Pinwheels and Promises Event to Raise Child Abuse Awareness
The Pinwheels and Promises Campaign will kick off for the seventh year this week on Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Steuben County Building Annex Conference Center. The campaign aims to prevent child abuse and neglect while celebrating children using pinwheels as a symbol of carefree children. A proclamation from the Steuben County Legislature to recognize the month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month is also scheduled. County Youth Bureau program coordinator Bill Caudill said about the campaign: “The pinwheels are a beautiful reminder, but it is the ‘promises’ that make a difference in the lives of children.”
Bridge Work Beginning on I-86 Ramp in Avoca
Bridge work will begin this week on the I-86 Eastbound ramp to I-390 in the town of Avoca. The Department of Transportation says the work entails structural lifting and bearing replacements and concrete repairs on abutments. Work begins Thursday April 4th and will last approximately two months with all work confined by long-term shoulder closures on the right side of I-86 and I-390 Northbound. Motorists should anticipate minor travel delays.
Bridge Street Shutting Down Monday for Construction
Corning's heavily traveled Bridge Street bridge will be shut down starting April 1st for improvements. The bridge will be closed to all traffic until about October 31st. Detours will be in place for the duration of the work. This will be the bridge's first major renovation since the late 1990s. Engineers say this will be the last time it can be repaired.
Duo Jumpers Chosen for Tyrtle Beach
Mike and Tuesday Mishook have been chosen as this year’s Tyrtle Beach jumpers! For the first time in Tyrtle Beach History, a couple was chosen to take the plunge in Lake Salubria. Tuesday and Mike Mishook are active in the community as Bath Golf Club members, part of the Presbyterian Church and more! The Mishooks will jump in just a few weeks on Friday April 26th. WVIN will be collecting donations for the Tyrtle Beach Fund up until the day of the jump to benefit dozens of local youth organizations in the community.
Reed Joins GOP Colleagues Voting Against Trans Ban
Congressman Tom Reed is joining fellow New York GOP Congressmen John Katko and Chris Collins in opposing President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. The three Republicans sided with House Democrats to pass a non-binding resolution to oppose the transgender ban, which is not expected to pass in the Republican-majority Senate. The president’s ban is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks on April 12th.
Incident Yesterday at Haverling Results in Arrest
An incident at Bath-Haverling school yesterday resulted in the arrest of a former student. According to WETM-TV, 18-year-old Cassandra Stage allegedly entered the school yesterday at around 10:30 a.m., accosted the school principal and threatened to bomb the school. Stage was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat toward the school and staff members then remanded to Steuben County Jail. In a Facebook post, Superintendent Joe Rumsey thanked law enforcement for their quick response to resolving this incident:
“A message from Superintendent, Joe Rumsey. This morning there was an incident in the high school office involving a former student who became violent and made threats toward the school. Law enforcement were involved and arrests have occurred. Everyone is safe and all procedures were followed to perfection. A robo-call was made to parents regarding the incident. Any questions related to the incident should be directed to the superintendent’s office.”
Corning's Bridge Street Bridge to Shut Down April 1st for Improvements:
Corning's heavily traveled Bridge Street bridge will be shut down starting April 1st for improvements. The bridge will be closed to all traffic until about October 31st. Detours will be in place for the duration of the work. This will be the bridge's first major renovation since the late 1990s. Engineers say this will be the last time it can be repaired.
Boarding House Law Public Hearing in Hammondsport Moved:
The Village of Hammondsport’s Public Hearing on the Boardinghouse Law, scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the Village Hall, has been moved. It will now take place at the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library, on William Street, at the same time.
Area Residents Approached by Woodstock Coordinators for Land Use:
Preparations for the upcoming anniversary event for Woodstock at Watkins Glen International are underway, including coordinators reportedly approaching nearby land owners about using their property. Several track neighbors spoke with WETM saying that they were offered an undisclosed amount of money to use their land for off-site parking. Event coordinators say the style of the festival, with camping and the planned three main stages taking up a lot of space, has them turning to nearby residents about leasing land. In other news related to the festival, organizers held a public meeting Wednesday to address residents’ concerns and questions. Public safety, traffic flow, and ticket sales were all discussed. One of the biggest notes to come out of the meeting was that guests will have to buy a ticket for the full three-day event. There will not be any day passes. Ticket prices have not been released, but they will go on sale on Earth Day, April 22nd. The three-day festival is set for August 16th through the 18th.
Proposed Bill Would Make Robocalls Illegal in NYS:
A bill has been proposed that would make robocalling a thing of the past in New York State. The legislation would make it illegal to use automatic dialing technology to contact state residents for commercial purposes without prior permission. Telephone companies would also be required to provide free services to consumers allowing them to pre-screen robocalls. The bill is not scheduled for a vote at this time.
Haverling B.O.E. Special Meeting Today:
The Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will hold a special meeting and budget workshop today at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office. The purpose of the meeting will be for awarding capital outlay project construction bids, personnel, and other routine business matters as needed.
23rd Annual Regional Leadership Conference April 4th:
The Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board will hold the 23rd Annual Regional Leadership Conference on Thursday, April 4th at Corning Community College to provide a full day of training to local government employees in and around the Southern Tier. There are plans for over 400 attendees with 27 vendors from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Campbell Stabbing Suspect Charged with Attempted Murder
The man who was named a suspect in Monday night’s Campbell stabbing was arraigned yesterday. Nicholas Rideout was charged with Attempted Murder in the Second degree and an order of protection was approved for the stabbing victim. Rideout, who is on probation, could face 25 years in prison if he is convicted of the crime and is scheduled to appear in court in Campbell later this week. The victim is currently still at the hospital in critical, yet stable condition.
AIM Cuts Could Raise County Taxes
As the state deadline approaches, New York state’s AIM program faces a significant cut estimated to be about $60 million. As a result, Steuben County residents could see a tax increase. The AIM program provides aid and incentives for municipalities and the cut proposed by the Governor in his state budget would mean 42 towns and villages in the county would be left without AIM funds, resulting in county taxpayers footing the bill by cutting into sales tax revenues to keep property taxes down. County Manager Jack Wheeler says New York can and should find the money for the budget in other ways that don’t involve cutting funding for municipalities. Wheeler added: “ The only reason I can suspect is that the Governor needs to find a way to balance his budget and he's trying to do it on the back of local taxpayers.”
AARP Endorses Reed's Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act
Congressman Tom Reed’s Mental Health Telemedicine Expansion Act has gained the support of the AARP. The bipartisan bill allows those receiving Medicare to access mental health services through telemedicine, no matter where they live and was introduced by Reed last month with Congresswoman Suzan DelBene as co-sponsor. The AARP supports the bill because they say it will be easier for Medicare beneficiaries to get mental health care coverage. Reed said about the Telemedicine Expansion Act: “We care about the mental health needs of people and want to ensure they have better access to the care they need in areas where doctors are scarce through the most updated technology available.” The Congressman also added:“We appreciate this support from our friends at the AARP,” Tom added.
O'Mara and Palmesano Show Motorsports Appreciation in Albany
Yesterday State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano hosted Watkins Glen International (WGI) President Michael Printup, professional driver Colin Braun, and WGI Director of Public Relations Chris Banker at the State Capitol in Albany to celebrate the role motorsports plays in our local economy and culture. The group gathered and made remarks for the opening of a New York State Motorsports Exhibit in the Empire State Plaza. O’Mara and Palmesano both recently sponsored a bill (J774) proclaiming March 24-30 as “Motorsports Appreciation Week” in New York State.
Gaffer District Nominated for "America's Main Street"
Corning's Gaffer District has been nominated again this year in “America’s Main Street” contest. Independent We Stand, an organization supporting local and independently owned businesses, is hosting the contest which awards a $25,000 prize to the winning town to support revitalization. Everyone can vote for the downtown they want to win from from now until April 21st. If Corning gets enough votes, the city will move onto the next round of voting from April 29th to May 26th. The final winner will be announced on June 3rd. You can vote for Corning's Gaffer District once every 24 hours here.
County Legislature Approves Homeland Security Grant
Yesterday the Steuben County Legislature approved the acceptance of an $805,000 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Grant for Emergency Services. The grant money is a 2017 funding award that will be invested into improving emergency communications in the county. The County Legislature also voted in favor of increasing one county defense attorney position from being part to full time, to meet state requirements to support defendants who cannot afford an attorney. Contracts were also awarded to replace the county Department of Public Works in Caton, a project that is estimated to cost about $740,000.
Victim in ICU, Man Arrested in Campbell Stabbing
A stabbing in Campbell last night left a woman in Critical Condition at the ICU and has resulted in an arrest of a Steuben County man as a suspect. According to Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, the stabbing happened around 9pm following the report of an altercation and about 2 hours later, the suspect was identified and found with a knife nearby. The suspect has been identified as Nicholas Rideout, who is believed to be the partner of the unidentified woman in critical condition. Following the arrest, police taped off and surrounded a home near the intersection of Route 415 and East Main Street in Campbell. Rideout had several lacerations at the time of his arrest and he will receive medical attention before being sent to Steuben County Jail to be arraigned.
Bath Man Arrested for Assault Yesterday
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath man for assault in the second degree following a response to an incident at a residence on West William Street Extension in Bath. It is alleged 39-year-old William P. Niver engaged in a physical altercation with another male, causing physical injury by means of weapon. Niver was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail to appear in Bath Court at a later date.
Farmington Man Arrested for Drugs Following Stop
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of a Farmington man following a traffic stop in Woodhull yesterday. According to the Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old Joshua L. Surine allegedly possessed a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and did not possess a valid driver’s license. Surine was charged with Failure to Use Turn Signal, an Unlicensed Operator charge and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree and was found to be wanted under two active warrants from the state of Pennsylvania. Following his arraignment, Surine was remanded to Steuben County Jail to appear in Woodhull Town Court.
2019 Congressional Art Competition Open to High Schoolers
Congressman Tom Reed announces the 2019 Congressional Art Competition is open to local high school students in New York’s 23rd Congressional District. Students who submit their artwork will have a chance to have their piece showcased in the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. One student will have their original artwork displayed for one year in the United States Capitol and will have the opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. for the Exhibition Opening Celebration of artwork. Five students total will have their art displayed in Reed’s Washington, D.C. office and one piece of artwork per school can be submitted. The deadline for artwork to be submitted is April 17th.
Framed artwork must be submitted to one of Congressman Reed’s district offices with the appropriate documentation (available here) by April 17.Winners will be selected and notified by May 8th.
Contest including participation requirements and other information can be found by visiting https://reed.house.gov/constituent-services/arts-competition.htm or calling Sharon Murphy of Reed’s Corning office at (607) 654-7566.
County Legislature Meets to Talk Homeland Security Grant Today
Steuben County legislators meet this morning for regular session to discuss a full agenda which includes the acceptance of a federal grant. The US Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services have offered an $805,000 grant to cover costs to develop, sustain and maintain statewide communications for first responders in Steuben County. Other items on the agenda include authorizing the county Planning Department to apply for a state Community Development Block Grant and entering into a five-year sales tax agreement with the cities of Corning and Hornell. This morning’s meeting is at 10am at the County Office Building on 3 Pulteney Square in Bath.
Campbell and Hornby Celebrate New Highway Equipment
The towns of Campbell and Hornby have new highway equipment thanks to the funding assistance sought by Campbell Highway Superintendent Tom Austin and Town of Hornby Highway Superintendent Ron Divens. Austin and Divens joined highway employees, State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to celebrate the new tracked excavator and plow truck. After Austin contacted the two legislators, Palmesano and O’Mara were able to help secure $300,000 to help the town purchase a 2019 John Deere 160GLC tracked excavator and 2019 Tenco plow equipment as part of the 2018-2019 New York State budget.
CCC Hosts FAFSA Fests This Week
Corning Community College is hosting a "FAFSA Fest" this morning to assist college students attending or considering CCC in filling out their FAFSA forms. Financial Aid Office staff members from the college will be there to assist students and parents on completing the Federal FAFSA form as well the New York State TAP (Tuition Assistance Program). Parents and students can attend one of three of these FAFSA Fests that are being held this week:
Today at Commons Computer Lab from 9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Wednesday March 27 inside the Elmira Center Computer Lab from 12:30-2:30 p.m.
and Thursday March 28 inside the Commons Computer Lab from 1- 3 p.m.
Please refer to CCC’s checklist before attending to be prepared.
DEC Stocks Cohocton River with Thousands of Trout
State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) fishery crews have stocked the Cohocton River with thousands of trout. Volunteers released the several thousands of fish at the second bridge on Route 371 above Cohocton and Kanona’s Wentworth Road bridge this weekend. Throughout the spring season, the DEC will stock tens of thousands of more fish into our local waterways to replenish the quality of fishing while reducing holdover rates and natural propagation. Trout were also released in several other drop points including Wellsville. Cohocton needs additional volunteers for future spring stocking efforts this year. Those interested in volunteering can contact Trout Unlimited project leader Al Kraus at email@example.com to get involved.
State Ban on Stun Guns Ruled Unconstitutional
A Federal judge ruled New York state’s ban on personal ownership of stun guns unconstitutional following a lawsuit filed by a Schoharie County citizen who wanted to buy one for self-defense inside his home. The ruling, which named the superintendent of the state police (the agency enforcing NYS weapon laws), stated New York’s sweeping prohibition on the possession and use of tasers by citizens as unconstitutional. This comes following a series of similar rulings for other states, including Illnois, where the state’s Supreme Court made a similar ruling just a day before New York’s. Last year, a court in Massachusetts struck down the state’s stun gun ban, also ruling civilian possession of weapons violates the right to bear arms in the U.S. Constitution.
Senator Gillibrand Begins Presidential Campaign in NYC
United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off her campaign for the 2020 race for president this weekend. Several guest speakers joined the Democratic legislator outside the Trump International Hotel in New York City yesterday and called President Trump a “coward” who is "tearing apart the moral fabric of our country." The junior Senator from New York announced her candidacy last week following the formation of an exploratory committee at the beginning of this year.
Steuben Legislature to Accept $805K Grant at Monday Meeting
A full agenda and acceptance of a state grant await Steuben County legislators when they met for regular session on Monday morning. The US Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services have offered a $805,000 grant to cover costs to develop, sustain and maintain statewide communications for first responders in Steuben County. Other items on the agenda include authorizing the county Planning Department to apply for a state Community Development Block Grant and entering into a five-year sales tax agreement with the cities of Corning and Hornell. The meeting begins at 10am Monday morning at the County Office Building on 3 Pulteney Square in Bath.
Addison Man Arrested for Alleged Assault of Officer
An Addison man is in Steuben County Jail after allegedly assaulting a Corning Police Officer yesterday. Timothy Heck was stopped by an officer while walking in downtown Corning and tried to destroy a marijuana cigarette he was smoking, fleeing the scene into a nearby residence. Once cops caught him, he allegedly resisted arrest and assaulted the officer until other police arrived. Heck, who was originally wanted on warrant for falsifying business records, will face two counts of falsifying business records, tampering, and assaulting a police officer. He was remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Two Men Sent Centralized Arraignment Court For Drug Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of two men for drug charges. Randy W. Brown of Tioga, Pennsylvania is alleged to have illegally possessed a quantity of suspected suboxone while being booked into the Steuben County Jail for an unassociated charge and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the seventh degree. Four days earlier, Elmira man Anthony Demember is alleged to have possessed suboxone while being booked at the Steuben County Jail. Both men were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Sheriff's Office Reports Multiple Impaired Driving Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports the arrest of multiple subjects for Driving While Impaired. Deputies arrested Canandaigua woman Aimee M. Clement following a one-car collision on County Route 21 in Canisteo. Clement allegedly drove while impaired by illegal drug use and charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Failure to Use Designated Lane. Following a vehicle stop on State Route 352 in Corning, Echo Creek, Pennsylvania man Donald J. Roof was arrested for DWAI, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation, Possession of Hypodermic Instrument, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and Operating with Insufficient Lights. Hornell man Aaron M. Armstrong was arrested for DWI, Driving with greater tan .08% blood alcohol content, Obstructing Governmental Administration, Speeding and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. All three suspects were released on traffic summons to appear in town courts at later dates.
Congressman Reed Announces Run for Re-Election
Republican Congressman Tom Reed announced yesterday that he is running for re-election. The Congressman of New York’s 23rd district announced he would seek his 6th term in 2020 yesterday afternoon during the taping of local WETM Talk Show Coleman and Company.
NYSP Release St. Patrick's Weekend STOP-DWI Results
State Police announced the St. Patrick’s Day weekend impaired driving crackdown resulted in 13,038 tickets and 259 arrests for impaired driving. The STOP-DWI initiative was funded by the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee and increased patrols and checkpoints to catch and prevent impaired driving. Both numbers are an increase from last year’s crackdown where 12,959 total tickets were issued and 243 motorists were arrested for impaired driving. No fatalities for this year’s enforcement period were reported.
Addison Bus Crash Victim Identified
State Police have identified the victim from a fatal crash a few days ago that involved an Addison school bus. Kayanna Lehman, a 23-year-old woman, traveled East on State Route 417 when she crossed into the Westbound lane, hitting the school bus head on. Lehman was pronounced dead at the scene but no one else was injured. The accident remains under investigation as State Police still do not have an answer as to why Lehman crossed over into an oncoming traffic lane.
NYS Bill Would Make More Bottles Returnable
New legislation could make more cans and bottles allowed to be returned for refunds in New York State. The new bill would include non-alcoholic drink containers, like juice and sports drinks, as containers that can be returned under the 5-cent bottle return law. Opponents of the legislation, like some recycling companies, are concerned the bill will cost consumers more money in the long-term. Waste disposal and recycling companies also say this change may mean that they will no longer be able to collect the containers to sell for revenue, causing these companies to raise their recycling rates to compensate. The bottle deposit expansion law is part of the 2019 state budget.
Stand Up For Recovery Day Raises Addiction Awareness in Steuben
Steuben County’s Second Annual “Stand Up for Recovery Day” was recognized this week as county officials joined representatives of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County and Recover-NY at the County Building. The event drew over two dozen participants supporting the end of stigma associated with addiction while informing people in our area about substance abuse and resources available to help those struggling with addiction. In a proclamation, County Legislature Vice Chair Carol Ferratella of Riverside said “The response to substance abuse and addiction must be community wide.”
County Sheriff Warns of Two New Scams in Steuben
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard warns the public about two recent scams, one through email and one through the telephone. The telephone scam involves an automated robo-caller warning that if the caller does not act by contacting another number that their Social Security benefits will be impacted. If you get this call, do not respond and instead contact the Social Security Administration at 1-800-772-1213 if you have any concerns regarding Social Security. The email scam involves an email purportedly from the CIA regarding an active child sex investigation in which the person receiving the email is instructed to send $10,000 via bitcoin to not have their name as part of the investigation. Do not act upon this scam. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reminds the public that if you have been a victim of these or any other scam, please report it to local law enforcement as well as the FBI at www.Ic3.gov and the NYS Department of State at www.ag.ny.gov
"200 Years of Agriculture..." Poster Contest Open to Students
Steuben County students in grades 4-7 are invited to enter a poster contest to celebrate the Steuben County Fair’s 200th anniversary. Cash prizes of $100, $50, and $25 will be awarded to the top three entrants in the “200 Years of Agriculture: Farm Life in Steuben County” contest sponsored by the county Historical Society and local historians. All posters will be on exhibit during the second annual Steuben County History Awareness Week in October. All sizes and media are welcome and all entries must include name, age, grade and address on the back of the poster and should be sent to County Historian Emily Simms Magee House, One Cameron St. Bath, NY 14810. For more information call (607) 664-2199 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corning, NY Mentioned on This Week's "Modern Family" Episode
Small city Corning may not be on the map for most people in the United States, but one of the country’s most popular sitcoms seemed to give the Gaffer District a shoutout this week. This week’s Wednesday night episode of “Modern Family” makes reference to the Crystal City when main character Jay Pritchett is getting advice from his wife and children as he plans to film a TV commercial for his business, making a joke about Corning and the “Closet Hall of Fame”.
1 Killed in Crash Involving Addison School Bus:
One person was killed Wednesday in an accident involving an Addison school bus and a passenger vehicle. According to State Police, the crash happened on Route 417 in Erwin when the passenger vehicle crossed the centerline and hit the school bus head-on. The driver of the passenger vehicle, 23-year-old Kaynna Lehman, was killed. There were 10 students and the driver on the bus at the time. Students were transported to a local hospital for evaluation as a precaution, according to the school district, no injuries were reported. The investigation is ongoing as to what caused Lehman to cross the centerline.
Urbana Landslide Repairs to Start Next Week:
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that work will begin next week to repair a landslide that occurred in January on State Route 54A in the Town of Urbana. The location is approximately 2.5 miles north of the Village of Hammondsport. The repair is expected to take approximately eight weeks. During this time both directions of traffic will continue to be accommodated in one lane using temporary traffic signals.
Maple City Savings, Steuben Consultants in Hornell to Merge:
Maple City Savings and Steuben Consultants in Hornell have announced that they will merge, effective April 1st. In a statement, Maple City Savings said the merger will help them continue to serve their customers from the current Steuben Consultants location on Main Street, and the merger will allow both financial institutions to broaden and strengthen their product offerings.
Bill Banning Waste Incinerator’s Heads to Governor’s Desk:
Both the New York State Assembly and Senate have now, unanimously, passed a bill that would ban waste-to-energy incinerators from being built in the Finger Lakes. The legislation now heads to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his signature. In the past, the Governor has spoken out against the incinerator that was proposed for the Town of Romulus by Rochester-based company Circular EnerG. He said that it was “not consistent with [his] administration’s goals for protecting our public health, our environment, and our thriving agriculture-based economy in the Finger Lakes.”
CCC Names New President:
Corning Community College has chosen its successor to outgoing President Dr. Kate Douglas. Dr. William Mullaney, current Vice President of Academic Affairs at Bergen Community College in Paramus, N.J., will take over for Douglas on July 1st. Douglas is retiring after serving eight years.
NYS Sheriff’s Institute Membership Drive:
The New York State Sheriff’s Institute will begin its annual Honorary Membership drive in Steuben County within the next ten days according to Sheriff Jim Allard. The Institute was established in 1979 and is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization. Contributions made to the Institute are tax deductible. The flagship program of the Institute is the Sheriffs’ Summer Camp for economically challenged children. Now in its 42nd year of operation, the camp is located on Keuka Lake and 840 children from across the state attend each summer. The Institute pays the entire cost. Financial support for many of the Institute’s programs comes from Honorary Membership dues. Invitations for Honorary Membership are extended on a non-partisan basis, and the invitees are selected at random. If you do not receive an invitation, but are interested in becoming an Honorary Member, you should visit http://www.sheriffsinstitute.org to download an application.
Haverling B.O.E. Meeting Today:
A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Haverling Central School District will be held today at 5:30 p.m. in the High School Library.
Tuesday was village election day. Which according to state election officials, is typically “quiet” and “low-key” compared to other voting days. That seems to indeed be the case, as many villages aren’t even posting the results of their elections. But among those that are, the Bath Clerk/Treasurer’s Office confirms that Robert Plaskov’s write-in campaign was successful, defeating James Burns for the village justice seat 113 to 55.
Canisteo Man Convicted of Sexual Abuse of a Child:
A Canisteo man has been convicted of sexually abusing a child under the age of eleven. 40-year-old Nathan Dupuis was charged with two counts of sexual abuse, one count of attempted sexual abuse, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He will be sentenced in April. He faces up to seven years in prison on each of the sexual abuse counts.
Woman Arrested in Alleged Corning Meth Lab Bust:
A woman has been arrested following the discovery of several suspected meth labs in Corning by police. According to officials, police were dispatched to Steuben Street just before 4 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a disturbance. When they arrived, they say a fire had broken out, prompting the disturbance neighbors had reported. After entering, police and firefighters reportedly found three meth labs inside. 27-year-old Nicole Lockwood was arrested. She reportedly told officers that she didn’t live at the address and was watching it with other people. She was charged with unlawful manufacturing of meth and was sent to the Steuben County Jail. Police say the investigation is ongoing.
Woodstock 50 Lineup Announced:
At long last, the performer lineup for the much anticipated Woodstock 50 festival in Watkins Glen has been announced. It seems it was worth the wait, with many big names on the list, including: Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Halsey, The Black Keys, Common, David Crosby and Friends, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, and Janelle Monaé, among others. Tickets go on sale April 22nd according to the event’s website, though pricing information has yet to be released. To see the see full lineup, or to sign up for ticketing information, visit the event’s website at https://www.woodstock.com.
Spectrum Begins Settlement Payments:
Spectrum has begun to make good on refunds promised to customers are part of their $174 million settlement with the NY Attorney General’s office. The company was accused of promising internet speeds it couldn’t deliver on and agreed to refund subscribers $62 million. If you qualify for a piece of that refund, you’ll be notified in your March statement and will receive between $75 and $150. Some customers can also expect to receive free streaming services.
Bath Compost Site to Open April 13th:
The Village and Town of Bath compost site will be opening on Saturday, April 13th. Until April 27th it will be open Saturday’s only from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Beginning May 4th it will be open on Saturdays from 9 until 3, and also on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 4 until 8 p.m. until June 1st. June 8th thru November 2nd it will again only be open on Saturdays from 9 until 3. Brush, leaves, grass clippings, and garden materials are accepted. No containers, plastic bags, buckets, boxes, etc. may be left at the site. Construction and or demolition materials will not be accepted. Fees are based on pickup truck loads. Tickets may be purchased at the Village Clerks Office and at Bath Plumbing and Hardware. No tickets will be sold at the compost site.
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben Looking for Nominations:
Prevent Child Abuse Steuben is looking for nominations of an individual, program, or organization that has significantly contributed to the prevention of child abuse in the county for its annual Child Abuse Prevention Recognition Award. Submissions should include what the nominee has done to prevent child abuse in Steuben County; what distinguishes efforts from other prevention efforts and specifically why the nominee deserves special recognition. The deadline for nominations is April 12th. For nominating forms or more information contact Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119.
Village Elections Today:
Polls will be open today from noon until 9 p.m. in many villages for government positions. There are contested races in the Village of North Hornell, Dansville, and Bolivar. In Bath, James Burns is running for village justice to fill the seat opened by the departure of Chauncey Watches. He faces competition from Robert Plaskov who has instigated a write-in campaign.
Local Lawmakers Call for Public Hearings on Farmworkers Bill:
Two local lawmakers are calling for public hearings on the controversial “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.” In a letter, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano wrote that “the profound consequences of this legislation to one of New York State’s economic and cultural cornerstones demands, at the very least, a series of statewide public hearings.” The proposed bill would grant a variety of things to farmworkers, including collective bargaining rights and overtime pay, among others. Opponents say if passed, it would increase already high farm labor costs and would result in a drop in farm income and drive many farmers out of business.
Enforcers Scam Tracked to Indonesia:
The Elmira Enforcers streaming scam has been tracked back to Indonesia, according to the owner of the company that legally streams the team’s games. Erik Thorsteen, owner of Nordik Thunder, told WETM 18 that more than 80 websites and Youtube accounts have already been taken down, but the creators have continued to publish new websites. Thorsteen says that if the propitiators don’t respond to Nordik Sports latest requests then he’s prepared to take the case to the Indonesian Consulate in Washington D.C. If you feel you were defrauded by the scam, in which links promised to stream the Enforcers’ games for free but then asked for credit card information, you are advised to contact your credit card provider, and or PayPal, and to file a complaint with IC3 at https://complaint.ic3.gov/.
NYS Looks to Diversify Faculty at State Colleges:
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday a new program that aims to increase the diversity of faculty in the State University of New York system. The goal of the “Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth” program is to hire 1,000 early to mid-career professionals from minority groups by 2030 in order to better reflect the diversity of the 425,000 students in the system. Cuomo says the program is being implemented at all 64 SUNY campuses.
Horsehead’s Native Uninjured in New Zealand Attack:
A Horsehead’s man wasn’t injured when he was caught up in the terrorist attack Friday in New Zealand. Zach Peterson told WETM and WENY that he had just arrived in Christchurch and had just entered a restaurant between the two mosques when the shooting began. He had to remain in the restaurant for five hours. 49 people were killed in the attack.
Elmira Enforcers Warn Fans of Scam:
The Elmira Enforcers are warning fans against a new scam that uses the team’s name in hopes of scoring your credit card information. On its Facebook page Sunday, the team advised fans against clicking on links circulating on Youtube that claim to broadcast Enforcers’ games for free. After being clicked on, the phony links reportedly ask for credit card information. The Enforcers’ say you should only trust the approved streaming services, which are its own website and TFM Sports.
Sen. Gillibrand Officially Announces Presidential Bid:
While it hasn’t been a secret, it’s now official. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has posted a video to her verified social media accounts formally announcing her presidential bid. This make’s her the 14th Democrat to officially join the 2020 presidential run. In the video, Gillibrand announced that her first major speech as an official candidate will be on March 24th outside of the Trump International Hotel in New York City.
Elmira Home to New Shamrock World Record:
There’s a new home for the Guinness world record for the largest human shamrock. 1,200 people turned out in Elmira Sunday to help create the shamrock, smashing the previous record held by 815 people in Ireland. Even more people turned up to help set the record, but were unable to participate because organizers ran out of green ponchos.
GAP Training for Farm to School Program Set for Next Month
A Good Agricultural Practices training for the Farm to School Program is set for 8:30am-4:30pm on April 11th and 12th at the Civil Defense Center in Bath. The GAP Certification allows farmers to sell their produce to schools by meeting the requirement to have a farm food safety plan. Steuben County schools seeking local produce could attract more local farmers to meet that need. GAP certifications are voluntary audits that prove fruits and vegetables are produced, packed, handled and stored safely to ensure quality food. Anyone interested in more information about the training please call Ainsley Robbins at (607) 664-2574.
Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Damaging Police Cars
A Bath man was arrested following an investigation into damage to several Village of Bath Police cars and an officer’s personal car, both incidents that happened in February. James Racalto, age 54, allegedly caused over $1,500 in damage and was on probation for felony DWI. A warrant was issued for violation of probation and following his arrest, Racalto was arraigned in Bath Court and remanded to Steuben County Jail.
Senator Tom O’Mara Presented with CLA “State Legislative Award”
CropLife America, America’s leading crop protection trade association, Thursday presented State Senator Tom O’Mara with the association’s 2018 “State Legislative Award.” According to the CLA, O’Mara received the award for his “outstanding leadership in state legislative issues and strengthening the reputation and advancement of crop protection.”
Woodhull Woman Arrested Following Domestic Incident
A domestic dispute in Woodhull ended with an arrest. State police said they took 32-year-old Brianne Young into custody. She was charged with criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.
Bath’s “Stand Up For Recovery Day” Set for Wednesday
Steuben County’s Second “Stand Up For Recovery Day” is coming up this week with the goal to change the public’s attitude toward substance abuse and addiction. The event happens Wednesday at 10am in the county office building’s third-floor atrium and coincides with Stand Up For Recovery Day in Albany as well as other cities across New York state. Recovery Day proponents want to end myths about addiction and the stigma those who suffer from addiction face.
Former Phillips Lighting Plant to be Auctioned Monday
It’s possible there could be new life for the former Phillips Lighting plant on Route 54 in Bath. The building has sat idle since 2014 but on Monday the facility goes up for auction. The Corning Leader reports that the Steuben County industrial development Agency says the auction has generated some serious interest.
Trespassing Compliant Leads to Drug/Weapon Charges:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports multiple arrests following investigation into a trespassing compliant. Deputies responded to the compliant at a residence on County Route 12 in Thurston. 27-year-old Coty Murphy of Wayland was arrested for trespass and criminal possession, and he was also allegedly wanted on an indictment warrant for criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance. 48-year-old Todd Briglin of Cohocton was also arrested on charges of trespass and criminal possession of a controlled substance. It’s alleged that both men were trespassing and that they both possessed approximately 28 grams of suspected methamphetamine, packaged for sale, valued at approximately $3,000. Following his arrest, the Steuben County Sheriff’s CIRT unit searched Murphy’s residence and recovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, products for alleged distribution, and an alleged stun gun. Additionally, arrested were 32-year-old Jessica Schaffer and 27-year-old James Braziel, both of Wayland. Both were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a weapon.
Rochester Man Accused of Forging Check:
A Rochester man has been arrested for allegedly forging a check. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 28-year-old Brandon Deshawn Baker was booked out of the Steuben County Jail in October of 2018 and he allegedly altered his jail commissary check from $1.77 to $3,129. He allegedly tried to cash it. He is charged with forgery, attempted grand larceny, and falsifying business records. He was sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Phillips Lighting Auction Starts Monday:
A commercial auction for the former Phillips Lighting plant in Bath will get underway on Monday. The auction is being conducted by Ten-X.com and requires a $10,000 participation deposit to bid. Bids will start at $450,000. Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson told the Corning Leader that he’s had conversations with potential bidders and that there seems to be serious interest in the property. Johnson said he believes any buyer will likely subdivide the facility for multiple occupants and uses. The plant has been vacant for five years now, after shutting down in 2014.
Steuben Legislators to Oppose Cuomo’s Cuts:
Steuben County legislators are expected to take a stand this month against an amendment in the 2019-2020 Executive Budget proposal that could cost county taxpayers $250,000. The 30-day amendment was introduced February 15th by Governor Andrew Cuomo and it would force counties to pay for the cuts to Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding proposed in the budget. According to NYDATABASES, the proposed cuts mean 42 towns and villages in Steuben would lose all AIM funds, forcing Steuben to pick up the slack by cutting into the sales tax revenues it uses to keep property taxes down. In Steuben, sales tax revenues typically account for 20 percent of the county budget. Steuben additionally splits its sales tax revenues with the cities, towns, and villages.
Sheldon Silver to Avoid Jail While Appealing:
Former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver won’t be reporting to prison next week to begin serving the seven-year prison sentence he received for his public corruption conviction. Instead, a federal appeals court has ruled that Silver can remain free while it decides the merits of his appeal. Silver was sentenced last year after prosecutors say he collected nearly $4 million in fees in exchange for political action to benefit a cancer researcher and real estate developers.
STOP-DWI St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown:
Steuben County police agencies will be participating in a special enforcement effort to crackdown on impaired driving over the Saint Patrick’s Day holiday weekend, per Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. The effort starts today and will end on Monday, March 18th. Law enforcement agencies across the state will collaborate and will be out in force to reduce the number of impaired related injuries and deaths. You can do your part to reduce the numbers of alcohol and drug related fatalities by downloading the free mobile app “Have a Plan” at www.stopdwi.org/mobileapp.
NYS Counties Assoc. Says Pot Legalization Would Strain Upstate:
Legalizing marijuana would strain counties across New York State, says the state Association of Counties. The association represents leaders for counties across the state. It says legalization would have a large impact on services and programs provided by its municipalities. Governor Andrew Cuomo said earlier this week that it’s unlikely marijuana legalization will be included in the upcoming budget, but lawmakers could still pass legalization in a separate bill.
Hartsville Sup. Resigns, Interim Appointed:
At Wednesday’s nights monthly meeting, the Hartsville Town Board officially accepted the resignation of Town Supervisor John Bowles and appointed an interim superintendent. Bowles announced his resignation last month, effective immediately, with no official reason given. Leon Woodworth Jr. has been appointed interim for the remainder of Bowles term, which will expire December 31st. Woodworth has given up his position as a council member to accept the Supervisor’s position. He says he plans to run for the supervisor position in the upcoming November election.
Elmira Enforcers Coach, 5 Players Suspended:
The fallout from the incident at Sunday’s Elmira Enforcer’s game continues. The FHL has suspended Enforcers Head Coach Bren Clarke indefinitely and five of the team’s players (Nick Nidert, Sean Reynolds, Nathan Pelligra, Stephan Timofeyev, and Gavin Yates) have been suspended for three games. The Enforcers said Wednesday that they plan to appeal the suspensions.
Dick’s to Remove Guns from Some Stores:
Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that it will begin removing firearms from some its stores this year. CEO Ed Stack said Tuesday that they’ll be removed from 125 stores starting around August. Bloomberg reports that the move is in response to low sales in those stores, and that it could spread to more stores next year. It is unknown at this time if any of the 125 stores are in the Southern Tier. There is a store in Horseheads. Last year, Dick’s banned sales of assault-style weapons after it was discovered the shooter in the Parkland, Florida school shooting had purchased a gun from one of their stores. The company also stopped selling high-capacity magazines and guns to anyone under 21.
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 32-year-old Kasandra Oles, of the Steuben County Jail, and formerly of the Corning area, on a sealed indictment warrant for criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Oles was arraigned and was sent back to the county jail with bail set at $5,000 cash. The arrest was the work of the Steuben County Drug Initiative.
$25K Fine for Elmira Enforcers Owner:
The Federal Hockey League has announced that Elmira Enforcers owner Robbie Nichols has been fined $25,000 following an altercation with on-ice officials at Sunday’s game against the Carolina Thunderbirds. The incident happened after a controversial call during the first period. The game was halted, and then canceled, and Elmira Police were dispatched to the First Arena to disperse the crowd and speak with team management and the officials.
Burn Ban Starts This Weekend:
With spring just around the corner, bringing with it warmer and drier temperatures, the annual New York State Residential Brush Burn Ban goes into effect this weekend. The ban will be in place from March 16th through May 14th. Residents are reminded that burning garbage or leaves is prohibited year-round. Campfires using charcoal or untreated wood is allowed, but should never be left unattended and they must be extinguished. Also, the DEC posts daily fire danger ratings and forecasts during the season on its website and on the NY Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife App, which is available through the DEC’s website. Those who violate the open burning regulation are subject to criminal and civil enforcement, including a minimum fine of $500 for a first offense.
Bill Proposed to Make Bingo Legal for Minors:
In New York State, you must be 18 years old to legally gamble and make money off state legal Bingo games, but that could be changing. A bill has been proposed that would allow minors to play Bingo with adult supervision. The legislation has already passed the Senate and is now heading to the Assembly for their consideration.
Arc of Steuben Receives $16K:
The Arc of Steuben has been awarded a $16,000 grant by the New York State Industries for the Disabled, a non-profit group that helps create jobs for those with disabilities. The funds will allow the Arc to purchase some new equipment and to create a few more job positions.
Fire in Jasper:
A house fire in the Town of Jasper Monday night is being called a “total loss.” The fire occurred on 5 Corners Road around 7 p.m. and it reportedly started after one of the homeowners was working on a van inside the garage. Officials say the fire then spread to the home, and both it and the garage were completely destroyed. No one was injured in the fire.
Campbell Approves Hakes Landfill Expansion:
The Campbell Town Board approved an expansion of the Hakes Landfill Monday night following a public hearing. Some community members voiced concerns about the odor from the landfill and possible effects on the environment, but the board said the expansion would bring more money to the town. Despite the approval from the town, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation still also has to sign off on the expansion. Concerned residents will still be able to make their voices heard during the DEC’s decision window.
Cuomo Vows Not to Sign Budget Deal Without Permanent Tax Cap:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has vowed that he will not sign this year’s budget unless it includes a permanent tax cap. Cuomo made the comment in a press conference Monday and also said that MTA reform, criminal justice reform, ethics, and campaign finance reform must also be in the budget. While individual lawmakers are divided on the issues, they all denounced the hardline stance.
Tyrtle Beach Kickoff March 29th:
The “Kickoff Party” for the 28th Annual Tyrtle Beach fundraiser to benefit area youth programs will be set to the music of local stars Wendy Owens and Jim Anderson and will begin at 5:30 p.m. March 29th at the Bath Country Club. The annual effort has raised more than $700,000 over 27 years for youth programs in central Steuben County. In 2018, $40,000 was raised by Campbell-Savona High School Principal Kelley Meade. Meade’s successor – the 2019 Tyrtle Beach Jumper – will be revealed during the Kickoff event on the 29th. He, or she, will make the chilly plunge into Lake Salubria on April 26th. Tickets for the Kickoff can be purchased now for $10 at several locations. For more information and ticket sales locations, call county Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill at (607) 664-2119 or visit the Tyrtle Beach Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Tyrtle-Beach-471935212855803/
Check Out Hunger Raises Over $245K:
At the end of its GratiTour Monday, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier announced that the 25th annual Check Out Hunger campaign raised $245,127. The money will provide over 735,000 meals to those in need. The Food Bank took a 10-hour, 15-stop tour Monday to show their appreciation at each participating Jubilee Foods, Save-A-Lot, Tops Friendly Markets, and Wegmans grocery stores.
Cohocton Dinner Club Set for March 21st:
The Cohocton Senior Dinner Club will resume at noon, March 21st at the First Presbyterian Church on Maple Avenue in Cohocton with featured guest speaker Linda Tetor, Steuben Senior Services Fund Executive Director. Tetor will speak on “Aging in Place through Full Circle America.” The April Cohocton Senior Dinner Club is set for April 18th with the popular Josh Goldman presenting “Feeling Fabulous.” Suggested meal donations are $3.50 for those 60 and older; $7 for those under 60. Reservations are required by calling (607) 776-4310.
Steuben Co.'s 2nd Annual "Stand Up for Recovery Day" March 20th:
Steuben County's second annual "Stand Up for Recovery Day" aims to change the public's attitude toward substance abuse and addiction. Set for 10 a.m. March 20th in the county office buildin's third-floor atrium, the county event coincides with Stand Up for Recovery Day in Albany and other areas across the state. Proponents of Recovery Day say it's time to end the myths around alcohol and drug addictions, most notably the idea addicts are hopeless failures incapable of sustained sobriety, jobs, or healthy relationships. The stigma assocated with abuse only makes recovery from addictions that much harder.
"Recruit N.Y." Weekend April 27th/28th:
The Bath Volunteer Fire Department will be among many departments participating in the upcoming Recruit N.Y. weekend. The initiative, which is set for April 27th and 28th, is a state-wide recruitment drive that looks to bolster the number of volunteer firefighters throughout the state. The Bath department will have an open house that weekend with firetruck rides, car extricating demonstrations, and burning-building demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
13-year-old Girl Wins Regional Scripps Spelling Bee:
60 students from schools across the region gathered at Corning-Painted Post Middle School this weekend, each looking to take home the crown as the champion in the 17th annual Scripps Regional Spelling Bee. After more than 11 rounds of competition, which included both spelling and vocabulary, 13-year-old Anh Thu Tran of the Chemung Valley Montessorie School in Elmira took home the trophy. Anh now moves on to represent our region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which will take place in May.
Food Bank Check Out Hunger "GratiTour" Today:
The annual Check Out Hunger fundraising campaign for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier has come to and, and to show its appreciation, the Food Bank will be hosting a "GratiTour" today. Food Bank staff will embark on a tour to each participating grocery store to thank the staff with treats, streamers, confetti, balloons, and awards for the cashiers who rang the most donations. At each store, the Food Bank will also be presented with a check donated by shoppers and the grand, combined total will be announced today.
Steuben County Men Arrested Following Thurston Robbery
Two Steuben County men have been arrested following a report of a burglary and larceny in Thurston. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit investigated a reported burglary and larceny on Bryan Road in the Town of Thurston on February 28th. The following day on March 1st, 24-year-old Garrett Ragusa of Thurston was arrested and this week, police arrested 18-year-old Damon Harris of Painted Post. The arrests followed after the Steuben County Sheriff's Office named the duo on Twin Tier's Most Wanted on WETM. Both men were charged with Burglary in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the third degree, both Class D Felonies then remanded to Steuben County Jail.
NYS Announces $128 Million for Local Roads
New York State has announced $128 million in new state funding to repair local roads damaged this winter. This announcement came a day after State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano joined legislative colleagues and local transportation leaders from across New York State for the annual “Local Roads Matter” rally at the State Capitol, In a joint statement, O’Mara and Palmesano said, “The ‘Local Roads Matter’ coalition continues to make itself heard in Albany. $7.1 million is being provided to renew nearly 100 lane miles of roads in Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins, and Yates counties.
Free Tax-Filing Resources Available to Low Income New Yorkers
A reminder that free resources available for New York residents until the Tax Day deadline on April 15. Taxpayers earning household incomes of $66,000 or less in 2018 are eligible to e-file their returns at free tax assistance sites. Tax Department experts will be available at each of these sites to help low and middle-income New Yorkers file their taxes at no charge. The state has also partnered with seven community colleges in New York State to help college students, faculty, and staff electronically prepare and file their income tax returns for free. Free Tax Assistance, Tax Preparation Software and Tax Credit information can be found online at www.tax.ny.gov
Steuben County Hall of Fame Seeking Annual Nominations
The Steuben County Hall of Fame announced it will be accepting nominations through the end of this month of March. Anyone interested in making a submission is eligible and highly encouraged to do so. Once the nominees have been collected, a committee will review applications, meet with nominees then vote on who receives the honors. Winners will then be presented to the Steuben County Board of Supervisors to be approved. Nominees will be announced with their biographies and photos later this year during the Hall of Fame Banquet. Over 130 people total have been inducted into the Steuben County Hall of Fame since its inception decades ago in 1976. The Hall of Fame is located at the top floor of the Steuben County Office Building and those wanting to make a submission can get an application from there.
Arnot Ogden Thrift Shop Specials Fund Medical Center
Starting this week, the Arnot Ogden Medical Center thrift shop has a 50 percent off sale on winter clothing marked at $1 or more until March 22. It’s located at 619 Hart Street and open from 10am to 4pm Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. All of the Thrift Shop’s proceeds go to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. Once this sale is over, items left over will be available again during their Bag Sale where you fill a large paper grocery bag with clothes for only $3. The Bag Sale will last until April 4th then the thrift shop will be restocked with spring and summer clothing. Call (607) 732-2995 if you are interested in more information.
Cornell Study Says Apple Industry Bigger Than We Thought
Apples are a big deal in New York but a Cornell University team recently found the economic impact of the apple industry in our state to be even bigger than we thought! Researchers tested the apple industry as a case study to apply new economic framework for analysis and found that the apple industry is 21 percent larger than traditional models have reported. The new analysis takes into account the locally sourced data that shows what and where exactly farmers spend their income, a change from the traditional economic analysis only taking into account secondary state and national data.
Corrections Officers Honored for Role in Incident
Seven Steuben County Corrections Officers of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department were recognized for saving the life of an inmate last month in February. Jonathan Mullikin, William Burd, Daniel Cox, Brian Flynn, Jennifer Smith, Brandon Owen, Brian Harrison, Angelo Sciotti and Sgt. Ryan Thompson were all recognized at the most recent county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee meeting where Sheriff Jim Allard praised the actions of the seven officers as having prevented a “catastrophe” and noted that the inmate suffered no lasting ill effects as a result of the incident.
(Left to Right: Jonathan Mullikin, William Burd, Daniel Cox, Brian Flynn, Jennifer Smith, Brandon Owen, Brian Harrison, Angelo Sciotti and Sgt. Ryan Thompson)
$15.8M to Repave Roads in Southern Tier:
On Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $128 million in new state funding to renew state roadways that have been impacted by the harsh winter weather this year. $15.8 million of that funding will be used to renew 113 lane miles in Steuben, Chemung, Tompkins, Tioga, Broome, Chenango, and Delaware counties. In Steuben: $650,000 will be used to resurface Route 417 from Interstate 99 Gang Mills exit to the Interstate 99 Erwin exit; $540,000 to resurface Route 417 from the Addison Village limit to just east of County Route 85; and $1.3 million to resurface Route 417 from the Tuscarora town line to east of County Route 102.
Corning’s Parade of Lights to Move Again:
The popular Parade of Lights in Corning will be up and moving again in 2019, per Corning Councilman Alison Hunt, a member of the Corning In-Town District Management Association, who told council members at their regular meeting this month that the traditional parade will be back in November. For 2018, the parade was controversially made stationary due to a lack of volunteers and for safety reasons, which was confirmed by Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. Any interested volunteers for the 2019 event can call 937-6269, or go online to the Gaffer District website. The City Council has also voted to authorize needed streets to be closed for the Gaffer District 2019 event schedule which includes, besides the Parade of Lights in November, GlassFest and the Wineglass GlassFest 8K in May, Taste of Summer in July, the Crystal City Ferrari Show and Harvest Festival both in September, the Wineglass (Corelle) 5K Road Race and Wineglass Marathon in October, and Sparkle in December.
Charlotte Russe to Close all Stores:
More bad news for the Arnot Mall this week, as California-based retail chain Charlotte Russe has announced that it will be going out of business and will close all of its stores. The company’s online store has already closed, and liquidation sales began Thursday. In the local area, besides the store in the Arnot Mall, there’s also a Charlotte Russe in the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.
Public Meeting to Discuss Woodstock 50:
A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss the upcoming Woodstock 50 event at Watkins Glen International. The meeting is set for March 27th at the Performing Arts Center in the former Watkins Glen Middle School at 6 p.m. Promoter Michael Lang has met with state police, the Schuyler County Legislature, and the Dix Town Board, but specifics of those meetings have not been released. The state Health Department and county Legislature have yet to sign off on the festival. A lineup for the event is expected to be released in the next few weeks.
Apples Even Bigger Business in NYS than Originally Believed:
New research by Cornell University has found that apples are even bigger business in New York State than originally believed. Researchers found that the total economic impact apple farming was $574 million – 21 percent higher than estimates based on more traditional methodologies. The research is supported in part by the New York Apple Association.
Federal Child Pornography Charges Filed Against Bath Man:
A Bath man previously arrested on child pornography charges is now facing federal charges. 50-year-old Daryl Sumeriski was initially arrested in January by local authorities on charges of possession of a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16. An investigation by the Buffalo office of Homeland Security has now resulted in a federal felony count of receipt and possession of child pornography for allegedly keeping approximately 1,000 pictures of child pornography on his mobile phone. Sumeriski is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail.
NYS Assembly Passes Bill to Raise Smoking Age to 21:
A bill that would raise the age of smoking and vaping to 21 has been passed by the New York State Assembly. Supporters hope the increase in age will limit the availability of cigarettes and e-cigarettes among minors. The bill now heads to the Senate. If passed there, and if it then gets signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, it will raise the age that a person can buy tobacco products or electronic cigarettes from 18 to 21.
Recktenwald, Shick Honored:
Haverling High School Guidance Counselor Mark Recktenwald and Prattsburgh Central School Family Worker Amy Shick were both honored Monday night at the Steuben County Youth Bureau Awards Dinner at the Bath Country Club. Recktenwald received the bureau’s Champion for Youth Award in recognition of his impact on the lives of more than 6,500 teenagers and their families through counseling, guidance, and coaching. He is also active in the Steuben County Prevention Coalition and Prevention of Substance Abuse, the Village of Bath Police Department’s anger management classes for youth, and the Jack Lisi program. Shick was named Youth Service Worker of the Year in recognition of her 15 years of dedication to students and their families at Prattsburgh Central School. Shick prepares all student-led activities and organizes the school’s PreK program through home visits, parent education, paper work, and working in classroom. She also enlists students in many local charitable community functions.
$700K in Federal Funding for Upstate Senior Volunteer Programs:
Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have announced more than $700,000 in federal funding for 13 Senior Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) projects in upstate New York. Among the recipients of the funding is the Steuben County Office of the Aging, receiving $65,268, and the Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler counties, receiving $42,367.
Reminder – World Record Attempt on St. Patrick’s Day in Elmira:
As Saint Patrick’s Day draws near, a reminder is going out to anyone interested in helping to set a holiday-themed world record with Elmira Downtown Development. They’re looking to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Shamrock. The event will take place at the Eldridge Park soccer fields on Saint Patrick’s Day at 10 a.m. The current record is held by a group of 851 college students in Dublin, Ireland. More details about the attempt are available at the event’s facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/2238564639700881/.
Steuben Co. Corrections Officers Save Inmate’s Life:
Swift response and outstanding teamwork saved the life of a Steuben County Jail inmate in early February, according to county Sheriff Jim Allard. On Monday, county corrections officers Jenn Smith, Brian Flynn, Brian Harrison, Angelo Sciotti, Daniel Cox, William Burd, and Brandon Owen were recognized for their life-saving efforts. Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee Monday, that the inmate suffered no lasting ill effect, and that it was “thanks to the absolutely quick response of the officers and the teamwork they exhibited.”
Lawmakers Urge Investment in Combating Tick-borne Diseases:
Senator Tom O’Mara joined with his senate colleagues this week in urging state leadership to include funding in this year’s budget to help combat tick-borne diseases such as Lyme. O’Mara’s office says that in recent years the state Senate has led the way in securing nearly $3 million in state funding to advance research, education and prevention; however, O’Mara says the proposed 2019-2020 budget fails to include funding.
Woodstock Event at WGI Moving Forward as Planned:
On the heels of rumors that it was in financial trouble, it now seems that the Woodstock 50 festival at Watkins Glen International is moving ahead as planned. Billboard.com reports that a number of artists have been paid in full to perform at the event. Billboard also says that the festival lineup is likely to be announced in the next two weeks, and that Santana, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Chance the Rapper, and Dead and Company will be performing. The three day event is set for August 16th through the 18th.
Deadline for Steuben Hall of Fame Noms. 3/31:
The deadline for nominations for the 2019 Steuben County Hall of Fame is March 31st. The county hall of fame honors men, women, or children living or deceased, who have enhanced the name of Steuben County. They should have resided in Steuben, but may have been born elsewhere. Since 1976, more than 450 people have been nominated with 141 individuals inducted into the Hall. For applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees, visit https://www.steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=357.
Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Office Seeks Suspect:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is asking the public for information regarding the whereabouts of a suspect wanted in relation to an incident that occurred on February 28th in the Town of Thurston. 18-year-old Damon Harris is wanted for Burglary and Grand Larceny. Anyone with information is asked to contact the county Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.
Rathbone Man Arrested in Addison Incident:
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Rathbone man following an incident in Addison. Deputies responded to Front Street on March 1st to check the welfare of a woman who called 911, was screaming, and became disconnected. She was later located at the address of 28-year-old Devon Hough, of Merring Road in Rathbone. It’s alleged that Hough damaged the property of another, endangered a child in the residence, and prevented the victim from calling 911. It’s further alleged that Hough had been previously convicted of criminal mischief in the fourth degree in connection with a family offense. Hough was charged with aggravated family offense, criminal mischief, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
Off-Duty Investigator Charged with DWI:
An off-duty investigator at the State Police barracks in Painted Post has been charged with driving while intoxicated following an accident on I-86. Troopers responded to the scene of a two-vehicle accident in the eastbound lane in the Town of Corning on March 1st where a vehicle was struck from behind. 53-year-old Senior Investigator Randy Hugg was identified as the driver that struck the other vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries at the hospital and was released. The occupants of the other vehicle were not injured. The investigation is ongoing.
Owner of Lloyd’s Limited to be Sentenced Today:
The former owner of Lloyd’s Limited in Penn Yan is expected to be sentenced today in Yates County Court. 61-year-old Bob Champlin pled guilty in December to sexually abusing two women on Christmas Eve 2017 inside the establishment. He could have faced 25-years in prison, but under the plea, he will receive no more than 3 years.
Prattsburgh Proposes Term Limit Change for Some Officials:
The Town of Prattsburgh has proposed three local laws that will change the terms of office for some elected officials. The proposed legislation would change the terms from two years to four years for the Town Supervisor, Highway Superintendent and Town Clerk. However, before the initiatives advance, the town board first has to hear from the residents. The Board has scheduled three five-minute hearings on each proposed law. They are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on March 18th. The hearings will be held at the Town Hall on North Main Street.
NYS Legislature Approves Gun Storage Bill:
Both the New York State Assembly and Senate have passed legislation that would require gun owners to keep their firearms in a locked cabinet or equipped with a trigger-locking device if there is a child under the age of 16 in the home. Those that fail to do so would face a misdemeanor charge.
Bills Named Association VP:
Environmental Project Coordinator for the Steuben County Department of Public Works, Rich Bills, has been elected vice president of the state Association For Solid Waste Management. A SUNY Binghamton graduate, with a degree in Biology, Bills has worked for the county since 2008. He currently operates the leachate pretreatment facility and oversees two staff members. The association works to promote effective, efficient, and environmentally sound practices in solid waste management throughout New York.
Cohocton Man Facing Weapon, Drug Charges:
A traffic stop in the Town of Middlesex has resulted in weapon and drug charges against a Cohocton man. 24-year-old Brandon Beach allegedly had a gravity knife and brass knuckles in his vehicle when he was stopped by deputies Saturday morning. He is charged with 4th-degree weapons possession, along with driving under the influence of drugs, and possession of marijuana.
Priest that Served at Cornell Uni./Ithaca College Accused of Sexual Abuse:
A priest that has served at both Cornell University and Ithaca College has been accused of sexual abuse of a minor. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester notified the schools of the allegation against Reverend Carsten Martensen, and Cornell has temporarily revoked all his privileges provided for chaplains. The USA Northeast Province of the Jesuits has temporarily suspended Father Martensen from all current assignments and public ministry. Senior Director of Media Relations and News at Cornell, John Carberry said that, to their knowledge, “the allegation dates from the 1970s and does not correlate with Cornell, past or present.” Father Martensen has served in campus ministry since 2007. He is not an employee of Cornell University.
Steuben Ranked “Financially Healthy” Place to Live:
According to a new study, Steuben County is one of the best places in New York State to live when it comes to financial health. The study comes from SmartAsset, a financial tech company. They looked at factors such as unemployment, poverty, debt, and bankruptcy and Steuben came in second in their ranking. The number one spot went to Yates County. Schuyler and Chemung counties also made the top 15.
Italian-American State Legislators Scholarship Applications Available:
Assemblyman Phil Palmeasno and his fellow members of the Conference of Italian-American State Legislators are reminding their constituents that applications are available for their annual scholarship program. There are four scholarships, each worth $3,500. Two will be awarded based on academic achievement, while the other two will be athletic scholarships. The deadline to apply is March 29th. Applications can be received by calling Palmesano’s office at (607) 776-9691.
Hornell Native Signs Record Deal:
WETM reports that a Hornell native has signed a record deal. Meg Williams is a blues rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter who currently is pursuing her career while living in Nashville, Tennessee. It was announced on March 1st that she has signed her first record deal with Nola Blue Records. Williams graduated from Alfred-Almond in 2010. Her CD will be released on April 19th and it will feature 12 original songs written by herself along with other Nashville songwriters.
Bath Inmate Arrested for Controlled Substance Charges
Bath Village Police report the arrest of a Steuben County Jail inmate for drug charges. On a sealed indictment warrant, 31-year-old Colin Decker, formerly of Bath, was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Decker has been in Steuben County Jail since January 2019 for a felony violation of probation. He was arraigned at Steuben County Jail. The investigation and arrest is the result of efforts by the Steuben County Drug Initiative.
Assemblyman Palmesano Calls for $150 million for CHIPS Support
This week, the New York State Assembly Republican Conference met and revealed its Top 10 list of legislative priorities for the 2019 session. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano spoke on behalf of the State Senate Minority for a $150 million increase in CHIPS funding and commitment.
The Republican Minority also stressed locking the 2 percent property tax cap by making it permanent, keeping AIM Funding intact, and giving aid and support to local small businesses.
FFW Announces $1 Million Milestone
The Fund for Women of the Southern Tier yesterday announced the group has reached its target funding goal of $1 million endowment and used the announcement as an opportunity to give the $150,000 FFW Empower grant to Arbor Housing and Development. According to Fund for Women Board President Amanda Chafee,the group set a goal of $1 million because an endowment of that size can fund an annual grant cycle supporting educational opportunities for girls and women as well as efforts by local organizations to support and empower ladies. By reaching this milestone, FFW’s grant process will now be perpetually-funded. Chafee said: “There is so much need in our region. Knowing the funding for our existing grants process will now always be there does not mean our work is done. It means we can and should do even more.”
Bill to Make Finger Lakes National Heritage Area Passes
A bill to designate the Finger Lakes Region as a National Heritage area has been passed by the House this week. Sponsored by Congressman Tom Reed, the bill awaits the signature of President Trump before our area is officially recognized as a National Heritage Area, which would help give our region a platform to leverage funds and support economic development and conservation of the legacy of our region’s heritage. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also supported a similar bill in the Senate and Reed noted that this effort is a great example of bipartisanship and community pride.
Public Works Reports Less Poor Roads in Steuben County for 2018
Steuben County has reported an improvement in its roads for 2018, with a notable reduction in deficient bridges and poor roads. According to County Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti, the number of miles of poor roads in the county was cut in half last year from 41 to 20 miles. This reduction puts county roads at a rate of 3 percent being in poor shape this year-a drastic difference from the state average of 28 percent of roads in poor shape according to the State Department of Transportation. Spagnoletti credited our local and state leaders like State Senator Tom O’Mara, State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Governor Cuomo for helping to provide funding for improvements and maintenance of our infrastructure.
Sunday Snowfall from Storm System Possible
Not even a week after being dumped with a storm bringing winds and precipitation, Finger Lakes could likely get more this weekend. So far, we have chances of precipitation tomorrow ranging from 20 to 40 percent, but meteorologist Kevin Williams says the storm system from Genesee Valley to Long Island could very well bring us snowfall.
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of a homeless woman on a sealed indictment warrant. 35-year-old Felisha Robbins is charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail without bail.
“Minor Incident” at C-PP School:
The Leader reports two 15-year-old Corning-Painted Post students were involved in what is being referred to as a “minor incident” involving a stun gun earlier this week. The school resource officer responded to the incident on February 26th and referred it to the Corning Police Department, who found “no criminality.” The incident has been referred to family court.
NYS Congress Passes “Revenge Porn” Law:
The New York State Assembly and Senate has both passed legislation that would see New York join 41 other states in criminalizing revenge porn. The new legislation would make it a misdemeanor to disseminate explicit photos of a person without their permission. Victims will also be able to file lawsuits against the person responsible for distributing their photos. Governor Andrew Cuomo said he intends to sign the bill.
Steuben Public Health Offers Free Home Visits for Newborns:
Expecting parents and parents of newborns can get a helping hand as they look forward to the birth of their baby, and in the weeks following the child’s birth with Steuben County Public Health’s free home visits. The relaxed visits are planned at the convenience of prenatal and new parents. Pre-and post-natal referrals come to Public Health from local hospitals, health care providers, and individuals. Once the referral is made, one of the nurses with the program contacts the family to set up visits. The nurses answer questions on a variety of topics, including, breastfeeding, maternal health, immunization, car seats, safe sleep, “baby proofing,” and more. For more information, or to make a referral, call (607) 643-5078.
Fund for Women Reaches $1M Milestone:
The Fund for Women of the Southern Tier (FFW) has announced that it has reached its target of funding a $1 million endowment. This milestone means the FFW annual grants process – which supports eligible girls and women who pursue educational opportunities and awards local nonprofits that align with their efforts to support and empower girls and women – will be funded for generations to come. The FFW plans to expand its reach and establish the FFW Empower Grant, a new, $150,000 award designed to help girls and women who have reached a vulnerable time in their lives and need immediate support. Arbor Housing and Development has been awarded the inaugural Empower Grant.