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Friday, February 27, 2015

In Alfred, Grigg, Rodd clash on social housing - Evening Tribune

By Ryan Papaserge, The Evening Tribune                  

ALFRED — The Democratic and Republican candidates for mayor of the village of Alfred traded jabs Thursday night over social housing. Residents, including several college students, filled Room 215 in Alfred State College's School of Engineering Technologies Building for a "Meet the Candidates" event in advance of next month's election. Candidates for Alfred's two village trustee positions that are up for grabs began Thursday's forum. The trustee session was followed by the mayoral candidates. Justin Grigg, the Democratic incumbent mayor, faced off against Republican challenger Jason Rodd. In addition to the housing issue, economic development and shared services were discussed. The session began with each candidate making an opening statement.Grigg, who serves as Geographic Information Systems professional at Alfred University, focused on his professional experience but noted that two years "is not a lot of time, but we have a lot underway."Rodd, a small business owner, argued for greater student representation in everything the village's government does." As I've been attending village meetings for eight or 10 years now, planning board meetings, and board of trustee meetings it became apparent that the students needed a voice as well on this board to keep a balance of power and equal treatment," Rodd said. "A great portion of why I'm running is I believe Alfred deserves better. This 'Animal Farm' philosophy that some animals are more equal than others must stop." Candidates then answered several questions written by those in attendance. When asked about small businesses in the village, Grigg noted he had a meeting with several business owners recently regarding promotional strategies." A few weeks ago I gathered about 30 of the professional and retail services business owners in the village to a meeting at Village Hall and essentially encouraged them to re-establish the Alfred Business Association," Grigg said. "Some sort of business association, some sort of Chamber of Commerce-type entity is critical. We need partners and an active business group representing us would be huge." The topic of zoning, especially regarding social/Greek houses in the village, came up several times during the question-and-answer session. Rodd argued that Alfred simply follow the laws set forth by New York state instead of placing their own restrictions on top of them." The size of the houses proposed and the number of occupants is not safe," Rodd said. "A house of 1,700, 1,800 square feet should have six people in it. New York state laws have been well-studied." Grigg replied by saying that his administration has worked to bring social housing back into the village itself rather than one of Alfred's two colleges." We've enabled that, literally," Grigg said. " Since I took office as mayor, we've created an opportunity for them to live in the off-campus community as full-blown social housing organizations. We made that decision because of all the infrastructure that Alfred State brings to that. I think it's a very good system. We want to partner with them, we want them to be in the community." - See more at:

In Alfred, Grigg, Rodd clash on social housing

Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ dead at 83

Fox News -
Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing the role of Spock in the "Star Trek" movies and television series has died at age 83, his rep confirmed to FOX411. 
Nimoy was taken to the hospital earlier this week and treated for lung disease. His son told the Associated Press he died in Los Angeles. 
The actor wrote on Twitter last month that he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, despite quitting smoking 30 years ago.
Although Leonard Nimoy followed his 1966-69 "Star Trek" run with a notable career as both an actor and director, in the public's mind he would always be Spock. His half-human, half-Vulcan character was the calm counterpoint to William Shatner's often-emotional Captain Kirk on one of television and film's most revered cult series.
Shatner released a statement to FOX411 via email after the news of his costar's death broke.
"I loved him like a brother," Shatner wrote. "We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love."
More, click HERE.

Candidates Are Few As Deadline Approaches in Potter County

runofficeWith less than two weeks remaining to sign up, candidates for local government offices being filled in Potter County townships, boroughs and school districts are few and far between. Registered Republicans or Democrats seeking their party nominations for local positions in the May 19 Primary Election have only until Tuesday, March 10, to file petitions bearing at least 10 valid signatures of party members in their voting districts. Offices to be filled include School Board seats in every Potter County district, as well as Township Supervisor, Borough Council Member and Township Auditor. A list of all offices on local ballots and other helpful and timely information can be found on the county’s website, pottercountypa.net (click on Elections/Voter Registration). More information is also available at the Potter County Elections/Voter Registration Office in the Gunzburger Building at 1 North Main Street in Coudersport; telephone 814-274-8467.
Director of Elections Sandy Lewis has issued a reminder of several deadlines related to the May 19 Republican and Democratic Primary Elections: March 10, final day for candidates to file nominating petitions; March 25, deadline for candidates to withdraw; April 20, final day for voters to register, change party affiliation or report change of address; May 12, last day to apply for a civilian absentee ballot; May 15, last day for the county Board of Elections to receive voted civilian absentee ballots.

Young Appointed To Senate Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean) has been appointed to the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. The Task Force’s mission is to protect the health of New Yorkers by improving methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
Task Force members will play an active role in reviewing research, consulting with experts, and soliciting public input to develop legislation and advocate for additional resources to address the spread of Lyme disease in New York.
“In recent years, the tick population and the disease they transmit have become issues of increasing concern. Lyme and other tick-borne diseases pose a serious health threat to residents and pets, and complications from the disease can have life-long consequences. Reforming guidelines to better enable medical professionals to treat the disease and establishing parameters to help control the spread of ticks is crucial in confronting this public health crisis,” said Senator Young.
From 2010 to 2013, the Chautauqua County Department of Health reported 18 human cases of Lyme disease, the Allegany County Department of Health confirmed 20 cases of Lyme disease, and the Livingston County Department of Health reported seven cases. In Cattaraugus County, there were three human cases of Lyme disease in 2012 and four additional cases in 2013.
“While Lyme and other tick-borne diseases are most prevalent among outdoor enthusiasts, residents can be susceptible simply by walking through their lawn. Regrettably, someone bitten by a deer tick may not know they have contracted Lyme until the distinctive bull’s-eye like rash appears,” Senator Young said.
Last year, Senator Young led the effort to adopt Senate bill 7854, which was signed into law to help people benefit from innovative and effective alternative medical treatments.
 “We need to be taking all necessary precautions to prevent further spread of the deer tick population and Lyme disease. The Senate’s Task Force will again work with leaders in healthcare, environmental conservation, and other fields to improve the public’s health and safety,” concluded Senator Young.

Drug arrests in Addison


Steuben Law Enforcers Receive FBI Training

(Photo: Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen, Undersheriff Jim Allard and Wayland Police Chief Marc Chapman).
The Steuben County Sheriff's Office, Village of Bath and Wayland Police departments are pleased to announce that three law enforcement leaders in Steuben County successfully completed the FBI Law Enforcement Executive development Course as presented by the FBI LEEDS program.
Bath Police Chief Chad Mullen, Undersheriff Jim Allard and Wayland Police Chief Marc Chapman attended the five day course with over 80 participants from law enforcement agencies in western New York and Canada. Instruction in situational leadership, post traumatic stress disorder in law enforcement, media relations, ethical behavior and critical incident investigations was provided by instructors from the FBY LEEDS Program.

Allegany County Sheriff Blotter

-Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Aaron J. Kemp, age 39, of 180 West Main Street in Angelica on a Warrant of Arrest for Issuing a Bad Check in the Village of Bolivar. Kemp was arrested at his residence and taken into custody without incident.  Deputies transported and turned him over to the custody of the Bolivar Police Department for processing and additional court action.

-Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Nicholas A. Perkins, age 32, of 5 River Street in Canaseraga on an Allegany County Violation of Probation Warrant for allegedly violating the terms of his probation. Perkins was arrested at his residence without incident, processed at the Sheriff’s Office and immediately arraigned in Allegany County Court.  He was remanded to the Allegany County Jail by County Court Judge Thomas Brown on $1,500.00 Cash Bail or $3,000.00 Insurance Company Bond.  Perkins is to reappear in Allegany County Court on March 2nd, 2015 for additional court action.

Obituary: Linea L. McIntire, 62, Ulysses

Linea L. McINTIRE, 62, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Westfield and Canton, died Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
Born September 29, 1952, in Hershey, PA, she was the daughter of Richard A. and Carolyn Battles Herritt.  She graduated from Nyack College with a degree in Christian education.
On May 28, 1977, in Dundalk, MD, she married David A. McIntire, who survives.
She was a member of the Harrison Valley Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.
Surviving besides her husband, David, are:  daughter, Elizabeth (Benjamin) Udall of Colorado Springs, CO;  her parents, Rev. Richard and Carolyn Herritt of Harrisburg, PA;  five siblings, Steve (Linda) Herritt of Norfolk, VA, Tom (Peggi) Herritt of Chesapeake, MD, Liz (Rob) Fitzgerald of Baltimore, MD, Cyndi (Bernie) Keefe of Jacksonville, FL, and Rick (Trisha) Herritt of Andover, NY;  nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Timothy H. Miller, Pastor, will officiate.
Memorials may be made to the CMA Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Steuben DA: Former Hornell woman faces 271 count indictment



Obituary: Mary Lou Wightman, 87, Canisteo

CANISTEO: Mary Lou Wightman, 87, formerly of Greenwood St. passed away peacefully Wednesday morning (Feb. 25, 2015) at McAuley Manor in North Hornell where she had resided since December of 2013.
Mary Lou was born August 25, 1927 in Richburg, to Earl and Genevieve (Casey) Jennings. On November 22, 1950 in Richburg she married Vinton E. Wightman who predeceased her in May of 1987. In addition to her parents and husband Mary Lou was also predeceased by a brother Richard Jennings.
She was a graduate of the New York State Teacher's College in Buffalo where she earned her Secondary Teaching degree. She taught in various school districts throughout her career to include Franklinville, Canisteo and Hornell. She was a member of the Buena Vista Wesleyan Church and had attended the New Hope Wesleyan Church in Hornell. She was a longtime board member and Volunteer for the Odosagih Bible Conference in Machias.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Philip and Corinne (Corky) Wightman of Rochester, a daughter Polly Bunce of Hornell, five grandchildren: Adam Bunce (Julissa Kain), Tiffany Wright, Megan Wightman (Anthony Lessard), Maxwell and Micah Wightman. One great granddaughter: Brooklyn Wright. Mary Lou is also survived by a sister: Nancy (Willard) Anderson of Jamestown, and two nieces Mary Ellen Webster and Karen Anderson and her nephew Kevin Anderson.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 pm Sunday at the
H.P. Smith & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, 29 East Main St. in Canisteo, where funeral and committal services will take place immediately following calling hrs. at 3 pm. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Canisteo.
Memorial contributions in Mary Lou's name may be made to the New Hope Wesleyan Church, 280 Grand St. Hornell, N.Y. 14843 or to the Donor's Choice.

Obituary: Lucille E. "Peg" Wilson, 99, Shinglehouse

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Lucille E. “Peg” Wilson, 99, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Tionesta, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 in Wellsville Manor, Wellsville, NY, after a long illness.
Born October 2, 1915 in Tionesta, she was a daughter of John and Chattie Walter Thomas.  In 1936 she married Yale B. Wilson who passed away in 1974.
Mrs. Wilson was a graduate of Tionesta High School.  
She was a member of the Tionesta United Methodist Church where she was the organist for over 40 years.  Mrs. Wilson loved spending time with her family.
Surviving are a daughter, Gloria J. Kemp of Shinglehouse; a grandson, Matthew D. Kemp of Shinglehouse; a granddaughter, Annette E. Kemp of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by two brothers, Virgil Thomas and Russell Thomas.
There will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in Mt. Collins Cemetery, Tionesta.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Thursday February 26, 2015
 
4:10pm
Wellsville Police arrested Daniel E. Fronczak, age 39 of Cuba, charging him with Petit Larceny and Trespass. The charge stems from an incident that took place at Arrow Mart in Wellsville.  Fronczak was processed and arraigned before Village Judge O’Connor. Fronczak was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $250.00 bail. Fronczak is due back in Wellsville Village Court on March 17th at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wyoming County District Attorney Report for Feb. 24, 2015

ORIGINAL TOWN – NAME -  ACTION

Arcade: Kimberly Levergood- Sentenced on conviction of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree (E Felony) to 1.5 – 3 years with Willard; $327.00 in restitution.
Attica: Michael Cadieux- Sentenced on conviction of Driving While Ability Impaired as a Misdemeanor to a 1 year Conditional Discharge; $1,500.00 fine.
Pike: Michelle Johnson- Pled guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree (D Felony); adjourned to 5/21/15.
Warsaw: Lisa Uveino- Appearance; adjourned to 4/2/15; bail continues. Dennis Urf- Defendant requested new counsel; adjourned to 3/18/15.
Wethersfield: Kristopher Hubbard- Waived indictment for Burglary in the Third Degree (D Felony) and Petit Larceny; adjourned to 5/21/15.
County: Amber Smith- Admitted to Violation of Probation; adjourned to 3/18/15 for sentencing. David Kendall Violation of Probation Hearing scheduled for 4/2/15.

Obituary: Richard "Dick" T. Edwards, 82, Wellsville - 60+ year firefighter, Chief

Wellsville, NY - Richard "Dick" T. Edwards, age 82, of Williams Avenue passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2015 at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. He was born in Elmira on April 2, 1932 the son of Edward and Hazel Sick Edwards. On November 8, 1952 in Wellsville he married Joan Wittmann who predeceased him on November 20, 2002.
Dick was lifelong resident of Wellsville and served in the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict earning the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1956 Dick began a 40 plus year career with CE Air Preheater as a Sub Assembler. He had been a member of the First Trinity Lutheran Church in Wellsville. Dick was an active member of the American Legion Post #702, the Moose Lodge #601 and the VF and W Post #2530 all of Wellsville. He was also an active 60 plus year member of the Dyke Street Engine Company where he was the steward and had served the Village of Wellsville as Chief of the Fire Department. Dick loved his family; he especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dick also loved his dog and constant companion for 14 years, Mr. Murphy. He enjoyed fishing at Black Lake with his many friends, sports and the Buffalo Bills. Dick will be remembered as a hard working man who loved a good joke.
He is survived by a son Michael (Lori) Edwards of Las Vegas, NV.;2 granddaughters Vicki (David) Watkins of Canaseraga and Jaci (Jayson) Colvin of Angola; great grandchildren Emory Watkins and Jordyn Rae Colvin; a sister Edith (Ralph) Ressler of Lancaster; several nieces and nephews.
Dick was predeceased by his parents; his wife Joan; daughter in law Linda "Minnie" Edwards; a great grandson Mason Colvin and his sister Esther Elsenheimer.
Friends are invited to call at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Wellsville on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 1 to 4 pm at which time a military service by the American Legion Post #702 will be held. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery and memorials in Dicks name may be made the SPCA, or the American Cancer Society or to the Wellsville Fire Department. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.

Power outage plunges Wellsville into darkness

Power went out abruptly in Wellsville and the surrounding area at about 6:28pm Thursday night. The outage impacted the entire village of Wellsville, the town of Wellsville and a handful of customers in neighboring communities. Initial reports indicated the outage was an issue with National Grid. A repair crew made its way to the Niles Hill substation in Wellsville to implement corrective measures. Power was restored a few minutes after 8pm. Some local emergency generators failed to activate according to responders. The Village of Wellsville Electric Department dispatched its workers to place portable generators to feed the traffic signals along the busy Genesee Parkway. Before that, however, Wellsville Police, Fire, Fire Police and rescue crews provided traffic control on the Parkway, Main Street and Bolivar Road, as temperatures hovered between 8 & 10 degree's in the village.
The power outage caused the early evening closure of the Alstom and Dresser Rand plants in Wellsville. No information was available Thursday night about what caused the outage.

Bradford, Pa.- Water returning, drip by drip-State of Emergency modified

From Police Chief Chris Lucco-
On Thursday, the City of Bradford modified the declaration of emergency to lighten the imposed restrictions. The decision was reached after the Mayor and members of City Council had lengthy discussions with the Water Authority in regards to the current condition of the water system. According to Kim Benjamin (Executive Director of the Authority) and Ron Orris (Chairman of the Board) they felt that as long as the "largest consumers" of the system remain at bear minimum usage and residential customers remain diligent in their conservation efforts that the system will continue to replenish at a fairly quick rate and the system could be close to full by the end of the weekend.

It is important that the community remember that although some restrictions have been lightened the City is still under an emergency declaration and water conservation is still a priority.
The outlying areas that have not yet been affected should make preparations for the loss of water or water pressure at anytime between now and the next several days. Drinking water, as well as distilled water for medical purposes is available to water customers (one case per residence)  at five distribution centers - Bradford City Fire Station (Chestnut St), Bradford Twp Fire Station (West Branch), Derrick City Fire Department (Derrick City), Lewis Run Fire Station and Lafayette Twp Fire station. If you are unable to pick up the water yourself arrangements can be made for delivery upon request. For any questions pertaining to drinking water availability call the City Fire Department at 814-368-3141.
For any other requests you can call the Emergency Operations center at 814-368-6276.
As a reminder, there is still a Boil Water Advisory in effect, also once water is returned to the majority of the customers the distribution of free water will be discontinued and people will have to purchase or boil water for consumption.

Obituary: Juanita Jean Eck, 47

Juanita Jean Eck, born July 4, 1967, passed away after a long illness with her two sons at her side on Feb. 24, 2015. She is survived by her two sons, Douglas Crawford, Jr., 23, and Zachary Crawford (Courtney Speta), 22.
Also surviving is her long-time partner, Thomas Smith. She loved the three of them with all she had and dedicated her life to taking care of them.
Juanita was predeceased by her parents, Gordon (Bill) and Jean Keesler Eck. She is survived by her siblings, Michael Eck (Barbara) of Scio, Rebecca Eck Webster (George) of Scio, Brete Eck (Ann Anthon) of Friendship, David Eck (Debbie) of Friendship and Daniel Eck, Sr. (Denise) of Scio.
She was Aunt JuJu to Christina Eck (Anson) Beckwith, Clayton Eck, Cory Eck, Shane Eck, Donald Webster, William Webster, Jennifer Webster Wright, Brete Eck, Jr., Samantha Eck, Beau Eck, Krystal Eck, Daniel (Duke) Eck, Jr. and Shelby Eck. She had many great nieces and nephews also. They are Paige and Sommer Beckwith, Adacyn Eck, Jared Eck, Jordan Webster, Dean Becker and Caleb Webster, Emma and Colten Eck, Cheyenne Layman, Kylie Keiser, Anthony Bandinelli III, Kristian Bandinelli, Jayce Dunn and Daniel Eck, III. Juanita would've loved taking care of the newest addition to the family, her grandson, Hunter Crawford.
In addition to her family, Juanita had many friends that were very important to her and loved by her.
There will be a viewing Saturday (Feb. 28, 2015) from noon to 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. service at Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home in Wellsville. The pastor will be Glenn Layfield. A dinner will follow at the Mahogany Ridge in Scio.

Across NY: Probation Officer/Unity House Staff Member Arrested for Sex Abuse

Auburn, NY—New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs Special Prosecutor Patricia E. Gunning announced today that William Sistrunk, age 63, has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a woman receiving services at a community residence operated by Unity House of Cayuga County, Inc. Sistrunk, who is employed as a probation officer in Onondaga County was moonlighting as relief staff at the Auburn facility when the alleged abuse occurred.
Sistrunk, who is a resident of Syracuse, has been charged with:
-One count of Forcible Touching, a class “A” Misdemeanor;
-One count of Sexual Abuse in the second degree, a class “A” Misdemeanor; and
-One count of Harassment in the second degree, a Violation.
Sistrunk allegedly placed his hand under the victim’s shirt, groped her breast and touched her buttocks. Staff at Unity House, which is licensed by the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) are not permitted to have sexual contact with their clients, who are legally unable to consent to such conduct. Sistrunk was terminated from his position at Unity House and has been suspended from his position at the Department of Probation.
The arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the Justice Center, with assistance from the Auburn Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Justice Center Assistant Special Prosecutor Deanndra Macomber.
The Justice Center and its statewide hotline and incident reporting system began operations on June 30, 2013. It is staffed 24-hours a day, seven days a week by trained professionals who receive reports of allegations of abuse and neglect of people with special needs. Once a report is received by its (VPCR) Hotline, it is logged and assessed. Serious cases of abuse or neglect are assigned to the Justice Center’s investigation team or, when appropriate, to a local law enforcement agency for follow-up.
The Justice Center also maintains a statewide registry of all persons who have been found to be responsible for serious or repeated acts of abuse and neglect. Once placed on the registry, known as the “Staff Exclusion List” or SEL, they are prohibited by law from ever working again with people with disabilities or special needs.
OASAS is one of six state agencies under the jurisdiction of the Justice Center. The Justice Center also oversees certain facilities or programs which are operated, licensed or certified by the Office of People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD), the Office of Mental Health (OMH), the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), the Department of Health (DOH), and the State Education Department (SED).

Palmesano calls on Governor to release school aid information

Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-Corning) stood with his Assembly colleagues and education advocates to deliver a simple message to the governor: release the school aid runs. School aid runs are critical education aid estimates that are traditionally provided to each district when the governor releases his executive budget proposal. The governor has withheld these crucial estimates in an attempt to leverage the legislature to pass his controversial education reforms. 
In the process, he has left administrators in the dark on funding levels and may force many schools to cut programs and staff due to the ongoing uncertainty. 
“It is time for the governor to work with the legislature and abandon his bullying tactics and heavy-handed approaches to governance,” said Palmesano. “Instead of helping districts plan for a bright future for our kids, he’s intentionally clouding the process in hopes of coercing the legislature to follow his agenda.”            
"Right now, we are wasting valuable budget planning time as a result of the governor's decision to with‎hold aid runs in his effort to force his agenda. He would not be able to build his budget without a revenue forecast and it's beyond irresponsible for him to expect us to do so. I did not realize that we elected an emperor last November, but it sure feels like we did. Under this current scenario, it's impossible to build a budget," said Michael Ginalski, Corning-Painted Post Central School District Superintendent.
 
Palmesano noted the extreme difficulty school districts will have in estimating their annual tax levy, an important budgetary step with a March 1 deadline.

Investigators: Man arrested after causing $7,500 to Steuben County road


An investigation by the New York State Police at Bath into roadway damage in the Town of Prattsburgh has resulted in the arrest of a Rochester man.  On November 10th, 2014,  Prattsburgh town officials called Troopers to a location on Baker Road, after discovering extensive damage consisting of an excavation measuring approximately 40 feet long; 15 feet wide, and 12 feet deep. Police said the damage involved the removal of both the paved surface and adjacent shoulder of Baker Road.  State Police Senior Investigator Curt Eaton said Kyle J. Calabria, age 32, of #161 Campbell Street in Rochester was charged with Criminal Mischief, 2nd degree, and Reckless Endangerment, 1st degree (both class D felonies), for allegedly causing approximately $7,500.00 in damage utilizing a mechanical excavator.  It is also alleged that when the excavator became inoperable, Calabria left it in the unlit road, and failed to notify authorities of the hazard.  Calabria was arraigned in the Town of Avoca Court and remanded to the Steuben Co. Jail in lieu of $7,500.00 cash bail & $15,000.00 surety bond.  Calabria is scheduled to reappear in the Town of Prattsburgh Court on March 11, 2015 at 9:00 A.M.

Obituary: Arnold E. Cary, 78, Westfield, Pa.

Arnold E. CARY, 78, of Potter Brook, Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in the home he built. Born June 2, 1936, in Harrison Valley, he was the son of Clarence and Myra Seeley Cary. On November 2, 1957, in Potter Brook, he married the former Faith Stafford, who survives.
He was employed by Ingersoll-Rand, Cub Ransom Construction, and Consolidated Natural Gas Company.  He attended the Potter Brook People's Church and the West Union Mennonite Church.
An avid hunter and trapper, he loved the outdoors.  Arnie volunteered with several construction and maintenance projects at local churches and was always available to assist family and friends.
Surviving besides his wife, Faith, are:  four children, Roxanne (Richard) Langianese of Bradford, Steven (Georgia) Cary of Coudersport, Sandra (Steve Ryan) Cary of Nashville, TN, and Belinda (Randy) Rohrer of Coudersport;  nine grandchildren;  ten great-grandchildren;  a sister, Alice Cervoni of Watkins Glen, NY;  and nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers, George Cary and Herman Cary;  and four sisters, Ada Kibbe Winter, Lillian Walters, Genevieve Hurler Viera, and Edna Giardina.
Friends may call Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 2:30 PM Sunday in the Potter Brook People's Church.  The Rev. Samuel Brown and Arnie's nephew, Rev. Robert Walters will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.
Memorials may be made to the Potter Brook People's Church, P.O. Box 217, Westfield, PA 16950.
Online condolences may be expressed at
www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Hammondsport man charged after vehicle is stolen from Elmira PD


State Police from the Bath and Wayland stations today arrested Dewane M. Burdick of Hammondsport. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property in the third degree.   State Police Investigator Ryan Bentley said the arrest stems from an investigation into the alleged theft of a motor vehicle from the City of Elmira Police Department.  Troopers were assisted by the Elmira Police Department.  Burdick was subsequently arraigned and remanded to the Steuben County Jail without bail. A return court date is not yet scheduled.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties dissolving Oct. 1 - Daily Reporter

By Brian Quinn, Daily Reporter

ELLICOTTVILLE/LITTLE VALLEY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) officials and Cattaraugus County legislators have agreed to dissolve the Cooperative Extension Association of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties as of Oct. 1, CCE Executive Director Laura Hunsberger said Wednesday evening. She said Allegany County legislators support the split as well. Each county will form its own separate Cooperative Extension Association, Hunsberger said. “The CCE Board of Directors will move toward dissolving the dual-county association and become CCE of Allegany County,” Hunsberger said. “In turn, Cattaraugus County officials are working with Cornell University to develop a separate CCE of Cattaraugus County Association.” The executive director said as the process moves forward, there are several steps that must occur which must be initiated by CCE of Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. - Read more at:

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cattaraugus and Allegany Counties dissolving Oct. 1

The Probate Process - a free workshop with Corning attorney - March 19

The loss of a loved one is always difficult. If you are named as the Executor of the decedent’s estate, your legal duties compound the difficulty and could leave you feeling lost. If you want to know what needs to be done after the death of a loved one, come to a free informational workshop called The Estate Administration Survival Guide: The Probate Process on Thursday, March 19, 2015 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Southeast Steuben County Library, 300 Nasser Civic Center Plaza, Corning. 
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County again partners with Patrick Roth, Elder Law Attorney, CPA from Corning, to lead this workshop. He will help you:
· Learn about various types of estate administration and when each is used.
· Discover the steps that occur in every estate administration.
· Learn the three “T’s” of estate administration (Taxes, Time and Tolls).
· Discover what you can do now to make the process easier for your loved ones after you pass away. 
The workshop is free, but registration is required. Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension at 607-664-2300 to reserve a space. For more information on this and related topics, visit www.putknowledgetowork.org.

Steuben leads Southern Tier in community development/rural initiatives

BATH – Steuben County leads the eight-county Southern Tier region in community revitalization and rural development projects funded through the Southern Tier Regional Economic Development Council (STREDC).
“The program works great,” said Steuben County Industrial Development Agency (SCIDA) Executive Director James Johnson. “It puts the power to fund these small businesses at the local level.” Both the “Community Revitalization” and the “Rural Initiative” funds provide 1 percent interest financing to businesses in the region to support redevelopment projects in downtowns, increase the amount of acreage in agricultural production and create jobs, Johnson said.
According to SCIDA reports, during the past three years, Steuben revitalization projects have been awarded nearly $3.7 million in STREDC loans, which are leveraging more than $28 million in private investments. The loans are being used to renovate 11 buildings, create 13 commercial spaces and 85 housing units. The projects are expected to create 173 jobs --or nearly 66 percent of the total employment impact of the program.
The Rural Initiative Program has loaned $1.3 million to seven projects in the county, and leveraged private investments totaling $840,000. The projects are expected to create 31 jobs. Repayment of the loans will be used to fund future projects, Johnson said. STREDC, which is led by Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger and Tom Tranter, President and CEO of Corning Enterprises, is one of 10 Regional Economic Development Councils (REDC) across the state. Gov. Andrew Cuomo established the REDCs in 2011in order to empower regions with economic development tools and guide State investment. Each year, up to $750 million is available from more than 30 State programs, with much of the funding coming from existing programs previously issued to state legislators, also known as “member items.”
The state also established the Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) to provide a uniform application for businesses and other organizations and streamline the application process. The councils are nonpartisan and guide awards to economic development projects in their individual regions.

Sen. O'Mara - Legislation seeks to bolster local Medicaid fraud investigations


State Senator Tom O’Mara (R,C-Big Flats) said today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to restore the incentive for local governments to combat abuse, fraud and waste in New York’s $60-billion-plus system of Medicaid. Mayors from across the state and representatives of other local leaders have been in Albany this week testifying before the Legislature’s fiscal committees on the impact of Governor Cuomo’s 2015-16 proposed state budget. Many local officials throughout the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions, and statewide, continue to point to Medicaid as their heaviest financial burden. O’Mara said that reports, including two recent audits by the state comptroller’s office, continue to show that despite years of legislative efforts to rid New York’s Medicaid system of abuse, fraud and waste –efforts that included the creation of the Office of Medicaid Inspector General nearly a decade ago – not enough is being done.
     “We need to restore the financial incentive for local governments to root out Medicaid abuse, fraud and waste.  This legislation would help achieve this important goal and hopefully encourage Medicaid fraud investigations and prosecutions at the local level,” said O’Mara.
     The state’s current Medicaid payment cap that applies to local governments limits the amounts that local governments are reimbursed for successfully prosecuting Medicaid fraud cases.  The legislation O’Mara is co-sponsoring (S.3019/A.5113) would restore the financial incentive for counties to identify and prosecute Medicaid fraud.  It would authorize local governments to keep 100% of the local share of any successful Medicaid fraud prosecution or settlement, or 10% of the total recovery, whichever amount is greater. Since the local share on some programs may be very small, O’Mara stressed the importance of guaranteeing local governments at least 10% of any recovery, including settlement.  The state would receive the balance of recoveries.
     At a legislative budget hearing last February, the state’s then-Medicaid Inspector General, James Cox, highlighted the importance of local efforts to further combat and prevent abuses of the New York’s system of Medicaid.
     The legislation is currently in the Senate Social Services Committee. It must be approved by both houses of the Legislature and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo before becoming law.

Police: Man critically injured in Sweden Township snowmobile crash

There will be no charges filed in a snowmobile crash last weekend in Sweden Township, Pa. in which a man was critically injured.  Police Chief Bryan Phelps said that on Friday, February 20, at about 1:15pm, Brian WELLER, 55, of New Cumberland was operating a snowmobile on a trail system on private land. Police said WELLER lost control of the snowmobile, left the trail system and struck a large tree, causing life-threatening injuries. After Coudersport first responders arrived, Phelps said, a medical helicopter landed near the scene and took WELLER to Robert Packer Hospital. Police said “Weller was later flown to Hershey Medical Center with facial fractures, a skull fracture, bleeding on the brain, two broken arms, two collapsed lungs, broken ribs and a broken clavicle.”
Police said this crash, as well as one a day later that fatally injured a man, occurred on separate and privately owned trail systems. Authorities said "riders should always ride with others and always respect the land owners. Police added if you are traveling on an allowed highway, always obey the posted speed limits and road postings."

State Police Blotter

2/25/15 6:15pm - State police arrested Joseph E. Richardson, 29, of Fillmore (but currently incarcerated at the Alle. Co. jail). He was charged with felony counts of grand larceny: credit card and identity theft: to obtain goods. Bail was set at $2,000. The charges relate to a complaint filed February 1 in Hume. Earlier this morning, the same charges were also leveled against Ami M. Unterburger, 20, of Bliss.

2/25/15 1:40pm - State police made two separate arrests for shoplifting in Erwin. Charged with petit larceny were Harmony L. Thatcher, 20, of Campbell and Joseph L. Fernandes, 59, of Savona. Both were issued court tickets.

New Yorkers Trust & Rate Job Done by Local Governments As Better than that Done By State or Federal | Siena College (New York)

Loudonville, NY.  While only 28 percent of voters across New York trust either the federal or state government to do what is right at least most of the time, 43 percent trust their local government most or all of the time.  Similarly, only 27 percent give the federal government a positive job performance of either good or excellent, and 30 percent give the state a positive job performance rating while 42 percent say their local government is doing either a good or excellent job according to today’s new Special Local Government Siena College poll of registered New York State voters, sponsored by the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the Association of Towns of the State of New York (AOT).

“While trust in government at every level is near historic lows, significantly more New Yorkers trust their local government most or all of the time than trust those working on their behalf either in D.C. or Albany.  And when it comes to assessing the job that they are doing, over four in ten give local government a thumbs up while a third call the federal performance poor and a quarter put that black mark on state government,” said Don Levy, Director of the Siena Research Institute.

“When comparing local government and state government on three components of governing – understanding and responding to citizen needs, getting important things done and effectively managing tax dollars – voters across New York, especially upstate and in the downstate suburbs, say local government is better,” Levy said.

By 70 to 20 percent, voters say local government is better at understanding and responding to voter needs. By 57 to 33 percent, voters rate local government over the state when it comes to getting important things done. And by 54 to 30, percent they say local government is better than the state at effectively protecting and managing tax dollars.  In every case, upstaters are most inclined to prefer the work of local government over the state while New York City voters are more evenly divided especially on getting things done and managing tax dollars.

No fewer than 61 percent of voters are at least somewhat satisfied if not completely satisfied with seven parts of local government.  A near universal 96 percent are satisfied with the fire department, and 87 percent with both ambulance services and recreation.  Seventy-eight percent are satisfied with the police department, water and sewer services receive a satisfaction grade of 77 percent, while 65 percent of voters are satisfied with schools and 61 percent with public works.

“When asked whether they would like to increase, decrease or keep spending unchanged on local services, only schools, 51 percent, and public works, 50 percent, receive the backing of a majority calling for increased spending,” Levy said.  “Still, when spending more and increasing services are specifically tied to higher taxes, 51 percent say keep both taxes and services about the same, one-third call for providing fewer governmental services and lower taxes, while only one in eight say they would like more government services and higher taxes in order to pay for them.

“With half of New Yorkers calling for increased spending on public works and many hesitant to support increased taxes, it may not be surprising that when asked how they would like the Governor and Legislature to allocate the one-time $5 billion surplus the state received from bank settlements, 27 percent call for funding for local infrastructure and 15 percent advocate for state infrastructure,” Levy said.

This study received sponsorship from three organizations – NYCOM, NYSAC, and AOT that represent New York’s city, village, county and town governments.

- For specific poll results, go to:

New Yorkers Trust & Rate Job Done by Local Governments As Better than that Done By State or Federal | Siena College (New York)

Obituary: Donald J. Kramer, 91, Whitesville- "Citizen of the Year" & former Legislator

WHITESVILLE - Donald J. Kramer passed away Tuesday (Feb. 24, 2015) after a short illness. He was born July 27, 1923, in Johnsonburg, Pa., to Samuel and Amelia Kramer. Don was a graduate of Olean High School in 1942 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1943. He served in the 819th Engineer Aviation Battalion in Europe during World War II, and received an honorable discharge in November 1945. He joined his brother Frank and together they owned and operated an appliance store and dry cleaning business in Olean. He married Roberta Kear on Oct. 11, 1947, and they had 67 years together in Whitesville. Don opened the Kramer Jewelry and Appliance Store that he and his wife operated for 12 years, and also started the Donald J. Kramer Insurance Business in 1952, which he operated out of his home until he sold it to Brown and Stout in 1989. He built the building and opened his Arctic Cat snowmobile business in 1970, which stayed in operation until 1985. The "Cat House" is now the location of the Independence Town Hall. Throughout this time period, Don drove school bus for Whitesville Central School for 31 years, transporting many students from the hills of West Union and Beech Hill into town. Don was an active member of the WCS "school family" by driving the basketball player bus, keeping score at away games and keeping the home clock for 51 years. Don spent many hours coaching Little League for Whitesville youth. Don served as an Allegany County legislator from 1973 to 1989. During his last term of office, he was chairman of the Public Works Committee and the president of the Board of Health. Throughout his 16-year political career, he served on almost every committee in Belmont. Don was very civic-minded. He maintained memberships in the Whitesville Fire Department and the Whitesville American Legion. He also served as a charter member of the Independence Emergency Squad and was a recipient of the Whitesville "Citizen of the Year" award. He was a member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Whitesville until its closing, and then became a member of the Sacred Heart Church in Genesee, Pa. He loved carpentry and spent many hours building projects. He was a jack-of-all-trades, and master of them all. He enjoyed bowling, pitching horseshoes, waterskiing, reading, cooking and spending time with his family and friends. He was an avid builder and flyer of model airplanes. Don was highly respected for his knowledge and many people sought his advice. He also loved his devoted dog, Mia. He is survived by his wife, Puddy; daughter, Kay (Steve) Nagy of Whitesville; granddaughter, Kristin (James) Kazmirski and great-grandson, Jace Patrick, of Syracuse; and many nieces and nephews. The family would also like to mention a special caretaker, nurse and friend, Cheryl Richardson. He was predeceased by a brother, Frank; and four sisters, Grace, Helen, Betty and Margaret .Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Howard Funeral Home, 931 Maple Ave., Whitesville. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 28, 2015) at Sacred Heart Church, 263 Main St., Genesee, officiated by the Rev. Joe Dougherty. Burial will be in the Whitesville Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Whitesville Fire Department, the Independence Emergency Squad, the Whitesville Library or the Sacred Heart Church, Genesee, Pa. Online condolences may be sent to the family at howardsfuneralhome@gmail.com.

Audit: West Union Town Board not safeguarding Town assets

The State Comptroller's Office recently completed a three year review of the financial practices of the Town of West Union in Steuben County. The audit says, in part-
The board has not provided adequate oversight to safeguard town assets. Specifically, the board did not adopt structurally balanced budgets. For fiscal years 2011 through 2013, the town had excessive fund balances in both the general fund and highway fund. In addition, the board did not audit the books and records of any of the town officers and employees that handled cash.
The audit also said, “the Board accumulated... excessive balances instead of using them to benefit the taxpayers.” The report continued, The Town’s lack of policies and procedures also allowed deficiencies to occur without detection in cash receipts and disbursements. For example, the Supervisor did not deposit six receipts totaling $10,983 in a timely manner and did not maintain accurate financial records. The Clerk did not issue duplicate receipts for collections and also maintained inaccurate financial records. The Tax Collector did not record moneys when received and did not remit payments to the appropriate agencies in a timely manner. We found similar issues with the Code Enforcement Officer’s records. The Justice Court was the only area in which we found that moneys were accurately recorded and reported.

In response, Town Supervisor Randy Heckman said the town board adopted resolutions and took action to correct areas of concern expressed in the audit. In the report, the State Auditor also commented on the response. To view the audit and comments, click HERE.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Comments sought for cleanup at former Corning Hospital site

Brownfield Cleanup Program Public Notice
 
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has received a Brownfield Cleanup Program (BCP) application from Corning Hospital and The Guthrie Clinic for a site known as the Former Corning Hospital and Related Parcels, site ID #C851049. This site is located in the City of Corning, within the County of Steuben, and is located at 176 East Denison Parkway.
 
Comments regarding this application must be submitted no later than March 27, 2015. The application can be reviewed at:
 
Southeast Steuben County Library
300 Nasser Circle Center Plaza, Suite #101
Corning, NY 14830
 
Information regarding the site, the application, and how to submit comments can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/60058.html or send comments to Timothy Schneider, 6274 East Avon-Lima Road, Avon, New York 14414, Timothy.Schneider@dec.ny.gov , 585-226-5480.
 
General information about New York's Brownfield Cleanup Program can be found at http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8450.html 

Cuba Police Dept. to become Craigslist "exchange point"


Notice from Cuba Police Department: With the recent rise in internet scams and Craigslist transaction robberies across the country, the Cuba Police Department would like to provide a safe location for parties to exchange Craigslist transactions. Starting March 1st, 2015 the lobby and the front parking lot of the Police station, located at 5 Bull Street in the Village of Cuba, will be available from 8AM to 8PM for people to safely make exchanges. These locations are under 24 hour video surveillance for security purposes. Police personnel will not interfere with your transactions - we are simply trying to provide a safe environment for the exchange of goods. Our hope is that this will deter crime if the exchange takes place here. Shortly after the announcement was made, the community applauded. See some of the comments HERE.

Hornell: St. James Hospital announces sale of Dialysis Services

St. James Mercy Hospital (SJMH) announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Fresenius Medical Care North America, a national provider of renal therapy services, to acquire its dialysis services. “Today’s announcement means reliable access to top-notch care for our community and further paints the picture of a sustained vibrant healthcare presence in Hornell,” said Jen Sullivan, president and CEO of St. James Mercy Hospital.
With more than 2,200 outpatient dialysis clinics across North America, Fresenius Medical Care provides renal therapy services to hundreds of thousands of patients. The company is the provider of dialysis services for UR Medicine. “We welcome the opportunity to bring our three decades of expertise in comprehensive dialysis services to the residents of Steuben County,” said Ryan Valle, Vice President of Corporate Development, Fresenius Medical Care North America. Sullivan added, “Fresenius boasts an exceptional track-record of high-quality services. Residents of the Hornell community will be well-served by Fresenius’s entry into the market.”
Following a period of due diligence, St. James Mercy will execute an Asset Purchase Agreement with Fresenius Medical Care North America, subject to regulatory approval from the New York State Department of Health. Current dialysis employees are expected to transition to the new operation. “Dialysis services are vital to many members of our community,” said Sullivan. “We are confident that the transition to Fresenius will be seamless to those we serve.”

Allegany County: Director of Development & IDA announces retirement

Memorandum 

TO:                 All Legislators

FROM:           Curtis W. Crandall, Chairman 


DATE:           February 25, 2015
RE:                John E. Foels, Director of Development

 
It is with regret that I am announcing that John Foels will be retiring effective March 27, 2015, and will no longer be serving the County as Director of Development for Allegany County and Executive Director of the Allegany County IDA.  I have received the following statement from John:
“During my almost 15 years of being Director of Development and Executive Director of the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), I have enjoyed the privilege and honor of representing Allegany County.  Allegany County will continue to be in my heart and mind forever.  I think that over the almost 15 years, we have had a lot of success and positive outcomes.  I will be utilizing vacation time and will not be in the Development Office until my retirement effective March 27, 2015.”

As of today, John will not be in the Development Office.  He was appointed to these positions in 2001; best wishes are with John as he pursues the next chapter in his life. All projects, meetings, and work at the Crossroads Development Center will continue on as scheduled. I have scheduled a special Committee of the Whole meeting to take place on March 9 following our regular Board of Legislators meeting to discuss the matter.

Resolutions For Veterans Have Potter County Imprint

veterans-300x192A resolution that was introduced by Potter County has been adopted by the National Association of Counties (NACo) and now moves to the U.S. Congress for consideration. The measure calls on the federal government to provide funding to pay a portion of the expenses for county-based directors of veterans affairs. It was drafted by Commissioner Paul Heimel, vice chairman of NACo’s Veteran and Military Service Committee, and Potter County Veterans Affairs Director Will Worthington. The resolution was adopted by the committee last weekend during NACo’s Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
“In Pennsylvania and several other states, county directors of veterans affairs are trained and certified to assist military veterans to access the benefits and services to which they are entitled,” the resolution read. “County directors also provide other services to benefit veterans. It is only fitting that the federal government should bear a portion of the expenses that counties are incurring in supporting the men and women who have served in the armed forces.”
A separate resolution adopted by NACo, also introduced by Potter County, calls on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to expand its “choice card” program to pay for veterans’ medical services by non-VA providers in cases where the veteran cannot obtain a VA appointment in a timely manner, or does not have access to a VA facility in close proximity to his or her home.

Association of Counties gives budget testimony

Press release -
The New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) and the New York State County Executives' Association delivered testimony on the state budget proposal before the State Joint Legislative Fiscal Committees today (Wednesday, February 25). 
According to the testimony, the 2015 state budget proposal recognizes that state requirements on counties have a direct impact on local property taxes. This recognition was represented by proposals to fully implement the local Medicaid cap, reforming the retroactive rate setting for youth placed in detention facilities, and the lack of outright cost shifts that had been prevalent in state budgets years ago. 
"I applaud the efforts of Governor Cuomo to ease the burden on local taxpayers, and we urge the State Legislature to address the concerns that counties are raising today in our testimony," said NYSAC President Anthony J. Picente, Jr.  
Major issues of concern that counties identified for state lawmakers included:
  • Raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18 - which hinges on the creation of a system of social service programs that will divert 16 and 17 year olds away from jails and prisons into social service programs and alternatives to incarceration (both of which are costly county responsibilities). 
  • The circuit breaker income tax credit tied to property taxes - which requires localities to stay within the tax cap for their homeowners to earn a state income tax credit the following year. (The proposal will not lower the property tax burden, or the costs associated with state mandated programs and services.) 
  • The continued disparity in safety net assistance - counties now pay 71 percent while the state only pays 29 percent. Historically, that cost has been split 50/50. 
  • Home rule authority for local sales tax revenue - 55 counties must seek state legislative authority to continue their existing sales tax percentage every two years. This is a time and resource-intensive process that could be resolved more simply through an omnibus bill or with permanent authority for counties to levy a 4 percent sales tax (equal to the state's sales tax percentage). 
"As county executives, many of us have been doing what we can to implement much needed reforms, but it's not enough for us to do it just on the local level - we need a partner," said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, President of the NYS County Executives Association. "The decisions made during the state budget process over the past several decades have resulted in new costs that have directly influenced the burden on counties and increased property taxes. That trend must come to an end."
 
The testimony also addressed IDA reforms, community college funding, and other issues contained in the Executive State Budget proposal that impact counties.
 
"Addressing the linkage between state programs and local property taxes is the only way to reverse New York's highest-in-the-nation property tax burden. Lowering county costs will lower property taxes. It is that simple, and that must be our collective goal," said NYSAC Executive Director Stephen J. Acquario. 
Counties look forward to working with state lawmakers and providing the local county perspective as state budget decisions are made over the next month. 

Obituary: Genevieve M. Bailey, 80, formerly of Friendship

Genevieve M. Bailey, formerly of Friendship, passed away Sunday, February 22, 2015, at Cuba Memorial Hospital, following a long illness.
Genevieve was born Sep. 15, 1934 in Cyclone, PA and was a daughter of Henry and Emily Stilson Fern. She worked in the housekeeping department at the Desoto Motel and at Bradford Regional Medical Center for a number of years before her retirement. Genevieve enjoyed embroidery and search words. Genevieve is survived by a daughter, Karen (Mike) Lee of Cuba; a granddaughter, Katara Hoff of Lonoke, AR; and a sister, Charlotte Johnson of Smethport, PA. Friends will be received at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc. #24 Genesee Pkwy, Cuba Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at which time a Funeral Service will be held. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park, Lafayette, PA.

Obituary: Francis O. Reesher, 84, Ceres

CERES - Francis O. Reesher, 84, of 9450 Rte. 417 passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in    Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville following a lengthy illness. Born February 10, 1931 in Wellsville, he was the son of Otto & Winifred Collins Reesher. He married the former Ellen Anderson on December 19, 1953. Mrs. Reesher survives.
Fran was a graduate of the Wellsville Central School class of 1949. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1951-1955. While in the Air Force Fran competed in inter-service boxing matches and he was undefeated in over 40 bouts. Fran started his banking career with Public Loan Co. in Olean later becoming Citizens National Bank and later Key Bank. He worked in both the Wellsville and Olean banks, retiring in 1992. He was a member of the Southside Union Chapel Olean, volunteered at Heritage AFlame Ministries, he was an amateur softball player, and was a volunteer softball coach at Bolivar Central School. Fran was also an avid hunter and golfer. Surviving in addition to his wife are three children; Lynda Herne of Little Genesee, Kirk (Yvonne) Reesher of Bolivar and Shae (Jeff) Smith of Bolivar. Also surviving are ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one sister Teresa Mallery of Fairfield Ohio. He was preceded in death by two sons; Richard Reesher in 2008 and David Reesher in 2009.
    Friends may call at the
Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar on Thursday 6-8P.M. Funeral services will be conducted following visitation at 8P.M. Rev. David Herne of the Heritage AFlame Ministries will officiate. Burial will be in the Maple Lawn Cemetery Bolivar.
    Memorials may be made to the Heritage AFlame Ministries 198 Salt Rising Rd. Bolivar N.Y. 14715

State Police Blotter

2/23/15 8:26pm - State police arrested Heidi Braymiller, 26, of Scio. She was charged with harassment after Troopers investigated a February 4th complaint in Scio. She was issued a court appearance ticket.

2/24/15 5pm - State police arrested a 16-year old Canaseraga boy. He was charged with felony grand larceny, felony identity theft and lesser charges to include unlawful growing of cannabis, criminal sale of marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was held for court action.

2/24/15 9:29pm - During a traffic stop on route 16 in Hinsdale, state police arrested Kim M. Carapellatti, 52, of Cuba. She was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated. She was answer the charge in court at a later date.

2/24/15 3:20pm - State police arrested Steven H. Buchanan, 23, of Bath. He was charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from a reported domestic dispute.

2/24/15 5:05am - State police arrested Raymond R. Tong, 53, of Coopers Plains. He was charged with rape 1st: forcible compulsion, a class B felony. Police said the alleged crime happened in Erwin on February 22. He was held for court action.

2/24/15 2:07pm - During a traffic stop on state route 417 in Woodhull, state police arrested Russell G. Mayo, 44, of Woodhull. He was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, drinking alcohol in a vehicle on a highway, no seatbelt and two equipment violations. He was issued court tickets.

Livingston County Sheriff's Office receives Traffic Safety Program Award


Photo credit NYSSA, left to right Sheriff Spike of Yates County, Sheriff Maha of Genesee County, Sheriff Dougherty and Sheriff Moss of Chemung County.
The New York State Sheriff’s Association awarded its Traffic Safety Program of the Year Award to the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office at the 81st Winter Training Conference held in Albany, NY on February 24.
Citing efforts of Sheriff Thomas Dougherty and the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office to enforce vehicle and traffic laws by proactively deploying Deputies using Rural Traffic Safety Initiative Grant funding, Impaired Driver Crackdown Grant funding, three STOP-DWI enforcement units, FAIR information classes for purveyors of alcoholic beverages and DARE instruction in local school districts, the Sheriff’s Association recognized the efforts of the Sheriff’s Office to make roads and highways safer for residents and visitors to Livingston County.
In accepting the award, Sheriff Dougherty recognized the efforts of police services, corrections, dispatch and civilian staff as a team effort on behalf of the residents of Livingston County.

Wyoming County Sheriff's Blotter

February 25 - Scott A. Wilcox, 46, of Pike, was arrested by Federal ATF Agents and Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies on a federal firearm charge regarding a January 2015 domestic incident. Police said Wilcox had fled the scene of a domestic incident with a .44 MAG Rifle on Wiscoy Road in the Town of Pike, after which he was arrested and charged with Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree and Attempted Assault in the Third Degree.  Cooperation between the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the United States Attorney’s Office in Buffalo, NY led to a federal warrant of arrest being signed for Wilcox’s arrest on the charge of a Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm. Wilcox was taken into custody on February 24, 2015 in the Town of Pike without incident, and he was scheduled to be arraigned on the charge in the United States District Court on February 25, 2015. The charge lodged against Wilcox carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment in Federal Prison.

February 23 - Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office search for a Parole Absconder, Richard Brown III, ended successfully at a residence on Miller Road in the Town of Gainesville. Brown, 25, of Canadice, was wanted on a parole violation after he allegedly cut off his ankle bracelet and failed to comply with his conditions of parole. Brown was on parole for Criminal Possession of Stolen Property. Brown was located at the residence and taken into custody. Brown was returned back to the custody of NYS Parole Officers. New York State Police stationed out of Warsaw, NY assisted in making the arrest.

February 23 - Brandon Cushman, 25, of Castile, was arrested following a traffic complaint on South Main Street in the Town of Castile. Cushman was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the Third Degree (U Misdemeanor) for driving on a suspended driver’s license. Cushman was issued an appearance ticket and is to appear in court on a later date.

February 21 - Ashley Jones, 25, of Castile, was arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana following a one vehicle accident that occurred on State Route 39 in the Town of Castile. Deputies said Jones was driving northbound on State Route 39 and lost control of the vehicle on the snow covered road. The vehicle left the road and overturned. Police said marijuana was discovered inside the vehicle and Jones was charged for possession. The vehicle owner, Michael Thompson, 43, of Perry, was also arrested for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana for marijuana allegedly found inside the vehicle. Deputies said “other suspicious substances were found inside the vehicle” and are being tested to see if they are controlled substances. Both Thompson and Jones were issued appearance tickets and are to appear in the Town of Castile Court on a later date. Perry Ambulance and Officer Tim Bryant of the Perry Police Department assisted at the scene.

February 21 - Ronald Page, 51, of Perry, was arrested following a traffic complaint on Simmons Road in Perry. Page was traveling southbound on Simmons Road and lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle left the roadway and became stuck in a snow bank. Deputies said Page failed roadside field sobriety tests and was arrested for Driving While intoxicated. Page submitted to a breath test at the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office, and it was found his blood alcohol content was above .08%, according to police. He was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving With a Blood Alcohol Content Above .08% (both as misdemeanor charges), Moving From Lane Unsafely, Uninspected Motor Vehicle, and Refusal to Take Pre-Screen Device. He was issued appearance tickets and is to return to court on a later date.

February 18 - On February 18,  Deputy Bradley McGinnis responded to a call of a 31 year old male in the Town of Wethersfield unconscious and believed to have overdosed.  Deputy McGinnis arrived on location and found the male inside the residence unresponsive and breathing sporadically. Deputy McGinnis administered Naloxone to the man and he regained consciousness and was transported to Wyoming County Community Hospital where he was  treated. In October of 2014 all Officers of the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office received training in the use of Naloxone and were Issued Naloxone Kits. Naloxone is used to treat Opioid overdoses and it stops the Opioid from working for a period of time until a patient can be brought to a hospital and treated by trained personnel. The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Office was given a grant from the New York State Attorney General’s Office for training and purchasing of Naloxone Kits.