Thursday, April 24, 2014

Work begins in State Park on $2.1M cabin project - The Salamanca Press

RED HOUSE — Campers at Allegany State Park will have 28 more choices on where to spend their nights in the state’s largest park.

Work recently began in the Quaker area of the park for the construction of the first of 28 new cabins, which are part of a $2.1 million project to expand the lodging options in both areas of the park.

 








“Our existing cottages have been very popular with our campers and it has added a different level of camping we normally do not provide,” said Gary Quattrone, park manager III at Allegany State Park. “With this coming in, this is going to open up more opportunities of people look for a cottage-like stay. It’s going to give them more to choose from.”
Fourteen of the cabins will be constructed on Parallel Trail on the Quaker side of the park. The other half will be constructed on Bova Road near Camp Allegany. Construction on the latter cabins are expected to begin this fall, Quattrone said.

Announcement of the work was made last week by Empire State Development, which awarded a $420,000 grant toward the project to ASP Partners LLC, a lodging and management company based in southeastern New York.

Allegany State Park issued a request for proposal of the project in September 2011 to meet current visitor demand, according to a release issued by Empire State Development.

The cottages will be of the type and character that are currently located on Fancher and Parallel trails, according to a representative from ASP Partners. The representative also said ASP Partners will operate the cabins under a 20-year license with the park.

Quattrone said builders hope to have cabins on Parallel Trail available this summer. The cabins, which can be booked up to nine months in advance and cost $695 per week or $173.75 per night, can be reserved through the park’s rental offices or online.

Allegany State Park recently saw a spike in its attendance; at the Red House area, numbers increased from 729,189 in 2012 to 790,645 last year. The Quaker area also saw a roughly 2,000 person increase.

Likewise, overnight stays at campsites in the park jumped from 19,285 in 2012 to 21,198 last year.

The grant awarded by Empire State Development to ASP Partners was part of $5.6 million in awards announced Thursday, April 17. The largest awards included $2.1 million to the Southern Tier Region Economic Development Corporation to help fund a regional health care grant program and $1.95 million went to the Utica Memorial Auditorium for renovations.

(Olean Times Herald reporter Rick Miller contributed to this report.)

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IDA approves nearly $10 million in projects - The Salamanca Press

ELLICOTTVILLE — The Cattaraugus County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) nearly had its second $10 million meeting in two months on Tuesday, April 22.



Three projects given final approval by the IDA Board of Directors were just about $70,000 shy of the $10 million mark from last month’s meeting when the IDA’s Capital Resources Corp. agreed to a $10 million financing plan to renovate a freshman residence hall and other campus maintenance.

 








The biggest proposal approved at the meeting was the $6 million Community Bank project for sales tax and property tax abatement for a new loan processing facility on a 10-acre site across from St. Bonaventure University — commonly known as the former Castle Restaurant site.

The IDA-approved financial package includes $240,000 in sales tax exemptions and a 10-year property tax payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the town of Allegany, Allegany-Limestone Central School District and Cattaraugus County.

The bank purchased the site from St. Bonaventure University for $800,000 after several failed bids at development of the site over the past decade. Community Bank officials had spent much of the past year searching for a site for the mortgage processing center after deciding not to proceed with renovations at the former Ivers J.Norton Elementary School in Olean. The loan operation is currently housed in the former state Department of Environmental Conservation office building across from Olean’s Lincoln Park.

The bank’s application to the IDA said the new site would retain existing jobs, but noted the site has room for expansion. The facility on Route 17 would be about 30,000 square feet.

In the sale-leaseback documents, the IDA also authorizes renovation work at Community Bank’s facility in Olean at North Union and Laurens streets.

Meanwhile, Win-Sum Ski Corp., owners of Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, won IDA approval for $3.4 million in summer projects. The company would save about $272,000 in sales taxes.

Holiday Valley projects include renovations at the Inn at Holiday Valley, 54 new snow guns, realignment of Holiday Valley Road, new snowmobiles and automated snowmaking equipment, and purchase of new electronic equipment including computers.

Also given final approval was a sale-leaseback agreement with M.J. Painting of Olean for expansion of its Homer Street facilities. The company is involved with a brownfields cleanup at the site, and plans to build a 1,500-square-foot addition and another structure of 5,760 square feet. The expansion is to meet the needs for new business opportunities.

Corey Wiktor, IDA executive director, said both Community Bank and M.J. Painting want to begin construction as soon as possible. The bank wants to be able to move into the new facility by the end of the year.

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Wayland man arrested for DWI

On April 23, 2014 North Hornell-based State Police arrested James Sick 22, of Wayland, NY for DWI.  Troopers responded to a one car property damage accident on County Route 90 in the Town of Wayland.  An on scene State Police investigation revealed that the operator James Sick was allegedly intoxicated.  Sick was arrested and Troopers said his blood alcohol level was .10%.  Sick was issued an appearance ticket, and is to appear in the Town of Wayland Court on April 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM. 

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Activity



Third-Annual B&B Tour Invites Public into Hammondsport B&Bs

HAMMONDSPORT – The Arts Center of Yates County will be hosting the third-annual Bed and Breakfast Tour in Hammondsport from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3. This year’s tour features six of Hammondsport’s B&Bs, including one brand new property, McCorn Winery Lodging, opening in July. The tour provides the general public with the opportunity to experience the innkeepers’ hospitality, sample some good food, and check out the d├ęcor of Finger Lakes B&Bs.
 
Other properties include the Black Sheep Inn, Blushing Rose B&B, Lake and Vine B&B, 18 Vine Inn and Carriage House, and Day Dreams B&B.
 
“It’s a means to get the community in here,” said Debbie Meritsky, owner of the Black Sheep Inn. “People want to come in and see the B&B, but they don’t know they can.”
 
Black Sheep Inn always offers tours. For a small fee, anyone can come into the B&B for a tour that ends with refreshments and a chat with the innkeepers.
 
Also featured during the B&B tour will be the works of local artists, including the photography of Steve Knapp, baskets by Joan Belles, pottery by Julianna Drumheller, jewelry by Debbie Meritsky, paintings by Ileen Kaplan, and sculpture from Junkyard Friends.
 
Tickets will be available at the Arts Center of Yates County located at 127 Main Street in Penn Yan (M-Sa 10-4); the Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce, 47 Shethar Street in Hammondsport (M-F 10-2); and Fiber & Art Emporium, 67 Shethar Street, Hammondsport (M-Sa 10-5, Su 11-4). Tickets cost $25 when a minimum of three tickets are purchased together, $28 individually, and $32 the day of the tour. For more information, contact the Arts Center of Yates County at (315) 536-8226 or artscenter@ycac.org.
 
 
The Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau was established in 1994. As Steuben County’s official tourism marketing agency, our mission is to aggressively promote the visitor industry year-round and thereby stimulate economic growth. Corning& the Southern Finger Lakes is home to the World’s Most Beautiful Wine Region (Budget Travel, 2010), America’s Coolest Small Town: Hammondsport (Budget Travel, 2012), and the Most Fun Small Town: Corning (Rand McNally, 2013). The Finger Lakes has also been recognized as a great value destination (ShermansTravel) and a top lakeside vacation (Yahoo! Travel). This year, Market Street, located in Corning’s Gaffer District, was also named one of the Top 10 Great Streets of the Year by the American Planning Association.  

NYS DEC: 2013 Deer Harvest Comparable To Last Year

Hunters harvested approximately 243,550 deer during the 2013-14 hunting seasons, nearly equivalent to the statewide take last year, state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. 
“Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative offers many hunting opportunities statewide for sportsmen and sportswomen for the growing population of deer,” said Commission Martens. “Throughout the state, hunters play an essential role by helping to maintain healthy and ecologically sound deer populations.”
The 2013 deer take included approximately 128,850 antlerless deer (adult females and fawns) and about 114,700 adult bucks (1.5 years or older), both estimates being within 4 percent of the 2012 take (see table below).  Hunters in the Northern Zone walked out of the woods with roughly 32,300 deer, including 19,500 adult bucks.  In the Southern Zone, excluding Long Island, hunters took 208,300 deer, including about 94,200 adult bucks. To compare these harvest estimates with other past seasons, go to: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html.
 
2013 Deer Harvest Comparison
 
2013 Total
2012 Total
Previous 5-Year Average (2008-2012)
Total Take
243,567
242,957
229,439
Adult Male
114,716
118,993
108,752
Antlerless
128,851
123,964
120,687
Adult Female
88,634
86,644
83,565
Deer Management Permits Issued
650,472
605,105
544,530
Deer Management Permit Take
98,945
94,367
89,507
Deer Management Assistance Program Take
12,285
10,497
10,689
Muzzleloader
14,970
16,104
17,511
Bowhunting
36,676
36,208
34,795
Crossbow
NA
438
-
Youth Hunt
1,275
1,411
-
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 














This year marked New York’s second Youth Deer Hunt, held over Columbus Day Weekend.  During the Youth Deer Hunt, 14 and 15-year-old junior hunters could take one deer, antlered or antlerless, with a firearm when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult mentor.  An estimated 8,860 junior hunters participated in the Youth Deer Hunt, resulting in 1,275 deer taken (728 adult bucks and 547 antlerless deer).  A photo gallery showcasing successful junior hunters is at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/85926.html.
 
More Antlerless Deer Need to be Taken
This year’s harvest shows a continuing trend of concern to DEC deer managers. In many Wildlife Management Units (WMUs), including portions of southeastern New York and the Lake Plains region of western New York, harvest trends indicate that deer populations are too high - above levels recommended by local stakeholder groups who live, hunt or manage land in those areas. Even with very liberal opportunities for take of antlerless deer, not enough females are being taken to reduce populations to desired levels. In these areas, DEC and hunters must begin considering new ways to the increase antlerless deer take to achieve deer populations that are compatible with ecosystem health and consistent with the public’s interests. 
 
Older Bucks Becoming a Larger Portion of Adult Buck Harvests
Hunters took a record number of bucks (approximately 55,300) aged 2.5 years or older in 2013. These older bucks, which many hunters desire, accounted for 48 percent of harvested adult bucks statewide in 2013, compared to only 33 percent (45,350) in 2000 when New York’s deer population peaked, and only 28 percent (about 33,000) in the early 1990s.  In part, this is influenced by the overall size of the deer population, which in much of the state is larger than desired.  Although mandatory antler restrictions in 11 WMUs in southeastern New York are a contributing factor, many New York hunters outside those areas are voluntarily choosing not to take young bucks, thereby letting these bucks get another year or two older before they are taken.
Deer harvest data are gathered from two main sources: harvest reports required of all successful hunters, and DEC staff’s examination of nearly 16,200 harvested deer at check stations and meat processors.  Statewide harvest estimates are made by cross-referencing these two data sources.   Much additional information about the 2013-14 deer harvests, including charts and maps describing the harvest, is available on DEC’s website at www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/42232.html.
Governor Cuomo’s NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative is an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and sportswomen and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. This initiative includes streamlining fishing and hunting licenses, reducing license fees, and improving access for fishing and increasing hunting opportunities in New York State.
In support of this initiative, this year's budget includes $6 million in NY Works funding to support creating 50 new land and water access projects to connect hunters, anglers, bird watchers and others who enjoy the outdoors to more than 380,000 acres of existing state and easement lands. These 50 new access projects include building new boat launches, installing new hunting blinds and building new trails and parking areas. In addition, the 2014-15 budget includes $4 million to repair the state's fish hatcheries; and renews and allows expanded use of crossbows for hunting in New York State.
This year's budget also reduces short-term fishing licenses fees; increases the number of authorized statewide free fishing days to eight from two; authorizes DEC to offer 10 days of promotional prices for hunting, fishing and trapping licenses; and authorizes free Adventure Plates for new lifetime license holders, discounted Adventure Plates for existing lifetime license holders and regular fee Adventure Plates for annual license holders.

North Dansville: Deputies make felony burglary arrest


NORTH DANSVILLE: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty advises of the arrest of Christopher L. Swick of Dansville, NY on felony Burglary charges.
The Livingston County Sheriff's Office received a complaint of a possible burglary that occurred to an unoccupied residence on Stones Falls Road in the Town of North Dansville.  It was discovered through the investigation that Swick had entered the unoccupied residence which was no longer being used as a dwelling with the intent to commit a crime. 
Swick was arrested on a Felony Burglary charge along with a charge of Petit Larceny and Criminal Mischief.
Swick was arraigned in the Town of North Dansville court before Judge Werth.  Swick was remanded to the Livingston County Jail on no bail due to his previous arrest history at the request of the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office.  This request came due to Swick having multiple felony convictions in his history. 

The investigation and arrest was handled by Deputy Michael Yencer and Investigator Joshua D. Monster.

Dansville: Felony Charges after Domestic Incident-Deputy suffers minor injury


DANSVILLE: Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty announces the arrest of Adam G. Webster, age 18, from Dansville, NY on charges of Assault in the Second Degree (felony), Resisting Arrest, and Unlawful Possession of Alcohol.
These charges stem from an investigation in which the Livingston County Sheriff's Office and the Dansville Police Department responded to a Domestic Violence incident in which Mr. Webster is alleged to have assaulted a female in the Village of Dansville.

When approached by law enforcement, Adam G. Webster allegedly physically resisted arrest, causing an injury to a Livingston County Sheriff's Deputy. The Deputy was treated and released from Noyes Memorial Hospital. 

Mr. Webster was also charged by the Dansville Police Department with Burglary in the Second Degree (felony), Petit Larceny, Assault in the Third Degree and other charges.
Webster was arraigned by Justice Weidman in the Dansville Village Court and remanded to the Livingston County Jail on $50,000.00 cash bail or $100,000.00 fully secured bail bond.
Investigating at the scene was Livingston County Sheriff's Office Captain Norm Zeh, Sergeant James Merrick, Investigator Dan Rittenhouse, Deputy Michael Wade, Deputy Kevin Geer and Deputy Martin Herkimer, as well as Dansville Police Chief Perkins, Officer Sheena Schafer, and Officer Bryan Chapman.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES PENALTY AGAINST TELEMARKETER FOR SOLICITING FUNDS IN NEW YORK DESPITE LIFETIME BAN

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has reached a $50,000 settlement with Mark Gelvan, a telemarketer whose New Jersey-based companies solicit charitable donations, for violating an order that barred him from raising money for charity in New York State. The Attorney General’s Charities Bureau re-opened the case after receiving a tip that Gelvan was again operating in New York, despite a permanent ban on fundraising in the state. The 2004 ban was part of a settlement arising from a lawsuit filed against Gelvan and one of his telemarketing companies for making fraudulent claims to potential contributors, including stating that donations would be used to benefit families and widows of New York State Troopers and to sponsor drug and alcohol prevention programs.
“After he was banned from raising charitable dollars in New York State, this telemarketer did an end-run around the court's order and again started to raise money from generous and unsuspecting New Yorkers. This time, Mr. Gelvan raised this money by acting as a third party broker,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “Settlements with this office will be enforced, and those who try to avoid or skirt their obligations will be found out and held accountable.”
Today’s settlement grows out of an earlier investigation of Gelvan’s conduct in connection with New York charitable solicitations. That 2004 investigation resulted in an agreement under which Gelvan signed a court order that prohibited him from conducting telemarketing activities in New York, directly or indirectly, including provisions that barred him from brokering any agreements between charities and professional fundraisers for the solicitation of donations from New York residents. 
The Charities Bureau’s recent investigation determined that, beginning in 2010, Gelvan, 46, of Montville, N.J., violated the terms of the earlier settlement. That year, a company wholly owned by Gelvan, Raising Money Inc. (“RMI”), brokered agreements for the fundraiser Midwest Publishing-DN, Inc., (“Midwest”) with the Women to Women Breast Cancer Foundation, in Florida, and a second agreement between Midwest and the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, which is in Virginia.  
In return, Midwest, based in Arizona, agreed to give Gelvan and RMI a portion of the charitable donations that Midwest raised for the groups. The Charities Bureau determined that Gelvan received $37,720.24 from New Yorkers’ charitable donations to Midwest and the two groups. Under today’s settlement agreement, Gelvan and RMI must pay $50,000, representing disgorgement of his ill-gotten gains plus a penalty for his actions. Gelvan remains barred from conducting or receiving any benefits from the solicitation of charitable donations in New York.
A copy of today’s agreement can be read here.
A copy of the Attorney General’s 2004 Order can be read here.
As detailed in the Attorney General’s most recent “Pennies for Charity” report, for-profit telemarketers often retain a very high percentage of the charitable donations they raise from the public. In 2012, an average of only 37.5% of funds raised by telemarketers were retained by the charities. In 50.3% of the campaigns, the charities retained less than 30% of the funds raised, or the expenses exceeded contributions.  The most recent filings submitted by the Women to Women Breast Cancer Foundation and the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation showed that the organizations retained less than 10 % and 11%, respectively, of the total donations they received from Midwest’s telemarketing services in 2012.
The investigation of this matter was conducted by Assistant Attorney General Elizabeth Ann Fitzwater of the Charities Bureau and Senior Enforcement Counsel David Nachman. The Charities Bureau is led by Bureau Chief James Sheehan, and the Division of Social Justice is headed by Executive Deputy Attorney General Alvin Bragg.

Wellsville Police Activity

Date: April 23, 2014

3:21pm
Wellsville Village Police arrested Adam C. Satterlee, age 35 of Wellsville, charging him with Sex Offender Failure to Register 1st. Satterlee was processed and arraigned before Judge O. Conner in village court where he posted $1000. Satterlee is due in court 05/20/14 at 4:30pm.

9:55pm
Wellsville Village Police arrested Karisa L. Bleeks, age 30 of Wellsville, charging her with Assault 3rd. Bleeks was processed and arraigned in Independence Court and released. Bleeks is due back in Village Court at a later date.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Wellsville: Phone Scam

The Wellsville Police Department has received several complaints from local residents who are receiving multiple phone calls from unknown individuals that are requesting to log on to their computers remotely and are telling the residents that there are problems with the computer or their internet connection.  The Police Department is urging all residents to not allow anyone that you do not know or whom you did not contact yourself, to access your computers.  The Police Department feels that these calls are a scam and the callers are looking for personal information on your computers.

Shinglehouse woman held on $35,000 bail on assault, threat charges

Shinglehouse Police have charged a 35-year old woman with multiple felony counts. Thirty-five year old Charleen Ann Brabham of Shinglehouse has been charged with Felony Aggravated Assault & Terroristic Threats and lesser counts of criminal mischief, assault and reckless endangerment. The alleged crimes occurred on Sunday. Arraigned in court this afternoon, she was sent to jail on $35,000 bail and is due for a preliminary hearing in court on May 23rd.

Senator Young: Earth Day Poster Contest

Dear Students:
Thank you for your wonderful contributions to the New York State Senate’s Earth Day Poster Contest. This year we received many outstanding posters that exemplify the creativity of the young people in my Senate district.
Each entry displayed tremendous originality and vision as well as an obvious concern for the ecological future of our communities and our state. I am proud of your work and that of your classmates, and encourage you to continue to study and learn more about the challenges facing our environment.
This years winner is Chloe Kotlowski from Pioneer Middle School:

I would like to offer my wholehearted congratulations to all of the participants in this year’s contest. I also want to thank your family and give special thanks to your teachers, whose dedication and involvement in this project provided the encouragement for you to be creative and participate in the 2014 Earth Day Poster Contest.
Sincerely,
Senator Cathy Young
57th Senate District

Belfast Central School

Bolivar Richburg Elementary School

Gowanda Middle School

Keshequa

Maple Grove Jr Sr High School

Mount Morris Central School

Mt. Morris Central School District

Pioneer Middle School

Scio Central School

Wellsville Elementary

Scarnati: Water Treatment Facility in McKean County Awarded PENNVEST Funds

The Smethport Borough Authority has been selected to receive an $805,000 low-interest loan to make major improvements to their water system, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Scarnati said the loan was awarded through the state’s PENNVEST Program which provides low-interest loans and grants for the design, engineering and construction of drinking water distribution facilities, storm water conveyance and wastewater treatment and collection systems.
The Smethport Borough Authority will utilize the funding to construct a new screening facility to remove debris upstream of the combined sewer overflow regulator.  A washer compacter will also be installed.  The improvements will be made to an existing system and system wide user fees are not expected to increase.
“This PENNVEST funding will provide for needed updates within the community to improve local water supplies and protect public health,” Scarnati said. “I congratulate everyone from Smethport Borough and McKean County who have worked to secure this financial support. The loans will help supply substantial funding to ensure that area residents have access to clean water, while advancing environmental improvement measures and economic development efforts.”
Implementation of this project will provide a cost effective solution to maintaining permit compliance that will in turn improve the quality of life for the system customers.  Once completed, the project will also eliminate raw sewage health hazards in publicly accessible areas.
The project is anticipated to create 10 jobs.  Construction will likely begin in October of 2014 with completion by April of 2015.

Man faces multiple felony charges after pursuit in Hornell


Heroin Addiction Forum Includes County Perspectiv​e

NYSAC Executive Director Stephen Acquario provided the county perspective on a regional panel devoted to the topic of New York's heroin and opioid epidemic. The community forum, part of the bi-partisan Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addition, took place this morning at Hudson Valley Community College and was sponsored by Senator Kathy Marchione.  
 
The forum included members of the bi-partisan Senate Task Force and featured experts in the fields of education, law enforcement, mental health and substance abuse, municipal officials and individuals directly affected by opioid abuse.
 
"The past few years have seen a resurgence of heroin use across New York State. Our counties - from the sheriffs' departments to our mental health workers, our public health officials, to our jails and probation officers - all need to work together with state officials to come up with the best strategies to curtail this epidemic now, before more innocent lives are lost," said Stephen J. Acquario, executive director of NYSAC.
 
The Association of Counties is working with the New York State Sheriffs Association in support of the State's Joint Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction. The Task Force will hold continue holding a series of forums across the state and, based on public input, develop a series of legislative recommendations.
 
"Heroin does not discriminate. It can take hold of members from all families in all socio-economic categories: rich or poor, functional or dysfunctional, black or white, suburban or urban," said Chautauqua County Executive Vincent Horrigan, who recently held a Family Forum on substance abuse in the county. "We had 250 participants and the stories were heart wrenching. This needs to be one of our top priorities and we need to come together to find real solutions."
 
How does the rising use of heroin and opioids impact our counties?
Whether an individual is dealing with addition and recovery, or has been arrested for a heroin-related crime, county departments are involved at every step along the way:    
  • The County Sheriff or Police Department is involved at the point of arrest. Law enforcement is also engaged in drug prevention education.
  • The County Coroner or Medical Examiner is there in cases of fatal overdoses.
  • The County District Attorney prosecutes those arrested and/or is involved in enrolling addicts in drug treatment programs.
  • The County Public Defender defends those who can't otherwise afford an attorney
  • County Jails house those charged with (or convicted of) drug-related crimes when there is no other place to go but behind bars.
  • County Probation Officers make sure those arrested and released from jail do not relapse, avoiding a repeat of the cycle.
  • The County Department of Mental Health & Chemical Dependency helps those recovering from drug additions.
  • County Youth Departments are involved in prevention and education, a task that becomes more difficult as a drug becomes more popular.
 
NYSAC and counties throughout the state will be working with the Senate Task Force to address the current heroin and opioid problem, while continuing to focus on preventing drug abuse of all kinds.

Trooper Riley to be honored with memorial leg of Torch Run


Western New York Law Enforcement Officials and Special Olympics New York will honor New York State Trooper Ross M. Riley during a memorial leg of the 2014 Law Enforcement Torch Run, beginning in Lincoln Park in Olean and ending at St. Bonaventure University.
For the 28th year in New York state, law enforcement officers will be carrying the Special Olympics Torch throughout various communities leading up to Opening Ceremonies at the State Summer Games. The cauldron will be lit on June 15 in Buffalo, signifying the opening of the 2014 State Summer Games.
At 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, the torch will begin its journey in Lincoln Park on the corner of Union and State Street in Olean, and will end at the Reilly Center on campus in honor of Trooper Riley. St. Bonaventure is also partnering with Special Olympics New York to host a Special Olympics Unified Competition on campus the same day.
A 17-year veteran of the force and beloved member of the community, Riley, 44, was killed during a rappelling rescue training exercise at Letchworth State Park in November 2013.
Members from Olean and Cuba Police, St. Bonaventure’s ROTC, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua County Sheriffs, and New York State Troopers will participate in this year’s run.
The Torch Run will also reach Amherst, Jamestown, Batavia, Niagara Falls, Hamburg, Clarence, uptown and downtown Buffalo, Tonawanda, Canisius College and the University at Buffalo.
The Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) is the largest grassroots fundraising and public awareness vehicle for Special Olympics in the world. In addition to carrying the “Flame of Hope” to their local and state Special Olympic games, law enforcement officials organize and conduct additional fundraising initiatives such as Polar Plunges, merchandise sales and golf outings.
The Summer Games are the largest of three annual state games with more than 4,000 competitive experiences held each year throughout New York. More than 1,600 athletes and coaches from around the state will travel to Buffalo for the competition. This is the seventh time in 28 years that the games will be hosted in Western New York.

Arcade woman arrested for aggravated DWI

On April 19, 2014 at approximately 10:36 p.m. Trooper Aaron Kawado stopped a vehicle on Savage Road in the Town of Yorkshire for a traffic violation. Police said during the stop an open container of alcohol was observed in the center console of the vehicle. Further investigation revealed the operator, Amy L. Nieves, 40, of Arcade, NY, was allegedly intoxicated. Nieves was arrested for DWI. During processing, police said, Nieves was found to have a blood alcohol content of .20%, elevating the charge to aggravated DWI (.18% bac or higher). Nieves is to face the DWI and additional vehicle and traffic law charges in the Town of Yorkshire Court at a later date.

Perry man charged with 9 counts in stolen check case


Wellsville Police Activity

Date: April 22, 2014

Following a traffic stop on E. Dyke St, Wellsville Police arrested Alex M. Nelson, 19 of Andover, charging him with Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by Person Under 21. Also arrested was an 18 year old Genesee, PA youth. The youth was charged with Possession of Alcoholic Beverage by Person Under 21 and Unlawful Possession of Marijuana. Both were released to a third party and are due back in village court at a later date.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alfred State Professor Emeritus of Psychology Publishes Children’s Book

Kellogg book coverDr. Richard Kellogg, professor emeritus of psychology at Alfred State, is the author of a new book titled Barry Baskerville Returns. This children’s story, intended for an audience of young readers between the ages of seven and 10, is beautifully illustrated in color by noted Hawaiian artist Gary Kato.
The book is about a precocious youngster named Barry Baskerville who lives in Watsonville. Barry aspires to become a famous detective like his role model Sherlock Holmes. As expected, Barry irritates his friends and teachers by wearing a deerstalker hat, peering at everything through a magnifying glass, and flaunting his astounding powers of observation and deduction. During a family vacation at the beach, Barry impresses his parents by investigating the case of the missing car keys. The Baskervilles conclude that it really is nice to have a detective in the family.
Barry Baskerville Returns shows school-age children the importance of making accurate observations and then making logical deductions from their observations. The lessons taught in the story are designed to enhance problem-solving abilities. The book is published by Airship 27 of Fort Collins, Colo., and is available in both print and Kindle formats through Amazon.
Dr. Kellogg is the author of four previous books dealing with Sherlock Holmes; the most recent is titled Barry Baskerville Solves a Case (Airship 27, 2013). He has received grants from the SUNY Research Foundation to develop instructional materials on the problem-solving strategies of “The Great Detective.” A frequent contributor to The Baker Street Journal and The Serpentine Muse, Kellogg enjoys introducing young readers to Baker Street and the magical world of Sherlock Holmes and his loyal companion, Dr. John Watson.

Obituary: Kenneth P. "Ken" Davies, 74, Arkport

Kenneth P. “Ken” Davies – 74 – of 9582 State Route 36, Arkport, died Sunday evening (April 20, 2014) at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, following a long illness.
Born in Rochester on August 1, 1939, he was the son of Leonard & Alberta (Miller) Davies.
Ken grew up in the Rochester area of Irondequoit and was a graduate of Edison Tech High School (class of 1957).  He attended the University of Miami in Miami, FL where he played (as a running back) for the Miami Hurricane football team.  After being sidelined by an injury on the football field, Ken joined the US Marine Corp, serving his country from 1959-1963.  
Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, Ken served as an insurance investigator for 19 years for Equifax of Rochester, NY.  In the mid 1980’s, he built Gazebo Golf in Hornell, featuring a miniature golf course along with a driving range.  He owned & operated the business for about five years.  In the late 1980’s he built another miniature golf course / driving range called PK Putters in Geneva, NY.  He operated the business until the time of his death.
Ken was a true sports enthusiast.  He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed fishing.  In his younger years, Ken loved bowling and had been a member of several bowling leagues in Hornell.  He also enjoyed watching sporting events on TV and loved rooting for the NY Yankees, Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots.  His greatest joy, however, was attending his grandchildren’s sporting events.
He was married on November 23, 1968 to the former Sharon Conwell who survives.  Also surviving are his daughter, Rebecca (David) Jeffery of Cheshire, CT; 2 grandsons, Michael Jeffery and Matthew Jeffery; 4 brothers, Leonard (Rosemarie) Davies of Bergen, NY, James (Alicia) Davies of Ontario, NY, Robert Davies of Webster, NY and Lawrence (Kathleen) Davies of Webster, NY; his sisters-in-law, Carolyn Conwell and Jean Coddington; along with several nieces, nephews & cousins.
At Ken’s request there will be no prior calling hours.  A memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM at St. Michael’s Church in Penn Yan, NY with Fr. John O’Connor officiating.  Final interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Fremont, NY.
Ken’s family request that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name be made to the American Cancer Society, 16 Beech St., Johnson City, NY 13790.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Dagon Funeral Home, 38 Church St., Hornell, NY.

State Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash

State Police based in Machias investigated a fatal motorcycle crash on Bolton Rd, Town of Ashford in Cattaraugus County.  The operator, identified as Roy C. Beverlin Jr., 52 yrs old, also of Bolton Rd. was found unresponsive by a passing motorist who then contacted 911.  Investigation revealed that the operator failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway and struck a fence and trees off the west shoulder of the road.  The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Cattaraugus County Corner.

Woman's Body Found In Container ID'd as former Wellsville resident

WFMY News 2

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. – The Alamance County Sheriff's Office has identified the woman who a Department of Transportation worker found Friday partially decomposed in a container on Bellmont-Mount Hermon Road.
The sheriff's office says she was 41-year-old Deedra Louise Washburn, who lived on Morningside Drive in Burlington. Investigators contacted her family in New York.
Police officers and deputies arrested Angela Frazier during the weekend after deputies linked Washburn's death to an arson investigation at Frazier's home on Washington Street. Frazier is charged with burning one's own dwelling and concealment of a death.
Police told WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford that they're waiting on toxicology results to determine how Washburn died. There was no obvious evidence such as a wound or blunt force trauma. Police said several days had passed between when Deedra died and when her body was discovered.

WELLSVILLE - Deedra L. Burgess Washburn, 41, and a former Early Street resident, passed away unexpectedly in North Carolina recently.
She was born in Wellsville on Feb. 22, 1973, the daughter of Dale and Dawn Johnson Burgess.
She was a graduate of the Scio Central School.
Surviving are her father, Dale Burgess of Wellsville; sister, Michele Rix of Wellsville; nieces, Rachael Rix of Nashville, Tenn., and Maegan Rix of Wellsville; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was predeceased by her mother and grandparents.

Gravesite services will be held in the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio on Saturday (April 26, 2014) at 12:30 p.m. with the Rev. Carl Kemp officiating, followed by a luncheon and memorial services in the Wellsville American Legion Post 702, 23 Jefferson St., Wellsville.

Memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, P.O. Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

State Police Activity

  • 4/21/14 4:02pm, State Police arrested Nathan Bowker, 25, of Friendship. He was charged with petit larceny, trespass and felony criminal mischief for an incident reported in Friendship on Monday. He was issued court appearance tickets.
  • 4/21/14 6:06pm, During a traffic stop on county road 16 in Angelica, State Police arrested Joseph Hubbard, 46, of Arkport. He was charged with DWI, aggravated unlicensed operations and fail to keep right. He was held on bail bond.
  • 4/21/14 4:20pm, During a traffic stop on state route 21 in Almond, State Police arrested Jadon Norton, 25, of Almond. He was charged with having a suspend registration and pot possession. He was released on court tickets.
  • 4/21/14 9:14am, After investigating an incident in Ischua, State Police arrested Loretta Proctor, 27, of Bolivar. She was charged with petit larceny and issued a court appearance ticket.

REED VISITS CORNELL’S CUTTING EDGE RESEARCH FACILITY

Tom Reed was in Ithaca Tuesday at Cornell University to meet with professors for a tour of the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Light Source (CHESS) lab and the Cornell Electron Storage Ring, both supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) funding Reed secured for the lab. Most recently, Reed worked to secure $100 million to fund the CHESS Lab on a long-term basis.
“When we have conversations about where our national priorities lie, we have to fairly consider which initiatives will provide for economic opportunity and have a large return on taxpayers’ investment,” Reed said. “By securing federal funding for Cornell’s CHESS Lab, we’re caring for jobs in our region and we’re also caring for the hundreds of thousands of lives impacted by the sophisticated research being done. Whether it’s developing new materials, discovering new drugs, improving electric vehicles, or studying viruses, the CHESS Lab is constantly breaking new ground and opening doors for local small businesses and start-ups. Since coming to Congress I have always acknowledged and supported the critical role NSF dollars play in our area to support jobs, whether at Cornell or the University of Rochester, the National Science Foundation is critical to our area.”
During the site visit Reed met Alex Deyhim, Lansing resident and owner of Advanced Design Consulting (ADC), an engineering and consulting firm. Deyhim’s small business worked with Cornell researchers at the CHESS Lab to develop and manufacture a state-of-the-art adjustable x-ray slit system. Working closely with Cornell’s CHESS Lab, Deyhim relies on the NSF funding to continue the viability of the lab’s life at Cornell to support his ongoing research developments. 

DiNAPOLI OFFERS PROPOSAL TO ENCOURAGE BETTER LOCAL GOVERNMENT BUDGETING PRACTICES

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli today announced the introduction of a legislative proposal aimed at helping local governments across New York improve their long-term budget planning. The bill would provide reimbursement from the state to municipalities for costs incurred for hiring financial advisors to assist in the development of multi-year budget plans.

“Long-term budget planning is vital to the fiscal health of our localities,” said DiNapoli. “The tax cap and our state’s continued slow economic recovery underscore the need for accurate, balanced budgets reflecting realistic multi-year financial plans. State policymakers must continue to do their part to help localities find and implement real, lasting solutions. This proposal will help encourage municipalities to take action by offering them assistance in dealing with a potential impediment to these efforts.”

DiNapoli’s proposal would allow counties, cities, towns and villages identified as fiscally stressed to be reimbursed by the state’s Financial Restructuring Board for Local Governments for all or part of the costs associated with long-term budget planning.

Multiyear financial planning is a tool that will enable these entities to develop revenue and expenditure trends, establish long-term priorities and goals, and take into consideration the impact of near-term budgeting decisions on future fiscal years. It also allows officials to assess alternative approaches to financing operations.

DiNapoli said these types of plans will allow residents and elected local officials to better understand the impact of their fiscal decisions over time. They can then decide what program funding choices to make in advance, avoiding the need for unpredictable tax increases or dramatic budget cuts.

For a copy of the proposal submitted to both the Assembly and state Senate, visit:
http://www.osc.state.ny.us/legislation/2013-14/oscb35.htm

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A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN SETTLES WITH ROCHESTER-AREA FURNITURE STORE OVER DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING PRACTICES

ROCHESTER – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced a settlement with a Victor-based furniture company for engaging in deceptive and misleading advertising -- deceiving consumers into falsely thinking they were holding a "going out of business" sale -- in violation of New York State law. As a result of Attorney General Schneiderman's investigation, Viking International Furniture Corporation (“Viking”) has agreed to stop the deceptive practices, pay $30,000 in civil penalties to the State, and forfeit its $475 application fee to the Town of Victor, New York.
“This case sends a clear message that our office will hold businesses accountable when they use false or misleading advertising practices to deceive consumers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “New  Yorkers should be able to trust the claims made by businesses and know that they will be treated fairly in the marketplace.”
In January 2014, the Town of Victor advised the Office of the Attorney General that Viking obtained a license from the Town to conduct a 30-day “going out of business” sale pursuant to New York State’s General Business Law. Two weeks after the start of the sale, the Town advised Viking that its sale did not comply with New York law, which requires that the company note the expiration date of the sale in its ads and post a copy of the remaining inventory in the store. The law also prohibits the company from restocking with new merchandise because “going out of business” represents that the company is trying to liquidate its remaining merchandise and is offering bargain prices. 
In February 2014, Viking applied to the Town of Victor for a one-time renewal of its license for an additional 30 days. In its application for the renewal, Viking promised that it would not add new merchandise to its store, but it broke that promise along with a New York law that prohibits companies from adding new merchandise when going out of business.  
In March 2014, after 60 days of its sale and despite the fact that its license had expired, Viking ran a new “going out of business” sale ad and planned to continue operating.  At that point, the Attorney General directed Viking to halt its “going out of business” sale.
The Attorney General's investigation found that Viking engaged in deceptive business practices as well as false advertising by promoting a "going out of business" sale beyond the 60 days permitted by New York State law. Viking advertised its sale as lasting “five days only,” but the sale ran for nearly eight weeks. Viking also violated New York law when it ordered additional inventory after the sale began. 
The Attorney General wishes to thank the Town of Victor Town Clerk, Debra Denz for her assistance in this investigation.  
The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Bruce in the Rochester Regional Office, which is led by Debra Martin, Assistant Attorney General In Charge. The Rochester Regional Office is a part of the Division of Regional Offices that is led by Martin J. Mack, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices.

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State Labor Department Releases Preliminary March 2014 Area Unemployment Rates

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for March 2014. Rates are calculated following procedures prescribed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state’s unemployment rate relies in part on the results of a telephone survey of 3,100 households (out of more than 7 million) in New York State.
The state’s private sector job count increased by 108,200 from March 2013 to March 2014. As reported last week, the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9% in March 2014. In March 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,539,300, the highest ever for the month.
Unemployment rate highlights in March 2014:
  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Tompkins County (4.4%)
    • Nassau County (5.2%)
    • Putnam County (5.2%)
    • Rockland County (5.3%)
    • Albany County (5.5%)
    • Saratoga County (5.7%)
    • Westchester County (5.7%)
    • Suffolk County (6.0%)
    • Dutchess County (6.1%)
    • Columbia County (6.2%)
    • Schenectady County (6.2%)

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES $90 MILLION TO IMPROVE STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES ACROSS THE STATE

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced New York State will advance 69 projects to improve and repair 53 State parks and historic sites. The projects are part of a $90 million statewide commitment funded in the 2014-15 State Budget, marking the third year of the New York Works initiative to revitalize New York’s State park system, which will help connect our residents to nature, support recreational and tourism opportunities and demonstrate responsible stewardship of our celebrated state park system.

“As we celebrate Earth Day, we continue to invest in our parks and historic sites statewide,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York is proud to have the nation’s oldest State park system, and we will continue to do all that we can to preserve and guard these natural resources so that they can be enjoyed for generations to come.”

Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “Not only will this investment continue to make much needed repairs in cherished State Parks large and small, the Governor’s 21st century transformation of our park system will enhance our environment, preserve our heritage, connect people with healthy, active outdoor recreation, and rev the engines of local economies.”

The initiative provides renewed stewardship of New York State’s flagship State Parks, which highlight the State’s most unique natural treasures and are significant tourism destinations. This year’s funding will launch a multi-year $65 million plan to restore the historic and aesthetic grandeur of Jones Beach State Park on the Long Island Coast; continue a $50 million revitalization of Niagara Falls State Park, the oldest State Park in the nation; and build a nature center at Letchworth State Park to enhance visits to the spectacular gorge known as “the Grand Canyon of the East.”

This is the third year of a sustained commitment to revitalize the State park system launched by Governor Cuomo’s New York Works program. The first two rounds of New York Works leveraged a $265 million investment in the park system, making improvements at 81 State parks and sites.

Senator Betty Little said, "It's fitting that we celebrate Earth Day by celebrating New York State's spectacular park system. These capital dollars are breathing new life into beloved state parks and historic sites, supporting tourism, and helping improve the quality of life in communities across the state."

Assemblywoman Margaret Markey said, “All New Yorkers will be delighted to see this continuing investment in our public parks and historic sites. I am proud we in the Assembly have helped insure that Governor Cuomo’s New York Works program continues to improve and revitalize our precious natural treasures and recreational resources.”

“Thanks to Governor Cuomo and the legislature, New York's state parks are benefiting from one of the greatest periods of investment in their history,” said Erik Kulleseid, executive director of the Open Space Institute’s Alliance for New York State Parks. “On behalf of the more than 60 million people who visit state parks each year, we are grateful for the sustained commitment to a fullyrestored, vibrant and inviting state park system.”

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 179 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 60 million people annually. A recent study commissioned by Parks & Trails New York found that New York State Parks generates $1.9 billion in economic activity annually and supports 20,000 jobs. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit
www.nysparks.com, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.

Southern Tier: $8.25 million for four projects in four parks/sites
    Park
    Project
Cost Estimate
    Watkins Glen State Park
    Complete Redevelopment of Main and North Park Entrances to Improve Aesthetics, Traffic Flow, and Pedestrian Safety
$5,000,000
    Stony Brook State Park
    Replace Failing Drinking Water System (Health and Safety Improvement)
$2,250,000
    Chenango Valley State Park
    Repair and Resurface Park Roadways
$900,000
    Taughannock Falls State Park
    Stonework and Masonry Repairs - Gorge and Rim Trails
$100,000
Western New York: $19.2 million for eight projects in seven parks/sites
    Park
    Project
Cost Estimate
    Niagara Falls State Park
    Continue Niagara Falls Revitalization Initiative, including Landscape Plan Improvements at Terrapin Point and Construction of New Park Police Station
$9,000,000
    New State Park on Buffalo Waterfront
    Construct New State Park Improvements, Including Comfort Station, Playground, Picnic Pavilions and Landscaping
$5,000,000
    Fort Niagara State Park
    Replace Deteriorated Swimming Pool Bathhouse
$2,000,000
    Allegany State Park
    Rehabilitate Deteriorated Camp Turner Group Camp Cabin Colony
$1,000,000
    Long Point State Park
    Connect to Municipal Sewage System (Health and Safety Improvement)
$1,000,000
    Allegany State Park
    Repair And Resurface Park Roadways
$500,000
    DeVeaux Woods State Park
    Repair and Resurface Deteriorated Park Roads
$500,000
    Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site
    Next Phase: Historic Fort Masonry Repair
$200,000


Finger Lakes: $7.8 million for 10 projects in six parks/sites
    Park
    Project
Cost Estimate
    Letchworth State Park
    Construct New Nature Center (Matched With Significant Private Fundraising) to Educate Visitors about the Park’s Natural History and Environmental Resources
$2,000,000
    Sampson State Park
    Construct 16 Full Service Rental Cottages, With Bathrooms, Kitchenettes and Views of Seneca Lake
$1,850,000
    Hamlin Beach State Park
    Yanty Marsh Area Improvements, Including New Picnic Area, Boat Launch and Nature Trail
$750,000
    Letchworth State Park
    Reconstruct Castile Park Entrance
$650,000
    Ganondagan State Historic Site
    Landscaping and Site Work for New Seneca Art & Education Center (Matched with Significant Private Fundraising)
$500,000
    Letchworth State Park
    Rehabilitate Historic Stone Masonry Trails and Stairs (Phase 1)
$500,000
    Letchworth State Park
    Park Roadway Repair & Resurfacing
$500,000
    Genesee Valley Greenway
    Greenway Trail Improvements
$500,000
    Letchworth State Park
    Bridge and Road Repairs
$360,000
    Sonnenberg Gardens State Historic Site
    Event Space Improvements
$200,000