WVIN News Archives for 2019-11

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 30, 2019

Bath Volunteer Fire Dept Accepting Winter Clothes Donations:

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

 

Two-Vehicle Collision in Troupsburg:

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

 

Pennsylvania Governor amends tobacco; hunting laws:

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

 

Law enforcement buckling down on distracted driving this shopping season:

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

 

Steuben County Legislative Committees to meet next week:

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

 

Crandall to remain chairman of Allegany County Legislature:

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 27, 2019

 Canisteo Woman Arrested on Fraud Charges

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 26, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 25, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 23, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 22, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 21, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 20, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 19, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 18, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 16, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 15, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 14, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 12, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 11, 2019

Sheriff Allard to Present Defense pins to All Veteran Deputies
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that deputies and officers will be recognized for their service to the nation. Sheriff Jim Allard will present Defense pins to all military veterans employed at the County Sheriff’s Office to formally recognize our veterans and their service in honor of today’s Veteran’s Day Holiday. Allard will distribute New York State Sheriff’s Association National Defense pins for uniform wear to all employees who are military veterans. The ceremony will be conducted at noon today in the front training room at the Public Safety Building on Rumsey Street Extension and is open to the public. The pins are small, visible reminders of the esteem in which we hold all veterans every day and a method to thank all who served their nation and Steuben County.

 

$5 Million Available in State Grants to Animal Shelters
State officials announced $5 million is available to support animal shelter improvement projects for shelters across New York State. According to the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, this disbursement is the third round of funding for the New York State Companion Animal Capital Fund that supports major improvements to facilities to enhance animal care and health. A total of $15 million has been dedicated to the program since 2017. Since its inception, the State Companion Animal Capital Fund has awarded 24 projects grants worth between $50,000 to $200,000 for eligible organizations serving a single municipality with a population of less than two million people. Interested applicants must apply through Grants Gateway by 4 p.m. on January 20, 2020. More details on eligibility and the application process can be found here.

 

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Scheduled at Pulteney Park
A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held 11am this morning at Pulteney Square Park’s Veterans Memorial. The ceremony marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and will also honor veterans and their families for the Veteran’s Day Holiday. If it rains or snows during that time, the Ceremony will be taken indoors to the American Legion Hall Post on 14 William Street in Bath.

 

Free Fishing is Today in NY
New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license today for the Veteran’s Day Holiday. New York's Free Fishing Days help encourage more people get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

 

Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set 11/18
The Bath Village Board wants to slow down traffic on a specific street and has proposed a local law to do so. The law would reduce the speed limit on Delaware Avenue to 25 mph. The village will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation one week from now on Monday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.

 

Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Wednesday
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings this week on Wednesday, November 13th. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. The hearings begin at 7:25 p.m. this Wednesday evening.

 

HEAP Applications to be Accepted Starting Tomorrow
Applications for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be accepted beginning tomorrow 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 beginning tomorrow 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.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 9, 2019

Free Fishing Day in NY for Veteran’s Day
New York residents and non-residents can fish for free without a fishing license on Veterans Day on Monday. New York's Free Fishing Days help encourage more people get outdoors and enjoy the many world-class fishing opportunities available. New York's hunters and anglers contribute an estimated $4.9 billion to the economy in spending, which supports more than 56,000 jobs and $623 million in state and local taxes.

 

Bath Village Board Meeting for Speed Change Set 11/18
The Bath Village Board wants to slow down traffic on a specific street and has proposed a local law to do so. The law would reduce the speed limit on Delaware Avenue to 25 mph. The village will hold a public hearing on the proposed legislation on Monday, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. The hearing will take place at the Municipal Building.

 

Woman Who Hit Bath Man Pleaded Not Guilty to Charges Yesterday
The Painted Post woman who allegedly struck and killed Bath man Donald Masti in May has pleaded not guilty to charges that include vehicular homicide. Tonya Smith plead not guilty at her arraignement yesterday afternoon. Smith was indicted by a grand jury late October on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, second degree manslaughter and first-degree reckless endangerment. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for the case on November 26th.

 

Ceremony for Veteran’s Day Scheduled at Pulteney Park
A Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held 11am this Monday at Pulteney Square Park’s Veterans Memorial. The ceremony marks the 100th anniversary of the American Legion and will also honor veterans and their families. If it rains or snows during that time, the Ceremony will be taken indoors to the American Legion Hall Post on 14 William Street in Bath.

 

Millions of Dollars Unspent by State Following Prison Closures
Despite pledging millions of dollars to help communities deal with closures of seven prisons he closed during his first year in office, much of the money has still largely been unspent after three years. In the past three years, the governor has also added $32 million to the pledge and now closed 17 prisons across the state. Rochester’s Democrat and Chronicle reviewed records by USA TODAY and Network New York and found of the about $80 million pledged, only $59 million of that has been committed to projects while only $39 million has been disbursed.

 

Steuben County Poverty Panel Slated for November 19th
Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith will be a part of the panel looking at the future impact of children raised in poverty at a free public screening of WSKG-TV’s “Chasing the Dream” set for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 19 at the Corning-Painted Post High School auditorium. According to a Cornell University study, estimates show 3,901 kids or two in 10 children ages 0-17 in Steuben are living in poverty and 12,1761 people or more than one in 10 of all residents in the county live in poverty. Registration for the free event is requested through Eventbrite: https://chasingthedreamcorning.eventbrite.com

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 11, 2019

County Approves $58K to Study Emergency Medical Response
Funding worth $58,000 for a study of the county’s emergency medical response system was approved by the Steuben County Legislature. The study will be conducted by the Center for Public Safety Management that will investigate the entire response process including the time it takes, who responds, mutual aid and many other factors. For years, the county has been struggling with the system’s dwindling number of volunteers, increased difficulty to obtain EMT certification and the state requirement for an EMT to be on scene before an injured person can be transported.

 

O’Mara & Palmesano Visit Bath VFD to Celebrate SAM-Funded Vehicles
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano stopped by the Bath Volunteer Fire Department yesterday morning. The two local Republican legislators helped secure $700,000 worth of funding through the State and Municipal Capital Facilities Program and saved village taxpayer two-thirds of the cost for the new vehicles. Joining O‘Mara and Palmesano was Bath Mayor von Hagn, Fire Chief Glashauser, firefighters and other local officials to celebrate the new ladder truck and Village Police car on display for the public to see.

 

Horseheads Man Jailed for Possessing Over A Pound Marijuana
A Horseheads man was arrested and jailed after police say they found over a pound of marijuana at his home on Gardner Road. Amadio Grimes was charged with criminal possession of marijuana after what Troopers called a multi-agency investigation. Police obtained a search warrant Thursday and found 1.4 pounds of processed marijuana, pot plants and a digital scale. Grimes was sent to Chemung County Jail on $3,000 bail.

 

No Increase in Election Day Voter Turnout for 2019
The Election Day on Tuesday brought a less than impressive turnout in New York state. New Yorkers casted some 2.6 million votes on Tuesday, which is only about 22.7 percent of eligible voters in the state, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Board of Elections also reported that 256,251 voters took advantage of early voting for the first time this year: about 1.9 percent of eligible voters.

 

Hammondsport Best Western Receives Guertin Award for Second Year
The second year in a row, the Best Western Plus in Hammondsport has been recognized with the M.K. Guertin Award at Best Western Hotels and Resorts’ 2019 North American Convention in National Harbor, Maryland. The award is held in high regard as hotels that receive this award best represent the vision of Best Western’s founder and demonstrate exceptional levels of quality, guest satisfaction and dedication to the brand. The Best Western Plus, Hammondsport is one of only 44 hotels out of 2,100 properties in North America to receive this award in 2019.

 

Work Begins on NYS Cashless Toll System
Preliminary construction of the cashless toll system on the New York State Thruway began this week at about one-fifth of the sites on the 570-mile long stretch of interstate called I-90. The Thruway will install gantries along the highway, eliminating the need for toll booths, tickets and toll workers since the scaffolds will track the vehicles and read E-Z Passes. For those without an E-Z pass, the system will record license plates, then bill the vehicle owner. The Thruway awarded a $355 million contract to the construction group to build the system which should be finished by the end of 2020.

 

Cuomo Says More DA and AG Funding Not Necessary for His Reform
Governor Andrew Cuomo says more money for local prosecutors and the State Attorney General won’t be necessary to implement the changes to evidence discovery. Across the state, District Attorneys have called for more money in the past few months in order to handle the expected increased workload in their offices’ to process evidence to be available on a faster basis to the defense – a part of the criminal justice reform law passed earlier this year to take effect in January. Cuomo questioned whether District Attorneys or the AG Office needs more funds, saying “They’ve gotten a lot more funding…”

Today's Top Stories - Thursday November 7, 2019

O’Mara and Palmesano Attending Bath Fire Department Event Today
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will local officials this morning to celebrate the fire department’s newly acquired Ladder Truck and the village’s new police vehicle. Senator O’Mara and Assemblyman Palmesano secured funding in the 2018-2019 New York State budget to help the village purchase the new vehicles. Both of the new vehicles will be at the Bath Volunteer Fire Department for photo opportunities today during the event beginning at 11:00 a.m.

 

Bath Man Arrested For Criminal Obstruction of Breathing
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of Michael D. Brizzee of Bath. It is alleged that Mr. Brizzee choked another person while at the Steuben County Office Building in Bath. Brizzee was charged with Criminal Obstruction of Breathing or Blood Circulation, a Class A Misdemeanor. Mr. Brizzee was held in the Steuben County Jail to be arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Bath Man Sentenced for 2018 Online Enticement of a Minor
A Bath man was sentenced to 11 years behind bars after he plead guilty to a federal charge of online enticement of a minor. William Read plead guilty in June to this charge that stems from an undercover investigation that found he used a social media app to attempt to solicit a nine year old child for sexual contact. Read was arrested and taken into custody back in October 2018 when he planned to meet a decoy investigator posing as a child at his residence. The sentencing is a result of investigations by State Troopers and Homeland Security.

 

Campbell Woman Arrested for Menacing
A Campbell woman was arrested and charged with second-degree menacing after a reported domestic dispute on County Route 3. Upon investigating, it is alleged that Heaven Robertson menaced a member of her family or household with a weapon. She was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released to appear in the Town of Thurston Court at a later date.

 

Hammondsport Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
A Hammondsport man was charged with three counts of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Petit Larceny for allegations of using another person’s benefit card issued by the County DSS. It is alleged that Jeffrey Vanskiver used the card in May and June of this year following the card owner’s death. Police say Vanskiver obtained benefits worth $155.71 he was not entitled or authorized to receive. He was released on an appearance ticket for the Village of Bath Court.

 

NY Department of Health Sued for Medicaid Reimbursement Changes
Changes to nursing home Medicaid reimbursement rates are receiving pushback from caregivers, union members and lawmakers. A lawsuit was filed in Albany County State Supreme Court by LeadingAge New York against the state Department of Health making the allegation that the Department of Health is cutting “an average of…$246 million per year” in Medicaid rates statewide. Nursing home workers and members of unions say it can affect the quality of care thousands of nursing home residents receive and could cause more homes to close.

 

Opioid OD Death Certificates To Include What Opioid Was Used
Governor Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation requiring that death certificates in cases of opioid overdose must specify which opioid was involved in the death, if it is known. This new law requires that information be recorded so that more data will be available to better address the opioid crisis. The legislation takes effect immediately.

 

Corning Emergency Dispatcher Watson Honored by Congressman
Longtime Corning Emergency Service Dispatcher Mike Watson was honored by Congressman Tom Reed and other fellow patrolman as Reed stopped by the Corning Police Department to present Watson a proclamation to celebrate his 25 years of long-standing service to community. Corning Police Chief Jeff Spaulding called Watson a “big asset” to the Department and Congressman Reed said of the award “It’s a special way to say thank you”. Watson was one of the first of the five civilian dispatchers hired at the city police department in 1994.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday November 6, 2019

Hornell Man Arrested for Murder of ARC Client
A Hornell man has been sent to Steuben County Jail on charges of murder without bail. Police said 65-year-old Alan Schultheis is accused of killing a resident at a Hornell Arc home where he was employed on Elm Street. District Attorney Brooks Baker said the investigation and arrest happened quickly and Schultheis has been charged with second-degree Murder and Tampering with Physical Evidence In the First Degree. The investigation is ongoing.

 

CCE Offers Medicare Workshop Later This Month
The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County is to host the Medicare workshop titled, “Unraveling the Alphabet Soup of Medicare: Parts A, B, C and D.”The workshop will be held 1 to 3 p.m.  Wednesday, November 25 at the Steuben County Office Building Annex on East Morris Street in Bath. The program will give a brief overview of what Medicare is, what options may be and a few essential things to know. Attendance is free but registration is required by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300.

 

Rochester Man Arrested Following Four-Month Drug Investigation
An 18-year-old Rochester man was arrested on drug charges Monday stemming from a four-month investigation by the Bath Village Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Corning City Police and the Steuben County District Attorney. Aaron J.T. Graham was charged with three counts of third degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

 

US Apple Asscn. Thanks Reed for Farm Workforce Modernization Act
The U.S. Apple Association has praised Congressman Tom Reed for supporting the bipartisan Farm Workforce Modernization Act as well as the major agricultural labor reforms supporting the growth of the US apple industry that relies heavily on foreign labor. The US Apple Association is a national trade association representing all segments of the apple industry and has members that include 40 state and regional associations that represent thousands of apple growers in the country.

 

State Mobile Sports Betting Bill Stalled Awaiting April Report
Though there has been a push from lawmakers in Albany to approve statewide mobile sports betting, it is unlikely New York will repeal its restrictions to betting by in-person wagers at Upstate casinos only. State legislators were supposed to release a report on the pros and cons of mobile sports betting in the next few weeks but the report has been delayed for release to April. A bill to legitimize mobile sports betting in New York passed the state Senate, but did not get approved in the Assembly due partially to worries the Governor would end up vetoing it.

 

Gillibrand Pushes “Credit for Caring” Act
US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is revealing a new law supporting caregivers of those with disabilities. Under the “Credit for Caring” Act, up to a $3,000 tax credit would be provided for New Yorkers caring for family members with a behavioral or medical condition or disability. According to Gillibrand, there are about 2,600,000 unpaid caregivers across the state that deserve this support.

 

NY Lawmaker Wants Law to Make Daylight Savings Time Permanent
One New York State lawmaker says he plans on introducing legislation that would make daylight savings time permanent. Senator James Skoufis says he would introduce a bill that would end advancing clocks in the spring and setting them back in the autumn. Skoufis’ reasoning for the proposed change is because he says the back and forth time changes are “rooted in World War I History” and “annoying and stupid.” He says his measure would reduce crime, energy consumption and vehicle and pedestrian fatalities.

 

Projected Results Posted for Steuben Elections
Results for yesterday’s Steuben County elections have been posted but are not yet officiated. Projected winners in the races are as follows:

 

Steuben County Legislature - 1st District
Paul VanCaeseele wins over Randolph Weaver

 

Steuben County Legislature - 2nd District
Steven Maio (D) winning over Allison Hunt (R)

 

Steuben County Legislature - District 7
Mark Rondinaro (R) over Paul Bartow (D)

 

Steuben County Legislature - District 8
Gary Gray (R) over Maggie Coffey (D)

 

City of Corning Mayor
Bill Boland (D) over Elizabeth Whitehouse

 

Hornell Alderman - 3rd Ward
John Allison (D) over Molly Liberto (R)

 

Hornell Alderman - 7th Ward
Kevin Valentine (R) over Frederick Lehman (D)

 

Hornell Alderman - 9th Ward
Steven Shinebarger (R) over Ronald Nasca (D)

 

Town of Bradford Council - Vote for 2
Andrea English (D)  and Donna Matthews (R)


Town of Bradford Superintendent of Highways
Rodney Hoad (R) over David Mendez (D)

 

Town of Campbell Town Clerk
Michelle Seeley (R) over Shirley Kirkham (D)

 

Town of Cohocton Supervisor
Judith Hall (R) over Bill Waggoner (COM) 

 

Town of Cohocton Council (Vote for 2)
Jan Kastberg (R) and Milton Levesque (R)

 

Town of Jasper Superintendent of Highways
Darrell Brewer (D) over Scott Murphy (WFP)

 

Town of Lindley Superintendent of Highways
Kevin Putnam (R)  over Marc Stocum (GRA)

 

Town of Urbana Supervisor
Edward Stull (R) over Bee Keck (D)

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday November 5, 2019

Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports the arrest of four men following the STOP-DWI Halloween Crackdown. Dale Yoder of Amherst was arrested and charged with fail to keep right, Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, blood alcohol content greater than .18%.  Dylan Yates of Almond was also arrested following a one car motor vehicle crash on County Route 64 in Hartsville and charged with Driving while Intoxicated and Driving with .08% or more in blood.. Nathan Clark of Troupsburg was arrested following a report of a one car rollover crash on State Route 36 in Jasper on charges of Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with a .08%bac, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 3rd, unregistered motor vehicle and failure to use designated lane. Also arrested was William Frawley of Addison following a one motorcycle crash in May 2019. Frawley was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  All four men were released on traffic summons to appear in Town Courts at later dates.

 

Today is General Election Day. Voters will be able to vote 6am to 9pm today if they have not utilized New York’s newly-implemented early voting system. Those who are registered voters but do not know where to go to vote can check online at the state board of elections website to find your polling place. Steuben County Board of Election officials are working all day to ensure voters have access and help to cast their ballot. Any questions about voting this election day can be answered by calling the County Board of Elections at 607 664-2260.

 

New York’s move to raise the minimum sales age from 18 to 21 for tobacco and e-cigarette products will go into effect next week. Wednesday November 13th is the first day that the law takes effect and all across the state, State Police will team up with the Department of Health to conduct undercover investigations to crack down on retailers selling tobacco and vaping products to underage youth. The age was raised to 21 with the intent to prevent cigarettes and vaping products from being used by youth under the The Adolescent Tobacco Use Prevention Act.

 

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help to identify a suspect of grand larceny. Police say the incident occurred at the Erwin Walmart location this past Sunday when a man allegedly stole from the store. Officials have released a photo of the man taken from the surveillance video and the Sheriff’s Office needs help identifying this man. If you or anyone you know has information about the identity of this person in the photo, please call the Sheriff’s Office at 607-622-3911 or message the Sheriff's Office on Facebook.

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A section of I-86 is is scheduled to be closed down to one lane today. The project will take place with weather permitting. Paving is planned to take place on the highway’s bridge that crosses over State Route 415. The Exit 44B off ramp will be closed while the area is being paved. Crews anticipate the project to last throughout today but have not specified an anticipated completion date. The State Department of Transportation warns drivers to expect possible delays and heavier traffic in this area.

 

The village of Hammondsport announced they are looking for a police officer. The position is part-time and demands flexible hours and weekend hours. Candidates who are certified police officers should send a cover letter and resume to the village clerk no later than November 19th.

 

The Steuben County Agriculture, Industry and Planning Committees meet

tomorrow morning in Bath. The meeting agenda includes a request Authorizing the Steuben County Planning Department to Submit an Application to New York State Homes and Community Renewal for a Community Development Block Grant. Legislators will also Award a Bid for Public Transit Bus WIFI Equipment.

 

November is national adoption month and on average in Steuben County, 15 children have been adopted each year. The county reports adoptions have remained fairly steady during the past 18 years and the greatest need for adoption is of adolescents and children with special needs. Currently, 125 children are in foster care in Steuben county with an average of 72 new children placed in Foster Care each year. Officials say substance abuse is becoming a major contributing factor in foster care placement for kids in Steuben County and across the state. The county currently has 54 foster care homes and is actively recruiting more foster and adoptive parents. For more information about adoption, please call (607) 664-2044

Today's Top Stories - Monday November 4, 2019

Hornell Men Arrested Following Drug Raid
Two Hornell men faces charges after a drug raid on their East Washington Street home in Hornell this weekend. Hornell Police say they found methamphetamine and packaging material in the home belonging to both 50-year-old Robert Snyder and 30-year-old Eric Drake. Snyder was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance, both in the 5th degree, along with criminal use of paraphernalia. Snyder is held in jail pending arraignment and Drake was released on an appearance ticket for his charges of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th degree, Criminal Nuisance in the Second Degree and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana.

 

Steuben Prevention Coalition Receives $125K Grant
The Steuben Prevention Coalition has announced they have been awarded the Drug Free Communities Grant for $125,000 per year for the next 5 years. The Drug Free Communities Grant is an initiative sponsored by the President's Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Steuben Prevention Coalition responded to the news by saying the group is extremely excited to receive this award and to be able to continue the work they do in Steuben County. The Coalition's goals are to reduce alcohol and drug use by youth, promote factor reducing substance abuse and encourage community dialogue relating to teen substance abuse.

 

Palmesano Against Downstate Bill Granting Inmates Voting Rights
A downstate lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow prison inmates serving time in a New York State prison the right to vote. The new bill introduced by Senator Kevin Parker of Brooklyn would give inmates still serving their time inside the state prison system the right to vote in all elections and establish a program to help inmates register to vote. Parker says the bill will fight “felony disenfranchisement in New York State”. Currently, two states in the US -Maine and Vermont-allow inmates to vote. Assemblyman Palmesano responded by accusing Democrats of “reward”ing inmates “by offering the most important privilege in our democracy…” and promised to “work tirelessly to make sure this bill never becomes law.”

 

Aldi’s Recalls Frozen Berries For Possible Hepatitis A Contamination
Packages of frozen berries from Aldi’s grocery stores have been recalled due to possible Hepatitis A contamination. According to the company issuing the recall, a government sampling program tested for the virus and received a positive contamination result. There have been no illnesses reported yet, but the company issued a recall as a precaution. The recall includes frozen raspberries sold under Aldi's private labels and Aldi-branded frozen berry mixes. Health officials are urging people who bought these berries to return them to the grocery store.

 

Horseheads Man Arrested for Stealing Vehicle
A Horseheads man has been arrested after he allegedly drove a stolen car to a Big Flats gas station and caused a disturbance.  Ryan Summers was arrested after Chemung County Sheriff Deputies were dispatched to Big Flats for a disturbance report. Upon further investigation, it was found the 2019 Nissan Sentra Summer was driving was stolen from Simmons-Rockwell by Summers. Summers was arrested then arraigned in Town of Big Flats Court.

 

Cuomo Vows Legal Action of Rule Against LGBTQ Protections
Yesterday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will pursue legal action to block the Trump administration’s proposed rule that allows foster care and adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families. Under the proposed rule, the Department of Health and Human Services would repeal the Obama-era rule that included sexual orientation as a legally-protected trait under anti-discrimination protections, allowing faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to continue receiving taxpayer funding despite excluding LGBT families and others from their services.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday November 2, 2019

Ten Arrested in Probation Warrant Sweep
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that from October 14th to November 1st, deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested ten of the following persons due to active warrants issued for allegedly each violating terms or conditions of their probation: David Hildreth of Addison, Dylan Walker of Bath, Lori Schledorn of Wayland, Ellyn Williams of Hornell, Ashley Hamilton of Elmira, Sathasivian Kallier of Bath, Thomas Schaffer of Cohocton, Tyler Moore of Arkport, David Crosby of Hornell, and Patrick Michael Adams of Hornell. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Jail and each person was remanded to Steuben County Jail following arrest.

 

Over 17,000 Reported Power Outages Following Wind Advisory
Almost 17,500 electric customers in Steuben County lost power late Thursday and early yesterday due to the strong windstorms and heavy rain. County officials say Bath, Urbana, Pulteney, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Savona, Bradford and Wheeler experienced the most concentrated power outages in the county. Most customers in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler counties did have their power restored by midday to late Friday.

 

Savona, Bath & Hammondsport Hold Trick or Treating Tonight
Trick or Treating in the Towns of Bath and Savona has been rescheduled to tonight. Both towns have changed the date to this evening from 6 to 8pm due to the high-wind weather advisory on Halloween night. Bath Village Board voted to postpone trick or treating while Savona’s Mayor directed the change in time. Trunk or Treat in Pulteney Park is tonight from 6 to 8pm as well. Those parked for trick-or-treating in Bath this weekend 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 this evening from 6 to 7pm with a kids’ party to follow in the Village Park at 7:15.

 

Early Voting Wraps Up Tomorrow
New York’s first-ever early voting period began a week ago and continues to tomorrow 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. Last chance for early voting is today and tomorrow from 9am to 2pm at the Steuben County Annex in Bath.

 

County DSS Announces Adoption Day Celebration Set for Friday
The Steuben County Department of Social Services announced its annual celebration of National Adoption Day with a reception set for 11 a.m. this Friday (Nov. 8) on the third floor of the County Office Building in Bath. This celebration includes the children adopted within the last year and children adopted Friday. Presiding local judges will be present and the event is a major celebration for the children and families becoming one. County DSS Commissioner Kathryn Muller said. “Seeing children united with families that can love and care for them is about as happy a day as it gets.”

 

Schumer Demands Federal Report on Illegal School Bus Passing
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer has called on the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission to release a school bus safety study. Thousands of upstate New York drivers illegally pass school buses when they are stopped on a daily basis, which can result in serious and possibly fatal accidents. Schumer urges the release a federal report but says that federal bureaucracy has prevented that measure from taking place and prevented implementing additions like stop sign cameras to the program to better-study illegal bus passing. Schumer says that his office received no legitimate reason to delay these advancements but thinks it’s due to the NHTS Commission’s cutbacks and is demanding the group to finish the report. Currently, New York is one of 21 states allowing cameras to be used voluntarily.

 

Daylight Savings Ends Tomorrow
A reminder that this weekend is the ending of Daylight Savings time. The time change begins at 2am tomorrow. The time change means clocks will go back one hour, bringing the time back to standard time for most of us in the US. The shift in time means one hour of daylight will be added to the morning from the evening and we can enjoy an extra 60 minutes of sleep.

Today's Top Stories - Friday November 1st, 2019

Power Companies Report Local Outages
Steuben County Emergency Services reports that NYSEG as well as Bath Electric and Steuben Rural Electric are affected by electrical outages due to the high winds. Utility companies are working to restore power to areas including Bath, Urbana, Pulteney, Cohocton, Hammondsport, Savona, Bradford and Wheeler. Other isolated outages have been reported across the county. No shelters have been opened at the time. For all power-related issues, please call your utility company.

 

NWS Wind Advisory Continues to This Evening
The National Weather Service’s wind advisory for Steuben County continues until 6 p.m. tonight. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs are blown down and a few power outages have resulted.

 

Daylight Savings Ends this Sunday
A reminder that this weekend is the ending of Daylight Savings time. The time change begins at 2am this Sunday, November 3rd. The time change means clocks will go back one hour, bringing the time back to standard time for most of us in the US. The shift in time means one hour of daylight will be added to the morning from the evening and we can enjoy an extra 60 minutes of sleep.

 

Wegmans Announces Cookie Dough Recall
Wegmans has announced that all stores in its chain have recalled  Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough products due to concerns of having pieces of rubber in the mix. Three different Toll House products have been recalled:
Toll House Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip flavor, 16.5 oz with a UPC of 50000-62231 and a Batch Code ranging from 9191 through 9282,

Toll House Ultimates Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip Lovers, 16 oz (1 lb) 453 g with the UPC: 50000-00926 and Batch codes from 9189 through 9280

Nestle Toll House Cookie Dough, Chocolate Chip, 80 oz (5 lb) 2.26 kg that has the UPC:50000-00934 and Batch codes from 9192 through 9271
Wegmans officials say you can return these products to the Wegman’s Service Desk for full refund of the purchase price.

 

Cameron Mills Man Arrested for DWI Following Campbell Traffic Stop
During a traffic stop on County Road 1 in Campbell, state police arrested 21-year-old Wesley Smith of Cameron mills. He was charged with DWI, speeding and moving from a lane unsafely. He’ll appear in court at a later date to answer the charges.

 

Pulteney Holding Public Hearings Wednesday 11/13
The town of Pulteney holds two public hearings on Wednesday, November 13th. The first hearing is based on a proposed local law that would allow the town to override the state property tax cap. The second hearing will allow public comment on the town’s proposed 2020 budget. A copy of the budget is available at the town clerk’s office. The hearings begin at 7:25 p.m. on November 13th.

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