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Friday, September 19, 2014

Buffalo News: Siemens ups the ante for Dresser-Rand

Siemens AG is preparing to offer more than $6.5 billion for Dresser-Rand Group Inc. as Europe’s largest engineering company looks to top a competing plan by Sulzer AG to merge with the U.S. oil-and-gas equipment maker, according to people familiar with the plan.
Siemens’s supervisory board may vote on whether to submit a formal bid of more than $85 a share at a Sept. 24 meeting, said one of the people, who asked not to be named as the matter is private. Dresser-Rand shares jumped 9 percent Friday, rising $6.88 to close at $79.91. A Siemens spokesman declined to comment.
Dresser-Rand, which employs more than 2,200 people at its plants in Olean, Wellsville and Painted Post, is working with Morgan Stanley to prepare for possible takeover bids from companies including Siemens, people with knowledge of the matter said last month.

Read the full Buffalo News story here.

Delevan Woman Arrested For Financial Scam

On Friday, Machias-based State Police arrested Susan E. McKay, age 54 of Delevan, NY for Scheme to Defraud 1st degree and Grand Larceny 2nd degree.  McKay has been accused of acquiring more than $100,000 from various acquaintances over a 2-3 year time period and has done so under false pretenses.  McKay was released after arraignment in Freedom Court with further proceedings to follow.  


Steuben County: Police say man kicked out window of trooper patrol car

On Thursday at approximately 5:45 pm, Troopers responded to 6281 Fritz Hill Road, Town of Wheeler to investigate a domestic incident. The investigation revealed that Jessi Devlieger, 34 of 6281 Fritz Hill Road in Bath returned home in a highly intoxicated state and became involved in a domestic dispute with his 73 year old Grandmother. Troopers allege Devlieger broke the window of a vehicle that his Grandmother was in causing broken glass to spray on her. Upon arrival at the scene Troopers discovered Devlieger was growing marihuana and he also possessed marihuana and marihuana smoking materials. Devlieger was arrested and placed in a state police marked patrol car. While Troopers were completing the on-scene investigation, police said Devlieger became enraged and kicked out the rear window of the patrol unit. Devlieger was charged with
Reckless Endangerment 2nd, Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th, 2 counts of Criminal Mischief 4th, Unlawfully Growing Cannabis and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana. Devlieger was arraigned before Town of Bath Justice James Burns and remanded to the Steuben County Jail. The victim was transported to Ira Davenport Hospital for evaluation of possible injuries. This investigation is continuing and additional charges are pending. Troopers were assisted by the Prattsburgh Volunteer Ambulance Corps and the Steuben County District Attorney’s Office.  

Obituary: Ann S. Swift, 83, Cuba

CUBA - Ann S. Swift, 83, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 17, 2014) at Cuba Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.She was born June 15, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii, a daughter of Capt. Robert Clifton Sarratt, USCG, and Ann Elizabeth Ruff Sarratt. Two husbands predeceased her, Paul A. Barwick of LaGrange, N.C., and Paul Goodman of Kinston, N.C. On Oct. 5, 2001, she married Ellsworth R. Swift, of Cuba, where they resided until her death.Ann graduated from Gaffney South Carolina High School and later Duke University with a registered nurse degree. She worked as a nurse and as a newspaper reporter. She was mother to several foster children. She was very active in her church, the Orchid Society and several environmental associations, and she enjoyed reading and traveling. She was a prolific blood and platelet donor.Ann accepted everyone with her warm heart, friendliness and genuine interest in helping others. She lived a Christian life to the fullest.She was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church of Cuba, Nature Conservancy, Save the Manatee Foundation and N.C. Wildlife Association.Surviving are her husband, Ellsworth; two sisters, Barbara (William) Anderson of Charleston, S.C., and Dale (Lee) Howard of Allen, Texas; a brother, Col. Robert R. Sarratt of Alexandria, Va.; a sister-in-law, Shirley (David) Sweeten of Cuba; and several nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 23, 2014) at the First Baptist Church of Cuba, 17 South St., with the Rev. Larry A. Poelma officiating. Graveside services will be held at Fairview Cemetery in LaGrange, N.C.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Cuba or the Cuba Library. Online condolences may be sent at www.rinkerfuneralhome.com.

Steuben Assists Veterans of Record program

Left to Right: Steuben County Veterans Service Agency Director DanielMcRae, Liberty Street (Bath) merchants Tammy Horton, Sam Pifer, Sally Wilson, Joel
Stauring, Mary Theresa Northrup, Steuben County Clerk Judith Hunter.
 
BATH -- The Steuben County Clerk’s Office is offering a way for honorably discharged military veterans to back up their service records, and receive discounts and services at participating businesses in the county. Veterans recording their DD214 papers at the clerk’s office may apply for a “Steuben Assists Veterans of Record” (SAVOR) card indicating their honorable discharge status. The county also maintains a copy of the papers, providing veterans with a back-up in the event the original documents are lost or destroyed.
With support from the county Veterans Service Agency and local businesses and chambers of commerce, merchants across the county have volunteered to offer various discounts to veterans presenting the ID. “This initiative is a way that our county can recognize the service and sacrifices made by our veterans,” county Clerk Judith Hunter said.
Since the program was launched, more than 300 veterans have signed on, with 92 area merchants and businesses offering discounts.
For more information on the county program, and a list of participating vendors,
go to http://www.steubencony.org and click on the County Clerk link.


Alfred University researcher receives funding to develop materials for high-power lasers

Yiquan Wu, an assistant professor of materials science at the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, has received a grant for more than $518,000 from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research  to study  a new approach to manufacturing crystals for high-power lasers. The high-power lasers would have potential applications for in fields such as laser-assisted manufacture industry, national defense, and laser-based inertial confinement fusion systems.
Wu, who is an expert in the development of transparent ceramics for optical and laser applications, said this project will focus on a fundamental investigation on processing methods for converting a polycrystalline material into a single crystal, with specific optical properties. The research project aims at solving the long standing roadblock in the course of bringing ceramic processing of single-crystal material into productive applications, with desirable concentration of the chemical elements and a complex architecture design.
By improving the processing techniques, Wu hopes the resulting crystals will have “superior and novel optical properties.” He also is looking at ways to reduce energy consumption during the processing phase. If the new processing methods prove successful, he said, it will allow the development of other single-crystal materials from polycrystalline materials. Wu will be the principal investigator on the three-year project; other team members will be a graduate student and a post-doctoral researcher.
He joined the Alfred University faculty in 2011 as an assistant professor of materials science; he had previously held appointments as a researcher assistant professor at the University of Rochester and as a research associate at Duke University. He received his Ph.D. degree in materials from the Imperial College London in 2005.  His research interests include optical ceramic materials, bioactive materials, and nanostructured materials for energy applications. Wu received a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in 2010.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fillmore man, 56, claims $7.5M prize in lotto scratch-off game - Olean Times Herald

BUFFALO — Ray Salada, 56, of Fillmore claimed the last top prize of $7.5 million on the New York Lottery’s Silver Spectacular scratch-off game.


Mr. Salada, who claimed his prize Thursday in Buffalo, is self-employed with a small service shop. On Aug. 13, on his way home from work, he stopped at the Hanson Farms at 10 W. Main St., Fillmore, to buy a lottery ticket. Mr. Salada said he picked the Silver Spectacular game because “it seems to have a lot of winners and is a better game.”

 
Mr. Salada scratched the ticket in the store and knew right away that he had won, but he didn’t know how much, according to a release from New York Lottery officials. Then he checked his ticket in the lottery ticket checker machine and the display read “Big Winner” and that’s when he knew he was a new lottery millionaire. Mr. Salada said he just kept staring at the ticket and felt “dazed.”

When he got home, Mr. Salada signed the back of the ticket, put it in a firebox, and hid the key. Then he went into the kitchen to tell his wife the good news, saying, “Our lives are going to change. I just hit the lottery for seven and a half million dollars.”

Mr. Salada said his wife didn’t believe him. So he showed her the ticket, but she was still skeptical.
Mr. Salada said he couldn’t sleep at all that night and went to the Lottery’s Buffalo Customer Service Center the next day to claim the ticket.
Mr. Salada will receive his lottery prize as a one-time, lump-sum payment. He will receive a net check totaling $4,963,500 after required withholdings.
He has met with financial advisors and is going to invest his prize for his children’s education. Salada said, “It is a big relief knowing that I can help my kids now.”
He is the 108th New Yorker to claim a New York Lottery prize of $1 million or more so far this year, according to the agency. The New York Lottery contributed $13,265,253.39 in Lottery Aid To Education to school districts in Allegany County during fiscal year 2013-14.
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FBI adds Eric Matthew Frein to Ten Most Wanted Fugitive list

Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, and Frank Noonan, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, announced today the addition of Eric Matthew Frein to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Frein is wanted in connection with the homicide and attempted homicide of two Pennsylvania State Police troopers.

On September 12, 2014, a gunman targeted the Pennsylvania State Police Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County, Pennsylvania, ambushing Corporal Bryon Dickson and Trooper Alex Douglass. Corporal Dickson, 38, was fatally shot and Trooper Douglass, 31, critically wounded. Days later, Frein’s vehicle was found partially submerged in a nearby pond and allegedly contained evidence linking him to the shootings.
State arrest warrants were issued after Frein was charged with homicide, homicide of a law enforcement officer, and attempted murder. Frein is also charged federally with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.
Frein is a 31-year-old white male (date of birth May 3, 1983), 6’1” tall, 165 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He may have shaved his head on both sides and may have long hair on top. He is known to be a heavy smoker, a weapons enthusiast, and a survivalist and has studied the Russian and Serbian languages.
Frein has connections to the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., including the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
“When law enforcement officers are violently targeted, we take it seriously—and personally,” said SAC Hanko. “The FBI is committed to finding this suspect, keeping the public safe, and supporting our partners at the Pennsylvania State Police.”
“On behalf of the Pennsylvania State Police, I would like to thank the FBI for their hard work on this case and for adding Eric Matthew Frein to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list,” said Commissioner Noonan. “All of law-enforcement is committed to apprehending Frein, and we are dedicated to making sure that the danger to the public ends with his arrest.”
Eric Frein is the 503rd person to be placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, replacing former fugitive Jose Manuel Garcia Guevara. The list was established in March 1950; since then, 472 fugitives have been apprehended or located, 156 of them as a result of citizen cooperation.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading directly to the arrest of Eric Matthew Frein. Tips can be called in to the Pennsylvania State Police at (866) 326-7256 or to the nearest FBI field office.
Additional information regarding Eric Frein, including his wanted poster, is available on the FBI’s Internet home page at http://www.fbi.gov and at the Pennsylvania State Police Internet home page at www.psp.pa.gov.

SP Warsaw - Animal Cruelty

September 18, 2014 – New York State Police in Warsaw, after further investigation into allegations of animal cruelty at a Warsaw residence, added the additional charges of Obstructing Governmental Administration 2nd (Class A Misd), and The Ag and Markets Law violation of Neglect of an Impounded Animal (Misd). Both TRACY E. HOEPPNER-RUSSELL and DOUGLAS R. RUSSELL were arrested for these new charges. These stem from the ongoing animal cruelty investigation which then led to the discovery of a deceased dog at the property. It is alleged that both subjects attempted to prevent troopers and animal rescue personnel from the discovery of this dog on the property. Specifically, they gave no information to troopers, despite being directly asked, if any other animals were present on the property. A veterinarian for the Perry Vet Clinic indicated that he felt the dog was still alive on Tuesday, Sept. 16th, but it was not discovered in a locked room on the property until late Wednesday, Sept. 17th. There was no food or water for the animal which directly led to its death. Following processing on these new charges both were released on additional Appearance Tickets to appear in the Warsaw Town Court at a later date.

D.Russell                                T.Hoeppner-Russell

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN AND NYSP SUPERINTENDENT D’AMICO ANNOUNCE TAKEDOWN OF TWO MAJOR NARCOTICS PIPELINES

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico today announced the indictment of 41 people charged with operating two related drug trafficking pipelines that transported heroin between New York City; Providence, RI; Worcester, MA, and Syracuse, and cocaine from Puerto Rico to Syracuse. Nine members of the same Syracuse family helped run one of the rings, and one of those family members was involved in the second ring. The defendants were arrested today in a series of early morning raids in Syracuse, the Bronx, Manhattan, Ossining, NY, and Paterson, NJ.

“Heroin has become one of the deadliest forces attacking communities across New York and the country,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Takedowns like this one strike a significant blow to the criminal element of narcotics trafficking, particularly across Central New York. To protect our communities from the heroin scourge, we must wage war on several different fronts — by equipping our law enforcement officers with antidotes to overdoses and cracking down on prescription drug abuse to stem heroin addiction before it starts.”

“Our partnership with the Attorney General and the Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF) has once again resulted in shutting down a major drug operation – this one operating right here in Central New York,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico. “The New York State Police remain committed to working with the Attorney General’s Office, and our partners in local law enforcement, to identify these dealers, shut down their operations and send a message loud and clear to anyone dealing these dangerous and deadly drugs -- we will find you and you will be held accountable.”

According to one of two indictments unsealed today in Onondaga County Court, the first drug ring comprised at least 19 individuals, 9 of whom are members of the same family. This ring allegedly imported cocaine from Puerto Rico and heroin from Worcester, MA, and Rochester to Syracuse, and then distribute it in and around the area. Over the course of the nine-month investigation, which was led by OCTF, NYSP and the Syracuse Police Department, authorities seized 29 bags of heroin, more than a kilogram of cocaine, a large quantity of prescription pills and several thousand dollars in cash in connection with this indictment.

The second and larger indictment accuses a group of 24 individuals, two of whom also participated in the first ring, of importing heroin from New York City and Rhode Island and cocaine from Puerto Rico into the Syracuse area for resale. Authorities seized more than a kilogram of heroin and three kilograms of cocaine, as well as over $75,000 in cash, from the investigation into this ring. Three members of this ring – Maria Rodriguez, Christopher Ramos and Jeyson Pizarro – are charged with Operating as a Major Trafficker, the most serious drug crime under New York State law, and face potential life sentences.

The two separate indictments charge 41 individuals with crimes including Operating as a Major Trafficker, various counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (class A and B felonies), and Conspiracy to commit those crimes. The Operating as a Major Trafficker statute (§220.77 of the Penal Law of the State of New York), authored by Attorney General Schneiderman when he was a legislator, went into effect in November 2009 as part of reforms to the Rockefeller-era drug laws and is the only felony narcotics charge in the state that carries a possible life sentence.
Those charged in today’s two indictments are:
VINCENTE ALVAREZ-MEDINA of Ossining, NY
IRISAIDA BERMUDEZ of Syracuse, NY
JEAN CARLOS CALDERON of Syracuse, NY
DANIEL CARRASQUILLO of Syracuse, NY
LUIS CARRASQUILLO of Syracuse, NY
JOSE CASTRO of Bronx, NY
JENNIFER CEPEDA of Syracuse, NY
LUIS CHARLEMAN of Syracuse, NY
EDWIN COLON-LOPEZ of Syracuse, NY
LUIS CRUZ of Syracuse, NY
MARIO D. CRUZ-ALMONTE of Paterson, NJ
MOISES FIGUEROA-HERNANDEZ of Syracuse, NY
YELITZA MARQUEZ-ALEJO of Syracuse, NY
EZEQUIEL MARTINEZ of Syracuse, NY
JOSUE MARTINEZ of Syracuse, NY
JOSE MERCEDES of Bronx, NY
MARISELA ORNELAS of Syracuse, NY
(Minor, Name Withheld) of Syracuse, NY
ROBERTO OSORIO-COMACHO of Syracuse, NY
JEAN CARLOS OSORIO-PARRILLA of Syracuse, NY
AVINADERT VIDAL PEREZ of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
GIOBANNY PEREZ-DOMINGUEZ of Paterson, NJ
JERRY PINEDA of Bronx, NY
JEYSON PIZARRO of Syracuse, NY
KENY PIZARRO of Syracuse, NY
CHRISTOPHER RAMOS of Syracuse, NY
RAFAEL NELSON RAMOS-MALDONADO of Bronx, NY
ALEX RIVERA of Paterson, NJ
ANGEL LUIS RIVERA a/k/a JIMMY RIVERA of Syracuse, NY
EDGAR RIVERA (Alejandro) of Syracuse, NY
IRIS RIVERA of Bronx, NY
JULIO RIVERA of Bronx, NY
MARIA RODRIGUEZ of New York, NY
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ of New York, NY
NICOLAS RODRIGUEZ-REYES of Paterson, NJ
LUZ ROSARIO of Syracuse, NY
CARMEN SANABRIA of Bronx, NY
VICTOR SANCHEZ of Bronx, NY
ZACHARY SNYDER of Central Square, NY
JESSICA TEIXEIRA of Bronx, NY
JOE ALVAREZ VEGA of Syracuse, NY

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Special Investigator William Elsenbeck, Supervising Investigator Thomas M. Wolf and Deputy Chief Eugene Black from the Attorney General’s office; Investigator Luc France of the New York State Police Special Investigations Unit and Sobrina Vasquez of the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team. The Attorney General’s Investigations Bureau is led by Chief Investigator Dominick Zarrella. Detective Raul Santana and Special Investigation Division Captain Timothy Gay of Syracuse Police Department were also integral to the investigation.
Several additional agencies participated in the investigation, including the Oswego County District Attorney's Office, Onondaga County Sheriff's Department, Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, Onondaga County Attorney’s Office, Onondaga County Probation Department, Syracuse Police Department, Camillus Police Department, Solvay Police Department, Rochester Police Department, Cortland County Sheriff's Department, United States Parole, United States Postal Inspectors, United States Border patrol and Syracuse University Police.

Finger Lakes Museum Changes Course

KEUKA PARK, NY – In an unexpected change in direction, the Finger Lakes Museum’s board of trustees voted to move the project from its proposed location in Keuka Lake State Park to the site of its Discovery Campus in Branchport. The resolution was unanimously adopted at a special board meeting on August 12th. A public announcement was delayed while museum administrators discussed the change in plans with government officials, state agencies already funding the project, and current and potential benefactors.
 
The Branchport Elementary School, which the museum purchased from the Penn Yan Central School District for $200,000 in 2012, was initially intended to serve as its Discovery Campus, a research and education center and would have been an adjunct facility to the museum’s main campus in the state park. But during renovations, when it became evident that none of the classroom walls were structurally load-bearing, they were removed resulting in 17,000 square feet of clear-span open space.
 
“That’s when we realized that there were more opportunities and options available to us”, said board president John Adamski. “We started to think about more valuable uses for the space. It’s 17,000 square feet of open space that we don’t have to build and it’s situated on 13 acres of land that we already own.”
 
Contractors have completed more than $1 million in renovation work to the former school building and grounds to date including asbestos abatement, a new roof, new underground electric service, landscaping, additional parking spaces, and a new entrance drive from NYS Route 54A. “It only made sense to capitalize on those investments”, Adamski added.
 
Some pluses and minuses will result from the change in sites but museum officials feel that the tradeoffs are worthwhile. Anything built by the museum in Keuka Lake State Park would become the property of the state Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation because it would be situated on state land. The site was originally offered to the museum in 2010 under the terms of a long-term lease with that and other stipulations included.
 
Philip Lentini, the museum’s executive director, said that the biggest tradeoff would be losing the spectacular view of Keuka Lake’s west branch. He said, “For me, it makes more sense to build the museum on property we already own and develop a single site. It will be much easier to raise funds, which in turn will accelerate the progress of the project.”
 
The Discovery Campus initially became a priority because it was the only part of the museum project that was shovel-ready when Gov. Cuomo launched his Regional Economic Development Council Initiative in 2011. But Lentini noted that benefactors are reluctant to contribute to an adjunct facility—especially when the main project hasn’t been built yet.
 
The new strategy is to build the entire museum at the Branchport site, including the 150,000-gallon freshwater aquarium that was originally slated for the state park. Most of the original plans for Keuka Lake State Park will remain in play except for the extensive live animal habitat trail. Museum officials are working with architects and exhibit designers to see how to best transform the building into an exhibit hall and add more space where it is needed. In the meantime, other construction work has been temporarily suspended.
 
Adamski said that he and Lentini discussed the change in strategy at length with State Parks officials and that they are supportive. The agency will be transferring a $498,000 grant that was awarded to the museum in 2012 for design work at Keuka Lake State Park to be used at the Branchport campus instead. He also said that State Parks wants to continue to partner in events and programs with the museum at the park.
 
"We are excited that plans for the development of the Finger Lakes Museum continue to advance," said New York State Commissioner of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation Rose Harvey. "Providing the public with a rich interpretive experience on the geologic and human history of the Finger Lakes stands to be a great economic engine for the region. We look forward to developing cooperative programming and forging strong partnerships with all of our Parks in the Finger Lakes.”
 
"I believe moving the entire project to the Branchport Elementary School campus is a good strategic decision," said Assemblyman Phil Palmesano, "and will move the project forward perhaps faster than previously anticipated. The Finger Lakes Museum will be able to focus its energies on further developing a single site where more than $1 million has already been invested in restoring the building and grounds.  I support the museum's board in its decision."
“The relocation of the Finger Lakes Museum to its campus in Branchport promises an exciting addition to regional tourism, as well as a state-of-the-art facility that will enhance 
the museum's overall ability to examine, promote and spread the word about the region's importance," said Senator Tom O'Mara (R,C,I-Big Flats). "It's going to help place this 
critical institution in the heart of the community, enhance its accessibility and prominence, and enable more and more area residents, families, educators, students and visitors to
 enjoy all of the museum's amazing offerings. We’re fortunate that the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions are home to many of New York State’s exciting and finest 
museums and historical attractions, and the Finger Lakes Museum stands tall among them in carrying out the mission to showcase the region's remarkable cultural and natural 
history."
Plans that won’t change include the construction of a bald eagle aviary and exhibit, an historic 19th-century winery and vineyard, and the Creekside Center—the museum’s canoe and kayak livery on Sugar Creek, which borders the Branchport campus and connects to Keuka Lake. Museum officials plan to schedule a series of public meetings and design charrettes with community members and potential benefactors to explore ideas for other exhibits and programs. The project is being re-branded “The Finger Lakes Museum & Aquarium”.

Wellsville: North Main Street at Genesee Parkway to be closed Friday

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that North Main Street intersection with state Routes 417/19 in the town of Wellsville, Allegany County, will be closed to traffic for pavement repairs on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 6:00 A.M., and will be reopened on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 A.M.  Work will be done weather permitting.
The construction contractor for this project is Ramsey Constructors, Inc. of Avon, New York.

Sheriff aiming for ‘closure’ soon in homicide case - Olean Times Herald

While they’re still following leads, Sheriff Tim Whitcomb said he’s eyeing a “successful closure sometime in the near future.” Mr. Parks’ killer has yet to be apprehended and a motive hasn’t been determined, he added.

Mr. Parks, 54 — who was also known as Lamont Clemons of Olean — was shot and killed, police said. His body was found Aug. 8 down the embankment of the scenic overlook in the town of Allegany hamlet of Knapp Creek. Authorities publicly identified his body and ruled the death a homicide on Aug. 12.
His uncle Walter Peterson, of 659 Seneca Ave. in Olean, with whom the deceased had lived for about the last three years, told the Times Herald he last saw Mr. Parks alive the evening of Aug. 7.
Officers again combed the scenic overlook from approximately 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sheriff Whitcomb said. In the early afternoon, two investigators in a new Sheriff’s Office truck were slowly canvassing Route 16’s north- and southbound shoulders along a roughly mile-long stretch from where Mr. Parks was found. They would not disclose the subject of their search.
“I can tell you we’re very optimistic about it,” Sheriff Whitcomb said. “We were there today following up on some of the direction that the case is leading us to.
“We’re working very close with the district attorney’s office. Procedurally, there are some things we need to tie up before we move forward … Keep your seatbelt on. Good news is coming.”
 
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NYS Economy Adds 3,900 Private Sector Jobs in August, Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.4%

New York State’s private sector job count grew by 3,900, or 0.1 percent, in August 2014, according to preliminary figures released today by the New York State Department of Labor. This latest monthly employment gain raised New York State’s overall private sector job count to 7,605,000, an all-time high.
The statewide unemployment rate declined from 6.6% to 6.4% in August 2014, its lowest level since late 2008.

DiNAPOLI: Local law enforcement agencies agree to improve sex offender monitoring-Steuben included in audit

Local law enforcement agencies are not always taking immediate action when notified that convicted sex offenders have failed to comply with the state’s Sex Offender Registry Act, according to an audit issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. As a result, the state’s Registry is not always accurate and up-to-date.

“The sex offender registry is designed to warn residents and local officials of possible threats in their community, but it only works if it is kept current. The failure to monitor even one sex offender could lead to serious consequences,” said DiNapoli. “Although local law enforcement departments may have limited resources and this is often a difficult task, more must be done to improve procedures and keep residents properly informed. Fortunately, many of these agencies have indicated they have taken immediate steps to address the concerns raised in this audit.”

The registry provides information to law enforcement agencies and the public about sex offenders residing in New York’s communities. It contains information such as the offender’s name, age, exact address, employment address, photograph and physical description. Local police departments are expected to take action to ensure compliance with the notification requirements of New York’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA) and report enforcement results to the state Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).

DiNapoli’s audit reviewed compliance with SORA for more than 3,600 moderate- and high-risk sex offenders between January 1, 2008 and January 22, 2014. Auditors examined 15 local police departments across the state – county sheriff’s offices in Broome, Cayuga, Oneida, Ontario, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Steuben and Warren counties; city police departments in Buffalo, Mount Vernon, Ogdensburg, Rochester, Syracuse and Utica; and a county police department in Suffolk.

DiNapoli’s auditors found that several of these local departments did not always respond in a timely manner to DCJS notifications to obtain updated photographs, enforce address verification requirements and follow change-of-address policies.

For example, ten departments (Broome, Buffalo, Cayuga, Mount Vernon, Ontario, Rochester, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Steuben and Warren) did not always act on DCJS photograph notifications. Although an offender’s failure to update his or her photograph is a felony, the audit showed the departments took no action on 170 of the 322 photograph notifications examined (53 percent).

Auditors found that the city of Mount Vernon did not investigate why a level 3 offender, the highest risk level under SORA, failed to verify his address for three consecutive years and the city of Rochester did not investigate why a level 2 offender failed to verify his address for two consecutive years.

The audit also found:
·        Four departments did not always transmit new photographs to DCJS or confirm to DCJS that the registry was updated;
·        Address forms were not consistently being completed and processed for admissions and releases at county correctional facilities; and
·        SORA policies and procedures adopted and implemented by the departments varied widely in their scope and comprehensiveness.

DiNapoli recommends that each local law enforcement agency:
·        Promptly utilize all DCJS notifications and resources to account for the sex offender population under their jurisdiction;
·        Notify DCJS of the current status on each case and follow up to ensure the notifications have been received;
·        Ensure that change-of-address forms are completed and processed when an offender is incarcerated and later released from the department’s correctional facility; and
·        Ensure its sex offender policies and procedures are complete, comprehensive and fully implemented.

Generally, the local agencies agreed with the audit findings and recommendations. Their responses are included in the final audit report. For a copy of the report, visit:
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/localgov/audits/swr/2014/SORA/global.pdf

Olean man admits to multiple felonies

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Wednesday, September 17, 2014:

Guilty Pleas

CHRIS J. SHERLOCK., 42, of Olean entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, class E felony;  Criminal Contempt in the First Degree, class E felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about and between September 4, 2013 and September 5, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, with intent to cause death of another person, attempted to cause the death of such person or of a third person and was in violation of a duly served order of protection and also with intent to harass, annoy or alarm a specific person. Sentencing is scheduled for November 24, 2014.

Billings and Griffith in charge of Alfred Police Dept-for now

Sergeant Rob Billings and Sergeant Paul Griffith are sharing oversight of the Alfred Police Department in the wake of the departure of Chief of Police Tim O'Grady. O'Grady resigned his position to take the top spot at the Wellsville Police Department effective September 15th. While the Alfred Village Board has taken no formal action, Billings and Griffith are following the department chain of command. As we were told, when the chief is not available or there is no chief, a sergeant assumes command. One sergeant works a 7am-3pm shift while the other works 3pm-11pm. Alfred village officials have been made aware of the temporary command structure.
It remains unclear if the police chief position in Alfred will be filled. Wellsville Mayor Judy Lynch provided RNN with information this week about a potential for shared services between Wellsville and Alfred. Lynch said, "the Village of Alfred is currently working with a NYS Financial Group to help them manage their planning. The (Wellsville) Board is discussing a shared service arrangement with the Village of Alfred that would fiscally benefit both communities significantly.  Under the current environment it would be irresponsible not to listen and explore the viability of the Village of Alfred contracting with the Village of Wellsville for oversight of their police department.  If those discussions result in a potential arrangement the results will be discussed with each community."
Alfred police said Thursday that there has been no interruption or change in service or response for local residents.
Billings became a full-time Alfred officer in 1990. Griffith, a former Hornell officer, became a full-time officer in Alfred in 1998.

More charges for Avoca man in gun case


Investigation by the New York State Police into the alleged discharge of a firearm at a private residence in the Town of Avoca on 09/09/14, has led to an additional charge against an Avoca man.  Eric L. Moody, age 45, #61247 St. Rt. #415, Avoca, was initially charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon, 3rd degree, a class ”D” felony, for allegedly possessing a .380 cal. semi-automatic pistol, after having been previously convicted of a crime.  Further investigation has revealed that  this weapon, in addition to a 2nd handgun, was allegedly taken during the commission of a burglary in the Town of Cohocton.  Moody was subsequently charged with felony burglary and arraigned before Town of Bath Justice Chauncey Watches, who set bail on this charge at $20,000.00 cash bail/$40,000.00 property bond.  Moody was sent back to the Steuben Co. Jail, and is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Bath Court on 09/24/14 at 3:00 P.M.    

Sr. Inv. Curt Eaton New York State Police – Bath Barracks

Schumer, Gillibrand, Collins announce more than $412,000 in federal funding for Livingston County

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Chris Collins have announced $412,500 in federal funding for Livingston County. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) Economic Development Administration (EDA) and will be used to construct roadways and other public infrastructure in order to support and expand businesses within the Crossroads Commerce Park in Livingston County. This project is expected to save 63 jobs, create 17 jobs and leverage $1.13 million in private investments.  
 
“This is great news for Livingston County, which will use these federal funds to build roadways and make other crucial infrastructure upgrades to expand and improve Crossroads Commerce Park,” said Senator Schumer. “This project is an investment in the local jobs that will be sustained and created in the area and in spurring future development that will now be able to take place in the business park.”
 
“Boosting economic development is a top priority in order to achieve long-term stability in our communities,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This investment for Livingston County will support growth in the area and help maintain and create jobs.”
 
“I am happy I was able to help secure the grant provided to Livingston County’s IDA that will allow the local community to capitalize on its excellent growth and development opportunities,” said Congressman Collins. “Most importantly, the Crossroads Common Park project will protect existing jobs and create numerous new job opportunities.”
 
“Enthusiasm is high as we move forward with the expansion of the road/infrastructure in Crossroads Commerce Park which, with much appreciated assistance from the EDA, will create jobs and new development opportunities for Livingston County,” said Eric Gott, Chairman, Livingston County Board of Supervisors and IDA Board member.
 
“Our Industrial Development Agency has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to encouraging and pursuing opportunities for economic development in Livingston County.  With this funding from EDA, we will see invaluable business and job growth,” said Julie Marshall, Executive Director, Livingston County IDA.
 
“EDA's investment in the Crossroads Commerce park is welcomed news for our regional economy and acknowledgement that Livingston County's dynamic workforce, strategic location, and attractive quality of life makes this a great place to do business,” said Ian Coyle,Livingston County Administrator.

Obituary: Richard A. Bolero, 71, Andover

Richard A. Bolero, 71, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 16, 2014) at Bath VA Medical Center.

Mr. Bolero was born on Nov. 9, 1942 in Buffalo to Stanley and Mary (Pollack) Bolero. He served in the U.S. Air Force, from 1959-1961. At 17 years of age, he was a crew chief for the jet fighter, F102; the youngest crew chief in the entire Air Force. On April 9, 1979, he married Mary C. Alvord, who survives.

Richard worked as an electrical technician for Glen Industrial Communications in Rockville, Md. from 1981 until his retirement in 1991.

In addition to his wife of 35 years, Richard is survived by two sons, R. Jon Bolero and Eric Bolero; four daughters, AJ Cavanaugh, Patrice (Mitch) Haskell of Belmont, Serina (Albert) Daniel of New Market, Md. and Ina (Wm. Patrick) Hohlt of Victoria, Tex.; two sisters, Christine Bolero and Marcia Bolero, both of Cheektowaga; thirteen grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by one sister, Patricia Morrow.

Rich loved to tinker with his hands, making beautiful jewelry and macramé. He was an avid card player and fisherman. He had a lifelong passion as a ham radio operator and was widely known for his call letters, KC2VUX. His interest as a ham radio operator led him to become a member of ARES, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, which provides emergency communications in the event of a disaster.

Friends may call on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Hillside Cemetery, with full military honors. Online condolences may be offered at
www.baker-swan.com.

Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to Andover Rescue Squad, PO Box 726, Andover, NY 14806 or SPCA Serving Allegany County, 1374 SR 19, Wellsville, NY 14895 .

Obituary: George F. McLaughlin, 46, Friendship

FRIENDSHIP - George F. McLaughlin Jr., 46, of 4007 State Road 275, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (Sept. 16, 2014) at his home. Born on June 29, 1968, in Weirton, W.Va., he was a son of George F. and Rosemary Shennefield McLaughlin Sr. On July 1, 2006, in Belfast, he married the former Amber K. Aylor, who survives. George grew up in New Cumberland, W.Va., and graduated from Oak Glen High School in New Cumberland. After coming to Western New York, George was a machinist for Butler Larkin in Wellsville for a few years. After Butler Larkin went out of business, he was a machinist in Canandaigua for a short time. He became a truck driver at that time for Jaylor Trucking in Belfast and Agricultural Transport in Dunkirk. He then went to Dresser-Rand in Wellsville as a machinist for several years. He enjoyed golfing and going on golfing trips, hunting, fishing, vacations to the beach and snowmobiling. Most of all, he loved his family and being with them. He was a member of the Steelworkers Union. Surviving in addition to his wife Amber are three sons, Branden D. McLaughlin of Honeoye, Alexander J. McLaughlin at home and Kristopher D. McLaughlin at home; two daughters, Haley N. McLaughlin of New Cumberland and Ashley L. Cramer of Honeoye; several foster children; a granddaughter, Dakotah A.; three brothers, Dennis (Sidney) McLaughlin of New Cumberland, Alan Bartley of Virginia and Robert (Tina) Bartley of New Cumberland; a sister, Rhonda Rodeski of New Cumberland; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Michael Bartley. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 20, 2014) in the funeral home. Bishop Craig Greathouse, pastor of the Family of God Christian Center in Weirton, W.Va., will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Ambulance Squad, Main Street, Friendship NY 14739. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.treusdellfuneralhome.com.

Houghton College: $23 Million Kerr-Pegula athletic complex construction complete


 Houghton College announces the grand opening and dedication ceremony for the new $23 million Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex that will take place on Saturday, October 4 during the college’s Homecoming and Family Weekend.  The dedication ceremony is free and open to the public.
“We are so excited to see the Field House and phase III parts of the complex coming together,” said Harold “Skip” Lord, director of athletics at Houghton College. “All of us are looking forward to the official ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony at Homecoming where we will be able to celebrate with the campus, valued alumni and surrounding community,”
The Kerr-Pegula Athletic Complex has been made possible, in part, by the initial $12 million gift given to Houghton College in November 2011 by Houghton alumna Kim (Kerr ’91) Pegula and her husband Terry Pegula, owners of the Buffalo Sabres and Rochester Americans hockey teams, and the newly announced potential owner of the Buffalo Bills.
The dedication ceremony will begin at 12:45 p.m. at the new 115,000 square-foot Kerr-Pegula Field House.  Other events throughout the day will include a family fun fair, athletic competitions, an art show and various other events.  The night will end with a live music performance by award winning Christian rock group, Tenth Avenue North.
The entire $23 million project included the construction of both a new baseball and softball stadium, resurfacing of Burke Field (a multi-sport competition field), and the construction of the field house that will enable the college and region to host year-round athletic competitions.
The field house features an eight lane, 200-meter regulation size track, five tennis courts, cardio fitness center, weight lifting room, MVP conference room, commercial kitchen and concessions, locker-room facilities, and office space.  The facility also has the ability to host major concerts and events with a maximum capacity of more than 6,000 people.
“There is no question that the Pegula’s generosity, and that of so many others, will enable us to better fulfill both our College and department missions. We are forever thankful that God has provided in this wonderful way,” commented Lord.
For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.Houghton.edu/homecoming
 

Wyoming deputies make arrest in domestic violence case


PA: Rapp Resolution Calling for Wind Turbine Impact Study Soars to Final Passage in State House

HARRISBURG — Sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Forest/McKean), a resolution directing the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the use and overall impact of wind turbines was overwhelmingly adopted by the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday by a margin of 181-11.

“With the ever-growing number of reports confirming that on-shore wind energy facilities are directly responsible for the clearing of large areas of forested land and the deaths of thousands of migratory birds, endangered bats and even eagles, we can no longer just assume that wind turbines are absolutely harmless to our environment or even a viable source of alternative energy,” said Rapp. “The time has come for a comprehensive, reality-based study and report on the actual impact of wind turbines across the Commonwealth. Today’s final passage of House Resolution 925 will ensure that the necessary research is conducted before these and other negative impacts on Pennsylvania’s wildlife and natural resources become irreversible.”

Specifically,
House Resolution 925 directs the Joint State Government Commission to conduct a study on the use of wind turbines in the following areas:

• Number of wind turbines operating in Pennsylvania and their owners.
• Agencies that oversee the operation of wind turbines.
• Sources and amounts of subsidies for wind turbines.
• Wind turbines’ imprint acreage and effects on wildlife.
• Wind turbines impact on the electric grid.

Rapp’s resolution also directs the Joint State Government Commission to report its findings to the governor’s office and the Pennsylvania General Assembly no later than Sept. 17, 2015

Court case postponed for Galeton man charged in drug death

The preliminary hearing for a Galeton man scheduled this week was short-lived after a conflict was discovered. Jonathan M. Proctor, 27, is charged with several counts including felony drug delivery resulting in the heroin overdose death of Daniel Lowe, 20 nearly two years ago. Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson was about to call his first witness when Proctor's attorney realized he had previously represented that person. The defense told the court there was a conflict of interest and asked for the hearing to be re-scheduled so new counsel could be selected. Proctor remains free on bail. If convicted, he could face up to forty years in prison. The District Attorney said his office will aggressively prosecute the case, saying the heroin problem in Potter County is substantial.

Olean: Planning Board agenda for 9/22

OLEAN PLANNING BOARD

COMMON COUNCIL CHAMBERS

September 22, 2014
7:00 p.m.
AGENDA

I.                   Meeting

1.      Roll Call

2.      Reading and approval of the July 28, 2014 meeting minutes

3.      Old Business

4.      New Business

i.                    Jahengo, LLC (SUP #03-14)

103 Jefferson Street

 
ii.                  Mazza Mechanical (SP #07-14)

430 North 7th Street

 
5.      Miscellaneous/Communications

6.      Next Meeting Date

7.      Adjournment

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Allegany County: Canaseraga man charged with rape and attempted abortion-Police say he attempted to injure pregnant woman


After an investigation into a domestic dispute which occurred on September 12, State Police report the arrest of Kyle E. Morrison 25, of Canaseraga, NY.  Morrison was arrested early this morning and charged with 1st degree Rape, Attempted Abortion 2nd, and Aggravated Criminal Contempt all felonies.  Morrison was additionally charged with the misdemeanors Stalking in the third degree, 2nd degree Menacing, Criminal Mischief 4th, Assault 3rd and Unlawful Imprisonment 2nd.  According to Investigator Jed Murphy, Morrison is accused of violating an order of protection, then assaulting a pregnant woman in Swain NY.  Morrison, police said, was aware of the pregnancy and was committing physical acts to injure the woman and her unborn child.  Morrison was arraigned in the Town of Burns Court and sent to the Allegany County Jail without bail.     

Steuben County: Meth lab discovered when parolee and two others were arrested for separate crimes

Steuben County Sheriff has issued the following press release:


Obituary: Jay S. Angell, 93, Scio

SCIO - Jay S. Angell, 93, a former longtime resident of Cuba, passed away Sunday (Sept. 14, 2014) in the Wellsville Manor Care Center in Wellsville. He was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Scio, the son of Earl and Hazel Black Angell. He was a graduate of the Scio High School and the Rochester Business Institute. He served with the U.S. Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945, where he received the rank of Staff Sgt. He was a longtime member of the Cuba First Baptist Church, McKee Chapter of OES in Cuba, and the Cuba Masonic Lodge FAM. He had retired from Acme Electric in Cuba after 45 years of service. He is survived by a sister, Patricia (Lyle) Kalkhof of Scio; and a nephew, Tim Kalkhof of Hornell. He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Frances Beverly Angell; and a nephew, Mark J. Kalkhof. Friends may call Thursday (Sept. 18, 2014) at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville from 6 to 8 p.m., at which time funeral and committal services will be held. Pastor Larry A. Poelma of the Cuba First Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Memorials may be made to the Cuba First Baptist Church, 17 South St., Cuba, NY 14727

Warsaw man charged with selling drugs on school property

September 11, 2014 – New York State Police in Warsaw arrested RICHARD H. REIGLE, 33 of Warsaw, NY for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (Class C Felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th with intent to sell (Class D Felony), and Criminal Sale of Marihuana 3rd (Class E Felony). It is alleged that REIGLE sold drugs on Warsaw School property in the Village of Warsaw during the fall of 2013. REIGLE has been the focus of an ongoing drug investigation by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and an Indictment Warrant was just recently obtained for his arrest. REIGLE was arraigned on the warrant and was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of bail. Warsaw Village Police assisted State Police with the investigation and arrest.

Warsaw pair charged with animal cruelty

New York State Police in Warsaw arrested TRACY E. HOEPPNER-RUSSELL, 40 years of age of Warsaw and DOUGLAS F. RUSSELL, 41 years of age of Warsaw for the Agriculture and Markets Law Misdemeanor of Torturing or Injuring Animals.

Wyoming County Animal Control Officer, Justa Goodell, received an anonymous tip that conditions for several cats at a Warsaw residence needed to be addressed. It was originally believed that there were 20 to 30 cats living in deplorable conditions at the residence, but upon closer inspection it was quickly determined that there were upwards of 75 cats at the property in various conditions, including some cats which were found to be deceased.

All of the animals were living amongst the property owners, and conditions were bad enough to warrant animal control to contact both the State Police and Wyoming County Building and Codes officers who ultimately condemned the property.

Both property owners were processed at the Warsaw State Police Barracks and were later released on Appearance tickets to answer the charges at a later date in the Warsaw Town Court.

Animal Control is working closely with the Perry Vet Clinic and other animal rescue personnel in the area to try and find foster homes for the animals which are healthy enough, and provide for medical treatment for the cats which require it.

Those interested in fostering the cats can contact (585) 786-8938 or email wycodogcntrol@yahoo.com to make arrangements.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES BENEFIT RATE INCREASE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMANTS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that, as of a result of the Governor’s Unemployment Insurance reforms, the maximum and minimum rates for weekly Unemployment Insurance benefits will increase on October 6, 2014. The minimum rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum rate will increase from $405 to $420.

“This state’s Unemployment Insurance system has been broken for far too long – starving deserving New Yorkers of sufficient benefits and saddling businesses with billions of dollars of debt,” Governor Cuomo said. “The rate increase that resulted from our reforms that provide a boost to job-seeking New Yorkers and grant relief to businesses so they can focus on job creation and growth.”

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, “This legislation was created as a forward-thinking, permanent solution to benefit both employers and claimants. Unemployment Insurance Reform provides for a self-correcting financing system ensuring more predictable and equitable costs for businesses and benefits claimants by raising benefit rates and helping them get back to work sooner.”

For years, the State’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which pays benefits, did not have enough funds to pay for claims filed by unemployed workers. As a result, the State was forced to borrow funds from the Federal government to cover the difference and employers were burdened with paying back a $3.5 billion debt with interest. In March 2013, Governor Cuomo signed into law a major reform to the Unemployment Insurance System in New York State, which included paying off the debt to the Federal government sooner, increasing fraud prevention measures and penalties, and making sure there is enough money to pay claimant benefits and increase weekly benefits for the first time in 14 years.

Since Governor Cuomo’s measures have been implemented, the Trust Fund debt has already been cut in half and the legislation is estimated to save businesses $400 million. The measure that accelerates the payment of debt will ultimately help stabilize the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, making it more sustainable and predictable. As the Trust Fund balance increases, contribution rates for employers will decrease.

A claimant’s weekly benefit rate is determined by a formula that takes into account what that person earned from recent employers. After they file a claim, they are notified of their rate by a Monetary Benefit Determination. Claimants eligible to receive the benefit increase will receive a separate notice from the Department of Labor. Under Unemployment Insurance reform, the maximum benefit rate for claimants will increase annually until it reaches 50 percent of the average weekly wage in New York State. The minimum will remain at $100.

More information about Unemployment Insurance and a comprehensive list of changes is available
HERE, and the methodology of rate calculation is available HERE.

Governor Cuomo signs legislation to protect 1st responders

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (A1896/S6675) that requires property owners to notify their local governments whenever a newly constructed or rehabilitated residential structure is comprised of a truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction. While this construction method is safe for normal use, it can also become fragile and collapse with little or no warning when exposed to fire. This required notification process will allow local governments to provide fire departments and first responder organizations with information about buildings that employ this particular construction design.

“First responders put their lives on the line to protect those around them. It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that they come home safely, and this law is a crucial way to live up to that charge,” Governor Cuomo said. “This legislation will help ensure that our firefighters and emergency personal are made aware of potentially dangerous situations before it’s too late. I thank Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel for their work on this important issue, and I am proud to sign this bill into law.”

Truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is often undetectable without advanced notice, and there have been multiple occasions in recent years where first responders were injured or killed while responding to fires in buildings that utilize this particular construction method and ultimately collapsed.

Senator Jack M. Martins, the Senate sponsor of the legislation, said, "This new law is an invaluable tool that will help save firefighters' lives. Giving firefighters as much information as possible at a fire helps them fight that fire in the safest and most effective way possible. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for working with us, our fire departments, and our local governments to protect our heroes.”

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the Assembly sponsor of the legislation, said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing the Truss Notification bill into law today. This legislation will save first responders lives, particularly firefighters. On Long Island there have been a number of incidences where firefighters were almost killed while responding to a residential fire in a home where truss construction was utilized. The notification system established by this legislation will enable first responders to take appropriate measures to protect the public and to ensure their own safety when responding to a fire emergency.”

Robert McConville, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, said, “Simply put, this new law will help protect the lives of firefighters, fire officers, and the public. Determining the type of building construction in quick fashion dictates how we operate at a fire, so any advantage we are provided is welcomed. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing the public safety impact of this law and Assembly Member Schimel and Senator Martins for their hard work and leadership on this issue.”

Tom Herlihy Jr., President of the State Association of Fire Districts, said, “The Officers, Directors and members of the State Association of Fire Districts thank Governor Cuomo for helping keep New York’s firefighters safe by insuring that they are aware of the potential dangers of truss construction during a fire in their community.”

Under the law signed today by the Governor, property owners outside of New York City must indicate on a building permit application if this construction method is being used, in addition to affixing a sign or symbol to an electrical box on the building’s exterior. After being notified by a homeowner of the presence of this particular construction method, local governments must also inform the relevant first responders, including the local fire department, district or company, the county fire coordinator, local 911 and emergency dispatchers. The law takes effect on January 1, 2015.