WVIN News Archives for 2020-02

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 29th 2020

 

 

Green Light Law update

 

There may soon be a settlement in a dispute over New York’s Green Light Law and giving Department of Motor Vehicle records to immigration agents. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security suspended New Yorkers’ access to the Trusted Traveler Program because the Green Light Law denies U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents access to records at the DMV.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, to restore Trusted Travelers, he would give up the DMV records but not social security numbers as they can be used to find undocumented immigrants. Acting Homeland Security Sec. Chad Wolf released a statement Thursday:  “The Governor’s proposal looks promising. We are in discussions with the Governor’s office regarding this proposal. We understand a number of New York sheriffs, county clerks, police chiefs, state lawmakers, members of congress, and many other officials who understand why we had to take these measures are urging the Governor to work with us on a solution”.

 

Stand Up for Recovery Day

 

The Third annual “Stand up for Recovery” Day is coming March 13th.  The event is looking to erase the negative perception of addiction and will take place in the Steuben County Building at 10:00am.  A meet and greet is planned and will give people the opportunity to speak with those recovering from substance abuse.  There will be a panel presentation and information from area agencies offering support for addicts and their loved ones.  The event is a collaboration of Addiction Awareness of Steuben County, Friends of Recovery Steuben, and the Steuben Coalition.

 

Chamber Dinner

Today is the last chance to RSVP for the annual Awards Dinner presented by the Steuben Central Chamber of Commerce.  The dinner will be held Saturday March 7th at the Bath American legion and will feature several awards to be given to citizens of the community who are being recognized for their impact on the community.  The theme is “Roaring into 2020” and will feature a social hour, dinner and a slide presentation of the year 1920 in Steuben County.  RSVP is required at the chamber office at 776-7122.

 

NYSEG Rates going up

 

NYSEG customers can expect a rate increase in May. The Public Service Commission had scheduled a hearing regarding the rate proposal for Monday. Earlier this week, the utility provided notice that an agreement in principle has been reached among the Department of Public Service Staff and other parties. The agreement, according to reports shows the price NYSEG customers pay for electric delivery would rise by 23.7%. That's an average bill increase of about $10 per month.

 

Arrest in Mall Burglary

 

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office have arrested two people in connection with a burglary at “Journey’s at the Arnot Mall.  They have been identified as Brighid Rosekrans and Jerry White. Both were issued appearance tickets to appear in Big Flats court at a later date…the burglary occurred back on Feb 10th.

 

Dates for sampling of rainbow trout announced

 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Regional Director Paul D'Amato has announced the dates and locations for the annual sampling of the rainbow trout run in Finger Lakes tributaries. This year, sampling is scheduled for Friday, March 20, 10 a.m., at Cold Brook (Keuka Inlet) in the hamlet of Pleasant Valley. DEC is conducting the sampling to aid its ongoing assessment of Finger Lakes fisheries management practices and to provide up-to-date information for the opening day fishing forecast. During sampling, data will be collected for each fish, including length, weight, sex, and spawning condition.

 

The local state senate race is heating up

State Senate candidate Leslie Danks Burke Thursday called out her opponent's voting record on a range of issues, such as paying for Medicaid through increased property taxes; decreasing assistance programs for veterans and more. She said in a press release that these votes span the legislative career of Tom O'Mara, who has been in office since 2010. She called the votes…shameful.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday February 27th, 2020

Community Outreach Coordinators Staffing Public Defender's Office
Community Outreach Coordinators are bringing a new approach to the Steuben County Public Defender’s Office. Based on the Bronx Defenders Project, the county’s new program will identify client needs and include an intake coordinator and allow attorneys to take a deeper look into the causes behind a defendant’s actions. Sauro's staff of nine handles nearly 500 felony caseloads annually and about 1,100 misdemeanors each year.  A community forum in Hornell is in the works for some time in in April and will include a presentation on basic legal rights and the legal process. 

 

O'Mara Announces Veteran's Hall of Fame Needs Nominees
State Senator Tom O'Mara announced he is accepting nominations for this year's 58th Senate District inductee fot the New York State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame until Friday March 27th. The 2020 Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Albany is planned for early May to coincide with this year’s Memorial Day observances. Nomination letters should include a short biography highlighting the nominee’s military and civilian service awards and achievements and must be e-mailed to omara@nysenate.gov.

 

Cuomo Announces $40 Million to DOH for Coronavirus
Governor Cuomo yesterday announced $40 million will be appropriated to the New York State Department of Health to hire additional staff, procure equipment and any other resources necessary to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Cuomo will also propose legislation granting authority to DOH Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to ensure local health departments and public and private hospitals statewide take actions and measures in response to the outbreak as needed by convening local health departments and hospitals statewide to review protocols, best practices, and procedures to help ensure they are prepared to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.


Coronavirus Impacting Corning Glass Museum of Glass
Some local businesses in Steuben County are like the Corning Museum of Glass are experienceing the economic impact as the decrease in international tourism affects visitorship due to coronavirus. The museum relies on its strong base of international tourists, many who are from China. CMOG has a strong history of connections to the Chinese tourism industry but the turnout to museums was much lower in numbers this year due to international travel limitations. Corning Museum of Glass President and Executive Director, Karol Wright, says though they  concerned about coronavirus' impact, they will continue monitoring the situation and ensure to provide an exceptional experience to their guests.


Corning Man Charged After Domestic Incident
A 34-year-old Corning man was charged Tuesday with second degree criminal imprisonment and criminal obstruction of breathing after an incident. Andrew VanZile was charged and will appear in Corning Town Court at a later date. 


BBB Reminds Public of Scams as Census Season Continues
As the Census 2020 continues, the Better Business Bureau warns people of a few potential scams to avoid. The BBB says to always ask for identification, look for a laptop or cellphone with the Census seal logo on it. If you think you may have encountered a scam or scammer, call the BBB at 800-923-8282 to report it, ask any questions and speak with a local representative.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 26th, 2020

The County Board of Elections announce petitions are now being circulated by party members for anyone wanting to run in the November 3rd General Elections. Seats up for the General Election include the district seat for U.S. Congress, state Senate and Assembly, and the state Judiciary, officials said. Several town positions also are up for election in November. People must be registered under the same party as the petitioner to sign for the candidate. The primary in New York is set for April 28th. For more information call 664-2260 or go to https://www.steubencony.org/Pages.asp?PGID=19


A Pine City man was charged yestereday with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal impersonation after being stopped on his bicycle on Camden Avenue in Corning. Robert Howell was also found to have an active bench warrant issued by Town of Big Flats Court and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Horseheads Town Court at a later date. 


State officials announced the New York State Fair tickets will be the lowest price since 1980. Tickets will cost $5 at the gate and $3 online and children under 12 will still get in for free. On Thursday, prices will be even cheaper when tickets will only be $2 each at etix.com.


Two local energy companies have warned customers about potential scams. Both NYSEG and RG&E say they received reports of phone calls and people going door-to-door in an attempt to scam households in the area. The companies noted the calls and visits are scams and reminds customers to never give any potential information out over the phone. Both companies also remind the public legitimate employees and contractors will have a photo ID And employee numbers on them. 


Last night in the Village of Horseheads a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car. The fatal crash happened shortly before 8pm near the Horseheads Police Department. Following the crash, a portion of South Main Street was blocked off by First Responders. Horseheads Police Chief Thomas Stickler confirmed one person died but revealed no further information. The crash is under investigation.


Steuben County will be receiving over three-quarters of a million dollars to update and improve the county's First Responder Communication systems. The grant of $800,000 was approved unanimously by the County Legislature on Monday and will be used for maintenance of EMS and fire communications systems along with the maintenance of public safety radio towers. WENY TV reports the funding comes from the state’s collection of surcharges from mobile phones.


A bill giving New Yorkers an opportunity to be organ donors when applying for a hunting, fishing or trapping license recently passed unanimously in the State Assembly. The bill was co-sponsored by local Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, who said: "We have so much work to do to increase our donation rate, and my colleagues and I are going to continue to press forward in a bipartisan way.” The bill will next go to the state Senate and if it passes, will go to the governor to be signed into law. Palmesano said individuals who would like to enroll today can easily do so by logging on to https://donatelife.ny.gov/register.

 

CCC President Shares Local Workforce Developments
When Corning Community College President William Mullaney spoke to County Legislators at yesterday's regular meeting, he shared that the college has launched a number of innovations to develop the local workforce. Mullaney says CCC has streamlined its educational opportunities for students that includes new uses for its planetarium, accelerated education advancements and additions to growing STEM programs. The school now offers three accelerated associate's degrees in Hornell through a joint collaboration program with The Hornell City and Hornell High School.

 

Academic All Stars Competition Continues
Last night's scores for Academic All Stars in the Large School Division had Hornell hailing 38-33 over Bath, Corning Gold and Black tying at 42 but Corning Gold winning the tiebreaker with a score of 5-0. Canisteo-Greenwood canned Campbell-Savona 37-33 and Alfred-Almond annihilated Addison 75-24 both for the Medium Large School Division. For the Medium-Small School Division, Arkport beat Naples 47-40 while Jasper-Troupsburg forfeited their match to Avoca due to lack of participants. Prattsburgh then defeated Canaseraga 41 - 28 in the Small School Division. Next week the following schools will compete: Bath-Haverling, Alfred-Almond, Avoca, and Canaseraga.  

 

Siena College Poll Shows Decreasing Support of Bail Reform
A Siena College poll released yesteday showed a plummeting of support fo the new bail reform laws since April. In April 2019, 55 percent of voters thought ending cash bail for most misdemeanor and non-violent crimes was "good for New York" compared to the 38 percent believing the change was bad. Now, 59 percent ending cash bail for most cases was a bad policy compared to the 33 percent who found it positive. 


Hammondsport Board of Trustees Meet Friday
The Board of Trustees for the Village of Hammondsport holds a Special Meeting at 12:10 p.m. this Friday February 28th in the Village Office on 18 Water Street. This meeting is to discuss the Village’s Fiscal Year End and any other business before the Board.

 

GOP Senators Join Congressman Reed in Opposing Green Light Law
State Senator Tom O'Mara and other Republican legislators in the state joined Congressman Tom Reed in calling on Governor Cuomo to rescind the newly-enacted "Green Light Law" that grants drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants in New York State. O’Mara and other opponents say that county clerks and employees at local Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMV) are unable to verify the authenticity of foreign IDs. The New York Association of County Clerks and several county clerks have opposed the measure and so far, unsuccessfully challenged the law in court. Twelve states allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses and all but New York allow federal agencies full access to their state DMV records.

 

Bath Village Holds Board Meeting Tomorrow
The Village of Bath holds a budget meeting tomorrow night at 5pm. The meeting will be held in the boardroom of the village hall on 110 Liberty Street. The meeting is to discuss the budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 and any outstanding business before the board. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday February 24th, 2020

Constitution Pipeline Project Cancelled
The Southern Tier will not be getting a natural gas pipeline. According to USA Today, Williams Partners LP are not continuing its plans to build the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline. The company cites increased financial risk amid a number of court battles with the state. The pipeline would have moved natural gas from Pennsylvania to the Albany area through a portion of Broome County. Environmental groups issued statements praising Williams Partners for discontinuing the pipeline project.


Legislators Meet Today to Discuss CCC and FLTrails Volunteer Fees
Steuben County Legislators will receive an update on Corning Community College at today's meeting. CCC's new president William Mullaney will address the Legislature with his agenda that includes accepting the state’s 2019 Interoperable Communications Formula Grant of $796,257 which pays to upgrade, improve and maintain public safety communicatons and facilitate communication between first responders. Lawmakers are also expected to waive nightly fees for Finger Lakes Trails volunteers. 


Village of Hammondsport Seeks General Maintenance Worker
The Village of Hammondsport is looking for a full-time General Maintenance worker. CDL, mechanical background, welding experience and knowledge of water systems would be preferred. Applications are available at the village office. Submissions with resume are needed by March13th.


CCE Holds Social Security Workshop Tonight
Tonight, Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extenston hosts the free workshop "Making the Most of Social Security Retirement Income-Enhancing Strategies” from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Steuben County Office Building Annex. This workshop covers claiming retroactive benefits as a lump sum, do-over and start-stop-restart strategies, making informed retirement plan distribution decisions and how married couples can help enhance combined efforts. Call 607-664-2300 to register.


Cuomo Prioritizing Pot Legalization
Governor Cuomo has prioritized the legalization of marijuana this year and he announced he will visit the states that have already legalized cannabis to learn more about their programs and inform similar legislation in New York. Cuomo says the goal is to coordinate laws so neighbor states don't have competing markets against one another. Cuomo says he wants a legalizaton bill passed in the state by April 1st. 


County Hall of Fame Seeks Nominations By 3/31
The deadline to submit a nomination to the Steuben County Hall of Fame is March 31st. Already, 145 people have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. All nominations are then reviewed by a committee composed of local historians who select individuals for induction. Nominees may be any man, woman or child from all walks of life, living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of Steuben County outside county borders. They should have lived in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere. Anyone interested in nominating a notable figure in Steuben County may call (607) 664-2199 or download an application at https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/halloffame/hof_nomination_revised.pdf

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 22nd, 2019

Penn Yan man sentenced in child pornography case

Federal prosecutors report that 26-year-old Jeffrey Maciejewski of Penn Yan, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and five years supervised release. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender, and was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victims who were depicted in the images that he possessed. He was a substitute teacher for the Penn Yan Central School District.

 

NY to begin campaign to educate public about upcoming plastic bag ban

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a statewide education and outreach campaign to ensure that New Yorkers are aware of the March 1 ban on single-use plastic bags.  The Bring Your Own Bag NY campaign, spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state. As part of this effort, DEC is distributing more than 270,000 reusable bags with a focus on low- and moderate-income communities. DEC will continue to focus its outreach and education efforts to ensure a smooth transition for consumers and affected retailers, with enforcement to follow in the months ahead.

 

Almond trucker facing charges for accident

An Almond trucker could face more charges following a serious injury crash this week. Wyoming County Deputies responded this week to State Route 19A in the Town of Castile for the report of a tractor trailer and passenger car motor vehicle crash. 48-year-old Rodney J. Wilcox was operating a 2011 Peterbilt tractor-trailer while traveling south on State Route 19A. According to a press release he failed to maintain his lane of travel, entering the north bound lane and struck a car.  Three occupants in the car were temporarily entrapped inside the vehicle.  Wilcox was uninjured in the accident, and he was issued a traffic summons for failure to keep right. The crash remains under investigation, and further charges are pending.

 

Environmental groups working towards legal action over expansion of landfill

Sierra Club, People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. (“PHE”) and Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc. filed an amended verified petition in Steuben County Supreme Court in Bath to update their legal challenge to the expansion of Hakes C&D Landfill in the Town of Campbell in Steuben County. The filing updated the lawsuit filed by the environmental groups and three individuals against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and the Town of Campbell on April 9, 2019. The case had been on hold pending the issuance of the required permits by DEC, which occurred in December. The lawsuit alleges that DEC and the Town of Campbell violated the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.

 

Cases of the flu down in New York State

According to the Department of Health, incidences of influenza are decreasing. This as three new deaths were reported this week. The State Health Commissioner said on Thursday that confirmed flu cases have gone down 17%, and hospitalizations due to the flu have gone down 23% this week. The flu was classified as “widespread” in December, and this is the first time since that the number of cases has declined.

 

NY considering new hate crime legislation

Lawmakers in Albany are considering new legislation that would designate crimes specifically targeting police and correction officers, parole and other law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel as hate crimes. The Community Heroes Protection Act, is currently in committee in both the Senate and Assembly and has bipartisan support in the Legislature. 

Today's Top Stories - Friday February 21st, 2020

Bath Central School Board of Education Meets Thursday 2/27
The next Bath Central School District Board of Education meeting is Thursday February 27th at 6:30pm. The meeting take place at the VEW Primary School Cafeteria on 216 Maple Heights in Bath.

 

NY Kicking Off Campaign for Plastic Bag Ban Awareness
Governor Cuomo has announced a statewide education and outreach campaign to ensure that New Yorkers are aware of the March 1 ban on single-use plastic bags. The Bring Your Own Bag NY campaign, spearheaded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, includes TV and radio advertisements, social media, Google Ads, and events hosted by Feeding New York State food banks across the state. As part of this effort, DEC is distributing more than 270,000 reusable bags with a focus on low- and moderate-income communities. DEC will continue to focus its outreach and education efforts to ensure a smooth transition for consumers and affected retailers, with enforcement to follow in the months ahead.


State Health Department Reports Flu Rate Drop
According to the Department of Health, incidences of influenza are decreasing. This as three new deaths were reported this week. The State Health Commissioner said on Thursday that confirmed flu cases have gone down 17%, and hospitalizations due to the flu have gone down 23% this week. The flu was classified as “widespread” in December, and this is the first time since that the number of cases has declined.


Environmental Groups File Petition for Hakes Landfill
Sierra Club, People for a Healthy Environment, Inc. (“PHE”) and Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, Inc. filed an amended verified petition in Steuben County Supreme Court in Bath to update their legal challenge to the expansion of Hakes Landfill in the Town of Campbell in Steuben County. The filing updated the lawsuit filed by the environmental groups and three individuals against the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (“DEC”) and the Town of Campbell on April 9, 2019. The case had been on hold pending the issuance of the required permits by DEC, which occurred in December. The lawsuit alleges that DEC and the Town of Campbell violated the requirements of the State Environmental Quality Review Act.


UR St. James on Canisteo Street to Stop Operations
UR Medicine St. James Hospital’s Hornell location will cease all operations, including the emergency department, and move to their new facility in Hornellsville on March 17. The new 87,000 sq. feet location on Seneca Road North is less than four miles north of the current Canisteo Street offices.

 

Corning Public Art Committee Announces Meetings
The Corning Public Art Committee recently announced its schedule of upcoming meetings. Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday February 25th, March 24th, April 28th, May 26th, June 23rd, July 28th, Sept. 22nd, Oct. 27th and Nov. 24th.

 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday February 20th, 2020

Bath Man Arrested for Misuse of Food Stamps
Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested Derrick Ritchie of Bath. Allegedly in November 2018, Mr. Ritchie used another person’s benefit card issued by the Steuben County Department of Social Services while they were incarcerated in the Steuben County Jail. As a result, Mr. Ritchie obtained benefits which he was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $241.63. Ritchie is charged with six counts of Misuse of Food Stampsand one count of Petit Larceny. Mr. Ritchie was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date. 


Woman Crashes Into Painted Post Restaurant
An elderly woman attempting to park in front of Pierri's Central Restaurant in Painted Post accidentally slammed the car into the building, according to officials. A Painted Post Patrolman said only one major injury was caused inside the restuarant by the accident. Painted Post Police, Fire and Ambulance all responded to the incident and no charges have been filed yet. 


Corning Man Charged with Burglary
A Corning man was charged Tuesday with Burglarly and other violations after an incident. Bobbi Crane of Pearl Avenue was charged with third-degree burglary, petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He will return to Corning Court at a later date.


Campbell-Savona Board of Education Holding Monday Meeting
The Campbell-Savona Board of Education will hold its regular meeting at 6 p.m on Monday February 24th. The board meets at the Multipurpose Room of Campbell-Savona Junior/ Senior High School in Campbell.


CCC Will Cut Some Classes This Year
Corning Community College announced some of its classes will be cut this year as CCC faces enrollment changes and an enrollment decline of 21 percent in the past 10 years. Among the classes cut are automotive, early childhood studies, manufacturing technology, human services and health and physical education studies. The school says that they based their decisions to cut classes based on a one-year study that determined what areas CCC could safely cut. 


Rochester Man Arrested for Threatening to Assasinate Politicians
A man from the Rochester area was charged with threatening to kill Democratic politicians Senator Charles Schumer and California Congressman Adam Schiff. The US Attorney's Office says Greece man Salvatore Lippa left a threatening voicemail at the Washington office number of Congressman Schiff on January 23rd. Senator Schumer's Albany office received a similar message from Lippa earlier this month. Schiff admitted to US Capitol Police he made these calls because he was upset Trump was getting impeached. Lippa appeared in court yesterday afternoon.


Wegman's Named Third Best Company to Work For by Forbes
Wegman's was once again named one of the 100 best companies to work for by Fortune magazine. The supermarket chain came in 3rd this year. The ranking is based on survey feedback from 650,000 employees with respondents rating their workplace culture on criteria that includes compensation, fairness and trust in managers. It was the 23rd year in a row Wegman's made this list and 16th year it was ranked in the top 10 companies. 

Today's Top Stories Wednesday February 19th, 2020

Campbell Man Arrested for DWI
Steuben County Sheriff's Office reports deputies arrested a Campbell man on DWI charges. It is alleged that 35-year-old Jason Horton operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated. Horton was charged with DWI, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, having a BAC of over .18% or greater and fail to keep right. Horton was released on traffic summons to appear in Campbell Town Court at a later date.


Taste FLXPo This Friday
Friday, February 21st, from 5-8pm is the 3rd annual Taste FLXpo at Corning Community College where people can taste the  Gaffer Dixtrict area. The event is $10 for admission presented by Finger Lakes Farm Country and the State Farm Bureau. FLXpo will have spirits, wine and beer as well as foods grown in the area for an informational, educational and experiental event. Those under 13 get in for free. For tickets, visit TasteFLXpo.com.


Upstate Farms Announces Grant to Aid Upgrade
Upstate Farms Cheese  announced a $1,550,000 Consolidated Funding Application grant the company will receive to aid a planned $11,400,000 plant upgrade. The grant will upgrade production equipment to help increase production volume by 16 million pounds by the end of 2023. According to the 2016 Annual Summary of New York State Dairy Statistics, Upstate Farms Cheese produced about 16 percent of the Italian Cheeses manufacture in New York state.


Bath Rotary Club Announces Scholarships
The Bath Rotary Club announced scholarship and student loan opportunities for local high school seniors as part of its mission to help students further their education. Applications are available to seniors at: Avoca Central, Bath-Haverling Central, Bradford Central, Campbell-Savona Central , Hammondsport Central, and Prattsburgh Central Schools for the Frank E. Nicklaus Memorial Scholarships co-sponsored by the family of Frank E. and Rachel Nicklaus, the Bath Rotary Club Scholarships, and the Ted Markham Memorial Scholarships. Seniors attending Bath-Haverling Central School are eligible to apply for the Wes Payne Memorial Scholarship, Vern Woolston Memorial Scholarship, and Interact Scholarships. An applicant cannot be the child or grandchild of a current Rotarian for these scholarships. For more information or questions regarding the scholarships or loans available from the Bath Rotary Club, contact Latour at: nancylt7117@gmail.com .


Additional $15 Million inHEAP Benefits Available
Households can apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance or "HEAP" Program if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having utilities shut off and have already received HEAP benefits this winter. An additional $15 million was added to the state program and announced this week. The deadline for emergency and regulary HEAP benefits has been extended to April 24th. This additional funding means households could receive up to $2,200 from HEAP to help defray the cost of heating their home this winter.


Wayland Man Charged with DWI
A Wayland man was charged with DWI after Sheriff deputies Deputies responded to a report of a one car collision on County Route 6 in Avoca. It is alleged that 37-year-old Erik Willyerd operated a motor vehicle while intoxicated and caused a vehicle to be run off the roadway. Willyerd was released on traffic summons to appear in Town of Avoca Court at a later date.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 15, 2020

Avoca man charged with Grand Larceny

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on February 11, 2020, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested James M. Sick, age 28, of Taggart Road, Avoca, New York.   Deputies responded to the area of Reservoir Road in the Town of Avoca due to a report of a male subject actively stealing a vehicle. It is alleged that Mr. Sick entered a vehicle without the permission of the owner, stole and operated the vehicle.  Mr. Sick was charged with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree a Class E Felony. Mr. Sick was transported to the Steuben County Jail, arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Steuben County resident under voluntary quarantine for Coronavirus

Public health officials in Steuben County say one resident is under voluntary quarantine for the Coronavirus. The voluntary quarantine is not expected to have any impact on other residents in Steuben, according to county Public Health Director Darlene Smith. In a statement, she said "We want people to know this is standard procedure right now for anyone returning to the U.S. from China." Smith said "The individual does not show symptoms and there is no reason to believe he or she even has the illness." The local voluntary 14-day isolation and quarantine is in line with U.S. protocols governing the arrival of people from China.

 

Lawmaker charged with DWI will not pursue re-election

A state Republican lawmaker who was charged with drunken driving and blamed his wife for a New Year’s Eve crash said Thursday he will not run for reelection this year. Brian M. Kolb previously served as the top Republican in the New York State Assembly, but stepped down from the leadership post after being charged with driving while intoxicated.

 

Local firefighters battle multiple late night blazes in frigid temperatures

Firefighters in the Twin Tiers battled multiple fires late last night in the brutal cold. Local fire departments of both New York and Pennsylvania were on the scene of a reported Chimney Fire at a home in Pine City around 10 P.M., when the temperature was a bitter 1-degree. Not long after, Elmira fire crews were on the scene to battle a house fire on Decker Place. Both fires are being investigated and it has not been made public if anyone was hurt or home in either of the blazes.

 

Cuomo and Trump meet to discuss controversial NYS law

Governor Andrew Cuomo met with President Donald Trump Thursday afternoon to negotiate a truce over a controversial New York state law. The “Green Light Law” allows all New York residents, including undocumented immigrants, to apply for and receive a state driver’s license. The law also prevents the New York DMV from sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security. The Trump administration retaliated against the law by announcing New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain Trusted Traveler Programs, like Global Entry ? which speeds travelers through immigration and customs at airports and ports of entry. Neither Cuomo nor Trump elaborated on the meeting, but a Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said it was “productive.”

 

Hornellsville woman faces multiple charges after child abuse complaint

A child abuse complaint led to the arrest of a Hornellsville woman. State Police said they took 32-year-old Monique Herbert into custody. She was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use and two counts of child endangerment. The charges stem from an incident report January 23rd. She issued appearance tickets for court and released.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday February 8, 2020

Bath man facing charges for failing to report address change to sex offender registry

Court action is pending for a Bath man facing a felony count. State Police say they arrested 30-year-old Donald E. Seeley. He was charged with failing to report a change of address to the sex offender registry. He was issued an appearance ticket for court and released.

 

Bath man charged after domestic dispute

Criminal charges have been filed against a Bath man following a domestic dispute in the town. Troopers arrested 39-year-old William S. Margeson. He was charged with felony aggravated contempt, felony aggravated family offense and a lesser count of unlawful imprisonment. He was detained for a court appearance.

 

Victim of one car accident in Big Flats identified

The victim of a fatal car crash Thursday Evening on West Hill Road in Big Flats has been identified. The family of Daniel Aviles has confirmed he was the lone fatality in the incident. Aviles was coming down West Hill Road, turned a corner, and lost control of the vehicle, and was ejected. He was transported to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries. Aviles is survived by 5 children and a GoFundMe has been established to assist in covering funeral expenses.

 

Sears store in Arnot Mall to close

Another major retailer is leaving the Southern Tier. The Sears store in the Arnot Mall in Big Flats is closing. A going out of business sale is happening now. Sears and Kmart have closed more than 3,500 stores and cut about 250,000 jobs in the past 15 years.

 

Prattsburgh Fire Department to purchase new ambulance

The Board of Commissioners of the Prattsburgh fire district have approved spending up to $221,000 for a new ambulance. The funds will come from the ambulance capital reserve fund. The action is subject to a permissive referendum if valid petitions are received within thirty days. Commissioners also approved spending up to $385,000 for a new pumper/tanker truck. That action is also subject to a permissive referendum.

 

Clarksville teen indicted for murder

An Allegany County Grand Jury this week indicted a Clarksville teenager on two counts of second-degree murder. 17-year-old William "Billy" Larson Jr. has been accused of killing his parents in early November at their home on Cortney Hollow Road in Clarksville. He then allegedly set the home on fire to cover up the crimes. The teen was also indicted on charges of attempted arson, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. He will be arraigned in county court on those charges on February 24th at 11 a.m.

 

NYS Supreme Court rules fantasy sports law unconstitutional

A law giving interactive fantasy sports sites the right to operate in the state was declared unconstitutional by a New York Supreme Court Judge Thursday. Signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo in August 2016, the law required fantasy sports sites to pay an annual fee of $50,000 along with a 15% revenue tax operating under the Gaming Commission, according to a press release. The law was created after New York’s Attorney General sued FanDuel and Draft Kings for running an illegal gambling operation. The law redefined the sites by calling them ‘games of skill.’

Today's Top Stories - Friday February 7th, 2020

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports deputies arrested Derek Clark of Bath. Deputies responded to a Bonny Hill Road address in January 2020 to investigate a report of three abandoned dogs. Clark allegedly moved from a previous residence and abandoned three puppies alongside the road on Bonny Hill Road. The dogs were recovered and turned over to the Thurston Dog Control Officer who then turned them over to the Finger Lakes SPCA for treatment and examination. Clark was charged with three counts of Overdriving:Fail to Feed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Thurston Town Court.


February 26th is the deadline to make reservations for the Steuben County Youth Bureau Board’s Annual Awards Dinner recognizing Lita Brown and Kerry Elsasser. The dinner takes place March 4th from 5:30 to 7:45pm at the Bath Country Club. The cost for the event is $22. For more information or to make reservations, call (607) 664-2119 or email bcaudill@steubencountyny.gov


A Winter Weather Advisory continues until 4pm for Yates and Steuben counties today. Heavy mixed precipitation of 5 to 8 inches of snow and ice accumulations of a light glaze is anticipated. Travel may be very difficult. Expect blowing snow to reduce visibility in driving conditions this afternoon. Scattered power outages also possible. The National Weather Service recommends keeping an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency if traveling.The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.


In a Wednesday conference call with reporters on Wednesday, Rep. Reed shared his thoughts regarding Trump's Tuesday State of the Union Address. Referencing to Pelosi's “ripping up speeches and things like that and handshakes,” Reed thinks was an act of partisanship. Reed was recently named Honorary Campaign Chair for the President's New York re-election campaign. Democratic Challenger for the 23rd Congressional Seat Tracy Mitrano remarked that before politics, Trump’s former life before as a television personality placed “so much focus on theatrics.”  and also mentioned corruption in Washington has been apparent “top from Mr. Trump on down to our congressman.”


County Administration Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
The Steuben County Administration Committee meets the morning of Tuesday February 11th and will discuss the quarterly paper award, personnel updates and changes as well as reclassification of the Office of Community Services. Also to be discussed is the authorization to hire an Assistant Dictrict Attorney and a Part-Time District Attorney. The Committee meets Tuesday morning at 9.


County Finance Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
Steuben County Finance Committee meets Tuesday morning February 11th at 9:30 to discuss renewing the State Criminal Alien Assistant Program Grant for 2019. Budget Appropriation for various agencies and a Budget Transfer worth $24,000  for equipment to the Public Works Department. Also to be discussed is the waiver to authorize hiring of a Conflict Defender, Part-Time District Attorney and Typist.


The Mayor of Hornell, City Fire and Police Chiefs as well as other County and City Officials held a press conference yesterday at the Hornell Police Department to discuss the Preston Avenue Fire plans. The County landfill will not charge to dispose of the fire debris. Mayor Buckley explained that the properties have been deeded over to the City of Hornell and cleaned up.  By  2021, homes will be built on the land by the BOCES program. 

 

Today's Top Stories - February 6th, 2020

Goodrich Auto Restores Avoca Fire Truck
Goodrich Auto Works helped the Avoca Fire Department restore their late-90s model fire truck needing a lot of attention. Goodrich Owner Aaron Kisiah said the project involved body, corrosion and rust work as well as new paint and graphics. The $17,000 project was covered by a donation from Goodrich Auto Works in honor of Kris Goodrich who passed away last year from cancer. The refurbishing project was a way to give back to the Avoca community that is the birthplace of Goodrich Body Shop in 1977. Avoca firefighter Nick Kowalcyk expressed his appreciation for the donation, commenting: “We take pride in our trucks, and so we were very fortunate..."


Addison Woman Arrested for Impersonation
A 22-year-old woman from Addison was arrested Tuesday after an incident. Tyler Leasure was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation and arrested on a bench warrant. Leasure will return to court at a later date.

NYS Plastic Bag Ban Taking Place March 1st
As the plastic bag ban approaches soon, grocery stores are bracing for the change, despite the uncertainty about who exactly will enforce the new policy. March 1st is the official start of the ban but some stores like Wegmans have already stopped issuing single-use plastic bags. New York state will be the only agency policing this law and violations will cost $250 for the first time and $500 for every violation that follows in the same calendar year.


Law Signed to Make Beer Flights Tax Free
The wine and beer industry may be getting a boost from the legislation signed Monday by Governor Andrew Cuomo. A bill introduced by State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo exempts flights of beer from being taxed. The aim of the move is to help the beer and wine industry grow further and generate billions of dollars in taxes which could give our wine-country economy a boost.


County Administration Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
The Steuben County Administration Committee meets the morning of Tuesday February 11th and will discuss the quarterly paper award, personnel updates and changes as well as reclassification of the Office of Community Services. The Committee meets Tuesday morning at 9.


County Finance Committee Meets Tuesday 2/11
Steuben County Finance Committee meets Tuesday morning February 11th at 9:30 to discuss renewing the State Criminal Alien Assistant Program Grant for 2019, accepting the Trinity/Swanson Grant and accepting and appropriating additional EISEP funds for Office For the Aging. Budget Appropriation for various agencies and a Budget Transfer worth $24,000 to the Public Works Department for major equipment and utilities in 2019 budget. Emergency Management matters included the acceptance of a 2019 fiscal year SICG grant.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday February 5th, 2020

County Legislature Not Charging to Bring Fire Debris to Landfill
The Steuben County Legislature will not charge the City of Hornell to bring over debris to the county landfill from the November Preston Avenue fires. County spokesperson Mary Perham says, the move will save Hornell between $60 and $120,000. A meeting will be held at 2pm this afternoon in Hornell to discuss this.


Public Officials Attend Rally to Repeal Bail Reform
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard, County D.A. Brooks Baker, State Senator Tom O'Mara, Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Hornell Mayor John Buckley and Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen attended yesterday's "Repeal Bail Reform" rally  in Albany. Allard, Baker, Buckley and Mullen are all opposed to the new bail laws and joined fellow officials that included representatives of the state Sheriffs Association, the District Attorney Association of New York, and the NYS Association of Chiefs of Police. Lawmakers and law enforcement say the reforms have created a system the releases violent criminals into the community without supervision, causing a threat to public safety.

 

Bath Community Helps Keeney With Cancer Treatment
Almost 100 residents of the Bath community gathered at the Wooden Nickel Bar on Liberty Street to help bartender Stacey Keeney raise money for cancer treatment. Keeney, who is a beloved bartender with many friends, was diagnosed with aggressive ductal carcinoma breast cancer. Bring Your Skin shop owner Andy Rowley helped set up the event and prior to the event helped get 17 donations. Rowley said: “While walking around and talking to different business owners, a lot of people kind of teared up and were immediately interested in making a donation.” Rowley said altogether, over $1,000 was raised to help Stacey Keeney in her fight against cancer.


Nominations Needed for 23rd Annual "Women of Distinction"
State Senator Tom O’Mara announced nominations will be accepted until March 16th for the Senate’s 23rd annual “Women of Distinction” program honoring local women making outstanding contributions to area communities for Women's History month. O’Mara and his Senate colleagues choose one new “Woman of Distinction” per year from their respective legislative districts. This year’s honorees will be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony and reception in Albany in early May. Nominations can be submitted online through O’Mara’s Senate website, (scroll down the home page.


State Report Finds Growth in Local Tax Collections
According to a report released yesterday by State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, overall growth in local sales tax collections across the state last year was relatively strong. Sales tax collections across the state totaled $18.3 billion last year and saw a growth of around 4.7 percent from the previous year.  Steuben County saw a rise in local sales tax collection by 2.1 percent to over $59 million.


Sheriff's Office Introduces New App
Steuben County Sheriff's Office announces the release of the organization’s new smartphone application. The app is a means for the Sheriff's Office to connect with residents and visitors of Steuben County and quickly provide information for access by anyone who has a smartphone. The user-friendly app also offers quick access to items of public interest.


No Injuries Reported from Pulteney Fire
Yesterday, a house fire on West Lake Road in Pulteney was reported in the afternoon hours. Volunteers and equipment responded from Pulteney, Hammondsport, Branchport, Keuka Park and Prattsburgh and when crews first arrived, heavy smoke poured from the home. No injuries wer reported and the fire was controlled in under an hour. The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

 

One-Car Rollover Reported on County Route 66
The North Hornell Fire Department reports a one-car rollover on County Route 66, just past the entrance to Kanakadea Drive. There were no injuries during the accident but the car was on its roof and badly damaged.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday February 4th, 2020

Painted Post Man Jailed After Three Arrests in Month
A 37-year-old man from Painted Post was arrested this weekend for the third time in less than a month for allegedly threatening violence against someone protected under a court-issued order of protection.  Thomas Whitehead was charged by Troopers with first degree criminal contempt and aggravated family offense, according to Corning City Police Chief Jeff Spaulding. Whitehead is currently being held in Steuben County Jail on $1,000 cash bail.


County HSH&E Committee Meets Tomorrow
The Steuben County Human Services, Health and Education Committee meets tomorrow morning. Legislators will be updated on the status of the coronavirus. The Committee will also vote to authorize transferring funds from the the Steuben County Diabetes Coalition to the Rural Health Network, which has agreed to accept and distribute the remaining approximately $4,500 to scholarships  for Camp Aspire.

 

Cuomo Signs Off on Limousine Safety Legislation
Governor Cuomo signed legislation designed to make limousines safer across the state. The legislation is a 10-point package that covers safety regulations like: seatbelt requirements, immobilization of defective limousines, increased penalties for illegal U-turns, GPS requirements, customer service resource requirements, regular validation of vehicle and driver safety information, new commercial driver’s license requirements for limousine drivers, creation of a passenger task force and drug and alcohol testing. Both chambers in Albany approved the measure which was created as a result of last year's tragic limousine accident in Schoharie County.


Online Questionnaire for New Yorkers Coming Soon
State Legislators are planning to create an online questionaire for New York citizens as a way to find out why people are continuing to move out of the state at high rates. Once the data is collected from the questionnaire, roundtable discussions will be held with representatives of workforce development, small businesses, health care, education, economic growth and development, manufacturing and technology to better-understand how industries are being affected by a fall in population. According to the US Census information, New York state's population has decreased steadily in the past four years. The launch of the questionnaire will be announced at a later date.


Final New Yorker Awaiting Coronavirus Test Result
A dozen New Yorkers were tested for coronavirus and 11 of the samples came back negative. The last person's sample is awaiting results from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker discussed what the state has been doing to prevent coronavirus from coming to New York and  reminding the public of best practices to prevent spreading illness.  Zucker also advised those who have symptoms to see a doctor and get treated. A new hotline has been established at 1-888-364-3065 to answer questions about coronavirus.

 

Supreme Court Justice Resigns Following Investigation
State Supreme Court Justice Matthew Rosenbaum has officially resigned following accusations that he harassed court staff. The state launched an investigation amid allegations of personal misconduct against him. The Commission of Judicial Conduct investigated a complaint that alleged from 2005 to 2019 Rosenbaum made improper and sometimes abusive personal demands of court staff, conveying that continued employment required obeying his demands and created a hostile work environment. The Office of Court Administration will be conducting a probe of Rosenbaum in the future.

Today's Top Stories - Monday February 3rd, 2020

OFA Holds “Dementia-Friendly Communities” Forum This Month
Office For the Aging offers its forum on "Dementia-Friendly Communities" set for 2 p.m. Sunday, February 9th at New Beginnings United Methodist Church in Elmira with a panel including Steuben County Office For the Aging Director Patty Baroody and representatives from other local offices for the aging. This program is free and open to the public and will be led by Alzheimers Disease expert Cynthia Huling Hummel. The event is sponsored by the American Association of University Women Elmira-Corning Branch.

 

Schumer Thinks Impeachment “Not a Real Trial” Without Witnesses
The United States Senate is expected to vote to acquit President Trump of two impeachment articles this week. US Senator Chuck Schumer thinks doing so without first calling witnesses would make the process “not a real trial”. Schumer also lambasted Senate colleagues for not hearing out testimony. Wednesday is when the formal vote for impeachment takes place.

 

NYSBA Supports Marijuana Legalization
The New York State Bar Association has gotten behind supporting legalization of marijuana. According to the Associated Press, the NYSBA supports a report by its Cannabis Law committee that calls for any law to include marketing guidelines, opt-outs for municipalities and environmental protections. Governor Cuomo included recreational marijuana legalization part of his 2020 State of the State Agenda and called for a 20% tax on dispensaries. Currently, marijuana is legally only supposed to be used in New York for medical reasons.

 

Reed Concerned With Federal Deficit
Congressman Tom Reed expressed that he is alarmed by the growing federal deficit after a Congressional Budget Office report released this week says the deficit for fiscal year 2020 will exceed $1 trillion. Reed says Congress should act and he disagrees with the Trump administration’s handling of the issue. Reed reiterated his call for spending cuts. By 2030, the overall federal debt is projected to exceed $31 trillion.

 

Addison Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty
A 41-year-old woman from Addison is facing animal cruelty charges. Kristin Olson was charged with two counts of Overdriving/failing to feed. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office says they received a tip about dogs who were not being fed or cared for properly at a home in Jasper on State Route 417. The Finger Lakes SPCA took two dogs for treatment and Olson was released on an appearance ticket.

 

Narrowsburg Man Arrested for Alleged Assault
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports Deputies arrested Steven L. Campfield of Narrowsburg.  Deputies responded to County Route 66 in the Town of Hornellsville to investigate a reported assault.  Mr. Campfield allegedly struck another person twice in the face and caused physical injury.  Campfield was charged with Assault in the Third Degree then released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Hornellsville Town Court at a later date.

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