Thursday, August 31, 2017

Obituary: Shanley M. Wright, 28, Fillmore

Fillmore - Shanley M. Wright, of 10987 Dugway Road, passed away Wednesday, August 30, 2017 in Wyoming County Community Hospital, Warsaw. He was born on January 7, 1989 in Buffalo, a son of Mark and Tammy Rich Wright.
Shanley was a graduate of Fillmore Central School, Class of 2008, and was a New York Yankees and Buffalo Bills Fan.
He enjoyed painting, fishing, bird watching, especially cardinals, playing baseball video games and being outside.
Surviving in addition to his parents is his grandmother, Marguerite Rich of Houghton, a special Aunt, Lorie “Lala” Rich of Houghton, his dog, Yankee, 10 Aunts and Uncles, a Great-Aunt, Ruth Beardsley of Fillmore, a Great-Uncle, Albert (Winnie) Skinner of Ohio and several cousins.
Family and friends may gather from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore where a funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Bruce Smith will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Houghton.

Opinion: Fake news does exist...and I've been the fool

For thirty-six years, I've enjoyed reporting the news on many platforms...from print, to radio, online, to the occasional TV report. Understand, to me, my reporting is real. It's based on actually going to meetings and hearing the words; reviewing the police blotter and obtaining the 'official report'; Hell, I was a fixture in county court for a time listening to testimony.
In the modern day, it's been tough for me to accept the fake news concept. After all, what I reported on was real, happening in real time and current. So, the concept of fake news has been foreign to me. This isn't an ego thing, I've just been a traditional reporter. You know, separate facts from fiction. Social media has certainly altered everything. Still, I don't believe most claims. Having said that, I must finally admit that 'pretend news' does exist. The thing is, I always thought most folks could figure that out. Until today.
This afternoon, on social media, there was a report circulating that the Little League World Series (LLWS), with roots in Williamsport, PA was about to shift. The posts said the LLWS was flipping off Williamsport for a new home in the glitzy California landscape. At that point, I stopped reading and felt a heaviness, a sadness. After 4 seconds of research, I discovered it was another in a series of fake web sites. No, the LLWS isn't moving anywhere. Williamsport is its home. I felt like a fool.
Here's the thing - the news media has been my primary career. That's not the case for most casual consumers. So when they read something, they consume it and believe it. Online postings can be done in seconds. Traditional media, newspapers, magazines, TV and yes radio are a little more reserved. We all want the 'scoop." Heck, aren't you happy when you have the 'skinny' on something and can share it before anyone else? It's a powerful feeling. Most media are honest. Reporters who want to share a factual story. Cable news...well they have to fill a 24/7 news cycle so whatever comes along, goes. We weren't poorly served when America relied on the 6:30 p.m. newscast presented by ABC, NBC and CBS. We weren't poorly served by daily and weekly newspapers where reporters  sat in the meeting and heard the words.
Today, the term media is overly broad.
I still believe in a responsible media, which, yes, from time to time makes an error. When I err, I'm the first to admit and correct. Sharing an accurate and correct story with you is more important to me than being first. Do I enjoy beating newspapers and others? Damn right. I work hard to do it. However, I'd rather be correct and last than fake and first.

Alfred State plans emergency drill on campuses in Wellsville & Alfred

Wellsville woman gets prison time in village meth case

A Wellsville woman is headed to state prison after pleading guilty to the felony crime of 3rd degree unlawful manufacturing of meth. She had originally faced several other charges. In Allegany County court Wednesday, Mary Cornell, 30, of 175 Maple Avenue was sentenced by Judge Thomas Brown to a state prison term of 2 1/2 years. In addition, Cornell will serve one year post release supervision and must pay a DNA fee and court surcharge.
Wellsville Police made the arrest in March after two meth labs were discovered in the residential neighborhood. Police were assisted by New York State Police CCSERT, Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, New York State Police C-NET, New York State Division of Parole and the Allegany County Probation Department. Assistant District Attorney Mike Finn prosecuted the case.

Cuba: 9/11 Remembrance Run

Bath man charged with passing fake money

$300,000+ awarded for New York State Fire Prevention

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Paul Tonko announced this morning that a combined $311,746 has been awarded to the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs (NYSAFC) through the Department of Homeland Security FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Fire Prevention and Safety Grant Program. The award will support two NYSAFC projects:
-          $88,086 for a Smoke Alarm Installation Project to install 2,500 smoke alarms in the homes of seniors age 65 and older. This project will also include fire safety education that specifically addresses each recipient household’s fire risks.
-          $223,660 to develop a Home Sprinkler Informational Campaign including creation of a home sprinkler public service announcement (PSA), press events to showcase live fire sprinkler demonstrations, production and distribution of an informational home sprinkler fact sheet, various educational workshops, a telephone town hall meeting for the fire service, an online Home Sprinkler Education and Awareness Toolkit, an intensive sprinkler and fire safety social media campaign, and other public outreach and education at home shows and the New York State Fair.
“Fire safety and prevention programs play a crucial role in protecting our communities,” said Senator Schumer. “The New York State Association of Fire Chiefs’ Smoke Alarm Installation and Home Sprinkler Education and Awareness Projects will play a vital role in that protection. I’m proud to announce this critical federal investment and will continue working to make sure New York’s first responders have the support and tools they need to keep our communities safe.”
“These funds will provide our first responders with the tools they need to help educate the community about fire safety and prevention,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will also go a long way to help make the homes of many local seniors safer with the installation of new smoke detectors. We need to do everything we can to ensure our first responders have the resources necessary do their jobs effectively, and I will always fight in the Senate to make sure they are given the support they deserve.”    
Congressman Tonko praised the projects, saying: “We know all too well that our firefighters are the last line of defense against tragedy for families, businesses and communities all across New York. Our first line of defense has to be prevention, and that starts with public awareness. These worthy projects will help ensure New York seniors are living in homes with smoke alarms that will keep them safe, and we all benefit from greater awareness of other available fire prevention measures. I want to congratulate the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs for spearheading these worthy projects to keep our families, businesses and communities safe.”
Jerry DeLuca, Executive Director & CEO of NYSAFC, highlighted the importance of raising awareness about fire safety and prevention measures, adding, "On behalf of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, I want to thank Senator Schumer, Senator Gillibrand, Congressman Tonko and the entire New York Congressional Delegation for their support of this grant initiative. These funds will allow NYSAFC to continue our efforts to educate and inform the public and the fire service about the importance of home fire sprinklers. Fires burn eight times faster in modern construction than in older homes. Home fire sprinklers are proven to reduce the risk of perishing in a fire for New Yorkers of all ages. In addition, we will continue our multiyear effort to reduce fire injuries and fatalities among older New Yorkers by providing smoke alarms to fire departments for distribution in their communities."
The awards announced above come through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Grant Program. AFG grants are competitive and awarded directly to fire departments to protect public and first-responder health and safety. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources to protect the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards.
This funding is part of round 3 of the competitive FY 2016 announcements. For more information on the grants, visit the AFG website at

Deputies arrest Alfred man on probation warrant

Allegany County Sheriff Ricky L. Whitney reports that on August 28, 2017,  Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Justin Riccio, age 22 of Alfred on an Allegany County Violation of Probation Warrant.
Riccio was processed and transported to Allegany County Court where he was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail without bail and is scheduled to reappear in Allegany County Court on August 31st, 2017 at 11:00a.m.

Judge Watches Earns "A" Rating from Steuben SCOPE

Judge Watches
Press Release:
(Bath, NY) This week Judge Chauncey Watches earned an “A” rating from the Steuben County Chapter of SCOPE (Shooters Committee On Political Education) in his campaign for Surrogate Court Judge. The rating followed his submission of a rigorous questionnaire and a presentation to the group.
In the notification, Douglas Mitchell of SCOPE’s Steuben County Chapter said, “Thank you for your Constitutional passion, your integrity and your willingness to serve the people of Steuben County.”
Judge Watches stated, “I’ve been an avid outdoorsmen and hunter my entire life. I’m proud to have received this important rating from the good folks at SCOPE’s local chapter.”
In addition to this rating, Judge Watches has built significant momentum in his campaign in recent months, earning the endorsement of the New York State Troopers Police Benevolent Association and Bath Police Benevolent Association, and securing thousands of signatures qualifying him to appear on the Republican, Conservative, Independence and Reform Party ballot lines in the election.
Party Primaries will be held for Republican, Conservative and Independence voters on Tuesday, September 12th. Polls will be open from Noon to 9 p.m. The General Election will be held on November 7th.
Surrogate Court has jurisdiction over estate proceedings and is responsible for granting and supervising the guardianships of infants and incapacitated adults. The Surrogate Judge is also regularly assigned to County Court, Family Court and Supreme Court in Steuben and seven surrounding counties.
Judge Watches has served as a Municipal Judge in Bath for the last 13 years, where he has helped to resolve thousands of challenging cases. Beyond his tenure behind the bench, he also runs his own private legal practice and has previously served as a prosecutor and as Assigned Counsel through the Public Defender's Office. No other candidate in this race has served in the courtroom from all sides – prosecutor, defense and judge.

Allegany County legislators discuss 911 center funding

August 28, 2017
Committee Members Present: P. Curran, D. Healy, S. Burt, D. Fanton, J. Hopkins, C. Jessup, K. LaForge, A. McGraw, T. O’Grady, D. Root, C. Crandall

Others Present: L. Ballengee, T. Boyde, D. Decker, L. Edwards, K. Graves, L. Gridley, S. Grusendorf, M. Holliday, K. Hollis, R. Hollis, C. Knapp, R. Lynch, T. Miner, K. Monroe, B. Riehle, T. Ross, T. Shaw, P. Stockin, M. Washer, R. Whitney

Call to Order: The special joint Public Safety and Ways & Means Committee meeting was called to order at 1:29 p.m. by Public Safety Committee Chairman Phil Curran.

Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Public Safety Committee Chairman Phil Curran, and carried to approve the Public Safety Committee minutes for August 2, 2017.
Attorney/Client Session
A motion was made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Jessup, and carried to enter into attorney/client session at 1:30 p.m. Immediately following discussion at 1:54 p.m., a motion was made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Jessup, and carried to end the attorney/client session and return to the regular meeting.
Tyler Technologies
The Allegany County 911 Radio Project is requesting the acceptance of Tyler Technologies proposal for the replacement of their 911 CAD (Computer Aided Dispatch). The total amount of funds requested is $420,000. The cost of this purchase will be primarily shared through the 2018 PSAP (Public Safety Answering Points) Grant and the Allegany County 911 Surcharge Account.
The Allegany County 911 Radio Project is also requesting a resolution to establish Capital Project H3030 (Public Safety 911- CAD) for 2017, and fund this project as follows:
911 Surcharge Reserve – A 889.0005 $ 228,000
(This reserve has a current balance of $ 407,000)
2018 Expense Line A 3112.403 911 – Maintenance Contract $ 52,000

(This represents the amount the Sheriff has in his request for 2018 that will not be needed for the current vendor for 2018. If this project is approved the money could be moved to the Capital Project in the Budget process for 2018.)
2018 PSAP Grant - $ 140,000
(The Sheriff’s Office has already confirmed with Homeland Security that this next allocation from them can be used for the purchase of software for 911.The amount will not be able to be allocated to the project until the Board approves and accepts the award in 2018, and then the grant will be budgeted.)
Total request for Project $ 420,000
FISCAL IMPACT: Project to be funded as listed above – primarily reserve monies derived from 911 surcharge fees collected and grant funds. The amount of local tax dollars requested is $52,000. Annual maintenance costs will begin in 2019 after installation of system and will be $44,654, per the Tyler Technologies quote, and will be budgeted in 2019.
This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried. Prepare Resolution
There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 1:55 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Burt, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried.
Respectfully submitted,

Meghan Washer, Secretary to the Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators

Allegany County: Ways & Means Committee meeting minutes from Aug. 28

August 28, 2017
Committee Members Present: C. Jessup, D. Fanton, P. Curran, D. Healy, J. Hopkins, K. LaForge, T. O’Grady, D. Root, C. Crandall

Others Present: B. Budinger, J. Budinger, S. Burt, D. Decker, K. Graves, L. Gridley, S. Grusendorf, M. Holliday, K. Hollis, R. Hollis, L. Kaminski, J. Kelley, C. Knapp, R. Lynch, T. Miner, K. Monroe, B. Riehle, C. Stewart, P. Stockin, M. Washer, C. Whitwood, R. Whitney
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:00 p.m. by Ways & Means Committee Chairman Charles Jessup.
Approval of Minutes
The August 14, 2017, Ways & Means Committee minutes were approved on a motion made by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried.
The August 16, 2017, Ways & Means Committee minutes were approved on a motion made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Healy, and carried.
Approval of Audit

Committee members reviewed the August 28, 2017, audit of claims in the amount of $3,383,684.83 (including prepaid bills). A motion was made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried to forward the audit to the full Board for approval of payment.

NYSDOT Accelerated Transit Capital Grant Agreement

County Administrator Timothy Boyde requested a resolution to authorize the acceptance of a Mass Transportation Capital Project Supplemental Contract Agreement through the New York State Department of Transportation for funding through the Accelerated Transit Capital Program (ATC). Capital Operating expenses in the amount of $113,433 will be used for the following public transit related items:
- Bus Signs
- (5) Shelters
- (5) Benches
- (2) Receptacles
The total cost of this project requires no local dollars. Ardent Solutions Mobility Management Planner Larry Kaminski wanted to recognize Reverend Carol Stewart from St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wellsville, NY, who is very grateful and excited that this funding has been approved which will allow St. John’s Episcopal Church to be a site where one of the shelters will be placed. Rev. Stewart expressed the church’s approval of this entire project, stating they are thrilled to be able to offer space for a shelter. Rev. Stewart continued that Access Allegany statistics show that approximately 1,300 people use that bus stop every month, and she looks forward to putting a shelter in place there. Mr. Kaminski stated that bus stop is very heavily used due to the hospital being next door. Legislator O’Grady asked if the current bus stop at the corner is only used for the senior citizen center. Mr. Kaminski stated that was an old bus stop that was vacated when the senior citizen center moved out, adding that he has been talking with Bill Whitfield, Director of Public Works for the Village of Wellsville, regarding a change in location for that shelter. Legislator Graves asked if this project is in conjunction with the Crossroads Park & Ride Project, and how they plan to spend $1.5 million. Mr. Kaminski stated the $1.5 million is the statewide grant and Allegany County’s portion is $113,433. Legislator Graves asked where the $113,433 is coming from. County Treasurer Terri Ross stated that has already been established when the projects were voted on previously, adding this project has no local share money. A motion was made by Legislator Fanton, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried to authorize the acceptance of the Mass Transportation Capital Project Agreement, and allow the County Treasurer to set up a Capital Project account and assign account numbers. Prepare Resolution (to come off the floor at the August 28 Board meeting) Tax Bill Corrections
Real Property Tax Director Joseph Budinger requested a resolution approving the following tax bill corrections providing for a charge back:
TOWN OF ALMA Tax Map Number: 188.-1-970
Owner of Record: John Zlomek Charge Back: $6,559.78 (2017 Alma Town & County)
TOWN OF ALMA Tax Map Number: 188.-1-970
Owner of Record: John Zlomek Charge Back: $3,112.50 (2016 Alma Town & County)
(A resolution is required for corrections over $2,500 or those resulting in the complete removal of a parcel.)
The request was approved on a motion by Legislator Root, seconded by Legislator Hopkins, and carried. Prepare Resolution
Public Safety Committee
4th Assistant Public Defender
Public Defender Barbara Kelley requested permission to fill one full-time 4th Assistant Public Defender under the Section IV Salary Plan. This position will provide off-hour arraignments on a consistent basis, and it will meet state mandates of Hurrell-Harring. The annual cost of this position is $70,000 with benefits estimated at $31,290. This position is funded 100 percent by the Counsel at First Appearance Grant. Filling of this position is contingent on adoption of the resolution creating the position at the August 28 Board meeting. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Curran, seconded by Legislator Fanton, and carried. Notify Human Resources
Investigative Case Assistant
Public Defender Barbara Kelley requested permission to fill one full-time Investigative Case Assistant under the Section IV Salary Plan. This position will perform case management, social work, and investigation. The annual cost of this position is $45,000 with benefits estimated at $20,115. This position is funded 100 percent by the Counsel at First Appearance Grant. Filling of this position is contingent on adoption of the resolution creating the position at the August 28 Board meeting. This request was approved on a motion made by Legislator Curran, seconded by Legislator Hopkins, and carried. Notify Human Resources
Allegany County Insurance Plan
A motion was made by Legislator Root, seconded by legislator O’Grady, and carried to authorize Allegany County to switch the health insurance plan from Blue Cross Blue Shield to Independent Health effective January 2, 2018. Prepare Resolution
Attorney/Client Session
A motion was made by Legislator LaForge, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried to enter into attorney/client session at 1:16 p.m. Immediately following discussion at 1:25 p.m., a motion was made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried to end the attorney/client session and return to the regular meeting.
Good of the Order
Majority Leader Dwight “Mike” Healy announced a caucus in Room 220 immediately following the special joint Public Safety and Ways & Means Committee meeting.
There being no further business to come before the Committee, the meeting was adjourned at 1:27 p.m. following a motion by Legislator O’Grady, seconded by Legislator Root, and carried.
Respectfully submitted,
Meghan Washer, Secretary to Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators

Allegany County Public Defender monthly report for August

Allegany County Probation Department monthly report for August

Allegany County 911 Center monthly report for August

Allegany County Sheriff monthly report for August

Allegany County District Attorney monthly report for August

Video: NY National Guard's 106th rescue wing at work in Texas

This week, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the deployment of additional resources from the New York National Guard to assist with rescue efforts in Texas as Hurricane Harvey continues to sweep the region. In total, Governor Cuomo has deployed a total of 119 Airmen, three HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters, two HC-130 search and rescue aircraft and several boats and watercraft.
Since arriving in Texas, the members of the 106th Rescue Wing have rescued 345 individuals. Video of several rescues is below: 

Wolf Administration, Safety Partners Urge Designated Driving Ahead of Labor Day Holiday

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT); Jennifer Smith, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Geisinger Holy Spirit Hospital; Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed; Cumberland County Coroner Charles Hall; Sgt. Richard Gamez, Drug Recognition Expert at the Pennsylvania State Police; and C. Stephen Erni, executive director of the Pennsylvania DUI Association today held a media event to highlight the dangers of impaired driving and urge drivers to celebrate responsibly ahead of the Labor Day holiday.
“Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen in recent times, drug-related crashes are on the rise,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said of the event’s importance. “Through the collaboration, education, and enforcement efforts of these partners, we look to decrease crashes and fatalities this weekend and beyond.” 

According to the Pennsylvania State Police, during last year’s Labor Day weekend, there were more than 2,800 total crashes in Pennsylvania; 281 of those were alcohol-related that resulted in 13 fatalities. Of the total crashes, 106 were drug-related, resulting in two fatalities.  

“Many impaired drivers today are mixing drugs, either prescription or illicit, and could be using them in combination with alcohol, which is a very dangerous and often deadly combination,” said Jennifer Smith, acting secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. “We want to be sure people recognize the danger of drinking alcohol, using any kind of prescription or illicit drugs, and driving. Be safe and consider the safety of others.”

As part of the national impaired driving enforcement mobilization, which runs from August 15 through September 4, Pennsylvania's DUI task forces, the Pennsylvania State Police, and local law enforcement statewide will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the crackdown.

The legal blood-alcohol content in Pennsylvania is 0.08 for motorists 21 years of age and over. Driving under the influence penalties may include jail time, license suspension, and fines of between $500 and $5,000.

“The consequences of driving while impaired not only affect the individual impacted, but entire families and communities as a whole,” says Dale Dangleben, M.D., FACS, trauma program medical director at Geisinger Holy Spirit. “Serious and life-threatening traumatic injuries caused by those driving under the influence can be prevented by simply not getting behind the wheel while impaired. Whether the person is a chronic alcohol abuser or a casual drinker, they may think they aren’t impaired. That isn’t the case. Alcohol consumption causes slowed reactions, reduced coordination and poor judgment.”

As part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) effort to decrease impaired driving, they developed the SaferRide smartphone app. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. SaferRide is free and available for Android and Apple devices.

Tax credits possible for First Responders in Genesee Township, PA

Courtesy of Soloman's Words For The Wise

Portville woman charged with selling, possessing crack cocaine

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Allegany County: Disgraced former Encon officer, Ken Basile, gets probation, no jail

Ken Basile of Wellsville, the disgraced and former state Environmental Conservation Officer, was sentenced this evening to a two year term of probation, to be reviewed after one year. That sentence was handed down just after 6 p.m. by Amity Town Justice Steven Presutti. He could have faced one year in the Allegany County jail. Basile had been convicted in June of obstruction of governmental administration but was found not guilty of official misconduct. Basile, a former DEC officer assigned to Allegany County, was accused of leaking sensitive law enforcement activities to drug dealers.
Prior to sentencing, defense attorney Tim Rosell of Hornell pointed to several errors in the probation department pre-sentencing report. The most glaring was that the report said Basile had pleaded guilty to the crime(s) when in fact, he was convicted after trial. Rosell told the judge that " he (Basile) is not accepting responsibility for the crime." Rosell added, "he lost a job he thought he would retire at."
Basile himself then read a statement to the court, in which he detailed the history behind his suspension, firing and arrest. The former DEC officer said "alcoholics get a second chance. I didn't." The 17-year law enforcement veteran also said "I do admit that I was wrong for my occasional recreational drug use...It was never a problem for me."
Basile, in an almost defiant tone, took aim at those who testified against him at trial, calling them "career criminals."
"I made a human mistake," the Wellsville man said. He also told the judge that he lost his career, name and reputation (thanks to the media), savings and retirement "all based on the word of two life-long criminals. I have never lied under oath." Basile ended his plea with "I beg you to give me one shred of justice."
Assistant District Attorney Mike Finn said he disagreed with some points, saying that Mr. Basile "did have a fair trial." Regarding Basile, Finn said " substance abuse led us here today."
The defense then requested a conditional discharge, but Judge Presutti wasn't buying it. The judge ordered Basile to serve a two year probation sentence, to be reviewed after one year. He was also ordered to pay a $205 court surcharge. The judge, however, said he did have some concerns about some of the conditions the probation department recommended. He said he may modifiy some of the terms and conditions.
Outside the courtroom, ADA Finn said he was satisfied with the sentence. He called it "appropriate" noting that Basile "paid a heavy price for his criminal behavior."

Canaseraga: Nobody wants to me mayor, including the deputy mayor

The village of Canaseraga is in a bind. Apparently, nobody wants to be the mayor, including the guy who is temporarily holding the office. Last month, Doug Ames resigned as mayor from the village of less than 600. Stephen Baker, who is deputy mayor, was advanced to the head of the table...but according to the Evening Tribune, he doesn't want the job title anymore either. Help wanted ads haven't seem to work, leaving the small village in a pickle.
Compounding the problems, the village is also in need of a new worker in the Department of Public Works. According to one resident, the village is "literally falling apart."
The village board will revisit the issues in September.

Former Wellsville Encon officer to be sentenced today

Former Department of Environmental Conservation officer Ken Basile of Wellsville will be sentenced this afternoon in Town of Amity court. Basile was found guilty in June of obstruction of justice.
Basile, a former DEC officer assigned to Allegany County, was accused of leaking sensitive law enforcement activities to drug dealers. Basile was found not guilty of the crime of official misconduct.

State Police to participate in School’s Open—Drive Carefully campaign

The New York State Police announce they will once again participate in  AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign. Each year the campaign works to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school. 
Superintendent George P. Beach II said, "With traffic safety a top priority for our agency, we will once again ramp up enforcement and raise driver awareness as school buses return to our roads and our children walk our sidewalks. We ask that parents, friends and neighbors spread the word and work with law enforcement year round. Please pay attention behind the wheel to make sure our kids stay safe.”
AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from five to fourteen years old. The campaign begins August 30, 2017and runs through October 13. 
Motorists will receive an additional reminder each time they see one of the “School’s Open” bumper stickers on State Police vehicles, as well as other official vehicles, school buses and passenger cars.
State Police want to remind drivers to show extra caution as schools reopen, since vacation-minded children are apt to be less careful.  Motorists should be particularly alert for children darting out between parked cars on busy streets.

Floods - A WNY perspective

Parts of Texas have received more than 40 inches of rain in a five day period...all thanks to (now) tropical storm Harvey. This morning, the National Weather Service in Buffalo offered a perspective into five day rainfall amounts.
Our rainfall rates pale in comparison. We know how much destruction was caused in 1972. Now image three times that amount...Humbling.

Troopers investigate fatal accident in Livingston County


On August 29, 2017, at approximately 8:48 a.m. State Police investigated a one vehicle - tractor trailer fatal accident on Groveland Road in the Town of Geneseo.
Trent Mott, age 56, from Rochester, NY was killed when the tractor trailer he was driving, southbound on Groveland Road drifted over the center of the roadway, near the west shoulder.  His vehicle then veered off the eastbound shoulder and overturned.
Mott was taken to Strong Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Troopers closed the road while conducting their investigation.
Troopers are not sure why the accident happened, and the investigation is continuing.

Wellsville: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training Announced

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is for everyone 16 or older—regardless of prior experience—who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. Shown to significantly reduce suicidality, the ASIST model teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.
“The Allegany County Suicide Prevention Coalition is pleased to be hosting a free two-day ASIST training in Wellsville, NY on Monday and Tuesday, September 25 & 26, 2017,” stated Patty Amidon, Coalition Coordinator at Ardent Solutions, Inc.
Virtually anyone can learn the skills to intervene and save a life from suicide. Professionals as well as members of the community at large have all found great value in ASIST.
Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Worldwide, over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.
Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, it is a resource for the whole community.  Participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop. The free training includes all course materials, as well as breakfast and lunch for both days.  Pre-registration is required by September 11, 2017 by contacting Patty Amidon at 585-593-5223 ext. 1010 or via email at   Space is limited.  Register today!

Hornell: John Buckley and Friends Campaign Headquarters

The Grand Opening of the "John Buckley and Friends" Campaign Headquarters will be held at 6 p.m. this Thursday at 79 Seneca St. Please come join us and show your support. We will have refreshments, cupcakes and of course, lawn signs!  Candidates running for City Council will also be on hand.  We look forward to seeing you there!!

Steuben farmer supports McAllister for Surrogate Court Judge

Forbes Magazine Recognizes Houghton as a 2017 Top College

By Michelle [Shelly] Hillman

HOUGHTON, NY - August 29, 2017 - Houghton College was recently ranked as one of Forbes Magazine’s 650 Top Colleges for 2017.
Houghton was included on the liberal arts universities list, was among the 394 private colleges, and ranked as one of the top 195 institutions in the Northeast. The college was also on the most “grateful grads” list of 200 schools, a unique measurement that measures alumni financial support of the institution.
“It is an honor to once again be recognized externally what our students and graduates have experienced for generations – Houghton’s commitment to academic rigor within a vibrant, Christ-centered community,” remarks Ryan Spear, director of admission at Houghton. “We know that today’s students want to invest in an education of high value while also living among those who will build them up and we are confident that at Houghton, they will.”
Houghton was one of 31 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member schools included, and one of four of the 21 Western New York Consortium of Higher Education members to make the list.
Forbes measured metrics covering post-graduate success (graduate salaries), debt (average debt load per student and default rates), student experience (professor and student life ratings), graduation rate, and academic success (nationally recognized academic accomplishments and doctoral studies). Data was sourced mainly from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, Payscale, Niche, and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System to create its list.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Congressman Tom Reed weekly media call August 29, 2017

Obituary: Richard Walter "Richie" Wojcik, 73, Hamburg

Hamburg - Richard Walter “Richie” Wojcik, 73, of 5285 South Park Ave. and a former Olean resident passed away on Monday August 28, 2017 in Emerald South Rehabilitation Center Buffalo following a lengthy illness. He was born March 1, 1944 in Olean. He was the son of Walter and Anna Sorochin Wojcik. Richie was a graduate of the Olean High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving from 1964-67.  Richie served during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Surviving is his former wife Alyce Wojcik; Two Children, Walter Richard (Candiea) Wojcik Eldred PA. and Florence A. Wojcik Olean. Two grandchildren,  Richard Walter Wojcik, Skylar Nichole Wojcik; One Sister Noel Riggs of  Salamanca N.Y. Preceded in death by a sister Maryann Eaton. Funeral services will be held on Thursday August 31, 2017 at 1p.m. in the Schaffner Funeral Home Inc. Bolivar. Rev. Suzanne Block pastor of Christ United Methodist Church Olean will officiate. Burial in Maple Lawn Cemetery Bolivar.

Wellsville native escaped massive Texas flooding, shares pictures

Jim Schul is a Wellsville, NY native...a graduate of Wellsville High and Alfred State. Today, he lives in Shoreacres, Texas and is retired from the Harris County, Texas Department of Health in Houston. His lights have flickered from now tropical storm Harvey and while the water has come close, he and his family remain safe. He snapped a few pictures...
He offered this today -
Update Tuesday morning:
Successful night last night. Water stayed in the ditches. Transformer keeps exploding behind my brother's house which is across the street but we only lose power for a few seconds. All safe.
My concerns for the day is we loose power all together because of the transformer and if my house in Baytown floods. 
Please pray for all the displaced families, people working and volunteering in this mess.

Olean man pleads guilty in federal court to heroin and gun charges

BUFFALO, N.Y.–Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Giovanni Salmonson, 26, of Olean, NY, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute heroin, and being a felon in possession of a firearm before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $2,000,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Patricia Astorga, who is handling the case, stated that on January 1, 2015, Olean Police responded to a trespassing complaint near the 200 block of North 1st Street. Upon arrival, an officer defendant near 225 North 1st Street and asked Salmonson to step out of the roadway and up onto the curb.  The defendant took off running. While he was running away, the officer noticed that Salmonson was wearing a black Nike backpack/drawstring bag. A foot chase ensued and the defendant entered a backyard at 121 North 2nd Street after throwing the black Nike bag over a fence into another yard. An officer ordered Salmonson to the ground, and the defendant complied. After retrieving the bag, officers recovered a .22 caliber revolver from inside. Subsequently, officers also recovered 14 bags of heroin, six suboxone pills and $851 dollars in United States currency. 
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Olean Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jeff Rowley; and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Ashan Benedict, New York Field
Sentencing is scheduled for December 11, 2017, before Judge Arcara.

Bolivar man, Cuba woman appear in Cattaraugus County court in separate cases

JAMES J. JURBALA, 49, of Bolivar, New York, but presently incarcerated in the Cattaraugus County Jail, entered a plea of guilty to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E Felony. The incident occurred on March 25, 2017, in the Town of Ellicottville, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway while he was in an intoxicated condition. Sentencing is scheduled for October 30, 2017.

DEBORAH A. MESMER, 53, of Cuba, New York, waived prosecution by indictment and entered a plea of guilty by Superior Court Information to Driving While Intoxicated, a class E Felony. The incident occurred on May 18, 2017, in the Town of Olean, when the defendant operated a motor vehicle on a public highway at a time when she had a .08 per centum or more by weight of alcohol in her blood. Sentencing is scheduled for October 30, 2017.

Alfred State greets new students for 2017-2018 academic year

Alfred State officially welcomed more than 1,300 freshmen to campus recently during a New Student Convocation led by President Dr. Skip Sullivan at the Orvis Activities Center.
This year’s incoming class consists of 1,345 students from 59 of New York’s 62 counties and 20 additional states, plus 13 international students from eight countries. Of these new students, 91 have been identified as Alfred State Distinguished Scholars and 198 additional students have been offered other scholarships in recognition of their outstanding academic achievements, exceptional vocational skills, and extraordinary talents outside of the classroom. A number of students also bring with them previous work experience, military experience, and successful college course work.
Speaking first to students, Sullivan provided a brief history of Alfred State. He then mentioned ways students can get involved on campus through clubs and civic engagement opportunities, as well as enhance their leadership opportunities and engage in real-world learning.
“I encourage you to commit yourself first and foremost as a ‘student’,” he said. “At our college, we emphasize hands-on, project-based learning. You won’t just sit in class and listen to a lecture. Instead, you’ll engage in applied learning through a number of real-world experiences.”
Patricia K. Fogarty, College Council chair, encouraged the students to step outside of their comfort zones, learn new cultures and viewpoints, and make a difference in the world.
“A great American president was fond of reciting this biblical quote: ‘To those who much has been given, much is expected.’” The advantage of higher education is a great gift. Much is expected of you,” she told the assembled students.
Provost Dr. Kristin Poppo, remarked that while being a young adult and leaving home to go to college can be difficult, students will have plenty of help along the way during their journey at Alfred State.
“College is not easy,” she said. “But there is no doubt in my mind that each and every one of you can be successful. Our admissions process is rigorous and you have been chosen to be a Pioneer. We are all here to support you. We know you can do it.”
Greg Sammons, vice president for Student Affairs, then introduced students to Alfred State’s “Principles of Community” and Student Senate President Grant Tinker, an electrical engineering technology major from McGraw, led students, faculty, and staff in reciting the college oath.
After Sullivan’s concluding remarks, students, faculty, and staff headed to Pioneer Stadium to create a human Alfred State logo for a photo session, which was followed by food, music, and activities outdoors nearby the stadium.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Monday August 28, 2017

Wellsville Police arrested Jeffrey R. Martin, age 33 of Lawrenceville, PA, charging him with Issuing a Bad Check.  The charge stems from a complaint made by the Giant Food Mart in Wellsville.  Martin was released from the Steuben County Jain and turned over to Wellsville Police.  Martin was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Martin was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $150.00 cash bail.  Martin is due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 5th at 4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 28, 2017

PennDOT Issues Update for Route 6 Project in Coudersport

Coudersport, PA   As work continues on a Route 6 project in Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing a detailed update. Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs.
Dependent on weather, area drivers can expect the following activity over the next two weeks:
·         August 31 through September 5, paving will take place on Main Street (Route 6).
·         On September 6, Chestnut Street will be open to two-way traffic and Route 6 westbound traffic will continue to be detoured onto First Street, West Street, and Eulalia Street. Route 6 eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Oak Street and Mill Street.
·         The week of September 4, construction will begin on the eastbound lane of Second Street between Main Street and Ludwig Lane. Completion of the eastbound lane is expected by October 2, at which time construction on the westbound lane will begin.
·         No work is scheduled for Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Impacts to parking in the downtown area continue, with fewer spaces than normal available. Drivers should remain prepared for travel delays in and around Coudersport.   

The work zone stretches along Route 6 from West Street to Ludwig Lane. Overall work includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Houghton College: The Molecule Designers: Mapping Biodegradable Plastics

HOUGHTON, NY - August 28, 2017 - “I’m a molecular architect,” states Dr. John Rowley, assistant professor of chemistry at Houghton College and a 2003 graduate. Rather than draft blueprints and build floor plans, Rowley designs the structure of molecules that just might change medical science as we know it.
Rowley and seniors Samuel Gerardi of Delanson, NY and Michael Hardy of Osceola Mills, PA have been part of Houghton’s innovative Summer Research Institute. They join eight other major research teams, combining faculty expertise with hands-on experiential learning and taking students’ knowledge beyond the classroom.
The team’s research has focused on glycopolymers, or polymer molecules that are coated with or contain chemical sugars. While glycopolymers play natural roles in the communication and function of biological cells, they can also be manmade. Most glycopolymers are based on non-degradable plastics, whereas Rowley is interested in designing a biodegradable version that will break down over time. These molecules could be used for biomedical purposes, such as creating a template that prompts heart valve tissue stem cells to grow in their correct shape and form; as the polymer degrades, the tissues remain without the typical plastic or metal stint. Another potential usage is in the delivering of drugs by encapsulating the drugs within and, as the glycopolymer degrades over time, the drug is released. This gradual, consistent level of dosage is more effective and could eliminate the need for multiple injections.
Such research provides a foundational molecule structure and methodology for other scientists to build on and potentially create biomedical advances that improve the quality and effectiveness of treatment.
“This SRI research experience has taught me to not merely seek for the right answers, but rather to ask the right questions,” remarks Gerardi. “Research can be discouraging at times, but pushing through the roadblocks or being willing to start over is what leads to breakthroughs.”
The Summer Research Institute has offered unique research opportunities for more than 100 students since its 2007 inception. In 2016 SRI was named one of the Top 50 Best College Summer Programs in the Country by Best College Reviews, joining Ivy League schools such as Columbia and Yale.

Obituary: Dr. Storer William Emmett, 84, Houghton

Houghton --- Medical missionary and world traveler, Dr. Storer William Emmett, embarked on his final journey Friday, August 25, 2017.  Storer, referring to himself as Tody Will, was born on September 9, 1932 in Crystal, Maine, a son of the late Stora and Elva Main Emmett. On September 1, 1956 in Old Town, Maine he married Wilma Monroe, who survives.
When he was still a young boy, the family moved to Old Town, Maine where Storer became very active in community and church life.  He joined his first church choir at age 13.
High school accomplishments included being a track star, playing on the football team (resulting in becoming a champion church supper eater for necessary weight gain), participating as a valued member of the debate club, playing cello in the orchestra, and earning the top academic honor of his high school class. His greatest high school accomplishment, however, was courting his childhood sweetheart and bride to be, Wilma Monroe. 
Storer was saved at a young age and felt God’s call to medical missions as a teen.  With this focus in mind, he worked toward attending a good medical school and was accepted to Johns Hopkins in 1954 following his bachelor degree work at the University of Maine. 
After completing advanced training in medicine and surgery, Storer and Wilma, along with their daughter, Bethany, left on their first missionary voyage to work at a mission hospital in Southern Rhodesia during the fall of 1960.  Dr. Emmett also served as a medical officer for the government of Southern Rhodesia.  Soon after arriving in Rhodesia, Storer was ordained by the Reformed Baptist Alliance of Canada to enhance his opportunities to administer to not only physical needs but also spiritual needs.The next missionary voyage took Storer, Wilma, and their four children to Haiti in August 1968.  He worked as a doctor and frequently performed emergency surgeries at the Wesleyan hospitals throughout Haiti. His other ministries included traveling and preaching the gospel to churches all over the country. 
Dr. Emmett journeyed next to Houghton, NY where he spent 13 years as a family practitioner with the Northern Allegany Medical Group.  During this time he also served as the physician for Houghton College.  Always having a heart for missions, Storer, soon after arriving, established the Houghton Medical and Dental team returning to serve the people of rural Haiti on short term mission trips.
In 1988, Storer and Wilma, traveled to Sierra Leone on their third missionary journey.  Dr. Emmett worked at the Kamakwie Hospital and ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of the people there for three years. Storer’s final missionary journey as a full time worker for Wesleyan World Missions was to Zambia near Victoria Falls coming almost full circle to where he began his medical mission work.
During retirement, Dr. and Mrs. Emmett spent several months at a time serving in Haiti, Zambia, or Sierra Leone as needed.  Storer also became the director of the Wesleyan Medical Fellowship to encourage and increase awareness of medical missions.  His quarterly newsletters were always highly anticipated and enjoyed.  In appreciation of his 16 years as director, the Wesleyan Church presented Dr. and Mrs. Emmett with a trip to Myanmar where he was able to visit and participate in yet another medical clinic for which he was instrumental in founding.
One of Dr. Emmett’s great loves was gardening.  He had a garden and planted a tree everywhere he lived.  Storer loved the beauty (despite his color blindness) and creative expression afforded by the hobby.  This past summer saw hours of enjoyment of his flower garden at his new and final home in Cooperstown, NY.
Surviving in addition to his wife are their children, Bethany (Bob) Harter,  Esther (Will) Slauson, Bill (Sandy) Emmett and Faith (John) Fisk; his grandchildren, Brittany Harter (Ben) Keith, William Slauson, Wesley Slauson, Kendra (Andrew) Emmett-Goldwasser, Rebekah (Philip Tumbaga) Harter, Kira Emmett (Tyler) Logan, Kasey Emmett, Christianna Fisk and Alexi Fisk;  great grandchildren Caleb Keith and Seth Keith;  nieces Cathy Emmett (Joe) Stewart, Stephanie Emmett (Johann) Paschalis, and nephew Joshua (Angie) Emmett and cousins.
Family and friends may gather from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the Kopler- Williams Funeral Home, 21 N. Genesee Street, Fillmore. A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Houghton Wesleyan Church. Rev. Dr. Wesley Oden will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant cemetery, Houghton.
Memorial if desired to: Wesleyan World Missions.

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Friday August 25, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested George W. Delong, age 40 of Wellsville, charging him with Theft of Services and Criminal Tampering 2nd.  The charges stem from an incident that took place on East Hanover Street in the Village.  Delong was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Delong is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Wednesday August 23, 2017
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Trevor L. Baker, age 20 of Amity, for failure to appear in Court and/or pay fine.  Baker was located by the Allegany County Sheriff’s Department and taken into custody.  Baker was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Baker was committed to the Allegany County Jail for 90 days or until his fine of $90.00 was paid in full.

Date: Tuesday August 22, 2017
Wellsville Police arrested Jordan L. Golish, age 21 of Wellsville, charging her with Criminal Mischief 4th.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on South Broad Street in the Village.  Golish was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Golish was released and is due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Sabryna L. Cowburn, age 22 of Wellsville, and an 18-year-old Wellsville youth, charging them each with Endangering the Welfare of a Child.  The charges stems from an incident that took place on Trapping Brook Road in the Village of Wellsville on August 18th.  Cowburn and the youth were processed, issued an appearance tickets and released.  Cowburn and the youth are due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on September 12th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Eric J. Russo, age 41 of Wellsville, and Tracy M. Donnelly, age 42 of Wellsville, charging them each with Harassment 2nd.  The charges stem from incidents that took place on Miller Street in July of 2017.  Russo and Donnelly were processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Russo and Donnelly were both released and are due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 19th at 4:30 p.m.

Wellsville Police arrested Thomas C. Wilson, age 47 of Wellsville, charging him with an Open Container Violation.  The charge stems from an incident that took place on North Main Street in the Village of Wellsville.  Wilson was processed and arraigned before Wellsville Village Judge O’Connor.  Wilson was committed to the Allegany County Jail on $100.00 cash bail or $200.00 property bond.  Wilson is due back in Wellsville Village Court on September 1st at 4:30 p.m.

Obituary: William Clayton "Bill" Green, 73, Friendship

William Clayton "Bill" Green, 73, of 51 East Main St., passed away Friday, August 25, 2017 at the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath New York following a brief illness. Born June 8, 1944 in Wellsville, he was the son of Clayton and Leona Brown Green. He was married to the former Rita Schuster, who predeceased him in 1994.
Bill grew up in Belmont, attending the Belmont Central School, receiving his GED at a later date. In 1964 he joined the Navy and saw action in the Viet Nam War and received the National Defense Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, the Viet Nam Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the Republic of Viet Nam Campaign Medal with Device. After the Navy, Bill was employed at the Drake Foundry in Friendship, until the plant closed. He then was employed at the Absolut of Houghton for several years when he stopped work due to ill health.
Bill enjoyed fishing, hunting, NASCAR, watching the Seattle Sea Hawks Football Team and watching TV. His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was a life time member of the Friendship American Legion, post # 1168, a member of the Amvets Post # 1 of Cuba.
Surviving are a son, Richard Green of Olean; three daughters, Becky (Sam Swift) Dunham of Friendship, Connie Dunham of Angelica and Sherry (Rodney) Hull of Belfast; grandchildren, Dylan, Stacey, Dayna, Glenn Jr., Bradley, Alex, Conner and Erica; great grandchildren, Samantha, Greg, Raygen, Kylee and Payton; a sister, Jane (Bob) McCarthy of Belmont; and several nieces and nephews.
Bill was predeceased by a brother, Clayton "Jr." Green.
 There will be visiting hours on Saturday September 2, 2017 at the Friendship American Legion from noon to 2:00 p.m. After visitations a graveside military service by the Friendship American Legion and memorial service, held by the Rev. Kirk Kirch of Friendship will be held at the Maple Grove Cemetery, Friendship. Arrangements are under the direction of the Treusdell Funeral Home, Friendship. Memorials made be made to the Friendship American Legion, Post # 1168 Depot St. Friendship, NY 14739.