Thursday, January 31, 2019
"The tradition of hunting is enjoyed by nearly 600,000 New Yorkers and visitors each year, and the declining number of hunting incidents prove that today's generation of hunters continue to be the most safety conscious," said Commissioner Seggos. "In large part, hunting in New York continues to be a safe and enjoyable activity thanks to the efforts of 2,600 DEC staff and volunteer hunter education program instructors that teach nearly 50,000 students each year."
Of the 13 HRSIs that occurred last year, seven were two-party firearm incidents, six were self-inflicted, and three resulted in fatalities that could have been prevented if hunting safety rules and common sense were followed. Of the three fatalities, two were self-inflicted and caused by unsafe handling of firearms and one was a two-party firearm incident caused by a failure to positively identify the target. Hunting Safety Statistics (PDF) are available on the DEC website.
Further examination of the seven two-party firearm incidents reveals that six (86 percent) of the victims involved were not wearing hunter orange, reinforcing the importance of identifying the target and beyond, and wearing hunter orange when afield-two major tenets of DEC's hunter safety courses.
"Although the number of hunting-related incidents have declined dramatically in the last several decades, we believe every one of these could be avoided if hunters follow the laws and basic rules of hunting safety," Commissioner Seggos said. "We encourage hunters to wear hunter orange and to be sure, beyond a doubt, of their target and what lies beyond."
New York's HRSI rate recorded 19 incidents in 2017, 13 in 2016, and 23 in 2015. There were 98 incidents in 1991, 110 in 1979, and 166 in 1966, 13 of which were fatal. While the number of hunters is declining, the hunting incident rate (incidents per 100,000 hunters) is falling even faster. Since the 1960s, the number of hunters has declined about 20 percent, while the incident rate has declined almost 80 percent. The current five-year average is 3.1 incidents per 100,000 hunters, compared to 19 per 100,000 hunters in the 1960s.
DEC-trained and certified volunteer instructors teach safe, responsible, and ethical hunting and trapping practices and the important role of hunters and trappers in wildlife conservation. New York has an extremely safety-conscious generation of hunters and trappers, thanks largely to more than 60 years of dedicated efforts of volunteer Hunter Education Program instructors. All first-time hunters, bowhunters, and trappers must successfully complete a hunter or trapper safety course and pass the final exam before being eligible to purchase a hunting or trapping license. All courses are offered free of charge.
In 2017, DEC Commissioner Seggos directed the agency's Environmental Conservation Police Officers (ECOs) to begin tracking and investigating tree stand injuries for the first time. Tree stand injuries are under-reported, and DEC is not always notified when tree stand falls occur. In 2017, 12 tree stand incidents were reported and investigated, six of which proved to be fatal. In 2018, there were just five documented tree stand incidents and zero fatalities, and all five falls resulted from the hunter failing to use a body harness. Additional information about tree stand incidents (PDF) is available on DEC website.
Tree stand safety has become a regular part of the hunter education course required of first-time hunters in New York. Tree stand incidents are becoming a major cause of hunting-related injuries. The proper use of tree stands and tree stand safety equipment will help to prevent these injuries and fatalities. Used correctly, a harness keeps the hunter connected from the time they leave the ground to the moment they get back down.
Many, if not all tree stand incidents could be prevented if hunters follow the "ABCs" of tree stand safety:
- Always remove and inspect your tree stand before use;
- Buckle on your full body harness securely every time; and
- Connect to the tree before your feet leave the ground.
- Treat every firearm as if it were loaded;
- Control the muzzle, keep it pointed in a safe direction;
- Identify your target and what lies beyond;
- Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire; and
- Wear hunter orange.
Tom highlighted how people will continue to leave the state, and not because of the weather, if these oppressive polices keep coming out of Albany.
“Giving free college tuition to illegal immigrants is not fair for the hard-working families of New York already struggling under Governor Cuomo’s oppressively high taxes and college’s ridiculously expensive tuition,” Tom said. “We care about the mothers and fathers who lie awake at night wondering how they are going to pay for both the tax bill and college for not only their kids, but now the college of others as well.
“Albany needs to instead focus on forcing colleges to contain their costs, and this is why we introduced the REDUCE Act last year,” Tom concluded.
The REDUCE Act:
- Requires colleges to have a plan to keep tuition increases below the rate of inflation.
- Mandates reporting of easily digestible information about how colleges are being managed and where their money is spent.
- Requires the wealthiest universities to distribute 25 percent of the profits from their massive endowments to assist students from working-class families.
- Encourages university donors to give money that will assist low and middle-income students and eliminates tax deductions for large restricted college donations.
“Given the severity of the allegations and the unrest they are causing in the community, State Police will thoroughly investigate this incident, in consultation with local authorities,” Acting State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett said.
The State Police team assigned to the case includes an investigator who is specially trained in interview techniques designed to assist victims in recalling details of traumatic incidents, as well as a second investigator with training and experience in dealing with child victims. The State Police investigation will be overseen by a Lieutenant from the Troop C Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Members assigned to this case will work in consultation with the Binghamton Police Department and Broome County District Attorney.
On January 30, Governor Cuomo directed the State Police to launch an investigation and called on the State Education Department to investigate allegations that 12-year-old girls were strip searched for drugs at East Middle School in Binghamton.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
1/28/19 3pm- State police arrested a 13-year-old boy from Bolivar. He was charged with violating a Family Court Act. The arrest was made on Evans Road.
Noyes Health Auxiliary Donates $48,000 to Noyes Health to Complete Emergency Department Capital Campaign Pledge
Born in North Hornell, NY, December 3, 1930, the youngest son of Walter and Eleanor (Saunders) Brink, he had resided in the Almond area the majority of his life. He was a graduate of the Hornell High School Class of 1948, the Rensellaer Polytechnic Institute and earned his Master’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1956. After college Don joined the Naval Reserves which took him to California for several years.
Don was active in Hornell as president of the Hornell Young Adult Civic Council and was part of the “It is well in Hornell” Movement, and in the Hornell Symphony Chorus under Dr. LaMan. Don was employed by the NYS DOT where he served in various capacities but retired as a Professional Engineer. Don was among the first to settle in the Twin Valley Terrace subdivision and had the honor of having the access road name after him “Brink Road”. He was a member of the Almond Union of Churches where he served as an Elder, Deacon, Trustee and in other various Volunteer positions. He was also active in the church’s choir.
He was predeceased by his parents, his wife Lorna (Schreck) Brink on February 20, 2017, a grandson; Tye Dickinson and 2 brothers: Erving and Robert Brink.
He is survived by 2 daughters; Sonja (Thomas) Dickinson Jr. of Blossburg PA, and Tara (Jeff) Rudgers of Hilton, NY, 5 grandchildren; Trace Dickinson, Cassie Dickinson, Troy Dickinson, Chloe Maytan and Scott Rudgers as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
To send a remembrance to the family, please visit www.brownandpowersfuneralhomes.com, or on Facebook @brownpowersfh. The family is being assisted by David W. Ames, Director.
The family will be present Friday April 5, 2019 from 1-3 and 6-8PM , at the Bender - Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 354 Canisteo St, Hornell. A memorial service will be held on Saturday April 6, 2019 at the Almond Union of Churches, Rev. Charles Emerson officiating. Burial will be in Rural Cemetery in Hornell at a later date.
In lieu of flowers the family of Donald Brink requests that memorial donations be sent to the Almond Union of Churches.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Nicholas P. Philhower
- No more than two visitors in a patient’s room at any time
- No visitors under the age of 14
- No visitors with symptoms of fever, cough, body aches, or a sore throat; visitors may not visit until they are symptom-free for 24 hours
Kranock was taken to SP Amity and processed then arraigned at the village of Belmont Court. Kranock was remanded to Allegany County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bail and $200,000 bond. Allegany County Child Protective Services was contacted. The child is in guarded condition with possible significant brain injury.
Kenneth W. Wise, 89, a former resident of the Cuba area passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 at Wellsville Manor Care Center, after a lengthy illness.
Day is the second county deputy to be honored by the state association, Allard said. County Inv. Don Lewis received the Deputy of the Year award in 2009 for his actions in shielding a woman from gunfire during a mental health arrest in the Town of Woodhull.
Statement by Senator Catharine M. Young (R,C,I-57th District)
"The courageous survivors of childhood sexual abuse who have raised their voices and shared their devastating stories to help bring justice to those harmed by this crime, have suffered and sacrificed to get to this point. Monday’s passage of the Child Victims Act (CVA) is their victory. While the terrible crimes perpetrated against them can never be undone, a new avenue of recourse has been created and that is significant. That is why I voted in support of the bill. But in the race to check the "done" box on this issue, the Senate has missed an opportunity to deliver full justice to the majority of child sexual abuse survivors - those abused by family, step-family, neighbors or other private individuals without deep pockets to pay a settlement. Yes, this bill will give all victims the opportunity to pursue restitution in the civil court. But, in reality, most of the victims receiving financial awards will be those survivors whose abusers were institutionally affiliated. For everyone else, there will be little or no restitution to help pay for therapy, substance abuse treatment, a college education or any of the other supports that can help rebuild a life that has been derailed by trauma. Neither will this legislation make any measurable difference in locking up more of these predators so that they cannot victimize other children. With most victims unable to confront their abuse until their 40s, changing the criminal statute of limitations from 23 to 28, as this measure does, is essentially preserving the status quo. The Child Victims Fund (CVF), which I introduced, would address both of these gaps. The bill would offer all child sexual abuse victims the compensation they need and deserve from a $300 million fund drawn from the Manhattan district attorney’s nearly $1 billion cache of criminal asset forfeiture monies. Additionally, the criminal statute of limitations on child sexual abuse would be completely eliminated under this measure to make it easier to prosecute these perpetrators and put them safely behind bars.
All the victims of child sexual abuse need our help. Today, we took a giant step forward. But there is more we can and should do to ensure full justice for all. Let’s keep working until we reach that goal."
For Zippo, the acquisition adds a diversified product line, new distribution channels, critical know-how and expertise in a fast-growing, on-trend category to the Zippo family of brands. Northern Lights ranks as a leading candle company in the United States and manufactures candles for its own brands as well as for private label. Northern Lights sells to a diversified group of retailers from small and mid-size boutiques under the Northern Lights brand and to large mass market retailers under a variety of other labels. Northern Lights offers artisan candles both machine-made and hand poured in the USA using fine fragrances and essential oils, with vessels designed to be re-purposed.
The Zippo portfolio already includes W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co., manufacturer of handcrafted knives since 1889, and the Ronson family of products for the United States – with both of these brands also based in Bradford, PA.
This pairing made great sense for Northern Lights founders Andy and Tina Glanzman, as Zippo and Northern Lights share aligned cultures, values, and positions. Both Zippo and Northern Lights are proud American manufacturers located in small, strong communities in the U.S., with long-standing reputations for dependable and beautifully engineered products.
Zippo will leverage its existing international channels to begin globalizing the Northern Lights brand and product offerings, with the opportunity for additional expansion.
Paup said that Zippo intends to keep Northern Lights' manufacturing operations in its current Wellsville, NY location, with the Glanzmans and all employees remaining with the company.
"I am pleased to welcome Northern Lights to our Zippo family," said George Duke, Owner and Chairman of the Board for Zippo. "Andy and Tina have built a successful business, with many of the same values we hold here at Zippo and Case. Our shared commitment to American manufacturing, to supporting our local communities, and deep appreciation for our dedicated employees are why we are proud to acquire Northern Lights."
Artisan candles are a significant and growing segment of the global artisan sector. Worldwide, artisan candles remain a largely fragmented market, and currently, no single company operates across all formats on a global basis.
"The Northern Lights team is extremely excited to be joining Zippo Manufacturing Company," said Northern Lights founders Andy & Tina Glanzman. "Northern Lights is a fantastic business with committed and passionate employees, a great company culture and history, and enormous domestic and international potential. Being part of the Zippo family will enable us to take the business to the next level and grow farther and faster."
The Glanzmans continued, "We would like to send out a huge thank you to our customers and to everyone on the Northern Lights team who have helped us build this wonderful business and brand. We look forward to the next exciting chapter in Northern Lights' vision to bring creatively designed, socially responsible products to market that will inspire consumers on a daily basis. We're looking forward to brightening the world together."
One of the most recognized brands in the world, Zippo was founded in the fall of 1932 by George G. Blaisdell in Bradford, PA, where it has manufactured over 500 million windproof lighters. With the exception of improvements to the flint wheel and modifications in case finishes, the product remains unchanged and is backed by the company's famous lifetime guarantee – "It works, or we fix it free.™" Zippo's diverse product line includes lighter accessories, butane candle lighters, and a robust line of heat and flame products for outdoor enthusiasts. Zippo markets in over 180 countries and also owns the Ronson brand of lighters and fuel and W.R. Case and Sons Cutlery Company, both based in Bradford, PA. For more information, visit www.Zippo.com.
About Northern Lights
Northern Lights has been brightening the world and beautifying homes with the warmth of candlelight for over 40 years. Our strong roots in the art of candle making have led to an eminent reputation as a leading designer of luxury candles and artisan accessories. By sourcing materials both domestically and internationally, Northern Lights is able to support local artists and their communities around the world. For more information, visit www.northernlightscandles.com.
Monday, January 28, 2019
Dr. Heather Lanphere demonstrates the new V-Scan Hand Held Ultrasound - with permission from patient Kayla Rogers - to Dr. LuAnn Kaye and Dianna Miller Emrick.
Kami B. White, 20, Wellsville, NY, was charged with Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 2nd Degree and Inadequate/No Plate Lamp on January 15. White was released on an appearance ticket to answer charges in Avon Town Court on a later date.
Last November, Governor Cuomo announced that he would make a strong push in 2019 to provide New York State drivers’ licenses to illegal immigrants.
My response at the time was this: "Here we go in the new New York State. Governor Cuomo and the new State Legislature are getting ready to blow through stop signs protecting the rights and safety of hard-working, law-abiding, lifelong, responsible residents. Buckle up, look both ways, and hold on to your wallet, this state’s about to get taxed and turned upside down at breakneck speed."
Less than one month into the 2019 legislative session, with the governor fully encouraging a state Legislature under one-party (his party) Democratic control, I’m afraid “here we go” was a serious understatement on my part.
Not long ago, Governor Cuomo proclaimed that he feels “liberated” without a Republican Majority in the state Senate around to block his vision for New York’s future.
Consider what this vision has produced over just the past few weeks in Albany, including:
- n The “Reproductive Health Act” to significantly expand abortion in New York State;
n The “DREAM Act” to provide taxpayer-funded college tuition assistance to illegal immigrant families;
n Significant reform to the state’s electoral process, including early voting, an unfunded mandate that promises to increase costs for local taxpayers and enhance the risk of voter fraud;
n A proposed 2019-2020 New York State budget that eliminates critical Aid and Incentives to Municipalities (AIM) funding for upstate municipalities, puts at risk critical agricultural funding, offers no serious mandate relief, raises spending on Medicaid by $1 billion, seeks higher taxes and fees, and includes many other troubling (and expensive) proposals.
On the way? Using taxpayers dollars to finance political campaigns, commonly known as public campaign financing. Legalizing recreational marijuana and creating a big new state bureaucracy to oversee the legalization. An ongoing attack on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding, responsible gun owners. A state-level, universal health care system that many believe will simply break the bank.
At a recent legislative hearing examining the governor’s proposed budget, I raised the specter of state borrowing and debt, and particularly the burden being left to future generations of decision makers and, especially, taxpayers. New York already has America’s highest state and local government debt per capita.
Now Governor Cuomo and his Democratic partners in the Legislature are eyeing the so-called “Green New Deal” that, among other things, seeks to make New York’s electricity 100% carbon neutral over the next two decades. They call it a new deal, however I’m not sure it’s a fair deal for future taxpayers or energy consumers for whom the cost of energy will rise. It’s a massive undertaking. It calls for a huge investment in new infrastructure. To start, the governor wants a $10 billion “Green Future Fund.” It arrives on top of what has been an ongoing, enormous expansion of infrastructure building statewide, spending the governor has proposed to raise to $150 billion this year.
Most of it’s being accomplished through state borrowing, significantly adding to future state debt and, most egregiously, being heaped onto the backs of future taxpayers who will have to deal with it long after Governor Cuomo and most current legislative leaders have left office.
I said it recently, I’ll say it again, and it needs to go on being said: The new, Democratic direction for New York State appears headed toward producing billions upon billions of dollars of short- and long-term spending requiring billions upon billions of dollars in new taxes, fees, and, especially, borrowing for future generations of state and local taxpayers.
So, yes, buckle up. Look both ways. Hold on to your wallet.
The short-term pursuit of a hard-left, liberal political agenda appears to be the priority over a long-term, sustainable future for upstate, middle-class communities, families, workers, and taxpayers.
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Geraldine was born on Jan. 8, 1943 in Chicago, Ill. to Walter and Helen (Zapotoczny) Lash.
In 1966, Alfred State College appointed Geraldine Instructor in the Department of General Education of General Studies. She held that position until 1973 when she was promoted to Assistant Professor of English. Geri retired from Alfred State College in September of 2001 after 35 years of teaching.
Geri is survived by a sister-in-law, Patricia Lash of Orland Park, Ill.; two nephews, Walter (Brandi) Lash of Stow, Ohio and Andrew Lash of Orland Park, Ill; and her kind and caring neighbors of 30 years, Kathy Feldman and Sheila Holloway.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Walter Lash and longtime companion, Theodore Burakoff.
Geri was a faithful supporter of the Hornell Area Humane Society and loved dogs. When her health allowed, she had dogs of her own. In later years, she enjoyed the long daily walks with her neighbor’s dogs. She was also an avid gardener in her younger days and took great pride in her home grown vegetables. As an English professor, Geri loved books and had a passion for literature. She enjoyed reading, especially mystery novels. Geri also enjoyed eating out. A favorite pastime of hers was the many lunch dates with Theodore.
Per her wishes, there will be no prior visitation. There will be a graveside service in the spring when her ashes will be laid to rest next to her parents in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleums in Justice, Ill. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker-Swan Funeral Home in Andover.
Memorial contributions in Geri’s name may be made to Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, NY 14843.