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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Warsaw man charged with selling drugs on school property

September 11, 2014 – New York State Police in Warsaw arrested RICHARD H. REIGLE, 33 of Warsaw, NY for Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance 4th (Class C Felony), Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 5th with intent to sell (Class D Felony), and Criminal Sale of Marihuana 3rd (Class E Felony). It is alleged that REIGLE sold drugs on Warsaw School property in the Village of Warsaw during the fall of 2013. REIGLE has been the focus of an ongoing drug investigation by the New York State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team (CNET), and an Indictment Warrant was just recently obtained for his arrest. REIGLE was arraigned on the warrant and was remanded to the Wyoming County Jail in lieu of bail. Warsaw Village Police assisted State Police with the investigation and arrest.

Warsaw pair charged with animal cruelty

New York State Police in Warsaw arrested TRACY E. HOEPPNER-RUSSELL, 40 years of age of Warsaw and DOUGLAS F. RUSSELL, 41 years of age of Warsaw for the Agriculture and Markets Law Misdemeanor of Torturing or Injuring Animals.

Wyoming County Animal Control Officer, Justa Goodell, received an anonymous tip that conditions for several cats at a Warsaw residence needed to be addressed. It was originally believed that there were 20 to 30 cats living in deplorable conditions at the residence, but upon closer inspection it was quickly determined that there were upwards of 75 cats at the property in various conditions, including some cats which were found to be deceased.

All of the animals were living amongst the property owners, and conditions were bad enough to warrant animal control to contact both the State Police and Wyoming County Building and Codes officers who ultimately condemned the property.

Both property owners were processed at the Warsaw State Police Barracks and were later released on Appearance tickets to answer the charges at a later date in the Warsaw Town Court.

Animal Control is working closely with the Perry Vet Clinic and other animal rescue personnel in the area to try and find foster homes for the animals which are healthy enough, and provide for medical treatment for the cats which require it.

Those interested in fostering the cats can contact (585) 786-8938 or email wycodogcntrol@yahoo.com to make arrangements.

GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES BENEFIT RATE INCREASE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE CLAIMANTS

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that, as of a result of the Governor’s Unemployment Insurance reforms, the maximum and minimum rates for weekly Unemployment Insurance benefits will increase on October 6, 2014. The minimum rate will increase from $64 to $100 and the maximum rate will increase from $405 to $420.

“This state’s Unemployment Insurance system has been broken for far too long – starving deserving New Yorkers of sufficient benefits and saddling businesses with billions of dollars of debt,” Governor Cuomo said. “The rate increase that resulted from our reforms that provide a boost to job-seeking New Yorkers and grant relief to businesses so they can focus on job creation and growth.”

State Labor Commissioner Peter M. Rivera said, “This legislation was created as a forward-thinking, permanent solution to benefit both employers and claimants. Unemployment Insurance Reform provides for a self-correcting financing system ensuring more predictable and equitable costs for businesses and benefits claimants by raising benefit rates and helping them get back to work sooner.”

For years, the State’s Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, which pays benefits, did not have enough funds to pay for claims filed by unemployed workers. As a result, the State was forced to borrow funds from the Federal government to cover the difference and employers were burdened with paying back a $3.5 billion debt with interest. In March 2013, Governor Cuomo signed into law a major reform to the Unemployment Insurance System in New York State, which included paying off the debt to the Federal government sooner, increasing fraud prevention measures and penalties, and making sure there is enough money to pay claimant benefits and increase weekly benefits for the first time in 14 years.

Since Governor Cuomo’s measures have been implemented, the Trust Fund debt has already been cut in half and the legislation is estimated to save businesses $400 million. The measure that accelerates the payment of debt will ultimately help stabilize the Unemployment Insurance Trust Fund, making it more sustainable and predictable. As the Trust Fund balance increases, contribution rates for employers will decrease.

A claimant’s weekly benefit rate is determined by a formula that takes into account what that person earned from recent employers. After they file a claim, they are notified of their rate by a Monetary Benefit Determination. Claimants eligible to receive the benefit increase will receive a separate notice from the Department of Labor. Under Unemployment Insurance reform, the maximum benefit rate for claimants will increase annually until it reaches 50 percent of the average weekly wage in New York State. The minimum will remain at $100.

More information about Unemployment Insurance and a comprehensive list of changes is available
HERE, and the methodology of rate calculation is available HERE.

Governor Cuomo signs legislation to protect 1st responders

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (A1896/S6675) that requires property owners to notify their local governments whenever a newly constructed or rehabilitated residential structure is comprised of a truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction. While this construction method is safe for normal use, it can also become fragile and collapse with little or no warning when exposed to fire. This required notification process will allow local governments to provide fire departments and first responder organizations with information about buildings that employ this particular construction design.

“First responders put their lives on the line to protect those around them. It is our responsibility to do everything in our power to ensure that they come home safely, and this law is a crucial way to live up to that charge,” Governor Cuomo said. “This legislation will help ensure that our firefighters and emergency personal are made aware of potentially dangerous situations before it’s too late. I thank Senator Martins and Assemblywoman Schimel for their work on this important issue, and I am proud to sign this bill into law.”

Truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is often undetectable without advanced notice, and there have been multiple occasions in recent years where first responders were injured or killed while responding to fires in buildings that utilize this particular construction method and ultimately collapsed.

Senator Jack M. Martins, the Senate sponsor of the legislation, said, "This new law is an invaluable tool that will help save firefighters' lives. Giving firefighters as much information as possible at a fire helps them fight that fire in the safest and most effective way possible. Thank you to Governor Cuomo for working with us, our fire departments, and our local governments to protect our heroes.”

Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the Assembly sponsor of the legislation, said, “I want to thank Governor Cuomo for signing the Truss Notification bill into law today. This legislation will save first responders lives, particularly firefighters. On Long Island there have been a number of incidences where firefighters were almost killed while responding to a residential fire in a home where truss construction was utilized. The notification system established by this legislation will enable first responders to take appropriate measures to protect the public and to ensure their own safety when responding to a fire emergency.”

Robert McConville, President of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York, said, “Simply put, this new law will help protect the lives of firefighters, fire officers, and the public. Determining the type of building construction in quick fashion dictates how we operate at a fire, so any advantage we are provided is welcomed. I would like to thank Governor Cuomo for recognizing the public safety impact of this law and Assembly Member Schimel and Senator Martins for their hard work and leadership on this issue.”

Tom Herlihy Jr., President of the State Association of Fire Districts, said, “The Officers, Directors and members of the State Association of Fire Districts thank Governor Cuomo for helping keep New York’s firefighters safe by insuring that they are aware of the potential dangers of truss construction during a fire in their community.”

Under the law signed today by the Governor, property owners outside of New York City must indicate on a building permit application if this construction method is being used, in addition to affixing a sign or symbol to an electrical box on the building’s exterior. After being notified by a homeowner of the presence of this particular construction method, local governments must also inform the relevant first responders, including the local fire department, district or company, the county fire coordinator, local 911 and emergency dispatchers. The law takes effect on January 1, 2015.

Letter: St. James Mercy Hospital goes in wrong direction

I would like to reply to an article in the Sunday Spectator by Jennifer Sullivan, the CEO of Saint James Mercy Hospital.
We are about to bury a facility that has served the area since the 1890s under the guise that we are entering a new and better system of medicine known as DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Program). This is being mandated by New York State.
According to Ms. Sullivan we will transition from traditional hospital based care to a more robust array of outpatient services that will help people stay healthier and avoid unnecessary ER visits. The focus is to keep you from over-utilizing the ER and hospital.
People still are still stricken with pneumonia, heart failure, heart attacks, kidney stones, kidney infections, meningitis , to name a few. These diseases require hospitalization. But, the hospital will not be there. However, we are promised a new facility which will cost $25 million.
We are told that the present hospital is too old, and inefficient. The new part was built in the 1960s. Dansville's hospital was built in the 60s. Jones Hospital in Wellsville is probably way older unless additions were added since. However, we are told that the obstetrical unit will continue to be used. If that is so, why not use the other parts? The fact is that the agreement they signed with the state mandates that the hospital be closed and ultimately abandoned.
The new facility will be minimal. You can't build much of a hospital for $25 million. My guess will be that most medical and surgical illnesses will require transfer to another facility either to Strong, Wellsville, or Dansville.
What really annoys me is that this entire project was probably consummated before it was announced in February. This may be the start of socialized medicine if state and federal governments become more involved. Then, the average person will get inferior care, while the wealthy will have their own system of medicine as it is in Europe.
In conclusion, thus ends the foresight of a Catholic priest, who with the aid of a good willed non-Catholic Bank President Frank Adsit, built St. James Mercy Hospital.
M.A. Argentieri M.D.
Hornell


Read more: http://www.eveningtribune.com/article/20140913/Opinion/140919838#ixzz3DaS31fug


Letter: SJMH goes in wrong direction

Alfred University professor wins funding to expand high-temperature research facilities

ALFRED, NY (Sept. 17, 2014) – David Lipke, assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University, is one of 149 university researchers nationwide to win funding for research equipment from the federal Department of Defense.
Lipke will use the $308,667 award to design and install a xenon-arc image furnace for the synthesis and characterization of materials in ultra-high temperature (up to 3000 degrees C) environments under a variety of atmospheric conditions ranging from high vacuum to elevated pressure.
“This instrument will provide us with exciting new research capabilities especially for processing of materials under conditions previously only achievable in highly specialized, sometimes inaccessible laboratories,” explained Lipke.
“These facilities will complement Alfred University’s already impressive Center     for High Temperature Characterization <http://engineering.alfred.edu/research/chtc.cfm> by significantly extending the upper temperature limit of our furnaces, especially in oxidizing or reactive environments, which is expected to help enable the discovery of new materials and the study of historically ill-defined materials systems,” said Lipke.
The Center for High Temperature Characterization is a user facility, one that allows researchers from academia and industry to process and characterize materials and devices exposed to high temperature environments. The Center for High Temperature Characterization was created through funding from New York State in response to requests from industry partners for such a facility.
Lipke joined the faculty of the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University after completing a two-year National Research Council postdoctoral fellowship at the Air Force Research Laboratory (Edwards AFB, CA). He earned a B.S. degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College, and a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Among the research activities in the Lipke research group is the study of elevated temperature gas-solid interactions as they relate to materials synthesis and performance degradation, especially of ceramics, metallics, and their composites.

Washington Monthly ranks Alfred University’s master’s degree programs in top 5 percent nationally

ALFRED, NY, September 2014 – In its 2014 College Guide, Washington Monthly, the bi-monthly non-profit magazine, ranks Alfred University’s (AU) master’s degree programs among the top 5 percent of those offered throughout the country.
AU sits at 99 out of the 671 institutions reviewed, cited for  contribution to the public good in three Washington Monthly categories – social mobility (recruiting and graduating low-income students), research (producing cutting-edge scholarship and PhDs), and service (encouraging students to give something back to their country).
“Alfred University takes pride in its consistently high place in the Washington Monthly’s ranking. The emphasis on social mobility is particularly appropriate at a time when our elite institutions do almost nothing to counteract the national trend towards severe economic inequality,” said Dr. Charles M. Edmondson, AU president. “The fact that Alfred is a shining exception to that pattern inspires pride in our alumni and hope among our current students.”
“The Washington Monthly recognition highlights what AU has intended for 179 years - the development of whole persons through dedicated teaching and learning, challenging scholarship, and the practical engagement of community,” added Dr. Rick Stephens, Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Bob Weigand Memorial 5k Move-A-Thon


Two teens charged with Hornell area burglaries

On Tuesday at approximately 11:50 A.M., the New York State Police – North Hornell barracks responded to a residential burglary on Riverside Drive in the Town of Hornellsville.  Investigation revealed that the residence was forcibly entered with property stolen from within – including money and firearms.  During neighborhood interviews, an additional residential burglary was discovered, also involving the theft of money and other items.  Acting on a tip provided by the public, a suspect vehicle was identified, and follow-up interviews were conducted.  Charged with two (2) counts of Burglary 2nd degree (class “D” felonies) were Rockie J. Hoose, age 18, of #25 Taylor St., Hornell, N.Y., as well as a 15 year old juvenile.  Hoose was arraigned in the Town of Bath Court and remanded to the Steuben Co. Jail in lieu of $10,000.00 cash bail/$20,000.00 property bond.  The Juvenile was issued a Family Court Appearance Ticket returnable to the Steuben Co. Probation Dept.  Some of the stolen property has been recovered, and the investigation is continuing.  Assisting with the investigation was the Hornell Police Dept. and the Steuben Co. Sheriff’s Dept. 
Sr. Inv. Curt Eaton
New York State Police – Bath Barracks

Cuba Police K-9 to give demonstration


The Cuba Police K-9 Unit will be out at the Garlic Festival this weekend September 20 and 21st. We will have a booth and selling t-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies. Also we will be doing a demo on Saturday at 1:30 and Sunday at 11:00. Both will be at the Garlic clove stage. Please stop by and say hello to Inga and Keira.

WANTED: Eric Matthew Frein



St. Bonaventure University: A small school with a big lesson to share

By Laura Meyers, ’15
 
ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. — During this year’s Welcome Days, the St. Bonaventure University class of 2018 learned that there is much more to Bona’s than the degree on their horizon.
 
As has become tradition, this freshman class was warmly introduced to the campus with smiles, information packets and an envelope containing a crisp $1 bill. Still unaware of the purpose of the dollar, the students went about settling into their new college lives.
 
The following day, each student was asked to either keep the dollar or donate the dollar back to the university. By offering this choice, the students were introduced to the concept of philanthropy and The Power of a Bonnie, which encourages fellow Bonnies, past and present, to give back to their university.
 
This year, nearly every member of the freshman class returned the money, and with these donations, St. Bonaventure was able to fund two $250 scholarships for fellow freshman students.
 
Michelle Beckett-Ansa, an undeclared science major from Richmond, Va., and Carianne Di Spigno, a psychology major from Washington State, were the two fortunate scholarship recipients this year.
 
“I was really surprised when they called my name,” said Beckett-Ansa about learning of the award at the scholarship announcement. “I thought it was nice how everyone contributed to one cause and I’m grateful it was me.”
 
Di Spigno felt a similar sense of surprise when her name was called to receive one of the matching scholarships. Interestingly, Di Spigno admitted she’s not a huge fan of being in the spotlight. “I actually made a joke about it and everyone that I was sitting with was laughing when they called me. It was really surprising.”
 
Di Spigno went on to say that donating the dollar back to the school was the obvious choice, which highlights the philanthropic, selfless nature that St. Bonaventure hopes to instill in all of its students.
 
Beckett-Ansa also noted that the freshman class learned a huge lesson about giving back from such a seemingly simple donation. “If everyone contributes to something it can build something greater. Even though it was just a dollar for each person, it came out to be $250,” said Beckett-Ansa.
 
Sponsored by the alumni and advancement offices in coordination with Student Life, this is the first of several student philanthropic activities that begin in each freshman year and culminate with the senior class gift.
 
The girls believe that this university is different from most other schools.
 
“I told my friends about it and they weren’t doing anything like this,” said Beckett-Ansa when asked if she knew of any other schools conducting similar programs.
 
The scholarship recipients both seemed to think there was something special about a small school that can make big things happen when everyone works together. Through this example the entire freshman class has experienced The Power of a Bonnie firsthand.
 

Child injured when truck strikes Amish buggy


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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Obituary: Walter I. Lang, 90, Alfred

Walter I. Lang, 90, passed away Friday (Sept. 12, 2014) at Jones Memorial Hospital, following a lengthy illness.

Mr. Lang was born on Jan. 15, 1924 in Boston, Mass. to Walter W. and Bertha O. (Ives) Lang. He earned his Bachelor’s of Physics from MIT in 1945 and later received his Masters of Science in Physics from Boston University. On Oct. 9, 1946, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church in West Roxbury, Mass., he married Jean Buckingham, who predeceased him on Oct. 4, 2012.

Walter was a professor at Alfred University from 1945-1949. He transferred over to SUNY at Alfred in 1955, where he became Chairman of the Physics Department and Chairman of the Engineering Science Curriculum; ultimately retiring as Professor of Civil Engineering Technology in 1990.  He was granted Professor Emeritus status from SUNY at Alfred, in honor of his long and distinguished career. Previously, he was a research engineer for Shell Oil Co. and Olin Industries in Ill. from 1945-1949.

Walter was also involved in the Summer ASEE-AEC programs at Penn State, the Argonne National Lab at North Carolina State University and co- directed two summer NSF institutes at SUNY @ Stony Brook. He was instrumental in establishing the NSF grant for the Alfred State Hydraulics Laboratory.

Walt is survived by three sons, Richard S. (Laurie H.) Lang, John (Lisa J.) Lang and Don (Maryann C.) Lang, all of Alfred; one daughter, Rebecca Lang-Graves of Alfred; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Steve Arnold and David Arnold.

In addition to his wife of 66 years, he was predeceased by a sister, Lois A. Arnold, a brother-in-law, Richard Arnold and a niece, Shirley Richards.

Walt was a life member and past president of the AE Crandall Hook & Ladder Company as well as past president of Allegany County Volunteers Firemen’s Association. He was a member of the Allegany County Chief’s Association. Additionally, he was a former NYS fire instructor, deputy fire coordinator, fire advisory board member and trustee of the WNYVFA where he served 9 terms as its treasurer. For 13 years, he was commissioner of the Cuba Lake District; several as its board chairman and also served as a trustee for the Fireman’s Home on the Hudson.

Walter enjoyed photography, playing bridge, travelling and dancing with his wife Jean, mowing his lawn and plowing snow.

There will be no prior visitation. A private memorial service will be held at Alfred Rural Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.

Memorial contributions in Walter’s name may be made to AE Crandall Hook & Ladder Co., 5 S. Main St., Alfred, NY 14802.

Douglas sentenced to more than 11 years in state prison in six deaths - The Bradford Era

Bradford Era

SMETHPORT — “I’ve ruined so many lives,” said an openly weeping Kathleen Douglas on Tuesday in McKean County Court, at her sentencing hearing.



“I am so ashamed of myself,” she continued. “That mistake will haunt me the rest of my life.”

 
Reading from a handwritten statement, Douglas, 38, of Kane, named the six people killed in a car crash she caused on Aug. 31, 2013 — her own daughter, Olivia Douglas, and her nephew, Jarrett Costanzo, who were passengers in the Jeep Liberty she was driving; and all four occupants of the car she struck, Gary and Elaine Beimel, David Cuneo and Florence Donachy, all of St. Marys.

Douglas’ son, Daniel, who was 10 at the time of the crash, also a passenger in her Jeep, was seriously injured.

While in court Tuesday, she remained handcuffed and shackled. Four sheriff’s deputies and two Kane-based state troopers remained in the courtroom throughout the hearing. A crowd of nearly two dozen people filled the benches in the small courtroom.

“I wish I could go back and change my decisions that day,” Douglas said, tears streaming down her face. “I can say I’m sorry a million times over, it will never go away.”

Referring to those who died in the crash, she said, “I’m sure they are the most beautiful angels Heaven has ever seen. They’ve all touched so many lives. I will make sure their memories live on.”

She added that she hopes her story can serve as a reminder to others about what all can be lost in the blink of an eye. “I don’t want our loved ones to have died in vain.

“Maybe my story will make a difference.”

Douglas’ remarks followed those of three members of the victims’ families, Krista Trostle, daughter of Gary and Elaine Beimel, niece of David Cuneo and grandniece of Florence Donachy; Maria Donachy, daughter-in-law of Florence Donachy and cousin to the Beimels and Cuneo; and Kenneth Wilson, a relative of the four St. Marys victims.

Trostle described the nightmare of being awoken in the middle of the night by her sister-in-law. “She was telling me our family was dead,” Trostle said, adding, “I heard my little brother in the background, sobbing uncontrollably.” Calling it a nightmare, Trostle said it was a night she’ll never forget.

“It was the beginning of the worst year of my life,” she said. She described selecting the clothing for her parents to be buried in, cleaning out her parents’ home and arranging for the home to be sold. 

“My parents are never going to retire, are never going to be grandparents,” she said, shaking with emotion, but with a strong, determined voice. A nice summer day’s outing “turned into a death sentence” for her family, she said. “We’re left to pick up the pieces of a path of destruction.”

Trostle spoke of each victim individually, remembering her father’s sense of humor, her mother’s cooking and fondness for family time, her uncle’s stability and willingness to help and her great aunt’s kindness and graciousness, as well as the fact the 81-year-old Donachy was the sole caregiver for her daughter, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

“No family should have to experience what we did,” she said.

Maria Donachy spoke next, saying how so many lives were impacted on Aug. 31, 2013.

“In life, every one of us makes choices,” Donachy said. “On that day, a very poor choice was made.”

Her husband couldn’t be at the sentencing hearing, Donachy explained, as he is now the caregiver for his sister.

Describing her family members, she added, “We miss all of these individuals immensely. People say with time, it gets easier. It doesn’t get easier.”

Wilson spoke next, describing the impact of the tragedy on the lives of so many.

“The scope and gravity of this situation far exceeds the six names in the paper,” he said, referring to the six killed in the crash.

“There’s an air of responsibility that comes with parenthood,” Wilson said. “Ms. Douglas chose to ignore that. Someone should have stepped up to the plate and said those kids don’t belong in a car with her.”

Throughout the statements from the victims’ families, Douglas stood next to her attorney, James Miller, quietly crying with her head down.

McKean County district attorney Ray Learn presented an impact statement to Senior Judge William Morgan from the Costanzo family, but it was not read into the record in open court. He declined to address the court, saying the victims’ families were far more important than anything he could say.

Miller addressed the court on Douglas’ behalf.

“That choice she made that day cost you and her so much,” he said to the victims’ families. “On behalf of my client, and on behalf of myself, I am sorry for your loss. A tragedy such as this hopefully will teach everyone when you are behind the wheel of a car, you must pay attention to every detail.

“In seconds, the whole world can change,” he said. “My client has accepted responsibility. She will live with this for the rest of her life.”

Before imposing sentence, Morgan spoke to those in attendance as well.

“The Court has tremendous sympathy for all of you,” the judge said. Morgan said he recognized that Douglas was remorseful for her actions.

“I’ve seen people in similar situations who feel remorseful because they are going to jail,” the judge said. That isn’t the case with Douglas, he said. “We do have a defendant who is suffering and will be for the rest of her life.”

Douglas began sobbing with Morgan’s words.

“Her actions have sentenced herself to a life that will never be the same,” he said, before sentencing Douglas to a total of 135 to 270 months in state prison.

As he read each charge, and the victim to which the charge referred, Douglas sobbed openly.

In the death of Olivia Douglas, she was sentenced to 27 to 54 months; for Jarrett Costanzo, 27 to 54 months consecutive; Gary Beimel, 27 to 54 months consecutive; Elaine Beimel, 27 to 54 months consecutive; David Cuneo, 27 to 54 months consecutive; Florence Donachy, 27 to 54 months concurrent; and for recklessly endangering Daniel Douglas, 12 to 24 months concurrent.

She was given credit for 277 days of time served.

Douglas was also ordered to pay substantial restitution fees. To the Cuneo estate, she was ordered to pay $12,396; to the Beimel estate, $22,417.74; to the Donachy estate, $10,528; and to the Douglas family for medical expenses, $210,455.94.

Douglas pleaded guilty last week to causing six deaths in a car crash Aug. 31, 2013 on U.S. Route 219 in Hamlin Township. In the same crash, Douglas and her 10-year-old son were seriously injured.

Also at the hearing, Miller informed the judge that the state Board of Probation and Parole has filed a detainer on Douglas, as her guilty plea in this case constitutes an admission to a violation of her state parole. She had been on parole on a prior forgery charge. Miller said previously she is facing about one year in state prison for the violation.

A detainer means Douglas cannot be released from custody upon completion of her sentence, but instead is remanded to the custody of another agency to answer to charges.

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Wellsville: Mayor addresses village issues



LETTER TO EDITOR

In view of newspaper articles, talk on the street, talk amongst Village employees and in general, conversations taking place about Village Board decisions and meetings taking place, I find it’s time to address issues that are confidential versus open to the public.

 
A special meeting was called for on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM which was advertised in the newspaper. Because of a conflict with Trustee Herman’s schedule, the meeting was rearranged to Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM, again advertised in the newspaper. A resolution was passed to extend the Village Parking District to Central Place in the open meeting. Executive Session was called for afterwards.  There are contracts and personnel issues that are not subject to public knowledge until such time it has been discussed and investigated. 


            The search for a new Police Chief began with advertising to the public the opportunity to respond to the position.  We received 3 applicants and conducted two separate interviews with the potential candidates.  The decision was difficult as all three candidates interviewed very well.  The decision was not by election from the public, but by board approval as has been the standard.  Since the appointment, the Board has received  the resignation of 3 part time officers and one part time communications technician and one notice of a full time police officer’s retirement from the Police Department.  Prior to the Chief selection, one full time Communication technician resigned which has left one shift of the Communications (Dispatch) Center vacant.  As per the Police union contract, that shift has to be filled with a full time person if available, and if not, it can be filled by part time employees.  Any decisions regarding the Communications Center will be addressed to the public in the near future.

 
            The Village Board has been faced for many years of balancing the budget by either cutting services or using reserved funds.  We cannot continue to balance the budget using reserved funds and continue to ignore the needs of our Public Works Department.  The Governor has requested communities to begin ways of sharing services, which had led the Board to look at ways we can accomplish that.

Sharing services with other communities can often financially reduce the budget for each community.  Under New York State's property tax cap and tax freeze laws all municipalities are faced with long-term planning, recognizing little or no new revenues will be available while cost of living and capital planning pressures remain as constant as ever.  Under this scenario boards are projecting further out into the future and taking advantage of every change to look at new strategies to survive and the Village of Wellsville Board is no exception. 

 
 When asked for answers, the NYS Comptroller's Office points to shared services as the main solution.  In fact, the Village of Alfred is currently working with a NYS Financial Group to help them manage their planning. The Board is discussing a shared service arrangement with the Village of Alfred that would fiscally benefit both communities significantly.  Under the current environment it would be irresponsible not to listen and explore the viability of the Village of Alfred contracting with the Village of Wellsville for oversight of their police department.  If those discussions result in a potential arrangement the results will be discussed with each community.

 
             The Village Board was elected to make decisions and we do not take lightly the responsibilities of protecting its citizens or finances.  Discussing those topics in public prior to discussion and investigation only leads to rumors and miscommunication. 

 
Judy Lynch, Mayor Village of Wellsville

Olean: North Union Street Ground Breaking Ceremony

The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC) and City of Olean today announced that ground was broken for the city’s North Union Street Walkable Olean Reconstruction project.  The project involves the redevelopment of the 100-500 blocks of North Union Street and corresponding streetscapes to improve automobile and pedestrian traffic safety. This will be a spur to economic development of Olean’s central business district by creating a “walkable community” in the heart of Olean.  The reconstruction will also fix water, sewer lines and street lights, as well as upgrade a railroad crossing. 


“The project’s aim is to improve traffic flow and to bring a new ambiance to the street that will revitalize our city,” said Mayor of Olean William J Aiello.  “The city’s infrastructure along North Union Street has been deteriorating for many years and many facets of the project will address these long overdue upgrades.”

 
“North Union Street will not only look nicer it will be better,” said Howard Zemsky, WNYREDC Co-Chair and Larkin Development Group Managing Partner.  “The North Union Redevelopment project aligns with our council, local and regional smart growth principles intended to combat sprawl, increase investment in downtown, reduce vacancies and blight and encourage mixed use development for small-scale employment opportunities.  This in turn will bring in new visitors, residents and businesses to Olean.”

 
“This project has attracted over $7.2 million of grant support from the Federal Hiqhway Administration and the State of New York, with the WNYREDC advocating for the first money in,” said Jeff Belt, WNYREDC member and SolEpoxy Inc. President.  “These agencies believe in Olean because Olean is a beautiful city with outstanding assets that we will leverage by creating an efficient, walkable ‘destination downtown.’”

The combined effort to redevelop North Union Street, including rehabilitation of the Manufacturers Hanover Building, was awarded $1 million by Empire State Development (ESD) in the first round of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.  The total estimated cost of the North Union Street streetscape design and reconstruction is $9.4 million and it includes all new sewer lines, storm sewers, underground electric utilities and other vital infrastructure.  The last time North Union saw major investment was 1972 – more than 40 years ago.

Mayor Aiello added, “The two year project will heavily impact the restaurants, retail operations and other businesses along the street and I pledge that the Mayor’s office will work diligently to keep the street as business and pedestrian friendly as possible during construction.”

“Today’s announcement is the result of a partnership between the Western New York Regional Council, DOT, ESD and the City of Olean,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams. “The Governor’s top priority is stimulating economic growth and ensuring that economic development dollars are being spent wisely on projects like this one which will be a huge boost to the central business district in Olean.”
The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s 2011 strategic plan, “A Strategy for Prosperity,” leverages the region’s advantages in key industry sectors including advanced manufacturing, agriculture, bi-national logistics, energy, health & life sciences, higher education, professional services and tourism. The plan focuses on strategies that promote smart growth, are oriented to young adults, builds upon regional strengths, have a regional impact and improve the region’s image.

Robbery at 7-11 in Almond


State Police Request Public Assistance in Identifying Suspects in a Village of Almond Robbery.

The New York State Police based in Amity are investigating a robbery which occurred on today at 3:25 am at the 7-11 Convenience store located at 22 Main St. in the Village of Almond.

Two white, male subjects entered the store at that time and demanded money from the cashier.  The cashier then handed over an undetermined amount of cash and the two suspects fled the scene on foot.

The suspects were last observed running north from this establishment.  No weapon was threatened or displayed.  The suspects are believed to be in their late teens or early 20s, approximately 5' 9 and 150 to 180 lbs.

The State Police request that anyone with information or that can help identify the suspects to please contact the NYSP Amity BCI at 585-268-9031.

Tony Stewart’s case heads to grand jury

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CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WISH) — NASCAR star Tony Stewart’s case is headed to a grand jury in New York to determine whether criminal charges will be filed, I-Team 8 has learned.
Stewart’s car struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. on the dirt track at Canandaigua Motorsports Park on Aug. 9. Ward had climbed out of his car and walked onto the track to confront Stewart after he spun out while racing alongside the three-time NASCAR champion.
Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said the evidence would be given to a grand jury “in the near future.”
It’s unclear when the grand jury proceedings will happen or what witnesses will testify.

Allegany County: Statement from Chairman Curt Crandall

Allegany County Legislator Glenn Benson Passes Away on September 14

As Chairman of the Allegany County Board of Legislators, I am deeply saddened by the passing of former Legislator Glenn Benson as is our entire Board of Legislators, Department Heads, and County employees.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Glenn’s wife Ruth and the Benson family.

Glenn held the position of County Legislator from 2006 through 2013.  During that time, Glenn’s common sense business approach to issues helped influence the Board of Legislators in a positive way.  It was during this period that Allegany County needed to address our Court facilities.  Glenn’s support and understanding of critical factors was much appreciated. 

Along with Glenn’s service on the Court Facilities and County Space Needs, Energy & Resources ad hoc, Facilities & Communications, Personnel, Planning & Development, and Public Safety committees, Glenn also represented Allegany County at the monthly InterCounty meetings.  InterCounty consists of representatives from 19 counties, and Glenn’s participation in this organization was greatly appreciated. 

Glenn’s service and influence extended far beyond that of County government; Allegany County has lost a great citizen in the passing of Glenn Benson.

Cattaraugus County District Attorney Report


          Lori Pettit Rieman, Cattaraugus County District Attorney, reported the following activity in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday, September 15, 2014:

Arraignments

 
            TODD GREEN, 30, address unknown, but presently in the Erie County Jail , New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, class B felony. The incident occurred on or about September 1, 2011, in the City of Salamanca, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 
            PATRICIA A. LIPOWICZ, 48, of Dayton, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges her with Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class D felony; Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument in the Second Degree, a class D felony.  The incident occurred on or about  and between November 1, 2013 and February 15, 2014, in the Village of Gowanda, when the defendant stole property valued in excess of $3,000.00 and with knowledge it was a  forged an instrument with intent to defraud, deceive or injure another, she uttered or possessed a forged commercial instrument; to wit , a check.   The matter has been adjourned for motions.

 
ANDREW M. SCHELL, 21, of Friendship, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Turn Signal Violation, a violation.  The incident occurred on or about March 21, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing marijuana with an aggregated weight of more than sixteen ounces and failed to turn a vehicle at an intersection without proper position upon the roadway as required and without giving proper signal. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

 

JOSHUA J. DASH, 34, of Randolph, New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Driving While Intoxicated with a Child as a Passenger, class E felony; Driving While Intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor and two (2) counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, class A misdemeanors.  The incident occurred on or about May 1, 2014 in the Village of South Dayton, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway and while a child who was fifteen years of age or less was a passenger in such motor vehicle and knowingly acted in a manner likely to be injurious to the physical, mental or moral welfare of a child less than seventeen years old.  The matter has been adjourned for motions.

JOHN M. CHAUBEL, 20, of Olean New York, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to one count of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, class D felony; Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Fifth Degree, a class D felony; Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Fourth Degree, class A misdemeanor; Criminal Sale of a Weapon in the Third Degree, a class D felony. The incident occurred on or about January 16, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully possessed a narcotic drug with the intent to sell it and unlawfully sold a controlled substance and without being authorized, possessed a firearm with the intent to sell it.  The case has been adjourned for motions.

 
Guilty Pleas

 

CHRISTOPHER M. BOILARD 20, of Franklinville, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to two (2) counts of Burglary in the Third Degree, class D felonies. The incident occurred on or about or between July 17, 2014 and July 19, 2014 in Cattaraugus County when the defendant, knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with the intent to commit a crime therein.  Sentencing is scheduled for November 17, 2014.

 
RYAN M. COOK, 25, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to  Driving While Intoxicated, a class E felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, a misdemeanor to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about January 10, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition and at a time his license was suspended or revoked due to a prior alcohol conviction.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 5, 2015.

DALE R. WAGATHA, 32, of Napoli, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about November 1, 2013, in the Town of Napoli, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for November 17, 2014.

 

SAMANTHA COSSAIRT, 21, of Olean, New York, entered a plea of guilty to Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about February 28, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug.  Sentencing is scheduled for November 17, 2014.

Sentences

 
ROBERTA J. SHAWLEY, 41, of Allegany, New York, entered a plea of guilty to  Criminal Trespass in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor to satisfy a pending indictment.  The incident occurred on or about January 21, 2014, in the Village of Allegany, the defendant knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a dwelling. Ms. Shawley was sentenced to a conditional discharge and a mandatory state surcharge.


JEFFREY S. KAYES, 27, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to a term of 1 1/3 to 4 years with the New York State Department of Corrections for his conviction of Attempted Burglary in the Third Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about and between May 19, 2013 and May 20, 2013 in the City of Olean, when the defendant acted jointly and in concert with another, attempted to enter or remain unlawfully in a building, with intent to commit a crime therein.


 RALPH B. NEASMAN, 42, of Olean, New York, was sentenced as a Predicate Felony Offender   to a term of 5 years plus 3 years post release supervision with the New York State Department of Corrections and restitution for his conviction of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a class B felony.  The incident occurred on or about October 23, 2013 in the City of Olean, when the defendant, knowingly and unlawfully sold a narcotic drug. 

 
KHUONG M. NGYUEN., 45, of Olean, New York, was sentenced to 3 years Conditional Discharge and a mandatory state surcharge for his conviction of Attempted Assault in the Second Degree, a class E felony.  The incident occurred on or about April 3, 2014, in the City of Olean, when the defendant, with intent to cause physical injury to another person, caused such injury to such person or to a third person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. 

Eric Matthew Frein Named as Suspect in PSP Deadly Shooting - PAHomepage.com

State Police have named   Eric Matthew Frein as a suspect in the deadly shooting at PSP Blooming Grove.  He is armed and dangerous- Police say if you see Frein do not approach- Call State Police Immediately. 
  The Tip Line- number   is 1-866-326-7256.
     There's now a reward of up to 75-thousand dollars being offered for any information that leads to an arrest.


Eric Matthew Frein Named as Suspect in PSP Deadly Shooting - PAHomepage.com

Cattaraugus County court: Friendship man pleads not guilty to felony indictment


ANDREW M. SCHELL, 21, of Friendship, New York, was arraigned in Cattaraugus County court Monday and entered a plea of not guilty to an indictment that charges him with Criminal Possession of Marijuana in the Second Degree, a class D felony; Turn Signal Violation, a violation.  The incident occurred on or about March 21, 2014, in the City of Olean, when Schell allegedly unlawfully possessed one or more preparations, compounds, mixtures or substances containing marijuana with an aggregated weight of more than sixteen ounces and failed to turn a vehicle at an intersection without proper position upon the roadway as required and without giving proper signal. The matter has been adjourned for motions.

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES FALSE ADVERTISING SETTLEMENT WITH WAL-MART

ROCHESTER – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that retail chain Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. has agreed to a settlement in a false advertising investigation by the Attorney General’s Office. The investigation involved claims that Wal-Mart advertised a nationwide sale of Coca-Cola soft drinks but charged customers in their 117 stores across New York State more than the advertised sale price.
In June 2014, Wal-Mart launched a Father’s Day sale, including advertising 12-packs of Coca-Cola products for $3.00. However, when consumers in New York State attempted to purchase the sale items, customers were routinely charged $3.50. According to the investigation by the Attorney General’s Office, in one Buffalo-area Wal-Mart store a consumer brought the error to the attention of staff and was told that the newspaper circular was a national ad and that it did not apply in New York. When consumers complained about being charged more than the advertised price, Wal-Mart staff falsely told them that New York has a ‘Sugar Tax.’ The investigation concluded that the markup of over 16% above the advertised price violates New York State’s General Business Law 349 and 350.
“There has to be one set of rules for everyone, no matter how rich or how powerful, and that is why our office must ensure that even the largest corporations cannot advertise one price and then charge a higher one to New Yorkers,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Whether it’s securing the largest financial settlements in U.S. history to address misconduct that crashed the economy, or settling cases with the nation’s largest retailers, this office will continue to stand on the side of ordinary New Yorkers.”
During the course of the investigation by Attorney General Schneiderman’s office, consumers were routinely overcharged in stores across the state. It was determined that cash registers were programmed to not recognize the advertised sale price. On June 12, 2014, the Attorney General’s Office requested that Wal-Mart immediately adjust prices to the amount advertised. Wal-Mart took corrective action after approached by the Attorney General’s Office.
The investigation also determined that Wal-Mart ran a similar sale in March that resulted in the company failing to honor the advertised price for Coca-Cola soft drinks in New York. Despite documented complaints from consumers about the price discrepancy, the company failed to adjust prices until requested by the Attorney General’s Office.  In total, Wal-Mart sold New Yorkers 66,000 12-packs of Coca-Cola at an inflated price.
The settlement requires Wal-Mart to pay over $66,000 in penalties and other costs, to improve its internal reporting to more quickly act on information it receives from consumers about overcharges, and to change business practices to comply with state law.
The case was handled by Assistant Attorney General Benjamin Bruce and the investigation was handled by Investigator Jennifer Hill, both of Rochester Regional Office. The Rochester Regional Office is led by Assistant Attorney General In-Charge Debra Martin. The Rochester Regional Office is part of the Division of Regional Offices headed by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Affairs Marty Mack.

Obituary: Glenn R. Benson, 84, Independence-Former County Legislator


Obituary: Gary A. Bingman, 72, Whitesville

Gary A. Bingman, 72, of Whitesville, NY, formerly of Lock Haven, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, September 13, 2014.   He was born in Lock Haven August 10,1942 to the late Herbert M and Mabel M (Turnbaugh) Bingman.  He graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1960. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1960 to 1963 aboard the U.S.S. Ticonderoga and U.S.S. Constellation as an aviation structural mechanic.  Later he worked for North American Aviation in California and Piper Aircraft in Lock Haven.  He retired in 1998 from Corning Glassworks in State College after 32 years of service.  He married the love of his life, Jeannie, on March 18, 1972.  They celebrated 42 years of marriage.  He was a member of the Faith Baptist Church in Yorks Corner, NY having served as its treasurer and took care of its maintenance.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was an archery instructor for the Pennsylvania Bow Hunters Association. 
He is survived by his wife, Jeannie, his son Robert (Rosalind) Bingman of Shickshinny, daughters Shawn of Chicago, Melissa (Sam) Cross of Mill Hall, Denise Baney of Lock Haven and Debbie (Brian) Bookamyer of Finleyville, 13 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, brothers Herbert (Eleanor) Bingman of Lock Haven and Harry Bingman of Littleton, NC and many nieces and nephews.
He was  preceded in death by his parents, daughter Robin and his beloved border collie, Holly.
Funeral Services for Gary A, Bingman will be held on Wed. Sept., 17, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services LLC. 121 W.Main St. Lock Haven, PA.  Officiating will be Pastor Vernon Dean. Interment will be in the Dunnstown Cemetery with full military honors. Family and friends will be received in the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home Tuesday afternoon 2:00 to 4:00 and evening  6:00 to 8:00.  
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations  be made to the American Cancer Society  1948 E. Third St. Williamsport, PA. 17701 in his memory
Online thoughts and memories can be made at www.yost-gedonfuneralhome.com 

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Obituary: Clare Robert "CR" Jackson, 85, Andover

              
 ANDOVER - Clare Robert "CR" Jackson, 85, passed away on Saturday (Sept. 13, 2014) at Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, surrounded by family.Mr. Jackson was born on April 17, 1929, in Wellsville, to Clare Lynn and Anna Louise (Cronk) Jackson. He was a 1946 graduate of Andover Central School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1946-48 and again from 1950-51, the latter term in combat overseas in Korea during the conflict. On April 28, 1953, he married Elizabeth J. Childs, who predeceased him on Jan. 17, 2009."CR" was a 38 year veteran of the New York State Police, retiring as a senior investigator in 1989.Bob is survived by two sons, Michael R. (Cheryl) Jackson of Andover and Robert J. (Yvonne) Jackson of Canton, Ohio; two daughters, Marcella J. (Bradley) Bledsoe of Andover and Patricia A. Jackson (Mary Lynn Howe) of Fair Haven; one brother, Clyde W. Jackson of Whiting, N.J.; eight grandchildren, Katy (Steve) Willard, Matthew Jackson, Colin Bledsoe, Molly (Burt) Turner, Daniel (Danielle) Jackson, Joseph (Lauren) Jackson, Melanie Jackson and John Jackson; twelve great-grandchildren, Emma Terhune, Grady Terhune, Gabrielle Terhune, Elden Terhune, Nolan Willard, Maureen Willard, Kylen Jackson, Maeve Turner, Josey Turner, Cal Turner, Wes Urbano and Emmerson Jackson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was predeceased by one sister, Margaret I. Jackson and one brother, James H. Jackson."CR" was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was fascinated with the details of war history. Anytime there was a local Andover sporting event, he was there to cheer on the home team, especially if one of his children or grandchildren were on the team. Bob was very proud of his 45 year plus tradition of cooking what became known as "Bob's Sunday Brunch".Bob was a longtime member of Allegheny Mountain Chapter of the Association of Former New York State Troopers, Inc., the American Association of State Troopers, the Frank B. Church VFW Post 2530, the Andover Lynch-Burgett Post # 397 American Legion, the 40 & 8, the Wellsville Elks Lodge #1495 and the AMVETS Post #1.
Visiting hours will be on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. at the Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Blessed Sacrament Church in Andover on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Sean DiMaria as celebrant. Burial with full military honors will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Online condolences may be offered at www.baker-swan.com.Memorial contributions in Bob's name may be made to Hart Comfort House of Allegany County, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.

Steuben County Narcotics Initiative


Office of Mental Health Announces Over $894,000 in New Funding for Steuben, Allegany, and Livingston Counties

ALBANY, NY- The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), in accordance with the 2014-2015 enacted State Budget, has allocated $894,725 for the expansion of behavioral health services in Steuben, Allegany, and Livingston counties. This funding will enable the counties to enrich their mental health services, with a focus on crisis and mobile services to prevent avoidable inpatient admissions and divert individuals to the appropriate community-based services and supports.
 
In June 2013, St. James Mercy Hospital announced its intention to close its inpatient psychiatric unit. As part of the 2014-2015 State Budget process, OMH and the New York State Department of Health (DOH), proposed reinvestment of Medicaid savings associated with the reduction of available inpatient mental health beds at St. James Mercy Hospital. This approved reinvestment reflects collaborative planning between the OMH, DOH, the impacted counties, and local mental health service providers.
 
“These services will enable New Yorkers to find the help they need, closer to home. The Office of Mental Health is dedicated to ensuring critical access to behavioral health care throughout New York State.  In order to improve this comprehensive continuum of services for individuals with serious mental illness, these counties are expanding their community-based mental health services and enhancing the system of care throughout the region.” said Dr. Ann Marie T. Sullivan, M.D. - Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health.
 
“Providing New Yorkers with the appropriate community-based behavioral health care services is a priority for the Department of Health.” said Dr. Howard Zucker- Acting Commissioner, New York State Department of Health.  “We are pleased to be reinvesting the savings from the closure of the St. James psychiatric unit in a way that enhances these services. Having access to care right in your community can make a world of difference to the person affected as well as his or her family.”
 
“Allegany County truly appreciates the infusion of dollars from OMH. Reinvestment has always proven an efficacious method of providing community services that reduce inpatient care. This will assist our providers in ensuring continuation of quality local outpatient services for residents.” said Dr. Robert Anderson- Director of Community Services, Allegany County.
 
"We are hopeful that this funding, coupled with the collaboration of counties and agencies, will strengthen our community system in order to serve the essential behavioral health services within the least restrictive environment." said Jennifer Rodriguez- Director, Livingston County Department of Public Health.
 
 
The New York State Office of Mental Health and the New York State Department of Health are funding the following services in relation to the closure of St. James Mercy Hospital’s Inpatient Psychiatric Unit:
 
  • Steuben County- $490,000 to develop a multi-faceted approach around enhanced mobile crisis outreach. Supporting services include: enhanced family support, bridger care management, county targeted mental health response and training for local law enforcement.
 
  • Allegany County- $95,000 to create intensive interventions services. These services include: community-based assessment, development of crisis plans, and frequent face-to-face intervention for adults at high risk of hospitalization.
 
  • Livingston County- $59,725 to support the start-up of a mental health clinic satellite in an area impacted by the hospital closure, and the planned hiring of a crisis intervention specialist who will partner with other county agencies that serve high-risk populations.
 
Additionally, all three counties will share $250,000 for the creation of a Tri-County Home Based Crisis Intervention (HBCI) program for youth aged 5 to 21. The HBCI program will provide intensive in-home crisis intervention for families whose children are at risk of inpatient admission within the three county area. 

Police seek help in Hornell area burglaries

On September 12, 2014 the New York State Police in North Hornell investigated two separate burglaries to Kinship Catholic Charities and the medical office of Dr. Sung Yang, both of 6251 County Rd 64 in Hornellsville. 
The State Police is looking for the public's assistance regarding any information that may relate to these cases.
Please contact the State Police in North Hornell (607) 324-3038 or SP Wayland (585) 728-5758 with any information.