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Steuben County Deputy Recognized for Response to Traumatic Accident:


Steuben County Deputy Joseph Winters was recognized by the county Legislature’s Public Safety Committee Monday for his actions following a motor vehicle accident on February 5th.  According to county Sheriff Jim Allard, Winters responded to a report of a vehicle, traveling the wrong way on I-86 near the Hornell/Arkport exit that crashed into a concrete barricade.  Winters determined the driver required immediate emergency medical care due to catastrophic leg trauma and applied a tourniquet to the women’s leg.  He stopped the bleeding and, along with a responding firefighter, extracted her from the wreckage.  Allard said that Winters remained claim and professional, clearly communicating to 911 and first responders, and while the woman later succumbed to her injuries in a hospital, Winters’ “prompt assessment and treatment gave her the chance to receive further treatment.”



Criminal Contempt Arrest:


A Woodhull man has been arrested on a charge of criminal contempt.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 57-year-old Raymond Tong was arrested on March 31st for allegedly violating an order of protection during visitation hours at the Steuben County Jail.  It’s also alleged that Tong has a previous conviction for criminal contempt within the past five years.  He has been charged with two counts of criminal contempt and is currently incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail on other charges.



Corning Parks Survey:


Corning is preparing to apply for grants to improve city parks, but before it does so, it’s seeking the public’s input.  There is a brief survey available online that the city is encouraging residents to complete and share what they envision the parks to be in the future.  Councilwoman Kate Paterson says that dog parks are one thing they’ve received feedback on so far, but that’s just one possibility.  The deadline to complete the survey is August 31st.  You can complete the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CorningCityParks



New DSS Program for Seniors Begins in April:


Senior citizens qualified for Medicaid and returning to their homes after a stay in a nursing home may qualify for home health care through a new state program set to begin in April.  Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller said the program will include an emergency response system, assist in accessing speech and occupational therapy, and activities of daily living including self-care, grocery shopping, and laundry.  Muller said nursing homes can make direct referrals through the state program and the state will also provide DSS with a list of potential clients.



Steuben Donate Life Month/Steuben Alcohol Awareness Month:


Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed April as Steuben County Donate Life Month.  Hauryski noted a single individual’s donation of organs can save up to eight lives while a donation of tissue can save the lives of as many as 75 people.  New York State has the third highest need in the nation with 9,500 men, women, and children waiting for organ transplant, says Hauryski.  He urged residents, including 16-and 17-year-olds, to sign up on the new online New York State Donate Life Registry at http://www.donatelife.ny.gov.  Also, April has been designated as Steuben County Alcohol Awareness Month.  In a proclamation, the county Legislature calls upon all citizens to support efforts that will provide early education about alcoholism and addiction, and increase support for individuals and families coping with alcoholism. 

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