WVIN News Archives for 2019-12

Today's Top Stories - New Year's Eve Tuesday December 31st, 2019

 Bath Man Arrested for Burglary and Grand Larceny

A Bath man was charged with third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny stemming from a reported burglary on an unoccupied residence on East William Street in Bath. According to Village Police, several long guns and jewelry were taken from the residence. Addison Police helped locate Isaac Smith on Cooper Avenue in Addison then he was taken into custody. State Troopers helped recover the long guns in Rathbone. Smith was held for approximately 12 hours at the Steuben County Centralized Arraignment Court and released without bail.

 

Gordmans in Hornell Hiring Soon
Peebles department stores will be converted into Gordmans stores and several of the store locations in the Twin Tiers will be hiring. Tuesday, January 7th from 11am to 8pm, Gordmans is hosting a job fair at several locations including in Hornell and Penn Yan. New York State will open 13 new store locations in total. Interested candidates can apply online at gordmans.com/careers and then visit the job fair. Walk-ins are welcome.

 

Vivian from Louie’s Gun Shop Talks Carry Laws with WETM
Though New York State is one of the two states in the nation prohibiting openly carrying guns, with the exception of long guns, not everyone in the Central Steuben area agrees with the law. Vivian Woodworth is a Manager at Louie’s Gun Shop and yesterday spoke with WETM about the issue. The Gifford’s Center says that studies show there is evidence open carrying firearms “endangers public safety” but Vivian says she feels safer when she can see someone carrying a gun. Vivian is not the only one locally who feels that way and she mentioned: “I have a pastor that comes into our gun shop and he has assigned two people to sit on different sides of the churches in regards to safety and that was after one of the other big shootings that we had in California,” Currently, the only gun licenses you can get in New York are for concealed carry.

 

Congressman Reed Contemplating 2022 Run for Governor
According to the Buffalo News, Congressman Tom Reed could be contemplating a gubernatorial run. The publication reports in an interview at his Washington DC office earlier this fall, the Congressman of the 23rd district did not rule out a possibility that he may run for governor against Cuomo in 2022. Upon searching Tom Reed’s website, the Congressman attacked the Governor 38 times in the last two years in press releases and newsletters compared to only three mentions of Cuomo in the years before that.

 

Two Steuben County Residents Arrested on Bench Warrants
Two people from Steuben County were both arrested on bench warrants over the weekend. Mary Beam of Hornell was arrested Sunday on a bench warrant. Arron Thompson of Corning was arrested on Saturday for a bench warrant.

 

Inmate Death Reported at Elmira State Correctional Facility
An inmate at the State Correctional Facility in Elmira died earlier this month. The Associated Press reports that 40-year-old Darrell Fuller was pronounced dead at the prison on December 9th. He was serving a life sentence for a conviction of killing a Nassau County police officer and motorist he attempted to carjack in Long Island back in 2014. Fuller’s death is not yet being considered suspicious but investigators are still awaiting the results of an autopsy.

 

Farm Group Coalition Challenging Farm Labor Law in Suit

A coalition of farm groups is soon bringing a lawsuit challenging a farm labor rights law signed by Governor Cuomo this year. According to the Auburn Citizen, the coalition includes the New York State Vegetable Growers Association and Northeast Dairy Producers Association. The coalition aims to stall the legislation that is supposed to take effect tomorrow which gives farmers overtime and protects their right to unionize. The point of contention is the ambiguities of the legislation and those advocating for farmers say these uncertain issues must be resolved before the law is implemented.

 

Legislature Chairman Hauryski Retires Today
After serving a record nine years as Steuben County Legislature Chairman, Joe Hauryski of Campbell retires today. Hauryski was first elected in 2007 to chair the Legislature’s Public Works Committee before filling the vacancy in 2010 left by Chairman Patrick Donnelly. Some of the changes Hauryski led during his leadership was a new charter and organizational restructuring, Medicaid reform and the construction of the county Annex. Hauryski spent 32 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was well-known as a strong advocate for agriculture, economic development and communication. A new chairman will be elected this Thursday when the county Legislature meets.

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 30th, 2019

Chairman Hauryski Steps Down Tomorrow
After serving a record nine years as Steuben County Legislature Chairman, Joe Hauryski of Campbell will step down tomorrow. Hauryski was first elected in 2007 to chair the Legislature’s Public Works Committee before filling the vacancy in 2010 left by Chairman Patrick Donnelly. Some of the changes Hauryski led during his leadership was a new charter and organizational restructuring, Medicaid reform and the construction of the county Annex. Hauryski spent 32 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was well-known as a strong advocate for agriculture, economic development and communication. A new chairman will be elected on Thursday January 2nd when the county Legislature meets.

 

Bath Woman Arrested for Forgery
The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports an arrest of a Bath resident for attempting to cash a forged check. Valerie Rhodes of Bath is accused of taking a check belonging to someone else, then completing it and signing it without the owner’s knowledge or permission. It is also alleged Rhodes, as a result, violated a term or condition of her parole and was arraigned on a parole violation. Rhodes was charged with Forgery, Criminal Possession and Petit Larceny.  Rhodes is scheduled to appear in Bath Town Court at a later date to answer the local charges.

 

C-PP Marching Band Plays at Camping World Bowl
A local high school marching band got to be part of the NCAA’s Camping World Bowl in Orlando, Florida this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the Corning-Painted Post marching band performed as part of the half-time show ensemble along with 700 other student musicians from across the nation. Roughly 47,000 attended at Camping World Stadium. The football game’s final score was 33-9 with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish beating the Iowa State Cyclones.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested for DWI
A Painted Post man faces several charges after he allegedly drove drunk and crashed his car on Interstate 86 after going in the wrong direction. According to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Daniel Hamilton crashed his car into an object off-road after driving on I-86 in the Town of Corning. He was treated at the scene for injuries and released on traffic summons. Hamilton faces charges of reckless driving and Aggravated DWI for an alleged BAC over .18 percent. Hamilton is due back in Corning Town Court at a later date.

 

Cuomo Cracking Down on Flavored Vaping in 2020 State of State
Governor Cuomo has declared cracking down on flavored vaping as his fifteenth proposal for the 2020 agenda. Cuomo’s plan is for the State Department of Health to regulate the sale of chemicals used in vaping-related products and ban the sale of vaping product carrier oils deemed to be a public health risk as well as restrict vaping ads targeted to youth. This legislation would also prohibit the online, phone and mail order sale of e-cigarettes, making only registered retailers authorized to purchase e-cigarettes using those methods.

 

Employers Can’t Ask About Past Salary in One Week 
Beginning on January 6th, employers will no be able to ask about salary history thanks to new legislation passed in an effort to close New York’s gender wage gap. The new law prevents private and public employers from getting such information from other means including asking past employers or using other coordinated efforts to discover how much a person made at a past job. This ban is part of the 2019 Women’s Justice Agenda passed by Cuomo. A Department of Labor press release says the measure “builds on the progress New York has made to improve reproductive, economic and social justice for all New York women…”

 

Cuomo Proposing Healthcare Competition Website for 2020
The fourteenth proposal from Governor Cuomo for the 2020 State of the State Agenda will be the creation of a consumer-friendly website called NYHealthcareCompare, a resource where New York residents can compare the cost and quality of healthcare procedures at hospitals across the state. The site will also provide educational resources designed to help consumers be aware of their rights which includes financial assistance options. The governor said of the platform: “This new website will give New Yorkers the facts they need to make informed decisions about the cost and quality of healthcare procedures – helping increase competition in the marketplace and driving down prices.”

 

Minimum Wage in NY to Increase Tomorrow
New York’s minimum wage is set to increase again tomorrow. Gov. Cuomo’s budget director says several studies show New York’s gradual increase in the minimum wage hasn’t directly caused a loss in jobs. The minimum wage increased to $15 in New York City for all business with over 10 employees last year. The $15 wage will expand to small businesses in the city with 10 or fewer employees starting Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the rest of the state will see an increase from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour starting tomorrow.

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 28, 2019

Cuomo Vetoes electric scooters and bikes bill

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed a bill to allow electric scooters and bikes statewide. Cuomo’s veto message said the bill overwhelmingly passed by lawmakers this year didn’t include enough safety measures, such as a helmet requirement. The Governor said failure to include these basic measures renders this legislation fatally flawed. According to the Associated Press, lawmakers may try to pass a bill with more safety measures next year. Cuomo said electric bikes and scooters must be regulated to protect public safety and said he looks forward to working with lawmakers on the issue in 2020.

 

Alfred U appoints new chief of Public Safety

Alfred University announces the appointment of Wellsville native Jessica Middaugh as chief of Public Safety, effective Jan. 6. As chief, she will oversee a staff of three full-time officers and eight part-time officers, as well as 12 student public safety officers and one office staff. Middaugh’s career in law enforcement began in 2012, as an officer and dispatcher with the Wellsville Village Police Department.

 

Cuomo to reexamine high speed rail as part of State of the State agenda

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced the 13th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda - convening outside experts to reexamine and rethink strategies to bring high-speed rail to New York. The Governor will task a panel of engineers to reexamine past high-speed rail plans, question and rethink every assumption and method, and recommend a new plan for how to build faster, greener, more reliable high-speed rail in New York.

 

NYS set for minimum wage increase

New York’s minimum wage is set to increase again on New Year’s Eve. Gov. Cuomo’s budget director says several studies show New York’s gradual increase in the minimum wage hasn’t directly caused a loss in jobs. The minimum wage increased to $15 in New York City for all business with over 10 employees last year. The $15 wage will expand to small businesses in the city with 10 or fewer employees starting Dec. 31. Meanwhile, the rest of the state will see an increase from $11.10 to $11.80 per hour beginning next Tuesday.

 

Bath woman arrested for forgery

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on December 18, 2019, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Valerie L. Rhodes, age 48, of Bonny Hill Road, Bath, New York.  Deputies were dispatched to a report of a person forging a check and cashing it.  As a result of the investigation, it is alleged that Ms. Rhodes took a check belonging to another person, completed and signed it as that person and cashed it without that person’s permission. It is further alleged that Ms. Rhodes violated a term or condition of her New York State Parole and was arraigned due to a parole violation warrant and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. Ms. Rhodes was charged with Forgery in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and Petit Larceny.  Ms. Rhodes is scheduled to appear in Bath Town Court at a later date to answer the local charges.

 

Steuben County Legislative Chairman to resign after 9 year term

Steuben County Legislative Chairman Joe Hauryski (R-Campbell), will be stepping down effective December 31st after serving a record 9 years in the position. Hauryski spent 30 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture after graduating from The Ohio State University. First elected in 2007, Hauryski chaired the county Legislature’s Public Works Committee before filling the vacancy left by then chairman Patrick Donnelly. He was a strong advocate for agriculture, economic development, communication, and he was able to help guide the county through many fundamental changes.

Today's Top Stories - Friday December 27, 2019

NYSDOL releases unemployment report from November

The New York State Department of Labor this week released preliminary local area unemployment rates for November. From November 2018 to November 2019, the State’s private sector employment count increased by 109,900. The unemployment rate in Steuben County stood at 4.1%. During the past 12 months, state officials say Steuben has lost about 100 jobs. The latest report shows 38,700 people are employed in the county. In addition, the State’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained unchanged at 4.0% in November 2019.

 

Campbell man arrested after Christmas Morning traffic stop

A Campbell man was arrested Christmas morning during a traffic stop on County Road 17 in Campbell. State Police said they arrested 54-year-old Alan Paul. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and Having a BAC above .08%. He will answer the charges in court at a later date.

 

Guthrie receives $9,000 from Dandy to help support those with Breast Cancer

Guthrie recently accepted a check from Dandy for more than $9,000, which will support local women being treated for breast cancer. The donation was raised in October from the annual “Dandy Pink Cups for the Cure” campaign and will be given to The Guthrie Breast Care Fund. The Fund is used to help breast cancer patients receiving treatment at Guthrie with the cost of medication, post-surgical supplies, diagnostic testing, and other items not covered by insurance. Funding can also be used to help with transportation costs to and from appointments.

 

Elmira man charged with 3rd degree grand larceny

An Elmira man has been charged with felony third-degree grand larceny. That count leveled against 33-year-old Brandon Cervoni. State Police said the charges stems from an incident October 28th in Big Flats. Cervoni was released on his own recognizance.

 

Christmas Eve plane crash being investigated

A plane crash at the Cortland County Airport on Christmas Eve remains under investigation. The unidentified pilot sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. Authorities said the plane was totaled. Deputies said the small plane had been practicing take-offs and landings when the plane struck a snowbank.

 

Steuben County Sheriff’s Department cracks down on holiday DWI’s

Over the past 2 weeks, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that 6 arrests were made as part of a DWI holiday crackdown. On December 15th, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department arrested Ms. Terrie R. Crowe, age 39 of Hornell. On December 18thm deputies arrested Joshua M. Hopkins, age 28 of Bradford. On December 19th, deputies arrested Dennis W. Buckley, 66, of Painted Post. Also, on that date, Ryan D. Caslin, age 25, of Addison was arrested. On December 20th, deputies arrested Mr. Kem J. Wilson, age 57 of Cameron, and on December 23rd, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department arrested Daniel A. Hamilton, age 40, of Painted Post. All were charged with DWI at the least along with a slew of additional charges and all were released on a traffic summons to appear in their respective town courts at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 26th, 2019

Wayland Woman Found to Be on Fentanyl for June Crash
According to officials, a Wayland woman was under the influence of fentanyl during a June crash that hospitalized her passenger. Sadie Wagner was charged with felony vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired by drugs as a refusal. Deputies say Wagner pulled out in front of a tractor trailer while exiting I-390 in Dansville, causing a crash that sent a 36-year-old man to the hospital with fractures to his back, leg, rib and sternum. Wagner was released on her own recognizance.

 

Congressman Reed Votes for Elimination of SALT Tax
Congressmen Tom Reed and John Katko have voted in favor to eliminate the cap on state and local property tax deductions. The Republican duo were among the 5 GOP Members breaking with the party on the 218-206 vote approving the measure. The approved bill would phase out the SALT deduction cap of $10,000 over the next three years but the bill is not expected to be voted on in the Republican-led Senate. The elimination of the cap would be offset by a hike in the top marginal tax rate from 37% to 39.6% Governor Cuomo said the SALT cap was to blame for an over $2.3 billion hit to the state budget.

 

Red Cross Holds Blood Drive Friday
The Bath Ambulance Corps will hold a blood drive tomorrow from noon to 5pm. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

FLCC Return to Finish Program Beginning for Former Students
FLCC Students who left the Community College before graduating and with unpaid bills to the school can now return and receive up to $1,200 in charges canceled upon graduation. The program is called Return to Finish and was created to help students who may have been unable to register for courses due to a previous debt. Students accepted into the program will have their old bills deferred until they graduate. Upon graduating, FLCC will forgive past-due bills up to the $1,200 so long as the student has not had their debts turned over to debt collectors. Return to Finish has a deadline of January 8th, 2020 to enroll.

 

New NY Law Requires Insurance Coverage of IVF in 2020
A new law taking effect on January 1st of the new year will make access to receive in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation services easier. New York state will mandate coverage of prescription drugs intended for IVF services under large group health insurance policies. New York will also begin requiring coverage of three cycles of IVF and prevent insurers from imposing lifetime limitations or age restrictions. Health insurance policies providing comprehensive care in the state also must be able to cover fertility preservation services under this measure.

 

Cuomo Orders Phase Out of Chlorpyrifos
Monday, Governor Cuomo ordered that state regulators must phase out the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to protect apple orchards. The governor demanded the chemical be phased out by July 2021 and called for an immediate halt on aerial spraying of the pesticide by December 2020. Chlorpyrifos was used widely for agriculture in the Finger Lakes region, including Steuben County. At extremely low doses, chlorpyrifos can trigger neurological damage in children and in 2001 it was banned nationally for indoor home use.

 

Senator Schumer Completes 21st Tour of All NY Counties
US Senator Chuck Schumer this week completed his 21st consecutive tour of all 62 New York State counties. Over the course of the year, Schumer made 153 county visits to Upstate New York and Long Island, visiting the Southern Tier region 13 times. Schumer is the first New York State public official to visit every single county in New York every year he has been in office. Schumer talked about the pride he takes in New York State, saying:“my proudest and most principal titles have been, and will always remain, New York’s Senator and ‘New Yorker.’ At the close of twenty-one years, my beliefs are as clear as ever: ‘Senators who stay in Washington and never return home are simply not doing their job.’….I’m always mixing, mingling and learning more about New York directly from my constituents.”

Today's Top Stories - Christmas Wednesday December 25th, 2019

Red Cross Holds Blood Drive Friday
The Bath Ambulance Corps will hold a blood drive Friday December 27th from noon to 5pm. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

Free Lunch at Bath’s O’Malley Hall Today
Today, St. Mary’s in Bath will be holding a Christmas Day Lunch. The lunch begins at noon at O’Malley Hall. The lunch is free and this year’s meal will consist of baked ziti, fresh-baked rolls, butter, salad and treats!

 

NY Law Requires Insurance Coverage of IVF in 2020
A new law taking effect on January 1st of the new year will make access to receive in vitro fertilization and fertility preservation services easier. New York state will mandate coverage of prescription drugs intended for IVG services under large group health insurance policies. New York will also begin requiring coverage of three cycles of IVF and prevent insurers from imposing lifetime limitations or age restrictions. Health insurance policies providing comprehensive care in the state also must be able to cover fertility preservation services under this measure.

 

Cuomo Orders Phase Out of Chlorpyrifos
Monday, Governor Cuomo ordered that state regulators must phase out the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to protect apple orchards. The governor demanded the chemical be phased out by July 2021 and called for an immediate halt on aerial spraying of the pesticide by December 2020. Chlorpyrifos was used widely for agriculture in the Finger Lakes region, including Steuben County. At extremely low doses, chlorpyrifos can trigger neurological damage in children and in 2001 it was banned nationally for indoor home use.

 

Hornell Man Arrested
Police report the arrest of a Hornell man for drug and larceny charges on Monday. It was reported that 23-year-old Jared Baumgarten of East Elm Street in Hornell was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and petit larceny.

 

Brooklynn Woman Arrested in Bath for DUI
A Brooklyn, NY woman faces charges after she was stopped on I-86 in Bath. State Police arrested 35-year-old Rhea Bazile. She was charged with driving while impaired by drugs and unlawful possession of marijuana.

 

Gillibrand Announces Postpartum and Maternity Support Funding
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has announced that the bipartisan FY 2020 appropriations package includes $22 million in funding to address the maternal mortality and postpartum depression crises in New York and across the country. Specifically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was awarded $12 million to support state-run Maternal Mortality Review Committees. These committees are comprised of local public health experts who study maternal deaths to better understand their causes, identify solutions to prevent further deaths, and improve the quality of maternity care.

 

Cuomo’s 12th Proposal:Make “New York Buy American” Act Permanent
Governor Cuomo Monday unveiled the 12th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda - making the "New York Buy American" Act permanent. The Act requires all structural steel and structural iron used in all state road and bridge construction projects with contracts worth more than $1 million to be made in America. The current law is set to expire April 2020, and making this law permanent will continue to require State agencies to use high-quality American-made structural iron and steel, creating union jobs and helping ensure our infrastructure projects last long into the future.

 

Cuomo Signs “Safe Way Home Act” for Sexual Assault Survivors
Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the "Safe Way Home Act". The legislation provides survivors of sexual assault no-cost transportation from medical facilities where they received initial care in the wake of an assault to their home or a shelter.  Cuomo said "This measure will provide some peace of mind and security at a time when victims are most vulnerable by helping ensure they get home or to a shelter safely."  This legislation will go into effect after 90 days.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 24, 2019

Cuomo unveils legislation cracking down on sex offenders online

Governor Cuomo Sunday unveiled the 11th proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda - legislation to prevent convicted sex offenders from using social media accounts, dating apps and video game chat functions to exploit children. The proposal builds on New York's nation-leading e-STOP law, which passed in 2008 and requires sex offenders to register certain online activities with the state. To address this problem, Governor Cuomo says he is proposing legislation to require all sex offenders to affirmatively disclose their screen name for each social media account or dating/gaming app they are on to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, as opposed to just giving the email address they use for those accounts. DCJS will send this list to any provider that the offender discloses, and the provider will be required to review this data, develop policies on how to use it, and release this policy publicly to their users.

 

Owego man arrested after robbing gas station

The Broome County Sherriff’s office say they have arrested a man involved in a robbery of a gas station in the town of Union. 32-year-old Charles Haupt of Owego was arrested Saturday morning and charged with 1st degree robbery, a class B felony after stealing cigarettes and cash from the gas station. Sherriff’s deputies say the robbery occurred around 2:30 P.M. Friday at the Speedway gas station at 1015 Union Center-Maine Highway in the town of Union. Mr. Haupt was dropped off at the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility, where he will remain awaiting further action in Broome County Court

 

Corning woman arrested for DWI

A Corning woman was arrested during a traffic stop on State Route 223 in Horseheads. State Police charged 29-year-old Mercedes Abreu with driving while intoxicated. She’ll appear in court at a later date.

 

Hammondsport man charged with numerous traffic infractions

A Hammondsport man faces a number of charges after he was pulled over on State Route 54. State Troopers arrested 55-year-old Lawrence Day. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, having a BAC above .08% and two other traffic infractions. Court action is pending.

 

New York to invest over $10 million in fight against hate crimes

New York will be investing more than $10 million dollars in security enhancements at non-public schools and cultural centers, including religious based institutions in an attempt to fight against hate crimes. Hate crime statistics have shown a spike in anti-Semitism and hate crimes against Jewish people, both across the United States and in New York. The grant will provide $50,000 for security training and ungraded technology for qualifying facilities, totaling 207 projects.

 

Two from Springwater facing multiple felony charges

Felony charges have been filed against two people from Springwater following an incident last week in the Town of Wayland. State Police arrested 38-year-old Robert Loveland. He was charged with first-degree menacing, making a false sworn statement and tampering with physical evidence, all felony counts. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. State police also arrested 35-year-old Kristen Canute. She was charged with felony making a false sworn statement and child endangerment.

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 23, 2019

Suspect Identified In Stabbing of Ithaca Policeman

Michael DeCastro, 57, of Ithaca was identified as the deceased suspect in the stabbing of an Ithaca Police officer, Ithaca Police Chief Dennis Nayor announced in a press release. The random attack occurred Saturday morning at 6:30 A.M. in the lobby of the Ithaca Police Department and was carried out with a “large butcher-type knife” with a 9-inch blade. DeCastro was shot and killed by police, and the injured officer sustained minor injuries

 

Vestal Police Investigating Robbery at Local Restaurant

The Vestal Police are investigating a robbery that was reported to have occurred Friday night at around 10 P.M. at the CoreLife Eatery located in the University Plaza at 4700 Vestal Parkway East. The Broome County Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a restaurant employee reporting that an unknown suspect entered the restaurant approximately 45 minutes after closing, brandished what appeared to be a handgun and demanded money from employees. The suspect was described as small in stature; approximately 5’ to 5’2” and weighing about 100 pounds. The suspect wore a white mask that had red lips and a defined chin. The mouth portion appeared open with teeth. The suspect was also described as wearing light blue jeans, grey hoodie and white sneakers. He left the store and fled in an unknown direction. No one was injured during the incident.

 

PA Jobless Rate Up to 4.3% in the month of November

Pennsylvania's jobless rate rose slightly in November, even as the number of nonfarm jobs hit a new record high. The state Labor and Industry Department said Friday the rate last month was 4.3%, up one-tenth of a percentage point from October. The national rate dropped slightly in November, to 3.5%. Pennsylvania has nearly 6.1 million jobs and is seeing the largest increase in leisure and hospitality employment. 

 

Corning Watching Salt Stock as Winter Arrives

Early snow may have caught some off guard, but not City Department of Public Works crews in Corning  say have already spread more than 600 tons of road salt on city streets to fight snow storms. “We are early in the season, so we will need to be careful how much overtime and road salt we use,” said City Manager Mark Ryckman. “This could be a long winter.” The city tries to limit the amount of salt spread on streets each year to reduce cost, according to Ryckman. “We still have an adequate amount for this season,” Ryckman said. “However, we will be regularly monitoring usage in case we need a budget transfer.” The 600 tons of road salt used so far amounts to about $34,000 in cost to the city. The average annual use for the past several years has been 1,865 tons per year, Ryckman said.

 

His Tabernacle hosts Christmas Mass

Community members in Horseheads gathered for a special Christmas Mass at His Tabernacle Church on Sunday. The first mass took place at 9 a.m. and the second was hosted at 11 o'clock. Dozens of visitors and congregation members sang songs, heard from a childrens' choir, and experienced a live nativity petting zoo. They also enjoyed a theater production of an original play showcasing the true meaning of Christmas. There will also be a Christmas Eve mass on Tuesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. There, families can enjoy cookie decorating, as well as a candle lit service. The His Tabernacle campuses located in Horseheads, Ithaca and Mansfield.

 

O’Malley Hall in Bath Hosting Christmas Day Lunch

There will be a free Christmas Day lunch held at St. Mary’s O’Malley Hall in Bath at noon on Christmas Day. There will be plenty of to eat, including Baked ziti, freshly baked rolls with butter, salad, and many other treats

Today's Top Stories - Saturday December 21, 2019

Prattsburgh Man Indicted On Multiple Charges In Pulteney DWI Crash

The Steuben County Grand Jury has handed up a 15 count Indictment charging 30 year old Dustin Drake for his role in the fatal crash that killed Korbie Higgins, Adam Bellamy, Cory Miner, and Nicole Wise on County Route 76 in the Town of Pulteney on October 12, 2019. Drake, who suffered only minor injuries, was the driver of the vehicle and lone survivor of the crash that occurred shortly after 1:15 A.M. when he drove his vehicle off County Route 76 and into a tree. Drake had been convicted of Driving While Intoxicated within the past 10 years and had a a blood alcohol level of .21 at the time of the crash. Based on Drake’s actions, he was charged with Driving While Intoxicated as a class E felony, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated as a class E felony, 4 counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a class B felony, and Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony. Drake will be arraigned in Steuben County at a later date to be determined by the Court.

 

Salvation Army Pushing For Strong Finish To Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army needs your help in the “Fight for Good.” Neighbors are asked to donate $20 today to help make this year’s Red Kettle Campaign successful. The Salvation Army announced earlier this week that the annual holiday fundraiser is 24% behind last year’s donations and pointed to a shorter holiday season as the main cause. The Salvation Army has made up some ground but is still down 16% from this same time last year. The Empire State Divisional Commander, Major Ivan Rock, says he hopes today’s “$20 Challenge” and a strong final push from shoppers on the last shopping weekend before Christmas can help make up the difference. The “$20 Challenge” includes $20 bills, checks, online or digital donations. If you don’t carry cash or checks anymore, The Salvation Army also accepts Apple Pay & Google Pay at the Red Kettle. Donations during the Red Kettle Campaign fund Christmas assistance programs and year-round support for a list of programs, including; homeless services and shelter, utility assistance, feeding programs and children’s enrichment programs. 

 

Problem Solvers Caucus Pleased With Bipartisan Efforts On USMCA

Members of the Problem Solvers Caucus applaud the efforts of the White House and Congressional Leadership on the House passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). This important international trade deal would modernize the 24-year-old NAFTA and promote mutually beneficial freer markets, fairer trade, and more robust economic growth in North America.  Earlier this year, the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) and Tom Reed (R-NY), joined together to request a timely vote on this nonpartisan economic proposal that benefits all American workers and farmers. The group of Democrats and Republicans are pleased to see that it has in fact been voted on before the year’s end.

 

Savona Teen Arrested After Incident

State Police arrested a 14-year-old boy from Savona. He was charged with forcible touching following an incident that happened in the Town of Campbell.

 

Cuomo Introduces Lwgislation To Protect Net Neutrality

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Thursday announced the 7th proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda - advancing the strongest statewide net neutrality protections in the United States. As part of this proposal, the Governor will introduce legislation to prevent the blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of online content — practices that undermine a free and open internet. The legislation will also prohibit so-called "zero-rating" practices, which penalize consumers for accessing content or applications that are not preferred by their internet provider. The legislation will also codify into law Governor Cuomo's 2018 Executive Order mandating that state government entities may not enter into contracts with internet service providers unless they follow net neutrality principles.

 

Southern Tier And Finger Lakes Region Granted Funding

State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano welcomed Thursday’s announcement that the Southern Tier region will be awarded a total of $88.9 million and the Finger Lakes region $64.4 million under the ninth round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative. The Southern Tier Council was recognized as a “Top Performer” in this year’s funding cycle.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 20th, 2019

O’Mara and Palmesano Announce $64 Million REDC Funding
State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano welcomed the news yesterday that the Southern Tier region will receive a total of $64.4 million via the ninth round of funding through the state’s Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) initiative. The economic development awards are to support specific regional projects statewide and were announced in Albany. Since 2011, The Southern Tier REDC has awarded a total of about $702 million in economic development aid. Regional Development Councils were established in the 2011-2012 New York state budget as a way to create a locally-based approach to distribute state economic development aid and guide development of local economic strategies to compete for assistance from the state.

 

Bridge to Bath VA Re-Opened
The Bath Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center has announced the entrance bridge to the center is officially open. All major structural renovations to the bridge have been finished. Beginning Monday, January 6th, the Longwell Lane entrance to the medical center will be open from 6am to 6pm.

 

Hornell Set to Receive $445K for Pre-K Program
Over 2,000 children will have access to high-quality Pre-K schooling thanks to the statewide investment worth $15 million. Locally, Hornell City School District is set to receive $445,806. The funding was awarded based on district applications and student need. In some cases, this meant bringing a pre-kindergarten program into districts where there was previously no pre-K available. New York state invests $840 million annually for the universal pre-K program, which is offered at no cost to families and serves 120,000 students each year.

 

Local Kids and Officers Participate in Shop-With-A-Cop in Corning
Steuben County police officers gave their time to help local kids get into the spirit of the holiday season with the annual “Shop-With-A-Cop” event in Corning and batteries were included! Fifteen children from foster care joined officers to shop at Rite Aid, Family Dollar and Tractor Supply. Batteries for toys were donated by Rite Aid. Law enforcement officials from several towns banded together for the event including the State DEC, State Troopers, VA Police Department, Bath Village Police Department as well as the Addison, Wayland and Painted Post Police Departments. Assemblyman Phil Palmesano made an appearance to thank the officers and say hello to the children. Bath Village Police Chief Chad Mullen said of the event: “these kids are being taken away from their homes and brought here, so we try to give them the best Christmas that they can get.

 

Reed Announces Funding from Recently-Passed Spending Bill
Upon the bipartisan passing of full government spending bills, Congressman Tom Reed announced the funding for the 2020 Fiscal year. The spending bills include $640 billion to fund rural broadband access. Funding worth $320 billion will go toward protecting against harmful invasive species. The Protecting Access to Biological Products bill was a provision of the package backed by Reed and will lower the cost of insulin. Another measure passed was the SECURE Act which will help workers save extra money to upgrade their retirement. Reed remarked: "This spending bill will deliver certainty and allow for long-term strategic planning for our government agencies and their employees -- as well as deliver upon many important policy initiatives crucial to the people we represent in New York,"

 

Southern Tier Awarded $16 Million for Water Infrastructure
Statewide, New York will spend $3 billion for investments in water quality infrastructure and this funding round will help projects in several local towns. The Southern Tier region was awarded over $16 million to finish seven water system improvement projects in Canisteo, Campbell, Horseheads, Elmira, Waverly, and Owego. This funding round provides $416 million in grant funding statewide, which supports the total project cost of about $1.6 billion. Zero or low-interest financing through the State Environmental Facilities Corporation also supports the cost of this goal. Governor Cuomo says investing in our state’s water infrastructure lays “the foundation for regional growth and prosperity, while also protecting our natural resources.”

 

NYS Thruway Approves Toll Increases for Cashless Toll System
The New York State Thruway board has approved upcoming toll increases for those without E-Z Passes. These changes would begin in 2021 once the Thruway has transitioned to a cashless system. Those passing through the Thruway without their EZ-Pass can expect to pay about 30 percent more. The new system will also track vehicles without an E-Z Pass and mail bills to said drivers. Those receiving these bills must also pay a $2 monthly fee. Public hearings on the changes will be held in the future. The state Thruway plans to transition to cashless tolls by the end of 2020.

 

Today is the Last Day to Donate to BEGWS and BVFD Winter Clothing Drive
Today is the last day to donate warm winter clothing to Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department’s “We’ve Got You Covered”. Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves or mittens and warm socks will be accepted for the clothing drive to be distributed to local Bath neighbors in need for the holiday season! 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.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 19th, 2019

County Sheriff’s Office Warrant Sweep Nets 15 Arrests
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports from November 24th to December 15th deputies of the Steuben Sheriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested the following fifteen people during the two-week period due to active warrants: Carissa Marie Liberti of Robert Allen Scheer of Corning, Richard Holley of Campbell, Brendan Bassler of Elmira, Lindsey Webb of Elmira, Sheldon Sedgwick of Prattsburg, William Levesque of Wayland, Adam Greenberg of Bath, Jonathan Walton of Corning, Cody Douglas of Hornell, Erin Stubenrauch of Wayland, Catlynn Empson of Greenwood, Adam Wiley of Wayland, Jared C. Green of Arkport and Heather Bower of Burdett. All warrants were issued out of Steuben County Court and each individual was remanded to Steuben County Jail following their arrests.

 

Tranter Retiring from Corning Enterprises After 20 Years
After 20 years of service, President of Corning Enterprises and Director of Community and Government Affairs G. Thomas Tranter announced on Tuesday he will be retiring. Effective January 2nd, 2020, Chris Sharkley is to be appointed to President of Corning Enterprises and Dawn Burlew will be appointed the Director of Community and Government Affairs. Tranter was first hired by Corning Inc. in 2000 and said “It’s been a great run…I’ve had a great team at Corning Enterprises. I know they will keep the momentum going forward and I’m thrilled with the two people they have picked to replace me.”

 

Rockwell Museum Seeks Art Exclusively by Women for Acquisitions
Rockwell Museum is attempting to counter the under-representation of works by women in the art world starting with its own collection. The Museum recently announced it will exclusively seek art by women in its acquisitions. Rockwell officials say the theme for 2020 is “Advancing Women” and was inspired by the centennial anniversary of women’s suffrage in the United States. A 2019 study by the Public Library of Science found only 13 percent of the artists with work on view in major institutions are women.

 

One More Day to Donate to BEGWS and BVFD Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department will conclude “We’ve Got You Covered” tomorrow. Donations of new hats, scarves, gloves or mittens and warm socks will be accepted for the clothing drive to be distributed to local Bath neighbors in need for the holiday season! 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.

 

Cuomo Announces Rx Drug Proposal for State of State Agenda
Governor Cuomo announced his sixth proposal of the 2020 budget includes a three-pronged plan lowering prescription drug costs for all New Yorkers. Cuomo’s proposal caps insulin co-payments at $100 per month for insured patients in an aid to address rising insulin costs resulting in diabetes patients skipping and rationing doses as well as not filling their prescriptions. The second part of the plan empowers the State Department of Financial Services to investigate and hold drug manufacturers accountable for spikes in drug prices. The proposal would also establish a commission of experts who study the feasibility and benefits of a Canadian drug importation program and submit plans for the US Department of Health and Human Services to review.

 

Restaurants Concerned with Possible Styrofoam Ban by Cuomo
While environmental groups celebrated Cuomo’s proposed ban on Styrofoam products Tuesday, the restaurant industry is concerned about the measures placing additional burdens on restaurants to purchase the more eco-friendly yet expensive containers which may negatively affect the feasibility of their operations. A single-use plastic bag ban announced earlier this year at the New York State of the State Address will take effect in March despite concerns proposed by state environmental officials that the ban will have too many loopholes.

 

OFA Launches its New & Improved Website
The New York State Office for the Aging has announced the launch of its new website, aging.ny.gov, featuring improved design, navigation, search functions, and accessibility from virtually any device. The Office says older adults are increasingly using technology to connect to news and information, health and wellness resources, and social support. According to the Pew Research Center, 73 percent of adults over the age of 65 use the Internet and 88 percent of people between the ages of 50 and 64 use the Internet. And while smartphone ownership was uncommon at all ages 20 years ago, about half (53%) of people age 65 and older now own smartphones. These numbers will only continue to increase as the aging population grows.

 

Conservative Nonprofit Suing to Block Cuomo Pay Raise
Conservative good government group The Government Justice Center is suing to block a pay hike placing Governor Cuomo among the nation's highest paid governors. The organization seeks an injunction to block the pay raise in a lawsuit filed in state court this month against State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. The nonprofit claims New York's constitution forbids making changes to the compensation of a governor or lieutenant governor during their term. Cuomo’s salary will jump from $200,000 annually to $225,000 in January and then to $250,000 in 2021. When Cuomo was rel-elected in 2018, his salary was reported to be $179,000 per year.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 18, 2019

Tabitha Brewster Named New CEO of Catholic Charities of Steuben
Catholic Charities of Steuben has gotten a new CEO. Laura Opelt’s former position has been newly-occupied by Tabitha Brewster. Brewster has worked for Catholic Charities for a decade and served the last several years as Livingston County’s Executive Director for Catholic Charities. Tabitha Brewster says she is in the field she is in because she passionately believes in the importance of providing high-quality programs for all people in need regardless of socioeconomic standing, race, religion, ethnicity, or gender.

 

Paint Recycling Bill Co-Sponsored by O’Mara Signed to Law
Legislation sponsored by State Senator Tom O’Mara to establish a paint recycling program has been signed into law. The legislation establishes an industry-sponsored “Postconsumer Paint Collection Program” to reduce the costly burden on local governments, who are currently responsible for collecting and disposing of most post-consumer, unused paint. Senator O’Mara says the new law will create local jobs, provide relief to local property taxpayers and encourage environmentally-sound recycling and disposal of unused paint in New York State. O’Mara first introduced the bill back in 2016 when he was serving on the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee as chairman. The State Senate approved the measure consistently and with overwhelming bipartisan support but was stalled in the Assembly until this year.

 

Avoca Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that an Avoca woman was arrested on multiple charges of animal cruelty. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Kerry Arrigenna failed to provide proper sustenance and medical care to cats and dogs in her possession. Arrigenna was charged with two counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals and one count of failure to provide proper sustenance. She was released for re-appearance for later date at the Avoca Town Court.

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Welfare Fraud
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested Christopher Olcott of Hornell. In August 2019, Olcott allegedly used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, while that person was incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. Olcott obtained benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $257.80.  He is charged with three counts of Misuse of Food Stamps and one count of Petit Larceny. Olcott was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 

 

Hammondsport Central School Holds Regular Meeting Tonight
Hammondsport Central School reminds the public it will hold its regular meeting tonight. The meeting will be 6pm tonight at the High School Library of the school.’

 

Banning Styrofoam Fifth Proposal for Cuomo's State of State Agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the fifth proposal of his 2020 State of the State Agenda will be prohibiting the distribution and use of single-use food containers made of expanded polystyrene, or Styrofoam. The proposal would also ban the sale of Styrofoam packaging materials like packing peanuts and authorizes the State Department of Environmental Conservation to review and take action to ban or limit other packing materials upon discovering their environmental impact. The ban would go into effect by January 1st, 2022 and echoes his ban of single-use plastic bags announced in last year’s state of the state address.

 

Red Cross Holds Blood Drive Today
The first blood drive in Bath for the month of December is today at the Bath VFW from 11:30am to 5:30pm. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need, those who come to give blood or platelets today will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane. The Bath Ambulance Corps will hold a blood drive Friday December 27th from noon to 5pm. Make an appointment now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

 

BEGWS and BVFD Holds Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department continue their winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered” to this Friday, 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.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday December 17th, 2019

Winter Advisory Continues to 4pm This Evening
A winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 4pm this afternoon as Steuben and neighboring counties expect snow and sleet. Additional snow accumulation of 2 to 5 inches could occur. This morning, periods of snow will mix with sleet or freezing drizzle by mid to late morning so motorists are advised to be extra careful while commuting during this time. The precipitation mix will change back to snow showers, bringing an end to the Advisory this late afternoon. The latest road conditions for the state can be obtained by calling 5-1-1.

 

Corning Man Arrested for DWI After Two-Vehicle Crash
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports last Friday deputies arrested David L Rumiano of Corning.  Deputies responded to a report of a two vehicle crash involving personal injury on I-86 in the Town of Erwin. Rumiano allegedly operated a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, causing a collision with another vehicle.  Both occupants of the second vehicle were transported for treatment and released later that night. Rumiano was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving with .08% or more blood alcohol content and failure to stay in a designated lane.  He was released on traffic summons to appear in Erwin Town Court on a later date.  

 

Bath Man Arrested for DWI
On Saturday, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Frank Gamet of Bath.  Deputies responded to a report of a one vehicle crash with a fixed object on Spaulding Drive in the Town of Bath.  It is alleged that Gamet drove a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, causing him to drive off the roadway and cause a collision with a guide rail. Gamet was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated; greater than .18% blood alcohol content, and Moving from Lane Unsafely.  He was released on traffic summons to appear in the Bath Town Court on a later date. 

 

County Public Health Releases 2019-2021 Health Improvement Plan
Steuben County Public Health Department and local partners set priorities for their 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan. Top priorities include Mental and substance use disorders prevention, child and adolescent health, and tobacco prevention. The plan follows a wide-ranging review of community health needs this year by Steuben Public Health and Arnot Health, Guthrie and St. James hospitals, and includes input from area partners who work toward improving the health of the community. The priorities reflect the county’s efforts to stem the effects of drug use as well as reduce the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the future emotional and physical health of children. Information on the review and the plan is available on Steuben’s Public Health’s Community Health webpage at https://steubencony.org/pages.asp?PID=419

 

Banning Fentanyl Analogs on 2020 State of State Agenda
New York may soon ban deadly synthetic opioid drugs known as fentanyl analogs amid its crack down on the addiction crisis. Governor Cuomo announced outlawing the substance as part of his agenda for State of the State Address set for January 8th of the new year. This legislation would close a prosecutorial loophole, making fentanyl analogs punishable by the same possession or sale penalties as other controlled substances under New York State law. Cuomo also mentioned next year’s agenda will include the expansion of access to medication-based treatment for opioid use disorder in communities that are hard to reach with treatment access.

 

Cuomo To Reform Gun License Conditions for State of State Agenda
Governor Andrew Cuomo Sunday announced the 1st proposal of his 2020 State of the State agenda: Preventing individuals from receiving New York State gun licenses if they commit a crime in another state that is similar to a crime that would disqualify them from owning a gun in New York State. New York State law currently prohibits individuals from obtaining a gun license if they commit certain New York misdemeanors that are deemed "serious offenses." However, the law does not prohibit individuals from obtaining a New York gun license after committing comparable misdemeanors in another state. Governor Cuomo proposes amending the New York Penal Law to prevent those individuals from obtaining a gun license in New York.

 


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

 

BEGWS and BVFD Holds Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department continue their winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered” to this Friday, 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.

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 16th, 2019

Howard Town Clerk Elect Will Not Take Oath for Office
Town of Howard Clerk Elect, Darci Knoll, has announced that she will not be taking the oath of office for the Town of Howard Clerk position for the 2020 to 2022 term. Knoll said in a letter to the Steuben County Board of Elections she will be declining the offer for Town of Howard Clerk. The Howard Town Board will interview prospective candidates for the 2020 Town Clerk position. The board will next appoint a Town Clerk candidate in January 2020 for the Town of Howard by majority for a one year term from January to December 2020.

 

Corning Man Arrested for DWI
A Corning man was arrested Friday for DWI. Lawrence McRae, age 61 of Chemung Street in Corning was charged Friday with DWI, failing to signal, improper turn and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. He will re-appear in Town of Corning court at a later date.

 

County Legislature Meets 10am Today
Financing projects are on the agenda when the Steuben County Legislature meets this morning at 10am. The Legislature will be asked to approve a 10-year, $3.5 million statutory bond to purchase three county Community Service Office buildings located at 115 Liberty Street in Bath, one on Seneca Road in Hornell and one in Corning on Chestnut Street. The proposed purchase essentially will allow the county to buy the properties it now rents and maintains; which officials say will result in more savings in the long-term. The bond also allows the county to maintain its excellent credit rating, which meets state requirements.

 

Two County Sheriff’s Members Recognized With Annual Honor
Two members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department were honored recently for their contributions to the department, their coworkers and the public good. County Sheriff Jim Allard announced to the Legislature’s Public Safety Committee that Correction Officer Brian Harrison was named “Correction Officer of the Year” and county deputy Matthew Butler as “Deputy of the Year”. Both were selected for this honor by their peers Allard said. He remarked “These two are fine examples of this department and the service we all strive to provide to the people of this county.

 

Simmons-Rockwell to Sponsor Real Heroes Breakfast in March
Simmons Rockwell was named a premier sponsor for the 2020 American Red Cross of the Finger Lakes’ Real Heroes Breakfast. Today, an official announcement for the sponsorship, worth $10,000, will be made during a check presentation at the Elmira Simmons-Rockwell location around 10am. The Real Heroes Breakfast is held on March 27th at the Corning Museum of Glass and is the signature event for the Finger Lakes chapter of the Red Cross. All proceeds from the event benefit Red Cross Services in our local Finger Lakes chapter.

 

Law Enforcement in Full Force for Holiday DWI Crackdown
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that Steuben County police agencies are participatimg in a special enforcement effort cracking down on impaired driving during the holiday season. The STOP-DWI crackdown began on Friday and continues to the new year on January 1st. State Police, the County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies everywhere in New York will be out in full force. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find a designated driver or safe ride home if they will be drinking.

 

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

 

BEGWS and BVFD Holds Winter Clothing Drive
Bath Electric Gas and Water Systems and the Bath Volunteer Fire Department continue their winter clothing drive called “We’ve Got You Covered”. From now until this Friday, 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.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, December 14th

Wreaths Across America to be celebrated at Bath Natl. Cemetary

The 2019 Wreaths Across America Day will be held today in Bath National Cemetery at the Bath VA Medical Center. This year’s theme is “Everyone Plays a Part” and the mission is to REMEMBER the Fallen, HONOR those who Serve, and TEACH our children the value of Freedom. It is an event that helps us to never forget that the freedoms we enjoy came at such a great cost by area service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our country free and safe. There are approximately 5,000 wreaths that have been sponsored for the event. Placing of wreaths on Veterans graves will begin immediately following the noon ceremony. The VA Employees Association will provide refreshments following the event. The main entrance to the Bath VA is closed for bridge repairs. Access to the cemetery is through the rear entrance to the VA from route 415 just north of the NYS police barracks.

 

Arkport School District approves capital improvement project

Voters in the Arkport school district Thursday approved a $10.7 million capital improvement project. 122 people supported the plan and 75 people voted no. Some of the improvements include replacement of boilers, upgrading the small gym and installing a new and secure main entrance. State aid covered 87% of the project while local reserves will cover the balance.

 

Rep. Reed votes in favor of Act to lower drug costs

Rep. Tom Reed has voted in favor of the Lower Costs, More Cures Act to lower the cost of prescription drugs by using 100 percent bipartisan reforms to lower out of pocket spending, protect access to new medicines and cures, strengthen transparency, and champion competition without limiting the development of new, lifesaving drugs. Some items in the act… •Provides first-ever out-of-pocket cap for seniors in the Medicare Part D program. •Caps the cost of insulin for seniors in the Medicare Part D program. And •Cuts the cost of drug administration, including cancer treatment, for Medicare beneficiaries by as much as half.

 

Cuomo to continue crackdown on E-cigarettes

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced further action to address the growing threat of e-cigarette use, with measures to combat the increasing number of vaping-related illnesses. As part of these efforts, the Department of Financial Services today issued guidance advising New York insurers that they must cover the costs associated with most vaping cessation - without co-pays, coinsurance, and deductibles - using the same treatments recommended for smoking cessation. As of December 3, almost 2,300 cases of e-cigarette-associated lung injury had been reported to the Centers for Disease Control from 50 states, and 48 deaths have been confirmed in 25 states, including here in New York, where a second death due to a vaping-associated illness was reported on November 20.

 

Justice for New Yorkers in magazine subscription scam

New York Attorney General Tish James has announced a victory for more than 68,000 New Yorkers who were victims of deceptive and illicit solicitations from the operators of an illegal and fraudulent magazine and newspaper subscription scam. A decision by the New York State Supreme Court awarded more than $16 million to New York State in restitution and penalties, as well as permanently enjoined a ring of New York and Oregon companies and one individual from further conducting their illegal operation that could have affected millions of additional New Yorkers in the future. The Attorney General filed a legal proceeding against Orbital Publishing Group, Inc., and its interrelated New York and Oregon companies, in 2015, for mailing millions of unauthorized and misleading magazine and newspaper subscription notices to consumers nationwide over a three-year period.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, December 13th, 2019

Legislature Voting Monday on Hurd-Harvey for Finance Commissioner
Tammy Hurd-Harvey, who is current Deputy Commissioner to Finance Commissioner Patrick Donnelly, is expected to be Steuben County’s new Commissioner of Finance starting in January. Donnelly’s five-year term for the position expires at the end of this year. Hurd-Harvey was given recommendation by Legislature Chairman Joseph Hauryski on Tuesday. The Steuben County Board will vote on Tammy Hurd-Harvey’s appointment during its monthly meeting at 10am on Monday.

 

County Legislative Meeting to Tackle Many Matters on Monday
The next Steuben County Legislative Meeting on Monday December 16th will focus on multiple issues such as authorizing the county to participate in tax certiorari proceedings in the Town of Campbell, authorizing the transfer and appropriation of funds to the County Route 119 over Canisteo River Federal-Aid Bridge Project Account, Authorizing the Commissioner of Public Works to Enter into a Shared Services Agreement with the New York State Department of Transportation, Approving the Final Scoping Documents Relative to the SEQR for the Bath Landfill Eastern Expansion and more. The Monday meeting is at 10am in the Legislative Chambers of the Main County Office Building.

 

Law Enforcement Holiday DWI Crackdown Begins Today
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office announces that Steuben County police agencies will participate in a special enforcement effort cracking down on impaired driving during the holiday season. The STOP-DWI crackdown begins today and will continue to the new year on January 1st. State Police, the County Sheriff and municipal law enforcement agencies everywhere in New York will be out in full force. Motorists are advised to plan ahead and find a designated driver or safe ride home if they will be drinking.

 

Guthrie Scholarships Available to High School Seniors
Guthrie Scholarship applications are currently available for high school seniors. Two categories of scholarships will be offered: one for students who are pursuing a career in health care occupations and the other scholarship is for children of Guthrie employees who are enrolling in an accredited junior college, college or university. Children of physicians who work at Guthrie are not eligible for these scholarships. Eligible students can apply for scholarships by going to their school guidance departments, referring to the Guthrie Human Resources Department at the Corning Hospital or going to the Guthrie Administration Office at Corning Centerway. The scholarship application deadline is Friday, January 24th, 2020.

 

Arkport School District Votes “Yes” on Capitol Improvement
Arkport Central School District approved a capitol improvement plan last night. The proposed second phase of renovations uincludes the replacement of steam boilers and piping with an updated hot water system, renovating the gymnasium and fitness center, installing a new main entrance and upgrades to classrooms, offices, nurse’s suite, bus garage and main driveway. The vote was 122 voting in favor and 75 votes against. Construction will begin in Spring 2021 and be finished in spring 2022. No additional local taxes will be needed for the project as it is funded through a combination of capital reserve funds worth $1 million and district debt replacement.

 

Reed Praises Passing of Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019
Congressman Tom Reed is applauding the passage of the Bipartisan and Problem Solvers Caucus endorsed Farm Workforce Modernization Act of 2019 to help struggling farmers in New York gain access to much needed farm workers. He called it a common sense bipartisan compromise. 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. It also includes mandatory e-verify, new investments in farmworker housing, H-2A wage reform, and streamlined recruiting.

 

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

 

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.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday December 12th, 2019

Cameron Woman Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that yesterday deputies arrested Connie L. Tillinghast of Cameron.  It is alleged that in March 2019, Tillinghast used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services, following that person’s death.  Tillinghast obtained benefits which she was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $304.42.  Tillinghast is charged with one count of Misuse of Food Stamps, and one count of Petit Larceny.  She was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.  

 

Wheeler Says Project Would Be Lower if Divestment Forms Complete
Bids for Steuben County’s first phase of the project making more space for court facilities came within projections this week. County Manager Jack Wheeler thinks the cost to taxpayers could have been lower and that some contractors neglected to include major paperwork in their bids. Specifically, their Iranian Divestment Act form which certifies contractors aren’t doing business with Iran, a country that is under international economic sanctions. Wheeler noted that some of the bids lacking the form were lower than those that completed the process correctly. Wheeler says the $2 million first phase would have been cheaper by $100,000 if all participating contractors included the completed form.

 

Hammondsport Village Trustees Hold Dec 17th Special Meeting
The Village of Hammondsport Board of Trustees will be holding a Special Meeting at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday December 17th in the Village Office on 18 Water Street in Hammondsport. The special meeting is for a Budget Workshop and any other business to be presented before the Board.

 

O’Mara Calls on Cuomo to Implement Bail Reform Moratorium
State Senator Tom O’Mara is trying again to call on Governor Cuomo and downstate Democrats of the State Legislature to delay the implementation of the bail reform laws set to begin on January 1st, 2020. The State Senator renewed his call following the USA Today report that New York courts are in the process of releasing 3,800 inmates in county prisons. O’Mara is co-sponsoring legislation that calls for a one-year moratorium on implementing the laws so statewide public hearings can be held to examine the measures. The District Attorney’s Association of the State of New York has estimated it will cost $100 million for resources like additional staff for offices outside of New York City to comply with the new discovery laws.

 

Routes Shut Down After Wegman’s Tractor Trailer Rollover
Crews shut down several routes in Painted Post following reports of a Wegman’s tractor trailer rolling over on I-86. The tractor trailer rolled over on the I-99/I-86 flyover yesterday. I-86 West near Riverside and the Robert Dann Drive to I-99 were both shut down. State Troopers say no one was injured during the wreck and the roads have since been reopened.

 

Traffic Reduced to One Lane After Big Flats Crash
Traffic came to a temporary halt on Monday evening after a school bus and delivery truck were in a collision. WENY reports the crash happened between a Horseheads school bus and FedEx delivery truck round 7pm Monday on the Eastbound lane of I-86 in Big Flats behind Petco and Michael’s stores. Traffic was reduced to one lane for the crews to clean up the site of the collision. More details of the crash are unknown at the time, but will develop as officials investigate further and release more information about this accident.

 

Governor & NYS Elections Board Being Sued by Republican Chairman
The chair of the New York State Republican Committee and two voters are suing Governor Cuomo and the State Board of Elections with the claim residents of the 27th Congressional District are being denied the right to representation. Chairman Nicholas Langworthy thinks that by not calling for a special election to fill the vacant Congressional seat left open by the September resignation of Chris Collins, Cuomo has denied about 750,000 constituents their right to representation in U.S. Congress. In October, the governor said he would fill the vacant seat with a special election so long it is held when a strong voter turnout is expected and it is done as soon as possible to avoid having an empty seat. Cuomo indicated he would more likely wait until April 28th in 2020– the date of the presidential primaries in New York- to hold a special election.

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday December 11, 2019

Hunter to Refer Immigrants to Binghamton DMV for Green Light Law
Steuben County Clerk Judith Hunter told legislators yesterday she would refer anyone who is an undocumented immigrant applying for a driver’s license to the state DMV office in Binghamton. The Green Light Law technically goes into effect Saturday though DMV offices across the state will not be open until the following Monday December 16th.  Hunter spoke to the Legislature’s Administration Committee when she said she is not comfortable issuing licenses under the Green Light law. Licenses are issued under the authority of the county clerk. County Clerk Hunter mentioned that her office received very little training about how to handle this new change, noting: “We are simply not able to help those people because we haven’t been given the proper tools and training.”

 

Two New Public Defender Staff Members Approved
The Steuben County Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee approved a contract that brings in two new staff members to streamline getting clients in the Public Defender’s office. The contract is through Americorp’s Rural Health Network Program and would bring in workers qualified to help with public defense assistance, costing the county $14,000 per year. Public Defender Shawn Sauro told legislators that getting defendants into treatment and referring them to needed services as soon as possible can reduce criminal recidivism. Sauro also said based on the state requirement mandating that attorneys be present through the Centralized Arraignment Program as part of the new bail reform, he plans to add one attorney per year through 2023.

 

Wreaths Arrive at VA for Weekend’s WAA Ceremony
Monday, a truck full of wreaths arrived at the Bath VA for the Wreaths Across America Day event set to kick off this Saturday morning in the Bath National Cemetery. There are 5,000 wreaths that will be placed on Veterans graves for this year. Wreaths were delivered by local independent truck driver, Kent Tryon, who arrived at the Bath VA at noon on Monday where many volunteers were waiting for him so they could unload and transfer the wreaths to other vehicles. More volunteers are needed to place wreaths on the graves of our local soldiers for the Saturday ceremony. Anyone interested in volunteering should arrive at the Bath National Cemetery this Saturday at 11:30am.

 

Bath Man Arrested Following Incident at Horseheads BOCES Campus
Chemung County deputies arrested 18-year-old Hunter M. Vanzile of Bath. He was charged with Disorderly Conduct, following a disturbance at BOCES in the Town of Horseheads. VANZILE was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Horseheads Court at a later date.

 

Movies Could Serve Alcohol Under Proposed State Bill
New legislation that would allow movie theaters to sell alcohol could gain some new momentum. The bill would allow all movie theaters in New York State to sell alcohol but alcohol sales would not be allowed during the showing of PG or G-rated films. The bill has passed in the Senate but has been stuck in the State Assembly. Currently, some movie theaters in New York can and do sell alcohol, but are able to do so because they are classified as a restaurant. Legislators will consider the measure when they return to Albany in January.

 

Opioid Overdose Deaths in NYS Have Fallen Since 2009
For the first time since 2009, opioid overdose deaths have fallen in New York State. From 2017 to 2018, the number of fatal opioid overdoses have dropped. Since 2016, New York has added 500 new treatment beds and over 1,800 treatment program slots. In 2018, almost 32,000 people made at least one visit to a recovery center in New York State. Lon Fricano, Director of Operations for TLC Medical Services says the opiate epidemic is still a problem, explaining: “The numbers fluctuate from year to year in terms of people who die, but that does not tell us how many people who are using drugs, or actively addicted and that number hasn’t changed and may be actively going up…”

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Saturday, December 7th

Two arrested after drug bust in Corning

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

Focus groups discussing senior needs to be held

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

Schuyler and Chemung counties prevail in court battle over tower sight

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

Local legislator helps crack down on robocalls

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

CMOG to host open house this weekend

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

New York Farm Bureau holds annual meeting

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

Today's Top Stories - Friday December 6, 2019

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Cuomo Content with Campaign Finance Commission Proposal

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Today's Top Stories - Monday December 2nd

 

 

Winter weather advisory

 

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

 

BEGWS Power shutdown

 

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

 

Steuben Rural Electric reports widespread outages

 

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

 

State Troopers May Get Body Cameras

 

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

 

Red Cross Accepting Nominations for Real Heroes Breakfast

 

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

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School Closings:

Addison

Alfred State both campuses

All Saints Academy

Arkport

Arnot Ogden School of Nursing and Radiology are closed

Avoca

Bath 

Bradford

Campbell – Savona

Canisteo Greenwood

Corning Community College

Corning-Painted Post

Also STEM Academy in Corning

Dundee

Elmira City and Elmira Heights Schools

GST BOCES Bush, Cooper Plains and Wildwood campus

Hammondsport

Hornell

Jasper-Troupsburg

Odessa Montour School District

Prattsburgh

Watkins Glen

Business/Event Closings:

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

Arc of Steuben Transportation 2 hour delay…Staff to report

Cornell Cooperative Extension offices closed today

Impaired Driver program of Steuben County cancelled at Hornell HS

Dormann Library

Hammondsport Library

Finger Lakes Boating Museum closed

Keuka Family Practice

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

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