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Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 31st

J-T School Aide Accused of Having Inappropriate Contact with Student:


A teacher’s aide for the Jasper-Troupsburg school district has been arrested following an investigation into inappropriate contact with a student.  23-year-old Bethany Leach, of Jasper, has been charged with disseminating indecent material to a minor and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly exchanging nude and sexually explicit pictures and videos over Facebook and Snapchat with a child she met while serving as a teacher’s aide at the Junior/Senior High School.  State Police report their investigation found that the contact was limited to digital communications and that there was no physical interaction, and it did not occur at the school.  Leach was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Multiple Charges with Bath Man Following Accident:


A motor vehicle accident has resulted in multiple charges against a Bath man.  State Police report that they were dispatched to Harrisburg Hollow Road in the Town of Bath around 9 p.m. Friday night on a report of a vehicle in the ditch.  They say they located the driver – 49-year-old William Schaffer – nearby and he was administered a field sobriety test.  As a result, he has been charged with felony DWI, felony DWAI, and aggravated unlicensed operation.  The vehicle was unregistered, uninspected, uninsured, and displayed stolen registration plates, and so Schaffer was additionally charged with multiple vehicle and traffic law charges, and criminal possession of stolen property.  A search of the vehicle also reportedly turned up suspected marihuana and oxycodone, and Schaffer was additionally charged with unlawful possession and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Schaffer was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Arrested in Domestic Incident:


A Corning man is facing multiple charges following a domestic incident in the city on Saturday.  26-year-old Cameron Ware is charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.  Police say Ware fought with a woman, pushing, punching, pouring water on her, knocking her to the ground, choking her, and threatening her with a knife.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail.



BEGWS Hydrant Flushing to Start 8/6:


Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will be flushing the village’s water mains beginning Sunday, August 6th, continuing through Friday, August 25th.  The BEGWS Underground Lines and Mains crew will be flushing the system from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.  Customers should be aware of the potential for dirty and discolored water, and are advised to check the water before use.  Should you experience dirty water, turn on a faucet, preferably outside, to clear the water line before doing any laundry, cleaning, or cooking.  Any concerns and/or difficulties with your water service can be reported at the 24-hour Customer Service line at (607) 776-2173.  Regular updates will be posted on the BEGWS Facebook page and here on 98.3 WVIN.



Turning Point Announces 10th Annual Back-to-School Supply Drive:


Turning Point is now accepting donations for its 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive for Steuben County students in grades Pre-K through 12th.  School supplies and monetary donations can be made until August 14th at either the Bath or Hornell Turning Point locations.  Monetary donations can also be mailed to the Bath location.  School supplies will be distributed in a new format this year – a School Supply Depot hosted at both Turning Point locations.  Parents must bring proof of address and school supply list to the Turning Point location corresponding to the school district in which they reside on August 24th, 25th, or 26th.  Residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Savona, or Wayland will pick up school supplies from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Bath location.  Residents of Arkport, Hornell, Canisteo, Greenwood, Cohocton, and Wayland can pick up school supplies from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at Turning Point Hornell.



Alligator Captured in Whitney Point:


There’s a happy ending to the reported sightings of an alligator in Whitney Point.  On Saturday, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation officials captured the animal behind the fairgrounds and the reptile will now get to spend the rest of its days at Animal Adventure Park, which is also home to April the giraffe – who took social media by storm when the birth of her calf was livestreamed on youtube.  Park officials said the alligator will first enter quarantine before being placed on exhibit. 



Apple Releasing “Do Not Disturb” Mode to Combat Distracted Driving:


Tech giant Apple is joining the fight against distracted driving.  In its next update to the iPhone operating system, there will be a new safety feature – a “Do Not Disturb While Driving” mode.  When enabled, the system will block any incoming texts or alerts, and requires phones to connect to Bluetooth or hands-free technology before allowing incoming calls until it senses the car is no longer moving.  In case of emergency, texts sent in succession will be able to break through.  Parents will also be able to set specific restrictions for teen drivers.  The update is expected to be released this fall.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, July 29, 2017

Work To Begin on I-86
The New York State Department of Transportation says that work will begin next Wednesday on I-86 east bound in the town of Bath. One lane of I-86 EB will be closed to traffic. The closure will last about two weeks. The closure is to perform necessary deck repairs on the bridge carrying I-86 over State Route 415.

Thousands Expencted for Gus Macker Tournament Turnout
This weekend in Hornell, the 20th annual Gus Macker Basketball Tournament kicks off this weekend, shutting down Main Street today and tomorrow. The fund-raising goal for Gus Macker this year is $17,000 to $20,000 and a portion of the proceeds raised by the event go to the Hornell YMCA. This year, 220 teams will compete and 7,500 are anticipated to attend, giving the community an economic boost.

Wayland Man Pleads Guilty to Lying to Feds
A Wayland man has pled guilty to making false statements before a U.S. District Judge and will possibly be sentenced to serve five years in prison and pay a $250,000 fine. US Attorney’s Office say Brian Woodhams of Wayland had been issued a student pilot license via the federal aviation administration, which allowed him to fly alone or with instructor if he carries a passenger. Woodhams lied about a 2015 accident where he had no flight instructor with him while flying a 15-year old-passenger, saying that no one else was on the plane with him. He will be scheduled November 3rd at 10:00 A.M.

Bath Man Arrested for Drug and Weapon Possession
Police say a man who is a temporary resident of Bath was locked up this morning on felony and other counts. Bath Police said 27-year-old Michael Anderson was charged with 2
nd & 3rd degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted sale of marijuana. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail. Police say the charges stem from alleged drug crimes at a local motel. When Anderson was taken into custody, police said he had a quantity of marijuana and an unregistered handgun with the serial number removed.

OFA Offers Educational Program for Caregivers
The Steuben County Office for the Aging is offering a free program for caregivers of older Medicaid recipients. The program runs through September and can help with ramps, community seminars and respite. For more information, call the Office of the Aging at 776-9631.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 28th

Meth Lab Bust in Bath:


A Bath man was arrested following the bust of an inactive meth lab in Bath.  State Police report that they were called to a private residence on State Route 54 in the Town of Bath on Saturday and their investigation revealed that materials used in the production of meth were present.  49-year-old Alan Sherry, who was present at the residence, was found to be in possession of quantities of suspected cocaine and suboxone, and was charged with multiple counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Savona Woman Sentenced for Stealing Students’ Backpacks:


A Savona woman convicted of stealing backpacks from Cornell University students in March has been sentenced.  31-year-old April Mace will serve one-and-a-half to three years in the Tompkins County Jail.  Mace, along with 39-year-old Richard Huyler of Addison, was arrested after surveillance videos caught them taking several unattended backpacks from students in campus libraries.  Over 100 stolen items, valued at more than $12,000, were recovered.



Dormann Library Budget Passes:


The Dormann Library in Bath held its budget vote on Wednesday, and officials are reporting that it was successful.  Final tally was 105 votes – 81 yes to 24 no. 



98 Parcels Change Hands in 2017 Steuben Co. Property Auction:


Some 98 tax-foreclosed parcels were sold at the recent Steuben County Real Property Auction, with gross proceeds totaling $1,081,900.  In 2016, the auction resulted in 69 properties changing hands with proceeds totaling $669,000. 



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Boat Safety Check this Weekend:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced that the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting safety checks for vessels this weekend operating on Keuka and Waneta lakes.  The Navigation Unit will be checking boaters to make certain they are utilizing personal floatation devices in compliance with the law, specifically as it applies to children.  Free ice cream will be given to the first 100 boaters who are found to be in compliance with boating regulations. 



Pet Oxygen Masks Donated to Local Organization:


Area pets will have a fighting chance now if their home ever catches fire, thanks to Invisible Fence of the Southern Tier, which has presented eight pet oxygen mask kits to American Medical Response in Corning.  According to Invisible Fence, anywhere from 40,000 to 150,000 pets die annually due to fires mostly to due to smoke inhalation.  AMR says that human masks were the former go-to, but they weren’t always effective due to the difference in face shape.  The eight kits donated to AMR deliver 100 percent oxygen to dogs, cats, and other pets; they will be placed in all eight of AMR’s emergency vehicles.  Invisible Fence has also delivered kits to fire departments in Hornell and Groton.



Steuben Co. OFA Offers Free Program for Caregivers of Older Medicaid



The Steuben County Office for the Aging is offering a free program for caregivers of older Medicaid recipients.  The program runs through September and can help with ramps, community seminars, and respite.  For more information, call (607) 664-2322.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 27th

Bath Man Arrested for Trespassing in Milo:


A 29-year-old Bath man has been arrested following investigation into a reported burglary at a home in the Town of Milo.  According to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office, Stejo Paxos was in violation of a court order to stay away from the residence and its occupants.  He was arraigned on trespass and criminal contempt charges and he was sent to the Yates County Jail.



Steuben Legislators Endorse 911 Wireless Surcharge:


The Steuben County Legislature gave its preliminary endorsement Monday to a local law to allow the 911 surcharge on cell phones to be expanded to include all basic wireless devices and prepaid wireless devices.  A public hearing on the local law and a final vote are expected in August. 



Family of Corey Hunt Protest at Steuben Co. Court House:


Outside the Steuben County Court House and the county Jail, the family of 26-year-old Corey Hunt protested Tuesday and Wednesday.  According to the county District Attorney’s Office, Hunt was struck and killed by a drunk driver in 2014, but his family believes otherwise.  They believe Hunt was killed at an unknown location and his body was dumped on Route 417 in Addison where it was later struck, and they want his case to be reopened.  District Attorney Brooks Baker said that they did investigate those rumors, but that the evidence “didn’t show anything of that nature (of his body being dumped.)”  He added that if they receive new evidence that indicates otherwise, the case will be reopened, but currently he’s confident with what they have.



Strong Q2 for Corning Inc.:


Corning Incorporated had sales of $2.6 billion in the second quarter, surpassing not just the company’s expectations, but also Wall Street’s.  Compared to last year, earnings per share were also up this year by 14 percent. 



NYS to Investigate “Textalyzer” Technology:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he will direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to investigate “textalyzer” technology.  “Textalyzers,” so named due to their similarity to the breathalyzer, would allow police to determine if a motorist had been texting, emailing, or otherwise using a cell phone before a serious crash.  The Governor’s office says the committee will hear from supporters and opponents, law enforcement officials, and legal experts before issuing a report.  They will also review the technology’s effectiveness, the constitutional and legal issues, and how the device would be used in practice. 



President Trump Draws Ire After Telling Upstate NYers to Move for Better Jobs:


President Donald Trump has drawn some ire after an interview with the Wall Street Journal in which he suggested upstate New Yorkers should move if they want better job prospects.  The comments came ahead of news that Foxxconn, iPhone’s maker, said they will open a Wisconsin plant for Apple, potentially bringing 10,000 jobs to that area.  Trump told the WSJ, “You’re going to need people to work in these massive plants.  I’m going to start explaining to people: When you have an area that just isn’t working like upper New York State, where people are getting very badly hurt, and then you’ll have another area 500 miles away where you can’t get people.”  He added, “It’s ok.  Don’t worry about your house.”  Senator Timothy Kennedy from Buffalo responded on Twitter, saying, “No thanks, Mr. President. …We’re used to being the underdog.  We don’t give up.”  Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. also responded, saying that he was disappointed that a president from New York would bash the upstate.  He said he “had hoped for better.”



Steuben Prevention Coalition Awarded $125K Grant:


Wednesday the Steuben Prevention Coalition (SPC) announced its received approval for its fifth-year grant award of the Drug Free Communities Grant program for $125,000.  SPC received its first grant award in 2013.  It works to bring awareness of teen alcohol and substance abuse.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 26th

2 Arrested for Shooting at Addison Home:


Two men have been arrested for allegedly shooting at home on Steuben Street in Addison Monday night.  29-year-old Benjamin Alderman of Corning and 22-year-old Daniel Scott of Pine Valley are accused of using stolen guns to fire six shots at the home in what police are calling a domestic incident.  A man and woman were in the house at the time.  The man was injured and was taken to Guthrie Corning hospital where he is said to be in stable condition.  Alderman has been charged with attempted assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and possession of stolen property, and he is being held on $50,000 bail.  Scott is charged with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property, and he’s being held on $25,000 bail.



Incident Closes S.R. 415 Tuesday:


The State Police of Painted Post closed State Route 415, Victory Highway, in Erwin,

Wednesday for an undisclosed incident.  The road was closed from Robert Dann Drive, in Painted Post, to Coopers Plains.  Details have not been provided at this time.



Steuben Co. Sheriff Depart. Getting Emergency Medical Bags:


Emergency medical bags will soon be installed in Steuben County Sheriff department vehicles, thanks to a $4,000 grant by the Bethesda Foundation.  Often the first responders to emergencies in the county, deputies will be able to provide appropriate medical care until the arrival of other emergency services personnel.  The bags will contain emergency care medical equipment such as tourniquets, blood-loss controlling agents, and specially designed bandages.  In a statement, Sheriff Jim Allard thanked the Bethesda Foundation for their generosity and said that “the importance of these bags goes well beyond a monetary value.” 



E-Cigs Banned from School Grounds:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that immediately bans the use of electronic cigarettes on all public and private school grounds in the state.  “School grounds” is defined in the legislation as: any building, structure, and surrounding outdoor grounds contained within a public or private pre-school, nursery school, elementary, or secondary school’s property, and any vehicles used to transport children or school personnel.  Recent surveys by health organizations have found that e-cigarette use is up in high school students, both in the New York were the Department of Health reports it has nearly doubled in the last two years, and across the country with the U.S. Surgeon General saying that e-cigarette use among high schoolers went up 900 percent between 2011 and 2015.



I-390 Overlay Work in Steuben Co. to Start Monday:


The New York State Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that asphalt pavement overlay work is expected to begin Monday on Interstate 390 in Steuben County.  The project will extend for roughly 5.3 miles, from Neil Creek in Wallace to Exit 2 in Cohocton.  Work will also be done on Loon Lake Road (State Route 962D) in Cohocton, was well as on the northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps at Exit 2.  On State Route 417, the work will extend from 1.3 miles west of State Route 248 to 2 miles west of State Route 36, for 6.5 miles.  Motorists will encounter flaggers and lane closures, and could experience travel delays. 



Steuben Legislature Recognizes Hogan Honor:


During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature recognized City of Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan.  Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski noted Hogan’s recent selection as the 2017 recipient of the Leadership Award for Public Service by the International Economic Development Council, which recognizes Hogan as an elected official who has served as a committed advocate for economic development for at least 10 years in the public sector.  Hauryski called it a “very well-deserved” honor.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 25th

Hornell Woman Killed in Canisteo Accident:


A fatal accident occurred during the Sunday overnight in Canisteo.  Authorities report that 36-year-old Colleen Harold of Hornell was found just after 6 a.m. Monday morning on County Route 108.  State Police believe she was unable to negotiate a curve in the roadway and her vehicle went down an embankment.



Reed Says He’ll Oppose Healthcare Bill if it Doesn’t Include Medicaid Reform:


In a statement Monday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that he’ll oppose the Senate Healthcare bill if it doesn’t include Medicaid reform; specifically, the provision to shift the cost of Medicaid from local governments to the state, where he said “it belongs.”  Senators will vote this afternoon on a motion to proceed.  If it passes, the Senate will move on to vote on the healthcare bill.   



New Legislation Allows Police to Eavesdrop on Phones/Emails of Animal Fighters:


Law enforcement now has another way to fight animal cruelty.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation authorizing an eavesdropping or video surveillance warrant in cases of animal fighting.  The Governor said that such cases require multiple individuals to act in concert, using telephones and web-based communication and this legislation will “give law enforcement new powers to crack down on these rings, protect animals from harm, and bring these criminals to justice.”



Flooding Closes Route 17 in Owego:


Route 17, in both directions, from Nichols to Owego is still closed this morning due to bridge damage from flooding, according to State Police.  Eastbound traffic will take Exit 62 and return onto Exit 63.  Westbound traffic will take Exit 63 and return at Exit 62.  The state Department of Transportation has sent 39 staff, including two bridge inspection teams, two engineers, and 31 highway maintenance staff, in response to the flash flooding.



Lawmakers Push for Finger Lakes Heritage Area:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed were in Watkins Glen Monday afternoon at Lakeside Park and Pavilion announcing a push to make the Finger Lakes a National Heritage Area.  Congress chooses National Heritage Areas which includes the likes of the Smoky Mountains and Niagara Falls.  Gillibrand introduced legislation authorizing the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study that she says would be done by end of 2017. 



Alligator Sighted in Broome County:


An unusual resident for New York State has been spotted in Broome County.  The Department of Environmental Conservation is taking seriously reports of an alligator spotted in the area of Whitney Point.  Town Mayor Ryan Reynolds said that the alligator was first spotted about 2-months ago, and then again on Saturday when a photo was taken.  The DEC indicated Monday that it had been seen a third time.   According to the DEC alligators aren’t unheard of in New York, but they are rare.  They believe the animal might once have been a pet that was let go. 


Photo Courtesy: Whitney Point Mayor Ryan Reynolds

Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 24th

Bath Woman Charged with Endangering Child:


A Bath woman has been charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a child after she reportedly used her car to physically push a 16-year-old out of a parking space at Champlin Beach.  According to witnesses, 76-year-old Marjorie Carson warned the teen that she was “going to do it” before bumping him several times and forcing him to leave the spot.  She was additionally charged with reckless driving.



Inmate Accused of Falsely Reporting Assault:


An inmate at the Steuben County Jail has been arrested for falsely reporting an incident.  29-year-old Jeremy Thomas reportedly told authorities that another inmate assaulted him, causing a broken collarbone and a contusion on his head.  However, an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office found that Thomas had in fact slipped and fell while running, causing his own injuries.   



Steuben Legislators to Look at 911 Revenues:


Steuben County lawmakers will consider repealing and replacing a local law when they meet today. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless devices, as well as all prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.



Finger Lakes Could Become National Heritage Area:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed will visit Watkins Glen today where they are expected to make an announcement about the possibility of the Finger Lakes becoming a National Heritage Area.  Gillibrand has introduced legislation that would authorize the National Parks Service to conduct a feasibility study across 14 counties, including Steuben, Chemung, Schuyler, and Tompkins.  Officials say the designation would help boost tourism, and conserve and protect the region’s natural, historic, and cultural resources.  Reed and Gillibrand are scheduled to be at Lakeside Park and Pavilion in Watkins Glen at 12:10 p.m. today.



Hammondsport Restaurant Permanently Closes After Second Fire:


After two fires in less than a year, a restaurant in Hammondsport has decided to permanently close its doors.  Havana Cabana, at Snug Harbor, made the announcement on their Facebook page.  The building caught fire in November 2016, and then again in May 2017 – right before Havana Cabana was set to open.  Snug Harbor owner Tim Tompkins said they will likely have a new tenant next year.  They plan on restoring the property and hopefully by next spring they’ll have suites for rent, an updated restaurant and their usual docks for lease.



WGI Named “Best NASCAR Track”:


Out of 20 nationwide finalists, Watkins Glen International has risen to the top to once again be named “America’s Best NASCAR Track” by readers of USA Today.  This is the second time WGI has received the recognition, with the first time being in 2015.  Finishing in second place this year was Martinsville Speedway. 



$44K Raised for Food Bank:


Over 150 cyclists descended on Hammondsport this weekend to help raise funds for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  The annual ride, which starts at the Hammondsport Fire Department, has been supporting the food bank for the last three years.  The riders come from across the region and they have their choice of several different routes, from a 100-mile century course to a 16-mile family course.  Saturday’s event reportedly raised over $44,000 for the food bank.



Bush’s Recalls Baked Beans:


Bush Brothers & Co. has issued a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Backed Beans, Country Style Baked Beans, and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on cans.  The company urges consumers to dispose of affected products immediately even if the beans do not appear spoiled.  Information, including UPCs of affected products, is available at http://www.bushbeans.com.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 22, 2017

Meyers Sentenced Without Parole
Joseph Meyers was sentenced 23 years to life in prison without parole yesterday in Steuben County Court. The Wayland owner of Loon Lake Services was found guilty for first-degree and second-degree murder in the for-profit killing of David O’Dell committed last year as well as arson, falsifying business records and attempted insurance fraud. Prior to his sentencing, Meyers was emotional and insisted he was convicted on, in his words, “lies and innuendoes”.

Village Board Aims to Make Hall Handicap-Friendly
Some changes may be coming to Bath’s Village Hall. Mayor Bill Von Hagn says the building isn’t completely handicap accessible, but the village board took steps this week to change that.Von Hagn made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus Program this week.

Legislators Propose Ending 911 Surcharge Law; Denouncing Recreational Marijuana
Steuben County lawmakers on Monday will consider repealing and replacing a local law. Legislators want to scrap a 2003 law that allowed for a telephone surcharge to support 911 services. The new law authorizes an extension and expansion of the cell phone surcharges to include all basic wireless and prepaid wireless devices. Also on the agenda is a resolution to tell the Governor and state legislature that the Steuben County government opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana use.

Hogan Honored by International Economic Development Council
Hornell mayor Shawn Hogan has received the 2017 Leadership award for public service. The award comes from the International Economic Development Council. Hogan said he was humbled, happy and really honored.

Schumer Calls for Semi Safety Regulation
Chuck Schumer is calling for the federal government to implement new truck safety standards following a crash on I-81 earlier this month. The Senator wants to mandate that trucks be equipped with underride guards to keep cars from sliding under semis. He points to this fatal accident that took the lives of four as an example that calls for urgent action in revamping big rig safety standards.

Cuomo Says Scholarship Funding is A Critical Need
After over 75,000 New Yorkers applied for the state’s tuition-free Excelsior Scholarship college program, about 23,000 are projected to be eligible. New York state’s budget funded the program with $87 million for the first year and Governor Cuomo cites the thousands of applicants as proof of what he dubs a “critical need” for for publicly-funded college tuition in the state. The deadline to apply for the scholarship was yesterday.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 21st 2017

Corning, Merck & Pfizer Announce Valor Glass Agreement
Yesterday, President Trump announced pharmaceutical corporations Pfizer and Merck to team up with Corning Incorporated to market a new glass used for injectable drugs, investing $500 million for this project and creating about a thousand US jobs. The initial investment will include the construction of a new plant in the Southeast U.S. According to a Corning press release, it is projected this plan will expand to a $4 billion investment, creating 4,000 high tech jobs in the long-term. Corning and Merck spokespersons say they have been developing the program since 2012 and are awaiting FDA approval of the product and the EPA’s okay for the processes before the proposal becomes official.

Bath Village Utility Rates to Increase
Utility rates in the village of Bath will likely be increased. That’s the word from Erin Bonachi, the Directors of Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Officials aren’t sure yet when the rate increases will take effect or much they’ll go up by.An aging utility infrastructure in the village has been listed as the primary cause for the increase. Erin Bonachi is the Director for the local utility and say some of the gas mains are the biggest concern.

Pistol Course to be Offered in September
Steuben Sheriff Allard announced there will be a 12 hour Pistol Proficiency course for Pistol Permit holders of Steuben County to be held September 9th and 10th by the Bath Rod & Gun Club. The course will provide instruction in shooting fundamentals, threat assessment, live fire courses as well as a review of pistol safety, storage and carry. A $20 range use fee is required for interested permit holders and pre-registration is required. To register please contact Terri Moir at 622-3930 or email moirtl@co.steuben.ny.us


Wayland Woman Arrested for Stolen Property
State Police report the arrest of 38-year-old Sara Incarnato of Wayland. She was charged with criminal possession of stolen property following an incident in Wayland. She was detained on cash bail.

Slight Approval Increase for Trump by New York Voters
President Donald Trump is viewed favorably by 34 percent of New Yorkers. That’s up slightly from May.  Thirty percent give Trump a positive job performance rating and 68 percent rate him negatively, including 52 percent who say he’s doing a ‘poor’ job as President. The numbers are from a new Siena College Poll of New York State registered voters released today. On Obamacare, 65 percent want it kept and improved, compared to 32 percent who want it repealed and replaced.

O'Mara and Palmesano Praise Public Libraries at Addison Appearance
State Senator Tom O'Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano recently visited the Addison Public Library summer reading program to help promote the importance of summer reading and praise the central role public libraries play in many area communities. The state lawmakers said, they are always grateful for opportunities to support local public libraries.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 20th

Upstate Niagara to Take over Kraft Plant in August:


The Kraft Heinz plant in Campbell will soon become the Upstate Niagara plant, as the company plans to take over in early August.  Currently, Upstate Niagara is committed to keeping 150 employees, meaning there will be some layoffs as Kraft Heinz employs over just over 300 full-time workers, but Jamie Johnson, Director of the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency, says that the company fully intends “to expand” and that they “want to grow.”  Johnson added that he’s aware of the concerns regarding the milk market and he said that it was a question they asked of Upstate.  “…They were very up front and said (they) aren’t going to bring milk from western P.A. and Buffalo to drive milk to the (facility) that is already there,” said Johnson.



$7M for St. James Mercy:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that St. James Mercy Hospital will be receiving $7.9 million for capital construction and equipment costs for the new facility.  The hospital will also be able to use the money for the new radiology and surgical centers, according to the Governor.  President and CEO of Healthcare, Jennifer Sullivan said that the funds illustrate “…the state’s commitment to rural health care….” 



Corning Inc. Acquires SpiderCloud Wireless:


Corning Incorporated has announced its acquisition of Spidercloud Wireless.  Spidercloud is a leading provider of in-building wireless solutions, optimizing network efficiency and improving user experience.  Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed, but Spidercloud will become part of the Corning Optical Communications segment. 



Parts of Tappan Zee Bridge Coming to Steuben Co.:


As the new Tappan Zee Bridge gets ready to open in the Hudson Valley next month, the old bridge will live on in upstate New York.  The state Thruway Authority announced that portions of the bridge’s deck and its movable barrier system have been authorized to be given to upstate counties, including Steuben and Chemung.  Steuben is expecting six panels, which, according to County Manager  Jack Wheeler, will be used on three bridges and will save the county roughly $180,000. 



Hammondsport’s Village Tavern Wins Excellence Award:


Hammondsport’s own Village Tavern and Inn has once again been honored by Wine Spectator for its outstanding wine program with the Award of Excellence.  The Village Tavern has received this honor for 22 years straight.  Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognizes destinations all over the globe as top destinations for wine lovers.  Wine Spectator is a leading authority on wine and it began its recognition program in 1981.  It has three categories: The Award of Excellence, the Best of Award of Excellence, and the Grand Award.



2nd Annual Paddle Keuka 5K:


The Finger Lakes Museum and Aquarium in Branchport will hold its second annual Paddle Keuka 5K canoe and kayak race Saturday, August 5th.  Last year, some 60 paddlers took part in the event.  This year, organizers are adding a third category – Stand-up Paddling – in an effort to attract more participants.  Paddlers travel a marked course around the north end of the lake’s west branch, beginning and ending at the museum’s wildlife preserve.  Registration for the event is required.  Get more information at http://www.FingerLakesMuseum.org.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 19th

Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges:


Tuesday, a Rochester man was arrested by Bath Police with assistance from the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the Steuben County District Attorneys Drug Initiative.  23-year-old Danny Elliot was initially arrested on a warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  But at the time of his arrest, authorities say they discovered a quantity of crack cocaine and money on Elliott’s person.  He was charged with a separate count of criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was sent to the county jail on $50,000 cash bail.



Public Hearing on Bath Grant Application:


The Bath Village Board will hold a public hearing next week in an attempt to gather feedback on a potential grant application. The Board wants to hear feedback on community development needs so it can submit one or more applications under the state program. The hearing will be held Monday, 4 p.m. at the village hall.



Diabetes Bill Introduced by Rep. Reed:


Representative Tom Reed has introduced a bill that he says would strengthen protections for Medicare beneficiaries who buy blood glucose testing supplies through the National Mail Order Competitive Bidding Program.  The “Protecting Access to Diabetes Supplies Act” would, according to Reed, strengthen enforcement of current laws requiring that Medicare Competitive Bidding Program (CBP) suppliers must include at least 50 percent of the types of test systems that were on the market before the CBP’s implementation, and it would bolster consumer protections that prohibit suppliers from encouraging beneficiaries to switch to another testing system.



Schumer Joins Fight for Expanded Air Service at E-C Airport:


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is joining in the fight to expand air service at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport.  Schumer is calling on the Department of Transportation to approve nearly $1 million in funding for the airport that would be used to expand access to destinations, support the regional economy, and draw carriers to the airport.  In a letter to the DoT, Schumer said the grant will give Chemung County the opportunity to try and provide service from Elmira to Newark Liberty International Airport.



Travel Advisory - Work on S.R. 415 Starts Tomorrow:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that maintenance paving work will begin on state Route 415 at the intersection of W. Morris St. and W. Washington St. on Thursday, weather permitting.  Work will begin at 7PM on Thursday and continue through Saturday morning, including work during both nights. The scope of this project includes the village of Bath. Motorists will encounter lane closures and could experience travel delays. 



Travel Advisory – Henry and Brush Street Closing in Arkport:


The Steuben County Department of Public Works has announced that Henry Street and the southern end of Brush Street, between Park Avenue and Meadowbrook Road, will be closed, probably starting on July 21st for about 2 weeks until August 4th.  Officials say they will be installing a temporary detour bridge for the upcoming Meadowbrook Bridge Project.  Residents will have access via Brush Street.



New Poll Shows Cuomo Favorability Down:


In a swift turn from May’s poll, the latest numbers from the Siena College Research Institute show that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating is now down to its lowest point in over a year.  In May, his rating was at 61 percent, while in June it’s dropped 9-points to 52 percent.  It’s his lowest favorability rating since February 2016.  According to the poll, the reasoning is likely due to the ongoing issues surrounding mass transit in New York City and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.  Also, many New Yorkers are opposed to naming the new Tappan Zee bridge for Cuomo’s father, the late Governor Mario Cuomo, and New Yorkers are split on legalizing recreational marijuana.



Two Runners to Reach Milestones at 2017 Wineglass Marathon:


Two runners coming to the Finger Lakes this October for the 2017 Wineglass Marathon weekend will be reaching pretty big milestones.  One runner from Florida, Melissa Fricke, will be coming to compete in the half-marathon in her 50th state, while for runner Karen Murray, the Wineglass will be her 100th marathon.  When asked why she chose the Wineglass, Fricke said that the half-marathon is “almost the perfect distance that you can go out there and get lost on the run.”  For Murray, who’s from New York, she said that the Wineglass was her first marathon back in 2012, so she’s coming back where it all began for her.   

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 18th

Steuben Co. Property Auction Raises $1.1M:


While officials say it will still be several weeks before the final surplus from the Steuben County Real Property Auction is determined, as they still have to deduct back-taxes and expenses, currently over $1.1 million was raised at Friday’s event.  The county Legislature is expected to approve the sale of the 104 sold properties when it meets at 10 a.m. on Monday. 



Spagnoletti Announces More Road Work:


With $703,000 still available for road projects this year, Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti recently announced plans to improve the following roads: County Road 36, Cohocton; County road 16 and 20, Bradford; County Road 17, Campbell; County Road 4, Campbell; and County Road 42, Hornby; Spagnoletti told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee the savings are largely due to lower-than-expected asphalt prices.



Reed Raises over $1M for Campaign:


Congressman Tom Reed has announced a record-breaking start to his re-election campaign.  In only the first half of the year, Reed has raised over $1 million.  Reed said he’s “thankful to receive the support of so many individuals….”



Time Running Out to Apply for Excelsior Scholarship:


Students hoping to apply for free SUNY and CUNY tuition this fall need to do soon, as

the deadline is Friday, July 21st.  To apply, you’ll need copies of your 2015 New York State income tax return(s) filed by you and your parents, if applicable.  You’ll also need your current unofficial college transcript and your Student Aid Report (SAR).  To see all the educational requirements and qualifications visit http://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/.  To apply go to https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/.   



Baby Café to Host Breastfeeding Event:


Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with a Bath Baby Café celebration on August 4th at the Dormann Library in Bath.  The free, family-friendly event will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will feature games, snacks, car-seat checks, and information from local organizations.  Breast-feeding friendly businesses will also be recognized by Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).



Electric Buses for White Deer Park:


Things keep getting better for the white deer herd at the former Seneca Army Depot.  In a recent interview, Seneca White Deer President Dennis Money announced plans to eventually purchase electric buses for the park’s tours.  They want electric buses, he said, because they’re quieter and will be less likely to upset the deer and other animals.  Tours at Deer Haven Park are set to begin this fall.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 17th

Burglary, Weapons Charges for 3 Hornell Men:


An investigation by Hornell police into a burglary last week has resulted in the arrests of three Hornell men.  21-year-old Rockie Hoose and 19-year-old George Brockway have been charged with burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property, and criminal sale of a firearm.  Hoose is additionally charged with parole violation.  The third man charged is 22-year-old James Pitts, who is facing charges of criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of marijuana.  Police said the arrests follow investigation into a burglary on July 12th in which four handguns were stolen.  All four weapons have since been recovered.  The investigation is ongoing and police say there may be more arrests.



Naples Man Arrested for Making Death Threats:


A Naples man was arrested after he allegedly made multiple death threats against the staff at Luigi’s Restaurant on Main Street in the village.  58-year-old Francis Phillips is facing charges of menacing, stalking, and resisting arrest.  He was sent to the Ontario County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.



McAllister Files for Steuben Surrogate Court Judge:


Judge Chauncey Watches will some competition on the Republican ticket for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge.  Judge Patrick McAllister filed his petitions to be the nominee last week, gathering more than 3,000 signatures from registered Republicans across the county.  He is also seeking endorsements from Conservative and Independence Parties.  McAllister is an Assistant Steuben County District Attorney and he maintains a private practice in Wayland.



Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging has announced the first of a series of free seminars on Medicare July 25th through the 27th.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, and low income subsidies.  The first program will be July 25th at 10 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, then July 26th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and the last seminar will be July 27th at 1:30 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  Future seminars are planned for August, September, and October.  For more information call the Steuben Office for the Aging.



Schumer Pushes Back Against Amtrak “Seat Shrink”:


U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing back against a proposal by Amtrak to shrink legroom on its trains in order to create new economy seating.  In a statement made Sunday, Schumer said Amtrak should find ways to save money that don’t burden passengers.



Battery Fires Prompts Honda Recall:


There’s a new recall on Honda vehicles for owners to be aware of.  The company has announced the recall of nearly 1.2 million Accord vehicles made between 2013 and 2016 because the cars’ battery sensors can cause fires in the engine.  The sensors, according to Honda, may not be “sufficiently sealed,” leading to substances like road salt getting into the sensor and causing a short.  The company said there have been no injuries reported.  This is another setback for Honda, which was the automaker hardest hit by the Takata airbag recall, with millions of its vehicles affected and 12 deaths, including one just last week, linked to the exploding airbags.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 15, 2017

Town of Bath to Participate in Flood Smart Program
The Nature Conservancy, Southern Tier Central, Steuben County and the University of Buffalo have come up with a project to reduce the damage of Cohocton River’s floods on its communities. The Flood Smart Communities approach has been implemented in Monroe county successfully and is planned to be brought to parts of Steuben county over the next two years. Flood Smart would map and assess floodplain conditions, stream crossings and areas of vulnerability.  The Town of Bath has expressed that they will participate while the Village of Bath, with only fourteen properties located in the floodplain, will decline. Flood Smart’s final plan with findings is anticipated to be presented in January 2019.

Foreclosure Auction Held Friday

Over a hundred properties were auctioned at Campbell-Savona High School for Steuben County’s annual auction for foreclosed properties held yesterday morning. The turnout was ample with about 200 people attending in hopes to buy and sell properties. Of the Over 125 properties, Bath’s Club Valentine was given much attention in the press for being the only historic property listed in this year’s auction.

Reed Holding Two Town Halls Today

 Congressman Tom Reed is scheduled to hold two town hall meetings this morning. The first will be held at the Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue at 8:30. Afterward, he will appear at the Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department 9451 Tannery Creek Road at 11:30am. Like his last series of town halls, healthcare is expected to be the dominant issue among his constituents for today’s meetings as the future of America’s healthcare continues to be negotiated in the Senate.

South Carolina Man Convicted of Sex Crimes

A long-distance truck driver from South Carolina was convicted of Criminal Sex Act in the First Degree, Rape in the First Degree and Incest in the Third Degree for an incident where he engaged in sex acts with a seventeen-year-old in Bath three years ago in 2014. Joseph R. Watkins was convicted after a three-day jury trial and remanded to the Steuben County Jail and will remain there until his sentencing date on September 18, 2017.

Beware of Boating Law, Debris in Keuka Lake

If you’ll be on the lake in Hammondsport, please remember that the recent heavy rains has created runoff into Keuka Lake, bringing debris as a possible floating hazard to swimmers and boaters. Those who are boating, please be aware of floating debris such as tree limbs, logs and stumps in the water. Steuben County reports large amounts of debris at this time so please be cautious to obey state Navigation Law if you are boating and do not exceed a speed of 5mph within 200 feet of Keuka’s shoreline.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 14th

Yates Co. Sheriff Issues Boating Safety Advisory for Keuka Lake:


Due to the strong rains, the Yates County Sheriff has issued a boating safety advisory for Keuka Lake.  Boaters are being cautioned to look out for tree limbs, logs, and other assorted debris that has washed into the lake that could pose as a hazard.  Also, boaters are reminded that there is a speed limit of 5 mph within 200 feet of the shore.



Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in Steuben Co. Surrogate Judge Race:


Steuben County Surrogate Judge candidate Chauncey Watches secured four ballot lines in the race this week when he submitted petitions for the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform parties.  In all, Watches and his team collected more than 2,100 signatures in support of his candidacy – roughly double the minimum required.  The Republican Primary Election will be held Tuesday, September 12th with the General Election on Tuesday, November 7th



Hornell’s Adsit St. to be Designated School Zone:


In response to the turning of Red Raider Drive to two-way traffic, the Hornell Board of Public Safety has decided to designate Adsit Street a school zone due to the increase in school bus traffic.  The Hornell Police Chief says signs will be up in the near future.



Corning’s Denison Pool Closed for Season:


Residents hoping to beat the summer heat with a dip at Corning’s Denison Park Pool have recieved some bad news.  Due to a delay in the replacement of the old filtration system, the pool will be closed for the season.  City Manager Mark Ryckman said the replacement now won’t be completed until the end of July at the earliest, which doesn’t allow enough time to open the pool.  Fortunately, Stewart Park Pool opened on June 14th



Senior Farmers Market Coupons Available in Bath Today:


Farmers’ Market coupons for senior citizens in Steuben County will be available from 9 a.m. to noon today at Lakeview Apartments in Bath.  The coupons can be used to purchase locally grown fresh fruits, vegetables, and cut herbs at participating farmers’ markets.  Booklets must be picked up in person by the eligible recipient or documented power of attorney.  After today, call (607) 664-2298 for coupons.



Steuben’s Open Access Provides Service:


Steuben County residents feeling overwhelmed by everyday stresses have open access to professionals trained to support them during critical times thanks to the “Open Access” program.  Open Access is run by the county Office of Community Services, with clinics in Bath, Corning, and Hornell.  County Adult Clinic Program Coordinator Christine DeSocio-Burns said that “people may come in because they feel depressed or anxious… they may also have a problem with housing, or a job or their finances….”  All three clinics are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with “Open Access” intakes available from 8:45 to 3:45 Mondays and Fridays in Bath; Wednesdays and Thursdays in Corning; and Tuesdays in Hornell.  The cost is covered through several insurance programs and a sliding fee scale is also available. 



Travel Advisories – I-86 Exit 36, Exit 46 and 47:


The New York State Department of Transportation announced Thursday that the Exit 36 connector ramp from I-86 eastbound to I-390 in the Town of Bath will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18th and 9th for repaving.  Work is set to begin around 7 a.m.  The ramp will be closed with message boards directing traffic to use Exit 37.  Work may be extended for inclement weather.  Additionally, drivers are reminded that beginning Monday detours will start for traffic from Exit 46 to Exit 47 onto State Route 352 during the overnight hours of 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. due to the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project.  All eastbound traffic will be required to exit the highway at Exit 45, travel east on State Route 352 through the City of Corning to the 47 Interchange, just east of Gibson.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, June 13th

Trooper Foglia Released from Hospital:


Craig Foglia, the state trooper seriously injured during a traffic stop on I-86, was released from the hospital Wednesday.  Trooper Foglia had been at Strong Memorial in Rochester since his patrol vehicle was hit from behind in May.



Corning Woman Accused of Breaking into Home, Assaulting Resident:


A Corning woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly broke into a residence on East First Street in Corning.  Corning Police say 19-year-old Harley Sly unlawfully entered the home around 4 p.m. Wednesday and when the victim asked her to leave, Sly attacked the victim in front of the victim’s young child.  According to police, neither the victim nor the suspect knew the other.  Sly has been charged with burglary, assault, and endangering the welfare of a child.  She is being held at the Steuben County Jail.



Disaster Declaration for Counties Affected by Winter Storm:


Tioga and Tompkins counties are among the 28 included in a major disaster declaration that’s been issued for “Winter Storm Stella,” which hit New York in March.  Funding is being made available for emergency protective measures, debris removal, and repairs to public infrastructure.  The storm brought significant snowfall, and cost state and local governments more than $31.4 million in response costs and infrastructure damage. 



“Human Error” Behind Verizon Data Breach:


Verizon customers are being advised to update their pin codes after the company confirmed that the personal information of six-million customers has been leaked online.  Verizon was informed of the breach on June 13th by cyber-security company Upguard, but the hole wasn’t closed until June 22nd.  Verizon said no loss or theft of customer information occurred.  They said the cause was “human error.”   



Final Plans for Corning Soil Cleanup Released:


The final cleanup plans for areas with contaminated soil in Corning have been released by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.   The plans include excavation and off-site disposal, environmental easements, site management, and more.  For more details, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/97180.html.  The contamination, including brick, ash, glass, and more, was first discovered in 2012.



Governor Signs Hemp Production Legislation:


Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Cornell University, Wednesday, where he signed new legislation aimed at boosting hemp production in the state.  The bill clarifies the status of industrial hemp, labeling it as an agricultural commodity.  Cuomo also announced $10 million in funding to advance research and provide resources to future processing businesses.  Industrial hemp generates more than $570 million nationally each year.



White Deer Depot Will Have Some Paid Positions:


As Deer Haven Park, formerly the Seneca Army Depot, prepares to open to the public for tours, President Dennis Money has announced that there will be some opportunities for paid positions at the park.  Most of the work is expected to be done by volunteers.  Job interviews won’t start for several weeks yet.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 12th

Dairy Farmers Concerned About Buyers’ Plans for Kraft Plant:


Some local dairy farmers are expressing concerns over the potential buyer for the Campbell Kraft plant.  Upstate Niagara is planning to buy the facility and it’s currently unknown if the company plans to continue using local milk or if they’ll outsource it.  If they chose the latter, that could mean higher costs for local farmers, as they’d be forced to have their milk hauled further away to sell it and they could have harder time doing so due to a diary surplus in the northeast.  Kraft currently uses roughly two million pounds of milk a day.



Chemung Co. DA Named “Prosecutor of the Year”:


At the New York District Attorneys’ annual Summer Conference, Chemung County District Attorney Weeden Wetmore was honored with the Prosecutor of the Year Award.  Wetmore was nominated by the DAs of Ontario and Schuyler counties, mainly for his work in the Kelley Stage Clayton murder trial.  Wetmore told media that he is “very honored and humbled.”



FDA Holds Opioid Addiction Meeting:


The Food and Drug Administration has wrapped up a two-day meeting on how to address the nation’s opioid addiction.  The FDA Commissioner has suggested mandatory training for anyone that’s allowed to prescribe or dispense the powerful painkillers.  There’s also been suggestion of pulling back on prescriptions for minor operations like dental procedures.  



New Simmons-Rockwell Dealership Delayed:


The groundbreaking for the new Simmons-Rockwell dealership in Hornellsville has been delayed.  At a meeting of the Town Board Tuesday night, Planning Board head Joe Dick said the scheduled groundbreaking of June 1st has been pushed back to possibly September 1st with a new completion date sometime in late March or April.  The delay is said to be because Simmons-Rockwell has made a design change to the interior of the building, and because more research is needed on a trout stream adjacent to the intended location.



O’Mara to Announce “Good News” at North Hornell Fire Dept.:


Senator Tom O’Mara will be at the North Hornell Fire Hall tonight at 7 p.m. to announce what’s expected to be good news.  Fire Chief Mike Robbins told the Hornellsville Town Board Tuesday night that O’Mara’s office was able to secure a grant for the purchase of a new pumper tanker and water rescue equipment.



WGI Job Fair Today:


Watkins Glen International is hosting its seasonal job fair today from noon to 6 p.m. at the WGI media center.  Attendees are asked to enter through gate 2, and they are reminded that they must fill out an application in full, and supply two forms of identification to WGI.  Resumes are encouraged.  Open positions include food and beverage service, grandstand ushers and medics, first responders, security, landscaping, and cleaners.  For more information, visit http://www.theglen.com.   



Reed Holding Town Halls Saturday:


Representative Tom Reed will hold a pair of Town Halls on Saturday.  The first will be at the Belfast Fire Department from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., then he’ll be at the Lindley-Presto Volunteer Fire Department in Lindley from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.



Arc of Steuben Hosting Autism Conference:


The Arc of Steuben’s Autism Resource Team is holding an autism conference on Wednesday, July 19th at the Radisson Hotel in Corning.  The one-day conference will feature a guest speaker and a seminar.  Tickets cost $35 for family of people the Arc supports; and $60 for professionals.  Tickets can be purchased until July 19th by visiting the Arc of Steuben’s Facebook event page or by calling (607) 622-1900. 



Pizza Hut Donates to Local Charities:


Seven local organizations helping children in need received donations Tuesday from Pizza Hut.  $23,741 was donated through the “Raising Dough for Kids” foundation to the Task Force on Children and Families of Chemung County, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Chemung ARC, City of Corning Parks and Recreation, Interfaith hospitality Center, and Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum.  The money will be used for things unique to each charity, including educational events, infant care, and family support.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 11th

Bath Utility Pole Damaged in Accident:


A Bath Utility Pole was damaged during a two-car accident Sunday.  Police asked people to avoid the intersection by the Presbyterian Church until the pole could be replaced.  Traffic was detoured from Lackawanna Street while the work was done.  Only minor injuries were reported in the accident.



Dormann Library Budget Hearing July 18th:


The Dormann Library Board of Trustees will hold a budget hearing on Tuesday, July 18th at 5 p.m. so that the public might learn more about what the library has to offer and how it’s supported.  Board members will be on hand to answer questions.  The tax levy vote is set for Wednesday, July 26th from noon to 8 p.m. at the library. 



Bath V.A. Nursing Open House Today:


The Bath V.A. is hosting a Nursing Open House today from 1 to 6 p.m. in Building 92.  The V.A. is currently recruiting Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Nursing Assistants for the Geriatric skilled nursing and Palliative Care units.  All applicants are encouraged to bring copies of transcripts, licensure, and resume. 



Detour coming to I-86 Next Week:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning Monday, eastbound I-86 traffic from Exit 46 to Exit 47 will be detoured onto State Route 352 during overnight hours from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM for work involved with the I-86 pavement rehabilitation project. Occasional nighttime detours are expected to continue through late October. All eastbound traffic will be required to exit the highway at Exit 45, travel east on State Route 352, through the City of Corning, for approximately 5 miles then re-enter the highway at the 47 Interchange, located just east of Gibson.



Steuben Real Property Auction Friday:


Some 125 properties are slated for the 2017 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction, set for 10 a.m. Friday at the Campbell-Savona High School.  For information visit http://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=565 or call (607) 664-2488.



Turning Point Offering  Bus Tokens for People on Medicaid for Medical



Turning Point and Medical Answering Services (MAS), a New York State Medicaid-funded program out of Syracuse, are teaming up to make it easier for people on Medicaid to get to their medical appointments.  Turning Point is already able to provide a limited amount of bus tokens per person per month for medical appointments, but with the new partnership there will be no limit for those on Medicaid.  People on Medicaid can contact MAS to receive tokens through the mail, or, more conveniently, they can go directly to any one of four Turning Point locations across Steuben County, including Bath, Corning, Hornell, or Steuben County Rural Ministry in Canisteo. 



Educators Learn to Recognize Signs of Drug Use:


Educators from area school districts gathered last week to learn how to recognize the signs of drug use in students through the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals.  Administrators and schools nurses from Hornell, Bath, Addison, Hammondsport, Wayland-Cohocton, Canisteo-Greenwood, Bradford, Prattsburgh, Alfred-Almond, and the Corning-Painted Post school districts as well as GST Boces all attended.  Material covered included current drug trends and a review of physical assessment signs and symptomatology.  The program coordinator said that it will provide the educators with “the tools they need to intervene at a crucial time in the lives of children.”

Today's Top Stories - Monday July 10 2017

Senator Charles Schumer is demanding more action against drugs, this time urging federal regulators to crack down on Coco Loko, a snortable chocolate powder marketed as “raw cacao snuff”. Shortly after promoting the INTERDICT Act in Corning, he submitted a letter asking the FDA to investigate the use of Coco Loko as well as the use of caffeine in similar inhalable foods saying that such products have no clear health value. The powder contains cacao powder from cocoa beans and some allege the substance is made of common energy-drink ingredients to bring users mental focus, energy and euphoria.


At a press conference at the Windmill Farm and Craft Market Saturday, Senator Kristen Gillibrand urged the Senate to reject the Trump administration’s budget proposing funding cuts to programs like SNAP. Gillibrand opposes the cut because it would hurt low-income families relying on federal programs to purchase nutritious food like fresh fruits and vegetables, ultimately hurting the success of farmers and businesses like The Windmill that supply produce. The Trump administration would cut SNAP funding by $193 billion over the next decade.



A Steuben County Legislator was recognized by the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association for over three decades of volunteer service. Gary Roush, R-Erwin, was recognized at the group’s yearly meeting in Indianapolis where he was credited for his 942 combat flight hours and more than 3,000 landings as a pilot for the “Muleskinners”, a helicopter group that provides assault support. Roush has also diligently collected data on those who died or were Missing In Action since the Vietnam War. An expert on Vietnam helicopters, he has advised many in media and given numerous presentations on his knowledge on the “helicopter war” as well as remaining an instrumental activist in honoring veterans of this war.


A Cameron man was arrested on multiple charges in Bath following a response by the Village of Bath Police Department for an altercation. Andrew J. Mastin fled Bath Village Police and was located in the Days Inn shortly after and fled but the pursuit ended on Mount Washington Road in the town of Bath when police lost sight of him. The following morning he was located after placing a call to 911 using a fake name. Mastin’s charges include unlawful fleeing of a police officer in the third degree, falsely reporting an incident, reckless driving, speed in zone, failure to stop at a stop light and several other vehicle and traffic violations. He was arraigned in the Village of Bath Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail.



A Wayland man was charged with DWI following an investigation of a crash occurring on the early afternoon of July 6th in the Town of Wayland. Brian L. Jamison was arrested on Wolfanger Road for DWI, moving from lanes unsafely and refusing to submit to a breath test.  He was released and will return to Wayland Town Court on July 19th.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 8, 2017

A $50,000 grant to aid domestic violence victims was awarded to Arbor Housing and Development Friday. The Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence gave Arbor the grant to go to help identifying and assisting domestic violence victims with legal services in Steuben County. Specifically, Arbor will invest the award into the Net Domestic Violence Services program which will coordinate with Legal Assistance of Western New York, local law enforcement and other organizations to find survivors of domestic violence who most need the support.



The Bath VA is having an open house to recruit nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and nursing assistants to hire to work in the geriatric skilled nursing and palliative care units. Interested Applicants should bring copies of their licensures, resumes and transcript to Building 92 at the VA Campus on Tuesday, July 11th from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M.



Congressman Tom Reed announced he will hold two town hall meetings next weekend.  On Saturday, July 15th he is scheduled to appear at Belfast Fire Department on 13 Merton Avenue in Belfast at 8:30 a.m. and Lindley-Presho Volunteer Fire Department on 9541 Tannery Creek Road in Lindley at 11:30 a.m. “We choose to hold town halls because we believe in responsive and accessible government.” The Congressman said.


A Southern Tier Library System Outreach Mini-Grant  was awarded to Dormann Library to help the community’s underserved members, more specifically senior citizens who are under the auspices of CareFirst, a nonprofit program that provides complete hospice, palliative care and grief support services to residents of Steuben county. The library will offer Virtual Reality headgear to check out at the library for seniors use with CareFirst staff smartphones to access certain experiences they want to experience before they pass away.



Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 7th

Drug Charge for Bath Man:


A Bath man was arrested after Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies received a call about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot near the Wendy’s Restaurant in Corning Sunday evening.  32-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was issued an appearance ticket.



2 Charged with Violating County Social Law:


Two people are accused of allegedly violating Steuben County’s Social Host Law.  Sheriff’s deputies arrested 46-year-old Darcylynn McPherson and a seventeen year old on Sunday after deputies received a report of an underage drinking party in Corning.  Both were issued appearance tickets and were released.



More Roadwork for the Southern Tier:


A new wave of funding has been announced for road repairs in the Southern Tier.  $59.2 million from New York State’s “Southern Tier Soaring” economic development plan will be used to repave nearly 384 miles of roadway in Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties.



Corning Applies for Funding for Wastewater Plant:


Wednesday, the Corning City Council voted to apply for $1.6 million from the state in order make upgrades at the Corning Wastewater Treatment Plant.  City Manager Mark Ryckman said the improvements are in response to the Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Initiative and they’re estimated to cost $3.9 million.  In other business, the City also applied for just over $363,000 to make improvements to the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink.



Bath PBA Endorses Watches:


The Bath Police Benevolent Association has come out in support of Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate, Chauncey Watches.  The Bath P.B.A. – which represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department - released an endorsement letter Thursday saying “Judge Watches’ dedication to his community is exemplary and (he) has served with distinction as a fair and impartial dedicated civil servant.”  Surrogate Court has jurisdiction over estate proceedings and is responsible for granting and supervising the guardianships of infants and incapacitated adults.  The Surrogate Judge is also often assigned to County, Family, and Supreme Courts in Steuben and seven surrounding counties.  Watches has served as a municipal judge in Bath for the last 13 years. 



Arc of Steuben Golf Tourney Raises $29K:


The Arc of Steuben’s 22nd Arc Star Golf Classic raised more than $29,000 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The annual tournament was held on Friday, June 2nd at the Bath Country Club and included more than 25 teams.  Funds from the tournament will help support the Arc of Steuben’s autism conference on July 19th at the Radisson Hotel Corning.  For more information visit arcofsteuben.org.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 6th

Repair Shop Destroyed, Home Damaged in Campbell Fire:


A Campbell business was destroyed and a family home was damaged by fire Wednesday.  The blaze started around 8 a.m., when the engine of a lawn tractor sparked in the garage at G&R Repairs on County Route 333 while the owner, Glenn Vogel – who happens to be the Assistant Fire Chief in Campbell – and an employee were working on it.  The garage was a complete loss; the adjacent home was limited to smoke damage.  The family says they plan to rebuild the business. 



4 Arrested Following Stop in Corning:


Four people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Corning Tuesday.  Authorities say the vehicle was pulled over in Lamphear Court just before 3 a.m. and when the vehicle was checked by patrolmen, more than an eighth of an ounce of methamphetamine was found packaged for sale.  Arrested were 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Melanie Stoudt, both of Addison, and 25-year-old Zachary Snyder and 18-year-old Juan Abrue, both of Pennsylvania.  They were all sent to the Steuben County Jail where Abrue is being held on $500 cash bail while Baker, Stoudt, and Snyder have no bail.



Mower Stolen from Empire Tractor:


State Police are investigating the theft of a mower from Empire Tractor in Cohocton.  The mower is said to be a 2016 Kubota 22 hp zero turn lawn mower with a 48 inch mower deck, and police say it was stolen sometime between 9 p.m. July 1st and 5 a.m. July 2nd.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Wayland State Police.



Trucker Arrested in Travel Center Incident:


An incident at the Pilot Travel Center in Kanona resulted in the arrest of a truck driver from Colorado.  State troopers say they were called to the scene on reports of a fight in progress and they arrested 48-year-old Robert Hewitt on charges of menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.



Jury Selection Begins Today in Trial of Second Fatal Fire Suspect:


The second person charged in the fire that killed a man in Wayland in February 2016 will have her trial officially get underway in Steuben County today with jury selection.  Iryn Meyers is accused of intentionally setting the fire at the home of David O’Dell, and of taking out fraudulent insurance claims on the house, its contents, and O’Dell’s life.  Meyers’ husband, Joseph, was convicted in May of first degree murder and arson.  He is facing a potential life sentence.



Community Health Fair at Bath VA Today:


There will be a Community Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus.  This event is an opportunity for veterans and their families, and the community to learn more about the V.A. and its community programs and services.



Local Law Officers Receive Training at Steuben Public Safety Building:


Fifteen students from law enforcement agencies recently completed New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services courses at the Steuben County Public Safety Building.  The students, from the Allegany, Chemung, and Steuben Sheriff’s Offices, as well as the City of Corning and City of Hornell Police Departments, and the state Police at Alfred successfully completed the two-week state Instructor Development Course and Police Field Training Officer courses.  The students will be able to field-train new officers or deputies, conduct local, regional, and state trainings, and instruct at certified state Basic Courses for police and peace officers.



“Gorilla Glass” Concept Car Revealed by Corning Inc.:


On Wednesday, Corning Inc. showed investors that its “Gorilla Glass” can be used for more than phone screens.  They unveiled a concept car that uses the glass in the dashboard, the center of the steering wheel, the center console, and even had a roof made of glass.  According to the company, the glass is thinner, lighter, and stronger than regular glass and it could help with fuel economy.  However, it does currently cost much more than regular glass. 



Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tonight:


The reorganizational and regular July meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the VEW Primary School Cafeteria.



Red Cross Issues Blood Emergency:


The American Red Cross is urging all available donors to give blood as they experience what they’re calling a “blood emergency.”  While it’s typical for the organization to see a drop in donations over the summer when high school and college students, which make up twenty percent of donations, are out of school, according to officials this year they’re down 61,000 units, compared to the same time last year when they were down 39,000 units.  To find a blood drive near you visit https://www.redcrossblood.org/.  You can even schedule an appointment and save time by using the Rapid Pass system on the same site.    

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 5th

Corning Man Arrested for June Altercation:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is reporting the arrest of a Corning man following investigation into an incident that occurred in the early morning hours of June 30th.  On that date, 26-year-old Jacob Canute allegedly entered a residence on County Route 21 in Woodhall unlawfully and violated an order of protection in place for a resident of the location.  He also allegedly was involved in an altercation with another resident.  According to deputies, Canute fled the scene and was then located yesterday in the Town of Corning when authorities were called to Lower Pace Road for subjects sleeping in a vehicle.  Canute was charged with burglary, criminal contempt, and possession of a hypodermic needle.  Additionally, the other person in the vehicle, 23-year-old Lindsey Stephens was arrested and charged with DWAI drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and possession of a hypodermic needle.  Both subjects were sent to the Steuben County Jail: Canute on $7,000 bail, and Stephens on $2,000 bail.



Roche Steps Down as Guthrie Corning BoD Chairperson:


After six years of service as the chairperson of the Board of Directors for Guthrie Corning Hospital, Phil Roche has stepped down.  Roche stepped down on Friday at the end of his term.  Jack Benjamin, who currently serves on the Board, will replace him. 



Public Hearing on Possible New Restaurant on Route 54:


A new restaurant could be coming to Route 54. The Town of Urbana Planning Board has scheduled a public hearing on the matter for July 11, 7 p.m. at the Urbana town hall. The application being considered seeks a special use permit to open a restaurant at the former Shady dog location. Public comments will be heard during the hearing.



Canisteo Considering Veteran Banner Program:


Following other communities like Bath, North Hornell, and Canaseraga, the village of Canisteo is now considering a banner program for veterans.  The Village Hero’s Banner program would see banners honoring local veterans placed along Main Street.  It would, according to Mayor Monica Recktenwald, be funded by individual families and there would be no cost to the village.  The board would decide whether it would be seasonal or year-round.



Thousands Try Out Uber in Its First Week Upstate:


Ride-sharing service Uber has been available in the upstate for just under a week, and according to the company in that time thousands of residents have already given the service a try.  Uber launched on Thursday, just ahead of the busy 4th of July weekend, and in a statement released Monday company officials say they “look forward to continuing to expand access to affordable, reliable transportation options for residents and visitors.” 



2017 Honor Flight for Vets Set for 11/5:


The 2017 Twin Tiers Honor Flight for veterans to Washington D.C. has been set for Veterans Day, November 11th.  Honor Flight takes veterans of World War II, Korea, and Vietnam on a day-long, free visit to the nation’s capital to see the war memorials and the changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery.  For more information about Honor Flight or to make a donation toward the cost of the trip, visit http://twintiershonorflight.org.    

Today's Top Stories July 4th 2017

Fatal in Elmira


A two car crash in Elmira’s Southside has killed one person this weekend.  According to Chemung County Sheriff’s Deputies the accident happened at the intersection of Broadway and Clemens Center Parkway around 7:00pm last evening.  The identity of the person killed has not been released and authorities are still investigating and have not released any details about the accident.


Escapee Caught


The man who escaped from the Wayne County Jail was captured yesterday. Authorities located 25-year-old Shawn Meacham and returned him to custody. He had been jailed for violating his probation following a burglary conviction. Meacham allegedly impersonated another inmate who was scheduled for release Sunday afternoon.


White Deer again


The opportunity to see white deer at the 7,000 acre Seneca Army Depot will happen once again.  Seneca Iron Works which bought the Depot has agreed to allow the public to visit the white deer refuge. Partnering with Seneca White Deer Incorporated public tours will start in October, a visitor center will be built and visitors will be able to see the deer during all four seasons.


Shootout in Elmira


A shootout on Sunday has an Elmira man in jail this 4th of July. 27 year old Wilfredo Maisonet was shot following a shooting incident in Elmira.  Maisonet reportedly was shot by police after he fired at officers who were approaching him following gunfire incident when he was refused entry into a home. Police searched for 4 hours before he was found.   Maisonet was treated at a local hospital for gunshot wounds. He was wanted on a parole violation.


Fireworks tonight


Fourth of July fireworks will be tonight a Corning’s War Memorial Stadium. The Corning Community Concert Band will perform starting at 8:00pm with fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:45am.  The display is expected to be bigger than ever and is sponsored by Corning Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions Clubs. Hornell fireworks begin at 10 tonight.


Music in the Park


Music in the Park gets underway tomorrow night Bath.  The Vancouver based band Town Pants will kick off the eight concert series presented by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce. Other acts include Sam Pallet, Southern Exit, Virgil Cain and Beatlemania on August 2nd.  Hammondsport’s Music in the Park series begins Thursday night with Abbey Payne. All concerts are free and begin at 6:00pm.

Today's Top Stories - Monday July 3, 2017

New York state is making efforts this Fourth of July weekend to ease the holiday drive for many New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo announced New York is suspending all lane closures of non-essential construction projects. Cuomo says state officials will do "everything in (their) power" to make travel less difficult and ease traffic during the busy holiday weekend. These closure suspensions will continue to Wednesday July 5th.


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced he will not to comply with Trump’s voter fraud investigation commission's request for information stating New York law does not permit disclosure of confidential and sensitive voter information and must maintain such privacy to protect New York voters from potential harassment.  The Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested states submit voter information such as names, birthdays, voter history and the last four digits of Social Security numbers, so long as state law doesn’t prohibit the release of such data. Cuomo is critical of the commission’s effort to investigate what he calls "debunked theories of voter fraud." Other states resisting compliance to this request include California, Kentucky and Virginia.


Steuben County officials urge residents to register for emergency notifications through the CodeRED system  as we enter the summer storm season. The system issues calls, texts or email messages to residents who live in areas affected by storms and officials will use it to call residents for emergencies like evacuations and floods. Updated yearly in January, the CodeRED database includes phone numbers of most business and residential telephone numbers within the county. To find out more or to register for this service please visit the CodeRED website at www.steubencony.org (check CodeRED link at the bottom of the page or call (607) 664-2996 Monday through Friday during the hours 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Over one in four New York hotels and motels housing the homeless were found to have unsanitary conditions in a new state audit. State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli released the audit as a follow up to a 2016 report revealing problems at certain hotels and motels used as shelters in New York. Auditors inspected 80 of these facilities and 24 were identified as unsanitary, sometimes to the point of being “squalid” and uninhabitable according to DiNapoli. Improved conditions by a few establishments were observed by the report, but the audit recommends inspections that are more consistent and clearer policies to correct these problems.


Due to Unforeseen Circumstances the vote for Dormann Library’s budget Is been changed to July 26th. Polls will be open at 12-8 p.m. for residents of the Bath Haverling Central School District to vote on whether their taxes will be raised to support a larger annual sum of funding that totals $ 234,004 an increase of over $18,000 from last year’s budget of $216,700Residents who cannot make the polls are advised to apply for absentee ballots at the Dormann Library. Those who are eligible for absentee ballots will be listed five days  before the election during normal business hours in the library.



Yet another reminder to drive carefully this holiday weekend: with gas prices at a record low, this year’s Fourth of July weekend is anticipated to be an especially busy  one for holiday travel. State and local law enforcement are maximizing patrols to crack down on traffic violations and drunk driving with sobriety checkpoints as well as speeding and seat belt safety observance until Tuesday, the July 4th holiday. State troopers made 206 DWI arrests and came to the call of 756 collisions and three crash deaths last year.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 1, 2017

In a last minute flurry of activity, the state Legislature on Thursday approved dozens of local sales tax extenders requested by counties so they can continue to provide essential services to their residents without raising local property taxes. Steuben County was included in the legislation. Had Albany not acted, the chairman of the Steuben County legislature said property taxes here would have increased approximately 23 percent next year.

Another holiday is rapidly approaching and once again, law enforcement agencies throughout the county will be looking for impaired drivers. The special STOP-DWI campaign began this morning and extra patrols will be on duty through the 4th of July.


Towns and villages in Steuben County will be able to increase the court security, after county legislators this week approved 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 municipality requesting the security would pay an hourly rate for the service. Steuben lawmakers also accepted $863,000 from the New York State Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services to develop, consolidate and/or improve public safety communications for first responders.


On Friday morning The Kraft Heinz company announced its Campbell dairy plant will be sold to Upstate Niagara Cooperative, saving 125 jobs and preventing its closure. That number of jobs is expected to expand to 150 in the next two years under the agreement. Upstate Niagara Cooperative plans to rehire the plant’s current Kraft Heinz workers. The finality of the deal will emerge in another 30 to 60 days as the agreement of intent to purchase is being negotiated.


Senator (D-NY) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer spoke at Corning City Hall yesterday to share details of the INTERDICT Act that seeks to combat the opioid epidemic by clamping down on drug trafficking.  The bipartisan legislation aims prevent the deadly opiate drug fentanyl from reaching our borders by using exclusive new technology that detects the drug, stationing field labs and other equipment at the borders for patrol agents to find these drugs and trace where they are coming from. Schumer stresses that since fentanyl and heroin both are not made in the US and local police forces have such limited resources to fight opiates, it is up to the federal government to take such action to end the drug epidemic.

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