WVIN News Archives for 2020-08

Today's Top Stories - Monday August 31st, 2020

415 in Wayland Closed Today and Tomorrow
A section of State Route 415 in the town of Wayland is closed today and tomorrow. The Department of Transportation says it will be replacing a culvert pipe just south of County Road 36. That area of Route 415 will only be accessible for local traffic and emergency vehicles. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use nearby exits to access Interstate 390. Construction activities are weather dependent and subject to change based on conditions.

 

VDC Encourages Monetary Donations this Hunting Season
The Venison Donation Coalition has always been based in Bath, in the heart of Steuben County since its inception in the late 90’s. VDC founder and former DEC Officer Greg Fuerst says the program celebrates its 20th year anniversary this year and the goal is to raise awareness of the VDC’s mission to feed the public with quality venison. Fuerst reminds hunters purchasing their license that they can offer monetary donations to the program, which supports the labor of processing before it goes onto the shelves of food pantries in the area. Hear the full interview tomorrow on the WVIN Morning Show with Dave Taylor Smith and on Best of Community Focus Sunday morning on WABH or you can listen to the interview online at wvin.com/podcasts/community.

 

Avoca Man Arrested for Menacing and Other Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports deputies arrested 60-year-old Thomas Parsels of Avoca following an investigation of a reported fight in the Town of Avoca. Parsels allegedly threatened another person with a weapon and struck them. Parsels was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon in the Fourth Degree, Menacing in the Second Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree. Parsels was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Excelsior Scholarship Deadline Today
Despite the program’s uncertainty, today is he deadline for new applications this year to New York State’s Excelsior Scholarship. The program began in 2017 to help students who come from families making less than $125,000 annually go to college tuition free. Some lawmakers are wondering if the state will have enough money to welcome more students into the program.

 

Cuomo Credits New Yorkers for Lowering COVID Rates
With deaths and hospitalizations related to COVID-19 in the state at a new low, Governor Cuomo thanked and gave credit to New Yorkers who complied with health regulations and said they helped save tens of thousands of lives. Cuomo also anticipates that similar risks and rises in cases that have been associated with colleges opening will be seen in communities once K-12 schools reopen. Cuomo said a decision on whether casinos could reopen would come this week.

 

Food Bank Holds Hornell Food Distribution
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held a food distribution today at Hornell High School to help those that are struggling financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Community members reserved spots for the drive-through format distribution site to pick up 40-60 lbs of food while maintaining social distancing guidelines. Fellow local organizations like Steuben County’s  “Strong Kids, Safe Kids” were also there handing out information to help raise awareness to help keep their children strong and safe as they begin their first days of school.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 29, 2020

One new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County

A Steuben County resident from the Town of Thurston has tested positive for COVID 19 according to the health department. This brings the total to 326 confirmed cases, six of which are currently active. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

Cuomo reports record low COVID-19 infection rate in New York State

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced a new record low COVID-19 infection rate percentage in New York State, 0.65%. This figure is the lowest it has been since the pandemic began. In addition, New York State’s infection rate has been less than one percent every day for the past three weeks. The governor also announced that 8 million tests have now been administered in the state.

 

Prattsburgh requests tax payments be mailed

Prattsburgh Central School is asking that everyone mail their tax payments this year to tax collector Cassie Kennard, to avoid contact with staff and students, and to adhere to health and safety protocols for the tax collection season. Receipts will be mailed to taxpayers. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact Cassie Kennard at 522-6203 to discuss options.

 

Locally owned Corning business to close up shop for good

After 42 years of business, The Glass Menagerie on Corning’s Market Street will close it doors for good. Jackie and Dick Pope, the owners of the family run shop have been planning on closing their store since Christmas, and say the decision was not made based on the pandemic. They hope to move closer to family and possibly travel with their newfound free time. They will be having a sale lasting through Labor Day.

 

Portion of Route 415 in Wayland to close this upcoming week for construction

The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists of an upcoming two-day closure, weather permitting, along route 415 in Wayland for the replacement of a culvert pipe south of County Route 36. Beginning Monday, August 31st through Tuesday September 1st, this section of road will be only available to local traffic and emergency vehicles. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use nearby exits to access Interstate 390.

Today's Top Stories - Friday August 28th, 2020

Horn Remains Behind Bars for 2014 Murder
The man who violently killed an alleged drug dealer and white supremacist from Bath, Philip Lough, in 2014 will remain behind bars. The now 29-year-old Jacob Andrew Horn appealed his Steuben County court conviction on several levels. A jury found Horn guilty of murder and other counts. The case arose when Phillip Lough’s body was concealed in the cupboard of an abandoned mansion in Corning and found by police. Horn will continue to serve his sentence of 22 years to life and is currently housed at Green Haven Correctional Facility. His first parole hearing will be in June 2035


Reed Signs Letter for Simpler, Less Costly School Reopening
Congressman Tom Reed joined 12 New York State legislators in sending a joint letter to Governor Cuomo and the New York State Department of Health, criticizing their back-to-school guidance for being confusing and potentially disastrous. The legislators said New York State’s rules will make students and staff require a negative COVID-19 test to return to school and would place an undue burden on parents and families across the state, as well as cut children’s doctors out of the decision-making process. The representatives said the new policy puts parents and school staff responsible for the cost of COVID-19 tests. The legislators added that these policies will unnecessarily overburden New York’s testing capacity, which in turn will take testing resources away from others. In the letter, Reed and New York state lawmakers are calling for simpler guidelines for a safe return to school that is also less costly to families. The full letter can be found here.

 

Cuomo: Decision to Play Sports “Up to the Schools”
Governor Cuomo said “It’s up to the individual school districts” yesterday when it comes to offering fall high school sports following guidance released this week by the state. A day after the New York Council of School Superintendents requested all sports be postponed to January, Cuomo also said “Different schools districts are making different decisions and that’s fine” but reminded that the guidance was given to those who decided to go forward in the event they made the decision to begin sports.

 

 Painted Post Man Arrested in Campbell
State Troopers took a man into custody following an incident in the town of Campbell. Police arrested 57-year-old George Berne of Painted Post. He was charged with menacing with a weapon. Berne was released on his own recognizance.

 

Cohocton Man Arrested Following Domestic Incident
A man faces court action following a domestic child abuse complaint. State Police arrested 44-year-old Carl W. Royce of Cohocton. He was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was released on his own recognizance.

 

Probation Conditions Modified for Corning Sex Offender
A man convicted in Steuben County court of the unlawful surveillance of a pre-teen girl has won a partial appellate victory. The New York State Supreme Court modified conditions for Bryan E. Griswold of Corning who was sentenced to probation in November of 2018. The Higher Court ruled that the length of the order of protection against the child must be reduced to eight years and will now end in 2026. The State Court also ruled that all references in the presentence report to Griswold being a sexual predator must be stricken.

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

Thunderstorms Expected Today May Be Severe
The National Weather Service reports there is an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms today. According to the Daily Hazardous Weather Outlook, strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop, especially this afternoon into early evening with the passage of a cold front. Damaging winds and large hail are anticipated with the strongest storms, and even few tornadoes will be possible in the region. The weather pattern remains busy late Friday into Saturday, with additional severe weather possible as well as locally heavy rainfall.

 

Reed Talks Vandalism Incident at Campaign Office
Congressman Tom Reed held a press conference yesterday in Corning to comment on the Tuesday evening vandalism his campaign office experienced. Reed thanked Democratic Mayor of Corning Bill Boland for his support for Reed during the incident and called it an act of violence, noting that campaign volunteers and staff could have been hurt by the brick thrown into the office’s window. Reed also says he believes that whomever committed the vandalism does not represent the majority of his district’s constituents.

 

US Dept Of Justice Requests Nursing Home Data from Cuomo
The U.S. Justice Department is requesting COVID-19 data from Governor Cuomo as well as three other Governors that issued orders that may have resulted in deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Michigan mandated that nursing homes admit COVID-19 patients to their vulnerable populations and often without adequate testing.  Investigations may be initiated under the federal “Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons” or CRIPA Act which protects the civil rights of those living in state-run nursing homes. The DOJ’s Civil Rights Division seeks to determine if New York’s and other states’ orders requiring admission of COVID-19 patients to nursing homes led to the deaths of nursing home residents.

 

Local Six-Year-Old Thanks Bath PD With Handmade Gifts
The Bath Village Police Department was given a special “thank you” from 6-year-old Kendelle Reed after she brought officers handmade gifts. Kendelle came up with this idea after she met State Trooper Tabitha Mayhew. Kendelle's mom said she began making the magnets after she couldn't have her kindergarten graduation due to pandemic restrictions and to feel better by doing something nice for someone else. Kendelle has no plans to slow down her mission: she plans to make even even more magnets to be sent to officers in South Carolina. The Bath Village Police Department thanked Kendelle for sharing her thoughtful appreciation with the officers.

 

Finance Commissioner Donnelly Steps Down in September
After two decades of service for Steuben County, County Finance Office Deputy Commissioner Patrick Donnelly will  officially step down in September. Donnelly’s position is to be filled by former county Deputy Manager Mitch Alger. Donnelly was a county legislator for the Town of Bath for eight years and served as vice-chair and chair of the Steuben Legislature. More recently, he stepped down as commissioner to work as a deputy under current Finance Commissioner Tammy Hurd-Harvey. In his remarks to the county Legislature Monday, Donnelly noted the legacy of his predecessor, county Treasurer Carol Whitehead, who died unexpectedly in 2009.

 

Increase in NYS Unemployment Rates for July
This week, July unemployment rates were released by the New York State Department of Labor. In Steuben County, the jobless rate climbed to 11.7% and there were 5,100 unemployed residents reported last month- a rate that’s 7.5% higher than a year ago. Steuben County’s Resident Civilian Labor Force grew by 500 in July, totaling 43,700 people.

 

NYSCSS Wants Cuomo to Delay School Sports
The New York State Council of school superintendents seeks to delay athletics until January 1st and want  Governor Cuomo to reconsider his decision to allow school athletics to begin on September 21st . The Council says it is not calling for cancelling all athletics for the school year but seeks to postpone the athletic season until January. The Council proposed developing a plan to consolidate all three athletic seasons into the 2nd semester. The Council also says it struggles to reconcile why students in physical education classes must be 12 feet apart, while contact athletics are deemed safe.

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

County Public Works Announces September Closure in Caton
Steuben County Public Works announced a road closure from September 8th-11th in the Town of Caton.  County Route 34, Whiskey Creek Road, between house numbers 1912 and 2294 in the Town of Caton will be closed for the replacement of a culvert pipe. There will be no on-site detour but residents from House No. 2294 to House No. 1939 will have access to CR 34 from State Route 22 from the South Corning side while residents from House No. 1442 to House No. 1912 will have access to CR 34 from SR225 from the Caton side.


Public Hearing on Bath’s Local Law #1 Set for 9/14 
Before a new, recently-introduced Bath Town Board local law can take effect, community residents have a chance to comment on it. Local Law #1 of 2020 is a law amending the code of the town of Bath to add a section on solar energy systems. A public hearing on the proposed law is set for September 14th at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building.


Reed Campaign Office in Corning Vandalized by Brick
Congressman Tom Reed’s Corning campaign office was the target of vandalism last night after a brick was thrown through the window, leaving broken glass strewn throughout the office. Tom Reed called the behavior “extreme” and said it was unacceptable. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Spokesperson for the campaign Matt Coker blamed the “far left” for the incident, calling it an act of “radicalism” though no suspects were named. Tom Reed said he will “continue fighting this extremism,” Reed thanked Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, Democratic Mayor of the City of Corning Bill Boland and the Corning Police Department for their support following the incident.


ARC of Steuben Awarded Funding for Recreation
The not-for profit Arc of Steuben has been awarded $12,000 worth of funding from the Trustee Management Board of NYSARC Trust Services to support Arc’s recreation program. The monies are to be used for guardianship and to develop new recreational opportunities for 230 people with disabilities Arc serves. Funds will be utilized to provide a better variety of socially distant activities including outdoor movie events, scavenger hunts, geocaching, painting, crafting, and a variety of fun virtual experiences.


NYSPHA Must Meet to Plan High School Sports Seasons
Soccer, tennis, and swimming were given the green light to hold games on Monday by Governor Cuomo but NYSPHA says more meetings will be necessary to figure out how schools can move forward for planning sports. The New York State Public High School Athletic Association says that before sports can start practice on September 21st, there are several issues that need to be addressed which include the number of required practices that students need before they can play games, and how many games will be allowed during the new fall season. No clear date has been set for NYSPHA to make a decision.


North Hornell Man Indicted for Filing False Tax Returns
A 40-year-old North Hornell man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on five counts of filing false tax returns. Justin Terwilliger allegedly prepared and filed false tax returns with the IRS from 2013 through 2017. Terwilliger is accused of falsely reporting he had little or no taxable income during that time, even though the U.S. Attorney’s Office claims he had taxable income for those years, ranging from about $125,000 in 2013 to $249,000 in 2017. Terwilliger is currently serving a sentence in state prison for an unrelated crime but faces three years in prison and a quarter-of-a-million dollar fine if found guilty of the federal charges.


Hazlitt Vineyards Releasing “Pink Cat” Next Month
Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards announced it will release “Pink Cat” this fall. The makers of the very popular Red Cat Wine will release the sweet Catawba wine to commemorate their 35th anniversary of the winery’s founding. Pink Cat will be available at both Hazlitt winery locations and on the shelves of retail stores and restaurants beginning in September. Pink Cat is described as a sweet blush wine with a refreshing amount of tang. 


Buffalo Bills to Play First Two Home Games Without Spectators
In a letter to Season Ticket Members sent by the Buffalo Bills yesterday, it was announced the team’s first two home games in 2020 will be played without spectators. The team also says it supports the NFL in establishing policies and procedures that  could hopefully permit fans to attend the games later this season.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 25th, 2020

School Supply Distribution for Bath Students Thursday 
Bath Central School District students are encouraged to pick up free school supplies at a drive-thru distribution happening Thursday morning hosted by GST BOCES. Thursday from 9 to 11am, district parents and students can drive to Primary School bus loop, through the Dana Lyon Middle School parking lot, to get what they need. Walkers will also be accommodated and masks are required while everyone must adhere to social distancing guidelines. GST BOCES says supplies include backpacks, crayons, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, notebooks, filler papers, glue sticks, pencil pouches, ear buds, and more. Items will be handed out on a first come, first serve basis.

 

Prattsburgh Requests Tax Payments Be Mailed
Prattsburgh Central School is preparing to send out tax bills and requesting that everyone mail their tax payments this year to Tax Collector Cassie Kennard, to avoid contact with students and staff and to follow health and safety protocols for the tax collection season. Receipts will be mailed to taxpayers and anyone with issues or questions can call Cassie Kennard at 522-6203 to discuss options.

 

County Legislature Incentivizes Early Retirement to Offset Losses
This year, the Steuben County Legislature will begin to offer early retirement incentives as a way to offset significant losses in local sales tax revenues and state funding for mandated services due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Steuben officials are hoping long-time employees will begin voluntary retirements to reduce the county’s looming budget shortfall, which is now estimated internally at $5.7 million, pending state funding reductions.

 

Latest COVID Case is City of Hornell Resident
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports an additional Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 323 confirmed cases, four of which are currently active.  The individual is a resident of the City of Hornell and is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. 

 

Reed Signs Letter to Hold Canada to Dairy Agreement
Corning Republican Tom Reed joined a hundred other members of Congress who signed a letter calling on the US Trade Representative and Agriculture Secretary to hold Canada to provisions made in the recently-signed USMCA trade agreement which is to open their dairy markets to American farmers. Congressman Reed says when it comes to letting foreign producers into its marketplace, Canada has been reluctant.

 

Reed Votes For $25 Billion USPS Funding Measure
Congressmen Tom Reed joined 24 other Republicans and 231 Democrats to vote in favor of the measure providing $25 billion in USPS funding while blocking any operational changes until after November’s elections. It is unlikely that the bill will pass the GOP-controlled Senate, but if it does, the White House said the bill would be vetoed.

 

Ticket Sales Start for 2021 FLX Wine Fest
Ticket sales have now begun for the 2021 Finger Lakes Wine Festival at Watkins Glen International next summer. The festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary from July 9th-11th, 2021 at the track by welcoming more than 90 New York wineries, in addition to regional chefs, vendors, and visitors. The Masters Historic Formula One Championship will take to the Glen's iconic road course prior to the start of the festival. Tickets are available by calling 866-461-7223 or going online.

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

201st Steuben County Fair Concludes
This year’s Steuben County Fair concluded Saturday in Bath with a car show, drawing exhibits from across the region. Food vendors, agricultural displays and a market sale held by the Steuben County Cornell Cooperative Extension 4-H clubs also were on hand during the COVID-19-shortened two-day event. The event marks the fair's 201st year and maintains its status as the nation's longest continuously running county fair.

 

Cuomo Announces Guidelines for High School Sports
Students, parents and community members are wondering about the status of high school sports as schools are set to reopen across the state in September. Today, Governor Cuomo updated the public about where the state oh high school sports currently stands with lower-risk sports allowed to begin play September 21st. Not all high school sports will be authorized to play once practice for sports resumes-this applies to higher risk sports with high physical contact. Teams will not be allowed to go outside the school’s phased reopening regions to practice or play until October 19th.

 

NWS Reports Risk of Severe Thunderstorms Tomorrow
The National Weather service says there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms tomorrow. In the daily hazardous weather outlook, forecasters say a front will pass through the region tomorrow, possibly accompanied by strong to severe thunderstorms. The primary time of concern will be late morning to mid-afternoon. If thunderstorms do indeed develop, damaging wind gusts could occur.

 

Arkport Zoning Board Holds Dollar General Hearing
The Arkport Zoning Board of Appeals conducts a public hearing on the variance application for a new Dollar General planned for State Route 36, which has been a particularly controversial issue for the village. The meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Arkport Village Hall and open to the public. Anyone attending will be required to wear a mask. Earlier this month, 40 people attended a separate hearing.

 

Congressman Reed Talks Second Stimulus
Congressman Tom Reed says is looking forward to a compromise being reached on a second round of COVID-19 stimulus relief. The Democratic proposal has called for the extra weekly round of $600 unemployment benefits included in the first package with many Republicans wanting a smaller amount. The Democratic proposal calls for the extra 600 dollars a week included in the first package, but many Republicans want a smaller amount. President Trump signed an executive order providing an additional $400 per week, with the federal government covering $300 worth. Cuomo says the state can’t afford to pay recipients the state’s $100 monthly share due to the state’s budget shortfalls.

 

Fitness Centers Reopen Across the State
Gyms and fitness centers began reopening today in New York State. Facilities that reopen will be subject to rigorous health and safety standards and all gyms and fitness centers will be able to open by September 2nd. Facilities can only operate at 33% capacity, require face coverings and implement social distancing. Shared equipment must be cleaned after each use.

 

Wegmans Announces Peach Recall
Wegmans announced a recall of some of its Wegmans-branded fresh peaches, due to salmonella concerns. Peaches being recalled were sold between June 1st and August 19th. Wegmans also said some bakery products containing the peaches are being recalled as well. Wegmans offers a full refund of the recalled products at their service desk.

Here is a complete list of the recalled products:

Product Recall:
Fresh Peaches and Bakery Items Containing Fresh Peaches

RECALL DATE: AUGUST 21, 2020

SOLD AT WEGMANS:Yes


REASON FOR RECALL:Potential presence of Salmonella

Wawona Packing Company has issued a recall on fresh peaches due to the potential presence of Salmonella.

PRODUCE ITEMS:

The following items purchased from 6/1/2020 through 8/19/2020:

UPC

Product

Size

Codes

3338332200

Wawona Sweet2Eat 2# Bagged Peaches

2 LB

Lot codes that begin with letters W, X or G.

7789049048

Wegmans Brand 2lb Bag Peaches

2 LB

Lot codes that begin with letters W, X or G.

For the items above, bags that do not have a small, white, rectangular sticker are not impacted by this recall.

The following items purchased 6/1/2020 through 8/21/2020:

UPC

Product

Size

Codes

3314, 4400, 4401

Select White Peach

By the lb.

ALL CODES

3117, 4037, 4038, 4043, 4044, 4402, 4403, 4405

Yellow Peach

By the lb.

ALL CODES

94037, 94038, 94044, 94402

Organic, Peaches

By the lb.

ALL CODES

7789050252

WB Org 2.5# Box Peaches

2.5 LB

ALL CODES

BAKERY ITEMS:

The following items containing fresh peaches and purchased 8/16/2020 through 8/21/2020:

UPC

Product

Size

7789080600

Vanilla Trifle

9 OZ

7789038790

Mini Fruit Topped Shortcake

5 OZ

7789051145

Made with No Gluten Containing Ingredients Shortcake Slice

6 OZ

7789051239

1 Layer Peach Shortcake

26 OZ

7789051240

Mini Peach Shortcake

5 OZ

7789051241

Peach Shortcake Slice

7 OZ

7789033104

Peach Melba Whipped Cream Cake

1 EA

7789018953

Fruit Topped Cream Cheess Pie

40 OZ

7789015798

Mini Fruit Top Cream Cheese Pie

9 OZ

7789033395

20 Cm Single Fruit Tart

22 OZ

7789046316

Rustic Peach Tart

21 OZ

7789043362

8 cm Single Fruit Tart

4 OZ

7789046317

Rustic Peach Tart

3 OZ

20804600000

Dessert Cake/Slice

1 EA

7789050189

Made With No Gluten Containing Ingredients 1/8 Shortcake

30 OZ

7789050190

Made With No Gluten Containing Ingredients 1/4 Shortcake

60 OZ

REFUND INFORMATION: All product may be returned to the service desk for a full refund

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Wegmans Food Markets at 1-855-934-3663 Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM or Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

 

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 22, 2020

Alstom facility in Hornell connected to new COVID-19 case

According to the Steuben County Public Health Department, a new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County has been connected to the Alstom facility in Hornell. This marks the 322nd case of COVID-19 in Steuben County, coming one day after Corning, Inc. reported a positive case at it’s Erwin Plant. The newest case connected to the Alstom Plant is a resident of Hornellsville who has been isolated and is being monitored by the health department. The was at the facility on August 18th and 19th. Steuben County currently has 7 active COVID-19 cases, 273 recoveries and 42 deaths.

 

2020 Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival canceled over COVID-19 concerns

The 2020 Cohocton Fall Foliage Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns, per an announcement on the festival’s website. Cohocton’s annual Fall Foliage Festival was first held in 1966, and “is a community event in which the residents of Cohocton and neighboring communities gather to celebrate the magnificent surrounding hills in all of its colorful splendor.” Two of Steuben County’s 322 COVID-19 cases were in Cohocton.

 

Missing Elmira teen found safe

14-year-old Elmira teen Christina Baker has been returned home safe after being reported missing on August 19th, according to her stepfather. He told WETM 18 News that a viewer recognized Baker and contacted her family.

 

I-86 Exit 43 in Painted Post to close temporarily for construction

The New York State Department of Transportation has advised motorists of planned upcoming closures of Exit 43, the westbound off ramp of I-86 in Painted Post for bridge repairs. Barring inclement weather, the exit will be closed on Saturday, August 22nd and Saturday, August 29th, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A detour will be in place during construction guiding motorists to the next ramp on I-86.

 

Elmira man arrested on drug charges after traffic stop

Brian Butler-Beeley, 22, of Elmira, was arrested on drug charges after a traffic stop early Wednesday morning, according to Elmira Police. Just after midnight on August 19th, officers observed Butler-Beeley sitting on a running motorcycle. Police say that the officers knew his driving privileges in New York State were suspended and allegedly observed him driving the vehicle before coming to a stop. The motorcycle was found to be unregistered and uninsured, and Butler-Beeley was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and over $5,000 cash. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in addition to numerous Vehicle and Traffic offenses.

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

Public Health, Elections Board Set to Receive Grants
The county Public Health Department announced an upcoming COVID-19 federal grant of nearly $311,000 for enhanced detection, investigation and prevention designed to control the spread of the virus. County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says this grant will be used for detection and contact tracing, and to strengthen flu vaccine rates ahead of the approaching flu season.  Funds will also support  the department in filling vacant registered nurse positions. Grants now set at $85,000 are also to cover increased security for the November 3rd, General Election season in the county and with the Presidential election, county commissioners expect an unusually high turnout at the polls and through absentee ballots.

 

Weddings Still Limited to 50 People
The Steuben County Public Health Department reminds the public that per New York State guidelines, all nonessential gatherings, whether inside buildings or held outdoors, remain limited to 50 people or less at this time.  Weddings and other celebrations are considered to be nonessential gatherings. Individuals and businesses who do not comply with the gathering limits may be subject to up to a $10,000 fine. County Health Director Darlene Smith said, “Abiding by the 50 person limit helps to slow the spread and protect our community.” Though Steuben County has not experienced a spike due to large weddings, other counties in the Southern Tier region have. 

 

Congressional Candidates Talk USPS
The Congressional candidates for the 23rd District of New York have differing stances on the state of the US Postal Service. Incumbent Republican Congressman Tom Reed agrees with the decision made by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to put a hold on operational changes because he think it will help keep the election cycle on track. Democratic Challenger Tracy Mitrano thinks that despite the reversal, reported delays in postal service are unacceptable. However, both Reed and Mitrano agree the USPS will need additional financial support to adequately handle the the upcoming General election amid a national pandemic.

 

Farmers Encouraged to Get Tested for COVID
Yesterday, health, labor and agriculture officials urged farmers to register for coronavirus testing as New York state is offering free testing in a number of counties. Agriculture and Markets Comissioner Richard Ball  said“The health and safety of our essential workers in agriculture and keeping our food supply chain moving have been the Department’s priority since the COVID-19 pandemic began”. If you are a farmer interested in finding out where you can get tested, visit: https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/78fd67f98e104d1c95f533cb8ac9c200

 

Steuben Legislators Discuss Ethics Law Monday
When Steuben legislators meet in regular session at 10am on Monday August 24th, they will discuss a packed agenda which includes: adopting a revised code of ethics for civil and elected officials in Steuben County, including related agencies; accepting funds for both COVID-19 enhanced detection and elections security, and setting the date for a special county Real Property auction. Legislators expect to replace the 30-year-old local ethics law with updates to prevent any officials connected to county operations from benefiting from their positions. The proposed new law extends to county officials’ family and extended family members.

A public hearing on the revised ethics law also is set for 10 am via a Zoom teleconference to be accessed online at: https://steubencountynygov.zoom.us/j/97821784930?pwd=aUNMUDhMUUpibVI1QmxMand1MDB3dz09 or by phone at (646) 558-8656 US (New York). The meeting ID is 978 2178 4930, password is: Steuben1.

A copy of the law is available on line at: https://www.steubencony.org/files/documents/sclegportal/resolutions/2020/augres3.pdf

 

Start of Plastic Bag Ban Enforcement Remains Uncertain
Though the plastic bag ban went into effect earlier in the year and not enforced due to the pandemic, a lawsuit filed by plastic bag manufacturers and convenience store owners has allowed New York’s law to enforce a plastic bag ban to survive. Advocates have pressed to enforce the law but the DEC said earlier this summer that it would provide 30 days notice to the state and store owners prior to the start of enforcing the law. Though they are banned by state law, many stores still give out single-use plastic bags. This week, the judge who heard the cases ruled state regulators went too far by allowing stores to hand out thicker plastic bags. When the enforcement of the bag ban begins, is an issue that is still unclear at this time.

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

Steuben Legislator Accused with Patronizing Prostitute
According to WETM, Steuben County Legislator Steven Maio, who represents the City of Corning, is accused of patronizing a prostitute. Maio was arrested on August 12th and was issued an appearance ticket for court on August 27th.

 

Bath Man Charged with Sexual Abuse
Bath man Joseph Orell is accused of sexually abusing a child under the age of 13. Police charged 23-year-old Orell with 1st-degree sexual abuse following an investigation that began back in June. He was taken to Steuben County Jail to await arraignment.

 

Undercount of NY Nursing Home Deaths Reported at 65 Percent
Governor Cuomo fired back after an Associated Press report of the significant undercount of nursing home deaths was released. New York is the only state that has counted just residents who died on nursing home properties while those who were transported to hospitals and died there are not included in the death count. In May, a separate federal count began including the resident deaths in hospitals and was 65% higher than the comparable state count not including those deaths. Some state legislators, like Senator Tom O’Mara and some Democrats, accuse the Cuomo administration of attempting to appear the state is doing better than it actually has when it comes to nursing home deaths. Legislators from both parties are now calling for an independent investigation throughout the pandemic.

 

Guidance on High School Sports Expected by Next Week
Governor Cuomo said yesterday, he will release guidance regarding high school athletics within the next week. New York State Public High School Athletic Association postponed their fall sports season until at least September 21st, and canceled their fall sports championships. The NYSPHSAA said they also have a backup plan with all sports being played after January 1st. 

 

Former New Era Field is Now Named Buffalo Bills Stadium
Today, the Buffalo Bills announced the name change for the former New Era Field will be Buffalo Bills Stadium. Last month, New Era asked to be released from its naming rights contract. Since opening in August of 1973, the stadium in Orchard Park has also been known as Ralph Wilson Stadium and Rich Stadium.

 

Cuomo Says NY Not Asking for Extra FEMA Funds
Governor Cuomo announced New York state will not ask for the extra funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Cuomo’s reasoning for not requesting the FEMA funds is because the state would have to kick in a quarter of the $400 per week unemployment benefit and could cost the state up to $4 billion dollars. Meanwhile, New York state faces a budget deficit of almost $14 billion. Cuomo adds he doesn’t believe the recent executive order from President Trump for the extra benefit is legal.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 19th, 2020

Big Bobcat Photographed Near Hornell Plaza
Hornell made headlines for one big bobcat after the large feline was spotted earlier this week near the Hornell Plaza and photographed by Subway employee Taylor Pygott in the plaza from the restaurant’s drive-thru window as the large cat passed the edge of the property line of the busy plaza’s parking lot.

 

DOT Announces Closures This Week on State Route 70
The State Department of Transportation advises motorists of daytime lane closures in place this week along State Route 70 as they resurface over six miles of pavement between Route 36 in Steuben County. Construction will be made to improve rideability of the pavement along Route 70 and will occur in two phases with the first phase having already begun and anticipated to be complete in about one week. The construction’s second phase will be a single-course overlay and expected to last about a week in early October. Two-way traffic will be maintained using alternating single-lane closures and on-site flagging personnel during construction. Drivers could experience delays and advised to seek alternate routes. No detours will be posted.

 

Bath Central & Local Schools Hold Reopening Meetings for Parents
Many local school districts including Corning- Painted Post School District and Bath Central School District are holding virtual and in-person meetings to finalize and give parents a briefing on what their school reopening under the new normal will look like in the fall. Other schools in our region will be holding informational meetings for parents and students as the fall semester gets closer.

 

Steuben Public Health Releases Gym Re-opening Details
New York State has approved gyms to reopen beginning next week on Monday, August 24th.  To reopen, gyms and fitness centers must be in compliance with all of the guidelines, complete the attestation form on the NY Forward site, and undergo an inspection performed by the Steuben County Public Health Department within two weeks of their reopening. Gyms must adhere to all of the guidelines, including those around masking, social distancing, sanitation, capacity, air filtration and signage in order to pass inspection. 

Specific guidance for gyms and fitness centers can be found by visiting the State’s NY Forward website at https://forward.ny.gov/phase-four-industries.

To schedule an inspection, gyms and fitness centers must email their safety plan to opengym@steubencountyny.gov.  

 

State Police Confirm Identity of Body from Almond Fire
State Police officially confirmed the identity of a body found last Thursday in a house fire on Main Street in the village of Almond. Fire crews from Steuben and Allegany County battled the blaze. Trooper James O’Callaghan is the State Police Public Information Officer for the area and says the victim has been identified as 58-year-old Nancy Lee Mallory. O’Callaghan also said state fire investigators still have not released a final report on the cause and origin.

 

Law Enforcement Launches STOP-DWI Campaign
Law enforcement agencies statewide will be ramping up patrols to prevent impaired driving as the annual campaign begins today and continues through Labor Day, Monday, September 7. The STOP-DWI’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign is designed to reduce alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes. Law enforcement will be stepping up patrols, and the NYS Thruway Authority and State Department of Transportation will have Variable Message Signs alerting motorists to the consequences of impaired driving to help deter this dangerous behavior.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 18th, 2020

Steuben Health Department Reports Three Additional COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 320 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active.  The individuals are 2 City of Corning residents and one from the Town of Woodhull. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. 

 

Gyms Can Reopen Next Week
Gyms across the state could get the green light to reopen as soon as next Monday August 24th. Today, Governor Cuomo said guidance has been given to gym owners. Cuomo said localities will play an important role in reopening gyms. Gyms will be able to operate at a capacity of a 33% occupancy limit. Face coverings will also be required at all times while gyms must operate at a MERV-13 Air Handling System or Greater with local health departments inspecting before or within two weeks of the gyms and fitness centers reopening.

 

O’Mara Pushes for Independent Investigation of Nursing Homes
Senator Tom O'Mara continues work to bring an independent investigation into how New York's COVID-19 response impacted nursing homes as the as thestate  Senate and Assembly Republican Conferences hold the first of a planned series of forums for  more testimony on the state’s nursing home crisis where at least 6,500 elderly New Yorkers died in nursing homes during the pandemic, with concerns that number could be even higher. O’ Mara said “an independent investigation, using all of the powers at our disposal, is warranted and necessary for the families who have lost loved ones, the caregivers who put themselves at risk, and to ensure better and safer policies moving forward." Governor Cuomo does not support an independent probe into the virus' toll on the state's nursing homes.

 

Reed Announces $300K in Federal Support for Housing
Congressman Tom Reed announced yesterday Southern Tier housing authorities will receive over $300,000 in federal support for preparation and prevention of a coronavirus outbreak with the funding made possible through the CARES Act . The Hornell Housing Authority will receive grants worth $34,797 while the Southern Tier Environments for Living will get $3,555.

 

Hornell Residents Gather to Honor & Thank First Responders
City of Hornell residents came together yesterday to celebrate the men and women in law enforcement while thanking them for their service to the community. Hornell Chief of Police Ted Murray said his staff are appreciative of the continued support from the Hornell community.

 

Two More States Added to NY Travel Advisory List
Alaska and Delaware now qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, to quarantine for 14 days. No states have been removed most recently.

The full, updated list of states on the travel advisory is below:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin

 

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 15, 2020

Gas Main to be replaced in Bath

Bath Electric, Gas, and Water Systems will be replacing the gas main and services on Fairview Drive between Rumsey Street and Hudson Street. The street will be closed for the safety of the public and workers. The intersections of Rumsey/Fairview and Hudson/Fairview will be closed periodically as crews cut pavement, replace the gas main across these intersections, and perform tie-ins to the existing main. Work is slated to begin Monday, August 17th, and will last through the month of September.

 

Elmira Lake Street shooting suspect apprehended

The suspect of a non-fatal shooting that took place on the 800 block of Lake Street was apprehended earlier this week. The man was identified as Torell A. Cernohorsky, who was located in a vehicle in Queens, NY. Cernohorsky was in possession of a loaded and stolen firearm at the time of his arrest. He currently sits in a New York City holding facility while additional charges are pending in NYC. Cernohorsky was recently involved in a domestic incident in Horseheads on July 28th where he led police on a chase that involved multiple police agencies and ended in the Town of Elmira. He was released without bail.

 

Cuomo to allow bowling alleys to reopen Monday; protocol for gyms to come Monday also

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in a teleconference to reporters on Friday that bowling alleys would be allowed to reopen on Monday, and protocols for the reopening of gyms would also come Monday. Per the Governor, effective Monday, August 17th, bowling alleys can open at 50% capacity, with every other lane closed. Mask wearing for everyone is mandatory, the alley must have cleaning protocols in place, and all patrons must stay in their lanes with their parties. Cuomo also said food and drink could be consumed near the lanes, but bars would not be open

 

Elmira man indicted in connection to June home invasion

An Elmira man has been indicted by the Chemung County Grand Jury in connection to a June 11th home invasion that took place on the 300 block of Brand Avenue in Elmira. The suspect, Eugene Cade of Elmira, has been indicted on three counts of burglary in the first degree, two counts of robbery in the first degree, and three counts of robbery in the second degree. The two victims of the break-in reported two men forcing entry into their home, assaulting them, and taking both money and personal items before fleeing. The two men were located in the area and were positively identified by the victims. Among the items recovered from the suspects were a loaded handgun, a quantity of marijuana and cash. The second suspect is still at large

 

Elmira man indicted for assault, robbery of an elderly man

Troy Graves of Elmira has been indicted by the Chemung County Grand Jury after a March assault and robbery of a 90-year-old man. Graves was indicted on one count of robbery in the second degree and assault in the second degree in connection to the March 23 incident in Elmira. According to police, the suspect asked the victim for a ride, then began punching him the face numerous times while the vehicle was in motion demanding money from the victim, to which he obliged. Graves then left the scene on foot. At the time of his arraignment, police said Graves was also a suspect in a similar incident in January 2020 and that the investigation into that case was on-going.

 

NYS facing massive budget shortfall

New York State is facing a massive budget shortfall, per the state Division of the Budget. Their first quarterly financial plan update outlined a deficit of $14.5 billion dollars. The estimate is $1 billion more than what was predicted in April. Due to Medicaid, the state was already facing a $6 billion shortfall prior to the pandemic. State officials are calling for more federal funding to help ease the burden of the budget.

Today's Top Stories - Friday, August 14th, 2020

State DOT Beginning Bath Paving Project on Routes 54 and 415
A $1.9 million project is soon underway in Steuben County to replace sidewalks and enhance pedestrian safety in the Village of Bath. New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) Officials announced yesterday that existing sidewalks along Route 415 and Route 54 will be replaced and extended in some areas. The state will also install over 2 ½ miles of new sidewalks to improve their walkability. These areas are to be transformed to meet ADA standards.

 

New York State Schools Submit Reopening Plans
All school districts across New York state have submitted their reopening plans to the state according to the Department of Education in a statement provided yesterday, just before today’s final deadline. Earlier this week, Governor Cuomo said  over 100 districts had failed to provide reopening plans for state review by last week's deadline, including six districts in the Southern Tier. Cuomo's announcement came with pushback from some local districts, who said they had already submitted their plans and received confirmation from New York State.

 

Campbell Boy Invites Community to Drive-By Birthday Celebration
Steven Spencer from Campbell celebrates his sixth birthday this year and needs the community’s help! Steven’s mother told WETM he has special needs and was upset to find out no one attended his drive by graduation. His family asks the community to come together for a drive-by birthday celebration this Saturday at 2 p.m. The celebration invites cars to drive by his home in Campbell and honk for the celebration. More information on the event can be found on Facebook.

 

Congressman Reed Comments on USPS Dilemma, Mail-in Voting
Congressman Tom Reed says he is aware and concerned with constituents sharing stories nationally regarding delays in Post Office mail deliveries, operational changes and staff reductions. Reed announced that he wrote a letter this week to the Post Master General. Yesterday, President Trump said he is against additional funding for the Post Office due to concerns of fraud associated with mail-in voting and Reed says he shares the President’s concern about fraud associated with mail-in voting. However, Reed says if Americans choose to vote by mail in this election, that should be accommodated.

 

Ride for Red in Big Flats Cancelled
The 12th Annual Ride for the Red motorcycle run in Big Flats, scheduled for September 5th , has been canceled due to the pandemic and limitations by the state's maximum crowd size and social distancing requirements. Ride for the Red, which starts at the Big Flats American Legion and raises funds annually for the regional Service to the Armed Forces program of the American Red Cross. Led by the New York State Motorcycle Troopers, Ride for Red has raised more than $80,000 since its inception in 2009.

 

NY DOL Updates Software Following System Issues & Delayed Claims
Close to $40 billion was paid out to 3.3 million New Yorkers in unemployment insurance through the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is a massive figure unseen in decades. Some users of the State Department of Labor’s unemployment website and phone logs have had issues with the system. The unemployment system’s backlogs caused unemployment benefits for thousands of people to be delayed for months early on in the pandemic. The system wasn’t set up to handle the volume before the state updated its software and officials say the DOL is ready for whatever comes next, including a flood of new unemployment claims down the road.

 

Thousands of Families to Receive Boost in SNAP Benefits
Over 700,000 low-income families across New York State get a boost in their SNAP benefits this month provided by an emergency assistance protocol. Depending on family size the amount could range from nearly $200 to $700. Advocates say extra assistance could mean the difference between benefits running out in a few weeks or stretching through the whole month.

 

Schumer Warns Loss of Regional Jobs if USPS is Defunded
US Senator Chuck Schumer was in Rochester yesterday to discuss the number of jobs in the Finger Lakes that would be lost if the postal service continues to fail. Schumer says 2,200 postal jobs in the region would be lost if the Trump Administration cuts postal funding. Schumer has called on more funding to keep post offices running across the country. Schumer says President Trump and new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy are to blame for slowing the mail delivery system down but and attempting to eliminate the use of absentee ballots in the upcoming Presidential Election.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday August 13th, 2020

Little League Fight Results in Harassment Charges for Corning Woman
A fight between parents at a Little League Baseball game last night in Steuben County resulted in a 36 year old Corning woman being arrested on harassment charges. State Police say the victim reported to them that Christie Speciale charged towards her from the outfield to the first base line and was threatening her while also claiming Speciale shoved her to the point she had no room to move. Speciale was uncooperative with Troopers, and only charged with harassment and released on an apperance ticket.


Ransomware Attack May Have Affected Arnot Health Plan
Arnot Health officials report its self-insured employee health plan may have been affected in a recent ransomware attack that involves Magellan Health. Magellan provided “pharmacy benefit administration services” to ELMCO for Arnot's self-insured employee health plan through December 2017. About 1,150 Arnot Health employees' and family members' accounts may have been compromised in the ransomware incident. Magellan says the information was immediately reported to law enforcement, including the FBI and has also implemented “additional security protocols” to protect the network, email environment, systems and personal information. More information to determine if your plan was affected starts by calling 888-451-6558 or by clicking here.


Campbell Boy Invites Community to Drive-By Birthday Celebration
Steven Spencer from Campbell celebrates his sixth birthday this year and needs the community’s help! Steven’s mother told WETM he has special needs and was upset to find out no one attended his drive by graduation. His family asks the community to come together for a drive-by birthday celebration this Saturday at 2 p.m. The celebration invites cars to drive by 5895 County Route 17 in Campbell and honk for the celebration. More information on the event can be found on Facebook.


Steuben County Receives $41K in FEMA Funding
Governor Cuomo announced funding  yesterday for overall $15.1 million being made available statewide. In order to access the funding, local awardees must develop projects or initiatives that strengthen their own readiness and response capabilities to address all hazards and emergencies. Projects should focus on addressing efforts identified by FEMA as needing national improvement. This funding is in addition to what has already been awarded to New York State for COVID-19 efforts, which is an applicable disaster emergency. Steuben County will be receiving $41,441 worth of funding. 


Congressman Reed Holds Office Opening Day in Corning
Congressman Tom Reed held an office opening day yesterday at his office on Market Street in the city of Corning. Promotional campaign materials like lawn signs were distributed by Reed campaign supporters and volunteers. New volunteers will be trained by volunteer training sessions held in shifts with each shift limited to six attendees to ensure social distancing.  Those interested in volunteering for Reed, click here.


WGI Says Hilliard US Vintage Grand Prix Continues Without Fans
Watkins Glen International announced today that the events of the Hilliard U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 10th-13th, will continue without fans due to the pandemic. The race weekends of GT World Challenge America and Ferrari Challenge North America have been postponed until the 2021 season. Ticketholders to the three racing events will automatically receive a credit for the full amount of their purchase, plus an additional 20% of the total amount paid in their WGI account the week of August 17th. The credit can be applied to a future event in 2020 or 2021 at a NASCAR-owned track or towards the purchase of tickets at Watkins Glen International for 2021.For additional ticket holder options and more information, please visit www.theglen.com/assistance-svra. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 12th, 2020

Exits 39 and 40 Closed on I-86 West
Today, I-86 westbound from Savona Exit 40 to Bath Exit 39 will be closed for a couple of hours for emergency repairs according to Bath Volunteer Fire Department. NYSDOT is controlling traffic at intersections along the State Route 425 detour during the road closure.

 

Shethar Street in Hammondsport Remains Closed Beyond Labor Day
A section of Shethar Street in downtown Hammondsport near the square has been closed and will be throughout the summer and fall months to allow for local bars, restaurants and other businesses to have outdoor seating through the pandemic. The village has erected tents for patrons to sit under and have music at the square on the weekends. The closing will extend until after Labor Day.

 

Guthrie Pediatrics on Chambers Road Not Taking Walk-In Appt.s
Guthrie Southern Tier Pediatrics Office on Chambers Road in Horseheads is no longer accepting walk-in appointments because they have been suspended, according to the company’s release. Patients wanting to schedule appointments can call the office at (607) 734-2264. Click here for a complete list of Guthrie's walk-in care hours and locations.

 

Steuben Elections Board Secures $85K for Cyber Security
Cyber security funding for November 3rd General Election in Steuben County is expected to be about $85,000 to ensure the security of the elections system this November. Steuben County Board of Elections says the commissioners expect an unusually high turnout at the polls and absentee ballots this presidential election year. Most of the funds are likely to be used by Steuben’s IT department for security enhancements for all county operations and there may be additional federal funding available which would bring the total award up to $150,000.Steuben’s board recently participated in a three-day virtual seminar hosted by the state, which included real-world scenarios as well as potential risks including social media manipulation, disruption of voter registration information, malware infections, and the exploitation of state and county board of election networks.

 

McDermott Signs Contract Extension to Coach Bills to 2025
Sean McDermott transformed the Buffalo Bills as the coach ended the team’s playoff drought in three short years, helping the team make its comeback into a division favorite and AFC contenders. McDermott first arrived as Bills coach in 2017 and today signed a 6-year contract extension that runs through 2025.

 

State Election Officials Concerned with Funding Upcoming Election
State election officials are concerned about the absentee ballot requests flooding prior to the November 3rd election with as many as half of the eight million New Yorkers expected to vote in November requesting an absentee ballot. Election officials urged lawmakers at a hearing in Albany to provide more funding. Nearly 40 percent of votes in the June primaries were cast by absentee after Governor Cuomo announced the state would mail applications for absentee ballots with prepaid postage to all registered voters because of the fear of COVID-19 back in April.

 

Cuomo Signed Seatbelt Law Yesterday
Governor Cuomo signed legislation yesterday that requires all passengers in motor vehicles over the age of 16 to wear a seat belt. This would be a change from the current law which states passengers aged 16 and older are only required to wear a seat belt in the front passenger seat next to the driver.The new law takes effect on November 1st. The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee estimates 30 percent of highway deaths in New York are occupants who were unrestrained by a seat belt.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday August 11th, 2020

Three More in Steuben Test Positive for COVID-19
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 315 confirmed cases, 10 of which are currently active.  Those infected include a resident from the Town of Corning and two residents from the Village of Addison. All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified.

 

Corning Man Arrested Following Reported Gun Shot Wound
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports August 7th deputies arrested 39-year-old Scott J. Andrews of Corning following an investigation of a reported gunshot wound and deputies and investigators executing a search warrant at a camper in the Town of Corning. It is alleged that Mr. Andrews was previously convicted of a felony, possessed both rifles and a shotgun, and  received a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  It is further alleged that Mr. Andrews possessed a silencer, assault type rifle and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.  Mr. Andrews was charged with five counts of Criminal Possession of a weapon in the Third Degree, a Class D Felony.  He was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

 

Hornell Man Arrested After Report of Threatening Visit
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on August 7th deputies arrested 61-year-old Reggie Z. Cansdale of Hornell, following an investigation of a reported disruptive and threatening visitor in a health care facility in the Town of Hornellsville.  It is alleged Mr. Cansdale threatened to cause serious harm to the facility and members of the public in the facility. Cansdale was charged with Making a Terroristic Threat, which is a Class D Felony and also arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court then released.

 

NY AFL-CIO Endorse Mitrano for Congress

The New York State AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano as she runs to unseat Republican incumbent Tom Reed. The New York AFL-CIO represents 2.5 million working people across the state and released its candidate endorsements late last week which also include Democratic State Senate Candidate for the 58th District Leslie Danks-Burke.

 

School Districts Reported Incorrectly with Deficient or Late Plans
School districts in the region who appeared on the state’s list of deficient, incomplete or late school reopening plans included: Arkport, Bradford, Corning and Hammondsport yesterday with several media outlets, including WVIN, reporting and posting the schools on the list. However, Superintendents of the Seneca Falls and Palmyra-Macedon districts said they received confirmation from the state late-last week when submitting plans for approval. As of this morning, the Governor’s website still listed the incorrect list with districts falsely identified as having not submitted a plan.

 

Nursing Homes Warn of Shutdowns Without Support and Reform
Nursing home advocates say facilities will shut down unless change is made to contend with systemic failures inside nursing homes and policies that some say increased the death toll during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nursing home administrators are telling lawmakers and the state that if Medicaid funding isn’t provided by the federal government, some facilities will shut down. Governor Cuomo suggested that the cut could reach 20% if a package is not reached in Congress. Nursing home administrators say poor funding left them no choice but to make staffing cuts before the pandemic began, with some facilities even having to reduce their capacity to contend with those budget shortfalls.

 

Two Additional States Added to Travel Advisory
Today, Governor Cuomo announced two additional states and Virgin Islands meet the metrics to qualify for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those areas, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. While Hawaii and South Dakota are newly-added states, Alaska, New Mexico, Ohio and Rhode Island have been removed. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

The full, updated travel advisory list is below:

• Alabama
• Arkansas
• Arizona
• California
• Florida
• Georgia
• Hawaii
• Iowa
• Idaho
• Illinois
• Indiana
• Kansas
• Kentucky
• Louisiana
• Maryland
• Minnesota
• Missouri
• Mississippi
• Montana
• North Carolina
• North Dakota
• Nebraska
• Nevada
• Oklahoma
• Puerto Rico
• South Carolina
• South Dakota
• Tennessee
• Texas
• Utah
• Virginia
• Virgin Islands
• Wisconsin

Today's Top Stories - Monday August 10th, 2020

School Districts Have Until Friday to Amend Plans to Reopen
Governor Cuomo announced Friday that schools in the state could reopen. However, it’s not quite a done deal. The Department of Health over the weekend continued reviewing the school district plans. Today, the Department said local school district plans that are incomplete or deficient include Arkport, Bradford, Corning and Hammondsport. The state continues to review plans by the set criteria. Districts were notified today and have until Friday to amend their plan. If schools do not submit their plans by the Friday deadline, they will be unable to provide in-person learning for the upcoming year.

 

Bath Fire Department Holds BBQ This Month
Bath Volunteer Fire Department announces they will hold the Original Bath Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ at the Bath Fire Station on August 28th from 3pm to 6pm. Enter via the driveway to the skate park, go around behind the station and into the truck bay where you will get your meal and drive out the front of the station. $10 each includes 1/2 chicken, Salt Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Baked Beans, Roll & Butter. Unsold pre-sale tickets will be available at the door while they last! The Annual Bath Fire Department Gun Raffle is going virtual due to COVID-19 protocols. There are 10 guns on the ticket and the tickets are $10 each. The drawing will be held on September 19th at 3pm and will be drawn on a Facebook Live on The Bath Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page at that time. Pre-sale tickets for both events can be purchased from any Bath Firefighter or from: Brian McDonald at State Farm Insurance on 16 Pulteney Square West in Bath, Bath Credit Services on 12 Liberty Street and at Dave's Colonial Motors on Route 54.

 

Danks-Burke Endorsed by AFL-CIO for State Senate
Leslie Danks Burke has earned the endorsement of the New York chapter of the AFL-CIO. This November, the Democratic nominee will run against 4-term GOP incumbent State Senator of the 58th District Tom O’Mara.

 

Wayland Woman Arrested After Larceny Complaint
A Wayland woman faces a half-dozen felony counts following a larceny complaint in the town of Avoca. 31-year-old Caitlin S. Jones was taken into custody on Lent Hill Road in Cohocton. State troopers charged her with the felony counts – first-degree reckless endangerment, residential burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving while ability impaired by drugs. Jones was also charged with misdemeanor reckless driving. Separately, Jones was charged with felony first-degree criminal contempt for an incident in Dansville. She was initially detained by law enforcement.

 

Cameron Man Arrested After Car Chase
An alleged drug-fueled car chase in Campbell led to several criminal charges against a Cameron man. Painted Post Troopers arrested 33-year-old Andrew J. Mastin. He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, fleeing police in a motor vehicle, first-degree driving while impaired by drugs and reckless driving. He was issued appearance tickets for court and released.

 

SPC Plans for Public Awareness Despite Pandemic
In Steuben County and across the nation, some substance abusers harm their pets to get drugs from unwary veterinarians, according to Connie Terry, who is the Steuben Prevention Coalition’s Opioid Committee program assistant. Terry brought attention to this tragic truth during her recent presentation to the county Legislature’s Human Services Health and Education Committee. Preventing substance abuse before it begins is the basis of the coalition and though previous public annual campaigns in Steuben, such as the popular Stand Up For Recovery Day, were delayed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Terry says plans are under way for other public awareness activities and events including working with funeral homes to remind families to dispose of prescriptive medications previously needed by the deceased and with real estate agents to provide lock boxes in homes up for sale. Steuben Prevention Coalition will be reaching out to area pharmacies soon to encourage them to distribute disposal packets, sell medication lockboxes and educate their customers about opioid safety while working closely with county agencies.

 

Zucker Refuses Testifying in This Week’s Nursing Home Hearings
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker declined invitation by lawmakers to testify at today’s public hearing on the COVID-19 crisis in New York nursing homes. In his testimony from last week’s hearing, he refused to disclose how many nursing home residents died of COVID-19 at hospitals, saying he would only release the data once it was verified. New York state’s official COVID-19 nursing home death count of 6,400 only includes residents who died in their nursing homes with some estimates of the state’s true nursing home death toll nearing 11,000.

 

NYSAC Warns No State Aid Will Devastate NY State Economy
The New York Association of Counties says despite this weekend’s breakdown in talks for the stimulus bill agreement, they are holding out hope for an agreement and Executive Director Stephen Acquario says they’re desperate for help because of four unique factors: Declining sales tax, declining severe hotel occupancy cuts, increase in the higher than necessary spending threatening jobs as well as state and local property taxes, cuts in state reimbursements for state-mandated programs and services. Acquario says particularly, the potential state aid cuts, could cause to be catastrophic for New York counties as they can be cut an estimated $600 million to $1.2 billion due to these state reimbursement shifts. The president and Senate Republicans remain opposed to any state and local government aid in any potential stimulus and relief packages.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 8, 2020

Corning man arrested for DWI, burglary

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on August 7th, deputies arrested Joshua A. Bredderman, age 36, of Townsend Avenue in the Town of Corning following an investigation of a reported suspicious vehicle and entry to a residence in the Town of Caton. It is alleged that Mr. Bredderman entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling to steal property of another.  It is further alleged that Mr. Bredderman operated a motor vehicle on Thurber Road in the Town of Caton while his ability was impaired due to drug use.  Mr. Bredderman was charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, Driving While Intoxicated and Petit Larceny.  Mr. Bredderman was held in the Steuben County Jail for arraignment in the Centralized Arraignment Court.

 

Power restored in Big Flats-Horseheads area

According to NYSEG, power has been restored in the Big Flats-Horseheads area after a large outage yesterday. The outages were reported along County Route 64 and near the Arnot Mall. Nearly 2,000 people lost power as a result of the outage.

 

NYSP to probe possible anti-transgender attack

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the New York State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to aid in the investigation of a violent assault on a 30-year-old black transgender man in Rochester. 30 year-old Samson Tequir, a local Black Lives Matter organizer, sustained a broken eye socket and multiple facial fractures in the attack last Friday, which he said may have been partially live streamed on social media. Tequir was ambushed around noon as he and his partner walked home from a corner store. Tequir said the assailants made anti-gay remarks. Police released surveillance video showing two suspects, but no arrests have been made.

 

Steuben County’s free Hazardous Waste disposal days set to begin today

Beginning today, residents of Steuben County can safely dispose of hazardous materials such as pool chemicals during the county Public Works Department’s free Household Hazardous Waste Days, one of which begins today from 8 a.m. to noon at the Erwin transfer station, the other will be be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 29th, at the county Landfill in Bath. The hazardous waste days will help residents safely dispose of pool and other toxic chemicals such as paint, antifreeze, and gasoline free of charge with the assistance of trained professionals. The August dates are also available for shredding. Registration is required.

 

Food grown by Steuben County Jail inmates given to Corning Food Pantry

Locally-grown produce is making its way around Steuben County, thanks to inmates, law enforcement officers, and the Corning Food Pantry. As part of the jail garden program, staff at the Steuben County Jail delivered produce grown by inmates to the Corning Food Pantry. The program teaches inmates the skills needed to establish a garden area, plant, tend, and harvest vegetables. Sheriff Jim Allard says this gives inmates the knowledge of food sustainability when they leave the jail. Half the produce grown by the inmates is delivered to the food pantry, helping those in the community who are hard pressed for food, while the other half is kept for supplemental use to benefit inmates' daily meals.

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

Second Robbery Suspect Arrested While Robinson Still at Large
Danielle Wright has been reported the second person arrested in connection to a July 25th home invasion on West Morris in the Village of Bath. Wright was charged with first degree robbery and first degree assault while being arrested on a warrant from Bath for failure to appear on criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a hypodermic instrument charges. Vincent Martilotti was arrested earlier this week on the same robbery and assault charges. He was remanded without bail and also faces felony charges for the sale of controlled substances. Robin Robinson is the third suspect in the home invasion who is still at-large. He is homeless and known to be in the Corning-Elmira area frequently Any information as to Robinson’s whereabouts should be forwarded to Investigator Taft at the Bath Police Department, 607-776-2175.

(pictured: Robbery Suspect Robin Robinson)

 

County Reaches Settlement with Transgender Inmate
A settlement between Steuben county and Jena Faith, a transgender woman that claimed she was discriminated against while an inmate at the county jail, was reached. The New York Civil Liberties Union announced the $60,000 settlement agreement following Faith’s lawsuit claiming while she was in the man’s facility at the Bath jail, she was subjected to sexual harassment, abuse and denial of her prescribed medication. Along with the monetary settlement, the county has also agreed to presumptively house people consistent with their gender identity, while ensuring access to clothing, toiletry items, grooming standards and medical care consistent with a person’s gender identity.

 

Southern Tier Food Bank Still Collecting Tour De Keuka Funds
The Food Bank of the Southern Tier held its annual charity bike ride, Tour de Keuka,  virtually for the first time amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, those in the community were challenged to set a goal to ride, run, or walk any distance, to raise funds for neighbors in need and this year, Food Bank Community Engagement Manager Katherine Strawser says there were about 75 participants. Strawser says the support of the community has helped raise funds for over 120,000 meals. The Food Bank says one in eight people in the Southern Tier struggles with hunger. Funds are being collected for Tour de Keuka through August 14 and you can click here to donate.

 

Sheriff’s Office Holds K9 Demonstration
Yesterday, the Steuben County Sheriffs office conducted a demonstration to present two K-9s donated to the program. Devin and Twiggy were donated by the Sergeant Devin Snyder Foundation, which was founded by the mother of Devin Snyder, a veteran who lost her life in Afghanistan who had a deep love for dogs. The presentation highlighted the Snyder Foundation donating K-9s Twiggy and Devin as well as the Kloeber family, who donated K-9 Knapp in memory of former Deputy Pete Knapp, and Steuben county legislatures. The Sheriff’s Office said they wanted to teach the community members facts about dog training they may have not known before such the dogs’ background and what dialect they understand.  The Sheriffs Office also said they are grateful to those who donated the dogs and hope to make both families proud with the work the K9s do.

 

Cuomo Says Schools Can Re-Open Next Month
During a conference call with reporters today, Governor Cuomo said schools across New York will be allowed to reopen next month as long as their plans were given the okay by the State Department of Health. Cuomo also said when it comes to reopening schools safely, if any state can do it, it’s New York. The Governor asked all school districts complete the tasks of submitting plans for testing, contact tracing and distance learning prior to reopening. Cuomo added schools do not have to bring students into their buildings but today’s decision authorizes them to do so if they are able.

 

Mitrano and Danks-Burke Call for Federal Environmental Support
Congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano and State Senate candidate Leslie Danks Burke joined yesterday in a call for awareness surrounding environmental concerns about local landfills outside the Hakes Construction landfill. Danks Burke, who is running for State Senate, and Mitrano who is running for Congress, said current political figures are putting their political interests above issues of public health, clean water, and local land quality as well as the need for federal funding to clean up sites.

 

NY AG Files Suit to Dissolve NRA
New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit yesterday seeking to dissolve the National Rifle Association. Attorney General James charges the organization with illegal conduct, citing their diversion of millions of dollars away from the charitable mission of the organization for personal use by senior leadership. The suit also says the group was awarding contracts to the financial gain of close associates and family, and appearing to dole out lucrative no-show contracts to former employees to buy their silence and continue their  loyalty.The suit specifically charges the NRA as a whole, as well as Executive Vice-President Wayne LaPierre and three other NRA officials for failing to manage the NRA’s funds and failing to follow state and federal laws, contributing to the loss of over $64 million in just three years for the NRA. A copy of the complaint can be found here. Yesterday, the NRA also filed a suit in a federal court of New York and alleges Attorney General Letitia James “made the political prosecution of the NRA a central campaign theme” when she ran for the office two years ago, and since has not treated the association with fairness.

 

Today's Top Stories - Thursday, August 6th, 2020

Dundee Police Seek Suspect Who Stole SPCA Money
State Police in Dundee are seeking a man that allegedly stole an SPCA donation jar from Glenora Wine Cellars in Dundee yesterday morning. The man is described as a black male with a grey beard, approximately 6 feet tall, slightly balding and heavyset and was wearing a green shirt with tan khaki shorts when he came into the Route 14 winery at around 11:30. Troopers were told the man walked around the store and ordered wine at the front desk before grabbing a shirt and concealing the donation jar with $50 in it. He left the winery after his credit card was declined multiple times to use an ATM located just outside the shop. Then the man got into his car and left. The Miles Wine Cellar said they had a similar incident, and the man left in a grey Honda Sedan. Anyone that might have information about the individual or vehicle is asked to call Dundee State Police at 607-243-5133.

 

Work Continues in Howard/Hornell on I-86
Work began this week along I-86 in the towns of Hornell and Howard. New York State Department of Transportation advises drivers to expect daytime lane closures in that area as crews resurface over 10 1/2 miles of pavement between Exits 34 and 35. Paving activities are expected to take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through the end of August. Motorists are advised to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes if possible.

 

Congressman Reed Anticipates Stimulus Deal by Deadline
Congressman Tom Reed anticipates negotiations between Democrats and Republicans “may bleed through the weekend” and there will be more activity for the country’s second pandemic stimulus bill as its deadline approaches. When it comes to updates on direct funding to state and local governments, Congressman Reed says he and colleagues are fine-tuning the details and addressing the issues for these deals. Recent developments in the stimulus include the White House reportedly increasing its unemployment insurance payments offer and Democrats reducing their request for Postal Service funding.

 

Olympia Sports Larceny Reported at Arnot Mall
New York State Police report a larceny that took place yesterday after being dispatched to Olympia Sports in the Arnot Mall. The manager of the store told police that they saw a man, later identified as 35-year-old Brandon McArthur of Elmira, conceal clothing in his pants and backpack then leave the store. McArthur was located riding his bicycle behind the Econo-Lodge and was arrested for petit larceny. McArthur was allegedly found to have concealed $ 497 worth of merchandise and was also ticketed for possession of burglary tools. He is scheduled to return to the Town of Big Flats court at a later date.

 

Details and Future of Gyms Reopening Still Uncertain
Though gyms reopening was promised to New Yorkers in regions entering phase 4 of economic reopening, the gyms remain closed and likely will be for some time.  Governor Cuomo said that the results of other states reopening gyms to be “highly problematic”. Governor Andrew Cuomo cites and compares outbreaks in other states rather than by numbers and metrics per each region in our state as to why gyms need to remain closed. Gym owners across New York are suing the state for not allowing their facilities to reopen safely to their members.

 

Cuomo Signs Law for Frozen Alcoholic Confections
new law signed by Governor Cuomo early this week allows farmers and liquor producers to infuse frozen treats with up to 5% alcohol by volume-equivalent to one serving of alcoholic beverage.  Frozen alcoholic treats like wine, beer, and cider ice cream, sorbet, gelato, soft serve, and frozen yogurt, have been allowed  in New York state for awhile, according to the New York Daily News, but the new legislation creates opportunity for local beer and wine industries. Cuomo says it will boost the burgeoning industry and small businesses “while helping to put them on a path of sustained growth that empowers both producers and consumers...”

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday August 8th, 2020

Three New Steuben Cases of COVID-19 Confirmed
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that three additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 and brings the total to 312 confirmed cases, 11 of which are currently active.  Individuals are residents of the Town of Dansville, Town of Greenwood and Village of Avoca. Individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individuals have been notified. 

 

Corning Man Sentenced for Child Porn
Yesterday, a Corning man was sentenced to almost 13 years in prison for possessing child pornography and violating his supervised release. Corning man Robert Wood was convicted in 2011 of possessing child pornography and sentenced to two years in prison and 15 years of supervised release. Probation made an unannounced visit to Wood’s home and found over 2,300 images and 20 videos of child porn in an unauthorized smartphone in his possession. Some of the material depicted the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers. Wood’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

 

Cuomo Urged to Exempt NY to PA Workers from Quarantine
A group of Southern Tier and Western New York lawmakers urge Governor Cuomo to provide an exemption for workers who live in Pennsylvania but work in New York from potentially being mandated to quarantine under the governor’s COVID-19 travel advisory that now covers over 30 states. Cuomo’s travel advisory applies to any person traveling to New York from states with a significant community spread of COVID-19 and requires them to quarantine for 14 days. The seven-state lawmakers including State Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, have sent a letter to the Governor warning that the inclusion of neighboring state workers in the required travel advisory quarantine would be devastating to local economies across the Southern Tier. Overall, approximately 9,500 Pennsylvania residents work within the Southern Tier region and over 6,300 residents of the Southern Tier work in Pennsylvania. Read the letter at: GovernorCuomoLetter-TravelAdvisory

 

Calls for Info on Methanol Hand Sanitizers Rising Locally
The Upstate New York Poison Center has received 49 calls regarding the recently recalled dangerous hand sanitizers since mid-July, doubling their calls for information about hand sanitizers and for ingestions or exposures. The Food and Drug Administration has been adding to the list of hand sanitizers recalled because they are contaminated with methanol, or wood alcohol, which is a toxic substance that isn’t approved for use in hand sanitizers. Exposure to methanol can result in nausea, vomiting, headache, blurred vision, permanent blindness, seizures, coma, and permanent damage to the nervous system. Upstate New York Poison Center officials recommend everyone check the list from the FDA.

 

GOP Leaders Want to Subpoena Zucker
At the next joint legislative hearing into COVID-19 nursing home deaths scheduled for Monday August 10th, Republican leaders want State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to testify under subpoena. Zucker gave less than two hours of testimony at the first hearing on Monday and left without taking questions from State Senators and Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay says Zucker’s action is unacceptable.

 

NYS Applies Hazardous Waste Laws to Oil and Gas By-Products
Governor Cuomo signed a bill Monday making New York the first state in the nation to apply hazardous waste laws to potentially toxic oil and gas byproducts. New York landfills and unrelated transfer stations have imported more than four thousand barrels of liquid shale drilling wastes from Pennsylvania from 2011 to 2019. The waste has been linked to environmental pollution and numerous health problems.

 

Gyms Still Left Waiting to Re-Open in Phase 4
Since the Finger Lakes and other regions entered ‘Phase 4’ gyms and casinos have been awaiting reopening without any guidance. When the Finger Lakes region was only in ‘Phase 1’, state guidance indicated that gyms would reopen as part of the fourth phase. Even Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President Bob Duffy, who was appointed by the Governor as leader of Finger Lakes reopening effort is uncertain and said: “I’ve actually asked if it’s not gonna be allowed to open for some time, to let us know so we can tell people…” Though Duffy has not received any guidance, answers, or any specifics from the states, he added he is hoping to get some sense in the near future.

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

Two Suspects Reported At Large Following Burglary and Assault
The Village of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of homeless man Vincent T. Martilotti for Robbery and Assault both in the 1st degree after a July 24th home invasion robbery and assault on W. Morris St. in the Village of Bath. The arrest comes after an investigation into 3 armed subjects entering a home and assaulting the resident and taking his property. Martilotti was taken to Centralized arraignment where he was remanded without bail as he was also on felony probation for the sales of controlled substances. More charges are expected after grand jury presentation. Two suspects are currently at large and identified as 39-year-old homeless woman Danielle M. Wright and Robin Robinson of the Elmira-Corning area. Any information as to their whereabouts should be forwarded to Investigator Taft at the Bath Police Department at 776-2175.

 

Two More Steuben County Residents Test Positive for COVID-10
The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 309 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active. The individuals are residents of the Village of Bath. The individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department; one individual is hospitalized.

 

First Free County Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday
The first of four county free Household Hazardous Waste Days is set for 8 am – noon Saturday, Aug. 8th at the Erwin transfer station. Hazardous waste days will help residents safely dispose of pool and other toxic chemicals, such as paint, antifreeze and gasoline at no charge, with trained professionals’ assistance.

Other hazardous waste days are:

• 8 am – noon Aug. 29 at the county Landfill in Bath;

• 8 am – noon Oct. 10 at the Hornell transfer station and

• 8 am – noon Oct. 24 at the Wayland transfer station.

The August dates also are available for shredding.

Registration is required at https://www.hazmanusa.com/. The website also provides a list of materials accepted, although the

costs listed by the firm are waived through the county.

More information is available on the county webpage at

https://www.steubencony.org/Files/Documents/publicworks/2020earthday.pdf

 

Local Law Enforcement Reviewing Police Reform Directive Today
The first phase of a comprehensive review of policing in Steuben takes place outside Corning City Hall today. County Sheriff James Allard told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee his department, the county District Attorney, the cities of Corning and Hornell, Village of Bath and all local police departments in Steuben County will conduct a joint review of current police deployments, procedures, policies and practices in Steuben in line with Governor Cuomo’s June 12th police reform directive. Steuben’s review also includes input from the county Public Defender, churches, business leaders, nonprofit and civic leaders and the general public through public forums. The final plan will need ratification by the county Legislature by April 1st, 2021.

 

RI Added to NYS Travel Advisory List
Rhode Island is the newest state qualifying for the travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from those states, all of which have significant community spread, to quarantine for 14 days. Delaware and Washington, D.C. have been removed from the list. The quarantine applies to any person arriving from an area with a positive test rate over 10 per 100,000 residents over a 7-day rolling average or an area with a 10 percent or higher positivity rate over a 7-day rolling average.

 

NYS Legislature Begins COVID-19 Nursing Home Hearings
New York’s top health official Dr. Howard Zucker spoke yesterday the first of two hearings by the state legislature looking into the over 6,500 deaths in the state’s nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Cuomo and the NYS Health Department are being criticized for his March 25th Executive Order returning infected patients to nursing homes and long-term care facilities.  New York state’s deaths linked to long-term care facilities are at 20 percent while the nationwide average case fatality rate in long-term care facilities is 16%. New Hampshire has the highest rate at 82% while Montana is the state with the lowest percentage of nursing home-linked COVID-19 deaths at 13% Over 62,000 nursing home-linked COVID-19 deaths have occurred nationwide.

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

Paving Begins on I-86
Paving work on I-86 in Steuben County begins with the DOT reminding the public of daytime lane closures in the towns of Hornell and Howard. Crews will resurface 10.6 miles of pavement between Exits 34 and 35. Paving activities are expected to take place between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. through the end of August and motorists are advised to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes if possible. The on and off ramps at Exit 34 will also be paved as part of this project, with staggered closures for both the eastbound and westbound ramps beginning in mid-August. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use the next ramp. Construction activities depend on weather and are subject to change based on conditions.

 

Bridge Replacement in Pulteney Starts
Two bridge replacement projects will begin today on the County Route 77 bridge over Five Mile Creek between Town Line Road and Briglin Road in the Town of Pulteney which should take about ten weeks. Work on Bunker Hill Road bridge over the Tuscarora Creek on the Freeman-Elkland Road between County Route 85 and Morris Road also begins in the Town of Tuscarora with a 14 week or so closure.

 

WGI Will Not Host Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen
Watkins Glen International announced the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen event will not be taking place this year and will be moved to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. Fans who have purchased tickets to the event will be credited with a refund of the full amount plus an added 20 percent to be honored to a future event at WGI or NASCAR-owned track.

 

Hornell Fire Dept to Receive $175K in FEMA Funds
Three regional fire departments, including Hornell Fire Department, will get federal FEMA funding to help offset costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Hornell is set to receive almost $175,000 from FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant while Dundee and Auburn will also get thousands of dollars in funding. In total, $3.3 million in AFG funds were distributed to fire departments statewide. Senators Schumer and Gillibrand say the funding will help response capabilities and protect public safety.

 

Cuomo to Make Reopening Call for Schools This Week
Governor Andrew Cuomo says his very anticipated decision on whether or not to reopen schools this fall will come by the end of this week. Cuomo stressed that the decision to send kids back to schools will ultimately fall into the hands of parents. School districts statewide submitted their reopening plans to New York State last week and most have taken a hybrid approach combining in-school and online instruction.

 

GOP and Democrats Continue Stimulus Negotiations
Trump Administration officials and the US Senate continue negotiations for the federal COVID-19 stimulus and relief package. Senator Chuck Schumer said talks have progressed though there is no deal yet. Schumer also says Democrats in the Senate can only give so much with limited funding during a time of great economic need for many. The GOP and Democrats are attempting to reach a deal over aid to state and local governments as well as enhanced unemployment benefits that expired last week.

 

Federal Aid to Steuben County is Dependent on Census Participation
Millions of dollars in federal aid are potentially on the line, according to Steuben County officials, as the 2020 Census picks up. Information gathered through the Census makes sure the county is represented in Congress, and receives adequate funds for road and bridges, schools, health care, services for seniors and business planning. Volunteer census workers are now being recruited and trained, in keeping with CDC pandemic guidance, to reach residents who still need to provide the essential information needed to keep vital services at peak levels during the next 10 years. Information will be collected anonymously under the highest federal security levels and the public is also reminded that census workers may be sentenced to federal prison for 5 years and/or fined as much as $250,000 if they reveal the personal information of anyone taking the census.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday August 1, 2020

One new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Health Department has received notification that yet another Steuben County resident has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the number of active confirmed cases in the county to 307, of which 7 are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Hornellsville. Public Health staff have investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. Those known to have had direct contact with the individual have been notified.

 

One injured after shooting in Elmira

The Elmira Police Department says one person sustained non-life-threatening injuries after a shooting at an A & A Mart off Lake Street in Elmira around 3:15 p.m. Friday afternoon. Around 5:15 p.m., police surrounded a home near the intersection of Walnut and West Third Street in Elmira where a vehicle believed to be connected to the shooting was found. Police confirmed they were searching the home for the suspect; however, the suspect was not in the home and police are still searching for him. Police did not identify the suspect or give a description. The incident is still under investigation.

 

Elmira, Hornell school districts submit reopening plans

Both the Elmira and Hornell School Districts have submitted their reopening plans to New York State for approval. According to the office of Governor Cuomo, the state will grant approval to districts statewide the week of August 3-7. Schools have submitted plans for 3 situations: bringing all students back for in-person learning, a hybrid method involving both in-person and remote learning, and 100% remote learning. The Hornell City School District says they will adopt a hybrid model, with students dividing into two groups keeping households together. The district says by reducing the number of students in attendance on campus, the district can offer “safe transport to school, safe transitions within the building and safety in the classroom as fewer students will allow for social distancing. Students will also be required to wear masks and/or work behind barriers when social distancing is more difficult”.

 

Avoca CSD receives extension to submit reopening plan

The Avoca Central School District has received an extension from the state for submitting its reopening plan for this upcoming academic year. School districts were required to submit their reopening plans by Friday, July 31, but some have received an extension. Approximately 245 families responded to the district’s survey regarding what type of plan they should implement. 51% of respondents said they would be comfortable sending their child back to school in the fall if confirmed cases of COVID-19 remained low. Many respondents also expressed their concern about mask-wearing and social distancing. The district’s plan is set to be submitted to the state and posted on their website by Friday, August 7.

 

Paving to begin August 3

Motorists should expect daytime lane closures along Interstate 86 in the towns of Hornell and Howard in Steuben County beginning Monday, August 3, as 10.6 miles of pavement between Exits 34 and 35 will be resurfaced. Construction activities are expected to take place between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. lasting through the end of August. Motorists are advised to prepare for delays and seek alternate routes if possible. The on and off ramps at Exit 34 will also be resurfaced as part of the project, with staggered closures for both the eastbound and westbound ramps set to begin in mid-August. A detour will be in place guiding motorists to use the next ramp.

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