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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 31st 2018

Cuomo Releases Hepatitis C Plan
Governor Cuomo has unveiled a $5-million plan as a strategy to eliminate hepatitis C in New York state. The plan includes expansion of access to clean syringes, expanded insurance coverage for those needing treatment and increased funding for treating the communicable disease. Hepatitis C has been on the rise over the years due in large part to the opioid epidemic but 90 percent of all cases are curable with proper detection and treatment from health workers. More than 200,000 New Yorkers live with hepatitis C with 3 out of every 4 living in neighboring Monroe County.

Schumer Says CDC's Federal Anti-Heroin Cut Will Hurt Communities
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says the Center for Disease Control’s new move to pull anti-heroin federal funding will be a disaster for citizens of communities and law enforcement alike. Schumer says major cities including New York, were deemed ineligible to seek the funding they expected to receive to battle the opiate epidemic despite having critical need for the dollars.

Reed Supports Trump's Farm Aid Bailout
Congressman Tom Reed says he supports the Trump administration’s $12 billion farmer bailout announced last week. Reed acknowledges the trade policy will possibly be, what he says calls, “disruptive”. The bailout gives emergency aid intended to help farmers who may suffer from the tariffs implemented by Trump for products from Mexico and China. The White House says farmers should expect to receive their aid sometime in September.

Application for Motions Reviewed in Bonilla Case
Wendy Bonilla, the sister involved in the case of murder suspect Lloyd Neurauter, was in Steuben County Court yesterday afternoon. The application for motions in the trial against Bonilla were reviewed by the judge. Bonilla is accused of helping her brother, Lloyd Neurauter, bribe a witness to the murder of his ex-wife Michelle. Bonilla will be back in court for a trial hearing August 13th while Neurauter’s next court date is set for September.

Florida Woman Arrested for DWI on State Route 36
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Florida woman for DWI charges in the village of Canisteo and Hornell. Sheriffs say they responded to a report that an intoxicated woman who showed up at a store in Canisteo was driving a motor vehicle intoxicated. Upon further investigation, Sheriffs found Mary Jo A. Lane of Hernando Street, Florida, operating a vehicle in an intoxicated condition on State Route 36 in Hornell. Lane was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and refusing to submit to a chemical breath test in Village of Canisteo Court then remanded to Steuben County Jail.

Expected Rain Could Bring Flooding Locally
The National Weather Service says Steuben County can expect more rain this week and that could cause some problems. Multiple chances for showers and thunderstorms are expected throughout midweek. Locally, heavy rainfall and isolated flooding of smaller streams, creeks and poor drainage areas will be possible today through Thursday. Areas that have already had heavy rainfall in the past week, will be most vulnerable.

Today's Top Stories - Monday July 30, 2018

Residents and Farmers Urged to Be Vigilant About Longhorn Tick
Farmers and other residents in the state are urged by officials to be aware and vigilant about the Longhorn Tick. This breed of tick is unique because it is a self-cloning species native to Asia and Australia and has survived the winter in New Jersey, invading several other states including Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas and recently our own New York state. All animals, especially sheep, cattle and horses, should be checked regularly for ticks and exposure to ticks during the summer season. Tick-borne illnesses including lyme disease carry symptoms of dehydration, weakness, lack of appetite and labored breathing in cattle. So far, the only Longhorn Tick reported in the state was found in Westchester County.

WGI Pledges $3000 to Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Watkins Glen International  has made a donation to The Food Bank of the Southern Tier. President of WGI, Michael Printup, pledged the $3,000 donation for the Food Bank’s BackPack Program this year during “Giving is Gorges”, the organization’s Annual Day of Giving held on June 1st. Printup said: “We at Watkins Glen International are proud to be a part of this community and we want to continually support all that the Food Bank does here in the Southern Tier,”


Reed and 5 Congressman Write Cuomo About Recouping Sign Fines
Congressman Tom Reed has joined 5 other state House members demanding answers from Governor Cuomo about  $14 million owed in fines by New York State. The millions of dollars in penalties was issued for failure to comply with federal regulations related to illegal “I Love NY” highway signs. A date has been set by the Federal Government for September 30th for all signs, which total over 500, to be removed or New York will face further penalties. All 6 Republican Congressmen have sent a letter to the governor asking about how the $14 million will be recouped.


Tour de Keuka Meets $75,000 Fundraising Goal
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier has announced that this year’s Tour de Keuka in Hammondsport has reached their goal in raising $75,000. Almost 240 cyclists rode the various Tour de Keuka trails to raise money for the cause of ending area hunger and were able to help provide 276,000 meals. Those interested in supporting the Food Bank through the Tour de Keuka can still donate to the fundraising campaign online at www.tourdekeuka.com through August 8th.

Canisteo Man Arrested Following CPS Investigation
New York State Police report the arrest of a Canisteo man following an allegation that he struck a child in the head and caused physical injury. A joint investigation by the NYSP Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Steuben County Child Protective Services resulted in the arrest of 26-year-old Robert C. Morseman. Morseman has been charged with two class “A” misdemeanors: third degree assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was issued an Appearance Ticket for August 6th in the Town of Canisteo Court.

Abandoned Pitbulls from Painted Post Up for Adoption
Two pitbulls that were abandoned at the Walmart parking lot in Painted Post are ready to be adopted into forever homes. An arrest was made for the animal cruelty violation and the Finger Lakes SPCA have taken both dogs in. Owen and Petunia, who are believed to be between the ages of one and three, would best fit in an active home without small children and with other dogs. Both dogs know basic commands like sit and stay but will need additional obedience training. Those interested in learning more about the dogs or adopting one or both of them is encouraged to call the Finger Lakes SPCA http://fingerlakesspca.org/contact/.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 28, 2018

Wood Street Fire Destroys Family's Mobile Home


A family of three has lost everything but their lives following a fire destroying their home on Wood Street last night. Last night at 6:04pm The Bath Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched for a reported structure fire at 10 Wood Street in the Village of Bath. Mutual aid from the Bath VA, Bath Volunteer Fire Department  and Bath Village Utilities arrived at the scene before an RIT team from the Pulteney Fire Department and manpower from the Kanona, Savona and Hammondsport departments reported to the scene to standby at the Bath station. The Bath Village Police as well as Steuben County Sheriff’s department were also on scene and the fire was controlled in about a half an hour. An investigation discovered the fire was caused by an outlet in the rear of the mobile home. No injuries or deaths occurred as no one was home at the time and the American Red Cross was called to assist the family.


County Public Health Advises Residents to Avoid Rabies Exposure
Steuben County Public Health Department is urging residents to avoid contact with wild animals following a sharp increase of people needing rabies treatment in Steuben County since January of this year. The County Health Department says residents should avoid contact with wild animals like bats, raccoons and stray cats and dogs.
If an animal does bite you, report the bite to the on-call Public Health nurse at (607) 664-2438 during business hours (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and calling (800) 836-4444 after hours. All domestic and farm animals should be vaccinated for rabies and free local rabies clinics are listed online at: https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/rabiesclinic2018.pdf.


Steuben County Plans for Three-Year Algae Bloom Study
Steuben County is planning to contribute funds for a three-year, “Nine Element” study proposed by both the Keuka and Seneca Lake associations investigating specific factors that cause harmful algae blooms. The study will specify what causes have contributed nonpoint source pollution to prevent the harmful algae blooms from affecting water supplies of local municipalities located on Keuka and Seneca Lakes. The Federal Environmental Protection Agency and State Department of Environmental Conservation will lead the study plans as both agencies work in cooperation with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Steuben County Soil & Water District.


NYS Revokes Charter's Time Warner Merger
Yesterday New York regulators revoked Charter Communication Inc.’s merger approval with Time Warner Cable Inc. State regulators ordered Charter Communications, which is the largest cable provider in the state, to replace the cable provider with another to serve the over 2 million customers in New York. The decision comes after the Public Service Commission’s action in response to months of disagreements over the company meeting goals set by regulators as part of the 2016 merger approval. One of unmet goals involves broadband expansion to rural areas. Regulators ordered Charter to pay $1 million for not meeting expansion target for the month of June 2018. Charter Communications has not stated if the company plans to challenge the Public Service Commission’s decision.


Former Assembly Speaker Silver Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison
Former New York Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver was sentenced to seven years in prison yesterday for political corruption charges. The politician brokered legislative deals for over twenty years before criminal charges brought an end to his political career. US District Judge Valerie Caproni sentenced Silver and noted that the political corruption in the state “has to stop” adding “New York has to get its act together.” Silver’s original 2015 conviction was thrown out by an appeals court before this year where the jury once again found him guilty of taking almost $4 million in return for legislative favors he granted real estate developers and a cancer researcher. Silver expressed remorse for his actions during the trial and in a letter writing “I pray I will not die in prison...”


Senator Schumer Says Trump Farm Bailouts Will Worsen US Economy
The President’s farmer bailout was criticized this week in the Senate by Minority Leader Charles Schumer. The U.S.D.A. is planning to borrow $12 billion from the Federal Treasury to use for subsidizing producers affected by Trump’s trade war against China but Schumer believes bailouts for producers will only worsen the economic situation for American businesses, accusing the administration of picking and choosing the farm industry to reap the benefits of a bailout over other domestic industries such as steel and aluminum.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 27th

Corning Accused of Leaving Children Alone to Get Marijuana:


A Corning woman is facing charges of child endangerment after she allegedly left her children at home alone to go smoke marijuana.  According to Corning Police, around 1 a.m. Thursday, officers were alerted to the sounds of screaming and a possible disturbance in an upstairs room on Davis Street.  Their investigation found 39-year-old Joy Edelmann asleep behind the wheel of a running motor vehicle.  Edelmann has been charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count each of unlawful possession of marihuana and unlawful growing of cannabis.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Audit Finds Haverling School Dist. Needs Better Banking Policies:


The Bath school district needs to do a better job when it comes to online banking…and school superintendent Joe Rumsey agrees. In a recent audit report, the state comptroller’s office said school officials lacked adequate bank agreements for online banking transactions. The board also did not adopt an online banking policy and officials did not adequately segregate online banking duties. In addition, officials did not ensure that authorized access to online bank accounts was limited. In his response to the state, superintendent Rumsey said the district has begun corrective measures and is creating a comprehensive online banking policy.



Corning Kids Carnival Postponed:


Due to the possibility of severe thunderstorms, the annual Kids Day Carnival in Corning has been postponed.  Originally set for today from noon to 3 p.m., it will instead take place next Friday, August 3rd instead of Crazy Field Day.  Crazy Day will now be held on August 10th at 10 a.m. 



Guthrie Unveils Plans for Medical Office Buildings in the Elmira-Corning Area:


Guthrie unveiled plans this week for construction of two medical office buildings in the Elmira-Corning area.  The new 60,000 square foot East Corning Medical Office Building will relocate surgical and medical specialty services such as OB/GYN, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and more, with between 25 and 30 providers providing roughly 65,000 visits per year.  The 45,000 square foot Big Flats Medical Office Building (formerly Chase Pitkin) will house Cardiology, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, and more.  Both facilities are scheduled to open in summer 2019. 



NYS Launching Effort to Eliminate Hep. C:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected today to announce a new effort to eliminate hepatitis C.  The state Hepatitis C Elimination Task Force will be the nation’s first strategy to eliminate the viral infection which is spread through contaminated blood and is being exacerbated by the opioid epidemic.  Hepatitis C causes liver inflammation and can lead to serious damage of the organ.  The new campaign against it is expected to include increased access to medications that can cure hepatitis C and the expansion of programs connecting people with prevention, screening, and treatment services.   



DEC Seeking Participants in 2018 Summer Wild Turkey Survey:


The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging New Yorkers to participate in a survey for wild turkeys.  Since 1996, the DEC has conducted the Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey to track wild turkey populations.  This allows the DEC to gauge reproductive success and predict fall harvest potential.  During the month of August, survey participants record the sex and age composition of all flocks of wild turkeys observed during normal travel.  Those interested in participating can download a Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey form from the DEC’s website at https://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/48732.html

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 26th

Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office to Test Drug ID System at Upcoming Phish Concert:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office might get some unexpected help in selecting a new drug identification system – attendees of the upcoming Phish concert at Watkins Glen International.  On Monday, Sheriff Jim Allard told the county Public Safety and Corrections Committee that he wants to move forward with the purchase of a system that can detect and identify drugs without opening the packaging – an important ability when it comes to highly potent and dangerous drugs like fentanyl – but county officials haven’t been able to decide between two competing systems.  So, the idea has been proposed to use an amnesty barrel at the concert.  Attendees can throw out any drugs they may have without fear of arrest, and authorities can use it as an opportunity to do a blind test of the two systems.  Whichever one does end up being purchased, Sheriff Allard said the Sheriff’s Office will offer it for use free of charge to other law enforcement within in the county.



COB Annex Close to Completion:


Affected departments and agencies are expected to begin moving into the Steuben County Office Building annex in early August, with only minor details left to be finished.  According to plans approved by the county Legislature’s special Space Committee, the three-story annex will house the county Board of Elections offices and electronic voting machines, and records storage for current reports on the first floor.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben, a demonstration kitchen, and a conference room will be on the second floor.  The third floor will remain vacant to allow for expansion as needed.  Construction of the East Morris Street annex, as well as a long-term records storage facility on Mount Washington, will cost a total of $8.7 million and is being paid for through a low-interest bond and county reserves.



Corning Inc. Announces Q2 Earnings:


Corning Incorporated has announced its 2nd Quarter financial earnings.  There was a 9 percent increase in year-over-year sales from Q2 in 2017 to Q2 in 2018, growing from 2.5 billion to 2.8 billion.  Share wise, year-over-year earnings did drop 3 percent from 39 cents to 38 cents.  Core earnings are down 10 percent year-over-year, down to 359 million from 400 million.



P-P Taco Bell Raises $1,000 for Family of Fallen NYS Trooper:


On Sunday, the Painted Post Taco Bell donated 10 percent of their proceeds to the family of fallen New York State Trooper Nicholas Clark.  The restaurant raised $1,025 over the day.  Besides supporting Trooper Clark’s family, Taco Bell also offered free meals to all local law enforcement that day.



Farming Industry Celebrates 100th:


Two longtime farm-based agencies in Steuben County took time out Sunday for one of several 100th anniversary celebrations planned for this year.  Members of the Steuben Farm Bureau and representatives of Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben gathered for a chicken barbecue and pass-the-dish meal at the Howard Community Center in Howard.



Kraft Heinz Recalls Cheese Dip:


Kraft Heinz has announced the recall of a cheese dip that could potentially lead to botulism.  Around 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being recalled because the product is showing signs that it could allow for the growth of the bacteria that causes botulism.  Affected are 15oz. jars with “best when used by” dates from October 31st 2018 to January 23rd 2019.  Anyone with such jars should return them for an exchange or refund.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday July 25, 2018

Three Hospitalized in I-86 Truck Accident
A truck accident on I-86 in Corning left a driver remaining in Robert Packer Hospital at press time while two others were released and treated. According to Sheriff Jim Allard, the truck was driving at a speed too fast for the rain, turning it over and causing a crash between exits 44 and 46. Traffic was redirected through the town of Corning for a short time following the crash.

TTA Systems Receives Grant from NYSHCR
TTA Systems LLC in Hornell will be supported by a grant to upgrade assembly of high-speed rail car trucks, creating more jobs in the community. New York State Homes and Community Renewal announced they will be issuing a $400,000 grant supporting TTA Systems to make railcar equipment. The grant is expected to make 30 new jobs within the company. Commissioner of New York State Homes and Community Renewal RuthAnne Visnauskas says the investment will “continue the growth of train manufacturing in Hornell.”

Campbell-Savona District Seeking Bus Drivers
Recruitment days for the Campbell-Savona school district bus drivers began yesterday and will continue every Tuesday morning beginning at 9:30 until 11:30 at 8242 State Route 415 at the district bus garage. Trainers will answer any questions for recruits, walk them through and let them sit behind the wheel of the bus. No prior experience is necessary and those who do not have their Commercial Driver’s License, Class B needed to drive the bus will be offered free training by the district to earn the CDL. New hires will also be offered other incentives.


Corning Woman Charged With Endangering Welfare of a Child
A Corning woman has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after allegedly leaving her 11-month old child home alone for several hours while away at bars. After a car she was a passenger in was pulled over for a traffic infraction, Catlynn Empson was taken home to check on her child by police officers. Empson allegedly tried to deceive them and attempted to grab one officer to prevent him from checking on the sleeping child. The driver of the vehicle was charged with driving with a blood alcohol content level of at least .18% while Empson faces additional charges of unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.


Corning Incorporated Announces Sitel Layoffs
Following a business decision, Sitel of Corning will be terminating the employment of its workers in a few months. The call center will be exiting the Corning market following the announcement of its owner, Corning Incorporated, that it will not renew its property lease on 101 Canada Road that opened a decade ago in 2008. Sitel’s Human Resources department gave 184 employees letters laying them off and explaining that their positions will be terminated in October due to a business decision. Corning Inc. says it is weighing out options in deciding whether or not to use the Canada Road property for company purposes.


Steuben County Jail Inmate from Elmira Arrested for Assault
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Steuben County Jail inmate for assault in the second degree, a class D Felony, following a physical altercation at the jail. Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott C. Washington from Elmira after he allegedly assaulted another inmate by intentionally striking him, rendering him unconscious and causing serious physical injury. Mr. Washington faced arraignment in the Town of Avoca Court and was returned to the Steuben County Jail without bail. He will appear in the Town of Bath Court on a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 24th

3 Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop:


Three people are facing drug charges following a traffic stop on State Route 54 in Bath.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle was stopped on July 19th due to an equipment violation and two occupants were found to be in possession of crack cocaine, and one was in possession of crack cocaine, US currency, packaging material, and drug paraphernalia.  56-year-old Rebekah Bishop and 61-year-old Louann Labarr, both of Bath, were both charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree.  Both were issued appearance tickets.  17-year-old Hector Rodriguez of Rochester was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third with intent to sell and he was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash bail.



Corning Man Accused of Driving Drunk, Hitting Woman on a Scooter:


A Corning man is facing multiple charges following an accident in Corning involving a pickup truck and a motorized scooter.  According to Corning Police, 65-year-old Hugo Murphy struck a woman on a motorized scooter intentionally and attempted to leave the scene via a taxi-cab.  Officers were able to intercept the cab before it left.  Murphy was arrested for driving while intoxicated and was additionally charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and assault.  The incident is still under investigation and police say more charges may be filed at a later date.  The woman operating the scooter was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later released.



Violation of Probation Arrest:


A Prattsburgh man has been arrested following a traffic stop in the Town of Naples.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Philip Maciuska was stopped for a vehicle and traffic violation and he had allegedly previously violated the terms of his probation, and an active violation of probation warrant had been issued by the Prattsburgh Town Court.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Corning Man Pleads Not Guilty to Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:


The man accused of stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed was arraigned in Town of Corning Court Monday.  Gary McCaslin pled not guilty to a charge of petit larceny, and his attorney filed a motion to dismiss the charges.  His attorney said that there’s no evidence he committed any crime, and that he was only doing what a good citizen would do by clearing the area of political clutter when he saw several signs from different candidates still on state land.  The defense also motioned for a special prosecutor, saying that Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker has had a long relationship with Congressman Reed.  Reed’s campaign manager, Nick Weinstein, said that after dozens of signs were stolen from a spot in Corning they put GPS trackers on the signs.  He said one of the GPS tracked signs lead them to McCaslin’s home.  According to Weinstein, McCaslin returned the sign but not the tracker.  The judge will review the motions and McCaslin is due back in Court in August.   



Turning Point Bath Accepting Donations for Annual Back to School Drive:


Turning Point Bath is once again accepting donations for its annual Back to School Supply Drive.  Donated items can be dropped off at Turning Point Bath by August 15th, or at any of the following locations: Centenary United Methodist Church, Dollar General, First Presbyterian Church, Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc., St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, and John Taggart Insurance.  Besides school supplies, monetary donations will also be accepted.  They can be mailed to or dropped off at Turning Point Bath also by August 15th.  If mailing, indicate the donation is for the Back to School Drive in the “notes” section on your check.  To receive school supplies, signs-ups are required and will be held August 13th through August 17th from 9 to 11:15 a.m.  Students must be in grades Pre-K through 12, and be residents of Avoca, Bath, Bradford, Cameron, Savona, Hammondsport, or Prattsburgh.  Parents are asked to bring the names and grades for all students receiving supplies as well as proof of address.  Distribution days will be held Friday, August 24th from 2 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, August 25th from 9 a.m. to noon at the Frist Presbyterian Church in Bath.  



Goldfish Crackers Joins Salmonella Recall:


Pepperidge Farm is the latest to join in the recall surrounding products with potentially contaminated whey powder.  Pepperidge is recalling several varieties of their popular Goldfish snack crackers.  No illnesses have been reported at this time and no other Pepperidge Farm products are affected by this recall.  The four types of Goldfish crackers being recalled are: Flavor Blasted Xtra Cheddar, Flavor Blasted Sour Cream & Onion, Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain Xtra Cheddar, and Goldfish Mix Extra Cheddar + Pretzel.  Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them.  Recalled products should be discarded or they can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund.  For full details see the following chart: https://media.nbc4i.com/nxs-wcmhtv-media-us-east-1/document_dev/2018/07/23/ProductsList_72318_1532395181828_49377918_ver1.0.pdf

Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 23rd

Corning Man Arrested on Multiple Charges:


An investigation by the New York State Police has resulted in multiple charges against a Corning man.  On July 20th, troopers from the Bath barracks responded to a reported domestic incident in Bath and following their investigation, arrested 26-year-old Joshua Reedy on charges of burglary, criminal contempt, criminal obstruction of breathing, criminal mischief, and harassment.  Reedy is accused of entering the victim’s residence and repeatedly punching and choking her, in violation of a previous order of protection.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.



Avoca Man Arrested for Endangering Child:


The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Avoca man following investigation into a reported domestic incident.  It’s alleged that 26-year-old Cody Mitchell acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental, or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old, and that Mitchell subjected a child less seventeen to unlawful physical contact.  Mitchell has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated harassment.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail.



Bristol Woman Accused of Failing to Report Income:


A Bristol woman has been arrested for allegedly failing to report income while receiving benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  36-year-old Julie Martz is charged with offering a false instrument for filing and grand larceny.  She was arraigned and released on her own recognizance.



Summer Rec Programs Available in Steuben Co.:


Summer recreation is an important element of school children’s vacation time, and the Steuben County Youth Bureau helps fund 14 summer programs through Youth Development funding received from the state office for Children and Family Services.  Each program is unique and may offer a variety of activities that could include arts and crafts, outdoor education, recreation, swimming, field trips, meals, or more.  For a list of youth recreational programs in the county, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=621 and scroll across the “Summer Fun Sun” icon next to a location for more details.



Some Cheese Ritz Cracker Products Recalled:


Some Ritz Cracker sandwiches and Ritz Bits products are being recalled over Salmonella concerns.  The voluntary recall includes the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  According to Mondelez Global, LLC, there have been no complaints of illness in connection with the products to date.  The concern is over whey powder that the company’s supplier recalled due to the potential presence of Salmonella.  Consumers with the products should not eat them, and are advised to discard them.  You can visit https://us.mondelezinternational.com/~/media/MondelezCorporate/us/uploads/downloads/press-releases/2018/Ritz-Recall-2108.pdf for more information.



Road Work on S.R. 54 in Bath/Hammondsport Starting Today:


A reminder for motorists today, paving work is set to begin on State Route 54 between C.R. 113 in the town of Bath and 54A in the town of Hammondsport.  Work is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting.  Traffic will be maintained with one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Motorists should be prepared for potentially lengthy delays as single-lane operation may be up to two miles.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 21, 2018

Livingston County woman found guilty of murder

Livingston County Sheriff has announced the conviction Danielle Allen for murder.  The jury came back with a unanimous guilty verdict for the stabbing death of her boyfriend Marcus Postell back in 2016. Forensic evidence and new technology loaned by the Niagara County assisted in helping to get the conviction. Allen could end up in jail for 15 years and is expected to be sentenced in Sept.

Classic Boat Show in Hammondsport

The 36th Annual Classic Board Show is this weekend in Hammondsport. The display of antique boats is hosted annually by Wine County Classic Boats. The two  day event will feature up to 100 boats at Depot Park along with a classic car and truck show on Shether Street. WVIN Radio will be there with an on location broadcast from noon to 2:00pm with the Parade of Boats scheduled for 3:00pm

Savona man arrested

A Savona man has been arrested by the Steuben County Sheriff’s office and has been accused of sexually abusing a child.  74 year old Robert Thompson has been arrested on two counts…forcible touching and forcible sex act of a 15 year old girl. Thompson was taken to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail

Wellsville Balloon Festival

The 43rd annual Great Wellsville Hot Air Balloon Rally is this weekend. Thirty-five pilots have registered for the event. Mass launch time are generally around 6:30 tonight and Sunday morning. All launches are weather dependent. The event is free to attend. The Rally is located at the Lagoon Recreation Fields, next to Island Park along the Genesee Parkway in the village.

Over 11,000 tickets issued

The New York State Police say troopers issued a total of 11,480 tickets statewide during the 4th of July STOP-DWI enforcement campaign which ended July 5th. During the 108-hour campaign state police utilized sobriety checkpoints, additional DWI patrols and ticketed distracted drivers who used handheld electronic devices. Troopers arrested 216 people for DWI and investigated 165 personal injury accidents, which resulted in 244 people being injured with four fatalities. Troopers said the overall number of tickets and DWI arrests were up from the 2017 campaign.

Corning Inc issues dividend

Corning Incorporated’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per share on the company’s common stock. The dividend will be payable in September to shareholders of record on Aug. 31.

Tour De Keuka Today


Motorists around Keuka Lake take care today as you’ll be sharing the roadway with cyclists.  The annual Tour de Keuka benefitting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier begins in Hammondsport this morning.  Rides run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Some 250 cyclists are expected with $75,000 being raised to provide 220,000 meals through the Food Bank.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 20th

2 Steuben Co. Residents Arrested During Wyoming Co. Traffic Stop:


Two Steuben County residents were arrested following a traffic stop Wednesday on State route 63 in the Town of Covington.  43-year-old Marion Conley of Hornell was pulled over for a cellphone infraction, and during the stop, she and her passenger, 50-year-old John Cook Jr. of Bath, were allegedly found to be in possession of seventeen cartons of unstamped cigarettes and an illegal billy club.  According to Wyoming County deputies, the maximum unstamped cigarettes allowed are two cartons per person.  Conley was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of unstamped cigarettes, operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile phone, and failure to notify DMV of address change.  Cook was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful possession of unstamped cigarettes.  Both were released after being processed at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office.



Steuben Audit Warns of Future Costs:


While Steuben County’s finances remain stable and well in line with strict governmental accounting standards, future costs will present new challenges for future budgets, according to a recent independent audit.  Randy Shepherd, a Certified Public Accountant with the Bonadio Group, recently told the county Legislature’s Administration Committee the 2017 audit showed no material weaknesses, with all information required for the audit provided efficiently and on time.  However, trends show the county will face budgetary challenges in the near future due to changes in state law, according to Shepherd’s audit.  Changes within the court system and public defender’s office under recent state law will require the county to hire more attorneys to provide effective, efficient public defense the audit reported.  Additionally, under the state’s Raise the Age legislation, the county will be required to provide housing for children aged 16 and 17 charged with a serious crime, in a facility tailored for their specific needs.  The state will fund the county’s cost, but also requires that all counties comply with the tax cap to be reimbursed.



Corning Inc., UOR Team Up for Special Autism Treatment Program:


Corning Incorporated has teamed up with the University of Rochester Medicine in creating a new program to help kids with Autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities.  Children from Steuben, Schuyler, and Chemung counties will be able to go to Rochester for an initial diagnosis, then families will have the option to telemedicine from their homes with medical professionals – all paid for by Corning Inc.  The program is currently in its early stages, and Corning Inc. says it hopes to expand by the end of the year and into early 2019.  If you’d like to learn more, you can call a special dedicated line at the University of Rochester at +1 (585) 273-5514.



Swiss Rolls Recalled on Salmonella Concerns:


Flower Foods is recalling Swiss Rolls that could be contaminated with salmonella.  The treats were sold under multiple brand names, including: Mrs. Freshley’s, Food Lion, H-E-B, Baker’s Treat, Market Square, and Great Value.  According to Flower, the recall is due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the whey powder used in the products.  Visit https://www.flowersfoods.com/news/news-releases/2018/07-18-2018-212009723 to see a list of UPC numbers and “Best By” dates.



Bath Baby Café Celebration Set for Aug. 3rd:


Steuben County will celebrate “World Breastfeeding Week” with its Bath Baby Café celebration August 3rd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dormann Library.  The free, family-friendly event will feature games, snacks, a car-seat tech, education, and information from local organizations.  The library will also have free meals for children up to the age of 18 from 11:30 to 12:30.   Additionally, breast-feeding friendly businesses will be recognized at the event by ProAction’s Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).



Tour De Keuka Tomorrow:


Motorists around Keuka Lake take care tomorrow as you’ll be sharing the roadway with a few extra bicyclists.  The annual Tour de Keuka, benefitting the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, begins in Hammondsport tomorrow with a check in and same-day registration time of 6 a.m.  Rides run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Some 250 cyclists are expected with $75,000 being raised to provide 220,000 meals through the Food Bank.



Road Work on S.R. 54 in Bath/Hammondsport Starting Monday:


The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that beginning Monday, paving work will be performed on State Route 54 between C.R. 113 in the town of Bath and 54A in the town of Hammondsport.  Work is expected to last approximately 2 weeks, weather permitting.  Traffic will be maintained with one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  Motorists should be prepared for potentially lengthy delays as single-lane operation may be up to two miles.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 19th

NYS Trooper Vehicle Struck During Horseheads Traffic Stop:


Two New York State troopers were sent to the hospital early this morning when their vehicle was struck during a traffic stop in Horseheads.  The officers had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation when their patrol vehicle was struck from behind.  They received minor injuries and were later released.  The driver of the car that rear-ended them was also sent to the hospital for minor injuries.  The crash happened on Watkins Road, near Wygant Road and the Dandy convenience store.  An investigation into the incident is underway. 



Scheduled Power Outage Today:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) has announced a scheduled power outage for today beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Customers on the following streets will be impacted: Cross Street, Burton Street, Tonseth Drive, Charles Street, Maple Heights, Snyder Hill Road, Pheasant Lane, and Sand Pit Road.  Power is expected to be restored around 10 a.m.



Cuomo Still Leading Governor’s Race According to New Poll:


Despite a drop in favorability, incumbent Andrew Cuomo is still leading the race for New York State Governor, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll.  The survey puts Cuomo leading primary challenger Cynthia Nixon 59 to 23 percent.  Against his Republican challenger, Marc Molinaro, Cuomo is also in the lead at 57 to 31 percent. 



Corning Inc. Announces New Gorilla Glass Forms:


Two new additions of Gorilla Glass have been announced by Corning Incorporated.  “Corning Gorilla Glass DX” and “Corning Gorilla Glass DX+” are currently being adopted for wearable mobile devices, but the company hopes to adopt them to larger form-factor devices.  It’s said both enhance display readability and increase the display contrast ratio.  Corning Gorilla Glass currently is designed into more than 6-billion devices across 45 major brands.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 18th

Hockey Officially Returning to First Arena:


At a press conference at the First Arena Tuesday it was officially confirmed that hockey will be returning to the arena this year.  Owner of the Elmira Pioneers, Robbie Nichols is the man making the return possible.  He announced during the conference that he has entered into an agreement to lease the arena with an option to purchase it down the road.  He also promised that it won’t just be a hockey facility, saying that it will be “busy again every weekend” and that the arena “belongs to the community; it belongs to everybody.”  He made reference to the circus, World Championship Ice Racing, and Wine on Ice.  Details about the new hockey team, including name, colors, and players will be shared with the community next week on July 25th at 3:30 at the First Arena.



Skelos and Son Found Guilty Again:


After four days of deliberation, jurors have once again convicted former New York State Senator Dean Skelos, as well as his son, on charges of extortion, wire fraud, and bribery.  Prosecutors say Skelos and his son, Adam, worked together to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies by threatening punishment in form of negative legislation.  The pair were previously found guilty in 2015, but when the public corruption laws were changed, a new trial was ordered.



Verizon Reaches Deal to Expand Internet Services in Upstate:


An agreement has been reached between Verizon and the New York State Public Service Commission that will allow the telecommunications company to expand its high-speed internet services to the upstate.  Verizon is expected to make its high-speed broadband internet available to 47,000 more households starting this year.  The Commission says this will result in the “availability of high quality, more reliable landline telephone service to currently underserved communities and will increase Verizon’s competitive presence.”  Not included in the deal is Verizon’s Fios TV network.  The company is not looking to expand that at this time.



Road Closures in Corning This Week:


Paving and repair work will close some streets in Corning in this week.  Today and tomorrow Riverside Drive from Bridge Street to Warren Street, East William Street from Bridge Street to Warren, Ferris Street from East William to Riverside Drive, and East Pultney Street from James Street to the end will be closed from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Then on Friday, Buffalo Street from Reynolds Street to Townsend Street, and Stimson Street from Reynolds Street to Culter Street will be closed, also from 6 to 6.



Non-Native Ticks Found in New York:


A new species of tick has been found in New York.  Non-native Longhorned ticks have been found in multiple locations within Westchester County.  They are native to Australia, New Zealand, and eastern Asia and have been known to transmit disease to humans, though it is unknown at this time if that can happen in the U.S.  The ticks have also been spotted in New Jersey, Virginia, and North Carolina.  The State Department of Health says that steps to protect against native deer ticks are also effective against this foreign tick.  Ways to prevent ticks while outside include: wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, checking for ticks often and brushing any away before they can attach, performing full body checks multiple times a day as well as at the end of the day, and you can consider the use of repellents.   

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 17th

2 Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Steal from Elderly Victim:


Two Steuben County residents have been arrested following an investigation by the New York State Police and county Adult Protective Services into a report of possible fraud involving an elderly woman.  24-year-old Brandon Todd of Prattsburgh is charged with attempted grand larceny and fraudulently obtaining a signature.  30-year-old Amanda Yates, also of Prattsburgh, is charged with fraudulently obtaining a signature as an accomplice.  According to investigators, Todd used the threat of criminal action to force an elderly female to sign a contract designed to steal $7,500 from the woman and allow both him and Yates to live in the woman’s residence.  Additionally, investigators allege that Yates was present during the incident and aided Todd by signing the contract as a witness.  Both were arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail: Todd on $25,000 cash bail and Yates on $1,000 cash bail.



First Arena Press Conference Today:


The future of Elmira’s First Arena will be discussed today at a press conference with members of the Chemung County Industrial Development Agency.  The public is invited to attend the announcement, which is set to begin at 4 p.m. at the arena.  Last week, Elmira Pioneers owner Robbie Nichols agreed in principal to bring a Federal Hockey League team to Elmira.



Area Representatives Respond to President’s Putin Press Conference:


Monday’s press conference with President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in which President Trump supported Putin’s denials about his country’s involvement in the election and called the probe into it by the U.S. Justice Department a “disaster,” has spurred a lot of response, including locally.  Congressman Tom Reed issued a statement saying that “Russia is not our friend,” and that he has “no doubt they have, and are trying to, meddle in our elections.”  However, he goes on to say that there’s no evidence of American collusion and he calls for the Mueller investigation to close.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand took her to twitter and directed her criticism at President Trump, saying, “We just witnessed the President of the United States abdicate his national security responsibilities as Commander-in-Chief.  When he was given the chance to hold Putin accountable and condemn Russia’s interference in our elections, he refused.”



NYS Dept. of Health Reports Pros of Legalized Marijuana Outweigh Cons:


In a recently released 75-page report, the New York State Department of Health says that the pros of legalizing recreational marijuana outweigh the cons.  The report says legalization would generate anywhere between $248 million to $677 million in tax revenue within the first year.  It recommends that anyone 21-years or older can buy up to an ounce.  The state is also looking to omit the records of marijuana related offenses.  Not everyone feels the same, however.  Locally, Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker agreed that while there are good medical uses for it, the idea of making more drugs available in the community is “…pretty scary for those of us who deal with public safety on a daily basis.”  Nine states and Washington D.C. have already legalized recreational use of marijuana.  It’s currently legal in New York for medical purposes only.



Blood Pressure Medicine Recalled Over Possible Cancer Risk:


A recall of several drug products used to treat high blood pressure has been announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration due to a potential cancer risk.  According to the FDA, the active ingredient valsartan is being voluntarily recalled due to the possible impurity of a potential carcinogen.  Patients currently taking the recalled valsartan-containing medicines should continue taking it until they have a replacement, the FDA recommends.  Patients should look at the drug name and company name on the label of their prescription bottle and contact the pharmacy that dispensed the medicine.  The recall list includes: Valsartan by Major Pharmaceuticals, Valsartan by Solco Healthcare, Valsartan by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd., Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Solco Healthcare, and Valsartan/Hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ) by Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, July 16th

Three Arrested in Sex Offender Sweep:


This month the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, in a cooperative effort with the United States Marshals Service, conducted status and address verifications of over 250 registered sex offenders in the county.  As a result, three men were arrested and two warrants were issued for interstate fugitives.  Arrested were: 69-year-old Jessie Smith of Bath for alleged failure to register and or verify an address change; and 57-year-old Charles Wolf of Canisteo and 58-year-old Jeffrey VanSkiver of Prattsburgh, both for alleged failure to register and or verify for individual internet access or identifiers.  All three were arraigned and sent to the county jail without bail.



Cuomo Urges Renewal of Farmers’ Market Food Stamp Program:


Governor Andrew Cuomo is calling on federal officials to renew the policy that allows food stamp recipients to use their benefits at local farmers’ markets.  The Governor says that the state was notified by the federal government that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients would no longer be able use their benefits at farmers’ markets because of a technology change.  In a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cuomo argues that the program gives low-income families access to fresh fruits, vegetables, and other locally produced items and that to eliminate it would hurt both recipients and local farmers.  The Department of Agriculture has not yet responded.



Reed Headed into November Election from Strongest Position Ever:


As the November General Election draws near, incumbent Congressman for the 23rd District, Republican Tom Reed is heading to the polls from his strongest position ever at this point in a campaign.  It was announced last week that the Reed Campaign has raised over $500,000 in the second quarter and now has over $1.25 million cash on hand.  Reed said that he’s grateful for the support of his neighbors in the Southern Tier, Finger Lakes, and Western New York. 



Mitrano Endorsed by Sen. Gillibrand, Former Lt. Gov. Lundine:


Congressional hopeful Tracy Mitrano has received a pair of new endorsements in her race against incumbent Tom Reed.  On Friday, former Lieutenant Governor of New York and ten year member of congress, Stan Lundine endorsed Mitrano during a press conference.  Lundine said as a native of Western New York, he knows Mitrano has the commitment and competence to provide effective leadership for the region and the nation.  Then, on Saturday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support for the challenger for the 23rd district seat, saying, “Tracy has the smarts and grit to fight for working and middle class families.”



Kanona Rest Stop to be Closed on July 18th:


The state Department of Transportation has announced that the Kanona Rest Area on I-86 will be closed this Wednesday, July 18th.  The rest stop, located on the west-bound side of the interstate, will be closed for construction through the entire day, but it is expected to reopen the following day on Thursday, July 19th.  Motorists are reminded not to speed through work zones.



Hundreds Turn Out for 4x4 Convoy for Trooper Clark:


Hundreds of participants turned out this weekend to take part in a 4x4 convoy in support of fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark.  The convoy made its rounds Sunday from Painted Post to Canisteo and back.  Trooper Clark’s brother, Nathan, offered his thanks to everyone, saying that their family appreciates it from the bottom of their heart. As it was such a massive success, officials say the event will now become an annual tradition.   

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 14, 2018

Wayland Man Arrested for UPM
Steuben County Sheriffs’ Office reports the arrest of a 21-year-old Wayland man. Thomas Hough is alleged to have possessed hashish oil and marijuana while in a vehicle on Lackawanna Street in Wayland. Hough was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree and unlawful possession of marijuana and released to reappear in Wayland Town Court next month.


Vital Statistics Consolidation Approved for Avoca Town and Village
Steuben County Human Services Health and Education Committee approved the consolidation of vital statistics between the Town of Avoca and Village of Avoca. The town and village each maintained separate records prior to the approval but the municipalities will now combine their vital statistics under the authority of the town. Vital statistics records include documents such as birth and death records as well as marriage and divorce records and are maintained by the state Department of Health, who made a strong recommendation to consolidate the records to avoid duplicate reports.


NYS Assembly Passes Bill Banning Under 21's from Serving Alcohol
The New York State Assembly passed a bill making it illegal for anyone under age 21 to serve alcohol or handle an open container and it may impact Southern Tier wineries and restaurants negatively if signed into law. The bill would also make other restrictions like limiting the number of wine or cider tastings a winery could give and making it against the law for a winery to serve the same person more than once in the same day. If the governor signs the bill into law, it could affect employment and hours of workers under 21 working in establishments serving alcohol and harm local business in wine country.


DOT Announces Upcoming Keuka Rest Stop Closure
The New York State Department of Transportation announced yesterday that on Wednesday July 18th, the Kanona rest area will be closed. For an entire day, the rest area located on the west bound side of Interstate 86 will be closed for construction but will reopen the following day on Thursday July 19th. Motorists traveling through there are reminded not to speed through the work zone.

Chemung Sheriffs Want Leads for Hobby Lobby Larceny Suspects
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office needs help from the public in an investigation into a larceny that happened at the Big Flats Hobby Lobby on County Route 64. The Sheriff’s Office needs information to identify three women who allegedly stole merchandise there June 20th. Security photos of the three female suspects were posted on the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page yesterday. Anyone with information on the identity of any or all of the three women is encouraged to contact the Office’s Criminal Investigation Division at (607) 737-2933

Marijuana Legalization May Generate $678 Million in Tax Revenue
This week, the New York State Department of Health released a 74-page analysis estimating marijuana legalization could help the state generate a potential tax revenue of almost $700 million. The report also estimates state residents and visitors spend between $1.7 billion and $3.5 billion on illegal cannabis annually and claims New York “would be one of the largest potential regulated marijuana markets in the United States.” Between $250 million and $678 million in revenue for “public health, education, transportation, research, law enforcement and workforce development.” could be seen by New York depending on the tax rate created by lawmakers. The governor has softened his stance on the substance recently, helping to commission the Department of Health’s analysis released yesterday. State lawmakers will return to Albany in January, giving them time to consider possible proposals for legalization.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, July 13th

Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Bust:


A Rochester man is facing drug charges following a traffic stop in Hornell, and could face additional charges in relation to an overdose in Hornell.  32-year-old Paul Rivera was stopped by police on July 11th and was allegedly found in possession of 38 bags of heroin, 16 bags of crack cocaine, and 5 bags of crack hydrochloride – all ear marked for sale and distribution.  Rivera is charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd and three counts of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third.  Further charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance and assault in the second as a result of a heroin overdose are possible, pending lab results.  The overdose occurred on June 29th and Narcan was administered to the victim.  Rivera has been sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Former Savona Mayor Pleads Not Guilty to Alleged Mismanagement of Funds:


In Bath Village Court this week, former Savona Mayor Gregge Harrian pled not guilty to charges in relation to alleged mismanagement of village funds during his term.  Harrian is charged with two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing and two counts of first degree falsifying business records, both class E felonies.  Harrian allegedly misappropriated thousands of dollars in village funds for unauthorized and personal transactions.  He has been released on his own recognizance and is due back in court in September.



Crestwood LPG Storage Proposal Is No More:


After 8 years, the battle over proposed liquid petroleum gas storage in underground salt caverns around Seneca Lake is finally over.  Thursday the DEC issued an application denial to Finger Lakes LPG Storage, LLC; a subsidiary of Crestwood Equity Partners.  Many residents of the Finger Lakes region have already come out in support of the decision.  Crestwood has yet to respond. 



Sitel Laying Off 184 Workers:


Sitel announced Thursday that it’s laying off 184 workers from its Painted Post location.  The company sites the departure of a major client, believed by employees and local officials to be the Wall Street Journal, as the reason for the terminated positions.  Affected employees will be let go sometime in October.  According to the company, full-time workers who stay through the termination date and who currently have benefits will remain eligible for those benefits through the last day of their last month.    



Judge Watches Secures Four Ballot Lines in County Judge Race:


Judge Chauncey Watches has filed petitions securing him four ballot lines in this fall’s election for Steuben County Judge.  Watches filed Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party petitions.  In all, he and his team collected nearly 2,000 signatures – hundreds more than the minimum 5 percent required by state law. 



Medical Marijuana to Become Alternative to Opioids:


Anyone in New York prescribed an opioid will soon be able to request medical marijuana as an alternative.  The state Department of Health announced the new policy Thursday, with state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker saying medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective pain treatment that doesn’t have the risk of addiction that comes with opioids.  He said offering the alternative is a critical step in the fight against the opioid epidemic.  The new policy is expected to take effect this fall. 



Nixon Officially Secures Spot on Primary Ballot:


Cynthia Nixon has officially earned her spot on the upcoming primary ballot for New York State Governor.  She and her team have collected more than 65,000 signatures.  Incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo already secured his place on the ballot by receiving the endorsement of the state Democratic Party.  The primary is set for September 13th.  The winner will face off against republican Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro in the November General Election. 



Public Housing Smoking Ban Takes Effect This Month:


At the end of this month, all public housing agencies (PHAs) have to be smoke-free.  The regulation was adopted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2016.  Under it, lit tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, and pipes, are prohibited in all living units, indoor common areas, administrative offices, and all outdoor arears within 25 feet of housing and administrative office buildings. 



Steuben Hall of Fame Reception July 23rd:


The public is invited to the Steuben County Hall of Fame reception immediately following the regular session of the county Legislature on July 23rd.  Those nominated for honors in 2018 and expected to be approved during the regular legislative session are: Mark Alger, first count administrator, and later the first county manager; Clara Comstock, known as “The Orphan Train Lady,” for selecting adoptable children from New York City and sending them by train to destinations farther west; and Anna Cadogan Etz, who was active in the New York State Women’s Suffrage Association and who’s newspaper column “Suffrage Notes and Comments” appeared in 40 newspapers from 1912 to 1917.  The reception honoring these inductees will be held in the County Office Building third-floor foyer.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, July 12th

Hockey Returning to First Arena for 2018 Season:


According to 18 Sports, Elmira Pioneers Owner Robbie Nichols will be returning hockey to the First Arena for the 2018-19 season.  Nichols and the owners of the First Arena, the Chemung County IDA, have reached a deal in principle and once the paperwork is finalized, Nichols would bring an FHL team to the city.  A press conference could reportedly be called as early as next week.  The team would complete an eight-team league with the season starting in November.  Complete deal details, including the selecting of a new team name, will be discussed at the future press conference.



Four Steuben Land Bank Properties on the Market:


Less than a year after restoration efforts began, two rehabilitation projects through the Steuben County Land Bank Corporation (SCLBC) are now back on the market.  The properties are 161 Kingsbury Avenue and 232 Onondaga Street in Corning.  They were selected last November for rehab efforts after assessments indicated the properties could be restored and sold at reasonable prices.  They were two of four projects selected.  The other two are on East Washington Street in Bath and on Wells Street in Hornell.  Those two were demolished in early 2018 and now the vacant lots are for sale.  More information about all four properties can be found online at http://www.steubencony.org/landbank



A.U. Renames Prestigious Award, Creates Scholarship in Honor of Trooper Clark:


Alfred University is paying tribute to fallen NYS Trooper Nicholas Clark with the creation of a scholarship in his name, and the re-naming of a prestigious student-athlete award in his honor.  University President Mark Zupan said they will be working with Clark’s family to determine the criteria for the scholarship, and if anyone is interested in donating, checks can be made out to Alfred University with Nick Clark Scholarship in the memo and mailed to University Advancement, One Saxon Drive, Alfred, NY, 14802.  Besides the endowment, the Alfred University Athletics department will rename one its most esteemed awards, the Ideal Saxon Award, to the Nicholas F. Clark ’11 Ideal Saxon Award.  The annual award recognizes the achievements of a male and female student-athlete who displays excellence in both academics and athletics while providing service and leadership to the AU Community.  Trooper Clark was killed July 2nd in the line of duty. 



Steuben Co. Sheriff Announces Pistol Proficiency Course Dates:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has announced two dates for a Pistol Proficiency Course.  The 12 hour course will be held July 21st and 22nd and September 15th and 16th at the Bath Rod and Gun Club Law Enforcement Range from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.  Pistol permit holders will receive instruction in safe pistol handling, storage, carry and use, as well as shooting fundamentals and positions, and threat assessment.  All students must provide a copy of their pistol permit, approved pistol, holster, and reload device or method, approved eye and ear safety devices, approved 250 rounds of pistol ammunition, a check or money order for $20 payable to the Bath Rod and Gun Club, and their own food and drink.  The course will be limited to 30 students and due to the anticipated high interest, pre-registration is required.  To register call 622-3930.



Beer and Cider Ice Cream Now Legal in NYS:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill into law this week that makes the sale of ice cream made with cider or beer legal in the state of New York.  The legislation requires that the frozen treats contain no more than 5 percent alcohol and prohibits sales to anyone under 21.  The bill’s sponsor, Republican Senator James Seward, says it combines two of New York’s leading industries: dairy and locally crafted beer and cider.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, July 11th

Hammondsport Businesses Struck by Car:


Two Hammondsport businesses suffered damage early Tuesday morning when they were struck by an alleged drunk driver.  In a post on Facebook, Erin Maloney of Maloney’s Pub, said that considerable damage was done to their front porch, and that several trees and tables at the Village Tavern were damaged.  Maloney’s did open for regular business Tuesday afternoon.  Police have not released any information about the driver.



Corning Man Arrested for Stealing Reed Campaign Sign:


A Corning man is facing a charge of petit larceny for allegedly stealing a campaign sign for Congressman Tom Reed.  According to the Communications Director for the Reed Campaign Abbey Daughtery, yard signs for the Reed Campaign had been disappearing, so tracking devices were put in the signs, and one such device led police to the home of Gary McCaslin.  McCaslin is the leader of the group Citizens for a Better Southern Tier, which names itself on its Facebook page as a bipartisan organization working to ensure all concerns of the residents of the 23rd District are heard and addressed by elected officials.  McCaslin will answer the charge in Corning City Court at a later date.



Steuben Property Auction Friday:


The 2018 Steuben County Delinquent Real Property Tax Auction is this Friday at 10 a.m. at the Campbell-Savona High School.  Some 60 properties are listed on the county website at http://www.steubencony.org.  The tax sale is being held at the Campbell location this year due to extensive renovations at the usual site in Bath.



Drug Take Back Act Signed into Law:


The New York State Senate announced Tuesday that the “Drug Take Back Act” has been signed into law.  Sponsored in part by Senator Tom O’Mara, the legislation established a unified statewide drug take-back program that will reduce medication misuse, and will save government and taxpayer money by expanding the number of permanent, locally based drop-off locations.  It will also protect the state’s water supplies by preventing drugs from being improperly disposed of by flushing or other means.  The act will make pharmaceutical manufactures responsible for costs of the program, including public education and awareness, drug collection, transport, and destruction.



$275,000 Awarded to E-C Airport:


$270,000 in federal funding is headed to the Elmira-Corning Airport, according to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.  The announcement was made Tuesday.  According to Schumer, the funds will be used to market the airport’s expanded service between Elmira and Newark. 



Bath Police Endorse Chauncy Watches for Steuben Co. Judge:


The Bath Police Benevolent Association announced Tuesday its endorsement of Republic Judge Chauncey Watches for Steuben County Court Judge.  The PBA represents the men and women of the Bath Police Department.  In their endorsement letter, PBA President William Baker said that “…Judge Watches has never let [them] down.”  In response, Watches said he’s honored and humbled to have the support of the Bath Police.  This year’s Primary Election is set for Thursday, September 13th, with the General Election on Tuesday, November 6th



Rep. Reed Endorses Farley for Senate:


Congressman Tom Reed has announced his endorsement of Chele Farley for U.S. Senate.  Farley is looking to unseat incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  Reed called Farley “the smart choice for New York,” and said, “her experience as a businesswoman combined with her plan to protect taxpayers across [the] state is a winning formula.”  In response, Farley thanked Reed for his support.



Steuben Residents May Be Eligible for Cooling Assistance:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging and county Department of Social Services urge older adults and people with certain medical conditions to find out if their household qualifies for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Benefit program.  Eligibility requirements include: gross monthly income at or below HEAP’s monthly income limits, or the household receives SNAP, temporary assistance, or supplemental security income living alone; a household member has a documented medical condition worsened by heat; the household received a regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year.  For more information call the Office for the Aging at (607) 664-2298 or the Department of Social Services at (607) 664-2500.



Residents Encouraged to Use Blue Light Bulbs in Commemoration of Fallen



Area residents are being encouraged to switch their porch lights to blue lightbulbs this Friday in commemoration of local fallen Trooper, Nicholas Clark.  Trooper Clark was killed on July 2nd while responding to a suicide call in the Town of Erwin.  Police Benevolent Association Troop E Delegate, Trooper Jason Sheridan said that Corning Home Depot is getting in on the initiative as well.  The store donated over 700 blue lights to Troop E troopers and Canisteo residents to help them make the switch.  If you do switch your porch light, the PBA encourages you to take a photo and post them on social media using #SupportTrooperClark. 



Corning, Inc. Recognized for Disability Inclusion:


Corning, Incorporated has been named one of the best places to work in the United States for disability inclusion by the Disability Equality Index.  According to DEI, Corning, Inc., was one of the major businesses to score a 100, meaning they adhere to most of the disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI.  The list was established in 2015.  This is the first time Corning Inc. has been featured.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, July 10th

Bath Man Arrested for Failing to Register Address with Sex Offender Registry:


The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Charles Augrom III for allegedly failing to notify the sex offender registry of a change of address within 10 days, a class E felony.  Additionally, he’s accused of failing to personally verify his address every 90 days as a level 3 sex offender, also a class E felony.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Child Porn Charges Leveled Against Former Ovid Boy Scouts Employee:


A Lyons man that used to work for the Boy Scouts of America is facing charges of child pornography.  According to federal prosecutors, 34-year-old Russell Ruth worked for Camp Babcock-Hovey in Ovid.  This past March, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a report from Yahoo that a subscriber uploaded five files to their servers suspected to be child pornography.  Police traced the files to an email address allegedly belonging to Ruth and a subsequent search warrant executed at his home resulted in hundreds of images and videos of minors being recovered.  As Ruth was employed by the Boy Scouts, investigators are asking anyone that might have information related to the case to contact the Buffalo office of Homeland Security at 716-464-5949.



Steuben County to Fund Opioid Services:


Steuben County will continue its battle with the local opioid epidemic, despite a lack of anticipated funding from the state.  County Manager Jack Wheeler told the county Legislature’s Human Services Health Education Committee Monday the state has cut anticipated funds for jail-based opioid treatment by 75 percent, with the remainder of the funds split between a few counties.  Steuben planned to use that money as part of is Comprehensive Opioid Prevention Effort (COPE) program, announced in February, with hopes of expanding counseling and treatment services for inmates at the county jail.  Steuben is one of the few counties in the state now providing even limited in-house treatment for inmates with substance abuse, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard. 



LPG Storage Project Loses Support of Schuyler Co.:


The Schuyler County Legislature has reversed its decision to support the proposed Finger Lakes LPG Storage Facility Project, which would see gas stored in underground caverns beneath Seneca Lake.  The legislature issued support in 2014 and again in 2016, but unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that withdraws its support.  The decision comes after Crestwood issued a letter to the DEC stating that pressure testing done in some of the caverns revealed what is essentially a lack of integrity.   



Hport B.O.E. Meeting:


The Hammondsport Central School Board of Education will hold both its regular and re-organization meeting tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the High School library. 



Red Cross Issues Emergency Call for Blood Donors:


An emergency blood shortage is prompting the American Red Cross to issue an urgent

call for eligible donors of all blood types – but especially type O – to give now.  The call comes after a difficult Independence Day week for donations.  More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized last week as the holiday was celebrated.  This could equate to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed.  You can help by scheduling an appointment to donate by using the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  Locally, both Bath Ambulance and the Steuben County Office Building will hold drives this week on Friday, from noon to 5 p.m. and 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., respectively. 

Today's Top Stories - Monday July 9, 2018

Tractor Trailer Roll Over Near Savona Being Investigated
A tractor trailer roll over that happened this weekend on I-86 in Savona is under investigation by New York State Police. The accident occured on exit 40 underneath the bridge on Interstate 86. The driver of the trailer was not injured in the rollover but the accident did cause Department of Transportation Officials to temporarily close one lane of traffic where the crash happened as crews worked to clear the scene. Police are continuing to investigate to determine what caused the rollover.

Reed Leads Mitrano Majorly in Funding
Last week, Tracy Mitrano was named Democratic candidate for Congress in New York’s 23rd district and looks like the underdog for campaign fundraising as the 2018 election cycle kicks off. Mitrano is running against Reed, the Republican Congressman who was elected in 2010. According to the Federal Election Commission, Mitrano has $56,000 in her campaign war chest compared to Reed’s $1.1 million. Whether or not Mitrano can shrink or close this financial gap and whether or not monetary resources matter to win this year’s congressional election is a question voters will answer November 6th.


Real IDs Issued by DMV Required by 2020
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has launched their public awareness campaign reminding New Yorkers to get a “real id” as soon as they can because it will be required by the year 2020. Anyone wishing to fly within the US will need either a real ID or enhanced driver’s license to do so by October 2020. Those who travel abroad will now need a real ID as well as their passport. To get your Real ID you must go to your local DMV bringing your birth certificate with seal, social security card and two proofs of ID confirming your address.

Schumer Calls on Trump to Stop Canadian Tariff for Paper
US Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer called on the White House and Department of Commerce to waive the tariffs imposed on Canadian paper used for newsprint. Schumer says the tariff on groundwood paper will likely result in job cutbacks in New York as well as less pages for informative content and says the decline in printing newspapers may harm business for U.S. groundwood paper producers. The Department of Commerce will determine in August if these tariffs will become permanent as they evaluate if they will injure or put US business at risk.

DiNapoli Warns of Fiscal Risks if NY Spending Continues
New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli released a report on the state’s financial plan, warning that if current trends continue it will result in state spending outpacing state revenue within three years, putting New York’s economy at risk for collapse if it declines or the federal government cuts funding. If current spending continues, DiNapoli reports that a cumulative deficit of almost $18 billion will be seen within a three-year period. State tax receipts this year total $78 billion- a 1.7 percent drop from 2017 that leaves the state with less revenue to support 2018’s budget that saw $6.5 billion added in new spending.

Timber Rattlesnakes Out for Summer in Southern Tier
Summer is here in the Southern Tier and as all the outdoor fun begins and continues, local nature experts warn us of a seasonal danger many people in this area are not aware of: rattlesnakes. Timber rattlesnakes have blackish-colored bodies, triangular heads and make a rattling sound with their tail. To keep safe if you see a timber rattler, do not harm or kill them since they are a threatened species. Be aware of where you step while outdoors or in the woods and if you do get bitten, act fast by calling 911 immediately as their venom takes about an hour to affect humans.  Timber rattlesnakes have been alive and spotted in the Southern Tier: sightings around Big Flat’s Route 352 were reported this summer but over the years, the threatened species have been making headlines since the late 2000’s as more people have reported sightings, mostly in the Corning area.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday July 7, 2018

Man Who Shot Trooper Found to Possess Illegal Firearms
Stephen Kiley, the man who who reportedly shot and killed State Trooper Nicholas Clark, was found to be in possession of a dozen illegal firearms during the time of his death according to the New York State police. The Bradford Central School principal possessed eight assault rifles, three handguns, a standard rifle, two sound-suppressing silencers and multiple ammunition magazines of high-capacity. According to the autopsies, Kiley died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head but was shot in the chest by law enforcement prior to killing himself. Trooper Clark’s autopsy reports that he died from buckshot from a 12-gauge shotgun. Funeral Services for the Officer will be held 11am tomorrow at Alfred University.

Reed Visits Prattsburgh to Talk Rural Broadband Access
Congressman Tom Reed made an appearance at Prattsburgh this week to speak with Empire Access leaders to talk about the issue of broadband accessibility in rural communities. The latest versions of the Farm Bill in House and Senate have included broadband access improvements such as investments of more than $500 million into rural broadband expansion and infrastructure and establishes new minimum acceptable standards for broadband service to make sure rural access is indeed high speed. Broadband deployment loan programs would also see extensions and increases in funding under the bill while loans would be authorized for “middle mile” infrastructure in rural areas.

Schumer Introduces Bill for Vets to Solicit at USPS
A new bill introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer may have the U.S. Postal Service allowing veterans’ groups to solicit donations on post office property. A decades-old rule forbids all solicitation on post office property but Schumer believes that it’s a condition that’s “exasperating” and has called on the postal service to allow vets to fundraise on the property. “There are lots of causes and a lot of people who may want to sit in front of the post office. But they’re not at the same level as people who risked their lives for America,” said Senator Schumer. Schumer expects the legislation will pass with bipartisan support by October.

Reed Supports Military Force if North Korea Does Not Commit Peace
Local New York congressman Tom Reed telling a national audience that if Kim Jong-un does not commit to peace it will only leave the United States with the option of military force. The U.S. is hearing reports that North Korea continues a secret nuclear buildup. Reed made the remarks during a CNN interview.

New TV Ad Campaign Shows Deadly Results of Opiod Abuse
As the opioid crisis continues to devastate communities across New York State, a cross section of county leaders have come together to create a campaign to bring awareness to the signs of opioid abuse.  The New York State Association of Counties has partnered with the New York State Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners to create a hard-hitting advertisement that will run on television stations throughout New York State. State officials say from 'first responder' law enforcement receiving calls for help, to the 'last responder' Coroners and Medical Examiners confirming the cause of death, local government officials confront the effects of addiction and opioid abuse in our communities every day. The Association of Counties said they are hopeful that this campaign will raise awareness of the signs of addiction before it's too late.

Free Medicare Seminars in July
Free Medicare Seminars are slated to be held for the month of July. Office of the Aging will sponsor the three seminars which will be led by certified Medicare insurance counselors from the organization. The information is geared toward those becoming Medicare eligible or those with questions on basic Medicare, Medicare-related health insurance, prescription plans, low-income subsidies and anything else Medicare-related. The programs are scheduled for:
-July 18 at 10-11:30am at the Steuben County Offices Building’s third floor South Conference room
-July 19 at 1:30-3pm at the Hornell Senior Center
-July 24th at 10-11:30am at the Corning Senior Center’s small conference room.
To make a reservation or get more information, call Steuben County Office of the Aging at 664-2298.

Today's Top Stories - Friday July 6, 2018

Schumer Talks Farm Bill at Campbell’s Upstate Farms Cheese Factory
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped into Upstate Farms Cheese Factory in Campbell yesterday afternoon to speak with leaders at the company about what he wants to contribute to the latest farm bill that passed in the Senate. Schumer said that steel tariffs and dairy trade relations with Canada are currently the two conditions impacting companies like Upstate Farms. Schumer vows to do whatever he can to help preserve jobs and keep this business expanding as the House and Senate plan to revise the bill into its final version before awaiting the signature from the President.


Palliative Care Act Awaits Full Committee Vote in Congress
The Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act is advancing in congress. This week, Congressman Tom Reed said the measure he introduced passed the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee and will advance to the full committee to be voted on. Reed said the measure would increase palliative care and hospice training for healthcare professionals, enhance research on improving the delivery of palliative care and launch a national campaign to inform patients and families about the benefits of palliative care.


Corning Man Charged with Making False Written Statement
A Corning man will appear in Riverside court following his arrest. State police charged 59-year-old Thomas Gorton with making a false written statement. The alleged incident occurred Tuesday. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.


Cohocton Woman Arrested for Driving While Impaired
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Cohocton woman for driving under the influence. Sheriffs say while on State Route 371 in Cohocton, Tonya Cagle operated a vehicle while impaired by drug use. Cagle was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs and moving from a lane unsafely. She was arraigned in Cohocton Town Court and released on her own recognizance for a July 19th reappearance.


Steuben Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee Meets Monday

When the Steuben County Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committee meets Monday morning they will discuss multiple issues including Authorizing a Public Hearing on an Eight-Year Review of our Agricultural District (District #3) and a Watershed Study Request made by County Manager Jack Wheeler. Budget presentations will also be shared for funding groups ARTS of the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes Wine Country. The Monday meeting will happen 9am at Legislative Committee Conference Room in the Steuben County Office Building.


Human Services, Health & Education Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education committee will meet Monday morning. The committee will be asked to support a resolution supporting the consolidation of the town and village of Avoca vital registration districts. Both local governments have already adopted resolutions supporting the move. The consolidation effort is at the urging of the state Department of Health.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday July 5, 2018

Funeral Services for Trooper Clark Scheduled for this Weekend
Fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark will be laid to rest this weekend at his college alma mater Alfred University. Calling hours for the public and law enforcement will be at the McLane Physical Education Center on 99 North Main Street in Alfred from 1 to 6pm this Saturday July 7th. Clark’s funeral service is the day after on Sunday at 11AM at Alfred State College on 10 Upper College Drive.

Reed Expresses Agreement with Trump Tweets
Congressman Tom Reed says he agrees with tweets posted recently by President Trump calling Democratic politicians like Pelosi and Schumer “weak on crime and border security”. Reed expressed his opinion on the issue while making remarks during his latest weekly media conference call.

Bath Board of Education Meets This Evening
The Bath Central School District Board of Education will hold its reorganizational meeting today at 5:30pm. The meeting will take place in the Haverling High School LGI Room (450) and the Board’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting will follow immediately after this reorganizational meeting.


Summer Learning Program at Dormann Begins with Picnic Tonight
Dormann Library in Bath will kick off its Summer Learning program this evening at 5pm with a free hot dog picnic. Attendees can register for the library’s summer program while learning about activities that will be offered during the six week program, which has the theme of “Libraries Rock” this year. Every youth who attends the picnic will get a free book and can check out the Rockin’ Robot Rally and a musical “petting” zoo.


Cuomo Signs Bill Banning Speculative Ticket Sales
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill this week requiring online ticket marketplaces to post clear warnings if a seller does not own tickets to an event at the time of the ticket sale. The bill will take effect in 180 days and aims to prevent ticket scalping and speculative sales when tickets are sold ahead of major events and people buy the tickets only to be scammed by not receiving them. The practice is already banned on a few secondhand marketplaces like StubHub and SeatGeek. Sports fans in New York could see the option of buying “membership passes” where fans pay a monthly fee to attend certain games and have their tickets assigned the day of the event. The monthly pass measure is similar to the baseball clubs found in other states and relaxes state law requiring the option of a paper ticket to be given to New York event-goers.


DEC Urges Public to Avoid Feeding Bears
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos advises the public to reduce the potential of attracting nuisance bears by preventing their access to food sources and never feeding bears intentionally. Black bears are becoming more active and as bear breeding season continues the DEC has received numerous reports of bears breaking into buildings and vehicles as well as approaching camp sites to obtain food. Residents are advised by the DEC to remove all bird feeders outside of your home, keep garbage, grills, bird seed and pet food contained in a secure and solid structure like a house, shed or garage, put trash on the curb the morning of collection and not the night before and close garage doors and ground-floor windows and doors at night. If you do see a bear remember to not panic, don’t approach surround or corner the bear, back away slowly and do not run, don’t throw food or anything else at the bear and if you do feel threatened by the bear, raise your arms over your head to look bigger and yell loudly at the bear while backing away slowly.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday July 4, 2018

Local Fireworks Happening for the Holiday
Fourth of July is here and our local communities are ready to celebrate patriotically with a very favorite and sparkling American Independence Day tradition: fireworks! In Corning fireworks kick off 7pm tonight at Corning Memorial Stadium. Veterans’ Memorial Park In Hornell will begin its annual fireworks show at dusk tonight. For those looking to catch fireworks later this week: Clute Memorial Park in Watkins Glen will hold fireworks this Friday night beginning at 9:30 and at dusk on Saturday the Hammondsport Fireman’s Carnival will have fireworks to enjoy.

Mitrano Named Democratic Candidate for Congress
Democratic Candidate Max Della Pia has conceded to the race for the 23rd Congressional seat. Results of counting partial absentee ballots for the Democratic Primary held last week placed Tracy Mitrano in the lead and was the reason why Della Pia has decided to concede. Mitrano is the Democratic candidate who will face Republican incumbent Tom Reed on November 6th for the general mid-term election.

Marshall Holds Press Conference Regarding Monday’s Shooting
Bradford Superintendent John Marshall held a press conference at the Bradford Central School District’s bus garage regarding the shooting of fallen State Trooper Nicholas Clark and the suicide of Principal Steven Kiley. Marshall did not answer any questions from media or citizens at the conference. Superintendent Marshall instead read a prepared statement acknowledging Trooper Clark as a hero for his service in law enforcement and confirming Kiley as an employee of Bradford Central School but did not share any further developments, noting: “As this is an ongoing police investigation, the District is not at liberty to release any more information.”

Schumer Pushes Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants to help expand the budding craft brew industry in the Southern Tier by uniting to pass legislation that cuts in half the excise tax on small breweries. The tax cut aims to give more brewers a chance to better invest in their business and employ more new workers to boost local economies. Existing tax cuts for small breweries expire in 2019 but the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (CBMTRA) Schumer is pushing for would drop the $7 per barrel tax instead to $3.50. Schumer says the cut could save breweries up to $210,000 per year. Schumer also wants more funding by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Bureau to hire additional federal inspectors to approve and review currently-delayed permit applications needed by wineries, distilleries, and breweries to sell their locally-crafted products and expand their business.

Signal 30 Fund Supports Family of Fallen Trooper Clark
Service arrangements for Trooper Nicholas F. Clark have been set for this Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th.  The New York State Trooper was killed in the line of duty earlier this week and the Police Benevolent Association announced that it's accepting donations to its “Signal 30 Fund” to help his family. The PBA says 100 percent of donations made to the fund goes towards Troopers and their families in the event of illness, death or injury. Donations to the Signal 30 Fund can be made by check or credit card and are tax deductible. Please make checks can be made payable to: NYS Troopers Signal 30 Benefit Fund, and mailed to: NYS Troopers PBA Signal 30 Benefit Fund, 120 State St., Albany, NY 12207. Those interested in supporting online can go to the Signal 30 Website https://signal30.org/online-donations/ . To support Clark’s family please include his name in the check’s memo line or for online donations, type Trooper Clark’s name in the box asking for a specific fundraising event.


Gas Prices Up From A Year Ago Statewide and Nationally
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.86 today, which is an increase of 63 cents from a year ago when the price was $2.23 according to AAA Western and Central New York (AAA WCNY). New York State’s average decreased a cent from last week with today’s price at $3.01 but one year ago, the state average was more than 50 cents cheaper at $2.43. AAA expects 46.9 million Americans to travel at least 50 miles this Independence Day holiday travel period, which continues through Sunday.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday July 3, 2018

Flags Fly Half-Staff for Fallen Trooper Clark
After an incident near Corning yesterday, State Troopers reported the loss of Officer Nicholas Clark. Clark was responding to a domestic incident on Welch Road when he was murdered by 43-year-old Stephen Kiley, principal of Bradford Central School, before Kiley took his own life. A procession for Clark was held last night beginning in Binghamton, continuing in the village of Bath where he served during his assignment at Troop E/SP of Bath, and ending in Clark’s hometown of Canisteo. The Governor ordered flags to fly at half-staff in Clark’s honor today and State Police are still investigating this incident.

Steuben Officials Discuss Cancelled Funding for Inmate Treatment
Officials at Steuben County say they are considering other options locally to fund drug treatment of jail inmates after state funding they were promised was cut. Yesterday at the County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee meeting, County Manager Jack Wheeler said State funding was cut by “about 60-70 percent”. Wheeler says he hopes to make room in the budget to make local positions for  a substance abuse counselor and possibly a case manager at the county jail. Wheeler says there will be no reimbursement via Medicaid for the county providing the treatment to inmates. Next week Wheeler anticipates to present a plan to the Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee at its meeting.

Painted Post Man Arrested for Hitting Police Car
A repeat DWI offender from Painted Post was arrested and sent to jail in Broome County following an accident in Binghamton. Broome County Sheriff's say 43-year-old Tiko Gray sideswiped a marked police car on Front Street and after they pulled him over, Gray failed a series of sobriety checks. Police discovered Gray had his license revoked since 2013 for a DWI arrest and did not have the required ignition interlock device installed in the car he crashed. Aggravated unlicensed operation and aggravated DWI are among the many charges Gray will face in court.

Men Arrested for Leaving Pets in Overheated Vehicles
Upon responding to a complaint of a dog in distress, state police arrested 65-year-old Kishor Gadkaree of Painted Post. Troopers charged Gadkaree with leaving an animal in a vehicle in extreme heat at an Erwin shopping center and expect him to show in court at a later date. Troopers also arrested 39-year-old Aaron Markle of Corning for allegedly leaving an animal in an overheated vehicle in the village of Riverside. Court action is pending for Markle.

Tips to Avoid Car Theft for Vehicle Theft Prevention Month
New York State Police announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is holding its annual Vehicle Theft Prevention Campaign this month. According to the NHTSA, a motor vehicle is stolen every 41 seconds in the United States. July is National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month and if you’re a car or truck owner, here’s a few tips to prevent theft of your vehicle:

- Lock and close all doors and windows once you are parked

- Do not leave the area while your vehicle runs

- Park in well-lit areas

- Do not leave your keys in your vehicle

- Always stow away your valuables.


National Grid Asks Upstaters to Reduce Power Use
National Grid is asking upstate New York customers to reduce unnecessary electrical usage for the rest of this week due to the high energy demand caused by the extreme heat. Reduce energy use by turning off lights when not in use, unplugging electronics and delaying the use of hot water appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. To conserve energy while keeping your space cool, National Grid says to deter overheating by drawing blinds, shades and drapes, using fans when possible and if you need to increase air conditioner settings, do so slightly only by a few degrees and don’t forget to change filters and clean air conditioners regularly. Programmable thermostats are highly recommended as they can save you energy with little effort at an estimated $180 annually.

Today's Top Stories - Monday July 2, 2018

NYS Police Report Shooting in Corning
New York State Police report “a shooting and an active scene” in the Corning Area. Residents on Powderhouse Road received phone calls from New York State Police early this morning telling them to “stay inside and lock your doors.” Information is limited. Please stay tuned to WVIN.


Evidentiary Hearing Held for Neurauter Murder Case
An evidentiary hearing for Lloyd Neurauter, the man accused of killing a Corning woman in August of 2017, was held in Steuben County Court. The hearing revolved around if a 3-hour FBI interview with Neurauter will be admitted as evidence in his murder trial where prosecutors allege Neurauter and his daughter Karrie killed Lloyd’s wife Michelle and staged the murder scene in her home to look like a suicide. Karrie will serve 15 years to life in prison for pleading guilty to 2nd degree murder in March while Lloyd Neurauter awaits the beginning of his trial in September.

Corning PD Participating in Statewide Patrol
The Fourth of July may not be until Wednesday of this week but the statewide patrol to combat drunk driving during the holiday week continues. Corning Police are participating in the crackdown which began this weekend on Saturday June 30th and will end next weekend on Sunday, July 8th. The Corning PD is able to enhance their patrols for the busiest holiday weekend of the summer thanks to grant monies funded by the Steuben County DWI Program. Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding says: "Given the availability of taxis and ride sharing apps, there is no reason that anybody should be drinking and driving."

State Parks Begin “Operation Dry Water”
New York’s waterways are also receiving expanded patrol efforts to prevent boating under the influence. State Park Police have begun “Operation Dry Water” where there will be numerous checkpoints for sobriety throughout New York State. Those who boat under the influence can expect to face a fine of $1,000 and a year in jail if it’s their first offense. Additional charges may earn you a fines of at least $10,000.

Heat Wave Remains Until Late Evening
The Heat Wave issued beginning this weekend continues until 10PM tonight. A mix of sun and clouds will be seen throughout the afternoon but temperatures are expected to remain be in the 90’s and expected to reach up to 104 degrees. Please observe heat safety by wearing lightweight, light-colored clothing, staying out of the sun and in air conditioned spaces if possible, drinking plenty of water while avoiding alcohol and caffeine and regularly checking on your sick, frail and elderly neighbors, family and friends.

Mental Health Education Begins September for NYS K-12 Students
A state law signed by the Governor in 2016 that intends to educate students on mental health went into effect yesterday. The law requires districts to provide mental health education as part of its health courses but does not have mandates for any specific curriculum. The Mental Health Association will develop the School Mental Health and Training Center to serve as a resource for schools on how to make and teach mental-health lessons like recognizing mental health problems and how to seek and get help for those issues. Elementary and high school students will be introduced to this new mental health education when they return to school in September.

New Trial Issued for McCallum Case
A man who is serving a state prison sentence for committing a burglary and robbery in Steuben County two years ago will be getting a new trial. A state appellate court ordered the new trial for 38-year-old Joseph McCallum of Osceolla, PA. The Justices agreed that McCallum’s trial attorney was ineffective and made blatant errors. In its ruling, the appellate court said that defense counsel’s actions deprived defendant of a fair trial. The court also tossed one of the criminal counts. McCallum and others allegedly robbed a man in Lindley. He is currently serving an 11 year term at Attica Correctional.

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