Wineglass Races Kick Off This Weekend
The Wineglass Marathon began yesterday with the Wineglass Expo at the Corning Museum of Glass. The 36th annual full marathon is at 8:15 am tomorrow. The race begins in Bath and ends on Market Street in Corning. Other races include the Corelle 5K, Wineglass Fest 8K and the Half marathon which sold out in record time a few months ago in mid April. Local businesses anticipate exposure and an economic boost from the popular event. About 7,000 runners will be participating from 48 states and 12 foreign countries.
No Steuben Municipalities in Fiscal Stress According to Comptroller
NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s Fiscal Stress Monitoring System has designated 27 municipalities across the state as fiscally stressed. The list, which includes eight counties, eight cities and 11 towns, marks the fewest number of municipalities listed in stress since. 2013. No municipalities in Steuben County are listed as being in fiscal stress.
Pulteney Road Construction Progresses
The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work on State Route 54A in the Town of Pulteney has reached an important point toward completion. The ongoing work includes emergency landslide repairs at two sites in the Town. Work on the first site, located approximately 7.5 miles north of Hammondsport is expected to be substantially completed today. The highway will be reopened in both directions with a temporary gravel surface at the work location. Work on the second site, located approximately 11.5 miles north of Hammondsport, is expected to will begin on Monday.
County to Meet About Leachate Treatment Plant Restoration Monday
Steuben County might be saving some money on at least one project. On Monday, the county public works committee will meet. On the agenda is a discussion of the leachate treatment plant tank restoration. The cost of that contract is revised, saving the county a little more than $26,000.
Women's Suffrage Play Tonight in Bath
American Association of University Women BATH BRANCH members are preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote in NYS. To celebrate this, Peg Inglis has written and directed an original play, “LADIES: ITS TIME.” The show will be performed one time only—Saturday evening at 7:00 PM at O’Malley Hall in Bath. Tickets are $15 per person and are available from any AAUW member or order them online from BrownPaperTickets.com.
New Steps to Fight Opioid Abuse/Addiction in NYS:
New York State is taking new steps to help fight opioid abuse and addiction. Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced legislation that looks to add 11 fentanyl analogs to the controlled substances schedule, giving law enforcement the ability to go after dealers who manufacture and sell, and raising the amount of Naloxone doses covered in insurance plans. Naloxone is often used to help addicts recover, and as fentanyl can be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, it can take multiple doses of naloxone to reverse a fentanyl overdose.
Setback for Opponents of Seneca Lake LPG Storage:
A setback has been issued for opponents of the proposal to store liquid petroleum gas in depleted salt caverns near Seneca Lake. In a filing dated September 8th, an administrative law judge issued a ruling that there is no need for further hearings on the issues raised by “Gas Free Seneca” and similar groups. The document states that “petitioners fail to raise any adjudicable issues.” Reportedly, Gas Free Seneca expects to appeal the ruling to the DEC. They have until October 20th to do so.
No Charges to be Filed in Fatal Waneta Lake Accident:
The investigation by the Schuyler County District Attorney’s Office into a boating death on Waneta Lake in August has concluded, and D.A. Joe Fazzary says that it was a tragic accident and no charges will be filed. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 17-year-old Owen Thomas, of Brighton, died after falling overboard around 8 p.m. on August 10th. Two other people were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Public Input Sought on Former Corning Hospital Cleanup:
The public is being invited to comment on the proposed cleanup of the former Corning Hospital on East Denison Parkway. The proposed remedy involves several steps, to include excavation and off-site disposal of fill material having hazardous characteristics and the construction of a site-wide cover system. An investigation discovered some groundwater contamination as well as several metal compounds in the soil. Project documents are available at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning. The DEC will accept comments until November 10th.
Reminder – Bath Traffic, Parking Changes for Sunday’s Wineglass Marathon:
The Wineglass marathon is Sunday and Bath police chief Chad Mullen says there will be temporary parking restrictions on several local streets. In addition, Mullen said there will also be temporary changes in traffic lane patterns on West Washington Street and East Steuben Streets. Enforcement of the parking restrictions will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday…just look for the signs, police say.
Caton Seeking Speed Change on Whiskey Creek Rd.:
The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board meets today in Bath. One item on the agenda is correspondence from the Town of Caton, which is requesting a speed reduction on Whiskey Creek Road.
Flu Shot Clinic at Corning YMCA:
The Corning YMCA is partnering with Wegmans Pharmacy to host a flu shot clinic on
Monday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Members 18 and older will be able to receive flu shots without prescriptions or appointments. The cost is covered by most major insurance companies. Credit cards accepted.
Men that Shot at Addison Home in July Indicted for Attempted Murder:
The two men that shot at an Addison home in July have now been indicted on charges of attempted murder. On July 24th, 28-year-old Benjamin Alderman of Corning, and 22-year-old Daniel Scott of Pine Valley, allegedly entered the home and shot at the victim. Both men are also facing felony charges of reckless endangerment and assault charges.
Three Arrested in Corning Meth Bust:
A meth bust in Corning has resulted in the arrest of three men. According to the Corning Police Department, officers were called on a report of criminal trespassing on East Fifth Street and they discovered a working meth lab in a detached garage. Arrested were 42-year-old James Carson, 26-year-old Eric Graham, and 37-year-old Todd Speicher. Speicher and Graham were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail. Carson was remanded without bail.
Bath Looking to Override Property Tax Cap:
The Town Board in Bath is once again seeking to override the state property tax cap. Earlier this month, the Board introduced a local law giving the town the authority to raise taxes more than the state allows. The town will now hold a public hearing on the law. That hearing is scheduled for October 10 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building.
Siemens/Alstom Merger Won’t Affect Amtrak Deal:
In the wake of the announcement that Siemens and Alstom plan to merge, the Hornell Industrial Development Agency says it expects the transition will be smooth, and that it won’t affect the Amtrak deal recently acquired by Alstom. IDA Director Jim Griffin said Wednesday that the merger means “nothing but positive” for the community, and that there probably won’t be a lot of changes locally for at least a year or two.
Underage Drinking Serious Problem in Steuben, Experts Say:
Professionals and parents joined in a community conversation on underage drinking Wednesday evening at a town hall at the Haverling High School in Bath. Underage drinking is a significant problem in Steuben County, say local experts. Nearly 65 percent of students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades surveyed in the 2015 “Risk & Protective Survey” reported they had had an alcoholic drink within 30 days, according to the Steuben Prevention Coalition.
Candidate for 23rd Congressional Seat Walking Across District:
One candidate for New York’s 23rd Congressional District is getting up close and personal with his possible future constituents in a unique way. Candidate Ian Golden is walking across the 450 mile, 11 county district. He started Tuesday, leaving from Geneva, and as of Wednesday morning he was in Penn Yan. Golden said he plans to meet with local farmers, restaurants, businesses, and residents, and he also plans to attend various community events. More information about his trek can be found on his campaign website.
Sheriff Allard Complete Session of National Sheriffs’ Institute:
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has completed participation in the 113th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute held in Aurora, Colorado, September 18th through the 22nd. Sheriff Allard joined 29 other sheriffs from across the country for training on contemporary challenges facing America’s sheriffs in areas such as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.
Father and Son Charged with Drug Possession in Bath:
A father and his son were arrested and charged in Bath following a traffic stop on I-86 by state police. According to authorities, 45-year-old Michael Ward and 20-year-old Coty Ward, both of Oneonta, were stopped for vehicle and traffic violations and troopers could allegedly smell marihuana in the vehicle. State Police report they found .9 ounces of suspected Hashish oil, 3.9 ounces of packaged marihuana, 2 smoking devices, and 20 containers used for storing Hashish oil. Michael Ward was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail. Coty Ward was arraigned and remanded to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Siemens, Alstom to Merge:
Two international companies, both with locations in the Southern Tier, have announced they will merge. German based industrial equipment maker Siemens AG has signed a memorandum of understanding to merge with French based rival, Alstom. Siemens has a location in Painted Post, and Alstom has one located in Hornell. At this time, there’s no word yet if the merge will affect local jobs or locations.
Rep. Reed Says “Simple, Modern” Tax Reform Plan to be Unveiled Today:
During his weekly media call Tuesday, Representative Tom Reed said that President Trump plans to unveil the GOP plan for tax reform today. Reed attended a tax reform meeting with both the President and Vice President at the White House Tuesday as part of the Ways and Means Committee, and he said it was both optimistic and bipartisan. Expected proposals include lowering the corporate tax rate, repealing the estate tax, eliminating state and local tax deductions, addressing the number and percentage of individual tax brackets, and possibly the cutting of taxes on the middle class. Reed said the new code will be developed to be “simple, fair, and focused on growth,” and it isn’t, as critics claim, pandering to wealthy individuals and corporations.
Work on S.R. 414 Starts Today:
Asphalt pavement overlay work begins today on State Route 414. The project will extend from the Corning city line to Kerrick Hollow Road, for a total of approximately 4.8 miles. The scope of this project includes the town of Corning. While work is being conducted, intermittent closures to the I-86 west bound on-ramp in Corning will be necessary.
Bridge in Hornby Restricting to One Lane, Weight Limit Posted:
The bridge on Wilson Hollow Road over Wilson Hollow Creek in the Town of Hornby will be restricting to one lane of traffic starting tomorrow, according to town officials. The bridge, which is located just north of State Route 414, has also had its weight limit “R”-Posted. Traffic will be restricted on the bridge until it can be replaced in the summer of 2018.
Public Health Warning Issued for Seneca Lake:
A public health warning has been issued by Schuler County Public Health regarding Seneca Lake. Harmful blue-green algae blooms have been identified on the east side of the lake, and officials urge residents and visitors to not swim, fish, or boat in those areas as they can cause health issues for both people and animals.
“I Voted” Sticker Vote:
The 2017 general election will mark the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New York and the state is looking to celebrate by creating a new “I Voted” sticker and in true democratic fashion, they’re opening the final design choice to a vote. New Yorkers can vote one of three special stickers, and the winner will be distributed at polling places across the state on Election Day November 7th. Voting closes this Friday, September 29th at 5 p.m. Vote at https://www.ny.gov/content/vote?nysWebRef=Email.
Volunteers Sought for Southern Tier Outdoor Show:
The 11th annual Southern Tier Outdoor Show is coming up October 11th through the 14th and its looking for volunteers to help. Positions needed included helping children fish, directing the crowd through activity stations, transporting the public around the grounds on a golf cart, and manning a stationary booth. Volunteers who work at least four hours will receive a T-shirt, a meal ticket, and water. Volunteers will receive access to the show anytime that they’re not working. For information, call (607) 583-3224, or visit http://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com.
NYS Senate to Hold Hearing on Identity Theft:
Following the major data breach at Equifax that has affected more than 8 million New Yorkers, the state Senate is looking to make sure residents are protected. The Senate will hold a hearing this week to come up with a plan to best protect your personal information. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has opened an investigation into the Equifax breach, and he has also asked other credit monitoring firms to say what they’re doing to keep data safe.
Lyft Could Soon Provide Rides To-From E-C Airport:
Chemung County is reportedly is talks with ride-sharing company Lyft for service to and from the Elmira-Corning Airport. Lyft would operate in addition to the other transport services already with access to the airport, and as part of the agreement, the county would get two dollars from each fair. Lyft would be subject to the same standards as the other services. That said, some county officials have questioned how Lyft drivers would be authenticated. A public hearing on the matter is expected to be held at a later date.
Hornell Area Family Resource Center Opens at New Location:
The Hornell Area Family Resource Center reopened its doors Monday after being closed for a month. It’s now it at a new location, the Hornell Intermediate School at 71 Buffalo Street. The center provides a multi-resource foundation for families providing a place to play, workshops on parenting education, literacy programs, and health and wellness information at no cost. It originally served children 0 to 5 years, but has expanded to serve kindergartners through 12 graders.
Water Rate Increase for Town of Corning:
Residents of the Town of Corning will see an increase in their water bill as the five water districts are being consolidated. The Corning Manor, Gibson, East Corning, and East Corning extensions one and two will be consolidated and the rates per quarter will start at $23 for the first 7,480 gallons. Every additional gallon will increase $3.50. The changes are expected to start October 1st.
O’Mara, Palmesano Holding Town Halls This Week:
Two local lawmakers will be meeting with constituents this week. State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will hold town halls on Thursday at the Woodhall Town Hall from 5 to 6 p.m., and then at the Campbell Town Hall from 7 to 8 p.m.
Geneseo Cancels Rest of Football Season:
The Geneseo School District has announced that it is forfeiting the rest of its High School Football season after drug accusations were leveled against several players. In a statement, the district said that several players have been dismissed from the team, and due to the number of players involved and the seriousness of the incident, they will forfeit the reminder of the season. They have also forfeited the game they played on Friday against Bolivar-Richburg. The Junior Varsity and Modified teams will continue their seasons as scheduled. According to the Geneseo Police, the department is investigating allegations that a Geneseo student and member of the football team took Oxycontin pills from a parent without their knowledge and then gave them to fellow team members before the Bolivar-Richburg game on Friday.
Water Main Replacement Closing Some Corning Streets:
Some streets in Corning will be closed for a portion of the day starting today as the City Water Department replaces water mains. Columbia Street from East First Street to East Second Street will be closed while the work is being done. That means no traffic or parking. Crews will be working Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. for the next three weeks.
Training Simulation Held at E-C Airport:
It was quite the sight Saturday at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport with emergency responders, fire, and many injured, but thankfully it was all pretend. The airport held a mock disaster drill as is required by the Federal Aviation Administration every three years. The exercise, which was a car on fire with the scenario of an approaching plane that crashed, was designed to test the response of the airport, fire companies, police, and local hospitals. To make the training more real, first responders traveled in real time from their stations, and simulated victims were treated and taken to area hospitals. At a mock briefing about the crash, Director of Aviation Bill Hopper said that he “found things that [he’s] not prepared for and having drills like this force you to look at those things and get prepared.” He added that while it does cost a bit, that’s what you have to do as safety is very important and worth the investment.
Steuben Co. to Host 3rd Substance Abuse Forum Oct. 20th:
Steuben County officials will hold their third forum this year on opioid and substance abuse from 5:30 to 7 p.m. October 20th at the Corning-Painted Post High School. The forum will aim to inform residents about the issues surrounding the local opioid abuse epidemic and the available resources within Steuben to help combat those issues. Speakers include representatives from substance abuse counseling, law enforcement, social services and education, as well as those recovering from addictions and groups such as Narcotics Anonymous.
NYS Agriculture Dept. Accepting Applications for Growing Hemp:
The New York State Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from researchers, farmers, and businesses interested in participating in the state’s industrial hemp industry. Hemp is a variety of cannabis that does not contain the level of active compounds in marijuana. New York launched a pilot program for hemp farming last year and it has expanded this year. Applications will be accepted by the state DOA until November 22nd.
Finger Lakes SPCA Coral for Cash Oct. 6th:
The Finger Lakes SPCA will again be looking to raise funds for animals in need with their annual Coral for Cash Lock-Up event. On Friday, October 6th, you can stop by the River’s Edge Farm on Cameron Street in Bath between 4 and 7 p.m. to view comical court proceedings, visit their “prisoners,” and help “bale” out your favorite desperado. There will also be food and drink, games, musical entertainment, adoptable animals, and an on-location broadcast with your hometown station, WVIN. For more information, visit http://www.fingerlakesspca.org.
Farm City Day Attracts Hundreds:
The popular Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension Farm-City Day was a-breeze with sunshine and smiles Saturday at Karr Dairy Farms in Hornell. Farm-City day has been an attraction in Steuben for decades, providing area residents with a closer look at farm life with activities such as petting baby farm animals, picking a pumpkin, and getting lost in a corn maze. The Karr Farm has been a family farm since 1950. Besides hosting the public on Saturday, they also hosted school children from districts across the county earlier in the week.
CMOG to Host 2018 Travel Conference
Corning Museum of Glass will host a major travel conference in September 2018. TBEX North America has chosen Corning as its main venue for its annual conference with hundreds of travel bloggers and other media professionals the week of September 11th-13th of next year. Officials and locals alike anticipate the event will bring business and exposure to the Gaffer District and Finger Lakes Region.
County Legislature to Meet About Bath Town Land Purchase
Steuben County lawmakers want to purchase some private property in the Town of Bath. When the Legislature meets Monday morning, it will vote on a proposal to purchase about 11 acres of land on County Road 15, Knight Settlement Road. The property is located adjacent to the county landfill. The county wants to maintain a buffer between the landfill and other property.
New Steuben County Historian Appointed
Emily Simms of Bath has been appointed by the County Manager as the Steuben County Historian. However, the title won’t become official until the county legislature confirms the appointment on Monday.
Governor Cuomo Makes Stance on Climate Change
Governor Andrew Cuomo has met with fellow American leaders to support efforts fighting global climate change. Cuomo met in his office with California Governor Jerry Brown and Governor of Washington Jay Inslee about the recently formed U.S. Climate Alliance. The group is composed of fifteen states and U.S. territories as well as mayors of several major American cities and other US leaders as an alliance to adopt the greenhouse gas reduction measures outlined in the Paris Climate Accord that was defiantly rejected by President Trump.
Estate Workshop Planned for October
An informational workshop called “The Estate Administration Survival Guide: The Probate Process,” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Dormann Library, 101 W. Morris St., Bath. The session is held for those who are named executor of a decedent’s estate to educate guests about the types of estate administration and, the legal steps that happen in every estate administration, taxes, and more. Registration is required by calling 664-2300. For information, visit putknowledgetowork. org.
Wayland Woman Jailed for Stolen Property & Multiple Charges
A Wayland woman was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and second-degree aggravated unlicensed vehicle operation. Sara G. Incarnato was charged Thursday upon being pulled over by State Police for traffic stop on South Main Street. Incarnato was found to have been the subject of another investigation in March 2017 in Hornellsville where she used another person’s name during a traffic stop. Police discovered the license plates on her vehicle which were reported stolen. For all charges, Incarnato was arraigned in Wayland Village Court and sent to Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.
Tomorrow's Bath Kiwanis Youth Soccer Game Cancelled
The Bath Kiwanis Youth Soccer has decided to cancel all games for Sunday. In a Facebook post, officials said “overly hot temperatures” in the weather forecast prompted the cancellation. Officials said safety will always be a top priority.
County Executive Krusen Found Innocent of Criminal Conduct
A Chemung County Executive was found to have committed no criminal conduct by Steuben County’s District Attorney. County DA Brooks Baker ruled the case of Chemung County Executive Mike Krusen using a county fuel card was authorized. Executive Krusen was grateful for Baker’s objective review of the issue, calling these accusations made about five months ago by Chemung County’s Sheriff Moss “baseless”. Krusen has served Chemung County for over thirty years and says he looks forward to continuing working within his community.
Corning City Paving Close to Completion
The city of Corning is about to wrap up a very productive season of city street and alley improvements. Currently, inhouse paving to improve parts of Buffalo Street is in the works and once that is complete, a few other Corning city streets will be upgraded with mill and overlay work as well as a crack sealing for a few alleys and streets. The budget for these infrastructure repairs was increased by $100,000 this year and according to Mayor Negri, the feedback he’s heard about the street restoration has been entirely positive.This season’s cost of revitalization is projected to reach approximately $1.1 million.
Steuben Unemployment Average Drops from Year Ago
When looking at the numbers for August, compared with a year ago, unemployment rates have dropped in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties. The rate held steady for Yates while the numbers ticked up for Allegany. According to the Department of Labor, there were roughly 40,600 people employed in Steuben County as of last month. From August 2016 to August 2017, the State’s private sector job count increased by 141,500.
O'Mara Praises Hemp Group's First Session
New York State’s newly established “Industrial Hemp Working Group” met for the first time at the capital Wednesday. State Senator Tom O’Mara, a member of the newly formed group, called the session “an exciting effort to spark the growth of industrial hemp manufacturing in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide.”
Wayne Town Board to Hold Budget Meeting in October
The Wayne Town Board has scheduled a public hearing for next month to talk about the town’s proposed budget for next year. The hearing will be held at the town offices on October 10th at 6:30 p.m. A copy of the spending plan is available at the town offices and the public is encouraged to attend next month’s hearing.
State and Local Politicians Talk Healthcare
New York politicians are speaking about the very current issue of healthcare reform. At a public meeting yesterday, Senator Tom O'mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano spoke against the New York Health Act, a bill guaranteeing the right to affordable health care for every New Yorker without copays, deductibles and out of pocket insurance premiums. Palmesano believes the proposal would fiscally hurt taxpayers and businesses such as the financial industry due to a tax increase, bringing a hole in the state budget that could never be corrected. Meanwhile, Senator Chuck Schumer said a bill that would reinforce Obamacare instead of repealing it is underway being drafted by a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators.
Cuomo Says Graham-Cassidy Will Worsen State Debt
Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a press conference against the Senate’s latest attempt to dismantle Obamacare. Cuomo says that when the law permitting Medicaid payment programs expires on September 30th, funding to New York public and safety net hospitals serving those in poverty will drop $1.1 billion in the next 18 months with no way for the state to fund this cost, leaving New York to face a $4 billion deficit coming into 2018. Cuomo's concern is Congressional gridlock preventing the funding from becoming renewed. The governor also said the Graham-Cassidy bill’s passage would cause New York to lose $19 billion in Medicaid block grants, 2.7 million New Yorkers to lose their health coverage if the bill passes, and risk over a million health care-related jobs.
NYS Site Allows Homeowners See Mailing Status of STAR Checks
A new state website has been launched by the STAR program to put homeowners at ease as they await money to help pay for school taxes due by the end of this month for most of the state. The website informs homeowners whether or not the State of New York has mailed their STAR checks out. More than 130,000 STAR checks will be mailed by the state Department of Taxation and Finance statewide and a department spokesperson said over 57,000 checks have been mailed out.
Bath Traffic Stop Results in Two Drug Arrests
Two men from Oneonta are facing felony drug charges after they were stopped on the Interstate in the Town of Bath. Troopers said 20-year-old Coty Ward and 45-year-old Michael Ward were both charged with 5th degree drug possession with intent to sell. Michael Ward was also charged with driving while impaired by drugs, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, criminal possession of marijuana and traffic counts. Both men were held on cash bail.
Marshall Says for Disasters, Preparation is Key
Steuben County Office of Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall says that the wake of Irma reminds citizens about the importance of preparedness for such disasters. According to Marshall, our area’s primary disaster concern is flash flooding which poses a challenge in area evacuations. Marshall stresses the importance of planning evacuation routes, assembling survival kits, having an adequate food and water supply, First Aid supplies on hand and access to the “Ready Steuben” and “Code Red” apps to provide immediate information.
Addison and Arkport to Receive NYS Water Project Funding
New York state announced a $69 million funding investment for local water and sewer projects. The support will go towards projects in a dozen cities and towns. The Village of Addison is set to receive $5.9 million to upgrade its wastewater system while the Village of Arkport gets $3 million in funding for the replacement of both raw water mains and finished water distribution mains, rehabilitation of its spring collection system, intrusion alarms and back-up power at the treatment facility. The funding is provided by a state program that gives aid to local governments that cannot otherwise afford to finish water projects on their own in the form of grants and zero to low-interest loans.
DWI Arrest on I-86
A traffic stop on I-86 yesterday ended with the arrest of a Pennsylvania woman. State Police said 37-year-old Darrin Steadman of Knoxville was charged with DWI, speeding and other traffic infractions. She was released to a third party.
Cuomo Proposes New Security Regulations for Credit Reporting Agencies
After the recent Equifax security breach, Governor Cuomo’s administration says it is pursuing action to guarantee that in the future, credit agencies have better cybersecurity in place. The governor says credit reporting companies are not required to have the same cybersecurity protections as banks and insurance companies while handling sensitive customer data such as Social Security numbers and credit history. Cuomo attributes that to lack of regulation and has directed the Department of Financial Services to require credit reporting agencies to register with with the state starting in February. Since August, credit reporting agencies were given stricter cybersecurity requirements for banks and other lending institutions.
Schneiderman Leads Coalition Calling for Investigating Opiate Manufacturers
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced a bipartisan coalition to investigate major manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs by serving subpoenas to four major pharmaceutical companies, a supplemental investigative subpoena to one pharmaceutical company and demanding documents from several companies, including three that manage about 90 percent of the nation’s opioid distribution. Across the country, 41 other attorney generals have signed on to support the effort which aims to reveal if these big pharma companies have unlawfully distributed prescriptions and what incentive structures are used in sales. The Attorney General wants to combat the opiate epidemic systematically, noting “Prescription opioids are the on ramp to addiction for millions of Americans."
Elmira Man Suspect in Girlfriend's Disappearance Indicted on Burglary Charges:
Following a three-month investigation by the Painted Post Police Department, NYS Division of Parole, and the Steuben County District Attorney's Office, the Elmira man suspected in the disappearance of his girlfriend in 2011 has now been indicted on 37 counts of burglary, all class C violent felonies. David Perry, also known as David Walker and David Jones, allegedly entered and remained unlawfully in a Painted Post home on multiple occasions between February and April of this year with the intent to commit a crime. The investigation found that Perry had assumed the identity of David Jones through false online postings, along with the identity of a former Homeland security employee. Without the false identity, authorities believe he would not have gained access to the home or to the victim. Perry, who was on parole for two prior felony convictions, is being held at the Steuben County jail without bail.
Bath Man Injured in Yates Co. Accident:
A Bath man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital Sunday following an accident on State Route 54 near Welker Road in the Town of Barrington. According to reports, 63-year-old Leland Dehart, of New Hampshire, was traveling south, crossed the center line and attempted to make a right turn into a rest area when he collided with the motorcycle being driven by 42-year-old Larry Allison. Allison suffered back and neck injuries. Dehart has been charged with DWI.
Wayland Woman Accused of Lying to Social Services:
A Wayland woman has been arrested for allegedly reporting false applications and false re-certifications to the Steuben County Department of Social Services for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). As a result, 27-year-old Ashley Briggs allegedly received public assistance she would not have been eligible for. She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny, both class E felonies. She was issued an appearance ticket.
Algae Blooms on Keuka Lake, What You Need to Know:
The Keuka Lake Association has released a report on recent algae blooms on Keuka Lake. According to the report several blooms have been spotted since September 13th along the shorelines from Hammondsport to the north end of the east branch and along the west bluff. The blooms look like green paint or stain spilled on the water, or in some cases like pea soup against the shore. The blooms are a naturally occurring phenomenon through the Finger Lakes resulting from calm and warm conditions. The blooms are currently classed by the DEC as “suspicious” and could, in high concentrations, produce irritating toxins. People and pets should avoid the water when blooms are present. Samples of the blooms have been sent to the College of Environmental Science and Forestry and results are expected by the end of this week.
Steuben Co. Surplus Auction Sept. 28th:
The annual Steuben County Surplus Auction has been set for September 28th at 10 a.m. at the Steuben County Barn. The auction will include vehicles, office equipment and supplies, mechanical paraphernalia, and includes from Steuben ARC, and the towns of Bath and West Union. For a current list go to http://www.steubencony.org and scroll down the center column.
Hornell Mayor Honored in Toronto:
Long-time Hornell Mayor, Shawn Hogan, visited Canada this week as he was honored with an economic development award from the International Business Council. Hogan, who is not running for re-election, earned the award because of his dedication to economic work for Hornell. The IBC noted that Hogan has overseen 36 major projects that brought in over $300 million in private investments.
Finger Lakes Boating Museum Expands:
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is getting a little bigger. The museum, which is located on the campus of buildings in Hammondsport that used to be part of Taylor Wine Company, will celebrate its anniversary this Saturday with not just its annual boat auction, but also with the dedication of a new building, the Al Wahlig Education Center. The boat auction will begin at 10 a.m. with over 40 boats set to be auctioned. The dedication and ribbon cutting for the education center will immediately follow the auction – at approximately 11:45 a.m. The education center will be home to the museum’s outboard motor restoration shop and boat restoration/teaching shop. After the dedication, the public will be able to tour the building and see demonstrations.
Bath Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the Haverling High School Library.
Corning Fire Lt. Arrested for Allegedly Selling Heroin:
A Lieutenant in the Corning Fire Department is facing drug charges after allegedly selling heroin. The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office says that 43-year-old Thomas Margeson, of Horseheads, was arrested following a ten-month investigation into the sale of heroin in Horseheads. He has been charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree, a class B felony, and has been sent to the Chemung County Jail with no bail listed. Margeson was sworn in as a Lieutenant in the Corning Fire Department in 2014. He is also the Assistant Chief of the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department. Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman says Margeson has been suspended without pay.
Driver that Hit Trooper on I-86 Pleads Guilty:
The New Jersey man that struck and seriously injured a state trooper in an accident on I-86 in May has now pled guilty to all charges. 78-year-old Kenneth Aukett struck the back of Trooper Craig Foglia’s vehicle on May 17th. Foglia had to be airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Aukett was issued tickets for misdemeanor reckless driving, and violations for failure to move over and yield to an emergency vehicle, fail to reduce speed, and driving across hazard markings on the roadway. He will have his license suspended in New York, and will have to pay nearly $800 in fines.
Bath Superintendent of Streets to Retire:
At Monday’s meeting of the Bath Village Board, Superintendent of Streets, Jeff Muller announced that he plans to retire. Muller has served the village for 39 years, 37 of those as Superintendent of Streets. His last day will be October 17th. He said he does still plan to serve on village committees.
Addison, Arkport Receiving Millions to Upgrade Water Systems:
More than $69 million in grants and loans has been approved by the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act. Among the recipients will be the Villages of Addison and Arkport. Addison will receive $5.9 million to improve the village’s wastewater system. Arkport will receive $3 million to put towards replacing the raw water mains and finished water distribution mains.
Seminars Set to Help with Medicare Enrollment:
The Steuben County Office for the Aging will be holding public seminars to help residents prepare for and enroll for basic Medicare when open enrollment begins next month. The seminars will be September 25th from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the county Office Building, September 26th from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Corning Senior Center, and September 28th from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Hornell Senior Center. More seminars are planned for October.
Governor Proclaims This Week as Sheriff’s Week:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed this week, through September 23rd, as Sheriff’s Week in New York State. Sheriff’s Week celebrates the significant contributions made by the office of Sheriff in county government and in the statewide criminal justice system. In response, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard released a statement thanking the Governor, as well as local legislators, and the people of the county for their support.
Bath Planning for 2nd Annual Craft, Wine and Brewfest:
The coordinators behind the recent Bath Craft, Wine and Brewfest are already planning for next year’s event. At Monday’s meeting of the Village Board, Melanie Coots said that the event was very successful and that she expects it will be even bigger next year with high interest from wineries and craft breweries, and the public. Money raised at the event is going to local 4-H organizations and to the Ronald McDonald House.
Enrollment Now Open for 2018 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee:
The Corning Rotary club will again sponsor the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for schools in the following counties: Steuben, Allegany, Broome, Chemung, Schuyler, Tompkins, and Bradford and Tioga, P.A. School districts and homeschool organizations wishing to participate must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at http://spellingbee.com/. Early enrollment is open until October 15th, with a $151 enrollment fee per school. After that date, enrollment increases to $226. The deadline is December 15th. Once enrolled, school districts will conduct spelling bees for students in grades one through eight to select one winner and one runner-up each. They will then participate in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee hosted by the Corning Rotary Club on March 17th at 10 a.m. at Corning-Painted Post Middle School. That winner will move on to the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.
Bath Fire Department Holding Child Safety Event Oct. 7th:
As a part of Fire Prevention Week, the Bath Fire Department will hold a Child Safety event on October 7th in the K-mart parking lot. They’ll have fire trucks there, as well as safety information. In other Department news, there will be a fundraising breakfast buffet this Saturday morning. And if you had hopes to book the fire hall for an event this year, you might be out of luck, as the department has announced that the hall is already booked for every weekend through the end of the year.
Hammondsport Board of Ed. Meeting Tomorrow:
The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold its regular meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the high school library.
Governor Promises Help for Hurricane Devastated U.S. Virgin Islands:
Following a one-day visit to the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma, Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised that New York stands ready to support in whatever way it can to assist in recovery efforts. The state is sending 100 National Guard military police and 30 State Police to assist local authorities, and has already deployed aircraft and personnel to help with search and rescue.
Elmira College Donations Arrive in Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief:
The hundreds of donations made to Elmira College to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Harvey have made their way to Texas. For roughly two weeks, staff members collected items like canned food, water, diapers, clothes, and hygiene items. The truck left for Texas Friday afternoon.
Military Families Honored with BBQ:
A special BBQ luncheon was held Saturday at Denison Park in Corning, honoring local military families. From one to four, military families, active-duty service members, veterans, and reservists were able to enjoy a free meal at the “Military Family Salute BBQ” hosted by the Finger Lakes Red Cross. Also in attendance were guest speakers like Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Vietnam veteran, Gary Roush.
“Coaches Care” Contest Encourages Safe Teen Driving:
Tapping into high school coaches’ influence as role models, a contest has been launched that encourages coaches to talk to their athletes about safe driving – and in return, they could win $3,000 cash. In the “Coaches Care” contest, varsity coaches at participating districts will be given materials to guide discussions about safe driving. At the end of the season, athletes will answer survey questions. Districts that meet the requirements will be entered into a drawing for one of three $3,000 cash prizes.
Volunteers Sought to Help Long Term Care Residents:
Volunteers are being sought by AIM Independent Living Center for its Long Term Care Ombudsman Program, which serves Steuben and Allegany counties. Ombudsmen are advocates for those living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult care homes. They visit facilities, build relationships with residents, and give them a voice. AIM will host a training and certification program October 19th, 20th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th, in Corning. There’s no charge, and mileage will be reimbursed. For more details or to register, call (607) 962-8225, EXT. 112.
DOT Announces I-86 Work in Horseheads
The New York State Department of Transportation announced work will begin Tuesday on Interstate 86 at Latta Brook Road in the Town of Horseheads. Work will include bridge painting over Interstate 86. Work will be done between the hours of 6 pm to 6 am. The project should take about a month to complete. I-86 will experience lane closures.
Hornell Man Arrested for Parole Revocation
A Hornell man was arrested following an early morning domestic dispute this week in Dansville. Police said 44-year-old Matthew Cole was charged with criminal trespass and revocation of parole. He was held for court action.
Alfred State College Ranks in List Again
For the 11th straight year, Alfred State is highly ranked on the latest US News & World Report Best Colleges list. Alfred State is No. 1 among all SUNY schools in the Northern Regional Colleges category. For schools with out-of-state tuition and fees below $12,000, once again Alfred State earned a No. 1 ranking in the north. When looking at all public colleges in the 11-state northern region, the report ranked Alfred State No. 6 overall, No. 3 on the Best Value list for public colleges, and No. 3 on the Best Colleges for Veterans list of northern public schools.
Cuomo Makes Executive Order 170
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order 170 that prohibits state agencies and officers from inquiring about or disclosing an individual's immigration status unless required by law or necessary to determine eligibility for a benefit or service. Law enforcement officers will also be prohibited from inquiring about immigration status unless investigating illegal criminal activity.
Schumer Wants Teachers to Utilize Deduction for Supplies
Senator Chuck Schumer is advising teachers who pay for school supplies out of their own pocket to use the "Teacher Expense Deduction," on their taxes. Since 2015, teachers can receive a $250 deduction if they pay to provide supplies to their students but it’s estimated that only about half of teachers use this deduction. “There's been very little fraud in the program. And it gives teachers a little bit of a break," Schumer said this week to the press in a conference call. According to Schumer, the average teacher spends $485 in supplies annually and the deduction could help teachers across Upstate New York deduct $53 million.
Strong Kids, Safe Kids Event Today in HHS
The 7th annual Strong Kids, Safe Kids event will be held at the Haverling High School today from 1-4 p.m. Steuben County Youth Bureau’s Bill Caudill says the event typically brings in about 300 kids and their families. WVIN will have an on location broadcast beginning at 12:30.
Elmira Police Searching for Missing Teen:
The public is being asked by Elmira authorities to help in the search for a missing teenager whom they believe may be in danger. 17-year-old Allison Fletcher was last seen around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, September 9th at her supervised living facility on Hoffman Street. She is described as 5 foot tall, 115 pounds, with blue eyes. She has red hair that was dyed purple and platinum blonde, though she is known to change it regularly. She’s known to wear plastic framed glasses. Police are hoping to also identify the man posing in a photo with Fletcher. Anyone with information should contact the Elmira Police Department.
Felony Charges in I-86 Accident:
A Macedon woman is facing felony charges after an accident on I-86 in the Village of Savona. On September 3rd, 29-year-old Jacquelyn Moore is alleged to have been intoxicated when her vehicle slid from the eastbound driving lane across the passing lane, the median, both westbound lanes, and a portion of the exit ramp before coming to a stop off the shoulder of the highway. She was charged with aggravated DWI with a child in the vehicle, DWI Common Law – 2 prior convictions, and multiple traffic infractions. Neither Moore nor the child in the vehicle was harmed in the accident.
Upstate Takeover of Campbell Plant Going Well:
After much uncertainty and concern, it seems the takeover by Upstate Niagara of the former Kraft-Heinz plant in Campbell is going well. In fact, local officials say the company has exceeded expectations by retaining 258 people on its payroll as of September 1st. Initially they pledged to retain at least 125, with modest growth expectations over the next few years.
Funding to Fight Opioids in NYS:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced funding to fight opioids across the state. 16 counties are set to receive $25 million that will add and expand addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery services in areas of greater need. While Chemung County was among those included, Steuben was not.
Wayland/Cohocton I-390 Project Complete:
The 5.7-mile road project on I-390 between the Towns of Wayland and Cohocton is finally complete, as the southbound travel lanes have been reopened. The $20.1 million project restored a 40-year-old pavement section of the highway, improving its ride-ability and extending its life. The State DOT used new and innovative paving techniques in the project which not only saved time, but an estimated $700,000 in costs, as well. It was also environmentally sensitive, avoiding the disposal of more than 13,000 tons of old asphalt compared with traditional paving.
Steuben Co. Underage Drinking Town Hall Sept. 27th:
A Town Hall meeting will be held in Bath on September 27th, focusing on underage drinking among youth in Steuben County. The program, hosted by the Steuben Prevention Coalition and the Steuben Task Force, will be open to the public. It will be held at the Bath Haverling High School from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tomorrow, you can learn more about the upcoming program by joining WVIN’s Joel Oriend as he sits down with Jim Bassage and Rick McInroy of the Steuben Prevention Coalition and Steuben Task Force at 9 a.m. during Community Focus on AM 1380 WABH and 100.3 FM.
Campbell Man Accused of Growing Marijuana:
A Bradford man has been arrested following an investigation into reported drug activity Monday morning. According to State Police, on September 11th while doing routine maintenance, the landlord of a rental property observed marijuana plants being grown behind the residence and subsequently notified law enforcement. Troopers responded to the residence and identified 49-year-old James Recotta as the suspect. He was arrested and charged with unlawfully growing cannabis. He was issued an appearance ticket and was released. The plants were seized.
Welfare Fraud Charge for Bath Man:
A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly reporting false job searches to the Department of Social Services and receiving public assistance he was not entitled too. 34-year-old Donte Buchanan has been charged with falsifying business record and welfare fraud. After arraignment he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Hornell DMV Moving to New Location:
The Hornell DMV will be closing the doors of its Allen Street location permanently on September 19th, but don’t worry; it will reopen the next day at a new location. The new site will be 7604 Seneca Street North, near Maple City Bowl.
Some Corning Streets to Close for School Run:
Some Corning streets will be closed tomorrow for National Run @ School Day. There will be partial closures of Winfield Street, from the school entrance to Reynolds Avenue, Reynolds Avenue from Hamilton Road to Buffalo Street and Stimson Street from Reynolds Avenue to Cutler Avenue Extension. The closures will last from 8:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Rabies Clinic in Caton Tomorrow:
The Town of Caton, in conjunction with the Steuben County Department of Health, will be holding a Rabies Clinic from 5 to 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Caton Fire Hall.
Bath-Haverling College Fair Sept. 22nd:
The Haverling Guidance Department and the Bath Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the 22nd annual College Fair on September 26th. The event will be held in the school gym beginning at 6 p.m. that day. Representatives from several two and four year colleges will be there as well as reps from the Armed Forces. Scholarships will also be drawn for seniors who attend.
Turning Point Helps Hundreds of Steuben County Students Start a Successful
As school districts kicked off the beginning of the 2017-18 school year, hundreds of Steuben County students were equipped for success through community partnerships and donations to Turning Point’s 10th annual Back-to-School Supply Drive. Turning Point coordinated the drive that equipped more than 235 students in Bath-area school districts and more than 200 students in Hornell-area school districts. In addition to school supplies, Turning Point also provided vouchers for donated haircuts and participated in the Olympia Sports Clothing Bank program to provide sneakers, tee shirts, shorts, and socks. Turning Point would like to thank the many businesses and churches who donated to the 2017 Back-to-School Supply Drive and the many volunteers who helped with the distribution, including Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.
Primary Election Results:
With Primary Election Day behind us, here are the results of the contested races in Steuben County:
Patrick McAllister for Surrogate Court Judge.
Frederick Potter for 10th District County Legislator.
A tie in Cohocton between Thomas Roy Middleton and Richard Schumacher for Superintendent of Highways.
Hartsville: Katherine Burdick for Town Justice, John Bowles for Town Supervisor, and Vivian Woodworth for Town Clerk.
Hornellsville: Sharon Ames for Town Clerk.
Howard: Richard Stewart and Lowell Smith for Councilmen.
Rathbone: Roderick Brutsman and Lori Lewis for Councilmen.
Urbana: John Jack Merriam for Town Justice.
Wheeler: Randy Comstock for Superintendent of Highways.
Tractor Trailer Rollover in Painted Post:
A tractor trailer overturned on I-86 in Painted Post Tuesday evening. State Police responded to the eastbound lane just after Exit 44 around 4:30 p.m. The trailer’s roof was reportedly torn open. There were multiple ambulances on scene, but no details about the condition of the driver or if any other vehicles were involved have been released.
Rep. Reed Supports North Korea/China Sanctions:
Congressman Tom Reed has come out in support of hard sanctions against North Korea and China as the government continues to consider how to handle North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile advances. Monday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved new sanctions against North Korea, but stopped short of a total ban on oil imports to the country as suggested by the Trump Administration.
Bath K9 Receives Body Armor:
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office K9 Devin has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Devin’s vest was sponsored by Jeremiah and JoLee Yeddo of Plattsburgh and is embroidered with the sentiment “This gift of protection provided by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.” Since its inception is 2009, Vested Interest has provided over 2,600 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over $2.1 million.
Bath Man Wins State Award:
New York State Industries for the Disabled has selected a Bath man to receive a state award. Duane Baker works at The Arc of Steuben. He was one of the winners of the Joslin Outstanding Performers award. Baker will receive his award during a ceremony September 26th in Saratoga Springs.
Traffic Restrictions in Bath for Wineglass Marathon:
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that the Village of Bath is making preparations for the Wineglass Marathon, which is being held on Sunday, October 1st. To that end, there will be parking restrictions on certain streets in which the marathon will be running. There will also temporary changes in traffic lane patterns on West Washington Street and East Steuben Street as runners will be running against traffic. No parking signs will be erected no later than Friday, September 19th; enforcement will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday, October 1st, the day of the Wineglass Marathon. Restrictions will be lifted at the conclusion of the marathon activities in the Village.
Contenders for 2017 Toy Hall of Fame Announced:
The contenders for the Class of 2017 National Toy Hall of Fame were announced Tuesday and they include such “no frills” toys as the paper airplane, sand, and play food. Other nominees include the board games Risk and Clue, the Magic 8 ball, Matchbox cars, My Little Pony, the PEZ candy dispenser, Transformers, the card game Uno, and Wiffle Ball. Winners will be inducted in the hall at the Strong Museum in Rochester on November 9th.
Primary Election Day:
It’s Primary Election Day, and voters will be headed to the polls to decide a number of contested races. On the Republican side, here in Steuben County, Chauncey Watches and Patrick McAllister are both vying for Surrogate Court Judge, and there’s a county legislator race for the 10th district, which includes Greenwood, Jasper, Rathbone, Troupsburg, West Union, and Woodhull between George Farrand and Frederick Potter. For local town and village races, visit the Steuben County Board of Elections website at http://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PGID=19. An Election Day Hotline has been established by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to help troubleshoot and resolve any issues voters may encounter at the polls. Call 800-771-7755 any time between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. today. Polls are open from noon to 9 p.m.
Real Estate Scam Hits Bath Area:
Bath police are warning of another scam impacting local residents. Police say they have received several complaints regarding fraudulent civil court claims against real estate in the Bath area. The documents appear to be issued by Civil Court in NYC. Police said while the documents do have signatures of actual attorneys and court officials they do not have proper court seals or are missing specific information which would be required by the courts. Bath police say call law enforcement if you encounter this apparent scam.
Equifax Breach Security Tips:
In the wake of the Equifax data breach, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is offering tips to help keep New Yorkers safe. Consumers are advised to be on the lookout for phishing emails claiming to be from Equifax where you can check if your data was comprised and phishing emails claiming a problem with a credit card, your credit record, or other personal information; calls from scammers claiming to be from your bank or credit union; and fraudulent charges on credit cards. According to Equifax, hackers accessed names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses, and, in some cases, driver’s license numbers. Over 200,000 people had their credit card number stolen.
Hackers Hit Schuyler Co. Communications:
Schuyler County officials say that roughly two weeks ago, hackers were able to gain access to the entire county’s communications system, including the 911 center. County Administrator Tim O’Hearn said that while the county had anti-virus and anti-malware protection, the attack was very sophisticated. It’s currently being investigated on state and federal levels. Despite being hit, the 911 center was still able to receive and dispatch calls. O’Hearn says he’s been told no personal information was stolen.
Changes Approved for Common Core Learning Standards:
On Monday, a Board of Regents committee approved a rework and renaming of the Common Core learning standards. The Next Generation Learning Standards for English and math are expected to be fully implemented in the start of the 2020-21 school year, which officials say will give teachers and students time to adjust to the new standards before they become the basis of statewide testing.
NY Health Exchange Enrollment to be Open Through January:
The New York State Health Department has announced the enrollment on the state’s health exchange will be open from November 1st through January 31st. That’s longer than the federal government, which is closing its enrollment on December 15th. The state says it has the right to keep its enrollment open later, as it has since the exchange first opened in 2014. Roughly 18 percent of New Yorkers get their health insurance through the state exchange, and consumers need to re-apply yearly. Individuals will receive notices in October about how to renew their coverage for the coming year.
Hornell Drug Investigation Leads to 4 Arrests:
Four people have been arrested for allegedly bringing drugs into the City of Hornell that lead to a fatal overdose last week. 23-year-old Amanda Alexin, 24-year-old Damon Flurschultz, and 25-year-old Jessica Davis, all of Hornell, as well as 27-year-old Kevin Cline of Belfast have been charged. Alexin has additionally been accused in another drug deal in August that resulted in an overdose that would have been fatal except NARCAN was administered in time. All four suspects face multiple charges and are currently being held at the Steuben County Jail without bail.
Canisteo Man Charged in Domestic Dispute:
A Canisteo man was arrested after State Police responded to a domestic dispute. 28-year-old Daniel Fisher is accused of threatening the victim with a knife. He has been charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon. Fisher was previously convicted of menacing in 2012. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,500 cash bail.
Senator Schumer Pushes for Improved Disaster Phone Bill:
Speaking on Sunday, Senator Charles Schumer vowed to push for passage of a bill that requires cellphones to work on other carriers’ networks during emergencies. The Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, known as the SANDY Act, would also make 911 services more universally available during disasters. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Schumer said many residents of New York and New Jersey couldn’t make phone calls because cellphone towers were rendered inoperable. The House of Representatives passed the bill in January.
Suicide Prevention Walk and POW/MIA Ceremony at Bath V.A. this Week:
During September of each year, the Bath V.A. observes Suicide Prevention Month and the importance of the Power of One. One small act can make a very big difference in someone’s life. Consider joining the V.A. on Wednesday for the Power of One Walk to show your support. The walk will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the V.A. parade ground. Additionally, join the V.A. again on Friday for the annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Ceremony at 1 p.m. in Building 92. The public is invited to join in formally recognizing former Prisoners of War and the sacrifices they endured in the name of freedom, while remembering those still missing.
Food Bank Kicks Off 10th Annual Fill-the-Bus Backpack Campaign:
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has kicked off its 10th Annual Fill-the-Bus Backpack Campaign and they have one goal in mind – making sure that children have access to nutritious food. Now through September 23rd customers can purchase child-friendly foods at their local Wegmans stores in Corning, Elmira, Hornell, Ithaca and Johnson City to support the program. Shoppers can purchase prepacked grocery bags at checkout for $3, $5, and $10 with all donations staying in the Southern Tier.
DOT ANNOUNCES ROAD WORK IN PULTENEY
The New York State Department of Transportation says work will soon begin on State Route 54A in the Town of Pulteney. Work will include emergency landslide repairs at two sites in the Town. Work on the first site, located approximately 7.5 miles north of Hammondsport, is expected to begin next week. Work on the second site, located approximately 11.5 miles north of Hammondsport, is expected to begin on October 1. During the projects, work will continue 7 days a week. There will be lane and highway closures during the projects.
BATH TOWN BOARD TO MEET ON BUDGET NEXT WEEK
The Town Board in Bath is continuing work on the 2018 budget. Board members will meet for another budget work session next Thursday at 4 p.m.
POSSIBLE DENTAL OFFICE IN BATH TO BE DISCUSSED ON 9/21
A new dental office building has been proposed at the corner of State Route 54 and County Road 113 in Bath. The Town Planning Board has received the proposed site plan review for the project. The next step will be a public hearing. That hearing will be held at the Municipal Building in Bath on September 21st at 7 p.m. The site plan application will be public reviewed at that time.
HAMMONDSPORT MAN JAILED AFTER DOMESTIC INCIDENT
Following a domestic disturbance, a Hammondsport man is now in jail. New York State Police report Robert Scott was arrested for assault in the 3rd Degree, Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a child. He is accused of choking, restraining and injuring another person while keeping them from calling 911 in the presence of a child less than age seventeen. He was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail. He will appear in Town of Urbana Court on the eighteenth.
CANISTEO MAN ARRESTED FOR PROBATION VIOLATION
A Canisteo man was arrested for Violation of Probation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office report that Jacob D. Davis violated the terms of his probation for his original charge of resisting arrest. Davis was arraigned in Hornell City Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail until his scheduled reappearance in court on September 14th.
O'MARA SHARES EMERGENCY RESPONSE FUNDING NEWS
State Senator Tom O’Mara says that each of the counties he represents as part of New York’s 58th Senate District will receive public safety and security funding as part of a new package of $220 million in federal grants being distributed statewide to support local emergency response operations. The homeland security grants are targeted to enhance county-level counterterrorism initiatives, and emergency preparedness and response capabilities, including training for first responders and equipment purchases. Steuben County is earmarked to receive just shy of $130,000.
Steuben Public Safety and Corrections Committee Meets Monday
When the Steuben County Public Safety and Corrections committee meets in Bath on Monday, lawmakers will hear from Sheriff Jim Allard about three grants awarded to his department. The Sheriff says the department will receive a $32,000 homeland security grant; a $12,000 child car seat grant and $7,800 for police traffic services.
State Health Enrollment Program Dates Released
The New York State Department of Health has announced its 2018 health coverage enrollment dates. From November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018 New Yorkers can sign up for health care coverage through the state department of health, with those currently enrolled receiving renewal information notices in October. More details about the 2018 plans will be released later this month.
State Court of Appeals Votes "No" on Assisted Suicide
Yesterday, the New York State Court of Appeals ruled that physician-assisted suicide is not a constitutional right. In a 5-0 decision, judges sided with the lower courts that previously blocked efforts to protect doctor assisted death as a state right. The court found the state law clearly prohibits anyone, including doctors, in assisting a patient’s death.
Public Safety Funding Announced by Governor
Governor Cuomo announced that $220 million will be issued to counties and communities throughout the state to ensure public safety. Funding is intended for communities to use in prevention, response, and recovery from disasters. The “State Homeland Security Program” will support counter-terrorism prevention efforts. Salaries for emergency management personnel and disaster relief training will be supported with the “Emergency Management Performance Grant”. In total, Steuben County will be issued nearly $130,000 and Chemung County over $169,000.
O'Mara Shares Southern Tier Stats on Hunger
September is Hunger Action Month. State Senator Tom O’Mara says across the Southern Tier, 1 in 4 residents receive assistance from the Food Bank at some point during the year. That's approximately 44% higher than the national average .
Reed Announces Greenwood Firefighter Grant
Congressman Reed announced that the Greenwood Volunteer Fire Co. # 1 Inc. has been awarded $ 355,722 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG). The grant program, which is administered through FEMA, supports preparedness and response to fire-related emergencies and hazards.
No Injuries in Corning Bus Accident:
There was an early morning crash involving a school bus in Corning Wednesday. An investigation by Corning Police found that around 7:30 a.m. 36-year-old Jessica Snyder, of Beaver Dams, ran into the back of the “Birnie Transportation” school bus as it was stopped for a red light on the Briscoe Bridge. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Another Challenger Announces Run Against Reed:
The field of democrat candidates seeking to replace Tom Reed as the local member of congress is getting little more crowded. Tracy Mitrano has announced her candidacy. In her facebook posting, she says people of the 23rd district are hurting. Mitrano says as a historian and educator, lawyer and administrator, and internet policy expert, she has the professional experience and political passion to have a positive impact with the district.
Back-to-School Safety Fair This Weekend:
To help families stay safe this back to school season, the Wegmans in Corning will be hosting a Back-to-School Safety Fair this weekend. Local agencies like the police and fire departments, sheriff’s office, and more will be performing safety demonstrations, and there will be activities like face painting. The free event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the store’s Market Café.
Local 4-H Family Hosted Summer Student from Japan:
This summer sixteen New York State families opened their homes to a young person from Japan as part of the 4-H Youth Development program. Among them was the family of Tracy Smith of Avoca, who welcomed 14-year-old Soya Kikutani. Soya and Tracy’s own children, who are members of the Forever Farmers 4-H Club in Hornell, all participated in the Steuben County Fair this August. The exchange program lasted from July 21st through August 17th, and included 9 girls, 7 boys, and one adult chaperone hosted by families in 14 counties.
Free Rabies Clinic in Hornby Sept. 22nd:
A free rabies clinic sponsored by Steuben County Public Health will be held in the Town of Hornby at the Fire Hall on September 22nd from 5 to 7 p.m. The clinic will be open to all county residents with dogs, cats, and domesticated ferrets. Bring proof of prior rabies vaccination. A $5 donation per pet is requested, but not required.
Hornell Man Sentenced to 25 Years to Life for Murdering Infant:
The Hornell man convicted of biting and beating his girlfriend’s 17-month-old baby to death was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years to life in prison. The sentence came on the second-degree murder charge. On the charge of first-degree manslaughter, Dakota Miller was sentenced to 25 years, with five years of post-release supervision. Both sentences will run concurrently. His defense has already announced that they plan to file an appeal. The prosecution said they hope Miller won’t be released on parole after serving the minimum sentence.
Bath Democratic Caucus:
Democrats in Bath held their caucus last night to select candidates for Town Offices in the November General Election. Cindy Knowles was chosen for the Town Clerk position. She’ll be running against current Clerk Rhonda Tobias, and third candidate Courtney Divens. No candidates were chosen for the Town Supervisor position currently held by Ron Smith, or for the two councilman positions currently held by Hal Baily and John Lycyczn.
Cuts to Obamacare to Have Major Impact:
President Trump’s promise to make massive cuts to Obamacare is anticipated to have a major impact on those using the federal healthcare marketplace. New York recipients of public healthcare won’t be directly impacted because New York’s marketplace is funded by the state. The national open enrollment period for Medicare and Medicaid will be 45 days shorter, lasting from November 1st to December 15th. However, enrollment periods for New York are not yet established.
Cuomo Favorability Rating Inches Back Upward:
After dropping in July, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s favorability rating among New York voters is slowly climbing back upward, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday. In the survey, 56 percent of respondents gave Cuomo a favorable rating, up from 52 percent in July. 37 percent gave him an unfavorable rating, which is down from 41 percent in the last poll. The survey included 771 registered voters with a 4.2 percentage point margin of error.
NY Considering Banning Hunters from Using Deer Urine:
Due to the concern of possibly spreading chronic wasting disease amongst New York’s whitetail deer population, the state is considering banning the popular method of hunters using deer urine to attract deer. Chronic wasting is a brain infection that affects deer similar to mad cow disease in cattle. It’s caused by infectious proteins believed to be found in saliva, feces, and urine. Before making a decision the state will be taking public comments on several rule changes, including the deer urine bane, until September 15th.
Schools Back in Session:
Schools return to session this week across Steuben County. Classes resume today in Hammondsport, Prattsburgh and Campbell-Savona. The first day of class is tomorrow in Bath and Thursday is the first day for all grades in Corning-Painted Post. Area police and school officials urge drivers to be alert for school buses and pedestrians.
Wind Development Company Filing Paper in Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland:
Baron Winds is filing supplemental paperwork with New York State regarding its proposed wind power electric generating facility. The company will file additional proposed stipulations as to the scope and methodology of studies related to sound and vibration to be conducted in support of its upcoming Application. The proposed Facility is an up to 300 megawatt (MW) wind powered electric generating facility, to be located within the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland. The proposed Facility consists of the construction and operation of up to 76 wind turbines. Documents filed by Baron can be viewed at the Cohocton, Howard and Hornell public libraries.
NYS to Sue if President Ends DACA:
If President Donald Trump follows through on his proposal to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy, New York State will sue, according to a statement made Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. DACA is a program introduced in 2012 designed to protect young people who were brought to the United States as children without papers from being deported. As of March 31st 2017, nearly one million people have been approved for the program, including roughly 42,000 New Yorkers. A decision is expected to be announced today.
NYS Fair Breaks All Time Attendance Record:
The New York State Fair has set two new records. The new all-time attendance record is 1,161,912, and the new all-time daily record – which was set Monday – is 124,819. Also, two food related records were broken this year: 59,946 baked potatoes were sold as of Sunday and a record 420,000 cups of milk, both white and chocolate, were sold as of noon Monday.
Red Cross Disaster Service Volunteer Training:
The American Red Cross is offering training sessions for volunteers interested in becoming disaster service volunteers. The Finger Lakes Chapter of the organization will hold classes on September 12th from 1 to 4 p.m., September 19th from 9 a.m. to noon, and September 26th from 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, or to register, call (607) 936-2428.
Elmira College Students Collecting Donations for Harvey Victims:
As cleanup begins in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, some students at Elmira College are looking to help. Donations, including blankets, pillows, towels, water, and pet supplies are now being accepted in both the campus center and the Gannett-Tripp Library. Items will be accepted until September 13th, when they’ll be loaded into a U-Haul and driven to Houston.
Bath Democrats Caucus
Democrats in the Town of Bath will caucus Tuesday night to select candidates for the upcoming November General Election. Candidates will be selected for Supervisor which is a two year term, Town Clerk and two councilman seats which are four year terms. Democrats will meet at the Village Hall at 7:00pm Sept 5th.
Watkins Glen Races
The weather wasn’t ideal as conditions where cold and rainy yesterday at Watkins Glen for Indy car Grand Prix Racing. The weather didn’t keep the crowd away as thousands watched 2016 Indianapolis Winner Alexander Rossi beat Scott Dixon at Sunday’s race.
Bath VA News
September is Suicide Prevention Month and the Bath VA is observing the importance Power of 1. One small act can make a big difference in someone’s life. You can show support by attending the Power of 1 Walk on Sept13th at the VA.
The medical center will also be hosting the annual Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Ceremony on Friday Sept 15th . The public is invited to join in this opportunity to formally recognize POW’s and remember those still missing.
Local Food Truck wins a special award at the New York State Fair. “Global Taco” from Watkins Glen won among 40 food trucks. The New York Beef Council awarded “Global Taco” ’s Korean Taco…the best beef dish, in the annual Taste of New York Food Truck Competition at the New York State Fair on Sunday.
Cuomo Requests Disaster Assistance for 15 Counties
This week, Governor Cuomo requested that the federal government grant a Major Disaster Declaration for 15 counties impacted by flash flooding, tornados and unprecedented levels of precipitation during severe storms in late June and July. The Governor's request includes calls for both public and individual assistance for all 15 impacted counties.
Canisteo Man Arrested for Menacing
State Police arrested 28-year-old Daniel Fisher of Canisteo. Troopers charged him with 2nd degree menacing with weapon and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. He was detained for court action.
Reed Wants Teamster Participation on Pension Reduction Proposal
Congressman Tom Reed is encouraging members of the Teamsters union to make their voice heard regarding the current pension reduction proposal that was recently approved by the Department of Treasury. Union members have until September 6th to accept or reject the plan. Reed said Thursday that there are thousands of retirees who paid into that fund believing their investments would be there for their retirement.
Police To Track Impaired Drivers for Holiday Weekend
Police in New York and Pennsylvania are searching for impaired drivers. For the next few days, police in both states will be tracking intoxicated and impaired drivers. The Labor Day weekend has prompted additional patrols on both side of the state line.
Attorney General Office Recovers Over $2 Million In Wages
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report yesterday stating the New York Attorney General office recovered more than $2.7 million in back wages for this past year. This money was supposed to be paid to over 1,500 low-wage workers in mostly service industries such fast-food, health care, taxi cabs as well as construction.
NYS Education Revamps Science Curriculum
As students prepare for back to school, New York State has adopted new standards for the science curriculum. For the first time in over 20 years, the state education department has updated science standards to include and emphasize climate change. More specifically, students will study how humans contribute to the process as well as the data available on the subject. In the past, inclusion of climate change was avoided due to some believing the topic was controversial or political.
Gasoline Reaches Highest Yearly Average
Yesterday’s national gas price average hit the highest recorded price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline so far this year. The near-term combinations of numerous refinery and pipeline shut downs, tightened access to supply levels in the Gulf and anticipated high gasoline demand surrounding Labor Day weekend, means motorists may not have seen the full impact of Harvey at the pump. As of Wednesday evening, the Department of Energy (DOE) is reporting that 10 Gulf Coast refineries remain shut down. The Colonial Pipeline, which supplies the east coast, announced Wednesday evening it expects to temporarily suspend its gasoline, diesel and jet fuel pipelines.
NYSP Want Leads for Possible Robbery Suspects
State Police are looking for possible suspects of a robbery that occurred in the Town of Bath. A male and female in a black pickup truck were sighted around County Route 16. Surveillance cameras show the man wearing a black or dark colored shirt with a hat topped with sunglasses while the woman is wearing a red-colored shirt and sunglasses. Anyone with information about these people are urged to reach New York State Police in Bath.
Alderman McKay Endorses Buckley for Mayor
Hornell Alderman Joe McKay has given his endorsement of John Buckley for Hornell Mayor in a statement released yesterday. “John has the work ethic, integrity, and quite honestly the patience to be one of the best mayors Hornell has ever had.” McKay said in his statement. A member of Hornell Common Council, McKay has been appointed as the Deputy Mayor twice by current Hornell Mayor Hogan.
SCOPE Rate Both Steuben Surrogate Court Candidates with “A”
This week, both candidates for Surrogate Court Judge earned an “A” rating from the Steuben County Chapter of Shooters Committee On Political Education or SCOPE. Both Assistant Steuben County District Attorney McAllister and Bath Village Judge Watches received the rating for their stances on the second amendment.
Governor Announces Holiday Construction Hiatus
Governor Cuomo has announced that lane closures for road and bridge construction projects on New York highways will be suspended beginning today until Tuesday morning. To accommodate travelers during the busy Labor Day holiday weekend, most construction projects will be suspended, but some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
Reed Voices Support of Harvey Bill
Congressman Tom Reed expressed his support of a bill funding emergency relief for Hurricane Harvey in Texas during a media conference call this week. Reed and the rest of Congress will face Hurricane Harvey and the debt ceiling limit as the two major issues when they return to work on September 5th. During the conference call, Reed says it’s too early to project how much money will be proposed to aid Harvey survivors but did say "As we stood with the Sandy aid victims, we are going to stand with the families and individuals of Texas and make sure we come up with a package of what is clearly a need that our fellow American citizens need in this time of devastation..."
Man Arrested for Counterfeit Involvement
Bath police have arrested a man accused of passing phony money in the village. Police said 37-year-old Daniel Stratton was charged with 1st degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The arrest stems from a complaint of a counterfeit $100 bill passed to a clerk at the Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems. Arraigned in court, Stratton was released until his next court appearance on September 13th.
Bath Man Arrested for Evidence Tampering
Village of Bath Police Department arrested Bath man Matthew E. Taft for Tampering with Physical Evidence from an investigation of a death at his residence earlier this week. Taft was arraigned in Bath Village Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail with bail set at $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond. Further charges are pending as the investigation continues. Taft will re-appear in Court on September 18th.