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November 29 2023


Numerous media outlets have reported that Governor Kathy Hochul has issued about three dozen vetoes.  The governor is making it clear from her vetoes that she does not want more commissions and task forces created.  Had the governor signed the legislation there would have been dozens of newcommissions created.

Republican congressman Nick Langworthy says the ATF is trying to ban the sale of pistol braces.  Langworthy says he is opposed to this move.

Steuben county officials say just under $254,000 is going to Trinity Casa
for from the opioid settlement money from the state.  The money will go towards expanding recovery services.  Catholic charities will be given $120,000 for similar services.


US Senator Chuck Schumer says today in a NY Times op ed that since October 7th, Jewish owned businesses have been vandalized and he says Jewish students have been harassed and assaulted on college campuses.  Schumer says as a Jewish American and Senate leader he will do everything he can to stop this.
And later today Senator Gillibrand will be talking about the release of
hostages from Hamas.

Top Stories, November 28, 2023

Steuben County Budget Has Been  Passed 

County officials say the Steuben Legislature met in special session yesterday and adopted the 2024 county budget pegged at $246 million with a property tax levy of $52.8 million.  While the levy is up 1 percent compared to 2023, property owners can expect, on average, a drop in the tax rate of $0.55 per $1,000 full assessed value down to $6.80 per $1,000.  County Legislature Chairman Scott Van Etten noted the hard work of county Manager Jack Wheeler and Deputy County Manager Christopher, was what made the budget come together so well.


The Driver In Bus Accident In Wellsville Has Been ID'd

State Troopers out of Wellsville report that the driver who collided with a school bus Monday morning on Route 19 in Wellsville, was a Hornell teen.  Officials say that a 2012 Chevrolet Impala being driven by 19 year old Troy O’Brien of Hornell, was traveling south bound on State Route 19 and crossed into the north bound lane striking a 2023 bus head on. The bus driver and the nineteen children of the Wellsville Central School District were treated for minor injuries at Jones Memorial Hospital.  Troopers say O’Brien was extracted from the Chevrolet and transported to Jones Memorial Hospital for life-threatening injuries.  The New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit, Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Wellsville Central School assisted in this investigation.  Troopers say that this is still an ongoing investigation.

 

Toys For Tots Events Are Coming Up

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Saturday, December 2, deputies will host the “Toys for Tots Fill the Patrol Car and Coats for Kids” event at both Erwin and Hornell Walmart plazas. From 10am to 12pm that day, toys and children’s coats will be collected for Steuben County children. The toys will be distributed to Steuben County children in need and the new or gently used coats are distributed to Steuben County school districts for children in need of cold weather clothing.

Top Stories, November 27, 2023

Statement From Sheriff Jim Allard

On Monday, November 27, the Steuben County Legislature repealed Resolution Number 186-23, which would have imposed an unprecedented requirement on the County Sheriff to obtain liability insurance against lawsuits arising from the Sheriff’s Office’s performance of official duties. The repealed resolution would have required the Sheriff to immediately purchase millions of dollars of insurance at his own cost. If he did not, the County would not allow him to complete the duties of Sheriff and would withhold his pay. The Legislature compared the Sheriff to a contractor, not a duly- elected County official, and ignored the fact that the Sheriff is, and was, covered by the County blanket insurance policy.  The Sheriff welcomes the repeal of this Resolution, which was one of two Resolutions passed on September 25th affecting the Sheriff’s status and operations. (The other September 25 Resolution rescinded the County’s duty under the Public Officer Law and County Local Law to indemnify the Sheriff, for legal fees and liability incurred in the performance of his official duties.) 

Resolution 186-23 was passed with virtually no notice to the Sheriff, or public debate; the Sheriff was given no notice of its intended repeal; and the Resolution—if it had been allowed to take effect—could effectively have left the County without a Sheriff.  The legality of both September 25 Resolutions has been challenged by the Sheriff in New York State Supreme Court, and at the time of today’s repeal, both have been enjoined from taking effect by a Supreme Court Justice.
Even with today’s repeal, the remaining September 25th Resolution, stripping the Sheriff of indemnification under the Public Officer Law, remains under legal challenge. Underscoring the serious detrimental impact that losing indemnification could have on the Sheriff’s ability to carry out his public safety duties, the New York State Sheriff’s Association (NYSSA)—which represents Sheriffs across every county in New York State—has asked the Justice hearing the Sheriff’s challenge, for permission to file a “friend of the court” brief, arguing in support of the Sheriff’s position. NYSSA’s papers to the Court make it clear that the organization is concerned the Steuben County Legislature’s actions could ultimately have a drastic impact on law enforcement operations throughout the state. NYSSA’s request to the Court is available at the Steuben County Sheriff’s App and website under the NEWS and PRESS RELEASE tab.


In spite of the ongoing dispute over the Legislature’s September 25 Resolutions, Steuben County residents should know that the Sheriff’s Office remains committed above all else to its public safety mission, and the Sheriff, his deputies, and all civilian personnel continue to carry out the full range of the office’s responsibilities and services. For more information about the Sheriff’s Office, follow us on Facebook at Steuben County Sheriff’s Office or visit our website:

https://www.sheriff.steubencountyny.gov

 

Statement From Corning Police about Stolen Car Cases

On November 10, 2023, the Corning Police Department was notified of a burglary that had occurred at an East Market Street Extension home in the City of Corning.  An investigation was conducted by the Corning Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, and a majority of the stolen items were recovered.  On November 14, 2023, the Corning Police Department responded to a report of a stolen vehicle from the same residence on East Market Street Extension in Corning. An investigation led to the vehicle's recovery on November 15, 2023, on Hittown Road. in the Town of Caton. Zoey M. Shomo (26) of Tioga, PA, was operating the vehicle, and Larry S. Kirk (38) of Addison, NY, was also present.  On November 15, 2023, Ms Shomo was arrested and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle in the 3rd Degree. She was released and issued an appearance ticket to appear in Corning City Court on a later date.  On November 21, 2023, the Corning Police Department received a report of another stolen vehicle from Lamphear Court, in the City of Corning. An investigation led to that vehicle's recovery.   Mr Kirk was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree.  Further investigation into the November 10, 2023 burglary identified Mr Kirk and Ms Shomo as the primary suspects.  Also, on November 21, 2023, Mr Kirk and Ms Shomo were arrested and charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree (C Felony) and Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree (E Felony).  Mr Kirk was arraigned in Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Part (CAP) Court and is currently being held in the Steuben County Jail.  Ms Shomo was arraigned in Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Part (CAP) Court and released.
 

Snow Is On The Way

Governor Kathy Hochul says that a lake effect weather system is expected to dump over a foot of snow in areas near Lakes Ontario & Erie starting tonight through Tuesday night. We're closely monitoring this & are ready to assist local partners. Please take precautions if traveling, monitor forecasts & stay safe.  (Our meteorologist says, that while this will affect Steuben County, the snow will be much worse in Wayne, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua and Erie Counties.) 

 

Over 50 Lives Have Been Saved By Steuben Co Deputies 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says there’s been over four dozen lives saved by members of the sheriff’s department who are EMT’s.  "This past year, we reached a milestone, where we have over 50 documented life-saving events that our deputy EMTs have done in Steuben County," Allard said.  

 

Steuben County Legislature's Public Hearing On The Budget 

The Steuben County Legislature is having a hearing on the county 2024 budget today.  Officials say there will be a decline in the tax rate, and that the average tax payer will pay $6.80 per assessed $1,000.    


Bus-Involved Accident In Allegany County This Morning

There was a collision this morning in Wellsville.  State Troopers out of Wellsville responded to a collision involving a bus and a vehicle.   They say that the preliminary investigation reveals that a bus traveling on State Route 19 was struck by a vehicle. The operator of the vehicle is in serious condition. The eighteen passengers on the bus have no or minor injuries.  More details will be released as the investigation continues.

Top Stories, November 24, 2023

Gillibrand Visits Fort Drum Just Before Thanksgiving

Democrat US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was at Fort Drum recently.  The senator says, the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade’s unit, is going to be sent to Syria soon.  That’s according to WWNYTV.com.  

 

Spectrum News reports that there’s a proposed law headed to the governor's desk that would switch those races to even-numbered years.  When Congressman Nick Langworthy was state GOP chair, Langworthy was opposed to having local elections at even numbered years because he said, it helped give Democrats an unfair advantage.

 

Shop With A Cop, Is Coming Up On December 9, In Erwin

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department’s Shop With A Cop event is coming up on December 9, in both Erwin and Hornell. Shop With A Cop will take place at the Walmarts in both Hornell and Erwin. “We’re teaming up with the area law enforcement agencies in the Hornell region,” Sheriff Jim Allard tells Wlea News. “We’ll also be doing Shop With A Cop at the same time we’ll be doing Shop With A Cop in Erwin. We’ve got a lot going on, as we prepare for the holiday season, where we’re giving back, and it’s my favorite time of the year,” Allard said on Wednesday.

 

High Visibility Road Campaign Goes Through November 26

The New York State 2023 Thanksgiving High Visibility Campaign continues through Sunday night, law enforcement are on watching out for speeding, impaired and distracted drivers, as well as those who violate the state’s move over law.   Yesterday was Thanksgiving, it was also U.S. Senate Majority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer’s 73rd birthday. 

Top Stories, November 22, 2023

Local Numbers, For Holiday Law Enforcement Campaigns

Sheriff Jim Allard reports that the Steuben County Sheriff's Office is taking part in the Thanksgiving 2023 High Visibility Engagement Campaign.  So what does the sheriff’s department give the most tickets out for?  "Typically the most tickets, are the ones that cause the most devastating crashes," Sheriff Allard said this morning.  "Red light violations, stop sign violatinos, speeding is the biggest one, seat belt and distracted driving violatinos, those are the things that we focus on, because we feel that those are the ones that cause the most injuries, when a crash occurs," Allard explained.  

 

Overdose Report From October Of 2023

The Steuben County Public health Office says, last month, narcan was used eight times, and there were no fatalities. 

 

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement on the release of hostages held in Gaza: 

“I am thankful that a deal has been struck to allow 50 hostages to be released and returned to their families. Securing the release of hostages has been a top priority for me and the Biden administration since Hamas launched this brutal attack. Over the past month, I met with the families of hostages many times and have listened to their stories and shared their grief. I am grateful that for some, they will be reunited and can start the process of healing from this terrible ordeal. However, while this agreement is encouraging, I will not rest until every hostage is free and reunited with their loved ones. 

 

This agreement is also important in that it will pause hostilities and enable additional humanitarian aid into Gaza for innocent Palestinians civilians, who have suffered greatly in the wake of this conflict. The Senate will continue working to deliver additional humanitarian assistance for these innocent men, women and children, as well to deliver aid to support Israel during this conflict. 

 

I want to thank the Biden administration for its tireless dedication to bringing these hostages home. I know President Biden will not stop working until every hostage is released and I stand ready to assist him.”

 

Gillibrand And Langworthy Met With Seniors Yesterday

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy met with senior citizens from the World War II generation yesterday to discuss Medicaid enrollment with them.  Langworthy says they are truly, the greatest generation.  Democrat U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has introduced legislation to ban forced arbitration on senior citizens who are driven out of their jobs, so employers can avoid giving them a raise.  Gililbrand says, this is a fight we can win.

Top Stories, November 21, 2023

Troopers Report An Accidental Shooting In Big Flats

FROM NYSP:   On November 19, 2023 at about 12:49 p.m., deputies were dispatched to state land located at 2734 St. Rt. 352, Town of Big Flats, to investigate a shooting that occurred at that location. Upon arrival, Deputy Reece Miller immediately began tending to the victim by applying a tourniquet to his left arm. The investigation revealed CHRISTOPHER DEAN, age 29, from Wellsburg placed a loaded Winchester Model 94, lever action 30-30 w/scope, against the front driver’s side fender of the victim’s truck. The victim, JAMES RICE, age 41, from Pine City was standing approximately 5-8 feet from the rifle and adjacent to the open front driver’s side door.

DEAN walked to the passenger side of the truck, then shortly thereafter heard a loud “bang” and then heard Rice yell that he had been shot. DEAN ran over to the driver’s side and RICE said he was shot in his left arm. The gunshot was determined to be in the left forearm, just below the elbow of RICE. Prior to the Deputies arrival, RICE directed DEAN to tie trailer wiring around his arm as a tourniquet. It’s believed the rifle fell over onto the scope causing the rifle to fire at a rising trajectory into RICE’s arm, who DEAN described as “hunching over” when DEAN leaned the rifle on the truck. The Winchester Model 94 does not have a traditional safety feature. Once it is cocked the bullet loads into the chamber and the hammer goes back. The hammer needs to be ridden forward while squeezing the trigger, to which DEAN did not recall doing prior to placing the rifle against the truck.

Due to the nature of the injury, Guthrie Life Flight was summoned to the scene and airlifted RICE to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA for immediate treatment. He has since been life-flighted from Sayre to Philadelphia for further treatment. The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division was assisted at the scene by NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Erway Ambulance and Big Flats Fire Department. West Elmira Fire Department assisted with creating a landing zone for the helicopter behind their department where RICE was transported to by Erway Ambulance.  Potential charges are pending through DEC and/or the Sheriff’s Office once the completed case is reviewed further.

 

The Question Of The Maps, Is in Court Once Again

The New York State Democrats, have a lawsuit in court, to undo the maps which were drawn on the orders of Steuben County Judge Pat McAllister and upheld by the State Court of Appeals.  Steuben County Democrat Chair Shawn Hogan explains that the Democrats argument is that there is a question of, were the maps intended for one particular election, or where they for the complete 10 year census period?  "We are really involved in this in Steuben County, because Judge McAllister ruled that the maps, the orginal maps, were gerrymandered," Hogan said.  

 

Steuben Co Statement On Comprehensive Plan 

The final draft of the Steuben County Comprehensive Plan will be presented to the county Legislature for review in late December.  The plan looks to establish the groundwork for the future development of key elements in Steuben and  was finetuned recently by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, which met to review broad-ranging elements covering five core community values and nine policy areas.

Steering Committee member and county Deputy Manager Christopher Brewer said the final draft reflects the 18-month long efforts of the Rochester-based consultant MRB Group, the steering committee, eight public input sessions held throughout the county, virtual meetings, direct contact with municipal officials, discussions with 28 related agencies and public input on the county website.

The result of those efforts will provide a framework for developments during the next 10-15 years and allow agencies involved in that development to access outside funding, Brewer said.

Once initially approved by county legislators, and following an environmental review (SEQR), the county will hold a public hearing prior to final adoption by the county Legislature.

Key elements include:

Ø  Support for farmers and other agriculturally related businesses and environmental sustainability.

Ø  Encourage affordable and accessible broadband service to all county residents and businesses. Increase diversity and by encouraging more providers to move into .

Ø  Producing a more functional transportation system with service to the workforce and underserved communities.

Ø  Develop a solid plan for affordable and quality housing to meet the needs of workers and seniors Coordinate discussions between industries and educational institutions to identify needed training programs.

Ø  Provide support to municipal and town/village highway officials and civic leaders on available community development resources, needs identification and grant application strategies. 

Ø  Work with local schools to increase support for training in trade and manufacturing industries and  

Ø  Work with neighboring counties, regions, and the State to identify workforce assets, target populations and potential jobs and training placements.

Top Stories, November 20, 2023

STEUBEN COUNTY MANAGER'S RESPONSE TO DEPUTIES ASSOCIATION OF THE COUNTY OF STEUBEN STATEMENT
Steuben County is aware of the statement of the Deputies Association of the County of Steuben, issued last Friday evening. It is unfortunate that this has led to unwarranted accusations by members of the Association across social media. We seek to provide details and figures to clarify their claims:
Steuben County has been in contract negotiations with the Deputies Union for the years 2021-23 and were not able to come to an agreement.
The County began negotiations in 2022, offering an average of 9.27% in 2022 (which would’ve exceeded the increases of all other County employees for that year), and 3% in 2023. The County did not propose a salary increase in 2021 due to the economic conditions at the time, which was in line with what the majority of County staff received that year. The Deputies would also receive an annual stipend of $1,500 if they maintained their EMT certification (which they earned while being paid), and health insurance contribution would increase 1%. Taken together, their wages would have increased 16.2% over the three years.
The Deputies Association proposal was: An 8.68% increase in 2021, a 7.04% increase in 2022, and a 7.87% increase in 2023. Taken together, their three-year proposal would amount to a 23.59% increase.
It should be noted that the 2018-2020 Deputies Association contract increased wages by 16%. If the County’s proposal was accepted, wages would have increased 32% over six years. Indeed, the County attempted to reach an agreement with the Deputies by proposing increases higher than the 16.2% referenced above, but they were continuously rejected by the Deputies Association.
Although no member of Steuben County administration or Personnel have been served with the decision of the Arbitration Panel, we are aware an award is posted on the PERB website. The majority decision of that Panel, which includes a member of the Deputies Association, exceeded the amounts actually requested by the Deputies Association at arbitration, which is unprecedented in New York State labor relations. That is why we are currently evaluating the decision with our labor counsel.
Our proposals demonstrate that Steuben County values our men and women in law enforcement and that we are willing to provide significant wage adjustments. The Deputies Association chose arbitration, which takes a great deal of time. Our hope was to provide these members this meaningful increase in 2022 and 2023 and begin negotiations on a new contract for 2024 and beyond.

We hold great respect for the work of the members of the Deputies Association, and we hope this is amicably resolved in the near future. Steuben County has continuously demonstrated our commitment to law enforcement, as evidenced by the fact that the budget for Road Patrol has been increased by 63.99% from 2017 to 2023.
Accusations that Steuben County is offering minimal increases in an effort to ‘defund the police’ are both insulting and not factual. We have over 850 dedicated public servants in County government, the Deputies Association included. We seek to provide competitive wages and top-notch benefits. Characterizations that County government is ‘unjust, unfair, and not fiscally responsible’ are unwarranted and unproductive.

 

State Police Release The Name Of The Person Who Was Killed Over The Weekend, On I-86, Near Exit 38, In Bath

 The fatal accident victim, was 40 year old John Viviano, of the Delaware County Town of Sidney.  State Police are continuing their investigation.  Anyone with any info can call state police at 585 398 4100. 

 

Bronx Man Sentenced After Being Convicted Of Selling Drugs To A Bath Resident Who Died, In January 

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Bake says 64 year old Usbaldo Rodrirquez of the Bronx, has been sentenced to five years in state prison and two years post-supervision release.  Brooks Baker says, Rodriquez admitted to selling fentynal laced heroin to a Bath resident who died of it in January.  D.A. Brooks Baker is praising the Bath Village Police Department for solving the case.  Baker says, it was then-officer/ now-Sargaent, Megan Cherenchowsky and Investigator Mike Jackson took the steps necessary to find out who sold the deadly drugs to the victim.  The D.A. also says everyone needs to know that today’s drugs are all too often, laced with fentynal, and drug dealers need to know that the district attorneys office will do everything they can under the law to hold them accountable. 

 

Troopers: Wayland Man Is Facing A Slew Of Charges 

State Police say 30 year old Duane Cansdale of Wayland, has been hit with a lot of charges over the fall months.  4th and 5th degree Arson, Reckless Endangerment of Property, aggravated criminal contempt, 3rd degree tresspass, resisting arrest, and Aggravated Cruelty to animals.   


County Public Works Commish Eric Rose: Fixing Up Roads

Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose says the county recently repaired 46 miles of road, on 14 county routes. He says seven of the projects were originally scheduled for 2024 and 2025, but the county public works department was able to fit them in this year’s budget.  The cost was $7.6 million and paid for through CHIPS, PAVE New York and the Pave our Potholes funds.  Other projects done recently included road repairs paid for by windfarm firms to County Routes 61, 92 and 121.  Rose says these roads were damaged by wheel rutting due to heavy loads during wind turbine construction.  Rose also says in 2024, the county will continue its oversight of repair to roads damaged by heavy loads due to wind farms. 

Top Stories, November 18, 2023

Friday Night In Bath: A Fatal Hit And Run On I-86

FROM NYSP: State Police in Troop E are investigating a fatal car-pedestrian crash that occurred on I-86 near exit 38 in the village of Bath. The preliminary investigation determined that a westbound vehicle on I-86 struck a pedestrian between the evening of November 17, 2023, to the early morning hours of November 18, 2023. The vehicle did not stop, and State Police is requesting the public’s assistance to identify the vehicle. The vehicle may have significant front-end damage.

State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in locating a 2019 or newer white Volvo semi-truck with damage to the front passenger side.  Anyone with information are asked to contact the New York State Police at 585-398-4100.  No further details on the pedestrian will be released at this time.  Anyone with information, please contact the New York State Police at 585-398-4100.

Top Stories, November 17, 2023

STEUBEN CO DEPUTIES UNION: STATEMENT REGARDING WORKING WITHOUT A CONTRACT SINCE DECEMBER 2020 

November 17, 2023

 

Dear Community Members of Steuben County,


The Deputies Association of the County of Steuben writes this letter to you as members of the community under what we believe are unfortunate circumstances. The Deputies Association currently consists of thirty-six members, which is four less than our authorized number due to recruitment and retention barriers facing modern law enforcement. These members are sworn law enforcement officers that provide patrol and investigative duties.
 

The Deputies Association has been out of contract since December 31, 2020 and has engaged in multiple attempts at negotiations with the Steuben County Administration in an effort to provide our members with fair and equitable pay. The Deputies Association and County Management were unable to come to an agreement during negotiations and proceeded into the process of mediation and arbitration through the New York State Public Employee Relations Board also known as PERB. By law, the Association does not have the right to strike, and therefor all disputes are resolved by PERB.

 

During this process PERB assigned an independent third-party Arbitrator who listened to testimony from both the Deputies Association and Steuben County Management. This testimony addressed the County’s fiscal ability to pay, comparison of pay and benefits in comparable Counties, and the duties performed by Deputies. The arbitrator issued an award that would encompass the years of 2021 and 2022. The arbitrator’s award was issued on September 25th (a copy can be found on PERB’s website), but the County has failed to provide the pay increase mandated by the award. The Deputies Association would like to state that this award still had members’ pay below the average of comparable County Sheriff’s Offices. Currently members are being paid between 23% and 26% below the average wages for comparable County Sheriff’s Offices. The Arbitrator’s ruling is binding pursuant to New York State Law.


In the past several years, while being out of Contract we have lost several Deputies to outside agencies which provide higher pay and better retirement options. We as members of the Deputies Association are also taxpayers in the County of Steuben and believe that the actions of County Management are unjust, unfair and not fiscally responsible while considering the public safety crisis facing our local community and communities across the nation. As active members of our various communities throughout Steuben County the members of the Deputies Association would like to assure you that we will continue to serve the citizens of our County with the utmost professionalism and we will not be deterred by the County’s tactics. We will continue to educate, protect and serve our communities. Your Deputies will also continue to provide support through our training and certifications as EMT’s (Emergency Medical Technicians), which is one of the only programs of this nature in the State.


We ask you to please contact your local legislator with any questions, concerns or comments, and to encourage them to abide by the arbitration award and provide Deputies with a fair and equitable pay increase. Their contacts are attached, and the members of the Deputies Association greatly appreciate your time in reading this release.
Respectfully,
The Deputies Association of the County of Steuben
County Manager
? Jack Wheeler, jwheeler@steubencountyny.gov
District 1 - City of Hornell
? Gary D. Swackhamer, gswackhamer@steubencountyny.gov
? Paul E. Van Caeseele, pvancaeseele@steubencountyny.gov
District 2 - City of Corning
? Steven Maio, smaio@steubencountyny.gov
? Hilda T. Lando, hlando@steubencountyny.gov
District 3 - Town of Bath
? Nick Pelham, npelham@steubencountyny.gov
? Kelly H. Fitzpatrick, kfitzpatrick@steubencountyny.gov
District 4 - Cohocton and Wayland
? John V. Malter, jmalter@steubencountyny.gov
District 5 - Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Urbana
? K. Michael Hanna, mhanna@steubencountyny.gov
District 6 - Dansville, Hartsville, Hornellsville
? Brian C. Schu, bschu@steubencountyny.gov
District 7 - Avoca, Fremont, Howard, Wheeler
? Aaron I. Mullen, amullen@steubencountyny.gov
District 8 - Bradford, Campbell, Wayne
? Jeffrey P. Horton, jhorton@steubencountyny.gov
District 9 - Cameron, Canisteo, Thurston
? Wendy Lozo, wlozo@steubencountyny.gov
District 10 - Greenwood, Jasper, Rathbone, Troupsburg, West Union, Woodhull
? Frederick G. Potter, fpotter@steubencountyny.gov
District 11 - Addison, Lindley, Tuscarora
? Robert V. Nichols, rnichols@steubencountyny.gov
District 12 - Town Erwin
? James Kuhl, jkuhl@steubencountyny.gov
District 13 - Caton, Corning, Hornby
? Scott J. Van Etten, svanetten@steubencountyny.gov
? Carol A. Ferratella, cferratella@steubencountyny.gov

 

(OUR RADIO NEWS DEPARTMENT HAS CONTACTED BOTH COUNTY MANAGER WHEELER AND COUNTY LEGISLATIVE CHAIR VAN ETTEN.  AS SOON AS WE HEAR FROM THEM, WE WILL POST THEIR RESPONSES.) 

 

Do You Like To Go Walking In The Morning In Bath? 

Bath School Superintendent Kelly Houck tells WVIN News the Indoor Track at the Haverling Athletic Complex has been open for morning walkers for the past couple of weeks, and this will continue to be open to the public through March 28t  Track hours are 6:00-7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday on the days that school is in session.  The track at the Haverling Athletic Complex will be closed on snow days, as well as during school vacations and weekends.  Walkers are asked to park in the upper parking lot behind the District Office and enter through the upper doors of the Indoor Track. 

 

The NYS Clean Slate Act Has Been Signed Into Law  

On Thursday morning Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Clean Slate Act.  "The Clean Slate Act seals certain criminal records and allows individuals to get jobs and housing," Hochul stated. "  Criminal records for those who have served sentences misdemeanors will be erased after three years and those with certain felony convictions, after eight years."  The new law goes into effect in one year.  Democrat State Attorney Tish James supports it, saying the new law will,  "make it easier for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers to find stable housing, good-paying jobs, and quality education."  Upstate Republicans are not so happy with the new law.  GOP State Senators Tom O'Mara and George Borrello maintain that this new law will make it so New York State landlords or business owners, cannot do valid background checks.   Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) also objected, saying that the Clean Slate Act is pro-criminal and far too lenient on felons.  "Manslaughter, Attempted Murder, these are serious crimes," Palmesano stated.

 

Brush Fire In Fremont

On Thursday afternoon, there were numerous fire departments working on putting out a brush fire in the Town of Fremont.  That's according to Steuben County Emergency Services.  

 

 Wanted Photos Now Posted Online In Steuben County

The Steuben County Sheriff's Office is now posting photos, descriptions, etc., on the county sheriff's dept. Facebook Page.  The crimes alleged, range from Failure to Pay Child Support to Petit Larceny to 2nd Degree Robbery.  


Corning School District Gets Negative Audit From Dinapoli

 And The Superintendent Makes Corrective Changes

From The NYS Comptroller's Office:

The district’s claims auditor did not properly audit and approve all claims prior to payment. Auditors reviewed 100 claims totaling approximately $19.5 million and determined that: the claims auditor, who is an employee of the Greater Southern Tier Board of Cooperative Educational Services (GST BOCES), inappropriately audited 43 claims totaling approximately $16.1 million paid to GST BOCES. This compromised the claims auditor’s objectivity and independence. The school board should have audited these claims. The treasurer paid 18 claims for health insurance reimbursements and credit card purchases totaling approximately $1.7 million before they were properly audited. Auditors found 49 travel-related credit card charges totaling $28,555 did not include a pre-approval form or other supporting documentation.

Corning School Superintendent Michelle Caulfield responded by saying that the Corning School District  agreed with the findings, and already has made corrections in their procedures.  

Top Stories, November 16, 2023

NYSP: Horseheads Street Are Open Once Again 

All Horseheads streets are all open again – but state police say they’re continuing to investigate the case of the explosive device and dangerous chemicals found inside a Horseheads residence on November 6.

 

2023 Wreath Laying Sponsorship Deadline 

From Linda Conway Bath WAA Co-Coordinator:  'Only a couple weeks are remaining to sponsor wreaths for this year’s Wreaths Across America Day which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023, in Bath National Cemetery.   Wreath sponsorship can be made online at www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/NYBNCB until Nov. 29. A single wreath is only $17 and tax deductible. Several other donation levels are also available. More than 3,700 wreaths were placed on Veterans' graves last year, but as of Nov. 11 there are only 1,293 wreaths sponsored. Please help us reach this year’s goal of 6,000 wreaths.

This year’s theme is “Serve & Succeed” and the mission is to REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who Serve, and TEACH our children the value of Freedom. 

The public is invited to attend the wreath-laying ceremony that begins at noon and participate in the placing of the wreaths immediately following the ceremony. 

Follow the Bath event at www.facebook.com/WAABathNYNationalCemetery.

 

State Police  Report  That A State Trooper Shot An Ontario County Teenage Male, And That It Was In Self-Defense

FROM NYSP: On November 15, 2023, at approximately 6:40 p.m., a New York State Trooper was involved in an officer-involved shooting in the town of East Bloomfield, NY, Ontario County.  The Trooper responded to 2283 State Route 64 in East Bloomfield to investigate an anonymous tip received by the Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Services (DHSES), which alleged someone at the residence was talking about killing someone. The Trooper began to interview a 17-year-old male on the side porch, who immediately pulled a concealed knife and lunged toward the Trooper, causing both of them to fall to the ground. As they got to their feet, the suspect charged at the Trooper with the knife still in hand, and the Trooper discharged his Division-issued firearm, striking and fatally injuring the suspect.

Pursuant to Executive Law Section 70-b, the New York State Attorney General’s Office is investigating the incident in conjunction with the New York State Police. The investigation is ongoing, and future updates will be posted on the NYSP Newsroom as they become available.

 

Enrollments Up: More Students Going To SUNY Colleges 

Governor Kathy Hochul has  announced increased enrollment at the State University of New York campuses.  For the first time in a decade, year-to-year total system-wide student enrollment increased, up 1.1 percent overall from Fall 2022 to Fall 2023 for a total of 367,542 students. Undergraduate first-time enrollment – a leading indicator – was up across all sectors at 4.3 percent, a promising increase as SUNY works to fulfill the Governor’s vision to transform higher education into a path to upward mobility. The technology sector showed the strongest increase at 13.3 percent, followed by community colleges at 3.9 percent. 

Top Stories, November 15, 2023

Former Bath Mayor/Steuben County District Attorney Larry Bates Has Died

Larry Bates has passed away at the age of 86.  Larry Bates was elected Bath Village Mayor in 1968, and about ten years later was elected Steuben County District Attorney.  One of his many accomplishments was his work on developing Mossy Bank Park.  Larry Bates also worked for the New York State department of corrections.  Calling hours for Larry Bates will be this Friday, 1pm-3pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath, with a memorial service at 3pm there. 

 

Schoonover Update: He’s In Court Again In One Week

Bath Shootout suspect Larry Schoonover is due in court on November 22nd.  That’ll be for argument of motions. District Attorney Brooks Baker says Schoonover, who is accused of firing numerous shots recklessly on the night of August 20th and into the next day, is trying to get the indictment against him tossed out.  Schoonover’s attorney is public defender Terry Baxter out of Bath.

McCallister Remands Painted Post Suspect To The County Jail

Painted Post resident Joe Valley was in Steuben County Court in front of Judge Pat McAllister yesterday, to answer to a charge of bail jumping and 2nd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  D.A. Brooks Baker tells WVIN that Joe Valley was supposed to appear for a trial in October, but did not.  Yesterday Valley was remanded to Steuben County Jail without bail.  He will be back in court again on December 11th for a trial.  Valley is a former Painted Post attorney.
 

Hochul Wants All Judges Statewide To Get A Raise

Governor Kathy Hochul issued a statement this morning saying she wants judges across the state, from family court  judges to the state’s top judges, to get a raise.  The governor says quote, we cannot have public safety without a functioning justice system. 

Top Stories, November 14, 2023

Update: Mayor Sweet On The National Hotel Sale In Bath

The Old National Hotel is up for sale.   Bath Village Mayor Michael Sweet says he’s going to work to make sure it is not sold to be used for low income housing.  Sweet tells our WVIN News he’d rather see it be used for a restaurant or another business, but not low income housing.  "I think the goal of the community is to restore that landmark and make it a thriving boutique hotel," Sweet tells WVIN.  "There is a tremendous market for that now, since Covid, people are moving to smaller hotels.  The Village is very concerned that it could be transient housing, which is short term housing, in the middle of our business district.  These are people who cannot get rental agreements: parolees, sex offenders, which are not good for downtown business.  So we're going to make sure that we have the proper zoning and regulations in place, so that doesn't happen.  Ultimately, if we're going to try to build back downtown Bath, we've got to have businesses where people can come spend money, and that just feeds off other businesses in the downtown district, such as restaurants and other downtown shops," Sweet said.  

 

Leaders Across The County Will Be Interested In This One

Steuben County officials are making it known that city, town and village leaders can borrow between $10,000 and $30,000 to help fund the redevelopment of a downtown community center building in your Steuben County community. The county says officials can call 607-962-3021 for info on applying for the Downtown Redevelopment Loan Program. 

 

Congressman Nick Langworthy's Recent Local Visits

"From bringing handmade cards to the Bath VA with Corning-Painted Post Middle School to ceremonies in Jamestown, my office was proud to thank veterans across Western NY and the Southern Tier this weekend," Langworthy said in a recent FB post.

 

Schumer Speaks Out About Trade With China

Democrat U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer says he wants less free trade when it comes to China.  "Time and time again, our best companies are prohibited from competing freely, or competing at all in China," Schumer said.  "While many of the best companies from China can come and compete here in the U.S.  So many of our companies are at a disadvantage, and the Chinese government stacks the decks against them, in the form of forced technology transfers and the theft of intellectual properties, and other unfair practices.  This is costing tens of millions of American jobs," Schumer said on the U.S. Senate floor.  

Top Stories, November 13, 2023

What Happened In Horseheads On Sunday Afternoon

State Police have put out a statement about why the State Trooper’s bomb squad was in Horseheads Sunday afternoon.  The state Police Bomb Squad and the FBI were there investigating 43 year old Michael Hilliard.  Hilliard was said to have had a  possible explosive device.  He was charged with 1st degree criminal possession of a weapon and was remanded to the Chemung County Jail. 

FROM THE STATE POLICE:  On November 6, 2023, a Veteran Highway Department employee rendered 911 services to Merka Road in the town of Veteran for a found possible explosive. Members of the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit and FBI responded and made the explosive safe. Members of the State Police and our federal partners diligently investigated numerous leads over the week by interviewing neighbors and seeking information from companies across the United States, which yielded a possible suspect. On November 11, 2023, Michael P. Hilliard, age 43, was apprehended and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the First Degree (B Felony). He was arraigned and remanded to the Chemung County Jail. 

On November 12, 2023, the New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation executed a search warrant at Hilliard’s residence at 207 South Main Street in the village of Horseheads. The NYSP Bomb Disposal Unit, Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team, and Forensic Identification Unit located several suspicious hazardous materials inside the residence. The immediate surrounding area of the residence has been evacuated for safety concerns until the suspect’s residence is cleared of all hazards to the public. The residents who have been evacuated will be assisted by the Red Cross and the Horseheads Fire Department. 

The New York State Police are working in conjunction with the FBI for the disposal of all hazards. East Franklin Street to Broad Street will be closed to the public until further notice. We ask the public to remain clear of the area while the scene is being processed. 

The New York State Police would like to thank the community and displaced families for their patience during this incident. Updates will be provided as they become available. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the New York State Police at 585-398-4100. 

This is an active investigation.

 

Statement From Prattsburgh Central School Today

Good morning PCS families!  Our phones are in and out today. If you are unable to get through using the main number, you may use 607-661-7887 to get to the main office. Nurse Jiusto also has an alternative number at 607-661-5869.

 

Over The Veterans Day Weekend, The Bath Police List The Police Department Members With Military Backgrounds

Chief Taft-Army

Officer Hughes-Army

Officer Dubois-Army

Sgt. Kulikowski-Air Force

Sgt. Ruggles-Marines

Officer Harrington-Not a “veteran” yet but actively serving in the Air National Guard.

 

Sheriff's Department's Message About Smoke Alarms

With the winter season approaching Steuben County Sheriff's Office and K9 Jack recommend all residents to check and change out their smoke detector batteries, and practice safe fire prevention guidelines with winter heating, candle use and holiday decorations. 

Top Stories, November 12, 2023

Haverling Lady Rams Win Class B Soccer Championship

The Haverling girls soccer team had a 1-0 win over Babylon from Long Island.  Keegan Smith scored the only goal.  Keegan Smith also scored the two goals on Saturday in a 2 to 1 win over Marcellus.  This is the second state soccer championship in Bath’s school history.  The boys soccer team won in 1996.  "Great season Lady Rams," says Bath Mayor Michael Sweet!  "Congratulations to the players and the coaches for winning the NYS 2023 Class B Soccer Championship! "

VIDEO: THE HAVERLING LADY RAMS RETURN TO BATH SUNDAY AFTERNOON TO CHEERING CROWDS

 

Troopers Bomb Squad Is In Horseheads This Afternoon

There are lots of troopers in Horseheads today. 

From NYSP: "The New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit and Contaminated Crime Scene Emergency Response Team cleared out a residence located at 207 South Main Street in the village of Horseheads due to possible hazardous materials there.   East Franklin Street to Broad Street was closed off on Sunday in Horseheads."  Troopers say they’ll be giving more details at some point. 


Watkins Glen Man Accused Of Getting Into Fight With An Addison Man, At A Race In Dundee Over The Weekend

The Yates County Sheriff’s Department reports that David Wyre, 65, Watkins Glen, is charged with 2nd degree harassment for allegedly getting into a fight in the pit of the Outlaw Speedway in Dundee.   The alleged victim is an Addison man.  Wyre will have to appear in Starkey Court to answer to charge of 2nd degree harassment.

Top Stories, November 10, 2023

There Will Be Veterans Day Events, Tomorrow In Bath

A Veterans Day Ceremony is coming up tomorrow at 11:11am, at the American Legion in Bath.  Major General Joseph Biehler will be there for this event.  Afterwards, there’s a gathering afterwards at the Bath VA Auditorium, and a 1pm concert Saturday, featuring the Mountaineer Brass Band, at the Bath VA Auditorium. 


Haverling Girls Soccer Team Goes To State Championship

For the second year in a row the Haverling Girls Soccer team is going to the state championship tournament.  That’s in Cortland tomorrow morning and the game will be on WABH Radio.

 

Yates County Man Receives State Senate Medal 

State Senator Tom O’Mara has given a state senate award to Yates County resident Andrew Swartout.  The senator says Swarthout is a decorated Vietnam Vet and combat medic who was at the Battle of  La Drang, and worked with helicopter crews to rescue wounded soldiers and administer medical aid.  Senator O’Mara will also be holding a special local ceremony in Penn Yan this weekend, to honor Andrew Swarthout.  That will be Saturday at the Hampton Inn in Penn Yan, at 730pm.

 

Homeless Man On Sex Offender List Is Arrested 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that a 43 year old homeless man named Jeremy Ashley Santos, moved to the area from Indiana.  Santos is reportedly on the sex offender registry in Indiana, and did not notify law enforcement when he moved to Steuben County.  Santos is charged with failure to register as a sex offender and was remanded to Steuben County Jail, $3,000 bail.  

 

Tioga Downs Barn Fire Is Considered An Arsonist Crime

State Police report that a suspect is in custody after allegedly starting a horse barn fire at Tioga Downs yesterday morning.  Several horses died in that fire.

Top Stories, November 9, 2023

Will Hammondsport And Urbana Win NY Forward? 

Hammondsport Village officials say that both Hammondsport and Urbana in the top four municipalities on the state’s list for the New York Forward money.  Hammondsport officials say, if Hammondsport and Urbana win, it’ll be either four point five million dollars or two point five million dollars for chosen projects.  Officials also say, they won’t know until February, who the winners are. 

 

Missing Corning Woman Was Found Dead In Hornby

Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on Tuesday morning, a  missing person from Corning was found dead, in  Hornby.  Deputies and Investigators responded to the scene to collect and protect evidence and conduct an investigation. An autopsy was ordered and the investigation is on-going.  The Sheriff’s Office thanks Corning Police Department for their assistance in this investigation.

 

Two Corning Suspects Charged For Alleged Drug Dealing

Corning Police Department have charged a 29 year old and 35 year old, both males, both from Corning, for allegedly selling drugs out of a vehicle there in Corning.  One  is facing gun and drug charges.  The other is facing drug charges.

 

Two Hammondsport Residents Honored In Bath

The Steuben Senior Citizens Fund was honored during a livestream ceremony at the Wildflower Hills Clubhouse in Bath recently. Two local residents, Carol Israel and Andy Mazzella (the former Hornell mayor) both of Hammondsport, were among the 91 people across the state recognized for their volunteer efforts.

Top Stories, November 8, 2023

Results From Last Night's Election 

BATH 


Bath Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Joshua Buck (Republican) 981
Ronald C. Smith (Conservative) 360
Write-In 4
Total Votes Cast 1,345
Under Votes 72
Over Votes 1
Total Ballots Cast 1,418

 

Bath Town Justice
TOTAL
Vernard Anderson (Republican) 1,051
Vernard Anderson (Conservative) 145
Write-In 8
Total Votes Cast 1,204
Under Votes 214
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 1,418


Bath Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Dustin Buck (Republican) 1,011
David Wager (Republican) 1,196
Write-In 13
Total Votes Cast 2,220
Under Votes 616
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 1,418


BRADFORD

Bradford Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Michele Keefer-Mehlenbacher (Republican) 137
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 138
Under Votes 30
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 168

 

Bradford Town Clerk
TOTAL
Stephany Bartusiak (Democratic) 33
Stephany Bartusiak (Republican) 119
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 153
Under Votes 15
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 168

 

Bradford Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Daniel Peterson (Democratic) 28
Larry Wilson (Democratic) 26
Daniel Peterson (Republican) 109
Larry Wilson (Republican) 109
Write-In 2
Total Votes Cast 274
Under Votes 62
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 168

Bradford Town Council Member (2 Year Unexpired Term)
TOTAL
Andrea English (Democratic) 80
Jodie Pierce (Republican) 84
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 165
Under Votes 3
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 168
Bradford Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Rodney Hoad (Republican) 125
Write-In 5
Total Votes Cast 130
Under Votes 38
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 168


Bradford Town Tax Collector
TOTAL
Gillian Campbell (Democratic) 31
Gillian Campbell (Republican) 117
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 149
Under Votes 19
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 168

 

CAMPBELL

Campbell Town Clerk
TOTAL
Michelle Seeley (Republican) 356
Write-In 2
Total Votes Cast 358
Under Votes 61
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 419

 

Campbell Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Glenn A. Vogel (Democratic) 81
Norman Maynard (Republican) 268
Glenn A. Vogel (Republican) 228
Write-In 52
Total Votes Cast 629
Under Votes 209
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 419


Campbell Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Thomas A. Austin (Democratic) 76
Thomas A. Austin (Republican) 296
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 373
Under Votes 45
Over Votes 1
Total Ballots Cast 419


Campbell Town Tax Collector
TOTAL
William E. Rosplock (Democratic) 124
Jacquelyn Kohman (Republican) 272
Write-In 0
Total Votes Cast 396
Under Votes 23
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 419

 

COHOCTON

Cohocton Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Judith Hall (Republican) 273
Write-In 15
Total Votes Cast 288
Under Votes 109
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 397


Cohocton Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Patricia Johnson (Republican) 183
Geraldine M. Deusenbery (Conservative) 263
Jan Kastberg (Smile) 145
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 592
Under Votes 202
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 397


ERWIN

Erwin Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Jody M. Allen (Republican) 528
Franklin J. Acomb (Republican) 498
Write-In 8
Total Votes Cast 1,034
Under Votes 532
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 783

 

HOWARD 

Howard Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Donald F. Evia (Republican) 170
Write-In 2
Total Votes Cast 172
Under Votes 22
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 194
Howard Town Clerk
TOTAL
Frances Sharp (Republican) 176
Write-In 0
Total Votes Cast 176
Under Votes 18
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 194


Howard Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Edward B. Obrochta (Republican) 161
Gary Rice (Republican) 167
Write-In 3
Total Votes Cast 331
Under Votes 57
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 194

 

JASPER 
Jasper Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Carlin Stephens (Republican) 155
Patricia A. Gross (Republican) 149
Write-In 3
Total Votes Cast 307
Under Votes 85
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 196
Jasper Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Darrell E. Brewer (Republican) 171
Write-In 0
Total Votes Cast 171
Under Votes 25
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 196
Jasper Town Assessor (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Herbert Heintz (Democratic) 108
Lucille Luckey (Republican) 137
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 246
Under Votes 146
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 1962023 General Election 38 Last Updated: 


Jasper Town Assessor (2 Year Unexpired Term)
TOTAL
Write-In 6
Total Votes Cast 6
Under Votes 190
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 196

 

LINDLEY
Lindley Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Roger Reep, Jr. (Republican) 182
David R. Fuller (Conservative) 71
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 254
Under Votes 14
Over Votes 1
Total Ballots Cast 269
Lindley Town Clerk
TOTAL
Callie J. Perry (Democratic) 175
Write-In 2
Total Votes Cast 177
Under Votes 92
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 2692023 General Election 39 Last Updated: 


Lindley Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Crystal A. McCannon (Republican) 163
Write-In 114
Total Votes Cast 277
Under Votes 259
Over Votes 2
Total Ballots Cast 269


Lindley Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Kevin G. Putman (Republican) 209
Write-In 3
Total Votes Cast 212
Under Votes 57
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 269

 

PRATTSBURGH
Prattsburgh Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Pete Scheid (Democratic) 65
Angela Einwachter (Republican) 122
Angela Einwachter (Libertarian) 34
Pete Scheid (Prattsburgh One) 37
Write-In 0
Total Votes Cast 258
Under Votes 110
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 1842023 General Election 40 Last Updated: 

 

PULTENEY
Pulteney Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Mark Illig (Democratic) 221
Write-In 5
Total Votes Cast 226
Under Votes 78
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 304
Pulteney Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Jon P. Beckman (Democratic) 119
Tammy Tones (Democratic) 180
Jon P. Beckman (Republican) 152
Write-In 2
Total Votes Cast 453
Under Votes 155
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 304


Pulteney Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Terry L. Gibson (Democratic) 126
Terry L. Gibson (Republican) 148
Write-In 13
Total Votes Cast 287
Under Votes 17
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 3042023 General Election 41 Last Updated: 

 

RATHBONE
Rathbone Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Marjorie A. Smith (Choice) 128
Russell W. Morseman, III (The Future) 171
Write-In 0
Total Votes Cast 299
Under Votes 14
Over Votes 1
Total Ballots Cast 314


Rathbone Town Clerk
TOTAL
Mary E. Jacobson (Republican) 190
Barbara A. Hargrave (For The Town) 119
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 310
Under Votes 3
Over Votes 1
Total Ballots Cast 314


Rathbone Town Justice
TOTAL
Michael E. Knopf (Republican) 244
Write-In 2
Total Votes Cast 246
Under Votes 66
Over Votes 2
Total Ballots Cast 3142023 General Election 42 Last Updated: 1


Rathbone Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Lanny R. Newell (Republican) 201
Eric Bump (Republican) 204
Write-In 51
Total Votes Cast 456
Under Votes 172
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 314


Rathbone Town Council Member (2 Year Unexpired Term)
TOTAL
Rachael Davis (Rathbone United) 116
Jason Oberther (Open Minds) 100
Write-In 23
Total Votes Cast 239
Under Votes 72
Over Votes 3
Total Ballots Cast 314


Rathbone Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Dan Barney (Republican) 137
Dan Barney (We The People) 9
Write-In 133
Total Votes Cast 279
Under Votes 35
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 3142023 General Election 43 Last Updated: 

 

THURSTON
Thurston Town Supervisor
TOTAL
Michael J. Volino (Democratic) 95
Michael J. Volino (We The People) 48
Write-In 7
Total Votes Cast 150
Under Votes 35
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 185


Thurston Town Clerk
TOTAL
Sarah A. Volino (Democratic) 124
Write-In 7
Total Votes Cast 131
Under Votes 54
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 185


Thurston Town Council Member (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Daniel Gee (Republican) 142
Write-In 68
Total Votes Cast 210
Under Votes 160
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 1852023 General Election 44 Last Updated: 


Thurston Town Superintendent of Highways
TOTAL
Christopher R. Volino (Republican) 152
Write-In 4
Total Votes Cast 156
Under Votes 29
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 185


Thurston Town Assessor (4 Year Term)
TOTAL
Gerald Gebhard (Republican) 137
Gordon Foster (Republican) 145
Write-In 1
Total Votes Cast 283
Under Votes 87
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 185


Thurston Town Tax Collector
TOTAL
Sandra J. Nowicki (Democratic) 149
Write-In 0
Total Votes Cast 149
Under Votes 36
Over Votes 0
Total Ballots Cast 185

Top Stories, November 7, 2023

The Polls Are Now Open - It's Time To Vote

It’s Election Day, Tuesday November 7 2023.  Polls are open, they opened at 6am and they’ll be open until 9:00 tonight.  Here are the voting locations: For Bath Town District 1 voting is at the Kanona Fire Department, Bath Town District 2 at the Savona Municipal Building, Bath Town District 3 at the Bath Baptist Church Fellowship Hall and Bath Town District 4 at the Cenetary United Methodist Church.   In Avoca you vote at the United Methodist Church, Bradford at the Bradford Town Hall, For Lindley, the Lindley Town Hall, in Prattsburgh at the Prattsburgh Fire Department, In Pulteney at the Ross Memorial Library, In Rathbone at the Rathbone Town Hall, in Thurston at the Thurston Town Hall, in Tuscarora Town Hall, in Caton at the Caton Fire Department, in Cohocton at the Cohocton Assembly Of God Church, for Corning Town Voters at the Corning Fire Department, The Riverside Village Hall and The Corning American Legion.  For the Corning City Voters Wards 1, 2, 3 and 4, vote at the Southeast Steuben County Library, for Corning City Ward voters, wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 vote at the Emanuel Lutheran Church in Corning.   For Erwin, you vote at the Erwin Local 313 Union Hall, or the Forest View Fire Department in Painted Post, In Urbana at the Hammondsport Fire Department, in Wheeler at the Wheeler Town Hall, in Woodhull at the Woodhull Town Hall Gym. 

In the local county legislators races for the Bath area, there are two different races for Bath District 3.  There’s the Kelly Fitzpatrick race, Fitzpatrick is running unopposed for a four year term in District 3.  There’s also in Bath District 3, a race between Nick Pelham and Dean Rawleigh.  The race between Pelham and Rawleigh is a two year seat, and that’s to fill out the remainder of the unfinished term for the late Guy Hammond.  Hammond passed away in October of 2022

In Bath, the big race is between Town Supervisor Conservative Ron Smith and Republican opponent Joshua Buck.  In Campbell, there’s a Campbell tax collector race between Democrat William Rosplock and Republican Jacquelyn Kohman.  The Urbana Town Supervisors race is between Edward Stull and David Durepo and a three way town board race between Mary Jane Bray, David Luppino and Emery Cummings Jr.  In Lindley they have the town supervisors race between Roger Reep and David Fuller.  In Caton there’s the Caton Town Highway Superintendents race between Jeff Card and Raymond Riesbeck.  In Corning, there’s a 4th Ward Corning City Council race between Democrat Marshall Hyde and Republican Lisa Hohman, and a Corning Highway Superintendents race between Glen Rose Jr and Mark Burger.  And unless there are surprise write-in candidates, the following towns have races with no opposition: Addison, Avoca, Campbell, Cohocton, Erwin, Hornby, Howard, Lindley,  Prattsburgh, Pulteney, Wayne and West Union.  Propositions on the ballot: there are two statewide props: Prop One is an amendment to make all school districts equal, it would make it so the small school districts get equal treatment in funding that bigger school districts do.  Statewide Prop Two would extend for 10 years, county, city, town and village board’s ability to remove debt limit for the construction of sewer facilities.  There are also local propositions: Lindley and Addison’s have props on making the highway superintendent’s job either appointed or elected.  Pulteney has a prop to increase the library budget. 

 

MESSAGE FROM BATH ELECTRIC GAS AND WATER

Thursday, November 9, 2023, we will be tying in the new water main installed on Haverling Street with the existing water main on Gratton Drive. To facilitate this work, water will be shut off and BEGWS water customers on Gratton Drive will be without water from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Additionally, for public and employee safety, Gratton Drive will be closed to thru traffic from 9:00am to 3:00pm; local traffic only will be permitted during this time.

Top Stories, November 6, 2023

Missing Person Case In Erwin: All's Well That Ends Well

From The Sheriff:   Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on November 5, 2023, at about 10:20am, a female who resides in the Town of Erwin was reported missing. Deputies and Investigators responded to initiate the investigation and subsequent search. At about 6am on November 6, 2023 the missing person returned home, apparently unharmed, with no foul play suspected at this time. The investigation is ongoing.  The Sheriff’s Office thanks the NYS Forest Rangers, Gang Mills Forest View Volunteer Fire Department and the New York State Police for their assistance in this investigation.

 

The Old National Hotel In Bath Is Up For Sale

There’s an online auction that’s coming up in December, and in it, the Old National Hotel on 13 East Steuben Street in Bath.  Opening bid for the Old National Hotel is $700,000 and the online auction will run from December 11th through the 13th

 

Tomorrow Is Tuesday, November 7, 2023, Election Day

Early voting ended yesterday and the official election day is tomorrow.  Voting tomorrow is 6am to 9pm.  Last week we went over voting locations and we went over the town supervisor candidates for the area.  In Bath, the town board candidates are: Dustin Buck and David Wager In Bradford, the town board candidates are Larry Wilson, Daniel Peterson, Andrea English and Jodie Pierce.  The Avoca Town board candidates are Jeff Rodbourn and Mitchell Slayton.  Town board member candidates for Campbell are Glenn Vogel and Norman Maynard.  For Caton, running for town board are Emily Gridley and Eric Hurd.  In Erwin the candidates are Frank Acomb and Jody Allen.  In Hornby the candidates are Steve Reed and John Hale. In Lindley there’s one candidate listed by the county board of elections: Crystal McCannon.  In Prattsburgh it’s Pete Scheid and Angela Einwatcher.   For Urbana it’s Mary Jane Bray, Emery Cummings Jr and David Luppino.  In Wayne there’s two town board candidates listed as running, Shona Freeman and Elizabeth Kenyon.  And in Wheeler there are three candidates in the running, James Carpenter, Douglas Towner and Daniel McConnell. 

Top Stories, November 3, 2023

Races To Watch In Tuesday's  Election

Election Day is coming up Tuesday November 7.  And early voting continues today, Saturday, and ends Sunday at 5pm.  Early voting locally is at 20 East Morris Street in Bath, the Steuben County Annex Building.  In Bath, there is the Town Supervisor’s race between the Bath Town Supervisor, Conservative Ron Smith and Republican candidate Joshua Buck.  There’s also a town supervisor’s race in Lindley, where Lindley Town Supervisor conservative David Fuller is being opposed by Republican Roger Reep.   In Rathbone, Town Supervisor Russell Morsemen is running again, and Marjorie Smith is running against Morsemen.  In the Town of Urbana, Supervisor Ed Stull is seeking re-election.  Stull’s opponent is David Durepo. 

 

Kelly Houck: Sports Merger Talks Are Paused

Bath School Superintendent Kelly Houwk says this week the Bath Board of Education decided to pause talks with Hammondsport about a sports merger.  Superintendent Houwk says so far the Bath School District has gotten a lot of information and learned a lot.  Howk also says there are some items that we need to continue to review and find additional information about before we can move forward with any partnership conversations.

 

Steuben County Safety Day 

The Steuben County Public Works and Buildings and Grounds employees gathered recently for the department’s second annual Safety Day, held at the Bath Country Club The event reached 130 employees and included a presentation on various employee safety issues.  "The day is a part of county Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose’s efforts to promote a safe work environment," a county official recently stated.  

Top Stories, November 2, 2023

A Scare At Way-Co Today, Wisconsin Student Charged

Sheriff Jim Allard reports that Wayland Cohocton Central School was closed today because of a school shooting threat that came from a SnapChat user In Wisconsin.   The sheriff says a Way-Co student received the Snapchat message from the Wisconsin juvenile and the Way-Co student was concerned and told his parents.   The parents contacted local officials.  The school was shut down.   Sheriff Allard says law enforcement in Wisconsin have the juvenile there for questioning.   The sheriff also says at no time were any students At Wayland-Cohocton in danger.  

 

Former Addison Official Accused Of Pocketing $1,000,000

Steuben County District  Attorney and the New York State Comptrollers Office and New York State Police, are reporting that there are major allegations of an Addison woman today.  Ursula G. Stone, 55, Addison, was the longtime clerk/treasurer for the Village of Addison.  Baker tells us that over an 18 year period, between $1.1 million dollars and $1.2 million dollars was allegedly stolen by Stone.  The charges against Ursula Stone include: Grand Larceny in the First Degree, Money Laundering, Government Corruption, and over 170 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree.   Stone appeared today before a county grand jury. Stone pleaded not guilty, and was remanded to the Steuben County Jail, by Judge Chauncey Watches, $20,000 bail. 

 

Budget Hearing And Other Biz, Coming Up In Jasper 

The Jasper Town Board will meet on Tuesday night, November 7, at the Jasper Town Hall, for a public hearing on the town preliminary town budget  and a public hearing on the local law to override the state’s two percent property tax cap.     

 

A New SRO For Bath Haverling

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says, the Bath Haverling’s School Resource Officer is now Richard Swan.  The sheriff says Swan started out at the sheriffs’ department, and then worked at the Corning Police Department as a Lt.  Sheriff Allard says he’s thrilled to have School Resource Officer Richard Swan as part of the team again.

 

Fall Back 2023 Reminder 

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department says, when you set back your clocks one hour on November 5, remember to also check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

 

Operation Green Light 2023 For Steuben County

Steuben County officials say they’re doing Operation Green Light again this year.  From November 6 through November 12, county residents are encouraged to put green lights outdoors, in honor of all U.S. military veterans.  This will be done at county buildings as well.   

 

Wayne County: Marijuana GIven To Trick Or Treaters

In Wayne County, Massena Police report that on Halloween a child was given marijuana edibles for Halloween candy…police there posted a photo of the marijuana edibles and warned parents to check the candy that kids get for Halloween before they eat it.  

Top Stories, November 1, 2023

Election Day Voting Locations For Some Local Towns 

Early voting is going on this week and this weekend.  The early voting site in Bath is at 20 East Morris Street, the county annex building and it’s open until 6pm for early voting today.  On election day, Tuesday November 7, here is the voting location for Bath: Bath District 1 votes at the Kanona Fire Department, Bath District 2 votes at the Savona Municipal Building, Bath District 3 at the Bath Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Bath District 4 at the Cenetary United Methodist Church.   For the Town of Campbell, on Election Day, voting will be at the Campbell Fire Station on Route 415 in Campbell.  Voting location on election day for Lindley is at the Lindley Town Hall.  For Prattsburgh, voting on election day will be at the Prattsburgh Fire Station.   

 

Sports Merger Workshop At 6PM, The Public Is Welcome

Regarding that possible sports merger between Hammondsport and Bath.  Bath School Superintendent Kelly Houwk says there’s going to be a special school board workshop today, starting at 6:00pm at the Dana Lyons Middle School.  It’s open to the public and they’ll be talking about a possible athletic merger between the two schools, Bath and Hammondsport.  The Bath School Superintendent also says Bath school officials are also meeting separately today with students, in order to find out why there are less students getting into sports in Bath.

 

 

The 21 year old suspect, Patrick Dai, who is accused of making the anti-Semitic death threats at Cornell University, is from the Monroe County Town of Pittsford.   Officials with the U.S. Attorneys Office say that Patrick Dai could get five years in a federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  "The complaint alleges that Dai posted threatening messages to the Cornell section of an online discussion site," the U.S. Attorneys stated in a press release from yesterday.  "Including posts calling for the deaths of Jewish people and a post that said 'gonna shoot up 104 west.'  According to information provided by Cornell University Police and other public information, 104 West is a Cornell University dining hall that caters predominantly to Kosher diets and is located next to the Cornell Jewish Center, which provides residences for Cornell students. In another post, Dai allegedly threatened to “'stab' and 'slit the throat' of any Jewish males he sees on campus, to rape and throw off a cliff any Jewish females, and to behead any Jewish babies. In that same post, Dai threatened to 'bring an assault rifle to campus and shoot all you pig jews.' "

 

The Case Continues Against Chemung County Man, Accused Of A Violent Assault Recently In Alfred

The four Elmira suspects, ages 19 and 20, who are accused of beating a college student in Alfred, nearly killing him, are in Alfred Village Court again tonight.  It’s expected that the case will ultimately end up in Allegany County Court, due to the severity of the charges: 2nd degree attempted murder and 1st degree gang assault.

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