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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Loss of contract jeopardizes 14 Allegany County workers, WIC, Cancer Services, other programs

From the draft minutes of the Allegany County Human Services Committee held January 26, 2015
Health Department
Health Department Director Lori Ballengee told the Committee that per the loss of the contract with Cooperative Extension for WIC (The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), Cancer Services, Emergency Preparedness, and the Family Planning Educator, she had, at the behest of Legislator Decker, investigated other agencies in order to maintain the programs as well as retain the affected personnel. Ms. Ballengee entered into discussion with Jones Memorial Hospital (Wellsville), Ardent Solutions (formerly Allegany/Western Steuben Rural Health Network), and Olean General Hospital. Ms. Ballengee told the Committee that Jones Memorial Hospital was not interested. Hospital CEO Eva Benedict felt that the WIC Program does not meet the hospital’s mission, and would defer to Ardent Solutions. She added that Jones would assist with the Cancer Services Program from the medical/clinical aspect if Ardent Solutions were chosen. Ardent Solutions, she said, offers benefits that are not as good as the benefits currently enjoyed by the employees.  There is no retirement plan, so employees would need to establish and pay for retirement on their own. Ardent would subcontract the staff to DOH which would maintain the program which is similar to the set-up with Cornell. Ardent wants 33 percent for the fringe package which does not include retirement, and staff would have to pay for some things they don’t now. Ardent also wants 10 percent for administrative overhead which amounts to $47,291 annually. That would be their cost to administer the programs. Ms. Ballengee went on to say that her major concern with Ardent Solutions is that no one on its staff has a medical/clinical background and some of the programs are truly medical/clinical, that, and no retirement offerings are Ms. Ballengee’s main concerns with Ardent Solutions.

Final work day for Wellsville Police Lt. Mark Bierman-Josh Kear to be promoted

Today is the final work day for Wellsville Police Lieutenant Mark Bierman. Bierman, who joined the Department as a full-time officer in 2002, announced a few months ago that he would retire. He also served as the interim police chief after the retirement of Tim Walsh last year. Bierman made his mark in law enforcement by serving as the Chief of police in both Cuba and Alfred and he also worked for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services in Albany. Wellsville Police Chief Tim O'Grady told RNN that he will ask the village board on February 9 to appoint current Sergeant Josh Kear as the new Lieutenant. Kear, a former Steuben County Deputy Sheriff, has been with the Wellsville department full-time since 2006. Chief O'Grady said Kear was the "only one to express interest" in the vacancy and has been working alongside Bierman for the past month or so. O'Grady said he 'wishes Mark well.' The Chief said he also hopes to ask the village board to appoint a new sergeant at next months meeting. While no name was offered, the Chief said it will be an internal promotion and some officers have expressed interest in the upgrade.
The promotions, if approved, will create a new police officer vacancy. O'Grady said he should receive a new eligibility list from civil service "any day now." A few officers from other departments have expressed interest in the job, according to O'Grady. He said filling that position will likely take a little longer, perhaps "...end of February or beginning on March." Despite the planned promotions and vacancies, the overall size of the Department will remain unchanged.

NYS DEC Adopts Most Stringent Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Regulations in the Nation

New York’s environment will benefit under the nation’s most stringent new regulations adopted today that will make liquefied natural gas (LNG) available to fuel trucks and for other purposes, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced. The adopted regulations enable permits to be granted to safely site, construct and operate new LNG facilities under requirements established in a DEC permit. As a result, LNG will be available to haulers as a cleaner burning alternative to diesel fuel.
Martens said, “Natural gas is cleaner to burn and LNG provides an efficient way to store the fuel for those who normally use, or would like to begin using, natural gas for space heating or other uses.”
      Projections indicate that for the first five years, nearly all of the expected permit applications will be for facilities designed to supply fuel for long-haul tractor trailers and large capacity fleet trucks that use LNG as a substitute for diesel fuel. LNG offers a lower cost, cleaner fuel for truckers and an emissions benefit for the environment.

Jail van rolls over in Livingston County - inmate, officer injured

On Tuesday at approximately 9:00 am, state police were dispatched to a roll-over motor vehicle accident with injuries on I-390 Northbound in the Town of West Sparta.
The vehicle involved in the accident was a New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision van transporting one inmate to County Court in Livingston County.
The operator of the van, a Correction Officer, sustained minor injuries to his leg and was transported by Dansville Ambulance to Noyes Hospital in Dansville, NY.
A second Correction Officer was a passenger in the van and was uninjured.
The inmate in the van sustained a significant head laceration and was transported by Dansville Ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.
The inmate had to be extracted out the back doors due to the van being rolled onto the passenger side.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday January 27, 2015

5:35pm

Wellsville Police arrested LouCindy M. Quick, age 44 of Wellsville, charging her with Criminal Contempt 2nd.  The charge stems from a violation of a court Order of Protection.  Quick was processed and arraigned before Village Justice O’Connor.  Quick was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $500.00 bail.  Quick is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 17th at 4:30 pm.

Hornell Friendly’s abruptly closes its doors

By John Anderson, Gatehouse Media 

HORNELL — When Friendly’s Ice Cream, LLC, took over 35 restaurants from the Kessler Family LLC in 2013, it appeared the restaurant was on solid ground.

On Monday, that all changed.

The Hornell Friendly's joined the restaurants in Rochester and Greece which closed earlier this month.

An employee told the Evening Tribune they were notified the restaurant was closing shortly after their shift ended on Sunday. They had even sold gift certificates and coupons over the weekend. Monday night, the doors were locked and things were being taken off the walls and shelves.



Read more: http://www.eveningtribune.com/article/20150127/News/150129729#ixzz3Q7cW25PH

Hornell Friendly’s abruptly closes its doors

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Blotter

1/25/15 4:30am - Deputies investigated a one vehicle crash in North Main Street in the village of Cattaraugus. Deputies said the vehicle rolled into a culvert and the driver fled the scene. After investigation, deputies arrested James R. Hill, 24, of Cattaraugus. He was charged with failure to maintain lane, driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content of .18% or higher. He will appear in court at a later date.

1/21/15 9:30pm - Acting on a warrant from the Erie County Sheriff's Department, deputies arrested Danon Alexander, 41, of Machias. He was turned over to Erie County deputies.

1/24/15 - Deputies were called to a "fight in progress" call at the Limestone High School. Deputies said George Osbourne Jr., 46, of Limestone and Donald Dixon, 36, of Bradford, Pa. were allegedly engaged in a fight in the school gymnasium. Both men were charged were disorderly conduct and released on court tickets.

1/23/15 5:50pm - Deputies arrested Steven Min, 40, of Flushing. He was charged with criminal trespass 3rd following an incident at the Seneca-Allegany Casino. He was held on $500 bail.

Hornell Deputy Mayor blasts St. James Hospital

Hornell Deputy Mayor John Buckley issued the following statement this morning about the St. James Hospital New Vision announcement made Tuesday:
“The ‘New Vision’ will cost our community hundreds of jobs, drastically reduce the quality of healthcare in our area, and ultimately put lives at risk.” Buckley is referring to hospital CEO Jennifer Sullivan’s plans for an 'Independent St. James Mercy Hospital'. According to WLEA radio in Hornell, Buckley and critics of the hospital administration say the plans for an “Independent St. James” are vague, and that they are doubtful that hundreds of employees will actually be rehired. The reactions all stem from an announcement Tuesday by St. James Mercy Hospital of a major change and at least 180 job cuts. The original story can be found HERE.

Wyoming County - Woman arrested after yelling at volunteer firefighters

Susan M. Wesp, 57, of Varysburg, was Tuesday arrested following multiple complaints at her residence. According to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department, Wesp called for Varysburg Fire Department to her residence, and upon their arrival she became irate and belligerent yelling obscenities while standing outside in the roadway. Deputies said Wesp then later called to report that a neighbor had an emergency, and when police arrived they found that the neighbor never had an emergency and never asked Wesp to call for help. Wesp was uncooperative and locked herself inside her residence. A warrant was signed for her arrest  and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies took Wesp into custody at her residence. Wesp was charged with Falsely Reporting an Incident in the Third Degree and Disorderly Conduct. Wesp was arraigned in the Town of Sheldon Court where bail was set at $500.00 cash or $2,500.00 bond. Wesp was scheduled to return to the Town of Sheldon Court on February 9, 2015 for further proceedings.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Alstom Rochester to host job fair on Thursday, February 5th, 2015

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Address - 1025 John Street, Rochester, New York, 14586
Time - 4:00p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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Registration for Job Fair will be Onsite.  Please Click here to check out Alstom’s Rochester, NY career page and apply for open positions.  

Across New York: Off-Duty State Police Investigator Saves Man's Life

On January 26, 2015, at approximately 7:30 PM, a 48 year-old male was playing basketball at the Camden High School gymnasium located at 55 Oswego Street in the Town of Camden. During the basketball game, the male collapsed to the floor unconscious and stopped breathing. 
Off-duty Investigator Miles J. Robertson, who was playing in the same game, noticed the victim laying on the gym floor and immediately began CPR and rescue breaths.  The high school football coach, Mr. Aaron Fiorini, noticed the commotion in the gym and immediately ran to assist Investigator Robertson and brought the school’s AED over to the victim. The AED was attached at which time a shock was advised and administered, and again followed by continued CPR.  After several minutes, the victim began to breathe on his own and was able to talk as EMS personnel from Camden Ambulance arrived at the scene. 
The victim stated that he did not realize what had occurred and had no recollection of the event and was transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica, NY. 
Patrons at the gym along with EMS personnel all confirm that Mr. Fiorini and Investigator Robertson’s actions, along with calm execution of their knowledge and training for such events, saved the young man’s life.
Investigator Robertson is a 13 year veteran of the State Police and is assigned to SP Marcy in Troop D.  In 2013, Inv. Robertson was the recipient of the Troop D - Outstanding Trooper of the Year Award.

New York State Assembly Speaker to step aside

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver will either resign the leadership post or be forced out on Monday say political insiders. Silver has been urged to step aside since his recent arrest on federal corruption charges. He has been Assembly Speaker  since 1994. A February 10th vote now appears likely to elect a new Speaker.
Until then,  Assembly Majority Leader Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit (shown in picture) will take over as interim Speaker. It will be the first time a Western New Yorker has held that post in more than five decades. Morelle has been in the Assembly since 1990 and is a SUNY Geneseo grad with a degree in political science. He's also considered a front runner in the February election. The next speaker will lead the Assembly’s negotiations over the state budget with the governor and the Republican-controlled State Senate. The budget is due April 1st.

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano Demands New Speaker


Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) today joined with several of his Assembly Minority colleagues outside of the Assembly Chamber to call for an immediate, open and transparent vote on the Assembly floor to elect a new speaker.
            “I renew my call for Speaker Silver to step down and for there to be an immediate and transparent vote on the Assembly floor to avoid backroom deals with special interests and outside influences,” said Palmesano. “The longer this drags on, the more outside special interests and influences are going to try to determine the outcome of who will be our next speaker.  The Mayor of New York City and the Working Families Party should not be deciding who is going to be the next Assembly Speaker. It’s the responsibility of the duly elected members of the NYS Assembly and it should happen immediately so we can finally get to work on addressing the important issues and challenges facing our state.
            “We’ve been in session for a month and we’ve only had one vote: to elect the Speaker of the Assembly,” said Palmesano. “No committee meetings, no votes on important legislation, nothing. We have important work to do on behalf of the people of New York State and this distraction has to end now so we can get to work.” 
            Palmesano was joined at the press conference by Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R,C,I-South Shore), Assemblyman Cliff Crouch (R-Bainbridge), Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R,C,I-Sayville), Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I- East Patchogue) and Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I- Amherst).

Potter County School Head To Testify Before State Panel

Austin Area School District in rural Potter County is a poster child for the Pa. State Land Tax Fairness Coalition (new Coalition website here), with about 90 percent of its real estate tax-exempt due to state ownership. On Thursday, Jan. 29, Austin Area School Superintendent Jerry Sasala will testify about the inequities during an appearance before the Pennsylvania Basic Education Funding Commission in Greenville. It’s comprised of 12 Senators and Representatives, as well as the State Education Secretary, State Budget Secretary and State Deputy Secretary of Administration.
Superintendent Sasala is poised to advance the coalition’s mission to persuade the legislature to increase the in-lieu-of-taxes payments on state-owned land, and provide a cut of the revenue the state derives from gas/oil leases and timber sales for counties, school districts and municipalities. “Our school district is severely stressed by the high proportion of real estate that is owned by the state and is thus tax-exempt,” Sasala will tell the commission. “By law, school districts, municipalities and county governments depend on the real estate tax for the bulk of their necessary operating revenue. The system is unfair, since property owners face a burden that is clearly disproportional and unfair.”
Potter County Today

St. James Mercy - Transition to New Vision Begins, 180 to face lay off

Press Release:
The leadership of St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) informed employees it will transition from a Trinity Health ministry to "Independent SJMH" effective May 1, 2015, as part of the implementation of the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell. As part of the announcement, 581 employees received a 90-day Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act notice that their St. James Mercy employment will end as of April 30. Of the total number of employees receiving notice, 96 are per diem employees.
"We are pleased to announce that multiple new providers are ready, willing and able to hire nearly two-thirds of our employees," said Jennifer L. Sullivan, president and CEO, St. James Mercy Hospital. Nearly 400 St. James Mercy Hospital employees are anticipated to be hired back by the New Vision providers, including a new entity—tentatively named "Independent SJMH"—to be led by Sullivan and governed by a new, community-based board of directors. This organization will serve as the focal point for healthcare in the transition to the New Vision, providing services in the current hospital facility during the approval and construction period for a new building.
  • Independent SJMH will provide many of the services SJMH does today, including an emergency department, beds for short stays, ambulatory surgery, imaging and laboratory services, to name a few.
  • Oak Orchard Health will provide primary care and pediatric services.
  • Post Acute Partners will apply to New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to operate the skilled nursing facility as part of its Elderwood portfolio of skilled nursing facilities.
  • Fresenius Medical Care North America will provide dialysis services.
  • Loyola Recovery Foundation will provide treatment for substance abuse disorders.
Employees whose skills do not match the employers above can take advantage of re-training programs with Workforce New York.
"We are thankful for the support and guidance of UR Medicine, the NYSDOH, Trinity Health, the Sisters of Mercy, the SJMH Board of Directors, and regional healthcare providers throughout the transition planning process," said Sullivan. "Implementation of the New Vision begins in earnest today and is the culmination of hard work from community leaders, elected officials, employees and physicians. We extend a special thank you to Hornell Mayor Shawn Hogan, whose efforts have been integral to the continuation of vital healthcare services; Mayor Hogan is a truly great advocate and ambassador for this city." Added Sullivan, "We are pleased with the breadth of services that will continue to be available in Hornell, including an emergency department, beds for short stays, an ambulatory surgery center, imaging and laboratory services, rehabilitation therapies, primary care, pediatric services, and specialty care, as well as long-term care, dialysis, and behavioral health crisis and addiction services." "In what has been a truly innovative and collaborative process, St. James Mercy and our region’s fellow providers have forged a strategy that will ensure Hornell continued access to high-quality care for the long term," said Mark Taubman, M.D., CEO of UR Medicine. "We remain steadfast in our shared commitment to the Hornell community, and we look forward to working with the group to execute the plan in the coming weeks and months." "We are inspired by the legacy of quality care that has been provided in Hornell for more than a century," said Jim Cummings, CEO of Oak Orchard. "We look forward to making good use of the highly skilled talent available as this transition evolves." "We are excited about the opportunity to continue McAuley Manores proud legacy of service to the Hornell community," said Warren Cole, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Post Acute Partners. "We are looking forward to providing exceptional care to McAuleyes residents, and to working with the facilityes skilled nursing care teams." "As the global leader in renal therapy services, we welcome the opportunity to bring our three decades of expertise in comprehensive dialysis services to the residents of Steuben County and are eager to begin our operations in the Hornell community," said Ryan Valle, Vice President of Corporate Development, Fresenius Medical Care North America.  "Loyola Recovery Foundation is eager to expand our services into the Hornell community," said George Basher, Loyola president and CEO. "We believe this is a great opportunity to work to preserve the core addiction treatment services in Hornell, retain the quality employees who provide those services, and become a "center of excellencee for treatment of substance abuse disorders." For more than a year, St. James Mercy Hospital has been developing and implementing the New Vision for healthcare in Hornell, the goal of which is a sustainable, financially viable plan for the continued delivery of healthcare services in Hornell and the surrounding communities.  "On behalf of the SJMH Board of Directors, I want to express our deep appreciation for those dedicated SJMH employees—past and present—who continue to provide high-quality, compassionate healthcare to our community," said Sullivan. "We are thankful for the communityes passion and commitment to St. James Mercy during this challenging time of transition. Our goal is to preserve the legacy of quality, values-based healthcare services that have been St. James Mercyes hallmark for nearly 125 years."

State Labor Department Releases Preliminary December 2014 Area Unemployment Rates

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for December 2014. The state’s private sector job count increased by 114,200 from December 2013 to December 2014. In December 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,638,200, an all-time high. In addition, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.9% in November 2014 to 5.8% in December 2014, its lowest level since September 2008.
 The report also showed that the number of employed people also fell between Dec. 2013 and Dec. 2014. The number of people holding jobs declined 0.6% in Allegany, 0.9% in Cattaraugus and 0.6% in Steuben.
Unemployment rate highlights in December 2014:
  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Tompkins County (3.5%)
    • Nassau County (4.1%)
    • Putnam County (4.1%)
    • Rockland County (4.3%)
    • Saratoga County (4.3%)
    • Albany County (4.4%)
    • Columbia County (4.5%)
    • Dutchess County (4.6%)
    • Suffolk County (4.6%)
    • Westchester County (4.6%)

Angelica man pleads guilty to Felony DWI

An Angelica man received a conditional discharge after he entered a guilty plea in Allegany County court to felony driving while intoxicated. Brandon W. Grover, 33, of Common Road entered the plea January 20th. Prosecutors said Grover was stopped in Wellsville July 27, 2012 for a bad muffler and was then arrested on felony counts of DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation. Judge Terry Parker sentenced Grover to a three year conditional discharge, a $1,000 fine and surcharge and DNA fee's. The case was prosecuted by Mike Finn. Public Defender Barb Kelley represented Grover.

Olean man goes to state prison for selling heroin

FRANKLIN CHASE, 29, of Olean was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County court as a predicate felony to a determinate term of six years in state prison. Chase will also serve three years post-release supervision. The sentence was handed down for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The District Attorney said Chase sold heroin in Olean last March.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report - January 26, 2015


       Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, January 26, 2015:

 
Arraignments

 
       TYLER B. LAY, 24, of Grand Island, New York, JESSICA L. LAY, 23, of Salamanca, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, and MARIA C. GRANT, 22, of Grand Island, New York, were arraigned and entered pleas of not guilty to an indictment that charges them with Gang Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony; Gang Assault in the Second Degree, a class C felony and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D felony.  Tyler Lay was also charged with Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about August 25, 2014, in the Town of Persia, when the defendants caused serious physical injury to another person.  The cases have been adjourned for motions.


       BRUCE E. MOORE, 61, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, class E felonies and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, a violation.  The incident occurred on or about August 13, 2014, in the Town of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway while he was in an intoxicated condition, having a .14% BAC.  The case has been adjourned for motions.


       TERY W. DECHOW, 48, of Randolph, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to an indictment that charges him Criminal Mischief in the Third Degree, a class E felony; and Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about August 31, 2014, in the Town of Napoli, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling and intentionally damaged property of another person in an amount exceeding $250.  The case has been adjourned for motions.


       PETE T. SHENANDOAH, 24, of Onieda, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, a class E felony; Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor; Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, Speed in Zone and Failure to Stop at a Stop Sign, violations.  The incident occurred on or about August 22, 2014, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

       JESSE R. GRASER, 33, of Cattaraugus, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony and Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about August 22, 2014, in the Town of Dayton, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling with intent to commit a crime therein and damaged property.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 
       DANIELLE M. JONES, a/k/a Danielle M. MacDonald, 26, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges her with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Welfare Fraud in the Third Degree, a class D felony; and Offering a False Instrument for filing.  The incident occurred between February 2012 and December 2013, when the defendant committed a fraudulent welfare act by stealing more than $12,000 by filing false daycare sheets with the Department of Social Services.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

       DEBRA M. SMITH, 29, of Machias, New York, and SAMANTHA B. STEINER,24, of Machias, New York, were arraigned and entered pleas of not guilty to an indictment that charges them with five counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, five counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fourth Degree, all class E felonies; and three counts of Petit Larceny, class A misdemeanors.  The incidents occurred between September 14, 2014 and September 22, 2014, in the Town of Machias, when the defendants stole items out of parked cars and some of the items consisted of credit cards.  The cases has been adjourned for motions.

       JULIAN G. NELSON, 28, of Salamanca, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, all class E felonies; and Operating without and Ignition Interlock Device and Failure to Yield at a Stop Sign, both violations.  The incident occurred on or about September 21, 2014, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .22% BAC and at a time his license was suspended or revoked due to a prior alcohol conviction.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

Guilty Pleas

 
       SHAUNNA E. GETZ, 29, of Lockport, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about August 16, 2013, in the Town of Allegany, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, with her son, who was less than 15 years old in the car and at a time her license was suspended or revoked.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 4, 2015.

 
TERRY L. NICHOLS, JR., 31, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of guilty to Forgery in the Second Degree, a class D felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about August 27, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, with intent to defraud, deceive or inure another, falsely made, completed or altered a written instrument.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2015.


DANAE S. CHIARILLI, 18, of Cuba, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incidents occurred between July 14, 2014 and July 16, 2016, in the Towns of Yorkshire, Freedom and Farmersville, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in buildings with intent to commit crimes therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2015.

KATIE A. VENTIMIGLIA, 24, of Salamanca, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about March 24, 2014, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully stole property.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2015.

 
       MELISSA MACDONALD, 29, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of guilty to Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, both class E felonies, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred between February 2012 and December 2013, when the defendant stole more than $1,000 by filing false daycare sheets with the Department of Social Services.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2015.

Sentences

 
FRANKLIN CHASE, 29, of Olean, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, was sentenced as a predicate felony to a determinate term of six years in the New York State Department of Corrections, to be followed by three years of post-release supervision, for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on or about and between March 1, 2014 and March 7, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold heroin.

 
TRAVIS J. NEAMON, 23, of Delevan, New York, was sentenced to a determinate term of two years in the New York State Department of Corrections, to be followed by three years of post-release supervision for his conviction of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony and Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about, November 14, 2013, in the Town of Ashford, when the defendant acted jointly and in concert with others and each aiding and abetting the other knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein and attempted to cause serious physical injury another person.

 
JESSE M. HORBACZ, 36, of Buffalo, New York, was sentenced to nine months in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about April 12, 2013 in the Town of Franklinville, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully attempted to possess a controlled substance with the intent to sell it. 

 
       BRADY M. SMITH, 23, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to five years probation of his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about November 13, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic substance.


ROBERT L. BURNETT, 36, of Allegany, New York, was sentenced to 30 days in the Cattaraugus County Jail and five years probation for his conviction of Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on or about April 24, 2014, in the Town of Hinsdale, when the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein and stole property.

 
JAMIE P. GREEN, 39, of Salamanca, New York, was sentenced to five years probation for his conviction of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about and between February 2014 and June 2014, in the Town of Great Valley when the defendant stole property and the value of the property exceeded one thousand dollars. 

THOMAS ARCHER, 19, of Delevan, New York, was sentenced to 200 hours of community service and five years probation for his conviction of two counts of  Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies.  The incidents occurred on or about and between July 14, 2014 and July 16, 2014, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant acted jointly and in concert with other, each aiding and abetting the other, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in buildings with the intent to commits a crime therein.

MATTHEW A. GIMBRONE, 30, of East Otto, New York, was sentenced to two concurrent terms of five years probation and his license was revoked for his convictions of two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, class E felonies. The first incident occurred on or about March 26, 2104, in the Town of Little Valley when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition, having a .09% BAC.  The second incident occurred on or about August 1, 2014, in the Town of Salamanca, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway with a BAC .24%.

ALEXANDER G. CARPENTER, 21, of Allegany, New York, was sentenced to five years probation for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on or about April 26, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic preparation.

Cuba teen pleads guilty to multiple burglaries

DANAE S. CHIARILLI, 18, of Cuba, was arraigned Monday in Cattaraugus County court and entered a plea of guilty to two counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies The plea will satisfy a pending indictment.  The crimes occurred between July 14, 2014 and July 16, 2016, in the Towns of Yorkshire, Freedom and Farmersville. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Chiarilli knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in buildings with intent to commit crimes.  Sentencing is scheduled for April 6, 2015.

Obituary: Robert J. Feldbauer, 90, Angelica

ANGELICA - Robert J. Feldbauer, 90, of 83 Mechanic Street, passed away peacefully Saturday (Jan. 24, 2015) with his family by his side. Born in Angelica, March 28, 1924, the son of Harry and Viola Graham Feldbauer, he resided in Angelica all of his life. Bob served in the US Navy during World War II from 1942 to 1946. Bob worked at Turbodine/Dresser-Rand until his retirement in 1986. On Sept. 28, 1947, he married Doris Rowe Feldbauer, who survives. Bob was known for his strong, quiet spirit. He will be remembered as a hardworking family man and skilled craftsman.Bob belonged to the Angelica United Methodist Church and was an active member of the Angelica community. Bob served as a volunteer fireman from 1946-1967, Deputy Mayor for several years and acting mayor for one year. Bob was active with the Boy Scouts of America as well as The American Legion Post 414. The Pittsburg, Shawmut and Northern Railroad held a special place in Bob's heart. He donated many hours of time working on projects dedicated to preserving the railroad's heritage. Bob was a car enthusiast who shared his passion for cars with his son Jeff. Bob loved working on his 1932 Ford Pickup and drove it in the Angelica Bicentennial parade.Bob was predeceased by his parents; son, Jeffrey L. Feldbauer; siblings, Jerome Feldbauer and Frances Hurd Feldbauer; son-in-law, C. Gary DeRock; sisters-in-law, Carolyn Murray Feldbauer and Mardy Baker Feldbauer. He is survived by his wife; daughter, Susan DeRock; brothers James and Harry "Skip" Feldbauer; daughter-in-law, Sue Feldbauer; grandchildren, Shelly (Scott) Daniel, Jeanine (Chris) Rose, Aaron Feldbauer, Danielle DeRock, Darcelle (Jeff) Hyslip, Darren DeRock; great-grandchildren, Braxton and Harper Rose, Cody (Brittany) Scholes, Devan, Dylan and Carson Harrington and Jaden and Ashden Hyslip, Madison DeRock; many nieces and nephews.To send a remembrance or to light a candle in Bob's memory please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. The family will be present for visiting hours Wednesday (Jan. 28, 2015) at 11 o'clock in the morning, at the Angelica United Methodist Church with a memorial service following at noon.

State Police Blotter

1/26/15 12:01pm - Multiple burglaries in Allegany County led to the arrest of a Belmont man. On Monday, state police arrested Timothy E. Sherwood, age 37. He was charged with two felony counts of burglary-2nd and a lesser charge of petit larceny. Court action is pending. Troopers said the alleged crimes occurred in Wirt on August 13, 2013, Friendship on July 20, 2014 and Allen on December 9, 2014.

1/26/15 5:15pm - State police arrested Jerry M. Merrick, 47, of Bolivar. He was charged with forcible touching, a class A misdemeanor. The alleged crime happened in the town of Bolivar. Merrick was held pending court action.

1/26/15 9:25pm - Following a traffic stop on Niles Hill Road in Wellsville, state police arrested Charles H. Cain, 50, of Wellsville. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol content at or above .08%. He was issued court tickets and released.

1/26/15 5:57pm - State police arrested Caleb M. Gerwitz, 17, of Ashford. He was charged with sexual abuse-1st, a class D felony. He was held for court action.

1/26/15 - State police Troop E (Steuben County area) investigated 26 vehicle crashes Monday. Many, but not all, were on I-86.
Painted Post: 2
Bath: 2
Corning:9
Campbell: 4
Dansville: 3
Riverside:1
Lindley:2
Canisteo:1
Cohocton: 1
Cameron:1

Wellsville Police Release 2014 Crime Stats








Wellsville Police Chief - Crime centers around illegal drug activity


2014 Year End Report
Due to my recent appoint as Chief of Police of the Wellsville Police Department (WPD), the year-end report may be briefer than in years past.  Since I started my tenure in September it has become obvious that a lot of Wellsville’s crime, centers around illegal drug activity.  Over the course of 2014, Wellsville has experienced all aspects of illegal drug activity; from possession and sale to the manufacturing of illegal drugs. This drug activity also spawned property and violent crime which Wellsville experienced with a rash of business burglaries and a stabbing.  Through perseverance, the officers have done a great job investigating and arresting the perpetrators of these crimes and will continue to do so in the years to come.
It is encouraging to see a decrease in the total number of arrests from 2013 to 2014 but this statistic is misleading.  The decrease is due to fewer violation arrests which are minor in nature, while the more serious misdemeanor and felony criminal arrests showed slight increases over the previous year.  I hope that the reduction in DWI arrests continues to be a trend as there are many efforts in prevention and education being made by Allegany County STOP DWI and Partners for Prevention in Allegany County both of which the Wellsville Police Department is a participant of.
In 2013 past Chief of Police, Tim Walsh, set the following goals:  That the range instructors develop new and dynamic training scenarios that would provide the officers with real life situations tailored to the way WPD responds to incidents and; That WPD work with the Department of Public Works (DPW) to develop the range site and that the record storage building located at the police station be replaced by a private funding source with little or no cost to the Village, and the old building be relocated to the range for the storage of range materials.  I can attest that the instructors rose to the occasion and accomplished this goal, as I personally participated in the fall firearms range session which did incorporate many creative real life situations while integrating WPD response.  The instructors have been and will continue to develop and improve the range site.  While the records storage building was not replaced or relocated, my goal in 2015 is work with the DPW in accomplishing this task. 
In 2013 Chief Walsh had a goal of adding video equipment to the second interview room at the station through grant funding obtained by the Allegany County District Attorney’s Office.  This goal was met as the equipment has been installed and is presently in use at no cost to the Village tax payers.
 Like many small municipalities throughout New York State it is becoming increasingly difficult to find funding to replace aging equipment. 2015 will, no doubt, be more of the same and we will have to find creative ways to do more with less. A goal for 2015 is to update the officers’ body armor using 50%-100% of grant funding through State and Federal sources.  Another goal I have set is to secure some outside funding to replace the department’s nine year old Livescan system. Livescan is a State mandate and allows police departments to get real time criminal history information on defendants through electronic fingerprint submission.  When this mandate was enacted in 2006 the State provided 100% of the funding to purchase the equipment. Now that the originally purchased equipment is dated and failing the funding has been reduced to 50% of the cost and smaller departments, like Wellsville, currently do not qualify for any funding due to a threshold of finger printable arrests set by the State.  The cost of Livescan is $26,000.  No doubt the men and women of the Wellsville Police Department will face many challenges in the upcoming year, and like years past we will continue to work through those challenges and provide an exemplary level police services to the citizenry of the Village.

Sincerely,
Timothy J. O’Grady, Chief of Police

Andover man receives probation sentence in Wellsville drug case

An Andover man will serve the next five on probation after he accepted a plea deal in Allegany County court on Monday. The sentence was handed down to Joshua J. Williams, 28, of state route 417 after he entered a guilty plea to a single count of criminal sale of marijuana 3rd, a class E felony. Williams had been indicted by a Grand Jury almost a year ago on three felonies and one misdemeanor. District Attorney Keith Slep said that on two occasions in December 2011, in Wellsville, Williams possessed and sold marijuana and morphine to a confidential informant with the Allegany County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Unit. In addition to the probation term, Judge Terry Parker ordered Williams to pay $330 in restitution and pay a court surcharge and DNA fee's.

Wayland-based troopers investigating burglaries

On January 25, 2015 at approximately 12:20 pm the New York State Police in Wayland were called to a report of a suspicious incident on Poags Hill Rd in the town of Dansville. 
According to state police Investigator Brent Bernard, the investigation revealed that two separate sets of footprints were found around numerous houses and vehicles in the area.  In one instance, at Poags Hole Trailer Court in North Dansville, Livingston County, a victim indicated that his Remington .270 bolt action rifle was taken from his vehicle, along with a small amount of ammunition.  
The State Police are actively investigating this incident and remind residents to make every effort to secure their vehicles and residences. 
Any persons with information regarding this or similar incidents in the area are asked to contact the New York State Police Wayland at (585) 728-5007.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday January 26, 2015

Wellsville Police Monday night arrested Sharon L. Nye, age 42 of Wellsville, charging her with 2 counts of Harassment 1st.  The charges stem from incidents that took place on May16, 2014 and January 16, 2015 in the Village of Wellsville.  Nye was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor.  Nye was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on February 17th at 4:30 pm.

Chinese auction planned to benefit cancer patient


Corning Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year Financial Performance

CORNING, N.Y., January 27, 2015 – Corning Incorporated today announced its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014.
Fourth-Quarter Highlights
  • Core earnings per share were $0.45*, a 55% increase over last year’s fourth quarter. These results were better than anticipated and completed the company’s ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year core earnings growth. GAAP earnings per share were $0.70.
  • Core sales were $2.6 billion*, a 30% increase from the comparable period last year. GAAP sales were $2.4 billion.
  • In the Display Technologies segment, LCD glass volume remained strong as retail demand for large screen TVs continued.
  • All of Corning’s business segments delivered year-over-year quarterly sales gains.
Full-Year Highlights
  • Core sales were $10.2 billion*, a 29% increase from $7.9 billion last year, marking a record year in sales performance for the company. GAAP sales were $9.7 billion.
  • Core earnings per share were $1.53*, a 24% year-over-year improvement compared with last year’s full-year EPS of $1.23*. GAAP earnings per share were $1.73.
  • The very successful integration of Corning Precision Materials Co., Ltd. resulted in pretax synergies of greater than $100 million, which exceeded the company’s original expectations.
“2014 was one of the strongest years in Corning’s history,” Wendell P. Weeks, chairman, chief executive officer and president, remarked. “Our sales exceeded $10 billion* for the first time in the company’s history, with 29% core sales growth, and 22% core earnings improvement from a year ago. We have now produced two full years of quarterly year-over-year earnings growth.

Monday, January 26, 2015

More than 100 show up for Alfred Democratic Party Caucus

Last week, Alfred village Republicans made headlines. Monday night, it was the Democrats turn. Both parties held caucuses to set the field of candidates for the March village elections. Last week in the GOP caucus, the incumbents were dropped for fresh faces including two Alfred State College students. Monday night, it was just the opposite. Neal Simon, City Editor for the Evening Tribune, tweeted that there were more than 100 democrats at the caucus, more than four times the number of Republicans at the GOP caucus.
So here is how the races are shaping up -
Mayor: First term Incumbent Jason Grigg received the Democrat nod while Jason Rodd earned the GOP support. Those two will face off in March.
For the two village board seats, the Democrats have selected Incumbent Trustee Tom McDowell and Peter McClain who chairs the village planning board. They will face off against two Republican endorsed Alfred State students, Kory Shick and Nicholas Ferraro.

Jones Memorial thanks "Hometown Heroes"

Jones Memorial Hospital would like to say thank you to our Hometown Heroes for making the 2014 Annual Fund Drive a success! The focus of the campaign was to finish the room renovations started with the 2012 Drive: new floors, bedding, window treatments, bathrooms, televisions and custom cabinetry for all of the patient rooms on the second floor. As a community hospital, Jones Memorial has enjoyed a long tradition of support from those it serves. Each and every gift allows us to continue the tradition of quality, commitment and caring that started with Gertrude & William Jones, our founders. Continuing our efforts to provide our patients with a comfortable environment, the focus of the 2015 Annual Fund Drive is a new patient call system. The new system will be a quiet and confidential way for patients and nurses to communicate. For more information, contact Jodi Pearson, Fund Development Coordinator, at (585) 596-2053.
 

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Alfred accepting bids for village garbage service

Notice is hereby given that the Village of Alfred will accept sealed bids for the Village Garbage Service for the period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016. All work shall be in accordance with the specifications on file with the Village of Alfred. Bids will be received at the Village Hall, 7 West University St., Alfred, NY 14802 during regular business hours to be opened at the public meeting in the Village Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Obituary: Beverly A. Bialy, 71, Black Creek

Beverly A. Bialy, 71, 8252 Spring Valley Road, Black Creek passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at Olean General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
Born on November 30, 1943, in Niagara Falls, New York she was a daughter of Francis T. and Anna Mullen Milliken. On June 15, 1968, in Our Lady of Angels Church she married Chester C. Bialy who survives.
Beverly was a graduate of Cuba High School and later Olean Business Institute with a secretarial degree.

When her children were younger she was a stay at home mom and after her children were grown she went to work in the dietary department at Cuba Memorial Hospital retiring in 1996.
She enjoyed doing crafts, her Christmas villages, making wreaths, playing cards, gardening and flowers, but most of all enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are two sons, Fran (Lisa) Bialy of Vestal, and Karl Bialy of Black Creek; a daughter Kari (Kevin) Cayton of Cuba; her grandchildren, Brendon and Deving Bialy and Kameron and Tyler Cayton; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends.
She was predeceased by her parents.

Friends may call at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home &Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street, Cuba on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 5-9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Our Lady of Angels Church, 50 South Street, Cuba at 11:00 A.M. The Rev. Sean E. DiMaria will be the celebrant.
Burial will be in Cuba Cemetery, Cuba, New York.
Memorial's if desired may be made to the American Heart Association.

Allegany County Corrections Officer faces felony charges


An Allegany County Corrections Officer faces two felony charges after state police said he stole credit cards from an inmate at the county jail, according to WKBW. State police arrested Benjamin A. Grover, 28, Scio. Troopers said they responded to a report of an attempted use of a stolen credit card at the TSC Tractor Supply in the Town of Wellsville Sunday afternoon. According to a press release sent to RNN from troopers, the Stores Team Leader reported that at about 12:30 PM, a male subject entered the store and attempted to make a purchase with an alleged stolen credit card.  Store personnel kept the suspect card and were able to identify the subject as Grover, troopers said. He was charged with two felony counts of grand larceny involving a credit card. He was arraigned and sent to the county jail on $5,000 bail. State police did not indicate when the cards were allegedly stolen.

Head of Power and Gas Division leaves Siemens

On September 22, 2014, Siemen's  (Berlin & Munich) announced its plan to acquire Dresser-Rand. That sale is still pending regulatory approvals and the deal is expected to close this summer. Siemen's said at the time the acquisition "complements Siemens' existing offerings, notably for the global oil & gas industry and for distributed power generation." Siemens last year said it intends to operate Dresser-Rand as the company's oil and gas business retaining the Dresser-Rand brand name and its executive leadership team. In addition, Siemens also stated it intends to maintain a significant presence in Houston, which will be the headquarters location of the oil and gas business of Siemens.
It was announced today, though, that the head of the Power and Gas Division will leave Siemens.

Roland Fischer, Division CEO, is leaving Siemens at the end of January at his own request. Effective February 1, 2015, Lisa Davis, member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG, will serve – in addition to her other Board responsibilities – as acting Division head until a successor is appointed. Employed at Siemens since 2008, Fischer has headed the company's power and gas business since 2011.
Davis has been a Managing Board member since August 2014 and is responsible for the Region Americas as well as for the Power and Gas, and Wind Power and Renewables Divisions and for Power Generation Services.

Rep. Reed Introduces “Defense of Property Rights Act”

Press Release - Congressman Tom Reed (NY-23) introduced the “Defense of Property Rights Act” in response to recent adverse action taken by government actors against Southern Tier landowners.
The bill would defend private property rights by providing an option for compensation on behalf of those unfairly harmed by government action. It would also open the judicial process in a more fair and equitable way. Congressman Tom Reed released the following statement:
“Far too often private property owners are left on the sidelines while local, state and federal governments’ make decisions for them on what they can and cannot do with their property. This is not right; it is not fair; and it is not the American way. These actions by government entities often leave our neighbors and friends with property that is worth much less, hurting their families and leaving them little choice but to accept the lower value.
“That is why I invited Steuben County farmer Neil Vitale to the State of the Union this week. I wanted to highlight those unjustly and unfairly impacted by adverse government action. I care deeply about the farmers and families of Western New York, which is why I am putting this concern into action.
“As a result, I have introduced a bill to defend Neil Vitale and all those unfairly harmed by government. This legislation would allow our friends and neighbors the option to seek compensation for their loss and provide a more fair process in our court system.
“I appeal to our highest of American ideals - fairness and doing what is right. And today I believe we have taken a big first step in defense of fairness and in defense of private property rights.”

House of Representatives Honors Olean Native Louis “Lou” Zamperini


WASHINGTON:  U.S. Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced a House resolution today honoring the life, accomplishments and legacy of Olean native Louis “Lou” Zamperini.  Zamperini was born on January 26, 1917 in Olean, NY and later grew up in Torrance, CA.  His story became the best-selling book Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand and the recently released film Unbroken.

NY Senate Passes Package of Bills to Toughen Penalties for Sex Offenders

The New York State Senate Majority Coalition today announced the passage of a package of legislation that would help keep communities safer from sexual predators. The seven bills would help prevent the most dangerous offenders from having contact with children and college students, require more stringent residency reporting requirements for the sex offender registry, strengthen penalties for those who help sex offenders evade registration requirements, and create a public awareness program to educate schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.  

-Legislation (
S851 [3]) sponsored by Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeffrey D. Klein (D, Bronx) would prohibit Level 2 and 3 sex offenders from being placed in temporary and emergency housing or homeless shelters where children are present. 

-Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) has sponsored legislation (
S869 [4]) making it a crime for anyone to knowingly harbor, house, or employ a sex offender who has failed to register or verify residence or employment and fails to contact their local law enforcement agency.

-The Senate also passed a measure (
S2084 [5]), sponsored by Senator John Flanagan (R-C-I, East Northport), which would prohibit a sexually violent or Level 3 sex offender who committed a crime against a child from being granted custody and unsupervised visitation with a child.  These sex offenders would remain ineligible unless they provide clear and convincing evidence that custody or visitation would benefit the child.

-Legislation (
S1608 [6]) sponsored by Senator John Bonacic (R-C-I, Mount Hope) would require reporting of multiple residences when a sex offender is living somewhere part-time. Under current law, offenders are only required to register their primary residence with the Division of Criminal Justice Services. The bill also requires the Division to develop a notification system to report offenders who have multiple residences.

-A bill (
S396 [7]) sponsored by Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-C-I, Elma) would require the commissioner of the Office for People with Developmental Disabilities to contact local officials and school superintendents when a sex offender is transferred to a community program or residence within their municipality. 

-Senator Joseph Robach (R-C-I, Rochester) sponsored a measure (
S833 [8]), which would prohibit Level 3 sex offenders from living in student housing on college campuses and makes it a class A misdemeanor upon conviction of a first offense, and a class D felony upon conviction for a second or subsequent offense.

-Legislation (
S845 [9]), also sponsored by Senator Robach establishes a sex offender public awareness outreach program. This program would provide educational outreach to schools, community groups, and clergy on issues related to sex offenders.
The bills will be sent to the Assembly. 

Drinking Water Protection Efforts Lauded in Potter, other counties

MarcusKohlPix1Public officials in Potter and Tioga counties are getting high marks for their commitment to protecting drinking water resources. Marcus Kohl, director of the Pa. Dept. of Environmental Protection regional office in Williamsport, commended the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition (TDWC) and a similar organization in Tioga County as guest speaker during a joint meeting of the two coalitions in Mansfield. Kohl (left) expressed his support for vigilant protection of drinking water supplies from any adverse impacts of earth disturbances and industrial activity.
On a related note, TDWC chairman John McLaughlin (below) of Potter County reported on the ongoing efforts to acquire equipment that will monitor public water sources 24/7 for changes in conductivity and other characteristics. Erica Tomlinson from the Tioga County Conservation District noted that she’s working on an educational video emphasizing the importance of protecting public drinking water sources. The units could be tied into an emergency services dispatch center to trigger quick response in the event of a pollution episode.
JohnMcLaughlinTioga County Planning Director Jim Weaver updated members on the mapping of sourcewater areas with GPS technology and site visits. Penn State Extension water specialist Jim Clark announced that he is involved in a project to detect blue-green algae in ponds, lakes or other impoundments. Certain species of these algae can release a toxin into the water.
Next TDWC meeting will be held on Feb. 11 at a location to be announced.
Potter County Today