WVIN News Archives for 2020-09

Today's Top Stories - Monday, September 21st, 2020

Ten New COVID Cases Reported in Steuben
Yesterday afternoon, ten new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported by Steuben County Health officials. The local health department is now dealing with 25 active cases. Four people from the City of Corning were infected, two from Campbell and one each from Freemont, Jasper and the villages of Hammondsport and Savona. Four individuals are residents of Corning Center and two individuals are staff members of Corning Center. Steuben County Public health Director Darlene Smith said it is clear that COVID-19 has reached the level of community spread in Steuben. She added that Steuben has not seen this number of cases in one month since April.


County Legislature Proclaims This Week Sheriff’s Week
The Steuben County Legislature proclaimed this week of September 20th through the 26th, 2020, as Sheriffs’ Week in Steuben County, and call upon all citizens of the county to honor and celebrate the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and all its personnel.


Truck Rolls Over on County Route 10
A County Route 10 accident Saturday evening resulted in only minor injuries reported. Just below the Windfall Road on the Town of Bath on County Route 10, a pickup truck rolled over. The Bath Fire Chief arrived and reported a male occupant was inside the vehicle, but was able to crawl out. EMS evaluated the driver on-scene and he was treated for minor injuries.


DEC Announces Small Game Hunting Seasons
Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announces several small game hunting seasons open October 1st across the state, including special youth hunts and new hunting opportunities for active duty military members and veterans. Several special youth-only hunting seasons for pheasants and waterfowl occur prior to the start of the regular season. You can find Season dates, bag limits, and other hunting regulations for New York’s small game species listed under the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide, which can be obtained from a license-issuing agent or on DEC’s website.


Officials Form Commission to Investigate COVID Nursing Home Deaths
Despite holding hearings on New York’s COVID-19 nursing home crisis, state officials have yet to pin-down exactly how many have died in nursing homes because of the virus. A group of lawmakers from both sides of the political aisle announced they will work to form an independent commission to investigate with the goal get answers from the state’s Department of Health. Last week, an online petition was announced to build public support for the commission. The idea received both Democratic and Republican support in the state assembly.


State Settlement Sparks Absentee Ballot Reform
A new settlement between New York State officials and the League of Women Voters could prevent absentee ballots from being rejected in the state and expands correction options for absentee voting. The agreement establishes a process to ensure that voters’ ballots will not be rejected without their knowledge and give them the ability to fix the error. Voters will be contacted in the event there is a technical issue with their ballot, or if it’s rejected in general. Over 84,000 ballots in New York City alone were rejected in the June primary elections. 

 

Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 19, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that two Steuben County residents have tested positive for COVID-19. The individuals are residents of the Town of Prattsburgh and the village of Bath. 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.

 

First student tests positive for COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification also that a student from Jasper-Troupsburg Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19.  This is the first student to test positive in Steuben County and brings the total to 356 confirmed cases, 17 of which are currently active.  The student is a resident of the Town of Troupsburg. The student is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff worked with school officials to investigate and identify close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the student have been reached out to by Public Health and/or the school. Classmates, affected teachers, and contacts from the school bus are being quarantined. The student last attended class on Friday, September 11th and began showing symptoms on Sunday, September 13th.

 

Paving work to continue in Canisteo

The New York State Department of Transportation is advising motorists to prepare for lane closures along 5 miles of Route 36 in the Town of Canisteo. The paving project will run from Village of Canisteo line to Rock Run Road. The project is slated to run through the end of September, weather permitting. Two-way traffic will be maintained on Route 36 with alternating single-lane closures and on-site flagging personnel. No detours will be offered as part of the construction. Motorists are advised to seek a different route.

 

Candlelight vigil held for late Justice Ginsburg in Corning

After news of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke late Friday evening, several dozen mourners came together for a candlelight vigil at Card Carrying Books & Gifts on Corning’s Market Street to honor the late Justice and to commemorate her achievements and legacy on the U.S. Supreme Court. Ginsburg passed away at age 87 at her Washington home due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. The late Justice did have connections to the Finger Lakes region, having graduated from Cornell University in 1954, where she also met her husband Martin who passed away in 2010.

 

NYS Senator pushes for independent investigation on nursing homes

New York State Senator Tom O’Mara, the ranking member on the Senate Investigations Committee, yesterday renewed his call for an independent investigation into how New York’s COVID-19 response impacted nursing homes, where at least 6,500 residents have died over the past six months. O’Mara and his Senate GOP colleagues have also rolled out a new online petition to allow their constituents to help join the fight for an independent investigation. Said petition can be found on O’Mara’s Senate website.

 

Steuben County Traffic Safety Board to hold meeting September 25th

The Steuben County Traffic Safety Board will hold a meeting next Friday, September 25th. The agenda for the meeting can be found on www.steubencony.org. The meeting will be held in the Legislative Chambers on the 3rd Floor of the Annex Building for Board Members, Legislators and invited staff only, and will also be held via teleconference for remaining staff, members of the public and the media.

Today's Top Stories - Friday September 18th, 2020

Canisteo Woman Sentenced for Benton Crash
A 34-year-old Canisteo woman woman has been sentenced to 1-to-3 years in prison for her role in a two-car accident in Benton in April 2019 that injured her and the other driver. Danielle Sexton was sentenced by Judge Jason Cook after pleading guilty to felony charges of vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired. Sexton was driving north on Ferguson Corners Road when she failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Hall Road and struck a westbound car driven by William Spears, of Penn Yan. The impact sent both cars off the road where they struck two parked vehicles and a garbage dumpster. She admitted to being under the influence of several drugs at the time of the accident, including fentanyl.

 

NWS Issues Frost Advisory To Tomorrow Morning
The National Weather Service has issued a Frost Advisory for Steuben County in effect tonight from midnight until 8 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

 

Elmira Woman Arrested for Smuggling Contraband Into County Jail
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 16th, deputies arrested 28-year-old Ashley M. Hamilton of Elmira. While being admitted to the Steuben County Jail on unrelated charges, Hamilton allegedly smuggled dangerous contraband into the Steuben County Jail, having secreted it on, and in, her person. Correction Officers, during her intake process, recovered an amount of suspected methamphetamine and cash secreted on her person. She was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Introducing Dangerous Contraband into a Prison in the First Degree, all felony charges. Hamilton was arraigned and held in lieu of $2,000 cash bail and will appear in the Bath Town Court at a later date.

 

Dormann Library Hosting Outdoor Movie Tonight
The Dormann Library invites the public to a socially-distanced Card Board Box Car Drive-In Movie tonight. The Secret Life of Pets 2 will be shown outside on the Dormann Library lawn starting at 7:00pm. The library encourages pre-registration to make sure to stay under the 50 person limit. Kids can bring a large cardboard box or laundry basket to sit in as well as blankets in case it’s chilly out. Free books for the kids, too as well as pizza, popcorn and hot chocolate.Those who register will get a coupon from Angry Oven.

 

DEC Announced Enforcement of Bag Ban Starts 10/19
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today the DEC will begin enforcement of the State’s ban on single-use plastic carryout bags next month beginning October 19th. The plastic bag ban went into effect on March 1st yet was not enforced per an agreement between the parties in a lawsuit brought by Poly-Pak Industries, Inc., et al, in New York State Supreme Court. For more information about the plastic bag ban, reusable bags, or to file a complaint about entities using single-use plastic carryout bags, visit DEC’s website, email plasticbags@dec.ny.gov, or call (518) 402-8706.

 

Five New COVID Cases in Steuben
Officials say the county has logged five new COVID-19 cases. Public Health Director Darlene Smith calls the trend “alarming” and says …“In the last week Steuben County has had almost the number of COVID-19 cases that it did in all of August.” Of those mostly recently infected…three are from the City of Corning, one is from Hornellsville and the fifth if from the Town of Corning.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 17th, 2020

Steuben Reports Two More COVID Cases
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports two County residents tested positive for COVID-19 which brings the total to 348 confirmed cases, 16 of which are currently active. Individuals are residents of the towns of Campbell and Corning. Officials say 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. Public Health Director, Darlene Smith said she is concerned that people may be starting to relax their prevention efforts in their daily lives.


County Police Reform is Underway; Feedback Encouraged Via Survey
Police reform in Steuben County is well under way, according to Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard. Allard recently told the county Legislature’s Public Safety and Corrections Committee the core working group has met with stakeholders and special interest groups as part of their review. The review looks at current police deployments, procedures, policies and practices in Steuben in line with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s police reform directive June 12th. Allard said of the group launched in early August: “Personally, I have been able to understand more clearly the challenges our citizens face daily due to their race, ethnicity, or gender identity. The ability to communicate in a setting of collaboration and partnership has been enlightening for all of us…” Allard encourages the public to give their feedback by completing the online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T8CCMXW

 

Bath Central School Reports No COVID Cases
Bath Central School District reports there are no current COVID-19 cases impacting their staff or students. According to the daily-updated state school tracker, among the total school population of 896, zero have tested positive. The tracker also indicates no positive cases in Prattsburgh, Hammondsport or Campbell-Savona schools.

 

NYSAC Annual Conference Goes Digital
The New York State Association of Counties annual fall seminar, like other conferences this year, has gone digital. NYSAC Deputy Director Mark LaVigne says this training that began Tuesday will continue through the remainder of the month, as opposed to condensing the information exchange into a three-day in person session. The virtual seminar began by covering the state’s new early voting laws and COVID-19 election reforms, budget challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and police reforms mandated by the Governor’s executive orders.

 

NYS Health Dept. Shortens Nursing Home Visiting Window
Starting today, the New York state health department shortens the amount of time nursing homes must go without a positive COVID-19 test before they can allow visitors. The window will be cut in half from 28 to 14 days. The original 28-day window was met with criticism by families of nursing home residents and advocacy organizations for shutting out visitors.

 

SNAP Benefits to Receive Boost in October
Standard deductions for some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will receive a small boost starting October 1st due to federal government required benefits. Changes include: the maximum homeless shelter deduction will increase by $167 and Shelter deductions will also receive a slight boost in early October. Standard utility allocation amounts for heating, air conditioning, and basic services in the Steuben County region will remain the same. Maximum food benefits through the Thrifty Food Plan will also increase depending on household size as follows :

Household Size Maximum Household Income Maximum SNAP Benefits

• 1 - $1383 $204

• 2 - $1,868 $374

• 3 - $2,353 $535

• 4 - $2,839 $680

• 5 - $3,324 $807

• 6 - $3,809 $969

• 7 - $4,295 $1,071

• 8 - $4,780 $1,224

• 9 - $5,266 *

• 10 - $5,752 *

add $153 for each household member

For more information, call the Steuben County Department of Social Services at (607) 664-2000.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 16th, 2020

Bath Village Election Victories for Sweet, Causer, Muller and Plaskov
Results of the election for the Village of Bath had Michael Sweet elected Mayor by 242 votes. William von Hagn received 34 write-in votes. Sweet won the seat for the Mayor position with a 2 year term. Karen Causer and Jeffrey Muller won the seat for the two Trustee Position with a 4 year term. For the Justice Position, Robert Plaskov won the seat with a 4 year term.

 

Six Year-Old Killed, Father Jailed Following Wayland Accident
A Steuben County 6-year-old was killed and her father jailed after State Police responded to a one-vehicle, fatal accident on State Route 36 in the town of Wayland. The driver was 30-year-old Derek Clark from Wayland traveling eastbound on SR 36 when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a guide rail and telephone pole causing the vehicle to overturn. Clark’s 6-year-old daughter, Leah, was in a booster seat in the back seat and pronounced dead at the scene. State Police said Clark was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Vehicular Manslaughter 2nd Degree and was committed to the Steuben County Jail on $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond.

 

Bath Man and Juvenile Arrested Following Hornell Armed Robbery
Hornell Police report that a 19-year-old from Bath and an unarmed juvenile broke into a Rockwell Avenue home in Hornell yesterday. Jametris Jordan of Bath and the juvenile allegedly broke in yesterday morning in the 9am hour. The two are said to have had two handguns in their possession, one of which discharged during the robbery. They are said to have stolen money and a car, which crashed on County Route 109 outside of Hornell. Both suspects were arrested after the crash and Jordan is facing numerous charges including robbery, criminal use of a firearm, assault, grand larceny, unauthorized use of motor vehicle and unlawful imprisonment. The unnamed minor is currently in Strong Memorial Hospital being treated for injuries from the car crash. Hornell Police report that one of the robbery victims was taken to St James for treatment of injuries suffered during that home invasion but no one was hit by the gunshot fired during the robbery.

 

Tire Dollar Days Continuing to Saturday
Tire Dollar Days continue at Bath Landfill to Saturday the 19th. Tire Dollar Days begin each day to Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Tires can be recycled at the Bath Landfill or Hornell Transfer Station for only a dollar.

 

NYS Tax and Finance Say STAR Checks Are On Their Way
State Department of Tax and Finance officials say STAR checks should be coming any day now. According to News10NBC, checks are being mailed out and are not experiencing any delays. In total, 313,000 checks were sent to property owners who are eligible for the program. Residents and taxpayers can check their check’s status on the online portal: https://www.tax.ny.gov/pit/property/star/star-check-delivery-schedule.htm

 

Cuomo Says Trick-or-Treating Won’t Be Banned
Governor Cuomo announced on News 12 Long Island yesterday he will not ban Halloween. He said:  “I would not ban trick-or-treaters going door to door. I don’t think that’s appropriate. You have neighbors – if you want to go knock on your neighbor’s door, God bless you and I’m not going to tell you not to. If you want to go for a walk with your child through the neighborhood, I’m not gonna tell you you can’t take your child to the neighborhood.” The Governor added that he will give his advice and guidance to help families make a decision on what do on Halloween night.

Today's Top Stories - Tuesday September 15th, 2020

Bath Sees Five New COVID-19 Cases
Five new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Bath. According to Steuben County Health Officials, one person lives in the town of Bath, while the other for are from the Village of Bath. The investigations indicate all of the individuals are employees of the Fred & Harriett Taylor Health Center…and visited numerous local businesses this month. Public Health Director Darlene Smith says the New York State Department of Health will be investigating further, and testing of all residents and staff is expected to be completed this week. Health Director Smith also reminds community members to continue to wear masks and social distance to slow any potential spread outside the facility.

 

Jasper-Central School District Closed
School is closed for Jasper- Troupsburg Central School District. The school opened with other schools last week, but the county received an anonymous tip concerning social distancing in the classroom. The school chose to put a pause on in-class teaching after consulting with Steuben County officials. Steuben County Manager Jack Wheeler noted: “Obviously, when we get a complaint we have to do our due diligence to really determine what’s going on and also to work with the schools to solve it,” said Wheeler. “It’s not an adversarial relationship at all, it’s really just trying to figure out the best way forward.”

 

Walk for Recovery Set Virtually for 9/25
The annual community event Walk for Recovery will be virtual this year. The “Virtual Walk to Recovery” is set for midnight September 25th through midnight September 27th (Sept. 28th), with participants walking a distance of their choosing and posting their photos on the walk’s sponsor “Addiction Awareness of Steuben County” Facebook page, and on their social media pages. The goal of this event is to promote and support recovery from substance abuse addiction, which is on the rise with related issues, such as familial and animal abuse, since the COVID-19 pandemic led to job layoffs, isolation and stressful situations while limiting support. For more information, go to: https://www.facebook.com/aascny/?eid=ARC2SSSqH2nMWpWo1NuIiQktHVNrl-d8K1i5iefUy4_vz1AyHlJvAiFJZ3EamwDEy4HcSmcMTMklCV9p&fref=tag

 

Sweet to Step in as Mayor Tomorrow
Bath will have a new mayor by the end of tomorrow. Village elections in New York were supposed to happen in March, but Governor Cuomo moved them to today due to the pandemic. Current village trustee Mike Sweet will begin his mayoral term tomorrow as he runs unopposed for the seat. Village polls will be open until 9 p.m. tonight.

 

Legislative Proposal Would Divide New York State Into Three Regions
A proposal would break New York state into three autonomous zones: The New York Region, the Montauk Region and the New Amsterdam Region, which includes Steuben County. Each region would have specific governors and legislators while the bill divides up various agencies and departments. Every region would have separate court and prison systems, and the proposal “provides only for a state sales tax”. This Assembly bill is currently in the committee phase.

 

Reed Announces “March to Common Ground” to Break Gridlock
Today, Congressman Tom Reed announced the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, composed of 25 Democrats and 25 Republicans, unveiled its “March To Common Ground” framework to help break the gridlock on the latest COVID-19 relief package. Reed’s office says the bill will encourage negotiators to get back to the table while addressing key areas of need, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance, direct stimulus, worker and liability protection, small business and non-profit support, food security, schools and child care, housing, election support, and state and local aid. The framework calls for both new stimulus money and the reallocation of previously appropriated “CARES Act” funding, and allocates resources to

 

  • Testing & Healthcare ($100B)
  • Direct Assistance to Individuals & Families ($316B)
  • Unemployment Assistance ($120B)
  • Small Business & Non-profit Support ($290B
  • School & Child Care ($145B)
  • State & Local Aid ($500.3B)
  • Election Support ($400B)
  • Broadband, Agriculture, USPS, & Census ($52B)
  • Worker & Liability Protections 
  • Automatic Boosters & Reducers

 

For the full framework, please click here

 

Six States Removed from NYS Travel Advisory
Six states have been removed from the tri-state COVID-19 travel advisory. Today, California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada and Ohio were removed from the list. Puerto Rico was put back on the list after being taken off last week. There are currently 30 U.S. states and territories impacted by the advisory.

The full updated list of states on the travel advisory:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

 

Today's Top Stories - Monday September 14th, 2020

NYSEG to Close Hornell Customer Service Center
NYSEG announced its customer service center in Hornell will be one of six centers the utility company says it will close. Star Gazette reports NYSEG has been on a more than 20-year campaign to trim or close the number of customer service centers, but has usually met resistance from the state legislature following constituent complaints and as a result, rejection from the Department of Public Service.

 

Mitrano Holding Rally to Urge Debates with Reed
Yesterday, Democratic congressional candidate Tracy Mitrano held a campaign rally in Corning. Tonight, Mitrano heads over to Ithaca for a rally in Dewitt Park at 6 p.m. to rally supporters to demand incumbent Republican Tom Reed agree to appear in one or more candidate debates this fall.

 

League Play Postponed to January by NYSPHSAA
All league play will be postponed and follow the New York State Public High School Athletic Association condensed fall, winter, and spring seasons that begin January 4th, 2021 in hopes all athletic seasons can begin, and end as scheduled and still include section and state level competition. The conference is comprised of 17 high schools including, Elmira, Ithaca and Corning.

 

Leslie Danks-Burke Visits Howard for Meet and Greet
Saturday, Leslie Danks Burke stopped by a Howard home for local voters to listen to and ask the Democratic State Senate candidate any questions. Gary and Mary Remchuck hosted the meet and greet event at their residence. Danks-Burke faces off against Republican incumbent State Senator Tom O’Mara in the general election.

 

Blandford Out on Parole
The Elmira man serving as a lookout in the plan to kill Kelly Clayton 5 years ago was put on parole. 53-year-old Mark Blandford is out of prison after serving three years of his sentence. Testimony by Blandford helped lead to murder convictions of former Elmira Jackal player Thomas Clayton and Michael Beard. The prosecutors said Clayton gave Beard $10,000 to bludgeon his wife to death inside her home in the Town of Caton in September of 2015. Both Beard and Clayton are serving life sentences.

 

One Dead After Elmira Home Invasion
A 29-year-old Elmira resident has died as a result of a home invasion robbery that occurred on the West side of Elmira about 2:30 this morning. Elmira police responded to the report of a gunshot victim and upon arrival, EMS attempted to revive the male victim whose identity has not been disclosed at this time. The death is believed to be the result of a home invasion robbery, which a 20 year old Elmira resident and her infant daughter were present to see. A vehicle was stolen from the residence at the time of the robbery and later recovered by officers. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call 607-737-5626 or the anonymous tip line at 607-271-HALT.

 

NY Voters Who Applied for Absentee Ballot Should Re-Apply
The thousands of New York voters who already applied for an absentee ballot may have to re-apply as some voters in several New York counties received letters in recent weeks notifying them prior absentee applications were invalid and urging them to apply again for absentee. Officials say this error is a result of issues related to the pandemic and how applications are being processed. Voters that checked ‘temporary illness’ as the reason for requesting an absentee ballot between June’s primary and August 20th have a good chance of needing to make another request. A Board of Elections spokesman said there was no COVID-19 excuse available to request an absentee ballot during the time period between the Primary and August 20th.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 12, 2020

One new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that a Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 337 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active.  The individual is a resident of the Town of Caton. The individual is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified. An investigation indicated the individual was exposed at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, where a cluster of cases has impacted residents of six counties, including Chemung, Schuyler, and now Steuben.  Anyone who visited the church between August 18 and September 6 is considered to have been exposed and should get tested and quarantine.

 

VanEtten issues statement regarding 9/11

Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature Scott VanEtten issued a statement on behalf of the county Legislature regarding the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. “Even as we battle the pandemic coronavirus and its disruption in our daily lives, we must remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. It’s important to also recognize the unwavering bravery and commitment of the fire fighters, police, and EMS personnel that ran into those buildings to save lives. In these times of civil unrest we must stand behind and support our law enforcement agencies and EMS responders who place their lives on the line every day,” said VanEtten.

 

Tire dollar days back by popular demand

This coming week, Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 19th, tire dollar days are back by popular demand. Tire disposal prices will be reduced to $1 per tire only at the Bath Landfill and the Hornell Transfer Station for this one week only. Passenger vehicle and small truck tires will be accepted.

 

Athens man arrested after attempted kidnapping in Chemung

According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, Dion Derrig, age 58 of Athens, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse and Second Degree Attempted Kidnapping after trying to kidnap a 14 year old girl in the town of Chemung yesterday morning. The victim alleged Derrig inquired about purchasing a car at her residence. Derrig then grabbed the victim, placed her over his shoulder, and attempted to leave with the victim. The victim struggled to free herself, at which point Derrig pinned her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her by forcibly touching her. The victim freed herself, fled into her home and notified police. Derrig was apprehended in the City of Elmira and taken into custody. Authorities say Derrig may have attempted to assault other females in the area of County Route 60 in the Town of Chemung in the past.

 

Cuomo welcomes home team of firefighters from Rocky Mountains, including Steuben County man

Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday welcomed home 10 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who began their assignment August 25th, helping battle high priority fires in Nebraska and South Dakota over the past two weeks. One of those volunteers who returned was Steuben County’s own Jon Cleveland, a Forester with the DEC Division of Lands and Forests. Governor Cuomo also welcomed home two members of the New York Air National Guard who provided mission support with remotely piloted aircraft to detect fire lines and aid in fire control measures while assisting California Air National Guard's 163rd Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. A second DEC crew will travel to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Denver, CO, on Sept. 12, to continue providing assistance to western states battling wildland fires.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 12, 2020

One new case of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department received notification that a Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19.  This brings the total to 337 confirmed cases, eight of which are currently active.  The individual is a resident of the Town of Caton. The individual is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department.  Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks.  All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified. An investigation indicated the individual was exposed at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Horseheads, where a cluster of cases has impacted residents of six counties, including Chemung, Schuyler, and now Steuben.  Anyone who visited the church between August 18 and September 6 is considered to have been exposed and should get tested and quarantine.

 

VanEtten issues statement regarding 9/11

Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature Scott VanEtten issued a statement on behalf of the county Legislature regarding the 19th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks. “Even as we battle the pandemic coronavirus and its disruption in our daily lives, we must remember those who lost their lives on 9/11. It’s important to also recognize the unwavering bravery and commitment of the fire fighters, police, and EMS personnel that ran into those buildings to save lives. In these times of civil unrest we must stand behind and support our law enforcement agencies and EMS responders who place their lives on the line every day,” said VanEtten.

 

Tire dollar days back by popular demand

This coming week, Monday, September 14th through Friday, September 19th, tire dollar days are back by popular demand. Tire disposal prices will be reduced to $1 per tire only at the Bath Landfill and the Hornell Transfer Station for this one week only. Passenger vehicle and small truck tires will be accepted.

 

Athens man arrested after attempted kidnapping in Chemung

According to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office, Dion Derrig, age 58 of Athens, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse and Second Degree Attempted Kidnapping after trying to kidnap a 14 year old girl in the town of Chemung yesterday morning. The victim alleged Derrig inquired about purchasing a car at her residence. Derrig then grabbed the victim, placed her over his shoulder, and attempted to leave with the victim. The victim struggled to free herself, at which point Derrig pinned her to the ground and attempted to sexually assault her by forcibly touching her. The victim freed herself, fled into her home and notified police. Derrig was apprehended in the City of Elmira and taken into custody. Authorities say Derrig may have attempted to assault other females in the area of County Route 60 in the Town of Chemung in the past.

 

Cuomo welcomes home team of firefighters from Rocky Mountains, including Steuben County man

Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday welcomed home 10 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Forest Rangers, staff, and volunteers who began their assignment August 25th, helping battle high priority fires in Nebraska and South Dakota over the past two weeks. One of those volunteers who returned was Steuben County’s own Jon Cleveland, a Forester with the DEC Division of Lands and Forests. Governor Cuomo also welcomed home two members of the New York Air National Guard who provided mission support with remotely piloted aircraft to detect fire lines and aid in fire control measures while assisting California Air National Guard's 163rd Attack Wing at March Air Reserve Base in Riverside, California. A second DEC crew will travel to the Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center in Denver, CO, on Sept. 12, to continue providing assistance to western states battling wildland fires.

Today's Top Stories - Friday September 11th, 2020

Possible Hep B Exposure at Bath Dunkin Donuts
Those who have not been previously vaccinated for Hepatitis A and who consumed food or drink from the Dunkin’ Donuts on August 17th through August 22nd should monitor themselves and their families for symptoms for 50 days and seek medical evaluation for Hepatitis A if they develop symptoms of this infection. The Steuben County Public Health Department (SCPH) confirmed a case of hepatitis A in an individual who worked for several days while infectious at Dunkin’ Donuts located in Bath. Though customers and coworkers at the Dunkin’ Donuts are at risk of acquiring hepatitis A infection, public health officials stress there is a low risk of contracting the illness.

 

Bath Man Arrested Again for Drug Charges
A 50-year-old Bath man was arrested following an investigation into the sale of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, according to the Village of Bath Police Department. Shannon Brockway was already in the Steuben County Jail and allegedly selling the drugs from his home on the 500 block of West Washington Street in Bath. He was charged with two counts each of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the fifth degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the fifth degree. Brockway faces three counts each of criminal sale of a controlled substance in the third degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the third degree. In June, Brockway was arrested with Nanette Peters after officials allege that a meth lab was found inside a home.

 

Road Closure Begins on State Route 36 to End of Month
Motorists are advised closures will be in place along State Route 36 in the towns of Canisteo and Hornellsville to facilitate a pavement rehabilitation project. Approximately four miles of pavement will be resurfaced along Route 36 between the city of Hornell and village of Canisteo and expected to last through the end of September. Two-way traffic will be maintained using single lane closures and motorists may experience delays during this time. No detours will be posted.

 

Latest COVID Case a Town of Corning Resident
Another Steuben County resident tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total to 336 confirmed cases, seven of which are currently active. The individual is a resident of the Town of Corning and being isolated and monitored by the County Health Department.

 

NYS DOL Launches $300/Weekly Lost Wage Assistance Program
New York State Department of Labor announced payments for the Lost Wages Assistance launches today and begin on a rolling basis next week. The Lost Wages Assistance program provides an additional $300 in weekly LWA unemployment benefits for the weeks ending August 2nd, 9th and 16th. Federal rules say New York state may be eligible for additional weeks of LWA funding.

 

Investigation Continues into Man Found Dead at Campbell Rest Stop
The identity of a 51-year-old man from Binghamton found dead inside a rest stop restroom Wednesday is still being withheld as the investigation into his death continues. Sheriff Jim Allard said the body of the Binghamton man was discovered at a rest area off I-86 and an autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.

Today's Top Stories - Thursday September 10th, 2020

Binghamton Man Found Dead at Campbell Rest Stop

Yesterday, County Sheriff Jim Allard reported Wednesday morning, the body of a 51-year-old Binghamton man was found inside a rest stop stall on I-86 in Campbell. Allard says the name of the man is being withheld at this time and an autopsy is being performed to try to determine the cause of death as the investigation into this death remains active at this time.

 

County Health Dept. Notifies Public of Unreported COVID Death
The Steuben County Public Health Department reports they learned that a COVID-positive 77 year-old woman previously reported to be recovered by a Hornell-area nursing home had actually died prior to her reported recovery in June and that the nursing home failed to report the death to Public Health. COVID-19 related deaths in Steuben County are at a current total of 44.  The individual died in a nursing home in the Hornell area and her death certificate indicates COVID-19 as a contributing cause of death. Public Health Director Darlene Smith said: “Unfortunately in this case, we were not provided with complete information at the time…..”

 

Jasper Couple Restoring Their Town’s Old Grange
A couple from Steuben County is putting work on restoring the Old Grange House in Jasper. Couple Dora and Jim Stanford say they’ve stabilized the building and have opened it as an antique shop named the “Stanford’s Ole Grange Warehouse” and called the project they worked on during quarantine “a labor of love”.

 

NYSPHSAA to Postpone High-Risk Fall Sports to March
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) made the decision to postpone football, volleyball and competitive cheer fall seasons to March 1st, 2021 to address membership concerns associated with high-risk fall sports. Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said the “Fall-2” season will overlap with spring sports and the administering high-risk fall sports during the COVID-19 pandemic presents a significant challenge. Regular season games can begin for girls’ tennis, cross country, girls’ swimming/diving, boys’ soccer, girls’ soccer and field hockey once student-athletes have participated in the required number of practices as per NYSPHSAA bylaws.

 

Guthrie Health Vender Information Compromised
One of Guthrie’s international vendors suffered a cyber security incident and it may have impacted the local health provider after the vendor said some of its information was compromised between February and May. Guthrie said it has been telling patients about the incident after it was alerted in mid-July. Based on an investigation, Guthrie says it believes the breach could have involved a backup file containing data about some patients. Financial and credit card account information was reportedly not compromised.

 

Bath Man Arrested on Menacing and Weapon Charges
A Bath man faces multiple counts after 28-year-old Christian Tobias was taken into custody in the town by State Troopers then charged with menacing with a weapon and criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. Tobias is to appear in Town of Bath court at a later date.

 

Two Men Arrested During Rochester Protests for Civil Disorder
Two 20-year-old men have been arrested and charged in separate complaints with civil disorder in weekend protests in Rochester according to federal prosecutors. Adam Green, who is from Dansville and Dallas Williams-Smothers of Rochester each face five years in prison if convicted and/or $250,000 fine.

 

State Updates Guidance for “Under the Mask” Services
Yesterday, New York state updated guidelines allowing salons and barbershops to give customers ‘under the mask’ services. The updated guidance allows customers to remove their masks for services like facials, waxing, and shaving. Employees will be required to wear face shields and test negative for COVID before performing the services.

 

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 9th, 2020

COVID in Steuben: First Death Since May & 5 New Cases
The first COVID-19-attributed death in Steuben county since May was a 75-year-old man from the Town of Hornby who died while hospitalized outside the county. Steuben County has reported a total of 43 COVID-19 related deaths. Five new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Steuben county. They are from the city of Corning, village of Wayland and the towns of Campbell, Hornby and Jasper and are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated, identified and notified close contacts of the confirmed cases and exposure risks.

 

Steuben County Real Property Auction Set for October 2nd
After being delayed for nearly three months and with far fewer parcels than usual due to COVID-19, the 2020 Steuben County Real Property Auction set for October 2nd will have sixteen properties up for bid. It will take place in two sessions scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 2 and held in the county Annex, at the corner of East Morris St. and Wilson Ave. in Bath. Those able to do so are asked to bid online and must pre-register before September 30th at 4 p.m. to bid during the auctions. Those unable to bid online must pre-register before 4 p.m. Sept. 30 in order to maintain gathering-size guidance. All attending the auction on-site will be required to stand unless for medical reasons noted on the pre-registration form. Those attending in person will be screened.

 

Bath Prepares to Wave the Red Bandana on 9/11
Friday marks the 19th Anniversary of September 11th and people in the community are encouraged to pick up free red bandana strips to “Wave the Red Bandana” this Patriot Day. The Red Bandana is an effort to honor Welles Crowther or the “man in the red bandana” who was a Volunteer Fire Fighter that saved at least 18 people before perishing in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Free red bandana strips will be available at Betty Kay Bake Shop, Peacock’s Barber Shop and Shirley’s Lumber so the community can participate.

 

Buffalo Bills Name 2020 Team Captains
The Buffalo Bills Team captains for 2020 were announced yesterday. Josh Allen and Dion Dawkins were elected by their teammates as captains on offense, Tremaine Edmunds, Jerry Hughes and Jordan Poyer on defense, and Reid Ferguson and Andre Roberts on special teams.

 

Comptroller Reports Small Businesses are Troubled Amid Pandemic
A recent newsletter from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s office on economic trends in New York, found some small businesses are in a deep hole due to the pandemic. Even as some businesses are reopening in the state, 18% of responding businesses have either no cash on hand for operations or enough for only two weeks or less. The survey found that 17% have enough to maintain operations for three or four weeks, while another 24% can get by for one or two months. Meanwhile, the survey showed that 25% of businesses have seen operating capacity decline by half or more from a year ago. Only 10% of all businesses were unaffected by the pandemic. The survey also reports 50% of businesses in New York believe it will take upwards of six months to return to a ‘normal’ pre-COVID operating level. 10% of business owners don’t believe their companies will ever return to normal.

 

GOP Chair Langworthy Responds to Cuomo’s Anti-Trump Rant
During a weekend press conference, Governor Cuomo made statements against President Trump where the governor blamed him for New York’s COVID-19 outbreak. State Republican Party Chair Nick Langworthy released a statement yesterday responding to Cuomo’s remarks, calling the governor incompetent and the one responsible for New York’s economic and public safety crisis. Langworthy also accused him of failing to act to reform New York’s worst-in-the-nation tax and regulatory climate during the pandemic. Langworthy complained Cuomo made: “dishonest, delusional rants against the President who went above and beyond to give New York everything he asked for.”

 

County Public Works Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday September 14th from 2 to 3pm via Zoom to discuss the Transfer of $108,351 from New Bath Landfill Post Closure Capital Expenses to landfill Administration, Appropriating $141,916.34 of Revenue within the Grinder Repair and Replacement Capital Project, the Employee Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Acquisition Program, and the Road Use and Repair Agreement with Canisteo Wind Energy, LLC. The meeting can be accessed online at: https://steubencountynygov.zoom.us/j/98827631890?pwd=ZjMrajhNcVBaS1cxRW13cUZxeXFwQT09

 

NYSAC Sends Letter of Recommendations to NYS Division of Budget
The New York State Association of Counties submitted a report to the State Division of Budget with over 80 recommendations for overcoming the budget crises facing the state and local budgets as a result of the pandemic. Counties are done waiting on the federal government to provide financial relief from the COVID-19 pandemic. NYSAC President Jack Marren says the dozens of recommendations in the report are efforts to preserve county services in the face of massive declines in local revenues and the withholding of state aid while also sending the message to the state that counties have willingness to partner with one another constructively in economy recovery. Marren says for now, it’s a one-way message.

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

Road Closure Continues to Friday in Caton
Steuben County Public Works Department reports a road closure beginning today and running through Friday 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.

 

OFA Offers Annual Public Hearing Online
Steuben County Office For the Aging’s annual public hearing scheduled for 10am on Thursday, September 17th will have a different look. County OFA Director Patty Baroody said: “…in keeping with our motto, ‘The new age of aging,’ we’re offering the event online.” The public hearing will give residents an opportunity to discuss OFA’s plans for 2021, followed by a lively and humorous presentation by Wellness Advocate Joshua Goldman on “Getting Better At Getting Older.” Join the September 17th event by clicking the “Join Senior Forum Event” via Zoom:
at www.steubencony.org/OFA or by calling (646) 558-8656.
Webinar ID is 958 1508 2369 then press #.
Those looking for technical help may call (607) 664-2298.

 

Two from Bath Arrested on Narcotics Charges
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports that on September 4th, deputies arrested 28-year-old Christine M. Stevens and 40-year-old Jose A. Velez both of State Route 415 in Bath, following a multi-agency investigation into the alleged sale of narcotics in the Bath area. Stevens and Velez were arrested due to Superior Court Warrants issued by the Steuben County Grand Jury. Stevens is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree. Velez was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree. Both Stevens and Velez were held, arraigned and released.

 

Campbell Woman Charged With Grand Larceny
Steuben County Sheriff’s Office reports September 7th, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested 34-year-old Linda J. Tongate of State Route 415 in Campbell. Between April 2020 and July 2020, Ms. Tongate allegedly received multiple forms of unreported income while receiving benefits and obtained benefits she was not entitled nor authorized to receive in the amount of $1,756.00. Tongate was charged with one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.

 

Corning Community College Controlling COVID Well
While SUNY Oneonta reported over 100 COVID-19 cases and had to shut down as a result, Corning Community College appears to be in better shape. During the past two weeks, the college reported 153 students were tested with zero positive cases. However, four students are under a precautionary quarantine. Three are isolating off campus and one student is isolating on-campus. Corning currently has 13 rooms available on campus for students who must quarantine.

 

Mitrano Talks Jobs at Yesterday’s Labor Day Rally
Democratic Congressional Candidate Tracy Mitrano held a rally yesterday afternoon, highlighting the history of the Labor Movement and how organized labor union workers fought for live-able wages, reasonable hours and safer working conditions. Mitrano said the movement was the stepping stone to end child labor in the United States, provide workers with health benefits and give aid to people who were injured or retired. Mitrano also says political involvement in the community allows congress to create more job stability and employment opportunities for younger Americans who are looking to find employment in a currently erratic job market. Mitrano faces off against GOP Incumbent Congressman Tom Reed in the November 3rd General Election.

 

NY Updates Personal Care Service Guidelines
New York State released updated guidelines for personal care services requiring clients to remove their face mask. Services including facials, makeup, waxing or piercing services are allowed to resume if the employee wears a face shield in addition to their face mask under the new guidance. Employees must also get tested for COVID-19 and receive a negative result dated September 3rd or later.

 

Four States Added to Travel Advisory
In this morning’s press briefing, Governor Cuomo announced four states have been added to the COVID-19 travel advisory list: Delaware, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia while Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands were removed. Now, 35 states and territories are on the list: 

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

Today's Top Stories - Monday September 7th, 2020

Local Students Return to School Tomorrow
Bath students and students in many other local districts return to school tomorrow. Motorists will once again need to be alert for school buses and more pedestrians. Schools across New York have spent the summer preparing for tomorrow, with new operating guidelines and procedures. Prattsburgh district handed out thermometers and cloth face masks for students last week. Officials there were also putting the final touches on a new “parent survival guide.”

 

Hartsville Fire Destroys Home
Sunday afternoon, Canisteo Fire and EMS and South Hornell fire were dispatched to 999 Ells Road in Hartsville for a house fire at about 1:05pm. The 911 dispatch said the owner reported the house had already burned to the ground. According to Steuben County tax records, the $121,000 home is owned by Bill Pullman Trust based in Sinking Springs, PA. A fire investigation team was requested to the scene.

 

Car Engulfs Flames in Bath on I-86, Driver Ticketed
Saturday morning at about 10am, a car was reported to be engulfed in flames on I-86 just outside of Bath. Steuben County Sheriff’s Office said there were no injuries. The driver of the Chrysler Pacifica bought the vehicle in Elmira from a private person was transporting it home to Pennsylvania when it caught on fire. The car was a total loss and the driver was ticketed for an unregistered and uninsured car.

 

Shelter Seeks Information About Kitten Killed on Route 13
The Elmira Animal Control and Shelter offers a $500 reward for information on who is responsible for the brutal killing of a kitten. According to a post on the shelter’s Facebook page, the black and white kitten was hurled from the passenger side of a moving southbound car at the windshield of the approaching car in the northbound lane  of an oncoming car between the two roundabouts on Rte. 13 in Horseheads Monday, August 31st  between 2 and 2:30pm. The car was able to swerve away, but the kitten died in the attack. Anyone with more information about this incident should contact The Elmira Animal Control and Shelter.

 

Steuben Historical Society Cancels October Cemetery Tour
The Steuben County Historical Society has canceled their annual Leaf-Peeping October Cemetery Tour due to the public health situation. Anyone who purchased tickets to the tour will be sent refunds and organizers anticipate to bring the Cemetery Tour back again next year.

 

SUNY Schools Create COVID-19 Tracker
SUNY has made its COVID-19 tracker available online and the website is designed to provide a place for students and parents, as well as faculty and staff, to check any school’s coronavirus data. COVID-19 data for the SUNY system as a whole is also provided by this website and each school is mandated to report positive cases to the state every day. SUNY Oneonta has been the only school in the system that had to close due to the guideline stating any SUNY school with over a hundred confirmed COVID-19 cases must move to online-only learning. You can view the SUNY tracker here.

Today's Top Stories - Saturday September 5, 2020

Two new cases of COVID-19 in Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department has received notification that two Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19. This bring the total to 330 confirmed cases, of which seven are currently active. The individuals are residents of the towns of Hornby and Hornellsville. One of the newly diagnosed cases is hospitalized. 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.

 

9 Steuben County residents with active warrants arrested

Steuben County Sherriff Jim Allard reports that from August 1st, 2020 to August 31st, 2020, deputies of the Steuben Sherriff’s Office Warrant Squad arrested 9 people with active warrants.

  • Mr. Brendan Scott Moore, age 28, of Wayland
  • Mr. Jacob Douglas Davis, age 25, of Canisteo
  • Mr. Ryan Michael Park, age 42, of New Columbia, PA
  • Ms. Jeanita Rose Stevens, age 30, of Wayland
  • Ms. Ellyn Laura Williams, age 38, homeless
  • Ms. Taylor Nicole King, age 24, of Avoca
  • Mr. Brandon Tyler Lapierre, age 28, of Corning
  • Mr. Jon Cameron Calcote, age 25, of Bath
  • Mr. Justin Gene Gross, age 28, of Campbell

All have been remanded to Steuben County Jail.

 

Governor Cuomo reports NYS COVID-19 infection rate below 1% for fourth straight week

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that New York State’s COVID-19 infection rate has remained below 1% for the fourth straight week. Of the 93,395 test results reported to the state yesterday, only 864, or .092% were positive.

 

Dansville woman arrested on felony charges

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports that a Dansville woman was arrested on felony contempt charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s office. Samantha M. Cossairt, age 27, had a court issued order of protection against her requiring her to stay 500 feet away from the place of employment of the protected party. On August 26th, Cossairt violated the order of protection when she went to the protected party’s place of employment. She was arrested on September 1st and charged with 1st Degree Criminal Contempt, as she had a previous criminal contempt related conviction dating back to September 2019. She was arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail. She was released on her own recognizance.

 

Leicester man arrested for alleged Predatory Sexual Assault against a Child

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports that a Leicester man was arrested on felony sexual assault charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Christopher L. Wilmet, age 32, was arrested and charged with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child, a class A-II felony, and two class B felonies, Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the 1st Degree, and Rape in the 1st Degree. It is alleged between May of 2016 and May of 2020, Wilmet had sexual contact on several occasions with a juvenile victim who was less than the age of 13 during the time frame of the incidents. Wilmet was arraigned at the Livingston County Centralized Arraignment Part at the Livingston County Jail. He was remanded to jail without bail.

 

Nick Pelham named WETM’s Most Valuable Citizen this month

Nick Pelham was named this month’s Most Valuable Citizen by WETM 18 News. Nick’s tireless work ethic when it comes to the Steuben County Fair can sometimes go underappreciated, especially this year with the Pandemic. In addition to his work with the Steuben County Fair, Pelham also provides a way for local 4H youth to exhibit and sell their animals to earn money to put towards college tuition and to show their dedication to their community and animals.

 

Today's Top Stories - Friday September 4th, 2020

Classes Begin for Bath on Tuesday
The first day of classes for the Bath School District begins Tuesday as the district adopts a hybrid format. Special Needs students will attend in person every day, while other students will attend every other day according to School superintendent Joe Rumsey (Joe2). Rumsey said students will be required to wear masks on buses and in hallways but said each classroom has been redesigned to achieve social distancing, so students will not have to wear a mask in the classroom.

 

NYS Siting Board Reaffirms Approval for Baron Winds to Build Facility
Yesterday, the New York State Board on Electric Generation Siting and the Environment reaffirmed its approval to Baron Winds LLC to build and operate a wind facility in Steuben County. The Siting Board decided to deny a petition for rehearing, submitted by three residents, challenged the Siting Board’s decision in May approving amendments to Baron Winds’ Article 10 Certificate on the grounds that the Siting Board failed to consider the potential enactment of a local law regarding heights of turbines. The Siting Board said it’s not required to reevaluate projects for compliance with new local laws passed after issuance of a final determination, nor is there a requirement that the Siting Board reverse its decision or delay rendering a decision because a town is considering a new local law.

 

One New Case of COVID in Steuben County
One new COVID-19 case has been reported in Steuben County, bringing the case count to 328 cases. The individual is from the Town of Wayne and is isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. Public Health staff investigated and identified close contacts of the confirmed case and exposure risks. All those known to have direct contact with the individual have been notified.

 

County Public Works Committee Meets Monday
The Steuben County Public Works Committee meets Monday September 14th from 2 to 3pm via Zoom to discuss the Transfer of $108,351 from New Bath Landfill Post Closure Capital Expenses to landfill Administration, Appropriating $141,916.34 of Revenue within the Grinder Repair and Replacement Capital Project, the Employee Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Acquisition Program, and the Road Use and Repair Agreement with Canisteo Wind Energy, LLC. The meeting can be accessed online at: https://steubencountynygov.zoom.us/j/98827631890?pwd=ZjMrajhNcVBaS1cxRW13cUZxeXFwQT09

 

Leaders React to Daniel Prude’s Murder
Rochester police officers involved in the suffocation death last March of a Black man in their custody have been suspended. Body camera video released Wednesday by Daniel Prude’s family shows officers putting a so-called spit hood over Prude’s head which contributed to his death according to the Medical Examiner. Governor Cuomo called the video ‘deeply disturbing’.  Relatives say the 41-year-old had mental health issues but was harmless. At a press conference yesterday Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren urged the State Attorney General to complete the investigation into Prude’s death.

Tom O’Mara Graded High by Independent Small Business Group
National Federation of Independent Business of New York, New York’s leading small business association, gave State Senator Tom O’Mara a 91% rating on its 2019-2020 legislative review of how state legislators addressed priority issues for small business owners across New York. O’Mara is the second-highest rated among all state.

 

Bath Prepares to Wave the Red Bandana on 9/11
As the 20th Anniversary of September 11th is in one week, people in the community are encouraged to pick up free red bandana strips to “Wave the Red Bandana” this Patriot Day. The Red Bandana is an effort to honor Welles Crowther or the “man in the red bandana” who was a Volunteer Fire Fighter that saved at least 18 people before perishing in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Free red bandana strips will be available at Betty Kay Bake Shop, Peacock’s Barber Shop and Shirley’s Lumber so the community can participate.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 3rd, 2020

Bath Volunteer Fire Department to Distribute Fire Safety Week Kits
The National Fire Protection Association and State Farm Agent Brian McDonald announced they will join the Bath Volunteer Fire Department to support Fire Prevention Week, an annual public awareness campaign from October 4th to the 10th promoting home fire safety. State Farm Agents will deliver Fire Prevention Week toolkits to over 2500 fire departments across the country, including Bath Fire Dept. Toolkits include resources for Fire Prevention Week like brochures, magnets, posters and more. The Fire Department will be sharing these resources with schools and communities this fall in support of the campaign. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign focuses on fire safety for cooking.

 

County Administration Committee Meets Tuesday
Tuesday September 8th the Steuben County Administration Committee meets to discuss the 2020 Surplus , Vehicle Lease C. Clerk of the Legislature, Adopting the LGS-1 Retention Schedule, Updating the FOIL Subject Matter List, and a USDA Broadband Grant.

 

Reed says USPS Needs Long-Term Relief
Congressman Tom Reed said the public’s response to his vote in favor of a $25 billion emergency funding bill for the U.S. Postal Service has been positive but Reed says more work is ahead when it comes to resolving the issue of funding for the USPS, an issue he says has yet to be addressed. Reed also said relief for the Postal Service in the next COVID-19 stimulus bill should be more than just monetary, adding that more long term relief for the USPS can be made possible by “super-funding” of retirement obligations. Reed was one of 26 Republicans who voted to pass the funding bill 2 weeks ago.

 

Male Minor Charged in Attempted Horseheads Rape
A 17-year-old after a reported attempted rape in the Town of Horseheads. Deputies from the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office say August 31st, a 33-year-old woman reported while jogging on Veteran Hill Road, she was attacked by a male riding a bicycle. The woman says the suspect tackled her into a ditch, off the shoulder of the road but was able to fight the attacker off and run awa to seek treatment for her injuries at a local hospital then released. After an “extensive neighborhood canvass of the area”, police said several homeowners reported they either saw the attacker just before the incident, or were able to provide investigators with home security footage of the suspect following the victim just before the attack. Investigators identified the suspect, whose name is not being released at this time, and also recovered “several items of evidence connecting him to the crime”. The suspect was arraigned then sent to a juvenile detention facility, and is scheduled to return to Family Court at a later date.

 

Painted Post Man Arrested in Federal Child Sex Abuse Sting
A 38-year-old Painted Post man who was a social worker at BOCES was arrested after an undercover federal investigation involving an attempt to engage in sexual acts with a child, according to a story by The Leader. WETM also confirmed with BOCES, that Gorman was placed on administrative leave this week after working at the school since 2017. Gorman allegedly responded to a social media post by an undercover officer posed as the parent of a 9-year-old girl and involved a series of text messages in which he allegedly discussed payments ranging up to $400. Today, Gorman was charged with a felony count of using a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice and coerce an individual under 18 to engage in sexual activity.

 

Hammondsport Woman Arrested on Drug Charges
Hammondsport woman Trehana L. Hoad was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputies following an investigation of narcotics sales in the Town of Urbana. The 21-year-old woman was charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree. Hoad was held in the Steuben County Jail pending her arraignment in Steuben County Court.

 

Danks-Burke Calls to End Regulations Causing High Property Taxes
Democratic State Senate Nominee Leslie Danks-Burke joined 51st District Senate Nominee hopeful Jim Barber at Underhill Farms in Tompkins County to call for an end on regulations forcing high property taxes, as well as lifting the burden of healthcare costs. Danks Burke noted regulations have forced New Yorkers to pay the highest property tax compared to other states with Upstate residents paying the highest property tax compared to what their house is assessed at in the state, including New York City. She also mentioned Steuben County has one of the state’s highest poverty rates while having one of the highest property tax rates comparatively. Danks-Burke said maintaining or lowering property taxes could have a major impact on those that are the backbone of Upstate New York. She also mentioned State Senator O’Mara voted “eight times, eight years in a row against lowering property taxes”

 

Dansville Man Arrested for Child Porn
A 29-year-old Dansville man was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production, receipt, and distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors. Cody Burgess faces a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and a maximum of 30 years in prison. Over 32 images of child pornography were allegedly found on his iPad Mini as well as 41 images of child erotica when authorities seized the device on July 31st. The complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police and Homeland Security Investigations.

Today's Top Stories - Wednesday September 2nd, 2020

Sheriff and Corning City Seek Feedback with Survey
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office and City of Corning are seeking insight from residents to meet their public safety needs. The Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative continues its community outreach through public listening sessions and an online survey open now through September 20th. A hard copy of the survey can be picked up at Corning City Hall of the Sheriff's Office. The first of three virtual public listening sessions is September 15th and because attendance is limited to 500 people per session, county residents are asked to attend only one of them. They are scheduled for:

  • Tuesday, September 15th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 16th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 17th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

United Way Pledges $100K for Distance Learning Support
United Way of the Southern Tier announced a commitment of $100,000 to support expanded, supervised distance learning spaces for school-age children in Chemung and Steuben counties. Amid the urgent childcare crisis and as school goes back into session, the $100,000 will help offset expenses such as PPE, internet fees, cleaning products, rental of alternative space, utilities and liability insurance, to offer more places for children to learn in safe, nurturing environments outside of the classroom.

 

NYS Launches Absentee Ballot Portal
New York’s absentee ballot portal has launched and allows voters to directly request an absentee ballot for the upcoming November 3rd election. Governor Cuomo issued an Executive Order allowing any voter concerned about risk or exposure to COVID-19 to request an absentee ballot.

 

VDC Reminds Public to Donate Venison and Funds
As it celebrates its 20 year anniversary, the Bath-based Venison Donation Coalition reminds the hunters to support food banks in the area by donating a deer this hunting season. VDC Founder Greg Fuerst says that one deer donated to the program can feed up to 200 people. Anyone interested in donating monetarily to the Venison Donation Coalition can do so when they purchase their hunter’s license or by going online to www.venisondonationcoalition.com/donate.

 

Mitrano Reports Sharp Fundraising Increase
Tracy Mitrano’s congressional campaign reports a fundraising high of over $290,000 in the current filing period since July 1st . Mitrano says she is building a grassroots movement across the 23rd district as she challenges GOP incumbent Tom Reed of Corning for his seat in Congress.

 

NY Permits Low-Risk Fall Activities like Corn Mazes & Hay Rides 
New guidance was given by the state yesterday for agritourism businesses as New York State enters the Fall season. Businesses considered low-risk outdoor arts and entertainment include corn mazes, hayrides, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable operations, farmers markets, craft beverage trails and haunted houses and are permitted to operate under New York’s NY Forward guidance. Petting zoos are not permitted.

 

Phone Scammers Posing As Contact Tracers
Scammers posing as contact tracers have called people and claiming they’ve has been exposed and that they need payment for a test kit. The scam claims if you don’t buy a test, you’ll be in legal violation, which is untrue. Scammer have also sent text messages with a link – requesting to click on it, or complete the payment that way. Scams like these are typically targeted at seniors to get information to steal their identity or bank account information.  Many have reported a spike in ‘junk’ phone calls over the past several months.

 

Alaska and Montana Added to NYS Travel Advisory
Alaska and Montana now meet the metrics to qualify for New York State’s COVID-19 travel advisory requiring individuals who have traveled to New York from areas with significant community spread to quarantine for 14 days. No areas have been removed from the list. The full, updated travel advisory list includes:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Iowa
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • 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 - Tuesday, September 1st, 2020

Sidewalk Replacement Program Applications Available
Applications for the Sidewalk Replacement Program reintroduced by the Village of Bath and further details can be picked up at the Village of Bath Clerk’s Office from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. To participate in this program for a new sidewalk, property owners must contact the Clerk’s office at 110 Liberty Street.

 

Two Additional Steuben County COVID Cases Reported
Steuben County Public Health Department reports two additional Steuben County residents tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday and brings the total to 327 confirmed cases, six of which are currently active.  The individuals are residents of the Town of Wayland and Village of Canisteo. Positive individuals are isolated and being monitored by the County Health Department. The Health Department also learned when officials went to visit a positive reported case last week, that they no longer resided in Steuben County as indicated on their test results. Originally listed from the Town of Rathbone, the case is no longer counted in Steuben’s case count and has been transferred to Chemung County where the individual moved before being tested. 

 

Hornell Man Arrested for Over 150 Counts of Child Sex Abuse
A Hornell man faces over 150 counts related to sexual abuse of children. According the Hornell Evening Tribune, 71-year-old William Cornish faces 50 counts each of first-degree criminal sex act, first-degree sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child. Police say over a period of several years, Cornish abused several children but gave no further details.

 

O’Mara Wants Farm Wage Board to Push Back Overtime Requirement
State Senator Tom O’Mara continues voicing his strong opposition to any move by the state’s newly created Farm Laborers Wage Board and called on the Board to roll back the current 60-hour threshold which requires farmers to pay their employees overtime. O’Mara joined members of the Senate Republican Conference for a virtual news conference call on the state’s Farm Laborers Wage Board to delay any further action until at least 2024.  

 

Legislator Maio Resigns from Corning City Dems
Steuben County legislator Steven Maio has tendered his resignation from the City of Corning Democratic Committee. The Committee voted to accept the letter. Maio was arrested last month and charged with patronizing a prostitute.

 

NYSPHSAA Votes to Push Back Starting Winter Sports Season
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s COVID-19 task force yesterday voted to push back the start of this season’s winter sports schedule, agreeing to move the start date from Nov. 16th to Nov. 30th to give schools and sections more time to complete the fall athletic season. The fall season is scheduled to start Sept. 21st, a date delayed to further prepare for competition amid coronavirus concerns.

 

Butter Sculpture Revealed Virtually by NADA
Though the state fair was canceled due to COVID-19, the American Dairy Association North East still brought their dairy-based art to the fair after their annual sculpture was unveiled virtually today. Sculptors made the piece which shows a dairy farmer providing milk to a student learning at home as part of this year’s theme “Nourishing Our Future”. This is the 52nd year the Dairy Association created a sculpture and this year’s creation used over 800 pounds of butter which will be recycled after it is done being on display and be used as fuel at a New York State dairy farm. Check out the sculpture on WETM’s news site: https://www.mytwintiers.com/news-cat/regional-news-news/new-york-state-fair-butter-sculpture-unveiled-virtually/

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