Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Secret Service investigating threat in Elmira

The Secret Service was searching an Elmira home early Tuesday. Agents were reportedly seen removing long guns and a computer from 415 Walnut Street. The Star Gazette reported that neighbors were evacuated and that the investigation allegedly centered on threats made against President Obama. Police in Elmira were given a heads up about the raid and have been assisting. State Troopers were also on scene.

St. James Mercy Hospital Proactively Prepares for Ebola

Under the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) is proactively preparing for Ebola risk.
"We understand the fear and concern that result from reports of the Ebola virus and wish to assure everyone in the Hornell area that St. James Mercy Hospital is committed to the health and safety of our communities," said Kathy Brodbeck, chief nursing officer. "Although the risk of contracting Ebola is extremely low, we are prepared to respond to the Ebola virus with the highest standards of care, safety, compassion and professionalism. Our commitment is to provide our patients with excellent care and keep our employees safe while delivering care." As part of the national CHE Trinity Health system, SJMH has established specific protocols to detect, prevent, and contain potential Ebola infection. "Our clinicians and staff in many departments are being training to identify, care for, and monitor potentially high-risk patients and provide treatment in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s rigorous infectious disease procedures," said Brodbeck. "This includes staff education, isolation supplies and practices, drills, and regular participation in CDC and DOH conference calls. Our priorities are to detect the symptoms, prevent contamination to other persons, and transfer potentially infected persons to a state-designated Ebola treatment facility (Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester)." People who may have traveled to a high-risk areas for Ebola, or been exposed to someone who has Ebola and who are demonstrating symptoms, should first contact their physician or the Emergency Room and notify them of their possible high-risk exposure, before coming to the office or emergency room. "As a further precaution, patients who come to SJMH’s emergency department, clinics, Express Care and registration will be asked about their recent international travel history," said Brodbeck. "Additionally, this week SJMH is conducting an Ebola preparedness drill collaboratively with county emergency management, public health and emergency responder agencies to establish a well-coordinated response." SJMH officials will continue to diligently monitor the situation and work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Steuben County public health, and other health systems to share information. "We are committed to rapidly implement evolving treatments and guidelines to protect the people we serve as well as our staff," said Brodbeck.

Route 6 Organization Spotlighting Local Artisans

A session to connect local artisans with their peers and potential buyers for their work has been scheduled for 1-4 pm Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Coudersport Consistory. The “buyers market” is sponsored by the Pa. Route 6 Artisan Trail. There is no cost, but participants must register. For details, call 814-435-7706.
The Pa. Route 6 Alliance recently honored six artisans in the Pennsylvania Wilds region for excellence. Among honorees are Doug Firestone, Germania; Carl Lanius, Elaine Russell, Curt Weinhold and Tim Walck and Olga’s Gifts, all Coudersport. Recognized as effective public art were the courthouse square and Potter County Visitors Center mural, both in Coudersport, and the Civilian Conservation Corps statue at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum.
A brochure with information on the Pa. Rt. 6 Artisan Trail is now available. It highlights local artisans as well as community art projects, including murals and statues. Copies are available at visitor centers across the Rt. 6 corridor or the website,

PA DEP Fines Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC More Than $300,000 for Pipeline Construction Violations in Three Counties

WILLIAMSPORT -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it has fined Regency Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of San Antonio, Texas, $306,570 for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and state regulations during the construction of two natural gas pipelines in 2012 and 2013.

The pipeline construction was performed by PVR Marcellus Gas Gathering LLC of Williamsport, Lycoming County, which was later acquired by Regency.

“Many of these violations occurred over a significant period of time,” DEP Director of District Oil and Gas Operations John Ryder said. “We expect that Regency has made operational changes to avoid problems of this nature during future pipeline construction projects.”

Separated into two fines, the largest penalty of $275,000 was issued for numerous significant violations related to erosion and sedimentation during PVR’s construction of the Canton lateral natural gas pipeline in Lycoming and Tioga counties in 2012 and 2013.

Between October 2012 and June 2013, DEP staff conducted 18 inspections of several sections of the Canton pipeline and documented many violations related to inadequate erosion and sedimentation controls, unpermitted sediment discharges, stabilization issues and unpermitted encroachments at two stream crossings located in exceptional value watersheds.

At one crossing in Lycoming County, installation of the pipeline contrary to the DEP permit and approved site plans caused a severe stream encroachment in Little Elk Run, as well as the discovery of an unauthorized encroachment of an exceptional value forested wetland.

The department issued a compliance order to PVR on Dec. 7, 2012, which required restoration of this area.

At another crossing in Tioga County, a significant slope failure led to ongoing sediment discharges into Brion Creek for several months before the problem was properly corrected.

DEP cited 39 violations at these two stream crossings during an eight month period, including violations of the Clean Streams Law, Dam Safety and Encroachment Act and DEP’s Chapter 102 and 105 regulations.

The second penalty of $31,570 was issued for multiple sediment discharges and various erosion and sedimentation control violations in Lick Run, an exceptional value watershed, and an unnamed tributary during PVR’s construction of the Wistar extension natural gas pipeline in Lycoming and Sullivan counties in April 2013.

PVR eventually corrected all violations. Regency paid the penalties on Aug. 29.

New York State Labor Department Releases Preliminary September 2014 Area Unemployment Rates

The New York State Department of Labor today released preliminary local area unemployment rates for September 2014.
The state’s private sector job count increased by 120,500 from September 2013 to September 2014. In September 2014, the number of private sector jobs in the state was 7,614,500, an all-time high. September 2014’s private sector job gain marked the state’s 22nd consecutive month of growth. The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 6.4% to 6.2% in September 2014, its lowest level since October 2008.

Local Area Unemployment Rates* (%),
September 2013 and September 2014

(not seasonally adjusted)
Unemployment rate highlights in September 2014:
  • The counties in New York State with the lowest unemployment rates include:
    • Hamilton County (3.8%)
    • Tompkins County (3.9%)
    • Yates County (4.3%)
    • Putnam County (4.4%)
    • Saratoga County (4.4%)
    • Columbia County (4.6%)
    • Nassau County (4.7%)
    • Albany County (4.8%)
    • Genesee County (4.8%)
    • Ontario County (4.8%)
    • Rockland County (4.8%)

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DiNAPOLI: Financial challenges remain for New York despite progress

State Spending in 2013-14 was $6,998 per New Yorker

New York State spending increased 3.3 percent to $137.5 billion while State-funded debt declined slightly to $63.3 billion, according to the annual report on the Financial Condition of New York State released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Recent budget actions and an economy that continues to strengthen have helped address the state’s structural imbalance, but more progress is needed,” DiNapoli said. “Our budget is still dependent on billions of dollars in temporary resources that will have to be replaced down the road.  Our cash position and outlook are better than they were just a few short years ago, but until we stop depending on one-time or non-recurring resources, we will not achieve long-term balance.”

DiNapoli's report found total state spending increased 3.3 percent, or $4.4 billion, in 2013-14 from the prior year. Since 2010, state spending has grown 8.4 percent, in line with inflation over the same period. State spending has been partially paid for through borrowing $17.1 billion since 2010, including $2.7 billion in 2014.

New York was the second most indebted state after California, and ranked fifth among all states in debt per person. State-funded debt outstanding declined to $3,224 per person, or 6 percent of personal income. State-funded debt service totaled $7.5 billion in 2013-14 and is expected to grow to $8.6 billion by 2019.

The report found:
·        Tax receipts totaled $69.7 billion in 2014, representing a 20.8 percent increase since 2010;
·        Public health and education spending accounted for 66.9 percent of total state spending;
·        State, local and federal Medicaid costs rose to $51.9 billion in SFY 2013-14 from $48.1 billion four years ago;
·        $58.1 billion in support for public elementary and secondary schools in 2011-12 came from state ($23.1 billion), local ($31.8 billion) and federal ($3.2 billion) sources;
·        In 2012, 60 percent of college graduates in New York left school with debt, down from 65 percent in 2008;
·        The state’s food stamp program, funded by the federal government, experienced the slowest growth in enrollment since 2006-07 and expenditures actually declined, with an average monthly enrollment increase of 46,249 to nearly 3.2 million individuals in SFY 2013-14;
·        In 2013, 61.9 percent of the state’s highways were rated good to excellent, a 0.9 percent decline since 2009; and
·        A total of 83,766 inmates were held in 135 state and local correctional facilities as of September 2013 (including 58 state correctional facilities, 61 county jails and 16 NYC correctional facilities), an 8.9 percent decrease since 2004.

The annual Report on the Financial Condition of New York State provides the public with an overview of the fiscal situation, as well as selected economic and demographic trends affecting the state.

DiNapoli also released the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for SFY 2013-14 which contains the state's audited financial statements. The CAFR received an unmodified opinion from the State's external auditors.

For a copy of the Financial Condition Report for SFY 2013-14, visit:
For a copy of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for SFY 2013-14, visit:

Big Leg Emma Returns To The Wellsville Creative Arts Center

WELLSVILLE,NY-Big Leg Emma will be performing on Friday, October 24th, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Show starts at 8pm.  Advanced tickets are $18, $20 at door.  Members save an additional $2.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.
Hailing from Western New York, Big Leg Emma has infused high-quality, original, Americana roots rock with the magic and art of the Jam band realm. BLE is based on traditional folk, bluegrass and country.  This gives them the catchy, dance vibe that initially will attract you.  But, once you are there, and their jamming explodes through the dance vibe, they begin to take you on a musical journey with their psychedelic side.  Through juggling band members, and growing into their musical skin, the new Big Leg Emma has emerged into a winding powerhouse that is creating a musical addiction to those who see them…needing to come back for more and more. Throw in some thought-provoking mystical songwriting and phenomenal harmonies and you have an incredible musical force to be reckoned with which is BLE.

Big Leg Emma was born in 2001 in Jamestown, NY, and has been on many roads before leading to their current band.  Long-time friends & musical partners Steve Johnson and Charity Nuse started the band, and have been a constant. Kev Rowe joined the band as lead guitar bringing an eclectic tasteful sound to Emma.  After their rebirth in 2012, they added Corey Kertzie (drums) who drove the band to an even higher level with his energy and groove. Mix that with the band’s newest member, Miguel Morales (bass guitar), and you have yourself a rhythm section driving the music like a freight train. It’s this process of finding the perfect members aligned with their quest for this to be their time.

Big Leg Emma has performed in many major music festivals: Finger Lakes Grassroots Music Festival, Great Blue Heron Music Festival, Bliss Festival, Silver Maple Music Fest and many others. The band has shared the stage with Rusted Root, Little Feat, Del McCoury, 10,000 Maniacs, Max Creek and Hot Tuna to name a few. They have performed in over 25 states from NY to Colorado and all the way down to the Florida Keys and Punta Cana.

Check them out…it’s their time. They are ready….are you?

"The vocal harmonies really shine... and the musicianship of this band, the dynamic range, and the chops they bring... are fantastic!" -GG Allis, LIVEHIGHFIVE.COM

"I highly recommend catching one of their shows, this is a band that must be seen, heard and experienced, period.." -Lewis J. Tezak, Jr., UPSTATELIVE

Leaf pick up rules for Hornell

City residents are asked to not rake leaves into city streets. The City of Hornell Department of Public Works will pick up bagged leaves. Please place the bags in the area between the sidewalk and curb, in front of residents’ homes.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Coudersport police charge man with receiving stolen property

Coudersport Boro Police on Monday filed a criminal complaint against 21-year old Cody Thomas of Coudersport. He was charged with one count of receiving stolen property for an incident that occurred on August 4th. A preliminary hearing has been set for November 20th.

Genesee, Pa teen faces charges

Coudersport-based troopers on Monday filed a criminal complaint against 19-year old Timothy Mattison of Genesee. State Police charged the teen with DUI, DUI-High rate of alcohol, DUI-minor and four other summary offenses. The charges relate to an incident October 2 in Genesee Township. Mattison is awaiting a preliminary hearing.

WLEA: Paul Argentieri Responds To Zuckerberg Lawsuit

HORNELL, NY – After news broke on Monday afternoon that Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg was suing Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri, reportedly so that Zuckerberg could be reimbursed for legal fees and damages which the Facebook owner says his company went through, WLEA News contacted Hornell attorney Paul Argentieri.
Argentieri returned our call on Monday night, and gave us the contact information for San Francisco based attorney Joseph Alioto for a statement.   We called attorney Alioto, and here’s what he said:
click to listen to audio of statement from attorney Alioto
text of statement is below:

Ceglia in the news again
Facebook is fighting back. But this time, the target is not the Allegany County man who claims to own part of the social networking giant – it’s his former lawyers.
More than a year after a federal judge dismissed Paul Ceglia’s ownership claims, Facebook is suing Buffalo lawyer Dennis C. Vacco, a former state attorney general, and others in State Supreme Court in Manhattan.
The company maintains some of Ceglia’s lawyers knew his ownership claims were bogus but pursued the suit in hopes of gaining a large out-of-court settlement.
“The contract on which the lawsuit was based was an obvious forgery, rife with historical impossibilities and other red-flags for fraud,” Facebook says in its new suit.
Vacco could not be reached for comment but, in a statement, said his law firm, Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, will be fully exonerated.
“Any claim of malicious prosecution on the part of the plaintiff is not only false, but is, in and of itself, a malicious prosecution directed, I believe, at the legal community as a whole, to discourage them from taking on Facebook in any future legal matters," Vacco said in the statement released today.
Facebook’s legal action comes more than a year after U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio recommended that Ceglia’s ownership suit be dismissed, calling the written contract between Ceglia and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg a “recently created fabrication.”
Filed in 2010, Ceglia’s suit was based on his contention that he and Zuckerberg signed a contract in 2003. Facebook acknowledges Zuckerberg signed a contract with Ceglia while a student at Harvard University, but the social media giant contends it had nothing to do with Facebook.
Ceglia, who has been represented by at least five different lawyers over the years, also is facing criminal charges in Manhattan connected to the suit.

Senator Young Calls for Travel Ban as Part of Comprehensive Response to Ebola

Senator Catharine Young (R,I,C-Olean) is calling on President Obama to enact an immediate travel ban on passengers flying from West Africa to the United States to contain the spread of Ebola.
            “Common sense dictates that we should stop travel into the United States from Ebola-affected West African nations. Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola victim who passed away in Dallas, travelled to the U.S. on a commercial flight from Liberia and now the virus has infected others. Protecting lives should be our first priority. Because JFK Airport is a major international travel hub that travelers from around the world pass through, we must be especially vigilant in New York State,” said Senator Young.
            “People are understandably anxious about the threat of Ebola and wondering if their government is responding quickly and effectively to keep us safe. It is critically important that our federal and state governments are working together and doing everything possible to allay those fears. Halting travel from Ebola-stricken nations must be part of this response.
            “Our healthcare facilities are among the best in the world, and we must make sure they are leading the way in being ready for any cases of Ebola here. The Department of Health (DOH) needs to establish a full and comprehensive response plan as soon as possible that ensures our hospitals, healthcare professionals, and first responders are all working together and have the resources they need.
        “With Senate Health Committee Chairman Kemp Hannon and my other Senate colleagues, I join in calling on state health, emergency services, and homeland security officials to immediately develop a comprehensive plan. We must ensure our healthcare and transportation systems are ready and equipped to respond to this threat. The state also should make sure any additional training and other necessary measures related to Ebola do not impose costs on hospitals, first responders, or local governments,” said Senator Young.
            In the DOH’s readiness plan, Senator Young is calling for the following issues to be clearly and affectively addressed: patient identification, isolation, and staff allocation; personal protective equipment; clinical management; environmental cleaning and waste management; burial; laboratory requirements; and other protocols and precautions, especially for front line staff providing care. The assessment should be transparent and identify strengths and weaknesses within the infrastructure and make recommendations for improvements.
            A roundtable discussion recently was held in New York City with state officials, medical experts, and officials from other impacted sectors to determine what must be done to ensure New York is ready to handle cases of Ebola. The Senate will work closely with state healthcare and transportation officials to make sure a plan is in place to protect New Yorkers. 

Area high school students flock to Alfred State for Agriculture Skills Contest

Alfred State hosted around 350 Future Farmers of America students from 14 western New York high schools Oct. 9 for the 28th annual Agriculture Skills Contest.
students around a green tractor at 28th annual Agriculture Skills ContestThe contest included a variety of events designed to test students’ knowledge and skills in agriculture and veterinary technology, such as tractor driving, small animal handling and medicine, dairy judging, agronomy, and others. Ribbons were awarded in every competition, as well as for overall individual and team placing.
“For the past 28 years, we have offered area high school the opportunity to test their skills and knowledge, meet students from other schools, and see the College Farm and campus,” said Dr. Philip Schroeder, chair of the Agriculture and Veterinary Technology Department. “I believe the students learn a lot and expand their vision of what the future may hold for them.”

Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club a cut above the rest at timber sports matches

The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club recently excelled in a pair of timber sports competitions.
The club took second place in the men’s division and first place in the mixed Jack and Jill division at the third annual FLCC Logging Sports Competition held Oct. 4 at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua. At a match at Syracuse University on Oct. 11, the club finished first in the men’s division and first in the Jack and Jill division.
“The club did extremely well at the competitions,” said Coach Scott Bingham.
 Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club at competition
The Alfred State team competed against several other schools at both locations, including Syracuse University, Paul Smith’s College, Finger Lakes Community College, the State University of New York at Cobleskill, and the SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, with the University of Connecticut also participating in the competition in Syracuse. The squads competed in a number of team, individual, and double events, including bowsaw, log roll, axe throw, and underhand chop.
The Alfred State Pioneer Woodsmen’s Club studies the ideas, tools, and techniques of the competitive lumberjack community, practices four times a week, and participates in several intercollegiate timber sports competitions throughout the school year. The club’s next match will be Nov. 1 at Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
In photo above: Alfred State Woodsmen’s Club men’s division members Sutton Carhart, left, a construction management engineering technology major from Stafford, NY, and Dan Ognibene, a construction management engineering technology major, from Alexander, NY, compete in the team crosscut event at a timber sports match held Oct. 11 in Syracuse.

Obituary: Robert "Bob" D. Boyer, 87, Belmont

Belmont, NY - Robert (Bob) D. Boyer, 87, of 51 Willets Avenue, Belmont, NY passed away on Friday, October 17, 2014, at the home of his daughter in Chicago, IL. He was born on July 22, 1927 in Akron, Ohio the son of the late George and Rachel Margaret (Noaker) Boyer. In 1950 Bob married Lois Sterneman and in 1973 he married Angelina Fantauzzo who predeceased him in 1997.
Bob graduated from Academy High School in Erie, PA in January 1946. In April 1946 he enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps and served for three years as a photographer and photo lab technician in Japan during the occupation. Bob graduated from St. Paul Bible College in 1952 earned a bachelor’s degree from Houghton College in 1954 and received a master's degree from SUNY at Geneseo in 1961. He taught at Belfast Central School from 1958 to 1961 and at Belmont Central School from 1961 to until he retired in 1985. He owned and operated Boyer Welding in Belmont, where he did custom welding and metal work until 2008. For twenty years he also did specialty soldering and silver brazing for Dresser-Rand Corporation in Wellsville.

Bob was a member of the National Education Association, the National Council of the Teachers of English, the American Welding Society, the Herbert Delong American Legion Post #808 in Belmont, the Wellsville Elks Lodge # 2530 and the Allegany County Bird Club. He was a faithful member of the Belmont United Methodist Church and loved to worship God with his friends. He also attended the Wellsville United Methodist Church and the Genesis Bible Church in Scio. In 2006 Bob was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Belmont Betterment Association for his work in helping restore the Park Circle Fountain and other activities to beautify the community.

Bob and his wife Angie were avid boaters. Their summer weekends and vacations for thirty years were spent cruising the canals, rivers, and lakes of New York and Lower Canada in a cabin cruiser. They crossed Lake Ontario many times and cruised as far north as Ottawa and Montreal and as far south on the Hudson River to the Statue of Liberty. One month-long summer trip involved negotiating seventy-three locks, including all of the locks on the St. Lawrence Seaway. Bob was a life member and past vice-commodore of the Montour Falls Yacht Club. In recent years, he made numerous trips to the Southwest were he photographed most of the major Native American ruins in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and southern Colorado.

He is survived by one daughter, Susan (David) Young of Chicago, IL two stepchildren, Gena (Darrell) Benjamin of Cameron Mills, NY and Anthony Fantauzzo of Belmont, a sister, Rachel (the Rev. Clarence) Hager of Foley, AL, a brother, Donald (Priscilla) Boyer of Marietta, GA, nine grandchildren, Sean (Kristy) Boyer, Melanie (Matthew) Zengerle, Abby Boyer, Aubrey (Timothy) Emery, Courtney (Ron) Fish, Ashley Hess, Chad (Sara) Warner, Justin (Amanda) Warner and Shannon Benjamin, six great grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, his son, Robert who died in 2001 and a brother, Paul who died in 2008.

Friends are invited to call on Friday October 24, from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. 17 Schuyler Street in Belmont. The funeral will be Saturday, October 25, at 10:00 am at the Genesis Bible Church in Scio with Rev. Mark Chamberlain and his brother-in-laws, Rev. Clarence Hager and Rev. Paul Sterneman presiding. Burial with military honors will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery in Belmont. The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Houghton College Student Scholarship Fund, Office of Advancement, PO Box 128 Houghton, NY 14744 - or Wycliffe Bible Translators, P.O. Box 628200, Orlando, FL 32862 "Project" specifying -Americas Group #990655 for 44410P74554 Culina NT. This fund is assisting with publishing the New Testament in Peru -
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Allegany County: Board of Health meeting minutes

Board of Health Meeting Minutes

For September 17, 2014

The following Board of Health Members were in attendance:  Dr. Brubaker, Dr. Cusumano, Susan Dougherty, CNM, NP, Kevin LaForge, Dr. Zahi Kassas, and Timothy LaFever.

Others in attendance were Laurie Ballengee, Tom Hull, Laurie Hennessy and Janet Norris.

Members absent were Dr. Willard Simons.

Medical Advisor Dr. Christopher Depner was absent.

The meeting was called to order by Board President Dr. Cusumano at  7:04pm.

The minutes from the June 18, 2014 Board of Health meeting were approved as written by a motion from Tim LaFever.  This motion was seconded by Susan Dougherty.  Motion Carried.

Lori Ballengee, Public Health Director, gave an update on the new location of the Family Planning Site in Alfred.  The new location is on the Alfred State Campus in the T.A. Parish Hall.  This location will give better access for college students and more confidentiality and great parking for patients.  Students comprise the majority of patients who utilize the services of the Allegany County Department of Health in Alfred.  This provides patients with services that are not currently provided by the college.  This is a most cooperative compilation of services provided by the college and the Allegany County Department of Health.

The New York State Department of Health is returning around $21,000.00 in revenue offset money to the Health Department as part of our quarterly state aid vouchers.

A motion was made to go into executive session by Dr. Cusumano to discuss a current investigation.  This motion was seconded by Susan Dougherty.  Motion Carried. 

A motion was made to come out of executive session by Dr. Brubaker and seconded by Dr. Cusumano.  Motion carried.

Tom Hull noted Deborah Farberman was contacted to act as hearing officer for a case to be heard on September 23, 2014.  Ron Truax could not preside as hearing officer since he had a conflict of interest with the case.  Tom asked for approval to have Deborah Farberman to act as our Hearing Officer on September 23, 2014.  A motion was made by Dr. Kassas and seconded by Dr. Brubaker to approve Deborah Farberman to act as our hearing officer for September 23, 2014. Motion Carried  

Kevin LaForge and Tim LaFever asked to be excused from the vote since they knew the parties involved in the hearing.    Susan Dougherty made a motion to allow Kevin LaForge and Tim LaFever to abstain from voting.  This motion was seconded by Dr. Cusumano.  Motion Carried

Nominations for President and Vice President of the Board of Health were Dr. Cusumano for President and Tim LaFever for Vice-President.  A motion was made by Dr. Brubaker to elect Dr. Cusumano for President of the Board of Health.  This motion was seconded by Tim LaFever.  Motion Carried 

 A motion was made by Kevin LaForge to elect Tim LaFever for Vice-President of the Board of Health.  Susan Dougherty seconded the motion.  Motion Carried

Allegany County: Ways & Means meeting minutes


OCTOBER 15,  2014


Committee Members Present: T. Hopkins, K. Graves, D. Healy, C. Jessup, K. LaForge, T. O’Grady, D. Pullen, C. Crandall (Absent: D. Fanton)

Others Present: M. Alger, J. Budinger, S. Burt, D. Decker, M. Gasdik, V. Grant, T. Hull, G. James, J. Luckey, T. Miner, K. Monroe, D. Rahr, B. Riehle, D. Root, T. Ross, C. Santora, R. Sobeck-Lynch, N. Ungermann, R. Whitney, J. Wood

Media Present: No media present

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 3:00 p.m. by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Theodore Hopkins.

Fund Transfer to Purchase an Office Chair in County Attorney’s Office

            County Attorney Tom Miner requested approval to move funds from his Books & Supplies account to his Office Equipment account (which was not funded previously) in order to purchase a new office chair for his new secretary. The funds should be moved as below:

From Account:                                                To Account:                                        Amount:

A1420.407 – Books & Supplies          A1420.201 – Office Equipment          $244               

The request was approved on a motion by Legislator Graves, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Insurance Recovery

Clerk of the Board Brenda Rigby Riehle requested a resolution accepting a check in the amount of $784.98 from NYMIR (New York Municipal Insurance Reciprocal) representing the cost to replace parts from a 1983 John Deere Tractor that were stolen on or around September 11, 2014, less a $500 deductible. The funds should be appropriated to CS1931.429 (Risk Retention – Uninsured Property Loss) with a like sum placed in revenue account CS1930.2680.00 (Insurance Recovery). Approval was granted on a motion by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Prepare Resolution


Public Safety/Fire and Emergency Services

Accept & Appropriate Emergency Management Performance Grant

At the October Public Safety meeting, Fire and Emergency Services Director Jeff  Luckey requested a resolution to accept the contract for the FY2014 Emergency Management Performance Grant in the amount of $23,472 which allows for the usage of the funds in 2014. This grant is used to offset operational costs within the Office of Emergency Management in regards to mitigation, preparing, planning, and recovery from man-made and natural disaster. The funds provided under the EMPG are also used to support meetings, tabletops, drills, exercise, and daily activities that contribute to the efficacy of the Office of Emergency Management’s mitigation, preparation, planning and recovery from natural and man-made disasters. This grant is for FY2014 (October 2013 to September 2015). This is a 50-50 match grant, so the local county share is also $23,472. No budget adjustment is necessary as these funds are already budgeted in 2014 and in the 2015 Tentative Budget under A3640.1 and A3645.1 respectively. The sum of $23,472 is to be placed in Revenue Account A3645.3306.EMPG4 (Emergency Services-Contractual). Approval was granted on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Accept & Appropriate Homeland Security Contract #C969140

Mr. Luckey also requested a resolution to accept and appropriate the Homeland Security contract #C969140 for the FY2014 for $52,500. This grant runs from September 1, 2014, through August 31, 2016. That amount of $52,500 should be placed in Revenue Account A3647.3306.EM14 with portions placed in the following Expense Accounts:

A3647.207 (Public Safety Contract-Purchase GIS Aerial photography package

of AC to update 2006 version)                                                            $41,500

A3647.207 Public Safety Contract (Personal Protective

Equipment-[PPE package for Deputy Fire Coordinators])                $10,000

A3647.447 (Public Safety Contract [PDA Sustainment of

Connectivity Plan for the Emergency Manager])                              $  1,000


Mr. Luckey explained that the $41,500 would serve as seed money to help purchase GIS software to do aerial photography which has not been updated since 2006. This is a much-needed update for 911, Real Property, Law Enforcement, Fire Service, EMS, and others. This will aid Allegany and surrounding counties’ fire departments and ambulance agencies effectiveness during an emergency. Legislator Graves requested (and received) confirmation that the $41,500 earmarked for the aerial photography package could, if necessary, be used for other purposes. Subsequently, approval was granted on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Jessup, and carried. Prepare Resolution
Public Safety/Sheriff’s Office

Budget Transfer

            At the October Public Safety meeting, Sheriff Rick Whitney requested a transfer of $2,970 from Account A3150.447 (Public Safety-Medical) to A3170.447 (Other Correctional Agencies) to cover the cost of sending an inmate to a mental health facility. Approval was granted on a motion made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Graves, and carried. Prepare Resolution

Allegany County: Budget Committee meeting minutes


OCTOBER 15, 2014


Committee Members Present: T. Hopkins, K. LaForge, T. O’Grady, C. Crandall (Absent:   P. Curran, D. Fanton)

Others Present: M. Alger, S. Burt, D. Decker, M. Gasdik, V. Grant, K. Graves, D. Healy, T. Hull, G. James, C. Jessup, T. Miner, K. Monroe, D. Pullen, D. Rahr, B. Riehle, D. Root, T. Ross, C. Santora, R. Whitney

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 3:30 p.m. by Budget Committee Chairman Theodore Hopkins.

Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Chairman Crandall, and carried to approve the Budget Committee minutes of August 21 and 25, and September 17, and 25, 2014.
Sales Tax Report
            County Treasurer Terri Ross distributed the 2014 Allegany County Sales Tax Report reflecting receipts through October 15, 2014, totaling $16,079,230.40. Receipts for the current period indicate a small decrease from one year ago for the same period, but the year-to-date figures continue to show an increase, currently of $814,580.70 or 5.336 percent over last year at this time.
“Big Five” Department 3rd Quarter Reports
Health Department

            Deputy Public Health Director Tom Hull and Health Department Accountant Dave Rahr presented the Health Department’s third quarter budget review figures. Mr. Rahr indicated that the Health Department is on track with revenues for this year. He said the Department files its revenues quarterly for the most part, and they are almost dead on point there. He anticipates no major issues there. On the expense side, he said, the Early Intervention director anticipates coming in nearly $100,000 below budget if things hold steady. However, if one needy (e.g., autistic) child comes in at the end of the year, that could spike the cost. Mr. Rahr said his main concern is the general supplies line item which is where vaccines are paid. He said we are  approaching that budget limit, and we may need to come back to move money between accounts to cover a shortfall. He indicated that COLA monies may be able to be re-appropriated into there, or because the Department has been without its nurse practitioner almost all year, some of the salary could be moved to cover those costs. The only request would be to transfer money, not for additional monies, he said.

Department of Public Works

            Superintendent of Public Works Guy James addressed the Committee saying, the revenue accounts includes the CHIPS payment, the Court System contract, and FEMA aid. In appropriations, he said, he projects that DPW will be over on the electric and natural gas costs for our facilities, but he believes DPW can cover that shortfall. He added that DPW is looking pretty good at this point, and Mr. James believes it will be fine for the rest of the year. He wanted to publicly acknowledge Yvonne Marks for her diligence in preparing the budget and for always seeking ways to save money. This is important, he said, especially because DPW has the second largest County budget with $13 million in appropriations and $5.5 million in revenues.

Obituary: Betty Jane Cornelius, 88, Bolivar

BOLIVAR - Betty Jane Cornelius, formerly of 82 South St., passed away Saturday (Oct. 18, 2014) in The Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Machias, following a lengthy illness.

Born Sept. 6, 1926, in Buffalo, she was the daughter of Maurice "Jake" and Isabelle Middaugh Young. A graduate of Richburg Central School in 1943, she attended Wheaton College. She received her bachelor's degree in English from Alfred University in 1959 and earned her master's degree in education from Alfred University.

Betty began her teaching career at the Allentown school and later taught at Friendship Central School, where she taught English, Latin, Spanish and music. She then began her tenure at the Bolivar Central School in 1949, teaching junior high English for 37 years and retiring in 1986. Following her retirement, she served as head librarian at the
Bolivar Free Library for 13 years.

Betty served as organist and choir director at the Richburg First Day Baptist Church, the Bolivar United Methodist Church and the Portville Presbyterian Church, also playing organ and piano professionally at various area restaurants. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma teachers' sorority, the Red Hat Society and the Bolivar Retired Teachers' Association.

Surviving are a son, Fr. John (Sharyl) Cornelius of Almond; three granddaughters, Virginia Leigh Cornelius of Lake George, Sarah Jane Cornelius of Almond and Rebecca Anne (Justin) Meier of Fort Worth, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Harriett White.

Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar, from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday (Oct. 21, 2014), and a funeral service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. Fr. John Cornelius will officiate. A concelebrated Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Church, Bolivar. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Memorials may be made to the
Bolivar Free Library, 390 Main St., Bolivar, N.Y. 14715.

Troopers from western NY make four DWI arrests and several drug arrests during a post Bills game DWI saturation patrol

PRESS RELEASEOn October 19, 2014, New York State Police conducted a DWI saturation patrol to coincide with the Buffalo Bills home game.  Troopers issued 42 traffic tickets which included three DWI arrests, one aggravated DWI with endangering the welfare of a child, two felony crack cocaine arrests and one unlawful possession of marihuana.  The following persons were arrested:

LUIS ORTIZ, age 42, of Batavia, NY, was stopped for speeding on Southwestern Blvd. in the Town of West Seneca.  ORTIZ was found to be intoxicated and was transported to SP Elma where he consented to a breath test which resulted in a BAC of .09%.  ORTIZ was charged with DWI and will appear in the Town of West Seneca Court on a later date to answer the charges.

JASON W. O’CONNOR, age 32, of Rochester, NY, was stopped on Southwestern Blvd. in the Town of Orchard Park for texting while driving.  O’CONNOR was found to be intoxicated and in possession of marihuana.  He was transported to SP Elma where he was charged with DWI and unlawful possession of marihuana.  He will appear in the Town of Orchard Park Court on a later date to answer the charges.

BRIAN M. SMITH, age 37, of Springville, NY, was stopped on Boston State Road in the Town of Boston for speeding.  SMITH was found to be intoxicated and was transported to SP Boston where he refused to provide a breath sample.  SMITH was arrested for DWI and will appear in the Town of Boston Court on a later date.  He will also have to appear at a NYS DMV hearing for failing to submit to a chemical test to determine his BAC.   

CLIFFORD R. ROBINSON, age 47, of Mears, MI, was stopped while attempting to merge onto St-400 for failing to use the designated lane. Mr. Robinson was found to be intoxicated and later refused a breath test. He had a suspended New York ID only license and a suspended New Jersey driver’s license. Mr. Robinson was charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Aggravated DWI with child passenger in the vehicle (2 counts, E felonies), Endangering the welfare of a child (A misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation – 2nd (3 or more license suspensions) and traffic violations. He was arraigned in the Town of Elma Court and was released to reappear in the Town of Elma Court on a later date.

Brandel A. Williams, age 26, of Buffalo, NY, was stopped for speeding on the St-33 Kensington Expressway in the City of Buffalo. Mr. Williams originally used his brother’s name for identification and was later properly identified. He was found to possess a suspended New York driver’s license and to be in possession of .67 grams of crack cocaine packaged for sale. Mr. Williams was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd (B felony) Criminal Possession of a Narcotic Drug with Intent to Sell 3rd (B felony), Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia (A misdemeanor), Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd, Criminal Impersonation (A misdemeanor) and traffic violations. He was taken to Buffalo PD central booking and held pending a morning arraignment in Buffalo City Court.

Troopers arrest several after dispute at Union Springs gas station


(L-R) Daren Kittle          Bradley Halftown    Dustin Parker            

Paul Waltz             Eric Lindgren

On Sunday, October 19, 2014 at approximately 12:15PM State Police members responded with members of the Cayuga County Sheriff's Department to a report of disorderly subjects at the Lakeside Gas Station on Route 90 in Union Springs, New York. As a result troopers arrested the following individuals:

Randy M. Jimerson, age 30, from Niagra Falls, NY for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
Mr. Jimerson was given an Appearance ticket and released.

Daren Kettle, age 27, from Seneca Falls, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th, and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.
Mr. Kettle was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.
Bradley Halftown, age 32, from Irving, NY, for Criminal Possession of a Weapon 3rd.
Mr. Halftown was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Dustin Parker, age 27, from Seneca Falls, NY, for Criminal Mischief 4th.
Mr. Parker was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.
Paul Waltz, age 23, from Seneca Falls, NY,  for Criminal Mischief 4th.
Mr. Waltz was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

Eric Lindgren, age 37, from Salamanca, NY, for Criminal Mischief 4th.
Mr. Lindgren was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.

John F McLaughlin, age 42, from Salamanca, NY, for Harassment 2nd and Disorderly Conduct.  Mr. McLaughlin was arraigned and committed to the Cayuga County Jail on $500 cash or $1,000 bond.  In addition McLaughlin was found to be wanted by the Salamanca Police Department for Assault 2nd.
All of the above criminal mischief charges stem from the defendants allegedly causing damage to a vehicle.

Coudersport woman slightly injured in Liberty Township crash

Pennsylvania State Police say a Coudersport woman sustained minored injuries when the jeep she was driving crashed late Saturday night on township route 379. Troopers said Jennifer Evans, 38, of Coudersport went off the road and struck a tree. Police said she sustained minor injuries and was taken Cole Memorial for treatment. Port Allegany and Roulette fire and EMS assisted at the scene. Troopers charged Evans with a seatbelt violation.  

Livingston County Sheriff Activity

The following persons were arrested as a result of investigation by the Livingston County  Sheriff’s Office:

Clara L. Kielkopf, 41, Rochester, NY, was charged October 6, with Reckless Endangerment, Reckless Driving and Failure To Stop For a School Bus.  Kielkopf will report to Leicester Village Court in response of charges on a later date.

Joseph J. Vanderhoff, 33, Dalton, NY, was arrested October 13, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree and Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument. Vanderhoff will report to Geneseo Town Court to satisfy charges on a later date.

Adam C. Reniff, 20, Dansville, NY, was cited for Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on October 13, and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Mt. Morris Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Hunter J. Kamlay, 20, Lakeville, NY, was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Blood Alcohol Content .08% or Greater, Failure To Keep Right and Unsafe Tire on October 12.  Following arraignment in Avon Town Court, Kamlay was remanded to the Livingston County Jail in lieu of $2,500 cash bail/$5,000 property bond.  Kamlay will return to Avon Town Court to address

Patrick D. Moore, 36, Perry, NY, was charged with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Failure To Keep Right on October 11.  Moore will appear in Avon Town Court to answer charges on a later date.

Tara M. Cummings, 22, Lowman, NY, was arrested October 15, charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Criminal Possession of a Hypodermic Instrument and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana.  Cummings will respond to charges in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Joseph N. Watkins, 48, Geneseo, NY, was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th Degree, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree, Unlicensed Operator, Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Interlock Device and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana on October 16.  Following arraignment in Geneseo Village Court, Watkins was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000 cash bail/$10,000 property bond.  Watkins will return to Geneseo Village Court to answer charges on a later date.

Joshua K. Thayer, 37, Fillmore, NY, was charged October 14, with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th Degree, Unlawful Possession of Marihuana and No/Inadequate Exhaust.  Thayer will address charges in Nunda Village Court on a later date.