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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 31st

Reed/Mitrano Debate:


Over 400 people turned out to Corning Community College Tuesday night to hear why incumbent congressman Tom Reed and his challenger Tracy Mitrano believe they would each be the best representative for the 23rd District.  They tackled key topics such as healthcare, gun control, and extremism.  The debate was carried by WETM 18 News both on television and streaming live online.  The network took an unofficial poll of their viewers afterward as to who they would vote for and Mitrano took the lead with 71 percent of votes, 976 to Reed’s 399.  Election Day is November 6th



Small Fire Above Coffee Shop in Corning:


Firefighters were called to Market Street in Corning Tuesday morning for a small fire above Market Street Coffee and Tea.  It happened around 9:30.  No injuries have been reported and the shop was not damaged, though a second-floor apartment did sustain water damage.  According to Corning Fire Chief Brad Davis, the fire was contained to the roof and attic of the building.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.



BEGWS Hydrant and Valve Flushing Continues:


Hydrant Flushing continues by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Tonight through Thursday morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., hydrants will be flushed for customers on East and West Morris Streets, Pulteney Park, Lackawanna Avenue, Ark Street, Wilson Avenue, Murray Avenue, Delaware Avenue, and behind Babcock Ladder along with the corner valves of E. Steuben at Halsey/S. Campbell/E. Morris, Pulteney Park/W. Steuben, and Wilson Avenue/RR Tracks. Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.



Area Trick-or-Treat Times:


Little ghosts and ghouls will hit local streets tonight in celebration of Halloween.  Here are some local trick-or-treat times: Bath will host Trunk-or-Treat in Pulteney Park in addition to traditional trick-or-treating from 6 to 8 p.m.; Corning has no set hours, but trick-or-treating on Market Street will be from 4 to 6 p.m.; Campbell 5 to 7 p.m.; and Cohocton and Hornell both from 6 to 8 p.m.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 30th

Campbell Approves Fire District Budget:


The Town of Campbell Fire Department has approved the 2019 budget, meaning residents will see the tax rate climb 29 percent.  That’s roughly $1.31 for every $1,000 of assessed value.  The previous tax rate was $1.01.  The tax hike is less than originally proposed.  The initial budget called for $246,323, but the department was able to par that back to $199,756.  They achieved this in part by doing away with a private insurer, and going instead with Steuben County’s insurance.  The Fire District is set to meet with the Town Supervisor and the County Risk Manager next week to go over the insurance. 



Reed, Mitrano to Meet in Debate Tonight:


Candidates for the 23rd Congressional District, Tom Reed and Tracy Mitrano will meet face-to-face tonight in a live debate.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. at the gymnasium of Corning Community College with seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis for roughly 400 chairs.  Extra seating will available for hundreds more in the bleachers.  The event begins at 7 p.m.  Parking will be available in the north and south lots.  For those who can’t make it in person, WETM 18 News will broadcast the debate, and will stream at mytwintiers.com. 



HEAP Applications Start Nov. 13th:


Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning November 13th, according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  Steuben officials said HEAP applications can be filed in person at the following locations; on-line at http://www.mybenefits.ny.gov; or can be mailed to applicants who call the county Department of Social Services (DSS) for the forms at (607) 664-2500.  Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may do so starting November 13th, at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates in Bath or the county DSS office in Bath.  No applications will be accepted until November 13th.  Applications will also be accepted at the following locations on a first-come, first-served basis: from 8:30 to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. only on December 4th and January 8th at the Office for the Aging in Hornell, and from 8:30 to noon and 12:30 to 4 p.m. only on December 12th and January 16th at the Steuben County Courthouse in Corning.



Grief Counseling Available in Painted-Post:


The Steuben County Office for the Aging wants area residents to know there is a new service for those struggling with the stress of serious illness, grief or care-giving challenges.  “The Clinic at CareFirst,” in cooperation with Family Services of Chemung County, also offers supportive services in Steuben at is clinic in Painted Post.  The agency was formerly known as the “Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care Agency.”  For more information, call (607) 377-5399.



BEGWS Hydrant and Valve Flushing Continues:


Hydrant Flushing continues by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Tonight through Wednesday morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., hydrants will be flushed for customers on Liberty Street, East William Street, Village Parking Lost, South Fowler Street, and May Street along with the corner valves of Liberty/Steuben, Liberty/W. William, Liberty/Buell, E. Washington/Campbell, Wilkes Ave. (Resilient), May/E. William, E. Steuben/McMaster, E. William/Campbell, E. Steuben/Gansevoort, E. Washington/Gansevoort, E. Washington/Fowler (Resilient), and May/E. Steuben (E. Morris). Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.



Corning PD Participating in No-Shave November:


Things are going to get hairy at the Corning Police Department in November.  The department has announced that the usual grooming policy will be waived for the month so officers can participate in No-Shave November.  No-Shave November is a non-profit organization partnered with the American Cancer Society, raising money and awareness to fight cancer.  The idea is that participants donate the money they would usually spend on shaving and grooming during the month to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting cancer.  In a statement, Chief Jeff Spaulding said the PBA approached him with the idea and he said he was “very happy to relax the Department’s policy” as “cancer has had an impact on not only Corning Police Officers but many City employees outside the PBA as well.”  The Crystal City PBA is registered at No-Shave.org and if you’d like to support the cause, visit their team page at https://no-shave.org/team/CrystalCityPBA  

Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 29th

Hornell Woman Arrested after Car Chase, Crash:


A Hornell woman was arrested early Sunday following a chase and crash involving pedestrians and trees.  According to a press release from the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, the Olean police department alerted deputies to a hit and run involving pedestrians and the suspect was fleeing the city.  Deputies quickly located the vehicle matching the description turning from State Route 16 onto Godfrey Hollow Road traveling at a high rate of speed.  The driver was identified as 25-year-old Brittany Clark.  Deputies say she lost control of her vehicle, became airborne and struck two trees before landing in a creek near the Olean Town Highway Building.  Police say Clark sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released from Olean General.  She was charged was driving while intoxicated, speed not reasonable, failure to keep right, and unlicensed operator.  She was sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.  Other charges are pending.



Hornell Woman Arrested on Drug Charges:


A Hornell woman, and current inmate at the Steuben County Jail, has been arrested following a narcotic investigation.  45-year-old Carrieann Gilliam has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  Police say she sold suboxone to another person in the City of Hornell.  Gilliam is currently being held at the county jail on unrelated charges.



Prevention Coalition Funds Approved:


Gap funding amounting to $5,681 for the Steuben Prevention Coalition (SPC) has been approved by the Steuben County Legislature.  The coalition was recently notified it would not receive the federal Drug Free Communities Grant, leaving a deficit of over $15,000 for the remainder of 2018.  Catholic Charities has pledged $10,000 to supplement the county’s contribution.  SPC is instrumental in drug preventative outreach in Steuben and conducting studies showing the effectiveness of their efforts.  The studies are used by other agencies to plan programs and access services used to prevent substance abuse.



Arkport Truck Repair Fire:


Firefighters from Arkport, Hornell, and North Hornell were called to a structure fire Friday at Arkport Truck Repair on State Route 961F.  The incident happened around 5 p.m., and it reportedly took several hours to get the large blaze under control.  Further details are unavailable at this time.



Flags at Half-Staff for Shooting Victims:


Flags outside state government buildings will fly at half-staff this week following an order from Governor Andrew Cuomo.  The flags are being lowered in remembrance of the victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting and the two African-American victims shot outside a grocery store in Kentucky.  Flags will be lowered today and remain so until sunset Sunday.



BEGWS Hydrant and Valve Flushing Continues:


Hydrant Flushing continues by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Tonight through Tuesday morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., hydrants will be flushed for customers on West Steuben Street, Pulteney Square, East Steuben Street, Bus Garage Route 415, E. Morris Street, and Wilkes Avenue along with the corner valves of W. Steuben at Pine/Pulteney/Liberty, Howell/Buell, Liberty/Steuben, and E. Steuben at Gansevoort/Campbell/S. Campbell/McMaster/Halsey. Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.



Hammondsport Hotel Recognized with Prestigious Honor:


The Best Western Plus in Hammondsport has been recognized with the brand’s highest honor, the M.K. Guertin Award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ 2018 North American Convention held recently in Grapevine, Texas.  Winners of the award are hotels that best represent the vision of Best Western’s founder and demonstrate exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction, and dedication to the brand.  The hotels must also meet other brand standards and membership requirements to qualify.  The Hammondsport Best Western is one of only 51 hotels in North America to receive the award. 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 27, 2018

Corning Man Arrested on Drug Charges
With the help of Investigators, Troopers from the Bath and Wayland barracks arrested a Corning man on drug charges following a traffic stop in the village of Bath. State Police say Demarques B. Underwood was an occupant of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation and was found to be in possession of a large quantity of “crack” cocaine packaged to be sold. Underwood was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance and remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail and will reappear in Bath Village Court November 7th.


Four from Allegany County Arrested in “Operation Border Patrol” Sting
Hornell Police have arrested four people in the City of Hornell following a five month investigation they named “Operation Border Patrol” that focused on narcotics being transported from Allegany County into Hornell. All four of Allegany County suspects face multiple charges including criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance and have been named as Jason and Amelia Workman both from Andover and Belmont residents Kyle Ordiway and Kristen Hand. Jason Workman, Ordiway and Hand all face charges of criminal sale of a controlled substance near school grounds while Amelia Workman faces 2 counts of child endangerment for allegedly selling drugs while the primary caregiver of two children in her custody.


Wayland Man Arrested After Groveland Crash
A Wayland man was arrested following a vehicle crash in Groveland. Deputies said 26-year-old Andrew Mehlenbacher drove off the highway and struck several parked cars. Mehlenbacher was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. Deputies said his license had been suspended four (4) times. He was arraigned and released pending further court action.


NYSP Announce Halloween Drunk Driving Crackdown
New York State Police announce from now until November 1st they will crack down on drunk driving to keep the roads safe during the peak celebration time of Halloween. Troopers will be increasing patrols to crack down on impaired driving and underage drinking using masked and unmasked cars as well as undercover, concealed identity vehicles.


Drug Take Back Day Happening Today
Today is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  Law enforcement agencies across our Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions will have drop-off centers open to allow for safe and responsible disposal of unused prescription drugs. Collection will take place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Locally, Steuben County Sheriff’s office, Corning Police Department and the Tops stores in Bath and Dansville will be drop-off locations.

DOT Hiring Over 100 Workers in the Region
A help wanted sign has been posted at the state department of transportation. The DOT is looking to hire 470 positions for permanent and seasonal maintenance staff all across Upstate New York. The DOT is expects to hire 91 workers in the Southern Tier and 35 in the Finger Lakes region.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, October 26th

Drug Charges in Bath Traffic Stop:


A Corning man has been arrested following a traffic stop in the Village of Bath.  According to State Police, Demarques Underwood was an occupant of the vehicle, which was stopped for a traffic violation, and he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of “crack” cocaine which was packaged for sale.  He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and was sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



New E-C Airport Terminal to Open Next Week:


After much time and labor, the new terminal at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport is finally ready to see travelers on their way.  It will open next week, on October 31st, a day earlier than originally expected.  Passengers will be able to wait for their flights in the nearly complete courtyard and enjoy food at a new restaurant, bar, and Dunkin’ Donuts – though business won’t start until November 1st.  There will also be a pet relief area for those traveling with their four-legged friends. 



Bath Tops Approved as Prescription Drop Off Point:


Those looking to dispose of unwanted or unused medications now have another convenient location to do so.  20 Tops stores have been approved to collect prescription drugs, and among them is the Bath location at 309 West Morris Street.  Disposal bins will be located in the pharmacy department.  The Dansville location at Franklin Plaza has also been approved as a drop off location.



BEGWS Hydrant and Valve Flushing Continues Next Week:


Hydrant Flushing continues next week by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Sunday night through Monday morning from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., hydrants will be flushed for customers on Rumsey Street, May Street, Clubview Drive, Buck Meadows, E. Washington Ext., E. Washington Ext. and Lakeview, and Lake Country Estates along with the corner valves of Fern/E. Washington St. Ext., E. Washington St. at May/Gansevoort/Campbell/McMaster/Fowler, and Fairview/Rumsey. Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.



Honey Smacks Cereal Returns to Store Shelves:


After a salmonella outbreak forced it off shelves earlier this year, Honey Smacks cereal will soon be returning to stores.  According to the CDC, more than 100 people were sickened between March and July.  The cereal will return in limited quantities starting in November.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 25th, 2018

O’Mara and Task Force Release Report on Opioid Epidemic
State Senator Tom O’Mara joined fellow members of the Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in releasing a comprehensive report detailing a series of recommendations for New York state to  combat the heroin and opioid addiction crisis. O’Mara has sponsored public forums in the district beginning 4 years ago which the  report follows and continues to develop. Goals to combat the epidemic are listed in the report and include increasing resources to support the recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals trained to treat substance abuse ,maximizing federal funding to help support more children at the state’s Infant Recovery Centers, reducing the cost of naloxone to ensure greater access and more. More information on the legislative efforts initiated by the task force can be found in the 2018 report here.


Town of Campbell A Week Away from Finalized Budget
The final submission deadline for the budget of the Town of Campbell Fire District is one week from now on November 1st. Monday, October 29th, at 6:00 p.m. there will be a meeting held to discuss the budget’s figures and numbers. Earlier this week on Tuesday, community members in the Fire District were told the formerly anticipated 85% property tax rate hike for next year would not happen after adjustments like eliminating the insurance policy and worker’s compensation took place.


Flu Cases Reported in Steuben County
Guthrie Health officials report that several confirmed cases of influenza have been reported in Steuben County. Medical professionals urge citizens, especially those who are elderly or work in healthcare, to get the flu vaccination.Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration announced a new drug will be available to treat influenza this flu season. Xofluza will be available in a few weeks to those feeling sick for less than 2 days and are at least 12 years old.


NY-23rd District Shifts to “Likely Republican”
New York’s 23rd Congressional District has shifted politically this election season according to the Cook Political Report. For years, our district has been described as “Solidly Republican” but currently, the race between incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed and Democratic challenger Tracy Mitrano ranks as “Likely Republican”. The Cook Report defines “Likely” as seats that are “not competitive” but have “potential to become engaged” or changed versus “Solid” which is seen as not competitive and highly unlikely to change.


O’Mara Receives NYSPFFA Endorsement
New York State Professional Fire Fighters Association (NYSPFFA) has announced their endorsement of Republican State Senator Tom O’Mara for re-election in the 58th New York State Senate District. NYSPFFA Executive Vice President David Holleran endorsed O’Mara earlier this week in Hornell, representing about 18,000 full-time members of the union and eight fire districts across the state.


BEGWS Continues Hydrant and Valve Flushing to Tomorrow
Hydrant Flushing continues this week by Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems for certain customers in the Village of Bath. Today and tomorrow from 11pm to 7am, hydrants will be flushed for customers on the streets of Rumsey Street, Rumsey Street Extension, County Building, Shirley’s Lumber Route 54, Route 54 & Ira Davenport Park, Ira Davenport Park Memorial, F & H Taylor Health, Industrial Park (North & South) and Wildflower Hills along with the corner valves of May and Rumsey Streets. Customers are advised to check their water for clarity and if they encounter dirty or cloudy water, to run their water until clear with an outside faucet, preferably, before using to clean, cook or do laundry.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 24th

Campbell Tax Hike Cut Down:


The proposed 85 percent property tax hike for residents in the Town of Campbell Fire District has been cut down.  Officials held a budget workshop Tuesday night and lowered the proposed 2019 budget from $246,323 to roughly $199,756.  The new proposed tax increase would be approximately 29.5 percent.  Eliminated from the budget was the insurance policy, including Worker’s Comp, as the volunteer fire department falls under Steuben County’s health insurance plan.  Officials will now review the adjustments and create a formal budget proposal.  It’s expected to be accepted during a meeting on October 29th.    



Strong 3rd Quarter for Corning Inc.:


Corning Incorporated announced strong 3rd Quarter earnings Tuesday.  According to VP of Corporate Communications Dan Collins, all 5 of Corning’s businesses delivered excellent results, with year-over-year sales and profit growth.  Core earnings increased from 40 cents a share to 51 cents, and core sales saw an 18 percent increase, rising to $476 million. 



Mitrano, Baer to Visit Hornell Sat.:


Democratic candidates for Congress and the Assembly, Tracy Mitrano and Barbara Baer will pay a visit to Hornell this weekend.  They will both be at the Hornell Democratic Office on Seneca Street on Saturday from 1 to 3:30 p.m.



Steuben Co. to Participate in STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown:


Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced Tuesday that county police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving.  Officers will take to the roads starting October 26th through November 1st in an effort to stop impaired driving, prevent injuries, and save lives.  Don’t forget you can make a Sober Plan with the STOP-DWI “Have a Plan” app, available at http://www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp



BEGWS Hydrant Flushing Continues:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems hydrant flushing for street and corner valves continues today.  Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed: East Washington, Prospect Street, Purdy Street, and McMaster Street.  Corner Valves include: E. Washington – Gansevoort/Rumsey/Campbell/May/Fowler, E. William/McMaster Street, and Rumsey Street/Campbell Street.  Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 23rd

Four Facing Drug Charges in Hornell:


Four people are facing multiple drug charges in Hornell following the bust of two alleged drug dealing operations.  47-year-old Kim Corrigliano and 30-year-old Michael Dubois were arrested after police say they seized methamphetamine, $3,500 cash, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia from a Hornell city home.  In an unrelated case, 31-year-old Justin Hand was pulled over on Walnut Street for allegedly being intoxicated.  When officers went to his home as part of their investigation, they found an unattended 4-year-old child, marijuana, cocaine, scales, and packaging materials.  Also arrested was 26-year-old Dominic Matacale.



Three Injured in Urbana Crash:


Three people sustained injuries in a multi-vehicle crash Monday morning in the town of Urbana. The collision occurred on State Route 54 between South Valley and Pleasant Valley Roads. Hammondsport fire responded to the scene along with ambulances from Hammondsport and Bath as well as advanced life support. A helicopter was also initially called to the area but was later canceled. The crash remains under investigation.



BEGWS Hydrant Flushing Continues:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems hydrant flushing for street and corner valves continues today.  Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed: Mountview Road West, Williamson Terrace, Fairview Drive, Park Place, Perkins Place, and Vargason Place.  Corner Valves include: Fairview/Hudson, and Williamson/Perkins. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.



Cuomo, Molinaro Set Debate:


The debate between incumbent New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and GOP challenger Marc Molinaro will finally happen.  It will be taped this afternoon and broadcast this evening at 7 p.m. on WCBS-TV in New York City.  In the upstate, many stations have also announced 7 p.m. broadcasts, but viewers are advised to check their local CBS affiliate for viewing times to be certain.  After turning down multiple requests for a debate, Cuomo finally made the suggestion to meet today on Sunday night.  Molinaro agreed Monday.  The last minute nature of the agreement leaves out third-party candidates Stephanie Miner, Howie Hawkins, and Larry Sharpe, who have all expressed disappointment.



Reed Receives Endorsement from President Trump:


Congressman Tom Reed received an endorsement for his re-election Monday from President Donald Trump.  The President tweeted that Reed has “done a great job” and he has his “complete and total endorsement.”



Spectrum Price Hike:


Spectrum cable customers should be prepared to face a higher price when they open their bill next month.  Spectrum has announced that Spectrum Internet will go up from $54.99 to $59.99/month for current customers to Spectrum TV.  For those who don’t subscribe to Spectrum TV, the price will go from $64.99 to $65.99.  For customers whose Spectrum Internet service is part of a promotion, the new price won’t take effect until their promotional period ends.  Prices for Spectrum TV or Spectrum Voice aren’t changing, but the Broadcast TV surcharge is going up from $8.85 to $9.95/month and Spectrum receivers are going from $6.99 to $7.50.  The price increases are set to take effect November 1st, and will occur in every Spectrum market.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 22nd

Explosion in Corning Caused by Meth Lab:


Authorities are investigating an explosion in Corning last week that they believe was caused by a meth lab.  According to police, first responders received a call of an explosion Thursday at a home on Woodview Avenue around 2 a.m.  Upon their arrival, they made the residence safe and began their investigation, which revealed that an upstairs resident was allegedly in the process of making meth when the explosion occurred.  The suspect was air-flighted to Strong Memorial in Rochester for serious burns to his head, face, and hands. 



School Bus Crash in Corning Sends 4 to Hospital:


Four people, including two students, were sent to area hospitals as a precaution Friday after a Corning-Painted Post school bus collided with two vehicles.  According to a report by WETM-TV, the bus hit a pickup truck and an SUV around 11:30 a.m. on East High Street.  The rest of the students on the bus were transferred to other buses to be taken home, according to district officials.  The incident is under investigation.



BEGWS Hydrant Flushing Continues:


Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems hydrant flushing for street and corner valves continues today.  Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed: Geneva Street, Chestnut Street, Fairgrounds, Elm Street, Shannon Street, Warden Street, Hudson Street, Phillips Lighting, Fairview Drive, Mountview Rd W., Shannon St. Ext., Casey Lane.  Corner Valves include: Geneva/Elm, Fairview/Rumsey, Geneva/Gratton, Geneva Street near the VFW, and Rumsey/Shannon Ext. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.



Gillibrand Pulls Out of Planned Debate:


The debate set for Sunday between New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and GOP challenger Chele Farley was cancelled after Gillibrand suddenly pulled out.  The face-to-face was to happen at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs and to air on all Spectrum News stations.  Gillibrand’s reasoning was in support of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers who are currently in a labor dispute with Spectrum parent Charter Communications.  In response, Farley blasted Gillibrand, accusing her of “chickening out” and disrespecting voters.  That said, Farely concluded that she still “stands ready to debate [Gillibrand].”



Haverling Dedicates Book Nook to Teacher Who Passed:


The Haverling School District held a special dedication Thursday for a teacher who recently passed away from ALS.  Karin Machuga passed in May after being diagnosed last year in September.  In her honor, there is now a book nook designed after a castle that students can read inside of when they come into the library.  Her portrait hangs on the side of a bookshelf filled with her favorite author, Ted Arnold.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 20, 2018

Five Suspects Arrested for Assault and Burglaries
New York State Police announce multiple arrests following a two-month ongoing investigation of a reported home invasion and assault in the village of Savona that occurred on August 15th. Investigators identified several suspects and linked them to a string of burglaries that occurred in the past several months across two states. A search of a suspect’s residence in the Town of Campbell in the area of I-99 yielded the arrest of the following four suspects: 19-year-old Dakota Tosch of Campbell, 20-year-old Dakota Kidder of Campbell and two minors. Kidder and Tosch were sent to Steuben County Jail after being arrested for Burglary in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief, Unlawful Imprisonment, and Criminal Possession of a Weapon. A fifth subject was identified as 19-year-old Chance LaViolette of Elkland, Pennsylvania, who fled the state after the incident then located in Oregon and taken into custody for arrest warrants in different states and is currently jailed in the state of Oregon as he awaits extradition to New York State where he will face the same charges as Tosch and Kidder.


Bath Woman Arrested for Methamphetamine Production
New York State Police announce the arrest of a Bath woman following an ongoing investigation into the production, distribution and sale of methamphetamine in Steuben County. Amber Crout, age 33, was alleged to have purchased a pseudoephedrine product with the knowledge that it would be used to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine. Crout was charged with Falsifying Business Records and Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Material in the Second Degree. Crout was arraigned in Bath Village Court then sent to Steuben County Jail.


BEGWS Starts Hydrant Flushing Tomorrow
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a schedule for the second week hydrant flushing for street and corner valves begins tomorrow and continuing until the 26th. Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed:
Liberty north of Washington Colonial, Lawns, Haverling Street, Locust Street, High Street, Gratton Drive, Muck Circle, Peach Street, Grape Street, Apple Street and Mitchellsville Road. Valves on Haverling St / Geneva Street, Elm Street (Fairgrounds), Allen St / Haverling St, Vermont St / Haverling St, Maine St / Haverling St and Gratton / Geneva Street will be flushed on Sunday. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.


Bath Leaf Pick-Up Begins Monday
City loose leaf pickup will begin Monday morning. Residents of downtown Bath must have their leaves raked into the area between the curb and sidewalk to be picked so drainage systems do not become plugged. Drivers should be careful not to park on top of leaves on the street as the heat from engines could ignite the leaves starting a fire. Brush and trash should not be mixed in the leaf piles, for leaf crews will not pick up those piles. Loose leaves must be raked up by the curbised by 6 a.m. Nov. 13 for the final week of collection. Leaves left by the curb on or before November 12th must be bagged.


Legislature Meets Monday to Talk Prevention Coalition Gap Funding
Steuben County Legislature will review funding support for the Steuben Prevention Coalition through the remainder of the year after federal grant funding fell through. This Monday at 10am legislators will meet regularly to approve a gap of $5,681 left after coalition officials were told they would not receive the federal Drug Free Communities Grant. Catholic Charities pledged gap funding of $10,000 to supplement the county’s contribution to be paid through county contingency fund. Funding was approved earlier this month by the Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education and Finance committees.


Lights Out for Afterschool Events Announced for This Month
Steuben County has announced public events for the “Lights Out For Afterschool” campaign, a joint effort by the Extended Learning Network of the Southern Tier, The Triangle Fund and Steuben Youth Bureau to raise local awareness about the importance of afterschool programming. Events are scheduled for Monday October 22nd at 4:30pm at the Frontline Community and Youth Center in Elmira and Monday October 29th at 3:30pm at the Addison Youth Center then 4:30pm at Hornell Concern for Youth. The events will recognize winners of afterschool poster contests.

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 19th, 2018

Corning Man Arrested on DWI Charges After Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Corning man following a one car crash on Marland Road in Corning. Upon investigating the scene, police found 27-year-old Amit K. Jha to have allegedly operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, leaving the scene of the crash after striking a tree. Jha was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, failure to reduce speed for special hazard, DWI and Driving While Intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content of .08 percent or higher. He was released on traffic summons to appear in Town of Corning Court next month.


Arkport Man Jailed for Endangering Welfare of a Child
An Arkport man was arrested following a report of possible sexual misconduct. Sheriff’s Office Deputies and Investigators arrested 65-year-old James Mayo for allegedly engaging in sexual contact with someone less than seventeen years of age and acting in a manner to be injurious to the welfare to a person under age seventeen. Mayo was charged with Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child then remanded to Steuben County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.


Campbell Man Receives More Charges for SR 415 Crash
A Campbell man will be receiving more criminal charges for his involvement in a crash that occurred last Sunday on State Route 415. Robert Neally was arrested by State Police this week on a felony vehicular manslaughter charge for allegedly turning left directly onto the path of a motorcycle driven by a Lindley man, killing him at the scene. Neally was originally arrested for DWI, among other charges then sent to Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail as the case awaits being presented to a grand jury.


Kirchgessner Campaign Withdraws Endorsements

Democratic Candidate for State Senate in the 58th Senate District Amanda Kirchgessner announced she is returning all of the endorsements she has received thus far and will run without them. In a statement, the candidate said she is proud of all of the endorsements she has earned but is giving them up to protect her supporters and to “refocus this race on things that matter to the people of the 58th district." Kirchgessner says she has faced increasing harassment against her endorsers as well as family, friends and campaign staff following abuse allegations made by her ex-wife a few weeks ago.


With Election Less Than One Month Away, Cuomo Avoids Debate
Governor Andrew Cuomo has been under fire in this year’s gubernatorial race for his reluctance to face off with his challengers in a formal debate. Republican candidate Marc Molinaro asked for a one-on-one debate with the incumbent and Green Party nominee Howie Hawkins also called for debate with no response. Cuomo’s campaign spokeswoman declined commenting when asked why he has not yet agreed to a debate. But, with his clear advantage in fundraising and name recognition, Cuomo has little to gain by appearing in a debate. According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Cuomo currently leads Molinaro 58-35 percentage points.


Rams Coach Carroll Retires
Head football coach of the Haverling Rams Wayne Carroll has announced will be retiring after almost 30 years on the field. Carroll’s early retirement was approved by the Bath-Haverling Central School District at last night’s board of education meeting. Carroll was put on a leave of absence for this football season citing medical leave as the reason why but no word on why he has chosen to retire early. Throughout the years, the accomplished coach helped the Rams win five Section V titles, recorded four state Final Four appearances and helped Rams make state quarters back in 2003.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 18, 2018

Campbell Fire District Proposes Budget at Hearing
A tax increase from $101.30 to $164.28 with a tax levy of $227,829 for the Campbell Fire District was announced this week at a public hearing. This annual tax rate is for a home assessed at $100,000 and Fire District Board of Commissioners said the tax rate has increased to meet higher expenses in the proposed budget like a new fire engine expected to cost $500,000. A new engine would be paid over issuing a bond that would last 10 years to be approved by taxpayers in a separate vote. The board has agreed to review the details of the budget with possible changes at the Fire District’s next meeting before they submit the budget to the town.


Senators Urge NHTSC to Update Limousine Regulations
United States Senators from New York have called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Committee to upgrade regulations and safety approval for stretch limousines following the deadly Schoharie County crash that happened October 6th. “…Stretch limousines are woefully under-regulated; they fall into a gap between cars and buses, both of which have well-developed safety rules,” said Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer. Senator Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have joined Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal in demanding the NHSTC to change their standards to mandate the following:

  • Conduct a study on how to improve protection for passengers

  • Review construction of stretch limousines, report safety gaps and identify improvements for federal safety standards

  • Create specific requirements for inspection of structural safety once a limousine has been constructed so only structurally dependable vehicles can be on the road

  • Review if limousines should be identified as commercial vehicles where drivers would be mandated to carry commercial drivers’ licenses and have more comprehensive training to drive


Houghton Endorses Reed
Former Congressman Amo Houghton announced he is endorsing Congressman Reed for re-election. Houghton served as a politician in the Southern Tier from 1986 to 2005 and said about Reed: “He has become a champion for bipartisan government and I appreciate the support he has received from Republicans and Democrats alike.” Reed responded to the endorsement with the statement: “Amo truly represented what the founding fathers had in mind for members of Congress and I am honored to have his support.”


NYSP Warn Public of Phone Scam
The New York State Police are warning the public about a recent scam after receiving information that an individual is contacting people in the Western New York area identifying themselves as the New York State Police, requesting personal information like social security numbers. The number the subjects are calling from shows a State Police station number on the caller ID though the calls do not actually originate from the location. State Police remind the public they would never ask for this information over the phone and never to share personal information with any party over the phone. New York State Police report that meanwhile they are investigating this situation.


Mitrano Releases FEC Filings
Democratic Congressional Nominee Tracy Mitrano Tuesday released her FEC filings, showing that she raised more than $945,000 for the period July through September. She also emphasized that in contrast to Representative Tom Reed, her campaign is powered by individual donations from people within the district, not corporate political action committees (PACs). Mitrano said her principal campaign committee raised $225,000 more than Reed’s—proof, she says, of unprecedented grassroots support and evidence of the district’s appetite for change.


BEGWS Begins Second Week of Hydrant Flushing
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a schedule for the second week hydrant flushing beginning October 21st and continuing until the 26th. Street hydrants and corner valves will be flushed beginning this Sunday. Hydrants on the following streets will be flushed:
Liberty north of Washington Colonial, Lawns, Haverling Street, Locust Street, High Street, Gratton Drive, Muck Circle, Peach Street, Grape Street, Apple Street and Mitchellsville Road. Valves on Haverling St / Geneva Street, Elm Street (Fairgrounds), Allen St / Haverling St, Vermont St / Haverling St, Maine St / Haverling St and Gratton / Geneva Street will be flushed on Sunday. Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems Customers are reminded to check their water for clarity before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry. If the water is dirty or dingy, you must flush it before using, preferably with an outside faucet, and running the water until it is clear.


Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 17th

More Charges Possible Against Driver in Fatal Campbell Crash:


More charges may be filed against a Campbell man following a deadly crash Sunday afternoon. State police say 42-year-old Robert Neally struck and killed 65-year-old motorcyclist Terry Hill of Lindley on Route 415. Neally was jailed on $75,000 bail after trooper charged him with driving while intoxicated. The case is under review by the District Attorney’s office and more severe charges may be filed.



Funeral Arraignments for Lindley Presho Fire Chief:


Funeral services for Fire Chief Terry Hill of the Lindley Presho Volunteer Fire Department will be this weekend.  Calling hours will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Lindley Community Church.  The funeral service will follow.  Hill was struck and killed by an alleged drunk driver Sunday while riding his motorcycle on Route 415.



Lawyer Files Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Corning Dog Warden:


The lawyer for a City of Corning dog warden filed a motion Tuesday asking the judge to dismiss the charges against her client.  Christie Speciale, who is also the founder and owner of Tanner’s P.A.W.S., is accused of targeting the Amish for dog abuse in late September during the city’s Harvest festival.  Speciale is charged with disorderly conduct, stalking, and harassment.  Speciale’s attorney maintains that Speciale never approached the man because he was Amish or his family is Amish, but rather out of concern for the age and condition of puppies that he was attempting to sell.  The judge reserved on the motion to give Steuben County Assistant District Attorney Jeremiah King time to review.  The case will return to court on November 20th



I-86 Exit 53 Reopens after Tractor-Trailer Fire:


Exit 53 on I-86 reopened this morning after a tractor-trailer fire broke out late Tuesday night. The incident happened just before 10:30 p.m. near exit 52A on I-86 westbound.  Traffic was diverted through the Village of Horseheads.  According to Chief Sullivan of the Horseheads Fire Department, the driver heard a loud noise and looked to find his vehicle in flames.  He immediately pulled over and called 911.  The cause of the fire is under investigation.  No injuries were reported.  Both the truck and trailer were destroyed.



SCLB Property Open House Oct. 26th-27th:


An open house for a property in the City of Corning rehabilitated through the Steuben County Land Bank Corp. (SCLBC) is set for October 26th and 27th.  The property, located at 161 Kingsbury Ave., was completely renovated in 2018 with an open concept kitchen, updated utilities, new walls and flooring.  It’s listed at $115,000.  The property is among the first round of properties selected by SCLBC in November 2017 after assessments by Arbor Housing & Development indicated the blighted properties could be restored.  The land bank board expects to reduce “neighborhood blight,” keep marketable properties on the tax roll and improve the housing stock in Steuben.  Open House times are 4 to 6 p.m. October 26th, and 11 a.m. to noon October 27th.  For information about the property, go to https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=8872



Leaf/Brush Collection in Bath Begins Oct. 22nd:


The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin on Monday, October 22nd.  All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection.  Village crews will begin on the West Side of the village and upon completion will move to the East Side of the village.  Absolutely no brush or trash will be collected.   

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 16th

Lindley Presho Fire Chief Killed in Campbell Crash:


State police investigated a deadly crash. It happened just before 5 pm Sunday on Route 415 in Campbell. The crash involved a motorcycle and a vehicle. Killed was the motorcyclist, 65-year-old Terry Hill of Lindley. Troopers arrested the other driver, 42-year-old Robert Neally of Corning and he was charged with driving while intoxicated. Neally was sent to jail on $75,000 bail.  Hill was the Lindley Presho Fire Chief and the fire department has a black ribbon hanging on the fire department doors, and their flag is at half-staff in honor of Chief Hill.  The North Corning, Bath Volunteer, and East Campbell fire departments have all offered their condolences on the passing of Chief Hill.



Canisteo Man Charged with Arson:


A Canisteo man has been arrested on charges of arson and reckless endangerment.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 22-year-old Steven Drake was arrested as the result of an investigation into a reported house fire on Union Street in Canisteo.  The fire was found to be incendiary and intentional in nature.  Drake was charged with arson in the third, a class C felony, and reckless endangerment in the first, a class D felony.  He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard thanks the members of the Canisteo and South Hornell Volunteer Fire Departments for their quick response to the fire and the Village of Canisteo Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.



Steuben Co. Probation Sweep:


On October 4th, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, New York State Troopers, and Steuben County Probation Department conducted a probation compliance verification sweep.  88 separate probationers were checked during the sweep, and four were sent to the county jail due to alleged probation violations.  One person was charged and released on an appearance ticket.  60-year-old Terry Smith of Hammondsport was arrested for criminal possession of marijuana and was sent to the jail.  20-year-old Dillon Cook of Campbell was arrested on a violation of probation warrant issued by Avoca Town Court was sent to the jail.  54-year-old Robert Ritchey of Wayland was arrested for allegedly committing aggravated unlicensed operation, open container, and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device and he was sent to the jail.  46-year-old Teresa McWilson of Campbell was allegedly found to be under the influence of alcohol in violation of her terms and conditions of probation and was sent to the jail.  20-year-old Tyler Vogt of Corning allegedly possessed marihuana and was released on an appearance ticket.



E-C Airport to Offer Non-Stop Services to Washington Dulles in 2019:


The Elmira Corning Regional Airport and Chemung County have announced that United Airlines will soon begin offering direct flights to Washington Dulles International Airport.  The flights will replace the Newark services two times a day.  They are expected to begin in 2019. 



Drivers Reminded to Winterize Their Vehicles:


Before you know it, these recent cooler temperatures will turn into full-blown winter and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee is urging New Yorkers to winterize their vehicles and familiarize themselves with safe winter driving tips now.  Also, drivers are reminded that starting today, snow tires with metal studs can be installed on vehicles.  Under state law, these tires may only be used from October 16th through April 30th.  Tips for winter driving include: not driving during ice or snow storms unless absolutely necessary, clearing ice and snow from your vehicle before driving, remembering that bridges, overpasses, and ramps will freeze first, and to drive slowly. 

Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 15th

Alpine Woman Arrested in Steuben Co. on Drug Charge:


The New York State Police of Bath announce the arrest of an Alpine woman as part of an ongoing investigation into the production, distribution, and sale of methamphetamine in Steuben County.  27-year-old Noelle McCarthy allegedly entered the pharmacy inside the Tops Markets grocery store in Bath on August 13th and purchased a pseudoephedrine product knowing it would be used to unlawfully manufacture methamphetamine.  McCarthy has been charged with criminal possession of a methamphetamine manufacturing material and she has been released on an appearance ticket.



Campbell Facing Doubled Property Taxes, Budget Meeting Tomorrow:


Property taxes in the Town of Campbell might double in 2019 due to fire department costs.  Currently, the property tax rate in Campbell is roughly $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value, but under next year’s budget that would increase to approximately $2 per $1,000.  The total proposed budget is $246,323, up from $140,385 in 2018.  There will be a public meeting about the budget tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Campbell Fire Department.



Hydrant Flushing Underway in Bath:


As a reminder to the residents of the Village of Bath, Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems began hydrant flushing in the village Sunday.  Work is expected to continue until Thursday at 7 a.m.  The flushing is done as part of BEGW’s water main and fire hydrant preventive maintenance program.  Water customers could experience discolored and dirty water and are advised to check the water before using for clarity.  If dirty water is experienced, turn on a faucet, preferably one outside, to clear the water line before cooking, cleaning, or doing laundry. 



Sears Files for Chapter 11:


Early this morning, retailer Sears Holdings announced that it’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.  Also announced CEO Eddie Lampert will be stepping down effective immediately.  The company will be closing 142 stores towards the end of the year as it struggles with massive debt and losses.  Liquidation sales are expected to begin shortly.  At this time it’s unclear if Sears is still viable in a scaled down business model, or if it will go out of business for good. 



Mitrano Holding Town Hall in Corning Today:


Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional district Tracy Mitrano will be holding an open town hall meeting today in Corning.  It will be held at the United Steelworkers Local 1000 (100 Civic Center Plaza) from 5 to 7 p.m.  This will be Mitrano’s eighth town hall since September.  She plans to hold one in all of the district’s 11 counties.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 13, 2018

Neurauter Pleads Guilty to Murder
The Lloyd Neurauter case came to an end yesterday as he pled guilty to the August 2017 first-degree murder charge of his ex-wife Michelle. Neurauter, who could be facing 25 years to life or life without parole for the murder, also pled guilty to first-degree custodial interference and second-degree conspiracy. Neurauter’s daughter Karrie, who previously pled guilty to second-degree murder in the case, could have her plea agreement revisited to reduce her charges to manslaughter due to the role Lloyd had in manipulating her to participate in the murder of Michelle. Sentencing is set for December 4th, 2018.


BEGWS Announces Hydrant Flush To Begin Tomorrow
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) will flush the Village’s water mains beginning tomorrow on  Sunday, October 14th at 11:00 pm and will end on Thursday, October 14th at 7:00 am. The flushing is done as part of BEGW’s water main and fire hydrant preventive maintenance program. Water customers are told to be aware of the potential for discolored and dirty water and to check the water before using for clarity. If dirty water is experienced, turn on a faucet, preferably one outside, to clear the water line before cooking, cleaning or doing laundry.  


Hornell Woman Arrested for Grand Larceny
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports following a joint investigation, deputies and officers of the Village of Canisteo Police Department arrested Carrieann M. Gilliam, age 37, of Emmet Street in the City of Hornell, New York. It is alleged that Gilliam stole money from another person in the village of Canisteo from December 2017 through July 2018 in the amount of $30,523.55 and failed to report that income as was required when she completed a recertification for benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services where she received benefits that she was not entitled to in the amount of $759.00. Gilliam was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the third degree by the Canisteo Police Department and charged by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the first degree and one count of Petit Larceny.


Wayland Man Arrested for Warrant on Violating Probation
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports 58-year-old Wayland man John D. Bennett was arrested for being wanted on alleged violation of the terms or conditions of his probation. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Bennett failed to appear at the Steuben County Jail on February 23rd, 2018 to serve a sentence regarding his probation violation concerning an original charge of Driving while intoxicated.  Bennett was observed in a vehicle operated by another person and stopped by deputies in the Village of Wayland. Bennett was transported to the Steuben County Jail where he will remain until his next court appearance.    


Sheriffs Make DWI Arrests
Steuben County Sheriffs report two Driving While Intoxicated arrests for this week:

Joshua A. Martinez, age 39,  of Hartsville, New York allegedly operated a motor vehicle on State Route 36 in the Town of Hornellsville while talking on a cellular device and intoxicated. Martinez was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and released on traffic summons to appear in Hornellsville Town Court on a later date.

Kody Brown, age 31, of Addison, New York is alleged to have operated a vehicle at a speed of 87mph in a 40mph zone on State Route 36 in Canisteo while intoxicated. Brown was charged with Driving while intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more alcohol in his blood, and speeding before being released on traffic summons to appear in Canisteo Town Court on a later date.


County Sets Vulnerable Youth Summit for October 30th
Steuben County announced the next phase in protecting the county’s vulnerable youth to be launched October 30th with a summit set that day at 8:30-11:45 am at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath. The program is designed to end the commercial and sexual exploitation of children under age 18. The summit will begin with registration and a light breakfast, then at 9am the keynote address will be presented by speaker Deb Kuehner, who is the founder of The Potter’s Hands Foundation in Corning followed by Steuben Services panel at 10am and conclude with Community discussion and planning at 11am. Reservations are requested by October 26th and can be made by calling (607) 664-2119 or emailing campaign coordinator Lisa Baker at: LBaker@steubencony.gov

County Public Health Delays Diabetes Prevention Program
Steuben County Public Health announced the National Diabetes Prevention Program will be pushed back to mid-November to allow for more enrollment. The effective program for people at risk of Type II Diabetes will be offered in two locations: Bath and Hornell. Classes meet every week for 16 weeks then every two weeks for several months to follow up then continue with monthly meetings for the remainder of the year. The program is covered by Medicare, free for employees of the county and costs only $150 yearly by private pay. Classes are scheduled for Tuesdays from 12pm-1pm starting November 13th at Steuben County Office Building in Bath or Thursdays from 6-7pm at the Hornell YMCA. To register or for more information please call Steuben County Public Health at (607) 664-2438 or visit www.steubencony.org/publichealth.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, October 12th

Steuben Co. Annex at a Glance:


A plan stretching back at least 10 years reached completion Thursday when the Steuben County Annex officially opened.  Originally considered as a way to allow the public convenient access to related county services, over time the plan developed to respond to state mandates that expanded court-related functions and federal requirements for elections.  The 20,000 square-foot annex will house the county Board of Elections offices and electronic voting machines, and records storage on the first floor.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Steuben County, a demonstration kitchen, and a conference center will be located on the second floor.  The building also has 10,000 additional square-feet for growth.



Dansville Man Gets 10 Years for Role in Meth Ring:


A Dansville man, convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, will serve 120 months in prison.  Between January 2017 and April 2017, 53-year-old Donald McKinney conspired with others to ship high purity crystal methamphetamine from suppliers in California into Dansville, where it was then distributed.  He sold the methamphetamine to co-conspirator, Kurt Redance, who in turn distributed it to others, including sales at The Boneyard, an auto salvage business in Dansville.  McKinney is one of seven defendants charged in this methamphetamine conspiracy.  All seven have been convicted. 



Gov. Cuomo Announces $45M in Funding to Improve Emergency Communications:


Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $45 million in state grant funding has been awarded to 57 counties and New York City for emergency communications.  The funding will enable local governments to expand their emergency response capabilities to enhance public safety operations. Steuben County is set to receive $776,687.   



Voter Registration Scam:


The New York State Board of Elections is reminding residents that the B.O.E. will never call you asking to register to vote over the phone after a voter registration scam has been reported.  The calls have been reported in Chemung and Steuben Counties with the caller asking to register the recipient to vote in an attempt to gain personal information.  Also, the deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 6th general election is today in New York State. 



Road Work in Hammondsport:


The Village of Hammondsport has announced that the following streets will see temporary closures over the next few days for slurry sealing: William, Wheeler, Davis, Curtis, Grape, Thorpe, Vine, Myrtle, Orchard, and Lake Street from Main to the Village Line.  The roads are expected to be closed for approximately 45 minutes.  It will take two to three days to complete all the work, weather permitting.



Social Security Announces 2.8% Benefit Increase for 2019:


Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 67 million Americans will increase 2.8 percent in 2019, the Social Security Administration announced Thursday.  The 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 62 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2019.  Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on December 31st 2018.  Social Security and SSI beneficiaries are normally notified by mail in early December about their new benefit amount.  This year, for the first time, most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA notice online through their my Social Security account at http://www.socialsecurity.gov



Survey Issued for Volunteer Firefighters:


New York State Fire Coordinators, a professional non-profit organization for firefighters, has issued a survey for all volunteer firefighters in the state of New York.  The goal is to identify the scope of the recruitment problem and to develop a strategy to address the staffing issue.  According to the National Fire Protection Association, since 1983, the U.S. has seen a drop of nearly 70,000 volunteer firefighters.  The survey should be completed by October 31st.  A report of the data will be presented at upcoming conferences and meetings.  The survey can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Bazah5z42dBW77n1kB-Oevk-QnomR8lqnFdz_-QC-ko/viewform?chromeless=1&edit_requested=true

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, October 11th

Canisteo Park Renamed in Honor of Trooper Clark:


A unanimous vote by the Canisteo Village Board will see Patriot Park renamed in honor of late New York State Trooper, Nicholas Clark.  The Canisteo Community Support Group also has big renovation plans for the new Nicholas F. Clark Park, including a blue light honoring first responders, an entryway with Trooper Clark’s name on it, and three monuments in memory of veterans, first responders, and Trooper Clark.  The park was first established to honor first responders after the September 11th attacks.  Trooper Clark was killed in the line of duty in early July.  Clark played on the Canisteo football team and was the village’s only state champion wrestler.



Charges Filed Against Assemblyman Errigo:


The U.S. Attorney’s Office has filed bribery charges against Assemblyman Joseph Errigo.  At a press conference Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Attorney James Kennedy Jr. said the charges stem from programs receiving federal funds and honest services wire fraud.  At issue was legislation aimed at reducing the extent of local control over a pending development project in the Rochester area, and giving the state the ability to review the development project with the state Department of Transportation.  The bribe payer allegedly paid at least $10,500 to Errigo and the lobbyist to assign a bill number to the proposed bill and introduce legislation and begin the process of obtaining passage of a State Law.  Errigo allegedly accepted a total of $5,500.  Errigo appeared in court Wednesday and was released.  If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  Errigo’s Assembly district covers Livingston County, southern Monroe County, and portions of northern Steuben County.    



Guthrie Corning Holding Flu Shot Clinics:


Guthrie Corning Centerway will hold the first of six flu shot clinics today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Patients six months and older are encouraged to receive a flu vaccination.  No appointment is necessary and attendees do not need to be established patients of Guthrie Corning.  Billing will be handled through insurance or by mail for those without insurance.  The clinic will be held on the first floor Family Practice Department in Corning.  The rest of the clinics are set for: tomorrow 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., then October 17th and 24th, and November 7th and 14th, all from 5:30 to 8 p.m.



S.R. 54 Paving Project Underway:


A paving project on State Route 54 got underway Wednesday from G. Fullagar Road to the Steuben County line in the Towns of Milo and Barrington.  The project is expected to last about a week.  Traffic will be maintained with one lane, two-way alternating flagging.  Motorists should expect delays.



Savona Leaf/Brush Pickup Starts Oct. 26th:


The Village of Savona will hold its annual leaf and brush pick up on Friday, October 26th and Friday, November 9th.  All leaves must be bagged and all brush must be 2 inches or less in diameter and no longer than 6 feet. Village officials say the leaves and brush should be placed curbside the night before.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 10th

Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Headed to Final Vote:


In Tuesday’s “straw poll” residents of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts voted yes to merge the two schools into one district.  61 percent of Arkport voters and 56 percent of Canaseraga voters approved the proposal.  The yes vote now moves the proposal to a final vote, known as a statutory referendum, which is tentatively set for November 12th.  If approved again then, the merger will become official on July 1st



Hammondsport Man Injured in Jerusalem Accident:


A Hammondsport man was injured in a two-car accident on Italy Hill Road in the Town of Jerusalem Tuesday morning.  According to the police report, 23-year-old Brett Rotondo fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line, striking an oncoming vehicle being driven by 41-year-old Jason Poquadeck, of Marcellus.  Rotondo’s car then went off the road, crossing a ditch and striking a tree.  Rotondo was taken to Strong Memorial for neck and back pain.  He also suffered a broken leg.  Poquadeck was not injured.  Rotondo was ticketed for unsafe lane change.



Former Twin Tiers Resident Killed in Florida Road Rage Incident:


A man from the Twin Tiers was killed in Florida Friday during a road-rage incident.  According to the arrest report, 24-year-old Caleb Smith wanted to change lanes to make a proper left turn when 22-year-old Jahsie Mahoney blocked him with his car.  Words were exchanged and both drivers stopped.  Police say when they arrived, Smith had been shot.  Mahoney stayed at the scene and was arrested.  According to his obituary, Smith was born in Elmira and was a former resident of Addison and Woodhull.



Steuben Co. Approves Child Advocacy Center:


Tuesday the Steuben County Legislature’s Finance Committee approved a proposal from Social Services Commissioner Kathy Muller to establish both a permanent site for a Child Advocacy Center and a mobile unit.  According to Muller, most counties already have a similar program in place and Steuben is one of only six that doesn’t.  The proposal is for the permanent site to be at Ira Davenport Hospital, where medical staff will be on hand as needed.  $450,000 in funding will be provided by the state for the first year, including $250,000 for a custom, 33-foot Winnebago RV outfitted with interview and observation areas, and $50,000 for fuel and vehicle maintenance.  The state will also provide operational and maintenance funding for the following two years.  According to District Attorney Brooks Baker, the mobile response unit will allow officials to respond to cases of physical or sexual abuse, or domestic violence, and interview children in a safe environment.  More details are expected as the 2019 budget is planned.



Savona Library Becomes “Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library”:


The Savona Free Library has a new name.  On October 6th, the library held a celebration announced that is has been renamed the “Dr. Sandor and Berthe Benedek Memorial Library.”  Dr. Sandor Benedek was born in Hungary in 1910.  In 1957, his family settled in Savona and he set up a private medical practice which served not just Savona, but all the surrounding communities.  He was also a school physician for the Savona, Bradford, and Campbell schools from 1957 through 1991.  He served as Steuben County Coroner for over 20 years.  He passed away in 1992.  Berthe was known for gardening, playing the piano, and baking.  She passed away in 2008.



Spotted Lanternfly Awareness and Prevention:


Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Hans Walter-Peterson recently spoken with Finger Lakes Daily News about the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive moth from Asia that was recently found in Penn Yan.  The moth feeds on the sap of more than 70 plant species, including maples, apple trees, grapevine, and hops.  Walter-Peterson said that steps are being taken to prevent the spread of the lanternfly and that details about those measures will be announced soon, but he added that right now, awareness is key.  He said that they’re trying to make sure the public knows what they are and the problems they can cause.  The lanternfly is spread primarily through human activity and everyone is encouraged to inspect outdoor items, including vehicles, stone, rusty metal, outdoor furniture and firewood.  Anyone visiting the Pennsylvania or New Jersey Quarantine areas should thoroughly inspect their vehicle, luggage, and gear before leaving.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 9th

Bath Woman Arrested in Stabbing:


A Bath woman was been arrested following an incident in Bath involving multiple people.  State Police were called to the Holland American Hotel on State Route 415 on Sunday evening for a reported stabbing.  Their investigation found that during the altercation, one of the subjects suffered puncture wounds to the arm and was transported to Corning Hospital.  Arrested was 45-year-old Kelly Harris for assault and criminal possession of a weapon.  She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.



Tractor-Trailer Overturns on I-390 Monday:


Traffic was delayed on I-390 Monday morning after a tractor-trailer rolled over near the Town of Avoca.  The accident occurred around 3 a.m. just past Exit 1, just before I-390 North turns into I-86 East.  The I-390 North on-ramp at Exit 1 was shut down by police while the vehicle was uprighted.  There is no word at this time as to the cause of the accident or if there were any injuries.



Road Closures on I-86, Also in Corning Today:


The Department of Transportation has announced road closures for I-86 and in Corning today.  I-86, between Exit 33 Almond and Exit 34 Hornell will be closed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. for paving up to the bridge that carries I-86 over County Route 65 and Norfolk Southern Railroad.  Motorists traveling eastbound will be detoured off the highway at Exit 33, travel 21 north to Hornell, then State Route 36 north to Exit 34 where they can return to I-86 east.  Motorists may encounter flaggers and lane shifts, and travel delays should be expected.  In Corning, the eastbound lane of East Pulteney Street, from Warren to Centerway, will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for construction.  The westbound lane will remain open.



Straw Poll Vote for Arkport/Canaseraga Merger Today:


Voting will take place today for residents of the Arkport and Canaseraga school districts to decide the fate of a potential merger of the schools.  Polls are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.  If both votes are positive, an official merger vote is expected November 12th.  Approval then would see the newly merged district go into effect on July 1st.  Failure of any ballots will end the proposal.    



Hearing Scheduled for Steuben Co. Wind Farm Project:


Public information forums and hearings regarding the Eight Point Wind project in Greenwood and West Union will be held on Wednesday, October 17th at Hornell City Hall.  The forums will start at 2 and 6 p.m., with the public statement hearings to follow at 3 and 7 p.m.     

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 8, 2018

Flags Flown Half-Staff to Honor Firefighters
State government buildings will be flying flags half-staff until Wednesday of this week to honor fallen firefighters. Governor Andrew Cuomo declared this action in honor of the 21st Annual Fallen Firefighters Memorial Ceremony in Albany where 28 firemen killed in the line of duty in the last year will be added to the Fallen Firefighters Memorial tomorrow. The Governor said: “By lowering flags to half-staff, we honor those who have lost their lives while saving others, and remember their selflessness in another’s greatest time of need.”


Keuka College Dean Honored with Award at Washington DC
A local Dean from Keuka College has received an award from a national organization recognizing her work as a leader in education during a 3-day long summit in Washington, DC. EAB, a collaborative organization of education advisers, honored Dean of Student Success and Chief Retentions Officer Elizabeth Lambert with its 2018 Student Success Collaborative Award.


BEGWS to Flush Water Mains Starting Next Week
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems (BEGWS) has announced the Village’s water mains will begin to be flushed a week from now on Monday, October 15th and will continue until  Friday, November 2nd. Each day, crew members of the BEGWS Underground Lines and Mains will flush the system from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. Water customers are advised that the potential for discolored and dirty water is possible and to check their water for clarity before each use. Water lines can be cleared by turning on a faucet, preferably one outside, before cleaning, cooking or doing laundry.


County Route 119 Closure Begins Today
The bridge on County Route 119 over the Canisteo River in the town of Cameron will be closed this morning beginning 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day for about five weeks. The bridge between McMaster Road and County Route 10 will be under construction for its stringers and gusset plates to be repaired. No on-site detour will be available so motorists need to use existing town and county roads as their detour.


Voter Registration Deadline This Friday
New York state residents have until this Friday, October 12th at 5 p.m. to register to vote in the upcoming general election for local, state and federal offices on November 6th. This year is a midterm year and elections are occurring for New York governor, attorney general, comptroller, the entire state Legislature, Congressman and U.S. senator. If you need to register to vote, you can do so through the state Department of Motor Vehicles, the state Board of Elections website where you can print out the form then mail it or drop it off at the county Board of Elections where you can also go to register in person or go to several state agencies like the Department of Health, the Department of Labor and Department of Social Services to register in person.


Bath and Canisteo Make List for Domestic Violence Incidents in State
Two towns in Steuben county made the list of the top 50 towns that reported the highest rates of domestic violence incidents in New York State. According to data last year reported by police departments in the state through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program and published on the Division of Criminal Justice Services website, the Village of Bath was number 20 reporting 74 total victims in 2017 while 13.4 victims per 1000 were reported for the year. The Village of Canisteo made the list at number 27 with a total of 27 victims at rate of 12.4 victims per 1000.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 6, 2018

Protesters Demonstrate Outside Steuben Family Court
A group of women stood outside of Steuben County Family Court yesterday afternoon to protest the family court system. Leading the demonstration was Corning resident Sherri Ballam who is a grandmother claiming the family court system denied visitation rights unjustly to see her grandchild. Ballam says the purpose of the demonstration is to have these children's voices heard while in the court system.


Governor Announces Programs to Improve State Power Grid

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo announced funding for two initiatives to improve and update the power systems in New York state worth $173 million funded by the New York Power Authority. The programs will help NYPA to collect data more quickly and accurately while making response time to outages and power grid issues more efficient. Cuomo says these updates will create a more dependable power system for the state of New York.


Trooper Clark's Family Honored with Flags by State
According to The New York State Facebook page, the family of Trooper Nicholas Clark was presented with the flags flown half staff at the State Capital by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The flags were ordered by the Governor on July 2nd of this year following Clark’s death while serving in the line of duty during a response to a suicidal man in Erwin. Clark was a Canisteo native.


Senate Candidate Kirchgessner in Tompkins County Auto Accident

New York State Senate Candidate for the 51st District Amanda Kirchgessner was involved in a serious crash this week in Tompkins County after she was driving to a meet and greet and was hit by an oncoming motorist who did not see her car then drove in her path. No serious injuries occurred but Kirchgessner’s car was totaled. The intersection of Hallseyville and Perry City has been the site of many crashes and Kirchgessner remarked: "I posted on my Facebook page about the accident, and 4 or 5 people already have commented that that know someone who has been in an accident at that intersection."

Ham Recall Issued by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

A recall has been issued by The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on ready-to-eat ham products from Johnston County Hams, Inc. The ham has been sold nationwide under  several brand names and linked to an outbreak of Listeria that has caused at least one death and three hospitalizations in two states. Anyone who purchased the recalled ham should throw it away or return it to the store for a refund. The recalled ham products were produced from April 3, 2017, through October 2, 2018 and labeled with establishment number “EST. M2646” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Recalled products include:

  • Johnston County Hams, Inc. Country Style Fully Cooked Boneless Deli Ham

  • Ole Fashioned Sugar Cured The Old Dominion Brand Hams Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019

  • Padow’s Hams & Deli, Inc. Fully Cooked Country ham Boneless Glazed with Brown Sugar

  • Premium Fully Cooked Country Ham Less Salt Distributed by Valley Country Hams, LLC. with sell-by dates from 4/10/2018 to 9/27/2019

  • Goodnight Brothers Country Ham Boneless Fully Cooked

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 5, 2018

County Legislature Hosting Office Building Annex Open House
The Steuben County Legislature will host an open house at the County Office Building Annex next week on Thursday October 11th at 11am. The event includes a building dedication and light refreshments open to the public. The new three-story building on East Morris Street, across the street from the main County Building, will house the county Board of Elections offices, equipment and records on the first floor. Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on the second floor where they will have a demonstration kitchen and conference room. The third floor will remain vacant for further expansion.


Bath VA Maintains 5 Star Rating
According to the end of fiscal year 2018 hospital Star ratings, the Bath VA Medical Center has improved in its overall quality of services while maintaining its 5-star rating. The star rating system is designed to help the Veteran’s Administration identify practices of its best-performing hospitals and share them across the VA healthcare system to promote improvement system-wide.


State Senate Candidate Kirchgessner Responds to Abuse Allegations
New York State Senate Candidate for the 51st District, Amanda Kirchgessner, has responded to allegations by a former spouse that she was physically and emotionally abusive in their relationship. According to 36-year-old Brandi Morgan, her ex-wife, Kirchgessner pushed her, threw objects at her and physically threatened her. According to a report by WENY news, Kirchgessner did admit the relationship was indeed abusive but that she was not the perpetrator of abuse, adding: "I am also embarrassed to admit that I acted in ways that were wrong and self-destructive to me and hurtful to Brandi."


Avoca Village Board Public Hearing Next Week
The Avoca village board has scheduled a public hearing for next Thursday. According to a legal notice, the board wants to gather input from residents about furnishing fire and ambulance service in Avoca, Wheeler and a part of Howard. The hearing will be held in the village and town conference room on Chase Street. It will begin at 7:15 p.m. next Thursday.


NYSDOT Announces I-86 East Closing Between Exits 33 and 34
New York State Department of Transportation announced that Interstate 86 east between Exit 33, Almond, and Exit 34, Hornell will be closed this morning until 7 pm Tuesday, October 9th. The closure is to complete paving up to a bridge carrying I-86 East over County Route 65 and Norfolk Southern Railroad. Motorists traveling eastbound during the closure must leave the highway at Exit 33, Almond, then travel on 21 North to Hornell then onwards to State Route 36 to Exit 34 then can continue to I-86 East. If traveling this route, be prepared for lane shifts, travel delays and flaggers.


Mitrano Endorsed by DiNapoli
Democratic candidate for the 23rd Congressional District, Tracy Mitrano, has earned an endorsement from New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. In a statement, DiNapoli remarked: “As New York’s Comptroller, I know what it takes to defend the livelihoods of New Yorkers, and I know that Tracy will fight for every worker, senior, student, and family. She has the skill, the grit, and the vision to provide results for NY-23. I am proud to endorse Tracy and I look forward to seeing her in Congress.”

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, October 4th

Bath Man Facing Child Pornography Charge:


A 33-year-old Bath man has been charged with online enticement of a minor and distribution of child pornography.  William Reed was intercepted by State Police and members of the Department of Homeland Security while allegedly on his way Monday to meet a 9-year-old for sex.  At the time of his arrest, police say Reed was in possession of condoms and candy.  Reed is being held in federal lockup pending a detention hearing.  He faces up to 10 years in prison.



Kirchgessner Accused of Domestic Violence:


The Democratic challenger for State Senator Tom O’Mara’s 58th District Senate seat has been accused of domestic violence by her ex-wife.  According to the Ithaca Times, Amanda Kirchgessner’s ex-wife told them Kirchgessner took part in a pattern of abusive behavior, including: pushing, grabbing, throwing objects, verbal abuse, and possible threats against pets.  The State police were reportedly called to an incident involving the couple in 2015.  Kirchgessner says she will be staying in the race despite the claims.  The 58th Senate District includes: Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates counties, and a portion of Tompkins County. 



ServU Credit Union Partners with Haverling High for Student Run Branch:


ServU Federal Credit Union and Haverling High School officially opened their joint project Wednesday, a student-run Credit Union branch at the high school.  “The Vault,” as it’s known, is managed by eleven Haverling students and multiple ServU staff members that will together operate the branch during lunch hours twice a week.  The goal is to instill students with lifelong, worthwhile lessons such as how to use a debit card, how to balance a check book, identity theft, and more.



New Brand Identity for The Arc Steuben:


At their Open House event Wednesday, the Arc of Steuben debuted a new look.  Joining the national brand, The Arc has a new logo that will be on their publications, website, signs, community events, and more.  In a press release, officials say the new logo will unite their affiliated chapters across the country under the banner “Achieve With Us,” a call to move forward and take the road leading to progress, inclusion and respect.  They hope the new orange and yellow color combination will become as closely associated with The Arc as pink is associated with breast cancer awareness.




Two Pistol Permit Classes to be Offered at Southern Tier Outdoor Show:


The upcoming Southern Tier Outdoor Show at the Steuben County Fairgrounds on October 13th and 14th will play host to two important firearm classes for interested attendees.  Both classes – New York Permit Legalities and Firearm Safety, and Utah/Florida Multi-State Carry Permit – will be offered by Rochester Personal Defense LLC.  The price of the classes will be $49, and $120, respectively.  To register for either class, visit https://www.southerntieroutdoorshow.com or call (607) 664-2300.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, October 3rd

2 Rochester Men Arrested in Hornell Kidnapping:


Two men from Rochester have been charged in connection with a kidnapping in Hornell.  According to State Police, troopers from Wayland, North Hornell, and Bath responded to a report of a robbery at Seneca Manor Apartments in Hornellsville on Monday.  The 31-year-old victim reported that he was tied up with bedsheets and threatened with deadly physical force.  19-year-old Deangelo Phillips was arrested and charged with kidnapping and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  35-year-old Detric Marshall was arrested for criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police say both men had been operating as drug dealers in the Hornell area for several months.  Phillips was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.  Marshal was sent to the jail in lieu of no bail.



FEMA to Test Wireless Emergency Alerts Today:


The Steuben County Office of Emergency Services wants residents across the area to be aware that they will receive a test emergency alert message on their phones today at 2:18 p.m.  The message is a nationwide test of the Wireless Emergency Alert system to ensure it will be possible to alert people quickly during a major national emergency affecting public safety.  Wireless phone users can expect: a loud tone and vibration, a message pop up with “THIS IS A TEST” and “No Action is needed,” and those watching TV or listening to the radio may also see or hear a test message around the same time.  Residents are reminded this is only a test and not a real emergency.  Please do not call 911 with questions. 



Corning Dog Warden Facing Hate Crime Charge:


A City of Corning dog warden is now facing a hate crime charge following an incident at the Harvest Festival on September 23rd.  Christie Speciale was originally charged in September with disorderly conduct and simple harassment, but Tuesday the charges were increased to stalking and aggravated harassment.  She also still faces the original disorderly conduct violation.  According to Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker Speciale targeted the Amish for dog abuse at the festival specifically by their religion.  He said the charges are from videos and things written on Facebook by Speciale as well as from police interviews of several witnesses at the festival.  Speciale’s attorney said she is innocent of all charges and that Speciale was “expressing her opinion about animal abuse which is perfectly legal” and that “Speciale has no tolerance for animal abuse and that has nothing to do with anyone’s race or religion.”  Speciale and her attorney claim the people were selling puppies during the festival that were sick and flea-ridden, and also under eight weeks old which is prohibited by law.  Speciale was released on her own recognizance. 



Police Investigating Cat Shot with BB Gun:


Painted Post Village Police are asking the public for help in their investigation into a report of a cat being shot with a BB gun.  According to police, the incident happened the evening of September 26th on Brainard Place.  Anyone with information is asked to call 962-4604.



Disaster Declaration Approved for Flood Damaged Areas of Southern Tier:


Parts of the Southern Tier impacted by severe storms and flooding in August have now officially been declared a “major disaster” area by President Trump and federal assistance has been directed to help.  Federal funding is available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations in Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Seneca, and Tioga Counties on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged during severe storms and flooding from August 13th through August 15th



NYS to Allow Pets on Public Transport During Emergency Evacs:


Pet owners forced to evacuate during disasters and other emergencies will no longer be forced to choose between their personal safety and their companion animal in New York State.  Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that will allow people to take pets on any kind of public transportation when evacuating during an emergency.  Previously, some public transport allowed pets during emergencies while others, such as the Port Authority, did not.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, October 2nd

Steuben Bowling Academy Closed After Wall Collapse:


A popular establishment in Bath is closed and likely to remain so for a while after a wall collapse.  The Bath Volunteer Fire Department responded to the back of Steuben Bowling Academy Saturday evening and police tape currently seals off the area.  A league team was playing in the building when the wall collapsed, but they and everyone else in the building are said to be alright.  They were evacuated across the street.  There is no date set for repairs yet as the collapse is under investigation. 



Brake Failure Cause of Truck Accident in Hornell:


New details have been released in the accident involving a rental truck in Hornell Thursday morning.  According to Hornell police, the vehicle suffered brake failure, causing it to stall on Spencer’s Avenue before rolling through several yards, jumping the creek, and coming to rest against a house on Rose Avenue. 



VAC Credit Union to Become “Community Charter”:


The VAC Credit Union in Bath has announced that after 69 years of having restricted membership it will soon become a “Community Charter.”  Currently, VAC serves federal and local government employees along with a few underserved Select Employee Groups.  As a “Community Charter,” however, membership will be open to any person who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Steuben County; and the credit union will be expanding and adding services to current and future members including, “Mobility Banking.”    Going along with this change, VAC has submitted a request to change the name of the credit union to “Steuben Citizens Federal Credit Union.”  This change is set to take effect in 2019.  For more information, the credit union can be reached at (607) 776-4197 or online at http://www.vacemployeesfcu.com



Important Info from the Steuben Co. BOE Regarding Upcoming Election:


With November’s General Election fast-approaching the Steuben County Board of Elections has released some information to help those planning on, or interested in, voting.  The General Election will be November 6th with polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The last day to register in person to vote in the election is October 12th.  Registered voters are assigned a specific polling place and district determined by where they live.  If you’re unsure where to vote, visit the BOE website at https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19 and click on “Poll Locator” or call (607) 664-2260.  If you’re not certain whether you’re registered you can contact the county BOE by calling or at their website.  If it is your first time voting in Steuben County, or if you did not provide identification when you registered, you will need to show ID when voting.  After the first time, NYS law does not require voter ID.  The BOE office will be open Saturday, October 27th from 9 a.m. to noon for anyone needing an absentee ballot.  The deadline to mail an absentee ballot application is October 30th



Fake Voter Registration Scam:


The Steuben County Board of Elections is warning the public against a scam involving fake voter registration.  According to Steuben County GOP Election Commissioner Vicky Olin, they were informed Monday of two state election offices that received reports of residents getting calls from someone impersonating an organization offering to help the recipients register to vote or request an absentee ballot over the phone.  Residents are reminded that in New York State you cannot register to vote or request an absentee ballot application over the phone.   



New Rear-Facing Car Seat Guidelines:


New guidelines have been released for rear-facing child car seats.  Children two years old or younger should be in a rear-facing car seat, but under the new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, parents are encouraged to keep their children in the car seat until they reach the seat’s maximum height and weight limit, regardless of age.  According to the AAP, utilizing the right car seat or booster can aid in decreasing a child’s risk of death or serious injury by 70 percent.



“Understanding Medicare” Public Seminars Conclude; Individual Counseling



The 2018 “Understanding Medicare” public seminars through the Steuben County Office for the Aging have ended.  The annual Medicare open enrollment period from October 15th to December 7th is an extremely busy time for OFA counselors, officials warned Monday, adding that those who wish to review their 2019 plan options with an OFA counselor need to call early to set an appointment.  Anyone with questions about Medicare can also call (800) 633-4227 to speak with a representative.



Steuben Public Health to Hold Weight Loss Programs:


The Steuben County Public Health Department will host an effective weight-loss program for people at risk of Type II Diabetes in two locations in October.   The program is designed for those with prediabetes, which occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not yet diabetes levels.  Classes meet every week for 16 weeks, then every two weeks for several months, followed by monthly meetings for the remainder of the year.  The program is covered by Medicare or $150 (private pay)/year.  The scheduled classes are: Noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays beginning October 9th at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath and 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning October 11th at the YMCA in Hornell.  For more information or to register call Steuben Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

Today's Top Stories - Monday, October 1st

Wineglass Marathon 2018:


Nearly 3000 runners hit local streets Sunday for the 37th Annual Wineglass Marathon, starting in Bath and working their way to the finish line in Corning.  Coming in first for men was Trevor VanAckeren of Pennsylvania.  For the women, it was Brianna Deming of New Jersey.  Both were first-time winners.  All finishers of the race received a hand-crafted glass medal.



New Credit Union Headquarters to Build on Former Corning Hospital Site:


The new headquarters for First Heritage Credit Union will be built in Corning, according to the Corning Leader.  The paper reports that work is underway at the former site of the old Corning Hospital, which will also be home to two new apartment complexes, and the new headquarters is expected to be completed by 2020.  The apartment buildings are set to be complete by next fall.



Proposed Bill Would Help Communities Hit by Natural Disasters:


Congressman Tom Reed has introduced legislation that would help disaster prone areas in the Finger Lakes and Southern Tier.  The Disaster Savings and Resilient Construction Act would provide a tax credit to homeowners or building owners who use resilient construction techniques when building and renovating homes and commercial structures in federally declared disaster areas.  Reed says the bill will help save money, reduce destruction, and prevent the loss of lives.



Facebook Security Breach:


Millions of Facebook users were logged out of the site recently after the company was hit by hackers that gained access to 50 million accounts.  According to Facebook, the attackers gained the ability to “seize control” of those accounts by stealing digital keys the company uses to keep users logged in.  The company says it has fixed the bugs that the hackers exploited and logged out the breached users – as well as another 40 million users who were vulnerable to the attack – in order to reset those digital keys.  Users don’t need to change their Facebook passwords.  At this time, Facebook said it doesn’t know who was behind the attacks.



Steuben OFA Looks for Ongoing Interest at New Cohocton Dinner Club:


The new Steuben County Office for the Aging Senior Dinner Club at the First Presbyterian Church in Cohocton is set for noon October 18th, with organizers looking for ongoing interest before making the club a regular event.  The new dining club is one of several dinner clubs located throughout Steuben, and funded by federal, state, and local funds.  Studies show the dinner clubs help seniors achieve the critical keys of healthy living and socialization.  Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.



Steuben History Week Starts Today:


The first Steuben County History Week begins today at the VFW in Bath, bringing an opportunity for students from area schools to learn what life was like at a time when their great-grandparents were children.  Exhibits will show the history of World War I – which marks the 100th anniversary of the war-ending Treaty of Versailles November 11th – and World War II.  The free week-long celebration will be capped off with a 3 p.m. presentation October 7th by Kirk House followed by a “USO”-styled concert at Haverling High School.  School tours are available by appointment from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.  The public is invited from 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

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