Deal for Campbell Kraft Plant Being Finalized:
Congressman Tom Reed released a statement Thursday announcing that a purchase agreement is about to be finalized for the Campbell Kraft plant. The potential buyer is unknown and there are no official details at this time. Senator Charles Schumer said that they’re “doing everything in their power to secure a good deal for the workers, regional dairy farmers, and the local community.” In November 2015, Kraft announced a timetable for closing the plant; there have been several extensions since while officials sought a buyer. The facility employs more than 300 people.
P.A. Sentenced for Killing Eagles in Addison:
The Pennsylvania man who poisoned eagles on his farm in Addison has been sentenced. 68-year-old William Wentling pleaded guilty in federal court to violation of the Bald and Gold Eagle Protection Act, and will serve two years’ probation and will pay a $3,500 fine. Federal prosecutors said that Wentling used a restricted use pesticide that’s highly toxic to wildlife to poison sheep carcasses at his farm in an attempt to control predators, particularly birds of prey. Officials say two bald eagles, including a nesting female with a clutch of eggs, two red-tailed hawks, and a rough-legged hawk were killed.
Hornby Man Charged for Emaciated Dog:
A Hornby man was arrested earlier this week following complaints to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigation Unit about a dog at large in Schuyler County. The dog was found to be owned by Craig Cline and according to authorities their investigation found the animal to be emaciated and that Cline was not providing adequate sustenance. He was charged with over-driving, a misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket.
Law Enforcement to be Available in Town and Village Courts in Steuben:
Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase their court security, after county legislators approved this week a shared services agreement allowing trained and qualified law enforcement officers to be present at the request of a justice during standard court hours. The community requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service, based on the individual officer’s overtime rate, according to Sheriff Jim Allard.
Hauryski Urges State Senate to Pass Sales Tax Authority:
Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski urged the New York State Senate Thursday to immediately enact legislation protecting county sales tax authority and prevent double-digit hikes in property taxes in 2018. The 1 percent sales tax authority presently being held from passage is one of the most vital sources of revenue for Steuben County, according to Hauryski. He added that if it were to lapse, property taxes in the county would increase approximately 23 percent in 2018. Steuben officials also urged county residents to contact their state representatives and urge the passage of sales tax reauthorization.
4th of July DWI Crackdown:
Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the 4th of July holiday, Sheriff Jim Allard has announced. The effort starts today and will run through July 4th.
Hockey Could Return to First Arena:
Despite losing its potential new owner earlier this week, there might still be some good news on the horizon for Elmira’s First Arena. 18 News reports that talks were held Thursday between Elmira Pioneers co-owner Robbie Nichols and Deputy County Executive Mike Krusen to discuss the possibility of bringing a Federal League Hockey team to Elmira. The FHL is a professional ice hockey league with teams in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as one team in Ontario. Nichols’ lawyer told media that Nichols and his organization “would take the arena, bring in a team, and make sure to keep the operation going on a sound basis.”
4th of July Fireworks Around the Area:
With the 4th of July weekend upon us, you might be hoping to take in some fireworks and if that’s the case you do have some choices as to where and when. Tonight there will be fireworks in Watkins Glen at Clute Memorial Park at 9:45 p.m., and tomorrow in Hammondsport at the Fireman’s Carnival on State Route 54 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s traditional event at Eldridge Park in Elmira has been moved to Sunday due to the weather. The fireworks will be around 9:30 p.m. Then on Tuesday you can take in a show in Corning at Memorial Stadium at 9:45, or in Hornell at Veterans Memorial Park at 10 p.m.
Campbell Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Child Sex Abuse Case:
53-year-old Kenneth Calkins of Campbell was sentenced Wednesday morning in Steuben County Court to 15 years in prison and 5 years post-release supervision on each of two counts of criminal sexual act in the first degree. The sentences will run concurrently. Calkins was convicted in April of engaging in sexual contact with a five-year-old child in Bath in 2005.
Bath Man Charged with Reckless Endangerment:
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 38-year-old Ted Hackett of Bath on a charge of attempted reckless endangerment, a class E felony. Hackett is accused of attempting to sell paint thinner as narcotics. He was issued an appearance ticket for Bath Village Court.
Bath Fire Dept. to Receive Federal Grant:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department is one of three area departments that are set to receive a federal grant to help enhance their response capabilities. In Bath the department will receive $19,048 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Wayland Joint Fire District will receive over $140,000 and Community Fire and Rescue of Chemung County will receive over $46,000.
Wineglass Marathon Sells Out:
After selling out the Half Marathon in record time, race organizers of the 36th Annual Wineglass Marathon have announced that the Full Marathon is now also sold out with 2,700 registered runners. The waitlist is now open to runners who wish to participate. Full marathon VIP Package spots are still available. The annual event kicks-off with the Corelle 5K on Saturday, September 30th then the Wineglass Half and Full Marathons follow on Sunday, October 1st.
Rough Start for Special State Legislative Session:
It was an auspicious start to the special state legislative session Wednesday, as no members of the Assembly were present for the 1 p.m. gavel in ordered by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The special session was called because lawmakers are stalemated over extending New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of city schools. The 15-year-old policy expires tomorrow if nothing is done.
Flu Vaccine Patch Developed:
If a fear of needles or pain has kept you from getting your flu shot, that could soon be a thing of the past. Scientists at Georgia Tech have announced the development of a skin patch that delivers the vaccine with tiny, dissolvable needles. Initial experiments show that the patch is as safe and effective as traditional flu shots with the added benefit that patients could even give it to themselves. The hope is, according to experts, that the patch could lead to more people getting vaccinated each year.
Buyer Backs Out of First Arena Deal:
There’s more bad news for Elmira’s First Arena. Tuesday, potential buyer Brian Barrett, co-owner of Simmons-Rockwell, officially withdrew from negotiations to purchase the facility. According to Chemung County Industrial Development Agency member Tom Santulli, Barrett backed out after Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss made public an investigation into how the IDA acquired the arena in 2015. Last week Moss said in a press conference that they’d received several tips suggesting the deal was not done by the book and that the allegations could possibly include coercion, official misconduct, and violations of the New York State General Municipal Law. In a statement yesterday, the IDA said it’s reviewing its options, “both legally and with respect to the future viability of the Arena.”
Drug Charge for Bath Woman Following Campbell Fire:
A Bath woman has been arrested following investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office into a fire in the Town of Campbell in March. Fire crews were dispatched on March 18th to a structure on County Route 17. The structure was a total loss and the resulting investigation found, according to the Sheriff’s Office, several items consistent with the manufacturing of methamphetamine around the property. Tuesday, 32-year-old Amber Landsborough, who was injured in the blaze, was arrested and charged with one count of unlawful disposal of methamphetamine manufacturing materials. She was issued an appearance ticket. Officials say the investigation is ongoing.
Multiple Charges After Passenger Tries to Cause Accident:
A 50-year-old man from Walworth was arrested in Corning Monday on multiple charges after he allegedly tried to cause the vehicle he was riding in to crash. Albert Valentin is accused of endangering the welfare of a child, reckless endangerment and overdriving, torturing and injuring animals. As a passenger in the vehicle, Valentin allegedly punched a dog continuously and tried to grab the steering wheel from the driver to cause a wreck. The driver and a 15-year-old passenger fled the vehicle after arriving at a Canisteo Street location and called police. Valentin was taken into custody without incident and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,000 bail.
Gov. Cuomo Calls Special Legislative Session:
Despite going to recess last week, the New York State Legislature will be headed back to Albany today after Governor Andrew Cuomo called a special session. The cost for the extra time is expected to be hefty for taxpayers, with lawmakers outside of a 50-mile radius of the Capitol entitled to $165 of per diem a day. Both the Senate and Assembly are set to gavel in at 1 p.m.
Job Fair Tomorrow in Hornell:
CSS Workforce New York is teaming up with the City of Hornell to host a job fair tomorrow in Hornell. It will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Main Place. Organizers say 25-employers with over 200 immediate openings will participate. Job seekers are encouraged to bring multiple copies of their resume and to dress appropriately for on-site interviews.
Benefit for Injured State Trooper:
When a member of the police force gets injured, it affects the entire community, and now, the community stepping up in turn. Cider Creek Hard Cider in Canisteo will be hosting The Signal 30 Benefit Fund for Craig Foglia on June 30th from 5 to 11 p.m. with support from the New York State Trooper’s Benevolent Association. Trooper Foglia, a 14-year veteran with the State Police, was injured last month when he was struck on the side of I-86 in Campbell during a traffic stop. The event will feature a pig roast, live music, a bonfire, and a silent auction. Tickets at the door are $20, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Trooper Foglia.
Painted Post Man Arrested for String of Corning Burglaries:
A Painted Post man has been accused in a string of burglaries in the Corning area. 25-year-old Adam Wilson was arrested last week while allegedly in the act of attempting to burglarize a Northside business. Police believe Wilson is responsible for 7 other burglaries at Gaffer District businesses. He is currently being held at the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.
Bath Teen Facing Multiple Charges:
A Bath teenager is facing multiple charges following an incident in Bath. 16-year-old Davon Bloom is accused of entering a building on Snell Hill Road and intentionally causing more than $250 worth of damage. When confronted by police, Bloom allegedly resisted and struck a State Trooper in the head in an attempt to injure him. Bloom has been charged with criminal mischief, attempted assault, and resisting arrest.
State Tax Considered to Offset $2B Medicaid Hit:
Governor Andrew Cuomo is considering a tax on counties if Congress enacts a healthcare provision to shift the $2.3 billion local share of Medicaid outside of New York City on to the state. The new charge would be listed on county property tax bills as the “Faso-Collins federal tax,” according to administration officials. The name is from New York GOP Reps. John Faso and Chris Collins, whose plan for cost shifts were included in both the Senate and House versions of the federal healthcare reform bills. In a statement, Cuomo called the shift a “shell game” that will “force every resident of the state to pay… to make up the difference to avoid decimation of our healthcare system.” In response, Faso and Collins said Cuomo should be able to find the savings in the existing budget, and Faso said his plan gives the state until 2020 to reform its Medicaid system and eliminate waste and duplication. The Senate plans to act on its version of the healthcare repeal this week.
More Funding for Elmira-Corning Airport:
The Elmira-Corning Airport is getting some more financial help. On Monday, the Aviation Committee of Chemung County accepted an $11.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration to assist with improvements at the airport. A portion of the grant will be used to purchase friction measuring equipment which will help ensure the safety of the runways during winter, and the rest will go towards the “Airport Improvement Plan,” covering phase one: preparation and demolition. With this grant the total amount of funding for the airport’s improvement plan is now nearly $58 million.
Paving Resumes in Bath Today:
The Department of Transportation announced that paving is expected to resume today in Bath from Haverling to West Washington Street. Crews will pave the remainder of Liberty Street and parts of Steuben Street on Wednesday. Parking restrictions will be in force.
2017 Steuben Co. Property Auction to Feature Historic Property:
This year’s Steuben County Property Auction will feature a historic property, the Club Valentine, which was the first nightclub to open in the county. The auction is set for July 14th at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School. Properties sold by the county are behind on property taxes for two or more years, or had defaulted on a payment plan with the county. The list of sites, which consists mostly of residential homes and vacant lots, can be found at http://steubencony.org. Last year’s auction raised just over $752,000.
Farmers’ Market Coupons Available for Seniors Mid-July:
Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available in mid-July. The county Office for the Aging will distribute the $20 coupon booklets on July 12th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Corning Senior Center and the Hornell Senior Center, and on July 14th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The coupons may be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets throughout the area. Eligibility requirements including age and income apply. For more information, call (607) 664-2298.
Registration Open for Law Enforcement Memorial Golf Tourney:
Registration is open now for teams wanting to participate in the first Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park Golf Tournament. The tournament is set for a 9 a.m. check-in on August 25th at the Bath Country Club. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. Besides a day of fun, the event will raise funds for the memorial honoring police and peace officers within the seven-county region that have died in the line of duty. The cost is $300 per team of four, with each team including at least one retired or active member of law enforcement. The event will also feature food, refreshments, chances to win prizes, and more. Contact (607) 622-3930 for more information.
Bath Police Officer Goes Viral After Teen Shares Sweet Video:
In the wake of the shooting of a Rochester police officer, a Bath teen decided to share a positive experience he had with a local officer and the video he shared online has now gone viral. The video 15-year-old Cordell Galvan posted on Facebook showing Village of Bath Police officer Michael Jackson playing basketball with local children has gotten over 8,000 views. Galvan said he shared the playful moment because of how often bad things about police are shown, and he wanted to post “something good.” For his part, Jackson said that he’s getting a lot of response to the video, and while that’s “pretty cool” he added that it was a “no-brainer” especially as he’d grown up playing basketball in the area. The Rochester officer was released from the hospital on Monday.
Settlement Hearing in Death of Ward Jr.:
The family of Kevin Ward Jr. and NASCAR star Tony Stewart met on Friday for a settlement hearing. This was the third time they had come together to try and reach a settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit. The family filed a civil suit against Stewart after he was cleared of criminal wrongdoing in Ward’s death during a race in 2014, alleging that the driver was acting recklessly when he struck and killed the 20-year-old. Earlier this year, Stewart sought to have the civil suit dismissed.
Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Dept. Expansion Out to Bid This Week:
This week the Coopers Plains-Long Acres Fire Department will put its expansion project out to bid for the second time. The project would add 2,300 feet to the current fire hall to house two additional truck bays. The project’s previous bidding came back too high, with the lowest bid around $600,000. The department is hoping to stay around $475,000. The project is partially funded through bonds.
Community Health Fair at Bath VA:
There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath VA on Thursday, July 6th. The event will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92. This will be an opportunity for veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about the VA and its community programs and services. For more information, call 664-4799.
Third Straight U.S. Title for Elmira Native:
It was the third straight win for Elmira native Molly Huddle in the 10,000 meters at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Sacramento last week. Huddle finished with a time of 31 minutes and 19.86 seconds. Huddle holds the American record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:13:17 at the Rio Olympics, in which she finished sixth.
Bill Proposes Tax Exemption for Craft Beer Brewers:
Legislation that would help craft beer breweries has passed both the New York State Senate and Assembly. According to the Finger Lakes Times, the bill would give licensed beer, cider, and liquor producers the same sales tax exemption that wineries currently enjoy. Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to sign the legislation into law.
SUNY Tuition Hike:
The SUNY board has approved a 3.1 percent hike in tuition for in-state students. The total is now nearly $6,700 per year. Trustees blame the free tuition plan for middle-class students for the increase.
MALT BARLEY CROP INSURANCE AVAILABLE IN STEUBEN
Steuben is now one of 44 NY counties where farmers can finally obtain malt barley crop insurance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave final approval to the program. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said New York’s barley growers are the backbone of the state’s world-renowned brewing and distilling industries. Now, barley growers will have access to the crop insurance protections they need.
PAVING SCHEDULED IN DOWNTOWN HORNELL
Paving begins on Seneca Street in Hornell next week. Crews will work from bridge to bridge. The road work begins at 7a.m. Tuesday & Wednesday. During the paving process, local residents will not have access to their driveways. The city says the residents should plan accordingly.
MARKET STREET PAVING PROJECT FINISHES EARLY
Corning’s Market Street paving project has finished ahead of schedule, nine days earlier than the originally-anticipated two weeks. The project took five days and provides more visibility to the heavily-trafficked section of town. Crosswalks on the street are unfinished but will not need street closure to complete.
FUNDING INCREASE FOR NY NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR ARTS
Arts funding is getting a boost in New York state, with Steuben County’s American Dance Asylum receiving $10,000. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand announced yesterday that more than $16 million in funding through the National Endowment for the Arts will support 549 NEA projects across the state. “This federal funding will help regions across the state encourage the growth of artists and programs that will help New York benefit from the creativity they bring.” Senator Schumer noted.
CHILD VICTIMS ACT STALLED IN NYS SENATE
With the end of state budget deadlines, the Child Victims Act is one part of the agenda that was not accomplished. The bill, which failed to be put up for vote in the NYS Senate, proposed extending the statute of limitations to for sexual abuse survivors to come forth and press charges against their abusers, giving them until age 28 in criminal cases and age 50 for civil cases. New York has the shortest statute of limitations for child abuse victims in the country, allowing victims until the age of 23 to report abuse. The Catholic Church and Boy Scouts of America lobbied against the legislation.
GILLIBRAND MAKES SCHOOL APPEARANCE SUPPORTING SNAP
In a trip to Tioga Elementary School this week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand criticized President Trump's budget to cut food stamps. Gillibrand says the budget cuts SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade despite upstate New York low-income families relying upon the funding. "It just means for every ten kids, there's one that's hungry and if we don't support a budget that actually accommodates food stamps to make sure families have the nutrition they need, our children aren't going to reach their potential and that's why it's morally wrong to cut food stamps," the Senator said.
MILLER CONVICTED ON 2 OF 4 COUNTS
Dakota Miller was convicted of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter of his girlfriend's infant son, Ian, yesterday. The defense presented its closing argument portraying Codie and Louis Baker as perpetrators of violence to the 17-month-old baby. Prosecution spent 70 minutes for its closing arguments, using a timeline proving a match to Codie’s story with the medical staff’s testimony while Miller’s story was inconsistent with the time of Ian’s injury as well as the arrival time at the hospital in treating the child. Miller will be sentenced at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday, September 5th in Steuben County Court.
NEW AGENDA PROPOSED FOR STEUBEN COUNTY LEGISLATORS
Steuben County legislators will discuss a new legislative agenda on Monday at 10:00 A.M. which includes a shared services agreement providing security for town courts requesting a trained, qualified law enforcement officer to be present during standard court hours. This next agenda will also propose allowing town taxpayers to pay current year taxes via credit card, accepting a Community Development Block Grant installing water and sewer improvements to Hornellsville’s Woodlands project, reappointment of members to the Corning Community College’s Regional Board of Trustees and other items.
NYS HEALTH DEPARTMENT MAKES CHANGES TO STATE’S MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
The New York state Health Department is making changes to make the registration process easier for practitioners looking to prescribe medicinal cannabis. The Department has also made a second course about the medical uses of marijuana a prerequisite before they can participate in the state’s Medical Marijuana Program. Practitioners registering online with the Department can certify patients on the same day and will be listed publicly online. Currently, there are about 1,066 practitioners and 21,760 patients registered under New York’s Medical Marijuana Program.
NEW GOP HEALTHCARE BILL BOASTS PROPERTY TAX CUTS
Yesterday the Senate GOP revealed the new healthcare bill, which was drafted by Republicans behind closed doors. The legislation contains a provision that would bring an end to New York State charging its counties for a portion of the cost funding Medicaid. Proponents of the bill like Congressman Reed say the bill would save homeowners 40 percent in property taxes. New York counties contribute $2.3 billion annually to support Medicaid as part of an unfunded mandate with Steuben County paying $20 million yearly. It is estimated over one million New Yorkers would lose health coverage as a result of the bill in 2020 and most of these middle class and low-income beneficiaries would be working adults who cannot afford insurance otherwise. This legislation will be deliberated on the Senate floor in the coming weeks.
ATTORNEY GENERAL SCHEIDERMAN PRAISES OPERATION PIPELINE
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman Wednesday announced the indictment of 16 individuals for trafficking heroin throughout Monroe County and elsewhere in New York State – marking the fifth drug bust in his crackdown on suburban and upstate opioid and narcotics trafficking. The indictments are part of “Operation Pipeline,” a joint initiative between Schneiderman and the NYSP. In a press statement, the Attorney General said “the opioid and narcotics crisis is destroying families across New York State – and we’re committed to cutting off the pipeline that is fueling this epidemic.”
CAMPBELL FIRE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES FEDERAL GRANT
The Campbell fire department is getting a boost thanks to some federal funding. U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that the volunteer agency will receive nearly $68,000. The funding will help the department purchase self-contained breathing apparatus units. The funding was allocated through the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG).
NYS SENATE APPROVES INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL
This week, New York State Senate gave final approval to legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to treat industrial hemp like other agricultural products in New York State. Since 2014, O’Mara has worked with Southern Tier Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo (D-Endwell) and the Cuomo administration to enact new laws that have jump-started the industry’s growth in New York State and are helping secure an economic foothold for state farmers in the nation’s burgeoning industrial hemp industry.
SUNDQUIST CHALLENGES REED AS DEMOCRAT
Another name has been added to the growing list of Democrats who want to unseat Congressman Republican Tom Reed. Eddie Sundquist, a 28-year-old of Jamestown will kick off his campaign. Sundquist has been a school teacher and recently became an attorney. The political newcomer says the economy and agriculture will be key issues in his campaign.
ADDISON MEN ARRESTED FOR SIGN DAMAGE AND THEFT
Three Addison men have been arrested for a March 26th incident where it was alleged they damaged and stole street signs from State Route 417 and County Route 129 in Woodhull. Dylan Benjamin aged 20 was charged with one count of Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree which is a class E Felony and three counts of Petit Larceny, a Class A Misdemeanor. Zachary Cary, age 18, received charges for two counts of Criminal Mischief and three counts of Petit Larceny while Cole Grabowski, also 18, was charged with three counts of Criminal Mischief and three counts of Petit Larceny. The three men were arrested by Steuben County Sheriffs and issued an appearance ticket for a later date in the Town of Woodhull Court.
FREE LEAD TESTING FOR STEUBEN RESIDENTS
Free lead testing is now available for Steuben County residents. The New York State Department of Health is offering the program open to residents drinking water from private wells or public water systems. County residents can request testing of their drinking water by submitting a request to the Bureau of Water Supply protection by calling (518) 402-7650. For any other questions about this program you can call Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.
DAKOTA MILLER TRIAL CONTINUES
Prosecution and defense rest its cases in day five of testimony yesterday in the Dakota Miller trial. Miller’s half-brother was called as a witness by the defense and the prosecution brought up nine times where Dakota Miller lied during the investigation, which he later admitted to lying. When shown photos of his hospitalized baby, the defendant avoided looking at them. Court continues today, beginning with closing statement followed by jury deliberations, which will continue well into the evening in Steuben County Court.
TOWN OF PRATTSBURGH TO HOLD BOARD MEETING FRIDAY
There will be a town board meeting held by the Town of Prattsburgh on Friday June 23rd at 1pm at Prattsburgh Town Hall on 19 North Main Street to discuss possibilities of a sewer system for Prattsburgh’s Business District and any other businesses that come before the board.
STATE LEGISLATURE APPROVES FIREFIGHTER CRITICAL HEALTH CARE BENEFITS
The New York State Legislature has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to extend critical health care benefits to volunteer firefighters by ensuring expanded levels of protection for firefighters stricken with cancer attributable to their service as volunteers. The legislation would expand the Volunteer Firefighters’ Benefit Law to provide presumptive cancer coverage to New York’s more than 100,000 volunteer firefighters. O’Mara said the volunteers deserve and they’ve earned the health care coverage this legislation would provide. The measure now goes to Governor Andrew Cuomo for final action.
STATE SETTLES VOTER REGISTRATION CASE
The U.S. Justice Department says it has reached an agreement with New York State to settle a lawsuit over voter registration opportunities through state motor vehicle offices. According to the Associated Press, Federal investigators found applications for New York driver's licenses, permits and identification cards didn't consistently serve as applications for voter registration for federal elections as required by law. Under a settlement agreement, New York will make sure a voter registration opportunity will be included with all applications for driver's licenses and renewals.
GAS PRICES REACH RECORD LOW
The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline is now $2.28, 10 cents cheaper than it was earlier this month. According to AAA, gas prices have fallen each day since June 2nd. This is a record cheap gas price for the start of summer in 12 years. The Oil Price Information Service says prices could even be cheaper for Independence Day weekend than the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, which would be the first time to occur this century, a pleasant surprise for drivers across the country.
Miller Trial Ongoing:
The trial of the Hornell man accused of beating an infant to death is ongoing in Steuben County. Tuesday, the prosecution called five witnesses to the stand, including the victim’s mother, the Monroe County Medical Examiner, and a pediatric critical care doctor that handled the victim. A final witness is expected to be called today, and then the defense will begin presenting its case. 23-year-old Dakota Miller faces charges of aggravated murder, murder, and manslaughter in the 2015 death of 18-month-old Ian Maniski-Huff.
Car Collides with Construction Sign on Route 36:
A Troupsburg man has been charged following a one car accident on State Route 36 involving a construction sign. According to police, 27-year-old Kenneth Welch collided with a roadside digital billboard VMS trailer around 11:30 p.m. on June 6th. The sign was in place to warn drivers of upcoming construction. Welch allegedly attempted to cover up his involvement by removing evidence and leaving the scene. He was issued appearance tickets for reckless driving, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, criminal mischief, and obstruction.
Legislation Proposed to Protect Against Rx Price Gouging:
Legislation has been introduced by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to help protect Americans from increasing prescription drug prices. The “Stop Price Gouging Act” would create penalties for pharmaceutical companies that engage in price gouging and the Senator believes it could result in billions of dollars in savings. Besides the penalties, the act would also require corporations to report any price increases and their justification, requires an accountability office study of launch prices and suggestions for best practices of new drug pricing, and reinvests money collected from companies into future drug research.
Rep. Reed Supports Bills to Allow Congressmen to Carry Firearms:
Congressman Tom Reed says he will support two bills proposed by the GOP that would allow Congress members to carry weapons in Washington D.C., and allow members of congress to carry guns to public events in their home districts. Reed made the comments during his weekly press call in response to questioning about last week’s shooting of a Congressman in Virginia. Reed also expressed his openness to exploring whether more measures are needed to prevent those with excessive criminal history from buying guns, and he said he believes addressing mental health should come first.
Governor Signs Marriage Age Increase Law:
As expected, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation into law Tuesday that officially raises the age of marriage in the state from 14 to 17. The new law requires 17 and 18-year-olds to get judicial and parental approval before marrying.
“Panther Palooza” Rewards C-S Students for Good Behavior:
Students at Campbell-Savona Elementary School were rewarded for a year of good behavior Tuesday with the school’s first annual Panther Palooza. The party is part of the PBIS, or Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Program. Every time a student demonstrated good behavior or was kind over the year they were awarded a “Panther Paw,” and from Pre-Kindergarten to 6th grade, students earned over 40,000 paws over the school term. The celebratory Panther Palooza included bounce houses, outdoor activities, and a dunk tank. The school already plans to continue running the program next year and beyond.
Toxic Bloom Warning Issued for Seneca Lake:
If you were planning on having some fun in the sun and water on Seneca Lake this summer, take care following a toxic algae bloom warning issued by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The toxic algae is harmful to humans and lethal to animals and the DEC advises to “avoid all contact, keep pets and children out of the water, and don’t use the water for any purpose.” The algae can have a variety of appearances, but are usually floating on the water. They can come in clumps or streaks, and when particularly dense, they can look like green paint on the water. If you spot an algae bloom, notify the DEC at 518-402-8179. For more information visit https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/77118.html
NYS Fair to Hold Craft Beer Competition:
The New York State Fair is getting extra “crafty” this summer, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that breweries across the state will be competing in a professionally judged craft beer competition. The competition will feature 20 categories, with brewers allowed to enter as many beers as they want. The fair runs August 23rd to September 4th.
Cornell Holding Competition to Name New Grape:
Would a grape by any other name taste as sweet? That’s what Cornell University is looking to find out. They’re holding a competition to name a new breed of grape developed by breeder Bruce Reisch. He’s a professor of grapevine breeding and genetics in the University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences that has spent years developing the new grape, which he says is well adapted to the Northeast. The grape is currently known only as NY98.0228.02. It’s seedless, flavorful, and similar in appearance to a Concord grape. Submissions can be made online https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/content/name-grape or by emailing email@example.com until July 31st. Reisch and his collaborators at Double A Vineyards will pick their favorites, and then the public will decide in a final vote in September.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION FOR JASPER AND GREENWOOD ANNOUNCED
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that pavement recycling work will begin on state Route 417 on Thursday, weather permitting. The project will extend from 1.3 miles west of state Route 248 to 2.0 miles west of state Route 36, for a total of approximately 6.5 miles. The scope of this project includes work in the towns of Jasper and Greenwood.
HORNELL PUBLIC MEETING NEXT WEEK
There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, June 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the courtroom of Hornell City Hall to discuss a NY Main Street Program. Interested downtown area businesses and building owners are encouraged to attend to learn about available opportunities for building renovations and façade improvements.
BATH MAN DETAINED FOR DRUG POSSESSION
During a traffic stop in the Town of Bath, State Police arrested 34-year-old Scotty Youngs of Bath. He was charged with criminal possession of cocaine, a class D felony and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was detained on cash bail.
CALLING HOURS FOR RIVERSIDE LATE MAYOR
Funeral services will be held Saturday for Village of Riverside Mayor William Cornell who died over the weekend. Cornell served in village government for four decades. Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Carpenter's Funeral Home in Corning.
PRATTSBURGH MAN CHARGED WITH BURGLARY
A Prattsburgh man was charged with burglary in the second degree, petit larceny, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and resisting arrest. Upon being dispatched to the sound of breaking glass at the Savona Wave station in the Village of Savona, Sherriff Deputies found Shannon L. Thompson attempting to take items from the store. His court date was scheduled for this week.
CAMPBELL ROAD CLOSED THIS THURSDAY
A road closing is planned for the town of Campbell. This Thursday, June 22nd the bridge on County Route 4 between State Route 415 and Curtis-Coopers Road will be closed for all traffic from 9am to 3pm without detour. Drivers are advised to plan using town and county roads as alternative routes for a detour around the bridge as it undergoes cleaning for its deck, trusses, stringers and floor beams.
CORNING ROADS CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION
Several roads in Corning are closed from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. as milling and paving construction begins. Today and Tuesday Fox Street will be closed from West First Street to West Third Street as well as South Pearl Street from East Fourth Street to Upper Delevan Avenue. Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Lower Delevan Avenue from McMahon Avenue to Park Avenue and McMahon Avenue from Watauga Avenue to Lower Delevan Avenue. From Wednesday through Friday, the following streets will be reworked:
· Dodge Avenue from Cayuta Street to Onondaga Street
· Dwight Avenue from Onondaga Street to Seneca Street
· Onondaga Street from Reynolds Avenue to Kingsbury Avenue
· Princeton Avenue from Seneca Street to Buffalo Street
· Winfield street from Reynolds Avenue to Dodge Avenue
PUBLIC HEARING FOR HAMMONDSPORT CENTRAL SCHOOL SCHEDULED
Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a Public Hearing on District Code of Conduct and the District SAVE Plan this Wednesday June 21st at 5:00pm in the High School Library. The school’s regular board meeting is scheduled to follow the public hearing.
GUTHRIE AWARDED IAC ACCREDITATION
Guthrie has been awarded a three year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) for its Vascular Labs in Owego, Corning Centerway, Ithaca, Troy, Sayre, Big Flats, Wellsboro and Towanda. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application. Guthrie is a non-profit serving patients from an 11-county service area and a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and is the first health system based in Pennsylvania and New York to join this network.
ST. JAMES UPGRADES MRI
St. James Mercy Hospital officially cut the ribbon on its new, upgraded MRI service yesterday. Organization leaders presided over a ceremony that included remarks from President & CEO Jennifer Sullivan, as well as Dr. David Waldman, Chairman of Imaging at the University of Rochester Medical Center which provides imaging services at St. James Mercy Hospital. MRI machines use a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body to help diagnose or monitor treatment for a variety of conditions.
SCHUMER CALLS ON HELP FROM DEA HEROIN ENFORCEMENT TEAMS
Senator Schumer urges federal help to combat the opioid addiction epidemic, calling on the Drug Enforcement Agency to equip New York state with one of four special heroin enforcement teams. The four teams’ purpose is to counteract heroin trafficking in states citing heroin as the highest drug threat. It is reported that in 2015, heroin overdose deaths spiked by 30 percent in our state. Currently, there are 24 New York counties identified as High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas and New York City remains a leading heroin trafficking hub.
STATE PANEL VOTES TO USE FAMILIAL DNA EVIDENCE
The State Commission on Forensic Science voted 9-2 to allow familial DNA to be used by law enforcement agencies in the state for felony and sex crime investigations. The process is expected to be used in the state as soon as the fall and involves investigators checking genetic material of relatives who are already in the state’s DNA database to identify or eliminate suspects of murder, arson, sexual assault, kidnapping and terrorism cases. Familial DNA can be examined once other leads have gone cold and there is there no known direct connection to the suspect.
MARKET STREET REOPENS
Market Street in Corning is open for traffic again. Construction for the $1 million city project began on June 12 and the three blocks of overlay paving was announced to be complete and the stretch from Wall to Walnut Street was opened again yesterday at about 5pm. Once the sections of the road are striped, the project will be totally complete.
SCHUMER PRAISES FEDERAL GRANT FOR ALFRED STATE
Senator Charles Schumer says $1.5 million in federal funding awarded to Alfred State College to be used for the Biorefinery Development and Commercialization Center (BDCC). Schumer said the center will be a major “launching pad” that will leverage natural resources like wood to create sustainable businesses and facilitate the growth of a “New Forest Economy” in the United States. The senator said the investment will help bring 15 new businesses and 125 good paying pay jobs to the Southern Tier and push the region’s economy into the future.
O'MARA SPONSORS ANTI-OPIOD BILL
The New York State Senate Wednesday completed action on a comprehensive anti-heroin legislative package co-sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara. O’Mara is a member of the Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. Among the bills passed by the senate… require health care practitioners to receive written consent from a minor’s parent or legal guardian before prescribing a medical treatment involving opioids and make it a crime to offer to or accept payment from an individual or entity that provides substance abuse services in exchange for patient referral and admission.
NYS SENATE APPROVES "BRITTANY'S LAW"
For the seventh consecutive year, the New York State Senate has approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to enact what’s known as “Brittany’s Law.” The legislation would require convicted domestic violence offenders to register with the state following their release from prison, hospitalization or institutionalization. The registry information would be available to the public through a registry similar to New York’s existing Sex Offender Registry. The legislation is currently in the Assembly Corrections Committee.
CONGRESSMAN REED'S OFFICE RESPONDS TO SAFETY QUESTION
In the wake of the mass shooting which critically injured a U.S. Congressman, Regional News Network contacted Congressman Reed’s office to ask if the town halls would continue and would there be increased security. Communications Director Samantha Cotten issued the following statement, (which reads)… “The safety of constituents and our team members is a priority, but as a matter of office policy we do not discuss the specifics of how we secure our district offices or public events.”
SHELL CHARITY MUST PAY SETTLEMENT
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared a settlement agreement has been reached for the shell organization "Breast Cancer Survivors Foundation". The group was investigated by the state and found to be keeping 92 cents of each donated dollar and must pay $350,000 in the settlement. The shell charity raised around $3 million by claiming to provide medical treatment to breast cancer patients and survivors then funneled most of the money to another fundraiser who was banned from fundraising by the state in 2004. When the settlement is paid, it will go to legitimate cancer charities.
BATH MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO OCTOBER DEATH
A Bath man has been arrested and jailed without bail in connection with the suspicious death of a man 8 months ago at a home on West Washington Street. Bath Police say 54-year-old William Young Jr. was charged with felony counts of drug sales and possession. He was arraigned in court and remanded to the county jail without bail. Young will head back to court June 26th. The death investigation continues.
MILLER TRIAL BEGINS
Opening statements began in the Dakota Miller trial yesterday. Miller is the Hornell man accused of beating and killing his girlfriend's 17-month-old infant. Witnesses called to the stand include the St. James registered nurse who examined the baby, Hornell Investigator Thomas Aini, a member of St. James emergency staff and a hospital security guard. The jury consists of 12 jurors with four alternates. Court resumes today at 9:00 A.M in Steuben County Court.
SCSWCD TO ADMINISTER GRANTS TO COMBAT POLLUTION
Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation District (SCSWCD) is administering state grants to reduce water pollution, develop new income sources and implement best practices. There are three open contracts covering 20 landowners for pasture management, covered barnyards, cover crops and manure storage according to SCSWCD District Manager Jeff Parker. Contracts under this funding total $2.6 million, with about $1.2 million funding state “Ag Nonpoint”, a funding program established by the state in 1994 to help farmers prevent water pollution.
STATE SENATE APPROVES BILL FOR MEDICAID FRAUD SOFTWARE REIMBURSEMENT
Yesterday New York State Senate approved legislation to reimburse counties for the cost of buying Medicaid fraud detection software to detect cases of fraud, waste, and abuse within New York’s Medicaid system. The bill was sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara and the state senator says the use of “data mining” software has the potential to save taxpayers millions. Companies like Salient Corporation of Horseheads developed software programs used by the State Health Department and Office of the Medicaid Inspector General.
ARKPORT BOARD OF ED VOTES TO TERMINATE ABUSE SUSPECT
The Arkport Board of Education this week on Wednesday night voted unanimously to terminate the employment of Thomas Wight. Superintendent Jesse Harper said Wight had been a long term substitute teacher with English classes in grades 7-12. The 26-year old from Cuba was arrested by State Police Tuesday and charged with forcible touching and child endangerment. Investigators allege that Wight sexually abused a teenage boy who was a former student. Harper noted that the alleged incident did not occur on school property.
REED ANNOUNCES BIOFINERY PROJECT GRANT
Congressman Tom Reed has announced the approval of an Alfred State College grant for Biofinery Development and Commercialization Center project. The $1.5 million grant is awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission to purchase equipment and develop programs to teach and train manufacturers new skills. The project will help private and public partners use natural resources to create business that are sustainable using “advanced” manufacturing processes. Reed says the grant project will be used to help develop a process extracting chemical assets from wood to make energy and biofuels.
Arkport Teacher Charged with Sexual Abuse:
An Arkport school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a former student. State Police said Wednesday that 26-year-old Thomas Wight of Cuba was charged with forcible touching and child endangerment. Police said the victim was a 16-year-old male and the alleged crime did not occur on school property. Wight was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail on $15,000 cash bail. State Police Investigator Scott Cicirello told WVIN he believes there are more victims and they should reach out to state police. In a statement, school officials said Wight has served as a long-term substitute teacher with the district since January 2017, and most recently worked with students in the junior/senior high school. He was placed on paid administrative leave on Sunday. In light of his arrest, Arkport Board of Education members voted on rescinding his appointment last night. Wight also taught at Cuba-Rushford and Fillmore Central Schools in the past.
7 More Jurors Seated in Miller Trial:
Seven more jurors, plus two alternates, were seated Wednesday in the trial of 23-year-old Dakota Miller. Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says they still want two more alternates before the trial begins. Jury selection will continue today. Miller is charged in the 2015 death of 18-month-old Ian Maniske-Huff.
Addison, Erwin Reach Sewage Treatment Deal:
At the Town of Erwin’s board meeting this week, officials approved a sewer agreement with the Village of Addison. The deal will see Addison outsourcing its sewer services to Erwin’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Gang Mills. Erwin will in turn charge the village bulk rates for the volume of sewage processed, and the village will charge residents hooked up in Addison based on those rates. The village sought the deal with Erwin as EPA regulations call for facilities that discharge into the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to reduce phosphorus and nitrate levels by at least 10 percent by 2020, and it would cost the village more than $6 million to retrofit its existing plant to meet the regulations. Addison’s treatment plant will be shut down once the Gang Mills facility begins processing the village’s sewage.
Meeting on End of Coopers Plains-Long Acres Sewer Project Tonight:
There will be a public information meeting on the end of the Coopers Plains/Long Acres Sewer Project tonight at 7 p.m. at the Victory Highway Wesleyan Church. Officials will be discussing some key information for residents in affected areas of the project, including connection fees.
Tuition Increase at GCC:
Another area community college has announced a tuition increase. The Genesee Community College’s Board of Trustees has set the 2017-18 tuition at $2,025 per semester for full-time students, an increase of $50 over the previous year. Tuition for part-time students will be $165 per credit hour, an increase of $5. Despite the increase, President James Sunser said that Genesee’s tuition and fees remains among the lowest among all State University of New York colleges.
Dunn Field’s “Set the Night to Music” Postponed:
Elmira’s popular “Set the Night to Music” event and fireworks display has been postponed and will not be held at Dunn Field this year. City officials denied the application by organizers of the event, citing safety concerns and, as the field is in a residential area, fears that event goers would block driveways or trespass on private property. Despite the denial, organizers of the event say it will go on at a different time and location.
Jury Selection Underway in Miller Murder Trial:
The trial of the Hornell man accused of beating a baby to death got underway Tuesday with jury selection. 23-year-old Dakota Miller is facing charges of aggravated murder, murder in the first, murder in the second, and manslaughter in the first. Miller allegedly beat and bit 18-month-old Ian Maniski-Huff so severely on Thanksgiving Day 2015, that the baby suffered a traumatic brain injury and a lacerated liver. He died of his injuries. Jury selection resumes today. Five jurors have already been seated.
Chiropractor Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct:
The Corning chiropractor charged last June with sexual abuse for allegedly inappropriately touching a female client pled guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal. 32-year-old Jeremiah Wright will have to pay a $100 fine, a $150 surcharge, and obey an order of protection. Wright’s accuser, Wendy Hammond, was not allowed to speak during the hearing. She said she was disappointed by the verdict.
Bath Road Work Schedule for This Week:
According to a spokesman for the Department of Transportation, the schedule for milling work for roads Bath this week is as follows: today on Haverling and Liberty Street from the “Y” by the Civil War Monument to the Sherwin Williams Store; tomorrow from the Sherwin Williams store down through Liberty Street and on East Steuben Street from Jones Smoke Shop to Angry Oven Pizza; and on Friday the side streets.
O’Mara Proposes Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic:
State Senator Tom O’Mara has co-sponsored a series of legislative measures to combat the heroin epidemic in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes, as well as statewide. The legislative package would build on existing state laws, programs, and services to strengthen awareness, education, prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts. It would also increase charges against heroin traffickers and dealers. Law enforcement would be able to charge a dealer with homicide if a person dies of an overdose.
Seniors’ Rights Program June 21st:
A presentation on the rights of senior citizens is slated for 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. June 21st at Lakeview Apartments in Bath. The program will include presentations by Steuben County Office for the Aging, the county Sheriff’s Department, the county Department of Social Services, Legal Assistance of Western New York, and the Steuben Center for Rehab and Healthcare. For more information call (607) 664-2322.
Self-Driving Vehicle Tested on I-90 in NYS:
There was a small glimpse of the possible future of automobiles on Tuesday as Audi tested the first self-driving vehicle in New York on I-90. With the acting commissioner of the DMV in the vehicle, the engineer in the driver’s seat got onto I-90 and let go of the wheel. The demonstration is part of a year-long testing period approved by Governor Andrew Cuomo. It could be 2020 or 2021 until vehicles based on this prototype are available on car lots, according to Audi.
Meth Bust in Bath:
Following the execution of a search warrant at an apartment on East William Street in the Village of Bath, the Bath Police Department has charged two men. 23-year-old Christopher Sutton and 35-year-old Shawn Northrup have been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and manufacturing of methamphetamine. They were both sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Streets in Bath to be Remilled:
Due to unforeseen circumstances, May Street and East Washington Street in the Village
of Bath will be remilled today, officials have announced. Repaving will take place tomorrow and Thursday. Rain date scheduled for the following day. The village apologizes for any inconvenience.
Schedule For Bath’s Liberty Street Work:
Officials in Bath have released a schedule for the road work planned for Liberty Street this month and into July. The schedule is as follows: ADA Sidewalks June 12th to 23rd; Milling June 14th to the 19th; Asphalt T&L June 20th and 21st; Manhole adjustments June 22nd to the 27th; Traffic Loops June 22nd to the 28th; Asphalt topping June 27th to the 29th; Striping June 29th; and Paving of Side Streets July 5th and 6th.
Star Trek Actor Announces Bid for Reed’s District Seat:
Congressman Tom Reed of Corning is getting a unique challenger for his congressional seat. Rochester’s WHEC-TV says according to his Facebook page, "Star Trek" actor J. G. Hertzler has announced he is challenging Reed in November. Hertzler says he disagrees with everything Reed supports, including his support of President Donald Trump. Hertzler played General Martok on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He was elected to the Ulysses Town Board in 2013, and he was reelected in 2016. Also in 2016, Hertzler, along with fellow actor James Cromwell, was arrested for protesting plans for gas storage in salt caravans around Seneca Lake. He says he will campaign through all 11 counties of the district in the coming months.
Bid for Canisteo Town Hall Roof Replacement Approved:
A bid by a local contractor to the replace the roof on the Canisteo Town Hall has been approved. Bill Weakland’s low bid of $11,338 will see the roof completely torn off and replaced with shingles. The board determined that a metal roof would be too expensive.
Work on Corning’s Market Street Underway:
Road work on busy Market Street in Corning got underway Monday, and is expected to last through the next two weeks. Drivers are reminded that free parking is being provided in two lots, one behind the Radisson Hotel and the other behind R&M Grill. There is also free parking and shuttle service at the Corning Museum of Glass visitor’s lot.
Penn Yan Man Charged After Striking Boat on Keuka Lake:
The collision of a powerboat and a paddle boat on Keuka Lake Sunday night resulted in the arrest a Penn Yan man. 58-year-old Nicholas Pallar Jr. is facing numerous charges, including boating while intoxicated and reckless endangerment. The accident occurred around 8 p.m. in the Town of Milo and forced the occupants of the paddle boat – 20-year-old Kayla Wells of North Carolina and 12-year-old Dylan Schrader of Pennsylvania – to jump in the water. Wells was taken to Soldiers and Sailors for hip and leg pain. Schrader was checked at the scene and was released to his parents.
Area Students Awarded Bath Rotary Scholarships:
The Bath Rotary Club recently awarded more than $10,000 in college scholarships to area students from a number of local schools, including Haverling, Hammondsport, Avoca, Bradford, and Prattsburgh. The club annually selects local students who seek assistance with higher education costs as they embark on their college careers. The 2017 scholarship winners, along with their parents, were honored during a special Rotary luncheon on May 25th.
Taco Bell Offering Free Tacos Today:
As part of the “Steal a Taco” cross promotion with the NBA, fast-food chain Taco Bell will be offering free tacos today from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The special deal comes after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road. The offer is limited to one taco per person. Multiple locations in New York are participating in this promotion.
Catholic Charities Offerings Summer Daycare:
Catholic Charities of Steuben has announced that it will once again offer summer day care. Besides recreational activities like arts and crafts, and games, the 10-week program will also offer educational enrichment, including a reading program and hands-on gardening where the children will eventually be able to eat what they’ve produced. For more information, call 776-7387.
TYSON RECALLS BREADED CHICKEN
Tyson Foods Inc. is urging consumers to return or throw away products produced or packaged between August 2016 and January 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recalled chicken may contain milk, a common allergen which is not included on the product label. Over 2,485,000 pounds of breaded chicken is under this recall, some of which have been purchased by schools. Please refer to the USDA official website for the full list of recalled products:
SCHUMER DISAGREES WITH TRUMP'S STANCE ON AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL
New York Democrat and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said Sunday that Trump’s plan to privatize the country’s air traffic control system would give airlines too much influence to control costs, creating higher costs for consumers. Trump believes air traffic control should be separated from the Federal Aviation Administration and claims privatizing the system would be safer and cut back on the wait times for passengers. Schumer says these upheavals would impede communication between air traffic control operators and the Department of Defense.
SOUTHERN TIER OUTDOOR SHOW SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER
The next Southern Tier Outdoor Show is scheduled for Oct 14-15, 2017 at the Steuben County Fairgrounds off I-86 on Exit 38. The annual event features several wildlife shows, exhibitors and activities to help locals celebrate and explore the outdoors. The Southern Tier Outdoor Show has been held for the past 10 years, bringing in about 7000 people each October, allowing local businesses and organizations to share their products and services to encourage outdoor participation, promote environmental stewardship and offer outdoor awareness and education. The show is accepting new vendors and sponsors at SouthernTierOutdoorShow.com.
LUMBERJACK FESTIVAL TO BE SET IN FAIRGROUNDS FOR MAY 2018
The next Lumberjack Festival will be held May 19, 2018, moving for the first time to the Steuben County Fairgrounds. The NYSLA hosts 6 to 8 competitions every year throughout the state. Ten of the current top 40 athletes for this year’s 2017 competition battled at the Bath festival in May, which we covered here on WVIN. Hosting this event at the fairgrounds is expected to provide spectators more visibility and a better opportunity to advertise sponsors that make the festival possible. The fairgrounds venue can also house more events, attracting more competitors and viewers to the festival.
CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON PULTENEY SQUARE TO ROUTE 54
Maintenance paving work starts today on State Route 415, Liberty Street, in the Village of Bath. Work will occur on the roadway from Pulteney Square to State Route 54. This project will adjust drainage structures, asphalt concrete milling, and ADA ramp improvements followed by paving operations. Traffic will be maintained by flaggers controlling lane closures in one lane, creating possible delays. July is the anticipated date of completion.
HAMMONDSPORT PLACES IN "BEST SMALL LAKE TOWNS" LIST
Hammondsport, New York was ranked 10th in Country Living Magazine’s “Best Small Lake Towns” in the country. The magazine mentioned the ample wine country tourism Hammondsport offers as well as the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum as attractions that make the Finger Lakes town a worthwhile visit and place to live.
STATE SENATE AND O'MARA SUPPORT MEDICAID ABUSE, FRAUD AND WASTE REFORM
The New York State Senate Thursday approved legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid. Mayors, county executives and other local officials throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, continually point to Medicaid as their most burdensome and costly unfunded state mandate.
NYS SENATE VOTES TO MAKE REVENGE PORN MISDEMEANOR
The state Senate has passed legislation criminalizing “revenge porn.” The bill would establish the crime of non-consensual dissemination of sexually explicit images, also known as “revenge porn.” This bill would make it a class A misdemeanor to disseminate photographs that are captured consensually, oftentimes as part of a private relationship which are later disclosed by an individual without the consent of the individual photographed.
LINCOLN GARDENS OPENS
On Friday Governor Cuomo announced the completion of Lincoln Gardens, a $9.3 million housing development for seniors in Hornell.The former Lincoln Elementary School was renovated to be a new residential development with 25 affordable, energy-efficient apartments for seniors aged at least 55 years old. The building has been updated with a new roof and energy efficient windows and doors. Complimenting Southern Tier Soaring, an upstate revitalization initiative to expand the economy and create new opportunities, affordable rents are available to households at or below 60 percent of the area median income.
O'MARA SPONSORS BILL TO COMBAT FOOD WASTE
Friday, State Senator O'Mara announced he is co-sponsoring legislation to cut down on food waste by donating surpluses from the food industry to the community via local food banks and pantries. After partnering with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier earlier this year to accomplish the “Farm to Food Bank” tax credit, Senator O’Mara is pushing state legislation (S.6083A/A.8138). The bill establishes a tax credit of up to $5,000 for grocery stores, food brokers, wholesalers, restaurateurs, or catering services that donate surplus or about-to-expire food to local food banks and pantries to benefit the community.
MARKET STREET CLOSING FOR CONSTRUCTION MONDAY
Corning’s Market Street will close to traffic Monday for about two-weeks to mill and overlay the five-block, high-traffic street. Concerns for construction is the possibility of a hurt economy due to decreasing business during the “peak tourist season”. Some locals foresee a negative impact for tourism when visitors from outside our area see Market Street affected by the dirt, grime, mud, dust and debris brought by the construction of the $1 million summer project. Free parking will be available in the two municipal lots behind the Radisson Inn Corning and R & M Grill to accommodate customers.
GILLIBRAND RISES CONFERENCE USING PROFANITY
State Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said “If we are not helping people, we should go the f--- home,” on Friday, resulting in cheers and applause at New York City’s Personal Democracy Forum, a political and tech enthusiast-themed conference. Gillibrand made the statement in frustration with Washington politics adding “And that should be our North Star. That should be our framing principle of what we are doing in public service.” Gillibrand has not been shy about using the F-bomb. She has used it in her 2014 book and in a recent interview with New York magazine. In 2018, she will face re-election for her Senate seat and fights for expanding health care and improving taxes for working families, defiantly challenging Trump on Friday adding, “Has he kept any of his promises?” she asked. “No. F--- no.”
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport Looking to Secure Grant
Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will apply for a $1 million federal Small Community Air Service Development Program grant soon. The program is designed to help small communities resolve airfare and service issues and would provide the $1 million through a two-year federal grant. If secured, $200,000 worth of it will be locally matched by several businesses such as Corning Incorporated and Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, giving Elmira Corning Regional Airport officials $1.2 million to use to build an airline. Chemung County leads in funding contributions for the grant application while the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency will pledge $5,000 toward the grant proposal and the Steuben County Legislature will pledge another $5,000. Completing the project will facilitate easier international travel.
Governor Expected to Sign Law Banning Minor Marriages
A bill changing the legal age of marriage in New York moves to the governor’s office. It would remove the option of 14 through 17-year-olds to get married with their parent’s consent. The standard age of marriage otherwise is currently 18 years of age. It is estimated 4,000 children aged between 14 and 18 have married from 2000 to 2010. It is estimated eighty-four percent of these child marriages involved girls under eighteen who were married to adult men. The State Senate followed the Assembly by passing a bill requiring court approval before 17 year-olds can marry. Gov. Cuomo is expected to sign the bill,as he has called the it “a major step forward that will protect kids, prevent forced marriages and create a safer New York for all.”
State Senate Votes to Criminalize Revenge Porn
“Revenge porn” may soon be illegal in New York as the State Senate voted on yesterday to criminalize it. The distribution of sexually explicit personal photos without consent of the subject, often an ex lover, is known as revenge porn. Privacy of images and videos captured knowingly and willingly by the victim can be protected by this legislation. Republican Senator Joseph Griffo, who sponsored this bill says the old privacy protections were not enough to protect victims. The bill moves to the State Assembly for debate.
Hogan Promises to Fill Officer Positions Immediately
Tuesday morning Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan announced two police officer positions that opened with the recent retirement of two veteran officers to the city of Hornell will be filled immediately. Hogan said that of the three candidates considered, none of the potential candidates have been through the Police Training Academy and will be provided with this education through the city upon selection. All three candidates were scheduled for an interview right after the Board of Public Safety meeting was adjourned.
Local Leaders Speak About Comey Trials
As the Comey Trials dominate the headlines, our local leaders weigh in on the controversy.
Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:
Former FBI Director Comey testified that neither the president nor his aides asked him to stop the Russia probe or to drop the Flynn probe and that there was no obstruction of justice. We are pleased investigations are moving forward and confident in the process; however, they must not obstruct the progress of governing in Washington. Congress must remain focused on serving the American people by moving important healthcare and tax reform legislation forward.
While Senator Chuck Schumer tweeted:
W/ the Russia probe, Dir Comey felt that there was enough potential evidence that a special counsel was warranted. The contrast is telling.
And Senator Kirsten Gillibrand said:
“Today’s hearing also raises serious questions concerning the actions of the Attorney General. The American people need to know what the underlying facts are that led Director Comey to believe Attorney General Sessions’s engagement in the Russia-related investigation was ‘problematic’.”
NYS Police Speed Week Campaign Continues
The New York State Police is conducting a week-long enforcement initiative to crack down on speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The Speed Week campaign runs through June 13. Last year, during the June Speed Week campaign, State Police issued more than 21,000 traffic tickets. More than 10,000 of the tickets were for speeding, more than 600 were for distracted driving, and more than 200 for violations of the Move Over law.
Empire Access Awarded $3.2M for NYS Broadband Expansion:
Local telecommunications company, Empire Access has been awarded a $3.2 million grant from the New NY Broadband program. The program was developed to help fund the expansion of high-speed broadband internet service in New York State, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that all New Yorkers have high-speed broadband access by the end of 2018. The grant will provide Empire Access with funding to expand to more than 1,600 homes and businesses in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier, including Burdett, Lodi, Odessa, Prattsburgh, and Pulteney, which were identified as underserved and unserved by the Broadband Program Office.
Dormann Library Budget Vote Rescheduled:
Officials at the Dormann Library in Bath have announced that due to circumstances beyond their control, the library budget vote that was scheduled for today has been moved to Wednesday, July 26th from noon to 8 p.m. Due to technical errors at newspapers involved, including the Steuben Courier and The Corning Leader, the legal notices necessary to properly hold the vote weren’t published. Voters are being asked to approve an increase from $216,700 to $234,004.
CCC Tuition Increasing:
Tuition is going up for students at Corning Community College. The Board of Trustee’s recently approved the increase as part of the college’s 2018 budget. Rates will rise $103 for in-state students and $205 for out-of-state students, per term. Officials note that more than 80 percent of students at the college receive financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition and more help is expected through the Excelsior Scholarship program.
Grassroots Rail Campaign Hosting Event Today:
If you’d like to learn more about the grassroots campaign looking to bring passenger rail service to the Southern Tier, today is the official launch party. Southern Tier on Track is raising funds for a feasibility study. The party will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Corning; it’s free and open to the public, and it will include wine and beer tastings, hors d’oeuvres, and a special guest speaker from the tourism industry.
“Solar Panel Collection Act” Approved by NYS Senate:
Solar energy is getting even greener in New York State, as the state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by Tom O’Mara that would establish a solar panel recycling and disposal program that would cover everything from collection and transportation to safe disposal of out-of-service panels. The Solar Panel Collection Act would also require the state DEC to work with solar panel manufacturers to develop the program. The program would be financed by manufacturers, which typically offer a 20 to 25 year standard warranty.
Bath Farmers’ Market Open Wednesdays:
If you’re interested in increasing your local shopping, particularly where it comes to homegrown and handmade products, then you should make note of the Bath Farmers’ market. Located in Pulteney Square each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October, vendors sell a variety of locally produced products. Farmers’ Market checks are available for senior citizens through the Office for the Aging, and WIC also has a Vegetables and Fruits Check Program. Food stamps can also be used.
Tesla Charging Station Expected to Open in Painted Post by End of the Year:
A Tesla supercharger station has been under construction on Victory Highway in Painted
Post for about a month and is expected to be open by the end of the year. The charging station is located next to the Dunkin’ Donuts and the same lot is expected to also house a fast food restaurant, a large gas station, a retail store. Tesla has about two dozen supercharger stations built or under construction throughout New York – the next closest in the Southern Tier area is in Binghamton. Tesla supercharger stations are designed only for use with Tesla vehicles, and will not work with other electric cars.
Cashews Recalled Due to Glass in Canisters:
A recall of Southern Grove Cashews has been announced by the Food and Drug Administration due to reports of glass found inside the canisters. The recall includes both halves and pieces with sea salt, and is affecting more than two-dozen states. Customers can return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
County Land Bank Selects Arbor Development:
Arbor Development has been selected by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation Board of Directors to handle the day-to-day management of the land bank. Arbor was the sole bidder and was awarded a two-year contract for $62,000. It’s expected to manage an estimated eight to 10 derelict properties. The specific properties have not yet been determined, but they will be culled from properties recommended by the county Finance Department and communities in Steuben. Plans are to restore the properties, with proceeds from sales returned to the land bank for future restorations.
Town of Corning Seeking Input with Fire Protection Survey:
The Town of Corning is receiving a $50,000 grant from the state to study fire protection services and it’s asking for the community’s input on what can be improved. An online survey is open to residents at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Corningfirerescuesurvey. Responses are due by noon on June 30th. Fire Departments involved include South, East, and North Corning, and Gibson.
Steuben Co. Deputies Commended:
In a ceremony Monday, two members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department were commended by county Sheriff Jim Allard for their outstanding efforts in 2016. Deputy Dean Swan was recognized as the 2016 County Sheriff’s Office Deputy of the Year, and county Corrections Officer Kris Kester was honored as the 2016 County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer of the Year. Allard said they were “selected by their peers and both exemplify the Sheriff’s Office core values, which are professionalism, integrity, leadership, and service.”
Free Tuition Applications Now Open:
At 12:01 a.m. this morning, applications for the Excelsior Scholarship opened for free SUNY tuition in New York. If you plan on applying, some information to know: the family income requirement is less than $100,000, families will need to have already filled out the FAFSA and TAP forms, and the application is available through the HESC website at http://hesc.ny.gov/excelsior. The deadline to apply is July 21st. More information about applying is available at https://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/.
NYS Senate Passes “Maddox’s Law” Again:
On Tuesday, the New York State Senate passed “Maddox’s Law” for the second time. The law would automatically make the murder of a child 12 years or younger a first-degree murder charge; currently, the first degree is reserved for the killing of a police officer, correctional facility employee, judge, firefighter, emergency medical technician, ambulance driver, paramedic, physician, or a registered nurse. It’s named for Maddox Lawrence, who was killed by her father last year. After passing the Senate last year, the bill failed in the Assembly.
NYS Senate Approves Tougher Animal Cruelty Penalties:
The New York State Senate has approved tougher penalties for people convicted of aggravated animal cruelty. Endorsed Tuesday, the bill would increase fines and potential jail time, and it would prohibit offenders from owning a dog or cat or other companion animal in the future. It would also require offenders to under a psychological evaluation. The state Assembly is considering identical legislation.
CCE-Steuben Pairs Berries and Barbecue at Annual Event:
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County switched up their annual gala event this year into an old fashioned backyard barbecue aimed at the entire family, and the organization reports that it was a huge success. Among the many events was a Pie Contest for both adults and youth. In the adult category: Ruth Troxel of Jasper took first place with an apple pie, and Liz Smalt of Savona took second with a blackberry pie. In the youth category: Dylan Troxel of Jasper took first with an apple crumb pie, Ryker Seymour of Corning took second with a cranberry apple, and Blake Houghtaling of Jasper and Khloe Carey of Corning tied for third with an apple crumb and apple, respectively. The first place prize for the adults was a marble rolling pin and a certificate for a bare root fruit tree donated by Steuben County Soil and Water Conservation. First place in the youth category also received a marble rolling pin.
Painted Post’s Colonial Days Kicks Off Today:
The annual Colonial Days festivities kick off today in Painted Post. The carnival opens at 4 p.m. and will run through 9 p.m. The hours will be the same all week through Friday. Saturday will run from 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. The Miss Colonial Days Pageant is at 6 p.m. on Friday. The fireman’s parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday; the Colonial Days Parade will follow at 11 a.m. Many more events are planned including a chicken bbq, a beer tent, and live music.
Gander Mountain Closing Six Upstate Stores:
Gander Mountain has announced that it will be closing six stores across upstate New York, including one in Rochester. A loss of close to 250 jobs is expected. The closures will take place between August 17th and August 31st.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing Today:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing today at 5p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library has to offer and how it is supported…prior to the tax levy vote to be held on Thursday from noon to 8pm at the library. In a statement, officials said patrons visited the library more than 65,000 times last year. The number of library card holders includes just shy of 12,000 resident and more 2,100 non-resident patrons. In addition, the Empire Room was used 540 times by 50 different groups and community organizations in 2016.
2 Steuben Deputies Commended for Actions After Trooper was Struck:
Two Steuben County deputies have been commended for their actions following the May 17th pickup truck-vehicle accident on I-86 which resulted in serious injuries for a local state trooper. County Sgt. Shawn Shutt witnessed the accident when the pickup slammed into the back of Trooper Craig Foglia’s patrol vehicle during a traffic stop east of the Campbell rest area. According to county Sheriff Jim Allard, Shutt immediately positioned his vehicle behind the wreckage and rendered assistance to the critically injured trooper. Shutt assessed the chaotic scene, which included a second accident in the westbound lane, called for additional resources, and continued medical assistance for Foglia. Allard said he received a letter from the Superintendent of the New York State Police stating that Shutt’s swift action may have saved Foglia’s life. Shutt was assisted at the scene by Sgt. Brain Logsdon, who responded, also assessed the situation, calling in and directing additional resources and providing effective radio communication between responders. Allard said both men showed the professionalism, commitment to duty and principles the county Sheriff’s department prides itself in.
Flooding Along Rt. 14 in Watkins Glen:
The strong thunderstorms Monday afternoon brought damaging rains and flooding to Watkins Glen. Traffic on Route 14 was diverted for roughly two hours while emergency crews battled with the water. Sandbags were brought in from local fire departments, but some homes and businesses were flooded.
Guthrie Corning Recognized for Patient Safety:
Guthrie Corning Hospital has been honored with the Women’s Choice Award – a national organization that recognizes hospitals for excellence in patient safety and customer service. The award uses data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid services including, readmission rates, mortality rates, infection, safety of care, timeliness of care, and appropriate use of medical imaging. Guthrie Corning ranks in the top 15 percent of over 3,000 hospitals for patient safety. It’s also recognized as one of 10 hospitals in New York State with a four-star rating.
NY A.G. Speaks Out Against Ringless Robocalls:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is joining with the attorneys general from Kentucky and Massachusetts in urging the Federal Communications Commission to crackdown on ringless robocall messages. The A.G.s are opposing a petition that was filed by All About the Message requesting that such calls be exempt from consumer protections under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. Ringless robocalls deliver voicemails to consumers without causing their phones to ring, which All About the Message argues should not be considered “calls.” The A.G.s say it would allow people to receive even more harassing messages.
Small Fire at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan:
A discarded cigarette is being cited as the cause of a small fire at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan over the weekend. Firefighters were called to the restaurant Saturday night and discovered a small mulch fire outside the building.
President Signs Bill to Help Families of Fallen Officers:
A bipartisan bill led by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Grassley that would help the families of fallen officers has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. The bill looks to reduce the time between when families of fallen first responders apply for benefits and when they receive them. It will require the Justice Department to post weekly status updates for all pending claims on its website and it will put in strict requirements for the DOJ before it can reject a claim. The bill will apply to all claims that are pending at the time of the bill’s enactment, as well as all filed after.
Rabies Clinic in Campbell:
The Town of Campbell will hold a rabies clinic on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Town Highway Garage. A voluntary donation of $5 per pet is requested. Dogs, cats, and ferrets will be welcome, though officials urge ferret owners to call ahead to check on the availability of the vaccine. For more information, call 527-8244, EXT. 213.
Three Arrested in Residential Burglary Investigation:
A six month investigation into multiple residential burglaries in the Towns of Woodhull, Troupsburg, and Jasper has resulted in multiple charges against three people, and the recovery of a large quantity of stolen property, according to the New York State Police. Troopers from Hornell and Wayland have charged 27-year-old Zachary Barber of Westfield, Pennsylvania, 23-year-old Christopher Sutton of Cameron Mills, and 45-year-old Mark Walton of Jasper each with Burglary. Barber was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and petit larceny. Walton was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon. All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 cash bail. Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are pending.
State Police Seek Suspected Shoplifter:
The State Police of Painted Post are asking for the public’s help in locating a person they say stole from the Walmart in Erwin. Police say the subject entered the store in the early morning hours of May 30th and left without paying for merchandise. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYSP at 962-6865.
Unemployment Drops to 4.3%:
Despite the fact that the U.S. economy added less jobs that expected in May, the unemployment rate still dropped to 4.3 percent, its lowest level since May 2001. 138,000 jobs were added last month, bringing the total added so far this year to 810,000. It’s expected as a result that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month, as officials indicated last week that they would do so if the economy stayed on track.
State Comptroller Visits Hornell to Help Residents Claim Funds:
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli was in Hornell Friday to help residents of Steuben
and Allegany counties reclaim funds owed to them by New York State. If you were unable to make it the event on Friday, DiNapoli reminds residents that there is no time limit on how long you have to collect, as he pointed out that his office is still in possession of money from the 1940s and 50s. You can see if you have money coming by visiting https://www.osc.state.ny.us and searching under the unclaimed funds link.
More Contentious Town Halls for Reed:
Representative Tom Reed once again faced contentious crowds as he held several town halls over the weekend. Spectrum News reports that in Geneva attendees held signs reading “save the earth” and “don’t take away our care.” At the White Springs Fire Department, Reed was shouted down several times as he was questioned about healthcare and President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord. Reed says he will continue to keep up the dialogue with his constituents.
REED HOLDS TOWN HALLS
Congressman Tom Reed will be holding a series of town halls today. He is scheduled for four appearances across the 23rd district. The town halls will be as follows:
Trumansburg Fire Department at 8:30 am
White Springs Fire Association in Geneva at 11:00 am
Town of Bradford Fire Department at 1:30 pm
Erin Town Hall at 4:00 pm
NURSING SCHOLARSHIP TO BE DISCUSSED AT COUNTY MEETING
When the Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee meets next week in Bath, it will discuss a proposal to create a county nursing scholarship program in conjunction with Corning Community College. According to documents filed with lawmakers, there are more than 200 vacant nursing jobs in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. The college would nominate a county resident and the legislature would award the $10,000 scholarship.
FOOD BANK OF THE SOUTHERN TIER RECOGGNIZED WITH AWARD
Beating out more than 200 food banks across the country, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been named the “Feeding America 2017 Food Bank of the Year.” The food bank serves 6 counties in the Southern Tier and last year provided 9.8 million meals to people in need. Officials at the food bank say the need is actually about 13 million, fortunately the award comes with a $20,000 prize comes that they say will go toward closing the gap.
BATH VA HONORED WITH GREENHEALTH EMERALD AWARD
The Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth has been awarded to the Bath VA Medical Center. The title is presented to applicants that have exveptional scores in green practives such as recycling and waste reducation and a strong commitement to sustainability while providing leadership to their local communties. The VA's recycling program at the VAMC was what won the Emerald Award. Last year over 171 tons of materials were recycled, making up 44 percent of total solid waste generated by the VAMC.
CUOMO PROMISES JOBS AND CLEAN ENERGY
Governor Andrew Cuomo says he aims to create thousands of clean energy jobs in the state by introducing the Clean Climate Careers Initiative, a strategy to expand New York's clean energy economy and prepare the current worforce for long-term careers in the green energy industry. The plan focuses on accelerating renewable energy growth and efficiency and creating 40,000 by 2020. New York State will first make a $1.5 billion investment in renewable energy projects, resulting in 2.5 megawatt-hours of electricity annually.
C-PP Student Airlifted After Bridge Fall:
A 15-year-old Corning high school student was airlifted after falling from the Briscoe Bridge Thursday morning. According to authorities, they were called to the East side of the bridge around 9 a.m. and they found the male student, along with a 14-year-old female, over the safety rails. The female came back over the railing, but the male let go. He was rescued from the river and was airlifted. He suffered a neck injury, but the details of his condition are unknown at this time. Corning-Painted Post High School was put into a Hold in Place for roughly 90 minutes. In a statement, the district has said they’ve made resources available for students and staff, and advise parents that if they have any concerns about their children to contact the school counselor.
Gov. Cuomo Says NY Will Abide by Climate Change Accord:
Despite President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that New York will continue to abide by the 190 nation agreement to reduce carbon emissions. Cuomo says he’ll use executive orders to ensure New York continues to boost renewable energy while reducing emissions tied to climate change. In a statement, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also called the President’s decision “reckless” and harmful for the nation and the planet.
Travel Advisory – C.R. 69 closing 6/12:
County Route 69, between Chamberlain and Turnpike roads, in the Towns of Avoca and Howard, will be closed to all traffic starting June 12th through June 15th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The road will be closed to replace several cross culverts. There will not be an onsite detour.
Event to Help Residents Look for Unclaimed Funds in Hornell:
Today, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of the New York State Comptroller’s Office will be at Hornell City Hall to help residents of Steuben and Allegany counties look for unclaimed funds that they may be owed by New York State. According to the Comptroller’s Office, more than $10 million is owed to residents in Steuben and Allegany counties.
DMV Warns Against Fake Ticket Scam:
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents against a fake ticket email that may expose their computers to a virus. The fake emails pretend to be from the DMV, stating that the recipient has several outstanding traffic violations and they must pay a ticket within 48 hours or their license will be revoked. The emails provide two links to either plead guilty or to refute the tickets. The links go to a malicious download. The DMV says if you receive one of these emails to delete it immediately, and do not click on any links in the email and do not forward it.
Scripps Run Ends for PP Student:
The chase for the Scripps National Spelling Bee crown has come to an end for 14-year-old Painted Post student Nikhil Lahiri. In competition Thursday, Lahiri incorrectly spelled the world “coloboma.” He finished in the Top 40.
Food Bank of the Southern Tier “Food Bank of the Year”:
Beating out more than 200 food banks across the country, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has been named the “Feeding America 2017 Food Bank of the Year.” The food bank serves 6 counties in the Southern Tier and last year provided 9.8 million meals to people in need. Officials at the food bank say the need is actually about 13 million, fortunately the award comes with a $20,000 prize comes that they say will go toward closing the gap.
Over 12,000 Tickets Issued over Memorial Day Weekend:
The New York State Police have released the results of their STOP-DWI Memorial Day Weekend enforcement and they report over 12,000 tickets were issued and nearly 240 people were arrested. Troopers also investigated 146 personal injury crashes which resulted in 190 people injured. In the Southern Tier, 19 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated.
Dairy Festival in Bath Tomorrow, Expect Travel Restrictions:
The 61st Annual Dairy Festival Parade marches through Bath tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. and Police Chief Chad Mullen is advising residents to expect traffic restrictions. Tomorrow, parking meters along the parade route will be posted with “no parking” signs in the early morning hours. At 8 a.m., Liberty Street from Washington to Steuben will be closed to traffic. All vehicles must be removed no later than 8 a.m. Any vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Traffic detours will be in place by 10:15 a.m. and will remain in effect until the conclusion of the parade.
Dormann Library Budget Hearing:
The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room. The public is invited to attend to learn what the library offers and how it’s supported prior to the vote on Thursday, June 8th. Voting will be from noon to 8 p.m. at the library.
Travel Advisory – S.R. 415/Babcock Hollow in Bath:
The New York State Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 and Babcock Hollow Road in Bath on Monday, weather permitting. The project will extend from Interstate 86 at Exit 39 to May Street, for a total of approximately 1.9 miles. Motorists will encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays.
Bath V.A. Receives Greenhealth Award:
In recognition for being a leader in healthcare sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Bath V.A. Medical Center has received the prominent Greenhealth Emerald Award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare. The award is presented to applicants that have more advanced programs and exemplary scores in a range of categories such as reducing and recycling waste, energy management, water use reduction, sustainable sourcing, and green buildings. The Bath VAMC’s strong waste recycling program contributed its win. In 2016, the facility recycled over 171 tons of materials.
Federal Funding Awarded to E-C Airport:
U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $63,000 in federal funding for infrastructure upgrades at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport. Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $40 million in state funds for the airport’s expansion and renovation. The money is part of the Airport Improvement Program which will see over $17 million in federal funding go to airports across upstate New York.
Local Student Passes First Round at National Spelling Bee:
Local student, 14-year-old Nikhil Lahiri of Painted Post, has made it past the first round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Nikhil successfully spelled “guayabera” to make it through the preliminary round. The next round of competition starts today at 10 a.m.
Changes to Medicare ID Cards:
Changes are coming to Medicare ID cards in an effort to help prevent identity theft. The new cards, which are expected to start being issued next April, will no longer have beneficiaries’ Social Security numbers. Instead, there will be randomly-assigned numbers called a “Medicare Beneficiary Identifier.”
Market Street to be Closed for Road Work:
Busy Market Street in Corning is expected to be closed for roughly two weeks starting June 12th for work to mill and overlay the street. To help with the disruption, the city has announced that it will provide free parking in two lots, one behind the Radisson Hotel and the other behind R&M Grill, to accommodate customers who won’t be able to park on the street. Customers can also use free parking and shuttle service at the Corning Museum of Glass visitor’s lot. Riders will be dropped off on Tioga Avenue at the old bus stop across from Centennial Park.