Sunday, February 23, 2020

Dansville man has bad few hours

A Dansville man is facing numerous felony and misdemeanor charges for alleged crimes in Cohocton and Dansville committed in January and this month. State Police stopped 51-year-old David L. VanDerhoef of Dansville in the village of Cohocton. He was charged with felony driving while ability impaired by drugs and felony aggravated unlicensed operation for having ten or more licenses suspensions. He was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and driving a vehicle not equipped with an ignition interlock. Just prior to the traffic stop Troopers received a trespass complaint involving the suspect. VanDerhoef was then charged with criminal trespass on a railroad. It didn’t stop there…In response to an incident reported January 21st in Dansville, he was further charged with felony first-degree falsifying business records. Court action is pending.

Obituary: James K. “Jim” Salada, 64, of Shinglehouse

James K. Salada “beloved son, father, grandfather and brother”
SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.---James K. “Jim” Salada, 64, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, February 22, 2020, in UPMC Hamot, Erie.
Born on Monday, September 26, 1955 in Erie, he was a son of James L. and Margaret Sulin Salada.
Jim was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Shinglehouse, Class of 1974 and a graduate of Jamestown Community College, Olean.  He was employed for over 20 years as a mechanical engineer at the former Olean American Tile in Olean, N.Y. until the plant closed.  Then, for a short period of time, he was employed by Dresser Rand in Olean, N.Y. until moving to Goose Creek, South Carolina to accept a position with Bosch Automotive in Charleston, S.C. as a logistics engineer.  Jim returned to his beloved home in Shinglehouse after retiring in 2019.
Jim was a member of Grace Bible Independent Bible Church in Shinglehouse.  He loved to fish, both fresh and salt water.  An avid traveler in his younger years, he traveled to Egypt on an archaeological dig.  His greatest love was his family and the family farm, “Salada Farms”, in Shinglehouse.
Left to cherish his memory are his mother of Shinglehouse; his daughter, Megan M. (Jeremy) Taylor of East Amherst, N.Y.; a grandson, McCarrick John Taylor; two brothers, Bradley W. “Brad” (Amy Chappell) Salada and Allen A. (Amber) Salada, both of Shinglehouse; three sisters, Gloria Jean (Robert) Boozer of Cochranton; Patricia Ann Salada of Bowman, S.C., and Terrie Lynn  (Dave) Sliwinski of Stoneboro; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of friends.
Jim was predeceased by his father.
Family and friends, may call from 6p.m. to 8p.m. on Tuesday and from 11a.m. to 1p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1p.m. with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church and the Rev. Roger N. Hain, pastor emeritus, officiating.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to Hebron Union Church Christian school, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Angelica Town Board calls special meeting

The Angelica Town Board has called a special meeting this week. According to a legal notice, the special meeting is to consider the application, setback waiver and host community agreement with Norbut Solar Farms. The meeting will be held on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at 59 Park Circle in Angelica.

Energy giant drops proposed Constitution Pipeline

From The Daily Star
Pipeline would have run from the Southern Tier to near Albany
ALBANY — Williams Companies, the Oklahoma energy giant, confirmed Friday that it has shelved the Constitution Pipeline, a proposed interstate natural gas pipeline that triggered a prolonged battle between environmental activists and pro-development advocates.
“Williams — with support from its partners, Duke, Cabot and AltaGas — has halted investment in the proposed Constitution project,” the company said in response to questions from CNHI.
“While Constitution did receive positive outcomes in recent court proceedings and permit applications, the underlying risk adjusted return for this greenfield pipeline project has diminished in such a way that further development is no longer supported,” Williams added.
Anne Marie Garti, an environmental lawyer who helped form the opposition group Stop the Pipeline, said the group “fought this epic 8-year battle with courage, conviction and intelligence, adding: “Perseverance pays off.”
Williams disclosed this week in a financial report that the investors in the Constitution Pipeline took a $345 million “impairment,” suggesting that the investment in the mammoth 124-mile pipeline was being written off.
“Impairment” is an accounting term meaning a reduction in the recoverable amount of a fixed asset. Read more HERE.

Alfred State: Mardi Gras dinner set for Feb. 25 on the Wellsville campus

Alfred State College’s Culinary Arts Department will present an exciting array of New Orleans-style cuisine during its upcoming Mardi Gras dinner from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at The Rig in the Culinary Arts Building on the Wellsville campus.
The cost of the meal, which includes a beverage, is $20 (tax included) for adults and $10 (tax included) for children under 10 years old.
The menu will include:
  • Sausage jambalaya
  • Southern fried chicken
  • Red beans and rice
  • Cajun boil
  • Muffuletta po’boy and shrimp po’boy sandwiches
  • Carved smoked turkey
  • Collard greens
  • Chicken gumbo soup
  • Corn bread
  • Various desserts
Proceeds will benefit culinary student scholarships. No reservations will be accepted.

NY State Police Blotter

2/22/20 12pm- State Police arrested Eric D. Robak, 36, of Bolivar. He was charged selling tobacco to a minor. The incident occurred last week in the Village of Bolivar.

Allegany County Legislature meeting agenda for Feb. 24, 2020

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Obituary: Richard “Dick” L. Brunell, 94, Wellsville

WELLSVILLE - Richard “Dick” L. Brunell, age 94, of Hill Street passed away at home surrounded by his family on Friday, February 20, 2020. On June 30, 1925 in Allegany he was born to the late Howard and Neva Drake Brunell. In April of 1949 he married the former Mary Ellen Hennessy who survives.
Dick graduated from Bolivar Central High School in 1942 and later had attended classes at St. Bonaventure. At the age of 17 he enlisted in the US Navy during WWII and served on the USS Saratoga as a Radio Gunner in a TBM-3D Avenger. His Advenger had been tasked as a spotter for navel gun fire on Iwo Jima. As they flew off the Saratoga deck the ship was hit and sunk by Japanese kamikazes. His damaged Advenger eventually landed successfully on the Escort Carrier USS Bismark Sea and shortly after landing that ship was hit and sunk by a kamikaze. Forced to abandon ship Dick survived the night in the ocean and was picked up in the morning by the Destroyer Escort Edmonds. Dick was a 25 year employee of Air Preheater from where he retired. He was a member of the American Legion Post #702 and the Immaculate Conception Church both of Wellsville. He was a former member of the Wellsville Lions Club and was one of the founders of the annual Intertube Regatta. Dick enjoyed golfing and was a past member of the Wellsville Country Club.
He is survived by his wife Mary Ellen of 71 years; four daughters, Cathi [ Roger Keener] Beatty, Christie [Daniel] Greene, Cindy [Mark] Armitage and Caren Brunell; four grandchildren, Jeffrey [Diana] Greene, Patrick Greene, Jacinda [Ledon] Green and Chelsea [Matthew] Mayer; eight great grandchildren; a brother, Howard [Janice] Brunell; four sisters, Betty Bender, Sally [Doug] Fancher, Kay [Hugh] Billhimer and Nancy Noble; in addition many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded by his sister Jean Vossler.
There will be no prior visitation and a private memorial Mass will be held at a later date followed by burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials in Dick's name may be made to the Immaculate Conception Church or to the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit

Obituary: Teresa A. Kaminski, 57, of Coudersport

Teresa A. Kaminski “beloved mother, MomMom and friend”

COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Teresa A. Kaminski, 57, of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
Born on Wednesday, November 28, 1962 in Philadelphia, she was a daughter of John “Jack” and Shirley Chmil Kaminski.
Teresa was a graduate of Pennridge High School in Perkasie. She loved to fish and treasured the time spent with her family.  She loved her dogs, Tammy and Simba.
Surviving are her mother of Quakertown; two sons, Jeremy J. (Nicole Perry) Camburn of Westfield and Nicholas C. J. “Nick” (Lindsey Sanders) Camburn of Muncy; three grandchildren, Fisher Camburn, Hunter Camburn, and Emmalyn Camburn; the father of her sons, Joe Camburn of Westfield, who stood by her through thick and thin; three brothers, Jack (Pauline) Kaminski of Coudersport, Ricky (Lisa) Kaminski of Pennsburg, and Tommy Kaminski of Quakertown; a sister, Shirley (Jim) Dean of Telford; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her father, Teresa was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Kaminski.
A celebration of Teresa’s life will be held in the future on a date, time and place to be announced.
Teresa’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Teresa, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.


Friday, a jury convicted Lawrence Faucett of Ulster, PA of criminally negligent homicide in the tragic death of New York State Department of Transportation maintenance worker Dennis “Matt” Howe in March of 2019.
Matt was a dedicated, 13-year DOT veteran, who was killed while protecting members of his DOT family last spring. On March 13, 2019, Matt was parked on the shoulder of NYS Route 17 in an advance warning vehicle, his truck lights flashing to alert drivers of a road repair crew ahead. Faucett, a professional driver behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer, did not comply with New York’s Move Over law, and drove his truck onto the shoulder, crashed into Matt’s truck and mortally wounded him. Matt was airlifted to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and died on March 18, 2019.
Faucett was initially ticketed for moving from a lane unsafely and failure to exercise due care – a violation of the Move Over Law. Upon further investigation by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department and the Tioga County District Attorney’s Office, Faucett was charged with criminally negligent homicide, and convicted by a jury Friday.
In October 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation designating the portion of Route 17 where Matt was fatally wounded as the Dennis “Matt” Howe Memorial Highway.
In response to the verdict, DOT Commissioner Marie Therese Dominguez said, “This verdict is a victory for highway safety and for highway workers everywhere, but it will not bring Matt back to his family, friends and co-workers who loved him.  DOT workers are amongst the most professional and dedicated public servants.  Like Matt Howe, they are on our roadways every day, working to make our transportation system safe.  We hope this verdict raises the public’s awareness of how important it is for all drivers to slow down and safely move over when coming upon a work zone.  It would be a fitting tribute to Matt if this tragedy inspired people to view a work zone not as a mere inconvenience, but as a place where people who are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are working hard, to keep us all safe.”

Commissioner Dominguez continued, “We thank Tioga County District Attorney Kirk Martin and his staff for their hard work, diligence, and commitment to public safety in prosecuting this case.”

Shared Services Meeting Scheduled for Allegany County

The 2020 kick-off meeting for the Allegany County Shared Service Initiative is being held on Wednesday, March 4th at 6 p.m. in the Belmont BOCES conference room. A review of previous plans and accomplishments, a time line for moving forward, and any new potential projects for this year’s plan may be discussed. If you have questions or comments you may present them to Michelle Denhoff – Planning & Development Specialist for Allegany County – by emailing her at An RSVP is not required but it is appreciated.

4th Installment -- Bump the Dump Series

In April 2020, Concerned Citizens of Allegany County will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the “Bump the Dump” protest, a multi-year citizen action that prevented the establishment of a nuclear waste dump. This extraordinary episode in our history was ultimately argued and won in US Supreme Court. In taking a stand against the dangers of radioactive contamination on environmental and human health, thousands of regular folks have become folk heroes. We invite you to learn more about them.

“All the neat people in Allegany”
The story of a Bump the Dump aficionado  

Jessica Hutchison wears one of the
mushroom buttons which became
a symbol of the protest.
By Kathryn Ross
Jessica Hutchison was raised in North Carolina, but that hasn’t stopped her from finding a home in Allegany County and getting more than comfortable with the county’s most important fight – the Bump the Dump protest. Hutchison is so interested in the protest that for several months she has been creating a series of interviews with the people who opposed the dump and the people who proposed the dump. The interviews can be seen on the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County’s YouTube page.
Shortly after moving here in 2010 Hutchison said she was browsing the Alfred State College library when she discovered Tom Peterson’s book, “Linked Arms”. The book chronicles the story of the Bump the Dump movement.
“I remember reading it and thinking ‘Wow, why did no one tell me about this before!’ Shortly after that I found “My Name is Allegany County” on YouTube and I was hooked on the story,” she recalled.
What may have piqued her interest was learning that the county had successfully prohibited the state from contaminating the land with a nuclear waste dump.
While filming an interview Jessica Hutchison dons
a tri-corn hat that saw most of the protests when it was worn
by Sue Beck horn, songstress and one of the leaders of the movement.
She explained, “I got my undergraduate degree in Environmental Soil Science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh and my master’s from the University of Georgia. During my master’s degree, I studied the movement of chromium through soil. Since that time, I’ve always been interested in contaminated soils and how they should be cleaned up.”  
After reading Peterson’s book and viewing “My name Is Allegany County” Hutchison started showing the video to her students and then talking with them about how soil is used to dispose of wastes.
Hutchison soon became involved with the Concerned Citizens of Allegany County, the group that led the dump fight in the late 1980s. They are planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the conclusion of the fight this April. Hutchison’s interviews are to be part of that celebration.
But why is this young professional so interested in an event that took place almost 20 years before she arrived in the county? She explains, “I have often wondered this myself, as have many others. I think that when “bump-the-dumpers” first meet me, they think I’m a little crazy because I treat them a little like celebrities. I’m not sure exactly what I find so compelling about this story, but I think it’s because I’ve always liked stories about an underdog. Allegany County was such a *“Rudy” of that time. In a world where we often feel small and helpless, this story reminds me that people have the power to band together and get something accomplished. It gives me hope on glum days. The academic part of my brain is also fascinated with discovering how the people here were able to accomplish such a feat that is not often repeated.”
“I think it’s amazing how well prepared the people of Allegany were,” she said. “I’ve pored over documents from the Siting Commission (New York State Low-Level Waste Siting Commission) in the archives of Alfred University and Alfred State College. Within those documents are thousands of hand-written notes from “bump-the-dumpers” analyzing the information, making notes to themselves on things to look up, etc. I cannot agree with some of the siting commission members' assessments that the people of Allegany County didn’t understand the science behind the dump. It is very apparent to me how well prepared everyone was, from strategy to non-violent training, science to politics, etc.”
After meeting many of the people who were involved in the dump fight and hearing their stories, Hutchison became concerned.
“As I was helping to plan the 30th anniversary of the protest, I started worrying that many of the stories I heard from the people involved would be lost over time. That’s what prompted me to start the oral history project.”
“The response so far has been amazing, and I currently have about 20 people waiting to be interviewed. I hope to continue the project as long as interest remains. Each interview is full of surprises. To quote the BANDITS: “It was right about then, that I started to see, all the neat people, in Allegany."
“I look forward to each and every interview. I was very excited to complete an interview with Dick Wood (former member of the Siting Commission). Having multiple perspectives on the event is important to understanding it as much as I can without having been part of it. I have not been able to get in touch with any law enforcement involved. I would be very interested in interviewing one of the state troopers, for example,” she said.,

Through the interviews Hutchison has found out things few people know such as the members Siting Commission wore bullet-proof vests to the Belfast meeting on the urging of the state police. And that some people in the county were very upset when the horses were brought out at Caneadea.
While those who have seen the interviews say Hutchison is doing a great job, the hardest part of the process is letting go of her need for perfection.
“This event is so important to me and I feel it is my contribution to memorialize it, so, I feel a lot of pressure to portray people in an appropriate way and make good quality video with pictures and footage from that period. However, I’m am not a very “techy” person, so I have had many moments where my computer almost ended up in a ravine,” she admits.
Hutchison and her husband Phil Schroeder moved here in 2010 to teach at Alfred State College and to be closer to extended family. Both teach in the department of Agriculture and Veterinary Technology. Her job puts her in touch with local farmers.
“I’m not a local,” she said, “but I’ve met a lot of people in ten years and I’ve never felt more connected to an area than I do with Allegany County.”
AUTHOR BIO:  A native of Wellsville, Kathryn Ross has been a journalist in Allegany County since 1984 and was among those reporters who followed the Bump the Dump protest in its entirety, travelling with the protesters around the state. She is a graduate of Alfred University.
Save the Date for the Anniversary Weekend:  April 4-5, 2020.  Follow Concerned Citizens’ FB page or join us at our next meeting.  Phone/text 585-466-4474 or email

WNY InterCounty Association Meets at Houghton College

Houghton, NY - A coalition of lawmakers and officials from nineteen upstate counties gathered at Houghton College on February 21st for a meeting of the InterCounty Association of Western New York.
The InterCounty Association meets monthly to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. Policy and legislative objectives are established, and resolutions are forwarded to state officials for their consideration. This month's meeting included the following actions:
-Passage of a resolution imploring state lawmakers to amend or delay implementation of bail and discovery reforms,
-Passage of a resolution supporting increased state funding for Cornell Cooperative Extension County Associations, and
-Passage of a resolution calling on the Governor and state legislative leaders to provide counties with permanent local authority over existing sales tax rates.
Guest speakers included Assemblyman Joseph Giglio (148th District), Houghton College President Dr. Shirley A. Mullen, Allegany County Legislative Board Chairman Curtis W. Crandall, and New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC) General Counsel Patrick Cummings.
Allegany County officials in attendance included County Administrator Carissa Knapp, County Treasurer Terri Ross, InterCounty President and District V Legislator Brooke Harris, Clerk of the Board and InterCounty Delegate Brenda Rigby Riehle, District IV Legislator and InterCounty Delegate Gary Barnes, and InterCounty Secretary Jodi Adams.
The next meeting of the Association will be held on March 20th and hosted by Niagara County.

Belvidere Beekeeping Club

Cuba man arrested for felony aggravated DWI at triple the limit in Portville

On February 21, 2020, SP Olean Troopers arrested Jarid J. Lowe, 32, of Cuba, NY felony for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated – BAC Over 0.18%. and felonyDriving While Intoxicated: Previous Conviction Within Past 10 Years.
During a traffic stop on State Route 417 in the town of Portville, Lowe was exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication. Troopers determined he had been operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene. Lowe was then arrested and transported to SP Olean, where a chemical breath test revealed him to have a 0.24% BAC.
Lowe was released with appearance tickets for Portville Town Court, where he is due to appear in March.

Cuba man arrested for DWI at over twice the limit in Yorkshire

On Friday SP Olean Troopers arrested Timothy K. Neamon, 47, of Cuba, NY for Driving While Intoxicated.
During a traffic stop on Pioneer Lane in the town of Yorkshire, Neamon was allegedly exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication. Troopers determined he had been operating a motor vehicle in an intoxicated condition. He failed standardized field sobriety tests at the scene. Neamon was then arrested and transported to SP Machias, where a chemical breath test revealed him to have a 0.17% BAC.
Neamon was released with appearance tickets for Yorkshire Town Court, where he is due to appear in March.

Friday, February 21, 2020

Alfred takes a stand on NYS Criminal Justice Reform

WHEREAS while there was a need to reform New York’s criminal justice statutes during the 2019 state legislative session, it is widely recognized that several of the drastic changes in the laws pertaining to discovery are overly broad and vague and are having unintended consequences at the municipal level; and

WHEREAS the dramatically shortened time period in which prosecutors must disclose evidence to defendants and the broad expansion of the matters to which such discovery mandates apply will have significant cost, tax and justice implications for cities and villages with police departments, local justice courts or code/parking enforcement departments; and

WHEREAS the discovery reforms mandate prosecutors disclose evidence to the defense within 15 days of arraignment for criminal charges (even if the defendant is not in custody); and

WHEREAS drastically enlarging the scope of material that a prosecutor must review and deliver within 15 days will overwhelm the ability of city and village officials and employees to prosecute cases while managing their misdemeanor and felony caseloads, and will make it impossible to prosecute vehicle and traffic and local code infractions and violations in compliance with the new discovery mandates; and

WHEREAS arraignment must now take place within 20 days of desk appearance ticket issuance, thereby requiring justice courts, many of which convene monthly, to meet more frequently; and

WHEREAS cities and villages will not reap savings from the bail reform's reduction of the burden on county jails; and

WHEREAS municipalities are already challenged with operating within the now-permanent 2% tax cap and have not received an increase in general purpose state aid in 11 years.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Village of Alfred supports the following set of amendments proposed by the New York State Conference of Mayors that are consistent with the intent of the criminal justice reforms, but which will allow for more effective and affordable implementation:

− Ensure that cities and villages are provided with additional financial and operational support to offset the cost of these mandated measures;

− Allow 60 days for prosecutors to disclose evidence to the defense for criminal charges;

− Exclude from the accelerated discovery requirements any charge not involving a misdemeanor or felony;

− Adjust the 20-day arraignment requirement to accommodate local courts that meet on a monthly basis;

− Allow prosecutors to withhold sensitive information, such as victim contact information, without having to obtain a court order.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this duly adopted resolution of the Village of Alfred be forwarded to Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senator George M. Borrello and Assembly Member Joseph M. Giglio, the New York State Conference of Mayors, and local media outlets.

Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate Training

The Farm Disaster Preparation program will help farm owners plan for and manage disasters that might occur.  This program focuses on practical pre-disaster education and preparedness, regarding farm equipment safety on the road, fire or structure collapse, storm and wind damage, criminal activity, farm chemical risks and biosecurity.  Farms that complete the Farm Disaster Preparation training will receive a certificate to provide to their insurer and may be eligible for a credit or discount toward the farm’s annual insurance premium.  The value of the credit or discount will vary according to individual policies and policyholder circumstances but can be up to a 10 percent discount.
The Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate is directed to all sizes of farms and all types of products.  Dairy and livestock farms are especially encouraged to participate in the program due to their additional concerns regarding animal agriculture. The person representing a farm should be the insurance policyholder; other key farm personnel are welcome.
Certificate program will be held on Tuesday March 10, 2020 at the Cooperative Extension Center located at 5435A County Road 48, Belmont, NY from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Space is limited and pre-registration is required by March 3rd.  There is a fee for this program.  For more information or to pre-register contact Lynn Bliven at 585-268-7644 ext. 18 or email at    
Course Instructors: Lynn Bliven, CCE Allegany County and Jim Carrabba, Agricultural Safety Specialist New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health. NYCAMH/NEC is a program of Bassett Healthcare, funded in part by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the New York State Departments of Labor and Health, is enhancing agricultural and rural health by preventing and treating occupational injury and illness.
The Farm Disaster Preparation Certificate Training is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Allegany County (CCE-Allegany). The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an a educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state.  For more information, call 525-268-7644 or visit our website at Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.

NY State Police Blotter

2/20/2020: A woman from Black Creek was arrested Thursday night during a traffic stop on State Route 19 in Caneadea. State Police charged 36-year-old Rebecca A. Bradley with first-degree driving while impaired by drugs and first-offense DWI. She was processed and released on appearance tickets for court.

Tri-Town/Ulysses ambulance struck head-on, other driver seriously hurt

Pennsylvania State Police say a man suffered a possible serious injury when the truck he was driving slammed head-on into a Tri-Town ambulance. The crash happened at 9:55 Tuesday morning on North Main Street in Coudersport. Troopers said 53-year-old Felix Gutierrez of Coudersport was southbound when he saw a Tri-Town Ambulance approaching with its emergency lights activated. Gutierrez applied his brakes causing his truck to slide into the oncoming lane. The head-on collision caused disabling damage to both vehicles. Gutierrez and two passengers in the ambulance were taken to UPMC Cole. The ambulance passengers sustained only "minor injuries," according to State Police. The driver of the ambulance was listed as Gary O. Erway, 72, of Ulysses. All occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash. No charges were filed according to the crash report.
UPDATE: The passengers in the ambulance were identified as Pamela J. Bodo, 69, of Ulysses and Belinda S. Empson, 61, of Ulysses. Troopers said both sustained suspected minor injuries.

Livingston County: Felony Charge Following Attempt To Purchase Rifle

VILLAGE OF DANSVILLE - Livingston County Sheriff Thomas J. Dougherty reports the arrest of Dalton, NY resident on felony charges after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. On February 19, 2020 Sheriff’s Deputies arrested and charged 30-year-old Joseph G. Gagne with felony Falsifying Business Records in the 1st Degree and felony Attempted Criminal Purchase or Disposal of a Weapon.
It is alleged that on February 13, 2020 Gagne went to a gun store in the Village of Dansville and attempted to purchase a rifle, which included completing a federal firearms transaction record form. It is further alleged that Gagne had a valid court issued order of protection against him at the time and falsely stated on the form that he did not. The order of protection prohibits Gagne from possessing or purchasing a firearm.
Gange was turned over to Central Booking Deputies at the Livingston County Jail for processing and issued an appearance ticket for the charges as the offenses did not qualify for pre-arraignment detention or for bail to be set under the NYS Justice Reform Act. Gagne is scheduled to return to the Village of Dansville Court at a later date to answer to the charges.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division and Criminal Investigations Division.

"Allegany County has had no substantial the past five years" - seeks sales tax extension

This resolution will be voted on when the Allegany County Legislature meets February 24.

Intro. No. 48-20                                             RESOLUTION NO.                               Page 1 of 1 pages




Offered by: Ways & Means Committee


            WHEREAS, the only two substantial sources of tax revenue available to Allegany County are real property and sales, and


WHEREAS, Allegany County is at its sales tax limit, and


            WHEREAS, by Chapter 61 of the 2017 Laws of the State of New York, the County of Allegany was authorized to impose an additional one and one-half percent sales tax for the period December 1, 2017,  to November 30, 2020, and


WHEREAS, by Resolution No. 169-2017, such additional sales tax was imposed for such period, and


            WHEREAS, Allegany County is presently at 82.33 percent of its constitutional taxing limit for real estate taxes, and


            WHEREAS, Allegany County will be at 100 percent of such constitutional taxing limit if such additional sales tax is not reauthorized, and


            WHEREAS, Allegany County has had no substantial growth in real estate assessed valuation in the past five years, and


            WHEREAS, in Allegany County’s current economic situation and in order to preserve essential services, any substantial increase in real estate taxes would put in financial jeopardy the County's large percentage of senior citizens with fixed incomes who would have no choice but to pay such taxes out of such fixed incomes, now, therefore, be it




            1.         That the Allegany County Board of Legislators requests our State legislative representatives to introduce and seek passage, in the State Senate and Assembly, legislation to authorize Allegany County to continue the additional County sales tax of one and one-half percent for at least the period December 1, 2020, to November 30, 2023.


            2.         That the Clerk of this Board is directed to send copies of this resolution to Senator George Borrello and Assemblyman Joseph M. Giglio.



I,  Brenda Rigby Riehle,  Clerk of the Board of Legislators of the County of Allegany,  State of New York,  do hereby certify that the foregoing constitutes a correct copy of the original on file in my office and the whole thereof of a resolution passed by said


Board on the ________ day of ________________________ 20______.

____________________________________________ Dated at Belmont, New York this _____ day of ____________ 20_____

        Clerk, Board of Legislators, Allegany County

Moved by _____________________ Seconded by _____________________  VOTE: Ayes_____Noes_____Absent_____Voice_____


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Carlos Garcia Rivero, 45, of Mt. Morris, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of cocaine. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $5,000,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew T. McGrath, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was the leader of a cocaine trafficking organization based in Mt. Morris, NY. Rivero obtained bulk quantities of powder cocaine to be distributed, at his direction, by a number of street level drug dealers as either powder or crack cocaine. The defendant would supply the street level drug dealers with pre-packaged quantities, which they would then sell to individual drug users.
Rivero was arrested by the FBI on February 20, 2019, as he arrived at JFK International Airport on a flight arriving from Colombia. Investigators located nearly 500 grams of powder cocaine hidden in the basement of the defendant’s residence on Chapel Street in Mt. Morris. Over $15,000 in cash was located at another premises utilized by the organization for its drug dealing activities.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office and the Livingston County Drug Task Force, under the direction of Sheriff Thomas Dougherty; and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Gregory J. McCaffrey.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. before Chief Judge Geraci.

Van Caeseele’s FB Post About Community Bank’s Ownership Transition

Courtesy of WLEA Radio

HORNELL, NY – Steuben County Legislator Paul Van Caeseele (R, Hornell) has posts on his Steuben County Legislator Facebook page, that states that Community Bank is letting go, about half of the Hornell employees of Steuben Trust Company, during the ownership transition.
Van Caeseele’s post says that Community Bank sent him a letter, that says that they understand that the process of displacement disrupts people’s lives, but is unavoidable in this situation.


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Thursday that Jeffrey Maciejewski, 26, of Penn Yan, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, was sentenced to serve 24 months in prison and five years supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The defendant will also be required to register as a sex offender, and was ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution to the victims who were depicted in the images that he possessed.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kyle Rossi, who handled the case, stated that in May 2018, the Los Angeles office of the FBI executed a federal search warrant at a residence in Solvang, California. Special agents seized a number of electronic items containing child pornography. A resident at that address admitted to using social networking sites such as Kik and to trade child pornography with others via the Internet. Based on that information, investigators identified several individuals, including the defendant, who were actively involved in the child pornography trade.
The information was sent to the Corning Office of the FBI, who, with the assistance of the Penn Yan Police Department, identified Maciejewski as a substitute teacher for the Penn Yan Central School District. Special agents acted quickly to obtain search warrants and locate Maciejewski, who was ultimately interviewed at the school district’s offices. During the interview, the defendant confessed that he in fact traded child pornography using social networking sites, including a cloud storage service, “Mega,” which is located in New Zealand.
With the help of the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs, investigators obtained the contents of Maciejewski’s Mega account, which contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography. The defendant’s electronic devices were also forensically examined. In total, Maciejewski possessed more than 600 images and videos of child pornography, some of which depicted the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers.  
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Corning Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Division, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Penn Yan Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Dunham; and the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs.

American Legion officials visit Allegany County

NYS American Legion Commander Michael McDermott is welcomed to Wellsville by Morrison Hayes Post 702 Command Brent Roberts at Tuesday night’s Testimonial Dinner
The Commander of the American Legion of NY Department Michael H. McDermott, of Homer, was the guest of honor at a Testimonial Dinner held Tuesday evening at the Wellsville Morrison Hayes Post 702 and earlier in the day at Belmont’s Herbert DeLong Post 808.
The reason behind the visit, was to introduce McDermott and his theme and goals to the members of the 842 posts across the state. He was joined by officials of the Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders to all 62 counties in the state.
Standing before a crowd of a little over 100 people he said, “Allegany County is a fitting end to our tour across the state. This post (Morrison Hayes Post 702) is the epitome of posts and they serve the best prime rib in the state,” which garnered an appreciative laugh from the audience.
A veteran of the Navy, McDermott said that he is “Anchors Aweigh and Full Speed Ahead for his quest to recruit younger vets to the organization. He advised modernizing posts and programs with wifi, computers, popular music, corn hole tournaments and family friendly activities.
At right, the county Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Tex Kane of Andover offers support and gifts to Bob Wallace, state director of the Legion Riders at Tuesday’s testimonial dinner, in Wellsville, honoring the state leaders of the American Legion.
Accompanying McDermott on the tour was state Auxiliary President Linda Tome, of Palmyra. She urged auxilians to “help be a solution” for the high rate of suicide among veterans, and to reach out to veterans who seem troubled or isolated. She also noted that the 38,000 auxiliary members across the state have given 7 million volunteer hours to help service veterans and their families over the last year and have raised $6.1 million to help veterans and their families.
Dennis George, state commander for the Sons of the American Legion said the focus of his term is on membership, accountability, support of American Legion programs and increased communications.
Bob Wallace, state director of the Legion Riders who presented a certificate of appreciation to the local Legion Riders recognizing their outstanding service to the organization, the Legion and the community.
As part of the Testimonial Dinner, representatives of several individual local posts contributed a total of $2,200 to support the programs sponsored by McDermott, Tome, George and Wallace, and presented gifts to the state officials

Proposed legislation would designate crimes targeting first responders as a hate crime

(WETM) – Lawmakers in Albany are considering new legislation that would designate crimes specifically targeting police and correction officers, parole and other law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel as hate crimes
The Community Heroes Protection Act, which is currently in committee in both the Senate and Assembly and has bipartisan support in the Legislature.