WVIN News Archives for 2019-10

Today's Top Stories - Halloween -Thursday October 31, 2019

Savona, Bath, Hammondsport Change Trick or Treating Times
Trick or Treating in the Towns of Bath and Savona has been rescheduled to the weekend. Both towns have changed the date to Saturday from 6 to 8pm due to weather expected tonight. Bath Village Board voted to postpone trick or treating while Savona’s Mayor directed the change in time. The Bath Village Board has also announced Trunk or Treat in Pulteney Park has been changed to Saturday from 6 to 8pm as well. Those parked for trick-or-treating in Bath are reminded to keep your vehicles locked and secure due to recent burglaries reported in the community. The Village of Hammondsport has also moved their trick or treating to Saturday night from 6 to 7pm with a kids’ party to follow in the Village Park at 7:15.

 

Bath CSD Held Regular Lockdown Drill
As part of normal lockdown drill procedures, the Bath School District, with much help from local law enforcement, evacuated all staff and students from the Dana Lyon Middle School and the Haverling High School to the VEW Primary School location on campus yesterday. Superintendent Joe Rumsey says the drill was an important learning moment for staff and students on protocol for emergencies like gas leaks, carbon monoxide detection, and other major events. Parents are reminded in the event of a real emergency requiring evacuation, they would be notified of the incident in collaboration with local law enforcement. To emphasize and practice safety, these types of drills will occur again in the spring and as part of normal safety drills in the future.

 

State Bill Aims to Reduce Disposable Container Waste
A new piece of state legislation proposes reducing the amount of single-use food containers and cups at New York State restaurants by setting guidelines to integrate reuse-able food and beverage containers when people eat out at restaurants. The bill would make establishments serving beverages in single-use cups to not refuse a customer request to have their drink go into their own reusable mug or cup instead. It is estimated New York State goes through about 16 billion coffee cups a year.

 

Corning Bridge Delayed to Open November 19th
Yet another delay has been announced in the re-opening of the Bridge Street bridge in Corning. It was supposed to open today, but officials say that the opening date has been changed to November 19th.  Additional steel repair is needed. The bridge has been closed since April.

 

Painted Post Woman Indicted for May Crash
The Painted Post woman who hit Bath man Donald Masti back in May has been indicted for her charges in connection with Masti’s death. Smith was charged second-degree manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide and first-degree reckless endangerment. Smith allegedly drove with a BAC of .18 percent at the time of the accident. The grand jury upped Smith’s charges to include reckless endangerment after evidence was found by investigators that Smith allegedly ran another driver off the roadway. Smith’s next court date is November 8th at the Steuben County Court and if convicted, she could face an upwards of 15 years in prison.

 

STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Local law enforcement continues the patrol for this year’s STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and municipal Police Departments like Bath and Corning participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols are a part of the effort and all agencies are out in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. The crackdown continues  tomorrow.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 30, 2019

Savona Man Arrested for DWI and Other Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Savona man Richard H. Wood following deputies responding to a report of one car roll over vehicle crash County Route 17 in the Town of Bradford. Wood allegedly operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition traveling Northeast on County Route 17, crashed and left the scene. It is further alleged that Mr. Wood was previously convicted of Driving While Intoxicated within the past 10 years. As a result of the investigation Mr. Wood was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Take Breath Test, failure to keep right, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and operator leaving the scene of a property damage accident.  He is scheduled to appear in Bradford Town Court at a later date.

 

Avoca Woman Arrested for Forgery and False Filing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of an Avoca woman yesterday. Deputies arrested Victoria L Burley for allegedly knowingly and with intent to defraud, presented both forged and false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services back in April. Ms. Burley was charged with two counts each of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, and two counts each of Forgery in the second degree. Ms. Burley was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Rumsey Endorses Masler for Supreme Court
Recently-retired Justice of the State Supreme Court Appellate Division Phillip R. Rumsey has endorsed Mark Masler of Cortland in this year’s election for State Supreme Court Justice in the Sixth Judicial District.  Rumsey has served as Supreme Court Justice for about 26 years and says Masler has legal knowledge, strong character and judgment  needed to be an effective Supreme Court Justice. Masler worked for a successful family dairy farm then went on to graduate from Cornell Law School which resulted in him practicing law for 15 years and being very involved in several community organizations.

 

NYS Lawmakers Consider Youth Tackle Football Ban
State legislators are currently considering a bill that would ban kids twelve and younger from playing tackle football. Yesterday morning, state lawmakers met to hear testimony on the sport of youth tackle football. Some doctors say the sport is too high risk because it is a collision sport that can cause brain damage during the important, formative years from age 8 to 12 where the brain is more susceptible to injury.

 

Bill Could Give Special Licenses to those With Autism
A new piece of state legislation would allow special driver’s licenses to those with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Proponents of the bill say it would assist law enforcement on routine stops so officials would be able to immediately know if the person has autism and act appropriately towards them. Last month in Texas, a similar law went into effect called the Samuel Allen Law.

 

Steuben County Towns Set for Trick or Treating Festivities
On the eve of Halloween, Steuben County is preparing for Trick or Treating Festivities! City of Hornell’s hours tomorrow for trick or treating is 6-8pm. In Bath, Trunk or Treat is being hosted at Pulteney Park from 6-8pm tomorrow night. Jasper hosts Trunk or Treat Friday at the High School from 6-8pm. City of Corning has no set hours for their trick or treating but will have a trick or treat parade happening tonight. 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 29, 2019

Steuben County Passes Traffic Diversion Law Yesterday
A new local law was passed yesterday by Steuben County legislators with the aim to make the roads safer, potentially cut down on court appearances and raise as much as $600,000 to be divided between the county and justice system. The Traffic Diversion Law takes effect after it is filed with the State and gives drivers charged with traffic violations and related misdemeanors the option of taking a driver education program approved by the New York State DMV. Eligibility for the voluntary program will be set up under guidelines established by the county District Attorney’s Office. Service charges of $275 for alleged traffic violations and/or $350 for alleged traffic related misdemeanors associated with the program will be handled by the county Finance Office.

 

Woman Charged for May Accident that Killed Bath Man 
The woman who struck and killed Bath man Donald Masti with her car back in May has been indicted on charges of felony manslaughter and vehicular homicide charges. Masti attempted to cross State Route 415 around noon in the Town of Bath when he was hit by a westbound car operated by 45-year-old Tonia Smith of Painted Post. Masti was pronounced dead after being taken to Ira Davenport Hospital. The County DA’s Office also reports Smith was indicted on a felony charge of reckless endangerment for allegedly running another car off the road before killing Masti. Police say Smith had a BAC of over .18 percent at the time of the accident.

 

Village of Bath Residents Advised to Run Water Following Leak
Village of Bath residents are advised to run cold water for 15-20 minutes due to a possible dirty water following a leak on Elm Street. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems say the leak was repaired and service was in the process of being restored to Elm, Liberty and Buell Street customers. Customers on these an neighboring streets could also have dirty water and are advised to run cold water for 15-20 minutes until the water is clear.

 

County Passes Policy for Construction Debris and Asbestos
Yesterday, along with the newly-passed county traffic law, Steuben County Legislators adopted a policy for the disposal of construction demolition debris and friable asbestos for municipalities. The policy will allow municipalities in Steuben to apply for a waiver of the county landfill’s public sector tip fees set at $30 per ton for construction demolition debris and $125 per ton for friable asbestos. Applications would be reviewed by the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee, with up to five waivers granted by the committee yearly.The waiver is expected to encourage towns and villages to safely dispose of derelict properties. County legislators also accepted $45,027 from New York State for costs connected to the state’s Early Voting reforms.

 

Addison Man Arrested for DWI and Multiple Traffic Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Addison man Thomas Robbins following an investigation of a disturbance on Washington Street in Woodhull.  It is alleged that Mr. Robbins operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition.  Robbins was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, Operating an Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Operating a Motor Vehicle without a License Plate, and Leaving the Scene of Property Damage Accident.  Robbins was issued traffic summons to appear in the Town of Woodhull Court at a later date.

 

Two from PA Arrested at Bath Traffic Stop
A traffic stop on Route 415 in the village of Bath led to the arrest of two Pennsylvania residents. State Police said they arrested 20-year-old Parker Jones of Middlebury Center. He was charged with DWI. Troopers also arrested 20-year-old Kristian Spender of Wellsboro, charging him with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. In separate stops, troopers arrested 43-year-old Christina Atwood of Addison for felony DWI, and, 23-year-old Michael Poust of Lindley was also charged with DWI.

 

Exit 38 Eastbound Off Ramp on I-86 Closed Tomorrow
The New York State Department of Transportation says that the Interstate 86 eastbound off ramp at Exit 38, Bath, will be closed to traffic tomorrow. The closure is necessary for Bath Electric, Gas, & Water Systems to make repairs to the high mast light towers. Work is anticipated to last one day, weather permitting. Variable message boards will direct traffic to use exit 37 and follow State Route 415 South. Motorists may experience minor travel delays.

 

STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 28, 2019

DOT Announces Wednesday Closure on Exit 38 of I-86
The New York State Department of Transportation announced the Interstate 86 eastbound off ramp at Exit 38 in Bath will be closed to traffic Wednesday for Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems to make repairs to the high mast light towers. Work is anticipated to last one day with weather permitting. Traffic will be led by variable message boards that will direct motorists to use exit 37 and follow State Route 415 South. Drivers may experience minor travel delays.

 

North Hornell FD Investigating Sunday Morning Church Fire
The North Hornell volunteer fire department is investigating the circumstances regarding an fire at the Station Church in Hornell that happened early Sunday morning. The North Hornell Fire Department says they were dispatched to the fire around 7:45am and able to control the small blaze in under 5 minutes. A parishioner was hit by a wall of smoke as he was opening the church. Fortunately, no one was hurt and minor smoke and water damage was reported. The fire allegedly was started after the church was vandalized but the cause of the fire is currently being investigated.

 

Early Voting in New York Continues This Week
New York’s first-ever early voting period began this weekend on Saturday and will continue until November 3rd so voters can cast their ballot at select polling locations. New York is not the first state to have early voting as an option- 12 other states had the option before New York did this year. Advocates of early voting are anticipating this expanded access will increase turnout. Early voting is from 10am to 6pm today at the Steuben County Annex in Bath.

 

DEC Considers Revising Endangered and Threatened Lists
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has proposed removing 19 species from the state’s endangered and threatened lists. Species that have showed significant population growth like the bald eagle and peregrine falcon, are eligible to no longer be listed under the “threatened” status. Currently, 390 breeding pairs of bald eagles are now in New York, compared to the endangered status they faced in 1973. The DEC also proposes adding 18 species to the threatened or endangered list including the common nighthawk, eastern hellbender salamander and several species of freshwater mussels.

 

NY Rear-Facing Car Seat Law Takes Effect Friday
 A law passed to make car seats safer in New York will go into effect on this Friday, November 1st. This law requires that children under two years old must be buckled into a rear-facing car seat. Officials say this increases the safety of child passengers in cars by protecting the child’s head, neck and spine from injuries. New York follows the lead of California and New Jersey where similar laws are already in effect.

 

Cuomo Signs Election Transparency Reform into Law
This previous Friday, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law measures designed to strengthen the transparency of elections. The Governor approved bills mandating local election boards to publish more information on campaign contribution limits and special elections. Cuomo says that the democratic process “only works when voters and candidates alike have the right information...” Cuomo says by signing this bill into law, transparency will be further increased and will ensure all New Yorkers have an opportunity to make their voices heard during special elections. One measure approved requires local election boards to tabulate and publish contribution limits for all town, city and village offices on the ballot on their websites by April 15th of an election year.

 

Lawsuits Filed Against Cuomo for Medicaid Cuts
This year, two lawsuits were filed against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration arguing state health officials have bypassed the public and legislature by moving to cut hundreds of millions of Medicaid dollars for people who are elderly and disabled. On October 11th, the state reversed what advocates call a $150 million cut to Medicaid. A lawsuit launched on Thursday by nursing homes now claims the Cuomo administration is jeopardizing $352 million worth in funding to help fill a $1.7 billion shortfall as New York reports experiencing the close of 12 nursing homes in the past five years.

 

FASNY Reminds People to Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) reminds New Yorkers to check the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors and to test the devices to make sure they're working. Those with alarms that contain sealed-in batteries must check that their alarms are still operational. According to the US Fire Administrationa quarter of all smoke alarm fires are caused by dead batteries. Test alarms at least once a month using the test button. Alarms with removable batteries must be checked every six months and batteries changed yearly. Vaccuum or blow out any dust that has accumulated in the unit. For more information on smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and other information on fire safety and prevention, visit www.fasny.com and www.nfpa.org

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 26, 2019

Wayland Woman Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of a Wayland woman for allegedly using benefits that were not hers. Deputies arrested Tina MacKenzie for allegedly using another person’s benefit card in July 2018 that was issued by DSS though she was not eligible for or authorized to receive those benefits. MacKenzie was charged with a count of Misuse of Food Stamps in Violation of the State Social Services Law. At the time of arrest, she was already in custody at the County Jail on an unrelated charge and issued an appearace ticket to appear in Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Congressman Reed “Appreciates” GOP Storm of Impeachment Inquiry
Congressman Tom Reed spoke about Wednseday’s incident on Capitol Hill organized to resist the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. About 2 dozen House Republicans stormed a secure room to delay a closed-door deposition by a witness in the impeachment inquiry and Reed is sympathetic to this approach and says he will use his role to “put public pressure” and promote “open government”. Prior to the hearing, Republican legislators held a news conference claiming Adam Schiff, California Democrat running the Intelligence Committee, was carrying out the panel’s portion of the inquiry and claimed the impeachment inquiry was a long-running attempt by Democrats to overturn the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

 

DEA Drug Takeback Day is Today
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces they will be hosting a DEA Prescription Drug Takeback Day today beginning at 10am. Those who have expired, unused prescription drugs to get rid of can bring them to the County Sheriff’s Office that day where deputies will assist you to turn in prescription medicines at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Lobby from 10am to 2pm.

 

Local Energy Companies Warn Customers of Phone Scam
NYSEG and RG&E urge their customers to be aware of phone scammers posing as consultants of the energy companies, some even using a corresponding forged caller ID that matches the number for the companies. Customers have reported calls threatening to cut their service unless they make a payment over the phone using prepaid debit cards like Green Dot. In some cases, the caller seems to know specific information about customers they call and will provide a callback number spoofing a recorded greeting similar to the companies’ customer service line. The two companies remind customers that they give advance notice before terminating a service for non-payment and never to give out personal or account information to unsolicited callers.

 

Two Men from Avoca Arrested on Drug Charges
Two Steuben County men were arrested on I-390 following a traffic stop. It is alleged that Stephan Peirson and Dakota Costello, both of of Avoca, were suspected of involved in drug activity by the officer, prompting the officer to conduct a roadside investigation. The investigation allegedly revealed both men were in possession of about three grams of cocaine each. Both were arrested and charged with fifth-degree Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Pierson was additionally charged with Tampering with Physical Evidence. Oth were turned over to Livingston County Jail for processing and pre-arraignment detention then later arraigned at Livingston County Jail.

 

STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Continues
Today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

 

Good Government Groups Urge Action on Outside Income Ban
This week, a coalition of good-government groups across the state are urging lawmakers and the Governor to take direct action in taking up an outside income ban. State lawmakers currently earn $110,000 and will earn $130,000 next year. A pay commission recommended this pay increase for the 213 members that was paired with a cap on outside income of 15 percent of their public-sector pay. State lawmakers can still earn income in private-sector jobs in 2020 but court challenges have tossed the outside income gap and the state has not appealed this decision.

 

Early Voting Begins Today
Early Voting in Steuben County begins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the handicapped-accessible Steuben County Annex in Bath and will continue until Nov. 3 on the following days and times:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, October 27th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, October 28th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Tuesday, October 29th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, October 30th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, October 31st

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Friday, November 1st

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site, describing the process as: "It's one and done."

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 25, 2019

Operation: Fall Clean Up Sweep Arrests 36 for Drugs
At a Press Conference yesterday, it was announced the investigation Operation Fall Cleanup, netted thirty-six suspected drug dealers who were arrested for allegedly selling methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl, crack cocaine or other drugs since September. Operation Fall Cleanup was a multi-police agency drug crackdown effort across the county, beginning with the information generated by Bath Village Police Investigator Colin Taft. District Attorney Brooks Baker called the operation a county-wide effort of information sharing among local law enforcement and says this effort is a way to avoid creating a task force and overtaxing taxpayers while still implementing effective drug enforcement.

 

STOP-DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Beginning from today to November 1st, local law enforcement is getting involved with a STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown Enforcement Effort. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, State Police and Police Departments like Corning’s will participate in the patrol to prevent impaired driving. Sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols will be a part of the effort and all agencies will be in full force. Research show high-visibility enforcement efforts like these reduces impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent.

 

CCE of Steuben Granted $12.9 Million to Promote Healthy Lifestyles
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County was granted $12.9 million dollars in federal funding for 16 different non-profit organizations with the goal to promote healthy diets and active lifestyles among people eligible for or receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance will administer $794,000 to help low-income and working-class citizens across the state avoid chronic nutrition-related diseases like obesity while also improving their overall health and outcomes.

 

Cuomo Threatens to Shut Down National Grid
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo threatened to shut down energy giant National Grid if the company does not cooperate with state officials looking for answers about its recent moratorium on hook-ups for natural gas and battle over a natural gas pipeline. National Grid denied service for months to new and returning customers as the state DEC and the state of New Jersey was rejecting a permit for the controversial pipeline to run across the New York Harbor. Last week, Cuomo vowed to fine National Grid millions of dollars unless the company provided over 1,100 customers with natural gas who were denied re-connections to their service.

 

Schumer Calls for FDA to Create Hemp Farm Regulations
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is demanding new regulations for the booming business of hemp farming. Schumer, along with other Senators are asking the FDA to set basic safety requirements for the hemp farming industry and he thinks the rules will help area farmers. Schumer is calling these new regulations “guidelines”. According to Forbes, hemp farms have quadrupled in the U.S. this year.

 

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow
Early Voting in Steuben County begins from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the handicapped-accessible Steuben County Annex in Bath and will continue until Nov. 3 on the following days and times:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Sunday, October 27th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Monday, October 28th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Tuesday, October 29th

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Wednesday, October 30th

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Thursday, October 31st

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Friday, November 1st

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site, describing the process as: "It's one and done."

 

RSVPs for Ira Davenport Friends Gala Fundraiser Due Today
The annual “Friends Gala” to support Ira Davenport and Taylor Health is set for Friday November 2nd 6pm at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. Today is the deadline to RSVP. The event has been vital in providing significant financial contributions to help renovate server departments and purchase essential medical equipment for Ira Davenport and Taylor Health Center. The evening will be catered by the Main Place and have music provided by Niklite. Tickets are $80 and available by emailing kimsprague@arnothealth.org or calling (607) 776-8634. RSVPS are due today by contacting Kim Sprague.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 24, 2019

Drake to Plead “Not Guilty” to Pulteney Crash Charges
The lone survivor of the four-victim Pulteney crash charged in connection with the accident will reportedly plead not guilty at his court appearance. According to Dustin Drake’s attorney, Drake was not behind the wheel of the car during the time of the October 12th crash. Drake faces charges of felony DWI and two felony counts of aggravated vehicular manslaughter. His attorney says there is no physical evidence to support or prove that Drake was not the driver of the car that night. Drake appears in Pulteney Town Court on November 20th.

 

Death of Dansville Man Being Investigated
It was reported that on Tuesday evening at about 7:52 p.m., the State Police in Bath investigated what appears to be an accidental incident that killed 50-year-old Dansville man. Troopers were called to a location on Sandy Hill Road in Dansville and observed a man deceased under a vehicle. Police say no signs of struggle or foul play were evident. Dingman’s body was removed and taken to Lourdes Hospital to be examined. The death of Dingman remains under investigation.

 

Press Conference Scheduled This Morning at Bath Village Hall
The Bath Police Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Corning Police Department and Steuben County District Attorney’s Office invites holds a Press Conference this morning at 1030am. The Press Conference will be held at the Bath Village Hall in the Village Board Room. The conference will be in regards to Narcotics Investigations in the area.

 

Driver Ticketed for Hitting Student in Corning
The driver of the SUV that hit an Alternative School for Math & Since student yesterday in downtown Corning has been ticketed. The 19-year old woman was issued two issued traffic tickets for failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian and speed not reasonable or prudent. Police report the student that was struck received injuries to his back and pelvis and was taken to Corning Hospital then Strong Memorial in Rochester. Corning Police say the incident is still under investigation.

 

Survivor Speaks and Programs Highlighted at County Youth Summit
Human trafficking survivor and Salka Valerio spoke to about 100 attendees at the annual Vulnerable Youth Summit at the Bath Fire Hall yesterday. Valerio, who is an Advocate at the Crime Victims Assistance Center in Binghamton, was keynote speaker and shared what it is like to survive the heinous crime of human trafficking. The Summit also highlighted the “Not a #Number”, a program implemented in other schools across the county that educates seventh through twelfth grade students on how to prevent and recognize human trafficking. DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller also talked about the upcoming launch of the county’s Child Advocate Center which will provide therapy, family advocacy and medical service to children and their families with the help of a mobile unit to provide these services on-site.

 

Friends Gala Fundraiser for Ira Davenport Set for November
The annual “Friends Gala” to support Ira Davenport and Taylor Health is set for Friday November 2nd 6pm at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. Tomorrow is the deadline to RSVP. The event has been vital in providing significant financial contributions to help renovate server departments and purchase essential medical equipment for Ira Davenport and Taylor Health Center. The evening will be catered by the Main Place and have music provided by Niklite. Tickets are $80 and available by emailing kimsprague@arnothealth.org or calling (607) 776-8634. RSVPS are due tomorrow by contacting Kim Sprague.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 23, 2019

Community Bank Merges with Steuben Trust
Community Bank announced it is acquiring the Hornell-based banking chain Steuben Trust. The $106 million transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Community Bank has dozens of branches spanning several states while Steuben Trust has 16 locations in the region. The merger is expected to close in the second quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the shareholders of Steuben Trust Corporation and required regulatory approvals. Steuben Trust Company was originally organized in 1902 as the Bank of Steuben.

 

Construction Closes State Route 83
From today through Friday, weather permitting, State Route 36 will be closed approximately 0.5 miles south of Troupsburg between Old State Road and County Route 83.  This closure is necessary for replacement of a culvert.  Traffic will be detoured along Old State Road and County Route 83 while work is being conducted.

 

Mobile Mammography Center Visit Bath Tomorrow
Steuben County Public Health officials urge women to participate in the Rochester Regional Health’s Mobile Mammography Center’s breast cancer screenings tomorrow from 10am to 3pm at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Screenings are available to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage. The center will provide 3-D mammography screenings from certified technologists and an evaluation of the results by board-certified radiologists. Screenings take an average of only 15 minutes. You can schedule an appointment by calling (585) 922-PINK.

 

Student Struck in Corning Yesterday
Yesterday evening, a student was struck in Corning on Denison Parkway by a gray SUV and flown to Strong Memorial Hospital to be treated. According to Corning Police Sgt. Andrew Frisbie, the student was crossing from the southside heading north. The extent of the student’s injuries are at the time unknown. Patrolmen interviewed the driver of the gray SUV at the Corning PD. Frisbie says the investigation of this incident is ongoing.

 

Wreaths Across America Sponsorship Begins Today
Wreath sponsorship for Wreaths Across America Day has begun. 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 Nov. 29th. 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”.

 

One Life Flighted Last Night from Campbell
It was reported that last night, at least one person was life-flighted from Campbell. According to WETM, the helicopter landed in the parking lot of the Campbell Alliance Church and left shortly before 5:40pm last night. More information will be available for this developing story as more details emerge and are released.

 

CCC Ranked #5 in Community Colleges By Niche
SUNY Corning Community College has been ranked fifth in New York State among its fellow community colleges by Niche for the year 2020. CCC President Dr. William Mullaney said “We are thrilled to have earned this distinction.” According to niche.com, the ranking is based on analysis and assessment of faculty, diversity, student life, value, safety and location gathered from data sets, reviews and survey responses. SUNY CCC earned a grade of B- for niche.com in the year 2020.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 22, 2019

Survivor of Pulteney Crash Charged for DWI
The lone survivor of the fatal four-victim Pulteney crash last weekend has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and 2 charges of aggravated vehicular manslaughter. At  a full press conference yesterday morning, County Sheriff Jim Allard had confirmed Dustin Drake had voluntarily turned himself in, following a talk with County Investigator Lewis. Drake’s BAC at the time is not known but he was released on his own recognizance following his arraignment and awaits a November 20th court date in Pulteney and a grand jury presentation to be announced in coming weeks. If convicted of the charges, Drake could face 25 years in jail.

 

Gause Brothers’ Charges Upped to Manslaughter
Two brothers charged with second-degree murder for killing their Grandmother in a fire will instead be charged with manslaughter. It is alleged Jarrett and Justin Gause saved their meth manufacturing equipment but left their 82-year-old grandmother Gladys Willow to die inside the Corning home and did not report the fire. Both are also facing multiple reckless endangerment charges and tampering with evidence.

 

Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Fentanyl on VA Campus
A Connecticut man who allegedly possessed fentanyl while at the Bath VA has plead guilty to his charges. Nolan Rogers of Lisbon, CT, pleaded guilty to possession of fentanyl. Rogers was a resident at the Bath VA who returned to the facility after a trip home to Connecticut then patted down by a VA Police Officer. The officer allegedly removed 20 small bags from Roger’s pocket later confirmed to be fentanyl. Sentencing for the March 2019 incident is set for November 11th at 11am and Rogers faces a maximum penalty of a year in prison and a fine up to $100,000.

 

Ira Davenport Holds Job Fair Tomorrow
A job fair will be held tomorrow at Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital’s Main Lobby from 9am to 1pm. Arnot Health’s Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital has openings for certified nursing assistants, nurses, environmental services, food and nutrition, security guards and registration. Immediate interviews and online applications will be available and there will be door prizes for applicants.

 

DEA Drug Takeback Day Set for October 26th
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces they will be hosting a DEA Prescription Drug Takeback Day on October 26th. Those who have expired, unused prescription drugs to get rid of can bring them to the County Sheriff’s Office that day where deputies will assist you to turn in prescription medicines Saturday October 26th at the Steuben County Public Safety Building Lobby from 10am to 2pm.

 

HEAP Applications to be Accepted Nov 12th
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning Nov. 12th according to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. Steuben 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 (607) 664-2500. Those wishing to file HEAP applications in person may do so starting Nov. 12th between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Pro Action of Steuben and Yates, Inc. in Bath or between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. the county DSS office in Bath.

 

Cameron Man in Jail After Allegedly Menacing Woman in Corning
A Cameron man has been detained after he allegedly approached and threatened a woman  who was using an ATM at a Corning convenience store Friday night. About 9:15pm that night, patrolmen were called to the scene where a witness told them Andrew Mastin of Cameron fled the scene. Mastin was located later and initially attempted to menace a police officer with his knife, but was persuaded to put it down. He was taken into custody by Corning City Police then charged with first-degree attempted robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, menacing a police officer, second-degree menacing, third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, falsely reporting an incident, reckless driving, speeding, failure to stop at a stop light and a number of other traffic violations. He was also arrested on a Bath Village Court Bench Warrant for violation of probation and taken to Steuben County Jail without bail and appears 8:30am in Corning City Court today to answer to charges.

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 21, 2019

Sheriff’s Office Holding Press Conference for Pulteney Crash Today
The Sheriff’s Office holds a full press conference today to release more details about last weekend’s fatal, four-victim crash in Pulteney. The Sheriff’s Office said this previous Wednesday that the physical evidence determined the causation factors of the crash to be excessive speed and lack of occupant restraint. The investigation continued this week as deputies were determining other causal factors. The full press conference will be held 10am today at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Building.

 

Deer Hit on I-86 in Corning Being Investigated
County and Local Law Enforcement are investigating a car crash after a deer was hit by a car yesterday morning on I-86. According to an initial scanner report, about 5:30 am yesterday, the car and deer collided on Interstate 86 Eastbound in Corning between exits 46 and 47. As police arrived on scene, the SUV was smoking in the middle of the highway. Officials say injuries were reported but there has been no indication of what injuries, how many injuries and the extent of said injuries are. Police have not said whether or not the deer that was hit was okay but did say the cause of the crash is being investigated.

 

NYS Lawmakers Holding Recycling Hearing in NYC
New York state lawmakers are set to hold a hearing on recycling today in New York City. The hearing was planned following China’s decision to restrict scrap imports of wastepaper and plastic. This halt on waste imports has affected the plans and certainty of US recycling programs but also stimulated investments in American plants processing recyclables. Heads of State Senate and Assembly environmental conservation committees say testimony will be taken to examine statewide recycle issues. Today’s hearing aims to examine the recycling markets of New York State and the effectiveness of municipal recycling planning and other issues.  

 

Senator Chuck Schumer Calls for Baby Food Regulations
U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has called for more action to regulate baby food. Schumer has asked the FDA to create more regulations to protect the safety of baby food manufactured in the country. According to a new study, there are roughly 95% of heavy metals in 168 baby foods tested on the market. The study found lead, mercury, arsenic or cadmium with one in four of the foods tested containing all four of these metals. Schumer wants regulators to test the food and release a public statement regarding their findings and says “rightfully expect those foods to be undeniably safe, appropriately regulated and nutritiously sustaining."

 

Cuomo Defends Quoting N-Word from NY Times Article
Yesterday, Governor Cuomo defended quoting the N-word on a live radio interview, saying he was referencing a Times article about discrimination against Italian-Americans. Cuomo said: “I was directly quoting The New York Times which wrote an article about offensive slurs to Italian Americans that were also racially offensive. That was the point of the article and I directly quoted The New York Times.” Cuomo pointed back again to the New York Times after being questioned about if he felt it was appropriate to use the word. “Talk to the New York Times if you think it’s inappropriate... I was just quoting the Times. If I was quoting the Post, I would say talk to the Post.”

 

NYS Infrastructure Improvement Campaign Launched in Buffalo
A renewed effort to push for infrastructure investments in New York state was launched by a coalition and business groups this week that includes an ad campaign addressing environmental and health hazards that need to be reformed as well as potential job creation. The campaign was launched in Buffalo and officials alluded to the need to fix the downtown city streets, even as major investments like housing and a medical campus have been achieved in the last decade. The campaign referenced studies showing $1 billion of infrastructure development can create more than 28,000 jobs.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 19, 2019

Reed Calls Bipartisan Syria Resolution Support “Political Cowardice”
After voting against the condemnation to pull out 1,000 U.S. Troops from Syria, Congressman Reed spoke out against the large bipartisan majority voting in favor of the resolution, saying he is appalled. The resolution condemning the President pulling out was voted on by 129 Republicans and called the support for it “political cowardice”. “To me the political cowardice demonstrated by this was appalling because one of the things that has happened is members of Congress aren’t doing their job in regards to authorizing the use of military force in these areas around the world like Syria.” The resolution was passed 354-60.

 

Village of Fall Leaf Collection Scheduled for Monday 10/21
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin this Monday, October 21st. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village then crews will begin collection on the West Side of the village. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted. Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321

 

Two from Bath Arrested for Drug Charges
Two Bath residents were arrested on drug charges following a search warrant on the Holland-American Country Inn on State Route 415 conducted by the New York State Police Violent Gang and Narcotics Enforcement Team, along with the Troop E BCI and Uniform force. Barney Baker and Darcie Smith each were charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. Investigators seized 10 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of marijuana, one wax envelope containing heroin, packaging material, digital scales and approximately $200 in U.S. currency. Baker and Smith were arraigned at the Steuben County Jail.

 

Pharmacies Must Inform of Drug Recalls Within 7 Days
New York has passed a new state law that requires pharmacies to inform people of class 1 drug recalls made by the Food and Drug Administration within one week. A class 1 recall happens when the drug has a high probability of causing serious adverse consequences or death. There was previously no requirement for pharmacies to inform people a drug they received was recalled. The new law mandates pharmacies contact consumers by phone or email and immediately has taken effect.

 

Steuben Democrats Hold Oktoberfest Event Tomorrow
The Steuben County Democrats will be holding an “Oktoberfest” event . Come and meet the candidates up for election this year. This event will take place tomorrow from 3-6 pm at the Main Place in Hornell. Tickets are $10 each which include 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine and pizza and wings. Entertainment will be provided by John Lewis. Special guest will be Tracy Mitrano who is running for the 23rd Congressional District next year.

Today's Top Stories - October 18, 2019

BEGWS Announces Closing of Haverling Street
Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems is planning to close a section of Haverling Street today. The section will be between Gratton Street and Vermont Street. Maine Street will also be closed. Bath Electric, Gas and Water Systems sincerely apologize for the inconvenience but appreciate everyone’s understanding as they complete work on Village utility infrastructure and streets.

 

Reed Votes Against Condemnation of Trump Troop Withdrawal
Congressman Tom Reed was among the 60 lawmakers voting yesterday to oppose a bipartisan House resolution to disavow President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. armed forces from Syria. The resolution condemned Trump’s decision to remove about 1,000 soldiers from the region stationed to help combat ISIS and help allies like the Kurdish and Syrian Democratic Forces. The final vote tally was 354-60.

 

Rumsey Says Bath CSD Renovations to be Done By the Holidays
The $36 million project approved in 2016 to upgrade Bath Central School District’s middle and high school is in its final phase and anticipated to be complete in the couple of coming months. Bath Central School District Superintendent Joe Rumsey says the school hopes to have the project that began in early 2017 “wrapped up by the holidays”. The project will be completed with no additional cost to taxpayers through proper planning and makes upgrades including a complete remodel of the art departments, redoing much of the athletic facilities, improving middle school classrooms, creation of a STEAM Suite (for science, technology, engineering, art and math), adding 86 inch smartboards, dimmable lights and what he calls “the most optimum settings possible for our kids.”

 

Sheriff’s Office Promotes and Hires New Deputies
Steuben County Sheriff James Allard recently announced the promotion of one deputy, along with additions to the road patrol and corrections department. County Deputy Joshua Day was promoted to the rank of corporal, with Sheena Schafer sworn in as deputy. Shafer is a veteran of the City of Canandaigua, Village of Dansville and most recently, the Village of Wayland Police Departments. Men and women completing Basic training and sworn in as new corrections officers are: Thomas Brown, Leon Woodworth, Brandon Marvin, Jeffrey Oney, Heather Bossick, Nathaniel Carlin, Ryan Phelps, Jesse Conrad, Jeffrey Sawczyszy and Beau Roberson.

 

Bath Man Arrested Following Report of Domestic Dispute
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Jason M. York of Bath. Deputies responded to a report of domestic dispute on Redwood Circle in the Town of Erwin. It is alleged that Mr. York had choked, harassed and restrained another person.  York was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, Aggravated Harassment and Unlawful Imprisonment. Mr. York was held in the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Cuomo and Other Governors Gather for Cannabis and Vaping Summit
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo got together with governors of neighboring states of Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for the Governor’s Regional Cannabis and Vaping Summit. Last month, Cuomo invited each governor to talk about the differences in their state laws regarding marijuana and vaping and also come up with laws that were similar to prevent overstraining respective law enforcement forces. Issues like crossing state borders and driving with cannabis were touched upon, with Cuomo commenting: “We don’t want somebody driving from New York to Connecticut or New Jersey to New York to buy marijuana and then drive back and possibly be using it in the car.” Representatives from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Colorado were also present.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 17, 2019

Excessive Speed, Lack of Restraint Caused Pulteney Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has released more details from the investigation of last weekend’s fatal crash in Pulteney. The County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release confirming the  vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. Though the investigation is ongoing, officials confirmed that the operator is believed to be Dustin Drake of Prattsburgh- the only survivor of the crash. The Sheriff’s Office say physical evidence determined causation factors of the crash were excessive speed and lack of occupant restraint. The investigation continues as other factors are being determined. A full press conference will be held on Monday, October 21st at 10am at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Public Safety Building.

 

Steuben Bowl Demolished; Parking Lot to Be Built in the Spring
The demolition of Steuben Bowling Academy on East Steuben Street in Bath is close to completion and County Manager Jack Wheeler says the work should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Wheeler says once the $107,000 demolition is finished and debris are removed by Utica-based Ritter & Paratore Contracting, Inc., the site will be used as a parking lot for the Steuben County Office Building. Spring of 2020 is when construction of the 90-space parking lot will likely begin.

 

Hornell Women Arrested for Falsifying Documents to DSS
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Nanette Peter of Hornell. It is alleged that in October 2018, Peter knowingly and with intent to defraud presented two false documents to the Steuben County Department of Social Services. In September of this year, Peters allegedly failed to report income to DSS. As a result, she received benefits she was not eligible for. Ms. Peter was charged with two counts of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, one count of petit larceny, and with one count of Grand Larceny in the fourth degree. She was arraigned at the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Bath Man Arrested for Allegedly Damaging Vehicle
A Bath man was arrested following a report of property damage. It is alleged that Kenneth Mikko intentionally damaged the windows of a parked motor vehicle. Mikko was arrested by deputies then charged with Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree. Mr. Mikko was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Bath Court at a later date.

 

DMV Changes Forms As a Result of Limo Crash
The DMV has made new changes this week with intent to improve passenger safety in limos and larger vehicles as a result of issues in last year’s fatal Schoharie county limo. One of the changes is altered vehicles will not be registered if the violate federal safety requirements. The vehicle registration form now also includes additional questions to identify larger vehicles, which can include some modified stretch limos. Now, inspection stations must notify the DMV if inspection is requested and refuse inspection if the vehicle lacks the required federal safety certification. Vehicles without certification will be blocked from inspection or registration by the DMV.

 

Board of Elections Announce Early Voting Dates and Details
All registered voters in Steuben County now have an opportunity to vote before the Nov. 5 General Election as part of New York State’s election reform. Early voting will be held at the Steuben County Annex in Bath every day from Saturday October 26th to Sunday November 3rd. Steuben Board of Elections commissioners Veronica Olin (R) and Kelly Penziul (D) report the process for early voting will be the same as for voters voting at their own poll site. Absentee ballots are now available for voters at the county Board of Elections Office or by calling (607) 664-2260. The ballot can be viewed at www.steubencony.org/boe .
The Board of Elections have posted the full schedule for early voting as follows:

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Oct. 26 and Sunday Oct. 27

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Monday Oct. 28

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Tuesday Oct. 29

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Wednesday Oct. 30

· 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. -- Thursday Oct. 31

· 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. -- Friday Nov. 1

· 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Saturday Nov. 2 and Sunday Nov. 3

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 16, 2019

NYS Proposes Bill Mandating HPV Vaccine for Students
A bill being proposed in Albany may require children to get the HPV vaccine before they can attend public school or daycare. The HPV, which vaccine prevents certain cancers, is usually administered to boys and girls around age 11 or 12 and approved for males and females ages 9 to 45. The bill proposes requiring all children born after January 1, 2009 to receive the HPV vaccine to attend public school or daycare. Currently, states like Rhode Island, Virginia and the District of Columbia have mandated the vaccination for children attending school.

 

County Sheriff Confirms Pulteney Crash Information
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed information and the identities of the victims of the accident in Pulteney that happened on Saturday. The Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 1:15 am Saturday morning, the car carrying five people crashed and hit a tree. Four of the five people died and the fifth person, Dustin Drake, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital and released. The four occupants of the vehicle were confirmed by the Sheriff as Korbie Higgins of Bath, Coy F. Miner of Hammondsport, Adam P. Bellamy of Ohio and Pulteney, and Nicole L. Wise of Prattsburgh. The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a full investigation of this incident including a crash reconstruction. The investigation is still active and further updates will be issued as the investigation is completed.

 

Village of Fall Leaf Collection Scheduled for Monday 10/21
The annual fall leaf collection for Village of Bath residents will begin this Monday, October 21st. All leaves must be raked or bagged and brought out to the curb for collection. Village crews will begin collecting leaves on the East Side of the village then crews will begin collection on the West Side of the village. Absolutely no brush or trash will be accepted. Anyone with Questions may call the Village Street Department during the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. @ 776-6321

 

OFA Offers Free Grief Series
A special free series on grief is set to begin in November in Hornell, according to Steuben County Office For the Aging. The series is set to begin at 2-3:30 p.m. Nov. 6th at the Hornell Senior Center and continue on Nov. 13th and 20th, and Dec. 4th, 11th and 18th. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities or language interpretation needs with at least five-days’ notice. Registration is limited to 15 participants and is requested by Oct. 30.For more information or to register, call (607)664-2298 ext. 3636 or email OFAinfo@SteubenCountyNY.gov

 

Siena Poll Finds Most New Yorkers Oppose Dividing NY Into 2 States
A newly-released Siena poll finds the majority of New Yorkers oppose dividing New York into two different states. According to the poll, 66 percent of New York residents surveyed opposed dividing New York City, Westchester, Rockland and Long Island into a separate state from the other 53 upstate counties. Only 25 percent of those surveyed supported separating upstate New York from downstate. Earlier this year in January, the idea was raised in State Senate when Assemblyman Stephen Hawley asked the Assembly Speaker to support a referendum splitting New York into two different states.

 

Bath Rotarians Clean Roadside for Adopt-A-Highway Program
Bath Rotarians recently  got together as part of their three times a year service project to volunteer picking up litter on and off the ramps of Insterstate 86 near Exit 38. Rotarians team up to do this to support New York State’s Adopt-A-Highway program, which was passed back in 1990 to keep the community roadways cleaner. The last time Rotarians gathered to pick up litter was back in July and they say providing the service brings them great satisfaction. Rotarian Spokesperson Elaine Tears said. “We are most pleased that we are able to extend a helping hand to keep America beautiful.” The Bath Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 12 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Dormann Library. Anyone interested in joining the local club or seeking more information about Rotary should contact Jane Russell, President, at: cateringjane@empacc.

 

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 15, 2019

Families of Four Pulteney Crash Victims Confirm Identities
Family members of the four victims whose lives were claimed by an accident in Pulteney this weekend have confirmed the identities of their late loved ones. The four lost in the crash were confirmed as Korbie Higgins, Coy Miner, Nikki Wise, and Adam Bellamy by WETM News. The fifth victim in the crash, Dustin Drake, survived with injuries of a broken arm and leg. It is believed that some or all of the five people in the crash were at Maloney’s in Hammondsport shortly before the accident. More details in this case are emerging as the investigation continues.

 

Allard Talks Staff and Reduced Population After Bail Reform
Sheriff Jim Allard spoke about the state’s recent bail reform measures that take effect on January 1st and says the result of these changes will likely be a reduction of the county jail population by over one-third. Allard says the current daily jail population is 155-165 and anticipates it to be around 100 after the law takes effect. He says a team has been set up from agencies like DSS, Mental Health, Catholic Charities and more in order to review each inmate to determine what each individual needs for community support. Allard says though he believes the employment of current staff will most likely not be threatened, the level of staffing necessary to accommodate to the new state law is still unknown.

 

Congressman Reed Encourages Constituents to Participate in Census
Congressman Tom Reed has stressed the importance of participating in the 2020 Census for the sake of New York State to maintain an accurate representation in Washington. Reed expressed concern over the declining number of New York representatives in Congress in the last three Census cycles. He says his office will continue encouraging constituents to participate in the upcoming census. The Corning Republican claimed “extreme liberalism” from Albany again,  this time as a cause for population decline in the Empire State.

 

Gillibrand Working on Union Reform Bill
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is in the process of furthering a bill called the “Build Local, Hire Local Act” introduced to the Senate back in July that would strengthen unions and raise wages for workers. Gillibrand said that infrastructure “offers a major opportunity to revitalize manufacturing jobs” and stressed the importance of using American-made products. The bill also seeks to encourage apprenticeship for veterans, women and those in need as well as encourage local union contracting.

 

American Legion Hosts Blood Drive Tomorrow
There will be a blood drive tomorrow at the American Legion on William Street in Bath from 11:30am to 5:30pm. Blood is desperately needed at this site. You can donate by going to redcrossblood.org, downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling Eleanor Sample at (607) 569-2063.

 

Paving on Rte 415 in Avoca Begins Today
The New York State Department of Transportation begins paving today on State Route 415 in Avoca. With weather permitting, work will last from today to this Friday October 18th. The project involves a combination of state forces and railroad personnel replacing and paving around a railroad crossing on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca .25 miles South of the Hamlet of Wallace. Local traffic will be detoured on County Route 7 through the Village of Avoca while truck traffic will be detoured on I-390.

 

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins Today
The Steuben County Office For the Aging reminds county residents the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 plans begins today and continues until December 7th. The open enrollment period allows those receiving benefits to review changes and options and make changes as needed. Those changes must be made during the open enrollment period to take effect next year in 2020. Those with questions about their plans may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298.

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 14, 2019

Four Killed in Pulteney Weekend Crash
Four people were killed over the weekend in an accident in the Town of Pulteney. According to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, the crash happened at about 1:15 am Saturday on County Route 76 between Rugby and Briglin Roads. The crash closed off nearby roads for a few hours and it was reported a fifth victim was airlifted to a local hospital. The names of the victims have not yet been released and the cause of the crash is under investigation.

 

Cuomo Announces Grants & Rebates for Emission-Free Vehicles
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced communities that want to promote emissions-free vehicles can apply for a portion of $3 million in rebates and grants. The deadline for municipalities to apply is May 25, 2020 for $2.5 million in grants supporting installation of hydrogen filling station components or electric vehicle supply equipment. These grants are available for up to $250,000 for a single facility, require 20 percent be matched locally, and have a limit of $500,000 for a municipality. Clean vehicles purchased by municipalities since July qualify for $500,000 worth of rebates while plug-in hybrid, all-electric or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are eligible for $2,500 to $5,000 in rebates.

 

NYS DOT Announces Paving on Rte 415 in Avoca
The New York State Department of Transportation has announced that, weather permitting, from tomorrow to this Friday October 18th, a combination of state forces and railroad personnel will be replacing and paving around a railroad crossing on State Route 415 in the Town of Avoca .25 miles South of the Hamlet of Wallace. Local traffic will be detoured on County Route 7 through the Village of Avoca while truck traffic will be detoured on I-390.

 

Avoca Village Board Schedules Thursday Public Hearing
The Avoca Village Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, October 17th. Officials say the purpose of the hearing is to solicit input from residents in relation to furnishing fire and/or ambulance protection.

 

Blood Drive Held at Bath VA Tomorrow
There will be a blood drive tomorrow held by the American Red Cross at the Bath VA Medical Center from 11:30am – 4:30pm. It will be at Building 92 on 76 Veteran Avenue. To make an appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, go to redcrossblood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

 

Basketball Group Seeks New Members in Meeting Tonight
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials’ International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 156 is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys’ basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting to be held 7pm tonight at the Bath American Legion at 14 West William Street in Bath. For more information, please call Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 12, 2019

Two Men Charged for Fire Killing Their Grandmother
This week, a second man was charged with murder for allegedly playing a part in starting a May 14 fire on Townsend Avenue in Corning that killed their 82-year-old grandmother Gladys Ann Willow. Jarrrett W. Gause, age 33 of Bath, was charged by a Steuben County grand jury. The jury also increased charges against Gause’s 21-year-old brother Justin Gause of Corning. Both men were charged with second-degree murder, five counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, first degree falsifying business records and second-degree assault. Though a specific date and time was not released, both suspects will appear in Steuben County Court later this month to complete arraignments in the case.

 

NYS Mandates Feminie Hygiene Products Must List Ingredients
New York has become the first state in the country requiring manufacturers of feminine hygiene products sold in the state to disclose their ingredients. The bill was signed into law yesterday by Governor Cuomo and takes effect in 180 days. The governor says the delay in mandating listed ingredients for tampons and pads is a sign of the “pervasive culture of inequality in our society” and explained the legislation “builds on the reproductive health protections that New York has safeguarded for women and girls” across our New York. Last year, Cuomo signed a law mandating all public schools as well as state and local correctional facilities provide free feminine hygiene products. Cuomo also signed the law that eliminated a tax on menstrual products in July 2016.

 

County Sheriff Offers First of Four Boater Safety Courses
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit instructs the NYS Boater Safety Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building today from 8am to 4pm. The course is designed as a comprehensive boating course, teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation and has been approved by the National Association of the Boating Law Administrators. Upon successful completion the attendee receives a NYS Boater Safety Certificate. The next class is held Saturday November 23rd. You must bring a proof of age to attend and the minimum age to attend is ten years old. Classes are limited to 30 students and you must confirm your attendance by calling the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office at (607) 622-3911.

 

Basketball Group Seeks New Members to Attend Monday Meeting
The Steuben County Boys Basketball Officials’ International Association of Approved Basketball Officials Board 156 is seeking new members for the upcoming season. Anyone interested in becoming a boys’ basketball official should attend the first instructional meeting to be held this Monday October 14th, 7pm at the Bath American Legion at 14 West William Street in Bath. For more information, please call Tim Parke at (607) 280-6270.

 

LaTournament Raises over $3,000 for ProAction Program
Over $3,434 was raised at the recent “Latournament,” at the Bath Country Club. The event was hosted by the Latour family in honor of their parents, Gordy and Mary Latour.  The tournament was held to raise funds for the ProAction of Steuben and Yates’ Home Delivered Meals through Steuben Senior Services Fund, Inc.

 

County Public Health Urges Local Residents to Get Flu Shot
With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting as many as 42.9 million people had the flu between October 2018 and May 2019, the Steuben County Public Health Department urges residents to get their flu shots now.  “It takes about two weeks for a flu shot to build full protection, so it is important to get the flu shot early in the season to be fully protected by the time flu cases peak,” Steuben Public Health Director Darlene Smith said. The annual flu shot is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and lung disease, and people aged 65 years and older.

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 11, 2019

Bath Woman Convicted of Violent Felony Assault Against Child
Yesterday, a Bath woman was convicted of violent felony assault for burning a child’s face with a lit cigarette. Amber Lapish-Rosado, age 25, of West Steuben Street in Bath was found guilty of second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child for this incident and others occurring between last November 22nd and 24th in the Village according to the Steuben County DA. Lapish-Rosado could be sentenced to up to seven years in state prison when she appears on December 22nd to Bath Village Court for sentencing. 

 

Wegman’s Served Class-Action Lawsuit Over Vanilla Ice Cream
Two people have filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court against Wegmans over the store’s brand of vanilla ice cream. Filed by a lawyer from Long Island, the suit claims the store chain misleads its customers over how much vanilla the ice cream contains. Allegedly, no vanilla or vanilla extract is used in the ice cream in some cases. A spokesperson for Wegmans responded by saying: “we believe that the labeling of our ice cream fully complies with all regulations and industry standards, and is not misleading in any way.”

 

Avoca Village Board Schedules 10/17 Public Hearing
The Avoca Village Board has scheduled a public hearing for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17th . Officials say the purpose of the hearing is to solicit input from residents in relation to furnishing fire and/or ambulance protection.

 

Lindley Man Arrested on Drug Charges
State Police arrested 28-year-old Jeffrey T. Johnson of Lindley. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument. He’ll appear in court at a later date.

 

Cuomo Announces $1.5 Million Available for Farm-to-Schools Program
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced $1.5 million is available for eligible school districts supporting the growth of Farm-to-School programs across New York. The state program helps Kindergarten through 12 schools increase purchasing of locally grown and produced food for school meals while yielding increased economic benefits to New York's farmers. The Farm-to-School Program is a major component of Cuomo's No Student Goes Hungry initiative, that begins providing added reimbursements under the 30 percent New York State initiative this school year.

 

Blood Drive in Bath Planned Today
The American Red Cross holds blood drive today at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath from 1-6pm. To make your appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 10, 2019

Hornell Wins $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Grant
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul visited Hornell yesterday to announce the city would be the recipient of a $10 million state grant for downtown revitalization. Hochul praised regional councils and the work they do for making the grant possible and for representing the local interests of regions like the Southern Tier, noting that these investments have spawned a “reawakening of the Southern Tier”. Hornell Mayor John Buckley thanked the Lieutenant Governor for making what he noted was "a large, impactful investment" and called the Downtown Revitalization Intiative a "game changer" for Hornell. Buckley said an announcement of the process and how the money will specifically be allocated comes in the next few weeks.

 

Thurston to Host Rabies Clinic
The Town of Thurston will hold a free Rabies Clinic this evening from 6-8pm at the Town of Thurston Highway Department. Those who are vaccinating their pets must bring their previous vaccination records. Pets must be caged or restrained.

 

Blood Drive in Bath Planned for Tomorrow 
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive tomorrow at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath from 1-6pm. To make your appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

Sheriff’s Office Navigation Unit Holding Boating Safety Course This Saturday


Steuben County Sheriff’s Office Offers NYS Boater Safety Class
Course at the Steuben County Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension Saturday October 12th from 8:00am to 4:00pm. The class is limited to 30 students so you need to call the Sheriffs Office at (607) 622-3911 to confirm your attendance. You must bring proof of age to attend and the minimum age to attend is ten years old. The course is meant to be a comprehensive class teaching the fundamentals of safe boating operation.

 

Sheriff’s Office Reminds Community of Halloween Safety
As Halloween approaches, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office offers a few safety reminders to keep trick or treating, Halloween parties, and festivals happy and healthy traditions. All costumes, wigs and accessories should be fire-resistant and if out after dark, fasten reflective tape to costumes, bags and glow sticks. Adults must always accompany small children and traveling in groups is recommended. Law enforcement and authorities should always be notified immediately of any suspicious activity.

 

Two Arrested on Town of Horseheads Bench Warrants
Two Southern Tier men were arrested Tuesday on outstanding bench warrants issued by Town of Horseheads Court. Jared Voorhees, age 22 of Elmira was arraigned in Horseheads Town Court and released after paying a fine. Jacob Franks, age 26 of Waverly was also arraigned in Horseheads Town Court and was released after paying his fine.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 9, 2019

Construction of VA Entrance to be Complete in January
Construction work around the Bath VA Medical Center’s front entrance originally planned for completion in late September is now expected to be completed in mid-January. The delay is due to additional, necessary work on the steel of the high-traffic bridge at the campus entrance. Steel is in the process of being ordered and replaced. Concrete repairs on the East side of the bridge have been completed, while half the bridge has been painted and storm sewer work on the campus is ongoing.  

 

Thurston to Host Rabies Clinic
The Town of Thurston will hold a free Rabies Clinic tomorrow evening from 6-8pm at the Town of Thurston Highway Department. Those who are vaccinating their pets must bring their previous vaccination records. Pets must be caged or restrained.

 

Friends Gala Fundraiser for Ira Davenport Set for November
The annual “Friends Gala” to support Ira Davenport and Taylor Health is set for Friday November 2nd 6pm at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. The event has been vital in providing significant financial contributions to help renovate server departments and purchase essential medical equipment for Ira Davenport and Taylor Health Center. The evening will be catered by the Main Place and have music provided by Niklite. Tickets are $80 and available by emailing kimsprague@arnothealth.org or calling (607) 776-8634. RSVPs are due by October 25th.

 

Mobile Mammography Center to Visit Bath
Steuben County Public Health officials urge women to participate in the Rochester Regional Health’s Mobile Mammography Center’s breast cancer screenings October 23rd from 10am to 3pm at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Screenings are available to everyone, regardless of insurance coverage. The center will provide 3-D mammography screenings from certified technologists and an evaluation of the results by board-certified radiologists. Screenings take an average of only 15 minutes. You can schedule an appointment by calling (585) 922-PINK.

 

Vaccinations Provided by County Health This Afternoon
There will be an immunization clinic provided by Steuben County Public Health this afternoon from 1 to 3pm. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccines. For more information please call the County Public Health Deparment at (607) 664-2438.

 

Steuben County Women Holds Open House
Steuben County Women will be holding an Open House tonight to celebrate their 86th anniversary and the 100th year anniversary of NYS Women Inc. The event is tonight at the Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath from 5 to 7pm. Attendees will learn about the organization, its programs and opportunities as well as the other groups it works with and assists. Women of all ages are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information please call Lois at (607) 776-5619.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 8, 2019

Cuomo Signs Off on Pelvic Exam Consent Law
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on a measure to prohibit conducting pelvic exams without informed consent on patients who are under anesthesia or unconscious. Cuomo made an announcement about the law yesterday, saying it will become law in 180 days. About a dozen other states have introduced similar bills this year requiring patients to give explicit approval to a pelvic exam before it occurs.

 

County Sheriff Arrests 5 in Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that from September 24 to October 3rd, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested five people in the county due to active warrants. Tyler Brennan of Corning, Dylan Walker of Bath, Zachery Fretz of Corning, Christopher Wyatt Gee from Mansfield, PA and Michael Swartz of Painted Post were all issued warrants out of Steuben County Court arrested on violations of probation and remanded to Steuben County Jail. Sheriff Jim Allard credited and thanked Chemung County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Corning Police for their help and cooperation with the sweep.

 

Steuben County Women Holds Open House
Steuben County Women will be holding an Open House tomorrow to celebrate their 86th anniversary and the 100th year anniversary of NYS Women Inc. The event is tomorrow evening at the Finger Lakes SPCA in Bath from 5 to 7pm. Attendees will learn about the organization, its programs and opportunities as well as the other groups it works with and assists. Women of all ages are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. For more information please call Lois at (607) 776-5619.

 

Second County Vulnerable Youth Summit Set for October 23rd
The second annual Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit is set for October 23rd at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department from 8:30 to 11:45 am. This year’s summit will focus on the issue of Human Trafficking and how to prevent it with keynote speaker Salka Valerio sharing her account of what it’s like to survive trafficking. The summit also includes an overview of the school curriculum “Not a Number” to teach children ages 12-18 how to recognize and prevent human trafficking. Reservations are required by October 18th and can be made by calling Lisa Baker at (607) 664-2100 or emailing her at Lisa.Baker@SteubenCountyNY.gov.

 

Several Committees to Meet At County Building
A few Steuben County legislative committees meet at the county office building at today’s meeting. The Administration Committees will assemble at 9, the Finance Committee will meet after at 9:30 and there will be a budget workshop immediately after the Finance session.

 

Savona Man Arrested for DWI
A Savona man is facing multiple charges after being pulled over on State Route 415 in Campbell. State Police said they arrested John C. Heskell. He was charged by Troopers with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC above .08%, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on the highway and an equipment violation. He was processed and released to a third party pending an appearance in court.

Today's Top Stories - Monday October 7, 2019

Title Winners Finish at 38th Wineglass Marathon
The 38th Annual Wineglass Marathon was yesterday. A 23-year-old marathon first-timer from Geneseo named Alexander Burks took home the men’s division title with a time of 2:34:46.56. Placing first in the women’s title, 35-year-old Laura Hagley from New Hampshire finished with a time of 2:44:07.74. The Wineglass Marathon was Hagley’s 10th marathon and she will compete in the Olympic Trials marathon in Atlanta, Georgia in February. Ben Robinson won the half marathon with a time of 1:10:29.85 and Laurel Leone was the women’s winner in 1:17:43.23. Setting the half-marathon world record for bilateral below-the-knee amputees was 31-year-old Brian Reynolds from New Jersey with a time of 1:17:04.9!

 

Governor Cuomo Announces Plans to Fight HABs
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launching of a new state initiative to fight harmful algal blooms across New York State. A new system designed to combat Harmful Algal Blooms is being tested and will involve a Mobile Harvester skimming out HABs then returns fresh water to the water body it conditions. This system is part of an initiative projected to cost the state about $80 million. The harvester system is currently being used and tested in Long Island on Agawam Lake. The Governor says if it proves to be successful, it will be used all across the state.

 

Corning Incorporated Seeking Tax Break for Erwin Expansion
Corning Incorporated announced plans for expansion at the company’s Automotive Plant in Erwin.  The $25 million expansion would include adding two new buildings for storage and manufacturing and improved rail access. Corning Incorporated is asking the Steuben Industrial Development Agency for a $2.5 million tax break to ease the toll of these costs. Expansion is anticipated to create 13 jobs and Corning Incorporated says the project is necessary to keep the current 527 jobs in the company.

 

Prattsburgh Wind Farm Open House Tonight
Area residents are welcome tonight for an Open House hosted by the Prattsburgh Wind Farm. The Open House is this evening from 5-7 p.m. at the Prattsburgh Fire Hall.

 

Blood Drive in Bath Planned for Friday 
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week on Friday October 11th at the First Presbyterian Church in Bath from 1-6pm. To make your appointment please call 800-RED-CROSS, visit RedCrossBlood.org or download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App.

 

County Public Health Holds Immunization Clinic

Steuben County Public Health will hold an immunization clinic this week on Wednesday October 9th at room G1 off of the D.S.S. lobby in the County Office Building. Vaccines are available at the clinics for children and adults who are uninsured or those who have insurance that does not cover vaccines. If you have any questions about the clinics or want to schedule an appointment please call County Public Health at (607) 664-2438.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday October 5, 2019

Mayor Von Hagn Comments on Bath Business Closures
After a year that took a harsh hit to small businesses in Bath, Mayor Bill von Hagn foresees the closures of Chat-A-Whyle, Bath Building Company and Kmart affecting village taxes. Von Hagn says village officials will still be putting work into the downtown area so it is a pleasant visiting experience for tourists and locals alike. Von Hagn also said nearly half of Bath Village properties are tax exempt and the Village Board will continue to do as much as they can to support businesses in the community. The Mayor noted “It goes to the basic concept, if people don’t go downtown, if we don’t support the businesses, if we aren't engaged in our community – these things happen.”

 

OFA Announces Medicare Open Enrollment
The Steuben County Office For the Aging reminds county residents the Medicare Open Enrollment period for 2020 plans is set for October 15-17. The open enrollment period allows those receiving benefits to review changes and options and make changes as needed. Those changes must be made during the open enrollment period to take effect next year in 2020. Those with questions about their plans may call the county OFA at (607) 664-2298.

 

Reed Blames I-88 Gas Truck Driver Death on Cuomo
This week, Congressman Tom Reed blamed last week’s fatal tractor trailer accident on I-88 in Broome County on Governor Cuomo and stalling of the Constitution Pipeline. The four-term Congressman of the 23rd District says the Governor opted for a more expensive route that was less safe and efficient  than the 125 mile Constitution Pipeline that would stretch from Northern Pennsylvania to Schoharie County in New York. Reed also claimed that Cuomo has promoted an “extreme agenda coming out of Albany.” Though the Congressman did not specify what policies were” “extreme”, he did say the agenda “… is threatening, not only the jobs that are associated with the development of natural gas in our backyard, but also the economic security, the global security impacts, and now you see real people dying…”

 

Former Phillips Plant Auction Ends “In Escrow” with Potential Buyer
The auction for former Phillips lighting plant in Bath has ended in a potential sale. Auction for the former factory building closed at about 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon and is in escrow pending corporate approval by the Phillips company. The auction’s final bid displayed was $700,000 on the real estate site Ten-X.com. Though the exact sale price at the time is uncertain, the site did disclose the minimum price set by the seller also known as the “reserve price” was not met. The winning bidder of the building has not yet been revealed either. Remediation for the site has been completed as it is monitored as part of the final phase of cleanup.

 

Fall Foliage Festival Continues Today in its 54th Year
The 54th Annual Fall Foliage Festival continues today and tomorrow at the Village greens on Main Street in Cohocton. The festival has been a staple to our region since its inception in 1966 and a tradition we celebrate as the leaves of the hills turn bright colors. Today at noon is the parade and as always there will be  lots of food and craft vendors. WVIN will be live on location with Dave Taylor Smith to feature the event from 10am to 12noon on 98.3. When the festival continues tomorrow the Tractor Pull, Antique Tractor Show, annual Fall Classic Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Show and Fall Classic Car Show will be in the Wayland-Cohocton Elementary School parking lot on Park Avenue. 

 

Road Closings Announced for Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon
Closures for the 38th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon this weekend  for major roads in Bath area will occur on:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:00am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Closures for the Village of Bath include:

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

Today's Top Stories - Friday October 4th, 2019

Bath Police Report Street Closures for Wineglass Weekend
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen reports the Village of Bath is making preparations for the Wineglass Marathon this weekend. Temporary “no parking” signs will be erected to prohibit parking in some areas. Signs will be posted no later than today but enforcement action won’t begin until 6am on Sunday. Vehicles parked in violation of this police order will be ticketed and towed. WVIN will keep you posted on the details of road closings and the Wineglass marathon.

 

Former Phillips Plant Auction Ends “In Escrow” with Potential Buyer
The auction former Phillips lighting plant in Bath has ended in a potential sale. Auction for the former factory building closed at about 1:30pm Wednesday afternoon and is in escrow pending corporate approval by the Phillips company. The auction’s final bid displayed was $700,000 on the real estate site Ten-X.com. Though the exact sale price at the time is uncertain but the site did disclose the minimum price set by the seller also known as the “reserve price” was not met. The winning bidder of the building has not yet been revealed either. Remediation for the site has been completed as it is monitored as part of the final phase of cleanup.

 

National Weather Service Issues Freezing Warning for Tonight
The National Weather Service has issued a freezing warning beginning late tonight through Saturday morning. Sub-freezing temperatures as low as 40 degrees are possible for most counties in the Finger Lakes area. Frost and freezing conditions may kill crops and other sensitive vegetation and could damage unprotected outdoor plumbing. Farmers and gardeners are advised to take steps to protect tender plants from the cold during the warning.

 

CCC to Offer eSports Team in 2020
Corning Community College announced they will be home to an eSports team at the beginning of next year’s fall semester in 2020. The NJCAA Esports group will offer member colleges like CCC competition software, communication forum creation moderation, competition administration and account management. The college has purchased 18 Alienware computers specifically designed for gaming and will hire a coach in the future.

 

HEAP Program Applications Available Nov. 12th
As winter gives us a tease with tomorrow’s frost warning, we are reminded that cold weather season is upon us and the HEAP program can help low-income households with heating related energy costs. Low-income families can apply to the home energy assistance program beginning November 12th at the Department of Social Services. For more information about HEAP and applying, Please call Steuben County DSS at (607) 664-2500.

 

NYS Flavored Vape Ban Stalled by State Ruling
The state’s ban on flavored e-cigarette and vaping products was supposed to go into effect today but was delayed thanks to a ruling by state courts. Yesterday, a New York State Appellate Division Court granted a temporary restraining order in a lawsuit lobbied against the state by Vapor Technology Associated and other pro-vaping affiliates. It was ruled by four appellate court judges that New York is “temporarily enjoined and prevented from enforcing” the ban until they determine a ruling in a motion hearing on October 18th.


Blood Drive at Bath Grange Today
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

 

SALT Tax Cap Ruled Not Unconstitutional By State Judge
This week, a federal judge ruled President Trump’s cap on state and local tax deductions was not a “constitutional assault” on New York and other states with higher taxes. Governor Cuomo along with New Jersey, Connecticut and Maryland’s governor’s sued to overturn the $10,000 cap on the state and local deductions, or SALT, claiming it was an unconstitutional assault on the right for states to make sovereign choices. The challenge was dismissed Monday by Judge Oetken, who wrote “the cap, like any federal tax provision, will affect some taxpayers more than others and, by extension, will affect some states more than others.” Cuomo says his administration is considering all options to reverse this ruling, including an appeal to this decision in the future.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday October 3, 2019

Law Enforcement Wary of Ridding Bail in 2020
Starting January 1st, many criminal offenses will no longer qualify for bail. Many of these offenses listed from the District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York are violent crimes. Local law enforcement across the state is concerned the change will be a threat to public safety, as they won’t be able to lock up potentially harmful people off of the streets upon charging them. Some police foresee an increase in bench warrants, where they will have to hunt these subjects down. Those already locked up on a listed charge can petition to be let go when the law takes effect on January 1st. According to the legislation, the purpose of this law is: “To end the use of monetary bail, reduce unnecessary pretrial incarceration and improve equity and fairness in the criminal justice system.”

 

Second Phase of County Route 10 Begins Today
Phase 2 of the road construction on County Route 10 begins today. County Route 10 between Unionville and Turnpike Roads will be closed. The closure will last until tomorrow and occur from 9am to at 2pm both days. The detour route for both days will be Moore and Turnpike roads. This detour will be posted to alert motorists.

 

County Vulnerable Youth Summit Set for October 23rd
The second annual Steuben County Vulnerable Youth Summit is set for October 23rd at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department from 8:30 to 11:45 am. This year’s summit will focus on the issue of Human Trafficking and how to prevent it with keynote speaker Salka Valerio sharing her account of what it’s like to survive trafficking. The summit also includes an overview of the school curriculum “Not a Number” to teach children ages 12-18 how to recognize and prevent human trafficking. An introduction to services Steuben’s Child Advocacy Center offers is also planned. Reservations are required by October 18th and can be made by calling Lisa Baker at (607) 664-2100 or emailing her at Lisa.Baker@SteubenCountyNY.gov.

 

County Announces Route 22 Bridge Project Completed
Steuben County announced that work on the $2.3 million replacement of the County Route 22 bridge over the Canisteo River in the Town of Cameron has been completed. The cost of replacing the 60-year-old bridge was absorbed through 95 percent federal funding and 5 percent county funding. The new construction was completed well before the projected November deadline and the changes are expected to improve flow and reduce debris collected under the bridge, which is a common daily route between Bath and travelers from Woodhull, Jasper and Addison.  

 

Bath and Savona CSDs Host Manufacturing Day
Yesterday, the Bath and Campbell-Savona Central School Districts and Steuben County Industrial Development Agency hosted their first-ever Manufacturing Day for nearly 200 eight graders from both school districts. Students rotated through four sessions to hear from manufacturing representatives from Clark Specialty, Corning Inc., ICE Energy, Mercury Corporation, Siemens, Upstate Niagara and Steuben County IDA about local manufacturing. Superintendent Joe Rumsey said the event was a great opportunity to bring industry representatives to the school to see what they were learning and to expose girls to manufacturing jobs as well as speak to female representatives in attendance. Rumsey encouraged girls to explore these traditionally male-dominated fields, noting “It’s not a man’s world anymore.”

 

County Public Works Committee to Meet Monday
When the Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday October 7th, they will discuss several issues each for landfill, highway and bid business. In landfill matters, the Committee will talk about the Allegany County IMA Extension for Disposal of Garbage and Guidelines for Disposal of Municipal Building Demolition at the County Landfill. In Highway business, the committee will visit the Hydro-Seeding Agreement with Steuben County Soil & Water Conservation District and Transfers to both Salt and Sand. Bids will be discussed for a Closed Door Horizontal Baler, Heated Portland Cement Concrete, Steel Sign Posts, Traffic Signs and Delineators as well as Extending the Agreement on Collection and Recycling of Electronic Waste. Public Works will meet 10am Monday at the Legislative Committee Room of the County Office Building.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday October 2, 2019

Schumer Wants TTB to Sell Wine in Single Cans
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stopped in Watkins Glen yesterday to announce his efforts for the trade and tax bureau to allow manufacturing of wine in single cans. Schumer says this change will be beneficial to consumers as well as the local winery businesses who want to sell these cans. Currently, the TTB allows beer to be sold in cans of all sizes but their regulations restrict wine and harder cider above 6.9% alcohol content to be sold in can sizes that are “less popular” than the single 12.7 oz. cans. Right now, wine is often comes in packages of four 8.4 oz cans. Schumer’s goal is to make single cans more accessible to the public so they don’t have to buy a whole four-pack by late 2020.

 

Reed and Schumer Speak Out About Impeachment Inquiry
New York politicians Tom Reed and Senator Chuck Schumer offered commentary on the recently-announced impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Schumer, like many Democrats, believes “This should be looked into,” and supports the House looking into the situation to see what the facts are, adding “We’re the jury if the house were to vote for impeachment, and we have to wait… for the facts before jumping to a decision.” Congressman Tom Reed remarked: “I don’t see that smoking gun that warrants an impeachment effort. I think the American people want us to work on problems that affect them day to day.” The House Intelligence Committee expects the whistleblower in the middle of impeachment process to testify “very soon”.

 

State to Discuss SLA Alcohol Regulation for Food Service Apps
A group of state lawmakers are deliberating on a proposed New York State Liquor Authority Advisory that would require restaurants or bars limit food delivery apps to no more than a 10 percent service charge and if apps charge more, they must be added to the restaurant’s liquor licenses. Companies like Grubhub say the proposal puts them in a dilemma because they say a 10 percent or less charge is too low for them to make a profit and requiring them to join a restaurant’s liquor license would be a hassle and increases their legal liability as a business. The SLA says the goal of the advisory is for delivery apps and others providing third-party services to bars and restaurants to be held accountable to state laws requiring alcohol licensing transparency. The SLA will hold a public hearing on the advisory on Monday in New York City.

 

Cuomo  Anticipates NY-27 Election “Sooner Rather Than Later”
Governor Andrew Cuomo said in a radio interview yesterday a special election for the vacant congressional seat of recently-resigned Representative Chris Collins could happen “sooner rather than later”. Former Congressman Collins is expected to plead guilty in his insider trading case and the Governor may have little choice but to call a special election so the district is represented federally. Several Republican politicians as well as a single Democrat have filed to run in the race.

 

Blood Drive at Bath Grange on Friday
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive this week on Friday October 4th from 1 to 6pm at the Wheeler Grange on Fitz Road in Bath. To make an appointment or for more information please call 800-RED-CROSS, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

 

Road Closings Announced for Weekend’s Wineglass Marathon
Road closures for the 38th Annual Guthrie Wineglass Marathon this weekend have been announced. In Bath area, closures for these major roads will occur on:

  • State Route 54 and County Route 113/Mt. Washington Rd. in the Town of Bath (8–8:45am)
  • State Route 54 - all traffic will be stopped at 8:00am for a period of 5–10 minutes at the County Route 113 (Mt. Washington Road) intersection at the beginning of the race to allow all runners to enter the course and turn south on State Route 54 towards Village of Bath
  • County Route 113/Mt. Washington Road at Spur Rd. - will be closed from 6am until approximately 9am
  • Rumsey Street Extension - will be closed from May St. to County Route 113 from 6am until approximately 8:30am
  • East Morris St./Rt. 415 from Roosevelt Ave. to the intersection of Rt. 11 will be Alternating one-way from 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Closures for the Village of Bath include:

  • State Route 54 (Geneva and the north end of Liberty Street) from Washington St. to the Village of Bath line
  • W. Washington St. from Liberty St. to Hubbell St.
  • Hubbell St. from W. Washington St. to W. Morris St.
  • W. Morris St. from Hubbell St. to W. Steuben St.
  • W. Steuben St. and E. Steuben St. (SR 415) to May St.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday October 1, 2019

Reed Says Impeachment Lacks “Smoking Gun”
Amid the possible launch for impeachment in Washington, Congressman Tom Reed says the impeachment inquiry raised by Democrats lacks a “smoking gun”. Reed says he has read both the whistleblower complaint and transcript of the President’s July conversation with Ukraine President Zelensky and believes there is no substantial evidence in the documents to support the impeachment inquiry. He claims the Democratic majority in the House that has initiated impeachment has been hijacked by what he calls “radicals” in the party. Reed predicts the inquiry won’t sustain itself while most Democrats strongly contest these documents contain evidence of the abuse of executive power.

 

Pulteney Park Protesters Demonstrate During Court Hearing
Yesterday’s rally against the state’s recent ban on religious exemptions for vaccines filled Pulteney Park with hundreds of participants demonstrating to support two parents in Addison suing the State Attorney General’s Office after their children were removed from Corning Christian Academy for not being vaccinated. Many of those estimated thousands across the state who have not vaccinated their children cite religious reasons as their prerogative to not vaccinate. A verdict for the case is expected to be reached by the end of the week. 

 

REAL ID Deadline One Year from Today
October will be one year until New York State's REAL ID-compliant driver's licenses will be required as verification for boarding domestic flights and entering federal buildings. October 1, 2020 is the deadline for New Yorkers to have either a REAL ID compliant license or enhanced license. Transportation Security Administration urges everyone to get the new IDs as soon as possible. Those who have Enhanced IDs can board a plane and enter the U.S. by land or sea to cross into the U.S. From Canada, Mexico or the Caribbean. Real IDs are available through your local DMV office. 

 

History Awareness Week Begins in Steuben County
Today kicks off the start of Steuben County’s Second Annual History Awareness Week with the theme “Crops, Critters, and Farm Life in Steuben County”. From today to Friday, historic exhibits will be on display from 2-6pm at the Steuben County Fairgrounds Horticultural Building. Talks by Historians Craig Braack and Kirk House are also scheduled this week on the 3rd and 4th. The week’s finale of festivities takes place Saturday at the Howard Community Center. According to County Historian Emily Simms, this year the event will center on the history of agriculture in the area and its 200 year evolution. 

 

NYS Launches Underage Drinking Crackdown
Today begins the month of October which has been dedicated to preventing underage drinking in the Empire State. This month, the New York State Liquor Authority and DMV will work with local law enforcement, conducting underage drinking checks at restaurants, bars, liquor stores and grocery stores. A total of 500 locations will be checked across the state and officials will check for fraudulent IDs. Sheriff Jim Allard reminds the public “If they have a fake ID that’s actually a possession of a forged instrument, which is a felony.”

 

Ohio Man Arrested for Bath Arson
A man from Ohio has been accused of setting a fire in the town of Bath on Saturday. During an interview at the barracks, state police arrested 28-year-old Aziz Abbasov of Dayton. He was charged with felony arson for allegedly intentionally damaging property. He was also charged with second-degree reckless endangerment then detained.

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