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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 31st

Investigation into Meth Precursor Purchases Leads to 15 Arrests:


15 people have been arrested following a five-month investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation into the unlawful purchase of precursors used in the making of methamphetamine.  The investigation centered on the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, the active ingredient in Claritin, Sudafed, and other similar products.  The purchase of these products is strictly regulated and limited to no more than 3.6 grams per day, and no more than 9 grams in 30 days.  The individuals arrested allegedly purchased and attempted to purchase these products from several regional pharmacies, and then use them to either produce methamphetamine or “traded” them to known methamphetamine “cooks.”  Arrests include: 35-year-old Michelle Croft and 37-year-old Melissa Sherman, both of Lindley; 40-year-old Daniel Gillespie of Jasper; 51-year-old John Landsborough, 33-year-old William Landsborough, 50-year-old Joyce Lafave, 37-year-old William Trenchard, 42-year-old Chastity Stark, and 34-year-old Jessica Austin, all of Bath; 29-year-old Cody Shoemaker and 31-year-old Jeremy Comfort, both of Corning; 25-year-old Megan Preston and 48-year-old Kristina Jolley, both of Painted Post; 26-year-old Patrick Rafferty of Addison; and 20-year-old Kerstyn Buck of Tioga, P.A.  All were charged with falsifying business records in the 1st, a class “E” felony, except Shoemaker.  He was charged with criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing materials in the 2nd.  



Police Seeking “Tire Slasher”:


Corning Police are investigating reports of numerous tire slashings throughout the city.  Police say an unknown male is believed to have gone on the spree, slashing tires on nearly 20 vehicles on both the North and South sides of Corning Monday night through early Tuesday morning.  The police department said they are currently following up on several potential leads.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has arrested an Atlanta, New York man for allegedly violating his probation.  29-year-old John Vancuren was arrested on a warrant out of Steuben County Court and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Voter Registration Deadline for June Primaries Tomorrow:


If you’re hoping to vote in the upcoming Federal Primary Election, set for June 26th, but aren’t currently registered, your time to do so is running out.  The deadline for voter registrations for the primary election is tomorrow, June 1st.  If mailing in your registration, it must be postmarked by June 1st, and received by a Board of Elections no later than June 6th.  For information about registering to vote, visit http://www.elections.ny.gov/VotingRegister.html



Funding Available to Help Farmers Protect Land from Development:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced another $38 million in state funding is now available for farmers to help them protect their land from development.  Individual grants of up to $2 million are available through the Farmland Protection Implementation Grant program for eligible municipalities, counties, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to help offset the costs of conservation easement projects.  Since Cuomo took office over 80 farmland protection projects have been funded through the program.



Area Students Eliminated from Scripps Spelling Bee Competition:


Despite spelling all their words correctly, all three of the area students competing in this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee were eliminated Wednesday in the third round.  Only 41 students out of 519 hopefuls advanced on to the final round.  The finalists were chosen not only by correctly spelling their words during the oral rounds, but by how well they did on written tests taken Tuesday.  The finals get underway today with Part 1 at 10 a.m.  Part 2 will be later this evening at 8:30 p.m. 



Work on I-86 in Horseheads, Big Flats:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced pavement resurfacing work beginning next week on the I-86 mainline and interchanges in the Towns of Big Flats and Horseheads.  Work will start on Bridge Street (Exit 49) in Big Flats and then proceed to the I-86 mainline.  The project stretches seven miles from the Chemung/Steuben county line to Exit 52 in Horseheads.  Resurfacing will take place on I-86, including all ramps, Chambers Road from the Mall entrance to County Route 64, and Bridge Street from Daniel Zenker Drive to Maple Street.  Motorists should expect lane closures and ramp/exit closures. 



National “Economic Developer of the Year” Awarded to Steuben Co. IDA:


Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director James Johnson has been named “Economic Developer of the Year” by the New York State Economic Development Council.  Johnson has been the Steuben IDA head for 7 years, and he was selected by the Council for, quote, “seeing the big picture and immersing himself in all facets of economic development, from policy and community infrastructure to marketing and site development.” 



DSS Honors Foster Care Families:


Some 21 families representing 48 foster care homes were recently honored at the Steuben County Department of Social Services’ Foster Care Banquet at the VFW in Bath.  The event’s tropical theme celebrated “Ohana,” the Hawaiian word for family.  The event also included presentations of certificates by county Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski and County Legislature Human Services Health and Education Chairwoman Carol Ferratella.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 30th

Prison Contraband Arrest:


A Rochester man has been arrested for allegedly possessing contraband while he was housed in the Steuben County Jail.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Christopher Redar possessed a quantity of suboxone, a banned substance.  He was charged with promoting prison contraband, a felony, and he was sent back to the county jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Warrant Arrest:


An investigation by Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies into a report of a man walking on I-86 lead to a warrant arrest.  51-year-old Paul Bjorck, of Elmira, was found to be wanted in Horseheads on a warrant for theft of services.  He was turned over to the New York State Police for processing.



Amber Alert Cancelled, But Search Continues to Missing Toddler:


State Police have cancelled the Amber Alert issued for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon, but the toddler remains missing.  Hundreds of law enforcement officers have spent days searching the Town of Sodus farm where his mother’s body was found buried on May 23rd, and the Wayne County Sheriff says the search will continue as long as necessary.  The alert was cancelled administratively after a review of the criteria.  The boyfriend of 18-year-old Selena Hidalgo-Calderon was arrested last week after he was spotted by a trail camera going in and out of the woods with a shovel.  He has since admitted to burying her, but not to killing her.  He is currently being held on $25,000 bail in the Wayne County Jail.



Three Area Students Move On in Scripps Spelling Bee:


Three area students continue to compete for the title of Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion after moving on to round three.  12-year-old Kris Patel of Horseheads Intermediate School, Anh Thu Tran – a seventh grader at Chemung Valley Montessori School in Big Flats, and 14-year-old Vishal Madhudi – an eighth grader at the Alternative School for Math in Science in Corning resume competition today at 8 a.m.



Avoca B.O.E. Revote Set:


The Avoca Central School District will hold a special run-off election to fill a seat on the school board. A tie vote earlier this month prompted the vote. The candidates are Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes. Voting will take place at the bus garage on June 12th from noon until 9 p.m. The two candidates are vying for a five year term. Absentee ballots must be received by 5pm on election day.



Public Hearings Set for Proposed Urbana Projects:


The town of Urbana planning board will hold a series of public hearings next week. In the first case, Keuka Water Sports is seeking to remove a greenhouse and construct a pole barn for a marine service. In another case, Pennwood Development has plans to construct a dwelling at the same spot on Bohemian Way where a house was previously taken down. A third applicant is seeking to build an additional home on her property on County Road 87. The hearings will be held on June 4th at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Town Hall.



Watkins Glen Named #3 in “Ranking of Best Small Towns for Adventures”:


There’s more praise for Watkins Glen from the readers of USA Today.  Previously recognized for its beauty and its racing, the Village has now been named as one of the “10 Best Small Towns for Adventure.”  Ranked Number 3, Watkins Glen was only beat out by Florence, Oregon and Marquette, Michigan, which were named Number 2 and Number 1, respectively.  The review mentioned Watkins Glen State Park, the Finger Lakes Trail, and the opportunities for horseback riding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing. 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 29th

2 Arrested in Arkport Car Theft:


Two people have been arrested following a report of a stolen car from the Village of Arkport.  According to State Police, 25-year-old Patrick Mccullough and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both of Kansas, stole the vehicle from Arkport and drove it to Mohegan Lake in Westchester County.  The pair was arrested there, and they were transported to the Bath barracks where they were processed on charges of grand larceny.  They were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.



2 Bath Men Arrested for Failing to Register Online Accounts:


The New York State Police have arrested 38-year-old Victor Pfund and 31-year-old Sean Battle, both of Bath, after they were allegedly found in possession of electronic devices with unregistered screen names and user accounts.  Both men are convicted sex offenders and they are required to register their online personas under the Electronic Security and Targeting of Online Predators Act (E-STOP).  Both were charged with failing to register and were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash.  At the time of their arrest, they were both currently incarcerated on warrants for violating the terms and conditions of their parole.



Sen. Schumer Joins Voices Opposed to Romulus Incinerator:


U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is joining the opposition to the planned waste-to-energy incinerator proposed for Romulus.  Schumer says the facility would be bad for the regional economy and it would put the public’s health at risk.  Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo also voiced opposition to the proposed facility, saying it was “not consistent” with his administration’s goals.



NYSEG/RG&E Warn Against Scams:


NYSEG and RG&E are urging customers to be wary of scammers posing as representatives of trusted energy companies. In recent days, the companies have received reports of scammers threatening to cut service unless the customer makes an immediate payment over the phone using a prepaid debit card. While most customers recognize these calls as scams, a small number have been persuaded to make payments.  It’s an old swindle with some new twists. Caller ID may show the call is coming from the utility. In some cases, the perpetrators seem to have specific knowledge about the customers they’re calling. They may even provide a callback number that answers with a recorded greeting that’s similar to the energy company’s customer service line. The utilities say if you receive a call and you are uncomfortable, call police.



Deadline Approaching to File in Western Union Settlement:


Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued a reminder to New Yorkers that the deadline for filing a refund claim in connection with a nationwide settlement with Western Union is May 31st, 2018. Consumers who were induced by scammers into wiring money via Western Union between January 1, 2004 and January 19, 2017 are eligible to file claims. Consumers who think they may be eligible for a refund should visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission at FTC.gov/WU to file a claim online, download a claim form, and/or obtain information on how to file a claim.

Today's Top Stories Monday May 28th


Memorial Day Ceremonies

The Bath VA Medical Center will host a special Memorial Day program 10am today at Bath National Cemetery.  The public is invited to participate and walk through the cemetery afterwards where they can view more than 15,000 flags placed by fifth grade classes at Dana Lyon to honor our fallen soldiers. In Hammondsport, a veteran's honor roll memorial takes place 10am at the Hammondsport Village Square with a service following afterward at Elmwood Cemetery. Elmira will host a parade begins this morning at 9:30 to be followed by a memorial service at Woodlawn National Cemetery at 11.m.Cornell will hold its Memorial Day Parade 9:30 at the East Main Street Bridge.


Bath man Arrested for DWI

A Bath man is behind bars of the Yates County Jail and faces several charges, after allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on 54A in Jerusalem. John Hilligus took off on his motorcycle after being stopped by Deputies then pulled over 5 miles away. Deputies say he failed sobriety tests then charged with speeding, refusal to comply, and DWI. Hilligus is held on $5,000 bail.

Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years
The holiday is the unofficial start of the summer and just in time for the season, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben announced it will be celebrating its centennial by holding a set of lectures and events for the community to enjoy. “What the Earth Asks of Us," will be held next month, “Honeybee Democracy,” and many more lectures. Howard Community Center will hold 100-year celebration Chicken Barbecue July 22nd at 1pm. CCE-Steuben will hold its Centennial Celebration September 14th at the Pleasant Valley Winery in Hammondsport. Good more details and events please visit putknowledgetowork.org.

Sodus Infant Still Missing
The search continues for 14-month-old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon of Wayne County following an Amber Alert issued for the child and a weekend of searching by police and 200 volunteers. The body of Owen's mother Selena was found in the woods near a farm where she lived and worked for about 4 weeks prior to her disappearance. Both mother and son were last seen alive May 16th.  Anyone with information about Owen's whereabouts is urged to come forward to authorities. Worked Justice of New York created a GoFundMe page for Selena's family https://www.gofundme.com/support-estela-and-her-family.

Law Enforcment Crack Down for Holiday Weekend
Police across the state continue patrols to crack down on intoxicated and unsafe driving for the last day of Memorial Day holiday weekend. If you are out driving today, expect sobriety checkpoints. Non-emergency-related road and bridge construction work remain suspended until 6am tomorrow morning to minimize traffic during one of the busiest travel holidays of each year. Last year, State Police made 237 arrests for driving while intoxicated over the Memorial Day weekend.

State agreement with United University Professions
Governor Cuomo has announced that his administration has reached a six-year contract agreement with the United University Professions, the nation's largest higher education union serving more than 35,000 SUNY employees. The contract agreement includes 2 percent wage increases each year through 2021-2022 with access to new Paid Family Leave benefits, and establishes an adjunct minimum compensation. This is the first labor union agreement with the state that includes Paid Family Leave benefits since the policy took effect on January 1, 2018.


Flags at Half-Staff for Assemblyman Farrell

Flags on all state government buildings will be flown at half-staff Tuesday in honor of Assemblyman Denny Farrell. The 86-year-old died Saturday. Farrell served 42 years in state government. Many considered him a fixture. Farrell was first elected in 1975 and headed the Assembly banking committee and later Ways & Means. He spearheaded legislation that required banks to offer low-cost checking accounts and created a free state consumer hotline for credit card rate and fee information.

Today's Top Stories - May 26, 2018

Amber Alert for Sodus Infant
An Amber Alert has been issued for one year old Owen Hidalgo-Calderon. Owen is about 2 feet tall and weighs approximately 30 pounds, of Hispanic ethnicity, and was possibly last seen with Ebavardo Gutierrez Reyes last week on or about May 16. The child is believed to have been abducted from Sodus that day when his mother was murdered. Ebavardo is 25-years-old, Hispanic, with brown hair and brown eyes.  Anyone with information is urged to please come forward and contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Office or call 911.

Arkport on Lockdown Following Threats
Arkport Central School was placed on lockdown yesterday following two anonymous threats  made by a student there. Eric W. Carman, age 16 of Arkport, was charged with two felony counts of Making a Terroristic Threat. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office responded with assistance from New York State Police and Hornell Police Department. Bomb detection canines were also sent from the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Carman was arraigned in Town of Fremont Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond and will reappear in court at a later date.


Two from Kansas Arrested for Grand Larceny
New York State Police of the Bath barracks arrested two people from Kansas for Grand Larceny following a report of vehicle larceny in the village of Arkport. Troopers from the North Hornell barracks responded. It was determined by Investigators from Cortland and Bath NYSP stations that Patrick S. McCullough, age 25 and 21-year-old Diana Lake, both from Winfield Kansas, stole the vehicle May 24th and drove it to the Westchester County location of Mohegan Lake. They were arrested there, transported to the Bath Troopers barracks for processing, arraigned in the town of Urbana Court where they were each charged with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.


Cuomo Suspends Non-Emergency Construction for Holiday Weekend
Governor Cuomo has announced that non-emergency related road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from now until to 6 a.m. on Tuesday to accommodate increased travel throughout Memorial Day weekend. The Governor is also urging motorists to abide by New York's Move Over Law and to utilize the 64 text stops located statewide as needed for texting, making phone calls, and other non-driving tasks.


O’Mara Hosts Local Students for SIA Conference
State Senator Tom O’Mara this week welcomed two area high school students to the State Capitol. Kylee Miller of Bath, a home-schooled sophomore, and Kelly Proctor, a junior at the Charles O. Dickerson High School in Trumansburg , were among high school students from across the state who participated in the 18th Annual “Students Inside Albany” (SIA) conference sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York (LOWV/NY) State Educational Foundation, Inc.  


NYS Republicans Nominate Attorney General Candidate
New York's Republican Party nominated New York City attorney Keith Wofford as their preferred candidate for attorney general on Thursday.  He defeated Joe Holland to win the nomination at the Republican state convention in Manhattan. Wofford said that if elected his priority will be combating New York's chronic problem with political corruption.


Corning Man Lands Glider Safe in Wellsville
A man escaped injury after his glider made an emergency landing Wednesday afternoon off state highway 417 in Wellsville. The Corning pilot landed his craft safely in a field. He said he lost his lift ability which brought him down. He was headed on a cross country flight when he had to declare an emergency. State police secured the scene.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 25th

Arkport School Locked Down Due to Possible Threat:


The Arkport Central School was locked down Thursday after the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said it received two emails on its anonymous tipline about a student with a weapon.  The Sheriff’s Office said it immediately notified the school and appropriate action was taken placing it on lockdown.  A mental health team from the county was called in to assist with interviewing the student, who was located at the school.  After a thorough search of the building and grounds, and conducting interviews, the Sheriff’s Office concluded that there was no credible threat.  The lockdown was completely lifted just before 11 a.m.  Superintendent Jesse Harper thanked the community for responding to the lockdown with patience and cooperation. 


Car Fire in Hornell:


Firefighters were called to Ben Weitsman of Hornell scrap metal recycling on Ice House Road on Thursday for an active vehicle fire.  Officials report the vehicle caught fire due to a minor explosion while crews were moving it from one location to another.  Firefighters doused the vehicle with water and within 20 minutes it was under control.  There were no injuries.



Probation Violation Arrest:


48-year-old Kristina Jolley of Painted Post has been arrested for allegedly violating a term or condition of her pre-trial release.  Jolley was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.



New Corning Hotel Nearly Ready to Open:


After nearly two years, the long-awaited new Hilton-Garden Inn in Corning will soon be opening its doors.  Management says they plan to offer guests a new kind of experience that’s unlike other accommodations in the area.  The new hotel will have 125 rooms, an indoor pool and fitness center, meeting rooms, and a full bar and restaurant.  The hotel is expected to open by July 10th



Horseheads Student Heads to Scripps:


The Scripps National Spelling Bee gets underway May 29th and there will be an area student competing for the top prize.  Kris Patel, a sixth-grader at Horseheads Intermediate School, qualified for the competition by winning the regional bee that was held in Corning on March 17th.  The 2018 Scripps Spelling Bee is May 29th through the 31st



Memorial Day Events:


Monday marks Memorial Day, a day to honor those who have died in active military service.  Here are some of the events take place throughout the area.  The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be hosting a Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m.  Following the ceremony, the public is encourage to walk the cemetery grounds to view the over 15,000 flags placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes.  In Hammondsport, the American Legion Post will have a color guard present at a number of locations, begins at 9 a.m. at the Mitchellsville cemetery.  The group will then move to the Pleasant Valley cemetery at 9:30, then at 10 a.m. they will be at the veteran’s honor roll memorial in the Hammondsport village square.  Finally they will march to Elmwood Cemetery for a service.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 24th

Sheriff’s Office Looking for Owner of Chainsaw, Weed Trimmer:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the owner of a chainsaw and a weed trimmer that reportedly fell from a vehicle.  The items were recovered in the area of 1000 State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville.  Anyone with information can contact the Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.



Inmate Charged with Assault:


An inmate at the Steuben County Jail as been charged with assault.  30-year-old James Blankenship allegedly struck another person while incarcerated in the jail, causing physical injury.  He was arraigned and sent back to the jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



GOP, Dems Make Nominations for NYS Governor:


New York Republicans and Democrats have made their official nominations for state Governor.  As expected, GOP delegates endorsed 42-year-old Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro at Wednesday’s state convention.  In his acceptance speech, Molinaro vowed to fight corruption and deep-pocketed special interests.  Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, incumbent Andrew Cuomo secured ninety-five percent of the delegates votes to secure endorsement for his third term.  Cuomo next faces off against challenger Cynthia Nixon in a primary on September 13th, but regardless of how that vote turns out, both will be in the November General Election as Nixon will be on the Working Families Party line.  She could also still appear on the Democratic ballot line if she gets 15,000 Democratic signatures in a petition. 



Farmers Market Returns to Bath:


A now annual tradition returned again to Bath Wednesday.  The Bath Farmers Market is back up and running in Pulteney Square, and it will continue throughout the summer every Wednesday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until October.  The market features a variety of handmade items, from soaps to fire-grilled pizza.



Gas Prices Surge ahead of Holiday Weekend:


If your Memorial Day plans include a stop at the gas pump, be prepared to pay more.  AAA says gas prices will reach record highs for this weekend.  The national average is $2.93 for a gallon of regular, it’s highest since 2014.  Unfortunately, relief isn’t expected in the foreseeable future, with prices expected to more or less hold throughout the summer.  AAA also predicts that if they haven’t already, most states will hit $3.00 in the coming weeks.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 23rd

Rochester Man Facing Drug Charges Following Bath Traffic Stop:


A traffic stop in the Village of Bath lead to drug charges for a Rochester man.  Officers say they stopped 20-year-old David Binion on East Morris Street and discovered a quantity of narcotics and a large amount of cash.  Binion has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and he was sent to the Steuben County jail on $25,000 cash bail.



C-PP Teacher Accused of Stealing from High School:


A teacher with the Corning-Painted Post School District has been arrested for allegedly stealing property from the Corning High School.  39-year-old Eric Griffin of Campbell allegedly stole property valuing less than $1,000.  He turned himself into Corning Police on Tuesday and he was released on an appearance ticket.



Power Mostly Restored After Strong Winds, Rain:


Power was knocked out for some in Steuben and Chemung counties Tuesday evening following heavy rain, strong winds, and even some hail.  Almost 700 residents across Steuben were affected, mostly in the Caton, Town of Corning, and Erwin areas.  NYSEG reports that all customers in Steuben have had their power restored at this time.  Some outages do remain in Chemung County.



NYS’ First Female A.G. Officially Appointed:


New York State has officially appointed its first-ever female Attorney General.  Barbara Underwood took over on an acting basis earlier this month after her predecessor, Eric Schneiderman, resigned amid allegations of assault.  She was officially named Tuesday and she will now serve as the state A.G. until the end of the year.  Voters will choose a new A.G. in November.  Underwood says she has no plans to run for a full four-year term at this time.



Corning’s GlassFest to Cause Street Closures This Weekend:


With GlassFest returning to Corning this weekend, drivers should be aware that several streets will be closed for festivities.  Beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through 6 p.m. Sunday, Tioga Avenue from the parking garage to the entrance of the bus stop will be closed; and from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday, Aurene Lane from Cedar to Tarantelli will only be open for emergency vehicles and deliveries.  The following streets will be closed from 6 a.m. Saturday to 8 p.m. Sunday: Pine Street from Market Street to Burmese Lane; Market Street from Bridge Street to Wall Street; Wall Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese Lane; Chestnut Street from Aurene Lane to Burmese.  On Saturday, the following streets will be closed from 7:40 a.m. to 10 a.m. for the GlassFest 8k: Craumer Street, Cantigny Street, Aisne Street, Tioga Avenue (Ceder to Steuben), Steuben St. (Roundhouse Lane to Alabaster Lane), Cohocton Street (East Market Street Extension to Roundhouse Lane), Relihan Boulevard (Park Avenue to Trolley Lane), and Mill Lane (Relihan Boulevard to East Second Street Extension).  From 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Jacoby Street will also be closed on Saturday due to the race.  Throughout the event, free parking will be available in the Centerway Parking Facility.   



CCE Surveys Deadline June 15th:


Two important surveys available to help Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) meet the needs of Steuben farmers have had their deadlines changed from June 1st to June 15th to give farmers more time to participate.  The “Farmer Needs Survey” will provide information for future CCE programs and asks farmers of all backgrounds and experience levels to identify specific needs, favored resources, and ways to provide information.  It is located online at bit.ly/agneeds18.  The “Commercial Kitchen Survey” looks at interest in an important element of the Steuben County Farmland Protection Plan and seeks input on opening a certified Commercial Kitchen for farmers and others in Steuben and other counties to safely produce and sell value-added products.  This survey is located online at bit.ly/farmerkitchen. 



Bath V.A. Recognizes Volunteers:


The Bath V.A. Medical Center recently held its annual volunteer recognition program.  Over 150 volunteers and attendees enjoyed lunch and were recognized for their volunteer time.  There are over 350 registered volunteers at the Center that join in the mission to care for Veterans.  Each year a Volunteer of the Year is selected and this year’s nominee was Connie De Lisa with over 42 years of volunteering and 17,000 hours. 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, April 22nd

Bath Man Arrested in Geneva Traffic Stop:


A Bath man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop in the Town of Geneva on Friday.  33-year-old Steven Farrell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlicensed operation, aggravated unlicensed operation, and unsafe tires.  He was sent to the Ontario County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.



Steuben Leg. Approves Coalition Contract; Abuse Prevention Award Recipient:


During its regular session Monday, the Steuben County Legislature presented the 2018 Child Abuse (Prevention) Steuben Award to a Family Development Home Visitor for ProAction of Steuben and Yates.  Tawnya Hughes had dedicated her 18 years of experience with ProAction working with “at-risk” families to prevent child abuse, according to county Department of Social Services Commissioner Kathryn Muller.  Active in all county child abuse prevention and awareness programs, and instrumental in launching the annual Color Walk (set this year for June 16th), Hughes has also taken the lead in the recent “Enough Abuse Steuben” initiative, applying for and receiving state funding for a community-wide campaign to identify and prevent the sexual abuse of children, said Muller.  In other action before the legislature Monday, lawmakers agreed to a contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) as part of the local “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition.”  The state law raises the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18, but also requires the creation of regional detention facilities for youths aged 16 and 17 that a court determines are a danger to others or themselves.  TCS will look for a regional site, or sites, and will prepare proposals for the future use of the sites for the counties to consider.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


Steuben County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a Corning man for allegedly violating a term or condition of his probation.  28-year-old Lee Cornell had been previously convicted of burglary.  He was arrested on a felony violation of probation warrant and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Gov. Cuomo Agrees to Debate with Nixon:


Ever since announcing her campaign for governor Democratic, challenger Cynthia Nixon has been calling for a televised debate against incumbent Andrew Cuomo.  Now, she’ll get it.  Cuomo’s campaign office has agreed.  The details, such as when and where, are still being determined. 



State to Use “Eco-Friendly” Tick Control Measures in Southern Tier:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced “eco-friendly” tick control treatments on public lands as part of a new plan to control tick population and combat tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease.  These treatments will be used in the Southern Tier, the capital region, and the Hudson Valley.  The state also plans to expand the use of deer feeding stations where deer automatically receive a tick treatment as they eat.  The stations are already in use on Long Island and in other areas.



RSVP Banquet Honors Volunteers:


The invaluable work of Steuben County’s senior volunteers was recently recognized with more than 150 people turning out for the county Office for the Aging’s annual RSVP Volunteer Recognition Banquet at the Watson Homestead in East Corning.  Honorees at the event included: Richard (Rick) Packer of Hornell, who served 1,048 hours with the Residents’ Activities at Hornell Gardens in 2017.  Packer has accumulated a total of 4,717 lifetime RSVP service hours.  He was honored with the Louise Argentieri Service Award.  Mary “Betty” Langendorfer of Bath was posthumously awarded with the Spirit of Volunteerism Award.  She was a RSVP volunteer for more than 15 years, and accumulated 2,960 lifetime RSVP service house.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, May 21st

NYSDEC Picks Up Bear Cub in Corning:

Officers with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation were called in Sunday to help a visitor who got lost in the City of Corning.  At around 10 a.m., Corning Police received a report of a bear cub in the area of the city’s Department of Public Works.  Police found the cub in a salt barn and stayed nearby until the DEC arrived.  The cub was taken to a wildlife rehab center and will eventually be released into the wild.



Gubernatorial Candidate Molinaro Chooses Running Mate; Nixon to be on General Election Ballot:


In the latest concerning the fast-approaching election for New York State Governor, Republican hopeful Marc Molinaro has chosen his running mate for lieutenant governor, Julie Killian.  Killian is the former deputy mayor of Rye, which is located in Westchester County.  She recently lost a special election for state senate.  Molinaro and Killian plan to run on the Republican, Conservative, and Reform party lines; the pair is expected to be nominated by the state GOP at this week’s convention.  On the Democratic side of things, regardless of what happens in the primary, Cynthia Nixon will be on the November general election ballot.  Even if she loses the primary against incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo, Nixon will appear on the Working Families Party line, which endorsed her over the weekend.  The Democratic Primary is set for September 13th



Negotiations Resume Between Hornell and Humane Society:


Hornell Mayor John Buckley and the Hornell Area Humane Society released a joint statement following their recent contesting Facebook posts.  They said negotiations and dialogue have resumed with a neutral third party, and progress has been made.  They agreed that their previous remarks did not appear to be the best path towards resolution, and as such were removed from social media.  The Hornell Area Humane Society will continue to provide services to the city, at the same rate as the previous contract, for the months of April through June while negotiations continue.  They hope to have a new contract completed before the end of June.



Tickets on Sale for Steuben Public Health’s 100th Anniversary:


Tickets are on sale now for the Steuben County Public Health Department’s 100th anniversary celebration, which is set for 6 to 9 p.m. June 8th at the Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport.  The event includes live music, catered appetizers and local beverage and cheese tastings, displays, and more.  Tickets are $15 until June 7th and can be purchased at Vine and Barrels in Bath, the Steuben Public Health’s Office in Bath, or online at https://tinyurl.com/100yeartickets.



Boater Safety Class June 9th:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit will be instructing a NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building in Bath on Saturday, June 9th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please bring proof of age for all students attending.  The minimum age to attend is ten-years-old.  The class is limited to 30 students.  Call (607) 622-3911 to register. 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 19, 2018

Statue Unveiled at Law Enforcement Memorial Park
Closing “Steuben County Police Officers Week” was the ceremony yesterday honoring 31 fallen officers who died while serving in the line of duty. Over 100 people attended at the Steuben County Law Enforcement Memorial Park to honor our local heroes and watch the unveiling of the new Steuben Memorial Statue created at the Corning Museum of Glass and supported by seven metal pillars, representing the seven counties honored at the park and created by metal crafters at Mercury Aircraft. The statue is a blue glass flame representing eternal remembrance of fallen officers.

Empire Access Acquires Axcess
Yesterday, Empire Access announced it completed its acquisition of Axcess Ontario, another leading telecommunications service provider in the state. This will add over 200 miles of fiber optic network to Empire Access’ existing regional network and Empire Access plans to expand its infrastructure to serve Ontario County. Axcess Ontario is a fiber ring that existed since 2005, providing an open-access network for Ontario County and recognized as a national broadband model. Empire Access will expand its service into surrounding businesses and residential communities of Ontario County in the next few months.

Teens Arrested Following Wayland Burglary
New York State Police arrested two teens following an investigation into a burglary at a home in the Village of Wayland. Police say 16-year-old Adrian Palmer and 17-year-old Sebastian Harvey also stole items from a Wayland convenience store.Both were arrested and charged with Second Degree Burglary and Petit Larceny. Harvey and Palmer were arraigned in the Village of Wayland Court then released on their own recognizance.

OFA Offers Medicare Seminars this Tuesday-Thursday
Steuben County Office for the Aging has set its second in a series of free seminars on Medicare for May 22-24. Led by Steuben’s certified insurance counselors, the sessions will inform citizens about basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans and low income subsidies. The program is intended for people becoming Medicare eligible, or those with general questions about their current coverage and options.Programs will be held:
May 22 at Corning Senior Center at 1 Park Lane (small conference room) from 1 to 3pm
May 23 at Steuben County Offices Building located 3 E. Pulteney Square in Bath (South Conference room, third floor) from 10-11:30am
May 24 at Hornell Senior Center located at 20 Broadway Mall from 10-11:30am

For more information, including future dates, and to make reservations call the Steuben Office of the Aging at (607) 664-2298.

Hornell Man Arrested for Probation Violation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Clifford J. Neally of Hornell due to a warrant for a probation violation. Deputies say Neally violated a term or condition of his probation for a City of Hornell arrest and charge for aggravated Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree. Following his arraignment at Steuben County Court, Neally was remanded to the Steuben County Jail.

Steuben Legislature Meets Monday to Discuss “Raise the Age”
This Monday at 10am, the Steuben County Legislature meets with the agenda to honor Steuben County’s Child Abuse Prevention Award recipient and hire a consultant for New York state’s “Raise the Age” law. Lawmakers will likely join the “Raise the Age Compliance Coalition” and contract with Treahy Consultation Services LLC, (TCS) to seek solutions for Steuben and its sister counties Chemung, Livingston, Schuyler and Yates to effectively comply with the state law raising the age of “criminal responsibility” from 16 to 18. The law also requires creation of regional detention facilities for youths 16-17 years old that are determined by a court to be a danger to themselves or others. For the Child Abuse Prevention Award, Steuben County’s Legislature will also recognize an individual, program, or organization that significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in Steuben.

Today's Top Stories - Friday May 18, 2018

Millport Woman Arrested for SNAP Fraud
A 28-year old Millport woman is behind bars following an arrest for one count of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing. According to the Steuben County Sheriff's Office, Ashley Brown used over $400 in SNAP benefits she was not eligible for when she used another person’s state SNAP benefit card. Brown is also alleged to have completed an application online for benefits using false information for another person while they were an inmate at the Steuben County Jail. Brown will reappear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.

Victim Identified in Cameron Crash
Yesterday’s fatal car crash in Cameron now has an identity for the victim.  Michael D. Russell of Canisteo, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at the County Route 119 and Angel Road intersection in the Town of Cameron. The single car crash was caused when fellow Canisteo motorist Nance Herbert failed to negotiate a curve, hitting Russell’s vehicle and rolling it off the road. An investigation into the accident continues.

Bath Village Public Hearing Set for May 30
The Village of Bath has scheduled a public hearing for later this month to address two issues. The village board will accept hearing public comments on the Village of Bath’s community development needs, and to discuss the possible submission of the Village’s proposed Water System Study Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) applications for the 2018 program year. The 4 p.m. hearing will be held at the Municipal Building on May 30th. Written comments can also be submitted to the village clerk until May 30th.

Hornell Humane Society No Longer Performs Animal Control
The Hornell Area Humane Society announced on Facebook Wednesday of this week that, effective immediately, it will no longer be performing Animal Control duties within city limits due to lack of funding. The post was critical of the mayor, claiming Buckley attempted to cut the agency’s funding by 77%. Mayor Buckley immediately responded, saying he was disappointed the nonprofit’s refusal to negotiate. The Mayor also said that he was also deeply disappointed in the agency representatives’ behavior at a meeting on Tuesday. Buckley said the city was paying the Humane Society too much.

NYSLA Lumberjack Festival Tomorrow at Fairgrounds

It’s been over a decade since Bath has begun hosting the NYSLA Lumberjack Festival, but this year there will be a change from the usual Pulteney Park location. The Lumberjack Festival will start 9am tomorrow morning at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. Lumberjacks and lumberjills attend every year to ring in the competition season and last year several world records were broken. The festival this year will also include a vintage car and motorcycle show beginning at 9am and ending at noon while several kid-friendly activities like a petting zoo, bubble station, bounce house, tree-themed art project and other fun festivities will be available to enjoy.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 17th

Fatal Accident on C.R. 119:


One person was killed in a single car crash on County Route 119 near Angel Road in Cameron.  Another person in the vehicle is believed to have suffered injuries.  It is unknown at this time what may have caused the accident.



Millport Woman Accused of Misusing Food Stamps:


A Millport woman has been arrested for allegedly misusing food stamps.  28-year-old Ashley Brown allegedly used another person’s state SNAP benefit card and received $434.58 in benefits that she was not eligible for.  It’s also alleged that in August 2017, Brown completed an online application for benefits that contained false information, for another person, while that person was incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail.  Brown has been charged with misuse of food stamps and offering a false instrument for filing.  Brown, who is currently in the Chemung County Jail, was arraigned and sent back to the jail.



Proposed Waste-to-Energy Incinerator Opposed by Cuomo:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has released a statement in which he voices opposition to the proposed waste-to-energy incinerator in Romulus.  He says its “not consistent” with his administration’s goals, and that he’s confident the Article 10 siting board will “reject the project application if one is ever filed.”  The project is being proposed by Circular EnerG and would be built in the former Seneca Army Depot. 



NYS Looking to Cut the Cost of College Texts, Materials:


The high cost of textbooks and other educational materials could soon be a thing of the past for college students, thanks to Governor Andrew Cuomo's Open Educational Resources Initiative.  Through the program, students have access to online, cost-free materials, from textbooks to classic literature.  Corning Community College is one of the many SUNY and CUNY schools taking advantage of the program.  CCC President Dr. Katherine Douglas said their students have saved a combined $100,000 each year the school has offered the resources.  The Governor's Office says more than $28 million will be saved statewide by the end of Spring 2019.



Steuben Co. Teens to Speak at Tobacco Shareholder's Meeting:


Today is the annual shareholder's meeting of tobacco company, Altria Group, and this year there will be some very special speakers in attendance.  The group Reality Check will travel to the meeting with teenagers from Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties.  Reality Check is a teen-lead, adult-run program seeking to prevent and decrease tobacco use among young people.  They'll be speaking to tobacco executives about changes they'd like to see in packaging and marketing.



Steuben’s Annual Salute at LE Memorial Park Friday:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Wednesday that the Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service is set for 6 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 18th, at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Law Enforcement Memorial Park.  The service caps off “Steuben County Police Officers Week” and is open to the public.  It will be attended by state and local officials, law enforcement, and veterans, and include the unveiling of the Steuben Memorial Statue.  The statue is a blue glass flame created by the glassmakers of The Corning Museum of Glass, supported by seven pillars created by the metal crafters at The Mercury Corporation.  It represents an eternal dedication to the memory of all fallen officers in the seven counties honored in the memorial park.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 16th

Fire in Caton:


Multiple fire departments, including the City of Corning, North and South Corning, and Painted Post, were called to Caton Monday night to battle a fire that broke out at a house on West Caton Road.  The road was blocked off while crews battled the flames.  Three firefighters were reportedly sent to a hospital for heat exhaustion.  Authorities say four people were inside the home at the time of the fire.  They were able to escape without injury.  The fire has left the home uninhabitable.  The American Red Cross is assisting.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.


Local School District Voting Results:


In local school district budget voting and school board election results, Addison, Bath-Haverling, Campbell-Savona, Corning-Painted Post, Hammondsport, Hornell City, Prattsburgh, and Jasper-Troupsburg all had their budgets and various propositions approved by district voters.  All had open board seats that were running unopposed.  In Avoca, the budget and propositions passed, Elizabeth Peck won the 3-year Board of Education seat, and there was a tie between Sean Turner and Tawyna Hughes for the 5-year seat on the board.  By law, there must be a revote between the two tied candidates within 45 days.  On its Facebook page the district said it will set and announce a revote date soon.


Hammondsport Man Arrested for Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest:


A Hammondsport man has been arrested after he allegedly created a physically offensive condition and used obscene language in a public place while on Pulteney Street in the Village of Hammondsport.  60-year-old David Shaw also allegedly resisted arrest when Sheriff’s deputies tried to take him into custody.  Shaw has been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 


Canisteo Considering Village Wide Garbage Pickup:


At a public hearing Monday night, the Village of Canisteo discussed the possibility of instituting a village wide garbage pickup program.  Currently, there is no such program and residents must dispose of their garbage at their own time and convenience.  The new program would see residents able to have their garbage collected by a pickup company for a set monthly fee.  No decision was made, and the village says it will be seeking further opinions on the matter.


Free Shredding Event:


The Steuben County legislature has offered a free shredding event in the coming days, weekend and month. The next event is this Saturday at the Bath landfill. A document shredder truck will be on site. Just bring your documents and they’ll be shredded and recycled.


Bath-Haverling CSD to Partner with ServU to Open Student-Run Bank:


Bath-Haverling students and staff will benefit from a unique opportunity this fall.  The district is partnering with ServU Credit Union to offer a student-run bank in the high school.  The bank will open on October 1st and will serve district students and staff on Wednesdays and Fridays during lunch periods.  The credit union will provide all equipment and training for students.  Three ServU employees will work with student volunteers to offer deposits, withdrawals, transfers, and check cashing during open hours.  Besides offering out of classroom learning experiences in math, computer, and social skills, the goal of the project is give students hands-on experience in a real financial setting, and to increase students’ knowledge of money management, and with financial products and services. 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 15th

Rathbone Fire Labeled "Suspicious":


Authorities are investigating what's been labeled a "suspicious" fire in the Town of Rathbone.  The blaze broke out around 6:30 Monday morning at a cabin on Derby Hill Road, according to the Addison Fire Chief.  The fire was extinguished without incident.  It was vacant at the time.  The cabin was a total loss.  


Wanted Corning Man Back Behind Bars:


The Corning man wanted for allegedly making an explicit cellphone video of a child under a table at a restaurant has been arrested.  48-year-old Bryan Griswold is charged with felony sex abuse of a child.


Bath Man Arrested on DWI, Weapon Charges:


Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested a Bath man on DWI and weapons charges.  It’s alleged that 37-year-old Joseph Chely II operated a vehicle on East William Street Extension, and State Route 415 while in an intoxicated condition.  It’s also alleged that Chely’s license or operating privileges has been suspended or revoked nine times.  It’s further alleged that Chely possessed a loaded 30 round high capacity magazine and metal knuckles.  Chely was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with .08 percent or more alcohol in blood, aggravated unlicensed operation, an open container of alcohol in the motor vehicle, failure to keep right, and criminal possession of a weapon in the third and fourth degrees.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.


Hornell Man Accused of Giving Alcohol to Minors:


A Hornell man has been charged with violating the social hosting law.  35-year-old Michael Woodard was arrested after Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on a report of a loud party on County Route 109 in the Town of Hornellsville.  Their investigation alleges that Woodard was in charge of the premises while several persons ranging from ages 16 to 19 years old were consuming alcoholic beverages.  Woodard was charged with acting as a social host for the underage drinking gathering.  He was released on an appearance ticket.


NYS School Budget/B.O.E Elections Today:


School districts across the state today will be holding their 2018-2019 budget votes and Board of Education elections.  699 districts are putting their spending plans up before voters.  Of those, roughly 48 percent have proposed raising taxes without breaking the tax cap.  Schools with proposed budgets that exceed the tax cap must meet 60 percent approval by voters.  Districts have varying voting times and locations, so voters are encouraged to contact their own district to learn more.


Steuben Adds Roads to 2018 Schedule:


Two Steuben County roads are now scheduled this year for road repair, thanks to the state’s recent “Extreme Winter Recovery” allocation.  Over $642,000 will be used for work on 3.6 miles of County Road 10 in the Town of Cameron, and 2.6 miles on County Road 25 between the Towns of Cameron and Rathbone.


Local Veteran to be Inducted into NYS Senate Hall Vets Hall of Fame:


Today a local veteran will be recognized for his service and duty to the country as he's inducted into the New York Senate's Veterans' Hall of Fame.  Warren Thompson was born and raised in Steuben County.  He graduated from Savona Central School in 1942 and enlisted in the Army.  During his service, his plane was shot down over France and he was taken as a prisoner of war by the Nazis.  


Local Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Dormann Dies:


Local entrepreneur and philanthropist Henry Dormann died over the weekend at the age of 86.  Dormann was born in March 1932 in New York City and he continued to keep an office there despite being heavily involved in the local community.  In the late 1990’s, he and his wife donated $500,000 from the Young Leadership Foundation to the then Davenport Library in Bath to help fund a major expansion.  The building was renamed in his honor when work was completed in 1999.  Many residents may recognize him as the face of “Around Town with Henry Dormann,” the television show he hosted where he highlighted local businesses throughout the area.  He also appeared in the last commercial break of Good Morning Twin Tiers with his “Thought of the Day.”  Dormann was also the Editor-in-Chief and Chairman of Leaders Magazine, and served as Chairman of the Board for the National Enquirer.  Over his life he met with and discussed a variety of issues with world leaders, including presidents and prime ministers, and he published a book of letters and notes from them in 2013 titled “Letters from Leaders.”  Dormann is survived by his wife, Alice, and two daughters Kaari and Kristi. 


Court Allows Tops to Begin Liquidating Stores:


After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February, a court order has now been issued allowing Tops Markets to start closing and liquidating its stores.  At the time of filing, the company said it was deal with a large portion of debt.  While the order does allow stores to be closed, the company says it has not actually made any decisions yet about potential closures.  It is unknown if the company will close any stores or how many could ultimately be impacted.

Monday May 14th 2018


Three arrested in Drug Bust


The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street.  Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant.  Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation.  All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.  Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.


School Budget vote Tuesday


Bath Central School residents will head to the polls tomorrow to vote for the upcoming school year budget. The $38 million spending plan is a 3.8 increase.  Because of Town of Bath revaluation, it’s unknown exactly how much it will affect resident’s checkbook.  Also, on the ballot will be the purchase of three new school buses at a cost of $355,000.  Polls will be open Tuesday from noon to 8:00pm at the District Office on the school campus.


CCC Graduate over 600


The 59th commencement ceremonies at Corning Community College were held Saturday in a packed gymnasium as 659 students received Associate Degree diplomas.  The oldest graduate was a 62 year old student…the youngest was Corning-Painted Post student Ashlyn Hartman who is 17.  Hartman will graduate from High school as well in a couple weeks.  Apparently she is not the only in the family to do this…her siblings have also graduated from college study before High School graduation.


Watkins Glen State Park


There’s been a 6.5 million upgrade going at the Watkins State Park and it’s almost completed according to Park officials.  Trails are now open and the new entrance will be done just in time for memorial weekend. Improved parking, information center and concession building and an enhanced park experience are all part of the improvements.  The project is part of a state wide $900 million dollar plan to upgrade state parks.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, May 12th

Campbell Home Destroyed by Fire:


A home on Meads Creek Road in Campbell was completely destroyed by a fire on Friday.   Several fire departments were called to the scene, including Campbell, Painted Post, Gang Mills and both North and South Corning fire departments.  The road in front of the home was closed for several hours.  Firefighters report that no one was home at the time of the blaze and there were no injuries.  The American Red Cross is assisting the family.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



3 Arrested in Bath Drug Bust:


The Village of Bath Police Department arrested three people Friday after responding to a narcotics complaint on Liberty Street.  Joseph Robins, Dahna Turner, and Larinda Pierce, all of Bath, are all facing multiple charges including, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument.  Robins was also charged with violation of parole warrant.  Pierce was also charged with obstruction of governmental administration, and criminal impersonation.  All three were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.  Robinson without bail, Turner in lieu of $10,000 cash, and Pierce in lieu of $30,000 cash.



Prattsburgh Man Facing Burglary, Drug Charges:


A Prattsburgh man is facing multiple charges following his arrest in relation to a burglary in the Town of Prattsburgh.  It’s alleged that 30-year-old Bradley Davis burglarized a residence, and that he was in possession several pieces of stolen property and a quantity of cocaine.  He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, burglary, and grand larceny.  Davis was also wanted out of Rensselaer County for criminal possession of stolen property.  More charges are pending.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Accused of Raping 13-year-old:


An 18-year-old Corning man has been arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old.  Ryan Cosgrove has been charged with second-degree rape and second-degree criminal sexual act, both class D felonies.  The Corning Police Department said Cosgrove is an alleged “sexual predator that preyed upon children 13 years old or younger” and that there may be another victim or victims of similar ages.  Cosgrove was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Bath Teen Arrested for Sexual Abuse:


A joint investigation by the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Steuben County Child Protective Unit has resulted in the arrest of a 16-year-old from Bath.  Zachariah Hill has been charged with one count of sexual abuse in the 1st, a class D felony.  It’s alleged that Hill subjected a 9-year-old to sexual contact on multiple occasions at a private residence in the Town of Jasper.  Hill was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 



Corning Man Arrested for Allegedly Violating Parole on Rape Conviction:


A Corning man was arrested on May 5th on a violation of probation warrant.  21-year-old Dominique Randall allegedly violated a term or condition of his probation on his previous conviction of rape, sexual abuse, and attempted sex offender failing to report address.  He will appear in Steuben County Court at a later date to answer the charge.



Fugitive from Justice Arrest:


A Mount Morris man wanted on a warrant out of the State of New Jersey has been arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.  55-year-old Robert Hennekens was wanted on a warrant for shoplifting in Bergen County.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



2 Local Recruits Graduate from Academy of Fire Science:


After 11 weeks and more than 500 hours of training, 57 recruits from across New York have graduated from the Academy of Fire Science in Watkins Glen.  Among them were 2 recruits from Corning.  All the graduates will become full-time firefighters across the Twin Tiers.  This year's was the largest graduating class at the Academy since it's inception in 1984.  Their next class begins this fall.



Funding Available to Help New Yorkers Purchase Air Conditioning:


New Yorkers suffering some serious health issues aggravated by extreme heat can get financial help to purchase an air conditioner.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced $3 million is available for individuals who apply through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) at their local department of social services.  Recipients must meet eligibility requirements.  Applications will be accepted through August 31st, or until funding runs out.



Cuomo, NYS Financial Regulator Being Sued by NRA:


Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state financial regulator are being sued by the National Rifle Association for what the lobby calls a "blacklisting campaign."  The NRA says New York is trying to compel banks and insurers to stop doing business with it.  In response, Cuomo issued a statement on Friday saying the lawsuit is "...a futile and desperate attempt to advance its dangerous agenda to sell more guns." 

Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 11th

DEC Asks Public to Look Out for Invasive Moth:


The Department of Environmental Conservation is asking the public to be on the lookout for an invasive species of moth that may be making its way into New York State.  The spotted lanternfly is a native of China, India, and Vietnam.  It was introduced to Korea where it has already become a pest insect.  It was discovered in Pennsylvania in 2014, and this past fall in 2017, a single moth was found in New York.  According to state officials, spotted lanternflies feed on 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops.  If you see a spotted lanternfly you're asked to send a message and photos of it to spottedlanternfly@dec.ny.gov.  You should include where you saw the moth and if you saw any eggs or signs of infestation.




Employee Accused of Stealing $6,000 from Painted Post Business:


28-year-old Dylon Howk of Horseheads was arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing over $6,000 from a retail business in Painted Post while he was an employee there.  Howk has been charged with grand larceny in third and has been sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.



Canisteo Woman Allegedly Falsified Business Records:


A Canisteo woman is accused of falsifying the records of a business she was employed at.  51-year-old Lisa Sigond allegedly filed false papers while employed at a business in Arkport.  She was issued an appearance ticket.



Hornell Man Accused of Abusing Dog:


A Hornell man has been charged with a felony for abusing an animal.  It's alleged that 33-year-old Philip Drew intentionally injured and abandoned a dog.  He has been charged aggravated cruelty to an animal, a felony, and abandonment of an animal, which is a misdemeanor.



Amber Alert Cancelled for Missing Montour Falls Infant:


The Amber Alert issued for a missing infant from the Village of Montour Falls has been cancelled after the child was found safe.  17-day-old Gionna Harter was taken early Thursday morning and was located with her mother, 31-year-old Katrina Harter, in the City of Geneva.  It's believed Harter took the baby to avoid a family court order transferring custody of Gionna to another person.  The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Office offered its thanks to the public for providing tips and over 100 leads across seven counties.



Corning's Bridge St. Bridge to Temporarily Close:


The Bridge Street Bridge in Corning will be closed temporarily this Sunday, May 13th between 6 and 11 a.m.  The City's Public Works Department, in conjunction with the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the Corning Fire Department, will be installing temporary flood control devices in order to help the city be prepared in the event of future flooding.



Gov. Declares May “Aviation Month”:


Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared the month of May 2018 as “Aviation Appreciation Month” in New York State.  According to the governor, general aviation accounts for over $7 billion in total economic output in New York.  In his proclamation, Cuomo said, “Business aviation is a critical tool for companies in New York State to improve efficiency, save money, and open up opportunities for rural areas not served by commercial aviation, thereby bringing new business, investment, and jobs to all areas of the state.”

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 10th

Bath Man Charged with Making Meth:


A Bath man has been arrested for allegedly manufacturing methamphetamine.  Authorities responded to a residence on Rumsey Street Extension, just outside the Village of Bath on Tuesday and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized.  37-year-old William Trenchard was arrested and has been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the third, a class D felony.  Following arraignment, he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.



State Police Seeking Corning Man Wanted for Sexual Abuse:


Painted Post State Troopers are asking for the public's help in locating a Corning man wanted for sexual abuse.  47-year-old Bryan Griswold was arrested on April 29th for allegedly obtaining an intimate video of a 12-year-old girl that was taken on a cell phone under the table at a public restaurant.  Griswold posted bail on April 30th.  Troopers later discovered that Griswold allegedly had sexual contact with a person under the age of 13.  He is currently wanted on an arrest warrant for sexual abuse.  Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact local police or the Painted Post State Police.



Car Crashes Into Corning Gas Station:


Authorities were called to the scene of an accident in Corning Wednesday where a car crashed into a gas station.  A silver Audi went through the front of the Fastrac gas station on Pulteney Street.  The accident was reportedly caused by the driver accidentally pressing the gas pedal when they meant to press on the brake.  Police say there weren't any injuries and that the damage done to the building is all cosmetic.  Fastrac is expected to reopen once the debris is cleared away.   



Wanted Corning Man Arrested When He Attempts to Serve Claim at Police Station:


A Corning man wanted on an active bench warrant was arrested at the Corning Police station Tuesday when he tried to serve a motion of claim to the department.  30-year-old Kenneth Letson was arrested for failure to appear in relation to a police chase in March 2016.  According to police, Letson led police on a chase in the early morning of March 13th.  It began in a city parking lot on Bridge Street and ended roughly an hour later on Interstate Highway 99 in Pennsylvania.  He was charged in 2016 with unlawful fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, inadequate exhaust, unlicensed operation, failure to stop at four stop signs, failure to yield right of way to an emergency vehicle, and speed in zone.  He was arraigned Tuesday and sent to the Steuben County Jail on $2,500 cash bail.



Bath Police Looking for Owner of Lost Snake:


Bath Village Police have apprehended an unusual suspect and are seeking the public’s help in getting more information.  Officers are looking for the owner of a 4-foot python that was found at the end of Wood Street.  The department posted a picture of the animal on their Facebook page.  It appears to be a ball python.  If you are the owner, or if you have any information about the snake, you’re asked to call the Bath Village Police Department at (607) 776-2175.



2 Local Schools Recognized as Top Schools in State, Nation:


Hammondsport Junior-Senior High and Haverling High were both recently recognized as top high schools in New York State and in the Nation in 2018 by U.S. World and News Report.  Hammondsport earned a “silver medal” based on its student performance on state assessments and Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and it was ranked 199th in the state.  Haverling was ranked near the top of all school districts across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, earning a “bronze medal” based on the performance of its students on standardized assessments, graduation rates, and on predictors for college readiness. 



PBS Travel Show to Re-Air Finger Lakes Episodes:


Recently, Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport got some well-deserved attention from PBS during the fifth season of Travels with Darley.  The show can be seen in over 96 percent of the USA on PBS stations and the fifth season’s first episode was the very first to be shot in New York and it featured the Southern Finger Lakes.  The fourth episode featured the Finger Lakes National Forest.  If you missed their original airings, not to worry, as they will be returning soon.  Travels with Darley episode #501 (Southern Finer Lakes – Elmira, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Hammondsport) will re-air on June 17th and episode #504 (Finger Lakes National Forest) will re-air on July 8th, both at 11:30 a.m. on WSKG-HD.  Travels with Darley follows host Darley Newman in beautiful, awe-inspiring places as she experiences what gives each destination its authentic “sense of place”… all with the help of local residents.  While in the Southern Finger Lakes, Darley and her crew experienced glider rides and Mark Twain, exceptional food and art, waterfalls and race cars, plus wine, paddle-boarding, a museum dedicated to the fastest man on earth, and more. 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 9th

Meth Lab Busted in Corning:


A Corning man was arrested Monday for allegedly making methamphetamine after authorities were called to his apartment on West William Street in Corning on a report of a strong chemical odor.  39-year-old Richard Eygabroat was arraigned in Corning City Court and was sent to the Steuben County jail on $2,000 cash bail. 



Family of Bears Treed in Corning Tuesday:


Things got a little hairy in Corning Tuesday when a family of bears was spotted in a tree near Chemung Street.  According to a witness the bears – a mother and three cubs – were chased into the tree by dogs.  The DEC has said that bear complaints have risen with the warmer temperatures and that with the delayed start to spring, it’s likely that bears are more inclined to come into populated areas looking for food.  Their advice if you spot a bear is to ignore it, though if you must scare if off, making a lot of noise will usually prompt them to leave.  They also advise that residents remove attractions such as bird feeders and garbage, and that pet food isn’t stored outside.



Canisteo Wildfire Extinguished after Four Day Effort:


On May 2nd just before 5 p.m., DEC Dispatch received a call from Steuben County 911 requesting Forest Ranger assistance with a wildland fire burning on a steep, south-facing slope in the Town of Canisteo that was inaccessible by vehicle.  Due to fire activity, weather conditions, and difficult terrain, five Rangers responded to assist.  Local volunteer fire companies also responded with wildland fire engines and UTVs.  By 8 p.m., the fire was under control and over the next four days, Forest Rangers patrolled the fire and continued to reinforce the control line and target interior hot spots.  The fire was officially declared out on May 6th.  It burned a total of 43.6 acres.  An investigation determined the fire was caused by tree branches that came into contact with power lines.



Tornado Confirmed in Penn Yan Last Week:


The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado briefly touched down in Penn Yan Thursday night.  With winds of 100 mph, the tornado hit a barn on East Swamp Road after 8 p.m.  The barn collapsed and the tornado continued into several fields, knocking down several trees.  It also blew down a fence and another tree on Voak Road.  No injuries have been reported. 



Former Elmira Christian Academy Teacher to Serve 84-months for Child Porn:


A former Elmira Christian Academy teacher was sentenced to 84-months in federal prison Tuesday on multiple child pornography charges.  40-year-old Howard Edward Brooks will also have to serve 10-years of post-release supervision and he will have to register as a sex offender.  Brooks was arrested in August 2015 after authorities searched his home in West Elmira and thumb drives containing images and videos of child porn were recovered.  Brooks pled guilty to the receipt, attempted distribution, and four counts of possession of child pornography.  



Acting A.G. Named Following Schneiderman Resignation:


A temporary acting Attorney General has been named following Eric Schneiderman's abrupt resignation Monday night following allegations of abuse.  According to the New York Daily News, Solicitor General Barbara Underwood will take over the AG's duties.  Underwood has served as the state’s Solicitor General since 2007, overseeing the A.G. Office’s Division of Appeals and Opinions, which argues civil and criminal appeals in cases in both state and federal courts.  Per state law, the state Legislature will eventually appoint a new A.G. in one vote in a combined session.  That person will be temporary until the November election, when voters will make the final decision.  

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 8th

Lloyd Neuratuer Appears in Court:


The man accused of killing his ex-wife in Corning appeared in court Monday where his defense attorney sought to have statements made by Lloyd Neuratuer excluded from his upcoming trial.  The defense also asked that the District Attorney’s office be removed from the trial and that a special prosecutor be appointed.  The judge reserved a decision.  June 27th is set as the next court date. 



Traffic Stop Leads to Multiple Drug, Weapons Charges:


A traffic stop by North Hornell State Troopers has resulted in multiple charges against a Rochester woman.  Troopers stopped 30-year-old Cassidy Unterborn on April 21st on Seneca Road in Hornellsville.  They allegedly detected the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and they conducted a search where they found crack and powder cocaine, marihuana, and a loaded 9mm pistol that had been defaced.  Unterborn has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and 7th degrees, unlawful possession of marihuana, criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of a weapon in the 3rd.  She was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail.



Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Warrant Squad Arrests 4 During Warrant Sweep:


Four people were arrested during a recent warrant sweep by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad. 


-37-year-old Howard Larkin of Bath was originally arrested on March 27th on a charge of petit larceny following a physical altercation with another person in Bath during which Larkin allegedly stole a cell phone.  It was later discovered that Larkin gave a false name and date of birth during his arrest, and that he was additionally wanted in Rochester for criminal mischief in the 4th, and in Pennsylvania for violation of parole.  Larkin was arrested on May 3rd and processed under the correct name for his original petit larceny charge.  He was also charged with two counts of forgery, and criminal impersonation.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail. 


-41-year-old Tracy Borman of Hammondsport was arrested as a fugitive from justice after the Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma that she was wanted by their agency for engaging in pattern of criminal offenses, and financial exploitation by caretaker.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County jail without bail.


-32-year-old Ryan Jenkins of Bath was arrested on a misdemeanor violation of probation warrant.  The charge stems from being placed on probation for a charge of criminal possession of stolen property.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.


-22-year-old McKenna Harris of Coopers Plains was taken into custody on an arrest warrant out of the Village of Bath.  Harris had an outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear in court for aggravated unlicensed operation, unlicensed driver, and a number plate violation.  She was turned over to the village police department.



A.G. Schneiderman Resigns Following Allegations of Violence Against Women:


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman abruptly resigned Monday night after The

New Yorker published accusations by four women saying Schneiderman was violent toward them.  Two of the women were previously in relationships with Scheiderman and they described his actions as “assault” and that his behavior was fueled by heavy drinking.  All four women said the alleged violence was non-consensual.  New York police said in a statement that they had no complaints against Scheiderman on file.  The article states that the women did not report their allegations to police at the time, but that they did eventually seek medical attention after being slapped and choked.  One of the women said that Schneiderman warned her he could have her followed and her phones tapped, and two said that he threatened to kill them if they broke up with him.  In a statement, Schneiderman strongly denied the accusations, saying that while he has engaged in “role-playing and other consensual sexual activity” he has not assaulted anyone, and has “never engaged in non-consensual sex.”  Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand both called on Schneiderman to resign and in a second statement Schneiderman said that the allegations would “effectively prevent [him] from leading the office’s work at this critical time.”  Cuomo said he will seek an investigation into Schneiderman.



Additional Possible Measles Exposure Sites Announced:


Monday, the New York State Department of Health released a warning regarding an international traveler from Europe that has been confirmed to have measles that made multiple stops in New York State, potentially exposing others.  It was announced that this person visited the Old Country Buffett on County Route 64 in Elmira on April 30th from 1 to 4 p.m.  Now additional locations have been released: the Ontario Travel Plaza on NYS Thruway (Interstate 90), Leroy Exit on April 30th from 4 to 6:30 p.m.; Sheraton Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, from 5:30 p.m. May 1st through 9:30 p.m. May 2nd; Niagara Falls Urgent Care, Military Road Suite 2, Niagara Falls on May 1st from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Exit 5 on Interstate 390 in Dansville on May 2nd from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  Measles symptoms usually appear 10 to 12 days after exposure, but can appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure.  Any individuals who develop measles symptoms, including fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis (pink eye), or a runny nose, should contact their healthcare provider.



Two Injured in Route 54 Accident:


Two people were seriously injured in a two-car accident Saturday on State Route 54 in the Town of Milo.  Details are limited.  But the driver of one of the vehicles, 60-year-old Mark Cates of Painted Post was ticketed for unsafe passing.  He was taken to Robert Packer Hospital for chest pain.  The other driver, 55-year-old Kathleen Good of Horseheads was taken to Strong Memorial for head pain.



Sullivan Park Emergency Response Team Called In Over Chemical Storage



The Sullivan Park Emergency Response Team was called to the Sullivan Park CCIC Research Center Monday as a precaution over a chemical storage concern.  According to a Corning Inc. spokesman, there was a pressure issue with a tank outside the facility containing hydrofluoric acid.  The tank was de-pressurized and stabilized.  The scene was cleared by 5 p.m., and no injuries were reported.



Nixon Challenges Cuomo to Live Debate:


On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s democratic challenger Cynthia Nixon challenged the incumbent to a live, prime-time televised debate.  In a video, Nixon said, “One-on-one.  No distractions and nowhere to hide.”  While there was no immediate response from the Cuomo campaign, he has previously participated in multi-candidate debates for the general election in each of his previous campaigns for governor in 2010 and 2014.



Hauryski Proclaims Steuben Co. Correction Officers Week:


Steuben County Legislature Chairman Joe Hauryski has proclaimed the week of May 6th

through the 12th as “Steuben County Correctional Officers Week.”  First proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984, the week highlights the professionalism and dedication of correctional officers in demanding rolls.  Hauryski said the importance of all staff members at the Steuben County Jail cannot be overstate, because each has an important role, whether civilian or security staff.  He noted that correctional officers serve behind the scenes to protect the safety of county residents and they deserve the utmost respect.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, May 7th

Possible Measles Exposure at Big Flats Restaurant:


The New York State Department of Health has issued a warning regarding a possible measles exposure at a restaurant in Big Flats.  According to the NYSHD, a measles-infected traveler from Europe visited multiple locations in New York, including the Old Country Buffet in Big Flats on April 30th.  The visitor was at the restaurant between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Measles can survive in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours.  Anyone who has had two doses of the measles vaccine is considered immune, but the Department of Health says anyone who experiences a fever, runny nose, cough, or rash should seek medical attention. 



Jasper Man Arrested in Animal Neglect Case:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on May 3rd deputies from the Sheriff’s office arrested 50-year-old James Lapham of Jasper after they received a report of possible animal abuse.  Following an investigation, police allege that Lapham failed to supply sustenance to his cattle.  He was charged with two counts of overdriving, a class A misdemeanor.  He was released on an appearance ticket.



Cuomo Proposes Offshore Drilling Ban:


On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a bill that proposes a ban on offshore drilling from the state’s waterways.  The bill would bar the transportation of any oil or gas collected from such drilling anywhere inside the state.  Cuomo added that he’s prepared for a legal battle with the Trump Administration over the move, but in response, Trump officials say drilling near the state’s coastline is unlikely as there are few known oil or gas reserves in the area.



$90M for State Parks, Historic Sites for Upgrades:


Dozens of state-owned parks and historic sites will see improvements this year thanks to some $90 million that’s been promised in the 2018-2019 state budget.  Projects at the nearly 50 state properties range from installing new playgrounds to building or repairing cabins and cottages.  The money is part of the state’s NY Parks 2020 plan that has issued more than $700 million in improvements at more than 170 state parks and historic sites since 2011.



VA2K Walk and Roll May 16th:


The Bath V.A. Medical Center will be holding the annual VA2K Walk and Roll to benefit homeless veterans and promote health and wellness on May 16th.  Participants can walk anytime between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. around the parade ground on the V.A. campus.  There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to consider donating to support homeless veterans.  Donations include paper products and cleaning supplies.



Memorial Day Observance at Bath National Cemetery:


The Bath V.A. Medical Center, in partnership with the Bath National Cemetery, will be hosting a special Memorial Day program in the Bath National Cemetery on Monday, May 28th.  The public is invited to participate in the ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m.  The public is also encouraged to walk through the Bath National Cemetery following the ceremony to view the over 15,000 flags that will be placed by the Dana Lyon 5th grade classes to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday May 5. 2018

Three Locals Arrested on Multiple Drug Charges
Three people are facing a variety of drug charges after they were stopped on I-390. Livingston deputies identified the driver as 28-year-old Nancy cowl of Horseheads. Also in the vehicle were two passengers, 40 year old James Thaddies from Elmira and 24 year old Lindsay Stephens form Painted Post. While conducting the roadside investigation, deputies said drugs were in plain view…which prompted a more detailed search. Deputies recovered, meth cocaine, heroin, PCP and drug paraphernalia. All three were remanded to jail pending further action by the court.

Hornell Man Arrested for DWI
A Hornell man is facing a felony and other counts after he was pulled over on Route 36. State police said they arrested 22-year-old Brandon Isaman. He was charged with felony DWI, refusal to take a breath test, driving a vehicle without an ignition interlock and aggravated unlicensed operation. Court action is pending.

State Assembly Ousts Test-Based Teacher Evaluation Mandate
The NYS Assembly this week passed a bill to eliminate the mandate that state created or administered tests be used to determine a teacher or principal's evaluation. The legislation will allow school districts and teachers to negotiate an effective evaluation system to meet the diverse needs of their students and communities. The changes are an outgrowth of ongoing discussions for the past several weeks between the Assembly Majority Conference, the Governor and educators.

Reed Declares Opposition Against "Extreme Ithaca Liberals"
In a town hall meeting this week, Congressman Tom Reed said he will focus on taking on who he dubs are “Extreme Ithaca Liberals”. The local politician said "I'm going to call out extremism across the district and I believe the extreme Ithaca liberal brand is achieving that. I want people to make sure that they understand the difference between ...what I believe is a common sense type of approach to legislating, as opposed to many of the policies that we see that's represented by that extreme Ithaca liberal brand that support this extremist type of policy.” The Enfield Highway Department town hall was a forum for Tompkins county citizens to address and voice issues such as affordable health care and gun control to Reed and the congressman faced a lot of opposition from the crowd.

Palmesano and O'Mara Hosting State "Sip and Sample"
The New York Wine Industry Association’s 5th Annual “Sip and Sample” tasting event will be co-hosted by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano this Monday in Albany. New York wineries, cheese producers, restaurateurs and other businesses across the state will be represented at the event at The Well of the Legislative Office Building.  Many of our own local Finger Lakes and Western New York small businesses will be represented while O’Mara, Palmesano and other legislators will make an address o the attendees and acknowledge the participating industries’ contributions to our state and local economy.

O'Mara Honored by Audubon's Hoyt Award
Audubon leaders from across New York met recently to present the annual “William B. Hoyt Environmental Excellence Award” to State Senator Tom O’Mara for his dedication to protecting New York’s environment. The award is named in honor of former Assemblyman Hoyt, a committed environmental advocate who passed away in 1992. Upon receiving the award, O’Mara said the past several years in New York State government have represented an era of meaningful environmental achievement, and he’s been grateful for the opportunity to help move it forward.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, May 4th

 Rochester Man Charged in Bath Robbery:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Rochester man in connection with a robbery in Bath.  According to police, deputies responded to Victory Lane on April 27th on a report of a robbery in progress and their investigation alleges that 41-year-old Anthony Larkin stole property from another person.  Larkin was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. 



Kittens Thrown from Car in Bath Doing Well:


The three kittens thrown from a moving car in Bath are said to be doing well, according to local animal rescue “Pawz and Purrz.”  The kittens were found by a passerby who witnessed the incident.  All three were between six and eight weeks old, and were in poor health.  One of the kittens had an eye infection that required surgery to remove the eye.  The rescue said that kitten is recovering well from his surgery and will have his stitches removed soon.  All three kittens are now looking for their forever homes.  If you’re interested in adopting any of them, you’ll need to contact Paws and Purrz and fill out an application. 



Tickets on Sale for Steuben OFA’s Night in Vegas:


Tickets are on sale for the 27th annual joint extravaganza co-hosted by the Steuben County Office for the Aging Advisory Council and Bath-Haverling Student Council.  “Evening in Vegas” is set for 5 to 8 p.m. May 19th at Haverling High School in Bath, and it will feature table top games, music, dancing, refreshments, and prize drawings.  Tickets are $10 for singles and $15 for pairs.  Tickets can be purchased at all three county Office for the Aging offices, Haverling High School main office, or at the door.



Free Bike Maintenance Workshop:


There will be a free bicycle maintenance workshop offered by Corning Bikes and Elmira Bikes on May 19th from noon to 3 p.m. at the Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning.  The seminar will offer instruction on everything from airing up tires to getting brakes and chains in shape.  The seminar is free for anyone 10-years-old and above, but registration is required at (607) 936-3713 EXT 213.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, May 3rd

Guthrie, Reed Hold Diabetes Roundtable:


Representative Tom Reed met with Guthrie Hospital staff, diabetes patients, and others for a roundtable discussion on diabetic issues on Wednesday.  Reed said he is planning on introducing a bill in the House that aims to make Diabetes Self Management Training (DSMT) “more accessible” for patients who qualify under Medicare.  The cost and availability of diabetic treatment was discussed at the roundtable and Reed asked about the effectiveness of telemedicine to help treat diabetes.  Reed said he plans to put some of the information he received at the meeting into the bill. 



Campbell-Savona Budget Hearing May 7th:


The Campbell-Savona Central School District will hold a hearing on the proposed 2018-2019 school budget this Monday, May 7th.  The $22.2 million budget includes a tax levy increase of 1.51 percent, which is within the tax cap limit.  The hearing will be held at 7 p.m. at the high school in the LGI room.  Voting on the budget will be May 15th from noon to 8 p.m. at the high school in the district office lobby.  The ballot will also include a proposition to establish a capital reserve fund, and a request by the Savona Free Library for an increase of $2,900 in the amount collected by the District on its behalf. 



$4.2M in Federal Funding Headed to Local Pro Action:


Wednesday, Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced that over $4.2 million in federal funding will be head to the Head Start and Early Head Start programs at the Pro Action of Steuben and Yates County.  The funding will be used to support child care services for low-income families in both counties.  Head Start programs primarily serve children aged three to five, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.  Programs include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.



Letter Carriers Food Drive May 12th:


Saturday, May 12th will be the 26th annual Letter Carriers Food Drive.  Residents are encouraged to place healthy, non-perishable food donations near their mailboxes for letter carrier delivery to local food banks and pantries.  Donations stay within the community.  Suggested items include: pasta, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and canned goods.  Glass containers should be avoided.



Backup Cameras Now Required in all New Vehicles:


A federal regulation went into effect Wednesday that will now require all newly manufactured vehicles sold and leased in the United States to have backup cameras.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, rear view cameras have reduced backup related crashes by 17 percent since they first started appearing in vehicles as an added feature, but the Department of Transportation says that backup related crashes still kill more than 200 people and injure 12,000 others every year.  The new cameras are expected to add roughly $140 to the price of a new car. 



NYS Public Service Commission to Investigate Spectrum:


New York State Public Service Commission has announced an investigation of Spectrum Media Company.  Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, of the 119th District, released a statement saying that he called for an investigation into Spectrum last week following consumer complaints about rapid increases in their cable and Internet bills.  In response, Spectrum released a statement saying that they are “bringing more broadband to more people across New York State,” and that they are in full compliance with their merger.  They vowed to “fight these baseless actions vigorously.” 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, May 2nd

Red Flag Warning Until 9 P.M. Tonight:


The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. tonight for portions of the Southern Tier and Southern Finger Lakes, including Steuben County, and all of Northeast Pennsylvania.  A Red Flag Warning means conditions will be primed for extreme fire behavior, including gusty winds, low relative humidities, and warm temperatures.  If a fire sparks, it is likely to spread.  Residents are urged to heed all state and local burn bans. 



14-year-old Charged in Series of Children’s Center Incidents:


A 14-year-old boy has been charged with criminal mischief in a series of incidents at Snell Farm’s Children’s Center in Bath.  According to State Police, troopers were called to the center three times in the past week.  On the first incident, the boy discharged a fire extinguisher, causing the smoke detector to go off and he broke a window.  For this he was charged with criminal mischief and issued a family court appearance ticket.  On April 30th, troopers were called again for the same child throwing chairs.  Staff were able to calm him and said police involvement wasn’t necessary.  Then later that same day, troopers were called back to the center for the same boy who broke two windows by throwing rocks at them.  He was again charged with criminal mischief and was released with another family court appearance ticket.



Legislation to Toughen Heroin/Opioid Dealing Punishments Passes NYS Senate:


The New York State Senate passed Tuesday legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tom O’Mara that would toughen the penalties for heroin and opioid dealers.  If made law, the bill would, among other things, take into account that heroin does not weigh as much as other drugs which currently means more doses are needed to trigger current criminal charges, and it would criminalize the sale of a controlled substance on or within 1,000 feet of a drug or alcohol treatment center.



Smoking Age Could Increase to 21 in NYS:


The push is once again on to change the smoking age in New York State from 18 to 21.  The Tobacco 21 bill, which failed in the state Legislature last year, would make it so no one under the age of 21 would be able to purchase any kind of tobacco products, including e-cigarettes.  The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center says roughly 96 percent of smokers began smoking before age 21 and the Southern Tier Tobacco Awareness Coalition says they’re seeing a trend of people using e-cigarettes at a younger age.  Currently, nineteen areas in New York have implemented the law, including Tompkins and Cortland Counties.  The bill is currently in the state Senate.   



Corning Ice Rink Upgrades to Cost More than Expected:


The upgrades planned for the Nasser Civic Center Ice Rink in Corning are going to cost more than originally planned.  The apparently low bid for the work, by Nelson & Streeter Construction Company of Pine City, is over $1.1 million.  The City Council bonded $900,000 in the city budget.  City Manager Mark Ryckman said that despite the higher than expected bids, the work will move forward as the system at the rink that freezes the floor is no longer being produced and needs to be replaced.  The City Council holds its monthly meeting on Monday, and it may place an emergency resolution to take the needed money from the city’s fund balance.



Re-Creation to Perform at the Bath V.A.:


Re-Creation’s “HAPPY!” show will appear at the Bath V.A. on May 9th at 2 p.m. in the Building 92 Auditorium.  The group represents Re-Creation USA, Inc., which provides a national program of live entertainment for America’s hospitalized Veterans in VA Medical Centers and State Veterans Homes.  “HAPPY!” features the best in American music and some of the nation’s finest young entertainers.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, May 1st

4 Arrested in Bath Meth Bust:


A two-month investigation into the manufacturing of methamphetamine at the Holland American Motel on Route 415 in the Town of Bath has lead to the arrest of four people.  According to State Police, troopers responded to the motel on April 13th and interrupted 27-year-old Cassandra Plumley, 33-year-old Christopher English, 29-year-old Whittany Hale, and 30-year-old Colin Decker, all of Bath, in the process of actively manufacturing methamphetamine.  A warrant was obtained and executed, and a large quantity of methamphetamine, as well as precursors, reagents, solvents, catalysts, and lab equipment were seized.  All four suspects have been charged with unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine in the 3rd, a class D felony, and they were sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail.  Additionally, Hale had a warrant for violation of probation and was held without bail.  Police say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are pending.



Bonilla Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Witness Bribery:


The sister of accused murderer Lloyd Neurauter appeared in Steuben County Court Monday where she plead not guilty to charges of attempted bribery of a witness and conspiracy.  According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker, Wendy Bonilla and her brother “…conspired to give Karrie Neuratuer (Lloyd’s daughter) a free lawyer in her case to encourage her to change her testimony.”  Lloyd previously also entered a not guilty plea to the charges.  He’s being held in the Livingston County Jail without bail pending trial in the murder of Michelle Neurauter.  Karrie Neuratuer pled guilty in early March to second-degree murder in exchange for a sentencing recommendation of 15 years to life and her promise to testify against her father.  Bonilla was released Monday on her own recognizance with a series of conditions, including an order of protection for Neurauter’s three daughters and if Bonilla doesn’t appear in court she can be prosecuted without being present and if she is extradited from California, she will pay the cost.  Bonilla could face 1 to 4 years in state prison. 



Retrial of Sheldon Silver Gets Underway:


The retrial of New York’s former assembly speaker got underway Monday in federal court, with prosecutors saying Sheldon Silver took millions of dollars in kickbacks as part of a legal fee bribery scheme, while his defense insisted the money wasn’t a bribe.  Silver was previously convicted in 2015, but that decision was overturned in appeals court.  In opening statements Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said Silver was “blinded by greed.”  Defense attorney Michael Feldberg countered that there’s no proof that Silver pocketed the money in exchange for taking official action, and he said accepting the fees was “100 percent legal.”



Governor Cuomo Announces More than $100M to Pave Roads Impacted by Extreme Weather:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday more than $100 million in state funding to repave and enhance roadways impacted by the harsh weather this past winter.  Funding will support 84 projects and the renewal of nearly 1,000 lane miles of pavement across the state, including at least one project in every county and New York City.  In the Southern Tier, approximately $18.8 million will pave 179 lane miles of roads in Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties.



H-port Board of Ed Budget Hearing:


The Hammondsport Board of Education will hold a public hearing tonight on the proposed 2018-2019 budget.  It will be held in the high school library, beginning at 6 p.m.

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