Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Allegany County: Creation of Radio Technician job CLARIFICATION

On Tuesday, we posted a story which stated that the Allegany County Legislature, by an 8-7 margin, voted to hold off creating the job of Radio Technician. Simply put, the position would manage the 911 radio system and other technology matters...commonplace in other counties.  (
That part of the post was totally accurate, however other points in the story were filled with errors. At RNN, we strive, truly, to present accurate information. In this case, we seemingly failed. Thankfully, Allegany County Legislator Karl Graves (R-Andover) views our site and held us (me) accountable. We wrote that Allegany County wants to eliminate out-of-county contracts with radio vendors in order to provide a locally-based technician which would save plenty of our cash. Fact is, and we knew this, Allegany County does not have any contracts for radio technician is handled on a per call basis. The primary vendor is from Erie County.

Legislator Graves wrote:
My understanding is that there are no formal “contracts” with anyone.  The procedure is/was to call a vendor when a problem needed fixed.  Thousands of dollars were/are being spent on a “no bid” basis which sooner or later would draw the attention of the State Comptroller.   
We realize there is a need, especially now, to address this issue.  The concern is that government – if it can avoid it – should never try to do internally what private enterprise can do. I know of no department in Belmont that has not grown – some doubling and tripling in size – over the last 40 years despite the fact that we have fewer citizens residing here. All we are trying to do is give private enterprise a chance.  If no one is a qualified bidder, if the quotes come in too high, the answer is self-explanatory.
Legislator Graves said he voted to tabled the measure for further review. Yes, there is a highly qualified, local resident, who can step into the job, Graves was (and we both cringed at the word...transparency) in favor of a bidding process. After all, just as with private companies...everyone wants the best bang for the buck.
Sometimes, an answer stares us in the face, yet because of 'political' issues we shy away. Karl Graves stepped up to the plate. He challenged us and, well, he was correct and we...not so much.

NYSAC Release: Sales Tax Revenues Continue to Lag

County leaders voiced concern this week as sales tax revenues for the first quarter of 2014 show no sign of an economic turnaround. In fact, 27 counties saw their sales tax revenues reduced over the previous quarter (the last quarter of 2013).
“We are concerned because many counties are relying more and more on sales tax revenues to help pay for local quality of life services and also to support state programs.” said NYSAC President Mark Alger, Steuben County Manager.
The first quarter county sales tax data for 2014 continues a trend that began with the start of the Great Recession. There has been a significant reduction in sales tax growth on an annual basis. From 1990 through 2007 sales tax growth averaged about 4.0% each year. From 2008 through 2013 average sales tax growth has been around 1.65%.
Sales tax revenues have largely stagnated across much of the state over the past six months. Counties have seen virtually no growth in their sales tax receipts compared to the prior year. In fact, 27 counties in both the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014 saw their sales tax collections drop compared to the same period in the prior year.
“This is not just a county problem. About 25% of county sales tax receipts are shared with other local governments to help support their operations,” said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario.
The exact cause for this most recent stagnation has not been specifically identified, but could be the result of multiple forces including bad weather and scaling back of rebuilding efforts from several major natural disasters.
“We are cautiously optimistic that this revenue will rebound as more jobs and better weather return to New York,” said Acquario.


Tom Reed is responding to constituent concerns about the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule that would increase costs for New Yorkers who heat their homes and businesses with wood stoves. Reed recently sent a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy concerned about the new regulation and asking that the agency find an approach that doesn’t place an additional hardship on home and business owners. Fellow New York Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY21) joined Reed on the letter.

“It’s unfair to target families and businesses in rural areas that rely on wood stoves to heat their homes,” Reed said. “For many in our community, this affordable, renewable energy source is a cost-effective alternative to some of the other more costly, volatile options. It’s common sense to continue making this affordable option available.”

The EPA proposed the new rule in January that would drastically change requirements on new wood heaters, causing families who heat their homes with wood stoves to see a significant increase in heating costs.

In their letter, the New York Reps. say it’s unfair for the EPA to “propose rules which will place added costs on the devices many people in cold-weather states use for their primary or secondary hearing device…while we understand the need to strengthen performance standards, rules designed to improve the health of people and the environment should not simultaneously discourage consumers from using renewable resources.”
Reed says the propane shortage New York continues to face puts enough strain on families’ budgets as they try to heat their homes. Compared to other home-heating fuels that require consumers to submit to price fluctuations, heating with wood can provide a lower-cost, stable option for families.

“Families might turn to wood stoves as a primary or secondary source of heat as a result of the propane price spike,” Reed continued. “This winter New York saw record low temperatures and even this week, we are seeing lows in the 20s. Now is not the time to make life harder on families and business. It’s time to care for them and ease their burden.”

Roughly 12 million homes in the United States are heated with wood stoves. In New York, the use of wood as an energy source has grown more than 50 percent since 2005.

New events, traditions all a part of the fun during annual Hot Dog Day events in Alfred

ALFRED, NY, April 2014 – This year, Alfred’s biggest annual event – Hot Dog Day(s) – will be full of new and exciting events as well as long-standing traditions to mark the 42nd year of celebration.
Hot Dog Day weekend, Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday with the annual Alfred University (AU) Pine Hill Derby (weather permitting) in which engineering students race home-made, gravity-propelled vehicles down Pine Hill on the north end of campus.
At 7 p.m. the AU Symphony Orchestra and guest pianist Frank Mitchell Bush will perform at Miller Theater, Miller Performing Arts Center. At 9 p.m., hypnotist Tom Bresadola will perform at Holmes Auditorium, Harder Hall, while an open house will be held at the John L. Stull Observatory, on the south end of campus. (Note: if the sky is cloudy the observatory will be closed.)
Saturday will start off with the Color Walk/Run, which will begin in front of Herrick Library at 10 a.m. Registration is $10 for AU and Alfred State students and $15 for all other participants. To register, visit At 11:45 a.m. the Alfred Lions Club Chicken Barbecue will open at the Union University Church Center, corner of Main and Church streets (first-come first-served).
From noon-5 p.m. on Main Street will be the Hot Dog Day Festival with booths, arts and crafts, games, live music, raffles, and the main attraction - hot dogs. Proceeds will benefit local charities. From 1-4 p.m. guests are invited to visit the Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art and the Inamori Kyocera Museum on the 2nd floor of Binns-Merrill Hall.  
From 4-5 p.m. Scott-DeFranco Norton (AU ’14) will perform on Alfred University’s famous Carillon, located between the Career Development Center and Howell Hall on the upper level of campus.
To cap off Saturday’s events there will be a DOGFEST at 6 p.m. in AU’s McLane Center and surrounding parking lot. DOGFEST will be an outdoor music festival featuring six bands from several music genres, numerous food/beverage vendors, and other surprises. Featured acts include the indie rock band American Authors, hip hop/R&B artist Mack Wilds, country artist Greg Bates, indie pop band MisterWives, “What Cheer? Brigade” – a 19-piece brass band, and Hunting Stories, a Boston-based bluegrass band. The festival will run until midnight. Tickets are on sale for $10 ($15 at the door) for AU or Alfred State students, and $15 ($20 at the door) for the general public.
Sunday will close Hot Dog weekend’s events will the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition from 1-3 p.m. at the Fosdick-Nelson Gallery in Harder Hall. 


NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released the following statement on today’s decision by New York State Acting Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. McNamara, which declared that the NY SAFE Act is not in violation of New York State Constitution or New York Civil Rights Law. 
“New Yorkers deserve to live in a state with a strong set of procedures in place to protect them from gun violence. Today, the State Supreme Court agreed with my office that the SAFE Act established those necessary safeguards without infringing on the rights of responsible gun owners, and upheld New York’s comprehensive law. We will continue to defend and expand our state’s efforts to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers by keeping guns out of dangerous hands.”

SBU to welcome high school student-athletes for annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — St. Bonaventure University will host its 28th annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29.
Local high school girls and their coaches will participate in sporting event programs throughout the day with St. Bonaventure’s female student-athletes and staff. 
The event, sponsored by the School of Education, the Department of Physical Education, the Department of Athletics, the Department of Military Science and the Visiting Scholars Program, will host 15 school districts including 400 women student-athletes along with their coaches and teachers.

Students from the following school districts will attend: Allegany-Limestone, Archbishop Walsh, Austin Area Schools, Bath, Bolivar-Richburg, Bradford, Cuba-Rushford, Fillmore, Franklinville, Jamestown-Lutheran, Portville, Randolph, Seneca Nation, South Park and Southwestern.

After 9 a.m. registration, students will listen to a keynote address from alumnus Amy Moritz, ’95, a sports reporter for The Buffalo News and former St. Bonaventure women’s basketball manager. During her address, “Women in Sports Media: Moving Beyond the Pink Ghetto,” Moritz plans to talk a little bit about her personal story, how the place of women in sports media has evolved and what challenges still lie ahead.
There will be two 45-minute clinics for students with the following St. Bonaventure women’s sports teams: softball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, rugby, tennis, swimming and cross-country.
Army ROTC, physical education and sport studies majors will present a fitness challenge and strength and conditioning option for participating students. Claire Watson, chair of the Department of Physical Education, will host a health and wellness promotion as part of the fitness challenge. Becky Misenheimer, assistant professor of visual and performing arts, will host an exhibition with the Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby.  
After both clinics, students will receive lunches donated by St. Bonaventure students. Visiting students will also have an opportunity to meet Pat Laczkowski from Rugby NY’s Project 2020.
From 1 to 2 p.m., St. Bonaventure’s admissions team will provide tours of campus for students.
At 3 p.m., students and their coaches with have an opportunity to attend an optional St. Bonaventure women’s softball practice.
The National Girls and Women in Sports Coalition started in 1987 in remembrance of Flo Hyman, an Olympic volleyball player who died in 1986 while competing in a volleyball tournament in Japan. 

State Police to conduct increased crackdown on speeding and aggressive driving

New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign runs from April 17 through April 24, 2014. Fines for speeding and aggressive driving can reach nearly $1,000 and add up to 11 points on a driver’s license. 

“Too often families are forced to endure needless heartache as a result of reckless driving,” said Governor Cuomo. “During Speed Week, the State Police will be out in force across New York cracking down on drivers who break the law, putting themselves and others at risk. This week and every week, I urge drivers to slow down and adhere to the vital and lifesaving rules of the road.”

The goal of this campaign, and enforcement year round, is to reduce speed related crashes and improve safe travel for drivers and passengers on New York’s roads. Speeding by all vehicle types, as well as other traffic violations, will be heavily enforced throughout the week in addition to normal year-round enforcement.

Speed remains one of the leading causes of fatalities on our roadways, averaging approximately one third of all fatal crashes from year to year. Troopers will also be watching for vehicle occupants who are not properly buckled up, drivers that are violating the “Move Over Law,” and distracted or impaired drivers.

In an effort to continue making New York’s roads safer, this year’s State Budget includes legislation to intensify the efforts to curtail the prevalence of texting while driving by young drivers. Young and new drivers convicted of texting-while-driving will have their license suspended for 120 days on the first offense, and revoked for at least one year for the second offense.

“Drivers can prevent needless deaths and injuries by simply slowing down,” New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico said. “Our Troopers are out there on New York roadways doing their part to keep the streets safe, and the public can too. By following posted speed limits and watching their speed, drivers will increase their chances of making it to their destination safely.”

Drivers can expect to see more troopers on major highways during this detail. Unmarked patrol vehicles will also be out in force.

Aggressive driving behaviors State Troopers will be targeting include:
    · Excessive Speed
    · Frequent or Unsafe Lane Changes
    · Failure to Signal
    · Tailgating
    · Failure to Yield the Right of Way
    · Disregarding Traffic Controls
    · Impaired Driving
    · Cell phone/electronic device use

Tips when encountering an aggressive driver:
    · Remain calm
    · Keep your distance
    · Do not pass unless you have to
    · Change lanes once it is safe (don't jump lanes without looking)

NY State Police point out that there is a difference between aggressive driving and so called "road rage." Road Rage, such as using the vehicle as a weapon or physically assaulting a driver or their vehicle, is NOT aggressive driving. These are criminal offenses, and there are laws in place to deal with these violent crimes.

During the last campaign from August 10, 2013 to August 17, 2013 State Police issued more than 9,600 tickets during “Speed Week.” Fines for speeding range from $45 to $975 and three to 11 points, depending on the rate of speed.

Victor man arrested for Offering a False Instrument for Filing

On April 15, 2014, State Police Canandaigua Investigators arrested 44 year-old DYLAN M. CHASE, of Victor NY, on an arrest warrant from the City of Albany, for the crime of Offering a False Instrument for Filing 1st degree (Class E Felony). This arrest was the result of an ongoing investigation into the illegal activities of DYLAN CHASE and his fraudulently obtained status as the SPCA Police, in Livingston County. The SP Canandaigua investigation found that in March 2013, CHASE filed a Peace Officer Registry Form, with the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which contained false information. The fraudulent document allowed CHASE to be illegitimately appointed as a Peace Officer with his SPCA Humane Corps, a.k.a. SPCA Police, in Livingston County. As the document was filed with DCJS, in Albany NY, Canandaigua State Police forwarded paperwork to State Police, in Latham NY, who obtained a warrant for CHASE's arrest. CHASE was arrested in Victor NY, then turned over to State Police Latham, held overnight, and will be arraigned on the charges this morning, in the city of Albany court.
CHASE, a convicted felon, named himself the "Chief Detective and Special Agent" of the SPCA Humane Corp, and has been previously arrested for other crimes (all felonies) related to this unlawful appointment as a Peace Officer. In August 2013, CHASE was arrested for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd and Tampering with Physical Evidence, in Avon NY. In January 2014, State Police arrested CHASE for Criminal Purchase of a Weapon and Falsifying Business Records, in Wheatfield NY (Niagara county).

Bath Investigators arrest teen

On Monday the New York State Police in Bath arrested 17 year old JACOB DOUGHERTY for harassment (Violation) and endangering the welfare of a child (Class A Misdemeanor). It is alleged that on 3/17/14, while a resident of Snell Farms Residential Treatment Center located in Bath, NY, DOUGHERTY did intentionally pull a chair out from under a 14 year old fellow resident, causing the child to fall to the ground and sustain minor pain. DOUGHERTY was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and released to the custody of the Treatment Center. DOUGHERTY is due back in the Town of Bath Court on April 21st at 3:00 P.M.

Inv. Jason E. Wood
New York State Police – Bath

St. Bonaventur​e lauds 55 employees for years of service at 2014 Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony

Cutline: University President Sr. Margaret Carney, O.S.F., (center) congratulates Lynn Brown (left) and Ann Hurlburt on 25 years of service to St. Bonaventure University. Not pictured: Dr. Joel Horowitz, who also marked his 25th year at the university.
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., April 16, 2014 — As part of its Spring Honors and Awards Ceremony Tuesday, April 15, St. Bonaventure University recognized 46 employees who marked employment anniversaries this year and nine employees who are retiring.
During the employee recognition portion of the ceremony, individuals with 10 years of service and up will be recognized, with those reaching 25 years of service and retirees receiving special recognition.
Those who will be recognized for 25 years of service are: Lynn Brown (Business Office), Dr. Joel Horowitz (Department of History), and Ann Hurlburt (Student Affairs).
Lynn Brown has spent all of her 25 years at St. Bonaventure working in the Business Office as a Business Office Assistant.
“Working in the Business Office has offered me a multitude of challenging opportunities to expand my business skills, but the best part of this journey has been the people — students, parents, administration, faculty, and staff — and forming special friendships.  
“I have had the privilege of meeting and working with some genuinely special people over the years here at SBU. It is my hope, that in whatever capacity, our encounter has been a pleasant and memorable one. I know it has been for me,” said Brown.
Prior to joining the St. Bonaventure community, Brown worked at West State Hardware, a family-owned and -operated hardware business; as a clerk/cashier in an Allegany grocery store; and as a teacher’s aide at Allegany Central School.
Brown graduated from Olean Business Institute in 1989 and was the recipient of the Outstanding General Secretarial Award. She has attended various continuing education courses and workshops over the years as well as a St. Bonaventure online course.
A lifelong area resident, Brown lives in Olean with her husband of 11 years, Art, former Director of Maintenance at St. Bonaventure who retired in 1999.  
Brown has a daughter, Lori (Lute) Funden, who earned accounting and MBA degrees at St. Bonaventure and is now a senior accountant at CUTCO Corp. Brown has three stepchildren — Dan, Lisa and Alison. She and her husband have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A member of First Baptist Church of Olean for more than 40 years, Brown is active in the church choir and has served on various church committees. She is also a former Campfire leader.
Brown enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and their families, fishing with her husband (especially at Black Lake), and singing.  
Joel Horowitz, Ph.D., professor of history, specializes in Argentine history and has received two Fulbright research appointments. A member of the Department of History faculty, his primary course load is upper-level courses on Latin America.
Promoted to full professor in 1999, Horowitz did his undergraduate work in history at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by his master’s and doctorate in history at the University of California, Berkeley.
He has received several SBU research fellowships and grants, and in 2001 received the Faculty Recognition Award for Professional Excellence in Research and Publishing.

Horowitz’s university service has included chair of the Department of History from 2002 to 2004 and coordinator of the International Studies program from 2007 to 2012, as well as participation in curriculum reform in the School of Arts and Sciences and the core curriculum.
Horowitz specializes in Argentine history, particularly the rise of labor unions. He has presented papers on unions, populism and Juan Perón at national and international conferences and published articles and chapters on populism, unions in Latin America, Argentine historiography, Argentine soccer and politics in various books and journals. In 1991, he received the Tibesar Prize, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History for the best article in The Americas.
Horowitz is the author of two books, “Argentina’s Radical Party and Popular Mobilization, 1916-1930,” published in 2008, and “Argentine Unions, the State and the Rise of Perón, 1930-1945,” published in 1990 and translated into Spanish in 2004.

He is working on a monograph examining the creation of membership organizations and politics in the interwar war period in Argentina.
Horowitz and his wife, Carol, live in Olean, and have two daughters, Sarah and Rachel.

Ann E. Hurlburt began working at St. Bonaventure in 1989 in the Admissions Office, inputting all of the admissions applications, creating pamphlets and handouts, and scheduling visits and tours for prospective students and their families.

In 1994, she was transferred to a position in the Student Life Division working in the Judicial Affairs Office.

In 1996, Hurlburt was named to her current position as executive administrative assistant to the vice provost for Student Life (now vice president for Student Affairs). Hurlburt coordinates a number of honors and awards selections for the Student Affairs division, including the Ideal Bonaventure Students, December Recognition Speaker, May Commencement Speaker, and the Fr. Joe Doino O.F.M. Honors and Awards.
Hurlburt lives in Hinsdale with her husband, Robin, a 36-year employee of the university who serves as the associate director of Facilities/Maintenance.

Their son, Jeremy, graduated in 2004 from St. Bonaventure with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication. Their daughter, Emily, earned a degree in digital media arts in 2006 from Canisius College and, in 2010, received her master’s degree in integrated marketing communications from St. Bonaventure.
Hurlburt is an avid supporter of St. Bonaventure’s women’s basketball team and is a former member of the Summer Golf League.
She is a member of St. Mary of the Angels Roman Catholic Church in Olean.
Other employees marking anniversary years include:
45 years of service: Dr. Steven Brown (Classical Languages) and Dr. Patrick Dooley (Philosophy)
40 years of service: Theresa Shaffer (Library)
35 years of service: Dr. Steven Andrianoff (Computer Science), Dr. Alva Cellini (Modern Languages), Janet Haggerty (School of Business), Dr. Thomas Schaeper (History)
30 years of service: Dr. Barry Gan (Philosophy), Dr. Theodore Georgian (Biology), Dr. Michael Russell (Marketing), Bernard Vossler (Cemetery), Dr. Craig Zuckerman (Education)
20 years of service: Romy Knittel (Biology), Alice Sayegh (International Studies), Dr. Robin Valeri (Psychology), Dr. Carol Wittmeyer (Management Sciences), Jerrold Wolf (Facilities/Maintenance)
15 years of service: Dan Donner (Technology Services), Darryn Fiske (Athletics), Dr. Diana Lawrence-Brown (Education), Brenda McGee (Finance and Administration), Steven Mest (Athletics), Laura Peterson (Visual and Performing Arts), Dr. Leigh Simone (Modern Languages), Dr. Christopher Stanley (Theology), Michael Threehouse (Athletics), Dr. Stephanie Vogel (Psychology), Philip Winger (Facilities/Maintenance & Housekeeping)
10 years of service: Brian Beckman (Facilities/Maintenance), Christopher Brown (First-Year Experience), Diane Frick (University Advancement), Dr. Rene Garrison (Education), Michael Kramer (University Advancement), Jess McFall (Facilities/Maintenance), Rhonda Monahan (Athletics), Lauren Newcome (Technology Services), Wayne Oonk (Technology Services), Jill Rohl-Lampack (Financial Aid), Colleen Sandburg (Purchasing), Robert Simpson (Richter Center), Jennifer Skroback (Quick Center for the Arts), John Stevens (Management Sciences), Lynn White (Admissions)
Retirees: Dr. Mary Adekson (Education), Paul Brockel (Athletics), Margaret Bryner (Higher Education Opportunity Program), Wendy Fleming (Financial Aid), Dr. Greg Gibbs (Education), Dr. Robert Harlan (Computer Science), Fr. Robert Karris, O.F.M. (Franciscan Institute), Clinton Pataye (Safety & Security), Fr. Allen Weber, O.F.M. (Education)

NYSEG/RG&E News Release: Spring Safety

Rochester, NY – NYSEG and RG&E, subsidiaries of Iberdrola USA, remind contractors and customers who are working on or planning outdoor projects or activities to be mindful of overhead power lines and underground utilities.

“Ladders, gutters and aluminum siding can all conduct electricity. Making contact with a power line with any of these items could be deadly,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E. “Digging into underground utilities could also have very serious consequences.”

NYSEG and RG&E offer these safety tips:
> Be Cautious in Work Zones

Drivers are urged to slow down and use extreme caution in NYSEG and RG&E work zones, including those areas where NYSEG and RG&E contractors are pruning trees to help ensure safe, reliable service. 

> Look Up…Look Out!
NYSEG and RG&E caution contractors and individuals to carefully check work areas for potential hazards such as overhead power lines.
> Call 811 Before You Dig

Contractors are required by law to call Dig Safely New York before beginning any excavation work, and NYSEG and RG&E strongly encourage do-it-yourselfers who are planning projects like putting up a fence, planting a tree or doing drainage work to call as well. Call Dig Safely New York (811 or 1.800.962.7962) or visit at least two full days but not more than 10 days before work is to begin.

> This Is Not Child’s Play

·          Never fly kites near power lines. Electricity from a kite caught in power lines could travel down the string and endanger anyone who touches it. Don’t ever attempt to remove a kite tangled in a power line by climbing a utility pole or nearby tree.

·          Keep foil or metallic balloons away from power lines and utility poles. They can cause serious damage and power interruptions.

·          Never climb on an electrical tower or utility pole.

·          Don’t play on or near pad-mounted transformers and never attempt to open them.

> Stay Out of Substations
Substations are dangerous. They are most often clearly marked with signs reading “DANGER, HIGH VOLTAGE WITHIN” or a similar warning. Take this warning seriously and never go near or into a substation. You could be injured or killed.

If a kite, ball or flying disk should land in or near a substation or should a pet wander into a substation or climb a utility pole, call NYSEG or RG&E. We’ll gladly send a crew to get your property (or pet) – and there’s no charge.

> Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

Keep power tools and extension cords away from water – rain, wet ground, swimming pools, sprinklers and garden hoses. Have a licensed electrician add weatherproof covers and GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters) on outdoor electrical outlets to protect against electrical shock.

> Don’t Post Notices on Utility Poles

For the safety of NYSEG and RG&E crews who may need to climb poles, do not attach notices or other materials to utility poles. Remnants of these signs from long-forgotten activities also become eyesores and create litter.

> Trees and Power Lines

Leave the cutting and pruning of trees near power lines to professionals. A tree or limb that comes in contact with a power line could be deadly. Also, take into account overhead power lines when planting trees. (For more information on planting the right tree, visit or call 1.888.448.7337.)

> Be Alert for Natural Gas Leaks
If natural gas leaks from pipes or appliances it can be dangerous. A natural gas leak is usually recognized by smell, sight or sound. Smell: Natural gas is naturally odorless. For your safety, a distinctive odor, similar to rotten eggs, is added. Sight: You may see a white cloud, mist, fog, bubbles in standing water or blowing dust. You may also see vegetation that appears to be dead or dying for no apparent reason. Sound: You may hear an unusual noise like roaring, hissing or whistling. To report a natural gas leak to NYSEG, call 1.800.572.1121 or 911. To report a natural gas leak to RG&E, call 1.800.743.1701 or 911.

Former Chautauqua Institution leader to speak at St. Bonaventure Commencement

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., April 16, 2014 The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell, director of the Department of Religion at historic Chautauqua Institution for 13 years, will be the keynote speaker Sunday, May 11, at St. Bonaventure University’s 154th Commencement.
Campbell will be among three distinguished guests receiving honorary degrees. Also being honored are Ann L. Swan, a longtime benefactor of St. Bonaventure and a staunch supporter of Catholic higher
education; and Neal J. Johnson, class of 1973, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York.
Commencement Exercises, set for 10:30 a.m., will conclude a weekend of activities for St. Bonaventure graduates.
The annual Candlelight Induction Ceremony, when degree candidates are welcomed into the St. Bonaventure Alumni Association, will be held at 8:45 p.m. Friday, May 9, in front of De La Roche Hall on campus.
Saturday’s events on May 10 include the commissioning of ROTC cadets as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, which takes place at 10 a.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts; an Honors Award Ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the Reilly Center Arena; and the Baccalaureate Mass at 4:30 p.m., also in the Reilly Center Arena.
Joan Brown Campbell retired in December from The Institution, an internationally renowned center for religion, the arts, education and recreation on Chautauqua Lake for 140 years.
A distinguished lifelong ecumenist, she served as the first ordained woman appointed as general secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ (NCCC) in the USA. Prior to her time at the NCCC USA, Campbell served as director of the U.S. Office of the World Council of Churches.
During her time as general secretary, Campbell, in concert with Paul Gorman, Carl Sagan, Dean James Morton and Albert Gore, founded what is today the National Religious Partnership on the Environment (NRPE). She continues to serve as chair of the board.
Campbell is a devoted activist for peace and social justice, believing that citizens in a democracy must act on their conscience. This commitment was crafted during her life-changing work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and was deepened in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu referred to her as “a woman of courage and compassion.” He pointed out that Campbell was the only woman in the clergy procession of more than 200 for his installation as Archbishop of South Africa, commenting, “Her voice helped to bring an end to the evil of apartheid.”
Campbell’s commitment to growing the global compassion movement is reflected in her work with Charter for Compassion International. She chairs its governing body, the Global Compassion Council. She is co-chair of the Global Peace Initiative of Women, providing leadership to GPIW’s important work with women throughout the world.
She chaired the Global Health Council and served the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils on faith and values.
Campbell has received 14 honorary degrees and, in 2010, was awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award. She is author of “Living Into Hope: A Call to Spiritual Action for Such a Time as This,” and “Prayers From Chautauqua,” a collection of her prayers published in 2013.
Ann Swan has long been an active civic leader in Western New York. Elected to the Hilbert College Board of Trustees in 2004, she served as board chair from 2010 to 2013. She was awarded the President’s Medal, one of Hilbert’s highest honors, for her “extraordinary commitment” and “esteemed leadership.”
St. Bonaventure’s William E. and Ann L. Swan Business Center is named for Swan and her late husband. Bill Swan, a 1969 graduate of St. Bonaventure who served Western New York as a business leader and philanthropist, was a dedicated alumnus and Board of Trustees chair. The Swan Business Center honors Bill’s memory and the couple’s shared commitment to educating business leaders imbued with Franciscan values.
A graduate of the University at Buffalo, Ann Swan was a health and physical education teacher in Buffalo Public Schools for 27 years. She has long served the region as a director and/or volunteer with civic-minded, philanthropic and educational organizations.
She is executive director of the William E. and Ann L. Swan Foundation, which benefits philanthropy, volunteerism and grant-making foundations. In addition, she serves on the boards of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo Foundation, YMCA Buffalo Niagara, the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Shea’s Performing Arts Center and Gilda’s Club, a support organization for cancer patients. She also serves on the advisory board of Hillside Family of Agencies’ Work-Scholarship Connection, which aids at-risk youth.
Swan’s tireless volunteer spirit is entwined with community support agencies across the region. A former chair of the United Way’s Day of Caring, she has also served as a fundraising volunteer for the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, Community Hospice Care, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Catholic Charities.
St. Bonaventure honored Swan in 2006 with a Gaudete Medal, the university’s highest honor, in recognition of her compassionate spirit and desire to help mankind. Christ the King Seminary recognized her for those same qualities in 2002 with presentation of its Curé of Ars Award. Her many other honors include recognition as a Community Leader by the National Conference for Community and Justice.
Neal Johnson, president and CEO of Special Olympics New York, Inc., traces his commitment to others back to the Franciscan values he learned at St. Bonaventure. He has spent his entire adult life in service to people with intellectual disabilities, either professionally or as a volunteer.
Johnson’s involvement with Special Olympics began in 1975 when he was asked to help establish the program in his hometown, the Bronx. Since then he has served SONY at all levels and in all aspects of the organization. Globally recognized for his expertise as a Special Olympics coach, official and competition director, he has served as an international technical official at every Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and twice served as the referee-in-chief at the World Winter Games.
After serving as vice chair of the SONY board, Johnson was named president and CEO in 1997. Under his leadership, SONY has become the largest Special Olympics program in North America and the sixth-largest in the world, serving 65,000 athletes and involving 35,000 volunteers.
SONY provides year-round training and competition in 22 sports across the state. Capitalizing on St. Bonaventure’s history of caring, Johnson introduced Special Olympics to the university community.
Today the program engages hundreds of Bonaventure students annually in service to special needs athletes locally and from as far away as Rochester.
Johnson has served for years on the United States Leadership Council for Special Olympics and has frequently consulted on programmatic, organization and leadership strategies and training for Special Olympics International with other state and national programs across the globe.
Widely recognized as an advocate for people with intellectual disabilities, he has presented on their behalf to corporations, civic organizations, the New York State Legislature, the U.S. Congress and the United Nations.
In the private sector, Johnson previously served as the senior vice president & COO of Worldwide Computer Services, and as general manager of AFA Protective Systems, the largest provider of commercial fire protection systems in New York City.
In addition to his work with special needs athletes, he has spent more than 40 years as a coach, official, event manager and administrator at the amateur, interscholastic, intercollegiate, elite and world-class levels.
Read more about St. Bonaventure’s Commencement events at

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SP Amity - DWI Road Check in the Town of Allegany Conducted

 The New York State Police conducted a stationary DWI road check in the Town of Allegany on Friday 04/11/14.  As a result of the detail the following subjects were arrested:
 KEVIN F. CARLL, age 60 of Olean, NY was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.  CARLL was processed and released with a return court date of 04/21/14 for the Town of Allegany.

ANTHONY PATERNITI, age 39 of Bradford, PA was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  PATERNITI was processed and released with a return court date of 04/21/14 for the Town of Allegany

'Small' radio station getting 'BIG' results

Its FCC call sign is WZHD....its brand name is Cool 97....on the dial at 97.1FM and it is taking the 'big' boys by we are told. Its transmitter is in Canaseraga  of all places...but the signal reach hits the fringe of Wellsville and solidly in Andover, Almond, Hornell, Canisteo...well, let's say, Eastern Allegany and Western Steuben up to Dansville and Nunda. The web site is HERE. Yes, you can stream online, unlike Wellsville stations (in these days, why aren't radio stations streaming online???). Why this post? As we wandered Hornell today, we were struck by the number of people who commented on Cool 97. It is nice to have local success...and you can find success with Cool 97.

Bath man surrenders to police

Area political campaigns should use proper grammar

At RNN, we receive constant e-mails from political campaigns/elected representatives. They all want to 'share' the message. Here is a suggestion: Use proper grammar in your releases. If you can't even do that, your message is dead to us. After all, you are the "professionals, right?"

Allegany County: Radio Technician job not approved...for now

In a move that surprised some, Allegany County Legislators have voted to table (place on hold) a move to create the job of "radio technician." The union position, under the Sheriff, would have paid $41,000 +/- plus benefits. The purpose was to end contracts with a Buffalo-area vendor to provide radio service support to the county 911 radio system. It has been a hot-button topic for some. The history of this plan has been well documented in previous posts. The vote was 8-7 to place the job creation on hold. An earlier post with some history is HERE.


Tom Reed will hold three town hall meetings Saturday, April 26th in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties. All constituents with questions, concerns and thoughts are encouraged to attend and participate.
“We’ve learned through more than 130 town halls that the best way to interact with constituents is through open, face-to-face conversations,” Reed said. “That’s why we’ll continue to hold town halls in every county and in every corner of the district so that constituents can share their thoughts and concerns. Caring for the needs of the community means being out in the district and gathering input we’ll take to Washington.”

Reed has held over 130 town halls in all eleven counties of New York’s 23rd district. Town halls will be held April 26th as follows:

10:30AM        Chautauqua Municipal Building, 2 Academy St, Mayville

1:00PM           Conewango Town Hall, 4762 Rte. 241, Conewango Valley

3:30PM           Cuba Village Hall, 17 E. Main St, Cuba

Those unable to attend the town halls are encouraged to share their thoughts with Reed through his website ( or Facebook ( Individuals can also sign up for regular updates through Reed’s website (


Assemblyman Phil Palmesano presenting last year’s Italian-American State Legislators Scholarship to James Burdette, currently a freshman on the SUNY Albany lacrosse team.  Pictured from Left to Right: David Burdette, Mary Ellen Mattison, Martha Burdette, Scholarship winner James Burdette and Assemblyman Palmesano.
            Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) recently announced that the New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is accepting applications for its annual college scholarships. Four $2,000 scholarships will be awarded at the Italian-American State Legislators Annual Legislative Conference Day on June 9.  Palmesano is encouraging eligible and interested students in the 132nd Assembly District to apply.
            “The cost of a quality college education continues to rise year after year, preventing students from earning the education they deserve,” said Palmesano. “I encourage students from the 132nd Assembly District to apply for this scholarship. An opportunity like this can allow a young person to achieve their higher education goals and improve their quality of life.”
            Of the four scholarships available, two will be awarded on the basis of academics and two on the basis of athletics. A student’s eligibility will be determined by their grade point average, interest in pursuing higher education, involvement in their local community and their financial need.
            Interested students may request an application by contacting Palmesano’s office by phone at 607-776-9691 or by email at Applications must be returned no later than Friday, May 2.
            The New York Conference of Italian-American State Legislators is a bipartisan organization of New York State Assembly and Senate members who are actively involved in promoting and celebrating the state’s Italian-American community.

Rite Aid Customers Invited to Purchase $1 Miracle Balloons to Support Children’s Miracle Network at Arnot Health

Elmira – Now through Saturday, May 24, Rite Aid associates will invite customers to purchase a $1 paper Miracle Balloon that will directly benefit Children’s Miracle Network at Arnot Health In exchange, customers who make a donation will receive $9 in coupon offers good for a variety of popular products sold at Rite Aid.
Last year in our region alone, 10 Rite Aid stores raised $19,000 to support Neonatal and Pediatric services at Arnot Health.  “We are so grateful to Rite Aid and their commitment to the children in our community” said Alene Goodman, Children’s Miracle Network representative at Arnot Health.
“Last year, our company raised a record-breaking $6.8 million for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the communities we serve,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president, chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Everyone at Rite Aid is extremely proud of our 20 year partnership with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and I look forward to seeing our associates do all that they can to ensure our 20th campaign is one to remember.”
Rite Aid is celebrating 20 years of miracles and $64 million in funds raised since becoming a partner with Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in 1994. The money raised by Rite Aid funds critical care, ground-breaking research and life-saving equipment at 95 Children's Miracle Network Hospitals in communities served by Rite Aid.
Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation's leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company's website at


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation that adds New York to the list of states that have joined National Popular Vote compact. Under this interstate agreement, member states will award their electoral votes for president to the candidate that receives a majority of the national popular vote.

“With the passage of this legislation, New York is taking a bold step to fundamentally increase the strength and fairness of our nation’s presidential elections,” Governor Cuomo said. “By aligning the Electoral College with the voice of the nation’s voters, we are ensuring the equality of votes and encouraging candidates to appeal to voters in all states, instead of disproportionately focusing on early contests and swing states. I am particularly heartened to sign this legislation as it embodies both in process and substance the Empire State’s tradition as a national progressive leader. Today, in signing this legislation, I am pleased to add New York to the growing list of states who have joined together to make this reform a reality.”

This legislation utilizes New York State’s right under the U.S. Constitutional to award its electoral votes in any manner it deems appropriate (Article II, Section 1). With Governor Cuomo’s signature, New York pledges to award its 29 electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote in ALL 50 States plus the District of Columbia, but only to take effect once enough other states have passed identical legislation so that the compact possesses a majority of the Electoral College’s 538 votes. New York provides a significant step towards this marker, as the compact now contains 165 of the necessary 270 electoral votes (61 percent).

A federal constitutional amendment is not required to affect this change, as Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution provides states the plenary power to award electoral votes in any manner they choose: “Each State shall appoint, in such manner as the Legislature thereof may direct, a Number of Electors…” Currently, like 47 other states, New York uses the winner-take-all method in which the winner of the popular vote in New York State receives all of its electors. This method was used by only 3 states in 1789.

The National Popular Vote legislation adheres to the basic principles of fairness in elections. Under the current winner-take-all system, Presidential candidates are able to ignore reliably Republican and Democrat states, like New York, and focus all of their attention and resources on a select group of battleground states. Therefore, candidates have no reason to focus on the many issues that matter to millions of New Yorkers across the state. The current system artificially divides the country into red, blue, and swing states. New York is a victim of this system – despite ranking 4th in the country with over 13 million eligible voters, New York ranked dead last in Presidential campaign spending.

By signing this legislation, Governor Cuomo seeks to guarantee that every vote in every state will matter in every presidential election. New York continues to be a national leader for institutional change, as the National Popular Vote compact is significantly closer to becoming effective and ensuring an even greater democracy.

Senator Joseph Griffo said, “The National Popular Vote is a move to empower voters. If people believe their vote is meaningful, this will create more interest and excitement in our political process. Joining the compact gives us leverage over presidential candidates. Collectively, we say: You can no longer take our states for granted. You can no longer effectively disenfranchise millions of Americans by ignoring us. And you can no longer assume our vote is yours. I'm pleased we've received bipartisan support on this bill and I believe we've put forward something that is both Constitutional and also reflective of the need for a more modern approach in electing presidents."

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said, “In our world’s greatest democracy, the candidate with the most votes is the winner of an election, except for the most important office on the planet: President of the United States. New York now joins the growing number of states that have decided that the winner for President should be the first place finisher. Once the National Popular Vote is passed in enough states it will mean that the winner of the popular vote will always be the winner in a presidential election. It will mean that every vote from every voter throughout the country would count equally. Candidates would have an incentive to campaign all over the country, not just in the battleground states, and they would address the issues of concern to voters throughout the country. This would drive up turnout. And New York would no longer be ignored. We will no longer be a bystander in presidential elections. This legislation, signed by Governor Cuomo, is one of the most significant reforms in the election process in the United States in the history of our republic. I am proud that it received bipartisan support in both the Assembly and the State Senate.”

The bill has now been enacted by 11 jurisdictions possessing 165 electoral votes – California, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that 31 law enforcement agencies across New York State will share nearly $1 million in grants to reduce, solve and prevent crime. Administered by the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), the Operation IMPACT Tools grants were made available to law enforcement agencies in 40 Upstate counties that had not otherwise participated in the state’s Operation IMPACT program, which has since transitioned to the Gun Involved Violence Intervention (GIVE) initiative.

“Crime has gone down across our state in the last several years and the state is continuing to invest in making New York safer,” Governor Cuomo said, “The safety of New Yorkers is a top priority for the State, and these grants will help local Police and Sheriff departments purchase the tools they need to fight and prevent crime.”

Both IMPACT and GIVE target 17 counties that account for 80 percent of the reported crime in the state outside of New York City. Agencies within those 17 counties not already funded through IMPACT/GIVE also were eligible to apply for Tools grants, which are designed to encourage law enforcement agencies in smaller jurisdictions to use active partnerships; timely, accurate crime data; sharing of information; and effective strategies to target and reduce crime in their communities.

DCJS Executive Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Green said, “Our experience with Operation IMPACT has shown us how important and effective partnerships among law enforcement agencies can be in fighting and preventing crime of all types. Crime doesn’t stop at a county, city, town or village border, and giving assistance to smaller agencies that otherwise wouldn’t have resources like this is crucial to public safety and protecting the people of New York.”

The grants, which total $976,790, were awarded to 27 police departments and four sheriffs’ offices in 21 counties. Including these grants, New York State has provided nearly $5.2 million to 129 agencies since the Tools program was created in 2005.

The following agencies received grants:

Long Island:

    · East Hampton Police Department (Suffolk County): $23,900 for increased patrols to target car larcenies and burglaries.
    · Garden City Police Department (Nassau County): $30,000 for increased patrols to target car larcenies and burglaries.
    · Rockville Centre Police Department (Nassau County): $40,000 for increased patrols to target robbery and car larcenies.
    Hudson Valley:
      · Beacon Police Department (Dutchess County): $49,900 for increased patrols to combat burglaries, larcenies and other property crimes.
      · Greenburgh Police Department (Westchester County): $22,500 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries.
      · Hyde Park Police Department (Dutchess County): $50,000 to assist with the creation of a Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) that will work with established programs throughout the county to target domestic violence.
      · Liberty Police Department (Sullivan County): $20,000 for increased patrols to combat drug- and gang-related criminal activity.
      · Poughkeepsie (Town) Police Department (Dutchess County): $22,700 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries and larcenies.
      · Saugerties Police Department (Ulster County): $50,000 for two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
      Greater Capital Region:
        · Colonie Police Department (Albany County): $50,000 for two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries.
        · Glenville Police Department (Schenectady County): $36,000 for two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
        · Niskayuna Police Department (Schenectady County): $35,000 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to combat burglaries and larcenies.
        · Rensselaer Police Department (Rensselaer County): $25,000 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target larcenies.
        · Washington County Sheriff’s Office: $18,200 for a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to target burglaries and larcenies.
        North Country:
          · Plattsburgh Police Department (Clinton County): $45,600 to enhance the investigation of sale of stolen goods.

        Mohawk Valley/Central New York:
          · Camillus Police Department (Onondaga County): $33,800 to purchase a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries and larcenies.
          · Madison County Sheriff’s Office: $43,300 to purchase two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
          Southern Tier:
            · Bath Police Department (Steuben County): $16,900 to purchase a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries, larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
            · Johnson City Police Department (Broome County): $20,900 for enhanced investigation and supervision of probationers and parolees to reduce recidivism.

          Finger Lakes:
            · Brockport Police Department (Monroe County): $31,200 for increased patrols to combat burglaries and motor vehicle thefts.
            · Dryden Police Department (Tompkins County): $8,720 for training an evidence and equipment technician.
            · East Rochester Police Department (Monroe County): $5,500 for increased patrols to focus on reducing car larcenies and burglaries.
            · Gates Police Department (Monroe County): $10,600 for increased patrols to target car larcenies and burglaries.
            · Orleans County Sheriff's Office: $23,900 for increased patrols and investigation to combat burglaries.
            · Seneca Falls Police Department (Seneca County): $13,800 for the purchase of a license plate reader package. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to combat larcenies and motor vehicle thefts.
            · Tompkins County: $47,200 to fund three of the eight license plate reader packages the county plans to purchase, to be used by six agencies within the county: Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office and Ithaca, Dryden, Trumansburg, Cayuga Heights and Groton police departments.
            · Yates County Sheriff’s Office: $44,370 for three license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries and other crimes.

          Western New York:
            · Cheektowaga Police Department (Erie County): $50,000 for the purchase of three license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its efforts to reduce burglaries and larcenies.
            · Lancaster Police Department (Erie County): $36,300 for increased patrols and investigations to combat burglaries and larcenies.
            · Lewiston Police Department (Niagara County): $41,500 for the purchase of two license plate reader packages. The agency will use the technology in its effort to reduce index crimes in the town.
            · Lockport Police Department (Niagara County): $30,000 for enhanced patrols targeting all index crimes.