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Top Stories, March 31, 2022

Statement From Bath Police Chief Colin Taft, About The Release Of James Ward

“The Village of Bath would like to make the community aware that a level 3 sex offender named James Ward, born in 1956, is out of prison after a 30 year sentence for Murder, Attempted Rape 1st and Sexual Abuse 1st.  Mr. Ward is residing at the Budget Inn, Bath located at 332 W. Morris St.  A photograph will be released in the near future, but he is described as 5’5’’, 197 pounds, white male.” 

Palmesano Says The State Budget Will Be Late

The state budget deadline is April 1st, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says, it won’t be done on time, because of a lack of agreement about bail reform, between the Governor, the Assembly and the State Senate Leaders.

Gillibrand: Getting Post Offices Back Into Banking

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is working to get support in the senate among Republicans, to legalize banking once again, in post offices. Gillibrand says it makes sense to have banking services in Post Offices, as post offices are everywhere, already do money orders, and are staffed enough to be able to provide more banking services to the public.  

Eileen Collins Book Signing This Weekend In Elmira

Former Astronaut and Elmira native, Eileen Collins will be at the Wings of Eagles Center in Elmira, for a book signing, on Saturday, from Noon till 1:30pm.

Hammondsport School Budget Update

The Hammondsport Board of Education will be having a meeting on Wednesday, April 6 at 6pm, it will be a special budget meeting.

Tyrtle Beach News

Yesterday, we told you about how Prattsburgh Central was going to be doing a fundraiser for Tyrtle Beach, and it turns out that the fundraiser that Prattsburgh students will be taking part in, will be a team trivia event, with Prattsburgh Central students grades 7-12.

Top Stories, March 30, 2022

More Local Road Work Begins Next Week

Road work is coming up in Urbana next week.  According to the New York State D.O.T. more lane closures will take place along State Route 54, north of Urbana Road for culvert replacement projects. The road will be an alternating single lane starting Monday April 4. There will be on-site flagging from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.  This is expected to last for a week.

Bath Amazon Update

Here’s the latest on Amazon coming to Bath: Steuben County Industrial Development Agency leader Jamie Johnson says, the IDA recently authorized execution of the bid for the project pending final execution of funding agreements, and, they are finalizing those agreements and hope to execute the bid soon.
Hornby Man Is Facing Serious Charges

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that deputies arrested 62 year old Todd Weber of Hornby.  It’s alleged that Weber threatened others with murder and did act in a manner to cause a reasonable expectation that he would commit murder.  Weber was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, he was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

Bath Police Chief: Judges Need To Have Bail Reform Changed

At the state capital in Albany, lawmakers continue to discuss the possibility of making changes to bail reform. Wvin caught up with Bath village Police Chief Colin Taft, and asked him, what he would like to see changed, about bail reform.  “I’d like to see the judges be able to have more discretion on who is held on bail,” Taft said.  “We are losing the ability to do proactive patrol, because we are constantly dealing with the same people over and over again on repeat warrants.  I think the judges should be able to decide on bail, based on the suspect’s criminal history and other factors, if the suspect should stay in jail or not.” 

Statement From NYSCOPBA About “HALT”

The State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Union, put out a statement, saying that they want New York State, to delay starting a new prison policy called HALT on April 1st.  HALT, stands for Humane Alternatives for Long Term Solitary Confinement.  The Union’s spokesman says, violence against prison guards greatly increased last year, and now is not the time to try a policy that will lead to more violence against corrections officers.  The Corrections Officers Union says, the prison disciplinary system has been so weakened that an inmate wouldn’t think twice about attacking staff or another inmate because they know that there are no real ramifications to their actions.  The Union spokesman says, the assault statistics support that statement. 

Some Local School News

Campbell-Savona Central School officials say, next Monday’s board of education budget workshop has been cancelled, and Prattsburgh central school is getting a bunch of students together, grades seven through twelve, to help raise money for Tyrtle Beach.  Tyrtle Beach is coming up on April 29.

Top Stories, March 29, 2022

Hammondsport School Calendar News

At the Hammondsport Board of Education's March meeting, the Board approved changes to the 2021-2022 District calendar, making June 23, 2022 the last day of school for students and staff. 

 

Fatal Fire In Allegany County

One person died in a house fire in the Allegany County of Wellsville this morning, that person’s name has not been released yet. 

 

Teen Might Possibly Charged With DUI Or DWI In Chemung County, After Five Were Injured

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office reports that they are investigating an early morning accident that occurred at the intersection of Laurel Hill Rd. and Park Station Road, in the Town

of Erin.  At 12:36 a.m. Deputies were dispatched to this location for a report of a roll-over motor vehicle accident involving five occupants.  Officials say that during the course of the investigation, deputies determined that a teenage driver, was traveling north on Laurel Hill Road when at some point he lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then left the roadway, traveled through some brush and went airborne into a ravine. The vehicle continued through some more brush and thickets, afterwards rolling over and coming to a stop. The driver and four of his passengers, ranging from the ages of 17 to 20 years old, were all transported from the scene to various hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.  Based on evidence at the scene and the initial investigation conducted, it was clear that alcohol was a contributing factor in this accident. Sheriff’s Deputies are continuing their investigation and charges are expected to be filed at a later date.

 

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

Today is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.  This is a day that was created by President Donald Trump in 2020.  State Senator Tom O’Mara put out a statement saying to Vietnam Vets, “thank you for your sacrifice and for your service.” 

 

Schumer Talks About Senate’s Jobs Bill

This morning in the US Senate, Senator Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that the Jobs and Competitiveness legislation has passed in the senate.   Schumer says that this will help lower costs by making it easier to produce critical technologies here at home, like semiconductors.  “It will create more jobs by bringing manufacturing back from overseas,” the senator stated.

 

Reed: Congressional Art Contest Has Begun

The 23rd congressional district art competition is going on once again, and Congressman Tom Reed says, if you know any young students with artistic talent, to call Sharon Murphy at his office, about getting framed artwork seen, in the halls of Congress.  Sharon Murphy’s number is 607-654-7566. 

Top Stories, March 28, 2022

Religious Event For Local Ukrainians Was Held In Chemung County

Over the weekend, there was a religious get together, for Ukrainians, that was on Saturday in Elmira Heights.  Elmira Heights Mayor Margaret Smith was there.   “We held an event Saturday night, across from our St. Nicholas Church in Elmira Heights, and we opened it up to the public, and about 80 people showed up,” Mayor Smith told Wvin News.  “We had a candlelight vigil, we coordinated it with St. Nicholas Church and Father Czabala.  We wanted to honor and pray and give our local Ukrainian community in Elmira Heights, our support and love for them.”  

 

Bath Makes The Buffalo News Sunday Edition

There is a story is in the Buffalo News, about the lawsuit against Governor Kathy Hochul, for approving the new legislative district maps.  Buffalo News columnist Bob McCarthy’s article is entitled, In The Village of Bath, A Fight For The State Is Playing Out.”  In the article, McCarthy sums up the case, which still is not over yet, Steuben County Surrogate Court Judge Pat McAllister will hear closing oral statements on March 31.  He will make a ruling by April 4.

 

Covid Update, Monday March 28, 2022

Steuben County Public Health reports that there have been 136 new cases of the covid in Steuben County, since last Monday’s update.

 

An Arrest In Corning On Saturday

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on March 26, 2022, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew S. Crosson, age 32, of LPGA Drive, Corning, New York.  It is alleged that Mr. Crosson did forcibly detain another person, threaten and cause physical injury to that person and damage property while on LPGA Drive, Corning, New York.  Mr. Crosson was charged with Assault in the Third Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the Second Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Menacing in the Third Degree.  Mr. Crosson was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and held in lieu of one dollar bail.  Sheriff Allard thanks the City of Corning Police for their assistance in this arrest.

 

Top Stories, March 26, 2022

Car Found In Savona, Turns Out To Be Stolen From Hornell

Hornell Police report that a car was found in the Village of Savona, was stolen from Hornell, that was on March 11.  Hornell Police report, that they’ve arrested Brian Hojnoski, 54, charging him with 3rd and 4th Degree Grand Larceny, for allegedly stealing that car.  Hojnoski is being held without bail in Steuben County Jail.

Bath Town Constable Charged 

Bath Village Police report that the Bath Town Constable, Daniel Chapman, 31, was charged yesterday, with 2nd degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument, for allegedly possessing a forged government document.   Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, it’s a forged county government document.   

Bath Woman Is Charged With Meth Possession

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Ashley Beyea, 34, of Bath, who is charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd ( Class B Felony). The arrest stems from a traffic stop on 03/25/2022 at the intersection of W. Morris and W. Washington Street in the Village of Bath. Beyea was found to be in possession of over 6 grams of Methamphetamine. Beyea was processed, taken to Centralized Arraignment Court and released without bail.

Man Wanted By Numerous Police Dept's, Arrested In Bath

The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Jackson Welfel, 22, of Elmira, on charges of Petit Larceny, Criminal Impersonation 2nd and Burglary 3rd. The arrest stems from a call on 03/25/2022 at Tractor Supply (404 W. Morris Street) in the Village of Bath. Tractor Supply reported there was a suspicious male inside the store trying to return items that were taken off the shelves after entering the store. The suspect was to be found using the name of his younger brother to avoid being arrested on 6 outstanding warrants from several different agencies. Welfel was processed, taken to Centralized Arraignment Court and released without bail. Welfel was then handed over to Horsehead’s State Police barracks in regards to charges the state police had on Welfel.

Top Stories, March 25, 2022

No Smoking/Vaping On Town Property In Prattsburgh

There is a new town law in Prattsburgh about no-smoking and no vaping on town property, that new law was adopted this week by the Prattsburgh Town Board.

 

Steuben Co Weighs In On BA.2 Variant 

Steuben County Public Health is encouraging people to get the vaccine or booster, as a way of keeping the BA.2 subvariant of covid numbers, down.  That's according to Public Health Director Darlene Smith.  "This is a sister variant, to the Omicron Variant," Smith tells Wvin News.  "So far the early data is indicating that it is at least as contagious as Omicron, and perhaps even more contagious.   But the good news is, it does look as though the current vaccine is effective in preventing a serious illness, should someone who is already vaccinated, contract this particular variant." 

 

Update On Criminal Enterprise Case 

In December 2020, several men were arrested by State Police for an alleged drug and prostitution ring.  Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says Larry Comfort Sr and Jonathan Hamilton were in court yesterday, Comfort pleaded guilty to numerous charges and might be given six to twelve years in prison, when sentenced.  Hamilton pleaded guilty to 2nd degree criminal contempt.

Dansville Woman Is Facing Federal Charges

The U.S. Attorneys Office has indicted, a Dansville woman, on six counts, for allegedly entering the Capitol Building in Washington DC on January 6th.   The indictment says that Katharine Morrison quote – “did knowingly enter and remain in a restricted building and grounds, that is, any posted, cordoned off, and otherwise restricted area within the United States Capitol, and it’s grounds, where the Vice President was temporarily visiting, without any lawful authority to do so.” 

Top Stories, March 24, 2022

Hammondsport And Savona News

The Hammondsport Village Planning Board met last night, and approved a rental permit for a Main Street Hammondsport address.  In Savona, the village board will be meeting on April 4th, to discuss among other issues, the Savona budget.

 

Pistol Safety Classes Are All Filled Up

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says that the pistol safety classes, for the rest of the spring, are all filled up.  The sheriff describes this as an important and valuable class, where those who take it will learn all kinds of important things related to owning a handgun.  Also, according to Sheriff Allard, more and more women are taking the pistol safety classes these days. 


Upcoming Lecture At Corning Community College

Longtime New York Times and LA Times journalist and award winning writer, Sonia Nazario, is going to be speaking at Corning Community College, about her 2013 book, Enrique’s Journey.  The book Enrique’s Journey, is about a young boy from Honduras, who comes to America, to find his mother.  The talk is scheduled for Thursday April 7, at 7pm, at Corning Community. 

A.U. Taking In Students From Ukraine This Fall Semester

Alfred University will have new students coming in from Ukraine.  “We have two students, we’ve admitted for the fall, thanks to some generous scholarship support,” said Alfred University President Dr. Mark Zupan.  “One of the families ran a business in Kiev, they have escaped to Romania.  “The other one is still in Western Ukraine and is reasonably safe but just imagining what their lives are like right now. Their circumstances have really been upended, and if you would like to contribute to the scholarship support, please email me at Zupan@Alfred.edu,” Zupan stated.   

Top Stories, March 23, 2022

A Vietnam Event Is Scheduled For Wednesday March 30

There is an event for and about Vietnam Veterans is coming up a week from today at the Bath American Legion.  That will be Wednesday March 30th, 12pm-6pm at the Legion.  Congressman Tom Reed noted the event in his weekly media call today.  “When it comes to our Vietnam Veterans in particular, we can never forget,” Reed stated.  “We can never forget their service, which they and their families gave during the Vietnam War, and the risk and deaths that many of them suffered and their families suffered.  We also cannot forget how they were treated.  The Vietnam vets, when they came back from war, were wrongfully accused of so many wrong doings, when they should have been praised as heroes.  Hopefully this event on March 30, will send a signal to those Vietnam vets that we embrace them, and we thank them,” Reed told Wvin News.    

 

Arrest In Bath 

Bath Police report the arrest of 25 year old Shaylee E. Ridley, of Bath, NY. Officials say, this arrest stems from a domestic dispute complaint.  Ridley was charged with 2nd degree Burglary, two counts of 4th degree Criminal Mischief 4th, Endangering the Welfare of a Child and 2nd degree Harassment.

 

A Steuben County Deputy Gets Another Award

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says, Deputy Joshua Van Skiver was recognized recently for an award by Mothers Against Drunk Driving.  “Deputy Van Skiver in his career, has conducted over 3,000 DWI and DWAI arrests, in effort to stop intoxicated drivers from causing injury and fatalities on our roadways,” Sheriff Allard said.  “He has really made tremendous efforts and strides, and a big difference in roadways here in Steuben County.”

 

Music In The Park Series Starts With Tribute Band

Coming up on July 6th the Zac Brown Tribute Band will kick off the 2022 Music in the Park Series in Pulteney Park in Bath from 5:30-7:30.

Top Stories, March 22, 2022

A Bath Man Is Charged, After An Alleged Hostage Situation In Wheeler

 

Bath Man Sheriff Jim Allard reports that 38 year old Bruce Campbell of Bath was forcibly holding someone in the town of Wheeler, and took a while to surrender.  The sheriff says, the Sheriff’s Crisis Negotiation Unit and a SWAT team had to be brought in before Campbell surrendered, which Campbell finally did.  Bruce Campbell is facing numerous charges including 1st degree unlawful imprisonment, he was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Binghamton Man Is Accused Of Reckless Driving/DUAI

State Police got a call recently, about an erratic operator complaint on I86 in Erwin.  Troopers located the vehicle being operated by a 39 year old man from Binghamton.  The suspect was subsequently arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and other traffic violations and was given an appearance ticket returnable to the Town of Erwin Court.

Governor Hochul: Watch Out When Giving To Ukraine-Related Charities  

Governor Kathy Hochul today advised New Yorkers about charity scams and increased cybersecurity threats related to Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The New York State Division of Consumer Protection has learned of fraudulent requests for charitable relief money to support victims of the war. Consumers are encouraged to carefully evaluate any request for money and verify charities prior to donating money or supplies. "New York is home to the largest Ukrainian population in the United States, and New Yorkers always lend a helping hand to take care of those in need," the governor said.  "However, we must remain cautious of those who try to commit fraud, taking advantage of others' kindness. In your generosity to help our Ukrainian friends and family, remember if something seems suspicious, it likely is."

 

Senator Schumer: Child Care Is Getting Pretty Expensive

Addressing the domestic issue of the cost of child care this morning in the U.S. Senate, Senator Chuck Schumer said the cost is now around $10,000 per child, a year.  “That’s more than some might pay on the annual cost of a mortgage,” Schumer stated.  “$10,000 a year is simply out of reach for many families, not only do our kids suffer when they don’t have somewhere safe to stay, families suffer when their parents cannot enter the workforce (because they are babysitting).” 

Top Stories, March 21, 2022

Who Put The Shirts Up In The Trees In Bath?

So who put the tee shirts up in the trees last week on Liberty Street in Bath?  We found out from Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet.  The mayor tells our news department that it was someone from a local cannabis store, who put the tee shirts up in the trees. 

March 21 Covid Update From Steuben Co Public Health

130 new COVID positive tests have been reported since last Monday's update. Sadly, 2 more residents have passed: a 68 year old man in Corning and a 53 year old man in Woodhull. 

 

Tom Reed Votes For Three Important Bills

Congressman Tom Reed voted for three bills last week, all three of which passed in the House.  The three bills are: HR 7108, which bans normal trade relations with Russia; HR 2116, which forbids employers from discriminating against employees over their hairstyles; and HR 6434, which sets it up so that at national parks, there’s more literature available about American Internment Camps for Japanese Americans, during WWII.  “We were proud to support the Japanese American WWII History Network Act,” Reed told Wvin News.  “We must never allow ourselves to forget the senseless mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. So many American lives were needlessly upended, and this Act serves as an important reminder to never allow this part of our history to repeat itself.”

 

Palmesano: State Parole Board Wants To Make Even More Changes

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says, the state parole board is working to lessen the number of years for prisoners, that are 55 and older, who are in prison, have to wait, for parole hearings.  According to Palmesano, if the parole board wins on this one, violent criminal offenders will be eligible for a hearing after serving 15 years.  If they’re not released, they’ll be up for more parole hearings, every two years after that.  Palmesano maintains, recalling the details while preparing for parole hearings, is too painful for family members to deal with that often. 

 

Climate Action Council News

State Senator Tom O’Mara says, there are plans from the state climate action council to prevent existing buildings from getting natural gas service starting in 2024, and preventing natural gas from being permitted inside new buildings in 2024.  According to O’Mara, the list of things like that that the climate action council wants to do, goes on and on.  Supporters of the Climate Action Council maintain that climate change is such a major problem, that any and all suggestions to fight it, should be pursued. 

Top Stories, March 19, 2022

Construction Work Is Coming Up On I-86 - Mon, March 21st

Starting Monday, construction work will be taking place on I86 between Exit 36, Avoca, and Exit 37, Kanona, officials say that there will be single lane traffic on I-86 in that area, until November.

The New York State Gov’t Is Using County Sales Tax $$$  

According to Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler says, state government, meaning the governor, and the state senate and assembly leaders, have been taking away county sales tax money, for the past two years.  Wheeler says, the state has been using sales tax money that was intended for county government use, in order to pay for AIM funding to cities and villages, and to pay into the distressed hospitals state fund.  “The New York State Legislature and the governor have been intercepting sales tax money,” Wheeler told Wvin News, “to pay for state programs.”  The good news is, according to Wheeler, Governor Kathy Hochul has put a stop to using money for AIM, but the governor still uses sales tax revenue for the fiscally distressed hospital funds. 

Sen. Schumer: We Won’t Stop Fighting Until We Win

Senator Chuck Schumer says, the cost of prescription drugs has gotten out of control, especially for seniors on fixed incomes.  Schumer says that he won’t stop fighting on this until he wins.  “The cost of prescription drugs has gotten completely out of control, especially for seniors who are on fixed incomes and tight budgets,” Schumer said. “I thank AARP for calling attention to this issue and will continue working with them to make affordable prescription drugs a reality. We won’t stop fighting until we win.”

A Recent Poll Has Zeldin Ahead In The Race For Governor

A new Zogby Poll out, shows that Republican Candidate for Governor Lee Zeldin is a point ahead of Governor Kathy Hochul.  The poll also shows Zeldin is 31 points ahead of all other Republicans in the race for governor.

 

Top Stories, March 18, 2022

Avoca-Prattsburgh Wins

Avoca-Prattsburgh defeated Oppenheim-Ephrata-St Johnsville, in a game heard on WVIN today, 59-42.  Congratulations Avoca-Prattsburgh! 

 

Shirts Hanging In Trees, On Liberty Street?

Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet says, Bath Village Hall has received several complaints about shirts hanging in trees on Liberty Street.  The mayor says, they will address this as soon as possible. Sweet also noted that shirts up in the trees, look terrible.  “This will not be tolerated,” said the mayor. 


Talk Of Terra-Gen Wind, In Prattsburgh

Coming up April 13th, an open house with Terra-Gen officials about their plans for a possible wind farm in Prattsburgh.  The open house will be in the town of Atlanta on April 13th, from 4pm to 630pm, at the fire department on university avenue in Atlanta.

 

Senator Gillibrand Is Going To Europe

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is going to both Germany and Poland, to meet with American soldiers and with Ukrainian refugees. 

 

Reed: American Cannot Tolerate The Invasion Of Ukraine

Congressman Tom Reed Tweeted the following: “The announcement that bans importing Russian oil sends an important message that we will not tolerate Russia's invasion of Ukraine.”

 

Dormann Library Is Helping Out Those Who Need A Job

Need a job?  The Dormann Library in Bath might be able to help you out.  The Dormann Library announced this morning that anyone with a library card, can access helpful online databases with info on job interview tips, interview techniques, and help with resumes.  Just visit the Dormann Library for more information. 

Top Stories, March 17, 2022

Mayor Sweet Thanks Supporters

Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet put out the following statement this morning on FB:  “I want to thank everyone for your support. I do this for you - the taxpayers who believe Bath can be great once again. I’m humbled to have this opportunity and for the next two years work side by side with some of the most dedicated public servants who all share the same goal of making Bath a better place to live, work, and raise a family. This will take lots of work and time but I feel we are moving in the right direction. Thanks!”

 

Hogan To Cuomo: Now Is Not The Time

Former Governor Andrew Cuomo is attempting to make a political comeback.  Some media outlets are reporting that Cuomo is even seriously considering having a primary against Governor Kathy Hochul.  Steuben County Democrat Chairman Shawn Hogan does not think that this is the right time for Cuomo.  Hogan tells WVIN News that it did not work for Andrew Cuomo when Cuomo attempted a primary against Carl McCall in 2002 in the governor’s race that year, something that Cuomo had to bow out of, due to a lack of interest. 

 

Assemblyman Giglio: Keep The Budget Fiscally Oriented

Assemblyman Joe Giglio says, the state budget should return to being strictly fiscal.  Giglio says, Governor Hochul’s budget proposal included a number of policy items, which the Assembly does not want in there.  The assembly reportedly stripped the policy issues that the governor wanted, from the assembly version of the budget.

 

Troopers Warn About Crime Organization In Western NY

State Troopers say, that a worldwide organized crime group has stolen a total of $3200 from Walmarts in Ontario County and Erie County.  State Police say, the scam goes like this: a member of the Crime Group goes into Walmarts, buys electronic items, and confuses the employee by fast talking and telling the cashier that he wants change in a different way.  The crime group is reportedly made up of males, they were seen driving away in a black Chrysler minivan.  Anyone with any info can call state police at 585-398-4100.

Top Stories, March 16, 2022

Village Election 2022 – Results From Tuesday March 15 Voting

Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet was re-elected, Sweet got 67 votes, and in the Bath Village Trustee races, Melanie Coots and Mark Bardeen both won, Melanie Coots 75 votes, and Mark Bardeen 74 votes.   

Hammondsport Village election results: Village Trustees Leah Butler and Robert Kleckner were re-elected last night, Leah Butler received 96 votes, and Robert Kleckner - 118 votes.  Mary Jane Bray did not win, coming in third, with 85 votes. 

In Savona, the two trustee victories, Jessica Stevens and the incumbent Christopher McCann were elected.  No numbers yet there for those races, Wvin News is hearing that the numbers will likely be released on Friday.    

Fire In Woodhull

A fire on Tuesday afternoon, destroyed a race car shop owned by Jerred Dennis.   According to Woodhull Town planning board member Kenny Schupp, there were no injuries or fatalities, but the race car shop suffered massive fire damage.  Schupp also noted that many in the Woodhull community came out to help during and after the fire. 

Palmesano To Read A Book About Agriculture, To Steuben Co Second Graders

Corning Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be reading a book called “Farmer Will Allen And The Growing Table” to second graders in classrooms throughout Steuben County.  This is being done to celebrate Agriculture Literacy Week.

Climate Action Council Update

State Senator Tom O’Mara says the state’s Climate Action Council released a schedule for 10 public hearings on a plan that New York State residents will be able to submit official public comment on…you can find out more this website: climate.ny.gov

Sen. Schumer: $200 Million Coming To The Rochester-Finger Lakes Area  

Senator Chuck Schumer says that he’s proud to deliver $200 million dollars to the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region, as a result of the recent budget agreement.  Schumer says, this is big news and lots of jobs for the region.

 

Today's Top Stories, March 15, 2022

The Body Of The Missing Savona Man, Was Found

State Police are reporting that Eugeen Mattoon was found along the Cohocton River, in the town of Erwin, sometime yesterday.

 

Village Election Day Is Here

Today is Tuesday, March 15, voting is going on now in Bath, Savona, Hammondsport and villages across Steuben County.    In Bath, Mayor Mike Sweet and village trustees Melonie Coots and Mark Bardean are all seeking re-election.  In Hammondsport, three candidates are running for two seats on the village board: incumbents Leah Butler and Robert Kleckner are seeking re-election, also Mary Jane Bray is running for village Trustee.  In the Savona elections, there is a trustee’s race between Democrat Jessica Stevens and Republican Chris McCann. 

 

Message From Bath Police Chief: Lock Your Car Doors

Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft says, the police department is reminding Bath residents and visitors to lock your vehicles and to not leave your vehicle with the motor running.  The Police Chief says Bath has had a large uptick in stolen motor vehicles in the last year.  “We usually average 2-3 per year at most and are now averaging a dozen or more, just three in the last week,’” the police chief stated.

 

Wayland Fire Recovery Update

Wayland Village Mayor Mike Parks, who says, regarding the February 22 downtown fire in Wayland: the owner of the Chinese restaurant has hired an engineer who says that the second floor, might possibly be able to be salvaged after all.  The tattoo shop owner says, he is meeting with the engineer and a contractor to get estimates and found out what can be done about that part of the building.  

 

Governor Hochul’s Proposed 2023 Budget

Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed budget includes four billion dollars to increase wages for health care workers, $31.3 billion for education, including $53 million dollars for the SUNY college system.  The Democrat majorities in both the New York State Assembly and State Senate want to spend six billion dollars more in their budget, than the Democrat governor does.  The final budget will likely be signed on April 1st

 

Top Stories, March 14, 2022

The Search Continues For Missing Man From Savona

According to State Troopers and Steuben County Emergency Services Director Tim Marshall, the search continues for 79 year old Eugene Mattoon of Savona.  Matoon is five foot nine, thin, bald and has a white moustache, Matoon was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans.  Anyone who knows anything about Eugene Mattoon’s current location, can call 607 962 6864.

 

Covid News For Steuben County, March 14, 2022

From Steuben County Public Health: 55 new positive COVID tests have been reported since Friday's update. Sadly, 2 more residents have passed: a 68 year old man in Bath, and a 73 year old woman in Addison.

 

Update On Recovery From The February 22nd Fire In Wayland

WVIN News caught up with Wayland officials about their work to restore and repair the buildings that were damaged by fire on February 22nd.  Wayland Codes Officer Chuck Kagle says that the majority of the fire damage was on the second floor, and the first floor buildings, suffered mostly water damage.  Officials are waiting to hear back from both insurance companies and business owners, to see what the next step in the process will be.   

 

Ringing In Spring, At Hammondsport Central

Coming up at Hammondsport Central this Friday, staff and students will be dressing to “ring in spring”.  Special prizes will be given to students and staff by the elementary and high school student councils. 

Top Stories, March 12, 2022

Missing Person Case

From State Police: On March 11, 2022, at approximately 2:15 p.m., the State Police responded to the area of Savona Campbell Back Road near the Cohocton River for the report of a missing person.  Missing is Eugene Mattoon, age 79, from Savona, and he is described as 5’ 09" tall, thin build, and was last wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans.  The State Police are being assisted by the Steuben County Office of Emergency Management, and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office.  Investigators have utilized the State Police Helicopter, UAS (drone),  the State Police Under Water Recovery Team, as well as the Steuben County Sheriff’s Departments K-9 and UAS, (drone) Units.  Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at Painted Post at 607-962-6864.

Drug Arrest In Bath

Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet says, Bath Village Police investigated a pulled over vehicle on East Morris Street…the mayor says, 56 grams, that’s $5600 worth of suspected crystal methamphetamine was found inside the vehicle.

From Mayor Sweet: On March 8th, 2022 Officer Roberson and K9 Bud stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation at approximately noon on E. Morris St. After a preliminary investigation, K9 Bud alerted to narcotics in the motor vehicle. A lock box was found under the seat and the item was seized for a search warrant application. The operator was released pending the results of the investigation. On March 11th after a search warrant was signed the box was opened and 56 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine was discovered inside. The street value of the narcotics is valued at $5,600. An arrest warrant will be filed for the operator of the motor vehicle.

Palmesano: Covid Relief For Veterans

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says that Assembly Republicans are trying to get $500 million dollars to veterans for covid related reasons.  According to Palmesano, the money would go specifically to county veteran departments and veterans housing organizations. 

Top Stories, March 11, 2022

New Maps Will Have To Be Made, For Steuben County’s Districts

Officials with the Steuben County Legislature are working on new county district maps as a result of the recent census.  Steuben County Lawmaker Gary Swackhamer (R, Hornell) tells WVIN News, that populations have changed in Hornell, Erwin and two other areas, and the county district maps will have to be adjusted because of the difference in census numbers in those places.  

There Is A Need For Ambulance Volunteers In Steuben County

Steuben County Legislative Chairman Scott Van Etten says, emergency medical services don’t have the number of volunteers around the county, that they used to.  “EMS (Emergency Medical Services) is hurting for bodies, as far as the number of people there are, to do the work goes,” said Van Etten.  “A lot of our volunteer ambulance corps across the county, they are aging out.  You don’t have a lot of the volunteers that are coming in, that are from the younger generation.”  Bath area county legislator Kelly Fitzpatrick agrees.  “Our ambulance services are having a hard time getting volunteers and the need for medical services continues to grow.”   

Cabin Fire In The Early Morning Hours In Jasper

From Steuben County Director Of Emergency Services Tim Marshall:  “The fire was at the Intersection of Potter Road and Highup Road town of Jasper.  It was a seasonal residence and there were no injuries.  No one was there at the time of the fire.  The cause is still under investigation.”

Job Opening At The Hammondsport PD

The Village of Hammondsport Police Department has a part time police officer position available.  To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Police Chief Jason Dininny.   His email is pd@Hammondsport.us  The closing date for the job, is March 25. 

A School Musical At Hammondsport Central This Weekend

Emma, the musical, will be put on tonight at 7pm at Hammondsport Central School.  Also, there will be performances on Sunday at 1pm and 4pm.

Upcoming Fundraiser For The Bath Volunteer Fire Dept

This reminder: A week from tomorrow, on Saturday, March 19, there will be a fundraiser for the Bath Volunteer fire department.  It will be a spaghetti dinner, the cost is $10.00.

Covid Update for Friday, March 11

51 new positive COVID tests have been reported since Wednesday's update. Per CDC, Steuben remains at a COVID community level of medium.

Top Stories, March 10, 2022

Races In The Upcoming Local Village Elections

On Tuesday of next week there will be village elections.  In Bath, Mayor Mike Sweet and village trustees Melonie Coots and Mark Bardean are all seeking re-election.  In the Village of Hammondsport, three candidates are running for two seats on the village board: incumbents Leah Butler and Robert Kleckner are seeking re-election, also running in next Tuesday’s election in Hammonsport, is Mary Jane Bray.  In the Village of Savona’s election, there is a trustee’s race between Democrat Jessica Stevens and Republican Chris McCann.
 

Southport Correctional Closed Today

In November Governor Kathy Hochul announced that Southport Correctional Facility in Chemung County, was going to be shut down on March 10th and that’s today, and Southport has officially closed down.

Suspect Charged For Allegedly Starting Fire At The Chemung Co Fairgrounds

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of 38-year old  Jeremy Montgomery of Elmira, for Arson in the Third Degree, a Class C Felony, Burglary in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, both Class E Felonies.   Montgomery is accused of intentionally starting a fire inside a concession stand at the Chemung County Fairgrounds in the early morning of March 6, 2022, which completely destroyed the concession stand.  He also accused of forcefully entering a horse stall at the Fairgrounds and stealing property from within the horse stall before stealing a pickup truck parked at the Fairground.  Officials also say Montgomery is a suspect in an additional fire set at a local business located near the Fairgrounds and additional charges are expected related to that investigation.

Top Stories, March 9,. 2022

March 9, 2022 Covid Update From Steuben County

41 new positive COVID tests have been reported since Monday's update, also, a 79 year old covid-positive woman in Bath, has died.

Canisteo Police Save Three Young Lives, Using Narcan

A story is breaking out of Canisteo today, the three teens were saved because Canisteo Police gave the three teenagers Narcan, to prevent them from dying from overdoses.  Afterwards, the three young males were then taken to the Hornell hospital’s emergency room.   After an investigation (which is still ongoing) three men, two from Canisteo and one from Hornell, were charged with Endangering The Welfare Of A Child.   Apparently, the three were present or somehow involved with three young males, ages 18 and younger, using some sort of chemical that caused them to nearly die. 

The Attorney General Warns Against Price Gouging At The Pump

New York State Attorney General Leticia James has set up a complaint page on the AG’s website, to take any info from anyone who thinks that gas stations are price gouging New Yorkers.  When reporting price gouging, consumers should:

  • Report the specific increased prices, the dates, and places that they saw the increased prices, and the types of fuel being sold;
  • Provide copies of their sales receipts and photos of the advertised prices, if available; and
  • Buy only as much fuel as they need and not to stock up out of fear of a potential future shortage. 
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Former Governor Of New York, Is Taking Donations For The Ukraine

Former Governor George Pataki is taking donations for relief to the people of Ukraine.  In a crisis as challenging as this, every donation makes a difference.  “One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to Ukrainian families through the Hungarian Human Rights Foundation—and Governor Pataki  will personally lead a delegation to Hungary in the coming weeks to deliver the supplies to the people in need.”  To learn more about this, go to https://www.georgepatakicenter.com/

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Bath Volunteer Fire Dept’s Upcoming Fundraiser

Coming up on Saturday March 19th, the Bath Volunteer Fire Department is having a spaghetti dinner fundraiser.   That will be at the Bath Fire Department building from 4pm to 7pm, on Saturday the 19th, the cost is $10.00

O’Mara And Palmesano, Attend “Local Roads Matter” Rally

This morning at the state capital in Albany, State Senator Tom O’Mara (R, Big Flats), Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning), and more than 60 state Senators and Assembly members, held a news conference about upstate roads.  The two GOP lawmakers called for increasing the base funding level for the CHIPS program by $250 million to a total of $788 million; increasing EWR funding by $50 million to $150 million;  distributing the $100 million proposed for the new “Pave Our Potholes” program utilizing the existing CHIPS/EWR aid formula to ensure equity and fairness; and  increasing the five-year, DOT Capital Plan to $44.1 billion, an $11.3-billion increase.   

 

Possible Tax On Ammunition Makers, Might Increase Cost of Ammo

Some downstate state legislators are talking about starting a tax on ammunition makers.  If passed into law, it would be a two cent to five cent tax per cartridge tax.  Critics say, the increase in gun crime is coming from criminals in big cities, that don’t shop at gun stores for ammo.  Supporters of the bill say, the money made off the ammo tax, would be used to pay for gun violence research.   

Tish James: Watch Out For Scams Related To Ukrainian Causes

State Attorney General Leticia James is warning New York State residents to be cautious when giving to charities for the Ukraine.  According to the A.G. we should watch out for emails asking for money, and double check to make sure that the organization we are giving to, is legit. 

Top Stories, March 7, 2022

March 7, 2022 Steuben County Covid Update

There have been 45 new positive COVID tests reported since Friday's update. Sadly, another resident has passed.   According to Steuben County Public Health, a 96 year old Corning man has died.

 

Work Is Going On All This Month, On Ark Street In Bath

Bath Electric, Gas and Water, are replacing the gas main on Ark Street, from West Morris Street to South Avenue, so that area will be closed off from now through the rest of the month.  If you have any questions, please call 776-2173 option 2.

 

There Will Be A St. Patricks Day Parade In Bath This Year

In Hornell, they have big Saint Patricks Day event, and they try to do this every year.  Because of Covid, Hornell has not had a St. Patricks Day parade in recent years.  However, they are having a parade and numerous parties to go with it, this Saturday, and the parade starts at 11am on Main Street in Hornell. That is according to Hornell Mayor John Buckley. 

 

Discussions Continue Between Buffalo Bills And State And Erie County

Governor Kathy Hochul says, talks continue, about building a new football stadium.  According to the governor, there will be an agreement by April 1.  Also, Hochul says that the stadium will be in Orchard Park and it won’t have a dome.

Today's Top Stories, March 5, 2022

Domestic Dispute Allegations In Addison

According to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, things got tense at a domestic dispute call in Addison.  33-year-old James Luce, was said to be in possession of a shotgun and is alleged to have made threats towards a police officer and someone else at the scene.  Luce was charged, arraigned and released.  

 

Reed Comments On The Court Case

The lawsuit regarding the state's new district maps, filed against Governor Kathy Hochul,  was in Steuben County Court Thursday.  Judge Pat McAllister said there will be another hearing on this, on March 14th.  Congressman Tom Reed who is not seeking re-election, his seat was changed on the new maps, and Reed weighed in on the court case.  “This is another step in what’s going to be a long journey,” Reed said.  “Dealing with the blatant gerrymandering and politicization of the map, coming out of Albany, that they’re using in Albany to protect Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. House majority that they have.  This is not going to be, in my opinion, going to be resolved before November.  I think this (the current map) will go forward, but this is something we’re going to be hearing about for the foreseeable future.” 

 

Covid Update

Steuben County Public Health, announced yesterday, that there are 50 new cases since Wednesday, in the county.

 

National Rifle Association Remains Intact

State Attorney General Leticia James’ attempts to break up the NRA, was rejected by a New York City judge.  The judge stated that dissolving the NRA would be going against a lot of people’s free speech rights.  The judge however, is allowing other legal claims against the NRA to go forward.

 

 

Today's Top Stories, March 4, 2022


A Local Official Is Helping Wayland Residents, After The Fire

According to Wayland Village Mayor Mike Parks, Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Director Jamie Johnson, met yesterday at a special meeting at the Wayland Village Hall.  Those who lost everything, in the Wayland fire, heard Johnson talk about the loans available to them, as part of the recovery process.  Also, Mayor Parks says that a structural engineer will be visiting Wayland again today.

 

State Lawmakers Attended Event At The Arnot Mall This Morning

The Expanded Learning Network of the Southern Tier, held an event this morning in Horseheads.  Senator Tom O’Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano were there to speak, about the lack of funding for after school activities, in this year’s state budget.  O’Mara and Palmesano say that an additional $3 million is needed for the Educational Incentive Program to expand scholarships to child care workers and $250,000 is needed to provide technical assistance and capacity building supports. They also say that $500 million is needed for the Child Care Investment Fund to support competitive wages and professional development for underpaid child care professionals.

 

Tom Reed Asks The President To Reverse His Climate Policies

Corning Republican Congressman Tom Reed and other GOP members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking Biden to stop the “climate activism”.  Reed says Biden needs to reverse his decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline, by allowing it. “These policy changes,” Reed’s letter stated, “will provide all Americans with the reliable and low-cost energy we need and deserve. We stand ready to join you in restoring American energy independence and await your prompt reply.

 

Schumer And Gillibrand Thank The President For Helping Ukrainians

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is thanking President Joe Biden and others in the Administration.  “Thank you, Secretary Mayorkas for granting Temporary Protected Status to Ukrainian nationals so they can remain in safety in the United States,” Gillibrand said.  The senator also noted, that about 9% of Ukrainians who are in America, are in New York State.  Senator Chuck Schumer is also pleased.  “I’ve been pushing for this, and now President Biden is taking action to designate Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) so that Ukrainians can stay safely in America.  The United States stands with the people of Ukraine.”

 

Today's Top Stories, March 3, 2022

Bath Village Budget News

Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet is hoping for no new taxes for Bath village residents this year.  “We held our first budget meeting last night,” Sweet told WVIN’s David Taylor Smith.  “The big news out of that is that, this is the third year with no new tax increase,” Sweet noted that this is one of the goals, holding taxes steady. 

 

Bath School Budget Workshop Scheduled For 6:00pm

The Bath Board of Education will hold a Budget Workshop at 6:00 this evening, in the District Office.  Bath School Superintendent Joe Rumsey says, no action will be taken at this meeting as it is only a budget work session. 

 

District Map Case Was In Bath Supreme Court This Morning

The case about the congressional and state senate maps, was in Steuben County Court this morning.  Governor Kathy Hochul is being sued, to prevent the maps which the governor approved, from becoming the official new map lines.  Judge Pat McAllister denied the motion from the governor to throw the case out.  The judge he needs more information about the maps to make a ruling, and says a hearing will be conducted so experts on both sides, can provide more information about their views regarding the maps.  That hearing is set for March 14.  Judge McAllister will make a decision by April 4.  

 

Alcohol-To-Go-Sales   

Governor Kathy Hochul says alcohol-to-go sales is something her administration is working on getting into the state budget. Hochul announced the efforts to support the recovery of New York restaurants and bars, including the proposal to permanently legalize to-go drinks, and to ensure a more efficient State Liquor Authority.  However, State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie is objecting to getting that into the budget.  Heastie’s objections are over not wanting policy issues, included in the state budget.

Todays Top Stories, March 2, 2022

 

The Mask Mandate Is Over For Students In New York State

Today is the first day that school students don’t have to wear covid masks in New York State.  "Now it's up to the individual parents or the counties or the boroughs,” said Governor Kathy Hochul. “We're going to leave it up to local control. So we've done our part, but we're going to keep an eye on this. I want people to know we're going to continue pushing vaccinations and tests and make sure that we get this down to zero someday." 

 

Anniversary Of A Local Troopers Death:

It was 16 years ago, that State Trooper Andrew Sperr was shot and killed by bank robbers in Big Flats.  Trooper Sperr was fired upon as he approached the subjects' vehicle. Trooper Sperr returned gunfire,  hitting both suspects before they left in a second vehicle, staged there for their getaway.  Sperr was shot multiple times and was on the ground when the fatal round struck him under his belt and vest.

 

SOTU Reaction From Elected/Political Officials:

Governor Kathy Hochul: New Yorkers have seen firsthand the benefits of the accomplishments of the President, including vaccinating 200 million Americans, spurring the fastest job growth in history, cutting child poverty, and infrastructure funding.  From senator Kirsten Gillibrand: I look forward to working with the president to continue to rebuild our economy and to deliver on his vision to make and manufacture more goods in America; to make those jobs well-paying, family-supporting jobs.  Congressman Tom Reed: We need solutions that unleash the power of the American people, not the power of our government. We cannot spend tax dollars to get out of the inflation trap. That will only compound the problem.  Steuben County Legislator Paul Van Caeseele: The real State of the Union is we have a president who inherited a divided nation and instead of trying to heal the country, he has worked to divide it even further.  Steuben County Democratic Chair Shawn Hogan: Republicans want to portray the President as some type of ineffective leader and weak. It is simply not true and does nothing to further the best interests of our Nation.

 

Republicans Might Have A Primary In The Governors Race

Congressman Lee Zeldin is now the designated Republican candidate to run for New York State governor.  Zeldin got 85 percent of the vote yesterday at the state GOP convention.  However, not only does Westchester County Republican Rob Astorino want a primary against Zeldin, Andrew Guiliani and Harry Wilson want to primary Zeldin too.

Today's Top Stories, March 1, 2022

A Democrat From Tioga Co, Announces His Congressional Run

Last week we reported that Steuben County Democrat Chairman Shawn Hogan said, the Democrats had a candidate to run in the new 23rd, but Hogan said at that point last week, that he was not going to name the candidate.  Well, the candidate made the announcement today in the Buffalo News.  The candidate’s name - is Max Della Pia.  The Tioga County Democrat is a 30 year air force veteran, who has done much work for Lockheed Martin, and also has a law degree.  Steuben County Democrat Chair Hogan says, last time Max Della Pia ran, Della Pia almost won the primary. 


Rep Tom Reed: High Words Of Praise For Ukrainian President Zelensky

“It’s true leadership,” Congressman Tom Reed said today of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.  “What you see is inspiring.  What you see from Zelenskyy, you see him setting aside politics and the politics of today, and putting his people first.  When you’re fighting for your homeland, when you’re fighting for your country, and now he’s fighting for his country militarily, and you see how leadership not only inspires his nation, but the world.”   

 

Sen. O’Mara Is Taking Names, For The Woman Of Distinction Award

State Senator Tom O’Mara today reminded area residents that he is seeking nominations for the Senate's 25th annual "Women of Distinction" program to honor local women making outstanding contributions to area communities.  O’Mara says if a resident known is for her good deeds, I'd like to see her recognized."  The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, March 25.

 

State Comptroller: No New Investments In Russian Companies

New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli has directed staff to prohibit all new investments in Russian companies and to review the New York State Common Retirement Fund’s current investments and assess whether they present financial risks that warrant further restrictions or divestment. Dinapoli says, the Fund probably has $110.8 million in public equity investments direct holdings and co-mingled funds in Russian companies.

 

Gov Hochul – Free Snowmobiling Two Weekends This Month

Governor Kathy Hochul today designated March 5-6 and March 12-13 for free snowmobiling by all out-of-state and Canadian snowmobilers. During these promotional weekends, the requirement to register in New York is waived for properly registered and insured out-of-state snowmobiling enthusiasts wishing to explore New York's 10,500 miles of snowmobile trails. The Governor also announced up to $4.2 million for snowmobile trail maintenance and grooming will be distributed to local partners across New York State.

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