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Friday, August 1, 2014

Steuben County Legislature news

BATH -- Steuben County legislators approved Monday leasing the county's grinder to the Town of Big Flats at a cost of $4,000 per day.

The agreement with the town, located in Chemung County, also includes labor. The town also will rent other county equipment, without operators, for $160 per day.

The arrangement will save Big Flats roughly $600 per day compared to the town’s other leasing opportunities, according to county Public Works Commissioner Vince Spagnoletti.

Leasing the grinder is a part of the county’s shared services program with other counties and municipalities in the area, and helps offset the cost of the $700,000 machine, purchased in 2013.

Legislators also approved a Grinder Repair/Replacement Capital Project for rental revenues and expenses. The project also would pay for maintenance and repair, and enable the Public Works Department to better track costs, county officials said.

The county Legislature also:

Agreed to submit a grant application for household hazardous waste collection at
the Erwin transfer station.

Confirmed the current agreement between the Bath Electric Gas & Water System
to treat effluent from the Steuben County’s Leachate Treatment Plant.

Accepted maintenance jurisdiction from the New York State Department of
Transportation for approximately 300 feet of Old State Route 414 in the Town of Corning.

Approved the 2015 Workers’ Compensation Budget.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney activity

Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, July 28, 2014:


Arraignments


            WILLIAM J. DELANY, d/o/b 5/25/1980, of Delevan, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Robbery in the First Degree, a class C felony; Robbery in the Third Degree, a class D felony; Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, a class C felony; and Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.  The indictment charges that on or about June 3, 2011, in the Town of Yorkshire, the defendant forcibly stole property. 


            AUDRA A. BECKER, d/o/b 9/1/1977, of Rushford, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges her with Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class E felony; and 46 counts of Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree, class E felonies.  The indictment charges that between June 20, 2011 and May 1, 2012, the defendant stole more than $3,000, further, during February 2013, she made or caused a false entry in the business records of an enterprise to conceal the commission of another crime.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

            LAMONT L. PARKS, d/o/b 11/10/1959, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and two counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, all class B felonies.  The indictment charges that on or about August 16, 2012 and August 29, 2012, in the City of Olean, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic drug.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

            GLENN FISHER, II, d/o/b 12/29/1990, of Dunkirk, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with three counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies; three counts of Petit Larceny, class A misdemeanors; Criminal Mischief in the Second Degree, a class D felony; and two counts of Criminal Trespass in the Third Degree, class B misdemeanors.  The indictment charges that between January 29, 2014 and January 31, 2014, in the Village of Gowanda, the defendant, acting with others, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in buildings and damaged property exceeding $1,500.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.


            PHILLIP M. HAIGHT, d/o/b 6/4/1983, of Bradford, Pennsylvania, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to and indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony; and Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree, a class C felony.  The indictment charges that on or about June 13, 2013, in the City of Salamanca, the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed and sold a narcotic preparation.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

            JASON J. CZERMINSKI, of Lyndon, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Burglary in the Second Degree, a class C felony; Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony; four counts of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, class A misdemeanors; Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.  The indictment charges that between May 5, 2013 and May 9, 2013, in the Town of Lyndon, the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in dwellings, stole property and damage property.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.


            ARTHUR J. WRIGHT, d/o/b 11/19/1979, of Randolph, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Sex Offender Registration Act Violation, a class E felony.  The indictment charges that on or about September 9, 2013, in the Town of Randolph, the defendant, being a level three sex offender and knowing the registration requirements failed to produce himself at a law enforcement agency to provide an annual photograph.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

            TREVOR T. JIMERSON, d/o/b 10/16/1976, of Steamburg, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, class E felonies; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the First Degree, a class E felony; and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle, a violation.  The indictment charges that on or about January 20, 2014, in the Town of Allegany, the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated conditions, having a .15% BAC.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.


Guilty Pleas

JUSTIN R. CRAMER, d/o/b 08/25/1982, of Limestone, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, a class B felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about December 12, 2013 in the Town of Carrollton, the defendant with intent to cause the death of another person attempted to cause the death of such person or of a third person.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 29, 2014.


            ANTOINETTE M. SWEET, d/o/b 11/28/1974, of Buffalo, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Attempted Forgery in the Second Degree, a class E felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about April 30, 2013, in the Town of Yorkshire, when the defendant was stopped for a traffic violation and gave police officers a false name and forged the traffic ticket.  Sentencing is scheduled for October 27, 2014.

            LAWRENCE C. SMITH, JR., d/o/b 09/25/1992, of Buffalo, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminals Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony, to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about May 9, 2013, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for September 29, 2014.


Sentences

KEITH K. ELLIS., d/o/b 12/19/1994, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to one year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction of Attempted Rape in the Second Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about July 22, 2013, in the Town of Allegany, when the defendant being eighteen years old or more attempted to engage in sexual intercourse with another person less than fifteen years old.

MARY E. PROCTOR, d/o/b 09/25/1987, of West Valley, New York, was sentenced as a predicate felon to 1 ½ to 3 years in the New York State Department of Corrections for her conviction of Welfare Fraud in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony.   The incident occurred on or about and between April 2009 and July 2011 when the defendant did knowingly commit a fraudulent welfare act by taking and obtaining public assistance benefits, and the value of those benefits exceeded $3,000.00.

RICHARD E. SMITH, JR. d/o/b 11/20/1979, of Niagara Falls, New York, was sentenced to one year in the Cattaraugus County Jail for his conviction of Attempted Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class C felony.  The incident occurred on or about February 12, 2013, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant attempted to sell a narcotic drug.

Steuben County Grand Jury action





Carnival comes to Olean

On Friday, August 8th, 2014 the City of Olean Youth Bureau & Recreation Department will hold its annual Kids Day/Charity Carnival at War Vets Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be plenty of fun games, activities and food for the children to enjoy. The carnival will feature inflatable bouncing games, carnival games and a dunk tank.


~All proceeds from the carnival will benefit local memorial scholarship funds ~
As this event approaches, our focus turns toward donations from local businesses. Any gifts, food/beverages or donations that you can contribute for prizes will be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to call 716-376-5698.

Anyone wishing to purchase raffle tickets for an opportunity to win door prizes at the Kids Day Charity Carnival can do so at the William O. Smith Recreation Center (373-RINK) or you may call the Youth Bureau & Recreation Department at 376-5698. Raffle tickets are $2 for a book of ten or $.25 each.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Area roadwork scheduled


TRAVELER ADVISORY

PAVING ON STATE ROUTES 54, 305 AND 427

TOWNS OF BATH, CUBA AND SOUTHPORT

CHEMUNG, STEUBEN AND ALLEGANY COUNTIES

The New York State Department of Transportation today announced that work will begin on August 4, 2014, on state Route 305 in the town of Cuba, Allegany County, then proceed to state Route 54 in the town of Bath, Steuben County, and then to state Route 427 in the town of Southport, Chemung County. 

 
The project, expected to last approximately four months, will consist of asphalt concrete milling, resurfacing and ADA ramp improvements. While this work is taking place, traffic will be maintained with a one-lane, two-way traffic pattern controlled by flag persons.  The construction contractor for this project is Bothar Construction, LLC of Binghamton, New York.

 
Motorists may encounter flaggers, lane closures and could experience travel delays  .  It is imperative that motorists remember to drive carefully through the many highway and bridge construction zones they will encounter this season.

 
Motorists are reminded that fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.  In accordance with the Work Zone Safety Act of 2005, convictions of two or more speeding violations in a work zone could result in the suspension of an individual’s driver license.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cuba man faces felony drug charges


Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that following a lengthy investigation regarding illegal narcotics possession and sales in the Town of Friendship, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit today arrested Albert O. Rhodes, age 26 of Bristol Street in Cuba, on an Allegany County Grand Jury Indictment Warrant charging him with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, and 2 counts of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the 3rd degree, all class B felonies.

The arrest stems from separate incidents in which Rhodes allegedly sold morphine to an agent of the Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit on two separate occasions in the Town of Friendship.

Rhodes was processed at the sheriff’s office and sent to the County Jail without bail. He’ll appear for arraignment in Allegany County Court on July 31st.

Investigators were assisted in the arrest by uniformed sheriff deputies and officers from the Cuba Police Department.

All citizens are encouraged to call the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Hotline at (585) 268-9782 with any drug related information. Any and all information is important and regarded as strictly confidential.

Part-time Catt County deputy sheriff faces alcohol charges - Olean Times Herald

Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb confirmed Tuesday an officer in his department is facing charges for allegedly driving while intoxicated, says the Olean Times Herald.
 
Brian S. Keis, 46, of Olean, a part-time deputy for the Sheriff’s Office, was charged by Olean police with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right, making an unsafe lane change, and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol at 10:04 p.m. Friday after a traffic stop on the 100 block of South Fourth Street. Keis was also charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, a charge levied against those found driving with a blood alcohol content greater than .18 percent.

 As of late Tuesday afternoon, no disciplinary action by the Sheriff’s Office had been taken against Keis.
Sheriff Whitcomb said he did speak with the county’s attorney, Thomas C. Brady, Tuesday and plans to speak with David Moshier, director of the county’s Human Resources department, today about what disciplinary measures the Sheriff’s Office can take against Keis. The sheriff said any action his department takes against Keis is confidential, but indicated a decision will likely be made today. Keis has worked for the Sheriff’s Office for more than 10 years on an as-needed basis.
“Any change in his scheduling will be part of our internal review and not releasable,” said the sheriff.
Until a decision is made on Keis’ future with the Sheriff’s Office, he will remain on the its active duty roster.
“Regardless of whatever we do to him in the short-run, he will remain on the active duty roster until there’s a disposition in the case,” Sheriff Whitcomb said. “Does that mean he’ll be currently working for us or not? That’s an internal matter ... and we’ll be determining whether or not he’ll be subject to a schedule modification.”
Sheriff Whitcomb did offer that Keis is not scheduled to work this week or in the immediate future.
“That won’t happen, certainly, until we have a better handle on this situation,” Sheriff Whitcomb said. “... Although he has been charged, there has not been any conviction yet. Under criminal procedure of law, you are innocent until proven guilty. We will have to visit how and what way we will use him during the investigation into all of this.”
The sheriff noted he’s never had to take disciplinary action against Keis before.
Keis is to appear in Olean City Court at a later date.
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Police respond to reported gunshots on Walnut Street in Olean - The Bradford Era

OLEAN, N.Y. — Olean police are investigating an apparent home invasion during which shots were fired early Tuesday morning. No one was injured.



City police were dispatched to 1311 Walnut St., a house with three apartments, at 12:41 a.m. after gunshots were reported.

According to police, three masked men, one armed with a handgun, entered the house’s front, first-floor apartment. 

One of the apartment’s three occupants struggled with the gunman, attempting to disarm him, and two shots were fired inside the residence. No one was struck and no other injuries were reported. The three intruders immediately fled the apartment, police said.

Authorities did not release the names of the apartment occupants, as they are still investigating the matter. 

It is unclear as to why the incident occurred. 

“There was no indication to the victims they were being robbed,” said city police Capt. Robert Blovsky. “Really, the question for us is ‘Why?’ The occupants just don’t seem to know why someone would do this to them.”

Blovsky said the incident does not appear to be drug-related.

“If anyone has information about this, please step forward,” Blovsky said. “All calls will be kept confidential.”

The police department can be reached by phone at 716-376-5678.

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Bath: Two arrested after domestic dispute


Coudersport teens arrested at Wal-Mart


Andover man faces felony burglary, other counts


A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN, NEW YORK STATE POLICE AND JAMESTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT ELIMINATE JAMESTOWN NARCOTICS PIPELINE

BUFFALO – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and the New York State Police, the Jamestown Police Department, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Border Patrol today announced that narcotics possession and sale, conspiracy to distribute and other charges have been filed against 47 individuals accused of taking part in a drug distribution network that funneled heroin from Philadelphia and New York City to Jamestown.
As part of a multi-agency investigation code-named Operation Horseback, state, federal and local law enforcement agents led by Attorney General Schneiderman’s Organized Crime Task Force (OCTF), New York State Police’s CNET and the Jamestown Police Department conducted a year-long investigation that included undercover operations, hundreds of hours of covert surveillance, and wiretaps. The investigation led to the seizure of more than 3,000 baggies of heroin with an estimated street value of $60,000, all for distribution in Jamestown. 
“Today’s arrests are another step in our tough, continued battle against illegal drugs that have flooded our streets and ruined so many lives,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “As we have alleged, these traffickers not only wreaked havoc on local neighborhoods—they even sold to prison inmates and rehab patients who should be benefitting from treatment, not caving to the temptations of their addiction. We will keep fighting to put drug traffickers behind bars, clean up our streets, and keep our communities safe.”
Since 2011, the attorney general’s office has broken up 17 major drugs rings, recovered $1.3 million from drug dealers, confiscated 79 kilos of cocaine, more than 500 grams of crack, more than 2,500 grams of heroin, and made 345 felony arrests of drug dealers and kingpins  statewide.
According to the indictment, members of the narcotics distribution organization would transport the heroin to Jamestown from New York City in a canister located underneath a 1999 Chevy Astro Van. Wiretaps caught the defendants discussing their drug transactions in a cryptic and coded manner in the hope of avoiding detection by law enforcement. Neftali Cintron, known as Pucho, and his son-in-law Luis DeJesus, known as Papito, would allegedly travel to Philadelphia to obtain heroin, which their minions distributed for them in Jamestown. When they did not like the quality of the narcotics from that source, they would obtain drugs from other dealers in the area. 
One of those distributors, Luis Lozada-Berberena, known as Wiso, allegedly operated his heroin business during regular business hours – sometimes telling customers he was “closed for the day” – and had a number of regular customers who would line up to meet and follow him to out-of-the-way locations to make a deal. He allegedly got his heroin from Carlos Encarnacion, who regularly drove to New York City and returned with heroin hidden in the specially outfitted Astro Van. Wiso also purchased suboxone strips from one heroin customer and sold them to another heroin customer, Leslie Rodriguez. She then allegedly smuggled them into Gowanda Correctional Facility in Erie County where her boyfriend was incarcerated there. He then allegedly sold the suboxone, making over $300 per strip.
Defendant Edwin Velasquez allegedly sold to individuals in his drug rehabilitation group. Carlos Echiaverria, known as Boobie, was a dealer who obtained heroin from all of the above sources, and sold cocaine and firearms during the course of this investigation as detailed in the indictment. Boobie enlisted his father-in-law to travel to Buffalo on a bus to bring heroin from New York City for sale in Jamestown. 
“This was a significant drug operation that distributed thousands of bags of heroin onto the streets of Jamestown and neighboring communities,” said New York State Police Superintendent Joseph D’Amico. “The demand for this powerful, dangerous and often deadly drug was incredibly high. This speaks volumes as to how widespread the abuse of heroin has become. It is through the combined efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement that has once again resulted in preventing a significant amount of heroin from getting into our neighborhoods. Today’s events send a strong message to dealers throughout the region that we will not tolerate drugs being brought into our communities.”
The 159-count indictment unsealed in Chautauqua County Court today charges 47 people with crimes including Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and Conspiracy (class A and B felonies), and various counts of Criminal Sale and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance (class B felonies).
The indictment is the culmination of a major investigation that is part of Attorney General Schneiderman’s initiative combating large-scale narcotics trafficking and related crimes across the state. While criminal enforcement actions like this are essential to choking off the supply of heroin to our communities, it is also important to combat the epidemic on the treatment side as well. Recently, Attorney General Schneiderman launched the Community Overdose Prevention (COP) Program, which provides funding for every law-enforcement agency in New York to equip its officers with naloxone, a life-saving heroin antidote.
Charged in the Chautauqua County indictment are:
Alberto Alicea; age 54, Brooklyn, NY
Neftali Benitez, a/k/a “Tego”; age 33, Jamestown, NY
Bryan Bobe; age 25, Jamestown, NY
Charles Brown, a/k/a “Choco Loco”; age 42, Falconer, NY 
Stephen Bush; age 33, Jamestown, NY
Hector Cameron, a/k/a “Loco”; age 31, Jamestown, NY
Javier Carasquillo, a/k/a “Oreja”; age 43, Jamestown, NY
Neftali Cintron, a/k/a “Pucho”; age 51, Jamestown, NY
Hector Colon Rodriguez , a/k/a “Chino”; age 40, Jamestown, NY
Ivan DeJesus Pena; age 45, Jamestown, NY
Luis DeJesus, a/k/a “Papito”; age 29, Jamestown, NY
Alfredo Diaz, a/k/a “Ding Dong”; age 51, Jamestown, NY 
Samantha DiLallo; age 26, Randolph, NY
Carlos Echiaverria, a/k/a “Boobie”; age 31, Jamestown, NY
Carlos Encarnacion; age 59, Jamestown, NY
Roberto Figueredo, a/k/a “Bost”; age 25
Joseph Fontanez; age 24, Jamestown, NY
Christopher Freeney; age 43, Jamestown, NY
Luis Garcia, a/k/a “Wichie”; age 42, Jamestown, NY
Rolando Garcia; age 50, Jamestown, NY
John Grilla; age 28, Jamestown, NY
Jose Guevara, a/k/a “Pun”; age 29, Jamestown, NY
Angelita Guzman, a/k/a “Michelle”; age 28, Jamestown, NY
Francisco Guzman Gonzalez; age 46, Jamestown, NY 
Michael Lisciandro, a/k/a “Dougie”; age 23, Jamestown, NY
Moises Lopez-Encarnacion, a/k/a “Junito”; age 22, Mayville, NY
Luis Lozada Berberena, a/k/a “Wiso”; age 40, Jamestown, NY
Eric M. Lundsten; age 29, Ellington, NY
Roberto Morales-Sanchez, a/k/a “Pichulin”; age 45, Jamestown, NY
Jean Noriega, a/k/a “John”; age 43
Frank Orazio; age 24, Cassadaga, NY
LaShawn Paige; age 42, Binghamton, NY
Doris Ramos; age 25, Jamestown, NY
Ricardo Ramos; age 27, Jamestown, NY
Jonathan Ribbing; age 27, Lakewood, NY
Eddie Robles, a/k/a “Nelson”; age 49, Jamestown, NY
Leslie Rodriguez; age 28, Jamestown, NY
Randall Rolison; age 51, Jamestown, NY
Olga Santiago; age 49, Jamestown, NY
Jesus Javier Suarez; age 44, Jamestown, NY
Enrique Torres-Baez, a/k/a “Quique”; age 43, Jamestown, NY
James Torres, a/k/a “BK”; age 42, Jamestown, NY
Damaris Urena; age 35, Jamestown, NY
Francis Vega, a/k/a “Pollo”; age 37
Edwin Velasquez; age 53, Falconer, NY
Joshua Van Ord; age 20, Lakewood, NY and
Walter Westerdahl age 33, Jamestown, NY

The investigation was conducted by OCTF Investigator Pedro Pabon, Supervising Investigator Peter J. Talty, and Deputy Chief Eugene Black, and New York State Police Investigator Daniel Burns, Senior Investigator Charles Torres, and Lt. Martin Mckee, as well as Jamestown Police Detective Stephen Promber and Lt. Paul Abbott, and Homeland Security S.A. Justin Burnham and Supervisory Agent Kevin Ryan.
The case is being prosecuted by OCTF Assistant Deputy Attorney General Patricia I. Carrington, Deputy Attorney General Peri Alyse Kadanoff and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Prosecutions Kelly Donovan. 

DiNAPOLI: LOCAL SALES TAX REVENUE GROWING SLOWLY

Local sales tax collections in New York state grew by $177 million, or 2.4 percent, for the first half of 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, according to a report issued today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Nineteen counties experienced an increase of more than 4 percent during this period.

“While sales tax revenues continue to increase across the state, the growth is the weakest since the end of the Great Recession,” said DiNapoli. “Sales tax collections in New York City are thriving but several regions are experiencing only modest gains or even declines. Clearly our state’s economy remains in a recovery mode and local government officials will need to be mindful of the volatility of sales tax revenue as they monitor their budgets during the second half of the year.”

DiNapoli’s analysis found that year-over-year growth in sales tax collections was 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2014. Growth in the second quarter of the year was slightly stronger at 3.5 percent.

The gains were driven primarily by New York City with collections growing by 4.8 percent, or $152 million. This accounted for nearly 90 percent of local sales tax growth in the state during the first half of 2014.

By comparison, Long Island’s sales tax collections fell 3.8 percent, or $45 million, during the first two quarters of the year compared to 2013. However, most of the decreases are likely the result of spending patterns returning to normal after an increase in collections in 2013 that were fueled by continued cleanup and rebuilding efforts following Superstorm Sandy.

Upstate sales tax collections, meanwhile, were nearly flat in many regions. The capital district (3.5 percent) and mid-Hudson Valley (2.4 percent) outpaced western New York (1.7 percent), central New York (1.5 percent) and the Finger Lakes (0.9 percent) during the first half of the year.

Due to a number of tax rate increases, growth in sales tax revenue for the North Country (7.6 percent) topped all regions of the state, including New York City.

At the county level, St. Lawrence County (31 percent), Hamilton County (24.4 percent) and Lewis County (15.6 percent) experienced the most growth. Other counties that fared well include: Essex County (9.3 percent); Dutchess County (7 percent); Franklin County (6.4 percent) and Rockland County (6.4 percent).

Nassau County (-8.3 percent), Ulster County (-5.7 percent) and Broome County (-5.6 percent) all experienced notable declines in sales tax revenue.

 
 
 
 
 

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES 40 TAX PREPARERS SUSPENDED UNDER NEW REGULATIONS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the results of an initial crackdown on tax preparers, a service which over seven million New Yorkers use, with the suspension of 40 tax preparers who failed to file their own personal income tax returns for 2011 and 2012. Once suspended, preparers cannot legally complete or file a client’s state tax returns for compensation.

“These new rules were put into place to protect taxpayers and ensure those entrusted to prepare tax returns abide by real professional standards,” Governor Cuomo said. “By disqualifying those who fail to live up to their responsibilities, we are strengthening the system and ensuring that the millions of New Yorkers who use a tax preparation service receive what they paid for.”

New York is only one of four states in the nation that regulates the tax preparer industry in an effort to reduce errors and omissions on tax returns, reduce fraud, and increase the level of competence and ethics among preparers. Governor Cuomo
announced new regulations in March to identify and stop fraud and scams with new, comprehensive rules covering the 40,000 tax preparers throughout the state.

Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox said, “It’s this simple: if you don’t file your own taxes, you shouldn’t be allowed to file returns for other New Yorkers. Without our new regulations, we would have no recourse against these preparers or others who are plainly unqualified.”

Under the new regulations, most paid tax preparers are required for the first time to pass a State competency examination, take annual continuing education, be at least 18 years of age and have a high school or equivalency diploma. The Tax Department’s
Office of Professional Responsibility holds the authority to discipline a tax return preparer who fails to comply with his or her own federal, state or local tax obligations in a timely fashion.

The Tax Department also recently issued 56 suspension letters. Of these, 16 preparers who received the disciplinary notices filed a formal protest challenging the action, which is allowed under regulations, and these appeals are currently under review.

File a complaint

If you are aware of any tax preparers who have engaged in illegal or improper conduct, please contact our office at 518-530-HELP or
file a complaint online.

List of Suspended Tax Preparers


New York City
Bronx
Alonso, Victor
Ausfresser, Jeffrey
Blades, Jarrod
Guillermo, Jose
Maduro, Julia
Moore, Leval
Olivencia, Olivencia
Valedez, Lynn
Williams, Monique
Brooklyn
Charoo Mathews, Yvette
Henryhaynes, Joyce
Preston, Calvin
Manhattan
Bivins, Raymond
Calderon, Henry
Taveras, Juan
Terrero, Jose
QueensBazelais, Lorraine
Chicca, Louis
Cuadrado, Raymond
Davis, Therese
Diaz, Clara
Huben Greenburg, Joanne

Moran, Johnny
Sanabria, Maria
Ventimiglia, Salvatore

Whittaker, Marie
    College PointRego Park
    Ridgewood

    Jamaica
    Richmond Hill
    Belle Harbor
    Corona

    Jamaica
    Bayside
    Far Rockaway
Broome County
Edwards, Ida
    Johnson City
Erie County
Fulton, Patricia
    Clarence
Madison County
Scavone, Phillip
    Canastota
Monroe County
Devuyst, Susan
    Rochester
Nassau County
Walsh, David
    Lynbrook
Oneida County
Dagostino, Joseph
    Vernon
Roberts, Susan
    Whitesboro
Orange County
Santoro, Sean
    Montgomery
Putnam County
Hernandez, Alberto
    Cold Spring
Suffolk County
Bono, Jose
    Bay Shore
Marciante, Vincent
    West Babylon
Westchester County
Digiroloamo, Lena
    Yonkers
Roquel, Ivonne
    Yonkers
Waldron, Brian
    Peekskill

Obituary: Andrew Michael Ford, 16

 

Mineral VA/ Angelica-
Andrew Michael Ford, 16 completely healed on July 27, 2014. His life was full and he blessed his parents (Chris and Jenn) and siblings (Aaron, Megan, Michelle and Alex) with his smile and presence. He went to heaven ahead of his grandparents Jon and Donna Ford, Helene Mousseau, Allan and Linda Graham, Great Grandpa Bernie Piatt, and great grandmothers Fleurette Mousseau and Beverly Graham. He also leaves behind his uncle Bret and Aunt Teresa, Uncle Josh and aunt Kattie, as well as Aunt Stephanie. He loved spending time with his cousins Bret, Jon, Cassie, Austin, Noah and Hope. He will also be missed by his longtime nurse and second mom, Colleen McDonald, as well as many other family members and friends. Drew was a very special boy who fought a rare disease with courage and a smile, and brought people together wherever he was. We are so thankful for the time with him and that God blessed us with.

To send a remembrance or to light a candle in Drew’s name please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Brown & Powers Funeral Home of Angelica.

A short celebration of his life will be held on Thursday (July 31, 2014) at the Angelica First Baptist Church at 7PM.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to one of the following organizations in his memory: the Lackey Foundation, (Olean, NY), Buffalo Ronald McDonald House, Buffalo Make A Wish or Noah’s Children (Richmond VA).

Painted Post man arrested after traffic stop on Interstate 86


On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Painted Post-based State Police arrested Thomas J. Killigrew after he was stopped for speeding on Interstate 86 in the Town of Campbell.  Killigrew, 68 of Painted Post, was arrested after he exited his vehicle and entered the roadway refusing orders from Troopers.  Killigrew was charged with speed in zone, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and obstruction of governmental administration 2nd.  Killigrew was remanded to the Steuben County Jail in lieu of bail.

DiNAPOLI: FIRE DEPARTMENT TREASURER ARRESTED FOR STEALING PUBLIC FUNDS

New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli has announced the arrest of Dennis Snow, the treasurer of the LeRoy Fire Department in Genesee County. Snow was charged with two counts of grand larceny in the third degree (class D felony), 42 counts of forgery in the first degree (class C felony) and two counts of falsifying business records in the first degree (class E felony) for allegedly stealing nearly $50,000 in public funds.

“This individual blatantly abused his position and went on a spending spree with public money,” said DiNapoli. “It is alarming that my office continues to uncover instances such as this where local officials misuse their office for their personal benefit. I commend the village of LeRoy police department and District Attorney Friedman for working closely with my staff to make sure this individual is held accountable for his actions.”

DiNapoli’s office found that Snow allegedly made unauthorized transfers, withdrawals and deposits from the department’s account, as well as from the firemen's benevolent association. Snow used the money to pay his personal bills and admitted that he forged the required co-signers signatures in order to complete his theft. The audit is expected to be finalized in the next month. Snow is due back in court on August 13.

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