Governor’s Renewable Resources Mandate to Cause Electric Bill Bump:
As soon as tomorrow, homeowners across New York could see a small bump in their electric bill. To pay for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s renewable resources mandate, electric customers will see their bill go up less than $2 a month. The Governor’s plan is to have 50 percent of the state’s electricity generated by renewable sources like wind and solar by 2030, which Cuomo says will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent. States like Hawaii, California, and Vermont have already implemented similar mandates.
Bath Village Budget Vote Monday, Tax Hike Likely:
On Monday, the Bath Village Board will vote on a proposed $4.8 million budget that would see a tax increase for residents of 2.98 percent. The good news is that the increase is significantly lower than the 15.4 percent increase proposed in the initial budget draft. This draft would see homeowners paying $29.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. The current rate is $28.91 per $1,000. A public hearing is expected before the 5 p.m. vote.
Corning Water Consolidation Meeting April 13th:
A public information session will be held in the Town of Corning on April 13th in regards to the proposed consolidation of five of its seven water districts. The project would consolidate the Gibson, Corning Manor, East Corning, East Corning 1 and 2 water districts. Topics at the meeting are expected to include proposed rates, implementation steps, and residents’ concerns. The meeting will be at the Corning Town Hall at 6:30 p.m.
Over 600 Turn Out for CCC Job Fair:
Corning Community College was a busy place Thursday as attendance at the college’s annual job fair exceeded expectations. Over 80 employers took part, and there was a line of hopeful employees waiting to get in at 10:30 a.m. The fair didn’t start until noon. CCC Executive Director of Workforce Education Jeanne Eschbach reminds those who weren’t able to attend the event that the CSS Workforce NY One-Stop Center in Corning, Elmira, Bath, Hornell, and Montour Falls can help get you connected with job search assistance.
NYS Launches “Problem Gambling Toolkit” for Students:
A “Problem Gambling Prevention Toolkit” has been launched by the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the state Education Department for use in school districts across the state. The toolkit is for school administrators and others to teach students and parents about preventing underage gambling, and the risks associated with gambling. According to a recent survey 49 percent of seventh through 12th graders reported gambling at least once in the past year.
CCC Mascot in Final Four of Mascot Competition:
You’ve carefully monitored your March Madness bracket, but what about the mascots? The fifth annual SUNY Mascot Madness competition is heating up and there’s a local competitor hoping to take home the win. Corning Community College’s Red Baron is the only community college mascot remaining. The challengers are SUNY Farmingdale’s Ram-bo, the College of Environmental Science and Forestry’s Oakie the Acorn, and SUNY Geneseo’s Victor E. Knight. Voting on the final four ends today at 4 p.m., you can cast your vote at http://blog.suny.edu/2017/03/mascot-madness-2017-final-four/. The winners will move on to the finals.
Judge Asked to Dismiss Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Claim:
On Tuesday, NASCAR star Tony Stewart filed a motion asking a judge to dismiss many of the claims in the wrongful death lawsuit that followed the crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in which a North Country driver was killed. In August 2014, Stewart was racing at the dirt track when 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. left his car after crashing and stepped onto the track. The lawsuit, filed by Ward’s family, claims Stewart was driving recklessly and that he gunned his engine while under a caution, causing his car to slide and hit Ward. A grand jury determined after the accident that Stewart would face no charges. Mediation on the case is set for April 18th, and a hearing on Stewart’s motion is set for April 28th.
Palmesano Confident About State Budget Deadline:
In a phone interview Wednesday, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said that while there are still issues to be ironed out in the state budget, he and other lawmakers are continuing to work to meet the April 1st deadline. Key points include the age of criminal responsibility, and increased state funding for local roads and highways. If the deadline isn’t met, Palmesano assures that there are measures in place to avoid a government shutdown.
Bath Food Hub Project On Hold:
Budget concerns have put the construction of a $3.9 million “food hub” in Bath on hold. Construction was expected to get underway at the former Dana Lyon Middle School as early as this spring, but according to Executive Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Jamie Johnson, the project is on hold until the federal budget is adopted and sponsors know what the federal funding levels will look like. The “food hub” will be a central location for collecting, processing, packaging, and distributing local agricultural projects. There will also be kitchen and restaurant incubators, as well as office space. Officials estimate it could generate $1.3 million for Steuben farmers and employ roughly 40 people at the site and participating farms.
Steuben Indictments Up in 2016:
The Steuben County District Attorney’s Office has released its 2016 annual report and the action was up slightly last year. The number of indictments in 2016 was 390, up six from the year before, but county District Attorney Brooks Baker says the number of people indicted is probably much higher than that as many of the indictments included multiple defendants – particularly in drug cases.
CCC Job Fair Today:
The Corning Community College regional job fair is open to everyone today. Some 80 employers are expected to be in attendance, looking for full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal workers. Industries include, healthcare, accounting firms, banks, auto body, and more. The fair is from noon to 3 p.m. and will be held in the gymnasium.
No Wasting Disease Found in NY Deer:
It’s good news for deer in New York State. The Department of Environmental Conservation has announced that following the testing of roughly 2,400 white-tailed deer last season, the population shows no signs of chronic wasting disease. The highly contagious disease causes deer to become emaciated and uncoordinated, and eventually they die.
Reed Comments on Failed Health Care Bill
Congressman Tom Reed said he spent the past weekend examining his role following last week’s collapse of health care reform and thinks the problem with the ACA will likely become worse before Congress attempts to reform it again. Reed said in an interview that the failure of the republican-proposed bill proves the necessity of bipartisan negotiation to improve health care legislation."Maybe it's time to have a serious conversation, to go to people on the Democratic side..." the congressman suggested.
Bath Police Fill Investigator Position
Bath Police Department say that they will fill a full-time investigator position in June. This position was cut in September 2014 because officials did not want to raise taxes but was added again through a contract negotiation agreement with the Bath PBA and Bath Village Board. The Village Board faced public pressure when about 150 residents came to the Bath Fire Department voiced their concerns of safety due to fewer officers.
State Property Grant Awarded to Steuben County Steuben County will receive a $500,000 state grant to improve abandoned properties and revive neighborhoods over the next two years.The grant is going towards the land bank to handle costs of the acquiring and restoring of abandoned properties as well as handling start-up costs for the land bank program. Once a home has been restored and sold successfully, the proceeds will be returned to the land bank, allowing other properties to be fixed as well. Ten properties are planned to be demolished with this grant. County Manager Wheeler hopes to put more county property back on the tax role.
Cuomo Promises Wage Increase for Direct Care Workers
Governor Andrew Cuomo made appearances from his office on Tuesday as budget negotiations continue, promising he won’t sign the state budget without an increase in funding for direct care workers wages. Facing pressure at the Capitol from hundreds from the disability community, an additional $10 million was added from the original $45 million for direct care workers to help offset the increases in the state’s minimum wage. According to the governor, this increase in funding to a total of $55 million allows for direct care workers’ wages to meet the statewide minimum wage plus three percent over the period of two years.
CCC to Hold Job Fair
Corning Community College hosts its annual job fair on Thursday from noon to 3:00 PM in the CCC gymnasium. About 80 employers are slated be there from various fields, seeking potential employees to full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal positions as well as internships. The employers who plan to be represented at the fair are listed online at: https://www.corning-cc.edu/events/job-fair
Flags Lowered in Honor of Dansville Staff Sergeant
Flags on state buildings are at half-staff today. Gov. Cuomo ordered the move to honor U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alexandria Mae Morrow, a native of Dansville, who died in Southwest Asia on Wednesday, March 22. The 25-year-old airman was killed in a non-combat related incident.
Hornell Woman Charged with Larceny, Forgery
A Hornell woman is facing charges for grand larceny and forgery once an audit from a financial institution discovered she allegedly forged documents at a former job. Jennifer Mix, 37, is accused of forging an application for a personal loan, which she will stand trial in Hornell City Court for one count of forgery and one count of grand larceny on April 6th.
County Legislature Approves Construction Project
The Steuben County legislature approved a plan to begin the capital construction project for offices on East Morris Street and a records building on Mount Washington in Bath.Also approved was a proposal to build a shell on the third story of Bath’s downtown center. State-mandated institutions like the Public Defender office, are likely to need more space in the future. According to county officials, this endeavor is funded through a bond and county reserves, and not financed by increasing citizen’s property taxes.
Weston to Test Corning Soil
Soil testing is planned to begin for up to 66 Houghton Plot properties in Corning from mid-to-late April. Homeowners will be mailed access agreement letters from Corning Incorporated asking permission on behalf of Weston Solutions to start soil sampling. The results will be available approximately mid-August. Testing is to monitor the soil levels for contaminants including lead, cadmium or arsenic levels to the standard of State Soil Cleanup Objectives established by the DEC.
State Budget Approval Underway
Eyes will be trained on Albany this week…The state budget is supposed to be adopted by Saturday, but some lawmakers question if the $154 billion will be approved on time. There are still plenty of issues that remain open for discussion.
Tax Credit for New York Emergency Workers
New York officials are reminding volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers that they could be eligible for a personal income tax credit. The credit is designed for state residents who were active as volunteer firefighters or ambulance workers for the full tax year. The credit is worth $200 for individuals and $400 for couples filing jointly, if both spouses qualify.
Free Drug Education Event
All of the community is welcomed free educational event to combat teen substance abuse on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bath-Haverling High School Auditorium. Steuben Prevention Coalition has partnered with Alfred State College and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office to sponsor the event titled “High in Plain Sight: Current Drug, Concealment and Alcohol Trends”. The program features three sessions throughout the day, including a presentation by renowned speaker and officer Jermaine Galloway from 6-7:30. Youth Action Forum group will provide childcare for this free event.
Minor Arrested for Fabricating Abuse
A Bath teen was arrested by New York State police on Saturday after they falsely claimed sexual abuse. Steuben County Child Protective Services jointly investigated the case with police after the 14-year-old made the allegations, signing deposition attesting to the abuse. Once the minor admitted that their story was false, they were arrested and charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident and Making a False Written Statement.
Painted Post Man Wanted for Theft
CORNING, N.Y. (18 NEWS) - New York State Police in Painted Post are looking for a white male in a white t-shirt, baseball hat and +blue jeans who stole $38 dollars from the Riverside Tops Sunday afternoon. At around 2:30pm that day, the suspect received change for a purchase in the form of two $20 bills from the cashier after paying for the item with $50. According to police, cameras show the suspect keeping the two $20 bills in his pocket and claim he was given the wrong change, showing the cashier the two $1 bills, and was given an additional two $20 bills. If anyone has information regarding this incident please call Painted Post State Police Office at (607) 962-6864.
Kanona Bridge Meeting Scheduled
Bridge replacement plans on State Route 415 will be discussed at 6 p.m. April 5 at the Kanona Fire Hall. The New York State Department of Transportation organized the meeting to share project information about replacing the Route 415 bridge over the Cohocton river near Kanona and give the intersection of Routes 415 and 53 with a traffic roundabout. Department of Transportation officials say the truss bridge will be removed and a new structure be built 100 feet south from the current bridge location. The roundabout is proposed as an effort to improve safety. Officials will be available to answer the public’s questions and say the construction is estimated to take nine months and will take place sometime in 2018.
Walk for Multiple Sclerosis
Corning will be hosting a walk to raise funds for Multiple Sclerosis is planned for May 21st It will be held at the Corning – Painted Post High school with check in time 9:00am. Donations received will be used towards research and providing programs and services for people with MS. Last year this event raised more than $30,000...for more information go to walkms.org
New Policeman Sworn In
A new part time police officer was sworn in at the recent Bath Village Board meeting. He is 22 year old Michael Jackson of Bath. Jackson joins a force of nine full-time officers and six part time policemen. He is a graduate of Haverling High School and is currently attending Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy
Congressman Reed Announces More Town Halls
Another series of town hall meetings has been scheduled by congressman Tom Reed for Saturday, April 1st. Reed is continuing his appearances in the 23rd district upon ample turnout to his previous town halls. Popular issues among his constituents include healthcare reform, budget cuts, education and public funding of community healthcare clinics like Planned Parenthood. The meetings will occur:
8:30 a.m. at Tioga Central School
11 a.m. at Broadway Academy in Southport
1:30 p.m. at Tyrone Fire Department
3:30 p.m. at Avoca High School
Negotiations Underway for Campbell Kraft Heinz Plant
Two months are left until more than 300 employees at the Campbell Kraft Heinz plant could lose employment as negotiations to sell it remain active but unresolved to settle for a buyer. “The negotiations are ongoing,” Steuben County IDA Executive Director Jamie Johnson said. Additional details about the phase of the negotiations are not yet known but another six plants are confirmed to close at Kraft Heinz company.
Reed Booed On House Floor Over Healthcare
On Friday Congressman Tom Reed was booed when he had the floor to speak about the new alternative The Faso/Collins Repeal Legislation, supported by most Republicans to replace the Affordable Healthcare Act. On the floor Reed commented about the proposal “I heard my colleagues on the other side of the aisle say, ‘it’s not perfect, we need to repair it. But yet today, we take the first step, in this endeavor, by the legislation that’s before us..” when booing ensued.
He also noted “All we hear, is how bad this legislation is.” Healthcare has been a hot button issue, especially Reed who has faced many protests by constituents opposing his stance.
Hammondsport Man Arrested for Weapons
This week members of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team arrested Michael T. Huffman of Hammondsport for Criminal Possession of a Weapon Third Degree (D Felony) and Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon Third Degree (E Felony) in Urbana. After an investigation it was discovered that Huffman illegally received a .38 caliber revolver in the mail from Florida and illegally transported a .22 caliber revolver from the State of Florida. Huffman was sent to the Steuben County Jail after an arraignment in Hammondsport.
Steuben Construction Bids
Construction Bids for Bath NY will take place 10 a.m. Monday in the County Office Building, 3 E. Pulteney Square by the Steuben County Real Property Auction. Up for auction an office building and records storage outbuilding which both are slated for construction in May.The cost of both projects was estimated earlier at $8.7 million.
Allegany County Men Indicted for Robbery
An Arkport man has been indicted by an Allegany County Grand Jury. Prosecutors said 28-year-old Josiah Gardner of Wellsville and 34-year-old James Foster of Arkport, were both indicted on charges of felony 2nd degree burglary. The men are accused of entering a home in Almond in 2015 and stealing a TV, Kindle, a locked box and money.
County Task Force for Prevention of Child Abuse Calls for Nominations
The Steuben County Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben. Nominations are welcome from schools, government agencies, community organizations, private practitioners, churches, and other concerned individuals or groups. For nomination forms or more information contact Bill Caudill, Youth Bureau Coordinator or ask any Task Force member.
Hornell Man Arrested for Abusing Child:
A Hornell man was arrested Thursday after the Olean General Hospital alerted authorities of child abuse. 50-year-old Rickie Johnson Sr. was admitted at the hospital for threatening suicide. While there he disclosed that the reason he wished to harm himself was because he inappropriately touched an 11-year-old boy. When interviewed by State Police, Johnson reportedly admitted to the inappropriate contact and provided a written statement. He was charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.
More Charges with Rochester Man Who Pretended to be Officer:
More charges have been filed against the Rochester man that allegedly impersonated a federal agent in the Bath area. During a court appearance Wednesday, 62-year-old Dr. Richard Hoyer was additionally charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and one count of unauthorized police lighting in his vehicle. Hoyer was arrested on March 9th after an investigation revealed that he was allegedly posing as a police officer. He was previously charged with first-degree criminal impersonation. Following Wednesday’s court proceeding, Hoyer was released on his own recognizance.
Steuben Co. K9 Officer to Receive Body Armor:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office’s 4-legged officer will soon be getting the same sort of protection as his two-legged coworkers. K9 Devin will be receiving a bullet and stab protective vest, thanks to a charitable donation from Vested Interested in K9s, Inc, a non-profit organization. The vest is sponsored by Jeremiah and JoLee Yeddo of Plattsburgh. Delivery is expected within 8 to 10 weeks. The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. K9 Devin is a four-year-old German Shepard that joined the Sheriff’s Office in January 2014. He’s named in honor of Army Sergeant Devin Snyder of Cohocton, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2011.
Local Hospitals Could Be Hit by AHCA:
Gov. Cuomo is warning that hospitals in Steuben County could face funding cuts of more than $2.3 million if the American Health Care Act and its amendments are eventually passed. According to an analysis by the New York State Department of Health, Ira Davenport could lose $332,000, St. James $795,000 and $1.2 million at the Guthrie Corning Hospital. Cuomo said the funding reductions could cripple hospitals and their ability to provide critical health care services for local residents and jeopardizing hundreds of jobs.
FLSPCA Acts for Public’s Help with “Feline Emergency”:
The Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath is asking for the community’s help with what it’s calling a “Feline Emergency.” 64 cats were rescued from a home earlier this week, and while area shelters are assisting with the care of the animals, the SPCA is still in need of further items like blankets, towels, dry and wet cat food, cat litter, bleach, and laundry soap.
$274K Raised in “Check Out Hunger” Campaign:
Thursday, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced the results of its 23rd annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign and it was good news all around. The fundraiser saw a 1 percent increase from last year and raised over $274,000. Grocery stores throughout the region participated, including Jubilee Foods, Save-a-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans. Shoppers donated at the register.
Work on I-86 Today:
The New York State Department of Transportation and the Town of Bath will be performing road work on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 to 39 in Bath today in order to remove 12 light poles. Detours are not expected, but traffic speeds will be reduced in 15 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Man Arrested on Rape Charges:
The Village of Bath Police Department has arrested Derick Giardina after an investigation into a reported rape case where Giardina allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old. Giardina faces two counts of rape, three counts of criminal sexual act, and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Giardina was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Hornell Man Facing Drug Charges:
A Hornell man extradited from New Jersey is behind bars in Steuben County today. 25-year-old Brandon Miles is facing charges of criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance, as well as felony violation of probation. He is being held without bail while he awaits arraignment.
Corning, DEC Talk Soil Remediation:
Wednesday night, Corning Inc., and the State Departments of Environmental Conservation and Health presented their soil remediation plans and updated Corning residents on clean-up efforts at a meeting in Corning. The DEC says its primary objective is to gain access to residential properties within their “study areas,” test for contamination, provide remediation if necessary, and then issue “no further action” letters when the work is done. They say they hope some “no further action” letters will be issued soon, within in the next two months. The State says the community can help speed up the process through their comment period. For the full presentation and more information visit http://postcreekstudyarea.com.
Healthcare Vote Today, Local Organizations Speak Out Against New Plan:
A vote is expected today in the House of Representatives on the Republican’s proposed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. It’s unclear if the American Health Care Act will have enough “yes” votes to pass, but one lawmaker who has said he will vote for it is Representative Tom Reed, despite urging from local organizations for him to vote it down. On Wednesday, Able2 Enhancing Potential, AIM Independent Living Center, Pathways Inc., and the Arcs of Steuben and Schuyler issued a joint statement voicing their concerns over the legislation, specifically its proposed changes to Medicaid, including the recently added Medicaid Local Share Limitation amendment. The amendment would shift costs of Medicaid from counties to the state. Arc of Steuben Executive Director Bernie Burns said bluntly that “the reductions… will destroy services for people with development disabilities.”
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Receives “Comfort Bags” for Kids:
Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Painted Post, Steuben County Deputies now have comfort bags that they can present to children involved in stressful situations. The bags are a result of a donation of 100 stuffed animals from Douglas Toys in New Hampshire and a $100 gift card from Walmart. Members of the Kiwanis Club also purchased crayons and coloring books to fill the bags.
Lawmakers Propose Free Tampons:
Members of the legislative’s women’s caucus have proposed a series of bills that would offer women in poorer communities better access to necessary hygiene products. The bills would offer tampons free of charge in schools, homeless shelters, and local and state correctional facilities. The women’s caucus says access to feminine hygiene products is not only about necessity, but dignity.
Village Election Results:
Village elections were held on Tuesday. The results are as follows: in Bath Mark Bardeen and Melani Coots ran unopposed for the trustee seats. In Hammondsport Emery Cummings Jr. was running unopposed for Mayor; there is no report at this time regarding the trustee seats. In Savona it was Brian Scott for Mayor, Mary Finch and Morris Ben Smith each for a 2 year trustee term, and Christopher Laursen for a one year trustee term. In Wayland, Richard Saxton and Aimee Campbell were named trustees; Michael Parks and Thomas Recktenwald were unopposed for Mayor and village justice, respectively.
Demolition Begins Today on Steuben Co. Project:
Demolition of two buildings on East Morris Street in Bath is expected to get underway today in anticipation of Steuben County’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years. County Manager Jack Wheeler said the construction of an office complex on East Morris, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington, is expected to begin in early May. The cost of the two projects is estimated at $8.7 million. The final project design and costs are slated for review by the county Legislature on Monday.
Accident Dumps Construction Waste in Hodgman’s Creek:
Construction waste was spilled into a stream in Erwin Hollow Tuesday after a tractor-trailer overturned just after 1 p.m. on Erwin Hollow Road. The stream feeds into Hodgman’s Creek. The Department of Environmental Conservation was called in, and officials report that there are no indications of serious environmental risk. One lane of the road was closed for several hours. The driver was not harmed in the accident.
Clayton Murder Case to be Featured on NBC Dateline:
Friday’s episode of NBC’s Dateline will feature the Clayton murder case. Kelley Stage Clayton was murdered in her Town of Caton home on September 29th 2015. Her husband, Thomas Clayton, was found guilty in February of hiring a former employee, Michael Beard, to kill her in exchange for money. Clayton is set to be sentenced on April 24th. Beard was also convicted and was sentenced to life in prison without parole. A third man, Mark Blandford, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and testified at Clayton’s trial in exchange for a plea deal. A preview of the episode is available at http://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/preview-the-house-in-the-woods-903024195561.
City of Hornell Looks to Override Tax Cap:
Next Monday the City of Hornell will hold a special meeting to override the 2 percent tax cap. At a public hearing and budget presentation on Saturday, it was revealed that the city plans on a 1.6 percent tax increase. According to Mayor Shawn Hogan, the reason for the override is because a substantial amount of money was added to the city’s total assessed value. It order to stay under the cap, Hogan said, the city would need to cut over $80,000 from the budget. Following the special meeting on Monday there will be a vote on the budget.
Work on I-86 in Bath Friday:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that road work will be done on I-86 in the vicinity of Exits 37 to 39 in Bath on Friday. Detours are not expected, but traffic speeds will be reduced in 15 minute intervals from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. as the NYSDOT and the Town of Bath removes 12 light poles.
Wellsville Man Facing Child Porn Charges:
A month long investigation by the New York State Police of Bath has resulted in charges of child pornography against a Wellsville man. 43-year-old Peter Shoughrue allegedly exchanged nude photographs with a subject under the age of 16, with the intent of enticing or luring the victim to engage in sexual contact with him. Additionally, Shoughrue allegedly traveled to Avoca with the intent of engaging in sexual contact with the victim. Shoughrue has been charged with disseminating indecent material to minors, attempted use of a child in a sexual performance, attempted luring a child, attempted criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child. Shoughrue has been sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
President’s Budget Could Impact Steuben Meals on Wheels Programs:
President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget includes cuts to numerous programs, including one that could be impacted here in Steuben County: Meals on Wheels. The Steuben County Office for the Aging anticipates over $66,000 in federal funding for home-delivered meals. County OFA Director Patricia Baroody said that home-delivered meal programs are critical in helping to keep seniors in their homes and keeping them healthy. Last year, Corning Meals on Wheels served over 53,000 meals and ProAction served 61,000. According to the Associated Press the proposed budget would cut hundreds of millions of dollars for the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as eliminate Community Development Block grants.
Public Meeting with the DEC on Corning Soil Remediation:
The public will soon get details on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plans for the soil remediation in Corning. A public meeting will be held tomorrow with the DEC and the Department of Health at the Radisson Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The agencies will outline proposed plans for dealing with contaminated soil in the area. Also, from 3 to 5 p.m. agency staff and Corning Incorporated will be available to answer questions concerning the study area. Remediation could begin this summer. Public comments are being accepted until April 10th. For more information about the meeting and the proposals, click https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/851046pddou1235.pdf
Steuben Sheriff Announces Membership Drive:
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard is encouraging residents to support the New York State Sheriffs’ Institute, which began its annual Honorary Membership Drive in Steuben County this week. The Sheriffs’ Institute was established in 1979 to advance criminal justice education, prevent juvenile delinquency, and support victims of crime and their families. Programs include the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp, Criminal Justice Scholarship Program, and Victim Notification Programs. For information about Sheriffs’ Institute Programs you can visit https://www.sheriffsinstitute.org.
Tech Kiosk Installed at Bath’s Dormann Library:
The newest education tool added to the Dormann Library in Bath is a Krayon Kiosk, recently installed thanks to a community-wide effort that included the Bath Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club, and Servu Credit Union. The kiosk includes four iPads/tablets that are each equipped with educational applications focused on reading, writing, math, science, music, art, history, puzzles, and problem-solving. It’s meant for children aged 2 to 9 years old.
Applications Still Being Accepted for Arc Scholarship:
The Arc of Steuben is reminding interested students that there’s still time to apply for the Ethel Strickarz Memorial Scholarship. Any student in a public or private high school is eligible. It’s also open to home-schooled students and continuing education students. Students interested in applying must be majoring in a subject connected to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information email Bob Recotta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Ed. Meeting:
The Avoca Central School Board of Education Meeting will be tonight at 7 p.m. in DL Room #137. Among the items on agenda is the approval of the 2017-2018 school calendar.
I-86 Crash, Driver Airlifted to Hospital:
A portion of I-86 eastbound was closed for about an hour Sunday afternoon following a tractor-trailer accident between Exits 38 and 39. The vehicle left the highway and collided with a tree. When Bath Volunteer Firefighters arrived, the driver was conscious and still in the cab. The driver was able to get out with assistance from firefighters and Bath Volunteer Ambulance crews. Erring on the side of safety, a medical helicopter was called in. The truck was carrying insulation. Two of the diesel fuel tanks ruptured, and T&R Towing and Environmental Services were called in to recover the truck and clean up the fuel spill. The driver’s condition is unknown at this time.
Canisteo Man Accused of Child Abuse:
A Canisteo man has been arrested on sexual abuse and child endangerment charges following an investigation into possible child abuse. State troopers allege that on fourteen separate occasions 26-year-old Patrick Runyan intentionally subjected a fifteen-year-old to sexual contact while at a residence in the Village of Canisteo. He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 cash bail.
Canisteo Man Charged with Promoting Contraband:
A Canisteo man is accused of promoting prison contraband. 22-year-old Joseph Carter was arrested by Steuben County deputies after he allegedly introduced contraband into the county jail while he was being booked on unrelated charges. He has been charged with introducing contraband and unlawful possession of marihuana. He was issued appearance tickets.
Alcohol Cited in Accident:
A Bath man has been arrested following investigation into a motor vehicle accident that occurred on March 12th. 43-year-old Robert Ogden has been charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08%, failure to maintain lane, and unreasonable speed. He was issued appearance tickets.
2 Charged with Endangering Children:
Two Bath residents has been arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and permitting unlicensed operation of a vehicle following a traffic stop Sunday. According the Bath Police Department, a vehicle without lights was stopped around 2 a.m. and it was discovered that the driver was a child less than 16 years old. 35-year-old Cindy Knowles and 39-year-old Michael Knowles were both in the vehicle and allegedly allowed the child to drive as they were both intoxicated. Another child under the age of 16 was also in the vehicle. Appearance tickets were issued.
Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 22-year-old Ryan Obrien of Canisteo and 26-year-old Michael Whritenour of Painted Post following a traffic stop on State Route 21 in Fremont. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Whritenour has been charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs, while Obrien was charged with unlawful possession of marihuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail.
3rd Straight NYC Half Marathon Win for Huddle:
For the third straight year, Elmira native Molly Huddle ran way with the win Sunday at the New York City Half Marathon. Huddle finished with a time of 1 hour, eight minutes, and 19 seconds. She was followed by her training partner Emily Sisson in second place, just two seconds behind. Huddle and Sisson were nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field.
Recaptured Prison Escapee Files Suit Against Governor:
One of the two prisoners that broke out of Clinton Correctional in 2015 has now filed a lawsuit against Governor Andrew Cuomo. The suit, filed by Patrick Alexander, also names some troopers and prison workers. It alleges that after Alexander was recaptured, the Governor stopped and taunted him in the cells, and then that he and other prisoners were beaten shortly after. The Governor’s spokesman calls the story ridiculous.
Jackals Raise $14K for Family of Kelley Clayton:
It was a loss for the Jackals against the Brampton Beast on Saturday, but it was a win for the family of Kelley Stage Clayton and domestic violence awareness. It was the Jackal’s domestic violence awareness night and the team raised $14,200 for Kelley’s family through ticket sales and a postgame auction of domestic violence awareness purple and grey jerseys.
Bath Village Board Schedules Public Alarm Hearing
The Bath village board has scheduled a public hearing for Monday to discuss a proposed law dealing with recurring false alarms at homes and businesses. The mayor recently said that repetitive false intrusion and fire alarms were creating a strain for police and emergency services. The hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on March 20th at 5:30 p.m.
Corning Police a student for making threats
A 16 year old Corning-Painted Post High School has been arrested by Corning Police for making threats to staff members. The identity of the student has not been released….he was charged with making terrorists threats which is class D Felony. The student was apparently angry over a suspension he had received and said he was going to go home and get some guns and do harm to staff members. The student could get up to seven years in prison if found guilty of the charge
State Police Patrolling St. Patty’s Weekend
State Police, the State Liquor Authority, State Department of Motor Vehicles, and local law enforcement will be out in force today, St. Patrick’s Day and throughout the weekend. Police will be looking for impaired drivers. The campaign includes a number of sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols, and a detail to crackdown on underage drinking and sales to minors. During the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day weekend enforcement effort, Troopers made 257 arrests for DWI and issued more than 17,000 tickets.
Men Arrested for Possession, DUI
A traffic stop in Bath yesterday Ryan Obrien of Canisteo and Michael Whritenour of Painted Post were stopped on State Route 21 in the Town of Fremont where Whritenour was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and Obrien, a charge for possession of marijuana and heroin. Following their arraignment, both men were sent to the Steuben County Jail and scheduled to appear in court at a later date.
Elmira Fire Claims One Life
A fire in Elmira took the life of one resident as multiple responders took the call for a structure fire that occurred around 9:15pm. The victim was found on the second level of duplex residence and displaced residents have been assisted by theRed Cross. A cause of the fire is being investigated.
Governor Responds to President’s Proposed Budget:
Governor Andrew Cuomo didn’t mince words Thursday when responding to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget. He urged Congress to reject it, calling the plan “dangerous, reckless, and contemptuous of American values.” He says the budget would cut funding to transportation projects – such as the rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey – as well as undermine affordable housing, healthcare research, and environmental protection.
Owner of Watkins Glen Rental Company Accused of Defrauding Customers:
The office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a Watkins Glen-area vacation rental home business. Henry Dean, and his company FLGH, LLC., is accused of defrauding customers by falsely advertising properties and then refusing to refund customers when they attempted to cancel. The lawsuit is seeking a permanent injunction prohibiting the operation of the business, as well as restitution of over $102,000 and over $85,000 in civil penalties and costs. Customers who believe they may have been defrauded by or have unresolved disputes with a business are encouraged to call the A.G. Consumer Help Line at (800) 771-7755.
New Member of Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Dept.:
A 2016 graduate of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy was sworn in Thursday as a member of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department Road Patrol. Deputy Andrew Hawk, of Bath, joined the department at a ceremony at the county Public Safety Building. Hawk was previously employed by the Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office, and the Watkins Glen Police Department.
Winter Storms Impact Blood Drives:
The American Red Cross is urging blood and platelet donors to give blood to offset shortfalls caused by the severe winter weather that has affected several states this month. About 150 blood drives have been cancelled so far this month due to winter weather, causing thousands of blood and platelet products to go uncollected.
Beware Carbon Monoxide after Storm:
While shoveling out the driveway after this week’s big storm may certainly be a priority, don’t forget to also check your home for blocked furnace and hot water vents. Due to the heavy snowfall, along with blowing and drifting snow, there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and health officials remind residents that snow drifts around homes should be addressed. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer because it’s colorless, odorless, tasteless, and non-irritating. For more information about it, visit https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/indoors/air/carbon_monoxide_need_to_know.htm.
Addison to Host Harlem Wizards:
The Harlem Wizards are returning to the Southern Tier next week. They’ll be appearing at the Addison Events Center at the Addison High School on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children in advance, or $15 for adults and $12 for children at the door.
Gov. Lifts Tractor Trailer Restrictions:
Late Wednesday afternoon Governor Andrew announced that the restrictions on travel and tractor-trailers on roadways across the state were being lifted. The bans impacted the New York Thruway, 1-81, I-86/Rt. 17, I-87 from Albany to the Canadian border, and I-88.
Update on New St. James Mercy Location:
At this week’s meeting of the Hornellsville town board, there was some news regarding the future site of the new St. James Hospital. Town Supervisor Ken Isaman announced that the old Kmart plaza, which was originally designated to be sold to the hospital, will now be sold instead to private developer Morgan Management out of Rochester. The plan is for the property to be broken up into two parcels, with a Medical Arts Building in the main structure, and the new hospital in the adjacent field and parking lot. Isaman called it “great news,” as when the projected owner was solely St. James Hospital, it was tax exempt. Now, tax revenue can be collected from Morgan Management.
Snow Fall Record Set in Binghamton:
This week’s storm helped the City of Binghamton break a dubious record. The city recorded 31.3 inches of snow over Tuesday and Wednesday, shattering its previous record of 23 inches that was set in February 1961. For the season, Binghamton has seen 127.7 inches – just short of seasonal record set in the winter of ’93-’94.
Food Bank Fights for “Farm to Food Bank” Bill:
Representatives from the Food Bank of the Southern Tier traveled to Albany Wednesday where they met with New York State lawmakers who are fighting for the “Farm to Food Bank” bill. The bill, which has previously been vetoed by Governor Cuomo, would provide tax credits to family farms that donate directly to food banks. The Assemblymen are also working to protect funding for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.
Lawmakers Propose Pay Hike for Arc Workers:
While Governor Andrew Cuomo left out a pay hike for direct support professionals in his proposed budget, the state Assembly and Senate have both drafted their own proposals that include $45 million for a pay increase for those who provide services to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It would bump pay to $15 an hour. The Arc of Steuben employs roughly 275 direct support professionals.
Bath Board of Ed. Meets Tonight:
The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 5:30 p.m. in the high school library.
Storm Warning Still in Effect, Use Caution:
Caution is still urged today following the massive winter storm that enveloped the area Tuesday. Steuben County Director of Emergency Management Timothy Marshall urges those who don’t need to go out to stay home. The concern today, he said, is not just continued snow, but also high winds that could make for very poor visibilities and poor driving conditions. Residents are advised to call ahead to make sure destinations are open, be prepared for delays, and to check for updates on travel conditions. Local closings and delays are available here on WVIN and on wvinbath.com with Stormwatch. Drivers can call 511 or visit http://www.511ny.org for information. Please do not call 911.
Police Seek Suspect in Road Rage Incident:
Troopers are seeking a suspect who allegedly displayed a handgun during a road rage incident Sunday night near the intersection of County Road 111 and County Road 84. According to the North Hornell state police the incident occurred around 8 p.m. and the man in question was gone by the time they arrived on the scene. He is described as a white male about 50-years-old. Average build with long grey hair and a beard, wearing a baseball cap, a winter plaid jacket possibly blue in color, and blue jeans. He was operating a silver pickup truck with large mirrors, four doors, and amber marker lights. Anyone with information should call the Wayland State Police barracks at 585-728-5007.
Snow Storm Snapshot – How Others Faired:
Locally, it was a messy, snowy day that shut down schools and many businesses and
organizations. A travel advisory was announced for Steuben, but no ban. How did other areas fair? Broome County took the brunt of the storm with some areas recording 14 inches of snow by 7 a.m., and at 4 p.m., the National Weather Service posted 27 inches of snow in Endwell. Chemung County issued a travel advisory Tuesday afternoon, but the Elmira area only saw about 5 or 6 inches. Police in Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties reported a few minor accidents and cars off the road. In Buffalo, 255 members of the National Guard were called in. In Rochester, following last week’s heavy windstorm, some 3,000 people were still without power.
St. Patrick’s Day DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard has announced that Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement crackdown on impaired driving over the Saint Patrick’s holiday weekend. The effort starts on Saint Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th and runs through March 19th.
Drug, Alcohol Presentation in Bath March 29th:
The Steuben Prevention Coalition will present a drug and alcohol program entitled “High in Plain Sight: Current Drug, Concealment and Alcohol Trends” on March 29th at the Bath Haverling High School Auditorium. It will be from 9 to 11 a.m. for school personnel, area professionals, educators, and prevention providers; from 1 to 3 p.m. for law enforcement, probation officers, first responders, and fire departments; and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for community members and parents. Registration is requested by calling 587-4015.
State of Emergency Declared Statewide:
As of midnight Monday night, a state of emergency took effect across all 62 counties of New York due to the extreme winter storm. Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging residents to “stay informed, avoid unnecessary travel. Also non-essential state employees have been advised to stay home from work today. Motorists can check road conditions by calling 511, or by visiting http://www.511ny.org before traveling.
Winter Storm Bringing Also Bringing Big Price Tag for Steuben Co.:
The winter storm isn’t just bringing the snow today, it’s also expected to bring a hefty price tag for Steuben County. The county’s snow and ice budget for 2017 is roughly $2.8 million, and between the salt and sand, labor, and equipment, the cost is expected to be just under $290,000 for just this storm alone. The good news is so long as there aren’t any many snowstorms in the final seven weeks of the season, the budget should hold until next winter. Plowing began at 3 a.m. this morning and will continue until 9 p.m. tonight. If you must go out today, you are reminded to slow down, and if you don’t have good tires, you’re urged to stay off the road.
Former Restaurant Owners Charged:
The former owners of two Sonora’s Mexican restaurants in Bath and Corning have been indicted on charges that they pocketed nearly $200,000 in sales tax. Christopher and Kimberlee Klee, both of Elmira, are accused of failing to file state sales tax returns and remit more than $175,000 in sales tax from the two restaurants. If convicted, they could spend up to 15 years in prison.
New Proposal for Free Tuition in NYS:
With critics blasting Governor Andrew Cuomo’s $163 million proposal for free tuition in New York State for not addressing room and board costs or student dent, Senate Democrats on Monday announced their own plan. Their new proposal would make tuition free for students from families earning up to $150,000 – as opposed to Cuomo’s $125,000 threshold – and is would also give lower income students more help with room and board, and $10 million in increased aid for students at private colleges. On the other side of the aisle, Assembly Republicans offered a plan earlier this year that would raise eligibility for the state’s tuition assistance program, and offer every recipient another $500 while increasing tax breaks for student debt payments.
Thousands of Flights Canceled in Face of Big Storm
The winter weather isn’t just bad for road travel, but in the skies as well. More than 6,000 U.S. airlines flights were canceled ahead of today’s big storm. Biggest domestic passenger carrier, Southwest Airlines, doesn’t expect any flights today at 14 airports between Washington and Portland, Maine. The major airlines are waiving ticket-change fees that range up to $200, though are restrictions that vary by airline.
Closings and Cancellations
A Complete listing of cancellations at www.wvinbath.com
Winter Storm Warning Tonight Through Wednesday:
The National Weather Service has announced a winter storm warning that takes effect at 8 p.m. tonight and will run through 8 p.m. Wednesday night. The storm is expected to impact much of the state. Locally, the snow will start tonight and pick up into tomorrow, where we could see as much as an inch per hour at times. Certain areas could see as much as 10 to 12 inches by the time the storm has had its say. Higher elevations could see 15 to 18 inches.
Additional Arrest in Drug Bust:
An additional arrest has been made following investigation into drug crimes in Steuben County. 45-year-old Frederick Snyder of Arkport has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and unlawful disposal of methamphetamine laboratory material. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. Five people were previously arrested when State Police executed a search warrant at a home in the hamlet of Burns, near Arkport, Thursday night.
Last Season for the Elmira Jackals:
While the news was generally good for the First Arena on Friday, it wasn’t for the Elmira Jackals. It was announced Friday that the team will play until the end of the year, and then the team will fold. The new owner of the facility is Brian Barrett. Barrett has ties to Simmons Rockwell and he will be putting $3.5 million into the First Arena. The Jackals have nine home games remaining; the last will be April 8th at 7 p.m.
Cuomo Calls for Investigation of RG&E:
In the wake of last week’s windstorm, Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling for the Public Service Commission to investigate Rochester Gas and Electric. Speaking on Saturday, Cuomo accused the company of not being prepared and of dragging its heels in restoring power.
NYS to Look at Impact of Plastic Bags:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a task force to address the impact of plastic bags on the environment. In a statement, the Governor called the “costly and negative impact of plastic bags… a statewide issue that demands a statewide solution.” Cuomo previously vetoed a fee proposed by the New York City Council on non-reusable shopping bags, calling it “deeply flawed.”
Special Prattsburgh Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:
The Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education will hold a special meeting tonight at 6 p.m. for the awarding of capital construction bids. It will be held in the library media center. A budget workshop will immediately follow.
Nominations Sought for Jack Lisi Youth Award:
Nominations for the Jack Lisi Youth Award are being sought. Forms are available online at http://www.lisiyouthaward.org. Just click on “JLYA Application.” Nominations are due by March 20th.
Reed to Hold Town Halls Today
As announced earlier this month , Congressman Tom Reed will hold another series of Saturday town hall meetings today across the district. Reed is scheduled to start today at the Southside Community Center at 8am in Ithaca, followed by an appearance at Ovid Town Hall at 10:30am, then Manchester Town Hall in Clifton Springs at 12:30 and will end the day with an appearance at the Pulteney Fire Company at 3pm. Deputy Whip team and VP of Trump’s transition team, Reed has faced criticism from constituents with reports that his Geneva office was flooded with protesters yesterday. The Ithaca community has been notably critical of the Congressman with many local protests organized there.
NY To Expedite Professional Licenses For Military Spouses
New York state is offering expedited licensing for professionals holding out-of-state professional licenses in certain fields, including medical professions as well as out-of-state professional licenses that have requirements similar to those in New York state. . If you move because your military spouse transferred you will see a 50 percent break on application fees as part of this new legislation signed by the governor and proposed by the state education department.
Corning Bridge To Be Repaired
Corning’s heavily used Bridge Street Bridge is set to be updated in the spring of 2019.The city received 6.6 million in state funds for the project, allowing the city to pay less than 2 percent of the funds it will take to rebuild the bridge. Corning’s bridge was erected in 1947 and 1999 was the last project invested into improving the bridge. The duration of time that the bridge will be closed to complete repairs is currently not known.
Rochester Man Accused of Impersonating Police in Bath:
A Rochester man was arrested Thursday afternoon at a local business on State Route 54 in Bath. The arrest follows an investigation into reports of a suspicious person around the business calling himself a Federal Law Enforcement Officer. 62-year-old Dr. Richard Hoyer has been charged with criminal impersonation. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Hoyer was found to be in possession of handcuffs, pepper spray, a police badge, ballistic body armor, and other police paraphernalia, some of which are illegal to be possessed by a civilian. He was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was also issued for an employee of the business, ordering Hoyer to stay away from her and the business at all times. More charges are pending.
Bath Woman Leads Police on Chase:
A Bath woman is facing 16 charges following a police chase Wednesday afternoon that ended on Sand Pit Road in the Town of Bath. State police arrested 33-year-old Jamie Brewer. She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving, fleeing police and aggravated unlicensed operation. Troopers also issued Brewer a fist full of traffic tickets to include failure to obey police and speeding in a school zone.
State Police Investigating Stolen ATV:
The New York State Police of Bath are investigating the theft of an all-terrain vehicle from a residence on East Lamoka Avenue in the Village of Savona. The incident is believed to be occurred in the early morning hours on Wednesday. The ATV is a white 2008 Polaris Outlaw, equipped with red and black decals. It had been parked near the roadway, just past the elementary school, and was being offered for sale. Police believe the subject(s) may have loaded the ATV into a pickup truck and then fled. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police.
NYS Joins Challenge to Travel Ban:
New York State one of several states that are planning to join legal challenges to President Donald Trump’s revised immigration ban. The legislation bars the admission of refugees and some travelers from a group of six Muslim-majority countries. The order is set to take effect on March 16th. It replaces a more sweeping ban that was issued on January 27th that was struck down in court. Hawaii announced plans on Wednesday to challenge the ban. The Attorney Generals of Washington, Minnesota, and Oregon have said they will also challenge the ban.
Fate of First Arena to be Announced Today:
Chemung County officials have announced that the fate of the First Arena will, once and for all, be announced this afternoon. The prospective owner of the facility and the Elmira Jackals was expected to submit documentation to the team’s league on Thursday. County Executive Tom Santulli said previously that the determination by the ECHL would influence the deal to sell the facility. The prospective buyer is unknown, but county leaders say he is local, has hockey connections, and is willing to invest $3.5 million into renovations.
Public Meeting with the DEC on Corning Soil Remediation:
The public will soon get details on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plans for the soil remediation in Corning. A public meeting will be held on March 22nd with the DEC and the Department of Health at the Radisson Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The agencies will outline proposed plans for dealing with contaminated soil in the area. Also, from 3 to 5 p.m. agency staff and Corning Incorporated will be available to answer questions concerning the study area. Remediation could begin this summer. Public comments are being accepted until April 10th. For more information about the meeting and the proposals, click https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/der/factsheet/851046pddou1235.pdf
Wilkins RV Buys Ballantyne:
Wilkins RV has announced that it will be expanding into two former Ballantyne RV locations, in Victor and Cicero, following its completed purchase of the company. Both of the locations are pending license approval from the state. Opening is planned for as soon as they are obtained. Wilkins RV was founded in Hornell in 1936 as auto detail shop. In 2006, it moved to a 50,000 square-foot dealership in Bath, and expanded its second location in Churchville in 2011.
Steuben Co. DSS Reacts to Proposed ACA Changes:
The proposed reform to the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) made public Tuesday must not be allowed to affect New York’s funding for Medicaid administration…that statement was made Wednesday from Steuben County Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller. Steuben DSS currently receives $3 million annually for Medicaid services including long-term care, mental health, public health, and office for the aging. New York State also opted into the expansion of Medicaid, allowing an additional $800,000 to be passed on to the county. Should this funding go away, Muller says it will devastate Steuben and other counties.
Local Lawmakers Call for More Funding for Roads:
The “Local Roads Matter” advocacy campaign returned to the State Capitol Wednesday as a bipartisan group of 137 state legislators, organized by State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined county and town highway superintendents and other local leaders from across New York to call for increased state support for local roads, bridges and culverts. Lawmakers are seeking an additional $150 million for roads and $50 million for bridge repair annually in the budget.
Power Outages Following High Winds:
Fierce winds ripped through the area Wednesday night and many are feeling the impact this morning as they wake up without power. NYSEG is reporting thousands across the state without power, including some 300 people right here in Steuben County. Monroe and Erie counties were the hardest hit.
Bath Man Allegedly Assaults Neighbor:
A Bath man has been arrested following an incident with a neighbor. 45-year-old Brian Rinker allegedly assaulted a neighbor who was walking a dog past his residence. Rinker was charged with assault in the third degree and was released with an appearance ticket.
Hornellsvill Woman Accused of Shoplifting:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Hornellsville woman following a shoplifting incident in Hornellsville. 25-year-old Amber Masservey is accused of trying to steal several items from the Dollar General Store on Seneca Road. She was released with an appearance ticket.
Burn Ban Set to Take Effect March 16th:
The Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding residents that as temperatures warm the residential brush burning ban will take effect on March 16th and last through May 14th across all of New York State. Due to the lack of snow cover and with rising temperatures forecasted for the coming weeks, conditions for wildfires could be heightened. The DEC will post a Fire Danger Map rating forecast daily for the 2017 season on its website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/68329.html
NY Lawmakers Respond to GOP Health Plan:
The possible replacement for the Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – was unveiled by House Republican’s Tuesday and lawmakers across New York are responding. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said that while his office is still examining the bill, his initial thoughts aren’t positive. DiNapoli believes the bill could reduce the number of insured New Yorkers and shift a larger share of the cost of Medicaid to the state. Chairman of the state Assembly Health Committee Richard Gottfried said the changes would “damage Medicaid and health insurance for working people.” Representative Tom Reed said that the bill won’t harm Medicaid recipients. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer both spoke out against the plan, with Gillibrand saying it would “force middle class families and seniors to pay more money for less care.”
Two Arrested at Steuben Co. Office Building:
Two people were arrested Tuesday at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. 40-year-old Jennifer Gabel allegedly entered the building with her brother 26-year-old Christopher Nelson, and then remained with him in the lobby of the Department of Social Services despite Nelson having an order of protection against Gabel. Gabel was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. Nelson was arrested and turned over to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office on a bench warrant for allegedly failing to pay a fine.
First Arena Deadline Tomorrow:
We’ll know soon whether or not professional hockey will continue at the First Arena, as the potential buyer of the facility has until Thursday to submit paperwork to the east coast hockey league. Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli said they expect a decision from the ECHL by the end of the week. In other action Tuesday morning, the IDA approved a resolution to extend the license agreement for one year to manage the facility and the ice. Santulli says if all goes well, transferring ownership of the arena could go quickly.
Village of Canisteo Looking to Override Tax Cap:
The Canisteo Village Board says it will have to override the tax cap this year. A public hearing has been scheduled on the matter for April 3rd at 6:50 p.m. with a budget presentation to immediately follow. Trustee Tim Harkenrider said that the actual cap the village is working with is .12 percent, not the perceived 2 percent.
Two Honored by Steuben Co. Youth Board:
A recipient of a “What’s Great in New York State” award, and a dedicated Steuben adoption caseworker were honored Monday night at the 2017 Steuben County Youth Board and Bureau Annual Dinner. Cadi Morse, the state award winner, was recognized as the youth board’s annual “Champion for Youth” for her leadership role in the Finger Lakes Parent Network, Inc., and her work as the first teen facilitator in Steuben. The Gary S. Pruyn Youth Service Worker Award recipient, Paul Sands has facilitated more than 100 adoptions since he began work as the county Department of Social Services adoption caseworker 10 years ago. Morse and Sands were selected from nominations received by the county Youth Board in November.
Participants Sought for 2017 Colonial Days Parade:
Applications are open for area schools, civic groups, clubs, teams, and other interested parties to participate in the 2017 Colonial Days Parade in Painted Post. Floats, animal entries, machinery/tractor units and marching groups are all encouraged to apply. Call (607) 346-1931 for more information. The 53rd annual Colonial Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 10th.
Addison Man Charged in Theft:
An Addison Man has been arrested by State Police following investigation into property stolen from a residence in Addison. 36-year-old Ryan Chase has been charged with grand larceny in the 4th degree and was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Steuben County Officers Commended for Efforts During Trials:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is praising the efforts of court security during the two recent, high profile trials. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee that during the murder trials of Michael Beard and Thomas Clayton the county Court Security Division dealt effectively and efficiently with multiple security and control challenges, including parking, seating, court room control, and jury management during extremely sensitive and emotionally charged events. County Sheriff Captain Eric Tyner was also commended Monday for his efforts investigating the September 2015 murder of Kelley Clayton. Sheriff Allard called the investigation one of the largest and most complex homicide investigations in the history of the county and called Tyner’s efforts “herculean.”
Corning Moves Ahead with Bridge St. Bridge Rehab:
On Monday, the Corning City Council voted to move forward with a rehabilitation project for the Bridge Street Bridge. The design phase of the project will now get underway, with the city contributing $10,500 to the nearly million dollar cost. Of the whole estimated $6.6 million project, the city would pay $87,000. Construction likely wouldn’t get underway until spring 2019, when the bridge would be shut down for several months. The bridge was last rehabbed in 1999.
NY Senator Proposes Two New Heroin Bills:
New York Senator Cathy Young is calling for the passage of two bills that would increase penalties for those convicted of selling heroin. One of the bills would expand the penalties for dealers who target children by selling heroin on school grounds or daycare centers to include parks and playgrounds. The second bill make it easier for law enforcement to charge dealers as major drug traffickers by reducing the classification of a major drug ring from four dealers to three, and by reducing the amount of money made by selling drugs per year from $75,000 to $25,000.
Tom Ryan Announces Bid for County Legislator:
At Monday’s night meeting of the Canisteo Village Board, resident Tom Ryan announced his bid for the Steuben County legislature. The District 9 seat – which covers the village and town of Canisteo, Thurston, and Cameron – is currently held by Eric Booth. It will be up for bids at the village election on March 21st. Ryan has held the seat in the past.
FLSPCA Meets Fundraising Goal, Earns Grant Bonus:
Earlier this year, the Finger Lakes SPCA announced that it had the opportunity to receive $25,000 from the Marion E. Cantwell Charitable Trust if they were able to raise a matching $25,000 by March 31st 2017. Monday, the organization announced not only was the matching amount met, but it was exceeded. Officials say that since January, over $31,000 has been raised thanks to the combined efforts of volunteers, staff, and the outpouring of support by the community. A Trustee for the Cantwell Trust confirmed that the FLSPCA will not only receive its promised $25,000, but has also been awarded a $5,000 bonus for meeting and exceeding the challenge. The FLSPCA plans to start the fourth and final phase of its new shelter building project in the upcoming months.
Erwin Couple Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps:
A warrant sweep conducted by the Steuben County’s Sheriff’s Office resulted in the arrest of a town of Erwin couple for misuse of food stamps. 50-year-old Mercedes Abreu is on felony probation, stemming from a DWI offense, and is facing a probation violation due to the pending charges. She was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $3,000 cash bail. 26-year-old Jose Perez was released on his own recognizance.
Corning Student Headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee:
A student of Corning’s Alternative School for Math and Science is will be headed to
Washington D.C. in May to represent the Southern Tier in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The regional bee took place on Saturday afternoon at Corning-Painted Post High School and featured 57 students from 29 schools throughout the region. Nikhil Lahiri took first place with the word “decamerous.”
Public Hearing on Curtiss Museum Banners:
The Curtiss Museum in Hammondsport wants to place promotional banners on its building. But first it needs a variance granted from Town of Urbana code. The Zoning Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on the matter Wednesday. The hearing will be held in the Urbana Town Hall beginning at 7 p.m. March 8th.
Congressman Reed Named One of Most Accessible:
At a time when many Republican lawmakers are limiting and doing away with their town hall meetings, Congressman Tom Reed has been ranked among the top-ten in Congress for being accessible and holding town halls. Reed has held 68 community meetings in the past two years, and is currently ranked third in the House of Representatives. On Saturday, Reed will hold another town hall in Pulteney at the fire hall on Brown Road at 3 p.m.
Free Admission to the Rockwell Museum for CCC Students:
This coming fall Corning Community College students who also happen to be art enthusiasts will be able to enjoy free visits to the Rockwell Museum. The staff and Board of Trustees at the Rockwell donated a base for the ‘Kristin A. Swain Student Fund,’ which will allow CCC students free admission to the museum. The fund honors Swain’s retirement after 40 years of involvement with the Rockwell and her dedication to education. If you’d like to contribute, donate to the Rockwell at https://rockwellmuseum.org/blog/kristin-a-swain-student-fund/.
$5,000 Reward Offered for Vandals Responsible for Jewish Cemetery Destruction:
A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Anti-Defamation League for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the desecration of a Jewish cemetery just north of Rochester. Governor Andrew Cuomo has also called on the State Police to investigate the incident as a possible hate crime. The incident in Rochester is just one of many over the past several months, including dozens of bomb threats to Jewish community centers across the country.
Elmira Man Arrested for Falsely Reporting Blowing Up High School:
An Elmira man was arrested and charged Thursday in relation to a May 2016 incident about blowing up the Elmira High School. 19-year-old David Vanhorn is accused of circulating a false report of blowing up the high school via a social media app on May 1st 2016. He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident.
Trooper Called to Contentious Hartsville Town Meeting:
That the Hartsville Town Meetings are often heated is no secret, but a special meeting this week was even more dramatic than usual as a state trooper was called in. The trouble began while the wife of former town board member Ron Amidon was speaking. Resident Larry Newhart reportedly mumbled something inaudible during her speech, prompting Town Supervisor John Bowles to ask him to leave. Newhart refused. Bowles then left the room and made a phone call. Newhart left a few moments later. A New York State Police Officer later arrived and spoke with Bowles. Newhart, who says he was never called or visited by the state police, told WLEA that he wasn’t being confrontational and that he was civil in tone. Supervisor Bowles claims the exact opposite, saying that Newhart was “very confrontational and very uncivil with his voice.”
Community Meeting at Bath V.A. Today:
There will be a Community Veteran Engagement Forum at the Bath V.A. today at 3 p.m. It will be held in Building 92 on the V.A. Campus. Information will be shared on the latest V.A. happenings, projects, and services.
CCE-Steuben Notes 2016 Successes:
In 2016, the Cornell Cooperative Extension continued to take an important role in efforts to develop Steuben County’s agricultural industry. CCE-Steuben Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik recently spoke with county legislators and highlighted some of the year’s successes, including the Harvest NY Program and the Finger Lakes Grapes Program, the Local Foods Festival in Corning which attracted more than 300 attendees, the three “Farm City Days” for 650 second-graders, and the 10th Annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show which drew thousands of visitors from across the nation.
Hundreds Attend Arc of Steuben Wellness Fair:
On Wednesday, representatives from many different health and wellness organizations gathered at the Arc of Steuben’s Industrial Park complex for the agency’s seventh annual Wellness Fair. More than 20 organizations offered Arc associates, people who receive services from the agency, and members of the community information on physical, mental, and emotional health. Some organizations also gave hands-on demonstrations. More than 200 people attended this year’s event.
Ford Recalls 36,000 Vehicles:
More than 36,000 Ford vehicles in the U.S. and Canada have been recalled because of a possible airbag malfunction. The airbags in the Ford Edge, model years 2016 and 2017, the Lincoln MKX from 2016 and 2017, and the 2017 Lincoln Continental may fail to inflate completely due to misaligned components. The airbags were made by Japanese supplier Takata, but this is separate issue from the one that caused the previous, massive recall of Takata air bag inflators.
Steuben Co. Crop Symposium March 7th:
The 2017 Steuben County Crop Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 7th at the Civil Defense Center on State Route 54 in Bath. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. and lunch will be held from 11:30 to 12:30. Cost is $15 per person. Registration is encouraged. Call 664-2300 to register. More information is available at http://putknowledgetowork.org
Southern Tier Cashes in on New Tioga Downs Casino:
After much trial and tribulation, on December 1st 2016, Tioga Downs finished its transformation from a mere racing venue to a full casino and since then, the Southern Tier has hit something of a jackpot with the facility. Since adding table games the casino has generated a 16 percent boost in attendance and a 20 percent increase in overall revenue, with a large portion of that going back into the Southern Tier’s economy. There was also a boost in the job market, as the casino hired 220 employees, to the work not just the tables and games, but also surveillance, security, food, and more.
NYS STAR Program Debate:
New York State lawmakers are debating the effectiveness of the changes to the STAR benefit program. Opponents would like to see STAR return to being classified as a property tax exemption, instead of an income tax credit. Opponents say the current system caused problems for first-time home buyers and that those affected had to pay their entire tax bill up-front. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says changing it back would once again make the program efficient for everyone.
Bill Introduced to Repeal NYS SAFE Act:
On Wednesday, lawmakers introduced new legislation that would repeal portions of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s SAFE Act. The bill would remove the prohibition on transferring certain weapons to family members due to death, and would restore the previous definition of the term “assault weapon” for all of New York State, outside of the five New York City boroughs. The SAFE Act was signed into law in 2013 following the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.
Bath-Haverling Pre-K Registration March 20th-24th:
Children in the Bath Central School District who will turn four years old on, or before, December 1st are eligible for the district’s pre-kindergarten program that starts in September. The Vernon E. Wightman Primary School will register such students for the program March 20th through the 24th in the school’s main office from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Interested parents should pick up an information packet prior to registration. For more information call the VEW Primary School at 776-4123, EXT. 5100.
Watkins Glen State Park Construction Underway:
As part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 initiative to boost New York State parks, Watkins Glen State Park is underway with a makeover. Construction on the main entrance started just over a month ago, and officials say work is on track. Besides making the main entrance easily accessible and even more attractive there will also be changes to the traffic and parking, the trail, the gift shop will be expanded, a welcome center will be added, and more. Construction will continue while the park is open this summer. Work is expected to be complete by the spring of 2018.
Buffalo Has Warmest February on Record:
A city that’s known for its bitter, snowy winter conditions has set a record for the warmest February recorded. The National Weather Service said Wednesday that the monthly average temperature for February at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport was 34.8 degrees. February was also one of the city’s least snowiest, with only 5 inches over the 28 days. Buffalo typically sees a monthly average of 17.3 inches. The weather service says records in Buffalo go back to 1871.
Former Guthrie Physical Therapist Facing Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit:
A former physical therapist from Painted Post is named in a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct. The suit was filed by four women who claim Gregory Parfianowitz fondled them during massage therapy, gave them ill-fitting towels to cover themselves, and discussed sexually-charged topics during their sessions. Parfianowitz was charged with four misdemeanor and violations charges, and was then acquitted of the charges by one of the women following a jury trial in November. The acquittal prompted the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office to discontinue prosecution on the remaining counts. The suit also names Dr. Kathleen Hallinan, an internist; Diane Legendre, a physician assistant; Corning Hospital, and Guthrie Medical Group as defendants. Hallinan and Legendre are accused of violating their duties to inform superiors of the allegations, as well as violating patients’ trust.
Two Arrested for Shoplifting:
Two area women have been arrested in two unrelated shoplifting incidents. 19-year-old Angelena Maio, of Corning, was arrested at the Tops Market in the Village of Riverside for petit larceny. Alexis Law, of Bath, was arrested for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart in the Town of Erwin. Both women were issued appearance tickets for the Town of Corning and Town of Erwin courts, respectively.
Prattsburgh, Greenwood Among Those to Benefit from Internet Grant:
Prattsburgh and Greenwood are among the local communities that are going to benefit from Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New NY Broadband Program Round Two. The Governor has announced the Southern Tier is receiving $38.8 million to help improve internet access to nearly 13,000 homes and businesses. The money will fund 17 projects. Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Woodhull, Rathbone, and Jasper will also benefit here in Steuben County, as well as the Chemung County town of Van Etten, and Orange, Hector, Reading, Montour, and Catherine in Schuyler County.
Village of Bath Budget Meeting:
The Village of Bath will hold a budget meeting on Thursday, March 2nd at 5:15 p.m. to discuss the budget and anything else that comes before the board.
Steuben Co. Hall of Fame Inductees Announced:
On April 22nd one of the first women to graduate from college, a physician honored for “Service Above Self,” and a couple dedicated to the service of veterans will join other local residents in the Steuben County Hall of Fame as the 2017 inductees. Monday, the county Legislature approved the nominations of Hannah Simpson Spencer, of Jasper; Dr. Roy W. Robinson, M.D. of Wayland; and Patrick and Betty Monahan, of Bath. The inductees were selected in January from a field of candidates nominated by local residents and based on their ability to enhance the name of the county and develop the county in ways the committee felt should especially be remembered.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Hosting Citizen Police Academy:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting the Citizen’s Police Academy at the Public Safety Building on Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. from March 6th through May 8th. The course is intended to provide residents with an overview of law enforcement operations and methods to foster understanding and partnership with the community. It does not certify participants for any aspect of law enforcement. The class is free, but registration is required. An application is required for background purposes. Call 622-3930 for more information.