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WVIN News Archives for 2019-08

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 31, 2019

NY Emergency Responder Training Updated with Bobtail
Emergency responders including firefighters and HAZMAT teams in New York are getting an update to their training through New York State Fire Academy. Since June, the Academy has aimed to make their training more realistic by including a fully operational propane truck, or bobtail, as part of handling propane emergency. The New York State Fire Academy was previously using non-functional bobtails, limiting the scenarios in which responders would be trained to handle. The bobtail was funded in part by a grant from the federal government and the next major training event at the Academy will be September 12th when the New York Propane Gas Association holds its 3 Day Training. 

 

Hornell Fire Dept. Receives $137K Homeland Security Grant
The City of Hornell’s Fire Department has been issued $137,000 in funding allocated through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Fire Department will use the money to purchase four emergency defibrillators and Fire Chief Frank Brzozowski said his department is “ecstatic” about this equipment, adding: “Our main goal is to put the community first, so we started to worry about how we would fully service the region with outdated equipment. This equipment is much needed for us to perform our daily duties and serve the Southern Tier.”

 

Bath Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of 23-year-old Tyler A. Fleming of Bath for Sexual Abuse in the 1st Degree. Fleming was arraigned in Bath Village Court where a stay away order of protection was issued and he was released on his own recognizance to the Pre-Trial Release program. He will appear back in Bath Village Court on September 25th where additional charges will be filed. 

 

DWI Crackdown Continues for Labor Day Weekend
Law enforcement will be out in full force this Labor Day holiday weekend, which is known as one of the deadliest times on the road every year. New York State began its DWI crackdown earlier this month on August 12th and has aimed the STOP DWI “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign at reducing crashes caused by impaired driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. New York State Police say they will also be checking to be sure people are wearing their seatbelts, motorists make improper turns and use proper speed as well as distracted drivers using their phones and more. Last year in 2018, New York State issued 3,978 tickets for impaired driving and 165,531 tickets for other vehicle and traffic law violations. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 376 people died in traffic crashes during the 2017 Labor Day Holiday Weekend, and 36% of those crashes involved a drunk driver. 

 

Two Local Volunteers Deported to Dorian
The American Red Cross is preparing to help tens of thousands of people in the path of Hurricane Dorian as the storm continues to strengthen and takes aim at the southeast coast of the United States. Two volunteers from the Southern Tier are deploying to support the Hurricane response as shelter workers. The volunteers are arrived in Orlando yesterday. While the exact path of Dorian is still uncertain, 19 million people live in areas that could be impacted, and as many as 50,000 people in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina may need emergency shelter. The Red Cross is coordinating with community partners and emergency responders to prepare evacuation centers for people who may seek shelter over the Labor Day weekend. 

 

A Dozen Veterans Laid To Rest at Bath National Cemetary
The remains of 12 unclaimed veterans were escorted from Buffalo to their final resting place at the Bath National Cemetery yesterday by the Patriot Guard Riders. These twelve veterans who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or USMC were all given full military honors, even after a few of them had been passed for almost two decades, as part o the Veteran Recovery Program. The program has a mission to find and identify veterans who have died but haven’t been given proper military honors and inter their unclaimed cremated remains with the support of state, federal and private organizations. Speakers at this year’s event mentioned that this was the largest turnout they saw in years.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 30th

Steuben to Launch Child Advocacy Center:

 

A plan to improve the protection of abused and neglected children in Steuben County will be up and running within weeks, after county legislators accepted Monday the first phase of the New York State Office of Victims Services’ Victims of Crime Acts Grant.  The county’s plan calls for the Child Advocacy Center to be located on the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital campus in Bath, and a mobile unit to better serve children in rural areas.  The new center will help with coordination between the many agencies that investigate child abuse cases, and will offer children a safe and child-friendly place to talk about reported problems.  The center and mobile unit will be fully funded by the state through two grants.  Funding from the Department of Social Services will be used for a contract with Family Services to provide sexual abuse counseling services, and a separate contract with Arnot Health will pay for specially trained nurses and examiners for the young victims of alleged sexual abuse.  State funds will also pay for the mileage and fuel for the center’s mobile unit; gas cards; furniture purchases; staff training; program support and transitional housing services.

 

 

Local Channels Return after Nexstar/AT&T Deal:

 

Local channels are returning to Direct TV, AT&T TV and U-verse now that a deal has been reached between Nexstar Media Group, Inc. and AT&T.  The multi-year retransmission consent agreement will provide Nexstar-owned network-affiliated and local broadcast stations to customers of AT&T’s video platforms in 97 markets across the country. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but both companies said they regret the inconvenience to customers, viewers, and advertisers, and they thank them for their patience.

 

 

Senator Calls for Hearings on New NYS License Plates:

 

Accusing the state administration of trying to “fleece taxpayers,” Senator Jim Tedisco is calling for public hearings on the new license plates coming to New York State.  The Governor recently announced all license plates more than 10 years old will be subjected to the replacement requirement.  The new plates will cost a minimum of $25, with an additional $20 for those that wish to keep their current plate numbers.  Tedisco wants the DMV to justify the cost and to ask why the state isn’t getting a refund from the previous plate vendor that produced the peeling plates.  Additionally, Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and Senator Robert Ortt hosted a press conference Wednesday, announcing legislation to protect New Yorkers from the fee.  In response, DMV Commissioner Mark Schroeder said that the license plate fee predates the current administration and was set by a law passed by the legislature in 2009, and points out that the national standard set by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators is that 10 years is a license plate’s useful life.  He challenged that if the legislators are interested in lowering the fee, the Governor is agreeable to that and invites them back for a special session to do so. 

 

 

Cremains of 12 Veterans to be Buried at Bath National Cemetery:

 

Today the Patriot Guard Riders of New York will be escorting the cremains of 12 unclaimed Military Veterans to their rightful resting place at the Bath National Cemetery, where they will receive the full Military Honors they have earned.  These 12 Veterans served in the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force and passed away between 1 and 19 years ago.  The escort will begin in Buffalo and travel through Erie, Wyoming, Livingston, and Steuben Counties.  The Interment Ceremony and Military Honors will occur at 11 a.m.

 

 

Hornell C.S.D Open House for Music Department:

 

The Hornell City School District will hold an open house for its music department on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6 p.m. for its incoming students in grades 7 through 12 and their parents.  Meet the new band directors, and get information about the upcoming year, including, concerts, fundraisers, and the annual choir competition trip.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 29th

Hammondsport Man Facing Drug Charges:

 

A Hammondsport man is facing drug charges following a four-month investigation by Hornell Police into the sale and diversion of prescription narcotics and methamphetamine.  40-year-old Jeremy Johnson was arrested August 27th after oxycodone, methamphetamine, money, and other evidence was found during a traffic stop.  Johnson is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal sale of a controlled substance.  He is being held on $5,000 cash bail.

 

 

New Law to Allow NYers Online Access to Meetings, Hearings:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law legislation that expands online access to open meetings and public hearings.  The law requires industrial development agencies to live stream meetings and hearings, and the agencies will have to post recordings of the live streams within five business days of the event and the recordings will have to be available for a minimum of five years.  The hope is the new measure will help foster civic engagement.  “Industrial development agencies are tasked with revitalizing communities and fostering economic growth at the local level, but most New Yorkers don’t have time to attend meetings and participate in the process,” Cuomo said.

 

 

Sen. Gillibrand Ends Presidential Run:

 

The Democratic field of Presidential challengers has narrowed again with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand ending her 2020 run.  In a video posted on her Twitter account Wednesday, the Senator said “…this isn’t the result we wanted… but it’s important to know when it’s not your time.”  Gillibrand polled at less than two percent throughout her campaign and Wednesday night was the deadline to come up with the national poll numbers needed for an invite to the next Democratic primary debate. 

 

 

Bath Police Officers Make Time for Kids Football Game:

 

Some local teens playing a friendly game of football got some unexpected guests.  Two officers with the Village of Bath Police Department took some time out of their patrol to stop, toss the ball around, and talk with the kids.  Officer Christopher Daloia and Recruit Officer Alex Hargraves were patrolling Mountainview Road East when they came upon the game.  They played and chatted with the teens for about twenty minutes before returning to their duties. 

 

Photo Courtesy of Sarah Yehl.

 

 

9th Annual Steuben Strong Kids, Safe Kids Set for Sept. 14th:

 

The ninth annual Strong Kids Safe Kids festival is set for September 14th from noon to 4 p.m. at its new location, the Steuben County Fairgrounds.  This free event will provide kid-friendly, family-oriented activities, including carnival games, inflatable bouncers, and art activities tailored for children from birth to sixth grade.  There will also be information on health and safety issues from more than 25 family-related agencies.  The popular “Passport to Fitness” activities will return, with the Fairgrounds providing more room for games such as basket toss, beanbag throw, Duck Race, Plinko, and Connect Four.  Children will be able to pick produce at the free Kids’ Farmers Market, provided by the Foodbank of the Southern Tier, and other healthy snacks will also be available.  Other new activities will include “Hands-On Trucks,” “Wildlife Rockstars,” disc golf, bike rodeo, and a 25-foot climbing wall. 

 

 

Adopt a Glass Pet at CMoG:

 

If you’d like to add a pet to your family, but aren’t quite ready for the extra responsibility, the Corning Museum of Glass has a solution for you.  This Saturday, August 31st, CMoG is hosting their annual Adopt a Glass Pet Day, where you can pick the pet you like, have it customized and have its name put on it, and receive adoption papers.  Catherine Labonte will be running the event, and she will customize the glass pet of your choice, as well as hold a glass blowing demo at 6 p.m. where she will reproduce a glass penguin.  If that’s not enough fun at the Glass Museum for you, stop by again on Sunday when a contestant from Netflix’s glass-making competition “Blown Away” will be giving a demonstration at 6 p.m.   

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Today's top Stories - Wednesday, August 28th

I-90 Fault Fight Escalates, Rep. Reed Calls for Investigation of Gov. Cuomo:

 

A war of words that began over the weekend between the Governor’s Office and local representative Tom Reed over the state of the stretch of I-90 through the Seneca Nation escalated Tuesday, with the Representative calling on federal prosecutors to investigate Governor Andrew Cuomo for misuse of federal funds.  The section in question, roughly five miles long, is located near the Silver Creek exit and is in bad state of disrepair – with the speed limit even dropping to 55 miles per hour.  The Governor said last week that the state won’t do the repair work because the Seneca Nation “will oppose it,” and he didn’t want to jeopardize the state’s position as it disputes with the Nation over casino revenue payments.  On Friday, Reed reacted, calling Cuomo a “bully” and saying that it sounded like “misuse of federal funds and abuse of power.”  That spurred a response from the Governor’s office calling Reed “the president’s patsy” and telling him to instead “demand the Senecas make good on the arbitrated decision.”  Tuesday, Reed called on federal prosecutors to find out what the state is doing with the over $10 million in funding that he says has been allocated to the highway.  The Seneca Nation, meanwhile, contests that it has “routinely approved resolutions for routine maintenance” on that stretch of the Thruway, adding that “there has been no meaningful dialogue or outreach from the state, only public posturing and political rhetoric.”   

 

 

Keuka College Security Officer Accused of Sexual Abuse:

 

A security officer at Keuka College has been arrested on charges of sexual abuse.  60-year-old Stephen Hilyer, of Seneca Falls, is accused of subjecting another person to sexual contact against her wishes at the Commons building on the college campus.  The victim is not a student, according to the Yates County Sheriff’s Office.  Hilyer is employed by a private security company that operates at the college.  Following arraignment Hilyer was sent to the Yates County Jail in lieu of bail.

 

 

Welfare Fraud Arrests:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrests of two people in separate incidents of welfare fraud.  28-year-old Carissa Liberti, currently incarcerated at the county jail, is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud, presenting false documents to the county Department of Social Services in April and May of this year.  She was charged with two counts of offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.  It’s alleged that in October of 2018, 22-year-old Amanda Wilson-Martin of Bath knowingly and with the intent to defraud presented false documents to the county Department of Social Services.  She was charged with one count of offering a false instrument for filing and one count of welfare fraud.  She was released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

Paving to Close Corning Boulevard This Week:

 

Paving work will close Corning Boulevard tomorrow and Friday, weather permitting.  The road will be closed from Centerway to Craumer Driver between 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. to both traffic and parking.   

 

 

Dormann Library Celebrating 150 Years with Special Event:

 

The Bath Library Association was formed in 1869.  Now known as the Dormann Library, it’s getting ready to celebrate it’s 150th Anniversary and is inviting the public to join in on Saturday, September 7th at 2 p.m.  This gathering will also serve to introduce the library’s newest endeavor – a musical garden.  The garden will allow people of all ages to enjoy creative musical play in the outdoor space that surrounds the library and the Magee House.  The event will include special guests, live music, an ice cream social, and curated tours of the library and the Magee House. 

 

 

Fill the Bus Campaign to Support Food Bank Underway:

 

The annual Fill the Bus campaign in support of the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is once again underway.  Customers at participating Wegman’s stores throughout the Southern Tier can purchase either a $3, $5, or $10 bag of non-perishable food that will go toward filling the bus, or, alternatively, customers can make a monetary donation instead if they so wish.  Wegman’s is looking to raise 130,000 pounds of food this year. 

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 27th

5 Years for Bath Man in Overdose Death:

 

The Bath man convicted in the overdose death of a Purple Heart recipient in the Village of Bath has been sentenced.  30-year-old Justin Snyder pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide and criminal sale of a controlled substance in June, and he has now been sentenced to five years in state prison.  In a separate investigation, Snyder additionally pled guilty to burglary and has received five years of post-release supervision on three felonies.  The overdose victim was a 30-year-old combat wounded, Purple Heart Army veteran who lived in the Village. 

 

 

1 Airlifted Following I-86 Accident:

 

One person was airlifted to Robert Packer Hospital following an accident on I-86 Monday.  The accident occurred near the Cohocton River in Painted Post and reportedly involved the cab of a tractor trailer.  Details are limited at this time.  There is no word on the condition of the airlifted person.

 

 

Steuben County, Sheriff’s Office Named in Lawsuit:

 

Steuben County, the Sheriff’s Office, and several officials and employees at the Steuben County Jail have been named in a lawsuit filed Friday by the New York Civil Liberties Union, Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, and a law firm on behalf of a transgender woman.  The suit alleges that Jena Faith, a military veteran, spent four weeks in Steuben County jail awaiting trial and after initially being housed in the jail’s women’s facility, she was abruptly transferred to the men’s facility.  Faith reportedly suffered sexual harassment, mistreatment, and denial of medication while housed in the men’s facility.  The suit seeks court affirmation that transgender New Yorkers are entitled to be housed in jail or prison facilities consistent with their gender identity, and seeks damages to compensate Faith for the harm she suffered.  County Manager Jack Wheeler confirmed that the county received the lawsuit, but had no other comments about the active lawsuit.

 

 

Waverly Man Allegedly Threatened President, to Blow Up White House:

 

A Waverly man has been arrested for allegedly threatening President Donald Trump, to blow up the White House, Trump Tower, and other government buildings.  24-year-old Jesse Allen Blake was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 22nd for making threats against the President and mailing a threatening communication.  At the time Blake allegedly mailed the letter to the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., he was in custody on state charges in Troy, Pennsylvania.  According to the Bradford County District Attorney’s Office, Blake pled guilty to several charges, including statutory sexual assault, corruption of minors, and assault of another inmate.  If found guilty on these latest charges, Blake faces a decade behind bars.

 

 

Local Schools to Receive State Bonds:

 

The Dormitory Authority of the State of New York has issued $482 million in low-cost, tax-exempt bonds on behalf of 54 school districts across the state as school districts prepare to welcome students back to school. Bath is set to receive $17.4 million. Bath School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey says that "As a result of this borrowing, coupled with careful financial planning, the students and community will benefit from new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Suites at both the Dana Lyon Middle School and the Haverling High School. Additionally, students and the community will benefit from much needed classroom and cafeteria upgrades. Rumsey said the school is the hub of the community and a major player in economic development. Meanwhile Arkport will receive $5.7 million and the Hornell City District will receive $5.3 million.

 

 

County Legislators Approve Solar Contract:

 

Steuben County legislators approved Monday a 25-year lease and subscriber contract with Abundant Solar Inc. for a 19 MW project at the county landfill on Turnpike Road in Bath, with smaller sites expected to be set up in the future.  Solar energy is expected to become another source of renewable energy in the county and provide a modest income for owners of suitable properties.  The county landfill project is expected to be completed within two years and could bring in annual revenues of $10,000. 

 

 

Steuben County Transportation System to be Expanded, Upgraded:

 

Steuben County is planning on upgrading its transportation system.  According to the Steuben County Mobility Management program, private, public, and non-profit systems in the county will work together to offer new routes, longer hours, and wi-fi on all buses.  Additionally, an expansion of the system is being considered to include volunteer driver programs and taxis.  Belinda Hoad, the former mobility manager and current Associate Director of the Institute for Human Services, says the county is looking to take action next year with the system fully expanded and finished within the next 2 to 4 years.  Wi-fi should be implanted within the next 12 to 18 months.   

 

 

Canisteo P.D. K9 Officer to Receive Bulletproof Vest:

 

The Canisteo Village Police Department has announced that its K9 officer, Dex, will soon receive a bullet and stab protective vest, courtesy of Vested Interest in K9s, a non-profit organization.  Dex, a 2-year-old Belgian Malinois from Holland, has served with the Canisteo P.D. since 2018, working with Sergeant Mark Ahearn.

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 26th

Power Restored to Schuyler Co.:

 

Power is back on in Schuyler County after a massive blackout Sunday left much of the county in the dark.  According to NYSEG’s website, over 7,500 customers, over half the county, was without power early Sunday.  Around 5 p.m. that number had dropped to 2,500.  The majority of the outage seemed to be in the area of Hector.  The website reports that power has been completely restored in that area.  The cause of the outage is still unknown.

 

 

Harmful Algae Blooms Confirmed in Seneca Lake:

 

For the first time this summer, harmful algae blooms have been confirmed on Seneca Lake.  Samples collected from Dresden to the Kashong Creek area on Wednesday were confirmed by the Finger Lakes Institute as HABs.  According to the Seneca Lake Pure Waters Association, HABs have the potential to occur anywhere on the lake with the right conditions, including warm temperatures, a flat lake surface, and plenty of sunlight. 

 

 

NY Farms Generated $5.7B for Economy Says Comptroller:

 

According to a report released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, New York farms generated $5.7 billion in revenue for the state in 2017.  The latest data available showed that there are more than 33,400 farms, located in every region of the state, employing more than 55,000 workers.  96 percent of them are family owned.  Milk is the state’s largest commodity with sales over $2.5 billion.  The number of certified organic farms increased by over 60 percent from 2012 to 2017. 

 

 

Hornell Grad First Recipient of Nicholas Clark Award:

 

A Hornell grad has been chosen as the recipient of the first-ever Nicholas Clark Award, a $500 scholarship raised by the annual Dan Barkley Basketball Showcase.  The Barkley Showcase has awarded scholarships to Allegany County students since its inception, but this year it was expanded to include Steuben County students as well.  The award is named for Trooper Nicholas Clark, the Canisteo-Greenwood native killed in the line of duty last year.  Vinny Liberto was chosen from among the applicants.  He’s a 2019 Spectator Great 8 selection and he played in the Barkley Showcase for the Red Raiders for the last several years.  He is attending Alfred State.  Seniors interested in applying for the scholarship should see their guidance counselor.  This year’s Barkley Showcase is set for January 24th and 25th at Alfred State. 

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 24, 2019

NYS Senate Bill to Educate Students on Hate Symbols
A new bill in the State Senate would educate New York students in grades 6th-12th about hate symbols. The bill was introduced by State Senator Todd Kaminsky from Long Island’s 9th district to require lessons on hate symbols as part of the student curriculum beginning in grade six. The purpose of the legislation is to require students to be educated on the meaning and history of symbols like nooses or swastikas as symbols of intolerance and hate. Kaminsky he is taking action to respond to the recent uptick in hate crimes across the country. Local State Senator Phil Palmesano said of the bill: “It’s unfortunate we actually have to look at legislation to address something like this. When these are things that our parents, families, and our churches should be reinforcing to our children," and continued “I am curious to see where the legislation goes, as it moves forward.”

 

Red Flag Laws Begin in NY Despite Criticism
New York's Red Flag law begins today and one Southern Tier District Attorney calls the legislation “ill-conceived.”; The measure, also known as an extreme risk protection order law, would allow a State Supreme Court Justice to order the confiscation of a person’s guns if law enforcement, school officials, or a family member signs a statement saying they believe the person to be a potential danger to themselves or to others. The individual would also be prevented from buying any guns while the order is in effect. After authorities take the guns away, a due process hearing would be held. One DA said in his opinion it's just another ineffectual feel good measure that will only serve to harass and will have no real impact. Twelve other states and Washington D.C. already have passed Red Flag laws.

 

Clayton Murder Conviction Upheld by State Court
This week, an appeals court upheld the first degree murder conviction of Thomas Clayton, ruling he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life for the 2015 killing of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. Clayton was found guilty of hiring Michael Beard to kill his wife back in 2017. The decision was not unanimous with the state court system’s Fourth Department Appellate Division not entirely agreeing with prosecutors. Clayton will remain at the maximum security Sing Sing Correctional Facility where he has been since April of 2017 while Michael Beard is serving time in Auburn Correctional Facility. 

 

NYSUT Voices Displeasure with State Test Results
New York State United Teachers say the group is not pleased with the State Education Department’s release of grade 3-8 state test results. In a press statement, they said quote - “While it is better that test scores increased slightly, we must not paper over the fact that the state’s standardized testing system — and the way it determines student proficiency — remains badly broken. Too many students are forced to take tests that are too long and include questions that are not developmentally appropriate. Invalid scoring benchmarks continue to mislabel children. And the rush to adopt computer-based testing has been a complete failure for the second year in a row…again those comments are from the State’s United Teachers. 

 

NY State Fair Senior Days Begin Monday
The Great New York State Fair is once again offering free admission on Senior Days, next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to all attendees 60 years of age and older. Identification showing date of birth may be requested to allow free admittance. Last year, Senior Days were expanded from two to three days, drawing almost 272,000 visitors.


FLX Named USA Today’s “Best Wine Region” For Second Year
It is the second year in a row that USA Today has named Finger Lakes as America’s “Best Wine Region” through an online poll. Initially, a panel of experts and the USA Today’s travel site editors chose 20 wine regions as nominees for readers to vote on as their favorite. The top ten winners were ranked based on popularity with our own Finger Lakes Region topping the list for 2019. Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan came second while Temecula Valley in California was #3, followed by Arizona’s Verde Valley Region and Washington’s Walla Walla Valley.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday August 23, 2019

Clayton Murder Conviction Upheld by State Court
Yesterday, an appeals court upheld the first degree murder conviction of Thomas Clayton, ruling he will remain behind bars for the rest of his life for the 2015 killing of his wife, Kelley Stage Clayton. The decision was not unanimous with the state court system’s Fourth Department Appellate Division not entirely agreeing with prosecutors. Clayton will remain at the maximum security Sing Sing Correctional Facility where he has been since April of 2017. 

 

Horseheads Woman Accused of Petit Larceny
A Horseheads woman was charged with petit larceny yesterday. It is alleged that 32-year-old Heather R. Bentley stole property from the Speedway on Corning Road in Horseheads. She will return to court at a later date. 

 

Avoca Residents Charged for Animal Neglect
Two Avoca residents were arrested on animal abuse charges following New York State Troopers finding abandoned cats in an Avoca apartment. State Police were dispatched to a State Route 415 apartment complex Wednesday and upon arriving were told there were two malnourished cats and one dead one inside one of the apartments. Another apartment resident contacted maintenance to open the door of the vacant apartment where the cats were. Troopers located the names of the previous tenants by their mail left behind then discovered both the suspects 22 year old Christopher Miller and 21 year old Rebecca Roll in Bath. Both were charged with animal neglect and failure to provide sustenance. They were issued appearance tickets for the Town of Avoca Court and the cats are now in the care of Finger Lakes SPCA.
 

Operation Hardhat Week Yields Over 100 Tickets
The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation announced that in last week’s “Operation Hardhat” 112 tickets were issued. “Operation Hardhat” is a joint initiative that featured State Troopers dressed as highway workers to catch work zone violations and emphasize the importance of safe driving construction and maintenance work zones. They issued 40 tickets for Speeding, 34 for Cell Phone Use, 14 Failure to Wear Seatbelts, 2 Improper Child Restraints, 1 Failure to Obey Flagger, 1 Unlicensed Driver and 20 other violations. More traffic safety operations like this will be conducted over the next few months.

 

Alfred Man Arrested for Sex Abuse
New York State Troopers arrested an Alfred man for alleged sexual abuse of two Steuben County children. 39-year-old David Thomas was arrested following a two month investigation involving two children under the age of 11 which revealed the children were groomed and abused by Thomas between January 2010 and June 2012. Thomas has been charged with two counts of Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 2nd Degree. He was taken to the Steuben County Jail to later be arraigned in the Steuben County  Centralized Arraignment Court. Child protection agencies from Orleans County and Allegany County assisted the New York State Police in conducting this investigation.

 

County Public Health Reminds Public of Vaccinations
Officials from Steuben County Public Health remind residents to get vaccinated and that the non-medical vaccines exemption is no longer available for children entering school. Children who are under 2 years old should be vaccinated for 14 serious diseases and those entering school must legally continue with immunizations to protect from preventable diseases. Vaccines for both children and adults are offered by the county for those who are uninsured or have insurance that will not cover vaccinations. For information about that program or to schedule an appointment, residents can call 664-2438 or check out https://tinyurl. com/2019schoolshots

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 22nd

President Trump Signs Memorandum Forgiving Student Debt for Disabled Vets:
 

At the AMVETS national convention in Louisville Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he’s signed anew directive that will wipe the federal student loan debt owed by thousands of military veterans who are completely and permanently disabled.  He added that there won’t be any federal income tax on the forgiven debt, and he called on states to waive their taxes on the loans as well.  According to Trump, it’s expected that an average of $30,000 in debt owed by more than 25,000 eligible veterans will be forgiven.  

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation Increasing Protections for Crime Victims:


Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday allowing victims of domestic violence to seek damages against individuals who fail to obey or enforce an order of protection, expanding the eligibility for victim compensation to victims of unlawful surveillance crimes who did not suffer a physical injury, and expanding the definition of “child victim” to include children who witness a crime to ensure those children are eligible for victim compensation and assistance.  Said Cuomo, “By expanding the eligibility for victim compensation, we are ensuring even more crime victims are reimbursed for expenses incurred while fighting their abusers and have the assistance needed to support their recovery.”

 

 

Court Rules in Favor of Allowing Zoning Change in Arkport Case:


WLEA reports that the 7th Judicial District Court in Livingston County has ruled in favor of Margaret Horan over the zoning of her property in the Village of Arkport.  The property was zoned as agricultural, and Horan wanted it rezoned as commercial, but the village strongly opposed.  With this ruling, Horan is now free to sell the land to a developer which she intended to do months ago.  At a previous board meeting, village residents turned out to voice their opinions about the idea of putting a Dollar General at the location, with the majority against it.  According to the board, this ruling is not an automatic green light for a Dollar General, or any other business, to be built.  Perspective businesses would still have to go front of the Planning Board and DEC, and issues such as the property being on a flood plain, environmental impact, and traffic would still need to be addressed.  For now, the board must decide whether or not to appeal the court’s decision.  The Village has 30 days from August 6th to file their appeal.

 

 

Steuben Public Health Encourages Vaccinations:


With National Immunization Awareness Month in August and schools opening soon, Steuben County Public Health officials are reminding parents and guardians of the importance of keeping their children’s vaccinations up to date, especially with new state regulations in place.  Babies under the age of 2 should be vaccinated to protect them from 14 serious diseases, and school-age children are required, by law, to continue with recommended vaccination schedule for the best protection against preventable diseases, according to Steuben Public Health.  New this school year, non-medical (i.e. religious) exemptions are no longer accepted by schools.  All children attending schools, daycares, or riding school buses must be properly vaccinated in order to participate.  Steuben Public Health participates in the Vaccines for Children and the Vaccines for Adults program and has vaccines available for those who are uninsured or have insurance that does not cover vaccines.  Call (607) 664-2438 to schedule an appointment.

 

 

Corning Salvation Army School Supply Distribution Today:


Families needing some help getting ready to get back to school can stop by the Corning Salvation Army today for their annual backpack distribution event.  Besides backpacks, other school supplies will also be available to Steuben County children in grades kindergarten through 12.  The event will be at the Salvation Army on Denison Parkway from 3 to 6 p.m.  Parents and legal guardians must bring identification, proof of address, and social security card, benefit card, or birth certificate for each child.  

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 21st

Greenwood, West Union Wind Farm Approved by Siting Board:

 

A wind farm facility proposed by NextEra subsidiary Eight Point Wind has been approved for the Towns of Greenwood and West Union in Steuben County by the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment (Siting Board).  The decision came Tuesday, following review and public participation to ensure the facility meets or exceeds all siting requirements.  The project will include 31 wind turbines to be located on leased or purchased land, as well as the construction of access roads, a collection substation, up to two permanent meteorological towers, temporary staging and laydown areas, an operations and maintenance building, mostly underground collection lines, and other related facilities.  A transmission line is also proposed that would interconnect the project with NYSEG’s existing substation in the Town of Hornellsville.  The project is expected to create 103 direct construction-related jobs, and six permanent jobs are expected to be created during operation.  The next step for the project is state approval, which is expected by the end of the year, and a planned PILOT still needs to be determined.  A PILOT is a payment in lieu of taxes, where the developer pays a set amount over a set period of time rather than standard taxes based on property value.  This Eight Point Wind project is not the only one proposed for Steuben County.  Baron Winds is also proposing 69 turbines in the Towns of Cohocton, Dansville, Fremont, and Wayland.

 

 

Bath Man in Yates Co. Accident:

 

A Bath man was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries Monday night after he was involved in an accident on County House Road and Yatesville Road in Yates County.  According to authorities, 27-year-old Anthony Sutfin struck the taillight of a friend’s motorcycle as they came to a curve in the road.  This caused him to go off the road and strike a ditch, which threw him from his motorcycle.  No tickets were issued in the accident.

 

 

Bath Man Arrested for Trespass, Petit Larceny:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Bath man following investigation into property reported stolen.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence on State Route 415 in Bath on July 8th in response to a report of stolen property from a barn.  Their investigation found that 33-year-old Adam Webster allegedly entered and stole the property, and then sold it as scrap.  Webster was charged with trespass in the third and petit larceny.  He was released on an appearance ticket. 

 

 

Drug Charges for Rochester Man:

 

A Rochester man is facing drug charges in Steuben County.  According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old William Randall Jr. was allegedly both in possession of and sold narcotics illegally.  He was charged with criminal sale of narcotics and criminal possession of a controlled substance.  He was arraigned and was released to reappear at a later date. 

 

 

Over 100 Tickets Issued During “Operation Hardhat”:

 

The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation have announced that 112 tickets were issued during last week’s “Operation Hardhat,” a joint initiative that featured troopers dressed as highway workers to crackdown on work zone violations in the Rochester and Hornell regions.  Tickets were issued for a host of violations, including speeding, use of a cell phone while driving, and failure to obey a flagger.  Based on the initial success of the initiative, plans are in place to roll out additional operations in the coming months. 

 

 

Algae Blooms Confirmed in Steuben County:

 

Reported algal blooms continue to be confirmed throughout the Finger Lakes region.  In June, harmful blooms were confirmed in Lake Salubria, Loon Lake, and Tanglewood Lake, while a bloom was confirmed in Smith Pond this month.  A “suspicious” bloom was reported in Cayuta Lake this week.  Harmful algal blooms, or HABs, can lead to health problems for humans and animals.  The Department of Environmental Conservation recommends avoiding “contact with any floating mats, scums, or discolored water.”  The colors can vary from shades of green, blue-green, yellow, brown or red.  If you do come into contact with an algae bloom, you should rinse with clean water and seek medical attention for symptoms including: vomiting, nausea, skin, eye or throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and diarrhea.

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 20th

Rochester Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Drugs in Bath:

 

A Rochester man is facing additional charges in Steuben County for allegedly selling crack cocaine in the Village of Bath.  40-year-old Melvin Huff, already in the county jail after a recent arrest in April for drug possession, is now charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and two counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

 

 

Trooper Clark Memorial Bridge Officially Dedicated:

 

The memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark was honored Monday with the official dedication of the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in his name.  Members of Clark’s family were joined by members of the State Police, U.S. Representative Tom Reed, State Senator Tom O’Mara, State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, and other area officials at the ceremony at the Bath State Police barracks where Trooper Clark was stationed at the time of his death.  State Trooper Major Eric Laughton said the designation will make sure Trooper Clark will never be forgotten.  Clark was a native of Canisteo who had served with the state police for three years when he was killed in the line of duty in July of 2018.  He was 29 years old.

 

 

Slow July for Job Growth:

 

According to the latest date released by the Department of Labor, New York saw less job growth in July.  By the numbers, the private sector added 1,800 jobs during the month, nearly 5,000 less than the initial reports for June.  However, the state’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment figure remained at 4 percent for the third consecutive month.  In Steuben County, there were 38,200 non-farm jobs in July, compared to 38,100 12-months ago.  There were 31,300 private sector jobs last month, 200 more than July 2018. 

 

 

Elmira Native in Running for Miss New York 2020:

 

A native of Elmira could be the next Miss New York.  22-year-old Dominique Miles is set to compete on January 17th through the 19th for the coveted title.  If she takes home the crown, she’ll go on to represent the state in the 2020 Miss USA pageant. 

 

 

Governor Launches Statewide Survey to Choose New State License Plate Design:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched a statewide survey to select New York State’s new license plate design.  The voting – which opened Monday on the Governor’s website (https://now.ny.gov/page/s/vote-for-the-next-nys-license-plate-design) – runs through September 2nd and will allow New Yorkers to choose their favorite among five proposed designs.  Voting will also be available to the public at the Governor’s exhibit at the Great New York State Fair starting tomorrow.  The license plate with the most votes will become the State’s official license plate and will be available to customers beginning April 2020.  The new plates will replace the Empire Blue & White plates and the Empire Gold plates.  Beginning in April 2020, as customers renew their vehicle registrations over the next two years, those with license plates 10-years-old or older will be issued new plates.  The current $25 license plate replacement fee will be added to the cost of the vehicle owner’s registration renewal. 

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 19th

Trooper Clark Memorial Bridge Naming Today:

 

A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark is scheduled for today at 2 p.m. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge,” located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin.

 

 

Violent Sunday Storms Knocked Out Power to Thousands:

 

Severe storms marching across the Twin Tiers Sunday afternoon knocked out power to thousands of residents across several counties in New York and Pennsylvania.  As of 5 p.m. yesterday in Steuben County, just over a thousand NYSEG customers were still waiting on power to be restored.  Thankfully, this morning, that number has dropped to less than 10. 

 

 

Penn Yan’s Red Jacket Park Reopens for Swimming:

 

The Department of Health cleared Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan to reopen for swimming late last week.  The area was closed on Monday the 12th after the discovery of a blue-green algae bloom.  At this time, both Red Jacket and Indian Pines Park are both open to swimmers.    

 

 

Open House for Corning Parks:

 

In order to get more input on how the city’s parks can meet the public’s recreational needs, Corning will hold a Parks Open House tomorrow from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Corning-Painted Post High School.  The city is preparing a long-range strategy that will help shape the facilities and the appearance of the parks.  Input given during the Open House will be used to help guide the Parks Improvement Committee’s recommendations.  Light refreshments will be available during the event.  Everyone is welcome.

 

 

Annual Ride for the Red August 31st:

 

The 11th annual Ride for the Red Motorcycle run has been set for Saturday, August 31st.  The event honors local veterans and gold star families, with funds raised supporting the Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) program of the Finger Lakes Red Cross.  The ride will depart the Big Flats American Legion at 10:30 a.m. sharp with New York State motorcycle troopers leading the way through the Finger Lakes region.  There will be a meal for riders at Arkport Cycles.  Online pre-registration is encouraged.  The deadline is tomorrow, August 20th at https://events.eventzilla.net/e/11th-annual-ride-for-the-red-motorcycle-run--2138707466.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 17, 2019

Trooper Clark Bridge Dedication Set for Monday 
A dedication ceremony to name the Route 415 bridge over Interstate 86 in Bath in memory of Trooper Nicholas Clark, is scheduled for Monday afternoon at 2PM. Last month, Governor Cuomo signed legislation designating a portion of I-86 crossing Route 415 as the “Trooper Nicholas F. Clark Memorial Bridge”, located a half mile north of where the late Clark was stationed as a State Trooper. Clark was a Canisteo native killed in the line of duty at the age of 29 last summer after responding to a call in the town of Erwin. The state legislation naming the bridge in honor of Clark had local support in the Senate and Assembly by Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano.

 

Bath Man Arrested on Multiple Fraud Charges
New York State Police in Bath report the arrest of a man Tuesday on a long series of charges that stem from ongoing fraud and theft reports in the county for the past year. Bath State Police Investigators say Terence R. Vang, age 56, of Bath, was charged with second degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fourth degree grand larceny. Back in January, an elderly property owner reported to Troopers there was possible theft of several of his personal checks and believed it was Vang who took them, who he hired as a handyman. The same elderly property owner came back in July and August to report additional thefts he discovered, related to unauthorized use of a credit card and a stolen vehicle title. The subsequent investigation allegedly linked Vang to a misuse of a company credit card and a series of other crimes, causing losses of thousands of dollars. He appeared in the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and was sent to Steuben County Sheriff without bail. Law Enforcement Officials say additional charges are pending.

 

Charnetski Sentenced as Youthful Offender
The young man convicted of driving while high on marijuana in the crash the killed a Horseheads couple last summer was sentenced to one to three years in state prison. Caden Charnetski was eighteen last July when he struck Harolyn and Matthew Matteson on their motorcycle last July. July 2nd of this year he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Charnetski was going to be charged 5 to 15 years in prison initially, but since he was eighteen at the time of the time, he was charged as a youthful offender.

 

County Observes Impaired Driving Crackdown Through September
Steuben County police agencies are participating in a special law enforcement crackdown on impaired driving. This campaign runs until September 2nd. Research shows that high visibility enforcement can reduce impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20%.


Comptroller Audit Finds Millions in Duplicate Medicaid Payments
New York state paid more than $100 million in duplicate payments to managed care organizations for premiums over a more than four year period, according to an audit just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. He says “System flaws and incorrect or incomplete information have caused duplicate Medicaid premium payments for a long time.” DiNapoli added “The Department of Health needs to do a better job coordinating with all stakeholders in the Medicaid system to eliminate this waste, improve efficiency and streamline communication.“

 

Rotarian President Hannan Visits Bath Rotary Club
David Hannan, the governor of Rotary District 7120, recently made an official visit to the Bath Rotary Club. Hannan issued Bath Rotary Club president Jane Russell a check for the club to use for educational or literacy initiatives in Bath. Russell also presented Hannan with a check for $500, made up of individual donations from Bath Rotarians. That check will be donated under his name to the Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Campaign.

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 16th

200th Anniversary Steuben Co. Fair Recognized:

 

The 200th anniversary of the Steuben County Fair was ceremoniously recognized Wednesday by the International Association of Fairs and Expositions.  State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes were also on hand, presenting proclamations recognizing the day.

 

 

State Education Dept. Announces $34M for Public Library Construction Projects:

 

The State Education Department has awarded $34 million in state aid to 251 public libraries statewide to support construction and renovation projects.  These funds will help libraries construct new buildings, create additions, update electrical wiring and computer technology, improve broadband infrastructure, meet energy efficiency standards, renovate facilities to provide full accessibility to library users with disabilities, and provide meeting spaces to accommodate community needs.  In Steuben County, the Pulteney Free Library will receive $124,069, the Southeast Steuben County Library will receive $342,992, and the Wayland Free Library will receive $11,909.

 

 

Federal Gov. Looking to Create 3-Digit Suicide Hotline:

 

The federal government is looking to make reaching the national crisis hotline easier.  Last year a law was passed requiring the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention, similar to 911 for emergencies or 311 for city services.  On Wednesday, the FCC released a report saying that there is “overwhelming support” for a three-digit number.  Once implemented, those in need would just need to dial 988 to seek help.  Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit 800-number (800-273-8255).  The change comes as suicide rates have increased across the nation.  The CDC reports that suicide deaths have increased by more than 30 percent in half of U.S. states over the past two decades. 

 

 

Finger Lakes Regional Market Returns in September:

 

The Finger Lakes Regional Market will return to Painted Post next month.  Set for Saturday, September 7th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Watson Homestead there will be live blacksmithing demonstrations, tastings of locally-produced cheeses, and handcrafted beverages from regional cideries and breweries.  Also arts and crafts, activities for kids, fresh local produce, food, and over 40 vendors.  Parking and admission will both be free, and there will be free live music as well.

 

 

Corning Inc. Donates to Finger Lakes Red Cross:

 

The Corning Inc. Foundation made a donation to the Finger Lakes American Red Cross Thursday morning.  The $25,000 will be used to support fire prevention programs hosted by the Red Cross, including their partnership with Wallin Insurance Inc., where they go home-to-home, installing free smoke alarms and educating about fire safety. 

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 15th

Corning Man Arrested for Attempting to Attack Office:

 

A Corning man was arrested Tuesday afternoon as he was allegedly en-route to attack employees at an office in the city.  Thomas Whitehead allegedly made several phone calls to the office, making threats to a woman there and other staff members.  He told the employees he was on his way to the office to follow through on his threats.  City police officers located Whitehead on foot walking in the direction of the office.  He was allegedly found in possession of a large machete.  He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal contempt, and stalking.  He was sent to the Steuben County Jail on $10,000 cash bail.  Additional charges are pending.

 

 

Corning Woman Arrested in Attempted Shooting:

 

A Corning woman was arrested Monday evening for allegedly attempting to shoot another woman and herself.  Members of the state and city police, along with the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a home on Buffalo Street around 10:40 p.m. after a 911 caller claimed a woman attempted to shoot her.  51-year-old Laura Simons was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment, and menacing.  She was released from custody on her own recognizance.  The investigation is ongoing, and it will be presented to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

 

 

NYSEG, RG&E Considering Rate Hike:

 

NYSEG and RG&E customers could see an increase in their bills next year, as the companies are proposing a rate hike.  Annual electric delivery rates could increase by $156.7 million and annual gas delivery rates could increase by $6.3 million.  For the average residential monthly electric customer that would be increase of about $10.20, while the gas bill would increase by $1.03.  NYSEG and RG&E are holding public meetings about the proposed hike and comments can be submitted via their website.  The process is expected to take about 11 months before the companies make any official announcements.  The next meeting is today in Binghamton at the City Council Chambers at 5 p.m.

 

 

Corning Salvation Army School Supply Distribution:

 

Families needing some help getting ready to get back to school can stop by the annual Corning Salvation Army backpack distribution event, which is set for Thursday, August 22nd.  Besides backpacks, other school supplies will also be available to Steuben County children in grades kindergarten through 12.  The event will be at the Salvation Army on Denison Parkway from 3 to 6 p.m.  Parents and legal guardians must bring identification, proof of address, and social security card, benefit card, or birth certificate for each child. 

 

 

Rochester Catholic Diocese, Others Named in Lawsuits:

 

The Child Victims Act went into effect Wednesday, allowing alleged victims one year to file suits, no matter when the offense happened.  Among the lawsuits filed were roughly two dozen in Monroe County Court against several Rochester Catholic parishes and schools, including the Rochester Diocese, the Aquinas Institute in Rochester, and St. Bernard Seminary.  Camp Stella Maris in Livonia was also named, as was the Wellsville School District.

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 14th

Work Zone Crackdown:

 

The New York State Police and the Department of Transportation have announced “Operation Hardhat,” a joint effort to crackdown on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving through active construction and maintenance work zones on state highways.  Members of State Police Troop E will patrol several active work zones throughout the Rochester and Hornell regions this week to ticket motorists who disobey flagging personnel, speed through work zones, or violate the Move Over Law.  Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone, and in accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license. 

 

 

Welfare Fraud Arrest:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports a welfare fraud arrest.  58-year-old Earl Pratt of Hornell is accused of knowingly and with the intent to defraud, presenting a false document to the Steuben County Department of Social Services.  Pratt was charged with offering a false instrument for filing and was released on an appearance ticket.

 

 

Red Jacket Swim Area in Penn Yan Closed Due to Algae Bloom:

 

A Blue-Green Algae Advisory has been issued by the Department of Health for Red Jacket Park in Penn Yan.  As such, the swim area is closed and will remain so until the DOH issues a safe to re-open order.  Both people and animals should avoid contact with algae blooms, scums, and colored water.  The Red Jacket Park playground, pavilion, and picnic areas are still open to the public.  Additionally, the Indian Pines Park has been reopened for all activities, including swimming. 

 

 

E-C Airport Adds New Destination:

 

The Elmira-Corning Regional Airport will soon begin offering flights to a new destination – the Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) in southwest Florida.  The new, seasonal, route will be offered via Allegiant and will run twice weekly.  It opens on November 13th.  In celebration, Allegiant is offering one-way fares as low as $69.  Flight days, times, and the lowest fares can be found at http://www.allegiant.com.      

 

 

Travel Advisory – Road Work on S.R. 417 in Woodhull:

 

Work gets underway today on a bridge painting project on the bridge carrying State Route 417 over Tuscarora Creek in the Town of Woodhull.  While the work is taking place, traffic will be maintained by flaggers in one lane.  The project is expected to take approximately 4 weeks.

 

 

Elmira College Adding Medicinal Plant Chemistry Program: 

 

Elmira College will soon become one of just three institutions in the United States to offer an academic program in medicinal plant chemistry.  The new program will be available to students this fall as one of four new concentrations being offered within the college’s chemistry degree.  Medicinal plant chemistry is for students interested in analyzing plants for medicinal and food applications, such as essential oils, craft breweries and wineries, and medicinal cannabis.  More information can be found on the college’s website at https://www.elmira.edu/academics/programs/Majors_Minors/Chemistry/index.html.    

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 13th

Hornellsville Traffic Stop Leads to Drug Charges for Spencer Woman:

 

A Spencer woman is facing drug charges after a traffic stop in Hornellsville.  According to State Police, 41-year-old Marci Clem was pulled over on State Route 36 and when troopers conducted a search, they reportedly found a pound of meth and a small amount of marijuana.  Clem was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, and several other vehicle and traffic violations. 

 

 

Hornell Woman Accused of Threatening Women with Knife, Driving Drunk:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of 34-year-old Amanda Marriott of Hornell following an incident in Arkport.  According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Reddy Hollow Road for a report of a woman threatening two other women with a knife.  Their investigation allegedly found that Marriott operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition with children in the vehicle and then threatened the two women with a knife.  She was charged with felony driving while intoxicated (Leandra’s Law), three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and two counts of menacing.  She was held at the Steuben County Jail for arraignment.

 

 

 

18-year-old Arrested in Home Invasion Burglary:

 

An 18-year-old from Savona has been arrested in connection with a home invasion burglary.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies were dispatched to a residence on Dublin Road in Howard in response to a report of a burglary in progress.  The investigation allegedly found that Richard Snyder damaged, entered, and stole property from an occupied residence and then fled the scene.  Snyder was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, and petit larceny.  He was held for arraignment and then released to appear.

 

 

Sheriff Warns of Fake Child Car Seats:

 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard is urging those with infants and small children to be aware of the growing trend of “knock-off” car seat sales.  Typically sold from online merchants, the car seats are often made of flimsy plastic, and often feature plastic buckles, instead of metal ones, as well as missing parts, and the bogus seats do not provide registration cards or owner’s manuals, according to national reports.  Residents are reminded that the Sheriff’s Department conducts regular child car seat safety checks, and the next is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the 200th Steuben County Fair.  Income-eligible families in Steuben may apply for child car seats for newborns, infants, and toddlers through the sheriff’s “Play IT Safe” project.  More information is available by calling (607) 622-3911, or online at https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publichealth/car_seat_application_2019_fillable.pdf

 

 

India Day in Corning to Close Some Streets:

 

Corning’s Gaffer District will be celebrating India Day this weekend, which means several streets will be closing for safety reasons.  The event is Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tioga Avenue will be closed from the bus turn around to the Tioga Parking Garage.  The east entrance of the Tioga Parking Garage will be closed, and all vehicles must enter and exit from the west end of the garage on Walnut Street. 

 

 

 

Haverling Central School Supply Giveaway:

 

With August already almost half-way through, the summer will soon be over for students as they head back to school.  The Haverling Central School District is making sure its students will be ready for the new year with a school supply giveaway.  Any student from Pre-K through 12th grade and their parents will be able to get free school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, glue sticks, and more, on Wednesday, August 21st between 9 and 11 a.m. in the High School Cafeteria.   

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 12th

Parking, Traffic Reminder for Haverling Central School:

 

A reminder for anyone who might need access to the Haverling Central School District: due to paving work, the front loop at the middle and high schools is closed today.  You should park instead in the lot next to the football field.

 

 

NYS Passes Law Prohibiting Employment Discrimination Based on Religion, Facial Hair:

 

Late last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that prohibits employment discrimination based on religious attire, clothing or facial hair.  The new law is an expansion of the state Human Rights Law assuring that employers cannot refuse to hire, attain, promote, or take other discriminatory action against an individual for wearing attire or facial hair in accordance with tenets of their religion.  The Governor said the law “…makes it crystal clear to anyone who may still have doubts that New York has zero tolerance for bigotry of any kind.”

 

 

Rockwell Mus., C-PP School Teaming Up for Mural:

 

The Rockwell Museum and the Corning-Painted Post High School Learning Center are teaming up to bring some more beauty to the city.  Tomorrow, work will begin on an outdoor mural in the alleyway outside Carey’s Brew House in the Gaffer District.  Weather permitting, the painting will occur from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  There will be a celebration of the piece, entitled Transcendence, on September 26th at 5 p.m.  The project contains pieces of individual paintings created by students, with the mural designed to tell the story of each student’s future hopes and dreams.

 

Poll Finds Gov. at Lowest Favorability/Performance Rating, but Still Good for NYS:

 

According to the latest Siena College poll released Friday, despite record lows in his favorability, a majority of New Yorkers, by a margin of 51 to 39 percent, say Governor Andrew Cuomo has made the state a better place to live during his nine years as Governor.  By a 52-33 margin, respondents also said the recently concluded legislative session will move the state on the right track, not in the wrong direction.  That said, Cuomo’s favorability has fallen to 43-50 percent, down from 52-42 in June, and his job performance rating is 34-64, his lowest level ever.  The poll was conducted July 28th through August 1st by telephone to 810 registered New York voters.

 

 

NY Team to Support Wildfire Firefighting Efforts in Western States:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that a crew of 20 employees and volunteers from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are traveling to western states to assist in containing wildfires burning across the Northwest.  The volunteers and DEC staff, mostly from the ranks of the State’s Forest Rangers, will receive their assignment once they arrive and will join crews from other states.  Firefighters are currently battling more than 100 high priority wildfires in states including Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, with nearly 9,000 firefighters working to battle and contain the blazes.

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 10, 2019

PA Man Ticketed After Vehicle Rolls Over on SR 36
A 911 call yesterday dispatched New York State Police to a rolled over vehicle on State Route 36 in Canisteo yesterday. Upon police arriving at the scene, it was discovered the operator of the vehicle had fled the accident. The vehicle overturned after traveling north on SR 36 at a high speed, changing lanes and striking the guard wire then traveled 125 feet. Police say the vehicle took out 11 posts, 2 delineators and 1 road sign. After overturning, the vehicle got tangled in the guard wire, finally coming to a stop about 75 off of the roadway. NYS DOT responded by coning off the area and getting the vehicle towed. NYSP were able to locate the owner and operator of the vehicle, 23-year-old Dustin Williams from Westfield, PA, and issued him tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding and unsafe lane change.

 

OFA Receives $47K Grant
Steuben County Office for the Aging will receive a boost in services made possible by a $47,000 grant from the New York State Office for the Aging. The grant worth exactly $47,179 was written to the agency for “Unmet Need Funding”. OFA Director Patty Baroody says these funds will be used “to ease the burden of our waiting lists for home care and respite and the ever-increasing demand for transportation.” Baroody specified that funds will be divided between the Institute for Human Services, AIM and other respite and home services. 

 

Steuben Area Sex Offender Arrested for Luring Dundee Minor
State Police report the arrest of a registered sex offender from Steuben County on rape charges. Paul Davis, age 31, is accused of luring a Dundee area child under the age of 17 to have sexual contact with him at his Canisteo residence. Davis’ history stems back to 2007 when he served 6 months in prison for a sexual abuse conviction that year for having sexual contact with a 16-year-old Canandaigua girl. 

 

Savona Man Jailed for Failure to Pay Child Support
A Savona man was sent to Schuyler County Jail on a Family Court warrant for his alleged failure to pay owed child support. The respondent allegedly was previously found in willful violation of an existing court order because he failed to pay $475 in back child support for his two children plus an additional $344 in judgments. The subject failed to appear in court for sentencing last month, prompting the warrant being issued for his arrest. The man was located in Steuben County after it was discovered he was on probation in the county for an unrelated crime. The man, whose name was not released to protect the identity of his children, was sent to Schuyler County and sent to jail in lieu of bail. 

 

Dansville Man Sentenced for Child Porn Charges
A 42-year-old Dansville man was sentenced to prison by US District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Ryan C. Lander was sentenced to 21 years in prison after he was investigated by Homeland Security after it was discovered he posted images on a website known for child exploitation. After searching his electronic devices, it was found Lander had two minor victims engage in explicit conduct he recorded between the months of July 2011 and March 2013.

 

NYSP Arrested for Drug and Traffic Charges
State Police arrested a driver in the Town of Bath for driving while impaired by drugs on Interstate 86. Steuben County 911 reported to police that a vehicle was driving erratically in the Town of Wheeler, then to Prattsburg and then back to the Town of Bath before getting on the highway. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Thomas Aldrich of Horseheads, was allegedly unable to tell police where he was coming from and said he was on his way to Pine Valley in Elmira but thought he would stop in Bath to go to Taco Bell. Aldrich was unable to complete roadside sobriety checks and police say they found a baggy of crystal meth on the rear passenger floor board. He was arrested at the Bath station for operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, reckless driving and criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arraigned and sent to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000

cash or $4,000 bond.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 9th

Canisteo Man Arrested for Rape:

 

A Canisteo man has been arrested on charges of rape.  39-year-old Alvirn Riley was arrested Thursday on multiple counts each of rape, criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He was sent to the Steuben County Holding Facility awaiting arraignment.

 

 

Corning Man Facing Burglary, Attempted Assault Charges:

 

A Corning man has been arrested following investigation by police into two domestic violence incidents.  According to police, 28-year-old Erik Huyler was wanted on two city court warrants in relation to the incidents that occurred on June 30th and July 5th.  He was arrested Thursday as he was allegedly fleeing a home in Lamphear Court.  He has been charged with burglary, aggravated criminal contempt, criminal mischief, petit larceny, and attempted assault.

 

 

Warrant Arrests:

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrests of seven people by the Warrant Squad.  Arrested were: 35-year-old Philip Spangenburg, Jr. of Campbell, 33-year-old Michael Wilson of Bath, 28-year-old Ramon Rivera of Rochester, 34-year-old Karen Matteson of Addison, 32-year-old Sabra Henry of Horseheads, 39-year-old William Niver of Savona, and 20-year-old Ryan Cosgrove of Corning.  All were wanted on active warrants.

 

 

Arbor Housing Proposes Low-Income Housing Project in Bath:

 

At Thursday’s meeting of the Bath Planning Board, several construction projects were proposed, including one from Arbor Housing and Development for low-income housing.  Arbor’s plan is for the 16-acre lot on State Route 54.  The proposal includes nine buildings, eight residential and one possible multipurpose sort of room.  Thursday’s meeting was open to the public and the proposal drew mixed responses from those in attendance.  The board took no action on the proposal Thursday.

 

 

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation Expanding Protections for Domestic Violence

Victims:

 

On Thursday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed three pieces of legislation expanding

protections for victims of domestic violence.  These measures broaden the definition of the crime of domestic violence to include forms of economic abuse such as identity theft, grand larceny and coercion; give victims the choice to vote by mail-in ballot, even if they remain within the county where they are registered to vote; and allow victims to report abuse to any law enforcement agency in New York State, regardless of where the violence originally took place.

 

 

National Immunization Awareness Month:

 

It’s National Immunization Awareness Month and Steuben County Public Health is reminding residents both of the importance of vaccinations and of new vaccine regulations in New York State.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that thousands of Americans get sick each year from diseases that vaccines can prevent, and New York State itself is coming off the largest measles outbreak in 25 years.  In its wake, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law this June that bans religious exemptions for vaccines.  That includes both school students and those attending daycare.  Students must have started the first vaccine of any series they need to catch up on within the first 14 days of the school year.  Then within the first 30 days they must have an appointment scheduled to catch up on all of their vaccines.  Anyone not vaccinated will not be allowed to attend school or daycare.  Steuben County Public health offers monthly clinics, August’s will be on August 14th from 1 to 3 p.m. and August 27th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  In September clinics will be held on September 11th from 1 to 3 p.m., and September 24th from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 8th

N.J Man Arrested in Steuben Co. After Dangerous Weapons Found:

 

A New Jersey man was arrested in Steuben County Monday after authorities were allegedly alerted to weapons and dangerous materials at his home.  NBC New York reports that an emergency dispatcher in New Jersey received a phone call allegedly from Robert Wills on Monday, warning that police were going to be needed at his home because a person intended to commit acts of violence.  When police arrived, Wills not home, but their investigation found a dozen long guns, 2 handguns, and quantities of ammunition, fireworks, and materials and chemicals that could be used in the creation of explosive devices.  Wills was arrested at a relative’s home in Steuben County without incident and is awaiting extradition back to New Jersey.    

 

 

Road Rage Leads to Accident on I-86:

 

Road rage is being cited as the cause of accident involving two tractor-trailers on I-86 Wednesday.  According to state police, the drivers of the vehicles were “driving aggressively” and got into a quarrel on the highway that ended with one of the drivers rear-rending the other and forcing it off the road near Exit 50 in Painted Post.  The other driver then pulled over to the side of the highway.  Police said no charges were filed and no tickets were issued.  Neither driver sustained any injuries.

 

 

Parking Change for Paving at Haverling Central School:

 

The Haverling Central School District has announced that, due to paving work, the front loop at the middle and high schools will be closed tomorrow, Friday, August 9th and Monday, August 12th.  Those who need access to the school should instead park in the lot next to the football field.

 

 

Algae Bloom Closes Swimming at Penn Yan Park:

 

Swimming is closed for the time being at Indian Pines Park in Penn Yan after the Department of Health issued a Blue-green Algae Advisory following the identification of an algae bloom in the area.  People and animals should avoid contact with any algae blooms, scums, and colored water.  Don’t swim, wade, or fish.  Don’t drink the water.  Rinse with clean water if you are exposed.  While the swim area will remain closed until a re-open order has been issued by the DOH, the park itself, including the playground, pavilion, and picnic areas are still open to the public.  At this time, Red Jacket park is unaffected and open for all activities.

 

 

Rep. Reed Hosting App Challenge:

 

Representative Tom Reed has announced that he’ll be hosting a Congressional App Challenge (CAC) for students in middle and high school.  Eligible students are challenged to create computer programs – or apps – written in any programming language for any platform (desktop/PC, web, mobile, raspberry Pi, etc.).  The submission portal is now open.  Students are encouraged to register by September 10th.  All apps must be submitted by November 1st.  Winners will have their apps on display in the U.S. Capitol Building, on house.gov, and on the Congressional App Challenge website.  This is Reed’s first time participating with the competition.  He said [his office] understands and cares “about the importance of STEM education and providing the tools to have a developed workforce.”  To learn more about the CAC visit https://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/

 

 

Steuben Sheriff EMT Program to be Recognized Aug. 15th:

 

The formal public implementation of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program will be August 15th at 10 a.m. at the county Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension.  Recently, 15 officers were awarded state EMT certification as part of county Sheriff Jim Allard’s initiative, which calls for his entire department to be certified by 2020. 

 

 

DEC Accepting Applications for Environmental Conservation Officer Exam:

 

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the next Environmental Conservation Police Officer Exam.  The exam will be October 19th.  Applications must be submitted by September 4th.  For requirements and more information about how to apply visit https://www.cs.ny.gov/examannouncements/announcements/oc/26-713.cfm?fbclid=IwAR2AGgsBJGViN5WkYrJiyqkcRlXraMnwBbCTKJBX48d8Q2c_ZqkKYH9iAXs

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Today's Top Stories - Wednesday, August 7th

School Buses to Get Stop-Arm Cameras:

 

On Tuesday Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that authorizes school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses in order to catch drivers who unlawfully pass stopped buses.  “No parent should ever have to worry that their child’s bus ride to and from school is anything other than safe and easy,” the Governor said.  “By signing this measure into law, we are providing school districts the tools they need to hold reckless drivers accountable and advancing New York State’s bold initiatives to keep our schoolchildren safe.”  It’s illegal in New York State to pass a stopped school bus, but in 2018 Operation Safe Stop, a one-day law-enforcement initiative found hundreds of drivers ignoring the law, with some 850 people ticketed.  

 

 

New Law Prohibits Knives Undetectable by Metal Detectors:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Tuesday that prohibits the manufacture, shipment, and possession of knives that are undetectable by a metal detector.  Violators face a misdemeanor charge and a possible year in jail.  The new law goes into effect on November 1st

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger, Daughter Book Signing at Consumer Square:

 

Fashion icon and Elmira native Tommy Hilfiger will be returning to his roots this weekend,

along with daughter Ally, for a book signing at the Barnes and Noble in Consumer Square.  Ally’s book is “Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made Me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me,” while Tommy’s book is “American Dreamer: My Life in Fashion & Business.”  They will both be signing copies on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.  The books must be purchased at the Consumer Square Barnes and Noble in order to be signed.    

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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday, August 6th

Death of Corning Infant Accidental:

 

In an update to the news of the death of an infant in Corning on Sunday, police have announced that it was accidental. 

 

 

Bath Man Arrested for Breaking Into Apartment, Sleeping in Child’s Bed:

 

A Bath man has been arrested after a burglary was reported on County Route 10 in the Town of Bath.  The resident told police that when she arrived home, she found her front door jammed, damage to the door jam and to a television.  She allegedly discovered 27-year-old Matthew Root asleep in her child’s bed.  Root told police that he had permission to sleep there as long as he did the dishes.  The resident denies this.  Root also denies causing any damage and accused law enforcement of doing it.  He was charged with criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

 

 

Corning Man Arrested After Found Passed Out on Canisteo Porch:

 

A Corning man has been arrested after he was found passed out on a porch in the Village of Canisteo.  41-year-old Michael Givens was found on a porch on Taylor Street.  He admitted to entering a neighbor’s home to find cigarettes and to damaging property while inside.  He was charged with criminal trespassing.    

 

 

Savona Woman Accused of Stealing Cash:

 

A Savona woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing cash from a person in Painted Post.  According to State Police, they received a complaint from the owner of B & W Towing on Friday, August 2nd that one of their new employees had $130 stolen from their wallet.  A review of security footage reportedly showed 34-year-old Rachel Cantineri taking the cash.  When she refused to return the money, she was arrested for petit larceny.

 

 

Dundee Man Charged in 2-Car Accident in Tyrone:

 

A Dundee man is facing multiple charges following a 2-car accident on State Route 230 in the Town of Tyrone on August 2nd.  According to State Police, the driver of the second vehicle said she saw a car coming towards her that was swerving and coming into her lane.  She swerved to avoid being hit and ended up in the other lane on the shoulder of the road.  The other driver, identified as 31-year-old Christopher Billirakis was unable to complete any of the roadside sobriety tests.  He was transported to Soldier and Sailors Hospital in Penn Yan for head pain, where he reportedly refused to provide a breath sample and a blood test.  After being released from the hospital he was charged with DWI – 2nd offence, refusal to take a breath test, using a mobile device while operating a vehicle, drinking alcohol while in a motor vehicle, and other vehicle and traffic violations.  He was released to a sober third party.

 

 

Travel Advisory – Route 53 in Wheeler:

 

The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, on Thursday state forces will be closing route 53 in the town of Wheeler a quarter mile north of the County Road 13 intersection, to repair a section of road that was damaged in a recent storm. Traffic will be detoured from State Route 53 to County Route 13, Murlatt Road, Dinehearts Crossing Road, and Bean Station Road.

 

 

Parking and Traffic Restrictions in Corning for Road Work:

 

The City of Corning has announced some temporary parking and traffic restrictions to accommodate paving work.  On Friday, August 9th Corning Boulevard will be closed to parking and traffic from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It will also be closed Monday, August 12th through Friday, August 16th.  Also beginning Monday, August 12th and lasting through Friday, August 16th, there will be no parking in City Lot #12, located east of the intersection of Cedar Street and Tioga Avenue.  Permit holders are asked to park in Lot #16.   

 

 

Finger Lakes SPCA Participating in Clear the Shelter:

 

The Finger Lakes SPCA is looking to find homes for all its animals this month and is participating in Clear the Shelters day.  On Clear the Shelters day, participating animal shelters will waive adoption fees in the hope that more pets will be adopted.  The Finger Lakes SPCA currently has 15 dogs and 60 cats and kittens looking for forever homes.  All animals adopted will be up to date on their shots and they’ll be spayed or neutered.  You can stop by the shelter to meet with the animals and get to know them to ensure you find the right fit.  Clear the Shelters day will be August 17th      

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Today's Top Stories - Monday, August 5th

Death of Baby in Corning Being Investigated:

 

Authorities are investigating the death of a baby in Corning over the weekend.  Corning police, along with State Police, were reportedly on scene on Woodview Avenue Sunday morning investigating the circumstances surrounding the death.  A witness told WENY that a fire truck was first on scene, with law enforcement arriving after.  As of 7:30 p.m. last night there had been no word of arrests or even how the child might have died.

 

 

Bath Man Facing Drug Charges:

 

A Bath man is facing drug charges following the bust of an alleged methamphetamine lab in Olean.  The Hornell Evening Tribune reports that 42-year-old Thomas Ratliff was one of four people arrested.  He has been charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, and endangering the welfare of a child.  He, along with the other 3 arrested, is being held without bail. 

 

 

Planned Water Outage in Bath Today:

 

Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems has announced a planned water outage for today in Bath.  The outage will begin at 10 a.m. while workers replace a mainline valve at the corner of Allen and Haverling streets.  Customers on those streets should plan to be impacted by the outage.  BEGWS apologizes for any inconvenience and for the short notice, and thanks the public for their understanding.

 

 

Gov. Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Insurance Coverage for Mammograms:

 

On Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law legislation that requires large group insurers to cover all medically necessary mammograms for women age 35 to 39 in New York State.  Currently, many insurance companies only need to cover mammograms for women older than 40.  The measure’s sponsor, Senator Monica Martinez of Long Island, said the bill is imperative so that women have access to potentially life-saving early screening.  The legislation is known as Shannon’s Law after Shannon Saturno, a Long Island woman who died from breast cancer at the age of 31. 

 

 

Work Begins on Hemp Seed Vault in Geneva:

 

The nation’s only hemp seed vault will soon be located in the Finger Lakes region.  Work is underway on the “Industrial Hemp Germplasm Repository,” which will be sited at Cornell University’s agricultural research facility in Geneva.  It will help breeders and geneticists develop new varieties of industrial hemp while also identifying genes for pest and disease resistance.  Senator Charles Schumer announced the project on Friday, noting that he helped secure $500,000 in federal funding for the project because of the potential industrial hemp has to boost the upstate economy.  

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Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 3, 2019

Bath Woman Arrested for Alleged Arson
A Bath woman has been charged with arson after an investigation discovered she intentionally set fire to her home on Ash Street. 39-year-old Rebecca Manry-Miller allegedly intentionally started a fire in her residence, causing damage and endangering responding firefighters. Manry-Miller is also accused of submitting false information about the fire on an insurance claim and is being held at the Steuben County Jail awaiting arraignment for charges of insurance fraud and reckless endangerment.

 

Schuyler Sheriffs Announce New Traffic Patterns for WGI Weekend
The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit. As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road. This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.

 

Reed Calls on Cuomo to Take Action on I-90 Repairs
Congressman Tom Reed Thursday called on Governor Cuomo to end the political dispute with the Seneca nation and repair the I-90 Thruway and other roadways running through the Seneca Nation. Reed, citing dangerous conditions and the possibility of injury to motorists and damage to vehicles, served the governor and other DOT officials with a formal letter of defective conditions holding New York State liable “for any and all injury, loss of life, and or damage resulting from the road conditions.”

 

Cuomo Signs Law Expanding Address Confidentiality Protections
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed legislation allowing victims of sexual offenses, stalking and human trafficking to participate in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program. The program allows victims to keep their address hidden from their perpetrators by using a substitute address provided by the Department of State in lieu of their actual home, school or work address. The bill will take effect 90 days after becoming law. Under the previous law, only victims of domestic violence were eligible to participate in the Address Confidentiality Program. However, many victims of sexual offenses, stalking or human trafficking also have a need for the benefits of an address confidentiality program because they often attempt to evade actual or threatened violence by moving to a new address in order to hide from an assailant or potential assailant.

 

Comptroller Sales Tax Report Released
According to a report just released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, local sales tax collections for the first two quarters of 2019 grew at a moderate pace compared to the stronger early quarters of 2018. Most of the economic factors that typically explain overall sales tax collections — such as wages and consumer spending — grew at a modest pace. However, a decrease in gasoline prices in the first half of 2019 caused a drop in the portion of taxes collected from the sale of motor fuels. Outside of NYC, only the Southern Tier had a growth rate above the statewide average of 3.3 percent. A number of counties saw fairly robust growth. Broome County had the highest year-over-year increase of 9.8 percent, followed by Seneca County (7.3 percent) and Yates County (6.8 percent).

 

Governor Signs Law Creating Maternal Mortality Review Board
Governor Cuomo has signed legislation to create a Maternal Mortality Review Board charged with reviewing the cause of each maternal death in New York State and making recommendations to the Department of Health on strategies for preventing future deaths and improving overall health outcomes. The United States has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the developed world - and racial disparities continue to persist, as black women are nationally almost four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women, and three times more likely in New York.

 

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Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 2nd

New Traffic Patterns for NASCAR Weekend in Watkins Glen:

 

The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department has released information regarding some new traffic patterns for Watkins Glen due to the NASCAR Monster Energy Series Cup race at WGI on Sunday.  A large volume of traffic is expected on County Route 16 because of the influx of cars coming to the race circuit.  As a result, the department will use County Route 16 as one-way traffic with three lanes going from State Route 414 to Gate 2 at the track, and two lanes of traffic from Townsend Road to Kuhl Winner Way.  There will be one lane of traffic from Bronson Hill Road to Townsend Road.  This will start at 6 a.m. and last until 3 p.m.  Starting at 9 a.m., Kuhl Winner Way will be a one-way road southbound from County Route 16 to Gate #5, and northbound from Bronson Hill Road to Gate #6.

 

 

Not Enough Money to Go Around in Equifax Settlement:

 

As if getting hacked wasn’t bad enough, now victims of the 2017 Equifax breach might now miss out on their piece of the settlement money.  As part of the $300 million settlement, victims were offered either free credit monitoring, or a check for up to $125, but the Federal Trade Commission says so many people are asking for a cash payment there may not be enough for everyone.  The FTC recommends choosing the free credit monitoring instead of the cash.

 

 

Prattsburgh FFA Receives Living to Serve Grant from National FFA:

 

The Prattsburgh FFA chapter has been awarded a $3,000 yearlong Living to Serve Grant.  The nationwide program provides grant money to local FFA chapters to support service-learning projects that address needs related to community safety, environmental responsibility, hunger, health and nutrition, and community engagement.  The Prattsburgh chapter plans to use the funds to address health, hunger, and nutrition by maintaining a small chicken coop, sustaining the community garden, and adding fruit tree and shrub varieties to the community garden.  This will allow the chapter to increase yield and donate chicken eggs to community members free of charge.  Additionally, the Prattsburgh FFA will host workshops on the importance of produce and nutrition, and will work with other classes in interdisciplinary projects.

 

 

Corning Church Opens 24/7 Food Pantry:

 

While the City of Corning and surrounding area has many regular food pantries, the Corning Grace United Methodist Church has found that emergencies don’t always happen on a regular schedule.  So the church has decided to tackle the problem and help those in need by opening a 24/7 emergency pantry to the public.  The pantry will function like any other, except it will be open around the clock, and even if the doors on the church aren’t open, those in need can call the numbers on the door and someone will be able to come and let them in.

 

 

Applications Still Open for ARC Grants:

 

There’s still time for local organizations to submit applications for 2020 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grants.  According to the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) 50-50 matching grants of between $5,000 and $150,000 are available to local educational institutions, nonprofits, and other organizations to provide “solutions that will improve infrastructure, the economy, job opportunities, and health for residents of the STC Region.”  Applications are due September 3rd.  For more information visit http://www.stcplanning.org.       

 

 

New Mountain Bike Race Set at Mossy Bank Park:

 

On Sunday, August 11th, Mossy Bank Park in Bath will host the 1st Annual The Hills on Fire Enduro XC mountain bike race.  Starting at 9 a.m., the race will consist of riders traversing two courses in scenic Mossy Bank Park.  Each course will be about 5 miles in length with a mix of single and double track.  There will be a 3-hour window to complete 3 laps on each course.  Riders will be allowed to take a break between laps.  After the 3-hour mark, the course will be closed and transformed into the second course.  Riders then have 3-hours to complete 3 laps on the new course.  The first 50 riders to sign up for this event receive a free t-shirt.  Cost varies whether registering as a team of 3 or solo.  There will also be a chicken BBQ at the park from 4 to 6 p.m.  For more information, contact Wheels Unlimited of Bath at 776-6609, or visit http://www.thehillsonfire.com.    

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Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 1st

NYS Authorizes Emergency Responders to Remove Animals from Cars:

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday that gives firefighters and other emergency responders the authority to remove animals in unattended vehicles under conditions that endanger the animal’s health or well-being.  The legislation will help reduce wait times when calls are made to 911 that a pet is in danger, especially in areas and at times when law enforcement or animal control availability is limited.  The bill goes into effect immediately.  Said Cuomo, “Leaving a pet in a stifling hot or freezing cold car is inhumane and potentially dangerous, and emergency responders should have the ability to remove them if necessary.”

 

 

NYS Limits Arming of Teachers:

 

Also on Wednesday, the Governor signed legislation limiting an educational institution’s ability to authorize any person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer or security guard to carry a firearm on school grounds, and directing State Police to establish statewide regulations aimed at strengthening existing gun buyback programs and create new programs for the safe removal of illegal, unsecured, abandoned, or unwanted firearms.  Citing that the introduction of guns into schools could create the potential for accidental shootings or other acts of violence, the first bill stipulates that educational institutions can’t issue written authorization to carry a gun to any teacher, professor, administrator, or other person who is not primarily employed as a school resource officer, law enforcement officer, or security guard.  It goes into effect immediately.  The other bill directs State Police to work with the Department of State to establish uniform regulations for gun buyback programs so that all the programs across the state are operated consistently, and that these programs take place in every county in the state.  This bill will take effect 180 days after becoming law.

 

 

Woodstock 50 Officially Canceled:

 

After months of obstacles and backsteps, Woodstock 50 has officially been canceled.  The announcement came Wednesday after more of the originally scheduled acts backed out of performing, including: Santana, The Lumineers, and The Killers.  In a statement, co-founder Michael Lang cited “conflicting radius issues in the D.C. area,” as a reason why artists were unable to perform, as well as “for their own reasons.”  He went on to thank the artists, fans, and partners who stood by the event.  While the Woodstock 50 event is no more, those looking to celebrate the anniversary can still do so at the original Woodstock site with the Bethel Woods Music and Culture Festival.  Original Woodstock performers John Fogerty and Santana will perform, along with Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band.  There will also be TED-style talks and special exhibits. 

 

 

Tuition Debt Relief Program Available for CCC Students:

 

Students laboring under tuition debt at SUNY Corning Community College will now have help easing their burden.  CCC is offering the “Barons Brought Back” program for former students who accrued debt during the 2018-2019 academic year.  Students with bills of $1,500 or less will be able to enroll for the fall semester as long as they have a prior grade point average of 2.00 or higher, are enrolled for at least 12 credit hours, and complete financial aid paperwork to have grants or loans in place to pay for the fall 2019 semester.  Students who owe more than $1,500 qualify for the Barons Brought Back program if they can first pay enough to reduce the outstanding balance to $1,500.  CCC will reduce one third of the debt, up to $500, at the end of the fall semester if students successfully complete at least 12 credit hours and achieve at least a 2.00 grade point average.    

 

 

Travel Advisory – Upcoming Road Work in Arkport & Campbell:

 

The state Department of Transportation has announced upcoming road work in the Town of Campbell and the Village of Arkport.  In Campbell, bridge work will resume on Interstate 86 over County Route 333 on Sunday.  Work will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. with interstate traffic being detoured around the area.  During the day, I-86 will be open to a single lane of traffic and C.R. 333 will have both lanes open.  In Arkport, paving will take place around a railroad crossing on State Route 961F beginning Monday.  The crossing is near the intersection of County Route 67.  Traffic will be detoured along State Route 36.  The Campbell project is expected to take 5 days, while the Arkport project will last through Wednesday.

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