Saturday, October 25, 2014
The town did accrue a few more expenses for the year 2015, but there are no worries. The added expenses represent an increase in the waste removal contracts for the town. The Town previously contracted with Nu-Way Sanitation, but Nu-Way was not able to honor its contracts. The Town was forced to contract with another, more expensive company, and opted to pick up the added expense instead of having residents pay what would amount to an additional $20,000.
The other additional expense comes in the form of benefits for Town employees. Costs for health insurance are increasing, so the Town will have to pay out more in 2015 than it did in 2014.
In spite of the added expenses, the Town will still have a surplus of funds. The town board voted unanimously to approve the 2015 budget.
No taxes in Eagle, thanks to income from Noble Energy - Arcade Herald / Warsaw’s Country Courier: Arcade Warsaw:
Travis M. Cook, 27, pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary as a second-felony offender.
Judge Michael Mohun told Cook he would face a maximum seven-year determinate term when he sentences him Nov. 20.
Cook admitted entering a house on East Arcade Road April 23.
He was arrested in August, the same day he was charged in Livingston County with possessing heroin.
He also has pending charges in Cattauraugus County for unspecified crimes, Mohun was told Thursday.
Cook, formerly of Arcade, has a long criminal history, including one stint in prison. He was convicted in 2008 of burglary and in 2010 was arrested after going on a car-shooting spree with stolen guns in Java. His co-defendant was found to have stolen 17 guns.
Cook was convicted of felony criminal mischief in that case, leading to his current status as a second-felony offender.
He was released from parole on that conviction in March.
Also in County Court Thursday:
— A dairy farmer who stole money from the family farm was sentenced to five years probation.
John S. Dueppengiesser, 53, of Perry pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing and forging checks from Dueppengiesser Dairy Company.
Dueppengiesser apologized and said he has a “good job now,” and a disabled daughter and wife who would be stressed if he went to prison.
“You have lived a life with no concern for anyone else but you,” Mohun told him. “You are one of the most self-centered and selfish people who would steal from anyone yet now you want to bring up having a disabled child and wife that would be stressed? It must be incredibly stressful to have John Dueppengiesser as a relative or friend. I can’t imaging you having any friends.”
Mohun said he should send Dueppengiesser to prison but offered him a break and a warning that if he violates terms of probation, he would go to prison.
Dueppengiesser also was sentenced to probation in Genesee County for stealing steel from a business in Pavilion.
— Michael Kitt Sr., 53, of Silver Springs was sentenced to 21⁄2 years in state prison for selling drugs. He also will be on post-release supervision for two years.
Mohun said he has long known Kitt and said he hopes Kitt will go back to the way he lived his life before he began selling drugs.
— Charles K. Muniak, 23, of Warsaw was given a one year determinate term in jail for endangering the welfare of a child and a concurrent 90-day term for attempted assault. He assaulted a woman in the presence of a child in December.
— Kelvin D. Rook, 48, of Gainesville was sentenced to one-to-three years in prison for aggravated family offense and DWI.
— Melena A. Ozzimo, 32, of Nunda was placed on probation for five years after a tearful plea for leniency.
She was convicted of felony driving while impaired by drugs stemming from an arrest in Warsaw in May. She was arrested again in July in Geneseo for the same charge.
Ozzimo asked Mohun to let her continue counseling and rehabilitation.
She told Mohun how she lost her sister, Marrisa, 20, in a car crash. The driver, Erin Tetreault, 21, at the time of the 2010 crash, was drunk and sentenced to state prison.
“I’m no better than the girl who did that,” Ozzimo said. “I’m so ashamed.”
Ozzimo also lost her aunt and uncle in a car crash in 2011.
Mohun was sympathetic, noting that Ozzimo was in court with her father, mother and grandmother who have supported her.
“It would be very easy for me to sentence you to prison,” Mohun said. “But sometime sentences are not easy. You are 33. Your parents have lost your sister and if you don’t turn your life around they are probably going to lose you to an overdose.”
Mohun wished Ozzimo well in rehab.
— Harold Ritchie, 20, of Perry was sentenced to one to three years for attempted promoting prison contraband and a concurrent one-year term for endangering the welfare of a child.
Ritchie was arrested in August after he grabbed a 6-year-old child by the arm and attempted to kiss her.
Wyoming Co. Court: Man admits burglarizing Arcade home - The Daily News Online: News:
10/24/13 1:06pm: State Police investigated a one vehicle crash on Hunt Road/Stone Dam Road in Willing. Troopers listed the driver as William Schrader, 66, of Alma. No injuries were reported.
10/24/14 3:34pm: State Police investigated a three vehicle crash on state route 417 and Wightman Road in Wellsville. Troopers listed the drivers as
- Donald Rice, 19, Geneseo
- Jacob Robert Decker, 23, Cuba
- Kyle Leach, 18, Greenwood
10/25/14 4:07am: State Police arrested Patricia Personius, 47 of Campbell. She was charged with DWI and failure to use designated lane. She was held for court action.
In Allegany County, an unscientific survey conducted by RNN determined that few...very few registered voters knew that the Office of Sheriff was up for election. It's understandable since there is no aggressive race involved. Rick Whitney, a Republican and the incumbent, is seeking a second term. No other party has challenged him and unless there is an unprecedented write-in campaign, Whitney will continue as Sheriff. Hence, one could deduce that he must be doing a fine job if there is no challenge.
We mention this only because the Office of Sheriff is rather important and it has received very little media attention during this election cycle.
The same goes for some state offices. Republican Senator Cathy Young seemingly has a lock on her job since she faces no challenger. Same for Assemblyman Joe Giglio.
Note: Don't read too much into this post. We take no position on these candidates. We only suggest that these are very important jobs, there has been little media discussion about this and voters should be informed.
The same proposition appears on the ballot in both the towns of Birdsall and West Almond. It asks voters to decide, "Shall the elected position of Highway Superintendent be changed to appointed." Currently that job is decided by the voters, but if the proposition is approved, the town board would hire its highway leader. The same proposed has appeared on ballots in several towns in the past. Typically, it is defeated. While rarely a dominant issue in local elections, voters have said they still don't want to give up an active voice in government.
- Revising the State's Redistricting Procedure
- Permitting electronic distribution of State Legislative Bills
- $2 billion school bond act
TITLE: REAPPOINTMENT OF ELECTIONS COMMISSIONER
Pianist Jose Gomez; Singer Laura Joy, and Fiesta Open Mic Night Oct 31, Nov 1 & 6, 2014 at Black-Eyed Susan
He has performed at Carnegie Hall and at Avery Fisher Hall,
Friday, October 24, 2014
Confirming a report earlier this month, ABC 7 announced Miller’s hiring Thursday in a memo to the staff. She starts Monday.
Miller, a native of Chardon, Ohio, and former host and reporter for Fox Sports Ohio and Big Ten Network, most recently was weekend sports anchor at Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32. She signed off last month after more than two years at Fox 32.
“Dionne Miller has won over tough Chicago sports fans in the 2½ years she’s worked in this city,” said Jennifer Graves, vice president and news director of ABC 7. “She knows sports inside and out, is passionate about the teams she covers and has earned a great reputation in the market. We are thrilled she’s coming to ABC 7 and know she’ll make an already fantastic sports team with Mark Giangreco and Jim Rose even better.”
A graduate of Houghton College, Miller worked earlier for WCMH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, the Columbus Sports Network, WWSB-TV, the ABC affiliate in Sarasota, Florida, and XETV-TV, the Fox affiliate in San Diego.
“Thrilled to begin an exciting new chapter,” Miller tweeted Thursday night.
The Honorable Howard Zucker
New York State Department of Health
Corning Tower Empire State Plaza
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Bill Nojay, Assemblyman
The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator
The Honorable Courtney Burke, Deputy Secretary for Health
The Honorable Jim Clancy, Assistant Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health
Jennifer Sullivan, President and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital
Judith M. Persichilli, President of Catholic Health East
Dr. Mark B. Taubman, CEO and Senior Vice President for Health Services at University of Rochester Medical Center
Amy Pollard, President and CEO of Noyes Memorial Hospital
James L. Cummings, CEO of Oak Orchard Health
Eva Benedict, CEO of Jones Memorial Hospital
Suspicious fires in Nunda, Cohocton under scrutiny-possible Allegany County connection? - theLCN.com: News
Another Nunda fire engulfed a historic house the morning of Oct. 9 and took seven fire departments several hours to get under control.
“The lumber yard fire was on Aug. 9 between 5 and 6 in the morning and this one (historic house) was Oct. 9 between five and six in the morning,” said Nunda fire chief Rob Walker. “They happened at the same time and on the same date.”
Walker, who was at both Nunda fires, declined to comment on whether the two fires had anything else in common, apart from when and where they occurred.
“I’m really not at liberty to say,” Walker said. “I was told by the investigators not to give out too much.”
He did confirm however, that both structures in which the fires occurred didn’t have any power, negating the possibility of an accidental electrical fire.
“The electric was shut off in the house because no one was living there,” Walker said. “And the building at the lumber yard didn’t have any electric in it either.”
Although the Nunda fires constitute the core of Livingston County’s investigation, Kevin Niedermaier, a county fire investigator and director of the Office of Emergency Management, confirmed that the “very active” investigation — which is being headed up by the Livingston County Sheriff's Office — is looking at suspicious fires outside Livingston County.
“The Sheriff's Department is reaching out to everyone and touching base with all the surrounding counties to see what’s going on,” said Niedermaier.
Specifically, Walker mentioned a string of fires in Allegany County that have aroused the interest of Livingston County investigators.
“We had a few suspicious fires in Fillmore last year, and they’re kind of looking all around to see if any of them match up,” Walker said. “The Fillmore one(s), they had quite a few suspicious fires down there even over the course of the last couple years they still haven’t solved.”
Fillmore’s fire chief, Joe Clark, did not return calls seeking comment.
Though neither Niedermaier nor Walker mentioned it specifically, a recent fire in the Village of Cohocton, less than a half-hour from Nunda, also bears similarities to Nunda’s fires.
The Aug. 5 fire gutted a long-vacant, two-story house on Maple Avenue in the village. Firefighters responded to the fire at around 2 a.m and, as in Nunda, the structure lacked any electric hookup
Suspicious fires in Nunda, Cohocton under scrutiny - theLCN.com: News
Born December 10, 1934, in Driftwood, PA, she was the daughter of Orval and Helen Smith Chambers.
On October 7, 1951, in Genesee, she married Edgar B. "Ed" Ransom, who survives.
She was employed by the Wellsville Glove Factory, Galeton Production, Mapes Woodworking, and Herbert Cooper Co. Avis was a member of the Gold Church and a life member of the Genesee Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and the Allegany County Firemen's Auxiliary. She served on the Genesee Township Board of Election, four year chairman of the Genesee Old Home Day Committee, and as a cub scout leader and 4-H helper.
Surviving besides her husband, Ed, are: a son, D. Robert "Bobby" Ransom of Genesee; a sister, Joan (Aaron) Kuhn of Whitesville, NY; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Marie Ransom; her step-mother, Mary Chambers; and two brothers, Robert Chambers and James Chambers.
Friends may call Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday in the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North , Gold, PA. Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery, Whitesville, NY.
Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Gold Church, 35 SR 449 North, Genesee, PA 16923.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
- Grand Larceny
- Criminal Mischief
- Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine & hydrocodone tablets) - 2 counts
- Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument
- Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia
- County Court warrant charging violation of probation.
Both Village Police and State Police have been investigating more than a dozen burglaries and acts of mischief where mainly cash was taken.
Among the reported burglaries in Wellsville were a salon and doctors office.
The Hornell Common Council will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, October
27, 2014, in
the Council Chambers of
at 82 Main Street.
State health officials noted that Ebola is spread by directly touching the bodily fluids of an infected person. Ebola is not spread through the air or by water – or simply by being near an infected person.
“As we learn about the first positive Ebola Case in New York City, I want to assure New Yorkers that we are prepared,” Governor Cuomo said. “Over the past few weeks we have undertaken a thorough and coordinated effort alongside all relevant partners, from healthcare workers to the local and federal governments, in order to implement the appropriate precautions. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dr. Spencer as well as his family and friends, and I hope for his quick recovery.”
According to online records, Kane is a retired University police officer at Alfred State, where he served for more than 20 years.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
“We are supporting a more diverse and robust energy sector that protects our environment and uses our resources more efficiently,” said Gov. Corbett. “These grants will help organizations harness alternative and renewable energy to increase energy efficiency throughout Pennsylvania.”
The awarded PEDA grants will help pay for such projects as the installation of solar arrays, replacement of old heating units and street lights with more energy efficient models, and the use of biogas from wastewater systems for industrial power and heating needs.
Those eligible to apply included non-profit corporations; Pennsylvania schools, colleges and universities; any Pennsylvania municipality, and public or private corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, associations and other legal business entities.
Funded activities must be conducted entirely in Pennsylvania and be in compliance with applicable laws.
PEDA is an independent public financing authority created in 1982 by the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority and the Emergency Powers Act. The authority’s mission is to finance clean, advanced energy projects in Pennsylvania.
Dairy Farmers of America, to increase the energy efficiency of their boiler used for process steam - $75,976
On Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Tom Cannon, Alfred State professor in the Department of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology, the team spent the day mostly around the farm’s dairy cows.
“We ran out of time to visit the horses’ and alternative species’ barns,” Cannon said. “The team members learned how to tie knots to restrain cows, learned what feeds cows eat in a day, how much a cow eats in a day, watched the robot milk cows, and learned how unique the Alfred State organic dairy farm is on a national basis. We are one of only four colleges nationwide to have an organic dairy farm.”
The team members, Cannon said, “also led cows, sorted and moved cows from the freestalls to the robot to be milked, learned the unique ways that calves suckle their milk, and milked cows in the conventional parlor. The Alfred University women’s volleyball team had a unique and educational afternoon at the Alfred State Farm.”
The volleyball squad’s team-building exercise resulted from a two-week large-animal-handling seminar the college Farm hosted in May for Alfred University pre-vet and biology majors. Cannon said Emily Rechin, a senior leader on the volleyball team, attended the seminar and that the two of them outlined the group’s team-building exercise afterward.
Rechin said the purpose of the event was to educate and bond with teammates.
“Some of the girls from New York City had never experienced farm life or being around large animals,” Rechin said, “so it was truly a great experience for them to complete an event well out of their comfort zone.”
HEATHER CASTRECHINO was charged by Warsaw Police Chief Peter Hoffmeister on October 7, 2014 with Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child. HEATHER CASTRECHINO was indicted by the Wyoming County Grand Jury on Tuesday, October 21, 2014.
DEC Announces Preliminary Findings Of Soil Tests At Corning-Painted Post High School And Nearby Neighborhood
DEC, the State Department of Health (DOH) and Corning Incorporated will hold an availability session and public meeting to discuss details of the preliminary investigation findings and to answer questions:
- Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning.
Characterization Study Preliminary Findings
Findings from soil borings completed to date confirm the presence of fill containing ash, brick and glass pieces at various portions of the Study Area, including Corning-Painted Post High School, Corning Christian Academy, Memorial Stadium, land in front of the City Firehouse, and the southeast and northwestern portions of the residential area. DEC conducted subsequent shallow soil evaluation activities at select properties within and nearby the Study Area, which also confirm the presence of this type of fill at additional locations. The evaluation is ongoing.
As part of the Study Area Characterization, Corning also recently completed the first round of surface soil sampling in residential yards. Corning will begin a second round of sampling in November. The final analytical results of the residential surface soil sampling are expected to be available in January 2015. DEC and DOH will hold additional availability sessions to provide property owners the opportunity to discuss individual property results.
An informational fact sheet about the preliminary findings is available at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/
Potential Exposure Pathways and Recommendations
The ongoing study has identified limited areas where there are potential exposure concerns. Potentially affected property owners in these limited areas are being notified. The analyses of soil samples collected at these locations show the presence of lead, cadmium or arsenic at concentrations above the State’s soil cleanup objectives (SCOs) for residential settings. DEC and DOH are currently evaluating what actions may be appropriate to address the contamination at these properties.
Property owners should be aware that, in its current condition, contact with contaminated soil at these properties is possible in areas not covered with grass or pavement, especially if there is visible ash, brick and glass. DOH and DEC will continue to evaluate these areas and address these issues, as necessary, to reduce the potential for exposure.
Final results of the surface samples collected from the residential yards are still pending. Based on these results, DEC and DOH will determine whether there are exposure concerns for residents in the remainder of the Study Area.
In the meantime, DOH recommends that property owners follow the best practices described below to reduce any potential for exposure, including:
- Wash with soap and water after gardening or any time before you eat;
- Minimize children’s direct contact with bare soil by laying down wood chips or maintaining grass cover, especially if soil contains visible fill material containing ash, brick or glass;
- Consider growing vegetables in raised beds with clean soil (at least 10 inches deep). Use untreated wood to make the beds. Pressure-treated wood and railroad ties contain added chemicals; and
- Brush off soil from your clothes and remove shoes and gloves before entering your home. You can find additional information about healthy gardening at: http://www.health.ny.gov/
Additional soil borings and groundwater monitoring wells are planned in November to better define the extent of fill containing ash, brick or glass and to assess groundwater quality. DEC is also continuing to evaluate the possible expansion of the Study Area into adjacent areas.
Upon completion of the study, DEC and DOH will evaluate the data to determine the next steps, including whether any additional cleanup measures or other remedial actions are necessary to protect public health and the environment. The results of the study and any recommended remedial actions will be communicated to property owners and the public.
Background on Study Area Characterization Study
Under a consent order with DEC, signed in June 2014, Corning Incorporated is performing an environmental study of fill soils that may be present on properties within the defined study area. The study began in July and additional characterization activities are planned through November.
The study area is located in the northeastern area of the City of Corning. It is bounded by Pyrex Street to the west, the Chemung River to the south, Post Creek to the east, and E. Pulteney Street to the north. The preliminary findings of the investigation work completed on the public properties (the schools, the park and City property) and a very limited number of the residential properties in the Study Area will be discussed.
Findings of elevated levels of lead and other contaminants in fill encountered during soil excavation undertaken as part of the high school expansion project in 2012 prompted the need for a study area characterization. Portions of the excavated fill were found to contain ash, brick and glass pieces that had hazardous levels of lead and cadmium. This fill required special handling and disposal. Other metals in the fill were found at elevated concentrations, but did not exceed levels considered to be hazardous waste. Additional characterization of this material will be undertaken.
In brief statements to local media, Sears said the closures were part of an effort to "reduce ongoing expenses, adjust our asset base, and accelerate the transformation of our business model."
Mosher was arrested by Investigator Dan Rittenhouse and arraigned in Geneseo Town Court before Judge Houston. Mosher was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff and is being held in the Livingston County Jail with no bail.