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Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 30, 2017

McAllister and Roche Sworn In As Judges
Two new Judges were sworn to serve Steuben County in 2018. Newly-elected judges Patrick McAllister and Philip Roche were sworn in yesterday during a ceremony held in Bath. Both Roche and McAllister have experience as former members of the Steuben County Legislature. Retiring judges Peter Bradstreet, Marianna Furfure and Joseph Latham were present for the ceremony to swear in their predecessors. McAllister won his bid for surrogate court judge this fall after winning a competitive election against Chauncey Watches with a majority of 62 percent.  Roche was elected as County and Family Court Judge by a landslide 99 percent after running on the Republican ticket uncontested.

Cuomo Reveals State of the State Loan Debt Proposal
Governor Cuomo is taking on student loan debt as another proposal part of  the 2018 New York State of the State Address. The governor’s plan to “alleviate the burden of student debt” would require colleges to annually provide students with the estimated amounts incurred for the student loans they take (which includes the loan debt amounts incurred to date) and appointing a student loan ombudsman. Cuomo’s proposal also aims to increase standards of consumer protection for students who borrow loans and prohibits state agencies from revoking or suspending licenses of those who are in default or behind on paying their student loans. Cuomo says that these new measures will give students in New York "protections and the tools they need to succeed."

Appellate Court Grants Steuben Man Re-Trial
County for a man convicted of attempted murder. That ruling was handed down from the State Supreme Court involving 40-year-old Randy Hall. Hall was convicted by a jury on August 5, 2005 on charges of attempted murder and other felony counts to include 2
nd degree assault, burglary and possessing a weapon. He is currently serving his 23 year sentence at Shawangunk state prison. In Hall’s appeal, filed by The Davison Law Office in Canandaigua, it was argued that the Steuben County court had failed to establish a reasonable basis for restraining the defendant before the jury. Hall had been required to wear a stun belt during the trial. The court rejected other issues that were raised. The court ruled that the convictions are reversed and ordered a new trial.

Albany Approves ReCharge NY Allocations
A decision in Albany will have an impact in Steuben County. Governor Cuomo Thursday announced the New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has approved another round of 38 low-cost power allocations under the Governor's ReCharge NY Program. This most recent approval is expected to spur $1.4 billion in new capital investment in the state and create 1,006 new jobs. In Steuben, the Power Authority will award 3500 kW to Upstate Niagara Cooperative in Campbell, creating 125 jobs. A $10 million investment is expected.

NYS Road Construction on Hiatus Until Tuesday
To ease traffic over the holiday weekend, New York officials have announced that all road construction will be suspended from today through 6 a.m. Tuesday, January 2. The New York State Thruway Authority will offer free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve through 7 a.m. New Year’s morning.


NY Department of Health Reports Rise in Flu Cases
A dramatic rise in influenza has been reported in the past few months by the New York State Department of Health's weekly Influenza report. According to the Department of Health, less than 100 confirmed cases of the flu were reported in early October and in a few short weeks was multiplied by nine- as the number of lab-confirmed cases of the flu reported for the middle of this month reached about 900. In the midst of flu season, doctors say it’s important to get common cold symptoms checked out if you have symptoms like chills, body aches, fever and headaches and if you suspect you do have the flu please seek help within 48 hours. Doctors also urge eligible citizens to exercise prevention by getting a flu shot, avoiding sneezing, touching your nose and mouth and washing your hands regularly.

Study Ranks New York 10th in Public Health Issues
When it comes to addressing and solving public health issues, how well does New York rank compared with the rest of the country? The 2017 America’s Health Rankings report from the United Health Foundation ranks our state at number 10 out of 50 states in the US. The study measured 35 key variable factors-including behaviors, policy, clinical care as well as community and environment- in determining how well each state resolves public health issues. New York ranked number 13 last year, placing our state three spots ahead for this year.


Today's Top Stories Friday December 29, 2017

Campbell Man Jailed After Call for Bradford Domestic Dispute
Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Campbell man for felony assault charges after responding to a 911 call on Parker Road in Bradford where a child reported he was witnessing his mother getting assaulted by her boyfriend. Further investigation led to the following charges for 28 year old Richard Holley: one count of felony assault in the second degree and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond until his next court date on January 8th.

Six Arrested in Addison Meth Bust
Six people are in jail after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the New York State Police Special Operations Response Team (SORT) executed a search on two Steuben County homes. Methamphetamine and stolen firearms were discovered both in a home on Reservoir Hill Road in Addison and as well as a residence in Rathbone on County Route 119. Robert Baker, Samuel Byer and Edward Howlett, all of Addison, were charged with unlawful manufacturing of methamphetamine as was Serena Russell of Savona, Hornell woman Ashley Webster and John Hallett of Elkland, PA. The investigation is ongoing and further charges are anticipated but authorities report that a stolen rifle, three other firearms, multiple firearms parts, approximately 39 ounces of methamphetamine oil in assorted production stages, and over three grams of finished methamphetamine product were seized.

Bath Woman Arrested for Violating Probation
A Bath woman was sent to Steuben County Jail after allegedly violating the terms and conditions of her probation. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ashley LaDieu of Rumsey Street was found to have violated her probation which she was sentenced for a conviction of a criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material in the third degree. LaDieu was arraigned in Steuben County Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail until her court date on January 2nd.

Bath Man Jailed for Probation Violation
An alleged violation of probation led to the arrest of a Bath man. James A. Racalto of East Washington Street Extension was arrested due to a violation of probation warrant. Racalto was on probation for a previous felony conviction of driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond until January 8th when he reappears in court.

O'Mara and Palmesano Named NY Farm Bureau "Circle of Friends"
New York Farm Bureau named State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano as part of their 2017 “Circle of Friends”. The farm advocacy organization represents over 35,000 farm families across the state and each year honors the legislators that strongly support agriculture in the Empire State by naming them to their “Circle of Friends”. Local politicians are considered for playing an active role in promoting business for local farms, which make up a major chunk of the regional economy and fosters over $4 billion worth of economic activity annually throughout New York State.

Cuomo Encourages Public Awarness for Patient Brokering
Governor Cuomo has announced a new public awareness campaign to crack down on "patient brokering," a practice where brokers collect payments from addiction treatment providers in exchange for referring patients to those programs. The campaign warns New Yorkers about the fraudulent practice and urges that these brokers be reported. In a statement, Cuomo said Vulnerable New Yorkers struggling with addiction are being targeted and falsely promised life-saving treatment services and then are given inadequate and ineffective treatment at outrageous costs. If you think you or someone you know was a victim of patient brokering, please report the suspected fraud by calling 1-800-553-5790 or by emailing StopTreatmentFraud@oasas.ny.gov

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 28th

Bath P.D. Investigating Car Break-Ins:


The Bath Village Police Department is investigating a string of car break-ins that occurred Tuesday night, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Police Department at (607) 776-2175.  Officials also urge residents to remember to lock their vehicles and residences.



Former P-P Police Chief Files Against Village, Mayor, and Trustees:


The former Police Chief of Painted Post has filed a lawsuit against the village, the Mayor, and the village trustees.  Dennis Mullen alleges that he was illegally fired and that his civil rights were violated as he was terminated without charges or a hearing.  A date has not yet been set by the Federal District Court.



Former Steuben Co. Legislators to be Sworn in as Judges:


Steuben County history will be made when two former county legislators are sworn in at 11 a.m. tomorrow to places in the county Court system. Former county Chairman of the Legislature Philip J. Roche, R-Erwin, and current county Public Defender, will be sworn in as the new County and Family Court Judge. Former county Vice-chairman of the Legislature Patrick F. McAllister, R-Wayland, will be sworn in as county Surrogate Court Judge. The event will mark the first time in county history former members of the Steuben Legislature have made a successful transition to the county's judicial branch. The ceremony is expected to take 30 minutes.



Steuben Real Property Tax Service Releases Tax Rate Schedule:


Steuben County Real Property Services Director Wendy Jordan has released the Town and County 2018 Tax Rate Levy, which includes upcoming taxes for the county, towns (TOV) and villages.  Property owners also may be subject to special district taxes to pay for services such as lighting and fire services.  The full chart can be viewed at https://steubencony.org/Files/Documents/rpt/2018_tax_rate_levy_percent_change.pdf



Steuben Notes Top 5 Achievements of 2017:


As 2017 comes to a close, Steuben County is taking note of its top achievements, including a united, inter-agency effort to combat the mounting local opioid epidemic.  The county hosted three forums throughout the year in Bath, Hornell, and Corning with active participation from representatives of county departments and related agencies.  Additionally, the county recently joined a lawsuit filed by counties and the state Attorney General against any and all persons or entities responsible for creating the opioid addiction epidemic.  The county also notes united efforts by the Industrial Development Agency, and federal and state leaders in the sale of the Kraft Heinz cheese factory in Campbell to the dairy farmer cooperative, Niagara Upstate in June; joining with Schuyler and Chemung counties in developing a central focus using current employment data to form a cohesive strategy for workforce development; the launch of two construction projects expected to solve the chronic problems at the county Office Building of space and inconvenience of residents; and the moving of the Hornell Department of Motor Vehicles to its new location on Seneca Street North in Hornellsville.



New State Law Changes Requirements for Nurses:


A new state law signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week makes some changes to the requirements for anyone looking to become a registered nurse.  Nurses-to-be now need to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing within 10 years.  Those who are already a R.N. or already in nursing school are exempt and will not need to abide by the new law.  Some hospitals are offering tuition reimbursement and pay incentives to nurses who would like to get their degree.



Bill Pullman to Premiere Movie in Hornell:


There will be a very special event in Hornell on January 5th to benefit the Shawn Hogan YMCA Scholarship Fund.  Movie-star, Bill Pullman, a native of Hornell, will be premiering his new movie, The Ballad of Lefty Brown, at the Hornell Spotlight Theater.  The evening begins with a Meet & Greet with Bill at the Hornell Area Family YMCA at 5:30 p.m., then the movie will be shown 7 p.m. at the Spotlight Theater.  Afterwards there will be a reception at the Main Place.  Tickets are $50 and include all three events.  Tickets are exclusively available at the Hornell Area Family YMCA.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 27th

Rescue Incident Knocks Out Power to Thousands Around E-C Airport:


According to NYSEG, nearly two-thousand customers around the Elmira-Corning Airport had their power knocked out Tuesday afternoon following an incident involving power lines.  Initial scanner reports came in for a utility bucket tangled in power lines just off Airport Road.   An on-scene firefighter confirmed to media that the incident was a rescue mission.  First responders said no one was injured.



Gov. Issues Order to Allow Property Owners to Pay Taxes Now:


Governor Cuomo has issued an emergency Executive Order to help protect property owners in New York from what he calls the devastating impact of the GOP tax bill. The order authorizes local governments to immediately issue tax warrants for the collection of 2018 property tax payments and allows property owners to pay at least a portion of their bill before the end of the year and under the current tax construct. The Governor directed the Department of Taxation and Finance to work with local governments to facilitate early tax collection.  Check with your local government and school district to see if you’re eligible for early payment.  The deadline is December 31st



Arkport-Canaseraga Athletics to Continue Merger in 2018:


Whatever the eventual outcome of the proposed merger of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts, the merger of their respective athletic programs will probably continue in 2018.  Canaseraga Superintendent Chad Groff said that the joint schools Athletic Council, he and Arkport Superintendent Jesse Harper almost certainly will recommend to the school boards positive votes for sports merger again in January.  Last June each board unanimously voted to merge athletic programs because of difficulties fielding complete teams in varsity, junior varsity, and modified sports.



“Ramp Guys” Volunteers Complete 40 Ramps in 2017:


People confined to their homes have greater mobility, thanks to the “Ramp Guys” – a group of volunteers dedicated to building ramps throughout Steuben County through funding by the county Office for the Aging, private donations, and recycling usable materials.  In 2017, the volunteers completed 40 ramps with roughly half paid by the county Office for the Aging through a combination of government funding, and donations from community groups and private donations.  The United Centenary Methodist Church also donates funds and provides volunteers.  To request a ramp, or for more information on volunteering, call NYConnects at (607) 664-2322.



Spectrum Boosting Download Speeds Free of Charge:


Following an announcement by parent company “Charter” months ago, area customers of Spectrum are beginning to see their download speeds increase.  The company is looking to increase speed by 66 percent – from 60 mbps to 100 mbps – at no extra cost to customers.  You can test your internet speeds for free at http://beta.speedtest.net/.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 26, 2017

Missing Local Girls Return Home for Christmas
A happy ending was made possible this Christmas for two Southern Tier families whose missing daughters returned home safely. Elmira Heights police have found 14-year-old Evelyn Walborn, an Elmira Heights girl who has been missing since last Monday when she left for school. She was found by Elmira Heights police around 10pm last night and the Elmira Heights Police Department thank the public for their help in finding Evelyn as the case continues to be investigated.
Seven-year-old Brianna Rhodes from Corning was discovered last evening at 7:55pm by the Corning PD. Both girls are now reunited with their families thanks to the dedication of the police and the concerned public that helped to bring them home for the holidays.

Local Police Concerned About Carentanil
Local police are preparing to combat a new drug called carentanil, a synthetic and very potent opioid derived from fentanyl. The narcotic, which is normally used carefully by veterinarians as a tranquilizer for large animals such as elephants, has been found in batches of opiate drugs throughout the country this past year and is 5,000 times stronger than heroin- so powerful that a piece the size of a grain of salt can be fatal. Steuben County Sheriff Allard described it as: “...fentanyl on steroids.” Though carentanil has not been found in the area yet, local police are being extra careful and advising residents to do the same by avoiding touching anything that may be heroin or any other illicit opioid substance to and to report it to their local police department or Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.

Congressman Reed Receives Coal for Christmas at Olean Office
Do you think your Congressman was naughty or nice this year? An Olean newspaper reports that Tom Reed found a stocking of full of coal left outside the congressman's Olean office. The gift included a note criticizing the GOP tax plan, which Reed has staunchly supported.  According to
Olean Times Harold, the note’s message read "To the Grinch who voted 13 million to lose their health care, including kids. Bankruptcy and death to constituents." Reed’s spokesperson says the package was not hazardous or criminal, noting: "We have no concerns regarding the package. Our office welcomes any and all communications from constituents."

Cuomo Announces Election Reform for State of the State 2018
Governor Cuomo has announced the 13th proposal of his 2018 State of the State agenda and has dubbed it “The Democracy Agenda”, which he says will be the strongest and most comprehensive reforms in the nation that mandate transparency in political advertising. It will also require online platforms to maintain an archive of political ads and protect State elections from outside influence.  Cuomo said the plan will also modernize New York's antiquated voting system to make it easier to vote.

NY Road Construction Suspension Continues Until New Year's
A reminder that road construction in NYS continues to be suspended during peak holiday travel times until the end of the weekend to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.  

Friends, Family and Fans to Remember Late Local Radio Personality
A sad story in local broadcasting: former sports director for Hornell station WLEA, Casey Cameron passed away this weekend at Elderwood Home in Hornell. Cameron was a longtime sports director for the AM radio channel up until his retirement three years ago and lived to be 59 years old. Radio personality and coworker Marcia Everitt recalls: “He had a wonderful family who he adored and they adored him,” Cameron’s wake will be at the Dagon Funeral Home in Hornell on Thursday from 4 to 7pm and his funeral will be held at St. Ann’s Church Friday at 10am while Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Monday December 25th 2017

Son attacks Father


A father – son domestic dispute that occurred during the early morning hours of December 23, has resulted in the arrest of a Bath man.  Troopers were dispatched to Corning Hospital for an assault victim with serious injuries.  Investigation revealed that at a private residence in the Town of Jasper, Christopher W. Quick, age 37, of #4 Colonial Lawns, Bath,  repeatedly struck his father, resulting in orbital fractures, puncture wounds to the chest, and lacerations to the head, hand, and face.  Quick was located at a private residence in Corning.  He was charged with Attempted Assault, 2nd degree, a class “E” felony; arraigned before Bath Town Justice James Burns; and remanded to jail without bail.  The victim was treated at Corning Hospital, and subsequently transferred to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa.    


Fire Department Out Christmas Eve


The Bath Fire Department was out last night, but it was not for a fire. The Christmas truck which is decorated annually by members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Dept was driving around town. Visiting homes and handing out candy canes to children.  It’s an annual activity by the local firemen to wish the community a Merry Christmas.


Corning Man Arrested


Corning Police have announced the arrest of 36 year Chad Felker and charged with Assault, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child on Friday night.

Police report the Felker allegedly hit a 14 year old in the face causing temporary loss of vision.  He was issued an Order of Protection and will face the judge Jan 2nd


Elmira Heights Girl Missing

A sad story from Elmira Heights  on this Christmas Day. Police are continuing their investigation into the disappearance of a 14 year old Evelyn Walborn.  The girl was last seen on Dec 18th around 7:30am when she was heading for school. Police are following all leads and trying to determine where she might be and how she disappeared.  Anyone with information on where the teenager could be are asked to contact the Elmira Heights Police Department at 733-6580.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday 23, 2017

Hornell Man Arrested for False Personation and Pot Possession
State Police arrested 40-year-old William Parker of Hornell. He was charged with a felony counts of 1
st degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He was also charged with DWAI, pot possession and false personation. He was detained for court action.

Canaseraga Man Jailed for Probation Violation
A Canaseraga man is headed to state prison after he violated the terms of probation, which stemmed from an attempted 1st degree assault charge.39-year-old Jeremiah Krupp will serve a four year stint in state prison. Prosecutors said that while Krupp was on probation, he violated the terms by disobeying an order of protection and contacting the victim of the strangulation case - something he was told specifically not to do. Once Krupp is released from prison, he can expect routine visits from a state parole officer for five years.

NYS Health Marketplace Enrollment Increases from Last Year
NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, has announced that enrollment reached over 4.1 million last week which was the deadline for signing up for coverage that begins on January 1, 2018. According the NY State of Health, enrollment rose by 700,000 this year

Drunk Driving Bill Signed into NYS Law
A new law sought to catch and deter drunk or drug impaired driving by requiring sobriety tests after serious wrecks is about to take effect in NYS. According to WHEC, the law was signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this week. The idea found enthusiastic support among the families of accident victims.

Campbell Votes to Use Land for Flood Emergencies
According to town officials from Campbell, the town board plans to purchase a 17-acre parcel of land for $150,000 to utilize as part of a contingency plan. The town board approved the 749,912 square foot piece of land on State Route 415 near Campbell to purchase as an emergency space for town residents to relocate when a major flood occurs. Campbell’s location is risky for flooding because the town consists of the floodplain and floodway which means a severe flood would cripple the town’s government and emergency services- both town resources are especially crucial during a flood emergency.

Canisteo Drug Collection Unit Installed at Village Hall
The Village of Canisteo was given a grant to install a drug collection unit in the Village Hall.
CVS’s Health Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program sponsored the unit located in the lobby of the Village Hall on 8 Green Street. The drug collection unit allows residents to safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted, expired or unused medications, which includes controlled substances. Monday through Friday the site will be open from 9am to 4pm for residents to drop off drugs with no questions asked. Interested people can call the Medication Disposal program at the number 1-866-559-8830 if they have any questions about the program or visit www.cvs.com/content/prescription-drug-abuse

Cuomo Issues Executive Order to Aid Property Tax Payers
Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an emergency Executive Order yesterday as an effort to help protect property owners in New York, directing the Department of Taxation and Finance to cooperate with local governments to enable early tax collection. The state executive order was enacted as a response to the newly-passed federal tax plan’s $10,000 tax cap on property tax deductions and gives authorization for local governments to issue tax warrants immediately for 2018 property tax payment collection. The intent is to give property owners in New York an opportunity to pay a portion of their tax bill before the end of the current year and allows localities to accept payments made in advance by property owners so these residents can deduct the full amount of the tax payment the federal level. Local laws that limit taxpayers making partial payment of property taxes until the end of the year will be suspended under the order, giving property owners a chance to pay a portion of their property taxes early and under the current federal tax law.

New York Road Construction Suspended until the New Year
Road construction in NYS will be suspended during peak holiday travel times over the next two weekends to provide easier travel for residents and visitors. State officials are also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and utilize one of 64 text stops located across the state to text, make phone calls, or do other non-driving activities. The New York State Thruway Authority will also continue its 47-year tradition of offering free coffee and hot tea to travelers at all 27 travel plazas along the Thruway from 11 p.m. New Year's Eve through 7 a.m. New Year's morning to promote safe and alert driving.  


Today's Top Stories - Friday December 22, 2017

Savona Woman Arrested for Endangering Welfare of Children
A 34-year-old Savona woman was charged with endangering the welfare of her child after a neighbor called to report a home filled with smoke on 59 Main Street. Bath State Police say two children, a 2 and 6 year old, were left home alone and the smoke was caused by a stove burner that was left on. The children were removed from the home safely. Upon returning home, the children’s mother, Khristie J. Dearmitt was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and will appear on January 15th in Savona Village Court. Steuben County Child Protective Unit assisted with the investigation.

Bath Man Jailed for Probation Violation
A 57-year old Bath man was arrested on a bench warrant for violation of probation. David A. Soles was alleged to be violating the conditions of his probation for a previous conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree with intent to sell, criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and driving while impaired by drugs. Soles was arraigned in County Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail and a court date set for January 2nd.

DiNapoli Reports NYS Health Overpayments for Transportation
According to State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli, an audit for NYS Health Department concludes that the state health department has overpaid for non emergency medicaid transportation. According to Comptroller DiNapoli’s report, it estimates that between the audit period from 2013 to 2016, $6.2 million was paid for people who were ineligible for the service. State Senator Tom O’Mara suggests that the health department to be removed from this duty of issuing funds to Medicaid transport and instead channel funding to rural bus companies to help bridge the transportation gaps for Medicaid patients.

Steuben SPIRIT Program Welcomes First Graduate
Steuben County Sheriff’s Department SPIRIT program’s first four-legged student has graduated  from training and is now ready to serve the local community. Major the dog, a three-year old Labrador-pitbull mix completed the training program in 51/2 weeks at the County Public Safety Building and will join an adoptive family. Major joined the program after being discovered as a drop off on SPCA grounds and selected by the Hornell Humane Society and Finger Lakes SPCA to be trained and paired with a local inmate at the county jail. Sheriff Allard explained the program provides inmates with a positive skill and companionship and said “We are very invested in this program and hope to expand it.”

Police Patrol for Christmas Crackdown on DWIs
The statewide holiday crackdown on DWI continues for the holiday weekend until the first of January 2018. State, local and county law enforcement will be patrolling to ensure safety on the road and  Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds you to drive carefully especially the Christmas weekend when lots of traveling will be taking place. According to US Department of Transportation, 781 people were killed nationwide by crashes in December 2016. If you drink, please don’t drive and use your designated driver, public transportation or plan to sleep over if you will be drinking.


Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 21st

Firefighter Accused of Drug-Dealing to Retire, on Paid Leave Until Then:


The City of Corning has come to an agreement with the union of the fire department lieutenant charged with selling heroin.  Thomas Margeson was arrested in September and was originally suspended without pay.  The city announced Wednesday it was seeking his termination and that it had reached an agreement with IAFF Local 932 on a settlement.  Margeson is being charged with a disciplinary infraction and will now be on paid leave until he retires on January 31st.  According to City Manager Mark Ryckman Margeson will also be demoted to the lowest ranking title and his base salary will drop from nearly $70,000 to just over $46,000.  Following his retirement, he will forfeit all benefits such as cash outs for accrued time and health insurance.  His pension will be determined by the state.  Margeson also still faces criminal charges where he could face a maximum penalty of nine years in jail.  As for his fate with the Horseheads Volunteer Fire Department, where he was unpaid and was suspended at the time of his arrest, the village board said it will make a decision when the outcome of the criminal charges are finalized.



Children Saved from Smoke Filled Home by Neighbor, Mother Charged:


The New York State Police of Bath are saying that a tragedy was avoided Tuesday afternoon in Savona thanks to the quick action of a neighbor.  According to troopers, the Savona Fire Department was dispatched to Main Street around 4 p.m. on a report of a home filled with smoke.  A neighbor went into the home and rescued two children, aged 2 and 6, from inside.  The mother of the children, 34-year-old Khristie Dearmitt, arrived home after firefighters were on-scene.  Dearmitt was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and was given an appearance ticket.



Violation of Probation and Parole Warrant Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of three people on alleged violation of probation and parole warrants.  44-year-old Jason Doughty of Corning is alleged to have violated the terms and conditions of his probation, based upon a driving while intoxicated conviction.  He was released on his own recognizance.  20-year-old Brittany Farnham of Corning was previously convicted of criminal mischief and allegedly violated the terms and conditions of her probation.  She was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  34-year-old Benjamin Crout of Bath allegedly violated the terms and conditions of his parole and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



NYS Considering Earlier Start to School Year:


There could be a change coming to schools across New York State.  The Albany Times Union reports that the state is looking to possibly change the start of the school year to before September 1st.  Currently, under state law no school can start before that, but education officials are said to be looking to change that in the upcoming legislative session.  Officials are also reportedly looking at a proposal for school years to be counted in hours, rather than days.



NY Lawmaker Looking to Protect Net Neutrality in the State:


Following the Federal Communications Commission controversial decision last week to repeal net neutrality, a New York lawmaker has announced legislation to continue protections here in New York State.  Assemblyman Patricia Fahy (D-109th) has proposed a bill that would establish a process for internet service providers (ISPs) to certify that they will follow net neutrality principles.  It would require that state agencies, public authorities, and governments only contract with ISPs that follow net neutrality principles, which Fahy says will use the state’s buying power to encourage ISPs to abide by neutrality rules.  Quote Fahy, “…if your business treats New Yorkers unfairly, New York will not do business with you.”



Town of Bath Assessors Office Closing Early:


An announcement from the Town of Bath Assessors Office: it will be closing at 2 p.m. today.  It may also close at 2 p.m. tomorrow, December 22nd, and next Friday, December 29th.  Also, a reminder that all Town of Bath offices will be closed on Christmas Day and December 26th.  They will reopen normal business hours on December 27th.   



Last Week to Donate to Salvation Army Red Kettles:


With Christmas just days away, time is winding down to drop a donation in the Salvation Army’s famous red kettles.  The annual drive donates the collections to fund assistance programs for impoverished local residents.  The Steuben County Salvation Army offers programs including The Kids Care After School Program, Christmas toys, and emergency shelter, medicine, transportation, food, and rental assistance.  The kettles will be out through Saturday.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 20th

Convicted Sex Offender Jailed After Offering to Teach Marital Arts to Children:


On Monday, a convicted sex offender in Steuben County was arrested on new charges.  36-year-old Vernon Vanzile III of Campbell has been charged with failing to register or verify as a sex offender and failure to notify the state Division of Criminal Justice Services of change of Internet or internet identifiers, both class E felonies.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that Vanzile was allegedly advertising to teach martial arts to children in his home and their investigation revealed that Vanzile had several internet profiles on social media and other internet sites.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Threat Locks Down Penn Yan Schools:


Penn Yan Middle and High Schools were locked down Tuesday morning after village police received a threat that targeted the school.  An unidentified 15-year-old male student was subsequently arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat.



Steuben Officials Help Out at Food Bank:


There were some extra helping hands at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier on Tuesday.  Steuben County officials stopped in to help pack backpacks for the Food Bank’s Backpack Program.  The program provides children who are at risk of hunger with a bag of nutritious, easy to prepare food each Friday during the school year.  The program serves nearly 1,000 children in Steuben County, and thousands more across the region. 



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Program Finds Trained Dogs a Home:


The first graduate of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s SPIRIT program held an informal press conference Monday, although his public comments were restricted to vigorous tail wagging and toothy smiles.  The program pairs dogs selected by Hornell Humane Society and the Finger Lakes SPCA with an inmate at the county jail.  The groups also place the graduating dog with an adoptive family.  Major, a Labrador-pit bull mix, completed his training program at the Public Safety Building in 5.5 weeks.  Steuben County Jail Superintendent Major Matthew Whitmore said another dog, Ralphie, is still in training, and another is likely to join in January. 



New State Paid Family Leave Police Starts 1/1:


Governor Cuomo has announced the launch of the nation's strongest, most progressive and most comprehensive Paid Family Leave policy. Starting January 1, New Yorkers will have job-protected paid time off to bond with a new child, care for a loved one with a serious health condition, or help relieve family pressures when a loved one is called to active military service abroad. When fully phased in, New Yorkers will be eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid time off.



Bath Board of Ed. Meeting:


The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Board of Education of the Bath Central School District will be held tomorrow, Thursday, December 21st at 7 p.m. in the district auditorium.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 19th

Bath Woman Charged in Death of Dog:


A Bath woman has been charged for abandoning a dog.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Animal Cruelty Investigation Deputy initiated an investigation in September after receiving a report of a deceased dog in a vehicle at a location on Buck Settlement Road in the Town of Bath.  The result is a charge of abandonment of an animal, a misdemeanor, against 26-year-old Jillian Nolan, for allegedly abandoning the dog in May and not checking on it.  Nolan is currently incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail on an unrelated charge and was issued an appearance ticket.



Hornell Man Accused of Attempting to Defraud S.S.:


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 24-year-old Augusten Dix of Hornell on Monday for allegedly reporting false job search forms to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  Dix was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing in the first, a class E felony.  He was issued appearance tickets.



Hogan Says Goodbye as Mayor:


On Monday, long-time Mayor of Hornell Shawn Hogan presided over his last common council meeting as Mayor, bringing to an end his 32 years of overseeing the city.  In a speech, Hogan thanked his constituents, family, friends and colleagues for their support, and wished incoming Mayor John Buckley the best of luck.  Hogan’s remarks were followed by a standing ovation by all those in attendance.   Though it was his last bang of the gavel, Hogan will still be serving Hornell.  He will be a consultant with Hornell’s Industrial Development Agency.



CMoG Announces “Glassbarge” Tour:


On Monday, the Corning Museum of Glass announced a new twist on their popular live glass-blowing demonstrations, a “Glassbarge Tour.”  The plan is for a mobile glass-blowing studio that will be touring the state via its waterways.  The tour is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Glassmaking in Corning and the 200th anniversary of construction of the Erie Canal.  The tour will begin in Brooklyn, where Corning Inc. first got is start as Brooklyn Flint Glass.  Stops are planned for Yonkers, Kingston, Albany, Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.  Learn more at https://www.cmog.org/glassmaking/demos/hot-glass-demos/glassbarge



NY Bus Drivers Now Able to Administer EpiPens:


A new law goes into effect today that will allow bus drivers in New York to administer EpiPens in emergency situations.  Lawmakers say the bill, passed by the state Senate in June, will help protect the lives of children with severe food or other allergies.  Prior law allowed those employed by school districts and other educational institutions to administer the life-saving injections, but those who worked for agencies contracted out by a school district, such as transportation services, were not authorized. 



H-port Board of Ed. Meeting:


The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold a work session and its regular meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, December 20th.  The work session will be held in the high school library at 5 p.m.  The meeting will follow at 6 p.m., also in the library.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 18th

Wayland Man Arrested on Assault, Trespass Charges:


A Wayland man was arrested after state troopers were called to a possible domestic dispute at a residence in the Town of Wayland.  36-year-old Colin Sick was allegedly asked to leave the complainant’s residence and refused.  A physical altercation then ensued and the complainant sustained an injury.  Sick was charged with criminal trespass in the 2nd, and assault in the 3rd, both misdemeanors.  Sick posted $2,000 cash bail.



2 Facing Drug Charges in Avoca:


Two people are facing drug charges out of the Town of Avoca.  According to state police, 23-year-old Katherine LaBarr-Bulson was found in possession of heroin and crack, and 26-year-old James Sick of Wayland was found with a small amount of crack and marijuana.  LaBarr-Bulson was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and evidence tampering and is being held at the Steuben County Jail on $25,000 bail.  Sick has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and marijuana possession, and was issued an appearance ticket.



Rochester School Bus, Sedan Collide in Mount Morris:


The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a collision that occurred Saturday between a sedan and a Rochester City School Bus.  The accident occurred on State Route 408 in Mount Morris.  Weather and road conditions are believed to have played a factor.  The driver of the sedan, a 33-year-old woman was transported to a hospital for non-life threatening injuries.  Three of the 24 people on the bus were also taken to a hospital for minor injuries.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Conducts “Operations Safe Sales” Checks:


On Thursday, December 14th the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Steuben Prevention Coalition Underage Drinking Task Force, Village of Bath Police Department, Village of Canisteo Police Department, and the City of Corning Police Department conducted alcoholic beverage sales compliance checks on retail establishments in the county.  Operation Safe Sales included checks of 34 establishments by undercover operatives under 21 years of age supervised by Deputy Sheriffs and Police Officers from the City of Corning and Village of Bath.  Of the 34 checks, three establishments allegedly sold an alcoholic beverage to the underage operatives: the Canisteo Acorn Market, the 7-Eleven on Denison Parkway in Corning, and the 7-Eleven on Main Street in Arkport.  The Sheriff’s Office says that arrests in relation to the alleged sales are forthcoming, as well as notifications to the state Alcohol Beverage Control Board regarding the establishments in question.



Steuben Co. Legislatures to Look at Lower Landfill Fees for Electronic Screens:


Steuben County residents will be able to drop off televisions and computer monitors at the county landfill at a lower cost beginning January 1st.  County legislators will vote on the proposed drop in fees from the current $20 per monitor down to $15 when they meet in regular session today.  The lower cost was approved by the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee when it met earlier this month.  Committee members said the decrease might be more affordable for county residents and result in an uptick in the number of monitors recycled through the county landfill system.



Steuben Youth Discuss Local Issues:


Fourteen Steuben County high school students took their seats recently in the county Legislature’s chambers for the county’s biannual Youth in Government Simulated Legislative Session.  The students met to propose and vote on resolutions they drew up after spending a semester meeting with legislators and department heads to learn more about Steuben’s operations.  Resolutions presented included: hiring summer workers for the county Weights and Measures Department, adding more flush toilets in county parks, more reasonable job applications for former felons, and informing students of the environmental benefits of the county landfill, among others.  The twice-yearly high school program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for more than 30 years.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 16, 2017

Massive State Budget Questions Remain for 2018
New York's state-funded debt is projected to reach $63.7 billion at the end of the current fiscal year and to increase over the following four years to $71.8 billion…that’s according to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas  DiNapoli. The comptroller once again called for reforms to New York's use of debt, including voter approval of borrowing and better capital planning for infrastructure projects. New York ranks second in the nation in total state debt. New York debt is $3,100 per person or three times the median for all states.

Bath Woman Arrested for Scheme to Defraud; Making False Statement
A Bath woman has been arrested and is facing multiple felony counts stemming from a crime last month in the town.State Police said 26-year-old Erica Bacon was charged with felony counts of grand larceny and 1st degree scheme to defraud. She was also charged with making a false statement and six counts of offering a false instrument for filing. She was initially detained on bail.

Two NYC Men Arrested for Counterfeiting
Two New York City men were arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate 86 in the town of Bath. State Troopers from the Bath barracks say they conducted a traffic stop for a traffic law violation on a vehicle owned by  33 year old Manuel Williams, who gave them a false name when he was questioned. Williams and his passenger, 24-year old Joshua Marshall were found to possess a quantity of counterfeit NFL team tee shirts that they were alleged to be selling at area sporting events without proper authorization. Troopers charged Marshall and Williams both with a count of Trademark Counterfeiting in the 3rd Degree while Williams was charged additionally with one count of False Impersonation. The two were arraigned the two in the Town of Bath Court before being released on their own recognizance and scheduled to reappear in town court on January 3rd.

Hammondsport Approves School District Rennovations
Hammondsport voters approved a capital project worth over $8 million for improving existing school buildings and facilities within the school district. Out of 171 voters, 138 voted “yes” on the proposal. The plan will be funded partially by $2.1 million coming from an existing capital reserve fund while an energy performance contract will fund $1.3 million of the project. The remaining $4.6 million of the project will be funded by State Aid and school taxes.

Emergency Services Director Urges Citizens to Install App
Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall says the best way to stay on top of public safety alerts is to download the county’s new Ready Steuben App. It’s free and is available for Iphone and Android users. It also works on tablets. Marshall says you’ll receive more than just Steuben County weather alerts Marshall made the comments on WVIN’s Community Focus program.

Operation Safe Sales Results in Violations for Three Businesses
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reported that the county’s “Operation Safe Sales” resulted in write ups for three Steuben county businesses selling alcohol to the underaged. The operation made a total of 34 checks of retail establishments throughout the county, and alcohol was allegedly sold to underage operatives by representatives from the three following establishments: Canisteo Acorn Mart, 7-Eleven at 40 Denison Parkway in Corning and Arkport’s 7-Eleven located at 26 Main Street. Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Jim Bassage is part of the organization’s Underage Drinking Task Force and says this Alcoholic Beverage Sales Compliance Check resulted in a 90 percent compliance rate by retail establishments in Steuben county.  

State DWI Crackdown Continues Throughout Holidays
Beginning yesterday and continuing through New Year’s Day, police agencies in Steuben County will participate in an impaired driving enforcement campaign. In December 2016, impaired driving resulted in 781 deaths nationwide.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 15 2017

Wreaths Across America Scheduled at Bath National Cemetery
Tomorrow at noon, Wreaths Across America returns to Bath National Cemetery. Organizers for Wreaths Across America say they exceeded their goal of 2,500 wreaths and over 2,700 will be placed this weekend with the mission “to remember, honor and teach about area servicemen and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice — their lives — to keep our country free and safe.” Those who wish to see the ceremony are asked to arrive at 11:30 a.m. Parking is available at the back of the Bath VA museum building.

Four Arrested Following NYSDEC Hunting Operation
A joint operation with New York State Department of Conservation Police resulted in four  local arrests this year. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reported Jasper man Jeffery A. Drake was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license, Avoca man Johnathan Pierson was arrested for possession a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle, Hornell man Michael S. Ackroyd was arrested for lending a license to a hunter and Caton man Clarence Bange was charged with possessing two untagged deer in his vehicle in Corning. The operation was conducted during the first week of gun season in November to enforce hunting laws and promote safe hunting within the county during the deer season. All four men will appear in Town Courts next month.

Pistol Permit Recertifications Due End of January
By the 31st of January 2018, New York State residents who were issued pistol permits before January 2013 must recertify their permits with state police. New York pistol owners can recertify online through the NYSP website.  A reminder that residents issued a permit after January 2013, have five years from that date to recertify. https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces

Urbana Receives Funding Boost to Increase Public Access
More than $7 million in economic and community development funding has been awarded to Steuben County local governments and organizations. A count of 19 projects will be funded and the Town of Urbana will receive nearly $684,000 to design and construct improvements along Keuka Lake to increase public access. Construction will include a pedestrian bridge over the Keuka Inlet, a boardwalk and a bird watching observation tower. The Corning Museum of Glass was awarded $1 million to undertake a capital project to expand the renowned glass working studio.


Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins
From now to January 1 2018 Steuben County will be participating in the annual statewide traffic crackdown on impaired driving that covers the holiday season. Last year  in December, impaired driving crashes totaled 781 deaths in New York. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds you and loved ones to each have a SOBER plan by designating a sober driver, planning to use public transportation if necessary, or staying where you are instead of driving but if you have been drinking absolutely “DON’T DRIVE. GET A RIDE!”

Resources for Parents Available at Bath Baby Cafe’
Steuben County Public Health hosts the Bath Baby Cafe’ today and every Friday morning at Dormann Library in Bath. From 9:00am to 10:30am pregnant women, new moms, families and supporters are encouraged to attend with their children. Families can gather together in a supportive environment as resources like Certified Lactation Counselors for new nursing moms, free diapers, bracelets and charms are offered to attendees while supplies last. Any questions about the Bath Baby Cafe’ Program can be answered by calling Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

NYS Attorney General State Attorney to Sue FCC
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced he will sue the Federal Communications Commission to block yesterday’s vote to end net neutrality. After it was revealed as many as 2 million fraudulent public comments regarding net neutrality were made online possibly using stolen names, including 100,000 from from New York, Schneiderman urged the FCC to postpone yesterday’s vote as his office investigated the legitimacy of the comments. The Attorney General Office encourages users to check and see whether online comments to the FCC  were made under their name and to report this abuse by visiting the State Attorney General website.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 14th

Hornell Woman Charged for Stealing for Business:


A Hornell woman is facing charges of grand larceny and criminal mischief.  48-year-old Carol LaMont is accused of stealing property from a Hornellsville area business and has been charged with three counts of grand larceny in the 4th degree and one count of criminal mischief in the 3rd degree.  Following arraignment, LaMont was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.



Arrests Made During Safe Hunting Enforcement Event:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office recently held a joint operation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police to promote safe hunting in Steuben County through education and the enforcement of hunting laws.  During this effort the following arrests were made:  69-year-old Clarence Bange of Caton was arrested for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, and two counts of failure to tag deer.  He was released on summons.  52-year-old Jeffery Drake of Jasper was arrested for failure to carry a hunting license and was released on an appearance ticket.  66-year-old Michael Ackroyd of Hornell was arrested for lending a hunting license to a hunter and was released on a appearance ticket.  30-year-old Johnathan Pierson of Avoca was arrested for possessing a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle and was released on an appearance ticket.



Corning Woman Arrested in Alleged Domestic Incident:


41-year-old Jeannie Teeter of Corning was arrested on December 9th after Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies investigated a report of an alleged assault during an incident of domestic violence.  It’s alleged that Teeter choked another person to the point of unconsciousness.  She was charged with strangulation in the second degree, a class D felony, and was released on her own recognizance. 



18-year-old Accused of Defrauding Social Services:


Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 18-year-old Kayla Swift of Wayland at the Public Safety Building in Bath for allegedly filing a false temporary assistance application with the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  She has been charged with offering a false instrument for filing, a class E felony and has been released on an appearance ticket.



Hornell CSD Holding Mental Health Seminar:


Tomorrow the Hornell School District will be holding a seminar on mental health disorders for students.  The keynote speaker will be Scott Hines.  The district would like to remind parents that if they do not wish their child, or children, to attend the seminar they must contact the school office.



Cuomo Proposes Surrender of Firearms after D.V. Convictions:


Governor Andrew Cuomo made his first proposal Wednesday under the 2018 State of the State: legislation that would require all domestic violence crime convictions to result in the immediate removal of all firearms from the perpetrator.  That would include misdemeanors.  Currently, state law prohibits the possession of firearms for those convicted of felony or “serious” offenses, but certain misdemeanor offenses involving domestic violence, such as assault and battery crimes or strangulation are excluded.  The State of the State address will be given on January 3rd at 1 p.m. in Albany.



Tony Stewart Wrongful Death Lawsuit Can Proceed:


A federal judge in Syracuse has ruled that a wrongful death lawsuit against former NASCAR driver Tony Stewart can proceed.  The ruling Wednesday also rejected a motion by Stewart seeking a partial dismissal of the civil suit over the death of Kevin Ward.  Stewart struck and killed Ward at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 9th 2014.  Ward had just crashed and had exited his vehicle.  He was walking down the track toward Stewart when he was struck.  Ward’s family contends that Stewart caused the wreck and that Stewart struck Ward while attempting to scare him.  Stewart maintains that he didn’t see Ward until the last second and that he tried to swerve to avoid him.  An investigation by a grand jury determined that there was no criminal act on Stewart’s part.



$67M in Funding for Southern Tier Projects:


The State Regional Economic Development Program funding was announced Wednesday, and the Southern Tier will be receiving more than $67 million to fund 83 projects.  One of the biggest projects will be the construction of Golden Age Cheese Company in Painted Post.  It was awarded more than $2 million.  Other projects include $1.5 million to expand the Corning Museum of Glass studio and $1.3 million to enhance the Seneca Lake Waterfront in Watkins Glen.



Forged Document Accuses Schumer of Harassment, Schumer Pursuing Legal



In response to a fake document being shopped to media outlets claiming sexual harassment against Senator Charles Schumer, the lawmaker is saying that he is “pursuing every legal path” against whomever is behind the forged document.  The document listed allegations by a former Schumer staff aide, but when the former staffer was contacted by media she said they were untrue and that her signature had been forged.  Schumer’s office has asked the Capitol Police to investigate.



Red Cross Receives $7K from HOG:


The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes was recently presented with a check for over $7,600 from the Arkport-Corning Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Ride for the Red.  A total of 77 bikes participated in this year’s ride, raising money for the Service to the Armed Forces program.  The money will be used for local programs such as military salute events, comfort kits for the Bath V.A. and homeless veterans, and outreach support.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 13th

Canandaigua Republican Looks to Challenge Cuomo:


Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb announced Tuesday his bid for New York State Governor.  The 65-year-old Canandaigua Republican said he will seek the GOP nomination.  Kolb won a special election in 2000 to fill a vacant assembly seat and he was elected minority leader in 2009.  Kolb said if he secures the nomination, he will step down as minority leader.



Corning Inc. Buying 3M’s Communications Markets Unit:


Corning Incorporated announced Monday a $900 million deal to buy 3M’s Communications Markets unit.  The unit produces connectors, mounting panels, and other items used in fiber optic infrastructure installation.  The move is expected to add approximately $400 million in sales to Corning’s revenues by 2019.



Avoca to Vote on Property Tax Exemption for Vets:


The Avoca town board will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a proposed local law. That law would provide cold war veterans with a real property tax exemption. The hearing will be held in the village & town conference room on Chase Street on Wednesday December 20th at 7:30 p.m.



New Report Says Homelessness Down in Southern Tier:


A new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Housing says that homelessness is on the decline in the Southern Tier.  Counties including Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler have seen an overall drop of almost 12 percent over the past decade, according to the report.  The largest decline in the state has been in Elmira, where homelessness is down 55 percent.



Funding for Local Projects to be Decided Today:


At 11 a.m. today, Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to announce the awarding of state funding through the regional economic development initiative.  Locally, eight priority projects have already received favorable scores as part of the application process, and Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler said he’s hopeful the projects will be reviewed favorably.  Cochair of the Southern Tier Regional Council, Thomas Tranter Jr. said he is also “cautiously optimistic.”  The projects include: an expansion of Golden Age Cheese, the relocation of the Family Life Network offices and studios, funding for the second phase of improvements at the Nasser Civic Center ice rink, a large mixed-use development project in a historic area of Elmira, Beecher Emission Solution Technologies consolidation and growth, Clemens Center Commercial Development Project, Salient Management Company Expansion Project and SEPCA expansion. 



Gillibrand Calls on Trump to Resign; Trump Fires Back on Twitter:


There was more contention Tuesday between President Donald Trump and a New York Senator.  This time it was Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, who on Monday called on the President to resign following renewed allegations of sexual assault and harassment have been levelled against Trump.  Gillibrand told CNN that the allegations are “very credible” and that Trump should “be fully investigated and he should resign.”  Tuesday, Trump fired back via his favorite media, Twitter, calling Gillibrand a “lightweight” that would “do anything” for campaign contributions.  Trump didn’t further explain what he meant by that.  Many, including Gillibrand, saw it as a sexist remark.  Gillibrand called the insult derogatory and said that “it’s not going to silence” her or “the women who have stood up against him directly.”  The White House has denied the allegations with Trump tweeting that they are “…false accusations and fabricated stories of women who [he] doesn’t know/or have never met…”  That is not entirely accurate, as one of the women interviewed him for a magazine article, and another was a contestant on the television show he hosted.



Donate to Bath V.A. at Walmart:


Several Walmart stores throughout the region, including the one in Painted-Post have teamed up with the Bath V.A. in creating a gift drive.  Bins are set up through the stores listing items that customers can purchase and later drop in the bin.  The items will be taken to the V.A. on Monday.  You can donate through Sunday.



AAUW Donates During Baby Café Holiday Party:


Dozens of little ones and their parents attended the third annual Baby Café Holiday Party Friday at the Dormann Library in Bath.  The event included a chat and a free 4x6-inch holiday photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a chance to decorate Christmas cookies.  Members of the Bath chapter of American Association of University Women also donated hygiene products, ranging from baby wipes and oils to disposable diapers, at a total value of $500. 



“We’ve Got You Covered” Drive Collects Over 500 Items:


In its first annual “We’ve Got You Covered” winter drive, and together with the Bath Volunteer Fire Department, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems donated over 520 hats, mittens, gloves, socks and winter coats to a local charity that will benefit our neighbors in need.  Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems thanks its extremely generous employees and customers who donated and made this drive a success!

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 12th

Canisteo CSD Budget Vote Postponed:


The budget vote for the Canisteo School District that was set for today has been postponed.  The new voting date will be May 15th 2018.



Steuben Co. Sheriff, Canisteo Police Chief Talk Police Presence in Canisteo:


At Monday night’s meeting of the Canisteo Board, Canisteo Police Chief Kyle Amidon and Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard made an appearance to talk about the possibility of increasing police presence in the village.  Both agreed that times are changing and that all types of crimes are increasing locally, with response times taking longer because of lack of manpower.  Amidon said that if they increased the number of hours the village P.D. was in operation, most calls could be handled locally and in a timely fashion.  Currently, the village P.D. handles roughly 22 percent of calls, with the Sheriff’s Office and State Police covering the rest.  Supervisor Steve Weed said he has decided to form an ad hoc committee to get numbers on cost and the effect it would have on local taxes.  Then the board can make a decision on whether it’s feasible and send it before the public for opinions.



Steuben Construction Work Expected to be Completed in Late 2018:


Steuben County’s $8.7 million construction projects set in motion this year are well underway, with their anticipated completion set for the end of 2018.  County Manager Jack Wheeler said the construction, which will be paid through county reserves, is necessary due to state requirements.  The county’s first capital construction campaign in nearly 10 years calls for an office complex on East Morris Street, and a storage/records building on Mount Washington.  The new building is located across the street from the current county building, on the site of two deteriorating county-owned houses, which were demolished last spring.  The project has no impact on village tax rolls.  The county expects to store electronic voting machines in the new complex, and the Board of Elections offices will be there also.  State-required records will be stored at a smaller building built on Mount Washington.



Speed Limits on Steuben Co. Traffic Safety Board Agenda This Week:


The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board will meet later this week. The Board has received a number of requests from municipalities regarding speed limits and proposed changes. According to the meeting agenda, state officials have approved a speed reduction to 45 mph on County Route 3 from the start of Goodhue Lake to the end of Goodhue Lake. However the DOT has denied requests for lower speed limits on some roads in Thurston and Addison. The DOT also refused to revisit a request from the Finger Lakes Boating Museum to re-evaluation the speed Limit on CR 88 from Cider Hill Road to the Hammondsport Village Line. The speed limits will remain at 45 mph.



Steuben Co. Sheriff Reminds Drivers to Take Care This Winter:


With our first accumulation of snow this week, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is reminding all drivers that it’s time to remember some basic winter weather safe driving strategies so we can avoid collisions and have a safe and happy holiday season.  Remember that bridges and overpasses freeze before roadways.  Remember to allow extra time for your commute.  Completely remove snow and ice from your vehicle windows and field of view prior to driving.  Remember to give plow and sander operators room to do their job.  Create a larger reaction distance between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you so that you have more time to react.  Keep an emergency bag in your vehicle in case you become stranded.  Finally, be aware of and use alternate routes when appropriate due to closed roads, collisions, etc. 



Hornell Elks Lodge Donates $1.5K to Hornell Food Pantries:


In this season of giving, Turning Point Hornell is recognized Hornell Elks Lodge #364 for generously awarding a grant in the amount of $1,500 to support Turning Point food pantries in Hornell and Canisteo.  The donation was made possible by the Elks National Foundation, which created a $1,500 Anniversary Grant in honor of the Elks’ 150th anniversary.  The grant was made available to every Elks Lodge in the nation to encourage even more charitable work.  Hornell Elks Lodge #364 applied for one these grants, was approved, and a check was presented to Turning Point just as the food pantries were preparing for the holidays.



Steuben Co. Children Shop with Cops:


A few dozen children were rounded up by Steuben County law enforcement last week, but it was all for fun.  The children took part in the third annual “Shop with a Cop” party, where they were taken to Kmart in Bath to shop for gifts with help from local officers.  They were also treated to a buffet at the Public Safety Building and a tour of official vehicles.  The project was funded through participation in “No-Shave November” and private donations.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 11th

Fatal Lindley Explosion Caused by “Home-Made Explosive Device”:


The deadly explosion that went off in the Town of Lindley Friday, killing one, was first described by authorities as a “woodstove explosion,” but the State Police have since released an update saying that the man died while handling a “home-made explosive device.”  They did not say what kind of device, exactly.  The explosion occurred in the garage of a residence on State Line Road around 2 p.m. 



Teen that Abandoned Baby in Elmira Pleads Guilty:


The 17-year-old that abandoned her eight-month old baby behind a home in Elmira pled guilty Friday to attempted murder in the second degree.  The plea is part of an agreement with the District Attorney’s office.  Under the deal, Harriette Hoyt is being charged as an adult and will serve 9 years in prison with 5 years post release supervision.  Hoyt’s official sentencing will be held on January 26th.  The baby is currently in foster care and is said to be doing incredibly well.



FBI Investigating Cuomo Administration’s Hiring Practices:


According to a report in the Albany Times Union, the FBI is investigating the hiring practices of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.  The report said that the FBI is looking into the alleged practice of hiring people to work in the Governor’s office, but paying them through other entities, which the paper indicates has enabled the office to expand its staff without bloating its budget.  In response, a spokesman for Cuomo called the line of questioning absurd. 



Bradford CSD Capital Project Vote Next Week:


Residents in the Bradford Central School District will head to the polls next week to decide the fate of the school’s proposed $4 million capital project.  The project will see improvements to the primary building and athletic facilities.  Safety improvements are expected as well.  A public information meeting will be held tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  The vote will be held Tuesday, December 19th



250 Lose Jobs in Tioga Co. Factory Shutdown:


Hundreds of employees in Tioga County are losing their jobs as Sanmina’s Owego factory has announced that is it shutting down.  50 temporary employees were laid off Thursday, and the other 247-full time employees were given 90-day notice.  Sanmina manufactures optical, electronic, and mechanical products.  The company has not disclosed why the factory is closing.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 9, 2017

Reed Makes Facebook Remarks on Cuomo's Tax Bill Stance
Congressman Tom Reed blasted and tagged Governor Cuomo in a Facebook post this week for criticizing the tax bill and accused the governor of lying about the new legislation, claiming the governor and his policies have hurt the state. Cuomo has made very vocal criticism of the tax plan for its elimination of deduction for lower income taxes and $10,000 cap on property taxes. The governor did not respond to this message but the two New York politicians have been feuding frequently lately for their disagreements with health care and tax reform.

Bath Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
A Bath woman was arrested for drug charges following a three month long investigation into the sale of prescription painkillers at her residence. According to the Village of Bath Police Department, Brandi Hawkins was arrested for two felony charges including one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Following her arraignment in Bath Village Court, Hawkins was remanded to Steuben County Jail until her court date next week.

Painted Post Woman Charged with Petit Larceny, Pot Possession
A Painted Post woman was arrested for Promoting Prison Contraband in the second degree and unlawful marijuana possession. Steuben County Sheriff’s office say that 18 year old Rebecca Ellison was remanded to the Steuben County Jail by Corning City Court for a petit larceny charge and was found to have a small amount of marijuana secreted on her person. Ellison was arraigned in the Village of Savona Court and remanded back to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail.

Friendship Woman Arrested for DWI in Bath
Steuben County Sheriffs report the arrest of a Friendship woman with the assistance of the Village of Bath Police Department following a one car collision on I-86 in the Village of Bath. Taisia Lumsden was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, DWI with a child under the age of 15 as a passenger, use of a portable electronic device while operating a vehicle and moving lanes unsafely. Lumsden was arraigned in the Town of Urbana Town Court and released on her own recognizance. Steuben County Sheriffs say further charges may be pending for this case.

Savona Man Jailed for Violation Probation
A Savona man was arrested for violating the terms and conditions of his probation. With assistance from the Steuben County Probation Department, Steuben County Sheriffs took Duston Sheetz into custody in Corning for a warrant issued for him by the City Court for alleged probation violations. On probation due to a conviction of Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the fourth degree, Sheetz was arraigned in Corning City Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail until his next court date.

Newfield Man Arrested for Steuben County Probation Violation
A Newfield man was arrested for violation of probation with Steuben County Court. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies took James P. Scott into custody following a warrant issued by Steuben County Court for allegedly violating terms of his probation and taken to Steuben County Jail pending arraignment. Scott was previously on probation for a charge of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree.

DEC Says 2017 Successful Hunting Year 
New York State hunters have been more successful in 2017 than last year through the first several weeks of big game seasons…that from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Early reports through Dec. 3 show that hunters reported taking 14 percent more deer in the Southern Zone compared to the same period in 2016. For bears, hunters have reported taking 814 bears so far in the Southern Zone. 

Cuomo Announces Sexual Assault Funding Grants
Governor Cuomo has announced nearly $6.5 million in grants to 55 state-approved anti-sexual assault crisis and prevention programs operated by hospitals, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies statewide. The grants will help fund local crisis hotlines and direct services for sexual assault victims, such as crisis counseling, advocacy and trauma therapy, and support prevention and education in schools, on college campuses and in communities. In the region, $163,500 will go to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes and $68,500 is earmarked for the Victim Resource Center of the Finger Lakes.


Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 8th

Haverling Senior Honored at All-State Music Conference
James Hy, a senior from Haverling High School was recently an attendee of the statewide New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) conference as a member of the mixed chorus. During the All-State conference, James was selected as a feature soloist, who was only one of 32 Bass 1 vocalists honored with this distinction. Every year over 6,000 students across the state audition to be recognized and only 885 are accepted.

Addison School Approves Land Purchase Proposal
Addison residents approved the land purchase proposal with 152 people who voted in favor while 76 voted against. The proposal would have the school district purchase a lot of land near the middle school and use the land for more parking, construction of a new middle school wing and student safety improvements. Addison school says the plan is projected to cost approximately $25,000 but will be supported by the general fund and not affect the tax burden of citizens.

Finger Lakes SPCA Opens Cameron Street Location
The Finger Lakes SPCA has opened at a new location on Cameron Street in Bath just in time for the Holiday season. Building plans have been in the works for about a decade and so far the local org has received $2.2 million in donations for the opening. The new location contains areas to take in and care for new animals as well as more space in the rooms for the animal residents. The project is not yet done with only 85% of the funding they need secured to meet the $2.6 million funding goal and complete the project. If you’d like the help some furry friends this holiday season you can always help the local SPCA giving by visiting https://fingerlakesspca.org

Wayland Woman Killed in Dansville Accident
New York State Police responded to a fatal accident in the town of North Dansville. State troopers responded on Route 63 and according to the investigation a southbound vehicle ran out of gas, became disabled and parked partially on the southbound traffic lane without emergency hazard lights and as the driver was refilling her car with gas, she was struck by a vehicle that was passing southbound. The 44 year-old victim, Shawn Martinez of Wayland, was pronounced dead at Noyes Hospital. Two other people present at the accident were not injured and NYSP are continuing the investigation.

Reed Promises Prosperity with Tax Plan
Tom Reed is confident that the newly-passed tax bill will bring more money back to the taxpayers in his weekly conference call. “People are going to see more money in their paychecks immediately.” he said. However, the local Republican politician also said if this tax bill is passed and enacted, the new IRS forms will not be utilized until 2019 and the 2018 taxes not be affected by the legislation.  

Ending Net Neutrality "Bad for the Average Person"- Schumer
New York State Democratic Senator Charles Schumer says rolling back the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality would benefit only the most rich and powerful while hurting everyday consumers. Current net neutrality rules require internet service providers to offer the same internet access and service to everyone equally. “You could see your cable bills go up," said the senator. "They could charge you different amounts for different things now. It’s bad for the average person and bad for the average small business. Whoever doesn’t have the clout will get stuck.”

Legislators in Albany Face Budget Uncertainty in 2018
State lawmakers met at the Albany state capitol earlier this week to discuss concerns about balancing the 2018 New York State budget. Currently, the state economy has a structural deficit surpassing $4 billion but recent federal changes to health care and taxes may cost the state billions more in lost funding. Low state revenues have contributed to the largest structural gap in the budget New York has seen in seven years with comptroller DiNapoli estimating the state deficit to be as much as $4.4 billion. Despite the looming debt, state lawmakers face pressure to increase support to public schools and increase pay to direct care workers who serve the disabled. The governor will present his budget proposal for 2018 next month.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, December 7th

Steuben, Chemung Counties Continue to Seek Extradition for Suspected Killer:


On Monday, suspected kidnapper and killer Curtis Burrows was back in a Pennsylvania court room where he again refused to waive the extradition proceeding for Steuben and Chemung Counties.  Burrows is currently wanted on a bench warrant from Steuben County for attempted kidnapping, robbery, and possession of a weapon, and he’s wanted in Chemung County for first-degree burglary.  The District Attorneys for both counties have now each sent an application to Governor Andrew Cuomo to get a governor’s warrant to bring Burrows back to New York.  Once Cuomo signs the governor’s warrant, it goes to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who then must also sign it.  Then Burrows can either waive extradition or a hearing will be held.  Burrows is accused of attempting to kidnap a woman from a Corning city parking lot in November, stealing her vehicle, and fleeing the scene.  He later crashed in East Corning and fled on foot to a residence in the Town of Big Flats were he allegedly forced his way inside and shot and killed the homeowner, 60-year-old Timothy Webster.  He then allegedly stole another vehicle and fled to Pennsylvania where he was apprehended.



McCandless Honored for Service:


Community leader Richard McCandless was honored Wednesday for his unstinting service to his hometown and teens across Steuben County.  McCandless received a plaque commemorating his 32-year tenure as president of Hammondsport Community Services (HCS), an agency dedicated to supporting children, individuals, and organizations in need of emergency supplies and support.  McCandless was also presented with an engraved gavel for use at future simulated legislative sessions of the Steuben County Youth in Government program.  A teacher for 35 years at Hammondsport Central School, with 30 years spent as a guidance counselor, McCandless was a long-time coordinator of the county youth program, which introduces students to county government.  He retired from that position in 2011.



Finger Lakes SPCA Opens New Facility:


After ten years of planning and hard work, the Finger Lakes SPCA has finally opened the doors on its new shelter facility on its main campus at River’s Edge Farm.  A soft opening was held over the weekend with some 300 people in attendance.  Their previous location on State Route 54 is now permanently vacated.  Amenities at the new facility include communal rooms for the animals that offer an open space with natural light and air exchange system for constant fresh air.  There’s also a medical room and separate intake area for sick animals, and a fence is being built in the back so the animals can enjoy the outdoors.  An official Grand Opening for the facility isn’t planned until the spring.  You can, of course, still stop in and adopt a pet before then.



Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers:


Kidde has announced the recall of nearly 40 million extinguishers involving 134 different models.  The extinguishers were manufactured between January 1st, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.  They were sold in red, white, and silver cylinder colors and are rated as either ABC or BC.  The recall includes two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers.  Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included.



U.S. Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff Today for Pearl Harbor Remembrance:


Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, designated in memory of the lives lost in the 1941 attack and to remember that we enjoy freedom thanks to their sacrifice.  The attack claimed the lives of 2,334 servicemen and servicewomen and wounded another 1,143.  Today, the President has directed that all U.S. flags be flown at half-staff, including homes, at the White House, and on all U.S. government buildings and establishments.



Public Asked to Weight on Tipping Rules:


Public comment is being accepted on a proposal by the Trump Administration to rescind an Obama-era rule that banned tip pooling at restaurants in the United States.  Currently, when you tip your server, that money goes directly to them.  Tip pooling would make it so that all gratuities would be combined into the same pot and then redistributed by management as they find appropriate, including to non-tipped employees like kitchen staff and hostesses.  Proponents say it would incentivize them to work harder; opponents say it would take away from the front-end servers, who would be expected to share to what they make.  Public comments can be made at https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=WHD-2017-0003-0001until January 4th



NY Joins Other States is Opposing Birth Control Roll Back:


New York is joining with other states in pushing back against a proposal by the federal government to roll back access to birth control.  According to the New York Attorney General’s Office, the Trump Administration wants to roll back birth control coverage that’s mandated under the Affordable Care Act.  The New York A.G. is now joining with the Attorneys General of several other states including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, and more in arguing that the proposal violates the Establishment Clause by allowing employers to use their own religious beliefs to discriminate against employees; the Equal Protection Clause by specifically targeting and harming women; and the Administrative Procedure Act by pushing through these new rules without proper factual and legal basis.  Since the ACA mandate took effect in 2012, American women have saved an estimated $1.4 billion with more than 62.4 million women benefiting, including 3.8 million in New York.



Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A.:


There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. today.  The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus.  This event is an opportunity for Veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, December 6th

Canisteo Man Arrested for Burglary:


A Canisteo man has been arrested for an alleged burglary in the Town of Canisteo in which three long guns were stolen.  24-year-old Nicholas Arce has been charged with burglary in the 2nd and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $5,000 cash bail.



Rep. Reed Focusing on Re-election, Not Governor Run:


A popular political blog recently mentioned Representative Tom Reed as a possible candidate to run against Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2018.  In response Reed was asked about it during his media call and he said that while he “appreciates the article” and that he never rules anything out, at this time he’s focused on re-election for the 23rd District and representing his constituents.    



Bath Assessor’s Office Special Hours:


Acting Town of Bath Assessor, Courtney Divens has announced that the Assessor’s Office will be closed today, December 6th, from 9:30 to 2 p.m.  It will also be closing at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8th.



Penn Yan Fined $5K for August Sludge Spill:


The Department of Environmental Conservation has fined the Village of Penn Yan $5,000 for a sludge spill from the sewage treatment plant that entered the Keuka Lake Outlet in August.  In a report from The Chronical-Express, the village will also be required to follow compliance steps to prevent future spills.  If it fails to do so, the village could be required to pay a suspended penalty of $42,000.



Area Wegmans Stores Partnering with Instacart Delivery Service:


Having trouble finding the time to get to the store during this busy holiday season?  Well, the Wegmans in Corning and Elmira are looking to help as they’ve announced a partnership with delivery service, Instacart.  Starting today, customers can buy their groceries from home or while on the go using the Instacart app.  Once a customer has picked their items and a place for delivery, an Instacart shopper goes to Wegmans and does the shopping.  The shopper then delivers the items.  The items are priced slightly higher and there is an additional delivery fee, but the manager of the Elmira Wegmans says he believes that the ease of using the app will attract customers.



Arc of Steuben Holiday Bazaar Dec. 15th:


The Arc of Steuben will be holding its annual Holiday Shopping Bazaar on December 15th at their Industrial Park Office at One Arc Way in Bath.  The bazaar begins at 9 a.m.



AAA Reminds Drivers to Properly Secure Christmas Trees:


With roughly 500 people killed and 39,000 injured in the past four years in accidents where improperly secured Christmas trees flew off vehicles and causes crashes, AAA is reminding drivers to take care when bringing their trees home.  Not only can the trees be a hazard for drivers, but if they’re not correctly secured they can also cause damage to your vehicle, such as scratched paint, torn door seals, and distorted window frames.  Among the tips AAA offers drivers is to tie the tree down with quality ties like strong rope or nylon ratchet straps, to point the trunk towards the front of the vehicle, and to drive slowly and easily, using back roads were possible.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, December 5th

Cameron Man Arrested for Illegally Possessing Weapon, Leaving Accident:


A Cameron man has been arrested in relation to two separate incidents.  34-year-old Ivan Caparulo was taken into custody by deputies due to allegedly possessing a weapon, a rifle, as a convicted felon.  He was charged with one count of criminal possession of a weapon and was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.  Additionally, Caparulo was charged in a separate incident involving a motor vehicle crash in the Town of Jasper.  He was issued summons for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed operator, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, operating a vehicle without an interlock device, moving from lane unsafely, failure to keep right, and having no displayed number plate.  He was released on his own recognizance.



Violation of Probation Arrests:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports two recent violation of probation arrests.  On November 26th, 36-year-old Brian Witherell of Bath was taken into custody as a result of a traffic stop on County Route 64 in the Town of Hornellsville.  He was arrested on an alleged violation of probation warrant out of the Town of Prattsburgh Court.  A search also revealed he was in possession of a small amount of suspected marijuana and a glass smoking device.   He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  On December 1st, 42-year-old Howard Pratt of Canisteo was taken into custody at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath due to an alleged violation of probation warrant.  He was also sent to the county jail without bail.



Bath Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly defrauding social services.  29-year-old Christopher Spengler allegedly reported false job search forms to the Steuben County Department of Social Services, and as a result received public assistance he would not otherwise have been eligible for.  He was charged with one count of falsifying business record and one count of welfare fraud.  He was issued appearance tickets.



A.G. Launching Investigation into Net Neutrality Comments:


The New York Attorney General’s Office has announced that it has launched an investigation into millions of fake comments surrounding the proposed repealment of net neutrality.  The repeal would lift rules that prohibit internet service providers from slowing web traffic and creating so-called paid internet fast lanes.  The fake comments, which were posted as part of the comment process, used real American identities and A.G. Eric Schneiderman said that one of his own colleagues had their identity used to post fake comments in favor of the repeal.  The A.G.’s Office has created a website where New Yorkers can check if their identities were used, and Schneiderman urges everyone to check and then report to his office to further aid in the investigation.  You can check at https://ag.ny.gov/fakecomments



Public Hearing on Campbell Restore NY Grant Project:


The Town of Campbell will hold a public hearing next week to discuss a project for the Restore NY Communities grant program. The town board wants to submit an application for the Watson Homestead Conference and Retreat Center located in the east-central business district. The town wants to secure funding to renovate the restrooms and enclose the outdoor pavilion.  The hearing will be held next Monday at the town hall beginning at 7 p.m.



Tommy Hilfiger in Corning for Book Signing Tuesday:


A celebrity with local ties is going to be in Corning today.  Fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger will be signing copies of his book ‘American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business’ at the Tommy Hilfiger store at 47 East Market Street from 4:30 to 7 p.m. today.  For a $20 donation, you’ll not only get a copy of the book and his signature, you’ll get to meet the designer himself.  And all the proceeds from the event are being donated to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier.  Hilfiger grew up in Elmira and still has many ties to the area, including family and friends.



Voters to Decide A.S.D. Property Purchase this Week:


Voters in the Addison School District head to the polls this week. On Thursday, residents will decide whether or not to give the District authority to spend $25,000 to purchase property at 10 Colwell Street, adjacent to the Middle-High school. Officials say acquiring real property contiguous to the high school is an important part of the District’s long-range planning for parking and safety issues. Officials also said this real property provides swing space for the District to be able to use for increased parking needs of the new Middle School wing, the Event Center and the new pool that will be constructed in Phase III of the capital project. Voting takes place Thursday in the high school cafeteria from noon until 8 p.m.



Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A.:


There will be a Veterans Town Hall and Health Fair at the Bath V.A. on Wednesday.  The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in Building 92 on the V.A. campus.  This event is an opportunity for Veterans, their families, and the community to learn more about V.A. programs and services.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, December 4th

Jail Time for 2 Steuben Co. Men in Meth Ring:


Two Steuben County men will be serving time in jail for their roles in a Southern Tier methamphetamine ring.  32-year-old Jared Mendez of Bradford has been sentenced to nearly four years, while 48-year-old Terry Champion, also of Bradford, received a 5-year term.  Prosecutors say they were involved in a meth ring that operated in Steuben, Chemung, and Schuyler counties from June 2012 through May 2016. 



Free Parking in Bath Until January 4th:


Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen has announced that he’s been authorized by the Bath Village Board to post 2 Hour Free Parking in the Business District now through January 4th.  Free spaces to park on East William Street, Buell Street, Liberty Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square will be clearly marked as 2 Hour Parking.  All other spaces will be enforced as usual.



NYS Sees Historic Drop in HIV Cases:


Saturday was World AIDS Day and here in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo marked the occasion by announcing a historic nine percent drop in HIV cases across the state between 2015 and 2016.  In a statement, Cuomo said that New York was once the epicenter of the HIV and AIDS crisis, but has since made significant progress in “mitigating the impact of the disease.”



LifeNet Announces Changes to Bills:


At a meeting of the City of Hornell’s Quality of Life Committee last week, management from LifeNet of New York, a life-saving medical transport helicopter service with a base in Hornell, announced an overhaul of how it does business and advocates for its patients.  Namely, LifeNet is looking to clear up mis-perceptions about the costs of its services.  Often the first communication a service recipient received was an invoice for the full amount before insurance coverage was factored in.  It wasn’t uncommon for people to see bills of $50,000 or even $60,000.  But the company says now focuses more on patient advocacy, walking patients through the process of an insurance claim, and they say customers will no longer get bills prior to closed insurance cases.



CCE Director Addresses Steuben CCE at Annual Banquet:


The Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension kicked off its centennial celebrations in 2018 by closing out its 99th year with an address by CCE Director Christopher Watkins at is annual banquet Thursday at the Bath Country Club.  Watkins told the Steuben CEE executive board, staff, county legislators, and supporters the state’s extension is unique because it’s composed of independent county associations and that’s its greatest strength and its biggest challenge.  Also during the banquet, Steuben CCE Executive Director Larkin Podsiedlik recognized local staff for their efforts to carry out the extension’s mission.  Among those honored were Jackie Knoll, Charlie Fausold, the Karr Dairy Farm and the Steuben Veterinary Clinic.



NWS Looking for River Ice Observers:


With winter rapidly approaching, the National Weather Service has put out a call for volunteers to report river ice conditions during the months of December through March.  The condition of iced over rivers can only be reliably determined by the human eye, and these volunteers will provide information on type of ice, extent of ice cover, ice movement, and ice break up dates and times.  The information is in turn used by National Weather Service forecasters in the preparation of river forecasts, and also the Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research Laboratory for research.  The NWS has a need for observers on all main rivers, but among those most in need are the Canisteo River and Cohocton/Chemung River above Corning.  If interested, email your contact information to Service Hydrologist Jim Brewster at james.brewster@noaa.gov with Subject: Ice Observer Inquiry.  

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 2nd, 2017

County Health Highly Encourages Flu Shots for Vaccination Week
Steuben County Public Health urges locals to get vaccinated for the flu. December 3-9 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. Yearly flu shots offer the best protection against the virus and are highly recommended for young children, pregnant women, senior citizens and those with health problems such as heart and lung disease and diabetes. Public Health has an online list of pharmacies where flu vaccines are offered at

Two Hour Free Parking Available in Bath Village for One Month
The Bath Village Board has authorized Chief Chad Mullen to post Two Hour free parking in the Business District from this Monday December 4th to January 4th 2018. Free spaces to park on East William Street, Buell Street, Liberty Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square will be marked clearly as Two Hour Parking. All other spaces will be enforced with usual parking penalties.

Bath Couple Jailed for Drug Charges
The Village of Bath Police Department report the arrest of a Bath couple for drug charges stemming from indictment warrants from this previous summer. Michelle M. Carmon was arrested and charged for two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and 2 counts of Criminal Sale of Controlled Substance. Anthony Carmon was charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance. Both were arraigned and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail.The investigated was completed with assistance from the Steuben County Drug Task Force.

Three Suspect Arrested in Howard Burglary
Three Steuben County residents were charged with 2nd degree Burglary after a call for suspicious activity. Kevin Scott of Canisteo and Bath residents Earle Robbins and Whittany Hale were alleged to be caught in the act of burglarizing a seasonal Howard home on Dublin Road. According to police, stolen items from the home were found inside a car reportedly used by the suspects. All three were sent to Steuben County Jail. Hale is held on $2,000 cash bail while Scott and Robbins will be held without bail.

NYSDEC Reminds Hunters of Tree Stand Safety After Accidents
The New York State Department of Conservation says that this fall, there have been four treestand-related deaths with hunters in Upstate New York as well as three other non-fatal tree stand accidents, all of which are currently under investigation by the DEC. Though none of these accidents occurred in Steuben County, the DEC is reminding hunters everywhere to check online for videos demonstrating proper tree stand use, familiarize themselves on the specifics of the tree stand they use and report tree stand accidents by calling 1-877-457-5680.

Bath Village Planning Board Meeting Set for Thursday
The Village of Bath Planning Board will hold a public hearing next week to consider two applications. The first seeks a special use permit for a law office at 113 East Steuben Street. The second also seeks a special use permit for medical and wellness center spa at 116 East Steuben Street. The hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on Thursday December 7
th at 5:30 p.m.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 1st

Rexville Man Arrested for False Reporting:


A Rexville man has been arrested for allegedly false reporting several incidents, including but not limited to the report of several missing teens from Allegany County.  53-year-old Gregory Anthony is accused of making multiple reports to multiple agencies alleging incidents that did not occur.  Specifically, investigation into Anthony’s allegation of several missing teens from the Richburg area was determined by police to be baseless.  He has been charged with falsely reporting an incident and was issued an appearance ticket for Town of Bath Court.



Criminal Mischief Charge for Bath Man for Damaging Unmarked Police Car:


A Bath man has been charged for allegedly damaging an unmarked City of Corning police vehicle.  21-year-old Brett Ingersoll is accused of damaging the vehicle with a bottle while it was parked in the Corning City Hall parking lot on Saturday.  Ingersoll has been charged with criminal mischief and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.



Addison Teen Charged in Theft:


An 18-year-old from Addison was taken into custody in Corning on Thursday for allegedly stealing property from a retail establishment.  Savenna Carey was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Town of Corning Court.



Hornell Proposes Vacant Property Registry:


The City of Hornell is proposing a vacant property registry as part of their ongoing efforts to track and keep tabs on vacant properties in danger of becoming abandoned and dilapidated.  The proposal cites vacant, boarded up structures that are “Unsightly, unsafe, and have a negative effect on their surroundings,” and it calls on owners to fulfill their property’s intended use, or face a stiff penalty.  It would include both commercial and residential use properties, and those whose taxes are current.  It was endorsed earlier this month by the Common Council’s Law and Ordinance Committee, and the Common Council could vote on it in the coming months.



Wineglass Marathon Partnering with the Guthrie Clinic:


Wineglass Marathon officials announced Thursday a new title sponsor partnership with the Guthrie Clinic.  Guthrie has sponsored the medical tent at the finish line in past years, and officials said they felt it was time to take it step further.  The deal is for five years.  Registration for the 2018 Marathon, Half-Marathon, and Corelle 5k opens today.



Pistol Permit Recert. Reminder:


Steuben County Clerk Judy Hunter reminds all pistol permit holders again that SAFE Act recertification forms are available online at https://troopers.ny.gov/firearms/ or at any New York State Police Station.  Every pistol holder whose license was issued prior to January 15th, 2013 must recertify by January 31st.  Failure to do so results in license revocation and surrender of weapons.



Big Flats Tops Employee Wins “Best Grocery Bagger” Title in NYS:


A grocery bagger at Tops in Big Flats has earned the title of “Best Grocery Bagger” in New York State, following a state-wide bagging competition.  Sabrina Martone now moves on to another competition in Las Vegas that will include the best baggers from across the country.  If she wins there, not only will she enjoy the title of best grocery bagger in the entire United States, but it comes with a prize of $10,000.  

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