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Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 10th, 2019

Americorps to be Contracted to Assist Public Defender’s Office
Americorps staff soon will assist the Steuben County Public Defender’s Office with preparing cases for low-income defendants. The county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee approved a plan yesterday to contract for community outreach coordinator and intake coordinator services to gather information needed to prepare those accused of a crime for trial. The contract with Americorps is estimated at $14,000 annually, and the services will be in place within the next two months, County Public Defender Shawn Sauro told the committee. The services will help fill in the gaps public defense attorneys need to prepare cases, such as informing defendants of available options, and gathering important background details. Sauro says he also expects to hire more assistant public defenders in the next 5 years and that the new positions will be fully-funded by the state.

 

Corning Man Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Jason C. Hitchcock of Corning.  It is alleged that Hitchcock operated a motor vehicle while  intoxicated on Bridge Street in Corning.  Hitchcock was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Operating a Motor Vehicle with greater than .08% Blood Alcohol Content, Speeding and Failure to Use Designated Lane. He was released on traffic summons to appear in Corning City Court at a later date.

 

Jasper Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Kody Brown of Jasper. Deputies say they responded to a report of an injured person in a household on County Route 21.  Mr. Brown allegedly struck and choked another member of his family or household, causing injury to that person.  It is also alleged that Mr. Brown’s actions were injurious to the welfare of two persons under the age of 17.  He was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing, Harassment in the Second Degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Brown was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in Jasper Town Court at a later date.

 

County Investigator Lewis Honored with Career Achievement Award
Steuben County Investigator Don Lewis was given recognition by county Sheriff Jim Allard on Sunday as Lewis received the rare Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Career Achievement Award. The award recognizes those who truly have made a difference for the office over the span of decades, Allard said. Sheriff Allard says of Lewis: “He has assisted multiple agencies in various investigations, both fire and police, and has done so with professionalism and a dedication to service. When you talk about wearing different hats, Don has virtually worn them all.”

 

Public Defender Sauro Defends Intent of Bail Reform Laws
Steuben County Public Defender Shawn Sauro made his case to legislators last night as county Public Safety and Corrections Committee met to discuss upcoming bail reform measures taking effect on January 1st. Sauro said while he doesn’t agree with all the changes of the new bail reform, the state’s new laws serve the purpose of respecting rights under the constitution and improving public safety. Sauro explained these changes aim to give the accused the right to a fair and speedy trial as well as a right to liberty and that other states have already implemented similar changes without experiencing major problems. Sauro also said that across the state, many people are unable to afford bail if jailed, which can have major effects on a person’s likelihood to return to jail or prison in the future.

 

Regents Endorses $2 Billion Foundation Increase for NYS Schools
Yesterday, the state Board of Regents backed a $2 billion increase in foundation for New York schools for the upcoming state budget. Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa said the funds would provide school districts with needed resources and lay the foundation to support children, bolster educator diversity and recruitment. The $2 billion figure is a goal shared by advocates like the New York State United Teachers Union, which praised the move by the Regents.

 

Cuomo Approves Hemp Regulatory Bill
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo approved a bill to establish a regulatory system to sell and produce hemp and hemp products in the state. This bill was approved with a chapter amendment intended to create a more streamlined system to regulate hemp products while giving the Department of Agriculture and Markets a supervisory role over hemp farmers. The Department of Health will supervise over production of hemp extract and will enforce a registration requirement for sellers of hemp products to follow. The chapter amendment will also defer decision making on hemp extracts like CBD as additives in food and beverages. Cuomo also announced plans to hold a January hemp summit to talk about policies relevant to the booming industry.

 

E-Cigarette Ban to Be Voted on Thursday
New York’s emergency flavored e-cigarette ban has been stalled in court so long it is set to expire before it’s able to be enforced. September 17th, a 90-day ban was approved then abruptly halted as part of an ongoing lawsuit vaping industry leaders filed in response to the ban. A key state Health Department panel will vote Thursday December 12th to renew the ban in hopes the state Supreme Court in Albany County will uphold the renewal.
 

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 9th, 2019

Three Arrested from Bath Following No-Knock Warrant
Bath Village Police and Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announce after they executed a no-knock search warrant on Friday in Bath, it resulted in the arrest of three people and the recovery of cash, drug paraphernalia, and a quantity of methamphetamine. Three people from Bath were arrested for Criminal Possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. Elizabeth A. Gee of Bath, Tony A. Cole and John E. Corcoran all of Bath were arrested. Cole was additionally charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree for being in possession of cocaine. All three subjects were taken to Centralized Arraignment Court before being released.

 

O’Mara & Palmesano Announce Emergency Communications Grant 
Senator Tom O’Mara  and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano announce Steuben County is among the counties sharing $45 million in state funding to help enhance and support local emergency communications systems. Steuben County will receive $796,257 administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. The funding is intended to be utilized for undertaking infrastructure, equipment and technology upgrades.  The assistance is part of the latest round of funding through the Statewide Interoperable Communications Grant program, a competitive grant program supporting regional communications partnerships throughout New York. 

 

Bath Woman Charged With Arson Now Faces New Felony Counts
A Bath woman charged with arson back in August now faces new felony counts as the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating the case. Investigators say Rebecca Manry-Miller intentionally set fire to Ash Street home in Bath, causing damage and recklessly endangering members of the responding fire departments. Manry-Miller is accused of submitting false information about the fire on an insurance claim. She is now charged with two counts of falsifying business records, forgery and making a terroristic threat. Manry-Miller is being held at the County Jail pending arraignment.

 

Corning Duo Arrested on Felony Drug Charges
A Corning pair are facing felony drug charges following an investigation by Corning and Bath Police. Steuben County Sheriff’s Deputies say they discovered suspected heroin, methamphetamine and cash from a home that belongs to 21-year-old Dylan Smith and 31-year-old Katie Robbins following a raid on Thursday. Each are charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell in the fifth degree. Smith is held in Steuben County Jail on $2,000 bail while Robbins was released on her own recognizance.

 

NYS Bill Proposes SUNY Schools Cover Medication Abortion
Under a proposed new law, SUNY schools would be required to provide access to medication abortion on all on-campus student health centers. Services would be paid for with a combination of private and public funds managed by three officials: the state comptroller, SUNY chancellor and state health commissioner. SUNY health centers currently offer women gynecological exams, breast exams, contraception and pregnancy counseling. Access to RU-486, or the abortion pill taken early in the first trimester of pregnancy, would be a new addition. California is the only state in the US requiring public universities to offer the medication at campus health centers. The bill was introduced last week in the New York State Assembly.

 

Lawmakers Vote on Campaign Finance Bill on December 22nd
Lawmakers have until December 22nd if they are to nix or improve New York’s plan to allow candidates to run for office with up to $100 million in matching public funds. The public campaign finance reform measures would have New Yorkers giving $250 or less to candidates matched with public funds 6-to-1 for statewide candidates like governor. Residents giving to their local candidates would see a 12-to-1 match for the first $50 contributed, 9-to-1 for the next $100 and 8-to-1 for the final $100. Thursday, a state court is set to hear arguments on lawsuits filed by minor parties claiming the commission that established the conditions is attacking third-parties unconstitutionally.

 

Schumer Says Paid Parental Leave is “Breakthrough for Families”
According to US Senator Chuck Schumer, congressional leaders have reached what he calls a “real breakthrough for families”. Senator Schumer says the agreement over the National Defense Authorization Act was reached Friday night and a vote is anticipated for later this week. The must-pass bill contains a provision that would allow over 2 million federal government workers to take paid leave to care for a new baby or adopted child. Establishment of President Trump’s proposed Space Force is also included in the bill. Ivanka Trump, the daughter and adviser to the president, seems to be in favor of the parental leave provision, saying Friday that the measure would "mark a HUGE step forward towards making paid leave a reality for all Americans.

 

CDC Says no Single Product or Brand Can Be Blamed for Lung Injuries
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, no single product or brand can be blamed for the outbreak of lung injury linked to vaping. The CDC also says though the so-called “dank vapes” are the THC products most commonly-linked to hospitalization, patients have also reported using other products. So far, almost 2,300 people have suffered lung injuries reportedly linked to vaping. At least 48 deaths have been reported. Investigators have suggested Vitamin E acetate as a possible cause to the lung problems reported but they are still investigating and say it’s likely there could be more than one cause for lung sickness. The CDC currently recommends people stay away from all vaping products containing THC.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, December 7th

Two arrested after drug bust in Corning

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on December 5, 2019, deputies and investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dylan L. Smith, age 21, and Katie J. Robbins, age 31, both of Main Street, Corning, New York.  The Sheriff’s Office, City of Corning and Village of Bath Police Departments executed a search warrant at the residence of Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbins, recovering suspected heroin, methamphetamine and cash.  This warrant resulted from an investigation conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, City of Corning and Village of Bath Police Departments, into reported narcotics trafficking at that location.  Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbins were both charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, with Intent to Sell, a Class D Felony.  Both were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court, Ms. Robbins was released, Mr. Smith was remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 cash bail or $4,000 property bond.  Mr. Smith and Ms. Robbins are scheduled to appear in Corning Town Court at a later date.

Focus groups discussing senior needs to be held

As a way to learn more about the needs of seniors in the Hornell region, the Steuben County Office for the Aging and ProAction Senior Nutrition will hold two focus groups on Dec. 12. The meetings are set for 11:30 am at Church Street Court Dining Room, 71 Church Street and at 12:30 pm at the Hornell Senior Center, 20 Broadway Mall in Hornell.

Schuyler and Chemung counties prevail in court battle over tower sight

Schuyler and Chemung Counties have again prevailed in their five-years-long court battle against an adjoining landowner regarding the counties’ use of the Terry Hill Emergency Tower site (and right of way), owned by Schuyler County, near Beardsley Hollow Road in Chemung County. On Thursday the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division upheld the prior judgment affirming Schuyler and Chemung County’s continued right to use the site and related easement for emergency radio and voice communications. The site is the single transmission site for the entire Schuyler Public Safety Communication system.

Local legislator helps crack down on robocalls

Southern Tier Congressman Anthony Brindisi lead House Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation to crack down on unwanted robocalls. Following an outcry from constituents and reports of fraud and abuse, Brindisi introduced legislation to fight back against robocallers. Key provisions from Brindisi’s bills passed the House as part of a bicameral and bipartisan compromise solution. In 2018, Americans were hit with 26.3 billion robocalls, a 46 percent increase from the previous year. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) receives more than 200,000 complaints of robocalls each year.

CMOG to host open house this weekend

The Corning Museum of Glass is holding its annual holiday open house this weekend. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. During the event, there will be free admission, craft activities, live music and sales on unique gifts.

New York Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

New York Farm Bureau members wrapped up their 63rd State Annual Meeting this week in Binghamton where Farm Bureau first began more than a century ago. It concluded with an evening banquet full of awards, state dignitaries and celebration of another successful meeting that set the organization’s public policy agenda for 2020. This year’s theme, “Growing Stronger Together,” was meant to inspire members to build bridges with their communities, lawmakers and consumers.

Today's Top Stories - Friday December 6, 2019

Annual Santa’s Day Off Brings in Hundreds of Toys for Area Families
Santa’s Day Off was a big success yesterday.  Hosted by WVIN/WABH Radio stations and held at Five Star Bank on Liberty Street in Bath.  Hundreds of people stopped by and dropped off toys for families in need.  Whether it was individuals, work place departments or local organizations the lobby was full of toys by the end of the day.  For those families who wish to sign up for toys there are two more sign up opportunities…tonight  from 6-8p and tomorrow morning from 9 to noon.  Both at O’Malley Hall at St. Mary’s School.

 

Christmas Celebrations Kick Off This Weekend Across the County
If you like community Christmas celebrations…this is your weekend. The Central Steuben Chamber of Commerce in Bath hosts the Spirit of Christmas tonight from 6 to 8pm…Avoca has their 17th annual Country Christmas tomorrow starting at 5:30 with a parade. Corning’s Gaffer District presents the their 45th annual Sparkle of Christmas Saturday from 5p to 9pm and Prattsburgh’s Winter Festival is today and tomorrow.

 

Historical Society Hosts Cookery Talk Today
Today the Steuben County Historical Society hosts a presentation by Linda Ferris called 'The Evolution of American Cookery' 4 p.m. at the Bath Fire Hall. This talk is free and about the American kitchen dating from the 1600s to the early 1900s when the invention of refrigeration and cooking ranges came about.

 

Youth In Government Students Propose Resolutions at Legislature
This week, fifteen Steuben County high school students took their seats in the county Legislature’s chambers for the county’s biannual Youth in Government Legislative Session. Students met to propose and vote on resolutions they drew up after spending a semester meeting with legislators and department heads to learn more about county operations. Resolutions presented on Wednesday include: Creating a Youth Center in Bath, Converting the abandoned Bath-Hammondsport railroad tracks into a hiking and cycling trail and Fireproofing the Historical Society’s Magee House to preserve historical documents and archives. The twice-yearly program has been offered to high school juniors and seniors by the county for over 30 years.

 

OFA Offers Two December 12th Focus Groups
The Steuben County Office for the Aging and ProAction Senior Nutrition will hold two focus groups December 12th. The meetings are set for 11:30am at the Church Street Dining Court in Hornell and then 12:30pm at the Hornell Senior Center. County OFA Director Patricia Baroody says “We want to know what our seniors in the area want to live a better life.” She encourages seniors to make these focus groups so their voices are heard and community needs are met. For more information please call Steuben County OFA or email ofainfo@steubencountyny.gov

 

Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Due Today
Today is the deadline for nominations to the American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes’ Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Steuben county. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

 

NYS Health Commissioner Declares Influenza as Prevalent
Yesterday, New York’s Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declared that influenza is currently prevalent in New York state. This announcement means a regulation will be put into effect to require healthcare workers who are unvaccinated against the flu wear surgical or procedure masks in areas where patients are usually present. There have been 42 counties with laboratory-confirmed cases, with flu activity in the state considered to be widespread. Residents can check influenza activity data on the website New York State Flu Tracker.

 

Cuomo, Ag Secretary React to SNAP Changes
Wednesday, the Trump administration moved to formalize work requirements for recipients of food stamps. This will result in approximately 84,000 New Yorkers relying on the SNAP program to lose their benefits. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue remarked of the change: “Americans are generous people who believe it is their responsibility to help their fellow citizens when they encounter a difficult stretch. That’s the commitment behind SNAP, but, like other welfare programs, it was never intended to be a way of life.” Governor Cuomo called the SNAP change “cruel”.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 5th, 2019

Steuben Traffic Safety Board to Discuss Wayland Speed Change
When the County Traffic Safety Board meets on the morning of next Friday, they will have an agenda focusing on a speed change in the Town of Wayland. The Board will discuss a request from the Town of Wayland to reduce the speed limit on County Route 91 between State Route 63 and the 30 mile per hour sign on County Route 91. The Board will also look at letters from NYSDOT acknowledging receipt of request and results of studies completed on County Route 91 and Michigan Road. The Committee meets Friday December 13th at 10am in Conference Room D at the Steuben County Annex Building.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for DWI
Steuben deputies report the recent arrest of 56-year-old Mindy Lee of Bath. She was stopped on State Route 53 in Prattsburgh and charged with felony DWI and drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle. Court action is pending.

 

Flutie Flakes to be Reintroduced This Weekend
Tasty news for all you Bills fans: Flutie Flakes will soon be making a comeback. The breakfast cereal was first introduced in 1998 when Bills quarterback Doug Flutie was in the middle of a Pro Bowl season. Flutie Flakes will be reintroduced this Sunday as the Bills host to play the Baltimore Ravens at Buffalo’s New Era Field. Flutie will be honored by the Bills this Sunday as “Legend of the Game” and the stadium will offer Flutie Flakes and Flutie Flakes apparel for purchase. And like back in ’98, proceeds from the sales benefit the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism charity.

 

Study Finds Almost A Third of Ticks in NY Carry Disease
A new study finds about one in every three ticks collected by the public this year were capable of spreading diseases. The lab found that 32% carried some kind of disease, primarily Lyme. The Syracuse study found most of the infected ticks carried the bacteria causing Lyme Disease, but also discovered several other diseases, including an emerging bacterial disease called miyamotoi, which was first identified in the Northeast area back in 2013. New York residents sent over 1,900 ticks to study from July to late October statewide, but most ticks were from the Central New York region.

 

New York Ranks 27th in US Credit Card Debt
A new report has ranked New Yorkers as having the 27th highest amount of credit card debt burden in the nation. The creditcards.com report takes a comparative look at credit card debts relative to household income. The researchers found that those in New Mexico have the highest average debt burden of over $8,000 per household. The report does offer tips to manage and overcome credit card debt like transferring your debt to a credit card with zero percent interest paying off the balance during the zero-interest card’s introductory period.

 

Cuomo Content with Campaign Finance Commission Proposal

After New York’s Public Campaign Finance Commission released recommendations Sunday evening, Governor Cuomo came out on Tuesday afternoon and said he has yet to go through the entirety of the report. However, Cuomo seemed to be fine with what he knew about the work done by the commission. He remarked: “It drops contribution levels way down. It starts public financing. So it’s probably in my life time it’s been the most aggressive positive reform of money in politics.” However, political activists have come out opposing the new vote and signature threshold provisions proposed by the commission out of concern these measures would neuter most of the minor parties in New York State.

 

Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Due Tomorrow
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Steuben county. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, December 6th. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

 

CCE Holds Annual Meeting and Gala Tonight
Cornell Cooperative Extension reminds the public of their Annual Meeting and Gala tonight from 5-9pm at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. The event includes a Silent Auction, Hors ‘Doevres, Autumn Harvest Dinner, Trivia Program and more. Tickets are $25. RSVP and order tickets by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-2300 or go to putknowledgetowork.org

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 4th, 2019

Bath Volunteer Fire Department Elects New Officials
Last night, officers were elected for the Bath Volunteer Fire Department. Jason Causer was elected President. Ron Delio was elected Vice President while Greg Glashauser won the election for Secretary and Robin Havens won the title of Treasurer. Matt Glashauser was elected to be Fire Chief. The newly-elected officials will begin their terms in the upcoming year on January 1st.

 

I-86 Closed Yesterday After Logging Truck Rollover
Yesterday, portions of I-86 Westbound near Exit 34 were closed after a logging truck reportedly overturned. The Hornell Evening Tribune reported the accident occurred around 2pm yesterday. The Tribune also reports the logs were cleared by another truck that was owned by the same logging company. Investigators say the truck driver experienced minor injuries to the head and taken to the hospital. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

 

Hornell School District Votes “No” on Capital Investment Project
Yesterday, the Hornell School District voted “NO” on the proposed Capital Improvement Project. The project would not result in a tax increase for school district residents and would be covered by the New York State Smart Schools Bond Act. Remaining costs would be supported by existing capital reserve funds. The vote was 164 for “yes” and 189 voting “no” on the project.

 

New Bill Would Give Tax Credit to Those Adopting Shelter Pets
A new law being proposed in New York state, could give tax credits to people who rescue pets. If the bill passes, pet owners could receive up to $125 per pet they adopt from any animal shelter and applies only to domestic animals like dogs and cats. This tax credit is intended to cover and reimburse the cost of adoption fees and to encourage New Yorkers to adopt animals needing homes as opposed to buying them from breeders.

 

NYS Senate Bill Would Make Porch Piracy a Felony
New legislation in the New York State Senate could bring more serious charges for those caught stealing packages from someone else’s porch. The measure was introduced by State Senator Daphne Jordan on Monday and would make the theft of a package near someone’s home a felony. Jordan says the “legislation would establish Porch Piracy as a felony crime to try dissuading the unscrupulous criminals who steal packages…” A 2018 survey found over 26 million Americans have been victim to porch pirates.

 

Corning City Council Votes to Implement Delay of Bail Reform Laws
Corning City Council voted unanimously this week in favor of supporting a one-year moratorium on the implementation of new state bail reform laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures. State Senator Tom O’Mara joined law enforcement and other New York officials calling on the state to delay implementating criminal justice reform laws set to take effect January 1st. O’Mara has been vocal in his opposition to the laws that would change New York’s discovery and pretrial detention processes. O’Mara and other opponents fear the bail laws will result in the mandatory release of 90 percent of those arrested, regardless of their criminal history.

 

Law Signed to Connect Military Sexual Trauma Survivors to Resources
Governor Cuomo Monday signed legislation to help connect veterans who experienced sexual trauma while on active duty or during military training with vital information and resources. The new law requires the Division of Veteran’s Services to maintain a Military Sexual Trauma Portal on its website where veterans can go to find information about where to seek treatment and counseling for military sexual trauma. The new law will go into effect in 90 days.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 3rd, 2019

Four Arrested in STOP-DWI Holiday Crackdown
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from November 24th to November 30th, deputies arrested four people during their Thanksgiving STOP-DWI Crackdown for intoxicated or impaired driving.  Deputies arrested: Eddie. Burnworth of  Bruceton Mills, West Virginia, Mindy A. Lee of Bath, Jamie L. Thompson of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Kasey Fisher of Painted Post. Each person was arrested and charged with at least a count of Driving While Intoxicated and will appear in local courts at later dates for their charges.

 

Campbell Man Arrested for Domestic Incident
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that Ya’sin Richardson, age 19 of Campbell was arrested following a response to a reported domestic incident in progress. It is alleged that Richardson threatened a member of his family or household with what appeared to be a firearm, placed a child under the age of 17 in a dangerous condition and entered or remained in a dwelling without permission, with the intent to commit a crime therein. Richardson is charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Richardson was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to reappear in Campbell Town Court at a later date.

 

Hundreds in Steuben Still Without Power After Storm
After yesterday’s winter weather advisory, about 5,000 in Steuben County had reported power outages from the wet and heavy several inches of snowfall. Steuben County Emergency Services Manager Tim Marshall said the power outages across the county were sporadic and spread out in hundreds, noting: “It’s really all over the board throughout the entire county.” This morning, NYSEG reports about 71 outages in Steuben County with about 1,500 residents still without power. Customers without power can contact their utility company to learn when power is expected to be restored or to check the NYSEG website

 

Cuomo Signs Nuisance Call Act
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo signed legislation that enacts the Nuisance Call Act, closing a loophole in the Do Not Call Registry and making it law that live telemarketers must give consumers the option to be added to the solicitor’s do-not-call list. The Nuisance Call act also requires telemarketers have a consumer’s written consent to share or sell their contact information.The governor said: “With these new protections, we can help ensure New Yorkers receive fewer unwanted calls and their privacy is protected once and for all.” This legislation takes effect in 90 days.

 

Red Cross Holding Two December Blood Drives in Bath
During the holiday season, the Red Cross is urging everyone to set aside an hour to give blood and be the lifeline patients need. Bath will be holding two blood drives for the month of December: the first will be Wednesday December 18th at the Bath VFW from 11:30am to 5:30pm. The Bath Ambulance Corps will hold a blood drive Friday December 27th from noon to 5pm. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets now through Dec. 18th will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

Commission Releases Reports on 2020 Campaign Finance Reform
Sunday, a commission released its 144 page report detailing recommendations on how to fund campaigns in New York through a system of matched taxpayer funds to lower contribution rates. The report also suggested tougher thresholds for parties to achieve ballot access. The recommendations in the report resulted from the work of the commission appointed by Governor Cuomo and top State Assembly and Senate Legislators. The commission’s findings will become law once the phased-in deadlines have taken effect: the party threshold provision will happen next year in 2020 while the public-financing program will be available in 2024 for legislative races and in 2026 for statewide races.

 

Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast Due Friday
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The deadline for nominations is this Friday, December 6th. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

 

CCE Holds Annual Meeting and Gala Thursday
Cornell Cooperative Extension reminds the public of their Annual Meeting and Gala this Thursday (December 5th) 5-9pm at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. Silent Auction, Hors ‘Doevres, Autumn Harvest Dinner, Trivia Program and more. Tickets are $25. RSVP and order tickets by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-2300 or go to putknowledgetowork.org

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 2nd

 

 

Winter weather advisory

 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard warns drivers to be careful on the roads. Though several counties have been issued weather advisories, Allard is particularly warning drivers about Southern Steuben County. Due to the icy roadways and multiple crashes reported on both primary and secondary roads, the Sheriff's Office ask people to not do any unnecessary travel and to be aware of elevated areas and ice on the road.

 

BEGWS Power shutdown

 

Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems had to shut power off this morning for a portion of the village of Bath due to di necessary storm related repair that had to be done.  The loss of power was only about 5 minutes with repair reported to be complete and power restored

 

Steuben Rural Electric reports widespread outages

 

Steuben Rural Electric reports multiple outages they are working on.  The loss of power is related to storm damage and are widespread. Crews are working on repairs and power restoration time varies from area by area.

 

State Troopers May Get Body Cameras

 

Some New York lawmakers have proposed to equip state troopers with body cameras. New York is one of few states like Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Hampshire and Massachusetts where the primary law enforcement agency isn't required to have body or dashboard cameras already. The proposal was introduced in the fall and would outline when New York State Police should record their interactions on-duty. State Police did comment cameras are effective investigative tools but did not comment on the proposed legislation.

 

Red Cross Accepting Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast

 

The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The deadline for nominations is December 6. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

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School Closings:

Addison

Alfred State both campuses

All Saints Academy

Arkport

Arnot Ogden School of Nursing and Radiology are closed

Avoca

Bath 

Bradford

Campbell – Savona

Canisteo Greenwood

Corning Community College

Corning-Painted Post

Also STEM Academy in Corning

Dundee

Elmira City and Elmira Heights Schools

GST BOCES Bush, Cooper Plains and Wildwood campus

Hammondsport

Hornell

Jasper-Troupsburg

Odessa Montour School District

Prattsburgh

Watkins Glen

Business/Event Closings:

Pro Action Offices are on a 2 hour delay opening at 10:30am

Arc of Steuben Transportation 2 hour delay…Staff to report

Cornell Cooperative Extension offices closed today

Impaired Driver program of Steuben County cancelled at Hornell HS

Dormann Library

Hammondsport Library

Finger Lakes Boating Museum closed

Keuka Family Practice

Pro Action Nutrition Program for Steuben and Yates County cancelled for today. Encouraged to use emergency packs

Servu opening at 11:00am

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 30, 2019

Bath Volunteer Fire Dept Accepting Winter Clothes Donations:

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department has partnered with Bath Electric Gas & Water Systems to collect NEW gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and socks for those in need in the Bath area. Collection boxes are at The Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 50 E. Morris Street by the main doors on the side towards O'Mally hall, and at Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems at 7 South Ave.in the Village of Bath. Donations can be made through December 20th.

 

Two-Vehicle Collision in Troupsburg:

Canisteo-based State Police were called to investigate a two vehicle collision on State Route 36 at the intersection with County Road 126 in the Town of Troupsburg. The drivers were listed as Kayla J. Bissett, 32, of Whitesville and Tammy L. Fresco, 47, of Knoxville, PA. Troopers said one person sustained an injury, but did not indicate who.

 

Pennsylvania Governor amends tobacco; hunting laws:

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 97 and Senate Bill 473, which amends tobacco legislation to prohibit the sale of any tobacco, nicotine or related item to anyone under 21 years of age. The legislation also expands the definition of a tobacco product to include e-cigarettes and other vaping products, and expressly prohibits the possession of these items on school grounds. The governor also signed Senate Bill 147, which lifts the prohibition on hunting for three Sundays in Pennsylvania. Wolf said “This legislation carefully balances the needs of landowners with an expanded opportunity for hunters who work or attend school during weekdays.

 

Law enforcement buckling down on distracted driving this shopping season:

Today is the traditional Black Friday shopping day and tomorrow is Small Business Saturday…and consumers will be out in force…and they’ll have plenty of company. State and local police will also be out in force…looking for impaired and distracted drivers. The state campaign continues through Sunday. State Police say they will have zero tolerance for impaired driving.

 

Steuben County Legislative Committees to meet next week:

Next week will be busy for Steuben County legislative committees. On Wednesday, the Land Bank Corporation, Agriculture, Industry and Planning and with the Human Services, health and Education Committees are all expected to meet.

 

Crandall to remain chairman of Allegany County Legislature:

Legislator Curt Crandall of Belfast appears on track to remain Chairman of the Allegany County Legislature in 2020. The county GOP Caucus met this week and selected Crandall to hold the chairman’s post. Phillip Curran of Alfred was selected as Vice Chair and Dwight Healy of Belmont was selected to remain Majority Leader. All 15 legislators are Republican. The candidates will be voted on by the full Board of Legislators at the Organizational Meeting on January 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Today's Top Stories - Black Friday November 29, 2019

Steuben Public Health Urge Residents to Test for Radon
Steuben County Public Health is urging residents to take advantage of a recent grant which allows you to get a free radon kit to test your home for natural gas radon. Radon seeps into houses from the ground and is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers. Public Health Educator Lorelei Wagner explains how you can get your kit. You can hear Lorelei’s full interview on a recent “Community Focus” now posted in the podcast section of our website wvinbath.com.

 

BEGWS and BVFD Holds Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department announce they will be holding a winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered”. From now until December 20th, donations of new hats, scarves, gloves or mittens and warm socks will be accepted for local Bath neighbors in need. Donations can be dropped off at the BEGWS Commercial Office on 7 South Avenue in Bath or at the Hall Side of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department at 50 East Morris Street.

 

Senator Schumer Calls for Action to Reduce Farmer Suicide Rates
US Senator Chuck Schumer has taken action to combat the mental health crisis on farms across upstate New York. The Senator recommends Congress pass the Seeding Rural Resilience Act which contains initiatives including voluntary stress management, a public service announcement on farm stress and a task force under the Secretary of Agriculture to determine the cause of the mental health crisis for farmers. Schumer has called on the Centers for Disease Control to study the suicide rates on farms. Schumer says studies show farmers and ranchers experience a suicide rate three and and a half times greater than the general populations and says "Once we have data we can know what are the symbols, what happens and how can we prevent it," said Schumer.

 

State Sheriff’s Association Recognizes County Sheriff’s Department
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department received state recognition for its excellence Monday during the regular session of the county Legislature. State Sheriffs Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe noted that while the public is aware of the dangers and interpersonal challenges faced by road patrol deputies, members of the civil and corrections departments also deal with hazardous events and human relations. Kehoe said the excellence of all departments is due to their dedication to the welfare of county residents and the strong support of the people and county Legislature. Sheriff Jim Allard thanked Kehoe for the recognition, adding “I am proud and honored to be a member of this outstanding group of men and women.”

 

County Sheriff’s Office Announces Warrant Squad Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports between November 1st - 15th deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following ten persons due to active warrants. Karianne Lee Newton of Bloomfield, Amanda Scully of Hornell, David William Page of Bath, Marcie Schumann of Addison, Christopher Aldrich of Bath, Steven Farrell of Bath, Jonathan Wood of Savona, Charlie Colino of Corning, Destiny Eve Smith of Painted Post and Jacob Eygabroat of Canisteo. All ten suspects were arrested due to violations of terms or conditions of probation. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court and all suspects were remanded to Steuben County Jail.

 

Today is Wreaths Across America Sponsor Deadline
Today is the wreath sponsorship deadline for Wreaths Across America. Those interested in donating a wreath for the Wreaths Across America Day that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center can be made online . The individual wreaths are $15 each and are tax-deductible. The public is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on December 14th beginning at 11:30am. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part”.

 

STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Continues To Sunday
The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort continues as state Troopers, sheriff's departments and local law enforcement across the state increase patrols to combat impaired driving. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says checkpoints will run until Sunday to stop impaired driving. During Thanksgiving Day weekend last year, 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the US.

 

Red Cross Accepting Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The deadline for nominations is December 6. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

Today's Top Stories - Thanksgiving Thursday November 28, 2019

Reed Says “Extreme” Democrats Pushed "Impeachment Movement"
Congressman Tom Reed spoke about impeachment this week in a Tuesday media call. Reed said though he still does not think there is sufficient smoking gun evidence for impeachment, he expects the impeachment process to proceed in the next few weeks. Reed said: “I think the issue of corruption is a legitimate presidential action,”. The Corning Republican also claims what he calls an “extreme” wing of the Democratic party has pressured House Majority Leader Pelosi to push for presidential impeachment and says: “The leaders of the Democratic party cannot stop this impeachment movement…I’m very comfortable that this is not impeachable conduct. I just don’t see this as a high crime.”

 

State Sheriff’s Association Recognizes County Sheriff’s Department
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department received state recognition for its excellence Monday during the regular session of the county Legislature. State Sheriffs Association Executive Director Peter Kehoe noted that while the public is aware of the dangers and interpersonal challenges faced by road patrol deputies, members of the civil and corrections departments also deal with hazardous events and human relations. Kehoe said the excellence of all departments is due to their dedication to the welfare of county residents and the strong support of the people and county Legislature. Sheriff Jim Allard thanked Kehoe for the recognition, adding “I am proud and honored to be a member of this outstanding group of men and women.”

 

County Sheriff’s Office Announces Warrant Squad Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports between November 1st - 15th deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following ten persons due to active warrants. Karianne Lee Newton of Bloomfield, Amanda Scully of Hornell, David William Page of Bath, Marcie Schumann of Addison, Christopher Aldrich of Bath, Steven Farrell of Bath, Jonathan Wood of Savona, Charlie Colino of Corning, Destiny Eve Smith of Painted Post and Jacob Eygabroat of Canisteo. All ten suspects were arrested due to violations of terms or conditions of probation. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court and all suspects were remanded to Steuben County Jail.

 

Bath Woman Convicted of Abusing Child Placed on Interim Probation
A Bath woman convicted of child abuse was recently placed on interim probation, according to the Steuben County Court clerk. Last month, Amber Lapish-Rosado was convicted of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Steuben County court documents say she held down her five year old child to burn his forehead twice with a lit cigarette. State law says if a court determine s someone is eligible for probation and the defendant agrees, a court “may adjourn the sentencing for up to one year...and place a defendant under interim probation supervision as a 'test' to see if the person might be successful on probation”. Lapish-Rosado will be back in court next year on November 20, 2020 once she finishes her interim probation.

 

Wreaths Across America Sponsor Deadline is Tomorrow
The wreath sponsorship deadline for Wreaths Across America is this tomorrow. Those interested in donating a wreath for the Wreaths Across America Day that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center can be made online . The individual wreaths are $15 and are tax-deductible. The public is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on December 14th beginning at 11:30am. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part”.

 

STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Continues To Sunday
The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort continues as state Troopers, sheriff's departments and local law enforcement across the state increase patrols to combat impaired driving. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says checkpoints will run until Sunday to stop impaired driving. During Thanksgiving Day weekend last year, 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the US.

 

OFA Offers Dinner Clubs for Seniors
Steuben’s Office for the Aging’s Dinner Clubs provide a social atmosphere and nutritionally well-balanced meals. The clubs are open for lunch Monday through Friday at Clyde F. Simon Lakeview Apartments in Bath, Hornell Senior Center, and the Church Street Court Apartments in Hornell. The First Presbyterian Church in Hammondsport also hosts a club on Tuesdays while the Pulteney First Presbyterian Church has clubs on Monday and Thursday. Suggested meal donations are $3.50 for those 60 and older and not required; $7 for those under 60. For more information please call Office for the Aging (607) 664-2298

 

CCE Holds Annual Meeting and Gala in One Week
Cornell Cooperative Extension reminds the public of their Annual Meeting and Gala on Thursday December 5th 5-9;m at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. Silent Auction, Hors ‘Doevres, Autumn Harvest Dinner, Trivia Program and more. Tickets are $25. RSVP and order tickets by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 664-2300 or go to putknowledgetowork.org

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 27, 2019

 Canisteo Woman Arrested on Fraud Charges

A Canisteo woman was arrested following what Canisteo Police are calling a “lengthy investigation” involving the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office. Rebecca Manry-Miller faces felony charges of Forgery in the 2nd Degree, Making a Terroristic Threat, Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree, Offer to file false instrument in the 1st degree and Falsely Reporting an Incident in the 2nd Degree. She was taken to Steuben County Jail to await Centralized Arraignment. As the investigation continues, more charges could be filed.

 

Hammondsport Board of Trustees Holds Budget Workshop Monday
The Village of Hammondsport’s Board of Trustees have announced they plan to hold a Budget Workshop on Monday, December 2nd  at 5:00 p.m. in the Village Office on 18 Water Street, Hammondsport.

 

NWS Issues Wind Advisory Tonight Through Tomorrow Morning
The National Weather Service has issued Wind Advisories for the entire Finger Lakes region today through tomorrow. The wind advisory for our county will be in effect from 6pm this evening to 10am tomorrow morning. West to NorthWest winds are expected from 15 to 25 MPH with gusts as much as 40-50 MPH expected. Gusty winds could blow down trees and unsecured objects, possibly causing power outages. Use extra caution while driving for Thanksgiving travel, especially if you are traveling to the Western New York region, where significantly stronger winds are expected.

 

Red Cross Accepting Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast
The American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes is now accepting nominations for the Real Heroes Breakfast held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass. The breakfast honors those who have shown “courage, dedication and unselfish character by their acts of heroism and service in our community”. Proceeds from the annual breakfast will benefit the Finger Lakes Chapter serving Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The deadline for nominations is December 6. For a nomination form, and a description of award categories, visit redcross.org/flxrhb or email brian.mcconnell2@redcross.org.

 

Wreaths Across America Sponsor Deadline is Friday
The wreath sponsorship deadline for Wreaths Across America is this Friday. Those interested in donating a wreath for the Wreaths Across America Day that will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14th, in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center can be made online  by Friday. The individual wreaths are $15 and are tax-deductible. The public is invited to participate in the wreath laying ceremony on December 14th beginning at 11:30am. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part”.

 

STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Begins Today
The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort begins today as state Troopers, sheriff's departments and local law enforcement across the state increase patrols to combat impaired driving. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says checkpoints will run from today through Sunday to stop impaired driving. Historically, the night of Thanksgiving Eve is one of the top days for intoxicated drivers while being one of the top travel times of the year. During Thanksgiving Day weekend last year, 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the US.

 

NYS Joins Three States Appealing SALT Tax Ruling
New York joined three other states Tuesday to appeal an October decision from a federal judge that upheld key parts of President Donald Trump’s tax reforms capping homeowners’ property- tax deduction. New York Democratic officials Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Letiitia James says New York filed its appeal with Maryland, New Jersey and Connecticut regarding a 2017 tax reform that capped homeowners’ deductions on state and local taxes to $10,000 annually. States have argued the cap has unfairly targeted Democratic States in the Northeast. Governor Cuomo called Trump’s SALT Policy “retribution politics” and said “New York is already the nation’s leader in sending more tax dollars to Washington than we get back every year.”

 

AAA Forecasts Busy Travel Holiday
AAA projects that over 55 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving. AAA’s Elizabeth Carey says most people will be traveling by car but air travel has upticked at about 5 percent. Carey says the best travel tips are to be prepared and plan ahead. This afternoon is expected to be the worst travel period time nationally.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 26, 2019

Steuben County Legislature Approves $197 Million Budget
Yesterday, the Steuben County Legislature unanimously approved a 2020 spending plan that will decrease the average tax rates throughout the county by about two percent. Under the spending plan worth $197 million, the tax levy will decrease slightly to about $50.5 million. The average tax rate will also drop to $8.07 per $1,000- a two percent decrease.  County Manager Jack Wheeler says the levy increase of close to $500,000 was driven by unfunded state mandates to reform the criminal justice system and the uncertainty of revenues promised from the state.

 

STOP-DWI Thanksgiving Crackdown Begins Tomorrow
The statewide STOP-DWI crackdown effort begins tomorrow as state Troopers, sheriff's departments and local law enforcement across the state increase patrols to combat impaired driving. Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says checkpoints will run from tomorrow through Sunday to stop impaired driving. Historically, the night of Thanksgiving Eve is one of the top days for intoxicated drivers while being one of the top travel times of the year. During Thanksgiving Day weekend last year, 291 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes across the US.

 

Congressman Reed Holds Corning Town Hall Event
Last night, Congressman Tom Reed held a town-hall style meeting in Corning. The town hall event touched upon the issue of the presidential impeachment inquiry and hearings in Washington. While Congressman Reed reiterated that he does not see the “smoking gun evidence” to warrant impeachment, many of his constituents at the meeting disagreed and were in favor of the proceedings.

 

Hornell Fire Department Still Investigating 11/17 Fire
Hornell City Fire Department officials are investigating the cause of the November 17th fire that burned seven homes and displaced dozens. Investigators are still interviewing everyone who was involved and looking over the remnants of the burnt homes. If you have any information about this fire, please call the Hornell Police Department at (607) 324-2860

 

Schumer Introduces Fair Warning Act of 2019 to U.S. Senate
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer shared his plan to close loopholes in the WARN Act that permitted the Friendly’s Corporation to shut down 15 Upstate locations overnight last April, laying off hundreds of employees without so much as a day’s notice. Specifically, Schumer introduced the Fair Warning Act of 2019 to the Senate, to fortify the WARN Act and prevent employees from having their employment stripped away so abruptly. The legislation would reduce the circumstances under which employers are allowed to lay-off large numbers of employees without giving them advance notice.

 

Prattsburgh Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling Opiates in Canandaigua
A Prattsburgh man was arrested by Canandaigua Police for allegedly selling drugs in Canandaigua. Police say Daniel Raymond allegedly sold heroin and fentanyl there. Raymond is in Ontario County jail awaiting arraignment. Additional charges against Raymond are pending.

 

NYS Budget Faces Over $6 Billion Shortfall from Medicaid Gap
As the 2020 state legislative session comes into form, the biggest budget challenge will most likely be the $6.1 billion budget shortfall. Outlined by the midyear budget report released past its deadline on Friday, the state faces a $6.1 billion shortfall which was majorly fueled by a gap in Medicaid spending. This year’s legislative calendar has also been upended by an early primary lined up by state lawmakers this year to coincide with congressional party primaries. This calendar means legislators will spend their days in Albany the beginning of the year and into the spring so they can be done with legislative business by early June.

 

NYS Troopers Hiring Communications Specialists
New York State Police will soon be hiring Communication Specialists to assist police across the state. Communications Specialists are professionals responsible for all radio communications within a Troop jurisdiction. Specialists use data terminals, perform file checks, transmit information, handle complaints and requests for assistance. Appointees will have a 40 hour workweek and must handle stress well. Applications must be postmarked today at the latest. There is no online application. Instructions to apply and for information on the test and position is available online at: http://troopers.ny.gov/Employment.

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 25, 2019

ARC Employee Accused of Murder Commits Suicide
The employee working for ARC of Steuben who was accused of killing a client at the Hornell home earlier this month has committed suicide. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Alan Schultheis died Friday night at Noyes hospital in Dansville. Schultheis died after jumping out of a window of the jail he was detained at. He was alive when he was found but succumbed to his injuries once he was transported to Noyes Hospital. This happened following the preliminary hearing on Friday where Schultheis admitted in a video he stabbed his 60-year-old client Jay Sprague. The case was awaiting a grand jury hearing.

 

Comptroller Reports $43 Billion in Debt for Local Governments
New York’s local governments had $43.6 billion in total outstanding debt in 2018, according to a report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Total debt has remained fairly steady since the Great Recession, after more than doubling from 1998 to 2010. A major factor behind the slower debt growth over the last ten years is that school districts have borrowed less.

 

County Youth Board Award Nominations Due at the End of November
Nominations for awards recognizing individuals serving Steuben County youth will be accepted until this Saturday, November 30th by the County Youth Board. Nominations will be accepted for the 2019 Champion for Youth Award for a “behind the scenes individual actively supporting one or more youth programs within the county.” Nominations are also needed for the 2019 Youth Service Worker Award honoring a “line worker” providing direct service to Steuben Youth such as a career youth service worker, educator, coach and similar occupations. Individuals may be nominated by any person familiar with the person’s work but not from family members. Winners of both awards will be selected by the county Youth Board and announced at the Steuben County Youth Bureau’s Annual Dinner meeting set for February.

 

County Legislature Holds 2020 Budget Hearing
A public hearing on the proposed Steuben County 2020 budget is set for this morning at 11:30 a.m., immediately followed by the adoption of the county’s spending plan by county legislators during a special session. If adopted by the county Legislature, next year’s budget of $197 million carries a 1 percent hike of $500,000 in local costs, bringing the property tax levy up to $50.5 million. While spending will increase the average tax rate will drop 2 percent, down from the current average of $8.25 per $1,000 to an average of $8.07 per $1,000. Each municipality’s tax rates vary because of the state’s complicated equalization formula.

 

CCE Hosts Medicare Workshop this Afternoon
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is to host the Medicare workshop titled, “Unraveling the Alphabet Soup of Medicare: Parts A, B, C and D.” The workshop will be held today 1 to 3 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex on East Morris Street in Bath. The program will give a brief overview of what Medicare is, what options may be and a few essential things to know. Attendance is free but registration is required by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300.

 

Gillibrand Co-Sponsors Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act
As Thanksgiving day approaches, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced new legislation proposed to help improve food safety. Co-sponsoring the Expanded Food Safety Inspection Act, Gillibrand says this legislation would allow the FDA to investigate beyond produce farms.The FDA currently lacks authority to investigate animal farms, which can be cause food borne illnesses. (Gillibrand AUDIO) Senator Gillibrand also says this bill would facilitate coordination between the FDA and other organizations and agencies like the CDC and USDA to better determine the source of food borne illness outbreaks.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 23, 2019

O’Mara Proposes Delay in Bail Reform
State Senator Tom O’Mara Thursday joined legislative colleagues, law enforcement agencies, county district attorneys, and many others on the front lines of fighting crime locally and throughout New York calling on the state to delay the implementation of several criminal justice reform laws set to take effect on January 1. The Senator said “It is becoming increasingly clear that these new laws will put public safety at risk.” O’Mara is the ranking Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  The actions have raised alarms throughout New York’s law enforcement community. O’Mara is currently co-sponsoring legislation (S.6853) calling for a one-year moratorium on the implementation of the new laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures.

 

Comptroller Reports $43 Billion in Debt for Local Governments
New York’s local governments had $43.6 billion in total outstanding debt in 2018, according to a report released today by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Total debt has remained fairly steady since the Great Recession, after more than doubling from 1998 to 2010. A major factor behind the slower debt growth over the last ten years is that school districts have borrowed less

 

Free Parking in Bath Business District Beginning December 1st
Beginning Monday December 1st until January 2nd, 2020, Mayor VonHagn and the Village Board authorized Chief Chad Mullen to change metered parking to two hour free parking in the Business District for the Holiday Season. The parking spaces will be on Liberty Street, East William Street, Buell Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square. Metered parking will not be enforced, so it will not be required to put money in the meters while parking in those designated areas. Parking enforcement will be checking the vehicles in the area for anyone parked over the limit of two hours. All other metered spaces will still be enforced during those dates.

 

Section Five Settles Boys’ Basketball Dispute with Board 60
Last night, an agreement was reached with the Section V boys basketball dispute. Though an official ratification is needed and a referee schedule must be made, the boys basketball season will continue as usual without postponements. Board 60- the group overseeing the boys basketball referees- agreed to the latest proposal from Section Five. No details were released regarding the agreement as Board 60 wanted improved security and more control of game assignments for members.

 

County Youth Board Award Nominations Due at the End of November
Nominations for awards recognizing individuals serving Steuben County youth will be accepted until the end of the month on November 30th by the County Youth Board. Nominations will be accepted for the 2019 Champion for Youth Award for a “behind the scenes individual actively supporting one or more youth programs within the county.” Nominations are also needed for the 2019 Youth Service Worker Award honoring a “line worker” providing direct service to Steuben Youth such as a career youth service worker, educator, coach and similar occupations. Individuals may be nominated by any person familiar with the person’s work but not from family members. Winners of both awards will be selected by the county Youth Board and announced at the Steuben County Youth Bureau’s Annual Dinner meeting set for February.

 

County Legislature Holds 2020 Budget Hearing Monday
A public hearing on the proposed Steuben County 2020 budget is set for this Monday morning at 11:30 a.m., immediately followed by the adoption of the county’s spending plan by county legislators during a special session. If adopted by the county Legislature, next year’s budget of $197 million carries a 1 percent hike of $500,000 in local costs, bringing the property tax levy up to $50.5 million. While spending will increase the average tax rate will drop 2 percent, down from the current average of $8.25 per $1,000 to an average of $8.07 per $1,000. Each municipality’s tax rates vary because of the state’s complicated equalization formula.

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 22, 2019

 Free Parking in Bath Business District Beginning December 1st
Beginning Monday December 1st until January 2nd, 2020, Mayor VonHagn and the Village Board authorized Chief Chad Mullen to change metered parking to two hour free parking in the Business District for the Holiday Season. The parking spaces will be on Liberty Street, East William Street, Buell Street, Steuben Street, and the Westside of West Pulteney Square. Metered parking will not be enforced, so it will not be required to put money in the meters while parking in those designated areas. Parking enforcement will be checking the vehicles in the area for anyone parked over the limit of two hours. All other metered spaces will still be enforced during those dates.

 

Mike Sweet Running for Mayor, Von Hagn Running for Re-election
Bath Village Board member and business owner Mike Sweet has announced on Facebook that he intends to run for mayor of Bath. He will run against Mayor Bill Von Hagn, who confirmed with WVIN yesterday that he is running for re-election. Both Republicans will compete for the Mayoral nomination during the party’s caucus in February. Elections for Mayor and other Village positions take place March 2020.

 

Senator O’Mara Co-Sponsors Bill Putting Moratorium on Bail Reform 
State Senator Tom O’Mara is currently co-sponsoring legislation (S.6853) calling for a one-year moratorium on the implementation of the new bail reform laws so that statewide public hearings can be held on the measures. Earlier this week, the New York Humane Association joined the number of groups and officials opposing this legislation. O’Mara and other opponents believe that the move will result in the mandatory release of 90% of those arrested, regardless of their criminal history.

 

Section Five Settles Boys’ Basketball Dispute with Board 60
Last night, an agreement was reached with the Section V boys basketball dispute. Though an official ratification is needed and a referee schedule must be made, the boys basketball season will continue as usual without postponements. Board 60- the group overseeing the boys basketball referees- agreed to the latest proposal from Section Five. No details were released regarding the agreement as Board 60 wanted improved security and more control of game assignments for members.

 

Howard Man Arrested for Killing Domestic Animal
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday, deputies and members of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Police arrested Christopher N. Bertram from Howard.  It is alleged that Mr. Bertram shot and killed a domestic animal which did not belong to him in the Town of Howard, then moved that animal to another location in the Village of Canisteo. Bertram is charged with Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, all class E Felonies. He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in the Howard Town Court at a later date.  Further charges regarding an alleged illegal killing of a deer may be filed.

 

AAA Reports Second-Highest Thanksgiving Travel Season
Over 55 million travelers are making travel plans this holiday season with a trip of 50 or more miles away from home for this Thanksgiving. According to AAA, this will be the second-highest volume for Thanksgiving travel since AAA began tracking the numbers in 2000. Elizabeth Carey from AAA cites low unemployment for this phenomenon. AAA reports 49.3 million Americans will be traveling for this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and Carey predicts gas prices won’t prevent people from making long-distance holiday plans.

 

Wegmans Announced as Title Sponsor for 2020 Wineglass Marathon
Wineglass organizers are proud to announce that Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is the Title Sponsor of the Wineglass Half Marathon beginning in 2020. Sheila Sutton, Race Director, shared, "We are thrilled to announce Wegmans as the title sponsor of the half marathon. Wegmans has been a long-time community partner of both the full and half marathons offering runners a display of healthy food options … This next level of sponsorship highlights our shared commitment to helping people achieve healthier lifestyles." To learn more about the Wineglass Race Series or to register for one of the events, visit wineglassmarathon.com or follow Wineglass Marathon on Facebook.

 

Two Arrested Following Dansville Dispute
State Police have arrested two people following a domestic dispute in Dansville. Troopers took 51-year-old Edward McMichael and 34-year-old Anna O’Dell into custody. Both were charged with two counts of child endangerment. McMichael was additionally charged with assault and O’Dell was also charged with criminal mischief and harassment with physical contact. Court action is pending.

 

NY DOH Reports Second Vaping Death
New York’s Department of Health has declared the state’s second death linked to a vaping-associated illness. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday that the person who died was a man in his 30′s from Manhattan with a reported history of using e-cigarettes and vapor products. The first death, on Oct. 4, was of a 17-year-old boy from the Bronx. The state said the teen had been hospitalized in early September for a respiratory illness related to vaping.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 21, 2019

Legislature to Discuss Gravel Leases, Taxing Land Parcels
When the Steuben County Legislature meets on Monday morning, they will meet to discuss two main issues. At 9:30, the Legislature will discuss Amendments to Gravel Leases for Public Works Business. At about 9:40am, legislators will talk about Adding Penalty Taxes to Converted Forest Land Parcels. The next Legislative Meeting is the morning of Monday November 25th at the County Office Building.

 

Bath CSD Meeting Tonight
The Bath Central School District Board of Education reminds the public they will hold their regular meeting tonight. The Board will meet this evening in the DLL STEAM Suite of the School at 6:30pm.

 

Boys Basketball May Be Delayed Due to Section V Dispute
The beginning of the high school boys basketball season may be delayed due to a dispute between Section Five and basketball officials. Only a handful of referees are currently available for the start of the boys basketball season tomorrow. If referees cannot be found by tomorrow, games could be postponed. Additional security and removal of mileage compensation seems to be the primary issue causing the shortage. Section Five officials plan to meet later today to discuss the upcoming basketball season.

 

Omar Asks Judge Sentencing Addison Man “Show Compassion”
The Minnesota Congresswoman threatened by Addison man Patrick Carlineo, has requested the judge deciding Carlineo’s punishment to “Show compassion” in sentencing. According to a criminal complaint and accompanying affidavit, Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar called for a restraint in the upcoming judgment of Carlineo, who pleaded guilty to threatening to kill Omar because of her faith in a phone call to her office. Congresswoman Omar wrote in a letter to New York Federal Judge Frank Geraci that: “We must teach the defendant love,” Omar also wrote: “I do not believe the defendant would be served by a severe prison sentence or substantial financial fine and ask you to show compassion in your sentencing.”

 

GasBuddy Predicts Higher Thanksgiving Gas Prices
There will be pain at the pump this Thanksgiving travel season, at least according to GasBuddy. The company projects the national average gas price for regular unleaded will be $2.56/gallon- its highest since 2014. Gasbuddy reports that prices are about a cent higher per gallon compared to a year ago. A survey by the company found 30 percent of Americans surveyed say the high cost of gas prices are affecting their holiday plans.

 

State Legislature Holds Hearing on Early Voting Results
New York discussed how its first election with the option of early voting went yesterday in a New York State Legislature hearing. Election officials are still reviewing their data, but New York City and several other counties did see a slightly higher turnout of voters this year compared to 2015. New Yorkers have been skeptical of the early voting initiative due to concerns of costs, roll-out of electronic voter rolls and the location of the sites for early voting. According to the state Board of Elections, over 256,000 people cast their ballots before Election Day between October 26th and November 3rd.

 

Corning-Painted Post High School Holds Poverty Panel
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith joined the panel discussion on how to better deal with the needs of local children living in poverty at a free public screening Tuesday of WSKG-TV’s “Chasing the Dream” at the Corning-Painted Post High School. The event, sponsored by The United Way, centered on the roots of childhood poverty, one of many adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).  Successful programs were highlighted at the event including Tompkins County’s “Be The One” plan,which develops meaningful one-on-one relationships between a child and an adult. For more information, go to https://wskg.org/series/chasing-the-dream-

 

Gatehouse Media Takes Over Gannet for $1.1 Billion
GateHouse has closed its $1.1 billion takeover of Gannett, promising a $300 million cut in annual costs as it becomes the country’s largest newspaper company by far. The new company keeps the Gannett name and brings about 260 daily papers together, including The Leader. The headquarters will be in Virginia.  Executives say layoffs are expected, but they claim they will try not to slash reporter jobs.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 20, 2019

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Possessing Fentanyl on VA Campus
A Connecticut man found to have been in possession of 20 packets of fentanyl at the Bath VA Medical Center has been sentenced. Nolan Rogers of Lisbon, Connecticut was a patient at the VA’s residential substance abuse treatment program. Upon Bath VA Police finding contraband of knives, hypodermic needles, suboxone strips, and 20 small packets in his pockets,  Rogers told authorities voluntarily that the packets were fentanyl. Laboratory testing confirmed that it was the drug. Rogers pleaded guilty to the crime of possessing fentanyl last month in federal court. He was sentenced to time served plus a year of supervised release.

 

Exit 44B Closed Today for Milling Work
Milling work will begin today in Corning on Interstate 86, near exit 44B. The construction will temporarily reduce the roadway to one lane and close exit 44B. Variable message boards will notify traffic to take detours and alternative routes. The work is expected to last two days according to the State Department of Transportation. Motorists should expect travel delays.

 

New York State Suing JUUL
A day after California announced a lawsuit against e-cig company JUUL, State Attorney General Letitia James announced yesterday New York is also filing a lawsuit against the company. Filed in New York County Supreme Court, the lawsuit alleges JUUL engaged in deceptive business practices when marketing and advertising its products and illegally sold its products to minors through its website and in third-party retail stores, causing large numbers of New York’s youth to become addicted to nicotine. Attorney General James said of the suit: “I am prepared to use every legal tool in our arsenal to protect the health and safety of our youth.”

 

Cuomo Announces $30 million Funding in State Housing Awards
Governor Cuomo announced 43 counties across New York State will be the latest recipients of $30 million worth of conditional awards to bolster supportive housing for homeless people with special needs, conditions or other challenges. Funding will go to Steuben County and is intended to provide support for services and operation. Locally, awards will support the Corning Council for Assistance & Information for the Disabled. Cuomo says funding will allow agencies to help further their housing projects.

 

Reed Announces $125K Grant to Steuben Prevention Coalition
Congressman Tom Reed announced a grant of $125,000 will be going to the Steuben Prevention Coalition. The federal grant comes from the Office of National Drug Control Policy and is intended to support drug and substance abuse education efforts in the area. The Steuben Prevention Coalition is made up of volunteer professionals that work to bring awareness to the community about teen alcohol and substance abuse. Reed said of the award: “This grant will empower this program to reach more people and continue the program's success."

 

Hornell Partners for Growth Puts a Pause on Donations
After the tragic fire in Hornell that displaced 21 people, Hornell Partners for Growth has called for a halt in donations. Community support for the local group outpoured after Sunday’s fire, causing HPFG to have to stop contributions until they complete inventory for the many donations they have received this week. Partners for Growth cannot accept more donations now but when they are ready for more, they will announce what is needed on their  Facebook page. Anyone wanting to help the group right now can donate boxes and volunteer to help sort through the donations.


Bath CSD Meeting Tomorrow
The Bath Central School District Board of Education reminds the public they will hold their regular meeting tomorrow night. The Board will meet tomorrow evening in the DLL STEAM Suite of the School at 6:30pm.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 19, 2019

Addison Man Who Threatened Omar Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges
An Addison man pleaded guilty yesterday to federal charges of threatening to assault and murder an official of the United States as well as being a felon possessing firearms. Patrick Carlineo made national news in March when he  was arrested for calling the office of Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar and leaving his name and contact information, threatening to kill her and accusing her of being a terrorist working for the Muslim Brotherhood. Carlineo is scheduled for sentencing the morning of February 14th and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for the charges.

 

Corning’s Bridge Street Bridge Re-opens Today
Today is the the day the Bridge Street bridge in Corning will finally be reopened. Originally expected to be open to traffic on October 31st, the opening was pushed back to complete additional steel repair work that was discovered during the project. Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman says though the exact time is unknown, the bridge will be open sometime today.

 

Audit Calls for Better-Notification of Residents' Parents
A state audit calls on New York to improve when it comes to notifying parents of abuse and neglect at group homes serving those with developmental disabilities. According to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli yesterday, also says families and guardians aren’t always provided with records they requested about substantiated abuse and neglect by the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. The agency generally agreed with the findings of the report but questioned deadlines used by the state auditors and said it must provide reports only if a legal guardian specifically makes the request.

 

NY Legislature to Hold Hearing on Early Voting Tomorrow
New York will take a look at its first statewide experiment with early voting. Tomorrow, the Democratic-led State Legislature will hold a hearing on how the start of early voting went in New York. According to the state Board of Elections, over 256,000 New Yorkers casted their ballots before election day between October 26th and November 3rd under early voting.    

 

NY Humane Association Opposing 2020 State Criminal Justice Reform
The new state criminal justice reforms will take effect in January and received a lot of opposition. The latest criticism coming from the New York State Humane Association. President of the state Humane Association Patricia Valusek says animal crimes are not addressed or considered in the legislation and she says the seriousness of animal cruelty offenses aren’t accounted for in these reforms, especially with dogfighting. The group is also concerned about a 15-day period where district attorney’s offices must collect and share their information because that’s a brief time window for investigation and the Humane Association thinks this could cause more cruelty cases to be tossed.

 

Department of Labor Reports Over 13K Jobs Added to NY Economy
The New York State Department of Labor reports 13,300 new jobs were added to the state economy between September and October. The DOL’s report was based on data collected from a payroll survey of 18,000 New York employers by the United States Department of Labor.

 

Steuben County Poverty Panel Tonight
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith will be a part of the panel looking at the future impact of children raised in poverty at a free public screening of WSKG-TV’s “Chasing the Dream” 5:30pm tonight at the Corning-Painted Post High School auditorium. According to a Cornell University study, estimates show 3,901 kids or two in 10 children ages 0-17 in Steuben are living in poverty and 12,1761 people or more than one in 10 of all residents in the county live in poverty. Registration for the free event is requested through Eventbrite: https://chasingthedreamcorning.eventbrite.com

 

Dansville Man Arrested After Domestic Incident
A domestic dispute led to the arrest of a Dansville man. State Police said they took 51-year-old Edward McMichael into custody. He was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and a single count of third-degree assault. Court action is pending.

 

Historic NYS Marker Grants Available
The latest round of grants for the New York State Historic Marker grant program has started. The program is a way to commemorate historic people, places, things and events in New York State between 1740 to 1920. Grants will cover the entirety of the blue and yellow marker, pole, and shipping. The grant program is open to local, state and federal government entities, non-profit academic institutions and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State. Those interested in applying for a marker grant must submit an online letter of intent verifying primary sources by Monday December 16th. The final application deadline is Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. To apply for a grant or review application guidelines, visit the Foundation’s NYS marker program page.

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 18, 2019

Hornell Fire Destroys 4 Buildings, Leaves 21 Without Home
The Hornell fire department is investigating cause of a structural fire that destroyed several homes and close to half of a city block on Preston Avenue and Washington Street yesterday at around 2:30pm. Police and firefighters both responded to the call and were able to get all residents out safely before the buildings were destroyed. A total of 21 people were left without a home: 13 adults and 8 children. Four buildings on Preston Avenue are predicted to be total losses while two Washington Street buildings are sustaining with smoke and water damage. A GoFundMe has been created for the victims of the fire and anyone who wants to donate can do so here.

 

Cuomo Signs Law Giving Adoptees Certified Birth Certificate at Age 18
Governor Cuomo signed legislation that allows adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18-years-old for the first time. The measure aims to help guarantee all adult New York adoptees can have the same unimpeded access and right to information about their birth and biological parents. Governor Andrew Cuomo said of the new law: “Where you came from informs who you are, and every New Yorker deserves access to the same birth records – it’s a basic human right…” Governor Cuomo also said he was proud to sign the law to “correct this inequity once and for all.”

 

NYS Comptroller Says Local Sales Tax Collections Up from Last Year
According New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, local sales tax collections have increased from last year. Friday, DiNapoli reported that third-quarter local sales tax collections in the state totaled $4.8 billion- a 6.3% increase from last year’s July to September period. This year’s July to September period was also this year’s strongest quarter. DiNapoli says the increased internet sales tax revenue may have sparked the uptick.

 

Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set Tonight
The Bath Village Board wants to slow down traffic on a specific street and has proposed a local law to do so. The law would reduce the speed limit on Delaware Avenue to 25 mph. The village will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation tonight at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.

 

Dunkin’ Donuts to Phase Out Foam Cups
Big news for Dunkin’ drinkers: if you are a double-cupper, you no longer will have to do that anymore. Dunkin’ Donuts says they plan to phase out its foam cups nationwide. Double cupping is when an iced beverage in a plastic cup is placed inside a foam cup for insulation. Dunkin’ Donuts instead will use a newly-designed double-walled paper cups, making the cup sleeve or second cup unnecessary. Dunkin’ says all of its New England locations will have the new cups by December 1st.

 

OFA and CCE Pass on the 10 Gallon Challenge for Food Banks
Steuben County Office for the Aging Director Patty Baroody and Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Theresa McKinley have picked up on and encouraged local food pantries to practice the “10 Gallon Challenge”. The challenge is a way to support local food pantries while supporting dairy farmers and began in Wisconsin last year. Milk is one of the most requested items by food banks, yet the least-donated. Greg Olsen, Acting Director of the OFA, challenges OFAs across the state to donate 10 gallons of milk to their local food pantries and pass this challenge on.

 

Local Vet and Legislator Roush Featured in Two National Magazines
Vietnam veteran and Steuben County Legislator Gary Roush has been featured recently in two national magazines. In the Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine October issue, Roush recalled a particularly dangerous mission to rescue 23 wounded Americans at a military base on the top of a mountain. Roush’s missions of delivering supplies and exploits like the dangerous rescue ultimately deprived him of his ability to hear, he wrote in the November/December issue of Hearing Life. “… I never let the label of Vietnam veteran -- or my hearing disability -- hold me back from being a productive member of society,” Roush said. “Through it all I learned that you have to make the best of the cards you’re dealt. And when it comes to hearing loss, you need to seek professional help when you need it.”

 

Governor and AG File Expanded Lawsuit Against IJC
Governor Andrew Cuomo and Attorney General Letitia James filed an expanded lawsuit on behalf of New York State against the International Joint Commission. Both officials have been building on the State DEC’s lawsuit against the IJC. The expanded suit claims the IJC failed to implement its flood protocol for the Moses-Saunders Power Dam of Lake Ontario and claims a collective over $50 million in damages incurred by all state agencies, including the DEC. The Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Bureau will be handling this lawsuit as more details in the case develop.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 16, 2019

County Legislature Proposes 2020 Budget 
Steuben County’s 2020 spending plan of $197 million, presented Thursday during a special workshop meeting of the county Legislature, calls for local costs to be offset in large part through a $2 million increase in projected sales tax revenues, some county reserves and interest, and cuts to local services. The public hearing and adoption of next year’s spending plan is slated for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 25. If adopted by legislators on Nov. 25, the tax levy will increase slightly to almost $50.5 million, which is slightly more than a one percent increase, while the average tax rate will drop $0.18, down to $8.07 per $1,000, a 2 percent decrease.

 

Shotgun Season in our Region Begins Today
New York’s deer and bear shotgun hunting season begins today in New York’s Southern zone. DEC reminds hunters that legal hours for big game hunting across the state are from official sunrise to sunset. In 2018, 13 hunting-related shooting incidents were reported in New York. By comparison…In 1966, there were 166 incidents, 13 of which were fatal. The local economy also picks up as out of area hunters flow in to Steuben County.

 

Congressman Reed Announces H.R. 4916 Endorsement
Rep. Tom Reed said Thursday the Problem Solvers Caucus announced its endorsement of H.R. 4916, the Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019, to provide earned visa status for Certified Agricultural Workers (CAWs) and provide ranchers and farmers a legal, reliable workforce. This bill specifically expands the H-2A foreign guest-worker program, so farmers can easily hire workers. The bill takes a two-pronged approach to meet year-round labor needs: creating a new, capped program for employers seeking to bring in temporary workers for year-round needs; and builds off current law dedicating an additional 40,000 employment-based green cards per year for agricultural workers.

 

County Youth Board Award Nominations Due at the End of November
Nominations for awards recognizing individuals serving Steuben County youth will be accepted until the end of the month on November 30th by the County Youth Board. Nominations will be accepted for the 2019 Champion for Youth Award for a “behind the scenes individual actively supporting one or more youth programs within the county.” Nominations are also needed for the 2019 Youth Service Worker Award honoring a “line worker” providing direct service to Steuben Youth such as a career youth service worker, educator, coach and similar occupations. Individuals may be nominated by any person familiar with the person’s work but not from family members. Winners of both awards will be selected by the county Youth Board and announced at the Steuben County Youth Bureau’s Annual Dinner meeting set for February.

 

Local Vet and Legislator Roush Featured in Two National Magazines
Vietnam veteran and Steuben County Legislator Gary Roush, R-Erwin, has been featured recently in two national magazines. In the Smithsonian’s Air and Space magazine October issue, Roush recalled a particularly dangerous mission to rescue 23 wounded Americans at a military base on the top of a mountain obscured by low thick clouds. The treacherous weather prevented the smaller medevac UH-1 Hueys from rescuing the Americans. An honorably discharged U.S. Army Captain, Roush’s missions like delivering supplies and exploits like the dangerous rescue ultimately deprived him of his ability to hear, he wrote in the November/December issue of Hearing Life. “… I never let the label of Vietnam veteran -- or my hearing disability -- hold me back from being a productive member of society,” Roush said. “Through it all I learned that you have to make the best of the cards you’re dealt. And when it comes to hearing loss, you need to seek professional help when you need it.”

 

Troopers Want Info About Suspects Making Purchases in Horseheads
New York State Police in Horseheads are asking the public for help to identify suspects who bought over $13,000 worth of merchandise with stolen credit cards at several Big Flats stores. Troopers report that on October 31st, the two suspects bought about $13,500 worth of merchandise from Lowes, Target, Tops, Dick’s, Staples, T.J. Maxx, Ulta, Kohls and Best Buy with stolen credit cards. The duo reportedly was driving a dark-colored, newer model BMW which had an unknown, out-of-state registration. Anyone with information about this incident or these people (pictured below) should call the State Police in Horseheads at 607-739-0281. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 15, 2019

24 Hour FLX Gives Campaign Today for Local Nonprofits
If you want to support a Finger Lakes area local nonprofit this holiday season, FLX Gives says today is the day! Paul Thomas of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce explains why today is a great day for local nonprofits. This campaign is a 24 hour multi-county online giving initiative that is happening for 24 hours. Anyone in the Finger Lakes area can participate. You can donate to your favorite local nonprofit today here.

 

County Public Health Advises Residents Test for Radon
Steuben County Public Health and neighboring county officials are urging local residents to take free and easy steps to test their homes for the natural gas radon -- the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the U.S. As many as six in 10 homes in Steuben may have dangerous radon levels, officials say. Radon is the result of the natural decay of uranium found in nearly all soils which seeps into buildings through cracks and other holes in foundations. Any home could have a radon problem. Testing your home for radon is free for Steuben residents through a grant held by the local health departments. For more information, visit Steuben County Public Health online at www.steubencony.org/publichealth , www.facebook.com/scnypublichealth, or https://www.instagram.com/steubenpublichealth/.

 

United Airlines to Stop Outgoing Flights from Elmira-Corning Airport
United Airlines will no longer offer flights out of the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport in 2020. WENY Television reports that United decided to stop flights after January 1st as a business decision because the airline reportedly did not have high enough yields to continue flights from the airport in Big Flats. Earlier this year, the company began offering flights from Elmira to Washington DC twice daily.

 

Congressman Reed Receives Award from Leon Panetta Institute
Local Congressman Tom Reed has received an award from the Leon Panetta Institute. The Jefferson-Lincoln Awards from the Institute are presented annually to those whose professional achievements represent exceptional commitment to the principles of American democracy, to bipartisanship and a dedication to encourage the healthy function of the United States’ system of government through an informed electorate. Congressman Reed remarked of the award: “To be recognized for this bipartisan work in Washington by public service legend Leon Panetta is one of my greatest honors.”

 

Palmesano Co-sponsors Bill to Repeal Recent Criminal Justice Laws
Local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano is co-sponsoring legislation drafted by fellow Republican Assemblymen that would repeal the statewide criminal justice laws passed this year that would eliminate bail and introduce new evidence discovery laws. The legislation is co-sponsored by Karl Brabenec and supported by Assembly Republican Leader Brian Kolb. Palmesano said of the state Criminal Justice Reform passed by the state Democratic majority: “This is much more than a dangerous and catastrophic error. This is an insult to public safety and the taxpayers of our state.”

 

Sheriff’s Office Announces Traning in Erwin Today
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office alerts the public that they will be participating in a multi-agency training in the Erwin area this morning. The Sheriff’s Department says there should be no need to worry if citizens spot a large contingent of law enforcement but said that people should stay clear from the area, which will be posted.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 14, 2019

Hornell Man Arrested for Violating Order of Protection
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Hornell man for alleged Criminal Contempt and Obstructing Governmental Administration. It is alleged that while incarcerated at the Steuben County Jail Jared W. Hethcox violated a duly served order of protection by contacting a protected person via telephone on numerous occasions.  It is further alleged that Mr. Hethcox then refused to be fingerprinted following his arrest.  Hethcox was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and returned to the Steuben County Jail.

 

Hammondsport Man Arrested for Sending Teen Explicit Photo
A 24-year-old man from Hammondsport has been accused of sending explicit photos to an Auburn teen.  In a Finger Lakes Radio interview, Auburn Police Captain Jim Moore says the 13-year-old minor’s parent contacted the department in April, reporting that Calvin Lanning of Hammondsport allegedly used the Facebook Messenger app to send a nude photograph of himself. Lanning was arrested on a warrant on Tuesday and was held pending arraignment in Auburn City Court. Charges against Lanning have not been made available to the public.

 

NY Public Financing Commission Deadline Plan is December 1st
The Public Campaign Financing Commission of New York faces a deadline of December 1st to come up with a plan worth $100 million to allow political candidates running for public office to fund their campaign with public dollars. One commissioner yesterday proposed postponing the program until 2022 and allowing candidates to solicit smaller donations and donors from outside their district. The Commission must release its plan the first of December, which will become law unless legislators overturn the plan.

 

State Police Route 13 Crash in Horseheads
New York State Troopers are investigating a crash on State Route 13 that left one person injured. The crash happened last evening shortly after 6pm. According to WENY, State Police say it was a two-car crash but have not identified the man that was injured.  The crash and its cause are currently under investigation.

 

Campbell Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
A domestic dispute ended with criminal charges filed against a Campbell man. State Police say they arrested 29-year-old Anthony Radka. He was charged with menacing with a weapon, preventing an emergency call and harassment with physical contact.

 

Cuomo Announces Completion of Upstate Drone Corrider
Governor Cuomo has announced the completion of the state supported 50-mile unmanned traffic management drone corridor, which runs from Central New York to the Mohawk Valley. The first-in-the-nation corridor is the most advanced drone testing corridor in the nation. With the needed infrastructure now in place, companies will be able to test both unmanned aerial systems platforms and UTM technologies in real world settings, generating data that will inform the industry and regulators and taking us one step closer towards the routine commercial use of drones.

 

Salvation Army’s Red Kettles Accepting Digital Donations This Season
The Salvation Army has announced this year they will be making donations to their Red Kettle campaign easier for everyone by placing smart chips and QR codes on Red Kettle signs. Shoppers this year will be able to “bump” or scan their smartphones and make a digital donation. Upon scanning the code, users will be directed to a page that accepts Apple and Google payment options to donate and be distributed to a local Salvation Army chapter based on the donor’s billing zip code. Donors can also online at Give.SalvationArmyUSA.org, or on your phone by texting KETTLE to 91999.

 

Bath CSD Meeting in One Week
The Bath Central School District Board of Education reminds the public they will hold their regular meeting a week from today. The Board will meet the evening of Thursday November 21st in the DLL STEAM Suite of the School at 6:30pm.

 

Cuomo Threatens to Revoke National Grid License
Governor Andrew Cuomo has threatened to revoke the license for National Grid’s natural gas system in downstate New York. Cuomo sent National Grid a letter Tuesday giving the company two weeks notice to determine how to address gas shortages before he pulls their license, according to Bloomberg. National Grid, which serves 1.8 million customers in NYC and Long Island, placed a moratorium on new gas hookups, impacting about 20,000 downstate homes and businesses and Cuomo claims the moratorium shows the company has failed to offer service that is “adequate and reliable”.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 13th, 2019

Corning Woman Arrested For Alleged Assault
A Corning woman was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly unlawfully entering a home on Denison Parkway in Corning and assaulting a 34-year-old woman following a report. Andrea Cruz, age 38, was charged by Corning City Police with third-degree assault, second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Corning Police say Cruz has been in contact with their Department 76 different times since October 2013. Cruz was arraigned yesterday morning in Steuben County’s Centralized Arraignment Court and released on her own recognizance. She will appear in Corning City Court at a later date to answer to charges.

 

Problem Solvers Caucus Launches Website
The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by local Congressman Tom Reed, now has a new caucus website launched just yesterday. The caucus, which is also co-chaired by New Jersey Democrat and fellow Congressman Josh Gottheimer, has established the website to provide a platform for news updates, press releases, background and information about the caucus and its work, as well as other updates. The Problem Solvers Caucus is a bipartisan Congressional group with 48 members – half of which are Democrats and half Republicans- who work with the mission of promoting bipartisan cooperation on key issues. Click here to check out the site.

 

Bath PD to Participate in Shop With a Cop Next Month
Bath Police Department announced for the fifth year, they will be participating in Shop with a Cop. Chief of Police in Bath, Chad Mullen says this year will differ from previous years with the County Sheriff's Office, Bath Police, the Bath V.A police, the Corning police Department, New York State police, and New York State D.E.C. all participating in Corning due to the closure of the Bath Kmart. The event will be set in December, as always, but no date has yet been set.

 

Town of Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Tonight
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings tonight. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. Hearings start 7:25 p.m. tonight.

 

Age to Purchase Tobacco Raised to 21 Beginning Today
Effective today, anyone purchasing tobacco or electronic cigarettes in New York state must be at least 21 years of age. In July of this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the bill to legally change the age from 18 to 21. Both traditional and e-cigarettes will require the buyer to be 21 or older to purchase. The law was enacted in an effort to decrease tobacco use among teens. According to data from the Department of Health, 27 percent of high school students in New York now use e-cigarettes.

 

Finger Lakes Museum Earns Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant
Corning Incorporated will support The Finger Lakes Museum in Branchport by making the museum a recipient of the Corning Incorporated Foundation Grant. This grant supports a Southern Tier marketing initiative that was outlined by the Finger Lakes Museum to draw in area residents for programs and events. This is Corning Incorporated Foundation’s second year supporting the Museum to help boost its outreach to the Finger Lakes region’s Southern markets. The museum will receive the grant and begin its expanded marketing campaign in 2020.

 

Cuomo Says $3 Billion Medicaid Gap Major 2020 Budget Issue
Governor Andrew Cuomo says a big challenge of the 2020 New York State Budget will be the $3 billion gap in New York’s Medicaid program. Cuomo says the reduction in federal aid and increase in labor costs will make Medicaid budgeting “a major financial issue for the next year.” Hospital groups have organized and mobilized to oppose any potential cuts to Medicaid, worried the cuts will cause more nursing homes and hospitals to close. Over the years, hospitals in New York State have seen a significant increase in revenue according to health analyst Bill Hammond from the Empire Center.

 

NY Court System to Update Juror Cards with More Gender Options
New York State’s court system plans to expand the gender options on jury documents to be inclusive of people not identifying as male or female. According to the state court spokesperson, the system aims to have updated juror information cards ready to be distributed by early 2020. The new cards include gender options of male and female as well as transgender, nonbinary, intersex and other. Currently, cards only offer male and female gender options. The court system will also reform its juror questionnaire to offer a question asking a person how they would like to be addressed. Proponents of this change say more gender options can help mitigate discrimination in juror selection and promote a more reflective jury pool.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 12, 2019

Canisteo Teen Jailed on Sex Crime Charges
A teen from Canisteo faces rape and sex abuse charges following allegations of incidents that involved 3 juvenile-aged victims. Eighteen-year-old Darrel Towsely Jr. has been charged with rape, sex abuse, forcible touching, criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child and unlawfully dealing with a child. It is alleged that the incidents have occurred since February of this year to the present. Towsley is currently held in Steuben County Jail pending his arraignment.

 

HEAP Applications Accepted Beginning Today
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning today. Steuben County DSS officials said HEAP applications can be filed in person, mailed to the county Department of Social Services (DSS) or submitted on-line at www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Those who need the application sent to them can call DSS at (607) 664-2500. Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, in Bath or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the county DSS office.

 

Cuomo Announces Plans for NY’s First State Veteran’s Cemetery
Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced the state’s plans to establish New York’s first State Veteran’s Cemetery. Cuomo says the Veteran’s Cemetery will be a comfort for older veterans as well as a monument for all New Yorkers to be able to honor veterans. Director of the State Division of Veteran’s Services will chair the committee that will develop the action plan and determine the cemetery’s location. Currently, New York is one of the few states nationwide that does not have a State Veteran’s Cemetery.

 

SUNY Colleges to Begin Waiving Application Fees for Veterans
New York State colleges will soon be waiving application fees for veterans and their spouses. Currently, veterans must pay a fee from $50 to $65 when applying to SUNY college campuses. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday he will work to waive the fee for all military veterans and their spouses applying to all state-operated campuses. The SUNY Board of Trustees will include an agenda with resolutions to discuss in upcoming board meetings to implement the change.

 

NYS Bill Would Change Tanning Age to 21
A New York City area state senator has proposed a bill that would raise the age to use tanning beds to age 21. Currently, minors as young as 17 years old can use indoor tanning beds with written parental consent. State Senator Skoufis asked his legislator colleagues to support this bill in a memo where he wrote ultraviolet radiation and related skin cancer are bigger health issues than smoking. Skoufis cites the American Skin Care Foundation’s statistic that over 419,000 cases of skin cancer occur related to indoor tanning use in the United States every year.

 

Dormann Library Offering A Free Coffee A Day for Veterans This Week
The Dormann Library has announced they are offering one free cup of coffee per day today through Saturday to our local Armed Forces Personnel and Veterans in gratitude for their service. Dormann Library was closed in observance for the Veteran’s Day holiday yesterday. Director of Dormann Library Carol Berry invites all to join at the library for “Crafternoon” time 11am-1pm Saturday as the holidays quickly approach.

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