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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 28, 2018

Three from Bath Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s office reports the arrest of a Bath man for Misuse of Food Stamps. Allen J. Horton is alleged to have given his SNAP benefit card and PIN to Amanda and Cory Counterman, both whom used $194 worth of benefits they were ineligible to receive during late August and early September 2017 while Horton was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Horton was charged and arrested in the Village of Bath Court then returned to Collins Correctional Facility while Amanda and Cory Counterman were also arrested for the same charges.


Avoca Man Arrested for Unlicensed Operation and Forged Inspection
An Avoca man was arrested after a report of a suspicious person near a NYS Department of Transportation mowing tractor parked near the intersection of State Route 415 and Wentworth Road in the Town of Avoca. Steuben County Sheriff Deputies responded and charged 33-year-old Cory M. Vanhorne for alleged Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the third degree and Forged Certificate of Inspection while being suspended from operating a vehicle in New York State. Vanhorne was released with traffic summons to appear in court on March 13th.


Local Lawmakers Pledge for Resource Officers at Chairman’s Meeting
State leaders met with Steuben County Legislators and county Youth in Government interns during the monthly public legislative chairman’s meeting this week. State Assemblyman Palmesano and State Senator O’Mara announced that they and other New York state lawmakers are currently looking at the anticipated state takeover of Medicaid. Both officials also expressed concern about the proposed payroll tax and promised to support the effort to equip public schools with resource officers to prevent gun violence in area school districts.


Officials Announce “Stand Up for Recovery” Event for Next Week
Steuben County officials announced the county’s first “Stand Up for Recovery” forum event scheduled for next week. The event aims to eliminate the stigma and negative perception of addiction in order to promote open-minded recovery and support within the community. A panel presentation, meet and greet with those recovering from addiction and information from area agencies that offer support for addicts and their loved ones will also be available. The two-hour event is set to take place 10a.m. Tuesday morning March 6th at the Steuben County Office Building in its third-floor atrium.


Steuben Legislature Establishes “Steuben Saves Week”
This week, Steuben County Chairman Hauryski and the Steuben County Legislature declared the week of February 26th through March 3, 2018 as “Steuben Saves Week” within the county. The purpose in observing this week as such is to call upon all county citizens to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically through positive wealth building action like increasing automatic savings. The County Legislature reminds citizens to make the most of their income by pledging to extend and sustain these practices encouraged during Steuben Saves Week during the remainder of the year.


Bath CSD Honors Alumni in 2018 Hall of Distinction
The Bath Central School District has Approved its annual Haverling “Hall of Distinction” for the Class of 2018. Haverling Alumni being recognized include Judge Peter Bradstreet from the Class of 1966 for the “Business and Professional” honor, Ms. Louise Coleman, who graduated in 1963, for the “Lifetime of Notable Achievement” distinction and being recognized for the “Medicine and Science” is Dr. Irum Tahir from the Class 1998.  District Superintendent Joseph Rumsey says there have been many graduates of Haverling who have went on to become positive leaders and have impacted the world with their efforts and visions and says “It’s time to honor these individuals and share their stories with our students to inspire the leaders of tomorrow.”

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday February 27, 2018

Bath Men Arrested for Food Stamp Misuse

Two Bath men were arrested yesterday for the alleged misuse of food stamps. Steuben County Sheriff deputies arrested Gerald Bush, 45, of West Morris Street and Gordon Clayson, 48, of West Washington Street after allegations that in December of 2017 Bush issued his New York State benefit card and PIN to another individual who was unauthorized to do so. Later in the same month, it is said that Clayson used Bush’s card three times, using almost $200 worth on the card without authorization or eligibility to receive these benefits. Both men were charged with the class A Misdemeanor of Misuse of food stamps in violation of the State Social Services law and set to appear in the Village of Bath Court March 21st.


Allard and Baker Present Opioid Plan to Legislature
Yesterday the Steuben County Legislature met to discuss an eight component plan to fight the opioid epidemic presented by District Attorney Brooks Baker and Sheriff James Allard. The plan covers a broad range of strategic action, from youth prevention to additional law enforcement. Baker believes that combating the epidemic begins at the youth level by engaging middle and high school students with more activities and competitions in our rural county as well as establishing a youth court. Baker and Allard also listed breaking the cycle of recently-released inmates with long-term after care programs as well as implementing an in-prison treatment program, having more officers on the force dedicated to cracking down on the drug epidemic, creating a victim impact panel and bettering the ways overdose survivors are worked with during recovery.


Karrie and Lloyd Neurauter Arraigned Yesterday
The father and daughter accused of murdering Michele Neurauter of Corning were arraigned separately yesterday. Both Karrie and Lloyd Neurauter pled not guilty to all of their charges. Michele Neurauter’s ex-husband, Lloyd, faces nine charges which include first degree murder while his daughter Karrie faces four charges, including second degree murder, and has been charged as an accomplice. Orders of protection were also issued by the judge, preventing Lloyd from seeing his other ex-wife and all three of his daughters, including Karrie. Steuben DA Brooks Baker believes a custody issue between Lloyd and Michele may have an impact on extending the trial to a longer period of time and says unless their attorneys file a motion to sever and the judge agrees to grant it, the father-daughter duo will be tried together. The tentative date of the trial is set to begin September 24th.

I-86 Tractor-Trailer Accident Hospitalizes Driver
A tractor-trailer driver is in recovery following an accident on I-86 early yesterday morning. Members of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department say around 4:15 AM Monday near the Bath exit on I-86 Westbound, a refrigerated tractor-trailer full of blueberries went off of the highway and rolled several times, leaving the tractor-trailer with severe damage. The driver was able to get himself out of the wrecked vehicle after the rollover taken to Ira Davenport Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The Westbound lane and Exit 38 Westbound on ramp were closed down after the accident for the scene to be cleaned up.

Four People Arrested for Manufacturing Meth in Bath
Four people were arrested after Bath Village Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at a home on Howell Street in the Village of Bath where it was alleged methamphetamine was being manufactured. Police say that in the home between West Washington Street and West William Street they discovered an alleged meth lab. Three of the four suspects: Jerry Barnes, Jr., Martha Barnes, and John Landsborough are Bath residents while Emily Ayers is the fourth suspect from Corning. All four people were charged with third degree Unlawful Manufacturing of Methamphetamine and scheduled to reappear in court tomorrow. Ayers and Martha Barnes are held on $10,000 bail while Landsborough and Jerry Barnes are held on bail at $50,000.


Steuben Academic All Stars Compete in Hornell
Academic All Stars competed in Hornell yesterday with some impressive results. In the Large School Division, Hornell scored 50 while Bath very scored closely behind at 49. Naples won 40 to 34 over Campbell Savona while Canisteo-Greenwood scored 54 over Addison’s 24 in the Medium Large School Division. In the Medium Small School Division, Hammondsport scored 43 over 32 to Jasper-Troupsburg and Alfred-Almond cleaned up with 62 to 4 over Arkport. Avoca were champions in the Small School Division, scoring 26 to Canaseraga’s 22 while Bradford beat Prattsburgh with a score of 43 versus 18. The next Academic All Stars competition will be held on Monday March 5th in Bath, Naples, Arkport and Canaseraga.

Today's Top Stories - Monday February 26, 2018

Cohocton Mayor Accused of Providing Alcohol to Minors

Village of Cohocton mayor Thomas Cox was charged for providing alcohol to underage individuals after New York State Police responded to an incident on Wheeler Street in Cohocton this weekend. Troopers from the Wayland barracks responded to a report of underage drinking at the Cohocton Development Corporation and police say they discovered two youths, aged 14 and 19 years old, consuming alcohol allegedly provided by Cox, who was present. The 70-year-old Cox was charged with two misdemeanor counts of unlawfully dealing with a child in the first degree and will reappear in Cohocton Town Court at a later date.


State Police Find Wayland Teen Safe
New York State Police have found a Wayland teen that was reported missing last week. Kathleen Miller, also known as Valerie Angel Amato, was missing from the Town of Wayland since Monday February 19th but the 17-year-old was found on Saturday of this weekend without further incident. State Police thank the public’s help in finding Kathleen after the public responded to Wayland Trooper’s requests for leads in finding her.


County Legislature Holding Meeting About Opioids Today
The Steuben County Legislature will tackle the topic of opioid addiction today during their morning meeting. The County Legislature will present their strategy that pairs past “best practices” with innovative strategies to combat the opiate epidemic locally. Officials say substance abuse has skyrocketed to record proportions in Steuben County, which experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016. The same year, 121 residents were hospitalized for overdose while 14 people died from opioids, which is triple the death rate from 2015.


Horseheads Home Robbery Suspects Plead Guilty

Suspects from a home invasion in Horseheads from last month now have plea deals. Two of the four suspects from the incident have pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree robbery in the case. Olivia Maycumber and Zhamere Charriez, both seventeen years old, took plea deals. Two other suspects were alleged to be involved in the Overlook Drive robbery, one was 18-year-old Daiquan Bythwood, who is now recovering from being shot during the incident.

Cuomo Calls for Congress to Reject Trump SNAP Plan
Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging Congress to reject a proposal from the White House that would cut Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program benefits and and replace parts of the budget with boxes of food called “harvest boxes”. Cuomo says that the plan would reduce SNAP benefits for over 2 million New Yorkers, leaving those in need with inadequate support for proper nutrition. Cuomo called on Congress to resist this measure and protect funding for the food assistance program.

Hornell P.D. Offers CRASE Training
The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) program was held by the Hornell Police Department for employees of the Hornell YMCA this weekend. The program teaches emergency preparedness to citizens by taking immediate action in the event of an active shooter situation in order to save their own and others’ lives. CRASE was developed originally at Texas State University and covers the stages of disaster response and protocol. The Hornell Police Department offers the CRASE program free of charge to civilian groups including schools, businesses, civic and faith-based groups, among other organizations. To schedule a CRASE program or to learn more about it please contact Captain Mike Sexsmith at 607-324-2860 or email him at msexsmith@cityofhornell.com.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 24, 2018

Local Correctional Officers Complete State Course
Corrections Supervisors from Steuben, Ontario, Wayne and Yates county sheriff’s offices completed training through the state Division of Criminal Justice Services Corrections Course this week. The class, which began last week on Monday February 12th, was held at the Steuben County Office Public Safety Building. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office own Sheriff Allard, Lieutenant Sutton and Lieutenant Mills instructed the course which instructed ethics, supervision styles, supervisor transition, legal issues, and other matters of leadership. The sixty hour course is required for those who are first line supervisors in corrections.

Farmers Unite at Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference

An opportunity for farmers to network and learn more about farming in their region was made possible yesterday through the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference. The conference, held at Corning Community College, gives those in agricultural business a chance to become more educated about working with one another as communities as well as encourage economic growth through agritourism. Panels and meals allowed farmers to become introduced to fellow farms, farmers and issues in the business of agriculture. Farmers interested in attending future events like the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference are highly encouraged to reach out to Cornell Cooperative Extension at (607) 664-2300.

Cuomo Joins Coalition of Governors to Prevent Gun Violence
Governor Cuomo has followed the lead of Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut governors in the attempt to combat gun violence. All four Democratic governors plan to study gun violence, jointly intercept illegal guns and cooperate to share intelligence in preventing incidents of violence involving guns. If an individual is prohibited from buying a gun in any of these four states, that information is to be shared with and made available to the three others. All four New England governors say this effort was facilitated due to what they say is “utter and complete inaction by Congress.” and will be campaigning for more officials and citizens to join their coalition this weekend in Washington, D.C. at the National Governors Association meeting.

Ira Davenport Site Administrator to Leave First Week of March
The Site Administrator for Ira Davenport Hospital is leaving. Richard Cleland’s resignation takes effect March 6th. A statement from the Arnot Health CEO said Cleland has accepted a unique opportunity which will allow him to return to his hometown and be with his family full-time. Officials say that over the next few weeks, they’ll be working closely on a transition plan. The hospital says it continues moving forward with several strategic initiatives such as the establishment of an inpatient geriatric behavioral health unit and the continued expansion of surgical programs and technology.

Steuben County Legislature to Discuss Opioid Crisis Monday
Steuben County officials are poised to propose strong steps in the fight against opioid addiction when the county Legislature meets Monday morning with a plan to incorporate past “best practices” with innovative strategies. While the proposal will be presented to the county Legislature and the public Monday, officials say there is overwhelming proof substance abuse has reached critical proportions in Steuben, as well as the nation. Steuben County experienced one of the highest rates of opioid abuse in the nine-county Finger Lakes region in 2016. Also in 2016, 121 residents went to a hospital for an overdose…14 people died from opioids – nearly triple the number from 2015.

SCLBC to Demolish Two Properties and Restore Two More
Work by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) is well under way, with the demolition of one building on East Washington Street in Bath this week and a second demolition slated for April in the city of Hornell. The properties tagged for demolition were among four properties transferred by the Steuben Legislature to the newly formed SCLBC last July. The remaining two properties acquired by the land bank last summer are now being restored and are expected to be on the market in the city of Corning by next summer.

St. James Mercy Appoints Brideau as CEO/Interim President
The St. James Mercy Hospital Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Leo Brideau as Interim President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital, replacing Jennifer Sullivan, who had served as the hospital’s CEO since 2013. The hospital also announced the departure of Stan Konopko, who had served as Chief Financial Officer.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, February 23rd

Neurauter Press Conference:


Thursday the Steuben County District Attorney and law enforcement held a press conference where they discussed the latest developments in the murder of 46-year-old Michelle Neurauter in Corning in August.  According to authorities, circumstances at the scene immediately sparked the concerns of law enforcement about the true nature and cause of Neurauter’s death and an investigation began.  During the months between August and January of 2018, State Police assigned as many as 30 investigators at a time to pursue the investigation.  As a result of their efforts, on Thursday a Steuben County Grand Jury handed up indictments against 46-year-old Lloyd Neurauter and his 20-year-old daughter Karrie Neurauter.  Lloyd is facing 9 counts, including murder in the first degree which is a Class A-1 felony and carries a maximum potential sentence of life without the possibility of parole.  Kerrie, who is charged as an accomplice, is charged with 4 counts, including murder in the second, also a Class A-1 felony that carries a sentence ranging from 15 years to life to 25 years to life in prison.  Karrie Neurauter is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail without bail.  Lloyd Neurauter is currently being held in the Brunswick County New Jersey Jail.  Members of the Corning Police Department are expected to pick him up and bring him back to New York this week.  Authorities also took the time Thursday to thank Corning Incorporated – Michelle’s employer – who they say went above and beyond in the case and has provided significant assistance in the investigation. 



“Security Concern” at Guthrie Corning Hospital:


Police were called to Guthrie Corning Hospital Wednesday night in response to a “security concern,” according to a hospital spokesperson. While details around the incident were not released, in a statement officials thanked local law enforcement for their quick response which helped resolve the situation without incident.  They said that there was no disruption to patient care and at no time were patients, staff, or visitors at risk. 



Lawsuit Filed Against Corning Inc., Corning Homes Inc., and John Does:


A class action lawsuit has been filed against Corning Inc., Corning Homes Inc., and John Does on behalf of owners and residents within the Houghton Plot neighborhood of Corning.  The lawsuit alleges damages from “decreased property values, loss of the reasonable use and enjoyment of property and quality of life, nuisance, negligence, strict liability, and response costs” as a result of the neighborhood previously being used by Corning Incorporated to dump ash and other wastes.  The suit seeks full remediation of the neighborhood.  In a statement Corning Incorporated responded, saying that it intends to vigorously defend against the claims and that they have worked diligently with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and with the residents and have performed DEC-approved work as quickly and efficiently as possible, while minimizing disruption to the neighborhood. 



SCLBC Property Demolished Monday:


Work by the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) is well under way, with the demolition of one building in the Village of Bath on East Washington Street on Monday, and a second demolition slated for April in the City of Hornell.  The properties tagged for demolition were among four properties transferred by the Steuben Legislature to the newly formed land bank in July 2017.  The remaining two properties acquired by the land bank last summer are now being restored and are expected to be on the market in Corning by next summer.  Proceeds will be returned to the county land bank for future rehabilitation/demolition work.



NYS Sheriffs Call for Armed Officers in all Schools:


The New York State Sheriffs’ Association called upon the state Legislature Thursday to include sufficient funding in the 2018 state budget to provide at least one armed school resource officer at every grade school and high school in the state.  There are roughly 4,750 public schools and nearly 2,000 private schools educating students in grades K through 12 in the state.  The Sheriffs’ Association estimates that the cost of this proposal would be roughly equivalent to that of adding one teacher to each of these schools.  Some schools already have SROs that are funded by the school district, the county government, or both, but the number of them has dropped in recent years due to the lack of local funding. 



Bath Rotary Club Offering Scholarships, Student Loans:


The Bath Rotary Club is taking applications for scholarship and student loan opportunities for area high school seniors.  Applications are available for the club’s Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarship, Rotary Club Scholarship and Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship to students of Avoca, Bath-Haverling, Bradford, Campbell-Savona, Hammondsport, and Prattsburgh.  Additionally, the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship and the Interact Scholarship are available to students of Bath-Haverling.  The application deadline is April 1st.  Recipients will be notified and invited to attend a club luncheon in May.  For more information visit http://www.bathnyrotary.org

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 22nd

Police Searching for Missing Teen:


The New York State Police of Wayland are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old.  Kathleen Miller AKA Valerie Angel Amato was reported missing on February 19th.  She is described as a white female, 5 foot 2 inches, approximately 130 pounds.  She was last seen wearing a blue Buffalo Bills sweatshirt, leggings of an unknown color, black sneakers, and she was carrying a white duffel bag.  She was seen on February 19th on State Route 21 in the area of Walter Kurtz Road in the Town of Wayland.  On February 21st she was seen in the Village of Dansville.  Anyone with information should contact 911.




Press Conference Today in Corning Murder Case:


Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker and members of the Corning Police Department, New York State Police, and other law enforcement agencies will hold a press conference today at 11 a.m. at the Steuben County Office Building to discuss the latest developments in the murder case from the City of Corning currently pending against Lloyd Neurauter and his daughter, Karrie Neurauter.  The status of the case, charges currently pending, and other matters are expected to be discussed.



Hammondsport Man Accused of Endangering Child:


A 19 year old from Hammondsport has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, and harassment.  It’s alleged that Joseph Rago had unwanted contact with a person under the age of seventeen at the Hammondsport Central School.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance.



Home Invasion Charges Against Prattsburgh Man Dropped:


The Prattsburgh man accused in a home invasion in Penn Yan in December has had the charges against him dropped.  The attorney for 35-year-old Matthew Zappetella said an investigation by the Yates County District Attorney’s Office helped determine his client’s innocence.  The person that identified Zappetella at the scene later came forward and believed he had made a mistake.  30-year-old Mae Schenk of Napes has been charged with burglary in connection with the incident.    



Flu Cases Down Slightly in 11 NYS Counties:


While the flu is still widespread across New York, 11 counties are now reporting a slight decline, according to Steuben County Public Health.  For the week ending February 10th Cayuga, Columbia, Franklin, Fulton, Genesee, Hamilton, Orleans, Orange, Putnam, Seneca, and Ulster saw decreases.  Despite those counties being down, there was still a seven percent increase overall compared to the week prior.  In Steuben County, there have been 254 laboratory-confirmed cases of the flu so far this season, which is significantly higher than previous years.  The public is reminded that despite March approaching, it is still not too late to get the flu shot and that it is still beneficial to get even up until June just before it expires.



Steuben Announces 2018 Road Schedule:


It’s costing less to keep Steuben County’s roads in good shape, according to county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti.  Spagnoletti recently told the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee an estimated $6 million annually will ensure county roads are in good repair.  An estimated $5.5 million will be used for work this year on 111 miles of roads, with roughly $500,000 held in reserves for unexpected spikes in costs.  In contrast, in 2013, the county spent about $8.1 million to repair some 76 miles of roads.  Spagnoletti attributed the reduction in costs to lower asphalt prices, and additionally, the kind work done on the roads means they’re holding up better to wear and tear, he said.  The Steuben County 2018 Road Schedule is as follows:


Crack Seal 

Dansville   CR 53  2.2 miles

Thurston   CR 12   2.1 miles

Chip Seal

Cameron   CR 22   1 mile

Campbell   CR 125   3.6 miles

Corning/Hornby   CR 41   5.6 miles

Dansville   CR 47   0.7 miles

Dansville   CR 48   3.7 miles

Erwin   CR 115   1.8 miles

Fremont   CR 57   2.7 miles

Hartsville   CR 28   10.3 miles

Kanakadea Park   CR 66   0.5 miles

Pulteney   CR 74   1.4 miles

Rathbone   CR 80   4.7 miles

Rathbone   CR 110   1.9 miles

Urbana   CR 76   4.7 miles

Wayland   CR 91   1 mile

West Union/Troupsburg   CR 84   6 miles

Woodhull   CR 102   4.1 miles

Woodhull   CR 129   0.4 miles

Slurry Seal

Erwin   CR 115  1.9 miles

Recycle Blacktop

Bath   CR 113   0.7 miles

Caton   CR 40A   2.6 miles

Cohocton   CR 38   0.7 miles

Corning   CR 41   1.9 miles

Hornellsville   CR 58   2.1 miles

Lindley   CR 115/CR 5   1.3 miles

Rathbone   CR 119   5.2 miles

Rathbone/Addison   CR 119   2 miles

Tuscarora   CR 85   5.3 miles


Prattsburgh   CR 122   3.1 miles

Grind/Liquid Asphalt Injection Blacktop

Greenwood   CR 25   3 miles

Lindley   CR 5   1.1 miles

Thurston   CR 2   0.4 miles

Gravel/Grind/Liquid Asphalt Injection Blacktop

Cameron   CR 25   3 miles

Prattsburgh   CR 7   2.4 miles  



CareFirst Hospice to Receive $86K Grant:


The CareFirst hospice of Steuben County was awarded a grant of over $86,000 Wednesday morning, thanks to Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield.  The money will help people who need life-long care lead happier, healthier, and more connected lives by supporting the skills lab.  The funds will be delivered over three years.  It’s expected that roughly 37,000 people in the Southern Tier will be impacted.



Tops to File for Chapter 11:


Tops Markets, LLC announced Wednesday that it will be pursuing a financial restructuring in order to eliminate a substantial portion of debt from the company’s balance sheet and position Tops for long-term success.  The company has elected to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.  In a statement, the company said it has filed a number of customary motions seeking court authorization to continue to support its business operations during the court-supervised restructuring process, including the continued payment of employees’ wages and benefits without interruption.  The company also intends to pay vendors and suppliers in full under normal terms.  Tops expects to receive court approval for all these requests.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 21st

Two Facing Drug Charges in 390 Pullover:


Two people were arrested on drug charges over the weekend following a traffic stop I-390.  The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office reports that they got a tip that 46-year-old Robert Rogers of Rochester and his passenger, 48-year-old Tina Mackenzie of Hornell, were in possession of drugs.  During the traffic stop, the two were allegedly found in possession of 20 bags of crack cocaine, as well as marijuana.  Rogers were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.  Mackenzie was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful possession of marijuana.  Both were remanded to the custody of the Sheriff without bail due to previous felony convictions.  Child Protective Services was also contacted and an investigation has been opened into the welfare of the child, whose mother was contacted.  She did respond to the Sheriff’s Office to pick him up.



Push Back Against Proposed Romulus Trash Incinerator:


Residents, businesses, and town officials are pushing back against a proposed trash incinerator in the Town of Romulus.  Opponents say the incinerator poses too great a risk to the businesses and schools next to the facility and that it’s already driving people away.  They’re calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to come out against the project.  A lawyer for the company behind the project, Circular EnerG, says that the incinerator would convert the trash into energy and that it would only emit carbon dioxide and steam, and that neighbors would not even smell the garbage burning.  The company has decided to go through the Public Service Commission to get its plans approved. 



Federal Legislations Looks to Curb Southern Tier Doctor Decline:


New federal legislation is looking to curb the shortage of physicians in the Southern Tier.  By the year 2030, the United States is expected to hit a shortfall of roughly 100,000 doctors, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.  The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2017 would see 3,000 new slots to train new physicians enrolled in Graduate Medical Education programs over the next five years, creating a total of 15,000 slots that would be funded by Medicare.  Senator Charles Schumer said G.M.E. programs at Arnot Health and other small hospital networks in New York would have top priority to those slots. 



Senator O’Mara Seeking Nominees for “Women of Distinction” Program:


With Women’s History Month fast approaching in March, Senator Tom O’Mara has announced that nominations are now open for the Senate’s 21st annual “Women of Distinction Program” to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.  Nominations will be accepted until March 16th through O’Mara’s Senate website at http://www.omara.nysenate.gov.  Selected honorees will be invited to an awards ceremony and reception in Albany in early May.



NY Hits Lowest Recorded Levels for Adult Smoking:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is praising the state’s wide-ranging tobacco cessation and prevention efforts, as the latest reports show that the adult smoking rate has fallen to the lowest in New York’s recorded history.  The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an annual statewide telephone survey of adults developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that smoking rates have declined even more dramatically among young adults between 18 and 24 years of age.  It fell from 21.6 percent in 2011 to 11.7 percent in 2016.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, February 20th

Beaver Dams Man Facing Rape Charges:


A Beaver Dams man is facing rape charges in both New York and Arkansas.  25-year-old Benjamin Smith was arrested following investigation by State Police into an incident in the Town of Lindley where Smith allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 15.  He faces similar accusations in Arkansas.  Police are seeking other victims in both states.  Smith was arraigned in Corning Town Court and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.



Dresser Rand to Close Wellsville Facility:


Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business, has announced that it will be closing its manufacturing facility in Wellsville within two years.  Company officials met with workers Monday.  Employees were told that Curtiss-Wright is purchasing the Dresser-Rand government business and services portfolio.  The commercial Power Generation Services (PS) work performed at Dresser-Rand will eventually be transferred to Charlotte and other Siemens facilities.   250 employees are impacted.  Siemens operations in Olean and Painted Post are not affected.



Hammondsport Looking to Annex Land from Urbana:


The village of Hammondsport and the town of Urbana will hold a joint public hearing next month. The issue will be the annexation from the town into the village of 3.1 vacant acres of land. That hearing is scheduled for March 20, 6:30 p.m. at the town hall.



Meetings Set for Potential Arkport/Canaseraga School Merger:


The possibility of a merger of the Arkport Central and Canaseraga school districts continues to move ahead as the joint advisory committee will hold four meetings in the coming months.  Superintendents from each school announced meetings for February 26th, April 16th, May 21st and June 18th.  The meetings in February and March are set for 6 p.m. in the Arkport Central Performing Arts center.  The April meeting will be held in the Canaseraga Central cafeteria at 6 p.m.  The June meeting site and time has yet to be determined.  The annexation study is also scheduled for completion in June. 



Potential Ice Jam Flooding Warning:


Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office released a warning Monday for New Yorkers who live in areas along streams and rivers to take precautions against potential ice jam flooding.  With warmer temperatures and rain expected this week, there could be possible ice jam movement and minor flooding.  Flood watches are currently in effect for the North Country and parts of Central New York, and ice jams are being monitored in Oneida County.  Communities near ice jams are urged to closely monitor future forecasts and heed instructions from emergency management officials and local law enforcement.



Free Concert to Benefit Hornell Area Food Pantries:


The Hornell Maple City Barbershop Chorus is presenting a free musical variety concert on Sunday, February 25th at 3 p.m. in the Hornell United Methodist Church.  Free-will offerings will be accepted to support Hornell area food pantries.  Besides the Maple City Barbershop Chorus, the concert will also feature the Rusty Pickups Quartet, the Revised Arrangement Quartet, and Elvis Tribute Artist Dave Weaver.  The event is free and open to the public.



NYS Enjoys 7th Straight Year of Increased Park Attendance:


For the seventh straight year, New York state parks saw increased attendance in 2017.  71.5 million visitors traveled to New York’s parks and historic sites, up 950,000 compared to 2016.  2018 is expected to be another exciting year for state parks, with more improvement and additions, including the debut of the Watkins Glen State Park entrance transformation.  

Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 19th

Steuben’s New Opioid Initiative to be Announced Feb. 26th:


An innovative effort to combat opioid addiction and its impact on all Steuben County residents will be announced when the county Legislature meets at 10 a.m. February 26th at the County Office Building in Bath.  The effort is a joint operation involving all official disciplines in Steuben, including law enforcement, prosecution, rehabilitation, and local school districts, and it builds on past successes while incorporating innovative initiatives.  County Manager Jack Wheeler called it a “truly comprehensive proposal” and said that it “will be a critical next step in this fight.”



Painted Post Seeking $20K Main Street Grant:


The Village of Painted Post has submitted a grant seeking $20,000 under New York’s Main Street Technical Assistance program.  Village officials say the money would go toward a feasibility study to determine what can be done to help small businesses and add additional stories to Painted Post buildings. 



Tops Could File for Bankruptcy:


A recent Bloomberg report says that two U.S. supermarket chains could be preparing to file for bankruptcy.  Sources say Bi-Lo LLC, which owns Winn-Dixie supermarkets, could file in the coming weeks, while the owners of Tops Friendly Markets may still be able to seek court protection from creditors sometime this month.  Bi-Lo is reportedly looking to close nearly 200 stores, though it’s unclear whether it will be before or after the filing.  The union for employees of Tops responded to the report saying that the company has hired Evercore, an independent private investment firm, to help them restructure their debt.  They said the union’s contract is still in full effect and that they are monitoring the situation.  In 2017, Reuters reported that Tops had a $723 million debt load and last month reported that the chain has significant pension liabilities.   



Reservation Deadline for Steuben Youth Bureau Banquet Set for Feb. 28th:


The deadline for reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Annual Awards Dinner is February 28th.  The dinner is set for 5:30 p.m. March 7th at the Bath Country Club and honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Steuben Youth.  Awards to be announced are the 2018 Champion for Youth and 2018 Youth Service Worker.  The cost for the event is $22.  For more information or to make reservations call (607) 664-2119. 



NYS Considering New Puppy Mill Regulations:


The New York State Senate is considering new legislation that would prohibit pet stores from buying any dogs or cats from puppy mills or other large scale breeding facilities.  By definition, a puppy mill is a large scale dog breeding facility where profit is given priority over the well-being of the dogs and puppies.  If passed, the bill would require pet stores to receive animals from licensed rescue shelters or humane societies.  If the pets are not adopted, the bill would then require that the animal be returned to the shelter from which it came.    

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 17, 2018

Flu Cases Continue to Rise in Steuben
According to the Steuben County health department, the number of lab-confirmed cases of influenza has reached 254 cases in Steuben County this flu season. Director of the County Health Department Darlene Smith said “The prevalence of the flu this year, as well as those who get it are generally sicker than they were last year.” Smith reminds people that the flu can develop into pneumonia and that the most effective preventative measures against contracting influenza during the season remain getting vaccinated with the flu shot and frequently washing your hands.

Rotary Club Opens Scholarships to High School Seniors
The Bath Rotary Club announces that the organization will offer student loan opportunities as well as approximately $10,000 scholarship to area high school seniors. Students of Avoca Central School, Bradford Central School, Bath-Haverling Central School, Hammondsport Central School, Campbell-Savona Central School and Prattsburgh Central School are eligible. The scholarships offered include the club’s Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarship, Ted Markham Memorial Scholarship, and Rotary Club Scholarship. Available exclusively to Bath-Haverling students are the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship and Interact Scholarship. Application deadline is April 1, 2018 and interested students can email
bathrotaryclub@gmail.com. More information about eligibility requirements and loans can be found at www.bathnyrotary.org.


Bath Man Arrested for Alleged Sex Abuse
A 35 year old Bath man has been arrested for allegations of having inappropriate sexual relations with two minors in the Bath area. Following a joint investigation by State Police and the Schuyler and Steuben County Child Protective Service Agencies, David Smith was charged with felonies of: three counts of criminal sex acts, two felony counts of sex abuse and attempted criminal sex act. Smith was also charged with misdemeanors. Smith was sent to Steuben County Jail following his arraignment in lieu of bail.

Ontario County Woman Arrested for Steuben Welfare Fraud
An Ontario County woman has been arrested for allegedly bilking Steuben County Social Services. 36-year-old Julie Martz was charged by Steuben deputies with welfare fraud, grand larceny, falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. Deputies allege that Martz failed to report income which allowed her to collect benefits she was not entitled to. She was arraigned in Avoca court and released on her own recognizance pending future court action.

Social Security and Retirement Workshop to be Held by CCE
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County announces the organization will host the workshop Making the Most of Social Security: Retirement Income-Enhancing Strategies presented by H&H Financial Group. This informative session is scheduled March 1st from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Dormann Library in Bath. Topics to be covered include how the ‘do over’ and ‘start, stop, restart strategies operate, how married couples can make the most of their shared efforts, how to claim retroactive benefits as a lump sum, and how to make responsible and informed decisions about retirement plan distributions. The event is of no cost but registration is required by calling 607-664-2300.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, February 16th

Fire in Bath Injures Two:


Two people were sent to the hospital Thursday after a fire broke out inside an apartment in Downtown Bath.  The Bath Volunteer Fire Department said it was dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to a fire at 17 Liberty Street.  Several other local departments and police also responded.  The fire took 30 minutes to get under control, according to officials, and the two people escorted to the hospital are said to be in stable condition.  Authorities believe the fire to be accidental.  The investigation is ongoing.



Three Hornell Teens Accused of Robbing, Beating Man:


Three Hornell teens are facing charges of robbery, assault, and gang assault for allegedly beating and robbing a man on Tuesday night.  According to Hornell police, 19-year-old Shaun Haynes, 16-year-old Jametris Jordan, and 16-year-old Terrence Tigner punched and kicked a 44-year-old man at the Adist place underpass.  They also allegedly took his cell phone and other items.  The man was taken to St. James Hospital for multiple injuries.



Hornell Woman Facing Sex Charges:


A Hornell woman has been arrested for allegedly having sexual contact with a child under the age of 17.  25-year-old Kirsten Herrnecker has been charged with rape in the third, criminal sexual act in the third, and endangering the welfare of a child.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Bristol Woman Accused of Defrauding Steuben Co. SS:


A Bristol woman has been arrested, with the assistance of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, for allegedly defrauding the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  36-year-old Julie Martz allegedly failed to report income as required while receiving benefits and as a result received benefits she was not eligible for.  She was charged with four counts of offering a false instrument for filing and three counts of falsifying business records.  She was also charged with welfare fraud and grand larceny.  She was arraigned and was released on her own recognizance.



Lawmakers Urge Cuomo to Add Local Lakes to Algal Bloom Priority List:


Local representatives, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano are urging Governor Andrew Cuomo to add multiple Finger Lakes to the priority list the state considers vulnerable to harmful algal blooms.  They’re proposing the addition of Canandaigua, Keuka, and Seneca lakes to the list.  The Governor has proposed $65 million in funding to establish action plans to combat algae blooms.



Hornell Town Hall Meeting on Marijuana Feb. 28th:


A town hall meeting on the facts about marijuana as a remedy for physical and emotional ailments is set for February 28th from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Hornell High School auditorium.  With increasing efforts across the nation to legalize marijuana, people’s perceptions of the effect of pot are changing, according to Keith Hoffman, senior counselor and onsite supervisor for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services.  Hoffman said that “people view marijuana as less harmful than other drugs or even harmless, believing since it grows naturally there should not be any issue with smoking it,” but he cautioned that “marijuana can have things like fentanyl or other illegal substances placed on it when its packaged for sale to make it more potent to entice the user to buy from that substance dealer again.”  Keynote speaker at the event will be Jennifer Faringer, director of the DePaul National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence-Rochester area.  Other speakers will include representatives from Hornell Area Concern for Youth, the Steuben Prevention Coalition, and the Steuben Council on Addictions.



GOP Donation to be Put Toward New Hornell K9 Vehicle:


The Hornell Police Department is closer to a new K9 vehicle thanks to a recent $1,000 donation by the Hornell Republican Committee.  According to Mayor John Buckley, the old vehicle has over 180,000 miles on it and the engine is failing.  Chief Ted Murray called the K9 unit an essential part of the department, and he thanked the Mayor and the GOP for considering them for this year’s donation.   



Steuben Historian Seeking Hall of Fall Nominees:


Nominations for the Steuben County Hall of Fame will be accepted until March 31st, according to county Historian Emily Simms.  Committee members will review and select proposed inductees in early May.  A reception for the inductees will follow their approval by the county Legislature in late June.  Portraits of the honorees will be placed in the county Hall of Fame photo gallery, in the southern hallway of the second floor in the County Office Building.  To be eligible, nominees may be living or deceased, man, woman, or child who has enhanced the name of Steuben County.  They should have resided in Steuben, but may have been born elsewhere.   Past nominees not inducted may be re-nominated.  For applications go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 15th

Wegmans to Sponsor Wineglass Half-Marathon:


Wineglass Marathon organizers have announced that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. will be the presenting sponsor for the 2018 Wineglass Half Marathon.  The eighth annual Wineglass Half Marathon presented by Wegmans starts at 7:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 30th.  Runners will take to the roads on this point-to-point course from Campbell to the finish line on Market Street in Corning.  This event sells out early every year, and currently is at 65 percent of capacity.  For more information, visit http://www.wineglassmarathon.com or follow Wineglass Marathon on Facebook.



Big Flats Talks Arnot Mall Redevelopment:


Big Flats Supervisor Ed Fairbrother recently provided an update on the proposed Arnot Mall redevelopment.  He said that it will be ongoing for multiple years and that one specific attraction mall officials are considering implementing is a farmers market.  The mall project is expected to get underway before April 1st with the groundbreaking for the Holiday Inn Express.



Gillibrand Supports Marijuana Legalization:


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Wednesday that she is cosponsoring the Marijuana Justice Act, legislation that would legalize marijuana on a federal level by removing it from the list of controlled substances.  The legislation, which was introduced by Senator Cory Booker, would also expunge the records of those with prior marijuana possession convictions, create incentives for states to change outdated marijuana laws, and create a fund to reinvest in communities that have been most impacted by marijuana polices by investing in job training programs, educational opportunities, public libraries, community centers, and other programs.  According to a Siena College poll released this week, a majority of New Yorkers support marijuana legalization and a recent Fox News poll showed 60 percent of Americans across the country favor legalization, an all time high.



Hartsville Increasing Dog License Fees:


At Wednesday’s meeting of the Hartsville Town Board, the current dog law was amended to increase licensing fees.  The new fees will increase from $8.50 to $10 for spayed and neutered dogs, and from $16.50 to $18 for unsprayed or unneutered.  Hartsville is also planning to perform a dog census in the near future.



NYS Awards $4M to Develop Open Access Substance Abuse Centers:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has awarded more than $4 million to develop 10 24/7 Open Access Centers to deliver immediate engagement, assessment and referral service options to New Yorkers seeking treatment for substance abuse. The primary goal of Open Access Centers is to ensure that anyone in need of substance use disorder services has immediate access to addiction treatment services. Steuben County residents will be served by the Alcohol and Drug Council of Tompkins County, which will receive $450,000.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 14th

Concerns Raised at Landfill Expansion Hearing:


Local residents and officials from the Department of Environmental Conversation and Casella Waste Systems met at the Campbell American Legion Tuesday for a public hearing regarding the proposed expansion of the Hakes Landfill in Painted Post.  Residents brought up a number of concerns, including the environmental impact, the odor, the volume of vehicles, the health of nearby residents, and the radioactive materials contained in the fracking waste from Pennsylvania.  The fracking waste was one of the biggest topics at the hearing and Casella Waste Systems Vice President Larry Shilling took time to address it.  He said the company was also initially worried about the radioactive materials, but he said subsequent studies showed the materials in the waste were “slightly above background, and (that) it’s nothing to really be concerned with from an operational standpoint, an environmental standpoint, or a safety standpoint.”  Anyone interested in submitting comments on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement and the town site plan may do so with the DEC until February 26th by calling (585) 226-5400.



O’Mara Unveils “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda”:


Tuesday, State Senator Tom O’Mara joined with his Senate Majority colleagues to unveil a “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda” that calls for new tax cuts, broad-based regulatory reform, workforce development initiatives, and a major refocusing of the state’s economic development initiatives including shutting down the controversial START-UP New York program.  Two pieces of legislation co-sponorsed by O’Mara has already been acted on this year by the Senate.  A measure that would make permanent the two-percent cap on local property tax increases, and a proposal that calls for establishing a permanent two-percent cap on annual growth in state government spending.



Budget Amendment Would Fund Early Voting in NYS:


Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Office has announced a 30-day budget amendment that would fund early voting across New York State.  Under the amendment, every county in the state would be allowed to offer early voting in the 12 days leading up to Election Day.  Voters would have at least eight hours on weekdays and five hours on weekends to cast ballots.  Counties would have to have one early voting site per 50,000 residents.  The County Boards of Elections would determine specific locations.  Currently, New York is one of 13 states that don’t offer early voting.



New Rape Kit Law Proposed for NYS:


In New York State it’s currently policy that unreported rape kits are only kept for a short time before being destroyed.  A group of legislators is looking to change that and give victims more time to come forward to law enforcement.  A set of three bills have been introduced that would allow for rape kits that have not been reported to the police to be maintained for two years in one centralized location, allow victims to keep track of their kits, and ensure that victims are never billed for their exams.  The legislators say they will push for the passage of these bills this year.



Steuben Public Health Looking for Volunteers:


The Steuben County Public Health Department is looking for volunteers for emergencies or drills through the ServSTEUBEN-Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).  Steuben’s corps is composed of both medical and nonmedical volunteers willing to respond in the event of a real disaster, and partners with eight counties in the region for additional support.  The volunteers also will have an opportunity to participate in a planned drill set for April 10th at Haverling High School in Bath.  Anyone who registers as a volunteer by Monday (Feb. 19th) will be entered for a chance to win one of three emergency radios.  Volunteers are asked to register at http://tinyurl.com/ServSTEUBEN-MRC.  For more information or help with registration, call (607) 664-2438.



NY Mental Health Awareness Plates Unveiled:


As part of its campaign to raise awareness for mental health illnesses, New York State has unveiled new license plates.  The new plates feature a green mental health awareness ribbon and the tagline “Healthy Minds, Healthy New York.”  The plates are available online and can be ordered through the Department of Motor Vehicles.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, February 13th

Painted Post Daycare Worker Charged with Sexual Abuse:


A worker at a daycare center in Painted Post has been charged with sexual abuse of a child.  36-year-old Seth McGannon of Painted Post is facing of two counts of sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child stemming from an incident that allegedly occurred in November.  McGannon is associated with the Erwin Child and Family Center.  The Center has not commented on McGannon’s current employment status.



Forgery and Criminal Mischief Charges for Corning Man:


A Corning man is facing additional charges after he allegedly attempted to enter the Steuben County Jail with a forged document.  24-year-old Forrest Smith is accused of presenting the fake document to jail personnel while entering the jail on an unrelated charge in an attempt to gain contraband.  He was charged with forgery in the second.  Smith was also arrested on Saturday for the crime of criminal mischief in the third for allegedly damaging the property of another, and that the damage was in excess of $250 value.  He was arraigned and sent back to the county jail without bail. 



Corning Man Arrested for Violation of Probation:


A Corning man has been arrested on a violation of probation warrant issued by the Village of Bath Court.  It’s alleged that 64-year-old Jonny Richardson violated the terms and conditions of his probation on a felony driving while ability impaired by drugs conviction.  He was arraigned and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Sitel to Lay of 71:


The Sitel plant in Painted Post has announced that it will be laying off 71 employees this May.  The company said the layoffs are due to the unplanned departure of a customer.  The affected workers are not represented by a union.



New Hornell Office for Assemblyman Errigo:


Constituents of Assemblyman Joe Errigo (R, Coneus) will soon have another way to get in contact with their representative.  Monday, Errigo announced the opening of a new satellite office on the third floor of Hornell City Hall.  It will officially open on February 22nd and will be open every second and fourth Thursday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. 



Bath Vol. Fire Dept. Names Firefighter/Firefly of the Year:


On Saturday, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department held their annual awards banquet where their Firefighter, Firefly, and Junior Fighter of the year were announced.  Firefighter of the Year was presented to Brent Hockaday; Tiffany Walruth was named Firefly of the Year; and Junior Fighter went to Blake Jackson.  Speaking at the event, Mayor Bill von Hagn expressed his gratitude and the appreciation of the village board to all the members of the department for their time and dedication.  The department ran 387 calls in 2017.



Congressman Reed Holds Annual Valentines for Vets:


Monday morning, Congressman Tom Reed held his annual Valentines for Vets at the Bath V.A.  During the event, Reed handed out Valentine’s cards handmade by local students and he met with veterans to express his gratitude for their service.  Therapy dogs also visited with residents, providing their special brand of comfort and affection.



Applications Open for Italian-American Legislators Scholarship:


Applications are open for Assemblyman Phil Palmesano’s and the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators’ scholarship program.  Four scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded: two for academic achievement, and two athletic scholarships.  The deadline to apply is Monday, April 2nd.  Students in the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes can apply by contacting Palmesano’s office at (607) 776-9691.



National Salute to Veterans Week Concert at Bath V.A.:


As a part of National Salute to Veterans Week, the Fabulous Sgro Brothers will perform at the Bath V.A.  The concert will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday and it is open to the public.  The Sgro Brothers have performed with stars such as Tony Bennett, the Four Lads, Don Cornell, and Frank Sinatra.  

Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 12th

Public Hearing on Proposed Campbell Landfill Expansion Tomorrow:


The Department of Environmental Conversation will hold a public hearing tomorrow, Tuesday, February 13th at 6 p.m. at the Campbell American Legion on the proposed expansion of the Hakes Landfill.  There have been some concerns voiced about the proposal; among them members of the Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter saying the DEC accepted a “deeply flawed” draft supplemental environmental impact statement.  Casella Waste Systems owns the landfill and its Regional Vice President, Larry Shilling said that he plans to attend and comment at tomorrow’s hearing.  The DEC also said they’ll consider all public input and that are accepting written comments until February 26th.   



Appellate Court Rejects Petition from Steuben County Woman:


A New York State Appellate Court has rejected a petition filed on behalf of a Steuben County woman.  29-year-old Sarah Murphy-Sears of Bath is currently serving a prison sentence after being convicted of felony counts of welfare fraud and 2nd degree attempted assault.  The court said that “contrary to her contention, the record demonstrates that [Murphy-Sears] validly waived her right to appeal,” and as such they declined “to exercise [their] power to review those challenges as a matter of discretion in the interest of justice.”  According to the New York State Department of Corrections, Murphy-Sears is currently an inmate at Bedford Hills.



Kolb Drops Out of NYS Governor’s Race:


In a statement to the press on Friday, Republican contender for New York State Governor Brian Kolb announced that he is stepping aside.  The State Assembly Minority Leader cited the hardships of a campaign on his family life as a deciding factor in his decision.  As a candidate, Kolb had won the support of nine Finger Lakes region Republican County Chairs, including Steuben’s chair Joe Sempolinski.  In response to Friday’s announcement, Sempolinski said that he was disappointed but that they’ll “move on and coalesce around another candidate that can defeat Andrew Cuomo.”  As for Kolb, he said he is “very grateful to the friends, volunteers, activists, business and community leaders, and donors for their support,” and that he will continue to serve the people of New York as Assembly Leader.



144 Drug Arrests Made by Hornell Police in 2017:


During the recent monthly meeting of the Hornell Board of Public Safety, Hornell Police Chief Ted Murray presented drug arrest statistics for 2017.  The total of 144 was on par with 2016 figures, though the demographics did change year-over year.  Marijuana arrests were up slightly from 61 to 67, Cocaine arrests went down from 45 to 25, heroin arrests remained fairly steady rising only two from 23 to 25, and prescription drug arrests went up from 16 to 24.  Mayor John Buckley praised the department for its efforts and said that continued cooperation between the codes office, fire department, and police department will go a long way to spotting drug activity in 2018. 



Removal of Potentially Dangerous Guardrail Components Expected this Summer:


As of this month, the state Department of Transportation says that it has removed 17 potentially dangerous X-Lite Guardrail End Terminals from New York highways.  The DOT says 26 X-Lites remain and are scheduled for removal this summer.  Of those 26, 19 of them are in the Southern Tier.  While there have been no injuries or fatalities in New York attributed to the X-Lites, the terminals made headlines in 2016 when a Fredonia native was killed in Tennessee after her vehicle struck one of the X-Lites and it impaled the cabin of her vehicle.  Several other motor vehicle deaths in several other states have also been attributed to the X-Lite.

Today's Top Stories - Friday February 10, 2018

O'Mara Asks for Veteran Hall of Fame Nominations
New York State Senator Tom O'Mara is seeking nominations for the Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame began as an online tribute in 2005 and continues to honor the men and women who have dedicated themselves to service for our country here at home and in combat. Citizens of our district are encouraged to submit nominees to the Veterans Hall of Fame online at:

Easy Rider Transportation Program Smart Option for Seniors
For seniors with transportation needs and limited options, the Easy Rider program is a resource that many take advantage of, especially in the colder months where commuting can be hazardous. A program made possible through the Project Care programs working in conjunction with Faith in Action, Steuben RSVP, and Steuben Coordinated Transportation provides transportation services to seniors.  The free service offers seven different routes throughout Steuben County to any senior citizen who needs transportation. Drivers also help bring in groceries and make sure the senior gets into their home safely. Those eligible and interested in using the service for rides or finding out more information about the program can talk to officials at: (607) 664-2298.

Reed Criticizes New Budget Deal
Tom Reed took time at his weekly press conference call to address his concerns on the recent budget deal the president signed. “Going down the path of uncontrolled spending that continues to add to our national debt. This debt crisis is real…” Reed has been a supporter of Trump on most fiscal issues, but feels this deal will be on the dime of taxpayers. The congressman added: “Because at $21 trillion worth of national debt if we just maintain the status quo, if we do what so many elected officials like to do and what you see in this budget agreement is it’s easy to come to a bipartisan agreement when you spend taxpayer dollars.”

Steuben County Flu Cases Rise
A record number of influenza cases have been reported this year everywhere in New York State, hitting the Southern Tier especially hard and the flu Season is not over yet. According to the most recent report by the State Department of Health, Steuben County reported 60 cases of the flu, a significant increase from the 37 cases reported the previous week. The number of reported cases in the county for the season to date totals 185.

Sheriff's Office Plans CRASE Emergency Crisis Trainings for March
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports they will be conducting three CRASE trainings during the month of March in the Bath, Corning and Hornell areas to meet the emergency management needs of local clergy and lay-leaders in assisting security concerns in houses of worship. CRASE trainings were planned and organized by the Sheriff’s Office as a response to concerns expressed in the local community about nationwide events of catastrophic violence. Those interested in attending these classes or wishing to assist by hosting a training in their area can contact Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Terri Moir at (607) 622-3930 or

Bath Village Board to Hold Hearing on Property Tax Cap
The village board in Bath will hold a public hearing later this month on a proposed local law. The legislation would allow the village to override the state required property tax cap. The law doesn’t mandate an override, but it does give Trustees the authority to do so. The hearing has been scheduled for February 20
th at 5:30 at the Municipal Building.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, February 9th

4 Indicted on Drug Charges:


Four people have been indicted on drug charges.  26-year-old Samuel Byler of Addison, 32-year-old Robert Baker and 31-year-old Serena Russell, both of Rathbone, and 24-year-old John Hallett of Elkland, P.A. have all been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession a controlled substance following an investigation by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office that lead to a search of a residence in the Town of Rathbone in December.  At the time of their arrest, the defendants were found to be actively producing meth and to be in possession of more than two ounces of the drug.



Elmira Man Arrested for Bail Jumping:


State Troopers arrested 39-year-old James Batrowny of Elmira on Wednesday for bail

jumping.  Batrowny pled guilty in Steuben County Superior court to manufacturing methamphetamine in August and was released on his own recognizance pending sentencing.  A warrant was issued for Batrowny when he failed to appear in court for his scheduled sentencing.  He was arrested in the City of Elmira on a separate warrant on February 3rd and was sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Parts of Elmira Correctional Facility Locked Down Following Suspected Gang Fights:


A series of inmate fights locked down two cell blocks at the Elmira Correctional Facility.  According to the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, the fights happened over a five day period starting on January 30th with a fight between two inmates inside a cell.  Six more fights broke out in the prison over the following days.  Two cell blocks were temporarily locked down over the weekend and officers searched the cells and common areas for contraband.  They seized 30 makeshift weapons.  The inmates involved were moved to special housing units and face internal disciplinary charges.



Second HEAP Benefit Applications Open Feb. 12th:


Governor Cuomo has announced additional funding available to help eligible New Yorkers heat their homes following severe low temperatures this winter. Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off will be able to apply for a second emergency benefit through the federal Home Energy Assistance Program beginning February 12th.



Guthrie Looking to Expand Corning Hospital:


On January 23rd, Guthrie officials met with the Town of Corning Planning Board to discuss an expansion of the Corning Hospital.  The proposed addition will be two stories and approximately 30,000 square feet.  Guthrie hopes to break ground this year with a completion date in 2019.  Guthrie officials say the addition would be for medical office space where physicians can see patients. 



Steuben Co. IDA Launches New Website:


As part of its digital marketing strategy, the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency has announced the launch of a new website.  New content on the site includes interactive charts and graphs, updated photography, links to partner organizations and targeted messaging with increased video and graphics.  The website can be found at http://www.steubencountyida.com



Annual Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation Meeting:


The Sole Member and the Board of Directors of the Steuben Tobacco Asset Securitization Corporation will be conducting its annual meeting at 12:30 p.m. on March 14th, in the Legislative Committee Conference Room at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath.  

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 8th

Bath Woman Accused of Cashing Forged Checks:


An investigation into the theft and forgery of several checks has led to the arrest of a Bath woman.  32-year-old Sheri Clark is accused of cashing eight separate forged checks that were stolen from a family member, between January 16th and January 30th.  She was charged with eight counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and was released on her own recognizance. 



$96K for Ira Davenport Hospital:


Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced $96,775 in federal funding for Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. The grant was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Distance Learning and Telemedicine program. The funds will be used to purchase telemedicine equipment such as carts, digital stethoscopes, exam cameras, software, and network equipment. This technology will allow the hospital to virtually direct treatment when patients cannot be transported, and allow the hospital to determine whether low-severity patients can remain in their own community for treatment and at their local hospital. 



Counties Receive Funds for Emergency Communications:


Five Southern Tier counties will share in $55 million state funding to enhance and support local emergency communications systems.  The funding is through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program.  Steuben County is expected to receive just over $1 million.  



Changes to NYS Driver’s Licenses to Affect Travel:


Changes to New York State driver’s licenses will affect travel starting October 1st, 2020.  New York is now compliant with “Real ID” requirements, which means you’ll need a Real ID or enhanced driver’s license to fly domestically.  Upgrading licenses won’t be much additional cost: renewing an expired license is free, while an upgrade to a non-expired license is $12.50.  Visit your local DMV with the necessary documents to upgrade.



NYS Senate Approves Removal of Purple Heart License Plate Fee:


The New York State Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara to eliminate the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) fee for Purple Heart veterans to obtain New York’s distinctive Purple Heart license plate. O’Mara said that because of the sacrifices Purple Heart recipients made in serving our nation, these veterans should receive the license plates at no cost. The current, first-time fee for obtaining a personalized Purple Heart license plate is $60.



Some State Lawmakers Pushing for Changes to Laundry Pods:


In response to the “tide pod challenge,” where teenagers post videos of themselves eating tide laundry pods, some New York lawmakers have proposed legislation to make them less appealing.  Introduced bills would require detergent pods to be all one color with non-see through packaging and warning labels on each pod.  Since January, there have been at least 86 reported cases of teenagers purposefully eating laundry pods.



Networking Event for Food/Beverage Producers at CCC:


There will be a unique opportunity for food and beverage producers to network and expand their businesses on February 23rd.  From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Corning Community College will host the Finger Lakes Farm Country Conference in an effort to connect local farmers, food and beverage producers with new markets.  Local farmers, agricultural producers, farm wineries, breweries and distilleries, restauranteurs, chefs, and distributors are all invited to this business-to-business event, which is being sponsored by Taste NY.  It will also include three panel discussions and a keynote speaker from SUNY Cobleskill.  There is a registration fee of $50 for anyone wishing to participate.  For more information, or to register visit http://www.fingerlakesfarmcountry.com.  

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, February 7th

Winter Storm Causes Closings, Cancellations:


As predicted a winter storm moved into the area this morning and it has lead to numerous closings and canellations for schools and area events and orgainzations.  To see the full listing, visit Stormwatch at https://wvinbath.com/pages/schoolbusiness-closings.  



Steuben Co. Restauranteur Pleas Guilty for Failing to Pay Sales Tax:

A Steuben County restauranteur has plead guilty for failing to pay more than $175,000 sales in tax at two Sonora's Mexican Restaurant locations in Bath and Corning.  As part of a plea deal, 56-year-old Christopher Klee paid $225,000 to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for the unpaid sales tax, related penalties, and interest.  He will have to pay an additional $129,380.40 as a condition of his release.  He will be sentenced in March.  Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said he will be sentenced to supervised release.  
Parking Ban in Canisteo Today:
The Canisteo Village Hall announced that there will be a parking ban in place in Canisteo today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hornell City Issues "Code Red" Message for Parking:
The City of Hornell issued a "Code Red" message on Tuesday afternoon urging residents to keep their vehicles off the streets during today's snow storm to allow the snow plows to work more easily.  It is not a ban, but a request from Hornell City Hall.
Senator Gillibrand Pushes Legislation to Help Dairy Farmers:
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is looking to help New York dairy farmers with new legislation called the Dairy Premium Refund Act.  Gillibrand says the bill would return unused insurance money from the Dairy Margin Protection Program to dairy farmers at the end of every production year.  The Dairy Margin Protection Program was developed under the Farm Bill in 2014, and Gillibrand says it just isn't helping dairy farmers the way it should.
Kiosks to Replace Parking Meters in Elmira:

The old-fashioned coin-operated parking meters in the City of Elmira will soon be a thing of the past.  After getting approval in last's years budget, the city will be replacing the meters with kiosks, where motorists can pay with either cash or card.  The first batch of kiosks is expected to be installed this spring in the Downtown area.

Village of Canisteo Takes out $200K Loan:
At this week's meeting of the Canisteo Village officials explained why the village has needed to take out a $200,000 loan.  The mayor said that there "there was a lack of oversight and supervision of the former Clerk/Treasurer position" and four years worth of year end reports were not submitted to the State Comptroller's office.  Other factors leading to the loan were unpaid water sewer bills, which have climbed to $180,000, and several unexpected high retirement payments that were never made.  The former clerk resigned of her own accord last fall and has since been replaced by Katrina Oliverio, whom the Mayor supported at the meeting, saying "she's doing an excellent job."  The loan will be paid by existing streams of revenue, and the village has put in place cost-cutting measures, and the comptroller's office has advised the new clerk with on-site training and telephone support for software.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, February 6th

Meth Lab Bust in Wayland:


A Wayland woman has been arrested after New York State Police responded to a reported active methamphetamine lab on Circle Drive in the Town of Wayland.  42-year-old Lori Schledorn allegedly possessed materials used to manufacture methamphetamine, and destroyed physical evidence in an attempt to impede troopers.  She was charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and tampering with physical evidence, and she was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.  Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and further arrests are pending.



Avoca Woman Accused of Cashing Forged Checks:


An investigation by the New York State Police and the Steuben County Adult Protective/Home Care Unit has resulted in charges against an Avoca woman.  According to authorities, they received a complaint of suspicious activity on the bank account of an elderly subject and investigation lead them to 23-year-old Katherine LaBar-Bulson, who allegedly cashed ten separate forged checks between December 26th and January 30th.  LaBar-Bulson was charged with ten counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail on $100,000 cash bail.



Bath Man Charged with Selling Marihuana to Minor:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly selling marihuana to a person under the age of 18 in the Town of Erwin.  58-year-old Michael Neff has been charged with criminal sale of marihuana and unlawful possession of marihuana.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail.



Bath Woman Allegedly Drove Drunk with Child:


A Bath woman is facing multiple charges after she allegedly drove while intoxicated with a child in her vehicle.  50-year-old Diana Satterfield was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent while having a child in the vehicle, endangering the welfare of a child, refusal to take a breath test, and failure to dim headlights.  She was issued a summons and an appearance ticket.   



Winter Storm Watch in Effect:


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch that goes into effect at 6 a.m. tomorrow and lasts until 4 a.m. Thursday morning.  Heavy snow is possible with accumulations of 6 to 10 inches.  The watch effects Steuben, Seneca, Schuyler, and Chemung Counties in New York, as well as Bradford County in Pennsylvania.  Difficult travel conditions are expected, including during the morning commute on Wednesday, with significant reductions in visibility possible.    



Dates Set for Special Assembly, Senate Elections:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has set special election dates for the Senate and Assembly.  There are 11 vacant seats that will determined on April 24th



Deputy Sworn in at Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office:


In a recent public ceremony at the Steuben County Public Safety building, Deputy Joshua VanSkiver was sworn in.  Deputy VanSkiver is a sixteen year veteran of law enforcement who began his career at the county Sheriff’s Office in 2001, and who also served with the City of Corning Police Department and most recently the City of Elmira Police Department.  Deputy VanSkiver has been recognized over his career as the New York State STOP-DWI Officer of the Year for his efforts in driving while intoxicated arrests.  He returns to Steuben County now to raise his family and to continue serving county residents.



Nominees Sought for Veterans Hall of Fame:


State Senator Tom O’Mara is seeking nominations for the New York State Senate’s Veterans Hall of Fame.  The Hall is an online tribute to the military and civilian lives of veterans from across New York State.  Nominations can be made until April 13th by emailing a short biography highlighting the nominee’s military and civilian service awards and achievements to omara@nysenate.gov.  To view the online Veterans Hall of Fame, visit www.omara.nysenate.gov.    



Event at CCC to Showcase Deliciousness of Finger Lakes Region:


On February 23rd from 5 to 8 p.m., Corning Community College will become a hub for food lovers during a special event showcasing locally-sourced foods.  The Taste FLXpo is a local food and beverage festival open to the public.  It will include food trucks, cooking and pairing demonstrations, tasting samples of locally-grown foods, Finger Lakes wine and craft beverage tastings, and a farmer’s market.  Approximately 50 local farmers, chefs, and beverage producers are expected to participate.  Advance tickets are available for purchase now at $5 at TasteFLXpo.com.  After the 16th, the tickets will be $10.  

Today's Top Stories - Monday, February 5th

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Corning Couple:


A traffic stop in the City of Corning Saturday night has resulted in drug charges for a Corning couple.  41-year-old Charles Sweeney and 42-year-old Julie Sweeney have both been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine.  Both were sent to the Steuben County Jail; Julie Sweeney on $5,000 cash bail, Charles on $10,000 cash bail.  According to police, more charges are expected.



Squirrel Blamed for Horseheads Power Outage:


A power outage that left over 1,000 Horseheads residents without power Sunday morning is being blamed on a squirrel.  According to officials, the animal chewed through the wires and burned out lightning arresters.  Fortunately, power was restored just before noon.



Reed Raises over $1M for Re-Election:


With an election year upon us, Congressman Tom Reed has announced that his campaign has raised more than $1 million for his re-election.  Said Reed that he’s grateful to the hundreds of New Yorkers that have placed their trust in him and his campaign, and have invested their hard-earned money. 



Assemblyman Phil Palmesano Talks Domestic Violence:


A report has been released by Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and his republican colleagues, from the Domestic Violence Prevention Task Force.  The task force looked to gain more information about domestic abuse by meeting with victims, prevention advocates, law enforcement officials, judges and service providers across the state.  The report stresses the importance of helping victims pay for lawyers and enhancing penalties against abusers who commit crimes in front of their children.  The state Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence says intimate partner homicide spiked 22 percent in 2016.  Palmesano said with domestic abuse cases becoming more apparent in our area, the state needs to do more to help victims.



State to Remove “I Love NY” Signs:


After officials in Washington said New York State could lose $14 million in federal funding, state officials have announced that over five hundred “I Love New York” signs across the state’s highway system will now be removed.  Federal officials wanted the signs removed because they said they were unsafe, the state originally disagreed.  State DOT officials call the campaign a success, as it has increased the number of tourists visiting the state by 18 percent.  They added that new signs will be installed this summer, and that they will consult with the federal government on the designs.

TOP Stories for Feb 3rd 2018


Cameron Fire


Sad news for a Cameron family in Steuben County… fire Friday afternoon completely destroyed their home while they were on a trip to Delaware.  Firefighters were called around 3:30 to a fire on County Route 10A. Officials say a wood stove may be the cause, because the home was not insured they there will be no investigation.


Harriette Hoyt sentenced


You may recall the story of a Sayre, Pa women who dumped her 7 month old baby behind a residence in Elmira last year.  Harriette Hoyt who was 17 at the time plead guilty in December to charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree reckless endangerment, and abandonment of a child.  She was sentenced Friday to 9 years in prison in Chemung County Court. The baby who is doing well was abandoned for about 72 hours before she was discovered by neighbors.


Heffner Guilty


Mickey Heffner has been found guilty following a bench trial before Steuben County Judge Patrick McAllister. The 40 year Heffner was charge of attempted rape,  he was taken to the Steuben County Jail and faces up to 25 years in jail


Possible new law for firefighters


Steuben County lawmakers on Monday will review a resolution adopted by the county fire advisory board that urges the state to pass a law allowing fire departments to charge for providing medical services…similar to how independent ambulance services operate. Much of the ambulance coverage in New York state as well as Steuben County is provided by fire departments, many of which are smaller and staffed with volunteers – yet state law doesn’t allow the fire service to charge. The county Public safety and Corrections committee will discuss the issue next week.



Stop DWI Money Allocated


The 2018 STOP-DWI law enforcement plan will be reviewed by a county legislative committee next week. The plan earmarks $86,600 in funding to agencies across the county. The Sheriff’s office would receive the most funding, while the Bath police department would receive $9,000 for patrol and associated services.


Sheriff Arrests


A couple of arrests reported by Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard.  A 16 year old in the Town of Urbana has been arrested and charged with assault following a report striking another person in the mouth and causing injury. 26 year old Alicia Carl of Campbell arrested for violation of a protection order issued by the Steuben County Court. Carl was taken to the County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.


Snowmobilers Reminder


The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) remind snowmobilers to ride responsibly and exercise caution while enjoying the state's snowmobiling opportunities. New York is sponsoring a free promotional snowmobile weekend for out-of-state and Canadian riders today until Monday. New York's network of snowmobile trails generates more than $800 million each year.


NY Marketplace plan enrollments up


NY State of Health, the state's official health plan Marketplace, has announced that more than 4.3million New Yorkers have enrolled in comprehensive health coverage through NY State of Health. That’s an increase of 700,000 people from last year.


Restore Fairness Campaign


Governor Cuomo has launched the Campaign to Restore Fairness in New York's Criminal Justice System. Cuomo says it’s a comprehensive package and the most progressive set of reforms in the nation. Among some of the changes the Governor wants…is to eliminate monetary bail for people facing misdemeanor and non-violent felony charges. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday, February 2nd

Spike in NYSEG Electric Bills:


NYSEG customers got an unhappy surprise in their latest billing statements.  There was an increase for late December and early January.  In response, NYSEG told media that the prolonged cold at the beginning of January increased demand for natural gas, both by power plants and people who heat their homes with it.  That caused the price to go up.  NYSEG, along with other companies, have passed that cost on the customer.



Alstom Extends Lease with Hornell:


With two years left on its current lease agreement, Alstom has agreed to sign a new agreement with the City of Hornell.  The new deal will extend their lease for another 13 years, with options on 3 more 5 year agreements.  Alstom has been part of the city for 20 years.



GOP Fundraiser Announces Run Against Gillibrand:


In a video released Thursday, Chele Chiavacci Farley announced that she will be run against U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  Farley is a private equity executive and a Republican Party fundraiser.  In the video, she accused Gillibrand of being a political opportunist and she promised to bring “tax dollars back home and rebuild New York.” 



Superbowl DWI Crackdown:


Just a reminder as we all get ready for Superbowl fun and excitement, Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special statewide enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  The STOP-DWI crackdown starts today and ends on February 5th.  You can help make a difference by Having a Sober Plan, which you can easily make with the mobile app “Have a Plan.”  If you’re hosting a party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins.  Root for your favorite team, enjoy your friends and family, and remember “Don’t Drive, Get a Ride!”



Flu Shots Still Urged as Cases Rise:


The latest flu statistics were released Thursday and the numbers continue to climb.  State officials say laboratory confirmed flu cases topped 11,000 over the past week, with another 2,200 New Yorkers requiring hospitalization.   Governor Andrew Cuomo again urged people to get their flu shots. 



“I Love NY” Signs Could Cost NYS $14M:


The hundreds of “I Love NY” tourism signs installed along New York’s highways could end up costing the state more than the $8 million it took to create and install them.  The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration sent a letter Thursday to state transportation officials saying the state stands to lose $14 million in federal funding for failing to remove the signs, which they say are unsafe.  DOT officials, however, say the signs are safe.  They said they will continue to work with the FHA on a resolution. 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, February 1st

Ex-Husband in Corning Murder Case Waives Extradition:


The man accused in the murder of Michele Neurauter in Corning will soon be back in New York.  Lloyd Neurauter, Michele’s ex-husband, waived extradition in New Jersey on Wednesday.  He’s currently being held at the Mercer County Correctional Center in Hopwell, New Jersey.  Corning Police plan to bring him back to New York in the next few weeks.  Lloyd’s daughter, Kerrie Neuratuer, is also accused in the murder.  She has pled not guilty.  The Corning P.D. and New York State Police are still investigating. 



No Jail Time for Fire Lieutenant Accused of Selling Drugs:


There will not be jail time for the former Corning Fire Lieutenant that was accused of selling heroin.  43-year-old Thomas Margeson pled guilty to criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree, a felony, and will receive probation.  The probation length depends on a pre-sentence investigation.  Margeson will also have to pay restitution and in a deal with the City, he has retired from the Corning Fire Department.



Northside Blodgett Clock Tower Too Rotted to be Saved:


Despite best efforts, it’s been determined that the clock tower section of the former Northside Blodgett School in Corning cannot be saved.  Arbor Housing officials say that work crews found the tower to be too rotted and deteriorated to save.  They will try to salvage the clock faces.  Corning-Painted Post Superintendent Mike Ginalski said they will continue to work with the Alumni Association – which has long asked to have the clock tower saved and relocated.  He said it may be easier, from a financial standpoint, to design something new for the clock faces.



Food Bank’s Check Out Hunger Campaign Underway:


The annual Check Out Hunger campaign for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is once again underway at area grocery stores.  Customers can donate $2, $3, or $5 at the register at participating Jubilee, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans stores throughout the month of February.  In 2017, the campaign raised more than $274,000 for the food bank.



St. James Mercy Receives Certificate from National Disaster Medical System:


St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell has received a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Disaster Medical System for participation in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts.  St. James deployed one of its Emergency Department providers, Giacomo (Jack) Florio, in support of Texas residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  He also assisted with relief efforts for Hurricane Irma, which caused significant damage to the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and parts of Florida.  

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