the Steuben County Annex in Bath every day from Saturday October 26th to Sunday November 3rd. Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site. Absentee ballots are now available for voters at the county Board of Elections Office or by calling (607) 664-2260. The ballot can be viewed at www.steubencony.org/boe .
The Board of Elections have posted the full schedule for early voting as follows:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Monday Oct. 28

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Tuesday Oct. 29

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Wednesday Oct. 30

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Thursday Oct. 31

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Friday Nov. 1

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 16, 2019

NYS Proposes Bill Mandating HPV Vaccine for Students
A bill being proposed in Albany may require children to get the HPV vaccine before they can attend public school or daycare. The HPV, which vaccine prevents certain cancers, is usually administered to boys and girls around age 11 or 12 and approved for males and females ages 9 to 45. The bill proposes requiring all children born after January 1, 2009 to receive the HPV vaccine to attend public school or daycare. Currently, states like Rhode Island, Virginia and the District of Columbia have mandated the vaccination for children attending school.

 

County Sheriff Confirms Pulteney Crash Information
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed information and the identities of the victims of the accident in Pulteney that happened on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:15 am Saturday morning, the car carrying five people crashed and hit a tree. Four of the five people died and the fifth person, Dustin Drake, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital and released. The four occupants of the vehicle were confirmed by the Sheriff as Korbie Higgins of Bath, Coy F. Miner of Hammondsport, Adam P. Bellamy of Ohio and Pulteney, and Nicole L. Wise of Prattsburgh. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a full investigation of this incident including a crash reconstruction. The investigation is still active and further updates will be issued as the investigation is completed.

 

Village of Fall Leaf Collection Scheduled for Monday 10/21
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin this Monday, October 21st. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village then crews will begin collection on the West Side of the village. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted. Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321

 

OFA Offers Free Grief Series
A special free series on grief is set to begin in November in Hornell, according to Steuben County Office For the Aging. The series is set to begin at 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 6th at the Hornell Senior Center and continue on Nov. 13th and 20th, and Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities or language interpretation needs with at least five-days’ notice. Registration is limited to 15 participants and is requested by Oct. 30.For more information or to register, call (607)664-2298 ext. 3636 or email OFAinfo@SteubenCountyNY.gov

 

Siena Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Oppose Dividing NY Into 2 States
A newly-released Siena poll finds the majority of New Yorkers oppose dividing New York into two different states. According to the poll, 66 percent of New York residents surveyed opposed dividing New York City, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island into a separate state from the other 53 upstate counties. Only 25 percent of those surveyed supported separating upstate New York from downstate. Earlier this year in January, the idea was raised in State Senate when Assemblyman Stephen Hawley asked the Assembly Speaker to support a referendum splitting New York into two different states.

 

Bath Rotarians Clean Roadside for Adopt-A-Highway Program
Bath Rotarians recently  got together as part of their three times a year service project to volunteer picking up litter on and off the ramps of Insterstate 86 near Exit 38. Rotarians team up to do this to support New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which was passed back in 1990 to keep the community roadways cleaner. The last time Rotarians gathered to pick up litter was back in July and they say providing the service brings them great satisfaction. Rotarian Spokesperson Elaine Tears said. “We are most pleased that we are able to extend a helping hand to keep America beautiful.” The Bath Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Dormann Library. Anyone interested in joining the local club or seeking more information about Rotary should contact Jane Russell, President, at: cateringjane@empacc.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 15, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Today's Top Stories - Monday October 14, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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