WVIN News Archives for 2023-10

Top Stories, October 31, 2023

Update On The Possible Local Sports Merger 

Bath School Superintendent Kelly Howk says there’s going to be a special school board workshop, Wednesday at 6:00pm at the Middle School, to discuss the possibility of an athletic merger between Bath and Hammondsport.

 

What's On The Ballot In Local Towns And Villages   

Early voting started Saturday.  Early voting is going on today, 10am to 6pm.  There will be early voting Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – and on Saturday and Sunday it’s 9am-5pm.   There id a proposition to vote on in Addison, on whether to make the Addison Highway Superintendent’s job an appointed position instead of an elected position.  In the Town of Wheeler, there’s also a vote on a proposition on making the highway superintendents job an appointed job instead of elected. In the Town of Pulteney there’s a prop on whether to increase the Pulteney Library budget by $3,450 a year. 

 

RECALL For WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Thingys

Steuben County Public Health says there’s a recall going on.  The FDA is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches.  Officials say that’s because the product may contain elevated levels of lead.

Top Stories, October 30, 2023

Campbell Man Killed In A Fatal Accident In Horseheads
The Chemung County Sheriff’s Department reports that 21 year old Andrew Davis of Campbell, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Horseheads on Saturday morning.  Officials with the sheriff’s department there say Davis struck a barrier in the roadway on or around I86 in the 8am hour Saturday morning, was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

 

RECALL: WANABANA APPLE CINNAMON FRUIT POUCHES

Steuben County Public Health says RECALL: The FDA is advising parents and caregivers not to buy or feed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches to children because the product may contain elevated levels of lead. Parents and caregivers of toddlers and young children who may have consumed WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches should contact their child’s healthcare provider about getting a blood test.

 

Governor Hochul Was In Tompkins County Today

Governor Kathy Hochul was in Ithaca today, for a roundtable to discuss the anti-semitic threats made to Cornell University.  The national news is reporting today that there were numerous death threats made to Jewish students at Cornell.   

 

Early Voting Is Underway & Election Day Is Coming Up 

Early voting started in Steuben County this past Saturday.  There are three early voting locations, one in Bath at the County Annex Building at 20 East Morris Street in Bath.  The other early voting sites are in Hornell at the Community Arts Center and in Corning at the South East County Library.  Early voting hours are 10am-6pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Early voting ends Sunday November 5.  If you’re going to vote on the official election day, Tuesday November 7.  Election Commissioners also say you have to go to your assigned poll site, according to the district you live in on Election Day.  Voting on election day in Bath is at all voting locations, Bath District 1 is at the Kanona Fire Department, Bath District  2 is the Savona Municipal Building, Bath District 3 is the Bath Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Bath District 4 is at the Centenary United Methodist Church. 

 

Glider Accident In Chemung County On Saturday 

Also, there was a glider accident in Big Flats, that was on Saturday afternoon.  The sheriff’s department  there says that a 67 year old Pennsylvania man was giving glider flying lessons to a 14 year old girl from Horseheads when the glider went down on Harris Hill Road.  Neither the instructor or the 14 year old girl were injured.

 

Prescription Drug Bottle Take Back Day Was A Big Success

The Steuben County Sheriff’s department says thety held a Drug Take Back Day event this past weekend here at the Public Safety Building in Bath, NY. The event collected 81 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications. This is on top of the hundreds of pounds of unwanted and unused prescription drugs that the Sheriff's Office collects and destroys annually.

Top Stories, October 27, 2023

No More 4H At The Steuben County Fairs 

It looks like 4H is going to stop using the Steuben County Fairgrounds for the 4H displays.  Cornell Cooperative Extension officials said this morning, that they voted yesterday, to stop using the Steuben County Fairgrounds as a location for 4-H displays.  The statement from Cornell Cooperative Extension reads quote, “a local property that is safe, welcoming and kind to all 4-Hers, families, visitors and staff that allows the 4-H program to follow State and County 4-H rules and policy.  This is currently not guaranteed by the Steuben County Agricultural Society at the Steuben County Fairgrounds. We recommend changes to the venue to provide equity between programs, exhibits, and shows; and a safe and inclusive environment that fosters positive youth development.”  The statement from Cornell Cooperative Extension also says they have to “prioritize the safety of our program participants, families and staff and feel that a change in venue is necessary at this time.”   We were unable to reach the county fair’s office by newstime for a response. 

 

Stopping Halloween DWI's Is A Statewide Thing 

Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that State Police and local law enforcement will be out in force through Halloween in order to crack down on impaired and reckless driving. The enforcement period began today and runs through Tuesday, Oct. 31.

 

Two Suspects Wanted In Bath, Found In New Jersey 

The Village Of Bath Police Department reports the arrest of Joshua Hakes, 40, as well as Diane Dziaba, both of Bath.  According to Bath Police, both Hakes and Dziabia were wanted on gun charges.  The two were found in NJ where they were taken into custody.  They will be brought back to Bath.  

 

Statement From Bath Police, About Work At Their Office

"Asbestos removal is running behind schedule. Anticipate another week of the front of the Municipal building being closed. Continue to use the back door. Thank you."

Top Stories, October 26, 2023

Road Work In Campbell Is Going On, Until Monday Morning

The NYS DOT is working on I-86 east between Exits 41 and 42 in the town of Campbell.  They say that that part of I-86 is expected to reopen on Monday, by 7 a.m.

 

Promising Gateway Act 2023

Democrat U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is working to get a law passed to get the Food and Drug Administration to get treatments approved more quickly, for those with rare diseases.  Gillibrand’s bill is called the Promising Gateway Act.  She says it's bipartisan legislation to expedite provisional FDA approval of drugs intended to treat ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and other life-threatening diseases. 
The standard FDA approval process takes years to get drugs to market," said Gililbrand.  "But patients with rapidly progressing illnesses often don’t have years to wait. The Promising Pathway Act would create a provisional approval pathway and help get promising treatments to those who need them."   

 

Langworthy Is Supporting New House Speaker

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy says, he likes the new House Speaker, Mike Johnson of Louisiana.  Langworthy says he’s supporting Johnson.  Senate Majority Leader Democrat Chuck Schumer says, he’s hoping to work with House Speaker Johnson to avoid a government shutdown.

State Senator Tom O’Mara says the State Police are still taking job applications for those who want to become a state trooper. 

Top Stories, October 25, 2023

Tractor Trailer Driver Facing Numerous Charges 

From NYSP:  On October 20, 2023, troopers from SP Painted Post located an 18-wheel tractor-trailer on I-86 westbound that had been involved in an accident in Chemung County and had fled the scene. A 33 year old Canadian man, was arrested for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and traffic infractions.  He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Campbell Town Court in late November.

 

Steuben County Stop-DWI Campaign Reminder 

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard announced today that Steuben County police agencies and STOP-DWI Coordinators will participate in special efforts to bring awareness to the dangers of impaired driving.  The statewide STOP-DWI High Visibility Engagement Campaign will start on October 27 and will end on November 1.

 

Public Works Commish Rose: CDL Training Is Great 

Steuben County Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose has gotten the county to start up a CDL driver’s license training program.  Rose says the county hopes to get eight to ten people taking these CDL driver ‘s license classes a year. 

 

Mayor Compliments A Local Patriotic Business Owner

Bath Mayor Michael Sweet is praising Meyers R.V. in Bath, for having a very large American flag flying over their business.  Mayor Sweet says, thanks to the owners of Meyers R.V. for doing this.

Top Stories, October 24, 2023

Accident In Bath, One Person Sent To The Hospital

There was a car accident yesterday in Bath.  That was on Steuben Street.  Officials say there were injuries and one person was transported by helicopter to Robert Packard Hospital, in Sayre, Pennsylvania.  

 

The Steuben County Legislature Is Taking Big Steps To Get More Volunteer Emergency Medical Techs, Firefighters

Steuben County Legislators have approved a plan to encourage volunteerism in emergency medical services in the county by paying stipends to offset the high cost of training.   The plan calls for anyone now a member of a volunteer emergency medical services agency to receive $1,800 after completing Emergency Medical Technician Certification.  Volunteers will receive a stipend of $400 for completing their EMT re-certification and remaining a member of a volunteer emergency services provider.  Also any volunteer wishing to receive the stipend will be required to file a request for the stipend signed by the Chief of the volunteer management agency and submit an IRS form W-9.

 

Meet The Coach Night, At Prattsburgh School Gym

There’s going to be a meet the coach night, tomorrow night at six, at the Prattsburgh Central School big gym.

October 23, 2023

The Sheriff Says A Shot Fired In Bath During Break-In

From The Sheriifs Dept:  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on October 21, 2023, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Patrick J. Phillips, age 36, of Rumsey Street, Bath, New York, following an investigation of an alleged attempted entry into a dwelling with a shot fired through a residential door. It is alleged that Mr. Phillips attempted to unlawfully enter a dwelling and fired a shotgun round through the door of that dwelling before leaving in a reported stolen vehicle. Deputies located Mr. Phillips on Nash Road in the Town of Bath, after he allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle, disarmed him, and took him into custody with the assistance of the New York State Police. Mr. Phillips was charged with Burglary in the First Degree, a class C. Felony, Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D Felony and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, also a class D Felony. Mr. Phillips was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. The investigation is ongoing with several scenes being processed for evidence. Further charges are anticipated. Mr. Phillips was taken to a medical center for treatment of wounds sustained in the vehicle crash, treated and released and returned to custody.  Sheriff Allard thanks the New York State Police and the Village of Bath Police Department for their assistance in this investigation and arrest.

 

Youth In Government Program Members Honored Today

WHEREAS, the Steuben County Youth in Government Intern Program was established in 1983, initially through a contract with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and then provided as a youth service program of the Steuben County Youth Bureau; and WHEREAS, the Youth in Government Intern Program encourages high school juniors and seniors to become more involved in the political process, offering them a unique hands-on experience with Steuben County Government and providing them with an overview of county departments, the legislative process, and the various public service career opportunities; and WHEREAS, since its inception, over 1,350 Steuben County students have participated in the program, representing all school districts in the County; and WHEREAS, several Youth in Government graduates have pursued careers in all levels of government, including many who currently work for, or represent constituents of, Steuben County; and WHEREAS, the success of this program warrants recognition on the 40th anniversary of its creation.   NOW THEREFORE, I, SCOTT J. VANETTEN, Chairman of the Steuben County Legislature, on behalf of the members of this Legislature and as a graduate of the first class of the Youth in Government program, do hereby recognize the Steuben County Youth in Government Intern Program on the occasion of its Anniversary.

 

Yates County Child Gets Sick From THC-Laced Brownie

In Yates County, the sheriff’s Department reports the arrest of two adults, ages 38 and 40, who reportedly allowed a young girl to eat a brownie with THC in it.  Officials say, the girl got very sick.  The 38 year old woman and the 40 year old man, are each charged with endangering the welfare of a child.  The incident is alleged to have happened on September 8.  The two suspects were charged this past Friday. 

Top Stories, October 20, 2023

Stop DWI Halloween Police Campaign Starts Next Week

The Bath Village Police Department will be taking part in the statewide STOP DWI Halloween campaign. That’ll run from October 27 through October 31.

 

50th Anniversary Of The Death Of An Area Police Officer

Hornell City Officials say there will be a dedication ceremony at the new Union Park there, just off of Seneca Street in Hornell.  They’ll be unveiling the Sgt. Dan Swift Memorial at the park.  Sgt. Swift was killed in the line of duty on October 24th 1973 in Hornell.  The ceremony will be held at noon on Saturday, October 28.  

 

Walking Tour Next Week In Hammondsport Museum

The Finger Lakes Boating Museum is having a guided walking tour next Thursday and Friday, starting at 6:30pm.  These are 15 minute walking tours, at the Boating Museum in Hammondsport. 

 

Yates County Looking To Hire Corrections Officers

The Yates County Sheriff’s Department is having an open house, for those interested in becoming Corrections Officers.  That’ll be Thursday, October 26 in Penn Yan at the Yates County Public Safety Building, starting at 6pm on Thursday of next week. 


Sex Trafficking Allegations In Chemung County 

From NYSP Chemung County:  On October 18, 2023, the New York State Police from SP Horseheads announce the arrest of two persons subsequent to a month-long investigation into the report of child sexual abuse.    Joseph D. Storch, age 33, of Veteran, NY, was arrested for Sex Trafficking of a Child (B Felony). Storch was arraigned in the Town of Veteran Court and committed to the Chemung County Jail on a $500,000 cash or $1,000,000 bond pending future court proceedings. 

Edward F. Wheaton, age 68, of Elmira, NY, was arrested on an arrest warrant charging him with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child (A-II Felony). Wheaton was arrested on the warrant by members of the Gaston County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department.  Wheaton was charged as a Fugitive From Justice and is being held in the Gaston County Jail while awaiting extradition back to New York State.  The New York State Police were assisted in this investigation by Chemung County Child Protective Services (CPS) and the Chemung County Child Advocacy Center (CAC).   The investigation is ongoing, and future charges are anticipated. Anyone with information regarding these two individuals is asked to contact the New York State Police at (585)–398-4100. 

Top Stories, October 19, 2023

D.A. Baker: Xylazine, Is Now In Steuben County Drug Cases

Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker says there has been more than one case of the severe skin rotting drug Xylazine being used, in the county.  "We have seen a couple of cases where that stuff is being sold," Baker said this morning.  "We are hearing that it is floating around the streets.  That's how Fentanyl started.  First we heard it was a national problem, it was popping up, around the border, and then we were hearing more about it.  Then it began to replace cocaine and heroin, and now it's in all of our drugs."

 

Update On The Alfred State Gang Assault Case
The four Elmira suspects, who are ages 19 and 20, who are accused of 1st degree gang assault, against an Alfred State College student, were in Alfred Village Court last night.  Alfred Village Judge Wende Bush remanded the four back to Allegany County Jail.  Bail is the same as before, $25,000 for three of the suspects, $10,000 for the other suspect.

 

The Governor's Father Has Died

Empire Report New York has a story this morning, about how Governor Kathy Hochul’s father, 92 year old Jack Courtney, died of a brain hemorrage in Florida overnight.  The governor wrote a message about her father, on the Western Wall.  Her father had been to Israel and very much liked to go there.  The New York Post reports that the governor wrote on the Western Wall, quote, “I pray for my father, who cherished his visit to this Holy Land, and who passed during the night.” 

Top Stories, October 18, 2023

A Hornby Man Facing Numerous Gun/Drug Charges

From State Police:  On October 17, 2023, members of Troop E, Violent Gangs and Narcotics Enforcement Team (VGNET) executed a search warrant at 3865 State Route 414 in the town of Hornby, Steuben County. During the execution of the warrant, the following items were seized: approximately 1.5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine, packaging materials, digital scales, two illegally possessed handguns, one with a 24-round high capacity magazine, one assault-style 12 gauge shotgun, one .223 assault-style rifle, two other shotguns, two deer hunting rifles, several high capacity magazines and a large quantity of ammunition.   The suspect, a 24-year-old male, Ian F. Travis, was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (B Felony), four counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd (D Felony),  two counts of Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th (A Misdemeanor),  and one count of Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia 2nd (A Misdemeanor). Travis was taken to the Steuben County Jail for CAP arraignment.  Troop E VGNET was assisted by the Elmira Police Department Drug Enforcement Unit and the Corning Police Department.  

 

Some Public Hearings Scheduled On Local Budgets 

There is a Public hearing for the Campbell Fire District Budget at 6pm this evening at the New Campbell Fire Station on Route 415-.  Also, Campbell Town Clerk Michelle Seeley says the Campbell Town Board is working on the town budget.  There will be a public hearing about the Campbell Town Budget on October 23 at the Campbell Town Hall.  The Town of Urbana is holding another Budget Meeting tonight at 6 pm to continue working on the budget. 

 

Update On The Assault Of An Alfred State Student

The four suspects who are accused of assaulting an Alfred State College student on Sunday, are all from Elmira.  From University Police: 

All four of the below individuals were charged with one count of Gang Assault in the 1st degree of the NYS Penal Law.

  • Eric R Plante 19 of Elmira, NY
  • Jayson E Lewis 20 of Elmira NY
  • William J Blye 20 of Elmira NY
  • Moses N Scharborough 19 of Elmira NY

 

Top Stories, October 17, 2023

Three Bath Police Sergeants, Are Being Honored

Steuben County and Bath Village officials say that Bath Village Police Sergeants Ruggles and Recktenwald were commended for their involvement in the arrest of the active shooter on Roosevelt Avenue in Bath, on the night of August 20.   Also, 

Bath Mayor Michael Sweet and others are congratulating Sgt. Megan Cheresnowsky.  Mayor Sweet is saying that Sgt. Cheresnowsky is the youngest person to ever become a sgt, and the first female to be promoted to that rank in the Bath Police Department. 

 

Two Budget Hearings Coming Up In The Town Of Campbell

There is a Public hearing for the Campbell Fire District Budget tomorrow at the New Campbell Fire Station on Route 415- that will be at 6:00pm Wednesday evening.  Also, Campbell Town Clerk Michelle Seeley says the Campbell Town Board is working on the town budget.  There will be a public hearing about the Campbell Town Budget on October 23 at the Campbell Town Hall.

 

Urbana Voting Tonight About The State's Tax Cap 

The Urbana Town Board is going to  have vote on Local Law No. 3 of 2023, a local law overriding the property tax cap for the fiscal year commencing January 1, 2024.   They are holding another Budget Meeting tomorrow night at 6 pm to continue working on the budget, in Urbana. 

 

Senator O'Mara: Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

Republican State Senator Tom O’Mara says, the increase in New York State Electric And Gas utility bills, is only the beginning.  "It's just the tip of the iceberg," O'Mara said yesterday.  "It's being done to keep up with the (state) Green New Deal and to keep up with the electrification of everything," O'Mara said. 


Hostages Update From The Governor And Sen Gillibrand 

Governor Kathy Hochul is heading to Israel today.  The Democrat governor also says she’s working with the State Department to get the hostages out.  "As the Governor of the largest Jewish population outside Israel, I recognize we have a unique and solemn responsibility to support Israel during this critical moment. I'm proud to stand with my fellow Governors to show our support for Israel, and grateful to my colleagues for their bold moral leadership," said Hochul.  Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is also speaking out about the hostages.  "I want the hostages and their families to know," Gillibrand said, "we will not stop fighting for you.  We will do everything to bring you home and we will never give in to terrorists."    

 

DEA Drug Take Back Day Is Coming Up In Bath

The Steuben County Sheriff’s Department says there is going to be a D.E.A. drug take back day, in Bath, Saturday October 28 at the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Rumsey Street Extension in Bath.  Sheriff Jim Allard says, come say hi to our deputies, and at the same time, drop off your unused medicine bottles. 

Top Stories, October 16, 2023

Violent Assault Of An Alfred State College Student 

An Alfred State College student was the victim of a violent assault in the early morning hours of Sunday by four out of town males, who were not Alfred State College students.  Here is more on that story: officials now say that the four suspects are in Allegany County Jail on bail, three of them on $25,000 bail, one of the suspects on $10,000 cash bail.  The four will appear in Alfred Village Court Wednesday night, October 18 at 7pm.  Officials say that the suspects claim they were visiting a family member at Alfred State College. 

 

Statement From Alfred State College President Dr. Steven Mauro, Regarding This Incident: "Early (Sunday) morning, a student was assaulted and seriously injured while walking back onto our Alfred campus. A witness reported the incident resulting in University Police Officers responding within seconds to render aid and take the four suspects responsible, all non-students, into custody. The suspects, who face felony charges, were arraigned before a judge and remanded to the Allegany County Jail in lieu of bail. 

"The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.  Members of the college’s administration are actively in contact with the family as we show support and solidarity for a member of our community. We recognize that any situation of violence is unsettling in our small campus community and village.  Staff at Health and Wellness Services can provide support if you feel your own well-being is impacted.  You can contact them at 607-687-4200 or by going to T.A. Parish Hall during open hours.

"We are grateful to the witness for immediately reporting the incident and to University Police Officers for standing at the ready, both last night and as a normal service 24/7. "

 

Southport Man Is Charged For Allegedly Stealing A Bike

State Troopers say a 50 year old man from Southport, was identified on a door camera video, as being the suspect believed to have stolen a bicycle from a home in Horseheads six weeks ago. The 50 year old Southport man was issued an appearance ticket to answer to a charge of petit larceny.


Senator Schumer Had To Take Cover Twice, In Israel

ABC News, the NY Daily News, and other media outlets are reporting that Democrat U.S. Senator, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, had to go into a shelter on Israel, two times over the weekend, because of the Hamas rockets.  Schumer said, that "this is what Israelis are going through every day."  In other news, Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy who voted late last week for two pro Israel resolutions, Langworthy says that congress needs a house speaker to be able to help Israel, Langworthy will vote tonight at 600 for a new house speaker.  

 

Top Stories, October 13, 2023

Two Men In Bath Are Facing Meth Charges

Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft reports that after Bath Police executed a search warrant, a large amount of meth was found inside an apartment at 5 Lackawanna Street.  Shannon Brockway, 54, Bath, was charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Dominic Trentini, 55, Bath, was charged with 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police say Brockway was held, Trentini was ticketed and released.

 

Sheriff Allard: Two Welfare Fraud Cases In Bath

Sheriff Jim Allard says there’s two welfare fraud cases in Bath.  One suspect’s accused of getting $42.00 they were not entitled to, by using someone else’s EBT card.  The other suspect is accused of the same kind of thing, but it’s unknown how much money is involved in that case.

 

New York State Electric And Gas Utiltity Bills: Going Up 

The New York State Public Service Commission approved a 61 percent rate increase for NYSEG customers.  More than one source is saying that the Public Service Commission was going to make it a 120 percent increase on utility bills for NYSEG customers, but Governor Kathy Hochul got them to make it a 61 percent rate increase, half of what the PSC wanted originally for NYSEG.  The governor put out a statement right away, saying that she got $400 million dollars in the state budget to help NYSEG customers out, because she knew this was coming.  A A R P put out a statement too, saying they supported the governor for fighting this increase, and A A R P was against the Public Service Commission raising utlitiy bills as much as they are though, for NYSEG customers.

 

Tenney And Langworthy: Finger Lakes Legislation

Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney wants to get the Finger Lakes named a National Heritage Area, this is legislation is being supported by Congressman Nick Langworthy.   “Spanning from Cayuga County to Livingston County, the Finger Lakes region boast a wealth of cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it a fitting candidate for designation as a National Heritage Area,” said Congresswoman Tenney. “Securing this designation for the Finger Lakes will promote economic growth through tourism all while ensuring that the region’s rich history and stories are preserved for future generations to come. I am honored to have introduced this bill today and look forward to seeing our region receive the recognition it deserves.”    From Congressman Nick Langworthy: “The Finger Lakes Region is proud of our rich history and lasting impact on our nation, from supporting women’s suffrage to aiding the abolitionist movement.  This legislation to create a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area will federally recognize our region’s historic significance, promoting tourism and preserving our stories for future generations.”

Top Stories, October 13, 2023

Two Men In Bath Are Facing Meth Charges

Bath Village Police Chief Colin Taft reports that after Bath Police executed a search warrant, a large amount of meth was found inside an apartment at 5 Lackawanna Street.  Shannon Brockway, 54, Bath, was charged with 3rd degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Dominic Trentini, 55, Bath, was charged with 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.  Police say Brockway was held, Trentini was ticketed and released.

 

Sheriff Allard: Two Welfare Fraud Cases In Bath

Sheriff Jim Allard says there’s two welfare fraud cases in Bath.  One suspect’s accused of getting $42.00 they were not entitled to, by using someone else’s EBT card.  The other suspect is accused of the same kind of thing, but it’s unknown how much money is involved in that case.

 

New York State Electric And Gas Utiltity Bills: Going Up 

The New York State Public Service Commission approved a 61 percent rate increase for NYSEG customers.  More than one source is saying that the Public Service Commission was going to make it a 120 percent increase on utility bills for NYSEG customers, but Governor Kathy Hochul got them to make it a 61 percent rate increase, half of what the PSC wanted originally for NYSEG.  The governor put out a statement right away, saying that she got $400 million dollars in the state budget to help NYSEG customers out, because she knew this was coming.  A A R P put out a statement too, saying they supported the governor for fighting this increase, and A A R P was against the Public Service Commission raising utlitiy bills as much as they are though, for NYSEG customers.

 

Tenney And Langworthy: Finger Lakes Legislation

Republican Congresswoman Claudia Tenney wants to get the Finger Lakes named a National Heritage Area, this is legislation is being supported by Congressman Nick Langworthy.   “Spanning from Cayuga County to Livingston County, the Finger Lakes region boast a wealth of cultural heritage and natural beauty, making it a fitting candidate for designation as a National Heritage Area,” said Congresswoman Tenney. “Securing this designation for the Finger Lakes will promote economic growth through tourism all while ensuring that the region’s rich history and stories are preserved for future generations to come. I am honored to have introduced this bill today and look forward to seeing our region receive the recognition it deserves.”    From Congressman Nick Langworthy: “The Finger Lakes Region is proud of our rich history and lasting impact on our nation, from supporting women’s suffrage to aiding the abolitionist movement.  This legislation to create a Finger Lakes National Heritage Area will federally recognize our region’s historic significance, promoting tourism and preserving our stories for future generations.”

Top Stories, October 12, 2023

Flags Are Now At Half-Staff In New York State

The governor has ordered that flags across New York State be at half staff, until further notice, in remembrance of the New York State residents in Israel, who are now dead, or have been kidnapped. 

 

Walk To End Alsheimers, This Weekend, At W.G.I. 

Ira Davenport Hospital officials in Bath say, Arnot Ogden representatives will be taking part in the Walk To End Alsheimers this Saturday, at Watkins Glen International.  That walk will be at 4pm at Watkins Glen. 

 

The Hammondsport Sports Merger Info-Meeting Is Tonight

The Hammondsport School District will be having that informational meeting at 630pm, at the school auditorium, about a potential sports merger, for Hammondsport.  The Hammondsport School Superintendent seems to indicate in his online postings, that he’s hoping for a sports merger with the Bath school district.  Also, Hammondsport will be having their regular monthly school board meeting on Wednesday October 18th, at 600pm in the high school library.   

 

There's Home Safety Forums Coming Up In Bath
Steuben County officials say there’s going to be forums on Safety, these forums will be on October 26th at the Cenetary United Methodist Church in Bath.  The first forum begins at 1pm, the second forum starts at 2pm.  There will be informational sessions and training, for people of all ages, and some sessions will focus on senior citizens.  Again, this will be October 26th at the Cenetary United Methodist Church.     

 

Bath Police Chief Congratulates Sgt. Cherenowsky 

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, Congratulations to Acting Sergeant Cheresnowsky in completing the 2 week Instructor Development Course. She will start her instruction this Thursday with teaching the agency juvenile law and our policy as it pertains to them.

Top Stories, October 11, 2023

Gov Hochul: Bath Getting $23 Mil - For Water Upgrades

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the Village of Bath, is getting $23,712,500 in short-term interest-free financing and $14,767,125 grant from BIL general supplemental funds.  That's in addition to $1,287,500 short-term interest-free financing and $2,722,500 CWSRF grant for the planning, design and construction of wastewater treatment plant improvements, including nutrient removal and disinfection upgrades. 

 

Message From The Bath Village Police Department 

Bath Police have announced that the front door of the Municipal Building at 110 Liberty St. (police department) will be closed starting Monday for approximately 2 weeks. Asbestos abatement is beginning. The back doors will be unlocked and the police department dispatch will be located in the board room for the next 4.5 months.

 

Overdose Report For Sept 2023, For Steuben County

The Steuben County Public Health Department says that last month, 24 overdoses were reported. One overdose was fatal, and 3 instances of Narcan administration were cited.  Public Health Director, Darlene Smith said quote “The decreasing trend of overdoses and fatalities compared to previous months in 2023 is promising, You can find our Narcan training online and Narcan kits are available throughout the county.”

 

Bath School Board Meets Tonight At 6:00pm

The Bath School Board meets tonight at 6pm at the Dana Lyons Middle School.  At 5:45 p.m., prior to the School Board Meeting, there will be a presentation of the previous Capital Project Plaque.
 

Hammondsport's Sports Merger Meeting

On Thursday, the Hammondsport School District will be having that informational meeting at 630pm, about a potential sports merger, for Hammondsport.  That will be in the school auditorium.  Hammondsport School officials also posted this document, from the Bath Central School District .  (Click red link, to view.)

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A Youth In Government Ceremony At Next County Meeting

Dozens of youth services advocates from across the Southern Tier met with local elected leaders for the Expanded Learning Network of The Southern Tier (ELNoST) at the Steuben County Annex. The need to reach children and youth has never been greater, according to Stacey Wing, Prevention Services Supervisor. Wing noted studies show children affected by the global COVID pandemic have experienced serious delays in their development, including social and emotional skills. Yet youth centers and other related services struggle with locating qualified staff, cuts in funding and complicated documentation that does not reflect the needs of children in the Southern Tier. State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, R-Corning acknowledged the issues youth face and the challenges.  

Program Coordinator BATH – The Steuben County Legislature will be recognizing the 40th anniversary of the county Youth In Government (YIG) program during a brief ceremony at the beginning of the Legislative session set for 10 am, Monday, Oct. 23. A unique program in the state, YIG has introduced hundreds of high school juniors and seniors throughout the county to local governmental operations, departments and issues. The students then hold a simulated legislative session during which they present and vote on resolutions they have developed as a result of their participation. “We know many county residents have been involved in YIG since it started in 1983,” said county Youth Bureau Coordinator Bill Caudill. “We have been told it has provided a better understanding of Steuben’s government, led to active involvement in their communities and developed leadership skills that have served them well.” Caudill said he wants to inform YIG alumni of the program and encourage them to attend the short formal recognition on Oct. 23. “Regardless of whether they can attend the meeting,” he said. “We want them to know they are a testament to the value and longevity of Youth In Government.” Alumni are encouraged to contact the Youth Bureau to share their memories and how the program impacted their careers by emailing BCaudill@SteubenCountyNY.gov.

Top Stories, October 10, 2023

Some County Meetings Going On In Bath Today

The Steuben County Administration Committee and Finance Committee are meeting today.  The Administration Committee talked, among other things, possibly having a surplus auction.  The Finance Committee discusses possibly buying EMS vehicles and equipment.

 

A Veterans Event In Savona This Morning 

The Veterans One Stop Center is having a veterans event, this morning at 9:30am.  This event will be at 8469 Oak Hill Road in Savona, at 930am today.  

 

Langworthy Is Urging New Yorkers Who Are In Israel To Have These Telephone Contact Numbers Handy 

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy is also stressing to all New York State residents who are in Israel now, to call the State Department if they run into any trouble.  Langworthy’s got  several phone numbers posted on his website, for state department and embassy contact info.   Here they are: 

U.S. citizens seeking to be in touch with the U.S. Embassy in Israel, please click this link for our crisis intake form, or call 1-833-890-9595 (toll free) and 606-641-0131 (local). For the latest security alert regarding Israel, please click here.  To reach the State Department for help in an emergency, call +1 202-501-4444.

 

Senator Schumer Speaks Out On Israel, From China

Democrat U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is in China, where he is pressured Chinese leader Xi Ping to come out more strongly against Hamas for attacking Israel.  From China, Schumer condemned the recent pro-Hamas rallies in Time Square.  Schumer said everyone, no matter what their views are, should be against the attacks on Israel.

Top Stories, October 9, 2023

More Info Out, About The Friday Fire In Bath

The Bath Volunteer Fire Department put out a statement about that House fire on Friday in Bath.  The fire was at 29 Delaware Avenue, no people were injured in that fire but several pets died.  There was also heavy smoke damage.   The Bath Volunteer Fire Departments also reports that there were two accidents on I-86 over the weekend, which Bath volunteers responded to.      

 

29 Yr Old Hornell Man Dies In Chemung Co Train Accident

A Hornell man who had just gotten a job in Big Flats, was hit and killed by a train while walking to work in Chemung County on Saturday.  That’s according to the Chemung County Sheriff’s Department.  Officials say Timothy Galusha was listening to something on earbuds while walking on the train tracks, at the time he was struck by the train.  It was explained by the sheriff's dept. that it's believed that Galusha did not see or hear it coming.  The Norfolk Southern Train conductor was said to have sounded the horn and applied the brakes, but unfortunately, Galusha did not get out of the way in time.  Timothy Galusha, was 29 years old. 

 

New York State Officials And The War In Israel 

Governor Kathy Hochul is working with airports and the Israeli Embassy to help out with that situation as much as possible.  The Wall Street Journal reports that Democrat U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer spoke with CIA officials on Saturday and that Schumer said he’s vowing to "do everything he can to help Israel."  Democerat  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she was "horrified by the scenes out of Israel and strongly condemns the Hamas attacks."  Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy says that the House needs to, "quickly elect a new speaker so the house can act to aid our Ally, Israel."

 

O'Mara Praising The New LP Building Solutions Facility  

Republican State Senator Tom O’Mara is praising LP Building Solutions for their work on a new facility in Bath.  O’Mara says LP will receive its exterior home siding product at the new Bath facility via rail from its siding production mills.  "The material will then be painted, packaged and distributed via LP’s existing network throughout the Northeast and beyond," O'Mara stated.

Top Stories, October 6, 2023

Steuben Co Public Works Commish Rose Statement Regarding That Bridge In The Town Of Campbell 

Steuben County Department of Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose says the Wood Road Bridge in the Town of Campbell is posted for a 20-ton limit effective immediately. The bridge between County Route 125 and Savona Campbell Road, and was closed for six weeks for deck repair.

 

A Number You Might Call This Long Holiday Weekend 

From Steuben Co Public Health:   Steuben Public Health will be closed Monday 10/09/2023 for Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples' Day. If you have a public health concern that cannot wait (like a rabies concern), call our on call number to speak with a nurse: 1-800-836-4444. We will return Tuesday 10/10/2023.

 

Hammondsport Central Hoping For A Sports Team Merger

Could there possibly be, a sports team merger, down the road sometime, between Hammondsport and another school in the area?  The answer is, maybe.  But it appears that this is a long way off.  The Hammondsport School Board president sent out a letter to neighboring schools around six months ago, asking if any local schools were interested in an athletic merger.  Bath School Superintendent Kelly Howk says, the Bath School Board discussed this letter at the September Bath School Board meeting.  The latest is that Hammondsport  Central School is holding a town hall meeting next week.  "I am holding a town hall meeting next Thursday, October 12th at 6:30pm in our auditorium," Hammondsport Superintendent Kyle Bower tells Wvin.  "For the purposes of resharing the information the Board gathered and answering questions from the community. We are still in the exploratory phase of this process with a long way to go," Bower stated in his email this morning.

 

Gov Gives Break To Those Applying To SUNYs This Month  

If you want to go to Corning Community College or know someone who does, check this out: The Albany Times Union reports that Governor Kathy Hochul is making it so students submitting applications to SUNY Colleges, won’t have to pay an application fee if they apply this month.   

 

Veterans Event In Savona, Called Off Due To The WX

Steuben County officials announced online this morning, that due to the weather, the Veterans One Stop Mud Creek Bison Ranch event this Sunday in Savona has been cancelled. 

 

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Grade School Ag News

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County has a new program called Agriculture in the Classroom.  How does it work?  Agricultural educators will be stopping by classrooms at schools throughout Steuben County, grades K - 7.  "There are currently 7 Districts that have joined this program and in the first month 5 of the districts have had their first lesson" said an official with Cornell Cooperative.  "The totals for September include 38 classrooms with 629 students in attendance. As this new program takes off CCE Steuben is looking forward to watching it grow and bringing more awareness of agriculture to our classrooms."

 

Bath Village Fall Leaf Collection Begins Soon

 

Top Stories, October 5, 2023

Calling Hours/Funeral Services Are Today For William Hawk

Calling hours for former Bath Fire Chief Bill Hawk, will be held at Fagan's Funeral Home, this afternoon from 1:00-3:00 pm with a memorial service at 3:00 pm.  After that, there’ll be a graveside service and burial in Grove Cemetery, Bath, NY. A reception will follow at the Bath Fire Hall.

 

Steuben Co Sheriff's Dept Seeking The Public's Help 

From Sheriff Jim Allard:   On October 3rd, 2023, Steuben County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a complaint in the Town of Rathbone. A resident reported an unusual incident that had allegedly taken place earlier in the day, in which two individuals purporting to represent law enforcement officers appeared at the residence to "seize weapons". After a brief conversation with the homeowner the individuals left the area. The Sheriff's Office has not received any similar complaints as of today's date. The individuals involved are alleged to have been operating a dark blue blue panel type van, with a sliding side door. The van had a white magnetic type star on the passenger side door. The complainant could provide no further description of the van. The individuals were described as wearing gray uniforms, with black stripes along the trouser leg. The uniforms appeared to have a fabric badge on the chest, and the individuals wore blue ball caps with a gold star emblem on the hat. The individuals are further described a 5'9" white male, with a stocky build, blue eyes, and a reddish color goatee. The second male is described as a tall black male, who was wearing an identical uniform and hat. The Steuben County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance with this investigation. Anyone with information or leads are encouraged to contact the Sheriff's Office at 607-622-3911 or utilize the Steuben County Sheriff's App to report any information.  

 

Homecoming Week Is Coming Up In Bath 

School officials in Bath say that Bath’s homecoming week/ weekend is next week and weekend.  There’s going to be a fun run planned for Friday October 13th, as well as a student dance and pep assembly and several athletic competitions along with a fun spirit week, going on next week. 

Von Miller Is Getting Better

The Buffalo Bills report that Von Miller is officially back at Bills practice.  According to the Bill's website, Sean McDermott said Miller was at practice yesterday.  Miller's status for Sunday's game in London is to be determined and McDermott said the team is taking it "one day at a time" with their veteran pass rusher.

 

DOT Holds A Steuben County Flood Training Event 

Officials with the DOT say that over 200 members of the Department of Transportation, the Thruway Authority, the D.E.C. and homeland security, were at an interagency flood training event in Hornell recently.  They say that the training event lasted several days.

Top Stories, October 4, 2023

Former Bath Fire Chief's Funeral Is Thursday, October 5

Calling hours for former Bath Volunteer Fire Chief William Hawk will be tomorrow, from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Fagan Funeral Home in Bath.  There will be a memorial service at 3pm and a burial at the Grove Cemetery, with a reception to follow at the Bath Fire Hall.  William Hawk was a lifelong member of the Bath Volunteer Fire Department and fire chief for Bath in the 1970's.  "Bill loved his life," the obiturary reads, "serving his community of Bath, as a lifetime member of the Bath Fire Department, where he was Chief from 1975-77, also as an EMT and treasurer for the Bath Ambulance Corps.  Bill was employed at BGE where he retired after 36 years.  Bill's life touched so many fortunate enough to know him, with his positive attitude and can do nature."  

 

Update On The Sheriff And The County Legislature

Steuben Supreme Court Judge Jason Cook has issued a temporary stay of the orders/resolutions which the county legislature passed, regarding Sheriff Jim Allard.  The county legislature recently voted to repeal the local law which required the county to pay for the sheriff’s legal defense.  The county legislature also ordered the sheriff to pay for his own, multi-million dollar, liability insurance.  So now the county’s resolutions, by the judge’s order are now null and void for the moment, and the resolutions will be examined by the judge again, on November 9th

Also connected to this case, the Steuben County Deputies Union put out a statement about the county’s controversies, which was posted in the Tuesday, October 3, 2023 WVIN News page.  That statement says that the deputies association is aware of the disputes and lawsuits and none of this will jeopardize the public safety. 

In addition to that, the State’s Association of Sheriff’s put out a statement, strongly defending Sheriff Allard.  The state’s association of sheriff’s accused the Steuben County Legislature of threatening to punish the sheriff for not running things exactly the sheriff’s office the way that certain lawmakers wanted.  

In response to the Deputies And State Sheriff's Statements, Steuben County Legislative Chair Scott Van Etten issued the following statement:  

"Like Sheriff Allard’s statements, the Sheriffs’ Association open letter is wrong on both the facts and substance. At no time has any member of the Legislature or County government ‘threatened to punish’ Sheriff Allard, as stated in the letter.
New York State Law, by default, does not provide a Sheriff with indemnification, it requires an act of the County Legislature to do so. The recent action of rescinding this local law merely requires Sheriff Allard to obtain liability insurance at levels
consistent with industry standards, as authorized by State Law.
Interestingly, it should be noted that Counsel for the Sheriffs’ Association has previously, in writing, agreed that New York State Law excludes Sheriffs from automatic indemnification provided to other County officials.  These actions in no way impact the rights of citizens, the protection or support of
staff in the Sheriff’s Office, or are political in any regard.
The constant accusations that a few Legislators and staff are seeking to usurp the authority of Sheriff Allard is absurd. The Sheriff has the ability to run his department as an independently elected official within the means of appropriate
State laws and County policies. What has merely been required is that Steuben County Policy regarding harassment and discrimination is adhered to by the Sheriff, to ensure that all Steuben County employees, which includes those employed in his department, are provided with the independent means of having their harassment and discrimination claims investigated. 

 

The Emergency Text Test, Is Today At 2:20 In The Afternoon

Steuben County Public Health is reminding county residents that a national test alert is going to be sent out across all cell phones today at 2:20pm in the afternoon.  County Public health says please let your family and friends know….and they say that domestic violence victims may have a hidden emergency phone that will need to be turned off during this time.  Cell towers will broadcast the alert for 30 minutes. Individuals may receive the test message anytime during those 30 minutes.  Officials say that this can be a safety risk for those living with an abusive person.  During the test, phones may emit a loud noise and/or vibrate and alert abusers to the location of hidden phones. National alerts also cannot be turned off on cell phones.  Domestic violence victims may have a hidden emergency phone that will need to be turned off during this time.

Top Stories, October 3, 2023

From The Deputies Association of the County of Steuben 

"The Deputies Association of the County of Steuben represents the sworn law enforcement members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office including Deputy Sheriff’s, Investigators, Lieutenant’s, and Sergeants.  The Deputies Association is aware of the dispute between Steuben County Leadership and Sheriff James Allard, including the repealing of a local law and a subsequent legal challenge. The Executive Board of the Deputies Association of the County of Steuben would like to ensure to all residents that this ongoing dispute between
Steuben County Leadership and Sheriff James Allard does not include the Deputies Association and will not affect the duties of our members, how the duties are performed by our members or jeopardize the public safety of the residents of Steuben County. The members of the Deputies Association of the County of Steuben remains committed to serving and protecting the residents of Steuben County."

Executive Board
Deputies Association of the County of Steuben

 

Addison Man Dies In Andover Accident On Thursday

FROM NYSP AMITY: On September 28, 2023, at 2:43 P.M., Troopers out of SP Amity responded to a one vehicle collision at the intersection of County Route 22 and State Route 417 in the town of Andover. Investigation determined that a 2003 International was traveling north bound on County Route 22 and crosses over the intersection of State Route 417 at a high rate of speed. The International struck the guiderail and overturns causing the operator, Michael D. Potter, 41 of Addison, NY to be ejected. Potter was pronounced deceased at the scene. The operator was not wearing a seat belt.  NYSP Collision Reconstruction and the Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in this investigation.

"The Town of Urbana is pleased to announce that the boats docks located at 'Depot Park' in Hammondsport will be removed this week in preparation for the new ones to go in this coming spring 2024. There is a process that we must follow and this is getting us into position for the new sought after docks located in Depot Park. The current ones have been there for years and have finally taken their toll, we receive many complaints during the boating season on how unsafe they are.  They have become a real safety hazard and need to be gone.  The boat launch will remain open and useable and the boat launch dock will remain intact as well."

 

Addison Woman Is Facing Charges 

From The Sheriff:  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on September 29, 2023, deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Dorothy M. Clifton, age 50, of Tuscarora Street, Addison, New York, following an investigation of a reported assault in the Village of Addison on September 3rd, 2023.  It is alleged that Ms. Clifton struck another person with a blunt instrument, causing injury.  The victim was treated and released at a local medical facility.  Ms. Clifton was charged with Assault in the Second Degree, a class D Felony and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree.  Ms. Clifton was arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and released.

 

Two Corning Men Charged For Erwin Break-In

From The Sheriff:  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on September 29, 2023, Investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Manuel Colon, Jr., age 18, of Third Street, Corning, New York, and Malik D. Smith, age 21, of Steuben Street, Corning, New York, following an investigation of a reported burglary in the Town of Erwin on September 16th, 2023.  It is alleged   that Mr. Colon and Mr. Smith entered a residence without permission and stole property valued in excess of $1,000.  Mr. Colon and Mr. Smith were charged with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C Felony and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E Felony.  Mr. Colon and Mr. Smith were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court and remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of $1.00 bail.  Sheriff Allard thanks the City of Corning Police Department for their assistance in this investigation and subsequent arrest.  

Top Stories, October 2, 2023

Sheriff Allard Sues The County And Two County Heads

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard has sued the Steuben County, the Steuben County Legislature, County Chair Scott Van Etten and County Manager Jack Wheeler. 

 

See full statement from the sheriff below: 

On Monday, September 25, a divided Steuben County Legislature passed two unprecedented resolutions, with virtually no public input or debate, that stripped me of the legal defense and indemnification against lawsuits that the County Legislature unanimously gave me just six years ago; and imposed an unlawful requirement on me to purchase millions of dollars in liability insurance. One of these resolutions would prevent me from carrying out the duties of my office until I have personally purchased those millions of dollars in insurance; the other takes away the protection that the County gives to other officers and staff against being sued for performing their duties.
The Legislature offered me no reasons for this action. I won't speculate about their motives, except to say that this comes after years of moves by a handful of members of County government to undermine confidence in my administration. What I can say is that these resolutions don't serve any public safety interest, or any law enforcement interest, or any taxpayer interest. The resolutions place unlawful restrictions on an independent, elected office punishing my administration for trying to carry out the duties and obligations we have under the law. More than that, they poison the good working relationship that this office has always had with its county-level partners. Even setting aside the law - leaving aside the legal arguments about these resolutions - they just defy common sense in good government, which is why a statewide association of Sheriffs is poised to come out in opposition to them as well. I did not ever expect I would have to file a legal action against the County whose citizens I serve, and County officers that I have worked so well with over the years. It's not something that I ever would have wanted to do. I'll go farther, and say it makes me sad to do so. But I have to safeguard my office's ability to perform its law enforcement responsibilities to the citizens of this county, and with them in mind I have filed a petition in Steuben County Supreme Court to enjoin these Resolutions. Further details about the background to these resolutions, and my application to stop them, can be found in the petition and papers filed in Steuben County Supreme Court under Index Number E2023-0946CV.
You'll see in that Petition, that these resolutions came soon after certain individuals in the County tried to end my ability to direct investigations within my own independent office; tried to

end the Sheriff's ability to identify and deal with complaints and possible misconduct in my own ranks. I'll leave you to review the details in the Petition, but I think it's enough to say that my office repeatedly tried to have an open discussion with these individuals again and again to resolve any differences on this issue - what the county claims, without any explanation, is a conflict between policies. And again and again, those efforts were rejected in favor of rushing as quickly as possible to punish my office through these two resolutions.
I'm still open to having that discussion, but in the meantime, I have an obligation to the residents of this County to continue to provide reliable and efficient law enforcement, and my office cannot do that with this threat of suspended leadership, liability, and unlawful financial demands hanging over it. I am optimistic that common sense will prevail here and that these resolutions will be set aside so that I and my office can focus on our law enforcement mission.

 

Reply From Steuben Co Legislative Chair Scott Van Etten:

"Today, Sheriff Allard released a public statement, which requires a response for the benefit of Steuben County taxpayers. In New York State, Counties provide liability insurance coverage to a Sheriff through the specific passage of a local law. The Steuben County Legislature passed such a local law in 2017. Recently and unfortunately, both actions and inaction of the Sheriff has necessitated this to be reevaluated.  Ultimately, after careful review, the Legislature voted to rescind this defense and liability coverage last week.  

 

"The County must ensure that the laws of New York State that protect our employees from harassment and discrimination are enforced across all departments, including the Sheriff’s Office. To ignore or do otherwise would be a disservice to our staff and open the County taxpayers to tremendous liability.

 

"Any subsequent lawsuit would be a cost paid by our residents.

Since at least the end of June, the Sheriff has been aware of the serious concerns of the County, and instead of taking steps to find compliance with State law, the County has been met with half-truths, deflection, and legal threats. To claim no explanation has been given is patently false and is a public statement the Sheriff can now not take back."

 

The case will be heard in Steuben County Supreme Court by Judge Jason Cook.   

 

Wineglass Marathon Winners For 2023 Races

Here are the winners of this past weekend’s Wineglass Marathon: the full marathon winner was 32 year old Joseph Whelan, whose time was two hours and 16 minutes.  The half marathon was won by 33 year old Giovanni Grano of Ithaca whose time was an hour and six minutes and 36 seconds.  1st place winner of the 5K race was 17 year old Nathan Triner of Hector, whose time was 16 minutes and 43 seconds. 

 

The Federal Government Shutdown Was Averted

As heard on the national news, the government shutdown, which could have happened over the weekend, did not.  Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy was a yes vote on the CR’s, the continuing resolutions to keep the government funded.
 

Troopers Get Thousands Taking 2023 Entrance Exam 

Yesterday was the last day to get in on the state police trooper entrance exam.  Officials with the state police say, they got over 10,000 applicants sign up for this exam. 

 

Amber Alert: Saratoga County Girl Is A Missing Person 

There’s an amber alert out statewide for a nine year old little blond haired girl who was kidnapped at a state park in Saratoga County on Saturday night.  Her name is Charlotte Sena.  Charlotte is 9 years old, 4”6 tall, 90 pounds, and was last seen wearing an orange Pokemon shirt, dark blue pants and a grey bike helmet.  If you think you’ve seen her, please call 9-1-1.

This Month Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month In NYS

Governor Kathy Hochul has declared this month, domestic violence awareness month.  The governor says, her mother devoted her life to helping out domestic violence victims. 

FCC File

On January 4, 2024 Tower Broadcasting, LLC, licensee of call signs: WABH, 1380.0, Bath, New York; W293CE, 106.5, Bath, New York; W262CX, 100.3, Bath, New York; and WVIN-FM, 98.3, Bath, New York, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission to transfer control of its broadcast licenses to the Estate of Gordon Ichikawa.  Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit:  https://publicfiles.fcc.gov and search in the public files of the stations.

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