WVIN News Archives for 2024-01

Top Stories, January 31, 2024


VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System is deploying an innovative, paid Nursing Assistant training program. The course is 6 weeks in length, and upon successful completion, graduates will enter the VA as a Nursing Assistant. VA is currently offering a signing bonus for Nursing Assistants, which graduates of the program are eligible for once signed on as a permanent employee.   The recruitment event will be open to the public from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Building 92 on the campus of the Bath VA Medical Center. Representatives will be available for questions, real-time interviews, and hiring decisions. Applicants should bring their resumes and references.  At VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System, the health and safety of America’s Veterans is our only priority. If you have a passion for helping Veterans, we have a career for you to discover your purpose. Join our team of dedicated professionals today. Applicants with questions can email us at VAFingerLakesCareers@va.gov.

Date: Friday, February 2, 2024

Time: 2:00 pm-6:00pm

Place: Bath VA Medical Center, Building 92, 76 Veterans Drive, Bath, NY 14810


Update On The December Avoca Shooting Case

Steuben County D.A. Brooks Baker says Terry Long Junior of Avoca is still in Steuben County Jail, his bail was recently set at $75,000 cash, $150,000 property bond or $300,000 insurance bond.  Terry Long is accused of shooting his girlfriend in December.    


Update On The Sheriff Jim Allard Lawsuit 

On September 25, the Steuben County Legislature voted to take away indemnification, that’s legal protection for Sheriff Jim Allard. Afterwards, the sheriff took the county to New York State Supreme Court in Bath. Recently the court ruled that Allard’s lawyer would be allowed to question one of the county legislators, about allegedly being pressured on how to vote on indemnification. The latest is, the county attorney is appealing the judge’s order. The county put out a statement this afternoon about this situation: “The county must protect its residents from lawsuits against the sheriff that could result in taxpayers being stuck paying millions of dollars in legal damages. We’ve simply filed a notice of intention to appeal, where we will ask the appeals court to fully protect the interests of county residents.”


Hammondsport Central To Hold A Town Hall Next Week

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that Hammondsport Central Superintendent Kyle Bower is having a town hall in the school auditorium at 6:30pm, next Tuesday, to talk about the governor’s proposed cuts to their school.  State Senator Tom O’Mara spoke out about this, just today.  "We've got school districts, across the southern tier and Finger Lakes, that are taking huge hits of the governor's budget proposal," O'Mara said.  "The Hammondsport School District had the worst hit in the governor's proposal.  A 30 percent cut in the state funding to their school district.  And there are quite a few others, in the southern tier and Finger Lakes that are on the receiving end of significant cuts in state aid," O'Mara stated. 


Steuben County Hall Of Fame Is Taking Names 

Nominations for the 2023 Steuben County Hall of Fame are being accepted until March 31, according to newly appointed county Historian Griffin Bates.  Past inductees include people from all walks of life, including country/rock music icon Duane Eddy, Steuben ARC founder Arthur Hansen and Donald Merring, the first Steuben County Emergency Services/ Fire Coordination director.  “The point of the county Hall of Fame is we have everyday heroes as well as nationally known greats among us who inspire us,” Bates said.  Since 1976, more than 600 people have been nominated with 160 individuals inducted into Steuben Hall of Fame. Fourth-grade students also will be invited to nominate local heroes by the March 31st deadline. Submission forms are available on the Historian’s website, via email, or in person at the Historian’s office in the Magee House, 1 Cohocton St, Bath. All nominees will be reviewed in early May by a special committee which will propose nominees for 2023. Approval by the county Legislature is expected in late June.

*******Steuben County Hall of Fame guidelines*********
· Nominees may be any man, woman or child living or deceased, who has enhanced the name of Steuben County. They should have resided in Steuben but may have been born elsewhere.  · Past nominees not inducted into the county Hall of Fame may be re-nominated.  · For applications and the full list of Hall of Fame honorees, go to https://www.steubencountyny.gov/190/Historian ) or call (607) 664-2199.

Governor Kathy Hochul: DMV Is Finding Stolen Vehicles 

Governor Kathy Hochul says that statewide, Department of Motor Vehicles  investigators recovered 286 stolen vehicles.   In the Finger Lakes Region, 17 stolen vehicles were recovered.  The governor says she launched the Comprehensive Auto-Theft Reduction Strategy to support law enforcement and protect New Yorkers from theft.


Welfare Fraud Accusations Against A Bath Man
Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports : On January 30, 2024, Deputies of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested John Youngs, age 39, of Bath, New York. It is alleged that from August 2023 to October 2023, Mr. Youngs knowingly stole services from the Steuben County Department of Social Services in the amount of $853.04. Mr. Youngs was charged with Petit Larceny and Misuse of Food Stamps. Mr. Youngs was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Village of Bath Court at a later date.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Top Stories, January 30, 2024

County Planner Discusses The Comprehensive Plan

Steuben County Planner Marie Myers was on Community Focus today, talking about the new County Comprehensive Plan.  The comprehensive plan is on the county’s website.  Please click the link below to read more about it.



A Congressional Town Hall Is Being Held Tonight 

Congressman Nick Langworthy is having a telephone town hall tonight at 8:30.  The number to call in at 8:30 tonight is, 833-380-0618. 


The Elmira IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center Is Now Open 

The Internal Revenue Service today announced the Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) in Elmira, New York, is now open at 147 West Gray St., Suite 108, in Elmira. Paid parking and public transportation are available at this location.  They say that all taxpayer assistants with the IRS work by appointment. To schedule an appointment at the Elmira TAC, call 844-545-5640. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Schumer And Gillibrand: Getting Women Better Pay
Democrat US Senator Kirsten Gillbrand says, 15 years ago we passed the Lily Ledbetter Act, but Gillibrand says, women are still paid on the average, 84 cents for every dollar paid to men, and she says, it’s worse for many women of color.  Gillibrand says, it’s time to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.    "Now the Senate Democrats are working to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act, to build on Obama’s Lily Ledbetter Act and ensure equal pay for equal work," said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. 


Palmesano: What The HALT Act Does To Prisoners

During a recent New York State Budget Hearing, Corning Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano asked the New York State Prison Guard Union Director Chris Summers, about how the state’s Humane Alternatives To Long Term Solitary ACT, known as the HALT Act, is affecting the less violent inmates.   The Prison Guard Union Leader explained that the HALT Act makes it so the general prison population, who are less violent, often temporarily lose access to prison privileges, because the guards have to focus on more dangerous inmates, when violent inmates are taken into what is called the ROU area.  ROU stands for Residential Rehabilitation Unit, which is supposed to be a punishment area of the prison.  (Since the HALT Act was passed two years ago, the ROU takes the place of the former solitary unit.)   According to the Prison Guard Union Director Chris Summers, the ROU is actually in some ways,. actually, the better place for inmates to be, because the inmates get to use WIFI.   "Up in the ROU Programs, the inmates who are taken there get to see the administration, clergy, the nurses, staff, and they have access to WIFI," Summers told Assemblyman Palmesano.  

Top Stories, January 29, 2024

Bath Woman Is Facing Car Theft Charges In NYS And PA 

Bath Village Police report that Charlene Kowalski, 32, Bath, is accused of stealing a vehicle in Bath at a grocery store parking lot.  Kowalski is also accused of having another stolen car, when she was found by Bath Village Police.  That second stolen car was said to have been taken from someone in Middlesex, Pennsylvania.  Kowalski is facing a charge of Grand Larceny in the Third Degree for allegedly stealing the vehicle in Bath, and she is charged with Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, for allegedly having the Middlesex vehicle, when she was located by Bath Village Police.


Need A Job?  The Sherrif's Department In Bath Is Hiring

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says there are 16 openings at the sherff's office.  "Also there are numerous part-time vacancies," Allard said this morning.  "We're looking for folks interested in beginning their career in law enforcement.  We hire you, we provide the training, we get you certified, It's one of the few areas in our economy where you are gaurunteed a New York State pension, when you retire.  There are also full medical benefits for those that are full time," Allard said.  

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy: The State Legislature Needs To Stop Cutting Back On Natural Gas 

Congressman Nick Langworthy says a federal report came out which shows that during the 2022 Winter Storm Elliot, large numbers of natural gas-powered generating units in Western New York failed as they were not prepared for the cold weather, and electric grid operators were unprepared to meet demands.  "The issues highlighted in the report are nothing short of alarming and illustrate that our state narrowly avoided a much larger energy crisis," Langworthy stated. 

Officials React To The Attack On U.S. Soliders In Jordan

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement regarding the attack on U.S. service members by radical Iran-backed militant groups:  "Three U.S. service members were killed and many wounded in an attack by radical Iran-backed militant groups. My heart is with the family and friends of the fallen in this terrible moment, and I am praying for the swift recovery of the wounded. We will never forget their sacrifice and commitment to the safety and security of the American people. The United States will ensure those behind this attack are brought to justice.” 

FROM U.S. SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER: “We mourn the deaths of the three service members killed by a drone attack in Jordan from an Iran-backed militant group. We are all praying for the safety and recovery of the dozens who were injured. My heart is with the families of those killed and injured. We must work to hold those responsible accountable.”

FROM CONGRESSMAN NICK LANGWORTHY: “This is heartbreaking news — my prayers are with the families of these brave service members. President Biden must immediately hold Iran accountable for their terrorist proxies and reverse any standing sanctions waivers. This is the cost of weak leadership on the world stage.”


Local School Board Meetings Coming Up This Week

The Hammondsport School Board meets Tuesday at 7:30am in the high school library. Also, the Bath Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting and Budget Workshop on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Bath School High School Library.    


Special Olympic Event Coming Up In Rochester 

On Sunday, February 4 at 12Noon, attendees from across New York State will gather at Ontario Beach Park to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics New York athletes in the Genesee Region. At this event last year, 2,000 participants raised $330,000. Individuals and teams who’d like to join this year’s Plunge may do so by registering online at polarplungeny.org. For more information, please contact Kelley Ligozio at kligozio@nyso.org  or 773-497-2103.  Again, this will be at the Ontario Beach Park, Roger Robach Community Center.  That's on 180 Beach Avenue, Rochester, NY 14612.

Top Stories, January 26,2 2024

Fire In The Overnight Hours In The Town Of Prattsburgh

Steuben County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall tells WVIN News that there was a fire on County Route 122, just after midnight.  The Prattsburgh Fire Department responded, along with Pulteney and Branchport, and the Kanona Fire Department was on standby.  The Red Cross is assisting the owner.  There were no reports of injuries, and the Steuben County Fire Investigation Team is looking into the cause of that fire.


Langworthy Visits Siemens In Painted Post This Afternoon

Republican Congressman Nick Langworthy will tour the Siemens Energy facility in Painted Post in the noon hour today.  "I'm very much looking forward to taking a tour of the facilities at Siemens in Painted Post," Langworthy told WVIN News.  "Siemens is a great employer in our region, and energy jobs are the jobs of the future.  I want to make sure that Western New York and the Southern Tier have great employment opportunities, for our citizens for years to come, and I'm looking forward to seeing those jobs in action at Siemens." 


US Senators Helping State Gov't With Covid Bills

Democrat U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand say, $157 million dollars is coming up from Washington, to reimburse the state, for the money New York State spent, during the pandemic.    “We are proud to deliver this $157+ million in federal funding to compensate New York for COVID response, including the costs of equipment, materials, testing centers, and emergency protective measures taken to keep our communities safe during the pandemic,” said Senator Schumer. “I will always fight to make sure New York has the resources needed to keep our communities healthy and safe.”   “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State provided efficient and essential testing centers that kept New Yorkers safe,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal funds will reimburse New York State for the costs associated with running and maintaining these critical testing centers that helped protect the health and safety of New Yorkers. I am proud to deliver this federal funding and will continue to fight for federal resources to keep New Yorkers safe.”


Steuben County Flu Numbers, To Be Released Today

Steuben County Public Health Director Darlene Smith says the flu numbers will be coming out sometime today.

Top Stories, January 25, 2024

Palmesano To Meet With Kyle Bower In Hammondsport

Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says, he’s going to be meeting with Hammondsport School Superintendent Kyle Bower, about the governor’s proposed budget cuts to Hammondsport Central.  "The cut to Hammondsport, is unbelievably significant," Palmesano tells WVIN.  "I'm going to continue to fight that, and I have a meeting scheduled with the Hammondsport School Superintendent," Palmesano said.  


County Statement About Corning Commmunity College

Corning Community College is looking at significant increases in a number of areas and expects to add courses and workforce programs this spring CCC Pres. William Mullaney told county legislators Monday.  New student enrollment will increase  by 14 percent, while non-degree student numbers are up by 35 percent, he said during his annual address to the county board.  Accelerated College Education (ACE) is up more than 100 percent with CPEP doubling its student goal, according to Mullaney.

Meeting local service and technical employment needs is a focus of the college, with new programs in manufacturing, automotive, optical and surgical technician training and a nursing scholarship through Corning, Inc. supporting those careers, he reported.  In addition, the school will hold a ribbon-cutting for its new Mechatronics Lab and Makerspace on March 21, Mullaney said.

CCC’s ARISE program has been named a model by the state Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, he added.

Yet finances remain an issue for the school which continues to lobby with all other community colleges in the state in seeking equitable funding. “State operated” colleges are funded at nearly four times the amount, $19,136 per student, while community colleges receive $5,482 per student.

By state mandate, Steuben pays a total of $2.9 million for local students attending CCC and spends nearly $1 million for local students attending other community colleges.



The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is sending letters to 46,677 Veterans notifying them of the potential disclosure of limited information that may have been sent to another VA patient. The Veteran Integrated Services Network (VISN) 1 had 22,351 letters mailed and VISN 2 had 24,326 letters mailed. No social security numbers or other identifying information were divulged in the mix-up, caused when Xerox Corporation, under contract to VA, experienced a printing error in December 2023.


The appointment notification postcards were generated by an application that converts information in a patient’s electronic health record to an easy-to-read format, then prints, seals, and mails the postcards. The event was reported on December 11, 2023.  

The event involved reminder notifications for appointments scheduled between December 11, 2023, through December 15, 2023.   The application printed postcards addressed to patients that contained appointment scheduling and reminders for other patients. This was due to a misalignment, or improper match, of the content with the name and address of the appointment postcard recipient. 


Again, no social security number or other identifying information was disclosed.  Veterans affected will receive a Privacy HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) Notification Letter. Veterans who have questions or concerns about whether their personal information may have been involved can call and leave a message at 1-844-838-5433 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Calls will be returned by the Privacy Officers at the local Medical Centers within two business days.


The Steuben County Sheriff's Office Gets A State Award

Last week, Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis, along with other members of the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Steuben County Legislature, traveled to Albany, NY to attend the New York State Sheriff's Association 90th Annual Winter Training Conference. Sheriff Allard is proud to announce that at this conference, your Steuben County Sheriff's Office was awarded the Innovative Program Award by the Sheriffs' Association Institute, Inc. in recognition of the agency's development and implementation of

The Sheriff's EMT/Paramedic Program.

Top Stories, January 24, 2024

Bath 2024 GOP Caucus Results

Bath Village Republicans held their caucus last night.  Nominated to run, were Mike Sweet and Jeff Muller and Karen Causer.  Mike Sweet will be seeking re-election as mayor and Causer and Muller will be running again for their village trustee positions.  Village elections are on March 19.


House Fire In The Town Of Lindley Yesterday

Steuben County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall says numerous fire departments from across Steuben County were at the scene of a house fire on River Road in the Town of Lindley yesterday morning.  Fire departments also came in from Tioga County Pennsylvania.  There were no reports of any injures and the cause of the fire is under investigation.


Tuesday Was A Busy Day For Local First Responders

There were five accidents yesterday, handled by the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department.  Those accident happened in Howard, Greenwood, Wayland, Erwin and Prattsburgh.  Bath Police and State Police handled at least two accidents here in Bath.  There was also an accident near the Almond Dam. over in Allegany County.      


Update On The Sheriff's Lawsuit Over Insurance Pay

The next hearing has been set in Steuben County Court for April 19, in the case of the Sheriff’s lawsuit against the county, over insurance pay. In September, the Steuben County Legislature removed the sheriff’s liabilty insurance, making it so Sheriff Allard had to personally pay for his at-work insurance. In October, the sheriff sued the county legislature over this issue.  We’re told that the sheriff filed for a point of discovery, which was granted by the court.   Former Steuben County Legislative Chair Scott Van Etten gave the following statement about this situation, on October 2:  "This difficult decision was not made overnight – it has been actively discussed since the beginning of July, and the County has held out hope for it to be resolved. It is unfortunate that the Sheriff places us in this position of both responding to his public statement and answering his civil litigation.  These resolutions have no financial or operational impact upon the men and women in uniform who faithfully serve our County. The resolutions impact Sheriff Allard alone. If critical workplace laws, regulations, and practices aren’t adhered to within his Office, it’s the Sheriff himself that bears the liability, not the taxpayers of Steuben County."


Rep. Langworthy: Grant Came Through For Corning Arts

Today, Congressman Nick Langworthy announced two grants for arts programs in Corning from the National Endowment for the Arts, totaling $35,000. The American Dance Asylum, Inc. will receive a grant for $10,000, and the Rockwell Museum’s Alley Art Project will receive a grant for $25,000.  “This investment in the American Dance Asylum Rockwell Museum’s Alley Art Project stands to provide our community with new opportunities,” said Rep. Langworthy. “I am proud to advocate for the arts and cultural initiatives that not only enrich the lives of residents but also contribute to the economic growth of our region. The creativity and talent found in Corning are deserving of this recognition and support.”  


Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Working To Improve Mental Health Services In Smaller Towns In New York State

Democrat U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is voting to give student loan forgiveness to psychiatrists, social workers, clinical and school psychologists, and school counselors, to practice in underserved areas by offering them student loan forgiveness in return.  The senator is holding a press conference about this at 11am this morning.  

Top Stories, January 23, 2024

Bath Village Police Department Is Handling More Than One Accident Today

Bath Village Police responded to an accident on East Washington Street in Bath today in the 1:00 hour (1:54pm).  As of this posting, there is also some activity going on in Bath at 2:45pm, on May Street.  


More Info Released About Saturday Accident In Bath

Bath Police are reporting on that regarding the accident that happened on Saturday morning, January 25, in the 10am hour, in which a Bath Police Officer was injured.  Bath Police say that one of their officers were assisting the New York State Police at the scene of another accident on I-86 in Bath, when a 2017 Nissan Rogue rear ended the Bath Village Police Vehicle.  There may be charges against the driver of the 2017 Nissan Rogue.  We were told on Saturday, that the Bath Police Officer suffered minor injuries. 


Numerous Local Schools Cancelled Classes Today

That's because of the Winter Weather Advisory, which started at 7am this morning and will last until 7am Wednesday.  


..WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM EST WEDNESDAY... * WHAT...Mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of up to two inches and ice accumulations of a glaze to one tenth of an inch. * WHERE...Yates, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Cortland, Chenango, Tioga and Broome counties. * WHEN...Until 10 AM EST Wednesday. * IMPACTS...Plan on slippery road conditions. The hazardous conditions could impact the evening commute tonight and the morning commute on Wednesday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Precipitation will briefly start as a wintry mix with snow being the dominant precipitation type late this morning and afternoon. Precipitation transitions back to freezing rain and rain this evening with temperatures rising above freezing Wednesday morning. Valley locations will see temperatures below freezing the longest. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... Slow down and use caution while traveling.


Bath GOP Having Their Caucus Tonight At 6:00pm

Bath Village Mayor Mike Sweet is reminding Republicans who live in the Village of Bath, that the GOP Caucus is this evening at 6pm inside the courtroom, at the Bath Village Hall. 

Mike Sweet is up for mayor, and village trustees Karen Causer and Jeff Muller are up, for Village Trustees.  The Bath Village Democrats are not having a caucus this year.   


Some Schools Might See Massive Cuts From The State In The Annual Foundational Aid 

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano and Assemblywoman Majorie Byrnes issued statements, saying that the governor’s proposed budget, cuts state foundational aid to many schools and the two GOP lawmakers are against that.  


Below are the governor’s proposed budget numbers, sent to us by the Assembly GOP:

Top Stories, January 22, 2024

Bath Man Facing A Criminally Negligent Homicide Charge

Bath Village Police report that they were dispatched to the Bath Super 8 Motel, and found a 48 year old woman dead inside one of the rooms there.  After an investigation by Bath Police, officers found the death to be suspicious.  That was on Thursday, January 18.  The next day, January 19, Bath Village Police charged Richard Seager, 49, of Bundy Avenue, Bath, with Criminally Negligent Homicide.  Seager is in Steuben County Jail, being held without bail.


Steuben County Legislature Voted Today For The Steuben County Comprehensive Plan

The Steuben County Legislative held a meeting this morning and unanimously voted to approve the county’s comprehensive plan.  


Addison GOP To Hold Caucus, A Week From Tonight

The Addison Republican Caucus is coming up next Monday January 29 at 7pm. That’s at the Addison Community Center, 13 Community Drive in Addison.


Welfare Fraud Charges In Bath

From The Sheriff's Office:  Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on January 19, 2024, Investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s office arrested Scott G. Rivers, age 56, and Patricia E. Rivers, age 56, both of Geneva Street, Bath, New York.  It is alleged that from 12/01/2021 to 09/30/2023, Mr. and Ms. Rivers offered a false instrument for filing and falsified business records to the Steuben County Department of Social Services and received benefits from the Steuben County Department of Social Services in the amount of $4,372.00 that they were not eligible to receive.  Mr. and Ms. Rivers are both charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, a class E Felony, Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a class D Felony and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D Felony. Mr. and Ms. Rivers were arraigned in the Centralized Arraignment Court. Ms Rivers was released and Mr. Rivers was held.  The Steuben County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Steuben County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.


Governor Kathy Hochul's Poll Numbers Are Going Up 

A new poll out shows that Democrat Governor Kathy Hochul’s popularity went up six points. According to Siena, the governor has a 45 percent favorability rating.

Click here to read full poll results from Siena.

Some Far-Left Energy Changes, That Won't Happen

For months now, we have heard and read about how the state’s Climate Action Council wanted to ban wood stoves, fireplaces and all natural gas in all cases and in all places. However, according to Senator George Borrello, the Climate Action Council did not get its way on everything. “Senate Republicans pushed back a lot,” Republican State Senator George Borrello said today on a Hornell radio station. “That was during the hearing on the Climate Action Council’s scoping plan. We also pushed back in last years budget process, that’s how we were able to secure an exemption on the natural gas ban for agricultural buildings and for food services. I’m still opposed to the ban on natural gas, but we did make some progress there. We also talked about the Climate Action Council wanting to take away natural gas stoves and other natural gas appliances, and that certainly helped. We saw the governor and others backpedal on that,” Borrello said.

Top Stories, January 20, 2024

Bath Police Officer Rear Ended, At The Scene Of An Accident

On Saturday afternoon, our news department recieved word about an accident in which a Bath Police Officer was rportedly injured.  Wvin then checked in with Bath Police Chief Colin Taft. 


Here is what the chief told us: ""The officer is going to get checked out.  Minor injuries.  Rear ended at a high rate of speed.  We were assisting New York State Police on an accident scene at the time.  A press release will be issued on Monday."


Athens Man Charged For Alleged Steuben Co Welfare Fraud

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard says the sheriff’s department arrested 50 year old Robin Gelber of Athens, Pennsylvania. That's for allegedly getting $22,354.00 in welfare benefits Gelber was not entitled to.  He is charged with 1st degree Offering a False Instrument for Filing, 1st degree Falsifying Business Records, 3rd degree Welfare Fraud and 3RD degree Grand Larceny.  Gelber was arraigned and released.   The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the County Department of Social Services Fraud and Legal Affairs Unit, and the District Attorney’s Office.

Top Stories, January 19, 2024

Troopers: A Wild Chase From Wayland to Dansville

FROM NYSP CANANDAIGUA:  On January 16, 2024, at approximately 1:27 p.m., troopers from SP Wayland and the Steuben County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a U-Haul traveling at a high rate of speed on I-390 in the town of Wayland.  Troopers attempted to stop the 2023 Chevrolet Silverado U-Haul, but the vehicle failed to comply. A pursuit was initiated and continued on State Route 63. The suspect vehicle drove head-on toward a Steuben County deputy, causing the deputy to take evasive action to avoid being struck. The suspect vehicle then became disabled when it struck a pillar of the Community Bank in the village of Dansville. The suspect exited the vehicle, and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect headed southbound behind the businesses of Main Street. The suspect unlawfully entered the passenger side of an uninvolved vehicle occupied by a family with three children in the back seat. The suspect was then taken into custody.

William J. Crowe, age 35, of Cohocton, NY, was charged with Attempted Robbery 2nd- Motor Vehicle (D Felony), Reckless Endangerment 1st (D Felony), two counts of Reckless Endangerment 2nd (A Misdemeanor), Criminal Mischief 4th (A Misdemeanor), two counts of Petit Larceny (A Misdemeanor),  Resisting Arrest (A Misdemeanor),  Criminal Mischief 4th (A Misdemeanor), three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Misdemeanor), DWAI Drugs – Prior Conviction in 10 years and DWI-Previous Conviction in 10 years and traffic infractions. Crowe was taken to Steuben County Jail for CAP arraignment. 


Farm Damage Contact Info For Steuben County Farmers


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Winter's here, and with that comes high winds, heavy snow loads, power outages, and damages that negatively impact your farm business. Katelyn Walley shares the importance of documenting damages and reporting them here, along with key contact information.

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Your local Cornell Cooperative Extension Association Office.

Allegany: 585-268-7644

Steuben: 607-664-2301

Any of our SWNYDLFC Team members (calls/emails/texts/site visit requests all ok)

Katelyn Walley: 716-640-0522

Amy Barkley: 716-640-0844

Camila Lage: 607-422-6788

Katelyn Miller: 716-640-2047

Kelly Bourne: 585-268-7644 ext. 10

Your county USDA/FSA service center.

Allegany: 585-268-5133

Steuben: 607-776-7398

Your county farm bureau manager

Region 1: Tim Bigham: 716-474-6585


U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand held a press conference, to call for continued federal funding for the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) in the upcoming government funding bill. LIHWAP is a federal program that assists households whose drinking water and/or wastewater services have been disconnected, or are about to be disconnected, because of inability to pay. Since the program’s creation in 2021, LIHWAP has helped over 1 million households nationwide, including over 35,000 in New York, afford their water and wastewater bills. However, LIHWAP’s funding expired in 2023 and can no longer provide this critical assistance. 


The average household spends more than $1,000 a year on water bills. That’s just another expense families already struggling with the high cost of groceries, gas, child care, and energy bills can’t afford,” said Senator Gillibrand. “For these families, the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program provides a lifeline. It might be the only thing preventing their water from being cut off and protecting them from the devastating consequences of living with no running water. But funding for LIHWAP ran out last year, meaning that now, families who were relying on this assistance have nowhere to turn. That is unacceptable. I am calling on my colleagues to include continued funding for LIHWAP in the upcoming government funding bill to make sure no New Yorker goes without such a basic and necessary utility.”  


Congress established and provided $1.1 billion for LIHWAP through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Since its creation in 2021, LIHWAP has helped more than 1 million households across the country maintain or restore water service. Nationwide, at least 13,000 water and wastewater systems in low-income, tribal, rural, and urban communities have participated in the program to date. However, LIHWAP was established as a temporary program and funding expired at the end of Fiscal Year 2023, ending a lifeline for families in need across the country. 


State Senator Tom O'Mara: The Senate GOP's 2024 Plans

“A New Hope for the Empire State” is a comprehensive legislative agenda for 2024, which will be outlined in more detail in the coming weeks, and will focus on priorities including:  Increasing Affordability for all New Yorkers by taking specific actions to reign in out-of-control state spending including:  enacting a state spending cap; rejecting tax increases and unfunded state mandates on local governments and school districts; providing across-the-board tax relief; 

rejecting extreme, mandated climate proposals; increasing affordable housing options;  making child care more accessible and affordable; and improving the state’s business climate by protecting small businesses and farms by reducing regulations, and lowering taxes and unfair costs.  


Also, Improving Public Safety for all New Yorkers by prioritizing actions to combat rising crime and lawlessness statewide, including: protecting New Yorkers from antisemitism and other hateful violence by making any antisemitic behavior a hate crime, making all hate crimes bail eligible, protecting hate crime victims and houses of worship, and implementing financial penalties on both college universities and students who condone or engage in antisemitic behavior while receiving state aid; rejecting any efforts to make New York a sanctuary state;  reversing failed criminal justice policies that have made our communities less safe, including bail reform, discovery reform, and others; and  rejecting policies that put criminals above victims and law-abiding New Yorkers; and providing more services and funding to address mental health crisis and substance abuse disorders.

Top Stories, January 18, 2024

Steuben Co D.A. Baker: If Anyone Knows Anything About Avoca Resident Terry Long's Weapons, Call State Police

This morning Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said that Avoca shooting suspect Terry Long, 50, successfully hid the weapon allegedly used in the December incident in which his girlfriend was shot in the face.  "The property is a very rural location," Baker said.  "It's 48 or so aces of heavily wooded area, and it's been heavily searched, with no luck.  If anybody has any information about where the weapon was, or other information about this case, or how this individual got the weapon - he's a convicted felon and shouldn't have guns to begin with - please reach out to the Bath State Police.  The investigator handling the case is State Police Inv. Luke Sumansky."   


Wayland Man Is Going To Jail For A Decade

U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross says that that John Buckley, 61, of Wayland, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who handled the case, stated that between August and December 2021, Buckley used his cellphone to take sexually explicit photos of a minor female. On August 30, 2022, the FBI executed a federal search warrant on the cellphone and recovered 31 images containing child pornography, including images of the minor female.  


Langworthy Voting For Tenney's Bill To Help A Dansville Man

Congressman Nick Langworthy is supporting Congresswoman Claudia Tenney’s bill, H.R. 956, to help get Dansville resident Ryan Corbett out of Afghanistan.  At a press conference in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Tenney stated that Ryan is a nine by nine foot room in a basement, with little bathroom access.  Corbett is a hostage of the Taliban, and has been since August 10, 2022.


Fitzpatrick: Appointments To Be Made To County IDA

Steuben County Legislative Chairperson Kelly Fitzpatrick says there’ll be some appointments made at next Monday’s Legislative meeting.  "There are several outside organizations we will be making appointments to," Fitzpatrick said.  "We are going to be appointing people to the Steuben County Industrial Development Agency and it's sister organization, the Economic Development Corp."  

Top Stories, January 17, 2024

Livingston County Man Is Being Held Hostage By Taliban

Congresswoman Claudia Tenney is trying to get a Dansville

man, who is being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan since August of 2022, back into the United States.  His name is Ryan Corbett.  Congresswoman Tenney says Ryan Corbett is in bad health and is being held in a basement.  Rep. Tenney is with Ryan Corbett’s wife Anna, in Washington this morning for a press conference about this.   The family has not spoken about this issue, until now.


Upcoming Caucuses In The Village Of Bath

The Republican Caucus for Bath, has been scheduled for 6pm on January 23 at the Bath Village Hall, inside the courtroom at Village Hall.   We hear from the local Dems, that there will not be a Democrat Caucus in Bath.


Two New Officials Sworn Into Office In Addison

In the Town of Addison, Town Board member Joseph Trappler and Highway Superintendent Kenneth Peoples, have been sworn into office. 


$500 Check From Trooper Nick Clark Scholarship Fund

The Allegany County Sheriff's Association presented a $500 check to state police at the Dan Barkley basketball tournament.  The proceeds will ultimately be awarded to a Steuben County resident on behalf of the Trooper Nicholas Clark Scholarship for furthering education. 


They Say College Financial Forms Are Tricky These Days 

A representative from Corning Community College will be at the Campbell Savona Junior/Senior High School 5pm to 7pm this evening, to explain how to fill out the new FAFSA college financial aid forms.

Top Stories, January 16, 2024

Weather: Well, There's Good News And Bad News

The good news is, it’s looking like it’s going to get warmer after January 25.  Our meteorologist says it will not only go back to normal, the temperatures now for late January/early February are looking like they will be higher than normal.  The bad news is, the National weather service says, wind chills tonight for the Bath area will be -9, and tomorrow, the Bath area will have wind chills of -10.  However, Steuben County Public Health Education Coordinator and Public Information Officer Mealea Vandenburg says, so far, they’ve had no reports of frostbite or any related incidents so far.   "Temperatures are definitely low," Mealea Vandenburg tells WVIN.  "The public health office itself has not, received any reports of frostbite at this time.  If individuals in the Steuben County community are concerned about the lower temperatures or are looking for places to stay warm, they can download the Ready Steuben App, and that will have a list of warming centers and resources which are available," Vandenburg said.  


Change In The Meeting Schedule For Campbell

Officials say that the Town of Campbell has changed their monthly meeting times to 10 AM on the second Mondays of the month.   The Town of Campbell will continue to have a second meeting, when needed, on the fourth Monday of each month at 6:00pm.


Car Window Smasher In Elmira - Who Is This Guy?

The Elmira Police Department is currently investigating several incidents of broken car windows that occurred in the early morning hours of 1/11 and 1/12 in the downtown business district. The subject pictured below was caught on video smashing a vehicle's window in a parking area at the 200 block of W. Water St. If you know this person's identity, please contact the Elmira Police Department.

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Top Stories, January 15, 2024

Very Chilly For Today And The Next Few Days 



M.L.King Day

Mostly sunny, with a high near 23. Wind chill values as low as zero. Southwest wind around 10 mph.


Snow likely, mainly after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Southwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.


Snow likely, mainly before 1pm, then a slight chance of snow showers after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 23. South wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -6. Southwest wind around 10 mph.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 18. Southwest wind 11 to 14 mph.

Wednesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12.


A chance of snow showers. Cloudy, with a high near 25. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Thursday Night

A chance of snow showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Chance of precipitation is 40%.


A Public Hearing Is Scheduled, In Bath, In Seven Days

Coming up one week from today, on Monday January 22nd, the Steuben County Legislature will be having a public hearing on the county comprehensive plan.


Palmesano Discusses His Appearance At Campbell-Savona

Recently, Senator Tom O’Mara and Assemblyman Phil Palmesano spoke at Campbell Savona Junior/Senior High School, about the state’s plans for electric school buses.  "Well I can tell you," Palmesano said this morning, "there is a great deal at the Campbell-Savona School District and elsewhere, about electric school buses.  The going rate of an electric school bus is $400,000, which is what schools would have to get, to have zero emissions.  That is a significant  cost," Palmesano stated.  


Schumer:  On Avoiding A Government Shutdown

"When the MAGA right says they want a shutdown, it could mean: VA closures, Frozen nutrition programs for women, infants, children, Delayed military benefits, And more.  I will bring the bill to keep the government open to the floor this Tuesday ahead of the first deadline Friday."  


Top Stories, January 13, 2024

* WHAT...Southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
* WHERE...In New York, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga,
  Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins, Cortland, Tioga, Broome,
  Delaware and Sullivan counties. In Pennsylvania, Bradford,
  Susquehanna, Northern Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne,
  Pike and Southern Wayne counties.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
  Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest winds will be in the higher
  terrain. There will likely be a brief lull in the gusty winds
  early this morning, before winds pick up again late morning,
  afternoon and into the evening hours.


Wreath Cleanup is slated for today at Bath National Cemetery.  The public is asked to help with the retrieval and cleanup of wreaths that were placed on Veterans' graves during last month’s Wreaths Across America Day in Bath National Cemetery. The event will be beginning at 10:00 AM. It is suggested to bring a rake or broom handle to facilitate carrying wreaths to the disposal trucks. Participants should dress based on weather conditions.



Due to the heavy snow and strong winds on Friday night, the region was ripe for whiteouts.  And yes, there were whiteouts.  Callers told us that from the Route 36 area in Hornell to the roads on hills surrounding Hornell, to the Allegany County roads in Wellsville and Alfred, drivers were going very slowly because of the poor (terrible really) visibility.   

Top Stories, January 12, 2024

From the National Weather Service:


* WHAT...Southeast winds 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph

* WHERE...In New York, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Onondaga,
  Steuben, Schuyler, Tompkins, Cortland and Broome counties. In
  Pennsylvania, Susquehanna, Northern Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna
  and Luzerne counties.

* WHEN...From 7 PM this evening to 2 AM EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
  Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may


Generator Tips From The Sheriff/Emergency Services And County Public Health Officials

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard and Emergency Services Deputy Director Ken Forenz, and Steuben County Public Health leaders, are reminding area residents that if and when you use a generator, make sure it is outside, and not in a garage or home, away from any windows and doors.  



Langworthy: Helping Arnot Ogden With Generator $$$

Congressman Nick Langworthy says, there’s a FEMA grant coming in to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Chemung County, a grant worth just over $2.6 million dollars.  This will go towards emergency generators, which Langworthy noted, are so necessary, during this kind of weather.  “I want to thank Congressman Langworthy for his steadfast support in securing this FEMA grant and his continued advocacy for rural healthcare,” said Arnot Health President and CEO Jonathan Lawrence. “This funding will enable us to update our emergency generators, a vital component in maintaining uninterrupted patient care. In the face of winter storms and other weather emergencies, this investment ensures that our critical rural hospital is ready to meet the healthcare needs of our community, no matter the circumstances.


Kelly Fitzpatrick Joins The County I.D.A.

Steuben County’s new legislative chairperson Kelly Fitzpatrick is now on the county Industrial Development Agency Board.   "I am also getting to serve on the Steuben County I.D.A Board.," Fitzpatrick tells WVIN News.   "I did get to meet with I.D.A. Director Jamie Johnson and he said that 2024 is going to be a year of planning.  We are very fortunate here in Bath, that we have the LP Building Solutions, we have Amazon, the new recycling facility that's going up near Amazon.  I think that we are in an upward swing, and it's very exciting," Fitzpatrick said this morning.  

Top Stories, January 11, 2024

NYSEG Outage List For Thursday Morning, January 11, 2024

Bath - 59 

Avoca - 5

Addison - 1

Campbell - 133

Cohocton - 4

Jasper - 2

Thurston - 1

Tuscarora - 13

Urbana - 37

Wheeler - 25

Woodhull - 38 


Buck Takes Office In Bath

The new Bath Town Supervisor, Josh Buck, has been sworn into office, and has been training for the new position.   Officials say that Buck was sworn in, on January 2.  


Hammondsport Police And Voting Location Update

The Hammondsport Village Board has approved a resolution to continue shared services with the Town of Urbana, so that Urbana will be able to keep using the Hammondsport Police Department.   In other Hamnmondsport news, the voting location for the March 19 village elections will be, the Fred and Harriett Taylor Memorial Library.


A Bad Accident Up In Dansville

FROM NYSP: On January 9, 2024, at approximately 10:45 p.m., State Police responded to reports of a three-vehicle crash on I-390 North near exit 4 in the town of Dansville. 
A preliminary investigation determined that a disabled tractor trailer, operated by Elias Noam, age 71, of Rochester, NY, and an assisting utility vehicle were on the shoulder of I-390 north. Roadside responders from the utility vehicle were outside assisting the disabled tractor trailer when another tractor trailer, operated by Marwan Bisharat, age 55, of Ontario Canada, traveling northbound struck the side of the disabled tractor trailer.
During the investigation, it was determined that two subjects, Timothy Washburn, age 18, of Fillmore, NY, and Jason Marshall, age 38, of Portageville, NY, from the assisting utility vehicle were standing outside of the disabled tractor trailer and were struck. Marshall was pronounced dead at the scene and Washburn was injured and transported to Strong Memorial Hospital for treatment. The involved tractor trailer continued across the center median and came to rest in the southbound lane.Bisharat was transported to SP Geneseo and was charged with Vehicular Manslaugther 2nd (D Felony), Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs (Unclassified Misdemeanor), and traffic infractions. 
The New York State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit responded to the scene. The investigation is ongoing. 

Top Stories, January 10, 2024


* WHAT...Southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph

* WHERE...Portions of central New York and northeast

* WHEN...From 9 AM this morning to 7 PM EST this evening.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
  Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest winds will be in the
  afternoon, favoring higher elevation areas. Saturated soil may
  also make it easier for tree damage to occur.


Statement From County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall About Contacting NYSEG, BEGWS AND STEUBEN RURAL ELECTRIC:

With winds picking up, please remember to only call 911 for emergencies.  ALL power outage questions or inquires should always be directed to your local power provider.  Contact information for local power providers:  

NYSEG - New York State Electric & Gas

1-800-572-1131 https://www.nyseg.com/.../reportorvie.../viewoutagelistBEGWS

Bath Electric Gas & Water Systems

1-607-776-2173 Option 3


Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

1-800-843-3414 https://steubenrec.ebill.coop/maps/SteubenRECWebMap/



Steuben County Public Safety Director Tim Marshall tells WVIN News that the winds got as high as 60 miles an hour on Tuesday night.  "The strongest winds came through last night between 9:00 and 10:00, there were reports of wind gusts going between 60 and 70 miles an hour," Marshall said.  Also Meteorologist Rob Carolan noted that Addison had wind gusts of 47 miles an hour on Tuesday night.  Hartsville had gusts last night, of 57 miles an hour.  Carolan also provided this info: Arkport - wind gusts of 41 miles an hour, and in Yates County, there were gusts of 43 miles an hour in Branchport.  Also in Yates County, the wind gusts got up to 72 miles an hour in Penn Yan, on Tuesday, at 9:26pm.  


4H Summer Showcase Plans For This Summer

Cornell Cooperative Extension says, the 4H Summer Showcase won’t be at the Steuben County Fair this year, but instead, will be held in Cameron.  That’ll be at Hendershotts in Cameron Mills, July 25 through July 28.


Trooper Ticket Numbers From New Years Holiday Period

State Police say that in Troop E, the Finger Lakes Region, during New Years, they issued, 41 tickets for DWI, 70 tickets for distracted driving, 183 tickets for child restraint violations, and 15 tickets for move over violations. 


Governor Kathy Hochuls State of the State Speech 2024

(Below is An Excerpt of Yesterday's Speech:)

"The State of New York is strong.  Stronger today than when I became Governor two years ago.  Healthier.  Safer.  More affordable.  We’ve traversed rocky terrain, but there are still some switchbacks before we reach the summit. Across our nation and our state people worry that a safe and affordable life is out of reach.  While shootings and murders have declined by double digits safety at the grocery store, the synagogue or on the subway is always top of mind.  

Although we’ve made great strides to take guns off our streets, too many parents are fearful as their children get on the bus each morning. And too often, troubled individuals are discharged from the hospital without receiving the care they need and go on to commit violent acts.  The potential of a crime no matter how serious, is causing anxiety for our residents.  On top of that, they are also frustrated with the rising cost of living. Inflation is down from 9.1 percent to 3.1 percent over the last eighteen months. Paychecks are finally growing. And yet, many of our neighbors are struggling to make a dollar go further.  And sadly, they feel that no matter how hard they work they’ll never get as far or be as successful as their parents.  These are the reasons I fight every day to give New Yorkers a shot at a better life."

Response From Assemblyman Phil Palmesano:

“I agree with the governor that we need to address the mental health problem in our state by improving accessibility and affordability. I also agree that we must empower our local law enforcement agencies with the ability to permanently shut down these illegal 'sticker' stores that are a scourge on our local communities.    “However, one thing is for certain, our state is facing an affordability, public safety and quality-of-life crisis. We must address a budget deficit of more than $21 billion over the next three years. We cannot continue on this dangerous and reckless trend of unsustainable and out-of-control spending and debt, costly job-killing taxes and regulations, crippling inflation, a high cost of living and the continuation of violent crime in our local communities, all of which have helped contribute to New York’s nation-leading outmigration problem.



 “New York State is not stronger, safer, or more affordable under Governor Hochul and the Albany Democrats, and there’s no turnaround in sight. Governor Hochul highlighted the affordability crisis we face in New York State but she’s putting forth a broad agenda that will only keep making New York a more expensive state in which to live, work, do business, raise a family, and pay taxes. There’s no let-up for the middle class under all-Democrat, one-party control of New York government. Albany Democrats ignore the middle class in favor of a politically driven, hard-left roadmap continuing to mandate huge state spending handouts that keep wiping out any realistic hope for a long-term, sustainable, thriving future for upstate, middle-class communities, economies, families, workers, and taxpayers.”

Top Stories, January 9, 2024

From The National Weather Service:


* WHAT...Southeast winds 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 60 mph

* WHERE...Northern Oneida, Yates, Seneca, Southern Cayuga,
  Onondaga, Madison and Southern Oneida counties.

* WHEN...From 1 PM this afternoon to 4 AM EST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines.
  Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be
  difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest wind gusts will occur in
  areas of elevated terrain, and along north and west facing


UPDATE: On Local Race Results Since Nov 2023 Election

Steuben County Election Commissioner Vicky Olin reports  the Town of Thurston highway superintendent and town clerk have, since their November election victories, filed their resignations with the town of Thurston.  The highway superintendent and the clerk, are married couple, and they announced that they are moving out of the area.  What happens next?  The Thurston Town Board will have to appoint a new clerk and new highway superintendent for this year, and then those two positions will go onto the ballot in the November 5 election this year.   

In Fremont, there was a write-in campaign for the town justice job, and the winner does not want to accept the position now, so that will go on the ballot in the November 5 election as well.  In Greenwood, there were no official candidates for town justice race, and there was a three way tie between write-in candidates.  Because this is a judicial position, a higher court system might intervene and make a decision for Greenwood’s situation.   Then in Canisteo, there’s a situation where Town Supervisor Jason Woodworth did not seek re-election last fall, but ended up winning the November elections due to a write-in campaign for him.  Woodworth now says he’s decided to stay on in office.  Also in Canisteo, the person who won the clerk’s race declined to accept the clerk’s position, so a new Canisteo clerk was appointed last night.  


Update On The Elmira Area Gang Assault Suspects 

The four Elmira area gang assault suspects, who are accused of committing a violent beating of an Alfred State College student, are in Allegany County Court on Thursday, appearing separately, for motions.  There is no trial date, as of yet, in this case.  The victim, a 19 year old male from Bradford, PA, is now just able to swallow solid foods.  The iteen was assaulted in Alfred, in October, 2023,


Hochul: Increase Statewide In Shoplifting And Car Theft

D.A. Baker: That's Very True Of Car Theft In The County

Governor Kathy Hochul says there has been a big increase in shoplifting and car theft, statewide, in the past two years. We asked Steuben County D.A. Brooks Baker if that applies to Steuben County.  "We have not seen the huge increase in shoplifting that they have in the bigger cties," Baker told Wvin News.  "It's still a problem but I don't think it's been an increaseing problem.  As far as car theft goes, there is no question that has gone up (in Steuben County).  I think it has to do with bail reform and the fact that stealing a car is usually a D or E Felony, and those suspecst  are almost always automatically released.  We've seen people steal new cars and 'go up a model' until they steal so many, a prosecutor can finally get them in jail," Baker said.    

Top Stories, January 8, 2024

Heavy Snow Two Days Ago, Heavy Winds Tomorrow

The national weather service says, Bath and the surrounding villages and towns, got half a foot of snow over the weekend.  The big focus now, are weather reports of heavy winds coming through New York State on Tuesday.


From the National Weather Service: 


* WHAT...Southeast winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph

* WHERE...In New York, Steuben, Schuyler, Chemung, Tompkins,
  Cortland, Chenango, Otsego, Tioga, Broome, Delaware and
  Sullivan counties. In Pennsylvania, Bradford, Susquehanna,
  Northern Wayne, Wyoming, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Pike and
  Southern Wayne counties.

* WHEN...From 3 PM Tuesday to 4 AM EST Wednesday.

* IMPACTS...Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.
  Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...The strongest wind gusts will occur in
  areas of elevated terrain, and along north and west facing


A Slight Change In The Prattsburgh Town Hall Staff

After the Prattsburgh Town Hall’s recent reorganizational meeting, they’ve gone from having one town historian to two town historians.  Now, in addition to Lenora Applebee, they also have Vicki Kopylczak working as town historians in Prattsburgh. 


School News Out Of Campbell, Bath, Hammondsport

This evening from 5:30 to 7:00, officials from Corning Community College will be at the Campbell-Savona Junior Senior High School, to explain how to fill out the new FAFSA college financial aid forms.  In Bath, the indoor track at the Haverling Sports Complex are open to the general public weekday mornings, when school is in session, 6am-7am.  And in Hammondsport, school officials there say that recently, the sophomore students were trained in CPR and how to use automated defibrillator devices.  School officials in Hammondsport say this is happening because there are these days, a decrease in volunteerism, statewide.

Top Stories, January 6, 2024

Expect Some Snow Today Here In Steuben County

Steuben County Emergency services says, the county will get 4-7 inches of snow today.   

From The County's Emergency Services Officials: 

Steuben County will be under a Winter Storm Warning from 1PM Saturday through 7PM Sunday (1/7/24). A winter storm will impact the area starting early this afternoon through the evening. Anyone needing to travel this afternoon and evening should expect significant winter driving conditions.


Escape Situation In Allegany County

In Allegany County, Cuba Police say, they’re looking for a 41 year old white male, who is an escapee.  The suspect’s name is Adam Simzer. 


From The Cuba Police Dept:


The Cuba Police Department is searching for an escapee. Adam L. Simzer (41) was last seen in the vicinity of West Main Street in the Village of Cuba on January 4th, 2024 at approximately 9:20pm after escaping custody during an arraignment meeting with his public defender. Simzer was wearing a green shirt and grey hooded sweatshirt. Simzer is not believed to be armed or a danger to the general public. Simzer was arrested for harassment and criminal contempt charges. A new warrant has now been issued for escape 2nd. If you see Simzer, do not approach him and contact your local law enforcement agency. If you have information on his whereabouts, you can contact our office at 585-968-1666 or send an email to tips@cubapd.org.


Farmers Overtime Rule Has Changed

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the new rules for farmers overtime, has gone into effect.  "With the new farm labor overtime regulations now in effect, family farms throughout the state will suffer. Lowering the threshold for overtime hours from 60 to 40 hours is wrong for New York farmers and farmworkers.  At the hearing held by the Wage Board more than 70% of the testimony by both farmers and farmworkers was in support of keeping the overtime threshold at 60 hours."


Springwater-Wayland To Get A New Ambulance

Congressman Nick Langworthy says the USDA’s Rural Development getting funding for Springwater-Wayland Emergency Medical Services. They’ll get a $50,000 grant and a $162,000 loan to replace an ambulance.

Top Stories, January 5, 2024

Wreath Cleanup On January 13 at Bath Ntl Cemetery

The public is asked to help with the retrieval and cleanup of wreaths that were placed on Veterans' graves during last month’s Wreaths Across America Day in Bath National Cemetery. The event will be held on Saturday, Jan 13, 2024, beginning at 10:00 AM. Follow the Bath WAA Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WAABathNYNationalCemetery for the latest updates.  According to location coordinator Linda Conway, “We have more than 4,500 wreaths that need to be removed from the cemetery. It would be great to get as many volunteers as possible for this effort. No sign-up or registration is required to participate.”  Parking will be at the back of the Bath Veterans Administration Museum building. Cleanup instructions will be announced at the cemetery monument. It is suggested to bring a rake or broom handle to facilitate carrying wreaths to the disposal trucks. Participants should dress based on weather conditions. 


On Yesterday's Local Court  Cases

Bath resident Larry Schoonover had a court appearance Thursday afternoon in Steuben County Court.  Schoonover’s trial date has not been set as of yet, he’s in court again for conference on February 1, at 945am.  Schoonover is accused of firing gunshots at a troopers, village police and deputies and investigators, in Bath, last August.   Regarding the case of Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard’s suing of the county over insurance issues, which was also in Steuben County Court on Thursday, Judge Jason Cook says, he'll issue an opinion sometime soon.


Arnot Health: We're Back To Masking In Some Areas 

Arnot medical officials say, due to an increase in the Flu, RSV and COVID-19, they are mandating masks, until January 18th  for all employees, visitors, and volunteers in the following areas: 

• Inpatient Hospital Units
• Emergency Departments
• Skilled Nursing Units at St. Joseph's and Ira Davenport Hospitals
• Falck Cancer Center
• Infusion Center at Arnot Ogden Medical Center 


Governor Kathy Hochul is working to pass a law so that New York State will provide paid leave, for pre-natal care.


Bath Police Chief Taft: Same As Last Year's Numbers

Bath Police Chief Colin Taft says, out of the 100,000 Steuben County residents, there were about 10 people who took the civil service exam and physical agility portion for police jobs.  The Bath Police Chief also says that out of those 9 candidates, 5 were already with other agencies, so that left four names left to choose from and there are eight openings in the county.  Police Chief Taft also says that last year, it was the same numbers.  


VA's Working To Help The Homeless

VA officials in Washington report that this year, VA’s will award more than $26 million in funds to organizations that help homeless Veterans with legal representation, assistance with court proceedings, defense in criminal cases related to homelessness, and more.  This follows news that the Department of Housing and Urban Development  released the results of the 2023 Point-in-Time  Count, the annual effort to estimate the number of Americans — including Veterans — experiencing homelessness. The data shows that on a single night in January 2023, there were 35,574 Veterans who were experiencing homelessness, a 7.4% increase over 2022. This uptick mirrors the increase in homelessness among all Americans, which increased by 12% over 2022.

Top Stories, January 4, 2024

Bath's Kelly Fitzpatrick Becomes County Legislative Chair

Steuben County lawmaker Kelly Fitzpatrick of Bath was voted in as Chair of the Legislature by county lawmakers.  Fitzpatrick is taking over for Scott Van Etten.  Fitzpatrick is the first female chair in the county’s history.  James Kuhl of Erwin was named as the county’s legislature’s Vice Chairman.  Kuhl is taking over for Kelly Fitzpatrick.  Hornell Republican Gary Swackhammer was reappointed legislative majority leader once again, and Corning Democrat Hilda Lando was reappointed county legislative minority leader. 


Two Big Local Court Cases, In The News Today

Coming up at 2:00pm this afternoon, Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard’s court case against the county, over having the sheriff personally pay for his own liability insurance.  The sheriff is being represented by Pittsford attorney Kyle Sturgess.  The county is being represented by Nicholas Cortese from the Coughlin and Gerhart law offices.  The case will be heard by Judge Jason Cook.  Also at 2:00 this afternoon, the Larry Shoonover case will be in court.  Schoonover is facing numerous charges after allegedly firing gunshots at State Police, Bath Police and the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, back, in late August, on Roosevelt Avenue in Bath.  The judge for this case is Judge Chauncey Watches. 


Update On The Corning D.M.V. - That Office Is Open 

The Corning Department of Motor Vehicles is now open once again.  That’s according to the Steuben County Clerks office.  The Corning DMV had been closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, due to illness at that DMV. 

Top Stories, January 3, 2024

Steuben Co Sheriff Jim Allard's January Newsletter

It’s a beautiful day in Steuben County.  Happy New Year!  Yesterday, January 2nd, 2024 was an historic day in Steuben County.  For the first time in the 228 year history of Steuben County, a female Chair of the Legislature was elected to lead our Legislature.  Congratulations to Steuben County Legislative Chair Kelly Fitzpatrick!  We all look forward to responsible and transparent leadership in our county government and wish you and Vice Chair Kuhl every success in your new roles.

At the Sheriff’s Office, your public servants were busy again.   On December 2nd, Undersheriff McNelis, Sergeant Hawk and Deputy Gage Harrison collected toys and coats for Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids at the Hornell Walmart location while Sheriff Allard, Major Sutton and Deputy Nybeck collected at the Erwin Walmart location.  Combined we collected over 500 toys and fifty coats to be distributed to Steuben County residents in need.  On December 9th our School Resource Officers, along with Sheriff Allard and Undersheriff McNelis, teamed up with virtually every police agency in Steuben County to conduct “Shop with a Cop” at both the Erwin and Hornell Walmart, providing Christmas presents for over 90 families.   On December 12th Sergeant Sorge teamed up with area agencies for “Shop with a Cop” for another twenty children who were associated with the Domestic Violence Shelter.  All told, over 110 families were served by Federal, State, County, City, Town and Village Police agencies in Steuben County.  Many thanks to all who participated and to Walmart for their generosity and partnership!

On December 7th, the Armed Women of America visited the Sheriff’s Office to deliver a hand decorated Christmas tree for the office.  On December 14th the Hammondsport School Second Grade came to the Sheriff’s Office to decorate cookies and make decorations, meet K9s Mac, Ronnie and Tripp and have a book read to them by Sheriff Allard.  This was a great time with fantastic young people.  On December 20th the Hammondsport School recognized and thanked the Sheriff’s Office, Undersheriff McNelis, Deputy Bush and Deputy Brian Harrison in attendance.  Also on December 20th, Sheriff Allard and Captain Mills cooked 48 pizzas for an employee appreciation day recognition luncheon, serving the corrections staff, patrol staff, security and SRO staff as well as the 911 dispatchers and emergency management staff.  It was a little chilly but the pizza oven kept us warm and we recognized multiple employees for their years of service! 

On December 28th, Sheriff Allard participated in a regional roundtable discussion with Congressman Nick Langworthy at Corning Community College, discussing the dangers of fentanyl in our society.  Represented in the discussion were many facets of county providers, as well as Chief Spaulding and Chief Murray of the Corning and Hornell Police Departments.  A broad ranging discussion was had in which many diverse viewpoints were expressed, underscoring the difficult task ahead to effectively deal with this crisis.

Lieutenant Logsdon and Lieutenant Harrison attended the third segment of the FBINA Leadership Executive Training, Deputy Brian Harrison completed the NYS DCJS Technical Crash Management Course and Captain Mills and Lieutenant Wetherby attended a Supervisor Liability Course presented by Attorney Eric Daigle.

            December was another busy and challenging month in the Sheriff’s Office.  Our investigators and deputies were tasked with three death investigations, four assault investigations, one possession of a weapon investigation, three burglary investigations, two forcible touching investigations, four criminal contempt investigations, one resisting arrest investigation, three obstructing governmental administration investigations, two strangulation investigations, one bank fraud investigation, five endangering the welfare of a child investigations, three fire investigations, nine larceny investigations, six grand larceny investigations, ten harassment investigations, two reckless endangerment investigations, eight criminal mischief investigations, one impersonation investigation, one terroristic threat investigation, one animal cruelty investigation, four narcotics investigations, two leaving the scene of a crash investigations, two fleeing a police officer investigations and three fugitive from justice investigations. Our Patrol Division was tasked with multiple domestic incident investigations along with mental health detainments, emergency medical aid, assisting other agencies, serving of warrants, and two intoxicated or impaired driving arrests. 

            All of our deputies and officers performed in an outstanding fashion and we received two commendations from the public regarding outstanding performance. 


We continue to pray for our first responder colleagues and deployed military across the globe, as well as their families.  We also pray for the victims of mass casualty events and state sponsored aggression.

Thank you for supporting the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office in these challenging times and stay safe!

Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard


Byrnes: Not Running Again But Will Finish Out My Term

Republican Assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes who represents Steuben, Ontario and Livingston Counties, says she will finish out her third term in the state Assembly but not seek re-election in November.  Byrnes says quote, “What made my decision easier is that Livingston County Clerk Andrea Bailey is going to run for the 133rd Assembly.“  Assemblywoman Byrnes is officially endorsing Andrea Bailey for that seat.


Big Donation From Corning Inc - For Dormann Library

Steuben County officials say, the Corning Incorporated Foundation has granted $100,000 toward the Outdoor Learning Space Project at the Dormann Library in Bath.  This is  a 1.6-acre outdoor educational space and will be an accessible, child-focused, nature-based outdoor learning area.  Library Director LeighAnn Rumsey states, “We are excited and humbled by the faith that the Corning Foundation has shown.” 


LP Building Solutions: $5,000 To Bath Schools, Last Year

In 2023, LP Building Solutions donated $5,000 to the Bath School District.  LP is a Tennesee-based company, which is now in Bath, makes a point of donating money to the communities where they have facilities. 


Bath Village Crews Are Picking Up Christmas Trees

Bath Mayor Michael Sweet says the village crews will pick up your real Christmas tree and take it "to our compost site. No charge. Simply put next to road and we will do the rest," Sweet stated.


The Saunders Finger Lakes Museum Is Awarded $30,000 

The Saunders Finger Lakes Museum announced today a grant award totaling $30,000 from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Through New York State’s continued investment in arts and culture, NYSCA has awarded over $80 million since Spring 2023 to over 1,500 artists and organizations across the state.  Governor Kathy Hochul said, “Research confirms what we’ve always known here in New York: arts and culture are a powerhouse, with a staggering return on investment for our economy and our communities. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations and their audiences generated $151.7 billion in economic activity nationwide in 2022 and New York’s unparalleled arts and culture sector is leading the way to benefit our residents, our students and our visitors every day. I commend these grantees on their achievements and look forward to their contributions in the coming year."


Hochul: Big News For Diabetics 

Governor Kathy Hochul says New York State is going to lead the nation by banning insurance co-pays for insulin.  "This is life-saving medication, and no New Yorker should have to risk financial ruin to treat their chronic illness". the governor stated. 

Top Stories, January 2, 2024

Steuben Co Public Works Commissioner Eric Rose Says Bridge Work In The Town Of Campbell Has Begun

The County Route 4 Bridge in the Town of Campbell will be closed to all through traffic from 7:30 am to 4 pm from today through Jan. 12th.


New Years Tragedy After Concert In Rochester 

CBS and other media outlets are reporting that there was a car crash after Buffalo Band Moe’s concert at the Kodak Center in Rochester.  Two people were killed.  The national media is also reporting that there were a dozen gas cans inside the car that crashed, and that it caused a huge explosion and a fire spread.  Officials say the FBI is involved because this is a case of suspected terrorism.  The driver, who is now dead, was from Syracuse.  He has been identified as Michael Avery. 


Fatal Hit And Run Accident Reported Out Of Allegany Co

In Allegany County, Cuba Police say that on Saturday morning at approximately 12:05AM, Cuba Police arrested 22 year old Dustin Cowles of Cuba, who was charged with 2nd degree manslaughter, failure to maintain lane, speed not reasonable or prudent, reckless driving, leaving the scene and other charges.  Also charged by Cuba Police was 22 year old Kameron Mills of Hornell.  Kameron Mills of Hornell was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, obstruction of governmental administration, criminal tampering with physical evidence.


Update On A Bath Man's Court Case

Bath shooting suspect, Larry Schoonover, will be in Steuben County Court on Thursday at 2:00pm in front of Judge Chauncey Watches.  Schoonover is accused of getting into a standoff with and firing gunshots at, the New York State Police, members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department and Bath Village Police, on Roosevelt Avenue in Bath, in August. 


Corning DMV Is Closed For Today, Tuesday, Jan 2, 2024

Steuben County officials say that he Corning Department of Motor Vehicles is closed today due to illness.


Top Stories, January 1, 2023

Addison Man Is Facing Sex Charges 

FROM NYSP:  On December 19, 2023, the New York State Police from SP Painted Post, with the assistance of the Steuben County Child Advocacy Center,  arrested  Keegan Yoerin-Royal, age 21, of Addison, NY, after a multiple-month investigation into him facilitating a romantic relationship with a 14-year-old child through Snapchat.  Subsequent to an investigation, it was revealed that Yoerin-Royal allegedly disseminated indecent material to minor that led to sexual contact at a secluded location. Yoerin-Royal was charged with Criminal Sex Act 2nd (D Felony), Disseminating Indecent Material to a Minor in the 1st (D Felony), Promoting  Obscene Sexual Performance of a child (D Felony), and Endangering the Welfare of a Child (A Misdemeanor). Yoerin-Royal was taken to Steuben County Jail for CAP arraignment. 


We Pretty Much Know Who Is Running For Prez, But The Dems And GOP Out Of DC Haven't Filled Out The Paperwork Yet

Today is Monday January 1 2024.  This year, there will be a presidential election, that’ll be in November, Tuesday November 5.  But before that, there’s going to be a presidential primary in April.  And even through the polls show two front runners, county officials in Bath, still don’t have the official word from the Washington Democrats or Washington Republicans – who the presidential candidates will be. 


Urbana Town Clerk Has Been Sworn In To Office 

The swearing in ceremony for Denna Thompkins for Urbana Town Clerk on December 22nd. Denna Thompkins was sworn in by Judge Yann.

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