Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Livingston County Sheriff's Blotter

Juan DeJesus, 48, Mt Morris NY, was arrested on July 23 , charged with criminal sale of a narcotic and criminal possession of a narcotic and was arraigned in CAP Court and held without bail. 

William D. Henry, 27, Groveland NY, was arrested on July 23 , charged with criminal sale of marihuana and unlawful possession of marihuana. Henry was arraigned in CAP Court and released on his  own recognizance. Henry will return to the Town of West Sparta Court on a later date.

Jose Cruz Soto 39, Mt Morris NY, was arrested on July 23 , charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance and was arraigned in CAP Court and held without bail. 

Matthew Hobart, 21, Farmington NY, was arrested on July 22 , charged with Disorderly Conduct and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Livonia Town Court on a later date. 

Atasha L. Dauber , 34, Groveland NY, was arrested on July 23 , charged with Cruelty to animals and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Leicester Town Court on a later date. 

Amara Mott, 25, Rochester NY, was arrested on July 25, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a license plate violation and  was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Steven J. Scholl, 28, Corning NY, was arrested on July 20, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation  and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Michael G. Hunter, 19, Rochester NY, was arrested on July 19, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Jeremiah Torres, 37, Rochester NY, was arrested on July 24, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Geneseo Town Court on a later date.

Donald R. Dodge 46, Cameron Mills NY, was arrested on July 25, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and speeding and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Dansville Town Court on a later date.

Angel O. Agostocolon, 23, Rochester NY, was arrested on July 14, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and an equipment violation and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Avon Town Court on a later date.

Solis Rosario, 57, Dansville NY, was arrested on July 24, charged with Aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and and Speeding and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Dansville Town Court on a later date.

William A Hamilton 42, Oklahoma City OK, was arrested on July 21, and  was charged with Criminal Sale of Marihuana 5th degree and was arraigned in CAP Court and directed to appear in Livonia Town Court on a later date.

Heather M Taft, 33, from Avon NY, was arrested on July 25 and was charged with DWI – 1st offense and Speeding and was issued an appearance ticket to appear in York Town Court on a later date.
Kyle S. Seaver, 24, Leroy NY, was arrested on July 15 and charged with DWI Felony / 2nd offense, Drinking alcohol in a Motor vehicle, and equipment violation and was arraigned in CAP Court and released to appear in Avon Town Court on a later date. 

Andrea Chandler, 37, Lakeville NY, was arrested on July 20 and was charged with criminal contempt of a court order.  Chandler was arraigned in CAP Court and held without bail. 

Robert J. Fisher, 71, Conesus NY, was arrested on July 20 and was charged with Criminal Possession of a weapon. Fisher was arraigned in CAP Court and released to appear in Conesus Town Court on a later date. 
Cassandra L. Cansdale, 33, Wayland NY, was arrested on July 25 and was charged with Grand Larceny 4th and Welfare Fraud 4th and was arraigned in CAP Court and released to appear in Mt Morris court on a later date.

ICYMI: Urgent blood drive scheduled for Wellsville August 1st

WELLSVILLE, NY— Blood donors are immediately needed to boost the local blood supply and Community Blood Bank is holding a blood drive at the Wellsville YMCA, 133 Bolivar Road, Wellsville, NY, on Wednesday, August 1st between 1:00-5:00 p.m.
There is a current critical need for Type O and Type A blood donors.
All donors between July 23-August 4 will be automatically entered to win a $500 Kohl’s gift card! Community Blood Bank will also donate a backpack full of school supplies to the school or teacher of the gift card winner’s choice.
During the summer months, the need for blood increases while donations decrease. “The need for blood never takes a vacation. It’s important to take the time to donate,” says Lora Cope, Community Blood Bank mobile drive coordinator. “Your donation can save up to three lives.” Blood donations made with Community Blood Bank impact the blood supply at local hospitals; therefore, donations help local family, friends, and neighbors in need.
Individuals are eligible to give blood if it has been 56 days since their last donation; they are at least 17 years of age (16 with parental consent); weigh at least 110 pounds; have not received a tattoo or body piercing in the past 12 months; and are in good general health. Donors must have a valid photo ID. Prior to donating, those giving blood should eat a good solid meal and drink at least 18 oz. of water.
For more information, to schedule an appointment or to learn more about hosting a drive, call 1-877-842-0631 or visit 

Obituary: Gregory Paul Black, 43, Belmont

Gregory Paul Black, 43, of Belmont, NY, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018
Greg was born January 24, 1975, in Wellsville. NY.  He attended Belmont Central School.
Greg was born in the Age of Aquarius. The qualities that drew people to him were also his greatest strengths as a human being. He had such beautiful eyes and a smile that could melt your heart. He was a progressive and independent thinker. He was a humanist and champion of social justice issues. Greg loved stimulating and intellectual conversation and had a healthy, if somewhat dry sense of humor. He used his mind at every opportunity.
While Greg gave freely of himself, he wore his heart on his sleeve and could become easily wounded in his feelings. Greg had a great desire for material gain but was not greedy. He was a tireless worker and was willing to work for what he wanted never demanding more than his fair share. He had a gift of being able to read character instinctively.
Greg loved music. Everything from Al Green to Pantera. He had a music service and a great wireless speaker, and we jammed more than once at the house. He always had his headphones at the ready and listened to his favorite hits when working in the yard. Music was one of the things Greg and I shared, and I will hold those memories forever.
Greg loved to travel and his current job with 798 Pipeliners afforded him that. It was a place where he could work hard now and later retire to fulfill his dreams of owning a piece of land and a place of his own. He earned good money and spent it well. He had the latest tech gadgets, but really had a knack for cars, Hondas of course. He was mechanically adept and worked tirelessly to keep them well maintained. No doubt his mechanical ability came from his Grandpa Black and his Uncles. He also had some unusual work experience. When living in Colorado, he lived and worked at the renowned Broadmoor Hotel. He worked first on the greens and then in setting up for banquets. He saw Michael Jordan there once for a golf tournament. He also worked on the summit at Pikes Peak where you had to dress for winter even in the summer. He loved his time and adventures in Colorado and always found a reason to go back.
Greg was my light; my sun. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends and expected the same in return. He had many friends because of his genuine, down-to-earth personality, but had few confidants; people he trusted. Among those were his childhood friends Scotty and Dave. Later it was Mikey, too. He had a few close friends in Colorado that he kept in contact with and would visit when possible. One of his closest, Chris Steppler, also died too young. His death had a profound effect on Greg. Now, they can catch up. One of his friends said, “he always made you feel like you were somebody.” He avoided the everyday drama, preferring to visit with his friends and family.
Greg was truly one of the “good guys.” No mother could be prouder than I to have had him as a son. His laughter, genuine thirst for knowledge and truth, his ability to see the best in others, his warm heart and beautiful soul will live forever in the hearts of those he loved and those who loved him.
Surviving are:  his mother and step-father, Marcella Black Tronetti and Charles “Bud” Tronetti;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his grandparents, Richard and Onalee Allen Black, and his uncle, Douglas Perry. Please join us for a celebration of Greg’s life on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio, NY.  The Rev. Glen Layfield will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at, or to the American Cancer Society at Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Obituary: Albert W. Smith, 88, Fillmore

FILLMORE - Albert W. Smith of 11991 Rt. 19, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 in the Absolut Care at Houghton. He was born on Aug. 12, 1929 in Fillmore, a son of the late Charles and Alora Russell Smith. He married Alice Houck who predeceased him in 2000. Albert was a lifelong farmer and loved raising sheep. Surviving are his children, Debra (Michael) Dean of Clay City, KS., Katrina Smith of PA., Kurt Smith of Bliss, four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, six brothers, David Smith of Anchorage Alaska, William (Theda) Smith of Fillmore, Jack Smith of Aspen, Pa., Hugh (Sally) Smith of Seldovia, Alaska, Max (Gail) Smith of Fillmore, Brian (Luana) Smith of Bowdoiham, Maine, several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Phillip Smith.
A graveside service, to be announced, will be held in Pine Grove Cemetery, Fillmore at a later date. Memorials if desired to: Fillmore Rescue Sqaud, PO Box 138, Fillmore, NY 14735.

ACCORD Corporation part of grant recipients to combat elder abuse

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced $8.4 million in state and federal funding to improve and expand services for vulnerable adults at risk of abuse, neglect or financial exploitation. Developed by the state Office of Victim Services and state Office for the Aging, the Elder Abuse Interventions and Enhanced Multidisciplinary Teams (E-MDT) Initiative is the first of its kind in the nation. The initiative will fund and support 23 existing multidisciplinary teams currently targeting elder abuse and establish additional teams with the goal of serving every county in the state by the fall of 2020.
Among the funding recipients - ACCORD Corporation: Allegany County and Center for Elder Law and Justice: Erie Hub, which supports teams in that county and Cattaraugus and Niagara counties.
Over the next three years, the Office of Victim Services will provide $2 million in federal funding annually and the Office for the Aging will provide another $500,000 in state funding annually to establish the E-MDT Initiative. These teams consist of professionals from aging services, adult protective, health care, financial services, criminal justice, victim assistance, mental health and other disciplines to coordinate investigations and develop interventions to stop or prevent elder abuse. The teams—first piloted in the state in 2012—assist adults who are 60 or older and at risk for harm or exploitation due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment or dementia, and social isolation.
The Office for the Aging is partnering with Lifespan, which is based in Monroe County, and Weill Cornell Medicine's NYC Elder Abuse Center to manage, monitor, and distribute the funding this year through Sept. 30, 2020. The funding will sustain and expand existing enhanced multidisciplinary teams and create additional teams to ensure that every county in the state is represented, as well as provide technical assistance and training; collect data; and provide teams with forensic accounting, geriatric psychiatry services and community legal services, depending on the needs of cases they are handling.

Three St. Bonaventure students taking Certified Ethical Hacker program

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y., July 31, 2018 — Three St. Bonaventure University students are taking a year-long certification course in ethical computer hacking, bolstering their resumes as they prepare for the cybersecurity industry. 
“We encourage and support our students to gain their industry certificates and embed the contents required for passing those certificates into our curriculum,” said Dr. Hossein Sarrafzedah, director of St. Bonaventure’s cybersecurity program.  
“This is a point of distinction of our cybersecurity program. Our graduates are work-ready as a result of these certifications and their opportunity to work at our Security Operations Center (SOC).” 
In April, St. Bonaventure dedicated the Western New York Cybersecurity Research Center, a collaboration between the university, National ICT Japan, Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity and New Zealand Cybersecurity Center. 
The center will engage in cybersecurity research as well as provide monitoring, alerting and forecasting for area businesses to help make Western New York safer from cyberattacks, said Sarrafzadeh. 
Juniors Bobby Nguyen and Gianni Martinez and sophomore Devon Sullivan were awarded scholarships to take the online Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) program, offered by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, also known as EC-Council, the world’s largest cybersecurity technical certification body, operating in 145 countries. 
EC-Council has trained and certified over 200,000 information security professionals globally. 
“This is the most fundamental certification that every cybersecurity major needs,” Nguyen said. “It will help me so much in my career later on.”
St. Bonaventure is one of more than 900 academic institutions worldwide partnering with EC-Council to provide certification courses for students and curriculum for college instructors. 
“The access we have to EC-Council curriculum helps our students prepare for the certification exams and helps us align certain courses to the requirements of the certification,” Sarrafzadeh said. 
EC-Council provided one scholarship in exchange for the university’s commitment to pay for two more, one of which was financed by St. Bonaventure’s “Buzzy Fund,” designed to reimburse part, or all, of the cost for a student to advance professionally. 
“The students taking the course get to use all the tools and virtual machines without downloading them because they are in the Cloud,” said Amanda Bondoc, EC-Council product specialist. 
In addition to EC-Council certification, the university is also encouraging students to pursue Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA Cyber Ops) certification, Sarrafzadeh said. 
“We are a Cisco Academy and that facilitates the training needed for the students to be able to pass the Cisco certificates,” he said.

Wellsville man receives probation in heroin sale conspiracy case

A man who conspired to sell heroin in Wellsville 11 months ago has accepted a plea deal and avoided a potential jail or prison sentence. In Allegany County court today, 22-year-old Jeramia English of Wellsville was sentenced to five years probation. Judge Terry Parker also assessed a court surcharge of $205. English entered a guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance 3rd degree, a class C felony. He was originally charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance 3rd as well as conspiracy. The Allegany County District Attorney's Office said in a press statement that on September 1, 2017, English conspired to sell heroin to an agent of the Wellsville Police Department. The crime occurred on Seneca Street in the village of Wellsville. The case was prosecuted by assistant District Attorney Mike Finn. English was represented by attorney Peter Degnan.

Reed Pushes USDA to Extend Farmers Market Snap Benefits

Press statement:
Washington – Today, Rep. Tom Reed highlighted SNAP benefits at farmers markets are being extended by one month following a call with the Undersecretary of Agriculture for Food Nutrition and Consumer Services Brandon Lipps.
“I care about those who rely on SNAP benefits at farmers markets for their weekly food purchases, and it would not be fair for our local farmers who rely on these SNAP purchases to make ends meet if this program was suddenly ended,” Tom said. “I will continue to be a loud voice on this issue and fight to ensure that our farmer's markets have a SNAP service provider going forward.”

The National Comedy Center Has Its Grand Opening In Jamestown - Forbes

By Andrew Husband
This week, the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York will celebrate its grand opening with a series of special panels and events scheduled from Wednesday, August 1st through Saturday, August 4th. The opening will coincide with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
Headliners for the event include comedians Amy Schumer and Lily Tomlin, original Saturday Night Live cast members Dan Aykroyd and Laraine Newman and writer Alan Zweibel, actress Fran Drescher and Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Ball and Desi Arnaz. The long weekend's worth of festivities will feature more than 50 separate events and 40 distinguished artists, including rising stand-up comedians, veteran comedy actors and more.
In years past, festival participants have included Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Newhart, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Trevor Noah, W. Kamau Bell, Brian Regan, Kevin James, Joan and Melissa Rivers, Robert Klein, David Steinberg, Martin Short, Joy Behar and the Smothers Brothers, as well as the families of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor, Harold Ramis and George Carlin.
In a statement, the National Comedy Center's executive director, Journey Gunderson explained, "There has never been a national cultural institution that provides comedy the opportunity for appreciation often afforded other art forms. Culture is preserved by meaningful storytelling. What these artists have done is important, and it should be both celebrated and contextualized, drawing connections that make the past relevant to the present. Lucille Ball understood the power of comedy, and had the vision for her hometown to become a destination for its celebration in a way that would educate, foster and inspire. That’s what we've set out to do here."
Tickets and information for panels and performances are available here.

Among Likely Democratic Primary Voters: Cuomo Leads Nixon Two-to-One, 60-29 Percent

Loudonville, NY.  With a little more than six weeks until primary day, Governor Andrew Cuomo holds a two-to-one, 60-29 percent lead over Cynthia Nixon in the battle for the Democratic nomination for Governor, according to a new Siena College poll of likely Democratic primary voters. Cuomo has a 67-29 percent favorability rating, compared to Nixon’s 43-30 percent favorability rating.
In the race for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General, New York City Public Advocate Letitia James has the support of 25 percent of likely voters, compared to 16 percent for Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, 13 percent for Zephyr Teachout and four percent for Leecia Eve, with 42 percent of likely Democrats saying they are undecided. Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul leads New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams 30-21 percent, with half of Democrats undecided in the primary race for Lieutenant Governor.
“Andrew Cuomo, viewed favorably by two-thirds of Democratic voters, has a commanding 31-point lead over Cynthia Nixon, who’s viewed favorably by a plurality of Democrats, with one-quarter not knowing enough about her to have an opinion,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Cuomo leads by 21 points upstate, 29 points in New York City and 58 points in the downstate suburbs, where he leads 74-16 percent.
“Democrats under 35 years-old back Cuomo by a comfortable, low double-digit 14 points, and Democrats 35-54 years-old favor him by
17 points. However, voters 55 and older, likely to make up the majority of the electorate, support Cuomo 64-25 percent, or by 39 points,” Greenberg said.

“Liberal Democrats are strongly with Cuomo, while moderates are overwhelmingly with Cuomo. Nixon trails among men by 26 points and an even larger 34 points with women. Cuomo has the support of three-quarters of black Democrats and two-thirds of Latinos,” Greenberg said.
“More than 80 percent of Democrats supporting Cuomo say they are voting for him more than voting against Nixon, however, 60 percent of Nixon voters say their vote is more against Cuomo than it is for her,” Greenberg said. “Nixon has the anti-Cuomo Democrats but she’ll need to expand on that to make this race competitive.
“Small pluralities of Democrats say Nixon would be a better Governor than Cuomo on advancing progressive policies and combatting state government corruption,” Greenberg said. “A plurality of voters says Cuomo would be better than Nixon on improving public education. A majority says Cuomo would be better on creating a fair tax structure. And a strong majority of Democrats says Cuomo would be better than Nixon fixing New York’s infrastructure – mass transit and roads and bridges.
“Not surprisingly, Nixon voters say she’d be better on all the issues, although about a quarter of her supporters say Cuomo would be better on infrastructure. Similarly, Cuomo does better on all the issues with his voters, although he loses about a quarter of his supporters to Nixon on corruption and progressive policies,” Greenberg said. “Both younger voters and liberals – despite favoring Cuomo in the horse race – say Nixon is better on three of the five issues: corruption, progressive policies and public education.”
James Has Early Lead in Race for AG Nomination; Long Way to Go, with 42 Percent Undecided
James has 36-10 percent favorability rating, with 54 percent having no opinion. Teachout’s favorability rating is 27-12-61 percent, with Mahoney at 21-12-67 and Eve at 9-7-83.

“The four-way race for the Democratic nomination for Attorney General has a frontrunner in James but Maloney and Teachout are certainly within shouting distance and Eve is running far behind. The plurality of Democrats, however, are undecided,” Greenberg said. “It’s not surprising that the race is wide open since none of the candidates are particularly well known to voters.
“James has solid constituencies among New York City, younger, black and Latino voters. White voters are closely divided among Maloney, Teachout and James. Older voters give James a small edge lead over Maloney. Downstate suburban voters favor Maloney by 10 points over James. Upstate Democrats favor Maloney with a slim four-point lead over Teachout,” Greenberg said. “James and Teachout virtually tie for the lead with liberals.
“Over the next six weeks, all of these candidates have a lot of work to do to become known to Democratic primary voters and then get them to the polls in what is likely to be – sadly – a low turnout election,” Greenberg said. “Although James has the early lead, there’s a long way to go in this race before we know which Democrat will take on Republican Keith Wofford to succeed Barbara Underwood in an election with no incumbent.”
Hochul Leads Williams in LG Race by Nine Points; Half of Democrats Are Undecided
Hochul has a 21-11-68 percent favorability rating, compared to Williams’ 20-8-72 percent favorability rating.

“Both candidates are essentially unknown to between two-thirds and three-quarters of likely Democratic primary voters. Half of those voters couldn’t tell you who they’ll support for the second spot on the top of the ticket,” Greenberg said. “With a lead of only 30-21 percent, Hochul is far from a shoe-in to win renomination as Lieutenant Governor.
“Although Williams has a nine-point edge in New York City, which is likely to produce about half of all voters, he trails Hochul by seven points in the downstate suburbs, and upstate Hochul has a commanding 48-11 percent lead,” Greenberg said. “Black voters favor Williams by 33 points. Latino voters are evenly divided. And white voters favor Hochul by 22 points, as do liberals by 10 points.”

DEC Accepting Applications for Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now accepting applications for federally funded "Volunteer Fire Assistance" grants, Commissioner Basil Seggos announced today. The deadline for applications is August 10.
"The Volunteer Fire Assistance grants are a great way to help our local volunteer fire departments, which we rely on to help battle wildfires and forest fires across the state," said Commissioner Seggos. "Last year, we were able to help 319 fire departments across the state purchase much-needed firefighting equipment."
The Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program is funded by the U.S. Forest Service and administered by DEC Forest Rangers. If awarded, fire departments receive 50/50 matching funds up to $1,500. Last year, the program provided $1,500 grants to 319 fire departments. DEC received a federal appropriation of $514,215 for 2018.
Only expenses directly related to fire suppression efforts are eligible for funding. These include the purchase of portable pumps, portable backpack pumps, hand tools, hoses, light-weight fireproof clothing (Nomex), hard hats, turnout gear, portable radios, generators and dry hydrants. Expenditures not directly related to firefighting, such as search and rescue, acquisition of land, construction of buildings and facilities, major apparatus purchases and maintenance items are not eligible for funding.
Eligible fire departments include those that serve a single town with a population under 10,000; those that serve multiple communities, one of which is a rural town of less than 10,000 residents; and fire departments in towns with a population of 10,000 or more that meet the requirements listed on the application. Fire departments that receive a grant award must complete all required grant paperwork by Nov. 30, 2018.
For applications or further information about the grant program, contact DEC at (518) 402-8839, or write to NYSDEC, Division of Forest Protection, 625 Broadway 3rd Floor, Albany, NY 12233-2560 or, visit DEC's website.


BATH The Steuben County Public Health Department and the Western Regional Office of the New York State Department of Health in Hornell has issued a Blue-green Algae Advisory for Tanglewood Lake in Thurston and Smith Pond in Howard. Blue-green algae may cause water to have a paint-like appearance, floating scum on the surface, or may strongly color water to appear blue-green, green, yellow, white, brown, purple, or red. People and animals should avoid all contact with algae blooms, scums and colored water. Algal blooms can be toxic and pose serious health risks to people and pets. Blue-green algae exposure can cause skin or eye irritation through touch, or diarrhea and vomiting if ingested. People and animals should stay out of water where blooms are present.

The Department of Health recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Don’t swim, wade, boat or fish near blooms or scums, and don't eat fish caught from waters with blooms.
  • Don’t drink the water; boiling water will not remove blue-green algae or their toxins.
  • • Keep children and animals away from any blooms or scums.
  • • Rinse off exposed areas with clean water.
Please report symptoms that may be associated with exposure to blue-green algae blooms, such as skin or eye irritation, or diarrhea and vomiting to the Hornell Department of Health at (607) 324-8371. Suspected blooms can be reported by email to Learn more about blue-green algae at

Allegany County Planning & Economic Development meeting minutes July 18, 2018


July 18, 2018
Members Present: D. Root, G. Barnes, J. Burdick, P. Curran, W. Dibble, D. Healy, J. Hopkins, J. Ricci, C. Crandall
Others Present: T. Boyde, B. Budinger, C. Clark, K. Dirlam, D. Fanton, K. Graves, S. Havey, C. Knapp, R. Lynch, A. McKay, B. Riehle, T. Ross, P. Stockin, M. Washer
Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Planning & Economic Development Committee Chair Debra Root.
Approval of Minutes
A motion was made by Legislator Dibble, seconded by Legislator Barnes, and carried to approve the Planning & Economic Development Committee minutes for June 20, 2018.
Allegany County Economic and Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Craig Clark attended the meeting and submitted his monthly report to the committee for review. Dr. Clark introduced Angela McKay, the new Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning, stating he’s happy to have her on board as she will add value to their department.
Crossroads Development Project
Dr. Clark stated the developers have confirmed they will be ready to begin construction once the Empire State Development incentives are finished.
Waterline Project
Dr. Clark stated they have a draft contract with Friendship, who continue to work cooperatively on the project. Legislator Healy asked how long of a shelf life the engineering plans will have. Dr. Clark stated once they are approved, they shouldn’t need to be updated again. Legislator Barnes asked what size diameter the pipe is, and Dr. Clark stated 12 inches.
Dr. Clark stated they are ready to move forward with the ANGEL Fund and are looking for investors to fund up to $1 million, and they hope to have shares of the fund available in the fall.
Maker City
Dr. Clark stated they are making good progress with Maker City who have recommended restarting the Youth Professionals group. Dr. Clark noted the next Young Professionals group will be on Thursday, September 20, 2018.
Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning
Planning Director Kier Dirlam also introduced and welcomed Angela McKay as the new Assistant Director of Economic Development and Planning. Ms. McKay stated she has her Master’s degree in Marketing Communications and is very excited to be here and working on economic development in Allegany County. Ms. McKay previously worked at St. Bonaventure University in marketing for approximately one year, and prior to that she worked at Dresser-Rand in Wellsville.
LUCA Review
Mr. Dirlam distributed a 2018 LUCA map to the committee to review. Mr. Dirlam stated they have been working very hard on this project and while they did not get everything done, they did accomplish a lot. Some addresses are under municipal review, and Mr. Dirlam hopes to continue working on the project throughout the year. Legislator Fanton asked how they are going to track the Amish population. Mr. Dirlam stated he is unsure as that topic was not discussed.
Shared Services Plan

Mr. Dirlam stated the Shared Services Plan edits will be completed soon, and the following public hearings to review and discuss the plan have been set:
- Monday, August 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the Legislative Chambers
- Monday, August 13, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. in the Legislative Chambers
Email/Website Issues
Mr. Dirlam stated they have tracked down the problem that was causing issues for the County website and email server, noting they are working on it as quickly as they can.
Economic Development Administration (EDA) Project Priorities
Mr. Dirlam stated the Alfred Center for Technology Transfer Project and Crossroads Development Utility Project have been named the 2018 Economic Development Administration (EDA) Project Priorities. Legislator Hopkins asked for a background of the Alfred Center for Technology Transfer Project. Mr. Dirlam stated it will identify research and applied technologies being developed at Alfred University and Alfred State College and translate them into local jobs. It will allow businesses that are just getting off the ground to focus on their product by having help with the behind the scenes day-to-day operations of running a business. Mr. Dirlam noted this project is not just centered to Alfred; it can be done in pieces throughout the County. A motion was made by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Curran, and carried to approve the Alfred Center for Technology Transfer and Crossroads Development Utility projects as the 2018 Economic Development Administration (EDA) Project Priorities. Mr. Dirlam indicated that committee approval is adequate, and it is not necessary for the Board to adopt a resolution making these designations.
Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Gretchen Hanchett was unable to attend the meeting but submitted her monthly report to the committee for review. Ms. Hanchett is attending the Allegany County Fair. Mr. Dirlam provided a brief summary of Ms. Hanchett’s monthly report stating the videos are coming along well with two out of the four completed. Tough Mudder will be returning to Allegany County, and the event will be held the first weekend in August.
ExPods (Excursion Pads)
Legislator Decker asked for a brief explanation of the ExPods Ms. Hanchett refers to in her monthly report. Mr. Dirlam stated that Erie Canal Boat Company has shown interest in expanding his ExPods business within Allegany County. Mr. Dirlam described the ExPods similar to Redbox stating individuals will be able to rent kayaks from one station with the ability to return it to a different one. Mr. Dirlam continued that the main involvement within the County is making sure there is a location they can set up and advertise that it exists. Mr. Dirlam noted it is not up to the County to buy or maintain anything, it is simply someone setting up their own business here.
Employment and Training Director Reita Sobeck-Lynch attended the meeting and submitted her monthly report to the committee for review. Ms. Lynch stated they have been very busy with the Summer Youth Employment Program, noting most employees have begun work. Legislator Stockin asked if there is a cause for the 18 local unemployment claims open. Ms. Lynch stated they came from several different companies, and she is unsure of reasons behind them.
Job and Life Skills Boot Camp
Ms. Lynch stated they continue to work with Cooperative Extension on the Job and Life Skills Boot Camp. It will be held Monday, July 30, through Friday, August 3, and so far they have six individuals registered. Ms. Lynch continued that with TANF funds, they were able to offer an incentive of $100 if they complete all of the sessions.

The Chairman of the Board plans to reappoint Philip Curran of Alfred Station, Dwight Fanton of Wellsville, and Brent Reynolds of Alfred Station as members of the Allegany County Telecommunications Development Corporation for another two-year term effective October 1, 2018, and expiring September 30, 2020, subject to confirmation by the Board of Legislators. A motion was made by Legislator Hopkins, seconded by Legislator Burdick, and carried to approve the reappointment of Philip Curran, Dwight Fanton, and Brent Reynolds to the Allegany County Telecommunications Development Corporation. Prepare Resolution
Residents, Businesses, Volunteers, and School Assemblies (Excerpt from 5/29/18 Committee of the Whole minutes)
County Administrator Timothy Boyde stated this topic came from discussions on how to look at Allegany County in a positive light. Committee Chair Root stated is being included in the Visitor Journey A2DTM training program that Ms. Hanchett is working on.
Working with Higher Education Systems and Other Industries to Address Assisting Spouses Relocating to the Area with Job Placement by Providing a Call Center for Assistance with Helping to Improve the Quality of Life. (Excerpt from 5/29/18 Committee of the Whole minutes)
Dr. Clark stated most individuals moving to the area for work come with a spouse or significant other who struggles to find work; therefore, there is a need for this. Ms. Lynch stated she is now adding her flyer and business card to the welcome packets that were created last year, adding she can also reach out to Human Resources departments more to see what else they can offer. Committee Chair Root noted that a lot of job opportunities are being shared on social media, and Ms. Lynch stated the County’s Human Resources Department has their own Facebook page that has been a huge help in advertising our job openings. Legislator Hopkins stated a call center is unrealistic at this point, adding if someone is working with a real estate agent, they have already decided to move here. The County needs to come up with a way to target the individuals who have not made the decision yet, and encourage them to do so. Clerk of the Board Brenda Rigby Riehle stated it’s more than just the spouse or significant other looking for a new job. There are some stay at home parents who are unaware of what is available to them because information is not at hand for them.
Community Electronic Bulletin Board
Legislator Dibble suggested they take a look at creating a community electronic bulletin board that will allow individuals to visit it and see what activities are happening in the area. Committee Chair Root stated this topic falls in line with providing more resources to those relocating to the area.
There being no further business to come before the committee, the meeting was adjourned at 3:02 p.m. following a motion by Legislator Healy, seconded by Legislator Ricci, and carried.
Respectfully submitted,
Meghan Washer, Confidential Secretary to Clerk of the Board
Allegany County Board of Legislators

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Tuesday July 31, 2018

Wellsville Police arrested Zachary A. Rahr, age 27 of Canisteo, charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, Aggravated DWI w/BAC of .18% or more, passed red light and unsafe tire.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Coats Street in the village of Wellsville.  Rahr was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party.  Rahr is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Gov. Cuomo Undecided On Expanding Paid Leave - WGRZ

Alfred University graduate student’s research featured in on-line publication

ALFRED, NY – An Alfred University engineering graduate student’s research is featured in a recent article in UpstartNY, on on-line publication devoted to entrepreneurship and innovation in Western New York.
The July 27 issue of UpstartNY includes a story titled “WNY College Students are Crafting the Next Big Things in Clean Energy.” Behrouz Azimian, a graduate student seeking a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Alfred University, is featured in the article.
Azimian is researching how to make the University and surrounding area – including neighboring Alfred State College and the village of Alfred – a more resilient community through the use of wind, solar and biomass resources. Click here to read the article.
According to his research, Azimian estimated that by 2030, the level of renewable energy penetration in New York State’s electric power generation will be 50 percent. With wind and solar farms expected to increase in size and scope in Upstate New York (including the Southern Tier of Western New York), ways to store energy for local consumption will be needed. Goals of Azimian’s research project is to develop a resilient power network that resists power outages due to extreme weather and design a real-time energy management system.
Cleaner, renewable energy sources can be achieved by utilizing batteries as a way to store energy produced by wind and solar sources, and also by biomass (that derived from plants and animals).
Azimian and fellow engineering graduate student Ramin Farajifijani, who is pursuing a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Alfred University, recently presented a paper theorized on the use of the Stackelberg leadership model of economics to find an optimum market price for the electricity used in electric battery-powered vehicles. The paper – titled “Probabilistic Methods: Practical Approaches for Managing Risk and Uncertainty in the Electric Power Industry” – was presented at the Probabilistic Methods Applied to Power Systems (PMAPS) 2018 Conference June 24-28 in Boise, ID. Some findings in the paper are being applied to Azimian’s research on creating a resilient community.
Xingwu Wang, professor of electrical engineering and renewable energy engineering at Alfred University, along with Ehsan Ghotbi, Alfred University assistant professor of mechanical engineering, teamed with Azimian and Farajifijani to author the paper presented at the PMAPS Conference. Wang said in the UpstartNY article that tech-savvy engineers like Azimian will be at the forefront of efforts to create breakthroughs in clean energy production.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Complete obituary: Joan D. Palmer, 88, of Scio

SCIO - Joan D. Palmer, 88, of Scio, NY, died Sunday, July 29, 2018 in Hart Comfort House, Wellsville.  Born July 30, 1929, in Wellsville, she was the daughter of Frank and Viola Ball Palmer.  A graduate of Scio High School and Alfred University, she was a business teacher at Richburg High School for 32 years, retiring in 1985.  At Richburg, Joan was instrumental in starting the school yearbook and was the bookkeeper for the boys basketball team.  She spent summers working in the office at Scoville Brown in Wellsville.  She was a member of the Scio Church of Christ, Delta Kappa Gamma, and served as secretary of the Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio.  Joan volunteered with SPCA and Office of the Aging, delivering meals on wheels and completing tax returns for seniors.  A faithful attendee of her family’s sporting events, she was the first recipient of the Scio Ultimate Sports Fan award.  Surviving are:  nieces and nephews, Nancy (Robert) Herring of St. Petersburg, FL, Stephanie Freas of IA, Sherry (Paul) Anderson of Cape Cod, MA, Daniel (Sharon) Crawford of Rochester, Douglas Crawford of Rochester, and Frank (Barbara) Robbins of Scio;  many grandnieces, grandnephews, great-grandnieces, and great-grandnephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth (Earl Cozzi) Cundiff, June Palmer, Joyce (Alfred) Tucker, Janice (Alfred) Robbins; nephews, David Crawford and Jeffrey Crawford; and a niece, Susan Poole.  Friends may call Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00  p.m. at the Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Glen Layfield will officiate.  Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio.  Memorials may be made to Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps, P.O. Box 206, Wellsville, NY 14895 or Hart Comfort House, 141 East State St., Wellsville, NY 14895.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Partial Obituary: Mildred Jean Lewis, 92, Friendship

FRIENDSHIP - Mildred Jean Lewis, 92, of Elmwood Avenue, passed away Sunday (July 29, 2018) surrounded by her family. The family will be present 12-2 p.m. Thursday, August 2, 2018, at the Brown & Powers Funeral Home, 101 West Avenue in Angelica. Funeral services will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. David Ford officiating. Burial will be in Until the Day Dawn Cemetery in Angelica.
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Obituary: Bonita M. “Bonnie” Graves, 68, of Shinglehouse UPDATED

SHINGLEHOUSE - Bonita M. “Bonnie” Graves, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, July 27, 2018 in South Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, NY.  Born July 25, 1950, in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Lillian Nutt Rogers.  Surviving are:  her husband, Timothy P. Graves of Harrison Valley;  a daughter, Shoshonna Shoap of Thompson’s Station, TN;  a grandson, Aaron Shoap;  a brother, Kevin Rogers of Orlando, FL;  two sisters, Kathy Hume of Wellsboro and Karen Nichols of Jacksonville, FL;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Regina McCracken. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Cattaraugus County: Man dies in fall at Zoar Valley

Mother, son from Olean sentenced in Clarksville murder

Richard Mosher III
A mother and son from Olean were in Allegany County court today where they were sentenced after first being charged with a town of Clarksville murder. Richard D. Mosher III, 38, of Olean was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleaded guilty to 1st degree manslaughter, he was initially charged with murder. On January 31, 2017, Mosher fatally shot Royce Chapman in the chest with a shotgun at Chapman's home on County Road 40.

Lana Joseph
His mother, Lana M. Joseph, 52, of Olean was sentenced to time served (19 months) after pleading guilty to felony tampering with physical evidence. She was also initially charged with murder. District Attorney Keith Slep said Joseph removed weapons and altered the scene at Chapman's home in an attempt to conceal evidence. Police described Chapman as Joseph's ex-boyfriend.

Wellsville school has reminders for parents

NY A.G. Underwood To File Suit To Block Distribution Of Online Files For 3-D Printed Guns

NEW YORK – New York Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood – part of a coalition of Attorneys General – announced that she will file suit against the Trump administration to block the distribution of materials that enable the printing of untraceable, undetectable guns using 3-D printers.
“It is, simply, crazy to give criminals the tools to build untraceable, undetectable 3-D printed guns at the touch of a button. Yet that's exactly what the Trump administration is allowing,” said Attorney General Underwood. “We won't stand by as New Yorkers’ safety is jeopardized by this abrupt about-face by the federal government.”
The lawsuit will be filed in federal court by the Attorneys General of Washington, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Maryland, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Allegany County Deputies arrest Warsaw man

Allegany County Sheriff Rick Whitney reports that on July 26, 2018, with the assistance of the Warsaw Police Department, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested James P. Liddy, age 32 of Warsaw, on an Allegany County Family Court Warrant. Liddy was located by the Warsaw Police Department and turned over to Deputies. Liddy was then processed and transported to Allegany County Court where he was arraigned and released on his own recognizance. Liddy is due to reappear in Allegany County Court at a later date for additional court action.

Obituary: Robert L. Sweet, 89, Portageville

PORTAGEVILLE - Robert L. Sweet of 11795 Wiscoy Road died Sunday, July 29, 2018 in his home. He was born on April 11, 1929 in Wiscoy, a son of the late Albert and Annabelle Locke Sweet. In 1951 he married Viola Howden who predeceased him on August 16, 2016.
Bob enjoyed hunting and golfing. He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Castile, a former employee of Letchworth State Park and a retired farmer.
Surviving is a son, Mark (Terry) Sweet of Portageville, two grandchildren Amanda (Kelly) Myers and Derek Sweet, two great grandchildren, Maddalin and Zander Myers and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by two sisters, Mildred Vincent and Marion Powers.
Family and friends may gather at the Kopler-Williams Funeral Home, 21 North Genesee Street, Fillmore, on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. where funeral services will be held on Friday, August 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Harrison Putnam, pastor of the United Church of Christ in Castile, officiate. Burial will be in the East Koy Cemetery.
Memorials if desired to: United Church of Christ, 4 Washington St, Castile, NY 14427.

UPDATED Obituary: Thomas G. Geyer, 72, Scio

SCIO - Thomas G. Geyer, 72, of 4056 State Route 19, went to be with our Lord on Friday, July 27, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born October 6, 1945 in Bath, the son of George and Lois (Divens) Geyer. On August 17, 1968 in Bath he married Deanna Lee Perkins who predeceased him on September 16, 2007.
Tom was a 1963 graduate of Haverling High School and enrolled at Corning Community College were he earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Drafting in 1965.  He earned a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Alfred State College in 1993.
In 1965, soon after being hired at ABB Air Preheater, Tom was called to serve his county in the U.S. Army, where he attended basic training in Fort Riley, Kansas, then Fort Sam Houston in Texas, where he received training as a Clinical Psychologist.  He then was deployed to the Vietnam War in 1967 where he remained until he was honorably discharged to return home.  He returned to ABB Air Preheater and once again met up with the love of his life Deanna, whom he originally met at age 12 at a friend’s Halloween party, introduced by his longtime childhood friend Gary Richardson.  As fate would have it; and as their children are eternally grateful; shortly after coming home, they ran into each other at Club Valentine in Bath, NY and that is where the romance began, they were married six months later on August 17, 1968.  Their love for each other and the love they had for family and friends were surreal and continued throughout both of their lives, never wavering, even through death.
Tom was dedicated to his work as an Engineer at ABB Air Preheater for 43 years where he retired in 2008, and for some years after, liked to return to join them for a lunchtime visit over Chinese cuisine. 
Tom was an avid “almost” scratch golfer, and loved to be outdoors having a few beers with friends.  He often played in tournaments and leagues with lifetime friends and brothers Larry Muscato and Chuck Wiser who knew him best and cherished their time with him as he became ill so early on in life.  He enjoyed the camp life at Deer Run campground and as kids we knew if we wanted to find our dad, we could look no further than the Frisbee Golf Course with his favorite purple Frisbee or in front of a campfire at our infamous “G” loop.  
Although he never learned to master the technique, he loved to play guitar, he also loved to listen to music and sing and had a beautiful voice, but because he was shy only a few of us lucky ones got to hear him sing his favorite songs.  He loved to listen to the oldies and found peace in music.  He loved to provide the local birds of a feather, along with the visiting chipmunks and squirrels meals for year round enjoyment and was insistent every bird feeder was full for his feathered friends.  He thoroughly enjoyed his tractor, and took great pride in yard maintenance and waving to passerbies.  He enjoyed sitting at his computer, and as of late, partook in some banter about recent “political” issues and was not afraid to share his views with others.  He enjoyed reading the paper, watching late night with Jimmy Kimmel and being knowledgeable about recent events.  No illness would keep him from attending any of his children’s or grandchildren’s sporting events.  He enjoyed watching Mike play soccer and hockey, Tyler play football, Tristen play basketball and Trace play soccer and could often be heard cheering and jeering the ref’s for a bad call. 
He could often, almost daily, be seen at the Modern Diner with his daughter and/or his long time friend and brother Bill Elliot, harassing the waitresses especially Tammy, Sharon and Morgan.  He loved it all so much and enjoyed getting a little back from them, as well as, Cheryl and Pat.    He loved running into friends and acquaintances and catching up on the here and now.  After a visit to the Modern Diner he could often be seen co-piloting Bill on a car ride site seeing.
He had a wonderful sense of humor, was a kind, gentle, and fair man, with the highest level of integrity, honesty, and intelligence and although his physical heart had been weak the majority of his life, his beautiful, caring soul was beyond reproach.  Although plagued with continued health ailments, he never complained about what was taken from him, he knew life continued to bless him with what he still had.  On January 10, 2014, he was given a second chance at life with the implantation of a Left Ventricular Assistance Devise (LVAD) and had been a patient at Strong Memorial Hospital since 1999. His family is eternally grateful for the highest care and commitment in health care advances they have ever seen.  We are humbled by the caring and compassion of all the medical staff we have been privileged to have been connected with.
He loved to collect logo golf balls, and classic die cast cars.  He was a longtime member of the Moose, VFW, and a lifetime member of the Elks in Bath.
He can now rest in peace with our Lord Jesus, his beloved wife and family, where he will remain safe and comforted until the day we can all be together again.
He is survived by a son, Michael (Rachael) Geyer of Corning, a daughter, Stacie Woodruff of Scio, her companion, Brian Gates, three grandsons, Tyler Green, his fiance, Tamara Schweigart, Tristen Woodruff, and Trace Woodruff, as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased in addition to his parents and wife by a sister, Lois “Betsy” Geyer.
Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home In Wellsville. The funeral will be on Thursday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial with military honors will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Scio. Please consider memorial donations to the American Heart Association, Home Care & Hospice, or any charity of the donor's choice.  To leave online condolences, please visit

Cuba Police Blotter

*** Press Release ***
On July 27, 2018 at approximately 3:10 p.m. Cuba Police arrested Stacy L. Ward, 25, of Cuba. Ward was arrested without incident on charges of petit larceny (Misdemeanor, 2 counts).These charges stem from an incident in which Ward allegedly entered a local business and removed merchandise and pass all points of sale without paying for the merchandise. Ward was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear at a later date. Ward is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

Wellsville Police Blotter

Date: Sunday July 29, 2018
Wellsville Police arrested James E. Franklin Jr., 24, of Wellsville charging him with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more and improper right turn. The charges stem from a traffic stop on Madison Street in the Village.  Franklin was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released.  Franklin is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 21st at 4:30 p.m.

Date: Saturday July 28, 2018
Wellsville Police, acting on a Bench Warrant issued by the Wellsville Village Court, arrested Lindsey L. Clarkson, age 34 of Jasper, for failure to appear in court and/or pay fine on a previous charge of aggravated unlicensed operation 3rd degree. Clarkson was stopped by the New York State Police in Corning and taken into custody.  Clarkson was turned over to Wellsville Police and arraigned before Wellsville Village Justice O’Connor.  Clarkson pled guilty to the charge, paid her fine of $393.00 in full and was released.
Wellsville Police arrested Deborah L. Golish, 53, of Wellsville charging her with DWI, DWI w/BAC of .08% or more, no/inadequate lights and uninspected motor vehicle.  The charges stem from a traffic stop on Jefferson Street in the Village. Golish was processed, issued an appearance ticket and released to a third party. Golish is due to appear in Wellsville Village Court on August 21st at 4:30 p.m.

NY State Police Blotter

7/29/18 4:51pm- During a traffic stop on County Road 5C in the town of Genesee, state police arrested James J. Keenan, 54, of Rochester. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and having a blood alcohol level above .08%.
7/29/19 3:08pm Two people were injured in a two vehicle collision at the intersection of State Route 244 and State Route 21 in the town of Alfred. State police listed the drivers as a 17-year-old female from Alfred Station and Danielle N. Depersis, 19, of Johnson City, NY. Alfred Station fire and Alfred Ambulance responded to the scene along with Alfred police. The area was closed to traffic for a period of time.
7/29/18 1:25pm- Charges were filed following a property damage vehicle crash on State Route 20A in Warsaw. The driver was listed as Mark P. Grisewood, 47, of Warsaw. He was charged with DWI, BAC above .08% and following too closely.
7/29/19 9:45pm- State police arrested Brian F. Nichols, 48, of Canisteo. He was charged with two counts of aggravated harassment for allegedly making threats.

Allegany County Sheriff's Blotter

Allegany County Sheriff Rick L. Whitney reports that on July 25, 2018, with the assistance of the Friendship Police Department, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher D. Jackson, age 39 of Bolivar on a Violation of Parole Warrant. Jackson was taken into custody following a foot pursuit in the Town of Friendship. Jackson was then processed and transported to the Allegany County Jail where he is being held without bail pending additional action by the New York State Division of Parole.

On July 24, 2018, with the assistance of the Hornell Police Department, Deputies arrested Wesley E. Houghtaling, age 31 of Hornell on an Allegany County Family Court Warrant. Houghtaling was located by the Hornell Police Department and turned over to Deputies. Houghtaling was then processed and transported to the Town of Friendship Court where he was arraigned and remanded to the Allegany County Jail with bail set at $3,000 cash or $6,000 bond. Houghtaling will reappear in Allegany County Family Court at a later date for additional court action.

Crosby convenience store in Belmont robbed - Perp also suspect in Steuben Trust bank robbery-UPDATED

Chase H. Lotter
Press Release:
Today at 2:30 a.m. troopers responded to the Crosby’s convenience store on State Route 19 in the town of Amity for a robbery.  Further investigation by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) indicated that a white male demanded that the clerk give him all the money in the register. The clerk complied. The male threatened the use of a gun, but did not display one. The suspect then exited the store and parking lot on foot, last seen traveling southbound on Route 19.

The male has since been identified by New York State Police as Chase H. Lotter, 27 of Genesee.  State police and the Bolivar Police Department have obtained arrest warrants for Lotter for both the Crosby store heist and the bank robbery at Steuben Trust in Bolivar July 24th. Lotter is believed to be operating a stolen green in color Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck bearing NY registration 47120JK. If you have any information on Lotter’s whereabouts, contact the NYSP at 585-344-6200. Do not approach Lotter, he is considered dangerous. Steuben Trust Bank robbery press release:

Original post:
The Crosby convenience store on State Route 19 Belmont was reportedly robbed at about 2:30 a.m. today. Allegany County 911 issued the alert to law enforcement saying the suspect was a white male, 5-8, wearing a wool fleece with paint splatter, short buzzed hair with brown eyes. He allegedly told the clerk that he would...come back with a weapon if the employee hit the panic button. At this time, it is not believed that a weapon was displayed. Several state troopers and BCI members responded to the scene. Investigators were processing the scene while other uniformed troopers searched the Belmont area. No injuries were reported.

CBS News - Company agrees to block 3D-downloadable guns in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- State officials say they've stopped a company that makes 3D downloadable guns from making them internet-accessible in Pennsylvania and from uploading new files.
Attorney Gen. Josh Shapiro says Texas-based pro-gun group Defense Distributed agreed to block Pennsylvania users after an emergency hearing Sunday night in federal court in Philadelphia.
Shapiro says he, Gov. Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania State Police sued the company before its formal rollout of a downloadable gun program Wednesday. Read more...

More Than 200,000 Families in New York’s Public Housing Now Protected from Secondhand Smoke

Albany, NY (July 30, 2018) – A new smokefree housing rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) goes into effect today, protecting more than 202,000 families residing in public housing throughout New York State from secondhand smoke.  The American Lung Association applauded the new rule, which recognizes the serious health threat posed by secondhand smoke, and its ability to linger in rooms and even travel between homes in multi-unit housing. There is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. 
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to lead a healthy life, and ensuring homes are free from the risks of secondhand smoke is a critical step for the health of residents,” said Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer of the American Lung Association. “This is especially true for children and those who are more vulnerable to the impact of second smoke, such as those living with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Today we’re making a healthier future for New York State and our nation.”
In November 2016, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a rule requiring all federally-owned public housing to become smokefree by July 30, 2018. This rule will protect close to two million Americans nationwide from being exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes, including 690,000 children. 
The American Lung Association celebrates this long-awaited health protection, following more than a decade of advocacy for the passage of the rule as well as support for the implementation of smokefree housing policies in local public housing authorities.  As of July 30, 2018, the federal rule prohibits the use of lit tobacco products and hookahs inside all indoor areas and 25 feet from all federally funded public housing authority buildings, ensuring all residents are protected from secondhand smoke.   The 84 federally funded public housing authorities with 215,000 units.  These communities are currently home to approximately 202,500 households.
New York State has additional public housing authorities that do not receive federal funding and are therefore not required to comply with the new federal rule.  However, over 500 public housing authorities throughout the state have already implemented some smokefree policies in one or more of their buildings, and last year as part of a broader tobacco package, New York City passed a law requiring policy disclosure to applicants and residents of all housing authorities. 
“Today we celebrate this important step to protect health of residents in New York State.  We are eager to see the policy in full effect, and we hope that this rule will inspire more of New York’s multi-unit residential buildings, college campuses and shared spaces to go smokefree as well,” said Kristina Wieneke, Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in New York.
Secondhand smoke exposure poses serious health threats to both children and adults. Damaging health effects in children and adults include lung cancer, respiratory infections, worsened asthma symptoms, heart attacks and stroke. For residents of multi-unit housing (e.g., apartment buildings and condominiums), secondhand smoke can be a major concern even if people don’t smoke in your unit, as smoke can migrate from other units and common areas and travel through doorways, cracks in walls, electrical lines, plumbing, and ventilation systems.