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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 31st

Former Phillips Plant Up for Sale:


After sitting empty since closing in 2014, new life might finally be coming to the former Phillips Lighting plant in Bath.  The soil contamination cleanup ordered by environmental officials has been finished at the site, and the facility has finally been put on the market at the price of $3.95 million.



Felony Sex Charge for Corning Man:


A Corning man is facing a felony sex charge.  22-year-old Austen Taylor is accused of having forcible  oral sex without the victim’s consent and he has been charged with criminal sexual act in the first degree, which is a class B felony.  He has been sent to the Schuyler County Jail on $500 cash bail.



East Corning Fire Dept. Receives $150K:


Wednesday, Congressman Tom Reed announced that the East Corning Fire Department has received a federal grant of more than $150,000.  The department has been awarded $159,691 that president of the Department, Dave Shafer, says will help them improve “the quality and efficiency of volunteer fire services.”  The money was awarded through the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant, which provides funding to help fire departments’ ability to attain and maintain 24-hour staffing.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Joins Labor Day DWI Crackdown:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced that county police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Labor Day holiday weekend.  Officers across the state will be taking to the roads in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives.  The special enforcement began on August 18th and will continue through Monday, September 4th.



Steuben Surrogate Judge Candidate Watches Earns “A” Rating with SCOPE:


The Steuben County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) awarded Surrogate Court Judge candidate Chauncey Watches an “A” rating this week following a questionnaire and presentation to the group.  In addition to his rating from SCOPE, Watches has also earned the endorsement of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association and the Bath Police Association, and he has obtained enough signatures to appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party ballot lines.  Primaries will be held for Republican, Conservative, and Independence voters on Tuesday, September 12th.  The General Election is on November 7th.



Winners of Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Bicycle Giveaway:


The winners of this year’s annual Steuben County Sheriff’s bicycle giveaway have been announced.  Hundreds of children registered to win a free bicycle at the Sheriff’s Display at the county fair and two lucky winners – one male and one female – were chosen.  Six-year-old Veronica of Painted Post and six-year-old Bentley of Bath received bicycles and helmets, and both were very proud that they had each completed their submission to the giveaway all by themselves.  Sheriff Allard said that “their smiles were priceless.” 



Stop Smoking Program Looking for Registrants:


Smokers looking to quit have until Tuesday to sign-up for the free 10-session Freedom From Smoking program that’s set to begin on September 12th at Corning Hospital.  The program includes a planned Quit Day of October 17th, and the sessions will help smokers prepare and then stay tobacco-free.   The program requires a minimum of 10 participants.  Registration forms are available on the Steuben Public Health website or at http://tinyurl.com/CorningQuitClass0917.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 30th

Body Found at Corning Home:


An investigation has been launched by Corning Police after a body was discovered at a Dwight Avenue home.  Police say they responded to a suspicious circumstance call around 4 p.m. Monday.  The Corning Police are being assisted by the State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office with the investigation.  At this time no details about the victim have been released.



Corning Woman Charged with Damaging Monitoring Unit:


A Corning woman has been charged after Steuben County deputies received a complaint about damage to a GPS monitoring unit.  19-year-old Harley Sly allegedly damaged the unit after being instructed on its proper care.  She was charged with criminal mischief in the 3rd, and was issued an appearance ticket.



Reed Announces Support for SAGA Bill:


During his weekly media call, Representative Tom Reed announced that he will co-sponsor a bill that looks to override much of New York’s SAFE Act.  The Second Amendment Guarantee Act (SAGA) bill would prevent states from implementing regulations on popular shotguns and rifles that are more restrictive than what is required by federal law.  Following the 2013 Sandy Hook shootings the SAFE Act banned ownership in New York of certain semi-automatic weapons with military-style features, and outlawed magazines that hold more than ten rounds.  The bill would also override bans enacted in other states such as California, Connecticut, Maryland, and Massachusetts.  Gun control advocates have already come out against the bill, and Governor Andrew Cuomo has called it “disturbing.”



Peace Rally Held at Reed’s Corning Office:


A peace rally was held Tuesday night in front of Congressman Tom Reed’s Corning office.  It was organized by the grassroots, non-partisan organization, “Citizens for a Better Southern Tier,” in response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month.  The group called upon Reed to “totally repudiate” President Trump’s statement where he blamed violence “on both sides.”



Neils Creek Bridge in Avoca Open for Traffic:


The Town of Avoca has announced that the bridge on County Road 6, Neils Creek Road, between Clymo and Stever Roads, is now open for traffic.



Campaign Events for Hornell Mayor Candidates:


The race for Hornell mayor is getting more active. The Grand Opening of the "John Buckley and Friends" Campaign Headquarters will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at 79 Seneca St. Candidates running for City Council will also be on hand. Meanwhile, Independent candidate John Lewis will be having a “Lunch With Lewis” event on Saturday, September 9 at Marino’s Restaurant in Hornell, from 1pm-4pm.



NYSDOT Hosting Public Route 54 Info. Meeting:


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is holding a public meeting  tonight to share information with public officials and residents on many topics specific to State Routes 54 and 54A adjacent to Keuka Lake, in the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne and the Village of Hammondsport.   The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hammondsport Fire Hall.  Topics that will be covered include the legal aspects of the DOT right of way along these routes; responsibilities of the Department and of private property owners, retaining walls; parking; drainage and more.



Steuben Co. Shared Services Panel Meeting Sept. 7th:


In compliance with the open meetings law, the Steuben County Shared Services Panel has announced that it will be meeting on Thursday, September 7th.  It will be held at the Civil Defense Center in Bath at 6 p.m.



Hurricane Harvey Hits NY Through Gas Price Surge:


The impact of Hurricane Harvey is far reaching, even all the way to New York through an increase in gas prices.  According to AAA, Harvey has knocked out 300 million barrels of gasoline production per day, hiking up prices nationwide.  Some areas have already seen a 10 cent increase in prices, and the longer the refineries are down; the more likely it is the prices will climb.  That said, officials say the damage doesn’t appear to be widespread, so they expect the price increase to be relatively short term.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 29th

Multiple Charges for Rathbone Man:


A 35-year old man is facing a half dozen felony and misdemeanor counts following an assault case in Rathbone. Bath-based State Police said Robert Wilson was charged with assault with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon, both felony level crimes. He was also charged with preventing an emergency call, menacing with a weapon, criminal obstruction of breathing and unlawful imprisonment.



2 Steuben County Residents Heading to Texas to Help with Relief Efforts:


Volunteers from all over the country are headed to Texas to help with relief efforts as Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc.  Among them are two Steuben County members of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross: Lorraine Morris of Bath and Judy Coleman of Corning.  They’re among 14 Red Cross Volunteers from Western and Central New York heading west. 



McAllister Endorsed by Former Steuben Sheriff:


Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge candidate, Patrick McAllister of Wayland, has received the endorsement of former county Sheriff David Cole.  Cole retired as county sheriff in 2016 after more than 20 years in the department.  In a statement, he cited McAllister’s long years of service and “volumes of experience” as an attorney for children in hundreds of local Family Court cases.



Special Bath Board of Ed. Meeting:


A special meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Superintendent’s Office.  The primary purpose of the meeting will be to finalize remaining personnel appointments prior to the start of the school year.



Text to Donate to Victims of Hurricane Harvey:


Before things start to get better in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, they’re expected to get worse in Texas.  Rivers in the eastern part of the state aren’t expected to crest until later this week, and federal officials are predicting that now Tropical Storm Harvey will drive 30,000 people into shelters and 450,000 victims will seek some sort of disaster assistance.  To help, you can donate to the American Red Cross by calling 1-800-Red-Cross or by texting the word Harvey to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  Or you can get a link and donate to the Salvation Army by texting Storm to 51555.   



Ride for the Red for Finger Lakes Chapter of American Red Cross:


The 9th Annual Ride for the Red to raise funds for the Finger Lakes Chapter of the American Red Cross will be held on September 1st starting at Americas Best Value Inn in Painted Post at 5:30 p.m. and on September 2nd beginning at the American Legion in Big Flats at 9 a.m.  This year’s ride is in honor of local veterans and Gold Star families.  Cost is $25 per rider/passenger and includes a meal.  To make a donation, visit https://www.gofundme.com/ride-for-the-red.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 26, 2017

If you want to vote in the upcoming September 12th primary elections but will be away or otherwise unable to make the trip to the polls, fear not. Absentee ballots are now available to vote in local primaries. You can apply for your absentee ballot online at the County Office of the Board of Elections site: steubencony.org/boe under the "Absentee Voting" link. Ballots can also be viewed online for the primary. Anyone with questions about voting is encouraged to call the county Board of Elections at (607) 664-2260.

A new mobile app that aims to ensure safety and preparedness for emergencies is now available to download for free. The Office of Emergency Management says the "Ready Steuben" app will help residents, local businesses and visitors to the area be prepared before a multitude of emergencies. Features the app offers include a “damage report” allowing people to submit reports to Steuben County Office of Emergency Management, a notice letting users communicate if they are “okay” with neighbors and loved ones and a list of items necessary for safety in emergencies. Both iPhone and Droid users can download “Ready Steuben” on their smartphones.

Attorney General Schneiderman is pursuing a lawsuit for customers defrauded by Spectrum-Time Warner Cable. Filed in February, the lawsuit says TWC subscribers’ wired internet speeds were slower than promised at a rates of 70, and in some cases, 80 percent slower than the premium plan they paid for. Spectrum-Time Warner attempted to move the case federally, but they lost, causing the case to stay within New York State courts as it continues. Meanwhile, Schneiderman wants subscribers to test their internet speeds and use a form found on the Attorney General’s website to record their results.

Assistant District Attorney Patrick McAllister and candidate for Steuben County Surrogate Judge has gained the endorsement of Former Steuben County Sheriff David Cole. "Based on Patrick's resume, character and integrity, I firmly believe he is the most enlightened choice and perfect fit for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge," Cole said. Cole retired from the Sheriff's Department in 2016 after over 20 years of service.

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that asphalt pavement overlay work will begin on I-390 this Tuesday, August 29, 2017, weather permitting.  The project begins Interstate 86 in Kanona and extends approximately 5.5 miles to Neils Creek Road in Wallace. Michigan Hollow Road in Avoca, as well as all 4 ramps at Exit 1 in Avoca, and the Interstate 390 southbound to Interstate 86 westbound ramp in Kanona will also experience asphalt pavement work.  Motorists should expect flaggers, lane closures and travel delays, remembering to drive carefully if they plan to travel through these areas.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 25th

This week, increase for water and sewer rates were approved for village of Bath customers. Yesterday on our Community Focus program, Mayor Bill Von Hagn explained the need for more money, calling it a major upgrade. This renovation is projected to  cost taxpayers at least $15 million.  

The Village of Bath is getting serious on the safety of rental units. This week, the village board voted to hire a part-time inspector to examine all non owner-occupied houses and apartments.The Mayor made the comments yesterday on our Community Focus program which is available online at https://wvinbath.com/podcasts/community

Steuben deputies say one person was injured Wednesday morning when a tractor trailer crashed on State Route 54 in Hammondsport. Deputies said the driver, a 50-year-old man from New Jersey fell asleep at the wheel, causing the rig to exit the highway and slam into an embankment. A 39-year-old passenger, also from New Jersey sustained a head and neck injury and was transported to Ira Davenport Hospital.

State Police report the arrest of 34-year-old Alieshia Davila of Savona. She was charged with 2nd degree criminal impersonation. She was detained for a court appearance.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a coordinated effort by state agencies to crack down on underage drinking on college campuses and in college towns as the fall semester begins. The New York State Liquor Authority and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with local law enforcement agencies, will conduct statewide sweeps of locations holding liquor licenses, including bars, restaurants, liquor stores and grocery stores, looking for fake IDs and illegal sales to minors.


44-year-old Angela Dixon of Canisteo was charged with felony Promoting Prison Contraband, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree (Misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree (Misdemeanor), and Failure to Keep Right. She was arraigned in Livingston County court with her attorney, pled not guilty, and the matter was adjourned to October 10.

Yesterday, Congressman Tom Reed addressed the opioid epidemic with local law enforcement and community leaders, introducing the Help Ensure Lives are Protected Act (HELP) Act during a press conference at the Steuben County Courthouse. The legislation would allow federal prosecution for more severe penalties in criminal drug drug cases. If connected to an overdose death involving fentanyl-laced heroin, drug dealers could face life in prison or the death penalty.

Steuben County Sheriff Deputies took a Bath man into custody this week for failure to appear in court. Deputies checked the address of Steven Farrell with an arrest warrant for the town of Corning, took him for arraignment in the Town of Corning Court and then sent him to Steuben County Jail on $1000 cash or $2000 property bond bail.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 24th

Iryn Meyers Found Guilty of Murder and Arson:


A Steuben County jury on Tuesday found a woman guilty of murder and arson. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before finding 38-year-old Iryn Meyers guilty on all charges. Meyers and her husband were accused of setting fire to a home last year which killed the occupant, David O’Dell of Wayland. Meyers was returned to the county jail without bail. No sentencing date has been set yet.



Cameron Man Charged After Child Injured by Fireworks:


An investigation by the New York State Police has resulted in charges against a Cameron man.  24-year-old Cody Dibble has been charged with reckless endangerment, and endangering the welfare of a child.  Dibble allegedly set off fireworks in the Town of Cameron and a seven-year-old was injured.  The child was treated for burns at the scene and was released to a parent.  Dibble was issued an appearance ticket.



Probation Violation Arrest:


Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Savona man at the county Office Building Tuesday on a violation of probation warrant.  17-year-old Jalen Richardson was sent to the county jail on $2,000 cash bail.



Corning Senior Center Hosts Cancer Education Initiative:


On Wednesday, a statewide education effort to raise awareness about breast and prostate cancer made a stop at the Corning Senior Center.  The initiative aims to help women better understand the need for regular breast cancer screening and access screenings if appropriate, and educate men about prostate cancer and encourage them to speak with their doctor.  It was coordinated in Steuben County by St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell and is supported with funds from Health Research Inc. and the New York State Department of Health.  Individuals looking to get information can call 324-8166.



Waverly Man to Collect $1M Lottery Prize at NYS Fair:


New Yorkers might have missed out on the big Powerball jackpot Wednesday night – that prize was won by someone in Massachusetts – but a lucky Waverly man will still be $1 million richer today.  A check will be presented to the unknown man at the lottery booth at the New York State Fair this afternoon.  The man won the prize while making a last minute trip to the store to pick up ice he’d forgotten earlier in the day.



Dormann Library End of Adult Summer Learning Program Celebration Sept. 1st:


The Dormann Library of Bath will close out its Adult Summer Learning Program with a free hot dog lunch on September 1st from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Chapters Café.  Winners will be picked for adult prizes at 1 p.m.  Participants should drop off reading coupons in baskets containing the prizes they want, if your coupons have already been dropped off without picking a particular prize, the library will choose.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 23rd

Severe Storms Hit Region:


As predicted, severe weather hit our region Tuesday with the National Weather Service even going so far as to issue a Tornado Warning for Steuben and Yates Counties.  Thankfully, the damage locally seems minimal at this time, with NYSEG reporting no outages in Steuben County.  The Great New York State Fair did see some delay in preparations due to heavy wind and rain, but the show is expected to go on today, though some rides may open later to ensure they all go through the four-level inspection process.



Rape Charge for Greenwood Man:


A Greenwood man is facing several sexual abuse charges following his arrest.  State Police have charged 47-year-old Thomas Loop with rape and criminal sexual act for allegedly have sex and other conduct with a person younger than 15 on multiple occasions.  He has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $20,000 cash bail.



Rep. Reed Responds to President’s Afghanistan  Announcement:


On Monday, President Donald Trump walked back statements he made on the campaign trail to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, announcing instead a new strategy that will see more troops headed overseas.  The President has received some backlash for not providing details, such as how many troops, but locally Representative Tom Reed praised the move.  Speaking in Elmira, Reed called the lack of detail a strategy against the enemy.  “You make sure you keep your enemies guessing on what our strategies will be and what our troop levels will be,” said Reed.  On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence also declined to give specifics, but he did cite Pentagon plans from June that called for 3,900 more troops.



Drug Dealers Could Face Death Penalty Under Proposed Law:


Representative Tom Reed has announced plans to reintroduce legislation that would see heroin dealers facing the possibility of life in prison or even the death sentence if the dealer’s product kills a user and is laced with deadly substances.  Specifically, the bill targets dealers who sell fentanyl-laced heroin.  The bill was first introduced last year, but was eventually dropped.



NYS Fair Launches Livestream and Alerts for Cow Births:


Taking inspiration from April the giraffe, the New York State Fair has announced the launch of a 24-hour livestream for calf births at the cow birthing center.  If you can’t make it to the fairgrounds in person to witness one of these “udder miracles” you can watch online at the New York Animal Agriculture YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-HULCbrA2s&feature=youtu.be  or at www.uddermiracles.com.  And to really make sure you don’t miss out, you can also sign up for text alerts, which will provide updates on births, by texting “moo” to 24587.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 22nd

BEGWS Water and Sewer Rate Increase Approved:


At Monday night’s meeting of the Bath Village Board an increase for water and sewer rates for Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems was approved.  Per BEGWS officials, the monthly water bill for a single family residential customer will increase roughly $3.80, while the monthly sewer bill for a single family residential customer will increase approximately $11.40.  The increase will facilitate investment in capital improvements in the water and sewer infrastructure, including the groundwater wells, sewage treatment plant, and water and sewer mains and meters.



Severe Storm Possible Today:


Plan your afternoon with the weather in mind, as it’s possible the region will be seeing some severe storm activity today.  Meteorologists with WETM 18 say that a cold front will move through today, bringing showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening, with the possibility of strong damaging winds, and in some areas large hail, and heavy rainfall. 



Corning Woman Gets Jail Tim for Her Role in Meth Ring:


A Corning woman has been sentenced to a year in the Schulyer County Jail for her role in an alleged methamphetamine ring.  28-year-old Tara Wilcox was one of more 20 people arrested in May 2016 in relation to the alleged ring being run out of Beaver Dams and Catlin.  She was found guilty of conspiracy in a bench trial in May.



Reed Wants to Make Work Tax Credit Permanent:


Congressman Tom Reed is teaming up with fellow lawmaker, Democrat Joe Crowley, to introduce a bill that would make the Work Opportunity Tax Credit permanent.  The tax credit is for employers who hire low income individuals, and those with barriers to employment, such as ex-felons.  The business earns a tax credit based on the wages paid to the new hire, that hire’s target group and the number of hours worked during their first year of employment.  The credit has been around since 1996 and is set to expire in 2019.



Over 1,000 People Turn Out to CCC Observatory to Glimpse Eclipse:


Millions of people turned out across the country Monday to witness the solar eclipse, and our region was no exception.  In Corning, officials at Corning Community College report that over one-thousand people stopped by to get a look at the event through the observatory.  They reportedly ran out of free eclipse glasses within the first hour.  If you missed out Monday, you won’t have to wait quite so long for the next eclipse, and it’s expected to even better.  On April 8th, 2024 this area should be in the path of a total eclipse. 



Hammondsport Planning Board Meeting Cancelled:


The meeting for the Hammondsport Planning Board scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, August 23rd, has been cancelled.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 21st

CCC Observatory Open for Today’s Eclipse:


Corning Community College will open its Observatory to the public from 12:30 to 4 p.m., weather permitting, for today’s Solar Eclipse.  Volunteers will hand out free eclipse glasses (first come, first served), and will answer questions about the eclipse.  New York will not see a total eclipse today; instead we’re expected to hit about 70 percent coverage.  CCC will also offer a live feed of totality in the Commons.  Of course, you’re reminded wherever you plan on viewing the eclipse today do so safely with you special eclipse glasses, or perhaps use a pinhole camera.  Do not look directly at the eclipse without special protection, as it can do long-term damage to your eyes, even causing blindness.



Public Hearing Today on Prattsburgh Super. Position:


The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed local law that would abolish the elected position of Highway Superintendent and instead make it an appointed position.  If adopted by the town board, the move would be subject to a mandatory referendum.  The hearing will be at the Town Hall tonight at 7:05 p.m.



Hammondsport BOE Meeting, Retreat This Week:


The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its retreat this week, ahead of its regular meeting.  The retreat will be Wednesday at noon at the Curtiss Museum, the meeting will follow later that evening at 6 p.m. in the high school library.



Election Day Vote on State Constitutional Convention:


Besides voting for representatives throughout our state government, on Election Day, November 7th voters will also be deciding whether or not to hold a constitutional convention.  If approved, the vote triggers a two year process to determine what in the state constitution should be amended, altered, deleted, added, etc.  The state Constitution allows the people to exercise this right to alter the constitution once every twenty years.  To learn more about the process, you can visit http://www.newyorkconcon.info/



A Cure for Peanut Allergies?


Sufferers of peanut allergies might one day be able to enjoy them without risk, as scientists may have found a cure for the common allergy.  An experimental treatment was tested on a group of Australian children four years ago: 18 months after the treatment, more than 80 percent no lower showed symptoms of the allergy.  And in a new follow up study, a majority of the children are still able to eat peanuts without a reaction.  The treatment combines a probiotic with small daily doses of peanut protein in order to combat the allergy.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 19, 2017

Prattsburgh School Taxes Drop
Taxes for the Prattsburgh Central School District will be lower than expected. Upon finishing an audit of their finances over the summer, the new tax rate was calculated at $14.09 per every $1,000, dropping 11 cents from earlier April estimates. The district’s current annual tax levy also dropped down to $50,000 from last year. Homeowners enrolled in the STAR program are estimated to pay $16 less in taxes for a home valued at $100,000 than 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Family Service Society Opens New Bath Building
A Family Service Society Inc.  building was opened yesterday on
East Steuben Street in Bath. Moving from County Route 11, Family Service Society celebrated the new site through a dedication and ribbon cutting as they welcomed the public with open house hours. Also holding local offices in Corning and Hornell, a wide range of services is offered by the organization to support the needs the community to its members through their lives in both the home and workplace.

Medicare Public Seminars to Be Held in Steuben County Office Building
The second in a series of free seminars on Medicare is set next week in Steuben County.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies.  Locally here in Bath, the program will be held next Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building. Future seminars are planned for September and October with times and dates to be announced.

Greenwood Man Charged with Sex Offenses
A Greenwood man was arrested on sex charges after a search of a private Jasper residence. The New York State Police out of Wayland and North Hornell arrested Thomas R. Loop with Rape in the 2nd Degree as well as a second degree Criminal Sexual Act with a subject less than fifteen years of age. He was arraigned before the City of Hornell and remanded to the Steuben County jail.

Erwin Man Arrested on Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriffs arrested an Erwin man for both Criminal Possession and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree after the CITE team seized a large amount of cocaine and heroin valued at an estimated $10,000 at his home on Victory Highway in Erwin. Giovani D. Jefferson was arraigned in Steuben County Court and remanded to Steuben County jail without bail as the additional charges pend during the continuing investigation.

USDA Helps Boost Local Grape Economy
The Federal government will be helping New York Concord grape farmers. The USDA will spend $18 million from funds in their Section 32 program to purchase surplus grape juice from growers in the state to use for nutrition programs, stabilizing the prices for grape farmers. According to Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, this is good news for growers and their market.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 18th

Voter Registration Deadline Today for Sept. Primaries:


If you’re hoping to vote in next month’s primary elections, today is the last day to register.  Applications must be postmarked no later than today, August 18th, and received by the Board of Elections no later than August 23rd in order to be eligible to vote in the primary.  Voters can register, or change their current enrollment information, by visiting the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ website.



Prattsburgh CSD Reduces Tax Levy:


At their regular meeting on August 15th, the Prattsburgh Central School Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 tax levy of $2,606,960 which is a decrease of $50,000 from the current levy.  This decrease will reduce the tax rate by twenty-three cents per thousand dollars of assessed value.  The fall tax bill will include a new line item this year following the approval of the Prattsburgh Free Library tax levy on August 8th by voters.  District property owners can expect their tax statements to arrive in the mail at the end of August, and can start paying September 1st



NYSDOT Hosting Public Route 54 Info. Meeting:


The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, August 30, to share information with public officials and residents on many topics specific to State Routes 54 and 54A adjacent to Keuka Lake, in the towns of Pulteney, Urbana, Wayne and the Village of Hammondsport.   The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Hammondsport Fire Hall.  Topics that will be covered include the legal aspects of the DOT right of way along these routes; responsibilities of the Department and of private property owners, retaining walls; parking; drainage and more.



Steuben Co. Shared Services Draft Public Review August 28th:


The draft review of a four-month combined effort by Steuben County, local communities, and school districts on shared services will open for public comment on August 28th with public hearings at three locations across the county: the Steuben County Office Building at 10 a.m.; the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning at noon, and Hornell City Hall at 3 p.m.  The plan is available online at http://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/shared_services_plan_2017.pdf.   



Texas Solar Company Wins Southern Tier Clean Energy Competition:


Texas solar heating company, Skyven Technologies was awarded a $1 million grand prize Wednesday as part of a clean energy competition designed to bring jobs and opportunities to New York State and the Southern Tier.  The 76West Clean Energy Competition awarded a total of $2.5 million to six companies, selected from eight finalists.  One of the requirements of the competition is that winning companies must either commit to moving to the Southern Tier or establishing a direct connection with the Southern Tier.  Companies already in the region must commit to substantially growing their business and employment. 



Health Insurance Rates to Rise 15% in NYS:


The New York State Department of Financial Services announced this week the health insurance rates for 2018.  In June, insurers sought a 17 percent increase for individuals and 11.5 percent for group plans, but the state agency has cut the increase to 15 percent for individuals and 9 percent for group.  The rates will affect the more than 3 million people enrolled on the state’s health exchange.  Part of the reason for the hike, according to the Department of Financial Services, is to offset potential cuts if the Affordable Care Act is replaced, and to address a potential cut in subsidies that’s being considered by the federal government.  Another driving reason is the increase in medical costs, including drug expenses and inpatient hospital costs.  However, the D.F.S. said that the lowest cost silver-level plans will decrease as much as 5 percent compared to current rates when tax credits are included, and that overall individual coverage will still be 55 percent lower than it would be without the Affordable Care Act.  The rate increases will not affect the Essential Plan, which covers 650,000 New Yorkers.



Wings & Wheels: A Weekend of Seaplanes, Classic Cars and More in



On September 16th and 17th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Seaplanes and Classic and Exotic Cars will “take over” the Village of Hammondsport for the free public event called Wings & Wheels in Hammondsport.  The exciting two day event will feature a seaplane show at Depot Park, seaplane competitions, a seaplane parade, and a classic and exotic car show on the Village Square.  Also an assortment of food and craft vendors, and a special event banquet including a cocktail hour, dinner, and seaplane contest awards.  You can learn more about the event and register for the banquet at https://www.wingsandwheelshammondsport.com.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 17th

Corning Inc. CEO Announced Departure from President’s Council Prior to Disbandment:


Before President Donald Trump made his announcement Wednesday disbanding his American Manufacturing Council, Corning Incorporated CEO Wendell Weeks joined other business leaders that left the council following the President’s comments on the white supremacist rally in Virginia.  In a statement to employees, Weeks said the hatred and racism in Charlottesville are reprehensible, and he added that the events have become inconsistent with the company’s values.  Weeks said he “plan[s] to continue doing [his] part personally to foster innovation, strengthen U.S. manufacturing, and create jobs.  However, [he] will never compromise Corning’s Values to do so.”  The full statement is available at http://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/about-us/news-events/a-message-from-our-ceo.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=management.   



Mount Morris Judge to Resign Amidst Misconduct Probe:


A Mount Morris judge, under investigation by the state for misconduct, has opted to resign to end the probe. Town and Village Justice James LaPiana will terminate his duties at the end of the month.



Rep. Reed Says Proposed Hate Crime Legislation “Worth Considering”:


Earlier this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo said he wanted to expand New York’s Hate crime legislation to add the crimes of inciting to riot and rioting that targets protected classes. Congressman Tom Reed of Corning said it might be appropriate and is worth considering, so long as the additions don’t duplicate existing laws already on the books.  Reed made the comment during his weekly media call.



Governor Urges Army to Rename Streets Named After Confederate Generals:


States in the south aren’t the only ones trying to decide how to handle symbols of the Confederacy.  Here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the U.S. Army to rename the streets of a New York City military base named after two Confederate Generals.  Earlier this month, Army officials denied the request, saying it would be controversial, but following the recent events in Virginia, the Governor is asking them to reconsider.  Cuomo says symbols of slavery and racism have no place in New York, and he believes renaming the streets would send a clear message that New York won’t stand for intolerance and racism. 



Steuben OFA Announces Medicare Seminars:


The second in a series of free seminars on Medicare is set for August 22nd through the 24th in Steuben County.  The public seminars will provide information on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies.  The programs will be August 22nd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, August 23rd from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building, and August 24th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center.  Future seminars are planned for September and October with times and dates to be announced.



Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Videoing Neighbors:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed Wednesday legislation that cracks down on

unauthorized video surveillance.  It was made a crime in 2003, but it only established criminal penalities for unlawful video surveillance when the taping occurred in a setting with a “reasonable expectation of privacy” such as bathrooms or changing rooms, or if a perpetrator had to trespass in order to tape or install a camera.  This new legislation provides additional protections for homeowners, allowing them to sue a neighbor for invasion of privacy if they are secretly recorded while in their backyard.



Preparations Underway for VA Christmas Drive:


Summer might still be in full swing, but preparations are already underway for the Bath V.A.’s annual Christmas gift drive.  Ron Haflett, the autocare center manager at the Walmart in Painted Post that organized the first Walmart drive, has said that donation bins will start appearing in the store again during the first week of October, and even small donations – like a pack of pencils – will help.  One hundred percent of the donations go directly to the veterans; no items or funds are kept for staffing or operations of the V.A.



NYS Warns Tax Professionals of New Scam:


New York State is warning tax professionals to be wary of a new scam targeting them.  According to the state Department of Taxation and Finance, scammers are trying to steal clients’ information by posing as customer support personnel for tax software.  They say the scammers are using emails designed to look like prompts to upgrade your software, but the link instead takes the user to a fake website.  For more details, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/security-summit-warns-of-new-phishing-email-targeting-tax-pros.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 16th

Jasper Man Arrested in Burglary Investigation:


A lengthy investigation into burglaries around the Troupsburg and Jasper areas has led to the arrest of a Jasper man.  45-year-old Mark Walton was arrested August 10th on charges of burglary in the 2nd and 3rd.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $15,000 bail.



Dansville Man Charged with Burglary:


The New York State Police of Wayland report the arrest of a Dansville Man on August 10th.  27-year-old Stephen Van Iderstine has been charged with burglary in the 2nd and unauthorized use of motor vehicle.  Van Iderstine allegedly entered a family member’s residence and stole the keys to a vehicle, which he then took without permission from the owner.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 bail.



Baby Left in Bag in Elmira Released from Hospital:


The baby girl abandoned in a plastic bag in Elmira has now been released from Strong Memorial Hospital.  The Elmira Police Department reports that Sabrina has been placed with a foster family.



Steuben Co. Manager Talks New Office Annex:


Questions continue to swirl about the need to construct a new county office annex in Bath. Jack Wheeler is the county manager. He said Tuesday that the current facility is filled to the max, with copiers and other equipment.  The need to hire additional public defenders, a mandate from the state, has also pressed the issue.  But Wheeler added that there will be little local taxpayer impact.  You can hear his full statements by visiting our podcast gallery at wvinbath.com. Click Community Focus under the podcast tab.



Cameron Bridge Being Restricted to One-Lane:


The bridge on County Road 22, between CR 119 and Jackson Hill Road, in the Town of Cameron will be restricted indefinitely to one lane of traffic starting tomorrow until the bridge can be replaced.  Currently, the bridge is set to be done in the summer of 2019.



Potential Date Set for Sheldon Silver Retrial:


A potential date of April 16th has been set for the retrial of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.  Silver was originally convicted of corruption and sentenced to 12 years in prison, but the decision was overturned on appeal.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 15th

More Arrests in Elmira Fentanyl Ring:


More arrests have been made in connection with a fentanyl ring in Elmira.  In May, four people were arrested and charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute.  Now, three more suspects have been charged.  Jesus Rivera was charged with conspiracy to make and distribute fentanyl.  Chad Smith has been charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute controlled substances.  Robert Elford has been charged with intent to distribute and distribution of controlled substances.  Authorities believe the ring was directly involved with the overdose deaths of three people.



NYS Troopers PBA Endorses Watches for Steuben Co. Surrogate Court Judge:


The Police Benevolent Association of the New York State Troopers Inc. has announced its endorsement of Chauncey Watches for Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge.  The Troopers PBA represents more than 6,000 active and retired uniformed members of the state police.  In a statement the organization said that the challenges facing law enforcement are greater than ever before, and that they believe individuals like Watches will help them better serve the residents of New York.



Canisteo Votes to Abandon Hallet Road:


The Town of Canisteo has officially voted to abandon Hallet Road, also known as Wood Road.  The road hasn’t been used by the public in over 6 years, nor has it been worked on in that time.  Town officials say it would cost tens of thousands of dollars to bring it back up to code, so abandonment was the logical solution.  The road begins on Travis Hill and heads toward the town line for a total of 2,622 feet.



198th Steuben Co. Fair Kicks Off Today:


The 198th annual Steuben County Fair kicks off today in Bath…opening day is Senior Citizens Day with a $3 admission for seniors until 5 p.m. The carnival opens at 1pm and the demolition derby gets underway at 7. You can get more information at steubencountyfair.org.



NYS Increases Penalties for Making Bomb Threats:


New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law new penalties for those who make bomb threats. The governor approved the legislation Monday. According to the AP., the new law changes criminal statute to ensure that suspects accused of making bomb threats against a community center can, at minimum, face a sentence of up to a year in jail. Cuomo says the new law will help authorities prosecute those who seek to "spread fear and terror."



Wegmans Launches Delivery Service:


Wegmans shoppers will be able to save themselves a trip the store for groceries as the company is launching today an in-home food delivery service.  With the “Instacart” app, customers can place and pay for an order and then a runner in the store will fill it and have it delivered.  Food can either be delivered within an hour, or scheduled for a certain time and day.  The orders cost about $6, and need to be a minimum of $35.  A membership will also be available for $15 a month, or $150 for a year of unlimited orders.  The service launched last week in Rochester and has already filled roughly 1,400 orders.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 14th

Man Who Struck Trooper on I-86 Charged:


The New Jersey man that struck State Trooper Craig Foglia on I-86 in May has now been charged.  78-year-old Kenneth Aukett has been issued traffic tickets for misdemeanor reckless driving, and violations of failing to move over and yield to an emergency vehicle, fail to reduce speed, and driving across hazard markings on the roadway.  Aukett rear-ended Foglia’s vehicle while he was conducting a traffic stop on May 17th and seriously injured him.



Preliminary Hearing Waved for Mother of Abandoned Baby:


The 17-year-old accused of abandoning her baby for dead in Elmira was in court Friday for what was supposed to be a preliminary hearing, however, the prosecution and defense have reached a deal, waiving the hearing and the possibility of extradition to Harriette Hoyt’s home state of Pennsylvania.  In exchange, Hoyt received a reduced bail and an open file discovery from the district attorney.  Hoyt’s attorney said that the next step is for the district attorney to present the case to the grand jury.  If the grand jury votes to indict the next proceedings will be in Chemung County Court.



Reed Issues Statement Condemning Charlottesville Rally, Governor Starts Petition:


Representative Tom Reed issued a statement Saturday condemning the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He said he’s “outraged by the violence and senseless death that occurred (Saturday) in Charlottesville and condemn(s) those who would abuse our freedoms and divide us with bigotry.”  He added that “hatred will never have a place in the true American spirit,” and he offered his condolences to the families of the victims.  Also, in the wake of the ire drawn by President Trump’s statement that said there was “violence on many sides,” New York Governor Andrew Cuomo launched a petition Sunday calling for the President to recognize that the rally in Virginia was led by white nationalists, including Ku Klux Klan members.



Corning Launching Pedestrian Safety Campaign:


The City of Corning is launching a pedestrian safety campaign where uniformed and plain clothed police officers will be handing out materials on various pedestrian regulations.  Police will also target drivers who fail to give pedestrians the right of way.  The business district and side streets are expected to be the focus.



Rescheduled H-port Music in the Park Event Tonight:


After being cancelled earlier this summer due to rain, It’s My Party will finally head to Hammondsport tonight for its Music in the Park concert.  Music in the Park is a free event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the village square.  Also tonight, in honor of the 60s themed musical guest, there will be ice cream sandwiches available at 1960s prices – only a dime. 



6th Annual Red Knights Bucket Brigade 8/26:


The Red Knights New York Chapter 42 motorcycle club of Bath are having their 6th annual Bucket Brigade Charity ride on Saturday, August 26th to benefit the “Wounded Warrior Project.”  The ride will start at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and go through the Bath VA Center via Morris Street and out of town via Route 54, and continue approximately 100 miles around the Finger Lakes region ending at the Hammondsport Fire Department’s “Smoke on the Water” BBQ competition.  The cost of the ride is $15 for drivers and $5 for passengers.  Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. that morning and the ride will start promptly at 10 a.m.  For more information, call (814) 203-0029.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 12, 2017

The Village of Bath plans to increase the water and sewer rates. But first, the local government needs to hear from its residents. The Village Board has scheduled a public hearing on the rate increase for August 21
st at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal building.

The New York State Department of Transportation announced that pavement recycling work will begin on State Route 415 in the Towns of Campbell and Savona on Monday weather permitting.  The scope of this project will extend from 0.1 mile north of county Route 333 to 0.1 mile south of Little Acorn Lane, for a total of approximately 4.4 miles.  An asphalt overlay course will be placed in the same location at a later time.

A Cohocton woman faces felony charges after she was arrested during a traffic stop this morning on State Route 352 in Corning. Troopers said 50-year-old Bobbijo Brown was charged with felony counts of DWI and having a BAC above .08%. She was also charged with having a false inspection certificate and other traffic infractions. She was processed and released on appearance tickets for court.

Bath Police arrested a Bath man for a violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act. Adam Webster, age 32, was charged with a class D felony for failing to notify the Department of Criminal Justice Services of his whereabouts as a level 3 registered sex offender. Webster was remanded without bail and scheduled to re-appear in court on the afternoon of August 23rd.

More than 21,000 tickets have been issued statewide by New York State Police during Speed Week, a campaign to crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving that ran from August 2nd to August 8th. State Troopers report 9,205 speeding tickets, 348 distracted driving violations, 268 accidents resulting in personal injury, 393 people injured, five fatalities and 234 people arrested for driving while impaired. State Police also responded to 268 personal injury accidents, which resulted in five fatalities and 393 people injured. Locally, state police issued a total of 1,504 tickets in our Southern Tier region with 15 DWI charges, 798 for speeding, and 33 tickets issued for failure to obey the Move Over law.

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Bath Police Department will award law-abiding drivers with "Bath Bucks" during routine road checks for their compliance. If drivers pass during a check, they will be given Bath Bucks- coupons that are redeemable at over a dozen local businesses. The Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce and Sheriff Allard have reached out to neighboring communities like Corning’s Gaffer District and the Hornell Police Department, hoping to inspire other neighboring communities to follow Bath’s example in appreciation of good drivers.

ccording to Governor Andrew Cuomo, $3.6 million will be awarded to multiple farms in the Southern Tier to enhance environmental protections and  increase production of agriculture. The second round of the Southern Tier’s Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program is the source of this funding which covers costs of greenhouses, construction, irrigation, fencing and environmental enhancements. The program’s intention is to help the growth and operations of local farmers and agribusinesses while encouraging responsibility in use and protection of state natural resources. The initiative will grant $1,037,568 to 14 projects in Steuben County alone.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 11th

Fatal Boating Accident on Waneta Lake:


One person was killed and two others were injured in a boating accident Thursday evening on Waneta Lake.  The Schuyler County Sheriff’s office said one person fell overboard around 8 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.  Two other people in the boat were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for treatment.  No further information has been provided.  The investigation is ongoing.



PA Man Facing Sex Charges in NY:


An investigation involving the state police of New York and Pennsylvania, as well as McKean County Child Protective Services has resulted in the arrest of a Pennsylvania man on multiple charges.  61-year-old David Emerson is accused of engaging in sexual contact with a child less than seventeen during a camping trip in New York.  He is facing charges of sexual abuse, unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was arraigned in the Town of Howard Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail.



8 Arrested in Early Morning Drug Sweep:


While most people were still sleeping in the wee hours of Thursday morning, law enforcement in Steuben County were out cracking down on drugs in the community.  As part of “Operation Clean Sweep” eight arrests were made.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said they were drug dealers and were charged with criminal possession of controlled substances, and criminal sale of controlled substance.  Baker added that more operations like the one Thursday will be happening throughout the county over the coming year, as well as welfare fraud investigations and sweeps.  The people arrested Thursday are now in the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Addison Man Pleads Guilty to Stealing Cornell Backpacks:


The Addison man accused of stealing backpacks from students at Cornell University in March had pled guilty in Tompkins County Court.  39-year-old Richard Huyler pleaded guilty to three counts each of grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.  A Savona woman, 31-year-old April Mace, was also arrested and she was sentenced to time in jail and at the Willard Drug Treatment Center in late July.



Prattsburgh Looking to Make Highway Super. Position Appointed:


The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed local law. That law would abolish the elected position of Highway Superintendent and make it an appointed position instead. If eventually adopted by the town board, it would be subject to a mandatory referendum. The public hearing is scheduled for Monday August 21st at 7:05 p.m. at the Town Hall.



CCC Open House Next Week:


Corning Community College will open the doors of its Health Education Center for tours next week as a part of an Open House Celebration.  The event will be August 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the facility, which is located on Dension Parkway.  There will be food and a variety of giveaways, including four tuition credits valued at $100 each.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 10th

More Details in Case About Baby Left in Bag:


The Chemung County District Attorney’s Office has released more details in the case of the teenager accused of leaving a baby girl in a bag behind a house in Elmira.  They say the baby is eight months old, and was in the bag for approximately three days before being found.  According to Elmira Police, the suspect, 17-year-old Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, P.A., had a connection to the house, and that multiple neighbors identified her as the mother of the baby.  Hoyt was arraigned Wednesday morning and was sent to the Chemung County Jail on $250,000 cash bail.  District Attorney Weeden Wetmore says that Hoyt is eligible for youthful offender status.  Hoyt is currently facing an attempted murder charge; Wetmore said that other charges may be pending.  He plans to take the case to the Grand Jury as soon as possible. 



One Injured in I-86 Accident:


One person was injured Wednesday afternoon in an accident on I-86.  The unidentified man was driving a motorcycle around 2:30 p.m. when he slammed into a trailer that unexpectedly separated from a tractor-trailer.  The man was taken to Robert Packer Hospital.  His condition and why the trailer disconnected are unknown at this time.



May St., Freeman Terrace Closed Today in Bath:


A reminder from the Village of Bath Street Department May Street from East Steuben to East Washington will be closed today, along with Freeman Terrace, for paving.



1,000 Briefly Lost Power in Corning Wed.:


Over a thousand people briefly lost power in Corning Wednesday afternoon.  According to NYSEG, the issue was equipment failure with two circuits being lost.  Power was restored within an hour. 



Keuka Lake Swimming Ban Lifted:


The swimming ban for the northern portion of Keuka Lake near Penn Yan has been lifted.  The NYS Department of Health has notified the beach operators for Indian Pines and Red Jacket that swimming areas can now be re-opened for public use. Swimming was restricted last Friday after blue-green algae blooms were observed.



Terminal Revitalization Underway at E-C Airport:


Travelers heading through the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport are advised to arrive 20 minutes earlier than usual as construction has gotten underway on the new terminal revitalization project.  The $58 million project will expand the terminal and offer additional amenities and better traffic flow.  Open-air landscaped courtyards will be added along with extensive glass walls to create a sense of walking through the woods.  The airport will remain open during construction.  The project is set to be completed in October 2018.



Bath Baby Café Event Honors Families and Businesses:


Almost 70 youngsters brought nearly 70 grownups to the third annual Bath Baby Café World Breast-Feeding Week celebration Friday at the Dormann Library in Bath.  The free event featured games, snacks, car-seat checks, and education.  It also recognized local breast-feeding friendly businesses: Servu Federal Credit Union in Painted Post, Michaels in Elmira, St. James Mercy Hospital, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Universal Health Network, ProAction of Steuben and yates, Rite Aid in Bath, Wegmans in Corning, Wal-Mart in Hornell, Steuben Rural Electric Cooperative, and Campbell-Savona Elementary School. 




Seaplanes Making a Big Splash on Keuka Lake:


You might expect to find them in some remote part of the Alaskan wilderness, but there’s a long history of seaplanes and flying boats on Keuka Lake which can be traced all the way back to Hammondsport’s own “Father of Naval Aviation,” Glenn Curtiss.  In homage to this rich aviation heritage, two pilots have brought seaplanes back to the lake with Finger Lakes Seaplanes which offers rides off and over the breathtaking natural landmark.  This past spring, Hammondsport native Andy Sable and Cleveland native Bob Knill bought a Cessna 180 floatplane to start offering scenic tours of Keuka Lake and the surrounding areas.  The flights typically last from 30 to 60 minutes, and the pilots can pick you up right from your dock.  To learn more about Finger Lakes Seaplane, visit their website at https://www.fingerlakesseaplanes.com.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 9th

P.A. Teen Charged with Attempted Murder after Leaving Baby in Bag in Elmira:


17-year-old Harriette Hoyt of Sayre, P.A. is facing an attempted murder charge after an infant was found in a plastic bag behind a residence on Walnut Street in the City of Elmira Tuesday afternoon.  The baby was discovered by neighbors.  They called 911 and administered aid until emergency personnel arrived.  The infant was taken to a local hospital where she is now listed in stable condition.  The investigation is ongoing with Elmira Police asking any witnesses and those with any information to come forward.



Streets Closing in Bath:


The Village of Bath Street Department has announced several road closures for this week.  Today, East Washington Street, to the village line, and Circle Drive will be closed for paving.  On Thursday, May Street from East Steuben to East Washington will be closed, along with Freeman Terrace, also for paving.



Schuyler Co. Meth Bust Nets Four:


A methamphetamine bust in the Village of Montour Falls in Schuyler County has resulted in the arrest of four people.  While investigating a fire alarm August 4th at the Romeo Village Apartments, responders found suspicious items and alerted law enforcement.  52-year-old Daniel Decker, 32-year-old Melissa Oquendo, 19-year-old Rachel Pyhtila, all of Montour Falls, and 54-year-old Kevin Teed of Watkins Glen were all charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.  Oquendo was sent to the Schuyler County Jail in lieu of $1,500, while the other three suspects were remanded without bail. 



“Bath Buck” for Good Drivers:


Besides avoiding a hefty fine, drivers in the Bath area recently got an additional reward for complying with the rules of the road.  During a road check event by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and Bath Village Police last Thursday, drivers who were found to be in complete compliance were given a “Bath Bucks” coupon.  Issued by the Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce, the coupon guarantees discounts to participating businesses in the Bath area.  Bath Chief Chad Mullen said he’s “happy to be able to recognize responsible members in our community and support our local businesses,” and both he and County Sheriff Jim Allard thanked all motorists who drive responsibly and encourage them to shop local.  Future “Bath Bucks” road check are expected.



Bridges Closing in Cameron, Lindley:


The bridge on County Route 119, between County Road 10 and Cameron-N. Jasper Road, in the Town of Cameron, will be closed to all traffic starting August 11th through the 16th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.  The bridge, also known as Cemetery Bridge, will be undergoing structural repairs.  There will not be an onsite detour.  Also, the bridge on Griswold Road, between County Road 120 and Swarthout Road, in the Town of Lindley will be closed to all traffic starting August 14th for approximately 14 weeks.  The bridge will be completely replaced.  There will not be an onsite detour.



$1.4M Awarded to Food Bank of the Southern Tier:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced an award of $1.4 million to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier through the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.  In a statement, the Governor said, “This funding will help ensure that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers will continue to be able to put food on their tables and provide for their families.” 



Disaster Training Returning to NYS Fair:


Besides enjoying the rides and food and entertainment of the Great New York State Fair, attendees will again have the chance to get prepared for emergencies as the Citizen Preparedness Corps Training will be back again this year.  The free training will be August 25th, 28th, and 29th, in the Empire Room Restaurant on the Fairgrounds from 4 to 6 p.m.  The course is aimed at teaching how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.  Participants also receive a free backpack of resources.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 8th

Canisteo Gives Go-Ahead for Heroes Banner Program:


At Monday night’s meeting of the Canisteo Village Board, the Heroes Banner program was officially given the go ahead.  Like other villages like Bath and North Hornell, the program will place banners on poles to recognize veterans of the community.  According to the Mayor, there will be no cost to the village other than labor for putting them up.  The individual families will be responsible for the purchase of the banners, which are expected to be around $175 each.  The program will be seasonal, with banners going up in the spring and coming down in the fall.  It will begin after the minimum 15 banners are ordered.



2nd Alligator Captured in Whitney Point:


There’s been a twist in the saga of the alligator at Whitney Point.  The DEC announced Monday that they captured a second alligator also in Whitney Point.  A couple was kayaking Sunday when they spotted the animal and got it on video.  They contacted police, who alerted the DEC.  This second alligator will join the first, which was captured on July 29th, at Animal Adventure Park.



NYS Pharmacies to Provide NARCAN:


Naloxone, or NARCAN, is a life-saving drug that can help reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, and now more people will be able to have it at hand.  Starting tomorrow, people with healthcare coverage will receive up to $40 co-pay assistance when buying naloxone at over 2,000 participating pharmacies in the state, no prescription required.  Uninsured individuals and those without prescription coverage can receive the drug at no cost through the state’s network of registered opioid overdose prevention programs.



Funding Granted for College-Level Education at NYS Prisons:


Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo, along with Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., announced over $7 million in funding for educational programming and reentry services at 17 New York State prisons over the next five years.  The College-in-Prison Reentry Program is being funded through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Criminal Justice Investment Initiative and it’s expected to create more than 2,500 seats for college-level education and training for incarcerated New Yorkers across the state.



Reunion Tomorrow for Savona School Staff:


There will be a reunion picnic tomorrow at Mossy Bank Park in Bath for all faculty and staff of the former Savona Central School district.  The event starts at noon.  There will be a sign.  Drinks and table service will be provided; attendees should bring a dish to pass and $2.



Free Rabies Clinic in Erwin:


The Town of Erwin will hold a free rabies clinic this Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Town Garage on Addison Road.  All Steuben County residents may bring their cats, dogs, and ferrets for vaccination.  Cats and ferrets must be contained, and dogs must be leashed.



Tagsylvania Casting Call:


August might just be getting underway, but Tags in Big Flats is already thinking about Halloween.  The venue is looking to scare up some talent for their annual Tagsylania frightfest with auditions and casting calls this month.  The auditions are being held August 16th, 20th, and 24th at 6 p.m. in the banquet room at Tag’s Restaurant.  Actors must be 16 or older, and have parental permission if they’re under 18.  Training will be provided.  Interested parties need to fill out an audition form available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfxIWFt-NWqwOqR1MFGRzSdli-E7AdMRvTOwSwN1dpcCP9Hbg/viewform.  

Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 7th

2 Arrested in Shoplifting Incident:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 43-year-old Daniel Hill of Addison following a shoplifting compliant at Tops Friendly Markets in the village.  Hill allegedly stole merchandise, and struggled with an employee when confronted.  The employee was injured.  Hill was located at the Walgreen Pharmacy by officers a short time later and he was charged with robbery and petit larceny.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.  Additionally, Hill’s companion, 37-year-old Kristy Snyder of Lindley, was also arrested on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing hypodermic instrument after 2 hypodermic needles were allegedly found in her possession.  She was also sent to the county jail in lieu of $6,000 bail.



Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest of 2:


Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested two men following a traffic stop in the early morning hours of June 30th in the Village of Cohocton.  The vehicle was stopped on an alleged traffic violation, and the operator 27-year-old Raymond Thielges of Wayland was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance.  A passenger, 28-year-old Cody Farrell of Avon, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.  Both men were issued appearance tickets.



Duffy Running for Hornell Mayor:


The number of candidates vying for Mayor of Hornell has officially grown by one, as Green Party candidate Joe Duffy has submitted enough petition signatures to earn the party’s endorsement.  He joins Republican John Buckley and Independent John Lewis.  Duffy previously ran for mayor in 2009 and again in 2013, against long-time incumbent Shawn Hogan both times. 



Hydrant Flushing Continues in Bath:


Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will continue flushing the village’s water mains through Friday, August 25th.  The flushing will take place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.  There is the potential for dirty and discolored water.  The schedule for today and tomorrow is as follows:


Streets (Hydrants)                                                            Corners (Valves)


West Washington St                                                          Cook and Gibson

Cook Street                                                                        W. Washington / Maple Heights

                                                                                           Cruger / West Morris

                                                                                           W Washington : Freeman /

                                                                                           Cruger / Pine / Robie / Howell                                                                                              Liberty / Kellar / W. Morris



Petty Continues Annual Donation to Local Food Bank:


‘The King’ of Motorsports, Richard Petty wasn’t just in the area this weekend for the racing action in Watkins Glen, he also took time to visit the TOPS market in Watkins Glen to make his annual donation to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  The 40,000 pound protein donation is the equivalent of more than 160,000 servings and will help many families fight hunger across the food bank’s six-county service area.  This is the sixth year in a row that Richard Petty Motorsports , Smithfield, and TOPS Friendly Markets have donated to the food bank.



Swimming Season Extended at Corning’s Stewart Park Pool:


The City of Corning has announced an extension to the swimming season at Stewart Park Pool.  Open swims will be held today through the 27th, with family swims on Tuesdays, and dog swims on the 28th and 30th.  The Float and Flick scheduled for Denison Park will now be at Stewart Park on the 18th.  

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Crash on Gansvoort Street in Bath
A Bath woman escaped serious injury yesterday when the vehicle she was operating struck a tree and overturns on Gansevoort Street. Village police said they received the call shortly after 8 a.m. Investigators said 77-year-old Judith Killroy was northbound when her vehicle veered off the street impacting a tree. Police said no charges have been issued but the crash remains under investigation.

Cuomo Announces $10 Million To Watkins Glen on Race Weekend
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the Village of Watkins Glen will receive $10 million in funding and investments as the Southern Tier winner of the second round of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. The Mayor of Watkins Glen said he looks forward to a bustling downtown, new jobs and more visitors to the region while Assemblyman Phil Palmesano said, "This significant state investment will help the Village and all of Schuyler County move forward.”

Three County Meetings Slated for the Week of 08/07
This coming week will be a busy time for Steuben County government. On Monday, the Public Works and Public Safety & Corrections committees meet. On Tuesday, the Finance and Administration committees meet and on Wednesday, the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation will meet.

Prattsburgh to Consider Highway Superintendent Position
The Town of Prattsburgh will hold a special meeting on Monday night to consider setting a public hearing regarding the creation of an appointed position of Highway Superintendent and any other business. This special meeting will take place this Monday August 7th at 7:00 P.M. in the Town Hall, 19 North Main Street.

Dansville Woman Sentenced for Fraud
A Dansville will spend the next three years on probation. In court this week, 29-year-old Noelle Farmer was sentenced on her conviction to welfare fraud.

Dansville Woman Jailed for Probation Violation
30-year-old Jessica Cover of Dansville was sentenced to 1 year incarceration in the Livingston County Jail on a violation of probation. She appeared in court Tuesday.

Press Ponders Potential New York Candidates for Governor
Speculation has risen this week about possible candidates running for governor in 2018. The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that actress Cynthia Nixon has been sought by groups on the left to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic Party Primary. The actress and activist has held an active presence in Democratic politics yet has not confirmed whether or not she will pursue becoming governor. Earlier this week, Republican Syracuse area State Senator DeFrancisco expressed consideration to run in the 2018 race while announcing he will embark on a tour of the state.


Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 4th

Truck Rollover on I-86:


The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched Thursday morning around 7:30 to a report of a tractor trailer rollover on I-86 in the eastbound lane behind the State Police barracks.  The trailer was loaded with new wooden pallets.  The driver was uninjured, but one of the truck’s diesel tanks ruptured and lost roughly 60 gallons of fuel.  T&R Towing and Environmental Services were called in to recover the truck and trailer and to clean up the fuel spill.  The cause of the accident is unknown.



Potential for Damaging Winds, Flooding Tonight:


The National Weather Service says that severe storms are possible this afternoon and evening. In a hazardous weather statement, forecasters say the thunderstorms could produce very heavy evening rain with potential for flooding, damaging winds and large hail. From Bath to Watkins Glen, people should keep a close eye on the sky.



Residence Badly Damaged in Corning Fire:


A two-unit apartment home on Sly Avenue in Corning was badly damaged by fire Wednesday night.  According to firefighters, the blaze is believed to have started in the living room area of the first-floor apartment around 8 p.m.   That apartment was extensively damaged, while the one of the second-floor was heavily damaged by smoke.  No one was home at the time of the fire.  The cause is under investigation. 



Hydrant Flushing in Bath Starts Sunday:


Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will begin flushing the village’s water mains Sunday.  The work will continue through Friday, August 25th.  The flushing will take place from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily.  There is the potential for dirty and discolored water.  The schedule for Sunday and Monday is as follows:


Streets (Hydrants)                                                             Corners (Valves)


Cameron Street                                                                    West Morris / Water

Cameron Place                                                                    W Washington /Maple Heights

West Morris St                                                                     W Washington / Hubbell

Conhocton St                                                                      W Morris / Cruger

West St & Belfast St                                                            W Morris / Pine

K-Mart Parking Lot / End of K-Mart Building                     West Steuben / West Morris

Camping World                                                                   Cameron / RR Tracks

W Morris across from Kmart/USDA                                   W Morris / W Washington



$10M for Watkins Glen Downtown Revitalization Initiative:


Before the racing action even gets underway in Watkins Glen this weekend, Governor Andrew Cuomo made things exciting Thursday when he announced that the village has won $10 million for the Downtown Revitalization Initiative.  Watkins Glen is one of 10 winners out of 104 applicants from across the state. 



Wack a Weed, Build a Park with Curtiss Park Challenge:


If you own a weed wacker, have a little free time, and are over the age of 18, you could make a difference in the local community.  The grounds of the Glenn H. Curtiss Park in Urbana could some TLC, and you and your weed wacker can help.  The “Weed Wacker” Challenge, hosted by the Friends of Hammondsport Area Trails and Parks, Inc. to clean up the park will be 9 a.m. to noon on September 9th.  Volunteers are needed as the terrain of the park is too rough to be mowed and the task is too much for one person.  The event is BYOWW – Bring Your Own Weed Wacker – and keep in mind there are no electrical outlets available on site.  Volunteers should also bring hearing and eye protection.  Refreshments and hot dogs will be provided, and there will be an award for the “Best Wacker” at the end of the day.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 3rd

Deputy Senate Majority Leader Considering Gubernatorial Run:


Senate deputy majority leader Senator John DeFrancisco may challenge Andrew Cuomo in the 2018 Governor’s race.  The New York Republican from Syracuse says he is touring the state to explore the possibility of running.  DeFrancisco has been a vocal critic of the Governor.  He has been a state Senator since 1992 and became deputy majority leader two years ago in summer 2015.



Bath Man Arrested for Trying Pass Fake $100 Bill:


A Bath man was arrested after he allegedly tried to pass a counterfeit $100 bill at a Town of Horseheads business.  33-year-old Matthew Squires has been charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and was sent to the Chemung County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.



Bath Man Charged with Fraud:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income while applying for SNAP benefits.  35-year-old Thomas Weinman was charged with one count offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud.  He was issued an appearance ticket.



NYS to Comply with Revised Election Commission Info Request:


After first denying President Trump’s Election Commission’s requests for voter information including Social Security numbers and criminal history, New York State will now comply with a revised request for information.  The revised letter to the state Board of Elections is for information already publically available under the state’s Freedom of Information Law – including names, addresses, dates of birth, political parties, and voting history.  This general request will be granted by the Board, but nothing further.  In a statement, Governor Andrew Cuomo assured that they “will continue to deny requests for sensitive personal data about New York residents, which is protected under the law.  [They] will never provide private voter information to anyone….”



Portraits Honor Judges from Steuben County:


Three judges with strong ties to Steuben County were honored in a special ceremony Wednesday.  Justice Henry Scudder, Judge Joseph Latham, and Judge Philip Patti were presented with portraits that will hang in the main courtroom at the county Office Building.  Scudder served 17 years as a judge in the county before being appointed to the state Appellate division for the Fourth Department.  Latham, a native of Canisteo, has spent 20 years as a county and family court judge in Steuben.   Patti is a former assistant county Attorney, who was named to the Rochester-based Court of Claims in 1996, where he served 16 years.



Car Seat Check Aug. 16th:


Take some time out from the rides and fun of the Steuben County Fair later this month to make sure your children are safe in your vehicle with a Car Seat Check Event.  It will be the Wednesday of the Fair, August 16th, at the Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Pavilion at the Main Gate. 



Cut-A-Thon to Benefit Animal Rescue:


Fringe Hairdressers on East Market Street in Corning will be hosting their first annual Cut-A-Thon to benefit Pawz and Purrz Animal Rescue on August 19th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  No appointment necessary.  All proceeds to benefit the rescue and assist with the veterinary care of their animals.  Pawz and Purrz is a nonprofit animal rescue based in Steuben County. 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 2nd

Cohocton Woman Injured in Italy Accident:


A 21-year-old Cohocton woman had to be airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester Sunday following a one-car accident on Italy Turnpike Road in the Town of Italy.  Authorities say Megan Cheasman was traveling east when she lost control of her vehicle, left the roadway, and collided with several trees.  The cause of the accident is under investigation.



Lindley Man Accused of Assaulting Child:


A Lindley man is facing felony assault charges after he allegedly choked and injured a two-year-old child.  According to State Police, 20-year-old Jacoby Sawyer was left in charge of two children as their parents went to a nearby grocery store and he intentionally choked and caused physical injury to one of the children.  He was charged with assault in the second degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.  Sawyer was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 



I-86 Work in Bath Starts Today:


Work is set to start today on deck repairs on I-86 eastbound in the Town of Bath, over State Route 415.  One lane will be closed to traffic – starting with the driving lane, and then switching to the passing lane, if necessary.  Traffic will be able to travel through the open lane with no speed reductions.  The closure is expected to last for approximately two weeks.



Crackdown on Speeding Drivers Starts Today:


A high-visibility enforcement crackdown throughout New York aimed at reducing speed-related crashes gets underway today with Speed Awareness Week.  The campaign runs until Tuesday with several local agencies participating.  Law enforcement will be focused on speeding violations, but they’ll also be on the lookout for red light violations, texting and cell phone violations, seat belt violations, and aggressive driving violations. 



Rathbone’s Hardscrabble Rd. Closed Next Week:


The Town of Rathbone Highway Superintendent has announced that Hardscrabble Road will be closed to all traffic on Monday and Tuesday to replace an existing pipe.  The road will be closed starting at the C.R. 81 intersection.  There will not be an onsite detour.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 1st

Avoca Man Arrested for Child Porn:


A yearlong investigation into child pornography by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in the arrest of an Avoca man.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, investigators were contacted in August 2016 by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland about a resident in Avoca that was soliciting photographs of a 15-year-old from Maryland.  A search warrant executed by the Sheriff’s Department found photos and videos of the girl on the subject’s electronic devices, among other evidence.  26-year-old Nunziato Nirelli has been charged with possessing a sexual performance by a child, a class E felony, and he was issued an appearance ticket.  Authorities say the investigation is ongoing, and more charges are possible.



Accidental Shooting Leads to Marijuana Bust:


A Jasper man who allegedly accidentally shot himself is facing drug charges after police discovered marijuana on his property.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the scene on 5 Corners Road in the Town of Jasper and found 26-year-old Michael Whritenhour on the front lawn of his residence with a gunshot wound.  Their investigation turned up a gun inside the residence, as well as marijuana plants growing inside and outside.  They believe Whritenhour was clearing off a bed and knocked the gun over, which then discharged and struck him in the abdomen.  Whritenhour was transported to Sayre.  He was charged with unlawfully growing cannabis and criminal possession of a weapon.  He was issued appearance tickets.



Governor Announces Funding to Fight Child Abuse:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a new wave of funding to combat child abuse.  Over $4 million will be shared by 26 state-approved child advocacy centers.  The centers are located across the state and the funding will be used to offset the cost of purchasing and installing video recording equipment, as well as hiring specially trained staff to interview victims of sexual and physical abuse.



I-390 Work Postponed:


The asphalt pavement overlay work on Interstate 390 that was originally set to begin Monday, has been postponed to Tuesday, August 8th, the NYS Department of Transportation has announced.  The project will extend from Neils Creek in Wallace to Exit 2 in Cohocton.  Work will also be done on Cohocton Loon Lake Road, as well as on the northbound exit and southbound entrance ramps at Exit 2.



New Free Fishing Days Announced:


Officials have announced new free sport fishing days in New York on Veterans Day, the weekend preceding Presidents Day, and National Hunting and Fishing Day, (which is) the fourth Saturday in September. During these designated free fishing days, New York residents and non-residents are permitted to fish for free without a fishing license.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office NYS Boating Safety Course:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the county Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, August 12th from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The class is limited to 30 students, so call (607) 622-3911 to reserve your seat.  Any individual age 14 or older, wishing to operate a personal watercraft, and any individual born on or after May 1st, 1996, wishing to operate any recreational vessel must successfully complete an approved Boater Safety Course.

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