Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Steuben supports state Senate bill allowing flexibility for public defense arraignments

BATH -- Steuben County legislators Monday officially backed a state bill to give counties more flexibility in the location of arraignments. The bill, now in the state Senate, would allow localities to hold "off-hour" arraignments in specific locations, with the potential of rotating sites. The state measure is in response to a recent state appellate court decision requiring public defenders to be present at the arraignment of qualifying defendants. However, in some counties like Steuben -- which are geographically large with numerous local courts -- the requirement could be costly and highly inefficient. The state Senate bill would allow Steuben to partner with the county Magistrate’s Association, county Bar Association and others to develop a more effective, cost-efficient plan, supporters of the state bill said. In other action, the county Legislature:
*Approved a proposal allowing the county Commissioner of Finance and other county officers appointed by the county manager to receive delinquent tax payments through the internet.
*Approved changing the official name of 0.4 miles of County Route 73, (between C.R. 115 in Lindley and C.R. 116), to Morgan Creek Road. The name change was requested by the Town of Board.
*Authorized the distribution of mortgage tax receipts.

Health Alert: Fox with rabies near Olean

Steuben County Legislature Clerk to be statewide leader

BATH – Steuben County Clerk of the Legislature Brenda Mori was recently named President of the NYS Association of Clerks of County Legislative Boards. Mori was selected during the association’s annual conference, held May 18-20 in Cooperstown. Mori, of Hammondsport, has been Steuben’s Clerk of the Legislature since 2010. She served as Deputy Clerk of the Legislature from 1997-2010.

Obituary: Stanley A. Tuttle, Cuba

Cuba - Stanley A. Tuttle of 289 Kinney Hollow Road, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Olean General Hospital, following an illness.
At Stanley's request, there will be no public visitation. A funeral service will be held at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 24 Genesee Pkwy, Cuba, on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. The Rev. Patrick Morrison, Stanley's Nephew, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Belfast. A complete obituary will be published Wednesday.

Obituary: Erica E. Fegadel, 24, Ulysses, PA

ULYSSES, PA - Erica E. Fegadel, 24 of 630 Center Street passed away unexpectedly on Saturday May 21, 2016 in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA. Erica was born on June 11, 1991 in Newark, NY to John and Diane Cowles Fegadel.
Erica received her GED in 2010, and was recently taking online courses in criminal justice. Erica enjoyed writing poetry and being a mom.
Surviving are two daughters Mikaylah Cobb and Melinda Fegadel, both at home. Erica is also survived by her mother and stepfather, Diane (Doc) Morrison, Little Genesee; fiancée Joshua Crane, Ulysses; four brothers, Dean (Angela) Rhodes, Allentown; John Dunn, Chaffee; Dustin (Melody) Morrison, Limestone; Derrick (Christine) Morrison, Portville; one sister, Carolyn (Drew) Blauvelt, Bolivar; along with several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews. Erica was preceded in death by her father John S. Fegadel.
Friends may call at the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc., Bolivar on Thursday May 26, 2016 from noon to 1 p.m. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home following visitation at 1 p.m. with Pastor Mason Sorensen officiating. Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Obituary: Clara R. Harris, Angelica

Clara R. Harris, of 17 Olean Street, passed away peacefully, Sunday (May 22, 2016) at the Wellsville Manor.
Born in Belmont, the daughter of Edward and Rose (Mastin) Scott, she was a lifelong are resident, graduating from Belmont Central School. Clara loved the Lord, and was a member of the Angelica Baptist Church, where she enjoyed attending night services. She enjoyed shopping, visiting with people, classic country music, but most of all she enjoyed her family, and her furry little companion Chloe her dog.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband George L. Harris on February 15, 1997, whom she married on January 11, 1961, and also several brothers and sisters.
She is survived by her daughters Kimberly Brown of Belmont, Victoria (Justin) Thaine of Angelica, her son Scott (Wendy) Harris of Belmont, her 3 granddaughters Deidre Brown of Cuba, Brittany Brown of Belmont, and Lindsay Harris of Genesee, PA, her great grandson Noah Channing Rutkowski, her brother Jack Scott of Black Creek, her special niece Debbie Osterhout of Belvidere, as well as several other nieces and nephews.
A Funeral service will be on Wednesday (May 25, 2016) at 11:00am at the First Baptist Church in Angelica, with Rev. David Ford officiating. Burial will be at the Until the Day Dawn Cemetery.
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Friends may make memorial contributions to: Abbe-Freeland Animal Sanctuary in Angelica at

Allegany County Appoints New County Administrator

Belmont, NY, May 23 - The Allegany County Board of Legislators voted unanimously in favor of appointing Mr. Tim Boyde to the position of Allegany County Administrator.  The appointment will be effective on Monday, June 6, 2016.
Mr. Boyde, who currently resides in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but will be relocating to Allegany County, holds a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  From 1984 through 2002, Mr. Boyde was employed by the Centre County, Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health, beginning his career as a Mental Health Caseworker and ending his tenure at that agency as its Administrator where he supervised a workforce of over 50 employees and managed a multi-million dollar budget.  In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Boyde was the Executive Director of a private, non-profit agency in Central Pennsylvania which was formed to deliver state governmental initiatives for behavioral health in five northeastern Pennsylvania counties.  Between 2004 and 2010, Mr. Boyde served as the County Administrator for Centre County, Pennsylvania.  He left this position in 2010 to serve as the County Administrator for Jefferson County, West Virginia; and in 2012, Mr. Boyde returned to Centre County, Pennsylvania, where he again served as its County Administrator until 2015.
Mr. Boyde is expected to assume his duties as Allegany County Administrator, County Budget Officer, and County Auditor on Monday, June 6, 2016. “We were deliberate in the process of filling the position of County Administrator conducting several interviews beyond the initial reviews done in going through the list of applicants.” said Curt Crandall Chairman of the Board of Legislators. Adding, “The Board looks forward to working with Mr. Boyde, and putting his experience in county government to work here in Allegany County.”  The process of recruiting the new Allegany County Administrator was overseen by the Board of Legislators and conducted by Mr. Dominic Mazza, former County Administrator for Livingston County, New York, now serving as a Consultant with The Bonadio Group of Rochester, New York.
Legislator Chuck Jessup who Chairs the Ways & Means Committee made the motion for Mr. Boyde’s appointment and said after the meeting, “We have numerous special projects we are working on at this time, beyond the day-to-day County business; Mr. Boyde will be busy for sure.  His experience will come in handy; and, frankly, was one of the strengths taken into consideration for his appointment.” After the passage of the Resolution which appointed him to his new position, Mr. Boyde took the floor and briefly addressed the Legislators, Department Heads, and others present stating that “he can’t wait to get to work and is looking forward to working with the Legislators, Department Heads, and dedicated employees of Allegany County.”
John Margeson who has been acting as Interim County Administrator will be working with Mr. Boyde for a short time as he transitions to Allegany County government.  Mr. Margeson was County Administrator from 1992 until 2013.

Click It or Ticket

As motorists take to the roads this Memorial Day holiday, State Police are urging everyone to buckle up. Beginning Monday, May 23rd through June 5th, law enforcement officials will be out in full force, taking part in the 2016 National Click It or Ticket seat belt enforcement mobilization and cracking down on motorists who are not belted.
At 6 p.m. on May 23rd, State Police will join law enforcement agencies across the Western New York in mobilizing the Click It or Ticket campaign. Law enforcement agencies will join forces to provide increased seat belt enforcement, sending a zero tolerance message to the public: driving or riding unbuckled will result in a ticket, no matter what state.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 9,385 passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2014 were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. Statistically unbelted fatalities are more prevalent at night than during the daytime: 58 percent of those killed in 2014 during the overnight hours of 6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m. were unbelted at the time of the crash.
Thousands of Americans are alive today because a seat belt saved them during a crash. In 2014, the use of seat belts in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 12,802 lives. From 2010 to 2014, seat belts saved an estimated 63,000 lives. So while this year’s Click It or Ticket enforcement mobilization runs from May 23rd – June 5th, officers will continue to save lives by enforcing seat belt laws year-round.
For more on the national Click It or Ticket mobilization, please visit

Bolivar man released on probation after trying to strangle woman

A plea deal was reached this morning in Allegany County court in the case of a man who was accused on strangling a woman until she nearly passed out. Joseph L. Barrett, 37, of Main Street in Bolivar had faced a charge of felony strangulation and two counts of criminal mischief. This morning, he pleaded to the single count of 'attempted strangulation.'
The case dates back to December 22, 2015, in Bolivar, when Barrett was accused of choking a woman until she nearly passed out. The Bolivar man was also accused of smashing a cell phone so the victim could not call for help.
Judge Thomas Brown this morning sentenced Barrett to five years probation and assessed him the standard court costs.

Wellsville man sentenced to "time served" in animal cruelty case

After serving 188 days in the Allegany County Jail, a Wellsville man will be allowed to go home. In Allegany County court this morning, Shawn M. Howard, 41, of Duffy Hollow Road cut a deal with prosecutors. Howard had faced a felony and misdemeanor charge in connection with the death of a dog last year in Andover. Today, he pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor count and the felony was dismissed. Prosecutors said the "chained" dog was not given proper food and water. The District Attorney's office said the "neglect caused the death of the dog." In addition, Judge Thomas Brown ordered Howard to make restitution in the amount of $ 1,757.

NYS road work to be suspended for Memorial Day holiday

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will be suspended from 6 a.m. on Friday, May 27, to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Memorial Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs.
“Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year and we are taking every step we can to minimize delays and disruptions on New York's roadways,” Governor Cuomo said. “These actions put drivers first and will help New Yorkers get where they need to go in less time and with less aggravation this holiday weekend.”
The construction suspension is in keeping with Governor Cuomo’s Drivers First program, which prioritizes the convenience of motorists to minimize traffic congestion and travel delays due to road and bridge work.

Allegany County Legislature agenda for May 23 meeting


AGENDA – May 23, 2016


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAGformer United States Navy Petty Officer Third Class BM3 Larry R. Adams
1. Board Meeting Minutes of May 9, 2016 – motion to approve
2. Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes of May 9, 2016 – motion to approve
3. Committee of the Whole Meeting Minutes of May 10, 2016 – motion to approve 
1. Chairman Curtis W. Crandall – Presentation of Certificate to United States Navy Petty Officer Third Class BM3 Larry R. Adams
2. Public Health Director Lori Ballengee – Cancer Services’ 10th Anniversary
3. Office for the Aging Director Madeleine Gasdik – Older American’s Month 
1.      June 2016 Calendar
1. The Belmont American Legion Auxiliary Post 808 has poppies for sale to benefit disabled Veterans.
2. Invitation to attend Legislative Intern Model Session on June 6 at 10:30 a.m.
3. Invitation to attend Greater Allegany County Chamber Business at Hours at the Ball Park hosted by the Regional Ventures in Economic Revitalization Group on May 28.
4. Reminder of next Fire Advisory Board meeting on Thursday, May 26, at 8 p.m. in Room 122 of the Public Safety Building.
5. Reminder of Big Moose Golf Classic on June 11 that will help fund three scholarships in former Legislator Ted Hopkins’ name. 
6. Correspondence from Village of Belmont Mayor Terrance Schmelzer thanking the Board for accepting the Village’s proposal to purchase a vacant lot on Schuyler Street.
1. Chairman Crandall’s Proclamation Declaring May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day and May 15 through May 21, 2016, as Police Week in Allegany County.
2. Chairman Crandall’s Proclamation Declaring May 2016 as Older American’s Month in Allegany County.
3. Chairman Crandall’s Proclamation Declaring May 2016 as Mental Health Month in Allegany County.
4. Chairman Crandall’s Proclamation Declaring May 2016 as Foster Care Month in Allegany County.
1. Resolution Intro. Nos. 126-16 through 141-16   (Please note that Resolution Intro. Nos. 138-16 through 141-16 were not pre-filed and will require a 2/3 vote to consider from the floor.)

2-Year Delivery Rate Freeze for National Grid’s Upstate Customers

ALBANY — The New York State Public Service Commission (Commission) today announced that electric and natural gas delivery rates for National Grid’s customers would remain frozen through March 2018. The decision to freeze delivery rates for the next two years represents the best possible outcome for the utility’s 1.7 million electric and gas customers in upstate New York.
“Freezing rates for National Grid’s customers for the next two years will have a significant economic benefit for the company’s residential and business customers,” said Commission Chair Audrey Zibelman. “Our decision will preserve base rate stability while allowing the company to continue modernizing its electric and gas distribution systems.” 
The Commission’s decision provides National Grid’s upstate electric and gas customers with a freeze in base delivery rates for two years. The decision also allows the utility to borrow more than $2 billion to help fund improvements to its electric and gas transmission and distribution system.

Friendship man charged with felony, other counts after domestic dispute

A Friendship man was arrested Sunday afternoon following a domestic dispute. State police said they charged Justin C. Holbrook, 23, with felony criminal contempt involving physical contact. He was also charged with criminal obstruction of breathing and criminal mischief. Holbrook was arraigned and sent to the Allegany County jail on $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday May 22, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Breanna L. Baker, age 19 of Bolivar, charging her with Issuing a Bad Check.  The charge stems from a complaint made by the Giant Food Mart in Wellsville. Baker was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Baker is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 7th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Friday May 20, 2016

Wellsville Police arrested Christy L. Garippa, age 41 of Wellsville, charging her with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 3rd and Improper/No Signal.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Central Place in the Village.  Garippa was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Garippa is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on June 14th at 4:30 p.m.

Livingston County: 60 year old man struck by car, critically injured - driver arrested

LIVONIA:  Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of a Geneseo man stemming from a vehicle-pedestrian accident on Bronson Hill Road in the Town of Livonia on Friday night.
On May 20th, 2016 at 10:45 p.m. the Livingston County Emergency Communications Center received calls reporting that a pedestrian had been struck.  According to deputies, the operator of the vehicle, Gregory K. Walsh, 24, of Geneseo, was on scene and had been the caller reporting the incident.  It was suspected by Deputies that Walsh may have allegedly been operating the vehicle while in an impaired state.  Deputy Brandan Flickner of the Sheriff's Office STOP DWI Unit responded to the scene.
Walsh requested to be transported to the hospital to be checked. The Deputy followed the ambulance to Strong Hospital for further evaluation of Walsh. Walsh refused to give consent for a draw to determine what was in his system.  Later, a warrant was signed by Judge Robert Wiggins giving Deputies the ability to obtain Walsh’s blood from the hospital.
The individual who had been struck, Russell Maurer, age 60, resided on Bronson Hill Road. He was transported to Strong Hospital with life threatening injuries. Walsh was ultimately arrested at the hospital for Driving While Impaired by Drugs, Aggravated Vehicular Assault (Class C Felony) and Vehicle and Traffic Infractions.  Walsh was released from the hospital and taken into custody by Deputies. 
Walsh was turned over to Central Booking at the Livingston County Jail for processing and to be held for arraignment.    District Attorney Greg McCaffrey assisted on scene and gave a bail recommendation of $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond. 
Walsh was arraigned on May 21st in Geneseo Town Court as no Livonia Judge was available.    Judge Houston held Walsh on $20,000 cash or $40,000 bond.  Walsh is being held at the Livingston County Jail.
On scene investigating for the Sheriff’s Office was Deputy Matthew Thomas, Deputy Brandon Flickner, Deputy Ron Wall, Sergeant Matt Orman, Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) members Sergeant Chad VanAuken and Deputy Caleb Cutting for accident reconstruction, Investigator Brad Schneider, Captain Norm Zeh, Captain Brian Applin and Sheriff Thomas Dougherty.

Foundation to award scholarships June 5th at Genesee-Valley school

The Allegany County Area Foundation Dollars for Scholars affiliate will hold its annual Scholarship Awards Program on Sunday, June 5th at 3:00 p.m. in the Genesee Valley Central School auditorium.  Since 1990 the Foundation has awarded over 2.6 million dollars in scholarships.  This year the Foundation will award over $200,000 to 115 recipients.  The public is invited to attend.  For more information please e-mail:

The Ann Swift Memorial Nursing Scholarship Created for the Cuba-Rushford Central School

Allegany County Area Foundation 
Ellsworth Swift of Cuba, NY has recently created a scholarship endowment fund with the Allegany County Area Foundation to honor his wife, Ann Swift, who passed away in 2014. This scholarship will be available to the graduates of the Cuba-Rushford High School beginning in 2017.

The recipients of the Ann Swift Memorial Scholarship must: have a 2.5 GPA, enroll in an accredited LVN/LPN or RN Degree program, and have good character, honesty, and motivation to work hard and achieve career goals in the medical field. Applicants may apply online beginning in 2017 at:
Ann was born June 15, 1931 in Honolulu, Hawaii and died September 17, 2014 in Cuba, NY. She was the daughter of Captain Robert Clifton Sarratt, U.S.C.G. and Ann Elizabeth Ruff Sarratt. Ann graduated in 1953 from Duke University School of Nursing and became a registered nurse.
Two husbands predeceased her: Paul A Barwick of La Grange, N.C. And Paul Goodman of Kinston, N.C. In 2001 she married Ellsworth Swift of Cuba, N.Y. where they resided until her death.

Ann worked for the State of North Carolina at Caswell Developmental Center in Kinston for several years nursing mentally handicapped patients. She loved raising orchids and was a member of the Orchid Society of Kinston.
In retirement she enjoyed traveling to Europe and to the South Pacific area as well as within the United States. She was active in the First Baptist Church of Cuba and served on the Diaconate Board. She was a member of and financial supporter of many conservation organizations including the Nature Conservancy, the Bat Conservation Society, Save the Manatee Society, and the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter.

If you would like more information on how you can create a scholarship fund to honor a loved one in our county, please contact the Allegany County Area Foundation at 585-808-8444 or send an e-mail to:

Obituary: Virginia Marlyn Chamberlain, 86, Belfast

Virginia Marlyn Chamberlain, 86, of East River Rd. passed away Sunday morning May 22, 2016 as the birds sang after the church bells rang.
Born August 14, 1929 in Saratoga Springs she was the daughter of William H. Deuell and Margaret Elizabeth Piehaczek Deuell.
Virginia was a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School Class of 1947, and Cornell University Class of 1951, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Home Economics.
On July 15, 1951 she married Wendell Chamberlain and made their home in Belfast on the Family Dairy Farm. She taught 3rd Grade at Cuba Elementary School for 19 years before her retirement.
Virginia was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Saratoga Springs, Belfast Grange, Allegany County Pomona Grange, NYS Grange, The National Grange, and attended the Belfast United Methodist Church.
Virginia was a loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Teacher. She loved to read, sew, knit, crotchet, quilt, and can vegetables from the garden. After her retirement she aspired to write Children's Literature. In later years she enjoyed her indoor plants and watching the birds at her feeders, especially the Cardinals.
Virginia is survived by her six children Carl (Heidi) Chamberlain of Amsterdam NY; Sharon (Joe) Hartzold of Danvers IL; Gerald (Beth) Chamberlain of Stillwater NY; Ellen (Jim) Woolley, Brian Chamberlain, Steven (Vicki) Chamberlain of Belfast NY; Brother William H. Deuell (Nancy) Arnold CA; 20 Grandchildren and 12 Great Grandchildren.
Virginia was predeceased in death by her Husband, Father, Mother, a Daughter-In-Law, an Infant Daughter, and an Infant Granddaughter.
Friends may call at The Belfast United Methodist Church, Sunday June 5th at 2 pm. Followed by a Memorial Service at the Belfast United Methodist Church at 3 pm Sunday June 5th, Pastor Nancy Russell will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery Belfast.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to the Belfast Rescue Squad, Belfast Volunteer Fire Department, The Belfast United Methodist Church or the Charity of the donor's Choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Belfast.

Cattaraugus County Legislator William Weller Sr. passes away at 68

By Rick Miller, Olean Times Herald

Cattaraugus County Legislator William Weller Sr., R-Franklinville, died Sunday morning at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Machias. He was 68.

Weller had been at The Pines for rehabilitation for a hip problem when there was a recurrence of an earlier cancer. He had been in hospice care for the past several days.

Weller had attended legislature committees on May 4 and was also at the May 11 Legislature meeting in a wheelchair. Click the link for the rest of the story...

Cattaraugus County Legislator William Weller Sr. passes away at 68

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Media Confidential: May 22 Radio History

Media Confidential: May 22 Radio History: In 1900... In New York City, the Associated Press was incorporated as a non-profit news cooperative. In 1922..WGR in Buffalo, NY signed-on...
The history of one of Buffalo's earliest radio stations has its roots at sea. On April 1, 1921 the Governor, a passenger ship, sank to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean after collision with a freighter, the West Hartland.

The passenger ship’s assigned radio call letters were WGR. Due to maritime superstition, the call sign was never reissued to another ship and reverted to a pool of available call signs for new radio stations.

Trooper performs CPR and utilizes an AED at serious accident in Ontario County

On May 21, 2016, at approximately 1:54 p.m., state police responded to a two vehicle crash with serious injury on State Route 332 in the Town of Farmington, Ontario County.
A motorist traveling southbound on St-Rte 332, due to a possible medical condition,  crossed over the grass median and struck a motorist traveling northbound. When the trooper arrived, he observed the motorist of the southbound vehicle unresponsive. Trooper Sidney Bright immediately removed the operator and began CPR.  Trooper Bright then utilized his AED and after 1 shock, a normal heart rhythm was restored.
The operator, later identified as, Alfred Rossi, age 67, from Canandaigua, NY was taken to Strong Hospital for serious injuries.  The operator of the northbound vehicle, Elizabeth Barrett, age 52, from Canandaigua, NY was treated for minor injuries.
The investigation is continuing.