Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Livingston County: Sheriff announces next STOP-DWI patrols

Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty has announced the next wave of STOP-DWI patrols. The fifth "Crackdown Enforcement" will take place in Livingston County March 13-18, to coincide with St. Patrick’s Day weekend.  Deputies and police officers from the Avon, Caledonia, Dansville, Geneseo, Mt. Morris, Nunda, New York State Park Police and SUNY Geneseo Police Departments will be ticketing violators of NYS Vehicle and Traffic Laws, hoping to reduce the number of crashes, injuries and deaths on Livingston County highways at times of the year when crashes are more likely to occur. Consider yourself warned.

St. James Hospital will keep some inpatient beds, says radio report

WLEA radio is citing "unnamed sources" in a report Tuesday night announcing that St. James Mercy Hospital will align itself with the University of Rochester/Strong Memorial, and not Rochester General. WLEA said the St. James Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to support Strong Memorial. The "unnamed sources" also said St. James Hospital and the Hornell community won a major concession as well. After intense meetings, the University of Rochester has (apparently) agreed to provide 10 observation beds and 10 'longer stay' beds. The original plan called for St. James Hospital to end inpatient and maternity services effective May 1st. However, there was no final agreement on maternity services. University of Rochester, according to WLEA, has agreed to re-think the issue. The maternity issue alone had caused major concern in and around the Hornell area and with Mayor Shawn Hogan. Hogan said repeatedly he was against sending the patients to Jones Memorial in Wellsville or Noyes in Dansville.
WLEA reported Tuesday night "the full details of what has been worked out will be released in future days and weeks."

Whitesville woman arrested on warrant

The Independence Police Department reports the following arrest:

DATE: 03/3/2015      6:25 PM
NAME: Jessica E. Sugden 
AGE: 34                                                                                                             ADDRESS:  Whitesville, NY                    
CHARGE(S):   Bench Warrant
DETAILS: Arrested on a Town of Independence Court Bench Warrant for failure to pay a fine.
STATUS: Jessica E. Sugden was arraigned in Independence Town court and released after paying fines owed.

Red Cross Hosting Volunteer Events in WNY

The American Red Cross, Western New York and Greater Rochester Chapters are hosting several Volunteer Orientation events in the coming weeks. The events are open to anyone interested in learning about the ways in which the Red Cross supports residents across the Region. Red Cross staff members and current volunteers will be available to discuss volunteer opportunities in several lines of service: Disaster Services, Blood Services, Service to the Armed Forces, and Health and Safety Services. The next events are scheduled for March 8 in Livingston County, March 11 in Monroe County, and March 12 in Allegany County.
Here are the dates, times, locations and contact information for upcoming Volunteer Orientation events:
Allegany County:
  • American Red Cross, 112 North Main Street, Wellsville, NY
  • Thursday, March 12 – 5:30pm-7pm
  • or 716-878-2231
  • Livingston County
  • American Red Cross, 57 Elizabeth Street, Dansville, NY
  • Sunday, March 8th – 2pm-3:30pm
  • or 585-241-4487
  • Monroe County
  • American Red Cross, 50 Prince Street, Rochester, NY
  • Wednesday, March 11th – 2pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday, March 26 – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday, April 7th – 2pm-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 22nd – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 7th – 2pm-3:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 22nd – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 7th – 2pm-3:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 19th – 6pm-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, June 10th – 2pm-3:30pm
  • Thursday, June 25th – 6pm-7:30pm
  • or 585-241-4487
  • The Red Cross is also seeking volunteers to join its Disaster Action team (DAT), which responds to local emergencies and large nationwide disasters. Locally, DAT volunteers respond to emergencies such as house fires, floods, transportation accidents and natural disasters. Relief efforts range from providing food and shelter to offering emotional support to the victims.
    The Red Cross invites residents to attend an event and consider volunteering regardless of their experience levels. While needs may vary based on current events, the Red Cross will do its best to accommodate everyone’s desire to get involved.
    “The Red Cross is always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels to join our team,” said Rebecca Snow, Volunteer Director for the Western and Central New York Region.
    “Volunteers play a crucial role in ensuring that the Red Cross delivers its services in our communities. Please join us to learn more about how you can serve your community as a Red Cross volunteer.”

    Wolf: My Budget Makes Historic Investments In Education; Takes Steps to Rebuild the Middle Class

    Issued by the Governor's Office:
    Governor Tom Wolf today unveiled his 2015-2016 budget proposal that makes historic investments in education while taking concrete steps toward rebuilding the middle class. Gov. Wolf’s budget restores cuts to basic education with a four-year commitment to increase funding by $2 billion while cutting property taxes paid by the average homeowner by 50 percent and reducing the total tax burden on average, middle-class families. Gov. Wolf’s budget also helps grow jobs in Pennsylvania by cutting the corporate net income tax by 50 percent and making strategic investments in job creation through programs like the Made in Pennsylvania manufacturing tax credit.
    “My budget rebuilds the middle class in Pennsylvania starting with three priorities: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works,” said Gov. Wolf. “Pennsylvania can have a bright future, but we cannot simply do the same things over and over and hope for different results.
    Pennsylvania As An Energy Leader
    • We need to partner with the industry and make Pennsylvania a leader in energy manufacturing and development. We need to build new businesses by using our natural gas as a feedstock as well as an energy resource. Pennsylvania can be a leader in industries like biotech, materials, chemicals and life sciences.
    • Gov. Wolf’s budget will make Pennsylvania a national leader in clean energy like solar and wind and Gov. Wolf will work to protect coal and continue Pennsylvania’s traditions of harvesting timber and hardwood.

    More of his comments and plans can be found HERE.
     HARRISBURG – Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) expressed concern Tuesday after hearing Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposal for a $33.8 billion state budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
    “What the governor is proposing is unprecedented. He wants to increase spending by nearly $5 billion, or 16 percent over the current year, and the taxpayers would have to foot that bill,” Causer said. “Government needs to be fiscally responsible and live within its means. What the governor is proposing is a government that is living far beyond the means of its citizens.”

    Northern Potter School closed Wednesday due to water issue

    The Northern Potter School District will be closed Wednesday, March 4th due to a water issue.

    Obituary: Susan J. "Susie" Tucker, 61, Genesee, PA

    Susan J. Tucker (Susie), 61 of 2230 Peet Brook Road, went home to the Lord on Sunday, March 1, 2015.  She fought a short but very difficult battle with cancer. Susie was born on July 20, 1953 in Coudersport to Robert (Brother Bob) Tucker and Jeannine M. Ditto, who have predeceased her. She graduated from Coudersport High School in 1971 and went on to Williamsport Area Community College to obtain an Associate of Applied Science – Food and Hospitality Management degree in 1977.
    Susan was employed at the Austin School cafeteria for 9 years and managed a Sheetz store.  She was a partner in “Jim’s Handyman and Cleaning Service” and many other endeavors.
    Susie was very devoted to the love of family and friends, hosting many memorable gatherings. She loved to ride the Harley with Jim Thielges, her beloved soul mate, who predeceased her on May 22, 2013.
    She is survived by her son, Robert (Julie) Rees of Ore.; a step daughter Michelle (Harry) Manges of Saxonburg; a stepson, Michael (Jess) Thielges of Smethport; a sister Mindy (Karen) Tucker of Fla.; a brother Mike (Sue) Tucker of Olean, N.Y.; five grand children; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; the extended Thielges family; her beloved dog, Harley; and her many friends.
    There will be no visitation. A celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.
    Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home, 3256 Riverside Drive in Wellsville, N.Y.

    Corning® Gorilla® Glass Helps Take Gionee Slim Smartphones to Next Level

    CORNING, N.Y.– Corning Incorporated today announced that Gionee Communication Equipment Co. Ltd has chosen Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 with NDR™ for both the front and back glass panels of its newly announced Ultra Smartphone Elife S7.
    “One of Corning’s greatest differentiators is our ability to proactively collaborate with customers to understand and innovate to meet consumers’ most pressing needs,” said Dave Velasquez, director, marketing and commercial operations, Corning Gorilla Glass. “As devices move toward slimmer form factors, it’s important that both OEMs and consumers have confidence that their smartphones can stand up to their everyday lifestyles. Corning was able to work with Gionee on the Ultra Smartphone Elife S7 to help create a device that is not only thin and beautiful, but also durable.”
    When Gionee, the current Guinness World Record® holder for the thinnest smartphone, needed a tough cover glass that was slim and would not add bulk to its new 5.5 mm thin device, the company turned to Corning to meet its need by using Gorilla Glass 3. Additionally, the optical clarity of Gorilla Glass helps showcase the smartphone’s vivid 5.2-inch screen.
    "Gionee and Corning have a long and successful working relationship based on strategic cooperation,” said William Lu, president of Gionee.

    Deadline set for nominees for Steuben County Child Abuse Prevention Award

    BATH -- Nominations for the 2015 Steuben County Child Abuse Prevention Award will be accepted until March 31 by the county Task Force for the Prevention of Child Abuse.
    Eligible nominees may be individuals, programs, or agencies and may be nominated by human service agencies, individuals, schools and organizations. The recipient will be selected by the county task force and recognized by the county Legislature at its April meeting.
    Nominations for the award are available through the Steuben County Youth Bureau at (607) 664-2119, or online at, by selecting the Youth Bureau from the “Departments and Services” tab.
    The award is a part of Steuben’s recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, and will include special activities to raise awareness and prevent child abuse in the county. The task force will team with students, schools, and organizations across the county to make and distribute hundreds of colorful pinwheels as part of its annual Pinwheels and Promises campaign.
    For more information on the county’s 2015 Child Abuse Prevention Award, the Pinwheels and Promises campaign, or other prevention activities, call the Youth Bureau (607) 664-2119.

    Civil War Navy Exhibit at the Curtiss Museum

    Hammondsport, NY – The Glenn H. Curtiss Museum will be featuring a spring and summer long exhibition of Civil War Naval artifacts, including firearms, personal equipment and uniforms, along with telling the story of New York State’s part in the creation of the U.S.Navy.  The exhibit will run from March 6 through September 7, 2015.
    During the five years of the Civil War, the United States Navy grew from a fledgling organization into one of the most advanced navies in the world. New York State played a major role in the creation of that powerful fleet.
    Admission to the exhibit includes access to the entire museum, including antique and reproduction airplanes, boats, motorcycles, automobiles and local history exhibits.
    For more information, visit the museum website at or call 607-569-2160.

    Arbor Day Foundation Names Hornell Tree City USA

    Hornell, NY was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
    This is the 14th consecutive year that Hornell has achieved Tree City USA recognition. The program’s four requirements are: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
    The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of Stale Foresters.
    “Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Hornell make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
    Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
    More information on the program is available at

    Alfred Mayoral candidates square off again Wednesday night

    Village of Alfred residents who missed last weeks Meet the Candidates forum featuring the two mayoral candidates will have another opportunity to hear from them Wednesday night. The candidates, incumbent Justin Grigg and challenger  and small business owner Jason Rodd, will square off from 9pm-10pm in Nevins Theater on the Alfred University campus. The campus events calendar says - Want to know how their policies could impact life in Alfred? Come to this event! Questions? Email
    Last week, key topics discussed were housing, economic development and shared services. A key part of Rodd's strategy has been the suggestions that (college) students should have a greater voice
    in the village.
    The village election is March 18.

    New York State Broadband Initiatives Impacting Allegany County

    On Tuesday, March 3, Allegany County Legislative Chairman Curt Crandall issued the following media release:
    Allegany County is well positioned to help Governor Andrew M. Cuomo achieve the goals outlined in the New NY Broadband Program. In a recent statement the Governor commented, "Access to High-speed internet is critical to ensuring that all New Yorkers can reach their full potential in today's technology-driven world.  We’re launching the largest state broadband investment in the nation in order to make that goal a reality."
    The Governor has proposed a 500 million dollar investment in the new program. Allegany County received funding through the Connect New York Program.  This program will help create a county-wide platform for providing broadband internet access.  This will be accomplished by drawing upon and expanding the county’s existing infrastructure to a capacity that will enable delivery of broadband to local communities and households that are currently without adequate service.  Allegany County has begun work on the Connect New York program with anticipated completion later this year.
    We are anxiously awaiting the details of the New NY Broadband Program. This past Friday, March 27, Allegany County officials met with David Salway, Director of the New York State Broadband Office, at the Swain Ski Center.  Director Salway conducted a panel discussion of the new program and other communication issues important to Allegany County.  Having the Director of such an important New York State Office come to Allegany County is greatly appreciated.  The forum provided the opportunity for open discussion of the county’s needs and concerns.  Director Salway’s visit was very important for Allegany County and it was an honor to host and attend this event at the Swain Ski Center.
    From looking at the goals and objectives of the Governor’s new initiative, it may be possible to use the Allegany County Broadband project as a “best practice” model to apply to other parts of the state. Allegany County is typical of many rural, sparsely populated counties across New York and what works here can work other places as well. The meeting at Swain Ski Center was well attended with representatives from the business community along with higher education, public safety, healthcare and economic development. With proper access to high-speed internet, I am confident that these sectors can thrive in our rural community.

    Obituary: Virginia F. Wagner, 71, Cuba

    Cuba, NY - Virginia Fay Wagner, 71, of 5 Chapel Street passed away on Monday, March 02, 2015 at the home of her son in Wellsville, with her family at her side. She was born July 5, 1943 in Wellsville, the daughter of the late Lawrence S. and Aileen (Fay) Button. On March 9, 1969 in Wellsville she married George E. Wagner who survives.
    Virginia was a former resident of Wellsville and a 1962 graduate of Wellsville High School. She was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church and an active member of the Immaculate Conception Parish Fun Fair Committee. She was also a very active with the Boy Scouts of America for many years. On February 17, 1973 Virginia and George renewed their wedding vows at the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville.
    A devoted wife and mother; Virginia is survived in addition to her husband by one son, Joseph M. Wagner of Wellsville, two granddaughters, Chelsea Rochelle Wagner and Ella Katherine Hill, one brother, James A. (Lori) Button of Wellsville, one niece, two nephews, one great niece and two great nephews.

    Friends are invited to call on Thursday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday from 10:00 to 10:30 am at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc., 34 W. State Street in Wellsville. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 6, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. The family suggests memorial donations be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital. To leave online condolences, please visit

    Obituary: Roberta Corcoran, 83, Wellsville

    WELLSVILLE - Roberta Corcoran, age 83, of North Franklin Street, passed away on Sunday (March 1, 2015) at the Highland Health Care Center. A memorial service is being planned for this summer and will be announced with a complete obituary at a later date. To leave online condolences, please visit

    Obituary: Jean Miller Hile, 69, formerly of Wellsville

    Jean Miller Hile, age 69, passed on to heaven with her daughters and sister at her side on Feb. 23, 2015 at Emeritus Memory Care of Melbourne, FL. Jean was born on January 16, 1946 in Staten Island, NY to Keith R. and Dorothy Boylan Miller and moved to Olean, NY before spending most of her life in Wellsville. She is survived by two loving daughters, Tamara (Tammy) Hile Brandes (Chris) of Sebastian, FL and Elizabeth (Betsy) Hile-Gay (Nathan) of Oklahoma City, OK; her sister and best friend, Sue Hand (Steve), and brother, Tom Miller (Tina). She was adored by her 4 granddaughters, Emily, Natalie, Olivia, and Evelyn, 3 nieces, 4 nephews, and many other family and friends. Jean worked at First Trust Bank and was known for her kindness and patience with older customers. She was also a lifelong volunteer, often putting the needs of others before her own. Jean was diagnosed with young-onset Alzheimer's at age 58 and fought for her independence until the end. She moved to be closer to her daughters in Pittsburgh, PA, and later Melbourne, FL before flying to heaven to dance with the angels alongside her parents and brother, Richard K. Miller. Donations should be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association at A party to celebrate her life will be held in Wellsville this summer. More information will be forthcoming. All whose lives have been touched by her are welcome to attend.

    Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report For March 2, 2015

    Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, March 2, 2015:

          MICHAEL BAKER, 51, of Machias, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree, class C felonies; two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, class D felonies; two counts of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, class D felonies; two counts of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, class E felonies; Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor; and two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, misdemeanors.  The incident occurred on August 11, 2013, in the Town of Machias, when Baker operated a motorcycle while he was allegedly in an intoxicated condition, having a .20% BAC, and causing the death of his wife, a passenger, Dianne Baker, 43, of McKinstry Road.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
          SUSAN E. MCKAY, 54, of Delevan, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges her with three counts of Grand Larceny in the Second Degree and one count of Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, all class C felonies.  The indictment charges that between January 1, 2011 and August 31, 2014, in the Town of Freedom, McKay stole more than $150,000.00 by engaging in a scheme constituting a systematic ongoing course of conduct with intent to defraud ten or more person by false or fraudulent pretenses, representations or promises.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
          DALE R. PARKER, 28 of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Attempted Robbery in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on December 18, 2014, in the City of Olean, when he allegedly attempted to forcibly steal property.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
          TIMOTHY SHERLOCK, 32, of Olean, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with two counts of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and Identity Theft in the Second Degree, all class E felonies.  The incidents between August 6, 2014 and August 30, 2014, in the City of Olean, when Sherlock allegedly stole property and the value of the property exceeded $1,000 and did so while using someone else’s identity.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
          STORMY L. EVANS, 22, of Freedom, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges her with Burglary in the Third Degree, a class D felony; and Petit Larceny, a class A misdemeanor.  The incident occurred on October 12, 2014, in the Town of Freedom, and alleges she  knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime therein and stole property.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.
    Guilty Pleas

    County Exec's join "Enough Is Enough" campaign to combat sexual assault on college campuses

    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that county executives from communities across the state have joined the "Enough is Enough" campaign to combat sexual violence on college campuses and universities. These 17 county executives represent broad, bipartisan support for the Governor’s proposal to create the strongest protections for college students in the country, codifying uniform sexual assault prevention and response protocols for private colleges – protocols which have already been adopted by the State University of New York.
    The following county executives have joined the Governor’s “Enough is Enough” campaign:

      · Steve Bellone, Suffolk County
      · Maggie Brooks, Monroe County
      · Ed Day, Rockland County
      · Mike Hein, Ulster County
      · Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County
      · Kathleen Jimino, Renssalaer County
      · Joanie Mahoney, Onondaga County
      · Edward Mangano, Nassau County
      · Dan McCoy, Albany County
      · Marcus Molinaro, Dutchess County
      · Steve Neuhaus, Orange County
      · MaryEllen Odell, Putnam County
      · Matthew Ossenfort, Montgomery County
      · Anthony Picente, Oneida County
      · Mark Poloncarz, Erie County
      · Debra Preston, Broome County
      · Tom Santulli, Chemung County
      The Governor’s legislation will extend the SUNY policy and protections to colleges statewide and ensure that the state’s 1.2 million college students are protected with comprehensive and uniform procedures and guidelines, including affirmative consent and access to law enforcement. Once law, this policy will go far to protect more students in New York.
      The “Enough is Enough” campaign includes a new State Police hotline – 1-844-845-7269 – dedicated to reporting sexual assaults on college and university campuses. Specially-trained members of the State Police will be on-call 24 hours a day to respond to sexual assault calls throughout the state. The campaign also has a website,, and a video featuring students, advocates and elected officials supporting the Governor’s policy to address sexual assault on college campuses.

    NY DOT has ambitious plan for Allegany, other counties over next three years

    The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has some ambitious projects for Allegany and nearby counties, beginning this spring and during the next few years. Some are classified as “in development” while others fall under the category of “future development” or what some cynics would call ‘wishful thinking.’ Nonetheless, the projects seem to be on the DOT’s radar. Here is a snapshot –
    In development:
    ·         A project to pave 1.4 miles of Route 19 in Belfast, Allegany county; 0.60 miles of Route 21 in Almond, Allegany County; 1.70 miles of Route 54A in Jerusalem, Yates County; 0.30 miles of Route 224 in Odessa, Schuyler count and 0.70 miles of Route 247 in Rushville, Yates County. Construction on the $1.7 million project is tentatively set to begin this summer.
    ·         A project to rehabilitate a bridge that carries the eastbound side of Interstate the I-86 over Tannery Creek in the town of Cuba, Allegany County. The $1.8 million is tentatively set to begin in late 2015.
    ·         A project to replace a bridge that carries Route 417 over Root Creek in the town of Bolivar, Allegany County. The $1.7 million project is not set to begin until the Spring of 2018, at the earliest.
    ·         A project to rehabilitate the bridge that carries Route 275 over Van Campen Creek in the town of Friendship, Allegany County. Construction on the $400,000 project is not expected until the Fall of 2016.
    Future Development:
    ·         A project to rehabilitate bridges that carry I-390 over County Route 121 near Cohocton, Steuben County and I-86 over County Route 2 near Angelica, Allegany County. The $2.3 million project is tentatively set to begin in late 2017.
    ·         A project to perform preventative maintenance paving on 4.6 miles of Route 248 from the western border of the town of Independence to the village of Whitesville, Allegany county. Work could begin in the Spring of 2016 at a cost of $1.1 million.
    ·         A project to perform highway paving on 1.7 miles of Interstate 86 from the Cattaraugus county line to the RT 305 interchange in the village of Cuba, Allegany County. The $470,000 project might begin in the Spring of 2017.
    ·         A project to perform highway paving on 5.7 miles of Interstate 86 from Exit 29 to Exit 30 in the towns of Friendship and Amity, Allegany County. The $1.5 million project might begin in the Spring of 2017.
    The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is a list of every project in New York State for which Federal funding is proposed to be used and that is scheduled to begin during the designated three Federal fiscal year time frame.

    DiNAPOLI: Agricultural activity brings $37.6 Billion into NYS economy

    Agriculture contributed $37.6 billion to New York’s economy in 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent from 2007, according to a report released today by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The state ranks in the top 10 nationwide for milk and other dairy production, as well as wine, apples, maple syrup and other products.
    “New York’s economy is still fueled by agricultural activity and the production of food,” DiNapoli said. “Farms in New York are 98 percent family-owned, yet compete on a national level.
    "Comptroller Tom DiNapoli’s report calls attention to the significant economic impact agriculture has in New York state,” said Dean Norton, president of the New York Farm Bureau. “This in-depth look highlights the dedication of farmers, the diversity of products and the unmistakable conclusion that agriculture is a cornerstone of our rural economy both upstate and on Long Island. New York Farm Bureau thanks the Comptroller for the report and his continued interest in our state’s agricultural strength.”
    Milk is the state’s largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2012 census. New York also ranked first nationwide in the production of yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream, and was the second-largest wine producer in 2013, with 34 million gallons. The state also ranked second nationally in maple syrup production.
    As of 2012, roughly 56,000 New Yorkers operated farms, with an additional 61,000 people hired as farm laborers.

    Potter County: Services Developed To Help With Transition From Jail

    jailA committee from Potter County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) met last week to continue efforts to develop more comprehensive services for inmates who are nearing the end of their sentences and preparing to return to society. Much of the CJAB Re-Entry Committee’s work is focused on male inmates at the Potter County Jail, which will complement services to be provided at the Women’s Residential Rehabilitation Center in Harrison Valley. Among committee members are Judge Stephen Minor, the Potter County Commissioners, Potter County Human Services Drug & Alcohol Program and administrators of the Potter County Jail and Pa. CareerLink.
    Goal is to prepare the individual to meet the challenges of re-entry by addressing needs for housing, drug and alcohol and/or mental health services, clothing, food, education, energy assistance, employability/job skills, peer support and financial assistance. The subcommittee is creating a re-entry planning checklist along with a re-entry resource guide. As each inmate nears his release date, he’ll meet one-on-one with a certified recovery specialist, mental health case manager and/or housing specialist to discuss available resources and choices that could be critical to avoiding future legal problems.

    NY Senate Passes Term Limits for State Legislative Leadership

    The New York State Senate Monday  passed legislation that would set into law eight-year term limits for leadership positions in the Senate and Assembly. The measure (S2722B), sponsored by Senator Joseph A. Griffo (R-C-I, Rome), is consistent with what is already in place in Senate rules and also limits the number of consecutive years a legislator can serve as a committee chair or party leader.
    The bill limits the tenure of the Temporary President of the Senate, Speaker of the Assembly, and minority leaders of both houses to eight years. Legislative committee chairs would also be limited to serving no more than eight consecutive years.
    The Senate first voluntarily implemented leadership term limits in 2009 as part of the rules governing the Senate. Adoption of the measure passed Monday would make them permanent in law for both the Senate and Assembly.
    The bill will be sent to the Assembly.

    Hornell School System Passes Revisions To Dress Code, WLEA radio reports

    WLEA radio is reporting that the Board of Education in Hornell has altered the school's dress code policy, citing in part security concerns.
    The broadcast company filed this report Tuesday:

    The Hornell School board passed some changes to the school’s dress code policy. “Refrain from wearing hats or other headgear but not limited to caps, bandanas, hoodies, etc., in the school buildings from 7:30am to 3:30pm on school days, except for religious or medical purposes, or if specifically approved by the building administrator for school sponsored activities, such as fundraisers, spirit week, etc.,” said Rich Scavo, reading the new rule aloud at the Monday night Hornell School Board meeting.
    Scavo, who was a longtime Hornell Police Officer, also says this is happening so security cameras can pick up the faces of those coming in and out of schools.

    Rep. Reed Demands Senators Talk with House on Presidents Amnesty

    Yesterday on his weekly media call, Congressman Tom Reed expressed the need for a conversation between the House and the Senate. On Friday the House failed to pass a measure that would have called for the House and Senate to meet to iron out differences on Department of Homeland Security Funding.
    In a statement released Tuesday morning, Rep. Reed said, "It is clear President Obama has overreached with his Executive Amnesty.  In fact, 57% of the Senate, as demonstrated by the senators' own votes, agree with holding the President accountable on this point.  However, it seems the Senate has chosen to ignore the will of the people and fund the very executive amnesty action the Senate itself opposes." 
    Reed added, “The House has acted. Now all we are demanding is the Senate talk with the House on how our bodies bridge our differences in executing Congress' shared opposition to the President's unconstitutional amnesty orders.  It is only fair this public conversation takes place in order for the American people to see where their representatives stand on the issue.  Senate Democrats should not hide behind procedure to block this needed transparent conversation."

    Pierce Pettis to play at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center on Friday, March 6th

    WELLSVILLE,NY-Pierce Pettis will be performing on Friday, March 6th, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center.  Show starts at 8pm.  Advanced tickets are $12,  $14 at door.  Members save an additional $2.  Tickets may be purchased online at or at the Art Center Coffee House.  For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000.
    Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters.  His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life.  Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on our hearts and keep us laughing.  The beautiful harmonies, inventive yet subtle percussion, strong guitar, and Pierce’s rich vocals are a constant throughout his body of work.
    Pettis has performed in all 48 continental states as well as in Canada and Europe.  He has appeared nine times on American Public Radio’s Mountain Stage and has been featured on National Public Radio’s E-town, Morning Edition and World Cafe as well as CBS News and the Nashville Network.
    During his long career, Pierce Pettis has been a writer at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama, recorded for Fast Folk Musical Magazine in New York, won the prestigious New Folk songwriting competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and was a staff songwriter at Polygram/Universal Music Publishing in Nashville.  He has received numerous songwriting awards including a 1999 ASCAP Country Music Award for You Move Me — recorded by Garth Brooks.
    After three critically acclaimed albums on the Windham Hill/High Street label, Pettis joined Compass Records in Nashville, releasing five albums.  “That Kind of Love” received raves from XM/Sirius Satellite Radio, Paste Magazine, Performing Songwriter and American songwriter… to name a few.  The album was ranked at #2 nationally in the Roots Music Report of acoustic/folk releases.
    “Pierce Pettis doesn’t write mere songs, he writes literature…End to end the songwriting is brilliant…His writing just gets better all the time and his singing is marvelous, wry and warm.” -SING OUT!

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    Cuba: Origin identified in fatal fire

    Investigators have identified the origin of a fire February 21 state claimed the life of 37-year old Shannon Pepper. Cuba Fire Chief David Hardman told the Olean Times Herald that a fire investigation team determined that the blaze originated at the bottom of a living room chair. However, while investigators know where the blaze began, they don't know what ignited the chair. According to the Times Herald, that part of the investigation will remain undetermined. Hardman told the newspaper that there were several ashtrays and candles in the apartment, which is located at 3 Bristol Street, Erin's Isle Apartments.
    Pepper died of smoke inhalation at Olean General Hospital. Two others from neighboring apartments were also treated at the hospital. Several other tenants were displaced due to smoke damage.

    C-A BOCES Winter Carnival Slated for March 3 & 4

    Approximately 750 students from Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES and local school district special education classes will participate in the Tenth Annual Winter Carnival to be held at the Holiday Valley Tubing Park on March 3 and 4.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. and finish up at 1 p.m.  A total of six activity areas will be open to this year's participants.
    According to Event Coordinators Chris McNell and Debbie Golley, this year's Winter Carnival will feature tubing, snow soccer, an obstacle course, broom hockey, as well as some indoor games.  Hayrides will also be available courtesy of Pumpkinville. 
    Ms. Golley said, “This is a great day for our kids who might not normally have some of these opportunities.”
    On the on the first day, March 3, participants are scheduled to attend from Olean, Portville, and Ellicottville BOCES classrooms, along with non-BOCES classrooms from Allegany-Limestone, Andover, Olean, Portville, Ellicottville, West Valley and Bolivar-Richburg.
    On the second day, March 4, participants from Allegany County, Franklinville, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, and Pioneer BOCES classrooms will attend, along with non-BOCES classrooms from Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Fillmore, Randolph, Pioneer, Salamanca, Genesee Valley, and Wellsville.
    BOCES and Holiday Valley will also provide a hot dog roast, chips, cookies, and hot chocolate to all participants.  The Big Pig from WPIG will be on hand both days from 11 a.m. until noon.  Local clown Tommy O’Conner will also be on hand to entertain and Bob McCarthy will serve as Emcee both days.
    Approximately 300 volunteers will assist elementary, middle, and high school students during the two-day event.  Student volunteers from Ellicottville Central School and the BOCES Career and Technical Education Center at Ellicottville will be among the volunteers.  The Holiday Valley Tubing Company is located at 5673 Bryant Hill Road in Ellicottville. (information courtesy of CA BOCES).

    Former Cohocton Clerk sent to jail

    Sandra L. Riley, the former Town Clerk in Cohocton, was sentenced Monday morning to four months in jail. A Steuben County Judge also placed the 50-year old on five years probation.
    Riley made headlines when she was accused of stealing about $36,000 of taxpayer money. She resigned from office last October and pleaded guilty to the charge in December. She has since repaid the stolen money.
    Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker said, "It's a demonstration of what happens when  somebody breaches the public trust."

    With sale in progress, Dresser-Rand announces 8% workforce reduction

    Layoffs began at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville last week and before it is over, the company says it will trim 8% of its global workforce, or about 650 workers. Sources say the layoffs in Wellsville included both union and non-union workers. Vince Volpe, president and CEO of Dresser-Rand, says the job reductions are connected to market conditions in the energy field, particularly low crude oil prices. “Given the prevailing view that oil prices are expected to remain under pressure in the near future, the company is taking appropriate measures to continue its emphasis on operating earnings growth, even in what is expected to be a relatively stable year in sales in 2015,” the CEO said.
    It is unclear how many total workers at Dresser-Rand's Olean, Wellsville and Painted Post will be impacted. The elimination of jobs began last week and will reportedly continue for the next few weeks.
    As for the pending sale, Dresser-Rand recently released this statement:
    Dresser-Rand Group Inc. has been notified that the European Commission will be initiating a Phase II review of the Company's proposed merger with Siemens. The Company still expects the transaction to close in the summer of 2015, or earlier, subject to regulatory approval in Europe and certain other jurisdictions, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions. The transaction has received regulatory approval in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Russia and South Korea.
    Meanwhile, on Feb. 27, Dresser-Rand announced  its 4th quarter and 2014 results:

    Noyes Health Awarded Hospital Accreditation From Joint Commission

    Noyes Health today announced that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care. 
    Noyes Health underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey and certification process that began in November of 2014 and was completed last month.  During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management.  
    Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews. The Joint Commission has accredited hospitals for more than 60 years. More than 4,000 general, children’s, long-term acute, psychiatric, rehabilitation and specialty hospitals currently maintain accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a three-year period. In addition, approximately 360 critical access hospitals maintain accreditation through a separate program.  

    SUNY Geneseo: Floriano, Lascell and Tang Receive SUNY Excellence in Adjunct Teaching Awards

    GENESEO, N.Y. – Three SUNY Geneseo faculty members have received a 2014-15 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching. Two of the recipients are from the Department of Music: Joan Floriano, who teaches voice, and Ernest Lascell, an instructor of clarinet and saxophone. Jasmine Tang, who teaches both elementary and intermediate Chinese in the Department of Languages and Literatures, also received the award.
    Floriano is a Geneseo alumna and has been a Geneseo faculty member since 2008. She earned her master’s degree and performer’s certificates in voice and opera from the Eastman School of Music. She also is a specialist in Italian diction. She often performs on the musical stage in opera and musical theater and is a frequent clinician and master teacher in high schools in the western New York region. Floriano also is a lecturer in the music department of Nazareth College. She is active in the Central New York chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
    Lascell has been on the Geneseo faculty since 1985 and also is a member of the Geneseo Woodwind Quintet. He received his bachelor’s degree in music education from Nazareth College and his master’s degree in performance and literature from Northwestern University. In addition to his college work, he served as director of instrumental music at Bloomfield Middle and Senior High Schools from 1984 until his retirement from that post in 2009. He also has served on the music faculty of Houghton College. Lascell received the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Musicians’ Award  for Outstanding Music Educator of the Year in 2005.

    Tang has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1991. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology at Geneseo and received a master’s degree in liberal arts with a concentration in Chinese education from Empire State College’s School for Graduate Studies. In 2012, Tang received an Award of Distinction from the Chinese Language Education and Research Center (CLERC) for outstanding contributions to the promotion of Chinese language education in the United States. In 2013, she received the Award for Outstanding Academic Contributions to the Field of World Languages and Culture from SUNY Empire State College.

    “Adjunct teachers across the SUNY campuses provide consistently excellent instruction and are a key component of our faculty as we seek to increase access, completion and success among students,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Those honored with this year’s award have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their students and an exceptional commitment to quality teaching.”

    Bolivar-Richburg School Board meets Tuesday - sports appts. on agenda

    The Bolivar-Richburg will hold a special work session Tuesday at 6pm, followed by the regular Board meeting.  The school board will be asked to approve some coaching appointments and a chaperone for the senior class trip -
    A. Items for Board Action
    2. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve the following extracurricular appointments for the 2014-2015 spring season:
    Steven McPherson - Modified Softball Coach
    Curtis Pierce – Volunteer Assistant JV Baseball
    Mark Emery – Volunteer Softball

    3. A motion is needed, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, to approve Amanda McDonnell as a chaperone for senior class trip from March 28, 2015 to April 1, 2015.

    Bradford, PA: State of Emergency ends, boil water order doesn't

    At 12:00 pm Monday during a special Bradford City Council meeting, city officials voted to rescind the declaration of emergency that had been passed last week. Kim Benjamin of the Water Authority said that the water system is still recovering, but is nearly back to normal operating capacity. Benjamin further reported that area Fire Departments could resume use of hydrants for fire suppression.
    The Water Authority is also aware that there are dozens of residents suffering from frozen water lines and are encouraging those affected to contact a local plumber to assist with the thawing of the service line. The Authority is prepared to pay for those lines that can be verified are frozen past the "curb box" (shut-off).
    The emergency operations center officially closed as of noon Monday, however, drinking water is still available for pickup only at Central fire station on Chestnut Street as the supply lasts. The hours for pickup are from 8:00 am until 6:00 pm - a reminder of a one case per residential water customer is still in effect. For any questions regarding the availability of drinking water can call the Central Fire station at 814-368-3141.
    Lastly, residents are reminded there is still a "Boil Water Advisory" in effect and expected to last through the beginning of next week. The testing procedures will be done according to the guidelines that the DEP determines.

    Two men jailed after I-390 traffic stop in Livingston County

    AVON:  Two Rochester men were arrested and face felony drug charges after traffic stop on I-390, according to Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty.
    On February 28, 2015, at approximately 6:06 pm, Deputy Shawn Whitford stopped a vehicle for an exhaust issue on Interstate 390 in the Town of Avon. According to a press release, Deputy Whitford spoke to the driver of the vehicle who identified himself as Daren A. Floyd, 35, of Rochester (top photo). 
    During the course of the investigation, deputies said, it was discovered that Floyd's driver's license was shown to be suspended a total of 30 times. A computer check on Floyd also showed he was wanted on a warrant issued by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.  Floyd was placed into custody and charged with numerous Vehicle and Traffic Law violations that included Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st, a class E Felony.
    Deputy Whitford also spoke to the passenger in the vehicle who was identified as Antoine Richards,30, of Rochester (lower photo). Richards allegedly admitted to police that he too had an active warrant for his arrest, issued by the Elmira Police Department. Richards was then placed in custody. Police said that during a search it was discovered that Richards was allegedly in possession of seven plastic bags with a white substance in it that later tested positive for cocaine. Richards was also in possession of several small bags of marijuana, police said.  Richards was charged with Unlawful Possession of Marijuana, a violation and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B Felony.
    Both men were processed and taken before Judge Piampiano in Avon Town Court for arraignment.  Floyd was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff in lieu of $5,000.00 cash bail or $10,000.00 secured bond.  Richards was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff on no bail due to past felony convictions.  The Livingston County District Attorney's Office was advised of the arrest.  Both men are scheduled to appear in Avon Town Court at a later date.
    The investigation and arrest was handled by Deputy Shawn Whitford with the assistance of Deputy Paul Ricotta, both of the Livingston County Sheriff's Office.

    Obituary: Robert D. Brown, Sr., 73, Hinsdale... Strong-willed Family Man

    Robert D. Brown, Sr., 73, of 639 Route 446, Hinsdale, passed away Monday, March 02, 2015 at Olean General Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born on February 3, 1942, in Troy, PA, he was a son of Vrillo I. and Joyce E. Dann Brown.  On October 21, 1963, he married the former Clara S. Burrows who survives. They would have celebrated their 52 wedding anniversary later this year.
    Mr. Brown served in the United States Army from March 21, 1961 until March 19, 1965.
    Robert worked for Corning Glass and later for Stroehmann’s Bakery as a truck driver from 1970-1981 until he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.
    In his younger years he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.  He liked watching NASCAR, loved baseball, and enjoyed giving truckers directions over the CB radio.
    He was a member of the Maplehurst Baptist Church.
    Surviving in addition to his wife are:
    Three sons- Robert D. Brown Jr. of Fillmore,        
    Ronald D. (Amy) Brown of Hinsdale,
    Roger (Kay Marie) Brown of Hinsdale.
    His grandchildren Ashlyn, Corey, Ava, Shawn, Ryan, and Kaitlyn.
    A brother, Herald Brown of Bath.         
    A sister, Patricia (Jim) Merkel and several Nieces and Nephews.
    In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers DuWayne Brown and Clayton Dyke, and a sister Ruth Lockwood.
    The family will receive friends at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull Street Cuba, on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 from 2-4 & 7-9 P.M. where funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 11:00 am. The Rev.Terry Jenks, pastor of Maplehurst Baptist Church, will officiate.
    Burial will be in Hinsdale Cemetery, Town of Maplehurst, New York.
    The family suggests memorials in Robert’s name be made to the Maplehurst Baptist Church, 1349 Route 446, Hinsdale, NY 14743.
    Online condolences may be sent at

    Olean: City scrambled to repair water main breaks

    The City of Olean experienced two water main breaks on Sunday March 1, 2015.
    According to Water Superintendent Mark Whiteman, the leak on Hamilton Avenue was at a broken T connection that services the fire hydrant. Water department personnel cut out the broken section and disconnected the hydrant for a quick fix. This action allowed water to be restored to the residents in the area. The Water Department will return to the site at a later date to reinstall the connection to the fire hydrant. About twenty residents were cut off from service until the leak was repaired. Water was restored at about 7:00pm.
    The leak at Seneca Avenue and Alder Street was repaired last night and service to everyone was restored at about 12:30 am. The Olean Housing Authority has two complexes in the vicinity with 115 apartments in total. The cause of the leak turned out to be a broken four inch valve.
    Mayor William J. Aiello echoed the sentiments of both the Director of Public Works Tom Windus and the Water Superintendent Mark Whiteman, “The City’s staff did an excellent job, under very adverse weather conditions, to investigate and fix these two leaks. I am very proud and thankful for their commitment to our community.”

    High school students flock to Alfred State for National Engineers Week event

    In photo: Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, right, judges one of the entries in the design challenge that was part of Friday’s National Engineers Week event.
    Nearly 150 high school students from five area school districts visited Alfred State Friday to discover the exciting worlds of engineering and technology as part of National Engineers Week.
    Founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, the week is dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers, according to Throughout last week, 34 Alfred State students in the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology showcased the many great projects and activities they engage in at the college through various clubs and organizations.
    Participating Alfred State groups included the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Architecture Club, the Associated General Contractors of America, the Robotics Club, the Alfred State Information Security Team, Women In Non-traditional Studies, and the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping Glickman Chapter.
    High schools that attended Friday’s event were from Hornell, Arkport, Elmira, Scio, and the Greater Southern Tier BOCES Wildwood campus. In addition to learning from Alfred State students, high school students also took part in a fun design challenge, in which their teams were tasked with designing and building a table out of a newspaper that was at least 8 inches tall and could hold, at minimum, a 200-page textbook.
    Alex Surdyk, an electrical engineering technology major from Hamburg, said the event was Alfred State’s chance to show high school students that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields are “not just math and numbers, but instead something that you can see, feel, and be a part of.”
    “It is crucial to the continuing development of society and the human race as a whole to continue to make advancements in STEM,” he said. “We need young minds to lead us into the future.”
    For Josh Weaver, a junior from the Elmira City School District, and Jasmine Mosko, a freshman from Arkport Central School, the day was about fun and learning.
    “It was fun and people were nice about everything while they were trying to teach everyone what was going on and trying to get other people interested in what they were doing,” Weaver said. “I learned about how certain architectural things are made.”
    Mosko said, “It was fun because we got to do hands-on activities and learn different things.”
    Dr. John Williams, dean of the School of Architecture, Management, and Engineering Technology, said he received many positive comments from the visitors and that the vast majority of high school students were engaged in the event. He also noted that he is very proud of his school’s students.
    “Watching them represent their fields and seeing the passion they have for what they are studying, it was a great day,” Williams said.

    Potter County Looking To Clean Up Illegal Dump Sites

    dumpsitePotter County is putting plans in place to clean up illegal dump sites in the coming months. A multi-agency effort is being put together to identify which sites can be remediated. An agreement between the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company will help cover expenses.
    Last year, a lengthy investigation by the Potter County Conservation District and other agencies resulted in Tennessee agreeing to pay an $800,000 settlement for environmental violations during construction of a major pipeline in the region. Some of the money is reserved for remediating illegal dumpsites and reimbursing conservation districts for their investigation expenses.
    Potter County Conservation District will work with partners such as DEP, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Potter County Solid Waste Authority to choose cleanup sites. One 2013 study identified 56 illegal dumps in Potter County spread out over 22 townships and boroughs filled with tires, furniture electronics, vehicle parts, household waste and other rubbish.
    Potter County Conservation District Manager Chris Mitterer said the number of sites to be addressed will depend on funding. Potter County Planning Director Charlotte Dietrich has sent letters to townships and boroughs seeking information on the location of dumpsites. Site visits will be scheduled to evaluate the type and amount of trash, needs for special equipment, safety concerns and potential environmental impact. Volunteers will likely be recruited to help.

    Congressional Recognition For Potter County Athlete

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADenise Minderler of Coudersport was recently recognized by the United States Senate for her accomplishments in Special Olympics athletic events. Senator Robert P. Casey Jr. sent her a letter, reading as follows: “I want to wish you the warmest congratulations on winning your most recent Special Olympics gold medal. This recognition is a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work, commitment and leadership you have shown throughout your competitive career. You should be very proud of the 100 medals you have earned already.”
    Denise has excelled in several Special Olympics events over the years, progressing through local and regional levels to state championship competition. Her medal count has risen to 110, including many gold honors. She also serves as a peer advocate and member of the Potter County Human Services Advisory Board.

    District Attorney: Attica guards were 'bad eggs' - The Daily News Online

    By Matt Surtel

    WARSAW – Prosecutors never doubted former inmate George Williams' allegations that three prison guards brutally assaulted him at Attica Correctional Facility.

    Sean Warner, Keith Swack and Matthew Rademacher pleaded guilty to official misconduct Monday morning in Wyoming County Court, shortly before jury selection was about to begin in their trial. They will receive a one-year conditional discharge and have issued their letters of resignation.

    “His story stayed true in our eyes from day one,” said District Attorney Donald O’Geen, during an afternoon press conference. “There was nothing to doubt his side of the story.”

    O’Geen said unequivocally that the case was about shining a light upon three “bad eggs” who were indicted. He said it was never – and will never be – about indicting “the noble profession of corrections officer.” Click the link below to read the complete story, courtesy of The Daily News Online-
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    Cuba Police: Accidents up, tickets down in February

    The Cuba Police Department investigated 21 vehicle crashes in February, with most of them happening in the village. That's up from a total of 16 investigated in January. Police Chief Dustin Burch said nine accidents occurred in the village last month, 8 in the town, 3 along the Lake and 1 on I-86. Chief Burch also said the number of traffic tickets plummeted in February. Officers issued just 8, compared with 23 in January.
    Overall, the Cuba Department handled 319 calls for service in February, of which 20 developed into active cases or criminal investigations.
    So far this year, the greatest number of crimes involved felony grand larceny, with six cases investigated in January & February.
    Other crimes/offenses last month include:
    DWI: 2
    Frauds: 2
    Sex Abuse: 1
    Obstructing Governmental Admin: 1
    Fatal fire: 1
    Chief Burch said the pill drop netted one pound of medications; 21 motorists were assisted or vehicles unlocked; funds were escorted 27 times and officers conducted 57 business or property checks. The Chief added two cases of domestic disputes were investigated and there were no K-9 searches.